A day after Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu came out in support of legalising cultivation, sale and consumption of opium, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said there was need for a national drug policy to fight the drug menace.“A comprehensive formula was needed at the Central level to effectively check drug abuse,” said Capt. Amarinder, while welcoming the fact that the issue had taken centre stage due to the growing demand for opium cultivation by certain States.‘Lucrative market’“States like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were growing opium, for which they were finding a lucrative market in Punjab,” he pointed out, expressing angst at the ruination of his State’s young generation.The Chief Minister said he had taken up the issue of a national drug policy with the Centre and also raised it in the Chief Ministers’ conference. “A foolproof mechanism was needed to wipe out the scourge of drugs. One State growing drugs, especially opium, and another not doing so was leading to an unacceptable situation in the country,” he said.Drug cultivationThe national policy could also address the need for cultivation of drugs needed for the pharmaceutical industry, Capt. Amarinder said and added that the Centre should involve States and experts while formulating such a policy.Mr. Sidhu had on the sidelines of a function in Ludhiana said that he supported the demand for legalising cultivation, sale and consumption of opium in the State, raised by suspended Aam Aadmi Party MP Dharamvira Gandhi.‘Opium is way better’“It (opium) is way better than ‘chitta’ (heroin),” Mr. Sidhu had said.Meanwhile, Dr. Gandhi said the Punjab government should prepare a strong case on the basis of the failed experiment of the UN-led ‘war on drugs’ and the recent steps in many countries, including advanced countries like Canada and the U.S., to lift the ban on marijuana, and present it before Centre for helping the State of Punjab in defeating drugs.
December 3, 2019
The West Bengal unit of Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) on Wednesday alleged that it had to cancel a public meeting of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Murshidabad district after district officials denied permission for the landing of his chopper.Mr. Chouhan, who arrived in the city during the day, however addressed another public meeting near Kharagpur in Paschim Medinipur district. Mr. Chouhan, who is also vice-president of the BJP, reached the venue by road from the airport.“(West Bengal Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee is doing everything other than running the administration. All she is doing is obstructing public rallies of the BJP, not allowing the helicopter of Amit Shah to land, trying to pose challenges to the rally of Narendra Modi, not allowing Yogi Adityanath’s rally to be held and preventing my helicopter from landing,” he said while addressing the gathering. “You did not give permission for the helicopter to land but I came by car. If you stop the car we will walk to the venue,” the BJP leader said.The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister also targeted Ms. Banerjee for the three-day dharna at Kolkata’s Metro Channel. Mr. Chouhan said that he had been a Chief Minister himself for 15 years and never come across an instance when a Chief Minister sat on dharna to protect a police officer.The Trinamool Congress leadership said the permission was denied to the helicopter due to security reasons.In a similar incident, former Jharkhand CM and BJP leader Arjun Munda said he was denied permission by the administration to hold a public meeting at Bishnupur in Bankura district. The police claimed that the permission was withheld for security reasons as TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee had a scheduled public event in the area. No Union Minister at Bengal Business meetMeanwhile, owing to the standoff between the Centre and the State, no minister from the Union Government is likely to attend the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) which begins in the city on Thursday. On earlier occasions prominent ministers such as Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Suresh Prabhu had participated in the BGBS, which is aimed at attracting investment to West Bengal. Ms. Banerjee said that Mr. Prabhu had sent had a video message for the event. “I have no problem. We want to work together, government to government work is different. It is our Constitutional obligation,” she said.
December 1, 2019
Following a plea alleging unscientific handling of fly ash generated by a unit of NTPC, the National Green Tribunal on Monday sought a report from the authorities on the current status on disposal and management of fly ash.A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed Aravalli Power and Jhajjar Power to provide a report on the current status of fly ash disposal and management. Authorities were also directed to furnish an action plan along with timelines within one month.Additionally, the Haryana State Pollution Control Board was directed to furnish a report on the status of air quality and stack monitoring with respect to the two units within one month.Further, the Bench said, “Report from the Chief Medical Officer, Jhajjar district, about the health impact of fly ash in the area in question has to be provided within one month.” The directions came when the NGT was hearing a plea which claimed that unscientific handling of the fly ash was affecting public health.
November 26, 2019
Only a few days ago, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma was bewildered by this entire Rajini mania down South. And it seems that the filmmaker has got a befitting reply from Rajini fans when the teaser of Thalaiva’s upcoming film Kabali was unveiled on social media. Within an hour of its release, the teaser crossed 1 million views on YouTube, making it the highest for a South Indian film.ALSO READ: Here’s the most-awaited teaser of superstar Rajinikanth’s Kabali ALSO READ: Rajinikanth is looking like ‘Baahubali ka Baap’ in Kabali, says Ram Gopal Varma And there seems to be no stopping for Rajinikanth. The actor is back as a suave gangster in Pa Ranjith’s Kabali. And just 10 hours after the teaser made it to social media, it garnered 4 million views on YouTube or at least the film’s official account on Twitter claims so. #Kabali Teaser has crossed 4 Million views in less than 10 hours! A new record for an Indian movie! #KabaliTeaser pic.twitter.com/3ntNXpCSOb Kabali (@KabaliMovie) May 1, 2016Rajini fever has yet again gripped his fans and in less than 24 hours, the teaser of Kabali has already received 5.7 million views.The 67-second teaser introduces viewers to Rajinikanth’s character Kabali, and he goes on to say he’s no stereotypical gangster, in a whistle-worthy dialogue.Sporting John Lennon glasses and three-piece suit, the 65 year old is referred to as Fire.Towards the end of teaser, there’s a shot of Rajinikanth from the 1970s, where he’s seen walking out of a restaurant, flipping his hair back in the most inimitable fashion.advertisementThe film is based on the real-life story of Chennai don Kabaleeswaran.Also starring Bollywood actor Radhika Apte, Dhanshikaa and Attakathi Dinesh in key roles, Kabali has music by Santhosh Narayanan. The film is set to release this month, but the makers are yet to lock a release date for the film.
November 25, 2019
If you have a budget of Rs 25,000 for your next phone, there are two obvious choices for you: The Nexus 5X, which sells for around Rs 25,000 for the 32GB version, and the OnePlus 3 that has a price of Rs 27,999. Of the two, the OnePlus 3 has better specification sheet. It has more of everything. More (read bigger) screen. More powerful processor. More megapixels in camera. More RAM. More internal storage. But as we have seen again and again while reviewing phones, “more” doesn’t automatically translates to “better”.So, which one of these two phones is a better buy? Actually, this is very tough to answer because both the phones are so good. But I give it a try.Design & build qualityThis is one area where the OnePlus 3 wins. It is a handsome phone and it wins handsomely! The slick aluminium body of the OnePlus 3 looks better than the plastic body that Nexus 5X has. It’s sharper, more premium. And even though it is slightly bigger and heavier than the Nexus 5X, the difference is not much. Both phones fit well in hands. Ergonomically, the nexus 5X is slightly better, also because of its oh-so-convenient fingerprint sensor on the back but the difference is minor enough for us to prefer the OnePlus 3 because it just looks so much better. Also read: Google Nexus 5X review: The return of the people’s champion Another thing that helps the OnePlus 3 here is its build quality and finishing. The Nexus 5X has a more regular, average build quality. The OnePlus 3 oozes premium appeal from each of its curve and cut. But the biggest difference — other than the aluminium body — is made by the curved glass on the screen. The layer of the glass on the OnePlus 3 seems to melt into the metal frame, something that really sets it apart from the Nexus 5X. advertisementNow, this must have given you the idea where the phones stand. But just make it simple: The OnePlus 3 is a premium, high-end phone when it comes to its design and build quality. The Nexus 5X sports just regular, average looks. PerformanceThis is another area where the OnePlus 3 wins, which is understandable but at the same time surprising. Usually Nexus phones have offered butter smooth performance because the software in them — the pure Android — is devoid of all the bloatware and it is well optimised for the hardware considering these are Google’s phones. The Nexus 5X is no slouch with its Snapdragon 808 but the OnePlus 3 is just marginally, and noticeably, faster. No, it is not probably due to the RAM — the OnePlus 3 has 6GB vs 2GB in Nexus 5X — but due to the Snapdragon 820 processor and well optimised software. Apps open faster on the OnePlus 3 and when you are switching between the open apps or tabs in Chrome, the animations are wee bit smoother. Another thing that probably helps the OnePlus 3 here is the 64GB internal RAM. The combination of the Snapdragon 820, 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage also makes the OnePlus 3 a more future-ready, future proof phone. Also read: OnePlus 3 review: Flagship killer that will make you want to settle It’s not that the Nexus 5X is a slouch. If you go for it, you won’t have performance related issues. It’s just that the OnePlus 3 feels better here. In terms of battery performance, both phones are fairly similar. Both last around 12 to 13 hours, which is average. ScreenBoth the phones have screens that have resolution of 1080p aka FullHD. But other than this one similarity, the screens are vastly different. The OnePlus 3 uses an AMOLED screen that shows very vibrant colours. If you are into that sort of thing, the punchy and vibrant colours that is, you will like the OnePlus 3. But I feel it has a bit too much contrast. I prefer the colours on LCD panel of the Nexus 5X. These colours feel accurate and pleasant to eyes. Both the screens get adequately bright but both struggle a little in the direct sunlight. In fact, the Nexus is slightly worse here because its screen is more reflective. To sum it up, I think this is a tie. Some people will like the OnePlus 3 screen more, while some will prefer the Nexus 5X. My preference is for the Nexus 5X. Also, another important bit to note here is that the nexus 5X has a 5.2-inch screen while the OnePlus 3 sports a bigger 5.5-inch display. CameraThis one is closer than expected. In terms of hardware, the Nexus 5X clearly has a better rear camera. Although it clicks only 12-megapixel images, the Nexus 5X camera has an image sensor that is absolutely best ever put in an Android phone. In fact, only the sensor inside some — now dead — Lumia phones were better. The OnePlus 3, meanwhile uses a regular 16-megapixel image sensor. But it uses that sensor in a way that the difference between the camera performance of the OnePlus 3 and the Nexus 5X is quite low. In good light, both click very good photos. Technically, the Nexus 5X captures more detail in images as well as more contrast. But the OnePlus 3 is more consistent and gets the exposure right most of the time, while the Nexus 5X tends to underexpose images. advertisementThis is all in good light. In low light, the Nexus 5X performs better because of its much superior image sensor. But here too it is easy to see that the OnePlus 3 is more consistent. Also, the OnePlus 3 is faster. After trying out both phones extensively, I will still pick the Nexus 5X if the camera is the only factor in play. I will get better images from it, especially when I am going to lightly edit these images. It is also a better phone to have if you are shooting low light images. But the OnePlus 3 is good enough. In fact, it is more than good enough for most consumers and you can easily create fantastic images with it.SoftwareThe real appeal of a Nexus phone is in its software, which is clean and exactly how Google ordained it. No bloatware and a completely fuss-free experience, that is the promise of the Nexus 5X. If you are into the stock Android, then for you the Nexus 5X will be the obvious choice.However, the interesting bit is that the software in the OnePlus 3 is not shabby at all. In fact, it even has features like Night Mode that Nexus phones lack. OnePlus is using Oxygen OS, which is based on Android Marshamallow, and this OS just like the stock Android is fairly clean and fuss-free. In fact, even as it adds some features to the phone, it retains the look and feel of the stock Android. The only exception is the Google Now, which you get on the left of the home screen in a Nexus phone but is not there in its usual place on the OnePlus 3. Personally, I don’t mind using the Oxygen OS. Although I will still pick the Nexus 5X over the OnePlus 3 because of promise to prompt software updates. For example when Android Nougat comes in the coming weeks, Nexus 5X will get it immediately. The users of the OnePlus 3 may have to wait a while before the Nougat-based Oxygen OS hits their phones. Also read: Want Android Nougat? These are only phones you should buy So which one should you get?If you have read this far, you must have noticed that it is a close fight between these two phones. But here is the summary. — Get the Nexus 5X if you shoot lots of photos in low lightadvertisement– Get Nexus 5X if you want to save Rs 3,000– Get Nexus 5X if you want to get prompt Android updates– Get OnePlus 3 if you want a better looking and more stylish phone– Get OnePlus 3 if you like to store a lot of videos and music on the phone because it has 64GB internal storage.– Get OnePlus 3 if you care about the phone hardware and whether it is future-ready or not– Get OnePlus 3 if you can notice even a millisecond of delay in opening an app Both are tantalizingly good phones. Irrespective of what you choose, it is safe to say that you won’t be disappointed, unless you get a lemon aka a unit with something broken, which is rare but not unheard of.
October 28, 2019
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville shocked by Alexis’ Man Utd demiseby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville is shocked by Alexis Sanchez’s failure at Manchester United.The Chilean joined from Arsenal to become the club’s highest paid player but managed only five goals in 45 games. He left to join Inter Milan on loan for the rest of this season as he was considered surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. Neville told Sky Sports: “No-one could have foreseen the disaster that was about to happen with Alexis Sanchez.”I don’t know what happened to him. That wasn’t the Alexis Sanchez that played at Arsenal.”He wasn’t old when United signed him. He’d been proven.”He added: “We knew United would get only a couple of years out of him, I know his wages were massive.”But my point is, no-one could have foreseen how bad he would be for the club.”
October 26, 2019
Roma have appointed Paulo Fonseca as their new coach, with the Portuguese signing a two-year deal with the Serie A outfit that includes the option for a third.The 46-year-old, who Goal revealed to be in the running last week, inherits the reins from Claudio Ranieri, who had seen out the 2018-19 campaign at Stadio Olimpico in an interim post.Fonseca has spent the vast majority of his coaching career to date in Portugal, taking in spells at the likes of Porto and Braga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The last three years have, however, delivered a productive stint in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk.He is now taking on a new challenge, with Roma president Jim Pallotta saying of his appointment on the club’s official website: “We are pleased to welcome Paulo Fonseca to the club.”Paulo is a young and ambitious coach with international experience, a winning mentality and is known for his brave and offensive idea of football that will excite our fans.”From the first time I spoke to him he immediately expressed his desire to come to Rome and his enthusiasm in accepting a new challenge, starting to work with our players to set up a team that the fans can feel proud of.”Fonseca added on his arrival in the Italian capital: “I am very happy to have been appointed as the new coach of AS Roma and I would like to thank the entire leadership of the club for the opportunity given to me. “I am enthusiastic and motivated by the challenge that awaits us and I look forward to moving to Rome, meeting our fans and starting work. “I believe that together we will be able to create something special.”Fonseca was a defender in his playing days, taking in over 100 appearances in the Portuguese top flight.He hung up his boots in 2005 and made an immediate transition into coaching.Over the course of his management career to date, he has tasted domestic cup success in Portugal and Ukraine while also guiding Shakhtar to three successive league titles.
October 22, 2019
Almost two dozen Nova Scotian artists and craftspeople were honoured today, April 12, as their work became part of the Nova Scotia Art Bank collection. In a presentation ceremony held at the Mary E. Black Gallery, in Halifax, Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Judy Streatch paid tribute to the 23 artists whose work had been selected by an independent jury for purchase by the Art Bank. “Our department encourages the development of artistic excellence, and the artists and craftspeople recognized today are second to none,” said Ms. Streatch. “We are pleased to be able to support their careers and preserve their work through our Art Bank Purchase Program.” Established in 1975, the Nova Scotia Art Bank Purchase Program has supported the careers of local artists for more than 30 years. Today, the collection consists of almost 2,000 pieces of art, which are displayed in government offices throughout the province and in special gallery exhibitions across the country. “Thanks to the Art Bank Purchase Program, the province is able to not only preserve, but to showcase the work of local artists, so that it can be enjoyed by present and future generations of Nova Scotians,” said Ms. Streatch. The newly purchased work will be on display to the public at the Mary E. Black Gallery, 1683 Barrington St., Halifax, from April 13 to April 23. Applications for the 2006 Art Bank Purchase Program will be accepted until Nov. 15. For more information, go to the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc .
October 22, 2019
Nova Scotians are reminded to set their clocks back one hour on Sunday, Nov. 7, when daylight savings ends at 2 a.m., or before going to bed Saturday evening. Along with watches and clocks, microwave ovens, VCR and DVD players, answering machines, car clocks and automatic timer lights need to be adjusted. It is also a reminder to change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years. People are also advised to check computer calendars to ensure appointments are up to date when the time change occurs.
October 17, 2019
CALGARY — Snow-covered highways in southern Alberta reopened Sunday as stuck or smashed vehicles were removed, but snowfall advisories and even a blizzard warning remained in effect in some areas as the storm tracked into Saskatchewan.Environment Canada says a strong low-pressure system brought heavy snow and strong winds to much of central and southern Alberta on Saturday into Sunday morning.It says the system even produced a few short-lived severe thunderstorms in the southeast corner of Alberta before blizzard conditions descended on the area Saturday evening.The Trans-Canada Highway east of Calgary was closed in both directions on Saturday, while police said travel was restricted on the highway west of the city as crews responded to a crash involving four semis and 11 other vehicles. No serious injuries were reported.Calgary received between 10 and 20 centimetres of snow, while Cochrane west of the city got 30 centimetres. A blizzard warning remained in effect Sunday for Cypress Hill Provincial Park and Foremost in the province’s southeast.Calgary International Airport reported 49 cancellations of arriving or departing flights on Saturday, and five flights that were diverted.Electric utility Fortis reported that snow and wind caused power outages south of Calgary and that weather conditions and road closures slowed repairs.“We’re mobilizing our crews from across the province to help with the continued storm restoration,” Fortis tweeted on Sunday.Police in Calgary cautioned against travelling on Sunday and had to cancel their annual half-marathon.“Committee members assessed the course and found snow drifts in place of more than two feet. This course is a challenging one at the best of times, and while there are those who will have trained well, today’s race conditions are even more difficult,” the department said in a news release.Forecasters said the blizzard was expected to leave the province Sunday afternoon, which meant a blizzard warning was issued next door in southwestern Saskatchewan.The Saskatchewan government’s Highway Hotline reported Sunday that the Trans-Canada Highway was closed from the Alberta boundary to Swift Current, a stretch that’s close to 170 kilometres long.The Canadian Press
October 12, 2019
How was the experience of shooting for season 2 different from season 1? At the time of season 1, web shows had just come out and nobody was willing to invest their money and take the risk. TVF was amongst the first ones to make a web series, so in that sense we were all under a bit of pressure. We got lucky as they liked the script, agreed to the concept, trusted us and gave an opportunity to make it happen. Secondly, Tripling was more like working with friends. The director was not from the company, and I had recommended Rajesh Krishnan’s name. He was sweet enough to agree and get on board. Director Sameer Saxena, who has helmed ‘Permanent Roommates’, was also involved in the first season of ‘Tripling’. So, working together with people known to me was amazing. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOn the other hand, in season 2, the pressure had gone because season 1 did pretty well. The web series was being accepted and the audience had found some sort of connect with the characters of ‘Tripling’. In that way, it was altogether a different experience. Has the bonding with co-actors strengthened over the years. Can you share any interesting memory from the set? Yes, definitely. Not only because we have been shooting together, but also because we have seen each other grow over the years as individuals, actors and also in terms of popularity. In season 1, not many people were aware of who we are, or what our talent is. By the time we reached season 2, everyone knew about our work. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award As co-actors, we have developed a lot more trust in each other. We celebrated Diwali during the shoots of ‘Tripling’. We were in Sikkim and had no option to go home. So, we stayed together and enjoyed the celebration like one big family. You have worked in different spaces as an actor. What is one advantage and one disadvantage of working in a web series? I don’t see any disadvantage of working in a web series. The advantage is that you are a bit free as an actor and artist. You don’t feel like there is a protocol hanging on your neck. Just like our audience, who steps in with an open and relaxed mind to watch a web series; we as actors, creators, and directors also enjoy the comfort to express ourselves freely while working on that web show. This is definitely an advantage. The disadvantage earlier was that people did not want to accept actors from web series as mainstream. They weren’t considered serious about the art; but fortunately, the perception has changed now.What were your expectations from the second season? How has the response been so far? My expectations were not to disappoint the audience, and treat the story as organically as possible. I think we have achieved that. I also hoped that people would remember the characters, and it definitely happened. The response has been phenomenal. Well, there’s also a bit of criticism, which is fair and valid. We take it all, and perhaps try to make it better the next time. We wanted to make some sort of shift in the way second season moves – so that there could be a differentiating factor between the two seasons. But in the end, what matters is that the audience has really appreciated and loved the episodes. Did the success of season 1 create pressure to deliver something which could surprise your audience? Not really. There was no pressure as such. Rather, it was more like a responsibility to give them what they expected. People have shown so much love to all the characters and audience is really connected to each one of them (Chandan, Chitvan, and Chanchal). So, I was aware that I just cannot fool around with this story. One emotion you experienced while shooting for Tripling 2… I would have to say ‘Family bonding’. When we were shooting the first season, it was a very different space. During the second season, I really enjoyed the family vibe that this season so perfectly encapsulates. Even in terms of the shooting experience, it was like that. Amol, Maanvi and I were shooting together, and there was some genuine bonding happening. As I shared earlier, in the last schedule of Sikkim, we celebrated Diwali together. So, that feeling was constant throughout the season. After working in the entertainment industry for such a long time, do you feel the experience has helped you evolve as a writer? Yes, it definitely has. With time, you learn to use your experiences in life for the sake of art. Over time you become more observant than regular people – when you travel, when things happen to you. You feel and experience every bit of life. In that sense, it has really worked for me. Not just as a writer, it has helped me as an actor as well.After the success of two seasons, will the siblings be back for the third chapter? The fact that second season has done so well, I hope that third season happens sooner. We took almost 2-3 years to come up with the second season, but surely we won’t take that long to churn out the third chapter . Sameer Saxena is the right man to answer this question.CANDID TALKTurning point in your life’Permanent Roommates’One genre you wish to explore as an actor and writerActionA director you want to work withImtiaz Ali, for sureA movie/role you wanted to doAmitabh Bachchan’s part in original AgneepathIf given a chance. whose biopic would you like to be a part ofSatyajit Ray’s biopicYour childhood celebrity crushMini MathurTitle of your biography’There’s more to it than what meets the eye’Which is your favourite filmEternal sunshine of a spotless mindA superpower you wish you hadInvisibilityYour guilty pleasureDefinitely, eating!(Inputs by Sumeet Vyas)
October 12, 2019
NEW YORK — Sears Holdings Corp. is suing its former chairman and largest shareholder Eddie Lampert, alleging the billionaire stripped the once iconic company of more than $2 billion in assets.The lawsuit also names former Sears directors, including U.S. Treasury Steven Mnuchin as well as executives at Lampert’s hedge fund ESL.Sears, which operates Sears and Kmart, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, amid years of massive losses and sales drops. Lampert saved the company by acquiring the assets in an auction in February though its unsecured creditors had maintained that Lampert was to blame for its downfall. They cited sales or spinoffs of key assets that they claimed lined Lampert’s own pockets.ESL says in a statement it “vigorously” disputes the claims and calls them “baseless” and “fanciful.”Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
October 11, 2019
Media reports say around 80 people were killed, nearly 50 others wounded and around 2,000 homes were burned when gunmen attacked the village of Duk Padiet in Jonglei state on Sunday morning.Last month tribal militiamen attacked residents of the village of Wernyol, killing numerous civilians, and many other attacks have been reported across the south since the start of the year.The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) issued a statement deploring the latest attack and voicing concern about the escalation of violence this year.“Some of the more recent attacks have deliberately targeted women and children and have had little or nothing to do with cattle rustling, a traditional cause of violence between neighbouring tribes and ethnic groups in the region,” the statement noted.“This will become a source of mounting concern as the country heads towards the April 2010 national election and the referenda in southern Sudan and the Abyei region scheduled for 2011.”The mission said it was concerned “that there may be elements that are directing attacks against institutions of the state. UNMIS urges the Government of Southern Sudan [GoSS] and other duly constituted authorities to further strengthen their efforts to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of these crimes.”The mission flew the Governor of Jonglei and the GoSS Minister of Internal Affairs to the Duk Padiet area yesterday and offered its support to “all efforts to contain violence, promote reconciliation and address the humanitarian needs of the affected population in the coming days.”UNMIS added that it was by the efforts of the Jonglei state Government to restore order and deter retaliatory attacks following Sunday’s killings and to pursue dialogue among all parties. 22 September 2009United Nations officials in Sudan have strongly condemned a deadly attack at the weekend on a village in the south of the country that has claimed dozens of lives and is the latest in a series of ethnically-based attacks against civilians that have provoked mounting international concern.
October 8, 2019
The Minister said President Maithripala Sirisena took note of the failure by the Anti-Corruption Secretariat to investigate major frauds and decided to have a further discussion on the Secretariat at the next cabinet meeting. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says a decision has not yet been taken on the future of the Anti-Corruption Secretariat.Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that cabinet had yesterday discussed the operations of the Secretariat. He said that concerns were raised at the cabinet meeting that the Secretariat was not investigating major frauds by the former regime.Senaratne said that the Secretariat was accused of investigating only minor incidents.
September 25, 2019
Teenagers become used to covering up any perceived imperfections on their social media channels, Miss Hincks says Miss Hincks, who will take over as president of the GSA next month, said that youngsters must be careful to be “scrupulous” with their CVs and not “cut corners”. When entering the workplace, they should share their strengths and weaknesses with colleagues, she added. “If people are putting forward an image that everything in rosy, that they are finding it fine to juggle their career and family – and then if it suddenly all falls apart, there is no support network.”Miss Hincks said that while lessons about integrity may once have been upheld by public institutions and other parts of society, this is no longer the case.“People revealed to be unfaithful to their spouse don’t lose all public integrity in the way they once did,” she said. The Church and institutions such as the BBC used to be considered as “bastions of public morality”, but now schools have had to fill the void, she added.The GSA represents the heads of the country’s leading independent girls’ schools. Its members include South Hampstead High School in north London, which counts the actress Helena Bonham Carter among its alumnae, and Oxford High School where the pottery tycoon Emma Bridgewater and the actress Dame Maggie Smith studied. Social media is turning a generation of children into liars, a leading headmistress has warned.Youngsters are used to projecting a perfect image of themselves online and this is beginning to spill over into real life too, according to Sue Hincks, the incoming president of the Girls School Association (GSA).Teenagers must learn the importance of acting with integrity, rather than telling “convenient lies” in order to get ahead and further their careers. Miss Hincks, who is headmistress of the £12,000-a-year Bolton School Girls’ Division, said that teenagers tend to “curate” a certain image of themselves on their social media accounts, such as the photograph sharing platforms, Instagram and Snapchat. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––They become used to covering up any perceived imperfections, and there is a danger is when this attitude trespasses into other aspects of their life too. “If you get used to showing one image of yourself on social media, you may begin to believe that is completely aligned to reality,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “I’m not saying people shouldn’t improve, obviously it you want to present your best self which is fine. But you might gloss over things that are core to your identity that it’s useful for people to know – you don’t want people to be ashamed of any aspect of their life. We have to tell the truth and encourage young people to present their weaknesses.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
September 21, 2019
For those of you wishing you could dispatch enemies with extreme prejudice by riding them down on your trusty steed in Skyrim, Bethesda is set to deliver in the form of the 1.6 update to the game.Announced yesterday, players of the PC version can apply the update and unlock both ranged and melee combat while riding a horse. It’s a welcome addition that is sure to make fans of the popular RPG very happy indeed since you originally needed to install a mod to be able to do battle in this way.We caught a glimpse of the new gameplay feature thanks to YouTube user AlexanderJVelicky who put together a compilation of battle clips while riding around the open world on his horse.From watching his video it’s apparent that Bethesda took some time and care to create a realistic feel for battle on horseback, as you have to master positioning your mount to be able to strike effectively at your foes. This is easier said than done while standing still, but is infinitely easier while moving towards your target. Having seen live action jousting exhibitions, I can confirm that this is inline with what the experience would be in real life.The update also fixes several bugs that have been plaguing some individuals during gameplay. They include crashes related to loading and saving games and improving the logic for ranged kill cams.Unfortunately, if you are playing the game on the Xbox 360, you will have to wait for the update to hit Xbox Live. Bethesda doesn’t have an exact date as to when it’s releasing the code for distribution, but I imagine it shouldn’t be too long of a wait.More at the Bethesda Blog
September 21, 2019
Of the many leaks that came before Apple’s iPhone 5 launch yesterday, the power adapter was a constant. Every leak suggested a new adapter was on the way, and now it is here.The Lightning power adapter is undeniably more useful than most phone connectors out there today, but with all the existing iPhone owners around the world there needed to be a way for everyone to convert their pre-iPhone 5 accessories to be compliant with the new Lightning dock port. Apple, knowing this full well, has released two different Lightning adapters. One of them costs $29, and the other $39.Even if you think that price is reasonable, which I doubt there are many out there who do, this sticker shock is not exactly unwarranted. When Apple released the Retina MacBook Pro there was an adapter released for users who had existing MagSafe cords and still wanted to use them. The cost for this adapter? $10. The $29 adapter is just that, and it puts about an inch and a half of extra white plastic in between your accessory of choice and the iPhone 5. The $39 adapter offers you a cable, at a length unspecified by Apple’s website, in between the two connector types. To put that in to further perspective, a Lightning to USB cable from Apple is listed at $19.I doubt this sticker shock will stop many people from purchasing the adapters. Over the last few years we’ve seen Apple’s iconic dock connecter attached to everything from shower radios to brand new cars, and in order to continue to use those devices with your new iPhone you will need to pay for one of these two adapters.
September 21, 2019
Greece was told that it has until Friday to request an extension to the current bailout or face the possibility of losing the pending funds after the second meeting of eurozone finance ministers in the last few days ended on Monday without an agreement between Athens and its partners.Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, however, said the government would continue talks over the next few days, regardless of any ultimatums from its partners. Varoufakis claimed that he had been shown the text of a communique earlier in the day by European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici which he was happy to sign but that this was later changed during the Eurogroup meeting for a document he could not accept.Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Athens had until Friday to request an extension, otherwise the bailout program would expire at the end of February. “Then, that’s it,” he said.“The general feeling in the Eurogroup is still that the best way forward would be for the Greek authorities to seek an extension of the program,” he told a joint press conference with Moscovici and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde.If a request for an extension is made, Greece can present alternative measures but not roll back previous reforms or take “unilateral steps,” Dijsselbloem said, noting that Greece’s demand for a “bridge” agreement was essentially “just another word” for an extension.The Eurogroup chief underlined the need to “rebuild trust.” He suggested that a new program would not differ greatly from the previous one. “The rules and regulations talk about strict conditionalities. It would still be about fiscal sustainability,” he said.Varoufakis insisted that he was prepared to sign the text he was shown by Moscovici “there and then” but was perplexed as to why this was changed for a communique not acceptable to the Greek delegation. Nevertheless, the Greek finance minister was confident that an agreement could be found soon, allowing for Greece to retain its loan agreement over the next four months in return for certain conditions. The SYRIZA-led coalition hopes this will give Greece and its lenders enough time to negotiate a more comprehensive deal that includes debt relief.“I have no doubt that within the next 48 hours Europe is going to come together and we shall find the phrasing that is necessary so that we can submit it and move on to do the real work that is necessary,” he said.Moscovici, however, stressed that there is “no alternative to the extension of the current program.” He called on the Greek government to request an extension, adding that there would be “flexibility over the short term.” “During the extension, we will have time to work on details,” he said. “We have to be logical, not ideological.”Moscovici suggested that Greek authorities had not provided their interlocutors with details of their proposal in technical-level discussions, notably in relation to the 70 per cent of the memorandum that Greece has indicated that it accepts and the 30 per cent it has rejected.Source: Kathimeirni Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
September 19, 2019
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September 19, 2019
This legislative session, Southwest Washington lawmakers were determined to meet regularly, work cohesively and move past personality conflicts, which in previous years hindered what they could deliver for the region.The effort looks like it could be paying off.Both the Senate and House capital budgets — money for land, buildings and equipment — were recently unveiled and for the first time in a while, the region fares well. The House passed the capital budget out of committee last week.“By us having our meetings, we did absolutely phenomenal,” Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, said. “I want to let you know, I’m shocked.”Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, echoed his sentiments.“This is the power of us working together and singing with one voice,” Rivers said. “We did really well, and I do believe it’s a result of the larger delegation cooperation and working together.”Last legislative session, lawmakers from the region couldn’t recall when they met as a group on their own accord. They have gathered nearly every week of this session.“Look at our (2015) transportation package and how much we got there,” Rivers said, implying it wasn’t much. “It’s not like our influence and power has doubled, I think it’s increased manifold and I think we’re reaping the benefits.”