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PepsiCo’s Indira Nooyi More Powerful Than Sonia Gandhi?

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first_imgIndra Nooyi, head of soft drink giant PepsiCo, outranks Sonia Gandhi, widely recognized as the real power behind Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in this year’s Forbes annual list of the 100 most powerful women in the world, which is headed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazil’s Pres. Dilma Rousseff.Nooyi is no doubt a highly successful chief executive of a very prominent global company. But honestly, the idea that the head of a company that Apple CEO Steve Jobs once famously ridiculed was in the business of peddling “sugar water,” is more powerful than the power rider behind the world’s second-largest  economically-turbocharged country, is a reflection of the lopsided editorial judgment and naievete of the world’s foremost capitalist magazine.“Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” — Steve Jobs to PepsiCo executive John Sculley to lure him to AppleIndeed, Forbes’ list ranks Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Gates Foundation co-chair Melinda Gates ahead of Gandhi too. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama ranks just behind Gandhi. Forbes’ much ballyhooed influential rankings — for that matter all such people power rankings, “Most Influential South Asians,” “Person of the Year,” etc., etc., — are unquestionably entertaining and popular, but they are neither credible nor of any journalistic reliability or value. What these rankings really are about is that they are fat cash cows for savvy media organizations to milk advertisers and sponsors in conjunction with they opportunities they afford to self-absorbed people to hobnob with other equally self-important (and frequently insecure) people.Forbes explained its ranking methodology as being based in part on its other equally dubious lists, such as its Celebrity 100 for lifestyle and net worth from its World’s Billionaires list “for those with 10 figure bank accounts.” It also factored in “Facebook fans, Twitter followers and YouTube views” for the people it ranked. Guess who doesn’t count in such matrixes? It certainly wasn’t their social media profile that got the only two other Indians, ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar (43) and Biocon Founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (99), on the list.The richest people and companies — such as Fortune magazine’s list of the world’s largest companies or the world’s richest — are atleast based on measurable criteria of wealth, and even they hit and miss, because not all assets are in accessible public databases.  Bottom line: Read these lists for their titillation value by all means, but don’t let any schmuck in a newsroom tell you who the most powerful or influential person in any field is. Unless you want to make their list of fools.Read Forbes list Related Itemslast_img read more

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13 injured in acid attack for opposing eve-teasing in Bihar

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first_imgAt least 13 people, including three women, were injured on Wednesday in an acid attack in Bihar’s Vaishali district for opposing eve-teasing by a group of motorcycle-borne youths.The police have arrested five persons.Police said there was a scuffle between two groups at Dawoodnagar village of Hajipur and acid was thrown, injuring the 13. Three of the attackers too were injured. All have been admitted to the government hospitals in Hajipur and Vaishali.“We’ve arrested five persons…we’ll investigate further and if found involved, some more people could be arrested”, said senior police official of the district Raghav Dayal.Local residents said the group of bike-borne youths passed lewd remarks on girls of the village on Tuesday and it was opposed by the family members of a girl and some other villagers. “On Wednesday, over a dozen youths attacked the family members of the girl, throwing acid on them…in the scuffle three of the attackers too got burn injuries”, said a villager. .last_img read more

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London Olympics: Zhang Jike wins gold in men’s table tennis

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first_imgWorld No.1 Zhang Jike beat fellow Chinese player Wang Hao for gold in Thursday’s Olympic table tennis singles final. Zhang, the 24-year-old World Champion, closed it out in five games to win four games to one- 18-16, 11-5, 11-6, 10-12, 13-11.”I’m very excited, it’s my first time at the Olympics and it has been my dream to win the gold medal since I started playing,” Zhang said.”I feel like I have completed a mission. In table tennis there can only be one winner.”It is a third-successive Olympic final defeat for Wang, who stalled Zhang’s march to victory by winning game four and putting up considerable resistance in game five.”Everyone wants to win the gold, but I lost to a teammate so it’s not so serious. I’ve done my best,” Wang said.”The first game was quite important. The others followed as a result of that.”Earlier on Wednesday, Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov won a captivating bronze medal match against Chuang Chih-Yuan of Chinese Taipei.Ovtcharov, the World No.12, triumphed four games to two in a 12-10, 9-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5, 14-12 victory.In the women’s singles Wednesday, China’s Li Xiaoxia beat teammate Ding Ning in a controversial singles final.last_img read more

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India’s golden girl Dutee Chand finishes fifth in 200m final in World University Games

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first_imgIndia’s golden girl Dutee Chand finishes fifth in 200m final in World University GamesIndia’s golden girl Dutee Chand has added another feather to her cap after finishing fifth in the women’s 200m final at the World University Games in Nepoli.advertisement Press Trust of India NapoliJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 20:28 IST Dutee Chand celebrating her victory during women’s 200m final (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSDutee Chand clocked 23.30 sec to finish 5th in 200m at World University GamesEarlier, Dutee had also won gold medal in 100m in dash eventDutee had become the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold medal at the World UniversiadeCompeting in her fifth race in three days, Dutee Chand finished fifth in the women’s 200m final at the World University Games here.Dutee clocked 23.30 seconds in the race, a tad slower than her bronze-winning time of 23.24 at the Asian Championships in April. She has a personal best of 23.00 seconds in 200m.The 23-year-old later competed in the women’s 4x100m relay, her sixth race in three days, but the Indian quartet could only finish sixth in heat 1 and overall 13th with a time of 46.23 seconds.The Indian men’s 4x100m relay team clocked 40.73 seconds to finish fourth in heat number 3 and 11th overall.Dutee had become the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold medal at the World Universiade after she won the 100m dash event on Tuesday.Read more | Anand Mahindra posts encouraging tweet after Dutee Chand’s historic win: Keep running fearlesslyAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Indian sprinterFollow Dutee ChandFollow World University Games Nextlast_img read more

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Nova Scotians Receive 830 Million in Offshore Royalties from Ottawa

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first_imgNova Scotians were recognized as the principal beneficiaries of their offshore resources in a very real way today, June 30, with the delivery of $830 million in offshore revenues from the government of Canada. Premier John Hamm received a ceremonial cheque from Geoff Regan, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, at Province House in Halifax. The actual financial transaction occurs electronically between the federal and provincial departments of finance. “We will apply this money directly to our provincial debt and use the interest savings for things that matter most — health care, education and investments in our continued growth and prosperity,” said Premier Hamm. “Nova Scotians were very patient through this four-and-a-half year process and I am very grateful for their support. I am pleased to report to them that our Campaign for Fairness has been successfully concluded.” The Department of Finance will start a schedule of debt repayments on Monday, July 4, with the retirement of a $150 million bond. Mr. Regan welcomed the completion of a deal which ensures Nova Scotia is the principal beneficiary of its offshore resource revenues. The transfer of funds follows the passing of the federal budget, which received Royal Assent Wednesday, June 29. “The offshore accord which received Royal Assent on Wednesday and the $830 million down payment made today will make a positive difference in the lives of all Nova Scotians and will help our province address its unique financial challenges,” Mr. Regan said. “Prime Minister Paul Martin made a commitment to Nova Scotians last year and the Government of Canada is fulfilling that commitment here today.” Nova Scotia had budgeted to receive the funds in the fall. Additional debt-cost savings will be factored into the province’s bottom line and recognized in the September fiscal update.last_img read more

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Home Heating Assistance Applications Now Available

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first_imgLow- and modest-income Nova Scotians may now apply for home heating assistance under the province’s Heating Assistance Rebate Program. The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) offers a cash rebate of up to $200 for eligible applicants who heat their homes with oil, electricity, wood, propane, wood pellets, natural gas, or coal. Families with net annual incomes under $42,000 and single people under $27,000 qualify for the rebate. “The rebate program will help more than 70,000 Nova Scotians heat their homes, making life more affordable this winter,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “I encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible, to apply for the rebate.” More than 54,000 applications were mailed to recipients of last year’s rebate to encourage them to apply for home heating assistance. However, they must meet all program requirements for this year to receive the rebate. Applications are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, MLA offices, Department of Community Services’ offices, online at www.homeheatinghelp.ca , or by calling 1-800-670-4357. It may take up to six weeks for completed applications to be processed and eligible Nova Scotians to receive the rebate.last_img read more

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Program Helps Older Nova Scotians Stay at Home

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first_imgHome Services Nova Scotia, a new program launched today, Nov. 7, in Enfield, will help older Nova Scotians live in their homes longer. The program helps older adults access a variety of affordable, non-medical services such as housekeeping, meal preparation and yardwork. The services are provided by people living with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues and delivered with the help of community agencies. “This program has created an extremely valuable service,” said Seniors Minister Leo Glavine. “Home Services Nova Scotia helps support older Nova Scotians age at home and maintain a connection to the community. They can get help with simple chores, running errands, even shovelling snow. “We’re excited to help older Nova Scotians keep their independence and build stronger, more inclusive communities.” Created by DIRECTIONS Council for Vocational Services Society and funded by the province, the program supports SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population, a government initiative that focuses on helping older Nova Scotians stay involved in work, entrepreneurship, volunteering and other activities. “Home Services Nova Scotia will assist those in need to navigate and solve day to day problems,” said Marilyn Clarke, project mentor. “People get to make the choices they want and receive safe, affordable, reliable help.” A direct partnership with 211 will ensure people can locate the service provider in their community. For more information on Home Services Nova Scotia, visit http://www.directionscouncil.org .last_img read more

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ILFS case Sebi widens probe into role of five rating agencies

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first_imgNew Delhi: Market regulator Sebi has expanded its probe into the role of five credit rating agencies after a forensic audit mandated by the new board of crisis-ridden IL&FS flagged serious lapses and their possible complicity with the former top brass of the group in giving top ratings despite weak financials. While CEOs of two rating agencies have already been forced to go on leave pending completion of the probe on the advice of Sebi, officials said the regulator is now looking into possible systemic lapses at all five rating agencies and also into the role of multiple people suspected to have intentionally manipulated the rating procedures. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe special audit conducted by Grant Thornton found that its review of emails exchanged by the former key executives of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) group and the top officials of rating agencies showed that they were aware of the serious liquidity concerns and weakening financials of the group. “However, various strategies deployed by the then key officials of IL&FS group and certain favours/gifts provided to rating agency officials suggest the possible reasons for consistent good ratings provided to IL&FS group during the period June 2012 to June 2018,” an interim report of the special audit said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe report has also highlighted instances where CRAs had “initially decided to downgrade the ratings, but a combination of tactics employed by then key employees of IL&FS and favours/gifts extended to key officials of CRAs resulted in either consistent/good ratings or avoidance of rating downgrade”. The new board of IL&FS, which was appointed in October last year after massive defaults by the group post its debt burden ballooning to over Rs 90,000 crore and suspected wrong-doings by the former top management, had mandated Grant Thornton to carry out a a special audit for all high-value transactions undertaken by IL&FS Ltd and some of its group companies for the period between April 2013 and September 2018. The audit is aimed at identifying siphoning or misuse of funds, fraudulent transactions, their modus operandi, the quantum of the financial loss and fixing of responsibility. Grant Thornton was also asked to review the ratings provided by various credit rating agencies (CRAs) to IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd (ITNL), IL&FS Financial Services Ltd (IFIN) and IL&FS Ltd. In its interim report, Grant Thornton said it appears CRAs had consistently provided and maintained good ratings over the years until in July/August 2018 when they downgraded ratings for the first time for ITNL due to a default of repayment of commercial papers. During the review period, IL&FS Group had availed rating services from Crisil Ltd, CARE Ratings, ICRA, India Ratings (a Fitch group company) and Brickwork. Officials at the rating agencies denied any lapses on their part and some even said the interim report seems to suggest limited knowledge of the rating process and was based on one-sided information. A higher rating typically helps a borrower get a lower rate of interest and is aimed at assuring investors about the creditworthiness of the company. Besides, it helps create a wider borrowing landscape for the company and is also often used as a marketing tool in the form of a better image in dealing with customers. Grant Thornton said it identified multiple e-mails over the period from 2008 to 2018 which indicate that the IL&FS group was under stress or faced liquidity issues since 2015. The main reasons for the liquidity crunch have been identified as a significant increase in debt in the various group companies, majorly ITNL, high capital requirement for ITNL and its various SPVs, decreasing profit of IL&FS group and support to weaker group companies. It has also identified instances which suggest that CRAs had multiple concerns for the last 6-7 years on the operations of the IL&FS group, but the ratings assigned by them remained consistently high until they were reversed or downgraded after June-July 2018. Listing potential strategies undertaken by the former top brass of IL&FS to get good ratings or avoid a downgrade, the report said the rationale which is supposed to be drafted by the rating agencies were materially modified on suggestions from the then key employees of the group. In cases where IL&FS became aware that ratings were not going to be favourable, they either delayed the process of rating surveillance or avoided the rating being made public. In certain instances, intentionally incorrect or incomplete information was being provided to the CRAs to avoid rating downgrade. In cases of desired ratings not being received, the IL&FS management used to exert pressure on rating agencies to either withdraw the ratings or approach other rating agencies who would provide the desired ratings. The audit also cited several e-mails suggesting that the CRAs, after meeting with the then key employees of IL&FS, would not downgrade their ratings as initially decided. The special audit has also flagged a potential conflict of interest between IL&FS and CARE, as for the period 2007 to 2013, IL&FS Ltd and IFIN owned equity shares of approximately 5-9 per cent in the rating agency. During the same period, CARE had also provided ratings to instruments of IFIN, ITNL and IL&FS Ltd, indicating a potential conflict of interest as CARE was rating its equity shareholder.last_img read more

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Antiencroachment drive in Noida

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first_imgNoida: The Noida Authority, on Friday, carried out an intensified anti-encroachment drive in the city to remove illegal structures, hoardings and parked vehicles along the roadside, said officials. As per Noida authority officials, the anti-encroachment drive was carried out in sectors 18, 150 and work circles 1,7 and 9. During the drive, the illegal structures were demolished by the JCB and several goods were also seized from the street vendors who had occupied footpaths and roadsides. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Friday’s drive was a part of an ongoing campaign to remove illegal structures along city roads that lead to traffic congestion and other related problems. The drive was supported by local police and the authority teams removed illegal structures, hoardings and vehicles parked along the road side,” a senior Noida Authority official said. The authority teams also made the general public, especially vendors and shopkeepers aware about the anti-encroachment laws. The authority has also penalised Rs 10,000 each on the two food vans and Rs 50,000 on Sandeep Paper Mills for storing its raw materials along the road. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsApart from the anti-encroachment drive, Noida authority’s CEO Ritu Maheshwari, on Friday, also conducted an inspection of work Circle-6 in sector-72, 115, 117, 119 and Bisrakh road and lashed out at the officials after she found sign boards missing from the under-construction as well as vacant lands. The CEO has directed officials to place sign boards on all the authority’s land and get them fenced so that they are not illegally occupied by the encroachers. She also expressed anger on the pending infrastructural projects in the city and made it clear that in future the authority first complete the land acquisition before beginning with any infrastructure work. Meanwhile, the CEO has also directed the officials of all the work circles around the city to identify the unsafe buildings and carry out a demolition drive against them. CEO has made it clear that if any casualty is reported due to these unsafe structures, FIR will be registered against the concerned officer of that work Circle and strict actions will be taken.last_img read more

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Ouarzazate to Host the 4th edition of the National Festival of

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Meknes- The 4th edition of the National Festival of Ahouach Art will take place from August 10 to 12.The festival aims at preserving Ahouach art as an immortalized heritage that reflects the region’s culture and fosters the development of Ouarzazate.The festival will include a conference which will operate under the theme of “immaterial heritage in Morocco and Ahouach as a Model”. The festival will also be hosting a series of theater productions, art exhibitions, and musical performances of folkloric troops from the region. Also, more than 250 artists from well-known bands across the Kingdom will be performing. Bands include “Tamnoukalt from Zagora,” “Ahouach Awaz Awaz from Taroudanet,” “Afouss Ghoufouss from Guelmim,” Ahouach Ahoudjin from Azilal,” “Ahouach Adelssan and Ahouach Ounebla” from Ouarzazate which will also take part in illuminating the magnificence of the culture in the region. There will be also poetry and entertaining activities for children.Ahouach is a type of folkloric music which is to be played to a dance from southern of Morocco, and performed by men and women who play drums and sing in Tamazight.Ouarzazate also known as the Moroccan Hollywood, is a city in the southeast of Morocco and is a popular destination for international filmmakers.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Eid Al Fitr King Mohammed VI Pardons 755 Convicts

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Rabat – On the occasion of Eid Al Fitr, HM King Mohammed VI granted his pardon to 755 people sentenced by the different Moroccan courts, said a statement by the Justice ministry.The detained beneficiaries of the pardon are 576 and are divided into:– 01 inmate who benefited from pardon over his remaining prison term. – 554 prisoners who had their prison terms reduced.– Sentences for 02 convicts were commuted from death penalty to life imprisonment.– 19 inmates who had their prison sentences commuted from life imprisonment to fixed prison terms.The free beneficiaries of the pardon are 179 and are divided into:– 48 prisoners who benefited from pardon over their remaining prison terms.– 05 inmates who benefited from pardon over their imprisonment terms while their fines were maintained.– 06 inmates who benefited from pardon over their prison terms and fines as well.– 120 prisoners had their fines annulled.On this happy occasion, HM the King has granted his pardon to 11 of those convicted in cases of extremism and terrorism who participated in the third edition of the “Reconciliation” program (Musalaha), which responds to the requests for pardon that these detainees submit to HM the king after officially announcing their rejection of all forms of extremism and terrorism, and their firm commitment to the supreme values and sacredness of the Nation and national institutions.The beneficiaries of this royal initiative are divided into:– 08 inmates who benefited from pardon over their remaining prison terms.– 01 inmate who had his prison sentence commuted from life imprisonment to fixed prison terms.– 02 prisoners who had their prison terms reduced.Furthermore, and in consideration of the family and human circumstances of the persons sentenced in connection with the events in the Al Hoceima and Jerada regions, and in fulfillment of the Royal will on all occasions, HM the King granted his royal pardon to several convicted persons who did not commit crimes and serious acts during these events, the number of whom is 107 and are divided into:-60 prisoners who were pardoned as part of the Al Hoceima region events.-47 inmates who were pardoned as part of the Jerada region events. read more

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Number of global patent filings recovers in 2010 UN agency reports

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9 February 2011Strong growth from China, the Republic of Korea and Japan has helped to boost the number of patent applications filed worldwide last year, following the drop witnessed in 2009, the United Nations agency tasked with promoting the protection of intellectual property said today. Patents filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), an agreement administered by the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that provides a simplified method for international patent filing, increased by 4.8 per cent in 2010. Provisional data shows that 162,900 international patent applications were filed last year, as compared to the 155,398 filed in 2009, WIPO stated in a news release.“Overall PCT filings recovered from the economic crisis-induced drop in 2009, almost reaching their 2008 level,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “The fast growth rates from East Asia reflect acceleration in the geographic diversification of innovative activities. This trend has many implications, not least an increased linguistic diversity of the technology that patent offices use as a basis for determining whether an invention is patentable,” he stated.The agency also noted that, despite the 1.7 per cent fall in patents filed by the United States in 2010, the country remains the largest user of the PCT system with 44,855 international applications filed, followed by Japan (32,156) and Germany (17,171). The Panasonic Corporation from Japan kept the top spot in the list of PCT applications published in 2010 (2,154), followed by Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corporation (1,863), and Qualcomm Incorporated from the US (1,677). The University of California accounted for the largest number of applications published in the category of academic institutions (306). The top four university PCT users are from the US (University of California, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Texas and University of Florida). The fastest growth in published applications was in the digital communication field, with an increase of 17.3 per cent in 2010 over the previous year, while almost every other field of technology experienced declines or modest growth. The sharpest decline in patenting was seen in the field of telecommunications, the agency added. read more

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Speaker discusses security issue with acting IGP

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Jayasundara has told the Speaker that extra police security had been placed near Parliament following reports that a group of university students may attempt to enter Parliament during a protest staged yesterday. The acting IGP has also told the Speaker that people visiting Parliament to meet any MP were not blocked by the police. Meanwhile Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that the President or the Prime Minister do not give orders to the police as alleged by the opposition as the police is now independent.Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardena asked the Speaker yesterday if he was responsible for the strong army and police presence seen near Parliament yesterday. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has had a discussion with acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara on the police security seen outside Parliament yesterday.The Speaker informed Parliament today that he had sought a clarification from the acting IGP based on an issue raised by the opposition yesterday. The Speaker had dismissed the claim and said that he does not issue orders to the army or police and added that he will investigate who issued the orders. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Gambia UN adviser condemns Presidents reported threats against ethnic group

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In a note to correspondents, Adama Dieng, the UN Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, said that on 3 June in Tallinding, President Jammeh allegedly referred to the Mandinka as “enemies, foreigners” and threatened to kill them one by one and place them “where even a fly cannot see them.” “I am profoundly alarmed by President Jammeh’s public stigmatization, dehumanization and threats against the Mandinka,” the Special Adviser said. “Public statements of this nature by a national leader are irresponsible and extremely dangerous. They can contribute to dividing populations, feed suspicion and serve to incite violence against communities, based solely on their identity,” he added. Mr. Dieng said he was particularly appalled by President Jammeh’s “vitriolic rhetoric,” as history has shown that hate speech that constitutes incitement to violence can be both a warning sign and a powerful trigger for atrocity crimes. “We have seen, in Rwanda, Bosnia – and more recently in the Middle East – how incitement to violence has led to mass killings along identity lines,” the Special Adviser said, reminding President Jammeh that any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence is prohibited under international human rights law as well as under national legislation. Mr. Dieng also noted that States have the primary responsibility to protect their populations. In 2005, all Heads of State and Government acknowledged the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, as well as their incitement. “I urge the President of the Gambia to fulfil this responsibility,” said the Special Adviser, “and ensure that the rights of all populations of the Gambia are respected, irrespective of ethnicity or political affiliation.” read more

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Geek deals 100 off the Alienware X51 mini gaming PC plus Diablo

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first_imgThe world of gaming is going through some changes this year. Game consoles are getting long in the tooth, great new games are exceedingly rare, and as a result PC gaming may not be dying the slow death everyone was calling for.While many games these days are designed for console first and given a lack-luster port to the PC, that tide is turning with the continued life of Battlefield 3‘s superior PC experience, the recently-released Diablo 3, and other premium titles coming soon. It is also a bad time to buy a game console right now, at least for those who keep their hardware for a long time. Next generation consoles are on the near horizon and while prices of the current Xbox 360 and PS3 are at an all-time low, it’s a questionable choice to buy hardware so close to a new console release.All of these factors shine a brighter light on PC gaming and this is where Alienware’s X51 compact gaming PC comes in with a very enticing package. About the size of an Xbox or PlayStation, the X51 packs Intel’s new Ivy Bridge Core i7 quad-core chip, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 555 graphics, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a spacious 1TB hard drive to boot. All of this performance doesn’t need a giant beige box that sounds like a leaf blower. Instead, this beast could blend in with your home theater equipment and even hook right up to your HDTV and surround sound system.You can even upgrade the components in this system down the road if needed, unlike gaming laptops in this same price range. If you’ve been looking to take your gaming experience up a notch, you owe it to yourself to check out the Alienware X51. Since this is a new, premium item, Dell almost never discounts the X51.For a limited time, you can get $100 off and a free copy of Diablo 3. This is tied with the best discount we have seen and getting a brand new, top-tier game included makes for one awesome bundle.Visit LogicBuy for Alienware X51 mini gaming PC + Diablo 3 deallast_img read more

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Australian economists condemn unsustainable Greek debt and austerity programs

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first_imgForty Australian economists have issued a statement to condemn the debt recovery program of Greece as unsustainable. The wide-ranging list includes nine professors of economics, among them Professor John Hewson from the Australian National University (former federal leader of the Australian Liberal Party). The economists have also criticised the austerity program imposed on Greece as a failure and are calling for a more sustainable economic pathway. They have called on the new Greek government to get serious in dealing with public financial management problems, including the issue of corruption.“Even though it is widely understood among economists that the Greek austerity program has been a disaster, the troika is continuing to impose demands which make the Greek economy ever weaker, crushing the livelihoods of most of its people,” said Dr George Argyrous of the University of New South Wales.“Now the Greek people finally have a chance to speak for themselves about the austerity program it is vital that their democratic voice is respected and that Europe and the global community enter into a new, more respectful relationship with the Greek people,” said Dr Argyrous.Emeritus Professor Frank Stilwell of the University of Sydney said: “We believe there must be a rapid change of direction so that unpayable Greek public debt is cancelled and a policy for restoration of living standards, social rights and economic growth is strongly supported.”The statement is an initiative of the Australia-Greece Solidarity Campaign and titled ‘Let Greece Breathe’.The campaign coordinator, Mr Adam Rorris, said the aim was to demonstrate the strong Australian support for the Greek people in their current crisis. “Australia must use its voice in the IMF and through other diplomatic means to make it clear that it does not support the imposition of sovereign debt programs which are unviable in terms of recovery and lead to great hardship for ordinary people on the street,” said Mr Rorris.“We want the Australian government to respect the democratic voice of the Greek people, and to urge other governments in the international community to help resolve the European debt crisis,” said Mr Rorris. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Liens sociaux chez les macaques des amitiés politiques

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first_imgLiens sociaux chez les macaques : des amitiés politiquesDes chercheurs allemands ont mis en ligne hier sur le site Current Biology les conclusions de leur étude éthologique sur un groupe de macaques sauvages en Thaïlande : les liens sociaux entre mâles non apparentés influent sur leur statut social et leur succès reproductif.   “Nous avons montré pour la première fois qu’avoir des amis proches donne aux mâles plus de succès en termes de statut social et de paternité”, a remarqué Julia Ostner, de l’Institut Max Planck d’anthropologie évolutive. “Nous avons pu montrer que [pour un individu] les bénéfices issus d’alliances augmentent via la manipulation de ses propres liens sociaux et de ceux des autres, ce qui est une des définitions de la politique”, complète Oliver Schülke de l’université Georg August de Göttingen (Allemagne).À lire aussiLes macaques rhésus n’ont pas le rythme dans la peauÉpouillage mutuel, temps passé ensemble… Contrairement aux chimpanzés, qui vivent dans leur groupe natal toute leur existence, les macaques d’Assam mâles ne limitent pas leurs liens sociaux à des parents, mais les étendent aux mâles de leur groupe d’adoption. Ils quittent en effet systématiquement – plus ou moins tôt – leur harde natale pour en rejoindre une autre.Outre l’aspect affectif, non mesurable, ces amitiés, qui n’apportent pas un gain immédiat (nourriture, par exemple), assoient la position de l’individu dans le groupe : plus de copains, plus de femelles à espérer ! Une quête de liens sociaux qui, sur le plan évolutif, enracine profondément le comportement des humains eux-mêmes, chez qui la solitude est souvent source de problèmes mentaux voire physiques, concluent les chercheurs.  Le 20 novembre 2010 à 20:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Japon  reprise de la chasse à la baleine

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first_imgJapon : reprise de la chasse à la baleineLa suspension de la chasse à la baleine dans les eaux japonaises a été levée. Des bateaux de pêche sont partis ce matin de la côte nord du territoire nippon sérieusement endommagée il y a six semaines par l’immense tsunami.Le répit des baleines aura été de courte durée. Six semaines après le violent séisme et le tsunami qui ont frappé les côtes nord-est du Japon, la chasse reprend. Aujourd’hui deux navires ont quitté le port de Kushiro de l’île de Hokkaïdo, dans le nord de l’archipel. L’équipage est notamment constitué de cinq membres appartenant à l’unique société de pêche à la baleine du port d’Ayukawa, situé plus au sud. À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousLa société Ayukawa Whaling a en effet tout perdu lors de la catastrophe qui a emporté les bâtiments de stockage de la viande mais aussi tous les bateaux de pêche. Alors que Minoru Ito, le patron de la société a annoncé le prochain licenciement de ses 28 employés, le gouvernement a donc décidé d’aider à financer la reconstruction de la flotte baleinière du pays détruite en grande partie par le violent tsunami du 11 mars. Chaque année, les bateaux japonais capturent plusieurs centaines de baleines. Bien qu’elle interdisse la chasse commerciale depuis 1986, la Commission baleinière internationale tolère cette pratique au nom de la “recherche scientifique”. Pourtant, la viande des cétacés est vendue en grande partie et à bas prix dans les commerces japonais mais les autorités soulignent l’importance de cette pratique dans la culture nippone. D’ici juin, la campagne de pêche côtière devrait ainsi se solder par la capture de 60 baleines. Le 26 avril 2011 à 19:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Computer outage again strikes American Airlines JetBlue Alaska Airlines

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first_imgJetBlue was among the airlines impacted. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images A “technical issue” with a booking and reservation system used by several US airlines again caused delays and headaches at airports across the country on Monday.”Earlier today, Sabre had a brief technical issue that impacted multiple carriers, including American. This technical issue has been resolved,” said American Airlines in an emailed statement. “We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”The outage hit the Sabre flight reservation and booking system used by several major airlines, including American Airlines, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines. Sabre said the systems are “back online and customers are reporting normal or close-to-normal operations,” but didn’t say what caused the problem.”We understand how frustrating system outages are and we sincerely apologize for the disruption. No downtime is acceptable,” the company said earlier in an emailed statement. Share your voice 2:33 0 Post a comment Tags “All JetBlue computers down at LAX —no Boarding passes can be written no luggage can be checked. LAX is bedlam nothing is moving. @JetBlue #jetblue,” tweeted user Astrology Zone. How United Airlines prepares a Boeing 777 between flights Spokesperson for ⁦@AlaskaAir⁩ just announced an all systems outage. Planes are ready, computers are down. pic.twitter.com/GJT9CSEwms— Alex Williams — nopopdx (@alexwilliams) April 29, 2019 Alaska Airlines didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Originally published April 29, 11:09 a.m. PT.Update 11:30 a.m.: Adds more information and comment from Sabre.Update, 12:18 p.m.: Adds the systems are back online. “@AmericanAir computers are down nationwide. Nobody can check in or board and all flights r grounded. Long lines at Chicago O’Hare #ORD #AA,” tweeted user Chris. Now playing: Watch this: @AmericanAir computers are down nationwide. Nobody can check in or board and all flights r grounded. Long lines at Chicago O’Hare #ORD #AA pic.twitter.com/VjRfqGvxDG— Chris (@JiGGeYBo) April 29, 2019 All JetBlue computers down at LAX —no Boarding passes can be written no luggage can be checked. LAX is bedlam nothing is moving.@JetBlue #jetblue— Astrology Zone (@astrologyzone) April 29, 2019 Culture Aviation The same Sabre system experienced an outage in March.”Due to a Sabre issue impacting multiple airlines, JetBlue customers may experience issues with booking or check-in on jetblue.com, airport kiosks, or our mobile app,” JetBlue said in an emailed statement.Travelers and would-be customers took to social media to vent about problems trying to book travel or check in for flights. Passengers reported outages at several major hubs, including San Francisco International, Los Angeles International and O’Hare International in Chicago.”Spokesperson for ⁦@AlaskaAir just announced an all systems outage. Planes are ready, computers are down,” tweeted Twitter user Alex Williams.last_img read more

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Conquering Everest

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first_imgTen NCC girl cadets were felicitated by General Dalbir Singh, COAS, for successfully summiting Mt Everest, on Thursday afternoon at Vigyan Bhawan in the national Capital. This was the first NCC Girl Cadets expedition to have successfully scaled world’s highest peak.The event was also graced by Lt General Aniruddha Chakravarty, DG NCC, who expressed his gratitude and thanked the Ministry of Defence, The Indian Army, All India Radio and the Indian Air Force for their support to the expedition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The expedition led by Col Gaurav Karki, a renowned mountaineer, comprised of cadets namely- Rigzen Dolker, Tashi Kaskit, Trishala Gurung, Staniz Laskit, Pooja Mehra, Baljeet Kaur, Lalrintluangi, Tsering Angmo, Sulaxchana Tamang and Kumari Nutan.The expedition succedded in two consecutive days as two batches comprising of five girls each, scaled the peak on May 21 at 11:00am and May 22 at 07:40am. The first batch was led by Col Gaurav Karki and Maj Deepika while the second batch, by Deputy expedition leader Lt Col Vishal Ahlawat. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGeneral Dalbir Singh, addressed the girls for their achievement and said that they had set an example for the future generations, and are an inspiration for everyone in the country. He said, “You have set an example for the younger generation and you are an inspiration to all the women in the nation.” He also requested the audience present, to give the team a standing ovation.As Col Gaurav Karki addressed the NCC cadets, he informed the audience about the strenuous procedure and training sessions the girls had undergone. A selected team of girl cadets had climbed to Mt Deo Tibba and Mt Trishul last year as part of an initial training. Later, ten selected cadets were given survival training for three weeks to endure the extreme cold conditions at Siachen Glacier in the beginning of this year. After these lengthy preparations the team set out for Everest in the month of March and successfully overcame their expedition without any casualties. Lalrintluangi, a bubbly 12th standard student form Mizoram, who had been a part of the expedition, smiled and said, “I felt beautiful being on top of the world, as I placed my bible and the flag of Mizoram at the peak of Mt Everest. This memory will be preserved in my mind forever.”last_img read more

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