India has a long link with Ireland, a shared history of colonialism by the same coloniser, deep links between the national movements of both countries and similar movements to build national pride and identity. In addition, there exist common myths and traditions binding the two nations together even when full nationhood had not yet been achieved. The friendship between W.B. Yeats of Ireland and India’s first Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore is well documented. There was even an attempt by the British to suggest that Geetanjali (‘An Offering of Prayers’) written by Tagore in English had been ghost-written by Yeats because its English was so perfect. Also Read – A special kind of bondA more political link between India and Ireland was established by Annie Besant who discovered Theosophy, a movement that drew on Indian and Celtic mythologies. She travelled to India and helped establish the Indian National Congress. Today the Indo-Irish connection is vibrant with Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar being of Indian origin. Ireland was never a colony like India but it had semi-colonial status. The historian C.A. Bayly rightly compared 18th century Ireland to an Indian princely state: “Ultimate power remained with the British, but the trappings of native government and native legitimacy remained in place.” Also Read – Insider threat managementThe 1845 potato famine in Ireland which killed a million people and forced a million more to emigrate has often been compared to the great Bengal Famine in 1943 which also killed more than a million Indians because the granaries were deliberately depleted and diverted to feed the soldiers of the British Indian Army in World War II. Both were manmade famines driven by the impulses of imperial conquest and colonial misadventures. The issue of the ‘Backstop’ in the context of Brexit starkly demonstrates that colonial attitudes do not change that quickly. A key element of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 was an open border between the British-imposed partition lines between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. Any attempt to reimpose a customs and immigration regime along Britain’s only land border with the European Union was always likely to be resisted with violence. The European Union (EU) has been steadfast in its support to the ‘Backstop’. Their chief negotiator Michel Barnier had consistently stated: “Backstop is the only operational solution to address Irish border issue.” In an opinion piece headlined ‘The malign incompetence of the British ruling class’ for The New York Times (January 2019), author Pankaj Mishra notes forebodingly: “With Brexit, the ‘chumocrats’ who drew borders from India to Ireland are getting a taste of their own medicine… It is a measure of English Brexiteers’ political acumen that they were initially oblivious to the volatile Irish question.” The complex state of domestic politics in the UK with the stepping down of Prime Minister Theresa May and multiple Tory candidates to replace her has resulted in a further polarisation of the ‘Backstop’ issue. The leading contender, Boris Johnson has threatened a no-deal Brexit with no ‘Backstop’. This has caused a sharp reaction from Irish Prime Minister Varadkar who underlined: “To me no Backstop is effectively the same as no-deal because what the backstop is… a legally operable guarantee that we will never see a hard border emerge again. If we don’t have that, then that is no deal.” He expressed confidence that the EU would not allow the Backstop to go. Preoccupation with the European Parliament elections in May 2019 had resulted in Brussels remaining a mute spectator to the different statements emanating from London on Brexit as a result of the Tory contest. There is, however, great unease at what an EU official terms as the redefinition of Brexit noting: “They’ve turned Brexit into ‘No Deal’. However, these candidates have ignored its impact for Northern Ireland.” Ireland is relying on continued EU support for the ‘Backstop’ as expressed by the Irish Prime Minister. There is also indirect pressure on UK to accept the ‘Backstop’ from the US which is the guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement. The huge Irish-American lobby has successfully galvanised public opinion in the US among both Democrats and Republicans in favour of the ‘Backstop’. The irony of the Brexit issue is the economic windfall as a result of companies and business shifting out of London to either Ireland or Netherlands. While Ireland does not have the advantage of Rotterdam which is the Gateway to Europe, it offers hugely competitive business alternatives in a friendly English-speaking environment so close to the UK. Coming out of the Eurozone crisis, the Irish economy is booming with GDP growth at 4.1 per cent. Ireland is ranked among the top countries in the world to do business. Inflation remains consistently below the EU average and is supported by a weak pound sterling since the Brexit process. There are several other advantages. Ireland allows companies barrier-free access to Europe’s 500 million consumers. The EU’s free trade agreements and the ability to attract multinational/multilingual staff allow companies to trade across Europe from a single location. Ireland’s time zone makes it the perfect location as an interface to Europe and the US for Indian companies. What are the implications for India as a result of these developments? There is approximately 34,000 Indian-origin population in Ireland, of whom about 20,500 are people of Indian origin (PIO) and around 13,500 are non-resident Indians (NRIs). The bulk of the community is into healthcare, IT, engineering and senior management positions. The community is well regarded locally and has integrated well into Irish society. Many Indian companies are expected to shift to Ireland in the remaining time-frame leading up to October 31, 2019, which is the final deadline for Brexit to be completed. While the toxicity of the Brexit debate has far-reaching implications for peace in Northern Ireland, its immediate economic repercussion lies in the opportunities that it offers to Ireland as well as to Indian companies to shift and do business with Europe through Ireland rather than the UK. There can be no greater historical irony for Britain as it continues to navigate the treacherous route to Brexit. (The writer is a former Indian ambassador. The article is in special arrangement with South Asia Monitor. Views expressed are strictly personal)
The Harlem Globetrotters will continue their tradition of bringing goodwill to people all over the world as part of the U.S. State Department’s Sports Envoy program this week (Sept. 20-30), when they visit Lithuania and Estonia to promote the value of teamwork in every aspect of life.These programs help bolster the United States’ cultural and social ties with the government and people of two long-standing partners and strong NATO allies.Globetrotter stars Buckets Blakes and Ace Jackson will showcase their basketball artistry and entertaining humor, while also sharing an important message about bullying prevention and character building with youth in Lithuania and Estonia through the Globetrotters’ signature programs.“It’s an honor to once again be working with the State Department to spread a message of goodwill around the world,” said Howard Smith, president of the Harlem Globetrotters. “This is something that the Globetrotters have been involved with throughout our history, spreading the message of sportsmanship, service and smiles. We’re excited to be able to bring the entertainment that the Harlem Globetrotters are known for, to new audiences in Lithuania and Estonia.”The Harlem Globetrotters have a rich history or working alongside the U.S. State Department, serving as Ambassadors of Goodwill around the globe, dating back to 1950. One of the most unforgettable moments took place on August 22, 1951 in Germany, when the Globetrotters played before 75,000 people in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on behalf of the State Department. Olympic hero Jesse Owens accompanied the Globetrotters on that historic day, returning to the site where he had won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Shortly after the game, the Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, acknowledged the Harlem Globetrotters as “ambassadors of extraordinary goodwill.”Heading into their 92nd season in 2018, the Globetrotters are a uniquely American phenomenon who have introduced millions to the sport of basketball while building friendships and understanding in over 120 countries and territories on six continents. Since 2003, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has sent over 250 U.S. athletes to more than 85 countries on Sports Envoy programs.
In a resolution adopted unanimously, Council members agreed to continue the work of UNAMI for a period of 12 months, in line with the latest report of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the work of the mission.The resolution noted that Iraq’s security situation had improved “through concerted political and security efforts” and added that further advances will be made through meaningful political dialogue.All communities in the country should be involved in the political process, refrain from statements or actions that aggravate tensions and reach “a comprehensive solution on the distribution of resources,” according to the resolution.Council members urged the Government to continue to promote human rights, including by supporting the country’s Independent High Commission for Human Rights and by developing strategies to ensure that women can play a much greater decision-making role in society.The resolution also stressed the need for a coordinated response to Iraq’s humanitarian needs and for all aid workers to be able to do their jobs unhindered.Civilians, especially children, women and members of religious and ethnic minorities, should be able to feel safe, while the dignified and orderly return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) should be encouraged, the Council said.Members also called on the Government to continue its ongoing cooperation with the Kuwaiti Government, with which it fought a war in 1990-91, and meet its outstanding international obligations on that issue.UNAMI was created in 2003 and is headed by Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq. 28 July 2011The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for another year as it welcomed recent security improvements in the country but stressed the need for further progress on the humanitarian, human rights and political fronts.
Telus announced a plan Thursday to buy struggling wireless carrier Mobilicity for $380-million, a deal observers say that will prompt higher prices for monthly cellphone service if it is allowed.[np_storybar title=”Telus to buy Mobilicity in $380-million deal” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/05/16/telus-mobilicity-deal/?__lsa=4088-edde”%5DMobilicity scoured the globe for buyers but the beleaguered wireless startup found no credible bidders apart from Telus Corp. And after the two announced a deal Thursday, pressure on Ottawa to clarify its position on competition in the much-maligned sector is severely intensified. Read more. [/np_storybar]“Maybe you want to talk to your provider and renegotiate your deal now,” said John Lawford of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.Mobilicity was part of a new wave of small wireless companies to challenge Telus (TSX:T), Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) and Bell (TSX:BCE) after the last wireless spectrum auction.The company, which does not require long-term contracts, brought unlimited talk-and-text plans to the marketplace, said Lawford, executive director of the Ottawa-based group.“In a lot of places where Mobilicity offers service you’re going back to just three operators. You can guess who they are — Bell, Telus and Rogers. Prices will just go up.”The Telus offer is subject to conditions including approval by the federal Competition Bureau, Industry Canada, and Mobilicity’s debtholders.The Vancouver-based telecommunications company said the purchase needs quick regulatory approval because the money-losing carrier can’t make it financially on its own.“Given Mobilicity’s financial situation, we’re asking for and expecting an expedited review,” Telus chief marketing officer David Fuller said from Vancouver.Mobilicity has about 250,000 cellphone subscribers and had been looking for a buyer or debt restructuring. It offers wireless services in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.“Their financial situation puts a different spin on when they need to make a decision and when they need to give approval,” Fuller said of the government approvals needed for the deal to go ahead.However, Industry Minister Christian Paradis didn’t seem in any hurry to sign off on the deal.“The government will take the time required to review the proposal carefully,” Paradis said in a statement.Fuller said the majority of Mobilicity’s debtholders support the acquisition and if it goes ahead, Telus will keep its 150 employees and pay off the company’s debt.Mobilicity president Stewart Lyons said his company approached Telus about the deal because of its reputation.“I am confident Telus will look after our employees and our customers, mitigating any disruption to their service, while offering the best outcome for all stakeholders,” Lyons said.At issue, though, is Mobilicity’s spectrum licence which doesn’t expire until the winter of 2014.Fuller said since it’s not financially sustainable for Mobilicity to keep operating on its own until its spectrum licence expires, Telus is asking it be allowed to buy Mobilicity now.Mobilicity’s spectrum, radio waves over which its network operates, was purchased in a special auction for new wireless carriers in 2008 to create more competition. Industry Canada has said the spectrum that was set aside for the new companies cannot be sold to established carriers before 2014.Telecom analyst Iain Grant said he believes Mobilicity’s spectrum licence would be revoked if sold early.“So what Telus would be buying is the customers and the operation,” said Grant, managing director of SeaBoard Group.“Industry Canada has tried to stimulate competition in Canada. It has proved to be too little, too late. Going forward, we would look to Industry Canada to take a much firmer stand,” he said.Grant said if the sale of Mobilicity goes ahead, there will be one less competitor, but noted Mobilicity has few options.“What our worry is if Wind Mobile were to go the way of Mobilicity and Public Mobile were to go the way of Mobilicity, then in fact it would be inevitable that prices would rise.”The other two new wireless players also face uncertain futures.Dutch owner VimpelCom has put Wind Mobile up for sale, opening up the possibility a bigger company could swoop in and pick it up and it has been reported that Public Mobile has hired an investment banker to find a buyer.Analyst Troy Crandall said there are usually consequences with fewer competitors.“If you reduce competition almost all the time it does eventually lead to an increase in prices, lower innovation and less choice,” said Crandall of MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier.He noted that prices for voice minutes have gone down with more competition but carriers started making up for that with more revenue from data plans on smartphones.Crandall also said Industry Canada may make an exception for Telus because the five-year licence may be close to expiring by the time the deal would close.
It claimed those unidentified lights was witnessed in the skies above Hambegamuwa in Thanamalwila in the Eastern province at around 8.30 on Monday night.The channel also showed images captured on a mobile phone camera, in the southern skies above Ambalanthota.An unidentified light was also recorded on a mobile phone camera in the skies above Ihalayagoda from Gampaha which is in the western province.Jalaldeen said that SLAF had their own air defence system in place round the clock, but it had not detected any such objects coming to Sri Lanka though some people had seen a beam of light emanating from an object as shown on TV. In the wake of unconfirmed claims that Unidentified Flying Objects being sighted by people in several parts of the country, Jalaldeen said there was no clear evidence to confirm such rumours.However, Newsfirst television channel showed footage of the strange lights visible in the night sky. SLAF media spokesperson Wing Commander Shiras Jalaldeen said that no unidentified airborne craft had been picked up on radar as yet. Residents in several parts of Sri Lanka are counting their stars after being dazzled by lights emanating from unidentified objects flying in the sky.The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) moved to allay fears that aliens from outer space were hovering in the country’s air space. He stressed that an astronomer and a professor in astronomy at the Colombo University, Chandana Jayaratne had reportedly dismissed such claims by pointing out that lights seen by people emanated from Mars as a result of it orbiting closer to the earth. (Emirates 24/7) He said the SLAF is keeping a 24-hour vigil regarding the unidentified lights that were witnessed in the skies over several parts of the country in the recent past.
Hamilton police are warning the public after a number of residents were duped in a so-called ‘grandparent scam’.The victim typically receives a phone call from someone claiming to be a family member or grandchild who has been in a accident and needs help.In previous incidents, the scammer said they needed money for bail or to pay a fine and told the victim not to discuss the request for money with other family members.Police say it appears the con artists are now instructing victims to purchase iTunes or Steam gift cards and provide the serial number to the to the caller.Hamilton police have offered the following tips to help residents avoid being the victim of a scam:Never enter your personal, credit card or online account information on a website that you are not certain is genuine.Check the website address carefully. Scammers often set up fake websites with very similar addresses.Never give out personal bank information over the telephone/email.Destroy personal information, don’t just throw it out. You should cut up, burn or shred old bills, statements or cards.Never agree to withdraw large sums of cash from your account and send it to a stranger or to meet someone you don’t know to give them the cash.If you are suspicious about a transaction, check with family/friends and/or the Police before sending any money.Lottery agencies will never ask a winner to pay any fees up front to receive a prize, lottery or sweepstake.If the offer sounds suspicious or too good to be true, it probably is.Resist pressure to “act now”. Don’t let suspects pressure you into making quick decisions about money or investments.
13Stanford def. Notre Dame43.435.7+7.7 13Auburn def. Alabama37.732.3+5.3 PENN STATE WIN % BY OUTCOME 11Rutgers99.996.3+3.6 10Michigan State99.4%79.2%+20.1 Which of Penn State’s games holds the most weight?PSU’s remaining 2017 matchups by the impact they have on the team’s playoff chances 10NC State def. Clemson41.530.6+10.9 WKOPPONENTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. 11Miami (FL) def. Notre Dame42.035.2+6.8 13Michigan def. Ohio State35.419.2+16.3 WKRESULTMAKES PLAYOFFDOESN’T MAKE PLAYOFFDIFF. PROBABILITY BY PENN STATE OUTCOME Where they need help: As if losing to the Buckeyes wasn’t enough, Penn State fans now need to keep a close eye on every Ohio State game from here out. Because the teams share a division and because OSU now holds a head-to-head tiebreaker over Penn State, Ohio State will need to lose twice in conference play to give PSU a shot at winning the East. That’s not very likely; our model gives Ohio State a 44 percent chance of winning every remaining regular-season game, much less winning at least three of four. But OSU’s best chances to lose will come in its games at Iowa this weekend and at Michigan on Nov. 25, so those are also Penn State’s highest-leverage games left in the season (aside from the Lions’ own matchup against Michigan State on Saturday). The other games that need to go right for the Nittany LionsNon-Penn State matchups that have the biggest impact on the team’s playoff chances Each week in this space, we examine all the things a certain contending team needs to have happen in order for it to make the College Football Playoff. This week, we look at the Penn State Nittany Lions, who suffered their first loss of the season Saturday after a fourth-quarter collapse on the road against Ohio State.Current situation: Undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country, Penn State had a clear playoff path laid out in front of it — provided it could beat the Buckeyes, that is, in what was the program’s biggest game since the late 1990s. The Nittany Lions scored on the game’s first play and held control for three quarters, but Ohio State kept chipping away at PSU’s lead late, capping off a 19-3 fourth-quarter run with a go-ahead touchdown pass from which Penn State never recovered. Now ranked seventh in the first edition of the CFP committee rankings, the Lions have only a 14 percent chance of making the playoff, according to the FiveThirtyEight model.What the Lions can do: Because the loss came relatively late in the season, it left Penn State without much time to rebuild its playoff status. Even if the Lions win the rest of their games, our model gives them only a 20 percent chance of making the playoff. One important factor driving that number is a lack of opportunities for another signature win down the season’s final stretch: According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Penn State’s future strength of schedule ranks just 67th in the country — easily the worst among the top 15 teams in the country by FPI. The only ranked team remaining on Penn State’s schedule (assuming it doesn’t go to the Big Ten championship) is Michigan State — and if PSU beats Michigan State, the Spartans will surely lose their ranking, which is currently only No. 24. With this weak slate of remaining games, it will be difficult for the Lions to impress the committee solely with their performance on the field before season’s end.Even so, here are the most important games left in the regular season for Penn State, based on the biggest difference in winning percentages between our simulations where the Lions make the playoff and ones where they don’t: Differences may not add up because of rounding. 11Michigan State def. Ohio State16.17.0+9.1 10Iowa def. Ohio State34.1%12.7%+21.5 Of course, it’s also possible that the committee could slot in both Penn State and Ohio State come selection day. (In 28 percent of simulations where the Lions make the CFP, the Buckeyes are also in, making OSU Penn State’s fourth-most-likely playoff “companion” behind Alabama, Georgia and Clemson.) But the chance of two Big Ten teams making the playoff is pretty remote; our model gives it an 8.3 percent probability of happening, mainly because it would require some major shakeups elsewhere in the country — most likely losses by Clemson, Washington, Notre Dame and/or one of the Big 12 front-runners — to clear space. And although the most common combination among those multiple-Big Ten-playoff-team universes features Penn State and Ohio State making the playoff together (47 percent of the times that two Big Ten teams make it), our model assigns a 27 percent chance to a scenario where Ohio State and Wisconsin are the Big Ten picks, and the Nittany Lions are left out.1And in 22 of our 20,000 simulations — or 0.1 percent of the time — three Big Ten teams somehow make the playoff.But maybe that’s also an area where the model doesn’t have enough information yet. If Wisconsin and OSU are on a collision course in the Big Ten championship (and they appear to be), then those Badger-Buckeye universes would mean that the committee selected a conference title-game loser for a playoff spot. That may not be very realistic: In 12 chances over three seasons, only once — Ohio State in 2016 — did the real-life committee pick a team that didn’t win its conference (and those Buckeyes didn’t lose their championship game but rather missed it entirely on a tiebreaker).That should give Penn State hope that its current odds are being slightly understated by our model — that if they just keep winning and get a little lucky, the Lions could slip in as a second Big Ten playoff bid at the very least. Then again, if college football’s playoff era has proven nothing else, it’s that the committee might do something we’ve never seen before. We’ll see whether that works in Penn State’s favor or not.Check out our latest college football predictions. Also, see what it will take for Notre Dame, Clemson, Washington and Oklahoma to still make the playoff. 13Georgia Tech def. Georgia29.522.9+6.6 13South Carolina def. Clemson27.521.2+6.3 13Maryland99.688.8+10.8 12Nebraska99.892.4+7.4 Based on two sets of simulations: one where the team makes the playoff and one where it doesn’t. Differences may not add up exactly because of rounding. 11Stanford def. Washington46.440.7+5.7
Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Nov. 8, 2017), Neil and Kyle break down the news that the Phoenix Suns have agreed to trade Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks. We also get into what exactly is going on with the Cleveland Cavaliers — and just how their latest woes may affect their playoff chances. Next, Baxter Holmes joins for a discussion of ESPN’s “schedule alert” project, which identifies games that NBA teams are likely to lose because of the punishing 82-game schedule. Plus, a significant digit on the Detroit Pistons.Here are links to what we discussed this week:LeBron can’t do it all alone, writes Kyle.Baxter Holmes’s schedule alert project.Neil investigates the Detroit Pistons’ new, improved habits on offense. FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed
Mr Justice Hayden said his “overwhelming impression” was that the woman “believes herself to be to fighting for [her son’s] right to express himself as a girl”. He said the woman had told him how the boy “expressed disdain for his penis”. The judge added: “I consider that [the mother] has caused significant emotional harm to [her son] in her active determination that he should be a girl.”Mr Justice Hayden said: “I have noted from reports that [the boy] has become interested in Power Rangers, SpongeBob, Superheroes and is constantly finding new interests …“It is striking that most of [the boy’s] interests are male-oriented. I am entirely satisfied, both on the basis of the reports and [the father’s] evidence at this hearing, that he has brought no pressure on [the boy] to pursue masculine interests. [The boy’s] interests and energy are entirely self-motivated.”He said a report by the council’s social services department showed that concerns had been raised about the boy in 2013. Later in 2014, a health centre had added to a “clamour of concern”. A GP had requested that a social worker visit the child due to concerns around the boy possibly having gender identity disorder. No further action had been taken. 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. A boy aged seven has been removed from his mother’s care following concerns that she was forcing him to live “life entirely as a girl”.Mr Justice Hayden said the woman had caused her son “significant emotional harm” after becoming “absolutely convinced” that the youngster “perceived himself as a girl” and was determined that he should be a girl.Complaints from the father prompted a three-year legal battle, the details of which emerged yesterday in the judgment of the Family Division of the High Court in London.The boy’s parents had separated some years ago but after the courts became aware the father was being denied contact a “wide ranging” inquiry was ordered and local authority social services staff had begun investigations.“[His mother] told me that [he] was ‘living in stealth’, by which was meant, she explained, that he was living life entirely as a girl,” said Mr Justice Hayden in the written ruling.“He dressed, at all times, like a girl and, it transpired, had been registered at a new general practitioner’s as a girl.”The judge added: “I was also left in no doubt that [the mother] was absolutely convinced that [the boy] perceived himself as a girl.” He added: “This local authority has consistently failed to take appropriate intervention.”
Antonio Valencia may likely leave Manchester United at the end of the season and is already negotiating with Inter Milan, according to reports in Italy.The approach towards the 33-year-old right-back had already been mentioned in Italy.Reports from Football Italia claims that talks over personal terms have already begun.Valencia will be a free agent when his contract at Old Trafford expires in June and he intends to walk away after 10 years at the club.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The Ecuador international joined the Red Devils from Wigan in 2009 as a winger, but has transformed into an effective right-back.Although Manchester United do have an option to extend the contract by 12 months, it does not look as if they’re going to use it.Inter Milan are currently fighting for a place in the Champions League in the Serie A and may still qualify via the Europa League if they get their hands on the trophy.
A Vancouver woman was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for helping to arrange the prostitution of two teen girls in March 2012 in Vancouver.In an agreement with prosecutors, Melisa C. Erwin, 33, pleaded guilty March 13 in Clark County Superior Court to promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment. In exchange, Deputy Prosecutor Michael Vaughn recommended the sentence, which was the minimum under the state’s standard range.Erwin was the seventh and final defendant to plead guilty and be sentenced in the sex trafficking case.She was part of a loosely formed gang, known as the Real Money Hustlers, which pimped out the two girls, ages 16 and 17, Vaughn said Wednesday.She was arrested in March 2012 at the Evergreen Village apartments, 2501 N.E. 138th Ave., after the father of one of the victims contacted police. She admitted that she photographed the girls to advertise them for prostitution and set up a meeting with at least one man who paid to have sex with one of the girls.When one of the girls resisted having her photograph taken, Erwin assaulted the girl to get her to comply. She also held one of the girls against her will inside an apartment after the girl tried to run away, Vaughn said.
Hyderabad: Former TRS leader and Prajaswamika Telangana chief G Vivek met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and urged him to direct Governer to invoke Section 8 to protect government buildings in the state capital. Vivek gave a memorandum to the Union Home Minister in New Delhi and urged him direct Governer E S L Narasimhan to invoke Section 8 of AP Reorganisation Act to protect government buildings in wake of government’s decision to construct new Secretariat and Assembly buildings. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Vivek said that state government in 1998 listed Errum Manzil under Archaeological sites but TRS government with malafide intention removed the building from the heritage list. Vivek said that the existing Assembly building was in 10 Lakh sq sft area and was catering to the needs of 294 MLAs whereas for the Telangana Assembly members 5 Lakh sft space is enough. He wanted the government to direct the Governor to stop the demolition of existing buildings.
– / 4The Near Northside neighborhood is home to about 25,000 people and about a third live below the poverty line. The Houston Health Department said the neighborhood just north of downtown struggles with a lot of issues, including the condition of its housing stock. It’s estimated about 92 percent of the homes in the neighborhood are in need of lead paint abatement.The United States banned lead in household paints in the 1970’s but some older homes still have it. And officials say 25 percent of Near Northside children who were tested showed elevated lead levels in their blood.Efforts to improve the neighborhood’s health and safety will now benefit from a new $250,000 grant from the national “BUILD Health Challenge.” The Near Northside project was one of 19 around the country chosen for the grants. Along with the Houston Health Department, the non-profit housing corporation Avenue and the Memorial Hermann Health System are also participating.Avenue Deputy Director Jenifer Wagley said Near Northside is just one of Houston’s old neighborhoods that continues to struggle with ongoing problems.“Even before Harvey it was hard for people to have safe, affordable housing,” said Wagley. “After Harvey the crisis has only intensified.”Wagley explained that one of the things they’re working on in Near Northside is identifying homes that have cracked and peeling lead paint. Neighborhood volunteers have been walking in the blocks to talk to residents about remediation programs that could help.“We are standing in the midst of what I think is an amazing circle right here,” added Wagley. “What does it take to really transform people’s health? How do we improve health outcomes? Should your zip code dictate how long you can live?”The Near Northside effort is also looking at other projects that could improve the neighborhood’s health, like adding more green space for recreation. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:00 Listen Share
The term sustainable growth is an oxymoron. The connotations of growth are essentially and characteristically in contradiction with those of sustainability.Historically, all economic growth has come at the cost of environmental as well as social developments, which contradicts the fundamentals of sustainability. Businesses and governments have been so overly focused towards growth that parameters like GDP, revenue and profit have become generally accepted yardsticks to determine if an institution has been a success or a failure. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceMore and more governments today are making some conscious efforts to make necessary shifts towards sustainability, thanks to the myriad perils of accelerated growth coming to the fore. However, the results have been slow to come by and often inadequate. Be it achieving goals of carbon emission reduction or the provisioning of night shelters for the urban homeless, there continues to be a lurching shortage. Why?Arguably, the goals are staggering and the resources required are hardly enough. However, we also considered enough that our idea of sustainability may be fundamentally flawed? Even worse, it may be distorted – the overarching dominance of growth in our thought process being the obvious culprit. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeThe whole notion of growth revolves around creating surplus for targeted beneficiaries – be they individuals, companies or governments. And any creation of surplus in one place is likely to create shortages in some other place. If thriving economies have been firing their growth engines supplied by fossil fuels, we know that ecosystems world over have suffered. Growth and sustainability do not go hand in hand. When growth is set to be a goal, sustainability cannot be expected as an outcome. So governments that truly aspire for sustainability will probably need to find ways to stop making growth-focused plans for economy and instead work to put sustainability parameters at the core of each activity that they conduct. I personally have no idea whether dismantling the planning commission, a primary axis for driving economic growth for decades, has been done with a sustainability agenda as an alternative. However, there indeed lies an opportunity for the government to do so and make the necessary corrections.Does technology have a role to play in making the necessary correction?Technologies in general and IT in particular have been leveraged as key catalysts of growth, so much so that we have got ourselves pushed to the verge of sustainability limits in a matter of few decades. Can these technologies also be applied to give a fillip to sustainability-driven governments and societies? Indeed. Technologies after all are means to an end and not an end in themselves.Depending on how IT technologies are deployed and applied, they could either act as perpetrators of the growth archetypes or emerge as the harbingers of a sustainability era. Yes, growth is too deeply entrenched across all our economic, social and political ecosystems, so larger-than-life forces would be required to shake things up. From such a standpoint, any such changes need to be initiated by none less than the heads of states and institutions. It is no coincidence that the dismantling of the planning commission was done by none other than the prime minister himself.Transformation-oriented ICTThe shift from growth to sustainability requires an all-round transformation – not only in terms of institutional structures and processes but also in terms of the mindsets.As such, it is essential that the IT and communication technologies, employed to achieve the sustainability goals that a government may happen to consider for itself, are chosen with care. It goes without saying that these technologies and paradigms need to scalable, elastic, real-time and contagiously viral so as to bring about a much needed orientation towards the sustainability goals.In this context, cloud computing, big data, social media, et al are some of the new-age models that readily come to mind. For example, cloud models could be used to rapidly push both government-to-government (G2G) and government-to-citizen (G2C) services in a uniform and ubiquitous manner. Big data and analytics could be used to continuously monitor the impact of those G2G and G2C programmes and make necessary refinements – even targeted outreach sub-programmes – seamlessly. Social media channels, along with other digital as well as analogue channels, could be leveraged judiciously to run awareness campaigns, with feedback mechanism interwoven, to ensure that the benefits of the programmes reach the intended groups in a timely fashion. Sustainable ICT is the key The footprints of ICT deployments, if not carried out with a sustainability-first policy, can be deleteriously counterproductive to the extent of being self-defeating. For example, cloud data centres or even the ones that power social media data streams could be gigantic energy guzzlers. Some of the large data centres are known to consume as much power as would be sufficient to run entire cities.It would therefore be important to ensure that the ways and processes in which the ICT technologies are harnessed are designed to be sustainable. For example, if the data centres could be majorly powered by solar or wind energies, that could cut down carbon footprints of these facilities. As a step further, what if these facilities could also produce surplus power that could be routed to grids that power the communities nearby!Renewable energy also offers an exception – it makes it possible to produce a surplus for all and not for a select few, without an environmental trade-off. It should not be an afterthought when it comes to “ICT for sustainability” and instead should become one of the fundamental premises around which the whole architecture is developed.This could actually lead to a change in the very basis on which a state data centre location is decided. The stakeholders could consider building clusters of data centres near deserts where solar and wind power are almost perennially available aplenty.Having said that, why does a state data centre need to be located within the boundaries of a state? It could very well be located in another state where, say, there is no dearth of solar power. The most significant advantage of this would be to rapidly achieve the economies of scale for mega-scale solar power generation and in the process also reduce the dependence of the country as a whole on fossil-fuel powered electricity that accounts for a large chunk of India’s carbon footprint. A simple step like this towards sustainable ICT could help trigger a virtuous cycle of “green” ecosystem development. For instance, a solar-powered energy surplus could make the electric vehicles more dependable and viable, among other various possibilities. Sounds like wishful thinking? Well, from a growth-thinking perspective it does; from a sustainability-thinking standpoint it starts looking possible. Also, to reemphasise, for such sustainability goals to be formed and achieved, a country would need no less than a larger-than-life head of state to be the driver. Kumar is founder analyst at BusinessandMarket.net, a market researcher and strategic adviser with diverse interests. GOVERNANCE NOW
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