Italy options for Bosnia trip

first_imgRoberto Mancini has several decisions to make going into tomorrow’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina, including Nicolò Zaniolo or Sandro Tonali in midfield. It kicks off in Zenica on Friday at 19.45 GMT, and although the Azzurri have already qualified, they still want points to be sure of a top seed spot in the Euro 2020 draw. Bosnia are not entirely out of the running yet, but have a difficult task to catch up with Finland. Mancini saw several players pull out of the squad through injury, including Marco Verratti, Domenico Berardi and Leonardo Spinazzola. The latest was Roma defender Gianluca Mancini, who had been tipped to start at centre-back, so Francesco Acerbi is next in line. There is a gap in the midfield, which will likely be filled either by Roma’s Zaniolo – in a deeper role to the one he usually holds at club level – or Brescia youngster Tonali, who was a late addition to the squad, promoted from the Under-21 side. It was at Under-21 level that Tonali and Nicolò Barella played together, so are a more likely pairing with Jorginho. The usual debate remains in attack between Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti, with the Lazio man the favourite considering his Capocannoniere status in Serie A. Federico Chiesa faces competition from former Fiorentina teammate Federico Bernardeschi to complete the trident attack with Lorenzo Insigne or Stephan El Shaarawy. Italy (probable): G Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Biraghi; Barella, Jorginho, Tonali; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova makes slow return

first_imgRussian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova made a sluggish return to international indoor athletics, finishing last in an 800 metres at the Boston Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday.The former Russian national team member’s time of 2 minutes, 5.14 seconds was more than three seconds off American Charlene Lipsey’s winning performance in the opening leg of the IAAF world indoor tour.Stepanova placed seventh, 0.24 seconds out of sixth. (Doping paradox rules whistleblower Yulia Stepanova out of Rio )The race was her first against international indoor competition in two years and the 30-year-old ran as a neutral athlete since Russian track and field athletes remain banned from global races.    She and her husband have been living at an undisclosed location in the United States after helping to expose massive doping problems in Russia that led to the country’s track and field team being banned.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) cleared the former convicted drug cheat’s return to competition as a neutral athlete last year but her European Championships appearance in Amsterdam ended with a torn tendon.    Her only recorded time in competition since then was at an indoor meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, earlier this month, where she ran 800 metres in 2:10:32, more than 12 seconds off her indoor best set in 2011.last_img read more

Rishabh Pant overcomes personal grief to slam classy fifty

first_imgDelhi Daredevils’ wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant overcame a personal tragedy to play a fantastic innings of 57 from 36 balls versus the Royal Challenegrs Bangalore in Delhi’s Indian Premier League 2017 season opener in Bengaluru which Delhi lost by 15  runs.Pant’s father – Rajendra Pant had been ill for a long time and passed away in Roorkee earlier this week and he had to rush home following the tragedy. (Also read: IPL 2017: AB de Villiers in awe of RCB teammate Kedar Yadav)Pant performed the last rites the day in Haridwar on Thursday and if reports are to be beleievd then he also suffered burn injuries on his leg while performing the last rites and was all set to miss Delhi’s IPL 2017 opener against RCB. (MATCH HIGHLIGHTS)However, like a professional cricketer, the young Delhi boy came out two days later and hammered the bowlers around to play a memorable innings overcoming his personal sorrows.The 19-year-old, who made his T20 debut versus England in the third and last T20I in Bengaluru back in February looked in sublime touch as he hit the bowlers around the park in Delhi’s chase of 158 at the Chinnaswamy. Even though wickets were falling around him, he held his own and kept playing his aggressive game before completing his fifty off just 33 balls. (Also read: IPL 2017: How ‘Big Show’ Glenn Maxwell got the better of his Australian captain)He hit three fours and four sixes in his innings of runs 57.Although he failed to take his team past the line, he show of character and grit should be lauded and will definitely earn him respect.advertisementSuch a selfless act is actually not a rare thing in Indian cricket as Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli had earlier done the same and played some memorable knocks, showing their strong will and character.Tendulkar scored an emotional 140 not out against Kenya in the World Cup back in 1999 in the backdrop of his father’s demise.On the eve of the second game against Zimbabwe, Tendulkar got the news of his father — Ramesh Tendulkar passing away. Tendulkar was on the way back home for his father’s funeral the following day. India lost to Zimbabwe next and they had to win the next few games to qualify. He flew back to England on the eve of the Kenya match and scored a brilliant hundred and India won the match by 94 runs.The current Indian captain played a heroic innings to save Delhi in a Ranji Trophy game against Karnataka back in 2006. Kohli was on 40 at close of play and his team was staring at a follow-on. He lost his father, Prem Kohi, 54, at three the morning but that didn’t stop him from coming out to bat to save his team. He played a great knock before falling on 90 just before lunch.Kohli’s great show of strength not only made him a hero but also saved the match for Delhi.Also watch:last_img read more

Georgia RB Zamir White, Back From ACL Rehab, Has Legs Like Saquon Barkley

first_imgKirby Smart speaking into a headset at the National Championship.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Georgia football has a superstar running back with Heisman aspirations in D’Andre Swift. The No. 2 guy, Zamir White, has some serious potential as well.White, a member of the 2018 recruiting class, was a five-star recruit and the No. 9 player in the country. He was the top-ranked running back in his class.Unfortunately, he had to deal with a significant injury which cost him his first season in Athens. During a scrimmage a year ago, White tore his ACL.That injury came just a year after he tore the ACL in his other knee as a high school star. White’s recovery has gone well, and at SEC Media Days, Kirby Smart said he was excited to see what the former blue-chip recruit can do. As Georgia nears the season, White has been a full participant in practice.It doesn’t look like he skipped many lower body workouts while he was working his way back from the injury.One Georgia fan took a screenshot of White from a practice, and his legs look like the tree trunks you can find on Penn State-turned-New York Giants standout Saquon Barkley.Zeus invented leg day.👁👁 I can’t wait to see him truck everyone in his way. @zeus1_34 #ATD #GATA #KeepChoppin #GoDawgs #LegDay— Rob (@BulldawgRob) August 21, 2019You can definitely see Zamir White running through some arm tackles after that picture.Last season, Swift ran for 1,049 yards, while former Dawg Elijah Holyfield tacked on 1,018 himself. While Georgia will probably look for Jake Fromm to add a bit more through the air, there should be plenty of carries for White, sophomore James Cook, and whomever else can prove to be productive in the tough SEC.last_img read more

CBSE Board Exams 2019: Check the list of least taken exams

first_imgCBSE Board Exams 2019: Check the list of least taken examsThis year, the CBSE exam for Physical Education witnessed the highest number of students i.e. more than 7 lakh students appeared for the exam. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 12:25 IST This year, CBSE also introduced ‘Special Exam Policy’ for students.The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) has concluded the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams. The board has begun with the evaluation process for more than 31 lakh students who appeared for the board exams this year. This year, the board exam for Physical Education witnessed the highest number of students i.e. more than 7 lakh students appeared for the exam.CBSE Board Exams 2019: Least taken subjects: According to the data released by the board, the least taken subjects include:Carnatic MusicMohiniyattam DanceHealth Centre ManagementTheatre studiesLibrary information science for Class 12Languages like Bhutia, Lepcha, Limboo, Tanghkul etc.CBSE Board Exams 2019: Take a look at the dataAs per the information, only one student appeared for Human Rights exam and Theatre Studies exam in the state of Haryana.Only five students appeared for Library and Information Science across the nation.Apart from this, only 12 students appeared for Philosophy.CBSE Board Exam 2019: Special Exam PolicyThis year, CBSE also introduced ‘Special Exam Policy’ for students who participate in national, international level sports recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports at ‘mutually convenient dates’.As per the official statement by the board, the advantage of ‘Special Exam Policy’ was availed in 14 cases.Read: TS Inter Result 2019: Here’s how to check Telangana Board result for 1st, 2nd year @ read: This school promises to provide extra 10 marks to students who urge parents to voteGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byHarshita Pathak Tags :Follow CENTRAL BOARD OF SECONDARY EXAMINATIONFollow cbseFollow Board exams 2019last_img read more

Halifax 2014 met en vedette les arts et la culture

first_img « Le rôle du comité consultatif culturel est de créer un programme culturel et de festival, de générer des idées, de créer des possibilités et d’inciter un intérêt envers l’engagement culturel », a souligné M. Lapp. Le comité concentrera ses efforts sur la façon de célébrer la diversité du Commonwealth, tout en mettant en vedette les nombreux artistes et interprètes doués du Commonwealth, du Canada et de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Les Jeux du Commonwealth sont une manifestation sportive et culturelle internationale qui a lieu tous les quatre ans et au cours de laquelle des athlètes provenant des 71 nations et territoires du Commonwealth sont en compétition. En décembre 2005, la ville d’Halifax a été retenue comme ville candidate du Canada aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014. Le comité Halifax 2014 est en compétition avec la ville de Glasgow, en Écosse, et la ville d’Abuja, au Nigeria. Il se concentre à l’heure actuelle sur ses efforts pour préparer et remporter la candidature internationale, qui sera décernée par la Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth le 9 novembre 2007 au Sri Lanka. Coprésident : Gordon Lapp, Music Nova Scotia Coprésident : Marcel McKeough, ministère du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine de la Nouvelle-Écosse Ron Bourgeois, musique acadienne Scott Burke, Eastern Front Theatre Brookes Diamond, Brookes Diamond Productions Bob Geraghty, Symphony Nova Scotia Max MacDonald, Festival international Couleurs celtiques Scott MacIntyre, Festival de jazz de l’Atlantique Ed Matmawana, African Nova Scotian Music Association Don Stoddard, Neptune Theatre Foundation Alan Syliboy, artiste mi’kmaq, Red Crane Studios Peta-Jean Temple, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax Pat Watson, conseillère en gestion et interprète Chris Wilcox, The Music Room et festival de musique Scotia Kari Gundersen, Halifax 2014 Catherine Kieran, Halifax 2014 Betty Lou Killen, Halifax 2014 Kevin Riles, Halifax 2014 Nicolle Spagnoli, Halifax 2014 La candidature d’Halifax aux Jeux du Commonwealth met en vedette non seulement l’excellence sur les champs sportifs, mais également sur la scène culturelle. Afin de s’assurer que les athlètes, les visiteurs et les résidents de la région vivent un festival vibrant et coloré, un groupe dynamique de dirigeants représentant tous les aspects de la culture a formé le comité consultatif culturel d’Halifax 2014. « C’est maintenant une tradition pour les événements sportifs d’envergure internationale d’organiser un festival culturel complémentaire, et la candidature d’Halifax aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014 ne fera pas exception », a déclaré le chef de la direction d’Halifax 2014, Scott Logan. « Une fois les compétitions terminées, la vie nocturne vibrante et la ville chaleureuse d’Halifax permettront aux délégués, aux athlètes et aux officiels d’équipe de se relaxer, de s’amuser et d’apprécier l’esprit authentique de notre ville. » Le comité consultatif culturel inclut des membres du comité de candidature ainsi que des artistes, des interprètes, des réalisateurs et des gens qui représentent la culture à l’échelle locale, nationale et internationale. Les membres du comité sont les suivants :last_img read more

Actor Colm Feore newsman Tom Clark on panel to choose new CBC

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberals have put together a star-studded cast to help choose new members of the public broadcaster’s board of directors.Long-time television news broadcaster Tom Clark will head the advisory committee that’s designed to fulfil a Liberal campaign promise to overhaul the process for appointing board members at CBC/Radio-Canada.Other members of the nine-member committee include theatre and television actor Colm Feore, known for his Gemini Award-winning portrayal of the late prime minister Pierre Trudeau in the TV mini-series “Trudeau,” as well as his role as a detective in the movie “Bon Cop, Bad Cop.”The committee also includes Winnipeg Franco-Metis film producer Janelle Wookey, British Columbia digital media specialist Prem Gill, Quebec digital visionary Monique Savoie and indigenous documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin.The panel will provide Heritage Minister Melanie Joly with a list of qualified candidates for each vacant position, as well as the names of supplementary qualified candidates the government can consider to fill posts in the future.Critics have for years complained that the process for choosing board members at the CBC left the public broadcaster open to political interference.Many have also recently noted that the current board, which is already short several members, doesn’t reflect Canada’s diversity and lacks experience outside of the broadcasting sector.The advocacy organization Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launched a social media campaign a year ago, calling for an overhaul of the board selection process.The Canadian Media Guild, which represents most English-language employees at the CBC, also actively campaigned for a change of leadership at the Crown corporation when the previous Conservative government was in power.While the Liberal party’s election platform promised “merit-based and independent appointments,” the heritage minister will ultimately make the final choices of new board members from the advisory panel’s list of recommended candidates.The panel has been asked to assess potential board members based on criteria published on the Governor-in-Council website and to consider seven factors, including whether potential candidates reflect regional and cultural diversity and whether they have contributed to the development of a shared national consciousness and identity.Candidates will also be assessed on whether they have an understanding of the impact digital technology is having on broadcasting and the consumption of news and entertainment content.NDP heritage critic Pierre Nantel said the Liberals are using “smoke and mirrors.”“Despite this new process, new criteria, and the skills of those appointed, the minister still has the final say and could decide not listen to the committee’s recommendations,” Nantel said.He also pointed out there is no timeline involved.“Once again, the Liberals are doing what they’ve always done since the beginning of their term: announce a new process to buy some time and to look good, yet fail to deliver on any concrete actions to fix the problem.”Joly defended the new system.“This new committee will recommend qualified candidates for a selection process that is open, transparent and based on merit,” she said in a statement.Under the Broadcasting Act, CBC/Radio-Canada must have 12 directors on its board, including a chair and a president. Each is expected to serve a five-year term.The term of the current chair, Remi Racine, was to end Tuesday. Hubert Lacroix’s term as president is set to expire in October.But the terms of at least four of the remaining seven sitting board members aren’t scheduled to expire until beyond the end of this year.Joly said she expected those members to remain on the board until their replacements are nominated.last_img read more

The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, Nov. 22———LIBERALS ANNOUNCE HOUSING STRATEGY: The Trudeau government launched a housing strategy on Wednesday that includes a $15.9-billion fund to create tens of thousands of new affordable housing units and repair tens of thousands more. The government also plans to create a federal housing advocate and legislate a right to housing. In all, the governing Liberals say they’ll put up $40 billion over the next decade.———CANADIAN STARS WANT ACTION ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: A meeting is to be held on Thursday to discuss the issue of sexual harassment in Canada’s screen industry. Canada’s performers union ACTRA has invited industry stakeholders to the closed-door meeting to discuss how to implement practical, concrete measures to tackle the issue in a way that also leads to cultural change. Actress-writer Susan Coyne says while sexual misconduct has long been a part of the Canadian industry, it’s a problem that seems to be growing.———RETIRED GENERAL ‘AMAZED” HOW LONG IT TOOK TO BRING MLADIC TO JUSTICE: Retired Canadian general Lewis MacKenzie says he is amazed it took six years to bring former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic to justice. Lewis MacKenzie is applauding an international court that has sentenced Mladic to life in prison for genocide and other crimes. MacKenzie commanded a UN peacekeeping force in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the ’90s. Mladic’s forces carried out the worst massacre in Europe since Second World War in Srebrenica, where some 8,000 Muslim men and boys of fighting age were killed.———UBER RAISING EYEBROWS OVER HANDLING OF PRIVACY BREACH: Privacy advocates are questioning the way Uber is handling a year-old security breach that saw hackers steal the personal information of millions of customers worldwide. Uber said on Tuesday that hackers stole names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of 57 million riders. However it hasn’t said which customers had their data stolen or the number of Canadians affected. New York state has opened an investigation as state laws require companies to give notice if data is stolen. Canada does not have laws requiring disclosure of data breaches, and the federal Privacy Commissioner has not yet launched a formal investigation.———ALBERTA’S PREMIER CALLS FOR PARTISANSHIP TO BE SET ASIDE ON ENERGY ISSUES: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says politicians of all stripes must get away from partisanship or both the environment and Canada’s energy industry will fail. She was in Ottawa this week to try to build support for pipeline expansions. In a speech to the Economic Club of Canada, Notley said the issue transcends political divides. She said the Conservatives must stop pretending climate change isn’t real and told her own party that efforts to protect the environment cannot come at the expense of people.———CANADA’S IMMIGRATION MINISTER SAYS OUTDATED LAW MUST CHANGE: Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says a section of Canada’s immigration law barring anyone from settling in the country if they have a condition deemed a burden on medical or social services is outdated. He says the law needs to be brought in line with Canadian values. Hussen told a Commons committee on Wednesday that he’s committed to changing the rules currently spelled out in the country’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and isn’t closing the door to repealing the controversial section altogether.———ONLY SMALL FRACTION OF BORDER CROSSERS GRANTED ASYLUM: Newly released federal figures say most of the asylum seekers who have crossed illegally into Canada so far this year were Haitian. The federal figures say so far, only 10 per cent of their claims have been accepted. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the low number of claims being accepted should serve as a cautionary tale for those still contemplating crossing into Canada illegally from the U.S. to seek asylum.———FEDS STILL UNSURE OF IMPACT OF SYRIAN RESETTLEMENT: The auditor general says the Trudeau government is finding it difficult to track the impact of its decision to resettle upwards of 40,000 Syrian refugees. A report from the auditor general says benchmarks like how many children are in school or how many Syrians are on income assistance weren’t being measured between fall 2015 and the spring of this year. The report says the government has failed to collect data to determine how efforts are going to integrate the refugees into Canadian society in the long term.———NIGHTS GETTING BRIGHTER: A new study shows the world’s nights are getting alarmingly brighter. A German-led term reported on Wednesday that light pollution is threatening darkness almost everywhere. Satellite observations show Earth’s artificially lit outdoor area grew by two per cent a year since 2012. So did nighttime brightness. The researchers say the trend coincides with the rising outdoor use of energy and cost-saving LED lights and, due to satellite limitations, is even worse than reported.———CAPTAIN KIRK WANTS TO BEAM OUT OF CONDO DEVELOPMENT: William Shatner is not thrilled that his name and a likeness is being used to promote an upcoming condo development in Hamilton. The “Star Trek” star took to social media to complain that his name and a caricature of him were attached to floor plans for a million-dollar two-bedroom penthouse. Shatner says he doesn’t recall giving permission to a Toronto developer to use his name.———last_img read more

CFC – Startup Spotlight Interview with Jim Rand of Synervoz

first_imgAdvertisement So many Canadians are plugged into their smart phones and laptops at all times that everyday communication can sometimes feel laboured when the earphones are on. Enter Synervoz‘s exciting new technology that makes spontaneous communicating with one another effortless. It’s hard to imagine how this product did not exist sooner.The TurnMeUp app, the first product of Synervoz Communications, offers the ability to chat with friends, family and colleagues, even if you’ve got your earbuds in and the volume cranked up. You could be listening to music at work or watching a video at home, the app’s Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and audio technology automatically turn down the volume of what’s playing, so that you can have an audible conversation.While TurnMeUp is a consumer-focused app, the underlying intuitive technology of hands-free, voice-activated controls can be used for many purposes. We spoke to the founder Jim Rand, a member of CFC Media Lab’s IDEABOOST program, about his inspiration for the idea, start-up obstacles and what he’s learned along the way.How did you come up with the idea for your product? Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jim Rand: The idea evolved over time. I listened to a lot of music while traveling, and I often wondered what friends and family the world over were up to. I thought how cool it would be if we could connect instantly through our headphones, without the barriers of traditional communication.There were several other seeds, but the real catalyst was specific; I often run and go to the gym with friends. Most of us prefer to wear headphones, but it’s annoying to pull out a headphone every time you want to talk. When I was studying for my MBA in Spain, I decided to see whether anyone had built the solution — an always-on VoIP service that would automatically adjust the music volume when someone spoke. It wasn’t out there, and I figured it needed to be built. From there the dots started to connect.How do you see the technology benefiting individual consumers and businesses?Jim Rand: It depends on the use case, but TurnMeUp is in a position to transform the way we consume media by allowing us to do it together in ways that were never possible before. We’re letting you stay connected, through voice, the entire time you’re listening to music or watching videos, no matter where you are. You can blast music as loud as you want and still converse over it because of our voice detection and automatic volume control (imagine a silent disco scenario). You can watch movies with friends abroad, each of you from the comfort of your own living room, as if you were in the same room. You can work in a remote team and feel like you’re in the same office. Smart phones and headphones have driven people into isolation, but we’re bringing them back together. That has benefits for consumers and businesses alike.What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve encountered running a start-up?Jim Rand: Building a complicated product on a shoestring. Today it’s hard to raise capital before you have customers, regardless of how much you’ve de-risked other aspects of your business. For reasons particular to our product, it was always going to take longer to build a minimum viable product than would be the case for many software start-ups. So we’ve had to climb particularly high to get over this obstacle — but the flip side is that copycats will have to get over this obstacle themselves.What’s one surprising thing you learned while building your business?Jim Rand: Original ideas are few and far between. I’ve heard many reasons for the 90 per cent failure rate of start-up businesses, but I’m convinced that a big part of it stems from the fact that there are too many people doing the same thing. I feel that competitive risk is vastly underestimated, and too much emphasis has been placed on early growth metrics. Start-up valuations, often derived from these growth metrics, never cease to amaze me, especially in the aggregate. But maybe it’s different this time.How do you try and tune-out the worry of competitors and copycats?Jim Rand: I don’t think you need to tune it out. I think you need to accept that it’s probably going to happen and you want to stay ahead of it. The idea is to move fast and keep an eye on the competition, but more importantly, keep an eye on your own product pipeline, and always be making sure you’re thinking a step ahead.Do you have any other projects coming up?Jim Rand: I have a few ideas, but I’ll probably open-source them, because our roadmap already stretches years into the abyss.What’s one piece of advice you’d give your younger self before venturing into a start-up?Jim Rand: Save your cash, you’ll need it.BY JANET HO Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

SC refuses to hear plea against 5% quota to Gujjars

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea challenging the grant of 5 per cent quota to Gujjars and four other castes in jobs and educational institutions in Rajasthan through a law amendment in February.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi dismissed the appeal filed by one Arvind Sharma against an order of the Rajsthan High Court refusing to grant an interim relief on the petition challenging the quota to Gujjars and others, treating them as socially and economically backward classes. It was argued that the reservation would breach the 50 per cent ceiling on total quantum of quota. “The plea for relief is already pending in high court, therefore, we are not inclined to entertain it,” said the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna. The Rajasthan Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by the Rajasthan Assembly on February 13. The Bill passed by the newly formed Congress government in the state provides 5 per cent quota in government jobs and educational institutes to the Gujjars and four other communities — Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas and Gadarias. The Congress government had passed the bill amid protests in the state led by Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla for reservation for the community. A petition, filed in the Rajasthan High Court, by Arvind Sharma and Badal Verma, had challenged the reservation alleging that it was beyond the ordinary upper limit of 50 per cent and was already denied by the Rajasthan High Court. It alleged that the five communities were granted reservation based on the proportionality of their population and not on “backwardness in education” or “public employment”.last_img read more

‘The Milkman Model’: Big brand names try reusable containers

A new shopping platform announced Thursday at the World Economic Forum aims to change the way we buy many brand-name products. Loop, as the platform is called, would do away with disposable containers for things like shampoo and laundry detergent from some of the world’s biggest manufacturers. Instead, those goods will be delivered in sleek, reusable containers that will be picked up at your door, washed and refilled.“Loop is about the future of consumption. And one of the tenets is that garbage shouldn’t exist,” says Tom Szaky, CEO of the Trenton, New Jersey-based international recycling company TerraCycle, which is behind Loop.“Removing plastics from the ocean is not enough. We need to get at the whole idea of disposability and single-use items,” says Szaky. “We’re going back to the milkman model of the 1950s. You buy the milk but the milk company owns the bottle, which you leave in the milk box to be picked up when you’re done with it.”Companies partnering with Loop include Nestle, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and other top brands.“Our goal is that by 2030, all of our packaging will be reusable or recyclable,” says Virginie Helias, vice-president and chief sustainability officer at Procter & Gamble. Loop, she said, “is a very new idea and somewhat risky because no one has tried it. But the response has been very positive, and we’ve selected 10 of our brands to be a part of the pilot project, with a plan to add more later pending positive results.”Pantene shampoo, for instance, “will come in a beautifully decorated, lightweight-aluminum pump container,” Helias says. “Tide in the U.S. will come in a stainless-steel bottle with a durable twist cap. Cascade will come in ultra-durable packaging. Crest mouthwash will come in a glass bottle. The idea is ultra-durability, convenience and also ultra-luxurious packaging.”Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream, a Nestle product, will be delivered in a posh, double-walled, stainless-steel tub designed to keep ice cream cold longer.And instead of adding dirty disposable diapers to landfills, soiled diapers can, starting only in the Paris area, be placed in sleek, durable diaper containers. When a container is filled, Loop will pick it up and deliver a clean, empty one. New technology allows Loop to process and recycle the dirty diapers, something TerraCycle has already started doing in Amsterdam.“We have only one planet, and we have to take care of it for the long term,” says Laurent Freixe, CEO of the Americas Region of Nestle, which hopes to do away with all its non-recyclable packaging by 2025. “We want to strive for Zero Waste at both the production and consumption level. Loop is so innovative that we felt we had to be a part of it and learn from it.”The rise of the “Zero Waste” movement and concern about the environment have led many businesses to try to reduce packaging and single-use containers. Loop is unusual in its international scope and the size of the companies participating.Initially, Loop will offer about 300 products, with plans to add to the list later. According to TerraCycle, partners include Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Nestle, Unilever, Mars Petcare, The Clorox Company, The Body Shop, Coca-Cola, Mondelez International, Danone, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, BIC, Nature’s Path, Thousand Fell, Greenhouse, Grilliance, Preserve, Carrefour, UPS and the sustainable-resource management company Suez.Greenpeace, which has criticized many big manufacturers for creating much of the plastic waste polluting the world’s oceans, joined in a panel about sustainable consumption at which Loop was announced in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. Jennifer Morgan, international executive director of Greenpeace, said beforehand, “While Greenpeace welcomes the aim of the Loop Alliance to move away from throwaway culture and disposability . what the platform will mean for the environment depends on whether corporations worldwide are actually ready to change their business models, or if this effort just becomes a distracting side project to generate positive PR.”She warned that most businesses behind the initiative are still expanding production of single-use plastic, although company representatives focused on the progress they have vowed to make in adopting more sustainable packaging.Loop is slated to launch this spring in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and also in Paris and some of its suburbs. Shoppers will be able to buy Zero-Waste products from the Loop website to be delivered to their homes in specially designed shipping totes, and, eventually, at participating retailers, such as Carrefour grocery stores in Paris.Loop intends to expand to the U.S. West Coast, Toronto and the United Kingdom by the end of this year or early 2020, followed by Japan — ideally in time for the 2020 Olympics, Szaky says.“It means more delivery trucks, but far fewer garbage trucks,” he says.Katherine Roth, The Associated Press read more

Vigilance against bird flu must not wane UN agriculture agency warns

Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), told an international ministerial conference on bird flu in New Delhi that control efforts must be maintained, given that the H5N1 virus responsible for outbreaks in recent years is still circulating in some parts of the world.“The spread of avian influenza typifies the potential emergence of major health crises, with an increased risk of pathogens travelling over large distances in very short time periods, favoured by globalization and climate change,” he said.Mr. Diouf stressed the need for robust control efforts led by well-equipped veterinary services when dealing with animals, especially poultry, to prevent the spread of the virus throughout the production chain.“We are still uncertain as to the precise the role played by wild birds. There are real risks of viruses emerging against which current vaccines provide no protection.”He added that the international community will have to prepare for other major health crises to potentially emerge from the animal kingdom, especially given the acceleration of international trade and the impact of climate change.Meanwhile, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that China’s national laboratory confirmed on Sunday that a 24-year-old man from Jiangsu province who had developed symptoms last month and then died at the weekend was infected with the H5N1 virus.“There is no initial indication to suggest he had contact with sick birds prior to becoming unwell,” WHO said in a media statement. “Close contacts have been placed under medical observation and all remain well.”So far in China, of the 26 confirmed human cases of infection with the H5N1 virus, 17 have been fatal. Some 60 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa have been affected by bird flu since 2003, with most outbreaks confined to domestic poultry, such as chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks and quails. 4 December 2007The United Nations agriculture agency warned today that continued vigilance is needed to avert a global pandemic of avian influenza as Chinese health officials reported a new case of fatal infection in a human. read more

Ohio States Jordan Hall starting over flourishing under Urban Meyer

Hit the restart button. That was the message Urban Meyer sent to his newly inherited Ohio State team shortly after getting hired last November. The first-year Buckeyes coach told every one of his players to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Jordan Hall was admittedly listening closely that day, and the senior running back has taken Meyer’s words to heart ever since. Hall was recently bestowed with one of the highest honors an OSU football player can receive when the senior running back was named a team captain Aug. 19. Elected by his teammates, Hall joined defensive lineman John Simon, fullback Zach Boren, linebacker Etienne Sabino and nose tackle Garrett Goebel as the leaders of the 2012 Buckeyes’ squad. While the soft-spoken Jeannette, Pa. native said he thought he had a chance at being chosen a captain, the moment Meyer read off his name in front of all his teammates was a bit of a shock for the veteran playmaker. “It kind of caught me by surprise,” Hall said. “I knew I had a chance, but when Coach Meyer called my name, it kind of did catch me by surprise.” Hall has had his fair share of troubles throughout his three-year career as a Buckeye, highlighted by a two-game suspension he received at the beginning of last season. At a Cleveland-area charity event last summer, Hall, along with two other OSU players, took $200 from a former Buckeye booster and was forced to sit out the team’s first two games of the 2011 season. You could say Hall’s journey to captain began after that suspension ended – Hall was, in fact, a captain for one of OSU’s games last season – but the running back would disagree. Hall said he started over once Meyer was hired and that it’s been “smooth sailing” for him ever since. Hall has impressed Meyer in almost every way imaginable, from his play on the field to his performance in the classroom. “Jordan Hall, his GPA the last two (quarters) … that tells you what he’s done … over a 3.0,” Meyer said of his running back, who had a 3.0 GPA Winter Quarter and a 3.4 GPA in the spring. While Meyer has been pleased with Hall’s performance off the field, he has been ecstatic about his play on it, even though the running back hasn’t had much time to showcase his ability. Hall sat out of the Buckeyes’ Spring Game and missed all of fall camp while recovering from a foot injury. “The guy’s tremendous,” Meyer said of Hall on a July conference call for the American Century Championship golf tournament. “We’re not exactly loaded at that position right now – offensive skill. I’ve been in this long enough. (Hall’s) the kind of warrior who will come back rather quickly if he can.” What Hall will be coming back from is somewhat of a freak injury. On June 27, Hall let his pit bull, Cali, out into the front yard of his Columbus residence. When a barefoot Hall went to clean up after the dog, a broken bottle buried in the grass cut the heel of his foot. He had surgery to repair the damage on June 30, and was in a walking boot until last week. Hall has been rehabbing hard since his surgery – running in the pool, biking and catching 200-300 balls a day while standing still. Hall said he hopes to be ready to play by OSU’s Sept. 8 game against Central Florida. When Hall gets back to full health, he will be the Buckeyes’ starting running back. Hall verified himself worthy of the spot prior to the injury, the OSU coaching staff said. “Jordan really proved himself in the spring, you know, so we’re just trying to get him back,” said OSU running back coach Stan Drayton. “There wasn’t a whole lot that he needed to come out here to this fall camp to prove. I mean, he’s going to be an integral part to this offense.” Hall will get the majority of the carries in the Buckeyes’ offense, but he will be much more than just a runner. Meyer’s noted spread focuses around a hybrid position – a “No. 3,” Meyer calls it. Hall will fill that position, which combines the duties of a running back and a receiver. The senior running back is expected to get the ball in just about every way imaginable. From handoffs to reverses to swing passes, Hall will be expected to gain yards in a variety of ways. Made most famous by former Florida receiver Percy Harvin, who ran for more than 600 yards and had more than 600 yards receiving in his junior season as a Gator, the “No. 3” is someone who can just about do it all. Hall has shown flashes of being able to threaten defenses with both his legs and his hands in previous seasons. He ran for 405 yards on 99 attempts last season, good for 4.1 yards per carry, and had three touchdown catches. Besides quarterback, the hybrid spot might be the most important position on the offensive side of the ball. “It really adds to the versatility of what we can do, both personnel-wise and formation-wise,” Drayton said. “It’s a very integral part.” Hall is an almost perfect fit for the position, Drayton said. “He’s so versatile,” Drayton said. “He’s a physical ball carrier and he’s got great hands. He’s a very smart football player.” The OSU coaching staff has learned how difficult it can be to find a player who can do what the position requires. With Hall out, OSU has tried numerous players in the hybrid spot – among them, redshirt senior receiver Jake Stoneburner, junior receiver Corey “Philly” Brown and sophomore receiver Devin Smith. But Meyer called the search “average.” “That’s hard to find that guy,” Meyer said. “I’m finding out it’s really hard to find a guy who can do this and do this.” Hall’s return to the field can’t come soon enough for the Buckeyes, and the offense isn’t expected to miss a beat when he does. “The essence of the offense has to be installed this time of year and fully understood by our players so that we don’t skip a beat when we do get a player back,” Drayton said. “We have to operate on all levels, all cylinders the right way.” The Buckeyes will likely benefit from Hall’s experience on the field when he gets back, but the veteran has been a leader for OSU even during his time away from practice. Hall said his work ethic over the past two months has been something that the younger Buckeyes can strive for. “I just try to (lead) by the way I handle (the injury).” Hall said. “I’m not making any excuses. I’m still working, doing different things to show them you can only control the things you can control.” Whether he returns to the field Sept. 8 against Central Florida or the following week against California, Hall said he is going to do everything in his power to make sure this season doesn’t end like the Buckeyes’ 6-7 season in 2011. Hall, a senior, can’t hit the restart button after this year. The 2012 campaign will be his final season with the Buckeyes – one last chance to achieve success. “I knew how last season went, and I’m not trying to go out in my senior season like that,” Hall said. read more

Hotpoint recall Your dishwasher could be a fire hazard

first_imgRead: ‘Voluntary repair action’ launched in Ireland for dishwashers at risk of causing fireThe burning question*: Do you let dishes air dry… or use tea towel? For this reason, and having followed appropriate risk assessment procedures, Indesit decided to issue repair notifications only in the UK. We are closely monitoring the situation in both countries and should the situation change Indesit will review this position accordingly.The concerns lie with three dishwasher models: Hotpoint FDW20/ FDW60/ FDW65, manufactured between June 2006 and March 2007 and sold in the UK.(Image: Hotpoint)What to do if you own an affected product: When checking firstly as a precaution, make sure it is turned off and disconnected from the wall socket.Check the model and serial number of your Hotpoint dishwasher. These can be found on a sticker on the inside of the door as outlined below.The serial number is 9 digits long, if the first 5 digits are between S/N 60601 and S/N 70331 your appliance is affected.If repaired recently by Hotpoint and there is a green sticker on the inside of the door, then the machine has already been repaired.If your product is affected please call our dedicated Customer Service line 08448 910094.Or you can contact us via a dedicated email address: can also check online at: AROUND 71,000 HOTPOINT dishwashers have been recalled in the UK over fears they could be at risk of catching fire.The electrical component fail may lead to “overheating” and is a potential “fire hazard”, the manufacturer said in the recall statement.So far, they have no “confirmed issues” in Ireland which a Hotpoint spokesperson told was “due primarily to the difference in voltage peaks”.last_img read more

Kinahan cartel members girlfriend arrested after gardaí seize loaded revolver in Dublin

first_img Image: Garda Press Office Kinahan cartel member’s girlfriend arrested after gardaí seize loaded revolver in Dublin A woman in her late 30s is currently being questioned. 49,096 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share34 Tweet Email 33 Comments Short URL Friday 24 Feb 2017, 1:30 PM Updated: 13.30THE PARTNER OF a senior member of the Kinahan cartel was arrested yesterday after elite officers raided a premises in Ringsend in the capital.During the search, armed gardaí discovered a small quantity of heroin as well as a loaded revolver at the location in the capital.She was arrested and brought to Store Street garda station where she is currently being questioned.A garda spokesman confirmed that a search was carried out and that a woman in her late 30s had been arrested.He said: “Gardaí searched a house in Ringsend at about 2.45pm and during the course of the operation discovered a revolver and a quantity of heroin with a street value €4,500.”The arrest, according to security sources, is just another example of the cartel using their partners and family members to stash drugs and weaponry. The €4,500 worth of heroin seized. Source: Garda Press OfficeThere has been a major crackdown in who the gang can trust in the wake of a number of high profile drug and gun seizures.Tens of millions worth of drugs and guns have been seized by authorities in Ireland since the start of the year, severely denting the Kinahan’s profits.Using family members to stash contraband is nothing new. The sister of a leading member of the cartel was arrested last year by the Criminal Assets Bureau. They were investigating whether the leading member had gifted his sister assets in a bid to hide them from the authorities.Read: Corbyn defiant as Tories net historic by-election win over Labour >Read: Japanese people are getting a half day today so they can go drinking and shopping > Image: Garda Press Office Feb 24th 2017, 1:30 PM By Garreth MacNameelast_img read more

Karatzaferis storms out of meeting

first_imgRight wing Popular Orthodox Rally (Laos) leader Yiorgos Karatzaferis has stormed out of the presidential mansion, before a scheduled meeting of party leaders Thursday night, because he believed the Greek government was “playing tactical games”. Karatzaferis told journalists that he was “saddened that at such a critical moment [the Greek government] are playing tactical games at the expense of the president of the republic”. He also told journalists that any other decision other than having European Central Bank vice-president Lucas Papademos appointed prime minister would be a “half-baked solution”. The meeting – which Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga and Radical Left Coalition (Syriza) leader said they would boycott – was held to secure the names of the new premier and cabinet but when Karatzaferis arrived, he was left waiting with party MP Makis Voridis and a top aide, former ambassador Yiorgos Yiorgiou. He said that President Karolos Papoulias, former-Greek PM George Papandreou and New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras were together in a room prompting the impression that they were strategising. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Forfait craquer ou ne pas craquer pour Free mobile

first_imgForfait : craquer ou ne pas craquer pour Free mobile ?Au terme d’une attente presque insoutenable, Free a annoncé ce matin ses nouvelles offres de téléphonie mobile. Toutes plus séduisantes les unes que les autres, est-il si facile pour tous les clients des autres opérateurs d’y accéder?Xavier Niel a annoncé ce matin les nouvelles offres Free pour la téléphonie mobile. Le quatrième opérateur propose un forfait unique illimité, sans engagement à 19,99 euros par mois (15,99 euros pour les abonnés Freebox). Une offre bas de gamme a également été créée. Accessible à tous et sans conditions de ressources, elle comprend 1 heure de communication et 60 SMS pour  deux euros. Tous les forfaits sont sans engagement. Free souhaite proposer un réel interface internet dans son forfait puisque la navigation sera limitée à 3Go par mois, soit six fois la moyenne du marché. Seul hic pour les clients, l’achat des téléphones sera dissocié des offres. Les portables seront vendus nus et débloqués, mais le règlement pourra s’étaler sur 12, 24 ou 36 mois. Free a pour objectif l’alignement des concurrents sur ses prix. Certes, les offres de Free sont très séduisantes et faciles d’accès. Mais ce qui risque de l’être un peu moins, c’est la résiliation des forfaits des autres opérateurs. Alors comment résilier son forfait ? Si la procédure n’est pas très compliquée, elle reste assez coûteuse. Tout d’abord, il est nécessaire de rassembler quelques informations, notamment sur le contrat. Vous pouvez toujours essayer de retrouver celui d’origine. Vous savez, celui que votre opérateur vous a donné il y a deux ans ou plus et qui est enfoui sous une pile de papiers. Ou alors, si vous voulez vous simplifier la vie, vous pouvez contacter le serveur vocal dédié qui vous enverra alors un SMS contenant votre durée d’engagement ainsi que votre relevé d’identité opérateur (RIO). Le prix de la résiliation dépend de la durée d’engagement. C’est à ce moment que vous vous posez la question “Est-ce que je peux pas attendre quelques mois encore ?”.Si vous n’êtes plus engagé, bonne nouvelle, la résiliation est gratuite. Si vous êtes engagé pour 12 mois, vous devrez payer la totalité des mois restants dus. Si vous êtes engagé pour 24 mois, la résiliation tombe sous le coup de la loi Chatel, qui divise les clients 24 mois en deux catégories.Avec moins de 12 mois d’engagement sur 24, vous devrez payer la la totalité du forfait pour les mois restants jusqu’au 12e mois inclus plus 25% du total de 11 mois de forfait. Avec plus de 12 mois d’engagement sur 24 vous devrez payer 25% du total des mois restants. À lire aussiRéseau 4G de SFR : tout sur les forfaits, les lancements et les prixUne fois que vous avez tout compris, vous pouvez vous rendre chez votre nouvel opérateur et l’autorisez à s’occuper de la portabilité du numéro et à la résiliation de votre ancien contrat. Bien sûr, il vous adressera ensuite la totalité des sommes à payer pour la résiliation. Et si vous souhaitez juste vous informer, un autre outil, réalisé par nyroDev, permettant de savoir combien coûterait un passage à Free Mobile, est apparu sur le Web, sur ce site.Si vous souhaitez résilier vous-même, à vos risques et périls, c’est possible par téléphone ou par courrier.Le 10 janvier 2012 à 14:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

12 people killed in Virginia Beach shooting

first_imgVIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A longtime city employee opened fire in a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing 12 people on three floors and sending terrified co-workers scrambling for cover before police shot and killed him following a “long gun-battle,” authorities said.Four other people were wounded in the shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life, said Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera. The city’s visibly shaken mayor, Bobby Dyer, called it “the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach.”The shooting happened shortly after 4 p.m. when the veteran employee of the Public Utilities Department entered a building in the city’s Municipal Center, and “immediately began to indiscriminately fire upon all of the victims,” Cervera said. Authorities did not release the suspect’s name, instead choosing to focus on the victims during a news conference.Police entered the building and got out as many employees as they could, then exchanged fire with the suspect, who was armed with a .45 caliber handgun, the chief said.Police initially said the gunman shot and killed 11 people, including one who was found inside a vehicle outside the municipal building. Cervera later said one more died on the way to the hospital.last_img read more

Adama Traore must improve says Nuno

first_imgWolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has urged the club’s record signing Adama Traore to step up his game and improve.Wolves signed Traore for £18m from Middlesbrough last summer, but the 22-year-old winger has just one goal and zero assists to his name, and Nuno has urged him to improve his game and be consistent for the club.“Adama must improve,” Nuno told Sky Sports.“Of course, he has good things and given us good moments but he has to be consistent through all the performances. This is something we are really focused on because we truly believe in his qualities.“I think he is focused, he is working hard and we are helping him to achieve what we want. He needs to improve a lot of things, like all the players. But I know what he’s going to give me, total availability to do his task.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He brings an element of speed, unpredictability, quality and at the same time, he must improve in all the aspects of the game.“Players who play in the last line of the pitch, the most difficult line to play, have to have these characteristics. Talent, this is what you expect from them.”last_img read more