Highlights from the auditor generals reports

first_imgOTTAWA — Highlights from the 2018 auditor general’s reportNew planes, no pilotsCanada’s $500-million purchase of used CF-18 fighter jets from Australia will be hamstrung by the ongoing problem that the air force does not have enough pilots to fly them or technicians to keep them in the air. The military has warned the government about this for years.Military more aware of sexual assaults but supports lackingThe Canadian Forces are doing better at encouraging members to report instances of sexual misconduct but help for people who’ve suffered in the ranks is inadequate.Unprotected embassies and consulatesAbout half of Canada’s diplomatic corps works in places where there’s danger from terrorism, espionage or armed conflict. Spot-checks of Canada’s missions abroad found all of their security plans are lacking in some way, from outdated or nonexistent threat assessments to missing or broken equipment.Heritage buildings unprotectedThree federal bodies that are responsible for more than two-thirds of the government’s historic structures don’t have adequate plans to protect them. National Defence, Fisheries and Oceans, and Parks Canada don’t even have a handle on what buildings they own, let alone resources and strategies for conserving delicate heritage sites.No budget for high-speed rural Internet means no planGovernments have talked for years about extending broadband internet to almost every inhabitant of Canada but with no budget to put behind a plan, none has ever been developed. Rural and remote areas risk being left behind by the digital economy.CRA treats different taxpayers differentlyThe level of service you get from the Canada Revenue Agency depends on which regional office you deal with, which months-long delays varying from place to place.Parolees aren’t getting out on paroleA shortage of community-supervision options means that federal inmates who are entitled to parole aren’t getting out because there’s nowhere approved for them to go. Sometimes the delays stretch into months.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Govt apologizes for 2010 West Kingston Operation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 8, 2017 – Kingston – The Government has formally apologized to residents of West Kingston and all Jamaicans who were affected by the operations of the security forces in May 2010, which resulted in the loss of lives and damage to property.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, delivered a statement in Parliament on Wednesday (December 6) in which he expressed regret for the pain and loss that occurred during the operation, specifically the lives that were lost.“The loss of life was never the option that the State wanted to take.   The fact that lives were lost, therefore, is regrettable, is something that we are sorry for; and to start that process of healing, I believe there are grounds, and room for us to make a sincere apology,” the Prime Minister said.During the 2010 security operations to capture the fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, 73 civilians and a soldier were killed while other persons were detained and properties damaged and destroyed.   A Commission of Inquiry into that operation recommended financial compensation for persons victimized by the State and that the Government issue a formal apology for the use of excessive force by the security forces.    An apology was proposed as one form of redress and promoting justice as well as restoring trust and confidence in the State.The Prime Minister said the Government has accepted the recommendations of the Commission and is leading “by extending the hand of peace, starting the process of healing, and in engineering the recovery of a country from one of violence and conflict to one of peace, order, and the supremacy of the rule of law”.Mr. Holness said the Government agrees that the events, the way they unfolded, presented enormous challenges to the security forces, but it is cognizant that even under those conditions, the standards of human rights must be observed by agents of the State.   He noted that an “expensive lesson” to be learnt from this event is that “even where emergency powers are used, even where we have suspended some rights by virtue of the use of emergency powers, the State, through its agents – in this case the security forces, is still bound to respect and preserve life and the dignity of the people they serve”.He said the experience coming out of the security operations “can’t be for naught; it must define how we operate as a country going forward”.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

Apple Watch getting its own App Store

first_img Best Buy See also See It WWDC 2019 Tags WWDC 2019 Apple Event Walmart WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote reading • Apple Watch getting its own App Store See it Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The new Watch App store will roll with the release of WatchOS 6. However, there’s no word yet when WatchOS 6 will arrive (we’ll update this story as soon as we find out). But Apple did preview the Watch App Store store at WWDC 2019 and showed off several new apps, including an audiobooks app, language translator, calculator, sports and health apps, as well as new Watch Faces. apple-watch-store-2Some of the new independent Watch apps coming soon. Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET Read: New iPad feature to compete with laptops on track for Apple’s iOS 13 2:20 Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now App store coming to Apple Watch Comment $349 Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET Apple has managed to sell a lot of Apple Watches, but one of the complaints some users have is that there’s no native app store for the Watch — you have to find iOS apps that are compatible with the Watch. Well, that’s about to change, as Apple has announced an app store for the Watch, with its own independent apps that you can search for and download right on your Watch. Wearable Tech Tablets Wellness This is a developing story. Follow our WWDC liveblog, and see all of today’s Apple news. See It Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Apple Watch Series 4 See All 46 Photos $399 $413 See It Apple • Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC $349 1 Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Applelast_img read more

Karnataka HC reinstates IISc professor accused of sexual harrassment

first_imgMike lynch/Wikimedia CommonsThe Karnataka High Court has reinstated senior professor Giridhar Madras to Bengaluru’s prestigious Indian Institute of Science (IISc). He was asked to go on compulsory retirement after he was accused of sexual harassment around 10 months ago.An internal probe committee found the 51-year-old professor of chemical engineering guilty of making sexually harassing a PhD student on 17 October 2018.Justice BP Bajanthri has demanded action against the director of IISc and members of the internal committee for violating several rules, not providing a copy of the complaint to the accused and ignoring the Central Civil Services Rules.The court also held that the IISc and its inquiry committee made several errors since the complaint was received and failed to follow statutory rules and procedures prescribed under the Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013 and the Central Civil Services Rules, reported The Hindu.The IISc professor had denied the allegations against him and questioned the inquiry report. He has also questioned the compulsory retirement order issued by the institution. To avoid future errors, the HC has asked the Union Ministry of Personnel and Training to conduct expert training on preparing an inquiry report over cases of sexual harassmentWith nearly 10,000 citations to his name, Professor Giridhar Madras has received many awards, including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, IISc award for excellence in teaching and research.last_img read more

Vedanta may restart Goa iron ore export

first_imgVedanta’s iron ore division in Goa is expected to resume exports to China after a lull of three years. Representatives of steel manufacturing mills from China’s Jiangsu province and Tangshan area are currently in Goa to have discussions with officials of Vedanta’s subsidiary, Sesa Iron ore.“They are our long-term buyers and with the company intending to resume extraction soon, they are in Goa to have discussion with the officials,” Sesa Iron Ore’s Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, A N Joshi told on Tuesday. The Sesa Iron Ore has officially announced resumption of iron ore extraction at its mine in Codli, 80 km south of Panaji. It was Asia’s biggest iron ore mining site when the industry faced closure in September 2012. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe current environment clearance limit for this mine is around three million metric tonnes a year, scaled down from earlier limit of seven million metric tonnes annually.Both the Chinese mills had been associated with Sesa for last 25-30 years, Joshi said, adding that they will be comparing the low grade iron ore from Sesa to markets in Australia and other places before finalising the deal. The mills have a production capacity of six million metric tonnes of steel a year each. Before the mining halt in Goa, China was the biggest market for the state. The iron ore extraction activity in Goa had come to standstill after the state government suspended mining leases owing to illegal activities, and later Supreme Court banned it till April 2014.Goa government has already renewed many of the leases, paving way for resumption of iron ore extraction in the state. However, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar recently said that he would order the mine owners to restart the activity in October this year, if they fail to do so.last_img read more

WiFi Revealed Through Stunning Photos

first_imgRelated: This Company Wants You to Wear Your SIM CardThe result is an otherworldly take on found art, with the pictures showcasing beautiful ghostly lights (or “spectres” as Hernan calls the images) in everyday places. The source code for the device is available so anyone can make their own device. Taking the idea a step further, Hernan has also developed an Android app that senses the wireless fields around the phone and converts them into colors and sounds. Check out the video below to see the app in action:Related: With National Rollout, Will Starbucks Make Wireless Phone Charging the New Wi-Fi? Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals While we are constantly relying on Wi-Fi networks to connect us to the news, social networks and email platforms, we are rarely (if ever) able to see how the invisible infrastructure look while delivering us this information. Luis Hernan, a student at Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, is on a mission to change that. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. June 26, 2014 Digital Etherealcenter_img Digital Ethereal Through his Digital Ethereal project, Hernan has produced vivid photos to illuminate the Wi-Fi networks that surround us. The researcher and Ph.D. candidate was able to achieve this sort of artwork thanks to a gadget he created called the Kirlian Device. The machine scans the wireless networks in the area and measures the signal strength of the Wi-Fi signals. Through long-exposure photography, the naked eye can see how the machine changes those signals into colorful LEDs.  2 min read Register Now »last_img read more