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Argentines seek soup kitchens barter markets amid crisisArgentines seek soup kitchens barter markets amid crisis

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Men wait outside the metal-grill door of a soup kitchen in a slum, hoping to get a small serving of beef and mashed potatoes. At a barter market on the capital’s outskirts, a woman tries to persuade another to exchange for her granddaughters’ tiny shoes.Argentines are struggling in crisis in what was once one of the world’s most prosperous nations. Consumer prices are soaring, unemployment is high and the Argentine peso has plunged, bringing back haunting memories of the country’s economic meltdown in 2001 that pushed millions into poverty.A growing number of people arrive at the “Happy Kids” soup kitchen in the Villa 1-11-14 shantytown, where servers try to stretch out steaming pots of stew because many more than expected are lining up for food.“The city government gives us money for 440 rations a day, but we’re being forced to prepare smaller portions so that we can cover 600 rations,” said Cintia Garcia, who runs the soup kitchen.A series of events battered the economy.First, a severe drought damaged crop yields in the world’s third-largest exporter of soybean and corn. The situation worsened beginning in the first quarter of 2018 as world oil prices increased and then interest rate rises in the United States led investors to pull dollars out of Argentina.That caused jitters among Argentines, who have stashed away dollars as a cushion since the 2001 economic implosion, and a rush to buy scarcer dollars pushed the peso’s value down. Despite several interest rate hikes by the Argentine Central Bank, the peso has lost more than half its value in less than a year.President Mauricio Macri had to seek a $50 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. Last week, he announced a series of austerity measures, including new taxes on exports and the elimination of several government ministries. He said he would allocate more economic aid and strengthen food plans for poor Argentines.With unemployment around 9 per cent and consumer prices surging, some Argentines are again turning to barter clubs, which first emerged during the collapse nearly two decades ago.The tumbling peso has pushed up prices for fuel and, in turn, transportation costs. That has affected food prices in a country where most grains and other goods are transported in trucks. Inflation is expected to reach an annual rate of more than 40 per cent this year, the Central Bank says.“To make doughnuts a month ago, I used to spend 150 pesos (almost $4) for oil and seven bags of flour. Now it’s more than 400 pesos,” complained Gladys Jimenez.Jimenez, who is from Paraguay, is one of those who rely on the “Happy Kids” soup kitchen in Villa 1-11-14, a slum crowded with tens of thousands of Argentines and immigrants from neighbouring countries.The price of beef has also increased in one of the world’s top meat-consuming countries. Nicol Alcocer, a teenager who attends an educational workshop where the food is distributed in the slum, said that previously she would eat roast every Saturday. “Now it’s every four months,” she said.The rapid fall in the peso brings frequent boosts in the prices charged by vendors, leading to anger. Some slum dwellers recalled that when the peso recently fell to 40 to the dollar, they lined up at small local stores but the owners refused to sell to them.“I told my husband: ‘Let’s go buy.’ People were all riled up seeing that businesses were closed,” said Martina Bilbao. “I remember the looting of 2001 … and I think it’s going to happen again.”The crisis 17 years ago was so bad that one of every five Argentines was out of work and more than half of the population fell into poverty. The peso, which had been tied to the dollar, lost about 75 per cent of its value.Banks froze deposits and barricaded behind sheet metal as thousands of protesters unsuccessfully tried to withdraw savings. More than 20 people died in protests and looting that swept Argentina in December 2001 as Latin America’s third-largest economy unraveled and eventually defaulted on a debt of more than $100 billion.The current economic woes are far from that collapse. But analysts say that poverty, which affects about a third of the population, will rise this year, and the economy will take a dive.Those forecasts are far from the promises of Macri. The conservative president took office in 2015 vowing that he would revive Argentina’s weak economy and end poverty.Although his market-friendly reforms were initially praised by international investors, who said they laid the groundwork for growth, they also brought pain to the country’s poor and stoked labour unrest.Since taking office, he has laid off thousands of state workers and cut energy subsidies, sending utility bills and bus fares soaring. Macri also dropped the previous government’s foreign exchange controls, ushering in the sharp devaluation of the peso.Many of Argentina’s poor live in slums known as “misery villages,” where they often lack access to transportation, running water or sewage. Argentina’s northern regions have chronically high rates of child malnutrition, even though the country remains a top global grain supplier.On a recent day, dozens of women gathered at a barter market in the outskirts of Buenos Aires to trade everything from pants and cosmetics to toys, bags of rice and cooking oil.“We’ve gone back to the same as before. We’ve gone back to bartering,” said Lucia de Leon, who had a table where she offered to trade canned food and used shoes.last_img read more

Gurugram doctor beaten up by mobGurugram doctor beaten up by mob

first_imgGurugram: A paediatrician was thrashed by unidentified men near Ardee City on Friday night. An FIR has been filed and police said they are conducting raids to nab the accused. Dr Nurul, originally from Uttarakhand and living near Wazirabad village in Sector 52, filed the complaint and mentioned he came to Ardee City to buy milk in the evening for iftar.”I work as a paediatrician with a private hospital and at present preparing for DM-Cardiology exam. I was returning after buying milk for Iftar in my Baleno car. Suddenly, two men came in a white Fortuner and started abusing me without any reason. When I told them that they are on the wrong side of the road, they called 8-9 more men who brutally thrashed me with sticks. I tried calling police but due to injuries, I fell unconscious on the roadside. Later, the police reached on spot and rushed me to the Civil Hospital,” Nurul told the police. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe 30-year-old doctor has received multiple injuries on his head, eyes, face and legs. “They thrashed me brutally and I could not understand the reason. I heard two of them saying that I am a Muslim and they should leave otherwise riots will take place. They fled after leaving me on the roadside. I don’t know any of them. I want strict action against the accused,” Nurul said. As per the complaint, an FIR has been registered against unknown accused under sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 323 (causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC at Sector 53 police station. No arrests have been made in the case so far. “We have registered the case and begun the investigation. Soon those people who were involved in the act will be arrested,” said an official from Gurugram police.last_img read more

UNbacked Cyprus reunification talks gain momentum ahead of meeting with BanUNbacked Cyprus reunification talks gain momentum ahead of meeting with Ban

The Greek Cypriot leader, Dimitris Christofias, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu, will confer again at the end of next week before meeting in Geneva on 26 January with Mr. Ban, who has warned that the reunification talks, which began in 2008, could “founder fatally” if substantive agreement is not reached within the next few months. “Both sides put forward some proposals, and both sides want to go away and consider the proposals that had been put forward,” the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Alexander Downer, told reporters after today’s talks in Nicosia, the capital, citing renewed momentum.In a report to the Security Council last month, Mr. Ban warned that “a critical window of opportunity is rapidly closing” in the talks that seek to set up a federal government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country, with a Turkish Cypriot constituent state and a Greek Cypriot constituent state of equal status. He cited fundamental differences on property issues on the island – where a UN peacekeeping mission has been in place since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964 – noting that Greek-Cypriot parliamentary elections scheduled for May and elections in Turkey in June militate against constructive negotiations in the second quarter of 2011. Mr. Downer said that it became clear last October that the whole process was starting to lose momentum, which was why Mr. Ban met with both leaders in New York the following month. “That momentum has very much been re-established,” Mr. Downer said. “I think since 18 November this whole process has had good momentum.”Explaining the negotiating process, he said that when one of the sides puts forward a position that is accepted, a new position or a variation on the rejected position can be developed in what are sometimes called “bridging proposals, trying to bridge the differences between the two positions. “That’s what we look to the two sides to do, and that’s what I call momentum. When they’re putting forward bridging proposals, they’re achieving convergences from time to time, not at every meeting necessarily, but from time to time, that’s momentum,” he added “Just sitting there exchanging views and failing to convince each other, that’s not momentum.”The leaders have met 90 times since 2008, advancing in some areas, but there has been “a worrying lack of progress” in six months of talks on currently irreconcilable differences over property rights, Mr. Ban said in his report to the Council last month. The Greek Cypriots say those with property in the north should be able to seek reinstatement, while Turkish Cypriots say that if all Greek Cypriot property owners there were allowed reinstatement, it would be impossible for the Turkish Cypriots to secure bizonality. They want a ceiling on the number of those who can have properties reinstated instead of compensation. “We must be clear that, in order to negotiate successfully a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, the two leaders will have to reconcile these and other seemingly irreconcilable issues,” Mr. Ban said in his report. He called on Mr. Christofias and Mr. Eroglu to “dedicate significant efforts” to preparing a practical plan for overcoming major remaining points of disagreement when he confers with them in Geneva. 12 January 2011Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders discussed governance and power-sharing today as they prepare to meet with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon later this month in United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island. read more

Jobless youth to cost Canadian economy 23B over next two decades TDJobless youth to cost Canadian economy 23B over next two decades TD

OTTAWA — The loss of tens of thousands of youth jobs during the recession was not only painful for the young people involved but will impact them and Canada’s economy for years to come, says a new paper from TD Bank.Being unemployed at a young age can have a long-lasting impact on an individual’s career prospectsThe report estimates that the legacy of unemployment for the young lasts up to two decades after the event and the hit to Canada’s gross domestic product will be about 1.3% — or about $23-billion — in 18 years.That’s fairly modest given the timeline, but the same can’t be said of some European countries that have seen unemployment among young people rise to above 50% in the aftermath of the 2008-09 financial crisis.For Ireland, the economy could suffer a GDP drain of about 12% over the next two decades, the paper calculates, followed by Spain, Greece and Portugal among the hardest-hit European countries.“Being unemployed at a young age can have a long-lasting impact on an individual’s career prospects” — a phenomenon known as “scarring” — the report, written by economist Martin Schwerdtfeger, states. It adds the economy also suffers from lost output and multiplier effects.The estimates are based on studies showing that extended unemployment while starting out a career can negatively impact income levels for many years, even after individuals have found employment.According to a British study, a period of unemployment ranging from seven to 12 months for workers in the 15-24 age group can, on average, cause a 10.9% wage loss by the age of 33, and 7.6% by the age of 42. A spell of unemployment lasting longer than a year can cause even more pronounced “scarring” later on.While Canada never came close to youth unemployment rates experienced by some of the hardest-hit European countries, the increase was still more significant than for older workers.Youth unemployment in Canada peaked at 16.4% in July of 2009 from a pre-slump level of about 11%. More than two years into the recovery, the rate remains elevated at 14%, about twice the national average.Using the same metric applied to the European situation, Schwerdtfeger estimates Canada will suffer a wage loss of $10.7-billion by the time youth employment is expected to return to pre-slump levels in about three years, and a $12.4-billion loss to GDP over an 18-year period.The Canadian Press read more

Canadian SC rules in support of Lankan teenCanadian SC rules in support of Lankan teen

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a Tamil teenager who fled the violent aftermath of Sri Lanka’s 27-year civil war should have his refugee application reconsidered on humanitarian grounds.By a 5-2 margin, the high court on Thursday reversed a decision by the Federal Court of Appeal that upheld the rejection of Jeyakannan Kanthasamy’s claim that he would suffer serious hardship if he returned to his homeland, ctv news reported. The ruling offers new guidance to officials on interpreting a section of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that allows for refugee claims to be granted on “humanitarian and compassionate” grounds. Justice Rosalie Abella wrote that the immigration officer who rejected Kanthasamy’s claim took an “unduly narrow” approach to his case and ordered that the matter be reheard. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Michael Moldaver said the immigration officer made a reasonable analysis of the application. Abella said the officer “required Jeyakannan Kanthasamy to present direct evidence that he would face such a risk of discrimination if deported … it reflects an anemic view of discrimination that this court largely eschewed decades ago.”Kanthasamy was 16 years old when his family sent him to Canada in 2010 after the Sri Lankan army and police detained and threatened him on separate occasions. It was one year after Sri Lanka’s long civil war ended with a massive offensive by government forces on Tamil-held areas of the country that has since sparked a United Nations investigation of allegations of war crimes against both sides of the conflict.In March 2010, Kanthasamy was arrested in his home, taken to an army camp and detained for a day. He was held in a dark room for three to four hours, where soldiers visited him sporadically, kicked him and threatened to kill him if he did not identify supporters of the Tamil Tigers, a banned terrorist group.In April 2010, he was arrested by police and detained for a day. He was threatened, physically assaulted and interrogated.In Abella’s view, the immigration officer “failed to give sufficiently serious consideration to his youth, mental health and evidence he would suffer discrimination if he were returned to Sri Lanka.” The persecution of ethnic Tamils by government forces has been well documented, including in the most recent Human Rights Watch report that said “the government’s treatment of Tamils forcibly returned to Sri Lanka after being denied asylum overseas continues to be a significant concern.”In 2013, then-prime minister Stephen Harper boycotted the Commonwealth leaders’ summit in Sri Lanka because he had concerns about the human rights abuses being committed by government forces against the Tamil population. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Fire destroys Milton homeFire destroys Milton home

Nobody was injured in an overnight fire in Milton that destroyed a home.Firefighters were called to the home on 4th Line south of Britannia Road just after 1 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, the house was completely engulfed. As crews worked to put out the flames, the roof collapsed. Smoke could be seen for kilometres billowing from the building.Firefighters say they were called to the home several weeks ago for an unrelated fire. They don’t believe this fire is suspicious.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange marketsMost actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,622.91, down 42.79 points):Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT). Grain-handler. Down two cents, or 0.12 per cent, at $16.07 on 10,428,071 shares.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Down seven cents, or 1.67 per cent, at $4.13 on 2,965,649 shares.Tethys Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:TPL). Oil and gas. Unchanged at 65 cents on 2,765,764 shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down 11 cents, or 0.36 per cent, at $30.48 on 2,326,854 shares.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Chartered bank. Down 25 cents, or 0.47 per cent, at $52.41 on 2,232,210 shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 25 cents, or 1.75 per cent, at $14.55 on 2,226,120 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,196.19 up 5.32 points):Canamex Resources Corp. (TSXV:CSQ). Miner. Up eight cents, or 26.23 per cent, at 38.5 cents on 10,543,442 shares.Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 1.06 per cent, at $1.86 on 3,830,795 shares.Companies reporting major news:Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down 17 cents, or 0.41 per cent, at $41.08 on 608,039 shares. Enbridge is proposing to make up to $500-million worth of changes to the design of the Northern Gateway pipeline system to address safety concerns raised by aboriginal groups and others. The pipeline, which already had a $5.5-billion pricetag before Friday’s announcement, has been the focus of intense debate among local communities, environmental groups and politicians. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 20, 2012 5:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Health gap between countries is narrowing but challenges remain – UN reportHealth gap between countries is narrowing but challenges remain – UN report

“Intensive efforts to achieve the MDGs have clearly improved health for people all over the world,” said the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, but with less than 1000 days to go to reach the deadline for achieving the Goals, “it is timely to ask if these efforts have made a difference in reducing the unacceptable inequities between the richest and poorest countries.”Agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the eight MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and the creation of a Global Partnership for Development – all by a deadline of 2015.WHO’s World Health Statistics 2013 report, which compares progress made by countries with the best health status and those with least-favourable health status over the past two decades, shows that considerable progress has been made in the areas of reducing child and maternal deaths, improving nutrition, and reducing deaths and illness from HIV infections, tuberculosis and malaria. The gap in child mortality fell, from 171 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 107 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2011. Countries that had some of the world’s highest child mortality rates in 1990 – including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Laos, Madagascar, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal and Timor-Leste – have improved child survival to such an extent that they no longer belong to that group.However, despite 27 countries having already reached the MDG target, the current rates of progress will not be sufficient to reach the global target of a two-thirds reduction in 1990 levels of child mortality by 2015, the report says.Global statistics on the number of women dying in childbirth also improved, but WHO earned that the global decline rate in maternal deaths – currently at 3 per cent – needs to double to meet the goal of reducing maternal deaths by three-quarters.“Our statistics show that overall the gaps are closing between the most-advantaged and least-advantaged countries of the world,” said Ties Boerma, Director of the Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems at WHO. “However, the situation is far from satisfactory as progress is uneven and large gaps persist between and within countries.”The report noted several key areas to focus on before the MDG deadline including reducing tuberculosis in the countries with the highest rates, addressing increasing rates of diabetes, and ensuring low and middle-income countries have access to affordable medicines.The report contains data from 194 countries on a range of mortality, disease and health system indicators including life expectancy, illnesses and deaths from key diseases, health services and treatments, financial investment in health, as well as risk factors and behaviours that affect health. read more

The 9 at 9 SundayThe 9 at 9 Sunday

first_img 4 Comments Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 9:02 AM By Rónán Duffy Feb 19th 2017, 9:02 AM Image: Johnny Green/PA 11,097 Views EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #HARD NUMBERS: A new poll has shown Fine Gael’s support has slumped and is now eight percentage points behind Fianna Fáil.2. #TRUMP 2020: US President Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally in Florida last night and took aim at “the corrupt system”.3. #SYDNEY: The Irish woman charged with the murder of her fiancé in Australia is to appear in court on Wednesday. (RTÉ)4. #KIM JONG NAM: Malaysian police say four men wanted in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam left the country on the day of the murder.5. #ALL CHANGE: There’s a new plan to ‘rebrand’ the capital’s north inner city as ‘Dublin’s North Central Quarter’6. #SARAH KEANE: The newly-elected Olympic Council of Ireland President says its time for “new blood” in Irish athletics.7. #ISIS FIGHT: Iraqi government forces have launched an offensive to liberate the western part of the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State. (BBC)8. #JUSTICE: A Belfast law firm is to pursue 20 miscarriage of justice cases that allege garda wrongdoing, according to the Sunday Business Post.9. #CROKER: It’s almost 10 years since the historic Ireland-England rugby international at Croke Park, the BBC’s John Inverdale has spoken about his memories of the day. Image: Johnny Green/PA The 9 at 9: Sunday Catch up with the top stories this Sunday morning. Share4 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Warehouse ’23 to host First Citizen receptionWarehouse ’23 to host First Citizen reception

first_imgTickets are available for the First Citizen award ceremony honoring Clark College President Bob Knight. The reception is 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at Warehouse ’23, 100 Columbia St., the site of the former Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.Tickets are $35 at and at the door.Knight’s nomination focuses on his military service, career at Clark College and as “one of the most active community volunteers in our region,” as described by former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard. Twenty-nine letters of support, including seven from former First Citizens, were submitted as part of the nomination.The reception is sponsored by the Community Foundation and The Columbian.last_img read more

San Diego Convention Center UpdateSan Diego Convention Center Update

first_img Updated: 7:26 PM Posted: April 1, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter April 1, 2019 Steve Bosh center_img Steve Bosh, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s years-long-effort to expand the Convention Center has suddenly gotten a lot more difficult.The city decided not to make a 9.4 million dollar payment to gain control of the land needed for expansion.The leaseholder on the five acres of land the city needs for expansion, is held by Fifth Avenue Landing Company, which is committed to building two hotels on the site. Last year the city agreed to pay Fifth Avenue 33 million dollars for the lease, if the voters approved a hotel tax increase that was to happen in 2018.The city was to make three payments this year, the first being 9.4 million, but the vote was delayed until 2020.The land is owned by the port and was leased to 5th avenue in 2010. Five years later, the city wanted to buy the lease from 5th Avenue for 14 million dollars, but defaulted on the payment and the lease reverted back to 5th avenue.The 14 million dollars it would have cost the taxpayers to get the lease in 2015, is now 33 million in 2019. San Diego Convention Center Updatelast_img read more

De De Pyaar De day 5 box office collection Ajay Devgns filmDe De Pyaar De day 5 box office collection Ajay Devgns film

first_imgDe De Pyaar De box office collectionTwitterAjay Devgn’s latest release De De Pyaar De has completed its day 5 at the Indian box office, and its collection has crossed Rs 50 crore mark on Tuesday.De De Pyaar De has had an average start at the domestic market as it had collected Rs 10.41 crore (including paid previews on Thursday) on its opening day. Owing to positive word of mouth, the film had witnessed a decent growth in its business over the weekend.The romantic comedy had collected Rs13.39 crore on Saturday, followed by Rs 14.74 crore on Sunday. Although De De Pyaar De suffered a major dip as the weekdays started that was obvious, the film managed to rake in decent moolah on fourth and fifth day as well.De De Pyaar De collected Rs 6.19 crore on Monday, taking its collection to Rs 44.73 crore. The film was just a few crore away from reaching the first milestone of Rs 50 crore, which it crossed on Tuesday.”#DeDePyaarDe crosses ₹ 50 cr on Day 5… Trends strongly on weekdays… Fri 10.41 cr [incl Thu previews], Sat 13.39 cr, Sun 14.74 cr, Mon 6.19 cr, Tue 6.10 cr. Total: ₹ 50.83 cr. India biz. #DDPD,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.With a screen count of 3,100 across India, De De Pyaar De collected Rs 5.50 crore on its day 5, crossing half century at the Indian box office, according to early estimates. Exact figures are awaited.Although the numbers are quite average as compared to Ajay’s other films, De De Pyaar De is still running well considering the limited budget. Apart from Ajay, the movie also features Tabu and Rakul Preet in key roles.last_img read more

Sympathy For White Austin Bomber Stirs Debate About RaceSympathy For White Austin Bomber Stirs Debate About Race

first_imgPhoto by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty ImagesPolice barricade the area surrounding the home of suspected Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt March 21, 2018 in Pflugerville, Texas. Conditt blew himself up near a hotel on Interstate 35 in the early morning hours of March 21 after police SWAT teams closed in on him.When a law enforcement official described a cellphone recording left by the Austin serial bomber as “the outcry of a very challenged young man,” the remark caused an outcry of its own.Because the bomber was white, some people almost immediately questioned whether the same level of compassion would have been afforded a person of color.“Here you have a case of a young white male who killed and injured people of color, and we’re culturally more concerned about his story, about his life, about what led him to take these lives,” said David Leonard, professor in the department of critical culture, gender and race studies at Washington State University. “It’s a striking reminder of a racial empathy gap that persists.”For many observers and activists, the comments about Mark Anthony Conditt were just the latest example in which a white suspect seemed to receive an injection of humanity that is less often extended to blacks, Muslims and others.Conditt kept the Texas capital in a state of fear for weeks, planting five bombs that killed two people and badly wounded four others. The 23-year-old community college dropout died Wednesday after setting off a bomb inside his SUV as police were about to arrest him.Investigators said his motive was still unclear, despite the discovery of the 25-minute cellphone recording in which talked about the bombs.Authorities have avoided calling the attacks terrorism, which can have specific definitions in law enforcement contexts. U.S. law defines a terrorist as having ties to a foreign entity, such as the Islamic State or other known terror groups. Homegrown extremist groups such as neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan are not labeled that way, even if they employ similar tactics of violence and intimidation.Texas blast suspect Mark Anthony Conditt is seen in this undated handout photo released by Austin Community College in Austin, Texas, U.S. March 21, 2018. Photo by Austin Community College/Handout via REUTERSSimilarly, when Stephen Craig Paddock was identified as the gunman who rained bullets down on a Las Vegas concert last fall, the white retired accountant was characterized as a “lone wolf.” That label has also been attached to other mass killers who acted alone, including Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooter James Holmes, a white man who killed a dozen people in 2012.On the recording, Conditt “does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said. “But instead, it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life that led him to this point.”The reaction on social media was swift.“Remember how they talked about innocent black children like Trayvon (Martin), Tamir (Rice) or young men like Freddy Gray,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said on Twitter, adding, “I believe passionately in acknowledging the humanity of those who commit even terrible crimes. Reading this police chief’s empathy for this young white man highlights the awfulness — the plain awfulness — of the persistent refusal to extend this empathy to young black people.”Among the cases often cited is that of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old fatally shot by a white officer in August 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.Brown got into a scuffle with then-officer Darren Wilson after Wilson yelled at Brown and a friend to get out of the street where they were walking. Wilson said that when he shot Brown, the teen was moving menacingly toward him. Some witnesses said Brown was surrendering.The initial unrest erupted after Brown’s body lay in the street for hours in the summer heat. More protests gripped the Missouri town after a grand jury in declined to charge Wilson, who later resigned. The Justice Department also cleared him, but an investigation by that agency uncovered patterns of racial bias and profiling in Ferguson’s police and courts.Some critics have also taken exception to media coverage that included Conditt’s friends and family describing him as nerdy and kind.“Language is always shot through with power dynamics. What this shows us is the way that we can talk about people determines how we can treat them,” said Koritha Mitchell, an associate professor in the English department at Ohio State University. “Because we are determined to treat white men as citizens no matter what, to treat them as people who belong in the fold no matter what, that is the reason we will not use words like ‘terrorist.’”The Rev. Yvette Griffin, a black Detroit pastor, said blacks and Muslims don’t seem to get the same presumption of innocence as other suspects.“The words are kinder and gentler” for whites, she said. Sharelast_img read more

TomTom Says Its Maps Are Destined for SelfDriving CarsTomTom Says Its Maps Are Destined for SelfDriving Cars

first_img 5 min read May 4, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Dutch navigation company TomTom aims to become a main provider of technology for self-driving cars as it charts its way back to success after seven lean years, chief executive Harold Goddijn said.Goddijn told Reuters that an overhaul of TomTom’s digital mapping architecture lies behind a renaissance that has seen its automotive division win big contracts in recent months, prompting analyst upgrades and a 40 percent surge in its shares.He said carmakers are now betting on TomTom as one of the few companies besides Google capable of providing location data good enough and fast enough to meet the safety requirements for computer assisted driving — and ultimately, self-driving cars.”We are seen by our customers as the guys with the right ideas on how you do those things,” he said in a interview, relishing the company’s comeback story.A rare example of a global consumer electronics brand to come out of Europe in the 2000s, TomTom went into a tailspin after overpaying for digital map-maker TeleAtlas in 2008.The market for its main product, personal navigation devices, entered a brutal decline. Prices fell and margins were crushed as cheaper competitors entered an increasingly saturated market for dashboard-mounted GPS systems, and smartphone navigation apps offered an even cheaper substitute.With the PND market stabilizing, Goddijn thinks TomTom’s other business lines are poised for a new cycle of growth.Analysts’ enthusiasm has been fired by contract wins with carmakers, including two with Volkswagen this year as well as deals with Fiat, Hyundai and Kia.DiversificationBut TomTom’s revenue base has also diversified. Its consumer product offerings have expanded to include fitness watches and a line of ‘GoPro’-style action cameras launched this week.It also licenses its digital maps to tech giants. One of TomTom’s few bright moments during the dark years came in 2012, when Apple, seeking to end its reliance on Google, choose TomTom’s maps to use in its own navigation app, starting with the iPhone 6.And finally, TomTom has been quietly building up a “telematics” business, providing the telecommunications systems used in car fleet management, which has become the largest of its kind in Europe’s fragmented market.In the interview, Goddijn said the unit, which reported sales of 110 million euros ($124 million) in 2014, has the potential to grow sales at more than 20 percent per year for the coming five years without acquisitions.But TomTom’s mapping technology is at the core of investor demand that has given the company a 1.8 billion euro market capitalization despite 2014 profits of just 22.7 million euros.The company’s maps can now be redrawn on the fly, integrating feedback from cars on the road, and then shared immediately with other drivers.”No one else has that,” Goddijn said, flatly.’Exciting and Scary’Cars are increasingly equipped with multiple sensors, not only GPS positioning and mobile phone connections but radars, cameras and driver heart-rate monitoring systems. Lidar (reflected laser imaging) may also be added in future.Goddijn said the overhaul of TomTom’s digital mapping architecture “gives us a lot of confidence” this proliferation of data can be processed in a way that ensures users’ safety.”It’s exciting and it’s scary, because millions of cars will come and there’s tons of data going to be produced,” he said.The biggest question mark hanging over TomTom’s strategic future is Nokia’s plan, announced this month, to sell its map-making arm HERE, which has U.S. roots. Google, TomTom and HERE are the three major digital map-makers with the potential for use in self-driving cars.Though TomTom has won almost all major automaker contracts renewed in the past year, HERE still has more than 70 percent of the automotive market.Potential buyers include tech giants Apple and Uber, or less realistically, Microsoft, which could have taken HERE when it bought Nokia’s smart phone operations. Google is also mentioned although it already has its own technology.A consortium of automakers who view Google as an undesirable rival is also seen as a realistic possible buyer of HERE, as are private equity buyers who could build the business up — or wind it down. The worst case scenario for TomTom would probably be a takeover of HERE by navigation arch-rival Garmin Ltd.What does Goddijn think will happen?”That question is too complex to handle,” he said. “Even if I wanted to I couldn’t give you the answers, because a lot of it depends on who it is and how they want to handle it.”He said his focus for now is on continuing TomTom’s winning streak with automakers.”Let’s face it, our market share is not where it should be. There is an incumbent and we need to take market share away.”($1 = 0.8875 euros)(Editing by Catherine Evans) This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more

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