Raj BJP made Kovind Prez for keeping quiet on Dalit issues

first_imgNew Delhi: Disgruntled Bharatiya Janata Party MP Udit Raj, who switched over to the Congress on Wednesday after being denied a ticket from North West Delhi, accused the saffron party of nominating Ram Nath Kovind for the President’s post because he ‘kept quiet’ over Dalit issues.Launching an attack on his former party hours after his exit, the Dalit leader said, “The BJP had refused to give a ticket to Ram Nath Kovind as he kept quiet. So he was made the President.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRaj claimed that the BJP replaced him with Punjabi sufi singer Hans Raj Hans because he had raised his voice for Dalits. “I am sure that if I had not raised my voice, then maybe I would have been made the Prime Minister,” he said. The miffed MP said that though his party wanted Dalit votes, it did not want Dalit leaders. “If at all they want a Dalit leader, he should be silent,” Raj said, adding that he wanted to join Congress much earlier, but the circumstances were not favourable. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHailing the schemes of the Congress, Raj said, “It was the contribution of Congress government that was protected by the constitution, but the Modi government changed its status from constitutional to general so that the funds allocated for the upliftment of Dalits could be used for other schemes. The Modi government is totally anti-Dalit.” He also attacked the party’s programmes, saying the Mudra Bank scheme “only benefited drivers and helpers of big businessmen instead of the people who actually needed it”. Raj said that he was ‘hurt’ by the fact that the BJP did not inform him of their decision earlier, leaving him hopeful of a ticket right up to the moment Hans was announced as the candidate. “The BJP uses internal survey to choose its candidates and even though I was deemed most popular, I was refused a ticket because I had supported Dalits in their recent protests,” Raj said. Present on the occasion, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said, “Udit Raj is a dynamic and sincere face of Indian politics. He fought for the rights of Dalits. For the last five years, the Modi government has been an anti-Dalit government.” Welcoming Raj into the grand old party, DPCC president Sheila Dikshit told reporters that they know each other for the last 20 years. “I was surprised when he had joined BJP. Now, he has been freed from BJP. Raj would prove to be helpful in winning more seats in Delhi,” she said. In reply to a question related to the interview of the Prime Minister, Randeep Surjewala said, “Akshay Kumar is a great actor. We all like him, but, Modi is a successful actor and unsuccessful politician who decimated India’s economy. It’s interesting that PM Modi who has made life hell for Indian farmers is now trying to become a better actor than Akshay Kumar.”last_img read more

Frontex Morocco Helps Spain to Stem Illegal Immigration

New York – The most recent report released by the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex) said that in 2014 Moroccan authorities prevented a total of 90 attempts to climb over the fences of Melilla and Ceuta, involving more than 18,000 illegal sub-Saharan migrants.According to the Africa-Frontex Intelligence Community Joint 2015 Report, cooperation between Morocco and Spain has been key to reducing the number of illegal migrants going from Morocco into Spain through Melilla and Ceuta — two Spanish enclaves in the Moroccan territory.“Most notably, very good operational cooperation between Spain, Senegal, Mauritania, and Morocco has significantly reduced the pressure on the route towards the Canary Islands and south of Spain,” reads the report. The reduction in the numbers of the attempts to get into Spain can be explained by the implementation of the readmission agreement between Morocco and Spain, the reinforcement of Moroccan Border Guard Units that are protecting the high fence that was built in Morocco near the border with the Ceuta and Melilla and the “dismantlement of makeshift camps of illegal migrants,” according to the report.One of the routes used by the migrants is the Western Mediterranean route, through the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, in the north coast of Africa. According to Frontex, the “cooperation between Spain and Morocco has since [2005] kept migrant numbers comparatively low on this route.”In 2015, 7,164 immigrants illegally crossed the border by sea and land – in trucks and containers on ferries en route to Almeria and Algeciras – of whom 828 were Moroccans, the third most common nationality of migrants reported of illegally crossing the border.Another route is the Western African route, which connects Senegal, Mauritania, and Morocco with the Canary Islands. According to Frontex, the route “was once the busiest illegal entry point for the whole of Europe,” with 31,600 illegal border crossings to the island in 2006. However, since 2007, repatriation agreements and tighter border controls reduced the entries to 874 in 2015. Today, the route has a high return and readmission risk for migrants.In 2014, Morocco prevented a total of 12,267 illegal migrants from reaching Spain by sea. Senegalese made up 41 percent of the migrants, followed by the Malians at 33 percent.The likelihood  for migrants of being returned by EU authorities is much lower from Libya, but those who “cannot afford to travel to Libya opt to go to Morocco,” taking the Algeria-Morocco-Spain route, according to the report. read more

Toronto market opens lower despite rosy economic data as commodity prices sink

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market opened lower as gold and oil prices lost ground and despite some data painting a relatively rosy picture of the North American economy.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 16.46 points to 12,387.17, while the TSX Venture Exchange was down 2.53 points to 1,173.99.The Canadian dollar was down 0.05 of a cent to 101.15 cents US after Statistics Canada released some positive data on retail sales and payrolls.Statistics Canada said average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose to $909 in October, up 0.9 per cent from September.On a year-over-year basis, earnings were up 2.8 per cent. That reflected a number of factors, including wage growth and changes in the composition of employment by industry as well as the average number of hours worked.Statistics Canada also reported retail sales edged up 0.7 per cent to $39.4 billion in October, the fourth straight monthly increase. In volume terms, retail sales increased 0.3 per cent, with eight of 11 subsectors reporting gains.U.S. markets were mixed amid some largely positive messages on the state of the economy. The Dow Jones average shed 1.96 points to 13,250.01, the Nasdaq moved 4.86 points higher and the S&P rose 1.85 points to 1,437.66.The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.1 per cent over the July-September quarter as consumers spent more and state and local governments added to growth for the first time in nearly three years. But the economy is likely slowing in the current quarter.The U.S. Commerce Department’s third and final estimate Thursday of growth for the July-September quarter was revised up from its previous estimate of a 2.7 per cent annual growth rate.However, the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week by 17,000, reversing four weeks of declines. The Labour Department reports that a seasonally adjusted 361,000 people sought unemployment aid the week ended Dec. 15, up from a revised 344,000 the week before.Meanwhile, the U.S. National Association of Realtors is releasing its monthly report on previously occupied homes. Economists predict it will show that sales are hitting levels not seen in more than 2 1/2 years.Meanwhile, IntercontinentalExchange Inc. has signed a friendly agreement to buy NYSE Euronext for about $8.2 billion in cash and stock, a deal that would create an industry giant that includes the New York Stock Exchange and other securities markets.Investors remain focused on budget talks in Washington. Republican lawmakers were advancing a bill that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year, but President Barack Obama has threatened to veto it.After a week of taking baby steps toward a compromise, Obama threatened Wednesday to veto a new plan floated by John Boehner, speaker of the Republican-controlled Congress, sparking an early sell-off on global markets.Commodity prices were mixed with the February oil contract down 27 cents to US$89.71 a barrel and February gold futures down $18.20 to US$1,649.50 an ounce. Copper prices shed seven cents to US$3.53 a pound.Still, the energy and mining sectors were some of the only sectors on the TSX main index, along with the information technology sector, that were in positive territory.In Canadian corporate news, Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) has a firm deal to sell at least 10 of its new CSeries passenger jets to AirBaltic, which has an option to buy an additional 10 planes. The Latvian airline’s firm order has a list value of US$764 million. The deal could be worth up to US$1.57 billion if AirBaltic fully exercises options to buy an additional 10 Bombardier CS300s.It’s the second major order for the new-generation CSeries planes announced this week by the Montreal-based aerospace company. Bombardier said Thursday that an unidentified airline based in the Americas wants to buy 12 to 30 CSeries planes, worth up to US$2.08 billion. Shares added three per cent or 95 cents to $3.66.After markets close Thursday, traders will get the last peek into RIM’s (TSX:RIM) financials before it releases its much anticipated new line of smartphones in the new year. Shares were up 1.3 per cent or 18 cents to $13.67.Analysts will be closely watching the company’s cash volume and subscriber numbers after the BlackBerry-maker surprised in the last quarter with better than expected numbers on both fronts.RIM has already said it expects to report an operating loss in its most recent quarter. Analysts are expecting a quarterly loss of 32 cents per adjusted share on revenue of $2.6 billion. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto market opens lower despite rosy economic data as commodity prices sink by Sunny Freeman, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 20, 2012 10:16 am MDT read more

Qatar 2015 – Knockout stage starts on Sunday

Are you ready for the best handball action this year? Here is the schedule of the knock-out stage at the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship in Qatar.EIGHTH-FINALSSunday 25 JanuaryLusail Multipurpose Hall18:30 – Austria vs. Qatar21:00 – Spain vs. TunisiaAli Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Arena18:30 – Slovenia vs. FYRO Macedonia21:00 – Croatia vs. BrazilMonday 26 JanuaryLusail Multipurpose Hall18:30 – Germany vs. Egypt21:00 – Iceland vs. DenmarkAli Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Arena18:30 – Poland vs. Sweden21:00 – France vs. ArgentinaPRESIDENT’S CUPMonday 26 JanuaryDuhail Arena13:00 – Chile vs. Iran15:00 – Algeria vs. Saudi Arabia17:00 – Belarus vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina19:00 – Czech Republic vs. Russia ← Previous Story Group D: Denmark beat Poland – Argentina send Russia to President Cup Next Story → QATAR 2015: Croatia, Slovenia, Spain and Qatar to quarter-final read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_img Monday 6 Feb 2017, 4:57 PM The 5 at 5: Monday five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Image: Shutterstock/Papuchalka – kaelaimages Short URL No Comments Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3225847 Feb 6th 2017, 4:57 PM Image: Shutterstock/Papuchalka – kaelaimages EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #ARREST: Two men have been arrested in Amsterdam after an incident in which another man told police he was threatened in the city’s Rembrandt Square.2. #EXPLOSIVES: A man who was arrested trying to transport 1.6 kilos of high-grade explosives and three detonators on the Bus Éireann bus to Derry has been jailed for seven years by the Special Criminal Court.  3. #FROZEN: The High Court has continued orders freezing the assets of a woman who a judge ruled must pay her step son more than €500,000 out of a lotto jackpot win.4. #TRUMP: Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said that he ‘wouldn’t be keen’ on inviting Donald Trump to visit Ireland.5. #DEATH: An Irishman has died in Barcelona, Spain after falling ill on Saturday night. By Cormac Fitzgerald 5,730 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

VANTalks is back with a lineup of local luminaries

first_imgOne day soon, our cars will do all the driving by themselves. Technology will be so intelligent and capable, we’ll be freed up to achieve total fulfillment through artistic creativity, better relationships and renewal of what it means to be citizens and caretakers of the future.Then, we’ll hit the drive-thru. Want Burgerville fries with that future?Eight local thought leaders will bring their unique angles on life, technology and the road ahead to the Kiggins Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on May 24. It’s the second annual VANtalks, a two-hour tour of the cutting-edge ideas and amazing experiences that leaders, innovators and big thinkers right here in Clark County want to share with you.Here’s the lineup of subjects and speakers. The order may change:o “How We Work: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in the 21st Century.” Bruce Elgort, computer technology instructor at Clark College, will outline how AI can help dig real value out of the digital information blizzard.o “Technology Convergence: Shaping the Technologies That Shape Us.” Adriana Vela, founder of NanoTecNexus, will consider how to keep technology working for good, not evil.o “Do You Want Fries with That? How Self-Awareness + Love = Powerful Change.” Jessica Brown, manager at Burgerville, will talk about choosing love as we approach a cultural crossroads.last_img read more

Murray Cantwell urge ICE to end phone call practice

first_imgDemocratic U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell of Washington were joined by 141 colleagues from the Senate and House in urging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to change a newly unveiled practice they branded “callous, shameless, and completely unjustified.”Reports showed parents separated from their children at the border are being charged up to $8 a minute to speak with those children on the phone.Since the Trump administration began separating parents crossing the border from their children earlier this year, more than 2,400 families have been impacted.“Many of the thousands of mothers and fathers affected by this policy are currently being detained in ICE facilities across the country, hundreds or thousands of miles away from their children,” the letter sent to ICE reads. “Reports and firsthand accounts have indicated that many of these detained parents have been forced to endure weeks without any information as to the location of their children.”If their children are located, parents are reportedly then being charged for telephone calls, some of which are limited to once a week.last_img read more

Is Forest Ridge ripe for revival

first_imgThe Great Recession and its impact on the housing turned many communities upside down and forced thousands of people out of their homes. Vancouver’s Forest Ridge neighborhood was not immune.“Twelve years ago, we had a real community feel, and I miss that,” said Chloe Yager, a longtime Forest Ridge resident. She said the neighborhood transitioned during the housing crisis from one with many homeowners to one with many renters who cycled in and out of the community. As a result, neighborhood ties weakened and property upkeep slipped.“With the housing crisis, we went from a lot of homeowners to renters,” she said. “But we’re gradually getting back to that and seeing more things getting better taken care of.”Yager and a few of her neighbors think the time is right to re-establish the community feel they say Forest Ridge once had. The best way to do it is giving their community something to rally around, and they hope a revived neighborhood association will be the right cause.Now, Yager and a few of her neighbors are putting out the call to Forest Ridge residents to see if they’d be interested in re-activating their association. They’re hosting a meeting 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at Henrietta Lacks Health & Bioscience High School, 9105 N.E. Ninth St., Vancouver.last_img read more

Report Isaac Hayden to leave Newcastle United

first_imgIsaac Hayden has reportedly handed in a request to leave Newcastle United as to seal a return to southern England based on “exceptional family reasons”.The 23-year-old, who hails from the Essex city of Chelmsford, joined Newcastle United on a five-year deal in July 2016 after moving from Arsenal in 2016.Hayden established himself last season as a mainstay in Newcastle’s Premier League starting lineup, having helped the Magpies to the Championship title in 2017.As stated by The mirror, however, the former England youth international has handed a transfer request and has spoken face-to-face with Rafael Benitez regarding his decision.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.It is also stated in the report that Hayden has proclaimed his love for the club, its fans and the city, he also declares his respect for Benitez, and that the club is aware of his situation.Hayden is yet to complete his five-year contract with Newcastle contract, with three years left.Hayden who has represented England at the Under 16, 17, Under18, U19, U20 and Under 21 levels of football sure has a great career ahead.last_img read more

Alaska Railroad train strikes pedestrian at Crown Point

first_imgAn 85-year-old Crown Point man was seriously injured when he was struck by an Alaska Railroad train near the Kenai Peninsula community.Listen nowAlaska State Troopers say Ronald Jackson was struck early Saturday and transported to Anchorage for treatment.Crown Point is 22 miles north of Seward in the Chugach Mountains. The community of about 70 people is between Kenai Lake and Lower Trail Lake.Troopers took a 911 call at about 3:45 a.m. Saturday that Jackson was struck by the train.Investigators say Jackson had been walking on tracks.last_img read more

Demolition of buildings no solution Dr Jandhyala

first_imgVijayawada: Municipal Corporation former Mayor Dr Jandhyala Sankar, in an appeal to the State government, stated that it should give a serious thought for the demolition of some existing buildings on the banks of River Krishna on the ground that they were being constructed illegally.The former Mayor recalled that there were many buildings constructed much earlier than the present ones and most of them have no permissions and it is the same case not only in the city but all over the State. “Those buildings were constructed against rules or violations. It is an ongoing activity by the builders as they think and believe that they can get them regularised by paying fine under Building Regularisation Act or Penalizing Act or a similar one,” he stated. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Talking to The Hans India, the former Mayor also recalled that recently the municipal corporations like Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, have ‘proudly’ and ‘loudly’ announced that they would be collecting more than Rs 10 crore (each Corporation) from the builders as fine for violating the building construction rules. “Interestingly, none appeared to have bothered about the impact of illegal constructions on the environment and public health. Moreover, the town planning officers who were responsible for illegal constructions were never questioned,” he averred. The senior leader pointed out that what action that is being taken upon buildings on the banks of Krishna, is equally applicable to unauthorised constructions in the cities also even though the rules may slightly differ. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us The Mayor also wishes to recall that some time back the Supreme Court gave a ruling that allowing an unauthorised construction to come up is wrong; but demolishing such costly building in a developing country is much worse. The Supreme Court also said, “Let this be one-time affair, regularise the construction by imposing a huge fine and see that such activities are not repeated.” Advertise With Us Subsequently, regularisation of illegal constructions is being continued as one-time affair by giving different name each time, he stated. The former Mayor also said that all over the world, huge buildings have come up on the riverbanks, but they have taken care that the rivers are not polluted with their solid or liquid wastes. In view of the circumstances, the former Mayor appealed to the government not to demolish the buildings on the riverbanks or elsewhere by taking necessary steps and see that strict rules were followed in future to prevent such activities.last_img read more

LV Prasad Eye Institutes Ramayamma International Eye Bank

first_imgBanjara Hills: Ramayamma International Eye Bank (RIEB), a global leader in eye banking which was set up at LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in 1989 celebrated its 30th anniversary on Tuesday. RIEB is the largest eye bank anywhere in the world outside the US. Since its inception, RIEB has focused on setting high-quality standards and being innovative, while rapidly increasing its supply of transplantable corneas. RIEB has actively promoted and supported the networking and development of eye banks throughout India, and other parts of Asia and the developing world. RIEB has been recognized by Sight Life as a ‘Global Centre of Excellence.’ Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us “From harvesting, just 20 corneas in its first year in 1989 to 78,642 corneas this year, RIEB has chartered a phenomenal growth for a country like India where traditionally, there has always been a lot of pessimism about organ transplantation. The dedicated team at LVPEI has contributed to the evolution of modern eye banking and specialized cornea care in India. We aim to create more milestones in the coming years towards our mission of alleviating avoidable blindness in India and the world,” said Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Founder, and Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute. Corneal disease is a major cause of blindness in India. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Corneal transplantation, using healthy corneas donated by individuals upon their death, is the only way to rehabilitate the majority of those with corneal blindness. India has the largest burden of corneal blindness in the world, requiring high-quality eye banking system to restore vision to these persons so they can lead optimally productive lives. LVPEI innovated a three-tier model of eye banking for India over twenty-five years ago to cater to the needs.last_img read more

Researchers figure out how oddly shaped sandstone landform structures come about

first_img Journal information: Nature Geoscience Double O Arch storm composite, Devil’s Garden, Arches National Park, Utah, USA. Credit: Michael Atman Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA. Credit: Jaroslav Soukup The team found that when pressure was applied from above to different parts of a cube, and artificial cracks and other perturbations were also introduced to the sandstone, it led to the development of interesting and unique shapes when subjected to simulated erosion. The researchers believe this same action applies to sandstone in its natural state, and accounts for the remarkable shapes that have left those beholding them wondering how they could have formed and then withstood the ravages of wind and rain—it’s because their columns have been made strong enough to withstand further weathering. © 2014 Phys.org Image: Curiosity Mars rover beside sandstone target ‘Windjana’ (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from facilities in the Czech Republic and one from the U.S. has discovered the mechanism by which unique sandstone landforms take shape. In their paper published in Nature Geoscience, the team describes how their studies of sandstone in their lab led to insights about how both gravity and erosion contribute to the creation of such unique structures as Delicate Arch at Arches National Park in Utah. Chris Paola of the University of Minnesota offers a News & Views piece on the research done by the team in the same journal issue. Explore further For many years, scientists have assumed it was wind and rain along with freezing and thawing that accounted for uniquely shaped sandstone landforms—they occur in many places and generally cause those who see them to take a second—or third look. Many believed they came about because some of the rock was just naturally harder than other parts. The results were sometimes awe inspiring structures that at times appeared to defy gravity. But now, new research suggests that it’s actually gravity that allows the structures to form in the first place.Curious as to the real mechanism by which sandstone landforms take shape, the researchers took several samples into their lab and subjected them to intense scrutiny—after cutting the samples into cubes, they used pressure plates to simulate the loads of real structures while also subjecting them to simulated wind and rain. As the cubes were deformed, close inspection revealed that in the parts of the sandstone subjected to direct pressure (simulated gravity) individual grains tended to lock together creating sections of stone that were more resilient to wind and rain. That led to the creation of pillars within the sandstone that stood strong as the grains around them were swept away. As more free grains were swept away, more pressure was exerted on the column causing the grains in them to lock even tighter. More information: Sandstone landforms shaped by negative feedback between stress and erosion, Nature Geoscience (2014) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2209AbstractWeathering and erosion of sandstone produces unique landforms1, 2 such as arches, alcoves, pedestal rocks and pillars. Gravity-induced stresses have been assumed to not play a role in landform preservation3 and to instead increase weathering rates4, 5. Here we show that increased stress within a landform as a result of vertical loading reduces weathering and erosion rates, using laboratory experiments and numerical modelling. We find that when a cube of locked sand exposed to weathering and erosion processes is experimentally subjected to a sufficiently low vertical stress, the vertical sides of the cube progressively disintegrate into individual grains. As the cross-sectional area under the loading decreases, the vertical stress increases until a critical value is reached. At this threshold, fabric interlocking of sand grains causes the granular sediment to behave like a strong, rock-like material, and the remaining load-bearing pillar or pedestal landform is resistant to further erosion. Our experiments are able to reproduce other natural shapes including arches, alcoves and multiple pillars when planar discontinuities, such as bedding planes or fractures, are present. Numerical modelling demonstrates that the stress field is modified by discontinuities to make a variety of shapes stable under fabric interlocking, owing to the negative feedback between stress and erosion. We conclude that the stress field is the primary control of the shape evolution of sandstone landforms. Citation: Researchers figure out how oddly shaped sandstone landform structures come about (2014, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-figure-oddly-sandstone-landform.html Rock pillars, together with rock arches, alcoves and pedestal rocks are decorating sandstone landscape with underlining intricate concept design. Physical and numerical modelling, and field observations of locked sands and sandstone formations reveal aspects of the natural self-organizing engineering. Cueva Colibri – Sistema Brewer, Churí tepui, Venezuela. Credit: Libor Lanik This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Govt to carry out statewide communal harmony campaign

first_imgKOLKATA: The Bengal government will carry out a state-wide special campaign to spread the message of communal harmony and create awareness on different development projects of the Mamata Banerjee government.The campaign will be held in three phases. From November 2 to 4, the special campaign will be held in Kolkata, Hooghly, Nadia, Howrah and Purulia. In Kolkata, the campaign will be held at Deshapriya Park where awareness will be spread through various folk performances. There will be different artistes from Kolkata participating in it. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere will be different cultural programmes, along with one digital tableau and two normal tableaus that will be moving around places to spread the message of communal harmony with the caption – ‘Ekotai Sampriti’ and create awareness on different development projects of the Mamata Banerjee government. More than 30,000 folk artistes altogether will take part in the event at 5,000 different points across the state. There will be an exhibition on handicraft goods manufactured by the members of Self-Help Groups. There will be various competitions for school-goers as well. Districts will witness various artistes from Kolkata besides folk artistes. The next two phases of the campaign will be held after Kali Puja. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe second phase of the special campaign will be held in East Midnapore, Cooch Behar, Jhargram, Alipurduar, North and South Dinajpur, East and West Burdwan from November 16 to 18. Consecutively, the third phase will be held from November 23 to 25 in West Midnapore, Bankura, Malda, Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Murshidabad, North 24-Parganas, Birbhum and Siliguri (A part of Darjeeling district). The programme in Hooghly will be held at Bhadreswar, Madarihat in Alipurduar, Balakoba in Jalpaiguri and Naihati in North 24-Parganas. In some places, the programme will be held at auditoriums; while in others makeshift tents will be set up for the same. In Howrah, the programme will be held at Sarat Sadan at Howrah Maidan. It may be said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has always spread the message of communal harmony and peace in congruity with the tradition and culture of Bengal.last_img read more

Uber goes on a hiring freeze in its engineering teams after a

first_imgUber has stopped recruiting new candidates for its engineering teams in U.S and Canada after reporting the largest-ever quarterly loss of $5.4 billion in its second-quarter earnings call. The loss is attributed to heavy competition and IPO expenses. The second quarter 2019 results were released Thursday, last week. Out of this $5.4 billion Uber paid out almost $4 billion in stock-based compensation as one time charges related to Uber’s IPO, that inflated their loss number. This leaves almost $1.2 billion this quarter which they burned on operations out of which 50% was from Uber Eats subsidies. The investor report also highlights an increase in bookings (up 31%), active users (up 30%), trips (up 35%), and revenue (up 14%). In July, the Uber platform reached over 100 million Monthly Active Platform Consumers. Their core business, ridesharing has improved its gross margin and unit economics quarter-over-quarter. Uber also froze hiring for the position of software engineers and product managers across the US and Canada citing Hiring goal exceeding. According to Yahoo, who first reported the news, Uber has canceled scheduled on-site interviews for tech roles. Job applicants were informed that the positions are being put on hold due to a hiring freeze in engineering teams in the U.S. and Canada.  In emails sent to job interviewees, Uber recruiters explained “there have been some changes” and the opportunity has been “put on hold for now,” according to emails reviewed by Yahoo Finance. Hiring remains unaffected for workers in Uber’s freight or autonomous vehicles businesses. Uber also laid off 400 employees in its marketing department, earlier this month. The cut off was 1/3rd of the 1200-employee Uber marketing team which followed after Uber’s IPO and first-quarter investor report with losses of $1 billion. The reorganized marketing team will be under the leadership of Mike Strickman. Many of Uber’s teams are “too big, which creates overlapping work, makes for unclear decision owners, and can lead to mediocre results,” CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote in an email sent to employees and shared with TechCrunch. “As a company, we can do more to keep the bar high, and expect more of ourselves and each other,” Khosrowshahi said the restructuring aims to put the marketing team, and the company, back on track. The move suggests Uber is getting quite cautious about headcount to ensure their strategic priorities. In May, Uber drivers went on a two-hour strike in several major cities around the world coinciding with Uber’s IPO. Labor groups organizing the strike protested the companies’ poor payment and labor practices. Read Next Uber and Lyft drivers go on strike a day before Uber IPO roll-out Uber introduces Base Web, an open source “unified” design system for building websites in React. Uber open-sources Peloton, a unified Resource Schedulerlast_img read more

Residents collect water from burst pipe

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The first Cork Podcast Festival takes place October 1113 2019

first_imgEd O’Leary and Joe Kelly of The Good Room, the duo behind IMRO Award Winning Live At St. Luke’s concert series, have teamed up with Cork Opera House to present Cork’s first Podcast Festival, taking place in various venues across the city, including Cork Opera House, Crawford Art Gallery, The River Lee, Plugd Records, pubs, book shops and other nooks & crannies, from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October 2019.The festival line-up, due to be announced throughout July, will feature a broad palette of talkers, thinkers, and doers, covering everything from fact and fiction, stories, and tales, sports to comedy, and beyond.Joe Kelly of The Good Room said: “Having watched the evolution of Podcasting from a small and unique listenership to the huge fanbase now, we felt that the time was right to host a weekend of Podcasting in Cork. Some of the acts that we have been dealing with over the years have created audio content with huge success. It is great to team up with Cork Opera House and other top venues to present this new festival in Cork.”Ashley Keating, interim CEO Cork Opera House, added: “It’s such a pleasure for the Cork Opera House to be involved in Cork’s first Podcast Festival, and an added bonus to be working with the fine humans at The Good Room once again. Here’s to a great weekend of the best, most interesting, and maybe even strange podcasts that the genre has to offer, see you there!”Full line up being announced throughout July. Stay tuned for more information and follow Cork PodcastFestival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the news.last_img read more

Massive security at popes audience as police test new plan

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility VATICAN CITY (AP) — Police have been out in force and streets around the Vatican were closed as authorities test out a new, beefed-up security plan to protect Pope Francis.Police said they decided to use Francis’ Wednesday general audience as a dry run for the new plan, given that huge crowds are expected starting in December when Francis opens a special Jubilee year.The main boulevard leading to St. Peter’s Square was closed to traffic, as were side streets leading to it. Police were everywhere and traffic on both sides of the nearby Tiber River was at a standstill. Pilgrims who managed to get to the square had to have their bags searched. Comments   Share   The Vatican has said it is taking prudent precautions to guard the pope but that there were no specific threats.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Check your body, save your life Pope Francis Pope Francis hugs a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Valuation Vision Names VP for Business Development Customer Relations

first_img Movers & Shakers Valuation Vision 2014-02-19 Tory Barringer in Headlines, News, Origination Valuation Vision Names VP for Business Development, Customer Relations February 19, 2014 477 Views center_img Share Call it a hiring kick: Days after announcing the addition of Brandon Goldstein as managing director of capital markets, Valuation Vision (V2) recruited Loretta Zeballos as VP of business development and customer relations.Previously, Zeballos worked in account management at First Valuation, where she led client relations for leading mortgage and capital markets clients. At V2, she will be actively involved with the company’s “continuing strategy to redefine the valuation experience,” according to a release.“We are excited to have Loretta as part of the Valuation Vision team,” said CEO Shane Copeland. “Her strong skill set, extensive valuation experience and professional reputation make her an ideal first addition to our Dallas based operations.”last_img read more

Moxy Patra Marina opens in Greece

first_imgMoxy Hotels has made its entrance into Greece, opening the doors to Moxy Patra Marina. The third largest city in the country, Patra is set on the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Patras, where the Moxy Patra Marina is situated.Patra is a city of juxtaposition, with the old city on the hills. Then at sunset, the city transforms into a cosmopolitan, sharp-dressing, vibrant hub of trendy cafés and bars. Characterised by attractive squares and lively pedestrian streets, it draws in travellers from all over the world.ADVERTISEMENTIt is a gritty, buzzing hub of tourists and locals, as well as home to the biggest carnival in Greece. Bringing that party atmosphere into the hotel, the new Moxy gives its guests a stylish interior and an atmosphere that brings people together.With its trademark boutique vibe, the hotel flaunts a ‘play on’ spirit that Moxy customers have come to know and love.With its playful rooftop bar and restaurant overlooking the harbour, five-by-15 metre outdoor swimming pool, extensive cocktail selection and high-speed Wi-Fi, the 116-room hotel invites guests and locals alike to meet and mingle in a relaxed yet lively atmosphere. John Licence, vice president premium and select brands Europe at Marriott International, said: “Patra is known for its high energy and welcoming population, so it is the perfect location for Moxy to open its first doors in Greece and we have no doubt that Moxy guests will love discovering this spirited city. “Moxy hotels are all about a playful, inclusive ambiance and a stylish setting at an affordable price point, and the new Moxy Patra Marina fully embodies this ethos.” OlderKing’s Pool Camp re-joins Linyanti Wildlife Concession in Botswana NewerNew Scientist launches range of tour opportunitieslast_img read more