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Grand alliance divided, says Ramvilas Paswan

first_imgThe anti-BJP grand alliance led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar will have a tough battle arriving at a seat-sharing formula among its varied constituents, Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan said on Saturday.He said many conjectures were raised when seat-sharing talks were on between the three partners of the National Democratic Alliance — the BJP, the Janata Dal(U) and his party Lok Janshakti Party — but the issue was settled without complaints from any of three parties. “Their alliance will look like orange. On the surface of it, they will look together, but once the skin is removed half a dozen of them will all stand distinct and antagonistic to each other,” he said, adding “the gatbandhan [alliance] will turn into lathbandhan [an alliance reached by the force of lathi or stick].”The grand alliance has the Congress, the Hindustan Awam Morcha led by Jitan Ram Manjhi, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party led by Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha, the Loktantrik Janata Dal led by Sharad Yadav, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Left parties. The State has 40 Lok Sabha seats. The RJD will get a major share of the seats. The Congress is now expecting a larger number of seats than it was originally targeting at.“Look, at what is already happening. After the BJP and the JD(U) divided the seats equally between themselves, now the Congress also wants to be an equal partner. By the time they reach an arrangement, their cadres will be at each other’s throat,” Mr. Paswan said.Quota BillHe said the RJD would have to bear the brunt for opposing the Narendra Modi government’s legislation promising 10% quota in jobs and educational institutes to economically backward among the forward castes. “Their own party is divided on the issue. In the Rajya Sabha, Misa Bharati and other MPs were abusing me when I rose to speak on the Bill, but now their own senior leader Raghuvansh Prasad has stood up in support of it,” Mr. Paswan said.He was dismissive of the recent efforts by the Opposition parties to come together at various platforms against the Amit Shah-Narendra Modi combine. “BSP president Mayawati is dreaming of being the Prime Minister in 2019, when she does not have a single member in the present Lok Sabha,” he said. The Opposition rally organised by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was nothing but a congregation of “crowd-hungry” leaders.last_img read more

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Savitribai Phule as a tradition breaker: The first female teacher at the first girls’ school

first_img“If you are an Indian woman who reads, you owe her. If you are an educated Indian woman, you owe her. If you are an Indian schoolgirl reading this chapter in English, you owe her. If you are an educated international desi woman, you owe her,” says Thom Wolf and Suzana Andrade’s piece titled ‘Savitribai and India’s Conversation on Education’, published in the Oikos Worldviews Journal in 2008.At a time when grievances of women could hardly be heard, Savitribai Phule broke all the traditional stereotypes of the 19th century to boost a new age of thinking in British colonised India.Phule was born on January 3, 1831, into a family of farmers in the Naigaon district of Maharashtra. At the tender age of nine, Savitribai was married to a 12-year-old Jyotirao Phule.(Image: Newsflicks)Why is she called the Mother of modern girls’ education? 1. Impressed by her thirst for learning, Savitribai’s husband, Jyotirao, taught her to read and write.2. Becoming fond of teaching, Savitribai trained at Ms. Farar’s Institution in Ahmednagar and in Ms. Mitchell’s school in Pune to become the first female teacher who inspired young girls of her time to pursue education.3. At a time when the rights of women were almost non-existent, she, along with her husband, started the first women’s school at Bhide Wada in Pune.4. It was the year 1848 and the women’s school had only eight girls belonging to different castes.5. At the time, education for girls was considered a sin, and on her way to school, she was routinely harassed by orthodox men, who threw stones, mud, rotten eggs, tomatoes, cow-dung and dirt at her.advertisement6. She even carried an extra sari with her due to this issue.7. In the same year, she also founded other schools for women. For her, education was not simply alphabetical learning, but rather, an evolution of the mind itself.8. Her innovative methods of teaching slowly attracted the common people, as the number of girls increased from 25 to 70 during 1849-50.9. By 1851, Savitribai was running three schools with around 150 female students. To prevent children from dropping out of school, Savitribai offered them stipends.10. She is also said to have inspired a young student to ask for a library for the school at an award ceremony instead of gifts for herself. She inspired the young girls to take up painting, writing, and other activities.11. An essay written by a young girl, Mukta, at that time became the face of Dalit literature.Phule’s initiatives that still inspire the modern day education systemShe started teaching in an innovative way by telling short stories, reading poems and introducing sports sessionsThe right to education act, midday meal scheme etc seem to be a modern-day concept but Savitribai Phule set a precedent 184 years back by giving stipends to children to reduce the dropout rate in schoolsParent-teacher meeting was conducted at regular intervals to aware the parents about the importance of education and to encourage their childrenShe took initiatives to reduce malnutrition in children by taking care of the health of each and every child in schoolHer first collection of poems, Kavya Phule was published in 1854 emphasizing the importance of english and educationAlso Read: Google Doodle remembers Savitribai Phule: The child bride who fought for women’s rights in 19th century Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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‘England’s attack can be best in the world’

first_imgWorld Cup ‘England’s attack can be best in the world’ – Kane, Rashford & Sterling excite Jenas Chris Burton 23:01 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane England 2017-18 Getty Images World Cup England Tunisia v England Tunisia Harry Kane Raheem Sterling Marcus Rashford The Three Lions are ready to open their World Cup 2018 campaign, with a former international backing some fearsome frontmen to provide the spark England’s attack can be “the best in the world”, says Jermaine Jenas, with Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling boasting the potential to trouble the best defences on the planet.Gareth Southgate will be placing his trust in those attacking stars at Russia 2018, with the Three Lions looking for inspiration from somewhere following a succession of forgettable showings at recent major tournaments.Tunisia are the first side in their sights, with a positive start being sought by a team who feel they can spring a surprise by going deep into the competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Jenas believes striking spark could carry England far, with there no limit to what Kane and Co can achieve if they “click” and replicate the form on an international stage which has made them superstar performers at club level in the Premier League.A man who earned 21 caps in his playing days told the Daily Mirror: “At the minute, everyone is obsessed with saying England’s midfield has a lack of creativity. But there are a lot of teams you can go through who are not as strong as they used to be, ­missing a few key figures, or their ­defence is a bit shaky.“I tend to want to look at the ­positives with England, and that is our forward line.“It can be the best in the world if we click and find the right channels to provide Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and co.“So we can dare to dream.“We can expect a positive ­competition. This England team can produce a World Cup we can watch, cheer and be proud of the team for once.”Jenas also believes that the uncertainty surrounding Southgate’s starting XI can be considered a good thing, with there still places up for grabs following a tactical tweak to a 3-5-2 formation.The former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder added: “The competition for places in this England squad can only be good for everybody. I like that everyone has to be ready. Everyone is on their toes.“Some might argue Southgate should have a rigid first XI bedded down by now. But if you are at a World Cup and fear you won’t get a chance, that’s a problem.”last_img read more

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Aila Pera

first_imgAila has been instrumental in setting up two affiliates this year. She has been on board with the Raptors from the day they became affiliated. No job has been too big, or too small for Aila – from writing out terms and conditions to creating marketing flyers. Aila has also taken on the role of Touch Coordinator at another affiliate to ensure their success, all the while studying and working. Aila works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that two separate communities are exposed to touch footy and playing this great game. Aila’s enthusiasm and attitude is a breath of fresh air and her skill set is invaluable to the Raptors. Aila’s passion and commitment to touch football is outstanding. She is not afraid to give anything a go!last_img

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IPL 2019: Chris Gayle’s dance in Kings XI Punjab’s 1st home game is unmissable

first_img No data available! scorecard graphs commentary advertisementcenter_img India Today Web Desk MohaliMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 16:30 IST Chris Gayle showcased his dancing skills ahead of the KXIP vs MI match (@lionsdenkxip Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle was seen dancing on the boundary lines before the KXIP vs MI matchGayle recently became the fastest batsman to reach 4000 IPL runsThe West Indian needs 2 more sixes to complete 300 IPL sixesChris Gayle looked in a jolly mood ahead of Kings XI Punjab’s home game against Mumbai Indians at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Saturday. Gayle, who started IPL 2019 with a bang by scoring a match-winning fifty, was back at his home ground and ready to target the bowlers.Gayle is known for his dancing skills and ahead of the match during a practice session, he was seen doing a little jig while standing at the boundary line.Gayle loves Punjab and it was evident as he replicated some bhangra moves, enjoying his time at the boundary.Also Read | KXIP vs MI Live Score, IPL 2019Recently Chris Gayle became the fastest to 4000 IPL runs in just KXIP’s opening match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Gayle stormed to the milestone in just his 112th innings surpassed David Warner, who scored 4000 IPL runs in 114 innings.Gayle and Warner are the only overseas players to be a part of the 4000-run club in the IPL.Overall, Gayle has scored 6 hundreds – the most by any player in the Indian Premier League. He also has 24 fifties in the IPL.Chris Gayle also holds the record for the highest individual score in the IPL – an unbeaten 175 against Pune Warriors in 2013.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Chris GayleFollow Chris Gayle bhangraFollow IPL 2019Follow KXIP vs MI IPL 2019: Chris Gayle’s dance in Kings XI Punjab’s 1st home game is unmissableChris Gayle loves Punjab and it was evident as he replicated some bhangra moves, enjoying his time at the boundary. view more view lesslast_img read more

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What to Wear: To the Pool

first_imgWe can’t believe that summer is almost over. That means we have approximately a month or so of outdoor pool time left to go. So what to wear to the pool? Pack up your swim trunks, grab your flip-flops and slather on a lot of sunscreen. Lay out on your beach towel in between laps — but don’t forget to put your sunglasses on! If you’re a serious swimmer throw on a cap and goggles, and who knows, maybe, just maybe you can swim like Michael Phelps. Okay, maybe not. But you can try to pretend to be like him.Now you just have to find a pool to swim in. Public pools are one option — but they can get pretty gross, and you don’t know if people have been doing dirty things in there — like peeing. Yuck! Depending on where you live, you might even have one in your backyard. If you do, we are completely jealous. Will you throw a barbecue and invite us? Or, if you’re lucky enough to live in near a place like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, or Miami, where there are actually cool hotel pools you can hang out at — there’s another option.We’re definitely planning on hitting up a pool this weekend; we just have to figure out where. Have any ideas? Let us know!Clockwise, L-R: Speedo Color Block Silicone Cap, $13.95 at paragonsports.com; Super Sunglasses, $145 at ssense.com; Speedo Vanquisher Mirrored Goggle, $19.99 at speedousa.com; Band of Outsiders Swim Trunks, $89.99 at needsupply.com; Supreme Beach Towel, for more information, visit supremenewyork.com; Havaianas ‘Trend’ Flip Flop, $26 at nordstrom.com; Coola Sport Organic Moisturizing Suncare SPF 45, $32 at O&N Collective. How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work The Best Products to Combat Swamp Crotch and Sweaty Balls It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Chief Justice Commits to Improving Service Delivery

first_img Chief Justice, Hon. Bryan Sykes, has committed to instituting measures to further improve service delivery across the judicial system.Among these, he says, are steps to ensure the delivery of outstanding judgments in the Supreme Court by December 31, 2019.Mr. Sykes said that as of 2020, a judgment should be delivered within 90 days, “and in exceptional cases, 180 days following the completion of the case”.He further indicated that the Court of Appeal’s case disposal rate should also increase, consequent on the appointment of three additional judges in January, with another three later this year.The Chief Justice outlined details of the measures during a national broadcast on Sunday (March 10).Mr. Sykes stressed that “unnecessary delays will not be accommodated”, noting that “our goal is to decrease the waiting time for the adjudication of some matters”.Among these, he further informed, is the issuance of a decree absolute in divorce matters within 16 weeks, once the documents are submitted error-free, while advising that by December 31, 2019, “there will be no outstanding divorces”.In relation to matters of probate and letters of administration intended to establish the validity of wills and dealing with the estates of persons who have died without leaving a will, Justice Sykes indicated that once all relevant documents are submitted error-free, the Supreme Court’s staff will ensure these are settled within 12 weeks.“I am making it my mandate for us to have excellent courts. We must get to the point where matters begin on the day they are scheduled, and move away from the culture of multiple adjournments and mention dates,” he said.Mr. Sykes noted that the culture shift, already embarked on to this end, has begun to produce desirable results in the Supreme Court and Parish Courts.He highlighted statistics indicating that in some Divisions of the Supreme Court, the Gun Court, and Parish Courts, more than 100 cases are being disposed of for every 100 filed.Additionally, the Chief Justice said last year, for the first time, seven Parish Courts had a clearance rate exceeding 100 per cent.This, he added, “has set the platform for us to clear the current backlog within six years”.Mr. Sykes noted that timely service delivery by the judicial system requires the input of all stakeholders.“Courts will start on time and trial time productively utilised. All stakeholders – judges, court staff, witnesses, jurors, attorneys-at-law, police officers and others, despite the many challenges they face, must resolve to come to court to assist in the administration of justice. This means that the trial or hearing takes place on the day it is listed to begin. We no longer set multiple trials for each courtroom as this always leads to adjournments,” he underscored.Meanwhile, Mr. Sykes advised that ongoing training is being facilitated for court staff to improve their basic customer service and stress management skills.This, he pointed out, is in keeping with the judicial system’s Customer Service Charter, articulating that court staff will be courteous, respectful and prompt.“Research has shown that the perception of court users is influenced by how they are treated and not only by the outcome of their cases. This [training] will continue as we aim for First-World standards,” the Chief Justice added.He pointed out that Jamaica’s attainment of developed country status by 2030, requires a Judiciary that “remains strong and maintains its integrity”, and paid tribute to his predecessors and other judges for their role in this regard.“I [understand] the complexity, as well as the magnitude of the work that needs to be done to transform the judicial arm of government with excellence and efficiency at its core. My vision is for our Judiciary to be the best in the Caribbean region in three years and among the best in the world within six years,” he said.Mr. Sykes assured that “the Judiciary that I lead will ensure that Jamaica is the place of choice to live, work, raise families, do business and retire in peace and safety”.He invited well-thinking citizens to “partner with us as we work to strengthen the rule of law in Jamaica, Land We Love”. Story Highlights Mr. Sykes said that as of 2020, a judgment should be delivered within 90 days, “and in exceptional cases, 180 days following the completion of the case”. Among these, he says, are steps to ensure the delivery of outstanding judgments in the Supreme Court by December 31, 2019. Chief Justice, Hon. Bryan Sykes, has committed to instituting measures to further improve service delivery across the judicial system. last_img read more

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Next Set Of Care Bed Contracts Awarded

first_img Cumberland Health District: Inverness, 10 RCF beds, Foyer Pere Fiset Sydney Mines, 13 RCF beds, Miner’s Memorial Manor Tatamagouche, 10 NH beds, Willow Lodge Southwest Nova Health District: Pugwash, 10 NH beds, East Cumberland Lodge Springhill, 20 NH beds, High-Crest Enterprises Ltd.center_img Contracts have been awarded for another 75 of the more than 800 new long-term care beds being added to Nova Scotia’s continuing-care system by 2010. “Quality of care for Nova Scotians within their home communities is a priority,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont today, Dec. 17. “With these new long-term care beds, we will ensure that people receive the care they need, when they need it and where they need it.” Contracts were awarded earlier this month to build and operate 552 long-term care beds. Today’s announcement is for the next round of additions of new beds in existing facilities. The projects will be completed no later than March 31, 2010. The successful facilities are subject to the Department of Health development approval process to ensure they incorporate best practices in long-term care facility design. The province received 71 bids from 21 different organizations to build the new beds. A number of bids are currently being evaluated for the remainder of the beds. Last year, the province analyzed the current and predicted long-term care needs in Nova Scotia and identified the areas in which beds are most urgently needed. Nova Scotia’s procurement request for proposals process was used to ensure the competition was fair. A third-party procurement analyst ensured it adhered to accepted tender procedures. The new facilities will give Nova Scotia’s seniors high quality care in a home-like environment. Residents will enjoy single rooms in small households of 12 to 15 people, with a shared kitchen and living room, and have direct access to the outdoors. In addition, many of the new long-term care facilities will offer different levels of care and rooms designed specifically for couples. “These new beds will go a long way towards ensuring good quality care as well as reducing wait times and the resulting burden on the overall healthcare system,” said Mr. d’Entremont. As part of its 10-year, $260-million continuing care strategy, the province will add more than 1,100 new long-term care beds by 2010. Another 480 new long-term care beds will be added by 2015. By building on community support, increasing local solutions and ensuring care options are available when and where they are needed, the strategy is creating a system that allows Nova Scotians to live well in a place they can call home. Following is a list of the new Nursing Home (NH) and Residential Care Facility (RCF) beds that will be added: Cape Breton Health District: Yarmouth, 12 NH beds, Nakile Home for Special Care Colchester East Hants Health District:last_img read more

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Striking GM CAMI workers awaiting response to weekend contract proposal

first_imgTORONTO – The union representing 2,500 striking workers at GM Canada’s CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., says the company has yet to respond to a comprehensive proposal put forward on the weekend.Unifor spokesman Mike Van Boekel says he expects it will take General Motors of Canada, which owns the plant, about a day to analyze the costs of the proposal.He wouldn’t discuss what’s in the formal proposal, put forward about a week after employees went on strike on Sept. 17.However, the union has said it wants the company to designate the CAMI plant as the lead producer of the Equinox sport utility vehicle — currently the only product built at the plant.Job security has become more of an issue for the union since GM shifted production of its Terrain SUV from the CAMI plant to Mexico earlier this year at a loss of more than 400 jobs.A General Motors spokeswoman acknowledged in an email that the company is engaged in discussions with Unifor but provided no detailed response to its proposal.“We’re expecting an answer sometime today,” Van Boekel, who is chair of the CAMI unit at Unifor Local 88, said Monday morning.A GM plant in St. Catharines, Ont., one of the Ingersoll plant’s parts suppliers, has laid off some workers because of the CAMI strike.“Only a portion of the (St. Catharines) plant is impacted and we are working to minimize the impact,” GM spokeswoman Jennifer Wright said in an email.Unifor announced last week that it had been told at least 255 of the 350 union workers at the St. Catharines plant would be laid off starting Monday.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the strike began Aug. 17.last_img read more

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New cars are quickly getting selfdriving safety features

first_imgDETROIT – Autonomous vehicles get all the headlines, but automakers are gradually adding advanced electronic safety features to human-driven cars as they step toward a world of self-driving vehicles.Car and tech companies are rolling out laser sensors, artificial intelligence, larger viewing screens that show more of the road, cameras that can read speed limit signs, and systems that slow cars ahead of curves and construction zones.Many of the new features repurpose cameras and radar that already are in cars for automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection and other safety devices. The companies also are keeping a closer watch on drivers to make sure they’re paying attention.On Monday, Arizona’s governor suspended Uber’s self-driving vehicle testing privileges after one of its autonomous vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian last week. But auto engineers and industry analysts still say roads will become safer as more vehicles get automated features that either assist or replace human drivers. The government says 94 per cent of crashes are caused by human error.The cutting-edge devices usually come out first in more expensive vehicles, but go to mainstream vehicles as costs fall.Here are five new safety devices that are showing up in vehicles:STAY FOCUSED: A company called NVIDIA is using artificial intelligence and cameras to sense where a driver is looking and focus sensors everywhere else. If a pedestrian or another vehicle appears where the driver isn’t looking, the system will intervene, either sounding a warning or by stopping the car from moving, says Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive business for the Santa Clara, California, company. “Before we get to full automation, if the driver is still in control and responsible, we want to know when we should provide alerts and when we should not,” Shapiro says. NVIDIA has a contract with Volkswagen to deploy the system in the next two years. Other automakers are likely to follow.LOOKING BACKWARD: When a driver activates a turn signal, an 8-inch screen behind the steering wheel on Hyundai’s new Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicle shows everything on that side of the car plus what’s directly behind it. The system uses existing cameras to let drivers see without turning their heads. “The information we can offer from a camera may be better than a live look over the shoulder,” says Cason Grover, senior manager of vehicle technology planning for Hyundai. Other cars have similar technology but most don’t have as wide of a view.SEEING SIGNS: Mercedes’ new S-Class cars have advanced navigation and global mapping, and cameras that read speed limit signs. These enable the car’s computers to warn drivers of the speed limit or keep them from exceeding it. The system also recognizes upcoming construction zones, curves or roundabouts, and can slow the car ahead of when a driver would. Volvo has a similar system that reads speed signs, including those in school zones.LASER GUIDED: Smaller versions of those spinning 360-degree mechanical laser sensors that sit atop self-driving cars are coming to mainstream vehicles. The lasers, called Lidar for Light Detection and Ranging, can see far-off objects in the dark, in bad weather, and in great detail. Audi plans to introduce a front-facing laser in the grille of the A8 sedan this fall as part of a limited self-driving system that takes control of the vehicle in freeway traffic jams below 37 miles per hour (60 kilometres per hour). Spokesman Mark Dahncke says Audi is still working to consolidate Lidar with radar and cameras as it steps from human control to limited automated driving.Audi’s system is the first step toward more widespread use of Lidar. Parts supplier Continental is working on a fully electronic version for an unspecified automaker that can see smaller objects such as bicycles and pedestrians in three dimensions, 200 metres (656 feet) ahead. Currently Continental sells a Lidar system that spots only vehicles and can see only 10 metres (33 feet) forward. The longer-range system integrated into the car’s body is the missing link in the march toward autonomous vehicles, says Arnaud Lagandré, a Continental vice-president. “You can see through fog, you can see through rain, you can see through the water splash from the car in front of you.”TRAFFIC LIGHT TIMING: For more than a year, some Audi A4 cars and Q7 SUVs in Las Vegas have been linked to traffic light computers. They get a dashboard countdown telling them when lights will change. This can prevent drivers from running lights and can let them time their travel to avoid stopping. It’s the forerunner to vehicle-to-infrastructure communications that will keep cars moving and could warn drivers that a car is about to run a red light. Audi is testing in several other cities. About 600 city traffic lights in Washington, D.C., were just added.last_img read more

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Western districts of Bengal to face intense heat spell for two days

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre on Monday sounded heat wave alert for the Western districts of the state for the next couple of days.Apart from the Western districts, hot and humid conditions will prevail in various South Bengal districts as the mercury is set to rise in the coming days. Scattered rainfall is likely in some parts of South Bengal but such drizzles will not bring any considerable respite from the heat. Districts such as Nadia, Murshidabad, North 24-Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah will witness high temperature. High humidity along with heat will add to the discomfort in the weather. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe temperature in the Western districts is likely to hover around 35 to 37 degree Celsius in the next 48 hours. RealFeel, which is a measure of the effect of the weather on the human skin, may be slightly higher due to high-level of humidity in the air. According to a senior official of the MeT office, the humidity may shoot up further in all the South Bengal districts. A heat wave situation will prevail in the Western districts such as Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, West Burdwan, East Burdwan, West Midanpore, Jhargram and East Midnapore. The temperature in these districts may touch 42 degree Celsius. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”A high-humidity level coupled with soaring temperature will affect the lives of residents in South Bengal districts. However, there will be a drop in the temperature during night in the city. There is a possibility of occasional thundershower in the next few days in North Bengal districts,” a weather official said. The official further said: “There will be an intense heat spell in all the Western districts for at least two days. The situation is likely to improve during the weekend. There is a possibility of scattered rainfall in some parts of South Bengal during the evening. However, the rain will not continue for a long time.” Many of the roadside eateries in Esplanade downed their shutters on Monday afternoon due to the scorching heat. People stood in queues to have Lassi and fruit juices to keep themselves hydrated. Swapan Mondal, who runs a roadside food stall in Esplanade, said: “I decided to close the stall on Sunday due to the elections. But unlike other vendors I decided to open the stall on Monday braving the heat because I need to provide for my family and can’t afford to remain shut for two days,” Mondal said.last_img read more

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Sina Arrested in Agadir for prostitution and drug possession

first_imgAgadir- Ibtissam, the young Moroccan girl known as “Sina”, was arrested in Agadir on Tuesday for prostitution charges and drug possession.Sina was caught in possession of drugs, according to police sources.Author of a controversial video clip posted on YouTube, “Sinaa” has recently built a notorious household name. According to police sources, the security forces broke into one of the furnished apartments in Agadir where Sinaa was immediately arrested.“Sina” will appear before the General Prosecutor in the coming days.“Sina” has created a sensation in recent weeks after the publication of a video posted on YouTube, where the girl appears singing in a suggestive way that was considered by many as “indecent.” The video, which went viral on YouTube and had reached more than a million viewers in less than a week, had sparked the wrath of a broad proportion of the Moroccan public opinion.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributedlast_img read more

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Despite Alleged Sexual Assaults Spain Remains Attached to Moroccan Seasonal Farmers

Rabat – According to El Norte de Castilla, the province of Segovia, northwest of Madrid will offer 268 contract to Moroccan seasonal farmers, who have moved to Spainfor the harvest season.The news outlet reported that the number of Moroccan seasonal workers in Spain reached 20,000, representing an increase of 35 compared to last year.The news outlet added that the workers started arriving in Spain for the campaign in February. The recruitment of Moroccan seasonal workers comes amid sexual assault allegations filed by some farmers in Huelva. The allegations date back to 2018, when a group of Moroccan female seasonal workers filed complaints against managers for allegedsexual abuse in Huelva, Spain.In May, the Provincial Court of Huelva ordered the reopening of the case after closing in it December 2018, without the judge hearing the testimonies of the complainants.In a new documentary aired on Salvados, Moroccan women who worked as seasonal migrants described the conditions they work in. In the interviews, Moroccan women condemned overcrowded living conditions, sexual abuse, and long, irregular hours. In response to the complaints, Morocco’s Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Moroccans Living Abroad and Immigration Affairs signed an agreement to monitor the situation of the Moroccan farmers in Spain.The agreement put in place a joint commission with Spanish authorities to organize visits to the Spanish farms to examine working conditions. read more

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Brock business team makes it to Nicol finals

Michael Churey and Mark BittorfA team from Brock’s Faculty of Business has made it to the national finals of the Nicol Competition.Mark Bittorf and Michael Churey are one of six pairs who will present at the business plan competition in Ottawa on March 27 and 28. Their venture, “Conquer Climbing,” won the first round at Brock, which brought a prize of $5,000.The six finalist teams are from Acadia, Brock, Carleton, Manitoba, St. Francis Xavier and Wilfrid Laurier.Last year, Brock students Marty Verhey and Nico Verhoef won the Nicol Award of Canada.

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WatchWe won again Supreme Court dismisses Burnabys case against Trans Mountain pipeline

The leader of an Indigenous group that hopes to someday own a stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline is encouraged that the Supreme Court of Canada’s rejection of an appeal by the anti-project City of Burnaby inches the expansion closer to construction.“I have the feeling, at the end of the day, it’s going to clear all the hurdles that remain of a legal nature and so I’m happy at this ruling,” said Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey.Canada’s top court announced Thursday it has dismissed an application from the City of Burnaby in British Columbia, which had asked it last spring to consider overturning a lower court decision that denied the port city leave to appeal a ruling by the National Energy Board.That clears a significant hurdle for the pipeline, though it still faces a legal challenge from First Nations groups.When the federal government agreed in May to buy the pipeline that spans from Alberta to the B.C. coast and related infrastructure for $4.5 billion from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd., it signalled that it didn’t intend to own it for the long term and would sell it as soon as possible.Trans Mountain pipeline construction has been delayed, resource minister says, but project moving forwardSupreme Court to decide on hearing Burnaby’s case against Trans Mountain pipelineAs costs rise and pipe arrives, Ottawa insists Trans Mountain project is on trackAlthough many B.C. First Nations oppose the pipeline — and several are parties to a Federal Court of Appeal challenge of Ottawa’s project approval in 2016 — 43 First Nations have signed benefit agreements, Crey pointed out.“There is growing interest on the part of Indigenous people to take out a stake in the pipeline,” he said.“They (may) have the option of buying shares, of course, but my impression from the leadership I’ve talked to in Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C., is they want a substantial interest in the pipeline.”The City of Burnaby and environmental groups vowed to continue to fight the pipeline despite the setback.“Burnaby is not going away. We intend to continue to oppose this project with all legal means available to us, and will be continuing with our other legal challenges,” said Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan in a statement that listed three pending court challenges and an NEB proceeding.“We’re disappointed by today’s decision as what we are seeing is the federal government railroading over municipalities just trying to protect the health and safety of their citizens,” said Greenpeace campaigner Mike Hudema.He said the project still faces significant delays and court challenges, as well as growing resistance on the ground.The federal and Alberta governments welcomed the Supreme Court dismissal.A spokesman for Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the government stands by its decision to buy the pipeline, noting it is needed because it will provide access to new markets for Canadian crude and create new jobs.“We have taken an approach to resource development that will grow our economy and protect the environment. These priorities go hand-in-hand,” said Emerson Vandenberg in an email.The Alberta government is “batting a thousand” when it comes to fighting for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Premier Rachel Notley said Thursday on social media, noting the courts have made 17 straight rulings in favour of Trans Mountain.“When the City of Burnaby tried to block the Trans Mountain pipeline in court, we intervened — and we won in court and we won again today,” she said.Alberta has pledged to spend up to $2 billion, if needed, to keep the project going.In a statement, Kinder Morgan said it was “pleased” with the Supreme Court decision.If the federal government succeeds in closing the deal to buy the pipeline, it faces remaining expansion construction costs estimated at $6.3 billion ($1.1 billion has already been spent), although a recent report from Kinder Morgan suggested those costs could rise by as much as $1.9 billion under certain scenarios.The government probably won’t try to sell the pipeline until the expansion is finished because it will be worth more when legal and construction risks are eliminated, said Richard Masson, executive fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.“My guess is the federal government will set up a company to own the pipeline,” he said.“Once it’s up and running and the risks are much lower, they would say, ’OK, now we’re going to consider either selling it to another company like Enbridge or TransCanada or we’re going to do an initial public offering of the shares.”’The NEB ruling allowed Kinder Morgan to bypass local bylaws regarding plan approvals and tree-cutting permits during construction in the Burnaby area for the expansion, which is to triple the amount of diluted bitumen and other oil products moving between the Edmonton area and the port. Kinder Morgan had complained of unreasonable delays by Burnaby in issuing the permits.Earlier this week, protesters outside a cabinet retreat in Nanaimo, B.C., accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of fiddling “while B.C. burns,” referring to the province’s raging wildfires that some have attributed to climate change.The cabinet met with B.C.’s NDP premier, John Horgan, who reiterated his government’s staunch opposition to the pipeline expansion project, which he said would result in a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic off B.C.’s coast and, thus, increase the chances of a “catastrophic spill.” read more

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex rule Archies godparents will remain secret as

Sources indicated that assumption was wide of the mark, with the couple said to have chosen an unknown number of friends on either side. Unlike the christenings of the three Cambridge children, members of the press will not be invited to capture the arrival of guests on behalf of the public, meaning that the party of around 25 people could remain a secret. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have previously faced criticism for their refusal to make Archie’s birth certificate available through the palace.The document, which eventually became a public document in line with all others in the UK, showed that Archie was born in the private Portland hospital. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will keep the identity of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor’s godparents a secret, it has emerged, as they confirm his private christening service will go ahead on Saturday. The couple, whose son will be baptised exactly two months from his birth, have insisted that the names of his godparents will remain hidden “in keeping with their wishes”. The decision is a marked departure from traditional royal christenings, which have generally seen the palace announce limited details for the public historic record including the names of the family and friends entrusted with the infant’s spiritual wellbeing. A spokesman for the Sussexes said that they “look forward” to sharing select photographs, taken on the day by personal photographer Chris Allerton, afterwards. The announcement inspired speculation that a celebrity or public figure may be involved in the ceremony, as well as senior members of the Royal Family.  In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday 6th July.”The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton.”The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private.”The pictures will be taken by the same photograph selected to capture Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding reception and a behind-the-scenes shot of Archie with the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Doria Ragland in May. Sign up for our brilliant free newsletter, Your Royal Appointment, and get royal news and analysis sent straight to your inbox every Wednesday. The Cambridge family on their way to Prince Louis’ christeningCredit:PA Archie Mountbatten-WindsorCredit:Instagram The Cambridge family on their way to Prince Louis' christening Archie Mountbatten-Windsor read more

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Injury delays OConnell captaincy call as alternatives stand ready

first_imgTHE DECISION ON the man to lead Ireland through, and beyond, the November Tests may rest on a Tuesday morning training session.Most roads appear to be leading to the door of Paul O’Connell. The Munster lock may be bestowed the honour of once again leading his country if he proves his fitness after being held back, this week, by a calf strain.Ireland coach Joe Schmidt confirmed yesterday that all will be revealed on Tuesday… or Thursday. If O’Connell is fighting fit, he should get the nod. If he is held in reserve for the Australia and New Zealand tests, Peter O’Mahony or Rory Best may be asked to hold the fort against Samoa. Brian O’Driscoll and Jamie Heaslip, the other candidates, have trained fully all week.Gordon D’Arcy does not believe any disruption has been caused by the delay in publicly naming the man to lead the team out against a trio of southern hemisphere opponents.“There’s a good core, leadership group,” he told TheScore.ie. ”Without naming names, everybody here could be pretty sure that it will be one of five guys. Everybody up in the room realises it is going to be one of the five guys. Luke Marshall looked a natural on his Ireland debut, against Scotland, and Stuart Olding came in for his debut at inside centre over the summer. D’Arcy’s defensive contribution is his trump card but Marshall is an enticing gamble and one who, in recent weeks, hit provincial form at the right time. The elder statesman explains that direct competition between himself and Marshall has not been forthcoming this week but adds that both a training ‘very, very well’.He commented, “Watching his performances for Ulster, he’s been very good; doing all the things he’s meant to do. He’s a big, solid lad, carries the ball well and he’s been in good form for Ulster.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Jonny Sexton flying back to France for Racing Metro duty Whoever it is, it’s irrelevant to everyone else as the core group is already there. That will be crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s. It doesn’t make a massive difference.”D’Arcy is happy for the debate to rage away from Ireland’s training camp while players try to impress, and learn new plays under, a new coaching ticket. The Wexford native is a 73-cap veteran and training under a coach, in Schmidt, who trusted him for just about every big game he ever lead Leinster into. And yet there are now genuine challengers for the 12 jersey.last_img read more

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iOS 7 features gorgeous panoramic gyroscopic wallpaper

first_imgWhen Apple announced the new iOS 7 at WWDC earlier this week, the company showed off radically redesigned mobile operating system. Gone are the skeuomorphic textures that Apple held so dear for the life of its iPhone. Apple showed off a number of new features coming to the OS, but one you may have missed is actually one of the operating system’s prettiest — dynamic, panoramic wallpapers.The new mobile OS will allow you to set your phone’s wallpaper to a panoramic image in your Camera Roll, but you may be wondering how a vertical rectangle of a phone can display a panoramic image. Through use of the iPhone’s gyroscope, if you spin around with your phone, the background will scroll through the panoramic image. It’s quite attractive. Check out the wallpaper in action, and a tutorial on how to set it up…The new feature looks lovely, and gives your standard, now-boring wallpaper a classy upgrade. Here it is in action again, thanks to a Vine from Jeff Shin.While the new effect will surely provide some class — or inappropriate humor, which some of us may already planning — to our iPhone’s wallpaper, we shudder in fear to think of what this feature might do to battery life. Apple’s iOS 7 will likely drop sometime during fall of this year, which is when the next iPhone is expected.last_img read more

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Gaz à effet de serre les émissions européennes ont chuté de 7

first_imgGaz à effet de serre : les émissions européennes ont chuté de 7% avec la criseEurope – Selon un récent rapport de l’Agence européenne pour l’environnement (AEE), la crise économique aurait engendré une chute de près de 7% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre en 2009, au sein de l’Union européenne. L’UE s’approche ainsi de l’objectif qu’elle s’est fixé pour 2020.”Sur la base de ces estimations, les émissions des 27 membres de l’UE sont inférieures de 17,3% à leur niveau de 1990 et donc très proches de l’objectif de l’Union de réduire ses émissions de 20% d’ici 2020″, souligne l’AEE dans un communiqué.À lire aussiRéchauffement climatique : les émissions de CO2 connaissent leur plus forte hausse en 7 ansC’est la diminution de la consommation de charbon qui est en majeure partie responsable de cette chute des émissions polluantes. Cette consommation a en effet baissé de 12,7% en 2009 par rapport à 2008, tandis que toutes énergies fossiles confondues (charbon, pétrole, gaz naturel), c’est une chute de 5,5% qui a été enregistrée.L’AEE note donc qu’une reprise de l’activité économique en 2010 pourrait “provoquer des émissions plus élevées en 2010 en comparaison à 2009, ou au moins une réduction moins rapide”.Formée en 2004, l’Union européenne à 27 n’a pas d’objectif de réduction des émissions de CO2 dans le cadre du protocole de Kyoto. Ce dernier a été signé lorsque l’UE ne comptait encore que quinze membres. Toutefois, les États membres se sont engagés suite au sommet de Copenhague à réduire leurs émissions de 20% d’ici 2020, et ce par rapport à 1990.Le 14 septembre 2010 à 08:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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At border Trump moves closer to emergency declaration

first_imgMcALLEN, Texas — Taking the shutdown fight to the Mexican border, President Donald Trump edged closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an extraordinary end run around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall. Pressure was mounting to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, cutting scattered services and leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.Trump, visiting McAllen, Texas, and the Rio Grande to highlight what he says is a crisis of drugs and crime, said that “if for any reason we don’t get this going” — an agreement with House Democrats who have refused to approve the $5.7 billion he demands for the wall — “I will declare a national emergency.”Some 800,000 workers, more than half of them still on the job, were to miss their first paycheck on Friday under the stoppage, and Washington was close to setting a dubious record for the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history. Those markers — along with growing effects to national parks, food inspections and the economy overall — left some Republicans on Capitol Hill increasingly uncomfortable with Trump’s demands.Asked about the plight of those going without pay, the president shifted the focus, saying he felt badly “for people that have family members that have been killed” by criminals who came over the border.Trump was consulting with White House attorneys and allies about using presidential emergency powers to take unilateral action to construct the wall over the objections of Congress. He claimed his lawyers told him the action would withstand legal scrutiny “100 percent.”last_img read more