Court reserves order on DU sports quota guidelines

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its order on a student’s plea seeking the quashing of Delhi University guidelines for a mandatory fitness test to seek admission under the sports quota, even for indoor games like chess.Petitioner Chetna Karnani, a 17-year-old chess player who secured 72.5 percent in her Class 12 exams, had sought admission under the sports quota. In June, she failed in the fitness test because of her obese stature.A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw reserved the order after hearing arguments from counsel for petitioner and the university.Karnani challenged the revised guidelines of university and its sports council dated May 18 which mandate “general physical fitness test” for admissions under all category of sports quota.She applied for B.A. (English) course in four colleges of the university under the sports quota for chess players.”The criteria pertaining to the qualification of fitness test should not be made applicable to the indoor game of chess and if it is not removed as a pre-condition, the same would defeat the very purpose of inclusion of the game of chess in the sports quota,” said her petition.Karnani sought admission in any of the four colleges under the sports quota on the basis of the old guidelines which did not insist on a physical fitness test for chess players.The petitioner said that she had been pursuing the game of chess for the last more that seven years.Karnani said that she had sent representation to the university that she may not be able to qualify the fitness test as she was a little obese and, therefore, she may not be able to meet the standards prescribed in the guidelines.”Chess is an indoor game and it had nothing to do with the level of physical fitness a candidate must possess,” said the petition.The revised university guidelines were “highly unreasonable and totally irrational”, she alleged.- With inputs from IANSadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL team Deccan Chargers sold to Mumbai-based real estate company Kamla Landmarc

first_imgExactly a month after trouble began for cash-strapped IPL team Deccan Chargers and hours before the deadline for providing a Rs 100 crore bank guarantee, the beleagured owners have confirmed the team’s sale to a Mumbai based real estate company, Kamla Landmarc.Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL), owners of the franchise, wrote to the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange Limited (BSE) informing them about the deal that was finalized after a meeting of its Board of Directors late on Thursday.Deccan Chargers won the IPL in 2009Click here to Enlarge”This is to inform you that pursuant to its Meeting of the Board of Directors held on October 11, 2012, it was resolved to authorise the Board of Directors to sell, transfer/dispose off the Deccan Chargers franchise business undertakings/business division of the Company to Kamla Landmarc Real Estate Holdings Private Limited,” the letter said.”The above resolution of the Board has been passed subject to the approval of the shareholders of the Company under Section 293(1)(a) of the Companies Act, 1956 read with Companies, Rules 2001 and subject to the approvals, consents, permission and sanctions as may be necessary from the concerned authorities, lenders and other third parties,” the letter further said.Gayatri ReddyClick here to EnlargeDCHL had till Friday to pay the 100 crore bank guarantee to BCCI, which would be in force for a year. The Bombay High Court, hearing a petition by the franchise owners, had earlier observed that the BCCI’s decision to terminate their contract was taken in haste and asked DCHL to pay the guarantee by October 9. The sale will now be scrutinised by the BCCI before a final decision is taken. Deccan had earlier recieved a Rs 900-crore lone bid for the franchise from Hyderabad-based film production house PVP Ventures, which was rejected for being too low.advertisementWhile the details of the deal are yet to be made public, it is also not yet clear what the repercussions of the deal will be for the BCCI or the IPL. Kamla Landmarc is one of the leading real estate companies in Mumbai. Owned by Mr Ramesh Jain, the company undertakes construction of residential/commercial projects.last_img read more

Come to Delhi and see AAPs poor performance: Goel tells Goans

first_imgPanaji, Sep 26 (PTI) Union Minister Vijay Goel today took a jibe at AAP saying the party is doing confrontation politics in Delhi and advised the Goans to come to the national capital and see its poor performance.The Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs (Independent Charge) unveiled the logo for BRICS U-17 tournament here.”They (AAP) are doing confrontation politics in Delhi. No one is going to benefit from such kind of politics. Goans should come to Delhi and see the poor performance of AAP. Only God can save them from this kind of administration,” Goel told reporters.”The experience of Delhi people about AAP before the election, during the polls and after that, is not good”, the BJP leader claimed.”Since I live in Delhi, I know. There has been no development,” the Minister further claimed.Meanwhile, senior NCP leader Praful Patel, who was present on the occasion, responding to a question on AAP, said poor performance of AAP in Delhi should be noted by the Goans.”I would advice people of Goa not to get in touch with AAP if they want Goa in good shape,” he said. PTI RPS NRB AJR BASlast_img read more

Class XII book defines 36-24-36 as best female body shape,

first_imgsparks row (EDs: Updating with reaction from CBSE)New Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) Excerpts from a class XII Physical Education textbook defining 36-24-36 as the “best body shape for females” have created an outrage on social media with critics demanding that the text be withdrawn.The incident comes against the backdrop of a raging debate on lack of scrutiny of the curriculum and content taught in schools.The book titled “Health and Physical Education” written by Dr VK Sharma and published by Delhi-based New Saraswati House, is taught at various schools affiliated to CBSE.CBSE, however, clarified that it “does not recommend any books by private publishers in its schools”.”36-24-36 shape of females is considered the best. That is why in Miss World or Miss Universe competitions, such type of shape is also taken into consideration,” read an excerpt from the chapter “Physiology and Sports” which is going viral.Various Twitter users shared picture of the mentioned text and demanded that the publishers withdraw the content and schools replace the book in their curriculum.In a statement, the CBSE said, “Schools are expected to exercise extreme care while selecting books of private publishers and the content must be scrutinised to preclude any objectionable content that hurts the feeling of any class, community, gender, religious group. Schools have to take responsibility of the content of the books prescribed by them.”This, however, is not the first incident about improper content being found in textbooks taught in CBSE schools in recent months.advertisementExcerpts from a class IV environmental science textbook that suggested students to “kill a kitten” as part of an experiment had gone viral on social media, forcing the publisher to withdraw it from the market last month.Similarly, a class XII Sociology book cited “ugliness” and physical disability of a girl as reasons behind the dowry issue prevalent in the country.The HRD Ministry had last month said that CBSE has no mechanism to evaluate the quality of textbooks of private publishers.”There is no mechanism to evaluate the quality of textbooks of private publishers. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has no mandate to prescribe or recommend the textbooks of private publishers in its affiliated schools,” Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha had said in response to a written question in Lok Sabha. PTI GJS KISlast_img read more

England have the chance to make history but Australia stand in the way

first_img Pinterest Cricket World Cup 2019 Support The Guardian Share via Email Reuse this content Twitter Mitchell Starc is the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup with 26. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA There have even been mumbles that they may consider omitting Glenn Maxwell, a rumour that stems from the feverish speculation that accompanies a big game rather than cricketing logic or anything said by the Australia camp. Finch has offered no suggestion they would dispense with Maxwell. Instead he has lauded his virtues. Naturally England would prefer Maxwell to be omitted, though they would never admit this, just in case it is his day.One certainty is Peter Handscomb will play even though he has just been drafted into the squad. One view is that this is “a big ask”. However the proper Australia response is surely that Handscomb’s situation is “fantastic”. He has missed trudging to each corner of the country over the last seven weeks before breezing into the team for the match that really matters. What an opportunity. However a few games for Australia A against weakened county sides may lack the intensity of a World Cup semi-final.England will probably play the side who have been victorious in their last two games, though Morgan said he would see how much grass had been removed from the pitch in the morning. If he sensed the ball may turn then Moeen Ali would be back in contention. The pitch at Edgbaston is in the middle of the square so that the hazard of one short boundary, which was the case when England played India here, has been diminished.The surface looked brown and reasonably hard on Wednesday. It has not been used before in the World Cup and the expectation from the captains was that there would be quite a few runs out there. The other expectation, which reflects a change of tack and conditions during the tournament is that the captain winning the toss will probably bat first. That has often been the Australia way in this format but England are recent converts. As was evident at Old Trafford on Wednesday chasing any total in a big game is a hazardous occupation.So what would Morgan say to his men on the eve of such a momentous match for the England team? He may not begin with: “There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the floods, leads on to fortune.” In fact he said he would be very disappointed if they did anything different to what they routinely do before any other game. So he would not say anything different, either.Both captains gave the impression of calmness and professionalism before the game. But for Morgan in particular, after all the planning, this may be little more than an impression.He also has the problem of Starc, who dismissed him cheaply at Lord’s in a manner that prompted Kevin Pietersen to toss out the notion the England captain was “scared”. No doubt he would like to dispel that idea with some runs, especially against Starc.But the Pietersen observation is a pinprick compared to the England captain’s yearning to play one more game at the World Cup on Sunday. Facebook England cricket team Share on Facebook Australia at Edgbaston with a World Cup final in prospect. It is time to salivate or fret or rejoice depending on your disposition. Despite all the ancient history England are favourites. Australia have played seven World Cup semi-finals and have not lost any; they have lifted the trophy five times.No wonder they always seem pretty relaxed about the process though Aaron Finch surprised a few when he said he was planning to spend Wednesday afternoon watching The Queen’s Corgi. Somehow it’s hard to imagine Ian Chappell taking that option. Nor is there any record of Chappell leading a barefoot Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh around the Headingley outfield before the 1975 semi-final. Read more features Share on Messenger Australia cricket team New Zealand into Cricket World Cup final despite Jadeja’s heroics for India Share on Twitter England have not reached a World Cup semi-final since 1992. To put it mildly they have been useless in this tournament for the last 27 years. Now they sense the opportunity to create a bit of history. After those victories against India and New Zealand the confidence of the England players – and the bookmakers – seems to be restored.It is now a home game for Eoin Morgan’s side, which was unlikely to be the case a week ago. If India had been England’s opponents in Birmingham the stands would have been decorated with dark blue shirts and the roar greeting the fall of every England wicket would have been audible in Coventry. Now that Australia are the opponents English voices will predominate at a stadium which reverts to being the nearest we have to a cricketing Colosseum, especially when Australia are the opponents.Fervent crowd support for the home side is handy but it is not enough to deflect the resolve of Australia, who have delivered the goods with remarkable composure throughout the tournament. Their defeats have come against India in their third game and South Africa in their final one. Seven victories have helped to rid them of the notion they are the pariahs of the cricketing world; they have played some excellent cricket without any unseemly incidents.Aaron Finch has proved himself a calm, civilised captain. Moreover we are now familiar with the return of David Warner and Steve Smith to international cricket. There will be some routine pantomime boos but they are used to that now. The enormity of the match will eventually take over.Australia managed to cruise through the qualifying process with their big players carrying the load. Warner and Finch have been prolific at the top of the order, while the wicketkeeper, Alex Carey, has been a revelation down the order. The others have not had much chance to excel– and as India may have discovered at Old Trafford – this can be a problem in a long tournament. The pace duo have morphed into a trio with the elevation of Jason Behrendorff, the lanky left-armer paceman, alongside the bankers, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, who is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament. So despite the ease with which they have qualified the composition of their side is uncertain especially since they have lost Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh through injury. Since you’re here… Australia sport … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Topics Cricket Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

8 days agoLaLiga seek to move date for Barcelona v Real Madrid

first_imgLaLiga seek to move date for Barcelona v Real Madridby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe LaLiga has requested that the RFEF’s Competition Committee change next weekend’s Clasico to the Bernabeu from Camp Nou. LaLiga feel that the game should not be played in Barcelona due to the political unrest in Catalonia following the prison sentences handed to nine politicians and civil leaders.AS reports Spain’s Sports Council, as part of the government, is also against the game going ahead at Camp Nou on October 26: “As events are developing we consider that, in the same way as La Liga and the RFEF, for security reasons, it’s not reasonable to play this game as is planned.” Now it’s up to the Competition Committee to make a final decision after hearing arguments from both clubs. Barça are happy for the game to go ahead, while Real Madrid would like it postponed and played at a later date – and not moved to the Bernabeu. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

‘Arsenal can replace Man Utd-linked Aubameyang’

first_imgArsenal legend Jens Lehmann says that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be replaceable for Arsenal if he moves to Manchester United, while criticising the lack of direction at the Emirates.Unai Emery’s first season in charge saw the Gunners finish fifth, just one point back from fourth-placed Tottenham, after they dropped points to Leicester and Brighton at the end of the season. A chance for redemption was on offer in the Europa League final at the end of May, when victory would have provided Champions League qualification for 2019-20, but Arsenal suffered a dismal 4-1 loss to Chelsea. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Failure to appear in Europe’s elite club competition for the third consecutive year has left the north London side having to significantly reduce its spending.The sale of Aubameyang to United could free up some funds and Lehmann believes Arsenal would be able to cope without their top scorer. “If you finish fifth [in the league] you can sell players. If he was to go to United, a new player would come in who could do better,” the German told DAZN.”Arsenal’s goal shouldn’t be to finish fifth or sixth.”Ray Parlour disagrees with the former goalkeeper, though, claiming it would be “madness” if Arsenal were to sell the 30-year-old who netted 31 times in all competitions last term.While it would emulate the move made by Robin van Persie in 2012, Aubameyang’s departure could enable Emery to add Wilfried Zaha to his squad after the Gunners had a £40 million ($50m) offer for the winger rejected by Crystal Palace.But Lehmann thinks the problems at Arsenal are rooted far deeper than the playing staff.”All of the guys playing for Arsenal are good but they need to win something,” he continued.”They were in the Europa League final last season and lost. Obviously it would have been good if they had won it.”Their finish in the league season was disappointing as well. Even though they had the chance to secure fourth place, or even third place, they didn’t. “The club is in a situation right now where no one knows the direction that it is supposed to be going in.”last_img read more

Analyst Names Preseason Top 10 Team Most-Likely To Finish Unranked

first_img Only fair for me to pick.My choice is Florida. That was my first instinct so I’ll stick with that.But Notre Dame is really tempting with those 3 tough road games— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 21, 2019Florida went 10-3 last year in Dan Mullen’s first season as head coach and expectations in Gainesville are even higher this fall.However, Russo isn’t the only analyst doubting the Gators. Earlier this week, ESPN’s Dusty Dvoracek named them the most overrated team in the AP Poll top 25.“I just look at this: They lost a lot on their offensive line,” Dvoracek said. “Their offensive line was so good. They had a good running game and they kept Feleipe Franks protected. They’re not going to be able to do that this year. When I look at this schedule, you have to go to LSU — I’m not even talking about Miami. I’m going to give them a win (against Miami). You have to go to LSU. You have to play Georgia, who I think is a better team than you. You have to go to Missouri at the end of the season. I just think that’s going to be too tall of an order. I have three, if not four, losses for the Gators. I just think, in year No. 2 for Dan Mullen, they’re going to take a step back.”Florida opens up its 2019 season against Miami this Saturday in Orlando. Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks runs with the ball against Michigan.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 29: Feleipe Franks #13 of the Florida Gators runs the ball against the Michigan Wolverines during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Florida won 41-15. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Preseason polls provide a guideline to how experts think the season will play out, but at the end of the day, they only mean so much.Every year, there are teams ranked highly in the preseason who finish well below expectations. They might falter because of injuries or regression or some combination of both.Associated Press national college football writer Ralph Russo posed a question to his Twitter followers this afternoon: which of the four top-10 teams he listed is most likely to finish the season unranked?Russo gave Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame and Texas as options and said Florida would be his pick, though Notre Dame is “really tempting” because of road games at Georgia, Michigan and Stanford.last_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – Andy Paltos

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style Today we speak to the Head Menswear Designer of ROLLA’S, Neuw and A Brand:I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia.Melbourne is like the slightly unfortunate looking sister in comparison to her prettier sibling Sydney, however Melbourne has a much better personality with a cooler album collection and can dress 😉 … Melbourne is black Sydney is blonde.I have been working in design for just over 20 years – I started off as a graphic designer at 18 and then moved into textile design and silk painting then followed my heart strings into denim and youth apparel. I have designed denim for companies both great and small. I am a self confessed vintage collector and hoarder freak, I literally have hundreds and thousands of denim jeans & jackets / band tees / skate tee’s / skateboards etc. and I’m also a muscle car nut. I built my 65 GT Fastback Mustang when I was 19 and still have the same beast today, it’s my friend and life long companion steed ;)I am currently the senior menswear designer at Melbourne based denim company Threebyone – ROLLA’S is one of three brands I look after and is held nearest and dearest to me because it is my partner (Sarah) and I’s little jean creation come to life (apart from the baby we just had – yes we are a ‘designer couple’. After spending the last decade working for big global denim brands I really wanted to work on something that was smaller and closer to my heart. ROLLA’S embodies the laid back personality, sexuality and love for jeans of the place where it was born – Australia. From 80s photographers, to skateboarding and pub rock bands, it is a balance of my (and Sarah’s) personal experiences and modern lifestyle. The focus is on simple details and clean lines. It’s all about the look, the fit and keeping it simple.As for my personal style:Jeans:I literally have hundreds of pairs of vintage and new jeans as it is part of my job. Obviously I wear my own brand, but I also like Acne and old Helmut Lang – both brands are simple and classic, yet modern and stylish.Shirts:I love vintage printed patterned shirts, I think it is a hangover from my textile design days. I always admired Aussie rocker Nick Cave’s patterned printed shirts. I also have a thing for old denim shirts, when I left Wrangler I was lucky enough to be gifted Steve McQueen’s 1952 27MW denim shirt.Pants:I’m not really a pants kinda guy…it’s all about the jeans!Suits:I love a velvet suit. Saint Laurent, Acne or vintage. I like to mix and match vintage with new.Shoes:I alternate between RM Williams boots and Blundstone boots. I’m definitely a boot guy more so than trainers. My favorite would probably be my RM Williams custom made black suede boots. Who would of thought that the humble Australian work boot Blundstone would now be sold in Opening Ceremony as a high end fashion piece…fashion moves in mysterious ways….Accessories:I like a good hat, mine are all vintage. I recently picked up a great one at Assembly store in New York. Outerwear:Vintage denim, old fitted suit jackets and leather jackets have always been me. I have a ton of old customized denim and leather jackets, my favorites are a 60s Perfecto Schott one star I picked up in Japan, an original black leather T-Birds jacket from the movie ‘Grease’ I bought from an old costume designer in LA and all of my customized denim jackets are my favorites I love them all! The jackets date from the 1950s through to the 1980s.Favorite Cologne:Comme des Garçons BLACKYour favorite App:Probably good old ‘Shazam‘…old school I know but it’s great for helping to find new music.Favorite piece of technology:My car- a 65 GT Fastback Mustang. It’s 50 years old this year but it’s still a technological piece of beauty in my eyes.Next tech purchase:A 1985 Beo Center Bang & Olufsen beat box 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know last_img read more

6 Menswear Brands on Instagram That You Need to Know Now

first_imgWe take back everything we’ve ever said about Instagram ads. (Well, almost everything.) Annoying as these sponsored posts can be, in recent months they’ve shown us a number of small clothing companies that are right up our alley. The monolithic influence of the smartphone has apparently inspired some bright fashion entrepreneurs to peddle their goods almost exclusively through social media. Makes sense—since it’s nigh impossible to make people look up from their mobile phones, where better to showcase your brand?It can’t be denied that the all-knowing algorithm has learned way too much about our shopping habits. But if it means being introduced to awesome little companies that we’d otherwise never find…well, maybe Big Brother isn’t as bad as we thought.If your online shopping could use a refresh, check out these menswear brands we’ve discovered on Instagram:Picture Organic ClothingThis outerwear brand’s name is less a mandate than a very short backstory on the company. In 2008, three pals embarked on a mission to produce clothing that was as concerned with recyclability, second life, and end of life as it was with performance and style. The result today is a line of organic, recycled and bio-sourced products for snowboarding, skiing, surfing and the outdoors, one that looks playful and plays seriously. We love their Yakuomo Bibs for cold weather exploits, their MC Murray Navajo jacket for rugged yet street-friendly insulation, and their Sila cords for sustainable stand-by.Shop NowThe IlustradosRemember the episode of Mad Men when Don Draper went to Hawaii with his new wife? That’s the aesthetic you’ll find from this Manila-based retailer. Known for their Cuban shirts that come in a variety of muted tones and uncomplicated prints, The Ilustrados also offers shorts, sandals, and swim trunks for the perfect West Coast weekend look.Shop NowSaturdays NYCSuiting, knitwear, graphic tees, denim —this brand does it all, offering high style in a relaxed profile. Their look is like Hemingway’s prose: understated yet bold, modern yet iconic. Their latest collection is inspired by New York’s Art Deco history—all it took was one look at this Cameron Deco short sleeve and we were in love.Shop NowOuterknownWe’re suckers for softness you can see — that’s why we fell ass over applecarts when we peeped this company’s Instagram feed. Their heavyweight Blanket Shirt feels as cozy as cuddling in bed on a Saturday morning, and it’s constructed out of 100% organic cotton twill. In fact, the company makes sustainability as high a priority as great style, which makes us twice as happy to overspend our fashion budget with them.Shop NowNorthern Lights OpticThe styles from this Vancouver-based eyewear company are not for the faint of heart. They specialize in exploring classic designs and reimagining technical eyewear with luxurious materials, fastidious detailing and construction of peerless quality. Our style goals for 2019 include pulling off the NL-7, inspired by vintage mountaineering goggles.Shop NowBleu de ChauffeThe timeless designs and sumptuous vegetable-tanned leather used by this French bag manufacturer will leave you sighing with ddesire From messenger bags to travel duffels, from backpacks to wallets, every item glows with meticulous craftsmanship and subtle continental flair. If we could choose just one, it would be their Postman Bag, which looks as at home strapped to a vintage Triumph motorcycle as it does by the side of a senior executive’s desk.Shop NowAnd, if that wasn’t enough Instagram for you, check out these pro grooming tips from the best beards on the ‘gram. How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home 4 Tiny Houses You Can Buy on Amazon Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home The Best History Podcasts for Learning About Everything From Pirates to Presidents Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

James Cromwell Speaks Out Against Violence To Animals

first_imgHis character on the upcoming season of American Horror Story may relish violence, but in real life, James Cromwell is committed to ending it.Video: Oscar Nominee James Cromwell Warns Against ViolenceThat’s why the Oscar nominee has teamed up with PETA UK for a new video public service announcement that warns everyone to look out for people who hurt animals – before they move on to hurting other humans.“People who commit violent acts often start out by hurting animals”, explains Cromwell in the video. “If you know of someone who’s abusing or neglecting an animal, don’t ignore it or just assume that someone else will do something. Call the police. And if you have kids or grandkids, please talk to them about the importance of being kind to animals. That conversation might save a life. Let’s stop the cycle of violence before it begins.”Studies have shown that violent and aggressive criminals are more likely to have abused animals as children than criminals who are considered non-aggressive. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals. Because abusers target the powerless, crimes against animals, spouses, children and the elderly often go hand in hand. An abuser may even harm or threaten to harm an animal as a way of emotionally terrorizing a family member.Known for his acclaimed roles in Babe, The Green Mile, The Artist and Six Feet Under, among many others, Cromwell will soon be seen on FXUK playing Dr Arden on American Horror Story: Asylum.Cromwell is part of a long list of celebrities – including Pamela Anderson, Justin Bieber, Lea Michele, Tamara Ecclestone, Ricky Gervais and Joaquin Phoenix – who have teamed up with PETA UK to promote kindness to animals.For more information on preventing abuse towards animals, visit read more

ATB Storytellers at Studio Bell stars Calgaryborn synthpop act Tegan and Sara

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook There is nothing quite like a good story teller. And when said story is about Alberta’s rich cultural history- told through the lens of music, unique and interesting are the result.Trust the innovative folks at the National Music Centre (NMC) and ATB Financial to understand the cache of this unique pairing. It’s inaugural installment- ATB Storytellers Series, premiered to rave reviews Oct 6 in the fabulous Studio Bell performance hall and featured an interview and performance with Calgary-born synth-pop act Tegan and Sara. Award-winning Calgary-based singer-songwriter Jann Arden did a superb job as host and interviewer.“We are proud of our Alberta roots and look forward to visiting Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, for the first time,” said Tegan and Sara.The ATB Storytellers Exhibition, sponsored by ATB Financial, is a new temporary exhibition that showcases Alberta’s rich music story. The exhibition is free and accessible to the public through January 8, 2017.The exhibit features a collection of artifacts and recorded oral histories with iconic Albertans, including Jann Arden, noted journalist Holger Petersen, jazz pianist Tommy Banks, Royalty Records Founder R. Harlan Smith, blues artist Amos Garrett, and France Levasseur-Ouimet, Franco-Albertan historian and professor emeritus, among others.Centering on four themes—Music Through the Times, Music in Alberta’s Communities, Cultural Influences on Music, and Prairie Scramble—the exhibition also features digital stories made in collaboration with several elementary schools, highlighting the next generation of Albertans. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “In a lot of ways the history of music in Alberta is the history of Alberta, with its diverse voices and huge impact on our day-to-day lives,” said Dave Mowat, president and CEO, ATB Financial. “We’re thrilled that the ATB Storytellers Exhibition at Studio Bell will retell some of the made-in-Alberta stories that many may have never heard.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Luggage limbo Bags still missing after JFK airport woes

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Newlywed Ziad Dallal and his wife arrived home in New York, with wedding keepsakes in their bags, to find John F. Kennedy International Airport paralyzed by winter weather woes that cancelled flights, froze equipment and separated thousands of passengers from their luggage.Eleven days later, the couple on Thursday was still waiting for one of their bags, or even a clear answer on where it was. Last they heard, a local luggage delivery company had it. Or it might be in a Delta Air Lines warehouse in Atlanta.“Yes, there was a very bad weather situation, but that does not excuse anyone,” said Dallal, a comparative literature doctoral student at New York University. “This is totally unacceptable to me and to my wife and to every passenger, I believe.”The Brooklyn couple, who flew back from London after marrying in Lebanon, was awakened at 1 a.m. Friday when a deliveryman suddenly showed up with one of their bags, Dallal said. The two cancelled dinner plans Saturday after being told the second bag was coming, but it didn’t.It’s among a hundred or more bags still missing after a long weekend of dysfunction at JFK, where a Jan. 4 snowstorm and subsequent cold snap spiraled into frozen equipment, planes waiting hours for backed-up arrival gates, a burst water pipe that flooded one terminal and days of delays.The luggage in limbo is a fraction of the thousands of unclaimed bags that accumulated during the chaos. But it illuminates the magnitude of the breakdown and airlines’ limitations in handling baggage backups.The industry generally has a good record on luggage: Thanks to improvements in bag-tracking technology and processes, the rate of mishandled baggage has fallen 70 per cent since 2007, hitting a record low in 2016, according to airline technology firm SITA. But airlines aren’t prepared for an unexpected backlog that happens fast, said Robert Mann, an industry consultant and former airline executive.“When an event like this happens, there’s suddenly no physical manpower to address it,” Mann said. “They are forced back into manual procedures and not equipped to handle it.”No kidding, says Inderjit Singh Kaul. He still was waiting Thursday in Mumbai, India, for word of the bag he last saw at JFK after a Jan. 6 flight from London.He said the suitcase cleared customs at JFK, and then was re-checked when he went on to Las Vegas for a digital marketing conference.The bag didn’t get to Vegas — where Kaul missed part of the conference buying new clothes — until after he left for Mumbai Jan. 10, he said. The suitcase was apparently loaded the next day on a Paris-bound plane, supposedly to continue to Mumbai, but that’s where the trail goes cold, he said.“They should have tracked it. I don’t know what’s happening,” said Kaul, who went the Mumbai airport Thursday to inquire again about what became of his bag. “Nobody has any idea.”Atlanta-based Delta said its JFK baggage operation had cleared the backlog and sent bags out to be delivered by Jan. 10, adding that it needs accurate contact and delivery information to return luggage.It’s unclear how many bags remain unaccounted-for.An airport official said Wednesday the backlog had dwindled to about 100 bags from Air China flights; the official wasn’t authorized to discuss the issue publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. A message left with the Beijing-based airline’s JFK office was not immediately returned.But the official’s tally apparently doesn’t include bags that may have been given to delivery agencies or flown elsewhere.The airport agency, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in a statement Wednesday that it’s “unacceptable that international airlines lack adequate on-the-ground resources” at JFK to return bags to passengers.Under U.S. regulations and international agreements, an international passenger whose luggage was lost may be able to recoup up to $1,536. A domestic passenger might claim up to $3,500. For baggage delays, airlines may have to pay “reasonable” expenses.U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, the Democratic minority leader, spotlighted the JFK luggage lag Monday while pressing federal transportation officials to urge foreign airlines to work better with the airport’s government and private operators.The Port Authority has tapped former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to investigate all the problems that followed the snowstorm, while the Federal Aviation Administration probes whether the Port Authority fell down on clearing snow.David Elizandro, meanwhile, is finally unpacked after getting back from London early on Jan. 8.After days of calling, waiting and wondering, the banking executive said he got the first of his bags Friday. The second arrived Tuesday at his Manhattan apartment, and Delta offered him a three-figure gift card, said Elizandro, who’s logged many miles with the airline.“It wasn’t that the bag was on the other side of the world and had to be sent back,” he marveled Wednesday. “It literally took, in one case, eight days to get from JFK to the Upper West Side.”last_img read more

Micromax refreshes its budget lineup in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Micromax Informatics on Friday launched its budget #iOne smartphone with notch display in India for Rs 4,999. Targeted towards new-age consumers, the device comes with 19:9 screen, a 2200mAh battery and a 5MP+5MP dual rear camera with over nine shooting modes. “Our newest #iOne Notch Display hosts a 19:9 screen that ensures more content is displayed without the edges being cut,” Sunil Joon, Head Strategy, Micromax Informatics Ltd, said in a statement. The Micromax #iOne is the first UNISOC SC9863 octacore chipset-powered smartphone in India. The device sports 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM, with support for 128GB memory card. The smartphone runs Android Pie operating system (OS).last_img

PJD Opposes Calls for Equality Between Women and Men in Inheritance

Rabat – The party that leads the Moroccan coalition government opposes proposals calling for reforming inheritance law.The Party of Justice and Development (PJD) has issued a communique on Thursday in which it states its unequivocal rejection of any debate regarding equality of men and women in inheritance.The communique comes following a proposal made by the Moroccan Council of Human Rights (CNDH), in which it called on the government to establish equality between men and women in inheritance. In a report released on Tuesday, the CNDH emphasized that Moroccan women should receive the same inheritance as men, in accordance with the 2011 constitution.Reacting to the proposal, the leader of the coalition government said in a communique that the proposal is an ““an irresponsible decision” and a “flagrant violation” of the Moroccan constitution.“The proposal made by the Moroccan Council of Human Rights isa flagrant violation of the constitution, particularly Article 19, which regulates equality between men and women in accordance with Morocco’s religious and national idiosyncrasy,” the PJD said in a communique.The PJD went to add the proposal encroaches on the prerogatives of King Mohammed VI in his capacity as Commander of the Faithful.“The proposal encroaches on the prerogatives of the King in his capacity as Commander of the Faithful and contradicts what he said he his speech at the inauguration of the legislative year of 2003 when he said that in, such capacity, he can neither permit what God has forbidden, nor forbid what the Almighty has allowed,” the PJD added. read more

Bank of Canada holds rate suggests more hikes likely at more cautious

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday following two straight hikes but suggested future increases are still likely, albeit at a more gradual pace.In its scheduled announcement, the central bank said it held off this time in part because it expects the recent strength of the Canadian dollar to slow the rise in the pace of inflation.To make its case, the bank also pointed to the substantial, persistent unknowns around geopolitical developments as well as U.S.-related fiscal and trade policies, such as the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Governor Stephen Poloz has introduced two rate hikes since July — at consecutive policy meetings — in response to the economy’s impressive run over the last four quarters. The increases removed the two rate cuts introduced in 2015 as insurance following the collapse in oil prices.The bank suggested Wednesday that it will stick to its rate-hiking trajectory, although at perhaps a more-tentative pace.“While less monetary policy stimulus will likely be required over time, governing council will be cautious in making future adjustments to the policy rate,” the bank said in a statement.The bank stressed it will pay particular attention to incoming data to assess four areas: the unfolding impact of higher interest rates on indebted households, the evolution of the economy’s capacity, wage growth and inflation. Its next rate announcement is set for Dec. 6.Later Wednesday, Poloz told reporters that almost any departure from the bank’s projections on these four issues would be fodder for deeper discussion about the trend-setting rate.“We must be open. We can be surprised in either direction relative to our forecast,” Poloz said. “But we need to be extremely interpretive of those movements.”Poloz reiterated his recent comments that each policy meeting is “live.”The central bank also released updated projections Wednesday that forecast economic growth to moderate after Canada’s powerful performance, particularly since the start of the year.It now expects real gross domestic product to slow from its robust annual pace of 3.1 per cent this year to 2.1 per cent in 2018 and 1.5 per cent in 2019.The economy expanded at an annual rate of 3.7 per cent in the first three months of 2017 and 4.5 per cent in the second quarter. The bank’s latest outlook now predicts real GDP to grow at an annual rate of 1.8 per cent in the third quarter and 2.5 per cent in the final three months of 2017.“Real GDP growth is expected to moderate to a still-solid pace close to two per cent … over the second half of the year,” the bank said.The bank forecasts declining contributions from residential investment and consumption, which largely fuelled Canada’s recent growth spurt. These changes will largely be consequences of higher borrowing rates, higher household indebtedness and policy measures aimed at cooling hot real estate markets, the report said.The bank provided an estimate for the economic impact of incoming guidelines to reinforce mortgage underwriting practices, which were announced recently by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. The changes, which will take effect next year, are expected to trim 0.2 per cent from GDP by the end of 2019, the bank said.Moving forward, the bank said economic activity will advance on a “more-sustainable” trajectory led by rising foreign demand, recent increases in commodity prices, still-low borrowing rates and government infrastructure spending. It also projects steady growth in business investment, which rebounded in early 2017.The weaker-than-expected rollout of federal infrastructure spending will provide a smaller boost for the economy in 2017 than the bank had anticipated. The commitments, however, are expected to lift growth over the coming quarters, the report said.Poloz was asked Wednesday about the potential economic impacts of the Trudeau government’s announcement this week that it would enhance its child-benefit program so payments to families with kids start rising with the cost of living next July, two years earlier than Ottawa had initially promised.The change will lower government revenues by $5.6 billion over five years, the government estimates.Poloz declined to comment on the specifics of the government’s announcement, but he did credit the introduction of the original program last year as a “significant contributor” to the economy. He said the child benefit lifted GDP growth for a year by 0.5 per cent.“As for the change, at the moment, it doesn’t sound anywhere near as large as what was done last year,” said Poloz, who added the bump in growth from the child benefit was likely only felt in the program’s first year.“In real terms, it’s maintaining it.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter. read more

Night club accident kills one injures two

According to the Police, the elevator had stalled owing to an overload when it was on its way from the ground floor to the ninth floor where the club is located. The elevator had than crashed to the ground. The Police said that 24 year old Kokila Sammandaperuma, a resident of Battaramulla, was killed in the accident while two others sustained injuries and were admitted to hospital.Sammandaperuma was reportedly crushed between the lift and the side wall when he attempted to jump out of the lift. One person was killed and two others sustained injuries following an accident at a night club in Nawam Mawatha today.The Police said that a malfunction of an elevator at Green Lanka Towers where the night club is located, resulted in the accident. Several people who were attending the ‘Amuseum’ night club were in the elevator at the time of the accident. The Papare website reported that Kokila Sammandaperuma was a CR & FC prop forward.He has represented CR & FC from the start of his professional career and is a household name at the Longdon Place club.The Slave Island Police are conducting further investigations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Unify Square Taps CrossPlatform Collaboration Management

VoIP SLAs: Can You Measure How Your Carrier Is Doing? Gary Audin June 14, 2019 Startup PhoneSentry tackles complex voice monitoring and alerting puzzle-1713170__340.jpg Zoom troubleshooting dashboard in PowerSuite 6 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications Terry Slattery December 06, 2018 This post, the second in a two-part series, delves into possible causes for poor application performance — and how to check them. Over the years, Unify Square has built a business out of providing management tools and services for Microsoft-based communications and collaboration environments — first for Lync, then Skype for Business, and as of last summer, Teams. Now, the company has determined, it’s time to expand its management capabilities to other collaboration platforms that are gaining prominence within the enterprise, whether or not they’re running alongside a Microsoft suite, Case said. Toward that end, Unify Square earlier this week announced it will be adding Zoom, Slack, and Workplace by Facebook to its PowerSuite roster, working with those respective vendors on how to consume the data required to manage their wares. As it brings these non-Microsoft products under management, PowerSuite morphs into a cross-platform management and security tool for voice, meetings, and workstream collaboration. This should be a boon for enterprise IT managers, enabling them to strengthen governance, compliance, and usage policies across the disparate vendors’ solutions. First out of the bag will be Zoom support in PowerSuite, which Case said is nearly ready for internal testing and trials with key customers. The Slack and Workplace by Facebook offerings will follow almost immediately thereafter; “these are all things we’ve been working on in parallel,” he said, noting that the company designated much of the $10 million in Series C funding it received last summer to these development efforts. In other words, he added, Unify Square hasn’t taken development dollars from its Microsoft program to build out these new offerings. 10 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications Terry Slattery November 21, 2018 This post, the first in a series, explores possible causes in client-side processing and network transport. Among its customer base of primarily Fortune 100 companies, Unify Square has seen this time and again, said John Case, CEO of the UC management provider. “We’re looking at these growth trends in the market — we see what’s happening with messaging, what’s happening with collaboration, what’s happening with video.” Even as enterprise IT decision makers carefully vet products for factors such as security, manageability, and support, end users willfully grab freemium versions of tools they think will help them get their jobs done. Such is the way of the world today — a reality that’s left many IT leaders struggling to identify exactly what’s in use in their organizations and to then figure out how to make the best of what’s out there. And should you be wondering why Unify Square didn’t opt to add management support for Cisco collaboration tools, given their widespread use, Case had this to say: “Cisco is a well-established play … and there are some big vendors that do that management very well. We felt we weren’t going to bring enough additional advantage to that short term.”Tags:News & ViewsVideoUC ManagementUnify SquarePowerSuiteZoomWorkplace by FacebookSlackgovernancecomplianceMonitoring & ManagementCloud CommunicationsManaged ServicesMeetingsMessagingProduct News Articles You Might Like “We’re very enthusiastic about Teams long term. Teams is becoming a very well-used platform. … This is not about us stepping away from Microsoft, but just the opposite,” Case said. “A lot of our customers are using Office 365 plus something — and that’s what this strategy is about.” This isn’t to say that platforms like Microsoft’s are getting weaker, he added, but that enterprises are adding others into the mix. “A lot of companies — our customers — are thinking everyday about how they can layer on solutions to make their employees more successful.” Zoom_Troubleshooting.png Reaping the Value of Cloud Service Management Data Gary Audin April 05, 2019 In this Q&A with a Virsae executive, learn how access to big data can be a boon for UC and contact center improvements. See All in Monitoring & Management » While Unify Square will initially provide dedicated offerings for each of the products, those IT organizations managing multiple collaboration platforms — Teams and Zoom, Slack and Skype for Business, or Zoom and Workplace by Facebook, for example — will be able to get actionable guidance across them, Case said. On a platform-by-platform level, for example, they’ll be able to see usage data — who, where, how often, he added. In addition, Unify Square will add Zoom, Slack, and Workplace by Facebook as options in its consulting and managed services portfolio, Case said. Are Open Source Active Path Testing Tools Viable for You? Terry Slattery July 08, 2019 An open source path testing tool could be an alternative to a commercial product, but you must understand the tradeoffs. Log in or register to post comments read more

Motorists waste 29 hours every year using sat navs study finds

first_imgAlmost half (47%) of those surveyed have had a “verbal disagreement” with their device, while 31% admit to shouting at it “as if it was a real person”.The majority (52%) of respondents admit they “switch off” and pay little attention to road signs and landmarks once a sat nav is leading the way.Mytaxi general manager Andy Jones said: “Sat nav technology is undoubtedly a huge help to many people, but it is certainly not flawless. “The results can be both frustrating and comical, as evidenced by the huge number of misadventures we have recorded.”Councils claim lorry drivers should be banned from using sat navs designed for cars after a spate of heavy goods vehicles causing chaos on routes where they exceeded the weight or height limit. A historic bridge in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, was closed for months after it was driven over by a lorry more than 10 times heavier than the structure’s weight limit in September last year.Residents in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, reported chaotic scenes in October last year when a lorry got stuck after being driven through the town’s main shopping street. From December 4, learner drivers will have to safely use sat navs to pass their driving test as part of a major overhaul of the assessment.Transport minister Andrew Jones claimed the measure will help save lives and ensure the test is “relevant in the 21st century”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Local Government Association, representing councils in England and Wales, wants legislation brought in to make it compulsory for lorry drivers who use sat navs to use commercial devices which include information on bridge heights and narrow roads. Motorists waste the equivalent of 29 hours every year using sat navs, according to a new study.The time is lost when the devices send drivers either the long way or wrong way to their destinations, the report commissioned by black cab app mytaxi found.The figure is based on analysis of the proportion of journeys delayed by sat nav misdirection and the average length of the hold-ups.A poll of 2,000 drivers revealed that 27% cite confusing directions as the most annoying aspect of sat navs.last_img read more