Augmented Reality Game Gets Player Busted: The First Of Many?

first_imgcormac foster 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Ingress, the Alternate/Augmented Reality (AR) game from Google’s Niantic Labs, is a major evolution of mobile gaming. Apparently, it’s also a good way to get arrested.According to a post on Reddit (I know, I know – but stay with me on this), an Ingress player in Ohio was detained by police for his in-game actions. Specifically, he was “hacking a portal” near a police station. His phone had technical difficulties, which led him to linger by the portal/police station for a bit, catching the eye of local law enforcement and leading to the detention.After the original post, other Ingress players responded with similar stories. One aroused suspicions by wandering around an empty parking lot at night. Another, trying to hack a portal next to an air traffic control station, had to run from the local sheriff. A third was called in for questioning after hacking a portal outside of a “high-traffic drug area.”It’s In The GameAs Dan Rowinski mentioned in his earlier post, there’s plenty of “creep” factor built into the game. In fact, much like geocaching (Ingress’ non-digital ancestor), lurking in strange and hard-to-get-to places at odd hours is kind of the point.Getting detained (as many Redditors pointed out, the poster wasn’t technically arrested) probably adds to the intrigue, and certainly gives a player a certain amount of street cred. It could also call into question the boundary between the First Amendment and public safety. Legal, But RiskyAll of Ingress’ portals are on public land. There’s no law against walking past a police station, post office or airport. There are, however, very legitimate safety concerns held by the people charged with protecting those facilities and keeping an eye out for potential risks.As one law enforcement professional joked, “I hope they don’t put one of those in front of the White House.” In fact, there are apparently a bunch of portals in front of the White House, embassies and other sites that could be high-interest targets for vandalism or worse.At least Ingress doesn’t require players to dig up or bury physical objects, a phenomenon that has caused some high-profile problems in the geocaching community. Still, as similar games take off (and they will), we’re going to see more friction between gamers and law enforcement, particularly in full AR environments that use cameras. In addition to trespassing and loitering violations, there’s greatly increased potential for distraction, perhaps leading gamers to injure themselves or others. It’s all the danger of texting – plus headphones – with the added possibility of being labeled a terrorist by overzealous cops.The FutureBy all accounts, Niantic labs has been responsible about these issues. The game doesn’t encourage trespassing or dangerous behavior, like using your phone in a car. Other developers may not feel the same sense of duty, or their goals may encourage “creative” players to take unnecessary risks.If enough negligence, trespassing, and public nuisance suits (and maybe some claims of police harassment) hit the courts, we’ll eventually wind up with legislation governing the balance between gameplay and public safety. We might see an increase of no-device buffer zones around sensitive areas, or certain games limiting accounts to only users of age to accept legal responsibility for their actions. There could even be outright bans on AR games in certain areas.Until then, it’s up to game developers to police themselves and players to stay smart. One dumb move could lead to a ton of regulation that could really spoil everyone’s fun.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts center_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Augmented Reality#gaming#Google 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Person-Centered Thinking and Planning

first_imgDocumenting Person-Centered Thinking & Planning for Your FamiliesAn excellent way to begin to document the process of Person-Centered Thinking and Planning is through a one-page description.  In this document, the child, along with parents, caretakers, doctors, teachers, case-workers, therapist, or anyone else who knows and cares for the child, come together to detail the following:Things That Are Important TO MeThings That Are Important FOR MeHow You Can Support MeWhat You Love About MeAnything else you need to know… Person-Centered Thinking & PlanningPerson-centered planning is most helpful for parents of children with disabilities (those eligible for special education).  However, we believe that this process can also be used for all children with special needs, particularly for military families who are facing the challenges of relocation.Person-Centered Thinking and Planning is a process based on what the child (the Person) wants in life.  The most important aspect in this process involves deciding what is important to and for a person, which eventually leads to development of the child’s future plans.  This process happens when a group of people that know and care about the child partner with the child to develop the plan.  Note that all perspectives are important regarding what works and does not work for the child.  Parents/guardians using a Person-Centered Thinking and Planning approach can determine when to begin this process based on the child’s growth and development. References:Helen Sanderson Associates, Person-Centered Thinking Tools.National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) (2017).  Retrieved on March 13, 2018.The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices. Retrieved on March 13, 2018.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 6, 2018. Keeping this document updated is particularly helpful for military families who relocate and will need to share information with those who work with their child.  This succinct document can lead to discussions and planning regarding how a person would like to be involved in the community, procures supports at school, etc.  Additionally, the document details the manner in which the person would like to live life now and in the future. Written by Rebecca Bardenhagen, M.Ed. and Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D.Month of the Military ChildApril is the Month of the Military Child, which underscores the important role that children play in the armed forces community.  As the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) explains, “Care of military children sustains our fighting force, and strengthens the health, security, and safety of our nation’s families and communities” (2017, para. 1).  This is a perfect time, therefore, for parents, caregivers, and service providers to focus on the military child with special needs.  This entails thinking about the child’s future role in life, what strengthens the child’s health, safety and security and the child’s general life transitions.  Particularly, this April we ask that you initiate a process called Person-Centered Thinking and Planning for the child.  Person-Centered Thinking and Planning takes into consideration the child’s strengths, interests, needs and desires.  Those who are familiar with this way of planning enable the child to make informed choices and become a fulfilled and productive member of the community. Download this example of Person-Centered Thinking & Planning and a template to create your own!  Important To and ForDiscerning what is important to a person involves determining:What activities a person enjoys (swimming, movies, video games)Rituals and routines that are important (drinking orange juice each morning, taking the dog for a walk after dinner)Ways to relieve stress (listening to music, talking to a trusted adult, physical activity)Relationships (family, friends, teachers, service providers)Faith (participating in religious rituals, praying)Anything else that a person controls in life (participating in school meetings, choice of clothing, recreational activities)Important for includes things that are necessary in order to keep a person healthy and safe, both physically and emotionally.  This may include:Medications (including knowledge of allergies)Diet and exerciseRegular doctor visitsNecessary medical equipmentEnvironmental safety measures may include:Comfortable seatingWell -lit areasQuiet zonesAwareness of allergensKeep in mind that discussions regarding what is important to and important for a person may change over time.  This is especially so for military families as they relocate from one place to another.  For this reason, keeping an ongoing discussion about these things is necessary as the military child with special needs grows and changes.Person Centered Thinking and Planning can lead individuals to become better advocates for what they need and want out of life.  Ultimately, it empowers military families to allow their child with special needs to lead a more connected, healthy, and fulfilling life.last_img read more

Kidambi Srikanth eyes Dubai Super Series Finals to cap off ‘fantastic’ year

first_imgDeclaring himself fully fit after recovering from a thigh muscle strain, India’s number one male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth said that it was important to win the upcoming Dubai Super Series finals rather than focusing on becoming the world number one.”I am not thinking about (becoming) world No. 1. It’s more important to win the Super Series finals (in Dubai). I only think about performance, not the ranking,” Srikanth told reporters after being conferred with an honorary life membership by the Cricket Club of India.”If I can really do well or win the tournament, I can become the world No. 1,” added Srikanth who was a quarter-finalist at last year’s Rio Olympic Games.The Dubai Super Series Finals is going to be held from December 13-17 and Srikanth is currently holds the fourth spot in the BWF rankings.The Hyderabad shuttler, who created a sensation this year by winning four Super Series titles besides finishing runners-up in another, missed two tournaments after picking up his thigh injury following the Nationals in Nagpur.”I was injured after the nationals two weeks ago. I had to skip the China and Hong Kong Opens. I am feeling good now. The body has recovered. I am just looking forward for a great next week,” said the 24-year-old shuttler who won Super Series crowns in Indonesia, Australia, Denmark and France.”I did not play for one and a half weeks and then started my rehab. It was a thigh muscle strain. I am (now) back to full fitness,” he added.advertisementHe described the year that’s coming to an end as “fantastic” personally.”It has been a really fantastic last 6-8 months; just one more tournament left for me this year and I want to do well in the last tournament that I have. I feel I did great, but there’s still a lot to come,” he said.Looking ahead to the next year, Srikanth said he wanted to take a break and train well before the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships.”It’s definitely a big year Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, World Championships and Super Series. Tournaments have also been increased to 50. I really want to keep myself fit for the big events. That’s what I am thinking about, that’s my priority — to be 100 per cent fit. Before the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games I want to take a break, train hard and then be fit for the event.””I had not really pushed myself in the beginning. Had slowly started to push and gradually improved on fitness, but overall the (self) belief is what has made a huge difference,” he said when asked what was the key to his outstanding performance this year.He stayed clear of controversy over the cramped scheduling of events that was recently crititicised by India’s national coach, Pullela Gopichand.”The tournaments have increased but at the end of it I don’t want to comment as its a BWF (Badminton World Federation) decision and I don’t want to get into any controversy,” he said.He also said he would start practising the new serve, to be made mantadory by BWF, after the end of the India Open in Delhi early next year.”It’s going to be tough. I have not tried it myself yet will try it after the India Open Super Series. I have heard they are implementing it with the All England (Super Series event). It’s going to be very challenging. It’s upto BWF to decide on the rules,” he explained.He also hailed the inputs of new singles coach Mulyo Handayo from Indonesia.”He’s someone who has a huge experience. He taught Taufik (Hidayat) from a beginner (before guiding him) to an Olympic gold medal. He has 25-30 years’ experience. It’s huge advantage to have such a coach and it has showed (in our performance),” he said.last_img read more

Argentina crumbled under pressure but brave Croatia deserve an applause

first_imgEverything about Thursday night has been centred around Argentina. They have arguably the best player in the world in their ranks. Yet they were humiliated by Croatia at the biggest stage in world football.Playing their second match of the 2018 World Cup, Argentina’s performance was shoddy, to say the least. Lionel Messi and his men were harbouring huge expectations, there was a lot of pressure on them and they crumbled.However, for all the ineffectiveness and uncompetitiveness that Argentina showed, Croatia exuded class.Led by their main man Luka Modric, Croatia trampled over the runners up of 2014 World Cup, advanced from the group stage for the first time since 1998 and most importantly, found a certain flair and art about themselves.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEArgentina suffered unimaginably last night and it was due to Jorge Sampaoli’s irrational tactics that Croatia got so much space to play around but the brave Croats created that chance for themselves, they worked hard for it.The first half of the match was competitive even though Croatia had the better chances then as well.However, if the second half was all about their attack, the first was about how well they defended.Messi was allowed just 20 touches in the first half, Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero had more touches than that.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE Croatia have gone through to the next round of the World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup Photo)How did that happen?Croatia stifled Argentina through the midfield. With Modric, Ivan Perisic, Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Rakitic, The Blazers managed to prevent the ball from going too high. Of course, Argentina having Eduardo Salvio, Enzo Perez, Javier Mascherano and Marcos Acuna in the midfield helped only Croatia’s cause.advertisementThe other thing that Croatia did extremely well was use the width through Perisic and Rebic. Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic is known for his work rate on the pitch and his superior physicality and knack to find the back of the net. Modric, well, he is one of the best midfielders of this generation.World Cup 2018: Argentina left in tears as Croatia create historyWhat Perisic and Rebic did was put pressure on the Argentinean midfielders by stretching them wide. That enabled Modric, Mandzukic and Rakitic to work through the spaces in the middle.It was due to all this hard work and strategy that Rebic was able to force the howler out of Caballero that opened the floodgates.Most would have expected a solid reply from Argentina after going a goal down but it was actually the opposite.Argentina slammed on Twitter after embarrassing defeat to CroatiaArgentina coach Jorge Sampaoli replaced Sergio Aguero with Gonzalo Higuain, Eduardo Salvio with Cristian Pavon and Enzo Perez with Paulo Dybala.While on the outset that might have looked like attacking substitutions that will help Argentina, it actually left the team exposed. Only Mascherano was there to shield the defence and that let the Croatians penetrate much more easily.After that, the match was all about Croatia, their innate passing, their attacking instinct and their ball possession.Caballero trolled after silly mistake opens floodgates for ArgentinaArgentineans could hardly hold the ball. Messi trying running back to win the ball and start a valuable move but he was hardly helped.With 10 minutes to full time, Modric decided that Croatia will not take a scrappy, lucky win.Modric received the ball on the edge of the penalty box, took a couple of touches, quickly swerved from around the defenders to find just enough space to bend a beauty past Caballero.Despite the howler from the keeper earlier, there was no way he was stopping that brilliant strike. And just like that Croatia were cruising through.Finally, in the first minute of the stoppage time, Rakitic scored — a reward after he had hit the post minutes earlier. Ivan Rakitic scored the 3rd goal of the match (Reuters Photo)But the goal actually summed up the night for Argentina. Rakitic bamboozled the Argentinean defence and took a shot at the goal, one that Caballero punched out. The ball fell ever so kindly for Mateo Kovacic, who selflessly decided Rakitic should have the shot.With Caballero and defenders running towards Kovacic, he swiftly passed the ball to Rakitic, who calmly slotted the ball home.Croatia had delivered, they had sent their nation into frenzy.They did not have a very convincing win against Nigeria but the win against Messi’s men showed their potential.With such world class midfielders, they looked like they can go far. They looked like they could torment defences. With the World Cup looking like one for the underdogs and the big guns struggling, nothing looks impossible.advertisementlast_img read more

a month agoHenrik Larsson linked with Southend job

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Henrik Larsson linked with Southend jobby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Henrik Larsson is being linked with a return to England.The Daily Mail says he has emerged as a target for Southend United.The League One side want to bring in the Swedish icon to replace Kevin Bond.The Shrimps side have been without a manager for two weeks.They remain winless this season in the league and lost 4-3 at Shrewsbury last night.They’ve lost seven and drawn one of their eight games so far this campaign.Larsson quit as Helsingborgs boss last month over the alleged level of “verbal insults” he received. last_img read more

In video message Al Qaeda chief threatens India over Kashmir

first_imgNew Delhi: Terror group Al Qaeda’s Chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has told “Mujahideen in Kashmir” to inflict “unrelenting blows” on the Indian Army and government in Jammu and Kashmir in a message released by the outfit’s media wing, as per the Foundation for Defence of Democracies’ (FDD) Long War Journal. He also brought to light Pakistan’s involvement in fuelling cross-border terrorism in Kashmir in the message titled “Don’t Forget Kashmir,” released by As Shabab. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu Thomas Joscelyn, in his article for the journal, wrote that Al Qaeda has been grooming an upstart group to wage jihad against the Indian forces in Kashmir. “(I am)of the view that the Mujahideen in Kashmir- at this stage at least- should single-mindedly focus on inflicting unrelenting blows on the Indian Army and government, so as to bleed the Indian economy and make India suffer sustained losses in manpower and equipment,” Zawahiri said. Also Read – ED can withhold names of tax evaders in Panama Papers: CICWhile Zawahiri did not explicitly mention deceased terrorist Zakir Musa, a picture of the dead Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind’s (AGH) founder flashed on the screen as the terror outfit’s chief spoke on Kashmir. Joscelyn speculated that Zawahiri and al-Qaeda’s Kashmir cell, AGH, are coordinating their messages as he drew similarities between the terror outfit chief’s message and a speech given by Musa’s successor, Abdul Hameed Lelhari, recently. While both Musa and Lelhari admitted to Pakistan’s role in training Kashmiri jihadists, they cautioned that the ” Pakistanis are not trustworthy.” Zawahiri called both the Pakistani Army and government as “toadies of America” in his message. He claimed that Pakistan prevented the “Arab Mujahideen” from “head[ing] to Kashmir after expelling the Russians from Afghanistan,” — which was countered by the author by quoting the 9/11 Commission. Joscelyn stated that the United States had learned of the presence of Pakistan’s military intelligence service at one of al Qaeda’s camps in Afghanistan, which was struck in retaliation for the August 1998 US Embassy bombings. The Pakistanis were training Kashmiri jihadists at the camp, according to the author. The writer also highlighted the “double-game” played by Pakistan after the gruesome 9/11 terror attacks in the US. While Pakistan did conduct counter-terrorism operations against Al Qaeda following the 2001 attacks, it also harboured the Taliban’s senior leadership, including members of the al Qaeda-allied Haqqani Network. “All the Pakistani Army and government are interested in is exploiting the mujahideen for specific political objectives, only to dump or persecute them later,” Zawahiri claimed, highlighting Pakistan’s role while casting them in a negative light. Pakistan’s “conflict with India is essentially a secular rivalry over borders managed by the American intelligence,” the terror outfit’s chief further alleged. In his message, Zawahiri also claimed that the “fight in Kashmir” is not a separate conflict but instead is part of the worldwide Muslim community’s jihad against a vast array of forces. He further called on “unnamed” scholars to spread this point. “You (the scholars) must clearly state that supporting the jihad in Kashmir, the Philippines, Chechnya, Central Asia, Iraq, Syria, the Arabian Peninsula, Somalia, the Islamic Maghreb and Turkistan is an individual obligation on all Muslims, until sufficient strength is achieved to expel the disbelieving occupier from Muslim lands,” he said. Zawahiri also told his terrorists not to target “mosques, markets, and gathering places of Muslims” in Kashmir during his message. Even though the Al Qaeda has attacked several locations which have claimed the lives of innocent Muslim civilians, amongst others, the terror outfit’s chief claimed that “absence of sharia guidelines,” could turn the mujahideen into “murderers.” He also claimed that the terror outfit’s “Jihad against America in Afghanistan” is an “individual obligation” of all Muslims. “Esteemed scholars! It is your duty to preach to the Ummah that the Jihad against America in Afghanistan today is an individual obligation (fard ayn), just as the jihad against Russia was three decades earlier,” Zawahiri said. “Clarify to the people that we are a single ummah, and our jihad is one jihad,” he added. The terror chief also told the scholars to explain that “support of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan is an individual obligation on the people of Afghanistan and those in their proximity, and after them on all Muslims, until sufficient strength is achieved to defeat America, its allies, and its agents,” as per the article on the journal’s website. (With inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more

No treatment centre in Northwest Territories means no healing at home

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsMelaney Gardebois returned North over the summer to visit friends and family, but she kept her visit short.She treaded lightly in her home community of Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, the very place she started her drinking and using.“It is very easy to get [crack] – you just need to know the right people,” she said. “I brought in whatever I could, whenever I could, after going to Yellowknife.”Gardebois noted inter-generational trauma and boredom as motivators when she used substances.At 15, she was already a daily drinker.“The only way I could go to sleep was if I was drinking,” she said. “My drinking was out of control – I was drunk every day.”In her teens, Gardebois tried to get sober by attending a 28-day treatment program in Hay River.“Even in that short amount of time I did want sobriety, but coming back to my community I had no support,” she recalled. “I was so young and thought so far ahead, convincing myself I couldn’t stay sober. It was just present everywhere I go.”In June 2019, the Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Health announced a new two-year Mental Wellness and Addictions Recovery Action Plan.But the $400,000 allocated did not include a residential treatment centre. There is presently no inpatient addictions treatment centre in the Northwest Territories; individuals who need help must travel to Alberta or British Columbia.Addiction workers in Yellowknife say an in-residence treatment centre is badly needed.“My concern is wait times,” said Thomas Pearcey, a community wellness worker. “We are talking about lives here. I have had some rather tragic experiences with clients waiting 60, 90 days. One recently for four months to get to a treatment centre.“These delays can cost someone their life.”The new plan would also see more money invested in land-based and mobile addictions services treatment options.According to Cynthia Dearborn, a wellness worker at the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre in Yellowknife, sometimes the government is too quick to fill roles with professionals trained in the specifics of mental health and addictions.“We really need to start filling positions of not-for-profits that support vulnerable people with professionals trained in that field,” she said. “You look at the Sobering Centre, they need specialized family counsellors, personal counsellors, et cetera, instead of just one or two, instead of having it fall on support workers.”The new plan does include before- and after-care for those leaving the territory for treatment.It’s something Gardebois said would have been helpful when she decided to check herself into a centre in Nanaimo, B.C., when she was 27.“I was going out to treatment, so I flew into Yellowknife and then I went out with friends in Yellowknife,” she said. “I passed out right before my flight.”Gardebois is now 30 months sober and hoping her story inspires others living with addictions. She said part of that is breaking her silence on her past trauma.“There is so much violence and abuse going on in our community,” she said. “I was always scared to use my voice before getting sober.”Gardebois acknowledged the challenges facing those who depend on programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous but live in remote communities that have few to no meetings.“I could start a meeting but no one would attend,” she said. “There is a lot of sober people but there wouldn’t be anyone to show up. It is really sad to see. I know the benefits of a meeting and having a recovery support.”Gardebois packed her bags and was sad to leave home again, but is hopeful for the future and has plans to enroll in a post-secondary program with the hope of becoming a counsellor.“I love my community. This is where my ancestors are from,” she said. “My hope is to just break that cycle.”cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more

Akshay defeated by woman officer in mock fight

first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of the release of his film “Kesari”, actor Akshay Kumar visited a BSF camp and performed a mock fight with a woman officer here. Akshay on Tuesday took to Instagram and shared a video in which he can be seen engaged in a mock fight with a woman officer. The actor started the fight with some clever tricks but was quickly pinned to the ground by the officer. Appreciating the officer’s stint, Akshay wrote: “Woman strong, mother strong, sister strong, then country strong.” Akshay also posted a video in which he can be seen performing fake kickboxing with another woman officer. “Always treat to meet the jawans from BSF India. Their training, passion and enthusiasm is top-notch, always a learning experience,” Akshay captioned the video. “Kesari” is based on the 1897 Battle of Saragarhi, in which 21 Sikh soldiers of the British army fought 10,000 Afghan invaders. Directed by Anurag Singh, the film also stars actress Parineeti Chopra. It is due to release on Thursday.last_img read more

Netherlands Holds 3 Moroccan Hip Hop Artists in Migrant Detention Center

Rabat – The Netherlands held Ahmed, Omar, and Hamza, three Moroccan hip-hop dancers for at least five days in a detention center for undocumented migrants in Rotterdam. The artists, aged 20 and 21, had come to the Netherlands for a dance event.Maria Daif, former head of the Touria and Abdelaziz Tazi Foundation and of l’Uzine—the cultural center in Casablanca where the dancers rehearse—published the story of their “misadventure” yesterday on her Facebook account.The artists arrived at the Eindhoven airport on January 10, according to Daif. The immigration officer asked them about the reasons for the trip, their place of stay in the Netherlands, and how much money they were carrying. The three had about €300. Read also: Belgian Court Sentences Moroccan-Dutch Footballer to 46 months in PrisonDutch immigration held them on the grounds of “lack of means of subsistence and lack of evidence of the reasons for their travel.” A foreigner visiting the Netherlands should be carrying €34 a day, according to Schengen Visa Info.“Their return air tickets are paid and scheduled for January 17 (Hamza and Omar) and 22 (Ahmed),” said Daif.‘I am not a criminal’Daif related that the officer made them wait several hours in an office where other officers interviewed them. Immigration officers searched the artists and then transferred them to a police station outside the airport where they were asked intrusive questions. “Are you suicidal?” police wanted to know. “Have you ever had sex?” “They sign documents in Dutch that they don’t understand: ‘We were scared. When we signed, we thought we would be released,’” Daif narrated. “I am not a criminal, I am an artist,” Daif quoted Hamza.Police then put the three artists were then put in a van and transferred to a detention center for illegal immigrants in Rotterdam. Despite having visas, Omar and Hamza were held until January 15 and Ahmed until the 17th. “They did not know how long they would stay there,” reported Daif. Ahmed and Hamza, the youngest, were locked in one cell and Omar in another. The young men could leave their cells except between noon and 2 p.m. and then again over night starting at 10 p.m.Locked up for 5 daysAt the detention center, Hamza, Omar, and Ahmed called their families and l’Uzine. On January 12, they met a court-appointed lawyer. The lawyer asked general questions about their planned stay in the Netherlands and promised to come back the next day. The lawyer did not return, however. Made aware of the case by l’Uzine, a Moroccan senior official visited the artists on January 13. The official informed them that they would be sent back to Morocco but was not sure when. On January 15, Hamza and Omar, but not Ahmed, were again loaded into a police vehicle, each locked in a box, and transferred to the post in Eindhoven and then to the airport. They waited several hours in the vehicle before being handed over to a Ryanair flight crew on a plane heading to Marrakech. Back homeIn Marrakech, Ryanair delivered them to the local authorities upon landing. “We crossed the entire airport accompanied by police officers, as if we were dangerous criminals. Everyone at the airport was watching us.” Omar and Hamza ended up at the Marrakech police prefecture where police interrogated them at length before releasing them.“On January 17, Ahmed undergoes the same treatment,” Daif concluded in her Facebook post.Read also: Netherlands Refuses to Extradite Drug Lord Said Chaou to MoroccoOmar and Hamza are members of the Lions Crew collective. The group is not unknown; the New York Times published an article featuring the group in May.Last year, Daif boycotted the Moussem Cities Festival in Brussels to protest the reduced mobility of Moroccan artists in Europe. read more

Report finds Tamil areas in Sri Lanka are pockets of poverty

If one were to apply the international poverty line of $2.5 per day, the figures in these three districts are 74.4 per cent, 60.9 per cent and 57.2 per cent respectively. As for the age profile of the poor in the North and East, the study points out that about 47 per cent of people living in poverty come under the group of below 25 years, compared to 40 per cent in other Provinces.Lack of access to the labour market and high unemployment rates, particularly among the youth and among educated women, are the factors that have contributed to the prevalence of such high rates of poverty.On the people in the estate sector, the World Bank’s report has said a large share of the population is “vulnerable to adverse shocks”. The World Bank has called for the implementation of programmes aimed at improving market accessibility, incentives to promote entrepreneurship among educated youth and schemes to help ex-combatants and women-headed households. As for the estates, multi-sector interventions should be undertaken to improve nutrition outcomes, enhance job opportunities for the youth and prepare for a growing number of aging estate workers, the report has added. With respect to the estates, the poverty headcount rate is 10.9 per cent, as per the Sri Lanka’s national poverty line and this goes up to 50.6 per cent under the international poverty line.Though the World Bank has not specifically given the figure of Batticaloa, a 2014 publication of the Department of Census and Statistics of the Sri Lankan government mentioned that the figure (as in 2012-2013) was 19.4 per cent. Describing as worrisome the non-monetary indicators of health and nutrition in the estates, the document has pointed out that the estates have the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. “About 30 percent of children below 5 are underweight, nearly one in three babies born have low birth weight, and one-third of women of reproductive age are malnourished.” Regions with the highest rate of poverty in Sri Lanka are areas inhabited by Tamils, according to a study of the World Bank.The regions come under the districts of Mannar, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi in the Northern Province; Batticaloa in the East and plantations in Badulla district (Uva Province) and Nuwara Eliya (Central Province). One Sinhala-dominated region the study has identified as having a high rate of poverty is the Monaragala district, The Hindu newspaper reported. Going by Sri Lanka’s national poverty line of about $1.50 per day (Purchasing Power Parity in 2005), the poverty headcount rates of Mullaitivu, Mannar and Kilinochchi are 28.8 per cent, 20.1 per cent and 12.7 per cent respectively. read more

Football Ohio State adds 4star linebacker Javontae JeanBaptiste to 2018 recruiting class

Ohio State earned its second commitment on National Signing Day and its 26th member of the 2018 recruiting class with linebacker Javontae Jean-Baptiste.The four-star from Oradell, New Jersey, gives the Buckeyes their fourth linebacker in the class along with Dallas Gant, Teradja Mitchell and K’Vaughan Pope.Jean-Baptiste is currently ranked as the No. 219 overall recruit in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports composite. He is also the 16th-best linebacker and sixth-best recruit in the state.Ohio State only has one other current player on its roster from New Jersey, although that area has been a hotbed for recruits since Urban Meyer became head coach for the 2012 season.Jean-Baptiste was primarily recruited by safeties coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who told Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports that he will return to the Buckeyes in 2018 after being reportedly interested in the New England Patriots defensive coordinator job.Ohio State currently ranks behind Georgia as the No. 2 overall recruiting class.Correction: The original publication said Ohio State had the No. 1 overall 2018 recruiting class, where it in fact is ranked behind Georgia at No. 2. read more

Penge death crash driver admits causing incomprehensible pain and suffering

first_img 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 deadly crash occurred in Lennard Road in Penge, south east London Child actor, Makayah McDermott, 10, died alongside his aunt Rosie Cooper Credit:PA He was initially charged with causing their deaths by dangerous driving but during a hearing at the Old Bailey it emerged he was now charged with manslaughter.Dobby appeared in court via video link from High Down prison in Surrey and spoke to confirm his name and enter pleas to a new indictment.He pleaded not guilty to the two manslaughter charges but guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.He also pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to Makayah’s sister by dangerous driving.He was not asked to enter a plea to a fourth charge of dangerous driving relating to an incident on August 26 on the A228 near Snodland in Kent. Makayah McDermottcenter_img Defending, Robin Ghosh said: “He wishes it to be noted that he fully acknowledges the utterly incomprehensible pain and suffering caused to the families involved.”Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay indicated that the guilty pleas were not acceptable to the Crown and he will face trial on February 27.Members of the victims’ families sat in the well of the court to watch the short hearing before Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC.Dobby was remanded in custody to next appear at the Old Bailey on February 10 for a pre-trial hearing. A man has admitted causing the deaths of a child actor and his aunt following a police chase and acknowledged the “utterly incomprehensible pain and suffering” he caused to their family.Joshua Dobby, 23, of no fixed abode, ploughed a black Ford Focus he was driving into Makayah McDermott, 10, and Rosie Cooper, 34, as they walked along Lennard Road in Penge, south London, on the afternoon of August 31. The deadly crash occurred in Lennard Road in Penge, south east LondonCredit:PAlast_img read more

Djordjic and Germany – neverending story

← Previous Story HC Odorhei keep Macedonian playmaker Next Story → Niklas Landin played injured: It was frustrating Petar Djordjic and his playing for German national team becomes never-ending story,writes German MOPO.de. Former Serbian NT left back, who has a wish to change a NT jersey, after almost four years in which he didn’t play for the “Eagles”, still is far away from the Martin Heuberger’s squad. Why, there is no answer.Djordjic, definitely, won’t be a part of ths squad who will face Poland at WCH 2015 Play-Off next June.” I know that it does not work until June ,” says Djordjic.“I hope that it will work until the World Cup ,” said Djordjic wishes : ” Until then, I do not want to talk a lot about the topic and focus on the HSV  – concluded former player of SG Flensburg and HSG Wetzlar. germanyPetar DjordjićQatar 2015 read more

Creator of Myst chats about the games industry and new game Obduction

first_imgRand Miller is a quiet legend. He speaks in the kind of soft baritone you’d want to keep you company during the early morning hours of a cross-country road trip. When speaking to him though, it’s impossible to forget that Miller, alongside his brother, made Myst.That legacy is a powerful one. In the 90s, Myst was everywhere. Before The Sims, before World of Warcraft, Myst was on millions of PCs. Miller rightfully belongs in the same breath as John Romero, Roberta Williams, and Shigeru Miyamoto.Miller has been quiet for the past few years, though. In part, he tells me, it’s because games shifted into a creative wasteland. “Corporations just stopped taking risks,” Miller says. “Game genres used to be so diverse, in the 90s you could [play anything].”That changed as the games industry developed. The early 2000s saw the rise of massive corporate interests tossing around billions of dollars, eager to tap and hold what markets they could. That, Miller says, led to these companies honing in on one of a few genres to the exclusion of basically everything else.“It was a dark time. People saw money and they just kept climbing and grabbing as much as they could… But I think, I hope, we’re just hitting the other side of it now.”Back in 2013, Miller posted a Kickstarter campaign for Obduction, a new adventure game in the style of 90s classics like Myst and Riven. The rapid growth of indies and the rise of Kickstarter are good signs, according to Miller. “EA, Ubisoft, they would have never let me make it,” he says.Myst and by extension Obduction aren’t about action. They aren’t about the kinds of twitchy, challenging gameplay that most modern games rely on. According to Miller, it’s about giving players “a window of freedom” to peer through. Miller wants his audience to look into strange and fantastical worlds and take their time sorting out challenging, obtuse puzzles that test the limits of patience.“There’s poetry in these worlds, [these landscapes],” he says. “People don’t often get to have deep thoughts any more. There’s too many pulls on time attention so we don’t have the quiet to just be with ourselves… Some part of me is just weary.”Miller, now 57, can’t play most games these days. Whether it’s the time it takes to learn, or the fact that so many can stretch for dozens of hours, “I just don’t have as much time left.” It’s a haunting thought — that one of gaming’s greats could simply age out of the medium he helped establish. Beethoven’s musical genius — one that he couldn’t appreciate in his later years — is often thought of as one of the most tragic stories of all time. But gaming runs the risk of leaving all of its pioneers behind. In the pursuit of more complex games with more features, we’ve left huge swaths of people behind.When asked what he does actually play these days, Miller laments that he’s a fan of Angry Birds. “I know I shouldn’t like it, but it’s easy to just play for a minute here and there… I want to play other things, I keep thinking I should play The Witness, but it’s so hard to vest myself in something. Before I start something, I wonder ‘How much of my life will this take?’”Obduction is an absolutely weird game. It takes place in an impossible fantasy land, it’s bizarre and slow. It’s tasking and enriching. But it’s one that you have to commit to. It isn’t for everyone, but it is for someone who might have been ignored otherwise, and that’s important to Miller.Talking to him gave me the sense that Miller was interested in his legacy. That he wanted to be positive that he’d left the world better. Kickstarter, diversity in gaming genres, and helping the new renaissance of games along are foremost in his mind. Obduction is special because of what it represents. Miller hopes that the “homogenous and corporate” era of gaming dies, and that Obduction is just one more chip in its armor.“So many people have been trying to hold onto games, to hold them tight to some out-dated standard. But those people are going to lose. They always lose… games should be for everybody.”This happens with every medium, he says. For a while, people just need the time to figure out the tools. They need to play around with it and figure out new ways of doing things. It’s happened with novels, plays, music, film, and now games. And there are people who grew out of the old traditions of each, and they’re invested in what they remember. It’s strange to hear a member of the old guard talk about change and revolution and paradigm shifts because, at the end of the day, Obduction is little more than a return to form. But it’s important to him to keep gaming free, to keep it from stagnation.Even so, if it all stopped now. If he never released another game, Miller says he’d be happy with what he’s left behind. “We did something great with [Myst]… we made a cultural phenomenon. I believe in Obduction, but It’s hard to have regrets… even if nothing else I ever do works.” <>last_img read more

WWE 205 Live moving to a new day and time Ronda Rousey

first_img Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Twitter Now Playing Up Next Update (4:42 p.m. ET): 205 Live GM Drake Maverick confirmed the show moving to Wednesday night on the WWE Network on Twitter.PLEASE RTHUGE NEWS – @WWE205Live is moving to WEDNESDAY NIGHTS at 7pm ET on the @WWENetwork #WWE #205Live #Cruiserweight pic.twitter.com/CitAu8NVCw— Drake Maverick (@WWEMaverick) September 15, 2018—The WWE Network is listing this coming week’s episode of 205 Live for Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern (6:00 CT).  It appears the schedule change is a result of the new season of Mixed Match Challenge which premiers this coming Tuesday night on Facebook Watch immediately following Smackdown Live.Ronda Rousey applies for new trademarksAs per PWInsider, current RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey, under Rowdy Ronda Inc.,has applied to trademark “The Rowdy Ones” and “Rowdywear” for wrestling and merchandise purposes.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey nearly loses finger filming TV ShowVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 44.77%0:02Remaining Time -1:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Ronda Rousey nearly loses finger filming TV Show Now Playing Up Next Facebook Will Ronda Rousey Join ‘Total Divas’ Cast? Pinterest Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Travis Browne Who Are Ronda Rousey’s Top WWE Supporters? Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Is Ronda Rousey Taking A Hiatus From WWE? Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Chelsea contemplating shock swap deal with Morata for AC Milan star

first_imgChelsea’s patience with Alvaro Morata appears to be waning with the club reportedly considering using him in a swap deal involving AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, claims Corriere Dello SportThe Spaniard was signed by Chelsea last summer from Real Madrid for £57m as the replacement for their main forward Diego Costa, who officially rejoined Atletico Madrid in January.After a promising start to life at Stamford Bridge for Morata with seven goals in his first eight games for Chelsea, the 25-year-old’s form quickly faded and he only managed to find the back of the net a further eight times in his next 39 appearances.Morata has now been linked with a return to Juventus this summer, but it is Milan who have emerged as the front-runners for his services.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Rossoneri have offered to exchange their teenage goalkeeper Donnarumma for Morata, which is believed to have captured Chelsea’s interest due to the growing uncertainty surrounding Thibaut Courtois’ future.The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer and previously spoke of his desire to leave for Spanish capital at some point in the future to be near to his two young children.Courtois has just a year remaining on his contract at Chelsea and the London club may be tempted to sign Donnarumma as a potential replacement.The 19-year-old has been touted as one most promising young goalkeepers in Europe and could become a solid long-term replacement for Courtois.last_img read more

NIB continues 25 Years commemoration with International Symposium

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NIBis25years Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 28, 2017 – Providenciales – The National Insurance Board 25th Anniversary Investment Symposium where some 40 delegates from 13 countries are represented opened today at Beaches Resort with the help of TCIs children and its country leader.The TCI Cadet Corp executed a stellar flags and national anthems parade, Youth Explosion champions from the Wesley Methodist School gave a riveting show of culture including song, dance and costumes, a prayer for singleness of heart among the nations and delegates was brought by Fr. Tellison Glover of the Anglican church, there was a warm welcome by Deputy Chairman of the NIB, Floyd Seymour and the event was chaired by Obrien Forbes, well known charismatic MC.In her keynote address, Premier and Finance Minister, Hon Sharlene Robinson shared that while the NIB is performing outstandingly well today and is the country’s largest owner of assets at well over $200 million, it needs to live a long life and that will demand, she explained, that innovative strategies be instituted now for the future.Premier Robinson points out that the NIB, operating as it is today would run out of resources by 2050 and therefore committed her administration to seek out ways for the National Insurance Board to be bolstered and built so that it is not depleted and is always able to respond to the social needs of its contributors.National songs were brought by the NIB Choir with remarks coming from Reginald Thomas, who flew in from Mexico and is the Director of the Inter-American Center for Social Security Studies.   The Vote of Thanks was proudly delivered by CEO of the NIB, Walter Gardiner.#MagneticMediaNews#NIBis25years Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Palm Beach Sheriffs Office good Samaritan rescue missing divers

first_imgJUPITER, Fla. (WSVN) — Seven divers were rescued from the water after they were reported missing off the Jupiter inlet.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deployed their marine unit to look for them.All seven divers were rescued from the water. Two were rescued by deputies, while the other five were rescued by a good Samaritan.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of June 2 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town board, committee and commission meetings scheduled for the week of Sunday, June 2, 2019.Sunday, June 2, 2019No MeetingsMonday, June 3, 2019No MeetingsTuesday, June 4, 2019The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Planning Board meets at 7:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, June 5, 2019The Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, June 6, 2019The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, June 7, 2019No MeetingsSaturday, June 8, 2019No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week. The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)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… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”What’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Africans outraged over Trump shithole remarks

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks to the media as he meets with Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US, on 10 January 2018. ReutersAfricans reacted angrily Friday after Donald Trump reportedly referred to their nations as “shithole countries”, with many lashing the US president for racism and ignorance.The 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks while the southern African state of Botswana hauled in the US ambassador to complain.The comment “truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice,” said Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki.“This is even more hurtful given the historical reality of just how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, and also terribly surprising as the United States remains a massively positive example as just how migration can give birth to a nation,” Kalondo said.The comments were “clearly” racist, Kalondo said, but stressed the US was “much stronger than the sum total of one man.”Trump made the remarks on Thursday in a meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported. On Friday, Trump tweeted an implicit denial, saying “this was not the language used”.The United Nations slammed Trump’s reported remarks as “shocking and shameful” and “racist”.“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome,” Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN human rights office, told reporters in Geneva.Botswana summoned the US ambassador to the country to “clarify if Botswana is regarded as a ‘shithole’ country”, according to a foreign ministry statement which called Trump’s comments “irresponsible, reprehensible and racist”.This is not the first time Trump has rubbed Africans up the wrong way-he was widely derided last year after he twice referred to Namibia as “Nambia”.On social media, users across the continent on Friday posted images of modern skylines and beautiful nature from their countries with the ironic hashtag “shithole.”Many Africans reminded the US of its historic role in the continent’s woes.“President Trump, One day, I’ll take you to a ‘shithole’ country called Ghana,” wrote Ghanaian Edmond Prime Sarpong on Facebook.“First stop would be Osu Castle, Elmina Castle, and the over 40 Forts that detained about 30 million slaves, beaten and shipped out like sardine cans and then I will tell you the history of Africa and why people like you made that a ‘shithole’ continent.”‘Nothing new’Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara, told AFP that Trump’s words were nothing new from a “racist and ignorant” administration, nor from the West at large.“This is no different from what Hollywood and Western media have been saying about Africa for decades. We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries.”Some acknowledged problems in their countries, but blamed this on their poor leaders as well as western nations such as the US.“Please don’t confuse the #shithole leaders we Africans elect with our beautiful continent… Our motherland is the most blessed continent that has been raped by imperialists in collaboration with our shitty misleaders for generations,” wrote Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi on Twitter.In South Africa, the ruling party declared “ours is not a shithole country” and described Trump as “extremely offensive”.“It is not as if the United States doesn’t have difficulties. There are millions of unemployed people in the US, millions of people who don’t have health care services or access to education and we would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that,” said Jessie Duarte, the deputy secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC).‘It’s our shithole’Nigerians however did not hold back, with many on Twitter saying their country was a “shithole”, but that it was “our shithole” to criticise.Even war-torn South Sudan weighed in, with president Salva Kiir’s spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny slamming the comments as “outrageous”.However Juba businesswoman Jenny Jore, 31, told AFP that Trump’s remarks were “on point”.“It is thanks to our African leaders that we are insulted that way,” she said.Trump’s latest comments also provided ample fodder for talkshow hosts.South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of “The Daily Show”, described himself as an offended citizen of “South Shithole” and also called Trump out for racism, especially for saying he preferred immigrants from Norway.“He didn’t just name a white country, he named the whitest-so white they wear moon-screen,” he said.last_img read more