A POLISH COUPLE who forced women into prostitution and ran a string of brothels across London are to be sentenced today.Polish nationals Kamil Niewiadomski, 31, and Ewa Nosal, 30, posted adverts for escorts on a Polish website.When applicants came to work for the pair, their photos were posted on adult services websites in the UK.The women were fined for being late and encouraged to engage in unprotected sex with customers.Bookings for the women were taken at a call centre based at a flat, with the £120 an hour sessions taking place at a number of brothels.Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service Human Trafficking Unit began investigating the pair after several victims rang the unit’s 24-hour helpline.This culminated in a series of search warrants being executed in January at the brothels and Niewiadomski and Nosal’s home address, which they shared with their child and Niewiadomski’s parents.Detectives seized around £24,000 in cash found beside Niewiadomski’s bed and within a safe hidden in his wardrobe. They also recovered almost 50 identity cards for Polish men and women, suggesting that all these had been exploited or worked for the defendants.Police believe the actual number of victims are far in excess of the numbers of cards found.Officers recovered 120 mobile phones used to take bookings for the different men at the call centre.Both have pleaded guilty and will be sentenced today.Read: France passes law to ban the purchase of sex, ICI calls on Ireland to follow suitColumn: We have glimpsed the human misery which fills the pockets of Europe’s pimps and traffickers
Robots are pretty cool, and for all our subconscious fears that they will one day rise up against us, the robots are pretty firmly under our control. In fact, the technology is emerging to allow robots to be controlled directly with the human brain. In this video from the scientific journal Nature, a paralyzed woman uses a brain-machine interface to control a robot arm, and it’s really fantastic.Scientists have been working on bridging the gap between flesh and machine for years, but this is the first time a human has been able to use a robot arm to manipulate a 3-dimensional object by thought alone. Past experiments went so far as controlling a computer cursor. The key is the BrainGate interface, which consists of a small electrode connected to a bundle of gold wires. The electrode is implanted in the patient’s brain (in the motor cortex to be exact). The signal is then transmitted up the wires, and read by a computer.The patient will have to train the software to understand what each pattern of thought means. To make the robotic arm open its hand, the computer has to learn to identify what that brain wave pattern looks like in an individual’s brain. This is a potential boon for paralysis patients because the damage that causes paralysis is usually in the spinal cord. Getting the data directly from the brain bypasses any nerve damage further out in the nervous system.What you see in this video is just the beginning. Researchers hope to make the BrainGate chip implant smaller and develop wireless connections rather than have wires snaking out of people’s skulls. Even at this early stage, it’s pretty wonderful to watch.via ExtremeTech
Short URL Image: Shutterstock/stockfoto By Fora Staff Feb 12th 2018, 12:46 PM Image: Shutterstock/stockfoto Yes, routinely (4823) https://jrnl.ie/3847737 THE ADVENT OF modern household appliances was intended to free us up from excessive time at home watching the laundry go round.But do you – with the exception of the fridge – routinely put on appliances to complete their run after you have left the house? Or perhaps you feel the need to be there the entire time, for safety or some other reasons. (If that’s the case, we’d like to hear your reasoning in the comments.)Do you leave household appliances running when you leave the home? Poll Results: Yes, routinelySometimesPrefer not toDepends on the applianceVote Depends on the appliance (1291) Monday 12 Feb 2018, 12:45 PM 36,883 Views Prefer not to (3739) Share1 Tweet Email Sometimes (3168) 41 Comments Poll: Do you leave appliances running when you are not at home? Give it to us straight. Be honest. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The rising cost of living is causing extra strain on our most vulnerable, says MP Jenny Mikakos. The Shadow Minister for Seniors has accused the Napthine Government for avoiding it’s responsibilities with seniors and cutting funding where it’s needed most. “Premier Napthine, just like Ted Baillieu, has left senior Victorians and those on fixed incomes off the list of government priorities,” Ms Mikakos said. Ms Mikakos has accused the government of “making life harder” by seeking to privatise public aged care facilities, cutting state bill concessions for pensioners and cutting $75 million from the public sector residential aged care budget. Recently during the Federal Election, many pensioners took to State Parliament to protest over being ignored by the government. The group was made up of many ethnically diverse pensioners rallying for a rise in the fortnightly pension. The pension rate is currently $808.40 for singles, and $1,218.80 for couples per fortnight. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Construction of a 72-bed psychiatric hospital is set to begin in Salmon Creek next month, with the facility slated to open next summer.Springstone LLC of Louisville, Ky., will build Rainier Springs Hospital on a 12.5-acre site near the Interstate 205 interchange at Northeast 134th Street. Once operational in 2018, the hospital will provide a range of inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction services for adults. “We’re excited about going out to that community,” said Jill Force, Springstone co-founder and chief administrative officer. “It’s a wonderful state, and we’re excited to be entering.”Springstone was founded seven years ago with the goal of treating mental illness and addiction in an attractive and therapeutic environment, Force said. “Within the industry, there’s a lot of people buying and selling the same buildings,” she said. “We wanted to do it with a fresh start and build a place that’s nice and healing for our patients.”
U.S. growers are expected to plant a record of 84.6 million acres of soybeans this year—a 1 percent increase from 2014.According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Prospective Plantings report released on Tuesday, planted acreage intentions are up or unchanged in 21 of the 31 major soybean producing states.USDA’s annual report provides survey-based estimates for planted acreage for the major U.S. crops.Click here to read the entire report.
Garth Brooks To Headline Stagecoach 2018 garth-brooks-headline-stagecoach-2018-festival Email News Garth Brooks To Headline Stagecoach 2018 Festival Facebook The country music icon will make his first-ever festival appearance at the 2018 edition of Stagecoach Music FestivalBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 29, 2017 – 6:48 pm Two-time GRAMMY-winning country music legend Garth Brooks, despite breaking numerous sales records during his lengthy touring career, has never played a traditional music festival.That’s all going to change in 2018, according to sources via Billboard, the “Ropin’ In The Wind” singer will be headlining the 11th annual edition of AEG/Goldenvoice’s premiere Stagecoach country music festival.It’s big news for the millions of Brooks’ fans, and early, given that the festival is still roughly nine months out — Stagecoach traditionally held the week immediately following Coachella and performers are usually announced in early September — but with a snatch this big for Goldenvoice’s talent buyers, it seems the news was too good to wait. Who will join Brooks for the Stagecoach lineup will likely be revealed in the months to come.Miley Cyrus Joined By Sister Noah, Whole Family To Sing “Achy Breaky Heart” Twitter
Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced legislation that would authorize construction of the single lane, non-commercial, gravel road between King Cove and the all-weather airstrip in Cold Bay.Listen nowThe bill would allow for an equal value land exchange between the state and federal governments to build the road within the 206-acre corridor. The Department of Interior under the Obama administration blocked the road’s construction, citing the sensitive habitat protected in that wilderness-designated section of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.Governor Bill Walker applauded the Senators for their efforts, saying he would support the land swap and will encourage the Congress and the incoming administration to move quickly on what he called a “life saving proposal.”
Pebble Partnership proposes to build a mine in Southwest Alaska. Opponents say it would threaten salmon streams. Photo by Jason Sear, KDLG – DillinghamUPDATE: 4:45 p.m. by Dave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamThe Environmental Protection Agency and the Pebble Limited Partnership announced this morning they have reached an agreement out of court to settle a lawsuit. Tom Collier is Pebble’s CEO.Listen now“What we were after in this settlement was a return to normalized permitting,” Collier said.Under the terms of the agreement, EPA will no longer pursue the preemptive Clean Water Act restrictions proposed under the Obama Administration. Pebble will dismiss its lawsuits against the agency, and will prepare a mine plan and Environmental Impact Statement. The settlement said Pebble needs to begin the permit application within the next two and a half years, a timeline Collier said the company will meet.“My goal is that we meet it by a long shot,” Collier said. “And then, the EPA cannot do anything under the Clean Water Act with respect to the project, until there’s a final EIS or until 48 months to the date of the settlement, whichever occurs first.”In a written statement, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said the decision does not guarantee or prejudge any outcome on Pebble.Many of Pebble’s opponents had long backed the EPA and its unique effort to block large scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed. United Tribes of Bristol Bay director Alannah Hurley gathered regional leaders to speak out against the deal Thursday, even before it was made public.“We’re here today to express our great sense of betrayal and outrage as it appears that the Pebble Limited Partnership and EPA are set to announce a settlement concerning the proposed Clean Water Act protections our people have fought so hard for,” Hurley said.Pebble’s many opponents, from environmentalists, to tribes, to commercial and sport fishing groups were swift to voice similar disappointment Friday. Many accused Pebble and EPA of using a backroom deal to undo the years of work that had been done with a lot of public input.Collier said Pebble has a “progressive” mine plan to unveil soon that is smaller than many people will expect. He says the next goal is to line up a partner to financially back the project, then begin the permit process.ORIGINAL POST: By Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.The EPA has announced a new process that could let the Pebble Partnership develop a controversial mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.The agency said Friday it will freeze an effort begun under the Obama Administration to pre-emptively block the mine. Pebble would have two and a half years to apply for a Clean Water Act permit. In return, Pebble has agreed to dismiss its lawsuits against the government.EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a written statement the settlement provides a fair process for Pebble but does not guarantee the outcome. Pruitt also said the EPA understands “how much the community cares about this issue.”The mine has passionate opponents, especially in Dillingham, where many see the project as a threat to salmon. Thursday, Bristol Bay leaders pledged to stop the mine wherever possible, in court or in the field, by lying in front of bulldozers.
Share Two teenagers from Atascocita High School were killed and a driver was hurt when a car struck a tree and the force of the collision caused the vehicle to break in two. Harris County Sheriff’s Office Vehicular Crimes Unit has charged Jaggar Clayton Smith, 17-year-old, with two counts of intoxication manslaughter. HCSO Traffic Investigators Charge 17 Year Old with Two Counts of Intoxication Manslaughter — full release: https://t.co/CE6stAOtRh#HouNews pic.twitter.com/682xvXkGmA— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) July 25, 2018Authorities said on approximately 12:05 a.m. July 25, 2018, Smith was operating his Nissan Altima in the 18300 block of Timber Forest with two 16-year-old girls, Salma Gomez and Chloe Robison. Smith failed to drive in a single lane and left the roadway traveling southeast into the center median of the roadway rotating counter-clockwise. The right side of the Smith’s vehicle struck a tree and the force of the collision caused the vehicle to break in two. The defendant was transported to Houston Northwest Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and arrested on two counts of Intoxication Manslaughter.Teens involved in this accident were close friends and students at @HumbleISD Atascocita High School. #hounews— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) July 25, 2018
By Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFROAround the world, people are watching a humanitarian crisis unfold throughout the United States of America and along its Southern border as the Commander and Chief Donald Trump has waged a reign of terror on Black and Brown migrants. Since Oct. 1, six people have died in ICE custody, thousands of children have been separated from their parents, children have been caged for seeking freedom, in addition to many other harsh acts that have been the response to migrants seeking a shot at the “American Dream.” President Trump has kept a narrative that the detention centers are not a place for the inhumane caging of people. “I’ve seen some of those places and they are run beautifully,” Trump said. The National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is standing in solidarity with detained migrants. (Courtesy Photo)On July 1, 14 Democratic members of Congress visited two migrant detention centers in Texas in response to the numerous reports of poor conditions at the U.S.-Mexico detention centers. After their visit, Congress confirmed the horrendous conditions the migrants are subjected to, which include overcrowding, limited or no access to hygiene care and showers, minimal to no access to clean water (including being told to drink out of a toilet), continued separation of families, denial of medical attention as well as harassment from the guards within the detention centers. Rep. Alexandria Ocacio-Cortez (D- NY) released a series of tweets following her visit to the detention center stating: “This has been horrifying so far. It is hard to understate the enormity of the problem,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We’re talking systemic cruelty with a dehumanizing culture that treats them like animals.”The National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda (NBWRJA) President and CEO, Marcela Howell swiftly released a statement condemning the crimes being committed by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.“The problems with Customs and Border Patrol did not start with the Trump administration, however, they have exponentially worsened under the leadership of a racist, sexist and xenophobic president.” While the NBWRJA statement calls out the Border Patrol and the Trump administration, it also challenges all American’s to push for immediate change. The NBWRJA emphasizes the human right’s crisis at hand and proclaims, “Every American with simple basic compassion should rise up and demand and end to these inhumane conditions. We must stop this administration’s campaign to decimate families and destroy immigrants’ lives.”While the NBWRJA is an organization that champions reproductive rights for Black women, they make it clear that their struggle is intrinsically connected to that of migrants. “As Black women, we understand how it feels to be stripped of our rights. We know the pain of having our children torn from our arms. We are intimately familiar with the systematic attacks on our rights, our families and our lives,”NBWRJA wrote.“We stand in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color in demanding that America live up to its promise of liberty and justice for all,” NBWRJA added.The National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is a national organizational initiative dedicated to highlighting the voices of Black women and girls in the fight for reproductive justice. For more information about the work that they do, visit: http://blackrj.org
The sci-fi epic The Fifth Element came out in 1997, which was sadly too late to get in on the classic 8-bit era of gaming. Not too worry — the film has been re-imagined as a neat little 8-bit side-scroller by CineFix on YouTube. It doesn’t tell the entire story, but it definitely hits the high points.8-bit gaming was kicked off in 1983 with the release of the original Famicom (later NES), and continued through the early 90s. While the animation made by CineFix this time is mostly 8-bit, there are some more detailed elements in the backgrounds and environments that could be called 16-bit. The channel doesn’t hold itself strictly to one aesthetic or the other — some of its movie adaptations are entirely 16-bit recreations, and others are more 8-bit like this one. The overriding desire is, most likely, to look cool and be true to the source material.The 8-bit version of The Fifth Element created by CineFix picks out some of the more iconic and amusing plot points in the film. There is the opening prologue with the Mondoshawan temple, then it’s on to Korben Dallas and his encounter with the thief with the excellent hat (he doesn’t get the cash). Leeloo’s escape from the government lab is included as well, but then we head right to Zorg’s demo of the ZF-1. Granted, that’s not super-relevant to the plot, but it’s awesome and maybe even funnier in 8-bit.When the climactic battle to retrieve the stones from the Diva goes down, the video goes out of its way to recreate the confusion over guns vs. billiard balls. Clearly you need to have seen the film to get all the jokes and fill in the plot, otherwise it’s just a series of disconnected (but amusing) animations. If nothing else, use this as an excuse to watch one of the most successful French movies ever made.
The festival will be inaugurated by D.M Spolia, Chief Secretary, Govt. of NCT of Delhi on 23 December.This festival will offer culinary delights of Purani Dilli. The festival was started in the year 2010 and, since then Delhi Tourism organises Dilli Ke Pakwaan every year. The event has been receiving encouraging response from Delhiites and foreign tourists alike. The festival will have vendors from Purani Dilli who will showcase their expertise in grafting some of the most delectable, mouth watering cuisines. Visitors will be able to savor the Mutton Korma, Chicken Tikka, Kabab, Special Chaat, Hot Jalebi, Ice Candy, various flavors of kulfi, Daulat ki chaat, puri aloo chaat, rabri falooda, firni and many more. There will be more than 150 varieties of food on offer for the visitors. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The entrance gates of the Dilli ke Pakwaan venue will be designed in the shape of a samosa and malai tikka. There will be theme corners where visitors will be able to enjoy the taste and also get a vivid glimpse of its culture and tradition.Renowned chefs will be giving interactive sessions on cooking besides various competitions for the visitors, such as best recipe and best food lover will also be held during the seven day event.Another addition to this year’s Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDilli Ke Pakwaan Festival is that a special kid’s zone will be designed for the children. Various competitions will also be held for children in that zone.To embark the history of Delhi the entire venue will be redefined with the Old Delhi charm. Cultural performances will bring Dilli Ke Pakwaan alive along with appetizing regional food and street food.Delhi food has always been an amalgamation brought in by people who have migrated to the city and settled. The original food of Delhi mainly refers to the days of Shahjahanabad. This festival is the celebration of this social and cultural diversity.Dilli Ke Pakwaan Festival is one event that is a testimony that despite modernity and the thriving fast food culture, traditional street food is still the flavor any day.
Kolkata: Bidhannagar police have arrested two persons on the charges of threatening a local youth on gunpoint.The incident sparked tension among locals, who were walking along the Shaymnagar road on Saturday evening.The complainant, Pradip Nayek, told the police that he was passing through the area when one person, later identified as Debu Mukherjee, took out a firearm and threatened him on gunpoint.One Gazi Oraon, a local resident, was accompanying the accused. Some of the locals managed to catch hold of the accused.They were also roughed up by the irate mob. After being informed, police rushed to the spot and arrested both the youth. Police have recovered one firearm and two rounds of cartridges from his possession. Both the youths have been remanded to five-day police custody after being produced before Bidhannagar court on Sunday.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC)’s Health department carried out anti-dengue drive in Ward 117 in New Alipore on Tuesday.Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh and Tarak Singh, Member, Mayor-In-Council, Sewerage and Drainage, were present at the event. Senior officials of the KMC’s health, building, solid waste management departments were also present. KMC has identified 20 vulnerable wards where some people had fallen sick due to dengue in 2018. The KMC team is visiting the houses of those victims and is looking into their surroundings. The civic officials felt that this was the best way to control the spread of the vector-borne disease. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseTulika Pal (31 years) residing at Jyotish Roy Road had dengue in 2018. Aditya Prasad (18), a resident of the same area, suffered from dengue in 2018 as well. The civic officials visited their houses and spoke to them. The KMC team on Tuesday also visited the houses of 13 people who had dengue in 2018. Never in the history of the KMC, the drive with such seriousness had been carried out. Not only the civic officials are talking to those who have been affected by the disease but they are also examining the conditions in which they are living. The overhead tanks and underground reservoirs are being examined. In view of global warming, the civic authorities have started anti-dengue drives from January. In early February, awareness drives were carried out in all the 144 wards of the KMC. The dengue eradication drive will be done in three phases. The current phase will continue until July. The second phase will start in August and continue until October. In November and December, follow-up drives will be conducted.