Ghaziabad, Jul 5 (PTI) Congress MLA from Jalandhar cantonment and Olympian Pargat Singh today said the Narendra Modi government should bring sports bill to dig out talent from far flung areas could and also increase the budget spending on sports.The Arjun awardee and Padam Shree former hockey player also demanded audit of funds allotted to the sports authorities.”Sports budget in our country is less than one per cent while in China it is 10 to 15 per cent. India must enhance its sports budget to the tunes of China. Due to this reason talented players are not coming out,” Singh told reporters.He said that hockey legend Dhyan Chand was a deserving candidate for Bharat Ratna but “no government cared for it”.He had won gold medal in Olympics when the country was under British dominion, he added.On the youths of Punjab, he said that a large number of them have become drug addicts and physically unfit so they are unable to join the Army.”Youths must socialise so that adopt the right path for their betterment,” he said.The Congress MLA said that his party does not believe in “dirty politics” of religion and caste, and asked the other political parties to leave such politics for the betterment of the country. PTI CORR SMJ
Former Indian captain and current coach of India’s Under 19 and India A teams, Rahul Dravid turns 45.Patience, resilience and above all, class, are some the words that have come to be associated with Dravid. And after 31258 Test runs, 10889 ODI runs from a total of 508 international matches for India, ‘legend’ has to be added that list. Rahul Dravid, the man who was the backbone of the Indian batting line-up for years, turns 45.Since his debut in international cricket back in 1996, in a Test match against England at Lord’s, along with Sourav Ganguly, the legend of the ‘Wall’ has only grown. He scored 85 and along with fellow debutant Sourav Ganguly started took the game away from their hosts.ALSO WATCHBecoming captain, keeping wickets, or even batting throughout the day while pouring bucket after bucket of sweat from his helmet, Dravid has adapted and moulded himself to every requirement of the Indian cricket team. And, as of this day, he leads the country’s charge for the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand as coach.He took the last batch of ‘young-stars’ to the final in 2016, where they lost to the talented bunch of West Indies, but this time with a new team and renewed ambitions, he is ready launch challenge on the trophy yet again.Talking about India’s preparations for the 2018 edition of the tournament, David said in an interview with ICC that, “It’s been good. We started the process almost a year ago in terms of identifying a core group of 35-40 kids that we wanted to give exposure to. We’ve had a few series, a couple of Asia Cups where we’ve had the opportunity to see a large group of talent, and just in the build up to this tournament as well they’ve been playing a lot of domestic Under 19 cricket as well.”advertisementThe Twitter community posted messages whishing the great man:I’ve always looked up to Rahul Bhai, not only for his cricket achievements but also for the way he leads his life with simplicity and utmost dignity. #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/gFjwgch20H— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) January 11, 2018Commitment, Consistency, Class. Here’s wishing a very Happy Birthday to Former #TeamIndia Skipper Rahul Dravid #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/FTgk1SjdT9— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2018VIDEO: #HappyBirthdayDravidThe Wall turns 45https://t.co/KhBsXRi88w #Legend pic.twitter.com/goqbAM2nXn— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 201813,288 Test runs10,889 ODI runs48 international centuries1 legendary careerHappy Birthday Rahul Dravid! pic.twitter.com/R1kdkFQH5w— ICC (@ICC) January 11, 2018The BFC Family wishes club ambassador Rahul Dravid a very Happy Birthday and a smashing year ahead. Tweet in your wishes tonhim here. #WeAreBFC pic.twitter.com/Tbo7p6DxiI— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) January 11, 2018There might be many strong walls around us but the greatest yet is the one and only, #RahulDravid. Happy birthday, Jammy! My best wishes for the U-19 World Cup. #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/RICNJXzIWM— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 11, 2018Wall in Pic 1 may or may not shake or break.But Wall in Pic 2 riding me is unshakable and unbreakable. Just sit back ,relax and have a safe ride. #HappyBirthdayDravid . Best wishes to the U-19 boys! pic.twitter.com/fP07xmQIMc— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2018Happy birthday, Rahul Bhai. A thorough gentleman who taught us the meaning of commitment and sacrifices. Getting my ODI and Test caps from you will always hold a special place in my heart.Hope the boys make you proud in the upcoming U-19 World Cup. #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/f9JqYvhn82— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) January 11, 2018Birthday wishes Rahul Bhai hope you have a terrific year & best wishes for the under -19 World Cup, boys couldn’t ask for a better man at the helm #HappyBirthdayDravid— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 11, 2018Friendship isn’t about being inseparable but knowing and realising that inspite of not meeting regularly nothing will change. Wishing the very best to a dear friend, Rahul with whom I have shared some great memories #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/9BcLlN7wFF— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 11, 2018One of the legends of the game, an inspiration as much off the field as on the field and a man who taught me so much, #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/GPmDcdIsKD— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 11, 2018
EA Sports have confirmed that FIFA 20 will be released at the end of September.With each new release, the pressure is on the series’ game developers to improve the product and they take a wide range of views into consideration when figuring out which areas need focus.Feedback from professional Esports gamers, casual players, the online community and in-house experts are all heeded as changes are implemented and new features are rolled out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? This means EA’s developers are well equipped to give customers what they want while also pursuing their own creative visions for their flagship football game.Ahead of the release of FIFA 20, Goal takes a look at the gameplay changes and new features we can expect.Volta mode – street football Small-sided street football is back in FIFA 20 with the introduction of a new game mode called Volta (which means ‘return’ in Portuguese).Apparently one of the most requested additions from users, the new feature will be much different to the famous FIFA Street series in terms of its authenticity, opting for greater realism.Players will be able to play three-a-side, four-a-side and five-a-side matches using their own individualised character or household names such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Volta will be playable online – with leagues and so forth – and there will also be a story mode, which will seemingly replace The Journey.A.I. defending, movement & positioning The May edition of EA Sports’ ‘Pitch Notes’ revealed that the next iteration of FIFA will incorporate a number of changes to A.I. defending and movement.’ Planned tackling ‘ will be a new feature that favours manual defending and defending systems overall are being renewed to reward manual defending.Auto tackles and auto blocks will become less likely in FIFA 20 thanks to the planned reduction in ‘contain’ and ‘secondary contain’ effectiveness.As well as that, those who choose to manually defend in a given scenario will benefit from an improved jockey system , which is designed to enhance agility and precision.Furthermore, when defending set-pieces, computer intelligence will be improved in order to make marking match-ups more realistic. So, taller players will try to keep tabs on opponents of a similar height.Passing EA Sports are naturally striving for greater realism in FIFA 20 and things are getting harder, so it should be no surprise to learn that, as with other aspects of gameplay, passing is going to be harder.The pressure of scenario a player finds themselves in will correlate with how difficult it is to complete a pass effectively. So, 180 degree, first-time and awkward position passes will become more prone to interception .Corollary to that though, passes will be easier and there will be less chance of a mistake when a player is under little pressure or has their body positioned well on the pitch when receiving or playing the ball.There will also be a new option to ‘dink’ a through pass on the ground or in the air, while a driven pass-and-go mechanism will be enabled as well.Timed Finishing & one-on-one situations The ‘Timed Finishing’ mechanism that was introduced in FIFA 19 is set to be further fine-tuned in FIFA 20 and it looks like it will become harder to score.The green timing window for timed shots will be reduced in FIFA 20 from two-to-four frames to just two frames for every shot, which means players will need more skill in order to hit the back of the net.As well as that alteration, difficult 180 degree shots will now be less powerful than they were in FIFA 19, while timed shot accuracy will now result in lower precision.Staying on the theme of scoring, volley shots will also be less accurate and result in more volatile outcomes. It will also become more difficult to score headers in a crowded box.While shooting is being tweaked to make it more difficult, gamers will be relieved to learn that one-on-one finishing situations will be easier in FIFA 20.Shooting accuracy will improve in an ‘easy’ scenario – say, an open net – and goalkeepers’ reactions will no longer be ‘superhuman’.Chained skill moves FIFA players who enjoy the rush of breezing past multiple opponents using skill moves will have to be prepared to up their game in FIFA 20.Using skill moves is set to get harder in the next edition, with EA Sports indicating that chances of error increase “exponentially” when chaining more than two skill moves together.Goalkeeper reactions & movement As mentioned, goalkeepers that were seemingly superhuman in FIFA 19 will now be reduced to mere mortals in FIFA 20, with reactions in one-on-one situations altered to reflect reality.When users opt to manually control goalkeepers, they will also notice that the effectiveness of their movement will be reduced from the last game, so that means no more messing around with the ‘sweeper keeper’.Ball physics FIFA 20 will incorporate a new Ball Physics System that is intended to make the game more realistic in terms of how the ball moves through the air.The trajectories of shots will be different as a result, with how the ball spins and bounces fluctuating depending on connection and so on.So expect more ‘knuckleball’ shots in FIFA 20.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame is taking on Clemson right now in the College Football Playoff. The Irish finished the regular season 12-0 for the second time under Brian Kelly.In the fourth week of the season, Kelly made a gutsy decision to replace starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush with backup Ian Book. Wimbush was 12-3 as a starter in his career at the time, but the Irish offense was struggling.Book stepped in and played fantastic football for the remainder of the season. He entered today with 2,468 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 70 percent of his passes.Off the field, Book’s relationship seems to be going as steady as his play on it. He is currently in a relationship with a young woman named Ashton Boyd.Boyd herself has posted several recent shots of the happy couple, including one on Christmas.Notre Dame and Book are currently tied with Clemson 3-3 late in the first quarter in Arlington, Tex.You can catch the game on ESPN.
Siraj Quereshi AgraApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 22:27 IST Mulayam Singh Yadav. (File photo)The Samajwadi Party (SP) leadership in Agra is shocked and surprised after local leader Ram Sakal Gurjar joined the BJP. Gurjar has been a long-time aide of SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and had also served as Uttar Pradesh’s sports minister. He joined the BJP in New Delhi on Wednesday (April 3).While senior party leaders refused to comment on this, local SP leaders in Agra were openly vocal against Ram Sakal Gurjar. They accused him of “backstabbing” Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and party president Akhilesh Yadav by joining hands with the BJP.Besides Gurjar, former Fatehabad MLA Rajendra Singh also returned to the BJP after a brief stint in the Samajwadi Party. It is being rumoured that Rajendra Singh was the brain behind convincing Gurjar to join the BJP.Samajwadi Party Agra (city) president Wajid Nisar said Hurjar’s political career was built by the SP. “He will never get the same respect in the BJP as he got in the SP. Gurjar should be aware that the Narendra Modi government is not returning to power in May. When that happens, the SP-BSP alliance will not accept him back in the party, no matter how much he pleads.”SP’s district president Ram Sahai Yadav said, “Gurjar has his eyes set on the UP assembly elections that will be held in 2022. He plans to contest it on a BJP ticket, thinking that a BJP tag will ensure his victory. He should know that outside the Samajwadi Party, he is nothing except a backstabber who will be discarded by the BJP when his utility is over.”advertisementALSO READ | Will your acche din manifesto come after polls, Akhilesh Yadav ridicules BJPALSO READ | Modi would’ve said he killed Ravana had he gone to Sri Lanka: Ajit SinghALSO READ | Your complete guide for 2019 Lok Sabha electionsALSO WATCH | Case registered against SP leader for sexist remarks against Jaya PradaGet 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 byMukesh Rawat Tags :Follow AgraFollow Samajwadi PartyFollow Uttar PradeshFollow elections 2019 Muylayam Singh Yadav’s aide Ram Sakal Gurjar joins BJP, SP calls him backstabberRam Sakal Gurjar, a long-time aide of Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav quit the party and joined BJP on Wednesdayadvertisement
zoom The London P&I Club says its ship inspection department has recently observed a number of negative findings in connection with masters’ night order books.In the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the club notes that the value of masters’ night orders should not be under-estimated in the quest for the efficient and safe performance of a ship, particularly during port calls.Invariably, deep-sea masters function as ”day-workers” and, with an early morning ETA at the pilot station, there is a great deal for ships’ officers and crew to prepare after a long voyage. Efficient planning in advance can help an operation to be carried out in a controlled and safe manner with the minimum of stress for all parties.The master’s night orders are traditionally a set of bespoke instructions for overnight bridge officers to digest and act upon to ensure that, by the time a ship reaches the pilot station, all required crew are at their stations and all physical preparations are made, and the ship is in all respects ready to enter port.The club says that when writing night orders, there are a number of points which could be included in the instructions to be considered by the master. These include calling the master with sufficient time available to appraise the full navigational situation and to develop proper night vision before reaching the pilot station or taking the con, and calling the pilot station to confirm ETA and berthing prospects. Masters’ night orders should also seek to ensure that day crew are called at a reasonable time so that items such as anchors are cleared, pilot boarding arrangements are safely in place, and flags/call signs are ready to be run up.Consideration should also be given to calling the duty engineer to ensure that engines are on standby suitably in advance of being required for manoeuvring. It is also important to endeavour to ensure that bridge manning is increased as required, that mooring ropes are prepared, and that bridge arrival checklists are completed, and required systems checked.Press Release; Image: Canadian Coast Guard
New Delhi: The Monetary Policy Committee headed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das Monday started deliberations on the third bi-monthly policy review of the current financial year, amid expectations of yet another 25 basis points cut in lending rate to boost the slowing economy. The central bank has already reduced the repo rate three times in the last as many MPC meetings. “The MPC will meet during August 5 to 7, 2019, for the Third Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for 2019-20. The resolution of the MPC will be placed on the website at 11.45 am on August 7, 2019,” the RBI has said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBesides rate cut, the industry also expects the six-member MPC to take steps to improve liquidity situation and also ensure transmission of rate cuts to borrowers by the banks. Rajnish Kumar, chairman of the country’s largest bank SBI, is hopeful that the RBI will go for another round of rate cut on Wednesday. “I hope so, everybody is expecting a rate cut…everybody says 25 bps (would be the reduction),” Kumar said when asked about his expectations from MPC. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday reviewed performance of banks with top management of public sector lenders and major private banks. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOn expectations from MPC, Union Bank of India Managing Director and CEO Rajkiran Rai G said the MPC is likely to cut rate by 25 basis points. “At this point of time, we need growth impetus. I am sure they will reduce rates,” he said. Industry body CII in a statement said the central bank started its interest rate easing cycle in February 2019, taking cognizance of the headwinds to growth and inflation reading remaining below the RBI’s target of 4 per cent. However, the transmission of the rate cuts to the end-consumers has remained gradual and relatively lower than the repo rate revisions, it said. The CII had said the RBI should cut cash reserve ratio (CRR) by 50 bps which will release around Rs 60,000 crore into the system. “This along with infusing liquidity in the banking system will also reduce the burden on banks’ resources, given the fact that currently, the credit-deposit ratio is hovering at a high of 77-78 per cent,” it added. When asked for expectations from the MPC, Anshuman Magazine, CBRE’s chairman and CEO for India, South East Asia, Middle East and Africa had said that in the light of increasing investor confidence and consumer spending, the economic sentiments are currently looking up. India’s retail inflation marginally accelerated, following the third consecutive policy rate cut by the RBI to 25 bps, he said. “We expect several industries and sectors, including real estate, to pick up in the coming times and register substantial growth in the latter part of the calendar year,” he added. In its June policy review, while reducing the rate for the third time in a row, the RBI had signalled more easing as it looked to support an economy growing at the slowest pace since the BJP first came to power in 2014. Shanti Ekambaram, president (consumer banking), Kotak Mahindra Bank, also had said the central bank is likely to cut the repo rate by 25 bps. “It will be important to study the policy narrative to get a direction of likely future action by the RBI, liquidity measures, any other structural changes etc. Suffice it to say that inflation will be the central theme balanced with the need to boost growth,” Ekambaram added. While inflation continues to remain within the RBI’s comfort zone, key indicators like automobile sale and almost flat growth in the eight core sector industries showing signs of a slowdown. The country’s economic growth rate slowed to a five-year low of 5.8 per cent in the January-March quarter of 2018-19, due to poor performance in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.
New Delhi: Net employment generation in the formal sector touched a 17-month high of 8.96 lakh in January, according to the latest Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) payroll data. The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has been releasing payroll data from April 2018, covering the period starting September 2017.The addition in January was 131 per cent higher as compared with 3.87 lakh Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation subscribers added in the year-ago month. In September 2017, a net of 2,75,609 jobs were created. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAround 76.48 lakh new subscribers were added to social security schemes of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation from September 2017 to January 2019, the data showed. This indicates that these many jobs were created in the formal sector over the past 17 months. The net Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation enrolment in January 2019 stood at 8,96,516, which is the highest since September 2017. The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, however, revised slightly downwards its payroll data for December 2018 by 1.8 per cent to 7.03 lakh, against the earlier estimate of 7.16 lakh released last month. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIt also revised the cumulative job addition data for the September 2017-December 2018 period downwards 6.6 per cent to 67.52 lakh, from the earlier forecast of 72.32 lakh. The sharpest revision was for March 2018 in the latest report which showed contraction or exit of 29,023 members from the EPFO subscriptions whereas last month’s estimated addition of 5,498 members. The EPFO data showed that the March 2018 figure is negative due to large number of exits reported in March, in view of it being the closing month of the financial year. During January 2019, the highest number of 2.44 lakh jobs were created in the 22-25 years age group, followed by 2.24 lakh in the 18-21 years age bracket. The data of the exited members is based on the claims submitted by the individuals and establishments and the exit data uploaded by employers, whereas the number of new subscribers is based on the Universal Account Number (UAN) generated in the system and those who have received non-zero subscription. The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation said the data is provisional as updation of employee records is a continuous process and gets updated in subsequent months. This is age-band wise data of new members registered under the EPFO where the first non-zero contribution received during particular month. For each age-wise band, the estimates are net of the members newly enrolled, exited and rejoined during the month as per records of the EPFO, it added. The estimates may include temporary employees whose contributions may not be continuous for the entire year. Members’ data are linked to unique Aadhaar Identity, it added. The EPFO manages social security funds of workers in the organised/semi organised sector in India and has more than 6 crore active members (with at least one-month contribution in the year). Meanwhile, Fitch Ratings Friday cut India’s GDP growth forecast for the next fiscal to 6.8 per cent from 7 per cent estimated earlier on weaker than expected economic momentum. In its latest Global Economic Outlook, Fitch also slashed GDP growth forecast for current fiscal ending March 2019 to 6.9 per cent from 7.2 per cent projected in the December edition. The 6.9 per cent estimate is a notch lower than 7 per cent growth estimated by the Central Statiscs Office (CSO) for the current fiscal. Indian economy grew 7.2 per cent in 2017-18 fiscal.
29 May 2009Somalia has been “taken hostage” by fighting, the top United Nations envoy to the Horn of Africa nation, whose capital has been the scene of clashes between Government forces and opposition militias, said today. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told a news conference in New York that he had visited the country this week, noting that “it is very sad to see how the city, the population and the country are taken hostage by those who have been fighting and destroying their country over the last 20 years.”Mr. Ould-Abdallah, who is based in Nairobi, said he had spoken with Government leaders about the latest developments there, including the breakout earlier this month of intense fighting between Government troops and the opposition Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam groups. He said up to 75,000 persons, who had fled the country and returned earlier this year, had fled again because of the renewed fighting.“It is very sad to see a capital city I have known in the 80’s becoming a shanty town,” the Special Representative said. Mr. Ould-Abdallah told the reporters, “I appeal to you…to talk about the plight of Somalia – how many orphans, how many handicapped how many maimed, how many people are silenced.”“We cannot say we don’t know,” he said. “We should look we should not look the other way.” When asked about reports of Ethiopian troops returning to Somalia, the official said they had all withdrawn and that there were no Ethiopian troops in Somalia. “Unfortunately, Somalis are still fighting and killing Somalis,” he said. “Somalia is an unfortunate country taken hostage by…those who are still fighting.”Instead of evoking an alibi of the alleged presence of Ethiopian troops, he said they should “assume responsibility” for what is going on in their country.“One overriding problem in Somalia not often reported or talked about is still there. It is the problem of impunity,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah said. “People who have killed, displaced, maimed are still around in Somalia, or in Nairobi, or in their new country home,” he added. “Impunity to me is a very overriding issue to be addressed.”Regarding the issue of piracy off the Somali coast, he said the believes the international maritime presence is increasingly successful, forcing pirates further out to sea and increasing their operating expenses to the point that they are greater than ransoms.
BOSTON — The owner of the online message board 8chan says he’s headed shortly to the United States, where lawmakers want to question him on his site’s use as a megaphone by violent white supremacists.Jim Watkins, who lives in the Philippines, did not specifically say he would testify, but he tweeted portions of an email he said he had sent Tuesday to House Homeland Security Committee leaders expressing willingness to speak by phone. The committee wants him to testify on what he has done to prevent the site from being used by extremists.8chan was effectively knocked offline Monday after two companies cut off vital technical services in response to word that the gunman who killed 22 people at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Saturday posted a racist anti-Latino “manifesto” to 8chan just before the murders.8chan was already well-known for trafficking in anonymous hate speech and incitement of hate crimes. Gunmen who committed similar massacres earlier this year at two New Zealand mosques and a Poway, California, synagogue also posted there.In a video he released on Tuesday, Watkins said 8chan was fully co-operating with law enforcement.He also said that the El Paso shooter had first posted his hate-filled manifesto to Instagram and that someone else had re-posted it to 8chan.Available evidence contradicts Watkins’ claim.The manifesto, a PDF file containing the shooter’s name, was posted to 8chan before first reports of the massacre — and before his name was publicly known. “I’m probably going to die today,” says the posting to which it was attached. The shooter surrendered to police after the killings.Facebook, which owns Instagram, said the company found nothing that supported Watkins’ claim. The company also said it disabled the Instagram account associated with the shooter on Saturday, adding that the account had not been active in more than a year.8chan remained unreachable on the web on Wednesday. Its administrator tweeted Tuesday that he was moving the site onto the darknet, an online corner of the internet hidden from normal browsing where illicit drugs are sold and criminals trade stolen credit card data. That would make it significantly more cumbersome to access — and unappealing for mass use.The site was knocked offline after the security company Cloudflare said it was cutting it off from protection from denial-of-service attacks, for being “a cesspool of hate.”8chan quickly found new online backers in Washington state-based Epik.com and its BitMitigate security service. But on Monday, the company that provided them with computer servers and other technical underpinnings, London-based Voxility, upended both Epik and BitMitigate by terminating its contract with them.Frank Bajak, The Associated Press
“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by recent court decisions in Egypt, particularly the confirmation of death sentences for 183 people and the sentencing of journalists, including from Al Jazeera today, to lengthy jail terms,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York. “Proceedings that clearly appear not to meet basic fair trial standards, particularly those resulting in the imposition of the death penalty, are likely to undermine prospects for long-term stability,” it continued.The statement also noted that the constitutionality of the law regulating protest will be reviewed by the Supreme Constitutional Court. Mr. Ban recalled that both he and Ms. Pillay had expressed concerns that the law could lead to serious breaches of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and needed to be brought in conformity with Egypt’s international human rights obligations. “The Secretary-General stresses that participation in peaceful protests or criticism of the Government should not be grounds for detention or prosecution. He believes Egypt will only be strengthened by empowering all its citizens to fully exercise their rights,” said the statement.In her statement, Ms. Pillay said she was “shocked and alarmed” by the verdicts and jail terms of between 7 and 10 years handed down to three journalists and the 11 other defendants tried in absentia.While noting that they are subject to appeal, Ms. Pillay said the Al Jazeera verdicts, along with Saturday’s confirmation by an Egyptian court of the death penalty for 183 Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters convicted in an earlier mass trial, are the latest in a string of prosecutions and court proceedings that have been “rife with procedural irregularities and in breach of international human rights law.” The High Commissioner expressed her alarm at the increasingly severe clampdown and physical attacks on both media and civil society activists in Egypt, which is hampering their ability to operate freely. “I am particularly concerned about the role of the judicial system in this clampdown,” she said. “Harassment, detention and prosecution of national and international journalists, including bloggers, as well as violent attacks by unidentified assailants, have become commonplace,” she added, noting that at least six journalists have been killed in Egypt since August 2013. “Media employees trying to carry out their work in Egypt are now confronted by an extremely difficult and dangerous environment. They should be protected not prosecuted,” declared Ms. Pillay.The High Commissioner went on to say that the charges levelled against the journalists, which include harming national unity and social peace, spreading false reports, and membership of a “terrorist organization,” are far too broad and vague, and therefore reinforce the belief that the real target is freedom of expression.She noted that charges based on Egypt’s anti-terrorism law have also been used to bring convictions in a number of other trials, including the two mass trials of more than 1,100 people in Minya earlier in the year that led to at least 220 people being handed death sentences, including the 183 whose death sentences were confirmed on Saturday. “I believe these mass trials and death penalty convictions are obscene, and a complete travesty of justice,” the High Commissioner said. Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a binding treaty that Egypt ratified in 1982, states that ‘Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.’ “It is not a crime to carry a camera, or to try to report various points of views about events,” Ms. Pillay said. “It is not a crime to criticize the authorities, or to interview people who hold unpopular views. Journalists and civil society members should not be arrested, prosecuted, beaten up or sacked for reporting on sensitive issues. They should not be shot for trying to report or film things we, the public, have a right to know are happening.” She urged the Egyptian authorities to promptly release all journalists and other media employees imprisoned for carrying out legitimate news reporting activities, including Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Bahar Mohamed, the three journalists who were convicted and sentenced on Monday.Ms. Pillay, a former international judge, also called on Egypt’s judicial establishment to conduct a review of the handling of these and other cases. “Egypt’s reputation, and especially the reputation of its judiciary as an independent institution, are at stake,” she said. “There is a risk that miscarriage of justice is becoming the norm in Egypt.”
AIMEX 2011 – Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition – attracted record trade visitor numbers of more than 17,000. This was an increase of over 40% on those for the previous event in 2007. The exhibition, which was held at Sydney Olympic Park from September 6-9, was the largest mining exhibition ever held in Australia, with more than 600 exhibitors across over 50,000 m2. Highlights have been widely reported on this website and can be found in the archives.According to Paul Baker, Exhibition Director with organiser Reed Mining Events, initial unaudited figures show that AIMEX 2011 attracted a total of 17,382 visits over the four days. “Just over 75% of our visitors – 12,188 – were from New South Wales, with substantial increases in visitors from interstate, which were up nearly 60%,” he said. “In particular, visitors from Queensland increased 33% to 1,164.”AIMEX also attracted significant numbers of international visitors, totalling 1,288 from 49 countries, a 40% increase on our 2007 numbers.”Baker attributed the substantial increase in visitor numbers to a number of factors. “Certainly the fact that the mining industry in Australia is booming, with massive ongoing investment over the next five to 10 years, contributed to a very strong show.“AIMEX provided an ideal venue for a large number of suppliers of mining equipment and services to get in front of a substantial mining industry audience that is keen to see the latest technology and industry developments first hand,” he said.“Feedback from the great majority of our exhibitors was that AIMEX 2011 delivered a high-quality audience that was there to engage with them, find out about new technology, organise quotes and even place orders. Reed Mining Events developed a marketing program designed to take advantage of a booming mining industry, positioning AIMEX so as to appeal to the widest possible audience within the industry,” said Baker.“This included marketing to the industry throughout Australia – not just within NSW – and also working with mining companies to encourage their ‘frontline’ workers, as well as senior mining management, to attend AIMEX.“Through our AIMEX Frontliner program – aimed at mine equipment operators, fitters, tradespeople, supervisors and pit managers – we attracted significant additional attendance from these key purchasing influencers.“Another element of AIMEX that worked very well was our theme days, particularly Women in Mining, and our Recruitment and Training day.AIMEX will return to Sydney in September 1-4, 2015.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The International Monetary Fund’s approved the release of 1. 7 billion euros as its share while Germany’s parliamentary budget committee also cleared the way for Athens to receive 2.5 billion euros from the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF). Greece will get another 1.5 billion euros from eurozone central banks that profited from buying Greek bonds on the secondary market.The money will go into a special account at the Bank of Greece, from where some 2.2 billion euros will be used to pay bonds that mature in three weeks. Athens is to receive another 1 billion euros in October if it carries out the “prior actions” demanded by the troika.While this was taking place, the Prime Minister of Italy Enrico Letta, on a visit to Athens, questioned the way the Greek bailout had been structured. “The timing was wrong,” he said. “The instruments were wrong. The interventions were not made in the right way and at the right time and this worsened the crisis.”Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras did not want to be drawn into this discussion and stressed that the aim of Greece now is to produce a primary surplus as quickly as possible, so it would not have to rely on eurozone and IMF loans. Samaras and Letta said that Greece and Italy would coordinate their efforts for next year’s rotating EU presidency. Greece will be holding the rotating EU presidency in the first half of next year and Italy in the second.
MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Detroit Good?It’s not great, but it’s a solid movie and – despite major shortcomings – an important one.Is it about Robocop??No, it is not about Robocop.What’s it about?Detroit is a fact-based procedural drama from Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal (both late of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty). It’s about “The Algiers Motel Incident,” an infamous night-long instance of race-related police brutality taking place in Detroit. This is in July of 1967 during a larger stretch of violent clashes between outraged civilians and the city’s notoriously racism-infested police department known as The 12th Street Riots. The incident saw nine people suffer brutal beatings and abuse attributed to a group of out-of-control police officers and resulted in at least three deaths – one of which has never been officially solved.Okay. So, this is one of the “serious” Summer Movies.Correct. We’re at the point where Summer starts bleeding into Fall and the “Awards Season” contenders whose distributors think they might also have mainstream-audience appeal start hitting theaters.What’s the actual story?After a brief animated opening that tries to explain (in case you’re new on the planet) the history of Black/White racial tensions in the United States prior to the Civil Rights Movement. The prelude sequence depicts the overzealous, racially-motivated police raid of an after-hours party that’s generally cited as the starting-point for the 12th Street Riots. The story starts up on the day of the Algiers Incident and follows several characters (three primarily) who are destined to “meet” at the motel itself. Algee Smith as a struggling singer who takes refuge there after the riots scuttle his big break. John Boyega as a well-meaning security guard who considers himself an expert in calmly negotiating his way around White racism unscathed. And Will Poulter as an unhinged, wormy man-child of a racist cop who (already staring down a possible homicide charge for unloading a shotgun on a fleeing Black “rioter” earlier) appoints himself the leader when a group of cops and National Guardsmen respond to suspicions of sniper fire coming from the Algiers. The bulk of the film is a methodical recreation – in brutal, violent detail – of what’s known and thought to have happened there; followed by an overview of exactly how the bad guys ultimately got away with it.That sounds really tough to watch.It’s extremely punishing and as tense and shocking as any horror-thriller, but the intent here is to horrify and outrage more so than “thrill” so it’s decidedly unpleasant and not at all “entertaining” to watch (not that a film on this subject should be or needs to be.)So why didn’t you think it was great?Because there’s not really much to it beyond that. Bigelow is as skilled a director as they come. So it’s all very well assembled, and the shock-and-outrage elements all connect in the right spots. But there’s a distinct lack of depth under all that bloody surface. The narrative lacks the dimension and insight to render the otherwise thinly-sketched characters as more than players in a well-meaning torture show built to generate somber outrage and not much else. It hits hard, but it doesn’t wound – it only bruises.I heard there’s also some controversy involved?There was probably always bound to be – American pop-culture is about as bitterly divided on the subject of police racism as it has ever been. But, perhaps unexpectedly, the main criticism has come in the form of questions over whether or not primarily White Hollywood filmmakers should be the ones telling this story and/or whether they lack the cultural perspective to do so.How do you feel about that?I’m not exactly qualified to have an answer on the merits of that, but what I can say is that it would be a lot easier to dismiss as a criticism if the film wasn’t so surface level about its subject matter. Maybe if it had more to say once it has our attention with the in-your-face brutalism than “police racism is a thing, and you should feel bad about it.” And I have to agree that, intentionally or not, the overall thrust of the film feels mostly aimed at, if not a “white audience.” So then at the very least an audience that it’s expecting to find the simple existence of police brutality and systemic racism so shocking and outrageous that said outrage becomes a sufficient “point” in its own right… and I think that makes it reasonable to ask, at least philosophically, whether or not it’s appropriate for White filmmakers to use (real-life) Black pain as a cudgel to make a point – especially when the point doesn’t end up being much more than “Look at this pain.” Again, if there was more depth here (as there was in both Zero Dark Thirty and Hurt Locker), this might be a different story.But you think it has positives as well?Yes, many of them. The filmmaking is powerful, and the performances are all excellent. And while it does indeed not go much deeper than presenting outrages to be outraged by, it does so effectively, especially in a succession of scenes where we witness people with authority to stop or punish the violence ultimately decide that it’s somehow not worth the effort. There’s not much here but the indictment, but the indictment does sting – and that’s not nothing. It’s by no means a “bad” film, overall, in fact, it’s quite solid. It just feels like it’s missing a greater sense of emotional/psychological scope that it seems to have wanted to have.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The memo received by BNP Media staffers this week alerting them to 25 percent salary cuts for the foreseeable future includes a line that jumps off the page almost as much as that “25 percent” figure: “Minimum wage will be the floor for this reduction.”It’s a line that assures employees the company won’t be cutting below minimum wage (which of course, would be illegal), and only applies to those support positions that may be hovering around minimum wage after the 25 percent cuts. But still, are things so bad that we have to be assured now that salaries won’t be cut to minimum wage? Salary cuts usually start at the top and the Henderson family (who owns BNP) have taken theirs as well. However, an associate editor making $40,000 who is hit with a 25 percent salary cut is suddenly making $30,000. Forget trying to live on that in publishing capitals like New York City-that’s a tough hit anywhere (BNP is based near Detroit).As publishers continue to make cuts to keep their businesses alive, they need to be mindful of labor rules and regulations in their state, particularly with employees below a certain salary level. As Southern Breeze editor Mark Newman noted in FOLIO:’s March issue, many high level employees (particularly editors) need to “stop being figureheads and do some work.” But for those entry and associate level employees, for whom the historic trade-off has always been “low pay but great experience,” the returns are getting harder to justify. The company leaders who impose these cuts will need to balance their contribution margins against the eventual pushback: The unwillingness of their teams to tolerate major pay cuts even as they’re being asked to do significantly more work. It’s a dangerously narrow line to walk.
Southeast’s Dungeness summer crab season ended on Saturday. There aren’t any preliminary numbers yet but it’s looking as if this year hasn’t got close to the bumper season crab fishermen had last summer.Download AudioTor Benson and Leif Mattern prepare to clean down the boat one last time. (Photo: KFSK/Joe Sykes)Crab fisherman Tor Benson is waiting to unload his final dungeness catch of the season at Icicle’s dock.It was a slow day and while he says he’s still making money:“It’s getting to that point where we might not. It’s a good time to end,” he said.Benson’s boat reeks from the stench of rotting crab bait after a long day out in the Alaskan sun. And deckhand Leif Mattern, cleaning bait boxes at the bow of the boat one final time says he’s glad it’s all over.“We’re all jaded from last year. Last year was a great season. It’s hard when you do that well and then you come back and it’s not so good,” he said.Many crab fishermen say last summer will go down as legendary in the history of Southeast’s dungeness fishery.Crabbers caught 4.06 million pounds earning a value of more than $12 million. That was more than double what they earned in the 2013 season.And Benson says since fishing started in June he’s caught about 30 percent of the crab he brought in last summer.“This year’s slow, last year’s an epic year, the best in a decade but that’s fishing, you have good years and you have bad,” he said.And the numbers seem to show that rather than it being a bad year, the catch has returned to somewhere close to the average season yield. While the final week’s fish tickets have not been entered yet, the crab harvest through August 13th for the 2015 season is 2.56 million pounds, close to the 5-year average of just over 3 million pounds.And Joe Stratman, who’s a crab biologist at fish and game says irrespective of the slowdown, crab quality has been good.“We’ve had nice hard-shell crabs landed to processors. Crabs generally have been hard-shell and full of meat,” he said.And much of that meat has been caught by an expanded fleet. Stratman says because of the bumper harvest last year, the number of permits reporting catches is 192, almost 30 more than average for the last five years.While many of these numbers are preliminary it seems fishing hasn’t quite lived up to expectations.And at Icicle’s dock a long, hard season has taken a toll on everyone. Juan works as an unloader at PFI and has dropped down from the factory to help take the crab up to be sorted for the final time.I ask him if he’s pleased that the crab season is over.“Yes,” he replies. “I hate crabs. No more.”And with that he starts transferring the dungies into his tote and another summer crab season scuttles swiftly to a close.
A journalist and guest take part in an internet broadcast in a studio at the headquarters of Turkish alternative media organisation Medyascope on 16 May 2018, in Istanbul.It’s not an obvious location for a media organisation. A gritty area dominated by car repair workshops in the backstreets of Istanbul. There’s no sign outside — just a photocopied sheet of paper pinned to the door requesting silence: “Broadcast in Progress”.Welcome to the headquarters of Turkish broadcaster Medyascope, an almost three-year-old alternative voice in an increasingly constricted media landscape in Turkey and an example of what new media can offer even in tough circumstances.The door swings open to reveal a surprisingly standard television studio with a desk and coloured background. A team of young editors are glued to their laptops around a large table, whispering excitedly, preparing the next broadcast.Medyascope, which was founded in 2015 by leading Turkish journalist Rusen Cakir, does not broadcast through satellite let alone terrestrial TV, but rather via new media like Facebook, YouTube and Periscope.Every weekday it presents several hours of live debate from voices across the political spectrum with a freedom increasingly absent from the major news channels in Turkey under the rule of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.’No other channels left’ Awarded the Free Media Pioneer Award by the International Press Institute (IPI) in 2016, its importance has grown as ownership changes and increasingly adverse conditions for reporters have limited the media spectrum, encouraging prominent Turkish journalists to join the channel and frustrated viewers to watch it.And with Turkey heading for presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 at a time when journalists complain of a lack of pluralism in traditional media dominated by coverage of Erdogan, its voice is ever more important.”There are no other channels left in Turkey, where journalists like myself, with a mainstream media background, could work today,” said presenter Isin Elicin, formerly a prominent anchor on the NTV news channel.”The mainstream media are not broadcasting news in the way that people need to be informed. They look for sources that do alternative but independent, objective journalism. And they find us,” she said.Elicin, once a familiar face on mainstream Turkish TV, insisted it was essential that alternative media did not become identified as pro-opposition.”The main goal of Medyascope is to do journalism. It’s not the journalists’ job to do opposition. It’s our guests who make the comments,” she said.’Extending government grip’ Just ahead of the snap elections announcement, Turkey’s media world was struck in April by the thunderbolt-like announcement that the largest media group, Dogan Media Group, was being sold by Dogan Holding to its rival, Demiroren Group.The Dogan Media Group owns some of the country’s biggest media brands like the Hurriyet daily and CNN Turk news channel. While not seen as outright opposition media, they were regarded as bastions of independent journalism.But analysts have seen the takeover as a clear attempt by the government to exercise control over these media. Demiroren Group’s chairman Erdogan Demiroren is considered close to the president, while his son, Yildirim, runs the Turkish Football Federation.With the sale approved by Turkey’s competition authority, the changes have come fast at Hurriyet and CNN Turk, which have seen an exodus of talent, with prominent CNN Turk anchor Ahu Ozyurt the latest to go.In an op-ed in Hurriyet, Erdogan Demiroren appeared to indicate change was needed, saying media should “stay away from destructiveness and return to its stance of constructive criticism.”Marc Pierini, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, said increasing control over the media was one of several instruments used by the government to ensure victory in the elections seen as a watershed for Turkey.”Favourable sales of media groups to government-friendly businesses is extending the government’s grip on the press,” he said.The furore over the acquisition of Dogan Media is nothing new.The Milliyet and Vatan dailies had already been sold to Demiroren by Dogan in 2011, while the Sabah daily, once an independently-minded newspaper, is now an unashamedly pro-government title following ownership changes in 2007. ‘Emerged out of a necessity’ Some independent titles do remain, such as the anti-Erdogan Cumhuriyet and the leftist BirGun. But the price can be high and 13 staff of Cumhuriyet were convicted on terror offences in April although they remain free pending appeal.In a sign of the thirst for news from such sources, top Turkish journalists have amassed colossal numbers of social media followers who enjoy their sometimes piquant views — the popular host of Fox TV’s evening news show, Fatih Portakal, has more than 5.95 million Twitter followers.While private and state networks tend to broadcast every word of Erdogan’s speeches from greetings to farewells, those of main opposition candidate Muharrem Ince are usually cut, while opposition nationalist Meral Aksener is barely shown at all.Burak Tatari, another anchor at Medyascope and formerly of weekly magazine Tempo, said that audiences in Turkey were failing to find access to the information they needed in mainstream media, with interview subjects and material filtered.He said that the main limit on Medyascope’s growth was financing, with advertising difficult to attract and the bulk of its revenues coming from grants from international foundations.”Medyascope has emerged out of a necessity,” he said. “We are trying to do here what the mainstream media should do.”
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /03:31 X Florian MartinReda Hicks is an attorney and advisory board member at the Military Family Advisory Network.The 2017 Military Family Support Programming Survey by the Military Family Advisory Network finds that most American military families, 92.5 percent, are in debt.Sixty percent said they don’t have enough savings to cover three months of living expenses; 15 percent said they have experienced food insecurity.Reda Hicks, a Houston area attorney and advisory board member of the Military Family Advisory Network, says a lot of it has to do with having to move frequently.Click on the play button above to listen to the interview.
Last year PSN, XBLA and Steam gamers got a treat in the form of the ultra-violent side-scrolling beat-em-up Shank from developer Klei Entertainment. If there’s a better looking game in the same genre we haven’t seen it yet, and now it is getting a sequel.EA Partners announced this week its intention to publish Shank 2. Klei has already spent a year developing the game, but this apparently isn’t just a sequel. Jamie Cheng, founder of Klei states on the official blog for Shank 2 that the team took on board all the feedback they got for the original and started fresh. So while this is going to be a true sequel, everything has been re-imagined to offer up “twice the fidelity and far more control over our favorite stabbing man.”The weapon system has been redesigned allowing for more variation in the enemy types you can take on. This includes new weapon combos and counter moves. The environments also look even better than the first game, and Klei has added a new layer of destruction with more explosions and environmental damage promised.As for new features, Shank 2 introduces a survival mode that can be played co-op with a friend either locally or online. It’s basically a brawl on a much larger scale to challenge both of you at once.There’s no word on a release date yet other than “early 2012,” but with a year of production already done I’m hoping for a January rather than March launch.More at the Shank 2 official blog, via Gamasutra
Some extra faith can never be a bad thing. The core theme of Ekta Jain’s paintings is ‘Hope and never to despair’. The illuminated niches , rays of sun lighting up the dark crevices, beams of radiance dispelling the gloom are subtle statements occupying the focal point in her creations.Jain’s artwork is autobiographical and bears a close resemblance to her ‘never say die’ spirit and cheerful demeanor, finding vivid translation in her formations and fabrications on the canvas. Her abstracts are reflective of hope and faith; of assurance and conviction of trust and optimism. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There is a symmetrical oneness in her apparently diversified expressions like her name ‘Ekta’ which implies unity, uniformity, solidarity and homogeneity. Her play with colours started at a tender age till it metamorphosed into emphatic narrations. Her journey to urban spaces is punctuated by her desire to discover layers upon layers of soul’s responses to civility or lack of it. The innate desire led her to formulate and execute her concept without any formal exercise in art.Her paintings are like palimpsest. Elusive at times and evasive but at the end of it the works come across as strokes of hope and happiness.