Two more BSP leaders held in U.P.

first_imgDays after it arrested former Hastinapur BSP MLA Yogesh Verma in Meerut, the police in western Uttar Pradesh have now arrested two more senior functionaries of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Muzaffarnagar district BSP president Kamal Gautam, and Manish, son of Dharmpal Singh, former BSP MLA from Hapur, were arrested in Delhi on Thursday on charges of inciting and indulging in violence during the Bharat Bandh on April 2. Muzaffarnagar Senior Superintendent of Police Anant Dev Tiwari told The Hindu, “The initial probe showed call records, video and pictures which substantiated that the BSP leaders had a role to play in inciting the protesters. The police are further probing the extent of their involvement.” The BSP leadership alleged that the BJP government was framing it on false cases.last_img read more

Fergusson College cancels Justice Kolse-Patil’s speech

first_imgThe city-based Fergusson College on Monday cancelled a speech by former Bombay High Court judge B. G. Kolse-Patil, one of the main organisers of the controversial Elgaar Parishad held in December 2017.Mr. Kolse-Patil, who had been invited by the college to deliver a lecture on “Indian Constitution from 1950-2018” was shocked when he found that the college administration had scrapped his talk without intimating him.The retired judge accused college authorities of “caving in to right wing pressure” and alleged that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was attempting to stamp out every instance of dissent.Mr. Kolse-Patil later delivered a 20-minute speech inside the college premises amid angry slogans raised against him by student activists affiliated to the fringe right-wing Patit Pavan Sanghatana (PPS).The college witnessed some tension during the speech as students from Ambedkarite groups, who gathered to hear the retire judge’s lecture, faced-off PPS activists attempting to heckle the retired judge’s talk.“I had no official intimation from Fergusson College that my lecture was cancelled…the present atmosphere is such that when reactionaries are invited for lectures in the college, they are eagerly welcomed, but the ruling powers [read BJP] immediately clamp down on people with secular ideals critical of the government, ” Mr. Kolse-Patil told The Hindu.He further said that he had never faced similar trouble and had successfully given lectures in Fergusson College in the past.Mr. Kolse-Patil had been formally invited by Dr. Ravindrasinh Pardeshi, Principal of Fergusson College, through a letter earlier this month.“I take great pleasure in inviting you [Justice (retd.) Kolse-Patil] to deliver the lecture on the ‘Constitution: 1950-2018’ and guide students of Fergusson College,” reads Dr. Pardeshi’s invitation letter (in Marathi) to Mr. Kolse-Patil.Dr. Sharad Kunte, president, governing body of the Deccan Education Society (DES) which runs the 134-year-old Fergusson College, said the right to grant permission lay with the DES and not with the principal. “There appears to be some miscommunication between the DES and the Principal regarding sanctioning permission for the event,” said Dr. Kunte.During his brief address, he hit out at Prime Minister Modi’s dictatorial style of functioning, stating that the Modi-Shah duo were expanding their “Gujarat laboratory of baneful communal experiments” to other parts of the country.“Today, judges who keep a photo of former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief M.S. Golwalkar are elevated to Chief Justices. Institutional appointments are made solely on the basis of one’s affinity with the Sangh or the BJP,” alleged Mr. Kolse-Patil.“We had secured permission for this event [Kolse-Patil’s lecture] a month ago and had circulated posters and pamphlets for the programme. The college had sent out a formal invitation, and yet they inexplicably cancelled it without any concrete reason,” said Sunil Jadhav, one of the student organisers.“Each time, the authorities cave in to the pressure of rightwing groups like the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Patit Pavan Sanghatana. What is the college scared of? Is it afraid that we are making students more aware of the Constitution and their rights?” said Kuldeep Ambekar, leader of the student wing of the Loktantrik Janata Dal United.Recently, Mr. Kolse-Patil and retired judge P. B. Sawant, who were among the chief organisers of ‘Elgaar Parishad’ on December 31, 2017, were denied permission by the city police and the Pune civic authroities to stage a similar public event titled the ‘Yuva Jaagar Parishad’ on January 12 at Shaniwarwada Fort.The organizers were forced to hold the event on the premises of the left-leaning Rashtra Seva Dal (RSD).last_img read more

PBA: Even with Yeng Guiao thrown out, NLEX still overpowers Alaska

first_imgMOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES After woeful start, Magnolia Hotshots ‘peaking at the right time’ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Quiñahan finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals to help NLEX win its third game in eight tries.Bong Galanza also scored 14 while Poy Erram just missed a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds.Jeron Teng led the Aces (3-4) with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Alaska played without key players Vic Manuel, Kevin Racal and JVee Casio due to injuries. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX went on a pivotal run in the second quarter en route to a dominating 91-70 win over Alaska in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.JR Quiñahan nailed back-to-back triples during a key 14-5 surge by the Road Warriors, who went on cruise control in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Ironically, NLEX’s run happened right after its head coach Yeng Guiao got tossed at the 5:19 mark of the second quarter.“For some reason, we always play Alaska well,” said NLEX deputy Jojo Lastimosa, who called the shots after Guiao’s ejection. “If you noticed, the last couple of years with coach Yeng, I think Alaska has only won once over us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We have a great record against them and we were confident heading into this game that we’re going to win against them,” added Lastimosa, whose squad led by as much as 28.It showed with NLEX keeping its foot on the gas pedal from the opening tip up to the final buzzer. 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 View commentslast_img read more

Have nothing more to tell the team: Virat Kohli after RCB lose again in IPL 2019

first_imgVirat Kohli said he could not keep giving excuses and there was nothing more to tell his players after Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their 6th successive match in the 2019 Indian Premier League. RCB managed only 149 for 8 off their 20 overs and Delhi Capitals won by 4 wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. RCB vs DC – Match Report | Highlights Virat Kohli top-scored with 41 but he was forced to play a watchful innings after losing Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis by the 11th over. Moeen Ali came out and tried to accelerate but RCB lost 3 wickets in the 18th over to Kagiso Rabada and it was endgame as they fell at least 11 short of what Kohli thought would be a fighting total.”We thought 160 would be competitive but we kept losing wickets at regular intervals, so I wanted to take the game deep. Even 150, had we held on to our chances, would’ve been difficult for them. We need to grab those chances, can’t give excuses every game,” Virat Kohli told the broadcasters after the match.With only 8 matches left for RCB in the 2019 IPL, Kohli said there was nothing more to tell his team but he hoped they would play with more clarity.”When the mind is cluttered, you wouldn’t be able to focus on the chances that come your way. When you have clarity, you can take your chances better. Shreyas made 65, he was dropped on eight. You never know, could’ve come into the game that time.advertisement”There’s nothing more you can tell the team. We’ve asked the boys to take responsibility. It hasn’t happened so far, and that’s the reality. Need to play expressive cricket. I am personally not trying to control anything.”After a while, it’s about the skill. The team needs to relax, whatever’s in front of us, we need to accept it. We want to enjoy as a team, otherwise we won’t be able to play any good cricket,” he said.RCB have now lost 7 matches on the trot including 6 this season and are now in their worst losing streak in the Indian Premier League. Virat Kohli said his team was not good enough once again and that was the story of RCB this season.In the opening match of the 2019 Indian Premier League, RCB were done in by Harbhajan Singh on a slow pitch at the Chepauk and have yet to find a way to start winning.”We just weren’t good on the given day. That’s the whole story of RCB this season. When AB got out, I had to anchor the innings. Stoinis was good, Akshdeep was good too. When one senior batsman gets out, it’s important for the other senior to anchor. I wasn’t happy getting out at the stage, could’ve made 25-30 more for the team if I was still there till the end, but felt 160 was a good score,” Kohli said.Also Read | Rabada completes Kohli-de Villiers double to clinch career-best T20 figuresAlso See:last_img read more

‘Iceland wanted to draw Messi in World Cup!’

first_imgWorld Cup Iceland loving Messi and Argentina draw in World Cup – Skulason Cetin Cem Yilmaz Last updated 1 year ago 00:37 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Lionel Messi Argentina Getty Images World Cup Argentina Iceland Lionel Messi The tiny nation have qualified for their first-ever World Cup and are excited to take on the might of the Barcelona superstar and his compatriots Iceland international Olafur Skulason is confident that his side can qualify from one of the toughest groups at the 2018 World Cup that includes Lionel Messi’s Argentina.Iceland, a country of a mere 334,000 people, have been drawn against Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia in Russia next summer.Skulason, though, insists that he and his team-mates “love the challenge” they have been presented with, having already shocked the world at Euro 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Participating in their first major international tournament, Iceland qualified from Group F in second place, ahead of Portugal, and knocked out England in the Round of 16 after a famous 2-1 win.So ebullient is Skulason, he insists they have already set the goal of making the knockout stages.”I could see the newspapers in other countries talking about how unlucky we are to get that kind of group but that is exactly what we want,” the 34-year-old told Goal.Lionel Messi Russia Argentina“We want those big games. We want to play against Argentina. What an amazing team to play against in the first game ever for Iceland in the World Cup!”To play against Lionel Messi and the Argentine team in Moscow, just a fantastic experience!”Iceland are all too familiar with Luka Modric and Croatia, having played them in qualification. Iceland won at home, and lost away, but would top their qualifying group by two points while Croatia defeated Greece in a two-legged play-off to reach the finals.”It’s going to be great. Of course, we know ourselves – we can win against Croatia, we know that. We’ve done it and we played them so many times, it’s getting boring now. But they are a very good team of course and we have to be on top of our game to do it,” he added.”And Nigeria are the best team in Africa at the moment, they are very, very strong. It is a very difficult group but I’m pretty confident we can pick up points and our goal is to qualify, to be in the top two places.”That’s 100 per cent our goal and we believe we can and we’ll see how it goes.”last_img read more

Realme 3i may launch in India alongside Realme X on July 15, Flipkart teases

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 11:31 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme 3i is now listed on Flipkart, suggesting imminent launch.Realme 3i could launch alongside Realme X on July 15.Realme 3i is expected to offer features similar to Realme 3 including a waterdrop display..While Realme fans in India are eagerly awaiting the launch of the Realme X on July 15, it seems the company could announce another new smartphone at the same launch event. The Realme 3i is now being teased on Flipkart, suggesting it will launch alongside the Realme X. The listing does not mention a specific date, nor does it reveal any specs, but we do get an idea about the design.This is the first time we are hearing about the Realme 3i. Going by the name, it seems pretty obvious that the phone will be a version of the Realme 3 (Review) that was launched earlier this year. The listing on Flipkart shows an outline of the Realme 3i, which confirms that the phone will come with a dewdrop display much like the Realme 3.The Realme 3i could be a light version of the Realme 3, which suggests some toned down specs and a lower price tag. The Realme 3, to recall, was launched in India with a starting price of Rs 8,999. The Realme 3i could launch around the same or a notch lower depending on the specs. Realme 3The four-month-old Realme 3 sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) waterdrop display. It is powered by a Helio P70 chipset paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Realme 3 features a 13MP + 2MP dual camera system on the back and a 13MP selfie camera. It houses a large 4,230mAh battery and ships with Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6.The Realme 3i may features some of the same specs as the Realme 3. As for the pricing, we expect the phone to slot in between the Realme C2 and Realme 3, which means a pricing of Rs 6,999 or Rs 7,999 may be possible.advertisementThe Realme X has also been teased on Flipkart, which means both the new Realme phones will be available on the e-commerce platform following their launch. The Realme X is the company’s premium mid-range flagship that sports a notchless AMOLED display, 48MP dual camera setup, pop-up selfie camera, VOOC 3.0 support and an in-display fingerprint sensor, among other things.ALSO READ | Realme X to be sold on Flipkart after July 15 launch, teaser confirmsALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi 7A vs Realme C2: Which entry-level phone offers more valueGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow RealmeFollow Realme 3iFollow Realme X Realme 3i may launch in India alongside Realme X on July 15, Flipkart teasesFlipkart has started teasing the launch of the Realme 3i, which is expected to be a light version of the Realme 3. The Realme 3i is expected to launch in India alongside the Realme X on July 15.advertisementlast_img read more

CMA CGM Sees Larger Loss in 2Q Pushes Delivery of Ships

first_imgzoom French container shipping company CMA CGM has decided to postpone the delivery of certain vessels until 2017 and reduce its capital expenditure commitment as part of its plan to improve operating performance, which includes a programme to reduce costs by USD 1 billion over the next 18 months.The company said that these plans are structured around the reorganisation of the line network, the optimisation and renegotiation of bunker costs, charters, logistics, port handling and other operating expenses, as well as certain initiatives intended to boost revenue per TEU, notably by expanding in such high value-added segments as reefer carriage.CMA CGM saw its net loss widen from USD 100 million reported in the first quarter of 2016 to a net loss of USD 109 million for the second quarter of 2016, and against a net profit of USD 156 million seen in the second quarter a year earlier.CMA CGM’s revenue came in at USD 3.3 billion for the quarter, down from USD 4.1 billion reported in the same quarter of 2015.Excluding NOL’s contribution, freight carried by the company rose by 0.2% year-on-year in the second quarter, to 3.3 million TEUs.Volumes rose slightly on the North-South lines, but declined on the East-West lines. Including NOL, which was consolidated as from June 14, total volumes carried for the period amounted to 3.5 million TEUs.Average revenue per TEU, excluding NOL, fell by 18.8% year-on-year and by 6% quarter-on-quarter, reflecting the persistent pressure on freight rates. As a result, consolidated revenue contracted by 18.6% like-for-like over the period, to USD 3.3 billion (USD 3.5 billion including NOL).“We are experiencing a market environment that remains difficult, with excessively low freight rates weighing on our revenue and margins. In an environment shaped by a lack of visibility, CMA CGM has the advantage of a strong liquidity position. The strategic relevance of NOL, fully financed, is reinforced. We are working to improve operating performance, notably via the launch of the Agility plan, which includes a programme to reduce costs by USD 1 billion over the next 18 months, and in addition to the post-acquisition synergies with NOL,” Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Group Vice-Chairman, said.The shipping giant earlier completed the exercise of its rights of compulsory acquisition of all the remaining NOL shares owned by NOL shareholders who had not accepted the all-cash voluntary conditional general offer, at a price per share equal to the Offer Price of SGD 1.3 (USD 0.96).NOL is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of CMA CGM and “will be delisted from the Official List of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST)”NOL’s shares are scheduled to be delisted from the SGX-ST with effect from 9 a.m. on September 6, 2016.last_img read more

Patient Safety Week Reminds That Good Health Care Starts With Communication

first_img The province appointed a Quality and Patient Safety Advisory Committee to consult health-care partners and provide advice and recommendations. Members have recent clinical experience and expertise in patient safety, health law and other matters. “We are in regular conversation with those who need health care and those who deliver health care, and we are hearing from everyone that we need to share our stories, our lessons and our successes,” said Dr. Peter Vaughan, chair of the committee and president and chief executive officer of the South Shore District Health Authority. “We need to support each other and work together to increase our capacity. That means educating patients and current and future health-care leaders about what we can do to make health care better.” In 2009, Nova Scotia established the Provincial Centre for Infection Prevention and Control to help improve the consistency of practices and build collaboration among health care partners. The Patient Safety Act, passed in May, requires district health authorities and the IWK to publicaly report patient safety results, beginning with hand hygiene rates, considered basic to preventing infection. For more information, visit and . Nova Scotians can help improve health-care safety by asking questions, listening to the answers and talking about any concerns with health care providers. Ask. Listen. Talk is the theme for patient safety week, which runs until Friday, Nov. 2. “Health care is about people helping people,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “If you have a concern, talk to someone. We all want health care that respects patients and families for asking questions and where everyone makes safety a priority.” Natalie Pece struggles with Cystic Fibrosis, asthma and diabetes and has received care for many years at the IWK Health Centre and the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. She speaks publicly about her experiences as a patient, to increase understanding among health-care providers. She spoke recently at a Health and Wellness Quality and Patient Safety Knowledge Exchange in October. The 32-year-old said patients and families need to help make health care better. “A measure of quality for me is feeling better, and quality for me means anything health-care providers can do to make that happen,” Ms. Pece said. “Constantly developing health issues, doctor appointments, hospital admissions, pills and treatments – knowing the experience of kids and adults with chronic illness, with illness generally, is a necessary part of the care we receive and the care provided.”last_img read more

Debt Linked Savings Scheme needed from Budget 2019 AMFI

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s mutual fund industry has sought the introduction of “Debt Linked Savings Scheme” (DLSS) to channelise the long-term savings of retail investors into corporate bond market. According to the budget recommendations by the Association of Mutual Funds in India, the government should introduce DLSS on the lines of Equity Linked Savings Scheme, (ELSS) to deepen the Indian Bond Market. “The government’s plans to significantly increase investment in the infrastructure space will require massive funding and the banks are not suited or equipped to fund such investments,” AMFI said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep “If large borrowers are pushed to raise funds from the market, it will increase issuance over time and attract more investors, which will also generate liquidity in the secondary market.” It has also recommended that at least 80 per cent of the funds collected under DLSS shall be invested in debentures and bonds of companies as permitted under SEBI Mutual Fund Regulations. “A vibrant corporate bond market is also important from an external vulnerability point of view, as a dependence on local currency and markets will lower risks,” the association said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs It has been further proposed that the investments up to Rs 150,000 under DLSS be eligible for tax benefit under “Chapter VI A, under a separate sub-Section and subject to a lock in period of 5 years” (just like tax saving bank Fixed Deposits). In the recent past, India has emerged as one of the key markets in Asia. However, the Indian corporate bond market has remained comparatively small and shallow, which continues to impede companies needing access to low-cost finance. As per the data from Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Associat ion (ASIFMA), the corporate bond markets of Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and China exceed that of India as a percentage of GDP. Additionally, the responsibility of providing debt capital in India has largely rested with the banking sector. This has resulted in adverse outcomes, such as accumulation of non-performing assets of the banks, lack of discipline among large borrowers and inability of the banking sector to provide credit to small enterprises. “Indian banks are currently in no position to expand their lending portfolios till they sort out the existing bad loans problem. Thus, there is a need for a vibrant bond market in India, to provide an alternative platform for raising debt finance and reduce dependence on the banking system,” AMFI said.last_img read more

Trending ThankYouSedins Jonathan Pitre

first_img#ThankYouSedins. The sentiment is as simple as it sounds.As Henrik and Daniel Sedin prepare for their final game in Vancouver, @imacSportsnet and @Burkie2020 reflect on their quiet leadership, mental toughness, and the incredible legacy they leave with the #Canucks.There will never be another two players like them. #ThankYouSedins— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 6, 2018After more then 2,600 games, and 2,100 points between Daniel and Henrik Sedin, all for the Vancouver Canucks, the Swedish twins will retire Saturday. They hang up their skates after 17 years on the west coast.Thank You Henrik and Daniel.For Everything.#ThankYouSedins— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) April 6, 2018 The masters in down low puck possession, small space play, and manipulating space BUT the real gold lies in their ‘goodness’. Kids, watch and emulate. Respect. #ThankYouSedins— Hayley Wickenheiser (@wick_22) April 6, 2018The duo played their final NHL home game, Thursday, and the hockey world has apparently just begun celebrating the ginger forwards.Meanwhile, on a much more sombre, but inspiring note, President of Sportsnet, Scott Moore was among those sharing his thoughts on the death of Jonathan Pitre. In a world of sports heroes, one truly has stood out for me personally: Jonathan Pitre. He was an absolute inspiration. He met all his challenges with an incredible courage. Rest in Peace, Jonathan. Our condolences to his amazing Mom, Tina.— Scott Moore (@MooreScottmoore) April 6, 2018The 17-year-old, known as the #ButterflyBoy, died Wednesday night at a Minnesota hospital of complications for epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a disease for which Pitre became a spokesperson.The Senators join the rest of Ottawa and mourn the loss of our special friend. He taught us what courage and resilience really is, all the while displaying his trademark enthusiasm and smile. We’ll all miss you, Jonathan. Our sincere condolences to Tina and the entire family.— Ottawa Senators ?? (@Senators) April 6, 2018The social media world was abuzz with memories, condolences and prayers for his Ottawa family.Tweet us your favourite pictures, videos and hashtags, @660NEWS.last_img read more

New Afghanistan memorial will be opened to public Gen Jonathan Vance says

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s top military commander says soldiers, veterans and their families can now visit the Afghanistan memorial at the new National Defence headquarters.Gen. Jonathan Vance says in a statement that the memorial, which once was the cenotaph at Kandahar Airfield, was opened without enough thought to how people who aren’t regularly in the headquarters’ secure zone would be able to see it.He says the monument is designed to be a daily reminder for staff at headquarters of the cost of war, while a public monument close to downtown Ottawa would be the national memorial for Canada’s Afghanistan mission.Vance asks for forgiveness for the decision and communications that “alienated and angered” the same people the military meant to honour.He says members of the military, veterans and families can schedule a visit, or show military identification at headquarters to be escorted inside.Vance says the memorial hall will be opened to everyone who wishes to visit once security concerns are dealt with.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Selena Gomez And Orlando Bloom To Speak At We Day

first_imgToday, international charity and educational partner Free The Children announced that its stadium-sized youth empowerment event, We Day, is coming to California for the first time on March 26, 2014 at Oracle Arena with the support of Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft, Allstate and Unilever.Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen, Martin Sheen and Orlando Bloom were among the first revealed as part of the star-studded lineup of speakers and performers who will take the stage at We Day California alongside 16,000 students from over 400 schools across the state.The announcement was made at Philip & Sala Burton Academic High School in San Francisco in front of over 700 students who were joined by players from the Oakland Raiders and a surprise appearance by Glee star, Jacob Artist.Organized by Free The Children, We Day is taking the philanthropic world by storm and going global with events in the United States, Canada and the UK. Over 180,000 youth this school year alone will come together to take part in an unprecedented educational initiative which inspires students to become active local and global citizens.Spearheading its arrival in California are long-time Free The Children supporters and We Day California Co-Chairs, Natalie Portman, and Magic Johnson along with philanthropic thought leaders Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media and the Skoll Global Threats Fund and Daniel Lurie, CEO and Founder, Tipping Point Community. National businesses are also lending support to We Day including Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft, Allstate and Unilever, and professional sports teams including the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants, the San Jose Sharks and the Oakland Athletics.“I believe in the power of young people to change the world, but they need support and guidance to do so” said Natalie Portman, Academy Award-winning actress, Free The Children ambassador and Co-Chair of We Day California. “We Day helps to bring that passion to life, encouraging young people to take meaningful actions towards the issues they care about and giving them the tools to make it a reality. I’m so honored to help bring this truly impactful youth-led movement to the state of California.”The first round of speakers and performers set to attend We Day California was announced today by co-founder of Free The Children, Craig Kielburger.We Day California will also see local young leaders and performers take the stage including Vocal Rush, a renowned acappella group from Oakland School for the Arts, the Oakland Youth Orchestra, dance group, Culture Shock and spoken word group, Youth Speaks.“We are so thrilled to bring We Day to California for the first time. Since 2007 alone, youth involved in the program have raised $37 million for over 1,000 local and global causes and logged more than 9.6 million volunteer hours,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children. “The enthusiasm students across the state have already shown for making a difference here in California and globally is incredible and we can’t wait to see what new initiatives will be sparked.”Also today, youth from Raisbeck Aviation High School in Seattle who attended the first ever U.S. We Day event last year are gathering to celebrate the continued movement in the U.S. and to share the actions they’ve taken to earn their tickets to this year’s We Day Seattle.Students can’t buy a ticket to We Day; they earn it through service by making a commitment to take action on at least one local and one global initiative of their choices as part of the year-long educational program called We Act. The We Act program supports students and educators with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the inspiration from We Day into sustained activation. The program enhances a school’s existing service learning initiatives or sparks new ones.World-renowned leaders and A-list entertainers have added their voice to the We Day movement, coming together to address pressing world issues and ignite students’ passion to be a part of the solution. Past of guests of We Day include Sir Richard Branson, Queen Noor of Jordan, Kofi Annan, Martin Sheen, Demi Lovato, Imagine Dragons, Jennifer Hudson and cast members from Glee, among many others.We Day is free of charge to the thousands of students and teachers in attendance, thanks to the extraordinary support of sponsors, led in California byCo-Title Sponsors Microsoft, Allstate and Unilever.Registration for the We Act program is still open for students and teachers across California at Registration closes on February 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. PDT.Stay connected with We Day and Free The Children. We Day has over 1 million followers on Twitter and is the one of the world’s largest charitable causes on Facebook with 3.7 million fans.last_img read more

Govt played fraud upon court to obtain favourable Rafale verdict petitioners claim

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre misled and played fraud upon the apex court to obtain a favourable order in the Rafale fighter jet case last December, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan claimed in the Supreme Court on Thursday. In a rejoinder affidavit filed in the apex court, they said the December 14 verdict in the Rafale case should be reviewed as the judgement was obtained through “multiple falsehoods and suppression of material and relevant information”. The government was not disclosing the entire material before the court even now and due to this “continued suppression”, the petitioners have sought production of relevant and material documents before the court, they said. “It is clear that the government misled the court on various counts in the notes that were submitted in a sealed cover. The government has also suppressed material and relevant information from the court and obtained the impugned judgement on the basis of fraud played upon the court by the government,” they have said in their affidavit. The rejoinder affidavit was filed by them in response to the reply filed by the Centre last week in which the government had said that “categorical and emphatic” findings recorded by the top court in its December verdict have no apparent error warranting the review. The Centre said the petitioners, in the garb of seeking review of the verdict and placing reliance on some press reports and incomplete internal file notings procured unauthorisedly and illegally, cannot seek to re-open the whole matter since scope of review petition is “extremely limited”. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is scheduled to hear on Friday the pleas seeking review of its Rafale case verdict. The apex court had dismissed the plea filed by Sinha, Shourie and Bhushan seeking probe into alleged irregularities in the multi-crore Rafale fighter jet purchase deal with France.last_img read more

Donald Trump Threatening Purge of Intelligence Community

Toronto – US President Donald Trump seems to be hinting at a full-fledged purge of his own intelligence agencies following his Wednesday tirade about classified leaks, according to the Huffington Post.President Trump appears to be going into complete self-protect mode following the resignation of his former National Security Advisor and good friend, Michael Flynn on Monday. In a curious display of Trumpesque level logic, he appears determined to go after those who broke the story, instead of putting effort into discovering how widely spread the situation is.In a classic display of Trump tweeting, he took to his favoured form of communication Thursday morning, saying “leaking and even illegal classified leaking has been a big problem in Washington for years. Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize!” This was rapidly followed just minutes later with a second tweet. “The spotlight has finally been put on low-life leakers! They will be caught!”Yet again, Trump appears to be attempting to deflect eyes from the real issue of his own top advisors being in constant contact with Russian officials before, during and after the Presidential campaign, to a condemnation of the people who brought the story to light. Now he seems poised to drive the situation around a much darker corner toward a full-fledged purge of the government’s own intelligence agencies.According to the same source, former US President Barack Obama also made an effort to curtail the leaking of classified information but the motivations of the two men couldn’t be more different. For Obama, the concern was clearly national security. For Trump, however, the issue seems to be more one of self-preservation.Trump shocked many during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Wednesday when he launched into a diatribe against the “unfair” treatment Michael Flynn had received by the intelligence community and the media alike. “I think he’s been treated very, very badly by the media- as I call it, the fake media, in many cases. I think it’s really a sad thing he was treated so badly,” singing Flynn’s praises to a bewildered media instead of exhibiting the appropriate, Presidential concern for any possible damage that Flynn’s calls may have done to national security.Scuttlebutt is circulating around Washington that Trump is going to approach New York billionaire Stephen Feinberg to oversee a total review of US intelligence agencies in what critics and intelligence officials are both calling an attempt “to curtailtheir independence and reduce the flow of information that contradicts the president’s worldview.” Feinberg, it seems, is a flaming sign of a coming purge, albeit one with absolutely no intelligence experience.Sensing a strange momentum underway by the President, Republican supporters like former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, are feeling an encouraging sense of confidence to speak out against the intelligence community and mainstream media, a la Trump. The “House Senate Intelligence Committee must open investigations of illegal leaks from the intelligence community, deliberate effort to undermine the President.” Gingrich tweeted.House Senate Intell committees must open investigations of illegal leaks from intell community,deliberate effort to undermine President— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) February 16, 2017Jason Chaffetz, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, is also jumping on the deflection rocket stating, “It seems probable that the fact that an intelligence agency monitors the call, if it did, as well as any recording of the call, it would be classified.We have serious concerns about the potential inadequate protection of classified information here.” Trump supporters seem to be more concerned with how the information became public than they are about substance of Flynn’s calls or how many other top Trump staffers could be involved.Democratic Representative, Elijah Cummings said Thursday morning, “Chairman Chaffetz appears to be taking his marching orders directly from President Trump’s tweet yesterday. Instead of investigating General Flynn’s lies and his troubling ties with Russia, he chose to target those who brought them to light.Congress should be doing independent oversight of the Executive Branch and protecting whistleblowers, not running interference while the White House conceals their abuses and misleads the American people for weeks.” read more

SNCLavalin slashes another 950 positions amid restructuring including 600 in Canada

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin is eliminating 950 jobs around the world, including 600 in Canada.The Montreal-based engineering and construction firm says all of the employees affected have been notified, with most having already left.The company says the downsizing in Canada mainly involves employees in Ontario and Alberta, followed by Quebec, and follows the elimination of 4,000 positions in 2014.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc’s stock undervalued, analyst says, after company posts better-than-expected Q4 profitRumoured SNC-Lavalin takeover of John Wood Group would be ‘misallocation of capital,’ analyst warnsThe latest cuts are part of a larger restructuring announced last November by CEO Neil Bruce to adapt to a weaker economy.SNC-Lavalin expects to save $100 million per year from a series of efforts, including workforce reduction.The job losses touch several areas of operation including the weak oil and gas sector in Western Canada.The company has nearly 40,000 employees around the world, including almost 12,000 in Canada.The Canadian Press read more

Menon claims TN leaders opposed moves to save Prabhakaran

On the issues before India, Menon says: “If India had stood aside and asked him (Rajapaksa) to desist, in effect, defending the killers of an Indian Prime Minister, we would have effectively written ourselves out of Sri Lanka for the next decade or more, sacrificing our maritime and other interests in Sri Lanka and abdicating a geopolitically strategic neighbor to other powers. We could hardly abandon Sri Lanka to potentially hostile influences. In effect, Sri Lanka is an aircraft carrier parked fourteen miles off the Indian coast.”Knowing that victory was round the corner, Rajapaksa was in no mood to agree to Western ceasefire proposals or to any idea that the LTTE leadership might be evacuated to safety, even if that was the only certain way to prevent casualties among civilians that the  LTTE had driven onto to the peninsula as their hostages and human shields, Menon notes.But Rajapaksa’s obduracy was matched by Prabkaran’s whose thoughts and plans were increasingly remote from reality. He had either sidelined or killed people who could have advised him better. Prabhakaran’s obduracy resulted in the complete elimination of the LTTE’s military machine and its leadership, including himself and his family. “It is arguable that some brutality was inevitable in a war of this kind against a violent terrorist group that had shown no qualms about terrorizing its own people and physically eliminating all its potential adversaries, Tamil or Sinhala.”“Indeed, one must logically ask the question, would an earlier adoption of the more brutal methods of the last thirty months of the war have brought it to an earlier end and actually saved lives and minimized the war’s deleterious effects?. This is a recurrent problem in state craft. It is also the strongest justification for the use of atomic weapons to end World War II.”“The strategist Edward Luttwak argues that there are situations in which one should give war a chance. Was Sri Lanka one of them, where peace building efforts and international mediation only prolonged and worsened the agony?,” Menon asks and concludes by saying: “ These are difficult counterfactuals that go against the grain of liberal thinking, but they do seem appropriate to the Sri Lankan case.” According to Menon, India’s policy options were limited. New Delhi was aware that a victorious Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa would be less dependent on India and therefore less responsive. Rajapaksa not only had a firm grip on the levers of power, including the military, but also the backing of China, Pakistan “and to an extent, the United States.”As regards the US he makes the interesting observation that “the United States was willing to help him (Rajapaksa) in practice with intelligence and military training, but was constrained to express human rights concerns, without letting them to rise to the level of affecting his conduct of the war against terrorism.” “Ironically, by murdering Rajiv Gandhi, the LTTE had caused a shift in broader Indian attitudes, which came to be more in line with those of the Sri Lankan government,” he says. Leaders of Tamil Nadu, across the political divide, privately but effectively supported the Indian government’s policy of opposing efforts by the US and Norway to rescue Velupillai Prabhakaran so that his LTTE lived to fight another day, says Shivshankar Menon, India’s former National Security Adviser (NSA) in his book; “Choices: Inside the Making of India’s  Foreign Policy”.“Political leaders across the political divide in Tamil Nadu knew that the only way Prabhakaran could lead Tamil Eelam would be to physically eliminate the real leaders of the Tamils who were in India, just as he had already done to other Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka,” Menon says in the chapter entitled ‘Force Works.’ The way the Sri Lankans fought the war, though criticized for its brutality in the final stages, might have taken a higher toll if delay and stalemate were brought about, Menon feels in his assessment of the war, the New Indian Express reported. “Despite differences in public posture on the issue in Tamil Nadu and Delhi, there was cross party private understanding on the basics of the policy toward Sri Lanka with both the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party and the All India Anna Dravida Kazhagam Party (AIADMK) party, as a result of considerable hard work by Pranab Mukherjee (the then Foreign Minister) and Narayanan (the then NSA), as I found when I met alone with very senior Tamil Nadu politicians in Chennai, away from the glare of publicity,” Menon recalls. read more

Citing freedom of expression UN calls for release of Qatari poet given

Mohammed al Ajami – also known as Ibn al Dheeb – was initially sentenced to life in prison on 29 November 2012 for the poem, which was also considered insulting to the nation’s symbols, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).His sentence was reduced to 15 years last February during a second appeal. On 20 October, Qatar’s highest court, the Court of Cassation, decided to uphold the 15-year sentence. Mr. al Ajami’s only recourse now is to appeal for clemency to the Emir of Qatar.“This sentence is clearly disproportionate,” OHCHR spokesperson Cécile Pouilly told reporters in Geneva, voicing serious concern about the decision taken by the court this week.“Last January, we already publicly expressed our concerns about the harsh sentencing, the fairness of his trial and about the many months Mr. al Ajami had spent in solitary confinement,” she added.“We call for the respect of Mr. al Ajami’s right to freedom of expression and for his immediate release.” read more

LAcerCloud le nuage dAcer

first_imgL’AcerCloud, le nuage d’AcerLa firme taïwanaise a dévoilé sa propre solution de stockage en ligne des données, l’AcerCloud, un nouveau concurrent pour l’iCloud d’Apple.Acer se plie aussi à la mode du nuage. Le constructeur taïwanais va dévoiler sa solution de stockage des données dans le nuage, baptisée AcerCloud, profitant de sa conférence au CES 2012 de Las Vegas pour cela. L’AcerCloud sera disponible aussi bien sur les ordinateurs que sur les terminaux mobiles de la marque et permettra de stocker de nombreux éléments, des documents Microsoft Office mais aussi de la vidéo, des photos ou de la musique, explique Fredzone.Il suffira d’installer un logiciel sur son ordinateur ou une application dédiée sur son smartphone ou tablette tactile pour avoir accès à ce contenu sans avoir à transférer quoi que ce soit. Attention, il ne sera en revanche stocké que 30 jours sur les serveurs Acer et la firme cryptera tous ces fichiers, sécurité oblige. Une fonctionnalité intéressante a été également annoncé, Media. Elle concerne la bibliothèque musicale de l’utilisateur, qui la transfèrera pas mais plutôt l’index de cette dernière. Lorsque l’écoute d’un titre sera lancé sur le mobile de l’utilisateur, la solution d’Acer va donc aller chercher le titre stocké sur son ordinateur et le réveiller au passage. AcerCloud devrait débarquer aux États-Unis au second semestre et au quatrième semestre dans le reste du monde. Le 9 janvier 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Alan Turing Chosen as New Face of England’s £50 Note

first_imgStay on target Alan Turing will be the new face of England’s £50 note.The Bank of England on Monday announced that Turing—the father of artificial intelligence—will appear on the new polymer bill, expected to enter circulation by the end of 2021.Best known for his work devising code-breaking machines during WWII, Benedict Cumberbatch Turing played a pivotal role in the development of early computers and helped set the foundations for work on artificial intelligence.His idea that a computer could be said to “think” if a human interrogator couldn’t tell it apart, through conversation, from a human being—aka the Turing test—is still employed today, more than half a century later.“Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today,” Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, said in a statement.“As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as [a] war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far ranging and path breaking. Turing is a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.”Too bad his accomplishments were never fully recognized in his home country during his lifetime.A gay man in the early 20th century, Turing was forcibly oppressed by laws that mandated homosexuality a criminal offense in the UK. He was prosecuted in 1952, and accepted chemical castration treatment as an alternative to prison.Turing died in 1954—16 days before his 42nd birthday—from cyanide poisoning in an apparent (yet disupted) suicide.More than five decades later, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the government for the “appalling way [Turing] was treated.” He received a posthumous pardon from the Queen in 2013.Following a six-week public nomination period last year, the Bank of England narrowed down a total 989 eligible candidates in the field of science to a short list of 12.From all corners of UK science, the dirty dozen included:Mary Anning (paleontologist)Paul Dirac (theoretical physicist)Rosalind Franklin (chemist)William and Caroline Herschel (astronomers)Dorothy Hodgkin (Nobel Prize-winning chemist)Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage (mathematicians)Stephen Hawking (theoretical physicist)James Clerk Maxwell (mathematical physicist)Srinivasa Ramanujan (mathematician)Ernest Rutherford (“father of nuclear physics”)Frederick Sanger (Nobel Prize-winning biochemist)Alan Turing“The strength of the shortlist is testament to the UK’s incredible scientific contribution,” according to Sarah John, Bank of England chief cashier. “The breadth of individuals and achievements reflects the huge range of nominations we received for this note and I would [like] to thank the public for all their suggestions of scientists we could celebrate.”The new £50 note, as shown in the concept image above, will celebrate Turing through images of the man himself, as well as his pioneering work with computers.It also features a quote from Turing, his signature, and ticker tape depicting his birth date (June 23, 1912) in binary code.A full design—including all the security features—will be unveiled closer to the bill entering circulation.The last of the Bank of England collection to switch from paper to polymer, the £50 note was once described as the “currency of corrupt elites,” and is the least used in daily transactions, according to the BBC.More on Turing Gets His Own Edition of MonopolyBritish Justice Department Rejects Pardon for Alan TuringRare ‘Unicorns’ of US Paper Money Could Fetch Millions in Auction Alan Turing gets his own edition of MonopolyThe father of all Lego computers: The Lego Turing Machine last_img read more