Airport slammed for ordering security dog shot

first_imgOfficials at New Zealand’s Auckland Airport are facing a barrage of criticism after they ordered police to shoot a trainee aviation security dog that escaped onto the tarmac.The dog, a 10-month-old bearded collie-German short-haired pointer cross called Grizz,  escaped early Friday morning and was causing delays at the airport when airport staff issued the kill order.The incident has sparked international news coverage as well as angry criticism from animal rights groups and the public about why the dog was not tranquilised rather killed.  Some passengers said they would have been happy to see their flight delayed if the dog could have been saved.The shooting came after officials had tried for more than three hours to capture Grizz, who was not on the runway when he was shot.  By that time, about 16 international and domestic flights had been delayed.The dog was being trained to detect bombs and was just six months away from graduating. It was not known what spooked him.A spokesman for New Zelaand’s Aviation Security Service (Avsec), Mike Richards, told the New Zealand Herald:  “All efforts to capture the dog were exhausted and the airport company had no option but to request police to shoot the dog.””The handler and Avsec are naturally upset but do understand there were no other options, in the very difficult circumstances.’’Avsec said Grizz was being loaded into the back of wagon about  4:30am when he escaped and ran on to the secure airside part of the airport through an open gate. He did not have a permanent handler so was less responsive and all efforts to recover him failed, it said.“All of Auckland’s Avsec off duty dog handlers were called in and there was a massive effort to locate and retrieve him,’’ an Avsec statement said. “The fact that the incident took place very early in the morning did not help as it was pitch black for the first two hours and he could not be found.“When he was located he would not let anyone near him and kept sprinting across the runways. We tried everything, food, toys, other dogs, but nothing would work. The area is too vast and too open to try and use mobile fencing.“In these difficult circumstances the Airport’s Emergency Operations Centre team decided to have the dog destroyed. Avsec and the handler and members of the Explosive Detector Dog Unit are naturally quite shaken but understand the reasons for the decision.”last_img read more

New M&G journalism centre

first_imgThe new M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism is set to make waves in South African investigative reporting. (Image: stock.xchng) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stefaans BrümmerM&G Centre for Investivative JournalismRELATED ARTICLES • Reshaping reportage on Africa• Rewarding good African reporting • Fifa guarantees press freedom • The media and open justiceJanine ErasmusThe non-profit M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism has opened its doors with a threefold aim – to produce quality investigative journalism stories; to train suitably qualified journalists; and to help improve the environment for such individuals in South Africa, allowing them to do their work freely and efficiently.The project is the result of a collaborative effort between the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, which is a grant-making organisation committed to promoting the principles of democracy, and M&G Media.The Open Society Foundation, which funded the initiative to the tune of R1-million (US$138 000) for the first year, was established in 1993 by Hungarian-born philanthropist George Soros, now living in the US.Soros founded the South African foundation to help promote an open society in the country. This, he hoped, would result in democracy, tolerance for opposing opinions, acceptance of and respect for minorities, a strong economy, and an active civil society.M&G Media owns the Mail&Guardian newspaper as well as the corresponding online portal, which claims to be Africa’s oldest newspaper website.The company is also responsible for The Teacher magazine, a monthly, and a number of other online publications including blogs Thought Leader, Sports Leader and Tech Leader, as well as Campus Times and entertainment portal The Guide.The foundation’s executive director Zohra Dawood said that a free media culture is vital to the growth of democracy, and support for initiatives that drive such a culture is a priority for the organisation.“In supporting the Mail&Guardian over the years, we salute its commitment to investigative journalism in particular,” she said. “We are proud to be a part of an initiative that will continue a fearless tradition of exposing wrongdoing in the public interest.”Quality investigationsThe team is known collectively as amaBhungane – the dung beetles. Members of the scarab superfamily of beetles, these creatures, although small, help to improve agricultural conditions by consuming dung.Stories produced by the centre’s staff will be distributed through the two M&G publications, the Mail&Guardian and the Mail&Guardian Online.Already a host of top journalists have come on board. Among them are Adriaan Basson, Stefaans Brümmer and Sam Sole of M&G – all of them multiple award winners. Investigators Jackie Mapiloko of City Press and Ilham Rawoot and the first group of interns support the veteran complement.According to Mail&Guardian newspaper editor Nic Dawes, good investigative journalism is central to the publication’s ability to embody the constitutional idea of a free press.“With greatly compromised institutions of state – from parliament to the prosecuting authorities – it increasingly falls to the media to do the crucial work of insisting on accountability, both in government and in the private sector,” he said.Having a dedicated investigative journalism unit will help alleviate the financial pressure that media houses increasingly struggle with, said Dawes, and at the same time allow M&G Media to enhance the quality of its investigative journalism work.“From corruption and governance issues to health, the environment and poverty,” he said, “amaBhungane will be working to turn the dross of greed and self-interest into fertiliser for democracy”.Improving African journalismThe centre is just one of a number of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of all genres of journalism in South Africa and on the continent.Among them are the partnership between Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape and Unesco, which focuses on improving the standard of reporting through the training of journalism teachers, especially with regard to the efficient use of new media.Further afield, the science journalism mentoring project spearheaded by the World Federation of Science Journalists with the support of the UK’s Department for International Development, has produced not only a group of well-equipped young science journalists, but has also given rise to new science journalism associations in South Africa and a handful of other African countries, as well as new science publications and TV and radio programmes.Through internships, the M&G centre aims to produce much the same effect. Budding journalists from any media house in the Southern African region are encouraged to apply for an intern position.last_img read more

Tackling World Cup ticket touts

first_img18 May 2010With more than 2.5-million tickets sold through authorised channels, the South African authorities have finalised regulations to combat ticket touts ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.However, unauthorised operators or sellers continue to exploit the popularity of the World Cup to lure unsuspecting fans across the world into purchasing illegitimate or unauthorised tickets and/or ticket-inclusive travel packages.The implementation of a new regulation, approved by South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, makes it unlawful for any entity or person to sell or otherwise dispose of Fifa World Cup tickets for commercial purposes, ruling this an unfair business practice.“We are concerned that consumers may be prejudiced by believing that they can purchase tickets through avenues which are not authorised by Fifa,” says Davies. “Consumers could lose the money that they have paid for tickets or be left in a situation of not receiving the tickets that they have paid for.“The position is obviously aggravated wherein consumers, in addition to outlaying money for tickets, have used funds to purchase accommodation and flights.”To prevent forgery, each ticket features various special security elements such as a barcode. With the electronic turnstiles, invalid or forged tickets will be easily detected.With the new regulations in place, the selling and use of counterfeit tickets is inherently fraudulent, and criminal prosecutions could follow.It is important to note that any ticket can be traced back to the original buyer, who can be made liable according to the new regulations.A special team from Fifa’s legal affairs division and from MATCH Event Services are working closely with international and local authorities to combat illegal offers.“This new regulation will greatly assist the enforcement authorities in their efforts to stop unlawful ticketing,” said Fifa attorney Clifford Green. “In addition, the South African Police Service is conducting criminal investigations into ticketing activities by unauthorised parties which will tighten the control of the sale of tickets even further.“This will enhance the event security and reduce the chances of football fans being let down or being turned away at the match venues.”Fifa and MATCH have issued numerous warnings to the public urging them not to purchase tickets or hospitality packages from unofficial sources. For further information on the official sales points, visit fans who are not able to attend matches due to unforeseen circumstances, an official re-sell platform has been set-up through, or the call centre 083 123 2010.Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

The Top 10 AR/VR Trends for 2019, According to the Founders of the Upcoming AWE Show

first_imgHow a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… This year the AR/VR industry feels like it is finally progressing toward mainstream adoption. The AWE show, which takes place in Santa Clara, California at the end of May, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. This year’s theme is “Enter the Next Dimension” and the organization has come a long way since it started as a small, community-driven, nonprofit whose core mission was to help advance the entire AR/VR industry as a whole.the latest developer and creator tools. The show will feature new tracks such as “Sales and Marketing” that will discuss the massive opportunity available this year in AR/VR advertising. Another dedicated track will bring together a select group of leading startups to pitch investors seeking to get involved in the massive opportunity presented by AR/VR. Most importantly, AWE will also continue to highlight the human aspects of the business and the use of technology for social impact, diversity & inclusion of special interest groups of all types. To honor this 10th year of the show, we spoke with cofounder Ori Inbar and chair Tom Emrich and have identified 10 major themes that you can expect to find front and center at this year’s show: 1. Enabling AR/VRThanks to advancements in enabling areas of tech like computer vision, spatial audio gesture recognition and eye tracking, AR/VR experiences are becoming more natural and immersive.2. 2019: Year of the CreatorA number of authoring tools aimed at equipping the next generation of creators with fast and easy tools for building AR/VR experiences without code are setting the stage for 2019 to be the Year of the Creator.  3. Advertising and MarketingAR proved itself last year by increasing sales for early adopters like Houzz; 2019 is shaping up to be another good year for mobile AR ads as well as VR marketing and consumer research campaigns. 4. Gaming, eSports, and Location Based Entertainment You need to experience a new reality to believe it, which is why immersive gaming, eSports and LBE signal the best way forward for AR/VR at a time when the average consumer cannot afford good immersive experiences. 5.Humanities, Privacy & EthicsAR/VR are raising critical issues around access, privacy, consent and harassment. At the same time, we have the opportunity to make a conscious effort in including people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds in the future of computing. 6. EnterpriseAR/VR are now well-established tools providing ROI at a number of Fortune 500 companies, with larger and even full-production rollouts of AR/VR solutions expected to ramp up in the next few years.7. Future of MobilityAR/VR are helping to design, assemble, service and shop for the cars of tomorrow, and may very well serve as the primary form of in-vehicle entertainment when we no longer need to pay attention to the road. 8. AR CloudThe race to build an index of the real world is on, with companies working to align digital content with the physical environment on a global scale in order to enable next-level augmented reality. 9. WebXR Web-based AR/VR content will impact immersive tech adoption and overall use by exposing the masses to augmented and virtual reality without requiring an app download. 10. 5G The next-generation of AR/VR applications are going to require greater bandwidth and lower latency than 4G can deliver; hence why the future of immersive tech depends upon the rollout of 5G. Tickets for the upcoming AWE show are currently available – to learn more visit Deanna is the Managing Editor at ReadWrite. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content development. Related Posts Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an…center_img Deanna RitchieManaging Editor at ReadWrite How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience Large Events Rethink Safety and Emergency Proto…last_img read more

Muslims opposing Ram temple must go to Pakistan: U.P. Shia Waqf board chief

first_imgUttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi has suggested that Muslims who are against building Ram temple in Ayodhya “must go to Pakistan and Bangladesh.”The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute from February 8. Mr. Rizvi offered Friday prayers at the disputed site in Ayodhya and also met the chief priest of the Ram Janambhoomi, Acharya Satyendra Das. On the occasion, he said, “Those who are opposing the Ram temple in Ayodhya and want to build the Babri Mosque there… People having such fundamentalist mentality should go to Pakistan and Bangladesh. Such Muslims do not have any place in India.” “Those who want to spread Jihad in the name of the mosque must go and join the forces of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS chief,” Mr. Rizvi said. He alleged that fundamentalist Muslim clerics are trying to destroy the country and they must migrate to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Reacting to Mr. Rizvi’s remarks, Shia clerics demanded his arrest for trying to communalise the atmosphere. President of Shia Ulema Council Maulana Iftekhar Hussain Inquilabi alleged, “Rizvi is a criminal involved in grabbing and illegal selling of Waqf properties.” “He has been charge-sheeted by the CB-CID and to save himself from the law he is enacting a big drama,” he told PTI.“During the rule of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, he was patronised by Mulayam Singh Yadav and then minister Azam Khan. Now, during the BJP government, he wants to be spared,” Mr. Inquilabi claimed.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Miandad blames IPL for Australian cricket’s decline

first_imgHolding the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) responsible for Australian cricket’s decline, former Pakistan cricket captain Javed Miandad said the Australians got distracted by the big cash thrown at them by the Twenty20 league.”I believe Australia’s slump has a lot to do with their players’ association with the IPL,” Miandad told The News.”Most of their top players got a bit too distracted because of the big cash thrown at them by the IPL. They even started ignoring national duty which has really caused their downfall,” he added.The Australians, who were almost an invincible lot till about a year back, have completely slumped to disaster, which is evident from their dismal show in the recently-concluded Ashes series.Australia lost the Ashes series at home 1-3 and wilted to fifth place in the Test rankings.Miandad feels the Aussie cricketers got lured by the money-spinning IPL and did not try to resist the temptation to earn the big bucks. “All of that has really hurt the Australians, who I am sure would have not slumped like this if their players had resisted the temptation to earn big bucks that was used to lure them by the IPL,” said Miandad.According to Miandad, players like Glen McGrath, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist retired from Test cricket before their time so that they could earn the IPL millions, which was launched in 2008.Miandad also warned that this twenty20 league might just end up killing the Test as well as One-Day cricket altogether.advertisement”It certainly will. There is too much disparity when it comes to pays and if proper steps are not taken then top players will continue to put this league above international cricket,” said Miandad.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Spectator charged with assaulting WWE star Bret Hart

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Madsen had a previous run-in with a fighter in Lincoln.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this March 28, 2010, file photo, Bret “Hit Man” Hart celebrates his victory over Mr. McMahon at WrestleMania XXVI in Glendale, Ariz. Hart was tackled by a spectator Saturday, April 6, 2019, while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center. The attacker was promptly subdued by several people, including other wrestlers, who came to Hart’s defense. Hart is okay. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)NEW YORK — Authorities say a spectator faces assault and trespassing charges after tackling wrestler Bret “The Hitman” Hart while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn.Bail was set at $1,500 for Zachary Madsen of Lincoln, Nebraska at a hearing on Sunday night. The judge also issued orders of protection barring Madsen from approaching Hart, who wasn’t hurt, and a security worker.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Other wrestlers helped subdue the attacker. Hart resumed his speech.Prosecutors said in court that Madsen told police that he “felt like it was right moment” to go after the wrestling legend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHis lawyer said Madsen is “agreeable and cooperative” and has no criminal convictions.WWE described Madsen as “an over-exuberant fan.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PBA D-League: Valencia City-San Sebastian blasts Wangs View comments MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham striker Kane best no.9 in the world says Keane

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane best no.9 in the world says Keaneby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane is the best number nine in the world, according to former Spurs star Robbie Keane.The Englishman has quietly gone about his business this season, once again blasting in goals left, right and centre.Kane currently has 20 goals in 30 appearances this season, which has taken him to fourth on the all-time scoring list at Tottenham. And Keane thinks he will continue adding to that tally.”I’m sure he’ll stay at this club for a long time. He loves it here. There’s no question that he cannot get to Jimmy Greaves’ record,” Keane, who banged in over 100 goals for Spurs, told Sky Sports.”What I like about Harry is that… everyone keeps talking about ‘ah, next year is he going to be good?’ He keeps doing it.”I’m sick of people saying ‘is he tired?’ because he keeps banging the goals in and that spurs him on.”When you speak to him he gets annoyed when people keep mentioning it and then he just keeps coming on the pitch and keeps scoring goals.”For me at this moment in time, he’s the best No. 9 in the world.” last_img read more

Residents urged to be cautious with rising fire danger rating

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though the Peace Region was exempt from the province’s campfire ban, the Prince George Fire Centre is still issuing residents to use caution when having a fire.With the fire danger rating climbing between moderate and high in the Peace Region, any unattended fires could lead to something much worse.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds explained that with rising temperature there is potential for lightning hold over fires. “There is always the potential for lightning hold over fires but were not anticipating lightning in the next couple of days,” said Reynolds.Reynolds added that lightning hold overs occur when an area experiences hot temperatures and gets struck by lightning, causing a blaze.Reynolds went on to say that there are no new fires in the Fort St. John area and if residents are careful there won’t be for an extended amount of time.Current Fire Danger Rating. Photo by the Government of British Columbia.last_img read more