BHU students recall police brutality

first_imgThe Banaras Hindu University on Sunday suspended its academic session and advanced its mid-semester break for Dussehra hours after police forces lathi charged protesters, most of them women students sitting on a dharna against the alleged inaction and victim-blaming of a fine arts student who was molested on the campus on Thursday. Several students, journalists covering the protest and policemen were injured in the incident.Later on Sunday, social activists and students demanded action against the policemen and the culprits in the molestation case.The varsity now closes for the break on September 25, three days earlier than the scheduled date of September 28, even as the campus remainstense with heavy deployment of police.The students narrated the sequence of events on Saturday night when policemen ran towards those on dharna with batons and chased them from the main gate of the BHU, the protest site. Several students were injured in the police action, which the victims described as brutal and unprovoked.Aparna Chaubey, a third-year undergraduate student of English literature, received injuries on her back. Ms Chaubey said the police attacked the protestors without any warning, adding that the students were lathi-charged twice.First, a delegation of students who had gathered outside the residence of vice-chancellor G.C. Tripathi were pushed out forcefully by the police, following which the forces attacked the main body of protesters.Ms. Chaubey was among those who had gone to the VC to seek an audience, which had been the main demand of the protesters. “But then he told us he would not meet us as he was hurt that the statue of [BHU founder Madan Mohan] Malviyaji had been smeared with blank paint,” Ms. Chaubey said.The varsity, in an official statement, also mentioned the attempted defacing of the statue, saying it was executed by “anti-national forces”. Students, however, said no such act happened and the rumour was spread by the administration to disrupt the protest. Mineshi Mishra, a psychology undergrad student, says the police chased the women and men students into the women’s hostels, beating them indiscriminately. “There was not a single female constable among them even though the protest was by women. We condemn the police violence. We were sitting on a peaceful dharna, demanding security for female students and better lighting facilities on campus,” Ms. Mishra said.Shivangi Chaubey, another student, said the police was so brutal that when a female student fell outside the gate of the women’s hostel, the police beat her with lathis till she got up on her own and ran inside.BHU chief proctor O.N. Singh denied the lathicharge, saying the police acted in self-defence after the group of protesters, which he claimed was full of outsiders and “anti-social elements pelted stones at the security forces and tried to break into the hostels and the lodge of the VC”.“There was no lathicharge. The protesting crowd had a large number of anti-social and miscreant elements in it and they broke the Triveni Gate and tried to enter forcefully. They pelted stones at the police, who acted in their defence. Some policemen also received injuries,” Mr. Singh said.The central varsity alleged the protest by the girl students was “part of a conspiracy” by “totally politically motivated” social and political activists who were using students as “pawns” to defame the institution,”BHU vice-chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi told The Hindu that the protest was “staged” to stain the Varanasi trip of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said the administration was willing to address the “genuine problems” of the students despite the large size of the campus which was open to public use as well but argued that staging a dharna on the street was “not the right way” to communicate.Meanwhile, an FIR was lodged at the Lanka police station against policemen for allegedly assaulting and looting journalists covering the protest and preventing them from visiting the hospital. A case was lodged under Sections 323, 325, 352 and 393 of the Indian Penal Code.A delegation of the UP State accredited correspondents committee apprised Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of the incident after which he instructed the Varanasi divisional commissioner to probe the case. Hemant Tiwari, the president of the UPSACC, visited the four injured Hindi journalists in Varanasi, identified as Alok Pandey, Kaushalendra, Amitesh Srivastava and Arshad Khan.Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav condemned the incident and demanded action against those involved. “The government should use discussion and not force to solve the issue,” he said.Ramayan Patel, convenor of the Joint Action Committee of the BHU students, said the agitation was to demand better security and illuminating all the dark zones in the campus and continuous roundup of guards and installation of CCTV cameras. He also said the students demanded a relaxation of curfew timings for hostels for women, which is at present 8 p.m., and gender sensitisation of administrative staff. Cases of eve-teasing and molestation were common, students said.Meanwhile, a delegations of teachers also took out a candle march in the campus pledging that they would not allow anti-social elements to function in the campus or tolerate any insult to Malviya.U.P. Congress president Raj Babbar and other party leaders were detained by police while they were on the way to BHU.last_img read more

S.F. Defense Beats Giants, 16-10

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Every time the San Francisco offense opened the door for the reeling New York Giants, the 49ers’ defense closed it.Rookie linebacker Chris Borland intercepted a fourth-down pass by Eli Manning at the 49ers 2 with 4:43 to play to cap a goal-line stand and San Francisco defeated New York 16-10 on Nov. 16, sending the error-plagued Giants to their fifth straight loss.“There’s no give-up in our guys,” said Borland, who had two of the five interceptions by the 49ers (6-4). Borland is the first 49ers rookie with two picks in a game. He joined Ken Norton Jr. in 1995 as the only 49ers linebackers with two interceptions in a game over the past 40 years.“We have guys, veterans, who have been there a lot. When it was going tough, we just pressed on and kept looking forward. Back-to-back wins on the road, we’re all excited.”It should have been a lot easier. San Francisco had almost 35 minutes in time of possession and five takeaways, but it had to sweat out a first-and-goal from its 4 to win.Blame that on the 49ers’ offense. Its contribution against a Giants defense that had given up 136 points in its last four games was a 48-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick to Michael Crabtree and three first-half field goals by Phil Dawson.A possible fourth field goal was lost when holder Andy Lee could not catch a snap on a day that 49ers special teams also allowed New York to recover an onside kick.“It was a spectacular performance by our defense today,” San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said. “So many guys stepped up and played great, living in the moment and competing like the dickens and making tremendous and athletic football plays.”The game also marked the return of 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, who was active for the first time after missing the first nine games because of a suspension.Manning threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Larry Donnell on New York’s opening possession, but the Giants (3-7) only got a field goal from Josh Brown the rest of the way. After throwing six interceptions in the Giants’ first nine games, Manning nearly equaled that number while tying a single-game career high against the 49ers.“We made it hard for him,” Smith said of Manning, who was hit twice by the linebacker. “Making him uncomfortable in the pocket and moving him around, pressuring him from everywhere.”The game was decided in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter when Manning drove the Giants from their 35 to the San Francisco 4, where they had a first-and-goal following a spectacular 37-yard leaping catch by rookie Odell Beckham Jr. over Perrish Cox.Three fade patterns to Beckham, Rueben Randle and Donnell fell incomplete. Manning tried to force a pass to Preston Parker on fourth down, but Dontae Johnson tipped the ball and Borland came up with his second pick.“Four shots from the 4-yard line – it’s inexcusable that we didn’t score,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.New York had a chance to take the lead earlier in the quarter, driving to the San Francisco 32. On a second-and-5, Manning and his receiver seemed a little out of synch and Chris Culliver intercepted the pass near the 10.“I have to make better throws,” said Manning, who finished 22 of 45 for 280 yards. “It’s no one else’s fault. I’ve got to protect the ball and not turn it over. I turned it over close a couple of times and that can’t happen.”Michael Wilhoite and Eric Reid also intercepted Manning.The Giants’ opening drive kept them in the game. After recovering a fumble by Frank Gore (19 rushes for 95 yards) at the Giants 37, Manning capped a five-play drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Donnell. It marked the first time in 20 games that New York scored a touchdown on its opening drive.After three field goals by Dawson, San Francisco stretched the lead to 16-7 early in the third quarter when Kaepernick (15 of 29 for 193 yards) found Crabtree across the middle and the receiver outran five defenders for a 48-yard catch-and-run.“We’re trying to take advantage of the opportunities that we have,” Kaepernick said. “We know our backs are against the wall. We have to play every week like it’s our last game.”Brown narrowed the gap to 16-10 with a 43-yard field goal midway through the third quarter and New York seemingly got a boost when it recovered the ensuing onside kick. However, the offense faltered and New York did not make the plays down the stretch.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Barry Sanders will be on the Cover of Madden ’14

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSII’m pretty sure @johnwsnyder said it best yesterday about Barry Sanders being voted onto the cover of the new Madden ’14 video game:I feel like Barry Sanders is more excited to win the cover of Madden than he was to win the Heisman. #okstate— John W Snyder (@johnwsnyder) April 25, 2013Sanders was famously reserved about his 1988 Heisman trophy celebration. OSU was playing Texas Tech in Japan at the time of the announcement (can you imagine the things Johnny Football would do in Japan?) and Pat Jones had to coerce him into accepting the trophy via teleconference.Here’s an excerpt from Sports Illustrated:Like everyone else, Jones is mystified by Sanders’s rare combination of talent and humility. “I don’t think he’d mind getting named the best football player in college; he’d just prefer not to go through the things associated with it,” says the coach.Unfortunately for Sanders, that includes the Heisman ritual, but as late as Saturday morning in Tokyo, Sanders was insisting that he wouldn’t appear on the TV broadcast. He wasn’t a shoo-in to win the award, though the two other leading candidates, both quarterbacks, had stumbled. UCLA’s Troy Aikman was hurt by the Bruins’ losses to Washington State and Southern Cal in nationally televised games. USC’s Rodney Peete had a rough outing in a showdown for No. 1 against Notre Dame two weeks ago on national TV.“It’s just not that big a deal for me,” said Sanders of the Heisman. “And it’s not really fair to so many other people.And the conclusion:At any rate, being the thoughtful guy he is, Sanders wilted under the pressure applied by CBS and Oklahoma State officials, and he finally agreed to do the Heisman show. Sanders walked into the TV studio on Sunday morning looking as though he were about to be publicly flogged. Sitting beside Jones, he stared straight ahead at the cameras. A technician tried to position a monitor next to Sanders so that he could watch the same highlights of himself that viewers back in the States were seeing, but he told the man to turn off the monitor. Sanders, who can fall asleep whenever he feels the need, often naps through team film meetings rather than have to watch himself perform.So who was that man I saw doing First Take a few weeks ago talking about the Madden cover[1. I didn’t actually see him on First Take because I don’t watch the show but I read that he would be on it and presume he was campaigning for the Madden cover because that’s what he’s been doing a lot of lately.]? And who was that man last night tweeting (I mean, Barry Sanders…tweeting?!?) people to vote him over Adrian Peterson in the finale of voting?Even Tiger Woods weighed in:I’m voting for @BarrySanders for the Madden 25 cover #Madden25Barry http://t.co/BOH8ye6bBT— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 24, 2013Here’s a sampling of Barry’s tweets: Getting ready for the live show. pic.twitter.com/otUEdSQxy9— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) April 24, 2013 At the ESPN party with @RayRice27 pic.twitter.com/9imPlgla7b— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) April 25, 2013I’m not hating on Barry, all of this is fine, just quite the juxtaposition from his formative years.Two last thoughts: 1.) I think he’s probably wearing the same suit he wore in 1988 for the Heisman presentation. 2.) If you would have told 1988 Pat Jones “in 25 years there will be this thing you do on your phone where people all over the world can read the thoughts of famous athletes and people and Barry Sanders will be heavily involved” would he have laughed at you or had you committed?Or both?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!center_img Still a few more hours of two for Tuesday tweets… if you want to see me on the cover of Madden 25. I’m almost there. Tweet #Madden25Barry— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) April 17, 2013last_img read more

VOS Pace PSV Slides into the Water

first_imgzoom COSCO Guangdong Shipyard has launched VOS Pace, the first of six Platform Support Vessels (PSV) under construction at the shipyard to be delivered to Vroon Offshore Services (VOS).VOS Pace is an Ulstein PX121 design PSV, currently under construction at the shipyard for Vroon Offshore Services.The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2015 and are intended for operation in European waters.The vessel particulars can be inspected here.VOS is an offshore-services supplier, with the geographical focus primarily on the North Sea, the Mediterranean and South-East Asia.VOS operates approximately 90 vessels in four main categories: platform-supply vessels, anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels, emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV) and subsea-support vessels (SSV).Over 55 new vessels have been delivered to the fleet since 2007, while older vessels have been divested.Press Release; July 1, 2014last_img read more

Saganash discusses his exit from politics Jack Layton and UNDRIP bill We

first_imgNation to NationRomeo Saganash says he has been fighting for Indigenous people most of his life.In fact, he knows when that battle really started.“I started in 1981 with late grand chief Billy Diamond who asked me to work on these issues for his mandate back then,” said Saganash Thursday on the final episode of Nation to Nation this season.That’s why he tabled Bill C-262 in 2016 as it would require Canada to align its laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which articulates the global minimum human rights standards for Indigenous peoples.But it’s not law yet and time is running out. There are just a few weeks left to do it before Parliament breaks for the summer and gears up for the fall federal election.“We are in 2019. This is a place that everybody assumes to be a progressive place called Canada,” said Saganash.His bill, which is endorsed by the Liberals, is currently tied up in the Senate where it’s been for months. Conservative senators are said to be slowing it down.“We could be leaders. Our institutions to refuse this legislation will be probably the most disappointing fact in my life,” said Saganash.To read more on the bill’s current state read this story by APTN News reporter Justin Brake.But Saganash talks about more than the bill.He said when he was first elected in 2011 he always planned on two terms.He also talks about the late Jack Layton recruiting him and what could have been for the NDP if the leader didn’t pass away from cancer.However, he feels the NDP stand a decent chance in the fall election because of the squabbling between the Liberals and Conservatives.But there are more bills trying to beat the clock on Parliament Hill, particularly those affecting Indigenous child welfare and languages.Our political panel takes one last crack at the issues.Liberal MP Dan Vandal and NDP MP Georgina Jolibois sparred over just how much consultation was used to craft the child welfare legislation. The Liberals voted down most amendments to C-92 this week.“First of all, it’s important to note on both C-92, child welfare, and C-91, languages, there was extensive consultation. There was over a thousand (crosstalk), if I can finish my thought without being interrupted. There was over a thousand people consulted from chiefs to grassroots people,” said Vandal who was interrupted by Jolibois.“The witnesses spoke about both pieces of legislation and they need to improve. And again the government dismissing … (Tuesday), the Liberal MP said the work of Dr. Cindy Blackstock wasn’t that significant, wasn’t that important,” said Jolibois.Nation to Nation will be back in the fall right in time for the federal election.last_img read more

AAP alleges horse trading

first_imgNEW DELHI: Hours after Arvind Kejriwal derided what he called the BJP’s attempts to “buy Aam Aadmi Party leaders”, one of his party lawmakers in Delhi joined the ruling party. AAP senior leader Manish Sisodia slammed BJP claiming that they offered money to buy MLAs. “Earlier, we said that BJP has offered Rs 10 crore to our 7 MLAs and here is the proof,” said Manish Sisodia.The exit has hit AAP just days before voting in Delhi on May 12 for the national election. Earlier this week, AAP leader Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, had alleged that seven lawmakers had been offered 10 crores to switch sides. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesArvind Kejriwal on Friday, had hit out at Vijay Goel for saying that 14 AAP lawmakers were in touch with the BJP and ready to switch. “Modi ji, will you topple every government run by an opposition party by buying lawmakers? Is this your definition of democracy? And from where do you bring so much money to buy MLAs? You have tried to buy our MLAs many times. Buying AAP leaders is not easy,” the Delhi Chief Minister said in a tweet. Vijay Goel had refuted AAP leader Manish Sisodia’s allegation of the BJP offering Rs. 10 crore to lawmakers to switch and said AAP lawmakers wanted to quit their party out of “frustration and humiliation”, so the BJP “did not need to buy them”. “The lawmakers want to leave AAP because the party has strayed from its objectives,” Mr Goel claimed.last_img read more

GST regime will not significantly reduce deficits of state govts

first_imgSingapore: Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime in India is not likely to reduce the deficits of state governments significantly, amid large and growing expenditure mandates for the social sector as well as capital spending, says a report. According to S&P Global Ratings the institutional framework for Indian states is evolving, but there is structural deficits due to persistent revenue expenditure mismatch. S&P Global Ratings credit analyst YeeFarn Phua in the report titled “Public Finance System Overview: Indian States” noted that the passage of the GST bill in 2017 is a major overhaul of tax structure and will help to widen the tax base and improve revenues of state governments. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”However, states will continue to run large deficits because a significant part of this imbalance is from the expenditure side. States are unable to cut expenditures because of large and growing expenditure mandates for the social sector as well as capital spending. Therefore, the revenue-expenditure gap will remain large,” said Phua. Further, policy implementation remains sub-par in India, the report noted. Another significant development in recent years has been the adoption of an amended Fiscal Responsibility Management (FRBM) Act, which forms the fiscal framework, in March 2018, the report noted. Under the amended FRBM Act, the government will target a debt-to-GDP ratio of 60 per cent with the split being 40:20 for central government and states. Further, the government will use fiscal deficit as the key operational target, the report said but added that the FRBM committee lacks the authority to mandate its core recommendations.last_img read more

Security Council authorizes boost to UN peacekeeping force in DR Congo

The Security Council today authorized a temporary increase of more than 3,000 blue helmets serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to deal with the violence in the country’s east, which has displaced an estimated 250,000 civilians in recent months.The extra 2,785 troops and 300 police officers will buttress the 17,000 uniformed personnel already serving with the mission (known as MONUC), the largest UN force worldwide but one faced with the task of quelling unrest and protecting civilians in one of Africa’s largest countries.Council members voted unanimously this morning for a resolution authorizing the extra numbers following a request from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who, along with other senior UN officials, has said that existing troop numbers in MONUC are inadequate to deal with the scale of the fighting and unrest.The resolution authorizes the extra troops and police officers until 31 December, adding that the duration of the stay depends on the security situation in DRC’s North Kivu and South Kivu provinces.MONUC is especially active in North Kivu, which borders Rwanda and has been the scene of fierce fighting in recent weeks between Congolese military forces (FARDC) and a rebel militia known as the CNDP, which is led by renegade army general Laurent Nkunda. Other militia groups, including the Mayi-Mayi, have also been involved in clashes, some of which have been along ethnic lines.The fighting has forced hundreds of thousands of locals to flee their homes, and UN aid agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been working to provide relief to civilians.Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy on the issue, the former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, has held talks over the past week with Mr. Nkunda and regional leaders, including DRC President Joseph Kabila, to try to devise a political solution to the conflict.MONUC reports today that the security situation in North Kivu is relatively calm, with CNDP forces withdrawing from previously held positions, in line with a declaration issued yesterday.At the same time, however, MONUC blue helmets came under fire from Mayi Mayi armed groups near the town of Rutshuru, although there were no casualties.The mission’s Force Commander, General Babacar Gaye, has concluded a two-day visit to the region around Goma, the capital of North Kivu.He said UN peacekeepers lived up to their mandate during the recent fighting and he was proud to note that they evacuated several wounded FARDC soldiers from the front lines and ensured they received appropriate care in either UN hospitals or the state medical facilities in Goma. 20 November 2008The Security Council today authorized a temporary increase of more than 3,000 blue helmets serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to deal with the violence in the country’s east, which has displaced an estimated 250,000 civilians in recent months. read more

Libya and Algeria urge widescale reform of the UN to deal with

23 September 2009Two North African leaders have told the General Assembly today that the United Nations needs wide-scale reform to ensure that the voices of developing countries are better heard and to bring about more democratic decision-making across the Organization. Muammar Al-Qadhafi, Libya’s Leader of the Revolution, and Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria, addressed the Assembly’s annual high-level segment at UN Headquarters in New York, saying the answer to the current multiple crises facing the world – from the collapse of the global financial order to climate change – lay in a renewed and reinvigorated multilateralism based on fairness and transparency. “The interdependence of countries, and the increasingly close connections between the problems they face, require international governance that will promote the emergence of multilateralism based on the values of consultation, cooperation and partnership,” Mr. Bouteflika said. “It is only through an integrated, unified and inclusive approach… that we will be able not only to solve the problems of our time, jointly and collectively, but also to face up to threats to our peace and security.”The Algerian President said that multilateral institutions which were “undermined by contradictions and incoherence” would not be able to resolve issues as complex as the current economic crisis, climate change, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, the fight against impunity and human rights violations, and the battle against terrorism. He called for “substantial advances in the creation of reforms” which would revitalize the General Assembly, reform the Security Council, reinforce the role of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), integrate the aspirations of developing countries, and seek new working methods that were more suited to today’s needs. Touching on the relationship between the UN and the African Union (AU), Mr Bouteflika said that while cooperation between the two organizations had led to a significant reduction in areas of tension on the continent, it was regrettable that the Security Council and its African partners did not always meet in full the demands made on them.For his part, Mr. Al-Qadhafi said the Security Council should be re-named the “Terror Council,” given the way that Council resolutions were used against other countries.He stressed that the 15-member body as it is currently constituted, with five permanent members that have the right of veto, did not provide genuine security for the world. The AU should also have a permanent seat on the Council, he noted.Turning to the General Assembly itself, Mr. Al-Qadhafi questioned its utility and compared it to Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, London, where “you just make a speech and then you disappear.”The Libyan leader said too much of the discussion about reform of the UN focused on expanding membership, such as at the Security Council, when what was needed was the provision of equality among existing members of the Organization.He also voiced concern about the UN Charter, saying that while he supported the contents of the Preamble to the Charter, he did not support the provisions and articles that follow in the document.In addition, Mr Al-Qadhafi said Africa deserved trillions of dollars in compensation for the impact of colonialism, particularly the resources and other forms of wealth that had been stolen in the past.He also called for the establishment of a new State to be known as “Isratine,” bringing together Israelis and Palestinians into one country; and for the creation of another State, Kashmir, that would be separate from India and Pakistan. read more

TSX advances across all sectors builds on gains from strong manufacturing data

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was modestly higher Friday as investors built on a solid advance and looked ahead to the latest data on the resurgent U.S. housing sector.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 43.96 points to 12,718.31 after running up 101 points Thursday in the wake of strong manufacturing data from China and Europe.The Canadian dollar continued to slide, down another 0.34 of a cent to 94.75 cents US, as Statistics Canada said the July consumer price index came in at an annualized rate of 1.3%, up from 1.2% in June.Economists had looked for Canada’s inflation rate to rise by two-tenths of a point to 1.4%.The loonie has tumbled about two U.S. cents this past week as the U.S. currency rose against other currencies amid growing conviction that the U.S. Federal Reserve will move this year to cut back on its monetary stimulus.The Fed has been buying US$85-billion of bonds every month to keep rates low and encourage investment. There is still a great deal of doubt about when the Fed might embark on tapering its asset purchases and the pace of such a cutback.U.S. indexes were slightly higher ahead of data on new home sales coming out mid-morning. The Dow Jones industrials were 16.71 points higher to 14,980.45The Nasdaq climbed 15.32 points to 3,654.02, supported by a seven per cent rise in Microsoft shares after the software giant announced that CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring in the next 12 months. The S&P 500 index was up 2.96 points at 1,659.92.Economists expect July home sales to slip 1.4% from June to an annualized rate of 490,000. But June new home sales surged by over eight per cent.The TSX tech sector led advancers with Celestica (TSX:CLS) ahead 11 cents to $11.39.The base metals component rose 0.4 per cent while September copper was unchanged at US$3.33 a pound. Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN) gained seven cents to $4.69.The energy sector also rose 0.4% with the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange off 55 cents to US$104.48 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) rose 29 cents to $30.24.The gold sector edged up 0.2% while December bullion inched up 50 cents to US$1,371.30 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) improved by nine cents to $6.76.Financials were also positive ahead of earnings reports next week from most of the big Canadian banks. TD Bank (TSX:TD) was ahead 42 cents to $88.39.North American markets racked up solid gains Thursday after data from HSBC Corp. showed an expansion in China’s manufacturing in August. Traders took that as evidence that the world’s second-largest economy may be over its recent weakness. HSBC’s preliminary purchasing managers index rose to 50.1 from July’s 47.7, crossing the critical 50 threshold to indicate an expansion in activity.Traders were also encouraged by other manufacturing and service sector data which provided further evidence that the eurozone’s recovery from recession is gathering momentum.Speculation about what the Fed may do about its asset purchases has driven bond yields higher with the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury down from early levels and unchanged from late Thursday afternoon at 2.9%.Bond yields are up about 120 basis points since Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned the possibility of the Fed tapering its bond purchases in May.Those rising bond yields have particularly impacted interest sensitive stocks including utilities and telecoms. The utilities sector is down almost three per cent this week alone and more than eight per cent this month. Telecoms have also retreated, down about 1.75% this week although the sector has also been pressured recently by the prospect of American telco giant Verizon entering the Canadian wireless market.U.S. markets have also softened this month following a strong runup that saw the Dow up as much as 20 per cent year to date at the beginning of August.In other corporate news, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI) is selling its Rothsay business unit to Darling International Inc. of Irving, Texas. The Rothsay business operates six rendering plants and a biodiesel plant employing a total of 550 in four provinces. Maple Leaf says it will receive about $645-million for Rothsay and use the money to pay down corporate debt.European bourses were higher and London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.58%, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 0.18 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 added 0.1%.Asian stocks rebounded Friday on the encouraging economic data from China and Europe.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index jumped 2.2%, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.9%, South Korea’s Kospi added 1.1% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng reversed early gains to close 0.2%. read more

Scheer promises to clear backlog of veterans waiting to receive benefits

CANOE COVE, P.E.I. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer promised supports for veterans Sunday, attempting to set the stage for a new relationship with former service members, after moves by both the previous Liberal and Tory governments have angered them.Scheer said as prime minister he would clear a backlog of veterans’ benefit applications within two years and create a reliable pension system.“To every veteran who has struggled and who has continued to struggle without the support and benefits you have earned through your service, my message is this: You have been betrayed, but you deserve better,” he said.Scheer said erasing the growing backlog of nearly 40,000 veterans waiting to hear whether their financial assistance would be approved will require a new investment. The parliamentary budget officer has pegged it at $50 million over two years.The federal Liberals promised during the last election campaign to reduce the ratio of veterans to assigned to each case manager from a high of 40-to-1 under Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to 25-to-1 by hiring more staff.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.As prime minister I will take a personal interest in ensuring the commitments we made today are followed through onWhile the staff were hired through a one-time, $42-million cash injection in last year’s federal budget to specifically address the backlog, they have only recently been deemed ready to start making a dent in the problem.The case manager-to-veteran ratio remains around 33-to-1, partly thanks to a large influx of former service members requiring such services in recent years.Many advocates as well as the union representing Veterans Affairs workers have long demanded the government hire more staff for the department, which was hit with deep cuts and layoffs under the Harper government.When asked how veterans could be assured that a relationship with a new Conservative government would be better than the previous one, Scheer did not directly acknowledge the issues they faced under his Tory predecessor.“As leader of the Conservative party, we have a new opportunity to make these types of commitments,” Scheer said. “This is my personal commitment to them as leader of this party: As prime minister I will take a personal interest in ensuring the commitments we made today are followed through on.”Scheer is also promising to strengthen post-service transition supports, help more veterans get service dogs, enshrine in legislation a guarantee that every veteran is treated with respect and gets services in a timely manner, and support commemoration projects such as the National Memorial for Canada’s War in Afghanistan. read more

Innu leader calls for end to Muskrat Falls protests as racism jobs

The construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador is seen on July 14, 2015. An Innu leader is asking that protests stop at the Muskrat Falls hydro construction site in Labrador while complaints about hiring and alleged racism are discussed. Innu Nation Grand Chief Anastasia Qupee said Monday the head of Crown corporation Nalcor Energy has apologized for an incident involving an Innu worker. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Innu leader calls for end to Muskrat Falls protests as racism, jobs discussed HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. – An Innu leader is asking that protests stop at the Muskrat Falls hydro construction site in Labrador while complaints about hiring and alleged racism are discussed.Innu Nation Grand Chief Anastasia Qupee said Monday the head of Crown corporation Nalcor Energy has apologized for an incident involving an Innu worker.She said Nalcor President and CEO Ed Martin has also committed to followup talks “in coming days.” Discussions are to include dissatisfaction with aboriginal employment rates on the $8.6-billion project along with concerns about racially-motivated clashes among staff.“We’re certainly committed to moving forward and working on the issues that we need to address,” Qupee said in an interview. “We’ve requested that the protests should stop.”Nalcor Energy declined Monday to comment.Qupee said about 218 Innu Nation people are working at the dam and power plant being built on the lower Churchill River. But there are questions about whether Nalcor has lived up to the Impacts and Benefits Agreement reached as part of the development’s approval. Part of the deal’s intent is to help ensure qualified aboriginal people land jobs.Qupee said small protests last week at Muskrat Falls work sites followed reports that a non-Innu worker assaulted a young Innu man also employed on the project. She confirmed the accused employee has been fired after allegedly making racist comments and then retaliating when a formal complaint was filed.“That’s what we’ve been told. I’m glad that Mr. Ed Martin came in and apologized to this young man,” she said of the worker who was allegedly kicked in the head. He is now recovering and is expected to return to his job later this month.“I appreciate that he (Martin) went out to the site and spoke to the elders there,” she added. “We certainly don’t want anybody else to go through this.”RCMP say a 23-year-old Goose Bay man faces an assault charge in connection with an incident Aug. 9 at the Muskrat Falls site. He is to appear in provincial court Oct. 14 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.Qupee said members of the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation and Mushuau Innu First Nation were also present for meetings with Martin that lasted all day Sunday and well into the evening. She said the highest number of Innu workers employed at Muskrat Falls so far was about 278, and that leaders have heard of other racist incidents involving “non-Innu” employees.“We know for sure we need to improve things.”Muskrat Falls is expected to produce first power in late 2017. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2015 12:53 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ubuntu 1204 LTS Precise Pangolin disponible

first_imgUbuntu 12.04 LTS “Precise Pangolin” disponibleLe dernier système d’exploitation de la distribution GNU-Linux est désormais disponible dans sa version finale et apporte de nombreuses améliorations ergonomiques. Bien que principalement destinée aux entreprises, la dernière version de l’OS Ubuntu, baptisée Precise Pangolin, est également destinée au grand public. Disponible depuis quelques heures, elle s’est concentrée sur l’ergonomie. C’est en particulier l’interface Unity qui a été grandement améliorée, tout comme la reconnaissance et l’installation automatique des périphériques. Afin d’assurer une meilleure compatibilité d’Ubuntu avec le matériel (en particulier AMD et les périphériques), une moindre consommation énergétique pour s’adapter aux portables et tablettes, et une encore meilleure sécurité, le noyau est passé du kernel Linux v3.0 au kernel Linux v3.2, explique IT Espresso. Certains programmes ont changé, comme LibreOffice préféré à OpenOffice.org ou encore Rhythmbox pour la musique, synchronisé au cloud et au magasin de musique d’Ubuntu One. Mais la principale révolution de ce Precise Pangolin réside en son HUD (Head-Up Display), une vraie innovation au niveau des menus d’Unity. Au lieu chercher une action dans les menus des programmes à travers les options, il suffit de taper sur Alt, entrer quelques lettres pour que le HUD propose l’option correspondante, et taper entrer afin d’y accéder. Il apprend au fur et à mesure se son utilisation et permet de se passer des raccourcis clavier et des longs menus déroulants. Il permet en outre de de changer de musique ou modifier un statut Skype sans changer de fenêtre. La prochaine étape devrait d’ailleurs pousser le concept encore plus loin avec la probable adoption de la reconnaissance vocale. Le 28 avril 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Interview with Tatadingding Jobarteh

first_imgTatadingding Jobarteh is one of Gambia’s leading Kora players of international renown. His Salam Band has been in existence for over two decades now. As the lead vocalist, Tatadingding is famous in both The Gambia and abroad.Before he finally came to be based in the Gambia, he was very popular in the Diaspora, especially in places like Germany, where he has performed in numerous concerts and festivals. He studied music engineering and wanted to apply that to not only his band but Gambian music in general.In early 2014, Tata developed a leg infection and fell ill. When the leg infection got serious, he was later flown to Dakar for proper medical treatment.Unfortunately, the leg of the Brikama born “Jali” was amputated last June. He recently came home looking healthy and confident. When foroyaa Art and Music visited him at his Brikama Sanchaba residence, he was first asked, how he feels after missing the stage for almost two years?That’s like a nightmare. Sitting one year eight months without performing is like I’m not existing. I really missed the stage and God knows that almost every day I dream that I am performing for people. I can’t really imagine that I missed the stage for almost two years.Tell us a brief background as to how you started?I was born in the Kora. I grew up seeing my parents playing Kora. My father is a kora legend, the great grandparents are kora legends and of course even my mum is from a Kora family. So when we were born, we were trained to follow the same line.Was it a choice for you to play the Kora or it was a matter of must that you must play the Kora?Actually it was not a force on me, it was my choice but the same time a tradition in my family which I dare not to ignore. I remember when I was very young my dad used to punish me with the Kora. When I misbehaved he will give me though assignments regarding the Kora, I must composed and tune the kora to some melodies he assigned which can be really difficult for me considering my age at that time. So I will say it was my choice but also tradition.How did your international journey started?In 1993, with my sister Siffai Joberteh it was in Germany and from that year almost every year we signed a contract to perform in Europe. Later I decided to stay and studied music. It was good that I do that because I knew the kora and Gambian music background but realized that I have to learned universal music. This I did so I can bring what I learnt to the Gambia.Year 2000 I decided to stay finally in Germany because I was working with a big university in Kalone.I had the opportunity to not only learn but also lecture traditional music at the university.Who actually trained you the Kora, Jaliba Kuyateh or your Father?My father Malamin Jobarteh, I mastered the kora and all I needed to know was about its components with my father. But later I learned about another Kora legend Jaliba Kuyateh. When I ask my father he told me that infact Jaliba is my uncle. We bought kolanut went to Jaliba and my Father ask him to add more lectures for me regarding the Kora. I was under Jaliba for about two years.Are you the first born of the Joberteh Family?Yes am the first born. I actually had an elder brother and sister but they passed away so now I will say am the first born and the bread winner of the family. I have a sister she is in the U.S now and she is also a ‘jali’ (griot) doing traditional griot music in America. I have a younger brother Pa Bobo Jobarteh doing the same thing I am doing, infact he was responsible of the band when I was sick. You have Bai Jobarteh he is not actually singing but he is the drum set player for the band (both Pa and I).Dembo Joberteh is a brother; he is Kora player, builder and kora teacher. Landing Jobarteh is my brother; he is a keyboard player in the Army Band.Considering the fact that you are sick, does your long absence affects the Jobarteh family since you are the breadwinner?A lot. Financially, morally and in all aspects that you think of. My two years sickness does not only affect me but my entire family, this was really a difficult moment. Not to loose hope I have to tell you that when I was sick my brothers also did well (that’s Pa Bobo and Bai Jobarteh) to continue with concerts to makes sure the family has something to eat.I want to know something about your childhood. Which schools did you attend?I actually attended three schools when I was a child. That is English, Arabic and Kora.The English school I attended is Brikama primary school, Primary 1 to 6 then Brikama Technical Secondary school, form 1 to form 4.People said you were in Germany for 10 years and you only came back to Gambia when you had a problem.That’s not true. I never have any issues with the German Immigration. I never have any paper problem and never have any drug case problems. That’s just a rumor.How did you sell the name of the Kora internationally?Some of them wrote books about me and the Kora in Germany. Always in my tours in Europe I talk about the Kora and Gambian music and our traditional instruments. I told you I was also lecturing at a university in Germany. I was also teaching kids at schools about the Kora.What were you planning to do before you got ill?Working on two albums and planning a European tour.How did it all start, I mean your leg?Started with a huge bone pain, later the leg got swollen. I first started with rational medications but it became worse. I went to the hospital MRC, RVTH and Serrekunda General Hospital for diagnose. All these hospitals said they did not find any sickness in my blood. They could not ascertain what exactly happen to my leg. The pain was too much on me, this kind of pain I have never experience in my life. Almost one year eight months from one marabout to the other, from one hospital to the other, until finally I travelled overseas to be amputated.Does the amputation frustrate you?Not at all. Am glad that am amputated and the pain is gone. Am happy that am amputated and back to my family, am happy that am amputated and will be able to perform for my fans again. Am happy that am amputated and you are here talking to me. If I was not amputated this interview would have not been possible. Am happy that I will be able to go back on stage again. Alhamdulilah !!!Apart from God, will you point accusing fingers to someone who might be responsible of your sickness?No no, I don’t want to talk about that. Am faithful and believed that anything that happened to me is God.Your own daughter Matta Jawo performed few shows on your name when you were on your sick bed. How did you receive that news?It made me very proud. I also surprised my dad when I was even younger than her at a ceremony nobody knew that I was good at singing. One of the “mansa bengo” in Brikama Suma kunda I went in to the crowd took the mike and started singing, my father and his friends were very surprised. So this is not a big surprise for me that she performed some shows for me, but made me very proud.You were very open to people, because you were sick, will you be a bit careful now as to how to deal with the people?Yes I was very open and thought that people are all one and will not harm each other. I will still maintain that am faithful and anything that happened to me is God but I will also be a bit careful now as to my day to day dealings with people.Your stage use to be very “hot” should we expect the same thing when you are back?Yes why not? This time my music on stage will be more spiritual. Music is not alone it comes with something don’t forget that we are black people.Were your fans still loyal and supporting you during the time you were down?Oh my God! now you making me emotional. I will not say my fans I will say Gambian people in general.Even though I was not in the Gambia but people were so concern about my health. They send me emails, they text me on my facebook page and some even called to check on me. Many thanks to all of them, my family also were so supportive. I was not alone in this sickness honestly.When you were sick you must get lot of inspiration which may lead you to write a song. Can you share with us which song you worked on when you were sick?Yes, it will be the first song I will perform and record. The song will talk about the new Tata telling the fans that is still me. If am amputated that does not mean my fans should run away. Is still the same music and the same Tata, it will be a very touching song that people will love.I want to introduce my amputation to people in public. I don’t have to hide it because God said it should happen to me before I die, I should be proud of it.Are you the King of Kora in the Gambia?No, my father Malamin Jobarteh is the King of Kora those days and now Jaliba Kuyateh is the King of Kora in the Gambia.Do you acknowledge that Jaliba is the King of Kora?Is not about me to acknowledge, this is about God my brother, during the time of my father he was the king of Kora this generation is Jaliba Kuyateh and there is nothing me or you can do about that. You see if people want to call me the King of Kora I will not allow that because even for nothing but Jaliba is my elder, my uncle, so how can I jump and say am the king of Kora, in our customs and the way we are brought up, it’s a bit rude.Jaliba being your uncle, in what way does he support you when you were sick?He visited me twice. He actually came to a funeral that’s where we met so I introduced my sickness to him. He visited me again as to see how I was doing. I will prefer not to talk about Jaliba in this interview any more please.Ok which other Gambian artist showed you love when you were sick?I can’t mention them all or I may start mentioning and forget others. Some of them really were concern about my sickness. Some of them came here and said they want to go in the streets with a banner bearing my name which will say “LEAVE TATA ALONE” But I discouraged them.During your rather long sickness, did you lose some of your band members who could not wait for you to recover?My band, I will say is the most loyal band in the world. Almost two years they are still here strong and waiting for me to be on stage and we continue from where we stopped. Since I established the salam band there are five pillars who are still with the band, almost two decades they are still with me, very loyal people.Brikama sateba is one of your songs which was or still very popular, whats that song all about?That song is not officially released but I perform it on stage sometimes. I am still working on the lyrical content of the song. Well, in the song am talking about my own town Brikama with all its 25 kabilos. I also talked about the history of Brikama and historical places in Brikama. It will be a song in the Album that will help lot of people to know about my town, Brikama.“Alkana sila” is a song you actually recorded before you became sick, some people however said you recorded the song because you knew that you will be sick and in the song you were advising people not be afraid about you? Is that so?Yes. But how did they know that? (laughs..) some people are like devils they can read what I have in mind. Actually, few months before I got sick I had a feeling that something will happen to me so I came with that song. It’s a popular one people love it so much. People always request it when am performing, then few months later my leg ‘attacked’ me.When do you want to go back on stage?Tomorrow (haha) but my Doctor wants me to wait for another month or so then I will be fit to perform. But really I miss the stage and the people and if I can go on stage even tomorrow I will.You know I also missed helping football clubs, they always use my band to raise money for their football clubs, I missed that too.Please tell my fans that I will soon be on stage. Am doing very well at home and their prayers are answered. Thank you for coming down for this interview.last_img read more

ASA Urges Growers to Participate in Oilseed Payment Program

first_imgThe American Soybean Association is urging soybean growers to participate in the $475 million Oilseed Payment Program that was approved by Congress last year as part of a comprehensive emergency farm assistance package. The money will assist farmers who are struggling with historically low farm prices.”ASA appreciates the support of the Congress and the Administration, and the special efforts of Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and his staff, that made this program possible,” said ASA President Marc Curtis, a soybean, corn, rice, wheat and milo producer from Leland, Miss.A typical soybean farm of 100 acres, with a 38 bushel per acre yield, can expect to get about $535.00 from this program at the projected payment rate for soybeans of $0.1409 per bushel. The actual payment rate may be more or less than the projected rate and will be determined after sign up results are available. Soybean producers need to apply for the Oilseed Payment Program at their local USDA Service Center or Farm Service Agency county office between Feb. 28, and Mar. 31, 2000.”While Congress was considering the farm assistance package, ASA had raised concerns that the Agricultural Marketing and Transition Act (AMTA) payments do not reflect soybean prices and income, since they are based on former program crop acres and yield,” Curtis said. “The Oilseed Payment Program is a result of ASA’s efforts to help soybean producers partially offset low prices.”To be eligible for the 1999 Oilseed Payment Program, a farmer must have planted an eligible oilseed in 1999. In addition to soybeans, other eligible oilseeds are sunflowers, flaxseed, canola, rapeseed, safflower seed, mustard and crambe. Producers wishing to receive payments, who have not already reported acreage for 1997, 1998, or 1999, must do so by Feb. 18, 2000.Producers who planted soybeans in 1999 are eligible to participate in the Oilseed Payment Program. A producer’s payment is equal to the producer’s payment acres times the producer’s payment yield times the national payment rate. Payments are calculated differently for new producers and for those who planted in 1997 or 1998 as well as in 1999.For producers who planted soybeans in 1999 and also in 1997 or 1998, the payment acreage is the higher of the 1997 or 1998 acreage planted to the oilseed. The payment yield for these producers is the higher of the county average yield for soybeans from 1994 through 1998, after dropping the high and low yields, or the producer’s proven yield for either 1997 or 1998. The year selected for the payment acreage may differ from the year selected for the yield.For “new” producers of soybeans who planted soybeans for the first time in 1999, the payment acreage is the 1999 acreage of the oilseed. The payment yield is the higher of the county average yield for soybeans from 1994 through 1998, after dropping the high and low yields, or the producer’s 1999 yield.To apply for payments, a producer must file one application for all of the producer’s farms, and apply in the county office that serves as the producer’s control county. When possible, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) will prefill the application with the producer’s acres and county average yields. If the producer does not wish to prove actual yields, the producer only has to certify to the application’s accuracy and sign it.”In addition to this Oilseed Payment Program, ASA applauds the decision by Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman to maintain the soybean loan rate at $5.26 for 2000,” Curtis said. “These programs are vital to soybean producers until we can develop long term solutions for improving the safety net for farmers.”last_img read more

Turkish officials clear bird of spying for Israel

first_imgISTANBUL — A bird of prey found in a Turkish village has been cleared of local suspicion it was aiding Israeli spies.The private Dogan news agency reported Friday that villagers in a rural town in central Turkey found the kestrel this week and delivered it to local authorities after discovering a leg band marked “24311 Tel Avivunia Israel.” Such bands are often used to track bird migrations.Authorities confirmed in a statement that they released the bird into the wild Thursday after x-rays performed at a veterinary hospital found that “there was no other device” attached to the bird aside from the leg band.Dogan, which published a copy of the x-ray record, says medical staff labeled it “Israeli Spy.” It was not immediately clear whether the label was tongue-in-cheek.last_img read more

3 Things You Should Know About Time Incs Q1 Financials

first_img Total revenue fell by 9 percent when compared to last year. The company pulled in $680 million in the first quarter this year compared to $745 million last year. It attributes 3 percent of that regression to unloading CNNMoney and GEX last year. Here are three key takeaways: Print and other advertising dropped significantly, declining 12 percent compared with last year. During Q1 2014 the company earned $390 million in advertising revenues, versus $353 million this year. The bulk of its advertising revenue is still coming in through print and “other” advertising. But digital still has a long way to go, as it accounts for less than a third of its overall ad revenues and it only grew by 1 percent this year. Nevertheless, the company reports that it’s outperforming the industry and its domestic share increased by 0.8 percent to 26.3 percent.  Time Inc. released its 2015 first quarter earnings report today with little to celebrate. In a nutshell, nearly everything is trending downward. But in fairness, the company tightened its belt and divested holdings skewed some of the numbers in a year-over-year comparison.  The company futher reduced its free cash flow. By selling off assets and streamlining operations, Time Inc. freed up cash which it then redistributed and invested. During the first quarter of last year it was negative $7 million in free cash flow, and this year it drew negative to $24 million—paying out a $21 million dividend and making $13 million in investments contributed to the negative balance line. That said, the investments could prove to generate more revenue for the company down the road.last_img read more

Whats it like to be bullied – and how do we stop

first_imgPoster designed by Jontue Hollingsworth with content by Youth Vote.Bullying is prevalent in Alaska — about a quarter of teens say they’ve experienced it at school. Others have been bullied online. But why should we be concerned? How does bullying affect young people?This program is part of Alaska Public Media’s Solutions Desk. This month were talking about youth supporting youth. Want to hear more youth voices talking about their experiences with bullying and fitting in? Check out these Story Works Alaska podcasts.Listen HereHOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Lindsey Hajduk – Director, Anchorage Youth Development CoalitionOlive Spohnholz – high school senior working on anti-bullying campaignsMadison Dooley  – high school freshman working on anti-bullying campaignsStatewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more