297 EVMS hit snag in Himachal

first_imgHimachal Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said on Thursday that the Assembly elections were peaceful and no incidents of violence were reported. A total of 11,283 VVPAT units were used in all polling booths of the 68 constituencies out of which 297 were replaced, he said, adding this was well within the technical limits.Voting in some booths of Bilaspur Sadar, Naina Devi and Rekong Peo was disrupted when the button against the name of a particular candidate did not respond and record the voter’s choice. Supporters of the candidate protested the glitch which was later rectified.Shyam Saran Negi, the well-known first voter of the country, cast his vote in Kinnaur. A red carpet welcome was laid for the centenarian at the polling booth and he was escorted by the DM of Kinnaur. Mr. Negi, has used his electoral franchise for the 29th time in India.Former Union Minister from Congress and now senior BJP leader Sukhram cast his vote in Mandi along with his son and grandson, all of whom have now joined the BJP. Talking to reporters the octogenarian leader said the present Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was responsible for this plight of Congress in Mandi as well as the entire State.Mr. Virbhadra Singh voted in Rampur with his family, although he is contesting the elections from Arki in Solan and his son from rural Shimla. Senior Congress leader Kaul Singh Thakur voted in his native constituency of Drang in Mandi and said people would send him for ninth time to the State Vidhan Sabha.The BJP’s chief ministerial face Prem Kumar Dhumal voted along with his son Anurag Thakur and wife in Samirpur.Sixty sitting MLAs were among the 337 candidates fighting for a seat in the 68 member Assembly. As many as 7,525 polling booths were set up and 37,605 personnel deputed for poll duty in the state, which has a total of 50,25,941 voters.Security arrangementsA total of 17,850 personnel of police and Home Guards and 65 companies of central paramilitary force had also been deployed.The Congress and the BJP, led by Mr. Dhumal, contested all 68 seats. The BSP fought for 42 seats, the CPI(M) 14, the Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI three. There are also 112 independents in the fray. Dharamsala had the maximum number of candidates at 12.last_img read more

South Korea Departs for FIFA World Cup Qualifier in North Korea

first_imgBeijing: South Korean footballers departed for Pyongyang on Monday to play a World Cup qualifier against North Korea amid deadlocked talks over the North’s nuclear arsenal.The teams — with Tottenham’s star forward Son Heung-min included in the South Korean squad — are expected to face each other at the Kim Il Sung Stadium on Tuesday. This will be the first competitive men’s game between the two sides to be held in Pyongyang, and has raised hopes for new momentum in ties between the two Koreas.But Pyongyang refused to hold direct talks with Seoul on the logistics for the match, denying South Korean fans and journalists permission to travel with the team.South Korean players said the absence of cheering fans will be a first.”It’s much better to play in a packed stadium rather than an empty one, but I think we’ll be able to play a good match if we use it as motivation,” said defender Kim Min-jae before boarding a flight to Pyongyang at Beijing airport.The South Korean footballers were accompanied by a delegation of 55 people, limited to players, coaches and staff.Broadcasters in the South said that plans to air the match live had fallen apart, with some media reporting that there may be attempts to carry the North Korean feed.The match comes in the wake of a series of North Korean missile tests that raised tensions in the region, and after the breakdown of talks with the United States over Pyongyang’s weapons programmes. fifa world cup qualifierfootballnorth koreasouth korea First Published: October 14, 2019, 4:35 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

IPL 2017 final: Enjoyed working with MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming, says Steve Smith

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant have enjoyed massive turnaround under captain Steve Smith. Now as they chase their maiden Indian Premier League title in Sunday’s final against Mumbai Indians, Smith said it has been a “great little ride” for him.The 27-year-old Australian had replaced Mahendra Singh Dhoni as captain of the Pune franchise ahead of the start of this season. The change in captaincy appeared to have been prompted by Pune’s ordinary outing last year when they finished seventh in the points table after winning just five of their 14 matches.Although the decision raised many eyebrows, it has certainly yielded the desired results.Pune are just one win away from clinching the title and for a franchise, which won’t be getting an extension as per current rules, this will be an enormous achievement.Reflecting on his journey throughout the tournament, Smith said he had lot of fun working with Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming.”I have had a lot of fun through this tournament. It has been a great little ride. We have played some great cricket to make it this far. Obviously, it has been a lot of fun to work with Fleming and MS Dhoni to try and get the best out of this group that we have.”We have played some consistent cricket at the back end of this tournament, which is very important heading into the business end. Great to have played the way we have. Hope we can put on one more good show,” Smith said on the eve of the final.advertisementOn paper, Pune have the upper hand against two-time champions Mumbai, considering that they defeated Mumbai thrice in this season, including a comprehensive 20-run win in the crucial Qualifier 1.Smith can take a lot of tips on absorbing the pressure in such a high-octane game from former India skipper Dhoni, who will be playing a record seventh IPL final.”It has obviously been a pretty compacted tournament this year. So the fact that we had a couple of days break to relax and regroup after a really good game against Mumbai, it has been nice. The guys had a good training session and we are all ready to go,” he said.Smith also lauded the likes the Rahul Tripathi and Washington Sundar, who played a key role in Pune’s road to the final.”Yeah, those guys are quite young and haven’t played these kind of high-pressure final games. That can play into your favour sometimes because you can just come out and play with freedom.”I thought Washington was absolutely fantastic against Mumbai the other night, for a 17-year-old to come out on the big stage against some quality players and to do what he did was outstanding.”Those guys, the young guys, have been a real big part of our success throughout this tournament. Hopefully they can have a bit of success on Sunday night too,” he said.last_img read more

Greece Soccer Coach Markarian Out

first_imgATHENS — Sergio Markarian has quit as coach of Greece’s national soccer team after a second loss to the Faroe Islands in qualifying for next year’s European Championship.The 70-year-old Uruguayan apologized for the poor results and announced his resignation in a statement July 21.Markarian took over in February from Claudio Ranieri, but failed to lift Greece from the bottom of Group F, securing only a 0-0 draw in Hungary and losing 2-1 at the Faroe Islands last month.Ranieri was suspended in November after the tiny island nation beat the Greeks 1-0 in Athens last November.Romania currently leads the group with 14 points from six matches, one ahead of Northern Ireland, while Greece is last with only two points.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

EKF: quad M.2 PCIe/NVMe SSD carrier board

first_img Continue Reading Previous Farnell element14 adds product configurator from SamtecNext Signal Concept: getting in-phase with your meter With a total capacity of 8TB as of current, EKF presents the SE4-TEMPO, a peripheral slot card for CompactPCI Serial systems, equipped with four M.2 sockets for SSD modules. Each M.2 socket can accommodate an NVMe type SSD module, with a PCI Express x4 Gen3 interface for superior data transfer rates.The SE4-TEMPO can speed up the overall system performance dramatically. As of current there are M.2 NVMe modules available up to 2TB, which may be used either individually, or can be configured as a RAID by software. The SE4-TEMPO is best suited for real-time systems which need highest bandwidth data storage, such as high-resolution image processing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta declines Padma Shri citing timing of award

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta, who has been conferred with the Padma Shri, has refused to accept the award which the Centre announced on the eve of Republic Day.She was awarded the Padma Shri in the field of literature and education.The awards were announced on the eve of the Republic Day yesterday.In a press statement issued from New York, Mehta said she was refusing the award as the timing for it was not right, according to a local website.”I am deeply honoured that the Government of India should think me worthy of a Padma Shri but with great regret I feel I must decline as there is a general election looming and the timing of the award might be misconstrued, causing embarrassment both to the government and myself, which I would much regret,” Mehta said in the statement.Notably, the general election is due in a few months. It has been rumoured in the political circles that the Centre’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was trying to woo Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in case there was a hung assembly.The move is being seen as an attempt to win BJD’s support by conferring award to Naveen Patnaik’s sister, Gita Mehta.Gita Mehta has authored books like Karma Cola (1979), Raj (1989), A River Sutra (1993), Snakes and Ladders: Glimpses of Modern India (1997) and Eternal Ganesha: From Birth to Rebirth (2006).Mehta has also produced and/or directed 14 documentaries.Also Read | Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awardsAlso Watch | Naveen Patnaik’s sister Gita Mehta refuses to accept Padma Shri awardAlso Watch | Unsung heroes of nation awarded with Padma Shriadvertisementlast_img read more

Danny Cipriani plays the conductor as Wasps win nine-try thriller at Bath

first_imgThey continue to be left in the international wilderness but Dan Robson and Danny Cipriani shone brighter than any of England’s backs in a helter-skelter victory for Wasps, the visitors edging home five tries to four.Cipriani pulled the strings, particularly in the first half, with Robson scoring one try and at his sniping best. While Bath’s rally from 19-0 down not only saved face and led to a thrilling finish, Wasps’ half-backs ensured a sixth straight Premiership win. That they were again left out of England’s training squad and remain so far off Eddie Jones’s radar continues to confound. Wasps, however, struck first in the second half when Robson spotted a gap, slipped through it and fed Juan de Jongh outside him for the bonus-point try. Bath’s first real foray into Wasps territory in the second half then brought their third try – Zach Mercer, against named as an apprentice for England but masterly here, almost getting it in the right corner but Paul Grant pouncing on the loose ball.Priestland’s pulled conversion kept Wasps’s lead at seven but for only a matter of minutes. Robson was again the architect of their fifth try, finished by Gaby Lovobalavu. Anthony Watson had been quiet up until that point but a trademark scything run up the middle then led to a yellow card for Le Roux and, this time, a try for Mercer. Priestland’s conversion brought the difference to five and set up the grandstand finish but despite another of Anthony Watson’s mazy runs, Wasps held out when Bath botched a lineout in a promising position.“[Zach] showed what a class player he is today,” Bath’s director of rugby, Todd Blackadder, said. “He’s a young guy and he’s going to go up and down a bit but he was tremendous, he really stood up. But Wasps were ruthless, we made too many unforced errors and they taught us a real less on ball retention.”Bath Watson; Wilson, Joseph, Wilson, Brew; Priestland, Fotuali’i (Cook, 65); Obano (Noguera, 66), Dunn, Thomas (Lahiff, 54), Ewels (Stooke, 24; Phillips, 71), Charteris, Garvey (capt), Grant, Mercer.Tries Priestland, Wilson, Grant, Mercer. Cons Priestland 3.Wasps Le Roux; Wade, De Jongh, Lovobalavu, Watson; Cipriani, Robson; McIntyre (Harris, 71), Cruse (Johnson, 54), Cooper-Woolley (Moore, 58), Launchbury (capt), Myall (Gaskell, 58), Haskell (Thompson, 66), Young, Carr.Tries Watson 2, Robson, De Jongh, Lovobalavu. Cons Cipriani 3. Sin-bin Watson 29, Le Roux 64.Referee L Pearce (Eng). Attendance 14,509. Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest match reports Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Read more Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Cipriani was aided by his forwards making dents – James Haskell, among the surprise England inclusions, made a particularly fast start while Joe Launchbury was again excellent throughout – but the fly-half’s ability to delay his pass is unrivalled in the Premiership and it allowed Wasps to pull Bath apart. “We played some great stuff on occasions but we became a little bit casual,” Wasps’ director of rugby, Dai Young, said. “But to come here and get a bonus point, we have to be happy with that. Nothing changes with Joe. He’s either good or very good. When things weren’t going well he was a bit of beacon for us.”After eight minutes of repeated waves of attack, the dam burst when Marcus Watson finished in the corner – Willie le Roux, looking as dangerous as he has ever done in a Wasps jersey, freeing his arms delightfully to make the offload. Cipriani converted and was almost over the try-line soon afterwards, buying himself the space with a fine dummy. He ought to have passed to Christian Wade but Wasps had their second try when the scrum-half Robson darted through a gap next to the posts.For Bath, the statistics told the story. They had missed 14 of their 62 tackles inside the opening quarter and more were to follow as Nizaam Carr was one of a number of Wasps forwards to make ground in the buildup to their third try, a second for Marcus Watson, well taken in the left-hand corner.It was a torrid first half an hour for Bath, outgunned at the breakdown and so passive on the gain line. But then, a glimmer of hope. Marcus Watson was sent to the sin-bin for a deliberate knock-on – he had already got away with one – and a series of scrum penalties led to Rhys Priestland breezing over from close range. The Welshman converted for 19-7 and after Bath battered at the Wasps door just before the interval, Jack Wilson crossed on the right. Priestland’s superb conversion took Bath into the sheds only five points down – scarcely believable after the opening exchanges. Share on Facebookcenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby union Since you’re here… Topics Bath Read more Wasps Premiership dips toe in deep pool of free-to-air viewers with live debut Premiership Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Is Predicting A Top 10 Team To Lose

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of college gameday.Kirk Herbstreit.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit just unveiled a major upset pick on this morning’s College GameDay show.The top ESPN college football analyst has a top 10 team going down on the road.Herbstreit is taking Colorado to upset No. 8 Washington State.This isn’t that surprising of a pick, as a couple of other ESPN analysts are picking the upset, but Herbstreit was the only member of College GameDay panel to pick the upset.A Colorado-over-Washington State upset would likely eliminate the Pac-12 from the College Football Playoff race.The Pac-12 has an uphill battle for a spot this year and that battle would get incredibly difficult with a Washington State loss today.Colorado and Washington State are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

Ban on Smoking – Health Ministry Clarifies Public Places

first_img A public place is defined as any structure accessible to the public The ban aims to protect children, non-smokers and workers Story Highlightscenter_img The Ministry of Health has clarified the term public places, as it continues its thrust to educate the public about the new Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013, which ban smoking in public places. The Regulations came into effect on July 15.The Public Health (Tobacco Regulations) 2013 stipulate that individuals should not inhale or exhale emissions of the ignited tobacco or tobacco products within a five-metre radius of the entrance, exit, window or area of ventilation of a public place.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 16, Legal Officer at the Ministry, Sheryl Dennis, said that the designation of a public place has been properly crafted within the legislation, and is defined as “any structure, facility or enclosed space that is accessible to the public.”A public place, Ms. Dennis said, can also be any place of assembly, or any place of collective use by the public. She also pointed out that an ‘enclosed’ place refers to any space that is covered by a roof, or enclosed by one or more walls or sides, regardless of whether the structure is permanent or temporary.Under the Second Schedule of the Regulations, smoking is prohibited or banned on public conveyances; all government-owned and occupied buildings; and health facilities, including pharmacies.Smoking is also not allowed in sports, athletic and recreational facilities designated for public use; educational institutions; bus stops; as well as areas specifically for use by children.Ms. Dennis advised that smoking is also prohibited in work places; as one of the Ministry’s roles is to protect and safeguard the health and well being of workers in keeping with the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.The Legal Officer said that a work place “is any space that is used by someone for employment purposes, or in their trade or business.” Continuing, she noted that a home can also be classified as a workplace, where a helper, gardener, painter, or any other person is contracted to carry out services for an ‘employer’ during a given time frame.“We are of the view that a person should not have to choose between their health and their employment,” Ms. Dennis emphasized.She also pointed out that there is a particular section in the Tobacco Regulations that “provides that where an employee is, or has been disadvantaged in any way by virtue of taking steps to protect his or her health, then the employer can be held liable in that regard.”Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, reiterated at the ‘Think Tank’, that the ban on smoking in public places aims to protect children, non-smokers and workers, and that its introduction was not a sudden decision by the Government.Rather, the Minister said the move by the Government is in keeping with international obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) that was signed in 2003 by Jamaica and other countries worldwide.last_img read more

Navios Charters Two MR2 Product Tankers

first_imgnavios, April 23, 2014 zoom Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, announced today that the company has secured charter contracts for two MR2 Product Tankers.Nave Equinox and Nave Pulsar have been chartered out to an investment grade counterparty for one year at a rate of $14,813 net per day plus a $2,000 per day premium when vessels are trading in ice.The vessels are expected to generate approximately $6.0 million of aggregate base EBITDA for the period of this charter assuming operating expense approximating current operating costs.Navios Acquisition has contracted 88.8% and 45.1% of its available days on a charter-out basis for 2014 and 2015, respectively.last_img read more

After a month of bullets the Prime Minister came to town…

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast: stop us if you’ve heard this one before: The gun violence epidemic in Toronto is out of control. Yes, it seems like we do this every year, and perhaps that’s because the underlying issues are never given the deep attention and support from government that they deserve. But this week, after a prolonged spike in the number of shootings, Justin Trudeau came to speak with mayor John Tory. And Police Chief Mark Saunders held a press conference the following day.So what’s being done? Will the federal government support meaningful gun restrictions, or offer funding for communities that badly need investment? Or will they toss some money at the problem, make a few digs at the conservatives and promise that a plan is coming? You know, sometime soon? This is, after all, an election year…GUEST: Cynthia Mulligan, CityNewsAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/chtbl.com/track/G9G45/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_08152019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

QA How is the growth of bitcoin affecting the environment

first_imgThe growth of bitcoin is fueling speculation and debate about the environmental impact of the collective energy needed to power the virtual currency in the era of climate change. Some questions and answers about the issue:___WHAT IS BITCOIN?Bitcoin is the most popular virtual currency in the world, and it has grown in value this year. It was created in 2009 as a new way of paying for things that would not be subject to central banks that are capable of devaluing currency. The sustainability concerns about bitcoin, voiced by economists and environmentalists, stem from the process of “mining” that is central to its existence.The “miners” use computers to make complex calculations that verify transactions in bitcoins. This uses a tremendous amount of energy via computers and server farms all over the world, which has given rise to concerns about the amount of fossil fuel-dependent electricity used to power the computers. Some estimates say bitcoin’s energy impact is more than that of a small country.___WHY IS BITCOIN ATTRACTIVE?Bitcoin is a kind of digital money that isn’t tied to a bank or a government, and its value has risen swiftly in the second half of 2017. The value of one bitcoin was about $16,500, in late December, compared with about $1,000 in March. The price is also volatile, though, and tailed off somewhat after coming close to $20,000 earlier in December. A bitcoin itself is essentially a line of computer code. It’s signed digitally when it goes from one owner to another.___WHY ARE CRITICS CONCERNED ABOUT BITCOIN ENERGY USE?Bitcoin can’t exist without computers, which can’t exist without a source of electricity. And the number of computers and the energy needed to power them is rising.The growing value of bitcoin is directly tied to the amount of energy it uses. The miners unlock bitcoins by solving complex, unique puzzles. As the value of bitcoin goes up, the puzzles become increasingly more difficult, and it requires more computer power to solve them.Some estimates say more than 60 per cent of the processing power used to mine bitcoin is in China, where it relies heavily on the burning of coal. Coal and other fossil fuels are also the largest generator of electricity for the rest of the world, and coal is a significant contributor to manmade climate change. Burning it produces carbon dioxide, a gas that is a primary contributor to global warming.This reliance on fossil fuels has given rise to speculation that bitcoin’s energy consumption will continue to rise as it grows in popularity. Glen Brand, director of a Sierra Club chapter in Maine, said in an interview that the growth of virtual currencies such as bitcoin “threatens progress we are making toward moving toward a low energy, low carbon economy.”___HOW MUCH DOES BITCOIN REALLY AFFECT ENERGY CONSUMPTION?Estimates vary, and a true figure could be impossible to come by because of the intentionally anonymous nature of bitcoin use. But Dutch bitcoin analyst Alex de Vries, who operates a Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index on the website Digiconomist, has produced estimates he believes are alarming.If bitcoin miners are using the most efficient machines possible, the lowest amount of electricity they could possibly be using is 13 terawatt hours, de Vries said in an interview. That’s about as much as the entire country of Slovenia. De Vries said less conservative estimates make it entirely possible that bitcoin is using as much energy as Ireland, which consumes about twice as much as Slovenia, or about 0.7 per cent of the U.S. total.The problem is getting worse, said de Vries, who estimated the annual amount of energy consumed by bitcoin rose by a fifth in the final weeks of 2017.___WHO IS RIGHT IN THE BITCOIN DEBATE?The extent of bitcoin’s impact on the environment, and how much that should matter to people who use it, is a source of debate.While de Vries says bitcoin is consuming an “insane amount of energy,” both on its own and relative to older payment systems such as credit cards, others think the situation is now so dire.Bitcoin investor Marc Bevand, of St. Louis, has written that bitcoin likely uses close to four or five terawatt hours, less than the annual electricity consumption for Christmas lights in the U.S. He said that he believes bitcoin’s benefits, such as making payments more efficient and helping people escape inflation, outweigh the environmental toll. However, he added: “We don’t have exact data to say how much we are benefiting from bitcoin.”last_img read more

Sri Lankan asylum seeker in the UK jailed over sex attack

A Sri Lankan asylum seeker in the UK has been jailed for 30 months for a sex attack carried out three years after he was saved from deportation in a campaign led by his local MP, the Daily Mail reported.Sri Lankan-born Sivarajah Suganthan, 31, was allowed to remain in the UK thanks to a 2011 campaign headed by Lib Dem MP for Bristol West Stephen Williams. She still suffers from anxiety and depression and struggles to leave the house.He said: ‘Your victim made quite clear to you earlier in the evening that she was not receptive of your attention and she was not welcoming of any sexual contact’.He added: ‘I fully accept that you have had terrible experiences in your life. After initially pleading not guilty, he confessed to the crime on the day of his trial – but still maintains he ‘doesn’t remember doing it’, the court heard.Two and a half years after the attack, he has been finally jailed by a judge who slammed the ‘inexplicable’ delay in getting the case to court.Judge Martin Picton called for a review of the Crown Prosecution Service’s handling and said ‘lessons should be learned’ to ensure it ‘never happens again’. Bristol Crown Court heard that she woke at 3am to find her knickers pulled down and Suganthan forcing a sex act on her.DNA at the scene of the assault in February 2014 proved it was him and Suganthan, who has a previous conviction for shoplifting, was arrested shortly afterwards. ‘I fully accept that you have come a long way from the child who came to this country in a damaged condition.‘I fully accept that you have done much to change.‘There is obviously a different side to your character that is much more creditable than your awful actions on this night appear to demonstrate.’The court heard the assaulted happened at The Julian Trust Night Shelter in St Paul’s Bristol, where the woman was the only female in the dorm.Earlier in the night Suganthan touched her on the bottom and asked her if she wanted to share a shower with him but she declined.Defending, Anjali Gohil said Suganthan had a ‘terrible background’, and was trafficked from Sri Lanka to India and Africa and arrived on British shores in 1999.She said: ‘He was orphaned at six and was trafficked after that and made to work in slave-like conditions.’She added he Suganthan has been backed by charities, MP Stephen Williams and even has a girlfriend, Lucy Gilbert, who attended court.She said: ‘In the two long years since this took place, he has turned himself around.’Suganthan pleaded guilty to sexual assault by penetration and will serve half his sentence.The Crown Prosecution Service did not apply for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order because the incident was a ‘one off’, the court heard.Suganthan, a father of two, came to the UK in 1999 at the age of 14. His initial claim for asylum was refused in 2003, and dismissed a second time in 2004 following an appeal.In 2011 he was volunteering at the Refugee Welcome Centre in Easton, before he was held at the Dover immigration removal centre for 37 days.He was released after a successful campaign led by Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams, who lobbied immigration minister Damian Green to grant him asylum.Mr Williams, former MP for Bristol West, said at the time: ‘It was wonderful to meet Siva in person and to see that he was happy and smiling and delighted to be back among friends in Bristol.‘I am pleased that I and my staff were able to be of help.’ (Colombo Gazette) But three years later the father-of-two ‘preyed’ on a vulnerable 21 year-old who had rejected his advances at a night shelter. After an 800-signature petition was presented to Parliament calling for a halt to the deportation process, Suganthan – nicknamed Siva – moved in with friends in Bristol. He told Suganthan – who was supported in court by his English girlfriend – the incident had had a ‘devastating’ impact on his victim’s life. read more

WorldPride Parade

The WorldPride parade in Toronto drew huge crowds this afternoon. This is the first time a North American city has hosted the WorldPride event.Roughly 12,000 people marched in this afternoon’s parade, representing all different cultures, nationalities and sexualities. Because this is WorldPride, and not just Toronto’s annual event, representatives from different countries carried flags from their homelands.The regular cast of characters was here as well Dykes on Bikes led the parade on a throng of motorcycles.There was plenty to see, but most remarkable was the diversity in both the parade and the crowd. people came from all over the world to celebrate, some of them from places where being gay isn’t okay.“It’s definitely a culture shock, I mean being gay in Venezuela is not legal, so seeing so many people out here being out and proud that’s always nice,” says Natalie Soto.“Everyone is taking part in Pride and it’s just amazing,” says Robert Zuromski. “In Boston we are lucky to have a culture that everyone takes part in it, but Toronto has been so welcoming as a city for us.” read more

Enbridge to argue for reversal of pipeline running through Ontario Quebec

by Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2013 8:00 am MDT TORONTO – Under fields, past homes and across waterways, a pipeline has run through one of Canada’s most populous corridors for nearly four decades, quietly pumping oil between southern Ontario and Montreal.While it hasn’t generated much national attention in the past, Line 9 is now being thrust into the spotlight as the company that operates it seeks approval to reverse its flow and increase its capacity.On one side of the debate that will take place before the National Energy Board in Montreal and Toronto this month is Calgary-based Enbridge Inc., (TSX:ENB) — which insists safety is its top priority — and on the other are residents and environmentalists who suggest the project will put a number of communities at risk.Opponents to the Line 9 reversal, some of whom have staged protests and held sit-ins at pumping stations, worry that Enbridge plans to run a heavier, and what they claim is a more corrosive kind of oil, through the line that will stress the aging infrastructure and increase the chance of a leak.But Enbridge — which is still cleaning up after a 2010 pipeline rupture in Michigan — says there’s a lot of misinformation being circulated.“It’s been a hard thing to really get our story out in an independent way,” Dave Lawson, Enbridge vice-president of major projects, told The Canadian Press.“The environmental groups…it’s difficult for them to target the oilsands but if they slow down the pipeline or stop the pipeline from moving that oil, that’s shutting in the oilsands crude. We’ve seen a lot of that.”Enbridge says the 831-kilometre-long line is constantly monitored from an Edmonton control centre and can be shut down in up to 10 minutes if an unexplained reading comes in. A sudden loss of pressure means an automatic shutdown. The line is also patrolled on foot and by air.If a leak occurs, a team can be on site in up to three hours, but the company is working to improve that by adding an emergency crew in Mississauga, Ont., to deal with problems in the Greater Toronto Area.“If a leak happens we have to be able to respond to it, but the focus isn’t on planning for a leak, it’s really focusing on making sure we’ve done the operations and maintenance component to make sure this doesn’t happen,” said Lawson.Line 9 originally shuttled oil from Sarnia, Ont., to Montreal but was reversed in the late 90s in response to market conditions, to pump imported crude westward. Enbridge is now proposing to flow oil back eastwards to service refineries in Ontario and Quebec.It plans to move 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day through the line, up from the current 240,000 barrels, with no increase in pressure.“The scope of our reversal is actually very, very small,” said LawsonA portion of the line has already received approval for reversal and has been sending oil from Sarnia to North Westover, Ont. — about 30 kilometres northwest of Hamilton — since August.Enbridge stresses what will flow through the line will not be a raw oilsands product — although there will be a mix of light crude and processed bitumen.“It really is dependent on what the refineries are set up for. Right now the refineries can take a small portion of heavy crude…they’d have to invest significant infrastructure to take greater heavy volume,” said Lawson.In defending the contents of Line 9, the company points to its own studies and a report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences which found diluted bitumen is no more corrosive to pipelines than other crude. The American report was commissioned by the U.S. government after Enbridge’s Michigan spill, which leaked 20,000 barrels of crude into the Kalamazoo River.That spill has been repeatedly pointed to by Line 9 opponents, who say the same thing could happen in Ontario or Quebec when more oil is pumped through the pipe.“This pipeline is nearly identical in design and age to the pipeline that spilled in Kalamazoo,” said Adam Scott, climate and energy program manager at Environmental Defence, one among a consortium opposing Enbridge.“This is a proposal that dramatically changes what the pipeline is for. Shipping tarsands diluted bitumen as is being proposed is considerably more risky…If there was a spill those chemicals would evaporate very quickly and cause an immediate health risk.”Some opponents suggest the Line 9 reversal is ultimately so Enbridge can transport oil to the Atlantic coast for export — something the company denies, saying the project is currently about “keeping Canadian crude in Canada.”Scott contends the project is similar to a previous Enbridge bid called project Trailbreaker, which he said would’ve reversed Line 9 and a pipeline between Montreal and Portland.“If Line 9 is reversed, there’s huge pressure to reverse the Portland-Montreal pipeline,” he said. “This project is ultimately a piece of the network that’s designed to export oil to other countries…it doesn’t affect the day-to-day lives of Canadians except to expose us to considerable risk.”But at least one observer suggests the reversal is a better alternative to an international player meeting the refinery demands Enbridge is responding to.“This project wants to bring lower priced oil from western Canada to replace foreign oil,” said Phil Walsh, a Ryerson professor with the university’s Centre for Urban Energy.“My biggest concern is that environmentalists are not considering that the market will seek out sources from other jurisdictions that don’t have the same level of environmental standards that we have here in Canada.”Indeed, the degree of scrutiny Line 9 is being subjected to will ensure it’s one of the safest pipelines in Canada, said Warren Mabee, director of the Queen’s University Institute for Energy and Environmental policy.“I worry about the environmental impacts no matter where these pipes run but…they’re having to take a hard look at the infrastructure that they have and presumably that means that they will find faults and they will fix them.”Whatever the result of the upcoming NEB hearings, Mabee believes the conversation Line 9 has generated is worth having.“This is good for Canada, that we’re talking about this infrastructure, because it ties into this discussion about how we develop our energy future,” he said. “Whether this is a positive or negative outcome for the company, I think it’s a positive outcome for Canada.” Enbridge to argue for reversal of pipeline running through Ontario, Quebec AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Judge Trial is needed to determine claim that hit Blurred Lines copies

by Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2014 1:40 pm MDT Judge: Trial is needed to determine claim that hit ‘Blurred Lines’ copies Marvin Gaye’s music AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A jury should decide a claim by the children of Marvin Gaye that the 2012 hit song “Blurred Lines” improperly copied elements of their father’s music, a federal judge ruled Thursday.U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt made the ruling after reviewing conflicting analyses by experts hired by Robin Thicke and Pharrell, and by Gaye’s children to evaluate “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s song “Got to Give it Up.”The judge determined there is a genuine dispute about whether several musical elements, including signature phrases, hooks, bass lines, keyboard chords and vocal melodies, are similar.The court fight has lasted more than a year. A trial in scheduled for Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.The singers had sought a ruling Thursday by the judge that “Blurred Lines” did not infringe on copyrights to the Gaye song.Their attorney, Howard King, wrote in an email that the ruling was not a surprise, and he was confident the entertainers would win at trial.In his ruling, Kronstadt limited the analysis to be made by a jury to how the compositions appear on sheet music, not how “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give it Up” sound to listeners.“Since the compositions at issue are completely different, we remain confident of prevailing at trial,” King wrote.A representative for Gaye’s children, Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III, did not have an immediate comment on the ruling.The Gaye family also claims that his “After the Dance” was improperly used for Thicke’s No. 1 R&B hit, “Love After War.” Kronstadt ruled a trial would be needed to decide that issue as well.___Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP read more

Winters here as weather warning issued over winds

first_imgIT’S BEEN A mild winter so far but with Met Éireann predicting colder temperatures today and issuing a wind warning, the season has finally set in.Gusts of up to 120kph were noted in Connact, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal overnight, while Munster and Leinster experienced winds of up to 110kph.Blustery conditions are continuing this morning with strong-to-gale-force and gusty winds in Ulster, Connacht and north Leinster.Temperatures are expected to reach a maximum of 7 degrees Celsius.And in more bad news, some rain is predicted later this morning.Looking ahead, it will be cold tonight with temperatures dropping to freezing. But conditions will start to pick up at the weekend and we’ll be back into mild territory.Met Éireann says the weather looks set to be settled “well into next week” with temperatures normal or slightly above by day. The nights will be mild too with very few – if any – frosts. Rainfall will be well below normal.Read: Forget the festive jumpers, get your loved ones a life jacket this ChristmasMore: Winter woolies at the ready… It’s going to get pretty cold in the next few dayslast_img read more

Enda Kenny meets Mayor Bloomberg in New York gives him a teapot

first_imgMayor Bloomberg is presented with a teapot by the Taoiseach in New York this morning. Pic: MerrionStreet/TwitterTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has been meeting with the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, this morning as part of his trip to the US to mark the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.At a breakfast event in New York this morning Kenny presented the mayor with a teapot that was housed in the National Museum of Ireland in Co Mayo.It is one of 100 objects contained in a special e-book “that is itself Ireland’s gift to America and the world to mark St Patrick’s Day” Kenny explained in a speech.The Taoisech’s speech came ahead of his participation in the St Patrick’s Day parade as it marches up 5th Avenue in the Big Apple today.“The Irish are found in every borough every corner of New York. In previous generations they came heartbroken hungry in search of new life new hope,” Kenny told his audience.“Today they come in search of opportunity to work in finance, fashion, film.”He paid tribute to the ‘New York Irish’ who helped out in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy which hit the region last October and said that the Irish government had committed $320,000 to help community projects in the areas worst affected by the storm.In his speech Kenny also hailed Ireland’s “successful return to the bond markets” and the “third consecutive year of growth” in the Irish economy.“International confidence in Ireland has been restored. During second-half 2012 the numbers at work in the economy rose over a six month period for the first time since 2008,” he told his audience.He also invited Mayor Bloomberg to visit Ireland in the near future “to revisit some haunts and perhaps together we might create some new ones”.Kenny also extended an invitation to the New York City Council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn , who is of Irish descent, to visit Ireland in the future.More: Kenny set for ‘shamrock ceremony’ at White House… on Tuesdaylast_img read more

200000 grant to Oakleigh Community

first_imgWe are only two weeks away from the state election, and the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh continues to be a focal point of the Napthine government. The premier joined celebrations at the annual Glendi Festival last Sunday, where he announced $200,000 worth of funding for the upgrade of the centre’s kitchen facilities to a commercial standard. State Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews also promised a $60,000 grant to the Greek Glendi Festival of Oakleigh if Labor is elected.“The new kitchen will allow the community to continue to use the centre for major events, conferences, exhibitions and multicultural activities,” Dr Napthine said.Dr Napthine, alongside Planning Minister Matthew Guy, said the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh is intertwined with the local Greek population in the south-east.“Victoria’s Greek community is one of our largest and most influential and is a community that has prospered and contributed to the development of our city, our state and our nation,” he said, highlighting the event’s great turnout throughout the weekend, which, in spite of the rain on Saturday, attracted thousands of people to Warrawee Park.As part of the Liberals state election plan – for communities with easy access to parks and playgrounds, infrastructure that is appropriately maintained, state-of-the-art facilities, and roads that are in the best condition possible – Oakleigh Glendi will receive major funding in next year’s round of the Multicultural Communities Infrastructure Fund. Another 28 organisations are to receive grants from the Victorian Coalition government. This amount includes a $20,000 Multicultural Festivals and Events grant, awarded in 2014-15 and a $100,000 Unity Through Partnerships grant for the inaugural 2013 event. It is worth mentioning that since 2013, the annual Glendi Festival has already seen $120,000 in funding.The Oakleigh Greek Glendi – Unity Through Diversity Festival – remains a key priority for the Victorian government, which acknowledges the Greek community’s contribution to the district, in terms of entwining the different cultural heritages of its citizens. “It’s our policy to have multiculturalism as one of our advantages regarding the economy and the growth of the state, the equality of life in Melbourne and Victoria. We as a coalition government support multiculturalism,” Premier Napthine explained.Melbourne’s east is the home of one of the largest Greek communities, which has an important role to play in the upcoming state election. “Theo Zografos is the new member for Oakleigh. He is a person who listens to Oakleigh, who knows Oakleigh and can strongly represent Oakleigh. The coalition will continue to work with the Greek precinct in Oakleigh, where we’ve got a strong track record of supporting the Greek heritage and history here, for over 50 years. The Greeks have been one of the great contributors to Oakleigh and district. We want to grow and maintain that,” the premier concluded. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Why Event Marketing is a 365DayaYear Job

first_imgWe know events. After working with over a thousand events in the past three years — small, huge and everywhere in between — we’ve learned that there are two ways to approach trade shows, expos, and conferences.The first and most prevalent way people define these events is as a “happening.” A three-day extravaganza that descends on a venue like a battalion of soldiers, bustling through booths, herding into keynotes, and swapping business cards and cocktails. Then, everyone goes home and takes a sick day, the event fading from their memories in a haze until next year.Face-to-face events will always feature this component; it’s the backbone of our industry. But with recently-plateaued industry growth and a rising tide of digital competition, organizers must get the most mileage out of their events or risk obsolescence.Therefore, the second and more slow-burning way to think of events is as a brand unto themselves. Publishers will nod knowingly at this, even if attendees and exhibitors don’t think of events that way. We must recognize the event experience itself as a 365-day-a-year ROI opportunity. Publishers work year-round to produce amazing events as well as amazing media, so why limit brand engagement to a few days?This is the way Feathr approaches events. Publisher-hosted events create a marketplace between your attendees and exhibitors — but are you doing everything you can to monetize your audience year-round? It starts with leveraging the data you already have, like content consumption trends, webinar attendance, and session attendance at last year’s event. Using this data, you may already be providing compelling content marketing to distinct segments of users.You can also maximize your event ROI by making sure sponsors and audiences get connected via technology, data points, and face-to-face meetings. Your exhibitors want access to attendees — not just during the event, but before and after as well. By taking a 365-day perspective and leveraging digital tools and audience data, you can provide value and monetize access between those parties throughout the year.Start small by simply keeping in touch with event audiences. Email, social media, and the event app itself are excellent starting places. Publishing engaging content and having industry-specific webinars, niche events, and discussions a few times a year keeps your event at the top of your audience’s mind, as do digital tactics like retargeting and omni-channel marketing.Let go of the idea that your every move be aimed at driving registrations. Focus on providing educational and entertainment value year-round with content like articles, polls, photos, or videos. Featuring exhibitors and sponsors throughout the year is another way to elicit cross-promotional opportunities and expand the audience of both brands. This can be done by driving traffic to referral landing pages and including them in your digital and live outreach events. A year-round engagement plan only needs to inspire an audience to think about your brand during the off season. That’s part of the overall experience, and it’s essential in today’s market.Here at Feathr, we are always happy to hear from publishers who want to get more ROI out of their events. How do you engage your audience 24/7/365?Sponsored by Feathr: Understand and interact with each attendee and exhibitor at scale, to deliver the most relevant experience across any channel. Learn more.last_img read more