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LotoQuebec cancels betting on future of US President Donald Trumps presidency

first_imgQUEBEC – In the end, Donald Trump’s presidency has lasted longer than Loto-Quebec’s plan to accept bets on its outcome.Just one day after inviting players to make wagers on whether Trump would still be U.S. president after May 1, 2018 on its Mise-o-jeu platform, the provincial Crown corporation cancelled the bet on Thursday.The Couillard government says it asked the provincial Crown corporation to rescind the bet.Audrey Cloutier, a spokeswoman for Quebec Finance Minister Carlo Leitao, says the lottery corporation understood its position that the subject was a sensitive topic.Anyone who placed bets would be reimbursed, she added.The wager was supposed to be the latest foray into political betting for the Loto-Quebec, which also accepted bets on the outcome of last year’s U.S. presidential election.A spokesman said the U.S. election betting set a record for the corporation as its most popular non-sporting bet of all time.last_img read more

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UN forum aims to spur investment in Asian Highway Network

About $26 billion has already been committed to upgrading the network, according to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), but a shortfall estimated at $18 billion remains to upgrade another 12,000 kilometres of roads to meet the necessary standards.Twenty-eight countries signed a pact, developed in 2005 with UNESCAP’s help, undertaking to make every possible effort to comply with the minimum desirable standards both in constructing new routes and in upgrading and modernizing existing ones.When the highway upgrading is completed, the 32-country network – which will link cities as far apart as St. Petersburg and Singapore, and Seoul and Istanbul – will facilitate trade and tourism as well as access to landlocked countries.In the two years since the treaty came into force, over 10,000 kilometres of roads have been upgraded, mainly in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. So far, all sections of the network in only 13 countries meet the treaty’s minimum standards.Today’s forum is also being attended by representatives of 10 international organizations and many members of the private sector. 16 November 2007Representatives of more than 30 countries are today attending a United Nations investment forum in Bangkok to drum up financing to complete the Asian Highway Network, the ambitious plan to crisscross the continent with 141,000 kilometres of high-quality roads. read more

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PUCSL proposes standards and regulatory system for water fittings

It is estimated that the average operation and maintenance cost of a cubic meter of water ranges between Rs. 40-50 per unit (cubic meter). Therefore, the average cost of water is Rs. 160 per unit including recovery of capital investment. Currently, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board recovers only is Rs. 47. Hence, the Government has to subsidize the water sector in Sri Lanka. This gap must be reduced for the Government to secure funding for coverage expansion to achieve targets set. PUCSL requests all stakeholders to submit written comments on the draft regulatory measures for water fittings on or before 27th March 2019, and cordially invite stakeholders to attend the oral session of the public consultation, to be held on Wednesday, 27th March 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cinema Lounge of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). It has been observed that excessive quantity of water is leaked due use of non-standard water fittings by Sri Lankan water consumers.Sri Lanka imports most items related to water fittings from various countries. Since there is no import regulation or /and taxation inferior quality non-standards water fittings are flowing to Sri Lanka and it contributes much to water wastage and flowing foreign exchange out of the country. The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) with corporation of other institutions have drafted standards and regulatory measures for water fittings in Sri Lanka with an expectation to create an enabling environment, to facilitate the participation of other regulatory agencies and relevant stakeholders to ensure that only quality water fittings are manufactured in Sri Lanka, imported to Sri Lanka, and available for purchase in Sri Lankan market.In this regard, PUCSL has published a consultation paper that includes the proposed standards and regulatory system for the discussion among the stakeholders with the view to further improve the proposal. The Consultation Document can be viewed and downloaded from www.pucsl.gov.lk. Water conservation has been identified as a measure for addressing the huge capital requirement for providing new safe pipe born water supplies. Subsidised low tariff for water supply doesn’t motivate consumers to prevent leaks by replacing defective water fittings by standard water fittings.Therefore, need for regulatory measures for fittings which contribute mostly for water wastage are identified. PUCSL expects to finalize the proposed standards and regulatory measures for water fittings after facilitating the stakeholder views and recommendations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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South Asia UN rights chief applauds initiative to fight trafficking and HIVAIDS

Bertrand Ramcharan, the Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the two issues “affect women and girls disproportionately, leading to the denial of their rights to liberty and security, the right to freedom from torture, violence, cruelty of degrading treatment, the right to freedom of movement, the right to home and family, the right to health and education – everything that makes for a life of dignity.”In a statement issued in Geneva yesterday, Mr. Ramcharan lauded the Asian Women’s Human Rights Council (AWHRC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for organizing the South Asia Court of Women on the Violence of Trafficking and HIV/AIDS held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 11 to 13 August.”Protection and promotion of the rights of women affected by trafficking and HIV/AIDS is a critical responsibility of all States and civil society organizations,” he said. “And yet despite the undeniable human rights dimensions of trafficking and HIV/AIDS, these problems are too often addressed exclusively as ‘law and order’ or moral problems.”Mr. Ramcharan said victims of trafficking and people living with the pandemic are often stigmatized and criminalized as illegal aliens, undocumented migrants or vectors of disease.”The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights extends respect, support and solidarity to all the women who have shown immense courage to come forward and present their testimonies at this South Asia Court,” he stated. read more

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UN announces new Global Alliance on information technology for development

The United Nations today announced the launch of a new Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Development which will bring together a wide variety of interested participants as part of broader international efforts to harness technological advances for use in the fight against poverty.The Alliance, which will open its first meeting on 19 June in Kuala Lumpur, will organize thematic global forums on core issues related to the role of ICT in economic development and the eradication of poverty, focusing on heath, education, gender issues and youth as well as disabled and disadvantaged segments of society.The Global Alliance will be open to many interested participants, including governments, business, civil society, international organizations, industry groups, professional associations, the media and academia. It aims to help integrate ICT into national policies in order to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of time-bound antipoverty targets set at a 2000 UN summit. read more

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Sri Lanka food and fuel shortages hit north after renewed fighting UNICEF

The 600,000 inhabitants of Sri Lanka’s Jaffna Peninsula, already buffeted by decades of conflict, are now facing food and fuel shortages as a result of a recent upsurge in fighting between Tamil separatists and Government forces, with many businesses closed due to security concerns, according to the latest update from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).“Many people have no work, and transportation into Jaffna is currently limited to air and sea,” UNICEF said in a report from the area. “In the town, queues form outside food shops. Although the government is continuing to bring in supplies by ship and has set up a rationing system, almost everyone talks about shortages of flour, rice, sugar and lentils. On the black market, sugar and petrol are now about four times their normal prices.” More than 50,000 people have been displaced across the peninsula by renewed fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and Government forces. “The majority have squeezed into the houses of relatives and friends,” UNICEF reported. “Others have gathered at temporary accommodation centres.” The agency cited the experiences of one child. “A shell landed on our village and I was wounded in the leg,” Jeyapiria Jeyaratnam, 10, recalled. “I’ve seen a lot of fighting. I hear noises in the night and I’m very scared. I feel that a shell is going to fall here, and I get frightened when I hear about fighting on the radio.” Her mother, Mary Angaleena, said the family decided to sleep in a church when the shelling started. She was wounded as well, and the family was evacuated by ambulance. “We lost everything, even our clothes,” she said. Jeyapiria now spends her time with other children at Our Lady of Refuge. She is in Grade 5 and said she’s disappointed she had to miss her exams because of the conflict. Children like Jeyapiria are registering for school and hope to start lessons soon.UNICEF has been working with the government and other partners to support the families at the church and other centres in the area, creating spaces for children to play and take informal lessons. Northeast of Jaffna town, in the Karaveddy area, 7,000 people have been displaced, two thirds of them living with host families. They fled fighting at the front line in the east. In one small village, four families with 11 children between them live together in a single-storey house.“Food is the main problem,” said the owner of the house. “There’s not enough flour and rice, but everyone will stay here until the problem is solved.” Because of the security situation, the families are afraid to return to their village. read more

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Musk says he is test driving the Model X SUV expects it

FILE – In this April 30, 2015, file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks with members of the media at Tesla’s headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Musk says the company expects to start deliveries of its new SUV, the Model X, in three or four months. He told investors at the company’s annual meeting Tuesday, June 9, 2015, that he’s test driving the Model X now. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File) Musk says he is test driving the Model X SUV, expects it will be delivered in 3-4 months by The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2015 4:04 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2015 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that the company expects to start deliveries of its new SUV, the Model X, in three or four months.Musk also told investors at Tesla’s annual meeting that the company plans to let some drivers start testing an autopilot feature at the end of this month.The Model X will be Tesla’s third vehicle since the company was founded 12 years ago. Currently Tesla makes one car, the Model S sedan.Tesla originally planned to put the Model X into production in 2013, but has delayed it several times to work on technical issues. Musk said he’s test- driving the Model X now and is pleased with its progress. He said the company is focused on making sure key features, like the Model X’s wing-like doors and its sliding rear seats, are working properly.“It’s got to be a genuine improvement in utility and esthetics,” he said.Tesla began 2015 with 20,000 reservations for the Model X. The company plans to deliver 55,000 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs this year.Tesla’s autopilot feature lets the car drive itself at highway speeds. It also is expected to let owners summon their vehicles autonomously from a parking spot as long as they are on private property. Autopilot will eventually be available through a free software update to customers with recent versions of the Model S sedan. The Model X would likely have the system as well.Musk stressed that drivers must remain alert and be ready to take back control of the wheel.“It is simply meant as a driver-assistance feature,” he said.Musk said it will be technically feasible for the driver to fall asleep and let the car do the driving in about three years. But he said it would take several years after that for regulators to approve fully autonomous driving.“That’s my best guess right now,” he said. “With each passing year, my estimate for when it happens gets closer. This is both interesting and alarming.” read more

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UK car exports race to five million this decade

July marks five million cars exported from UK since the beginning of 2010 – the best performance of any decade.132,570 cars manufactured in July – a rise of 2.8%, as 2014’s steady growth continues.The average car exported today is worth over £20,600, compared to just £10,200 in 2004.“The UK automotive industry continued its renaissance in July, with the month marking five million car exports since 2010,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “This is a major milestone and testament to the burgeoning reputation of UK automotive excellence and demand for British-made cars. Significantly, UK car export values have doubled over the past decade – reflecting the diversity of the products we make and proving the sector’s worth as a global investment opportunity.” Click through to download the UK car manufacturing news release for July 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Privacy Commissioner speaks at Brock

Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish speaking at Brock University.Ontario’s new Information and Privacy Commissioner spoke at Brock University Wednesday morning. Brian Beamish is touring the province to engage with communities and talk about the trends and future direction of access to information and protection of privacy. Beamish gave a keynote address at Brock Wednesday morning, which was followed by two panel discussions on the evolution to a more transparent and accountable government and on the challenges of protecting personal health information in electronic environments. read more

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Young amputee records dance to wish paralympians good luck

first_imgPollyanna Hope performed this very special good luck message for all paralympians to Lukas Graham’s 7 Years ahead of the Rio games.Pollyanna is an amputee and her dance is dedicated to Andy Lewis, a through-knee amputee who lost his lower leg in a motorcycle accident. Lewis will be participating in the first ever paratriathlon Olympic event.The heart-warming video was shared on Twitter on September 7 by Polyanna’s father with the question, “Who says you need two legs to dance?” in a message of support for Team GB. 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.last_img read more

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Sexually violent predator Alan James released to home in Jacumba Hot Springs

first_img April 11, 2019 Sexually violent predator Alan James released to home in Jacumba Hot Springs 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Sexually Violent Predator Alan James has been released from custody. This court order was granted despite opposition from victims, elected officials and community members.According to the District Attorney’s office, the court ruling ordered the release of James on or before March 25.The public is not told when the actual release takes place due to safety concerns for the convict, says the DA’s office.KUSI has confirmed James is out of custody and is now living at a home in Jacumba. He will continue to undergo outpatient therapy.James was convicted of multiple sex crimes on a child including rape and kidnapping.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries has the follow up report. Ginger Jeffries, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 11, 2019 Ginger Jeffries last_img read more

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Erosion threat at remote military radars decades ahead of schedule

first_imgColonel Frank Flores is Commander for the PACAF Regional Support Center based at JBER. As part of his work he visits the Air Force’s remote radar sites, and has been to 17 of the 21 so far, including a recent visit to Cape Romanzof. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)A group of strategic Air Force radar facilities along the North Slope are at an accelerated risk of degradation. Erosion driven by climate change is happening decades sooner than the military predicted, and the plan now is to spend tens of millions of dollars to fortify in place.Listen nowThe 15 sites within the Long Range Radar program are designed to spot foreign aircraft heading into U.S. airspace, or civilian planes that have gone off course.It is an expensive state of preparedness to maintain, with billions of taxpayer dollars sunk into the equipment and infrastructure.“That $7.1 billion dollars is the overall portfolio, so those are just government-owned assets,” said Colonel Frank Flores, who oversees the Long Range Radar sites in Alaska, along with several other similar sites in the Pacific that all feed signals back to Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson.The $7.1 billion figure doesn’t include the contract with a private company to staff and take care of the facilities, worth $345 million over the next 10 years.“That’s primarily the cost to operate the sites,” Flores explained in his office at JBER.  “What it doesn’t include are the additional costs to maintain, to support infrastructure, additional projects that might come up because of the wear and tear of the Arctic environment.”Those costs are rising for sites in the North Slope, because coastal erosion is encroaching on the airstrips, roads, and residential structures that support the actual radar equipment.“For example, at the Oliktok Long Range Radar Site we anticipated that erosion was going to be at a certain point in 2040, but we’re already, as of about a year and a half ago, at that point today,” Flores said. “So it’s happening at a quicker rate than we anticipated.”At Oliktok, midway between Prudhoe Bay and Nuiqsut, the erosion mitigation work has to happen within the next three years, according to Flores.Along the Chukchi coast, spending to fortify the radar site north of Point Hope is already underway.“At the Cape Lisburne Long range Radar Site we’ve seen a significant amount of erosion because the sea ice isn’t coming in as soon as it used to, and it’s not staying as long as it used to,” Flores said.The site’s runway is around 25 meters from the coast.“It’s the only place we can put a runway out of the site, and we’re having to execute a $47 million  project to protect that runway and keep that radar site viable,” Flores said.Construction projects are extremely expensive at the remote Arctic locations, but Flores sees the infrastructure improvements today are an investment that could save billions in the future to protect the radar sites.Though there’s no immediate threat to sites near Kaktovik and Barrow, the Air Force has observed land erosion there, as well.Less than a decade ago, the Pentagon closed three early warning radar sites on the North Slope due in part to erosion problems.Though Flores says radar sites further below Alaska’s Arctic don’t have any imminent threats, it remains to be seen whether they’ll soon be dealing with the same hazards to basic infrastructure faced by many of the communities in western Alaska, caused by diminishing permafrost and less predictable weather systems.It’s not just the Alaska sites seeing new problems related to climate. 3,500 miles south of Anchorage, the Air Force site at Wake Island in the Pacific under Flores’s command is seeing irregular wave activity flood parts of the island, prompting the military to study what would happen if a major tidal event happens.The Pentagon is aware that climate change is putting many of its strategic assets under threat. A 2014 report by the Government Accountability Office looked at where the Department of Defense faced the greatest hazards adapting to changing environmental conditions, explicitly mentioning Alaska’s radar sites repeatedly. The report concluded that more coordination was necessary among DOD and its partners.There are no plans to close sites down. Flores says they’re a vital asset the Pentagon plans on maintaining in perpetuity.“The long range radar sites in Alaska allow us to maintain national sovereignty for the air,” he said. The radars allow military officials to see when military or civilian craft are transiting airspace, and find out why.But with environmental changes rapidly outpacing predictions, it’s unclear how and if spending and strategic planning will be able to keep up.last_img read more

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Russia backs India on Kashmir

first_imgMoscow : Russia has backed India’s move on Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the changes in the status are within the framework of the Indian Constitution and hoped that the differences between India and Pakistan have to be resolved bilaterally on the basis of the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration. India on Monday revoked Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “Moscow expects that India and Pakistan will not allow aggravation of the situation in the region due to the change by Delhi in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said in a response to questions on Friday. “We proceed from fact that the changes associated with the change in the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two union territories are carried out within the framework of the Constitution of the Republic of India,” the ministry said. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “We hope that the parties involved will not allow a new aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of the decisions.” Russia is a consistent supporter of the normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan. “We hope that the differences between them will be resolved by political and diplomatic means on a bilateral basis in accordance with the provisions of the Simla Agreement of 1972 and the Lahore Declaration of 1999,” it added.last_img read more

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Narendra Modi targets Rajiv Gandhi again says exPM used INS Viraat for

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a public rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (May 8) targeted the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi again of using Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier INS Viraat to go for a vacation during his tenure with his foreigner in-laws. Addressing a public rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, PM Modi raked up the issue to counter the attack by Congress leaders who say that defence forces have been politicised by the BJP, citing remarks by BJP leaders that “Modi ki sena” had carried out air strikes on a terror camp in Pakistan.Training the guns on Gandhi family, Modi said, “Who has been treating the forces as personal property? …have you ever heard that a family goes for holiday on a warship? This has happened in our country. The ‘naamdar’ family used INS Viraat as its personal property. They insulted it.”PM Modi tweeted about the matter as well, enclosing a news story by India Today from 1988.Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, “Ever imagined that a premier warship of the Indian armed forces could be used as a taxi for a personal holiday? One Dynasty did it and that too with great swag.” Close Watch: PM Modi’s post retirement plans He said the BJP-led NDA government has not only improved the country’s ranking in ease of doing business, but it is also working towards ease of living.He said that price rise used to be a major issue in every election, but the NDA government has been able to bring it under control and the Opposition parties could no longer speak about it now.The Prime Minister said that the poor now have access to houses, toilets and electricity besides enjoying the benefits of the Ayushman Bharat scheme.Talking about the middle class, Modi said, “The middle class has benefited from the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Keeping annual income of up to Rs 5 lakh outside the ambit of income tax too has helped them.”He also said that the government had introduced the RERA act to empower the people, especially the middle class, which dreams of having their own house.Talking about the pollution issue in the national capital, Modi said, “Pollution is a major challenge which threatens Delhi, and the solution lies in using better technology and modern transport.”He also said that the earlier governments didn’t show much interest in the peripheral roads of the city, which led to a rise in pollution levels as thousands of trucks from Uttar Pradesh and Haryana used to enter the city.”But after the construction of the eastern and western peripheral highways, trucks now directly go to their respective destinations without entering the city, thus helping in curbing air pollution,” he said.(With inputs from IANS)center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/2:19Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:17?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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COPY LINKAD Loading … INS Viraat was withdrawn from its place of deployment and sent to fetch the in-laws of Rajiv Gandhi before it was taken to an island where nobody was there to welcome them and all arrangements for them were made by the personnel of the aircraft carrier, Modi alleged.The holiday continued not for one day, but for 10 days during which the warship remained stationed there, Modi added.The Prime Minister then asked whether the presence of “foreigners on the warship did not amount to playing with the security of the country. Or was it allowed just because he was Rajiv Gandhi?”Taking a pot shot at the Congress’ NYAY scheme, Modi said, “Congress has started to talk about Nyay (justice), but I want to ask them who shall do justice to the victims of 1984 anti-sikh riots?”AIn an apparent reference to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Modi said those who were behind the anti-Sikh riots were made Chief Ministers by the Congress.The Prime Minister also said that in the last five years, 10 Janpath (the residence of the Gandhi family), which earlier used to house middlemen, has become middleman free.”Now instead of middlemen, their house is visited by lawyers and advocates as they are afraid of facing the law,” he said.Modi further said that the country has witnessed four different political cultures — ‘naampanthi’, ‘vaampanthi’, ‘daam’ and ‘gaban panthi’ and ‘vikaspanthi’.”Those who believe in dyansties come under ‘naampanthi’, those who believe in ‘vaampanthi’ support foreign culture, while the ‘daam’ and ‘gaban panthi’ are those who believe in ‘gundatantra’ and ‘vikaspanthi’ is for those who believe in development.””But now a fifth political culture has arrived in the national capital and that is ‘nakampanthi’ — those who don’t want to work and those who fail in everything,” he said, referring to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).Targetting the AAP government in Delhi, the Prime Minister said, “They brought anarchy and cheated the people of the country.””They disrespected every institution and cheated the people of the country. They had entered politics to bring change but they themselves have changed. They blame others to hide their own failures. They supported the ‘tukde tukde gang’ and also stood with the Khalistanis.”They are full of negativity and they have stalled all the pro-poor Central government schemes in Delhi like the Ayushman Bharat and the 10 per cent reservation for the economically backward section,” he said.The Prime Minister also said that the country which witnessed frequent bomb blasts earlier has seen a change after 2014 as no bomb blasts took place in the national capital where people are now feeling secure.Highlighting the achievements of his government, Modi said, “Masood Azhar has been declared a global terrorist by the United Nations Security Council. Earlier, inflation used to be the main issue during elections, but this time it is no longer a poll issue due to the works that our government did in the last five years,” he said.He also said that new India did not beg in front of anyone. “The new India now gives befitting reply to the terrorists inside their homes,” he said, referring to the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 and the surgical strikes conducted across the border in 2016.Modi also said that Goods and Services Tax (GST) has eased the process of doing business across the country.Modi also said that the bond between Delhi and BJP was strong and the party will keep on working for Delhi’s welfare.last_img read more

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Govinda is hurt by online trolling lack of peoples trust in his

first_imgGovindaTwitterGovinda had triggered a memes riot on social media when he revealed that James Cameron had offered him Avatar and he rejected it because the director had asked him to shoot for 410 days and even paint his body in blue. People had started making fun of his statements and even photoshopped his images to troll him. And it looks like Govinda is deeply hurt with the reactions coming on social media. Responding to lack of people’s trust in his statements, Govinda said that if they don’t want to believe him, so be it adding that he will stand by his statements.”I am not active on social media, but my daughter Tina keeps me in the loop. I am fine with people wondering how someone like Govinda could refuse a James Cameron film. I can understand where they are coming from. I respect that thought. They are entitled to have that opinion, but to say how come Govinda got that offer in the first place, is wrong. It’s not like meri aukad nahi hai. It’s prejudiced behaviour,” Govinda was quoted as saying by Bombay Times.He further added, “Chai wala aagey kaise badh sakta hain? TV actors films mein kaise aa sakte hain? This is that same elitist, superiority complex. Yeh galat hai. Aapko vishwas nahi karna hai toh mat kijiye, but don’t say things like this.”Govinda said that James Cameron got to know about him probably after watching his movies since he was a superstar then. “He must have seen my films, but I am not too sure about that,” he added.The actor said that he rejected Avatar even after being offered a huge amount. “There was a sardarji, who knew me well, and belonged to the medical world. He was my senior, and Dev sahab’s (Dev Anand) friend. He was also one of the financers of the film (Avatar). James Cameron and he met me in London, where I was narrated the story of Avatar. In a way, while I was talking to him, I suggested the title to him. Mere muh se woh shabd (Avatar) nikal gaya aur unhone pakad liya. However, I refused the film. The sardarji even complained to Dev sahab that I had refused this big Hollywood film despite the massive money that I was offered for it. Dev sahab even called me and asked about it,” Govinda said.Talking about netizens who are having a good laugh over him about his claims, Govinda said, “People making a laughing stock of me is not new. I was mocked even at the beginning of my career because I dared to become an actor. They thought, I am from Virar gaon, yeh kaise hero banega! Even after my films did well, a certain section of people believed iska success toh fluke hai. I became Govinda because of my hard work. I had to look after my entire family, so acting was more than just a passion for me. It was my means of survival. The struggle was to succeed with whatever limited means I had.”last_img read more

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Indian president gives assent to Triple Talaq Bill

first_imgIndia`s president Ram Nath Kovind (L) looks on during a meeting with Benin`s foreign affairs and cooperation minister in Cotonou, on 30 July 2019. Photo: AFPIndian president Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday gave his assent to the Triple Talaq Bill, making the practice of giving instant triple talaq orally a criminal offence with provisions of a jail term of up to three years.The Triple Talaq Bill or Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 which prohibits divorce by pronouncing “talaq” thrice in one occasion by their husbands was passed by both houses of parliament.It was passed by the Lok Sabha on 25 July despite the opposition’s demand for its scrutiny by a Standing Committee.Subsequently, it was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, with the government mustering numbers for its smooth sailing in the Upper House where it still lacks majority support.last_img
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Capitol Launches Innovation Center to Help Drive the Future of Innovation in

first_imgCapitol Music Group today announced the launch of the Capitol Innovation Center (CIC) “to bring together leading thinkers from the music and technology industries, as well as the student community, to help drive the future of innovation in music,” according to a press release. Based in the Capitol Tower in Hollywood, California, the CIC aims to provide space and conduct event programming designed to foster innovative ideas, bridge the gap between content creators and the tech community, and foster the next generation of leaders in music.The center will open on April 15 with a collaborative workspace and songwriting studio for students, technologists, and content creators. At the recent SXSW Music Hackathon, winning teams were chosen to spend a week in June at Capitol Tower, gaining access to the CIC’s workspace, studio, and team of mentors. Other initial participants include UMG Accelerator Engagement Network and Abbey Road Red Incubator. Popular on Variety The center will also host events, the first of which is a speaker workshop called “The Future She Built,” a conversation on inclusion and change, on April 18 in partnership with Select Management Group. Confirmed speakers include CMG COO Michelle Jubelirer, Founder/Director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Stacy Smith, President of SAG-AFTRA Gabrielle Carteris, and President & COO of the LA Sparks Christine Simmons. On June 9, it will host “A Women’s Immersive Recording Arts Summit,” an all-day series of keynote speakers and production workshops held in partnership with Women’s Audio Mission (WAM). Confirmed speakers for the event include Jubelirer, recording and mixing engineer Marcella Araica, VP/Studio Manager of Capitol Studios Paula Salvatore, Founder & Executive Director of WAM Terri Winston, and music producer, songwriter and entrepreneur TRAKGIRL.The center’s first Hackathon, set for June 2 and 3, will bring together software developers, producers, songwriters and influencers in a challenge to incubate new waves of music-related products, services, and content. Winning developer teams will be eligible for an eight-month innovation license to draw from UMG’s catalog, while winning content teams will have their finished pieces heard by representatives of Capitol’s A&R team.“With its diverse offerings of original programming and communal workspace, we believe that the Capitol Innovation Center has the potential to further transform our Tower into a destination where brilliant minds can come together to share ideas, knowledge, and creativity across social and generational barriers, as well as pioneer breakthroughs that will drive the music industry into the future” said CMG Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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From a land far far away

first_imgKorean Cultural Centre is up with their next show titled Secret Garden, a solo exhibition by Korean artist – Ahn Hyejo, that opens today. Secret Garden is a show that displays a garden located in the Changduk Palace of Joseon Dynasty well known Seoul’s attractions. This exhibition will showcase the character of Korean traditional garden culture. In this garden the artificial and natural beauties are harmonised with revealing relaxed, comfortable and Koreans’ esthetic emotions. The motive of Secret Garden is Korean traditional mask Tal reflecting Koreans’ sorrows and Korean traditional percussion quartet Samulnori. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Visual designer Ahn Hyejo will show tangible (intangible) Korean traditional inheritance which are reinterpreted by the tool of ‘design’. The art works regarding India national flower ‘lotus’ motives also are displayed and this is quite meaningful in the view of the relation between Korea and India.Besides these, Ahn Hyejo is showcasing the various experiences extending the scope of design and impression with connecting ceramics. These art works are expressed as like implicating mysterious land behind Secret Garden. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artist says, “I am living in India for 5 years. Many people have shown me much interesting regarding Korean culture and Korean life so it triggered me to design a graphic stories about Korean culture.”Some of Important Intangible Cultural Property show us common culture with India. Nong-Ak(Samulnori), Mask(Tal) dance express Koreans’ love for music and dance from the old historical times, like Indian peoples did and doing. Moreover Buddism and Lotus also have same important meaning in Korea and India as well.When: May 8 – June 5 Where: Exhibition Gallery, Korean Cultural CentreTiming: 10am – 5pmlast_img read more

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Free EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

first_imgOne of the most feared consequences of having your data and information stored digitally is its loss. The threat of all your data getting lost is experienced by all the computer users today that varies among the users. Some people might lose their confidential work data creating a tension in their already stressed lives. But, with the advancement in the computer technology, data scientists have been able to devise a number of soft wares that help people to restore their lost data with convenience.EaseUS Data Recovery WizardEaseUS is a software company that provides users a free data recovery software for both Windows and Mac. It can recover the deleted, formatted or lost data from any kind of PC, laptop devices. All that users have to do is download the wizard and launch it. After launching, the wizard will scan the device and will recover the data that has been lost.Offers Multiple OptionsIt comes with a variety of options allowing the users to retrieve the data from hard drive, memory card, USB, digital phones and cameras making the life easier. It helps to secure the data from losses such as sudden deletion as a result of a virus attack in the device, when the hard drive gets corrupted due to damage, system crash, loss of volume data etc.Step-By-Step ProcessEaseUs data recovery wizard is a very simple software that does not requires users to have any prior experience. You just need to download it from the official website and choose the desired version and then launch it in your device. It allows the users to select the data that needs to be recovered by previewing and scanning. The software has two options for the retrieval of user information. The “Quick Scan” gives a quick scan of the device and captures the recently lost data in a short period of time while the “Deep Scan” thoroughly searches the device and recovers all the lost documents and media files. It usually requires a longer time than the quick scan. Another user-friendly feature that this wizard offers is the time saving as people can run the software at any time based on their convenience and can resume the recovery procedure by exporting the scanning results without scanning the device again and again.User-Friendly InterfaceThe wizard has an intuitive interface that helps the users to easily start using it with fewer clicks. It is supported by multiple languages catering people from different regions. The free version of the EaseUs data recovery software can restore 500MB data and additional data of 1.5MB can be restored by sharing the wizard on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.Updated Free VersionThe updated free wizard version can recover up to 2GB of data with improved data recovery features. The version has been upregulated to retrieve file types like documents, media, emails as well as compressed files. The license and free lifetime upgrades, however, are not available for the free version and users need to buy the Pro and Pro+WinPE versions to avail these exclusive features.last_img read more

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RECAP Delays after accident on M6

first_imgTraffic is affected between the accident (B) and (A) (Image: Inrix)07:53Delays of 20 minutes continueThere are still delays of 20 minutes on the carriageway07:33Highways England confirm the broken down lorry has been recovered07:15Highways England commentA Highways England spokesman said:1 lane is closed on the M6 southbound between J17 and J16. An HGV has broken down in the residual congestion following the earlier collision. Recovery is on scene, so hopefully we’ll have it cleared from the carriageway soon. We’ll keep you updated. “07:02Broken down lorry now adding to delaysOne lane blocked and queueing traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Southbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 30 minutes.Lane one (of three) is blocked. Breakdown has occurred within the residual delays of an earlier accident which cleared around 06:35. This is within the smart motorway works.06:52Delays down to 30 minutesDelays on the road are are now done to 30 minutes, according to the latest figures from Traffic England.06:41Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:Recovery work is complete and all lanes have re-opened on M6 southbound within J16. Delays remain but should start to clear. Have a safe onward journey. “06:36Long delays continueAlthough the lanes are reported to have reopened, there are still delays of more than 40 minutes according to the latest figures.06:35Reports lanes have reopenedWe’re getting the first reports in that the lanes have reopened, although long delays remain. This information comes from INRIX. 06:34Delays up to 40 minutesTraffic England and Inrix, a traffic data company, are now both reporting delays of 40 minutes.06:28Delays up to 30 minutesDelays of 30 minutes are now reported on the southbound carriageway as a result of the accident.06:20Delays are starting to buildA Highways England spokesman said:2 lanes (of 3) are closed on the M6 southbound within J16 due to a collision involving a car and a van. Recovery is on scene. Delays are starting to build, so please allow extra time if heading that way this morning. “06:18What we know so farThe accident took place at around 5.40am near junction 16 of the M6 southbound.A car and a van are involved and two lanes are closedThere are currently delays of around 20 minutes, with congestion back towards junction 17.Recovery arrived at the scene at around 6.10am.06:12Recovery now at sceneRecovery has arrived at the scene, according to traffic data company INRIX, however both lanes remain closed.06:0420 minute delays against expected traffic There are currently delays of 20 minutes against expected traffic, according to Traffic England. 06:03Location of the accidentTraffic is affected between the accident (B) and (A) (Image: Inrix) There are long delays on the M6 motorway this morning following an accident. A car and a van are involved in the accident, which has taken place on the Southbound carriageway between J17 A534 ( Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic data company INRIX reported lanes one and two (of three) were closed as a result. The vehicles are reported to have been recovered by 6.35am, but long delays continue. One lane was also closed again due to a broken down lorry on the same stretch of road – which also added to the delays, although this has also now reopened. The accident occurred just after the exit slip road for J16, but lane closures were implemented before the slip road to ease congestion. Traffic England shows slow traffic due to the accident, which is believed to have taken place at around 5.40am, with delays of around 40 minutes currently reported in the area as traffic begins to queue. Highways England said delays were starting to ease after the vehicles were recovered. Read MoreRoyal baby official china collection released – and it’s made in Stoke-on-Trent! A spokesman said: “Recovery work is complete and all lanes have re-opened on M6 southbound within J16. “Delays remain but should start to clear. Have a safe onward journey. “The HGV that had broken down on the M6 southbound between J17 and J16 has been recovered and all lanes have re-opened. Delays are starting to ease. Thanks for your patience this morning.” We reported events as they unfolded on our live feed below. Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. Read MoreAre these the most dangerous crossroads in North Staffordshire? For the very latest updates on roads including the M6 , A500 , A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. last_img read more

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