School board vows to disregard Quebec bill restricting religious symbols

first_imgQUEBEC — The Coalition Avenir Quebec government will table its secularism bill today, fulfilling an election promise to prohibit many public sector employees, including teachers, from wearing religious symbols at work.But even before the text is made public, one school board has declared its intention to disobey a law that it says will violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Quebec Premier Francois Legault has said the legislation will target teachers, judges, police officers, prison guards and other public servants in what the government considers to be positions of authority.Legault has signalled today’s bill will pre-emptively invoke the charter’s notwithstanding clause to block court challenges that invoke rights violations.Opposition to the government’s plan is growing. On Wednesday night, the English Montreal School Board adopted a motion declaring its refusal to implement legislation restricting the wearing of religious symbols.The government counters that it won a mandate last October to introduce the legislation, which it says is supported by a majority of Quebecers. Civil rights groups and religious organizations argue the bill is primarily aimed at Muslim women who wear the hijab.Julien Feldman, chairman of the EMSB’s human resources committee, said the board has never received a complaint from a student or parent about a teacher’s religious symbol.“This proposed legislation would be contrary to the values the EMSB teaches its children, in particular, values of diversity, acceptance, tolerance and respect for individual rights and religious freedoms,” Feldman said in a statement.The board’s resolution came a day after a major teachers’ federation spoke out against the planned legislation and filed a lawsuit to stop government attempts to count the number of teachers who wear religious symbols.Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Legault said the secularism bill would contain compromises, adding that his goal was to be “unifying.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

VanessaMae Applauds Thai Government For Looking At Ending Cruel Cosmetics Testing

first_imgSuperstar violinist and Olympic skier, Vanessa-Mae, is hoping she can help orchestrate a wave of public support for ending animal testing in Thailand.A statement from the Thai government, that it has agreed in principle to look at ending animal testing for cosmetics, has struck a chord with the Cruelty Free International Ambassador, who is currently in Thailand visiting family and the Thai Olympic Committee.In April 2015 Cruelty Free International received confirmation from the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand that it is now in the process of reviewing the availability of local laboratories and decision-makers to use non-animal safety testing for cosmetics. Vanessa-Mae, whose father comes from Thailand, is hoping to use her profile in the country to place a spotlight on the issue and encourage the Ministry of Public Health to make good on their intention to phase out cosmetics tests on animals.Vanessa-Mae says: “I am proud of my Thai heritage and the family roots I have in this country, so I am very encouraged to hear from Cruelty Free International that the Thai government has in principle accepted a phase-out of animal testing for cosmetics. I know that many people in Thailand are eager and impatient to hear of progress towards implementing this. It is now time for Thailand to demonstrate to the world that it is a modern, forward-thinking nation and to join the increasing number of compassionate countries around the globe showing their commitment to ending the horrific and unnecessary practice of animal testing for cosmetics.”Michelle Thew, Cruelty Free International CEO, said: “We are delighted with the open-minded response shown so far from the government in Thailand towards adopting humane methods of testing cosmetics. The intention shows that Thailand is very much in tune with the growing anti-animal testing sentiment spreading across the globe. The move away from animal experiments for cosmetics is snowballing and we hope for an opportunity to work with the Thai authorities to make this happen and help progress the issue across ASEAN.”Since the EU ban on animal cosmetics testing in 2013, Cruelty Free International has led the campaign to see similar action implemented globally, including in Thailand and the ASEAN community. In Vietnam a programme to train local scientists in alternatives to animal tests for cosmetics was funded by the organisation.
In 2014, Cruelty Free International delivered a ground-breaking scientific report on the alternatives to animal tests to over one hundred governments around the globe, including Thailand. The report, ‘Meeting the Global Challenge: A guide to assessing the safety of cosmetics without using animals’ is a roadmap designed to help governments, politicians, regulators and cosmetics manufacturers worldwide switch to alternative ways of testing products. It describes the alternative approaches that are available to replace animals and shows how they are more reliable, faster and cheaper than the animal tests they replace.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Twitter James Corden performs onstage during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The biggest night in theater was a memorable one. The 73rd Annual Tony Awards were presented on Sunday night to celebrate Broadway’s best performances of the year.Winners in each category are bolded.Best play“Choir Boy” by Tarell Alvin McCraney“The Ferryman” by Jez Butterworth *WINNER“Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” by Taylor Mac“Ink” by James Graham“What the Constitution Means to Me” by Heidi SchreckBest revival of a musical“Kiss Me, Kate”Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” *WINNERBest musical“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”“Beetlejuice”“Hadestown” *WINNER“The Prom”“Tootsie”Best revival of a playArthur Miller’s “All My Sons”“The Boys in the Band” by Mart Crowley *WINNER“Burn This” by Lanford Wilson“Torch Song” by Harvey Fierstein“The Waverly Gallery” by Kenneth LonerganBest performance by an actor in a leading role in a musicalBrooks Ashmanskas, “The Prom”Derrick Baskin, “Ain’t Too Proud”Alex Brightman, “Beetlejuice”Damon Daunno, “Oklahoma!”Santino Fontana, “Tootsie” *WINNERBest performance by an actress in a leading role in a musicalStephanie J. Block, “The Cher Show” *WINNERCaitlin Kinnunen, “The Prom”Beth Leavel, “The Prom”Eva Noblezada, “Hadestown”Kelli O’Hara, “Kiss Me, Kate”Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a playPaddy Considine, “The Ferryman”Bryan Cranston, “Network” *WINNERJeff Daniels, “To Kill a Mockingbird”Adam Driver, “Burn This”Jeremy Pope, “Choir Boy”Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a playAnnette Bening, “All My Sons”Laura Donnelly, “The Ferryman”Elaine May, “The Waverly Gallery” *WINNERJanet McTeer, “Bernhardt/Hamlet”Laurie Metcalf, “Hillary and Clinton”Heidi Schreck, “What the Constitution Means to Me”Best book of a musical“Ain’t Too Proud,” Dominique Morisseau“Beetlejuice,” Scott Brown and Anthony King“Hadestown,” Anaïs Mitchell“The Prom,” Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin“Tootsie,” Robert Horn *WINNERBest original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theater“Be More Chill,” Joe Iconis“Beetlejuice,” Eddie Perfect“Hadestown,” Anaïs Mitchell *WINNER“The Prom,” Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin“To Kill a Mockingbird,” Adam Guettel“Tootsie,” David YazbekBest direction of a musicalRachel Chavkin, “Hadestown” *WINNERScott Ellis, “Tootsie”Daniel Fish, “Oklahoma!”Des McAnuff, “Ain’t Too Proud”Casey Nicholaw, “The Prom”Best direction of a playRupert Goold, “Ink”Sam Mendes, “The Ferryman” *WINNERBartlett Sher, “To Kill a Mockingbird”Ivo van Hove, “Network”George C. Wolfe, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musicalAndré De Shields, “Hadestown” *WINNERAndy Grotelueschen, “Tootsie”Patrick Page, “Hadestown”Jeremy Pope, “Ain’t Too Proud”Ephraim Sykes, “Ain’t Too Proud”Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musicalLilli Cooper, “Tootsie”Amber Gray, “Hadestown”Sarah Stiles, “Tootsie”Ali Stroker, “Oklahoma!” *WINNERMary Testa, “Oklahoma!”Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a playBertie Carvel, “Ink” *WINNERRobin De Jesús, “The Boys in the Band”Gideon Glick, “To Kill a Mockingbird”Brandon Uranowitz, “Burn This”Benjamin Walker, “All My Sons”Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a playFionnula Flanagan, “The Ferryman”Celia Keenan-Bolger, “To Kill a Mockingbird” *WINNERKristine Nielsen, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”Julie White, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”Ruth Wilson, “King Lear”Best choreographyCamille A. Brown, “Choir Boy”Warren Carlyle, “Kiss Me, Kate”Denis Jones, “Tootsie”David Neumann, “Hadestown”Sergio Trujillo, “Ain’t Too Proud” *WINNERBest orchestrationsMichael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, “Hadestown” *WINNERLarry Hochman, “Kiss Me, Kate”Daniel Kluger, “Oklahoma!”Simon Hale, “Tootsie”Harold Wheeler, “Ain’t Too Proud”Best scenic design of a musicalRobert Brill and Peter Nigrini, ‘Ain’t Too Proud”Peter England, “King Kong”Rachel Hauck, “Hadestown” *WINNERLaura Jellinek, “Oklahoma!”David Korins, “Beetlejuice”Best scenic design of a playMiriam Buether, “To Kill a Mockingbird”Bunny Christie, “Ink”Rob Howell, “The Ferryman” *WINNERSanto Loquasto, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”Jan Versweyveld, “Network”Best costume design of a musicalMichael Krass, “Hadestown”William Ivey Long, “Beetlejuice”William Ivey Long, “Tootsie”Bob Mackie, “The Cher Show” *WINNERPaul Tazewell, “Ain’t Too Proud”Best costume design of a playRob Howell, “The Ferryman” *WINNERToni-Leslie James, “Bernhardt/Hamlet”Clint Ramos, “Torch Song”Ann Roth, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”Ann Roth, “To Kill a Mockingbird”Best sound design of a musicalPeter Hylenski, “Beetlejuice”Peter Hylenski, “King Kong”Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Ain’t Too Proud”Drew Levy, “Oklahoma!”Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, “Hadestown” *WINNERBest sound design of a playAdam Cork, “Ink”Scott Lehrer, “To Kill a Mockingbird”Fitz Patton, “Choir Boy” *WINNERNick Powell, “The Ferryman”Eric Sleichim, “Network”Best lighting design of a musicalKevin Adams, “The Cher Show”Howell Binkley, “Ain’t Too Proud”Bradley King, “Hadestown” *WINNERPeter Mumford, “King Kong”Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, “Beetlejuice”Best lighting design of a playNeil Austin, “Ink” *WINNERJules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”Peter Mumford, “The Ferryman”Jennifer Tipton, “To Kill a Mockingbird”Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden, “Network”last_img read more

UN forum to bring big space data benefits to disaster response in

Big data are extremely large datasets, which, upon analysis can reveal complex patterns in real-world situations such as the movement of people or humanitarian needs in the aftermath of a disaster.Synergies between such big data and space-based information, such as satellite imagery, can have profound benefits for both disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, according to the Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), a specialized programme of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).“Space and big data technologies are already…important elements in early warning systems, central to effective disaster preparedness, and feature prominently in the Sendai Framework and the Paris Agreement,” said UNOOSA, referring to the globally agreed set of goals to reduce disaster risk, and combat climate change, respectively.The importance of these technologies will only grow in the future, it added.Applications of space technology vital for developing countriesIn addition, the applications of space technology and newer domains, including big data, are vital for developing countries, explained the UN office.“[These] countries are particularly susceptible to the impact of natural hazards as societies are more vulnerable and exposed, and less resilient to recover when disasters strike,” it added.The one-day expert meeting, entitled “Towards Big (Space) Data in Support of Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response in Africa”, took stock of new developments in the implementation of the Sendai Framework – as they pertain to big data and space technologies.It also identified ways to strengthen African countries’ capacity in the use of big data and satellite technologies, as well as the technical needs in the continent, to tailor UN-SPIDER support efforts on the continent, in line with its mandate and the Africa Space Policy, adopted by the African Union in 2016 on the development and use of space science and technology for socio-economic progress in the continent.According to UNOOSA, the outcomes and recommendations from the forum will be incorporated into UN-SPIDER’s plan of work for the coming years. read more

Eat healthy smoke less

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Multicultural Health Week 2014, an initiative of the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service, an annual themed program that discusses health issues and initiatives prevalent in multicultural societies, attempts to hone in its 2014 edition next week on such issues as healthy eating, smoking and increased exercise. Peter Todaro, the director of the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service, speaking to Neos Kosmos said that this year’s program was taking from mainstream health, nutrition, diet, exercise, smoking and being healthy, and associating those factors with multicultural communities. He said the organisation has launched a website and community initiatives across NSW, through hospitals, community health centres and non-government organisations.Todaro said that whilst it is difficult to pinpoint a correlation between the three targeted themes and multicultural (or ethnic) communities, they are elements that are ubiquitous within non-Anglo factions.“We certainly do know that in some multicultural groups smoking levels are very high, they’re double the general population, in others they’re lower than the general population. “We also know that cardiovascular disease is higher in some groups, and some groups die less healthy than others. But I guess generally it affects us all. Food and exercise are generally something the human body requires, we’re all affected by that.”Multicultural Health Week 2014 is a means of promoting a healthy living workplace (and at home). According to the Health & Productivity Institute of Australia (HAPIA), organisations that don’t promote health and wellness are four times more likely to lose employees within 12 months. Therefore, the week long initiative aims at inspiring dialogue and awareness to groups that would otherwise not have support measures in place to seek medical or health assistance. “I think if people see the information it encourages them to become active and pick up the phone. It’s really easy for people to say ‘I’ll ring tomorrow’ or ‘I’m OK, I’m not going to worry about that’, but maybe pick up the phone and get some more information. Once you’ve gotten information if you don’t want to do anything about it, then that’s fine, but at least you’re informed.”The organisation has previously worked with the Greek community, especially in relation to smoking, but Todaro believes there is still a lot of work to be done addressing other issues.“I think generally, if you look at the Greek community they’re more of an older established community. So I think some of the issues around those communities are around ageing, dementia, being taken care of at home … around those areas,” he said. “There are a lot of Greek people that do take care of themselves, they have quit smoking, they do get involved in walking groups.”One of the grounds relating to the health issues plaguing multicultural societies, the Greek community included, is culture.“If people cut down smoking or stop and go and see their GPs on how to do that, that would be great. And if people generally start eating more vegetables and fruit that would be terrific.”“I think it’s part of the reason, how we grow up, and when someone grows up, in an Italian family for example, with pasta twice a day and then perhaps a protein dish like meat and then you say to them ‘look you have to eat vegetables, three vegetables and you have to cut down on your bread and your pasta’, they look at you and say ‘what, what are you talking about?! I’ve been eating this all my life’. “So for us it’s about explaining that certain foods are high in carbohydrates and they’re the foods that put you at risk, and for an Italian or a Greek person you tell them the foods they’ve had all their lives put them at risk, it’s a difficult issue. Culture is mostly associated with food and it’s really hard to change the cultural habits you’ve had all your life.”But Todaro argues that culture does not have to be foreshadowed for the sake of new healthy eating measures. A good balance can be achieved between enjoying the cultural aspects of diet as well as healthy eating and living.He said that any change, no matter how minor, was a positive step and could put years on one’s life. For further information on Multicultural Health Week 2014 visit www.multiculturalhealthweek.comlast_img read more

Help sought to fix East Fork Lewis trail

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — Volunteers are needed Nov. 19 and 20 to help restore East Fork Lewis River trail No. 139 in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.Workers will cut back vegetation and restore portions of the trail tread. No experience is needed and the Washington Trails Association will provide the tools and instruction.Volunteers are needed for either or both days. Overnight camping and a potluck are planned for Nov. 19.To register, go online to, email Ryan Ojerio at or call him at 360-722-2657.last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories 1925 July 2018

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on between 19 and 25 July 2018 were:WeWork refuses to serve meat to 6,000 global employeesThe Pensions Regulator to conduct new round of spot checks for auto-enrolment non-complianceEXCLUSIVE: City and Guilds Group launches online financial educationBarclays, Herbert Smith Freehills and Vodafone recognised as top global employers for LGBT staffEXCLUSIVE: Equifax launches online financial education programmeUnilever to deliver keynote address at Employee Benefits Live 20188% receive pet insurance as an employer-paid employee benefitEverton Football Club gains Workplace Wellbeing Charter accreditation Member of Parliament recommends Deliveroo drivers receive guaranteed minimum payPerpetual Guardian improves work-life balance by 24% after implementing four-day weeklast_img read more

Toddler found wandering Miami Beach street

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A toddler is now safe after he was found wandering the streets of Miami Beach, Saturday morning.Authorities said the child somehow got out of an apartment while his caretaker was sleeping.A good Samaritan called police as the 2-year-old walked down Bay Road, near 16th Street. “We tried looking for where he lived, see if he had any recognition where he’d point, but he was scared around all these police officers and not seeing mommy. He was afraid,” said Jessi Davidson.Investigators determined that the child’s mother was at work during the incident.Child Services has taken temporary custody of the child pending an investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Rare World War II planes on display in Pompano Beach

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Several vintage World War II planes landed in Pompano Beach, Monday, as part of a three-day tour stop.The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour brought rare World War II bombers and fighter planes to the Pompano Beach Airpark on Northeast 10th Street and Fifth Avenue.Visitors can tour the fully restored jets and even fly in them.The planes will remain on display until Thursday. The tour then heads to Boca Raton for the rest of the week. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Significant Snowfall Expected Over The Eastern Kenai Peninsula Through Friday

first_imgIncluding the cities of Whittier, Seward, Girdwood, and Moose Pass. …POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OVER THE EASTERN KENAIPENINSULA ROAD SYSTEM THROUGH FRIDAY… Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Persistent snowfall is expected over the eastern Kenai Peninsula today through Friday. Periods of heavy snowfall and blowing snow  will significantly reduce visibility at times this afternoon  through tonight.center_img Depending on the track the low center takes, the road system from Seward to Portage could see snow accumulations anywhere from one  to three feet through Friday evening. Heaviest snowfall is expected to be from Moose Pass southward.last_img read more

Appropriations Committee Asks for Detailed Analysis of Infrastructure Needs in BRAC Study

first_imgCiting its concern about the Pentagon’s repeated calls for a new BRAC round, the House Appropriations Committee directs DOD to provide a comprehensive assessment of its infrastructure needs.“Though the committee is not endorsing or precluding another BRAC round, it is interested in more detailed information that would help lead Congress to make an informed decision on that question,” states the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 military construction-veterans affairs spending measure that was released Tuesday.The committee requests DOD provide by Dec. 31, 2015, a comprehensive inventory of military installations as well as:a description of the infrastructure necessary to support ongoing defense activities;a discussion of categories of excess infrastructure and infrastructure capacity, and “the secretary’s  targets for the reduction of such excess capacity”;an assessment of the excess infrastructure and the value of retaining certain excess infrastructure to support surge or reversibility requirements; andan analysis of the economic impact of the closure or realignment of installations to reduce excess infrastructure.To determine the extent of excess capacity, the department should consider:the anticipated continuing need for and availability of installations outside the United States, along with the potential for future restrictions on their use; andany efficiencies that may be gained from joint tenancy by more than one branch at an installation or by reorganizing two or more installations into a single facility.The analysis would require a certification from the defense secretary regarding the need for the closure or realignment of installations. The committee also asks the secretary to certify that “every recommendation for closure or realignment of military installations in a round of closures and realignments will result in annual net savings for each of the military departments within six years” after a new round begins.The committee’s request mirrors very closely language in the House version of the FY 2015 defense authorization bill. That provision, which was viewed as a possible first step toward congressional approval of the department’s request for a new BRAC round, was struck from the compromise version of the policy bill, however.In this case, the request for an assessment of DOD’s infrastructure needs may not be as significant since the Appropriations Committee is not responsible for authorizing a BRAC round, but it seems to signal that the committee’s military construction-veterans affairs panel believes a strong case could be made for a future round.The committee report for the milcon spending bill can be found on its website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Arvind Kejriwal offers 10 lakh to Dwarka rape victim

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday met the six-year-old rape victim and her family at Safdarjung Hospital here and offered financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the family along with a promise of arranging a lawyer for the case. “I am shaken after seeing the plight of the minor rape victim. If children are not safe even in the national capital, we should all hang our heads in shame. CCTV cameras helped in nabbing the accused. We are installing cameras across Delhi. We are also ready to cooperate with the Centre to make Delhi safe,” he told the media here. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The incident took place on Tuesday afternoon when the accused identified as Nanhey, a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, lured the girl and took her to a deserted area in Dwarka’s Sector 23 area. Kejriwal said he met the girl along with his Deputy Manish Sisodia and also met the doctors treating her. “They said her condition was serious when she arrived at the hospital. However, she is now stable after operation and other treatments. There is nothing to worry; the doctors are taking good care of her. I also met her father, he is a daily wage worker. I have promised her father all kind of support,” he said Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The Chief Minister said that the Delhi government will give financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the family. “The Delhi government will also arrange for the best lawyer required to bring the culprit to book. We want to make this an example by getting the culprit the harshest punishment so that no one dares to commit such monstrous acts in future,” he added. Advertise With Us When asked about the law and order situation in the city, Kejriwal said: “I request the Central government to take all the necessary steps required so that the law and order situation improves in Delhi. I assure that the Delhi government and the people of Delhi will take all steps required to support the Central government to improve the law & order situation of Delhi.”last_img read more

TRS Musheerabad unit leaders supporters exchange blows

first_imgHyderabad: Differences surfaced once again in the Musheerabad TRS unit on Sunday with supporters of MLA Muta Gopal and rebel leader Rambabu Yadav, who is constituency observer and TRSKV State president, allegedly resorting to attacks against their respective opponents. The MLA allegedly took to his heels along with his security personnel following the incident. Yadav who managed to escape from the attacks heaved a sigh of relief. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The attacks took place at a party meeting at VSP Function Hall, Bagh Lingampally to decide the appointment of Ramnagar division TRS president. The MLA, Yadav, division Corporator V Srinivas Reddy and several important leaders attended. Gopal and Srinivas Reddy, a relative of former Minister Naini Narsimha Reddy allegedly head rival groups in the constituency. They have not been seeing eye to eye for some years. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us At the meeting there was a tough fight between R Moses, a supporter of the MLA, and R Mallesh from the group headed by Reddy. The attacks took place as party activists were expressing their views on the division president. Even as the media was picturing the events, Moses went on stage, rained blows on a speaker after snatching the mike from him. Supporters of Reddy also mounted the stage leading to attacks and a free-for-all. Advertise With Us With the situation taking a serious turn, the MLA and his supporters made a speedy exit from the hall, despite Reddy urging Gopal not to leave and to solve the problem. Later, R Mallesh and Vivek were announced as the division president and general secretary respectively. It may be recalled that there were serious differences between the Naini and Gopal groups for the party ticket before the 2018 Assembly elections. The seat witnessed trouble in almost all divisions of the constituency. As a result, the division president could not be appointed in the past. Consequently, two committees for each division have been constituted. The party experts have blamed the MLA for totally failing to control groupism in the constituency party unit.last_img read more

Sensex may see another year of high volatility in 2016

first_imgInvestors may witness another year of high volatility in stock markets in 2016 as a slew of negative factors could lead to further selling by overseas investors.Factors such as interest rate hike in the US, rupee depreciation and delay in reforms that resulted in aggressive of shares by foreign investors this year are also expected to rattle markets in the coming year.However, mid- and small-cap stocks will continued to be favoured by domestic investors next year until they realise the rally in the stocks is overdone.The sell-off, driven mainly by these factors, in domestic stock markets so far in 2015 has made benchmark indices head towards registering their worst yearly performance in four years. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have sold shares worth Rs 30,000 crore since June.Both the BSE Sensex and Nifty indices, which have hit all-time highs earlier this year, are mostly to end 2015 at nearly 5% below the closing levels on the last trading day in the previous year. The Sensex gained nearly 30% in 2014 when investors’ optimism on the Narendra Modi government was at its peak.Analysts expect FII selling to continue in 2016 largely due to concerns over additional monetary tightening in the US that could lead in weakening of rupee against the dollar.”We expect equity and currency markets to remain volatile in 2016 because of liquidity adjustment post US Federal Reserve rate hike and global economic slowdown,” The Economic Times quoted Rashesh Shah, chairman of the Edelweiss Group, as saying.Signs of slowdown in China and its authorities opting for yuan devaluation are also expected to weigh on investor sentiment. But passing of reforms by the government to boost business environment in the country may mitigate the impact of FII-selling in the markets.The Modi government was forced to delay the passage the Goods & Services Tax (GST) Bill in the past three sessions of Parliament, as it got struck in Rajya Sabha, where the BJP-led NDA does not have a majority.”If the GST Bill does not get passed within the first few months of the coming calendar (year), it will be a very bad sign and we would not want to increase our India allocation. But if it is passed, we would probably want to double our weight on India,” said Mark Mobius, executive chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group, Franklin Templeton Investments.”Stock-specific approach to markets will continue to work in 2016,” said Nilesh Shah, managing director at Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Co. “It’s not what the asset class is going to do, it’s what you do within that asset class in terms of picking stocks that’s going to give returns.”last_img read more

SBI tops debit card transactions in April

first_imgReuters fileState Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender, reported debit card transactions worth Rs 11,720.73 crore in April, which is a 31 percent share of the market, according to data from the Reserve Bank of India.SBI logged over 8.33 crore POS (Point of Sale) transactions using debit cards during the month of April, even as it has grown market share in debit card spends over the last six months. The number of transactions far outstripped the onsite and offsite transactions of HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank which were around 3.52 crore and 3.27 crore respectively.The country’s biggest lender reported debit card transactions worth Rs 11,720.73 crore in April, notching up a share of over 31%, according to RBI data. In October, the share was a shade under 30%.In contrast, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank saw their market shares drop over the six-month period following the note ban in November. Both banks were trailing SBI in April with debit card transactions worth Rs 4,818.66 crore and Rs 4,671.62 respectively.While the April data was definitely miles ahead of the October data, it paled in comparison with the record digital transactions seen in January – in the wake of demonetisation-fuelled bank deposits — across public and private sector banks with SBI’s market share at just 25.3 percent.At the end of April, SBI had nearly 35 crore debit cards while HDFC Bank has 2.39 crore debit card holders and 3.7 crore card holders for ICICI Bank.last_img read more

NPR Has Turned Wait Wait Dont Tell Me Into a Game for

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety The weekly 5-minute quiz has been developed by NPR in partnership with Vaynersmart, the internet of things subsidiary Gary Vaynerchuk’s Vaynermedia. NPR recently estimated that 53 million people, or 21% of the adult U.S. population, now own a smart speaker.center_img NPR has turned its popular “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” news quiz show into an interactive game for smart speakers: Owners of speakers powered by Google’s Assistant or Amazon Alexa will be able to play along to questions about the news of the week.Just like the radio show, the quiz is being hosted by Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis. And just like on the show, participants can actually win a chance to have one of the show’s on-air talent personalize their voicemail.Owners of an Amazon Echo device can access the quiz by saying “Alexa, open Wait Wait Quiz,” whereas it’s available on Google Home speakers via the voice command “Hey Google, talk to the Wait Wait Quiz.”“Try it out today– you can’t lose! Well, technically you can,” NPR joked in a press release for the game. The network also had “All Things Considered co-host Ari Shapiro try out the quiz on camera:last_img read more

VIDEO Ohio State and Michigan almost threw down before The Game in

first_imgOhio State and Michigan will renew the most storied rivalry in college football this Saturday in Ann Arbor, and anyone with even passing knowledge of the history between the two legendary football schools knows the hate is most definitely real.In 2013, when the then #3 Buckeyes were walking out to the Michigan Stadium field, the hyped up Wolverines unexpectedly burst out of their locker room and immediately started looking for a fight after spotting that team from Ohio.Incredibly, no punches were thrown, and it’s probably a good thing because this might have exploded into Wrestlemania in seconds. This video is incredible and almost perfectly represents the intensity and passion of The Game.The Buckeyes did win this one in a 42-41 thriller, so there’s that.The near fight between Michigan and OSU before 2013’s game is the best piece of camera work in the 21st century— Angry Sports Bro Jack (@JackMacCFB) November 21, 2017last_img read more

Alibaba Invests 50 Million in This App Maker

first_img 1 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters October 9, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Peel, the maker of an app that acts as a “smart remote” for TVs, said it secured an additional $50 million in funding from Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.The Peel Smart Remote app, launched in 2012, turns Android and iOS smartphones and tablets into remote controls that work on TVs, PCs, air-conditioners and other smart appliances.The California-based startup says it has more than 90 million users in 200 countries.Alibaba, whose recent initial public offering in the United States was the biggest in history, invested an initial $5 million in Peel in 2013.Peel charges TV networks to promote their shows on the app, which displays TV show listings and times.Peel Chief Executive Thiru Arunachalam told technology blog Re/code that the company would generate about $8 million in revenue this year and forecast revenue of $20 million for 2015.He added that the company was facing no pressure from Alibaba to integrate any e-commerce elements into its app.Peel has raised nearly $95 million in venture capital to date from investors including Redpoint Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Harrison Metal and Translink Capital.(Reporting by Sai Sachin R in Bangalore; Editing by Ted Kerr and Simon Jennings) Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Latin America between Kennan and Obama

first_imgRelated posts:What the US can learn from its ‘Cuban immigration policy’ Costa Rica to ‘take a hard look’ at its diplomatic missions, foreign minister says after meeting with US Secretary of State Kerry Putin’s Russia expands Latin American role, Kelly says Cuba marks Castro uprising anniversary with call for US embargo end BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The late U.S. diplomat and strategistGeorge Kennan is remembered as the creator of the doctrine of “containment,” which formed the centerpiece of the United States’ policy for waging the Cold War. But Kennan was also among the key architects of another U.S. grand strategy: the “dominance and discipline” approach toward Latin America. While less discussed, the latter strategy has long outlasted the Cold War. Fortunately, this may finally be changing, thanks to U.S. President Barack Obama.In 1950 – four years after sending an 8,000-word cable to U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall detailing his views on the Soviet Union and U.S. policy toward it – Kennan sent another memorandum to Secretary of State Dean Acheson. This time, he argued that the U.S. needed to take a tougher stance in regions with communist connections and sympathies. The report, which Kennan produced after a tour of Latin America, included a series of notable assertions about the region.For starters, Kennan claimed that the particular combination of “nature and human behavior” in Latin America had produced a uniquely “unhappy and hopeless background for the conduct of human life.” Impediments to progress in the region, Kennan observed, were “written in human blood and in the tracings of geography,” and the solutions that had been proposed were “feeble and unpromising.” This, he argued, had produced a “subconscious recognition of the failure of group efforts,” which manifested itself “in an exaggerated self-centeredness and egotism.”In Kennan’s view, it was critical that Latin America resist the “communist pressures” emanating from the Soviet Union – an outcome that the U.S. should help to bring about. That meant, first and foremost, creating incentives for Latin American governments to implement pro-U.S. policies.But the incentives that Kennan envisioned were not all positive. On the contrary, he argued that “where the concepts and traditions of popular government are too weak to absorb successfully the intensity of the communist attack,” the U.S. must concede that “harsh governmental measures” to repress communist sentiment were the “only answer.” While such measures “would not stand the test of American concepts of democratic procedure,” he was convinced that they were necessary.Similarly, Kennan saw a need for increased U.S. investment in Latin America, with business leaders deploying their “financial power” judiciously. But he also observed that bribery may have “replaced diplomatic interventions as the main protection of private capital.” In that sense, the prospects for private investment in Latin America were based, in many cases, on “the corruptibility, rather than on the enlightenment, of the local regimes.” George Kennan, the key architect of the U.S. policy of containment of the former Soviet Union. AFP/Council on Foreign Relations ArchivesKennan’s policy recommendations centered on dominance. The U.S., he believed, should emphasize its position as a great power – one that needed Latin America far less than Latin America needed the U.S. If Latin American governments did not cooperate with the U.S., they would be directly or indirectly disciplined. As he put it, “the danger of a failure to exhaust the possibilities of our mutual relationship is always greater to them than to us.” That assumption has shaped U.S. policy toward the region ever since.But now Obama appears determined to bring U.S. policy, at long last, into the 21st century. At the recent Summit of the Americas in Panama, Obama highlighted the fact that “the Cold War has been over for a long time.” Rather than remaining locked in battles that began before he was born, Obama continued, he would seek to cooperate with Latin American leaders to solve today’s problems.Moreover, Obama reiterated his desire for a “new beginning” in the U.S.-Cuba relationship. And, unlike the first such declaration, made at the 2009 Summit of the Americas, this one was followed by concrete action, with Obama removing Cuba from the U.S. list of states that sponsor terrorism.Despite these positive steps, however, the U.S. has not fully escaped the legacy of Cold War coercive democracy. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Obama’s recent executive order imposing sanctions on seven mid-level Venezuelan law-enforcement and military officials, who are accused of violating protesters’ rights during last year’s anti-government demonstrations. The move highlights the persistent influence of Kennan’s belief that the U.S. maintains a right – indeed, a responsibility – to intervene in the domestic affairs of Latin American countries where government policies are not to its liking.If the U.S. is serious about establishing a genuine partnership with its Latin American neighbors, it must change not only its policies, but also the attitudes – rooted in a long-standing presumption of cultural superiority – that underpin them. The question now is how long Obama’s new message of sincere dialogue and shared interests with Latin America will coexist with Kennan’s hegemonic strategy before one or the other prevails.In this sense, next year’s U.S. presidential election may prove to be a watershed. Will it mean the triumph of the best of Obama or a return to the worst of Kennan?Juan Gabriel Tokatlian is director of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires.© 2015, Project Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Veterans United Makes List of Best Small Medium Workplaces

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share November 2, 2012 406 Views Veterans United Makes List of ‘Best Small & Medium Workplaces’center_img “”Veterans United Home Loans””: earned a coveted spot on “”Great Place to Work’s””: list of the best small and medium workplaces for 2012, the company announced.[IMAGE]Missouri-based Veterans United is a dedicated lender for loans insured by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The company “”ranked 21st””: on the “”2012 Best Small &Medium Workplaces”” list, which was published in the November issue of _Fortune_ magazine.The competition–now in its ninth year–involves hundreds of companies vying for a place on the list. As part of the selection process, Veterans United participated in an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire [COLUMN_BREAK]about its programs and practices. Great Place to Work evaluated the company based on credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.””The driving force behind this recognition is our employees and the commitment they each have to building a workplace with a great culture,”” said Nate Long, CEO of Veterans United. “”I love coming to work every day because this team makes it fun and rewarding to be here. Employees focusing on veterans, active duty military and each other brought us this honor nationwide.””As a leading VA lender, Veterans United also shows its commitment to helping service members through its employee-driven charitable arm, Veterans United Foundation. In the first year of the foundation’s life, 80 percent of employees pledged 1 percent of their annual salaries to helping veterans and military families, raising $1.25 million overall.Susan Lucas-Conwell, global CEO of Great Place to Work, said that community-minded spirit was a major factor in the selection of Veterans United.””The Best Small & Medium Workplaces list grows more competitive every year, and this list featuring Veterans United Home Loans represents the best of the best,”” she said. “”Veterans United has unique values that have helped create a strong and supportive workplace.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-02 Tory Barringerlast_img read more