Scheer Harper among politicians at memorial for Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai

first_imgCALGARY — Some prominent Conservative politicians are paying their respects at a memorial for former Calgary member of Parliament Deepak Obhrai.Obhrai, who was 69, died earlier this month from liver cancer.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and former prime minister Stephen Harper are to make tributes at the service, along with former cabinet ministers John Baird and Peter MacKay.A memorial service is set to begin soon for long-time Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai, signalling the final goodbye for many people. pic.twitter.com/agsiS9gtIM— Kayla Bruch (@KaylaBruch1) August 26, 2019Obhrai was born and raised in Tanzania and settled in Calgary with his family in 1977.The first Hindu to be elected to the House of Commons, he had represented Calgary Forest Lawn since 1997.He was the longest-serving parliamentary secretary to a minister of foreign affairs in Canadian history, and also the longest-serving Indo-Canadian MP in Parliament..@stephenharper Deepak was a “remarkable person,” friend, colleague, public servant and someone who touched the lives of so many people.— Kayla Bruch (@KaylaBruch1) August 26, 2019 The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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George Clooneys Fiancee To Investigate Human Rights Violations In Gaza

first_imgGeorge Clooney’s fiancee Amal Alamuddin has been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate purported Gaza violations.The United Nations Human Rights Council announced today the appointment of three members to its independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip since the conflict began on 13 June.In a statement released this afternoon, the Council’s President, Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella (Gabon), announced that the human rights body appointed Amal Alamuddin (United Kingdom), Doudou Diène (Senegal) and William Schabas (Canada) to serve as members on the international Commission. Mr. Schabas will also serve as the Commission’s Chair.The Commission aims to establish the facts and circumstances of violations and crimes perpetrated and to identify those responsible. It will also make recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, all with a view to avoiding and ending impunity and ensuring that those responsible are held accountable, and on ways to protect civilians against any further assaults.At least 1,948 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, have been killed in the conflict, along with 67 Israelis, according to figures cited by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).In addition, some 425,000 people are seeking shelter either in UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) facilities, government shelters or with host families.Around 11,855 housing units in Gaza have been destroyed or severely damaged by Israeli attacks, and another 36,000 have suffered damage, according to OCHA.The Council had decided – by a vote of 29 countries in favour, with 17 abstentions and a sole negative vote by the United States – to launch the inquiry at its emergency meeting on 23 July.The same resolution requested that the Commission present a written report to the Human Rights Council at its session in March 2015.Appointed to the Commission today is Ms. Alamuddin, a London-based British-Lebanese lawyer, specialising in international law and human rights. She has worked at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and as legal adviser to the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.Mr. Diène was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, xenophobia and related intolerance from 2002 to 2008. He also served as Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire from 2011 to 2014.Ms. Schabas, a professor of international criminal law and human rights, served on the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission until 2004. Mr. Schabas was also a member of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in Human Rights.last_img read more

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State govt, KMC gear up to handle impact of cyclone

first_imgKolkata: The state government, along with Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), is making all possible arrangements so that service can be extended on a war footing if there is any sort of damage caused due to the cyclone ‘Fani’, which is predicted to move towards Bengal soon.Chief Secretary Malay De held a meeting with concerned government departments and senior KMC officials led by Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed at Nabanna on Tuesday and gave necessary instructions on the arrangements to be put in place for the cyclone. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe coastal areas and riverine areas like Howrah, Hooghly, East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas are likely to be affected more due to ‘Fani’. North Bengal is likely to face the effect of the cyclone on May 3, as per information from the weather office. Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed also held a meeting at the KMC with senior officials of all concerned departments, to ensure that they keep a skeleton gang ready for necessary action on May 2, 3 and 4. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs per information received from the National Emergency Response Centre and the state department of Disaster Management and Civil Defence, expected wind speed of the cyclone may go up to 60 km/h, 85 km/h and 115 km/h on May 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Rainfall is expected to be in the range of 7 to 20 cm on May 3 and 4. The Parks & Gardens department has been requested to deploy men and machineries to attend to the emergent situation, for removal of uprooted trees including broken branches throughout the city. The Building department will deploy its team to tackle the situation as well. The Lighting department has been instructed to remove uprooted lampposts and disconnect electricity from the posts and similar necessary measures as and when required. The Sewerage and Drainage department and Solid Waste Management department have also been asked to attend to issues like waterlogging and others in the wake of the cyclone. The Municipal Secretary has also been asked to make arrangements for provision of relief material if required.last_img read more

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SC dismisses plea to advance voting timing for last phase of Lok Sabha election

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday rejected a plea seeking a direction to the Election Commission (EC) to advance polling timing to 5:30 am from 7 am for seventh phase of the Lok Sabha election in view of searing heat and Ramzan. A vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna said that court cannot go into the issue of poll timings and most phases of the Lok Sabha elections were already over. “We cannot get into poll times. It is the Election Commission’s call. There may be logistical issues,” the bench told advocate Mohammad Nizamuddin Pasha who had filed the petition. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Part of elections are already over. Only one phase remains now,” the bench observed. When the counsel referred to the searing heat in parts of the country, especially between 12 noon to 3 PM, the bench said, “The timings are from 7 am to 6 pm. People can come in the morning to cast their votes.” On May 2, the top court had asked the poll panel to pass “necessary orders” on Pasha’s representation seeking advancing of voting timing for the remaining phase of Lok Sabha polls, which the EC had rejected on May 5. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen In his fresh plea in the apex court, the petitioner had said that the poll panel had turned down his representation as being “administratively not feasible”. Following the poll panel’s decision, Pasha had approached the apex court with his plea saying, “The reasoning given by the respondent (EC) in its order dated May 5 is ex-facie self contradictory as the respondent claims it has already taken acute hot weather conditions and festivals into account in fixing poll timing but still has passed orders fixing the same standard polling hours that are issued in every election at any time in any part of the country.” Polling for the seventh phase of elections will be held on May 19. The petitioner had earlier told the top court that during Ramzan, Muslims keep fast. The plea had said the India Meteorological Department has issued warning indicating severe heat wave conditions over the next few days in poll-bound areas, including Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. The petitioner had said harsh weather conditions would make it difficult for Muslims to go out and vote.last_img read more

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Do not do business with Israeli settlements urges UK govt

first_imgLONDON– The UK government advises UK companies of the risks involved in doing business with Israeli settlements.The guidance published by UK trade and investment, a government body that works with British businesses in international markets, says there are “clear risks related to economic and financial activities in the settlements, and we do not encourage or offer support to such activity”.It warns companies of  “potential reputational implications of getting involved in economic and financial activities in settlements, as well as possible abuses of the rights of individuals”. The UK government advises companies thinking about financial or economical involvement in settlements to seek, “appropriate legal advice”.In the warning the UK position on settlements is laid out, “The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights are territories which have been occupied by Israel since 1967. Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible.”The advice goes on and says if companies do business with Israeli settlements then the UK government “does not encourage or offer support to such activity”.Doing business with Israeli settlements, including tourism, contain ‘legal and economic risks”, according to the UK government.   These risks stem from the fact that Israeli settlements are “built on occupied land and are not recognised as a legitimate part of Israel’s territory. This may result in disputed titles to the land, water, mineral or other natural resources which might be the subject of purchase or investment”.The short advice also acknowledges concerns of consumers not wishing to buy products from Israeli settlements and it was way the UK government introduced voluntary guidelines to enable products from Israeli settlements to be clearly labeled.Pro-Palestinian groups have capitalised on the advice spreading it on the internet.  However the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement said that the advice did not go far enough.  Although they welcomed the guidance, BDS they said they wanted “more practical measures to bring about British compliance with its obligations under international law.”last_img read more

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Resettlement authority to remain

“But technically that does not mean that resettlement is over. We have many more things to do as pockets of displaced persons in the country are yet to be resettled”, he said. “We have many more things to do. For example, in the Jaffna district we have 42 welfare centres with 1,336 families – 4,866 people. We have 6,969 families living with friends and relatives who have been displaced due to the High Security Zones which were set up in the early 1990’s”, he said. The Secretary said that the decision to extend the term was taken despite the closure of the Menik Farm on completing the resettlement and relocation of people who had been displaced during the humanitarian operation which was completed in May 2009. “We also have another 68,000 people of Sri Lankan origin living in nearly 140 camps in South India and another 28,000 living with friends and relatives.“We want to expedite the process of bringing down those Sri Lankans back to the country. Towards that end we are working very closely with the UNHCR, the Ministries of External Affairs and Defence”, he said. The term of office of the Resettlement Authority, the central body to implement resettlement in Sri Lanka, was extended by another three years by the Cabinet last week enabling it to work further on resettlement , the  Sunday Observer reported.The Secretary to the Resettlement Ministry Janaka Sugathadasa told the Sunday Observer the Resettlement Authority had a fixed term of six years and its term was due to expire on April 10, 2013. read more

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UNP gets Colombo Rosy to be first CMC female Mayor

The United National Part (UNP) secured the highest number of votes in Colombo at the Local Government (LG) Elections.As a result UNP Mayor elect Rosy Senanayake will become the first female Mayor of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC). Rosy Senanayake was earlier attached to the Prime Minister’s office before she was named the UNP nominee for Colombo Mayor. Earlier Senanayake was a state minister for child development. She is also an activist, a former beauty queen and served as the Sri Lankan High Commissioner for Malaysia and was a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Ban looks forward to peaceful holding of gubernatorial State assembly elections in

“The Secretary General wishes to congratulate once again the people and Government of Nigeria for the peaceful manner in which the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections were conducted on 28 and 29 March 2015,” said a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson. Praising the statesmanship demonstrated by the political leadership as marking a significant milestone in the country’s democratic process, the UN chief in his statement expressed the hope that the same conditions will prevail in the conduct of the Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections on 11 April.“He calls on all political leaders throughout Nigeria to continue to uphold their commitments under the Abuja Accords and to refrain from and immediately condemn any inflammatory statements that amount to an incitement to violence,” the statement concludes. read more

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Badgers hire former IceDogs coach as interim bench boss

The new coach of the Brock Badgers men’s hockey team will be a familiar name to many in Niagara.Marty Williamson has been named Brock’s interim head coach for men’s hockey for the 2017-18 season.Williamson served as coach and general manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara IceDogs for six seasons until May 2016, leading the team to six-straight playoff appearances and two OHL conference championships.“We’re fortunate to get a high-quality coach like Marty, who brings a wealth of experience and has had great success coaching in the OHL,” said Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden, who made the coaching announcement Wednesday, Aug. 9.“With the season right around the corner, the players are excited and motivated to get going,” Lumsden said.Williamson, who lives in St. Catharines, said he’s looking forward to the new challenge.“It’s just as exciting as when I got my first job in the OHL. Coaching is coaching and that part of it I feel confident with, but this is a little bit of a different animal,” he said. “It has kind of come full circle. I coached minor hockey helping kids get to the OHL, then in the OHL for 12 years, and now I’ll be coaching guys who are at a different point in their career working on both academics and hockey.”After leading tryouts and training camp later this month, Williamson’s first test as head coach will come at the Steel Blade Classic, being played Sept. 15 at the Meridian Centre, where the coach spent countless hours behind the bench.“That’s a fantastic facility. It’ll be nice to look at the banners hanging there,” Williamson said. “The goal is to beat Guelph and the preparation starts as soon as we can get on the ice with the guys.”Beyond the pre-season, the coach is aiming for a successful season for the Badgers.“Giving yourself a chance to win every night is always the first goal. If you do that, everything kind of takes care of itself. Getting a group of guys who will pull in the same direction is what you’re looking for,” he said.Tickets for the Steel Blade hockey game are available online at www.steelbladeclassic.com. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. A limited number of free student tickets will be available from the Walker Sports Complex Welcome Desk in September. read more

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Mens Volleyball Ohio State eliminated in MIVA tournament with defeat to No

Redshirt sophomore Jake Hanes smacks the ground out of frustration after sending the ball out-of-bounds during Ohio State’s loss to George Mason on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior ReporterIn a fitting end to an odd season, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team could not continue its recent five-set magic, falling in four sets to No. 10 Loyola Chicago in the opening match of the conference tournament, 15-25, 25-20, 14-25 and 22-25. The loss eliminates the Buckeyes (10-19, 5-10 MIVA) from the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament and any chance at a bid for the NCAA tournament. The Ramblers (20-7, 12-2 MIVA) move on to face No. 14 Purdue Fort Wayne in the semifinals Wednesday. Heading into the fourth set, it seemed Ohio State might find its late-set heroics again and come out with a victory. Sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes crushed a kill to bring the Buckeyes and the Ramblers’ even at 21 late in the fourth set, but three straight points, including a block and a kill by senior middle blocker Paul Narup and an ace by senior outside hitter Collin Mahan propelled Loyola Chicago to a 25-22 fourth set victory. Mahan led the Ramblers with 14 kills, three aces and 11 digs. Junior middle blocker Kyle Piekarski led the team defensively with six total blocks, adding an ace and nine kills. In familiar fashion, Ohio State struggled out of the gate in the first set. After jumping out to an early 4-3 lead, the Ramblers ran away with the first set, scoring 11 of the next 17 points. Hanes contributed a kill and two aces in hopes of cutting into the lead, but Loyola Chicago responded with five straight points of its own, including kills by Piekarski, Mahan and senior outside hitter Will Tischler, setting the Ramblers up with a 22-13 set lead. The teams traded the final four points, giving Loyola Chicago a 25-15 first-set victory. Three of the Ramblers’ eight aces came in the first set and their stellar efficiency, hitting at a .652 clip, helped stifle any hopes of an Ohio State comeback. But the Buckeyes would not go silently. Right on cue, Ohio State came alive in the second set. A five-point run, including a kill and an ace by Hanes and a kill by freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan turned a 6-4 deficit into an 8-6 Ohio State lead. The Buckeyes continued to add to their lead, courtesy of kills by Hanes and multiple errors by Loyola Chicago, but kills by Piekarski and Narup brought the Buckeyes’ lead to one, 16-15. Ohio State answered with a four-point run featuring back-to-back aces by Hanes, reestablishing a five-point cushion which the Buckeyes would carry to the end of the set, winning 25-20, before falling in the next two sets. Ohio State finished the 2019 campaign with a 10-19 record, finishing 5-10 in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. read more

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Joy Damoussi lecture at GOCMV

first_imgAs part of Season 3 of the 2014 Greek History and Culture Seminars hosted by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, the open lecture ‘Migration to Australia: The Greek Civil War and Child’ will be given by University of Melbourne’s Professor Joy Damoussi. Joy Damousi is Professor of History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Univeristy of Melbourne. Her current research includes war, trauma and post-war Greek migration to Australia; and child refugees and war.When: Friday 10 October at 7.00 pm Where: Ithacan Philanthropic Society building, Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. For more information, visit www.greekcommunity.com.au or contact (03) 9662 2722 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Pourquoi lhomme clignetil des yeux 30 000 fois par jour

first_imgPourquoi l’homme cligne-t-il des yeux 30 000 fois par jour?D’après les scientifiques, nous clignons des yeux près de 30 000 fois par jour mais ceci ne servirait pas qu’à nous les “nettoyer”. Une étude menée par des chercheurs japonais suggère que ce geste permettrait aussi à notre cerveau de se reposer pendant un très court instant.Entre 15 et 20, c’est en moyenne le nombre de fois qu’une personne cligne des yeux par minute. Si l’on étend ce chiffre sur une heure, cela nous fait environ 1.200 clignements… soit pas moins de 28.800 clignements d’yeux par jour. Autrement dit, à cause de ce geste, nous passons 10% de notre temps éveillé les yeux fermés. Le chiffre a de quoi impressionner mais il a aussi de quoi rendre les scientifiques perplexes. En effet, selon eux, ce chiffre est bien trop important pour que ce geste ne serve qu’à “nettoyer” ou lubrifier nos yeux. Pour en savoir plus, des scientifiques japonais ont donc poursuivi les recherches et exploré une autre hypothèse : cligner des yeux permettrait aussi à notre cerveau de se reposer pendant une fraction de seconde voire quelques secondes afin de retrouver toute son attention. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les chercheurs de l’université d’Osaka ont passé au scanner le cerveau de vingt jeunes sujets alors qu’ils regardaient une vidéo. Plus en détail, ils ont notamment surveillé l’afflux sanguin au niveau des différentes parties de l’encéphale. Ceci leur a permis de constater que lorsque les sujets clignaient des yeux, plusieurs aires cérébrales impliquées dans l’attention, ainsi que les cortex visuel et somato-sensoriel semblaient s’inactiver. A l’inverse, d’autres régions reconnues comme faisant partie du “réseau par défaut”, se mettaient à fonctionner davantage. Ce réseau qui fascine les chercheurs, est appelé ainsi car il se manifeste lorsque son propriétaire semble au repos total et n’entreprend aucune activité particulière. Des petites pauses cérébrales à des moments particuliersÀ lire aussiPourquoi les yeux gonflent-ils après avoir pleuré ?L’activation de ces régions lors du clignement d’yeux suggère, selon les auteurs, que le cerveau interromprait la tâche menée pendant moins d’une seconde afin de se re-concentrer dessus. Une hypothèse qui avait déjà été mise en évidence par de précédentes recherches et qui a semblé se confirmer par une autre observation.En effet, au cours de l’étude publiée dans la revue PNAS, l’équipe a observé que les sujets avaient tendance à cligner des yeux à des moments bien particuliers, proches d’un “arrêt implicite”. Par exemple, à la fin d’une phrase lorsqu’on lit ou lorsque quelqu’un parle, ou pendant un film, lorsqu’un acteur se retourne, quitte une pièce, ou lorsque la caméra change de position. A ce moment-là, les aires concernées “s’éteignent” un petit instant pendant que le réseau par défaut prend le relais. Puis celles-ci se “rallument” et l’attention est restaurée. Pour autant, notre conscience elle, ne serait aucunement interrompue puisque le cerveau ne se rendrait pas réellement compte de cette “micro-pause”, d’après les scientifiques. Dans la mesure où le cortex visuel s’inactive également, il ne remarquerait tout simplement pas l’obscurité due à nos yeux fermés.Le 2 janvier 2013 à 16:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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WWE UK Title match set for Houston WWE NXT preview for tonight

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Videos Articles WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Tom Keene WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Miz and Mrs. Season One coming to the WWE Network Friday, September 20 center_img WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE UK Title match set for HoustonWWE.com is reporting that Pete Dunne will defend the WWE UK Title against Johnny Gargano at the upcoming NXT TakeOver: WarGames taping in Houston.It should be noted that the match will be taped for an upcoming episode of NXT and will not be part of the TakeOver event airing live that night on the WWE Network.#UKChampion @PeteDunneYxB will put his title ON THE LINE when he faces @JohnnyGargano on Nov. 18 in Houston! https://t.co/evfcM4edZs— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) November 7, 2017WWE NXT preview for tonightWWE NXT returns to the WWE Network later tonight.Scheduled for the show is Adam Cole vs. Roderick Strong and Kairi Sane vs. Billie Kay.Wrestleview.com will have a full NXT report later tonight.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. EconomyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:00/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 57.19%0:05Remaining Time -2:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Twitter Now Playing Up Next Brexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. Economy WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler)last_img read more

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Governor admonishes Charity in Christmas Message

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 23, 2016  – Happy Holiday greetings are also coming from the new Governor, His Excellency Dr. John Freeman and his wife, Corinna.“Christmas is a special time for us all.   It is a holy and prayerful time, an opportunity to reflect on the blessings of the year just passing and to hope for blessings in the New Year.  It is time to be with our families, to enjoy their company and to celebrate together.  Of course for some among us Christmas can be a sad, even difficult time, especially if friends and relatives have passed away in the course of the year, or for those who are going to be spending Christmas on their own.   I hope all of us will try to reach out to the lonely or those suffering from ill-health whether at home or in hospital over the festive season.   Charity after all begins at home but it shouldn’t end there.”H.E. will spend Christmas with his family in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Pioneering AfricanAmerican officers honored at Overtown ceremony

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Some pioneering police officers received high honors at a ceremony in Overtown, Saturday.Miami’s Police Benevolent Association teamed up with the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum to recognize five individuals who paved the way for the inclusion and advancement of African-American officers in the department. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Today we honor our forefathers at MPD’s Inaugural First Five Pioneer Award Ceremony at the Black Police Precinct👮🏾 pic.twitter.com/8lmgN6w8eR— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) July 22, 2017“We believe that by honoring them, we show them homage for what they went through so that we can have the jobs that we’re able to have today,” said Miami Police spokesperson Chiquita Butler.The First Five Pioneer Awards were given out at the museum in Overtown, which honors the African-American men and women who chose to serve and protect their community during the pre-civil rights era.Among the honorees were retired Miami Police chief Clarence Dickson and the City of Miami’s first black dispatcher, Carolyn Pates. last_img read more

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Sikh activists demand apology from Kamala Harris for defending

first_imgWashington: A group of Sikh activists has launched an online petition asking Indian-American Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris to apologise to the community for allegedly defending a discriminatory policy in 2011 that prohibited state prison guards from keeping beards for religious reasons, even though exceptions were given for medical reasons. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us In a statement, these Sikh activists alleged that during her tenure as California’s Attorney General, Harris defended a policy that prohibited state prison guards from keeping beards for religious reasons, even though exceptions were given for medical reasons. The case settled without a policy change in 2011, prompting the US Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation and forcing California Sikhs to successfully lobby for stronger workplace religious freedom laws in the state the following year. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “Kamala Harris lectures her opponents on civil rights, but she needs to apologise for trampling on the civil rights of Sikh Americans as California’s attorney general,” Rajdeep Singh Jolly, a lawyer and political consultant in Washington, DC, said. He said that Harris denied religious freedom to Sikh-Americans even when the Obama administration was taking historic steps to allow it. Advertise With Us “While the Obama/Biden administration was taking historic steps to allow observant Sikhs to serve in the US military, Harris was fighting hard to deny religious freedom and equal opportunity to Sikh Americans,” Jolly said. Winty Singh, author of the American Turban blog and commentator on Sikh American issues, said Harris’ civil rights rhetoric will ring hollow until she addresses her defence of workplace discrimination against Sikhs. “It’s her opportunity now to right that wrong,” he said. Kamala Harris campaign did not immediately respond to the email sent seeking their reaction on the allegations by the group.last_img read more

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Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology study throws new light

first_imgHabsiguda: The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has unveiled a decade-long study of the Roopkund Lake, which has been a long puzzle over the years. The lake is situated 5,000 meters above sea-level in the Himalayan mountains. The skeletal remains of several hundred ancient humans, scattered in and around the lake’s shores earned it the nickname Skeleton Lake. Ancient DNA obtained from the skeletons of Roopkund Lake, representing the first ancient DNA ever reported from India. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The identity of these skeletons has long been a subject of speculations. Local folklore describes a pilgrimage to the nearby shrine of the mountain goddess, Nanda Devi, undertaken by a king and queen and cont. their many attendants who were stuck down by the wrath of Nanda Devi due to their inappropriate celebratory behavior. It has also been suggested that these are the remains of an army group of merchants who were caught in a storm also another view is that they were the victims of an epidemic. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Addressing the media, Dr Kumarasamy Thangaraj, co-senior author and chief scientist at CCMB, said, “We first became aware of the presence of multiple distinct groups at Roopkund after sequencing the mitochondria DNA of 72 skeletons (23 males 15 females) were brought from the Lake. While many of the individuals’ possessed genetic information typical of the present-day Indian population, we also identified a large number of individuals with a genetic makeup that would be more typical of populations from West Eurasia.” He initiated the work more than a decade ago, in an Ancient DNA clean lab at CCMB. Advertise With Us Dr Rakesh Mishra, Director, CCMB said, “This study highlights the power of genomics study, coupled with other bimolecular tools, in understanding our past and this study would pave a way for analyzing a large number of skeletal remains, obtained from different parts of the country.” The samples brought from the lake was sub-divided into three groups the first group is composed of 23 individuals with ancestries that are related to people from present-day India, who do not appear to belong to a single population, but instead derived from many different groups. However, the second large group is made up of 14 individuals with ancestry that is most closely related to people who live in the eastern Mediterranean, especially present-day Crete and Greece. A third individual has ancestry that is more typical of that found in Southern Asia. The study finds out that the two major genetic groups were of approximately 1,000 years apart. The individuals with the Indian-related ancestry died at Roopkund during 7-10th century CE. The other two groups, likely composed of travelers from the eastern Mediterranean and South Asia, arrived at Roopkund Lake during 17-20th centuries. The study raises a striking question of how migrants from the eastern Mediterranean died there a hundred years ago.last_img read more

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Centre to serve notices to 2690 companies for not having a woman

first_imgThe central government is currently in the process of serving notices to as many as 2,690 companies for not including at least one female member on their boards.”Show-cause notices are being sent to the companies,” said the government in a reply obtained under the Right to Information Act.While 10,328 companies, registered under the Companies Act, 2013, were asked to appoint at least one woman director pn their board by April 1, 2015, only 74% of them have followed the law so far.”However, the law does not prescribe any specific penalty at this stage,” Business Standard quoted Harish H V, partner – India Leadership team, Grant Thornton India LLP, as saying.A public company, with a paidup share capital of Rs 100 crore or above or having a turnover of Rs 300 crore or more, should have included at least one female on its board by 1 April, according to the act.”The usual reasons (behind not appointing women directors) are that there are no appropriate women who could be taken on board. One should also look carefully at the numbers. It is clear that 75 per cent have implemented the law. One should examine how many of these companies that did not implement are operating fully and adhering to the other provisions, preparation of accounts, filing of returns, etc,” Harish added.In April, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had announced a minimum Rs 50,000 penalty on companies not complying with the law. The market regulator even warned of taking action on promoters and directors of the companies which do not adhere to the law beyond six months.As per the Sebi order, the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) had fined 370 listed companies in October.”It is quite possible that many of the companies which did not adhere to the law are also defaulters on other counts due to operating issues, losses or other factors. There will of course be some wilful defaulters among them,” said Harish.last_img read more

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Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 This is what Karan Singh Grover says about

first_imgKaran Singh Grover, Ronit RoyTwitterKasautii Zindagii Kay 2 has brought a new set of twists and turns with the dramatic entry of Mr. Bajaj played by Karan Singh Grover, who has made everyone drool over his hot salt and pepper look. However, Karan is aware of the comparisons that will be drawn between his portayal of the iconic character to that of Ronit Roy who originally played the role of Mr. Bajaj in the show which continued to air on television from 2001 to 2008.”No one in our industry can play Rishabh Bajaj the way Ronit Roy played it and I do not even dare to touch that. That is a different level of iconic performance, holds a value and no one can match up to that. It would be stupid of me to copy it or anything like that. However, I know there is a fan base of Mr. Bajaj’s character as well as my fans. So, the comparison is inevitable,” Karan Singh Grover told IANS.There’s no doubt that Karan has made a stunning comeback on television after six years and is quite happy with the way the entertainment business has evolved.”My show ‘Dill Mill Gaye’ was about youngsters, there were no derogatory projection of women or girls. I believe women are powerful and they should be projected in that way. Earlier not just on-screen, but in real life too, men had a tendency to control women and that stereotyping was happening in their roles in daily life as well as on-screen.”Thank God the world is a place where much-evolved people are living, as they have understood the reality that women are much superior beings,” Karan said.(With IANS Inputs)last_img read more

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Wipro increase freshers salaries by Rs 30000 per annum

first_imgSpecial arrangementIn a first, Wipro has increased the annual freshers’ package by Rs 30,000. It will now give Rs 3.5 lakh per annum compared to Rs 3.2 lakh which the freshers were receiving till now.The decision by Wipro has come at a time when many MNCs have tried to revamp their companies to make the employees more adaptable to change, in some cases, even fire the senior level employees to make way for a younger demographic.Earlier this month, Cognizant had laid off 200 of its senior employees while Tech Mahindra had lowered the retirement age for its employees.TCS has started a national-level test during placements to find those with newer skills, preferably in coding. Infosys is also on a similar path.Taking Cognizant as an example Wipro has also decided to keep a nation-wide test in order to procure as much talent as possible.”We are also introducing a coding test to improve the quality of hires. We are looking to roll out a broad-based national talent test to expand the reach of our hiring process,” Wipro president and chief human resources officer Saurabh Goval was quoted saying by TOI.The report claims that the number of Wipro’s employees has risen by 10,687, which is the highest in 15 quarters.”We are hiring 25-30 per cent more than last year,” Goval said.The multi-national company has been training students in colleges in particular software and modules to hire them faster.”We have collapsed the internal training period to 1-2 weeks in some cases to deploy them faster,”  Govil told The Times of India.last_img read more

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