Goa tightens ban on gutka, pan masala

first_imgThe ban on consumption of tobacco products such as gutka and pan masala has been tightened in Goa with the State Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) banning the products under the Food Safety Standards Act (FSSA), 2006. The Act came into force in 2011.Salim Veljee, Goa Director of FDA, said the gutka lobby was trying to exploit loopholes in the ban under Public Health Act by separating Ghutka from pan masala using packaging gimmicks. “By banning the products under the FSSA, the loophole has been fixed. This ban makes everything consumed orally associated with tobacco as food.”As per Food and Safety Standards Authority of India, under the Act, gutka and pan masala consumed in any form and used in any type of containers for production, sale, consumption and storage will be banned for one year.last_img read more

These stories about 51 of India’s most inspiring women are the new-age fairy tales little girls need

first_imgCinderella got her happily ever after with her prince though he failed to recognize her’ in her tattered clothes and had to depend on a shoe fitting, Sleeping Beauty was woken up with a kiss placed on the lips without her consent, Belle from Beauty and the Beast’ was kidnapped by a beast and went on to fall in love with her captor a classic example of the Stockholm Syndrome. Snow White went a step ahead to be a maid for the seven dwarves before again being woken up with an unsolicited kiss from a stranger prince.These are the fairytales we tell our children, especially our daughters. What message does it send across to the young minds?”When we asked our kids and their friends who their female role models were, they struggled to come up with any names. When we probed further they could only come up with people in entertainment and sports. Sadly the boys could not even name a few,” say Lakshmi Nambiar, Reema Gupta and Sarada Akkineni, the curators of a new-age fairy tale’ book for children — The Dot That Went For A Walk’. (l to r) Reema Gupta, Lakshmi Nambiar and Sarada Akkineni curated 51 tales of real, inspiring women into a new-age fairy tale’ book for children — The Dot That Went For A Walk’.”We knew that Indian women role models couldn’t be such a finite set. When we started researching Indian women role models, we were not sure how many we would find. But we soon found a treasure trove of artists, musicians, scientists, sportspersons, leaders and the list goes on. Together they tell the story of the last 200 years of this country,” say the curators.advertisementWith the general population gradually becoming more awoke, many authors are penning alternate versions of the classic fairy tales. But what is most inspiring for children are the real stories from history which are so fantastic at times, that they do come across as make-believe.’The Dot That Went For A Walk’ is one such children’s book being launched by Caterpillar Wings tomorrow, which has stories about 51 highly accomplished women of India right from Rani Laxmi Bai, Indira Gandhi and Kiran Bedi to Deepika Padukone.Feeding children the right kind of ideasCurated by Lakshmi Nambiar, Reema Gupta and Sarada Akkineni, this is a new kind children’s book to change the perspective of what children need to read.It is a new way of storytelling for kids, especially young girls, to imbibe the idea into young minds that just like the 51 women spoken about in the book, princesses don’t need a prince to save them.”Children generally have an affinity for heroic tales. Traditionally, heroes have been male who go on adventurous journeys, fight demons and rescue princesses. Women have been shown as damsels in distress who are always waiting to be rescued,” say the curators of ‘The Dot That Went for a Walk’.”Sadly this is the same narrative reflected even in our movies and other popular media. We are inspired to tell real stories of real women who have been their own knights in shining armour,” the curators explain what made them think of compiling these stories.These new-age fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing can change the way young children think about gender roles in society.”Through these stories, we would like a child to be inspired to dream bigger, think of new possibilities and fight harder against self-doubt. These are the new-age fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing,” the curators add. Book cover of ‘The Dot that went for a walk’Whose life stories are included in the book?Among the 51 extraordinary women from the past and the present featured, there are also Indra Nooyi, PT Usha, cricket captain Mithali Raj, the female ISRO scientists, Ayurveda expert Mira Kulkarni, writer Arundhati Roy, the world’s number 1 boxer Mary Kom, and fighter pilot Avani Chaturvedi.”Each of these women has a unique story. Each had hurdles to jump over, some were bullied as a child, some battled depression, some are from privileged families, and some from remote rural places,” says the curators of ‘The Dot’.”Some went to the best institutions in the world and some have learned on their own by observing and doing,” they continue.Real Indian women from every possible field feature in the ‘The Dot That Went for a Walk’ ensuring that young minds don’t view work roles as suitable for only a certain gender.advertisementModern day female heroes inspiring young girls”Traditionally fairytales have reflected women as damsels in distress waiting to be rescued by knights in shining armour and ended in a marriage,” the curators say.But the trend has been seeing a change in recent times. There are a number of movies for teenagers and youth featuring young women in leading roles fighting to make the world a better place.”In recent years, Hermione Granger from Harry Potter series and Katniss Everdeen from Hunger games are two powerful characters that are changing the narrative,” the curators say.The changing narratives of the role of females in the world are inspiring other new-age fairy tale books as well such as ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls’, ‘Princesses Behaving Badly’, and ‘New Age Fairy Tales’.This change in the trend of the portrayal of women and young girls in modern literature is a sign of the evolving mindset of the people. We can expect this to continue in the future till the word ‘heroine’ doesn’t materialize the image of a damsel in distress waiting for her prince to come save her. About the curators of the children’s bookLakshmi Nambiar is a gallerist running Shrishti Art gallery, one of the oldest and leading contemporary art galleries in Hyderabad, and is also a partner with Anthill Ventures which invests in early growth stage startups and helps these startups scale with speed.Reema Gupta heads the Centre for Learning and Management Practice and Corporate Relations at ISB. She co-leads the Women’s Leadership & Excellence initiative there, and her research interest is in the area of women empowerment.Sarada Akkineni is Technical Director at Blaze Automation, a technology company focused on Internet of Things (IoT), and brings over 10 years of management experience from flagship telecom companies.About Caterpillar WingsCaterpillar Wings is a platform that provides inspirational stories to young children aged 5-12 in order to enhance their imagination, and open their minds to the endless career possibilities that lie ahead of them.Read: This Iron Lady’s haunting Ladakh trek is helping her transform govt schools at 17000 ftRead: This woman created a children’s newspaper to improve her son’s GK and it already has over 3000 readers Read: This man created a kids’ learning channel on YouTube for his daughter, and now it is India’s number onelast_img read more

Modi asks youth to question Rajya Sabha MPs over lack of House productivity

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday took a dig at the Opposition over the Rajya Sabha’s lack of productivity and said it is a matter of concern.Addressing the “National Youth Parliament Festival”, he told youngsters to question the members of the Rajya Sabha, where opposition parties have a numerical advantage over his government, of their respective states, asserting it will lead to nationwide pressure on them.Modi said the productivity of the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha, where the government enjoys a big majority, was 85 per cent (20 per cent more than the previous Lok Sabha) and it passed 205 bills, as he credited the development to the full majority voters gave to the BJP in the 2014 general elections.He expressed concern over only 8 per cent productivity of the Rajya Sabha in the last session where the interim budget was passed.With the general elections due in April-May, Modi is seeking a renewed mandate to push ahead with the “development” agenda and asserting that a complete majority for the BJP will result in a strong government.Opposition parties have often joined hands to block his government’s legislative agenda in the Upper House of Parliament.After giving away the National Youth Parliament Festival, 2019, awards, Modi asked youngsters to organise events upon returning home and invite Rajya Sabha members from their states as chief guests and ask questions.The prime minister advised the participants to visit the country’s National War Memorial adjoining the iconic India Gate complex, inaugurated by him on Monday, and the National Police Memorial in central Delhi.advertisement”Visit to these two locations will fill you with inspiration and enthusiasm to contribute towards nation building,” he told the participants.Asserting that dialogue strengthens democracy, Modi asked the participants to give their feedback and suggestions on how the event could have been made better and what other topics could have been included to make it more creative and innovative in future. He also proposed setting up an online mechanism for receiving those suggestions.Modi expressed hope that the National Youth Parliament Festival platform would provide direction and shape to the energy of the youth and a better dialogue process. He said that such events would aid those aspiring to become Parliamentarians.Next time, those who want to reach Parliament will think of attending the youth parliament and also mention it in their profile, Modi said a on lighter note.He said the festival represents the image of a New India and asked the youth to connect with the vision of New India. He added that the youth of the country should be prepared to play a bigger role for the development of the nation and the societyAsserting that the youth today is full of new ideas, energy, ambition and ready for multitasking, he referred to the 10 per cent quota given to the general category poor in education sector and jobs to stress on his government’s attempt to give youths equal opportunities to realise their potential and dreams.In his speech and during the subsequent question and answer session, the prime minister dwelt at length at his works to curb corruption and empowering the poor.He said the government, in its tenure, initiated several measures to eradicate corruption and in the process garnered the support of people who abide by law and discipline.Modi claimed that for the first time in 70 years, the number of people paying income tax has doubled.In this context, he also explained how his government ensured that the benefits of various schemes and programmes reached every person even in the far-flung areas.”A scheme can be considered successful only when the last-mile delivery of benefits is made possible,” the prime minister said.On efforts towards empowering the poor, he spoke about the initiative of opening bank accounts of the poor population was opened with zero balance.When asked what would his advice be to the youth of the country, the prime minister said they should get their names added in the voter list and exercise their right to contribute towards decision making.He also urged them to promote digital transactions and less use of cash.Prime Minister also released an app “Khelo India”, developed by the Sports Authority of India. The app can be used to locate the sports facilities in the country, their availability, rules of games and for checking fitness level of any person.The National Youth Parliament Festival, 2019, has been jointly organised by National Service Scheme and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on the theme of ‘Be the Voice of New India and Find solutions and Contribute to Policy’.advertisementClick here for LIVE updatesWatch | MiG lost, pilot missing in action, says MEAlast_img read more

NEUTD to start pre-season in Imphal

first_imgHere is what #HeadCoach Joao has to say about our foreign signings for Season 4 of the ISL- Indian Super League… #NEUFC #8States1United pic.twitter.com/gD0ZAsx2gA— NorthEast United FC (@NEUtdFC) September 15, 2017 Indian Super League ISL 2017: NorthEast United to begin pre-season on September 27 Goal Last updated 2 years ago 21:00 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Joao Deus NorthEast United FC ISL NEUFC Indian Super League NorthEast United The John Abraham-owned franchise shall travel to Turkey for the second part of the pre-season and play a few practice games… Indian Super League (ISL) side NorthEast United FC are set to begin their pre-season training on September 27, Goal has learnt. Joao De Deus and company will assemble in Imphal, Manipur for ten days to a fortnight before heading off to Turkey.The Highlanders are set to play a charity match against NEROCA FC with whom they have formed a five-year strategic partnership to develop football in the state of Manipur and surrounding regions.After training in Imphal, the club shall undergo the second half of the pre-season in Turkey where they are expected to play a few friendly matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing NorthEast United are one of the only two franchises in the ISL who have failed to qualify for the knockout rounds in the last three editions.Fans would hope that this time around the club can do justice to the massive fan following it enjoys in the northeastern region.last_img read more

Klopp surprised but not worried by Liverpool’s worsening big-six record

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Play Video Jürgen Klopp has said he is surprised but not worried about the downturn in Liverpool’s results at the big six sides going into Sunday’s visit to Chelsea.The Premier League leaders have won only one of their past 12 games at the division’s other leading clubs, the 2-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley last September, with six draws and five defeats in that sequence. A return of nine points from a possible 36 is in stark contrast to the excellent record Klopp enjoyed at the start of his Liverpool tenure when his team won four and drew two of six away games against the ‘big six’, including a 4-1 victory at Manchester City. Premier League 1:12 news Read more Liverpool Share on Pinterest Liverpool’s record has deteriorated since a 2-1 win at Chelsea three years ago this week. Klopp believes his team’s Champions League success in the past two seasons, rather than performances, provides an explanation.“Performance-wise, that’s why it’s so surprising,” the manager said. “I cannot remember all these games but I know we were often close to winning these games. There was one at Arsenal where we should have won when Virgil [van Dijk] had two no-brainers that he didn’t score, the header against the post. Against Man City we lost last year but that is not a match you lose usually. The margins at the end were so small with the ball not over the line.“But these are results over an intense period. We were always the [Premier League] club that was in the Champions League the longest. We lost 1-0 at Chelsea two seasons ago when we came from a Champions League game and they were not involved any more. That helps. I don’t remember these specific away games but it was pretty rare that it was a performance that deserved to lose an away game. That is the only thing we can think about. We cannot plan winning against a side like Chelsea, City, Tottenham, United. You have to play how you play to deny their strengths and push through your strengths. Then you have a chance.center_img Topics Paul Wilson Jürgen Klopp says Frank Lampard’s Chelsea reminds him of his young Dortmund team – video Share on Twitter “The last game we won at Tottenham was pretty early in the season. That makes it all different. We played against Arsenal early in the season. It was one of the best games for a while and we did really well in that game. So let’s just keep going and we will see what happens. It is not an obvious problem.”Klopp, meanwhile, believes Andy Robertson’s outstanding Liverpool form has been taken for granted after the left-back came in for harsh criticism on social media for his part in Napoli’s penalty on Tuesday. “The criticism has nothing to do with expectation,” said Klopp. “It is to do with the world out there. He has played well for weeks and months and then you take it for granted. The game before [Newcastle] he was maybe the best player on the pitch.“We all agree that it was not a penalty. Was it smart from [José] Callejón? Yes, if you want to be smart like this. He wanted to get Robertson out of the game with little challenges and discussions with the referee, and he got a harsh yellow card. When you face very experienced players they try everything to decrease your quality. Nothing else happened. It was a completely normal game from Robbo.” Jürgen Klopp Premier League title is now Liverpool’s to lose? Don’t be daft Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Dal restricts search for new VP to racially visible Indigenous candidates

first_imgHALIFAX – Dalhousie University says its search for a new senior administrator will be restricted to “racially visible” and Indigenous candidates, part of its efforts to increase underrepresented groups on the Halifax campus.In a memo to the university community, provost and vice-president academic Carolyn Watters said the prerequisite is in line with the principles of Dalhousie’s employment equity policy.“We have embarked on the process of selecting a new vice-provost student affairs,” she stated in the memo last month, adding that the search “will be restricted to racially visible persons and Aboriginal Peoples at this time.”Jasmine Walsh, Dalhousie’s assistant vice-president of human resources, said Tuesday Dalhousie has been “deliberate and proactive” in its recruitment so students will be able to see themselves reflected throughout the university’s ranks.“This is a position where we’re looking across our senior admin ranks at Dalhousie, we note that there are representation gaps for racialized and Indigenous People, and so the decision was made to try and target our recruitment efforts to find qualified candidates who will help to increase our representation in the senior ranks,” Walsh said.The search comes after incumbent Arig al Shaibah announced she would be leaving the university at the end of March after less than two years in the role. She became the public face of the university’s high-profile decision to consider disciplinary action against student leader Masuma Khan who criticized “white fragility.”The recruitment process for her successor raises questions about whether such restrictions could be a form of either tokenism or discrimination.Walsh dismissed any suggestion that the recruitment is a symbolic gesture to give the appearance of racial equality in the university workforce.“If this were the only thing that we were doing, that would be a different conversation. But it’s part of a broader context,” she said. “We’ve been working hard for the past several years in relation to diversity and inclusiveness on campus.”As for the suggestion that limiting the competition somehow constitutes “reverse racism,” Walsh said the university is taking a “fair approach” to recruitment.“What we’re ultimately striving for is fairness in our recruitment processes” she said, explaining that university’s goal is to align Dalhousie’s workforce with the general labour market.The latest Statistics Canada census figures show that visible minorities make up just over 21 per cent of the country’s total employed workforce.A Dalhousie report from 2016 found the percentage of racially visible employees at the university was about 11 per cent.The numbers were lower among high ranking university officials, with only 4.7 per cent of senior academic management and 2.8 per cent of senior staff management identifying as racially visible.The Masuma Khan dispute sparked debate about free speech, inclusion and equity on campus and eventually led al Shaibah to acknowledge that the university’s code of conduct may not place two core institutional values — freedom of speech and the prevention of demeaning and intimidating behaviour — in sufficient and proper context.Al Shaibah, who has accepted a position at McMaster University as the inaugural associate vice-president, equity and inclusion, declined an interview request Tuesday.last_img read more

Canadas Biggest Film Financier Pledges That Half of Its Projects Will Be

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Telefilm Canada, led by Carolle Brabant, said it will now “favor” projects by women directors and writers.It may be getting less difficult to make it as a female director and writer in Canada’s film industry.Telefilm Canada, the country’s biggest film financier, on Friday unveiled measures to ensure half of the movies it finances will now be directed or written by women.The aim is closing a stubborn industry gender gap by 2020. “Our goal is to level the playing field for Canadian female talent, and we encourage creators to submit projects directed and/or written by women,” Telefilm executive director Carolle Brabant said in a statement. Telefilm recently led an pan-industry consultation to decide on how to tackle industry bias and chauvinism that was giving female directors, writers and producers fewer opportunities than their male colleagues to work, especially on big-budget gigs. “Telefilm will now, for projects of equal quality, favor projects that have a woman as director and/or a woman as writer,” the agency said Friday.Measures to close the opportunity gap for female film producers will be introduced in Sept. 2017, as the industry recommended immediate action to give film directors and writers a leg up. “This can only benefit the industry as whole. Increased competition can lead to better quality projects that connect with audiences whose tastes and interests are changing along with the cultural landscape,” Brabant said.Telefilm is following the lead of the National Film Board of Canada, which earlier this year promised half the movies it finances will be directed by women. Canada already has a growing list of women directors, including Sarah Polley, Kari Skogland and Patricia Rozema, many of which work both sides of the border.But the country still has a ways to go before it can break the celluloid ceiling also impacting Hollywood. A recent report entitled “What’s Wrong With This Picture?,” prepared for the Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen, including the Directors Guild of Canada, concluded the Canadian government heavily subsidizes film and TV production that mostly has men in key creative positions.“At present, the Canadian screen based production sector is built on inequality,” the report said. At the same time, Canada has been pinning its Oscar hopes in recent years on homegrown movies directed or produced by women.Montreal-based Nancy Grant produced this year’s Canadian contender in Oscar’s best foreign language category, Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World, and two other recent submissions, Maxime Giroux’s Felix and Meira and Dolan’s Mommy. And Canada’s 2013 nominee, Gabrielle, was directed by Louise Archambault.by Etan Vlessinglast_img read more

Switzerland notes progress in reconciliation process

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said the two ministers also signed a memorandum of understanding on regular political consultations between representatives of the two states. They also agreed to explore the possibility of a migration partnership between Switzerland and Sri Lanka. Switzerland has noted progress in Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process and has offered support for Sri Lanka’s efforts.A meeting between Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter centred in Switzerland yesterday on the progress in the reform and reconciliation process in Sri Lanka and the expansion of bilateral relations between Switzerland and the island state in the Indian Ocean. A little over a year after his visit to Sri Lanka, where he held talks with representatives of the Sri Lankan government and of the Tamil community in Colombo and Jaffna, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter received the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera, in Bern for a working visit. This is the first visit by a Sri Lankan foreign minister to Switzerland in more than 30 years. One of the main topics of discussion was the progress made in the new government’s reform and reconciliation programme, which is intended to mitigate the effects of the civil war that ravaged Sri Lanka for almost three decades and to enable a return to stability and offer new prospects for the country.The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said Burkhalter congratulated Samaraweera on the progress achieved so far and assured him that Switzerland would continue and indeed step up its support for the process. Burkhalter and Samaraweera also discussed possibilities to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, which are celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations this year.Burkhalter and Samaraweera agreed that in addition to cooperating on peacebuilding and human rights, there is potential for strengthening cooperation between the two countries in particular in the areas of economic relations (trade volume in 2015: approx. CHF 300 million), migration, education and cultural exchanges.They also agreed that a migration partnership between the two countries ought to be established. Talks to work out the technical details will be held soon. The two ministers also signed a memorandum of understanding in Bern providing for regular political consultations between representatives of the two states. In view of the civil war in Sri Lanka, in 2003 Switzerland opened a Swiss Humanitarian Aid office of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Jaffna, the largest city in the Tamil north, in order to support the return of Tamils (e.g. through the rehabilitation of schools). After the tsunami in December 2004 and the end of the civil war in May 2009, Switzerland also supported measures to rebuild 5,000 homes and village infrastructure and to demine the region. This humanitarian programme, involving a total financial commitment of CHF 80 million, will be concluded in April 2016. In accordance with the Dispatch on International Cooperation 2017-20 adopted by the Federal Council, Sri Lanka will become a priority country of the FDFA’s Human Security Division.In response to the civil war, Switzerland began its peacebuilding and human rights activities in Sri Lanka in 2001. Under the auspices of the FDFA’s Human Security Division, Switzerland is continuing its efforts in the areas of human rights policy and dealing with the past, and supports various confidence-building measures, such as the organisation of a meeting between representatives of the government, the opposition, Tamil and Muslim political parties, civil society, the diaspora community and several constitutional experts.The SDC’s Global Programme Migration and Development began working in Sri Lanka in 2010, among other areas to protect the rights of migrant workers and to enhance the positive impact of labour migration. Lastly, the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) has been providing assistance for Sri Lankans returning to their country for many years and has supported a vocational training project in the north and east of the country, as well as other projects, since 2014. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Haiti requires longterm global commitment for stability to take root UN official

The circumstances in which the United Nations must now aid Haiti are more complex and difficult and need a longer commitment than they did nearly a decade ago when a previous UN mission was launched, according to UN Assistant Secretary-General Danilo Turk.”We are all aware that the magnitude of the needs in Haiti will require not only a long-term but a massive international effort,” Mr. Turk told the Security Council during consultations yesterday, according to the text of his remarks which was made available afterwards. “Yet it is generally acknowledged that one of the major reasons why assistance programmes have not succeeded in the past is the failure to engender Haitian ownership.” The UN must ensure that a large-scale operation does not become intrusive and discourage Haitian involvement, he said. He suggested that Haitians receive targeted aid delivered with as little overhead as possible. “Haitians will ultimately need to take charge of their own destiny and they must be encouraged to do so as quickly as possible,” he said.In Resolution 1529, the Council asked UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a programme to help Haiti’s constitutional political process, support humanitarian and economic assistance, protect human rights and develop the rule of law. Mr. Turk stressed the need to ensure that once a Security Council mandate ended, other UN involvement was not curtailed.Meanwhile, the Washington, DC-based World Bank said it hosted a meeting yesterday of donor governments, international financial institutions and regional and international organizations to agree on coordinating responses to Haiti’s needs.Donors said they would propose to the interim Haitian Government that a joint government-donor team carefully cost and coordinate a national reconstruction plan. They would also propose meeting again in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, in the next few weeks. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Flash Appeal for Haiti has collected $5.82 million of the $35 million requested. Other international aid to Haiti, outside of the Flash Appeal, totalled nearly $5 million. read more

Ombudsman powers may be expanded to include school boards and municipalities

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s ombudsman and children’s advocate would each get new powers and a new patient ombudsman would be created for hospitals, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Thursday as she promised sweeping new accountability legislation.The bill would also force MPPs to post their expenses online and give government the power to impose caps on salaries of public sector executives, including hospital CEOs and officials at Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation and the LCBO, said Wynne.“I came into this office, just over a year ago, saying I was going to do government differently, that we were going to open up and be more transparent, and that is what we’re doing,” she said.There’s no details yet on what sort of salary caps the Liberals would impose, but Wynne said it would be done on a sector by sector basis, with differing limits on total compensation packages.“This legislation will pave the way for those hard caps to be put in place,” she said.The Opposition said the Liberals had 10 years to be open and transparent, but instead tried to cover up their decisions to cancel two gas plants prior to the 2011 election at a cost of $1.1 billion, and have no credibility on accountability.“This is the most corrupt government possibly in the history of Ontario,” said Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak. “If you actually want transparency and accountability in government, then change the government.”Wynne rejected accusations the bill was simply crass political opportunism because the Liberals know it stands little chance of being approved before a vote on the spring budget, which could trigger a provincial election.“I can’t predict what the outcome of the introduction of the budget is going to be, but I expect that there should be all-party support for this,” she said. “The politics of election or not, that is a separate issue from doing government in a way that is accountable to the people of Ontario.”Ombudsman Andre Marin, who has long pushed for the authority to investigate the so-called MUSH sector — municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals — welcomed the fact that someone will handle that duty for hospitals and that the child advocate will perform the same oversight role for children’s aid societies.“At long last, Ontario is poised to rectify the accident of history that left millions of citizens with nowhere to complain about the public bodies that touched their lives most closely,” said Marin. “If this bill passes, it will finally open the MUSH sector to the same kind of independent investigative scrutiny given to every other aspect of the provincial government.”Government Services Minister John Milloy said the Liberals decided it would be best not to give the ombudsman additional powers to provide oversight for hospitals, long-term care homes and children in custody of the state.“There was a feeling that a sector-specific ombudsperson who could look into that whole range of issues, who would have the expertise to look into health care issues was the way to go,” he said. “The same with the children’s aid societies, to give it to an officer of parliament, the child advocate.”Another measure in the bill, which Wynne said would be introduced in a few weeks, would clarify the rules for keeping government documents so they aren’t destroyed in an attempt to avoid freedom of information requests.Police are currently investigating the deletion of emails by officials in former premier Dalton McGuinty’s office related to the Liberals’ $1.1 billion decision to cancel two gas plants prior to the 2011 election. There is also another police investigation into financial irregularities at the province’s Ornge air ambulance service.“Two OPP investigations into criminal activity,” said Hudak. “It’s the anti-rackets squad for goodness sake.” Ombudsman powers may be expanded to include school boards and municipalities by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2014 11:55 am MDT read more

Security Council urged to help spare Syrians from devastation

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeReena Ghelani, Director of Operations and Advocacy at OCHA, briefs a Security Council meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria.UN relief workers ‘shocked’ by what they saw in RukbanTurning to humanitarian efforts, Ms. Ghelani, reported back on the joint UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy to Rukban, earlier this month. It was the first relief since January, which brought food and other essential supplies to nearly 50,000 displaced persons and allowed over 5,000 children to be vaccinated against deadly diseases.The situation there, however, continues to remain troubling, she said, describing how “colleagues returned shocked from what they saw on the ground, reporting grave protection issues, increasing food insecurity and no certified medical doctors among the stranded population.”Given the urgent need and approaching winter, the UN Secretary-General has called for another convoy to be urgently deployed, she added.Elsewhere in Syria, fighting continues to displace populations and millions remain dependent on assistance for their survival, with little semblance of safety and security.The worst affected are Syrian children. Over 50,000 in the north-east of the country are facing challenges accessing schools and education, and an estimated 10,000 having not been able to attend classes since September.“Vehicles, including school buses and private cars, have been prevented from crossing check-points if they are carrying children going to schools teaching the nationally accredited curriculum,” said Ms. Ghelani.‘Millions of people depend on your decision’In her briefing, Ms. Ghelani also called on the Security Council to extend, for a further year, its resolution authorizing cross-border humanitarian convoys which provide more than 4.3 million Syrians in non-Government controlled areas – a third of those in need across the country – with food and non-food relief items.She explained that the cross-border assistance has a strict monitoring regime, checked and verified by the UN Monitoring Mechanism at designated border crossing points, confirmation of deliveries upon arrival as well as post-distribution monitoring by independent third parties and feedback from affected communities.“Every truck is checked to ensure it only contains humanitarian supplies,” stressed the UN official, adding that there were no “alternative means of reaching these people as access from within the country is impeded … The renewal of the resolution will continue to save lives. Millions of people depend on your decision.” Reported shelling – with mortars allegedly containing chlorine gas – against densely populated neighbourhoods in Aleppo was particularly worrying, Reena Ghelani, the Director of Operations and Advocacy at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told the Security Council.“Any confirmed use of chemical weapons is abhorrent and a clear and egregious violation of international law,” she stressed.People with respiratory symptoms were rushed to the two main medical centres in the area, she continued, noting that the World Health Organization (WHO) “stands ready to provide further public health support as required.”In addition, airstrikes were also reported in the Idlib Governorate on 24 and 25 November, Ms. Ghelani told Council members, which were the first such incidents in more than two months, since the demilitarization agreement between Russia and Turkey in September.“The stakes remain high as the alternative is humanitarian suffering on a scale that would devastate a population of some three million people in northwestern Syria who have known nothing but war and suffering in recent years,” she warned. read more

Motor industry set to shine at the British International Motor Show

Mr Macgowan added, ‘The British motor industry generates a turnover of £47 billion every year, contributing well over 10 per cent of the UK’s total exports. We support around 800,000 jobs and still have more volume car makers than any other EU country. All these factors show just how strong the UK industry is and why we must have a world-class showcase to celebrate our success. We have a committed and efficient workforce which continues to demonstrate world leadership. The British International Motor Show will show that to the world’. Nearly 200,000 workers make over 1.6 million vehicles in the UK. 800,000 people work in the whole automotive industry; from manufacture to sales, service and repair.Over 2.4 million new cars are sold in the UK every year, making the UK the second largest market in Europe, behind Germany.In 2005, over 7.5 million used cars also changed hands.Nissan has invested more than £2.3 billion in the UK since 1986. The new Micra was designed in Paddington, developed at Cranfield and produced at Sunderland, Europe’s most productive car plant.More than £1.3 billion has been invested in Honda’s Swindon manufacturing sites since 1984. The new Civic is being made there – the first time ever a new Honda model has started production outside Japan.In the last four years, BMW Group has spent around £900 million upgrading its UK production facilities. The Group has contributed £2.5 billion into the UK GDP over the same period.Ford has invested £560m in its Dagenham Diesel Centre in the last three years -taking its capacity over 700,000 engines a year. Key facts about the UK industry For further information on the Industry, you can download the SMMT publication ‘Motor Industry Facts – 2006’ free of charge via the link www.smmt.co.uk/category/reports/ Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said, ‘SMMT is delighted to have this show back in London, and with 12 new cars being premièred within the halls, outside driving events and evening rock concerts, visitors can expect a stunning best-of-British from the motor industry. As the doors open for the British International Motor Show on its return to London next week, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders hopes that this showcase automotive exhibition will show how strong and vibrant the UK motor industry really is. read more

Sun reporter clears name as £20m inquiry into payments fails to convict

first_imgCelebrating with @thesun’s Anthony France after appeal court quashes his unjust #Elveden conviction. pic.twitter.com/mEztZwAHTC— Brian Flynn (@brianaflynn) October 27, 2016 Gavin Millar QC, a barrister who specialises in media cases, said: “Anthony is a good investigative journalist, a great guy and it’s totally unjust that he has had to go through this. During this entire saga, the offence has always been an idea in the head of the CPS, not actually in law.”In May last year Mr France was given a jail sentence of 18 months, suspended for two years, after being convicted of aiding and abetting Pc Timothy Edwards, who worked at Heathrow Airport in SO15 counter-terrorism command, to commit misconduct in public office between March 2008 and July 2011. As the case was thrown out, Mr France, from Watford, said: “I am delighted that this serious miscarriage of justice has ended today, allowing me to rebuild my life after 1,379 days of sheer hell.”A News UK spokeswoman said after the ruling: “Today, Anthony France’s conviction has been overturned on appeal and we are delighted that these proceedings are now over for him.”In the course of the last five years, 19 journalists from The Sun were prosecuted as a result of Operation Elveden and not one has resulted in any conviction being upheld.”Mr France had his conviction overturned by Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice King and Mr Justice Dove.The appeal centred on directions given to the jury at the trial by Judge Timothy Pontius. Lady Justice Hallett said: “Taking any one of those criticisms in isolation, we may not have been persuaded the summing-up rendered the conviction unsafe.”However, we must consider their cumulative effect and read the summing-up as a whole. Having done so, we are driven to the conclusion that the jury were not provided with legally adequate directions tailored to the circumstances of the case and that the conviction is unsafe.”John Whittingdale, former chairman of the Commons Media Select Committee, previously said of Elveden: “What may have started as a legitimate attempt to find wrongdoing widened into a general witch-hunt against The Sun.”Operation Elveden: A disaster by numbers20 million – estimated pounds spent by taxpayer on Elveden, including Crown Prosecution Service costs300,000 – pounds paid to public officials for information, according to the Metropolitan Police200,000 – emails collected, the majority from News International1,379 – days between Sun reporter Anthony France’s arrest and eventual victory at the Court of AppealFive – total years Operation Elveden was alive90 – total number of arrests of either journalists or public officials61 – Met Police officers working on Elveden throughout9 – police officers among 34 public officials convicted0 – number of journalists carrying convictions. The only journalist convicted over a £20 million police “witch-hunt” against tabloid journalists has finally been exonerated at the Court of Appeal.Anthony France, 43, a crime reporter at The Sun, told how he had been through “sheer hell” as senior judges agreed with his claim of a serious miscarriage of justice.”Having spent more than three years and nine months fighting to clear my name, this is not a time for celebration,” he said. “Nobody has ‘won’ and the public are less informed.” The Court of Appeal’s decision means #Elveden – aimed squarely at tabloid reporters and their journalism – has been an unmitigated disaster.— Tom Wells (@ByTomWells) October 27, 2016 The appeal ruling was handed down after a sentencing judge at the Old Bailey described Mr France as a journalist of “hitherto unblemished character” who was “essentially a decent man of solid integrity”.A total of 34 British journalists were either arrested or charged over Operation Elveden, which has been branded an “unmitigated disaster” by ministers and senior barristers.Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors, said: “The police and the Crown Prosecution Service need to think more carefully before they charge journalists for informing the public.”Careers and lives were destroyed by the over-long and hugely expensive police investigation.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Kaneville murder Man changes plea to guilty gets 9 years sentence

Thirty-two-year old Rayan Van Lange who initially plead not guilty to murdering his cousin-in-law changed his plea to guilty moments before the commencement of the murder trial earlier today (Thursday).       (L) Rayan Van Lange plead guilty to killing his cousin-in-law Jason Ramatar (R)He was accused of stabbing to death his cousin’s husband Jason Ramatar, 24, on May 31, 2015 at Kaneville, East Bank Demerara.A 12-member mixed jury was on Monday empanelled to hear the case in which eight witnesses were expected to testify.In court today, Van Lange agreed with State Prosecutors who contended that after his wife’s birthday celebration, while under the influence of alcohol, the accused stabbed Ramatar four times with a knife following an argument.Minutes before Justice Navindra Singh gave his ruling, the accused with tears trickling down his eyes begged the court for mercy, telling Ramatar’s relatives that words cannot express how sorry he was for what happened.Justice Singh however – indicated that the accused must be punished as a life was lost- sentenced Van Lange to 9 years in prison with deductions for time spent on remand.Reacting to the ruling, Lisa Edwards feels the sentence is not sufficient for her brother’s murder, noting that Ramatar’s son still asks for his father. The young man’s wife was also  pregnant with another child.Ramatar’s mother did not attend today’s sentencing.The young man died from shock and hemorrhaging due to four incised wounds.Rayan Van Lange was represented by defence counsel Mark Conway. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKaneville man faces trial for murder of cousin-in-law at wife’s birthday partyMay 17, 2017In “Court”20-Y-O charged with murder of Kaneville manJune 4, 2015In “Crime”Man to spend 8 years behind bars for killing cousinJune 7, 2019In “Court” read more

Kenneth Cole Apologizes Again Internet Still Hates Him

first_imgYou get the point, right? It’s a humor-based display of disgust that rapidly turned into a meme-based pileup.Cole, for his part, opted to pull the tweet today, but the damage has already been done. Let’s face it, everyone has seen the tweet by now. And for those few people in isolated parts of the globe who have yet to see it, it’s been preserved a million times over, and will last until the Internet stops working.He also apparently decided that 140 characters wasn’t going to cut it, apology-wise, so, naturally, he took to Facebook to help smooth things over writing,I apologize to everyone who was offended by my insensitive tweet about the situation in Egypt. I’ve dedicated my life to raising awareness about serious social issues, and in hindsight my attempt at humor regarding a nation liberating themselves against oppression was poorly timed and absolutely inappropriate. Internet anger surely broke some speed yesterday after designer Kenneth Cole’s unfortunate attempt at humor [above] apparently stopped all of Twitter dead in its tracks. Nearly everyone with an “@” in front of their names took to the microblogging service to condemn Cole’s words, and they were, in fact, Cole’s words.Cole quickly apologized in his next tweet, stating, “Re Egypt tweet: we weren’t intending to make light of a serious situation. We understand the sensitivity of this historic moment.” In the wake of the apology, Cole opted to keep the much re-tweeted post up–a historical document of sorts. AdChoices广告The spoofs, too, came at record speeds, with a number of fake Kenneth Cole accounts launched. @kennethcolepr sported the tagline “A disaster near you,” rose quickly to the top, becoming the default source of dark potshots at the fashion icon. And with it came the hashtag #KennethColeTweets.A quick click on the aforementioned tag brings up a truly dark insight into Twitter’s sense of vengeance humor. It would take all day to weed through all of them, so here are a few “Top Tweets,” according to Twitter’s numbers,Andy Levy of Hiroshima loafers is the bomb! – @andylevyChase down Anderson Cooper in style with our new lightweight canvas loafers. – @AaronLutherGoing to a cross burning? You’ll hate cutting eye holes in our 600 thread count cotton sheets. – @JonahNRO Cole didn’t fare much better over there. Response number one: “You are an a**! No excuses.” And it kind of goes downhill from there.So, is this the sort of thing a company can recover from? Sure. In 2011, outrage is defined by speed, not stamina. Heck, people went back to filling up their tanks with BP again after that company caused a much larger disaster than an admittedly stupid and ill-timed joke.I won’t apologize for Cole, of course. Dark comedy is a tricky thing–one best left to the professionals. Now everyone with an outlet thinks he’s Louis CK–the sad fact is, however, Louis CK is funny, and you’re probably not. Comedy can help bring us together in the face of disaster–as Cole has clearly learned first hand–,however, sometimes coming together means finding a common enemy. The question, then, is how soon is too soon? The period for holding one’s tongue is certainly far shorter than it was, say, a decade ago. The rule of thumb at the moment, I think, is: don’t joke about a disaster when it’s happening. The real rule is probably something more along the lines of: a joke is “too soon” when a lot of people say it’s too soon.Bottom line is Kenneth Cole blew it, and nobody knows that better than Cole himself. It surely takes a lot of rage in order to get back to the COO of a international organization that quickly, and when it comes to compiling anger, nothing we’ve seen yet can match Twitter’s speed. As for maintaining it, well, you’re probably going to want to look elsewhere.last_img read more

2018 homeless count down 6 since 2017

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo 2018 homeless count down 6% since 2017 Updated: 10:25 PMcenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An annual one-night count found 8,576 homeless individuals in San Diego County, the Regional Task Force on the Homeless announced Thursday.That’s a 6 percent decrease from the 2017 total and a 9 percent decrease since 2011, but county Supervisor Ron Roberts, who chairs the task force, said it’s not yet time to celebrate.“Seeing the overall number decline was a positive reversal, but there are far too many swings in data to declare a trend or to not see other areas where we need to increase our focus,” he said.“We continue to face many challenges, highlighted by a lack of new housing, a condition that squeezes hardest those with the fewest resources. The only marginal decrease in the number of chronic homeless is among my biggest concerns.”The federally mandated snapshot count took place Jan. 26. The count helps communities, service providers and policy makers understand homelessness hot spots and challenges. It’s also critical to securing about $20 million in federal funding for housing and services, according to the task force.After being in decline for several years, homelessness among military veterans rose 24 percent, with 1,312 counted as opposed to 1,054 a year earlier. Overall, the count identified 4,990 unsheltered homeless individuals in the county, an 11.2 percent decrease from the 5,621 counted in 2017. The number of homeless individuals in shelters was 3,596, a 2.8 percent increase from the 3,495 counted in 2017. The number of hand-built structures or tents, meanwhile, decreased 24 percent from 937 to 716, with downtown numbers falling sharpest.“This is a one-day snapshot that is a positive indication that we are getting the most vulnerable, unsheltered San Diegans off the street,” said San Diego Councilman Chris Ward, who is vice chairman of the task force.“Finding permanent housing remains our ultimate goal and we need a renewed focus on permanent units to truly create a pipeline that moves people from our streets, to our shelter, connects them with necessary services and ultimately results in a housing accommodation that meets their needs.” Posted: May 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo, last_img read more

Vancouver to pay 383000 in 2009 death

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council agreed Monday to pay the four sons of Shirry Rice-Dohman $383,000 to settle their tort claim alleging the city was liable in her death.However, one councilor voted against paying a settlement, saying she’s tired of seeing people sue the city for its perceived “deep pockets.”“It is a very unfortunate situation,” said Councilor Jeanne Harris of Rice-Dohman’s February 2009 murder by her brother, Michael Schuurmans, who was later found to be insane at the time of the killing. “However, I am responsible for the citizens’ money, and over the years I’ve seen : if people disagree with the city, they feel like the can sue the city because it has deep pockets.”In a tort claim filed in August, Rice-Dohman’s sons said that Vancouver police officer Andrew Young broke state law when he failed to arrest Schuurmans during a domestic violence call three days before Schuurmans killed his sister at the house where they both lived. Young was called to the home on Feb. 25, 2009, following an altercation between Schuurmans and Rice-Dohman’s son, Aaron Dohman. According to the claim, Schuurmans, a black belt, swung Aaron, then 24, in the air and also punched him in the stomach.Washington law says an officer must arrest the primary physical aggressor if there is probable cause that a domestic violence crime occurred within four hours of the call for help. Officer Young did not arrest Schuurmans. Three days later Schuurmans, stabbed Rice-Dohman to death, believing he was God and she was Satan.In a statement, the city denied liability, but cited the potential high attorney cost of a jury trial. It also said that similar cases have resulted in awards of $250,000 to more than $5 million, not including litigation costs or attorney fees.last_img read more

BurgerFi employee robbed outside Weston shopping plaza

first_imgWESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – A BurgerFi employee in the process of making a bank deposit was robbed on the job.Police said an employee at the Weston BurgerFi was on his way to make a bank deposit when he was approached outside the shopping plaza where the restaurant is located.According to officials, that person took the deposit money and fled the scene.The robbery happened Tuesday morning near Weston Road and South Commerce Parkway.The employee was not injured in this case.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Flags Lowered To HalfStaff For Memorial Day

first_imgGovernor Walker signed a proclamation recognizing Monday, May 28, 2018 as Memorial Day in Alaska, and encouraged Alaskans to pay their respects to our fallen soldiers. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享All U.S. and Alaska state flags have been ordered to be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day. Per Governor Walker’s order and the proclamation from the White House, all U.S. and Alaska flags should be lowered Monday morning to half-staff.center_img Governor Walker:  “Memorial Day is a time to pay tribute to and remember those who died defending freedom, and recognize the current members of our Armed Forces who stand at the ready every day. Donna and I wish all Alaskans a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.”last_img read more

Toilets sinks and showers Smart water is here

first_img Amazon Google CNET Smart Home $79 • Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected By now, there are connected products for nearly every corner of your smart home. Security, lighting, cooking, cleaning and entertainment are all voice-enabled, if you’re willing to spend the money and swap out your dumb systems. Smart plumbing isn’t any different. There’s a steady stream of products that aim to smarten your water supply from all angles, but which ones are worth it? Are they all luxurious add-ons or ways to truly improve your home’s efficiency and convenience? It might depend on the category. Let’s take a look at where smart plumbing products might show up in your home and what they offer. KitchenSmart water in the kitchen is centered around the kitchen sink. Kohler and Delta both offer smart faucets that connect to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands. Kohler’s Sensate Faucet comes with voice commands and Delta’s VoiceIQ Module smartens up compatible Touch2O faucets.You can do things like ask your faucet to dispense a specific amount of water or turn the faucet on or off. With both models, you’ll need an always-on power supply and you’ll need to put the handle in the “On” position and then turn off the water with motion sensing in order to enable voice commands. Both models are expensive, too.   The Kohler Sensate faucet with voice commands works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.  Chris Monroe/CNET Once you’ve installed your faucet and connected it to your voice assistant, there are some handy functions. You can ask for 12 ounces of water, ask your voice assistant to turn the faucet on or in Delta’s case, ask it to heat up your water.These faucets aren’t perfect, though. You’ll need to use a clunky command like “Hey, Google, ask Kohler to dispense 8 ounces of water,” and the custom commands for things like “fill spaghetti pot” can be tricky to get just right. However, if you’re already in the market for a high-end Delta or Kohler faucet, getting a model with these smarts won’t add much, if any, extra cost. image001Phyn’s new Smart Water Assistant attaches to the water lines beneath your sink.  Phyn There are other options for monitoring water in your kitchen. Phyn’s latest water monitor, the $299 Phyn Smart Water Assistant, attaches to the hot/cold water lines under your sink and doesn’t require professional installation. It can let you know if you pipes are beginning to freeze, monitor your home’s water pressure and show your water consumption all through the Phyn app on your mobile device. We haven’t tested this system yet, but it seems to toe the line between leak detector and whole-home water monitor. BathroomSmartening the water in your bathroom can take several forms. Let’s start with shower systems. A smart shower could mean an entire system or just a connected shower head. Prices range from less than $100 to several thousands.The U by Moen Smart Shower system has a $1,225 MSRP and can create profiles for individuals in your household with specifics for temperature. It can warm up your shower, then pause the water flow until you’re ready to step inside. That’s one way to potentially reduce your water consumption, but installation does require a professional and that high price tag doesn’t include any special shower heads or premium hardware, only the thermostatic digital shower valve and control panel. ubymoensmartshower-12.jpg Chris Monroe/CNET Kohler has a similar DTV+ shower system that works with the Kohler Konnect app. You can create presets for sound, water, steam and special lighting if you have that installed. Smart commands with Kohler’s shower also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.Smart showers like these are largely luxurious and not focused on water savings. While there are some economical aspects, your’e paying mostly for the convenience of getting your shower up and running at the sound of your voice. hydraoshowerheads-1.jpgFrench company Smart and Blue’s Hydrao range of showerheads are kitted out with LED lights that change color, from green to blue to purple to red, based on how long you’ve been showering.Of course, there are more affordable ways to smarten your shower, like Kickstarter’s Livin shower head, a gadget that monitors water consumption and allows you to press a button that pauses water flow.That one hasn’t hit retail yet, but you can buy models under $70 from WaterHawk and DreamSpa with integrated LEDs that change colors corresponding to temperature. The Hydrao Smart Shower System is powered entirely by the water flowing through it and lights up with different colors to indicate how much water you’ve used. These easy-to-install, affordable alternatives are a great way to get into smart showering. kohler-smart-lab-18Kohler’s Numi Smart toilet works with the Kohler Konnect app.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Then, there are toilets. Yes, smart toilets are a thing. Not only does Kohler make a smart toilet, but it’s made multiple versions. The newest, $9,000 mega toilet can play music, heat the seat, heat the floor below it, put on a light show, raise and lower the lid and of course, flush automatically. It can save presets for up to six people for custom experiences. We’ve had the Numi Smart Toilet in the CNET Smart Home for a while, and though it can do a lot, I’ve never felt like I’ve had a $9,000 experience. Numi isn’t doing anything to save you water beyond the 1.28-gallons-per-flush rate either, so if water-saving tech is your goal, this toilet isn’t going to do much. Leak detectorsAmong all the smart water products out there, leak detectors are the most affordable and most portable. Put them anywhere you’re concerned about leaks. They’re great for basements, underneath kitchen or bathroom sinks or behind toilets. These battery-powered, small devices connect to a mobile app through a smart home hub or Wi-Fi to warn you if water touches the sensor. You’ll get a push notifications to straight your phone. cnet-security-018-roost-leak-detectorYou’ve got a lot of options when it comes to these handy water watchers. SmartThings, iHome, Honeywell, Fibaro and Roost all make a version of a water sensor. These are great for monitoring places that are prone to water, but they can’t tell you much about what’s happening inside your pipes. For a more thorough look at the temperatures, pressures and flow rates in your home’s water supply, you’ll need a whole-home system. Whole-home water monitoring systemsThere are systems that can monitor your entire home’s water supply. Some can even shut off the water in a catastrophic failure event. These typically install at your water meter or you home’s main water supply and require a Wi-Fi connection and app.Some can be DIY, but most at least recommend a professional consultation. With these systems in place, you can see all kinds of stats from your daily, weekly and monthly consumption to water pressure, temperature and flow rate. Moen recently acquired Flo, a whole-home startup that does just that. You can install Flo yourself, but it’s recommended that a Flo professional comes out to your home. You’ll need to be pretty comfortable working with your own water pipes if you want to install this $500 system yourself. flo-product-photos-2 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Once Flo is installed, it can monitor the water pressure and water flow throughout your home. It can also remotely shut off your water if something goes wrong. Of course, you’ll get notifications on everything Flo is doing as well as the option to perform health tests on your system. A similar system, Flume, straps around your home’s existing water meter and connects via a bridge to your Wi-Fi. Unlike Flo, it is intended to be self-installed. Once it’s set up, you’ll get information on water consumption, pressure and any problems it detects within your home. That system costs $200, but it can’t shut off your water in an emergency like Flo can. For most people, these pricey systems are on the overkill side, but if you live in an area prone to freezing pipes, or you’re trying to keep an eye on a plumbing system that isn’t reliable, whole-home systems could save you from a lot of damage. When it comes to smart water, these are probably the most practical and data-driven devices. Is any of this stuff worth it? Monitoring your water isn’t the most luxurious of smart home capabilities. It’s not the cool, connected thing you’ll show your friends when they come over. However, if you have consistent leak worries in your home or you’re frequently traveling, having at least a leak detector can offer a lot of peace of mind. Smart water value really depends on the category. Sensors, especially the more affordable and portable options are a worthy return on a relatively small investment. However, a $9,000 toilet or $1,200 shower system? Those luxury goods, and they’re obviously not for everyone. The concept behind smart kitchen faucets is intriguing and useful in some cases, but it hasn’t been perfected and is still pricey.That doesn’t mean the average consumer will be locked out of smart water forever. This corner of smart home tech continues to expand and does seem to be working toward real innovation and usefulness. It has the potential to increase our homes’ efficiency and solve problems before they start, and for that reason, it’s worth keeping an eye on.  Tags Best Buy reading • Smart showers, smart toilets and smart sinks: Should you put your plumbing online? Walmart Share your voice Preview • Google Home Hub joins the fight to put a screen on your countertop $99 1 Google Nest Hub CNET Smart Home See All Mentioned Above Google Home Hubcenter_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $99 Dell Comment News • Get the Google Nest Hub for just $67 Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected See it $99 See It Smart Home Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) See It Review • Google Nest Hub review: Still the smart display to beat See It How To • Google Assistant, Android Q, Google Nest Hub Max: Google’s big plans for the rest of the yearlast_img read more