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Decoding Shabbirpur’s shame

first_img“The Thakurs came armed with swords, and kerosene torches. It was like a battle scene in the Mahabharata. Almost 3,000 of them charging towards our section of the village to destroy it,” recalls Pradeep Kumar, a Dalit resident of Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur district of western Uttar Pradesh.Although 10 days have passed since the day caste-based violence broke out at the village, the Dalit residents have not returned home. Many of them are still recuperating in hospital, while others are taking refuge in a neighbouring village fearing for their life. Those Dalits still living in Shabbirpur, mostly its older residents, say they do not have the energy to leave the village.Houses torchedA row of 30 to 40 houses torched and vandalised bear testimony to the brutality of the attack. The doors broken down, household items burnt, grocery shops ransacked and cycles, fans and utensils lying in a mangled heap. “Look at this door. It has been broken open with its padlock still in place. They did not want to spare anybody and wanted to show their dominance over us. The attack lasted nearly three hours. Thankfully, they did not kill the cattle,” says Swaraj Singh standing outside his grocery store that was burnt down. Tension between members of the two castes began in April before Ambedkar Jayanti when the Dalits of the village wanted to install a bust of B.R. Ambedkar on a private property in the compound of the Ravidas Temple. The Thakurs allegedly objected and stalled the installation of the bust saying that “permission had not been granted”. On May 5, when members of the Thakur community from Shabbirpur village were on their way to the nearby Simlana village to garland the statue of Maharana Pratap, the Dalit residents objected to the loud music being played by them in their procession and allegedly started throwing stones. Thakur killedIn the clash, a 35-year-old Thakur from a nearby village, Sumit Rajput, was injured and later died. As an act of vengeance, the Thakurs vandalised the Dalit homes.Mahendra, a Thakur living in the village says that those people who torched the homes of the Dalits were not from Shabbirpur but outsiders. Blame on outsiders“We have lived in peace for so many years. We even make donations to the Ravidas Temple and both Ambedkar Jayanti and Maharana Pratap Jayanti is celebrated with equal fervour. The entire incident was caused by outsiders and now our children are being accused,” he says.Virendra Kumar, a constable who has been on duty at the village, says that there has been peace in the village since then because many of the people from both communities have fled. The Dalits feel that the government has not shown any sympathy towards them and are demanding compensation. “Politicians have done nothing and those organisations like the Bheem Army that wanted to hold a “mahasabha” to demand justice for Dalits on May 9 are being attacked by the police.The leaders of the Bheem Army have either been picked up by the police or they have gone into hiding after clashes with the police at Gandhi Maidan in Saharanpur town,” says Sumit Kumar, who hails from nearby Maheshpur village.last_img read more

Toilets dirty, passengers hold up train at Ambala station

first_imgAbout 100 passengers held up the Mumbai-Katra Swaraj Superfast Express at Ambala Cantt railway station for nearly an hour over unclean coaches and dirty toilets in the train. Most of the protesting passengers were travelling in the AC coaches. They gathered on the platform and threatened not to allow the train to move till the coaches were cleaned. Station Director B.S. Gill and the railway police rushed to the spot and tried to persuade the irate passengers who remained steadfast on their demand. The railway officials then summoned a sanitation department team and all coaches and toilets were cleaned properly. Some of the passengers told reporters they would bring the matter to the notice of the Railway Minister. Over a week ago, Congress’ Amritsar MP G S Aujla had claimed that he had to pull the emergency chain of a train to get tanks filled after passengers complained they were unable to use toilets due to lack of water. Mr. Aujla, along with some senior Railways officials, had conducted a surprise inspection of a number of trains, including the Shatabdi Express, at the railway station at Amritsar, Punjab. He had claimed he had to pull the emergency chain of the Tata Muri Express to get its water tanks filled.last_img read more

BJP’s Dhangar leaders to boycott PM’s event

first_imgWith the Dhangar community upping the ante for reservation, a section of the community’s leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have decided to boycott Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s function in Solapur district on Wednesday.Since the past week, the BJP’s Dhangar community leaders in Solapur have been holding press conferences decrying the party’s hollow assurances of granting reservation under the ST category to Dhangars.“Before the 2014 general election, Mr. Modi had assured reservation for our community during a public address at Solapur’s Park Stadium, the venue for Wednesday’s function… It is to remind him of his pledge that Solapur’s Dhangar community has decided to stay away from his programme,” Ganesh Gawde, a Dhangar BJP leader, said.‘Community betrayed’He said Mr. Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had betrayed the community by not fulfilling the promise made at public meetings in Solapur and Pandharpur. “At the time, Mr. Modi had accused the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of cheating the Dhangar community. As a result, the community had wholeheartedly backed the BJP in the 2014 parliamentary and Assembly elections. But now, after nearly five years of BJP rule in the State, it is they who have not fulfilled their promises made to us,” Mr. Gawde said.Mr. Modi’s rally in Solapur will mark the official start of the BJP’s election campaign in Maharashtra. After pacifying the Maratha community with reservation, the BJP is now faced with the issue of Dhangar reservation. Before the 2014 Assembly election, the State BJP had brought some Dhangar leaders into its fold with promises of reservation. It inducted Mahadev Jankar, a Dhangar leader and chief of the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha, into the State Cabinet.TISS studyThe State government had commissioned the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to carry out a study on the backwardness of the Dhangars. But it has yet to make good on the TISS report. In 2017, Mr. Fadnavis had also announced that the Solapur University would be named after Ahilyabai Holkar, the 18th century Maratha queen who ruled Malwa and is revered by Dhangars.last_img read more

Phoenix Contact chooses Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter for licensing PC Worx Engineer

first_imgPhoenix Contact and Wibu-Systems announce the integration of their flagship technologies at the Hannover Messe 2018. CodeMeter, the comprehensive solution for protection, licensing, and security, has been selected by Phoenix Contact as the best-in-class technology to streamline license and entitlement management of their PLCnext control system solution.PC Worx Engineer, known as the comprehensive programming software engineering solution suitable for lots of Phoenix Contact controllers, can be used to implement complex automation concepts and is therefore offered in different payable or free of charge versions, available with additional add-ins. In a global scenario influenced by the emergence of Industrie 4.0 and with captains of industry shifting their attention from hardware to software in the value chain, a centralized license lifecycle management solution became of the essence.In this first stage of the project, Phoenix Contact has focused primarily on the ability to offer their software in a modular, scalable, and efficient fashion. Additionally, their requirements included the need to protect their digital know-how and support the different ERP implementations that were installed at their various locations around the globe.CodeMeter was able to completely fulfill their expectations. With AxProtector.NET, they automatically encrypt classes and methods of their software and shield it with a safety shell against piracy and reverse engineering. With CmActLicense, an encrypted and signed file, they bind the license of their software to a fingerprint of the target system. Alternatively, they can associate licenses with CmDongle hardware secure elements that come in several form factors, including USB sticks, memory cards, and ASICs. With CodeMeter License Central, they create, deliver, and manage standalone, network, demo, and emergency licenses of their software and its add-ons.The ERP integration challenge was overcome with the use of CodeMeter License Central Connector, which made it possible for Phoenix Contact to interface their enterprise resource planning systems ranging from different versions of SAP to Baan with Wibu-Systems’ online database derived solution.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Kontron and CarlisleIT announce strategic partnership for inflight WiFi and connectivityNext Toshiba: surface-mount brushed motor driver IC offers advanced error handlinglast_img read more

ICC T20I Rankings: KL Rahul rises to 6th, Kuldeep Yadav slips to 4th

first_imgIndia vs Australia, 2nd T20I Brief scores – Australia (194/3) beat India (190/4) by 7 wickets to sweep series 2-0 in Bengaluru. Maxwell (113*), Short (40), Shankar (2/38). Scorecard | HighlightsComeback-man KL Rahul was the lone Indian to feature in the top 10 batting list, even as Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai jumped 31 spots to be placed at career-best seventh position in the latest ICC T20I Players Rankings issued on Thursday.Rahul, who made a successful comeback with scores of 47 and 50 in the just-concluded T20 series against Australia after going through a tough time due to a chat show controversy, jumped four rungs to the sixth position with 726 rating points.Formerly top-ranked Virat Kohli (up two places to 17th) and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (up seven places to 56th) have also gained among Indian batsmen.Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah (up 12 places to 15th) and left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya (up 18 places to a career-best 43rd) have also advanced.However, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has dropped two places to occupy the fourth spot.Among others, Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell rose significantly in the recent ICC T20I Player Rankings after superb show with the bat in the series against India.Maxwell, who was the top-ranked batsman in the format a year ago, has gained two slots to reach third position after scores of 56 and 113 not out that helped complete a 2-0 victory in India, Australia’s first series win in over a decade against the 2007 T20 World Cup champions.Hazratullah has gained a whopping 31 slots to reach a career-best seventh position after aggregating 204 runs in the 3-0 series victory over Ireland, that included an incredible 162 not out, the second highest score in T20Is.advertisementThe left-hander slammed 11 fours and 16 sixes during the 62-ball knock and helped his team post the highest ever T20I total of 278 for three.For Australia, D’Arcy Short has gained eight slots to reach eighth position among batsmen while Nathan Coulter-Nile has gained four slots to reach 45th position among bowlers after taking four wickets against India, including a player of the match haul of three for 26 in the first match.Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi has gained 12 slots to reach 30th place and Usman Ghani has moved up 25 slots to 79th among batsmen while Mujeeb-ur-Rehman has moved from 42nd to 40th in the bowlers’ list.For Ireland, Kevin O’Brien has gained 10 places to reach 61st among batsmen while Peter Chase has moved up 22 slots and is now ranked 99th among bowlers.In the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, India have retained their second position while Australia have overtaken South Africa and England to reach third place and to within two points of India.Afghanistan and Ireland retain eighth and 17th positions, respectively.Pakistan lead the team rankings with 135 points, 13 points ahead of India.Also Read | KL Rahul reflects on Koffee With Karan controversy: It was a hard time for meAlso Read | Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni hit 50th career sixes in T20 InternationalsAlso Read | Kohli loses 1st home series as captain after Maxwell’s Bengaluru blitzlast_img read more

Cricket likely to return to Asian Games in 2022

first_imgCricket likely to return to Asian Games in 2022Cricket was dropped from the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia after featuring in 2010 and 2014, albeit without the presence of game’s powerhouse India.advertisement Press Trust of India BangkokMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 13:24 IST Since the mega event is still some years away, the BCCI has plenty of time to deliberate on the Indian team’s participation (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia cricket team’s participation in the 2022 Asian Games will be discussed: BCCI official to PTIIndia opted out of the quadrennial event in both 2010 and 2014 owing to the team’s congested schedulingSri Lanka and Pakistan won the men’s and women’s gold in 2014 while Bangladesh and Pakistan claimed the top honours in 2010Cricket is set for a return at the Asian Games after it was included in the sports programme for the 2022 edition in Hangzhou, media reports said on Sunday.The decision was taken at the Olympic Council of Asia’s General Assembly, sports website “” reported.Cricket was dropped from the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia after featuring in 2010 and 2014, albeit without the presence of game’s powerhouse India.India opted out of the quadrennial event owing to the team’s congested scheduling.In all probability, the T20 format will be played at the Asian Games, as it happened during the 2010 and 2014 edition in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively.In due time, we will decide on India’s participation: BCCI officialSince the mega event is still some years away, the BCCI has plenty of time to deliberate on the Indian team’s participation.”There is a lot of time to go for 2022 Asian Games. In due time, we will discuss and decide,” a BCCI official told PTI.The decision to include cricket in the 2022 programme was on expected lines after OCA honorary vice-president Randhir Singh visited Hangzhou last month to zero in on a suitable venue.Sri Lanka and Pakistan won the men’s and women’s gold in 2014 while Bangladesh and Pakistan claimed the top honours in 2010.Cricket has also been played once at the Commonwealth Games, in 1998, when India and Pakistan sent teams to Kuala Lumpur. However, the Shaun Pollock led South Africa won the gold and Australia, captained by Steve Waugh, the silver.In the 2014 Asian Games, OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah had criticised the BCCI for not sending its teams for the second edition in a row.advertisement”I’m sorry that India, for the second Games, did not send a team. I respect their decision but I believe the people in charge are not interested in promotion of the game but only in making it a business, in making money out of it. They want to control the market and control the game,” he had said.In another major decision taken at the OCA General Assembly on Sunday, it was announced Oceania countries including Australia will be invited to compete at the 2022 Asian Games.It was reported that the number of Oceania athletes who will be allowed to compete in Hangzhou will be decided at a later date.Also Read | ICC to BCCI: Severing cricket ties with countries not our domainAlso Read | ICC CEO assures BCCI of security at World Cup, Anil Kumble retained as Cricket Committee headAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India cricket teamFollow Asian Games 2022Follow Hangzhou Asian GamesFollow Cricket Asian Gameslast_img read more

Learnt a lot about mental aspect of the game from Ponting, Sourav: Shaw

first_imgLearnt a lot about mental aspect of the game from Ponting, Sourav: ShawPrithvi Shaw, who played for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019, said playing under the guidance of legendary Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting helped him in developing a strong learning of the gameadvertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiMay 17, 2019UPDATED: May 17, 2019 18:59 IST Prithvi Shaw played for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrithvi Shaw said he learnt about the mental aspect of cricket from Ricky Ponting and Sourav GangulyShaw played for Delhi Capitals under head coach Ponting and team advisor GangulyShaw is currently leading the North Mumbai Panthers at the T20 Mumbai LeagueYoung Prithvi Shaw on Friday said he learnt a lot about the mental aspect of the game from legendary Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly during the recently-concluded Indian Premier League.Shaw played for IPL franchise Delhi Capitals under two former skippers — coach Ponting and team advisor Ganguly.”Learnt a lot playing under the legends Ricky Sir and Sourav Sir. Having played 15-20 years of international cricket, they have a lot experience all over the world. It’s not about three-four things we are being taught, it’s more about mentally (being) over there,” Shaw said at the press briefing on the sidelines of the ongoing T20 Mumbai league.”They won’t talk about technique or anything, it would be match by match…what the plans and strategies are and not about our skills. Obviously when you are on that stage, you also know things and that’s why you are here. So they helped us mentally, preparing us to be strong.”Being a youngster and playing the IPL, it is a big thing for me. I would be nervous but because of them, they would help me calm down,” the 19-year-old added.Shaw, who is currently leading the North Mumbai Panthers at the T20 Mumbai League, admitted that he was not a good fielder but worked on it as he felt it would be an important aspect in making it to the national team.”It (fielding) is important in T20s. When I used to play U-14, U-16, I wasn’t a good fielder even if I was the captain. I realised fielding is going (to play) a very important role if you want to play for India. And from there (on) I started working on it and I am pretty much doing well in Indian cricket,” Shaw said.advertisementAsked about his equation with two opening batmen of India — Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan — Shaw said, “When I am playing with Shikhar bhai, I am comfortable with him and when I am playing with Rohit bhai I am comfortable with him as well. Playing with them its a big thing for me.”Shaw said he was initially disappointed after sustaining an injury in Australia.”It was big opportunity for me, going there but unfortunately my leg twisted and this thing happened. I was disappointed at the start, but a lot of senior players, coaches, and all my friends helped me. After that my dad always said that you are a guy (who) can come back stronger (and) I always believed in that.”Also Read | Team India should give Dhoni, Pandya license to attack: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Need to show we’re not only good on paper, says Afghanistan’s Rashid KhanAlso ReadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Prithvi ShawFollow Sourav GangulyFollow Ricky Pontinglast_img read more

Argentines seek soup kitchens barter markets amid crisis

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Men wait outside the metal-grill door of a soup kitchen in a slum, hoping to get a small serving of beef and mashed potatoes. At a barter market on the capital’s outskirts, a woman tries to persuade another to exchange for her granddaughters’ tiny shoes.Argentines are struggling in crisis in what was once one of the world’s most prosperous nations. Consumer prices are soaring, unemployment is high and the Argentine peso has plunged, bringing back haunting memories of the country’s economic meltdown in 2001 that pushed millions into poverty.A growing number of people arrive at the “Happy Kids” soup kitchen in the Villa 1-11-14 shantytown, where servers try to stretch out steaming pots of stew because many more than expected are lining up for food.“The city government gives us money for 440 rations a day, but we’re being forced to prepare smaller portions so that we can cover 600 rations,” said Cintia Garcia, who runs the soup kitchen.A series of events battered the economy.First, a severe drought damaged crop yields in the world’s third-largest exporter of soybean and corn. The situation worsened beginning in the first quarter of 2018 as world oil prices increased and then interest rate rises in the United States led investors to pull dollars out of Argentina.That caused jitters among Argentines, who have stashed away dollars as a cushion since the 2001 economic implosion, and a rush to buy scarcer dollars pushed the peso’s value down. Despite several interest rate hikes by the Argentine Central Bank, the peso has lost more than half its value in less than a year.President Mauricio Macri had to seek a $50 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. Last week, he announced a series of austerity measures, including new taxes on exports and the elimination of several government ministries. He said he would allocate more economic aid and strengthen food plans for poor Argentines.With unemployment around 9 per cent and consumer prices surging, some Argentines are again turning to barter clubs, which first emerged during the collapse nearly two decades ago.The tumbling peso has pushed up prices for fuel and, in turn, transportation costs. That has affected food prices in a country where most grains and other goods are transported in trucks. Inflation is expected to reach an annual rate of more than 40 per cent this year, the Central Bank says.“To make doughnuts a month ago, I used to spend 150 pesos (almost $4) for oil and seven bags of flour. Now it’s more than 400 pesos,” complained Gladys Jimenez.Jimenez, who is from Paraguay, is one of those who rely on the “Happy Kids” soup kitchen in Villa 1-11-14, a slum crowded with tens of thousands of Argentines and immigrants from neighbouring countries.The price of beef has also increased in one of the world’s top meat-consuming countries. Nicol Alcocer, a teenager who attends an educational workshop where the food is distributed in the slum, said that previously she would eat roast every Saturday. “Now it’s every four months,” she said.The rapid fall in the peso brings frequent boosts in the prices charged by vendors, leading to anger. Some slum dwellers recalled that when the peso recently fell to 40 to the dollar, they lined up at small local stores but the owners refused to sell to them.“I told my husband: ‘Let’s go buy.’ People were all riled up seeing that businesses were closed,” said Martina Bilbao. “I remember the looting of 2001 … and I think it’s going to happen again.”The crisis 17 years ago was so bad that one of every five Argentines was out of work and more than half of the population fell into poverty. The peso, which had been tied to the dollar, lost about 75 per cent of its value.Banks froze deposits and barricaded behind sheet metal as thousands of protesters unsuccessfully tried to withdraw savings. More than 20 people died in protests and looting that swept Argentina in December 2001 as Latin America’s third-largest economy unraveled and eventually defaulted on a debt of more than $100 billion.The current economic woes are far from that collapse. But analysts say that poverty, which affects about a third of the population, will rise this year, and the economy will take a dive.Those forecasts are far from the promises of Macri. The conservative president took office in 2015 vowing that he would revive Argentina’s weak economy and end poverty.Although his market-friendly reforms were initially praised by international investors, who said they laid the groundwork for growth, they also brought pain to the country’s poor and stoked labour unrest.Since taking office, he has laid off thousands of state workers and cut energy subsidies, sending utility bills and bus fares soaring. Macri also dropped the previous government’s foreign exchange controls, ushering in the sharp devaluation of the peso.Many of Argentina’s poor live in slums known as “misery villages,” where they often lack access to transportation, running water or sewage. Argentina’s northern regions have chronically high rates of child malnutrition, even though the country remains a top global grain supplier.On a recent day, dozens of women gathered at a barter market in the outskirts of Buenos Aires to trade everything from pants and cosmetics to toys, bags of rice and cooking oil.“We’ve gone back to the same as before. We’ve gone back to bartering,” said Lucia de Leon, who had a table where she offered to trade canned food and used shoes.last_img read more

Gurugram doctor beaten up by mob

first_imgGurugram: A paediatrician was thrashed by unidentified men near Ardee City on Friday night. An FIR has been filed and police said they are conducting raids to nab the accused. Dr Nurul, originally from Uttarakhand and living near Wazirabad village in Sector 52, filed the complaint and mentioned he came to Ardee City to buy milk in the evening for iftar.”I work as a paediatrician with a private hospital and at present preparing for DM-Cardiology exam. I was returning after buying milk for Iftar in my Baleno car. Suddenly, two men came in a white Fortuner and started abusing me without any reason. When I told them that they are on the wrong side of the road, they called 8-9 more men who brutally thrashed me with sticks. I tried calling police but due to injuries, I fell unconscious on the roadside. Later, the police reached on spot and rushed me to the Civil Hospital,” Nurul told the police. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe 30-year-old doctor has received multiple injuries on his head, eyes, face and legs. “They thrashed me brutally and I could not understand the reason. I heard two of them saying that I am a Muslim and they should leave otherwise riots will take place. They fled after leaving me on the roadside. I don’t know any of them. I want strict action against the accused,” Nurul said. As per the complaint, an FIR has been registered against unknown accused under sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 323 (causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC at Sector 53 police station. No arrests have been made in the case so far. “We have registered the case and begun the investigation. Soon those people who were involved in the act will be arrested,” said an official from Gurugram police.last_img read more

UNbacked Cyprus reunification talks gain momentum ahead of meeting with Ban

The Greek Cypriot leader, Dimitris Christofias, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu, will confer again at the end of next week before meeting in Geneva on 26 January with Mr. Ban, who has warned that the reunification talks, which began in 2008, could “founder fatally” if substantive agreement is not reached within the next few months. “Both sides put forward some proposals, and both sides want to go away and consider the proposals that had been put forward,” the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Alexander Downer, told reporters after today’s talks in Nicosia, the capital, citing renewed momentum.In a report to the Security Council last month, Mr. Ban warned that “a critical window of opportunity is rapidly closing” in the talks that seek to set up a federal government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country, with a Turkish Cypriot constituent state and a Greek Cypriot constituent state of equal status. He cited fundamental differences on property issues on the island – where a UN peacekeeping mission has been in place since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964 – noting that Greek-Cypriot parliamentary elections scheduled for May and elections in Turkey in June militate against constructive negotiations in the second quarter of 2011. Mr. Downer said that it became clear last October that the whole process was starting to lose momentum, which was why Mr. Ban met with both leaders in New York the following month. “That momentum has very much been re-established,” Mr. Downer said. “I think since 18 November this whole process has had good momentum.”Explaining the negotiating process, he said that when one of the sides puts forward a position that is accepted, a new position or a variation on the rejected position can be developed in what are sometimes called “bridging proposals, trying to bridge the differences between the two positions. “That’s what we look to the two sides to do, and that’s what I call momentum. When they’re putting forward bridging proposals, they’re achieving convergences from time to time, not at every meeting necessarily, but from time to time, that’s momentum,” he added “Just sitting there exchanging views and failing to convince each other, that’s not momentum.”The leaders have met 90 times since 2008, advancing in some areas, but there has been “a worrying lack of progress” in six months of talks on currently irreconcilable differences over property rights, Mr. Ban said in his report to the Council last month. The Greek Cypriots say those with property in the north should be able to seek reinstatement, while Turkish Cypriots say that if all Greek Cypriot property owners there were allowed reinstatement, it would be impossible for the Turkish Cypriots to secure bizonality. They want a ceiling on the number of those who can have properties reinstated instead of compensation. “We must be clear that, in order to negotiate successfully a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, the two leaders will have to reconcile these and other seemingly irreconcilable issues,” Mr. Ban said in his report. He called on Mr. Christofias and Mr. Eroglu to “dedicate significant efforts” to preparing a practical plan for overcoming major remaining points of disagreement when he confers with them in Geneva. 12 January 2011Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders discussed governance and power-sharing today as they prepare to meet with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon later this month in United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island. read more

Jobless youth to cost Canadian economy 23B over next two decades TD

OTTAWA — The loss of tens of thousands of youth jobs during the recession was not only painful for the young people involved but will impact them and Canada’s economy for years to come, says a new paper from TD Bank.Being unemployed at a young age can have a long-lasting impact on an individual’s career prospectsThe report estimates that the legacy of unemployment for the young lasts up to two decades after the event and the hit to Canada’s gross domestic product will be about 1.3% — or about $23-billion — in 18 years.That’s fairly modest given the timeline, but the same can’t be said of some European countries that have seen unemployment among young people rise to above 50% in the aftermath of the 2008-09 financial crisis.For Ireland, the economy could suffer a GDP drain of about 12% over the next two decades, the paper calculates, followed by Spain, Greece and Portugal among the hardest-hit European countries.“Being unemployed at a young age can have a long-lasting impact on an individual’s career prospects” — a phenomenon known as “scarring” — the report, written by economist Martin Schwerdtfeger, states. It adds the economy also suffers from lost output and multiplier effects.The estimates are based on studies showing that extended unemployment while starting out a career can negatively impact income levels for many years, even after individuals have found employment.According to a British study, a period of unemployment ranging from seven to 12 months for workers in the 15-24 age group can, on average, cause a 10.9% wage loss by the age of 33, and 7.6% by the age of 42. A spell of unemployment lasting longer than a year can cause even more pronounced “scarring” later on.While Canada never came close to youth unemployment rates experienced by some of the hardest-hit European countries, the increase was still more significant than for older workers.Youth unemployment in Canada peaked at 16.4% in July of 2009 from a pre-slump level of about 11%. More than two years into the recovery, the rate remains elevated at 14%, about twice the national average.Using the same metric applied to the European situation, Schwerdtfeger estimates Canada will suffer a wage loss of $10.7-billion by the time youth employment is expected to return to pre-slump levels in about three years, and a $12.4-billion loss to GDP over an 18-year period.The Canadian Press read more

Canadian SC rules in support of Lankan teen

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a Tamil teenager who fled the violent aftermath of Sri Lanka’s 27-year civil war should have his refugee application reconsidered on humanitarian grounds.By a 5-2 margin, the high court on Thursday reversed a decision by the Federal Court of Appeal that upheld the rejection of Jeyakannan Kanthasamy’s claim that he would suffer serious hardship if he returned to his homeland, ctv news reported. The ruling offers new guidance to officials on interpreting a section of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that allows for refugee claims to be granted on “humanitarian and compassionate” grounds. Justice Rosalie Abella wrote that the immigration officer who rejected Kanthasamy’s claim took an “unduly narrow” approach to his case and ordered that the matter be reheard. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Michael Moldaver said the immigration officer made a reasonable analysis of the application. Abella said the officer “required Jeyakannan Kanthasamy to present direct evidence that he would face such a risk of discrimination if deported … it reflects an anemic view of discrimination that this court largely eschewed decades ago.”Kanthasamy was 16 years old when his family sent him to Canada in 2010 after the Sri Lankan army and police detained and threatened him on separate occasions. It was one year after Sri Lanka’s long civil war ended with a massive offensive by government forces on Tamil-held areas of the country that has since sparked a United Nations investigation of allegations of war crimes against both sides of the conflict.In March 2010, Kanthasamy was arrested in his home, taken to an army camp and detained for a day. He was held in a dark room for three to four hours, where soldiers visited him sporadically, kicked him and threatened to kill him if he did not identify supporters of the Tamil Tigers, a banned terrorist group.In April 2010, he was arrested by police and detained for a day. He was threatened, physically assaulted and interrogated.In Abella’s view, the immigration officer “failed to give sufficiently serious consideration to his youth, mental health and evidence he would suffer discrimination if he were returned to Sri Lanka.” The persecution of ethnic Tamils by government forces has been well documented, including in the most recent Human Rights Watch report that said “the government’s treatment of Tamils forcibly returned to Sri Lanka after being denied asylum overseas continues to be a significant concern.”In 2013, then-prime minister Stephen Harper boycotted the Commonwealth leaders’ summit in Sri Lanka because he had concerns about the human rights abuses being committed by government forces against the Tamil population. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Fire destroys Milton home

Nobody was injured in an overnight fire in Milton that destroyed a home.Firefighters were called to the home on 4th Line south of Britannia Road just after 1 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, the house was completely engulfed. As crews worked to put out the flames, the roof collapsed. Smoke could be seen for kilometres billowing from the building.Firefighters say they were called to the home several weeks ago for an unrelated fire. They don’t believe this fire is suspicious.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,622.91, down 42.79 points):Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT). Grain-handler. Down two cents, or 0.12 per cent, at $16.07 on 10,428,071 shares.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Down seven cents, or 1.67 per cent, at $4.13 on 2,965,649 shares.Tethys Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:TPL). Oil and gas. Unchanged at 65 cents on 2,765,764 shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down 11 cents, or 0.36 per cent, at $30.48 on 2,326,854 shares.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Chartered bank. Down 25 cents, or 0.47 per cent, at $52.41 on 2,232,210 shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 25 cents, or 1.75 per cent, at $14.55 on 2,226,120 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,196.19 up 5.32 points):Canamex Resources Corp. (TSXV:CSQ). Miner. Up eight cents, or 26.23 per cent, at 38.5 cents on 10,543,442 shares.Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 1.06 per cent, at $1.86 on 3,830,795 shares.Companies reporting major news:Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down 17 cents, or 0.41 per cent, at $41.08 on 608,039 shares. Enbridge is proposing to make up to $500-million worth of changes to the design of the Northern Gateway pipeline system to address safety concerns raised by aboriginal groups and others. The pipeline, which already had a $5.5-billion pricetag before Friday’s announcement, has been the focus of intense debate among local communities, environmental groups and politicians. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 20, 2012 5:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Health gap between countries is narrowing but challenges remain – UN report

“Intensive efforts to achieve the MDGs have clearly improved health for people all over the world,” said the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, but with less than 1000 days to go to reach the deadline for achieving the Goals, “it is timely to ask if these efforts have made a difference in reducing the unacceptable inequities between the richest and poorest countries.”Agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the eight MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and the creation of a Global Partnership for Development – all by a deadline of 2015.WHO’s World Health Statistics 2013 report, which compares progress made by countries with the best health status and those with least-favourable health status over the past two decades, shows that considerable progress has been made in the areas of reducing child and maternal deaths, improving nutrition, and reducing deaths and illness from HIV infections, tuberculosis and malaria. The gap in child mortality fell, from 171 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 107 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2011. Countries that had some of the world’s highest child mortality rates in 1990 – including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Laos, Madagascar, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal and Timor-Leste – have improved child survival to such an extent that they no longer belong to that group.However, despite 27 countries having already reached the MDG target, the current rates of progress will not be sufficient to reach the global target of a two-thirds reduction in 1990 levels of child mortality by 2015, the report says.Global statistics on the number of women dying in childbirth also improved, but WHO earned that the global decline rate in maternal deaths – currently at 3 per cent – needs to double to meet the goal of reducing maternal deaths by three-quarters.“Our statistics show that overall the gaps are closing between the most-advantaged and least-advantaged countries of the world,” said Ties Boerma, Director of the Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems at WHO. “However, the situation is far from satisfactory as progress is uneven and large gaps persist between and within countries.”The report noted several key areas to focus on before the MDG deadline including reducing tuberculosis in the countries with the highest rates, addressing increasing rates of diabetes, and ensuring low and middle-income countries have access to affordable medicines.The report contains data from 194 countries on a range of mortality, disease and health system indicators including life expectancy, illnesses and deaths from key diseases, health services and treatments, financial investment in health, as well as risk factors and behaviours that affect health. read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_img 4 Comments Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 9:02 AM By Rónán Duffy Feb 19th 2017, 9:02 AM Image: Johnny Green/PA 11,097 Views EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #HARD NUMBERS: A new poll has shown Fine Gael’s support has slumped and is now eight percentage points behind Fianna Fáil.2. #TRUMP 2020: US President Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally in Florida last night and took aim at “the corrupt system”.3. #SYDNEY: The Irish woman charged with the murder of her fiancé in Australia is to appear in court on Wednesday. (RTÉ)4. #KIM JONG NAM: Malaysian police say four men wanted in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam left the country on the day of the murder.5. #ALL CHANGE: There’s a new plan to ‘rebrand’ the capital’s north inner city as ‘Dublin’s North Central Quarter’6. #SARAH KEANE: The newly-elected Olympic Council of Ireland President says its time for “new blood” in Irish athletics.7. #ISIS FIGHT: Iraqi government forces have launched an offensive to liberate the western part of the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State. (BBC)8. #JUSTICE: A Belfast law firm is to pursue 20 miscarriage of justice cases that allege garda wrongdoing, according to the Sunday Business Post.9. #CROKER: It’s almost 10 years since the historic Ireland-England rugby international at Croke Park, the BBC’s John Inverdale has spoken about his memories of the day. Image: Johnny Green/PA The 9 at 9: Sunday Catch up with the top stories this Sunday morning. Share4 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Warehouse ’23 to host First Citizen reception

first_imgTickets are available for the First Citizen award ceremony honoring Clark College President Bob Knight. The reception is 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at Warehouse ’23, 100 Columbia St., the site of the former Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.Tickets are $35 at and at the door.Knight’s nomination focuses on his military service, career at Clark College and as “one of the most active community volunteers in our region,” as described by former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard. Twenty-nine letters of support, including seven from former First Citizens, were submitted as part of the nomination.The reception is sponsored by the Community Foundation and The Columbian.last_img read more

San Diego Convention Center Update

first_img Updated: 7:26 PM Posted: April 1, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter April 1, 2019 Steve Bosh center_img Steve Bosh, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s years-long-effort to expand the Convention Center has suddenly gotten a lot more difficult.The city decided not to make a 9.4 million dollar payment to gain control of the land needed for expansion.The leaseholder on the five acres of land the city needs for expansion, is held by Fifth Avenue Landing Company, which is committed to building two hotels on the site. Last year the city agreed to pay Fifth Avenue 33 million dollars for the lease, if the voters approved a hotel tax increase that was to happen in 2018.The city was to make three payments this year, the first being 9.4 million, but the vote was delayed until 2020.The land is owned by the port and was leased to 5th avenue in 2010. Five years later, the city wanted to buy the lease from 5th Avenue for 14 million dollars, but defaulted on the payment and the lease reverted back to 5th avenue.The 14 million dollars it would have cost the taxpayers to get the lease in 2015, is now 33 million in 2019. San Diego Convention Center Updatelast_img read more

De De Pyaar De day 5 box office collection Ajay Devgns film

first_imgDe De Pyaar De box office collectionTwitterAjay Devgn’s latest release De De Pyaar De has completed its day 5 at the Indian box office, and its collection has crossed Rs 50 crore mark on Tuesday.De De Pyaar De has had an average start at the domestic market as it had collected Rs 10.41 crore (including paid previews on Thursday) on its opening day. Owing to positive word of mouth, the film had witnessed a decent growth in its business over the weekend.The romantic comedy had collected Rs13.39 crore on Saturday, followed by Rs 14.74 crore on Sunday. Although De De Pyaar De suffered a major dip as the weekdays started that was obvious, the film managed to rake in decent moolah on fourth and fifth day as well.De De Pyaar De collected Rs 6.19 crore on Monday, taking its collection to Rs 44.73 crore. The film was just a few crore away from reaching the first milestone of Rs 50 crore, which it crossed on Tuesday.”#DeDePyaarDe crosses ₹ 50 cr on Day 5… Trends strongly on weekdays… Fri 10.41 cr [incl Thu previews], Sat 13.39 cr, Sun 14.74 cr, Mon 6.19 cr, Tue 6.10 cr. Total: ₹ 50.83 cr. India biz. #DDPD,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.With a screen count of 3,100 across India, De De Pyaar De collected Rs 5.50 crore on its day 5, crossing half century at the Indian box office, according to early estimates. Exact figures are awaited.Although the numbers are quite average as compared to Ajay’s other films, De De Pyaar De is still running well considering the limited budget. Apart from Ajay, the movie also features Tabu and Rakul Preet in key roles.last_img read more

Sympathy For White Austin Bomber Stirs Debate About Race

first_imgPhoto by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty ImagesPolice barricade the area surrounding the home of suspected Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt March 21, 2018 in Pflugerville, Texas. Conditt blew himself up near a hotel on Interstate 35 in the early morning hours of March 21 after police SWAT teams closed in on him.When a law enforcement official described a cellphone recording left by the Austin serial bomber as “the outcry of a very challenged young man,” the remark caused an outcry of its own.Because the bomber was white, some people almost immediately questioned whether the same level of compassion would have been afforded a person of color.“Here you have a case of a young white male who killed and injured people of color, and we’re culturally more concerned about his story, about his life, about what led him to take these lives,” said David Leonard, professor in the department of critical culture, gender and race studies at Washington State University. “It’s a striking reminder of a racial empathy gap that persists.”For many observers and activists, the comments about Mark Anthony Conditt were just the latest example in which a white suspect seemed to receive an injection of humanity that is less often extended to blacks, Muslims and others.Conditt kept the Texas capital in a state of fear for weeks, planting five bombs that killed two people and badly wounded four others. The 23-year-old community college dropout died Wednesday after setting off a bomb inside his SUV as police were about to arrest him.Investigators said his motive was still unclear, despite the discovery of the 25-minute cellphone recording in which talked about the bombs.Authorities have avoided calling the attacks terrorism, which can have specific definitions in law enforcement contexts. U.S. law defines a terrorist as having ties to a foreign entity, such as the Islamic State or other known terror groups. Homegrown extremist groups such as neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan are not labeled that way, even if they employ similar tactics of violence and intimidation.Texas blast suspect Mark Anthony Conditt is seen in this undated handout photo released by Austin Community College in Austin, Texas, U.S. March 21, 2018. Photo by Austin Community College/Handout via REUTERSSimilarly, when Stephen Craig Paddock was identified as the gunman who rained bullets down on a Las Vegas concert last fall, the white retired accountant was characterized as a “lone wolf.” That label has also been attached to other mass killers who acted alone, including Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooter James Holmes, a white man who killed a dozen people in 2012.On the recording, Conditt “does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate,” Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said. “But instead, it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life that led him to this point.”The reaction on social media was swift.“Remember how they talked about innocent black children like Trayvon (Martin), Tamir (Rice) or young men like Freddy Gray,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said on Twitter, adding, “I believe passionately in acknowledging the humanity of those who commit even terrible crimes. Reading this police chief’s empathy for this young white man highlights the awfulness — the plain awfulness — of the persistent refusal to extend this empathy to young black people.”Among the cases often cited is that of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old fatally shot by a white officer in August 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.Brown got into a scuffle with then-officer Darren Wilson after Wilson yelled at Brown and a friend to get out of the street where they were walking. Wilson said that when he shot Brown, the teen was moving menacingly toward him. Some witnesses said Brown was surrendering.The initial unrest erupted after Brown’s body lay in the street for hours in the summer heat. More protests gripped the Missouri town after a grand jury in declined to charge Wilson, who later resigned. The Justice Department also cleared him, but an investigation by that agency uncovered patterns of racial bias and profiling in Ferguson’s police and courts.Some critics have also taken exception to media coverage that included Conditt’s friends and family describing him as nerdy and kind.“Language is always shot through with power dynamics. What this shows us is the way that we can talk about people determines how we can treat them,” said Koritha Mitchell, an associate professor in the English department at Ohio State University. “Because we are determined to treat white men as citizens no matter what, to treat them as people who belong in the fold no matter what, that is the reason we will not use words like ‘terrorist.’”The Rev. Yvette Griffin, a black Detroit pastor, said blacks and Muslims don’t seem to get the same presumption of innocence as other suspects.“The words are kinder and gentler” for whites, she said. Sharelast_img read more

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