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JDS seeks to expand base in LS polls by capitalising on it

first_imgBengaluru: Limited to a couple of constituencies in the old Mysuru region in the successive Lok Sabha polls since its formation in 1999, the JD(S) in Karnataka is aiming to break new ground in the coming parliamentary elections capitalising on the party being in power. After the Janata Dal split in 1999, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s JD(S) has been winning two to three Lok Sabha seats in the old Mysuru region, largely from party bastions of Hassan and Mandya, dominated by the Vokkaliga community, its solid vote base, as also from Bangalore Rural and Chamarajanagara once. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The JD(S), the lone surviving active offshoot of the erstwhile Janata Dal in the state, which has seen a revival with it coming to power in Karnataka in alliance with the Congress after the May 2018 assembly polls, wants to use the opportunity to expand its horizons. The party’s presence in the coalition government with the Congress and H D Kumaraswamy’s stature as chief minister will help the party in increasing its tally in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, senior JD(S) leader Y S V Datta told PTI. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty “It is true, if we were not in government and if there was no coalition, then our strength would have been limited to two or three seats in the old Mysuru region, but now that we are in the government and since our leader Kumaraswamy is chief minister, we can capitalise on his stature across the state,” he said. Datta, who is party’s campaign committee chief, said as per the understanding, the Congress will not field its candidates where the JD(S) is contesting, so minorities, backward class and SC/ST votes that were traditionally with the grand old party in those constituencies, will get transferred to the party. However, he also conceded that the JD(S) should have a base in those constituencies, as one cannot bat on a dead pitch. The Congress will contest 20 seats and the JD(S) eight in the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka under a deal finalised by the two partners of the ruling coalition on Wednesday after weeks of haggling and uncertainty. The Lok Sabha constituencies that the JD(S) will contest in are Uttara Kannada, Chikmagalur, Shimoga, Tumkur, Hassan, Mandya, Bangalore North and Bijapur. However, political analysts don’t see JD(S) gaining much in this election. “It is a bit unlikely… The JD(S) can improve its performance only if the Congress supports it wholeheartedly, which seems unlikely, because the sentiment that both parties should come together to forge an alliance against the BJP is not shared among the party’s rank and file,” Narayana A, a professor at Azim Premji University, told PTI. The kind of signals that have been going out ever since the formation of the coalition government has created some kind of confusion among the workers as to whether they are really in alliance, he said. “So it is unlikely that one can expect the kind of support from the the Congress that the JD(S) needs to win,” he said. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the vote share of the JD(S) in the seven constituencies was — Chikmagalur 1.44 per cent, Shimoga 21.29 per cent, Tumkur 23.47 per cent, Hassan 44.43 per cent, Mandya 43.95 per cent, Bangalore North 6.83 per cent and Bijapur 5.95 per cent. The party had not fielded any candidate from Uttara Kannada. The JD(S) had won the Hassan and Mandya seats in the last general elections. The Congress had bagged nine and the BJP 17 seats. However in the by-polls, the BJP yielded the Bellary seat to the Congress. Among the eight seats that the JD(S) is contesting this time, it has its sitting MPs in two. Tumkuru is with the Congress and the rest five constituencies are represented by the BJP. According to sources, during seat negotiations, the JD(S) got the Tumkur seat, dominated by the Vokkaliga community, after a hard bargain as the Congress had decided not to cede those constituencies to the regional partner where it has a sitting MP. Mysore-Kodagu was another constituency that the JD(S) had demanded from the old Mysuru region, but could not bag it due to opposition from Siddaramaiah, as the seat is in his home turf, sources said. Narayana also feels that despite the JD(S) fielding Deve Gowda’s grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy in their bastion of Mandya, it will not be a cakewalk for the party this time. “I’m not too sure that the party workers will have the same kind of feelings towards him, as they had towards, Deve Gowda or Kumaraswamy,” he said. He however said, Hassan should not be much of a problem for the JD(S), where Gowda’s other grandson Prajwal Revanna is the candidate, as he has been associated with the party affairs there for some time now. There is opposition to Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s candidature in Mandya, as many who claim to be JD(S) supporters have hit out at the party leadership for sidelining loyal party workers to favour some one from their family, despite not being actively involved in party activities in the district. Nikhil is likely to be pitted against Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician Ambareesh in Mandya.last_img read more

UN observes anniversary of Kristallnacht pogrom against Jews

Organized by the Holocaust and UN Outreach Programme of the Department of Public Information (DPI), the screening and the discussion commemorate the events of 9-10 November 1938. The pogrom, known also as the “night of broken glass,” signalled an escalation in violence towards Jews that ultimately led to their mass murder during the Holocaust.“Today, through the United Nations, we have the mandates and the body of international human rights laws and mechanisms to protect individual human rights and civil liberties,” Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka told the discussion participants in his opening remarks.“But we did not have these institutions and systems in 1938, and little action was taken to cease the cruel treatment and murder of the Jews. Kristallnacht marked a turning point in the persecution and imprisonment of Jews. Thousands of sons and fathers were torn from their families and sent off to concentration camps that night,” Mr. Akasaka added.The discussion examined the events leading up to the violence against Jewish people, how immigration policy contributed to the outcome and the lessons this history offers today. The event will also outline Jewish emigration to Shanghai as China was one of the few countries to offer a safe haven to Jews following the pogrom.Gary Phillips, an 86-year-old Holocaust survivor and witness to the Kristallnacht pogrom, which symbolized the shattering of Jewish life in Germany, shared his personal story of survival with participants to discussion, who also heard from the Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev, as well as Jewish scholars. The film, My Opposition: the Diaries of Friedrich Kellner, tells the story of a justice inspector in Nazi Germany who risked his life by campaigning against the Third Reich and secretly documenting their atrocities. 10 November 2008A film screening and a panel discussion are being held at United Nations Headquarters today as the world body observes the 70th anniversary of the Kristallnacht, the violent pogrom in Germany and Austria against Jews and their homes, synagogues and businesses. read more

ICE Futures Canada Thursday Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $3.40 lower $497.60; Jan. ’18 $3.50 lower $502.90; March ’18 $3.60 lower $506.70; May ’18 $3.70 lower $509.50; July ’18 $3.60 lower $511.90; Nov. ’18 $3.60 lower $478.00; Jan. ’19 $3.60 lower $478.80; March ’19 $3.60 lower $481.50; May ’19 $3.60 lower $481.50; July ’19 $3.60 lower $481.50; Nov. ’19 $3.60 lower $481.50.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $141.00; March ’18 unchanged $141.00; May ’18 unchanged $141.00; July ’18 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $141.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $141.00; March ’19 unchanged $141.00; May ’19 unchanged $141.00; July ’19 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $141.00.Thursday’s estimated volume of trade: 194,380 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 194,380. read more

Fighting poverty and deprivation crucial to ensuring peace and security – Annan

Fresh from two days of talks with leaders of some 20 of the world’s regional organizations, Mr. Annan told his semi-annual news conference: “Indeed, one of the points most strongly made at our meeting was that our success in countering the more conventional threats may depend in large part on the progress we make in overcoming poverty and deprivation. These cannot be thought of as lesser priorities.” “History will not forgive us if we neglect them,” he said in introductory remarks, explaining that was why he attached so much importance to the current round of trade talks that will reach “a crunch point” with the ministerial meeting at Cancun, Mexico, in September. “Decisions taken there will tell us whether this is to be a real ‘development round’ – in other words, whether poor countries will or will not, at last, be given a real chance to trade their way out of poverty,” he added. Dividing the challenge into two parts, he said one – the issue of intellectual property as it affects public health in developing countries – was relatively narrow. “We must reach an agreement allowing those developing countries that cannot produce cheap generic drugs themselves to import them from other countries that can,” he declared. The other was very broad and potentially decisive for the economic prospects of many developing countries – the issue of trade in agricultural products. “We must reach an agreement that allows farmers in poor countries a fair chance to compete, both in world markets and at home,” Mr. Annan said. “They should no longer face exclusion from rich countries’ markets by protective tariffs and quotas. Nor should they have to face unfair competition from heavily subsidized producers in those same rich countries at home.” Another non-conventional threat that “we cannot afford to ignore” was HIV/AIDS, Mr. Annan said in announcing that he had just written to all Heads of State and Government urging them to attend a one-day session in September that the UN General Assembly will hold on the issue on the day before the general debate begins. “I believe all these crises can be solved, if the peoples and states of the world are really determined to work on them together, making good use of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions such as those whose leaders are here this week,” he said. “But we must not underestimate the gravity or the urgency of the task. We have real opportunities to make the world safer and fairer for all its inhabitants.” In a question and answer session afterwards Mr. Annan stressed how important the UN remained despite the divisions earlier this year over the war in Iraq. “I think the message that comes through loud and clear, given the reactions of other Member States, is that multilateralism is important…that the imprimatur of the United Nations – the legitimacy the United Nations offers – is important. “I think that this is a very clear message for those who thought that the United Nations was dead and had no influence,” he added. Noting that it was the only organization where all the governments can come together to discuss issues, he said. “Governments are telling us, the world and their people that the United Nations is important for them and that they take its decisions seriously.” On the Middle East, the Secretary-General noted that the peace process and the Road Map plan of the diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States – have made some progress with the ceasefire that has held for the past couple of weeks. But, he stressed, the plan demands the parties take parallel action – “actions that give hope to the Palestinians that there could be a State at the end of the process, and steps that also give assurances to the Israelis that steps are being taken to end violence and terrorism.” Asked about the separation fence being constructed by the Israelis, Mr. Annan replied: “I know that it is conventional wisdom that fences make good neighbours. But that is if you build a fence on your own land and you do not disrupt your neighbour’s life.” Turning to the issue of respecting human rights while fighting terrorism, Mr. Annan said there should be no trade-off and people should not be asked to give up their civil liberties for security. “We are concerned that, under the guise of terrorism, governments all around the world are using the T-word – and tagging people with it – to abuse their rights and lock them up in jail and to deal with political opposition,” he declared. Asked whether he had succumbed to pressure from the Rwandan Government in recommending the removal of the current prosecutor from the UN’s war crimes tribunal for that country, he replied: “Absolutely not. The question of the separation of the prosecutor function has been around for quite a long time.” Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte is also chief prosecutor for the war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia and Mr. Annan said separating the two posts would accelerate the work of both courts. “I think that we have to admit that it is extremely difficult for a prosecutor even to run a tribunal in one country; but for a prosecutor to run two tribunals thousands of kilometres apart, with major cases in The Hague such as the Milosevic one, while at the same time wanting to pay attention to Rwanda – we have had problems from the beginning,” he said.” Video of the news conference read more

Tembec expects 55 million from Quebec rebate program for big electricity users

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 24, 2017 9:37 am MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – One of Quebec’s largest forestry companies says it expects to qualify for $55 million of electricity rebates due to a four-year capital investment program centred at its Temiscaming manufacturing site.Montreal-based Tembec Inc. (TSX:TMB) says its $136-million capital program will improve the competitiveness of its Quebec plants, particularly the specialty cellulose plant in the town of Temiscaming near North Bay, Ont.Tembec says the investment will qualify for rebates introduced in the province’s 2016-17 budget, worth about 40 per cent of the total capital investment.About 800 of the company’s 1,500 employees in Quebec work at the Temiscaming site, which uses wood fibre from the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region and converts it to specialty cellulose that’s used in a variety of consumer and industrial products.Tembec’s other products include lumber, paper pulp and paper. Tembec expects $55 million from Quebec rebate program for big electricity users read more

UK at the centre of new Grand Prix championship

A1 Grand Prix is set to be a showcase of British engineering talent. The new championship will begin on 25 September and will feature identical cars running for different countries. The cars, engines, and gearboxes are all made in Britain. Sheikh Maktoum, founder, president and chairman of the championship, has put his faith in British technology, having bought 50 Lola A1 cars and an equivalent number of engines, plus spares from British company Zytek Engineering. The new investment adds to an industry already worth £4 billion in the UK. Chairman of the A1 Team Great Britain is John Surtees, a former world championship driver. Surtees (pictured right) is the only man to have won several driving championships on both four and two wheels and has his own prestigious past with Lola, having raced their cars in Formula 1 in the 1960s. Commenting on the new series, Surtees said, ‘Apart from the championship promoting British products, it also presents opportunities for British business to get behind the British team in what will become the World Cup of Motorsport’. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Baseballs Savviest And Crappiest Bullpen Managers
Baseballs Savviest And Crappiest Bullpen Managers

At a glance, this leaderboard passes the sniff test. Aside from interlopers such as erstwhile Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez and former A’s manager Bob Geren, it’s a list of eight well-respected tacticians. Moreover, the first five men listed have all won Manager of the Year awards, as have seven of the top 10. While it is famously difficult to predict who will win that honor, which suggests the award might not be the most robust measure of managerial quality, it’s still good to know that our new metric isn’t coming completely out of left field. And the bottom-10 list also makes sense, as it could pass as a meeting of the Crusty Old Curmudgeons Society: Jerry Narron90 wRM+ is weighted reliever management plus, a measurement of efficient bullpen management, where 100 is average and higher values are betterSource: FanGraphs, Baseball Prospectus Manny Acta87 Joe Torre113 NAMEWRM+ Joe Girardi111 Fredi Gonzalez108 Bob Geren108 Eric Wedge105 The best bullpen managers since 2000 Tony La Russa92 MANAGERWRM+ Bud Black106 As September draws to a close with multiple teams still locked in tight playoff races, baseball fans across the country have ample reason to pore over every last detail of their managers’ decisions. And when it comes to bullpen management, they have a great deal to scrutinize. Mistakes in this arena — which, by definition, almost always occur late in games — usually come in the form of either saving an ace reliever for “his inning” even as the game slips away at an earlier stage, or, conversely, wasting top relievers by deploying them in unimportant situations.Earlier this month, we showed that major league managers have gotten better at avoiding these types of errors over the past three decades. Instead of handing big moments to subpar relievers based on tired notions of seniority,1Such as age, career saves or years of big-league experience. managers are increasingly handing important responsibilities to the best relievers available. But not every manager is equally adept at doing this. Grading individual skippers on their ability to consistently deploy their best relievers in the biggest moments, we find that bullpen management is a repeatable skill that can be fairly assigned to individual managers, and that good bullpen management is worth something on the order of one win per season.Here’s how it worked. First, we ranked the relievers on each team2Excluding relievers who switched teams midseason. in every full season since 20003Moving the cutoff up from 1988 in order to focus on managers who are still relatively fresh in the collective memory. from best to worst in deserved run average (DRA), which is Baseball Prospectus’s context-neutral metric for evaluating pitcher performance.4The stat accounts for, among other things, weather, team defense and umpire performance. We then ranked those same pitchers by the average leverage index — essentially, the importance (and pressure) of the moment — at the point when they first entered the game.5We pulled leverage index data from Fangraphs. Finally, we checked how well each team’s ranking of relievers by leverage index matched its ranking by DRA, a correlation6Specifically, a Spearman correlation weighted by innings pitched. we’re calling a team’s reliever management (RM) score. Effective bullpen managers use their best relievers (those with the lowest DRAs) in the most important moments (those with the highest leverage index), which pushes the RM score toward an ideal of -1.In our last article, we refrained from assessing the reliever usage of individual skippers because we weren’t sure yet whether what we were grading was attributable to the manager’s ability or whether it was just a function of the bullpen he had at his disposal in any given year. So we decided to test that relationship out. If reliever management is indeed a skill, we’d expect to see the same group of skippers be good at it — or bad at it — year after year. You don’t wake up one morning and forget how to drive a car, but sometimes you do hit every red light on your commute to work, or, in this case, get handed a bad batch of relievers.After calculating each team’s RM score, we assigned it to their manager of record that season (the one who managed the most games). Then we looked at whether individual managers’ RM scores were correlated with each other from year to year. Although the effect we found was rather weak — only about 10 percent of the variation in RM score year-over-year is likely attributable to managerial choices — it was statistically significant, even two years out.7We found p-values under 0.02 in both our year-over-year and two-year correlations. So it’s reasonable to assign at least some credit (or blame) for a team’s RM score to the man in the dugout.Still, there’s so much variation in team RM scores from year to year that we needed to use a more sophisticated statistical model to estimate each skipper’s overall bullpen-management ability.8Specifically, we used a Gaussian random effects model with terms for the manager and the year, since we previously determined that bullpen management was a skill that managers are increasingly improving at. A random effects model, in contrast to a fixed-effects model, assumes a great deal of statistical noise around an uncertain mean, then strips that noise away to estimate, as accurately as possible, a “true talent” level over time. When we applied our chosen model to each manager’s raw RM scores for each season, we ended up with an aggregate measure of how likely any given manager was to optimally match their relievers to appropriate situations — good relievers to tense moments, worse relievers to calmer ones.We’re calling the resulting metric weighted reliever management plus (wRM+), and in the style of other “plus” statistics, it’s been rescaled for ease of interpretability: 100 is average, with numbers above 100 corresponding to the percentage factor by which a manager is better than average (or worse than average, for scores below 100). For example, Joe Torre grades out as the best manager since 2000 with a score of 113, meaning his bullpen management was 13 percent better than average. Here’s the rest of the top 10:9To be especially sure we were isolating managerial skill, we limited the table to only include skippers who have managed at least five seasons since 2000. Ozzie Guillen111 Bob Melvin93 Clint Hurdle90 Ron Washington94 John Gibbons91 Jim Tracy108 Bobby Valentine93 Bruce Bochy108 Jim Leyland92 Dusty Baker91 The worst bullpen managers since 2000 Buddy Bell105 wRM+ is weighted reliever management plus, a measurement of efficient bullpen management, where 100 is average and higher values are betterSource: Fangraphs, Baseball Prospectus Several of these guys are on the record as advocating innings-based roles, which are the bane of optimal relief management. But even the worst bullpen managers can change their philosophies over time. Hurdle went from having one of the worst RM scores in the league in Colorado to having one of the best in Pittsburgh. His overall ranking is more of a testament to his earlier difficulties than to his current acumen, and to the influence that front offices can have on managerial decision-making.So, now that we have a means of grading individual managers on reliever usage, how much is that actually worth in terms of wins and losses? To answer that, we looked at how many fewer runs were allowed — which in turn points to how many extra games were won — by good bullpen managers versus bad ones, sketching out a rough estimate of how many additional wins a manager’s bullpen smarts have been worth to his team.10For every team in our sample, we looked at how many runs the team gave up and how much the team over- or underperformed its run differential. We found that raw RM scores were significantly — if also weakly — correlated with both runs allowed (with an r of 0.11 and a p-value of 0.015) and whether a team over- or underperformed its run differential (an r of 0.12 and a p-value of 0.02). We used linear regressions of RM scores on these two numbers — and the fact that each win is equivalent to about 10 runs — to derive a total run value for bullpen management.Perhaps surprisingly, we found that bullpen management — good or bad — doesn’t actually affect a team’s overall performance all that much. Certainly it’s not as important as, say, having good relievers to employ in the first place. A manager who’s bad at managing a bullpen (for example, Manny Acta) might be expected to win about 0.5 fewer games per season as a result of his bullpen-management problems than an average manager with the same ’pen, while a good one (such as Joe Girardi) might win 0.5 games more than average over the course of a season. The total effect of this skill has a range of perhaps one win per year.In other words, bullpen management isn’t the be-all and end-all of managerial skills. That fits with what we already knew about managers: How they shape the chemistry and morale of the team tends to be vastly more important than their on-field tactical machinations, no matter how high-profile those machinations might be. And since every team is getting better and better at using their bullpen, the range of this skill is likely to shrink even further. And, more to the point, the single biggest determinant of team success, now and forever, remains the same: player quality.The usual caveats, discussed in greater detail in our earlier article, still apply.11Notably, our simple correlation-based metric doesn’t take into account matchups, reliever fatigue or bullpens changing over the course of a year. What’s more, for now we’re laying all the responsibility for the bullpen at the feet of the manager, when the front office and pitching coach probably also play a role. And our particular ranking method doesn’t account for fluctuations in reliever performance throughout the season — a guy who’s good in the first half but terrible in the second will be viewed as the average of the two — or for bullpens where the range of talent available to the manager is not wide (which makes for less obvious choices).Still, we can say this with some certainty: Effective bullpen management is a skill attributable at least in part to managers, and is not just the result of random variation. Moreover, some managers are far better at handling their bullpens than others, probably to the tune of a win or so at the margins every year (which is not nothing — consider the tight wild-card races in both leagues this year). So your deepest suspicions about bullpen usage were always correct — unless you’re a Braves fan, in which case it’s probably worth sending a note of apology to Fredi Gonzalez.CORRECTION (Sept. 21, 4:35 p.m.): A table in an earlier version of this article incorrectly listed Dale Sveum among the worst bullpen managers since 2000. Sveum shouldn’t have qualified for the list because he managed fewer than five MLB seasons during that period. read more

The rise of the Yellow Vests increases tensions outside the House of

Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray (L) and a pro-Brexit protester argue as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in WestminsterCredit:Jack Taylor/Getty Images Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray (L) and a pro-Brexit protester argue as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster According to HOPE Not Hate, an anti-fascist group, Yellow Vests is also linked to the Liberty Defenders, a group founded by Timothy Scott, who led the Pegida UK group, an anti-Islam group established by Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who uses the pseudonym Tommy Robinson. However, the Liberty Defenders last night distanced itself from the Yellow Vests posting a statement online claiming they are “not right wing, just patriotic”. The Yellow Vests is understood to be planning a series of weekend protest in major cities, including Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester, with many apparently targeting offices of politicians who want to remain in the European Union.Nick Lowles, of HOPE Not Hate, said: “With the Brexit clock running down, the threat from the far right is growing and the risk of disorder and violence is on the rise. While everyone should be allowed to protest peacefully, it is time for the authorities to clamp down on the bullying and threatening tactics used by these extremists before someone is seriously injured.” Now, they target the Houses of Parliament on a daily basis standing opposite pro-European campaigners as both camps compete to be seen and heard on live television broadcasts outside the Palace of Westminster.The group has emerged from the dying embers of the English Defence League, and uses social media to rally supporters who are often bussed into the capital for protests. Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, AKA Tommy Robinson, founder and former leader of the anti-Islam English Defence League In December, a group of predominantly middle-aged mes wearing high-vis jackets blockaded a few bridges leading into central London.Armed with loudhailers and carrying flags of St George, they chanted slogans claiming the will of the people over Brexit was being betrayed by the Government.Video clips of the Yellow Vests protests posted online show how the demonstrations became increasingly ugly as anyone who dared challenge them was met with a tirade of foul-mouthed abuse.Inspired by the ‘gilet jaune’ French protesters opposed to Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies, the British group has also held demonstrations outside Government buildings, including the Cabinet Office and Downing Street, as well as the Labour Party’s headquarters and even a London radio station. Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, AKA Tommy Robinson, founder and former leader of the anti-Islam English Defence LeagueCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP 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. read more

Domino competition turns deadly

…father of 3 succumbs to head injuries…suspect in hiding Deceased father of three John ChoongThirty-eight-year-old John Choong of Lot 197 Singh Street, Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WBD) took his last breath at the West Demerara Regional Hospital on Tuesday and relatives are still trying to come to terms with the loss.Choong sustained head injuries during an altercation with a fellow player at a domino competition on Father’s Day. The suspect, said to be in his early 20s, has gone into hiding after he heard of the hire car driver’s passing. Up to late Saturday, he remained at large, Police confirmed.Choong, a father of three – ages 18, 13 and 7 – and a former Wales Estate worker, would often play dominoes at Sideline Dam, Sisters Village on the weekends.Reports are that sometime after midnight into Father’s Day, Choong and the suspect got into an argument. The suspect reportedly pushed the father of three, causing him to fall into a nearby drain where he hit his head.Choong’s brother-in-law, Faroz Rafiek, told this online publication that following the incident, a report was made at the Wales Police Station. He added that Choong was treated and received 10 stiches to his head before being released from the West Demerara Regional Hospital the very Sunday.According to the brother-in-law, Choong went back to hospital on Monday, June 18, to clean the wound. However, on Tuesday June 19, when he went again to clean the wound he was admitted to the hospital.It was disclosed that Choong’s wife, Zaheeda, was with him up to Tuesday afternoon. The woman has since indicated that her husband started to behave delirious before succumbing later that evening.Relatives, who are hopeful for action into the matter, gave a statement to Wales Police, informing ranks of Choong’s death. They also claimed that after making arrangements with them to go the mortuary on Wednesday, no Police Officer from Wales turned up to the post-mortem examination. Relatives however requested and later acquired a rank from Vreed-en-Hoop, who witnessed the autopsy. This publication learnt that the father died from trauma and cerebral haemorrhage.A Police source has since told this publication that Choong and the suspect had settled the matter before Choong’s wound turned septic. A probe has since been launched.Choong’s spouse is a housewife and it was said that she is very distressed over her family’s future. The couple celebrated 19 years of marriage earlier this month. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother of 3 stabbed to death by estranged loverAugust 25, 2019In “Crime”Suspect accused of severely beating father of 3 chargedJanuary 22, 2019In “Court”Police detain one over Belle West mechanic’s murderJuly 13, 2016In “Crime” read more

Contempt action to be taken over photos of James Bulgers killers

first_imgTHE ATTORNEY GENERAL in England and Wales is to take legal action against a number of people who posted pictures on the internet which purported to show the killers of Liverpool toddler James Bulger.Photos claiming to show Jon Venables and Robert Thompson as they are now have been circulating on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter in recent days but the AG says he will now begin contempt proceedings against “a number of individuals” who have posted the pictures.A worldwide injunction is in place which prevents the revealing of the new identities of the notorious child murderers and Dominic Grieve expressed concern that potentially innocent individuals may be wrongly identified as one of the two men and placed in danger.Venables and Thompson were both aged 10 when they abducted and brutally murdered two-year-old James Bulger in north Liverpool 20 years ago. They were sentenced to detention until they reached adulthood.They were released with new identities on life licences in 2001. In 2010, Venables was returned to prison for violating the terms of his parole after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children.A statement from the office of the Attorney General explained: “There is an injunction in place which prevents publication of any images or information purporting to identify anyone as Jon Venables or Robert Thompson.“The terms of the order mean that if a picture claims to be of Venables or Thompson, even if it is not actually them, there will be a breach of the order.“Providing details of the new identities of Venables and Thompson or their whereabouts is also prohibited – this order applies to material which is on the internet.”The Guardian reports that Google, Facebook and Twitter will all be ordered to remove the photographs and says that legal experts have said the breach could result in a landmark mass contempt prosecution by the government.Read: The 20th anniversary of the most shocking of crimesMore: James Bulger’s father: My son’s murder brought me to a very dark placelast_img read more

4Chan Taken Down Via DDoS

first_imgYou can’t hack a hacker–or can you? According to 4Chan’s status page, the popular message board behind LOLcats, Rick Rolling, and some far more questionable activities has been temporarily knocked out of commission via a distributed denial of service attack.“Site is down due to DDoS,” the site wrote in the early hours of the morning. “We now join the ranks of MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, et al.–an exclusive club!” The comment refers to the recent “Operation: Payback” DDoS attacks that took down three major financial companies after they froze accounts linked to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.4Chan was one of the major rallying points for Operation: Payback’s activities. No definitive word on who is behind these new attacks, but this almost certainly means war.last_img read more

ATT announces Motorola Atrix 2 bigger display faster downloads 8MP camera

first_imgAt CTIA today, AT&T announced that the sequel to the Motorola Atrix, dubbed the Atrix 2, will be coming soon. Perhaps Atrix 1.5 would have been a better name, because this is a relatively minor update to its dual-core predecessor.The highlights here are the larger display, the faster network capabilities, and an improved camera. It has a PenTile qHD (960×540) display, just like its older sibling, but it balloons up from four inches to 4.3″. It now supports theoretical 21Mbps downloads on AT&T’s HSPA+ network (the original only managed 14.4Mbps). The shooter gets upgraded to 8MP (up from 5MP), and it now shoots 1080p video – updated from the 720p vid that the original Atrix shot.Otherwise, it carries over the same 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, and the same basic physical design. For faux laptop fans, the Atrix 2 also carries over the “Webdock” connectivity for use with the optional (and pricey) Lapdock accessory. It launches on October 16 for $99.99 (plus the obligatory new two-year contract).This is a quick sequel for the Atrix, as the original just launched earlier this year. While it was met with mostly positive reviews, and was noted for its Tegra-2 chip, the world of high-end Android smartphones is a rapidly-changing one. I don’t imagine the original has been selling like hotcakes lately, so an update now makes sense.I’m not sure if fans have exactly been clamoring for an updated Atrix, though, with new dual-core phones like the Droid Bionic, EVO 3D, and HTC Sensation now available. While the Atrix 2 doesn’t really offer anything that these other beasts don’t already bring to the table, it does take what the original brought to the table, improves on that formula, and brings it more up to “late 2011” specs.via PC Magazinelast_img read more

STATE REP RACE Candidates Debate Reforms Needed To Hold Judges More Accountable
STATE REP RACE Candidates Debate Reforms Needed To Hold Judges More Accountable

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At last month’s 19th Middlesex State Representative debate, candidates were asked what can and should be done to hold judges more accountable for their decisions.“I think anyone an appointed position should be held accountable by someone, somewhere,” said Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury). “Is it the governor’s judicial council? I’m not sure. They’re the ones who appoint them. I think maybe they’re should be a citizen’s council who, every five years, look over every judge’s decisions.”“What happened during the summer with [Judge Feeley] was outrageous,” added Meuse. “As an attorney, if I had ever had a drug dealer go to that judge and have been sentenced, I would have had them file an appeal. If you’re going to do it for him, do it for all of us. He’s a drug dealer who is helping his family? [By the judge’s logic], then all drug dealers are trying to help their families.”“All judges should definitely be accountable and, every five years, their records should be looked at,” said Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury). “Judge Feeley was the one that released a drug dealer because he said he was supporting his family, which is just ridiculous.  I’m the only candidate that joined the fight with State Rep. Jim Lyons to impeach Judge Feely. The reason there was no vote to impeach him was because the Democratic Party on Beacon Hill would rather not vote on it and protect themselves, than stand up for what is right and what is wrong. As your next State Representative, I will always be a bold voice and fight for what is right on Beacon Hill.”“Pina, you weren’t the only candidate,” said Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury). “In fact, I signed Rep. Lyons’ petition the very first day and then wrote an extensive op/ed that was looking to creative another council and more bureaucracy, but rather put judges on a rotating schedule and put their accountability in the hands of the voters.”“When you look at appointed judges vs. elected judges, it’s pretty transparent – and this comes from both liberal and conservative law schools – that when judges start getting elected, and you’re friends with that elected judge, and your son or daughter gets pulled over, that ticket kind of goes away,” added Robertson. “What was proposed was a hybrid system. A governor would appoint such judges and, after five years, the public could vote them out. Voters couldn’t replace them, the governor would still have the ability to appoint with the advice of his or her council. It appoints accountability in the hands of us, the voters. Judge Feeley wasn’t the first judge to screw up in the Commonwealth, let’s face it. It’s been happening since 1776.”Watch the debate, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below. Fast-foward to 29:05 for the discussion on judicial accountability.—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/b/7/7/6/b/a/b776ba68-25f6-40b8-ba64-296deaed181f1540570938.027%2B45353637.070%40castus4-wilmington%2B15405738551540571121202980.vod.720p.181025_State_Rep_Debate.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/b/7/7/6/b/a/b776ba68-25f6-40b8-ba64-296deaed181f1540570938.027%2B45353637.070%40castus4-wilmington%2B15405738551540571121202980.vod.720p.181025_State_Rep_Debate.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: State Rep. Jim Lyons (Tewksbury’s Other State Rep) Endorses PrinzivalliIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”last_img read more

Legalizing Marijuana Did Not Make Sky Fall Say Lawmakers with Experience
Legalizing Marijuana Did Not Make Sky Fall Say Lawmakers with Experience

first_imgDel. Curt Anderson speaks at a press conference on marijuana taxation and regulation. Rep. Jonathan Singer of Colorado (far right) testified before the General Assembly about his state’s experience with marijuana legalization, along with Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes (not pictured). (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)Maryland lawmakers heard testimony on the taxation and regulation of marijuana from state and city officials representing Colorado and Washington, two states that have legalized marijuana. Legalization, the officials said, has not resulted in increased risks to public safety, but there remain challenges, particularly where financing is concerned, in establishing an effective legal market for the drug.The testimony was presented last Friday by Colorado State House Representative Jonathan Singer, who sponsored and worked to place Colorado’s legalization measure before voters for a 2013 referendum, and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who put an end to prosecutions for marijuana possession after taking office in 2010 and sponsored Washington state’s ballot initiative to legalize the substance.“We need to treat marijuana like the drug that it is, not the drug some fear it to be,” said Singer at a Maryland American Civil Liberties Union organized press conference held before his testimony. “That means you regulate it, that means you tax it, that means you watch where it’s going, and in Colorado, it’s working.”Singer said Colorado has succeeded in developing a system for keeping the marijuana trade out of the hands of criminals, and that teen use of marijuana, traffic fatalities due to marijuana, and crime as a whole have all either stayed stagnant or dropped since the legalization measure passed. “The concerns about the sky falling haven’t born themselves out,” said Singer.Also speaking at the press conference, Holmes said that when he first took office, he dismissed all pending marijuana possession cases in Seattle. “In a city with a seven percent African-American population, 59 percent of the pending marijuana possession cases were against African Americans, and it’s an example that I think has replicated across the country,” Holmes said. He added that crime has continued to decrease in Seattle despite legalization.The disparate impact of marijuana arrests on communities of color has certainly been replicated in Baltimore, said state delegate Curt Anderson (D-Baltimore City). “In 2013, in Baltimore City, there were 6500 total arrests for marijuana. Of the 6,500, 5,400 were African Americans,” Anderson said. He continued, saying Maryland’s recent decriminalization has failed to have its intended effects as police agencies have been slow to act.“So we’re working harder to try to get a taxation and regulation of marijuana, in place,” said Anderson, sponsor of the House version of the marijuana taxation and regulation bill currently under consideration in the General Assembly.The measures which legalized marijuana in Colorado and Washington have come under some criticism for excluding many people of color who are ineligible to become distributors due to past marijuana convictions. Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County), sponsor of the senate version of the marijuana taxation and regulation effort in Maryland, said Maryland’s bill addresses this problem. “In the current legislation that we’re working on, we . . . have minority business protection, and we also have a statement that conviction for only a non-violent marijuana possession offense in the past is not a bar to participating in the new industry,” said Raskin.According to Sara Love, public policy director Maryland ACLU, the legislators who heard Singer and Holmes’s testimonies posed questions on how legalization works in practice, with a particular emphasis on concerns about teen use and impaired driving, rather than on whether marijuana should be legalized. “This is happening already. People are already on our roads impaired. Teens say it is easier to buy marijuana than it is to buy beer. When you look at the regulated system, they’re able to address these things,” said Love, who added licensed distributors are more likely to work to keep the drug out of the hands of teenagers for fear of losing their license.Singer said that while Colorado has had a good experience so far, finding banks willing to make business loans to entrepreneurs has proved challenging since selling marijuana is still a crime under federal law. “Those are still outlaying issues that we need to resolve, but the net-product has been positive so far,” said Singer.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Celebrations in order
Celebrations in order

first_imgIf you thought you might miss out on Teej celebrations amidst the hustle and bustle of the Capital, think again! Delhi Tourism is organizing its annual Teej Festival at its three Dilli Haats on the below mentioned dates: Dilli Haat (INA) – 25 to 30 July, Dilli Haat (Pitampura) -25 to 27 July and Dilli Haat (Janakpuri) – 27 to 31 July. The festival marks the advent of the Shravan (monsoon season). The festival is dedicated to Goddess Parvati commemorating the day when she was united with Lord Shiva. Women celebrate this festival by applying mehndi on their hands and decking up in finery. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The major highlights of the events planned at the Dilli Haats are a Teej Bazaar offering Mehndi, Choori, Lehria and other items, Rajasthani delicacies and other traditional food items will be available at the food stalls set up specially for the festival, performances by folk artists, specially from the Nagaras from Banchar Village with a highlight of the Kachhi Ghodi dance. There will also be a mehndi competition at Dilli Haat – INA (26 July at 5.00 pm) and Janakpuri (30 July at 5.00 pm) along with Rangoli and Bindi Competition at Dilli Haat Janakpuri on 27 July at 5.00 pm and 29 July at 5.00 pm.There will also be camel rides at the venues along with a special children’s corner and traditional swings for the ladies to enjoy. The Janakpuri venue will also be hosting a rakhi bazaar during the festival. Head over!last_img read more

Fastingmimicking diet may reverse diabetes
Fastingmimicking diet may reverse diabetes

first_imgA diet designed to imitate the effects of fasting may reverse diabetes by reprogramming cells, claims a new study published in the journal cell that may help treat the condition without drugs or painful insulin injections. The fasting-like diet promotes the growth of new insulin-producing pancreatic cells that reduce symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in mice, according to the study on mice and human cells led by researchers at University of Southern California (USC) in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Cycles of a fasting-mimicking diet and a normal diet essentially reprogrammed non-insulin-producing cells into insulin-producing cells,” said Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at the USC.”By activating the regeneration of pancreatic cells, we were able to rescue mice from late-stage type 1 and type 2 diabetes. We also reactivated insulin production in human pancreatic cells from type 1 diabetes patients,” said Longo.The reprogrammed adult cells and organs prompted a regeneration in which damaged cells were replaced with new functional ones, he said. The research is the latest in a series of studies to demonstrate promising health benefits of a brief, periodic diet that mimics the effects of a water-only fast. In type 1 and late-stage type 2 diabetes, the pancreas loses insulin-producing beta cells, increasing instability in blood sugar levels. The study showed a remarkable reversal of diabetes in mice placed on the fasting-mimicking diet for four days each week. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey regained healthy insulin production, reduced insulin resistance and demonstrated more stable levels of blood glucose. This was the case even for mice in the later stages of the disease. The diet cycles switched on genes in the adult mice that are normally active only in the developing pancreases of foetal mice. The genes set off production of a protein, neurogenin-3 (Ngn3); thus, generating new, healthy insulin-producing beta cells. Longo and his team also examined pancreatic cell cultures from human donors and found that, in cells from type 1 diabetes patients, fasting also increased expression of the Ngn3 protein and accelerated insulin production. The results suggest that a fasting-mimicking diet could alleviate diabetes in humans. Another study by the same team published last week demonstrated that the fasting-mimicking diet reduced risks for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other age-related diseases in human study participants who followed the special diet for five days each month in a three-month span. Prior studies on the diet have shown potential for alleviating symptoms of the neurodegenerative disease multiple sclerosis, increasing the efficacy of chemotherapy for cancer treatments, and decreasing visceral fat.last_img read more

DieHard Duke Couple Recruits Zion Williamson for Tomahawk Dunk Gender Reveal
DieHard Duke Couple Recruits Zion Williamson for Tomahawk Dunk Gender Reveal

first_imgGender reveals are a clichéd social media annoyance, unless Zion Williamson gets involved. The Duke basketball Twitter account posted a video of a couple of a die-hard Blue Devils couple who revealed their expected child’s gender with the help of a nasty Zion tomahawk dunk at the Duke practice facility. Clutch as always, the Zion smash resulted in a Duke blue explosion, signifying they’re having a boy.Watch Zion reveal this couple’s #1 draft pick:ZI🤯N SHUT DOWN THE GENDER REVEAL GAME. 🔵🔵🔵🔵Congrats @NolanBurg & Danielle‼️👶🍼 pic.twitter.com/JFu87Pocy4— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) April 18, 2019last_img read more

Avast Secure Browser review
Avast Secure Browser review

first_imgAvast Secure Browser review by Martin Brinkmann on April 09, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: April 09, 2018 – 58 commentsAvast Secure Browser is a free Chromium-based web browser by security company Avast that is advertised as private, fast, and secure on the official download site.The web browser is the official successor of Avast SafeZone Browser which Avast discontinued some time ago to focus development on the new browser.We will take a close look at the web browser in our review; you will learn about installation and use, functionality that it provides, and whether the fast, secure and private promise is kept.Avast Secure BrowserAvast Secure Browser is available as a standalone download for Microsoft Windows and also as part of Avast’s security products. You find the download link in the summary box below the review.SafeZone installations will be updated automatically to the new browser.InstallationThe standalone download is offered as a web installer which means that most program components are downloaded during installation. A click on options on the first installation screen displays several setup preferences:Place a shortcut on the desktop (yes), taskbar (yes), and in the start menu (no).Launch the browser when the installation finishes (yes).Set the default program language.Import bookmarks and settings from my current default browser (no).Import cookies from my current default browser (no).Make Avast Secure Browser my new default browser (no).You need to check the import options if you want to import bookmarks, settings or cookies from the default system browser. Note that the import function supports imports from the default system browser, and that the import will fail if the default browser is not supported by Avast (example: if Pale Moon is your default browser, imports will fail as it is not supported).Note that the browser supports the importing of bookmarks and settings from other browsers after installation.Just load secure://settings/importData at any time to configure the operation. Supported browsers are Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. You may import from a bookmarks HTML file as well.Note: Avast collects and sends usage statistics and crash reports to company servers automatically. Users are not prompted about this during installation. You may disable the collecting and sending on secure://settings/ under privacy and security.Using the browserAvast Secure Browser is based on Chromium, the open source part of Google Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera and other Chromium-based browsers.If you used Google Chrome in the past, you will feel at home right away as the interface resembles that of the browser.You will notice some differences though as well as Avast’s browser comes with several built-in browser extensions.Three extension icons are visible in the browser’s toolbar that provide video downloading and ad-blocking functionality and a link to the new Security & Privacy Center.A quick check on secure://extensions/ (yes, Avast uses secure:// for internal pages and not chrome// or about://), lists a total of seven extensions of which five are enabled. The installed extensions are:Adblock — an ad-blocker powered by uBlock Origin. Supports third-party filter lists, custom rules, and whitelists.Avast Passwords (disabled) — integrates with the passwords component of Avast security products. You need to install compatible software on the device to use it.Avast SecureLine VPN — integrates Avast’s SecureLine virtual private network in the browser. Enabled by default but requires that Avast SecureLine VPN software is installed on the Windows machine.Bank Mode (disabled) — switch to a virtual desktop to communicate with important sites such as online banking sites. Bank Mode is only available if Avast Antivirus or other Avast security programs that support it are installed on the PC.HTTPS Encryption — enforces the use of HTTPS on supported websites.Privacy — an anti-tracking extension that blocks companies and sites from tracking you online.Video Downloader — download videos to your PC.Avast Secure Browser users may disable or enable extensions but it is not possible to uninstall any of them.Security & Privacy CenterSecurity & Privacy Center is another feature of the browser that is a unique feature. It is a control interface to enable or disable built-in features, and is used by Avast to list company products that complement the browser.You control the ad-blocking, privacy, HTTPS encryption, and password manager extensions from the Security & Privacy Center, and new tools that are not listed as extensions.These are:Anti-Fingerprinting (disabled) to block or limit fingerprinting for tracking purposes.Anti-Phishing (enabled) to protect against phishing attempts.Extension Guard (enabled) to block the installation of untrusted browser extensions.Flash Blocker (enabled) to block all Flash content.You may launch a new private browsing window (called Stealth Mode) and a Privacy Cleaner (clean browsing data) from the Security & Privacy Center as well.Avast’s browser lists the installation status of Avast Antivirus, Bank Mode and Avast SecureLine VPN at the top of the page. Download links are provided when products are not installed; the links redirect to the Avast website.Avast Secure Browser BenchmarksHow fast is Avast’s Secure Browser? My initial assumption was that the browser’s performance should be more or less identical to that of Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers.I ran tests using stable versions of Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Vivaldi, Opera and Avast Safe Browser. Benchmarks are linked; feel free to give this a try on your end and report the results in the comments below (Basemark and HTML5 Test: higher is better, Ares: lower is faster).Browser / TestBasemarkAresHTML5 TestAvast Secure Browser58126ms528Google Chrome57025ms528Microsoft Edge20785ms476Mozilla Firefox9084ms489Vivaldi42927ms520Opera41529528The benchmark results show that this is indeed the case. The small score differences between Avast Secure Browser and Google Chrome are not significant; expect the same performance in Avast’s browser and Google’s browser.To sum it up: The performance of the web browser is excellent. It is as fast as Google Chrome in benchmarks and that carries over to real-world usage as well. While you won’t see a five times performance boost when you compared it to Mozilla Firefox, it is an area that the browser does really well in.What about privacy?One of Avast’s main promises is that Secure Browser protects user privacy better than other browsers. I decided to run tests using the default configuration and with all privacy features enabled.Panopticlick by EFF stated that Avast Secure Browser offered “strong protection against Web Tracking” and that the browser did not have a unique fingerprint (in both configurations).Other privacy tests highlighted that the browser’s protection was not perfect but still better in many cases when fully enabled.  The test on Maxa Tools, for example, listed the number of installed plugins, the device’s IP address and the location based on the IP, as well as other information. A rerun of the test with fingerprinting protection enabled did not improve the results.You may see some improvement depending on which test you run and whether you connect to Avast SecureLine VPN, but the same can be achieved with any other VPN as well.To sum it up: Avast Secure Browser comes with built-in functionality to protect user privacy. While that is good overall, it does not offer 100% protection against all forms of invasive data collecting or fingerprinting.Closing Words and verdictAvast Secure Browser is a brand new browser that is based on Chromium. The browser is fast and comes with privacy enhancing extensions and settings that do improve privacy up to a point.The fact that usage statistic and crash reports sending is enabled by default damages that somewhat; I’d expect a prompt from a privacy-focused browser during setup that asks me whether I want to enable the send-home functionality or not.Another negative is that you can’t uninstall extensions that the browser comes with. Disabling may work for most users but if you like a clean browser, you may not like the sticky nature of all default extensions.Avast is off to a good start with the new browser. It offers better functionality than the company’s SafeZone Browser and does well in benchmarks and other tests. The company needs to publish regular updates to not fall behind the Chromium release cycle and leave security issues unpatched for too long after patches become available.It is too early to tell whether Avast is up for that. I’ll revisit the browser in a couple of months and keep an eye on it in the meantime to find out more about that.Now You: What’s your main web browser right now, and why?Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 40 votes Software Name Avast Secure BrowserOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://www.avast.com/secure-browser Advertisementlast_img read more

Does the driving test need an overhaul

first_imgThe road is wet. Why might a motorcyclist steer round drain covers on a bend?To prevent the motorcycle sliding on the metal drain coversTo avoid splashing pedestrians on the pavement To help judge the bend using the drain covers as marker points To avoid puncturing the tyres on the edge of the drain covers Nick Heath, who has been a driving instructor for 13 years, is all for graduated licensing. The 42-year-old, from Alsager, said: “I think most instructors are in agreement about graduated licencing. I always encourage students to take the Pass Plus training course and I offer a motorway lesson after they pass. “I would like to see a system where you are awarded different coloured licences depending on your training. At the moment you just have the one pink licence but I think if we introduced different colours depending on training it would encourage people to do more training on rural roads. “I think if we had a gold coloured licence for the drivers with full training it would start a hierarchy which would encourage people to get to that standard.” Rob Matthews, who runs Bat Out Of L driving school and oversees the Stoke Approved Driving Instructors group, makes a point of taking his pupils out on rural roads. He said: “I always take my pupils out on rural roads and difficult roads with bends and single tracks. I take them from Werrington to Denford on a route. “I do think that it is correct that rural roads are dangerous. I think that a good instructor will teach a student to drive properly and if possible take them on rural roads not just get them to pass a test as quickly as possible.” Read MoreShould Staffordshire Police use dash cams to catch bad drivers? The concept of a graduated licencing process has also been backed by the Institute of Advanced Motoring, which currently offers courses for qualified drivers to learn about motorways and rural roads. Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “The driving test needs to become a much more integrated part of a graduated licensing system that picks up on best practice from around the world. “For instance, Austria has a ‘second phase’ licensing system, where young drivers come back in the first 12 months after the test for further interventions to examine attitude changes and skills. “The driving test today does test a driver’s ability to a very high level, but it has fallen behind what is urgently needed today. This must be addressed as a matter of urgency by the Government.” Read MoreTwo men arrested in connection with serious assault on Dunwoody Way in Crewe The DVSA are currently working on a new test to be introduced that will include more manoeuvres and a sat nav element of the practical test. DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “DVSA’s priority is to help you through a lifetime of safe driving which is why we have modernised the driving test. “This includes driving for longer without instruction, on a wider range of roads at different speeds, and using a sat nav, so we are better testing a driver’s ability. “These changes have been welcomed by the Driving Instructors Association, the BSM and the AA because of the positive impact they will have on road safety.” Next question Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPassing the driving test has become a rite of passage for motorists in the UK. But do new drivers need further training before they can be considered the finished article? Philip Cullinane looks into the issue. Driving tests have been compulsory for all new motorists in the UK since 1935, when they were introduced under the Road Traffic Act. There have been various changes over the decades, such as the theory test in 1996, and the introduction of the hazard perception exam in 2002. From 2018, learners will be able to drive on motorways with their instructors, and there are also calls for pupils to be taught about dangerous rural roads. With the modern motorist having to master so many disciplines before they can be considered the finished article, there is a growing belief that a graduated licensing system is necessary. Such a system would see drivers have to complete a minimum learning period, mandatory training on rural roads and restrictions on newly-qualified drivers before they are awarded their full licence. Road safety charity Brake says that rural roads are the most dangerous that new drivers will face, and that the lack of training is leading to fatalities. poll loadingShould there be a graduated licensing system for new drivers? 0+ VOTES SO FARYes No Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “High speeds, sharp bends, narrow lanes, risky overtaking and the presence of vulnerable road users like cyclists, make rural roads the most dangerous by far. “The combination of rural roads and novice drivers is lethal – a staggering 80 per cent of all young car driver fatalities occur in rural locations. “Brake is calling for a total overhaul of the learning to drive system to help cut fatalities and injuries. A graduated licensing system, including a minimum learning period, mandatory training on rural roads and restrictions for newly-qualified drivers – such as a zero drink-drive limit – will allow new drivers to build up more skills and experience over a longer period of time. “This approach has dramatically reduced road casualties in countries including Australia and New Zealand and could save some 400 lives a year if implemented in the UK. “Brake is also calling for a review of rural speed limits and for ‘Voluntary Intelligent Speed Adaptation’, which helps drivers keep within the limit, to be fitted as standard to new cars. “There is also the need for better and more affordable public transport, so fewer young people see starting driving in their teens as a necessity.” Read MoreBig Issue: Why has there been an increase in reports of child neglect in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire? Instructors in the area believe it is important that new drivers learn about varying conditions on different roads. Les Brigham, aged 56, of Milton, said: “I think it is down to the instructor and that learners should be taken on the roads that are available. “I think that being able to take learners on the motorway from 2018 is a step in the right direction. “I do not think that it can become mandatory. For example, how are drivers going to get to rural roads in time? Or how can drivers in northern Scotland get to the motorway when the nearest one is three hours away? “But I think that if a driving instructor can take learners on rural roads than they should.” center_img Question -1 of 20Score -0 of 0 Thanks for taking part in this quizYou scoredReplay quizlast_img read more

Car damaged in explosion
Car damaged in explosion

first_imgThe car of a 53-year-old woman was extensively damaged from an explosion outside her home in Trachoni early on Sunday.The explosion occurred at around 3.45am on the car of the 53-year-old that was parked outside her home.The bases police are investigating the case.You May LikeCable Internet | Search AdsI Was Surprised When I Saw the Actual Price for Cable TV & InternetCable Internet | Search AdsUndoCareers Advisor9 Worst College Degrees For Job MarketCareers AdvisorUndoBored ArticlesThe 10 Most Expensive Colleges In The WorldBored ArticlesUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more