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ED arrests Upendra Rai after bail in CBI case

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first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate on Friday night arrested journalist Upendra Rai under the money laundering law, soon after a Delhi court granted him bail in a case of alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions registered by the CBI.An ED team put Rai under arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at the Tihar jail here, officials said.The Delhi-based scribe was arrested as he was required to be put under custodial interrogation. He will be produced before a court on Saturday, they said.Earlier on Friday, a Delhi court had granted bail to Rai, who was arrested by the CBI last month for allegedly using fake information to gain access to airports across India. Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann granted bail to Mr. Rai on furnishing a bail bond of ₹5 lakh, with two sureties of a like amount. The judge had last month refused bail to the journalist.The counsel for Mr. Rai submitted that no purpose would be served by keeping him in custody as the court had on May 9 rejected the CBI’s plea seeking further custody of Mr. Rai.The other accused in the case are Air One Aviation Limited, its chief security officer Prasun Roy and unidentified Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) officials.At the time of Rai’s arrest, the agency had said that besides property papers and a valid Aerodrome Entry Permit, some confidential documents were also seized. It was alleged that the journalist had applied for the permit in January 2017, as a consultant of Air One, falsely showing himself as a permanent employee of the company.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Aetas chase OCR national team dream

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first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Only the 19-year-old Yugyug finished without penalty to make it into the top 15 of the race—composed of 20 obstacles that sure will test one’s endurance—that the top three athletes of the Elite male division hurdled in just half an hour.But with other qualifier races scheduled this year and an expected boom in the sport’s popularity in the Philippines in the coming years, the Aetas vowed to work harder to improve their performance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLansang, for his part, said he will intensify his training for OCR, a sport which he has fallen in love with since first trying it out during the Allianz Conquer Challenge last December in Clark.Five Aeta youths from the adopted school of Allianz in Porac, Pampanga competed for the 5K Elite races in the recent Allianz OCR Sunday held at Filinvest, Alabang last March 31. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“Earlier, I was so eager to run and finish the race even though it was hard,” he told INQUIRER.net said in Filipino. “I really want to get the chance to make it to the national team even in the future.” He prepared for the race using unorthodox training methods like carrying piles of gabi leaves and sacks of coal in their community to build his strength.But even those strenuous everyday tasks were not enough to fully condition them for the five-kilometer stretch littered with obstacles like taho carry on an uphill terrain, acrylic climbing wall, and all kinds of rig challenges among others.“I want to train for something harder than the obstacles in the race. In the mountains, we carry gabi and sometimes four sacks of coal, but I need to do something harder. I will try to climb higher rocks in the mountains,” he said.“I was so eager to run today, but we still lack training and  I still had cramps. It was hard, there were times when I thought I couldn’t do the obstacle but I survived.”Gellyann Soria conquering another wall obstacle. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAllianz, which is also supporting the Aeta community in Villa Maria in Pampanga, is backing these athletes’ dream to excel in the sport and maybe one day don the country’s colors.ADVERTISEMENT “We are not putting a timetable, but what’s important as of this point is they get the training they need. We are giving them a chance to excel in the sport and the life skills to discover new opportunities along the way,” said Allianz Philippines chief marketing officer Gae Martinez.After Sunday’s race, Pilipinas Obstalce Sports, the federation for obstacle course racing in the country, has lined up three more qualifiers to determined the roster for the SEA Games, where six medals will be at stake for OCR.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Gellyann Soria completing the taho carry challenge alongside race participants. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Five Aetas had the opportunity to compete for a spot in the national team pool of the obstacle course racing, which is making its debut in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines.Gellyann Soria, Ivy Pelayo, Danilo Yugyug, Miracle D. Lansang, and Jacob D. King of Villa Maria Integrated School in Porac, Pampanga all competed in the Elite 5K division of the Allianz OCR, where the podium finishers earned a spot in the training pool, last Sunday at Filinvest Alabang,ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PBA: Hotshots clinch no. 6 in playoffs, rout Road Warriors Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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IoT security: Putting trust in the edge

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first_imgWith projected billions of IoT devices at risk, It’s no exaggeration to suggest that weak security in IoT devices could translate into massive failures in Internet-based applications (meaning, pretty much everything digital). Whether it’s overt attacks that subvert devices in their millions into unimaginably large DDoS botnets or it’s subtle poisoning of data streams, attacks on IoT devices could be devastating in their impact. Among a flurry of announcements at its Tech Con conference, ARM has drawn a line in the sand for IoT security – a line that passes straight through the edge that separates IoT terminal nodes from the cloud.IoT edge devices are emerging as a kind of catch-all device, defined variously as local data aggregators, device controllers, data/state buffers, fog computing appliances, cloud gateways, and more. In the IoT, that catch-all role will gain greater importance as IoT application developers work to balance growing conflicts between all the factors that come into play in the IoT.In its Security Manifesto calling for a collaborative approach to security, ARM proposes an additional intriguing role for edge devices as the first line of defense against compromised IoT devices. Here, edge devices would serve as an automated version of the traditional security officer tasked with identifying, tracking and isolating suspicious behavior. Unlike a suspicious security officer, however, edge devices could engage deeper security measures to validate access by different or legacy devices – not unlike an airport security officer interviewing a seemingly suspicious airline passenger. In buttressing IoT security, edge devices can handle the correspondingly more sophisticated algorithms with powerful hardware resources that are simply incompatible with the more basic requirements of IoT terminal nodes for minimal cost, size, and power consumption.Beyond a growing role in security, edge devices will certainly serve in relieving cloud resources from the growing weight of raw data streaming from an exponentially increasing number of terminal nodes. In the process, as ARM points out in its Manifesto, edge devices will bear the growing demands of machine-learning functionality.At the same time, edge devices could help data scientists address a significant obstacle to plans for using larger data streams to improve IoT machine learning. As users gain greater awareness of how IoT data reveals details of their activities, data availability could tighten in response to user demand as well as regulations such as European Union General Data Protection Regulation. At the risk of oversimplifying this conflict between data science and privacy, edge devices could serve as a privacy barrier between primary data producers and cloud-based consumers. In this role, this middle layer in the IoT hierarchy might use raw data streams to execute machine learning algorithms locally, while delivering privacy-compliant data-minimized streams to the cloud.A defined role for edge devices in the IoT is very much a work in progress. In their role as catch-all devices, edge devices can take advantage of more powerful hardware to provide a broad range of services to IoT networks. Yet, edge devices are hardly a panacea. Conceptually, using edge devices to fill in flaws in IoT system design or pack in more features risks turning these devices into the systems equivalent of spaghetti code in poorly planned software. A more practical threat to IoT functionality arises if edge devices are deployed as single points of failure, making them even more attractive targets to threat actors.Furthermore, edge devices are only beginning to gain significant development support. Edge system designs themselves are fairly straightforward, typically relying on Linux-based platforms based on application processors – A-series cores in the ARM universe. The promise for more advanced edge services lie in the emergence of edge platform support such as ARM’s own Mbed Edge offering or Amazon Web Services’ Greengrass.Figure. ARM’s Platform Security Architecture offers a broad approach to IoT security design and implementation. (Source: ARM) Besides the edge functionality suggested in its high-concept Manifesto, ARM offered a more actionable perspective with its Platform Security Architecture (PSA). Designed to provide developers with a concrete roadmap to IoT security, the ARM PSA combines a security use-case analysis with hardware/firmware specifications and an open-source reference implementation (see Figure above). Although ARM is still in development with PSA deliverables, the architecture provides an important milestone on the road to IoT security. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Latest trends in software licensing at ESC Silicon Valley 2017Next Making new contacts and friends at ESC Silicon Valley 2017center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT last_img read more

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AR Rahman, Gulzar to create title song of Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup

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first_imgMumbai, Sep 21 (PTI) AR Rahman and Gulzar are once again collaborating, this time for the official song of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup, Bhubaneswar 2018.The lyrics of the track, titled “Jai Hind Hind, Jai India”, has been penned by the veteran lyricist. The song will have a blend of poetry and pulsating rhythm.”Nothing says India more than our beloved sport hockey. And nothing is more exciting than the world’s biggest hockey tournament happening right here, on our turf. The Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup, Bhubaneswar 2018,” Rahman said in a statement.”It’s heart-warming to see the entire nation pledge their heartbeats for hockey. As an extension of pledging our heartbeats, Gulzar Sahab and I have created the World Cup Song. A song that will excite and inspire, as also get you on your feet. Join me in this celebration of hockey of not just our men in blue but the spirit of the game, the spirit of universal oneness,” he added.Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lauded Rahman and Gulzar for agreeing to compose the track.”To the genius of Gulzar Sahab, is the magic of Rahman who is currently consumed in composing the tune. As a world cup coup AR Rahman is also directing the music video, which will be shot across hockey heartland of India.”The song’s theme is India, Odisha and purpose as being loftier than victory or defeat. Even as the song is set to release at the Kalinga Stadium Inauguration scheduled for early October perhaps the high point will be Rahman performing it live at the Opening Ceremony on November 27, his first ever performance in the state,” he said.advertisementThe 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup will be held in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 15, 2018. A total of 16 countries are participating in the 14th edition of the tournament.This is the third time India is hosting the event after having organised it in 1982 in Mumbai and in 2010 in New Delhi. PTI RB RB BKBKlast_img read more

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MLAs Proud to Remember

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first_imgCrimson-coloured poppies were placed on the lapels of Members ofthe Legislative Assembly today, Oct. 23, by members of the RoyalCanadian Legion, Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command. The presentation was an introduction to the legion’s annualRemembrance Day poppy campaign which officially begins on Friday,Oct. 31. Like thousands of other Nova Scotians, MLAs will wear theRemembrance Day poppies until Nov. 11 in memory and honour ofCanadian service personnel. “We are proud to wear these symbols in remembrance of those whomade the ultimate sacrifice and in honour of those who haveserved our country,” said Speaker of the House Murray Scott. “Itis such a small thing to do but it has such large ramifications.It shows that Nova Scotians will not forget the contributionsmade by these men and women.” For more than 80 years, the poppy has been the symbol ofremembrance in Canada. Funds raised by legion members through thedistribution of poppies in shopping malls and other public placesare used to provide assistance to veterans, ex-service membersand their families and to support community-based programs. There are 119 branches of the Royal Canadian Legion in NovaScotia. Members of the legion include veterans, serving and ex-service personnel and their immediate families, members of theRCMP, police forces and other concerned citizens. On Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Canadians across the country will stop andpay tribute to those who served Canada in wars and militaryoperations.last_img read more

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Doublesize party at Maple Leaf Square as fans unite after Toronto van

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first_imgTORONTO – Still reeling from Monday’s deadly van attack, hundreds of Torontonians braved the rain outside Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night to cheer on the city’s teams as they played in pivotal games.Five of Toronto’s professional sports teams were in action with four of them — the Maple Leafs, Raptors, Toronto FC, and Marlies — in playoff games. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment hosts an outdoor viewing party beside Air Canada Centre for all Leafs and Raptors post-season games, and the corporation stepped up to host a double-sized celebration for those two teams, with smaller screens dedicated to TFC and the Marlies.“It’s extremely rare to have the Leafs, the Raptors, TFC, the Jays and even the Marlies playing on the same day,” said Eddie Baruela, one of the first fans into Maple Leaf Square.He was wearing merchandise from each team and had a mask of Raptors all-star DeMar DeRozan.“I’m going to have to swivel my head 360 degrees to keep track of both games. Depending on how momentum shifts, I’ll have to focus on the Leafs game and then sometimes the Raptors game and then focus on the TFC game later.”Game 5 of the Raptors first-round playoff series with the Washington Wizards was shown on a large screen on the west side of the arena. Two more screens on the opposite side of the square had on Game 7 of the Maple Leafs’ playoff series with the Bruins in Boston. Organizers promised fans that as soon as the Raptors game was done, the bigger screen would switch to the NHL game and then all screens would change to Toronto FC at Chivas Guadalajara in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final.Just two blocks west of Maple Leaf Square, the Blue Jays were hosting the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre in a regular-season game. Toronto is chasing Boston for top spot in the American League East. The American Hockey League’s Marlies faced the Utica Comets in the Game 3 of their best-of-five series, with Toronto holding a 2-0 lead.MLSE owns the four playoff teams, while the Blue Jays are owned wholly by Rogers Communications, a co-owner of MLSE.A moment of silence honouring the victims of Monday’s van attack was held in Maple Leaf Square, mirroring a similar ceremony inside the arena. Raptors and Wizards players held up Toronto Strong banners as the national anthems were played before tipoff, honouring the 10 people killed and 14 injured in Monday’s horrific van attack in the north end of Toronto.PA announcer Herbie Kuhn told the Air Canada Centre crowd that the Raptors, Wizards and NBA would be making donations to the TorontoStrong Fund set up by the city of Toronto. The fund had raised more than $413,000 as of 5:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.“Toronto will be forever strong,” said Kuhn, prompting a round of loud applause.Outside the arena, many fans felt that the public celebration was necessary to help heal the city.“It’s amazing, it’s amazing,” said Lucas Stockley, wearing a Leafs jersey on the hockey end of the square. “The fact that that happened was tragic, so sad for the city. The fact that we all come together for a night like this, it’s truly inspirational.”Stockley’s friend Mike Ireland added: “Got to rally around sports.”Event organizers worked with Toronto Police Services to insure the safety of fans. Maple Leaf Square viewing parties are usually directly beside the arena, but with the additional screens for the NHL playoff game police and organizers split the square into two large fenced-off areas. Traffic was barred from the surrounding streets and fans were searched before entering the square.— With files from Neil Davidson___For more information, visit https://torontofoundation.ca/torontostrong/last_img read more

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Computer scientist claims clues to deciphering mysterious Voynich manuscript

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first_imgEDMONTON – “She made recommendations to the priest …”And that, mysteriously, is the start of an enigmatic medieval book that has baffled experts for generations — at least according to the Edmonton computer scientist who believes he’s cracked the baffling code of the Voynich manuscript.“Once you see it, once you find out the mystery, this is a natural human tendency to solve the puzzle,” said Greg Kondrak of the University of Alberta’s renowned artificial intelligence lab. “I was intrigued and thought I could contribute something new.”The Voynich manuscript has been carbon-dated to the early 1400s. It is thought to be some kind of document on women’s health, but because it is written in an unknown language, in an unknown script, scrambled by an unknown code, no one can say for sure.Its 240 pages, now part of Yale University’s Beinecke collection, are heavily illustrated with plants, stars, planets and bathing women. Some plants match known species; some don’t. Some astronomical diagrams look like zodiac signs; some don’t look like anything from earthly skies.No one knows what the dozens of naked women in various bodies of water are doing.Its ownership can be traced back to the early 17th century. It surfaced in modern times when a collection of manuscripts from a Jesuit library in Italy was purchased in 1912 by a rare-book dealer named Wilfrid Voynich, who tried to interest someone in translating it.Many were. None succeeded.At least eight would-be translators have declared success but were later debunked, the most recent of them late last year. The manuscript even frustrated the famed cryptographers of Britain’s Bletchley Park, the team that broke the Nazis’ Enigma codes.Guesses at the language of its text have ranged from a type of Latin to a derivation of Sino-Tibetan.Kondrak thought powerful artificial intelligence programs could help. His university’s labs had already developed software that made world headlines by beating professional players at Texas Hold ‘Em, one of the most complex types of poker.“The first step is to try and find out what the language is.”He and his co-author Bradley Hauer took the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and translated it into 380 languages. Using a series of complex statistical procedures and algorithms, they were able to get a computer to identify the correct language up to 97 per cent of the time.Putting the manuscript through the same statistical procedure yielded the hypothesis that it was written in Hebrew.Then they went after the Voynich code. The letters in each word, they found, had been reordered. Vowels had been dropped.Its complete first sentence, according to computer algorithms, is “She made recommendations to the priest, man of the house and me and people.”The first 72 words of one section yield translations that might fit in a botanical pharmacopoeia: “farmer,” “light,” “air” and “fire.”Kondrak acknowledges the reception of his work by traditional Voynich experts has been cool.“I don’t think they are friendly to this kind of research,” he said. “People may be fearing that the computers will replace them.”But Kondrak said there’s much more to translation than feeding the Voynich into a computer. A human is needed to make sense of the syntax and intent of the words.“Somebody with very good knowledge of Hebrew and who’s a historian at the same time could take this evidence and follow this kind of clue. Can we look at these texts closely and do some kind of detective work and decipher what can be the message?”If it works, Kondrak suggests, similar methods could be used to translate scripts such a writing system used in ancient Crete. There is no shortage of mysteries, he said.“One of our motivations was the ancient scripts. There are still ancient scripts that remain undeciphered to this day.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Greg Kondrak’s last name.last_img read more

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Trading halt for Sears Canada amid report it will seek creditorprotection

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TORONTO — Trading of shares in Sears Canada (TSX:SCC) has been halted ahead of the Toronto Stock Exchange’s open at 9:30 a.m.The agency that regulates Canada’s stock trading says the halt is pending news from the department store operator.Halts are routinely issued when key developments could affect a company’s share price.Sears Canada’s stock has already fallen dramatically amid questions about its future.Last week, the company announced “significant doubt” about its ability to operate in its current form.Sears Canada has said it could be sold or restructured but hasn’t commented on a report it might seek court protection from creditors.Shareholders rank after lenders and creditors in bankruptcy proceeding, so company shares could plunge if it does go the court route.

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Monitor Sears Canada time running out chairman may not have time to

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TORONTO — The court-appointed monitor for Sears Canada is warning that its available funds are running low and there may not be enough time to reach an acceptable deal with a buyer group headed by its executive chairman, Brandon Stranzl.In its third report to Ontario Superior Court, the monitor says Sears Canada is losing money on a weekly basis but will have enough liquidity to fund operations to Nov. 7 — subject to agreement of its restructuring lenders.It says the Stranzl group’s initial proposal to buy the business as a going concern would provide unsecured creditors with less than would sales of the Sears Canada assets piece by piece and liquidation of its remaining inventory.The report, dated Oct. 2, says a lawyer for the Stranzl group has indicated that a revised proposal will be submitted.It also says an extension of court protection until Nov. 7 would provide Sears Canada with more time to decide which major steps to take. The current court protection ends Wednesday.“The Stranzl Group Proposal as currently presented may not be executable within the timeline and liquidity available to (Sears Canada),” the report says.The monitor supports the company’s request for permission to sell some business assets — notably the Corbeil franchise chain, the SLH Transport operation and the Viking appliance brand.“The transactions for which the Applicants seek approval at this time are the highest and best offers obtained for each of the subject assets. The monitor supports the Applicants requests for approval of these transactions,” the report says.It said that Sears Canada isn’t yet asking for permission to begin a second round of store inventory liquidations, as announced last week, but added that it expects the company would return to the court “in the coming days” if a “going-concern” transaction can no longer be pursued.“The monitor, the applicants and their advisors are cognisant of the fact that liquidation sales in the retail industry yield better results if they are completed before and during the lead up to the December holiday season, which also impacts recovery to stakeholders,” the report says. read more

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Ban calls for end to violence and discrimination against lesbian gay bisexual

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“Let me say this loud and clear: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are entitled to the same rights as everyone else. They, too, are born free and equal,” Mr. Ban said at a special event on the need for leadership in the fight against homophobia, held at UN Headquarters in New York.“It is an outrage that in our modern world, so many countries continue to criminalize people simply for loving another human being of the same sex. In most cases, these laws are not home-grown. They were inherited from former colonial powers,” he added, noting that “these laws must go.”The event – co-organized by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and a range of permanent missions to the world body, as well as Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission – is linked to Human Rights Day, which took place on Monday.The General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December 1948 – and the date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide. The UDHR sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all men and women, everywhere in the world, are entitled, without any distinction.In December 2011, OHCHR published the first official UN report on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The report documented widespread human rights abuses. More than 76 countries still criminalize consensual, same-sex relationships, while in many more discrimination against LGBT people is widespread – including the workplace and in the education and health sectors. Hate-motivated violence against LGBT people, including physical assault, sexual violence, and targeted killings, has been recorded in all regions.In his remarks, the Secretary-General noted that the UDHR, in its very first article, proclaims that ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.’“All human beings – not some, not most, but all,” Mr. Ban pointed out. “No one gets to decide who is entitled to human rights and who is not.” According to OHCHR, while opinion among States remains divided on the issue, sentiment has shifted significantly in recent years. In 2005, when the first joint statement on human rights sexual orientation and gender identity was proposed at the then-Commission on Human Rights, only 32 States signed on. By 2011, that number had grown to 85, reflecting growing awareness that acts of violence and discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT people warrant the attention of the world body. In June last year, the Human Rights Council adopted the first UN resolution on violence and discrimination against LGBT people.Those taking part in today’s special event included France’s Minister for Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, via video-link from South Africa; Blas Radi, Olena Shevchenko and Gift Trapence, LGBT human rights defenders from Argentina, Ukraine and Malawi, respectively; as well as South African musician, singer and campaigner Yvonne Chaka Chaka, and pop singer Ricky Martin.“We must all speak out against homophobia, especially those who are considered leaders in society as well as others in the public eye,” Mr. Ban told the gathering.Speaking from her experiences as a South African woman born under apartheid, Ms. Chaka Chaka said that the fight against homophobia was no different from the fights against racism and sexism.“The struggle for equality is not a la carte. You can’t just accept equality for some but then withhold it from others because you disagree with them or you disapprove of them. Equality is equality for all or it isn’t equality at all,” she said, in addition to calling for more celebrities to take a stand against homophobia.“We are not asking for special rights,” Mr. Martin told the gathering. “We are only asking for the same rights. We don’t want to be more or less; we just want to be the same.”In his video message, Archbishop Tutu said, “We cannot claim that our societies are free and equal as long as some amongst us are treated as inferior, denied even their basic human rights.”The Secretary-General – who launched an international appeal two years ago for action to end violence and discrimination against LGBT people – noted that when he speaks with world leaders about the need for equality for LGBT people, many say they wish they could do more, but point to public opinion as a barrier to progress.“I understand it can be difficult to stand up to public opinion. But just because a majority might disapprove of certain individuals does not entitle the State to withhold their basic rights,” he said. “Democracy is more than majority rule. It requires defending vulnerable minorities from hostile majorities. It thrives on diversity. Governments have a duty to fight prejudice, not fuel it.”The permanent missions to the UN which took part in co-organising today’s special event were those of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, the European Union, France, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and the United States. Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude to the “cross-regional LGBT core group of Member States” for their efforts and hoped that many other countries will join the group.“You and I and people of conscience everywhere must keep pushing until we realize the promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for all people,” the UN chief added. “The freedom, dignity and equal rights that all people are born with – must be a living reality each and every day of their lives.” read more

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Powersharing formula vital to sustain peace in South Sudan UN chief urges

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Mr. Ban’s call comes on the heels of press reports that the latest round of talks between President Kiir and his former deputy wrapped up over the weekend with a deal on a cease-fire between the two leaders and their respective factions, but without a broader agreement on running the world’s youngest country, which has been engulfed by war for more than a year. The Secretary-General took note of the outcome of the negotiations and called on the leaders to prepare for the next round of talks that would focus on expeditiously ending the conflict. “[Mr. Ban] regrets that neither of them compromised on a mutually acceptable power-sharing formula,” said a statement issued earlier today by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson. The UN chief also called once again on both parties to “urgently and strictly” adhere to the Cessation of Hostilities agreement signed on 23 January 2014. Both leaders agreed to meet for negotiations in the agreement they signed in Addis-Ababa on 2 February 2015.Now that the latest round of talks is complete, Secretary-General underscored the urgent need for both the President and former Vice President to agree on a comprehensive and inclusive peace agreement. Such a pact will have to address key institutional reforms, including economic governance, reconciliation, and accountability for the crimes committed since the beginning of the conflict in a manner consistent with international standards, said the statement. Mr. Ban commended the efforts of mediators and Heads of State and Government of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for tireless efforts and commitments to broker a peace agreement. The UN chief said that the UN stands by ready to assist in efforts to engage all involved parties. The security situation in South Sudan has steadily deteriorated since political in-fighting between President Kiir and his former deputy, Mr. Machar, started in mid-December 2013. The hostilities subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to United Nations bases around the country. According to UN estimates, some 2.5 million people could be in need of food assistance in through March of 2015, especially if hostilities in the country continue through the dry season. read more

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Market grows again as October new car sales rocket

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The revised year end forecast stands at 2.38 million units. In 1989, 2,300,944 units were registered, the highest annual total on record. Registrations by private buyers soared 28.3 per cent to 91,510 units in October Market grows again as October new car sales rocket A total of 1,065,635 new cars have been registered by private buyers so far this year. This represents a rise of more than 27 per cent or 190,566 units. Fleet and business demand rose by 9.2 per cent and 49.5 per cent respectively This is the fifth record month of 2001 Year-to-date, the new car market is up 10.1 per cent at 2,148,025 units Commenting on the figures, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘While some analysts had predicted a slump, with claims that showroom traffic had slowed to a trickle, the reality has proved to be quite the opposite. We have seen huge market growth, once again led by private buyers.’ ‘Consumers are confident. There’s no doubt about that. They know a good deal when they see one and there are plenty of those at franchised dealers at the moment. No one would suggest that 13 consecutive months of growth will last forever. But equally we need to be careful not to talk down a very strong market for new car sales. Be sure that 2001 will be a record year.’ he added Notes to editors October new car registrations rose 20.7 per cent to a record 185,325 units October 2001 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Climate change focus of new agreement for Brock federal government and Swedish

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Adapting national and international climate-change research to local level strategies is the aim of a new tripartite agreement involving researchers from Brock, Environment Canada and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in Sweden.Ryan PlummerThe five-year agreement is intended to formalize the parties’ intentions to co-operate in collaborative research in the area of adaption and impacts, for the benefit of both countries.Each group brings integral skills and background to the agreement, which is intended to advance both knowledge and practice.“Even with present and potential mitigation efforts, impacts from climate change are, and will, influence social-ecological systems. How we adapt to these impacts is a collective challenge,” said Ryan Plummer, associate professor, Tourism and Environment. “As a research interest, we want to better understand and apply adaptive strategies that are participatory, learning oriented and concerned with governance.”Brock’s representatives provide expertise in collaborative and adaptive governance strategies in a broad sense, as well as in the realm of community climate change planning. They include Plummer, and Liette Vasseur, professor, Biological Sciences. Vasseur’s experience includes projects with coastal communities in Eastern Canada, and work with the Greater Sudbury Consortium on climate-change. Plummer is working with Aboriginal populations in Central Ontario. He has a three-year project documenting the water management issues faced by the Six Nations of Grand River and Oneida Nation of the Thames. The collaborative project also explores how the communities can adapt to climate change and severe events.“This is a wonderful demonstration of Brock’s ability to collaborate on projects with an international impact and appeal,” said Ian Brindle, vice-president Research. “The results of this research will prove vital to communities at the local, national and global level.”Through this agreement, Environment Canada will provide scientific expertise and an historical perspective concerning large, national output models as they relate to climate change adaptation research. Environment Canada representatives will use their experience as an international and national leader in climate change science and research, to assist in the development of local-level initiatives while applying community-based decision support tools for adaptation.“This agreement reflects the Government of Canada’s continual commitment to tackling climate change through collaborative research that addresses the effects of climate change and adaptive measures while advancing shared knowledge and common practices,” said Don MacIver, manager of Adaption and Impacts Research.Swedish representatives from the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) will provide relevant input from ongoing research which explores how stakeholders in the Stockholm region perceive climate related risks and whether and how they can learn from interactions with other stakeholders to deal with such risks in the future. “This work includes studying the role of climate change models in stakeholder deliberations and will help us better understand how useful scientific information is for practitioners who will have to consider climate change risks in their everyday work,” said Åsa Gerger Swartling, senior research fellow and theme leader of SEI. The SEI representatives include Swartling and Neil Powell, co-theme leader and senior research fellow.The formalized documents were developed after several networking conversations during recent climate change conferences and the development of new research proposals. The agreement outlines research activities, including meetings to exchange information and develop mutually beneficial research projects. read more

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Woman remanded on attempted murder charge granted bail after appealing

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCourt to proceed with illegal firearm case against Maryann DabyAugust 1, 2019In “Court”Woman charged for alleged attempt to kill Cop further remandedMay 23, 2018In “Court”Woman charged with attempted murder of CopMay 15, 2018In “Court” Maryann Daby, 25, who was charged with the attempted murder of a police officer and further remanded, was on Friday last (May 25) granted bail in the sum of $750,000 when she appealed her case for bail, at the Demerara High Court.Accused: Maryann DabyDaby was  further remanded to prison when she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on May 23, 2018.On May 13, 2018, Daby was allegedly firing shots in the air while partying at a racing club when she was approached by Christopher Kissoon, an off duty Officer, who commanded her to stop.However, according to the Prosecution, the irritated young woman took the said pistol and pointed it to the officer’s head and pulled the trigger. The rank’s life was spared after the gun jammed and failed to discharge.It was also revealed that Daby’s firearm licence had expired.In the last Magistrate Courts’ case, Attorney for the accused, Mark Waldron made a lengthy bail application for his client, arguing that the possession of firearm and ammunition charge, while being unlicenced for same brought against her, should be dismissed since she is licenced.The said licence provided to the Court has expired, however Waldron noted that Daby is still within the stipulated period to have same renewed.He further brought to the Court’s attention the outstanding ballistic report which he noted will take time to be provided by the Prosecution.However, the Police Prosecutor maintained the Prosecution’s objections as a result of the seriousness of the offence.Bail was denied by the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan, but after the bail appeal was brought before Justice Sandil Kissoon at the High Court, Daby was granted $250,000 bail on each of the three charges she is currently facing.She is expected to return to court on May 30, 2018. read more

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German Cup HSV HSG Wetzlar and TBV Lemgo are out

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The 16 winners of the German Cup Round 1 tournaments will play for the trophy in the upcoming months. Some of the DKB Bundesliga members dissapointed their fans by losing as HSV Handball, HSG Wetzlar and TBV Lemgo.Füchse Berlin – SG LVB Leipzig 39:25 (18:9)SC DHfK Leipzig – TSV Altenholz 29:18 (12:9)Füchse Berlin – SC DHfK Leipzig 26:24 (13:13)Winner: Füchse BerlinTUSEM Essen – DHK Flensborg 34:25 (16:11)THW Kiel – VFL Fredenbeck 39:18 (16:6)TUSEM Essen – THW Kiel 22:25 (11:15)Winner: THW KielHC Empor Rostock – HSG Krefeld 25:24 (9:11)HC Elbflorenz – TuS N-Lübbecke 24:30 (10:17)HC Empor Rostock – TuS N-Lübbecke 21:26 (8:14)Winner: TuS N-Lübbecke1. VfL Potsdam – GWD Minden 20:41 (8;21)ASV Hamm-Westfalen – Wilhelmshavener HV 26:24 (13:12)GWD Minden – ASV Hamm-Westfalen 21:16 (11:9)Winner: GWD MindenHF Springe – TV Emsdetten 33:34 (14:18)SG Flensburg-Handewitt – TV Korschenbroich 33:14 (13:5)TV Emsdetten – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 19:41 (9:20)Winner: SG Flensburg-HandewittHSV Hannover – HSG Nordhorn-Lingen 24:37 (14:16)HSV Hamburg – TuS Ferndorf 34:23 (14:11)HSG Nordhorn-Lingen – HSV Hamburg 30:29 (11:13)Winner: HSG Nordhorn-LingenTSV Hannover-Burgdorf – VfL Bad Schwartau 30:28 (13:13)Dessau-Roßlauer HV – Eintracht Hildesheim 23:37 (14:17)TSV Hannover-Burgdorf – Eintracht Hildesheim 31:17 (17:8)Winner: TSV Hannover-BurgdorfOranienburger HC – VfL Eintracht Hagen 32:33 (17:18)SV Henstedt-Ulzburg – SC Magdeburg 23:38 (12:15)VfL Eintracht Hagen – SC Magdeburg 32:39 (18:21)Winner: SC MagdeburgTBV Lemgo – SG Leutershausen 41:26 (20:13)EHV Aue – SV 64 Zweibrücken 35:22 (17:9)TBV Lemgo – EHV Aue 24:30 (17:14)Winner: EHV AueTSB Heilbronn-Horkheim – TV Großwallstadt 30:24 (15:9)MT Melsungen – ThSV Eisenach 30:18 (16:6)TSB Heilbronn-Horkheim – MT Melsungen 21:35 (6:16)Winner: MT MelsungenSG Kleenheim – HSG Wetzlar 18:43 (9:20)HSC 2000 Coburg – HSG Konstanz 25:24 (12:10)HSG Wetzlar – HSC 2000 Coburg 25:26 (14:14)Winner: HSC 2000 CoburgTV Kirchzell – TSV Bayer Dormagen 24:35 (12:16)HBW Balingen-Weilstetten – SG Nußloch 38:22 (17:11)TSV Bayer Dormagen – HBW Balingen-Weilstetten 25:28 (12:14)Winner: HBW Balingen-WeilstettenLeichlinger TV – HG Saarlouis 35:39 (16:14)VfL Gummersbach – HC Erlangen 24:18 (10:10HG Saarlouis – VfL Gummersbach 23:31 (11:16)Winner: VfL GummersbachTSG Friesenheim – SV Salamander Kornwestheim 32:19 (18:10)TVB 1898 Stuttgart – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 18:27 (8;14)TSG Friesenheim – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 17:30 (9:15)Winner: Rhein-Neckar LöwenTV 1893 Neuhausen – Bergischer HC 17:28 (8:120HSG Rodgau Nieder-Roden – TV Huttenberg 20:24 (7:12)Bergischer HC – TV Huttenberg 26:21 (11:11)Winner: Bergischer HCSG BBM Bietigheim – TV Hochdorf 36:26 (16:14)DJK Rimpar – Frisch Auf! Göppingen 18:28 (10:12)SG BBM Bietigheim – Frisch Auf! Göppingen 25:31 (12:15)Winner: Frisch Auf! Göppingen ← Previous Story Cesson Rennes win Struga 2015 Next Story → Filip Jicha to FC Barcelona! read more

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Arcade game The Last Beerfighter rewards you with beer instead of tickets

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first_imgRather than make some viral video, ad agency McKinney created something unique for Big Boss Brewing Company — an arcade unit that dispenses beer instead of tickets. The unit is advertised as a more fun and unique way to sample beer, rather than being served by a waiter or bartender.The Last Barfighter is a fighting game made in Flash that was brought over to the arcade cabinet. There are five characters from which to choose, all of which represent Big Boss beers that are available year-round. Players place their cup underneath the dispenser, which is located around where the coin slot would normally be placed. The first player to reach two victories wins the match, and beer is subsequently dispensed into the cup below — a prize some would prefer over tickets that you then spend on a tiny mustache comb.Rather than the game simply allowing players to play for free, the dispenser area comes equipped with motion sensors; rather than accepting coins or having players press a button to begin a match, the game waits for cups to be placed in the sensing area.Though clearly an advertisement, a whole coherent video game and arcade cabinet — one that dispenses a full cup of beer to the winner — is more fun for consumers than an ad in a magazine. There’s a metagame involved with The Last Barfighter, too. The more a player wins and pounds the resulting beer-prize, the more drunk said player will become, and thus more difficult the game will be.last_img read more

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Big E comments on lost NXT season, Owens vs. Nakamura announced

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first_imgFacebook Twitter June 1, 2017 at 2:46 pm Aaron David Harwood Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins WhatsApp i only see one damian sandow WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins June 1, 2017 at 1:11 am Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Cesarocenter_img Now Playing Up Next Haydn Barker Darryl Lacey New WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions crowned at Extreme Rules Pinterest WWE Smackdown Results – 6/11/19 (Big E returns to action in a six-man tag with The New Day) gerold gonzalez June 1, 2017 at 11:26 am BOOM! Studios and WWE announce new original graphic novel at San Diego Comic-Con Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions 4 COMMENTS Damien Sandow twice, wow that would have been a great show, lol Kurt Angle June 1, 2017 at 9:40 am Read the article above Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Big E comments on lost NXT seasonWWE star Big E commented on a photo showing what was planned to be a new season of NXT on Syfy before the show was officially pulled from the network and later rebranded as part of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.The photo in question also featured Seth Rollins, Damien Sandow, Bo Dallas, Hunico, Damien Sandow and Leo Kruger (Adam Rose) as part of the planned season.Yo @WWEBigE, what’s going on here? pic.twitter.com/EPeqd8f3Xc— JD/Knux (@MaestroKnux) May 30, 2017Big E would then confirm it was a planned NXT season that never took off.An NXT season that never was. Thank the Lord. https://t.co/9doJk6dO3T— ShinigamE (@WWEBigE) May 30, 2017Owens vs. Nakamura announcedAs noted in our recap for last night’s Smackdown Live in Atlanta, WWE has announced WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a non-title match for next week’s show on June 6 from Rochester, New York.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list It does say Damien Sandow twice Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Sidney Stuart beloved balladeer gone family and friend

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first_img Related Items:died, kew town, sidney stuart Recommended for you Nancy Reagan gone but touched the Caribbean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Jul 2015 – Another beloved Turks and Caicos Islander thrusts residents into a state of new mourning when this afternoon news spread on the death of Sidney Stuart, a taxi driver and who became well known for as a riveting balladeer who could cause tears to flow no matter the occasion. To many, he was simply ‘Heads,’ a bubbly, jovial taxi driver and former driver for the former Premier Michael Misick.Scores gathered at the morgue in Provo upon hearing of Sidney’s passing; proof that he had become as beloved in Provo as he was in his other home, The Bahamas. Already his Facebook page is filling up with tributes. Stuart was a member of the Abundant Life Ministries International.When Magnetic Media reached out to his family in Grand Bahama moments ago, we learned they are in a terrible state of shock as relatives not only have to come to grips with such the sudden and tremendous loss but to do so on the exact day his father, the late Edwin Stuart died, 12 years ago.Sidney Stuart’s death is believed to be of natural causes. Reports are he was complaining of chest pains. That he missed a pick-up this morning of some guests. That he missed a lot of calls today. All uncharacteristic and it led to friends going in search of him… they found him, reportedly at his home in Kew Town, Providenciales unresponsive; he was pronounced dead on the scene by the emergency team which was called.Sidney Kevin Stuart hails originally from Holmes Rock, Grand Bahama and is the sixth of eight siblings. Three young children he has; two daughters and a son.While Sidney’s father is from The Bahamas; his mother is from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Stuart, who had been living in the Turks and Caicos for some 12 to 13 years now, was just 45 years old. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Murdered father of two, shot in the head Woman shot, vehicle shot up in Kew Town ambush this morninglast_img read more

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WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between May 28, 2018 to June 3, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierHistoric house at 136 Middlesex Ave. for sale by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateWilmington maintains solid bond rating by Barbara ForsterWilmington High School grads look ahead to next chapter by Margaret SmithWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunNo injuries in 3 alarm blaze by Kori TuittCrowded field vying for Miceli’s 19th district seat by Kori TuittWoman injured in 4-car crash on I-93 in Wilmington by Kori TuittLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

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Teaching for Tk 1 for 44 years

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first_imgLutfar Rahman teaching his students on his yard in Baguria village, Gaibandha. Photo: Prothom AloHe was 26 when he began teaching the students with a one-taka fee. He is now 70 and price of many things have skyrocketted, but that fee still remains unchanged.This is Lutfar Rahman, who they fondly call ‘Ak Takar Master’ (the teacher who teaches for Tk 1) at village Baguria in Gaibandha.”Most of the people here are poor. They don’t want to educate their children as they can’t afford private tuition. This is why I teach them on a minimal fee.”“I’m not benefitted, but poor people’s children are getting educated and that’s my satisfaction,” he said.Baguaria is five kilometres away from the district town. People who lost everything to river erosion live in ten-shed houses along a damn by river Brahmaputra that runs across the village. Lutfar lives in one of those houses.On a recent visit there, he was seen teaching his students on his yard.Every day he starts teaching in the morning and continues till afternoon. In four batches a number of 35 students from grade one to five are taught for about two hours at a stretch.A number of students said Lutfar Rahman was their teacher for a long. “Our parents sent us to him as he doesn’t take much and we’re doing well in our studies too,” one of them said.“Any other teacher would take Tk 500 per month whereas Lutfar sir takes Tk 1 only per day,” said Durjay Kumar, a fifth grader at local GUK School and son of fisherman Ruidash Kumar.”A beggar doesn’t even take one taka nowadays, but Lutfar Sir teaches for only one taka,” said Salma Begum, guardian of another student Zuthi Khatun.“He teaches us for a long period,” said Mahmudul Islam, a second grader of another local school, Moddho Baguria Government Primary School. A teacher at the school, Shahin Miah, said, “I’ve seen Lutfar Rahman teaching for a long time and the students are being benefitted too.”According to Lutfar’s family and the locals, he passed secondary exams in 1970 and higher secondary exams in 1974. He got married in 1975 and then started teaching after not getting any jobs. At that time he taught 10-15 students with one taka.”I’ve been able to educate the poor and neglected ones, this is my return. I’ll teach them for as long as I can. Many of my students have got good jobs,” he said.Lutfar has two sons and two daughters. His daughters are married while his living is managed by his elder son Lavlu Miah who is an auto-rickshaw driver. Lutfar’s little son Mashiur studies at a madrasa.Lutfar’s wife Latiful Begum said her husband remains busy throughout the day teaching. “It is his passion. If we ask him to stop he gets sad,” she said.*This piece has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

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