Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts

Friday, June 21, 2019

Unemployed South Africans Turn To Coding For New Jobs

Unemployed South Africans Turn To Coding For New Jobs

Unemployed South Africans turn to coding for new jobs
Unemployed South Africans are turning to coding as the country is facing a severe shortage of computer skills leaving major sectors such as financial institutions struggling to recruit employees with critical skills.

Two thirds of the populations bulk aged between 15 and 34 are unemployed, creating a national crisis according to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Technology seems like the option to create more jobs as opposed to making it worse as usual-.

“I’d say coding is important because we are evolving in a technological world whereby, you get to build anything. So if you starting a business and you need a website you might pay a lot of money for a website. So if you know how to code, you can build your own website which will be less. It gives you a chance whereby you get jobs easier, you get hired easier because a lot of companies now are involving in technology because of the 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution),” said Skinny Shugo Kgwedi, Software programmer and Geekulcha community.


Unemployed South Africans are turning to coding as the country is facing a severe shortage of computer skills.

WeThinkCode_ academy in Johannesburg is training students with no qualifications or background to develop websites, programs and apps. The institution is working with donors most being big financial organizations that sponsor the students and later provide them with internship placements to train and get mentorship.  

It is election day in Mauritania this Saturday [The Morning Call]
“Well we’ve seen that if you’re able to successfully train one skilled developer, that impact that individual has is on 10 to 15 other individuals in that person’s environment because they’re creating employment, they’re bringing more efficiency into the workplace, they’re creating more profitable businesses enabling companies to employ even more people. So the impact that one skilled developer has is on 15 other individuals.

If we’re able to produce an extra 100,000 skilled developers across the country we have 1.5 million people that can be employed in the country,” said Yossi Hasson,Co-Founder, WeThinkCode.

Getting young South Africans to learn coding is hard; high data prices and with only four our of ten public schools have computer labs according to South African Institute of Race Relations.
Tunisia PM Elected Leader Of New Party Ahead Of Nov. 2019 Polls

Tunisia PM Elected Leader Of New Party Ahead Of Nov. 2019 Polls

Tunisia PM elected leader of new party ahead of Nov. 2019 polls

Tunisia’s secular Tahya Tounes party, founded this year, elected Prime Minister Youssef Chahed as its president on Sunday, confirming expectations of his leadership months before parliamentary and presidential elections.


The new party was formed in January after months of wrangling within ruling coalition party Nidaa Tounes, resulting in the resignation of dozens of leaders.

The fragile coalition, which also includes the moderate Islamist party Ennahda, is struggling to pass economic reforms demanded by foreign lenders.

Tahya Tounes party (Long Live Tunisia) includes ministers in the government of Chahed and dozens of lawmakers. The party said it is seeking a comfortable win in the next elections to pursue stalled economic reforms.

Elections are due by the end of this year, with Ennahda, Tunisia’s largest party, favoured to win, according to polls.

Chahed will continue as Prime minister until the next elections and will not resign, political sources said.

The North African country has been hailed as the Arab Spring’s only democratic success because protests toppled autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 without triggering the kind of violent upheavals seen in Syria and Libya.


But nine cabinets since then have failed to resolve Tunisia’s economic problems, including high inflation and unemployment. Impatience is rising among lenders such as the International Monetary Fund, who have kept the country afloat.

(Reuters)
Seven Killed In Baghdad Blast At Shi'ite Mosque - Police

Seven Killed In Baghdad Blast At Shi'ite Mosque - Police

A bomb blast killed seven people at a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in eastern Baghdad on Friday and wounded more than 20, police sources said.
https://www.euronews.com › seven-... Seven killed in Baghdad blast at Shi'ite mosque - police sources | Euronews

The explosion took place in the Baladiyat neighborhood. A senior police source said that either a suicide belt or improvised explosive device had been used in the attack, for which there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The source said the death toll was expected to rise with many of those wounded in serious condition.

It was a rare attack on a Shi’ite place of worship in the Iraqi capital.

Sunni extremists carried out high-profile bombings of Iraqi Shi’ite sites during the worst of the country’s sectarian violence after the U.S. invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Baghdad’s security improved significantly with the defeat of Islamic State in 2017 and bomb attacks of any kind in the city have been rare since then.

(Reuters/Pmnewsnigeria)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

U.S To Start Mass Deportation Next Week

U.S To Start Mass Deportation Next Week

U.S To Start Mass Deportation Next Week

The United States' President Donald Trump said in a tweet that US immigration agents are planning to make mass arrests starting “next week,” an apparent reference to a plan in preparation for months that aims to round up thousands of migrant parents and children in a blitz operation across major US cities.

“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” Trump wrote, referring to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “They will be removed as fast as they come in.”

Large-scale ICE enforcement operations are typically kept secret to avoid tipping off targets. In 2018, Trump and other senior officials threatened the mayor of Oakland, California, with criminal prosecution for alerting city residents that immigration raids were in the works.

Trump and his senior immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, have been prodding Homeland Security officials to arrest and remove thousands of family members whose deportation orders were expedited by the Justice Department this year as part of a plan known as the “rocket docket.”
(Stuff.co.nz)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Trump To Announce Re-election Bid At Florida Rally

Trump To Announce Re-election Bid At Florida Rally

Trump to announce re-election bid at Florida rally
U.S. President Donald Trump is set to announce his candidacy for a second four-year term at a rally in Florida.

Trump’s campaign for re-election in 2020 chose the 20,000-seat Amway Centre in the centre of the state to make the announcement on Tuesday.

The event is scheduled to start at 8 p.m (0000 GMT).

Trump has been touting the rally in tweets, claiming there has been a large demand for tickets.

“Big rally tomorrow night in Orlando, Florida, looks to be setting records, we are building large movie screens outside to take care of everybody,’’ Trump tweeted on Monday.

New polls of potential voters indicate Trump will need all their support on Election Day, which isn’t until Nov. 3, 2020.

A poll conducted on Sunday by Fox News showed Trump trailing former vice president Joe Biden, the front-runner among a crowded field of Democrats, by 10 points.

The poll also shows him nine points behind Senator Bernie Sanders, another leading contender.

Trump tweeted about the polls on Monday, suggesting they were fake.

“Only Fake Polls show us behind the Motley Crew. We are looking really good, but it is far too early to be focused on that. Much work to do! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

The president is expected to use Tuesday’s rally to highlight strengths in the U.S. economy and the fulfillment of campaign promises made during his 2016 campaign.
(NAN)
Former Egyptian President Morsi Dies In Court During Sitting

Former Egyptian President Morsi Dies In Court During Sitting

Former Egyptian President Morsi dies in court during sitting

Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi collapsed and died in court on Monday during a court session, state TV said.

Morsi was the fifth president of Egypt from June 2012 until July 2013, when General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi removed him from office in the 2013 Egyptian coup d’état after the June 2013 Egyptian protests.


More update latter....







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Harvard Revokes Teenager's Admission Over Racist Comment He Made At 16

Harvard Revokes Teenager's Admission Over Racist Comment He Made At 16

Harvard Revokes Teenager's Admission Over Racist Comment He Made At 16
An 18 year-old teenager who got admitted to Havard has lost his admission after a racist comment he made when he was 16 surfaced.

Kyle Kashuv who is one of the survivors of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead,  made some racist comments few months before the massacre in Parkland, Florida and the comments recently resurfaced and cost him dearly.

Kyle, a gun rights activist, was admitted to Harvard earlier this year but his admission has been rescinded after the screenshots of him using racial slurs surfaced.
 Kyle's classmates had accused him of repeatedly using the N-word.
Harvard Revokes Teenager's Admission Over Racist Comment He Made At 16
After his admission was revoked, Kyle took to Twitter to explain his previous remarks.

See his tweets below.....

Harvard Revokes Teenager's Admission Over Racist Comment He Made At 16

Harvard Revokes Teenager's Admission Over Racist Comment He Made At 16

Harvard Revokes Teenager's Admission Over Racist Comment He Made At 16

Harvard Revokes Teenager's Admission Over Racist Comment He Made At 16

Harvard Revokes Teenager's Admission Over Racist Comment He Made At 16

Harvard Revokes Teenager's Admission Over Racist Comment He Made At 16


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Paris’s Notre-dame Holds First Mass Since Fire Outbreak

Paris’s Notre-dame Holds First Mass Since Fire Outbreak

The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris hosted its first mass on Saturday exactly two months after a devastating blaze, with priests and worshippers wearing hard hats to protect themselves against possible falling debris.
Paris’s Notre-dame Holds First Mass Since Fire Outbreak

Dressed in a white robe and helmet, Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit led the service, which was attended by just some 30 people — half of them clergy.

“The fire, which ravaged the building on April 15, has provoked a wave of emotion, not only for the community of believers,” Archbishop Aupetit said in his sermon, broadcast live

“This cathedral is a place of worship, that’s its true and unique purpose.”

The mass started at 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) in the Chapel of the Virgin on the east side of the cathedral, confirmed to be safe.

Protective nets have been strung above the nave and choir and rubble still strews the floor but the pews have remained intact.

Aupetit was joined by the rector of Notre-Dame, Patrick Chauvet, other clergy, volunteers, people working on the restoration as well a handful of lay worshippers.

The date was chosen as it is the anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral’s altar, which is celebrated every year on June 16.

The date is “highly significant, spiritually,” Chauvet had told AFP ahead of the service, adding he was happy to be able to show that “Notre-Dame is truly alive”.

– Five-year plan –

President Emmanuel Macron has set an ambitious target of five years for restoring Notre-Dame, which was gutted by a fire on April 15 that felled its steeple and consumed the lattice of beams supporting the roof.

The diocese is awaiting a response from the French authorities over whether it can re-open the esplanade in front of the cathedral to the public.

If the authorities approve the plan, the idea is to celebrate evening prayers there, the diocese said.

The church has also floated the idea of erecting a temporary structure in front of the cathedral to welcome worshippers while the building is being repaired.

Up to 150 workers have been working at the cathedral daily since the fire, continuing to remove debris and stabilise the structure.

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Two large white canopies have been put in place to ensure the edifice is protected, including from rain.

– ‘Inventive’ reconstruction –

Macron’s call for an “inventive” rather than identical reconstruction of the steeple has left some architects up in arms.

Meanwhile, legislation over the reconstruction has been blocked in parliament over disagreements between the upper and lower houses and is now only expected to be adopted at the end of July.

Pledges of some 850 million euros ($960 million) had been made from prominent French businessmen and ordinary citizens but only around 10 percent of that has been donated so far.


France Info public radio said just 80 million euros had been handed over, with businessmen giving the money in tranches and some private individuals renouncing their pledges due to the apparent success of the campaign.

Notre-Dame has figured as a central character through the ups and downs of French history since construction began in mid-12th century.

During the French Revolution in the 18th century, it was vandalised and plundered but went on to feature as a central character in a Victor Hugo’s novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” (1831) which is credited with helping save it.

It survived the devastation of two global conflicts in the 20th century and famously rang its bells on August 24, 1944, the day of the Liberation of Paris from German occupation at the end of the World War II.

(AFP)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Iran’s Supreme Leader Rules Out Negotiations With U.S.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Rules Out Negotiations With U.S.

Iran’s supreme leader rules out negotiations with U.S.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ruled out any future negotiations with the U.S. on Thursday, during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Iran does not trust the U.S.,’’ Khamenei said in Tehran. “We have already had the bitter experience with the Americans over the nuclear deal and do not want to repeat this experience.’’

The U.S. unilaterally withdrew in 2018 from the Iran agreement, which was aimed at preventing Tehran from acquiring a nuclear arsenal.

Washington’s decision to begin implementing oil and banking sanctions has crippled Iran’s economy and placed the deal’s European signatories under pressure.

No country in its right mind would negotiate under such circumstances, said Khamenei, who has the final say on all strategic policy in the Islamic Republic under Iran’s constitution.

Abe has offered to serve as an intermediary, as Japan has amicable relations with Iran.

Tokyo had long relied on Tehran for oil imports until the Trump administration ended its sanctions waivers granted to buyers of Iran’s crude oil.

Khamenei commended Japan’s efforts. “But I don’t regard U.S. President Donald Trump as worthy of sending a message or an answer,’’ he said.

The supreme leader added that his distrust lies in Trump’s goal to force regime change in Iran, which Khamenei said will not work.
United States Joins Diplomatic Push To Ensure Transition Deal In Sudan

United States Joins Diplomatic Push To Ensure Transition Deal In Sudan

U.S. Joins Diplomatic Push To Ensure Transition Deal In Sudan

The top U.S. diplomat for Africa on Wednesday joined an international effort to press Sudan’s military rulers and the opposition toward a deal on a transition to democracy two months after the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir.

An Ethiopian envoy has said that the military and opposition groups have agreed to resume talks on the formation of a transitional council that collapsed after the violent dispersal of a protest sit-in on June 3.

Tibor Nagy, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africa, met on Wednesday with the main opposition coalition and held talks with Sudan’s acting Deputy Foreign Minister Ilham Ibrahim.

Before the meetings, the State Department said Nagy was going to urge the parties to work toward an environment conducive to the resumption of negotiations. The United States also on Wednesday named veteran diplomat Donald Booth as its envoy to Sudan.

After meeting Nagy, the main opposition coalition said that it would only participate in indirect talks and it would impose other conditions.

We have informed the Ethiopian prime minister that we refuse to have direct negotiations with the transitional military council,” said Madani Abbas Madani, a leader of the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces.

The point of contention between us is clear and our terms are clear; we are talking now about issues of transition to civilian rule and the rights of martyrs.”

The bloodshed has drawn expressions of concern from world powers including the United States, which imposed sanctions on Sudan under Bashir over its alleged support for militant groups and the civil war in Darfur.

Stability in the nation of 40 million is crucial for a volatile region struggling with conflict and insurgencies from the Horn of Africa to Egypt and Libya.

The military council has been bolstered by support from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which between them have offered $3 billion in aid.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Lady Killed By Her Husband, Weeks After Telling People To Make Their Marriages Work

Lady Killed By Her Husband, Weeks After Telling People To Make Their Marriages Work

Lady Killed By Her Husband, Weeks After Telling People To Make Their Marriages Work


A lady has been killed by her “Cheating” husband, barely a week after encouraging couples to make their marriages work, no matter the situation.

Following his arrest in Florida on Monday, Jason Lindsey told the police that his wife,
Tynell , confronted him because she found a condom in his vehicle and she suspected he was cheating.

Lady killed by her husband, weeks after telling people to make their marriages work


Tynell reportedly grabbed a knife during the argument and scratched her husband’s face with her nails.

Jason said he wrestled the knife away from her then said he “kinda lost it” and began choking her with one hand while stabbing her with the other, according to the affidavit.


Tynell’s 8-year-old son heard her screaming, came into the master bedroom and witnessed the attack, the report said. The boy eventually called 911.

Jason claimed he was defending himself, telling deputies that Tynell had attacked him with a knife in the past.

Below is her post on Marriage before her fatal demise:

 Lady killed by her husband, weeks after telling people to make their marriages work

[Yabaleftonline]

Monday, June 10, 2019

Oh No!!: 10 firefighters Battles As Fire Engulfs New House – East London

Oh No!!: 10 firefighters Battles As Fire Engulfs New House – East London

Massive fire has broke through a newly built block of flats in east London and about 10 firefighters are battling to quench it.
Oh No!!: 10 firefighters Battles As Fire Engulfs New House – East London

The fire broke out on De Pass Gardens in Barking on Sunday afternoon June 9th. The videos obtained from the scene shows the building engulfed from the ground to the sixth floor.

It was further capture that fifteen fire engines were deployed to tackle the blaze. There had been no reports of injuries at this stage and evacuations are in place –  a Met Police spokesperson said.
   Fire rips through newly built block of flats in east London

Capturing that statement of the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said : "Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters have been called to a fire at a block of flats on De Pass Gardens in Barking.

"The ground floor to the sixth floor of the block are currently alight.
   Fire rips through newly built block of flats in east London

"The Brigade was called at 3.31pm and is still at the scene. Fire crews from Barking, Dagenham, East Ham and surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

"The cause of the fire is not known at this stage."

"Police on scene with London Fire Brigade at De Pass Gardens, Barking dealing with a major incident, whereby a block of flats is alight. Evacuations are in progress and road closures are being implemented." – Barking and Dagenham Police reported on Twitter

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Russia, US Trade Charges After Near Naval Collision

Russia, US Trade Charges After Near Naval Collision

Russia and the United States on Friday accused each other of dangerous maneuvers after their naval ships came close to collision in the East China Sea.
Russia's Pacific Fleet said that the USS Chancellorsville guided-missile cruiser suddenly cut across the course of its Admiral Vinogradov anti-submarine ship, passing in front of it at a distance of just 50 meters (164 feet).

The Russian ship had to carry out an emergency maneuver to avoid collision, the navy said, adding that it had sent a message of protest to the US cruiser's commanders.
Russia, US Trade Charges After Near Naval Collision

Admiral Viktor Kravchenko, Russia's former navy chief of staff, accused the US of "hooliganism" in comments to Interfax news agency.

But the US Seventh Fleet later attributed the incident to an "unsafe" maneuver by the Russian ship, which it said had accelerated from behind to sail within 50 to 100 feet of the Chancellorsville, "putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk."

"We consider Russia's actions during this interaction as unsafe and unprofessional," the US Navy said.

"To me, safety at the end of the day is the most important," Shanahan told reporters, saying the incident "will not deter us from conducting our operations."

A US Navy official said that a helicopter had been trying to land on the Chancellorsville, a delicate operation in which a ship needs to sail steadily rather than slow down.

The helicopter gave up after the Russian vessel approached, he said.

Under international rules of navigation, a ship seeking to overtake another vessel bears the responsibility for ensuring the safety of the one it is passing, the official said.

- Sunbathing on the high seas -

The US Seventh Fleet released a video of the incident in which Russian sailors appeared to be sunbathing on the stern of the Admiral Vinogradov as their ship approaches.

The East China Sea and South China Sea are already tense due to periodic incidents between the US Navy and vessels from China, which has a number of disputes with its US-allied neighbors over small islands.

The sea incident came just as Chinese President Xi Jinping was visiting Russia, where President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of seeking to "extend its jurisdiction to the whole world."

Despite recent attempts to find cooperation, the United States and Russia have been at loggerheads over a range of issues including Moscow's backing for separatists in Ukraine and its alleged interference in the US election.

A Russian senator, Alexei Pushkov, said that the sea incident could further worsen relations.

"Especially in the atmosphere of constant hysteria over Russia in US political circles," he tweeted, "this is walking on the razor's edge."
Russia, US Trade Charges After Near Naval Collision
Russia and the US regularly accuse each other of carrying out dangerous naval or aerial maneuvers. In June 2016, Moscow and Washington traded accusations after their naval ships sailed closely past each other in the eastern Mediterranean.

 A month later, the US accused Russia of "aggressive" and "erratic" moves by one of its warships in the same waters. The two countries also regularly complain over each other's military planes flying too close to their airspace.
In May, US fighters intercepted six Russian military aircraft in international airspace west of Alaska, and shadowed them until they exited the area.

[AFP]

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Death Toll Rises To 60 Following Sudan Crackdown[Photos/Video]

Death Toll Rises To 60 Following Sudan Crackdown[Photos/Video]

The number of people killed in a crackdown on pro-democracy protests in the Sudanese capital Khartoum has risen to 60, an opposition group says.
Death Toll Rises To 60 Following Sudan Crackdown

Members of a feared paramilitary group are reported to be roaming the streets attacking civilians.

CNN reported that violence began when forces of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) opened fire on unarmed protesters on Monday.

At least 60 people are dead and over 300 injured after troops stormed the main camp of pro-democracy protesters in Sudan's capital, according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD).

Death Toll Rises To 60 Following Sudan Crackdown

Videos showed billowing smoke and scenes of panic as the military tried to break up an opposition sit-in in the capital, Khartoum.

The demonstrators have demanded that the Transitional Military Council, which has ruled the country since troops ousted longtime President Omar al-Bashir in April, make way for a civilian-led interim body.

Death Toll Rises To 60 Following Sudan Crackdown

Many of the those who are injured are in a critical condition, according to the CCSD, which is close to the protestors.


Watch Video Below:



[BBC/CNN]
Sinai Militants Kill 8 Egypt Police: Interior Ministry

Sinai Militants Kill 8 Egypt Police: Interior Ministry

Sinai Militants Kill 8 Egypt Police: Interior Ministry
Militants killed eight Egyptian policemen on today, Wednesday at a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, centre of a long-running jihadist insurgency, the interior ministry said.

Terrorist elements targeted a checkpoint west of El-Arish early this morning… The exchange of fire killed fire terrorist elements and eight police were martyred,” a ministry statement said.

Some militants escaped and security forces are following “their movements”, the ministry added.

A security source said reinforcements had been dispatched to the checkpoint near El-Arish, capital of North Sinai province.

The checkpoint is currently surrounded by the army and police,” he said.

A medical source said three members of the Central Security Force, a paramilitary force under the control of the interior ministry, were also wounded in the attack and taken to El-Arish public hospital.

Egyptian state television said there were fears the death toll could rise as there were reports of attacks on multiple checkpoints.

The attack came at the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

No group has claimed responsibility so far.

Egypt has for years been battling insurgents in the North Sinai affiliated with the Islamic State group.

Hundreds of police officers and soldiers have been killed in militant attacks which intensified after the army’s ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

In February 2018, the army launched a nationwide offensive against the militants focused mainly on the North Sinai.

According to official figures, around 650 militants have been killed since the start of the operation, while the army has lost some 50 soldiers.

No independent statistics are available and the region is largely cut off to journalists making verification of casualty figures extremely difficult.

[AFP]

Monday, May 27, 2019

U.S : Man Murders, Dismembers Roommates

U.S : Man Murders, Dismembers Roommates

U.S : Man Murders, Dismembers Roommates
A 46-year-old man, Tyrone Donte Gladden, from North Carolina, U.S., has been indicted on murder charges after police said he stabbed his two roommates to death before dismembering the bodies and dumping them in a wooded area.

Gladden was indicted by a Forsyth County grand jury on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of dismembering human remains in the June 2017 deaths of Gary Michael Craig Jr., 36, and Devetta Carnetta Campbell, 40, The Winston-Salem Journal reported.

Search warrants obtained by the paper stated that the roommates’ families had not been able to contact them for some time, prompting them to contact Winston-Salem Police on July 17 of that year to perform a welfare check.

A search inside the apartment revealed little other than the fact that all the carpeting had been ripped up – something for which the property managers told police they did not bear responsibility.

Police continued their search outside the apartment complex and discovered a human torso in a wooded area, the Journal reported citing search warrants.

Investigators found more body parts initially thought to belong to one person but further testing identified that the remains belonged to two different people, Craig and Campbell.

The murders were believed to have taken place sometime between June 16 and June 30, 2017, Gladden’s indictment stated.

Gladden lived in the apartment with Craig and Campbell, and in the days following their deaths, he was seen driving one of their cars and removing items, including the carpets, from the apartment, according to search warrants.

Police also noted that Gladden’s girlfriend disclosed to them she had looked through the search history on his tablet and found that he had looked for “decomposing bodies.”

Friday, May 24, 2019

Doctor Arrested For Reusing Syringes, Infecting Close To 500 Kids With HIV –  Pakistan

Doctor Arrested For Reusing Syringes, Infecting Close To 500 Kids With HIV – Pakistan

A doctor has been arrested and is under investigation for allegedly infecting hundreds of children in a single Pakistani city with HIV by reusing syringes.

Nearly 500 children in a single Pakistani city have tested positive for HIV, in an outbreak that has led to the arrest of at least one doctor and highlighted gross inadequacies in the local health care system.

As of mid-May, 410 children and 100 adults in Larkana, a city in Pakistan’s Sindh province, had tested positive for HIV, the Associated Press reported. Those numbers have since climbed to 494 children and 113 adults, according to NPR.

According to reports from NPR and the AP, parents in April began to notice lasting fevers in their children and took them to a nearby medical center for testing.

By around April 24, 15 children ages 2 to 8 had tested positive for HIV, according to an op-ed written by Larkana Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Nauman Siddique. “Recognising the seriousness of this issue,” local officials shortly thereafter set up a “healthcare camp” where children and their parents could be screened for the virus, Siddique wrote.

The results of the screening within the first few days were shocking,” he wrote. “The tests revealed that the parents of the HIV-positive children were HIV negative”—raising questions about how so many children became infected.

What’s Being Done About The Larkana Hiv Outbreak?

National and international health authorities, including the World Health Organization, UNAIDS and UNICEF, are collaborating on a response in Larkana, which includes ongoing free testing of individuals who may be infected, crackdowns on unsafe clinics and barbershops and public education campaigns about preventing the spread of HIV.

Siddique has also urged medical professionals to use auto-lock syringes, which cannot be reused, and called for better labs for conducting medical blood work.

Pakistan Health Minister Dr. Zafar Mirza also announced on May 23 that three new HIV/AIDs treatment centers would be established throughout Sindh.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Japan Police Develop App That Screams And Flashes SOS Message To Scare Off Molesters

Japan Police Develop App That Screams And Flashes SOS Message To Scare Off Molesters

The Japannese police has built a mobile app known as "DigiPolice app". It was actually launched three years ago to provide information for elderly people, parents and children about scams or prowlers.
Japan Police Develop App That Screams And Flashes SOS Message To Scare Off Molesters

The "repel molester" feature was added a few months after the launch which victims of molestation can activate the application it will shout "stop it" at its highest volume or produce a full-screen emergency message which the victims can show to others. The emergency message reads, "There is a molester. Please help."
The app has been downloaded very much now with an "unusually high figure" for a public service app, police official Keiko Toyamine told news agency AFP.

The police official further said that the downloads are increasing by some 10,000 every month.
Women are often too scared to call for help when they are being harassed and this emergency message mode helps them "notify other passengers about groping while remaining silent."

According to the latest available data from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, nearly 900 groping and other harassment cases were reported on Tokyo trains and subways in 2017. Toyamine added that it is only the tip of the iceberg as many hesitate to report the crime.

An expert says that the app could be a boon for "silent" crime.

Akiyoshi Saito, a certified social worker who supported some 800 former molesters during a rehabilitation programme, said, "Molesters tend to target those who appear shy and reluctant to lodge a police complaint."

A senior official from the Metropolitan Police Department said: "I hope more people will download the renewed app to prevent as many crime victims as possible."