first_imgEnding the confusion prevailing for more than two months, the BJP on Friday appointed Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini as the Rajasthan unit president, while steering clear of the major political divide between the Jat and Rajput communities. Mr. Saini emerged as a consensus candidate after differences between the party factions.BJP national general secretary Arun Singh announced in New Delhi that the party president, Amit Shah, had appointed Mr. Saini, 75, as the State unit chief with immediate effect. The State unit was headless since Ashok Parnami, considered close to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, resigned on April 18 after BJP’s defeat in the by-elections to one Assembly and two Lok Sabha constituencies in March.Rajasthan is a crucial State for the ruling BJP in view of the Assembly elections scheduled here for December this year. Mr. Shah’s first choice for the State president’s post was Jodhpur MP and Union Minister of State Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, but Ms. Raje was reported to be in favour of appointment of a leader from the Jat or Brahmin communities, instead of a Rajput.The differences between Mr. Shah and Ms. Raje delayed the appointment for more than two months. Mr. Saini, who was elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan in April this year, has been closely associated with RSS and was earlier an MLA from Gudha. Mr. Saini’s choice has also been perceived here as a move to placate the farmers and counter Congress leader Ashok Gehlot. As both of them belong to the Mali caste, the BJP expects to check the caste vote swing in favour of the Opposition party.last_img read more


first_img Since morning, his two-room accommodation on the ground floor of an old building in 82/C Kansari Para Road was buzzing with people. Old friends, journalists and neighbours thronged to his dimly lit room with its cot, chair and desk. Mr Nair ensured that everyone seated before he would begin a conversation. “I will miss the city, but I am not sure how will I miss it. Since I am going I cannot be thinking about it anymore,” said the taciturn octogenarian.U Ramesh, a retired archivist with the State Bank of India, was among the visitors. He said that Mr Nair has done seminal work on Kolkata streets and their history. Mr Ramesh was eager to tell an anecdote, which acquainted him with Mr Nair’s work long before they actually met. It was the year 1994 and Mr Ramesh was working with National Archives in organising on exhibition on 75 years of Jalianwala Baag massacre.“We were looking for the office of Rowlatt Committee in Kolkata which was said to be located at Elsyum Row. When several sources failed to through light on where Elsyum Row was, it was Mr Nair book on the History of Calcutta streets which pointed the road known as the Lord Sinha Road is what used to be Elsyum Row,” Mr Ramesh said.Years later, I had expected to meet a man in a big bungalow but I was surprised to meet him in this room wearing a dhoti and a vest, he said. Some of Mr Nair other well known books are Job Charnock: The Founder of Calcutta, a book on South Indian community in Kolkata and another on Origin of Kolkata Police.Spartan LifeSince 1955, Mr Nair led a very spartan life, walking daily to the National Library for his research on old documents and publications. He would travel to the remotest corners of the city in search of unknown facts about the city’s buildings and streets with almost no institutional support. Mr Nair admitted said that he tried hard to keep himself from being charmed by the love of Bengali language and cinema so that he could dedicate all his energy to his research and books. Money was not among his priorities therefore his books were published by smaller publishers who could deliver books within weeks.“Since my home was only ten minutes walk from National Library. I decided to do something to the city,” he explained on what promoted to work on the history of the city. To a question whether the city has given its most prolific historian its due, Mr Nair retorted, “ But, I never expected anything. I have not done anything extraordinary,” he said, adding that those interested in the history of the city may have heard about him.Mr Nair, has donated all the books authored by him to library at city’s Town Hall. “I have kept only one copy with me at my home in Kerala. I hear that some of my books got destroyed in the recent Kerala floods. I have to check what all has remained once I get there” he said.House being demolished“Even today he does not want to leave, the city he is so much in love with,” Sita Nair, his wife said, while packing the books. The 75-year-old retired schoolteacher said that she had tried to convince her husband to leave the Kolkata since 2009, but he would not go and then since 2015, she started staying with him. “I told him, I am not leaving you alone,” she said. One of the reasons precipitating his departure that the rented accommodation he has been living in has been given for development to a local land promoter. But, leaving the city the city does not mean an end to quest to uncover something new. In Kerala, he plans to continue with his research and writing books, and the subject that has caught his attention is history of printing in India. 62 books and 63 years later, Kolkata’s historian leaves city When his 62nd book and most likely his last one on Kolkata titled Gandhiji in Kolkata will be the released at the upcoming Kolkata Book Fair, P T Nair, the ‘barefoot historian of the city’ will have left the city. On Wednesday morning, the 86-year-old chronicler of the city had packed his Remintong typewriter on which he has typed all his books since 1960’s. Mr Nair also and made a customary visit to the National Library- a habit of his for the past six decades-before bidding adieu to the city.“My children and grand children are pressing me to go back to Kerala,” was Mr Nair’s reply to everyone who asked him why he was leaving the city he loved and chronicled for over more than 60 years. He along with his wife will be leaving the city for good on Thursday.While he may not recall the name of all his books, Mr. Nair vividly recalled his arrival in the city, penniless and ticketless on October 25, 1955 at the age of 25 in search of job. “I remember that I walked from Howrah station to Dalhousie to meet a person from my native village, whose address I remembered at my typing school in my village in Kerala,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgAce German playmaker Moritz Fuerste broke the hundred thousand dollar mark to be sold for $105,000 to Kalinga Lancers at the Hockey India League (HIL) players’ auction at a posh hotel here on Thursday.The midfielder had a base price of $30,000 and Delhi Waveriders and Uttar Pradesh Wizards were leading the race in securing the two-time Olympic champion.However, the Lancers entered the race much later, when the bid was in $90,000s, to steal Fuerste for the highest price of the morning which none of the bidders could match.His compatriot Florian Fuchs was sold for the second highest price of the morning — $96,000 to Dabang Mumbai.Earlier Lancers, Wizards and Mumbai were in the fight to secure the striker but Lancers soon pulled out, leaving only Wizards and Mumbai in the race. Eventually Dabang beat Mumbai and took the 23-year-old striker.Earlier, India captain Sardar Singh was sold to Jaypee Punjab Warriors for $58,000. Lancers and Punjab fought for this bid while Australian midfielder Kieran Govers was sold to Mumbai for $36,000.Govers’ compatriot Flynn Ogilvie was sold for his base price of $10,000 while India’s Vikramjit Singh was sold for his base price of $4,500 to Ranchi Rays.last_img read more


first_imgIndia’s Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis moved a step closer to their first French Open crown together as they made their way into the mixed doubles quarterfinals after dispatching fourth seeds Yaroslav Shvedova and Florin Mergea, in Paris on Saturday.Unseeded Paes and Hingis, who won three Grand Slams together in 2015, erased a one-set deficit to eke out a 2-6, 7-5, 10-6 win over a formidable combination in the rain-hit second round contest. (Also read: Serena Williams, David Ferrer into French Open fourth round) After losing their serve twice and breaking their rivals once, Paes and Hingis were trailing 2-3 when skies opened up, halting the match.After play resumed, Paes and Hingis could not win a single game, losing three games in a row to surrender the opening set. (Also read: Elina Svitolina ousts former champion Ana Ivanovic at French Open) The Indo-Swiss had its share of chances but converted only one of the four break chances. They almost dropped serve in the third game but managed to hold. It was a tight contest from thereon with two pairs locked 5-5.Shvedova and Mergea were serving to force a tie-breaker but Paes and Hingis capitalised on the second break point to drag it to a Super Tie-breaker.They led 4-1 and then 8-4 before clinching the issue on their third match point.They now await winners of the second round match between top seeds Hao-Ching Chan and Jamie Murray and Daria Gavrilova and John Peers.(With PTI inputs) advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgBhubaneswar, Dec 1 (PTI) Odisha Assembly was today adjourned till Monday after conducting brief transactions to enable the lawmakers watch the opening of the Hockey World League final here.Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat adjourned the House after obtaining opinion of the legislators who were unanimous in showing their keenness in watching the sports event.The plea for adjourning the house for the day was made by Congress MLA Prafulla Majhi when proceedings during the zero hour were in progress.He said the members should be given an opportunity to watch the event.Majhis request to the Speaker was supported by Government chief whip Amar Prasad Satpathy.The Speaker observed that he had no objection in adjourning the house if the members agreed. Amat then sought the opinion of the members who expressed their desire to watch the beginning of the Hockey league.The House then adjourned till Monday.Earlier, the House was adjourned for 15 minutes during the zero hour as Congress members trooped into the well alleging that party whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati was not allowed to complete his statement on the issue of crime against women in the state.Leader of opposition Narasingha Mishra of Congress had stated that Odisha occupied the third position so far as crime against women was concerned and the situation was worsening.Unless concrete steps were taken, the state would have the dubious distinction of bagging the number one slot, he said.When Bahinipati was speaking after Mishra, the speaker called out the name of Amar Satpathy, evoking protest from the Congress members. As Congress MLAs rushed into the well, the speaker adjourned the house for 15 minutes. PTI SKN NN PSadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgItaly Ventura: Italy took a ‘small step forward’ Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 08:48 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) GiampieroVentura - cropped Getty Images Italy WC Qualification Europe Albania v Italy Albania The head coach was satisfied following Monday’s qualifying win in Albania Giampiero Ventura believes Italy took “another small step forward” after Antonio Candreva’s goal secured a 1-0 victory over Albania in World Cup qualifying.While already certain of second place in Group G, Italy needed to finish their qualifying campaign with a win to guarantee a seeding in the play-off draw for Russia 2018.Italy 20/1 to win 2018 World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Italy looked set to fall short away in Shkoder on Monday before Candreva arrived at the back post to convert Leonardo Spinazzola’s deep cross in the 73rd minute.The result relieves some of the pressure on head coach Ventura, who had come under heavy criticism following Friday’s 1-1 draw with Macedonia on home soil.#WCQ | FTGroup GAlbania 0-1 ItalyFYR Macedonia 4-0 LiechtensteinIsrael 0-1 Spainhttps://t.co/SpQDWJq93q pic.twitter.com/x5PZMCemfr— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) October 9, 2017″This was the objective we had set. I think we made another small step forward, but we continue to control the game badly and give the ball away too often,” he told Rai Sport.”I think the only chances they had were gifted by us giving the ball away in banal fashion. I am happy for the lads, as they work really hard and I confirm what I said, that we need the time to do something important with this squad.”It seemed only right to be in front, as we had some incredible chances. I was happy inside, but above all for the players. We have a few limitations at the moment, and some injury emergencies, but we wanted to try things out.”Slowly today, a few looked around and realised certain things could be done. I hope to get some players back for the play-off, as otherwise there might be a problem.”Ventura’s squad will now have to wait to find out who they will play in a two-legged play-off in November, with the draw taking place in Zurich on October 17.last_img read more


first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Program Will Improve Visibility atRail Crossings A provincial program to put reflective material on warning signsat uncontrolled highway/rail crossings will improve safetythroughout Nova Scotia. The program involves the application of reflective material onthe front and back of signposts at 54 uncontrolled crossings(crossings that do not have gates or flashing lights) that areunder provincial jurisdiction. The reflective material will alsobe applied to the back of the railway crossing sign at the top ofthe signpost. Studies have indicated that motorists approaching a crossing atnight may not see a train on the track in front of them. Theirheadlights shining through the passing train, however, willreflect off the reflective material on the back of the sign onthe far side of the track and create a strobe effect that willregister with most drivers. “Although there haven’t been any fatalities at these crossings inrecent years we do average two or three collisions annually,”said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works.”Announcing this program now helps us to acknowledge the start ofnational Rail Safety Public Awareness Week which begins today,April 25.” The province is working with both the Cape Breton & Central NovaScotia Railway and the Windsor & Hantsport Railway on thisproject. These short-line railways are installing the materialssupplied by the province. “The Windsor & Hantsport Railway supports this initiative as wecontinue to work at improving safety at railway crossings,” saidJim Taylor, general manager of the Windsor & Hantsport Railway.”I would like to commend the provincial government for takingthis initiative, which will undoubtedly improve safety.” “Last year, there were 92 fatalities and 84 serious injuriesinvolving the public along the railway tracks in Canada,” saidDan Di Tota, national director of Operation Lifesaver, a nationalprogram to reduce highway and railway crossing collisions.”Virtually all were avoidable with due caution.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works is responsiblefor the administration of the provincial Railways Act. Itshighways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads inNova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates sevenprovincial ferries. Staff provide services from district officesin Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission (WBCERC) has imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on a medical super-speciality hospital after it found some negligence on the part of the hospital authorities.The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission has asked the hospital authorities to transfer the compensation amount to the account of the deceased’s son. It was learnt that one Shukla Pal, an elderly person from Balurghat was brought to the Medica Superspeciality Hospital on July 13 in 2018 for dialysis. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersShe was taken to the outpatient department. She had been suffering from kidney related ailments with impaired renal function. The nephrologists who attended the patient advised dialysis. The patient was admitted to the hospital. She was taken to the dialysis centre for making a channel in her right vein in the neck. During treatment the patient eventually died on July 29. Following the death of the patient, her family members alleged negligence against the hospital authorities. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThey later lodged a complaint with the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission alleging the medical negligence led to her death. The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission carried out a detailed probe into the death of the victim. After a thorough investigation it found that the doctors tried to make a channel in the right side of her neck. In its observation the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission said that the doctor mistakenly punctured the right carotid artery with needle. When the doctor realized the mistake he immediately withdrew the needle and tried to accomplish haemotasis by pressure and the application of ice. The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission made its observation saying that there were flaws in making the channel during the dialysis. The patient later developed respiratory distress and shifted to ICU where incubation was done and she was put on ventilation. The patient eventually died at the hospital. The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission however found no major negligence during the treatment of the patient apart from the wrong channel.last_img read more


first_imgThe Globe and Mail says one of its journalists was detained while reporting in the Xinjiang region in western China.Nathan VanderKlippe, the Globe’s correspondent in Asia, says in several Twitter posts Wednesday that he was held for about three hours before Chinese officials released him.The newspaper’s editor-in-chief says VanderKlippe was detained, had his computer seized and was then released from custody, but was followed.A Globe report says VanderKlippe was in the Elishku township in Xinjiang attempting to do interviews Wednesday evening when a police officer pulled up next to him on a motorcycle before two more officers arrived, along with others who appeared to be government officials.VanderKlippe says in the report that he identified himself as a journalist and then was told to follow the men to a local government office.He says the men demanded to search his belongings and when he pushed back, they said the regular rules do not apply to them. He says he received a hand-written note by officials acknowledging that his property had been seized.VanderKlippe says he was then allowed to leave Elishku by car and says he was followed out of town.In a statement, editor-in-chief David Walmsley calls the harassment of VanderKlippe in China “deeply disturbing.”“To arbitrarily detain a reporter, take his computer and then upon releasing him from custody continue to follow his car as if he were little more than a bandit, is a sad indictment,” Walmsley says.He says Mark McKinnon, a former Asia correspondent for the newspaper, was also expelled from the same region in 2009.last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO ONTARIO, – Martinrea International Inc. says it earned a record $36.4 million in the third quarter despite modest tariff effects and foreign exchange losses.The Toronto-based auto parts manufacturer says it earned 42 cents per share for the period ended Sept. 30. That’s unchanged from the prior year when its net income was $36.2 million.Excluding one-time items, adjusted profits rose for a 16th consecutive quarter, reaching $37.2 million or 43 cents per share, below analyst expectations but up from $36.3 million or 42 cents per share a year earlier.Total sales grew 1.5 per cent to $851.1 million, from $838.5 million.Martinrea was expected to earn 45 cents per share on $856.2 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Executive chairman Rob Wildeboer said the company is pleased with the USMCA trade agreement involving Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, especially the automotive provisions that will support a continued strong North American automotive industry and supply base.“We were very well-positioned to benefit from NAFTA, and we remain very well-positioned to benefit from the USMCA,” he said in a news release.“We are also supportive of the eventual removal of the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the three member countries of the USMCA on each other, which are hurting some of our customers and suppliers, and which have a relatively modest impact on our profitability, and we will continue to advocate accordingly.”Companies in this story:(TSX:MRE)last_img read more


by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2015 9:09 am MDT Mind cloning, off-the-grid chats & ambient mobile alerts lead chatter at South by Southwest United Therapeutics CEO Martine Rothblatt gives a keynote on AI, Immortality and the Future of Selves during the SXSW Interactive Festival on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AUSTIN, Texas – As a plane with a Grumpy Cat flag flew overhead, courtesy of Friskies, the Technorati flooded into panel discussions and happy hour spots at the annual tech festival South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Sunday.Top tech influencers pondered immortality and mind cloning. FireChat, an app that lets smartphone users connect via mobile chat even without a cellular connection, was another hot topic. Here’s a look at the most notable trending topics Sunday at the tech jamboree.OFF-THE-GRID MOBILE CHATNo cell service? No problem.An app called FireChat uses phone signals such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to connect to other users’ phones and enable chats without any network connection. The app, created by a San Francisco startup called Open Garden, debuted in 2012 and was a hit last August at the Burning Man festival in Black Rock, Nevada, where cellphone service is scarce.It links people via what it calls a “peer-to-peer mesh network,” connecting through phone signals rather than a network. The range is about 90 feet but the connection can jump from phone to phone if there’s a crowd. It’s software-only, says co-founder and CEO Micha Benoliel. Currently the app supports public group chats and hashtags; private messaging is coming.The app, which is a finalist for South by Southwest’s innovation awards, has 5 million users and has been used by tens of thousands of people in India and the Philippines at political protests. As a new startup, Benoliel says his first time at South by Southwest has been positive. “The best surprise has been going to parties and having people asking how they can use FireChat for their event,” he says.TRANSGENDER AND BEYOND IN TECHUnited Therapeutics CEO Martine Rothblatt, who considers herself a “transhumanist,” discussed advances in “mind cloning” in a keynote Sunday. She said she believes people will one day be able to clone their cognitive functions, and detailed her biotech company’s advances in cloning organs and making the process of transferring organs from donor to recipient more efficient.Rothblatt urged everyone to question authority and noted that in other eras she might not have survived as a transgender person.“I was fortunate to be born in California and to have a president who can easily say the word transgender without tripping over it,” she said.In a separate panel, transgender tech executives discussed challenges they’ve faced in the industry. Brielle Harrison, a senior software engineer at Facebook who helped the social media site revise its gender options, talked about having a “perma smile” on her face after she came out as transgender at work.“It’s one of those things you’re generally born with, you have one choice, hide or not hide,” she said. “You realize we just need to help educate and have other people understand that we have the same desires, passions, hurt feelings and emotions that everybody else has.”NEW TRENDS IN TECHThe line to hear digital media futurist Amy Webb speak stretched around the corner at the new J.W. Marriott hotel in Austin long after the panel started.Webb, whose clients include Twitter, Time and ad agency Publicis, says she studies how and why people are wasting their time on mobile and where they are having difficulty with technology in order to predict new trends. Two areas she predicts will be big in 2015: “haptics,” which add a tactical component to notifications, and mobile ambient alerts, which could buzz to notify you without being overly intrusive.Some examples of “haptics” include the Pavlok app’s electric shock, which can punish users if they smoke or overeat, or a shirt by Australian company Foxtel called “Alert Shirt” that uses wearable technology to let soccer fans feel the body blows their favourite soccer player gets during a game. Using ambient alerts, a finance app could buzz when you are considering a purchase — a nudge to remind you “do not try to purchase something right now,” she said.TAKE A DETOURFestival goers needing a break from the hubbub of SXSW can take a trip back in time with an immersive audio tour from startup Detour that lets listeners discover Austin in 1885, “the year that broke Austin.”The tour leads users to key locations in a tale about a time when the city did not yet have electric street lights and there was a possible serial killer on the loose. The audio tour leads listeners into historic sites, stores and bars along the way. The public-radio show Radiolab created the content.“You’ll get the smell of 1885 in your nostrils, the sound of murder ballads in your ears, and —if you’re in the mood — the taste of tequila on your tongue,” according to an online description. The tour was created by San Francisco-based Detour, a startup headed by Groupon founder Andrew Mason. Detour has seven audio tours available in San Francisco and created the Austin tour to get the attention of South by Southwest attendees.“It engages all senses, it’s a new medium in storytelling,” said Ben Adair, Detour’s head of content. read more


by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2017 9:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CRTC bans cellphone unlocking fees, clarifies rules for so-called family plans OTTAWA – Cellphone companies will soon no longer be allowed to charge customers to unlock their devices, Canada’s telecom regulator said Thursday as it unveiled sweeping changes to the wireless code of conduct.The new code from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission also says as of Dec. 1, all newly purchased devices must be sold unlocked — one of several other changes aimed at giving people more control over their wireless services.The updated code, which originally came into effect in 2013, now stipulates:— Unsatisfied customers will be able to cancel contracts within 15 days, as long as returned devices are in near-new condition and customers haven’t used more than half of their monthly usage.— Only the wireless account holder on family or shared plans can consent to overage and roaming charges, unless others on the plan are expressly authorized to approve the costs.— Data caps be tied to single accounts, no matter how many devices are listed on a shared plan.— Wireless service providers cannot unilaterally change the key terms of a contract with a customer for voice, text or data services.The changes come six months after the regulator heard from consumer groups who accused some cellphone companies of violating the code, either passively or actively, and called for the rules to be tightened and enforced.“The changes and clarifications we are announcing today will give Canadians additional tools to make informed choices about their wireless services and take advantage of competitive offers in the marketplace,” CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in a statement.“While they appreciate the code, (Canadians) told us loudly and clearly that it could be more effective. We have listened to them,” said Blais, whose term at the helm of the regulatory body ends this week.Banning unlocking fees could cost the big wireless providers a cumulative $37.7 million, which is what they collected in fees for unlocking roughly 943,000 devices in 2016, according to disclosure documents provided to the CRTC.Carriers typically charge $50 to unlock a device, using the fees to discourage customers from switching service providers.Consumer rights advocates applauded the changes, predicting they will provide Canadians with greater clarity about what to expect when they sign up for wireless services.“The wireless code marked a huge step forward for consumer protections, and these updates will further prevent mistreatment of Canadian cellphone users at the hands of the big telecom companies,” said OpenMedia digital rights advocate Katy Anderson.“The changes … will go a long way to ensuring Canadians know what their rights are when it comes to cellphone plans.”Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains also welcomed the move to eliminate unlocking fees, predicting more competition and potentially lower prices for consumers as a result.“This decision will provide Canadians with more choice and make it easier for them to switch to other wireless service providers,” Bains said in a statement.Consumer groups told hearings in February that some cellphone companies were offering data and voice as optional services, despite stipulations in the code that key services be clearly spelled out in wireless contracts.The code review was launched after the CRTC received complaints from consumers about excessive cellphone data charges and wireless service cancellation fees.The changes should eliminate “cheating” by wireless providers to ensure contract holders are in control of any data overages they encounter when using their devices, says John Lawford with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.The message to service providers is “the code means what it says, so stop reading it with a squint,” said Lawford.“The spirit of the code is to save people money.”The original code effectively killed three-year phone contracts, limiting them to 24 months. But that led, in many cases, to higher monthly bills as the service providers were forced to recoup the cost of subsidized smartphones over a shorter period.Telus Corp. had suggested the CRTC allow for a three-year contract option, arguing the extended terms could reduce monthly bills by amortizing the cost of so-called zero-dollar phones over 36 months. But other service providers, including BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc., didn’t make the same argument and the regulator made no changes to that portion of the code.Some carriers also want to be able to recoup the cost of items offered free to customers as incentives to sign a contract, but the CRTC made no mention of subscriber incentives in its revisions.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitter read more


Zahir Tanin, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), was briefing the UN Security Council on Thursday via video link, telling members that antagonism and accusations “continue to be far more prominent than efforts to return to a new phase of dialogue”.Kosovo, which has an ethnic-Albanian majority, broke away from Serbia in a bloody conflict which began in 1998, with the Security Council authorizing temporary administrative powers to the UN, in 1999. Kosovo unilaterally declared independence a decade later, backed by the United States and United Kingdom, among others. But Serbia, backed diplomatically by Russia, has never accepted the split, and Kosovo has not achieved full member status at the United Nations.Mr. Tanin, delivering his first report of the year to the Council on the state of relations, said the lack “of a unified stance” in the Kosovar capital Pristina, on how to resume talks with Belgrade, “has reached a critical point in the days since the close of the reporting period, raising concerns about the continued viability of the current Government coalition in Kosovo”.Among specific flash points, Kosovo announced a new 100 per cent tariff on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzogovina in November last year, and Serbia has said that talks are off the table until the hike is reversed.Kosovo heightened tensions further by declaring its right to build its national Security Force, into a professional army – a move condemned by Serbia as an act of “political aggression”.Special Representative Tanin said that UNMIK was focusing on “people-to-people engagement” in Kosovo, collaborating with the UN Kosovo team, and leveraging its “limited resources” with international partners.He said important progress had been made in the work of the “Working Group on missing persons”, adding that it should be kept clear of political influence “in order to maintain the momentum on this issue, which is vital to long-term reconciliation”.“Let me underline the importance of the support by all members of this Council for the engagement between Belgrade and Pristina” he concluded, adding that “reducing tensions, enhancing mutual trust, and removing obstacles to the dialogue, are crucial to stability in the region”.You can read more from Mr. Tanin, and remarks made to the Council from both Kosovo and Serbia, here, on our UN Meetings Coverage page online. read more


first_imgAFTER SPARKING FIERCE anger over a controversial tweet that mocked AIDS victims, now-former PR executive Justine Sacco apologised for the “pain” her comments had caused.The original tweet that ignited the furor read: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”Sacco, then the communications director for the Internet company InterActive Corp (IAC), owner of popular websites Match.com, Dictionary.com, OkCupid and Vimeo, posted the remark as she boarded a flight to South Africa.Sacco had less than 200 followers, US media reported, but the message was soon forwarded to a staffer at the website BuzzFeed, who re-tweeted it and ensured the message was widely seen.“Justine Sacco should get fired…” and “Total LOSER!” were some of the milder reactions posted on Twitter, following Sacco’s tweet.Several Justine Sacco Twitter parody accounts quickly surfaced, featuring mashed-up photos, including one of Sacco being stomped on by riot police.Sacco was unable to respond for hours, as she was on the plane with no access to the Internet.In the interim, #JustineSacco and #HasJustineLandedYet began trending on Twitter, especially in the United States, Europe and South Africa.Upon landing in South Africa, Sacco deleted the message and her Twitter account with no comment.But on Sunday, she issued a statement, sending it to South African newspaper The Star and US broadcaster ABCNews, apologising.“Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologise to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet,” she wrote. For being insensitive to (the AIDS) crisis — which does not discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation, but which terrifies us all uniformly — and to the millions of people living with the virus, I am ashamed.“This is my father’s country, and I was born here. I cherish my ties to South Africa and my frequent visits, but I am in anguish knowing that my remarks have caused pain to so many people here; my family, friends and fellow South Africans. I am very sorry for the pain I caused,” she said.After the controversy erupted, Sacco’s employer issued a statement announcing that they had “parted ways” with her.Sacco’s “offensive comment does not reflect the views and values of IAC,” the company said, adding it takes “this issue very seriously”.IAC added a word of defence for its former employee, saying it hopes “time and action, and the forgiving human spirit, will not result in the wholesale condemnation of an individual who we have otherwise known to be a decent person at core”.Not everyone joined in the kick-her-when-she’s-down response.“What happen to Justine Sacco last night could only be enjoyed by those diseased by their own self-righteousness,” read one Twitter message.“Sticks and stones may break bones, but words on Twitter will always hurt you,” read another cautionary tweet.(C) AFP, 2013Ronan Keating and girlfriend Storm have a joint Twitter accountlast_img read more


first_img Short URL © – AFP 2018 Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 11:10 AM “She did so much for the colony at Perth Zoo and the survival of her species,” said primate supervisor Holly Thompson.“Apart from being the oldest member of our colony, she was also the founding member of our world-renowned breeding programme and leaves an incredible legacy.“Her genetics count for just under 10% of the global zoological population.”Puan had 11 children and a total of 54 descendants in the United States, Europe, Australasia and the jungles of Sumatra. Her great-grandson Nyaru was the latest individual to be released into the wild.Born in 1956, she was noted by the Guinness Book of Records as being the oldest verified Sumatran orangutan in the world. Female orangutans rarely live beyond 50 in the wild.Thompson said she was an aloof and independent individual.“You always knew where you stood with Puan, and she would actually stamp her foot if she was dissatisfied with something you did.”She leaves two daughters at the zoo, along with four grandchildren and a great-grandson. 11,245 Views Jun 19th 2018, 11:10 AM 11 Comments By AFP This is the last photo of Puan, taken by her keeper, Martina Hart. Read her moving tribute farewelling the world’s oldest Sumatran Orangutan! https://t.co/KCjrvCs4wp 💕 pic.twitter.com/vJd0dWDp5k— Perth Zoo (@PerthZoo) June 19, 2018 Yesterday the Zoo family farewelled Puan, the oldest orangutan in the world, due to age related complications. Rest in peace Puan, may you climb happily in the jungles of the sky. https://t.co/C4vQwSA8AlMusic by https://t.co/9EoIadZyGb pic.twitter.com/y0c9GTqb1I— Perth Zoo (@PerthZoo) June 19, 2018 Share24 Tweet Email1 THE WORLD’S OLDEST Sumatran orangutan, which had 11 children and 54 descendants spread across the globe, has died aged 62, a zoo in Australia said today.Puan -Indonesian for “lady”- died on Monday at Perth Zoo, where she had lived since being gifted by Malaysia in 1968. Source: Perth Zoo/Twitter Source: Perth Zoo/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/4078600 World’s oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62 Born in 1956, she was noted by the Guinness Book of Records as being the oldest verified Sumatran orangutan in the world. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_imgAntirides : les moins chers seraient les plus efficacesFrance – La revue 60 millions de consommateurs vient de révéler une étude démontrant la supériorité des soins antirides les moins onéreux.Dans son numéro de septembre, le magazine 60 millions de consommateurs publie les résultats d’une étude qui devrait réjouir plus d’une utilisatrice de crème anti-âge. Menée en collaboration avec 200 femmes âgées de 40 à 65 ans, ce test a duré 28 jours. Durant cette période, les participantes ont essayé chacune un produit antirides, sans connaître son nom ni sa marque. Elles ont ensuite répondu à un questionnaire de satisfaction en notant les résultats obtenus.À lire aussiTraitement anti-ride : Des cellules souches pour effacer les rides ?Bilan : ce sont les deux crèmes les moins chères qui arrivent en tête du classement des consommatrices. En première position, la crème Soin Antirides à 5 euros de la marque “Les Cosmétiques” de Carrefour. Juste derrière se trouve le soin “Revitalistvisage” à 10€50 de L’Oréal Paris. Sur la troisième marche, une marque de luxe, Dior avec son Capture à 85,50 euros.Ces résultats montrent que s’il faut, comme le veut la formule consacrée, “souffrir pour être belle”, il n’est en revanche pas nécessaire de se ruiner. Le 27 août 2010 à 10:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgDonny Ehlenfeldt, a  resident from Byron, Minnesota, captured a video of the animals struggling to move through a turbulent current on Friday morning. The video, which was shared on Facebook, has received more than 130,000 views and 1,000 shares so far.“These are cows floating down the river,” Ehlenfeldt said in the video. “Poor cattle.”The owner of the 57 cows swept away in flooding this morning says some have been located. Im told the group of cows in the first picture helped rescue that little calf, before making their way back to land. #FloodingInMN pic.twitter.com/doZYYjakFg— Alexandra Lehnert (@AlexLehnertFox9) June 28, 2019Mike Bromberg, Olmsted County director of emergency management capt., told Fox 9 News that some of the cows were spotted on a riverbank one or two miles away from the original flooding area. According to Eustice, 27 of his cattle are still missing following the incident.More on Geek.com:Man’s Hand, Foot Discovered in Florida Alligator’s StomachSwarm of Mayflies Invades Ohio, Shows Up on Weather RadarMichigan Resident’s Pet Alligator Escapes Home, Gets Struck By Car Stay on target Over 50 cows were swept away during a flash flood in Minnesota and a shocking video of the incident shows the massive herd moving downstream at fast speeds.Early Friday morning, Bob Eustice, a farmer who lives near the Zumbro River in Minnesota, said his cattle were swept away by an overflowing creek, Fox 9 News reported. According to officials, heavy rains that hit the area overnight most likely caused water levels to increase in the pastures where the cows were eating, Fox News noted.center_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more


first_img Google+ Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Rumor: WWE reportedly reaches out to Enzo Amore and Big Cass; WWE responds to report Enzo Amore goes sneaker shoppingComplex passed along the following talking with Enzo Amore.Watch Enzo Amore Go Sneaker ShoppingFor the latest episode of Complex’s Sneaker Shopping, WWE superstar Enzo Amore joins Joe La Puma at Stadium Goods in New York City. Since signing to the WWE in 2012, Amore has climbed the ranks from the NXT developmental system to the RAW roster. In addition to his wrestling achievements, Amore has gained popularity for his flashy persona, wild sneaker choices, and signature catchphrases.At Stadium Goods, Amore makes his entrance in true WWE fashion, dancing and shouting as he walks in. During the episode, he talks about how breaking his leg in wrestling boots inspired him to switch to only wearing sneakers in the ring. Later, he talks about looking up to Shane McMahon and Michael Jordan when he was growing up, and how he isn’t afraid to wear sneakers worth tens of thousands of dollars during matches. In the end, Amore spends over $2,600 on three rare sneakers while hunting for a pair for WrestleMania this Sunday.On wanting to wear $12,000 Nike Mags in the ring:“It’s going to happen. I will own it, and I will absolutely wear it in a wrestling match.”On Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy II “Red Octobers:“If I buy this shoe, guaranteed I’m wearing it in the ring. I love the thought of turning the sneaker world on its head wearing a pair of ‘Red Octobers’ in the ring. You know, that canvas ruins every pair of shoes you wear.”On why he switched from wrestling boots to sneakers:“I broke my leg wrestling. After that day, I swore I’d never wear wrestling boots again cause I snapped [my leg] in wrestling boots.”On the idea of him getting a signature sneaker:“I don’t think it’s will it happen, it’s when it’s going to happen. If I ever get an opportunity to make a sneaker, I want to be hands on deck with it.”On how Shane McMahon inspired him to wrestle in Air Jordans:“He was one of the influences in my career as far as the Js went, but I’m catching up to him. I’m catching up to him quick.”On not being able to get a pair of Air Jordans when he was a growing up:“When I was a kid growing up, Jordan was the man. I wanted a pair of Js. I remember playing a AAU basketball, everybody was showing up in fresh sneakers. I was like, ‘Pops, I want a pair of Jordans and he was like, ‘You’re crazy.’”Alexa Bliss talks WrestleMania 33Brian Fritz of Sportingnews.com is featuring an interview with current WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss where she talks about WrestleMania 33 this Sunday in Orlando and if she has any nerves yet about the biggest show of the year.“It has and it hasn’t. It’s one of those things — I’m super excited to go to WrestleMania, especially as SmackDown women’s champion. It’s the epitome of what’s everyone wants to accomplish in their career, but I feel like it’s really gonna hit me when I’m at Mania backstage before going out on the stage. I think that’s when it’s going to hit me. That’s normally when the nerves kick in and the excitement kicks in and I think that’s when it’s going to hit me.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAlexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At EvolutionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Alexa Bliss Will Be In The Royal Rumble Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bellacenter_img International Superstar Shake-up Dates Confirmed Twitter Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss shows off her new tattoos, Zelina Vega pays tribute to the late singer Aaliyah Videos Articles Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured WhatsApp Trish Stratus Videos Articles Alexa Bliss Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolutionlast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Sept 2015 – Students at Oseta Jolly Primary school are thankful to RBC and AND Construction for a refurbishment project which has led to a new feel in the infant playground. Principal, Rachel Handfield explained that a clean-up campaign by RBC at the school was how money was raised to purchase playground equipment for the development of 108 four and five year olds. AND Construction installed the equipment, donating also materials for the job. Both companies and the Education Department, in Sarah Kennedy were on site for the handover this week.Cabinet determined that soon the Turks and Caicos will be plastic bag and Styrofoam free. A decision made in the meeting held this week and chaired by Governor Peter Beckingham takes the country another step closer to the eradication of plastics and foam; both are considered damaging to the environment. Recommended for you More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Roll Out of EZ Pay in TCI today Related Items:ANd construction, governor peter beckingham, osetta jolly high school, playground, rachel handfield, rbc, royal bank of canadalast_img read more


first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 3, 2017 – Nassau – The Minnis Administration will introduce a number of “ambitious social intervention and training programmes” to help transform the prospects and lives of those in gangs or those minded to criminal behaviour even as it remains tough on crime.“Those who are open to being helped will be helped. But those who decide on a life of crime, and who seek to do violence, will feel the full weight of the law,” Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Monday (October 30).“We must use every measure possible to reduce crime and to restore a more peaceful way of life for our people.”Delivering the keynote address at the Handover Ceremony of the Office of Commissioner of Police at Police Headquarters, East Street, Prime Minister Minnis said the fight against crime and corruption must be comprehensive and vigorous.Prime Minister Minnis said the “great challenge of criminal violence” facing The Bahamas is rooted in “a sad and sordid history.” The Prime Minister said his Administration will work towards restoring the productive values of Bahamian culture.“I intend to lead the fight by ensuring there is honesty in government; that there is fairness in contracting and that the corrupt are no longer able to use power to protect themselves from the law.“I do not accept that any group of Bahamians should have special protection.  We are a nation of laws. All Bahamians should follow those laws or face the consequences of their transgressions. We must fight crime and corruption at every level.   This includes criminal violence and those who would abuse their high office and engage in corrupt practices,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS)last_img read more