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Study of Internet censorship reveals the deepest fears of China’s government

first_imgBehind China’s vaunted Internet censorship are throngs of specialized police officers, fake commentators, and ever-changing technologies. But China watchers have puzzled over the system’s modus operandi. Some posts are swiftly culled, whereas others on seemingly more sensitive topics are left untouched. In the most revealing study yet of Chinese censorship, researchers describe today how they peered behind the curtain to find out what China’s censors—and presumably the government officials operating behind the scenes—fear most.When political scientist Gary King of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University and Ph.D. students Jennifer Pan and Margaret Roberts began examining censorship in China in 2011, many scholars assumed that calling for policy changes, criticizing government leaders, and raising sensitive topics like the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989 were verboten. To test that assumption, the trio downloaded millions of social media posts from more than 1300 sites between January and July 2011, then selected roughly 127,000 of them to examine in more detail. They watched in real time as posts were taken down. Censorship in China, King says, is “like an elephant tiptoeing around. It leaves big footprints.”In most cases, censors reacted swiftly, deleting messages within a day of posting. They also seemed to follow a surprising logic. The researchers found that posts on topics they themselves classified as highly sensitive were only slightly more likely than average to be deleted—24% of posts, versus 13% overall. That was “completely unexpected,” King says. They next looked at bursts of posts following significant events. 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To truly understand what is censored in China, King and colleagues realized, they would need to write their own posts. And that meant creating an unprecedented participatory experiment on China’s blogs, microblogs, and forums—one that “probes much deeper than earlier studies,” says Noah Smith, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who was not involved with the study.Over three 1- to 2-week periods last year, the researchers oversaw assistants in China and the United States who opened 200 user accounts at 100 sites and then authored 1200 unique posts. Some commented on events involving collective action, such as volatile demonstrations over government land grabs in Fujian province. Others responded to events involving no collective action, like a corruption investigation of a provincial vice governor. For each event, the assistants authored both pro- and antigovernment posts. Posts created by the team advocating collective action were between 20% and 40% more likely to be censored than were posts not advocating it, the team reports online today in Science. Posts critical of the government, on the other hand, were not significantly more likely to be censored than supportive posts—even when they called out leaders by name. “Criticisms of the state are quite useful for the government in identifying public sentiment, whereas the spread of collective action is potentially very damaging,” Roberts explains.Yu Xie, a sociologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, says that although the study is methodologically sound, it overemphasizes the importance of coherent central government policies. Political outcomes in China, he notes, often rest on local officials, who are evaluated on how well they maintain stability. Such officials have a “personal interest in suppressing content that could lead to social movements,” Xie says.For the full version of this story, see this week’s issue of Science.last_img read more

Sri Lanka stretch lead over India despite Shami haul,Sri Lanka stretch lead over India despite Shami haul

first_imgcricket SHARE Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Sri Lanka × Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath bats during the fourth day of their first test cricket match against India in Kolkata. November 19, 2017 India COMMENT Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath bats during the fourth day of their first test cricket match against India in Kolkata. Sri Lanka stretched their first innings lead to 91 runs with two wickets in hand despite India paceman Mohammed Shami’s triple strike on the penultimate day of the rain-hit opening test on Sunday.Mohammed Shami, who bowled without luck on Saturday, claimed three wickets in a fine display of seam bowling and Umesh Yadav claimed his third of the match to restrict Sri Lanka to 263-8 at lunch.Rangana Herath made a useful 43 not out, a determined knock that included six boundaries, and was batting with Suranga Lakmal on 10 at the Eden Gardens.Earlier, overnight batsman Niroshan Dickwella hit Shami for a boundary to level the scores after the tourists, chasing their first test victory in India, resumed on 165-4.After regularly beating the bat, Shami finally tasted success with a rising delivery which kissed the edge of Dickwella’s blade before flying to Virat Kohli in the slip. Dickwella’s breezy 35 off 38 balls included five boundaries. Shami went on to dismiss Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal caught behind for 28 with an outswinger.In between, Kumar trapped Dasun Shanaka lbw for nought. The batsman reviewed the decision but could not get it overturned as replays confirmed the ball would have hit the top of the middle-stumps. Dilruwan Perera featured in a review drama after being adjudged lbw to Shami.The batsman was on his way to dressing room when he suddenly turned around to challenge the decision which was overturned as the point of impact was found marginally outside the stumps.Shami had the last laugh though, as he dismissed Perera caught behind for five.Conditions on the first two days of the pace-dominated contest meant Herath had a very limited role with the ball and Sri Lanka’s spin spearhead made his mark with the bat instead, frustrating the hosts with his dogged resistance. COMMENTSlast_img read more

Virat Kohli gives Wankhede that Sachin Tendulkar experience

first_imgAs he grew quickly from a boy wonder in 1989 to a mega star in the early nineties, the ‘Saaachin Saaachin!’ chants were born somewhere in the mid-nineties in his home turf at Wankhede. That chorus now typifies the love for Sachin Tendulkar amongst his fans and is one of the selling points of his soon to be released biopic’s trailer. (Mumbai Test: Kohli, Vijay hundreds put India in firm control vs England)Since Sachin’s retirement in 2013, Wankhede has hosted many international and IPL games and that war cry has petered away if not disappeared completely. (Kohli slams 15th Test hundred, goes past 500 runs in England series)Wankhede is one of the best venues for Test cricket in India. The crowd comes in impressive numbers to back their team and with the same fervour they would for an IPL game. Each stand has its own character with the MCA and Garware pavilion generally housing the complimentary ticket holders who the crowd heckle for breaking the flow of their Mexican wave. The more noisy North stand is perhaps where the rhythm of the Saaachin Saaachin chants may have been discovered. (Kohli caps sensational 2016 with record-shattering feats)Today at the Wankhede, ‘Kohli Kohli’ reverberated. From the moment he came in to bat, third ball of the day, to such time he walked back unbeaten on 147. The chants were not the same though one must admit, neither the rhythm or its frequency. But the Indian captain’s innings was promising enough to suggest it may happen with time. (Murali Vijay answers critics with stylish eighth hundred)advertisementVirat’s hundred overshadowed Murli Vijay’s ton in the fans memory space much like a top Sachin innings would often do to Rahul Dravid’s hard work. (Also Read:Kohli retains second spot in ICC ODI rankings)Virat commands respect amongst opponents much the same way Sachin did. Only the other day Haseeb Hamid called him the most sought after man in world cricket. And Keaton Jennings’s father Ray spoke of how the debutant may have learnt playing spin observing Kohli. (‘Clearer mindset’ helps Murali Vijay bounce back to form)Virat pulls crowds. Him being the next man in, he drew a near packed house on Day 3. He may attract a record Sunday crowd on Day 4 with his continued presence at the crease.Every soul at the Wankhede, the home fans, the Barmy army, his opponents on field gave him an applause to remember.Few in Mumbai now remember Virat is a Delhi boy. Just the way Delhi and the rest of India had forgotten Sachin was a Mumbai boy. There is a good chance a few of them at Wankhede today, may have have been there when the Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore was jeered some seasons ago. That’s history now.People sense there is a superstar growing amongst them. They may soon begin to love him unconditionally. It’s tough to fill the void left by a body of work of 24 years. But Virat is beginning to give Wankhede the Sachin experience.last_img read more

Alastair Cook gets emotional after special day at Oval: Sometimes dreams come true

first_imgThe fourth day of the fifth and final Test match between India and England belonged to only one man — Alastair Cook.The stage was set for the former England captain to cap off a sensational career with a photo finish. From his first step on the ground in the morning to his last as the day came to a close, the cameras were fixed on him and emotions ran high as only one day remained in his glittering Test career.And, Cook didn’t disappoint the London crowd on the penultimate day of his 12-year-long international career. Resuming the day at 46, Cook looked like a man on a mission. His goal — to leave the way he started in India back in 2006.Cook was swift to bring up his fifty and was greeted with a loud cheer in the morning. As the day progressed, the crowd grew and so did the expectations of a perfect finish from the ‘Chef’. He slowly piled on the runs and went past Kumar Sangakkara to take the fifth spot in the list of most runs scored in Test cricket.DAY 4 REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PICS | SCORECARDAnd on the 70th over of the day, came the moment that only four players prior to Cook had experienced. With a boundary off Ravindra Jadeja, Cook brought up his 33rd Test century and became the fifth overall to score centuries on debut and final Test matches. The moment took some time to sink in as whole of Oval stood up to applaud the man, who has missed only Test match in his 161-match career over the past 12 years.advertisement Alastair Cook’s wife and other family members at The Oval on Day of the fifth Test (Reuters Photo)Cook himself got emotional and after three minutes of stoppage, play resumed again as things calmed down. Cook was back to business and was looking increasingly likely to play a long innings but it finally came to an end on 147, when he edged one behind to Rishabh Pant of the bowling off Hanuma Vihari — giving the debutant his share of joy.Read – Alastair Cook becomes 5th player to score a century in first and last TestAs Cook bowed out, he was greeted by each Indian team member and a standing ovation from the Oval crowd.Cook’s day didn’t end there and he was out again — as enthusiastic as a kid and celebrating each wicket as James Anderson and Stuart Broad picked up three quick wickets in India’s 464-chase. But, it couldn’t have ended in any other way than Cook being at the thick of things. Could it? The last ball of the day almost saw Cook take a catch at short leg as the Barmy Army sang at the top of their voices to cheer him on. But, it wasn’t to be as the ball dropped shot, although Ajinkya Rahane didn’t get any wood on it as well.Cook led the team off the field as the sun set at the ground, bringing end to a day filled with joy and sheer emotion for the 33-year-old and every Englishman present at the ground.What a way to say goodbye: Twitter celebrates Alastair Cook’s farewell hundredSpeaking about the day at the close of play, Cook got emotional.”Ever since it has been announced, I suppose you hope you have a good week. To top it off with a score here is just incredible. Sometimes dreams come true.”On a purely selfish level, even at the end fielding at short leg with the Barmy Army singing, it’s why you play sport – occasionally those little selfish moments. It was very special. It’s just been a great week.”It was very emotional — there was definitely a lump in my throat with that ovation. I had about 30 friends here and obviously family, so you couldn’t have scripted it. It’s one of those days where you will look back and forever go ‘Wow!’,” Cook told SkySports.Oval Test: Joe Root roars back to form with 14th Test hundredQuestions of him finishing early despite being in bad form before this Test match were always there but Cook felt it was the right time to go. And the 218 runs in the final Test didn’t change anything for the man himself.”I will miss playing with great players and sitting in the changing room but the timing is right and it just makes this more special. It’s such a nice way personally for me to go.advertisement”This wasn’t just what’s happened in this series – it’s been an 18-month process and probably started last year against West Indies when I started noticing things in my game,” said Cook. Alastair Cook became only the fifth man to score centuries in debut and final Tests (Reuters Photo)Read – Alastair Cook signs off from Tests the way he started and as 5th highest scorerCook also opened up on his mindset during the day. It was always going to be about him on Monday but for him, it was all about not getting out without adding a run to his overnight score.”It has been one of those ‘don’t get out for 0’ games for me. The standing ovation I got walking out this morning, (I said) you’ve got to score a couple at least or it would have been embarrassing. I didn’t really think about the 100 until I got into the 80s and I felt I had a chance. It was a bit of a straggly moment getting from 89 to 90 but it was a good way getting from 97 to 102,” said Cook before singing off.Cook walks off as England’s most successful batsman ever with 12472 runs at an average of 45.35 with 33 hundreds and 57 fifties to his name.last_img read more

Luka Modric cleared of false testimony charges by Croatian court

first_imgA Croatian court has rejected a charge against Luka Modric of giving false testimony in a criminal trail, the court said on Wednesday.According to an email received by Reuters from the Zagreb municipal criminal court, the charges made by the Croatia state attorney in March was rejected on Wednesday. However, no explanation was given for its ruling.The state attorney’s office can also appeal against the decision.Modric testified last year at the trial of a tax official and three former senior officials from the soccer club Dinamo Zagreb, including its former chief executive Zdravko Mamic, about the dates of signing the annexes to his professional contracts which regulated transfer fees.The state attorney’s office said in June 2017 it was investigating allegations that Modric, awarded Best FIFA men’s player of the year 2018 last month, had given false testimony at the trial.In June, Mamic was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison, shortly after he left for Bosnia where he lives now. Other two Dinamo officials and the tax official were also sentenced to jail. All of them denied any wrongdoing and have said they would challenge the verdict.Local media reported that the reason the court had rejected the false testimony charge was that it had been “premature”, in that it could not be raised before there was the final court decision in the tax avoidance trial.Modric’s lawyer Laura Valkovic told Reuters the defence had argued that the charge was premature.The final court decision in the case is still pending while an appeal process continues.advertisementLast month Croatia’s state attorney also charged another Croatia international, Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, with the same offence as Modric.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Learning a lot from Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly, will use it during 2019 ICC World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan has said he is learning a lot from legends like Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly and would appropriately use that knowledge during the 50-over World Cup, starting May 30 in UK.Dhawan is currently playing in IPL for Delhi Capitals, coached by former Australia skipper Ponting while former India captain Ganguly is associated with the franchise as advisor.”Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly…I am very fortunate that I am working with them now. They both have been great leaders. It is very good to be close to them because I can get their insight, know what was their mindset, what was their approach when they used to play or captain their side,” explained Dhawan, who has scored 5,355 runs in 128 ODIs.”I am already learning so many things from them (and) it is helping me. I am grateful (for) that. I am sure those things are helping me in the IPL and I am going to take it to the World Cup,” he added.Dhawan, meanwhile, also heaped praises on his Delhi Capitals teammate Prithvi Shaw, saying he is the next big thing in Indian cricket.”So Prithvi, I would say it is a very big achievement to play for India at the age of 19, especially India is a dominating country for batsmen (and there are) lots of batsmen, so someone coming in at 19 is a big achievement and he has done very well for Indian team.”He is a very talented boy and I am sure he is going to do wonders for our country,” the dashing left-handed batsman said after being roped in as the brand ambassador of lubricants firm — GS Caltex India — at a function here on Wednesday night.advertisementShaw had shone on his Test debut against the West Indies at Rajkot last year.Also Read | No debate surrounding No.4 spot in World Cup squad, says Shikhar Dhawanlast_img read more

Ireland vs USMNT: Match preview & live stream

first_imgRepublic of Ireland v United States Ireland vs USMNT: TV channel, live stream, team news & match preview Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 1 year ago 15:30 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tim Weah Josh Sargent United States Bolivia USA Today Republic of Ireland v United States Friendlies United States Republic of Ireland After a win at home against Bolivia, a young USMNT faces stiffer competition in the first of two matches in Europe A 3-0 victory over Bolivia on Monday boosted the sour mood around the U.S. men’s national team with promising young players starring ahead of a summer that will include no trip to the World Cup.Now, it falls to many of the same players, plus a few new additions with interim coach Dave Sarachan making several changes to the roster, to keep that good feeling going.Republic of Ireland, which also has its eyes set on the future with the UEFA Nations League beginning in September, will present a much more difficult task than Bolivia did. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Despite losing 2-0 to France earlier this week, Ireland’s team is full of experienced players, unlike the Bolivia side the Americans faced which was the first call-up for half of the South American squad. Game Ireland vs. United States Date Saturday, June 28 Time 8:08pm BST/3:08 p.m. ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch Watch Ireland  vs. USA live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.Squads & Team News Position Ireland players Goalkeepers Doyle, O’Malley, Supple Defenders Coleman, Doherty, Egan, Duffy, Long, Lenihan, Rice, O’Shea, Stevens, Williams, Cunningham  Midfielders  O’Dowda, Arter, Hendrick, Meyler, O’Kane, Browne, Williams, McClean, Horgan  Forwards Walters, Long, Burke Defender John O’Shea joined the team after its 2-0 defeat to France. The match will act as a send-off game for the Manchester United and Sunderland great ,who will close out his career third on the list of all-time caps for the Boys in Green.Shaun Williams, who made his Ireland debut against France, left the squad for his wedding.Potential starting XI: Doyle; Coleman, Duffy, O’Shea, Williams; Rice, Arter, Browne; McClean, O’Dowda, Long Position United States players Goalkeepers Hamid, Steffen, Yarbrough Defenders Carter-Vickers, Lichaj, Miazga, Palmer-Brown, Robinson, Villafana, Yedlin, Moore, Parker Midfielders Corona, Green, McKennie, Parks, Rubin, Weah, Trapp, Adams, Saif, De La Torre Forwards Novakovich, Sargent, Wood There were a number of changes made between the Americans’ game against Bolivia and the trip to Europe. Most notably, Christian Pulisic is off to enjoy his offseason, with MLS duo Tyler Adams and Wil Trapp added to the midfield. Bobby Wood joined the team up top. DeAndre Yedlin joins to solidify the defense with Tim Ream out. Bill Hamid is the only holdover at the goalkeeper position. Zack Steffen and William Yarbrough are on the trip with Alex Bono headed back to Toronto FC.Potential starting XI: Steffen; Yedlin, Carter-Vickers, Miazga, Villafana; Trapp, Adams; Rubin, Weah, Saif; NokavovichBetting & Match Odds The bookmakers think an Ireland win or a draw is more likely than the visitors pulling an upset with  dabblebet  offering 23/20 odds on an Ireland win and 11/5 for a draw. A U.S. victory is at 23/10.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for this weekend’s international friendly matches. Game Preview Josh Sargent United StatesIt’s not going to be an easy summer for U.S fans. As regional rivals prepare for the World Cup, the USMNT is looking toward 2022 – or at least toward the 2019 Gold Cup.Things got off to a good start with a 3-0 victory over Bolivia with plenty of firsts as a handful of players making their international debuts and Walker Zimmerman, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah scoring their first goals for the Stars and Stripes.Attention now shifts to a trip to Ireland, which is coming off a 2-0 defeat to France. The European side will pose a much bigger challenge than the young South Americans, especially with many Ireland regulars part of a group Martin O’Neill is preparing for the debut of the UEFA Nations League this fall having also missed out on the World Cup.Some of the United States’ best players, namely Christian Pulisic, have left the squad from the first game while others, including Newcastle United defender DeAndre Yedlin, are joining up with the group.It’s part of a continued process of mixing players who will lead the team forward in the next World Cup cycle with giving fresh faces an opportunity to prove that they too belong in the squad that will get the U.S. back to the World Cup.MLS midfield pair Tyler Adams and Wil Trapp have been added to the roster. They’re the expectations on the roster, though, with 21 of the 25 players called in based outside MLS. Levante defender Shaq Moore, who made his Levante debut in 2017, and Fulham midfielder Luca de la Torre. Both have been involved with United States youth teams but are looking for their first senior cap. Tim Parker also is hoping to make his U.S. debut.More important than the result for the U.S. is how those young players adapt to international soccer and if those who showed their potential against Bolivia can continue to give USMNT fans reason to believe there’s plenty of talent in the pool.last_img read more

2014 Trans Tasman Series

first_imgThe countdown is on until the 2014 Trans Tasman Series, which will be contested between Australia and New Zealand in Mudgee, New South Wales this weekend. The Australian and New Zealand Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams will take to the field at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex across three games from Friday, 25 April until Sunday, 27 April 2014. Australia will be out to reclaim the Trans Tasman trophy in Mudgee, and with the 2015 World Cup edging closer, the Trans Tasman event will be the arch rivals’ last chance to battle it out before the World Cup is held in Coffs Harbour in April/May, 2015. Last time they met (Auckland, February 2013), New Zealand claimed the series two divisions to one, with Australia winning the Women’s Open division 3-0, while the Kiwis were victors in the Men’s and Mixed divisions two games to one. The game times for the three test series are listed below. We look forward to seeing you there to cheer on our Aussie teams!Game TimesGame One – Friday, 25 April 3.30pm – Mixed Open4.45pm – Women’s Open 6.00pm – Men’s Open Game Two – Saturday, 26 April1.00pm – Mixed Open2.15pm – Women’s Open3.30pm – Men’s OpenGame Three – Sunday, 27 April12.00pm – Mixed Open 1.15pm – Women’s Open2.30pm – Men’s Open See what Mudgee has to offerWhile you’re in Mudgee for the Trans Tasman Test Series, make sure you experience the many other activities on offer in the area. Sample fresh produce at the local markets, visit one of many cellar doors in the region or explore one of the nearby national parks. Find out more here: Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Trans Tasman Series:Website – – – (#transtasman2014)Instagram – – Messages of Support We’ll be posting your messages of support for our Australian teams on our website in the lead up to the series, so be sure to send in your support for your favourite player, team or the entire contingent. We’d love to provide as much support as possible so be sure to get on board. You can do this through any of our social media sites or send an email to with your message. Related Links2014 Trans Tasmanlast_img read more

Removal of Auxiliary Fees, Corporal Punishment Non-Negotiable – PM

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says removal of auxiliary fees and prohibiting corporal punishment in schools are non-negotiable government policies to which principals and teachers are to adhere.Mr. Holness asserted that the Charter of Rights under the Constitution makes it an entitlement for children to have free access to primary education, inclusive of early-childhood education “without any obligatory fees”.Additionally, he insisted there should be no corporal punishment in early-childhood institutions, particularly infant schools, because it results in the entrenchment and legitimisation of violence.“I cannot wait until the cultural change happens. I must lead it by using institutions to set an example,” he asserted.The Prime Minister was speaking at the official handover ceremony of the newly completed Jamaica-China Goodwill Infant Schools in West Central St. Andrew on October 31.A second Jamaica-China Goodwill Infant School has been opened in Eastern St. Thomas.The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the Government and people of China for the two schools.He said that the nation’s interest is being furthered through its relationship with China.He pointed to developments under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) and the Jamaica North-South Highway as evidence of Jamaica’s healthy partnership with the country.“The sovereignty of Jamaica is foremost in my mind. We (Jamaica and China) have mutual respect and regard for each other, and the relationship has been beneficial,” he added.Mr. Holness further assured that where loans are secured on behalf of Jamaica from China they are done with the best interest rates.“The Government of Jamaica, across Administrations, has made a commitment that we will reduce our indebtedness. We are coming from a 141 per cent debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio and by the end of this fiscal year just below 100 per cent… .  The target is to be 60 per cent debt to our GDP, and we’re going to get there. If we borrow, we borrow smartly. We’re living within our means,” he said.In his remarks, Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, declared that the “early-childhood education sector is much healthier than it was two and a half years ago”.“The revitalisation of our Early Stimulation Programme through partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders is positively impacting our targeted population. More of our stakeholders understand the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life,” he said.Mr. Reid noted that local developments in early childhood have been positively recognised in a report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as an example for the Caribbean region.He said Jamaica and Barbados have been ranked “at the top of the 58 low- and middle-income countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with the greatest access to education programmes for infants”.“The IDB noted the fact that Jamaica implemented and conducted the first long-term experimental evaluation of an early-childhood development programme in a developing country,” he said.The schools, which were built under a cooperation agreement between Jamaica and China, can each accommodate 180 students.Facilities include classrooms, playing rooms, auxiliary areas, outdoor corridors and playground, among other things.For his part, Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Tian Qi, said the opening of both schools stands as a shining example of “fraternity and friendship” between the two countries.He emphasised the importance of early childhood education, noting that the “attitudes, emotions and pattern of behaviour towards the society are formed during this stage”.“It plays an important role in the improvements in integrity, character and life quality and even lifelong sustainable development… . Children are the future of the society,” he noted.Chairman of the National Education Trust, Matthew Samuda, and Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, delivered remarks during the ceremony. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says removal of auxiliary fees and prohibiting corporal punishment in schools are non-negotiable Government policies for which principals and teachers are to adhere. Mr. Holness asserted that the Charter of Rights under the Constitution makes it an entitlement for children to have free access to primary education, inclusive of early childhood education “without any obligatory fees”. Story Highlights Additionally, he insisted there should be no corporal punishment in early childhood institutions particularly infant schools, because it results in the entrenchment and legitimisation of violence.last_img read more

Ottawa to test for risks of virus transfer from farmed to wild

first_imgOTTAWA – A science review to assess the risks associated with the transfer of a virus from farmed Atlantic salmon to wild salmon has been launched by the federal government.Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the results of the assessment of the piscine reovirus will guide decisions on aquaculture in Canada, including in the area of the Discovery Islands and Broughton Archipelago off B.C.’s coast.The government says in a news release the review will include domestic and international scientific experts, with a final report made available by early next year.Wilkinson says the government is committed to using the best available science to protect wild Pacific salmon, including Fraser River sockeye.Ecojustice sued the fisheries minister in Federal Court earlier this month, alleging the government fails to test farmed salmon for the virus before it allows companies to transfer the fish to open-net pens along salmon migration routes.The ministry says the study is one of 10 risk assessments that the department is conducting to understand the potential of pathogen transfers associated with aquaculture activities.last_img read more

Kids exposed to pot through secondhand smoke or edibles at risk for

first_imgTORONTO – As Canada gears up for the legalization of recreational pot on Wednesday, health providers are warning parents and other adults about the potential dangers to children of exposure through second-hand smoke or the ingestion of cannabis-laced edibles.Even the tail end of a joint can pose a risk if a curious child were to eat it, said Dr. Margaret Thompson, medical director of the Ontario, Manitoba and Nunavut Poison Centres.“Kids get into everything,” she said, noting that with the approach of legalization, poison control centres across the country have already been seeing a big uptick in calls about children who have inadvertently ingested marijuana-infused foods like cookies, brownies and gummy bears.A study by the Ontario, Manitoba and Nunavut poison centres shows that from 2013 to 2017, annual calls concerning cannabis exposure to children under age 18 rose by 50 per cent, to 234 from 116.“For the most part, it’s edibles we’re getting increasing calls about,” said Thompson, an emergency medicine specialist and toxicologist in Toronto. “And my biggest concern is that in Canada these are not yet legalized and so there is nothing that makes these products uniform.”Commercially produced cannabis edibles won’t be legal in Canada until late 2019, but they are readily available for purchase on the internet and in some illegally operating pot shops. As of Wednesday, Canadians also will be able to produce home-made edibles, as long as organic solvents aren’t used in their preparation.“And we won’t have any idea how much cannabinoid or cannabis is in any particular bite or whole brownie or full brownie pan,” Thompson said, calling children “completely naive to these products” and at risk for a more intense reaction to the psychoactive component of marijuana compared to adults.As yet, there is no legislation in Canada requiring edibles to be in child-resistant containers or to carry warning labels, she added.“So you might have 100 gummy bears that have some quantity of marijuana, oil or extract in them — and is that eight mg of cannabis or is it 25 mg in each gummy, because often they’re not labelled as to how much is actually in them.“It’s meant that you take one, but what child wouldn’t eat a whole package of gummy bears?”Kids who have inadvertently ingested cannabis can experience a number of adverse effects, including being disoriented, agitated and off-balance.“So they may be falling about the house, they may seem to regress in terms of their (developmental) milestones,” she said. “If they were originally walking around, now they’re crawling because they can’t stand straight.”Seizures and coma have been known to occur in kids who have taken in high concentrations of cannabis, and in rare circumstances children have experienced strokes or heart attacks.“I think our biggest message is be aware, be careful,” said Thompson. “Place your products in a locked box after you’ve used and out of sight from children.”But edibles don’t pose the only potential pot-related risk to children.Second-hand smoke or vapour from puffing on a joint or bong can also expose kids to the mind-altering component of weed, known as THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, one of more than 100 active ingredients in the budding plant.“What we know about cannabis smoke is that it is not unlike tobacco smoke, to the extent that if a person is exposed to it they do ingest some of the cannabis constituents,” said Dr. James MacKillop, co-director of McMaster University’s Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research.“So if a child is around parents or other adults who are smoking cannabis heavily, that exposure alone could lead to a meaningful level of cannabis ingestion and in turn psychoactive effects.“This is particularly problematical in situations where there is low ventilation,” such as in an enclosed room in a home, he said from Hamilton.While getting lungfuls of second-hand pot smoke or vapour wouldn’t necessarily make a child feel “high,” it could make them feel dizzy and sick, said MacKillop, adding that the adverse effects would depend on how much they breathed in. Those effects could last for a few hours.“I would absolutely recommend that parents avoid exposing their children to cannabis second-hand smoke of any kind, and that also goes for cannabis vapour. Fundamentally, if it’s in the air and there’s fairly regular exposure to it, they’re likely to ingest it.”MacKillop also endorses Health Canada’s admonition that pregnant and nursing women avoid using marijuana, since THC — which is stored in fat tissue and over time leeches into the bloodstream — can cross the placenta into the fetus and also make its way into breast milk.The Canadian Paediatric Society is so concerned about the potential fallout from recreational cannabis legalization on children and youth that its surveillance program plans to track how many young people end up seeking medical attention for serious or life-threatening events related to the use of pot.The two-year study will run until October 2020 and will include cases from the beginning of September 2018.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Justice Canada tweet suggests you can be charged with drunk driving two

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A tweet from Justice Canada is raising eyebrows as it suggests you can be charged with drunk driving even two hours after driving your car.The now-deleted tweet shows a person barbecuing and another hailing a taxi.“It’s summer time and the living is easy! Whether you’re sitting on a patio or having a backyard #BBQ, remember it’s against the #law to have a blood alcohol concentration over prohibited levels within two hours of driving. Know the limits. #Impaired Driving.”RELATED: ‘Sweeping change’ to impaired driving laws increase police powers to breath testVancouver-based criminal lawyer Paul Doroshenko says this means police can charge someone who drives sober, but drinks during the two hours after driving.“It’s the thing that we said was the big fear, and that people should be concerned about, and they said they would never do that, because that would be a gross overreach,” he says. “But then sure enough, we see a tweet from Justice Canada threatening Canadians with that very scenario.”I saved it. For the Charter challenge.— Paul Doroshenko, Q.C. (@PaulDoroshenko) July 6, 2019He says the tweet shows the government’s intentions with new drunk-driving laws ushered in last year.Justice Canada, however, has sent out a correction, saying it’s a myth police can come to your house two hours after driving and demand a breath sample.“As far as the law goes, under the old laws, drivers could argue they could beat an “over 80 mg” charge if they had several drinks right before driving because the alcohol wouldn’t affect them until after they drove. The new laws cover this situation and drivers can be convicted if they have a blood alcohol concentration at or over 80 mg within 2 hours of driving,” the department says in a statement.It says the new laws are meant to stop the ‘intervening drink’ legal defense, which is an argument that drinking after getting out of a car was the cause of someone’s high blood alcohol levels. It points out the law does allow for limited exceptions, such as if the driver drank after driving and didn’t have reason to expect they would have to provide a breath sample. (Full statement below)CORRECTION: We wanted to clarify the facts around a tweet that was issued yesterday relating to the 2 hour rule under the new alcohol-#ImpairedDriving laws. These laws aim to keep our roads safer and save lives. Find out more here:— Justice Canada (@JusticeCanadaEN) July 6, 2019Even so, Doroshenko argues the wording of the law is unjust.“The issue here is that the government denied that this is what they were going to do, and then, only months down the road, one small seasonal change and we have them threatening to do exactly what they said they would never, ever do, and threatening Canadians,” he says.“Good luck to Canadians who get trapped in this. It worries me greatly, and there will be people, obviously, if the government’s out tweeting it, they intend to do it, and there will be people who get caught up in this.Justice Canada responds to concernsThe Department of Justice has issued a response following concerns raised about the tweet. Here is the full statement:The Department of Justice takes the feedback of Canadians seriously. After posting the tweet on Friday, we noticed that it was resulting in some responses to the tweet that contained inaccurate information, while others asked for clarity about the tweet itself. The Department recognizes that the original tweet was leading to confusion, as demonstrated by some of the responses. Other responses were providing misinformation about the laws. The Department took corrective and responsive action by removing the tweet and replacing it with a clarification and links to more comprehensive online material on the subject.As far as the law goes, under the old laws, drivers could argue they could beat an “over 80 mg” charge if they had several drinks right before driving because the alcohol wouldn’t affect them until after they drove. The new laws cover this situation and drivers can be convicted if they have a blood alcohol concentration at or over 80 mg within 2 hours of driving. This change was made to address this type of risky and dangerous behavior on our roads, to make roads safer and save lives.The law has also changed to limit the “intervening drink” defence. By changing the timeframe of the offence (i.e., to being at or over the offence level within two hours), the argument that post-consumption alcohol was the cause of the high blood alcohol concentration is no longer relevant. Recognizing that there may be situations where the post-driving consumption of alcohol was innocently done, the legislation provided a limited exception, (i.e., the driver drank after driving and had no reason to expect that they would be required to provide a sample of breath).It is worth noting that mandatory alcohol screening authorizes law enforcement officers to require a driver to provide a breath sample on an approved screening device, whether or not they suspect that the driver has recently consumed alcohol. This would only be done after the person has been lawfully stopped while driving a vehicle.Thank you for the opportunity to clarify this important aspect of the law, the goal of which is to keep Canada’s roads safer.last_img read more

Moroccan Minister Under Fire For Defending MPs Controversial Pension

New York – Charafat Afilal, Minister Delegate to the Minister of energy has been under fire since she made a statement on Tuesday in which she fiercely defended the pension Moroccan Ministers and parliamentarians receive after their retirement.There has been an ongoing debate in Morocco on whether Moroccan Ministers, MPs deserve to receive a monthly retirement of up to MAD 35,000 and 20,000 at the end of their mandates respectively, while civil servants in in several government sectors receive less than MAD 3,000 after 40 years of service.Echoing the debate taking place among Moroccans, TV host Mohammed Tijini asked the Minister on his show Dayf Al Oula on Tuesday whether it supports the position of people who call on the government to reform the law on MPs and Ministers’ pensions. “While people work hard for 40 years to qualify for retirement, other people work as parliamentarians and ministers for five years and enjoy a happy retirement. In this time of crisis, it is desirable that the Ministers and MPs set an example by forgoing their pensions,” Tijini asked.The Minister dismissed his question as “populist debate” that does not deserve that she dwells on it.“This is a populist debate. MPs pay contributions for retirement and ministers receive a pension because the late King Hassan II decided to reward their hard work,” she said.“Several Ministers relinquish their pensions when they have other paying jobs,” she added. Afilal went to add that this debate is “futile,” and asked the TV host to debate on issue that are more important.”The Minister’s comments stirred a heated debate on social media with many Moroccans criticizing the “condescending” way in which she answered the question.“This is not a populist debate. This is very much a worthy discussion in a country where public service is more of a solid financial investment,” Mohamed Brahimi, a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Boston told Morocco World News.Brahimi challenged her claim that some Ministers forgo their pension and called on the Minister to provide the names of Ministers who made this step.“I still challenge her to give us the names of those ministers who she claims have forsaken their pension,” he added. read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State sweeps BYU wins NCAA championship

Ohio State redshirt senior middle blocker Driss Guessous spikes the ball in OSU’s 3-0 win against BYU in the NCAA championship on May 6 at St. John Arena. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State men’s volleyball team members — senior setter Christy Blough, junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen and senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson — walked on the stage for the postgame press conference with their individual national championship trophies in hand and parts of the net draped around their necks, failing to describe what had just transpired on the court.OSU coach Pete Hanson was asked if he could put into words what his players couldn’t. He responded, “I’ll try.”“I think that before the tournament started, coach Hanson talked about each game we progress needs to be our best game,” Blough said. “And I think without a doubt, this was our best game this season.”OSU (32-2) won the 2017 NCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship over BYU (26-5) in three sets Saturday night at St. John Arena, in front of a record crowd of 8,205 fans.It’s the program’s second consecutive national title and third overall. Szerszen led the Buckeyes with 16 kills, Johnson added 9 and junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir had 10 in their 25-19, 25-20, 25-22 victory past the Cougars, who finished as runner-ups for the second straight season to OSU.Junior opposite hitter Maxime Hervoir spikes the ball during the NCAA championship on Saturday. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterFirst setOSU lit a spark early winning the first three points of the match, but BYU quickly erased that deficit as they took a 7-6 lead. It wasn’t until Blough toed the service line with the set tied at eight that he buried two straight service aces and gave OSU a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.From there on, the Buckeye defense took control with the predominantly scarlet-and-gray crowd behind it on each point. “You can’t quantify that. That (crowd) was unbelievable,” Hanson said. “That’s the roughest spot to be in is when you’re in a national championship match and you’re down and the team that’s been hunting for you for 365 days is coming at you.”OSU led by as much as eight before winning the set, 25-19.The Buckeyes only hit .148 as a team in the opening frame, but the men up front made it difficult for the BYU squad to find holes in their defense. OSU forced nine hitting errors in the first set and 16 for the game.“Our middles were really effective in closing and setting up a pretty good block and making those hitters hit hard shot,” Johnson said. “And I think that’s why that there was so many errors.”Ohio State hitters Maxime Hervoir (23), Driss Guessous (4) and Miles Johnson (13) block a ball at the net against BYU in the national championship at St. John Arena on May 6. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterSecond setThe Cougars went back and forth with the Buckeyes through the first 16 points of the set. Johnson and Hervoir had back-to-back kills to stretch the lead to 11-7.OSU continued to put its foot on the pedal after the media timeout, ripping off three straight points to take an 18-11 lead. The Buckeyes closed the set with a kill from Blough and a hitting error by BYU opposite hitter Jake Langlois.The team had 16 kills and three errors on 29 swings (.448) in the second. Johnson led the way with six kills.Third setBYU took an early 3-1 lead in the final set, but as they have done all season, the Buckeyes battled back with Szerszen leading the charge. The junior from France had nine kills in the final set with just one error.Blough said that Szerszen had no business hitting a few of the balls he set to him, but that having a gifted athlete like Szerszen attack the net when the team needs a play is what made this team the undisputed champs.“All throughout the season, we had two games that we lost and those were due to a lack of focus or relaxing,” Szerszen said. “And I think the last (set) was the one we had to push because we had to finish it because (losing focus) could happen at any time.”The Ohio State men’s volleyball team lifts their second consecutive national title trophy as confetti filled St. John Arena on Saturday during the NCAA national championship game. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOn the final play, Blough received the pass from Szerszen and had no doubt he would put the championship point on the hand of the tournament’s most outstanding player.“For us seniors, I really don’t think we could go out on a better note than that,” Blough said. “Kind of feel bad for Nic (who has one more year of eligibility) because I don’t think it’s going to get much better than this.” read more

Weekly football predictions Week 1

With another college football season ready to get underway, it’s time for another year of weekly predictions. Quinn Pitcock, the reigning champion who blew away the competition in 2009, returns to battle former OSU linebacker James Laurinaitis, former OSU quarterback Justin Zwick, current OSU men’s basketball center Dallas Lauderdale and Lantern sports editor Zack Meisel. THIS WEEK’S GAMES: Marshall @ No. 2 Ohio State UCONN @ Michigan No. 3 Boise State @ No. 10 Virginia Tech James Laurinaitis: Ohio State, UCONN, Virginia Tech Dallas Lauderdale: Ohio State, UCONN, Virginia Tech Quinn Pitcock: Ohio State, Michigan, Boise State Justin Zwick: Ohio State, Michigan, Boise State Zack Meisel: Ohio State, UCONN, Virginia Tech read more

Millionaire businessman played When a Man loves a Woman at lesbian couple

first_imgDymott, who has now retired, objected to the cockerel’s crowing and claimed he was going to sue them because it had affected the value of his £1 million houseCredit:Solent news Paula Holland at Southampton Magistrate's Court He also allegedly called Miss Richardson, who lives with her partner Miss Holland, a “sick witch” and a “psycho”.One one occasion, Miss Richardson claimed, Dymott walked into her driveway and said “don’t you fucking mess with a multi-millionaire. My barrister is going to get you for £50,000 because you have devalued my house”.The couple’s cockerel was eventually killed by neighbours at their request in August 2015, but they got another cockerel that September. This bird also crowed but died in November 2015. “We think he was poisoned,” Miss Richardson added.Dymott denies two charges of harassment.The trial, which is expected to last two days, continues. A neighbour played When a Man Loves a Woman loud enough to be heard by a lesbian couple whose cockerel’s crowing he claimed was devaluing his home, a court heard on Wednesday.Neil Dymott, 56, allegedly launched a campaign of harassment against his country neighbours Helen Richardson and Paula Holland by playing excessively loud music every time their cockerel crowed.Dymott is alleged to have provocatively played the 60s soul hit ‘When A Man Loves a Woman’ at and sworn and shouted at the lesbian couple, Southampton Magistrates Court heard.Giving evidence, Miss Richardson said: “On one occasion he shouted across the road that I was a ‘fucking lezza’ and proceeded to play ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ on repeat for an hour. But mostly it was Radio 2 and Queen music. Helen Richardson at Southampton Magistrates' Court Paula Holland at Southampton Magistrate’s CourtCredit:Solent News Helen Richardson at Southampton Magistrates’ CourtCredit:Solent News Claire Hook, prosecuting, said: “The cockerel died in November 2015 and the defendant was still convinced they were hiding a cockerel or there was a cockerel on the property.”There was intrusive contact.”Hearing a cockerel would be part of normal countryside but these two victims took the brunt of Mr Dymott’s offence.”Southampton Magistrates Court, Hants, today heard Dymott shouted “shut that cockerel up or I’ll sort you” on a number of occasions when the cockerel crowed. The dispute began when Miss Richardson and Miss Holland took in rescued hens and a cockerel hatched from one of the hens.  The retired businessman objected to the cockerel’s crowing and repeatedly threatened to sue them because it had affected the value of his £1 million house which was around 80 yards (73 metres) from their property.After receiving a letter from the council about a neighbour’s noise complaint, the couple moved the cockerel further down the garden, soundproofed the bird’s home and also bought an anti-crowing collar which went around the cockerel’s neck and prevented him crowing by restricting his air flow.Even after the couple’s cockerel was killed, Dymott allegedly continued to harass his neighbours – blaming them for their neighbour’s cockerels, and then for a cockerel crowing in surrounding farmland. Dymott, who has now retired, objected to the cockerel's crowing and claimed he was going to sue them because it had affected the value of his £1 million house “I could hear it clearly – the music, the words – from inside the house.”Police community support officer Vickie Pressey also told the court she attended Dymott’s home in response to a noise complaint in June 2015 and saw a Jaguar on his drive with all the doors and boot open “blaring” out Queen.The court heard Dymott, of Marchwood, Hants, came onto Miss Richardson and Miss Holland’s property and into their garden, taking photos of their home and on one occasion pushed Miss Richardson against a fence, leaving her with a cut on her arm. 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.last_img read more

System to dispose of expired drugs archaic says Health Minister following

Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence on Friday, following a press conference, acknowledged that the system to dispose of expired drugs is one that is archaic and plagued by staffing issues.Minister of Public Health Volda LawrenceAt last week’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting, when questioned as to why over $5.4M in expired drugs dating back to 2016 have not been disposed of, Regional Health Officer for Region 3, Ravendra Dudhnath, indicated that they are still awaiting the intervention of the Government Analyst Food and Drugs Department.Today, Lawrence, who also sits on the PAC, told reporters that she would have made contact with the Food and Drugs Department to make officers available to ensure the drugs are disposed of.Probed as to why it has taken such a lengthy period to have the drugs disposed, the Minister asserted that the system is plagued by staffing issues.According to her, the issue of expired drugs is one that has been in existence for a number of years under successive governments and added that the system to dispose of those drugs is one that needs modernizing.“We do not have a system which allows for the ready distribution. Most of the systems that we have are very archaic. The offices do not have the responsibility to dispose on their own so they depend on other entities, whether it’s the Auditor General, whether it’s the Food and Drugs who will come and say how you dispose of these particular items that you have. So, it cuts across and they all have the challenges,” she told reporters.Additionally, Lawrence said they are taking steps to have issues addressed adding that it will take some time before the changes become visible.“It’s a work in progress. It’s not something that can happen tomorrow. It’s a work in progress. We have to change the ways in which our regulations are written. We have to ensure that we have more people at the various entities so that they can be dispatched regularly to the various institutions to assist them with disposal,” she explained.According to the Auditor General’s Report of 2016, 213 items of expired drugs with an approximate value of $5.4M were noted at West Demerara Regional Hospital and seven health centres within the region.In addition, it was also revealed that the drugs are still being stored at the bond, which is also used to store current medical supplies.However, Dudhnath told the PAC that there is no chance that the expired drugs could be dispensed to patients since they are stored separately in the bond.The PAC also heard that the region officially requested the removal and destruction of the expired drugs since August 2017. (Lakhram Bhagirat) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLawrence announces new drug procurement process to take effect from MondayJune 23, 2017In “Health”Several systemic errors identified in Health MinistryJanuary 28, 2017In “Health”IPA awarded $36.5M contract without licence to importMarch 22, 2017In “Health” read more

Make the most of the fine spring weather while you can heavy

first_img Dry& start to day.Temps rising to 12-16C by early pm.Cooler on Len & South Mun coast due to an onshore Eerly breeze— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 25, 2017 By Sean Murray Showery rain will arrive in Munster on Monday evening, however, before spreading northward.The sun should still persist for a time on Tuesday, before Wednesday brings with it heavy rain.On Wednesday, Met Éireann predicts “further outbreaks of rain, turning heavy in many western counties during the day”, adding that there will be “further heavy falls of showery rain overnight”.Read: ‘We learned about loyalty’: Trump blames Democrats after humbling healthcare defeatRead: Bus Éireann strike rumbles on but Irish Rail says no services will be affected today Make the most of the fine spring weather while you can – heavy rain returning next week The western half of the country will enjoy the warmest temperatures over the weekend. 21,585 Views Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 10:10 AM Share69 Tweet Email1 center_img 22 Comments Short URL TODAY AND TOMORROW are set to be fine, sunny days across the country, but we had better enjoy the weather over the next couple of days with heavy rain forecast to return later next week.Met Éireann forecasts temperatures will range between 12 and 16 degrees by early afternoon today, but it will be cooler along the Leinster and south-Munster coast due to easterly breezes.This evening, temperatures will stay above freezing with frost in a few sheltered places only.Sunday will follow suit, with temperatures again in the mid-teens, and Monday will also be a good day with more dry, settled weather.The western half of the country will again enjoy temperatures in the mid-to-high teens throughout the weekend and into next week. Mar 25th 2017, 10:10 AM Source: Met Éireann/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

What was taxpayers money get spent on Russia dismisses report into its

first_img Friday 19 Apr 2019, 12:01 PM Short URL 7,598 Views Share Tweet Email Special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report on the investigation into interference in the 2016 US presidential election 20 Comments Apr 19th 2019, 12:01 PM center_img Special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report on the investigation into interference in the 2016 US presidential election Image: Jon Elswick RUSSIA HAS ONCE again dismissed a report by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller into its interference into the 2016 US Presidential election.Speaking after part of the report was given to the US Congress yesterday, a Kremlin spokesman said that it failed to present clear evidence of any meddling by Moscow and called its impact on relations regrettable.“As a whole the report as before does not present any reasonable proof at all that Russia allegedly meddled in the electoral process in the US,” Dmitry Peskov told journalists, saying the report contained “no new information.”Russia has consistently rejected any suggestion that it interfered in the election won by Donald Trump.The politically explosive probe by Mueller ruled that Trump’s campaign did not criminally conspire with Russians to skew the election, and drew no conclusion on allegations of obstruction.“We regret that documents of such quality have a direct influence on the development of US-Russian bilateral relations which are not in the best shape as it is,” Peskov said.He also suggested that US taxpayers should question why their money was spent on the lengthy probe with such a result.“In our country, the audit chamber would probably take an interest in such a report: what did American taxpayers’ money get spent on?“But let the US taxpayers themselves ask that question,” Peskov added. By Stephen McDermott ‘What was taxpayers’ money get spent on?’ Russia dismisses report into its meddling in US election Russia has consistently rejected any claims of interference in the election. Image: Jon Elswick Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek CEOs sleepout for charity

first_imgConcrete floor, a cup of soup and a bread roll was what Greek Australian CEOs were faced with on Thursday night as they took part in the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout, an event organised by St Vincent de Paul to raise awareness for the issue of homelessness in Australia. All over the nation, Greek Australian CEOs spent the night in the cold to raise much needed funds for homeless Australians, but did so with the ever-present crisis in Greece at the forefront of their minds. Georgios Kotzageridis, CEO of GSK group of companies, was one of the Victorian CEOs who took part in the Sleepout and has done so two years in a row, stating he will continue to do so in the future hoping more Greek Australian CEOs get involved. “It’s just one night of our lives where we experience sleeping on a concrete floor and eat what homeless people eat in order to understand what the homeless go through,” Mr Kotzageridis tells Neos Kosmos. “We live in luxury and this is one way to understand the suffering they are faced with as homelessness can happen to anyone,” he said. Mr Kotzageridis also supports charities such as World Vision, Blue Ribbon and Good Friday Appeal, as in his own words he says “God gives, we spread”. The Sleepout highlights the plight of those experiencing homelessness and asks CEOs and community leaders to rise to the challenge and experience homelessness for a single night. By doing this, CEOs will help raise awareness of homelessness in Australia. All money raised from the event will directly assist Vinnies’ homeless services. In Victoria, Mr Kotzageridis raised a grand total of $11,000 for the homeless people of Australia. The highest fundraiser for Greek Australian CEOs went to St George Banking Group CEO George Frazis, who raised $111,239.91 in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout in NSW. Other Greek Australian CEOs who participated included: James Kydas, Principal P2 Group; Paul Nicolaou, Australian Hotels Association; John Nicolades, Bridge Housing Limited; Sophie Cotsis, Shadow Minister for Housing, NSW Parliament; George Kazangi, BlueCentral; Alex Apostolopoulos, Dream Centre Inc.; Anthony Zalakos, Recovre; Maria Efkarpidis, Rock Development Group; Nick Nonas, Nova Multimedia; George Roussos, Roussos Legal Advisory; Bill Vasiliou, Chris’ Supa IGA; John Papa, JP Cabinets; Stephen Lazarakis, Rotary International; and Chris Andreas, Cognizant Technology Solutions Australian Pty Ltd. For more information on the Vinnies CEO Sleepout and to donate visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more