England batsman Alex Hales will not face criminal charges over an incident in Bristol in September and is available for national team selection, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Monday.The 28-year-old opening batsman was with all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm during an altercation outside a nightclub.The pair were suspended by the ECB from international cricket until further notice.”The ECB Board has convened via conference call to make the decision after being informed that Hales is deemed a witness and will face no charges,” the ECB said in a statement.”The independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) has stayed the internal disciplinary process for both Alex Hales and Ben Stokes until the conclusion of any potential criminal proceedings relating to the incident.”Hales, who has not played Test cricket since last year, is a key member of the England one-day and Twenty20 teams and is now available for the limited-overs part of the Ashes tour which starts in January.The ECB has also cleared Hales to play in the inaugural T10 Cricket League in Dubai this month.Stokes, still suspended by England, is playing domestic cricket for Canterbury in New Zealand.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — For only the second time this season, NBA leading scorer Giannis Antetokounmpo did not have the most points in a game for the Milwaukee Bucks.Khris Middleton knew why after he finished with a team-high 27 points and eight assists in a 99-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.“I’m just playing hard,” Middleton said. “That’s what I’ve noticed over the first couple of games. I don’t think I was playing hard enough. I’ve talked to some coaches, teammates, KG (Kevin Garnett) also came in, and the common thing that most of the guys were saying was I just need to play harder. And I think it was true. But now I feel like I’m just playing hard and not worrying about everything else and it’s working out.”Antetokounmpo added 21 points in Milwaukee’s fourth straight victory, and the Bucks blocked 16 shots — two shy of the team record set in 1980 at Detroit.“That’s the game right there, absolutely,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “That’s 16 opportunities you don’t even get the ball up on the rim. When you look at the stat sheet, it’s really hard to figure out how the game was close. … It was a frustrating night. We really didn’t do anything well. I couldn’t find any offense to run to help us.”Recently acquired Eric Bledsoe had 12 points, all in the second half, to help the Bucks halt Detroit’s five-game winning streak.The Pistons were led by Avery Bradley’s season-high 28 points. Detroit, which shot just 35.3 percent, also got 13 points and 17 rebounds from Andre Drummond.Bledsoe, who missed his first six shots, drilled one from the right wing for a 95-93 lead with 42 seconds to go.“He had a turnover earlier on a bounce pass to Giannis,” Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said. “He felt that everybody was going to run to Giannis on the same play and that he could get that shot. It just shows his maturity and his IQ. Playing for the moment, that was a big shot that helped us win.”Bradley turned the ball over in the right corner after he was double-teamed, and Milwaukee made it 97-93 thanks to two free throws from Bledsoe with 16 seconds remaining.Bradley’s basket pulled Detroit to 97-95, but the Bucks regained their four-point advantage on two free throws by Tony Snell with 10 seconds left.Detroit called timeout, only to see Anthony Tolliver commit another turnover on the inbounds play in front of Milwaukee’s bench.TIP-INSPistons: F Stanley Johnson returned after missing the previous three games with a right hip flexor strain but had just two points on two shots in 18 minutes. … Detroit allowed only four points in the first 7:16 of the second quarter.Bucks: Point guard Matthew Dellavedova missed his first game of the season because of left knee tendinitis, and forward Mirza Teletovic has not played in the last four games due to a sore left knee.REJECTEDIn the second quarter, Thon Maker swatted away Eric Moreland’s shot. Eight seconds later, Antetokounmpo sent Ish Smith’s shot into the first row of sideline seats. Smith thought it was goaltending and received a technical foul for complaining.START ME UPBefore the game, Van Gundy was asked why his team seems to get off to slow starts. Detroit scored the first eight points against Milwaukee, but the Bucks responded with a 20-6 run.“Right now, it hasn’t developed into a major problem and one that we can’t overcome,” Van Gundy said. “I’m not giving it undue attention, but it’s certainly been true. We haven’t jumped on anybody.”UP NEXTPistons: Visit the Indiana Pacers on Friday after beating them 114-97 last Wednesday.Bucks: At the Dallas Mavericks on Friday. Milwaukee has lost eight of its last nine games against the Mavericks.—DAVE BOEHLER, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
Addressing the brief signing ceremony at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston, portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said he was pleased that an agreement had been reached after 13 meetings between representatives of the Ministry and the JPF, dating back to 2017. “We have two years now in which we can look at how we can mould the police force, and we can discuss other areas that will be critical in building out the kind of police force that the Jamaica Police Federation and the entire Jamaica wants,” he noted. National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who witnessed the proceedings, said he was satisfied with the conclusion of the negotiations, which he described as an “important step, going forward”. Story Highlights The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and the Jamaica Police Federation (JPF), on Friday (December 14), signed a Heads of Agreement for a four-year 16 per cent wage increase for rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).The agreement, which includes a combination of provisions relating to service and conditions of work, covers the period 2017 to 2021.Addressing the brief signing ceremony at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston, portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said he was pleased that an agreement had been reached after 13 meetings between representatives of the Ministry and the JPF, dating back to 2017.He noted that the discussions, though extensive, “were held in an atmosphere of cordiality and mutual respect, for which I am very grateful”.“Security is the number-one issue in Jamaica, and rank and file members, on a daily basis, are on the front lines. So we, at the Ministry of Finance, are pleased that this matter has been put to rest,” he added.JPF Chair, Corporal Arleen McBean, for her part, said that the members are “quite comfortable” with the package that the Government has offered.National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who witnessed the proceedings, said he was satisfied with the conclusion of the negotiations, which he described as an “important step, going forward”.“We have two years now in which we can look at how we can mould the police force, and we can discuss other areas that will be critical in building out the kind of police force that the Jamaica Police Federation and the entire Jamaica wants,” he noted.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dianne McIntosh, and other members of the JPF executive attended the signing ceremony.
zoom Container shipping company American President Lines Ltd has kick started its Guam Saipan Express (GSX) service with the arrival of U.S-flagged vessel, APL Guam at the island of Guam for the first time on 1 January 2016.“We are thrilled to kick-start 2016 with the first cargo shipment on the GSX route,” said John Selleck, APL General Manager, Guam/Micronesia.“With 75% of Guam’s inbound freight originating from the U.S. mainland, the GSX service provides essential cargo shipments from the U.S. mainland to Guam and Saipan. Moreover, with the GSX’s connections in Yokohama and Busan, we connect Guam and Saipan with the world through APL’s global network.”Designed primarily to give Guam and Saipan shippers an alternative option for shipments from the U.S. mainland to these markets and vice versa, the GSX service connects with APL’s weekly U.S.-flagged Eagle Express service (EX1) in both Yokohama, Japan and Busan, South Korea.Prior to calling Guam, the 1,100-TEU APL vessel made its first call to Saipan. Upon returning to Yokohama, APL Guam will begin its regular two-week rotation, calling Guam, Saipan, Busan and Yokohama on Saturday, Sunday, Thursday and Tuesday respectively. In particular, the fortnightly GSX service is scheduled for weekend arrivals for ready cargo availability on Monday mornings in both Guam and Saipan.
People across the province are invited to provide their views on hydraulic fracturing. Energy Minister Charlie Parker and Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau announced today, April 20, that Nova Scotians can provide written comments on the scope proposed for a provincewide review. “Government is undertaking a comprehensive technical and policy review of hydraulic fracturing that will examine the environmental impacts of this technique and identify how these issues are managed in other jurisdictions,” said Mr. Parker. “We encourage Nova Scotians to participate in this review by providing written comments on its scope.” The province announced April 4, that a team of senior technical and policy staff will review potential environmental issues associated with hydraulic fracturing, a technique used to free natural gas trapped in shale formations. They will also draw on external expertise as required. “Nova Scotians want to know that our water is safe and our environment is protected,” said Mr. Belliveau. “We look forward to hearing from Nova Scotians, and hope they will comment so they are reflected in the scope of the review.” The review will identify industry best practices and will include reviews of other jurisdictions across Canada and the United States. All comments will be considered when writing the final scope. The departments will not respond to individual comments. The final review scope and public submissions will be available online. The public can provide written comments on the topic areas to be included in the scope by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org , online at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/pollutionprevention/consultation.hydraulic.fracturing.asp or by mail to:Hydraulic Fracturing StudyEnvironmental Science and Program Management DivisionNova Scotia EnvironmentP.O. Box 442 Halifax, N.S. B3J 2P8 The deadline for submissions is June 6. Nova Scotians will also have an opportunity to provide written comments before any regulatory changes are made. The review is expected to be finished by early next year.
All Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) retail stores will be closed Monday, Nov. 11 in honour of Remembrance Day. NSLC retail stores will resume normal business hours Tuesday, Nov. 12. For more information on NSLC store hours, visit http://myNSLC.com. -30-
FOR BROADCAST COPY: Government is supporting a sustainable transportation project that will connect Porters Lake residents with local services and a school. Energy Minister Andrew Younger announced today (September 29th) government will provide Halifax Regional Municipality with 100-thousand dollars to build almost a kilometre of the proposed trail. The project will connect the Blueberry Run Trail with the Porters Lake Transit Terminal, Porters Lake Elementary School, and the Lake and Shore Community Recreation Centre. -30- Government is supporting a sustainable transportation project that will connect Porters Lake residents with local services and a school. Energy Minister Andrew Younger announced today, Sept. 29, that government will provide $100,000 to Halifax Regional Municipality to build almost a kilometre of the proposed Porters Lake Core Greenway. “We’re excited to contribute to this project,” said Mr. Younger. “Helping commuters, students and recreation centre members reach their destinations in Porters Lake in a safer, healthier way is important.” The project will connect Blueberry Run Trail to the Porters Lake Transit Terminal, Porters Lake Elementary School, and the Lake and Shore Community Recreation Centre. “It’s great to be working with the province to support active transportation opportunities in the Porters Lake area,” said David Hendsbee, councillor for District 2, Preston-Chezzetcook-Eastern Shore. “Better connectivity and infrastructure will encourage more people to get moving, which in turn promotes personal health and recreation, helps manage traffic congestion and reduces emissions.” In June, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, provided $70,000 to the project.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 has cancelled bus service for Thursday, November 29.Poor secondary road conditions have caused School District 60 to decide for the fourth day in a row. Schools will remain open. In a post on their website, District Officials apologized for the inconvenience.“The district sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused by these cancellations. Regular bus service will resume once drivers determine that buses can be operated safely. Schools will be open for those students who are able to attend.” School Buses have also been cancelled in and around Dawson Creek for School District 59. Buses are still running in Chetwynd.
“Grad season can be a busy and exciting time for high school graduates – and GradPASS provides them with access to a free and safe transportation option,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Thank you to BC Transit for another year of GradPASS, and to the more than 70 local governments in B.C. and the Victoria Regional Transit Commission for their support of this increasingly popular program.”First introduced in Vancouver in 1988, GradPASS created to encourage safe transportation options during prom season for recent graduates. The Victoria Regional Transit System adopted the program in 1990, with other communities following suit over the years. Today, over 70 communities across the province offer GradPASS to new graduates at the end of May for their use in June.“BC Transit is pleased to congratulate the graduating class of 2019 for reaching an important milestone in their lives,” said Erinn Pinkerton, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer. “Graduating high school is a great accomplishment for all students. BC Transit would like to remind graduates of the importance of choosing transit as a safe and reliable transportation option when celebrating their achievement.”Visit bctransit.com for information on BC Transit schedules, routes and service alerts in your community. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Transit and partnering communities are offering the GradPASS program for graduating Grade 12 students all over the province.High school graduates from Over 70 communities across British Columbia are participating in the program including Dawson Creek to give high school graduates the opportunity to ride the bus for free for two days of their choice in June.GradPASS cards will be distributed to graduates in late May and to use their GradPASS, they only need to scratch off their two chosen travel days (does not need to be consecutive) and show the card to their bus driver at the time of boarding.
In a statement issued today, the UN Mission said Hans Haekkerup had held a series of meetings with Yugoslav officials in Belgrade yesterday on the possibility of a joint declaration that would encourage Serb participation on polling day. Both UNMIK and Belgrade presented proposals on such a declaration, but did not reach agreement on a text.The statement also said Mr. Haekkerup had held a “productive” one-on-one meeting with Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica, in which they agreed on the need to conclude a joint declaration.At a press conference after his meetings, the UNMIK chief said Serbs had five reasons to come out to vote – to end their isolation, to strengthen their security, to bolster democracy, to enable further returns, and “because there is no alternative to moving ahead.”In another development, UNMIK announced today that it had signed a regulation that improves the rights and protections of persons arrested by law enforcement agencies, thereby filling a void in the law and allowing for the provision of substantial protection to detained persons before their initial appearance before an investigating judge.The regulation, which will go into effect on 1 November 2001, is a combined effort by the Department of Judicial Affairs, the Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE), UNMIK Police, the Kosovo Bar Association and other human rights organizations. Specifically, the regulation stipulates that detainees have the right to be informed of the reasons for their arrest, the right to remain silent, the right to an interpreter, the right to receive the assistance of defence counsel free of charge, the right to notify their family members and the right to receive medical help.Along with the resolution, an administrative direction was approved to establish a list of registered defence counsel and a system of lawyers on call, which will be implemented by the Kosovo Bar Association. “These two pieces of legislation will mean a significant change in the procedures to be followed regarding persons in police custody,” the UNMIK statement said.
The Ohio State men’s tennis team shut out three consecutive conference opponents en route to winning its seventh Big Ten Tournament in eight years. The No. 4 Buckeyes (31-2), who played host to the annual tournament for the first time since 2002, held up the No. 1 overall tournament seed throughout the weekend, securing victories over No. 9-seeded Purdue, No. 4-seeded Illinois and No. 3-seeded Michigan, respectively. OSU did not relent a point over the three-game stretch, winning each match 4-0 and remaining undefeated in Big Ten play in 2013. The Saturday semifinal win over the No. 4-seeded Illini avenged the last season’s 4-3 loss in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill. The championship victory over the Wolverines on Sunday gave the Buckeyes their eighth Big Ten Tournament victory (2001, 2006-11, 2013) and 11th finals appearance under coach Ty Tucker. Before Tucker took over in 1999, OSU also won the tournament in 1991. Against Michigan, the Scarlet and Gray dominated their archrivals from the North by securing the team doubles point for the 31st time in 2013. The No. 46-ranked tandem of junior Blaz Rola and redshirt sophomore Kevin Metka won their match, 8-5, and maintained their perfect record on the season at 20-0. The No. 14-ranked duo of redshirt junior Peter Kobelt and senior Connor Smith followed suit and clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 victory. In singles play, OSU rallied to three consecutive wins to put away the Wolverines. The Buckeyes garnered wins from redshirt freshman Chris Diaz and freshman Constantin Christ, winning 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-2, respectively. Finally, Smith, winning his match 6-3, 6-3, earned the match-winning point to solidify the Buckeyes as 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions and earn them an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The men’s tennis selection show is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, with singles and doubles selections scheduled to occur at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
OSU then-redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett huddles up with teammates prior to the Buckeyes 30-27 double-overtime win against Michigan. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorOhio State and coach Urban Meyer are less than 48 hours from kicking off the 2017 season in Bloomington, Indiana, against the Hoosiers. Meyer and Indiana coach Tom Allen addressed the game and their respective teams’ standing Tuesday during the season’s first 2017 Big Ten coaches teleconference.Who will start, Smith or Fuller?The Buckeyes released their depth chart Monday, which included several position battles that are undecided, most notably at the safety position opposite Damon Webb.Erick Smith and Jordan Fuller have been battling for the position left vacant by current Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker since the spring. Meyer said during the teleconference that each of them will see playing time Thursday.“You’d have to ask [defensive coordinator and safeties coach] Greg [Schiano] … I think they’re both going to play because to answer your question, there’s been not, in my mind, that much separation between the two,” he said.Smith has battled injuries his entire career at Ohio State, tearing his ACL in the sixth game of 2015, which held him out most of 2016 fall camp. He has played 33 games since he arrived in Columbus, but hasn’t started on defense yet. Fuller, a 6-foot-2, 207-pound New Jersey native, saw time on special teams with Smith last year, and played sparingly in 2016 when games were out of hand. It still remains to be seen how much Meyer will use the two of them and if the lack of separation in competition is a sign that both have been performing well, or haven’t met the benchmark.Inexperience is a concernA coach can never truly predict how players will translate from the practice field to the main stage, which is precisely the reason Meyer is worried about the defensive backfield and the wide receiver position.Ohio State freshman cornerback Shaun Wade walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Freshman safety Isaiah Pryor and freshmen cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade are listed on the team’s two-deep depth chart. Those players are just an injury away from seeing playing time immediately.At wide receiver, Meyer has repeatedly shown excitement concerning the talent at the position, but the lack of experience still makes him anxious.“And as I probably share with most other coaches, the unknown — the fact that we’re going to be playing some guys at the back end of our defense that haven’t played much or at all,” Meyer said. “And our receiving corps, although I really love where they’re at, they’re unproven. So those are the biggest concerns.”He added the defensive line and offensive line are two positions he is most confident in.Could Haskins see playing time Thursday?Following Joe Burrow’s injury last week, Dwayne Haskins is the backup to starter J.T. Barrett at quarterback. When asked whether Haskins would see playing time in order to just get some experience or if it would come once the game is out of hand, Meyer didn’t really say yes or no to either. The game on Thursday is “all hands on deck” in Meyer’s eyes.“Those are the kind of things you discuss when you’re maybe playing an inferior opponent, and no, there is zero conversation about that,” he said. “All hands on deck to go win a game against a good team.”Indiana coach Tom Allen preparing for biggest opener in program historyAllen called the opener against Ohio State the “biggest opener in the history of Indiana football” at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago in July. Now just two days from that date with the Buckeyes, Allen is sticking with his claim.Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson prepares for the first fall practice of the year on July 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor“The fact that it’s Ohio State and where they position themselves in recent years has been impressive,” Allen said. “They do a great job and they’ve got a great football team. And then with [co-offensive coordinator Kevin] Wilson there. It’s just kind of a lot of things that just came together at one time to create a very unique opening game for us. With that, there’s been a lot of excitement and anticipation.”In his first full season as head coach of the Hoosiers, Allen is preparing to face an offense similar to the one he competed against in practice last season as the team’s defensive coordinator, with Kevin Wilson now at Ohio State as co-offensive coordinator. Allen said he actually has been watching film of Indiana’s offense last year to prepare for the game, as well as some high school tape of some inexperienced Ohio State players.“It definitely makes it more challenging when you don’t have collegiate film while we have them playing a game,” he said. “It’s the first game of the season, both sides have got to experience that to some degree in both areas.”The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will kick off at 8 p.m. Thursday in Bloomington.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld Cup: Croatia beat Russia on penalties to set up semi against EnglandJuly 7, 2018In “Sports”France wins second World Cup title in 4-2 victory against CroatiaJuly 15, 2018In “latest news”World Cup: England beat Sweden 2-0 to reach semi-finalsJuly 7, 2018In “Sports” Mario Mandzukic of Croatia celebrates after scoringMOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Croatia will play France in the World Cup final after they beat England 2-1 in extra-time on Wednesday thanks to a Mario Mandzukic goal in the second period of extra-time.Kieran Trippier’s free-kick after five minutes gave England a dream start to the semi-final but Croatia clawed their way back into the match and Ivan Perisic equalised with a 68th-minute volley.Mandzukic was fastest to react to Perisic’s header and shot past Jordan Pickford in the 109th minute to decide the game in the Luzhniki Stadium and send Croatia into their first ever World Cup final.
Smartphones and tablets get a lot of attention from the tech world right now. These small computers can be used for just about anything these days. In fact the most common question I get asked about about a tablet is “Can my child use this for homework or schoolwork?”I typically go through the explanation of how it is possible, but there’s a risk that the experience would be so different from the classmates using Office or Google Docs that it might prove too frustrating and lead to sub-par work. But what happens when the entire classroom is using the exact same tablet? When the tablet is introduced in the classroom as the primary tool to be used for all points in the experience? The Verizon Foundation and Reginald Lewis High School decided to find out.Not all that long ago, Reginald Lewis High School in Baltimore, Maryland was deemed “persistently dangerous” by the Labor Department. According to the teachers, that started to change when Dr. Barney Wilson took over as principal of the school. Among the many changes he has made to try and turn the school around, Dr. Wilson has been a strong advocate for technology in the classroom. Dr. Wilson commented that many of the students attending Reginald Lewis do not have much in the way of technology in the home. They go to the public library to use computers to do their homework, or they used older computers in the home when they can. The cost in infrastructure and long term support of putting a computer in front of every child in the school was a difficult task to consider, so Dr. Wilson reached out to the Verizon Foundation.Verizon Wireless’ philanthropic arm is often involved in educational programs. Among the many ways they give back to their communities, they work with local schools to provide resources for further education. In partnership with Samsung, 100 Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets were lent to Reginald Lewis, each one with a 4G LTE SIM card inside. On top of this, Reginald Lewis was selected as one of the schools to take advantage of Verizon’s Mobile Learning Lab, a school bus that has been retrofitted into a mobile classroom with 4G LTE and tablets.The focus of the Mobile Learning Lab is specifically SAT prep, where mentors from Howard University and Morgan State are on the bus to help prepare students in a one-on-one environment. This Mobile Learning Lab travels to four different schools once a week to give this assistance.Of the many classrooms in Reginald Lewis that are taking advantage of this program, the AP Spanish class seems the most integrated into the environment. The teacher and students use Edmodo, an Android app that allows the students and teacher to work together in an educational environment (which we’ve previously covered). From the app, the teacher can issue quizzes or field one-on-one questions from the students. The teacher can share documents or videos, or even websites if the permissions are enabled by the teacher to do so. While Edmodo is running, the students are locked out of the parts of the Android tablet that would lead to distraction. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace for everything, and are able to do so with the personalized experience Edmodo offers.When I briefly interviewed one of the students, he explained that the Galaxy Tab was comfortable for him because he already used Android on his phone, and the keyboard was good enough on the tablet that he didn’t feel the need for a traditional computer.There’s certainly a benefit to encouraging digital literacy in any situation. By putting every student in the same environment, but allowing them to develop individually, these students can grow in unique directions. The work here at Reginald Lewis is a fraction of the work being done in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC area to promote digital literacy by the Verizon Foundation. Several other schools take advantage of the Mobile Learning Lab, while half a dozen other schools in the area are working with Verizon 4G LTE powered smartphones, and tablets.Verizon Wireless works with all grade levels as well, not just High School students. In fact, one of their other programs in Maryland is with an elementary school. Its an impressive digital initiative, paired with great educational software to make these devices productivity focused in the classroom.
The deputies voted to Parliament in the June 17 elections were sworn in during a straightforward ceremony. New Democracy has proposed that former Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis be elected speaker of the House but leftist SYRIZA and right-wing Independent Greeks are thought to oppose the nomination, which needs 151 of 300 votes to pass. Some members of the ND-PASOK-Democratic Left coalition, which has a total of 179 seats, may also vote against Meimarakis, prompting further nominations and votes and some embarrassment for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Another testing moment for the coalition will come when Parliament has to decide whether to approve the neofascist Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) party’s choice for deputy speaker. Under House rules, each of the seven parties in Parliament is allowed to have a deputy speaker. However, this is not a constitutional right and any candidate requires the approval of at least 75 MPs. Golden Dawn only has 18 MPs and would require the support of others for its candidate to be elected. Once elected, the new speaker will have to settle a dispute between SYRIZA and the Communist Party (KKE) over seating arrangements. KKE wants to sit in the same place it has been since 1974, which is in the front left rows of the debating chamber. But SYRIZA believes that as the main opposition party, its deputies should be seated in the front rows. Samaras is due to present the government’s policy program on Wednesday or Thursday next week but will first have to get the all-clear from his doctors. Samaras, who underwent an operation to a damaged retina on Saturday, is due to be examined on Sunday. Sources told Kathimerini that privatisations are going to form a key part of the plan Samaras will present. The prime minister wants to send a message that his government is determined to meet, and if possible exceed, the sell-off revenue targets agreed with Greece’s lenders. The privatisation of the Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE) and subsidiaries of ATEbank will be priorities. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Politics Security The @fcc needs to investigate. Stat.https://t.co/1qe8ko1PbH— Jessica Rosenworcel (@JRosenworcel) January 8, 2019 What broken promise? We are in full swing of ending it – and it will be completely done in March, as planned and promised. We’re shutting it down -one by one, making sure consumers who use this for things like health and safety services have a chance to make other arrangements.— John Legere (@JohnLegere) January 10, 2019 Tags AT&T said that it cut off access to MicroBilt and was continuing to end partnerships with other location data aggregators. “We only permit sharing of location when a customer gives permission for cases like fraud prevention or emergency roadside assistance, or when required by law,” an AT&T spokesman said. Sprint and Verizon didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. None of the companies clarified how customers were giving consent to their data to be sold to third parties, or how much the companies were selling that data for. First published Jan. 10, 8:58 a.m. PT.Update, 11:55 a.m. PT: Embeds tweets from Rosenworcel and Legere.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. The FCC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. T-Mobile CEO John Legere, who originally promised Wyden that his company would stop selling customer location data in June, set a new deadline on Wednesday. Legere tweeted that the practice would end this March. The delay is to make sure that customers who use the data for safety services aren’t hurt by the changes, he explained. Share your voice Comment Your phone location data was still on sale, seven months after mobile carriers said they were ending that practice. Nakhorn Yuangkratoke / EyeEm This is a call that mobile carriers won’t be happy to get. Several lawmakers are demanding that the Federal Communications Commission investigate companies like T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon after a Motherboard story Tuesday revealed that major mobile carriers were still selling customer location data to third parties, which would then offer the sensitive information to shady buyers.Your phone is a window into your whereabouts, as cell towers and GPS data provide nearly pinpoint accuracy on your every move. It’s why law enforcement rely on it to build cases. Abusive stalkers use it too.While privacy issues have affected tech giants, such as Google and Facebook, you can opt out of those platforms. With phone location data tracking, though, there aren’t many options for opting out of tracking other than not having a device to begin with.Mobile carriers have been selling location data linked to people’s phone numbers even though major carriers said seven months ago that they were ending this practice. Motherboard’s report showed the practice was still going on.Several senators and an FCC commissioner now want an investigation.”It’s not that people ‘don’t care about privacy,’ as some have argued – it’s that customers, along with policymakers, have been kept in the dark for years about data collection and commercialization practices,” Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, said in a statement. He called for regulation to ensure that companies are upfront with customers about how their data is being used and sold. Multiple lawmakers have drafted privacy legislation, including Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon. His bill, introduced in November, would include a “Do Not Track” database, allowing Americans to opt out of data tracking. Wyden initially requested an FCC investigation last spring when the sale of phone location data was first revealed. At the time, the FCC said it was investigating LocationSmart, a company that provided geolocation data on nearly any phone in the US. Now, Wyden’s doubling down on his request.”Sen. Wyden has previously called on the FCC to investigate wireless carriers’ relationships with location aggregators and data brokers, and believes an investigation is even more necessary given the news this week. He also believes the FTC must investigate these clear abuses of Americans’ personal data,” a spokesman for the senator said in a statement.While location data from your phone can be used for legitimate purposes, like emergency roadside assistance and finding your lost device, it is often sold to data aggregators that use the information for purposes outside of your control. T-Mobile noted that it didn’t have a relationship with location aggregator MicroBilt — which indirectly provided location data to Motherboard through a series of handoffs — but did have a relationship with location aggregator Zumigo. According to Motherboard, Zumigo gave that location data to MicroBilt without notifying the tracked person.”The American people have an absolute right to the privacy of their data, which is why I’m extraordinarily troubled by reports of this system of repackaging and reselling location data to unregulated third party services for potentially nefarious purposes,” Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, said in a statement.Harris also called on the FCC needed to “immediately investigate these serious security concerns.” Jessica Rosenworcel, an FCC commissioner, said in a tweet Tuesday that the agency “needs to investigate. Stat.” 1
Stop child rapeREUTERS/Amit DaveIn a horrifying incident, the body of a six-year-old girl child was found with her clothes in a state of disarray on March 26, Tuesday in Coimbatore. The next day, the city police ascertained that she was sexually assaulted multiple times before she was killed.The little girl had gone missing on March 25, Monday. Her parents launched a search in the neighbourhood but when they couldn’t find their daughter, they registered a missing person complaint at the local police station. After an intensive search, the girl’s body was recovered on Tuesday morning in a street behind her house.The parents said that the girl and her four-year-old sister had gone to the shop on Monday evening, and shortly returned. The two girls then went outside to play. A little while later, the younger sister came back and told her mother that the older girl was missing.The post mortem conducted on Wednesday concluded that the girl was sexually assaulted before she was killed. The police altered the complaint from a missing person case and filed it under section 376 A (Punishment for causing death or resulting in a persistent vegetative state of the victim) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).The case of sexual assault file under IPC and POCSOThey also filed the case under sections 5 (l) (Whoever commits penetrative sexual assault on the child more than once or repeatedly), 5 (m) (Whoever commits penetrative sexual assault on a child below twelve years) and 6 (Punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault) the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The police added that the victim was smothered and strangulated to death, reports The Hindu.The brutal murder of the little girl sparked protests across Coimbatore. Residents of the city took to the streets on Wednesday morning and blocked roads demanding the arrest of the assailants. In addition to this, the relatives of the girl refused to take her body saying that the police must arrest the accused. Only when the police showed them the pictures of the suspects in police custody, the relatives accepted the body. The police have taken five suspects in custody for questioning. According to The News Minute, the parents suspect four men as the culprits. Speaking to the media, they said that they often spoke to the child on the street.”I searched everywhere for my child. She only plays around this locality and doesn’t go anywhere else. When we found her there were wounds all over her body and so much blood. We still don’t know who did this,” the girl’s mother was quoted as saying by TNM.
The Cardinals dropped the doubles point to the Eagles. UofL won at No. 3 when Aleksandra Mally and Chloe Hamlin beat Natasha and Loren Haukova 6-4. But the Eagles pushed back when Jackie Urbinati and Kylie Wilcox of BC took down Sena Suswam and Dina Chaika 6-4 at No. 1. The Cardinals battled for the point at No. 2 with Raven Neely and Diana Wong finally bowing out 7-6 (3) in a tiebreaker. Neely tried to regain the momentum when she rolled 6-1, 6-1 over Natasha Irani at No. 3 to even the score. But the Eagles got the win at No. 2 when Jackie Urbinati beat Nikolina Jovic 6-2, 6-3. Louisville’s Diana Wong fell 6-2, 6-3 to Laura Lopez at No. 5. Senior Aleksandra Mally won her final match at the Bass-Rudd, beating Elene Tsokilauri 6-1, 2-6, 6-3. Dina Chaika lost 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6 to BC’s Reagan Posorske. Sena Suswam was 7-6 (2), 1-6, 2-3 when she retired. Photo Gallery Story Links Box Score The University of Louisville women’s tennis team fell 5-2 to visiting Boston College Sunday morning at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in the final home match of the season. The Cardinals will wrap up their final regular season ACC matches on the road. UofL will travel to Virginia Tech on April 5, to Virginia on April 7, to Miami on April 11 and to Florida State on April 13. Boston College 5, Louisville 2 Singles competition1. #99 Kylie Wilcox (BC) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, 2-3, retired2. Jackie Urbinati (BC) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-2, 6-33. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Natasha Irani (BC) 6-1, 6-24. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) def. Elene Tsokilauri (BC) 6-1, 2-6, 6-35. Laura Lopez (BC) def. Diana Wong (LOU) 6-2, 6-36. Reagan Posorske (BC) def. Dina Chaika (LOU) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 Doubles competition1. Jackie Urbinati/Kylie Wilcox (BC) def. Sena Suswam/Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-42. Laura Lopez/Elene Tsokilauri (BC) def. Raven Neely/Diana Wong (LOU) 7-6 (7-3)3. Aleksandra Mally/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. Natasha Irani/Loren Haukova (BC) 6-4Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,2,5,4,6,1) Print Friendly Version
Less than one month after the Doctor Who Experience shut its doors, rumors of a new Cardiff Bay attraction are exciting fans.According to Wales Online, a local Cabinet member recently hinted at a replacement exhibit.Russell Goodway, head of Investment and Development, revealed “ongoing” discussions about the future use of the Bay building—previously an interactive museum chock full of Doctor Who memorabilia and artifacts.Opened in Wales in July 2012, the award-winning expo was always intended to be a fleeting love letter to the BBC show, a five-year adventure through space and time.An adventure that ended on Sept. 9, when the Doctor Who Experience closed its doors for good. Even die-hard fans like Bex Ferriday, creator of the “Save Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience” petition (with nearly 13,000 signatures to date), couldn’t rescue the attraction from imminent death.There is no telling what will become of the modern facade; if a new lease is secured, Goodway tipped “potential leisure-based uses”—whatever the heck that means.Another Doctor Who-themed exhibition, if we’re lucky.Pose with the TARDIS at the Doctor Who Experience (via BBC)But, negotiations between BBC Worldwide, landowner Igloo, and the Welsh government didn’t result in an extension of the lease agreement before. So why should we believe that will change now?“I can confirm that my officials have now indicated that they are in a position to share proposals at a meeting that will be arranged shortly,” Goodway said in a statement emailed to Geek.Over the last five years, more than half a million visitors from across the world toured the Doctor Who Experience. The museum’s closure has cost six full-time jobs and 19 part-time positions.There has been talk of moving the popular exhibit elsewhere in the UK. But admiring the Third Doctor’s beloved Bessie or posing inside the TARDIS control room just wouldn’t be the same anywhere but Cardiff.The Welsh capital has served as a backdrop to the Doctor’s wild ride—in-house at BBC Wales studios and across the borough—since the show’s 2005 reboot. (Recent rumors, however, suggest a possible move to Manchester.)Wibbly-wobbly whispers don’t exactly instill a lot of hope in my Whovian heart. But it’s nice to know there are people, including some members of the Cardiff Council, who are fighting for our right to party like a Time Lord.Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Oct. 4 with comment from the City of Cardiff Council.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.