HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017 from May 29

first_imgPune, May 25 (PTI) Global conglomerate HCL will host the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017, the most reputed tennis championship in the Asian circuit for the U/18 category in association with the Maharashtra State Lawn tennis Association here, from May 29.The Championship, which is the only B1 category tournament in Asia will take place from May 29 to June 03, 2017 at MSLTA school of tennis courts at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune, a media release said here.Players from 11 countries in the region (Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Hong-Kong, Malaysia, China, Sri Lanka, Iran and India) are participating in the Championship.The Championship is the second highest tournament anywhere in the world after the junior grand slams, and provides top Indian players a chance to compete against their global counterparts as well as earn valuable ITF points to build on their overall international ranking, it said.Held under the aegis of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Asian Tennis Federation (ATF), All India Tennis Association (AITA) and the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA), the six-day Championship will witness participation from over 100 Indian and international players in the Singles and Doubles categories for both boys and girls.Each category draw of 32, will include the top 22 players (basis their ITF ranking) who will get direct entry into the main draw and the remaining players will be drawn from the qualifying matches and wild cards. Eleven girls and eight boys in the main draws are from India, it added.Kaustubh Shah has been designated as the Tournament Director of the event, while ITF White Badge referee has been appointed as the ITF Supervisor for the event.advertisementIn 2016, Naoki Tajima from Japan (world ranking of 28) and Xiyu Wang from China (world ranking of 13) were the champions of the Asian Junior Tennis Champion, said the release. PTI NRB DK DKlast_img read more

US industrial production rose a solid 04 per cent in August

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. industrial production rose by a healthy 0.4 per cent in August, boosted by gains in the production of autos, oil and natural gas.The Federal Reserve said Friday that industrial production, which includes output at factories, mines and utilities, has climbed 4.9 per cent over the past 12 months. Industrial production appears on track for its strongest annual growth since 2010, when it jumped 5.5 per cent as the economy began to recover from the Great Recession.Factory production increased 0.2 per cent last month, lifted by a 4 per cent rise in the making of vehicles and parts. Automakers assembled vehicles at their strongest pace since April.Still, factory production has slowed over the past two months as trade conflicts have created uncertainty for the sector. The Trump administration is seeking to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, has imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum and has slapped tariffs on goods from China and threatened to impose more.The recent slowdown in factory output might stem from an 8 per cent increase since April in the value of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies, said Michael Pearce, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, an economic research firm. A higher-valued dollar makes U.S. exports less affordable overseas.“The more modest 0.2 per cent gain in manufacturing output provides further evidence that the appreciation of the dollar over the past six months is now beginning to weigh more heavily on output in the factory sector,” Pearce said.Mining output posted a 0.7 per cent monthly gain in August. A sharp increase in the production of oil and natural gas has caused mining output to soar 14.1 per cent over the past 12 months. Increased oil and natural gas production can support factories that make pipelines, machinery and other equipment.Production at utilizes advanced 1.2 per cent in August, powered by a surge in electricity usage during the hot month.Other reports suggest that manufacturing is healthy, despite signs that its job growth is slowing. U.S. factories grew at a faster pace in August as American industry continues to show robust health.The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index jumped rose to 61.3 in August from 58.1 in July. Anything over 50 points toward expansion and economic growth. The manufacturing index has pointed toward growth for the past two years.Still, job growth at U.S. factories has decelerated in recent months. Manufacturers added just 36,000 factory workers for the three months that ended in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s down from three-month gains of as many as 90,000 earlier this year.last_img read more

Nissan expands UK school engagement programme

Nissan has announced that it is to expand its schools engagement activities in the UK, to encourage British schoolchildren to consider careers in the automotive industry.The manufacturer is increasing the activities of its Nissan Skills Foundation to include several new initiatives focusing on electric vehicles, motorsports and manufacturing innovations. More than 15,000 young people will take part in a range of workshops, competitions, facility tours and practical activities as part of the programme, which coincides with this year’s See Inside Manufacturing campaign. Each year, Nissan’s See Inside Manufacturing activities see 2,500 schoolchildren visit its Sunderland Plant over the fortnight.Commenting on the Nissan Skills Foundation, Skills Minister Nick Boles said, “Alongside the See Inside Manufacturing scheme, the Nissan Skills Foundation will help children and young people to understand the value of careers in this sector and ensure that businesses have the skills they need to grow.Nissan’s new initiatives include:The F1 In Schools programme, which will give children the chance to run their own motorsport team, learning about the engineering, design logistics and management required to get a car on the road, as well as racing model cars.The Nissan Blue Citizenship Eco Schools Programme, originally launched in Japan, this teaches students about how electric vehicles work by building a model EV and windfarm, followed by a ride in the all-electric Nissan LEAF.Monozukuri Caravan workshops, a hands-on interactive workshop for year 6 pupils which will be expanded following the 1,000 children that attended in 2013.Nissan will also be running several smaller programmes including the Industrial Cadets for pre-GCSE pupils and the Engineering Education Scheme, both of which offer students the chance to tackle hands-on real life industrial and science-based challenges.Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, said, “The Nissan Skills Foundation has been created to inspire the next generation of British design, engineering, and manufacturing talent. There are many elements of this wider programme, which will be the focus of our community activity in North East England and will excite many thousands of young people about science and engineering.”The Nissan Skills Foundation will have a dedicated team based at the Nissan Sunderland plant, supporting schools by explaining the careers available in manufacturing and the different activities available for schools to access. Teachers can get more information by contacting Heather Corrigan via email at heather.corrigan@nissan-nmuk.co.uk or on 0191 4152035.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Red Wings Bertuzzi suspended 2 games for hit on Calvert

NEW YORK — Detroit forward Tyler Bertuzzi was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Monday for his hit on Colorado’s Matt Calvert during the weekend.Bertuzzi was sanctioned for roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct for his hit with 7:15 left in the third period of the Avalanche’s 2-0 win Sunday. No penalty was called on the play during the game.He will miss the Red Wings’ games against Tampa Bay on Tuesday and at Toronto on Thursday.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse keeping its focus as it prepares for home

Ten players from the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team meet at midfield with members of the Michigan men’s lacrosse team prior to the start of the “Showdown in the Shoe” game on April 12 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won, 15-6. Credit: Lantern file photoHydrated off the field, hungry on it.That’s how senior midfielder Rick Lewis said he and the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team can survive two games in five days. And after a narrow loss to Detroit on Saturday, the team is looking to rediscover “Buckeye lacrosse” by forgiving its mistakes, but not forgetting them, coach Nick Myers said.For Myers, “Buckeye lacrosse” means “not taking the first shot, but the best shot,” and encompasses details both small and large, on and off the field, that contribute to the team’s successes.“It starts with toughness, both mentally and physically,” Myers said. “It’s a focus on fundamentals, discipline, playing together … It’s energy, it’s enthusiasm, it’s our sideline.”Myers said the “we not me” approach is crucial, and his players strive to emulate it.Jesse King, who brought his point streak to 37 games with a goal against the Titans, said he contributes to “Buckeye lacrosse” with flexibility on the field, avoiding a one-dimensional role.“I’m just trying to do whatever coach wants me to do,” the senior midfielder said. “If that means picking up loose balls, playing defense as much as I can, or being the playmaker, I’m fine with that. It’s the end result, which is that win, that we’re working on for Tuesday night.”Senior midfielder David Planning said he agrees with the “we not me” attitude. He added his personal goals align with the team’s, and that he enjoys playing on the road, no matter the outcome.“On the road, it’s a more ‘up against the wall’ kinda feeling,” Planning said. “It can be a great feeling when you come out and play well, or it can be a really alienating feeling when you don’t play well.”The team got a taste of that alienation against Detroit through inconsistency, Myers said.“We played in spurts,” he said. “There were some flashes of who we are … We understand mistakes are going to happen, but we need to be much more disciplined.”Detroit struck early in the game, shutting out the Buckeyes, 2-0, in the first quarter, but OSU rallied in the second, outscoring the Titans, 4-1, and gaining the lead at the half.Planning and junior attackman Carter Brown each tallied two goals and two assists for the Buckeyes, but despite its fourth-quarter resurgence, OSU narrowly succumbed to its season’s first challenge, falling to Detroit, 9-8 on Saturday.And while no team enjoys opening its season with a loss, King said the Buckeyes accepted the defeat with disappointment, but not capitulation.“We’re trying not to dwell on it,” King said. “We’re learning from our mistakes, really working on tightening things up … Come Tuesday, we’ll be a completely different team.”Myers recognizes the team’s focus during practices both leading up to and following its first game, but pushes the men to continually evolve their skills in order to take home a win this week, Planning said.“Coach has told us he’s going to challenge us,” Planning said. “Preparation each week is going to be crucial to each team we play.”Senior captain Evan Mulchrone, said he agrees that while the team strives to ultimately bring home a Big Ten Championship, its focus must first remain on what’s in front of them in order to accomplish that long-term goal.“With the Hill Academy, the only thing we were focused on was playing the Hill Academy,” Mulchrone said of the Buckeyes scrimmage on Jan. 24. “When we were playing Duke, the only thing we were focused on was playing Duke. It all starts with us.”And for Myers, it all starts with “60 minutes of consistent Buckeye lacrosse,” which the team eagerly seeks to revive.“This is a group that’s hungry,” Myers said.”We’ve moved on … And for our men, now the hardest thing is just waiting to get back on the field.”The Buckeyes are set to make that return to the field and chase their first victory against Robert Morris on Tuesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. read more

Centerra Gold continues negotiations with Kyrgyz Government on restructuring Kumtor

first_imgCenterra Gold has received notice from the Kyrgyz Republic Prime Minister, T.A. Sariyev, notifying Centerra of the government’s intention to withdraw from further negotiations regarding the implementation of the non-binding heads of agreement dated January 18, 2014. The HOA contemplated a restructuring of the Kumtor project under which Kyrgyzaltyn JSC would receive a 50% interest in a joint venture company that would own the Kumtor project in exchange for its 32.7% interest in Centerra. In his letter, Prime Minister Sariyev indicates the government’s desire to begin new consultations with Centerra regarding the further efficient implementation of the Kumtor project. The Prime Minister also states that “the government of the Kyrgyz Republic is still deeply interested in ensuring uninterrupted operations of the Kumtor mine and achieving mutual agreements which would allow further efficient implementation of the Kumtor project in accordance with the best world practice, standards and requirements of the mining industry transparency initiative.” The Kumtor project is governed by an investment agreement and related agreements dated June 6, 2009 which provides for (among other things) a fixed tax and payments regime for the Kumtor project. The Kumtor Project Agreements were approved by all relevant Kyrgyz Republic government authorities in 2009, including the Kyrgyz Republic government and parliament, are the subject matter of a legal opinion issued by the Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Justice and a positive decision by the Kyrgyz Republic Constitutional Court. Any discussion regarding the Kumtor project will take into account such legal obligations under the Kumtor Project Agreements. Any negotiations must result in an outcome that is fair to all Centerra’s shareholders. In accordance with the Kumtor Project Agreements, any disputes regarding the Kumtor project are subject to international arbitration. Centerra says it will “continue to engage constructively and in good faith with the government of the Kyrgyz Republic to resolve all outstanding matters affecting the Kumtor project in accordance with the Kumtor Project Agreements. While Centerra has a long record of resolving matters with the Kyrgyz Republic government, there are no assurances that continued discussions between the Government and Centerra will result in a mutually acceptable solution regarding the Kumtor project, that any agreed upon proposal would receive the necessary approvals under Kyrgyz and Canadian laws or that the Kyrgyz Republic government and/or parliament will not take actions that are inconsistent with the government’s obligations under the Kumtor Project Agreements.”Centerra owns 100% of the Kumtor gold mine through its wholly owned subsidiary Kumtor Gold Co. It is located about 350 km southeast of the capital Bishkek and about 60 km north of the border with China. It is the largest gold mine operated in Central Asia by a Western-based company, having produced more than 9.9 Moz of gold between 1997 and the end of 2014. In 2014 Kumtor’s gold production was 567,693 oz.The Kumtor gold deposit is located in the southern Tien Shan Metallogenic Belt, a major suture that traverses Central Asia, from Uzbekistan in the west through Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic into northwestern China, a distance of more than 1,500 km. A number of important mesothermal-type gold deposits occur along this belt including Muruntau, Zarmitan, Jilau and Kumtor.last_img read more

Compact between African states and mining companies supports Africa Mining Vision

first_imgIn recognition of the vital role private mining companies can play in Africa’s transformational journey, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) have announced the Africa Mining Vision Compact with private sector leaders. The Compact was launched this week during the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town.The Compact outlines key commitments that both mining companies and host states will undertake to support the realisation of the Africa Mining Vision (AMV). The principles of the AMV Compact are centred around good governance, building human and institutional capacity, fostering a transparent and accountable minerals sector, and developing a diversified and globally competitive African mineral industry.Speaking about the Compact, Director of the Special Initiatives Division at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Ms Fatima Denton said, “This Compact represents a mutal acknowledgement between states and mining companies that the transformation intended by the Africa Mining Vision requires the involvement of all players in the sector. We believe it is an important – and exciting – step towards even greater collaboration and coordination between African governments and private industry in achieving development.”last_img read more

Geek deals 2012 iMac price drop Samsung smart TV with gift card

first_imgUpdate: This deal has ended, but you can find the latest Samsung UN40EH5300 deals & coupons from our friends at LogicBuy.Our other top deals:Today only: Jabra WAVE Bluetooth Headset for $34.99 + free shipping (reg. $79.99)Apple 21.5-inch Core i5 1080p quad-core iMac + Parallels Desktop 8 for $1,224.99 + free shipping (reg. $1,299)Toshiba Satellite L850-ST3NX3 Core i7 laptop with 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD for $629.99 + free shipping (reg. $749.99) The HDTV market has been saturated for the past few years, with decreased consumer demand and increased supply leading to steady price drops. An interesting phenomenon we have noted is that with prices on large TVs (55-inch and above) dropping steadily, there is a very clear point as you look at smaller and smaller TVs where your dollar-per-inch value drops suddenly.When pricing budget, entry-level LCD models (lacking web integration, 120Hz refresh, etc), you can find deals where everything from 40-inch up to 47-inch are priced about the same. On the same note, 50- to 55-inch models aren’t much more than an equivalent 47-inch version. If you’re looking for best size for the buck, you’re typically best off looking in the 47- to 50-inch range.Then we come across offers like today’s hottest deal: a late model premium LED TV complete with Smart TV functionality, super-slim design, and a sweet bonus gift card thrown in. The Samsung UN40EH5300 is a 2012 model that is well known for its impressive combination of design, LCD panel quality, and features. It has built-in WiFi and a full suite of web apps, including Netflix and the other popular services, eliminating the need for a separate streaming gadget.Thanks to the use of LED backlighting, the entire panel is under 4 inches thick and the front bezel is truly micro-sized. Those who like the “real-life” effect of the 120Hz refresh rate are good to go, while the rest of us can easily disable it to stick with the traditional 60Hz.On sale for just $497.99, marked down from an MSRP of $679.99, the UN40EH5300 is priced competitively; but as we discussed above, you could easily get larger screens for similar money. Dell sweetens this deal with a $150 gift card good for anything sold at Dell.com, perfect to get a discount on a larger living room TV, new computer monitor, or even a nice chunk off a new PC.  If you use the gift card, your net out of pocket cost drops to just $347, making this a smoking hot deal on a feature-filled smart TV.Samsung 40-inch 120Hz LED Smart TV + $150 Gift Card for $497.99 + free shipping (reg. $679.99 | e-gift card delivered by email in 10-20 days)last_img read more

The Greek Community to hold elections for new board

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria is going to elections to appoint its new board; the process will take place on Sunday 17 Januarry, from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm at Alphington Grammar School (Old Heildeberg Rd, Alphington). For a while, it seemed that the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria wouldn’t have to go to elections, as the number of candidates matched the number of board members. However, a 20th candidate came forward, setting forth the course of action provided in the organisation’s statute. The candidates are: Jim Bossinakis, Alexis Costa, Nick Dallas, Angela Georgalis, Tammy Iliou, Voula Kalliani, Michalis Karamitos, George Koletsis, Nicholaos Koukouvitakis, Costas Markos, Theo Markos, Spiros Papadopoulos, Bill Papastergiadis, Nick Parthimos, Marinis Pirpiris, Christos Sikavitsas, Konstantinos Tsakoumis, Phillip Vassiliadis, Leonidas Vlahakis, and Vassiliki Zangalis. All but five are current board members – among them president Bill Papastergiadis, who points to the presence of two women among the four new candidates as something that reflects the current board’s willingness to further open up to women within the Greek Australian community. Another step forward is the cooperation with The National Union of Greek Australian Students Victoria (NUGAS); according to the group, each new membership to NUGAS will include a membership to the GOCMV, in what is a plan to ensure the Community’s constant infiltration with young people, who can play an important role in its rejuvenation. UNIFIED UNDER A COMMON GOALGiven that there is no “opposition party”, it would appear that Bill Papastergiadis’ presidency is unchallenged and that he enjoys the trust of the members of the Community. He seems to agree. “One of the hallmarks achieved by the current board is that we are unified,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “There have been no internal rivalries; instead, we remain focused on the project that we have undertaken.“I’ve been surrounded by talented people from a broad political spectrum; we have people from the far left to the right, working together.” As any older member of the Community can testify, this hasn’t always been the case. Up until six years ago, it was torn into shreds in four or five different divisions, competing with each other. This is now a thing of the past and it seems that the community is satisfied with this sort of stability. “Even people who were historically in opposition are now supporting us and have been working with us, often in various roles in the Community’s committees,” confirms Mr Papastergiadis, hoping that this will continue in the future. “The next three years are going to be very important for the Community. We have the issue of our debt to tackle, we have a cultural and education program under way, and our ultimate goal to open up to the broader community,” he says. “This has been pursued through joint ventures with some of the major festivals of Melbourne, such as the Jazz Festival, the Comedy Festival (45 of its shows were held at the Greek Culture Centre) and the Melbourne International Festival. Our main priority, for the near future, is to focus on the greater engagement of all the Greek organisations, as most of them are at a crossroad; some are heading toward extinction and most struggle to remain relevant. We feel that it is important that they are represented by the GOCMV.”last_img read more

Ouganda découverte dun crâne de grand singe agé de 20 millions dannées

first_imgOuganda : découverte d’un crâne de grand singe agé de 20 millions d’annéesDes paléontologues ougandais et français ont annoncé mardi avoir découvert dans le nord de l’Ouganda le crâne d’un grand singe vieux de 20 millions d’années. Cette découverte pourrait apporter de nouveaux éléments sur l’histoire et les mécanismes de l’évolution dans cette région du monde.Un crâne fossilisé de grand singe datant d’il y a 20 millions d’années a été retrouvé dans le nord-est de l’Ouganda, le 18 juillet. C’est plus précisément dans la région de Karamoja aux abord d’un volcan éteint que les paléontologues français et ougandais ont fait la découverte q’ils viennent tout juste d’annoncer rapporte l’AFP.”C’est la première fois que l’on découvre le crâne complet d’un grand singe de cette époque (…) c’est un fossile très important et il va certainement inscrire l’Ouganda sur la carte du monde scientifique”, a déclaré à des journalistes Martin Pickford, paléontologue au Collège de France à Paris. À lire aussiUn jeune Américain de 22 ans survit miraculeusement à une “décapitation interne”Ce crâne fossilisé provient en fait d’un singe mâle Ugandapithecus Major, une espèce qui peuplait la région il y a 20 millions d’années et qui est un lointain cousin des grands singes actuels. Les premiers examens réalisés sur le crâne fossilisé ont établi que ce singe, herbivore et grimpant aux arbres, était âgé de dix ans à sa mort et avait la taille d’un chimpanzé, mais que son cerveau avait les dimensions de celui du babouin, a indiqué Martin Pickford. Prochaine étape pour le fossile : la France, où il sera nettoyé et préparé afin de subir un examen aux rayons X avant de retourner en Ouganda, informe sa collègue Brigitte Senut, professeur au Museum national d’histoire naturelle. Le paléontologues français s’intéressent depuis près de 25 ans à l’Ouganda où ils viennent régulièrement faire des recherches de terrain grâce à des fonds du gouvernement français, a précisé la scientifique. Des recherches rendues possibles par une pacification récente et massive de la plaine aride de Karamoja, après des décennies de conflits armés entre des communautés nomades d’éleveurs.Le 2 août 2011 à 17:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Govt gets more time to publish judges code of conduct

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Sunday extended time for the government up to 5 November to issue a gazette notification on the rules determining discipline and conduct for lower court judges.A five-member Appellate Division bench, led by acting chief justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, passed the order following a time-petition filed by attorney general Mahbubey Alam in the morning.The SC also set 5 November for next hearing regarding the matter.Earlier on 20 August, the apex court gave the government two more weeks to publish the gazette notification.On 6 August, the SC extended time up to 8 October for publishing the gazette notification.On 30 July, the SC declined to accept the draft of the disciplinary rules and code of conduct for lower court judges which was earlier submitted by the law minister to the chief justice, and proposed a meeting with the government to settle the issue.Earlier on several occasions, the apex court expressed dissatisfaction at the government’s failure to issue the gazette notification.On 2 July, the SC gave two more weeks to issue the gazette.On 29 May, the apex court gave two more weeks to issue the gazette.On 15 May, the SC gave two more weeks to issue the gazette.On 8 May, the SC gave one more week to issue the gazette.On 4 April, the SC extended time up to 8 May in this connection.On 14 March, it extended the time by two weeks for issuing the gazette.Before that, the court, on 27 February, gave the government two weeks to publish the gazette as it failed to publish it in time.On 5 February, the court ordered the authorities concerned to issue the gazette notification by 12 February.On 24 November 2016, it gave the government one week to publish the gazette notification.The lower judiciary was officially separated in November 2007 but the disciplinary rules for lower court judges are yet to be formulated.On 2 December 1999, the Supreme Court in the Masdar Hossain case issued a seven-point directive, including formulating separate disciplinary rules, for the lower court judges.The law ministry on 7 May 2015 sent a draft of the rules to the Supreme Court which is similar to the Government Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1985.last_img read more

EC finalises 40199 polling stations for national election

first_imgElection CommissionThe election commission (EC) has finalised a total of 40,199 polling stations across the country for holding the 11th parliamentary elections slated for 30 December, reports UNB.The commission has started publishing gazettes after finalising the polling stations, said EC deputy secretary Md Abdul Halim Khan on Tuesday.The EC has legal obligation to publish gazettes on the lists of the voting centres at least 25 days before the polls.The list of polling stations for each of 300 constituencies is being published in gazettes.Some 104.2 million voters will be allowed to exercise their franchise in the election through the 40,199 polling stations across the country.In the 10th parliamentary elections, there were 37,707 polling stations for some 91.9 million voters across the country.last_img read more

Barack Obama Warns Against Misuse of Social Media

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. During his first interview since stepping down as leader of the free world, former President Barack Obama warned against the misuse of the Internet and social media.In discussion with Prince Harry, a guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program, Obama spoke about a desire to harness technology “in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views,” without dividing the country and the world.“I’m not sure government can legislate that,” he said during the interview, recorded in September. “But what I do believe is that all of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the Internet.”Without naming names (*cough* Donald Trump *cough*), Obama emphasized the impact fake news can have on people’s perceptions.His successor (and prolific Twitter user), Trump, has been accused of abusing the microblogging platform. CNN today reported that the President’s tweets are “central” to a number of legal cases, including the handling of the Russia dossier, immigration policy, and First Amendment rights.Tweeter-in-Chief Donald Trump (via CNN)Recalling the good old days—when there were only three television stations and Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t even a glint in his mother’s eye—Obama reminded listeners that “everybody had a common set of facts,” reported by Walter Cronkite or David Brinkley “or whoever the chief anchor was.”“There might be conservatives and liberals,” he said, “but people could generally agree on a baseline for reality.” Now, with a smartphone in every hand, Wi-Fi in every coffee shop, and more than 1 billion websites to choose from, it’s easy for people to generate their own reality—in which current biases are reinforced, not challenged.The so-called “social media president,” Obama’s usage of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube during two campaigns and eight years in the White House proved popular among young voters and international fans.And they are a powerful tools, the politician said, for people with common interests to connect.“But then it’s important for them to get offline, meet in a pub, meet at a place of worship, meet in a neighborhood, and get to know each other,” he continued. “The truth is that, on the Internet, everything is simplified. And when you meet people face-to-face, it turns out they’re complicated.”“It’s also, by the way, harder to be as obnoxious and cruel in person as people can be anonymously on the Internet,” Obama added with a chuckle.Barack Obama and Joe Biden no doubt laughing at memes about their bromance (via janeb13/Pixabay)His Royal Highness Prince Harry agrees.Speaking at September’s We Day event in Canada, he encouraged millennials to “look up from your phones,” “get out into your communities,” and “stand up for what you believe in.”“Liking something and sharing something [on social media] isn’t making change,” he told the crowd at We Day, a global celebration encouraging future generations to get involved in social activism.Hashtags—”a powerful way to raise awareness,” Obama said—dominated the Web in 2017. Perhaps most prominent was the #MeToo movement of women and men sharing stories of sexual abuse and harassment.Tapping out a few characters on your mobile keyboard isn’t enough, though.“You have to get on the ground and you actually have to do something,” Obama added.BBC Radio 4 “Today” show guest editor Prince Harry (via BBC)Not one for New Year’s resolutions, the former Commander in Chief offered some pretty sage advice for Americans, Brits, and anyone feeling overwhelmed by the world right now.“If we take responsibility for being involved in our own fate, if we participate, if we engage, if we speak out, if we work in our communities, if we volunteer, if we see the joy that comes from service to others, then all the problems that we face are solvable,” he said.“You think about how much has changed and how much has gotten better, well, that has to make you optimistic, as long as you don’t start thinking that any of us can sit back passively and assume it continues. History doesn’t just run forward, it runs backwards and sideways and it requires us to continually push.” Twitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies FeatureSenator Wants to Ban ‘Addictive’ Social Media Functions center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

The things left unsaid

first_imgKanodia explores how ideas flow and  senses come alive when a man becomes one with nature in her latest venture The Great Outdoors. Her body of work shows the close bond man has with nature. A union that helps him regain his lost innocence, enjoying a solace that can be derived from the peace and quiet of nature. There are a number of  paintings set with indoors trees, foliage and birds which are skillfully integrated.    ‘The conversation I hope to create in my work is a certain truth of life and on a deeper level, a well thought philosophy. I construct fantastic versions of accessible scenes, both rural and urban utopias. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Individuals may interpret my paintings in vastly disparate ways and each view will be equally logical and plausible, thought provoking and intriguing’, concedes the artist.There are several layers in Kanodia’s paintings. Her narrative uses colour, intricate patterns and humor to create alluring images. Time plays an integral part in her paintings as she has managed to capture a moment. Her work is a salient artistic combination of a still life composition with a message. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShe is a painter of women who are on the cusp of telling their story. The woman on the bicycle  opens up a pastoral picture of married life with a dog that brings a smile to the face. It is an interesting mixture of East and West, the open umbrella accentuating the lure of the woman. Still life compositions of domestic middle class interiors with a collection of flowers are an interesting oddity when put in context of soulful women in saris. It is as if two genres work successfully side by side, a surprise at every turn of the page.When: Till 20 August Where: Art Alive Gallery,  S – 221, Panchsheel ParkTiming:11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more

Parking Management Market Forecast Shows Revenue of USD 585 Billion by

first_imgParking Management, Global Parking Management, Parking Management Market, Parking Management Market Size, Parking Management Industry, Parking Management Market share, Parking Management Sales, Parking Management Industry Analysis, Parking Management Industry Demand, Parking Management Industry Trends, Parking Management Market Analysis, Parking Management Market Data, Parking Management Market Demand, Parking Management Market Forecasts, Parking Management Market growth, Parking Management Market Outlook, Parking Management Market Overview, Parking Management Market Trends, Analysis, Trends, Research Report, Size, Share, Strategy, Survey, Demand, Scenario, Forecast, Development, Business, Growth, Outlook, Industry analysis, Overview, Survey report, Business analysis, strategies, Research The report is a comprehensive exploration of Parking Management Market offering growth rates, size of the industry, competitive landscape information, factors to the contributing growth of the Parking Management Market and more.The global parking management market is expected to grow to US$ 58.5 Bn by 2027 from US$ 37.6 Bn in 2017. As per ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Associations), parking management refers to the adoption of various strategies and subsequently technology-enabled solutions that facilitate in efficient use of parking resources. Further, the effective implementation of the strategy results in the reduced number of parking space required by the facility based on the strategy adopted thereby providing long-term economic, social, and environmental benefits to the end-user. The parking management market is expected to witness a CAGR growth rate of 4.8% from 2019 to 2027.Request for a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3206910?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNThe parking management market is a highly fragmented market with the presence of a significant number of players in each country coupled with multiple players with small and regional presence. The commonly available parking solutions in parking management market are access control, ANPR, parking security & surveillance, parking reservation and valet parking, and fee enforcement among other parking management solutions. Moreover, the increasing number of registered passenger vehicles along with limited parking space availability across important cities has led to the surge in demand for efficient parking management market in the past few years. Subsequently, the leading end-users of parking management such as airports, government & municipals, universities, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, and commercial complexes among other end-users have witnessed a significant increase the parking management market in the coming years. Also, among on-street parking especially in metro cities has attributed in a considerable collection of revenue generated through parking violation and parking fees which is effectively utilized for providing essential utilities to the public. Factors such as increasing rate of infrastructure development coupled with the growing purchasing power of the individuals have significantly increased the demand for improving the vehicle mobility at major popular commercial hubs in developed as well as developing countries.Geographically, the parking management market is majorly dominated by developed regions such as Europe and North America owing to a high number of registered vehicle per household capita and the amount of regulated parking space currently available in the areas. Moreover, the growing emphasis towards facilitating seamless mobility among densely populated cities has further boosted the demand for efficient parking management in the developed regions. Currently, there are various leading players such as APCOA, Indigo-Infra Park, Passport, Siemens, Skidata and SP Plus among other leading companies have leading market position in parking management market among different countries across European and North America regions. However, the presence of the substantial number of local and regional players with a minimal scope of business has resulted in the highly fragmented parking management market even in developed economies. Among developing countries, the availability of a substantial number of unregulated parking space and free parking has a profound influence over the parking management market growth and the market is majorly driven by off-street parking space at commercial areas and government & municipal locations. However, countries such as Japan and China owing to stringent government guidelines towards parking space have resulted in minimum parking space available for parking management solutions.The primary factor influencing the growth of off-street parking in the parking management market among developed countries and few financially emerging countries is the rapid growth of smart cities. The rising smart city initiatives are driving the deployment of sensors and related technologies for various applications which includes parking. Owing to this, several parking management technology developers as well as numerous parking management service providers are developing and offering advanced technologies to facilitate the municipalities and private spaces to optimize unutilized and unorganized parking areas. The advantages of technologically enhanced parking technologies are increasing the interest among various municipalities, commercial building zones, industrial building management as well as residential sector, thereby, rising the market for off-street parking management in the current market scenario.The future of off-street parking management is anticipated be prominent attributing to two significant facts; increase in partnerships among the technology developers and parking management service providers as well as municipalities; and reduction in the cost of the technologies. Some of the prominent off-street parking management companies across the globe include; Amano McGann, TIBA Parking, Gemini Parking Solutions, and Duncan Solutions among others.Request for a Discount Sample @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3206910?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNTable of content: INTRODUCTION 171.1 SCOPE OF THE STUDY 171.2 THE INSIGHT PARTNERS RESEARCH REPORT GUIDANCE 17KEY TAKEAWAYS 18PARKING MANAGEMENT MARKET LANDSCAPE 203.1 MARKET OVERVIEW 203.2 MARKET SEGMENTATION 213.2.1 Global Parking Management Market – By Parking Site 223.2.2 Global Parking Management Market – By Solutions 223.2.3 Global Parking Management Market – By Services 233.2.4 Global Parking Management Market – By Deployment Type 233.2.5 Global Parking Management Market – By Geography 233.3 PEST ANALYSIS 243.3.1 North America – PEST Analysis 243.3.2 Europe – PEST Analysis 263.3.3 Asia Pacific – PEST Analysis 283.3.4 Middle East and Africa – PEST Analysis 303.3.5 South America – PEST Analysis 32PARKING MANAGEMENT MARKET – KEY INDUSTRY DYNAMICS 344.1 KEY MARKET DRIVERS 344.1.1 Significant Rise in Number of Vehicles on Road 344.1.2 Rising Adoption of Smart Technologies in Parking Management 354.2 KEY MARKET RESTRAINTS 354.2.1 Limited Awareness among the Consumers in Developing Countries 354.3 KEY MARKET OPPORTUNITIES 364.3.1 Increasing Partnerships and Mergers to Stimulate the Parking Management in Urban Areas 364.4 FUTURE TRENDS 364.4.1 Simplification of Technologies and Reduction in Cost of the Systems 364.5 IMPACT ANALYSIS OF DRIVERS AND RESTRAINTS 37Access Full Summery @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/report/3206910/parking-management-market-to-2027?utm_source=SHASHIAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 Ne Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,Or 97220 United StatesCall Answer Direct:+1-971-202-1575Call Answer Toll Free:+1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

President Laura Chinchilla signs new traffic law

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla and Temporary Minister of Public Works and Transport Rodrigo Rivera on Thursday morning signed a new traffic bill into a law. Upon being published in the official newspaper “La Gaceta,” which government officials expect to happen in the next two weeks, the law will adjust traffic fines and penalties.The legislation went through two years of drafting and discussions before it was approved by lawmakers last September. The bill still lacks information on how the law will be implemented. This could take from six months to a year, officials estimated.In September 2011, the Legislative Assembly voted on a first version of the bill, which included maximum fines of up to ₡468,780 ($920), some of the most expensive in the world. But the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck the law down, saying the penalties were disproportionately high.The law signed this Thursday “includes more rational fines and penalties,” Chinchilla said. It places traffic violations in categories rated from “A” to “E.” The most expensive fines – for offenses such as drunk driving and driving with a suspended license – fall into category “A” and set a maximum fine of ₡189,000 ($379).The bill also creates driver’s education materials for schools to use, and community service opportunities for people whose licenses are suspended for one or more violations. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Churchill Mortgage Provides Buyer Seller Guides for Consumers

first_imgChurchill Mortgage Provides Buyer, Seller Guides for Consumers “”Churchill Mortgage””:http://www.churchillmortgage.com/ has delivered more than 60,000 free educational homeownership and financing guides to thousands of consumers all over the United States, the company announced.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The Tennessee-based lender offers “”11 reports””:https://www.churchillmortgage.com/FreeReports/Default.aspx, all of which are provided in an easy to understand format. Of the available reports, the most frequently requested are: “”Buying Your First Home,”” “”Credit Action Kit,”” and “”10 Steps to a Quicker House Sale.”” Lending and refinance reports have also become more popular as mortgage rates reach new lows, the company says.””Churchill’s consultative approach and strong commitment to local borrowers are primary reasons why we offer free reports,”” said Mike Hardwick, president of Churchill Mortgage. “”Purchasing a home is one of the biggest-if not the biggest-purchases a person will ever make. It’s an intimidating process and we found it necessary to provide easy-to-read guides that address common concerns. I’m thrilled that we’ve provided our reports to thousands of individuals and families, and we look forward to providing even more.”” Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-24 Tory Barringer October 24, 2012 410 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

Where government falls short NGOs step in

first_imgBy Jelter MeersCyprus’ efforts against human trafficking were not as successful in 2016 as they were in 2015, according to the latest US Department of State report but where government falls short, NGOs step in to help victims of sexual and labor trafficking.Migrant support organisation, KISA head Doros Polykarpou calls the government’s specialised committee to work with NGOs “a farce.”It can take a long time for victims of trafficking to receive support from the social welfare service, during which they have no source of income, he said.“The welfare services are supposed to help them but unfortunately, the process is very slow,” said Androulla Christophidou, the director of Cyprus Stop Trafficking. “While Minister of Labour Mrs. Zeta Emilianidou is always ready to meet with us and provide innovative solutions, the bureaucracy of the welfare system is very slow.”When the victims leave reception centres for immigrant arrivals, they are faced with the challenge of finding affordable accommodation with almost no money.“After their time in the centre, they receive very little money for a few days and then they must wait for months until they receive more from social welfare,” Christophidou said. “We give them money for rent and electricity so they can live in an apartment.”The US State Department report states that while the Republic has invested more money in protecting trafficking victims, less people were identified and helped.“The government identified 21 trafficking victims, compared to 40 in 2015. Of these, 10 women were subjected to sex trafficking, three men to forced labor, and seven women and one man to forced criminality,” the report said.The real problem is systemic, according to Polykarpou. The report, which is based on statistics from government agencies, probably does not show the full extent of the government’s failure to identify trafficking victims.“The Cypriot system concerning immigration is closer to the Middle East, like Lebanon, than to Europe, Polykarpou said. “This means that there is a very high dependency on the employers, who are the guarantors for immigrants. Because of this, the line between exploitation and trafficking is very thin and the system itself encourages trafficking.”To measure the identification of victims based on treatment by the Welfare Services is misleading.“The social welfare services do not help victims until they have been to the police, which is something they lied about to the Americans,” Polykarpou said. “The number of people that were helped, the statistics, are relative to this problem. Only trafficking victims who are found by NGOs will be brought to the police.”The failure to work together with NGOs in a meaningful way was one of the reasons why the US State Department gave the Republic a lower rating.“Three of the four NGOs in the [Multidisciplinary Coordinating Group] withdrew because NGOs were not given a substantive role and meetings were infrequent,” the report said.The three NGOs that withdrew were the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, Cyprus Stop Trafficking and STIGMA. The NGO that stayed was KISA. Polykarpou said that they understand why the others left.“We were the last NGO that stayed in the group,” he said. “We understand why the other NGOs left but believed it was a better strategy to be there and point out the problems with the system.”Over the past year there were only two meetings, during which the NGOs weren’t allowed much room to talk about the issues.“Eighty per cent of the meeting consists of announcements and updates from the minister of interior,” Polykarpou said. “If you are lucky, you have twenty minutes, half an hour at the most, to discuss issues. The Multidisciplinary (Coordinating Group), to be honest, is a farce.”Four hours per year are not enough to create a plan to tackle the issues with human trafficking.Kisa’s Doros Polycarpou“We told them that we need in-depth discussion, it’s not enough to meet for two hours two times per year,” Polykarpou said. “You have 20 representatives from all these institutions coming together for four hours per year to discuss trafficking in the whole country. But the minister said we don’t have time to do more.”The last NGO in the group might decide to leave the group as well.“We might also withdraw after this,” Polykarpou said. “We’ve had enough. We gave them the opportunity to show that they will make an effort to make the group function but it’s been so disappointing.”Sexual trafficking victims mostly come from Eastern Europe and Africa. They are lured by traffickers with false promises.“A lot of the sexual trafficking victims whom we received under our rehabilitation services were Cameroonian and Nigerian,” said Fatema Islam, a social worker at the Future Worlds Centre’s Humanitarian Affairs Unit who works with torture victims. “Many arrive through the north. They are smuggled into the country and promised to be brought to other EU countries.”Rather than taking them to another country, the traffickers and smugglers force the victims to do illegal work.“Some of our clients were forced into prostitution,” Islam said. “They are beaten, raped and held in confinement, usually until they escape.”Many of the victims are bright young women who want to study.“We have victims from Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Africa,” Androulla Christophidou said. “Some of them are very intelligent girls and students who fell into the trap of traffickers.”The traffickers make them work in cabarets, bars and restaurants. But usually these are fronts for illegal activities. “One of the most brilliant girls I knew, she came here to work in a restaurant and now everyone from that place is in prison, which tells you something,” Christophidou said. “In the north, the situation is even worse.”While many of the cabarets were shut down in the South, the problem has shifted to bars.“When we started ten years ago, there were 108 cabarets and 6,000 girls came to Cyprus every year, Christophidou said. “Many of them have been abolished thanks to our efforts but a lot of trafficking happens in bars now.”In 2015, the government investigated 31 suspected traffickers, initiated prosecution against 30 defendants and convicted 31 traffickers. By 2016, those numbers dropped to 26 investigations, 10 defendants and the conviction of only one trafficker.“It would be good if there would be more prosecution of traffickers and a more efficient and humane migration policy in place so people are not exposed to traffickers,” Fatema Islam said.Polykarpou agrees also stresses that the system of migration needs to change.“We need to be able to legalise the victims and protect them within the same system,” he said. “Prevention and changing the system is more important than prosecution.Even the number of convictions recorded in 2016 might not tell the whole story. KISA is suing the government over a “symbolic conviction” that left labour trafficking victims without any compensation.“We currently have a case pending where we are suing the court for failing to secure compensation for trafficking victims,” Polykarpou said. “The trafficker owed the victims €20,000 to €35,000 each in salaries and when the government sued him, the attorney-general agreed with him that the company for which he worked would take the blame. In the three years while the case was pending, the company went bankrupt.”With the company bankrupt, nobody is being made to pay the labour trafficking victims for their work.“We had a conviction of a bankrupt company and after waiting for three and a half years, the victims didn’t get anything,” Polykarpou said. “The victims go through this process because it’s a matter of survival, they need this money desperately because their families depend on it. It was a symbolic conviction without any consequences.”The police press office had not taken  a final decision on whether to give permission to the Cyprus Mail to talk to the head of the Combating Trafficking Unit by the time of publication.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more