Alberta premier threatens to broaden pipeline dispute with BC

first_imgNotley says if she sees more moves to delay construction, her government will pass legislation to give her the power to reduce the flow of oil and natural gas.In 1980, former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed cut oil exports in his fight with Ottawa over price controls and revenue sharing under the national energy program.The pipeline dispute began earlier this year when B.C. said it would not allow increased oil shipments until it could do more research on spill response. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to expand a fight with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline by reducing the amount of oil her province ships.Notley won’t say if she would cut off B.C. or the rest of Canada or both.She says it’s time to focus the country’s attention on lost jobs and reduced revenue due to a pipeline bottleneck.last_img read more

ECI unlikely to validate BJPs barb regarding Bengals booths

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) may not fulfill BJP’s demand of declaring all the polling booths in Bengal as ‘sensitive’ as there is no situation in the state disturbing law and order.As per the latest observation by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state, there has been no law and order situation in any part of the state since announcement of the Lok Sabha polls. The CEO’s office has so far identified around 18,461 booths as ‘sensitive’, spreading over 9 districts in the state. The ECI officials in the state are in the process of identifying the sensitive booths across the state, on the basis of their previous records of violence. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThey have been carrying out a detailed examination of the nature of polling booths and are trying to identify the pockets which had witnessed violence in the previous few elections. According to sources in the CEO’s office, around 2,357 booths in South 24-Parganas have been designated as sensitive, while Birbhum has 1,556 sensitive booths. There are around 1,220 sensitive booths in Malda and 1,197 such booths in Murshidabad. In case of Hooghly, Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur and North 24-Parganas, the figures are 1,008, 503, 657 and 981 respectively. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned here that Trinamool Congress supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had raised her voice against BJP’s demand of declaring all the booths in Bengal as ‘super sensitive’. Banerjee had also asked how BJP prepared the list of sensitive polling booths and slammed the vindictive politics by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. She also urged the ECI to act impartially. Banerjee’s reaction came soon after a BJP delegation met ECI officials in Delhi on March 13 and apprised them of the party’s demands. Meanwhile, 10 companies of Central forces arrived at different districts on Friday and started area domination to boost the confidence of the voters. One company of CRPF jawans started route march along the bordering areas of Birbhum, Bankura and West Burdwan on Friday morning. They are keeping a close watch on the Jharkhand border as well. Forces are being deployed in various parts of South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Malda, Murshidabad and others. An ECI team headed by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain is expected to come to the city on Saturday and meet the senior officials of the CEO’s office and the senior police officers in the state to supervise the poll-preparedness.last_img read more

Constitutional body powerless

first_imgThe Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has been taken lightly in many instances. Political leaders have crossed the line and become recipients of ensuing notices issued by the Election Commission (EC). Amongst the several instances reported, one stands out as utterly intolerable in India’s democratic narrative. Hate speeches by politicos during campaigns have been subject to abject criticism. Statements from BSP chief Mayawati and UP CM Yogi, in particular, made it to the apex court’s bench where an irked Chief Justice of India asked the poll body about the action initiated in the whole matter. To Ranjan Gogoi (CJI), other judges, courtroom and people’s astonishment, EC apprised the court of its powerlessness in this regard. It asserted how there is a procedure to be followed when MCC is flouted wherein a notice is issued and an advisory follows with a police complaint being the extent of punitive measures. Disappointed, the Supreme Court has demanded an explanation from EC on its “powerless” and “toothless” remark, asking an EC official to be present for the proceedings today. The Supreme Court will examine in detail the issue of the ECI’s powers to deal with hate and defamatory election speeches, and violations of the Model Code of Conduct. But EC’s extent of power, as per the petitioner’s lawyer, is mismatched. Under Article 324, EC does have powers to act strictly in this matter which has further convinced the apex court to subject EC’s powers to scrutiny. The petition filed by NRI Harpreet Mansukhani seemingly represents the average Indian dissent over the increase in hate and divisive speeches in the name of religion in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019. Much to everyone’s disappointment, hate speeches so far have carried a sense of impunity. And, EC’s powerless claim on the issue further aggravates the situation. As per the petition filed, communalism of Indian politics and caste-based parties were a “great threat to the spirit of the Constitution” and so the petition called for strict action against political leaders and party representatives spreading hatred on religious and caste lines. It also requests the court to constitute a committee headed by a former apex court judge to closely watch the election process and check the fairness of the EC. While the petition pronounces the concerns of million voters, it also takes a dig at what more can be done in this regard. Also Read – A compounding difficultyMeanwhile, EC post-hearing ordered a 48-hour and 72-hour prohibition for Mayawati and Yogi respectively in regard to their violation of MCC by asserting communal remarks. Both the leaders have been barred from holding public meetings, road shows, public speeches, interviews and use of social media. EC’s haphazard order is likely to be mentioned today in the hearing but will it hold as punitive enough is an important concern. This has larger implications on India’s democratic machinery. The word secular imbibed by our forefathers in the Constitution has been mocked by those who want to run the nation with the very Constitution by their side. Hate speeches are detrimental to the democratic values of this nation as they wither the fabric of our society. The Supreme Court’s scrutiny of EC is constructive as it may yield directives which EC will be obligated to enforce. It could not be as drastic as cancelling of candidature but it might be more severe than a few hours of ban from any political activity regarding campaigns. The apex court’s verdict here will be instrumental in reinvigorating MCC’s status which has, so far, been reduced to classroom rules. EC on its part acted swiftly to ensure a reply today in the court but the issue here is not over compliance of orders by SC but rather over its duty as a constitutional body to protect the interests of voters and hold elections in a free and fair manner. Today’s proceedings will be decisive in establishing measures to deal with political parties who drag religion and caste in political campaigns. It is important to remember that such ploys by parties and candidates not only incite communal, sentiments but also insult the secularism this country holds sacred. If hate speeches are not punished it may have severe ramifications causing instability to the ongoing elections.last_img read more

How Many Digits Of Pi You Have To Have Memorized To Be

3.1464 3.1415926535 3.141592657 3.141592610 3.14133 3.141526 3.173 LEVEL OF PRECISIONPERCENTAGE OF RESPONDENTS Today is Pi Day — the day each year, March 14, that follows the first three digits of pi (3.14). And this year’s Pi Day is a special one: Since — in the U.S. — the date is represented as 3/14/15, we have the first five digits of pi on the calendar.That’s news for some people. When it comes to how many digits of pi people know by heart, the majority only know 3.14. Which is fine! Unless you’re building a bridge, that’s the most you will really need to know.I asked SurveyMonkey Audience to put out a poll to see how far people could get reciting the infinite digits of pi. Of 941 respondents, 836 attempted to name the digits after the decimal point. This is how far they got: 3.14159212 3.1415919 If you can get to the first 3 after the decimal point, you’re in the top 5 percent of pi memorizers. I asked the people who got that far to keep going, and most tapped out shortly after.The biggest drop came after “3.14,” as respondents who got that far made it to “3.141” only about 52 percent of the time.And that’s fine!NASA employees can probably get away with knowing only the first six digits after the decimal point. Also, we have calculators for when we need a few more digits, TI-89s for when those calculators are insufficient and Wolfram Alpha for when we reduce those calculators to a smoking, melted mess.Maybe after the highly anticipated apocalypse, the guys at the Large Hadron Collider will be happy to have that dude who memorized tens of thousands of pi digits around, but for now, he’s just got a weird hobby. Knowing pi is strictly a performative act, like people who readily volunteer their SAT score or high school completion percentage.But, uh, happy holidays. read more

Sidney Crosbys Penguins Are The Best Penguins

History was made at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Sunday night, when the Pittsburgh Penguins became the first team of the NHL’s salary-cap era to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.1The NHL instituted a salary cap after labor disputes that resulted in the loss of the entire 2004-05 season. Winning back-to-back titles wasn’t as big of a deal for much of the NHL’s history — through the 1970s and ’80s, it wasn’t uncommon to see teams win two, three or even four Stanley Cup titles in a row — but repeating has been notoriously difficult in recent decades.The last franchise to go back-to-back was the Detroit Red Wings, whose ridiculously talented Steve Yzerman-led teams won in 1997 and 1998. And before that, it was Mario Lemieux’s Penguins, buttressed by some teenager from the Czech Republic named Jaromir Jagr; they lifted the Cup in the springs of 1991 and 1992, cementing Pittsburgh as a hockey town.Just as those Penguins teams from the early 1990s owed a lot to their captain — Lemieux won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP in both Cup-winning campaigns — these Penguins have been powered by their leader, Sidney Crosby. He played brilliantly in this season’s playoffs, scoring 27 points in 24 games, including 7 in six games during the Final, and earning a second consecutive Smythe. Only one other player, beyond Crosby and Lemieux, has won back-to-back Smythes since the award was first given out in 1965.2That player is goalie Bernie Parent, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975. (And it was never done by all-time greats like Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy and Bobby Orr, although each of those players won the trophy at least twice in his career.)Of course, netminder Matt Murray wasn’t too shabby, either. After returning from injury to play in the conference finals, Murray was virtually unbeatable. In 11 games, he recorded seven quality starts3Hockey-Reference.com defines a “quality start” as one in which a goalie records a save percentage greater than or equal to the league average for the season. (Or, if a goalie faces 20 shots or fewer, he must record an 88.5 percent save percentage for the start to be considered “quality.”) and stopped 93.7 percent of the shots he faced.Here’s the most ludicrous thing of all: Murray led Pittsburgh to not one, but two titles as a rookie. After backstopping the Pens to the title last season, he still qualified as a rookie for 2016-17 because of the way the NHL judges rookie status. That elevates Murray into the same territory as Montreal great Ken Dryden, who as a rookie led the Habs to a Stanley Cup championship in 1971.Dryden won the Conn Smythe that year, and because he’d played in only six regular-season games, he still qualified as a rookie for the 1971-72 season. The Habs failed to repeat, but Dryden won the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie. Regardless of what Murray does over the rest of his career, he and Dryden will always be mentioned in the same breath. That’s not bad company!Beyond Crosby and Murray, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was exceptional, finishing as the leading scorer in the playoffs. Geno’s 28 points are tied for the sixth-most of any player in a single postseason since the lockout and are the second-most of his playoff career (trailing the insane 36 points he dropped in 2009, when he won the Conn Smythe).In the first nine seasons they played together, Crosby and Malkin were playoff fixtures. They won one Cup, but otherwise, the Penguins during that time frequently seemed to disappoint in the postseason. After Pittsburgh’s championship in 2009, its record under coach Dan Bylsma was just 27-27 in the postseason, and the team was 0-5 in elimination games. Despite having two of the best players of their generation, the Pens were underachieving. The Crosby-Malkin era had held such promise, but each star was aging out of his prime. It was beginning to look like they might have missed their window for further championship success.All that panic feels like a dream now. Two championships in succession have put Pittsburgh’s tally during the Crosby-Malkin era at three — one more than the team earned in the Lemieux-Jagr era.So where does this place Crosby and Malkin in Penguins lore? It’s difficult (and kind of foolish) to compare eras. The game has changed a lot since Lemieux and Jagr played together, and Crosby and Malkin probably won’t touch their predecessors’ scoring totals. But in terms of titles, the Crosby-Malkin era has been the most successful run in the Penguins’ history. It’s hard to argue with all that silverware. read more

Mens Basketball Micah Potter transferring from Ohio State

Ohio State then-sophomore center Micah Potter finishes on a dunk with 6:19 remaining in the first half of Ohio State’s win over Wooster. Credit: Jacob Myers | Former Managing EditorJunior forward Micah Potter announced that he will be transferring from Ohio State according to a release by the program.Potter averaged 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 46 percent from the field in 59 games and 16 starts during his Buckeye career.“We appreciate Micah’s contributions to our program, and we wish him the very best moving forward,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said via the release.Ohio State did not release information as to where Potter would be transferring.The Buckeyes will open the season Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Cincinnati. read more

Ranieri warning for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool must be cautious against a Roma side that are capable of defeating the likes of Barcelona in the Champions League, warns Claudio RanieriJurgen Klopp’s side will be hosting the Giallorossi at Anfield for the first leg of their semi-final clash in the Champions League with both clubs aiming for a place in the final of the competition at Kiev against either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.Liverpool impressed many pundits with their convincing 5-1 aggregate win over Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the competition, while Roma left the football world stunned with their shocking comeback win against Barcelona secured them their first semi-final appearance in the Champions League since the 1983/84 season.Ranieri, who is renown for guiding Leicester City to a shock Premier League title victory in 2016, told Gazzetta dello Sport that he believes that Roma will prove themselves to be a difficult challenge for Liverpool.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“As a manager I never think I can face defeat before I play. [Eusebio] Di Francesco [the current Roma manager] will study Liverpool.” said Ranieri, according to The Sport Review.“They are not beaten yet, the Roma side that we admired against Barcelona can make it.“The Reds are spectacular but away from home they aren’t always solid.”last_img read more

Sarri compares Hazards allround quality to Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgChelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is delighted with club’s win against Watford and have bared his mind about Eden Hazard’s all round quality of playing of football.Speaking after the match via Chelsea’s official website., Sarri compared Belgian Eden Hazard to Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus.“Of course, he’s (Hazard)very important for us but Messi is very important for Barcelona, Ronaldo is important for Juventus. He’s a great player, he’s able to play in every position. At the moment he’s playing as a false nine and he’s able to play there.”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“He scored two and made two or three good assists. He’s very able to open spaces for his team-mates. He can play very well in every position.”Hazard scored his 100th goal in tonight’s game with Watford.last_img read more

Firefighters contain house fire in Pacific Highlands Ranch area

first_img Ed Lenderman, Posted: April 25, 2018 Firefighters contain house fire in Pacific Highlands Ranch area Updated: 9:54 AM Ed Lenderman center_img April 25, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A family of four escaped their burning home this morning in San Diego’s Pacific Highlands Ranch neighborhood near Carmel Valley, but their garage and two vehicles were destroyed by the fire and smoke damaged much of the home, causing a loss of about a quarter-million dollars, authorities said.The blaze, reported about 4:15 a.m., prompted fire crews to evacuate several nearby homes in the 15000 block of Sierra Rose Trail near Blue Dawn Trail, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials said. No injuries were reported.Firefighters arrived to the upscale community near Carmel Valley to find flames and heavy smoke spewing from the garage of the home, SDFD spokesman Monica Munoz said. The crews quickly worked to evacuate nearby homes and search the burning house, though they later learned the two adults and two children who lived there had already evacuated safely.Fire crews knocked down the flames by 4:40 a.m. and extinguished a hot spot that flared up a few hours later.According to reporters at the scene, the home was equipped with new smoke alarms that alerted the family and allowed them plenty of time to escape unharmed. Personnel from the American Red Cross responded to assist the family find temporary shelter, Munoz said.Fortunately, no one was hurt and the damage was mostly confined to the garage, with a bit of extension into the second-floor bedroom above the garage,” Munoz said. “The combination of the fire door between the garage and the home, and quick action by firefighters, saved the first floor of this home from burning.”Two vehicles in the garage were destroyed and there was smoke damage throughout the house, Munoz said. Investigators estimate the fire caused $150,000 worth of structural damage and destroyed contents valued at $100,000.Metro Arson Strike Team investigators were on scene this morning but were unable to determine what caused the blaze. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Indias World Cup match venues in England What conditions to expect

first_imgLord’s would be the venue of 2019 World Cup finalTwitter/Lord’s Cricket GroundWith India’s World Cup squad now finalised, the focus turns to assessing their strengths and weaknesses. England is one of the most difficult places to predict the conditions. It takes just fifteen minutes for the weather to change and batting-friendly conditions to become severely testing. It’s helpful to look at the grounds which would be hosting India’s matches and the bowlers who may be key to their success on them.Indian begins their campaign on June 5 against South Africa at Hampshire Bowl. Their last round-robin game would be on July 6 against Sri Lanka. The nine matches India will compete in, before the semi-final stage gets underway, would be hosted by six grounds: Hampshire Bowl, The Oval, Nottingham, Old Trafford, Edgbaston and Headingley.It has to be remembered that, like most grounds around the world, pitches for ODI cricket in England too, have become very flat. So, the conditions will not be as challenging as they once would have been. Still, there are some unique qualities and challenges that each ground possesses. Let’s look at the six venues that will host India’s matches and their unique characteristics.Hampshire Bowl vs South Africa, AfghanistanIt’s very hard to predict what this venue will produce. It can be anything from a spin-friendly track to one assisting pacers. The nature of the pitch would be known only on the playing day. A well-rounded attack would probably be the best option.The Oval vs Australia This is usually a dry pitch, especially towards the end of the season. But since the World Cup is being played in mid-season, the pitch won’t be that dry. Still, it may help the spinners. India may well bring in Ravindra Jadeja as a spin-bowling all-rounder for this one.Nottingham vs New Zealand In Tests, this is the happy hunting ground of James Anderson. So, as you can understand, the ball moves around here. However, a lot would depend upon the overhead conditions. Since the ICC would be in charge of pitch preparation, it’s unlikely that there would be any grass on the wicket. Any cloud cover, though, may tempt India to bring in Hardik Pandya as the fourth seamer.Old Trafford vs Pakistan, Windies Old Trafford is one of the grounds that will host India’s matches in the World CupTwitter/Keaton JenningsAt Old Trafford, the ball may move around, but not in a conventional way. Reverse swing, rather than orthodox variety, can be a potent weapon which makes Mohammed Shami a good option to have. Additionally, bounce can be another factor as the pitch is usually quite hard. Jasprit Bumrah may play a key role for India here due to his ability of bowling a good bouncer.Edgbaston vs England, BangladeshQuite simply, one of the best batting pitches in England. Indian pacers will have their task cut out on this track. Spinners can be effective but they would have to bowl well. Kuldeep Yadav may be the man for India here.Headingley vs Sri Lanka In the old days, this pitch used to test a batsman’s technique as well as his mental strength. The ball will do something for the seamers, especially if there is cloud over. Shami and Bhuvneshwar will be the dangerous bowlers for the opposition.The final would be played at Lords. Traditionally, a decent batsman-friendly wicket and one that should be even more so without any grass allowed by ICC. The timing of the match in mid-season will also prevent it from being too dry.last_img read more

Average pay hike in India in 2018 will remain between 9496 Aon

first_imgPay hike in 2018: Aon India Consulting SurveyReutersSimilar to 2017, employees in India may get an average pay hike of  9.4 percent this year, according to Aon India Consulting’s Salary Increase Survey released on Tuesday.”The projections for 2018 are also expected to be similar at 9.4% highlighting increasing prudence and maturity being displayed by companies while finalizing pay budgets,” Aon India Consulting said.Aon India Consulting analyzed data across 1,000 companies from more than 20 industries for its 22nd edition of annual Salary Increase Survey in India.The survey found that priority on performance is increasing year-on-year. The lead performer is getting an average salary rise of 15.4 percent, around 1.9 times pay hike for an average performer.”Given the broad economic context in the country, business performance expectations for FY 18-19 and the trend in #attrition, pay average increases in India will remain between 9.4% – 9.6%.” – Anandorup Ghose #AonRewardsIndia— Aon India Consulting (@Aon_India) 27 February 2018″Despite an improvement in macro-economic forecasts – salary increases remain at the same level as was projected in the last fiscal. With increasing maturity, HR budgets are being realigned towards top performers as opposed to the broader population,” said Anandorup Ghose, Partner at Aon India Consulting.Zones such as life sciences, automotive and consumer products, professional services, and consumer internet companies continue to estimate a two-digit pay hike for 2018.Engineering and manufacturing industry and metal industry projected 9.2 percent salary increase for 2018. Pay hike of 9.1 percent is estimated for telecommunication services and entertainment/publication and communication sector.While professional services sector topped in projected salary with an average 10.6 percent increase, the projected salary increase of cement industry is lowest among all.The survey forecast an emerging focus on budget rationalization with increasing adaptation of base effect. For example, pay increases for the top and senior management are consistently going down.Pay increases are becoming more nuanced, said Anandorup Ghose. “We are increasingly seeing a multitude of factors impacting salary increases such as the size of the company, business dynamics within the sub-industry, nature of talent requirements and quite obviously, performance,” he added.last_img read more

3 including physician killed in road crash

first_imgRoad Accident logoThree people, including a physician, were killed in a road accident at ‘Egaro Mile’ point on the Thakurgaon-Dinajpur highway under Kaharole upazila in Dinajpur district on Friday, police said.“The accident occurred when a passenger coach and a rented car collided head-on there at 3.30pm killing two car passengers on the spot and injuring the car driver,” said Dinajpur’s Doshmile highway police camp in-charge sergeant Sarwar Jahan.On information, highway police rushed to the spot, recovered the bodies, rescued the injured person and sent him to Dinajpur M Abdur Rahim Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.The deceased persons are physician of Rangpur Diabetic Samity Shamiul Kabir Russel, 40, medical representative Shafiul Alam, 40, of Gaibandha and driver Shahjahan Ali Bhutto, 40, of Dhap area in Rangpur city.Russel hailed from Gauripur in Mymensingh and joined the diabetic samity five months ago and used to go to Thakurgaon on every Friday by rented car to render services there to diabetic patients.The accident occurred while he was returning to Rangpur from Thakurgaon after providing services to patients there.“We had brought the bodies to Doshmile Highway Police Camp from where those were handed over to their relatives,” sergeant Sarwar added.Confirming the accident and deaths, Kaharole police station officer-in-charge Aiyub Ali said the tragic accident occurred amid inclement weather.last_img read more

Bill placed in US Congress against JamaateIslami Shibir

first_imgBill placed in US Congress against Jamaat-e-Islami, Shibir. Photo: CollectedA bill has been placed in the US Congress, calling on the Bangladesh government to stop radical organisations including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, who pose threat to the country’s stability and secular democracy, reports BSS.Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana State introduced the bill titled ‘Expressing concern about the threat posed to democracy and the democratic process by theocratic groups operating in Bangladesh’ in the House of Representatives on 20 November, according to the US Congress official website.The House Resolution 1156 has been referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee as per the website.The bill called on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department to halt all partnerships and funding arrangements with groups affiliated radical organisation including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir.Quoting a report of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, it said religious minorities were targeted by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Jamaat-e-Islami, and Islami Chhatra Shibir, during previous elections, as a result of which 495 Hindu homes were damaged, 585 shops were attacked or looted, and 169 temples were vandalised between November 2013 and January 2014.It also referred that Jamaat-e-Islami activists have been involved in recent attacks on religious minorities in Bangladesh.Mentioning that national elections are expected to take place in Bangladesh on 30 December 2018, the bill called on the Bangladesh government to heed the Bangladesh election commission’s request to ensure security for minorities and maintain communal harmony for a peaceful election.The bill acknowledged the victims of the 1971 War of Independence and the spirit of secular democracy on which Bangladesh was founded.The nation of Bangladesh achieved independence in 1971 and established a secular democratic state, the bill mentioned and also noted this freedom was won at the cost of approximately 3 million deaths, more than 10 million displaced, and 200,000 women raped, many at the hands of Islamist militants led by Jamaat-e-Islami.The bill said repeated attacks on religious minorities, expanding religious intolerance, and growing destabilisation caused by radical groups, including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, undermine United States economic and strategic interests in Bangladesh.In a statement, Philadelphia-based think tank, the Middle East Forum (MEF) has welcomed the bill saying “Jamaat-e-Islami is an influential and dangerous Islamist group with a long history of violence.In October last, Bangladesh Election Commission revoked the registration of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, a major ally of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, as a political party in compliance with a High Court order.In August 2013, the High Court declared Jamaat’s registration illegal following a writ petition filed in 2009 by Bangladesh Tariqat Federation’s secretary general Rezaul Haque Chandpuri and 24 others.In the petition, they said Jamaat was a religion-based political party and it did not believe in the independence and sovereignty of Bangladesh.last_img read more

Stay alert against terror activities PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks in parliament strongly condemning the Sri Lanka terror attacks, before her question-answer session in the House on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged all to remain vigilant and instantly inform law enforcement agencies of any suspicious terror and militant activity in their respective localities, reports UNB.”I would like to urge the people of the country to remain alert and inform the law enforcement agencies instantly if there’s any abnormal activity,” she said in parliament strongly condemning the Sri Lanka terror attacks, before her question-answer session in the House.The prime minister also called upon people to refrain from such terror and militant activities. “I’ve no word to condemn such terror and militant attacks,” she said, adding that 359 people have so far been killed in the recent series of bomb blasts in Sri Lanka.Sheikh Hasina said some 40 children, including Zayan Chowdhury, a grandson of Awami League presidium member and former health minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, were killed in the terror attacks.”I don’t know what they (terrorists) want to achieve through killing innocent people like this. Children are innocent. So, why do they lose their lives?” she said, adding that terrorism and militancy can never bring welfare for the mankind.Noting that Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi fell victim to manmade terrorism, the prime minister said such brutal activities are very harmful to human beings.She said Islam is a religion of peace, but some people humiliate the religion to the whole mankind carrying out militant activities in the name of Islam.She prayed for salvation of the departed soul of Zayan and others who were killed in the brutal attacks carried out on Easter Sunday.In one of the attacks, Zayan’s father Moshiul Haque Chowdhury Prince (Selim’s son in-law) was also injured severely and he is now undergoing treatment at a Sri Lankan hospital.Prince was not informed of his son’s death yet, said Sheikh Hasina.last_img read more

Youth Says Involvement in Riots Changed His Life

first_imgFrom handcuffs to hard hats, Jamel Maxwell says that his life changed after being arrested during the uprising. (Courtesy photos)Jamel Maxwell was riding the bus to Mondawmin Metro Station last April, when the bus driver announced she wouldn’t be stopping at the end of the line, letting passengers off five blocks away from the station. Maxwell lived south of North Avenue.He walked to Mondawmin Metro Station to transfer to another bus. All the buses were shut down. He walked toward home and into a swelling crowd of youngsters and police equipped in full riot gear, barricading roads in the area. What he didn’t know was that people had begun to gather in what would become known as the Uprising, a day when the frustration for many in Baltimore boiled over in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.“I wasn’t even going to get into it. But in my mind I’m thinking this is a trap,” Maxwell told the AFRO, “A police officer tells me to keep moving, but I had nowhere to go. The situation was provoked. I got angry and joined the crowd,” he said. He was then arrested and put in handcuffs.An article published in Mother Jones, corroborates Maxwell’s account of that day. According to eyewitness reports, the article said, the blockades “essentially corralled young people in the area” and that “police actions inflamed a tense-but-stable situation.” The article further states that “it was difficult to leave the neighborhood…the kids were stuck there because of police actions.”Maxwell was angry at police, but more angry about the climate and conditions he had to live in as a citizen of Baltimore. He was upset that drugs and violence rule supreme in his neighborhood and that there is very little opportunity for him to grow and make something of himself in the city he calls home.“I was terrified for him,” said Tamara Fitzpatrick, Maxwell’s former English teacher at Edmondson-Westside High School. Initially, she was angry at him for risking his life. “I was taken aback and horrified, but after I thought about it I realized that he wasn’t thinking about being arrested. To him, he was fighting back for years of feeling belittled by society and for feeling like he was nothing.“I contacted him on social media and explained my anger was more of concern for him, that I  loved him and I just wanted him to be safe.”Maxwell studied carpentry while at Edmondson. He played football and ran track.“He was an incredible singer and he made everybody laugh,” said Nichole Wright, a former teacher at Edmondson Westside.Maxwell spent three days in jail for his participation in the riots. He left Central Booking on crutches, but was not charged with a crime. He was let go from his job at Walmart because of his injuries.Maxwell is not proud of the part he played in the riots but says he would not change anything about that day. “Yes, it was stupid, but it was an eye opener for me to see how crazy this world really is–there is no love in this city. Everything and everybody is disconnected. There is no loyalty or respect in the streets. Too much of my generation is out here thugging and bugging out on these pills, losing there minds, killing each other for nothing.”Maxwell is heading further south to start a job in construction while he pursues a career in entertainment. The city is full of people with no faith, Maxwell says, which is why he won’t be coming back anytime soon.Recently, Maxwell traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to reunite with his father, who left Baltimore when Maxwell was 13. “He seems to be doing well in Georgia. I hope that he builds a comfortable life there and stays,” said Horton. “Visit Baltimore, but do not come back. The city has gone through so much, and I don’t want it to drag him down in the process.”An opportunity to travel allowed him space to regroup. “I realized that I had an opportunity to do something with my life, We all do,” said Maxwell. “It’s hard out here, but Baltimore builds character and strength. There is nothing your faith can’t carry you through. If you can make it here you can make it anywhere.”last_img read more

FilMart Iflix Teams With Black Ops for Philippines Film TV

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 Iflix, which is headquartered in Malaysia and now operates in some 20 developing countries in Asia and Africa, has content development operations elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Late last year it partnered with Next 10 Ventures to launch a $5 million Creators Hub in Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh and the Philippines. The move is intended to deliver short-form content that appeals to the mobile-first nature of audiences in emerging markets. It also has a production deal with Wattpad Studios that is intended to deliver more than 20 pieces of feature-length content.center_img Black Ops Studios Asia has struck a deal with Asian streaming service iflix to create original content from the Philippines. The companies said that BlackOps will deliver at least one feature film and one TV series before the end of the year, but they did not specify any titles, genres or talent attachments.“As the digital space allows us to exert more creative mettle in our work, the opportunity to work with iflix means that our films and shows will reach a wider more diverse market,” said Pedring Lopez, co-founder of Black Ops. The company is an independent producer with main production and post production headquarters in Manila, Philippines, and teams in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Indonesia.The deal was announced at the Hong Kong FilMart. “This is truly a positive step,” said Ria Anne S. Rubia, project development officer at the Film Development Council of the Philippines. “We encourage more of our creators and producers to explore more platforms to release their projects, especially VOD.”last_img read more

New polymer able to store energy at higher temperatures

first_img New paper describes first-ever synthesis of hyperbranched polymers More information: Flexible high-temperature dielectric materials from polymer nanocomposites, Nature 523, 576–579 (30 July 2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14647AbstractDielectric materials, which store energy electrostatically, are ubiquitous in advanced electronics and electric power systems. Compared to their ceramic counterparts, polymer dielectrics have higher breakdown strengths and greater reliability, are scalable, lightweight and can be shaped into intricate configurations, and are therefore an ideal choice for many power electronics, power conditioning, and pulsed power applications. However, polymer dielectrics are limited to relatively low working temperatures, and thus fail to meet the rising demand for electricity under the extreme conditions present in applications such as hybrid and electric vehicles, aerospace power electronics, and underground oil and gas exploration. Here we describe crosslinked polymer nanocomposites that contain boron nitride nanosheets, the dielectric properties of which are stable over a broad temperature and frequency range. The nanocomposites have outstanding high-voltage capacitive energy storage capabilities at record temperatures (a Weibull breakdown strength of 403 megavolts per metre and a discharged energy density of 1.8 joules per cubic centimetre at 250 degrees Celsius). Their electrical conduction is several orders of magnitude lower than that of existing polymers and their high operating temperatures are attributed to greatly improved thermal conductivity, owing to the presence of the boron nitride nanosheets, which improve heat dissipation compared to pristine polymers (which are inherently susceptible to thermal runaway). Moreover, the polymer nanocomposites are lightweight, photopatternable and mechanically flexible, and have been demonstrated to preserve excellent dielectric and capacitive performance after intensive bending cycles. These findings enable broader applications of organic materials in high-temperature electronics and energy storage devices. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at the Pennsylvania State University has created a new polymer that is able to store energy at higher temperatures than conventional polymers without breaking down. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they created the polymer and why they believe it could be useful in many products. Harry Ploehn with the University of South Carolina offers a brief history of polymers created for use in electronics, in a News & Views piece in the same journal issue, and describes the work done by the team on this new effort—he also offers an opinion on the prospects for the newly development polymer. © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Flexible polymer nanocomposite thin films for high-temperature high-voltage capacitive energy storage. Credit: Q. Li Explore further Bending tests of polymer nanocomposites. Credit: Q. Li One drawback of the new polymer is that because it requires an extra step, its production costs would be higher than for conventional dielectric polymer capacitors, and there are also still questions about how easy it would be to prevent defects and whether it will stand up to long term wear and tear. If it proves to be resilient and a way can be found to drive down costs, it is likely, Ploehn believes, that the new polymer will have a bright future in applications ranging from hybrid cars to aerospace systems. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. As Ploehn notes, dielectric capacitors are used in wide variety of applications that require holding onto a charge and then offering a short burst of power when needed. In many applications dielectrics are made of polymers (because they are light, relatively easy to make and because defects can be easily controlled), but there are still some areas where they cannot be used because they cannot function correctly under temperature extremes—that prevents their use inside car engines, for example. In this new effort, the researchers have taken a new approach to creating a polymer that allows for use in extremely hot applications.The new polymer was created by the team by adding nanometer-scale sheets of boron nitride to a conventional polymer, which testing showed increased its energy density by 400 percent (which means capacitors made using it could be smaller and thus lighter). And testing also showed the newly improved polymer was able to remain stable at temperatures as high as 300°C, and was able to withstand rigorous bending. Citation: New polymer able to store energy at higher temperatures (2015, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-polymer-energy-higher-temperatures.htmllast_img read more

A year in retrospect

first_imgA year passes by in a flurry, leaving memories of time and moments embedded indelibely on our minds. To celebrate the best of contemporary art in the last one year, TAD Arts presents its annual Art Show  A Celebration of art through 2012 & 2013. Conceptualized and organized by Niten Mehta, Director, TAD Arts, this group show will be on display from July 26 to July 31 at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Center and will showcase some of the best contemporary art works of present times. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”This is our annual art show where we handpick the best works/artists from our shows done in last one year and display them. This year too we have an excellent selection of masterpieces from renowned contemporary artists from all over India. These works represent the best in the contemporary art in India today,’ says Niten Mehta, from TAD Arts.In this exhibition, Suchit Sahni revisits his early learning years, where he was introduced to the view-finder. Superbly fascinated with the view-finder, he spent days and months looking through it at everything – visually replicating his visions as paintings. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen one looks at his recent artworks, one clearly marks out the frame that encompasses the painting itself. Though the frame forms a part of the painting, he has very playfully and stylishly revisited a memory close to his heart with such ease.Rajiv Puri’s love for the woods and nature herself has been beautifully captured in his oeuvres d’art that are resplendent with a visual story, where each chapter transports us to a world of mysticism that forests have, where each frame bathes in lush green landscapes and a myriad other shades of nature’s bounty.  Known for his distinct portrayal of human form, artist Kamar Alam’s works revolves around spirituality and how it resides within every human being. With Silent Submission, the artist’s belief in humanity takes the foreground and has shaped in the form of his art works. Considering a triumph over biases that surrounds him, Kamar imparts the message of peace and through his works, he depicts his impartial and equal approach along with respect for all faiths.TAD Arts is a platform that showcases paintings, sculptures, arts & crafts, high-end interactive design, exhibition space design and art works of contemporary as well as ethnic nature. Some of the artists whose works will be on display in this exhibition are Kamar Alam, Suchit Sahni, Rajiv Puri, Anjana Mehra, Farhad Hussain, Hindol Brahmbhatt, Binoy Verghese, Kazi Nasir amongst others. Head over to the gallery and experience this contemporary collection adorning the walls.last_img read more

Will fund projects via longterm debt not fare hikes or tax payer

first_img“Loan is way forward (infrastructure) development. Countries like US, China and Europe have taken loans for development of their infrastructure,” Prabhu said in an interview to Lok Sabha TV.Asked whether the government is going in for privatisation of railways in future, he explained: “We are taking debt for development of railways infrastructure, that means we are not doing privatisation. Besides there will be no burden of development on passenger fare as well as tax payers money.” Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashPrabhu expressed confidence that institutions like LIC (in India),pension funds and sovereign funds can provide debt and they will not insist on early repayment of loan. “The LIC, pension fund and sovereign wealth funds don’t insist on repayment of loans in short term, rather they want us to pay in over 30 years,” he added.On hitting the ground running, he quoted a famous saying, “Rome was not built in a day. There are few things which would be done this year like 3000 unmanned crossings will be removed and work will start immediately to improve cleanliness, safety, security and surveillance.” The Minister hinted that some initiative like train-sets, redesigning of coaches, doubling and tripling of rail lines, may take longer than expected to be implemented. On running of bullet trains in India, he said, “Our thrust would be on basic facilities first like sanitation, time bound arrival of trains which is going to be implemented in the stipulated time period. Those would be focus areas.” Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsOn private participation in railways, Prabhu said that there would be a system to regulate private sector players willing to invest in station development projects. On decentralisation of power to improve efficiency of railways, he said,”This will happen for the first time that more responsibility will be given to officers. It is not on Railway Minister or Railway Board which will do everything.” Earlier, in his Budget speech, Prabhu said: “We will monetise our assets rather than sell them”.  On Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV), he said, “We have created new SPVs with the oil ministry, coal ministry… those will deliver. Rather than one entity, there will be multiple entities delivering.”last_img read more