2G: Kanimozhi learns candle making in Tihar Jail

first_imgKanimozhi at the Patiala House court for the 2G trial in MayLodged in the assistant superintendent’s office in Tihar Jail in a cell especially created for her because of security reasons, Kanimozhi misses her 10-year-old son Adithyan the most. He is under the care of his grandmother Rajathi Ammal. She,Kanimozhi at the Patiala House court for the 2G trial in MayLodged in the assistant superintendent’s office in Tihar Jail in a cell especially created for her because of security reasons, Kanimozhi misses her 10-year-old son Adithyan the most. He is under the care of his grandmother Rajathi Ammal. She also misses her diamond nose-pin, an accessory she has sported since she was a little girl. She had sought permission to continue wearing it, saying she felt “improperly dressed” without it, but jail authorities did not allow it, or indeed any other jewellery.Adithyan visits her often, but not often enough, as jail rules allow visits by family members twice a week. That is the only time her calm cracks. “Once she broke down and kept saying sorry to her son”, disclosed a jail official who understands Tamil. Though the prisoners meet their families in ‘mulaqaat’ (meeting hall) with a glass shield in between, she was allowed to meet her son in the superintendent’s office because she wanted to hug him.Jail officials say Kanimozhi keeps to herself and does not interact much with other inmates. By various accounts, she appears to be an Orhan Pamuk fan. On May 20, when she was sent to jail, she carried a half-read My Name is Red with her. Museum of Innocence by the same author is keeping her company now. Kanimozhi spends her time reading and writing poetry. “She keeps writing something or the other and is completely immersed in it”, reveals a jail official. She was earlier lodged in ward number 8, which is called the ‘mulayaza’. It is a place where new inmates are lodged for the first six months to prevent them from interacting with the more hardened inmates. It is the only ward which has a spacious courtyard in the centre, where inmates can mingle with each other.advertisement”She is the calmest of the 2G lot and doesn’t make unreasonable demands”, says the jail official, referring to the other vvips lodged in Tihar for the 2G spectrum scam. They include former telecom minister and Kanimozhi’s party colleague A. Raja, the Balwa brothers, Unitech’s Sanjay Chandra, Karim Morani, Kalaignar tv’s managing director Sharath Kumar, senior bureaucrats and corporate executives.Till June 10, it was not very difficult for her or for the others in the 2G case to spend the day since they had daily hearings at Patiala House. They were out of the prison at 9 a.m. and returned around 6 in the evening. The day was spent in the air-conditioned CBI court, where the accused could meet their families. Now, with the courts closed for vacation till June 24, the day has to be spent in the jail.A jail official said that she once enquired about a beauty parlour on the premises. “She was told about one run by jail inmates which is free of cost, and the other run by Jawed Habib which costs money. She has not visited either yet”, the official saidlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: No racism recorded yet, despite initial fears

first_imgThr fear of racism hung over the start of FIFA World Cup 2018, yet up until the midway point of this year’s edition.Senegalese computer scientist Alioune Ndiaye’s fears that he might face racist abuse at the soccer World Cup in Russia have not materialised. Nor have other foreign fans’ fears.Midway through the month-long tournament, no major racist incidents have been reported among players and fans despite concerns in the run-up that the World Cup could be tarnished by racism.International rights groups that sounded the alarm over a series of racist incidents at soccer matches in the months preceding the tournament have said that the World Cup experience in Russia has so far been generally positive.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”What I found in Russia is very different to what they told me before coming here,” Ndiaye, the Senegalese fan, said outside the stadium in the city of Samara, where his country’s side lost 1-0 to Colombia on Thursday.”When I told people ‘I am going to Russia’ … they said ‘Oh, no, be careful’ and stuff like that. But people in Russia are very welcoming, very kind and I don’t see anything like racism here.”ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULERussia had pledged to host a safe and secure World Cup in 11 cities, including for visible minorities. But racist incidents at matches between Russian Premier League clubs and at an international friendly earlier this year fuelled concern that players and fans could be subjected to abuse.CSKA Moscow fans chanted racist abuse at Arsenal’s black players several times during a Europa League match in April in Moscow, while FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, fined Russia one month before the World Cup for racist abuse directed at French players during the friendly in March.advertisementFIFA WORLD CUP 2018: Who plays who in the round of 16But at the World Cup, fans and rights groups say the mood is different.”We are all together with them,” said Senegalese fan Bigue Thombane of Russian fans as she banged on a drum outside the stadium in Samara. “There is nothing. No racism at all. Truly.”FIFA WORLD CUP 2018: CONFEDERATION-WISE REPORT CARDPiara Powar, the head of the FARE network, an organisation that monitors discrimination in European soccer, said it had not recorded a single significant incident involving Russian far-right hooligans or any racist incidents involving Russian fans.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 – STATS”There has been nothing on a major scale and nothing from Russians,” Powar said. “That was one of the concerns of course coming into the tournament. So that’s all good news from our point of view.” THE WORLD IS WATCHINGReferees at the World Cup have the power to stop, suspend of abandon a match in the event of discriminatory incidents. They have not done this so far in the tournament.But the absence of major racist incidents does not mean that the group stage of the World Cup has been without problems related to discrimination.BEST FAN MOMENTS OF WORLD CUP SO FARFIFA fined Mexico for homophobic chants by their fans. Denmark was fined for a sexist banner, and some women at the tournament have been targeted by discriminatory behaviour. Poland and Serbia were also fined for “political and offensive” banners displayed by their fans.Powar said that the absence of racist incidents did not come as a major surprise given Russia’s and citizens’ efforts to project a positive image of the country to foreign guests.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Star RB Cleared For Michigan-Michigan State Game

first_imgMark Dantonio smiling on the Michigan State sideline.SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 28: Head coach Mark Dantonio looks on after defeating the Washington State Cougars 42-17 in the SDCCU Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium on December 28, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Michigan State may have won eight of its last ten encounters with Michigan, but to win this Saturday it’ll need big performances by all of its best players.Luckily for the Spartans, they just received a big boost to their running game.On Friday afternoon, running back LJ Scott was ruled “in” for the noon tilt against the Wolverines.Scott has been battling a leg injury and missed the last four games.Star Michigan State Player Ruled In For Michigan Showdown https://t.co/3TeGhqJxWX pic.twitter.com/8xCMzIDzdy— Sparty Fans (@SpartyFans) October 19, 2018Scott has led Michigan State in rushing in each of the last three seasons. He has over 2,500 rushing yards and 25 rushing TDs in that span.As a backfield receiver, Scott has also been a solid contributor. He has 38 receptions for 381 and two TDs in his career.Michigan has one of the top rushing defenses in the nation. However, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has frequently found ways to beat the Wolverines. He has eight wins from his 11 games against them, and two of three against Jim Harbaugh.last_img read more

ITIC Survey Highlights High Cost of English Litigation …

first_imgzoom A survey of London solicitors by ITIC has highlighted the high cost of litigation for shipbrokers and others seeking judgment in the English courts.ITIC gave a panel of London solicitors – all of whom had previously been instructed on cases involving ITIC members – a hypothetical claim scenario involving a broker which had been cut out of commission. The solicitors were asked to estimate the costs that the broker would have to pay to take the matter to court. The average estimate of the costs was £177,163.The claim scenario given to the solicitors was based on actual cases financed by ITIC under its debt collection cover. It involved a sale and purchase broker which claimed that it had introduced principals and performed the original groundwork for the deal. The broker claimed that it had then been cut out at the last minute and replaced by another broker which had simply ‘tied up the loose ends’. The sellers denied that they had any commitment to the broker.ITIC said: “A dispute of this nature is likely to involve no more than a couple of witnesses and an expert giving evidence on each side. If, at £177,163, the cost of winning was expensive, then losing would be even more so. Under the English legal system, a losing party is responsible for its opponent’s costs. The solicitors estimated that the likely additional liability if the broker lost would have amounted to £139,687. This would have brought the total costs liability faced by the broker to £316,850.”ITIC sai that, although few cases proceed all the way to trial, and many will settle at an early stage, often without the need for formal legal proceedings, it is important that brokers have a sufficient level of cover to fund the matter going to litigation. ITIC’s debt collection cover pays not only for the broker’s own costs but also for the potential liability to opponents.ITIC, April 3, 2014last_img read more

Publication dun rapport de vérification opérationnelle

first_img « Bien que les demandes d’indemnisation pour blessures au travail soient généralement gérées conformément aux politiques, certains éléments ne fonctionnent pas de façon idéale et doivent être améliorés par la Commission des accidents du travail, déclare M. Pickup. Le traitement en temps opportun des plaintes et la protection des renseignements personnels sont certains des enjeux qui doivent être abordés afin d’améliorer la façon dont les demandes sont traitées pour les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » Le rapport présente un total de 27 recommandations découlant des trois vérifications. Toutes les recommandations ont été acceptées par le gouvernement. Le rapport intégral, un résumé, une vidéo des faits saillants et des questions que les gens pourraient poser au gouvernement au sujet de chacun des trois chapitres se trouvent au http://www.oag-ns.ca (en anglais seulement). « Le ministère est responsable d’environ 4200 ponts à l’échelle de la province. Si le gouvernement voulait un jour remplacer tous les ponts de la province, ce processus pourrait prendre 200 ans, au rythme actuel, souligne M. Pickup. Les gestionnaires doivent disposer de renseignements complets et exacts pour prendre des décisions éclairées au sujet des projets à entreprendre et du moment auquel ces projets doivent être entrepris. » Le troisième chapitre concerne le traitement des demandes d’indemnisation pour blessures au travail par la Commission des accidents du travail. Dans le cadre de la vérification, on a examiné si la Commission des accidents du travail gère efficacement les demandes d’indemnisation pour blessures au travail. Voici les principales conclusions : Le système d’information du ministère n’offre pas aux gestionnaires tous les renseignements nécessaires pour prendre des décisions au sujet des projets liés aux ponts, par exemple le remplacement, la réfection et l’entretien. Le ministère assure une surveillance adéquate permettant de déterminer si les projets liés aux ponts répondent aux normes établies pendant la construction, mais n’assure pas la surveillance adéquate des garanties. Le vérificateur général Michael Pickup a rendu public aujourd’hui, 28 mai, son rapport de vérification opérationnelle de 2019. Il contient trois chapitres. Le premier chapitre concerne la diversité et l’inclusion au sein de la fonction publique. Dans le cadre de la vérification, on a examiné la mise en oeuvre de la stratégie sur la diversité et l’inclusion du gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse ainsi que la façon dont la diversité et l’inclusion ont été promues à l’échelle du gouvernement provincial et au sein des ministères. Voici les principales conclusions : « Les employés du gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse s’attendent à ce que la fonction publique soit exempte de discrimination et qu’elle apprécie la diversité, affirme M. Pickup. Bien que des mesures aient été prises pour promouvoir la diversité et l’inclusion, il reste du travail à faire. » Le deuxième chapitre concerne la sélection et la gestion de la qualité des projets liés aux ponts dans la région du centre et la région de l’ouest. Dans le cadre de la vérification, on a déterminé si le ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure a mis en place des processus adéquats pour gérer de façon efficace la sélection et la qualité des projets liés aux ponts. Voici les principales conclusions : La Commission des accidents du travail respecte ses politiques et procédures définies pour le traitement des demandes d’indemnisation et des allocations conformément aux lois, mais des problèmes ont été cernés en ce qui a trait au traitement en temps opportun, aux communications et au caractère adéquat du processus de traitement des plaintes. La Commission des accidents du travail suit un processus d’appel défini, conformément aux lois et aux attentes en matière de rendement, mais des problèmes ont été cernés en ce qui a trait à la confidentialité et au traitement en temps opportun. La Commission des accidents du travail n’assure pas le suivi de la mise en oeuvre des décisions d’appel, et la mise en oeuvre tarde souvent à commencer. La Commission des accidents du travail suit un processus défini pour coordonner les plans de retour au travail. La Commission des accidents du travail gère les contrats avec les fournisseurs de services de façon appropriée et effectue des évaluations pour déterminer si les fournisseurs de services réalisent les buts et les objectifs de l’organisme. La Commission de la fonction publique fait la promotion de la diversité et de l’inclusion, mais ce ne sont pas toutes les mesures présentées dans la stratégie sur la diversité et l’inclusion qui ont été prises, et aucune évaluation n’a été faite pour déterminer si les objectifs de la stratégie ont été atteints. La Commission de la fonction publique n’a pas mis en place un processus adéquat pour cerner, recueillir et analyser les données nécessaires pour évaluer l’efficacité du travail accompli en matière de diversité et d’inclusion. Les ministères de l’Agriculture, des Services communautaires et de la Justice font la promotion de la diversité et de l’inclusion, mais des améliorations sont nécessaires. last_img read more

Dalit youth hacked to death in front of cops

first_imgAhmedabad: A 25-year-old Dalit man was allegedly killed by relatives of his wife who belonged to an upper caste community at her village in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat, police said Tuesday.The incident occurred Monday night when the victim, Haresh Solanki, had gone to Varmor village in Mandal taluka to persuade his in-laws to send back his wife, Urmilaben, who is two months pregnant, to him. Urmilaben belonged to the upper-caste Darbar community. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuSolanki had married Urmilaben a few months ago against the wishes of her parents and had taken her to Gandhidham in Kutch district, where he lived with his parents, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (SC/ST Cell) P D Manvar. “However, relatives of Urmilaben brought her back, saying she will be sent back to Solanki after a few weeks. But when they refused to send her back for around two months, Solanki decided to visit her parents and convince them to send her back to him,” he said. Also Read – ED can withhold names of tax evaders in Panama Papers: CICOn Monday, Solanki sought the help of ‘Abhayam 181’, a women helpline service, and boarded the helpline vehicle for Varmor village. “While Solanki remained inside the vehicle, officials of the helpline service went to the house of his in-laws and tried to persuade them to send back Urmilaben,” the DySP said. When Urmilaben’s relatives came to know that Solanki was accompanying the officials, they rushed out of their house and attacked him with sharp and blunt objects. “Solanki sustained injuries to his head and other parts of the body in the attack and died,” the police officer said.last_img read more

Vice Prez PM greet engineers on Engineers Day

first_imgNew Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted engineers on Engineers Day, describing them as those synonymous with diligence and determination. Engineers Day is observed to mark the birth anniversary of acclaimed civil engineer M Visvesvaraya. “Engineers are synonymous with diligence and determination. Human progress would be incomplete without their innovative zeal,” the prime minister said in a tweet. Greeting the “hardworking engineers”, Modi also paid tributes to Visvesvaraya. Naidu said Visvesvaraya was a civil engineer par excellence, who harnessed India’s water resources through dams. “He was a visionary. The nation is ever grateful to his invaluable contribution.”last_img

Manitoba Liberal wants ban on chamber talk about NDP leaders criminal past

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba politician wants to ban members of the Tory government from discussing Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew’s criminal convictions and other brushes with the law inside the legislature.Liberal legislature member Judy Klassen recently asked the Speaker to stop members of the Tory government from bringing up Kinew’s past during debates in the chamber. Klassen, who is Indigenous, said the government is perpetuating a stereotype of Aboriginal people.“I am trying to build my people up. Madam Speaker, there are many within our communities who do have criminal backgrounds but have worked hard to turn their lives around,” Klassen said in the chamber earlier this month.“To repeatedly bring up a person’s past issues with the legal system serves no end. It only tears someone down.”Klassen raised the issue as a matter of privilege — a formal complaint inside the chamber — and asked the Speaker to refer the matter to a legislature committee. She said the governing members’ attacks on Kinew affects her ability to do her job.Speaker Myrna Driedger said she would consider the matter and has yet to render her decision.Kinew had several run-ins with the law, some of which he revealed in his 2015 memoir, The Reason You Walk.He was convicted for impaired driving and for assaulting a cab driver in his early 20s more than a decade ago — offences for which he has since received pardon.Two other items were not mentioned in Kinew’s book. He was given a conditional discharge in 2004 for an assault in Ontario, and was charged with assaulting his partner in 2003. The latter charge was stayed, although his partner said last year she maintains Kinew threw her across the room.The Tories have repeatedly raised Kinew’s past, along with more recent homophobic and misogynistic social media posts and rap lyrics, and set up a website to highlight the comments.Kinew has said he is a changed man who has become an ally for women and the LBGTQ community. He spoke in favour of Klassen’s request of the Speaker — not to shield himself, he said, but to support Klassen.Members of the Tory caucus would not discuss the issue Monday, citing a legislature rule that forbids politicians from talking publicly about issues that are under consideration by the Speaker.Klassen’s defence of Kinew is not the only instance in which the rookie Liberal member has shown support for the NDP. Last week, Klassen stood alongside some New Democrat legislature members who accused Premier Brian Pallister of intimidating them by glaring at them when he answers them in question period.last_img read more

Iran suspends nuclear deal curbs in push for relief from US sanctions

first_imgTehran: Iran said Wednesday it had stopped respecting limits on its nuclear activities agreed under a 2015 deal with major powers until they find a way to bypass renewed US sanctions. The well trailed announcement came as Washington stepped up its rhetoric against Tehran, accusing it of planning “imminent” attacks and deploying an aircraft carrier strike group with several nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the region. Iran said it was responding to the sweeping unilateral sanctions that Washington has reimposed since it quit the agreement one year ago, which have dealt a severe blow to the Iranian economy. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportIt said it would stop implementing some of the restrictions it had agreed with immediate effect. Tehran said it would abandon more if the remaining parties to the agreement — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — failed to start delivering on their commitments to sanctions relief within 60 days. President Hassan Rouhani underlined that the ultimatum was intended to rescue the nuclear deal from his US counterpart Donald Trump who has repeatedly called for it to be scrapped since he pulled out on May 8, 2018. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”We felt the (deal) needed surgery and that the year-long sedatives have not delivered any result. This surgery is meant to save the (deal) not destroy it,” Rouhani said at a cabinet meeting broadcast live on state television. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is on an official visit to Moscow, stressed Iran’s actions were not in breach of the nuclear deal, which UN inspectors have repeatedly certified its compliance with. “We are not operating outside of the JCPOA (nuclear deal) but are in fact working in its framework,” Zarif told state television. Under the landmark deal agreed by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, the parties to the agreement were supposed to lift nuclear-related sanctions on Iran in return for it reining in its activities to ease fears it was seeking the capability to produce an atomic bomb. But the promised sanctions relief has failed to materialise as European and Asian banks and oil companies have moved swiftly to abide by the renewed US sanctions for fear of financial or commercial repercussions. Rouhani slammed European countries for seeing the US as the world’s “sheriff” and said this keeps them from making “firm decisions for their own national interests.” “You have responsibilities, too … for keeping your youth away from drugs, the flood of immigrants and other cooperation Iran has had with you so far. If this trend continues, the cooperation will cease.” The three European parties to the deal — Britain, France and Germany — tried to save the accord with a trade mechanism meant to bypass reimposed US sanctions, but their attempt was dismissed by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a “bitter joke”. China underlined that it “resolutely opposes” the unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran but called on all parties to uphold the nuclear deal. “We call on all relevant parties to exercise restraint, strengthen dialogue and avoid escalating tensions,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. Russia said it remained committed to the nuclear deal and denounced what it called “unreasonable pressure” on Iran. Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said the measures were necessary to “secure its rights and bring back balance” after the unilateral moves by the Trump administration. “The Islamic Republic of Iran does not at the current stage consider itself committed to observing restrictions regarding storing enriched uranium stocks and heavy water stocks,” the Supreme National Security Council said. “The remaining parties to the (deal) are given 60 days to implement their commitments, in particular in the fields of banking and oil,” the council added. “In the next stage Iran will also stop observing restrictions on the level of uranium enrichment and measures regarding modernising Arak heavy water reactor.” Uranium enriched to much higher levels than Iran’s current stocks can be used as the fissile core of a nuclear weapon, while heavy water is a source of plutonium which can be used as an alternative way to produce a warhead. The council called for swift action by the remaining parties to the deal, warning time was running out. “The window which is now open for diplomacy will not remain so for long, and the responsibility of the (deal) failing and any possibile consequences are completely on the US and the remaining parties,” it said. On the eve of the Iranian announcement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced visit to Baghdad in an effort to consolidate relations as Washington pushes ahead with its “maximum pressure” against Tehran — a US arch-rival, but an ally of Iraq. Pompeo said he made the trip because Iranian forces are “escalating their activity” and said the threat of attacks was “very specific”. He declined to go into further detail on the alleged plot, which has been met with scepticism in many quarters, with leading Democratic lawmakers fearing that Trump’s administration is seeking to spark a war with Iran. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been a consistent opponent of the nuclear deal, seized on the Iranian announcement as evidence that it was pressing ahead with its nuclear programme. “We shall not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon,” he said.last_img read more

Shatrughan Sinha, Ravi Shankar Prasad slug it out in Patna Sahib

first_imgPatna: A clash of titans is on the cards in Patna Sahib where Shatrughan Sinha is seeking to retain the seat for a third consecutive term, this time on a Congress ticket, surmounting a formidable challenge posed by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Altogether 18 candidates are in the fray for the constituency, which covers the entire Patna city and a part of the outskirts, though the contest is being viewed as essentially a straight one between the actor-turned-politician and Prasad. Named after a centuries-old Sikh shrine located on the banks of the Ganga where Guru Gobind Singh was born and spent his early childhood, Patna Sahib Lok Sabha seat came into being in the delimitation of 2008 and Sinha won it in the 2009 and retained the seat five years later. Nicknamed ‘Bihari Babu’ by virtue of his professed attachment to his home state, the flamboyant actor of yesteryears sounds confident of making a hat-trick as he points out “I have won the seat in the past two elections with margins that were the highest for Bihar. This was because of the immense love people have for me. Moreover, I am not a usual party-hopper. The circumstances under which I had to quit the BJP are known to all.” Associated with the saffron party since the early 1990s when it was not much of a force to reckon with, Sinha fell out with the BJP leadership after the ascension of Narendra Modi and the anointment of his confidant Amit Shah as the party’s national president. The outspoken former Bollywood star made his discomfiture with the party leadership public on many an occasion while he was still with the BJP which he had been describing, for quite some time, as a “one man army and two man show”. The announcement of Prasad as the BJP candidate from his seat proved to be the last straw for Sinha, who switched over to the Congress, which fielded him from his sitting seat. The BJP is, however, dismissive of his prospects and asserts that Sinha’s stellar victories were on account of his association with the party. Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, arguably the tallest BJP leader from the state, who has never been on good terms with Sinha, points out, “Five out of the six assembly segments falling under Patna Sahib are held by the BJP. This was despite the fact our party faced an uphill task in the assembly polls wherein Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad had joined hands.” “Nitish is now back with us and so is Ram Vilas Paswan who was not in 2009. So our prospects are stronger than ever. Combine that with the unquestionable popularity of Narendra Modi and the fact that the Congress is a spent force in Bihar. Shatrughan Sinha should consider himself lucky if he finds even a polling agent,” Modi says. The Congress, meanwhile, is canvassing in favour of the new entrant with uncharacteristic vigour and is being assisted in the same by its formidable ally, the RJD, which had won one of the six assembly segments here and lost another with a thin margin to the BJP. Parties like the Aam Aadmi Party, the CPI and the CPI(M), not of much electoral consequence, have also extended their support in the interest of “secularism and defeating the BJP” and their volunteers are doing their bit to add spice to the campaign of the actor who is considered a staid electioneer despite his gift of the gab. One crucial factor, which worries the BJP and Sinha too is known to be secretly banking upon, is the disgruntlement that Prasad’s candidature has caused to Rajya Sabha member Ravindra Kishore Sinha, who wanted the seat for himself or his son Rituraj. Founder of security solutions behemoth SIS, Ravindra Kishore Sinha is said to be quite popular among members of the Kayastha caste, numerically small overall but in sizeable numbers in the state capital, whom he is known to help in times of distress, financially and otherwise. The Akhil Bharatiya Kayastha Mahasabha – which claims to have some influence among the largely urbane and highly fractured community – had even come out with a statement that it would not support the BJP candidate unless it happened to be RK Sinha. R K Sinha last month had a closed door, hour-long meeting here with Bhaiyaji Joshi – the number 2 in Sangh Parivar – which was seen as a damage control exercise by the saffron conglomerate. Trying to fish in troubled waters, Shatrughan Sinha had remarked a few days later, “I have personal regard for RK Sinha, who is my senior. The party did not do justice to him by denying him the party ticket. Had he been fielded, it would have forced me to have second thoughts about taking him on.” When R K Sinha was recently approached for his reaction on “Shotgun” (another epithet associated with the actor) sounding confident of his victory, he said, “I can assure you I will come to Patna to cast my vote for Ravi Shankar Prasad on polling day” but added cryptically “Shatrughan Sinha is a senior and experienced leader. If he says he can win, he must be having reasons to do so.”last_img read more

Brantford woman assaulted by thief during robbery

Brantford police are investigating after a woman was assaulted when she confronted a man who was breaking into her back shed.Officers were called to a home on Cayuga St. shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday.A 30-year-old woman told police she had found someone breaking into the rear shed at her home. The woman confronted the man and was assaulted. “The suspect had taken two bikes from the shed and when discovered by the homeowner, began to hit her with them,” said Brantford police in a news release.A second woman who lives at the home heard the commotion and went to help. The man fled the area with the stolen bikes. Community Patrol Officers found the suspect with the stolen property a short distance away. A 21-year-old-Brantford male is charged with theft, possession of stolen property, assault with a weapon and breach of probation. He was held for a bail hearing. read more

Jubilee June takes silver in new car market league

Jubilee June takes silver in new car market league Commenting on June’s results, Christopher Macgowan, SMMT Chief Executive, said, ‘With an extended three day Jubilee holiday and World Cup fever gripping Britain, no-one expected the new car market to match last year’s record June total. However, the fact that the figures are the second best since records began is extremely encouraging. It means that during all the celebrations, people were out buying new cars in droves, from franchised dealers, adding an estimated £2.7 billion to the economy.’ June 2002 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Second highest June on record, as new car market hits 207,330 units Private buyer demand rose by 7.6 per cent in the first six months of 2002 Year to date sales reached 1,347,693 units, 6.2 per cent up on last year June 2002 registrations 3.7 per cent down on best-ever June 2001 read more

Whats At Stake For Every College Football Playoff Contender

The college football playoff committee didn’t make much news when it released its new rankings Tuesday: The top seven teams remained the same. The biggest shift was for Mississippi, which lost badly last week and fell from No. 8 to No. 19.This was in line with what our college football forecast model expected. Because the model is based mostly on a historic analysis of the Coaches Poll, this means the committee behaved in the same boring way the coaches usually do — keeping the teams in the same order except when one drops a game and loses its place in line. So, our national championship and playoff odds look very much like they did Sunday.Here’s the more comprehensive version of that chart, which includes the entire Top 25 as they might appear when the committee releases its final standings Dec. 7.The lack of movement may also have been because last weekend was a sleepy one on the college football calendar. This upcoming weekend features much higher stakes, with the top teams facing more formidable opponents and entries into the conference title games on the line.I’m going to run through the top 11 teams in the committee’s rankings as the model sees their chances. In each case, we’ll look at how much a win or loss this weekend would affect the team’s playoff odds along with some more complex scenarios: for instance, if the team loses this week but wins its conference championship next week. Some of the more involved scenarios will expose potential blind spots in the model; we hope it’s still a helpful tool for thinking through the various possibilities.No. 1. Alabama Crimson TideOpponent: No. 15 Auburn on Saturday night. Alabama is a 70 percent favorite according to the model; win probabilities are derived from a simplified version of ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI).Overall chance of making playoff: 75 percentChance of making playoff with a win: 87 percentChance with a win but a loss in SEC Championship: 60 percentChance with a loss against Auburn: 48 percentChance with a loss but a win in SEC Championship: 75 percentChance with a loss and Mississippi State win (Alabama misses SEC Championship): 40 percentYou might expect the No. 1 team’s path to be straightforward. But Alabama’s is one of the more complex cases. That’s because there are really five scenarios to analyze. Two are straightforward: If Alabama defeats Auburn and wins the SEC Championship game, it’s in the playoff, very likely as the No. 1 seed. And if it loses twice, it’s probably out — unless there’s a ton of chaos behind it.The other three are trickier. Alabama could win this week then lose in the SEC Championship. It could lose this week and win the championship. Or it could lose this week and fail to make the championship, which will happen if Mississippi State wins.Failing to make the championship at all is the most dangerous for Alabama; their chances of reaching the playoff would be just 40 percent in that scenario. But the ranking of the other two is debatable.It’s hard to imagine Alabama would be left out if it lost to Auburn but made the SEC title game and won it. The model puts their chances at 75 percent in this case. And that seems too conservative — the alternative would probably entail no SEC team making the playoff at all. Sure, it’s technically possible. If Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State and either Baylor or TCU all win out, the committee would have to bump a zero- or one-loss conference champion for two-loss Alabama. That would be a predicament. But anything short of that exact scenario, and SEC fans from Gainesville to College Station would put aside their differences and come at the committee with pitchforks.A more acute danger might be a win against Auburn followed by a loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship. That way, the committee might get an SEC team into the playoff by choosing Georgia. Georgia needs some help to get into this position. The Bulldogs need Missouri to lose this weekend (Missouri probably doesn’t have the resume to make the playoff even if it wins out) and probably to defeat nonconference foe Georgia Tech on Saturday (otherwise, Georgia’s case will be too weak also).A lot of these questions boil down to how much the committee will emphasize conference championships as opposed to everything else. We don’t have much data on that yet, and neither do the folks in Tuscaloosa. Until we learn more, the only totally safe course for Alabama is simply to win twice.No. 2. Oregon DucksOpponent: At Oregon State on Saturday night (Oregon is a 90 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 76 percentChance with a win: 81 percentChance with a win but a loss in Pac-12 Championship: 42 percentChance with a loss: 32 percentChance with a loss but a win in Pac-12 Championship: 49 percentWe might ask the same question for Oregon: If it must lose again, is a loss this week or in the Pac-12 Championship better? This case is simpler because Oregon is already assured of making its championship game.The model’s answer is that it’s slightly better for Oregon to lose this week — even against unranked Oregon State — and come back to win the Pac-12 title. The danger of losing the Pac-12 Championship is that Oregon’s Pac-12 opponent could possibly get in ahead of them, especially if it’s UCLA.No. 3. Florida State SeminolesOpponent: vs Florida on Saturday afternoon (Florida State is a 74 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 59 percentChance with a win: 75 percentChance with a win but a loss in ACC Championship: 18 percentChance with a loss: 15 percentChance with a loss but a win in ACC Championship: 22 percentFlorida State isn’t at risk of being overtaken by anyone in its conference. (It’s clinched a spot in the ACC Championship and its opponent in that game, No. 16 Georgia Tech, almost certainly won’t make the playoff even if it wins out.) But the committee seems to be down enough on FSU that it probably can’t afford a loss at all. Some of FSU’s problem is strength of schedule, as it has been all year. Neither Florida nor Georgia Tech is likely to impress the committee as an acceptable loss for the Seminoles, even if it wins the other game.No. 4. Mississippi State BulldogsOpponent: at No. 19 Mississippi on Saturday afternoon (Mississippi State is the underdog; it has a 41 percent chance to win)Overall chance of making playoff: 33 percentChance with a win: 74 percentChance with a win and an Alabama win (Mississippi State misses SEC Championship): 77 percentChance with a win and an Alabama loss (Mississippi State advances to SEC Championship): 65 percentChance with a loss: 4 percentMississippi State has to win this week against Mississippi. FPI has them as underdogs to do so. But the Bulldogs’ chances of making the playoff will more than double to 74 percent if they do.But now we’re going to get a little crazy. Surely, things would be even better for Mississippi State if it won while Alabama lost, which would get them into the SEC Championship game?The model says no: Instead, the Bulldogs should be rooting for Alabama!Here’s why: If Mississippi State wins this week and completes its regular season, that’s probably good enough. It’s already No. 4 and will have notched another big win, on the road, against a ranked rival. Sure, it could eventually be surpassed by a team like TCU, but it could also see a team like Florida State ahead of it lose. It’s a reasonably sound position.But now imagine that Mississippi State wins this week and makes the SEC Championship but loses that game. Instead of a one-loss non-champion, it’s a two-loss non-champion — not so attractive. Furthermore, Alabama would also be a two-loss non-champion in this scenario and one that beat Mississippi State head-to-head late in the regular season. The risk-reward ratio would be poor for the Bulldogs.No. 5. TCU Horned FrogsOpponent: at Texas on Thursday night (TCU is a 65 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 53 percentChance with a win: 79 percentChance with a win if current top four also win this weekend: 50 percentChance with a loss: 5 percentTCU was helped by the committee this week, which left it at No. 5 even though it was idle. Indeed, the committee’s affection for TCU is a bit bizarre. TCU lost to No. 7 Baylor in October and the more sophisticated computer systems like FPI also have Baylor ranked higher. There’s some thought that Baylor will suddenly jump ahead of TCU if both teams win out. But if the committee has been placing TCU ahead of Baylor for weeks now despite its head-to-head loss, why would it suddenly shift gears?In any event, the model now has TCU’s chances of making the playoff at slightly better than even — and their chances will jump to 79 percent with a win against Texas. However, some of that possibility is contingent on one of the teams ahead of them losing. If the top five teams all win out, TCU’s playoff chances will be stuck at about 50 percent.No. 6. Ohio State BuckeyesOpponent: vs. Michigan on Saturday afternoon (Ohio State is an 89 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 42 percentChance with a win: 47 percentChance with a win and a win in Big Ten Championship: 73 percentChance with a win and a loss in Big Ten Championship: 6 percentChance with a loss: 2 percentThis is one of the simpler cases. Ohio State isn’t assured much of anything, but the team has about a 3-in-4 chance of making the playoff if it wins out, mostly because there’s likely to be some attrition ahead of it.One question is whether the Buckeyes will be ranked ahead of teams like Alabama, Oregon and Florida State if any of the three do lose this week. Those could be close calls for the committee. Not that it needs extra motivation against the Wolverines, but Ohio State might be helped by turning up with a dominant performance against Michigan instead of just getting by.No. 7. Baylor BearsOpponent: at Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon (Baylor is a 94 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 29 percentChance with a win: 31 percentChance with a win and a win against Kansas State next week: 40 percentChance with a loss: 1 percentThis is a low-stakes weekend for Baylor as compared with the rest of the top teams. The Bears are huge favorites against Texas Tech, and that probable win is already priced into their playoff odds. They have a bigger game against Kansas State next week.Unlike the six teams ahead of it, however, Baylor would be under 50 percent to make the playoff even if it wins out, according to the model.No. 8. UCLA BruinsOpponent: at Stanford on Friday afternoon (UCLA is a 69 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 13 percentChance with a win: 18 percentChance with a win and a win in Pac-12 Championship: 47 percentUCLA is about even-money to make the playoff if it wins out and has almost no chance otherwise.No. 9. Georgia BulldogsOpponent: vs. No. 16 Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon (Georgia is an 81 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 13 percentChance with a win: 16 percentChance with a loss: 1 percentChance with a win and a Missouri loss (Georgia advances to SEC Championship): 22 percentChance with a win and win in SEC Championship: 44 percentOur model thought Georgia might be at some risk of ranking worse than No. 9 in this week’s committee standings; it played a Division I-AA opponent last week, Charleston Southern, while several of the teams ranked just behind them won against (slightly) better competition.The reaffirmation from the committee helps keep Georgia dangerous. The Bulldogs have one more hurdle than UCLA — they need Missouri to lose to make their conference title game while UCLA is in with a win. But if they make the SEC championship and win it, their odds of making the playoff will be close to even.No. 10. Michigan State SpartansOpponent: at Penn State on Saturday afternoon (Michigan State is a 78 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 1 percentChance with a win: Still about 1 percentChance with a win, if at least 3 teams ranked ahead of it lose this weekend: 3 percentChance with a win, if at least 6 teams ranked ahead of it lose this weekend: 16 percentI list this case to demonstrate that when you’re on the outside looking in, you’d rather take a high-stakes path (like the one Georgia has). As I mentioned last week, Michigan State — locked out of its conference title game and with a middling opponent this week — just can’t do enough to impress the committee to jump into the top four. Even if there’s total and utter chaos ahead of Michigan State, its best-case scenario is probably finishing at No. 5 or No. 6.No. 11. Arizona WildcatsOpponent: vs. No. 13 Arizona State on Friday afternoon (Arizona is a 64 percent favorite)Overall chance of making playoff: 2 percentChance with a win: 3 percentChance with a win and a UCLA loss (Arizona advances to Pac-12 Championship): 7 percentChance with a win and a win in Pac-12 Championship: 24 percentArizona, like Georgia, at least has a specific path to follow: It’ll need to beat Arizona State, hope UCLA loses so it can make the Pac-12 title game, then beat Oregon there, then hope that one or two teams lose ahead of it. It’s not likely. But the committee might want to find a spot for the Pac-12 champion; it seems to like the conference; the committee ranks Oregon, UCLA and Arizona higher than the AP poll has them.There are a few other teams with a snowball’s-chance-in-hell. Arizona State’s case isn’t fundamentally that different than Arizona’s. Kansas State has an outside chance to finish as the Big 12 champion — again, without the benefit or risk of playing in a championship game — and could be more attractive than the likes of Michigan State if the committee is desperate. Wisconsin could also be a two-loss conference champion if it beats both Minnesota and Ohio State. The model says there’s almost no chance Missouri will get in even with an SEC title, but if the SEC goes haywire and the committee is struggling to represent it, who knows.In any event, here is the model’s probabilistic take on how the standings might look a week from now, accounting for both the uncertainty in this weekend’s games and in how the committee will react to them.CORRECTION (Nov. 30, 11:31 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly claimed that the Big 12 uses head-to-head records as a tiebreaker to determine its conference champion. It does not. read more

Metso Process Technology and Innovation wins CEEC gold medal

first_imgA technical report produced by Metso’s Process Technology and Innovation (PTI) organisation has won this year’s gold medal in Australia, granted by the Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC). Metso’s winning paper was explaining the optimisation and continuous improvement of the Antamina comminution circuit in Chile. The CEEC board of directors made a thorough evaluation of the nominated papers, and the selection committee shortlisted three outstanding papers. Of these three, Metso’s report was chosen unanimously as the winner.The winning paper was co-authored by four Metso employees: Dr Walter Valery, Dr Alex Jankovic, Mr Roberto Valle and Mr Serkan Dikman. “The standard of the papers nominated for the 2012 CEEC medal was very good. Our review focused on aspects including the energy savings described in each paper, the ability to integrate the proposed solution into existing comminution circuits and the breadth of the evidence supporting the proposed strategy. We also sought papers which communicated ideas clearly and effectively” said Dr Zeljka Pokrajcic, Principal Process Engineer at WorleyParsons, and Chair of the CEEC medal evaluation committee.The judges complimented the paper saying that the study was thorough and achieved significant operational improvement: “The Metso paper illustrates a strong partnership between a mining company and a supplier working together to achieve a superior outcome. The paper is seen as a classical study, well supported by evidence using a clear and implementable methodology. The data is clearly presented, easily understood and involves some important innovation.” Walter Valery, SVP of Metso Process Technology and Innovation, judges the CEEC medal as recognition for the PTI organisation: “Our PTI team is conducting research and development in the area of eco-efficient mining and processing with the specific objective of investigating alternative technologies and practices in mining and minerals processing that reduce the usage of energy, water and carbon emissions. Significantly more eco-efficient mining and processing flowsheets could already be developed and implemented today through novel application of existing technologies. The CEEC Medal is a very good initiative to recognise and reward industry effort in this direction,” Walter says.The Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution was established in 2011 in Australia to support knowledge sharing and change in an area of high energy consumption for the mineral industry. CEEC is a not-for-profit company funded by grants from the mineral industry, whose mission is to accelerate knowledge and technology transfer in the field of energy-efficient comminution. CEEC aims to raise awareness of beneficial comminution strategies with the objective of improving earnings, achieving lower process costs and gaining energy efficiencies in the mining sector. Launched in May 2011, CEEC is sponsored by Teck Resources, Gold Fields Ltd, Ausenco, Newcrest Mining, Xstrata Technology, Outotec, Metso, AMIRA International, JKTech Ltd, Sustainable Mineral Institute, Gekko Systems, Russell Mineral Equipment, and IndoPhil Resources. www.ceecthefuture.orglast_img read more

LEtna crache des cendres et provoque la fermeture dun aéroport

first_imgL’Etna crache des cendres et provoque la fermeture d’un aéroportL’agence de presse italienne Ansa a indiqué que l’aéroport sicilien de Catane, touché par une pluie de cendres éjectées par l’Etna, a été fermé samedi en fin d’après-midi et le trafic aérien dérouté vers Palerme.L’aéroport sicilien de Catane a dû être fermé samedi à 18h12 GMT en raison de la pluie de cendres volcaniques issues de l’Etna dont il a été victime. Toutefois, cette fermeture temporaire a juste permis de nettoyer les pistes avant qu’il ne soit réouvert dimanche matin, indique TV5monde. Le trafic aérien a donc, temporairement dû être dérouté vers Palerme.Bien que le réveil du volcan Etna, tout proche, ne présente pas de dangers pour les zones d’habitations, cette activité reste toutefois anormale, rapporte l’agence italienne Ansa. Une unité de crise locale a d’ailleurs été mise en place après l’apparition d’une fontaine de lave sur le versant sud-est, samedi après-midi. C’est cette irruption qui a projeté les cendres qui ont été portées par le vent jusqu’à la ville de Catane, dans l’est de la Sicile.Le 11 juillet 2011 à 13:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clement Lenglet – a man in demand

first_imgLenglet came to Sevilla as a relative unknown and is now being chased by Europe’s elite.That’s how good the Frenchman has been for Sevilla this season. The defender has featured more than any other player for the Andalusians and was superb in both legs when Vincenzo Montella’s men knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League. This is what Lenglet’s coach had to say about him:“Lenglet is a champion in the head and on the pitch,”Considering his release clause is currently set at €30 million, a silly number in comparison to the sums that have been paid recently for players of his caliber, plenty of teams are making phone calls.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Clement has stated that he’s satisfied in Seville at the moment. According to Goal.com, it was the first foreign club that contacted him.“My parents came to Seville and they thought the city was incredible. From that moment, I wanted to come, but my club didn’t want to let me go. So when they called to sign me last January, I fulfilled a dream, something I had been dreaming of since the age of 17.”Sevilla is unlikely to give up on Lenglet easily and if he doesn’t want to leave, he won’t. However, that won’t stop teams such as Barcelona and Manchester United to try to lure him away from Andalusia. At least that’s what Calcio Mercato says. They’re currently the front-runners for his signature with Liverpool and Juventus not far behind.last_img read more

Fox Hill Day Commemoration Basketball Camp

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 14, 2017 – Nassau – In recognition of national Emancipation Day/Fox Hill Day commemoration, members of the Rhode Island Rams men’s basketball team with Fox Hill Urban Renewal staffers, and children and stakeholders living in the area, held a special basketball camp August 10, 2017. Photo shows group relaxing during a break.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith, Sr.) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Domestic robots that will change the future of how you run

first_imgImage: NestSome of us remember the good ol’ days when the best doorbells would play a cheerful tune — but in 2018, if your doorbell isn’t moonlighting as a security camera with an inbuilt microphone and 160-degree-wide-angle camera, you’re clearly behind on the times. Nest Hello’s video doorbell is a Wi-Fi connected device that gives users 24/7 streaming of high quality footage, facial recognition and two-way speaker communication. Basically, if someone swings by the house while you’re at work you can still have a full conversation as if you were right there. The facial recognition means you’ll get a notification every time someone you know comes and goes, which means you won’t have to manually look through hours and hours of footage whenever someone shows up at the house. Luckily for you, Hello will recognise the faces of those who live at your home within just a few days. Image: Getty ImagesThere’s officially no reason why you can’t finally give that indoor veggie patch a go. Why? Because GROW is here to change the way we nurture our tiny (yet delicious) garden friends. GROW basically uses a smart sensor irrigation system to automatically water your plants or veggie seedlings based on the microclimate of your personal garden. Using smart planters that connect to an app — GROW enables your green thumb by monitoring the condition of the soil and notifying you every time your plant needs to be watered or pruned (the watering reminder is a lifesaver — or plantsaver if you will). GROW Duo comes with a smart planter, soil, seeds and nutrients so you can cultivate the most bountiful kitchen garden in all the land. Most importantly, if you’re not around to give your plant buddies the H2O they need, GROW automatically waters them for you. Whether you want to start your own kitchen garden or simply bring the outdoors indoors, all you need is two AA batteries and a can-do attitude to get GROWing. Let there be light with Brava Image: Brava A Wi-Fi connected smart oven that uses pure light to cook healthy food in a jiffy? Tell ‘em they’re dreaming! OK, but actually, this is a real thing that’s happening. As a countertop smart-oven that cooks tasty yet healthy meals in almost an instant, Brava is a game-changer. Why? Well it probably has something to do with the infrared light system made up of six 10-inch (270-millimeter) light bulbs on the top and bottom of the oven interior, arranged in three different zones that make up the heating elements of the oven. These lights can apparently reach full power in under one second. Then there are three different zones in the oven that can be heated up together or on their own — and depending on what you’re cooking, these zones can be dialled up or down. Essentially the lights transfer energy to the food. Oh, and the Brava has a 5-megapixel fisheye camera, which snaps pictures of the food’s texture to work out how well your meal is being cooked. Once Brava believes your dinner is done, the super-smart oven pretty much says “byeeee” and turns itself off so you don’t have to.Ring a ding ding with Nest Hello Image: Ilife There’s actually nothing more frustrating and time consuming than vacuuming. True story. Ask anyone. Thankfully the ILIFE A4s Robot Vacuum is here to do all the dirty work for you (quite literally) including knowing when to re-charge itself when it’s about to run out of battery. With an automatic scheduling program this household lifesaver is so self-efficient you’ll want to send it a ‘thank you’ card by the time it’s done. The ILIFE A4s also happens to have a Gen 3 CyclonePower cleaning system that works on all kinds of floors — including carpet — and a number of super smart senses meaning it will never bump into your furniture, get stuck in corners, or fall down the stairs. Yes, it’s more coordinated than most humans. To make life even easier, the ILIFE A4s comes with two AAA batteries, a remote, a charging dock, an extra set of side brushes and an AC power adapter. Best of all, the battery lasts up to 140 minutes, which means you’ll be able to catch up on at least three episodes of your favourite bingeable series instead of sweating up a storm vacuuming under the coffee table. Just set that weekly schedule, hit the CLEAN button, and get back to doing the things you actually want to do with your down time. Just add water with Grow center_img Don’t mind this little guy, he’s doing the work you don’t want to do.Image: ILIFE By Alana Wulff For ILIFE2018-07-16 03:52:45 UTC Remember back in 2001 when The Simpsons purchased an automated upgrade for their home known as the “Ultrahouse 3000?” Well, this is a bit like that, minus the Pierce Brosnan ‘British Charm Unit’ and all the attempted robot murder… If you’re looking to make life easier with some of the world’s best domestic technology devices, these nifty products are the perfect introduction to a future free of the never-ending household to-do list.   No more lonely doggos thanks to the FURBO Dog CameraIt’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricksImage: Furbo AustraliaEver wonder what your pupper is secretly getting up to when you’re not around? Ponder no more! The FURBO Dog Camera is a smart device that notifies you anytime there’s a puppy-related moment at home. No more worrying whether your four-legged friend is chewing on the furniture, turning your living room into a bathroom or secretly trying to kill the cat… While the FURBO lets you spy on your fur baby, it also has the ability to toss your pampered pooch a biscuit or two when you’re not around. Yep, just because you’re workin’ all day and partying all night doesn’t mean your favourite good-boy shouldn’t get a treat. FURBO recognises your doggo’s loveable mug, and even takes a stream of selfies of your pup, which are sent straight to your smart phone. On demand puppy photos? Yes, please!Get your life back with the ILIFE A4s Robot Vacuum last_img read more

New campaign targets sexual harassment in public places

first_imgThe government recently launched a campaign aimed at combatting vulgar catcalling and groping in public places. The campaign, dubbed “Actuemos en contra del acoso sexual” (Let’s act against sexual harassment), consists of messages on social media, buses and billboards.One spot that is being displayed on 450 screens inside buses in the Greater Metropolitan Area shows a man on a bus who gets up from his seat to whisper something in a woman’s ear at close range. The man then goes on to make inappropriate physical gestures towards two other women on the bus.Six out of 10 women in Costa Rica say they’ve been victims of sexual harassment in public spaces here, according to a survey by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) released in January. The campaign is a joint effort of the National Women’s Institute (INAMU), the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT), the Ombudsman’s Office, feminist collective Peras del Olmo and several public bus companies.Ana Hidalgo, who coordinates INAMU’s program on gender-based violence, said the campaign seeks to educate people about sexual harassment in public spaces and to motivate citizens to act against it.In the first stage of the campaign, messages are specifically targeting sexual harassment on public transportation. Participant agencies and bus companies will promote the messages for the rest of this year.Messages also aim at informing the population about the agencies where victims can file a complaint and about organizations that provide support to victims, Hidalgo said.In a second stage of the campaign messages also will be displayed on billboards and on the outside of buses. The spot will also be shown at movie theaters during previews.INAMU President Alejandra Mora, who’s also the government minister of women’s issues, said officials are working to implement further actions to promote safer public spaces for women.“We will also offer training for bus drivers so they know how to respond if a passenger is being harassed,” Mora said.She said sexual harassment harms the physical, psychological and sexual integrity of women who are constant victims of catcalling, vulgar gestures, groping and sexual abuse.Peras del Olmo sociologist Ariel Calderón said it is time citizens assume a modern and civilized attitude of respect towards all people. “We should stop thinking that sexual street harassment consists only of catcalling,” he said.INAMU officials hope more companies join the campaign and begin reposting the messages on their social media profiles.MOPT minister Carlos Villalta also made a public call to bus companies all over the country to collaborate with the campaign and play the spot on their vehicles’ screens.Only a misdemeanorAmong the most common types of sexual harassment identified by the UCR’s survey are catcalling, wolf-whistling, vulgar gestures, leering, groping, purposefully rubbing up against someone, indecent exposure and preventing a person from passing in a public space.The investigation also found that the Misdemeanors Court and various public agencies register complaints of sexual harassment on streets against women of all ages, including children and the elderly.Under Costa Rica’s Criminal Code, none of the behaviors considered street harassment are considered crimes.Article 392 of the country’s Penal Code considers sexual harassment a minor offense described as a “violation against decency.” Filing a complaint requires the offender to be fully identified by police.If the suspect does not carry an ID, cops will take him (or her) to the nearest precinct for a full identification and then release the suspect.The complaint then goes to a Misdemeanors Court where the victim has to provide evidence or a witness. If the judge finds the suspect guilty, the offender may have to pay a monetary fine ranging from $120 to $750.Ombudswoman Montserrat Solano Carboni said Thursday that she recommends that victims immediately Call 9-1-1 so that police officers can identify the harasser in order to take the complaint to court.The Ombudsman’s Office also provides legal and psychological assistance to victims that can be requested by phone at: 4000-8693 and 4000-8694, Solano said.Civil actionRecent cases of street harassment that made headlines here prompted public demonstrations asking for stricter sanctions for these behaviors.Women’s rights group Colectivo Acción Respeto Costa Rica and other organizations launched an effort last October to draft and submit a bill that would criminalize catcalls and other forms of sexual harassment on Costa Rica’s streets.The groups are asking for a more expeditious process for filing a complaint. They also want the court to issue protective measures for victims.Their proposal also demands stricter sanctions for recidivist offenders and for those found guilty of harassing minors, disabled or elderly people.Under the proposed law, the Judicial Branch would create a registry of complaints that facilitates monitoring of sexual harassment offenders.Proponents also want a protocol developed for dealing with sexual harassment victims, including training for police officers.The proposal, however, is stalled at the Legislative Assembly and was not included in the agenda of priority bills to be discussed during the current legislative session. Facebook Comments Related posts:PHOTOS: Costa Rica march demands end to street harassment Video shows suspected killers of Gerardo Cruz, who confronted man filming up skirt Police arrest suspected killers of Gerardo Cruz Costa Rica launches plan to curb violence against womenlast_img read more

8 Chinese miners rescued after 3 days underground

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressBEIJING (AP) – Eight Chinese miners were rescued Sunday after being trapped underground for more than three days in a flooded coal mine, while seven workers in another mine were killed by a gas explosion.State broadcaster CCTV said the eight miners were lifted to the ground in Leiyang, a city in central Hunan province. Three other miners were believed to be still alive underground.State television showed rescuers in orange suits and helmets lifting the workers on stretchers while a crowd of miners and others applauded. The survivors were placed in ambulances where nurses treated them before they were driven off to hospitals. Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img Comments   Share   Safety improvements have cut annual fatalities by about one-third from a high of 6,995 in 2002. That improvement has come despite a tripling in the output of coal, which generates most of China’s electrical power.Technological advances, better training and the closing of the most dangerous, small-scale mining operations have also made rescues more successful.In April 2010, 115 miners were pulled from a flooded mine in the northern province of Shanxi after more than a week underground. They survived by eating sawdust, tree bark, paper and even coal. Some strapped themselves to the walls of the shafts with their belts to avoid drowning while they slept.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories At another coal mine in the same province, a gas explosion killed seven workers Sunday morning in the city of Lianyuan, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Thirty-nine other workers managed to escape and an investigation into the cause of the accident is under way, the report said.Calls to the Lianyuan city work safety bureau rang unanswered Sunday.The Leiyang mine flood trapped 16 workers on Wednesday and 11 of them were confirmed alive on Saturday, said a provincial official who refused to give his name as is customary.Many of the miners were injured, Xinhua said. It said the flood in the mine occurred when 40 miners were working underground, and two dozen escaped.Managers of the mine failed to report the accident in the required time, causing rescue efforts to be delayed by at least 12 hours, the agency reported. Mine managers often attempt to avoid punishment by either rescuing miners themselves or covering up accidents.The mine owner is under police custody, Xinhua said.Mine floods usually occur when miners drill through to abandoned shafts that have been allowed to fill with water. Along with gas explosions and cave-ins, they make China’s coal mines the world’s deadliest, although the death rate has fallen. ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more