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10 months agoLiverpool legend Carragher: No problem being dumped from FA Cup10 months agoLiverpool legend Carragher: No problem being dumped from FA Cup

first_imgLiverpool legend Carragher: No problem being dumped from FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists being dumped out of the FA Cup is no reason for concern.Carragher suggested all their focus should be on winning the Premier League title.He posted to social media:I have no problem with the @LFC selection from JK & would rather we had won but, we have the best chance we’ve had in years of winning the PL & it may be yrs before we’re in this position again. The big chance we have is not the 4 point lead but MC/THFC playing a lot more games— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 7, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img


first_imgIf you missed your chance to experience Japanese conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Rooms” at the AGO this spring, you’re about to have another chance to experience infinity.According to the AGO, the critically acclaimed artist’s Infinity Mirror Room — Let’s Survive Forever is coming to the gallery permanently.We did it! Thanks to the over 4,685 #InfinityAGO donors and the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve acquired Yayoi Kusama’s stunning artwork INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER. Thank you for making infinity happen!— ArtGalleryofOntario (@agotoronto) December 4, 2018 Advertisement Facebook Following the successful #InfinityAGO crowdfunding campaign, the gallery acquired Canada’s first Infinity Mirror Room artwork by internationally renowned artist Kusama.The crowdfunding campaign, which had a $1.3 million goal, received over 4,700 donations, in addition to a fund from David Yuile and Mary Elizabeth Hodgson.According to the AGO, the exhibit features mirrored orbs suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the ground.This room is bigger than many other Infinity Mirror Rooms and can fit up to four people inside at a time.The installation “ups the ante” by placing an Infinity Room within an Infinity Room by installing a mirrored rectangular column inside a mirror installation.“If you peer through the holes of the column, you can see a seemingly endless array of steel orbs extending in every direction,” reads a release from the gallery.The work, which is currently under construction, is set to arrive in Toronto in Spring 2019. Donors will be the first to see it once it’s installed.By Ainsley Smith | DailyHive Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Nation To Nation Two courts will be hearing some important casesNation To Nation Two courts will be hearing some important cases

first_imgAPTN Nation To NationAn on-going court case could put a little more money in the pocket of band members in 21 Anishinabek First Nations, something the federal government is fighting.They are collectively suing the Crown in Ontario Superior Court, saying their $4 annuity is a broken treaty promise.Indigenous people around Lake Huron signed the Robinson Huron Treaty in 1850. One of its stipulations was a dollar a year annuity.However, the treaty had a provision that if Crown revenues went up so would the annuity. And it did in 1874 when it was raised to $4. But that was the last increase.“The Crown appears to have the impression that there’s a limitation on the annuity, that $4 is the maximum,” said Mike Restoule, chair of the Robinson Huron Litigation Fund.“We took a different interpretation of it. Because the treaty says the annuity would be increased.”In 2014, the matter was taken to court. And since last fall, Justice Patricia Hennessy has heard witnesses and elders argue for the Anishinabek, who want the annuity increased substantially.Starting this week the government will be presenting their case as to why the annuity should remain the same. Of note all the hearings are being livestreamed.Another big court hearing happens this Monday at the Supreme Court of Canada.The nine justices will hear a case brought forward by the Misikew Cree Nation from northern Alberta.It wants the court to rule that the Misikew should be consulted before legislation that affects their treaty rights is passed into law.“Law making is such a critical and important strategic decision making tool by the government,” explained Karey Brooks, lawyer for the Misikew. “That has the potential to adversely affect a broad number of First Nations in very significant ways.”As well, host Todd Lamirande spoke to Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox about yesterday’s announcement by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.He announced $291 million over the next five years in funding for Indigenous police services.The Nishnawbe Aski police service is the largest in Canada and serves 35 communities.Fox is happy with the announcement, indicating the first thing to be done will be to update equipment such as cars and radios.Fox also commented on NAN’s creating of a website to get people to sign a petition asking for the resignation of Senator Lynn Beyak.“Everything she’s been talking about, the racism and the bigotry, is not good for our people, it’s not good for the city of Dryden.”You can subscribe to the Nation To Nation podcast below:last_img read more

APTN turns 20 We werent supposed to succeedAPTN turns 20 We werent supposed to succeed

first_imgThe APTN team in front of headquarters in downtown Winnipeg.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsEverything about the world’s first national Indigenous television network seemed destined for failure.Asking the public to name it (the lucky winner received a Sony VCR), petitioning the Canadian Radio Television Commission (CRTC) for mandatory carriage and subscriber fees, producing only a weekly (not nightly) newscast.Yet, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) continues to defy critics as it celebrates 20 years this month.“Remember, we weren’t supposed to succeed,” says Dan David, the first news director.“We were supposed to fail. It wasn’t supposed to exist.”The network was founded Sept. 1, 1999 in Winnipeg, Man., where it broadcasts a now-daily newscast to more than 11 million subscribers.It produces a variety of news and current affairs content on air and online, operates two radio stations (in Toronto and Ottawa), while its reporters regularly win national journalism awards alongside Canada’s mainstream media outlets.Failure, it seems, was not an option.“The stakes were so high,” said David, an award-winning journalist and media trainer.“We knew that if we failed… we wouldn’t be failing a network, a corporation, a company, we would be failing all Indigenous people – not just for now but for generations to come.”It was against that backdrop that APTN unveiled its original broadcast schedule in April, 1999 on two channels: APTN North and APTN South.“It was a combination of ancient classics from the National Film Board, re-runs of movies featuring any Indigenous actor in any role, and Northern Native Broadcast Access Program (NNBAP) programs – some of the first original Indigenous programming produced in Canada,” recalls Jean LaRose, APTN’s CEO since 2002.Timeline: A look at APTN over the past two decadesIf timeline does not appear, click hereIt was NNBAP – a federal government initiative that funded television and radio stations run by 13 Indigenous communications societies across the North – that helped pave the way for APTN.It lobbied hard for money and equipment to make its own programs – the way it was done in the South –claiming shows pnly in English with mostly white faces was helping erode Indigenous culture.But they needed a cable operator to carry their shows.“They had to convince the CRTC that Indigenous broadcasting was vital to Canadian broadcasting,”– Jocelyn Formsma.After years of meetings and negotiations (and tears, according to some), a new organization called Television Northern Canada (TVNC) was formed, which eventually applied to the CRTC to establish an Indigenous broadcaster.“However, it did not come without a fight,” notes Jocelyn Formsma, chair of APTN’s board of directors.“They had to convince the CRTC that Indigenous broadcasting was vital to Canadian broadcasting.”In 1998, the commission was convinced.It approved a national broadcast licence with a distribution model never granted before –  making APTN a mandatory service and allowing it to collect subscriber fees.(In 2018, APTN was instrumental in launching two radio stations. One in Toronto and the other in Ottawa)Something a CBC executive (and former commissioner with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada) opposed.“Marie Wilson, Director of CBC North, was dubious about the potential for revenue generation,” writes Jennifer David, the network’s first director of communications in her book “Original People. Original Television: The launching of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.”“She pointed out that CBC was considered a public broadcaster with a nationally licensed network on basic cable, but didn’t collect subscriber fees. ‘How can TVNC become a public, national network,’ she asked, ‘and at the same time ask for subscriber fees?’”The answer was that TVNC – and ultimately APTN – would set a precedent and do both.There was no doubt, APTN benefited from and would later improve upon the southern programming being beamed into northern communities via satellite.Rosemarie Kuptana, an early member of the Aboriginal broadcast movement, described the introduction of television to Inuit communities as a “neutron bomb – one that leaves the outer shell of the people walking around but kills the soul.”Jennifer David, in her book, says the new medium was completely disconnected from northerners, with “only the rarest glimpses of themselves – and always through southern eyes.”“Aboriginal people are the original inhabitants of the land we now call Canada. So how did Aboriginal Canadians become the outsiders?”(Indigenous Day Live shows run across the country and the network)APTN’s future was never assured or secured. It still appears regularly before the CRTC to defend its mandate and, sometimes, very existence.But it is no longer a baby.It is a 20-year accomplishment representing a generation of Indigenous television, with a core audience in thousands of Indigenous communities.“If you want to look at numbers,” wrote its editorial employees in a submission to the CRTC in 2005, “then what you should look at is the number of communities that have been enfranchised with access to a mass medium free press through the arrival of APTN.“In fact, in our opinion, the sheer number of communities where people are tuning in to a directly relevant national media – and the possibility of local coverage – has grown more through APTN‘s first licence period than at any time since CBC first went on the air.” read more

Swiss to vote on mandatory public TV fee as Europe watchesSwiss to vote on mandatory public TV fee as Europe watches

first_imgBERN, Switzerland – Voters in Switzerland are getting ready to decide whether they should have to keep paying hundreds of francs every year for public television and other government-supported programming, a referendum that is being watched closely elsewhere in Europe.The vote to eliminate the mandatory national TV fee was sponsored by free-market proponents and other fee critics, who say residents shouldn’t have to pay for public broadcasting if they watch or listen to it.Opponents of the “No Billag” vote — named for the company that collects the fees — argue that ensuring quality programming in an era of false news and media profits is in the public interest. Balloting concludes Sunday, when mail-in votes also will be counted to produce the result.Polls last year suggested that most Swiss were ready to scrap the fees, but more recent surveys indicated about two-thirds of voters will reject the proposal.Supporters of fee-supported radio and TV stations mounted a public relations blitz that all but painted Swiss culture and distinctiveness as being at dire risk. They enlisted celebrities to help push their message, warning that cherished news shows, music and film programming and free access to Olympics coverage could be ended.Both Switzerland’s parliament and seven-member executive body, the Federal Council, have come out for keeping the fee requirement.The issue resonates across Europe, where other fee-supported broadcasters have gotten grumbling about mandatory charges from some viewers.Currently, Swiss households pay just over 450 francs (about $480 or 390 euros) per year. Billag agents often go door-to-door making collections. The fee is set to decrease next year to 365 francs (about $389 or 316 euros), but the referendum is based more on principle than precise payments.Defenders of the fees, relatively high by European standards, insist that Switzerland needs to charge more because the country has a high cost of living and four national languages. Public broadcasters strive for balance and to make sure even the tiny Romansh-speaking community in southeast Switzerland gets time with German, French and Italian speakers, they say.Referendum opponents also argue that if Switzerland’s public broadcasters disappear, rivals from elsewhere in Europe would step into the void and provide fewer Swiss-specific shows and news programs.“What would be obviously terrible is that the great moments that unite the country — I think of course the news, but also film, culture, and music production — all that will disappear,” said Gilles Marchand, director of SRG SSR, the parent company for publicly supported broadcasters that reaps 1.2 billion francs from the TV fees each year.“Will we really be better off because of this one franc per day that people can re-invest elsewhere?” he said.The initiative’s backers say it’s a question of free choice in a democratic society. By ending what they call a “quasi-monopolistic” Swiss broadcasting universe, families would have another 450 francs in their budgets.The referendum’s organizers insist the aim is not to kill off public TV and radio, but open it up to competition. While the initiative’s language does not mention SRG SSR and its affiliates, critics have taken shots at what they see consider the overly high salaries of its executives.“It’s fake news to say that ‘No Billag’ is the end of (German-language network) SRF and all the other medias, because we are sure that this company with 6,000 employees and a very good infrastructure, that they can win in a free market,” Christian Riesen, one of the leaders of the campaign against the fees, said.last_img read more

Singapore to recruit 200 LankansSingapore to recruit 200 Lankans

A significant number of them are skilled workers after gaining experience from working in the Middle East.Marketing campaigns have begun, but there has been some resistance.Mr Neo Tiam Boon, CEO and Executive director of Tiong Aik Corporation, said: “They feel that look I have five to 10 years of experience. I’m very skilled why should I comply, but the fact is there is a requirement in Singapore. You have no choice but to comply. So we will do a basic training for them, what we call the SECK (Skills Evaluation Certification Knowledge) to comply with the BCA requirements before they could be brought into Singapore.” Tiong Aik Construction runs a training and testing centre for foreign construction workers in Singapore.It is also one of four construction companies that will be operating a training centre in Manila.The company received the green light from the Philippine government in April this year. Singapore will soon see its first group of construction workers from Sri Lanka and the Philippines.Those from Sri Lanka are expected to start work in September this year, and those from the Philippines a month later, Channel News Asia reported. Four Overseas Training Centres in Sri Lanka and another four in the Philippines have been given approval from the relevant authorities to train and recruit the workers. The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said that for a start, Singapore is bringing in about 200 Sri Lankan and 200 Filipino workers a month. Training centres are being set up to prepare skilled Filipino construction workers before they can start work in Singapore. The training centres are operated by six Singapore construction companies.Sri Lanka and the Philippines have been identified as new sources of foreign workers to cope with the construction boom in Singapore. Mr Neo Choon Keong, “group Director of Manpower and Strategies Policy at BCA, said: “Even though they are actually experienced, there are differences in terms of the work methods, the work processes, or even the work standards because our home owners and users are generally more demanding. It also allow us to in a way to verify indeed they have the required test standards because if we don’t have a third party verification we can’t ascertain what kind of skill level they possess because we just can’t look at their declared experience.”The training period for Filipino and Sri Lankan construction workers will be shorter than for most others because of their skill and work experience.They will go through two months of training. Unskilled workers usually have to undergo up to six months of training.Their pay is also expected to be higher. They may also get more than what they used to receive when working in the Middle East.)Mr Neo Choon Keong added: “If the Filipino workers are indeed skilled and experience, they should command a much higher pay compared to the Indian and Bangladeshi workers. Just to give some sense, the Indian and Bangladeshi new workers usually command about S$18 to S$20 basic pay a day. So, I think for the Philippine (workers) they should be able to command between S$20 to S$30 because the China workers are commanding higher than S$30 per day as they are even more skilled.”BCA believes market forces will ensure fair wages for workers from the Philippines and Sri Lanka. It is also confident that these workers will be in good demand.There are more than 270,000 construction workers in Singapore, most of them from China and India.Besides the eight Overseas Training Centres in Sri Lanka and Philippines, BCA will be building two more, one each in India and China by next year. read more

Sri Lankas motor vehicle population grew to 72 million In 2017Sri Lankas motor vehicle population grew to 72 million In 2017

Sri Lanka’s motor vehicle population grew by 7% to 7.2 million In 2017.This was noted in the latest edition of the annual report on the country’s motor vehicle market published by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The year 2017 saw a rise in import expenditure (5%) despite a fall in import volume (11%) with yearly new registrations declining by 9%. The report prepared by the Economic Intelligence Unit of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, provides a detailed statistical analysis and industry overview of Sri Lanka’s Motor Vehicle Market, featuring the latest information on registration; vehicle population; imports of vehicles by vehicle category, top brands imported under each vehicle category and overview on the global motor vehicle market and global electric vehicle market. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Do what you love Jays GMDo what you love Jays GM

Student Bobby Glatter, left, chats with Alex Anthopoulos and Andrew Tinnish of the Toronto Blue Jays.There’s an old adage: do what you love and the money will eventually come to you. And there’s no better evidence of that than Alex Anthopoulos.At only 33, Anthopoulos is the general manager and senior vice-president of baseball operations for the Toronto Blue Jays. But that was by no means an eventuality, Anthopoulos told a packed lecture hall when he and Brock alumnus Andrew Tinnish, Jays director of scouting, visited Brock on Jan. 19.Anthopoulos had a degree in economics from McMaster University when his father died, leaving him the family’s heating and ventilation company. Rather than pursue that comfortable living, he pursued a career in baseball. He started with an unpaid internship handling fan mail for the Montreal Expos because he knew baseball was what he loved to do, he said in the lecture, which was hosted by Brock’s Sport Management program.Anthopoulos spent nearly two years in unpaid positions in baseball, attending scouting school on his own time with his own money, before he landed a paying gig. From there, he landed progressively better jobs until he rose to general manager of Canada’s only remaining baseball team.Anthopoulos credits his success to humility and working hard no matter how menial the task. He advised Sport Management students to do the same. Even if your job is to get coffee, he said, do your best at it.“I walked in, I had a tie, I had a shirt, I dressed right, I sat in the corner and I kept my mouth shut,” he said. “The minute you think things should be delivered to you or are entitled to you, you’ll fail.“Whatever you’re given, good or bad, be amazing at it.”Anthopoulos encouraged students to take risks and pursue what they love while they are still young and have no commitments. Success, he said, hinges on being passionate about what you do.Do that, he said, and “the money will come. The positions will come. The upper management will come.”Anthopoulos began his time as general manager helping broker the famous “Doc Deal,” which saw pitcher Roy Halladay traded for three Philadelphia Phillies. Halladay was going to leave the organization anyway, Anthopoulos said. As GM, he did what was best for the team, not for his personal career prospects, he said.The lecture was uplifting for Sport Management student Bobby Glatter, who in Grade 12 worked an unpaid internship with the Toronto Raptors and went on to a paid position with the Toronto Football Club.“He started at the bottom of an organization and worked his way up,” Glatter said after the lecture. “That gave me hope that I can work my way up to what he does, because that really is my dream job.”Tinnish, who graduated from Brock in 2001 with a degree in Sport Management, gave a lecture about scouting and the globalization of sport. He is always happy to return to Brock, he said.“This university did so much for me in my career and life,” he said. “I’ll always have a soft spot for Brock.”Brock News video:On trading Roy Halladay:On negotiations with Jose Bautista:Get The Brock News delivered to your email. read more

Dublin puppy farm closed by DSPCADublin puppy farm closed by DSPCA

first_imgA PUPPY FARM based from a house in Dublin 15 has been closed by the DSPCA today.Following a month long investigation into the puppy farm, nine adult dogs were taken into care by the animal welfare charity.The dogs are believed to be in “generally good condition” although some are underweight due to lack of food.BreedsBreeds of dog who were at the house include Rotweiller, Doberman, German Shepherd and St Bernards. It is believed that all the dogs were purchased online solely for the purposes of breeding.The operator of the puppy farm set up the business earlier this year, but due to an over supply of large dogs the puppy farmer surrendered two St. Bernard dogs to the DSPCA which led them to eventually close the puppy breeding farm.The DSPCA said puppy farmers and traders now take multiple advertisements offering a small number of puppies for sale therefore people think they are buying from a single owner with a litter rather than a trader. “As long as people purchase on line, these illicit breeders will continue to sell on line,” they said.CEO of the DSPCA, Brian Gillen said the puppies are bred to order in the “most appalling conditions, often inbred and susceptible to illnesses and disease that only become apparent in the weeks after the purchase”.Online selling He added:The message is simple do not buy online. Illicit puppy traders are offering “Ready for Christmas” puppies on popular internet sites trade frequently with only a mobile number, no email and no address.People are then generally asked to meet in a car park. If this happens then it is almost certain you are dealing with a puppy farmer. The DSPCA said that if you are considering getting a dog, the DSPCA have a many dogs that need to be rehomed.Read: EU proposes ban on cloning farm animals and selling clone meat>Read: Love/Hate’s Fran, Colin Farrell and Katie Taylor rally support for Merryn>last_img read more

Legends give picks for Triple H vs The Undertaker Off air notesLegends give picks for Triple H vs The Undertaker Off air notes

first_img Google+ Facebook Twitter WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football WWE has posted the segment, above, that aired during last night’s RAW where Ric Flair, Christian, Mick Foley, Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Booker T, DDP and The Big Show gave picks for Triple H vs. The Undertaker at Super Show-Down.As reported earlier, Shawn Michaels is scheduled to appear on RAW next Monday night in Columbus to address this “last time ever” meeting between Triple H and Undertaker.Off air notes from RAW in TorontoThe following was taped before RAW last night in Toronto.* No Way Jose def. Tyler Breeze.* Ruby Riott def. Ember Moon.Source: PWInsidercenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WhatsApplast_img read more

Icardi says Inter are ready to do well for the fansIcardi says Inter are ready to do well for the fans

first_imgInter Milan striker Mauro Icardi say’s that his team is ready for the new season and is preparing well for a return to the Champions League.Today Icardi and the rest of the squad took part in their first pre-season training session ahead of the looming 2018/19 Serie A campaign and he was in buoyant mood talking to reporters.“After a month-and-a-half, we were missing the daily routine of training a bit. We all want to start the new season and play in the Champions League which had been our objective,” he said, as reported by Inter’s official website.“It will be a training camp that’s different from the rest. We’ll prepare well for the Champions League, the league and develop chemistry with the new teammates.”Inter have made 6 signings already this summer – including midfielder Radja Nainggolan from AS Roma – as manager Luciano Spaletti looks to increase his options heading into the new season.The Nerazzurri secured qualification for Europe’s premier competition after a dramatic 3-2 final day win over Lazio and Icardi finished by thanking the fans for their continued support.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0. Una gioia infinita… che dura una vita⚽️?⚫️ #MI9— MauroIcardi (@MauroIcardi) May 21, 2018“I thank the fans who go to the stadium, those who go to away games and those who watch at home from all over the world. I have to thank them for their passion for Inter. We can feel it, and we know that we have to do well for them.”last_img read more

Family Circle Uses Refresh to Continue Growth MomentumFamily Circle Uses Refresh to Continue Growth Momentum

first_imgMeredith’s Family Circle magazine has seen an 8 percent increase in the number of single copies sold at newsstands, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s first half Fas-Fax report from January to June, and the title has even increased its rate base in the last year, going from 3.8 to 4 million. To continue to grow, the magazine is undergoing a brand refresh—incorporating new monthly editorial features, columns and design elements.“Since we have such an enormous audience, it’s important that we keep up with trends,” says the magazine’s editor in chief, Linda Fears. “We conducted focus groups last fall and we learned what they loved about the magazine and wanted to see more of, and what we weren’t doing that we needed to add to the mix.”There are 10 new columns incorporated into the magazine and the refresh features more open layouts and new typography.  The publication will also be including more video tutorials on its website that will be linked to its print magazine. “Part of the design of making it airier, cleaner and a bit more sophisticated plays into what we were hearing (from readers),” says Fears. “We feel like we understand what moves on the newsstand, and what readers are looking for.”Along with the added editorial content and new design, the publication has also secured more and different advertising support—the first two pages of the magazine include a note from the commissioner of the NFL alerting Family Circle readers, who primarily consist of parents of teens and tweens, to the possible dangers surrounding concussions. Additionally, the September 2011 issue was the magazine’s biggest edition for ad pages in about a decade, and the September 2012 edition has held steady, garnering about 133 ad pages.“We were 3.8 million for about the last six years,” says vice president and publisher Lee Slattery. “In one of the most challenging of economic times we’re one of the few magazines that took our rate base up last year. Its unbelievable that we took the bold move with the January 2012 issue to go to 4 million. Any of our advertisers can say they’re enjoying a nice bonus with our ABC statement. There are subtle cutbacks in some of the lifestyle magazines and we’re not cutting back, we’re investing in this magazine.”last_img read more

TS EAMCET 2019 web options from July 5TS EAMCET 2019 web options from July 5

first_imgStudents can choose the web options for getting admission into engineering courses from July 5. The process of choosing the web options was supposed to start from July 1, 2019 but was delayed due to the non-fixation of college fee for the unaided private engineering colleges. Students who attended the certificate verification can participate in the web options process. The verification process will end on July 3. So far, 37,413 students had attended the certificate verification process. Meanwhile, the payment of processing fee and online slot booking for the verification will end todaylast_img

Farooq Abdullah neither under detention nor arrest says AmitFarooq Abdullah neither under detention nor arrest says Amit

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah is neither under detention nor arrest and he is at the home of his own will, Home Minister Amit Shah informed Lok Sabha on Tuesday. He made these remarks when Supriya Sule (NCP) said Abdullah used to sit next to him in the House. She said he is not in House and his voice is not being heard. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us “He is neither under detention nor under arrest. He is at his home on his own will,” Shah said. When Sule wondered whether the National Conference leader was unwell, Shah said it was up to the doctors to say. “I can’t carry out the treatment, it was up to doctors,” he said. The House is debating a motion to abrogate provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and a bill to split the state into two union territories.last_img read more

French Open day 2 Live Streaming biggest matches and previewFrench Open day 2 Live Streaming biggest matches and preview

first_imgBoth Nadal and Djokovic would be in action on day 2 of French OpenReutersThe second Grand Slam of the year, French Open, got underway on a Sunday and featured Roger Federer – making his first appearance at this event in four years – in action. But the second day could turn out to be even bigger with both the top seeds and favourites to win – Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic set to start their campaign.Where and when to watchTelevision viewers can watch the action live from Roland Garros in both standard and high definition. The live coverage would begin at 2:30 PM IST and would be available on Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports Select 1 HD and Star Sports Select 2 HD. For online viewers, the platform bringing the matches live would be Hotstar at the same timings.Nadal’s match is supposed to begin at 3:45 PM IST on court Phillipe Chatrier and the Djoker will be in action after that. Following this contest, Serena Williams would be in action on the same court.Matches to watch out forThe most anticipated matches on day 2 of the French Open would, obviously, be those featuring Nadal and Djokovic. The 11-time champion from Spain will start his campaign for the 12th title against Yannick Hanfmann, a qualifier from Germany. The top seed from Serbia would take on Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. Serena would be in action on day 2 alsoTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty ImagesIn the women’s division, no. 1-seeded Naomi Osaka would begin her campaign against Anna Karolína Schmiedlová of Slovakia. Defending Champion and 3rd-seeded Simona Halep would face-off against Ajla Tomljanović of Australia as well. All eyes would also be focussed on Serena Williams who is one Grand Slam win away from equalling the all-time record of 24 titles, currently held by Margaret Court.What to look out forWhile Djokovic has been given the top-seeding, and the Serbian did come into the tournament with a great run of form, at the Italian Open, he suffered a defeat at the hands of Rafael Nadal in the Final. While first-round matches are not the best indicators of what lies in future, yet a comparison of how comfortable the two men appear at their first showing would be interesting.While Naomi Osaka is on a great winning spree, having won the last two Grand Slams, she may face a tough competition from the legendary Serena Williams and last year’s winner Simona Halep. Also, the younger Williams sister had to withdraw from three tournaments in the lead-up to the event, hence, it would be interesting to see whether there is any ring-rustiness on her part.last_img read more

French court convicts cardinal of not reporting child abuseFrench court convicts cardinal of not reporting child abuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,LYON, France (AP) — French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin said Thursday (March 7) he will offer his resignation to Pope Francis after a court found the cardinal guilty of failing to report allegations of sexual abuse of minors by a priest.The Lyon court’s surprise decision was seen by alleged victims as a victory for child protection and a strong signal to the Catholic Church.The court handed Barbarin a six-month suspended prison sentence for not reporting the cases in the period between July 2014 and June 2015.RELATED: Pope Francis calls for ‘all-out battle’ against child sex abuseIn a brief statement to the media, Barbarin said: “I have decided to go and see the Holy Father to offer him my resignation.” He said he will meet Pope Francis “in a few days” and expressed his “compassion” for the alleged victims.Alleged victims of the Rev. Bernard Preynat claim Barbarin and other church officials covered up for him for years, but the statute of limitations had expired on some charges and even the victims had expected that the cardinal would be acquitted.Five other defendants were acquitted.In the court’s decision, read by The Associated Press, magistrates wrote that Barbarin “had the obligation to report” accusations because the alleged victims didn’t request the ecclesiastic secrecy.Alexandre Hezez, one of the alleged victims and among those who brought the case to trial, met Barbarin in November 2014 and kept informing him that there were probably other victims.“Cardinal Barbarin never showed any doubt about the information,” the court wrote.Barbarin was not present at the Lyon court Thursday. His lawyer, Jean-Felix Luciani, said he will appeal.“This is a decision that is not fair at the juridical level,” Luciani said. He added: “We hope that at the next step, justice will be done.”The Vatican didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Preynat has confessed to abusing Boy Scouts in the 1970s and ’80s and will be tried separately.Nine people who said the priest abused them brought the case against Barbarin to court.“This is a victory that sends a strong signal to lots of victims and a signal to the church as well,” said Francois Devaux, president of the association La Parole Liberee (Lift the Burden of Silence), a group of victims of Preynat.“We see that no one is above the law. We have been heard by the court. This is the end of a long path.”A lawyer for some of Preynat’s alleged victims, Yves Sauvayre, called the verdict “historic.”“The cardinal is convicted because he didn’t do what needed to be done,” he said.The victims say top clergy had been aware of Preynat’s actions since 1991, but allowed him to be in contact with children until his 2015 retirement.In addition to Barbarin, an archbishop, a bishop, a priest and two other officials had been on trial. Another top Catholic official, Cardinal Luis Ladaria, was among the accused — but didn’t appear in court because the Vatican invoked his diplomatic immunity.In emotional proceedings during the four-day trial in January, several men recounted their fear and shame after they were abused.Christian Burdet, 53, recalled how Preynat forced him to go into his tent when he was a 10-year-old Scout.Describing years of suffering, Burdet said he wanted to “understand how this system was put in place” and help other victims to speak out.Preynat’s trial is to be held by next year. The date has not been set yet. Only 13 cases out of an estimated total of 85 alleged victims will go to court, as the statute of limitations has expired for the others.Last month, French judges refused to block the release in French cinemas of a movie based on the scandal by French director Francois Ozon.The decision against Barbarin was handed down less than two weeks after the announcement in Australia of the conviction of another “prince” of the church, Cardinal George Pell, on charges of sexually abusing two youths. He too is appealing.And it comes amid a reckoning among rank-and-file Catholics of how church leaders around the globe allowed decades of sexual abuse and cover-up to fester. The resulting crisis in confidence in the hierarchy sparked Francis’ decision to convene church leaders from around the world for an extraordinary Vatican summit last month.Also last month, Francis defrocked the onetime leader of the American Catholic Church, ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, after a church investigation determined he sexually molested minors and adult men.(Sylvie Corbet in Paris and Nicole Winfield in Rome contributed to this report.) Share This! TagsCatholic Catholic sex abuse scandal Catholicism child abuse child sex abuse France Philippe Barbarin sex abuse sexual abuse,You may also like As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Nicolas Vaux-Montagny Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Nicolas Vaux-Montagny Share This! 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How did genetic parasites overcome natural selection for billions of yearsHow did genetic parasites overcome natural selection for billions of years

first_img Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) Genetic diversity helps protect against disease Nearly half of the human genome is composed of genetic parasites—transposons, plasmids, viruses, and other genetic elements that have one thing in common: they don’t make any beneficial contributions to their hosts, and can sometimes have harmful effects. Genetic parasites—sometimes called “selfish genes”—originated early in the history of life and today are present in nearly all living organisms. Models of genetic parasites in a population of hosts. Credit: Iranzo and Koonin. ©2018 EPL The discovery that genetic parasites are so ubiquitous and abundant is one of the many surprising findings in the field of genomics, but many questions remain unanswered. One of the most basic questions is simply how genetic parasites have managed to persist for so long, despite the evidence that they are harmful at evolutionary timescales. Typically, natural selection results in deletions of harmful genes, so the main question is, why hasn’t natural selection wiped out genetic parasites?In a new study published in EPL, researchers Jaime Iranzo and Eugene V. Koonin at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, have found that horizontal gene transfer may be one of the keys to understanding the persistence and spread of genetic parasites over evolutionary timescales. In horizontal gene transfer (HGT), genetic information is transferred to an organism by a variety of mechanisms other than the traditional parent-to-offspring process of transferring DNA. For example, an organism may receive genetic material directly from another organism—even one of a different species—or pick up genetic material from the surrounding environment. For genetic parasites, HGT offers a way to infect new hosts, providing a potential mechanism to compensate for the losses due to natural selection.Early studies have shown, however, that it’s unlikely that HGT alone could enable genetic parasites to persist for long periods of time, assuming typical HGT rates. Later research suggested that random fluctuations in the HGT rates might allow for the persistence of some genetic parasites. Now in the new study, the researchers analyzed large amounts of data on the spread of genetic parasites in microbial populations, and used it to estimate the minimum HGT transfer rates required for the long-term survival of genetic parasites. The analysis involved using mathematical modelling and comparative genomics to quantify the effects of various factors on the spread and persistence of genetic parasites. Explore further The researchers found that, although the critical HGT rate depends on the strength of natural selection and the rate of gene deletion, the typical HGT rates of genetic parasites are generally high enough to guarantee their long-term survival. The findings provide evidence that genetic parasites may use HGT to overcome natural selection and persist in their hosts’ genomes for billions of years. Their results also help explain why different types of genetic parasites use different strategies.”By quantifying the cost of genetic parasites and the minimum HGT rate that parasites require to persist, we gained a fundamental understanding of why selfish genes differ in their parasitic strategies,” Iranzo told “For example, genetic parasites that are very deleterious need very high HGT rates, which can only be achieved by evolving autonomous mechanisms for HGT (the case of viruses and conjugative plasmids) or by piggybacking on another parasite that is autonomous for HGT (the case of toxin-antitoxin modules). Mild genetic parasites, such as transposons, have more options, such as evolving mechanisms that allow them to proliferate within their host genomes.”Although genetic parasites do not provide any functional benefits to their hosts, the competition between early living organisms and genetic parasites may have played a vital role in some of the major evolutionary events in the history of living organisms. For example, this competition may have been one of the driving forces behind cell compartmentalization as well as the origin of multicellular life forms, and may have also made living organisms more resistant to other parasite invasions. Understanding the persistence of genetic parasites has implications for understanding these events, as well as to help answer other questions. “A natural extension of our work is to study the interactions among different classes of genetic parasites,” Iranzo said. “How does the presence of a genetic parasite affect the long- (and short-) term survival of other genetic parasites? What ecological and evolutionary factors promote cooperation and/or competition among genetic parasites? A second focus would be capturing the transient dynamics observed at the scale of multiple populations and species, where genetic parasites seem to be proliferating in some species and declining in others.” Citation: How did genetic parasites overcome natural selection for billions of years? (2018, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2018 More information: Jaime Iranzo and Eugene V. Koonin. “How genetic parasites persist despite the purge of natural selection.” EPL. 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Simple Ping Blocker for FirefoxSimple Ping Blocker for Firefox

first_imgSimple Ping Blocker for Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on May 10, 2019 in Firefox – 42 commentsSimple Ping Blocker is a new browser extension for the Firefox web browser that blocks any pings from being sent when links get activated in the browser.Mozilla revealed recently that it would integrate Hyperlink Ping Tracking in the Firefox web browser and enable it by default.Ping is a relatively new link attribute that web developers and site operators may add to links. The main idea behind ping is to send clicking information to a resource when links are clicked.Ping is a controversial feature as it adds another tracking technology. Unlike the majority of tracking options, ping does not require JavaScript; it works just fine without JavaScript enabled in the browser.Users cannot identify ping attributes of links by just looking at them or hovering the mouse cursor over links. Hovering reveals the link target but it does not reveal anything about the use of ping.The only option, at the time of writing, is to analyze the source code to check links for ping attributes. You could bypass pings by copying links and loading them manually in the browser’s address bar, but that is not very comfortable.Google Chrome and most Chromium-based browsers won’t have options going forward to disable Hyperlink Ping Auditing. Brave is one of the few Chromium-based browsers that has the feature disabled by default, and it seems that the browser is one of the few with Ping functionality turned off by default.Mozilla is still working on integrating Ping in Firefox. The organization plans to enable it by default; whether the current browser.send_pings preference remains available so that users may disable Ping in Firefox remains to be seen.It is quite puzzling that Mozilla would enable ping tracking in Firefox by default without user safeguards. Options could include highlighting links with the Ping attribute in a special way, displaying a prompt to users when they first encounter Pings, or better yet, disabling the feature by default but asking users whether they would like to opt-in when it is encountered.Simple Ping BlockerUsers who don’t want to risk it may install the Simple Ping Blocker extension for Firefox. The extension blocks all ping requests but does not modify links to remove the attribute from them or change the destination of the ping.Note: uBlock Origin users don’t need the extension as the content blocker comes with Ping blocking functionality. Chrome or Chromium users may also install Ping Blocker.As far as Simple Ping Blocker is concerned, it is a set and forget kind of extension. Just install it and any ping you encounter from that moment on will be without function.Ping is not enabled yet in Firefox and the add-on does not do a thing right now because of that. You could bookmark it to keep it in reach or install it and deactivate it until Mozilla enables Ping to activate it.Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 6 votes Software Name Simple Ping BlockerSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more