WTO Reforms: India Readies Counter To US, Set To Float Paper That Could Stir The Davos Pot

first_imgIndia is likely to float a proposal aimed at reforming the dispute settlement mechanism, rule-making and transparency requirements at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Friday. The proposal will be floated at the informal ministerial gathering at the ongoing World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Kohli returns for RCB ahead of clash against MI,Kohli returns for RCB ahead of clash against MI

first_imgThe Delhi batsman has been declared fit today by BCCI Medical Team and will look to boost the confidence of the team. cricket India captain Virat Kohli will return to bolster Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB)’s campaign when they take on arch-rivals Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tomorrow.Kohli had to undergo rehabilitation after sustaining an injury to his right shoulder while fielding during the third Test against Australia in Ranchi and he has been missing in action ever since.However, the Delhi batsman has been declared fit today by BCCI Medical Team and will look to boost the confidence of RCB, who lost two out of the three matches that they have played so far in his absence.Kohli, who had dropped hints of making a return after posting a video on his Instagram account of his gym session on April 11, did some fielding drills during the team’s net session, yesterday.Last year, Kohli had scored a staggering 973 runs in 16 matches with four centuries to guide RCB to the finals against Sunrisers Hyderabad and he would look to improve Bangalore’s current sixth place standing on the points-table.In Kohli’s absence, AB de Villiers made his presence felt as he smashed his way to an unbeaten 89 off just 46 balls to help RCB post a respectable 148-4 on his comeback match after recovering from an injury.The single-handed show by the South African, however, couldn’t save the blushes of his team as RCB went down by eight wickets to Kings XI Punjab in their last match.The poor form of Chris Gayle is also a concern for RCB. The West Indian power-hitter has been struggling to carve out big scores, which is reflected in his failure to score even one half century in his last 10 innings.Gayle will be hoping to make a comeback in the team, especially after being dropped in the game against Punjab.RCB also lost India batsman Lokesh Rahul for the entire tournament owing to an injury and the talented Sarfaraz Khan too hurt himself on the field during a practice match ahead of the tournament.Kedar Jadhav, meanwhile, has showcased his utility by slamming a 37-ball 69 to help his side score 157 runs during a 15-run win over Delhi Daredevils. He also hit 31 in the opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.Among bowlers, seamer Billy Stanlake and spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi have been among wickets.Mumbai, on the other hand, so far have two wins and a loss in the tournament to be placed at the third position on points-table.Mumbai Indians dominated with both bat and ball to defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets yesterday. Mumbai restricted SRH to 158-8 in 20 overs and then achieved the target in 18.4 overs losing six wickets along the way.Nitish Rana has been the most successful batsmen for Mumbai as he returned with scores such as 34, 50, 45 in the last three matches.The top order has been among runs with openers Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler giving Mumbai good starts.Hardik Padhya delivered in first two matches with the bat while brother Krunal was in business with the ball against KKR and Hyderabad.With Kireon Pollard not in good form, Mumbai might look to give Asela Gunaratne a chance. Gunaratne can bowl decent medium pacers and also chip in with vital runs with the bat, like he did against Australia in the T20 series. Lendl Simmons too can come in handy.Among bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan were among wickets in last match. Ashish Nehra too struck the first blow when he bowled Buttler with the first ball of the 4th over in the last match.Teams:Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Kieron Pollard, Tim Southee, Jos Buttler (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya,Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Saurabh Tiwary, Karn Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Siddhesh Lad, Nicholas Pooran, Shreyas Gopal, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kulwant KhejroliyaRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Shane Watson (capt), Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Aravind, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Harshal Patel, Adam Milne, Iqbal Abdulla, Samuel Badree, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake.Match starts 4pm IST. COMMENT April 13, 2017 RELATED × Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain Virat Kohli during a practice session at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.   –  PTI COMMENTS SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL IPL 2017 Virat Kohli eyeing comeback against Mumbai Indians on Apr 14 Published on Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain Virat Kohli during a practice session at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.   –  PTIlast_img read more

These acid-attack survivors walked the ramp for charity

first_imgNo matter how much we deliberate on issues like gender equality andwomen’s rights, the reality at the ground level hasn’t reflected nearly enoughchange.Women continue to be victims of abuse even today–through domestic violence, rapes and other forms of sexual harassment.The only silver lining is that more and more women are now taking uponthemselves the responsibility of fighting against all kinds of genderdiscrimination, to attain the value that they rightfully deserve in thesociety.That’s exactly what 10 victims of acid attack tried to prove when they walked the runway at a fashion show in New Delhi.Picture courtesy: Twitter/iamthatgirl The charity catwalk was hosted by Make Love Not Scars, an NGO (non-governmental organisation), dedicated toproviding medical aid and rehabilitation services for acid-attacksurvivors, reported Independent.Also Read:Reshma Qureshi’s journey: From an acid attack survivor to a New York Fashion Week model Leaving behind all their shame and social ridicule, the models reclaimed the idea of beauty by proudly displaying their scarred faces. “They would say, no one will marry you. They’d say, with a deformed face you’re notbeautiful. But I’m proud and confident of who I am,” acid attacksurvivor, Reshma Bano Qureshi, was quoted as saying.Reshma hadalso walked the ramp at New York Fashion Week in 2016. “I want people to know, the face is not what makes you beautiful; it is your heart,” sheadded.The event turned out to be a huge success, Tania Singh, vice president, Make Love Not Scars, said, “Now they [acid attack survivors] can go back out there, and they can tell the world that they don’t have to hide their faces and scars. It is the world that needs to change its thinking.” advertisementlast_img read more

Pyeongchang Gets Olympic Flame from Greece Ahead of 100-Day Relay (Pics)

first_imgATHENS (AP) — The Olympic flame was handed to organizers of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday, and it will now head off on a 100-day journey across South Korea before the opening ceremony on Feb. 9.Pyeongchang organizing committee president Lee Hee-beom said the games would be an Olympics of “peace and harmony,” despite tension between the host and its reclusive nuclear-armed neighbor North Korea.Dressed as a high priestess, actress Katerina Lehou led the 90-minute ceremony in Athens at the Panathenian Stadium, a horseshoe-shaped marble venue where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.A cauldron was lit by Greek skier Ioannis Proios following performances by singers, dancers and acrobats from Greece and South Korea. The flame, placed in a lantern, was handed over to Greek Olympic Committee president Spyros Capralos, who passed it to Lee.The South Korean leg of the relay will involve 7,500 torch-bearers and visit 17 cities and provinces across the country.The South Korean flag is carried during a handover ceremony for the Olympic Flame at Panathenaic stadium in Athens, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Preparations for the Feb. 9-25 games are being held amid escalating tension on the Korean peninsula following nuclear and missile tests by North Korea. Lee has promised the games will be safe, but he made no mention of the crisis in his remarks in Athens.“We are ready to welcome the world to Pyeongchang. The construction of competition and non-competition venues is already complete,” Lee said, moments before being handed a white-and-gold torch with the Olympic flame. “Pyeongchang 2018 will be an Olympic Games of peace and harmony.”South Korean organizers said two back-up paraffin lanterns were also being used on the flight from Athens to Incheon, South Korea, and were being escorted by three fire wardens.Tuesday’s ceremony was held after the flame was lit in Ancient Olympia on Oct. 23. That was followed by a torch relay around Greece.—-DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated PressDancers dressed as priestesses perform during a handover ceremony for the Olympic Flame at Panathenaic stadium in Athens, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Ioannis Proios runs with the Olympic torch during a handover ceremony for the Olympic Flame at Panathenaic stadium in Athens, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)The Olympic flame is carried in a special container after a handover ceremony for the Olympic Flame at Panathenaic stadium in Athens, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Head of the Hellenic Olympic committee Spyros Kapralos, looks on as Lee Hee-beom, President of the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics holds up the Olympic flame during a handover ceremony at Panathenaic stadium in Athens, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Head of the Hellenic Olympic committee Spyros Kapralos,second left, watches as Lee Hee-beom, President of the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics speaks during a handover ceremony for the Olympic Flame at Panathenaic stadium in Athens, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Dancers perform before a handover ceremony for the Olympic Flame at Panathenaic stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Actress Katerina Lehou playing the role of a high priestess lights an Olympic torch during a handover ceremony for the Olympic Flame at Panathenaic stadium in Athens, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Actress Katerina Lehou playing the role of high priestess lights an Olympic torch during a handover ceremony for the Olympic Flame at Panathenaic stadium in Athens, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

India vs West Indies T20I: International cricket returns to Lucknow after 24 years

first_imgThe last time an international cricket match was hosted in Lucknow, the person in whose remembrance the stadium has been rechristened was among the most high-profile politicians in the country and would go on to become Prime Minister.The newly renamed Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium will become the 52nd stadium in India to host an international cricket match, when India take on the West Indies in the second T20I of the three-match series on Tuesday.Formerly Ekana International Cricket Stadium, the ground was renamed as a token of acknowledgement towards the late Vajpayee, who represented Lucknow in Parliament.Though this is the first time an international match is being played at the newly built stadium, cricket in the capital of the India’s largest state is not new.Ekana International Cricket Stadium at Lucknow #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/mPjkGdyZcLUPCA (@UPCACricket) November 5, 2018The last time a cricket match was played in Lucknow was back in January of 1994, when India played Sri Lanka in a Test match at the K.D.Singh ‘Babu’ Stadium. India won that match quite convincingly by an innings and 119 runs and the only other match at that stadium was an ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at part of the World Series in October 1989. Pakistan won that contest by 6 runs.Jokes doing the rounds on social media that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath wanted to change the name of the stadium, in the same vien as enamed Allahabad as Prayagraj and Mughalsarai as Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.advertisementREAD – India look to seal Twenty20 International series vs West Indies in LucknowOfficials of the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) informed that the clause 17.5.1 of the agreement between Ekana Sports City Private Ltd, GC Constructions and Development Industries Pvt Ltd and the LDA says that the stadium will be named after the project is completed.The state government used the powers vested in it as per this clause, on the eve of the high-decibel match, and changed its name in the memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away in August this year.READ – India look to seal Twenty20 International series vs West Indies in LucknowMeanwhile, both cricket teams arrived in the city on Monday to a rousing welcome. The cricket mania has completely overtaken the Diwali festivities in the city and everyone seems to be scurrying for passes as the online tickets have been sold out.READ – Lucknow stadium renamed in honour of Atal Bihari Vajpayee ahead of India vs West Indies T20IAs for the task at hand, India’s four-match T20 losing streak against the West Indies ended on Sunday in Kolkata. And in the penultimate game of what has been a disastrous tour for the visitors, India would be favourites to lock the series in their favour.India’s last win against the West Indies before Sunday came way back on March 23, 2014 in the World T20 in Bangladesh.India vs West Indies Live Streaming, 2nd T20 Match: When And Where To Watch Live Telecast on TV and OnlineWith the win at the Eden Gardens, India managed to better their head-to-head record against the reigning world T20 champions to 5-3 now from nine exchanges between 2009 and 2017.But come Tuesday, India would be eager to see a more dominant performance from the home team, one that’s befitting the gulf in quality between the two sides.(With inputs from IANS and PTI)last_img read more

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson stays a step ahead of the opposition: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgNew Zealand had come into the semi-finals against India on the back of three successive defeats but they turned their fortunes around and bounced back in style as they defeated the pre-tournament favourites to reach their second successive World Cup final on Wednesday.And a lot of their success throughout this tournament has got to do with Kane Williamson’s form with the bat and as captain of the Blackcaps.Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar reserved special praise for Williamson, the captain, for the way he led his team in the match against India in Manchester.”I have said in number of interviews that Kane Williamson as captain has a smart, thinking brain and he is always in control. He stays a step ahead of the opposition. I would give him high marks for that. New Zealand were fielding really well as well and they made the target seem much bigger.”It was remarkable to see the consistency from their fast bowlers. They didn’t do anything out of the ordinary and kept it simple,” Tendulkar told India Today after the match.Respect between two masters, after an epic tussle #CWC19 | #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/0O1HvkP6TUCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 10, 2019New Zealand posted a sub-par score of 240 on the board after batting first with Williamson scoring 67 while Ross Taylor made 74.Their fast bowlers then came to the party as Matt Henry and Trent Boult ripped apart the famed Indian top-order with the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul within the first four overs which derailed India’s chase in the first powerplay itself.advertisementIndia were ultimately reduced to 6 for 92 in 31 overs before Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) bailed them out with a 116-run partnership for the seventh wicket.#KaneWilliamson & @BazmccullumTwo vastly different characters and two equally brilliant leaders, captaining New Zealand to back-to-back World Cup finals #CWC19 | #INDvNZ | #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS pic.twitter.com/9NaNiEJf17Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 10, 2019But the duo were sent packing in quick succession in the death overs and India ultimately got bowled out for 221 in 49.3 overs.Matt Henry was adjudged man-of-the-match for finishing with 3 for 37 from his 10 overs while Boult and Mitchell Santner grabbed two wickets each. James Neesham also chipped in with a wicket.Also Read | India’s World Cup dream over, New Zealand storm into finalAlso Read | Virat Kohli, KL Rahul had nervous energy while defending the ball: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja had hunger and determintation to do something special: Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more

Buywise out to shake off dodgy jumper reputation in Grand National

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Hide Horse racing Thank you for your feedback. Bryony Frost: ‘The Grand National has lived in my family since I opened my eyes’ Share on Messenger Share via Email Quick guide Horse racing tips for Sunday 8 April Read more Grand National Horse racing tips Show There are unpromising beginnings and then there is Buywise, the Grand National contender who was cheaply bought as a youngster, had trouble jumping, was found to have metalwork in a hind leg and whose present owner had to be talked into taking him as a job lot with another, more obviously talented beast. “Everyone felt sorry for me,” said Hywel Jones, whose green and red colours Buywise will carry at Aintree next Saturday. “They thought I’d bought the runt.”Evan Williams, the Vale of Glamorgan trainer who has made Buywise look a wise buy, used to have serious doubts about the horse’s idiosyncratic manner of getting over a fence. “I didn’t want to risk my first jockey on him in a race,” Williams once said, and so Adam Wedge was on board instead of Paul Moloney when Buywise set out on his jumping career four years ago.He proved surprisingly successful, despite bashing through occasional obstacles. At the end of his first winter as a chaser Williams had the horse scanned to see if there was a physical explanation for what Buywise was doing. Metal pins and a plate were found in his left hind leg, the legacy of an operation years before he went through the sales ring.“They’re sold as seen, you see,” Williams says, philosophically. “Part of the wonderful mystery of buying horses at public auction.” Since you’re here… Reuse this content Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Thank you.center_img features Grand National 2018 His bionic leg was getting in Buywise’s way to some extent but he seemed to have found his own way of coping and he continued to win prize money, even if it was usually for finishing placed. It was established that Moloney, who displaced Wedge as soon as the horse won a race, would give him time to warm to his jumping, allowing for a strong, late finish that would hopefully carry them into the argument.Buywise became a byword for frustration among punters as he repeatedly stormed home from a mile back and found the winning post coming too soon. After a particularly heartbreaking finish in 2015, one Timeform pundit tweeted: “I could crywise.”This season something has changed. “I don’t know for what reason, he’s just been a different horse in the way he moves than he ever has,” Williams says. “I don’t know why that is, whether all that metal work in his back leg has just granulated up or what have you. Look, if I gave you a reason, I’d be making it up. All I know is he’s a smoother operator at home than he ever has been.”At Sandown in January Buywise’s strong finish came in plenty of time for him to record an impressive victory, his first for three years. Leighton Aspell, his jockey that day, urged Williams to aim the horse at the National, which counts for quite a bit, Aspell having won the Aintree race twice in the past four years.Aspell hoped to take the ride himself next Saturday but will have to watch the race in a neck brace after an ill-timed injury. Moloney having long since retired, Wedge will bereunited with the horse he used to ride when the job was too risky for others.Wedge is appropriately protective of Buywise’s reputation and will not hear of any suggestion there might be a bit of a quirk in his attitude that has contributed to his low strike rate over the years. “No! No, far from it. I just think he’s been very unlucky. Share on Facebook Was this helpful? Carlisle 1.50 Astaroland 2.20 Shanaway 2.50 Cracking Find 3.25 Cornerstone Lad 3.55 Justforjames 4.30 Letemgo 5.00 Podili Road 5.30 Largy Glory Exeter 2.05 Under The Woods 2.35 Lord Napier 3.10 Duhallow Lad (nap) 3.40 Alberto’s Dream (nb) 4.15 Admiral Blake 4.45 Colt Lightning 5.15 Persian Snow  The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Aintree Share on LinkedIn The Observer “He’s a lovely horse to deal with in the yard. He knows what goes on, knows the routine. He could almost train himself.“I think he stays a lot better now. He ran in the National a couple of years ago and got round. Hopefully everything falls right on the day and we can have a bit of luck. We can all dream.”Williams has yet to win a National, though his runners have been placed five times. Buywise has a fine chance of making that six but could he actually poke his nose in front and become the first Welsh winner of the race since 1905? “I never expect too much,” the trainer sighs. “I just hope they come back in one piece and anything more than that’s a bonus.”Greg Wood’s Grand National tipsTony Martin has saddled a handful of Grade One winners over jumps, and even a Group One winner on the Flat in Italy a few months ago. When it comes to handicaps, though, there are few trainers over the last two decades with a record that even approaches Martin’s, and he may add the most famous handicap of all to his record next Saturday when his chaser Anibale Fly lines in the Grand National at Aintree.Martin took the Irish Grand National in the early part of his career in 2001, and has landed a series of major handicaps on the Flat including the Ebor, Cambridgeshire and Cesarewitch. He is a master of the art of getting a horse into a big race on a competitive weight and appears to have done so again with Anibale Fly, for all that the eight-year-old made his most recent start in National Hunt’s most prestigious Grade One.Native River and Might Bite had the Gold Cup to themselves last month, but Anibale Fly ran on well after a couple of minor jumping errors to finish just four lengths adrift of the runner-up. That backed up his winning form in the Paddy Power Handicap Chase at Leopardstown in December, when he carried 11st 8lb to victory, and makes him a huge runner off a mark of 159 next Saturday.Ucello Conti is also interesting at around 25-1. He has looked a natural over the big fences in the last two Nationals but has had no luck at all in running, while Gold Present’s overall profile is encouraging if he can bounce back from a below-par run at Cheltenham. Milansbar, the mount of Bryony Frost, has a genuine chance too, not least if rain arrives at Aintree during the week: he races prominently, stays all day and should line up with a handy racing weight of 10st 5lb. Topicslast_img read more

2 ESPN Analysts Are Predicting A Huge Upset Tomorrow

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Week 7 of the college football season kicked off earlier this week with the year’s first Tuesday night game. The action continued on Thursday night with an upset win by Texas Tech over TCU in a surprisingly low-scoring contest.Will there be more upsets coming this weekend? You can count on it.ESPN has released its predictions for Week 7’s biggest games. Two ESPN reporters are picking a major upset.No. 2 Georgia travels Baton Rouge this weekend for a contest against No. 13 LSU. Will Death Valley give the Tigers a lift over the Bulldogs? Two ESPN analysts believe so.Heather Dinich: LSU 24, Georgia 21Alex Scarborough: LSU 31, Georgia 30LSU and Georgia are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on CBS.last_img read more

Delhi Jal Board working to ensure potable drinking water

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Jal Board is “working hard” to ensure that tap water is potable in the city and reverse osmosis purifiers are not needed to filter it, Chief Minister Arvnd Kejriwal said on Tuesday. The chief minister, who is also the Chairman of the DJB, said the Board was now working to ensure that the people of Delhi get 24-hour water supply. “The Delhi Jal Board is working hard to ensure that the water that u get in ur taps is potable and u shud not need an RO to purify it, as it is in developed countries. I am glad our efforts are paying off. “Now, we are also working hard to ensure that u get 24 hr supply in ur taps (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.last_img read more

AIIMS Karamchari Union opposes outsourcing of canteen operation

first_imgThe AIIMS Karamchari Union has opposed the hospital administration’s decision to outsource the operation of its in-house cafeteria, claiming it would lead to rise in prices of food items which only the “highly-paid” staff would be able to afford. The Union has written to the AIIMS Director urging him to reverse the decision in the interest of patients, employees and visitors. The union alleged in a statement that the way the tenders have been awarded after “recently spending hefty amount of Rs 15 crore on cafeteria building, turning into a lavish three-storied structure, casts shadow on the intentions of the authorities.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Out of more than 100, only 17 food items have been subsidized, and that too by enhancing their prices, still the authorities are claiming that their step is for the benefit of the patients, it alleged. Other than the 17 items, prices of other items are likely to be increased even further, the union claimed. The employees of All India Institute of Medical Sciences who were running the cafeteria are also likely to suffer because of the outsourcing decision, the statement stated. “The step of outsourcing is clearly aimed at causing undue benefit to the two bidders for reasons known only to the authorities. The employees union are trying to persuade the authorities to reconsider their decision,” it said. Recently, the employees, residents and some doctors took out a protest rally against the decision of the authorities.last_img read more

95 of an Arab Countrys Population Born on December 31

first_imgFez- A coincidence too astounding to be real—according to the Iranian TV Channel Al Alam, more than 95% of an Arab country’s population was born on December 31, including its entire government. This country is one of Morocco’s closest neighbors, Mauritania. Could this be the coincidence of the year? Well, no! It is more of an incident than a coincidence. According to the same source, while 95% of the Mauritanian population is officially recorded as born on December 31, it was not really the case. It was actually the result of an unpredictable electronic error. According to Mauritanian journalist Ahmed Weld Islem, born on May 14, 1984, yet recorded as born on December 31 in the civil registry, the incident took place 15 years ago. In 1998, the Mauritanian government carried out a census to substantiate personal information figuring in the official documents of the Interior Ministry. Then, the names of Mauritanian citizens were registered on computers without birth dates. As all the computers were programmed for December 31, all citizens recorded on them were registered as born on the same day. As converting written information to virtual data was not a piece of cake at that time, those in charge of that very task concealed the incident and moved on just like nothing ever happened! As corollary, Mauritania beats today all records of how many birthdays are celebrated on the same day. Ahmed shares one of the problems this incident has caused him and many other people who were also victims of both technology and human negligence. Ahmed had applied, along with six other people to a university in Algeria. In addition  to the fact that they were all born the same day and came from the same country, they also chose the same major, which aroused the suspicions of the Algerian authorities.According to the same source, in 2006, a group of Mauritanian junior, soccer players were detained in a Tunisian airport after its administration suspected them because of their similar dates of birth. Hadn’t the Mauritanian Embassy intervened to explain the situation to the Tunisian airport administration, the 22 members of the Mauritanian soccer team would have had a harsher day than the one they were already having. To solve this troubling issue, the Mauritanian government allowed the concerned citizens to rectify their birth dates only after they get an approval from a judge, in the presence of two witnesses. Ironically, this solution added insult to injury, as the new birthday of the concerned Mauritanian citizens contradicted their initial birthday, already registered in documents pertaining to banks, companies and school. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Runner takes names with fundraising cancer run

Diana Panter will wear a T-shirt bearing the names of Brock friends and loved ones who have battled cancer.Diana Panter knows some of the names of people who have been touched by cancer.She’s seen co-workers’ lives impacted by the disease. She’s watched the struggles of her mother, her cousin and her mother’s cousin enough to know that behind the statistics are the identities of family and friends and the people who care for them.Panter will take some of their names on the road with her when she does the Rankin Cancer Run on May 29. She will join Brock’s Community Connections team to run five kilometres through St. Catharines raising money for cancer research. She will run wearing a T-shirt covered in names collected from the Brock community.“I want to show how many people it’s touched,” said the publications and Convocation events assistant in the Office of the Registrar. “If people haven’t experienced it directly, usually they have a friend or relative it’s touched. This is just a way to acknowledge that.”Some of the names represent people who have survived cancer. Others are relatives Brock employees have lost. Some are full names, while others are less specific, like “Anna” or “Grandma K.”Panter has more than 50 names so far. She’d like to get more. She may drop off the T-shirt at various departments to have them add names, she said. She can also be contacted at 905-688-5550 x3429, or dpanter@brocku.caThe Brock team still needs runners or walkers. Anyone interested can email Jamie Wheeler at jw05qt@brocku.ca and include their T-shirt size. Participants can also sign up online at secure.rankincancerrun.com/register/member and join the Brock University team.Participants can run or walk one kilometre or five kilometres. In the past four years, the run has raised $1,380,000.Link:• The Rankin Cancer Run — All for Niagara read more

Researchers renewed as Canada Research Chairs

Stephen Cheung (right) in his lab at Brock University.Two Brock researchers are included in this year’s line-up of Canada Research Chair holders, announced by the federal government March 15.Environmental physiologist Stephen Cheung and political scientist Janet Conway are getting their positions renewed. Cheung is the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Ergonomics while Conway is the Canada Research Chair in Social Justice.“Our government is committed to attracting and retaining the world’s best and brightest researchers, supporting innovation, creating jobs, and strengthening our economy,” said Gary Goodyear, minister of state (science and technology).“By investing in programs, such as the Canada Research Chairs, we are fostering cutting-edge research and the generation of new innovations for the marketplace, for the benefit of Canadians,” he said.From the time Cheung was first named Canada Research Chair five years ago, he has examined how extremely hot and cold temperatures affect muscle function and performance. His work has resulted in strategies and products, such as special clothing, to protect athletes and workers exposed to extreme temperatures.Cheung’s next stint as Canada Research Chair will enable him to see how oxygen levels affect muscle function and the impact on muscle physiology of combining oxygen levels with extreme temperatures. Cheung has also received a renewed grant from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and support from Canada Foundation for Innovation and Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation (MEDI) for his research.“If you look at it through evolution, two of the biggest stresses that we have evolved through or have had to adapt to are the temperatures on earth and the availability of oxygen,” says Cheung. “We’ve been very successful as a species at being able to adapt within reason to a wide range of temperatures from the Arctic to the tropics along with living at fairly high altitudes.”Janet ConwayIn her five years as Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, Conway has focused on why and how people organize to bring about change, and how they use the knowledge from these activities to form emancipatory politics.For the past decade, Conway researched the dynamics of the World Social Forum, an annual event that started in 2001 as an alternative to the Davos World Economic Forum. The World Social Forum enables people and groups to exchange ideas, experience, and strategies to come up with alternatives to dominant economic and political systems.Hot off the press is the paperback version of her hardcover book, “Edges of Social Justice: The World Social Forum and its ‘others,’” which will be released in March at 2013 World Social Forum in Tunisia. She has also done research on the Occupy Wall Street movement.Her Canada Research Chair renewal will enable Conway to analyze the use of digital and social media in developments of global anti-austerity and pro-democracy social movements such as the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street.Conway and Cheung are among 120 renewed and newly-awarded Canada Research Chairs countrywide this year, receiving a total of $90.6 million from the Canadian government to support them.The Canadian government created the Canada Research Chairs program in 2000 to establish 2,000 research professorships in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country for the purpose of attracting and retaining top researchers.Tier 1 and Tier 2 chairs are nominated by universities, but must also be confirmed by their peers as being exceptional researchers and potential leaders – even world leaders – in their field.Brock University has 13 Canada Research Chairs. read more

US doctor with Ebola releases statement from isolation ward and says he

first_img Source: WHO/Twitter Countries shld be prepared to manage travelers from known #Ebola-infected areas arriving at intl airports w/ unexplained febrile illness— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) August 8, 2014 I am growing stronger every day, and I thank God for His mercy as I have wrestled with this terrible disease.Brantly said when he began feeling ill on a Wednesday morning, he immediately isolated himself until a test confirmed his diagnosis three days later.“When the result was positive, I remember a deep sense of peace that was beyond all understanding,” he said.He described briefly what he had seen as he had worked in Liberia with patients with the disease before he fell ill.I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror firsthand, and I can still remember every face and name.The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak of Ebola a “public health emergency“.There have been 1,711 reported cases of the deadly disease so far since the first case in the current outbreak in Guinea seven months ago.  Of these, 932 people have died across four different countries in west Africa. A US DOCTOR who has been diagnosed with Ebola after working with patients in Liberia says he is recovering from the deadly disease.Dr Kent Brantly, who had travelled to the country to help fight the outbreak, thanked people for praying for him as he fought the illness.“I am writing this update from my isolation room at Emory University Hospital [in the US state of Georgia], where the doctors and nurses are providing the very best care possible,” Brantly said in the statement posted on the website of Samaritan’s Purse, the organisation with which he worked in Liberia. Read: Greece testing a man for Ebola at Athens hospital > Read: Ebola declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ >last_img read more

Fight continues for return of Cretan antiquities looted during Nazi occupation

first_imgThe search continues for the numerous antiquities looted from Crete during the Nazi occupation on the island. To help commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Crete, which took place from 20 May to 1 June, 1941, and to shine a light on the continued cause, The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is hosting an exhibition titled ‘Cretan Antiquities on Their Way Back’.Curated by Greek archaeologist Dr Georgia Flouda, on display are a total of 34 ancient works that were illegally taken from Knossos during World War II, 26 of which were only returned in November 2017.Flouda has done extensive research on the Wehrmacht’s activity on the island.In 2010 she travelled to Austria, the home of the infamous Major General Julius Ringel who stole many of the antiquities himself.There she met the widowed wife of officer and archaeologist, August Schoergendorfer, Gerlinde. He was an employee of the occupying forces, and had kept a photo album with 66 photographs from his time on Crete, which his wife gave to Dr Flouda – a priceless resource.The photo album that the widow of officer and archaeologist August Schoergendorfer passed on to Greek archaeologist Dr Georgia Flouda. Photo: KathimeriniDr Flouda says that it hasn’t yet been determined how many antiquities were looted by Ringel, but it is known he took many small objects from the Stratigraphic Museum and the storehouse of the Villa Ariadne in Knosssos, along with larger items such as a headless Hellenic statue that was cut in two, the head of a male statue, a section of a carved sarcophagus, part of a stone burial slab depicting a man, and a Minoan vessel carved from steatite. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The Economist Loses Battle Over Domain Name

first_imgAn attempt by The Economist to gain rights to the domain name TheEconomist.com has been denied by the World Intellectual Property Organization. The Economist filed its claim with WIPO on November 9, 2007. The magazine’s Web site is registered as simply economist.com. In its petition to WIPO, The Economist argued that the disputed domain name is identical to the magazine’s registered trademarks, and that the individual who registered the name has no “legitimate interests” in the name. Theeconomist.com was registered in November 1996 by Jason Rose, owner of Maryland-based TE Internet Services. The site has been used as a tribute site to former U.S. chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan, but its content has not been updated since April 2002. Rose, according to WIPO, denies that he had knowledge of The Economist magazine in 1996 when he registered the name. According to WIPO’s administrative panel decision document, The Economist first learned of theeconomist.com in 2001 and contacted Rose seeking a transfer of rights. Rose apparently did not respond to the request, and the magazine did not take further action until last August when, through an intermediary, it attempted to purchase the rights to the name for $500. Rose declined the offer. The offer was apparently prompted by a review of domain names at The Economist which determined that theeconomist.com was generating a “significant amount of Internet traffic,” the WIPO document says. Under WIPO rules, rights to a domain name can only be transferred if the complaining party can prove: that the name is identical or “confusingly similar” to a trademark or service for which it has rights, if the owner has no rights or legitimate interests in the name, and that the name was registered and used in bad faith.In its decision, the WIPO concluded that, although it was “skeptical,” and “has some doubts,” The Economist magazine failed to prove that Rose and TE Internet Services used the domain name in bad faith. “The only way that Mr. Rose’s assertions can be tested is in litigation where a judge would have proper opportunity of assessing the quality of this evidence. A proceeding under the policy is not the proper forum for determining such a belated issue of fact,” WIPO said in the document.An Economist spokesperson declined to comment, other than to say that it’s “an ongoing legal matter.”last_img read more

India stone quarry blast kills 11

first_imgIndia stone quarry blast kills 11. Photo: BSSAt least 11 labourers were killed and four others wounded in a dynamite blast inside a stone quarry in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, officials said Saturday.The blast occurred Friday night inside a granite stone quarry at village Aluru mandal in Kurnool district, about 412 km southwest of Amaravathi, the main city in Andhra Pradesh, reports BSS quoting Xinhua.“Last night a blast took place inside the quarry here during which 11 labourers were killed and four others were wounded critically,” a local government official said. “The blast took place after the gelatine sticks,which are used in blasting, exploded.”The blast triggered fire resulting in gutting of tractors, lorry and a makeshift shed.Locals said the explosion was heard in the neighbouring villages and caused cracks in the residential houses.According to officials, the bodies of labourers scattered near the blast site were removed to a hospital by the police for post-mortem.Officials quoting eyewitnesses said 15 labourers were present at the spot when the blast went off.Following the blast, local authorities immediately rushed police teams and firefighters to the spot to douse the flames and carry out rescue work.Policemen have restricted the movement of people into the quarry fearing there might be more explosives that can go off anytime.Police officials have registered a case to ascertain the cause of the blast.Preliminary investigations suggest mishandling of the explosives which are highly inflammable.Meanwhile, the identities of slain victims, who are said to be migrant labourers, were being ascertained.Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu expressed his condolences to the bereaved family members.last_img read more

This Startup Is Bringing 3D Printed Insoles to the NBA and the

first_img When we spoke last April, Kegan Schouwenburg’s company SOLS, which makes custom 3-D printed orthotic insoles by scanning customers’ feet, had just completed a $6.4 million Series A funding round. Fast forward less than a year, and this New York-based startup just raised another $11.1 million in financing.The interim period between funding rounds has been pretty insane for Schouwenburg and her team; since last spring, the company has grown its network of podiatrists, orthopedics and physical therapists from 50 to around 330. (SOLS provides each doctor with an iPad equipped with its app that, using a process called photogrammetry, takes hundreds of photos of a patient’s feet and knits them together to create a detailed virtual model.)But the even bigger news is that SOLS is about to launch a direct-to-consumer line of insoles. Instead of having to visit a doctor, buyers will soon be able to scan their feet at home, via a smartphone app, and order the insoles online. It’s a pivotal moment for the company — one that marks its transition from niche medical product built exclusively for people with advanced foot problems (at $300 to $700, SOLS medical insoles don’t come cheap) to a product intended for anyone looking for a more comfortable walking experience. At a much more affordable $125, the direct-to-consumer insoles are available for pre-order and will launch in May.Related: Photoshop’s Latest Feature: 3-D Printing CapabilitySchouwenburg’s own background may be firmly rooted in design, but SOLS has recently forged a strong relationship with the athletic community. Terdema Ussery, president and CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, just joined its board, and the company’s latest funding round included a new investment by Melo7 Tech Partners, the venture fund co-founded by NBA Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.Though Schouwenburg is not an athlete, she understands why SOLS appeals to the sports and performance sector, where “everyone is just looking for that extra cutting edge.” The NBA, she’s come to learn, is incredibly tech-forward. “They’re really excited about the applications of how data and analytics and wearable technology can affect the game,” she says.During this year’s New York Fashion Week, SOLS partnered with the NBA to launch a futuristic robotic 3-D shoe – “something that could exist 10 years from now” — which debuted during an NBA All Star Weekend event hosted by Carmelo. Christened the “ADAPTIV” the 3-D printed shoe merges fashion and performance; embedded with LED lights, whose colors shift to match the wearer’s outfit, the shoe is also outfitted with shock robotics that inflate or deflate based on the wearer’s movements, decreasing the risk of lower extremity injury.Carmelo Anthony and ADAPTIV, SOLS’ 3D printed shoe prototypeImage credit: SOLSRelated: How 3-D Printing Startups Are Shaping the FutureSOLS has already struck up a partnership with Destination Races, a boutique marathon series, and is in the process of talking to gym chains as well as major professional sports teams, in both the NBA and in other leagues, Schouwenburg says.What’s more, the company plans on launching a line of sensor-enabled insoles this summer that would allow wearers to monitor their fitness and health stats – a la a Fitbit – via their feet. “Look, a lot of people don’t want to wear something on their wrists,” Schouwenburg says. “I’ve heard that enough times now that it’s really resonated.”Despite the cutting-edge results that have already come to fruition thanks to SOLS newfound athletic cachet, Schouwenburg wants to keep the focus on everyday consumers, people who may or may not play sports at any level, much less professionally. For her, SOLS insoles are about making life more comfortable, whether that means jogging in the morning without getting exhausted, fixing a real medical need, or simply not feeling the need to take one’s shoes off in the elevator after work.”There are so many people in this world, who have so many different kinds of problems,” she says. “But we all get up every day and put on our shoes. We want to make that experience a little bit better for everybody.”Related: Staples Rolls Out 3-D Printing Program Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » March 3, 2015 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Limited Time Discount Offer Available On The DevOps Certification Training Master Class

first_img Share Tweet Submit To reduce the system development life cycle, a new methodology was formed called the DevOps. It is a method of combining software development with information technology. If you learn how to do this in this digital era, then you are on the right career path. You don’t have to worry if you don’t know what this is. Wccftech is here to help and is offering an amazing discount offer on the DevOps Certification Training Master Class Bundle. Avail this limited time discount before it expires.DevOps Certification Training Master Class Bundle featuresSoftware companies all around the world are always on the lookout for DevOps experts and engineers. The DevOps Certification Training Master Class Bundle is the right deal for you as it will provide you with everything you need to know. Here are highlights of what the bundle has to offer: Access 75 hours of content 24/7Master configuration management & continuous integration deployment, delivery and monitoring using DevOps tools such as Git, Docker, Jenkins, Cucumber, TeamCity, Ansible, and Nagios Learn how to deploy, manage, & operate highly-scalable systems on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform Gain implementation level knowledge of Microsoft Azure services Become proficient in Puppet Create your own Ansible playbooks, manage an entire cloud region, & configure network devices across Linux or Windows operating systems Learn key concepts of Agile ScrumImportant Details Length of time users can access this course: 1 yearAccess options: web streaming, mobile streaming Certification of completion includedRedemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase Experience level required: all levelsSystem RequirementsInternet requiredMac OS X 10.6 or laterWindows XP SP3 or laterInstructorThe bundle has been designed by the Certs School. The online courses designed by them are amazing and allow students to learn at their own paces. All the courses have been designed by experts with relevant experience and industry knowledge.Original Price DevOps Certification Training Master Class Bundle: $1499Wccftech Discount Price DevOps Certification Training Master Class Bundle: $69last_img read more

Samsung T5 Portable SSD with 1TB of Storage Gets a Massive Discount

first_imgLooking for a drive that’s fast? Like, super fast? Then look no further than the Samsung T5 Portable SSD. And it happens to be discounted today.If you’re looking for speed then a SSD in the equation is an absolutely necessary thing. And you can treat yourself to one of the best SSDs in the business in the Samsung T5.This is essentially an external SSD on which you can copy your files and keep them safe. But make no mistake, this thing is really fast for an external drive. It also features USB 3.1 speeds and connects using USB-C for the ultimate transfer speeds. Speaking of which, you can expect read-write speeds of up to 540MB/s. That’s crazy fast. The T5 even features a metal enclosure for that premium feel.Since the drive supports USB-C therefore you can connect it with a plethora of devices and move files around. Even if you have an Android smartphone like the Galaxy S10 or a tablet, just connect the T5 using a USB-C cable and you’ll be copying stuff in no time.For those wondering, you can even connect the drive to a regular USB-A port, but keep in mind that you won’t get the benefits of USB-C speeds.If you are interested in this drive, head over to the link below.Buy Samsung T5 Portable SSD – 1TB – USB 3.1 External SSD – Was $250, now just $177 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more