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Govt Asks Kuwait to Recognize Indian Engineers’ Qualifications

first_imgThe Indian government has written to Kuwait, saying that most Indian engineers have valid qualifications that should be recognized in the country. The move comes following the Kuwaiti government’s decision to make it mandatory for expatriate engineers to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE).The Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development has now said that many engineers from the country would have received their degrees from institutes that would probably not be listed by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). “Since NBA has started functioning only from 2012, it is possible that some engineers are currently working in Kuwait who acquired degrees prior to setting up of NBA. It is requested that the qualification of such engineers may not be questioned at this later stage,” the letter said, the Hindustan Times reported.The government also highlighted that some premier institutions of excellence in the field of engineering have been created by India, in which candidates are admitted only after going through a highly competitive entrance examination.“These institutes have their own system of accreditation through External Peer Group reviews. Government of India considers that the students graduating from these institutions have qualified duly accredited courses,” R Subrahmanyam, higher education secretary in the HRD ministry, stated in the letter, as per the report.Thousands of Indian engineers in Kuwait have been panicking, including many who are graduates of premier Indian engineering institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology (NIT), the report added.Kuwait’s Public Authority for Manpower enforced in March this year a newly introduced regulation, according to which expatriate engineers would be unable to renew their work visas until they get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the KSE. In order to acquire the NOC, the applicant must be a graduate from a university that is on the list of accredited universities, and in courses included on the KSE master list.The move by the Kuwait government is believed to have affected over 15,000 Indian engineers.Most engineers are in the age group of 30-45 years and graduated long before NBA got into the act, Jyothidas Narayan, a member of the Kuwait Engineers Forum, which represents 1,400 engineers in the construction and oil & gas industry had earlier said. Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor, who heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee of External Affairs, had then told the Indian embassy in Kuwait to have a dialogue with authorities in the country.In March, the Kuwait Engineers Forum (KEF) had posted the problems faced by them on the social media, saying that they are going through a tough phase.“At present our job, our family, our life itself is being disturbed by the circular dated 11 March, 2018 issued by Public Authority of Manpower (PAM) advising the concerned authorities that all expatriate engineers should obtain NOC from Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE) for renewal of residency,” the KEF said on Facebook, adding that the most important possession of the engineers — their educational qualification — is “being challenged and the whole Indian educational system is being questioned.” Related ItemsEmploymentKuwaitlast_img read more

‘Tech Needs to Do Better,’ Says Silicon Valley Congressman

first_img“The greatest challenge of our time,” Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., said, “is the concentration of economic opportunity by geography.”Khanna, a 41-year-old patent lawyer from Fremont, is a first-term congressman representing the state’s 17th District — the heart of Silicon Valley. He’s a self-avowed tech junkie who’s drawn support from the industry’s top players.Yet he’s joked that his district has some of “the biggest egos known to humankind” and he is adamant that Silicon Valley is too exclusive, hardly diverse enough and benefits far too few.“Tech needs to do better,” Khanna said Thursday. “The achievements here are staggering, but the question is who is participating. I would argue that a lot of people have been left out: African-Americans and other minorities and people in rural areas of the heartland of our country.”Khanna is the son of immigrants from India. As political inspiration, he cites his grandfather, a member of Mahatma Gandhi’s freedom movement in the 1940s who was jailed for four years before becoming a parliamentarian.At the University of Chicago, he worked on the state Senate campaign of Barack Obama and later on Obama’s presidential run. He moved to California in 2001, and in 2003 he ran for Congress.He lost that election badly and lost to Democratic stalwart Michael Honda in 2014. Critics at the time called him a “Silicon Valley groupie” and a candidate “whose big-money donors are intent on buying Mike’s congressional seat.” Khanna, one of only six members of Congress who does not accept PAC contributions, bristles at those words.“The Valley doesn’t elect ‘yes’ people,” he said. “It elects people who push back and people who will help it achieve its potential. Independence is what gives me credibility.”Steve Glickman, co-founder of the Economic Innovation Group, told The Los Angeles Times: “It is rare to see a first-term congressman from Silicon Valley criticizing the tech industry for not doing enough to help Middle America, where he has no skin in the game. But this is the issue of our generation to fix.”Khanna is expected to win re-election June 5. In its endorsement, The San Jose Mercury News praised his “working knowledge” of the tech industry.“People in the Valley may not agree with me,” Khanna said, “but they respect me as trying to think about Silicon Valley’s place in America, and making sure everyone is included.”© 2018 New York Times News Service Related ItemsIndian Americanlast_img read more


first_imgNow desis can take credit for inventing the kiss! One would think this form of communication, much frowned on by Indian society and the Indian film censor board, is a Western creation, but that’s not so. Joshua Foer writes in the New York Times that Vaughn Bryant, an anthropologist at Texas A&M University “traced the first recorded kiss back to India, somewhere around 1500 B.C., when early Vedic scriptures start to mention people “sniffing” with their mouths, and later texts describe lovers “setting mouth to mouth.” From there, he hypothesizes, the kiss spread westward when Alexander the Great conquered the Punjab in 326 B.C.”After teaching the world to smooch, how come our lips are sealed and kissing is such an underground activity in apna desh? Related Itemslast_img read more

Paypal Halts Personal Transactions In India

first_imgPayPal has halted personal transactions in and out of India after regulators questioned whether the transactions constituted remittances.Anuj Nayar, director of Global Communications at PayPal, said, “personal payments to and from India have been suspended while we address some questions from our business partners.” The company expects the payments to be suspended for several months until it secures appropriate licenses. Related Itemslast_img

Drunk Indian-Origin Woman Jailed in UK for Mid-Air Misbehavior

first_imgAn Indian-origin woman was jailed for six months in the UK for mid-air drunken behavior that caused a passenger to have a seizure.Kiran Jagdev, 41, from Leicester, was flying home from Tenerife in Spain in January this year and was served with alcohol by the crew. She later tried to blame the crew of Jet2 airline for supplying her with alcohol during her flight.Judge Philip Head “rejected” her excuse and decided to punish her with a “deterrent sentence” during a hearing at Leicester Crown Court this week, PTI reported.The court was told that during a bumpy landing the executive assistant had started screaming “we are all going to die,” causing distress to passengers.“The effect you had on other passengers must have been dreadful,” the judge said, according to PTI.“As the pilot was unable to put the craft down on the approach, that triggered a further foul-mouthed tirade where you shouted ‘we’re all going to die’ for about 10 minutes,” the judge said.According to prosecutors, Jagdev had consumed between six and eight beers even before boarding the four-hour flight to East Midlands Airport. She then proceeded to drink a further four to six glasses of wine on the plane, using her own supply from her handbag when the crew refused her more drinks, the news agency reported.Prosecutor Joey Kwong told the court, “She continued to ask cabin crew for a drink and they continued to refuse her and she was issued with an Air Navigation Order.”After she was moved for kicking seats, causing a passenger to have a seizure, an off-duty police officer on the same flight offered to sit next to her to assist cabin crew but she began making “vulgar” comments to him, PTI reported.She was arrested by police on landing and proceeded to direct abusive remarks at airport immigration authorities.“There isn’t any excuse. We can’t put the blame on anyone other than herself and she accepts that” her defense lawyer, Harbinder Lally, told the court.The judge concluded: “You are the author of your own and other people’s misfortune. Related Itemslast_img read more

England vs. India: Several new faces in Team India’s squad for the first three…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: SportskeedaThe BCCI have announced an 18-man squad for the first three tests against England which is slated to begin from August 1 at Leeds.Injury concerns have forced the authority to make a few calls which include the exclusion of Wridhhiman Saha and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.The BCCI released a statement regarding the exclusion of the pacer which reads:Bhuvneshwar Kumar aggravated a lower back condition in the 3rd ODI against England. His condition is being assessed by the BCCI medical team and a call on his inclusion in the Test squad will be made soon.Dinesh Karthik will don the gloves in the absence of Saha whereas the injured Jasprit Bumrah will be available for selection from the second test.Apart from that, Delhi Daredevils’ Rishabh Pant received his maiden call-up for the longest format of the game.Here’s the entire squad for the initial 3 tests.TEAM NEWS: #TeamIndia for the first three Tests against England announced #ENGvIND. Bhuvneshwar Kumar aggravated a lower back condition in the 3rd ODI. His condition is being assessed & a call on his inclusion in the Test squad will be made soon. pic.twitter.com/lhlF65VRUP— BCCI (@BCCI) July 18, 2018Read Also:Cricket: Arjun Tendulkar proves his worth in maiden U-19 outingEngland vs. India: 3rd ODI Review- Hosts clinch the series after convincing winlast_img read more

Locals joining militancy in Kashmir highest since 2010; Ghazwat-ul-Hind gaining ground

first_imgBy Sumir Kaul Srinagar, Aug 26 (PTI) Dangerous trends have started surfacing on the militancy front in Jammu and Kashmir with nearly 130 youths joining various terror outfits this year, the highest since 2010, and a majority of them affiliating themselves with groups ideologically aligned with the Al-Qaeda, officials said here.According to data compiled till July 31, around 131 youths have joined various terror outfits with South Kashmir’s Shopian district contributing the maximum of 35 so far. The number of local recruits last year was 126.The officials say that many youngsters are joining the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a group which claims support of Al-Qaeda and is headed by Zaqir Rashid Bhat alias Zaqir Musa, who hails from a village in the Tral area of Pulwama district. The acceptance of this group is steadily increasing as Musa emerged as the only militant who ended the 27-year-old show of separatists leaders from Hurriyat Conference and threatened them of beheading if they termed Kashmir as a political issue. Musa’s slogan of “Shariyat ya Shahadat” (Enforcing Islamic law or death) has replaced many age-old pro-Pakistan slogans, feel the officials who have been monitoring the security situation in the Kashmir Valley.The 24-year-old engineering college drop-out has been able to capture the imagination of youths, especially after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen poster boy Burhan Wani, who was killed in 2016.He was good at studies as well as sports and had represented the state in inter-state carom championship, recalls a senior police official, adding this is one of the reasons that he has started emerging as a hero to many youths in the Valley.advertisementBelieved to have been influenced by Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemini-American preacher killed by allied forces attack in Afghanistan in September 2011, Musa has been mainly focussing on recruitment for his outfit and brainwashing the youths to pick up arms. Awlaki too was considered the brain behind recruitment for Al-Qaeda. His motivational skills left terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba also in a fix when he was able to draw Abu Dujana into his group, the officials said. Abu Dujana was killed killed. Though the Jammu and Kashmir Police has time and again termed Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind as a non-starter in the valley, the growing popularity and graffiti of his name and slogans have taken maximum spaces of towns and villages.ISJK, an affiliate of the banned ISIS, was also a source of attraction for youths but after the killing of its chief Dawood Sofi, the group does not find many takers.The officials of security agencies said the highly-volatile South Kashmir comprising Shopian, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and Awantipora districts continued to contribute more youths to the militant groups and together these five districts have contributed over 100 youthts to various terror groups operating in the Kashmir Valley.This year’s figures were the highest since 2010, according to a recent data presented in the state assembly and Parliament.There has been a steady rise in the number of youths taking up arms in the valley since 2014 onwards as compared to the period from 2010 to 2013 when the figure stood at 54, 23, 21 and 6 respectively. In 2014, the number shot up to 53 and in 2015, it reached 66 before touching the highest mark of 88 in 2016, the data showed. PTI SKL SMNlast_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2018: A day dedicated to Asia Cup

first_imgCricket legends from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will share the stage and speak about the history of the gentleman’s game and the elite competition in the sixth edition of Salaam Cricket in Dubai on Monday.With Bangladesh’s thumping win over Sri Lanka on Saturday, the Asia Cup got off to a surprising yet entertaining start in Dubai. And, it will only get better with time as the fans in Dubai await the blockbuster clash between India and Pakistan on Wednesday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.And, just two days prior to the thriller in Dubai on September 19, cricketing legends Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Harbhajan Singh, Wasim Akram, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Habibul Bashar, Muttiah Muralitharan, Abdul Qadir, Madan Lal and R Ashwin will get together at Hotel Address Boulevard, Dubai to enthrall the audience with unheard tales, electrifying insights and their un-paralleled view on the Asia Cup.Aaj Tak will bring together the legendary cricketers from Asia at the iconic Annual Cricket Conclave, Salaam Cricket in Dubai on 17th September.Read – Legendary cricketers at mega-cricket conclave in Dubai-Salaam CricketThe cricket icons will share candid moments from the game, and their off-field camaraderie that represents their true sportsmanship.The Asia Cup, which is in its 14th edition this year, will be a 50-over tournament, like it started way back in 1984. Out of the 13 editions os far, 12 have been ODIs and the 2016 edition is the only exception, when it was played in a T20 format.Also Read – Salaam Cricket 2018: Spotlight returns to India-Pakistan’s legendary rivalryadvertisementIndia are the current champions and have won the tournament six times and they are followed by Sri Lanka, who have won it five times. Pakistan have won it twice.Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya has scored the most number of runs in the tournament with 1220 runs to his name while Muttiah Muralitharan has taken the most number of wickets (30).The first Asia cup was held in 1984 in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and it is returning to the country after a gap of 23 years, with the last time being 1995, when the Asia Cup was played there.The forum is open to all cricket fans, Priced @ AED 350. Salaam Cricket is scheduled to take place on September 17, 2018 at Hotel Address Boulevard, Dubai 2:00pm onwards.For tickets, please log on to https;//dubai.platinumlist.net & more info call 050 7342004.last_img read more

Aryaman Birla, son of industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, hits maiden century in Ranji Trophy

first_imgAryaman Vikram Birla, son of business tycoon Kumar Mangalam Birla, notched up his maiden first-class hundred.Aryaman achieved the milestone on the fourth and final day on Thursday to help Madhya Pradesh earn one point after the Ranji Trophy match against Bengal ended in a draw at the Eden Gardens. Bengal got 3 points thanks to their 175-run first innings lead.Aryaman had made his debut last season against Odisha in Indore scoring 16 and 6 in the two innings.Aryaman, a 21-year-old opener, however, has looked in good touch this year. In the first two outings, he has scored 51 against Tamil Nadu, and 12 and 103 not out against Bengal.In their first innings, MP were bowled out for 335 in response to Bengal’s 510 for nine declared. Despite having a substantial lead, MP were asked to bat again and they responded well to reach 240/3 before the two captains shook hands.For Bengal, Ashoke Dinda finished with 4/78 while Anustup Majumdar returned 3/38.Also Read – Ranji Trophy wrap: Abhinav Mukund slams century, Sikkim and Uttarakhand winResuming on 254/5, MP suffered an early blow as overnight batsman Ankit Sharma (13) fell first. Yash Dubey (38) and Mihir Hirwani then added 21 but the latter departed after scoring 8 in their short stand.Dubey stitched another small partnership but Dinda had his plans in place for him. The lower order could not do much either and MP folded for 335.Asked to bat again, MP lost opener Ankit Dane early but Aryaman and Rajat Patidar (14) stitched a 41-run stand. Skipper Naman Ojha, who had scored 74 in the first innings, fell for 2.advertisementThat brought Shubham Sharma (100 not out) to the crease and he joined forces with Aryaman to deny Bengal any more success. The duo was involved in an unbroken 171-run partnership for the fourth wicket to help MP secure a point.last_img read more

Don’t want to tempt fate: Aaron Finch not keen on resting Mitchell Starc or Pat Cummins vs New Zealand

first_imgAustralia have already secured a place in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup but skipper Aaron Finch has virtually ruled out resting frontline quicks Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in Saturday’s group match against New Zealand.Starc’s 19 wickets from seven matches, more than any bowler in the tournament, have been instrumental in Australia booking a place in the last four with two group matches to spare.The defending champions can afford to rest Starc or Cummins, who has 11 wickets, but Finch does not want to mess with a winning combination.”So if it was going to happen at all, yeah, slightly tempting, but at the same time, you don’t want to tempt fate,” Finch told reporters at the Lord’s.”You don’t want to upset the apple cart just for no reason, really. And that also comes down to how they are feeling, as well, and they are both feeling great at the moment.”I know that they have got no interest whatsoever in being rested or anything like that… everyone’s really on the same page in that regard – to try and keep our winning momentum and making sure that we are never taking anything for granted in this tournament.”Australia finish their group campaign with a July 6 match against South Africa and Finch felt the gap between the games was enough for the quicks to recover.”We feel that week will be a really good opportunity for the bowlers to really freshen up and de-loading them three or four days after this match to manage them through the next part of the tournament, and obviously with a huge summer coming up here with the Ashes and all going forward.”advertisementSaturday’s contest will be a rematch of the 2015 World Cup final when New Zealand were shot out for 183 and Australia chased down the paltry target with nearly 17 overs to spare.Finch had no doubt, however, that their trans-Tasman rivals under Kane Williamson will fight tooth and nail.”I think the great thing with New Zealand is that they fight and scrap every single game, regardless of whether it’s a World Cup final or it’s a club game,” Finch said.”That’s a part of how they play their best cricket, and I know under Kane they certainly do fight and scrap for every run on the field.”They are a great fielding side. They put pressure on you. They have got world-class players. It’s going to be a good game tomorrow, no doubt.”Also Read | Australia vs New Zealand: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37Also Read | Bring on the boo-boys, says Australia’s smiling assassin David Warnerlast_img read more

Teams need to take responsibility of developing local talent: I-League CEO

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 18:42 IST Sunando Dhar said AIFF introduced the club licensing criteria to encourage local talent development. (@IndianFootball Photo)HIGHLIGHTSI-League CEO Sunando Dhar stressed on the need for local development by clubsDhar said AIFF introduced home grown rule to increase local talent poolDhar lauded Minerva, Chennai City and Real Kashmir for developing local talentI-League CEO Sunando Dhar feels the club licensing criteria should prompt the teams to invest more in grassroots and develop talent in their own region.”The All India Football Federation had introduced Club Licensing in 2012 where one of the main focus was on to develop home grown talent,” Dhar stated on the side-lines of FICCI’s GOAL Summit 2019.”The club licensing programme has been one of the best things to have happened to Indian football. It has done wonders by professionalising the setup in a unique way. It prompted the clubs to invest in grassroots and develop talent in their own region,” he explained.”We have introduced the home grown rule for the same reason in the Hero I-League as it would drastically increase the talent pool available. We have touched 15 states through the leagues that are running, be it even the youth leagues, now the next objective is to touch each and every state.”Dhar also stressed that “local talents need to be given a chance so that football is developed from the roots”.”Not only does the club benefit from their services in the long run but football in general grows as these local players become stars and inculcate a passion towards football,” he said.Players like Real Kashmir’s Bilal Khan or Chennai City FC’s Gaurav Bora were absolutely unknown names prior to the kick-off of the Hero I-League 2018-19.Bora even went on to score two goals in Chennai City’s win over Minerva Punjab FC to land his team a maiden title, an effort which prompted Derrick Pererira hand him his maiden U-23 national team call-up.advertisement”Chennai City FC, Real Kashmir and Minerva Punjab FC have all given rise to local talent and they are reaping the benefits,” Dhar said.”Teams need to take responsibility of developing talents in their own region and promoting football.Also Read | Super Cup 2019: AIFF turns down I-League clubs’ request to replay qualifiersAlso Read | I-League clubs say ISL promoters interfering, seek clarity on future in letter to AIFFFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow i-leagueFollow Sunando DharFollow Minerva Punjab FCFollow Chennai City FCFollow Real Kashmir FC Teams need to take responsibility of developing local talent: I-League CEOI-League CEO Sunando Dhar applauded Minerva Punjab FC, Chennai City FC and Real Kashmir FC for giving rise to local talent and said all teams need to do that more often.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Harry’s Teams Up With Photographer/Adventurer Jimmy Chin

first_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Anyone who reads National Geographic or peruses its feed on Instagram is probably familiar with the work of photojournalist Jimmy Chin a.k.a. @jimmy_chin. His dizzying images are the ones that suggest a fearless photog who will put himself in perilous positions, whether it’s dangling over a precipice or skiing down a vertiginous grade, to get his shot. Chin turns photography into an extreme sport thereby allowing flat-landers (i.e. those of us too terrified to reach such great heights) to live vicariously through him.On one of his more grounded excursions, Chin was introduced to Harry’s co-founder Jeff Raider. “After meeting on a camping trip, we were really excited to work and collaborate on a campaign together,” says Chin. The photographer didn’t have to look far to find inspiration for his limited-edition designs—the high-visibility ropes (all the better to see in the snow) Chin employs when scaling the world’s highest peaks informed the quartet of vibrant two-tones handles. Those eye-catching shades also come in handy in more down-to-Earth situations, like say, when trying to locate your razor in a jam-packed dopp kit.Jimmy Chin x Harry’s Razors, $20, harrys.comThe campaign for the partnership, featuring a daring man making use of one of the bold razors while clinging to a rock face, was fittingly shot by Chin. “Jeff trusted me and a group of friends to shoot it in the Grand Teton National Park,” says Chin. “The end result is something I’m proud of, and excited to share with friends, family and the climbing community.” Whether you’re the adventurous type or height-averse, these bold implements are sure to get you pumped to shave—if not to climb a mountain. Editors’ Recommendations 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service How to Shave With a Straight Razor last_img read more

Kavanaugh confirmation upsetting says womens studies prof

first_img“We’re still not there yet. We’re still living in a society that is more concerned with protecting [the accused] than believing their victims.”Sullivan is thankful for “gifts” like the #MeToo movement that continue to push the fight forward. “I really do believe that history will tell the story of these women as heroes, as freedom defenders, as women fighting for the rights to be heard against a government that wants to remove these women from the public sphere, that wants to deny them rights over their bodies, and wants to not hear them and wants to discredit them.”She calls the protesters that disrupted the confirmation vote Saturday as “leaders of the movement” adding that sexual violence is a never-ending problem.“Sexual violence is an every-day reality for women around the globe and we will not accept it as our reality,” she said. “We never did and we never will.”WATCH: Women galvanized by Kavanaugh vote Small victories in a hard fightIn the era of #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, more cases of sexual violence are coming forward and charges are being laid in both old and new cases, “small victories” according to Sullivan.Should women take these small victories or only accept bigger success stories? Sullivan doesn’t see much of a choice.“Unfortunately we only get the small victories so we do need to take them so we can move forward,” she said, admitting some small victories are overshadowed by the fact that still not everyone will be believed.RELATED ARTICLES:Tricky time for GOP female senators facing Kavanaugh voteThe Calgary Herald won’t back down after controversial editorialTrudeau, cabinet should denounce mocking of Blasey Ford: advocates“What concerns me is that…we are more likely to listen to white women than women of colour. We are more likely to listen to straight women than queer or trans women. We need to listen better and do better within our own communities and fight for everyone’s right to live free of sexual violence.”She said if women acknowledged their own privilege(s) and support all victims, people will be believed “if the worst happens” and someone is attacked.“We need to do better always and everywhere–there’s so much work to be done!” she said.“Let’s take the small victories because we need to feel like we’re making progress. This is a very, very hard fight and a very heavy fight just to be heard, just to be believed, just to live free of sexual violence.” CALGARY (660 NEWS) – After weeks of drama and a fierce partisan fight, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in as Supreme Court Justice, possibly re-shaping the U.S. high court for decades to come.Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says the battle over Kavanaugh’s confirmation turned their base on fire, disappointing news to a University of Calgary women’s studies professor.Doctor Rebecca Sullivan said that it was upsetting to watch American leaders ignore the stories of women who were speaking their truth as they cast their vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.“I felt so much rage and sadness watching the nation’s leaders ignore the voices of women being forced to relive their trauma…in the desperate hope–in the vain hope as it turned out–that maybe this time they’ll be listened to and they’ll be believed,” said Sullivan.She added it’s upsetting that politicians voted to confirm Kavanaugh even after hearing the horrific testimonies.WATCH: Senate confirms Kavanaugh to U.S. Supreme courtlast_img read more

Netflix plans download zones in Ontario cottage country

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Netflix is giving Ontario cottage country dwellers an entertainment fix over holiday weekends this summer.The streaming video operator says it’s opening several temporary “download zones” that allow viewers to refill their mobile devices with fresh TV series and films.It begins this weekend with a Wi-Fi hot spot at Bass Pro Shop at Vaughan Mills on Friday and the Farmers Market in Collingwood, Ontario, both Saturday and Sunday. A spokeswoman for Netflix says employees will be on site to guide users through the steps.Streaming companies have been expanding their downloadable content as more subscribers watch entertainment while in transit. Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Restrictive mobile data plans have made it costly for most Canadians to stream on the road.Netflix began letting users download a limited selection of its TV and films last November.Other streaming video services such as Amazon Prime Video and Hoopla, which is used by some of Canada’s public libraries, also make content downloadable onto phones and tablets.Netflix says it will operate “download zones” at various Ontario cottage country locations on every holiday weekend until Labour Day.They include the Bass Pro Shop and 101 Centennial Dr. in Gravenhurst on the Canada Day weekend; Bass Pro Shop and 37 Main St. E in Huntsville on the Simcoe Day weekend; and Bass Pro Shop on the Friday of the Labour Day weekend. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Controversial film on Sri Lanka screened in Malaysia again

Apart from Suaram, the co-organisers of the screening were NGOs Aliran, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Amnesty International – Malaysia, Joint Action Group for Gender Equality, Community Communications Centre (Komas), and Lawyers for Liberty. (Colombo Gazette) Several human rights groups expressed solidarity with embattled activist Lena Hendry by screening the documentary on Sri Lanka which had landed her in trouble, Malaysiakini reported.The screening of ‘No Fire Zone: The Killing Files of Sri Lanka’ took place at Suaram’s office in Petaling Jaya in Malaysia on Saturday night. read more

That big pub crawl downtown Its just Pokemon Go fans

Nicole Warbelton plays during a “Pokemon Go” event at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, July 14, 2016. Nebraska Athletic Department officials opened Memorial Stadium for two hours Thursday to accommodate “Pokemon Go” players eager to capture animated monsters at the venerated field. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) That big pub crawl downtown? It’s just “Pokemon Go” fans by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2016 3:00 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 15, 2016 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – If you thought it was bad dodging phone-fixated “Pokemon Go” players on the sidewalk, just wait: Legions of tipsy people could soon be chasing cartoon monsters from one tavern to the next in a series of pub crawls planned for cities across the U.S.The monsters are invisible unless you’re playing the addictive smartphone game that’s swept the U.S. and a few other nations so far. The same can’t be said for the hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of pub crawlers who have RSVP’d on Facebook for these impromptu events.Organizers in San Francisco, Brooklyn and other cities are encouraging people to dress in costumes and form teams to compete in capturing the virtual Pokemon critters. (Players use an app to scan for them in the real world.)STARTING SMALL, GETTING BIGGERWhile it isn’t clear how many people will participate, the first big test should come this weekend. More than 900 people have signalled their intentions on Facebook to attend a “Pokemon Go” pub crawl in Cincinnati on Saturday, while 800 have said they’ll turn out in Pittsburgh.“We have a lot of customers who are into it. Our entire staff plays it,” said Jeff Smith, a manager at the 16-Bit Bar and Arcade, the first stop on Saturday’s “Pokemon Go” stroll through Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighbourhood.Almost 6,000 people have RSVP’d on Facebook to participate in a Pokemon pub crawl in San Francisco on Wednesday night, organized by 21-year-old Sara Witsch, who says she’s still devising the route. Police say they’re unsure how many people to expect, but appear to be taking the prospect in stride.“Obviously we expect them to obey traffic laws and not run out into the middle of the street,” said Grace Gatpandan, public information officer for the San Francisco police department.Another 3,500 people clicked a Facebook button to attend a similar event in Brooklyn on July 23, while 1,200 said they’d turn out the same night in St. Petersburg, Florida.DRATINI, PLEASE, VERY DRYIn the week since the game’s release, “Pokemon Go” fans have flocked to parks, piers and other public spots in search of creatures with names like Pikachu, Dratini and Jigglypuff. One small park in Sydney, Australia has drawn crowds of 1,000 or more players — sparking complaints from nearby residents about noise and trash, according to news reportsWitsch said she’s been surprised by the response to her announcement in San Francisco, since she expected “maybe 50 people.” She’s still contacting bars to let them know about the event.The response hasn’t surprised Karen North, a psychologist and University of Southern California professor who studies social media.“People are social animals, and they’re always looking for something new and exciting to do,” North said. “This is much more fun than just going to a pub crawl, because it gives everybody a common activity and something to talk about.”GETTING JIGGLYPUFF WITH ITAbout 1,700 people have RSVP’d on Facebook for a July 23 Pokemon pub crawl in Sacramento. Despite reports that players have been injured and others robbed after becoming distracted by the game, City Councilman Steve Hansen said he’s hoping for a positive vibe during the crawl, which two of his constituents are organizing.“There’s been this real anxiety around the country in the last couple of weeks. I think we need things that bring the community together,” Hansen said, referring to recent racial and political tensions. He said the event offers the promise of “a little bit of harmless fun, especially if you make sure you don’t walk into the street while chasing Pokemon.”New Yorker Justin Carlino voiced a simpler goal.“Most kids who grew up with Pokemon are people our age now,” said Carlino, 24, who decided to organize a Brooklyn event with his friend, Michael Ackermann, 26, after a recent night spent imbibing and playing the game. “They love Pokemon and they love drinking, so this is a perfect combination of both.” read more

NMA Releases second CORESafety interactive toolbox for safer mines

first_imgThe National Mining Association (NMA) recently released its second interactive toolbox to help member and non-member companies implement the CORESafety initiative at their facilities. CORESafety is a scalable safety and health management system that provides a comprehensive pathway to achieve within five years mining’s goal of eliminating fatalities and reducing the rate of mining injuries by 50%.The NMA states that the management system toolbox will educate and assist company personnel on the development, implementation and operation of a safety and health management system (SHMS). The CORES afety SHMS ties many safety variables into a common structure, helping mining companies achieve continuous and sustained safety excellence. “We hope companies find these tools useful and practical for integrating CORESafety into their safety and health management practices, and we welcome feedback on their experience with the latest iteration of our state-of-the-art safety and health initiative,” said NMA President and CEO Hal Quinn. The first CORESafety Toolbox, the Culture Enhancement Toolbox, was released last fall. Both resources can be found at www.coresafety.orglast_img read more

Joint liquidators appointed to Treasury Holdings

first_imgTHE HIGH COURT has today appointed joint liquidators to take control of the assets of Treasury Holdings with immediate effect.Sixteen subsidiary companies were also included in the ruling, made by Mr Justice McGovern.The joint liquidators have been named as Michael McAteer and Paul McCann of Grant Thornton.Previous receivers which had already been appointed to manage certain assets will remain in situ.The newly appointed-liquidators will deal with the remaining assets and creditors.Read: High Court rejects Treasury challenge against NAMA over receivers >last_img read more

18 signs youre a sports fan from Meath

first_img16. And it’s not really a Meath match in Croker unless he is sitting up with the LMFM commentary teamCredit: INPHO/James Crombie15. You’re certain Xabi Alonso learned how to do comebacks from the summer he spent learning English in Kells in 1997, when Meath had the three-in-a-row against KildareCredit: ybig.ie14. Your betting is decided solely on which horse Pelletstown’s finest Barry Geraghty is onCredit: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan13. And Fairyhouse is the place to be come the Easter weekend… whatever the weatherCredit: INPHO/Morgan Treacy12. You’re fashion forward – like Trevor GilesCredit: INPHO/Tom Honan 17. You know Shaggy only caught Ronan O’Gara’s cross-field kick because of his time with Duleek/Bellewstown GFC Credit: INPHO/Cathal Noonan5. You don’t need reminding that, although Niall Ronan wears the red of Munster these days, he’s a Royal through and throughCredit:4. You remember when Graham Geraghty had trials with Arsenal as well as when he togged out for Bohs and Drogheda UnitedCredit: INPHO3. You know September 20, 1987 as the day the Royals ended a 20-year wait to lift Sam againCredit: INPHO/Billy Stickland2. You celebrate winning in the same way as Peter Casey1. Your all-time favourite goal is Kevin Foley’s in the third 1991 Leinster Football final replayYouTube credit: MeathClips21 signs you’re a sports fan from Tipperary20 signs you’re a sports fan from Dublin 18. You’ve had a snack box from Ezio’s outside Pairc Tailteann after a league matchCredit:  Google Maps 8. In your opinion, Timmy Clancy would be close to international cap… if only his groin would stop acting upCredit: Alan Peebles/PA Archive/Press Association Images7. It saddens you to think that Sean Boylan’s last hurrah was a facile 2-point loss to Cavan in ClonesCredit: INPHO/Patrick Bolger 6. And you privately wish that Sean Boylan would take over the hurling team 11. Giles might have been great at frees, but he was no Brian StaffordCredit: INPHO10. You went to watch Europe win the Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle in 2011Suzann Pettersen (right) celebrates with team captain Alison Nicholas. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Archive/Press Association Images9. You like to remind Louth fans about that Joe Sheridan goalYouTube credit: KilkennyFootballlast_img read more