Mann reappointed Punjab AAP chief

first_imgSangrur MP Bhagwant Mann was on Wednesday reappointed chief of the Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab unit.Mr. Mann had resigned from the post last year in protest against AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s apology to former Shiromani Akali Dal Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging his involvement in the rampant illegal drugs business in the State.Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and in-charge of party’s affairs in Punjab Manish Sisodia, who was also present on the occasion, said that health, employment, education and farmers’ concerns were the real issues and AAP was working to bring them into the national discourse.“People across the country see AAP as a movement and a party which is working towards elimination of corruption from politics. They [people] have high hopes from the party,” he said.Mr. Mann expressed his gratitude to the party for reposing its faith in him and accused Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the Badals of the Shiromani Akali Dal of being hand in glove with one another.“Capt. Amarinder had backed out on the poll promises that were made to the people ahead of the last Assembly elections. The people of Punjab are sick of the subsequent anti-people governments and see AAP as the only hope on the vast political horizon,” he said.Mr. Mann said that the Punjab AAP would reach out to the remotest village and every household across the State with the Delhi model of governance.last_img read more


first_imgHe believes the key to beating Real will be breaking down He believes the key to beating Real will be breaking down a solid defence and making sure his players remain vigilant at set-pieces. “Madrid are different to Barcelona and Bayern; theyre a much more direct team who are a massive threat from set pieces. “Well be ready and will look to play the game on our terms. Fingers crossed, that will be enough for us to do what we want, which is to win.” Whoever wins, says Ronaldo, will earn the local bragging rights: “We will see who is the best. I am positive. I think Real are better than Atletico, but we have to show it on the pitch.” But Real have plenty of reason to be wary. Two years ago, Atletico were a whisker away from avenging their European Cup final defeat to Bayern Munich in 1974 (4-0) after Diego Godin gave Simeons men a 36th minute opener. Ramoss 93rd minute leveller, however, pushed the match into extra time and, with the fresh momentum, Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Ronaldo, from the spot, struck to compound Atleticos misery. Now, it is Ronaldo, Bale and French striker Karim Benzema who could have their work cut out, while Ramos and Pepe, Zidanes preferred centre-back partnership, will be wary of a repeat of recent history. Atletico have recorded 35 clean sheets in 56 games this season, including shutouts at home to Barcelona and Bayern Munich when they were dumped out of the competition. They also managed a 1-0 win at Reals Santiago Bernabeu to inflict Zidanes only La Liga defeat in four months in charge when the sides last met in February. Ronaldo, who suffered an injury scare in recen days, admitted: “Atletico always play the same way. We know there will be very few opportunities because they all play behind the ball. “It is no coincidence that Barca and Bayern couldnt score many goals against them.” AFP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Greek Judge Vassilios Skouris Proposed for FIFA Ethics Committee

first_imgMANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — FIFA is removing the lead judge and prosecutor from its ethics committee despite both men wanting to stay in office.FIFA says its ruling council chaired by President Gianni Infantino has declined to retain German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely.Instead, FIFA has proposed Greek judge Vassilios Skouris and Colombian lawyer Maria Claudia Rojas for confirmation by its Congress on Thursday.Skouris was president of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg for 12 years until 2015.FIFA member federations will vote on Thursday to install the new ethics chiefs, along with other judicial committee appointments.Eckert and Borbely have been with the ethics court since a revamp with greater independence in 2012, and banned multiple officials during the biggest corruption crisis in FIFA’s history.ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Better Fire Prevention for Schools

first_imgStudents and staff in Nova Scotia classrooms are safer than ever as a result of improvements to the fire safety process in schools. Schools across the province are implementing a new process that reflects changes to the Fire Safety Act. The act was amended in 2002 to adopt the national fire code as the provincial standard. The national code clearly defines responsibilities for ensuring fire safety. “The Department of Education and its schools and school boards were quick to begin working with us on a better process for fire safety,” said Nova Scotia fire marshal Bob Cormier. “This new process sets out specific responsibilities and accountability measures for schools to make fire safety a greater day-to-day priority.” The new process includes daily, weekly and monthly inspections of various parts of each school’s fire safety equipment. Checks are logged to confirm they were completed and to note any maintenance needs. Monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual maintenance duties are also included in the process. Mr. Cormier presented an award on Monday, Sept. 26, to Berwick and District School for being the first in the province to fully implement the new process. The presentation was made during a school board maintenance conference in Truro. “I want to congratulate the principal, the teachers and staff, and the students of Berwick and District School for their efforts in making their school more fire-safety conscious,” said Mike Sweeney, senior executive director of public schools with the Department of Education. “We hope other schools across the province will emulate their safety mindset.” The Nova Scotia school system is a leader in this fire safety effort. Other provinces are interested in copying the process. The fire marshal’s office is also working on similar processes for health-care facilities and has nearly completed a training program for all correctional facilities.last_img read more

After breach Mumbai airport security to be tightened

first_imgMumbai: The CISF and Mumbai Police will further beef up security both inside and outside the Mumbai airport after Thursday’s mega-security breach when a ‘mentally ill’ person jumped over a wall to take a stroll beneath a Spicejet aircraft, official sources said here on Friday. The incident has come as a huge embarrassment to the concerned agencies – happening exactly two weeks after the Centre’s stringent directives on security matters in the wake of the scrapping of Article 370 – with many to remain in force till August 31. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ On Thursday afternoon, as the Spicejet flight SG-634 Boeing 737 aircraft waited on the taxiway N1 to enter the runway for take off to Bengaluru, passengers and crew of the aircraft and others were shocked to see an unauthorised person moving around on the ground below. He had scaled the perimeter walls of the Mumbai airport which has slums on north and eastern sides, jumped down, strolled nonchalantly around 50 metres to the taxiway, gaped at the engine, touched the huge wheels and went around the undercarriage of the aircraft. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The man even expressed triumph over his feat by raising both his arms even as an airport jeep reached the place to keep an eye on him. But the security personnel did not step out of the vehicle to avoid getting too close to the aircraft engine. Unhindered, the intruder then walked to the tail-end and came out where he was caught by the security team, barely minutes after he came on his adventure, even as his sojourn was recorded in CCTVs and some passenger mobile phones. A thorough search on him revealed nothing including any identification, but he claimed to have entered the restricted security zone “only to see the airplane” at close quarters. He was later identified as a ‘mentally ill’, 24-year-old man from Sion, who recently even clambered atop a stationery BEST bus in his locality. The family explained to the police that he indulged in such antics when he doesn’t take his medicines on time. He is suspected to have entered the airport by climbing on the mobile toilets lining the airport wall.last_img read more

Feds move to shield identities of spies set to testify in Abdelrazik

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s spy agency wants to shield the identities of five current and former employees from the public when they testify in the lawsuit of a Montreal man who was detained in Sudan — prompting vehement objections from the man’s lawyer.In newly filed court documents, federal lawyers say the Canadian Security Intelligence Service identities must be kept confidential in order to protect the individuals from personal harm and to ensure the service can continue to work effectively.It is the latest legal spat in the long-running case of Abousfian Abdelrazik, who is suing the Canadian government for an apology and compensation over his lengthy overseas detention.Abdelrazik, 56, arrived in Canada from Africa as a refugee in 1990. He became a Canadian citizen five years later.He was arrested during a 2003 visit to Sudan to see family. In custody, Abdelrazik was interrogated by CSIS about suspected extremist links. He claims he was tortured by Sudanese intelligence officials during two periods of detention, though Canada says it knew nothing of the purported abuse.Abdelrazik denies any involvement in terrorism, and civil proceedings against the government are slated to begin Monday in the Federal Court of Canada.The federal lawyers, backed by an affidavit from a senior CSIS official, are asking the Federal Court for an order that will permit the spy service witnesses to testify in open court while ensuring their names and physical appearance are kept from the public, Abdelrazik and his counsel.All five employees have “worked in a covert operational capacity” and divulging their identities would put them at risk of personal harm, given the threats that are frequently made against the service and its employees, the federal submission says.The government proposes the five “protected witnesses” be allowed to enter and leave the courtroom via a special entrance, take an oath in a separate room and testify while hidden by a screen or through videoconference in a manner that obscures their faces.The witnesses would provide their real names in writing to the judge and the required court staff prior to testifying.In their submission, federal lawyers say the arrangement “strikes an appropriate balance” between the traditional tenet of open court proceedings and the need to maintain secrecy. “The open court principle is not absolute, and must, in appropriate cases, be limited for reasons of national security, the safety of individuals, and the proper administration of justice.”Abdelrazik’s lawyer, Paul Champ, calls the federal request “a gross overreach.”“In some cases the identity of undercover police officers are protected, but it’s only for a limited period and with evidence of a specific danger or threat. There is none of that here. And why should CSIS get more protection than the police?” Champ said.“There needs to be accountability and those responsible should not be allowed to hide in the shadows.”He plans to file written arguments with the court opposing the confidentiality demands later this week. This disagreement is not expected to delay the trial as the witnesses are not scheduled to appear for several weeks.The federal submission notes the CSIS Act makes it an offence to name an employee “who was, is or is likely to become engaged in covert operational activities” of the service.Senior CSIS personnel who appear in public forums are typically identified publicly. Current CSIS director David Vigneault is expected to testify openly at the Abdelrazik trial.However, federal lawyers contend the five other witnesses in question must be shielded given the threats to intelligence personnel posed by terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and hostile intelligence looking to exploit such opportunities.They also cite the recent British charges against two alleged Russian intelligence officers in relation to the attempted murder of double agent Sergei Skripal, his daughter and a police officer with a military-grade nerve agent.Threats against CSIS personnel have also come from individuals encountered during spy service investigations, says the affidavit from the senior spy service official, identified only as “David” in keeping with the agency’s arguments for anonymity.“These have included threats uttered during interviews, projectiles thrown at cars, being approached with weapons and receiving threatening voice messages,” says the affidavit.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Debilitating injuries described in mounting lawsuits against alleged van attacker

first_imgTORONTO — Traumatic brain injuries, spinal fractures and internal bleeding are among the litany of ailments described in a mounting number of lawsuits against a man accused of killing 10 people and injuring 16 others in a van attack in Toronto last year.Lawyers involved in the suits against Alek Minassian believe the cases, which the court is working to pull together in one large proceeding, will take years to come to a resolution.On April 23, 2018, police allege Minassian drove a white Ryder rental van south along Yonge Street in the city’s north end, hopped the curb and deliberately mowed people down.While Minassian’s criminal case slowly makes its way through the system — his trial on 10 first-degree murder charges and 16 attempted murder charges has been scheduled for February 2020 — the 26-year-old already faces four civil suits, with more expected.The lawsuits, from the families of one person who died and three who were injured, are seeking millions of dollars from Minassian and Ryder Truck Rental Canada, alleging the devastating injuries and deaths on that day were due to an intentional act by Minassian and negligence on his and the rental company’s part.The unproven civil suits will be fought in the trenches of insurance law.“This is going to drag on for a long, long time,” said Gus Triantafillopoulos, who represents the family of Anne Marie D’Amico, a young woman who died that day and whose family filed a $1-million suit in January against Minassian and Ryder.Triantafillopoulos said if the family receives any money through the civil proceedings it will all be donated to the Anne Marie D’Amico Foundation, which supports women who are victims of violence.The first suit related to Minassian was filed in November 2018 by Amir Kiumarsi, a chemistry instructor with Ryerson University who is seeking $6 million dollars in damages.He suffered a traumatic brain injury and several skull fractures, spinal fractures, traumatic internal injuries including a displaced kidney and numerous other injuries throughout his entire body, the claim says.“These injuries have been accompanied by severe physical pain, suffering and a loss of enjoyment of life,” the claim alleges, noting that his future holds “numerous surgical and medical assessments, treatments and procedures.”Since Kiumarsi filed his suit, the court is in the process of getting all the cases on one track, documents show.Another suit was filed in mid-January by Amaresh Tesfamariam and her family, who are seeking $14 million. Tesfamariam has a complete spinal cord injury, multiple spinal fractures, rib fractures and a traumatic brain injury.She cannot move her body below her neck, cannot breathe without a machine, suffers a total loss of independence and a “profound and permanent loss of her cognitive ability,” according to the claim.Tesfamariam also has loss of short-term memory, depression, anxiety, a “drastic personality change” and cannot communicate properly with others, and cannot return to her work as a nurse, the claim alleges.The latest suit was filed last week by Catherine Riddell and her family, alleging the “sustained serious and permanent” injuries the woman suffered are the result of negligence on the part of Minassian and the rental company.Riddell lost consciousness, suffered a brain injury, hurt her head, neck, shoulders, arms, back, legs and arms. She fractured her spine, her ribs, pelvis, scapula and suffered internal injuries including a collapsed lung, the $3.55 million suit alleges.She lives with headaches, memory loss, difficulty finding words, dizziness, back and neck pain, loss of mobility, nausea, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia and depression, her claim alleges, noting that she now faces a life filled with therapy, rehabilitation and medical treatment.“Her enjoyment of life has been permanently lessened and she has been forced to forego numerous activities in which she formerly participated,” the claim reads.Minassian does not yet have legal representation in the civil matters and has not responded to the claims, according to the documents. His criminal lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.The lawyers for Ryder, who did not respond to multiple requests for comment, detailed the expected complexities in the litigation in an affadavit filed with the court.It notes that notice has been given for 12 claims and more are expected. There will be numerous parties in the case from families of the dead to the injured and the various defendants. There will be examinations for all plaintiffs, and testimony would be expected from numerous medical experts.“It would be safe to assume this matter will require a lengthy trial,” said the affidavit.Kiumarsi’s lawyer, Darcy Merkur, said there will be a slew of arguments brought forward.“One interesting question is this: is every different person hurt considered a separate accident?” Merkur said. “It’s a legal question, but also a philosophical one.”The answer to that question will be important to the issue of potential payments, he explained.Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Regional District lifts some evacuation alerts for Old Fort

first_imgThose properties are:7711 Old Fort Road7587 Old Fort Road9913 240 Road7131 265 Road7219 265 Road9808 240 Road9840 240 Road9860 240 Road9878 240 Road9914 240 Road9936 240 Road9940 240 RoadHere is a map of all the properties that remain under an evacuation order or an evacuation alert.A map of the current evacuation orders and alerts as of October 29, 2018Westrek Geotechnical said last week some residents of the Old Fort could return home once the road into the community is finished.  The final geotechnical report on the slide should be completed by the middle of this week.  The report was supposed to be finished last week, but a large amount of new data from the Province was given to Westrek on Wednesday.Once the PRRD receives the geotechnical report, the report will then be sent for a peer and legal reviews.  From there, the PRRD will determine the next steps for residents of the Old Fort. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has lifted the evacuation alert for twelve properties near the Old Fort and lifted the evacuation order for one property.The majority of the evacuation order remains in place, but as of 3 p.m. Monday, the PRRD has downgraded the evacuation order to an alert for the property at 9819 240 road.  The property is located above the slide.The evacuation alert for twelve properties, listed below, was also lifted Monday afternoon.last_img read more

TMC removes Congs name from its logo

first_imgNew Delhi: Twenty-one years after officially separating from the Congress, Mamata Banerjee-led TMC has removed the grand old party’s name from its logo. The new logo has Trinamool written in green with twin flowers and blue background. It has been in use for a week now, party sources said. It was way back in 1998 that present West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee broke away from the Congress and formed the TMC over differences of opinion on dealing with the then ruling CPI(M). “TMC is called Trinamool and after 21 years, it was time for change,” a party leader said. The Congress name has been dropped from party banners, posters and all communication material. However, it will remain registered with the Election Commission as Trinamool Congress, party sources said. The official Facebook and Twitter pages of the party, the CM, her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, and Trinamool’s leader in the Rajya Sabha Derek O Brien already have the new logo.last_img read more

Morocco Made a Name for Itself in Field of Aviation CNN

Washington – Morocco made a name for itself in the field of aviation as shows the number of international aeronautic and aerospace companies (no less than 100) which chose to invest in Morocco, said on Wednesday U.S. TV channel “CNN”.The Moroccan aviation sector stands for 5% of the country’s exports, it said, noting that the aviation industry is taking off in the region since it has employed over 8,000 people in 2013, a figure expected to reach 23,000 by 2020.The sector is focusing mainly on manufacturing plane components, aeronautic engineering and engine repair, it said, adding that Morocco is hoping to build entire planes in the next ten years. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 83.54 points to 15,182.09.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 3.55 points to 22,019.79.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 5.67 points to 2,471.90.The Nasdaq composite index was down 17.06 points to 6,345.59.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.57 cents US, down from Wednesday’s average price of 79.62 cents US.

Security Council condemns attacks by rebel group against UN mission in DR

In a statement read out at a formal meeting of the Council by current its President, Ambassador Mikhail Wehbe of Syria, the 15-member body also condemned attempts by the RCD-Goma to ban Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Amos Namanga Ngongi, and to expel several MONUC personnel from areas under its control.”The Security Council stresses that these unjustifiable attacks are directly in contradiction to the process of peace and reconciliation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and to RCD-Goma’s interests,” Ambassador Wehbe said, noting that the Council reaffirmed its “full support for the Special Representative and the dedicated staff of MONUC.”The statement also demanded that RCD-Goma immediately cease harassment of UN officials and assist in MONUC’s deployment and operations. The rebel group was also asked to cooperate fully in investigating recent events in Kisangani, to demilitarize the city and to comply fully with Council resolutions. The Council called on Rwanda to exert its influence on RCD-Goma to meet those demands without delay.The Council reiterated its condemnation of the killings and attacks against civilians and soldiers following events that took place on 14 May in Kisangani, and said it looked forward to receiving the joint report and recommendations by MONUC and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the violence in that strategic area.According to a preliminary report by MONUC, about 50 people were killed during the disturbances, which began when armed men took over a radio station and urged the local population to take up arms against ethnic Rwandans. Once security troops loyal to the RCD had regained control of the station, RCD officials warned people in public broadcasts to stay at home and clearly threatened anyone who would not follow the instructions.The Council held RCD-Goma, as the de facto authority in the area, responsible for bringing to an end “all extrajudicial executions, human rights violations and arbitrary harassment of civilians in Kisangani and all other areas under RCD-Goma’s control,” the statement said.The Council also encouraged the DRC Government and the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) and RCD-Goma to hold new discussions as soon as possible in good faith, taking into account progress in the inter-Congolese Dialogue achieved at Sun City, South Africa, in order to reach an all-inclusive agreement on the political transition. read more

Ohio State leaves Happy Valley with victory

In a successful homecoming for Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State (8-2, 5-1) avenged last season’s 13-6 loss to Penn State, leaving Happy Valley with a 24-7 victory Saturday at Beaver Stadium.Brandon Saine’s six-yard touchdown reception with 9:37 remaining put the Buckeyes up by the final margin, as the whiteout crowd — the fourth largest in the stadium’s history — filed for the exits.Pryor, a native of Jeannette, Pa., had a hand in all three OSU touchdowns.“Terrelle Pryor came in here and did a heck of a job,” coach Jim Tressel said. “He was a little bit banged up, but he gutted it out and did what he had to do.”Receiver Ray Small returned a punt 41 yards to the Nittany Lions’ 9-yard line, setting the table for the Buckeyes’ first score, a seven-yard rush by Pryor.“I always go out there and do my part, and coach [Tressel] always preaches special teams,” Small said. “So every time I’m back there, I’m thinking big. The first drive, I sparked it, and it just got me going from there.”Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark spent the evening under pressure from the OSU defensive line. Junior Cameron Heyward led the Buckeye charge with 11 tackles, including three for loss and a pair of sacks. In all, OSU held Penn State to just 201 total yards.“It seemed like every time I looked around, Cam [Heyward] was back there bull-rushing over a guy, using brute strength,” senior linebacker Austin Spitler said. “It was unbelievable to see these guys. We have a great defensive line, and everybody’s aware of that. They played lights out.”The lone Penn State score came early in the second quarter. Clark punched it in from less than a yard out to tie the game 7-7.The Bucks answered with a 10-play drive, culminating in a 37-yard field goal by 26-year-old walk-on kicker Devin Barclay, who replaced starter Aaron Pettrey, out for the regular season with a knee injury.“Devin’s been good all year,” Tressel said. “He’s been good when called upon in games. He’s a veteran.”OSU had one final chance to tack on a score in the first half, but Pryor overthrew a wide-open Dane Sanzenbacher near the end zone, and the Buckeyes settled for a 10-7 lead at the break.“No one is harder on themselves than [Pryor],” Tressel said. “The fact that he had a chance to hit a home run and didn’t, you know that was eating at him.”Pryor got his opportunity to atone for the overthrow.With 1:47 left in the third quarter, Pryor connected with sophomore DeVier Posey for a 62-yard touchdown strike, nudging the OSU lead to 10.“We had been running a lot on first downs,” Tressel said. “We felt like, if we had decent field position, that it was time to try to strike.We were out near the 40, and we felt like we could get behind them.” Penn State never got in an offensive rhythm, especially in the second half, when held scoreless. Clark completed just 12 of 28 passes, and the Nittany Lions’ rushing attack averaged just 2.5 yards per carry.“Going up against a great offense like that, you don’t expect to hold them to such few yards and such few points,” Spitler said. “We always talk about how we want to outplay their defense if we want to win the game. Obviously, we did that tonight.”With the victory — and Iowa’s first loss of the season, 17-10 to Northwestern — the Buckeyes control their own destiny in the quest for a Big Ten championship. OSU hosts Iowa Saturday, and with a Buckeye victory, both the Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions would have two conference losses to OSU’s one, guaranteeing OSU at least a share of a Big Ten title.“November is for contenders,” Tressel said. “That’s why it’s hard to get too ecstatic now, because we know the Hawkeyes are coming to town.”Oh read more

How were a nation of hypocrites when it comes to mobile phone

first_imgantwerp Meanwhile almost half (48 per cent) confess to talking on a phone on a train or other confined space.And 53 per cent of those surveyed acknowledged they have been guilty of writing emails or text messages largely in capital letters – seen as the internet era’s answer to sending letters in green ink.The habit of text walking has become a major source of ire around the world in the last few years since the advent of full internet enabled smartphones.A series of studies have highlighted the risk of accidents from people failing to look where they are going, in addition to the general annoyance from blocked pavements and initiatives have been introduced in several countries to curtail the practice.A bill being debated in the US state of New Jersey has even proposed making texting while walking  – or “distracted walking” – a crime punishable by a fine or even a short prison sentence.Earlier this year staff at Utah Valley University responded to the problem by the pragmatic – if tongue-in-cheek- introduction of a “texting lane” for phone-absorbed students in corridors and staircases.Similar schemes have even been tried in cities, although the first such reported case, in Philadelphia, turned out to be an April Fool.Jokes notwithstanding other cities followed suit including Antwerp in Belgium, where a network of designated text walking lanes were marked out through pedestrian areas across the city last year –partly as a publicity stunt for a local mobile phone company. Text walking lanes in AntwerpCredit:Mlab/Shutterstock/Rex mobile They are the 21st century faux pas which irritate us all but have become a fact of life in the age of the smartphone.Yet if the sight of someone blocking the pavement by plodding  along staring intently at a screen, bumping into passers-by while texting or braying loudly on a mobile phone in a confined space is enough to set your blood pressure racing, it might be time for a dose of self-examination.New research shows that, despite our indignation at the digital bad habits such as “text walking” we find most annoying in others, most of us are guilty of the same things.A survey commissioned by the technology firm Pitney Bowes found that almost two thirds of Britons (62 per cent) admit texting or typing while walking in a public place.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Credit:PA Earlier The National Geographic TV channel created a short text walking lane on a street in Washington DC as part of an experiment in crowd control and a 100ft stretch of an avenue in Chongqing, China, was also similarly designated.More seriously, officials in the German city of Augsburg installed pedestrian crossing lights at ground level earlier this year in hope of preventing distracted mobile users from wandering onto the road following the death of a teenager who had been hit by a tram.The research also gave an insight into the evolving concepts of internet etiquette.When given a choice of possible digital bugbears, seven in 10 people polled classed checking emails in a meeting as rude, compared with only half when a similar survey was conducted three years ago.Six in 10 counted sending emails while on a conference call as ill-mannered and a similar proportion (63 per cent) cited Checking texts during a business lunch as impolite, up from 45 per cent in 2013.last_img read more

Ding ding ding the Luas has taken its first trip across OConnell

first_imgDing ding ding – the Luas has taken its first trip across O’Connell Bridge Two Luas trams have made the first journeys on the new Luas Cross City route this morning. Jun 17th 2017, 1:38 PM By Cianan Brennan Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 1:38 PM 44,161 Views Source: Nicky Ryan/Twitter @Luas Gauge Run this morning passing Trinity College 🚊— Transdev Ireland (@TransdevIreland) June 17, 2017 The project is expected to complete on schedule for the end of the year.“The gauge run marks a significant achievement for all the parties involved in the project,” Anne Graham, chief executive of the National Transport Authority (NTA), said meanwhile.The completion of Luas Cross City in December will play an important role in alleviating congestion and enhancing the public transport experience for commuters.Testing on the new route is expected to continue over the coming months, along with the finishing of paving, footpaths and carriageway reconstruction work.Training of drivers will commence in September, with full passenger services then on target to begin operation in December.With reporting from Nicky RyanRead: Man arrested after scaling M50 toll bridge and causing €100k damageRead: 30-year-old man seriously injured after being struck by car in Galway Two trams are making the journey both northbound and southbound with a multitude of engineers and their own Garda escort in attendance, stopping at each new station platform, and manoeuvring along the way “to allow a range of measurements and tests to be carried out” according to a Luas Cross City spokesperson.Ross himself, sporting a jaunty Bloomsday hat, seemed to be in high spirits as the test progressed. Shane Ross is having a GREAT time on the tram— Nicky Ryan (@NickyRyan_) June 17, 2017 center_img Source: to the media on a break from the journey, he declared the whole project to be “fantastic and on budget”.He admitted that “there’ll be a little bit of difficulty (for the new route) during the interim period as testing continues from August onwards”, but stressed that “from December onwards people will adjust very, very quickly”.It’s going to be fantastic and carry millions of passengers every year.“I recognise that the past few years have been challenging for the city and for businesses and we are all looking forward to the works drawing to a close and the start of operations by the end of the year,” Ross added. 58 Comments Source: NEARLY FOUR years of development, the Luas took its first journey across O’Connell Bridge this morning in Dublin.With Minister for Transport Shane Ross in attendance, a series of trams made the walking pace journey along the new stretches of track for a ‘gauge run’ – basically a series of test journeys to make sure all is as it should be.The run itself is taking place over two days, today and tomorrow, on the 5.9 kilometre route between St Stephen’s Green and the new route’s terminus at Broombridge in Cabra. Test tram continues on Marlborough Street— Luas Cross City (@LuasCrossCity) June 17, 2017 Source: Luas Cross City/Twitter Source: Transdev Ireland/Twitter Share628 Tweet Email5 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

A Star Trek Star Drops By for a Scary Edition of The

first_img How Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’The Orville Brings a Much Better Trailer to SDCC Stay on target The Orville has had its ups and downs over the course of its first season, but it seems to have its mix of comedy and sci-fi drama figured out. Though some episodes are still on the weak side, it’s consistently followed them up with something great. Something that follows through on the promise of this show. It’s a real good time to be a Star Trek fan. Not only is there an official modern Star Trek show this season, we also got a loving tribute to the Trek of old. This week, The Orville once again riffs on a classic Trek episode formula and puts a new spin on it. It led to a fun, character-driven mystery with some fantastic scares.Once again, The Orville succeeds by focusing on character. That’s the show’s biggest strength. Somewhere in the process of creating characters that mock sci-fi tropes and casual bro-y guys in space, the show ended up some interesting characters we actually care about. The sci-fi concepts the show deals with are OK, but when the story revolves around how an individual character reacts to those big concepts, that’s when The Orville really shines.Halston Sage, Adrianne Palicki, Seth MacFarlane and Peter Macon (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)This week was all about Alara, giving the incredibly strong character a chance to show some vulnerability and growth. It starts with the ship flying too close to a storm in space and taking heavy damage. Down in engineering, a beam falls on a crewmember, and Alara is needed to lift it off of him. Once she gets there, she’s scared by a sudden fire and freezes in place for a second. That hesitation causes another beam to fall, killing the crewmember. Despite the autopsy revealing fatal injuries from the first beam, and her superiors’ reassurance that she would have only gotten herself hurt by rushing in faster, she blames herself for the engineer’s death. She’s taking out her frustrations in a holodeck, sorry, simulation room version of a boxing gym. It doesn’t look like the healthiest way to deal with her emotions.Right away, it’s a much more serious episode than we’re used to from The Orville. The show handles it very well. What few jokes there are come as natural and needed bits of comic relief. They’re the kind of jokes people would actually make during a moment of loss. Even Ed’s struggle with how to write a letter to the guy’s parents, considering he didn’t really know him that well, is a nice and honest character moment. “I’m not making that up, he was a neat guy!”Robert Picardo, Molly Hagan (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Alara calls her parents to try and figure out why she froze, and we get our first Star Trek cameo of the series. With all the celebrity guests and one episode directed by a Star Trek alumnus, it’s surprising that it took this long for a Star Trek actor to show up. Maybe The Orville wanted to establish itself as its own thing before reminding us too much of its inspiration. In any case, Alara’s father is played by Robert Picardo! You know, the Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager. He only gets this one scene, but it’s cool nonetheless. Man, I really need to watch Voyager again. Anyway, Alara learns that when she was a baby, she and her mother barely escaped a fire. They might not have if Alara’s cries hadn’t woken her mother up. Alara wonders if there are any other repressed traumas her parents have kept from her, and they insist there aren’t.The rest of the episode goes off in a very strange direction, but The Orville miraculously pulls it off. Alara sees a scary clown in the hall that attacks her and runs off. When she chases it, it disappears. At first, she thinks she’s going crazy and is unfit for duty, but Isaac checks the ship’s security cameras, and sure enough, there was a clown in the hallway. From that point on, the ship experiences horror after horror. The clown comes back and it’s easily the scariest clown on TV this year. (Heavy side-eye towards American Horror Story.) Alara and Kelly almost fall to their deaths in a bottomless pit. Doctor Finn goes insane, straps Alara down and tries to dissect her. If all that wasn’t enough, there are spiders everywhere, including a giant one that eats Malloy. I can’t get over how effectively scary this all was. It’s not something you expect from this show, but they really nailed it.Penny Johnson Jerald and Halston Sage (Cr: Michael Becker/FOX)Once Malloy dies, Alara finds herself alone on a suddenly empty Orville. Well, almost alone. Isaac is also there, but he’s gone rogue and is trying to kill her. By now, you’ve probably figured out that none of this is actually happening. It’s all in the Simulation Room. That’s right, The Orville gave us a holodeck episode. Normally, I’d be mad about the “it was all a dream” storytelling, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Holodeck episodes. They were always some of my favorites on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and The Orville gave us a really good one. I also appreciate that bit of foreshadowing early on with the boxing gym. This was just a really well put together episode overall. Once Alara completes the simulation, forcing herself to fly an escape pod through fire and conquering her deep-seated fear, we learn exactly what happened. She collected a list of everyone’s greatest fear and had Isaac program a simulation where she’d have to face all of them. She also had Dr. Finn erase her memory so the simulation would seem real to her. That was a smart move on the show’s part. That makes it so it doesn’t matter if it was all a simulation. It was real to Alara, which made it real to us.This is the kind of episode I want from The Orville. It’s classic Star Trek fun all the way, but the show’s characters give it a unique perspective. As ridiculous as the premise is on its face, it makes complete sense because it’s all motivated by Alara. The fact that it’s a simulation even excuses some of the strange leaps of logic Ed displays in the episode. Thinking you might be insane means you’re probably not insane? I don’t think that’s how that works. But it doesn’t matter because it’s a simulation. It wasn’t really Ed saying that, it was the program convincing Alara to keep playing. Even though I wasn’t a fan of last week’s episode, this one proved that The Orville really has found its voice. It’s found what makes it unique and is capable of producing thoroughly enjoyable television. I’m actually sad there are only two episodes left in the season now.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

ASAWISHH Program Hosts Farmer Field Day Events in Pakistan

first_imgASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program recently hosted farmer field day events at seven sites throughout Pakistan. The Farmers’ Field Days are part of the outreach strategy under WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The events provided an opportunity for stakeholders to witness the harvest of tilapia fed hi-protein fish feed produced with U.S. soybean meal. More than 450 participants attended the events including progressive fish farmers, members of academia, research fellows, fish traders, feed millers, federal government officials, provincial government officials, representatives from the fisheries department and members of the media.Attendees were highly impressed with the growth of the fish that had been fed the newly-introduced feed.Field Day participants witness the harvesting of tilapia before discussing the value of soy in fish feed. (WISHH photo)last_img read more

Study Waivers leave behind atrisk students — Millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as the Education Department gives states permission to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind, according to a study education advocates released Tuesday.The Education Department has been giving some states waivers from the education law’s requirements, including those to collect and publish data about students and then use the results to pinpoint problem schools. The resulting patchwork of rules — from Miami to Seattle — has given states more freedom to carry out plans to boost education but has allowed almost 2,300 schools to shed their label of seriously troubled, according to numbers compiled at the Campaign for High School Equity.“It appears to us that waivers could lead to fewer students of color receiving the support they need,” said Rufina Hernandez, executive director for the Campaign for High School Equity.Her coalition of education reformers, civil rights activists and policy analysts studied the 34 states and the District of Columbia that had received waivers from No Child Left Behind before April. (Another six states and a collection of individual districts in California have won waivers since then.)The results show students who are at the highest risk of dropping out — those from poor families, students whose native language is not English, those with learning disabilities and minority students — are often no longer tracked as carefully as they were before Education Secretary Arne Duncan began exempting states from some requirements if they promised to better prepare their students for college or careers.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