Judge rejects bid to designate father who killed his 3 children as

first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A man who underwent a psychotic break and murdered his three children as they lay asleep in their beds does not pose enough of a threat to the public to be labelled high risk, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge has found.Justice Martha Devlin said Thursday that while Allan Schoenborn continues to struggle with serious anger management issues, the deaths of his children relate to his mental health problems, which have lessened since he started treatment while in custody following his conviction in 2010.“Without his mental disorder, Mr. Schoenborn would not have committed these abhorrent acts,” Devlin said.“Because his mental disorder is in remission, there is no basis on which to conclude that Mr. Schoenborn is highly likely to cause grave physical and psychological harm.”Devlin buttressed her ruling with references to Schoenborn’s current mental condition and the opinions of psychiatric experts, all of which she said point to the low likelihood of a relapse.A designation of high-risk accused would have barred Schoenborn from escorted outings into the community and would have extended the time between his review board hearings from one to three years.Schoenborn killed his 10-year-old daughter Kaitlynne and sons, Max and Cordon, aged eight and five, in the family’s home in Merritt in April 2008. He was eventually found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.The murder trial heard Schoenborn was experiencing psychosis at the time of the killings and believed he was saving his children from sexual and physical abuse, though no evidence suggested this was the case.Stacy Galt, a cousin of Schoenborn’s ex-wife, buried her face in her hands and sobbed as Devlin read her judgment.Speaking outside court, Galt questioned the decision.“If Allan won’t be high-risk designation then who will qualify for high-risk designation?” she said, her hands and voice shaking as she cried.“Our fear is real. What he did was heinous. And he shouldn’t be able to walk the streets. He should be in care for the rest of his life.”Mike Clarke, Schoenborn’s former brother-in-law, read a statement written by his sister, Darcie Clarke.In it, Schoenborn’s ex-wife described the judge’s decision as “shameful” and “disappointing,” and said the justice system had failed her and her family.Schoenborn’s lawyer, Rishi Gill, said the decision should not be considered a victory for his client.Schoenborn is being properly managed in a psychiatric facility, his psychosis is under control and he doesn’t fit the definition for a high risk accused person, Gill said.“The question that was decided today was strictly about, ‘Is Mr. Schoenborn the type of risk that needs the high-risk designation,’ ” he said.“At no point has Mr. Schoenborn’s team either applied for release or has he been given release, and that’s not going to change. Until he shows a certain amount of improvement there is no danger for him being released.”Schoenborn’s case gained notoriety after former prime minister Stephen Harper singled him out when he introduced a law creating the high-risk designation for mentally ill offenders in 2013. The designation has yet to be successfully applied.Alisia Adams, a spokeswoman for B.C. Prosecution Service, says the Crown will need some time before deciding whether to file an appeal.— Follow @gwomand on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version contained an incorrect spelling for Justice Martha Devlin.last_img read more

A starstudded award night

first_imgThe theatre fraternity and audiences came together in the national capital for red-carpet award night of 14th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) Festival. Promoted by Mahindra Group as part of its cultural outreach programmes, the week-long extravaganza came to an end as the past year’s best plays from across the country were awarded the coveted META at Kamani Auditorium.The META is India’s most comprehensive theatre awards and much revered in the theatre fraternity, recognising both on-stage and off-stage talent across 14 award categories, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The jury for the 14th edition of META comprised of actor and screenwriter Akash Khurana, founder and former Executive Director of India Foundation for the Arts Anmol Vellani, Ila Arun, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Managing trustee of Nrityagram Lynne Fernandez, Former editor of The Hindu Mukund Padmanabhan, internationally-renowned dance historian, scholar, author and critic Sunil Kothari, and present Director of the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi Sunit Tandon. TAAM, Manipur’s Hindi Adaptation Andha Yug won the 2019 META for Best Play along with Prakash Mangaldin Singh winning for Best Stage Design and Sajida Saji for Best Costume. Rukmini Sircar shared the Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female) award with Anjana Balaji. Her Co-actor Dharanidharan U won the META for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) for his role as ‘Aaya’, Janani’s maid, the one who helped her elope, bringing Chandâla, Impure a total of two wins at META 2019. Malayalam production Chillara Samaram from Little Earth School Of Theatre Kerala also won two awards including Best Ensemble and Best Choreography. The META for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male) was awarded to Shrungha BV for his portrayal of ‘Abhay’, in the drama Kola. Whereas Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) was bagged by Mallika Lokhande. One of India’s most progressive playwrights, Mahesh Elkunchwar has conferred the META Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian theatre. In a message to META, he said, “I am very happy to receive this prestigious award. META has been consistently honouring good theatre. It is a nice feeling to receive an award from people who genuinely love theatre.” This year’s edition of the festival saw a record-breaking 414 entries sent in for various categories. These were viewed by an eminent selection committee, comprising well-known theatre practitioners. Hosted by renowned award-winning actor, director, and producer and one of the pioneer RJs of India, Mantra, the META Awards Night saw the presence of several stalwarts and influencers. Performances by The Revisit Project with their groovy music and exciting fusion in raag jog taal and teen-tal by The Project Ganganis, further enlivened proceedings. After the successful debut of Learning@META last year, the Festival also featured a series of Workshops and Panel Discussions during the non-performing hours of the festival. These panel discussions, curated in partnership with the Drama School Mumbai (DSM), were extremely well received and featured META-nominated stalwarts in conversation with theatre students, practitioners, and enthusiasts.last_img read more

Nehru original sinner favoured China for UNSC seat says Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting back at the Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was the “original sinner” who favoured China over India for permanent membership into the United Nation Security Council.This comes within hours of Congress president Rahul Gandhi terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “weak” and “scared” of Chinese President Xi Jinping after Beijing blocked a UN resolution to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The original mistake, both on Kashmir and China, was committed by the same person,” said Jaitley while quoting a letter written by Nehru to Chief Ministers on August 2, 1955. Jaitley, who heads the publicity committee of the BJP for the ensuing general elections, has quoted a part of the letter. “Pt. Nehru’s infamous letter to Chief Ministers’ dated August 2, 1955, states ‘Informally, suggestions have been made by the United States that China should be taken into the United Nations but not in the Security Council, & that India should take her place in the Security Council. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”..We cannot, of course, accept this as it means falling out with China and it would be very unfair for a great country like China not to be in the Security Council,” he said in a series of tweets. Taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi, Jaitley asked, “Will the Congress President tell us who the original sinner was?” India’s bid to designate the chief of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed as a global terrorist suffered a setback with China putting a technical hold on a proposal to ban him following the Pulwama terror attack. The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the JeM killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.last_img read more

Was told I was too old fat and ethnic for Hollywood Jameela

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Jameela Jamil has revealed she was told that she was too “fat, old and ethnic” for Hollywood, during the beginning of her career. The “Good Place” star opened up about the setbacks she has faced in her career at the Create & Cultivate Desert Pop Up at the 2019 Coachella Music Festival, reported Harper’s Bazaar. ”I was told I was too old, too fat, and too ethnic for Hollywood, but I’m here today. Don’t listen to people who project their fears on you. If you’re going to be an activist or feminist, you have to be willing to take it and know that we don’t know everything. We have to be willing to shut up, listen, and learn, and not be too proud about it,” Jamil said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka She added that she is ready to see the world change. “The next generation is f*****g done being excluded and looking up to a white straight thin version of what we are supposed to be. We’re done with the dinosaurs and I’m here to kill the last of them.” Jamil also discussed the unfair pressure put on women to look a certain way. She said, “If a man is attractive, it’s considered a bonus. For us, it’s the basic foundation of our worth,” she said.last_img read more

Outgoing UN Assembly President voices hope that antiterrorism drive will continue

Addressing the final plenary meeting of the fifty-sixth session of the General Assembly, President Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea recalled that his term was to have begun on 11 September, a date now etched in the memory of humankind. Following urgent consultations with Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Assembly opened its session the very next day, adopting a resolution which strongly condemned the terrorist attacks against the United States and called for international cooperation to eradicate the scourge. Mr. Han said the action galvanized through the Assembly’s debates and resolutions should continue this year and into the future, toward the establishment of a more effective legal framework to root out terrorism.Highlighting some of the Assembly’s other achievements throughout the year, he noted particularly its coordination with the Security Council to restore peace and security in war-ravaged Afghanistan and to assist in the country’s reconstruction. In the area of development, the Assembly had steadfastly moved to further important work already begun towards reaching the Millennium Goals set by world leaders at its session in 2000.At the same time, the outgoing President cautioned that more effort was needed to achieve progress in several areas, particularly Security Council reform and reorganization of the Assembly’s work. During its just-concluded session, the Assembly considered 173 agenda items, held 112 plenary meetings, and adopted 359 resolutions and 107 decisions. Five special sessions were convened, as well as three rounds of the Assembly’s resumed special emergency session on illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. read more

In wake of UK vote to leave EU Ban says UN to

“The Secretary-General expects the European Union to continue to be a solid partner for the United Nations on development and humanitarian issues, as well as peace and security, including migration. He also expects that the United Kingdom will continue to exercise its leadership in many areas, including international development. He very much hopes that this will continue,” said a statement released by the office of Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “When we work together, we are stronger,” the statement also said. In the statement, the Secretary-General said he has closely followed discussions surrounding the referendum in the UK, and that the vote to leave the EU came at the end of “intensive deliberations and rich discussions,” not just in the UK, but across Europe. “Now, as the United Kingdom and other EU Member States embark on the process of charting a way forward, the Secretary-General trusts in Europe’s well-proven history of pragmatism and common responsibility in the interest of European citizens,” the statement said. “At the UN, we look forward to continuing our work with the United Kingdom and the European Union – both important partners,” the Secretary-General also said in the statement. read more

Youth football coach accused of abusing young boys dies day before trial

Gareth Southgate (left) and Sam Allardyce (right)Credit:Action Images/AFP Carson worked with Dan Ashworth at Cambridge United, where the alleged offences took place. Ashworth, the former Football Association’s director of elite development, was instrumental in the appointment of both Sam Allardyce and Southgate as England manager.He quit in December to take up a role with Brighton and Hove Albion.  Ashworth, whose relationship with Carson dates back to when the latter brought him to Norwich City as a 12-year-old player, was among several high-profile figures listed as providing testimonials on his former coach and colleague’s website before it was taken down in 2017.Others include retired England defender Danny Mills and ex-Wales striker Craig Bellamy.The apparent testimonial from Ashworth, who joined the FA from West Bromwich Albion in 2012, read: “Having worked with you both as a player at Norwich City and as your assistant academy director at Peterborough United and Cambridge United I have no doubts that boys working under you can progress into the world of football. I was delighted that Kit Carson players were signed at West Bromwich Albion.” Cambridgeshire Police said the allegations involved 11 victims, all boys under the age of 16, between 1978 and 2009.In January 2017, The Telegraph exclusively revealed the link between Carson and one of the men responsible for appointing England manager Gareth Southgate.  Gareth Southgate (left) and Sam Allardyce (right) Former youth football coach and scout Michael “Kit” Carson has died in a car crash the day before he was due to stand trial accused of sexually abusing boys, Peterborough Crown Court has heard. Carson, 75, was scheduled to face the charges of historical sexual abuse of boys aged under 16 on Tuesday, but died when he drove his Mazda 3 into a tree on the A1303 at Bottisham in Cambridgeshire on Monday morning. Cambridgeshire Police said:  “Michael Carson, 75, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Cambridge, was driving his red Mazda 3 at about 9.45am when it left the road and crashed into a tree.”Emergency services attempted to save Mr Carson’s life but he was declared dead at the scene a short time later. No other vehicle or person was involved in the collision.”The victims have been informed and efforts are being made to contact all the witnesses.”Carson, 75, had denied 12 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.He was bailed following an earlier hearing at Cambridge Crown Court, and was due to appear at Peterborough Crown Court on Tuesday for trial.Carson, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Riverside, Cambridge, worked at Norwich City, Peterborough United and Cambridge United. There is no suggestion Ashworth or anyone named as having provided testimonials for Carson has any knowledge of the alleged offences for which he was arrested, which were said to date from the 1970s to the mid-2000s.Carson joined Norwich as youth manager in 1983, working with children aged nine to 16 and bringing through the likes of Premier League stars Chris Sutton and Ruel Fox, before moving to Peterborough as an academy director 10 years later. In 2001, he became head of youth development at Cambridge, leaving in 2006 to join Histon FC.Police said they were working with the FA, local children’s safeguarding boards and councils as part of their nationwide investigations.The FA, which in 2016 appointed an independent QC to investigate its handling of alleged historic abuse in the game, did not respond to requests for comment on the testimonial attributed to Ashworth. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Foul play ruled out in death of man found in Clare car

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE NO longer treating the death of a man found yesterday in a community centre car park in Clare as suspicious.Officers in Kilrush launched an investigation yesterday after a the body of the 61-year-old was found outside the centre in Ballynacally.Tests were carried out at the scene, a witness appeal was put out, and a post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday evening at Limerick Regional Hospital.Gardaí have now confirmed that foul play has been ruled out. The man is believed to have died of natural causes.The man’s name is not being released by gardaí.- Originally published 10.48amlast_img read more

Proposals to overhaul Irelands councils criticised by Irelands councils

first_imgTHE BODY REPRESENTING Ireland’s city, county and town councils has criticised the report of the group set up to oversee their biggest overhaul in a century.The Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland (AMAI) says the nature of the reforms, which abolish independent town councils by merging them with their local county councils, could mean local areas go without any representation at all.The Boundary Committee, whose report was published earlier today, was asked to revise the internal boundaries for electoral areas by building them around towns which were losing a town council.Phil Hogan’s instructions for the committee therefore meant members drew the boundaries for the councils’ new ‘municipal districts’ around urban areas – a trait that the councils themselves fear could make the 2014 elections urban-centric.The rural areas which are now within the same electoral areas as towns could find that the candidates elected to represent them are drawn entirely from the urban area, AMAI says.For example, Hogan’s home town of Kilkenny – which is one of five larger urban areas to retain its borough council – will be split into two municipal districts, each of which also incorporates rural areas outside the town, and which between them account for 12 of the county’s 24 councillors:Similarly, Mullingar town is being split across two of Westmeath’s three divisions, which together account for 13 of the county’s 20 councillors.AMAI says a similar effect could emerge in smaller urban areas which are now the secondary urban area in a larger amalgamated ward.It has asked Hogan to consider revising the municipal districts so that they include individual electoral wards to ringfence councillors for smaller towns and rural areas.“No one is arguing that reforms are not necessary but it cannot be reform just for Government to say they have ticked a box,” said AMAI president Willie Callaghan, a member of Naas Town Council which is one of the 80 councils being abolished.“Local government works best when decisions are taken at the lowest levels, by those who live, work and understand best the needs of their communities.”Read: Here are the new boundaries for next year’s local electionslast_img read more

Airbus RollsRoyce Siemens Team Up For HybridElectric Aircraft

first_img Gas-electric hybrid cars date back as far as 1889. But it might be 2020 before we see the same technology take to the skies.Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens have partnered to develop a near-term flight demonstrator, expected to fly in three years.Following a “comprehensive ground test campaign,” the new E-Fan X demonstrator will provisionally operate on a BAe 146 flying testbed, with one of the aircraft’s four gas turbine engines replaced by a two-megawatt electric motor.A second engine will be swapped out once the technology has further evolved.“The E-Fan X is an important next step in our goal of making electric flight a reality in the foreseeable future,” Airbus CTO Paul Eremenko said in a statement.The program aims to mature hybrid electric technology, performance, safety, and reliability for use in commercial aircraft.If it also helps to establish requirements for future certification of electrically powered planes while training a new generation of designers and engineers, that’s great.The E-Fan X marks a significant step forward in hybrid-electric propulsion for commercial aircraft (via Airbus)“The lessons we learned from a long history of electric flight demonstrators … will pave the way to a hybrid single-aisle commercial aircraft that is safe, efficient, and cost-effective,” Eremenko said.Each firm will play its part—be it administering orders or delivering motors—in this joint effort to meet the environmental goals set out in the European Commission’s Flightpath 2050 Vision for Aviation. That is, a 75 percent reduction of CO2, 90 percent reduction of NOx, and 65 percent reduction in noise within three decades.And, according to Airbus, electric and hybrid-electric propulsion is the best way to address these challenges.“The E-Fan X enables us to build on our wealth of electrical expertise to revolutionize flight and welcome in the third generation of aviation,” Rolls-Royce CTO Paul Stein said.“This is an exciting time for us as this technological advancement will result in Rolls-Royce creating the world’s most powerful flying generator,” he added.Boeing and AgustaWestland are also on board with hybrid electric engine technology for aircrafts; the DA36 E-Star designed by Siemens, Diamond Aircraft, and EADS already employs an electric motor. But this project is among the first to consider mass commercial flight (rather than limited-occupancy planes). Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Ford Debuts Plug-In Hybrid Cop CarYou Can’t Get BMW’s New Wireless Charging Pad in the US center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Twoalarm fire burns nearly two acres in Orchards

first_imgResidents of Prairie View Apartments watch from a broken-down fence as firefighters work to extinguish the blaze. A two-alarm fire that started in some tinder-dry grass burned nearly two acres Tuesday afternoon in a lot adjacent to an Orchards apartment complex.The fire was originally reported as a small grass fire just before 4 p.m. near the Prairie View Apartments at 12611 N.E. 99th St. However, as the first engine approached the fire, firefighters saw such large columns of black smoke they upgraded the blaze to a full first-alarm fire and called for additional units. “It got way bigger really quickly,” said Dave James, spokesman for the Vancouver Fire Department. When the first crew arrived, they found some people spraying water on embers that had flown to the roof of a neighboring commercial building on Northeast 95th Street. Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to Prairie View, but wind gusts blew the fire south toward the commercial buildings.James said it was fortunate the fire spread toward the fire-resistant concrete commercial buildings, rather than toward the apartment complex. If embers had spread to the decks and overhangs of the apartments, the fire could have gotten out of hand. Ten bystanders helped lay out a fire engine’s 300-foot hose line, so firefighters could attack the blaze from Northeast 95th Street, said Capt. Kevin Murray with the Vancouver Fire Department. Another engine company battled the fire from the Prairie View parking lot, while brush rigs accessed the fire from Northeast 130th Avenue.last_img read more

Voters Could Decide Whether Or Not To Repeal Borough Invocation Policy

first_imgA similar invocation was given at the borough meeting on June 18. Onlookers protested outside the borough building when a member of the Satanic Temple, Iris Fontana, offered the invocation prompting walkouts by nearly a dozen people, including assembly members. Assemblymember Willy Dunne: “Many residents of the borough have requested that invocations at assembly meetings be eliminated. Ending the practice of invocations will save the borough taxpayers ‘ money and reduce divisiveness in our community. It is expected that assembly members can find ways to have their spiritual needs met outside of public meetings.” The borough has been wrestling with the invocation policy since August 2016 when an invocation invoking the name of Satan was given during an assembly meeting. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will continue discussion on an ordinance at their meeting on Tuesday that would ask the voters if the borough should change the borough code by repealing the provision for an invocation at assembly meetings.center_img The ordinance asks the assembly to put the question to the voters at the next regular election on October 1, on whether or not the borough should eliminate the assembly invocation. Dunne: “Borough assembly policy states that invocations are presented to meet the spiritual needs of assembly members. However, recent invocations have failed to accomplish that and have resulted in controversial and divisive actions in our community.”last_img read more

Proposed increase to minimum enrollment threatens funding for dozens of small schools

first_imgAlaska schools need at least ten students to qualify for state funding. In recent months, rural superintendents have been troubled by rumors that lawmakers might seek to raise to raise the minimum enrollment in their efforts to trim state spending. Now, as at least one state representative says she will propose that legislation, rural Alaska schools and communities are beginning to push back.CREDIT VILLAGE OF IGIUGIGSince 1998, 10 students has been the minimum size an Alaskan public school needs to qualify for state funding. This week Rep. Lynn Gattis, a Wasilla Republican, said she plans to introduce a bill that would double that number.“Ten kids in a school is not a lot of kids, and there’s a huge cost attributed to that,” said Gattis. “I have started legislation that looks at raising [enrollment] from 10 to 20.”According to the state’s Department of Education, there are around 60 small schools in Alaska that would lose state funding if the required minimum count jumped to 20.Gattis claims the adjustment would save the state at least $7 million dollars – less than one percent of the state’s $1.2 billion dollar education budget.That may not sound like much, but Gattis and many of her colleagues say everything should be on the table as the state wrestles with a multi-billion dollar revenue gap.“I’m on the record and I believe strongly that we should be looking at every aspect of every expenditure we do in the state,” said Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla. “That includes education, that includes school size.”But cutting funding to small schools will meet with opposition from rural lawmakers, like Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham. He argues that his urban counterparts aren’t aware of what is at stake when small schools close.“When schools go away, sometimes small communities go away,” said Edgmon. “I think it’s just bad public policy. I think it’s symptomatic of legislators wanting to cut things that don’t really impact their backyards.”Others are beginning to mount the opposition to raising the minimum enrollment. The Alaska Federation of Natives passed a resolution against it, saying it would disproportionately affect Alaska Native and other minority students. The Alaska Superintendents Association and the state’s Department of Education also oppose.Using social media, a new grassroots Facebook campaign aims to show state lawmakers what small schools across Alaska look like. The “Small Schools Matter” movement began a week ago in Twin Hills and has already collected close to 2000 page “likes” to help spread photos and testimony from rural schools and students.A campaign started by a Twin Hills teacher is asking for photos and reactions from students at small schools throughout the state.CREDIT SMALL SCHOOLS MATTER FACEBOOK PAGEThat rallying cry originated in the Southwest Region School District, which has closed two schools in the past decade due to dwindling enrollment.“Portage Creek in 2006, and Clark’s Point in 2012,” said Superintendent David Piazza. “With Portage Creek, that community’s gone. Clark’s Point I think has been able to hang on a little bit. But when we close a school, other family members have to move to try to find education for the students that are left. That puts a big burden on those families.”If the threshold was raised to 20, two more of SWRSD’s K-8 schools would face a loss of funding – in the villages of Twin Hills and Ekwok. A third in Aleknagik hovers just above a count of 25.It’s a similar story in neighboring districts. Lake and Peninsula Borough Schools closed Egegik this year, and a 20-student threshold could see nearly all of the district’s remaining nine schools closed. Superintendent Ty Mase has invited Gattis and other lawmakers to visit the Igiugig School, which has 17 students currently enrolled, before the next legislative session.Farther south, the Aleutians East Borough this year shuttered the school in Cold Bay, and False Pass could be next if the minimum is increased. Schools in upwards of 30 districts across the state would face similar state funding cuts and the likely closures that follow.Edgmon said an increased minimum enrollment would be a “death knell” for far too many communities.“If you’re looking to save $6 million dollars, there are other ways to do it without shutting schools down, putting students and parents and communities out in the cold,” he said.The Constitution mandates the state provide education for “all children of the state,” but how to accomplish that in these lean times will be a subject of much debate. While the Bush caucus will fight to keep schools open in villages, others will argue that technology-enabled distance learning or regional boarding schools may be the answer. Rep. Gattis wants to take the fate of villages out of the equation when discussing school funding.“I wanted to be sure we recognize that schools are supposed to educate our kids,” said Gattis. “If a small town loses their school they shouldn’t lose their town. Otherwise there’s a bigger concern – and truly that is a lack of economy.”last_img read more

Jaishankar stresses on promoting nationalism says India has

first_imgAHMEDABAD: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Saturday batted for promoting nationalism to deal with challenges like terrorism and said the country now has both vision and leadership, which were lacking in the past causing it to lag behind other nations. Addressing a gathering of BJP supporters here, the former foreign secretary praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “vision of new India”, stressing things were changing under his leadership. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Jaishankar, who on Friday won the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, was here to participate in the BJP’s nation-wide membership drive along with chief minister Vijay Rupani and other party leaders. “If we look at India’s history, our internal disputes have been our weakness, from which others have benefited. We should promote nationalism and increase national security for challenges like terrorism. For that, we need leadership and persistency seen in the last few years that were lacking earlier,” he said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us As a career diplomat, Jaishankar said, he worried about India lagging behind countries like China, which he said was due to shortcomings in vision and conviction. “You know that I worked for 40 years in the service of the nation as India’s diplomat and foreign secretary. During this period, when I looked at the world, I found there are some countries which have progressed a lot in 20-30 years. Advertise With Us “To tell you frankly, there are also countries which have moved ahead of us even when they were at our level 30 years back, like China,” he said, adding it was due to lack of vision and conviction. “Today, both have changed. There is a vision of new India that our prime minister has put before us. And there is also commitment due to the vision,” he said. Jaishankar said he was drawn towards the party due to the commitment shown by the government. He said that only those countries have progressed where people take it as their responsibility to take their nation forward. “And this is possible only when we all consider participating in issues and policies concerning public. Country will grow if this enthusiasm grows,” he said. “This new vision, a new commitment, is what made a man like me to come into public life, to join this party,” he said. He said there was a need to collaborate with other countries. “If we have to progress further, our collaboration with other countries, in terms of technology, investment, and support we can give to our people (living abroad), can make a lot of difference. If we work for this together, our country can reach another level,” he said.last_img read more

Gold glitters on Navaratri demand rises by Rs 200

first_imgPeople busy buying jewellery on NavratriIANSGold prices spurted by Rs 200 to Rs 31,850 per 10 grams on increased buying by jewellers and retailers at the bullion market Wednesday following the beginning of the auspicious week of ‘Navratri’.A weak trend overseas, however, capped the gains. Silver remained weak and traded RS 50 lower at Rs 39,200 per kg due to slackened demand from industrial units and coin makers.Bullion traders said increased buying by local jewellers as well as retailers, driven by the beginning of festive demand in domestic spot markets led to the rise in gold prices.Globally, gold fell by 0.10 per cent to USD 1,188.90 an ounce and silver by 0.03 per cent to USD 14.45 an ounce in Singapore. In the national capital, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity surged by Rs 200 each to Rs 31,850 and Rs 31,700 per 10 grams, respectively.It had lost Rs 250 in the previous two days. Sovereign gold, however, remained steady at Rs 24,600 per piece of eight grams on little doing. On the other hand, silver ready fell by Rs 50 to trade at Rs 39,200 per kg, while weekly-based delivery declined Rs 85 to Rs 38,650 per kg. Silver coins continued to be traded at a previous level of Rs 73,000 for buying and Rs 74,000 for selling of 100 pieces.last_img read more

India flood toll hits 324

first_imgIndian passengers travel in a truck to a safer place as flood waters ravaged the National Highway 47 in Ernakulam district of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala, on 17 August 2018. Troop reinforcements stepped up desperate rescue attempts in India`s flood-stricken Kerala state on 17 August after more than 100 bodies were found in a day and a half, taking the crisis death toll to at least 164. Photo: AFPThe death toll from floods that have triggered landslides and sent torrents sweeping through villages in the Indian state of Kerala trebled Friday to 324, authorities said, amid warnings of worse weather to come.Hundreds of troops and local fishermen are staging desperate rescue attempts with helicopters and boats across the southern state, which draws international tourists to its tropical hills and beaches.Kerala has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year and is “facing the worst floods in 100 years”, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a Twitter statement, adding that 324 lives had been lost so far.With thousands still trapped, power and communication lines down and fresh alerts of further torrential rain, authorities warned of more trouble ahead and further deaths to come.”We are deploying more boats and army to ramp up rescue operations,” senior state government official P.H. Kurian told AFPMore than 30 military helicopters and 320 boats are attempting rescues across Kerala.Authorities said thousands of people have been taken to safety so far but 6,000 more are still waiting for rescue.India residents stand on the shore as Periyar river flooded following monsoon rains at Aluva, in the Indian state of Kerala, on 16 August, 2018. Photo: AFPHelicopters have also been dropping emergency food and water supplies, while special trains carrying drinking water have been sent to Kerala.According to India’s weather bureau, since the beginning of June more than 321 centimetres (126 inches) of rain has fallen on the hilly central Kerala district of Idukki, which is now virtually cut off from the rest of the state.With no end in sight to the deluge, people all over the state of 33 million people have made panic-stricken appeals on social media for help, saying they cannot make contact with rescue services.”My family and neighbouring families are in trouble,” wrote Ajo Varghese, a resident of the coastal city of Alappuzha, in a Facebook post that quickly went viral.”No water and food. Not able to communicate from afternoon. Mobile phones are not reachable… Please help,” he added.- ‘Extremely grave’ -Other messages have been sent from people trapped inside temples and hospitals as well as their homes.The Kerala government has said it faces an “extremely grave” crisis and state chief minister Vijayan warned of a new wave of rainfall hitting the battered region over the weekend. Strong winds have also been predicted for Saturday and Sunday.Indian navy and rescue personnel evacuate local residents in a boat at Aluva, in the Indian state of Kerala, on 16 August, 2018. Photo: AFPThe gates of dozens of dams and reservoirs across the state have been opened as water levels reach danger levels, inundating many other villages.North and central Kerala have been worst-hit by the floods with the international airport in the main city of Kochi shut until at least 26 August.At least 220,000 people displaced from across the state are taking shelter in more than 1,500 relief camps.On top of tourist cancellations, Kerala’s valuable rubber industry has been badly hit by the floods.The government says 10,000 kilometres (6,000 miles) of Kerala roads have been destroyed or damaged, along with thousands of homes.News reports said electricity supplies to more than half the state have been cut. The state power company said that only one million people were affected, however.The home ministry announced meanwhile that 868 people have been reported dead in seven Indian states including Kerala since the start of the monsoon in June.last_img

Model predicts religiosity gene will dominate society

first_imgAll individuals, whether they have religious or secular upbringings, have a chance of defecting. Rowthorn explained that the rates of defection from religious to secular and from secular to religious preferences depend on time and place.“Amongst Christian Churches in Europe and North America, defection rates are higher than conversion rates,” he said. “In some cases, such as the Amish, these losses are greatly outweighed by their very high fertility. However, for mainstream Churches, such as the Catholics or Anglicans, the birth rate is not high enough on its own to offset defections and they rely on immigration to maintain their numbers. In certain other parts of the world, such as East Asia, mainstream Christian Churches are growing through conversion.”Rowthorn’s model shows that, even when the religious defection rate is high, the overall high fertility rate of religious people will cause the religiosity allele to eventually predominate the global society. The model shows that the wide gap in fertility rates could have a significant genetic effect in just a few generations. The model predicts that the religious fraction of the population will eventually stabilize at less than 100%, and there will remain a possibly large percentage of secular individuals. But nearly all of the secular population will still carry the religious allele, since high defection rates will spread the religious allele to secular society when defectors have children with a secular partner. Overall, nearly all of the population will have a genetic predisposition toward religion, although some or many of these individuals will lead secular lives, Rowthorn concluded.“The rate at which religious people abandon their faith affects the eventual share of the population who are religious,” Rowthorn said. “However, it does not alter the conclusion of the article that the religiosity allele will eventually take over. If the defection rate is high, there will be lots of children who are brought up as religious and carry the religiosity allele, but who give up their faith. Such people will carry the religiosity allele into the secular population with them. Many of their descendents will also carry this allele and be secular. In this case, the high fertility group is constantly sending migrants into the low-fertility secular population. Such migrations will simultaneously boost the size of the secular population and transform its genetic composition.”Rowthorn acknowledges that he can only speculate on how a genetic predisposition toward religion may manifest itself in a secular context. Previous research has suggested that a genetic predisposition toward religion is tied to a variety of characteristics such as conservatism, obedience to authority, and the inclination to follow rituals. In this instance of evolution, it’s possible that these characteristics may become widespread not for their own fitness but by hitching a ride with a high-fitness cultural practice. Study: Religious belief declines in Britain Rowthorn has developed a model that shows that the genetic components that predispose a person toward religion are currently “hitchhiking” on the back of the religious cultural practice of high fertility rates. Even if some of the people who are born to religious parents defect from religion and become secular, the religious genes they carry (which encompass other personality traits, such as obedience and conservativism) will still spread throughout society, according to the model’s numerical simulations.“Provided the fertility of religious people remains on average higher than that of secular people, the genes that predispose people towards religion will spread,” Rowthorn told PhysOrg.com. “The bigger the fertility differential between religious and secular people, the faster this genetic transformation will occur. This does not mean that everyone will become religious. Genes are not destiny. Many people who are genetically predisposed towards religion may in fact lead secular lives because of the cultural influences they have been exposed to.”The model’s assumptions are based on data from previous research. Studies have shown that, even controlling for income and education, people who are more religious have more children, on average, than people who are secular (defined here as having a religious indifference). According to the World Values Survey for 82 countries, adults attending religious services more than once per week averaged 2.5 children, those attending once per month averaged 2.01 children, and those never attending averaged 1.67 children. The more orthodox the religious sect, the higher the fertility rate, with sects such as the Amish, the Hutterites, and Haredi having up to four times as many children as the secular average. Studies have found that the high fertility rates stem from cultural and social influences by religious organizations rather than biological factors.But while fertility is determined by culture, an individual’s predisposition toward religion is likely to be influenced by genetics, in addition to their upbringing. In the model, Rowthorn uses a “religiosity gene” to represent the various genetic factors that combine to genetically predispose a person toward religion, whether remaining religious from youth or converting to religion from a secular upbringing. On the flip side, the nonreligiosity allele of this “gene” makes a person more likely to remain or become secular. If both parents have the religiosity allele, their children are also more likely to have the religiosity allele than if one or both parents did not have it. However, children born to religious parents may have the nonreligiosity allele, while children born to secular parents may have the religiosity allele. Having the religiosity allele does not make a person religious, but it makes a person more likely to have characteristics that make them religiously inclined; the converse is also true. Citation: Model predicts ‘religiosity gene’ will dominate society (2011, January 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-religiosity-gene-dominate-society.html Explore further Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img More information: Robert Rowthorn. “Religion, fertility and genes: a dual inheritance model.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2010.2504 A variety of religious symbols. A new study has investigated how the differing fertility rates between religious and secular individuals might affect the genetic evolution of society overall. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons. (PhysOrg.com) — In the past 20 years, the Amish population in the US has doubled, increasing from 123,000 in 1991 to 249,000 in 2010. The huge growth stems almost entirely from the religious culture’s high fertility rate, which is about 6 children per woman, on average. At this rate, the Amish population will reach 7 million by 2100 and 44 million by 2150. On the other hand, the growth may not continue if future generations of Amish choose to defect from the religion and if secular influences reduce the birth rate. In a new study, Robert Rowthorn, emeritus professor of economics at Cambridge University, has looked at the broader picture underlying this particular example: how will the high fertility rates of religious people throughout the world affect the future of human genetic evolution, and therefore the biological makeup of society? 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.last_img read more

Online Game Helps Fight the Spread of Fake News Study

first_img“Research suggests that fake news spreads faster and deeper than the truth, so combatting disinformation after the fact can be like fighting a losing battle,” said Sander van der Linden, the CDSMLab’s director. Read the whole story: The New York Times Results from the study of 15,000 users of the “Bad News” game, launched last year by the university’s Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab (CDSMLab), showed it was possible to train the public to be better at spotting propaganda. An online game that allows people to deploy Twitter bots, photo-shop evidence and incite conspiracy theories has proven effective at raising their awareness of “fake news”, a study from the University of Cambridge has found.last_img read more

Iconic films from the world come to Delhi

first_imgAiming to build a community of world cinema lovers and establish that classical movies can be the mainstream entertainment source, Navrasa Duende, a leading production house, is all set to host the second edition of its World Classic Movie Festival from June 22 to 24, 2018 at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. The three-day festival will feature a rare and rich ensemble of films by directors from around the world.The festival includes a collection of a vast variety of genres ranging from movies that were considered to be milestones of the neo-realistic cinema movement and also some of the blockbuster classic movies like Fiddler on the Roof by Norman Jewison; Wild Strawberries by Ingmar Bergman; Children of Paradise by Marcel Carne; Ivan’s Childhood by Andrei Tarkovsky; Gone with the Wind by Victor Fleming; Throne of Blood by Akira Kurosawa; Jalsaghar by Satyajit Ray; Bicycle Thieves by Vittorio De Sica; and Doctor Zhivago by David Lean. These timeless movies have entertained film lovers across generations, also winning several accolades for their masterful storytelling and acting. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBicycle Thieves revolves around a man and his son in search of the stolen bicycle; Fiddler on the Roof shows a father who deals with sustaining Jewish ideologies in his family; Ivan’s Childhood displays a young Russian orphan who works as a spy for the Soviet army against the Nazis; Gone with the Wind finds an incompatible couple who faces turbulence in their romance; Jalsaghar revolves around a wealthy man who slowly loses his everything including his sanity while he watches everybody around him prosper; Doctor Zhivago displays an extra-marital affair that experiences hardships. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe carefully curated collection of these classic movies make this event a must-see. The quest to explore diverse cultures and art forms, introduce them to global audiences, and create an impact on the lives of people is at the core of Navrasa Duende’s objectives as a production house. The organisation also aims to discover and promote young talent from the far-reaching corners of the globe, and to provide them with a platform to showcase their artistic flair. Through collaborations with global art groups and esteemed performers, Navrasa Duende looks forward to fostering an environment of thriving creativity.last_img read more