Millions vote in LS battle BJP worker killed

first_imgNew Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi were among the millions who voted on Sunday in the sixth and penultimate round of the Lok Sabha elections in which a BJP worker was killed in West Bengal. Kovind flashed his inked finger after exercising his franchise along with his wife at a polling booth at the Rashtrapati Bhawan as voters trooped to polling booths in large numbers in 59 constituencies across seven states. The polling began at 7 a.m. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework A total electorate of 10.17 crore is eligible to vote in the 14 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, 10 in Haryana, eight each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, seven in Delhi and four in Jharkhand. Nearly 40 per cent of the electorate had voted till 2 p.m. A BJP activist was killed in Jhargram in West Bengal while Trinamool Congress supporters sustained bullet injuries at Keshpur in West Midnapore district as a number of incidents of violence were reported in the state. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen In Uttar Pradesh, where the contest is intense between the BJP and the SP-BSP alliance with the Congress becoming the third factor, street clashes were reported both in Jaunpur and Sultanpur, where Union Minister Maneka Gandhi is the BJP candidate. In this phase, the BJP is defending 45 seats — seven in Bihar, eight in Haryana, all four in Jharkhand, seven in Madhya Pradesh, 12 in Uttar Pradesh and all seven in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has already voted in Gujarat, urged everyone to vote and added that youngsters should do so in record numbers. “After all, their participation makes the polls even more special.” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah made a similar appeal, saying India needed a “strong government again”. He underlined that the Modi government had transformed India from being a terror-stricken country to one that enemies were now scared of. Rahul Gandhi asserted after voting — he went walking to the polling booth — that his party was set to win the mammoth battle. Accusing Modi of injecting hatred and asserting that the Congress spread love, he said: “Love is going to win.” He declined to comment on the number of seats the Congress could get. “The people will decide that.” Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal voted with his wife after urging voters to reject “hatred”. Sonia Gandhi and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi also voted in the national capital. Prominent among the 979 candidates include three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who faces state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari in Delhi North East, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav from Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh against BJP’s Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in Bhopal, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir (BJP) in East Delhi against AAP’s Atishi and Olympian boxer Vijendra Singh (Congress) in South Delhi against AAP’s Raghav Chadha and incumbent MP Ramesh Bidhuri. Also contesting are Union Ministers Maneka Gandhi, from UP’s Sultanpur, Radha Mohan Singh from Bihar’s East Champaran, Harsh Vardhan from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk and Rao Inderjeet Singh from Gurugram, Congress General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia from Madhya Pradesh’s Guna and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda from Sonipat. Bengali film hero Deepak Adhikari ‘Dev’ (Trinamool Congress) will lock horns with the BJP’s Bharati Ghosh, a former IPS officer and once a trusted lieutenant of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in Ghatal. The Trinamool had won all the eight seats going voting on Sunday in West Bengal. The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections started on April 11 and will end on May 19. The vote count will take place on May 23.last_img read more

Reverend Jesse Jackson Praises Moroccos Role in SouthSouth Cooperation

Rabat – Present at the fourth edition of the Crans Montana Forum, America’s Reverend Jesse Jackson joined the already long lists of prominent international figures who have been saluting Morocco’s role in promoting south-south cooperation.The icon of civil rights movements, who seized the opportunity of his opening speech at the Forum, spoke highly of the role Morocco has played in recent years to defend Africa in international fora.Reverend Jackson also said that an event such as the one Morocco organized in Dakhla is a much-needed step towards the South taking responsibility for itself. The political solutions to reduce the broadening gap between the global North and South, Jesse Jackson argued, should essentially come from the South. He also spoke of Morocco and its recent political reforms as a source of inspiration for others in Africa.In his speech, the civil rights champion put a particular emphasis on Morocco’s investments in sub-Saharan Africa, saying that with an awe-inspiring figure of $4.5 billion, Morocco is a top investor in the continent’s path towards sustainable growth and improved living standards.Jesse Jackson concluded his speech by shedding lights on the scholarships and training possibilities that Morocco has been providing for many fellow African nations. In this regard, Reverend Jackson said that the Kingdom is a “light bearer of African solidarity.” read more

Board member top fundraiser in cancer ride

John Suk, centre, with members of the Nycomed teamJohn Suk, a member of Brock’s Board of Trustees, has raised thousands of dollars in support of the Walker Family Cancer Centre.Suk was the highest individual fundraiser in the Big Move Cancer Ride, an event held Sept. 12. The event includes a 50 or 100-kilometre cycle through the Niagara Region.Suk raised $16,445.60 as an individual. His company’s team, Nycomed, placed in the top five with $30,347.60.The event raised $410,000 in total.Links:• The Big Move Cancer Ride• Emotions surface at finish line — St. Catharines Standard read more

Turner named AP Player of the Year

After Ohio State was ousted in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, junior Evan Turner’s dream of hoisting a National Championship trophy this weekend fell by the wayside.However, the Buckeye point guard was in Indianapolis accepting a different trophy.He was named the AP’s Player of the Year Friday, receiving 54 of the 65 votes, and is OSU’s first recipient of the award since Gary Bradds in 1964. Turner led the Buckeyes in nearly every statistical category this season, and averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists.Kentucky’s John Wall finished second with nine votes, and West Virginia’s Deshaun Butler and Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody each received one vote apiece.The award could be the first of several for Turner, not the least of which may come Monday night, when the Naismith National Player of the Year is announced. read more

Expansion of services in groundwater management for mines

first_imgInternational environmental firm SLR Consulting continues to expand the services it offers in southern Africa with the acquisition of Bittner Water Consult (BIWAC), a groundwater consulting firm based in Namibia. The deal is SLR’s fifth acquisition in 20 months and its third in southern Africa in the last year, following the purchase of environmental consultancy Metago and engineering firm GreenEng. Water treatment, management and delivery is the subject of an ever-popular International Mining article, this year in the March issue and tomorrow is the deadline for any editorial contributions to the article.BIWAC specialises in the sustainable development, protection and management of ground and surface water resources. Recent projects include the groundwater modelling of the Omitiomire copper mine area for Craton Mining and Exploration and specialist groundwater input for the EIA to support the developing Otjikoto gold mine near Otjiwarongo for AuryxGold.BIWAC does groundwater monitoring and modelling for Langer Heinrich uranium mine in NamibiaOther recent projects include groundwater monitoring for the Marenica uranium mine in the Namib Desert and the development of a regional geohydrological model of the Swakop River catchment as part of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the ‘Uranium Rush’ in the Erongo Region. This was implemented and sponsored by the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the German Geological Survey (BGR).last_img read more

An Post wins new contract to keep delivering social welfare payments

first_imgAN POST WILL deliver cash payments for the Department of Social Protection for at least the next two years and possibly up to six after a new deal was signed.The department say that the contract is worth more than €50 million a year to An Post and was signed as a result of a competitive tender process.It is estimated that as part of the deal An Post will deliver of €9 billion worth of payments to welfare customers next year involving more than 40 million transactions.The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD says that the contract provides certainty for the over 50 per cent of welfare customers who are paid in cash at local posts offices.“This money represents almost 20 per cent of Government day-to-day spending, showing the significance of this hugely important contract,” she said.The department is moving through a phase of significant transformation. The transformation of our local welfare offices into Intreo Centres is key to delivering more modern, efficient and dynamic services to our customers and providing value for taxpayers and the economy.An Post chief executive Donal Connell has pledged that the company will “continue to innovate and invest in next generation systems and products” after he signed the deal with the department.The contract contains the option to extend the initial two-year deal for one or more periods of up to 12 months each, up to a maximum of 6 years in total.Read: Over 141,000 social welfare applications rejected in 2013 >Read: Social housing waiting list falls to almost 90,000 households >Read: Social welfare payments delayed by one day, affecting 32,700 people >last_img read more

Nucléaire le Japon teste la résistance de toutes ses centrales

first_imgNucléaire : le Japon teste la résistance de toutes ses centralesAlors que Tepco tente toujours de stabiliser la situation de la centrale accidentée de Fukushima, le Japon va lancer des tests visant à contrôler la résistance de tout son parc nucléaire. Les pires catastrophes, comme celle qui s’est abattue sur le pays le 11 mars dernier, y seront prises en compte, afin de rassurer la population souligne le gouvernement.Le ministre du commerce japonais, Banri Kaieda, a annoncé le prochain lancement de tests sur la sécurité des centrales nucléaires nippones. Comme le rapporte le site du Parisien, ces tests visent à contrôler la résistance des sites face à des catastrophes naturelles majeures telles que celle qui a frappé le Japon le 11 mars dernier, mais aussi face à des attaques terroristes, la chute d’un avion, voire la combinaison de plusieurs évènements. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéSi peu de temps après l’accident de Fukushima, le Japon a déjà mené des contrôles, cette nouvelle campagne de tests a pour but de “rassurer davantage la population”, et ainsi pouvoir relancer les réacteurs arrêtés depuis la catastrophe, a indiqué Banri Kaieda. Aujourd’hui, la majorité des villes japonaises dans lesquelles des centrales nucléaires sont implantées refusent de donner leur accord pour le redémarrage des réacteurs. Elles attendent les résultats des tests pour prendre leur décision. Or, l’enjeu est aussi économique. Jusqu’alors, le pays couvrait 30% de ses besoins en électricité grâce au nucléaire. A ce jour, seuls 19 des 54 réacteurs nippons sont en fonctionnement. Et d’après Banri Kaieda, ce déficit d’approvisionnement en électricité pourrait ralentir la reconstruction du Tohoku, région du nord-est du Japon dévastée par le séisme et le tsunami qui ont fait près de 23.000 morts et disparus.Des restrictions de consommation En attentant le résultat des contrôles de sécurité du parc nucléaire, les autorités japonaises ont imposé d’importantes économies d’électricité dans les régions de Tokyo et du nord-est, afin de compenser l’arrêt des réacteurs. Une restriction qui sera appliquée pendant tout l’été. Le 6 juillet 2011 à 19:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

LiPhone 6 sous iOS 7 dévoilé sur un site de développeurs

first_imgL’iPhone 6 sous iOS 7 dévoilé sur un site de développeurs ?Un identifiant et un visuel apparus sur le site montrerait “l’iPhone 6.1”, un appareil en test fonctionnant avec le prochain système d’exploitation d’Apple. Alors, info ou intox ?Il y a quelques jours, le cabinet Jefferies créait la sensation sur la Toile en expliquant qu’un iPhone 6 était actuellement en phase de test entre les murs de la firme de Cupertino, en Californie.Et bien le site Maypalo va encore plus loin puisqu’il affirme, par le biais de l’apparition d’une nouvelle référence, la 6.1, et surtout, d’un nouveau visuel, que ce fameux smartphone fonctionnerait sous iOS7, c’est à dire le successeur de l’actuel système d’exploitation d’Apple, iOS 6.Avec iOS 7, plus de pixels perdus !À voir la photo, et dans le cas où elle ne serait pas un trucage, le visuel affiche un iPhone qui fonctionne sur réseau 4G LTE (comme l’iPhone 5), et affiche tour à tour Météo, paramètres de connexion réseau et système comme l’activation et désactivation des réseaux 4G LTE et bluetooth ou le réglage de la luminosité de l’écran. Il arbore également le niveau de la batterie, le calendrier ou encore l’utilisation de la mémoire de stockage ainsi que les messages et appels. Bref, plus de pixels perdus sur le grand écran de l’iPhone !Affichage d’icônes personnalisables ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Du fait de la variabilité des informations, on peut se demander si l’affichage de la page d’accueil ne serait pas personnalisable, dans leur agencement, leur positionnement, leur type et leur nombre, ce qui soulignerait le fait de ne plus gaspiller de l’espace d’écran, mais qui pourrait donc forcément perdre en lisibilité. Le juste équilibre étant sûrement à la charge d’iOS, ce dernier limitant sûrement le nombre d’objets à l’écran.Une crédibilité qui ne pourrait être remise en causeBien évidemment, on pourrait croire à un hoax. En effet, parler d’iPhone 6 sous iOS 7 c’est come annoncer le Galaxy S5 alors que les fans de Samsung attendent la présentation du S4 ! Mais pourtant, le site Maypalo affirme que la signature numérique du visuel serait celle…d’Apple. Elle ne souffrirait donc d’aucune contestation possible et sauf démenti de la part de la firme, il s’agirait donc bien de la première photo de l’iPhone 6…Et d’iOS 7. De plus, la source indiquerait que les tests seraient assez avancés puisqu’ ils se pencheraient sur l’installation d’applications sur le nouvel OS et qu’une sortie serait prévue dans la première moitié de 20013.Il s’agirait donc là d’un vrai scoop pour commencer l’année.Le 3 janvier 2013 à 13:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Regina Is Still the Best Mom on Once Upon a Time

first_img Now that the first big twist of the season is out of the way, Once Upon a Time can start really digging into how this new curse came to be. While it’s still saving most of the details for a future big reveal, the show no longer has to pretend that Lady Tremaine is the ultimate bad guy. We can start to see what led Drizella to cast the curse again, and how she improved upon the Evil Queen’s original design. Her plan is way more complicated than Regina’s ever was. So far, the show’s handling that complication well, only revealing one small detail at a time. The result is that we’re not left feeling confused because the show explicitly tells us that we don’t have all the information yet. OUAT has always done things this way. It only gets frustrating when they’re so obviously dancing around information. Like at the end of this episode.Now that we know Drizella is actually the one in charge, the season can finally start to tell her story. It’s a rough one. One of the things I worried about with this season was that the apparent villain had no redeeming qualities. As much fun as it was watching Victoria Belfrey act like one of the bad guys from Captain Planet, she always felt like a diet version of Regina from season one. Now, we have Drizella, who is much more fleshed out. Like any good fairy tale villain she has her reasons for doing what she’s doing. She’s still evil, but we can at least identify with her more. Just like Regina, she’s had a rough life with an overbearing, uncaring mother. Just like Regina, she intentionally darkens her heart because of it. The difference between the two is that Drizella still directs her anger at the person who hurt her. She just doesn’t care who else gets hurt along the way.Adelaide Kane (Photo by Jack Rowand/ABC)This was one of those episodes where the flashbacks were way better than the main story. We got a cool scene of Henry and Cinderella fighting off a group of bandits with motorcycle repair tools. Aside from being a well-directed fight scene, it set up two plot points to come later in the episode. One is a scene where Henry and Jacinda fix up her food truck. The other is more important: Regina’s empty nest syndrome. Henry is all grown up now, and he doesn’t need his mother’s magic to protect him. So, while Henry’s off leading the resistance, Regina finds someone else who needs help: Drizella. This is where the story gets interesting. Regina finds a young woman being attacked by a living plant. She dispels the plant with her magic only to find out that she saved Drizella. That’s when we learn all about Drizella’s backstory.Like all good villains on Once Upon a Time, Drizella wasn’t born evil. Her mother always treated her like a second-class kid. Clearly, Anastasia was the favorite, even in death. Drizella assumed it was because she had magic, and that her mother hated it. That’s why she summoned that monster plant. She was trying to practice a skill her mother discouraged. Regina agrees to train Drizella, and it goes pretty well. Henry may be all grown up, but Regina is still a great mom. It’s only after a brief conversation with the reformed Rumplestiltskin that she realizes: nothing in this kingdom goes on without Lady Tremaine knowing about it. She and Drizella consult a magic mirror and find out that Tremaine wants Drizella to learn magic and become a true believer. That way, she can use Drizella’s heart to revive Anastasia. That’s way more messed up than anything Cora ever did.Robert Carlyle (Photo by Jack Rowand/ABC)That’s why, as great a mom as Regina is, she can’t undo years of trauma. Drizella brings the Prince into Tremaine’s tower and kills him right in front of her. With her heart darkened, it can no longer revive Anastasia. She’s not done yet, though. She announces her plan to make her mother suffer, to compound her suffering and agony. And to do that, she uses another lesson Regina unwittingly taught her: The Dark Curse. As origin stories go, this was one of Once Upon a Time’s better ones. It took a story were told all the way back in season one and twisted it into something new. That’s something this season is really good at. Every week, I continue to be impressed that, even in its seventh year, this show can make the familiar feel fresh. And, just as this show’s always done so well, it ends each episode with us desperately wanting to know what happened next.Well, that was the case for the flashbacks anyway. If they made up the entire episode, it would have been a fine one. This week, the present day scenes didn’t really hold up their end of the bargain. Hook continues his investigation, but it just kind of stalled out. Alice gave him a new way of thinking about the missing girl case, and it led him to a dead man with that mysterious symbol tattooed on his wrist. It’s clearly going somewhere with all this, but there wasn’t enough forward momentum in the story this week to make us really care about it.Lana Parrilla, Adelaide Kane (Photo by Jack Rowand/ABC)As far as Henry’s story goes, it was mostly inconsequential. Regina’s efforts to figure out the photo were written solely to twist a knife in the hearts of longtime fans. What with her wishing she had a son, Henry wishing he’d had a mom, telling her she’d be a great one… This kind of fan torture is fun, but I wish it had a point beyond that. She pushes him to ask Jacinda out on a date, and he does. He pulls a Say Anything, but the moment doesn’t have any weight to it. It feels like an empty reference, rather than a grand romantic gesture. Probably because they haven’t really gone through any emotional turmoil that we’ve seen. Also, Henry keeps talking about John Hughes movies, which confuses the reference even more. Hey show, Say Anything was Cameron Crowe. John Hughes had nothing to do with it. In the end, she agrees to have a date with him. Said date involves fixing up her new food truck. It’s really cute, despite the fact that her food truck may or may not be a former meth lab.As this show does so well, even a lackluster collection of Seattle scenes leaves us intrigued and wanting to know more. Right at the end, Drizella brings Regina out of the curse. It appears she’s taken the story of the first curse to heart and found a way to make it hero-proof. Or at least more hero-proof than Regina is. She frustratingly dances around exactly what she’s done, which makes the scene extra awkward. Both Drizella and Regina talk as if there’s some secret they don’t want to say aloud even though they’re the only two people in the bar. They speak with an obnoxious vagueness that makes it so obvious that this scene only exists to draw out a big reveal for later in the season. All we’re given for now is that Drizella is somehow threatening Henry so that Regina will do her bidding. And for now, that bidding includes keeping Henry and Jacinda apart. It’s just bad writing, but hopefully, the show feels a little more forthcoming next week, when it has a full two hours to tell its story.Also, Seattle inaccuracy of the week: A restaurant sells pizza by the slice, and it’s good? That’s… not the Seattle I know. Now, if Henry had been eating teriyaki, we’d have something. Once Upon a Time’s Finale Was Everything We Loved About an Imperfect ShowHenry Screws Everything Up Again on Once Upon a Time Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Sea Turtle With Spear Through Head Found in Florida National Park

first_img Two-Headed Sea Turtle Hatchling Found on South Carolina BeachWatch: Biologists Rescue Loggerhead Sea Turtle Entangled in Buoy Line Stay on target A dead sea turtle with a spear shaft through its head was found in Biscayne National Park in Florida, officials from the National Park Service said Tuesday.Biscayne National Park Marine Patrol Officers said they are investigating the “poached” turtle and asked for the public’s help in finding those responsible for  killing the federally and state-protected animal.center_img The turtle, believed to be a green sea turtle, was discovered by fishermen on the ocean side of Elliot Key Friday afternoon, a park’s service law enforcement ranger told the Miami Herald.All species of sea turtles are either endangered or threatened, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Florida’s Marine Turtle Protection Act.Killing a sea turtle in violation of those acts can result in both criminal and civil offenses. If convicted, the person can face a criminal up to one year in prison and/or a fine up to $100,000, according to Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.“If you have any information about the poached sea turtle, please contact Biscayne National Park dispatch at 305-242-7740,” the park posted on its Facebook page.Watch: Chill Turtle Takes GoPro on a Leisurely Swim Through Great Barrier ReefMore on Biologists Rescue Loggerhead Sea Turtle Entangled in Buoy LineAll the Sea Turtles in This Study Had Microplastics in Their GutsRecord-Setting, 62-Pound Alligator Snapping Turtle Found in Mississippilast_img read more

Another Baird briefly tries for congress

first_imgBryan Baird of Vancouver filed Friday afternoon for the 3rd District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Brian Baird.Clever, right? But Bryan-with-a-y’s campaign was a short-lived lesson in civics.The graduate of Columbia River High School doesn’t turn 25 — the minimum age to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives — until March. At first it seemed as if he may have just wasted the $1,740 filing fee (filing fees are one percent of the annual salary of the position), and his filing set staffers at the Secretary of State’s and Attorney General’s offices scrambling. Do they just reject his filing? Or would another candidate have to formally challenge Baird’s eligibility?Stephanie Horn, deputy communications director for Secretary of State Sam Reed, said late Friday afternoon that Reed decided to simply reject the filing and refund the filing fee.Baird, who filed as an independent, could not be reached for comment. By the 5 p.m. deadline to file for the Aug. 17 primary, his name had been deleted from the online list of candidates.Even with the disqualification of the youngster, there’s no shortage of people vying for Baird’s seat.Six candidates filed, including Jaime Herrera, a Camas Republican who opted to run for Baird’s seat rather than try to keep her 18th District state Legislature position, and David Hedrick, a Camas Republican and Tea Party activist.Other candidates are Democrat Denny Heck of Olympia, Republican David Castillo of Olympia, Democrat Cheryl Crist of Olympia and Norma Jean Stevens, an independent from Ocean Park.last_img read more

NDAA Roundup Readiness Panel Wants to Increase Privatized Housing Oversight

first_img ADC AUTHOR House Armed Services subcommittees are continuing to mark up the fiscal 2020 defense policy bill. Recent subcommittee actions include:The Readiness subcommittee plans to increase oversight of privatized military housing in its fiscal 2020 defense policy legislation, but current provider contracts are limiting its reach. The subcommittee has dropped language addressing the contracts for fear of sparking litigation, according to a CQ report.The Readiness panel’s draft bill would prohibit installations from using PFAS-based firefighting foam in nonemergency situations. It also would require DOD to transition away from using the chemicals, which have been found in drinking water.The Military Personnel subcommittee advanced its portion of the bill Tuesday. It authorizes a 3.1% pay raise for troops, a basic needs allowance for certain low-income troops and higher reimbursements for military spouses earning new job certifications and licenses when moving base to base.The Personnel panel’s draft approves the administration’s request to increase troops by 7,700 next year. Active-duty levels would increase by 6,215, and reserve levels would increase by 1,507.The Seapower subcommittee’s draft language would block the Navy from retiring the aircraft carrier USS Truman early. The Navy had requested retiring the Truman in its 2020 budget and using the savings to pay for advanced technologies such as unmanned vessels. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both said the administration supports refueling the Truman instead of retiring it.last_img read more

Bangalorebased Mobile Payment Service Provider Ezetap Acquires Hyderabadbased Royalty Startup Clinknow

first_imgEzetap, the Bangalore-based mobile payment service provider, has acquired Clinknow, a Hyderabad-based startup which helps retailers target customers according to the buying pattern.Clinknow analyses transaction data and builds predictive model to target customers according to shopping history. The acquisition will enable Ezetap to guide retailers create new offers by following information provided by them. Clinknow will help target and acquire customers, using shopper graphic filters, spending behaviour, locations and demographics.According to the company’s website it has worked with over 700 retailers. Clinknow was founded by BITS Pilani alumni Abhishek Nayak and Arpit Mohan. According to VCCircle, this company is their second venture, as prior to this they had co-founded Gharpay Technology Service Private Ltd. in 2011, which collects payments from e-commerce firms.”Small and medium merchants who have not access to state of art loyalty solutions until now will see increased footfalls and customer satisfaction. The integration of loyalty and offers is a natural extension of the point of sale,” Abhijit Bose, Ezetap CEO, told The Economic Times.In March 2014, Ezetap received funds from American Express, to accelerate its global growth across Asia and Africa. The funding came one month after the company received $8 million in Series B round of funding led by Helion Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors The Social+Capital Partnership and New York-based Berggruen Holdings.Ezetap, founded in 2011 by Bose and Bhaktha Keshavachar, currently serves companies in e-commerce, payments, collections, insurance and other sectors of financial inclusion.The Ezetap card reader device turns a smartphone into an intelligent Point of Sale (POS), which can read all cards for online transactions. The Ezetap card reader can be connected to any smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, USB or audio jack. A customer has to pay a fixed monthly fee to avail unlimited transaction benefits.AngelPrime launched Ezetap’s mobile POS solution in 2012, priced $50. In an interview with ProductNation, AngelPrime stated that they develop the hardware in India, instead of the usual approach of going to China.last_img read more

Meet Abby Stein the exHasidic transgender rabbi

first_imgNevertheless, as a Jew, Stein still has a connection to Israel despite being ex-communicated from her family.‘It’s something personal. And that is a big part of the reason why so much of what’s going on here, the problems, bother me so much more.’Secret Google searchesFrom a young age, Stein says she felt like a girl. She didn’t know that being transgender was a possibility until she secretly used the internet for the first time at age 20. On a computer at the public library, she Googled ‘how does a boy become a girl?’In Stein’s Hasidic community, which she describes as ‘the most gender-segregated society in North America and likely the world,’ she was forced into rigid gender roles. This meant that, aside from family, one was not to interact with members of the opposite sex. She became ordained as a rabbi at age 18, got married at age 19, and had her first child at age 20. Shortly after this, she began her transition.Since leaving the Hasidic community, Stein has noticed how the LGBTI community is largely ignored in those circles.‘If they started hating us, that’d mean recognizing we exist,’ she joked.LGBTI and Rabbinical literatureDuring her recent lecture in Tel Aviv, Stein reviewed various Rabbinic literature discussing gender. The Mishnah, for instance, describes six distinct sexes. The same goes for Shulhan Aruch, which also permits cross-dressing during the holiday of Purim.Since coming out as trans, Stein has attempted to share these texts with her father, who is still convinced that Judaism and LGBTI acceptance are incompatible.Nevertheless, Stein is determined to show the world that Judaism and the LGBTI community can go hand-in-hand.‘You are not alone. You can do it. We can do it,’ she said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . While over 20,000 people marched on 2 August for Jerusalem Pride, there are some ultra-Orthodox Jews who believe that celebrating the LGBTI community has no place in Judaism. Ex-Hasidic transgender Rabbi Abby Stein GAYSTARNEWS- Ex-Hasidic and trans rabbi Abby Stein seeks the opportunity to let other LGBTI Jews know they’re not alone.BackgroundStein, 26, was raised in Brooklyn’s tight-knit Hasidic community. She is a descendant of the the Baal Shem Tov, which founded the Hasidic movement in Poland 250 years ago. What’s more, she’s the first openly transgender woman raised in a Hasidic community.Stein received her rabbinical degree 2011 from the Viznitz Yeshiva in Kiamesha Lake in the Catskills, making her the first openly trans woman to be ordained by an Orthodox institution.Coming out and leaving the Hasidic worldShe left her Hasidic family in 2012 and has had minimal contact with them since. In fact, some have even shunned her.In 2015, Stein founded the first support group for trans people coming from an Orthodox background. Stein has since given over 150 lectures about her experience leaving the Hasidic community to audiences across the United States and Israel.Stein wears many hats as a rabbi, author, speaker, blogger, educator, activist, and model. She currently studies political science and gender studies at Columbia University.‘I definitely don’t feel like I’m part of that community anymore, and they obviously don’t see me as such,’ Stein told the Jerusalem Post following a visit to her great grandfather’s synagogue in the Hasidic Mea She’arim area of Jerusalem.center_img Chief Rabbi publishes groundbreaking guidance for LGBTI students in Orthodox schoolsThis Orthodox Rabbi took a job at an LGBTI synagogue in New YorkIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Air Canada gives clients easy access to the western side of Ireland

first_imgAir Canada gives clients easy access to the western side of Ireland Tags: Air Canada, Ireland, New Routes Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Michael Smith Posted bycenter_img Share TORONTO — Air Canada prolonged St. Paddy’s Day celebrations from the weekend with an event in Toronto last night, during which the airline promoted new routes to the Emerald Isle.New flights and extra capacity include Air Canada’s new nonstop Toronto-Shannon and Montreal-Dublin routes starting this summer, and the Vancouver-Dublin and Toronto-Dublin routes moving to the mainline Air Canada product.“It’s been a long time, almost 10 years since Air Canada last flew into Shannon from Toronto,” said Declan Power, Head of Aviation Development, Shannon Airport. “Even by Irish standards, that’s a long courtship.“We’ve been engaged with them for the last 10 years and now we’re delighted to know that the wedding will finally take place on the 4th of June when Air Canada will come back into Shannon.”Jim Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada was also in attendance, and was credited with creating stronger ties between Ireland and Canada in both business and travel. “Connectivity is the lifeblood of trade, connectivity is the lifeblood of tourism, and both have flourished more than ever in recent years,” he said.More news:  Experience Ireland: the Emerald Isle’s mythical talesThe new routes will continue to expand the capacity that Ireland has been enjoying from airlines in recent years. The Shannon route, in particular, will add convenience to many tours that start and/or end on the western side of the island.For more information, go to << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

2 car bombs kill 10 people in Iraq

first_imgBAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say two separate car bombs inside parking lot of two hotels have killed 10 people in the capital Baghdad.Police officials say a car bomb exploded in the parking lot of Babil Hotel late Thursday, killing six people and wounding 14 others.About one minute later, a second car bomb blast inside the parking lot of Cristal Hotel, formerly Sheraton, killed four people and wounded 13 others. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories center_img Sponsored Stories Medical officials confirmed the causality figures from both attacks. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.Nobody claimed responsibility, but Iraq is seeing almost daily attacks that have been frequently claimed by Islamic State group that seized large swath of the country during a blitz last year.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals released running back Adrian Peterson Tuesday.He was acquired from the New Orleans Saints in October after David Johnson was placed on injured reserve with a broken wrist he suffered in Week 1.As part of the trade, the Cardinals sent New Orleans a conditional sixth-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Related LinksArizona Cardinals expected to waive running back Adrian PetersonArizona Cardinals officially sign quarterback Sam BradfordThe 32-year-old appeared in six games for the Cardinals in 2017, rushing for 448 yards and two touchdowns on 129 attempts. He also had nine receptions for 66 yards. His season was cut short after he was placed on injured reserve due to a neck injury he suffered in the Cardinals’ Week 12 contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars.According to, the Cardinals are freeing up over $2.88 million in cap space by releasing Peterson.With the league year set to begin on Wednesday, there is expected to be multiple roster moves made early in the week.The move was first reported to likely happen on Jan. 31 and again on Monday. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) runs with the ball chased by Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during the second half of an NFL football game at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

New yellow warning for high temperatures

first_imgThe Department of Meteorology issued a “yellow warning” for extreme high temperatures in Cyprus on Sunday, noting that the maximum temperature inland is expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius.The warning is valid until 5pm.The Department of Meteorology warns over possible health risks amongst the elderly and the very young.The maximum temperature in Nicosia is expected to reach 40C and above every day until next weekend.You May LikeBMCIntegrating DevOps With Service Management Is the FutureBMCUndoNinjaJournalistNew Scientific Evidence Points Scholars To Real Location Of Noah’s ArkNinjaJournalistUndoZipHearingSwiss-Engineered Bluetooth® Hearing Aids Hailed as “Game-Changing” | ZipHearingZipHearingUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoRomanian man missing from Paphos homeUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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