Kolkata: A passenger who was trying to board a bus near College More in Sector V on Saturday afternoon had his leg crushed under the wheels of the vehicle as it sped up. Police have arrested the bus driver so far in connection with the incident which triggered tension in the area. According to the police, a middle-aged man whose identity is yet to be ascertained was trying to get into a state-owned bus when the driver suddenly sped up the vehicle. As a result, the victim fell on the road and the rear wheels of the bus went over his leg. The locals rushed him to Bidhannagar Sub-divisional Hospital. The incident occurred at around 3 pm. The bus driver fled the spot along with the vehicle. The Bidhannagar police swung into action and arrested him later in the day. According to the hospital sources, the injuries are serious in nature. Police have started a probe and the bus driver is being interrogated. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn another incident, a cyclist was killed after being hit by a speeding truck. The incident took place at Matigara area on Phholbari-Ghoshpukur Road on Saturday morning. The locals told the police that the victim, Sambhu Bhagat, was cycling along the road when the speeding truck knocked him down. According to eyewitness, as the vehicle was running at high speed, the driver could not control it. He fled the spot along with the vehicle immediately after the accident.The locals rushed the victim to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. Police are conducting raids to nab the truck driver who has at been large since the accident took place.
Yesterday, Twitter announced a new policy, which aims to address the issue of using dehumanizing speech by its users. The members of Twitter Trust and Safety Council, Vijaya Gadde and Del Harvey, stated in the announcement that this is an ongoing effort towards encouraging healthy public conversation. What is Twitter’s dehumanization policy? This new clause is an extension of their hateful conduct policy and we will see it soon added to the Twitter Rules book: “You may not dehumanize anyone based on membership in an identifiable group, as this speech can lead to offline harm.” The biggest change when the new policy is implemented will be that it will also include non-targeted content. Unlike the hateful conduct policy, which considers a violation of policy if direct attacks or threats are made against an individual, this policy will also consider targeting ‘X group’ as a violation. What exactly is dehumanizing speech? If you are wondering what ‘dehumanizing’ means, it is making someone feel less than human and hence not worthy of humane treatment. Usage of such language can lead to increased violence, human rights violations, war crimes, and genocide. The announcement also gives a good definition of dehumanizing language: “Language that treats others as less than human. Dehumanization can occur when others are denied of human qualities (animalistic dehumanization) or when others are denied of human nature (mechanistic dehumanization). Examples can include comparing groups to animals and viruses (animalistic), or reducing groups to their genitalia (mechanistic).” The classic example of dehumanizing language is using terms like “animals” and “vermin” for people. Referring to people as “illegals” is also dehumanizing. They are currently seeking feedback from users through a survey to get global perspectives and know how this policy may impact different communities and cultures. If rightly implemented, this can prove to be a good initiative towards mitigating the problem of hate and dangerous speech. Check out the official announcement by Twitter to get a better idea of the dehumanization policy. Read Next How Twitter is defending against the Silhouette attack that discovers user identity The much loved reverse chronological Twitter timeline is back as Twitter attempts to break the ‘filter bubble’ Building a Twitter news bot using Twitter API [Tutorial]
Sabre outage briefly grounds flights on several airlines << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, November 14, 2016 Share DALLAS — Travellers on several airlines had trouble checking in for flights and waited out delays Friday after a computer outage at a company that runs airline technology systems.American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America confirmed that a technology glitch briefly interrupted their operations. The problems seemed to have been fixed by midday, and airlines reported that flights had resumed.The airlines blamed their difficulties on a breakdown in systems operated by Sabre Corp., a Texas company that provides software and other technology services to airlines and hotels.A Sabre spokeswoman said the systems were running again by early Friday afternoon. She said she did not know the cause of the breakdown.Passengers at several big airports went on social media to complain about flight delays.American said that the outage caused scattered delays but no cancelled flights. Alaska said that 15 flights were delayed by up to 15 minutes. Southwest said the outage briefly prevented bookings, ticket changes and use of mobile boarding passes.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyUnited Airlines said its flights were not affected, and Delta Air Lines said it does not use Sabre.On Oct. 17, a problem at Sabre prevented travellers from booking trips on Southwest, JetBlue and Virgin America.Technology outages have struck almost all the airlines at one point or another over the past two years. Airlines rely heavily on overlapping computer programs to handle everything from selling tickets to checking weight calculations before takeoff. When outages occur, they often lead to cascading delays that can linger for hours.Friday’s glitch didn’t affect airline stocks – most gained ground. Sabre shares rose 39 cents to $24.94, but they have still lost 15 per cent in the last year. Tags: Sabre By: David Koenig Source: The Associated Press