Aboriginal Affairs lied about privacy watchdogs response to internal probe of spying

first_imgAPTN National NewsOpposition MPs pounced on the Harper government following findings by the Office of Privacy Commissioner that Aboriginal Affairs and Justice Canada officials spied on First Nations children’s advocate Cindy Blackstock.Aboriginal Affairs was also recently called out for claiming the privacy watchdog didn’t plan on opening an investigation after receiving the department’s internal investigation in Blackstock’s allegations that federal officials were spying on her.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.last_img read more

UN disarmament teams in West Africa meet to work out strategies

The teams from Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone agreed at the meeting Friday in Dakar, Senegal, to increase cross-country collaboration and harmonize national DDR programmes in West Africa, “a region where violence easily spreads across state boundaries and with massive cross-border circulation of combatants and illicit weapons,” the host of the meeting, the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), said in a statement.They also discussed the need to neutralize “spoilers,” those individuals or groups who maintain the warring and hamper efforts at DDR.After their next meeting, they would submit recommendations to the following meeting of the heads of UN peace missions in West Africa, according to UNOWA.The fifth regional meeting of mission chiefs, also previously scheduled for Friday, was postponed. It was to have included a review of the simmering conflict in Guinea’s Guinea-Forestière Province. read more

Elephants under threat as trade in illegal ivory triples over past decade

The future of African elephants remains uncertain as illegal ivory trade continues to grow, according to a United Nations report released today, which calls for enhanced law enforcement to protect the majestic creatures and their environment.The report, “Elephants in the Dust – The African Elephant Crisis”, found that elephant poaching doubled and illegal ivory trade tripled in the last decade, endangering already fragile populations in Central Africa, as well as previously secure populations in West, Southern and Eastern Africa.“The surge in the killing of elephants in Africa and the illegal taking of other listed species globally threatens not only wildlife populations but the livelihoods of millions who depend on tourism for a living and the lives of those wardens and wildlife staff who are attempting to stem the illegal tide,” said the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner. The report warns that criminal networks are increasingly involved and entrenched in the trafficking of ivory between Africa and Asia, where demand is high, particularly in countries with a growing economy such as China.Data gathered by the programme known as MIKE, or Monitoring Illegal Killing of Elephants, led by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), shows that an estimated 17,000 elephants were illegally killed in 2011.Data for 2012 shows the situation did not improve, and actual figures for last year may be much higher.“CITES must re-engage on illegal wildlife crime with a renewed sense of purpose, commitment, creativity, cooperation and energy involving range States and transit countries to consuming nations of products such as ivory,” Mr. Steiner said.Elephants’ survival is also threatened by the increasing loss of habitat in about 29 per cent of their range as a result of rapid human population growth and large-scale land conversion for agriculture. Currently, some models suggest this figure may increase to 63 per cent by 2050, which represents a major additional threat to the survival of the elephant in the long term.“This report provides clear evidence that adequate human and financial resources, the sharing of know-how, raising public awareness in consumer countries, and strong law enforcement must all be in place if we are to curb the disturbing rise in poaching and illegal trade,” said the Secretary-General of CITES, John Scanlon.The report recommends improving law enforcement across the entire illegal ivory supply chain, and increasing collaboration among transit and consumer countries through international organizations such as CITES, the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Interpol and the World Bank. It also highlights the need to combat corruption and reduce demand for ivory.The report was jointly produced by UNEP, CITES, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC) and released at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CITES convention in Bangkok, Thailand. read more

Queen is feeling better says Princess Royal despite again missing Sandringham church

first_imgThe Princess Royal has moved to allay fears about the Queen’s health by insisting she was feeling “better” despite missing church at Sandringham for the second successive Sunday.Concerns for Her Majesty have been growing since a heavy cold prevented her from joining the Royal family at church on Christmas Day, the first time in 28 years she had missed the service.Her absence from the New Year’s Day service came after Buckingham Palace announced she “does not yet feel ready to attend church as she is still recuperating from a heavy cold”.Her Majesty has enjoyed such robust health throughout her life that it is rare for her to miss any public appearance, and her continued absence has led to speculation around the world about the extent of her illness. 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. The Duke, 95, had recovered sufficiently by Christmas Day to walk to church, though he was driven to the New Year service to avoid heavy rain. He was accompanied in the car by the Countess of Wessex.The Earl of Wessex and his daughter Lady Louise Windsor, 13, chose to walk to and from the church with Princess Anne and Sir Tim.The Earl wished a Happy New Year to onlookers, saying: “Let’s hope it gets better. It can’t get much worse.” Prince Philip smiles at wellwishers on New Year's Day morning The Duke of Edinburgh arrives by car with Sophie Countess of Wessex at the church service on the Sandringham estate The Queen has not been photographed since December 9, when she attended a function at Buckingham Palace, and will not now be seen in public until at least next Sunday, when she will again be due to attend St Mary Magdalene Church, 400 yards from Sandringham House.If she does make an appearance, it will be the first time in a month that she has been photographed.She has stayed indoors for almost a fortnight, though royal sources have insisted she is “up and about”. Prince Harry had already left Sandringham and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been spending the Christmas break with the Middleton family in Berkshire.Among the wellwishers outside the church were horticultural worker John Disdel, 69 of Gedney Drove End, Lincolnshire, who said: “I didn’t really expect the Queen to attend. Being wrapped up warm at home is the best place for a 90-year-old who is ill. You can’t read anything into her not being here.”Catherine Jarvis, 40, of Loughton, Essex, said: “We are just hoping she is OK. She doesn’t have to come out and prove anything to us. Christmas is all about being with your family.” Show more The Queen has not been photographed since December 9, when she met the High Commissioner of Bangladesh The Duke of Edinburgh arrives by car with Sophie Countess of Wessex at the church service on the Sandringham estateCredit:Albanpix.com/Matthew Usher The Queen first started feeling unwell before Christmas, cancelling her planned train journey to Sandringham from London on December 20.She and the Duke of Edinburgh were both poorly, and they flew to Norfolk by helicopter on December 21 instead. Clare Gerada, former head of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said a particular nasty cold strain was hitting people of all ages this winter, taking three weeks to clear.She said: “We are seeing an awful lot of people this winter with a virus that is more severe than a normal cold, almost a type of bronchitis.“It is causing a hacking cough and if the Queen has got it, then she is probably exhausted from coughing. It may well be affecting her sleep as well, which would leave anyone feeling exhausted, never mind a 90-year-old.“It’s taking three to four weeks for people to completely recover, and the length of time the Queen has been ill would be in keeping with that.” The Queen has not been photographed since December 9, when she met the High Commissioner of Bangladesh Credit:Getty /John Stillwell Prince Philip smiles at wellwishers on New Year’s Day morningCredit:Andrew Parsons/i-Images The Royal family rarely comment on health matters, but when she was asked by a member of the public how the Queen was feeling, the Princess Royal smiled and said: “Better.”Her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence was asked the same question and said: “Not too bad.”The Duke of Edinburgh looked anything but worried as he attended the New Year service, smiling at wellwishers and appearing to make jokes about the weather.last_img read more

Open thread What TV shows would you like back for one more

first_imgTHERE ARE SOME things we just can’t let go.Wouldn’t we all kill for another series of the TV show we love? A chance to see all those old friendly faces again?An extra series would be like a bonus week on holidays or a day added to the weekend, but one that we could get to keep and watch forever on DVD.My So-Called LifeBring back Angela Chase and Rayanne Graff!Image: ScreenedAnd while you’re at it we’ll take Jordan Catalano back too. Yeow.The WireImage: via What Fresh Hell Is ThisEach season of The Wire was set in disparate communities within Baltimore, so another season isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.Or at least that’s what we keep telling ourselves.FireflyFirefly was ripped away from us all too soon. Cancelled before its time.Image: via The TV WatchtowerLuckily, Joss Whedon went on to make Buffy. But now that we mention it, we want another series of that too!The KillingIs there anything worse than an unsatisfying end to a much-adored series?Image: via Crime Time PreviewLet us fix this. Bring us back Lund and we can fix this.The Sopranos These GIFs illustrate exactly why we need more Tony and Carmela Soprano in our life.GlenroeOh, Biddy come back.YouTube/joycecountrySunday nights have never been the same since the dulcet tones of the Glenroe theme tune left our lives for good.We’d even take a Christmas special. Something. Anything. Just one more hit.FriendsWe’ve spoken about what a contemporary series of Friends might look like before and how the gang might have fared ten years on. Image: Lance Staedler/NBC/Zuma/allaction.co.uk /EMPICS EntertainmentWould you watch it?The West WingThe West Wing gave us awesome lines like this one….It’s hard not to be wistful about CJ and co making a triumphant return to the Oval Office.Freaks and GeeksThe Judd Apatow original. Judd has given us a lot of laughs in his later career, but Freaks and Geeks is a TV show that delights more with each watching.Image: via CuratorAnd what a cast. One more tune, Judd!Pushing DaisiesAnother programme that was unjustly cancelled before its time. A twee, camp and fun show that could have been incredible if let run its course properly.Image: via Fan PopWe’ll never forgive ABC for taking Anna Friel away from us like this.Be careful what you wish for…Some programmes deserve one last spin of the wheel. We were delighted to see the Seinfeld crew reunite in Curb Your Enthusiasm, and we did a cheer of joy to hear Arrested Development was coming back on Netflix.But some things should just stay gone.Sex And The City went out on a high, yet the subsequent movies tarnished the whole thing. The second season of Twin Peaks was a bitter disappointment.And while we’re at it, The Simpsons should have stopped a long time ago.What TV series would you love to resurrect for one last hurrah? And what shows should just stay gone? Let us know in the comments!Open thread: Are you a big tipper? >Read: Ghostbusters 3 is a real thing and here’s what Dan Akroyd says it’ll be like >last_img read more

Is Microsoft preparing to unveil an Xbox HDTV

first_imgThis much we know: Microsoft is going to show off something later today in Los Angeles. Beyond that, it’s anybody’s guess. The smart money so far seems to be on a Microsoft-built tablet, possibly running Windows RT though not one done in collaboration with Barnes and Noble. But what if it’s something unexpected — like an Xbox-powered HDTV?A reportedly leaked document has popped up on the web that offers a strange mix of hardware specs for a device called the Xbox Surface. It starts out sounding very much like a tablet, with a 7-inch LED display that packs 1280×720 pixels. There’s a rechargeable battery rated for 7 hours of untethered use, WiFi, Bluetooth support, and an SD card slot for storage expansion. From there on, the specs take a sharp turn away from tablet territory.The main processor, for example, is pegged as a 6-core 3.1GHz monster — which would necessitate a gargantuan power pack in order to last for 7 hours. For internal storage, a 250GB 2.5-inch 10K RPM SCSI is noted. That’s certainly not the kind of slim, low-power drive you’d expect to find in a tablet. And what about all the ports that are listed? Plenty of tablets offer HDMI and USB — but four USB 3.0 ports seems like a bit of a stretch for a tablet. You also wouldn’t expect to find an RJ45 Ethernet port, component video hook-ups, or an optical audio connector. Not on a tablet. And a 350W power supply would be overkill for a 7-inch device.It’s entirely possible that this spec sheet is a fake. But what the sprinkling of tablet hardware that’s mentioned is the part that’s off the mark? What if Microsoft is planning a device that would beat Apple and the iTV to market and strengthen their already-strong position in the battle for living room dominance? Microsoft wants the Xbox to be the only box in your home entertainment system. Suppose that means one box period and not just one box plus an HDTV. They’ve certainly got the content deals, partners, developer ecosystem, and brand recognition to make an Xbox TV not only happen but also to be a success. They’ve also gambled in the space before and won big.It’s been confirmed that Barnes and Noble is not an integral part of what’s being shown, and that makes the possibility of a tablet a bit more remote. It’s also worth considering the fact that a Microsoft tablet would be a tricky sell since they’re already working with a number of partners very closely on both x86 Windows 8 tablets and ARM devices running Windows RT. Releasing an HDTV would be a less contentious move, particularly if it’s tied closely to the Xbox brand — which only really competes with Sony and Nintendo.Whatever the case may be, let’s hope that Microsoft is planning on dropping a real bomb tonight… and not simply showing off some Windows RT tablets or notebooks or offering up a deeper dive into Smart Glass.via Shifted2Ulast_img read more

Pocky Is Releasing a Special Flavor That You Can Munch on With

first_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Stay on target Are you a big Pocky fan? Who isn’t? There are so many different flavors to please any palate, and if you’re looking for sweet or savory there’s plenty to find within the wide world of Pocky. But have you ever thought about eating Pocky with a side of red wine? Pocky’s about to have that covered for you.Manufacturer Glico, fresh from making last year’s Adult Amber Pocky that was meant to be enjoyed with a glass of whiskey, is introducing a new flavor. Pocky Goddess Ruby is a brand new selection from the company that’s meant to complement a delicious glass of red wine. The Adult Amber Pocky may have contained malt extract to give it more of a whiskey flavor, but Goddess Ruby has no wine-related ingredients. It’s just meant to be paired with the drink, so it doesn’t need the drink flavoring, too.via entabe.jpThe pretzel stick features cheddar cheese, cloves, and black pepper and is coated with bitter chocolate as well as triple berry flavor, which allows for an interesting flavor profile. It sounds pretty complex, especially considering the cheese and cloves. This is meant to match the full-bodied flavor of red wine, and sets apart the flavor from the regular Pocky flavors out there. I can guarantee there’s no flavor combination from Pocky available currently with anything even remotely close to these.You’ll be able to pick up the Goddess Ruby Pocky when it’s available beginning on October 24. According to Glico, the best place to get Goddess Ruby will be online via Amazon Japan, where you get six pouches for about $9.10. If you’re picking up wine on the regular anyway, you should definitely spring to give these a try, especially if you often find yourself wondering what the best snack with wine is, and don’t want to keep eating cheese.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Senate Names Farm Bill Conferees

first_imgThis week, the Senate voted to move the farm bill to conference and named its conferees—AKA the committee members who will negotiate the differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill.Who was appointed?Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.Sen. Joni Ernst, R-IowaRanking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OhioSen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.What happens now? The Conference Committee is composed of members of the U.S. House and Senate. Forty seven House conferees were announced in July. The next step is a public meeting of the Conference Committee, which is still TBD.Main Obstacles? According to Politico, consensus on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a major obstacle the conferees will hash out, along with differences on conservation and subsidies.Click here to learn more about Senate version.Click here to read the House version. ASA’s Take: With soy growers facing tough economic times and uncertainty in trade, key programs in the farm bill, including crop insurance, farm support programs and export promotion funding for market development programs are even more critical. ASA urges Congressional leaders to pass a unified farm bill before the current bill expires at the end of September.last_img read more

Official Seattle Shell protests caused environmental damage

first_imgAn official with Washington state’s Department of Natural Resources says Seattle activists protesting Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic did some environmental damage to a popular dive park.KIRO radio reports people left behind material they used to anchor their protest barge while kayakers protested last weekend near the Shell oil rig in Elliott Bay.The barge known as “The People’s Platform” was parked over the dive park near Seacrest Park. Department of Natural Resources spokesman Joe Smillie says divers found cement blocks, cables and chains used to anchor the barge.He says the damage was minimal and no one will be fined. But the protesters will have to pay for the cleanup, and their barge is being relocated.The dive park is a popular location because it’s an octopus habitat.last_img read more

MLA Jeevan Reddy appears for LLM exam at Warangal Kakatiya

first_imgTRS MLA Asannagari Jeevan Reddy from Armoor appeared for LLM exam on Wednesday at Kakatiya University in Warangal. Reddy is pursuing LLM distant course from Adarsha Law college in Hanamkonda and attended the second-semester exams after taking part in the group discussion. The MLA said that his aim to pursue PhD to gain more knowledge over the subject. So far, he cleared all the exams in the course. People at the varsity thought that the MLA has come to take part in the event but were shocked after seeing him writing the exam.last_img read more

Indian city cordoned after clashes over rape guru kill 36

first_imgHundreds of troops Saturday laid siege to the headquarters of a sect led by a controversial Indian guru whose conviction for rape triggered deadly clashes that have killed at least 36 people.Soldiers and riot police cordoned off the routes leading to the sprawling premises of guru Ram Rahim Singh spread over 1,000 acres (404 hectares) in Sirsa, a town in northern Haryana state.A police source told AFP some 20,000 followers of guru’s Dera Sacha Sauda sect were believed to be holed up inside the mini township that houses schools, a hospital, various sports facilities and a cinema hall.“The area has been put under curfew. The situation is tense but under control,” he told AFP, requesting anonymity.TV footage showed heavily armed security forces taking position outside the gated headquarters.Army major general Rajpal Punia however said there were no plans as yet to storm the headquarters and evacuate the premises.“We are only focusing on maintaining law and order,” he told reporters.The Press Trust of India news agency said 15 followers of the spiritual sect had been arrested for rioting and arson that broke out Friday in the cities of Panchkula and Sirsa, minutes after Singh was found guilty of raping two of his followers.Police said at least 36 people were killed as tens of thousands of followers went on an angry rampage, attacking television vans and setting fire to dozens of vehicles.“According to the latest update 30 people have died in Panchkula and six in Sirsa,” Haryana police chief B. S. Sandhu told AFP.More than 200 people were injured including about 50 police and security personnel, he added.Authorities in Haryana, which is ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, faced flak over poor handling of the situation and allowing Singh to travel in a luxury chopper to the jail.The 50-year-old Singh is known as the “guru in bling” for his penchant for bejewelled costumes and claims to have more than 50 million loyal followers worldwide.The rape case was brought against him after an anonymous letter was sent to then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2002 accusing him of repeatedly raping the sender and several other women in the sect.A judge asked the Central Bureau of Investigations to look into the accusations, but it took years to trace the victims and it was not until 2007 that two women came forward and filed charges.‘Unjust’ verdict -Some 200,000 members of Singh’s sect had gathered in Panchkula in a show of support a day before the verdict.The decision enraged his followers, with many saying they were in a state of shock.“I have been with dear Ram Rahim Singh for around 14 years. I can bet that all the allegations against our guru are false,” said Rajkumar, a shopkeeper from Haryana who was undergoing treatment in hospital.“He can’t do any wrong… He works to rid the world of all its troubles,” he told AFP, his head heavily bandaged.Ajay Garg, a doctor in Panchkula, blamed the police for allowing the situation to spiral out of control.“Our family was very scared. We went to the third floor of our house. They (mobs) were out of control and even damaged my car which was parked outside,” he told AFP.Singh’s sect said it would appeal the verdict while urging supporters to maintain peace.“This is unjust. We will appeal against the judgement,” it said in a statement late Friday.Singh, often seen sporting flamboyant leather jackets and riding customised superbikes, has a special love of cinema.In 2015 he started a film franchise portraying him as MSG or the ‘Messenger of God’, performing miracles, preaching to thousands and beating up gangsters while singing and dancing.His last flick ‘MSG – The Warrior Lion Heart’ was released last year, with the guru playing a secret agent fighting aliens and UFOs.Singh’s sentencing will be announced on Monday.last_img read more

The Opportunities for Entrepreneurs Available in NonTraditional Learning Methods

first_img Technology is a great enabler. And while it “enables” business, that process can also start earlier, at the learning stage. Technology, in fact, can make the learning process, for students and employees alike, both interactive and participatory.Related: Why Technology Is Affecting Critical Thought in the Workplace and How to Fix ItEntrepreneurs who gauge this need and find a way to satisfy it will have a great business opportunity in their hands.The reason is that interactive learning is the kind of learning that stays with students throughout their lives and helps them get better at problem-solving — the single most important factor for becoming a great leader (according to a study by Georgia Tech). How entrepreneurs then “use” this knowledge to make lives better is up to them.To a great extent, our schools, colleges and universities have followed the traditional mode of teaching. Their recipe-book methods are generally teacher-directed. But, research suggests that this type of teaching may not add to the knowledge base of students or be of any real value later in their lives.What students learn through this approach serves them only until the end of the term.The case for non-traditional teaching and learningTo achieve a true teaching and learning methodology requires non-traditional strategies like cooperative and collaborative learning. Another major aspect where centers for learning fail is in developing students’ ability to solve real-life problems.Often, the best intentions of schools and universities to introduce non-traditional modes of teaching and learning are laid waste because the faculty hasn’t been trained in establishing non-traditional goals. Neither do they know about implementing the new methodologies, or understanding the assessment techniques needed for such strategies.Technology, an enabler in the quest for non-traditional learningEducational technologists have seen the need to fill these gaps laid bare by traditional curriculum-based teaching at universities, and by the unsystematic mushrooming of MOOCs. To make leaders and entrepreneurs out of high school students, people with vision saw the need to provide non-traditional teaching-learning (NTTL) to students studying at traditional centers of education.Related: Ohio Woman Leaves a Career on Campus to Make Learning Fun With Legos at SnapologyThis has become possible through the use of online tools, which target teachers, students and industry experts alike. Schoology, for one, is making educators aware of the massive importance of technology in the teaching-learning process. Schoology is a comprehensive learning-management system (LMS) that helps teachers design great content and lessons, as well as assess how students understand what they are learning. This platform is a leading example of the introduction of non-traditional teaching to educators in the traditional education field.ePals, meanwhile uses technology to take collaborative and cooperative learning to a different level. Through this platform, students pair up and collaborate with their peers around the world, while teachers create new projects or join existing ones. A truly global online learning platform, ePals uses technology to promote meaningful teaching and learning and create a safe and secure environment for collaboration with other learners; critical thinking and problem-solving are the result.Finally, an essential part of enabling “education everywhere” is the increased availability of books, journals and texts at hand. Ebooks on smartphones are nearly as common as traditional books on bedroom shelves these days. And, here, the app BookScanner Pro lets students add to their personal libraries while on the go. The app lets you use your mobile device to quickly and accurately capture books electronically, to be read and referenced later. You can access scanned books as pdfs or Word documents.Gamification as an NTTL strategyCertainly, the business world is no stranger to the benefits of gamification and its proven effects on productivity; and gamification is also an excellent way to induce learning. In fact, if you strip a game down to its bare basics, the enjoyment factor is actually based on a built-in learning process. As we progress through the various levels of a game, we are learning and solving problems to go to the next level.Game-based learning (GBL), or gamification, is the topic of intense research in its application to the field of non-traditional learning. Games offer “authentic” problems to solve, where the student enters the virtual world, keeps progressing and eventually wins the game. This is far better than problem-based learning in a classroom, where the student is likely not motivated enough to solve a problem he or she hasn’t actually encountered.Games need not be complex, either. Even simple ones like Tetris can augment learning (in this case, how to arrange the falling bricks in a neat order). Hexa Dots is an interesting take on the classic color-matching game, where the player has to move four dots of the same color in a line to make them disappear.In this game, the difficulty bar is raised through the introduction of new dots after every move the player makes. This means that the player has to eliminate the dots in as few moves as possible; otherwise, new dots will block their path.In a complex world, it is worthwhile to acknowledge the fact that traditional methods which, while by no means useless, are insufficient to cater to the rapidly changing business scenario breeding the startups of today.Related: How Edtech Startups Are Using Technology To Up Their GameEntrepreneurs are revisiting traditional methods of training and learning to assess their efficiency in developing critical thinking skills in their staffs. In that quest for “usable knowledge,” technology is proving to be critical. 5 min read December 16, 2016 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Nowlast_img read more

Taxi protest against Uber snarls traffic across Costa Rica

first_imgUPDATE 1:20 p.m. Around noon, the leader of the National Taxi Drivers Forum, Gilberth Ureña, said the group ended the protest after reaching an agreement with the head of the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP), Roberto Jiménez.Ureña said taxi industry leaders will meet again with Jiménez on Aug. 16 to hear ARESEP’s response to their petition to block the Uber app in Costa Rica.Thousands of taxi drivers attempted to block highways and other major routes across Costa Rica Tuesday morning to demand the government crack down on ride-hailing service Uber.Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata at around noon reported that police had arrested some 78 taxi drivers and seized 33 cars. Drivers will be charged for obstructing traffic and causing disorder on public roads.Arrests occurred mainly east of the capital, in Curridabat and San Pedro, and also near the Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela province.As of 10:30 a.m., traffic in front of the airport was flowing normally.Some of those arrested will also face charges for assaulting police officers and resisting arrest, the Public Security Ministry reported.National Police Director Juan José Andrade reported that a group of taxi drivers who resisted arrest in San Pedro caused injuries to three police officers. One of them had to be sent to a hospital after losing three teeth during a clash with protesters, he said.Andrade estimated that the first hours of the protests would cost police some ₡80 million ($145,000) in resources and damage to police cars.Other groups of taxi drivers clashed with police at the beginning of Florencio del Castillo Highway in Curridabat, where the Public Security Ministry had placed various squads of anti-riot officers. A report from the Traffic Police at noon said officers fined 119 taxi drivers along various roads for obstructing passage. The report also stated that the main traffic problems were caused by groups of taxis driving at very low speeds and occupying all lanes of various major routes.Traffic Police reports indicate that the biggest traffic jams at midmorning were along Route 1 between San José and Alajuela, Route 27 between San José and Puntarenas, on the Circunvalación, a belt route around central San José, along the Florencio del Castillo highway and Ochomogo in Cartago and on the Caldera road along the beach in Puntarenas.President Luis Guillermo Solís is monitoring the situation with Minister Gustavo Mata and other government officials. This is a developing story.  Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Taxi drivers to stage nationwide protest against Uber on Tuesday Taxi drivers to demonstrate against Uber in downtown San José Uber Costa Rica pulls out of job fair over security concerns  Uber driver threatened in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2019 6:16 pm PDT Michelle Williams aids cause of equal pay for equal work FILE – In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Michelle Williams, a cast member in “After the Wedding,” poses at the premiere of the film on the opening night of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Williams, who has seen first-hand the disparity in men and women’s pay, joined lawmakers and activists Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in the Capitol Building to support the principle of equal pay for equal work. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) WASHINGTON — Michelle Williams, who has seen first hand the disparity in men and women’s pay, joined lawmakers and activists Tuesday in the Capitol to support the principle of equal pay for equal work.The onetime “Dawson’s Creek” star attended a news conference marking Equal Pay Day, designed to symbolize how far a woman has to work into the year to make what a man made in the previous year.The actress called on people to imagine a world where women don’t have to spend energy fighting for fair pay.In 2017, reports surfaced that Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for reshoots of the Ridley Scott film “All the Money in the World” while Williams got less than $1,000 for the same work.The Democrat-led House has passed a bill to ensure equal pay for women. The legislation is unlikely to be taken up by the Republican-controlled Senate.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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