first_imgMore than a quarter of all Internet traffic belongs to BitTorrent, a file-sharing system that allows users to swap everything from music to movies. Now, for the first time, researchers have revealed a link between a country’s economy and the type of files its residents download from BitTorrent. The findings are shedding new light on online behavior and could help law enforcement track down Internet pirates.“[The researchers] found an intriguing and creative approach,” says Johan Pouwelse, a computer scientist at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, who was not involved in the work. “I’ve never seen a study done like that.”BitTorrent is a so-called peer-to-peer (P2P) communication protocol. Unlike traditional networks that store information on a central server, which power well-known services like Google and Facebook, P2P relies on users to make their resources directly available to other users. The technology supports everything from Skype calls to the U.S. military’s intelligence-sharing network. Though people use BitTorrent to swap legal material such as free software, the network has proved particularly attractive to those sharing copyrighted music, movies, and games illegally. 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Investigators can’t conveniently retrieve information from a central server, but instead must monitor individual users to gain a global picture.So computer scientist Jordi Duch at Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, in Spain and his colleagues collaborated with computer scientists at Northwestern University, who developed a software plug-in called Ono. The software accelerates BitTorrent download speed. In exchange for this benefit, Ono’s 1.4 million users can choose to release information on their file-sharing behavior, such as the timing of downloads and the size of the shared files, for research purposes. To protect the users’ privacy and entice cooperation, the researchers did not collect data on the content of the shared files. They also used an algorithm to anonymize the data, so that the researchers themselves did not know the IP addresses of the users, which can be used to track them down.Without information about the file content, the researchers invented a creative way to gauge what exactly users were sharing. Sampling files shared on the Pirate Bay, they found that different types of content correspond to specific file sizes. A 100-megabyte file is more likely to be a digital music CD, whereas a 2-gigabyte file tends to be a high-definition movie.After more than 4 years tracking user behavior, the researchers analyzed the activities of about 10,000 active BitTorrent users during a typical month. The users—at least those who agreed to use the Ono plug-in—behaved in a highly predictable manner, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A majority downloaded files on a weekly basis, and most focused on sharing one or two types of files. By looking at a user’s first 100 downloads, the team could predict with 80% accuracy what type of file the user would download next, Duch says.But what really stood out is that users from the same country displayed a tendency to download the same types of content. After factoring socioeconomic indicators such as a country’s gross domestic product per capita and Internet access, analysis showed that users from rich countries such as the United States tended to download more music files, whereas users from poorer countries such as Spain favored movie files.Alex Kigerl, a cybercrime researcher at Washington State University, Pullman, who was not involved in the study, says he finds the results surprising, as he would expect users from richer countries to take advantage of better Internet infrastructure to download larger files. Duch suggests that the availability of online streaming services such as Netflix may have curbed the tendency for Americans to download movies and TV shows. In contrast, in countries like Spain, where no such services are available, downloading became the prevalent way to access such content.The study could help engineers design better file-sharing algorithms that optimize download speed by matching users who share the same interests, Duch says. The data could also be used to evaluate the efficacy of antipiracy policies, he says. In an unpublished study using the same data, the researchers found that regulations on online downloading tend to produce only short-term effects. For instance, when the New Zealand government passed a three strikes law against pirating in 2011, BitTorrent user activities dampened for a few months, only to climb back up later, Duch says. “Law enforcement agencies … are trying to put walls in a field where there are several ways to evade them.”*Correction, 7 October, 12:15 p.m.: This article has been corrected to note that BitTorrent user activity dampened when the New Zealand government passed a three strikes law against piracy, not when the U.S. Department of Justice shut down Megaupload.last_img read more

first_imgWill @KingJames end his career in Cleveland? #NBAMediaDay pic.twitter.com/8goKT4rrum— NBA TV (@NBATV) September 25, 2017ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “It hasn’t changed,” he was quoted as saying in a video uploaded by NBA TV on Twitter.“And that’s why I sit up here today, still in this uniform, still ready to lead this franchise to a championship, put us in a position where we can be successful,” he added.James also assured everyone that his looming free agency won’t be a distraction this season, as he plans to deal with it come summer time.“Obviously you guys know with me any time I am able to either be a free agent or my contract is ending I will approach that when the summer comes,” he explained.“I won’t ever cheat my teammates or cheat the fans. Or in a situation where I’m worried or talking about free agency all year long. Because I’m not going to give energy to something that I can handle in the summertime. “ADVERTISEMENT After the Typhoon Part 2 PLAY LIST 05:18After the Typhoon Part 204:50LeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next The 2017-2018 NBA season will mark LeBron James’ final year of his three-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough the four-time NBA MVP made it clear in a heartfelt essay in 2014 that he intends to finish his career with his hometown team, rumormongers have continued to speculate on where he will take his talents next.Speaking to reporters during the Cavaliers’ recent media day session, “The King” made it clear that he remains loyal to “The Land” and dedicated to its fan base. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ LeBron, of course, has been able to keep his promise of ending Cleveland’s 52-year title drought in 2016.He reportedly owes $33.3 million this season and has a player option worth $35.6 million for 2018-19, according to The Score.  /raRELATED STORY:LeBron James ‘would love’ to have Dwyane Wade in Cleveland LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: PH’s David Carlos rules Chengdu 3×3 Dunk Contestlast_img read more

first_imgcricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL Sri Lanka Sri Lanka skipper Angleo Mathews won the toss and elected to bowl against defending champions India in a Group B fixture of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval, here today.Sri Lanka have made three changes with Mathews, Danushka Gunathilaka and Thisara Perera making their way into the playing XI. They come in place of Upul Tharanga, Chamara Kapugedara and Prasanna Seekkuge.India have fielded an unchanged side which beat Pakistan in the previous match.Teams:India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (C), Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Pradeep. COMMENT SHAREcenter_img Published on India June 08, 2017 COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Nov 20 (PTI) The sixth edition of Swimmathon, touted as the countrys premier open water swimming competition, will be held at Colva beach in South Goa on December 3.The event had been accredited by the Swimming Federation of India as the national selection trials.Winners of Swimmathon, both men and women in 5K and 10K races, will represent India at the FINA World Championship and Asian and Commonwealth Games, it was announced at a media conference here today.Olympian Virdhawal Khade, who is the brand ambassador of the event, said Swimmathon has given a platform for young aspiring swimmers.Khade said there has been a “drastic change” in the scenario with regard to swimming in India in the last ten years.”The standard of swimming has improved (in the country),” said Virdhawal, an Arjuna Awardee.Ashish Agarwal, Co-Founder of Square Off Sports, the organisers of Swimmathon, said the last years mens winner Ramesh Tamatta in the 10K category part in Olympic qualifier at Portugal.He said this year the event will have four categories which includes 10K and 5K for both men and women.Around 1, 000 participants are expected to participate in the event across various categories.Agarwal also said swimmers like Sandeep Shejwal are likely to take part in the event.The total cash prize for the event is Rs 4 lakh with winners in 10K and 5K categories (male and female) will get Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 each. The categories: 10K Swimmathon: 14+ years Men and Women 5K Swimmathon 14+ Years Men and Women 2.5K Swimmathon and 1K Swimmathon Under 14 Boys and Girls 14+ years Men and Women 35+ years men and women. PTI NRB NSKadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLeicester City 1 Stoke City 1: Butland howler costs Potters Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 22:23 2/24/18 Jack Butland Getty Images Stoke City missed the chance to move out of the Premier League’s relegation zone after Jack Butland’s own goal in a 1-1 draw at Leicester. Jack Butland scored a disastrous own goal as Leicester City came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.Stoke were on track to move out of the relegation zone thanks to a fine first-half strike from Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored his fourth goal from outside the box this season.But Butland misjudged a powerful cross from Marc Albrighton, deflecting the ball into his own goal to extend Stoke’s four-month wait for an away league victory. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez started for the first time in the league since the closure of the transfer window, but he was kept quiet by Stoke’s left-back, Premier League debutant Konstantinos Stafylidis.Shaqiri gave Stoke the lead shortly before half-time, scoring for the third straight Premier League match with a fine arrowed strike from 25 yards after Leicester gave the ball away.Claude Puel’s men did not look as though they would find an equaliser with Butland mostly untested in the Stoke goal, before his horrendous error cost Paul Lambert’s men a vital three points, with Harry Maguire and Matty James almost winning it for Leicester, their efforts both thudding against the woodwork.7 – Since the start of last season, Stoke have scored seven own-goals in the Premier League, more than any other side. Clanger. pic.twitter.com/iImjkNgqV1— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018James smashed an early chance over the crossbar as Leicester started brightly.Kasper Schmeichel made a comfortable save down to his left to keep out Badou Ndiaye’s drive, with a mishit Mahrez effort similarly easy fare for Butland after 25 minutes.Mahrez should have done better when a long ball from Demarai Gray saw Leicester break, but the Algeria international curled a trademark 25-yarder wide of the far post with his left foot.Leicester had lost the ball away in their own half on multiple occasions and they were punished for a lapse three minutes before the break.3 – Xherdan Shaqiri has scored in three consecutive games in Europe’s big five leagues for the first time ever. Trio.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018 Joe Allen hustled Wilfred Ndidi out of possession on the touchline and when he shifted the ball inside to Shaqiri, the Swiss star burst into space in front of the Leicester defence and bent a wicked strike into Schmeichel’s bottom-left corner.Leicester, who were unbeaten in five games against Stoke, made a high-tempo start to the second half, but the visitors almost doubled their lead after 55 minutes.Schmeichel’s poor clearance put Leicester in trouble, but an alert Shaqiri fired narrowly wide.Emboldened by Stoke’s fine display, Lambert threw on teenage striker Tyrese Campbell – son of former Everton forward Kevin – for his Premier League debut, with Puel turning to attacking pair Kelechi Iheanacho and Fousseni Diabate to spark life into his side.4326 – Tyrese Campbell made his Premier League debut 4326 days after his father Kevin Campbell last made an appearance in the competition (April 2006 v Newcastle). Generation.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018 But it was Albrighton who provided the equaliser for Leicester after 70 minutes, bursting down the right wing and thumping a cross straight at Butland, the England goalkeeper somehow managing to direct the ball straight into his own goal.Butland made a fine save from Mahrez to somewhat make amends, and was on hand seconds later to push Maguire’s thunderous drive against the post as Leicester threatened to snatch all three points.After substitute Charlie Adam’s awful header sent Mahrez through, Butland made another vital save to protect Stoke’s point after Kurt Zouma’s block deflected the winger’s effort, with James heading against the post in a frantic finale. Key Opta Facts:- After winning five of their first eight Premier League games under Claude Puel (D2 L1), Leicester have enjoyed just two victories in the last 11 (D4 L5).- Stoke have won just one of their last nine top-flight games (D4 L4), scoring a total of just six goals in that period.- Since the start of last season, the Potters have scored seven own-goals in the Premier League, more than any other side.- Xherdan Shaqiri has scored in three consecutive games in Europe’s big five leagues for the first time ever.- Tyrese Campbell made his Premier League debut 4326 days after his father Kevin Campbell last made an appearance in the competition (April 2006 v Newcastle United).  read morelast_img read more

first_imgKayo will be the only place you can watch all broadcasted games. Games will be available live and on-demand on Kayo. Sign up using this link: goto.kayosports.com.au/c/1396894/585543/9635?sharedid=artGame 1 (Saturday 6th April) and all other Saturday games will be available live and on-demand on Kayo, as well as NRL.com. (The NRL.com stream will be able to be viewed globally.)All Sunday games will be broadcast live on Fox League and live and on-demand on Kayo.In New Zealand, all Fox League games will also run on Sky Sport. We’re pleased to announce our four broadcast partners for the #NRLTouchPremiership: Kayo, Fox League, NRL.com and Sky Sport.last_img

first_imgGeorgia fans watch flyover ahead of game at Notre Dame.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 09: Fans watch a military flyover prior to a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Georgia Bulldogs at Notre Dame Stadium on September 9, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Georgia football had a rare trip to South Bend to face Notre Dame last season. The game set the stage for the Bulldogs’ surprising run to the College Football Playoff, and with a road trip like that, a lot of Dawgs fans were interested in tickets.Unfortunately, one broker wound up stiffing hundreds of fans, failing to deliver tickets.Jeff Cook was arrested last September after the incident. From WXIA in Atlanta:The Sheriff’s Office executed a warrant at Cook’s house in Eatonton on Friday morning and arrested him, Sills told 11Alive.Cook is charged with selling sports tickets without a license and advertising sports tickets for sale without posting a license number and his advertisements. He was released later on Friday after he posted bond of $2,000.Today, Jeff Cook was supposed to begin his 180-day jail sentence for the Georgia football ticket scam.Per a report by DawgNation.com, Cook did not show up to begin his sentence. Now, the local sheriff says that a search for him is underway:“As we speak, a warrant is being obtained for his arrest charging him with felonious escape,” said (Putnam County Sheriff Howard) Sills, speaking by telephone while vacationing on the Georgia coast. “I was present in court when he was sentenced, I made this case and he was specifically instructed by the chief judge of our circuit that he was to surrender at 9 a.m. this morning. He has not and I’m getting ready to send the hounds to find him.”Earlier this year, Cook pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft and one count of selling tickets without a license, according to Sills. After release, Cook is to serve nine years of probation. Cook is also banned from all UGA athletic events and from UGA property.Plenty of UGA fans made it into the stadium to watch the Dawgs’ dramatic 20-19 road win. Still, this was a rough ordeal for those whose promised tickets were never delivered.[DawgNation.com]last_img read more

first_imgPant, Rohit as openers for India in World Cup? Shane Warne has an interesting takeShane Warne suggested some surprise tactics to India for the ICC World Cup 2019 and spoke very strongly in defence of MS Dhoni’s role for the team at the upcoming mega event.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 23:38 IST Shane Warne said Rishabh Pant is outstanding and may be he should open for India with Rohit Sharma at the ICC World Cup 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShane Warne said India can break Rohit-Dhawan opening partnership to surprise opposition at the World CupShane Warne said Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni can both feature in India’s playing XI for the World CupWarne came out strongly in defence of MS Dhoni and said India need him in the World Cup teamThe 1992 World Cup was brought into being coloured clothing and day-night cricket. But it is also best remembered for Martin Crowe-led New Zealand’s surprise tactics of promoting Mark Greatbatch up the order as an out-and-out hitter and opening the bowling with Deepak Patel’s spin.Now as the ICC takes the World Cup back to the ’92 format with each team playing against the other, count the tactical genius of Shane Warne to come up with a surprise plan for Team India – play Rishabh Pant as an opener!”There has been talk if Rishabh Pant can play in the side. I think Dhoni and Pant both can play. I can’t see why Rishabh Pant can’t play as a batsman, he is outstanding. Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma. I know Shikhar Dhawan does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles, where you surprise the opposition,” Warne told India Today in an interview.While the talk of separating one of the most successful ODI opening partnerships of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan would surprise many, Warne has never been shy of lateral thinking with his cricket.”It could be worth throwing Rishabh Pant at the top of the order for a couple of games and see how he goes. Maybe against Australia now [upcoming series] and experiment and see how he goes for the World Cup. Dhawan may have a role to play somewhere else. But I am really looking forward to seeing what India have because they have a lot of players who can do a lot of roles,” he added.advertisementWarne was unequivocal in his backing of World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni and his utility for Virat Kohli’s team at the mega event.”If you are going to win World Cups and I have been in a few and won a few, you need your best and most experienced players to perform. If they perform, you will win the World Cup. So India need MS Dhoni to perform at his best in the World Cup. India need him in the team,” Warne asserted.Dhoni has settled the debate over his selection with his man-of-the-series show against Australia in the ODI series Down Under. But to those who thought Dhoni’s finishing abilities were on the wane, Warne strongly disagreed.”Dhoni has always done what is best for the team, whether it is bat at No. 4,5,6. Whatever the state of the game, the match situation, he will adapt. If you need 10 runs an over, he will adapt. He will do it, it’s a proven fact. He doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. They need him in the team because he will deliver because he is class,” Warne spoke in firm defence of Dhoni.Also Read | India can dominate world cricket for a long time, says Shane WarneAlso Read | Virat Kohli head and shoulders above the rest in world cricket today: Kumar SangakkaraAlso Read | India vs Australia series at home a chance to give youngsters a go: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s experience will help Virat Kohli keep a cool head in the World Cup: SangakkaraAlso Read | Why India need MS Dhoni’s experience at 2019 World Cup: Former CSK teammate explainsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Shane WarneFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow India cricketFollow Rishabh PantFollow MS DhoniFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Shikhar Dhawanlast_img read more

first_img The session will be held at the JBDC’s Incubator and Resource Centre, Unit 10A, 76 Marcus Garvey Drive, starting at 9:00 a.m. The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) will be staging a Food Safety and Sanitation Workshop for food business operators on March 7.The session will be held at the JBDC’s Incubator and Resource Centre, Unit 10A, 76 Marcus Garvey Drive, starting at 9:00 a.m.It is open to all persons in the field of agro-processing, from manufacturers to restaurateurs, and will include training from the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, public health personnel, the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and various private-sector entities.Training will cover the areas of local food regulations; good manufacturing practices; food safety management systems; and implementation and maintenance of proper records.The workshop costs $4,500 per person and the deadline for registration is Thursday, February 28. Persons may register through the JBDC’s website at www.jbdc.net.Participants will be awarded a certificate at the workshop’s conclusion. The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) will be staging a Food Safety and Sanitation Workshop for food business operators on February 26. It is open to all persons in the field of agro-processing, from manufacturers to restaurateurs, and will include training from the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, public health personnel, the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and various private-sector entities. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgzoom Environmental legislation will be at the top of the agenda of Angus Frew, Secretary General & CEO of BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping association, whose mandate has been extended until the end of 2022.“Right now is a very interesting time for shipping, and I am very happy to be offered the opportunity to extend my contract. I can continue to lead an organization that has the practical expertise and the scope to make a real difference on crucial industry issues, for example, the current environmental discussions and the establishing of a greenhouse gas strategy and objectives for the shipping industry,” says Frew.BIMCO said that it aims to make sure the industry retains a level playing field and that practical hurdles are removed for shipowners, so they can comply with new environmental legislation.“The most important thing on BIMCO’s agenda is the environment. We have the implementation of the 2020 Sulphur cap to contend with, and we want a clear strategy and reduction objectives on carbon emissions. Being proactive in these environmental discussions is the only way to make sure that we, as an industry, are regulated in a way that makes practical sense,” Frew says.According to Frew, the industry’s emissions peaked in 2008, and zero carbon emissions is the only viable long-term goal for shipowners.BIMCO is well known for drafting standard contracts for the maritime industry. Today, the organization also works on policy issues for its members, has a hotline for contractual advice, publishes technical guides and market analysis, in addition to providing training in a variety of maritime topics.Angus Frew was appointed Secretary General & CEO of BIMCO in September 2013.last_img read more

first_imgWith the temperature dropping and holiday decorations going up, Nova Scotians are urged to take care and keep safety front and centre. “Electrical and fire safety can sometimes be forgotten in the excitement of installing Christmas lights and finding that perfect tree for the house,” said Minister Marilyn More, Labour and Workforce Development. “Following a few tips from the fire marshal can help make sure you and your family have safe and joyous holiday season.” “Unfortunately, this time of year we can see an increase in certain types of fires,” said Harold Pothier, acting Fire Marshal. “However, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent potential fire hazzards when the weather gets colder and many of us are decorating with lights, trees and candles.” Over the holidays and winter months, always remember to: In addition, Nova Scotians should take care when installing their Christmas lights. Lights should be checked over carefully for wear, installed following the manufacturers instructions and should not be installed with staples. For more information on fire safety, contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at 1-800-559-3473. take care when cooking or smoking never discard fireplace or wood stove ashes in your green bin. Instead, place them outdoors in a metal container and away from your house. Let the ashes sit for at least 72 hours before disposing them never leave candles unattended. Keep out of the reach of children and pets, and place in a sturdy holder. Battery-operated candles and lights are safe and convenient alternatives water your natural tree, turn out the lights when not in use, and keep it away from heaters or any flammable objects.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress councillor of Asansol Municipal Corporation identified as Md Khalid was shot dead on Saturday night, in front of his home at Barakar in Asansol.Three miscreants came to the area on a bike and fired multiple rounds at him. When Khalid hit the ground, the miscreants fled the scene. According to sources, Khalid, who was the councillor of ward 66 of Asansol Municipal Corporation, had gone out of his home for a stroll on Saturday night. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen he was about to enter his house at Manberia in Barakar with his younger brother Arman at around 12 am on Saturday night, three miscreants came there on a bike. Two of them came down from the bike and came close to Khalid. Before he could react, one of the miscreants shot a round at his leg. When he was trying to reach his home, the miscreant shot another round at Khalid’s chest. As soon as Khalid fell down, the miscreants fled. Arman, who was close to Khalid, tried to stop the bike but failed. Immediately, Khalid’s neighbours and family members rushed him to Asansol District Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, Arman stated that he Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayis suspecting three persons with possible motive for the crime. He also stated that Khalid was attacked a few years ago as well. Before that, they had even attacked Khalid’s father. The suspected persons are their family members. The Mayor of Asansol Municipal Corporation reached the hospital as soon as he got the news. Later, he said: “Khalid’s brother is suspecting some persons, about which he has informed the police. We also want the culprits behind bars soon. Police will do the needful.” Later on Sunday night, police arrested a person identified as Tinku Khan, who is a relative of Khalid. It is suspected that the attack was due to some family dispute.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Natasha Penner was in the midst of celebrating her 30th birthday at a West Coast music festival when she accepted a drink from a newfound friend.She felt after spending most of the day with him they had established some trust. But after she took a few sips, everything became a blur.“I woke up 10 hours later naked in his tent,” she recalls of the 2014 incident. “I was definitely drugged.”Still disoriented and confused, Penner was told by the man to leave his tent. Upon examining herself, she says she found signs she was raped.Stories like Penner’s are putting pressure on organizers of music events — like this weekend’s Wayhome Music and Arts Festival north of Toronto, headlined by Frank Ocean, Imagine Dragons and Flume — to do a better job making their venues safer, particularly for women.A study by the Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program at the Ottawa Hospital found that 26 per cent of sexual assault cases involving patients who attended the institute in 2013 occurred at mass gatherings. About 40 per cent of patients believed they were drugged and only 33 per cent said they knew the assailant.Other assaults are more fleeting — it’s not unusual for female crowd surfers, for example, to encounter random hands emerging from the audience to tear at their clothes.Stacey Forrester is a co-organizer of the Vancouver wing of volunteer organization Good Night Out, which works with venues to prevent and combat the sexual harassment women typically face at events like concerts.She remains skeptical that promoters are fully committed to preventing harassment on their premises. She says if they were, organizations like hers wouldn’t have to dedicate their time to patrolling venues.“For a long time, having someone grind on you or grab you in passing was just expected to be a normal part of going out or being in a mass crowd of people,” Forrester says.“People who are in security positions still hang on to those beliefs. We see it … when we’re doing training. Even people who are entrusted with the safety of the crowd often buy into these rape myths.”Montreal’s Osheaga music festival recently announced new measures in a bid to curb some of these incidents.Co-founder Nick Farkas says female “Hirondelles” — translated into English as “swallows,” the birds representing love and compassion — will patrol festival grounds looking for trouble and offering assistance.A similar initiative was launched at the Montreal International Jazz Festival last month to complement the mostly male security staff hired to ensure crowds don’t get out of hand.“Historically security guards are often giant guys dressed in black and they’re not super approachable,” Farkas says.“What we’re trying to accomplish with this is that people feel comfortable approaching the special team if something happens.”Osheaga brought in the security measure following a firestorm of criticism last year. Concertgoer Melanie Doucet said she was drugged during the festival’s Red Hot Chili Peppers set. Doucet felt a date-rape drug kicking in and immediately reported it to security, but later said she felt staff could’ve handled the situation better.Toronto’s electronic-dance Veld Music Festival unveiled new measures on Friday to provide designated security spaces staffed with women and outreach booths with volunteer counsellors and crisis intervention managers.Wayhome declined interview requests to discuss safety measures for women, saying they were tied up with preparations for the event.“We are constantly trying to improve on lines of communication with our audiences to ensure they are aware of all channels available to provide aid in any scenario,” said Todd Jenereaux, an organizer at promotion company Republic Live, in an emailed statement.Jodie Ortega, a Vancouver-based advocate for survivors of sexual violence, says the growing conversation around the safety of women at music festivals should be a cue to other events, concert halls and clubs that ticket buyers expect to see improvement.“If public safety is one of their main priorities … then they have to take a step back and think of the bigger picture,” she says.Ortega suggests venues take a cue from public transit operators that post signs saying that violence against bus drivers won’t be tolerated.“There’s no signage like that on the front of a nightclub or the back of a concert ticket,” she says.“Maybe it’s time to be completely blunt.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — New research from an American academic concludes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s spoken French is unfairly criticized in Quebec because he is seen as an outsider.Prof. Yulia Bosworth of Binghamton University in New York suggests that when the province’s media elite attack Justin Trudeau’s French skills, they are less focused on the language and more on denying him membership in Quebec’s collective identity.Her article, “The ‘Bad’ French of Justin Trudeau: When Language, Ideology, and Politics Collide,” was published in the most recent issue of the American Review of Canadian Studies. The author studied 53 online news items, mostly between April 2013 and January 2017, that discussed Trudeau’s linguistic abilities or those of other federal politicians.Bosworth, a professor of French linguistics, discovered a near-unanimous chorus of criticism of the quality of Trudeau’s French, which she says suggests a bias against Trudeau.The author says Trudeau’s name evokes memories of his late father, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, whose vision of a bilingual, united and multicultural Canada is rejected by many in Quebec’s media elite.She adds Quebec journalists are also indignant at how Trudeau views himself as bilingual and francophone, a cultural intersection she says is construed in the province as necessarily clashing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rabat – Morocco’s first fully “Halal” bank is set to open its doors in September.According to the Moroccan Association of the Professionals of Participatory Finance (AMFP), the operation will take effect as soon as the central bank has given its approval.“Before September or October, the first bank compliant with Sharia will be launched,” said Said Amaghdir, AMFP director. “Morocco’s financing needs are enormous, particularly in the financing of projects and the stability we have here is in favor of the kingdom.” In January, the Moroccan government adopted a bill regulating Sharia compliant banking products and allows foreign Islamic banks to operate in the Moroccan banking sector. Abdellatif Jouahiri, governor of Morocco’s central bank said that Bank Al-Maghrib received requests from foreign entities to invest in the Moroccan Islamic banking sector, adding that these requests are being reviewed before starting any potential negotiations with concerned stakeholders.AMFP estimates that the investments in Islamic finance will reach $7 billion in 2018. Mohamed El Kettani, CEO of the Attijariwafa Bank Group whose Islamic bank subsidiary, Dar Assafaa is set to become the first financial institution fully compliant with the principles of the Islamic Sharia (law) in Morocco, said that Islamic finance can represent 10 percent of the banking market in 10 years. “We are already leaders of the market and we want to remain the same under the new law.”Islamic banks differ from normal banks in the concept of “interest”. In conventional banking, the relation between the bank and the client is that of creditor and debtor, whereas in Islamic banking the relation is that of partners, investors and trader, buyer and seller. read more

GUELPH, Ont. — Manufacturer Linamar Corp. says it has reached an agreement to buy Winnipeg-based agriculture equipment maker MacDon Industries Ltd. for $1.2 billion.Guelph, Ont.-based Linamar says MacDon and its group of companies will complement its existing agricultural harvesting business in Hungary and allow the company to serve more markets globally.Linamar, which makes precision metallic parts for a range of sectors including automobiles, says the MacDon deal will allow it to further diversity its operations and end markets.‘America has much more to lose than they will ever gain’ by scrapping NAFTA: Linamar CEO‘Astoundingly clean’ balance sheet: Canada’s auto parts makers just keep roaring alongCompany CEO Linda Hasenfratz says the increased exposure to agriculture comes as the sector is in the early stages of a cyclical recovery, and with strong growth to be driven by a growing and developing global population.MacDon sells its specialized agricultural harvesting equipment in over 40 countries and has about 1,400 dealers and distributors in its global network.Linamar, with 59 manufacturing facilities globally and about 24,500 employees, had sales of $6 billion in 2016. read more

At the same time, UN agencies appealed urgently for $7.4 million to help the more than 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), a tenth of the total population, uprooted by the deadly violence that erupted after the dismissal in April of nearly 600 soldiers, a third of the armed forces.Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in the country, Sukehiro Hasegawa, today continued his shuttle diplomacy seeking to forge a dialogue for peace, travelling to the eastern District of Baucau to meet with military and civil leaders after visits earlier this week to western regions for talks with leaders of armed groups demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri.Mr. Annan’s briefing from Ian Martin, a seasoned Timor hand, will enable the Secretary-General to have “a good idea of what is actually going on the ground,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York, noting that it was up to the Security Council to take a decision on next steps.“We will obviously make some recommendations to the Council and those will be discussed during the week, but it’s fairly clear the UN will have to reconsider and probably increase its posture in Timor as we move ahead,” he said.At present an international force including Australia, Malaysia and Portugal, which ceded colonial control of Timor-Leste in 1974, are helping to restore order at the Government’s request. The UN presence has been drawn down since the original UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET) was set up in 1999 after the country voted for independence from Indonesia.Once independence was attained 2002, that mission was replaced with a downsized operation, the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), which in turn was succeeded by the current residual UN office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL). Mr. Martin, who was Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in East Timor, as the country was then called, in 1999, said on leaving Dili, the capital, at the end of a nine-day visit on Wednesday that virtually everybody he had spoken to believed there would now be a larger UN role. On the humanitarian front the UN refugee agency today appealed for $4.8 million to help tens of thousands of IDPs.“Security is still a major concern for the more than 65,000 or so displaced in Dili,” High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “We are now in the process of trying to ease congestion in the 40 or so makeshift encampments around Dili and improve living conditions.” Another 35,000 people are estimated to have sought refuge in the countryside. Mr. Redmond said that so far funds had been slow in arriving, with only $286,000 from Australia, $185,000 from private donors in Australia, and 50,000 euros from the Government of Germany.“We hope with the launch of the UN Flash Appeal shortly that donors will give generously,” he added, noting that at the moment UNHCR is providing emergency shelter, basic items and protection for up to 30,000 IDPs. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a $2.6-million appeal to cover its operations in Timor-Leste until the end of August. The IDPs include 32,000 children under the age of 15.For its part, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is helping to safeguard the health of an estimated 3,000 pregnant women left homeless by strife. With as many as five deliveries on any given day, ensuring timely transport of women in labour to the national hospital remains an urgent concern.UNFPA is supporting the Ministry of Health in establishing a place within the hospital to provide care for pregnant women and their families during the last two weeks of pregnancy and a week after delivery. The UNHCR and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are providing the needed logistical and nutritional support.“Timor-Leste has one of the highest birth rates in the world and faces many challenges in maternal and infant health in normal times,” UNFPA country representative Hernando Agudelo said. “During a crisis, we need to be even more vigilant to ensure that pregnant women receive adequate obstetric services.” read more

NDP leader calls on Harper to defend supply management ‘in its entirety’ OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper should defend supply management “in its entirety” during negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, says NDP leader Tom Mulcair.Harper’s most recent remarks on the trade talks have created uncertainty for Canadian egg, poultry and dairy producers, Mulcair writes in a letter to the prime minister.Supply management relies on marketing boards to control domestic production of eggs, milk, cheese and poultry and high import tariffs to protect against foreign producers.“I am urging you to commit to defending supply management in its entirety and reassure Canadians that it will be protected in all future negotiations,” Mulcair writes in the letter, sent late last week.“Concessions in supply management sectors could have profoundly negative effects on our regional economies.”Mulcair also stressed the importance of the policy in his home province.“In Quebec alone, nearly 7,000 family farms exist and prosper thanks to supply management, which also accounts for 92,000 jobs and 43 per cent of total agricultural revenue.”Last Thursday, Harper said Canada is “working to protect” the supply management system while it participates in the trade talks.“I believe these negotiations are going to establish what will become the basis of the international trading network in the Asia Pacific. It is essential in my view that Canada be part of that — that the Canadian economy be part of that,” Harper said.“At the same time, we are working to protect our system of supply management and our farmers in other sectors.”Max Moncaster, a spokesman for Trade Minister Ed Fast, denied media reports from last week that said the government was prepared to make concessions on supply management.“Our government is committed to defending our system of supply management,” he said in a statement.“Unlike Thomas Mulcair, who has consistently opposed Canada’s free trade agreements and advocated against Canada’s economic interests on the world stage, our government will continue to promote Canadian trade interests across all sectors of our economy, including supply management.”The TPP is currently being negotiated by 12 countries including Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.The government says TPP countries represent 792 million people and a combined GDP of $28.1 trillion, which is about 40 per cent of the global economy.One of the central complaints from opposition parties has been the secrecy surrounding the talks, which have gone on behind closed doors.The government has also faced strong opposition from dairy and poultry farmers who want supply management preserved.Some groups, including the Dairy Farmers of Canada, have expressed concerns about how the trade deal could increase access to the Canadian dairy market.In a 2014 report, the Conference Board of Canada said supply management “effectively transfers resources from poorer Canadians to wealthier Canadians” and called for the policy to be dismantled or dramatically retooled. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks at a rally in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Mulcair is urging Stephen Harper to defend Canada’s supply management system “in its entirety” in the course of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang by Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 2:22 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2015 at 5:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“Atrocity crimes rarely happen suddenly – they often evolve and develop over time,” Mr. Eliasson said. “Therefore, well before tensions escalate to violence, there are many opportunities to take action. We must all be aware of those moments and act as early as possible.”The Framework was developed by the UN Office of the Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect. It is an analysis and risk assessment tool that uses a set of risk factors and related indicators to identify and prevent atrocity crimes. Mr. Eliasson said it could promote a systematic approach to assessing the risks of atrocity crimes as well as opportunities for preventive action.“2014 has been a troubled and turbulent year. We have witnessed large-scale violence and widespread suffering – in Iraq, Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan and many other places,” said the Deputy-Secretary-General. “There has been important cooperation among States to provide assistance to populations affected by these crises.”Stressing the importance of learning from past experiences, including failures, and underscoring the collective responsibility to prevent atrocity crimes that is rooted in international law, Mr. Eliasson underlined the importance of seeking ways to improve the UN’s ability to situations that could give rise to atrocity crimes. That desire had informed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s launch of the Human Rights Up Front initiative and the Framework has already been used under that initiative. It contributed to a more coordinated approach to assessing information on human rights situations, and to taking action in specific cases like South Sudan and the Central African Republic.“By this initiative we are placing human rights, the protection of civilians and the prevention of atrocity crimes, at the heart of our work,” Mr. Eliasson said. “But let us remember – words, commitments and obligations are hollow, unless translated into concrete and effective action.” read more

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Daniel Santacaterina threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and Southeast Missouri claimed its first FCS playoff victory in program history, scoring all its points in the third quarter in a 28-14 win over Stony Brook on Saturday.The Redhawks (9-3) will travel to Utah to face No. 2 seed Weber State next Saturday.The Seawolves (7-5), making their fourth FCS appearance, outgained the Redhawks 404-240 but they turned the ball over four times and three of those miscues led to touchdowns.Trailing 14-0 at halftime, Santacaterina ran 16 yards up the middle to get the Redhawks on the board four plays after Justin Swift’s interception. Southeast Missouri tied the game when Taj Jenkins’ interception led to Santacaterina’s 5-yard scoring pass to Kristian Wilkerson and then took the lead on a 9-yarder to Jerrick Orr. A fumble led to the final Redhawks touchdown, a 38-yard pass to Wilkerson.Donald Liotine rushed 2 yards for a score and Joe Carbone threw 36 yards to Julius Wingate for the Seahawks’ scores in the second quarter.Zach Hall finished with 13 tackles, four solo, and became the Redhawks’ all-time single-season tackles leader with 163.This was the second playoff appearance for the Redhawks with other coming in 2010 when they lost to eventual national champion Eastern Washington.The Associated Press read more