Court Dismisses Indian Govt’s Plea Against Vodafone’s 2nd International Arbitration

first_imgThe Delhi High Court dismissed the Indian government’s plea challenging British telecom company Vodafone’s two international arbitrations against India in a case related to retrospective tax amounting to more than Rs 20,000 crore. The Indian government demanded the tax under a retrospective law of 2012.The high court allowed the second arbitration initiated by Vodafone Plc. under the India-UK Bilateral Investment Protection Agreement, and Justice Manmohan said the Center can approach the UK arbitration tribunal under the India-United Kingdom Bilateral Investment Protection Agreement (BIPA) for its grievance.Vodafone has initiated two arbitration proceedings under the India-United Kingdom and India-Netherlands Bilateral Investment Protection Agreements against India’s tax demand raised against the company in relation to its $11 billion deal to acquire stakes in Hutchison Telecom.Vodafone initiated a second arbitration under India-UK BIPA on Jan. 24, 2017 while proceedings under the India-Netherlands BIPA were pending.The Indian government in its plea challenging the second arbitration raised by Vodafone against India told the high court that the Vodafone Group had abused the process of law by initiating two international arbitrations. The Center had said the two claims were based on the same cause of action and they seek identical reliefs, but from two different tribunals constituted under two different investment treaties against the same host state, according to the Press Trust of India.The case against Vodafone was raised by the UPA-II government when it imposed a tax liability on the telecom major to the tune of Rs 11,000 crore, claiming that the telecom major had failed to deduct the tax at source under the Income tax Act.In 2012, the Supreme Court quashed the demand made by the government by saying that the firm acted “within the four corners of law.” The government had then amended the income tax laws retrospectively and reinstated the tax liability, which had by then swelled to Rs 20,000 crore, including interest and penalties.The Income Tax department had argued that based on Section 9 (1) (i) of the ITA, “all income accruing or arising, whether directly or indirectly, through or from any business connection in India, or through or from any property in India, or through or from any asset or source of income in India or through the transfer of a capital asset situate in India.” The Income Tax department also sent a notice to Vodafone threatening to seize assets if the company doesn’t pay the taxes, according to reports.Vodafone had purchased 52 per cent stake in Hutchison Essar and the company’s subsidiary exchanged cash for shares with a similar holding company for Hutchison Essar in far off Cayman Islands, according to Zee News. Related Itemscayman islandshutchinson essarvodafonelast_img read more

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ICC World T20: Waqar Younis offers to quit as coach after Pakistan’s flop show

first_imgPakistan head coach Waqar Younis has offered to resign after his team were knocked out of the World Twenty20 at the Super 10 stage, the BBC reported on Tuesday.Pakistan exited the tournament after winning just one of their four games in Group Two.The team, captained by Shahid Afridi, beat Bangladesh, but lost to New Zealand, Australia and arch-rivals India.”I place my hands together and beg forgiveness from the nation. If my leaving makes things better, then I would do it without delay,” Younis told a news conference.The 44-year-old former pace bowler is in his second spell as Pakistan coach, having first held the job between March 2010 and August 2011.last_img read more

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Nebraska Football Lands Transfer From Michigan State

first_imgNebraska's players take the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska’s football program has landed a transfer from a Big Ten rival this morning, adding a former Michigan State special teams player to its roster. The transfer was announced on social media.William Przystup, a punter out of Michigan State, announced on Twitter his transfer to Nebraska. The special teamer had announced his intentions to transfer out of the Spartans’ program in early January.“Excited and honored to announce my transfer to the University of Nebraska. Blessed to become part of @HuskerFBNation and this talented program. Go Big Red!” he tweeted.Excited and honored to announce my transfer to the University of Nebraska. Blessed to become part of @HuskerFBNation and this talented program. Go Big Red!@coach_frost@CoachZachCrespo@Coach_Dewitt pic.twitter.com/PRfBtazKxF— William Przystup (@WPrzystup) February 11, 2019MLive.com had details on the punter’s transfer back in January:Przystup, a true freshman walk-on from Oviedo High School in Florida, played in four games this season as Michigan State battled injuries at punter. Because he appeared in fewer than five games, a new NCAA rule allows him to take a redshirt for the season and he will have four years of eligibility remaining. He made his college debut in Michigan State’s Nov. 10 loss to Ohio State.“He’s a guy that was fourth in line there and I thought he did an outstanding job for us, a tremendous job, sort of being put on stage in the Ohio State game to start with,” Dantonio said.Nebraska dealt with some special teams issues throughout Scott Frost’s first season in Lincoln, so getting some help at the punting position is big moving forward.The Huskers are entering the 2019 season with some serious optimism.Nebraska is coming off a 4-8 season, but most preseason top 25 polls are including the Huskers.last_img read more

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Input Sought on Changes to Apprenticeship and Trades Act

first_imgPeople involved in the trades in Nova Scotia have an opportunity to provide input on proposed amendments to the apprenticeship system. The amendments to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act have been developed to better respond to industry and training needs. They will clarify the provincial government’s regulatory role and provide expanded options for certification. “The proposed changes will be useful to industry and trades people as they progress through different stages of their training. The changes are part of government’s effort to encourage continuous learning in the skilled trades,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The next step is to hear from people working in the field to make sure our proposed changes will contribute to an effective, relevant system that meets the requirements of industry.” The amendments are based on issues and concerns raised by industry stakeholders during the ongoing trade regulation review process. “Flexibility is critical when it comes to training apprentices and journey people in any industry,” said Graham Conrad, executive director, Nova Scotia Automotive Industry Human Resource Sector Council. “The proposed changes to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act are a positive step toward clarifying the apprenticeship training and certification process and tailoring it to industry needs.” The proposed amendments are available in the Public Consultations section of the Department of Education website at apprenticeboard.ednet.ns.ca, or by calling 902-424-0872. Written comments can be submitted by e-mail to furlotps@gov.ns.ca, by fax to 902-424-0717, or by mail to Provincial Apprenticeship Board, 2021 Brunswick St., P.O. Box 578, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2S9. The deadline for comments is Friday, Aug. 19.last_img read more

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EDUCATIONEARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT–Government Requests Teachers Union Return to Conciliation Table

first_imgOn Tuesday, Dec. 13, government asked for the conciliation officer to bring the bargaining teams of the province and Nova Scotia Teachers Union together again in the hopes of reaching a resolution. Everyone involved wants what is best for our students. We hope the union will accept our invitation to resume negotiations. A copy of the premier’s letter to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education requesting conciliation services is available at http://novascotia.ca/psc/public-service-sustainability-mandate/Dec%2013%20Letter%20from%20Premier.pdf. -30-last_img read more

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Experts cops weigh in on the intersection of violence and video games

first_imgTORONTO — A spate of recent high-profile crimes allegedly perpetrated by young men with a passion for video games is prompting industry watchers to raise cautions against reading too much into their hobbies.A growing body of research suggests video gaming is no longer the niche pursuit it’s been widely considered for decades, but rather a common pastime involving the majority of Canadians to at least some degree.Law enforcement officials, scholars and industry analysts all agree the stereotypes that have long attended discussion of the “gamer” demographic are reductive and fail to capture the various complexities at play in the growing network of game-oriented communities.Richard Lachman, a Ryerson University associate professor studying digital cultures and online ethics, said drawing a link between a suspect’s virtual activities and alleged criminal acts is becoming an increasingly fruitless exercise.“It’s one component in a huge range,” Lachman said in a telephone interview. “You might as well suggest, ‘what about unemployment, is that a factor? What about economic disparity?’”Video games have formed a key part of the emerging narrative in two recent Canadian crimes.A 23-year-old man currently charged in an alleged quadruple homicide north of Toronto reportedly shared details of the killings with friends made through an online game he’d played for two years.Police have said at least one of the teens accused of killing three people in northern British Columbia and currently the subject of a cross-country manhunt is believed to have sent photos of Nazi paraphernalia to one of his fellow gamers.But the fact that both young men played video games put them squarely among the majority of the population, according to researchers.Lachman said recent studies estimate that 80 to 90 per cent of North Americans partake in video games to some degree.In Canada, a March 2019 online survey of 2,000 participants found 65 per cent were gamers, with the number climbing to 96 per cent among men aged 18 to 24.Scott Stewart, senior research analyst in the tech and media division of global market research firm Mintel, said the sample was the latest to suggest that gaming has entered the mainstream.He likened its place in society to that occupied by film and television, with a broad spectrum of engagement among those who use the medium.But he said society as a whole has struggled to wrap its head around gaming and the place it occupies in today’s culture.Stewart pointed to the example of e-sports, or competitive video-game playing. He said it’s evolved into a multimillion dollar industry complete with lucrative tournaments and sold-out arenas, yet no one knows whether to classify such events as video game symposiums or traditional sports matches.Stewart said video games are similarly misunderstood in many aspects of society, theorizing that the frequent misconceptions associated with them make them a go-to explanation for those trying to make sense of violent criminals.“I think the fact that it’s constantly something we come back to highlights the general lack of understanding we all have about what it is and the role it plays,” he said.One misconception was highlighted in a University of Montreal study published in the journal Jama Pediatrics earlier this month.The study of nearly 4,000 teens tracked their screen time use over four years. It found that while higher social media use and TV consumption were strong predictors of depression, video game activity was not. Nor were video games found to be associated with those feeling social isolation, the study found.But Lachman said that since video games give rise to a legitimate type of community, mental health concerns do get expressed among its members.He said mental health professionals have yet to find an effective way to connect with gamers in the spaces where they’re most at home, calling for more concerted efforts to establish resources that appeal to people comfortable with online interactions.Lack of resources also plague law enforcement professionals trying to keep an eye on virtual platforms.Const. Scott Mills, social media officer with the Toronto Police Service, has spent nine years “walking the digital beat” and educating officers on how to navigate online spaces.The gaming world is particularly complex, he said, adding it’s comprised of both the gaming platforms themselves and third-party apps often enlisted to facilitate chatter among players.Adding to the complication, Mills said, is the fact that platforms come and go according to the whims of the day.Mills said policing online activity is growing in popularity among officers, but noted that even the surge in interest has not been enough to keep up with the rising demand for online policing. “My biggest fear is, what if something came in where I could have saved a life and I didn’t see it,” Mills said. “We’re police officers. We care.” Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Googlebred Waymo aims to shift robotic cars into next gear

first_imgATWATER, Calif. – Google’s self-driving car spin-off is accelerating efforts to convince the public that its technology is almost ready to safely transport people without any human assistance at all.Waymo, hatched from a Google project started eight years ago, showed off its progress Monday during a rare peek at a closely guarded testing facility located 120 miles (193 kilometres) southeast of San Francisco. That’s where its robots complete their equivalent of driver’s education.The tour included giving more than three dozen reporters rides in Chrysler Pacifica minivans travelling through faux neighbourhoods and expressways that Waymo has built on a former Air Force base located in the Californian Central Valley city of Atwater.The minivans smoothly cruised the roads — driver’s seat empty and passengers in the back — at speeds of up to 35 mph (56 kph). By contrast, the Waymo-powered minivans that have been driving volunteer riders in the Phoenix area still use safety drivers to take over control if something goes wrong.But Waymo’s real goal is to get to the point where people in cars are nothing but passengers.Waymo CEO John Krafcik told reporters that the company will be making some cars and freight trucks totally driverless fairly soon, though he didn’t provide a specific timetable. “We are really close,” he said. “We are going to do it when we feel like we are ready.”Since Google began working on self-driving cars in 2009, dozens of established automakers such as General Motors and Ford Motors have entered the race, along with other big technology companies, including Apple and ride-hailing service Uber. The competition is so fierce and the stakes so high that Waymo is currently suing Uber , alleging that one of its former managers stole its trade secrets and took them with him when he joined Uber in 2016 as part of an elaborate scheme. The trial in that high-profile case is scheduled to begin in early December.Waymo is hoping to infuse its technology into ride-hailing services such as its current partner, Lyft, and big-rig trucking companies. It also intends to license its automated system to automakers such as Fiat Chrysler Automobile, which is already using it in 100 Pacifica minivans.last_img read more

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JoliePitt Foundation donates 1 million to UN and other groups working in

11 May 2007United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt have donated $1 million towards the humanitarian effort assisting millions of people affected by the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region, the agency has announced. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt have donated $1 million towards the humanitarian effort assisting millions of people affected by the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region, the agency has announced.“The donation from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation will go to three agencies playing key roles in Darfur and neighbouring Chad: the UN refugee agency; the International Rescue Committee and the international non-governmental organization, SOS Children’s Villages,” UNHCR said in a press release issued on Thursday.All three agencies are active in providing life-saving humanitarian assistance to the more than 2 million people displaced within Darfur and the 240,000 refugees from Darfur living in camps in eastern Chad.“This generous donation comes just months after Angelina Jolie made a personal visit to a refugee camp in Chad and it shows, once again, her and Brad Pitts’ commitment to helping refugees and the displaced,” said Michel Gabaudan, UNHCR’s regional representative for the United States and the Caribbean. “As Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie’s continued support of UNHCR and those we seek to help is a powerful force in ensuring they are not forgotten.”In New York, George Rupp, president of the International Rescue Committee, said, “This donation will make a real difference in the lives of thousands of vulnerable people. We are grateful to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for remembering them.”Ms. Jolie has visited the region three times. During her recent visit to the Oure-Cassoni camp she said she was struck by the sense of hope she encountered and by the widespread desire for peace-keepers to be deployed in eastern Chad.It was in Oure-Cassoni where the actress met staff working for SOS Children’s Villages, who are providing psychological assistance to traumatized children.“The children benefit enormously from the therapy,” said Yolanda van den Broek, project leader of the Emergency Relief Programme of SOS Children’s Villages in Chad. “Children who at first did not speak, did not eat and who were isolated in their own worlds, are now playing happily and are able to interact with others.” read more

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Rogers applies to bring MLB Network channel to Canada

OTTAWA — Rogers Communications Inc., corporate parent of the Toronto Blue Jays, has applied to the CRTC to bring the MLB Network baseball channel to Canada.In its application to the federal broadcast regulator, the company says the new channel would complement the games already broadcast in Canada, akin to what the NFL Network does for football games.“We believe the uniqueness of the MLB Network service, with its attractive and unique programming, will respond to consumer demand and help drive additional analog customers to our digital platform,” Rogers said in its application.The cable company also said it is already competing with unregulated online services that broadcast baseball games.[np-related]“The MLB Network will give Canadians another incentive to remain within the regulated system. This will have a positive impact on the growth of digital cable in Canada and on the Canadian broadcasting system as a whole,” Rogers said.The additional cost to viewers wanting the channel if it is approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission was not available.Rogers has been working to increase the sports content available on everything from smartphones to tablets and televisions to personal computers so that fans don’t miss any of the games.MLB Network, which is owned by Major League Baseball, offers baseball programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, covering all 30 teams.The channel was launched in the U.S. in 2009 and is the most widely distributed sports league-owned cable TV network.The network broadcasts up to 150 live Major League Baseball regular-season games as well highlights, analysis and coverage of major baseball events around the year.Rogers Sportsnet already carries two MLB Network programs Quick Pitch and the Best of Intentional Talk, while MLB Extra Innings is available as a pay-per-view subscription.The application said the channel would not compete with Canadian programming as it catered to a niche market seeking wall-to-wall baseball coverage.“In this manner, MLB Network’s contribution to the Canadian broadcasting system is similar to the contribution of other non-Canadian single-sport programming services like NFL Network, the Golf Channel, and Speed Channel,” documents filed with application said.“The programming offered by MLB Network is vastly different from the current Major League Baseball programming Canadians can see today. Authorizing MLB Network for distribution in Canada will only serve to increase interest in Major League Baseball, which would translate into increased viewership of existing Major League Baseball programming offered by Canadian services.”In addition to the Blue Jays baseball team and the Sportsnet speciality channel, Rogers owns the team’s home stadium, the Rogers Centre.The cable and wireless company also signed a deal late last year to buy a stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.The company teamed up with Bell Canada on a $1.07-billion bid for a majority stake in the country’s biggest sports franchise company that also includes the NBA’s Raptors and the Toronto FC soccer club.The Canadian Press read more

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AlarmForces ousted CEO files 11million lawsuit for wrongful dismissal

TORONTO — The recently ousted chief executive of AlarmForce Industries has filed a wrongful dismissal lawsuit against the home-security company he founded 25-years ago.Joel Matlin, who was at the home security company’s helm since its inception in 1988 and often the voice and face of AlarmForce in ad campaigns, claims he was dismissed without cause or notice, which goes against the terms of his contract.He’s also asking for punitive and aggravated damages because of the way the firing was handled, claiming it was done in bad faith and in a manner that damaged Matlin’s reputation.None of the allegations has been proven in court and may be challenged by the company. The $11-million claim includes $1.3-million for wrongful dismissal, $6,460 in unpaid vacation and $10,000 in damages. He also wants AlarmForce to acknowledge he was wrongfully dismissed.Matlin, 65, says a statement of claim that he was terminated ahead of a meeting to present his new vision for the company to the board of directors, and forced to leave the building without being given time to collect his belongings.The suit also claims several of Matlin’s family members had their jobs at AlarmForce suspended and then terminated because of their relationship with him.Matlin, who holds a nearly eight per cent stake in the company, continues to appear in the company’s television and radio commercials despite the dismissal.He has previously said he plans to rally shareholders to put him back in charge, and that the termination stemmed from conflicts with chief financial officer Anthony Pizzonia, who has been named interim president and chief executive.AlarmForce was not immediately available for comment. read more

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100th UN refugee repatriation convoy returns to Angola

There were an estimated 440,000 Angolan refugees in neighbouring countries when the April 2002 ceasefire was signed ending Angola’s 27-year-long civil war. Some 200,000 have returned with the repatriation convoys organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or on their own. Since the UNHCR convoys started in June this year, more than 43,000 Angolans have been transported back from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Namibia, averaging 10,000 returnees each month during the dry season. The latest convoy brought 247 refugees from the DRC. An additional 24,000 Angolans who returned on their own have been assisted once back with food, blankets, plastic sheeting and other items and in-country transport to areas declared open for return, for a total number of 67,000 Angolans who have received direct UN refugee agency assistance so far this year. “We expect the number of returning refugees to decline as the rainy season slows movement across much of the country,” UNHCR spokesman Rupert Colville told a briefing in Geneva. But he added: “We expect to boost the pace of the repatriation operation over 2004 and help some 145,000 Angolans to go back.” read more

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US factory output fell 04 per cent in April after 2 strong

US factory output fell 0.4 per cent in April after 2 strong months In this March 26, 2014 picture, Ed Carbaugh prepares to install parts on a truck engine on an assembly line at Volvo Trucks’ powertrain manufacturing facility in Hagerstown, Md. The Federal Reserve reports on industrial production for April on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) WASHINGTON – U.S. factory output took a breather in April after two months of strong growth, as manufacturers produced less furniture, machinery and plastics.The Federal Reserve said Thursday that factory production fell 0.4 per cent from the previous month after rising a revised 0.7 per cent in March and 1.5 per cent in February. Manufacturing output has risen a solid 2.9 per cent over the past year.The decline appears to be a temporary setback that doesn’t have economists too worried.“We are not concerned by the drop in industrial production, because it was likely a one-time event” given healthy signals from other recent measures of manufacturing, said economists at Deutsche Bank Securities in a note to clients.The Institute for Supply Management, a group of purchasing managers, has reported that U.S. manufacturing grew faster in April than March. Its manufacturing index rose to 54.9 last month from 53.7 in March as exports rose and factories stepped up hiring. Any reading above 50 signals growth.The Commerce Department has said orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods showed decent gains in February and March.Overall industrial output, which includes manufacturing, mining and utilities, fell 0.6 per cent in April, the Fed said. Output at utilities plunged 5.3 per cent; households used less heat as temperatures rose.The drop in manufacturing output was more troubling, though economists say it probably just means factories eased back a bit after robust gains in February and March.“Manufacturing was surprisingly weak, although the decline follows a strong finish” to the first quarter, said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics.The economy is picking up momentum after stalling during the nasty winter. The economy expanded at an annual pace of 0.1 per cent from January through March. Economists expect the pace to pick up to 3 per cent or faster this quarter and for the rest of the year.Hiring also has been healthy. U.S. employers added 238,000 jobs from February through April, the fastest three-month pace in more than two years. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2014 8:46 am MDT read more

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With continuous support stormhit Haiti can make real and tangible progress –

“There [are] still children at risk in Haiti, and 600,000 [are] still in need of aid,” Christophe Boulierac, a spokesperson for UNICEF, told the media at a regular news briefing at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG).“[We and our] partners [are] working hard in the affected areas as well as in the rest of the country, for the children and their mothers,” he added, referring to the island nation’s efforts to recover from Hurricane Matthew, which made landfall on 4 October.Mr. Boulierac, who recently returned from a mission to the island, said that the situation in Haiti could improve as long as it received continuous support, not just support during emergencies. He highlighted the fact that between 2006 and 2012, despite suffering a devastating earthquake, the country’s school enrolment and nutrition figures had seen significant rise while infant and under-five mortality rates had decreased. Response to the Hurricane Matthew aftermathOn the activities of UNICEF in response to the humanitarian needs after the hurricane, Mr. Boulierac said that so far, the agency and its partners have committed to repair 103 of the 716 schools damaged by the storm. UNICEF and other UN agencies are also supporting health and nutrition programmes and providing safe water through the installation of water treatment plants. He added that in response to the water and sanitation challenges, exasperated by “significant flooding” in several towns, UNICEF had quadrupled the number of rapid response teams and was working with the Government and local partners to rebuild cholera treatment centres. “So far, [we have] rebuilt 13 of the 18 cholera treatment centres that had been completely destroyed, and would make sure that they would be integrated back into the health care centres, which needed to be rebuilt,” the UNICEF official said. Mr. Boulierac further reported that on 10 November, the Ministry of Health, supported by UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO), had launched a large-scale cholera vaccination campaign, targeting more than 800,000 individuals. He underscored that on top of vaccinations, water and sanitation, and the right practices, especially washing hands are extremely important to prevent occurrence and spread of cholera.He further said that water sanitation intervention teams have also been deployed when a suspected case of cholera is reported to help create a “cordon sanitaire”, understand the cause for contamination and undertake disinfecting, as well as spread awareness, and distribute ‘aquatabs’ (water purification tablets) and other items for water treatment at home.He also briefed the media on protection and assistance programmes for vulnerable families to reduce family separation as well as to ensure that families are reunited and that the children’s rights are protected. In Jérémie, Haiti, a girl opens a hygiene kit distributed in a cholera-affected area. Hurricane Matthew passed over Haiti on Tuesday 4 October 2016, with heavy rains and winds. Photo: UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne read more

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DDay veteran aged 101 honoured for recordbreaking skydive

first_imgA British D-Day veteran who broke the Guinness World Record for the Oldest Tandem Parachute Jump, aged 101 years and 38 days, has been honoured for his high-altitude stunt. 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.last_img

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JetMan diverts media soars over Grand Canyon

first_imgLast week we regaled you with the story of JetMan, the 52-year-old are adventurer who flies miles above the ground using his custom-built six-foot-wide jetpack. Yves Rossy was set to fly above the Grand Canyon Friday, May 6, in which would have been the dare devil’s first U.S. flight. Rossy postponed his flight saying he needed more time to train. The media was all a little confused as to why the flight was suddenly canceled, but it all makes sense now.Rossy told SwissInfo.ch that the thought of having hundreds of people watching him perform such a stunt without any practice had put his body in knots and caused him to lose sleep. This is most likely the reason the flight was postponed. Rossy was able to detract attention from all the media coverage that was surrounding him, making it possible to perform the stunt with only a few people watching. He also told the Swiss news site that the location is very challenging because of “big air currents, (and) steep walls.” We’re not sure if postponing the flight was some sort of publicity stunt to gain more media attention, or if it actually was a way to get the media’s attention off of him, but Rossy embarked on his Grand Canyon flight the very next day, without the media’s knowledge.On Saturday, Rossy flew 200 feet above the canyon’s rim after being launched from a helicopter 2,440 meters above the Grand Canyon. Although Rossy has built many versions of his jet pack, he still hasn’t found a way to take off from the ground. Rossy was able to fly horizontally for eight minutes, while reaching speeds of up to 190 mph. This is not the longest flight for Rossy; his flight over the English Channel was 13 minutes long. The video below shows JetMan flying high over the beautiful oranges, browns, and reds that make up the Grand Canyon.According to SwissInfo.ch, Rossy said his first flight in the U.S. would be memorable not only because he’d be flying over the Grand Canyon, but also because flying over that part of land, which is actually part of the Hualapai Native American Tribe’s sacred land, is an honor to fly in.Rossy said he hadn’t had time to practice because the Federal Aviation Administration had only approved his flight the day of the scheduled flight. Apparently Rossy and his team didn’t know they had to get permission from the FAA because Rossy is a certified pilot and his team focused on getting permission from the Hualapai instead.However, the FAA contacted Rossy on April 28 saying it had heard of his plans through the media and that his jet pack had to be evaluated, since the FAA had never seen this type of aircraft before, and it doesn’t exactly fit into any of the FAA’s aircraft categories. Because much of the Grand Canyon is a national park, federal laws prohibit any sort of aircraft below the canyon’s rim, hence why Rossy flew above the rim and didn’t sore throughout the canyon.Rossy’s wing is made of carbon fibre and uses four jet engines. He maneuvers the wings with the weight of his body, and only that. The only thing the JetMan carries with him during flight is an altimeter and a small throttle control that he holds in his hand. Rossy landed safely via parachute. We’re looking forward to seeing more of these fascinating and daring stunts from JetMan in the future.Read more at SwissInfo.ch, photos via Breitlinglast_img read more

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A Brexistential crisis So what happens now

first_img Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Friday 29 Mar 2019, 6:38 PM A Brexistential crisis: So what happens now? The best answer to that question is: “F**k knows. I’m past caring. It’s like the living dead in here.” SO, WHAT IN heavens happens now?Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement, negotiated over a period of two years between her officials and the EU, has been rejected for the third time in three months.Despite intense lobbying by the Prime Minister’s team, the deal was defeated by a majority of 58; her deal was previously defeated by 230 votes, and then by 149 votes. As her deal is defeated, the default leave date is now 12 April.If her deal had been approved, the UK would have left the EU under the terms in the Withdrawal Agreement by 22 May, the day before EU elections begin. After her vote was rejected by 344 MPs, May said exasperatedly: “I fear we are reaching the limits of the process in this House”.So what are the options, and how likely are they?More indicative votesOn Monday, April Fools’ Day, the UK parliament will hold a second day of indicative votes; the last round of votes held on Wednesday resulted in the parliament rejecting all 8 options put forward. Source: Commons Press OfficeBut some of those options – such as a Customs Union which was only rejected by six votes – may have a chance of being approved by MPs now that May’s deal has been rejected.It was negotiated with the European Union that if May’s deal was rejected, the UK would have to decide what was to happen next.After the result in the House of Commons, European Council President Donald Tusk said that he was calling an emergency meeting of EU heads of state on 10 April. It’s intended that the UK will suggest what should happen next to the EU, and the European Council’s 27 leaders will discuss whether to approve that option on 10 April (with the UK due to leave the EU two days later, remember). Source: Frank AugsteinAnother extensionThe option to extend Article 50, which would mean delaying the date the UK is due to leave the EU, has already been taken (Brexit day was meant to be today).But UK and EU politicians are worried about the consequences of a no-deal Brexit, so in order to avoid that, they might give the UK another longer extension in order for them to get their House in order.Another extension would most likely mean that the UK would remain in the EU during the European elections that are being held between 23 and 26 May (Ireland’s election is on 24 May). Theresa May has said that this would almost certainly mean that the UK would have to take part in European elections.The EU has said that this would have to happen because if the UK were to remain in the EU but not take part in the election, there’s a fear that they could be vulnerable to legal challenges taken by citizens in the UK who want to exercise their right to vote. A disagreement between Brexit demonstrators at Westminster today. Source: Kirsty O’ConnorIf they did take part in the European elections, Nigel Farage has indicated that he would run as a Brexit Party candidate, as would other pro-Brexit advocates. This would mean a stronger pro-Brexit presence in the European Parliament, which neither side wants but could well happen.The Withdrawal AgreementRenegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement is the suggestion made by some of those who have been voting against the deal: including the DUP, former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, and ERG member Steve Baker. They are calling for the backstop specifically to be renegotiated, with Baker saying that there were many elements to the Withdrawal Agreement that were bad, but claimed that the backstop “means we’ll indefinitely be trapped”.The likelihood is quite low though. Leading figures of the European Union have said that the negotiation is finished, and they can only provide legal assurances on what has already been agreed.“The European Council has agreed unanimously that the Withdrawal Agreement will not be re-opened,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in the immediate aftermath of the deal being rejected, repeating comments Theresa May made to the House of Commons minutes before.It’s also possible that the Withdrawal Agreement could be put forward for a fourth vote next week… 58 Comments 28,749 Views Share96 Tweet Email1 Source: Nigel Farage/Twitter Based on conversations I’ve had, feels as though May will give it one more try next week and if that fails she will ask for a long extension and possibly call a general election. She would come under huge pressure to quit though— Gordon Rayner (@gordonrayner) March 29, 2019center_img Source: Gordon Rayner/Twitter As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: We will fight them again, and we will beat them once more. #BrexitBetrayal pic.twitter.com/5tEnnxMJh9— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) March 29, 2019 Theresa May told parliament after her deal was rejected that she would still push for an “orderly exit” on 22 May; Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn then pushed her to accept that her Brexit deal isn’t good enough to pass, and should be left to one side.She didn’t really do that.Instead, one of the likely scenarios being put forward is that if a customs union gets a majority in the House of Commons on Monday, May could put her deal back to a vote – with an amendment that a customs union could be included as part of it.It would then be for the European Council to approve a deal with a customs union, an option which they would be happy with as the EU wants as close a relationship as possible with the UK.General election, second referendum, and revoking Article 50 If a longer extension is granted, a general election and a second referendum are increasingly likely, as the UK establishment would have the time to organise them. Source: Commons Press OfficeEarlier in the week, May promised that she would step aside if her deal was passed today, sparking talk of who her successor could be. If there was a Tory leadership, it could take up to 6 weeks from start to finish.A general election could also be called: this could rearrange the numbers in the House of Commons enough so that there would be a clear majority for a type of Brexit. If a snap election was called, it would take around two months to organise.In 2017, a snap election was held on 8 June after Theresa May called for it on 18 April (it was this election that lost May her majority in the House of Commons and led to a coalition with the DUP…)After an online petition gathered almost 6 million signatures, questions have also been raised on whether the British government could revoke Article 50, thereby undoing the entire Brexit process.A European court has already decided that the British government has the power to do this, but May has so far refused to entertain the idea, saying that it would weaken people’s trust in democracy if she were to unilaterally reverse what the majority of the British public voted for. No dealA “no-deal scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario”, the European Commission has said in a statement after the vote.Despite the majority of MPs voting against a no-deal Brexit, the default position is currently that on 12 April at 11pm, the UK will leave the EU without a deal. There are a number of serious ramifications of that, for Ireland especially.And even in a no-deal scenario, the UK would still have to hold negotiations with the EU eventually about its new relationship, so even in the walk-away scenario, they would still need to hold negotiations to try to strike a deal. Mar 29th 2019, 6:38 PM https://jrnl.ie/4567546 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Karnataka floods CM Yediyurappa asks Centre to release Rs 10000 crore in

first_imgKarnataka floodsTwitterKarnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa requested the central government to immediately release Rs 10,000 crore as financial aid to help rebuild the state, which has been affected by the incessant rainfall and floods.Yediyurappa and Union Home Minister Amit Shah conducted an aerial survey of the flooded regions in the northern parts of the state. He said that even though the preliminary estimate of the losses is around Rs 10,000 crore, the actual losses would amoun to at least Rs 50,000 crore. Home Minister Amit Shah and Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa doing an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Belagavi districtTwitterThe CM said he is going to visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 16 and will talk to him for the immediate release of funds. He said that safeguarding people, livestock and providing houses to the people affected by the floods will be the top priority of the government. Several parts of North Karnataka witnessed landslides due to torrential rains in the region. The death toll due to the floods have risen to 48 in Karnataka and over 6.7 lakh people have been evacuated from the flood-hit villages of the state. CM Yediyurappa visited the flood-affected villages in Shivamogga on Tuesday and handed cheques to 5,000 families in Hegalagatti village in the district for the purchase of essential commodities.Yediyurappa said that the government would provide Rs 10,000 each to the flood-affected people. He also said the government would announce a special package to the flood-affected districts soon. The CM has directed the district administration to assess the damage and submit a detailed report to the government. Karnataka floodsTwitterThe Minister for Chemical and Fertilisers DV Sadananda Gowda briefed PM Modi on the situation in Karnataka, which is reeling under the floods. The Prime Minister has assured all possible help to the state. Due to the flood situation, Independence Day will not be celebrated in a grand way in the flood-hit areas of the state. The Deputy Commissioners have reportedly been instructed to keep it low-key.BJP legislator Balachandra Jarkiholi has assured the flood victims in Belagavi district, which suffered the most in the recent floods, that he will get compensation and relief from the state government. Jarkiholi further said that he would destabilise the government if it fails to provide help to the victims.Many farmers have also staged protest against the government turning a blind eye towards their situation. Farmers from Uttara Kannada district alleged that some miscreants had breached Chigali reservoir which resulted in the flooding. They protested outside Mundagod police station in the district demanding police action against the malefactors.last_img read more

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Netflix Orders Miranda Sings Comedy Special From Colleen Ballinger

first_imgMiranda Sings’ “Haters Back Off” sitcom on Netflix lasted only two seasons, but Colleen Ballinger’s oddly endearing, lipstick-smeared wannabe songstress is coming back to the streaming service in a new comedy special.Netflix has been aggressively spending on stand-up comedy over the last two years, inking pacts with big-name comedians including Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan and Dave Chappelle. It’s a point not lost on Miranda Sings, who’s a megastar in her own mind.“All the most famousest people in the world have a comedy special on Netflix,” she says in the video announcing the deal. “I’m like, ‘Hello, why don’t I have one of those?!’”Ballinger’s special for Netflix will be shot Sept. 15 at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C., as part of Ballinger’s “Miranda Sings Live…No Offense” comedy/music tour. “Move over ‘Stranger Things,’ Mirfandas are taking over,” says Miranda. Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img In June, Ballinger announced that she is pregnant and also engaged to Erik Stocklin, who co-starred in “Haters Back Off” as Miranda Sings’ love interest. Ballinger is repped by the Gersh Agency.Watch Miranda Sings’ announcement about her upcoming comedy special on Netflix:last_img read more

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Get Rich Quick in Payday 2 on Nintendo Switch

first_img In a world full of huge games-as-service shooters like Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege, Fortnite, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, and others, the enduring audience for the Payday series has always somewhat baffled me. And yet even five years after the release of Payday 2 the developers at Overkill Software continue to support it with substantial new updates like new missions and John Wick DLC.Now, they’ve even gone ahead brought the game to the Nintendo Switch, bolstering the console/handheld hybrid’s burgeoning library of hardcore hits. And I think I get the appeal now. Payday 2 is totally a kind of B game we don’t see that often anymore in this indie/AAA split gaming landscape. That means it has significant flaws (several of which the Switch itself exacerbates) but it also means that this game about robbing banks is refreshingly low-stakes.Once I wrapped my head around Payday 2’s progression system it really clicked for me why bringing it to Switch sounded appealing. There’s no lengthy, story-driven, overarching campaign to complete or elaborate Destiny-style raids to slog through online with friends. In other words, there’s no pressure to play more than what you want to. Just hop onto Crime.net and take on a job, some of which you can bang out in minutes if you’re good enough. It’s great for portable play, rob a bank or two on your way to work. And even a short play session feels valuable because it earns you offshore bank account money and experience to unlock new perks and gear for your character.AdChoices广告As for the missions themselves, they feature some pretty fascinating ideas in order to shift standard first-person shooter gameplay tropes from Saving Private Ryan to Heat. Most missions start quiet with casing as you attempt to avoid detection and get a mental map of the limited environments. Sometimes you can even pull off a whole job in stealth, zipping up incapacitated guards in body bags and answering their phones before anyone notices. The gear you choose to bring with you can also influence (or even dictate in some frustrating cases) your approach. Jamming camera signals is a very different tactic than blowing up a door with C4.However, more often than not you’ll have to get loud, put on your Dark Knight clown mask, and start shooting cops while threatening civilians and stealing loot. Payday 2 creates most of its Left 4 Dead-style tension by challenging players to keep surviving as more and more complications get thrown at them. Most crucial actions you perform, from drilling into vaults to driving through barricades, require some amount of waiting. During that time, you’ll also be fending off hordes of cops, healing yourself and your allies during downtime, and getting ready for the next wave while trying to finish the job itself.Most missions follow this same template, which again makes Payday 2 better suited to addictive short portable play sessions than tiring marathon ones. But there are some attempts to mix things up in the margins. Some missions take place over multiple days. I spent the first day of “Goat Simulator” rounding up valuable goats throughout the city in places like burning buildings or hot dog stands. The second day was all about fending off police and gangsters while calling in a pilot to fly the caged goats away. That also demonstrates Payday 2’s goofy, almost Hitman sense of humor that turns many heists into dark comedies. I smashed up a mall while dubstep Christmas carols played.But Payday 2 can only cover up its cracks for so long. This is especially true if you play solo. AI teammates are good for fighting back and helping you up. But you’ll have to do all the tasks that require any real mental energy, and I suspect this drags out missions longer than they’re supposed to, as compared to when four humans split the tasks amongst themselves. You can play online with other people, and I had a pretty good time doing so. But because of Nintendo’s barely existent voice chat support more difficult versions of missions become almost impossible to coordinate.Payday 2 is also just kind of an ugly game. We all know the Switch isn’t the most powerful piece of hardware, but even on a top of the line gaming PC Payday 2 looks old and rough. So obviously weaker specs don’t do it any favors visually or in terms of performance. The different masks you buy for different characters, including the red/blue neon LED mask for Switch-exclusive new character Joy, add some personality. But that’s really the only pleasant thing here to look at.Still, I enjoy that Payday 2 is now on Nintendo Switch, as inexplicable as it is. Hopefully it gets regular updates to bring its content up to date with the other versions. As for me and my life of crime, I thought I was out. But now, after writing this, I feel myself being pulled back in.Buy it now!Buy Nintendo labo Variety Kit.Buy Nintendo Labo Robot Kit.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… last_img read more

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An image for a poem

first_imgCurator Georgina Maddox and Artistic Director Ashwini Pal Bahadur came together last week to showcase a brilliant exhibition at Bikaner House. The event was the launch of a book of poems, ‘One Soul many Lives’ by Laxmana Dalmia, poet, filmmaker and custodian of IPTA (Indian People’s Theatre Association). The poems that flanked the art works showed amply that curator Georgina is not just a fly by night type, but a historian in the making. Some works were created for Dalmia’s poems and some works were picked up because they had an uncanny connection to the imagery provided by Dalmia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBegin with Arpana Caur’s stunning canvas, ‘Between Dualities’, that seemed to be the opening page of a flashback in time. The rounded surreal figures of her large canvas leap out, while the second figure lies on the bottom; it is the larger female figure that sits and threads a needle. Caur makes you think of events that swim across dark expanses or lie motionless. Her female figure transcends time, while she seems to tell us stories of the worlds that become like a time warp, caught between earth and sky, reality and longing. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnd then are those who mark time and destiny, like the female figure of the brilliant Gogi Saroj Pal, while Ved Nayyar’s ‘Nayika’ speaks to us about literature and life and poetry. Yet another eye-grabber is Sanjay Das’ photograph of an inner temple scene in Nepal. “The image of butter lamp was taken inside a room of a monastery in the premises of Boudhanath Stupa in Nepal,” says Das. It is believed that offering butter lamps is the most powerful offering because their light symbolises wisdom of the awakened mind, dispelling the darkness of delusion and mental obscurations. Butter lamps are used in nearly every Tibetan temple, household and altar. The contrasting tones in luminosity amidst the darkness is a surreal encounter. Seema Kohli’s ‘Tree of life’ sits in another smaller room and at once brings back feminine fables and the momentousness of myth. “I see the ‘Tree of Life’ in the form of Aradhnareshwar,” states Kohli. The display of the continuous balance of energies is there in nature. It gives us the basic principles of existence with equality.”It is easy to see the effects of Indian miniature art on Kohli’s translation of the tree of life, as she weaves in the simple figuration of the feminine fervour within the realism and the presence of light, and shade to the stylistic treatment of trees, branches and canopy with the use of curved contours and finer detailing.Shampa Das’s canvas speaks of multiple references – of the overlapping of the spirit of being. Within her many elements, we can glimpse Indian and Tibetan and Buddhist imagery. The lotuses make us think of Tibetan sacred art, especially the symbology of Vajrayana Buddhism. Chants in Tibetan and Tankri text, seen inscribed on bells, prayer wheels and rock walls, make their way into her paintings, lending them a totemic quality. The circle, depicting the mandala or the universe, and the pink lotus are some of the striking imagery in her work that gives it an inner sense of poise.Maddox mingles mediums and contours and contexts to create an album of works that celebrate the essence of life and adds strength and vitality to the book of poems.last_img read more

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