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Muslim groups support Dalit community demand joint protest on September 15

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first_imgNEW DELHI: Representatives of several Muslim organisations on Monday supported the Dalit community’s demand for reconstructing a Ravidas temple in Tuglakabad forest area and said they would organise a joint protest in the national capital on September 15. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the temple on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court.On August 21, a massive protest in the national capital on the issue turned violent, following which Dalit group Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and 95 others were arrested on the charge of rioting. At a press conference here, Mulana Fazlul Manan Shahi, the Imam of Teele Wali Masjid in Lucknow, said, “We feel the pain caused by the temple’s demolition as we have gone through a similar experience. We share the grief of our Dalit brothers. We will be there to rebuild the temple.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderMufti Aeyaaz Arshad Qasmi, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said, “If the government does not rebuild the temple, we will hit the streets on September 15. We will do all that we can. We will take legal recourse too.” Syyed Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, the general secretary of Anjuman-e-Haideri, alleged that the “government misled the apex court by furnishing fake documents about acquisition of the land where the temple stood.” “According to law, land belonging to any religious structure cannot be acquired. The government acquired the land in question in 1986. There is enough evidence to prove that the temple existed before 1986,” he claimed. “Muslims and Dalits communities stand together on the issue. We demand the temple be built at its original place and Azad and his supporters, who have been arrested on false charges, be released immediately,” Naqvi said, adding on September 15, the Muslim community will take put a peaceful march to the site in Tughlakabad where the temple stood.last_img read more

Europe beat USA to regain Solheim Cup

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first_imgGleneagles: Europe regained the Solheim Cup with a thrilling 14.5-13.5 victory over the United States on Sunday at Gleneagles. Norwegian wildcard Suzann Pettersen holed the winning putt in the last match on the course, making a birdie on the 18th to defeat Marina Alex one-up in a dramatic finale in the event’s closest ever finish. It was a first defeat for US Captain Juli Inkster – and it makes it three wins out of three in Scotland for Europe following on from Dalmahoy (1992) and Loch Lomond (2000). “This is fantastic,” said Europe’s Scottish captain, Catriona Matthew after Europe’s first victory since 2013. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I knew the last few matches would be crucial.” Pettersen, a new mum who had hardly played in two years, was a controversial wild card selection. “But I always had faith,” added Matthew. “It is all still a blur,” said Pettersen. “I knew it was close. But Catriona came up to me at the last and I said ‘is this why you picked me?’. “This is just so fantastic for Europe.” It was Europe’s sixth Solheim Cup win – with the USA 10-time champions.last_img read more

Canadian CEOs have already earned more than the average Canadian will this

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first_imgTORONTO – A policy think tank says Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs have already earned more than the average Canadian worker will make for all of this year.The 11th annual report on CEO compensation by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the average CEO will have earned nearly $50,000 by 10:57 a.m. ET Tuesday, down from mid-afternoon when it first started studying the issue.Its latest report titled “Climbing up and Kicking Down” says the country’s top CEOs now make, on average, $10.4-million a year, or 209 times the average income of $49,738.That’s up from 193 times more in 2015.The report suggests that while the idea of a $15 per hour minimum wage has faced debate across Canada, rising CEO wages have gone largely unchecked.It concludes it isn’t likely that any one measure will curtail the overall growth in CEO compensation and decrease the record-high income gap between Canada’s top executives and the average worker.But it says Ottawa could consider more comprehensive amendments to the Income Tax Act and more broadly eliminate the tax preference that encourages companies to pay their executives in stock and stock derivatives rather than regular dollars.last_img read more

Wont play a role unless Im convinced Patralekhaa

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first_imgMumbai: Actress Patralekhaa, who features in the upcoming film “Badnaam Gali” alongside Divyendu Sharma, says the dull phase in her career has taught her not to live on someone’s mercy and only sign up for films she is convinced with. Patralekhaa of “Citylights” fame told IANS: “One of the most important lessons that I have learnt from the tough phase of my career is that if I am not convinced, I won’t play the character. I think for a performer, for an actor, conviction is one of the most important elements and if I am not fully convinced, it shows in my performance. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “So from now on, everything I will do, I will do it with conviction. Also I have stopped taking nonsense from people because we actors are here by choice and we cannot be on anybody’s mercy… No one should make us feel insecure or vulnerable just because an artiste has a sensitive mind.” Releasing on the OTT platform ZEE5 on Friday, the film “Badnaam Gali” tells the story of a young surrogate mother named Noyonika Ganguly, played by Patralekhaa. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up The film was shot in Delhi. “We shot in summer. The temperature was around 42 degrees and I was wearing that prosthetic belly as you know I have played a pregnant girl. It was physically exhausting under that heat. I was sweating all over and I was getting tired, but everything was worth it when we saw the end result,” she said. Asked about how the story of a surrogate mother has become acceptable for the audience, she said: “The good thing is that time is changing. An unmarried pregnant girl is always a taboo in the society and that is why earlier when actresses like Preity Zinta did that film ‘Kya Kehna’, it was an example. “Now it is great to see that the audience is receptive towards these kind of stories. That is how actors like us are getting chances to work on good stories. I always choose my films as an audience because I am the first audience of my film. “Though it is a story told in a lighter manner, it raises some important questions. She is a surrogate mother, an independent girl with a very unapologetic attitude and how society treats her… Digital platforms really have given us the opportunity to some of these progressive stories.” After “Badnaam Gali”, Patralekhaa has another film in her kitty. It is directed by Pradeep Sarkar, and the actress says it is quite dark and different. “We have room for versatility too,” she said. Starting her career in Bollywood with the film “CityLights”, Patralekhaa has also appeared in the web series “Bose: Dead/Alive”. She has been through few years of struggle to get good film offers, though critics always praised her performance. While she has an inclination towards playing a strong woman on-screen, she knows that as an actor, she shouldn’t say that “I only want to play such character.” “Yes, my character should have a strong opinion, but she could be vulnerable too. I think that is the intriguing point for me that I look for in every good script,” added Patralekhaa.last_img read more

Sierra Leone elections on track but assistance still needed – Ban Kimoon

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10 May 2007Calling preparations for the upcoming national elections in Sierra Leone a “remarkable success,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to remain engaged in helping the West African country continue its recovery from a brutal civil war. “The fact that 91 per cent of the eligible voters have registered for the July 2007 elections is both a demonstration of the civic maturity of the people of Sierra Leone and an important indication of the increased capacity of the National Electoral Commission,” Mr. Ban said in his latest report on the work of the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL).Among other notable accomplishments of the Commission, as assisted by UNIOSIL, Mr. Ban noted the recruitment and training of election workers, the drafting of election petition rules and the installation of technical advisers.The deployment of state authority across the country, however, continues to lag behind and efforts to combat corruption and promote accountability have been painfully slow to yield results, he said.“In this regard, the country clearly needs the support of the international community,” he maintained, urging the Government to work closely with the UN’s Peacebuilding Commission following the agreement reached on a framework for further consolidation of the peace.In October 2006, the Commission declared Sierra Leone eligible to benefit from the recently set-up multi-million dollar Peacebuilding Fund, which is aimed at assisting countries emerging from conflict to rebuild and prevent them falling back into bloodshed. Sierra Leone’s 10-year conflict began in 1991 and left thousands dead and many more mutilated.In order to further advance peace consolidation, Mr. Ban said the national armed forces and the police needed “significant additional support” in the areas of equipment and accommodation. In addition, he pointed out that a solid private sector in the country was still lacking. “Without a vibrant economy based on free-market principles and clean practices, the country will not be able to achieve the much-needed acceleration of the growth rate,” he said.Finally, he advocated that the Government and its partners should step up efforts to reform the judiciary and promote human rights, especially those of women and children.UNIOSIL, the first integrated UN office established to support a peace-consolidation process, was established following the completion of peacekeeping operations in Sierra Leone that ended on 31 December 2005. It is made up of almost 300 people, comprising 82 international staff, 192 local staff and 24 UN Volunteers. read more

UN seminar explores water management in Central Asia

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Organized by the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the three-day seminar will examine existing UN conventions in the area of water and environment, including the UN Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes.The event, which began yesterday, will also review best practices in negotiating cooperative transboundary water agreements. “This practical knowledge will come very handy for experts from Central Asian countries who are involved in a search for a long-term sustainable negotiated solution to the problems with water and associated resource management issues in the region,” Miroslav Jenca, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNRCCA, said in opening marks this morning.He expressed hope that the gathering will help the region’s nations “reach sustainable and mutually beneficial arrangements in the area of water and energy.”The UNRCCA, in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, was set up in 2007 to help the countries of the region respond more proactively to cross-border challenges and threats, such as terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime and environmental degradation, before they become costlier and more difficult to control. According to the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), the centre is tasked with assisting Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan “in building capacities to peacefully prevent conflict, in facilitating dialogue, and in catalyzing international support behind projects and initiatives.” 20 April 2009A United Nations gathering underway in the Kazakh city, Almaty, has drawn dozens of experts and representatives of Central Asian nations to examine how to boost water management in the region. read more

CoucheTard to acquire 23 Premium 7 locations in Estonia for undisclosed price

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LAVAL, Que. — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is expanding its European network of filling stations and convenience stores.The Quebec-based company has agreed to acquire 23 locations in Estonia, currently operated under the Premium 7 brand.That includes 11 full service fuel stations with convenience stores and 12 automated fuel stations.Dollarama Inc investors getting bang for their buck as company beats profit expectations, opens eight new storesAlimentation Couche-Tard Inc rolling out Circle K banner throughout southeastern U.S. this springParkland Fuel a possible buyer of Loblaw gas bars: reportCouche-Tard says the two sides of the transaction won’t be disclosing the price.It will initially rebrand the sites under the Statoil brand and then switch it within a year to the Circle K global brand.The Laval-based company had previously announced plans to replace its Mac’s brand in Canada with the Circle K brand while retaining Couche-Tard as its retail brand in its home province.Couche-Tard will have a total of 77 company-operated stores and fuel stations in Estonia after completing the 23-site purchase from Sevenoil Est OU and its affiliates. read more

Honda reports profit drop on yen declining US India sales

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TOKYO — Japanese automaker Honda has reported a 29% decline in fiscal first quarter profit as an unfavourable currency exchange and declining auto sales in the U.S. and India hurt earnings.Tokyo-based Honda Motor Co. reported Friday its April-June profit totalled 172.3 billion yen ($1.6 billion), down from 244.3 billion yen.Quarterly sales dipped 0.7% to nearly 4 trillion yen ($37 billion).Honda, which makes the Accord sedan, Odyssey minivan and Asimo robot, said both auto and motorcycle sales declined during the quarter on-year.Honda lowered its profit forecast for the fiscal year through March 2020 to 645 billion yen ($6 billion), down from an earlier forecast of 665 billion yen ($6.2 billion).But the latest projection is better than the 610 billion yen Honda earned the previous year.The Associated Press read more

US plans trade probe over Chinas demands for tech transfers

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US plans trade probe over China’s demands for tech transfers FILE – In this March 15, 2017 file photo, a man pushes a stroller past a magazine advertisement featuring U.S. President Donald Trump at a news stand in Shanghai, China. U.S. media reported Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017 that the administration of President Donald Trump is considering using rarely invoked U.S. trade laws to compel China to crack down on theft of copyrights, patents and other intellectual property and fend off technology sharing demands from Beijing. (Chinatopix Via AP, File) WASHINGTON – Frustrated over China’s inability to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program, the Trump administration is weighing plans to punish China for failing to crack down on intellectual property thefts and forcing U.S. and foreign companies to share their technology in return for access to the vast Chinese market.That’s according to two people familiar with the discussion, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans have not been made public.The administration is considering invoking the rarely used Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, which empowers Washington to investigate Chinese trade practices and impose sanctions, including tariffs, within months, according to one of those people.The investigation would focus on China’s alleged forced technology transfer policies and practices, one of the people said, adding that the Trump administration could move to launch such a probe this week. The second person cautioned that no decisions or timelines had been finalized yet.U.S. and other Western governments and business groups accuse Beijing of unfairly nurturing Chinese competitors — in fields ranging from medical equipment to renewable energy to electric cars — by requiring foreign firms to hand over proprietary technologies in exchange for being allowed to operate in China.American companies have long complained that Chinese competitors steal their technology and use it to compete against them. Being forced to hand over technology to gain access to the Chinese market adds to the risk.China’s Ministry of Commerce did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment.These deliberations come as the administration has signalled a harsher stance on trade than it took in the first six months of Trump’s presidency when it comes to China.President Donald Trump temporarily set aside complaints about market access and currency when he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April in hopes Beijing would help pressure North Korea to end its nuclear weapons development. But tensions bubbled up last month at a U.S.-Chinese dialogue where U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin blamed China’s $347 billion trade surplus with the United States last year on “government intervention in its economy.”Trump has also grown increasingly frustrated by what he says is China’s reluctance to rein in North Korea.“I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade,” he tweeted recently, “yet… they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk.”“We will no longer allow this to continue,” he added. “China could easily solve this problem!”The Wall Street Journal and New York Times also reported that U.S. trade officials are discussing ways to counter piracy of copyrights and patents and other intellectual property in China.U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in a commentary in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, outlined a slew of grievances against both China and the European Union that he said contributed to the global U.S. trade deficit in goods of $725.5 billion in 2016.“Both China and Europe also bankroll their exports through grants, low-cost loans, energy subsidies, special value-added tax refunds and below-market real estate sales, among other means,” Ross wrote.The Wall Street Journal and New York Times stories also said U.S. officials were looking into using Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. Another possibility would be to invoke the “International Emergency Economic Powers Act,” a law also enacted during the 1970s that gives the president wide powers to take action after declaring a national emergency, the Wall Street Journal report said.The president has long railed against Chinese trade practices.“Predatory trade practices, product dumping, currency manipulation and intellectual property theft have taken millions of jobs and trillions in wealth from our country,” he said on the campaign trail last year, warning that if China did not stop its “illegal activities, including its theft of American trade secrets and intellectual property, I will apply countervailing duties until China ceases and desists.”He claimed enforcing intellectual property rules alone would add millions of new American jobs each year.The administration also was considering how to resist technology-sharing demands from Beijing as part of its ambitious Made in China 2025 program, a blueprint for making China a leader in advanced technologies such as autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, robotics and other industries.Foreign companies have long complained over rampant piracy and technology theft by Chinese companies. Though he has at times sought a more conciliatory approach, Trump also has lambasted China over such problems and over the massive U.S. trade deficit.The U.S. last year ran a $347 billion trade deficit in goods with China — accounting for nearly half of the overall U.S. trade deficit in goods. Despite Trump’s pledge to narrow the deficit, the gap has grown this year — to $138.1 billion from January through May from $131.2 billion in the first five months of 2016.___Associated Press writer Paul Wiseman contributed to this report.___Wong reported from Beijing. by Gillian Wong And Jill Colvin, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2017 8:02 am MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Jagdeo slams APNUAFC for culture of secrecy

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident should “come clean” on decision to take away oil portfolio from Trotman – JagdeoMarch 1, 2018In “latest news”“Lopsided” agreement benefitted some parties than others – WPA’s Hinds on Cummingsburg AccordAugust 19, 2019In “latest news”“Any party that has to prove it is not dead, is in a sad shape” –Jagdeo on AFCAugust 9, 2018In “latest news” —maintains that ‘PR spins’ cannot change fact that Trotman was ‘stripped’ of oil and gas responsibilitiesA CULTURE of secrecy is being developed under the APNU+AFC Coalition Government. And when they get caught they “circle the wagon” when they get caught, according to Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo.   “We saw a recent manifestation of this when Trotman was stripped of his responsibility…no matter how many press statements they put out to say otherwise, he was stripped of his responsibility,” he said.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo referred to the reports from the Ministry of the Presidency, which indicated that Trotman was the one who proposed the establishment of a Department of Energy and as such he was not ‘stripped’ of his responsibilities.  However, Jagdeo questioned the rationale of Trotman proposing a Department of Energy outside of the Ministry of Natural Resources and surmised that this was not the intent.That said, the Opposition Leader charged that the “culture of secrecy” must be done away with and the Coalition Government must come clean on the real reasons for removing the responsibilities for the oil and gas sector from Trotman’s portfolio.  “We need to know why these responsibilities were removed….did they find things against him that were adverse….are the reports about PNC persons saying that the AFC is ‘making all the money’ in the big ministries true? Is that the reason for the change?” he questioned.Jagdeo declared, “It is clear that we can’t trust our government.” According to him, the lack of information and the move to have a Department of Energy is being seen for what it is – a diversion from the real issues, including the large scale corruption in the oil and gas sector and the incompetent act of the Coalition Government in this sector.Referring to the recent publication of advertisements that talk up success in the oil and gas sector are not substantive and are being use to “create an impression” that there are positive moves being made.  “They was to create the impression that Guyana is rising….how can Guyana be rising when we lost 25,000 jobs in three years, cost of living is up, you tax everything and corruption is up,” he asked.The Opposition Leader made it clear that the public relation spins will not divert attention of all Guyanese from the real issues at hand and the Coalition Government will be held accountable for its actions by the Guyanese people. read more

Varadkar says budget leaks impacted on consumer confidence

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first_imgMINISTER FOR TRANSPORT Leo Varadkar has admitted that leaks about the forthcoming budget may have had a negative impact on consumer confidence.Speaking in the Dáil last night in response to questions from Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea, Varadkar said last month’s consumer confidence was the highest in five years but it declined recently.“Within a month that had fallen by ten points, probably due to Ministers and others talking about child benefits, property taxes and all sorts of things,” he said.O’Dea said Varadkar’s comment was “a startling admission for a senior Minister to make”.“Over recent months we have consistently warned of the damage that is being done to the economy by Ministers jockeying for position and leaking budget proposals,” he said. “Now we see a senior Minister acknowledge the point and link the comments of his colleagues to a measured collapse in confidence.”The Fianna Fáil TD said Varadkar should relay his concerns to the Taoiseach and to his colleagues in the Cabinet.Read: Sharp fall in consumer sentiment in September>Property Tax: Where do the political parties stand?>last_img read more

Les mathématiques pourraientils permettre de sauver les rhinocéros

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first_imgLes mathématiques pourraient-ils permettre de sauver les rhinocéros ?Des mathématiciens vont tenter de mettre au point un modèle mathématique afin de venir au secours des rhinocéros victimes de braconnage en Afrique du Sud.La semaine prochaine, du 14 au 18 janvier, des milliers de mathématiciens du monde entier seront réunis à Johannesburg pour le séminaire MISGSA (Groupe d’études en mathématiques pour l’industrie) organisé chaque année par l’université WITS. Cette nouvelle édition sera l’occasion de proposer aux participants quatre nouveaux sujets dont l’un est pour le moins inattendu. En effet, les mathématiciens vont entre autres devoir relever le défi de mettre au point un modèle mathématique afin de venir au secours des rhinocéros victimes de braconnage.Pour y parvenir, plusieurs paramètres devront être pris en compte : la possibilité de mettre en place un élevage intensif de rhinos dans des fermes et l’éventuelle ouverture officielle d’un marché de la corne de rhinocéros. Dans ce cas, la question est ainsi : la chute des prix serait-elle suffisamment importante pour décourager le braconnage et la collecte de fonds suffisante pour protéger les rhinos restés en liberté dans les parcs nationaux ?Les spécialistes qui se pencheront sur le sujet des rhinocéros devront inclure dans leur modèle des données telles que le nombre de rhinos en liberté en Afrique du Sud (environ 20.000),  l’augmentation exponentielle du braconnage (plus de 600 animaux tués en 2012), le prix de la corne de rhinocéros au marché noir (environ 50.000 euros le kilo) et le coût des mesures de protection et de lutte contre le braconnage.Déterminer mathématiquement l’impact de la légalisation À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Si les experts peuvent déterminer la population minimale viable de rhinos en liberté, alors on pourra aussi déterminer si un commerce légalisé menacerait la population dite sauvage”, explique l’Université WITS dans un communiqué. S’il est mathématiquement prouvé que la légalisation du commerce de corne peut mettre fin au braconnage et à la contrebande de corne de rhinocéros, la deuxième étape consistera à calculer comment le revenu engendré par les rhinos d’élevage pourrait être utilisé pour protéger leurs congénères dans les parcs naturels.A l’heure actuelle, le pays abrite près de 80% des rhinos vivant dans le monde, dont près de la moitié dans le célèbre parc Kruger. Mais le braconnage de ces animaux ne cesse de s’intensifier depuis une dizaine d’années. Ainsi, en 2012, 633 rhinos ont été abattus illégalement, essentiellement en raison du succès de la corne de rhinocéros qui est revendue en Asie où elle est utilisée en médecine asiatique traditionnelle. Le 9 janvier 2013 à 20:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Argentina national womens team calls for equality

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first_imgThe squad will play Panama tomorrow for a chance to play in the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France; they will play before a sold-out stadiumFor the first time in history, the Argentina national women’s team will play before a sold-out stadium in their native country.The Albicelestes will host Panama on Thursday for a ticket to the 2019 FIFA World Cup to be played in France.But the team is calling for equality in a nation that lives, breathes and eats football.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“We live in a soccer-mad country but with a lot of machismo,” Argentina forward Belen Potassa was quoted by Sportskeeda.“Soccer is Messi, [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Diego] Maradona and no one else.”“Women are not accepted in this environment yet. That’s why there’s so much resistance to broadcasting female sports, especially football,” added wingback Luana Muñoz.“It has to be promoted, people need to know that it is being played, they need to know the name of the players, and the tournament has to be competitive.”last_img read more

Insitu founder speaks to lawmakers about drones

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first_imgStates competing for dronesOLYMPIA — If you see an unmanned aerial vehicle flying overhead, it is much more likely looking at local topography or searching for a hiker than spying on you, according to Tad McGeer, owner of Aerovel, a company specializing in unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly called drones.Many people believe, McGeer, said, that “if you put a camera on an unmanned aircraft, somehow it’s sinister and dangerous.”McGeer hosted an informational meeting Wednesday for legislators in Olympia to dispel what he called myths associated with unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as to discuss different uses for the technology. He was a founder, with Andy von Flotow, of Bingen-based Insitu, which is now a Boeing subsidiary that makes unmanned drones and employs more than 800 people in Bingen, White Salmon, Stevenson, Vancouver and Hood River, Ore.In his presentation to about 50 people, McGeer said that people are much more likely to be photographed by a traffic camera, security system or a cellphone than by an unmanned drone. He doesn’t see drones as being able to compete with manned aircraft anytime soon, but believes there is a niche market they can occupy, including geological land surveying, search and rescue operations, wildfire monitoring, and weather tracking.“I’ve always wanted to go in that direction,” he said.McGeer also told his audience that a drone has a very narrow lens focus with its camera. To help emphasize his point, he held a tube of plastic pipe up to his eye and told the audience to “imagine taking this up to the Space Needle and trying to spy on people.”“Napoleon’s grand army could be right out of frame and you’d never know,” he said.McGeer said the recent media and legislative discussion about drones have lacked expert information, adding that he hoped his presentation would help inform legislators. “They shouldn’t be making legislation in a vacuum,” he said.last_img read more

IT layoffs Mohandas Pai says graduation in engineering not enough to land

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first_imgFormer Infosys CFO and currently, Manipal Global Education Chairman TV Mohandas Pai (extreme right) at an event in Bengaluru on August 9, 2016.IANS”In the absence of a post-graduation qualification in engineering with an adequate specialisation, engineering graduates passing out of India’s colleges will find it tough to get a job in IT companies.” This is the straight and simple message from TV Mohandas Pai, former CFO of Infosys.”In future if you want to have a job, you must have M Tech, you must know coding and you must be an expert. You must have some level of expertise,” Pai, who currently heads Manipal Global Education, told news agency PTI.Read: Pessimism, fear grips IT employees, mid-level staff most vulnerableThe days of IT companies hiring fresh engineering graduates and then imparting training to them for four to six months to make them industry-ready are over, according to him.”They (IT companies) are not going to catch you raw and give you training for six months and pay for it. Why should they waste their time? They will test you on your coding skills and if you know very good coding, they will hire you,” he told the agency.The statement comes amid reports of massive layoffs by IT companies such as Tech Mahindra, Wipro, Capgemini and Cognizant, though most of them have played down such reports and said trimming of workers based on performance appraisal is an annual feature and no different this year.A top recruitment firm estimated the number of IT jobs that could be potentially under threat at six lakhs in the $150-billion industry that employs about 40 lakh people.”The digital tsunami will trigger jobs cuts in a big way in the IT industry that employs about 40 lakh people…about 24 lakh of them will have to be re-trained…but there are limitations here,” Kris Lakshmikanth, chairman and managing director of Head Hunters, told International Business Times India Edition last month. “Out of these 24 lakh employees, only about 50 percent, or approximately 12 lakh, can be re-trained and about 6 lakh can manage with existing skills. The rest, approximately 6 lakh, will lose their jobs over the next three years,” he added.He based his assessment on a report presented by McKinsey & Company at the Nasscom India Leadership Forum in February.He said senior managers, typically earning about Rs 25 lakh or more per annum, would be the worst hit. “Even if they are willing to take a salary cut, not many will be willing to hire them,” Lakshmikanth said.”My inferences are based on the McKinsey report and discussions with top executives of IT companies,” he added.The layoff wave, so to speak, will impact those employed in telecom and banking sectors also, he added.last_img read more

You will not get Budweiser in Delhi anymore heres why

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first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:43Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:43?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Liquor ban imposed in Mathura Budweiser’s parent company has a $7 billion beer market, making it the second-largest brewery seller contributing about 17.5 percent in the market share. Facebook/ BudweiserBudweiser has been banned in Delhi for three years over allegations of tax evasion. The decision was taken after the state government completed a thorough investigation of beer maker SABMiller.The investigation put forward observations where the company was found guilty of using duplicate barcodes on the bottles allowing the company to pay lower levies. AB InBev has denied all the allegations and claimed that it would appeal against the ban, Reuters reported.The order also called for the sealing of two Ab InBev warehouses in Delhi which was completed on Tuesday. The company has been barred from selling fresh stock in the market. [Representational image]Creative Commons.AB InBev countered the government’s decision by stating that the allegations were related to SABMiller prior to its takeover and claimed for a fair hearing after allowing the company to present its views in full cooperation with the excise appellate process.An investigation brought out observations that there were bottles with the same barcode at a bar. However, the brewer argued the allegations quoting technical and clerical error in the barcode system. The government stated that it was reasonable to believe that the barcode tampering was a way of selling non-duty paid liquor.last_img read more

3rd grader raped by 50yrold man

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first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA Class-III student was reportedly raped by a 50-year-old man in Rajoir upazila of Madaripur on Monday, reports UNB.The incident came to light on Thursday night when the victim was taken to Madaripur Sadar Hospital as her condition deteriorated. Her family tried to conceal the matter fearing for her future.A case was filed on Friday and police said they were trying to arrest the alleged rapist Nur Hossain, 50, son of Razzak Mridha of Sarmangal area in the upazila.”‘I took shelter at a van-garage during rain on Monday noon. Taking advantage of the situation, Nur Hossain gagged me with a towel and raped me,” the victim said.last_img read more

Candidates for Maryland Governor Debate Policing Flooding

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first_imgBy The Associated PressMaryland’s Democratic candidates for governor focused much of their second televised debate Wednesday on painful recent events in the state, including the death of a Baltimore County police officer and devastating flooding in Ellicott City.Panelists in the debate hosted by Sinclair Broadcasting asked the nine candidates about what they think needs to be done to ease tensions between police and communities in the aftermath of last week’s death of Baltimore County Officer Amy Caprio, who was killed as she investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle. Sixteen-year-old Dawnta Harris is accused of running her down in a stolen car.Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidates, from left, Rushern Baker, Valerie Ervin, Jim Shea, Alec Ross, Richard Madaleno, Krish Vignarajah, James Jones and Ben Jealous prepare for a Maryland Democratic primary gubernatorial debate, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Baltimore. Maryland’s primary is scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 26. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker said he has worked to improve police-community relations with training during his two terms in office.“I’ve buried too many police officers as a county executive, but I’ve also seen young people who have been killed in my community, and so we have to move forward with leadership at the top, at the governor’s level, that understands that and moves it forward, and that’s what I’ll do as governor,” Baker said.Valerie Ervin, a former Montgomery County councilmember, said top leaders need to do more to improve relations between the police and the communities they serve.“This is a really important time, especially now,” Ervin said, for top leadership to put themselves in front of the problem.Former NAACP President Ben Jealous said it’s about trust.“It’s clear that we as a state finally have to act to end the killings of unarmed civilians by officers,” the former head of the nation’s oldest civil rights group said.Many of the candidates also mentioned increased education funding and better schools would help restore hope and prevent people from heading toward crime.“You’ve got to invest massively in education,” Alec Ross said. “The very simple fact of the matter is that a lot of the problem we have with crime right now is fueled by people who got bad educations.”Jim Shea, the former chairman of the state’s largest law firm, said the state needs to stop an epidemic of violent crime, create a restorative justice system and increase trust in authorities.“We’re failing in all three areas and we need to attack each of these simultaneously or we won’t have a solution,” Shea said.The candidates in the crowded primary also took turns criticizing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.State Sen. Richard Madaleno said the governor has been absent from addressing the problems in Baltimore, when what’s needed is a leader who can bring hope back to struggling parts of Maryland’s largest city.“Look, we need a governor who doesn’t seek to erase Baltimore city, avoid Baltimore city,” Madaleno said. “That’s been the Hogan administration.”Scott Sloofman, a Hogan campaign spokesman, said the governor has invested record funding in K-12 education in each of his four years in office.“Thankfully for Maryland voters, there are only two more debates left for them to be subjected to blatant falsehoods about the governor’s incredibly strong record,” Sloofman said.James Jones, a Baltimore police pastor, said it’s time for police and residents to re-establish the relationships that were lost years ago.“I think that there just needs to be something done on each side of the track,” Jones said.Krish Vignarajah said she would focus on root causes of the social ills that led to crime, including public health and educational opportunities. She also said policies of mass incarceration and the war on drugs must end.“Second, I want to make sure that we institute true community policing reform, such that law enforcement officers look like, live with and engage with the communities that they are tasked with protecting,” Vignarajah said.Ralph Jaffe, who is running as a political reformer, said that without trust in politicians, there can’t be much meaningful progress.“We don’t have politicians that can be trusted,” Jaffe said.The candidates got 20 seconds to answer how they would address whether they would use tax dollars to rebuild Ellicott City, which was hit be devastating flooding Sunday for the second time in less than two years. They all said yes.“A thousand-year storm now comes every couple years. We have to have a mindset where we will rebuild in a way that is resilient, that is smart, and not simply give up, because if we give up, we have so much coastline, we have so many tributaries we will see this challenge in other places,” Jealous said.last_img read more

A Bunch of Times Carrie Fisher Proved Shes the Queen of Twitter

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first_imgFrom her perch high above Canters Deli in Hollywood, your half Jewish Princess ponders the world between her bagels pic.twitter.com/HRQmb6i7YO— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) December 13, 2015 Before & after pic.twitter.com/yOibe0n1N9— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) June 1, 2016 Donald trump is a classless thug Trying 2 scare us in2 voting 4 him-an entitled, elitist, racist misogynist-dangerous, unkind & w/o empathy pic.twitter.com/CaWPgjd03J— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) October 10, 2016 Happy belated Father’s Day pic.twitter.com/tAbppqDtHL— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) June 27, 2016 The fork surrounds you, binds you, & feeds you…. pic.twitter.com/aiUYTg0GjV— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) May 24, 2016And finally, what list would this be if we didn’t at least mention Fisher’s penchant for ransom-style tweets about her adorable dog, Gary.G®. . . ®d ©®. . d pic.twitter.com/6SHaV3Al3F— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) September 24, 2016 Elephant just needs a little blush— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) February 5, 2016I want to say this is better without any context.Please stop debating about whetherOR notaged well.unfortunately it hurts all3 of my feelings.My BODY hasnt aged as well as I have.Blow us— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) December 29, 2015center_img Stay on target I basically consider myself street smart…unfortunately that street is rodeo drive— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) January 3, 2016 The Fool Who Follows Him: 9 Solo Spin-Offs Disney Should Make NextEpisode IX Gets a New Screenwriter and John Boyega Discusses Leia’s Sendoff It’s difficult if not impossible for most of the nerd gods to ever move past their legacy of being in that one thing that all the geeks like. I mean hell, while William Shatner and plenty of other classic actors and actresses are known the world over, they haven’t had much of a career since their heyday. Even so, it’s not something a lot of those folks tend to talk about — whether it’s fear of seeming ungrateful for their unique position, or a contentment to have a permanent place in our collective memories.But Carrie Fisher is different. She’s never been anything but human. She’s unabashedly earnest, she messes up, she’s hilarious, and she’s defined herself outside of her role as Princess Leia.Nowhere is that edge more apparent than Fisher’s twitter page. There she talks about politics (usually by taking shots at Trump), her history with cocaine, and the unrealistic pressures women face in Hollywood. She’s had the account for less than a year (Fisher joined to microblogging site primarily to help promote Episode VII), but she’s already got some of the best snide comments and zingers around: enough that she’s come to call herself the “sass factory.”AdChoices广告Here we run down some of her best tweets, proving that she’s a national treasure and of the most entertaining actresses around.Actually it was a note I found in a diary of my 15 yr old self & I thought chain coking was a pretty good way of referring to drinking colas— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) September 16, 2016Fisher was somewhat infamous for using cocaine in her day, but she’s always been honest about her past, de-stigmatizing it and poking fun at herself.pic.twitter.com/kMl4HAhxwZ— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) August 22, 2016Too real.The only exercise I get lately is running off at the mouth & jumping to conclusions…..— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) September 11, 2016But, sometimes she’s all dad jokes.pic.twitter.com/qK0iBvMOPa— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) August 18, 2016last_img read more

Cyborg Crickets Could Form Mobile Communications Network Save Human Lives

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first_imgHundreds or thousands of cyborg crickets could form a mobile communications network, transmitting signals through their calls. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Remembrance of Things Past Influences How Female Field Crickets Select Mates Explore further Citation: Cyborg Crickets Could Form Mobile Communications Network, Save Human Lives (2009, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-cyborg-crickets-mobile-network-human.html This kind of living, mobile communication network would include groups of not only crickets, but also cicadas and katydids. Like their natural counterparts, the cyborgs would communicate through wing beats. Containing a package of electronics and sensors, the insects would change their call tone in the presence of various chemical and biological agents on the battlefield, or even the scent of humans trapped in rubble after natural disasters.The technology’s designer, Ben Epstein, came up with the idea during a visit to China, where he heard cicadas changing calls in response to each other. Recently, the Pentagon has awarded Epstein’s Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey-based company, OpCoast, a six-month contract to develop a mobile communications network for insects. The biggest challenge will be to fit all the necessary electronics into a tiny body, and then make hundreds or thousands of them in each network. The network could potentially extend across large distances, as some katydids can be heard up to a kilometer away. As the cyborg insects transmit the call from neighbor to neighbor, the cascade effect eventually transmits the signal to ground-based transceivers, where humans can respond.via: New Scientist© 2009 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — By taking advantage of the way crickets communicate, researchers are building “cyborg crickets” that could form a mobile communications network for emergency situations, such as detecting chemical attacks on the battlefield, locating disaster victims, monitoring gas leaks, and acting as smoke detectors.last_img read more