1,065 candidates in fray for BDC polls in Jammu & Kashmir

first_imgAfter the final withdrawal of nomination papers, 1,065 candidates are in fray for the October 24 Block Development Council (BDC) polls in Jammu and Kashmir, State election officials said on Saturday.853 Independents “A total of 1,092 nominations, including 853 Independents, were found eligible after the scrutiny and withdrawal, out of which 27 candidates were elected unopposed as chairpersons, leaving 1,065 in the fray,” the officials said. The highest number of 101 candidates are trying their luck from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, followed by nearby Baramulla (90), Jammu (82), Rajouri (76), Doda (74), Kathua (72) Udhampur and Budgam (58 each), Kishtwar (44), Ramban (43) and Reasi (39), they said. The officials said Leh and Kargil districts together accounted for 74 candidates — 38 from Kargil and 36 from Leh, while Shopian district in south Kashmir has the lowest number of only four candidates. Another five candidates are in fray from Srinagar district. Polls in 310 blocksThere are 316 blocks in the State, out of these two are without elected panches or Sarpanches besides, four blocks have been reserved for women and there are no women candidates. Thus, the elections would be held in 310 blocks on October 24. All necessary arrangements have been made by the authorities for the smooth conduct of elections, the officials said. They said there would be one polling station for one BDC, and accordingly, 310 polling stations have been set up in the State, one in each block where elections are to be held. There are 26,629 voters, of which 8,313 are women and 18,316 men for all the 316 blocks across the 22 districts of J&K, the officials said, adding that the ballot boxes will be used during the polls as the election shall be held through secret ballot.last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir reluctant to play West Indies tour: Sources

first_imgThe Indian skipper for the forthcoming ODI series against West Indies, Gautam Gambhir, is reluctant to play the tour. The designated captain for the Caribbean is apparently worried about aggravating the injury to his shoulder, senior sources in the BCCI have told Headlines Today. Gambhir has told the BCCI that he is worried about a four-month injury lay off if he goes to the West Indies, which would mean missing the crucial series in England.  The BCCI is now awaiting the results of the physio report before they make a decision on Gambhir’s availability for the tour. They have confirmed that if Gautam is found to be unfit, he will not be sent to the Carribean. India’s cricketing body is unhappy that Gambhir continued playing for Kolkata Knight Riders as the skipper in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League despite the injury to his shoulder. Gambhir has not been sure of the extent of his shoulder injury as he was yet to know the result of MRI scan done on Tuesday evening. Club vs country Gambhir’s decision to play for Kolkata Knight Riders and risk his Team India role, has stoked the club versus country debate. Former chief selector Kiran More feels the BCCI needs to set its house in order. “Why blame cricketers? The BCCI needs to a take a big call over the issue. It must look into rules and regulations,” More told Headlines Today. South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs said as a professional cricketer ‘needs to know the extent of his injury’. “It is an important duty of a cricketer,” Gibbs said, adding country should come before the club, as there is ‘prestige’ involved. While cricket analyst Charu Sharma believed ‘avenues and options’ may force a cricketer to prefer clubs to the national call, senior cricket journalist Gulu Ezekiel said, “The BCCI has opened a Pandora’s box. You have players who will play the ILP but not the international matches.” The BCCI has created a situation, where ‘the rest of the world has to deliver’ and not Indian players, because the IPL happens in India, Ezekiel added.advertisementlast_img read more

Nielsen Hat Trick, Isles Beat Stars, 7-5

first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. — Frans Nielsen has seen a lot with the New York Islanders since the 2006-07 season — and much of it has been frustrating.But in his 455th game, Nielsen notched his first hat trick, and the Islanders outlasted the Dallas Stars in a wild 7-5 win on the night of Oct. 25.Nielsen beat goalie Anders Lindback with a wrist shot at 9:39 of the third period to break a 4-4 tie after he and Nikolay Kulemin skated into the Dallas zone on a 2-on-1 rush.He scored again six minutes later and then finished with an empty-net goal with less than a second remaining. He deferred to his teammates as the Islanders won for the sixth time in eight games to start the season.“It was pretty cool,” the 30-year-old Danish center said. “We know we’re a good team and we’re working hard. We wanted to make a statement in the beginning, and we’ve done it.”New linemates Mikhail Grabovski and Kulemin also earned praise from Nielsen, a third-round draft pick by the Islanders in 2002. Grabovski had two assists and Kulemin scored his first goal with the Islanders.“They are both really smart players, and it’s fun playing with them,” Nielsen said.Nielsen’s second goal came at 15:09 off another 2-on-1 with Grabovski before Shawn Horcoff pulled Dallas to within 6-5 just 23 seconds later.Backup goalie Chad Johnson made 26 saves for the Islanders in his second straight start. He has won all three games he has played this season.“You won’t score six or seven goals every night so I have to make more key saves,” Johnson said. “But a win is a win. You get the two points any way you can.”Anders Lee, recalled by New York from AHL Bridgeport this week, opened the scoring with his first of the season at 5:11 of the first period.After Vernon Fiddler tied it at 13:25, Kulemin scored on a short-handed breakaway at 18:42.Lee’s goal came when he redirected Thomas Hickey’s shot past Lindback. It was the 11th goal for Lee in 26 NHL games.Brock Nelson scored his fifth of the season at 1:12 of the second period to extend New York’s lead to 3-1.Then Stars’ leading scorer Tyler Seguin narrowed the deficit to 3-2 with his sixth of the season at 5:25 before Jason Spezza tied it with a power-play goal at 6:50.Antoine Roussel put Dallas ahead 4-3 at 15:50 but Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky ripped a shot over Lindback’s right shoulder 30 seconds later to tie it again.The goal was the first of the season for the 38-year-old Visnovsky, who missed the first five games of the season with a back injury.The Islanders have eight goals from defensemen this season. They had 23 all of last season from blue-liners.Contributions from throughout the lineup against Dallas didn’t include Islanders’ leading scorer and captain John Tavares. Linemates Kyle Okposo and Cory Conacher assisted on Visnovsky’s goal.“We’re doing the right things defensively and that leads to chances like the 2-on-1 we finally got,” Nielsen said. “We compete hard, which leads to bounces going your way. Now we have to keep working hard.”New York is 9-3-3 in its last 15 games against Dallas, which fell to 4-2-2 one night after beating the Devils in New Jersey in a shootout.“We created more than enough chances, but we didn’t adjust well enough,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “We did some good things and played hard, but we were inconsistent.”Grabovski returned after a three-game absence with concussion symptoms. He replaced Josh Bailey who went on the injured list after he broke a hand against Boston.Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic missed his second straight game due to an upper body injury.(ALLAN KREDA) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NFL Pushes Extra Point Kick Back

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers.The owners on May 19 approved the competition committee’s proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more than 99 percent of the kicks with the ball snapped from the 2.“There was strong sentiment coming out of our meetings in March that something had to be done with our extra point,” said Texans General Manager Rick Smith, a member of the competition committee that proposed this specific rule change. “From a kicking perspective the try was over 99 percent (successful), so we tried to add skill to the play.“It was also a ceremonial play.”The accepted proposal places the 2-point conversion at the 2, and allows the defense to return a turnover to the other end zone for the two points, similar to the college rule. The defense can also score two points by returning a botched kick.The change was approved only for 2015, then will be reviewed. But Smith predicts it will become permanent. “This isn’t an experiment,” Smith added. “This is a rule change. We expect this to be a part of the game.”The vote was 30-2. Washington and Oakland voted no.New England and Philadelphia also made suggestions on changing the extra point, but the owners went with the powerful committee’s recommendation.Officiating chief Dean Blandino said the percentage of kicks made from the 33- or 34-yard line has been around 93 percent. And Troy Vincent, in charge of NFL Football Pperations, noted that placekickers can handle such an alteration.“The kicker’s a skill position now,” Vincent said. “We’re not trying to take the foot out of the game.”The short-lived XFXL, a developmental league, used the 15-yard line as the line of scrimmage on extra point placements.A major part of the change is the hope more teams will go for two points. In contrast to the traditional extra point kick from short distance, that is an exciting and usually a critical play.Some teams could look into 2-point specialists; there’s conjecture that Eagles coach Chip Kelly brought in Tim Tebow to potentially fill such a role.___By Barry Wilner, AP Pro Football Writer. AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Wimbledon 2019 Semi-final live

first_imgIt has been a long wait but the most captivating modern rivalry in men’s tennis returns to the scene of its most dramatic episode on Friday when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet for a place in the Wimbledon final.Much has changed since that epic Sunday night in 2008 when, as the last strands of daylight ebbed away, Nadal dethroned the king of Centre Court in a rain-hit final that will forever be part of Wimbledon folklore.Centre Court now has a retractable roof as does Court One, for a start, and Federer has two sets of twins.Nadal’s knees are creakier, his hair thinner and the sleeveless tops and pirate pants he wore as a 22-year-old tyro have been replaced by regular tennis attire.They have both had dips and comebacks and both have been written off at times. But form is temporary. Class endures.Federer is approaching his 38th birthday and Nadal is 33, yet they remain the two central pillars of men’s tennis with 20 and 18 Grand Slam titles respectively.They have met 22 times since that epic five-setter when Nadal became the first Spaniard since Manolo Santana in 1966 to win the men’s title, proving he was not just a claycourt bully but had evolved his topspin game after losing consecutive Wimbledon finals to Federer in 2006 and 2007.What TV channel is the Wimbledon 2019 men’s singles semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer?The Wimbledon 2019 semi-final matches can be viewed on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD. Hotstar will provide the live streaming for Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal.advertisementWhere will the Wimbledon 2019 semi-final be played and when will it start? The Wimbledon 2019 semi-final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be played from 7:30 PM IST at the Centre Court of All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.Where can I watch the Wimbledon semi-final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal?The match will be shown on Star Sports Select 1.Where can I check the online live updates of the Wimbledon 2019 semi-final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal?You can follow our coverage here – https://www.indiatoday.in/sportsAlso See:last_img read more

Steinhaus becomes Bundesliga’s first female ref

first_imgBundesliga Bundesliga history-maker Steinhaus ‘relieved’ after landmark moment Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 05:37 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) bibianasteinhaus-cropped Bongarts Bundesliga The 38-year-old said she was “relieved” after becoming the Bundesliga’s first female referee Bibiana Steinhaus made history as she took charge of the 1-1 draw between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen on Sunday to become the first female referee in Bundesliga history.The 38-year-old police officer, who officiated matches in the 2. Bundesliga for 10 years before being appointed to the country’s premier competition, issued just one yellow card as the game passed without controversy.Dortmund 6/1 to win Bundesliga Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Steinhaus made an excellent decision to play advantage when Hertha’s Vladimir Darida was fouled, allowing Mathew Leckie to subsequently score the opening goal of the game.1 – Bibiana Steinhaus is the first woman to referee a #Bundesliga game. History. #BSCSVW — OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 10, 2017 Danish midfielder Thomas Delaney equalised after 59 minutes to help Werder earn their first point of the season but the story of the day belonged to Steinhaus, who previously took charge of Bayern Munich’s 5-0 win over Chemnitzer FC in the DFB Pokal in August.She told the Bundesliga’s official website: “I’m relieved, to be honest, that it’s successfully over and now we can look forward to the next one and start a normal life from tomorrow.”Stars from across world football paid tribute to Steinhaus’ historic achievement, including Spain and Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who tweeted: “All the luck in the world to Bibiana Steinhaus and the women who come after!”last_img read more

FIFA Club World Cup to kick off on December 11

first_img Next Reuters ZurichJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 16:12 IST Liverpool will play FIFA Club World Cup as European Champions. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLiverpool enter the competition in the semi-final stage and take on a second-round winner on Dec. 18FIFA had said it would revamp the tournament to feature 24 teams from 2021Three teams for this year have been confirmed with European champions LiverpoolThe penultimate edition of the Club World Cup in its current format featuring seven teams will kick off in Qatar on Dec. 11 with the final taking place 10 days later, global soccer governing body FIFA announced on Friday.FIFA had said it would revamp the tournament to feature 24 teams from 2021, with Qatar hosting the final two editions in the old style as test events for the World Cup which the Gulf state will host in 2022.Three teams for this year have been confirmed with European champions Liverpool joining CONCACAF champions CF Monterrey and Oceania’s Hienghene Sport. The club representing hosts Qatar will depend on the ongoing AFC Champions League.If a team from Qatar are champions, they qualify directly for the second round … with the runners-up playing the opening match against Hienghene Sport on Dec. 11, FIFA said in a statement.If the AFC Champions League winners are not a club from Qatar, the current holders of the Qatar Stars League title, Al Sadd SC, play the opening match against Hienghene Sport.Participating teams from Africa, Asia and South America will be determined in the coming months. The draw for the second round and semi-final matches will take place at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich on Sept. 16.Liverpool enter the competition in the semi-final stage and take on a second-round winner on Dec. 18.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow FIFAFollow Club World Cup FIFA Club World Cup to kick off on December 11Liverpool are one of the four teams who have been confirmed to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup at the semi-final stage, which includes Mexico’s Monterrey, New Caledonia’s Hienghene Sport Al-Sadd from Qatari.advertisementlast_img read more

Free WiFi in Tangier Public Gardens

By Hajar JannadRabat – On the occasion of the 5th edition of the “salon regional du livre” held in Tangier from June 22 to 28 , Fouad El-Omari, the city’s mayor, announced that starting in July free outdoor Wi-Fi will be provided in public parks throughout the city.An outdoor public wireless internet network–available free of charge and lasting an hour–was already launched in Casablanca in collaboration with the three mobile operators (Meditel, Inwi, and Maroc Telecom); this initiative was highly praised by the city’s youth. Free Wi-Fi was also launched in Marrakech’s Arsat Moulay Abdeslam garden. For Fouad El Omari, the public network is part of the “Tanger Metropole” program and the vision for a twenty-first century downtown aimed at promoting the human development and integration of the city.This initiative will enable Tangier’s residents and visitors to connect to the Internet on laptops, smart phones and other mobile devices while outdoors. M&T Bank is leading the effort to engineer, purchase, and install the wireless system.It is now time for Tangier’s residents to benefit from free Wi-Fi and connect wherever they are. If succeeds, the initiative will be further expanded into other zones and other cities. read more

Johnson has careerbest 30 points Grambling gets 8157 win

GRAMBLING, La. — Lasani Johnson posted a career-high 30 points as Grambling scorched Division III Centenary 81-57 on Tuesday night.Johnson also had a career-best seven from long range and scored 19 in the second half as Grambling (4-4) ran away with the victory. Johnson made 11 of 15 field-goal attempts, hitting 7 of 10 from distance. Dallas Polk-Hilliard added 17 points and Travon Bunch posted a career-high 11 rebounds as the Tigers won the rebound battle 44-32.Grambling had a 15-2 run to take a 34-14 lead before Centenary rallied to trail 37-21 at the break. Ty Prince completed a 3-point play with 15:45 remaining in the game as the Gents closed to 41-30. Grambling answered with a 26-8 run to secure the victory.Kaharri Carter had 11 points and Prentis Washington and Treylan Matthews chipped in 10 apiece for Centenary.The Associated Press read more

Night Tube to start on Piccadilly line on December 16 as final 24hour

first_imgTwo women take a selfie on a platform at Oxford Circus Tube stationCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (centre) travelling with passengers on a Victoria line tube train during the launch of London's Night Tube August London’s Night Tube service on the Piccadilly line will begin on December 16, it has been announced.Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor, said the decision fulfilled his pledge to have five lines running throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays by the end of the year.All-night services have already begun on the Victoria, Central and Jubilee lines, with the Northern line to begin on November 18.The 24-hour weekend Piccadilly line service will run between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5. It will mean that late-night revellers will be able to travel home from Christmas parties by the Piccadilly line this year. This could make it easier for passengers catching early morning weekend flights from the west London airport, as well as provide another transport option for people working at or visiting bars, restaurants and music venues in Kensington, Hammersmith and the West End.Mr Khan said: “I pledged to introduce five Night Tube services before the end of the year, and it gives me great pleasure to announce the start date of the fifth of these, the Piccadilly line services.”We’ve seen how enthusiastically Londoners have embraced the Night Tube, and I am delighted that we’ve exceeded expectations with more than one million journeys made already.”The addition of the Piccadilly line will help even more thousands of Londoners every weekend, from those taking in the capital’s cultural landmarks to the many workers who keep London open around the clock.” Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre, said: “The Piccadilly line runs through the heart of theatreland and, once it begins running for 24 hours at the weekend, will give our audiences the flexibility to explore the West End’s vibrant nightlife, making that trip to the theatre even more special.”Moreover, the Night Tube has already proven to be a tremendous asset to the industry, helping our staff and performers get home in the quickest possible way.”The long-awaited Night Tube launched in August – almost a year later than planned. Two women take a selfie on a platform at Oxford Circus Tube station Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (centre) travelling with passengers on a Victoria line tube train during the launch of London’s Night Tube AugustCredit:Yui Mok/PAcenter_img A man sleeps on the floor of a London Underground train at nightCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP A man sleeps on the floor of a London Underground train at night 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. Night Tube map It was due to start on five lines at weekends last September, but was beset by delays amid a campaign of staff strike action.Unions maintained that Transport for London (TfL) could have introduced the Night Tube earlier, but it took 18 months of “tortuous” negotiations before a deal on pay and conditions was agreed.Transport for London said the Night Tube will reduce journeys by an average of 20 minutes and some by more than an hour. It is estimated it will boost London’s night-time economy by £360million.last_img read more

An open and transparent garda briefing full of unanswered questions

first_imgDoes this have anything to do with the massive cuts in resources over the last ten years? 44 Comments Short URL Share30 Tweet Email By Michelle Hennessy An open and transparent garda briefing full of unanswered questions The Commissioner told reporters yesterday she had heard the “disquiet” around the force’s latest scandal. How can she expect the public to have any confidence in An Garda Síochána as a police organisation anymore?O’Sullivan began by referring to a media briefing last week given by Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn where he outlined massive errors that led to almost a million phantom breath tests being logged on the Pulse system and hundreds of thousands of drivers receiving summonses they should never have been sent.“It’s a departure from what we would normally do, but it is part of the change we are undergoing,” she explained.These briefings are part of the culture change in the force, she stressed – a demonstration of a new openness and transparency.“We have heard very, very carefully, the disquiet around the issues and also the call for further and more detailed information,” she continued, adding that she recognised there were “very, very serious issues” and she is conscious of the impact this has had on public confidence in the organisation.So, first question. It came from RTÉ’s Paul Reynolds, who bluntly kicked it all off with: “How did this happen? Do we have thousands of gardaí effectively making it up? Is there that level of fraud?”“There is no doubt that this is a very, very serious issue that we have to get to the bottom of,” replied the Commissioner.As I said earlier, Assistant Commissioner Michael O’Sullivan, the newly appointed assistant commissioner, is tasked with exactly that, identifying exactly where this was happening, who was doing it and what precisely were they doing and if we identify, in any case, that there is deliberate – let it be distortion of facts, deliberate falsification of records or any of that – the appropriate action will be taken.“You must have some idea what’s going on? … And people really want action now.”“Well, we are taking action  and we have taken action – we’ve taken action from the moment this came to light. And what we have to do is satisfy ourselves as to what precisely happened that led to the creation of these records. Who is responsible for that and to make sure that if people have done something deliberately wrong or if they have made some error, that they are held accountable for that and that the systems and governance processes that are there are equally examined to make sure that they’re robust.”On to resourcing: “Would the Commissioner commit to bulking the Traffic Corps back up?”“Yes, absolutely.”Starting this year, the intention is to increase the size of the Traffic Corps by 10% year-on-year.O’Sullivan acknowledged there had been a significant depletion of the Traffic Corps in recent years and in supervisory management right around the country.If this has led to members being careless or deliberately keeping inaccurate records – “This does not make it okay,” she was quick to add.“A no confidence motion in you has been tabled by Sinn Féin – will you step down if the country’s lawmakers vote against you?”I think from 2014 when I took up this position on an acting interim basis, I think I made very clear my commitment to making sure the cultural organisation and the administrative reform that was needed to bring this organisation into the 21st century happens and happens in a real way and we began a journey in 2014 to get that done – that’s continuing.“But, if the Dáil votes no confidence in you next week – will you remain on as Commissioner?”I have a journey of work that I have to do and I have to see that I see out that commitment and to make sure that the foundations of what is a modern professional police service that delivers the cultural reform, the structural reform, and the organisation reform that’s necessary to achieve that is put in place.“Can we just get a straight answer – will you stay on if the Dáil votes no confidence?”“I am absolutely committed to making sure that we continue to deliver on the transformation and the change and the reform agenda that we committed to government that we would do.”“You’ve been through all the ranks of the organisation – have you ever come across anything like this before while you were in those positions?”“Well, firstly, unfortunately, I never served in the traffic police bureau and I never served in traffic and in fact, you know, I never even used a Drager [breath testing device], as an example, but that doesn’t in any way diminish what we have found here,” she said.The reality is, what we have to look at is, get to the bottom of what has happened here, who has done what and where was it done and as soon as we have that we will have more answers.The Commissioner finished up with some of her own questions:“How come this never came to light before? How come this was never challenged before?“Those will be answered – they hope – by Assistant Commissioner Michael O’Sullivan’s investigation.What next?Garda management provided a detailed timeline of how this controversy was uncovered, outlined the measures they have put in place to stop it happening again in the future and revealed they hope to have a report back in three months from their internal investigation.They also stressed that if someone is found to have done wrong, action will be taken.After 38 minutes of openness and transparency, having been told they were given ample time to question management on how this scandal came about, the now-subdued mob of reporters started to filter out of the room, none-the-wiser.The most important question – how did this happen? – for now, remains unanswered.Read: Nóirín O’Sullivan announces major restructuring of some garda sections – but she’s not going anywhere>More: Here’s what we know so far about the garda breath test scandal> Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 12:01 AM Mar 28th 2017, 12:01 AM center_img Were gardaí making them up? 15,040 Views Source: Leah FarrellFOR 38 MINUTES yesterday afternoon, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan fielded questions from a rabble of journalists gathered in a stiflingly hot briefing room at Garda Headquarters. How on earth did almost a million breath tests that never happened end up on the internal garda system? Will she consider her own position? https://jrnl.ie/3309776 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Language education made easy

first_imgConsidered the ‘yellow pages’ of language education services, bilingual parent Ms Karen Nejad has created Australia’s first comprehensive online language education directory. Languages Australia was started a year ago, in response to the difficulties Ms Nejad and other parents were encountering when trying to source information regarding bilingual education services.Catering to parents with children aged 0-18 years, the site includes information on bilingual playgroup and story time options, childcare centres that teach a second language, language-based activities and classes, government schools and their language programs, in addition to after school government language classes and Saturday schools. With nearly one in five Australians recorded as speaking a second language, and language education ranking high on the government agenda, the self-funded website is an invaluable source of information.The Bilingual Shop is a recent addition to the website, currently stocking hand-drawn bilingual flash cards available in 10 languages, including Greek, Arabic, French and Hindi. For more information visit www.languagesaustralia.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Internet mobile réseaux sociaux les 10 chiffres de 2010

first_imgInternet, mobile, réseaux sociaux : les 10 chiffres de 2010Quelles sont les grandes tendances dans le monde de la technologie ? Maxisciences a retenu 10 chiffres pour faire le point. Plusieurs cabinets et instituts de sondage viennent de diffuser des analyses pertinentes et étonnantes concernant l’Internet et le mobile. Arobase.net a publié un grand nombre de chiffres venant des études de Fleishman-Hillard/Harris Interactive, ComScore, Médiamétrie, Nielsen…) En voici les principaux enseignements. 1. 5 milliardsC’est le nombre d’abonnements de téléphonie mobile souscrits dans le monde, une barre franchie le 8 juillet dernier. Alors que les ventes de smartphones ont augmenté de 50% au deuxième trimestre 2010, le nombre de téléphones équipés du système d’exploitation de Google, Android, devrait s’élever à 75 millions en 2012, contre 62 millions pour l’iPhone d’Apple. 2. 851En pourcentage, le taux de croissance pour les ventes de smartphones équipés du système d’exploitation Android. Au cours des deux premiers trimestres de l’année 2010, la recherche sur les mobiles Android aurait augmenté de quelque 300%. Apple n’a qu’à bien se tenir. 3. 20 millions Le nombre de Français inscrits sur des réseaux sociaux. Les adolescents ont vu leurs parents et même certains grands-parents débarquer sur Facebook. En un an, il y a deux fois plus d’utilisateurs de plus de 50 ans que d’utilisateurs de moins de 18 ans présents sur Facebook, Twitter et autres. Huit millions de Français visitent un réseau social quotidiennement. Avec ses 500 millions d’utilisateurs, Facebook est ainsi devenu l’outil professionnel favori des cadres devant Viadeo et Linkedin. Le réseau social a toutefois connu une importante chute du nombre de créations de comptes. Logique si l’on considère que la plupart des gens qui ont accès à Internet sont déjà inscrits. 4. 50En pourcentage, l’augmentation du temps passé par les 15-24 ans sur leur messagerie électronique et sur les services de messagerie instantanée sur les téléphones en juin 2010 par rapport à juin 2009 en France. Les applications mobiles se sont démocratisées et les jeunes se servent de leur téléphone plus que de leur ordinateur pour échanger.  5. 88En pourcentage, le nombre de spams dans le trafic de mails mondial. Un chiffre étonnant surtout lorsque l’on sait que 43% de ces mails seraient envoyés par un seul réseau de machines. 6. 33En pourcentage, l’augmentation de trafic du site de microblogging Twitter depuis avril 2010. Vingt milliards de tweets ont été envoyés depuis 2006. Toutefois, si Twitter se révèle addictif et incontournable pour certains utilisateurs, tous n’ont pas les mêmes habitudes. 75% des tweets sont envoyés par seulement 5% des membres du réseau social. De plus, 15,8% des comptes Twitter n’ont aucun follower et seul 1% des comptes Twitter peut franchir le cap des 1.000 followers. 7. 53L’indice d’influence d’Internet qui est en nette augmentation dans l’Hexagone. Il vient de passer de 38% en 2008 à 53% en 2010. Une hausse qui se fait au détriment de la télévision, dont l’influence a diminué de 35 à 27%. En France, 64% des internautes déclarent surfer sur Internet pour “rechercher des informations ou se divertir”, 51% utilisent le Web pour “communiquer avec les autres”, tandis que 16% préfèrent “s’exprimer en produisant du contenu”. 8. 62En pourcentage, le nombre de médias traditionnels qui ont perdu des annonceurs au profit des médias sur Internet. Autre chiffre intéressant concernant l’actualité sur Internet et son impact sur la presse : 41% des médias traditionnels perdraient des lecteurs.  9. 430 millionsÀ lire aussiTaxe GAFA : Amazon veut faire payer les vendeurs françaisEn euros, l’argent dépensé pour faire de la publicité sur les moteurs de recherche en 2010. Un résultat en augmentation de 8%. En France, 16% des internautes disent avoir déjà cliqué sur des publicités en ligne en 2009 (ils étaient 32% en 2007), 85% des clics sont générés par seulement 8% des internautes. 10. 16,4 milliardsLe nombre de requêtes effectuées au mois de juin par les Américains sur les différents moteurs de recherche, principalement Google, Yahoo! et Bing. Le 1 septembre 2010 à 10:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Googles DeepMind Bests LipReading Expert

first_imgStay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS When I warn about the robot apocalypse, no one takes me seriously. But they really need to start.  Google’s DeepMind, which is currently one of the world’s most advanced machine learning systems, has just racked up another incredible win, this time against an expert in lip-reading.That might not sound that special, it’s not a cut-throat game of chess, for example, but it really is astonishing. That’s because the advanced pattern and particular facial recognition is one of the most complex cognitive processes humans can do. It’s also what nearly one-quarter of our brain mass is dedicated to. Now that we’ve lost this to the machines, it’s only a matter of time before they replace us.Researchers at Oxford University helped with the tests. The human lip-reader and DeepMind watched and analyzed hours of BBC broadcasts and then each gave their best estimation of what was said.The squishy meat-bag only got 12.4 percent of its words correct, while DeepMind managed an impeccable 46 percent. It’s worth noting that the human regularly analyzes security footage and provides testimony in court. So… that’s comforting.To be fair, this is awesome for a lot of reasons. Google will likely try to implement this recognition into its Google Now service so that it can use visual recognition to supplement speech analysis. It could also be a boon for the hearing impaired, provided easier and more universal access to basic services. And I’d be remiss to hand-wave that away. But, this is another nail in humanity’s coffin. Robots are already mastering driving; they can even paint and compose music. They can even write their own code, which is essentially the entire point of machine learning systems like DeepMind. And while that’s really cool from a “Wow, look at that!” perspective, we really need to shore up our defenses against the bots if we want to survive the next few decades. After all, top minds like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are terrified of the potential of AI.I’m warning you: you need to get ready now. Or you could be an idiot and invite something like Google’s  Home or the Amazon Echo. But seriously. Don’t do it. You’re basically inviting the AI INTO YOUR HOUSE.last_img read more

Bates – Citys success will be tarnished if they broke FFP

first_imgFormer Chairman of the Football Writers’ Association Steve Bates says the success that Manchester City have enjoyed in recent years will be ‘tarnished’ if they were found to have broken Financial Fair Play rules.German newspaper Der Spiegel broke the news and reported that Manchester City have circumvented Financial Fair Play rules, and the Premier League responded and promised to act if they receive substantial evidence.Manchester City, however, denied the allegations and pushed back saying it was “organized and clear” attempt to damage their reputation.“Pep Guardiola came out in the week and said whatever financial accusations being made shouldn’t detract from what was being achieved on the pitch, but I believe the two are intrinsically linked,” Bates told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If FFP had been rigidly applied, and City had flouted the rules with creative accounting, would they have been in a position to spend the kind of money that they have? I’m not totally sure they would have done.“The problem is that UEFA have been weak. They’ve put FFP in place to protect a ‘cartel’ at the top of European football, who didn’t want to see new money coming into the game, but the whole concept is now seen as a bit of a sham.“I’ve not heard UEFA make any statements or comments this week. They don’t want the big clubs like Manchester City and PSG filing lawsuits against them.“It’s a shame that it’s come to that as City’s achievements will be slightly tarnished by this. It’s inevitable, but whether football fans really care that much, I’m not so sure.”last_img read more

Young a Lonely GOP Voice for Puerto Rican Statehood

first_imgPhoto: U.S. GovernmentAlaska Congressman Don Young took some flack for holding a fundraiser in Puerto Rico last week, just days before chairing a subcommittee hearing on statehood for the U.S. territory. But at the hearing  back in Washington this afternoon, Young made it clear he’s no Johnny-come-lately to the question.Download Audio“On a personal level, I’ve been involved in this project since 1994,” he said at the start of the hearing. “I believe very strongly, right up front with you, in statehood. That’s no hidden secret. But that’s up to the decision of the Puerto Rican people.”It’s a divisive question on the island. Young likened their status to Alaska’s struggle to become a state, which occurred 92 years after Alaska’s purchase.“And Puerto Rico is still waiting 117 years later, to be recognized as Americans, full rights as Americans,” he said.Young is a rare Republican in Congress who supports statehood for Puerto Rico. The Caribbean island is the size of Kodiak Island but it’s home to 3.6 million people. If it was a state, it would have two U.S. senators and five representatives in the House, all predicted to be Democrats.According to an article in Politico last week, Puerto Rican residents have contributed $147,000 to Young’s re-election campaigns over more than 20 years. That doesn’t include the fundraiser a pro-statehood political action committee held for him at a San Juan restaurant on Friday.According to Politico, Young got angry when one of its reporters asked about the propriety of holding the fundraiser a few days before the hearing. The political news outlet reported his response as “So what?” and “I’m not talking to you anymore.”last_img read more

SBI Reports First Profit Growth in Six Quarters

first_imgThe State Bank of India on Friday reported its first profit in the last six quarters due to the higher interest income and stability of bad loans.It said that the net profit surged 3.3 percent year on year to 33.49 billion rupees ($545.22 million) in its fiscal first quarter to 30 June, while the interest gained in the quarter rose 15 percent from a year earlier to 364.87 billion rupees.The bank’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) declined to 4.90 percent of overall advances at the end of June versus the 5.56 percent in the previous year.Net non-performing loans as a percentage of total assets were 2.66 percent in the June quarter from 2.57 percent in the previous three months but gross non-performing loans were 4.9 percent compared with the 4.95 percent in March quarter, the bank said in a press release.But the stocks plunged after it reported its quarterly growth. Stocks fell 21 rupees lower at Rs 2415 per share during trading hours on Friday.Slower credit growth and rise in bad loans dragged the bank’s profits lower for every quarter since the three months ended in December 2012.The bank accounts for nearly 59 percent owned by the Indian government have pleaded this year to raise scrutiny of bad loans by doing regular reviews, reported Reuters.On Thursday, the Reserve Bank of India directed Asset Reconstruction Companies to invest 15 percent in security receipts issued by them. This regulation has been formulated by the RBI to consolidate the sale of bad loans in the banking system.In April, SBI sold off its NPAs worth Rs 3, 500 to Rs 4, 000 crore of the financial year 2013-14 to asset reconstruction companies.Indian lenders have been in hope of growth led by new government, RBI regulations and approvals of new projects. The economy grew less than five percent in the past two fiscal years, which led more borrower defaults and declination.last_img read more

Amnesty calls for Shahiduls release

first_imgActivists and photographer Shahidul Alam arrives surrounded by policemen for an appearance in a court, in Dhaka on 6 August 2018. Photo: AFPAmnesty Internationalon Monday said the government “must immediately and unconditionally” release Shahidul Alam, a well-known photographer and activist, who was detained by plainclothes policemen after giving an interview to Al-Jazeera English on the current wave of student protests, reports UNB.”Shahidul Alam must be immediately and unconditionally released. There is no justification whatsoever for detaining anyone for solely peacefully expressing their views. His arrest marks a dangerous escalation of a crackdown by the government that has seen the police and vigilantes unleash violence against student protestors,” said Omar Waraich, Amnesty International’s deputy South Asia director.OmarWaraichsaid the Bangladeshi government must end the crackdown on the student protestors and people speaking out against it.”The students have a right to peaceful assembly and physical security. These rights should be respected and protected, and there should be an immediate and effective investigation into the use of force by police, the violent actions of pro-government vigilantes who also attacked the students, and why the police did nothing to stop them.”At least 115 students were injured over the weekend as the police resorted to grossly excessive force, including firing rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of overwhelmingly peaceful student protestors, said the AI.The students also came under attack from pro-government counter-demonstrators, AI claimed.Thousands of Bangladeshi students have taken to the streets of Dhaka to demand safer roads after two teenagers were killed and 13 others injured while waiting at a bus stop outside a college when a speeding bus hit them.”As Bangladesh heads towards elections later this year, it is crucial that the government adheres to its international obligations, including the protection of the rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and security of persons,” said Omar Waraich.A court here on Monday placed Shahidul Alam, managing director of Drik Gallery and chairman of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, on a seven-day remand for interrogation in a case filed under the ICT Act.Dhaka additional chief metropolitan magistrate Asaduzzaman Nur passed the order after hearing a remand petition filed by the detective branch of police.PEN International on Monday also called for his immediate and unconditional release.The arrest of award-winning writer, photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam shines a light on the “dangerous escalation of the government’s crackdown” on dissenting voices, it said in a statement.Salil Tripathi, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee stated, “The Bangladeshi authorities must release Shahidul Alam immediately, institute an inquiry into why the officials responsible for action destroyed property and threatened others, establish new norms for security forces to act proportionately and with due regard to the law and within the limits placed by the law.Furthermore, they must change laws that allow the state to make such whimsical attacks on freedom of expression. Shahidul’s work and life are to be celebrated and emulated, not restricted.”last_img read more

US Marines return to Afghanistan

first_imgUS Marines returned to Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand Saturday, where American troops faced heated fighting until NATO’s combat mission ended in 2014, as embattled Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the resurgent Taliban.The deployment of some 300 Marines to the poppy-growing southern province came one day after the militants announced the launch of their “spring offensive”, and as the Trump administration seeks to craft a new strategy in Afghanistan.Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson attended a handover ceremony marking the return of the prestigious force, the first Marines in Afghanistan since 2014, an AFP photographer said.Part of a regular troop rotation announced in January under the Obama administration, they will arrive in stages, eventually numbering some 300 who will take part in NATO’s train, assist and advise mission.Helmand for years was the centrepiece of the US and British military intervention in Afghanistan—only for it to slip deeper into a quagmire of instability.“In those days Afghan security forces were tiny and just got started,” Brigadier General Roger Turner told AFP. “With the leadership in place now they… are poised to do much better.”The Taliban effectively control or contest 10 of Helmand’s 14 districts, blighted by a huge opium harvest that helps fund the insurgency.Around 30,000 people fled fighting in the province in 2016, mostly seeking refuge in provincial capital Lashkar Gah, with the city at times practically besieged.The US has some 8,400 troops in Afghanistan with about another 5,000 from NATO allies, mostly taking part in the training mission.Pentagon chief Jim Mattis warned of “another tough year” in Afghanistan when he visited Kabul this week as part of the Trump administration’s review of Afghan policy. Nicholson has called for a few thousand more troops to help break the “stalemate”.Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, a retired Afghan general based in Kabul, was optimistic.“If the Afghan forces and the US Marines jointly fight the phenomenon of the terrorism in southern Helmand, we will have tangible results,” he told AFP.But former Marine James Clark, who served twice in Helmand and now writes for military website Task & Purpose, called the deployment “half-measures”.“What lasting gains can our small military presence accomplish in Afghanistan that we couldn’t achieve during the height of the troop surge?” he told AFP.‘Butcher of Kabul’ returnsThe Helmand ceremony came as one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords, ex-prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, returned to public life Saturday after more than 20 years in exile.Hekmatyar, white-bearded and clad in his trademark black turban, called on the Taliban to lay down their weapons and join a “caravan of peace” as he spoke at a rally in Laghman province.Known widely as the “Butcher of Kabul”, Hekmatyar is chiefly remembered for his role in the bloody civil war of the 1990s, in which he stands accused of killing thousands of people in the capital Kabul. He is set to return there on Sunday.His comeback following a landmark peace agreement with President Ashraf Ghani in September has been hugely controversial in Afghanistan, sparking revulsion from human rights groups and residents of the capital.Afghanistan has seen intensified Taliban attacks across the country, leaving Afghan forces—already beset by killings, desertions, and vacuums in leadership and morale—stretched on multiple fronts and facing soaring casualties.Last week the Taliban delivered a stinging blow as militants dressed in Afghan army uniforms slaughtered at least 135 young recruits at a northern base, according to official figures—though multiple sources say the death toll is much higher.The Marines were among the first US forces sent to Afghanistan after the 2001 terror attacks in the United States.Several thousand were deployed in Helmand, the deadliest province for US and British forces, where they engaged in bitter combat with the Taliban insurgency.The US is also targeting Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan, earlier this month dropping its largest non-nuclear bomb on the jihadist group’s hideouts.Two US troops were killed Wednesday while fighting IS militants near the blast-site in eastern Nangarhar province in an incident potentially involving friendly fire, the Pentagon has said, adding an investigation has been launched.last_img read more