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Another stab at Taj Mahal’s heritage

Another stab at Taj Mahal’s heritage

first_imgJust weeks after the Uttar Pradesh government dropped the Taj Mahal from its tourism brochure, Sangeet Som, BJP MLA and an accused in Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013, said the monument was a “blot on Indian culture”.Justifying the State government’s move to exclude the Taj Mahal from its list of tourism sites, Mr. Som on Sunday said it was built by “tyrants” who worked to destroy the Hindus of Uttar Pradesh and the country. He said blots like Mughal emperors would be removed from the pages of Indian history.“Many people were sad the Taj Mahal was removed from the tourism booklet of the State government. What history are we talking about? The history that the builder of the Taj Mahal had imprisoned his father? [In fact, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, was the one imprisoned till the end of his days by his son Aurangzeb] The history that the builder of the monument eliminated Hindus from U.P. and from India? It is quite sad and unfortunate that such tyrants are still part of our history,” Mr. Som, MLA from Sardhana said, addressing a gathering in Meerut after inaugurating the statue of an eighth century king, Anangpal Singh Tomar.Centre to rewrite historyMr. Som also said the BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh were working to change history.“I can tell you with complete guarantee that history will be changed. History which was misrepresented and distorted is being corrected now. The State government and the Central government are working to fix the history and include Lord Ram, Maharana Pratap and Shivaji in the history books. The governments at the State and Centre are working to remove stories of the blot that Babur, Akbar and Aurangzeb stand for,” he saidWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticised Mr. Som for questioning the Taj Mahal’s place in India’s heritage, and said the day was not far when the BJP would try to change the country’s name. She alleged that the party was making “divisive statements” with a “political agenda”.PTI adds:Will govt. tell tourists to keep off Taj: OwaisiResponding to comments by Sangeet Som, BJP MLA, questioning the Taj Mahal’s place in history, Asaduddin Owaisi, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief, on Monday asked if the government would tell tourists not to visit the monument.Mr. Owaisi, Hyderabad MP, tweeted, “Traitors also build Red Fort, will Modi stop hoisting Tiranga? Can Modi and Yogi tell domestic and foreign tourist not to visit Taj Mahal?” He said Hyderabad House in Delhi, the venue where the Centre hosts foreign dignitaries, was built by a “traitor”.It was built by Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam, on land offered by the British.last_img read more

India Moves 5 Rungs Up to Rank 58 in WEF’s Competitive Economy Index

India Moves 5 Rungs Up to Rank 58 in WEF’s Competitive Economy Index

first_imgIndia has moved five notches up to rank as the world’s 58th most competitive economy on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) global competitiveness index for 2018.Of the 140 economies listed, the U.S. leads the rank followed closely by Singapore at second and Germany at the third position respectively. India was ranked 58th with a score of 62.0. “This is the largest gain among all G20 economies,” the WEF said.The Global Competitiveness Report 2018, which was published Oct. 17, showed India moving up the ranks based on a new methodology. The Nikkei Asian Review said WEF used a new methodology to include elements that determine productivity. Of the 98 indicators, 34 were retained from the previous methodology while the other 64 indicators are new, resulting in new updated list for 2017.India’s giant northern neighbor China was ranked 28th in the list. The WEF said that the top performers in the “upper and lower middle-income brackets,” such as China and India, are catching up with or even outperforming the average among high-income economies, according to PTI.According to the WEF report, “China, is already more advanced when it comes to investing in research and development sub-pillar than the average high-income economy, while India is not far behind and let down only by its less-efficient bureaucracy for business creation and insolvency.”Quoting the report, PTI said India leads the region in all other areas of competitiveness except for health, education and skills, where Sri Lanka boasts the highest healthy life expectancy (67.8 years) and the workforce with the highest amount of schooling (9.8 years). “These two countries are also the ones that can rely on the most efficient infrastructure system. India has invested more heavily on transport infrastructure and services, while Sri Lanka has the most modern utility infrastructure,” the report said.The report also said that India’s greatest competitive advantages are its market size, innovation (particularly the quality of its research establishments and business dynamism (including the number of disruptive businesses). While the areas that India needs to improve are labor market (worker’s rights), product market (trade tariffs) and skills (student-teacher ratio), the news agency said.Other countries in the top 10 are Switzerland (4th), Japan (5th), Netherlands (6th), Hong Kong (7th), United Kingdom (8th), Sweden (9th) and Denmark (10th).According to Nikkei, India was ranked 8th in the “quality of research institutions.” The WEF highly evaluates the country noting “a remarkable example of a country that has been able to accelerate on the pathway to innovation, due, particularly, to the quality of its research institutions, Nikkei said.The ease of doing business in India has also improved. The cost of starting a business has come down and time to start a business has shortened over the year, Nikkei said quoting WEF report. Related Itemslast_img read more

The crime ministers

The crime ministers

first_imgThe symbolism surrounding the Commonwealth Games never ends. Just five days before the official opening, portions of three key roads in the Capital collapsed, one sinkhole big enough to swallow a bus. The Delhi Government has spent Rs 650 crore on “widening, strengthening and resurfacing of roads” and so far,,The symbolism surrounding the Commonwealth Games never ends. Just five days before the official opening, portions of three key roads in the Capital collapsed, one sinkhole big enough to swallow a bus. The Delhi Government has spent Rs 650 crore on “widening, strengthening and resurfacing of roads” and so far, two dozen cave-ins have been reported from various parts of the city since July. It was yet another ominous portent for an event already mired in scandals and embarrassing failures.The last minute interventions at the highest levels of government seem to have salvaged some pride but it could not compensate for the damage to the country’s image and the growing sense of anger among residents of Delhi and the feeling that the Games were used as a cover-up for large scale loot. The true extent of that will only emerge after the event is over since the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiries and other audits on cost overruns, corruption and deliberate delays have been put on the backburner, again to save national pride.But the contours of what is potentially the biggest collective scam in modern India have already emerged. Such is the cynicism that SMS jokes doing the rounds refer to CWG boss Suresh Kalmadi as Chef de Commission. Kalmadi may not have put his hand in the till, as he declares often, but certainly there is enough evidence to show that the embarrassments and scandals have not ended. They may have just begun.It starts with the showpiece of the CWG, the Village. The basements in the Games Village towers are flooded because the builders, Emaar MGF, in league with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), violated the original norms. Each tower was meant to have two levels of basement parking since the flats were to be sold after the Games. To increase the number of flats, the builders ensured that the final design had just one basement level. That’s not all.advertisementThe massive water seepage in the basement is because the foundation level is lower than that of the Yamuna River, just 150 metre away. The seepage has caused lifts and other electrical fittings to malfunction. Initially, the Games Village was to be built near Bawana, but it was shifted to the current location near the Yamuna at the insistence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. It was a violation of the National Capital Region Plan that calls for decongestion of Delhi by focusing on development of satellite towns. The controversial project started on the PPP model with the DDA joining hands with Emaar MGF.A portion of Delhi’s Vikas Marg caves in after rains.Once construction was on in full swing, the latter claimed to have run out of funds and was bailed out by the DDA which bought 333 flats for Rs 766 crore last year. The real situation came to light only when the project was completed in June this year and the extra flats were discovered in areas originally meant for parking. DDA sources now say that Rs 250 crore, a part of the bailout amount, was diverted by Emaar MGF to other projects they were involved in. Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna has now ordered an audit and quality report to ascertain how original rules were flouted by the builders and whether the DDA was in the know all along. At the intervention of Khanna, who is also its chairman, the DDA gave Emaar MGF a temporary completion certificate so that the Village could be used for the Games.The Scapegoat?: Suresh Kalmadi takes the flak but the blame extends far beyond his jurisdiction.”The lieutenant governor has ordered to keep the bank guarantee of the developer alive till the enquiry is complete,” says Ranjan Mukherjee, Khanna’s Officer on Special Duty for the CWG.Then there is the scandal surrounding the Rs 5-crore pedestrian overbridge at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium that collapsed last month and is now the most potent symbol of how most of the CWG projects were marred by huge cost over-runs, poor site management, delays and quality compromises. Remarking that the overbridge “collapsed like a pack of cards”, the Supreme Court slammed the Centre and Delhi government for “rampant corruption” in the Games “where the payments are made without work being done”.The bridge was being constructed under the supervision of Delhi Government’s Public Works Department (PWD). It was designed by Tandon Consultants Private Limited, based in Jangpura, Delhi, who were debarred for two years in July 2009 by the Delhi Metro following an accident where a cantilever arm gave in at Zamrudpur in south Delhi. An enquiry revealed “serious” deficiency in their design. The contractor was Chandigarh-based PR Infrastructures who were involved in another overbridge, construction of which has now been stopped. Another potential scam is the Rs 650-crore contract for upgrading streetlights across Delhi.advertisementAGENCIES THAT GOT YOU CWG 2010Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF): Owner of the Commonwealth GamesOrganising Committee (OC): Responsible for successful conduct of the GamesGovernment of IndiaMinistry of Youth Affairs and Sports: Nodal Ministry responsible for the Games Group of Ministers, chaired by Urban Development Minister: Responsible for top-level policy decisionsCommittee of Secretaries, chaired by Cabinet Secretary: Monitors implementation of policy decisionsGOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL CAPITAL TERRITORY OF DELHI (GNCTD)Lieutenant Governor: Responsible for security, law & order and DDA-related workChief Minister’s Committee: Responsible for infrastructure and other activities within GNCTDEmpowered Committee Chaired by chief secretary: Oversees projects executed by the GNCTD and its agenciesImplementing Agencies (For infrastructure and venue development)PARIMAL RAI, NDMC ChairmanCentral PWD, DDA, NDMC, MCD, GNCTD (PWD), Engineers India Ltd and RITES LtdK.S. MEHRA, MCD CommissionerA.K. NIGAM, DDA Vice-chairman  The project was to replace perfectly functional street lighting systems with a new one. The New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) floated a tender for the project, with an estimated cost of Rs 62 crore. Phillips Electronics India agreed to execute the project at Rs 34 crore, which indicated that the project budget was outlandish. That a scam was in the making was evidenced by the fact that MLA Karan Singh Tanwar, who is also a member of the NDMC, raised the issue and officially recorded his dissent.There have been allegations that NDMC Chairman Parimal Rai has been sheltering the chief engineer in charge of the project. The vigilance department of the NDMC diverted the issue by putting the blame for delays and cost over-runs on two assistant engineers, one of who has already retired. Later it was concluded that “there was no mala fide intention.”That will be under scrutiny when the Games are over and the full-scale investigation into the delays and sub-standard work begins. The technical wing of the CVC has inspected 16 Games-related projects which came under the Union Sports Ministry, Urban Development Ministry and the Delhi Government and made damaging revelations. Its report says that all the organisations executing works for the Games had used “inadmissible factors” to raise the budgeted costs citing “urgent/emergent circumstances”. Further, certain items, which were not part of the tender, were later incorporated in the contract at higher rates.There’s more. Of all the upgrades that greet Delhi citizens these days, the most common are the swanky new buses ordered to ferry athletes and CWG officials. The Delhi government spent Rs 1,800 crore to augment the existing fleet with 2,276 extra buses and spent another Rs 900 crore to construct bus depots to house them.The combined expenditure is three times the cost of constructing the main Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. This translates into an average cost of Rs 80 lakh per bus. What has raised eyebrows in official circles is that a state-of-the-art Volvo luxury ac bus is available in India for Rs 40 lakh, exactly half of what the Dikshit Government paid.advertisementThere have been numerous other instances highlighted by the media but nothing illustrates official apathy and lack of priorities more than the fact that even while the scandals and embarrassments were piling up with venues unfinished and shoddy workmanship, the highest official body responsible for the Games, the Group of Ministers under Urban Development Minister, Jaipal Reddy, in their last two meetings on September 6 and 16, discussed just two issues: the opening and closing ceremonies. With that sort of priority, it’s no wonder that the CWG has become a symbol of India’s backwardness rather than a showpiece for India Rising.last_img read more

Washed out match against Ireland puts Windies in Super Eights

Washed out match against Ireland puts Windies in Super Eights

first_imgThe West Indies had seen rain ruin their game against Australia a couple of days ago, when they ended up on the losing side on the Duckworth-Lewis method, and on Monday too, showers arrived to threaten their progress to the Super Eights stage of the ICC World Twenty20. But on either side of a 50-minute break that knocked one over per side off the 20-over quota, their bowlers put in a much better effort than in the Australia game, restricting Ireland to 129 for six in a virtual knockout match. Soon after the conclusion of the innings, however, torrential rain hit the area to force an abandonment, taking the Windies through on the basis of a higher net run rate (-1.855 to Ireland’s -2.092). Probably due to the forecast of thundershowers and the experience of the previous game, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy chose to field, going against his previous statement that his team prefers to attack with the bat. That’s because the Duckworth-Lewis system tends to favour the team batting second in a shortened game. Fidel Edwards got the Caribbeans off to the perfect start, swinging the first delivery of the match in to the lefthanded William Porterfield. The fullish ball struck his pad before crashing into middle stump, giving the Irish skipper his second golden duck of the tournament, having been dismissed hooking Shane Watson in the game against Australia. Ed Joyce and Paul Stirling were lucky to get a few boundaries off edges, but then played a few crisp shots off the backfoot to take Ireland to 33 for one, before rain intervened at the end of the fifth over. The break seemed to upset the batsmen’s concentration, as both were dismissed within eight balls of the resumption – Joyce bowled around his legs by Sunil Narine and Sterling caught off a top-edged pull against Sammy. Gary Wilson and Niall O’Brien staged a slow and steady recovery by rotating the strike and safely negotiating Narine, but after a 33-run stand, Wilson succumbed to a Chris Gayle armball that was snapped up by Denesh Ramdin behind the stumps. The dismissal sparked off Gayle’s own version of the famous Irish ‘chicken-dance’ celebration, and was on display again when he clean bowled Niall for 25. Niall, who had put on 26 with big-hitting brother Kevin, was virtually yorked by Gayle’s quicker one from around the wicket. The Irish innings pretty much petered out after that, though Kevin, Trent Johnston and Nigel Jones hit a six each. But Ravi Rampaul’s corker of a delivery that bowled Kevin seemed to take the wind out of the Irish sails, and they huffed and puffed to 129, a pretty average score. It possibly wouldn’t have been enough for them to defend, given the strength of the West Indies batting, but the rain didn’t even give them a chance to try their luck.advertisementlast_img read more

After Diego Costa, Chelsea steal Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid

After Diego Costa, Chelsea steal Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid

first_imgPremier League giants Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Atletico Madrid left back Filipe Luis ahead of the new seasonChelsea says a deal has been struck with Atletico Madrid to sign defender Filipe Luis.The Premier League club says the transfer is dependent on the 28-year-old Luis agreeing personal terms.The Brazilian will be filling the void left by Ashley Cole, who was allowed to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expired at the end of last season.Chelsea has already raided Atletico Madrid to strengthen in the summer transfer window, Spain striker Diego Costa joining on a five-year contract on Tuesday after the London club agreed to meet the player’s reported buyout clause of 38 million euros ($52 million).last_img read more

Twitter casts it support for Roman Reigns following his leukemia announcement

Twitter casts it support for Roman Reigns following his leukemia announcement

first_imgIf there’s anyone that can beat this, it’s @WWERomanReigns. Thank you for everything. @WWE— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@MustafaAliWWE) October 23, 2018 He’s our locker room leader.He IS the business. He’ll be back. You got this, champ. #ThankYouRoman— Singh Brothers (@SinghBrosWWE) October 23, 2018 Fighting leukemia is tough,But they don’t make them tougher than @WWERomanReignsHe will beat this again #ThankYouRoman— No Way Jose (@WWENoWayJose) October 23, 2018 You’re our Universal Champion. We are with you every step of the way brother.— Tye Dillinger 🔟 (@WWEDillinger) October 23, 2018 Sorry to hear about Roman. I know he’s gonna kick this things butt!! #Believedat— The One And Only! (@KingRicochet) October 23, 2018 Just want to say that was a wonderful speech by Roman Reigns and I hope everyone says more than a few prayers for him.— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) October 23, 2018 EXCLUSIVE: Moments after announcing that his returning leukemia has forced him to relinquish the Universal Championship, @WWERomanReigns is met with an outpouring of support backstage. #Raw pic.twitter.com/JRv0iYLILJ— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2018 Thank you Roman 🙌 my love and prayers go out to you and your family 💜 we are with you!— Daria Berenato (@SonyaDevilleWWE) October 23, 2018 About to board my flight to Newark and hearing news about my #GoodBrother and one of the hardest working, strongest brothers I know @WWERomanReigns , got a pit in my stomach. My family throwing so many prayers at you..Love you bro.— Karl Anderson (@KarlAndersonWWE) October 23, 2018 Last night, WWE superstar Roman Reigns confirmed has leukaemia & relinquished his WWE Universal title as he fights the disease…“After I’m done whooping leukemia’s ass, I’m coming back home.”Get well soon, Champ. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/MaNjkJbLVY— TeamFA (@TeamFA) October 23, 2018 #ThankYouRoman we all know your gonna be that fighting champion throughout this, we are all gonna support you through this, 🙏❤️ #RAW pic.twitter.com/QRwWzkeWw6— 👑Adam Goldberg👑 (@adamgoldberg28) October 23, 2018 .@WWERomanReigns has officially relinquished the Universal Championship on #RAW. pic.twitter.com/Dov281qW94— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 23, 2018 Selfless. Humble. The Man. #ThankYouRoman— Dash (@DashWilderWWE) October 23, 2018 I’ve said it for a long time! @WWERomanReigns is the best wrestler on the planet! #ThankYouRoman #RAW— WWE Buddy Murphy (@WWE_Murphy) October 23, 2018 A champion transcends any company. @WWERomanReigns, on behalf of NJPW we all wish you a speedy recovery.— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) October 23, 2018 #ThankYouRoman for being a huge source of inspiration and wishing you a speedy recovery.— Kyle O’Reilly (@KORcombat) October 23, 2018 I’m overseas and I just heard the terrible news about @WWERomanReigns and his battle with Leukemia. Totally shocked. Uce, you are a tough bastard and a true fighter, and you will beat this. Lots of love.— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) October 23, 2018 …. He will fight, he will win, he will return stronger, and I will be waiting….— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) October 23, 2018 ‘Courage – strength in the face of pain or grief.’ You have given us your everything including a courageously vulnerable moment. We, your WWE family, give you all of our love and support. #ThankYouRoman #NeverGiveUp— John Cena (@JohnCena) October 23, 2018 We been here for u, and will stay here for u. Day one uce. We love you. @WWERomanReigns #ThankYouRoman pic.twitter.com/eszthQWPAC— The Usos (@WWEUsos) October 23, 2018 Just saw the @WWERomanReigns news. Absolutely heartbreaking. Roman is one of nicest guys I have ever met in this business and was a pleasure every time I had the pleasure to work with him. My best wishes to him!— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) October 23, 2018 Still can’t believe it! So much love for @WWERomanReigns #RomanReigns love these pictures so much ❤️😢 pic.twitter.com/UdQVqJvDeA— sarah (@saraho12345) October 23, 2018 Roman is one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the privilege to share a locker room with. We all knew he was the locker room leader and we all aspired to be like him. Come back stronger than ever my friend #ThankYouRoman @WWERomanReigns— Mike Kanellis (@RealMikeBennett) October 23, 2018 I’m heartbroken. All my love and well wishes to Roman Reigns and his family— Bruce Prichard (@bruceprichard) October 23, 2018 I’m certain if I’d have had leukaemia at 22 that I wouldn’t have had much fight, even if I’d beaten it. That’s some serious mental toughness from @WWERomanReigns; living with something so big AND getting to the top of the wrestling business #ThankyouRoman— Jim Smallman (@jimsmallman) October 23, 2018 Strongest thoughts and wishes with @WWERomanReigns – no one stronger and no one more capable of beating this. #ThankYouRoman— Aiden English (@WWEDramaKing) October 23, 2018 My thoughts & prayers go out to @WWERomanReigns & his family. Breaks my heart but praying & believing for a speedy & full recovery.— CJ (Lana) Perry (@LanaWWE) October 23, 2018 Much respect going out my man @WWERomanReigns #YouGotThisJOE #Prayers @WWE #WWE @DDPYoga DDP— Diamond Dallas Page (@RealDDP) October 23, 2018 Our job gives us the ability to portray larger than life characters who possess super human qualities and characteristics.After hearing his story it’s very apparent that Joe Anoa’i is just as much of a superhero as “Roman Reigns” is.#ThankYouRoman— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) October 23, 2018 AdvertisementLast evening on Monday Night RAW, Roman Reigns was forced to surrender his Universal Championship as he revealed that his battle with the Leukemia had returned in his personal life.Roman was diagnosed with the disease 11 years ago and he fought through it before launching his professional career on the WWE developmental territories. It was an emotional night for the ‘Big Dog‘ as he issued an apology for not being the fighting Champion the people wanted him to be.After the conclusion of his speech, Reigns laid down the title and exited the ring with resounding ‘Thank You Roman’ chants and was greeted by his Shield Brothers Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins on the ramp. The trio hugged for one last time on WWE Television while Rollins was left in tears.Here’s a look at how Twitter reacted:.@WWERomanReigns has to relinquish the Universal Championship due to a battle with leukemia. #Raw pic.twitter.com/EhomllNwjK— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2018 There’s no brotherhood greater.#Raw @WWERomanReigns @TheDeanAmbrose @WWERollins pic.twitter.com/QHFemFd9A5— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2018 THANK YOU, ROMAN.#RAW @WWERomanReigns pic.twitter.com/Mm2z9vStgX— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 23, 2018 @WWERomanReigns My Family And I Are Thinking Of You And Are Keeping You In Our Prayers! We Are Here For You! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) October 23, 2018 Friend, you have my prayers and your family is your greatest support!! This will pass and you will come back stronger than before. Your health is what matters!! Take care of you!🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/dcbp7fSusc— Vickie Guerrero (@VickieGuerrero) October 23, 2018 Fight on to victory my courageous brother! pic.twitter.com/wuYAoxa48p— Bret Hart (@BretHart) October 23, 2018 Sending so much love to @WWERomanReigns and his family. You’re one of the strongest dudes I know and I can’t wait to see you back inside that ring. ❤️ #thankyouRoman— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) October 23, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

Beware TV stars! Meryl Streep is coming soon to steal all your Emmys

Beware TV stars! Meryl Streep is coming soon to steal all your Emmys

first_imgMultiple Oscar-award winning actress Meryl Streep is at it again. And by it, we mean that the actress is already aiming for an Emmy award.Meryl with her Emmy. Picture courtesy: Instagram/clickonjames Confused? Well, the acting legend will soon be seen on the small screen in a TV show inspired by an acclaimed novel. The show will be produced by popular Hollywood director JJ Abrams, and the actress herself.Also read:Angels in America: Fed up of naagins and makkhis? Watch this award-winning show instead The show will be adapted from the novel The Nix. The story revolves around a ‘hippie’ mother who is all about revolutions. During one protest, the mother ends up throwing a stone at a conservative governor.After the attack, her son, who is an aspiring novelist, decides to write a nasty profile of his mother.Things take an interesting turn after the aforementioned decision is taken by the son.A poster of Streep’s Emmy-winning mini-series. Picture courtesy: Instagram/angelsinamericaThis is not the first time that Streep will be seen in a TV show. The actress had earlier starred in a mini- series called Angels in America alongside Hollywood star Al Pacino. In fact, she had even won an Emmy for it.last_img read more

Italy beats Spain 2-0 to reach Euro 2016 quarterfinals

Italy beats Spain 2-0 to reach Euro 2016 quarterfinals

first_imgSAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Spain’s era of dominance at the European Championship came to an end Monday when Italy beat the two-time defending champion 2-0 in the round of 16.Italy deserved its victory and was impressive from the start at Stade de France, stifling Spain’s attacking intent and creating several scoring opportunities with its slick interplay.The victory meant Italy avoided a third consecutive elimination at the European Championship to Spain, and secure a quarterfinal clash against another old foe, Germany.“It was definitely a great performance,” Italy coach Antonio Conte said. “They did something fantastic tonight. They are great men and wonderful footballers.”Giorgio Chiellini, a member of Italy’s resilient defense, put his team ahead in the 33rd minute, when he poked the ball across the line after Spain goalkeeper David de Gea couldn’t hold on to a free kick by Eder.Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, watches as Spain’s Alvaro Morata attempts a header at goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Italy and Spain, at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)In the second half, Spain showed more menace and came close to equalizing on a couple of occasions. Sergio Ramos nearly scored with a header from close range in the team’s first clear chance of the game, and Buffon had to make a difficult save on a powerful shot by Andres Iniesta in the 76th minute.Buffon also made another impressive save in the 90th minute when he managed to get down and save Gerard Pique’s close-range strike.As Spain swept forward in search of the elusive equalizer, Italy counterattacked to put the match beyond doubt. Graziano Pelle sealed the victory — Italy’s first competitive triumph over Spain since the 1994 World Cup — with his second goal of the tournament after a cross by Matteo Darmian in second-half injury time.“We have to accept the loss and move forward. It wasn’t meant to be,” Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said.It was Italy’s first win over La Roja at the European Championship since it was defeated comprehensively by the Spaniards 4-0 in the 2012 final. Italy had also been eliminated by Spain in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals at Euro 2008.The result brings an end to Spain’s unprecedented success at the European Championship following its two consecutive victories in 2008 and 2012. Two years ago, defending its 2010 World Cup, Spain was dumped out of the World Cup in Brazil at the group stage.Spain entered Monday’s game surrounded by doubts after losing 2-1 to Croatia in its final group game, and again it wasn’t able to impose the passing game that’s been behind its recent success.Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon lifts a thumb as he swings on the goal’s cross bar after the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Italy and Spain, at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Monday, June 27, 2016. Italy defeated Spain by 2-0. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)“We have to accept the disappointment. They were more efficient in the decisive moments,” Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta said. “In the second half we played more like ourselves but we paid the price of also having to be careful on defense.”Spain will now have to focus on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, although it’s unclear what the Spanish squad will look like after the elimination in France. Many of the top players who have been with the squad the past few years may not return. It’s also uncertain whether Del Bosque will remain in charge.Italy arrived in France written off by critics back but it’s now in the hunt to win its first European Championship since 1968. Italy will play Germany in Bordeaux on Saturday in a rematch of the 2012 semifinal, which it won by 2-1.It won’t take long before Italy and Spain resume their rivalry as they have been drawn together in the same qualifying group for the World Cup.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The rise of edge computing

The rise of edge computing

first_imgEdge computing in IoT is opening new opportunities for embedded designers. FPGAs can be used to aggregate data, and once in place can also process that data and deliver real time analytics. Coupled with DSP and multicore processors, intelligent nodes and gateways can provide more useful information back to the cloud, reducing power consumption and extending battery life. By Mark Patrick, Mouser Electronics                            Download PDF version of this articleThrough the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), there has been significant interest generated in edge computing. Like Cisco fog computing, this means putting more processing power at the edge of the cloud, which helps to reduce the overall power consumption from the sensor node to the data centre. This represents a significant opportunity for embedded designers, who are demanding more sophisticated algorithms at the sensor and the gateway. While there has been considerable activity over the last few years in apps and software to support data centre hardware, the move to edge computing will need a much broader base of software, running on higher performance embedded systems. Hardware is becoming available in both the embedded and industrial markets that will address this. It generally utilises dual or quad-core processors, such as the KeyStone system-on-a-chip offering from Texas Instruments at the nodes and Intel Corei7 in gateways from suppliers like ADLINK that are capable of handling both the sensor data and the analytics. This will be essential with tens of billions of IoT devices expected to connect to the network. Current IoT architectures tend to only deploy analytics in a data centre context once all the information has been collected, but as IoT deployments increase, data will simply not be provided quickly enough. To be truly useful, analytics will really need to be placed at the true edge, directly into the devices.“The situation we have at the moment is that data is being sent to a massive data lake where it is not being used,” said Chad Boulanger, Global VP of Business Development for IoT Analytics at software development company Greenwave Systems. “As the IoT continues to grow, this is not going to add value. The only way to do that is to do as much as possible at the true edge of networks – within the actual devices – so that the machine knows that something is wrong right there and can take appropriate action. If the data has to travel from another part of the network, that could have a detrimental impact.”According to a report by market researchers Gartner, there will be 20.4 billion connected IoT devices in use globally by 2020. The sheer quantity of data that will be transmitted from these devices is driving adoption of edge computing, where connected devices and sensors transmit data to a local gateway device instead of sending it back to the cloud or a designated data centre.Figure 1. Moving processing to the edge of the network is becoming essential for IoT. (Source: EdgeX Foundry) Edge computing is well suited for IoT applications because it allows for quicker data analytics and reduced network traffic. Real-time data analysis for decision making purposes is thus possible – aiding in factory optimization, predictive maintenance, remote asset management, building automation, fleet management and logistics. But edge computing is not just about analytics. Adding more energy-efficient methods for handling algorithms quickly and locally can save power reserves in remote battery-based nodes, reducing the amount of data traffic and thereby extending operational lifespan. Using digital signal processing (DSP) provides the ability to use more sophisticated algorithms for analytics and data processing, while increased memory capacity allows data to be buffered for longer low-power states. Flexible I/Os enable a more distributed heterogeneous processing architecture. This combination provides the flexibility needed for OEMs to quickly deliver new innovations.The challenge is providing the right level of performance in embedded devices. Alongside analytics, one of the first steps is to increase the prevalence of computer vision. This requires more dedicated DSP blocks in the embedded processors, as well as much greater focus on the skills of the embedded designer. This focus on edge processing is also driving programmable logic technology further into embedded sensor systems, with products such as the iCE40 UltraPlus FPGAs from Lattice Semiconductor leading the way. This has eight times more memory and twice the DSP resource, plus improved I/Os over previous generations. As a result it can provide the higher levels of performance needed by edge computing devices that are constantly on, always ready to instantly process commands locally without going to the cloud. There is support for functions such as gesture detection, facial recognition, audio enhancement, audio beam forming, phrase detection, double tap, shake-to-wake and pedestrian dead reckoning (PDR). As well as 1.1 Mbits of SRAM and 8 DSP blocks, the FPGAs in this family incorporate up to 5K look-up tables (LUTs) and non-volatile configuration memory (NVCM) for instant-on applications. With under 100 µW used in standby and compact QFN packages, they are highly suited to deployment in space-constrained environments with power limitations. Key applications include always-on sensor buffers and distributed processing for mobile devices at sub-1mW power consumption, always-on sensor functionality while the AP is in sleep mode, etc.Figure 2. iCE40 FPGAs can be used for aggregating and accelerating data handling at the edge of the IoT network. But edge computing is not just about more powerful hardware. FogHornSystems for example has developed a platform that it says can provide real-time analytics on ultra-small footprint edge devices. This allows developers to get data from IoT applications, reducing bandwidth usage and cost. It minimizes latency and increases reliability, as well as providing real-time responsiveness. The embeddable software Lightning Micro of the company has a small memory footprint (less than 256 MBytes) for data processing and real-time analytics at the edge using a C++ SDK. The data is fed in via IoT protocols, such as OPC-UA, MQTT and Modbus, and the real-time streaming analytic engine can be configured through an easy-to-use expression language and hundreds of built-in functions. Greenwave Systems is also looking at how analytics can be implemented at the edge of the network. It has teamed up with Wind River to port its AXON Predict analytics engine to VxWorks – allowing customised analytics that boost computational power and real-time intelligence in industrial IoT designs. To give VxWorks developers a tool to analyse and autonomously respond to high-volume streaming sensor data at the source, AXON Predict will provide developers with embedded analytics that learn patterns, provide insights and take actions inside connected device operations and behaviours. This edge analytics engine allows developers to build a set-and-forget application with intelligence and process critical data at the edge of a network in real-time. This enables machines and smart sensors to collect information at every step of the network, automatically detect anomalies and take immediate action right at the source of input. Enhanced security features bolster the analytics engine and will provide enterprises with yet another layer of data and device protection.Figure 3. Handling more of the IoT processing at the edge of the network (Source: EdgeX Foundry) Bringing all the elements together, the Linux Foundation has launched the open source EdgeX Foundry project in order to build an open framework for edge computing. This will involve developing a range of microservices that can sit on a various operating systems and hardware (from x86 to ARM). AMD, Analog Devices, Dell and sensor company RFmicron, as well as energy harvesting specialists EnOcean Alliance, have all signed up. The Linux Foundation points to industry fragmentation and the lack of a common IoT solution framework continuing to hinder widespread adoption and stalling market growth. The complexity of the current landscape and the broad variety of components creates paralysis. EdgeX is intended to solve this by making it easy to quickly create IoT edge solutions that have the flexibility to adapt to changing business needs. Businesses currently have to invest a lot of time and energy into developing their own edge computing solutions, before they can even deploy IoT solutions to address business challenges, EdgeX will foster an ecosystem of interoperable components from a variety of vendors, so that resources can be spent on driving business value instead of combining and integrating IoT components. Adopting an open source edge software platform is going to be the way forwards. This will allow hardware makers to scale faster with an interoperable partner ecosystem, benefiting from more robust security and system management, while sensor/device makers can write an application-level device driver with a selected protocol through use of an SDK. Likewise system integrators can get to market faster by combining together plug-and-play ingredients with their own proprietary technology.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Apacer to unveil ruggedized SSD technologyNext Smart lighting control with DALI 2.0 software stack for XMC1000 microcontrollerslast_img read more

Rangana Herath stars as Sri Lanka beat South Africa to sweep Test series 2-0

Rangana Herath stars as Sri Lanka beat South Africa to sweep Test series 2-0

first_imgRangana Herath guided Sri Lanka to a massive 199-run victory over South Africa in the second Test in Colombo to sweep the two-match series.Rangana Herath bagged 7 wickets in the match as Sri Lanka recorded victory with a day to spare at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground on Monday.Herath was pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers, claiming 6/98 in yet another spin-dominated performance by the hosts.Chasing an improbable 490-run victory target, South Africa showed some fight in the morning session before losing their final five wickets and being all out for 290.MATCH SCORECARDTheunis de Bruyn top-scored for South Africa with a gutsy 101 in yet another batting capitulation by the leaden-footed tourists who lost all 10 wickets to the Sri Lankan spinners for the second time in the match.”Of course, pleased. Especially winning the game and the series against the No. 2 team. [Yes] I like Galle and SSC as hunting grounds. There was not much spin as the ball got softer, but we bowled well. Throughout the series. Everybody has the time to go and that’s why I have decided to stop cricket. There is one more series to go [against England], hope to do well,” Herath said after the match.Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was named the man-of-the-match and also the man-of-the-series.”I think the first few hours it came on nicely. But once it got drier and drier it started spinning. But I stuck to my basics and rotated the strike. We always take it series by series. Now we’re prepared for the England series and then New Zealand,” Karunaratne said at the post match presentation ceremony.advertisementThe two teams will now play a five-match one day international series and a one-off Twenty20 International.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Ohio State Football Star Under Fire For Controversial Tweet

Ohio State Football Star Under Fire For Controversial Tweet

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)An Ohio State football star is getting crushed for a controversial movie take he tweeted out. Of course, it’s Marvel-related.Buckeyes’ standout pass rusher Nick Bosa, the younger brother of NFL star Joey Bosa, tweeted out a Black Panther opinion. He’s not a fan of the critically-acclaimed movie.He’s not just “not a fan,” either. He thinks the movie was bad.“Black panther worst marvel movie of all time…,” he wrote.Oof.Black panther worst marvel movie of all time…— Nick Bosa (@nbsmallerbear) May 13, 2018Unsurprisingly, people are not taking this tweet very well. It has 252 responses already.Bosa was a fan of the most-recent Marvel movie, at least.Very solid— Nick Bosa (@nbsmallerbear) May 14, 2018Black Panther is one of the most critically-acclaimed Marvel movies of all-time. It’s one of the highest-grossing films in American history and currently sits at 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.last_img read more

With fame comes responsibility Teen actor Matarazzo

With fame comes responsibility Teen actor Matarazzo

first_imgTokyo: Gaten Matarazzo is just 16 and has managed to make a deep impact with his performance in “Stranger Things”. The actor is loving the success coming his way but agrees that with fame comes more responsibilities.It was in 2016, when Matarazzo, who was 13-years-old then, started his journey as Dustin Henderson in the science-fiction horror show. “We really did not expect that our show will be such big and we will become sensation overnight. It came as a surprise to us. I was not ready for such fame. Everything happened on its own. I was not used to constant media glare and people’s attention… I gradually adapted into it. I feel with fame comes more responsibilities,” Matarazzo told IANS here. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyHe wants to create a positive impact amongst the audience through his work.”The show rushed us into spotlight very quickly. I am thankful to God for giving me such good opportunities in life. I will always try to create positive impact through my work,” Matarazzo added.Created by The Duffer Brothers, the Netflix series is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. It follows the story of four friends — Will, Mike, Dustin, Lucas — as they form an unlikely alliance with a girl named Eleven, who has psychokinetic abilities, to save their town from an alien invasion. The show is now into its third season, which launched on July 4. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot”Stranger Things” has grown big with time and so did the actors and their acting talents.”I have evolved as an actor. With each season, I have learned something new about acting. It was a memorable experience working with such inspiring actors. In season three, people will witness a lot of changes in not just our personality, but also in our acting,” Matarazzo added.The young actor has also learned how to deal with criticism. “Criticism is very important for an actor. It pushes you to do a better job,” he said.Matarazzo, who began his professional career in the original Broadway production “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”, is also gearing up for his new show “Prank Encounters” in which he will be seen as a host.last_img read more

Greys Anatomy Star Sandra Oh Poses in Moroccan Gandoura

Greys Anatomy Star Sandra Oh Poses in Moroccan Gandoura

By Myriam Ait MalkRabat – Actress Sandra Oh, famous for portraying Dr. Cristina Yang on the American television series “Grey’s Anatomy,” shared a photo of herself in a Moroccan gandoura in Marrakech on May 25 on Instagram.While visiting a clothing boutique in the Red City, Oh posted a photo of herself wearing a bright pink gandoura and a sunhat on her Instagram. She captioned the picture with the hashtag #Lovely. @noryaayron It was so nice meeting you too. #Boutique #LovelyA photo posted by Sandra Oh (@iam_sandraoh) on May 25, 2016 at 5:33am PDTThe Canadian actress is currently in Morocco to take part in a “Theatre Lab” organized by the Sundance Institution, an American NGO that works to promote independent cinema internationally.Along with four other actors, Oh is serving as a creative adviser to the participants in the Theatre Lab, sharing her experience and advice.Through its initiative in Morocco, the organization aims to support emerging Moroccan artists. The initiative is currently taking place in Marrakech May 8-29.The program is being supervised by Sundance Institute Theatre Program Producing Director Christopher Hibma and Artistic Director Phillip Himberg. read more

Some 180 nations and territories take part in UNbacked immunization drive

Some 180 nations and territories take part in UNbacked immunization drive

25 April 2011Some 180 countries and territories are for the first time carrying out simultaneous United Nations-backed immunization campaigns this week, targeting diseases such as influenza, measles, polio and tetanus. The Immunization Week, which began on Saturday, is taking place across the five UN World Health Organization (WHO) regions of Africa, the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe and the Western Pacific. “I believe Immunization Week will have a significant impact on emphasizing the need to remain vigilant against vaccine-preventable diseases – even those that we do not see within our communities,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. Over the course of the week, outreach teams will visit communities with limited access to regular health services such as those living in remote areas, urban fringes and internally displaced people to administer vaccines.Vaccinations will be provided to protect against diseases such as diphtheria, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, maternal and neonatal tetanus, polio, rubella, whooping cough and yellow fever. Other activities include training sessions and workshops for health workers, as well as round-table discussions with political decision-makers, medical professionals, parents, and caregivers. Dr. Chan noted that even with all the positive cooperation, innovation and collaboration that exist, “we are at risk of losing many of the gains that have been made and forgoing the additional benefits that are within reach.”The recent outbreaks of measles, pertussis and polio in different parts of the world have highlighted the work that remains to be done, she said. Last week WHO urged European countries to work more closely together to combat measles – which is entirely preventable – after a surge in the number of cases across the continent since the start of the year. At least 6,500 cases have been reported already, with significant outbreaks observed in 30 countries, including Belgium, France, Serbia, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Spain. read more

Canada headed for huge economic crisis if no action taken to improve

Canada headed for huge economic crisis if no action taken to improve

“The way I frame it to my colleagues and to the people who say to me ’We can’t afford to do that (because) the economy is too fragile,’ my response is if we don’t find a way to do this now, we will pay later,” she said. “So we make a choice about whether we plan or whether we react.”In December 2010, Ottawa and the provinces agreed to a half-way measure by creating so-called voluntary pooled registered plans, but Ontario says that’s not enough.Several business lobby groups have opposed enhancing the CPP, instead advocating for Canadians to find alternate plans for retirement, including the pooled pension plans and other forms of savings without increasing the cost to businesses.Wynne also intends to push the pension reform issue when the premiers meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper next month. TORONTO — Canada is headed for a “huge economic crisis” if the provinces and federal government don’t take action now to improve retirement incomes, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne warned Tuesday.[np_storybar title=”An early look at what ‘Big CPP’ will look like” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/11/09/an-early-look-at-what-big-cpp-will-look-like/”%5DWith an expansion of the Canada Pension Plan becoming much closer to reality, Fred Vettese offers a comprehensive guide to what it might mean to Canadians and the big choices that lie ahead. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]“One of our fundamental priorities is retirement income security, especially for the middle class,” Wynne told a business audience in Toronto.“People are not saving enough for retirement and if we let this go unchecked we’re going to face a huge economic crisis.”Ontario’s Liberal government recently announced it would create a provincial retirement income plan if it can’t convince Ottawa and the other provinces to enhance the Canada Pension Plan.“I believe that governments have to ensure a reliable and responsible retirement income system, one that evolves and responds to the practical realities of the times that we’re dealing with,” Wynne told the ACG Capital Connections conference.“So we’re taking the lead in Ontario on that conversation across Canada, to make sure that we’re thinking ahead and making sure that everyone in this province is prepared for retirement.”Wynne will raise the retirement income issue with the other provincial and territorial leaders when they meet Friday in Toronto.“I will be meeting with my colleague premiers at the end of the week and will be talking about that as one aspect of our relationship,” she said.Ontario is not the only province that has been pushing for action on the CPP for the past several years. Prince Edward Island wants to boost maximum CPP contributions to $4,681.20 a year from $2,356.20 starting in 2016, and also increase the maximum annual benefit to $23,400 from $12,150.Quebec and Alberta have opposed CPP reform, which last week federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty agreed was a good idea. However, Flaherty said it should only be considered when the economy is stronger.“It’s a payroll tax on employers and employees,” warned Flaherty. “I don’t think the idea is a bad idea, I just think the economy has to be able to afford it at the appropriate time.”Wynne said the slow economic recovery is not an excuse to avoid boosting CPP contributions and benefits.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick read more

Fighting instability driving thousands of Liberians into exile UN refugee agency

Fighting instability driving thousands of Liberians into exile UN refugee agency

UNHCR has transferred 2,400 of an estimated 3,400 Liberians who last week fled to the Sierra Leone border to camps further inland, a spokesman for the agency said at a press briefing in Geneva.Although the number of formally registered new arrivals in Sierra Leone declined last week, there were reports that refugees are increasingly entering the country through unofficial crossing points along the Mano River, UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski said.Meanwhile, thousands more have also fled into Guinea’s Forest Region, bringing to 13,000 the number of Liberians who have fled to that country so far this year, according to Mr. Janowski. Last week, UNHCR rushed aid supplies from Guinea’s capital, Conakry, to the border zone town of Nzerekore to accommodate the new arrivals.In Liberia, UNHCR has been continuing to register Sierra Leonean refugees wishing to return home, Mr. Janowski said, particularly those at the Sinje Camp, some of whom have endured harassment by armed groups who entered the camp.With somewhat improved security conditions on the Monrovia-Sierra Leone highway, the UN agency was looking to resume overland convoys, he said. read more

Recent tragedies at sea highlight urgency for safe pathways to Europe –

Recent tragedies at sea highlight urgency for safe pathways to Europe –

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), since the beginning of the year, more than 60,000 people have used the route, with close to 9,500 migrants and refugees having been rescued over the past week and disembarked in various Italian ports. “[However] the total number of dead and missing since the beginning of 2017 has now reached over 1,720,” Babar Baloch, a spokesperson for the agency, told the press at a regular media briefing at the UN Office in Geneva (UNOG) today. “A total of 50 bodies were disembarked over the past few days in Crotone, Palermo and Catania following an undetermined number of incidents, in which dozens of others are feared dead or missing at sea.” Last week alone, at least 116 people died or went missing in shipwrecks in the region. In one such tragedy, early morning on 24 May, 33 people – including 13 women and seven children – lost their lives and dozens more feared missing when a wooden vessel carrying somewhere between 700-900 passengers sunk. 593 persons (from Sudan, Eritrea, the Comoro Islands, Egypt and Morocco) – many are deeply traumatized by the ordeal – were rescued. Furthermore, on 23 May, some 82 people died or went missing when a dinghy carrying 126 people, mostly from Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan and Cameroon capsized. The others were rescued by an Egyptian fishing boat that came to their aid. Also, on 27 May, the Tunisian Coastguard rescued a boat carrying 126 people, including 48 women, a five-year old boy and three babies, and took them to the port of Zarzis. A Nigerian woman, however, lost her life. “UNHCR praises the Italian Coastguard for their constant efforts in coordinating rescue operations as well as the Tunisian Coastguard and the crew of all the ships involved for saving so many lives,” said Mr. Baloch, reiterating the UN agency’s call for alternatives to such dangerous crossings, including accessible and safe ways to reach Europe such as family reunification, resettlement and private sponsorship. Attacks on refugees and migrants further complicate situationFurther compounding the challenges for refugees and migrants, there are reports of attacks on refugees and migrants at during crossings as well as in places where they embark. “Survivors disembarked in Salerno last Saturday told our staff that their boat was approached by criminals who stole their belongings and took their engine off, shooting in the air on several occasions,” noted the UNHCR spokesperson, and “luckily, nobody was wounded in the incident.” However, several refugees and migrants landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa over the week-end had gunshot wounds and reported having witnessed friends being fired at or killed. “One man told our staff that he was shot in the leg by members of Libyan militias who also stole his belongings. Another man was shot in the arm and tortured by a trafficker to extract money from him,” he added. read more

Serena Williams Regrets Comments About Rape Case

Serena Williams Regrets Comments About Rape Case

Serena Williams says she’s reaching out to the family of the victim in the Steubenville rape case after the tennis star was quoted in a Rolling Stone article as saying ”she shouldn’t have put herself in that position.””I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article,” Williams said in a statement released through her agent Wednesday. ”What was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful, and I, by no means, would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.”The comment was made in one paragraph of a lengthy story posted online Tuesday about Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam title winner who is ranked No. 1 heading into Wimbledon, which starts next week.Two players from the Steubenville, Ohio, high school football team were convicted in March of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl; one of the boys was ordered to serve an additional year for photographing the girl naked. The case gained widespread attention in part because of the callousness with which other students used social media to gossip about it.”What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened,” Williams said in the statement. ”For someone to be raped, and at only sixteen, is such a horrible tragedy! For both families involved – that of the rape victim and of the accused.”According to the Rolling Stone story, Williams says the perpetrators of the crime ”did something stupid,” and she asks: ”Do you think it was fair, what they got?”She adds, ”I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: Don’t take drinks from other people.”Williams also is quoted as saying: ”… she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.”Williams is in England preparing for Wimbledon.”I have fought all of my career for women’s equality, women’s equal rights, respect in their fields – anything I could do to support women, I have done,” she said in the statement. ”My prayers and support always goes out to the rape victim. In this case, most especially, to an innocent 16-year-old child.”Women’s Tennis Association CEO Stacey Allaster said the tour had been touch with Williams about the article.”If she was accurately quoted, then Serena’s comments were both insensitive and wrong,” Allaster said in a statement. ”We disagree with the statements and have made that clear to her.” read more

Social workers warned not to fleece pensioners

Social workers warned not to fleece pensioners

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAudit finds discrepancies in distribution of Old Age Pension booksJune 10, 2016In “latest news”$13.2B approved for old aged pension in 2019 – as $18.2B approved for Ministry of Social ProtectionDecember 14, 2018In “latest news”RUSAL moves to replace dismissed workersFebruary 27, 2019In “latest news” Social workers were warned by Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally of the consequences defrauding seniors of their annuity, as pension books distribution is slated for November 20.Social workers during the workshopDuring a workshop on Wednesday at the Guyana Police Force Training Centre, social workers were briefed on the next distribution exercise of pension books. Minister Ally in her remarks advised social workers not to attempt to convert the pensions for personal use.The Minister warned that once persons are caught in the act, she will not hesitate to have charges filed, followed by subsequent dismissal. “We will not condone that. Regardless if it is one book, ten books, a hundred books, you are to do what you are supposed to do” the Minister reiterated.She also sternly cautioned, “I am not dealing with suspension, I am dealing with dismissal.”According to Minister Ally, several persons who were caught attempting to defraud pensioners are currently suspended.“That is why we called you here this morning to remind you and to tell you what is expected of you so that you will be prepared and you will know that if you go outside of the rules, anything could happen,” she remarked.Minister of Social Protection, Amna AllyAdditionally, social workers were also reminded to be vigilant of persons who may try to illegally cash more than three pension books.According to a release from the Department of Public Information (DPI) only Toshaos are exempt from this rule. They were also asked by the Minister to be more aware of pensioners holding Guyanese citizenship but opting to collect their pension whilst residing overseas. Minister Ally said Guyana has limited resource and “the people who live here must be able to benefit.”The distribution of pension books will be carried out for a period of three weeks. read more

Coppinger blasts sellout independents after Government adopts unified stance on abortion bill

Coppinger blasts sellout independents after Government adopts unified stance on abortion bill

first_img Oct 25th 2016, 6:50 PM https://jrnl.ie/3045028 Image: Leah Farrell 236 Comments 50,303 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated, 6.50pmRUTH COPPINGER HAS said that it’s because of “sell-out Independents” that the AAA-PBP bill requesting a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment will be rejected.Earlier today, the Government took a unified position on the bill, agreeing collectively to not accept the bill until the Citizens’ Assembly has finished its work.The Government has also agreed to put forward a reasoned amendment to the bill.Speaking on the Dáil plinth today, Coppinger gave this strong statement about Independent TDs in Government, flanked by her AAA-PBP colleagues:This is a sell-out and betrayal by the Independent Ministers like Katherine Zappone, John Halligan and Shane Ross.“Ministers, who said they are in favour of repeal, will line up and vote as part of the government against repealing the Eighth Amendment. They are putting their ministerial seats before the health and lives of women.This vote will guarantee that no referendum will take place during the lifetime of this government.“By the time the Citizens’ Assembly reports back, the Oireachtas Committee sits and then a bill is passed through both houses, the earliest opportunity for a referendum will be late 2018 or early 2019, by that stage this government may not be in power. They have sent a clear message to women telling them they can continue to wait.” The Pro Life Campaign protest outside the Dáil today. Source: Leah FarrellBríd Smith also weighed in, saying:“I am absolutely furious with the ‘so-called’ Independents who are co-operating with Fine Gael to practically ensure that the Eighth Amendment is not dealt with in the lifetime of this Government.To fob us off with the reliance on the adjudication of a Citizens’ Assembly of 99 people is not good enough. It is undemocratic.“It prevents thousands of young people who never had a chance to vote on abortion or women’s bodily autonomy from having their say on the Eighth.”The bill is due to be debated in the Dáil tonight.Citizens’ AssemblyThe Programme for Government, agreed by the coalition in the wake of lengthy talks, said the Eighth Amendment issue would be dealt with by convening a Citizens’ Assembly.In a statement today, a spokesperson said that there were different views in Government around the issue of the Eighth Amendment, but Cabinet had agreed that the Citizens’ Assembly should be allowed to finish its work.The Assembly is expected to give its report on the issue in the first half of next year. The report will then be referred to a special Oireachtas Committee which will be asked to respond to its findings within in six months.Government TDs will be given a free vote on the matter once the Citizens’ Assembly has reported back. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone. Source: Leah FarrellSpeaking this afternoon on RTÉ’s News at One, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone – who is in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment – said that she and her Cabinet colleagues had come to “mature” decision.“I think we’ve come to very mature decision in terms of how to agree,” she said.The minister said that the Government was not “technically opposing the bill” but inserting an amendment so that the Citizens’ Assembly could finish its work.“I am anxious that we ensure that the process goes as quickly as possible,” she said.The Eighth AmendmentThe Eighth Amendment to the Constitution grants the equal right to life of to the mother and the unborn child, effectively making abortion illegal except in very rare circumstances.The AAA-PBP bill had been contentious, with members of the Independent Alliance in Government initially wanting a free vote on the matter.The Government was keen to avoid a similar situation as had occurred with Independents 4 Change TD Mick Wallace’s bill earlier in the Dáil term.Wallace had put forward a bill which would have allowed for abortions in situations where a child would not live outside the womb.The bill failed to pass, but it was backed by Minister for Transport Shane Ross and junior ministers John Halligan and Finian McGrath, who voted against government advice.Read: Trouble brewing as Independent Alliance still want a free vote on Repeal the Eighth bill Coppinger blasts ‘sell-out independents’ after Government adopts unified stance on abortion bill The bill is due to be debated in the Dáil tonight.center_img Short URL Ruth Coppinger. Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 6:50 PM Share3055 Tweet Email By Cormac Fitzgerald Ruth Coppinger. Image: Leah Farrelllast_img read more