In light of the Indigenous Heritage month activities, various persons of Amerindian heritage are being celebrated and recognized for their diligent work. One such person is Chess’ very own Nellisha Johnson who is gearing up to compete at the highest international level.Johnson is flanked by her parents and coach (L-R) Glen Johnson, Carmelita Johnson, Minister Valerie Garrido-Lowe, Coach Rai SharmaThe 17 year old, who is one of Guyana’s Female chess champions on Wednesday paid a courtesy call to Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Valerie Garrido-Lowe. Accompanied by her parents, Johnson had the opportunity to interact with the Minister about her plans and goals ahead of the staging of the World Chess Olympiad later this month.Minister Garrido-Lowe had nothing but high praises for Johnson and her achievements stating, “We are proud of you and the Ministry will continue to support you and other indigenous athletes so that everyone can excel at what they do.”The teenager’s parents, Glen and Carmelita, who are said to have always been a strong pillar of support to their daughter also expressed confidence in her abilities.“This will be a good learning experience for her and I am happy that she has taken up the game because I never to be honest expected her to meet this far but now I have lots of expectations. I am also very grateful to the Ministry for supporting her and I know she will make Guyana proud,” her father proudly stated.Meanwhile, Johnson who hails from Orealla Village, Region 6 admitted that she is aware of the high level of competition that lies before her, however, she has her mind set of competing to the best of her abilities.“I know it’s going to be a challenge because is really good players there but I will have to focus on my game and not really on the player, the focus has to be there. I would also want to come back with my ratings points improved and I will represent Guyana to the best of my ability,” Johnson said.Nellisha who had a feel of international competition at the 7th Junior CARIFTA Championships in Suriname during March of this year, was the only female Guyanese player to receive World Chess Federation (FIDE) ratings this year, which was an impressive starting score of 1123.Coupled with her stellar local performances she has been awarded a place on Guyana’s team to the 43rd World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia. She will be a part of a ten member team (consisting of 5 males and 5 females) who will represent Guyana from September 23 to October 6.Aside from Chess, the young woman has seen success at the 2018 sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations as a Hinterland Scholarship Student who attended St. Joseph’s High School.
Kolkata: Deepak Ghosh, block president of Trinamool Congress in Birbhum, who was shot at by some unidentified miscreants at Khairasol, succumbed to his injuries at Mission Hospital Durgapur on Monday.According to private hospital authorities, the victim died due to multi-organ failure after he received three bullet injuries. Two bullets were removed from his body by the doctors during an operation, while the third one could not be removed owing to the critical condition of the patient. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the authorities, the doctors decided to take out the third bullet if the patient had shown some signs of improvement. But the efforts went in vain when the victim succumbed to his injuries on Monday morning, triggering a war of words between the district leaders of Trinamool Congress and BJP. Birbhum district president of Trinamool Congress, Anubarat Mondal trained his gun at BJP saying a conspiracy was hatched by them to kill Ghosh as he had been instrumental in strengthening their party’s organisation in the district. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”I knew him very well. He was an active party leader. The goons of BJP killed him. They fired five bullets at him yesterday. He had been attacked by the BJP workers before but managed to survive,” Mondal said. Senior Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim, who is also in charge of the party in the district, reacted sharply to the incident stating that RSS and BJP together are getting criminals into the state from Jharkhand with an intention to eliminate our party leaders. The BJP believes in violence. As they are unable to gain political ground in the state, they are trying to unleash violence. People in Bengal will give a befitting reply to them, Hakim maintained. The district BJP leaders have, however, denied the allegation and termed the incident a result of an intra-party clash within Trinamool Congress. It may be mentioned that Ghosh was returning home on a motorcycle on Sunday afternoon when some miscreants blocked his way and shot at him from a close quarter. Three bullets pierced his body and the victim fell on the ground. Alerted by the sound of gun shots, locals rushed to his rescue. The miscreants who reportedly came on motorcycles fled the spot immediately after the incident. After being informed police reached the spot and started a probe in this regard. Police are conducting raids to nab the culprits. It may be stated that Ghosh was attacked earlier as well by some miscreants.
On Thursday, German regulators, after a ruling, have ordered Facebook to put a stop to its data collection practices in Germany after they found that Facebook was exploiting consumers by requiring them to agree to data collection. This law was released by the German competition authority, called the Bundeskartellamt. Andreas Mundt, president of the Bundeskartellamt, said in a press release Thursday, “Facebook will no longer be allowed to force its users to agree to the practically unrestricted collection and assigning of non-Facebook data to their Facebook user accounts.” Facebook’s advertising model tracks its users from the Facebook app, WhatsApp and Instagram, collecting data on the sites and apps visited, also keeping a note of what they like, and where they shop. This data allows the company to serve ads that are more relevant to users’ interests. However, privacy advocates have maintained that Facebook does this without the user’s consent and don’t offer complete transparency. According to a press release published Thursday, German authority’s decision covers different data sources: Facebook-owned services like WhatsApp and Instagram can continue to collect data. However, assigning the data to Facebook user accounts will only be possible subject to the users’ voluntary consent. Where consent is not given, the data must remain with the respective service and cannot be processed in combination with Facebook data. Collecting data from third-party websites and assigning them to a Facebook user account will also only be possible if users give their voluntary consent. Bundeskartellamt’s has given Facebook one month to appeal the decision to the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court. In a blog post published on FB newsroom, Facebook confirmed that it would appeal the decision. “We disagree with their conclusions and intend to appeal so that people in Germany continue to benefit fully from all our services. The Bundeskartellamt underestimates the fierce competition we face in Germany, misinterprets our compliance with GDPR and undermines the mechanisms European law provides for ensuring consistent data protection standards across the EU.” The German ruling applies to all users of Facebook based in Germany. If the decision is confirmed, Facebook would have to come up with a solution within four months to meet Bundeskartellamt’s orders. “This is significant,” says Lina Khan, an antitrust expert affiliated with Columbia Law School. “The FCO’s theory is that Facebook’s dominance is what allows it to impose on users contractual terms that require them to allow Facebook to track them all over,” Khan says. “When there is a lack of competition, users accepting terms of service are often not truly consenting. The consent is a fiction.” Antitrust lawyer Thomas Vinje, a partner at Clifford Chance in Brussels, told Reuters that the Cartel Office ruling had potentially far-reaching implications. “This is a landmark decision, it’s limited to Germany but strikes me as exportable and might have a significant impact on Facebook’s business model.” Read Next Facebook faces multiple data-protection investigations in Ireland Snopes will no longer do fact-checking work for Facebook, ends its partnership with the firm. Stanford experiment results on how deactivating Facebook affects social welfare measures