SC refuses to allow Jallikattu, protests intensify in TN

first_imgNew Delhi/Chennai, Jan 13 (PTI) Last-gasp attempts to hold the traditional bull-taming sport of Jallikattu during pongal festivities today ended in failure, with the Supreme Court refusing to vacate its order staying lifting of a ban on the sport by the Centre, provoking intensified protests in Tamil Nadu.As the Supreme Court refused to vacate its order staying the Centres notification lifting the ban on the popular but controversial sport, animal rights group PETA India shot off a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee, urging him not to pass any such ordinance so bulls can be protected.PETAs move came a day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to promulgate an ordinance allowing holding of Jallikattu, a 3000-year-old sport, which has become a hot political issue in an election year. “We are not inclined to vacate the stay,” a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and N V Ramana said after hearing the urgently moved pleas of some Tamil Nadu residents and a group called Compassion Unlimited Plus Action.The bench said it was “unimpressed” with the arguments that Jallikattu should be allowed under the supervision of the court by appointing court commissioners who could submit reports on the event and the claim that it was a socio-religious harvest festival and not entertainment.It said the apex courts two-judge bench in its judgement in 2014 had discussed various facets of the age-old sport and expressed its opinion that bulls cannot be subjected to cruelty.advertisement”The aforesaid submission leaves us unimpressed, for the simon-pure (genuine) reason (that) the two-Judge Bench of this Court, as it appears, had discussed many facets with regard to Jallikattu and expressed its opinion. The arrangements made on the basis of the notification would not warrant alteration of our order and, therefore, we are not inclined to vacate the order of stay,” the bench said.The apex court remained unimpressed with the contention that Jallikattu was not a fight between bulls and humans but a game where the participants are required to embrace the running bulls by hanging on to their hump as long as possible and that the men are unarmed. With the Supreme Court declining to vacate its stay on the Centres notification, protests intensified across Tamil Nadu.Protests were held in several cities and towns, including Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Pudukottai and Salem.In Chennai, activists of the May 17 Movement and Tamilar Munnetra Padai staged demonstrations seeking measures by the Centre to facilitate Jallikattu.In Tiruchirappalli district, a man attempted to set himself ablaze but police overpowered and removed him from the spot. More PTI SJK RKS VGN BN TDS NAB SC ARC SK SKlast_img read more

Australian Open: All eyes on Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer on day 11 at Melbourne Park

first_imgReigning champion Novak Djokovic and number three seed Roger Federer will square off in a modern tennis classic when they take to centre court in the first men’s semi-final at the Australian Open on Thursday.At stake is a shot at history. Both are bidding to equal Australian Roy Emerson’s record of six titles, set in the pre-Open era, and their head-to-head count is tied at 22 wins apiece.Federer, who has not won a grand slam title since 2012 and lost five of his eight matches against Djokovic last year, is in arguably the better form, dropping just one set in five matches en route to his mouth-watering clash with the Serb.Undisputed world number one Djokovic has dropped a set more than the Swiss but has never lost in the semi-finals of the tournament.Djokovic came back strongly after making 100 unforced errors against Frenchman Gilles Simon in the fourth round to down number seven seed Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-2 6-4 in the quarter-finals.The 44 matches between Djokovic and Federer is the second highest tally in the Open era, beaten only by the 47 between Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, and the Serb credits his two biggest rivals for his dominance of recent years.”These two guys made me the player I am today. I think these rivalries have allowed me to grow …and understand what it takes to be on the level that they are on,” he said.”Roger always makes you play your best. My best is what is going to be necessary to win against him.”advertisementWomen’s champion Serena Williams, bidding for her 22nd grand slam title, will have to overcome number four seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the first singles semi-final at the Rod Laver Arena.The number one seed has buried fears about her form and fitness beneath a run of dominating performances. She has not lost a set so far and barely broke a sweat while vanquishing number five seed Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

Common Hiring Mistakes

first_imgThere are a slew of consultants who are ready to tell you how to find the perfect candidate. Given the fact that 40% of all hiring transactions end in disappointment, it’s no wonder. The solutions range from deep and expensive culture-based assessment testing to Google‘s arcane (and self-defeating) ego challenges.Hiring managers are almost always supervisors of standard-sized (10 to 20 people) work groups. For most hiring managers, a new hire represents a significant addition to the crew and represents a bet of 5% to 10% of the department’s culture. It’s important to get the fit right but it’s important to realize it only happens some of the time.There are two different kinds of recruiting problems:Hiring a replacementHiring someone for a job that’s never been filled beforeReplacement workers are brought in because the incumbent is moving for a promotion, retirement, disability or choice. A replacement worker always faces the ghost of the predecessor. Performance and effectiveness are measured against the standards set by the last person in the job. However sometimes that makes fit easier (the former employee was not good and not well liked). When the last person was a Rock Star, it may take several failures to get the right fit for the job. Fit and success in the replacement scenario depend on the expectations set by the person who left.A worker in a new job is coming onboard because the organization is growing. When the opportunity comes from growth (there are somewhat fewer of these positions right now), expectations for the new worker are about getting a ton of new work done. Fit, at least in the early days of the job, has to do with helping the load get smaller. When there’s a ton of work, it’s easy to make the organization gel.Fit means different things in each case. But mistakes often get made in either case when the hunt is on for the right fit. Here are some of the most common hiring mistakes:Impatience: If you are hiring on a schedule, hurrying is likely to lower the quality of a new worker’s fit. Hurrying is always expensive in this way. Never hire out of desperation or to solve a crisis.Inattention: Filling a job opening requires a level of commitment equivalent to 5% to 10% of your department’s culture. If the job is not well defined, a bad fit is inevitable. Ask yourself, what problem or issue is the employee supposed to remedy. Get clear about that.Inability to adjust to change: Fit changes as the team matures. A job is not a marriage – don’t expect a good fit to last forever. They take lots of work.Over-prioritizing cultural fit: No matter how much you’d like it, how well an employee functions in the culture is only a part of the story. While cultural effectiveness is desirable, some skills may be a higher priority.Thinking one employee is same as another. Expecting a new worker to fit in and automatically replace a long term player is an unrealistic burden on manager and employee alike. Expect that the most noticeable thing about a new employee is that they do the old job differently.Believing the same job is the same job. Except in the most gruesome types of factory, the job is not a fixed thing. Sometimes, the perception that a new team member doesn’t fit really means that the job has changed. They do that for a variety of reasons including changing market conditions, recent layoffs, and changes to compensation policy.Unrealistic job expectations. If you are having a problem getting the right person to fit in a specific job, maybe it’s the job’s fault. Some jobs fit into an organizations workflow in a way that makes them impossible. Job design is half of fit.last_img read more

National Inter-State Athletics Cship shifted from Kolkata to Guwahati,

first_imgPatiala, Apr 29 (PTI) The 58th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship, a qualifying event for the upcoming Asian Games, has been shifted to Guwahati from Kolkata and the dates have also been advanced by the national federation to avoid a Gold Coast Commonwealth Games like situation. The capital city of Assam will host the event from June 26 to 29 at the Sarusajai Sports Complex which had hosted the athletics events at the South Asian Games in 2016. The championship was earlier scheduled to be held in Kolkata from July 15 to 18. The decision to advance the dates came in the backdrop of a controversy surrounding the rejection of late entries of three track and field athletes by the Gold Coast CWG organisers as their names were sent after the closure of final entry. The deadline for sending the final list of athletes for the CWG was on March 7 but the Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championships held here ended on March 8 and hence the three athletes picked by the selection committee could not take part in the Games. “The last date for sending final entries (entry by names) to the Organising Committee for Asian Games is 30 June 2018. And that is the reason we had to advance the national inter-state meet by almost a month. The competition will serve as the final selection trials for the Asian Games 2018,” Athletics Federation of India Deputy Chief Coach Radhakrishnan Nair said in a release. Participation in this championship has been made mandatory for all athletes to be considered for selection in the Indian team for the Asian Games unless the federation exempts an athlete from participation on his/her request due to specified reasons or as per the advice of an AFI expert.advertisement For those athletes who are not at the national camps and training elsewhere, their final selection in the team will be subject to their repeat performance in a confirmatory trial to be held on August 15. The venue for the confirmatory trial will be intimated to such athletes later. The issue of the three athletes who could not take part in the CWG got complicated as their accreditation was not done earlier because the AFI did not expect them to qualify for the Games. In order to avoid such a situation, the AFI had recently asked all the athletes who expect to meet Asian Games Qualifying Standards to submit their details by today for accreditation. The AFI said those athletes who are not part of national camps and are not monitored by the federation coaches will not be considered for selection if they have not submitted their details for accreditation for the Asian Games before the deadline. “Under no circumstances, an unaccredited athlete will be allowed to attain these trials,” the release said. Nair also informed that starting next month, Indian athletes at different national camps will depart in groups for training abroad. “All the athletes including those who went for Commonwealth Games have joined the camps soon after they returned to India. Training will now continue abroad and most teams will be back by the second week of June before the Inter-State Meet,” he said. The AFI also issued new qualifying standards for the Asian Games, making some relaxations in the guidelines from the ones put out last year. “We also felt the need to relax the qualifying standards in some of the events due to rescheduling of the competition and it has been done. We are confident that at Jakarta Asian Games, we will win more number of medals as compared to 2014 Incheon Asian Games,” added Nair. PTI PDS SSC PDS SSC SSClast_img read more

Areola hits out at ‘unfounded’ PSG rumours

first_imgPSG Areola denies ‘unfounded’ rumours over rejected PSG contract Harry West Last updated 2 years ago 18:14 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AlphonseAreola - Cropped Getty Images PSG Ligue 1 The 24-year-old has denied speculation that he has rejected an offer from the Ligue 1 leaders to prolong his stay at the club Rumours that Alphonse Areola has rejected Paris Saint-Germain’s proposal of a new contract have been steadfastly denied by the goalkeeper.France Football reported that PSG offered Areola extended terms beyond the 2019 expiry of his existing deal and the 24-year-old turned down the offer.Le Parisiens 9/2 for CL glory Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. That speculation led to Areola being linked with the likes of Juventus and Newcastle United, but the keeper – currently on international duty for France’s World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Belarus – has been quick to insist the stories are not true.Areola has ousted Kevin Trapp in becoming PSG’s number one this season, starting each of the club’s 11 matches across all— Alphonse Areola (@AreolaOfficiel) October 5, 2017″I am currently concerned with two very important matches with the French team,” Areola posted on Twitter.”The rumours about my future are totally unfounded even though I understand that the media have to tell or write some stories and that Paris Saint-Germain arouses a lot of attention.”I want to say that I am attached to the club that has the ambition to win everything, to the city of Paris, and that I am very focused on my season.”Everything said about me is wrong! We’ll talk about my future in time and internally with the club.”last_img read more

OnePlus 6T killer from Meizu will come with 48-megapixel Sony sensor, likely to get Snapdragon 855

first_imgOnePlus 6T killer from Meizu will come with 48-megapixel Sony sensor, likely to get Snapdragon 855Meizu founder and former CEO Huang Zhang has confirmed Meizu 16s to come with a 48-megapixel Sony sensor. The Meizu flagship is also rumoured to get a Snapdragon 855 chipset. advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 08:59 IST HIGHLIGHTSMeizu will employ the 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor that was recently put to use in the Redmi Note 7 Pro.The camera will also support Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).The phone will also feature an in-display fingerprint scanner.Meizu has been teasing a new smartphone to rival the OnePlus 6T in the Indian market. Expected to be called the Meizu 16s, the premium smartphone will be positioned to challenge OnePlus 6T with a new Snapdragon 855 chipset. Meizu has been teasing the handset’s main features for a while, revealing some important details such as the camera, display, fingerprint sensor and the thickness of the phone. Now, Meizu’s founder and former CEO Huang Zhang has confirmed another detail about the Meizu 16s with regards to the camera.In a community post, Huang Zhang said that the Meizu 16s will be getting a 48-megapixel camera at the rear. However, instead of using a standard Samsung sensor, Meizu will employ the Sony IMX586 sensor that was recently put to use in the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The camera will also support Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Huang Zhang hasn’t said anything about whether the Meizu 16s will get a dual camera setup or will be contended with a single camera setup.So far, the Meizu 16s is shaping up to be a pretty strong contender to the OnePlus 6T. Meizu has teased about a fullscreen display with very thin bezels all around. The phone won’t feature a notch on the top – the camera will sit n the very slim forehead along with the earpiece and other sensors. The display will also feature an in-display fingerprint scanner similar to the OnePlus 6T. Meizu states that the phone will be 8.2mm thick.Leaks have so far stated that Meizu will unveil the 16s with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 chipset. If this is true, then the Meizu 16s could be the first smartphone in India to debut the Snapdragon 855 chipset. The Samsung Galaxy S10 in India gets the Exynos 9280 chipset, not the Snapdragon 855. The teasers also suggest that Meizu 16s will come with 8GB RAM. It is speculated that the phone will ship with Meizu’s custom Flyme Os based on Android Pie.advertisementThe Meizu 16s is expected to be priced around Rs 40,000 – the exact price point in which the OnePlus 6T sits right now. That could make the Meizu 16s a better choice over the OnePlus 6T as it comes with the latest hardware. In fact, no other manufacturer in India is supposed to unveil a smartphone with a Snapdragon 855 chipset until May, when OnePlus is expected to launch the OnePlus 7.ALSO READ | Meizu teases its OnePlus 6T killer for India, rumoured to sport Snapdragon 855 chipsetALSO READ | Meizu 16th Quick Review: An Android flagship that puts style upfrontALSO READ | Meizu Zero is the world’s first holeless smartphone Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow MeizuFollow androidFollow OneplusFollow smartphonesFollow Snapdragon 855last_img read more

Miami’s Kimpton EPIC Hotel to Undergo Extensive Renovations This Summer

first_imgHotel’s Guestrooms, Lobby and Pool Will Be Reimagined With Miami-Inspired Elements (MIAMI, June 2019) – Kimpton EPIC Hotel is an urban hotel situated in the heart of Downtown Miami, exuding the true beauty of the city through unparalleled views of Biscayne Bay. Known for its unmatched service and amenities for the ultimate Miami getaway, beginning this month, the upscale downtown hotel is going to get even better. Currently, Kimpton EPIC Hotel Miami has begun extensive renovations of its guestrooms and suites, lobby and pool area, revamping the hotel while maintaining its beloved sophistication and high-end feel. Kimpton EPIC’s refresh and redesign, expected to be completed by the end of September, is masterminded by the talented in-house Kimpton design team under the helm of Ave Bradley, Creative Director & Global SVP of Design, and Diana Martinez, Senior Design Director at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. “We’re thrilled to have the chance to reimagine the Kimpton EPIC,” said Bradley. “The new design will retain the quiet sophistication that guests have fallen in love with over the years but brings with it an elevated level of quality and European style and sophistication that connects to the softness and organic qualities of the surrounding environment while maintaining the timelessness that EPIC has always been recognized for.” The renovation will be a transformation to a new, fresh version of Kimpton EPIC. The finishes, furniture, and amenities will be acutely refined, and elegantly minimal with an organic sensibility. High-impact artwork will evoke several elements including the natural components of the Earth while speaking to the Miami landscape and personality in a modern and abstract manner. It will celebrate the thriving Miami art scene while paying homage to Miami’s culture that is adored by many. As with all Kimpton properties, the approach is a bespoke design. Virtually all furniture, lighting and artwork are custom and proprietary to the hotel. Miami’s past, present and future will serve as Kimpton EPIC’s design muse. Renovation highlights include: Upon arrival, guests will experience a different approach to minimal and sophisticated elegance in the hotel’s reimagined lobby area. Hues in wheat, gray and white, with a layer of soft harbor blue, offer a modern and high-end beach palette in the arrival and reception area. Black and bronze metals, woven linen, marble and custom hardware featured throughout will exhibit the luxurious feeling that Miami evokes within. Travelers will love the driftwood-inspired slatted headboards, wood-look tile flooring throughout the guestrooms, marble base table and chairs and private patios with custom furniture, all overlooking Biscayne Bay. Art featured within the guestrooms has a local sensibility, with a specific focus on highlighting Miami’s flourishing art scene. Two EPICally detailed suites – a Hospitality and a Presidential, both residing on the corners of hotels 30th floor, with wrap around balconies and sweeping views of the city lights, the bay, and ocean – will each feature curated, one-of-a-kind furniture, collected art and various functional considerations for entertaining and hosting. The high-end sophisticated feel of the property will extend into the hotel’s expansive 16th-floor pool terrace as well, with new European furnishes and a clean and modern color palette that has playful touches for an energetic pool vibe. Guests will enjoy new daybeds, sofas and dining areas, making the terrace the perfect space to lounge both day and night. Reservations for the remodeled rooms will be available for booking starting this summer. For more information or reservations, please visit  About Kimpton EPIC Hotel Kimpton EPIC Hotel is a lifestyle, waterfront hotel, located in vibrant downtown Miami at the edge of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay. A continual winner of Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards, EPIC combines the timeless style of a cosmopolitan boutique hotel with the amenities of a resort to create a sophisticated recreation oasis for guests amidst the energy and pulse of Miami. The elements of the EPIC lifestyle include superlative dining provided by the progressive American, ocean-inspired, Chef-driven Area 31. Awarded AAA’s “2018 Four Diamond Award – Restaurants,” Area 31 delivers breathtaking views from the hotel’s 16th floor. With an on-property private marina, the first. U.S. Zuma restaurant, and Maison F.P. Journe bar and cigar lounge, the EPIC truly holds luxury at its fingertips. The Kimpton EPIC lifestyle also touches the mind, body and spirit with Exhale, a unique spa concept that combines therapeutic services with a host of offerings including proprietary core fusion classes, spa therapies and transformational mind-body fitness experiences, and much more.last_img read more

Central Region Receives Recreation Funding

first_imgRecreation facilities in the Central region, including Halifax Regional Municipality, will receive $549,000 through 19 grants announced today, June 17, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. “Government is providing $2.94 million for projects from one end of this province to the other to give all Nova Scotians the opportunity to be fit and get active,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “Investing in organizations and recreation facilities that help to promote healthy living for Nova Scotians, is the right decision for families in every region of our province.” Under the Recreation Facility Development Program, the grants are used to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation. The program assists community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Ms. MacDonald made the announcement at the Mayflower Curling Club, which received $20,000 for upgrades to make it more accessible for Nova Scotians with physical disabilities. “The Mayflower Curling Club has a long history with the residents of HRM and the province,” said Paul McDonald, past president, Mayflower Curling Club Board. “This grant will allow us to officially open our doors to all people to enjoy the curling experience that the Mayflower has been offering for more than a century.”last_img read more

Thursday Government Council Draft Decrees Air Transport and Official Appointments

Rabat- Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani will chair the Governmental Council on Thursday, where he and other government officials will consider a number of senior official applications, review three draft decrees, and one air transport agreement.The governmental meeting convened to review three draft decrees, namely related to the “Takaful” participatory Islamic insurance, modifying and labeling food products, and the current state of national education and training.Furthermore, an air transport agreement signed by Morocco and the Republic of Panama in January 2018, will undergo approval process. At the closing of the meeting, abiding by Article 92 of the constitution, El Othmani will examine and approve the appointment of new senior officials. read more

Bill introduced to help publishers bargain with tech giants

NEW YORK — News publishers would gain greater power to negotiate terms with Facebook and Google under terms of a bill filed Wednesday in the House of Representatives.The proposal aims to give newspaper and digital publishers who have been struggling financially the right to bargain collectively with the tech giants. The publishing group says revenue has plummeted by $31 billion since 2006, due primarily to the disappearance of advertising.Publishers are more optimistic about the legislation, which has failed in the past, because it now has bipartisan support. Congress in general has been taking a greater interest in the tech giants’ operations.The bill is being sponsored by Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat, and Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, a Republican who is ranking member of the Judiciary Committee.The News Media Alliance, which represents the publishers, say the right to work together would give them a better chance to negotiate licensing fees for use of their stories. They also want access to data collected by Facebook and Google about who reads their work.They want the companies to give better exposure to the news organizations that produce articles on their sites and notice of when the companies change algorithms that suddenly make certain work less visible, said David Chavern, president and CEO of the News Media Alliance.The publishers say that Facebook and Google is now responsible for 90 per cent of all digital ad revenue growth.The Computer and Communications Industry Association, which advocates in Washington on behalf of the Internet companies, said they had no immediate comment on the proposal.The Associated Press read more

National guidelines issued for child day care centers

Under the guidelines, Provincial Probation Commissioners will register and monitor child day care centers. The drafting process has included wide-ranging consultations, both at the national level and the provincial and district levels with the Department of Probation and Childcare Services, the Children’s Secretariat, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, the Attorney General’s Department, National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA), Open University of Sri Lanka, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), International Non-Government Organizations (INGOs), workers from child day care centers, and experts in the field. The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) and the Prime Minister’s Office have drafted a comprehensive National guideline for child day care centers in the country.It aims to ensure quality assured, standardized processes among centers nationwide, promote quality, safe, and caring child care facilities and child care givers, ensure child care and overall childhood development needs are met and aligned with individual developmental goals and to improve and provide guidance for setting up child care centers to reach the specified standards and extend services for children up to the age of 18 years. The guidelines stipulate standards on caregiver to children ratio, recruitment processes, minimum qualifications for child care givers, care center infrastructure, care, learning, play, etc.The guidelines provide a grace period of 2 years for child day care centers to achieve the standards set out. In a parallel process, the NCPA has developed a draft National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level 4 curriculum on Child Care Giving and is collaborating with NAITA and Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) to promptly make them available for child care workers and those interested in this subject. (Colombo Gazette) read more

IsraeliPalestinian talks continue hopeful trend in Middle East Security Council told

In his regular monthly briefing on the Middle East, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast told the Council that those meetings and talks scheduled in the next few days between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are indicative of a hopeful trend since the beginning of the year. Yet renewed violence and the low level of mutual trust continue to work against progress. Mr. Prendergast noted that in Israel, opponents of disengagement still voice their opposition to the planned withdrawal. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority still faces a number of serious internal challenges, which have deepened partly as a result of the Authority’s efforts to institute comprehensive security reform. He called recent violent incidents among the Palestinians “deeply disturbing.”He also expressed the UN’s particular concern over the serious escalation in rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinian militants against Israeli targets. Mr. Prendergast reminded both sides of the need to take special care to protect innocent civilians, in accordance with international and humanitarian law.While there was evidence of a serious effort on the Palestinian side to maintain the calm and, on the Israeli side, of determination not to overreact to isolated incidents, he said he was concerned by the statements of Palestinian factions that they might see themselves as no longer bound by their earlier pledge to maintain a ceasefire. On the other hand, there had been a resumption during the reporting period of the Israeli practice of targeting Palestinian militants engaged in suspicious activity from the air, Mr. Prendergast noted, reminding both sides of the need to take special care to protect innocent civilians, in accordance with international and humanitarian law.Turning to the situation in Lebanon, he recalled the brutal car-bomb murder on 2 June of the prominent Lebanese journalist Samir Kassir, noting that Secretary-General Kofi Annan had condemned the killing and called on the Lebanese Government to bring the perpetrators and instigators to justice, ensure the continuation of press freedom and end impunity.He also said it is imperative at this very delicate period that all concerned exercise the utmost restraint and maintain calm along the Blue Line. Noting the completion of Lebanon’s elections on Sunday, he said it is a major achievement for Lebanon to have held elections on time, and called on all concerned parties to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and cease any actions that could be destabilizing. read more

Emissions achieve alltime low despite subdued March market

820710,335 March TotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness 4Astra10,704 1Fiesta27,924 2010611,548251,136354,3166,096308,353272,51130,684 2010397,383161,899231,9123,572212,440164,24520,698 5Golf17,101 2011366,101174,165186,6105,326176,425166,35623,320 4Astra17,250 3Corsa13,556 2011558,336270,999279,5757,762250,584275,36932,383 Mkt share ’10 41.1%57.9%1.0%50.4%44.6%5.0% 82077,189 Mkt share ’10 48.5%50.1%1.4%44.9%49.3%5.8% 366,101 new 11-plate cars were registered in March, a decline of 7.9% on 2010.March bettered expectations, up 5.9% on 2010 with scrappage volumes excluded.Registrations in quarter one fell 8.7% to 558,336 units. The 2011 market is forecast to drop 5.0% to 1.93 million.Q1 records lowest ever average new car CO2 emissions, down 3.4% to 140.3g/km.Fleet and business volumes grew in both March and Q1 demonstrating underlying business confidence that should stabilise the market through 2011.“The UK saw 366,101 new cars registered in March, demonstrating sustained demand in what is traditionally the biggest month of the year,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Despite a dip versus 2010, the market remains on course to meet SMMT’s forecast for the year with motorists buying increasingly fuel-efficient and low emitting vehicles across every segment.” Mkt share ’11 Year-to-date 7Insignia11,904 Year-to-dateTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness 1Fiesta19,676 6Insignia7,826 7Polo7,634 2Focus14,370  March ahead of forecast and 2009 levels, but down on 2010 marketNew car registrations declined in each of the past nine months. Demand for the new ’11’ plate was just ahead of SMMT’s forecast by 1.4%. Volumes in March were down 7.9% on last year. However, with the 13.0% of 2010 scrappage related volumes removed, the market was up 5.9%.Registrations in quarter one were down 53,212 units or 8.7%, but at 558,336 units, were over 11,000 units ahead of expectations. The market is expected to decline further in Q2, before stabilising and recovering in the second half of the year to show a net decline of 5.0% to 1.93 million units. SMMT will review its forecasts this month.While comparisons with 2009 and 2010 are distorted by the scrappage scheme, volumes remain well below pre-recession levels. Between 2004 and 2008, March averaged almost 450,000 units and the annual outturn was above 2.4 million units. Fleet and business registrations have shown modest growth in the first quarter of the year whilst private demand has weakened post scrappage scheme. The decline in private demand was in line with industry expectations.Average new car CO2 emissions fell to 140.3g/km in Q1, a 3.4% reduction on a year ago. Diesel car volumes rose by 7.9% in Q1, as their market share rose from 41.1% to 48.5%. Alternatively fuelled cars achieved a record 1.4% share of the total market in the quarter, after volumes rose by 27.3%The Ford Fiesta was the best selling model in the month and Q1. Supermini volumes fell during March, although their market share edged up to 38.4%. Lower medium cars saw a sharp drop in demand, likely linked to changeover to new models, whilst demand for luxury saloon, MPVs and executive cars rebounded.Follow this link to download the full March registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 2Focus24,435 6Polo12,214 % change-7.9%7.6%-19.5%49.1%-17.0%1.3%12.7% 10Qashqai9,253 103 Series6,103 % change-8.7%7.9%-21.1%27.3%-18.7%1.0%5.5% Best sellersMarch 47.6%51.0%1.5%48.2%45.4%6.4% 5Golf10,282 9MINI7,040 93 Series10,141 3Corsa20,536 40.7%58.4%0.9%53.5%41.3%5.2% Mkt share ’11 read more

Is sexual education in Ireland out of date

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Research I’ve done recently in primary schools demonstrates how schools are operating largely under a very reactive model in relation to gender and sexuality identity because of a lack of official policy and curricular guidance and because of uncertainty fears around school ethos and the reactions of parents.She added:“But as research tells us, children are grappling with gender and sexual identities at a very young age and many parents see the need for educating their children in an age-appropriate manner in relation to these issues.”Neary recommends that there needs to be a review of sexual education in Ireland, with a greater emphasis on pleasure and desire – as young people are already learning about these elsewhere. That is not to say that sexuality education ought to be devoid of discussion about religion. I think there is a need to put sexuality in conversation with religious faith but within an environment that is not entirely shaped by one religious norm.She also says that there is a need to educate about the spectrum of sexes (male, female, intersex), sexual identities (heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer) and gender identities (cisgender, transgender, non-binary) and not an approach that reproduces LGBTQI people as vicitimised ‘others’. Oct 23rd 2016, 8:00 PM 25,722 Views 74 Comments Think about how little knowledge I have on reproductive organs [sic]. Thank God I knew about condoms. If it wasn’t out of sheer curiosity and a broadband connection, I’d know nothing.This is both the huge advantage and the downfall of the internet. Although it holds a lot of information on every subject, it also holds a lot of misinformation, especially on the subject of sex (search ‘how do I know if I’m pregnant?’ for proof).Added to the danger of the internet for curious young people, is the accessibility of pornography online, and the often inaccurate light it portrays sex in.A recent opinion article in the Guardian recommended that porn be shown in classrooms and that it be analysed by young people and the teacher.Although a controversial suggestion, it also poses a relevant topic – that sexual education must go into greater depth for students, because if it doesn’t, they’re forced to find it elsewhere.Religion in the classroom Sexual education in Ireland needs to be reviewed – especially in relation to religion’s influence and information about homosexuality. Source: Shutterstock/Olesia BilkeiDr Aoife Neary, a lecturer in Sociology of Education at University Limerick, held a conference on ‘Teacher Education for Gender and Sexuality Diversity’ last Thursday.Neary says that Ireland’s Relationship and Sexual Education (RSE) needs “significant reworking both at primary and post-primary levels”.She says that RSE guidelines need to move away from the ‘ethos’ and ‘characteristic spirit’ that shape how teachers broach the subject with their students. Image: Shutterstock/Pressmaster SEX HAS NEVER been a comfortable subject in Ireland to discuss. From the acknowledgement and acceptance of the gay community, to the liberal stance on sex, as a society we haven’t been very loose-tongued about the issue – and how we teach young adults and children about sex is no exception.Primary and post-primary schools are required to allocate 30 minutes a week to Social and Personal Health Education, and Relationships and Sexual Education (RSE) makes up one part of this. In primary schools, children are taught about ’naming private parts of the body’, ‘the baby growing in the womb’ and ‘puberty and new life’.For secondary schools, they are expected to adopt their own guidelines and policies based within Social and Personal Health Education (SPHE), and the Department of education’s guidelines.A recent study found that sexual and relationship education in schools needs to be overhauled in many countries – including Ireland.The study, which asked students of what they thought of their schools’ approach to their sexual education was too ‘scientific’ and students often felt vulnerable in sexual education.It also found that it emphasised abstinence and some students felt their sexual education was delivered too late and at times by ‘poorly-trained, embarrassed teachers’.Students Source: Shutterstock/Pavel IlyukhinRather than ask their family or friends, what often happens when children and young adults have questions about sex is they turn to the internet for answers.In one particular comment stream on Reddit about sexual education in Ireland, one commenter said: I didn’t know girls had armpit hair till I had a long term girlfriend at 18 who thought I was a retard [sic] when I said at least women don’t have an armpit hair.center_img Is sexual education in Ireland out of date? ‘Schools use a very reactive model in relation to gender and sexuality identity because of uncertainty fears around school ethos and the reactions of parents’. The reality is that most teachers and leaders – irrespective of school context – have significant reluctances and anxieties around teaching about relationships and sexuality.“While many pre-service teachers have some introduction to gender and sexuality built into their teacher education programmes, for many, this is often not enough to combat fears around student and parental reaction as well as factors such as school ethos.”Read: Ireland is the 15th best country in the world to be a young person – surveyRead: Sex education often ‘out of touch and taught by embarrassed teachers’ By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share164 Tweet Email3 Sunday 23 Oct 2016, 8:00 PM Image: Shutterstock/Pressmaster Short URL last_img read more

Un nouveau sarcophage bientôt en construction pour Tchernobyl

first_imgUn nouveau sarcophage bientôt en construction pour TchernobylLes autorités ukrainiennes ont indiqué que l’assemblage du nouveau sarcophage de la centrale nucléaire de Tchernobyl commencera le 26 avril, jour de l’anniversaire de la pire catastrophe nucléaire de l’Histoire. Ce sarcophage est destiné à réduire la menace de radioactivité.La centrale ukrainienne de Tchernobyl a été le théâtre de la pire catastrophe nucléaire de tous les temps. Avec l’explosion de son quatrième réacteur en avril 1986, elle a contaminé une grande partie de l’Europe, mais surtout l’Ukraine, le Bélarus et la Russie. Suite à l’accident, les restes de ce réacteur ont rapidement été recouverts d’une chape de béton. Malheureusement, ce rafistolage de fortune a fini par se fissurer et à l’heure actuelle il n’est plus sûr.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est la raison pour laquelle un nouveau sarcophage étanche doit être mis en place autour de la centrale. Celui-ci, réalisé par le consortium Novarka formé par les sociétés françaises Bouygues et Vinci, est assemblé à proximité de la centrale. La première phase d’assemblage de l’arche de 108 mètres de haut et de 20.000 tonnes a déjà débuté, a indiqué la Banque européenne pour la reconstruction et le développement (Berd), chargée de la gestion des fonds prévus pour ce projet.Le coût total de cette opération est estimé à 1,5 milliards d’euros mais 750 millions d’euros manquaient toujours il y a un an. La communauté internationale avait alors débloqué 550 millions d’euros lors d’une conférence internationale à Kiev, la différence ayant été complétée par la Berd. “Les fonds nécessaires sont disponibles et les travaux se font conformément au calendrier, sans retards, pour que la nouvelle enceinte soit complétée et installée au-dessus du réacteur accidenté à la mi-2015, comme prévu”, a ainsi indiqué Anton Oussov, porte-parole de la représentation de la Berd cité par l’AFP.Le 28 mars 2012 à 14:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Salah is overjoyed about todays hattrick

first_imgThe Liverpool Egyptian star scored three goals today in the 4-1 win over Bournemouth and he feels the expectation is very highMohamed Salah scored three goals today to help Liverpool win 4-1 against Bournemouth in the English Premier League.And the Reds star has reached 42 goals now in the English tournament.“It’s not a bad way at all [to get back amongst the goals]. Top of the table and scored three goals today, clean sheet. That’s everything I can say today,” Salah told Sky Sports.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“My expectation is very high. But I know everyone else’s expectation for me is very high. As I said before, the most important thing, we are top of the table and we win each game.”“The last one. I could say the last one was good. I was calm,” he added.“I have to congratulate James Milner. It’s an amazing career. He deserves it today. He’s had an amazing career, so I hope we are going to win something together. But I will not accept.”last_img read more

Tanaina Supporters Appeal To UA Board of Regents

first_imgTanaina supporters voiced their concerns to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)Supporters of the Tanaina Child Development Center appealed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents on Thursday, urging the board to help save Tanaina. The center was informed it would need to find a new home late last month, when UAA opted to end an agreement which allowed the childcare facility space on campus.Download AudioMax Kullberg is an assistant professor with the WWAMI program at UAA, and one of several Tanaina parents to testify. Aside from being a faculty member and parent, though – Kullberg is also a graduate of the program.“All my earliest memories come from Tanaina,” Kullberg said. “I believe my very first memory is sticking my tongue to a yellow metal duck out on the playground, and being stuck to that duck – howling as the teachers ran to get warm water and pry my mouth from it.”“I remember nap time; I remember my best friends; I remember my teachers; and I remember trying cottage cheese for the first time.”Kullberg’s three-year-old daughter attends Tanaina, and he hopes his son will be able to go next year.Kullberg’s desire to keep Tanaina open and on campus echoed that of the other supporters at the meeting.Jo Heckman is the chair of the Board of Regents. She says the board understands it’s a sensitive and emotional issue for those affected by the decision.“I, myself, am a mom,” Heckman said. “So I understand what displacement does to people, their work lives and their ability to function in a work environment.”And Heckman says she also sees it from the university’s point of view, with the bleak outlook on state funding. Heckman says public testimony is a good opportunity to listen, but ultimately, the Tanaina decision isn’t one the board will be involved in.“Board of Regents will allow the chancellors to run their universities,” Heckman said. “Otherwise, we would be doing their job, and really I don’t think that’s the right thing for us to do as a governance body.”Heckman says the scope of the board is to provide oversight and policy to the university system…not to make decisions at the campus level.UAA has created a task force, involving university students, staff and faculty, Tanaina board members along with non-profit and early childhood development experts to help figure out a future for the center.Megan Olson is UAA’s vice chancellor for University Advancement and a member of the task force. Much of the discussion over the last few weeks has surrounded the issue of space, but she says the group’s first task is to define and lay out Tanaina’s goals.“Once we define that dream, I think we need to start planning toward that, and then the space will come,” Olson said.Olson says the task force hopes to meet weekly. She says the university has also committed $10,000 dollars to help cover Tanaina’s rent expenses over the summer.The center has to vacate it’s space on the UAA campus by May 8th.Public testimony will continue Friday morning at the Board of Regents meeting in Anchorage.last_img read more

Dangerous Herbicide Tolerant cotton cultivation goes on unabated

first_imgSrikakulam: Herbicide Tolerant (HT) cotton cultivation is going on in Bhamini, Kotturu, Sitampeta, Meliaputti, Mandasa and Pathapatnam mandals of Srikakulam district. In fact, this variety of cotton seed has no approval from the government and its sales and use is a punishable offence. The HT cotton plants will not die even after spraying of ‘glycoside’ which is a weed control liquid. By spraying it, farmers can save only HT cotton plants and all other weed plants will die. As a result, farmers are saving wage for workers to remove weeds in the field. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us But the HT cotton crop is having adverse impact on human health and environment. The air and smell coming from these cotton plants are not good for farmers also. The HT cotton will also cause deadly diseases like cancer etc. Due to cultivation of the HT cotton, land will also lose its minerals and will also lead to soil pollution which will prevent birth and growth of useful micro-nutrients. The weed control liquid is also not good for humans and environment. Gradually soil will lose its resistance and becomes un-useful for cultivation after some years. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us Farmers are habituated for simple methods in cultivation and procuring the HT seed from adjacent areas of Odisha state. Farmers are also not following suggestions of the officials as they argue only about yielding with less labour expenses. In Odisha state, there is no such control on use of the HT cotton seed. ‘We have been conducting a number of awareness camps to the farmers and seed dealers and warned dealers not to sell the HT cotton seed’ said Agriculture Officer (AO) of Bhamini mandal, P Shanmukha Rao.“We can book cases on sale and use of the seed under Seed control Act, 1966, Environment Protection Act, 1986, the AO said. ‘Last year, we have seized the HT cotton seed from an auto-rickshaw and booked cases, but the seed still remained as unclaimed property,” Joint Director (JD) for agriculture, K Ch Appala Swamy told The Hans India.last_img read more

Reliance Jio GigaFiber beta testing concludes commercial rollout to begin soon

first_imgIt’s been close to eight months since Reliance Industry Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani unveiled the Jio GigaFiber service. Soon after the unveiling, the company has been testing the broadband service both in its company headquarters and also in select Indian cities.Now, the company has officially announced that the beta testing is done and will roll-out the commercial Jio GigaFiber in addition to home entertainment service, security solutions in more than 1,600 cities in coming days.After successful execution of mobility business, Jio is now focused on catapulting India’s underserved Home & Enterprise connectivity market to global standards with its next generation FTTX services,” ET Telecom quoted Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited , as saying. Reliance Jio GigaFiber service to go live in India soon.Reliance Jio Website (Screen-shot)Reliance Jio GigaFiber service: All you need to knowAt the 41st Annual General Meeting in July 2018, Mukesh’s son Akash Ambani had announced that the GigaFiber will come with package offering Jio GigaRouter, which promises high-speed wall-to-wall wireless internet connection throughout the home.Users will also GigaTV  (now Home TV) set-top box with more than 600 live TV channels, on-demand video (also available in 4K), music content, support voice-command in multiple regional languages and TV video calling (compatible to any smart devices including smart TVs powered by Jio GigaFiber and even phones under another network carrier).The company has also announced to offer Smart Home solutions, which include an audio dongle, video dongle, smart speaker, Wi-Fi extender, smart plug, TV camera, outdoor camera security, door sensors and motion detection. The best part about this is that the engineers will be able to assemble them within an hour. Commuters use their mobile phones as they wait at a bus stop with an advertisement of Reliance Industries’ Jio telecoms unit, in Mumbai, India.REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeFor those unaware, Reliance Jio GigaFiber preview offer gives you ultra high-speed internet up to 100Mbps for 90 days along with a monthly data quota of 100 GB and a complimentary access to a host of Jio’s premium apps. Incase, you consume 100 GB of your data quota within a month you can continue to enjoy our high speed internet services by performing a complimentary data top-up of 40 GB via MyJio App or through As this is a preview offer, there are no installation charges levied but there is a refundable security deposit of Rs.4,500 taken for the ONT device (GigaHub Home Gateway). This amount needs to be paid through Debit card, Credit Card, Jio Money or Pay TM.The company is also testing Jio GigaFiber Triple Play, which is said to be new all-in-one entertainment plan that offers consumers to jointly subscribe to GigaFiber internet along with Home TV , a multimedia streaming service, unlimited calling in addition to access to Jio suite of apps. Extra benefits include 100GB data (high speed) allowance (beyond the limit, the speed comes down) for 28 days validity.last_img read more