More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Related Items:chief justice margaret ramsay hale, governor peter beckingham, michael misick, sipt trial Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Dec 2015 – Some have labeled it a ‘witch hunt’ and today is expected to be an interesting one at the Myrtle Rigby Health Complex turned sophisticated court room when ten defendants including the former and first Premier of the country, Michael Eugene Misick appear to face charges of corruption while in office. The cases are arguably the most popular in Turks and Caicos history and certainly are the most expensive. While Governor Peter Beckingham this year in a statement explained that the UK believes it best to give a cost breakdown on the Special Investigation which is led by Prosecutor, Helen Garlick once the trials are over… it was during the Appropriations Committee meeting recently, that Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay Hale explained how the money would be spent when it came to the judiciary. The CJ agreed that the trial will have cost the country between eight and nine million dollars from 2015 to 2017. The trials open today at 10am after the original date, Monday December 7, was devoted to training of attorneys on the new technology set up at the court for swifter access to the mounds of evidence. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials Recommended for you
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Kolkata: The state Tourism department is all set to develop Hooghly district as a preferred weekend destination. A slew of development projects have been undertaken by the department, as well as a number of government agencies, to woo more and more tourists to Hooghly.”The popular picnic spot Sabujdwip (the green island) is getting a major infrastructure upgrade, with the Public Works Department (PWD) constructing cottages for tourists. The state Irrigation department is spending Rs 15 crore for constructing an embankment, which will ensure sustainability for the island,” state Tourism minister Goutam Deb said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to a senior official of the state Tourism department, another part of Sabujdwip will also be developed in future. “There is a litigation pending and once it gets over, we will begin work on the other part of the island,” the official added. The state Tourism department has already commenced work for restoration of the Imambara and the local civic body has planned a ropeway in PPP mode that will connect Imambara with Bandel Church. “The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority is spending Rs 14 crore for creating cottage facilities at Wonderland Park in Chandannagar- a popular picnic destination. The New Digha Paryatan Kendra at Chandannagar is also getting a major facelift and beautification by KMDA,” Deb Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedsaid. It may be mentioned that the 232-year-old heritage structure known as Denmark Tavern (or Danish Tavern) at Serampore on the banks of river Hooghly, has already witnessed an exquisite restoration. The tavern now has a bright cafe area and six private luxurious rooms for lodging. The balcony of the tavern has a great view of river Hooghly that constantly ferries people and cargo up and downstream. The furniture is traditional, with a series of handpicked paintings on Old Calcutta on the walls, giving it a vintage look. The tavern is now gearing up to welcome overnight guests. The Serampore Court, Olav Church and the land registry building have also been refurbished. “We have allocated funds to Ramkrishna Math for constructing a guest house at Antpur, work for which has already started. The Hanseswari Temple at Bansberia is also undergoing restoration,” said Deb.
Sanjay Barot’s canvasses come alive with the beauty of fine details and meticulous moorings. Treatment and finesse are paramount in these works brought by Ruskshaan Art Mumbai. Barot’s eight works at are an epitome of devotion and distinct allegories in time. “Every canvas is enclosed or mounted with a wooden frame (differently constructed for each canvas) that has been lovingly treated with images, color, layers and texture ,” says Rukshaan Krishna . ” For example, people known and unknown, particularly those that have managed to make a mark in society and rise through the legacy of life have been portrayed on the frame. These wooden frames work as frames of construction for the work and also as the entry point of the society that Sanjay has painted for his viewers.” The artist asserts that these can be read as the ‘final impressions’ that have been culled out from the chaos in the canvas. The chaos on the canvas is patterned by bold lines that have been layered almost a hundred times along with passages that provide space for the playing out of truths that are personal to the artist. And some, we as viewers may empathize with.Barot speaks of his sensibility, and says: ” My creative process is really like my beliefs. They have travelled with me from when I moved from my village in Kapadvanj to the city that I now live in and love, Baroda. Layers and layers. I return to my hometown every 6 months and with every visit, the roots get stronger and help me cope with the chaos of city life.” However, it is only upon drawing closer to the canvas that one can experience the interesting interplay of man and his moments, architectural forms and objects from his beloved hometown and socio-political incidents that have had a bearing on the artist.Rukshaan Art has credentials of commitment rare to see in the modern day art world practices where greed and commerce drive every act. Rukshaan Art hosts works of contemporary artists who are based in or have studied at or work in Baroda, Gujarat. Gallery owner Rukshaan Krishna is the reason behind Baroda March, a decade-old tradition wherein close to 50 ‘Barodian’ contemporary artists showcase their works at the Coomaraswamy Hall, at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangharalaya every March. Artists from Baroda, opines the brilliant and deeply admired and respected, Rukshaan have high integrity. Recently she had a historic culling of the works of the 80 year old doyen Jyoti Bhatt who is a legend in the world of intaglio as well as photography. “These artists are in constant conversation with each other. As a result, there’s learning and encouragement. They are not proud but have their pride. They also care about the career graphs of one another,its unheard of in the art community elsewhere.”
Patreon, a popular crowdfunding platform published a post yesterday in defense of its removal of Sargon of Akkad or Carl Benjamin, an English YouTuber famous for his anti-feminist content, last week, over the concerns of him violating its policies on hate speech. Patreon has been receiving backlash ever since from the users and patrons of the website who are calling for a boycott. “Patreon does not and will not condone hate speech in any of its forms. We stand by our policies against hate speech. We believe it’s essential for Patreon to have strong policies against hate speech to build a safe community for our creators and their patrons”, says the Patreon team. Patreon mentioned that it reviews the creations posted by the content creators on other platforms that are funded via Patreon. Since Benjamin is quite popular for his collaborations with other creators, Patreon’s community guidelines, which strictly prohibits hate speech also get applied to those collaborations. According to Patreon’s community guidelines, “Hate speech includes serious attacks, or even negative generalizations, of people based on their race [and] sexual orientation.” Benjamin in one of his interviews on another YouTuber’s channel used racial slurs linked with “negative generalizations of behavior” quite contrasting to how people of those races actually act, to insult others. Apart from using racial slurs, he also used sexual orientation related slurs which violates Patreon’s community guidelines. However, a lot of people are not happy with Patreon’s decision. For instance, Sam Harris, a popular American author, podcast host, and neuroscientist, who had one of the top-grossing accounts (with nearly 9,000 paying patrons at the end of November) on Patreon deleted his account earlier this week, accusing the platform of “political bias”. He wrote “the crowdfunding site Patreon has banned several prominent content creators from its platform. While the company insists that each was in violation of its terms of service, these recent expulsions seem more readily explained by political bias. I consider it no longer tenable to expose any part of my podcast funding to the whims of Patreon’s ‘Trust and Safety” committee’”. Apart from banning Carl Benjamin, Patreon also banned Milo Yiannopoulos, a British public speaker and YouTuber with over 839,286 subscribers earlier this month over his association with the Proud Boys, which Patreon has classified as a hate group. James Allsup, an alt-right political commentator, and associate of Yiannopoulus’, was also banned from Patreon last month for their association with hate groups.Amidst this controversy, some of the top Patreon creators such as Jordan Peterson, a popular Canadian clinical psychologist whose YouTube channel has over 1.6 M subscribers and Dave Rubin, an American libertarian political commentator announced their plans of starting an alternative to Patreon, earlier this week. Peterson said that the new platform will work on a subscriber model similar to Patreon’s, only with few additional features. “We understand some people don’t believe in the concept of hate speech and don’t agree with Patreon removing creators on the grounds of violating our Community Guidelines for using hate speech. We have a different view,” says the Patreon team. Read Next Emmanuel Macron teams up with Facebook in a bid to fight hate speech on social media Twitter takes action towards dehumanizing speech with its new policy How IRA hacked American democracy using social media and meme warfare to promote disinformation and polarization: A new report to Senate Intelligence Committee
Facebook is facing seven separate data protection investigations in Ireland, as reported by Bloomberg. Facebook’s investigations are a part of 16 cases which major tech companies like Twitter, Apple, LinkedIn, and also Facebook’s WhatsApp and Instagram, are facing. The main aim of these probes is to scale up the level of fines that regulator’s issue under GDPR. Currently, GDPR allows penalties as large as 4 percent of a company’s annual revenue. According to Ireland’s data protection commissioner, Helen Dixon, “These data protection probes are centered on the activities of very big internet companies with tens and hundreds of millions of users.” The first EU probe against Facebook was opened by Ireland following a security breach that compromised 50M accounts in October last year. This security breach has not only affected user’s Facebook accounts but also impacted other accounts linked to Facebook. This means that a hacker could have accessed any account of yours that you log into using Facebook. That second probe was initiated by Dixon’s office in December when a photo API bug affected people who used Facebook Login and granted permission to third-party apps to access their photos. This bug gave outside developers broader access to users’ photos affecting up to 6.8 million users and up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers. Per Dixon, “Other breach notifications received in my office since May 25 are related to coding errors, which leads to posts being made public that should have been private, or in a major breach. No company seems to be immune from this.” Dixon mentions that the deciding cases are not trivial “We’re at various concrete stages in all of them, but they’re all substantially advanced,” she said. “The soonest I am going to see an investigation report on my desk, which is when my role kicks in” The final decisions on these sanctions are likely to be made in June or July. Last week, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria overruled Facebook’s argument that it cannot be sued for letting third parties access users’ private data because no “real world” harm has resulted from the conduct. Last month, Russia’s popular watchdog, Roskomnadzor said that it opened a civil case against Twitter and Facebook for failing to explain how they plan to comply with local data laws. At the same time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials also planned to impose a fine of over $22.5 billion on Facebook post a year of data breaches and revelations of illegal data sharing. A U.S. Senator also introduced a bill titled ‘American Data Dissemination (ADD) Act’ for creating federal standards of privacy protection for big companies like Facebook. “Companies are lawyering up and we’re typically dealing with more litigators and lawyers on the side of any inquiry that we conduct,” Dixon said. “It does show the power that they have in terms of the size. But we have all the cards in terms of the powers to investigate, to compel and ultimately to conclude and make findings.” Read Next Apple revoked Facebook developer certificates due to misuse of Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program. Stanford experiment results on how deactivating Facebook affects social welfare measures Facebook has blocked 3rd party ad monitoring plugin tools from the likes of ProPublica and Mozilla that let users see how they’re being targeted by advertisers