Jessica’s Flaw

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonYet even with Jessica’s Law on the books, State Corrections Secretary James Tilton told Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Sex Offender Management Board in October that his department was removing GPS devices from 500 ex-convicts who had completed parole – regardless of the lifetime monitoring requirement. And 160 more ex-parolees have been freed from monitoring since then. Not only are the whereabouts of these offenders unknown, but the state’s ability to enforce Jessica’s Law’s residency requirements is severely undercut. The reason, according to the governor’s board, is that Proposition 83 was too vague about certain key details. First among them: Which authorities – state or local – would be responsible for monitoring the offenders? And, by extension, who’s responsible for paying the $7 to $33 a day it takes to keep tabs on each one? The board says it’s trying to come up with an answer to those questions. Meanwhile, offenders who complete their parole can carry on as they have before. Apparently the politicians who wrote Jessica’s Law – state Sen. George Runner and his wife, Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, both R-Lancaster, did a great job coming up with tough-sounding promises, and a less impressive job of codifying them into law. There are, as of last count, about 660 convicted sex offenders wandering free around California, not wearing the monitoring devices that Jessica’s Law requires. And state officials say there’s nothing they can do about it. That ought to come as a shock to California voters, who overwhelmingly approved Jessica’s Law at the polls last year – under the promise that the state would finally get tough on child predators. Turns out we were had, again. Proposition 83, its proponents told us, would stiffen penalties for sex offenders. It would prohibit released sex criminals from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park. And it would require them to wear satellite tracking devices for the rest of their lives. And countless other state politicians – from the governor and the attorney general all the way down – happily backed the measure because it was “tough on crime,” even though it was light on details. Voters don’t read the fine print or the legal mumbo-jumbo on ballot initiatives, nor should they be expected to. It’s reasonable to expect that a measure does what it’s designed to do, and that the politicians, their lawyers and their staffers will take care of the logistical questions. In this case, the voters did their job, but the politicians have not. And the result, as usual, is a “reform” that’s a far cry from what the politicians advertised.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Dicamba complaints slowly filtering in

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dicamba, a weed killer notorious in some states for spreading well beyond where it’s sprayed, harming other plants along the way, is affecting growers in Ohio.The state has received only 19 official complaints of dicamba damage to fields this year. However, there are likely three to four times as many instances of harm because people are reluctant to report their neighbors, said Mark Loux, an Ohio State University Extension weed specialist.Most often, farmers don’t fault their neighbor who applied the dicamba — they fault the dicamba itself because of how extensively it can spread beyond a targeted field, even when applied correctly, Loux said.“The sense I get from people here is, ‘This is not acceptable.’ What’s not acceptable is this movement with no ability to control it,” he said.Missouri and Arkansas have banned the use and sale of dicamba. In Tennessee, restrictions have been imposed on how and when dicamba is applied. And in many states, complaints about dicamba damage are mounting.Dicamba has been used in cornfields to kill weeds for a long time. But this year, complaints about the chemical are higher because it is also being used for weed control in soybean fields – and is spreading beyond the intended target area. Just last year, Monsanto and other companies released a variety of soybeans called Xtend soybeans that can tolerate dicamba, so more soybean farmers are controlling weeds in their fields with the herbicide, which is also produced by St. Louis-based Monsanto and by German chemical company BASF.It’s too early to tell how extensive the damage from dicamba is in Ohio, said Matthew Beal, chief division of plant health for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the agency that investigates reports of dicamba damage and gives its findings to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.“We want to know if there’s crop damage or a pesticide issue that could affect plants or wildlife or if pesticides are getting in the water,” Beal said. “We want people to call us.”After dicamba is applied, it can turn into a vapor and move from the soil or surface of leaves, spreading with the wind to neighboring fields, sometimes as far as a half-mile away, Loux said. “I’ve seen it cover whole soybean fields.”While it is being sprayed onto plants, dicamba can also move with the wind as wet particles or when rain runs off a field treated with dicamba and continues onto another field or into a ditch, carrying the chemical even farther, Loux said.The problem is that while dicamba might minimize the weeds in a field of soybeans that tolerates dicamba, it can stunt the growth of or even kill plants of various kinds if it spreads to them. And the more dicamba is used, the more growers may feel compelled to buy Xtend soybeans to protect themselves against dicamba movement from neighboring fields.Often a plant that cannot tolerate dicamba can outgrow the damage from the chemical. However, sometimes the plant may not survive if it is exposed to too much dicamba or is already vulnerable because of weather conditions, Loux said.Although the label on dicamba specifies when and how it should be applied, even if a grower follows all the directions, dicamba can still leave the surface of soil or leaves and go airborne, Loux said.The safest time to apply dicamba is early in the season before crop plants have emerged, Loux said. Any dicamba that moves off target at that time and spreads to a field without growing plants is much less likely to cause harm.Anyone who suspects dicamba damage to their crop can contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987.last_img read more

How To Watch Full-Length Movies on YouTube for Free – But Not For Long

first_imgRelated Posts markhachman Piracy WarsThe upsurge in piracy comes just as Google executives have defended the company’s anti-piracy efforts. At the AllThingsD conference at the end of May, Google executive Susan Wojcicki was asked to defend the company from charges made by superagent Ari Emanuel the night before, who had claimed Google does not do enough to combat piracy.“So I think he was misinformed. Very misinformed,” Wojcicki said of Emanuel. “First of all, we have done as much as we possibly can. We do not want to be building a business based on piracy. We want to work with the content owners, we want to be able to make sure that business is built on content owners who want to have that content distributed across search and YouTube.”The influx of pirated movies comes as Apple has reportedly pulled the YouTube app from iOS 6, although Google is also apparently writing a standalone YouTube app for Apple’s app store.But it isn’t like this piracy hasn’t cropped up on YouTube before: plenty of pirated movies – including recent blockbusters – were found there by this author almost a year ago as well.Dozens of “Hits”In all, a quick search by ReadWriteWeb found dozens of movies that have been uploaded to the service, from blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides, Pixar classics including Cars, Cars 2 and Finding Nemo.The latter three were uploaded from an account known as “FullMovieUpload1”. In some cases, such as the Pixar movies, the pirated movie was found near or next to a link to a paid, authenticated version of the film that Google offered through a partner. Many foreign films have also been uploaded, although copyright issues in other countries are subject to their own laws and restrictions.As in earlier years, full movies can either be found by searching through the main search box, or else via the list of recommended movies that accompany them. Helpfully, some movies like the explicit Ken Park have been age-restricted by the community.How Did We Get Here?YouTube enforces a 10-minute limit on uploaded videos, but users qucikly found they could simply break up longer clips into ten-minute chunks, with helpful pointers to the next clip in the series.In 2010, YouTube eliminated that the 10-minute limit for some trusted users, some of whom quickly used their new-found freedom to upload copyrighted clips.Traditionally, YouTube has had a “three strikes and you’re out” policy with regards to copyright; in 2011, the company forced offenders to attend “copyright school” to learn what they could and could not upload.Today, Google uses an automated system called “Content ID” to identify possibly copyrighted films and TV shows and take them down before they’re actually live on the site. At the AllThingsD conference, Google executive Sundar Pichai described the process this way:“It is automatic in many ways,” Pichai said. “There’s no human intervention. It’s a piece of software that runs and tries to identify it… it’s an extremely challenging problem, technical computer science problem.“It’s a quality issue, just like image recognition or voice recognition,” Pichai added. “The technology behind the Content ID system is fairly impressive, and it keeps getting better. And I think whats important is that it’s a tough area to scan through a video, and know for sure that it’s copyrighted, and who owns the copyright. And I think it’s something that we have invested a lot in, I think it’s over 50,000 hours of engineering we have invested in… $30 million on this project alone.”A Google spokesman also noted that YouTube users upload 72 hours of video every minute, making the process of identifying copyrighted content even more challenging. ReadWriteWeb provided the URL of the uploaded The Avengers movie to Google at 11:25 am Pacific Time, Tuesday, which Google presumably will remove.Wojcicki also addressed what Google representatives have previously claimed: first, that it’s unclear who owns the copyright to a given movie, and second, that Content ID requires the copyright holder to notify Google before a movie can be pulled down. Finally, some copyright holders choose to leave content on YouTube in order to monetize or sell ads against it.“At the end of the day, we need to hear from the content owner,” Wojcicki claimed.Clear BreakdownsThe problem, of course, is that it’s hard to believe that the uploaded versions of The Avengers or Blaze were done legitimately to “monetize” the movie. And while it’s possible that the poor quality of the movies fooled Content ID, a general search for “full movie” could be a clue that Google needs to inspect the files more closely.Interestingly, Google’s Content ID system has had some successes. Movies that were uploaded last year – Fast Five, Scream 4,, Black Hawk Down, and others – don’t seem to have made a reappearance.Meanwhile, things may be about to change. In April, a German court ruled that Google must detect future violations of copyrighted content after a rights holder alerts the company the first time.Will YouTube be able to meet that standard?You can check for yourself: Just type “full movie” into the YouTube search bar every so often. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Like a Hollywood sequel, pirated movie hits are back on YouTube – and this time they’re more prevalent than ever.A year ago, users uploaded a number of pirated movies to Google’s YouTube video service and were eventually taken down. And now movies are back – to the point where if you don’t want to pay for the summer’s biggest blockbusters, you don’t have to:The Avengers is on YouTube, as is the latest Pixar movie, Brave.Yes, they’re so-called “cammed” films, which means that they were recorded illegally at a theater with a camcorder, and then uploaded. The quality is poor, with resolutions nowhere near a legitimate copy of the film. But they’re free, and with YouTube’s reach, totally ubiquitous – until they’re taken down. Which could be any minute, of course.In the last month or so, movie piracy has taken hold of YouTube like wildfire. While the number of current releases is small, finding older films isn’t that hard.Just Search for “Full Movie”The keywords? Just two: “full movie”.All a user needs to do then is check the running length of the film – if it’s 90 minutes or so, chances are that it’s the whole movie. An easier way is to simply filter out the shorter reviews and trailers by appending “, long” to the search or by ticking the appropriate option within the “Filter” drop-down menu.Even Voltage Pictures, which has sued thousands of anonymous downloaders for copyright infringement, has been victimized: The Hurt Locker has been uploaded in two parts, although in German. Voltage representatives declined to comment. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#YouTube last_img read more

Canal is launching a new channel for the African

first_imgCanal+ is launching a new channel for the African market, A+. The channel will offer a diet of African and international content, with 80% of programmes reportedly to be made in African and the remaining 20% coming from the Caribbean or the US. At launch the channel will offer a mix of programmes, about 40% of which will be made in Francophone Africa, with the remaining 40% of African-produced content coming from the rest of the continent.A+, based in Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire and headed up by Damiano Malchiodi, former head of programming at Cuisine.tv, will reportedly be made available as part of Canalsat’s African bouquet costing CFA5,000 (€7.60) from October.Programming on the channel will reportedly include dramas such as Ma Famille and Docteur Boris, as well as shows such as Tundu Wundu from Senegal, Aimé Malgré Lui from Central Africa and Pango & Wally from Gabon.last_img read more

Cancer patients and those with anemia should not be denied opioids says

first_imgBy Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Apr 11 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a letter clarifying that people suffering from severe pain caused by cancer or sickle-cell anemia should not be denied prescriptions for opioid pain-killers.The letter, which was issued on Tuesday, emphasizes that the guidelines restricting the use of opioid medications were not intended to apply to patients undergoing cancer treatment or to any patients suffering from chronic pain.David Smart | ShutterstockIn an attempt to curb the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic, some medical societies had called for physicians to limit their prescription of the potent painkillers. In 2016, the CDC released guidelines advising primary care doctors that in the majority of cases, opioids should only be prescribed as a last resort.At the time, Thomas R. Frieden, Former Director of the CDC said, “The guideline was developed to support primary care clinicians who prescribe about half of all opioid pain medications in relieving patient’s pain, preventing patient’s suffering, and promoting patient’s well-being. This guideline helps by offering a flexible tool. Not a one size fits all tool…”.Despite this, there was an unintended consequence; some insurance companies have refused to cover prescriptions for cancer patients/survivors and sickle-cell patients who are suffering with acute or chronic pain.To estimate the impact of this outcome, the American Cancer Society sponsored surveys of cancer patients and survivors across the nation.The results showed that the number of patients who were refused coverage for opioid prescriptions rose from 11% to 30% between 2016 and 2018. Furthermore, many more patients reported restrictions on how many opioid pills and refills they could have, as well as difficulty finding pharmacies prepared to fill the prescriptions.Hematology society member Dr. Deepika Darbari, who treats young patients with sickle cell anemia reports that she has experienced insurers who refuse to cover IV opioids for patients experiencing severe pain, based on the CDC guidelines.Now, the CDC has published a letter clarifying that the guidelines were never intended to deny such patients the painkillers, after three medical societies (the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology [ASCO] and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network [NCCN]) brought the problem to the agency’s attention.The new clarification was issued to the societies in the form of a letter written by the lead author of the guidelines and top CDC medical officer Deborah Dowell. Read next:Impact of legalizing cannabis on the opioid crisis. The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today. Last year, more Americans died from drug overdoses than car crashes. And these overdoses have hit families across our entire nation.”  Sylvia Burwell, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary This clarification from the CDC is critically important because, while the agency’s guideline clearly states that it is not intended to apply to patients during active cancer and sickle-cell disease treatment, many payers have been inappropriately using it to make opioid coverage determinations for those exact populations.”Clifford Hudis, ASCO Chief Executive Officer “The guidelines [that the] CDC is releasing today will provide safer pain management while helping us reduce opioid abuse. It’s an important step in our work to combat the opioid epidemic.” The CDC also stated that pain management in sickle cell anemia is complicated and that treatment approaches and reimbursement should be planned based on the guidelines that have been developed specifically for the disease.Chief executive officer of NCCN, Robert Carlson, says the CDC’s letter will be made publicly available online and that it can be cited by physicians and patients if they experience problems with their opioid prescriptions being approved.He also announced that NCCN has published recommendations to help cancer specialists evaluate the risk of opioid abuse “while still ensuring people with cancer don’t suffer unnecessary, severe pain.”last_img read more

Ecigarettes contaminated with dangerous microbial toxins

first_imgAirborne Gram-negative bacterial endotoxin and fungal-derived glucans have been shown to cause acute and chronic respiratory effects in occupational and environmental settings. Finding these toxins in e-cigarette products adds to the growing concerns about the potential for adverse respiratory effects in users.” Contamination can occur at any stage in the manufacturing processThe authors suggest that the raw materials used to produce ‘fruity’ flavors are a potential source of microbial contamination.They also note that contamination could be introduced at any stage during the manufacture of the e-cigarette ingredients or in the production of the finished e-cigarette products themselves. One potential source, for example, is the cotton wicks used in the cartridges, since both endotoxins and glucans are known to contaminate cotton fibers.The use of e-cigarettes has gradually been in creasing over recent years, particularly among high-school age and middle-school age pupils. Estimates suggest that last year, more than three million high school students used the products, a significant increase on the 220,000 students estimated to have used the products in 2011.Mi-Sun Lee says the new findings should be considered when developing regulatory policies for e-cigarettes: In addition to inhaling harmful chemicals, e-cig users could also be exposed to biological contaminants like endotoxin and glucan.”Mi-Sun Lee, Lead Author By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Apr 24 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Harvard University researchers have discovered that many popular electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) products are contaminated with microbial toxins that are known to cause a range of health problems. The research was published today in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.eldar nurkovic | ShutterstockThe authors warn that the findings indicate that “some popular [e-cigarette] brands and flavors may be contaminated with microbial toxins.”The toxins identified were endotoxin − a potent toxic molecule found on the membranes of Gram-negative bacteria − and glucan, a polysaccharide that helps to form the cell walls of most species of fungi.Tobacco smoke from traditional tobacco cigarettes also contains endotoxins and glucans that that contaminate the products at some point during the manufacturing process. Exposure to such toxins is associated with respiratory health problems such as asthma, reduced lung function, and lung inflammation. Furthermore, studies conducted over many decades have demonstrated chronic lung impairment in populations exposed to airborne biological contaminants.Yet, according to the authors of the current study, no studies have ever explored whether these common microbial agents could also be present in e-cigarette products.Acute and chronic respiratory effectsNow, Professor of Environmental Genetics, David Christiani, and colleagues have tested 75 popular products from ten leading e-cigarette brands, including 37 single-use cartridges (also called “cigalikes”) and 38 e-liquids (which are used to refill cartridges). All products were purchased online, with the exception of products from one brand, which was bought at a convenience store on the university’s campus.The products were divided into four different flavors, which included tobacco, menthol, fruit, and other. All products were then tested for the presence of endotoxin and glucan.As reported today in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, the researchers found that 17 (23%) of the products contained detectable levels of endotoxin and that 61 (81%) contained traces of glucan.Further analysis showed that, on average, the cartridges contained 3.2 times more glucan than the refillable e-liquid samples.On average glucan levels were ten times higher in the tobacco and menthol-flavored products, compared with in the fruit-flavored samples, while endotoxin concentrations were found to be significantly higher in the fruit-flavored products. Further research is neededLee and colleagues note that there are limitations to the study. For example, the team did not test the concertation of toxins that are aerosolized and passed on to the user.Furthermore, the team only screened for toxins in first-generation devices and not more recently developed products such as tanks, pods or pens. Pods, especially, are known to deliver a higher concentration of nicotine per puff, compared with first-generation devices, yet scientists do not know how this may impact on the degree of exposure to toxins.Many scientists believe that exposure to environmental toxins is significantly less among people who vape than among those who smoke traditional cigarettes, but that this does not necessarily mean that e-cigarettes products are not damaging to health at all.Should the government ban e-cigarettes?Currently, there is no scientific evidence that can conclusively support the hypothesis that the levels of endotoxin and glucan found in e-cigarette products is enough to raise public health concerns.However, given that exposure to high enough levels of airborne endotoxin does appear to harm the lungs and that the toxins are thought to contribute to the damage that cigarette smoking has on respiratory health, the authors think that further study is needed.Future research will look at how often the toxins are present in e-cigarette flavors and whether exposure to them through vaping poses and significant health risk, since there may be strategies that could be used to minimize the risk of contamination.last_img read more

New research shows slightly different picture of trauma soldiers experience from war

first_imgPerforming actions that violate moral principles can involve killing an innocent person.”For example, an officer may order a person shot because it looks as if he is wearing a suicide vest. But then it turns out that he wasn’t, and a civilian ends up being killed,” he says.”Another example could be when an officer supervises and instructs an Afghan unit, and then learns that someone in that unit is abusing small children. It can be difficult to intervene in that kind of situation, but easy for a Norwegian officer to think afterwards that he should have done something,” Nordstrand explains.Far more symptomsThere is a marked difference between how danger-based and non-danger-based stressors affect the symptoms of psychological distress.The study shows that both danger-based and non-danger-based stressors lead to an increase in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can involve being hyper-alert, jumpy, sleeping poorly and reliving events after they’ve happened.”The experience that lasted a long time and burdened him afterwards was when he went out on the battlefield after a bomb had gone off and found a glittery child’s shoe spattered with blood.”Related StoriesTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinenceRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careBut non-danger-based stressors are likely to trigger far more symptoms of psychological distress.”In our study, we found that depression, chronic sleep disorders and anxiety were much more linked to non-danger-based stressors than having been in fear for one’s life,” says Nordstrand.Appreciate life moreThe research results also show that exposure to personal life threats often leads to positive personal development. This type of trauma can contribute to the individual appreciating life more, getting closer to relatives and experiencing greater faith in their ability to handle situations.Non-danger-based stressors, on the other hand, usually lead to negative personal development, where the person values life less, feels more distant from others and has less faith in himself.Nordstrand said he didn’t expect there to be such a big difference.Nordstrand’s idea for the study came to him through his job as a psychologist in the Norwegian Armed Forces stress management service, where he noticed that often other issues than having been shot at were plaguing the soldiers.”A lot of soldiers told stories of how witnessing someone else’s suffering, especially of children who became victims of the war – were tough to work through,” says Nordstrand.One of the soldiers he’s followed up with had participated in lots of battles without dwelling on them.”The experience that stayed with him and burdened him afterwards was when he went out onto the battlefield after a bomb had gone off and found a child’s sparkly shoe spattered with blood,” the psychologist says.According to Nordstrand, a lot of people hide their non-danger-based trauma and don’t talk about it to their family, friends or colleagues. He thinks this relates to the fact that non-danger-based trauma is often linked to shame and guilt, and that it can be more difficult to talk about than that they were scared in an exchange of fire.”A lot of soldiers are probably afraid of feeling alienated if they would tell their family and civilian friends of all the horrors they saw and experienced. Such experiences often don’t fit very well with the world view we protected Norwegians have,” says Nordstrand.Wants to focus on the spectrumThe researcher hopes the study can help direct attention to the fact that there is a wide range of traumatic experiences. He would like to see the focus be not only on people who have been in life-threatening situations, but also on assistance personnel, police and firefighters who are exposed to non-danger-based stressors in their occupations on a daily basis.Other studies, including Swedish ones, show that firefighters are a group that is vulnerable to depression and suicide.”We tend to turn on the blue light and rush to help when someone has been in a life-threatening situation. I think we can do a much better job of helping people by acknowledging that there’s a real risk of mental illness after being exposed to non-danger-based trauma. We should develop protocols so that we can capture those who are vulnerable and figure out how we can better utilize our resources,” says Nordstrand. Source:Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyJournal reference:Nordstrand, A E. et al. (2019) Danger and Non-Danger Based Stressors and their Relations to Posttraumatic Deprecation or Growth in Norwegian Veterans Deployed to Afghanistan. European Journal of Psychotraumatology. doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2019.1601989 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019We usually think that trauma from war is related to the fact that soldiers have been under constant threat of death. New research shows a slightly different picture.The types of trauma that Norwegian soldiers were exposed to in Afghanistan greatly affected the psychological aftermath of their experiences.Psychologist Andreas Espetvedt Nordstrand and his research team have looked at how exposure to different types of traumatic experiences influenced Norwegian veterans who were in Afghanistan.The study shows that being exposed to life-threatening situations results in fewer post-traumatic stress symptoms for soldiers than when they experience suffering and death without being in danger themselves.Nordstrand is affiliated with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Psychology and is one of the authors of the study, published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology.The study is part of a comprehensive survey of how veterans are faring after the war in Afghanistan.Just over 7000 Norwegian soldiers participated in the war in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2011, and 4053 of them participated in this investigation.Violation of moral principleTrauma is roughly divided into danger-based and non-danger-based stressors.Soldiers can be exposed to danger-based trauma in classic military settings, such as being shot or ambushed. It is an active threat that is linked to anxiety.Non-danger-based trauma is divided into two subgroups:Witnessing: seeing suffering or death of others, without being in danger oneself.Moral Challenges: seeing or performing an act that violates a person’s own moral beliefs. An example of witnessing might be that a suicide bomber triggers a bomb that hurts or kills children and civilians. Then our soldiers come in to clean up or secure the area after the bomb has gone off and experience the devastation.”Andreas Espetvedt Nordstrand, Psychologist, Norwegian University of Science and Technologylast_img read more

Security staff to strike at Frankfurt airport Tuesday

first_imgGerman travellers face fresh cancellations Tuesday when security staff at Frankfurt airport, the country’s biggest, go on strike for more pay German airports strike slashes 600 flights German travellers face fresh upheaval on Tuesday when security staff at Frankfurt airport, the nation’s largest, are set to walk off the job in a battle for better pay that has already caused hundreds of flight cancellations. © 2019 AFP Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Security staff to strike at Frankfurt airport Tuesday (2019, January 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-staff-frankfurt-airport-tuesday.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Germany’s powerful Verdi union announced on Friday that the Frankfurt strike would start at 2:00 am (0100 GMT) and end at 8:00 pm (1900 GMT).It marks another escalation in their standoff with employers after walkouts by security personnel at airports in Berlin, Cologne-Bonn, Duesseldorf and Stuttgart this week led to more than 800 flights being scrapped, affecting over 100,000 passengers.The scale of Tuesday’s strike was not immediately clear.”We can’t rule out that other airports won’t join the warning strike,” Verdi warned.The union, which represents some 23,000 aviation security workers across Germany, is pushing for a pay increase to 20 euros ($23.08) per hour.Wages currently vary nationwide, with workers in some airports in eastern Germany earning around 14 euros hourly, compared with just over 17 euros for their peers in the capital and western parts of the country.Employers’ association BDLS meanwhile is offering increases of between two and 6.4 percent.The next round of negotiations will take place on January 23.last_img read more

Kathua case HC to hear death plea on Thursday

first_img Indo-Asian News Service ChandigarhJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 12:32 IST Photo: PTISensing the gravity of the matter, the Punjab and Haryana High Court here on Wednesday decided to hear on Thursday the Kathua rape victim father’s plea seeking death penalty for the heinous act and murder of his eight-year-old daughter in Jammu and Kashmir last year.The father has sought an enhancement of the life sentence awarded to three of the convicts.After hearing briefly the case, the bench headed by Justice Rajiv Sharma said the case would be heard on Thursday, when connected matters were scheduled for hearing.The father is seeking death penalty for three of the six convicts who were sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court in Pathankot in Punjab on June 10.The Special Court convicted six of the eight accused of the crime committed and pronounced a life imprisonment of 25 years to three — temple priest and mastermind Sanji Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar.Investigating officers Raj and Dutta, and Special Police Officer Surinder Kumar were sentenced to five years in jail for destroying crucial evidence in the case.Sanji Ram’s son Vishal was acquitted due to lack of evidence, but the fate of his minor nephew, the eight accused in the case, will be decided by the juvenile court.His trial is yet to begin as a petition to determine his age is awaiting judgment in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.According to the charge sheet, the girl, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was kidnapped and held captive at a village temple in Kathua district on January 10, 2018.The 15-page charge sheet, the eight-year-old girl was starved, sedated and repeatedly raped in captivity over several days before being bludgeoned to death.Her mutilated body was found in a forest on January 17. Three days later, one of the accused — reportedly a juvenile — was arrested by the police, the charge sheet said.The abduction, rape and killing of the child were part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area, it added.The case sparked outrage across the state, forcing the government to hand over the case to the Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police.The case constrained relations between the then ruling coalition partners, the PDP and the BJP after two ministers of the latter, Chowdhury Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, participated in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch in support of the arrested accused.The Supreme Court later ordered that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir and be heard on a daily basis by the trial court in Punjab’s Pathankot.Also Read | Kathua rape-and-murder case: Father of 8-yr-old girl moves Punjab High CourtAlso Watch | My take: Kathua rape-murder victim deserves justice not political warFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow KathuaFollow Kathua gangrape and murder Kathua case: HC to hear death plea on ThursdayThe Special Court convicted six of the eight accused of the crime committed and pronounced a life imprisonment of 25 years to three — temple priest and mastermind Sanji Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar.advertisement Nextlast_img read more