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UNICEF hosts post-Hague Conference Meeting

first_imgAs countries around the world move to implement measures to advance the protection of children, stakeholders gathered during a meeting at the Pegasus Hotel on Thursday which was held to determine which of the issues that surfaced at last year’s Hague Conference from which Guyana will sign or ratify. The meeting was hosted by the Legal Affairs Ministry in partnership with the Hague Conference on Private International Law and UNICEF Guyana where discussions were held on The Hague Conference’s conclusions and recommendations.A section of the gathering at the post-Hague Conference at the Pegasus HotelUNICEF Representative Paolo Marchi observed the importance of the right of the child conventions, saying that his organisation was pleased to be part of the meeting as well as last year’s consultations which focused on family law, legal cooperation and commerce, promoting human rights and cross-border trade.The conventions which were addressed included The Child Protection Convention; Apostille; Choice of Court and Maintenance. Representative of The Hague Conference on Private International Laws in Latin America and the Caribbean and facilitator of Thursday’s meeting, Ignacio Goicochea encouraged Guyana to implement the conventions with full stakeholder participation, and to ensure that various points of view were addressed.Meanwhile, Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams added that Government was pleased to facilitate the consultations, noting that The Hague Convention seeks to improve daily life.“We understand that as part of this process, we must give solid consideration to the Hague Family Conventions,” he stressed.Representatives from Government agencies and from civil society, including the Guyana Bar Associations and the Private Sector Commission attended the meeting.last_img read more

Woman Wanted for Shoplifting $20K in Merchandise [Viral Video]

first_imgDallas police released surveillance images and video of a woman investigators said grabbed $20,000 worth of merchandise off the counter of a Northwest Dallas clothing store. Police said the crime happened on May 28, 2018 around 6:30 p.m., at a clothing store in the 6100 block of Sherry Lane.Police said the woman wandered around the store as if she was shopping before grabbing the merchandise and running out of the store. According to reports she was observed leaving in a black Chrysler 300. Anyone with information on this case or this suspect can contact Detective K.D. Janse at 214.671.8066.   [Source: DFW CBS Local] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img

Nadal, Dimitrov advance to Australian Open quarterfinal

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dimitrov has never won a major, coming closest here last year before losing a semifinal to Rafael Nadal in five sets, but is enhancing his credentials as a next generation champion.Nadal secured his spot in a 10th Australian Open quarterfinal earlier Sunday on Rod Laver Arena, beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in 3 hours and 51 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe 16-time major winner draped an arm around his Argentine friend and patted him on top of the head. If he needed a fitness test in the first week in his comeback from an injured right knee, he got it.“A great battle … he’s a good friend of mine,” Nadal said. “This is the first big match that I played in 2018. That’s confidence for myself … confidence I can resist for four hours on court at a good intensity.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Caroline Wozniacki continued to cash in on her second chance, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.After saving match points and coming back from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round win, No. 2-ranked Wozniacki said she was “playing with the house money” and had nothing to lose.Wozniacki next plays Carla Suarez Navarro, who rallied from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.The other quarterfinal will feature the winners of two tune-up events. Brisbane International champion Elina Svitolina beat Denisa Allertova 6-3, 6-0 in a match that started just before midnight.Fourth-seeded Svitolina next plays Hobart International winner Elise Mertens, who beat Petra Martic to reach the quarterfinals in her Australian Open debut.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — After snuffing out local hopes for yet another Australian Open, Grigor Dimitrov huddled with Nick Kyrgios at the net and the pair exchanged encouraging words.It was Kyrgios, having just lost 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the fourth round in a typically tempestuous performance, who left No. 3-ranked Dimitrov with this message: “Believe.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadal lifted to win the third, but Schwartzman didn’t relent.The second game of the fourth set lasted almost 13 minutes, with Nadal finally holding after saving five break points.He broke again in the next game to regain control.“It was a good test for me. It was a lot of hours on court. Moments under pressure,” Nadal said.Britain’s Kyle Edmund reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 afternoon win over Andreas Seppi and could relax and watch the night-time entertainment featuring Dimitrov and Kyrgios. They all played two weeks ago in Brisbane, where Edmund lost to Dimitrov, who lost to eventual champion Kyrgios.Both Dimitrov and Kyrgios got tense at key times in the night match. Dimitrov was broken while serving for the match. Kyrgios was called for a foot fault, double-faulted on a set point and smashed an easy overhead into the net on a break point after dominating the rally. He had 36 aces, and some second serves recorded at faster than 202 kph (125 mph).“Only a couple points in it, you know. It wasn’t like I got demolished out there,” said Kyrgios, who missed the chance to end the drought for local men that dates back to the 1976 Australian Open. “I had a lot of chances to win the match and I just came up short.”He tipped his mate Dimitrov to go far.“He hasn’t even found his best form yet and he’s still getting through all those matches, which is pretty frightening,” Kyrgios said. “Once he finds his feet and he has more confidence, he’s got a real chance at winning it.”Dimitrov thanked him for the support, and said he’s growing more confident in his game. Nadal will next play 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who collected his 100th Grand Slam match win with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory over No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta.“I had the 300th win of my career at the U.S. Open in 2014, so this is also beautiful one,” Cilic said of his latest major milestone. “I hope I’m going to continue and gather three more here.”Nadal lost last year’s Australian Open final to Roger Federer, but went on to regain the No. 1 ranking and win the French and U.S. Open titles before bringing his season to a premature end because of an injured right knee.Despite not playing any competitive matches in his Aussie Open preparation, Nadal advanced through three rounds without dropping a set.That streak finished when Schwartzman took the second set, rebounding three times after dropping serve to break back and win the tiebreaker.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Patriots and Eagles will square off in Super Bowl 52 View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

Putting people at the heart of big data

Provided by Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine Explore further The infrastructure offers access to facilities in the form of huge datasets, libraries of algorithms, and ready-to-use data toolkits provided by 12 European research institutions experienced in big data analytics.PrivacyBut the project’s focus on ethics has another form.It draws on the expertise of data scientists to help transform research questions into big data analytical processes which are based on the concept of ‘privacy-by-design’—posing the appropriate legal and ethical questions that a data scientist must ask themselves right from the beginning. And it’s coming just in time.Late May will bring about the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new EU law which was created to govern personal data protection in Europe.The idea of the GDPR is to give people greater control of their data, by allowing them to know what data organisations hold about them and how it is used, as well as making it easy to change permissions.An area that will be heavily affected by the changes this will bring is the biomedical sector—one of the reasons why the work of a project called My Health My Data (MHMD) may likely prove very useful.MHMD coordinator Professor Edwin Morley-Fletcher, president of e-health consultancy Lynkeus, says the aim is to design a network that gives people full control of their personal healthcare data.The project, which is due to finish next year, would complement hospital data systems with an open biomedical information interface allowing hospitals, researchers, and businesses to use de-identified data for open research, at the same time as letting patients manage their personal data account from an electronic device.”With the GDPR coming, whenever you deal with re-identifiable data, the privacy of the data subjects must be strongly guaranteed,” he said. “Normally, all hospitals have systemised data that can be traced back to the patients, which implies a strong need to have direct consent from the patient, and the capacity to full traceability of it, to know what happens with the data.”BlockchainThis is why MHMD’s project leaders decided to make a distributed, peer-to-peer network based on blockchain, which is essentially a decentralised digital ledger system. It creates a secure management layer for encrypted and anonymised data, opening it up for shared use while ensuring the privacy of the patient.Moreover, the possibility of ‘smart contracts’ in certain types of blockchain means that patients can set and update the consent conditions controlling how their data are used, with these contracts automatically dictating how the data can be accessed or re-used in any given circumstance.”It’s an aspect of empowerment, the democratisation of data in a sense,” said Prof. Morley-Fletcher.”The goal is to make it as frictionless as possible, with no bureaucracy, so that hospital data controllers and individuals can make clear decisions on what happens with data.”The approaches of MHMD and SoBigData align with Europe’s vision of a shared online repository making all data from publicly funded research available for all—the European Open Science Cloud.Late 2017’s European Open Science Cloud event in Brussels made it clear that the EU would like to see this science cloud become a reality by 2020, and around €272 million of the Horizon 2020 budget for 2018-2020 is already earmarked for its implementation. Citation: Putting people at the heart of big data (2018, March 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-people-heart-big.html Facebook to launch privacy center ahead of EU regulations Big data has given scientists – and companies – a treasure trove of new information for analysing, understanding and predicting human behaviour, but it’s also thrown up a raft of questions about privacy and ownership. Our smartphone societies are inundated with new services, which sees us donating data in ways we seldom consider, with privacy implications that echo far beyond a light tap on the “Accept’ button. So how do we make sure that the data revolution benefits both individual people and the society we live in?Fosca Giannotti, project coordinator of SoBigData, an open ecosystem for ‘ethic-sensitive scientific discoveries,” sees the need for alternatives that help avoid the concentration of big data in a few hands.Big data, which she defines as ‘the mass digital traces of human activities, captured as our activities are mediated through IT services,” comes with both risks and benefits.”(People) are fascinated with using new services, thus donating our data to these—meaning that there are many new opportunities for scientists to study human behaviour,” explained Giannotti. “On the other side, this data goes to companies, and there is the risk of data being centralised in bigger and bigger silos—e.g. with Google—creating imbalance between such owners and individuals.”Novel questionsGiannotti, a research director at the Information Science and Technology Institute “Alessandro Faedo’ in Pisa, Italy, says opening up access to big data for analysis by non-specialists can help it be used for social good, for example, in examining topics like medical research, public transport and epidemics.”Many researchers are demonstrating how human mobility data like that from mobile phones can be used to indicate the health of a country. Or, in social debate, we can understand better what happened by analysing social media use during Brexit, looking at fake news or detecting bots,” said Giannotti.”Our virtual environment will support non-experts in creating such experiments.”SoBigData, which is short for the Social Mining & Big Data Ecosystem, is a safe virtual research environment that allows researchers, economists, decision makers, and innovators to ask novel questions of big data, ‘to fully unleash the power of big data analytics for all.” Big data could not only benefit large companies, but also provide knowledge about a society’s health, for example. Credit: Pxhere/876718, licensed under CC0 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. read more

Now Hardoi BJP MLA defends Bareilly colleagues anger at daughter marrying Dalit

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 15:16 IST Hardoi BJP MLA Shyam Prakash has made controversial remarks on BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra’s daughter marrying a Dalit boy.Shyam Prakash blamed Rajesh Mishra’s daughter and used casteist slurs in his post. He said, ” Whoever is praising the BJP MLA daughter’s marriage to a Dalit boy and blaming the father in TV debates will only understand it if their own sister, daughter marry outside their caste.”Shyam Prakash, however, later removed the derogatory casteist slur from his post.Shyam Prakash also attacked the Dalit boy in his post and said, “The boy’s actions have put a blot on the entire Dalit community.” Prakash urged the Dalit community to protest against it. Sakshi, the daughter of BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra, whose viral video gripped the country this week, on Friday made an emotional appeal to her father with whom she spoke while sitting in the studios of Aaj Tak TV.Sakshi, in her viral video, had said she was being threatened by her father and “his men” because she had married a Dalit man. On Friday, Sakshi appeared on Aaj Tak TV and while in the studio, spoke to her father over call.”I had so many dreams and wanted to study. I used to tell my father to take me to work but he never took me seriously,” Sakshi said in a trembling voice. In an emotional message, Sakshi asked her father to change his thinking and requested him not to discriminate.Sakshi claimed that her father never let her step out of the house. “He [Sakshi’s father] had no clue what was happening with us. My brother and mother used to harass me when you were in the office,” Sakshi added.When called, BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra alleged that his family was being harassed. As Sakshi spoke with her father on Aaj Tak, she broke down and apologised to him. Rajesh Mishra said he wished she finds happiness in life but disconnected the call soon after.THE CASESakshi and her husband Ajitesh had earlier filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court, seeking protection to “live a peaceful life” as a married couple.The next hearing in the case has been fixed for July 15 as Sakshi Mishra and her husband Ajitesh were not present in the court.Sakshi Misra (23) had uploaded a video on a social media platform last week, making her marriage with Ajitesh Kumar (29) public.In another video, she alleged there was a threat to her life from her father, brother and an associate.The couple asked for security, contending that there was a threat to their life from the BJP MLA, who was “unhappy” with their marriage as Sakshi was a Brahmin and Ajitesh a Dalit.The petitioners prayed that police or Rajesh Mishra do not disturb them in “their pAlso read: BJP MLA’s daughter, Dalit partner likely to marry in court next weekALSO WATCH| Please change your thinking: BJP MLA’s daughter’s emotional appeal to her fatherFor 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 byIram Ara Ibrahim Now Hardoi BJP MLA defends Bareilly colleague’s anger at daughter marrying Dalit boyShyam Prakash, however, later removed the controversial word from his post.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Meghalaya becomes first state to have water policy

first_img Asian News International ShillongJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:30 IST Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma with his cabinet on Friday. (Photo: ANI)HIGHLIGHTSThe draft was passed following detailed discussions and deliberation with the ministers of the cabinetThe policy intends to achieve sustainable development: Meghalaya Deputy CM Prestone TynsongTynsong said committees will be formed at village level to address the issue of groundwaterAmid the water crisis in the country, the Meghalaya cabinet became the first state to approve a draft water policy to address water issues, conservation, and protection of water sources in the state.The draft was passed on Friday following detailed discussions and deliberation with the ministers of the cabinet.Prestone Tynsong, Deputy Chief Minister, said, “The policy intends to achieve sustainable development, management and use of water resources with community participation. This will improve health and livelihood and reduce vulnerability among the people. This will also assure of good governance for present and future generations through integrated water resources management and environmental sustainability.””Issues such as the protection of catchment areas and river pollution have also been outlined in the policy. Community participation is what we are looking for in as we want to reach to the villages with this policy,” he said.Tynsong also said that the committees will be formed at village level and the issue of groundwater will also be catered through this policy. Also, the department will also monitor the quality of the water to check if it has a high content of iron or if it’s acidic.The government will soon notify about the policy.ALSO READ | Water woes: Running out of time | India Today InsightALSO WATCH | Tamil Nadu remains on edge as state struggles to endure water crisisFor 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 bySnigdha Choudhury Meghalaya becomes first state to have water policyThe policy intends to achieve sustainable development, management and use of water resources with community participation, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said.advertisement Nextlast_img read more