Soul sisters

first_imgThey aren’t only each other’s best friends or worst enemies. There is much more to the relationships women build with other women. Two authors of food guides, a social activist and two doctors talk about what interactions with different women have meant to them at different points in their lives, what shaped their attitudes and how they have balanced their relationships despite the demands of marriage.Sisters-in-Law: Shivani Sibal and Ruchi SibalDiscovering the connectionIf television serials are to be believed, Shivani Sibal, 30, and Ruchi Sibal, 34, should be bitter rivals; together, they wrote a book instead. Married to Kapil Sibal’s son Akhil Sibal, 34, and nephew Bipin Sibal, 39, sisters-in-law Ruchi and Shivani, had no choice but to meet each other. It would have been easy to carry on a traditional relationship, but it was during an evening chat in July 2008 that the idea of compiling a food guide came up. Within a week, the sisters-in-law were working together on the book they had decided to call Go Delhi, scanning the food scene in the Capital, collecting information and building contacts. In the meanwhile, the two relatives were also discovering each other as professionals. “It happened so quickly,” says Ruchi, “now when I look back I think it was meant to happen.” For Shivani it was rediscovering someone she had known for over a decade. “Going through the highs and lows of work together kept us bonded,” she says. While Ruchi and Shivani discovered each other’s professional aspect through a personal relationship, for gynaecologist Tripti Sharan, 41, and dietician Shachi Sohal, 26, it was the reverse. Working together in the BL Kapur Memorial Hospital, Delhi, spending more time in the hospital than at home and working long, odd hours, the two often served as counselors to each other’s patients.It was while working together that they discovered each other as people, sensitive and dedicated to a common cause. Dr Sharan recalls an incident when a patient from Afghanistan refused to eat anything that was given to her. It was then that Sohal stepped in; she not only calmed down the patient but also offered to cook things her way. Soon she was looking forward to eating again. “The manner in which she dealt with the patient was admirable, I discovered that Shachi had touched her in a way that medicine could not,” says Sharan. “She went back to her country happy and till date whenever she visits me, she makes it a point to go and meet Shachi.”Like every daughter, Kavita Ramdas, 48, former President, Global Fund for Women, was heavily influenced by her mother, Lalita Ramdas, 71, member of the Board of Directors, Greenpeace International. Kavita saw her mother, who was till then a nursery school teacher in Germany, in a different light when Lalita started bringing home feminist views and socialist ideas after she met a nun with radical ideas in a Catholic school. It was this rediscovery that gave Kavita the push to model a life of social activism for herself.Co-workers: Tripti Sharan and Shachi SohalFrom little beginningsAll these women attribute their attitude to their families. Ramdas, who grew up in an educated, middle-class family has seen her father, Laxminarayan Ramdas, transform over the years because of his arguments with her mother. A former chief of the Indian Navy, he fought three wars against Pakistan. Now, however, he works as a peace activist serving as Chairperson, Greenpeace International. “He has gone through a transition,” Ramdas says, attributing the change to her mother’s activism. “My parents argued often, especially about my mother’s belief that a poor country like India should be investing in the human capital of its citizens rather than in submarines, nuclear weapons and destroyers,” she says. A father of three daughters, he supported them to be assertive and active in all aspects of their lives, from sports to academics to public life and leadership. “He would get up early to take me to track meets and taught us how to throw a ball hard and well. When I was shy about being the tallest girl in my class in Class IV, he brought home a magazine called Seventeen that had a headline, Tall is Terrific. “Stand tall and be proud of who you are. Don’t slouch, you have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of,” he said.Born as theosophist Rameshwar Prasad’s granddaughter in Gaya, Bihar, Sharan grew up reading Tagore, listening to Madonna and watching all kinds of cinema. Her mother Nirmala Sharan, 70, spent a major part of her time taking Sharan and her two siblings out to movies, teaching them, arranging parties for them and looking after Sharan when she was studying medicine. The roles have reversed with the years that have gone by. “She is really ill now, so I do for her all that she did for us,” says Sharan.Daughter of author Namita Gokhale, 55, Shivani Sibal shifted into her maternal grandmother’s home in Delhi after she lost her father at the age of 15. “It was a woman-oriented, liberal and intellectual atmosphere,” she reminisces. “All of us were encouraged to have strong views of our own. It never occurred to anyone to be second.”Mother, Daughter: Lalita Ramdas and Kavita N RamdasMarrying into oblivion?Did marriage affect their relationships with the women in their lives? Each one of these women answers in the negative. Sharan says it isn’t often that women lose touch with their friends as women communicate their feelings better than men. Ramdas feels that she has remained close to both her women and men friends through the 27 years that she has been with her husband Zulfiqar Ahmad. “He has always valued my friendships and seen them as being key emotional sources of support. I have tried to do the same for him,” she says.However, having worked with women belonging to different cultures all over the world, she knows that the other side of the story is often true. “If women are not able to maintain those friendships, it may be due to the pressures placed on them by their role within the marriage,” she says. She explains how Ahmad and she have experimented with switching roles in their marriage. “For many years now, I have been the primary bread winner, while my husband, who is a writer and researcher on issues of peace and conflict, has been the stay-at-home parent for our 17-year old daughter Mira, and carried out the responsibility for running our household.”Packed into Ramdas’s story is a punch for all those with a cynical take on stereotypical gender relationships. “Our daughter has definitely benefited from seeing women and men in less traditionally gendered roles,” she asserts. And it’s something.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Ind vs WI:India aim to seal series

first_imgOut-of-form young batsmen seem to be India’s only concern as they aim to sign off their Caribbean sojourn on a high by clinching the third and final cricket Test against the West Indies, starting here tomorrow.The Indians, leading the three-match series 1-0, may have to make some changes to their batting line-up on a Windsor Park track which is expected to offer pace and bounce. Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has ensured a continuation of his unbeaten record in this series but he would have to take a call if Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli are to get yet another chance after their disastrous outings so far.The two already have the writing on the wall as they haven’t been picked for the series against England, starting mid-July.While Vijay has hurt his position with an aggregate of 22 runs (5.50 avg) from the four innings of two matches, Kohli has done no better than 46 runs (11.50) and is only now realising the vast chasm between a limited overs and a longer format game.Vijay’s nemesis has been Ravi Rampaul who has got him in all the four innings while Kohli has found Fidel Edwards too hot to handle, having been dismissed by the Barbadian in three of the four innings he has batted.India needs their replacement as the West Indies’ new ball bowlers have had the complete measure of these two young batsmen.Thus Parthiv Patel and Subramaniam Badrinath can fancy their chances in the final Test if Dhoni prefers to reshuffle his cards.advertisementBoth Patel and Badrinath have had little batting since the one-day series ended, more so with the Chennai batsman who wasn’t picked for the last ODI in Jamaica and has been out of action for three weeks.Interestingly, the choice is not as straightforward as it seems. Badrinath played two Tests against South Africa at home 16 months ago and aggregated a meagre 63 runs (21.00 avg), having been claimed by speedster Dale Steyn in two of his three innings.Patel has played just 20 Tests since first turning out for India against England at Trent Bridge nine seasons ago. He last played a Test against Sri Lanka three years ago.His career statistics of 683 runs (29.70) aren’t too pretty either. But such has been the disintegration of Vijay and Kohli that Dhoni would be tempted to replace them, more so since the pitch for the final Test could again have his batsmen’s trial by fire.If Dhoni persists with Vijay and Kohli, with the realisation that they are better bets for future than either Patel or Badrinath, he would have no such hesitation in replacing Abhimanyu Mithun with Munaf Patel who himself hasn’t played a Test for over two years, despite his limited overs heroics this year.West Indies, if anything, are in a bigger batting mess than India.While India has turned to experienced Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman to bail them out in the two Tests, West Indies haven’t had such luck with Ramnaresh Sarwan who has been left out in favour of Kieran Powell.So West Indies must have a batting replacement of Sarwan (29 runs at 7.25 avg), if not of opener Lendl Simmons who too has been all at sea against Indian pacers, having made 46 at 11.50. His performance is completely at odds to what he did in the preceding one-day series (177 runs at 35.40 avg).Kirk Edwards and Kieran Powell are two youngsters waiting in the wings. The former has the reputation to bat for long hours and the latter an attacking young colt – qualities which are presently sorely missing in the present West Indian batting line-up.There is little else that West Indies can do though there is a general perception that Kemar Roach, widely regarded as the fastest of all, would be a better bet than someone like skipper Darren Sammy, especially given the pitches on offer.India are hoping that two of its key members hit their strides in this Test.Dhoni, despite two wrong decisions awarded against him, has only 23 runs at 5.75 average from the series, and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is still two short of his 400-wicket haul, having claimed five wickets at 35.60 average from the two Tests.Squads:West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Kieran Powell, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons.India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt-wk), Abhinav Mukund, Murali Vijay, Parthiv Patel, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma.advertisementUmpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and Richard Kettleborough (England)The match will start at 7.30 p.m Indian Standard Time (IST).last_img read more

Lionel Messi’s wedding: The big talking points so far

first_imgThere is a different side to Lionel Messi, one that not everyone gets to see.The player who shines with the ball by his feet appears to be extremely shy off the field. But the timid-looking Argentina star, who for years has been attracting the world’s attention because of his mind-boggling soccer skills, is an outgoing, cheerful and humorous character when he is among those he knows and trusts.It’s the lighthearted and extroverted version of Messi that will be the centre of attention on Friday in his hometown of Rosario when he marries 29-year-old Antonela Roccuzzo, his childhood sweetheart and mother of his two children.THE VENUEThe wedding is a highly anticipated event in the central Argentine city, located about 300 kilometers (186 miles) northwest of the capital of Buenos Aires, although the public is not expected to have any access to the festivities.About 250 guests, including some current and former teammates, are expected to attend the ceremony in a five-star hotel — City Center casino-hotel — that overlooks the city’s largest shantytown. Special security measures are expected to be in place as guests begin arriving for the event.GUESTSAmong those expected to attend are Barcelona teammates Neymar, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique. Colombian singer Shakira, Pique’s wife, is also expected at the ceremony.Organizers said personal hairdressers will be available for the guests, along with entertainment services for their children. About 150 journalists will be allowed to cover the wedding under very strict rules, without any direct access to the ceremony or the party.advertisementMessi and Roccuzzo have requested that wedding gifts come in the form of donations to the Leo Messi Foundation.Messi is already in Rosario on vacation, but hasn’t made any public appearances. He was in the city to celebrate his 30th birthday this week.CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTMessi grew up in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Rosario along with two brothers and a sister. Roccuzzo was the cousin of a close friend of Messi, and the two were always around each other and shared a close relationship from a young age.They stayed in touch after Messi left to play in Spain as a teenager, and eventually started their relationship in the late 2000s, reportedly after he returned to Argentina following the death of one of Roccuzzo’s close friends in a traffic accident.Roccuzzo eventually moved to Barcelona, where the couple have two boys, 4-year-old Thiago and 1-year-old Mateo.AP PhotoEven before Messi turned into one of the best players in the world, he was already the type of person who kept to himself and avoided the spotlight but opened up in the company of friends and relatives.People close to Messi and some of his former teammates say he is just a normal guy, talkative and often joking. The serious-looking player who rarely shows any expressions on the field or in front of the cameras is nothing like “the real Messi,” they say.Messi and his family recently were photographed with friends on vacation on a boat in Ibiza. Messi was seen playing with his children and laughing with his friends. It was the same when an Uruguayan television channel showed footage of Messi and Suarez playing cards with friends, with Messi joking and smiling all the time.Messi, who has tattoos of both of his children, showed a more rebellious side of himself recently, dying his hair blond. He also has tattoos honoring his mother and Jesus.He became much more active in social media recently, opening an Instagram account and posting many pictures of his children and some private moments with his family.The soft-spoken Messi rarely speaks publicly and almost never talks to the media after or before games. Only a few times he has shown up at news conferences during tournaments with his club or national team.Messi moved to Barcelona when he was 13 after being diagnosed with a hormone disorder that affected his growth. Barcelona offered to help him with the treatment.The entire family initially moved with him, but Messi’s mother and two siblings soon returned to Argentina. Messi stayed in Spain with his father, but he couldn’t play at first because he didn’t have the proper documentation.Now he wants to get married, and he’s gone back home to do it.advertisementTALKING POINTS# About 250 guests, including some current and former teammates, are expected to attend the ceremony.# Special security measures are expected to be in place as guests begin arriving for the event.# Among those expected to attend are Barcelona teammates Neymar, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique. Colombian singer Shakira, Pique’s wife, is also expected at the ceremony.# Personal hairdressers will be available for the guests, along with entertainment services for their children.# About 150 journalists will be allowed to cover the wedding under very strict rules, without any direct access to the ceremony or the party.# Messi and Roccuzzo have requested that wedding gifts come in the form of donations to the Leo Messi Foundation.# The City Center casino-hotel complex is equipped with two pools, a tennis court and indoor spa.# Uruguayan pop bands Rombai and Marama and Argentina footballer Sergio Aguero’s singer-wife Karina are expected to perform.# The five-star hotel is based next to a neighbourhood run by drug gang, Los Monos.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Jose Mourinho disappointed with Manchester United fans after Romelu Lukaku treatment

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has asked club fans to support striker Romelu Lukaku, saying the Belgium international has been subjected to unfair criticism.After scoring seven goals in as many league games, Lukaku has not scored in the following three matches and his fading goalscoring exploits along with his underwhelming record in big games has been criticised.Mourinho reckoned Lukaku deserved more support after an assist in each of his last two league games, the most recent of which led to the winning goal in last Saturday’s 1-0 victory over third-placed Tottenham.”I would like the supporters to explain to me why they don’t support him so much because he gives everything and I think it is not fair when scoring the goal or not scoring the goal (he) makes the whole difference,” Mourinho told the club’s website.”I don’t think it is fair at all. So, I’m a bit disappointed — but not with him. With him (I am) very pleased.”Mourinho’s decision to withdraw Marcus Rashford, rather than Lukaku, for Anthony Martial in the 70th minute against Spurs attracted loud boos from the Old Trafford faithful.The Portuguese boss responded to critics by holding a finger to his lips after the final whistle but was puzzled by the fans’ dissent.”I really don’t understand some reactions why,” Mourinho added. “Are they Red Devils? Sometimes I don’t know because they (Lukaku and Martial) work amazingly well.”Sometimes he (Martial) starts the match and his contribution is good… the same as Rashford, the same as Lukaku.”advertisementMourinho said defender Marcos Rojo was likely to return from his long-term knee injury after the November international break but set no return date for midfielder Paul Pogba, who injured his hamstring last month.United trail local rivals Manchester City by five points at the top of the league table and host Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday followed by a league trip to fourth-placed Chelsea on Sunday.last_img read more

Cervoz: flash disk monitoring software predicts real-time SSD health

first_imgMost users do not pay attention to the SSD’s conditions until the problem and damage happened. Nowadays, most industrial computers adopt SSD because of its reliability and excellent performance. The main difference between SSD and HDD is that SSD has a lifetime limitation based on its program/erase (P/E) cycle. The total amount of written data, SSD durability, and SSD usage all make a big impact on SSD longevity.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Tough road to safe autonomous vehiclesNext SEGGER: full support for first flash-based RISC-V microcontrollerlast_img read more

Devon Island Nunavuts Mars on Earth mapped by Google Street View

first_imgVANCOUVER — One of the most Mars-like environments on Earth, Devon Island in the Canadian High Arctic, is now on the map and can be explored on Google Street View.This largest uninhabited island on Earth is a rocky polar desert that has a surface and conditions similar to the red planet, said Pascal Lee, chairman of the Mars Institute and director of the Haughton-Mars Project, a field research project on Devon Island that’s funded by NASA.“There are not many places like this,” Lee said of the island roughly the size of Nova Scotia in Baffin Bay, Nunavut.“It’s the biggest stretch of terrain that is barren, rocky and cold and dry … So right there it’s a big piece of real estate that has similar climate to Mars.”Since 1997, the remote land mass has been the site of field deployments by scientists and astronauts looking to learn more about the moon and Mars.Last summer, Lee and a team of researchers set out to generate a panorama of some of the sites most frequented by scientists. They used GoPro cameras to get 360-degree “photo spheres” and smartphones to capture video footage.The result, published last Monday by Google Street View, puts the team “on the map” and shares their experience with the rest of the world, Lee said.“The unbelievable thing is that pretty much every step you take as soon as you are away from our camp, you’re probably the first person to ever walk there,” he said.“There is something amazing about that still, to be able to do that — to see views and landscapes that from your particular perspective no one has seen before. Nobody.”But despite its remoteness, the place is seeing effects of climate change, he said.In the quarter of a century that Lee has been visiting the area, he’s seen places that previously were covered in ice but are now barren.“We’re now seeing landscape exposed from under the ice in millennia,” he said. “So this is land that hasn’t seen daylight in 12,000 years.”The island is also used as a training ground for astronauts, including Canadian Jeremy Hansen, who accompanied a research team studying craters in the area in July 2013.Part of his mission was “to learn methods and techniques for conducting geological fieldwork that could be applied to future missions,” according to the Canadian Space Agency’s website.“Any time you go to the moon or an asteroid or eventually Mars, geology is going to be an important part of the science that we do on those surfaces,” Hansen said in a video posted to the agency’s website.“Both to understand the history of our own planet and the solar system but also to understand resources that we might utilize on the surfaces of those planets.”Katja Minitsenka, a program manager with Google, said in a video that her team took seven flights to get to Devon Island.She hopes the new “street” views inspire people to study other planets, she said.Hina Alam, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

One Direction Inspires Fans To Raise £500000 For Charity

first_imgOne Direction have once again proved the power of their appeal, using it as a force for good, by encouraging fans to raise a jaw-dropping half a million pounds (£501,300) for Stand Up To Cancer, the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.One Direction With 14-year-old Alexus From CanadaMore than a third of the donations, which ranged from £3 to £1,200, were made by dedicated fans as part of a competition to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the One Direction boys backstage at the final gig of their ‘Where We Are’ world tour. The remaining donations came from ticket sales from the UK and Ireland leg of their tour. Funds raised will go towards accelerating new cancer treatments to UK patients and saving more lives.Overseen by Prizeo, the competition saw more than 10,868 entries from across the globe enter to be in with a chance to meet the band.And on Sunday 5th October, one lucky winner, 14-year-old Alexus from Canada, flew to Miami where she met Harry, Zayn, Liam, Niall and Louis backstage. The teenager said: “I can’t believe that out of nearly 11,000 people, I was the one lucky enough to win the chance to meet One Direction. It’s a dream come true! I will never forget this day. It’s also so great that it’s raised so much for such a good cause.”Claire Rowney, director of Stand Up To Cancer UK, said: “You can imagine how thrilled we were when One Direction chose to support Stand Up To Cancer. They come with an army of dedicated supporters, which is exactly what we need for this campaign. We want people to join us on the frontline and help beat cancer sooner. The money raised by One Direction and their fans will help bring new treatments to patients sooner and will ultimately save lives.”In 2012, Stand Up To Cancer’s fundraising total exceeded £8m funding 12 clinical trials across the UK and this year’s aim is to do even better. The 2014 campaign is encouraging people to join the front line against cancer this autumn by fundraising, buying merchandise, joining March On Cancer and tuning in to the live TV show on Channel 4 on Friday 17th October. The culmination of activities will see stars from TV, music, film and fashion joining forces to galvanize the nation to show cancer, that it’s payback time.last_img read more

Lawyer Nissan exec arrested with Ghosn asserts innocence

first_imgTOKYO — An attorney for an American executive arrested in Japan on suspicion of collaborating with former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn in financial misconduct says his client is innocent.Aubrey Harwell said Friday that his client, Greg Kelly, did nothing wrong and that Kelly acted “according to the law and according to company policy.”Kelly and Ghosn were arrested Nov. 19 in Tokyo on suspicion they collaborated to underreport Ghosn’s income by $44 million over five years.They have not been able to make any comments while detained in Japan.Harwell said Kelly had been advised by people both inside and outside Nissan that what he was doing was legal.Harwell spoke from his office in Nashville, Tennessee.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Algerian Police Stage Protest in Ghardaia

Marrakeh- Hundreds of Algerian police officers staged a protest, on Monday October 13, 2014, in the city of Ghardaia (600 km south of Algiers) to show solidarity with their colleagues in the adjacent village of Bryan, according to several media sources, including Algerian Agency Press (AAP).The protest poses a serious problem for Algerian National Security. AAP stated that the police marched towards the Security Directorate of the state of Ghardaia, in solidarity with their colleagues in Bryan, who had previously withdrawn from public spaces, and refused to follow the orders of their commanding officers.A number of police officers were injured on Sunday when clashes erupted between security forces and protesters in Bryan, which is located just 45 kilometers north of the town of Ghardaia. Masked people deliberately pelted the security forces with stones. The situation deteriorated with more clashes wounding dozens on both sides.Frequent clashes, driven by sectarian motives, have occurred in Ghardaia between Mizabeyen (Amazigh Aabadion) and Arabs Alhaambh (Malikion) since the beginning of the year, leaving at least 15 dead and dozens wounded.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

SLRCS probe finds no credible evidence on allegations

The panel did find that the allegations had an internal dimension which will be addressed in accordance with the constitution of the SLRCS.The Red Cross believes that it is vitally important to ensure transparency in responding to such a complaint. Despite the fact that no evidence was found from the inquiry to support the allegation that was leveled, under the instructions of the President of SLRCS, the report and documents from the inquiry was handed over to the Ministry of Law & Order & Prison Reforms on 20th October 2015, in the event that they decide to take the matter further. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) says investigations over allegations that an SLRCS technical officer requested sexual favours for faster process of payments of a cash grant to rebuild a house in the North, did not find credible evidence to back the clims.The SLRCS said that it has handed over a report and documents from the inquiry over the alleged request for sexual favours to the Ministry of Law and Order and Prison Reforms today. In a statement today SLRCS said that in early October, the SLRCS Kilinochchi Branch received a written complaint from a Red Cross beneficiary, that a SLRCS technical officer requested sexual favours in return for faster process of payments of a cash grant to rebuild her house. The woman in question had qualified for the grant under the Red Cross Post-Conflict Recovery Programme in Mulakavil, Kilinochchi. The programme is funded by the Indian Government. The panel began its inquiry on 11 October in Kilinochchi. They interviewed the beneficiary who made the complaint and 15 other people: including nine SLRCS staff members.  On 16 October, the panel sent its findings to the President of SLRCS.In its conclusions, the panel found no credible evidence to support the complaint relating to misconduct on the part of the SLRCS technical officer. “The President of SLRCS launched an inquiry which was carried out by several members of SLRCS Governing Board who visited Kilinochchi. However, this initial inquiry proved inconclusive. The President and the office of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) in Sri Lanka then launched a second inquiry and appointed a five person panel which was comprised of men and women from the IFRC and from the SLRCS headquarters and branches. A representative from the Consulate General of India in Jaffna also joined the panel,” SLRCS said in the statement. read more

Government to use Lord Nasebys statement to counter claims

The Government says it will use Lord Naseby’s statement to counter claims on war crimes allegations against the country.Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana told Parliament today, the Government was grateful to the statement made on Sri Lanka by Lord Naseby at the British Parliament recently. Lord Naseby had in his statement rejected claims that the death toll during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka was over 40,000. Marapana told Parliament that the United Nations and the international community have recognized the efforts taken by Sri Lanka to address the issue and so the matter has now been localised. The Minister, on a request made by some Government Ministers, said that Lord Naseby will be invited to Sri Lanka to make a statement in the Sri Lankan Parliament.The Minister also asserted that the human rights issue in Sri Lanka will be resolved domestically.“There are no human rights issues to be settled in an international arena anymore,” he said. Marapana said the Government will use the statement made by Lord Naseby at the appropriate forum to counter the war crimes allegations on Sri Lanka.“The statement by Lord Naseby has been made with a lot of research. We should keep it as an ace,” he said. He had said that the civilian casualty toll was between 7,000 to 8,000 and not 40,000 as claimed by a UN panel. He said that the support received to the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva in March showed the trust and confidence Sri Lanka has obtained for the reconciliation process.The Minister also said that Sri Lanka will continue to engage with the UN Human Rights Council and the international community. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ban announces inclusive consultations on Yemen urges good faith engagement

“The Secretary-General urges all the participants to engage in these United Nations consultations in good faith and without preconditions,” said the statement. “The only durable resolution to the crisis in Yemen is an inclusive, negotiated political settlement.”The consultations, which begin on 28 May in Geneva, will bring together a broad range of Yemeni Governmental and other actors, and follow extensive consultations by Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, together with strong expressions of support by the Security Council in several resolutions seeking a peaceful and Yemeni-led political transition process.In the most recent, Resolution 2216 (2015), members emphasized the need for a return to the application of the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, and of the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue Conference. They also reaffirmed full support for, and commitment to, UN efforts to relaunch the political dialogue.The statement described how the different political and social constituencies of Yemen came together to chart a course for democratic change and a new vision for the country during the Comprehensive National Dialogue Conference.“Tragically, Yemen has now slid into a conflict that risks spilling across its borders and that is having a dramatic impact on civilians, who are paying the highest price,” said the Spokesman. “The United Nations has worked closely with Yemenis since 2011 to support national aspirations for change. With this experience and coupled with Yemen’s tradition of dialogue, the Secretary-General hopes these consultations will help Yemen re-launch the political process, reduce the levels of violence and alleviate the intolerable humanitarian situation.” read more

Brock Media Clips for Friday Dec 14

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Why China is trying to bully Canada (and not the U.S.) into releasing Huawei CFO: Associate Professor of Political Science Charles Burton spoke with numerous media outlets, including Global News, Metro Morning, CBC’s Power in Politics, WABC New York and CTV Your Morning, about Canada’s recent arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzho, as well as the subsequent arrest of two Canadians in China.Can nap pods prevent tired geeks from burning out?: Sleep research from Psychology Professor Kimberly Cote was included in a PC Magazine article that profiled a UK business offering mini sleep rooms for Londoners who wished to take a 30- or 60-minute nap during the day.What’s in a wine label?: A CHCH story about wine purchasing trends during the holidays featured comments from Associate Professor of Marketing Antonia Mantanakis, who said that consumers would believe a wine was superior if it had a picture on the bottle or difficult-to-pronounce name.Grant to help Brock expand on-campus student counselling: A St. Catharines Standard article discussed a $136,000 grant that will help the University to expand on-campus counselling for students during busier periods in the semester.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at read more

Geek deals 569 off Dell XPS 8500 Core i7 desktop and 24inch

first_imgDesktop PC bundle offers have always been some of our favorite deals. They generally offer a lot of bang for the buck typically give you everything needed to get a new PC up and running. No placing extra orders for cables or monitors, just get your great deal and enjoy.This deal we have today not only has the convenience and value of a great bundle deal, it stands out by including a fully loaded, high performance desktop with a premium monitor for a very low price.The bundle starts with an XPS 8500 desktop that is packed with performance including a quad-core (Ivy Bridge) Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, 2TB hard drive, and 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 640 graphics. Along with the standard features of USB 3.0, HDMI, media card reader, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, and others, Dell tosses in a Blu-ray drive that will help make the most of the top-notch monitor.You also get an UltraSharp U2412M 24-inch LCD. It uses an eIPS LCD panel, which offers extra-wide viewing angles and richer colors than most other types of LCD panels. It will connect to almost all modern video sources using DVI, DisplayPort, and VGA inputs.The U2412M normally runs around $350 by itself, making this $999.99 bundle a great value. You get everything needed to fire up a premium computer system for one budget-friendly price. The only downside is that we don’t know how much longer the $569 coupon code will last.Dell XPS 8500 desktop with 12GB RAM, Blu-ray & U2412M 24-inch UltraSharp display for $999.99 + free shipping (reg. $1,568.99 | use coupon G61JKGMC5$7RWX | ends soon)Update: This deal has ended, but you can find the latest Dell XPS 8500 Desktop + Monitor bundle deals from LogicBuy.Our other top deals:Logitech Z906 5.1-channel 3D Surround Sound THX-certified Speaker System for $339.99 + free shipping (reg. $399.99 | use coupon P83Q8GXNJK9Q0R)Lenovo IdeaPad A2107 7-inch Android 4.0 Tablet for $159 + free shipping (reg. $219)last_img read more

Credit Union in Kilkenny fined €210000 for failure to protect members savings

first_img Share68 Tweet Email6 By submitting inaccurate returns, the Credit Union comprised the Central Bank’s ability to effectively and appropriately supervise it.The Central Bank said that ”the sanctions imposed on St Canice’s reflect the seriousness with which the Central Bank treats the relevant contraventions and the importance of the Central Bank places on compliance with the 1997 Act”.Following the investigation, St Canice’s has implemented a number of improvements including the introduction of an IT strategic plan, a change management policy and the appointment of an IT officer. By Adam Daly Image: Google Maps 20,539 Views Jun 22nd 2018, 1:19 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Credit Union in Kilkenny fined €210,000 for failure to protect members’ savings St Canice’s Credit Union has been reprimanded by the Central Bank for eight breaches of the Credit Union Act, 1997. 18 Comments St Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union St Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union Image: Google Maps A KILKENNY CREDIT Union has been fined €210,000 after an investigation by the Central Bank found that it failed to balance its main transactional bank account over 15 months, which exposed members’ savings to a risk of loss.St Canice’s Credit Union in Kilkenny City has been reprimanded for a total of eight breaches of the Credit Union Act, 1997, occurring between August 2014 and January 2016.The Central Bank’s investigation found that St Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union Limited failed to properly manage the integration of a new IT system which meant it was unable to reconcile its main transactional bank account correctly.As a result of this St Canice’s was unable to ensure the protection of members’ savings, although no loss was actually sustained.After becoming aware of the issue, St. Canice’s failed to report it to the Central Bank and during that time knowingly submitted five inaccurate quarterly prudential returns to the Central Bank.The Central Bank of Ireland’s Director of Enforcement and Anti-Money Laundering, Seána Cunningham, said that the Central Bank relies on the prudential returns to assess the financial position and stability of credit unions. Friday 22 Jun 2018, 1:19 PMlast_img read more

Troika heads to Cyprus

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The troika of international lenders arrived in Cyprus last week to complete a draft agreement on a bailout deal to rescue the island’s recession-hit economy. Cyprus Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou confirmed the visit, ending speculation that the troika would stay away because of the Government’s own counter-measures to the lenders’ harsh austerity plan. Cyprus applied for a full EU bailout in June after its biggest lenders, Cyprus Popular Bank and Bank of Cyprus, were unable to meet new capital reserve limits because of huge losses due to their exposure to bailed-out Greece. Cyprus has held the EU’s six-month rotating presidency since July 1 and is the first country to hold the presidency whilst also negotiating EU emergency aid. A document leaked to the media shows the government proposed to raise revenue through more taxation and fewer cutbacks over a longer period than proposed by the troika. Analysts believe Cyprus will require in excess of 10 billion euros to prop up its 18 billion euro economy. It hopes to cut the debt gap by slightly more than one billion euros by the end of 2016 rather than the one billion euros in mostly public finance cuts the troika seeks by 2015. The troika’s proposal is 80 per cent through savings in expenditure cuts and 20 per cent via increased taxes. The government’s proposed ratio is 60:40 – including a two percent hike in VAT to 19 per cent by 2014, a five euro cent rise in duty on petrol , and 150 million euros slashed off state benefits. Troika representatives have visited Cyprus twice since June, when it called for help after both the Bank of Cyprus and Cyprus Popular Bank said they could not raise funds to meet recapitalisation requirements. The troika reportedly wants to slash the state payroll by 15 per cent, shave 10 per cent off welfare benefits, scrap an inflation-linked, cost-of-living allowance and roll back government-subsidised housing finance. Cyprus has resisted such sweeping austerity moves saying they would undermine an economy already in recession.last_img read more

FOLIO Show Keynote Reinventing the Magazine Launch

first_imgThe success of Food Network Magazine is well known: In just over one year (and nine issues), the magazine’s rate base jumped from 400,000 to 1.25 million as of its July/August 2010 issue. The debut issue in late 2008 boasted 73 percent sell-through on the newsstand and prompted the second largest blow-in card response in Hearst history, after O The Oprah magazine. Profitability is “within view.”But, perhaps even more significant is how the launch of Food Network Magazine is redefining how Hearst approaches new launches and its existing print titles, chief marketing officer Michael Clinton told 500 publishing executives during the opening keynote at the 2010 FOLIO: Show this morning. “This was a sea change in how to launch a new magazine,” Clinton said. “In the old days, you would hire 50 people and invest in a huge PR push. That model today is irrelevant.” Subhed: Building Circulation at Half the Cost About 50 percent of Food Network Magazine subscriptions come from digital tools, which cost half what the traditional circ build-up used to cost, according to Clinton. Hearst is also conducting syndication deals with online providers such as AOL through which 90 percent of the acquired subscribers weren’t Hearst customers before. “As time goes on, almost all of circulation will be acquired by digital tools, although that’s not to say we won’t do direct mail or blow-in cards,” Clinton said.The Food Network Magazine seeks a balance between a large rate base and smart growth. “We’re pushing the future model of circulation and testing higher prices on the newsstand,” said Clinton. “The future of magazines will require an ABC statement that is Platinum and shows ‘wantedness’ of the magazine. At the same time—let’s not chase rate base. We don’t have to be the biggest just for bragging rights but there is room for organic growth.” The Food Network Magazine launch also ushered in a complete process and workflow change including shorter production cycles, in-house design and digitization of ad materials through ad portals, which Clinton said cost 50 percent to 70 percent less than with past launches. Food Network Magazine also has the smallest magazine staff within Hearst.While Hearst is aggressively seeking new digital outlets and a new model for print, success ultimately depends on the editorial concept regardless of the channel, according to Clinton. “We can spend all day talking about new approaches and new models but it comes back to the editorial idea.”last_img read more

Facebook Watch may have been the best thing in the companys bad

first_imgYou’ve heard a lot about Facebook this year, but you may not have heard about Watch.Watch is the social network’s hub for video, and, unlike the rest of company, it’s been mostly unscathed by Facebook’s privacy, security, disinformation and leadership scandals. Unfortunately for Watch: Neither its successes nor failures have been glaring enough to attract notice.House of Cards was the first show to put Netflix’s original-content efforts on the map.  David Giesbrecht/Netflix Since launching last year with a reported $1 billion programming budget, Watch has yet to score with a critical smash or popular hit. It hasn’t got a signature show, like House of Cards, that puts its original content on the map, or a must-see program, like Stranger Things, that drives people to it in droves. Ask Facebook and it’ll say Watch is faring great. Watch’s niche programming is a feature, not a bug, according to Fidji Simo, Facebook’s head of video. “What we’re really going after is the amount of conversation and engagement, and that can be realized both in niche communities or in broad hits,” Simo said in an interview last week. “But we’re not really going for massive viewership.”Facebook is part of a scrum of tech and media companies wrestling one another to lock down your attention for TV online. But while most are taking aim at Netflix with online video subscription services, Facebook is stalking YouTube’s turf of free video you watch with ads. And with 2.27 billion people using Facebook every month, the world’s biggest social network may be the one competitor with the scale to actually take on YouTube. It just needs to figure out how. 2:58 1 “We are seeing some trends in younger audiences, and they are really engaged with these types of shows and create a lot of conversation,” she said. Looking forward to next year, Simo said much of Watch’s efforts will be focused on developing ways to make video more social, interactive and immersive, like testing a dark background when you’re watching a show. And Watch wants to keep widening its advertising base, so creators have more ways to make money from their videos. Of course, pushing for advertising led Facebook into the middle of minefields. Even Watch will need to watch its step. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Digital Media Share your voicecenter_img Zuckerberg defends actions after New York Times investigation Facebook Tags Comment “I’m not sure Watch is the future of Facebook video,” said Michael Greeson, president and director of research at the Diffusion Group, whose research shows half of adult Facebook users have never heard of the service. Instead, he says, it may be “the next step in the company’s learning curve.” Squishy stats More than 400 million people visit Watch each month and stay for at least a minute of video, an indication they’re intentional viewers. On a daily basis, the number is 75 million people, and among those, the average watch time is 20 minutes.That implies Watch has roughly 25 million hours of viewership each day. 20180924-portraits-smiths-unit-0253.jpgRed Table Talk, a talk program with Jada Pinkett Smith, is Facebook Watch’s most followed show.  Stan Evans To put that in perspective, people watch more than a billion hours of video on YouTube daily. And Google’s massive video site has more than 1.8 billion logged-in users every month. But, as is always the problem with online video, none of these comparisons are perfect. YouTube’s billion-plus daily viewing hours, for instance, take place across its entire site. Facebook Watch’s stats don’t include videos people watch on other parts of the site, such as their News Feed. And these squishy, imperfect comparisons make it hard to gauge whether Facebook’s most successful shows are doing well. By pure number of followers, Jada Pinkett Smith’s talk program, Red Table Talk, is Facebook’s biggest show, with 4.3 million followers. What do you even compare that to? Maybe Tyler Oakley. Oakley, sometimes referred to as the Ellen DeGeneres of YouTube, has fewer followers on Facebook itself than Red Table Talk does. But he has 3 million more subscribers on his main platform, YouTube. (For the record, DeGeneres’ own Facebook following is nearly 30 million. So we can say Red Table Talk isn’t a hit on the scale of the Ellen Show. Illuminating.)sfyl-110-00140Sorry for Your Loss, which stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young widow, has been Facebook Watch’s most critically praised original.  Facebook That Facebook is measuring its success in social conversation and engagement makes things cloudier still. Watch’s most loyal audience, measured by the number of people who completed at least three episodes, is for Sorry for Your Loss, a bereavement drama starring Elizabeth Olsen. Sorry for Your Loss is also Facebook’s most critically acclaimed program and Watch’s best shot so far at potentially scoring award nominations. But the show’s third episode has just 182,000 views. Compare that to the final episode of Netflix’s House of Cards — that is, the eighth episode in the sixth season of a series that’s well past its heyday. By Nielsen’s ratings, House of Cards’ finale still pulled in an estimated 901,000 viewers. And that’s just in the first week. The first three episodes of Sorry for Your Loss have been available free for three months globally.  Growing painsOf course, Watch is still a baby.”Facebook Watch is a grand experiment, and it’s still early in the game,” said Peter Csathy, chairman of CreaTV Media, a media- and tech-focused business advisory and investment firm. “It’s been watching and learning and growing and changing, and that’s all part of the plan.”Facebook Watch’s strategy also doesn’t lend itself to making shows that break outside their niches. Watch’s goal since the beginning, Simo said, is to create video that’s intrinsically social, so Facebook shows line up with built-in communities on the social network. Hence, beauty pageant fanatics match up well with Queen America, a newer Facebook Watch show that stars Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as a beauty pageant coach in Queen America.  Boris Martin Facebook’s other game plan has been to throw things at the wall to see what sticks. In more flattering Silicon Valley parlance: Fail fast. “We specifically designed our content strategies to be able to learn a lot,” Simo said. “That’s a big part of the reason why we’re funding content, to be able to learn as fast as possible.” Those two strategies combined can yield shows with real traction in specific groups, even if their appeal is invisible to wider audiences. It’s the same paradox that meant many traditional media companies have dismissed YouTube stars as minor leaguers.   Facebook’s unrelenting scandals this year haven’t helped Watch. Watch is getting lost in the haze as Facebook puts out its other fires. Instead of Facebook’s brand drawing people into Watch’s shows, it’s increasingly a barrier, according to Csathy.The social network has been especially hard hit among young people, those most coveted by advertisers and a video-centric demographic that Watch has been aiming to lure in. A study by Pew found that 44 percent of people aged 18 to 29 years old have deleted their Facebook apps. Instead, Watch could lean hard into demographics that are already there, said Scott Fisher, the founder of Select, a company that manages top digital creators and influencers like Oakley.”Facebook is almost like the daytime TV” of online video, Fisher said. “Facebook should have the next This Is Us for their originals. That’s the right vibe. If they end up trying to do House of Cards, I don’t know if that makes sense.”But Simo flatly rejects speculation Facebook Watch is recalibrating around older viewers, pointing to teen-targeted shows, such as SKAM Austin and Five Points, that Facebook is renewing. last_img read more

Nissan Terrano Coming to India on 20 August Pitted against Ford EcoSport

first_imgNissan’s much-anticipated compact SUV, Terrano is all set to take the roads in India on 20 August.The company, which had released the official sketches of the much-anticipated compact SUV Terrano a month ago, announced that the vehicle will be unveiled in India on 20 August in Mumbai.The new crossover Terrano is based on the Renault Duster platform and will come in both petrol and diesel engine options. While the car petrol version comes with the 1.6-litre engine which delivers 104PS, the 1.5 turbodiesels churns out 110PS. The earlier revealed pictures showed the rear styling of the Terrano, which looks different from Duster.Other changes were seen on the reflector which is now placed on the lower bumper, and the tail lamps are seen split with half the tail lights placed on the backdoor. The front grille and headlights of the vehicle also sport new looks. Previous reports suggested that the new Terrano would not pack many changes in terms of the interiors of the vehicle. Nissan’s upcoming SUV will be pitted against the newly launched Ford EcoSport .”You can see from the sketch that Terrano has a bold and distinctive design that I am confident will appeal to our growing customer base in India, as will its driving performance and range of other features that will be revealed at a later date,” said President and CEO of Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd, Kenichiro Yomura .last_img read more

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