Congress, AIUDF sniff drive to strike linguistic and religious minorities off NRC in Assam

first_imgThe Congress and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) have sniffed a drive by the BJP-led government in Assam and officials to strike the names of millions of people belonging to religious and linguistic communities off the Supreme Court-monitored National Register of Citizens (NRC).The NRC of 1951 is being updated for weeding out illegal migrants, around whom electoral politics is woven in Assam. The first draft with names of 1.9 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants was published on December 31, 2017. The second and final draft is scheduled to be published by June 30.With less than a month to go for the final draft, the AIUDF has accused the BJP-led government of planning to drop about 4 million minorities from the final draft. The Congress has made a similar allegation while saying the State NRC authority has been “using any possible excuse to try and exclude many genuine Indian citizens from the NRC”.In a letter to State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela on Saturday, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) cited a few cases of harassment to point out how the State NRC authority has suggested non-inclusion of certain names by sending a list to NRC seva kendras that are processing documents related to citizenship of applicants and members of their families.‘Questionable list’Terming the list sent to the seva kendras as questionable, the CLP cited ‘targeted’ names. They include Tanko Bahadur Pradhan, Laxmi Pradhan, Deepa Sarkar and Kumkum Bhattacharjee of Karimganj district; Sudhangshu Das, Kusum Das, Alaka Biswas, Rina Barman and Rafikul Islam of Nagaon district; and Umme Kulsum of Mankachar district.These people, the CLP said, are descendants of people figuring in the voters’ list before March 24, 1971, the cut-off date according to the Assam Accord of 1983 to detect and deport foreigners.“There are sufficient prima facie indications that there is a concerted drive to exclude bona-fide citizens, especially religious and linguistic minorities, from the final draft of the NRC. The extent to which the rot has set in can be gauged from the fate of two members of a family belonging to the linguistic minority community, who are residents of Kulidunga village under Ooluoni police station in (Nagaon district’s) Kaliabor,” the CLP said.Prahlad and Ashutosh Das, two Hindu Bengali brothers cited by the Congress, had their names in the first NRC draft but were picked up from their home by the Border Police personnel last week (May 31). Both were sent to a detention camp for foreigners in Tezpur.Assam police’s border unit is tasked with detecting suspected foreigners as well as D-voters (doubtful voters) and initiating action against them. There are six detention camps in the State for such people.The Congress also cited the example of 39-year-old Subrata Dey who “died in mysterious circumstances” at a detention camp in Goalpara. Mr. Dey had been declared a foreigner by a Foreigners’ Tribunal even though the names of his grandfather and father were included in the NRC of 1951. “His only problem was that the family had to relocate several times over the decades due to erosion caused by river Brahmaputra,” the Congress said.Targeting MuslimsThe AIUDF accused the BJP of raising the bogey of illegal Muslim migrants to shift attention from the angered generated by the “contentious” Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.“BJP legislators urge people to wait for publication of the final NRC draft whenever the Citizenship Bill issue is raised. It is a conspiracy through which the State government plans to drop the names of about 4 million largely Muslim citizens from the NRC. If so many illegal Muslims are detected in Assam, people will automatically support the Bill,” AIUDF general secretary Aminul Islam said on Saturday.He cited two notifications by Mr. Hajela, the NRC coordinator, to deputy commissioners across Assam to underline how the “BJP is trying to manipulate the NRC updating process”.The NRC coordinator’s notice on May 1 said court affidavits, village head certificates, private school or college certificates, birth certificates issued by authorities other than health department, village panchayat, lat mandal and circle officer certificates submitted by men and unmarried women, birth certificates with delayed registration cannot be considered legally admissible for NRC.Through another notice on May 2, the NRC coordinator directed officials in the updating process not to include names of siblings of a person detected as an illegal citizen.“We have moved the Supreme Court against harassment through these two notices meant to drop many minority people from the NRC,” Mr. Islam saidMr. Hajela said the two notices were based on the apex court’s direction. “We are just implementing the orders of the SC that is supervising the whole NRC exercise. It is up to the court to address problems people might face,” he told newspersons.last_img read more

ICC final: Pak set target of 339 runs for India

first_imgAt the end of 50 overs, Pakistan scored 339/4.Hafeez was looking to play the reverse sweep off Bhuvneshwar Kumar but he changes his shot and chops it to the off side. Bhuvneshwar does well to just concede singles. Hafeez chases a wide one and chops it down so again a single. India won’t mind this at all. Then Wasim tries a reverse pull/hook whatever you call it and it deflects off his helmet. Ends the over with a dot. Just 5 off the over, gold dust at this stageEarlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan at the Oval on Sunday.Kohli named an unchanged team for the match, while Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir returned to the line-up after missing the semi-final victory over England through injury. He replaced Rumman Raees.This is the second match between the sub-continent rivals at this year’s tournament, with India having thrashed Pakistan in their opening group outing.Teams:India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan. Published on June 18, 2017 It is India’s fourth Champions Trophy final and Pakistan’s first. SHARE RELATED Indian cricket fans hold a trophy as they cheer for their team before the start of the Champions Trophy finals between India and Pakistan at the Oval, in Ahmedabad, India June 18, 2017. Photo: Reuters SHARE SHARE EMAIL Consistent India take on confident Pakistan in finals × Indian cricket fans hold a trophy as they cheer for their team before the start of the Champions Trophy finals between India and Pakistan at the Oval, in Ahmedabad, India June 18, 2017. Photo: Reuters COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

Pulwama fallout: Pakistan shooters will not take part in New Delhi World Cup

first_imgPakistan will not participate in the shooting World Cup in New Delhi after a top official of the national federation confirmed Tuesday that its marksmen had not been issued visas by the Indian High Commission.The Pulwama terror attack, which killed 40 CRPF personnel, had cast a doubt on Pakistan shooters’ participation in the season-opening International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in the Indian capital.”We were supposed to fly out by Wednesday morning as the championship begins from Thursday but we were not issued visas today [Tuesday] so the visit is as good as off,” Pakistan’s National Rifle Shooting Federation (NSRF) president Razi Ahmed told PTI.”I was a bit worried about getting the visas after the Pulwama incident and our fears have come true. It is disappointing that our shooters will not get a chance to try to qualify for the Olympic Games,” Razi said.A source in the federation confirmed that one of the shooters was also a Pakistan Navy Personnel.Razi said air tickets had been booked as well as NOCs obtained for taking the ammunition to New Delhi for the use in the championship.He said Pakistan had applied for visas for the two shooters — G M Bashir and Khalil Ahmed — in the rapid fire category as the event in New Delhi will also serve as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic games.”We had also applied for a visa for the team manager,” he said.On Monday, the National Rifle Association of India had claimed that it had received confirmation from the Indian High Commission that visas were granted to the two Pakistan marksmen, scheduled to participate in the event, and one manager.advertisementRazi said the secretary of the Indian shooting federation had assured him that since the Indian Home Ministry has given clearance the Indian High Commission in Islamabad would issue the visas but that did not happen in the end.Meanwhile, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) said it did not receive any confirmation on Pakistan shooters’ participation in the World Cup.”We have received no updates from Pakistan about their shooters’ participation,” NRAI secretary Rajiv Bhatia said.The ISSF event, which will offer 16 quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, starts at the Dr Karni Singh Range on Thursday.Also Read | Visa granted to Pakistan shooters for Shooting World Cup in New DelhiAlso Read | Pakistan won’t send shooters to Delhi World Cup if visas not issued by Monday eveningAlso Read | Visa will not be denied: Pakistani players to be cleared for Shooting World Cup New Delhilast_img read more

ORANGE CITY GETTING READY FOR RAGBRAI

first_imgOrange City’s RAGBRAI committee is continuing preparations to serve as the overnight host community for the start of the 45th annual Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.Earlier this week the theme and logo were unveiled during a meeting at the Orange City town hall.Eleven year old Avery Kelch of Orange City submitted the winning theme of “Dutch Till Dawn.” after talking with her parents :Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/OC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………in Orange City. ;17Mike Hofman, Executive Director of the Orange City Chamber of Commerce, also serves on the city’s RAGBRAI committee.He says Northwestern College will open their dormitories for temporary housing for the thousands of bike riders, but urges Orange City residents to open their homes to the overnight guests:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/OC2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………welcome those riders. :13The logo was also unveiled during the community meeting.It features a bicycle wheel with a rising sun, using the spokes of the wheel as sun rays, and a Dutch windmill silhouetted against the rising sun.More than 20,000 bicycle riders and their support teams are expected to come to the Dutch communitylast_img read more

10 months agoFernandinho lauds relentless Man City teammate Bernardo Silva

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Fernandinho lauds relentless Man City teammate Bernardo Silvaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFernandinho has lauded Bernardo Silva following his performance in Thursday night’s 2-1 win over Liverpool.Silva ran 13.7 kilometres, the most of any player in the league this season, to help reigning champions City reduce their gap to the league leaders by four points.The Brazilian said: “I think he showed his class.”He has showed his technique so many times, but today [Thursday] he was so aggressive, recovered so many balls and he proved he is very good – one of the best players in our team. He is so important for us.” last_img

Sri Lanka vs India: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 44

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 6, 2019UPDATED: July 6, 2019 08:39 IST Sri Lanka vs India: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction (Reuters Photo)Sri Lanka will look to to end their World Cup 2019 campaign on a high when they take on India at Headingley in Leeds on Saturday.India have already entered the semifinals of World Cup 2019 whereas Sri Lanka have been knocked out of the tournament.For India, this match will be a perfect practice before the big semi-finals whereas Karunaratne’s men will be playing for pride in their final World Cup 2019 outing.Team India will be desperate for the likes of MS Dhoni to find some form ahead of the semifinal as the wicket-keeper batsman was looked out of touch in previous matches.A win against Sri Lanka can take Virat Kohli’s men to the top of the points table provided Australia lose their final game against the already ousted South Africa.BatsmenRohit Sharma has been oozing class in this World Cup as the opener has already hit 4 centuries so far, hence he should be the automatic pick as an opener. Rohit Sharma as 544 runs in 7 innings and is averaging over 90. Sri Lanka’s Kushal Perera can be your other opener. Kushal has 255 runs in 7 innings at an average of 42.50.There would be no better pick than Virat Kohli to bat at No.3 as he is the currently the best batsman in Cricket. Virat has amassed 408 runs so far in the tournament and is averaging at 58.Avishka Fernando scored his maiden World Cup century against West Indies and seeing his current form with the willow, he can be your No.4.All-roundersadvertisementHardik Pandya should be the first all-rounder in your Dream XI team as the Indian provides strength to the middle order with his big hitting-ability.Pandya could also finish the games off in the death overs. Pandya has scored 187 runs in 7 innings and has also picked 8 wickets for his side. Ravindra Jadeja might get to play his first match of World Cup 2019 and if he plays, he must be your second all-rounder.Wicket-keeperMS Dhoni is arguably the most trusted man behind the stumps. Though, the former India skipper has been struggling with the bat in the World Cup but he has the ability to finish matches from any point. MS Dhoni could be your pick as he would hold importance in the team with the strategical inputs he provides at crucial times.BowlersJasprit Bumrah has already build a reputation of world’s best bowler for himself, so no second thougts over his inclusion. Bumrah has delivered for India in every single game. He has 14 wickets to his name with an exceptional economy of 4.6. Be it any batsman, Bumrah has got a way to calm him down.Mohammed Shami has played just 4 matches in this World Cup but has picked 14 wickets to register his name among the top wicket- takers of the tournament. Shami picked a 5-wicket haul against Engalnd and do not forget his hat-trick against Afghanistan that helped India win the game in the last over.Lasith Malinga should be the third name in your bowling department. Malinga showed glimpses of his heyday against England with 4 wickets to his name and rattle any batting line-up on his day. Yuzvendra Chahal should be your fourth bowler as he is known for picking wickets at regular intervals.Sri Lanka vs India Dream11 suggested Playing XIRohit Sharma (C), Kushal Perera,Virat Kohli (vc), Avishka Fernando, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Yuzvendra Chahal.Sri Lanka vs India squads:India (IND): Virat Kohli (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav.Sri Lanka (SL): Dimuth Karunaratne(Captain), Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana.Also Read | World Cup 2019: With eyes on top spot, India take on Sri Lanka in final group gameAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs Sri LankaFollow World Cup 2019Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Dream 11Follow Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka vs India: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 44Dream11 Prediction, Sri Lanka vs India Captain and Vice Captain Prediction: With a top spot on mind, India will lock heads with Sri Lanka in Match 44 of the World Cup 2019 at Headingley on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

Sharp Rise in Incorrectly Declared Dangerous Goods

first_imgzoom There was a major rise in incorrectly declared dangerous goods last year, compared to 2014, according to German liner company Hapag-Lloyd.Namely, the company’s Watchdog program identified 4,314 incorrectly declared dangerous goods cases last year, an increase of 65 percent on the previous year’s figure of 2,620 cases.Hapag-Lloyd’s dangerous goods experts looked into more than 236,000 suspicious cases picked up by the safety software in 2015 (2014: more than 162,000) – that’s equivalent to an increase of approximately 46 percent, the company said.Dangerous goods that are declared imprecisely, incorrectly or not at all have the potential to pose a major risk to crews, ships, other cargo and the environment.For Ken Rohlmann, head of the dangerous goods department at Hapag-Lloyd, there are two reasons behind the sharp increase.“Firstly, the volume of cargo shipped by Hapag-Lloyd increased considerably last year due to the company’s merger with CSAV’s container business. Secondly, there was a sharp rise in Watchdog findings following the devastating dangerous goods explosion in the port of Tianjin in mid-August”, says Rohlmann.Many ports drastically tightened their dangerous goods guidelines in the wake of the incident or even prohibited dangerous goods from being processed at all.last_img read more

DHFL board gives approval to conversion of debt into equity

first_imgNew Delhi: Debt-laden DHFL on Friday said its board has given approval to convert the company’s debt into equity or other securities, either in whole or part. The decision was taken at the company’s board meeting in Mumbai. It comes against the backdrop of the formulation of a draft resolution plan, adopted earlier this month, in accordance with the Reserve Bank of India’s Prudential Framework for Resolution of Stressed Assets which was submitted to its lenders already. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe company’s lenders are party to its inter-creditor arrangement. “Based on the extensive discussion with the lenders on the draft resolution plan, the board considered it necessary to approve certain actions as enabling actions,” it said. “Accordingly…subject to approval of the shareholders, the board approved the conversion of the whole or part of the debt into equity or other securities of the company in accordance with the applicable law with the price of such conversion being in line with the applicable laws and which may result in a change in ownership of the company,” it said in a regulatory filing.last_img read more

Elton John AIDS Foundation Applauds California Governor Jerry Brown For Signing SB

first_imgElton John and the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) applauds California Governor Jerry Brown for signing Senate Bill 239 into law.This landmark piece of legislation reforms laws that unfairly criminalized people living with HIV and therefore made at-risk individuals less willing to be tested for HIV and receive lifesaving treatment that also prevents the further spread of the disease. The new legislation also serves as a model for other states to likewise revise their unjust laws regarding people living with HIV/AIDS.The Foundation is especially proud of the bill’s co-sponsors, including EJAF grantees Equality California Institute, Lambda Legal, and Positive Women’s Network USA, as well as APLA Health, Black AIDS Institute, and ACLU, and all of the organizations supporting the coalition Californians for HIV Criminalization Reform.“This coalition educated lawmakers, LGBT communities, progressive allies, and the public about the need to change punitive California state laws regarding people living with HIV,” said EJAF Executive Director Scott Campbell. “We are committed to working with other organizations across the U.S. to continue educating about the need to modernize state and local laws that unjustly penalize people living with HIV/AIDS.”Most laws criminalizing HIV-positive people were passed in the 1980s when there was still limited medical knowledge about HIV, no effective treatments, and tremendous fear surrounding the disease and people perceived to be infected or at risk. Stigmatizing people living with the disease quickly became politically expedient. Since that time, our understanding of the disease has greatly advanced, effective treatments not only extensively improve and prolong the lives of people living with HIV, but also nearly eliminate the possibility of transmitting the disease when used correctly. In addition, HIV-negative people have access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a one-pill-per-day medication that prevents HIV infection. It is past time that federal, state, and local laws were modernized to reflect today’s scientific realities.last_img read more

PRRD launches water taxi for Old Fort Residents

first_imgA parent or guardian must accompany all minors. Everyone taking the water taxi must wear a lifejacket.For questions please call 250 784-3200 or visit prrd.bc.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has organized a water taxi for residents living in the Old Fort.The water taxi will run from the Taylor Boat Launch to the Old Fort. The taxi will leave from the Old Fort at the following times: 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m.  The taxi will leave from Taylor at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m.For Wednesday, October 3, 2018, residents will need to arrange to be picked up and dropped off at the Taylor Boat Launch. The PRRD is currently working to arrange a bus service to transport residents to Fort St John. However, this service will not be in place on Wednesday, October 3rd.  More information will be released on this service as soon as it is available.last_img read more

Guinea UN completes massive relocation of refugees from tense Parrots Beak area

“A total of 54,000 have been transferred to safety since February,” spokesman Kris Janowski told reporters in Geneva. Now that the relocation is complete, UNHCR has terminated its assistance in the insecure Parrot’s Beak region, a stretch of Guinean territory extending into Sierra Leone that has been cut off from humanitarian aid since last September because of fighting.According to Mr. Janowski, UNHCR’s material assistance to refugees will now only be provided to new sites farther inland, where the Guinean Government can ensure physical safety of the refugees.The spokesman noted that during the voluntary evacuation from the Parrot’s Beak region, some refugees had opted to stay in the volatile zone. “The refugees who have decided to remain in the area expressed the wish to stay put until they are able to go back to Sierra Leone, rather than start afresh in new camps further inland,” he said. read more

Reds Iglesias gets 6M in 1st year of 241M 3year deal

CINCINNATI — Reds closer Raisel Iglesias will get $6 million in the first year of his three-year contract with Cincinnati that guarantees $24,125,000.Iglesias will receive $9 million in 2020 and $9,125,000 in 2021 under the contract announced last week.His new deal replaces a $27 million, seven-year agreement reached in 2014 that allowed him to void the remainder of the deal once he was eligible for salary arbitration. That agreement called for $5 million salaries in each of the next two seasons.Iglesias made $4.5 million this year, when he had a career-high 30 saves in 34 chances and a 2.38 ERA.His new deal contains bonuses for making the All-Star team, winning a Gold Glove, finishing among the top three in Cy Young Award voting, winning World Series and League Championship Series MVP and finishing among the top three for the reliever of the year award.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

University lecturer warns students he knows who they are after receiving anonymous

 Academics have warned that the emphasis on student satisfaction could lead to a “dangerous” situation  Former universities minister Jo Johnson introduced the TEF  Academics have warned that the emphasis on student satisfaction could lead to a “dangerous” situation  However, some lecturers have complained that they tend to generate unfair, unconstructive and sometimes abusive comments that unduly affect careers.  Dr Reid defended his message to students, saying that he “was simply offering constructive advice pertinent in the age of internet ‘privacy’.”He told THE that he sent the e-mail because he believes it is “very important” to discuss “how the nature of anonymity continues to change in the digital landscape that we live in and which appears (but often fails) to protect one’s privacy”.He went on: “We have a responsibility to make sure our students understand that perceived anonymity is not the same as actual anonymity – at university, the workplace and online.Dr Reid added that that “data which we assume to be safe or private has been repeatedly shown to be anything but”. Under the Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), universities will be awarded gold, silver or bronze medals on the basis of a range of factors including student satisfaction and teaching quality.It marks a departure from current ranking systems, where universities are graded based on the quality of their research output. Academics have warned that the emphasis on student satisfaction could lead to a “dangerous” situation where university lecturers are forced to pander to the whims and desires of students for fear of getting poor feedback. Last summer the first TEF results were published, with some of Britain’s top universities sliding to the bottom of the pile. A university lecturer has warned his students that he knows who they are after receiving their “anonymous” end-of-term feedback.Darren Reid, a senior lecturer in history at Coventry University, told undergraduates that far from their comments being unidentifiable, he was easily able to tell who they were written by.He explained that it was fairly straight forward to work out who had made certain remarks if they were “highly consistent” with a student’s speaking pattern, or opinions they have expressed in seminars.  In an email to students, obtained by the Times Higher Education magazine, Dr Reid urged them “not to assume that a nameless form grants you complete anonymity”.  He added that “some of you think you are better at hiding your identity than you are in reality”.  Dr Reid, who specialises in Native American history, told how “patterns of identity” such as non-attendance and a “few other tells” mean that students often “effectively de-anonymise” themselves.He said that his “last lesson” to his final year students is meant “in the spirit of support” to help them “after graduation [and] in the job market”.   Former universities minister Jo Johnson introduced the TEF 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. More than half of the Russell Group institutions that entered also missed out on the top rating, while some of the more modern universities, many of whom received gold awards, hailed a “new order” in higher education.The TEF was introduced by the former universities minister Jo Johnson in 2015 amid Government concerns that universities were too focused on research at the expense of teaching.A Coventry University spokesman said:  “Dr Reid’s comments were intended in the spirit of support for his class. As a university we support an approach to dialogue and discussion – whether anonymous or in an open forum – which is challenging and which offers students and staff alike an alternative perspective to consider. According to independent surveys, Dr Reid’s students express high levels of satisfaction.” Dr Reid went on analyse all the positive and negative comments he received from students, and said that overall he was “extremely flattered and gratified” by the feedback.  Student feedback on their lecturers, as well as satisfaction surveys, is increasingly used as a way to measure teaching quality at universities.   read more

20 million South Koreans affected by countrys largestever data theft

first_imgTENS OF THOUSANDS of South Koreans flooded banks and call centres Tuesday to cancel credit cards following the unprecedented theft of the personal data of at least 20 million people.Since Monday, more than 1.15 million victims of the country’s largest-ever leak of private financial information have cancelled their credit cards permanently or requested new ones, according to the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS).The panic has its roots in the arrest earlier this month of an employee from personal credit ratings firm Korea Credit Bureau, on charges of stealing and selling data from customers of three credit card firms while working as a temporary consultant.OverwhelmedOn Sunday, financial regulators announced that at least 20 million people – in a country of 50 million – had been victims of the data theft.The data stolen from the internal servers of KB Kookmin Card, Lotte Card and NH Nonghyup Card included names, social security numbers, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, credit card numbers and expiration dates.The three firms deployed thousands of extra workers to branches and call centres to handle the complaints and cancellations that poured in when the extent of the scam became apparent.“We’ve been totally overwhelmed for the past two days,” said one official at KB Kookmin Card.Social networking sites and major internet portals were deluged with complaints about the long wait at bank branches and problems with paralysed websites and call centres.“I tried the call centre for more than six hours with no success, and eventually had to go to the bank to wait nearly an hour to cancel my credit card,” said one NH Nonghyup customer.“I’m at Lotte Card (office) to cancel my card. They say I have to wait six hours!” tweeted another angry customer, @casiopea1027.All special call centres run by the three firms were busy Tuesday and some of their websites could not be accessed at all.InvestigationsDozens of their top executives have tendered their resignations, while the government is expected to announce special measures aimed at preventing a similar crisis in the future.Regulators have launched investigations into security measures at the affected firms.“We will hold them fully responsible for the data leak if their sharing of client data among affiliates and lax internal control turn out to be the cause,” FSS chief Choi Soo-Hyun was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency.President Park Geun-Hye has called for strong punitive measures against those responsible for the data theft amid growing concerns among customers that their information could fall into the hands of scammers.The three firms have said they would fully cover financial losses if their customers fell victim to scams related to the latest data theft.Official data showed more than nine million clients have logged on to the websites of the three firms to check whether their personal information was stolen.Many major South Korean companies have seen customers’ data leaked in recent years, either by hacking attacks or their own employees.An employee of Citibank Korea was arrested last month for stealing the personal data of 34,000 customers.In 2012 two South Korean hackers were arrested for stealing the data of 8.7 million customers at the nation’s second-biggest mobile operator.In November 2011 Seoul’s top games developer Nexon saw the personal information on 13 million users of its popular online game MapleStory stolen by hackers.In July the same year, personal data from 35 million users of Cyworld – the South’s social networking site – was stolen by hackers.- © AFP, 2014last_img read more

Minister Garda whistleblowers should have their reputations reinstated

first_imgA garda spokesperson has already said Callinan will not be withdrawing the remarks —- and drew attention to a statement issued last week in which the Commissioner clarified what he meant and said the “disgusting” comment was “not in reference to the character” of Wilson or McCabe.Speaking on Friday in Brussels, the Taoiseach said the Commissioner had “clarified his comments” and the context in which they were made.“I acknowledge that he’s cooperating with Government in implementing the changes that are there,” Kenny said.I acknowledge that these issues came to light through the work of whistleblowers — and because of that, there are now serious and fundamental changes now being made which will bring about a fair, transparent accountable and effective system.The majority of Dáil time next Thursday will be given over to discussion of the Garda Inspectorate report into the penalty points system, which was published earlier this month.The Inspectorate found “consistent and widespread breaches of policy by those charged with administering” the penalty points system and made 37 recommendations on how to improve practices.Also speaking this afternoon, Environment Minister Phil Hogan said that he would not be giving his thoughts on the situation to the public, and would be reserving his views for Cabinet. He denied the suggestion that Fine Gael ministers had been silenced on the issue.Hogan said that the Taoiseach was “a very wise man” with a lot of political experience and that he respected Kenny’s view that Ministers should speak about the issue in Cabinet rather than in public.He insisted the issue would not damage the cohesion of the Cabinet, and added that he was happy that the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan’s position was tenable.Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said today that the Garda Commissioner should withdraw his remarks about the whistleblowers – but that he was not calling on him to resign.He accused Minister for Justice Alan Shatter of having led, in his view, an “unsavoury and unacceptable campaign” to “undermine the credibility of whistleblowers”.Additional reporting, Aoife Barry.First posted 1pmRelated: Varadkar says Callinan should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remarks – but gardaí say he won’tAlso: Garda whistleblowers’ use of PULSE system criticised by Data CommissionerRead: The Tánaiste thinks the Garda Commissioner should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remark Updated at 3.38pmFINE GAEL MINISTER of State Fergus O’Dowd has said the reputations of the two garda whistleblowers should be ‘reinstated’.Appearing on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics programme this afternoon, the Louth TD said he stood by comments made to local radio station LMFM on Friday, when he said “the whistleblowers did a fantastic job”.His comments follow a tumultuous week for the Government, that has seen a split emerge between senior ministers on whether the Garda Commissioner should withdraw his remark that the actions of the two garda whistleblowers were “disgusting”.The issue was put under renewed focus after Transport Minister Leo Varadkar called for Martin Callinan to withdraw the comments about John Wilson and Maurice McCabe’s actions in highlighting problems in the penalty points system.Varadkar’s comments have been supported publicly by Labour ministers Joan Burton, Pat Rabbitte, Ruairí Quinn and Eamon Gilmore.Asked about the issue on Friday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said ministers should discuss their views on the subject at the Cabinet table “rather than have them aired in public”.O’Dowd repeated several times this afternoon that “nobody is above criticism” but didn’t directly express whether or not he thought the Commissioner should withdraw the ‘disgusting’ remark.“Everybody’s free to express their opinion, but we have to govern,” O’Dowd said.He said that “whistleblowers are very important part of our society” and that he was aware of the “difficulties they face”.Asked how he expected the Government to deal with the situation in the coming days, O’Dowd said: The Government makes its policy, and as I’ve said minister Shatter did exactly what he should have done.The changes are taking place and they will be debated in the Dáil.last_img read more

1000 illegal migrants repatriated in December

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A total of 1,041 undocumented migrants arrested in Greece were returned to their countries of origin in December as part of an ongoing campaign to crack down on illegal immigration, police said on Wednesday.Of the 1,041 migrants, 412 were returned home from Attica. Of these, the largest group, 91, were repatriated to Pakistan, with 55 returning to Albania, 43 to China, 35 to Algeria and 26 to Bangladesh. Immigrants from Albania, Bulgaria and Turkey returned to their countries by road.Police said 6,012 unregistered immigrants have been repatriated since August.Meanwhile, authorities in Patra said on Wednesday that 60 undocumented migrants were arrested in the port city in December. Hundreds gather in Patra every month hoping to sneak aboard boats to Italy, often before continuing on to other European Union countries. Ten people were also arrested in December on human-trafficking charges.last_img read more

La planète compte 2 milliards dinternautes

first_imgLa planète compte 2 milliards d’internautesSelon l’Union internationale des télécommunications (UIT), le nombre d’utilisateurs d’Internet dans le monde aurait atteint les deux milliards cette année.C’est au début de l’année que le cap symbolique des deux millions d’utilisateurs d’Internet a été franchi. C’est huit fois plus qu’il y a 10 ans, rapporte 20minutes.fr. Le chef de l’UIT, Hamadoun Touré, cité par l’AFP, précise : “Au début de l’année 2000, il y avait seulement 500 millions d’abonnés à la téléphonie mobile dans le monde et 250 millions d’utilisateurs d’Internet”. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Selon les statistiques de l’UIT, 2,08 milliards de personnes (plus d’un habitant de la planète sur trois) ont surfé sur Internet en 2010, contre 1,86 milliard en 2009. Et ils n’étaient que 1,036 milliard à le faire en 2005.Par ailleurs, pour la troisième année consécutive, le nombre d’utilisateurs est plus important dans les pays en développement (1,19 milliard, +15,6 % entre 2009 et 2010) que dans les pays développés (885 millions, +7,79 % sur la même période).Les portables ont eux aussi la cote. Le monde serait passé de “moins de un milliard à plus de 5 milliards (d’abonnés) au cours de cette décennie”, ajoute-t-il. C’est la concurrence accrue qui a permis, d’après l’UIT, de rendre accessible les technologies de l’information et de la communication à des milliards de personnes dans le monde. Le 26 janvier 2011 à 16:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Reminder 3 Months Left to Recruit 20 New ASA Members

first_imgThe American Soybean Association’s New Member Recruiter Engagement Contest ends on Sept. 29, 2015. Any ASA member who recruits 20 or more NEW members, is eligible for a drawing to win a grand prize. The winner will select a prize of their choice from five options.Grand Prize Options:Apple Technology Package (Including iPhone 6, iPad Mini 32GB and Mac Book Pro 15”)Las Vegas Showstopper VIP (three-nights in Las Vegas with VIP tickets for choice of select shows, includes airfare)Hawaiian Fairmont Getaway (four-nights at Fairmont Orchid Hawaii-Big Island, includes airfare)Girlfriends Ultimate Shopping Getaway ($1,000 shopping spree to Bloomingdale’s in Beverly Hills, Calif.)Rifle or Shotgun Package (Choice of Savage 10 PRED 243 Win 22” or Remington Versa Max 12/26 3.5”)How do you become eligible for this reward?All you have to do to be eligible for the drawing is recruit 20 or more new members. What is a new member? A new member is anyone who has never been a member of ASA or has been lapsed for more than two consecutive years.For rules and for more information about the ASA New Member Recruiter Engagement Contest, click here.last_img read more

Borough Looks At Applying For State Assistance For Seward Flood Damage

first_imgDan Nelson, Borough Office of Emergency Management Senior Manager: “This resolution would authorize the mayor to negotiate, administer and execute on behalf of the borough the disaster assistance application and grant agreement designated as the 2018 Flood/Storm Event by the state.” On October 16, 2018, Mayor Pierce signed a Local Emergency Disaster Declaration requesting assistance from the state for emergency protection services along with temporary and permanent repairs to public facilities and technical assistance. On October 12, 2018 severe damage occurred due to flooding around the City of Seward. Those areas  suffered flooding and related severe damage caused by exceptionally heavy rainstorms. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will look at a resolution at their meeting on Tuesday that would authorize Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce to apply for assistance through the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the flood damage in Seward.center_img If passed the resolution would allow the borough to fund emergency protection services along with temporary and permanent repairs to public infrastructure and facilities and technical assistance. The borough assembly will introduce the resolution at their meeting on Tuesday, March 5.last_img read more

Houston Mayor To Make Personnel Appointment To Address Flooding

first_img 00:00 /01:34 Florian MartinHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner talks to reporters after the city council meeting on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he will assign one person the responsibility to address Houston’s flooding problem.“Someone whose sole responsibility will be to look at it, assess it, bring to the table the various stakeholders and design a blueprint to put us in the best position to address it,” Turner said.The mayor said he had planned to make the announcement this past Monday during his State of the City address, but then the flooding happened and the event was canceled.He wouldn’t say who that person will be, but said he has someone in mind.Turner also said he wants to create a flood task force.Some blame Houston’s development boom for making flooding worse. But Turner said he wants to take a comprehensive approach.“It’s going to take developers; it’s going to take the TIRZ community; it’s going to take the super neighborhoods, engineers, you name it,” Turner said. “The business community, public works, Harris County Flood Control District, Corps of Engineers — all sitting at the table to make it work.”He said there needs to be more storm water detention.Turner also addressed complaints by residents in the Greenspoint area, who have said the city took too long to respond when their homes were flooded.That area was one of the hardest hit.“Would I have preferred to respond to them at the immediate moment of need? Absolutely,” Turner said. “And do I apologize to anyone who believes that we didn’t respond to them in time? Absolutely. I’m the CEO and manager of the city.”But he also said no-one anticipated the flood to be as bad as it turned out and first responders were needed throughout the city.He stressed that of the eight flood-related deaths in the Houston area, none occurred in Greenspoint. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more