Rahul accepts defeat congratulates Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday said he takes “100 per cent” responsibility for the defeat in Lok Sabha polls and congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP on their spectacular victory, but asserted his party will continue to fight the ideological battle with the saffron party.Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here, Gandhi said the Congress Working Committee will meet soon and decide whether he should resign as the party chief following the electoral debacle. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”I congratulate Narendra Modiji and BJP for their electoral victory. People of India have decided that Narendra Modi will be the PM again and I fully respect that,” Gandhi said. He said he accepts the people’s verdict and congratulated the winners. “I take 100 per cent responsibility for this defeat,” he told reporters. “Our candidates fought with whole of heart and courage. I want to thank them from my heart. Our fight is that of an ideology. There are two different set of thinkings: one is that of Narendra Modi and BJP, and the other one is Congress… We would have to accept that in this election, BJP and Narendra Modi have won,” he added. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe Congress could manage to add only a few seats to its 2014 tally of 44 seats. Gandhi has conceded defeat in Amethi, a traditional bastion of his family, to BJP’s Smriti Irani but won from the second seat he contested in Kerala’s Wayanad. “I accept the verdict of the people of India. Congratulations to the winners, Mr Modi and the NDA. Thank you to the people of Wayanad for electing me as your MP. Thank you also to the people of Amethi. Thank you Congress workers and leaders for your hard work in this campaign,” Gandhi tweeted later. Asked if he would step down as the Congress president, Gandhi said, “We will have a meeting of the Working Committee. And they will decide that there.” Asked again whether he would offer to resign, he replied, “That you can leave between me and the Working Committee.” “Frankly today, with all due respect, is the day of the mandate and I don’t want to colour the decision of the people of India by getting into a long conversation with you about what I think, went wrong. “Frankly today, it doesn’t matter what I think went wrong, what matter is that the people of India have decided that Shri Narendra Modi is going to be prime minister and as an Indian, I fully respect people’s verdict,” he said. “I want to say that today is not the day for me to go into the details of this mandate. Today is the day that a new prime minister has been elected and today is the day to wish him all the best and, hopefully, he will look after the interests of this country,” he said. Gandhi said Congress will continue to fight the ideological battle with BJP and asked his party workers and leaders to not be afraid. Gandhi also congratulated Irani, his rival in Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh, on her victory. The Congress president had won three consecutive terms since 2004. “On Amethi results, I would like to say that Smriti Irani has won… Amethi’s people have taken a decision and I respect it. This is democracy. I would like that Smriti Iraniji would take care of Amethi with love and I hope that she will reward the trust that Amethi’s people have placed in her,” he said. Gandhi said there are a lot of people who believe in Congress’s ideology and he would like to assure them there is nothing to worry. “I had said during the campaign that whatever you say to me or whatever you say to abuse me, I will be responding with love. And I would like to say that whatever may happen now, I will be responding with love only. This is my philosophy,” he added.last_img read more

Maha school textbooks do away with gender stereotypes

first_imgPune: Generations of school students have grown up with textbooks having the image of a mother cutting vegetables in the kitchen, while the father reads a newspaper, but this will now change in Maharashtra.Keeping up with the changing social structure, Balbharati, the state curriculum board, has changed many of its illustrations and texts to uphold gender equality and portray women in a more progressive light, officials said. The revised textbooks aim to do away with gender stereotypes, they said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research, popularly known as Blabharati, wants to break the stereotypes and has incorporated illustrations and stories of men and women sharing household chores in the revised textbooks of Class II, a board official said. In one of the illustrations, a man and a woman are seen cleaning vegetables while sitting next to each other.In an illustration, a woman is shown as a doctor, while another is shown as a traffic cop managing road traffic. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahOn the same page, a male chef is shown and students are tasked to look at the picture and say a few lines about it. In another illustration, a man is shown ironing clothes. Through several suggestions at the start of the textbook, teachers and students have been asked to take note of stories and pictures of persons such as a woman pilot, male chef and policewoman and to talk about them and these “social changes”. Sunil Magar, Director at Balbharati, told PTI that the rationale behind the changes is to inculcate a thinking among students that men and women are equal and both can do any work. “We here at Balbharati give emphasis on experiments. While drafting the new textbooks, especially for the young ones, we need to see that the content in the textbooks is abreast with structures and changes in the society,” he said. The teachers’ fraternity has welcomed the changes in the textbooks which stress on gender equality. “As a teacher, we have been inculcating the thinking about gender equality among students. With revised textbooks, students from urban as well as rural areas will have a clear understanding that men and women are equal and capable of doing any work,” said a teacher.last_img read more

Neil Patrick Harris Love Is Magic

first_imgYou only have a few more days to get your hands on a special Love Is Magic shirt benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation.Neil Patrick Harris – Love Is Magic“Isn’t love magical?” asks Neil Patrick Harris. “We can do amazing things when we come together in love, so join me in supporting the Elton John AIDS Foundation and get yourself a shirt! You’ll help a great cause and look awesome doing it.”To buy a shirt, click here. But be quick, there are only a few days left.last_img

More than 700 dogs left stranded in Manitoba First Nations following wildfires

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsThere is growing concern for the health and welfare of hundreds of dogs left behind in two northern Manitoba First Nations that were evacuated last month due to wildfires.The Norway House Animal Rescue has written Indigenous Services Canada to ask for assistance for the dog populations who were left behind in Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids First Nations.“It’s a crisis up there right now,” says Debra Vandekerkhove, a director at Norway House Animal Rescue.According to the animal rescue service, there are currently approximately 220 dogs in Pauingassi and 550 in Little Grand Rapids, “many of whom have developed acute health issues requiring veterinary treatment and several have begun to form packs to survive.” Significant amounts of food have been sent to the communities but no dedicated staff to feed the dogs. As a result, “much of the food remains undistributed while dogs continue to starve” says the letter to Indigenous Services Canada.The letter, dated June 7, requests flights for a minimum of four volunteers (two for each community) to assist with food distribution and to conduct a health survey on the dog populations in both communities. “There is also an urgent and life-saving need for puppies to be removed from the communities as they will be unable to survive the current lack of and competition for resources.” The letter also says the pictures of the starving pets are “extremely stressful to the owners who are in Winnipeg watching in photos their pets slowly die.”Vandekerkhove says the RCMP in the communities are “overwhelmed.” She says there are no replacements for the officers in the communities due to the resources being sent to the G7 summit in Quebec.More than 1,300 evacuees from Little Grand Rapids First Nation and Pauingassi First Nation are still out of their homes and staying in Winnipeg hotels. dward@aptn.calast_img read more

Be alive and get a taste of heaven through Yoga Spirituality Grand

first_imgWith a mission to bring people to a higher consciousness of living, Grand Master started his journey in the year 2011 from the Himalayan Mountains. Yoga must reach the people who are disconnected from its source in an authentic yet adaptive manner.” I understood that yoga must be given to people in such a way that it will easily settle into their everyday lives. I thus began Akshar yoga as the overview brand name for all the various forms of yoga that are provided in their true form such as Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga , Ashtanga yoga and also the innovative forms of yoga such as Power yoga, Wheel yoga, Aerial yoga, etc. Each of these formats is clearly segregated and taught separately with a completely worked out syllabus and curriculum that gives you true and accurate information, thus forming what is today, Akshar Yoga.” he explains. With the training of complete knowledge in so many fields, Grand Master Akshar says, “it is a prerequisite to be entrepreneur, innovator, motivational or a Guru. I am an entrepreneur when it comes to bringing Yoga to the masses, an innovator when it comes to making yoga new, challenging and appropriate for people of this day and age, a Motivational speaker for those who need a shoulder to lean on during tough times, a Life coach to my students and others who look up to me and all these sums up to a Guru.” As an innovator Grand Master always tries to invent something new while staying true and authentic to its teachings and benefits. Few of his innovations are – Akshar Yoga Wheel: A yoga prop that helps heal the body and also enhance yoga practice with the use of a circular shaped device that supports the body during the practice of asanas. AY Aerial Yoga: It is a form of innovation where a hammock suspends the practitioner in air while they experience yoga from a completely different perspective. The body remains supported by the specially designed hammock while they are free to practice asanas and movements to further explore their bodies. Super Brain Power Yoga: An innovation based purely on tradition. It is the channelizing of various practices and teachings within yoga for the benefit and growth of the mind. It has been separately choreographed for children and adults bearing in mind the different functioning, activity, use and growth of the brain. Grand Master has also trained yoga teachers all over the world and has had the pleasure of training some exceptional beings who are each becons in their respective fields. There have been Corporate industry giants, Athletes and celebrities like Anil Valluri, Wido Manhardt, Babita Phogat, Matthew Hayden, Sunil Gavaskar to name a few. He suggests everyone to acquire knowledge and act accordingly. Once filled with the appropriate information to pursue dreams, do not wait or stand idle and wait for things to happen but charge ahead and make them happen for you.last_img read more

Morocco to Send 4 Policemen to Paris to Identify Teens for

Rabat –   France and Morocco have agreed for four Moroccan police officers to be sent to help France deal with young Moroccan delinquent migrants in the Goutte d’Or neighborhood in Paris’s 18th district.The agreement was signed in June between the French and Moroccan Ministries of the Interior.The four Moroccan police officers will be charged to identify Moroccan minors for possible deportation back to Morocco, the French weekly magazine L’Obs reported. A document obtained by L’Obs specifies that the team of French-Moroccan police “will have a mission of interviewing Moroccan unaccompanied minors and collect information to launch investigations to identify them and take them back to Morocco.”According to the same source, about 50 young boys, aged between 15 and 17, have been wandering the Goutte d’Or neighborhood since their arrival in France. The young boys, mostly from Morocco, are continually escaping from educational centers where they have been placed.Following the French-Moroccan agreement, the Ministry of Justice was asked to identify the legal guarantees that could be made for the safety of the street teenagers upon their return to Morocco.The Group Providing Information and Support to Immigrants (GISTI) organization said, “Such a strict police arrangement would be totally against to the rights of the child.”“A legal requirement is imposed on all actors, especially on those concerned with children. If this is not taken into account, by checking the age of minors and by contacting their lawyers, the law is bypassed,” Emmanuel Daoud, lawyer and member of the bar council, told L’Obs.Paris residents feel endangeredSince 2017, the situation of street delinquents has caused trouble for local residents in Paris, the Paris municipality, the Prefecture of Police, and the Paris prosecutor’s office. The minors, according to L’Obs, are on their way from Spain to northern European countries. They leave from two Spanish enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla, heading for England or the Scandinavian countries. Earlier this year, many residents of areas heavily populated by migrants in Goutte d’Or, La Chapelle, and Barbès, signed two petitions demanding the government act on problems caused by underage Moroccan migrants.One resident, named Mireille, said she left the Goutte d’Or after migrants had targeted her and her 15-year-old daughter. “The first time it was a Sunday night, I saw three of these young people on the sidewalk and I felt a threat. So we turned around, but right after one of them jumped to my daughter’s throat, maybe to take her collar. She broke free and started crying, we ran away.”“The next day we filed a complaint, but now I’m no longer safe in the street, neither is she. She finds it very unfair not to be able to walk freely in the neighborhood.” read more

Moroccos Nasser Zefzafi Hirak Leader Not Awarded Sakharov Prize

The European Parliament awarded the prize to Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director serving 20 years in a Russian prison, on Thursday. The award ceremony will take place in Strasbourg on December 12.Zefzafi, Sentsov, and 11 NGOs working to save migrants in the Mediterranean Sea were the three finalists voted by members of the European Parliament in the foreign affairs and development committees.The €50,000 prize goes to Sentsov as this year’s recipient of Sakharov prize, for his “exceptional contribution” to human rights around the world, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the EU Parliament said Thursday. Moroccans have been anticipating Zefzafi’s win after he was shortlisted as one of the finalists. Some friendly to the Hirak movement hoped that the activist’s nomination would keep international attention on the sentenced Hirak activists.The EU Parliament’s Group of the United Left initially nominated Zefzafi for the second time in hopes that the nomination would “raise the profile” of the Hirak case and “the demands of protesters,” as leftist MP Marie-Christine Vergiat stated. The group previously nominated Zefzafi in 2017.“With this nomination we want to show our solidarity with the Moroccan people demanding social justice, human rights and dignity … Mr Zefzafi is a spokesperson for the Hirak movement in Morocco’s Rif region. We demand the release of [Hirak] prisoners of conscience,” Vergiat said.Established in 1988 in honor of Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought honors individuals and groups of people who have dedicated their lives to the defense of human rights and freedom of thought.Zefzafi, leader of Hirak movementThe United Left’s first nomination of Zefzafi in 2017 came after Ahmed Zefzafi, Nasser’s father, toured Europe to raise support for his son’s liberation.Ahmed Zefzafi spoke at the European Parliament to advance the cause of the Hirak Rif and raise awareness of the conditions of his son and others arrested with him.The parliamentary deputy promised Zefzafi’s father then that he would receive his son Nasser immediately after his release. Moroccan authorities arrested, Zefzafi in May 2017. A court in Casablanca sentenced him, along with three other activists, to 20 years in prison on June 26, a sentence he is appealing.The court handed down sentences varying from 1 to 20 years to 54 Hirak activists, for participating in the “unauthorized” Hirak protests. The Hirak movement began in October 2016 after the death of Mohcine Fikri, an Al Hoceima fishmonger who was crushed to death in a garbage truck while trying to save his goods that had been confiscated by authorities.The incident angered many, causing protests across the country, especially in Al Hoceima province, which condemned Fikri’s death and social disparities in Morocco. Police arrested an estimated 400 activists and protesters involved in the protests in 2016 and 2017.Following the court’s sentencing in June, hundreds of Moroccans rallied in protests in cities across the country, including Casablanca, Rabat, and the northern city of Nador, to denounce the “heavy” sentences.International NGOs and politicians, including Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, expressed solidarity with the activists. El Othmani regretted that his government could not intervene in the Hirak Rif case, because the judiciary is an independent authority.On August 21, King Mohammed VI reportedly pardoned 184 Hirak prisoners. Zefzafi was not one of them.Ordeal in Oukacha prisonEight days after being sentenced to 20 years, Zefzafi and other Hirak activists refused to appeal their sentences and went on a temporary hunger strike.Hirak activist Rabie El Ablaq reportedly went on a hunger strike for more than 40 days, but suspended it in July.Meanwhile, Zefzafi began another hunger strike that lasted six days to protest “torture” and “harassment” he said he experiences in Casablanca’s Oukacha prison. Zefzafi’s father announced his son’s hunger strike in a video posted on August 30, stating that Zefzafi “only asks for the rights that other prisoners enjoy: that he be taken out of isolation in a solitary cell and put him in a dignified cell where he can see and talk” with the other jailed activists.In July, all of the detained activists, appealed their sentences, except Rabie El Ablaq.Hirak: domestic yet international?The Hirak activists’ case has made international headlines and captured the attention of world leaders and NGOs who denounced the sentences, saying that the activists were merely demanding their rights. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok made remarks about the Hirak case in a press briefing after his April meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.He stated that the Moroccan government “had not been effective in responding to the grievances of the people who took to the streets.”Blok also presented a report earlier this month to the Dutch Parliament, condemning the Hirak sentences and commenting on King Mohammed VI’s royal pardon, which excluded Zefzafi.According to Bourita, the report contains inaccurate facts and is a direct interference in Morocco’s domestic affairs, stemming from a lack of respect for the country’s judicial system.Morocco rejected Blok’s remarks twice. Bourita stressed that the situation in Morocco’s Rif region is not a diplomatic issue but a domestic one. 2018 Sakharov Prize winner Oleg SentsovOleg SentsovOleg Sentsov, the winner of the 2018 Sakharov Prize, bears several similarities to Nasser Zefzafi.Like Zefzafi, Sentsov is serving a 20-year prison sentence, in the far northern Yamalo-Nenets region of Russia.A filmmaker and writer, Sentsov is a native of Crimea who opposed Russia’s takeover of the Ukrainian peninsula in 2014.Russia arrested Sentsov in Crimea and sentenced him on charges of terrorism in 2014.Senstov went on a hunger strike in the same year, protesting Russia’s “political” imprisonment of 65 Ukrainians.Sentsov ended another hunger strike on October 6 this year. His strike lasted for 145 days to avoid being fed forcefully by prison authorities, according to the international press.The president of the EU Parliament, Antonio Tajani, stated, “Through his courage and determination, by putting his life in danger, the filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has become a symbol of the struggle for the release of political prisoners held in Russia and around the world.”The Sakharov Prize awarded the filmmaker to express “its solidarity with him and his cause. We ask that he be released immediately. His struggle reminds us that it is our duty to defend human rights everywhere in the world and in all circumstances,” Tajani said. read more

Zak Brown passes on IndyCar CEO job to remain with motorsports marketing

by Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2013 10:29 am MDT Zak Brown passes on IndyCar CEO job to remain with motorsports marketing firm CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Zak Brown has turned down an offer to join the IndyCar Series, choosing instead to remain with the motorsports marketing company he founded.Brown told The Associated Press on Tuesday he informed Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles of his decision not to take a job with IndyCar. He’ll instead relocate in July to England to continue the growth of his Zionsville, Ind.-based agency, Just Marketing International.“I’m a huge fan of IndyCar, it’s a great product and it certainly would have been a great opportunity and challenge,” Brown said. “I have no doubt Mark Miles and the team he forms will lead the series down a path of success — and we at JMI will continue to do our part to support IndyCar.“I’m committed to JMI, excited about our future and therefore unable to pursue any other opportunities. Mark is fully aware of my passion for IndyCar and my desire to contribute to the series’ success in any way I can, but at this time that cannot be in the CEO role.”Brown had been contemplating leaving Indiana for London when discussions began earlier this year with Miles about a potential role for Brown in IndyCar. Miles, hired late last year as head of IndyCar’s parent company, had said Brown had made it clear “his only interest would be if we put the pieces together and he was the head of racing.”The courtship dragged on for months, and on Monday the series announced longtime motorsports veteran Derrick Walker had been hired as head of competition reporting directly to Miles.Miles said he’s moving forward with a plan to restructure the management flow of both IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and has chosen a model where Walker and a president of IndyCar and IMS commercial operations report directly to Miles.That model makes Miles the de facto CEO of IndyCar.“Obviously if those two heads are reporting to me, I expect to be hands on, focused on this and responsible for our racing,” Miles said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “I don’t expect to take the title of CEO of IndyCar. But if you ask who is responsible for IndyCar and IMS, the answer is me.”Brown said Walker’s hiring had nothing to do with his decision, nor did the way Miles has decided to structure the organization.“I think Mark’s first task at hand is getting the organizational structure correct and the right people in the right roles, and I think he’s well on his way with getting good people in place,” Brown said. “Certainly Derrick Walker is a highly experienced individual that can contribute to IndyCar’s growth.”Miles said he’s got at least three candidates he’s had “some level of discussion with” for his head of the commercial division, and will continue looking for potential hires.“This isn’t starting over, we’ve always been working on a track where Zak was a leading contender but not the only candidate,” Miles said.When the restructuring is complete, IndyCar and IMS will have a slightly different look. Miles will be the boss, with several direct reports that include Walker, the head of the commercial division, Robby Green, who will move back to his role as head of IMS Productions, and Jeff Belskus, who will be moved from interim CEO of IndyCar and CEO of IMS into a restructured role as president of Hulman & Co.Belskus’ new responsibilities would fall under “a shared services” role as head of finances, human resources and information technology, as well as heading up Clabber Girl and Hulman & Co. real estate.The restructuring of Belksus’ position would open a hole for a new track president at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a position that will also report to Miles.The timing of the courtship by IndyCar was complicated by the revelation in late March that Spire Capital Partners was trying to sell its 60 per cent ownership stake in JMI. Spire purchased its share in 2008, and Brown still owns 20 per cent along with advertising agency WPP.Spire’s desire to sell clouded JMI’s future at the same time Brown was trying to make a decision about what he wanted to do with his career. Although Spire has made no announcement about its plans for JMI, Brown seemed confident Tuesday his place is leading JMI into the future.“I have invested my entire business life into JMI, I’ve got great partners in Spire Capital and WPP, and the best group of employees,” Brown said. “Collectively we’ve all turned JMI into market leaders. Motorsports and our business has never been stronger and we have some very exciting opportunities ahead of us, which gets me very excited about our future and I have a strong desire to continue to lead JMI as I’ve done for the past 17 years.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

SaskTel confirms talks ongoing about potential partnerships

SaskTel confirms talks ongoing about potential partnerships by CJME, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2017 2:52 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 18, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – The minister responsible for SaskTel says talks are going on at the executive level about potential partnerships for the Crown-owned telecommunications company.Dustin Duncan says enough information has come in at a high level that it needs to be more fully investigated.Duncan won’t say what companies the Saskatchewan government and Crown executives have met with or what any partnership might look like.He says he doesn’t want to leave the impression that something is going to happen.Duncan says the government might decide not to pursue anything.Soon after the 2016 election, Premier Brad Wall talked about entertaining offers to sell SaskTel, but he backed off when public feedback strongly suggested the Crown be left alone.“There needs to be further work to investigate what a fulsome partnership would look like,” Duncan said at the release of SaskTel’s annual report Tuesday.The Opposition New Democrats say the government isn’t providing any certainty for the Crown or the people who work there.“They have a hard time coming forward with clear answers as to the future of SaskTel, as to what partnerships, as they see them, mean for SaskTel and what backdoor meetings are they having,” NDP MLA Warren McCall said.Duncan said certain questions will be asked and have to be answered before the government would move forward.“How does this improve SaskTel as a company going forward in the future? How does it ensure that we protect the head office? How do we … grow jobs in Saskatchewan? How do we improve services? How do we improve coverage?”The ongoing financial success of SaskTel is evident in its annual report. For 2016-17, net income was $134.8 million — an increase of almost 29 million from the previous year.Revenue also grew and there was a small decline in operating expenses.Dividends of $30 million were provided back to the Crown Investment Corp.Some critics have said the government was looking at a potential sale because it’s cash-strapped and needs to cover a $1.2-billion deficit.The takeover of Manitoba Telecom Services by Bell Media leaves SaskTel as the last regional carrier in Western Canada.An assessment released in June 2016 said the MTS takeover poses serious regulatory, competitive and financial risks for SaskTel.The government introduced legislation last fall that would allow it to sell up to 49 per cent of a Crown without the move being considered privatization.(CJME, The Canadian Press) read more

Sajid Javid insists death of Shamima Begums baby is her sole responsibility

Her family has urged the Home Office to urgently reconsider its decision to revoke her citizenship as an “act of mercy”.The formal request, sent yesterday (MON), warned that Miss Begum was “extremely unlikely” to be in a fit state to make rational decisions and expressed renewed concern for her health and safety.But Mr Javid made it clear he was sticking by his decision, despite many questions concerning Britain’s responsibility to its citizens and the repercussions of leaving them to languish in refugee camps.Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, asked why he deemed the teenage mother more dangerous to Britain than the hundreds of foreign fighters who have already been allowed to return. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The letter sent to the Home Office The letter sent to the Home Office Sajid Javid revoked Shamima Begum's British citizenship Shamima Begum bears sole responsibility for the death of her newborn son, the Home Secretary has said.Sajid Javid rejected arguments from both Conservative and Labour MPs that Britain could have helped save the jihadi bride’s child, who was a British citizen.Taking questions on the case in the Commons, he warned those who expressed doubts about the threat posed by Miss Begum: “No one should make a judgment on the threat of foreign terrorist fighter poses based on their gender.”He insisted there was no way officials could have provided any assistance to the baby because of the lack of consular presence in Syria, despite several MPs noting that many journalists, medics and aid agencies managed to travel “backwards and forwards to these camps all the time”.  Miss Begum, 19, who fled the family home in Bethnal Green, east London, to join Islamic State in Syria four years ago, is currently living at the Roj refugee camp on the Iraqi border.Her son, Jarrah, who was not yet three weeks old, was buried at the camp last week after he contracted a lung infection. Sajid Javid revoked Shamima Begum’s British citizenshipCredit:Kirsty O’Connor/PA He was her third child to die within five months, the older two, aged 18 months and nine months,  dying of malnutrition and illness, respectively, in November and January. “Nobody on this side of the House condones what Shamima Begum did, the choices she made, the things she said,” she said.“If it was his 19-year-old daughter, however badly she had behaved, however reprehensible or near-criminal her choices would he want her to bury three babies in the course of a year?”Mr Javid replied: “The death of any British child, even those children born to a foreign terrorist fighter, of course is a tragedy. But the only person responsible for the death of that child is the foreign terrorist fighter.” He suggested he would review and “modernise” treason laws that determine maximum sentences for convicted terrorist fighters. read more

Police now treating April Jones disappearance as murder investigation

first_imgWELSH POLICE say they are now treating the disappearance of five-year-old April Jones as a murder investigation – and are questioning the chief suspect on suspicion of her murder.Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan made the disclosure at a press conference this morning, confirming that the girl’s disappearance was now being treated as a murder investigation.“Mark Bridger has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of April Jones,” Bevan said.“He remains in custody in Aberystwyth and continues to be questioned.”The development comes a day after a magistrates court granted police a further 36 hours to question Bridger over April’s disappearance on Monday night. Police must now either charge or release Bridger by 5pm, unless a further extension is granted.It also comes after torrential rain hampered the overnight search by emergency crews and ambulance services, who were on hand to offer treatment in case April was found alive. The five-year-old has a mild form of cerebral palsy and requires daily medication.Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan holding up a photo of the land Rover belonging to 46-year-old Mark Bridger who has been arrested following the abduction of April Jones. (Rui Vieira/PA Wire)Another police spokesman said the developments meant the more specialised nature of the investigation meant it was “no longer appropriate to expect untrained members of the public to continue with the search” for April, who was last seen on Monday evening playing with friends.Police have again appealed for anyone who may have seen Bridger’s blue Land Rover Discovery jeep in recent days to contact them.Readers in the UK can call 0300 2000 333 with any information.Read: April Jones: Leading forensic psychologist now aiding searchlast_img read more

Students working on incredible Battlestar Galactica flight sim for Maker Faire

first_imgAttention all you would be Colonial Viper pilots, there’s a new project underway that is going to help train you to take out some toasters in the next epic space battle. Depicted in the video above is a Viper flight simulator being constructed by five teenagers in California for the upcoming Maker Faire. Led by high school senior Sam DeRose, these five aspiring engineers are looking to put you into a realistic Battlestar Galactica flight experience using a modified fuselage from a Piper aircraft.The idea behind the Viper project is to put a person inside an immersive Battlestar Galactica space-flight experience that is superior to motion simulation rides that you see at arcades. The team certainly has achieved an excellent start by creating 360 degrees of freedom on both the X and Y axes, giving a would-be Viper pilot a full range of motion to chase down the Cylon Armada.The controls in the cockpit of the simulator will be connected to both the motors that will move the fuselage around, as well as giving feedback to the flight-simulation program that will be displayed on three monitors that will make up the “windows” of the project. Using the open-sourced “FlightGear” software, the team will be able to leverage a professional flight simulator for the displays that they will also be able to modify for their needs.With 55 days left until the Maker Faire in San Francisco, the team is well on its way to completing their ambitious undertaking. As you can imagine, the funding for a project like this is significant. Setting a budget of $17,000, the team has leveraged both corporate sponsorship from Nvidia and private individuals through a Kickstarter campaign. Currently their total amount raised is sitting at around $12,000 with 24 days to go in their fundraising plan.This isn’t the teams first trip to the Maker Faire — they have created other projects together, including a potato Gatling gun and a wearable Samus Aran suit!If you live in the San Francisco area, make sure to check this project out and let us know how awesome it is in person.Read more at the Viper project site and its Kickstarter page, via Make.last_img read more

Android 41 Jelly Bean Voice Actions explained

first_imgGoogle is no stranger to voice actions — rudimentary commands have been around since Android 2.2. These command were great for one off actions as long as you spoke in just the right way and there were no other noises around. As the Android versions have increased, the voice actions have improved dramatically. You could translate your speech in real time to text, send individual commands with specific identifiers that required more advanced logic on Google’s end to reliable figure out, and it seems like most people can use it with some accuracy. As long as you had a good data connection, and you knew what to ask, voice actions in Android have been pretty good. After today, Google’s voice actions have grown into a system that is more likely to be used by many.Much of the growth behind Google’s Voice actions comes from two different projects at Google. The first is Project Majel, which was widely speculated at Google’s “personal assistant” software and competitor to Apple’s Siri, and the second is Google’s Knowledge Graph project. Of these two projects, Majel was a word that was not heard once during Google’s I/O keynote, despite it being someone many people were looking forward to from the event. When demonstrating the new features to voice actions, it became clear that Google was not planning a separate piece of software, but rather the evolution of their existing voice services.The new voice actions include question-and-answer communication between you and your device. Similar to Siri, you can ask questions and have the results spoken back to you. Graphics that go alongside the questions are presented in a card, giving you a quick glance at corresponding information. If you move that card, you can see the Google search results for your questions, as though you had typed it in.To help answer the question, Google has tapped the wealth of information provided by the new Knowledge Graph. By tapping into the wealth of information Google has collected and interpreted, the information held within the cards can be adaptive and informative. It adds relevant information to the cards, like what the best dish is at a particular restaurant.None of the search demonstrations during I/O showed off any personal requests, which sets this software apart from Siri. It didn’t seem like the software was designed to allow you to give commands that interacted with people. While Voice Actions has had the ability to send a text to another person for awhile, it doesn’t include reminders or task scheduling. The demo at I/O played on Google’s strengths, specifically the interpretation and understanding of voices, even with complex and unusual words.The most important feature to the new voice actions is a solid offline mode. Google’s voice system is great as long as you have a good data connection, but it’s fairly useless otherwise. Offline mode allows for speech dictation to exist even when your device isn’t connected to a network of any kind. The speech dictation demonstration at IO showed off a very basic sentence, but in the demonstration the dictation worked exactly as it would in online mode, with next to zero delay. The new voice actions are a part of Jelly Bean, and will be included on any devices that are updated to Android 4.1 moving forward.Read on for moreof Geek.com’s Google I/O 2012 coveragelast_img read more

HP prévoit de réaliser un supercalculateur photonique en 2015

first_imgHP prévoit de réaliser un supercalculateur photonique en 2015Le futur n’est pas si loin : le projet Corona de Hewlett Packard concerne une puce comprenant 256 microprocesseurs connectés par des rayons de lumière. Ils fonctionneraient 2 à 6 fois plus vite qu’un processeur équivalent en silicium et consommeraient moins d’énergie. Les 256 cœurs de la puce prévue par HP pour 2015 communiqueraient les uns avec les autres à rien de moins que 20 terabytes par secondes. La puce pourrait réaliser près de dix milliards d’opérations par seconde, c’est-à-dire qu’elle atteindrait à elle seule 1/5 de la puissance des supercalculateurs d’aujourd’hui. Surtout, cette variante technologique aidera l’informatique à briser la barrière du silicium, qui a atteint ses limites de miniaturisation. Elle permettra, entre autres, le tant espéré supercalculateur capable de gérer 1 trillion (10 puissance 18) opérations à virgule flottante par seconde. Cette sorte de puce à communication optique est connue sous le nom de « photonique intégrée (lien non disponible) ». Les réseaux de télécommunications et certains ordinateurs en réseaux haut débit utilisent déjà la lumière pour envoyer des informations, avec la fibre optique. HP propose de passer à l’étape suivante en parlant de fabriquer des puces intégrant de la photonique. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce projet Corona consiste en des microprocesseurs empilables en 3D et capables de communiquer entre eux grâce à de microscopiques lasers au Galium. 256 cœurs non spécialisés seront répartis en 64 groupes de 4. L’augmentation de vitesse n’est pas l’aspect le plus intéressant : la consommation de puissance est une des barrières les plus importantes des supercalculateurs. Actuellement, un transfert à 10 terabytes/s entre les CPU et une mémoire consomme 160 watts. De quoi éclairer une maison pendant plusieurs heures ! Les laboratoires de HP affirment qu’avec la photonique, ils baisseront ce chiffre à 6,4 watts. Le 9 mars 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The CounterCulture of the 60s is Alive and Well in Games

first_img Every year a massive chunk of the games industry makes the trek to San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference. While it used to be right up alongside E3 as the place to announce your next major console or project, it’s since shifted a bit. Taking a cue from San Francisco’s history as a hub for the avant-garde, GDC is now all about the independent games. Even the big players like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo tout the little guys at GDC. Alongside the Braids and the Insides of the independent world, there’s also a crop of indie developers that wear punk and counter-culture aesthetics as naturally as the hippies of the Haight-Ashbury.While they might not catch the attention of the masses, these folks are an important testing ground for the ideas we’ll see in games five or ten years down the line. GDC hosts countless minds that want to push the boundaries of what games can do. They hold open houses and mid-hallway demos for press and other developers alike. Some, looking for a job, others just trying to show off the latest build of a game they’ve been working on for years. This vital undercurrent of creative fuels the industry as a whole. Indie mega-hits like Gone Home often get their first look at these events. From there, nascent developers get early exposure to new ideas mechanics that they then dissect and slide into their own projects.While I’ve always been on the press side of GDC, seeing so many cool new projects every year does wonders to expand my conception of what games are and what they can mean. This year, I played dozens of incredible new games that toyed with radically new ideas. One, Observer, is a spectacular take on how to push survival horror games forward — using great level design and astutely designed puzzles. But, I’ve also played tug of war with a puppy and a reimagining of a fighting game from the NeoGeo Pocket Color, which is an attempt at keeping early game design principles alive.The tragedy of GDC is that half the games that get shown off are never released. GDC is about ideas instead of markets, about the creative process, not deadlines. One of my favorites from a couple of years back was a game called XO. In it, you’d guide a small flotilla of ships trying desperately to keep ahead of an alien invasion. You’d already lost, your only goal was to save as much as you can of what’s left. It was a delightful little tactical game, but after a couple of years of development, I’ve lost hope that it’ll ever see a full release. Still, every year I come away from the conference inspired by the next wave of games, knowing that they’ll push the lumbering video games industry a bit forward. You Can Buy Epic Games Store Exclusives on HumbleStadia Is Google’s New Video Game Streaming Platform Stay on targetlast_img read more

Lower VIP roll interest expense on Solaire land purchase impact Bloomberry profit

first_img Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August RelatedPosts 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Bloomberry Resorts Corporation saw its net profit fall 40% year-on-year to Php2.20 billion (US$42.2 million) in the three months to 31 March 2019, impacted by lower VIP volume at its flagship Manila casino Solaire, “meaningfully lower” foreign exchange gains and higher interest expenses.Total GGR at Solaire fell ever so slightly year-on-year, by less than 1%, to Php13.62 billion (US$261.1 million), propped up by a 17% increase in mass table drop to Php11.38 billion. Mass table revenue was Php4.00 billion (US$76.7 million), up 23% on the same period last year and 9% sequentially. Conversely, VIP volume fell 6% to Php185.90 billion (US$3.56 billion) with revenue down 16% to Php5.98 billion. Hold rate declined from 3.61% in 1Q18 to 3.22%.EGM coin-in was grew by 5% year-on-year and 4% sequentially to Php54.66 billion, with revenues reaching Php3.64 billion.Bloomberry said that visitation to Solaire for the quarter reached 1.6 million with 99% of the company’s 1Q19 revenues generated in the Philippines. The remainder, Php254 million in gaming revenues, came from the company’s casino in Jeju, Korea, which represented a 395% increase as the property “continued to offer competitive casino programs.”Bloomberry’s consolidated EBITDA was Php4.50 billion, down 1% year-on-year but up 31% compared to the previous quarter. Solaire contributed Php4.63 billion to the company’s consolidated EBITDA, which was off-set by the Php131 million negative EBITDA recorded at Solaire Korea.Referencing its reduced profit in 1Q19 in its earnings release, Bloomberry highlighted its increased interest expense which resulted from the full drawdown of its Php73.5 billion Syndicated Loan.“The proceeds of the Syndicated Loan were used to retire previous debt facilities and finance the acquisition of land from PAGCOR where Solaire and its Phase 2 expansion area is located within Entertainment City,” Bloomberry said. Load Morelast_img read more

Home surveillance captures Hialeah apartment burglar

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A burglary suspect has been stopped after being caught on camera.Hialeah Police arrested the man, who was caught on camera moments before he broke into an apartment.The homeowner said they arrived just as he finished raiding the unit.Officers, however, were able to track that man down and arrest him, charging him with burglary.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday June 8 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowConoco’s big plans for NPR-A are getting even biggerElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageConoco thinks it’s sitting on so much oil that the company is considering building a major new project in the Reserve, a processing facility.Can a Northeast Chinese city be Alaska’s next big trading partner?Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis morning, a group of Chinese business delegates from the northeastern city of Harbin  visited Anchorage to foster discussions over future endeavors the two entities can work together on.Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation votes to support Yes for SalmonIsabelle Ross, KDLG – DillinghamLast Friday, the Board of Directors for the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation voted unanimously to support the Yes for Salmon ballot initiative.An Alaska geologist returns from the lava scene on Hawaii’s Big IslandDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA state geologist has returned to Fairbanks after a three-week deployment helping to monitor, analyze and document activity at and around the Kiloheah Volcano in Hawaii.Anchorage police investigating chlorine powder near homeless shelterCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchoragePolice are investigating the spreading of chlorine pool cleaner Thursday alongside a street in the vicinity of an Anchorage homeless shelter and soup kitchen.Sitka man takes plea deal in murder of girlfriend; will serve 45 yearsRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaA Sitka man accused of killing his girlfriend last year has taken a plea deal, and now could face up to 45 years in prison.AK: The tucked-away Icy Waves Surf Shop on the island of YakutatEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaSummer is here and with it, the siren call of the ocean waves. That’s certainly the case in Yakutat, home of the Icy Waves Surf Shop.49 Voices: Nellie Vale of YakutatAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauThis week we’re hearing from Nellie Vale who arrived to Celebration 2018 in the Yakutat canoe. 10-year-old Vale decided to introduce herself with her Tlingit name.last_img read more

NAAC team visits Maris Stella College in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) members visited Maris Stella College on a two-day inspection on August 7 and 8, according to the college principal Dr Jassintha Qudras on Thursday. She said the NAAC team visited the college to assess the quality and standards maintained by the authorities. She said that the three-member committee was led by Maharshi Dayanand University vice-chancellor Surendra Jakhar, Narayanan University of Mysore’s professor Usha Rani and principal Dr T Palaneswari. They inspected the infrastructure, quality of educational standards, results secured by the students, laboratory facilities, students talent, campus placements, sports, NCC, NSS and others functionalities in the institution from 2013 to 2018. The college principal, faculty and others were present on the occasion.last_img read more

Turkey fires 4000 officials under emergency

first_imgTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he gives a speech during the Atlantic Council summit in Istanbul. Photo: AFPTurkey on Saturday fired almost 4,000 public officials and imposed a ban on TV dating shows, in new decrees issued under the state of emergency imposed after last year’s failed coup.The moves were the latest tough action by the authorities following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in last month’s referendum on enhancing his powers.They were also announced as Turkey controversially slapped a ban on Wikipedia earlier on Saturday morning.The total of 3,974 dismissed officials includes more than 1,000 people working with the justice ministry and over 1,000 staff employed by the army, said the decree, which included the name of every fired official.Those fired from the air force included over 100 pilots, it added. Almost 500 academics working for state institutions were also dismissed.The dismissals came after Turkey on 26 April detained more than 1,000 people and suspended over 9,100 police in a vast new crackdown against alleged supporters of the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen blamed for the failed 15 July coup bid.An already nine month state of emergency in place since the coup bid has seen a total of 47,000 people arrested and prompted fears the crackdown is being used to go after all opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Gulen denies being behind the coup but the authorities argue the purges are needed to wipe out his “virus” from society.In a separate decree issued at the same time, Turkey also banned hugely popular television dating shows, a move that been mooted for months by the government.“In radio and television broadcasting services, such programmes in which people are introduced to find a friend…. cannot be permitted,” said the text of the decree.Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said in March that the ban was in the pipeline, arguing the shows do not fit in with Turkish traditions and customs.“There are some strange programmes that would scrap the institution of family, take away its nobility and sanctity,” Kurtulmus said at the time.“God willing, in the near future, we will most likely remedy this with an emergency decree,” he said.Opponents of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government frequently voice fears that Turkey is sliding toward conservative Islam.But AKP supporters have said that dating shows receive thousands of complaints every year and the ban is in the public interest.last_img read more