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first_imgThe Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura, an ally of the ruling BJP in Tripura, said on Tuesday it would go it alone in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Mangal Debbarma, the spokesperson of the party, said the decision to field candidates in the two Lok Sabha seats in the State was taken on March 3, following the IPFT central committee meeting here. “When BJP national president Amit Shah visited Agartala on January 5, we submitted a memorandum to him, demanding that the IPFT be allowed to field a candidate in East Tripura constituency, reserved for Scheduled Tribes. He told us that he would get back to us on the matter, but never did,” Mr. Debbarma, who is also the assistant general secretary of the party, told reporters.last_img read more


first_imgNovak Djokovic says the decision to begin working with Andre Agassi came after he realised something had to change if he was to maintain a level of success throughout his career.The 12-time grand slam champion parted company with his entire coaching team earlier this month, admitting he needed to rediscover his spark after some disappointing results this year including a second-round exit at the Australian Open.He has invited American great Agassi to work with him during the defence of his French Open title, which he kicks off later on Monday against claycourt specialist Marcel Granollers.”Last year, I started to feel I had to change something,” Djokovic told French sports daily L’Equipe.”My body was changing, too. I did not think days would come when you feel different. Even if I feel fit, young and I take care of my body, I am 30-years-old now.”I need to take a different approach in terms of energy management. I need to prioritise. I felt like I need to explore new things.”Djokovic, without a tour title since January, parted company with Boris Becker in December and mentor Marian Vajda earlier this month. He said it did not take much time to feel a new vibe with Agassi.”I connected with him very quickly. I saw that there were similarities in the ways we think,” said Djokovic.”Most of his career, he worked thinking winning on court was the only thing that would satisfy him and make him happy. But he was not. He described this very well, saying he did not like tennis, that he often had the feeling if was being forced to play tennis.advertisement”Maybe I don’t have the exact same feeling but I can refer to it.”last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) Over 180 students belonging to SC and ST communities were honoured at the Dr Ambedkar National Merit Awards here today for scoring high marks in class 10 and 12 examinations.The awards were given by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot at a function here.The merit awards are divided into three categories. Rs 60,000 in cash was given as first prize while Rs 50,000 was given as second prize. The third position was awarded with Rs 40,000.In his message to the students, the minister said, “Ambedkar was a source of inspirations for millions in the country. He was instrumental in the setting up of the Reserve Bank of India and several other institutions in the country”.He asked students to focus on sports activities besides academics for holistic development.Minister of state for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla also addressed the students. PTI SAN DPBlast_img read more


first_imgPV Sindhu hopes to find form at Singapore OpenPV Sindhu will he hoping to bounce back after a run of poor results which saw her crash out early from tournaments like the All England Championship and the Malaysia Openadvertisement Press Trust of India SingaporeApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 16:39 IST PV Sindhu lost to Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun at the at the All England Championship and Malaysia Open (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu will play Indonesia’s Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky in the 1st roundSaina Nehwal, seeded sixth, will face Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of DenmarkKidambi Srikanth is seeded sixth and will take on a qualifier in the 1st roundOlympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will look to shrug off the disappointment of her recent early exits when she spearheads Indian challenge at the USD 355,000 Singapore Open, starting in Singapore on Tuesday.Sindhu, who had claimed the BWF World Tour Finals in December last year, has looked off colour in the last few weeks.She made a first round exit at the All England Championship and lost in the second round of Malaysia Open, losing to Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun on both occasion.She had entered the semifinals at India Open but went down to He Bingjiao of China despite holding advantage in the first game.With hardly any time to make changes on the game or work on weaknesses considering the back-to-back tournaments in the BWF calender, it will be a challenge for fourth seed Sindhu to get to her best. She begins her campaign against Indonesia’s Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky.Saina Nehwal is the only Indian to claim a title this season with the 29-year-old from Hyderabad securing the crown at the Indonesia Masters following the injury of Carolina Marin of Spain in the finals.She also entered the quarterfinals at the All England Championship after battling through a pancreas infection. However, the Indian needed hospitalisation to treat the problem and had to skip the Swiss Open and India Open to give herself time to recover.She returned to Malaysia Open but went down in the first round after a three-game battle with Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong.The sixth seeded Indian will now have to be careful when she plays a fast-rising Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark in the opening round here.advertisementLast week, Kidambi Srikanth was the best-placed Indian at Kuala Lumpur as he finished at the quarterfinals after losing to Olympic champion Chen Long. The 26-year-old from Guntur had broken a 17 month drought by reaching the finals of a BWF event at India Open.This week, sixth seed Srikanth will continue his quest to break his title jinx when he begins his campaign against a qualifier at BWF World Tour Super 500 event.Among others, HS Prannoy, who regained some form with a quarterfinal finish at India Open, will face France’s Brice Leverdez, while Swiss Open finalist B Sai Praneeth has a tough fight ahead against world no 1 and top seed Japan’s Kento Momota.Sameer Verma, who had a good run in 2018, has shown the spark during his narrow defeats to Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen at All England and China’s world no 2 Shi Yuqi at Malaysia Open.The Indian will hope to find his mental strength that helped him to qualify for the World Tour Finals and finish at the semifinals last year when he begins his campaign against a qualifier.In doubles, mixed pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, women’s pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki and men’s pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will look for a good outing.Also Read | Bad times are over: Lin Dan after ending title drought at Malaysia Open 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Singapore OpenFollow Saina NehwalFollow Kidambi Srikanth Nextlast_img read more


first_imgPercy Paris, ministre du Développement économique et rural et du Tourisme, a annoncé les premiers gagnants du concours pour la campagne touristique régionale My Nova Scotia à Halifax, aujourd’hui 18 avril. La tournée en autobus de la campagne s’est terminée avec succès par une dernière série d’auditions sur le front de mer, près du Musée maritime de l’Atlantique. « Nous sommes très heureux des résultats des auditions pour la campagne My Nova Scotia, a dit M. Paris. Des centaines de Néo-Écossais talentueux nous ont dit, de leur propre et unique façon, ce qu’ils aiment le plus de notre province. Ils sont une source d’inspiration pour notre campagne télévisée régionale et ils nous aident à diffuser au monde entier que la Nouvelle-Écosse est l’endroit à visiter cet été. » Les gagnants, April MacLean de Baddeck, Michelle Lucas de Dartmouth, Terry et Alex Ryan de Fall River, ainsi que Kyle Doucette, Lisa Doucette et Nathan Boudreau de Clare, seront quelques-unes des vedettes des messages télévisés qui seront diffusés dans les Maritimes à compter du 9 mai. « Nous sommes très heureux de faire partie de la campagne My Nova Scotia, a dit M. Doucette. Nous aimons la Nouvelle-Écosse pour sa musique. Que ce soit du traditionnel ou du violon, ou encore du folklorique ou du bluegrass, on peut toujours entendre de la bonne musique dans la région de Clare, de Yarmouth et à l’échelle de la province. Nous sommes fiers de pouvoir dire à tout le monde qu’ils doivent venir ici pour l’apprécier eux-mêmes. » L’autobus de la campagne My Nova Scotia s’est arrêté dans 14 communautés de la province, invitant les gens à créer une vidéo dans laquelle ils expliquent ce qu’ils aiment le plus de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Des auditions auront également lieu lors de l’exposition Saltscapes à Halifax, du 29 avril au 1er mai. La campagne se poursuit en ligne jusqu’au 2 mai, et vingt et un gagnants seront choisis. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le site Web nouvelle-ecosse.com.last_img read more


first_imgWATERLOO, Ont. – Google has mapped thousands of indigenous lands in Canada.Google Canada employee Tara Rush says the company has been conducting mapping workshops with indigenous communities since 2014.She says Google employees were asked why the lands weren’t on Google Maps, so they decided to change that.Rush says over 3,000 indigenous lands, reserves and territories have been added to Google Maps and Google Earth.She says it’s an important step in accurately reflecting Canada to Canadians and the world.Rush says the goal is to enhance cultural preservation, digital awareness and land management.“The hope is to use tools like Google Earth to preserve knowledge and to update Google Maps to reflect federally-recognized Canadian territories,” said Rush, who works at Google in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., and is from the Akwesasne territory.last_img read more


first_img(Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated President Aluki Kotierk)Kent DriscollAPTN National News A controversial change to the way Nunavut handles Inuktitut was likely stopped in its tracks last week, but a message from the Minister of Education has the President of Nunavut’s Inuit worried.“People are celebrating, but I’m always a little more cautious,” says Nunavut Tunngavik President Aluki Kotierk, from her office overlooking Iqaluit’s Four Corners intersection. “We have to wait until the fat lady sings, and I’ve also seen Minister Quassa’s statement.”Bill 37 was a bill in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly that would have changed the territory’s Language and Education Acts, moving back target dates for full Inuit Language instruction in Nunavut’s schools. Right now, 100% Inuktitut instruction is only guaranteed for Kindergarten to Grade 4. Bill 37 would have pushed back the target date for 100% Inuktitut instruction to 2030.Last week, regular members of Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly – who act as an opposition in Nunavut’s consensus government – met in private and decided they wouldn’t support Bill 37. In a written statement, Rankin Inlet MLA Tom Sammurtok wrote, “Given the overwhelming lack of consensus in support of the bill in such areas as language of instruction, the role of District Education Authorities and increased employment of Inuit teachers, the standing committee is of the view that it should be allowed to fall off the order paper when the current Assembly dissolves later this year.”Typically in Nunavut, that would mean the death of the bill but Education Minister Paul Quassa may not be giving up the fight that easily. He responded to the regular members in his own written statement, “There is a process to follow when a bill is put forward to the Legislative Assembly, and it is very disappointing that standing committee has not provided the public with an opportunity to understand the pros and cons of their decision.”That statement from Quassa has Kotierk worried that the cabinet has not given up on trying to make Bill 37 into law. “For me, it will be when session happens, and then it will be really dead,” said Kotierk. In Nunavut’s consensus government system, the regular members outnumber the members of cabinet. Quassa would have to convince some of them to vote for the bill if it is to pass.Nunavut Tunngavik represents Inuit in Nunavut under the Nunavut Land Claim. Along with Nunavut’s three regional Inuit associations, they filed documents with the assembly to oppose the decision. Kotierk says the decision to fight came from the ground up, and was a long time coming.“I was very excited to see their (the regular members) statement that there was an overwhelming non-consensus, and an overwhelming quantity of submissions. That made me realize how much Inuit are getting comfortable rising their voices and being heard. That’s a good thing for our society to be going through,” said Kotierk.Nunavut’s District Education Authorities – school boards with local power, including hiring and firing principals – would lose power under Bill 37. They are locally elected school boards that have hiring and firing power over principals. They filed opposition to the bill, as did some of Nunavut’s best and brightest.“I’ve met with a number of people who have been on the DEA’s in the past and are currently on the DEA’s. The frustration that’s expressed is that they would say things, but they felt like they weren’t being heard. Then I got a message from Nunavut Sivuniksavut saying a number of their students had made submissions,” explained Kotierk.Nunavut Sivuniksavut is a program for Nunavut Inuit students, offering a study of the Nunavut Land Claim as a way to get their academic skills ready for post-secondary education. They’re Ottawa based, Kotierk credits the program for helping give the students a voice.“If you’ve lived outside of Nunavut, you feel a little bit more free to speak up, and you don’t feel so intimidated. But it’s not just that group, I think when people are aware of the issue, then they raise it,” sayd Kotierk. The issue was raised by 40 different groups and people filing statements with the Government of Nunavut in opposition of Bill 37.NTI represents Inuit, the Government of Nunavut represents everyone in the territory. Kotierk wishes the GN would view some simple math the same way she does. 85% of the public governed by that public government are Inuit, it is an Inuit government no matter how you divide it. There is a consistent push and pull between NTI and the Government of Nunavut, and the Language Act debate has highlighted those differences.“I would really like to see, it would be ideal if the public government, the Government of Nunavut, realized that they actually are an Inuit government. If they started taking that perspective, then things would be much different,” said Kotierk.Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly meets again on May 29th, where the territory will learn if Bill 37 is actually dead, or whether the Department of Education is going to bring the discussion to the floor of the assembly. If they do, the regular members of the assembly will have to reveal their positions in public. If not, it will be back to the drawing board for the next government, after October’s election.last_img read more


first_imgRabat – The African Leadership Academy ALA is a pan-African institution founded by Ghanaian-born entrepreneur, Fred Swaniker, Chris Bradford, Peter Mombaur and Acha Leke in 2004.It educates some of the most talented youngsters on the African continent. It has about 550 young leaders in its network and its scholars have won bursaries and scholarships at leading global universities.The institution whose motto is “Developing the next generation of African leaders & entrepreneurs” is now looking for future leaders in Morocco. The goal of ALA is to create 6000 leaders over the next 50 years. The initiative is designed to bring prosperity and hope to the continent by fighting the brain drain. ALA also believes that the most valuable natural resource available to Africa is the minds of its youth. Therefore education of these young minds and providing them with the tools they need to become future African Leaders in all disciplines is the goal of the academy.Mr. Elmahdi Oummih the Strategic Relations Director – North Africa said “ALA students are ultimately expected to leverage their leadership experience and bring to life projects they believe in passionately”. “These ALA leaders are to become the agents of change that will transform Africa into an economic powerhouse that is politically stable and a beacon of hope to the rest of the world”.ALA’s supporters span 25 countries on six continents. Some of the leading supporters include Omidyar Network, The Robertson Foundation, The Bezos Family Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie, Gbenga and Aisha Oyebode, James Mwangi, Oppenheimer family, The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Equity Bank, Cisco Systems, The WK Kellogg Foundation, The Google Foundation, the CNN, and the General Electric GE that made a donation of $ 5 million recently, among others.According to Mr Elmahdi the ALA has been searching for future leaders in Morocco for the past five years. Each year, ALA Admissions officers and Partners on the ground scour Morocco in search of the best and brightest Morocco has to offer.For the 2014 timeline therefore the academy is looking for the best and brightest applicants between age limit of 15-19 years old students Morocco has to offer. Students from all over Morocco with in the age limit can apply using the following online procedure to be selected for the scholarship or contact the admission through the given E mail address.The Application ProcedureALA’s application and selection process is very rigorous to ensure that we select the most outstanding students from across Africa with the potential to drive change.First Round: September 1 – November 30ALA’s selection process is extremely competitive. The Academy receives approximately 4,000 applications from most African countries each year. These applicants come from a wide range of social, economic, cultural & educational backgrounds. The application includes short questions and essays and must be submitted with academic transcripts.Finalist Weekends: JanuaryAt this stage approximately 400 finalists are selected to attend Finalist Weekends held across the continent. At these events, finalists write entrance exams, participate in group activities & are interviewed one-on-one by the ALA Admissions team. Finalists are also required to submit teacher recommendations.2014 Timeline:30 November 2013: Application deadline – all applications must be received by ALA.January 2014: All applicants notified of status; finalists invited to attend Finalist WeekendsMay 2014: Finalists notified of admissions decisionsMay – June 2014: Admitted students notified of any financial awardsJune 2014: Admitted students confirm acceptance of admissionClick this link to go to the application page click below link:ALA Admissions: E mail: eoummih@africanleadershipacademy.orgadmissions@africanleadershipacademy.org. Tel: +212 613301735last_img read more


The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today launched Move for Health” – an annual global initiative to promote physical activity as a key element of health and well-being.Addressing the first International Conference for Sport and Development in Magglingen, Switzerland, WHO Director General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland said the effort reflects concern over the link between chronic disease and unhealthy diet as well as a lack of exercise.”WHO has worked successfully with the sports industry for many years to remove a global ‘bad’ in tobacco, and is now engaging positively to address the wider problem of chronic diseases,” she said. The agency estimates that physical inactivity caused 1.9 million deaths in 2000, while being responsible for some 15 to 20 per cent of all cases of certain kinds of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The risk of getting a cardiovascular disease increases by up to 1.5 times in people who do not follow minimum physical activity recommendations. “Even as we continue to fight a rearguard action against the diseases of poverty, we are confronting the challenge of the increasing global burden of chronic disease,” Dr. Brundtland observed. “This is a result of changes in physical activity, diet and in the environment following rapid globalization and urbanization.” She added that largely preventable chronic diseases like stroke, diabetes, some cancers and respiratory diseases – as well as obesity and overweight problems – are now the major causes of death and disability worldwide. read more


But as the country approaches the local elections next month, a different picture of parish councils is emerging – one of empty seats. Thousands across the country are estimated to be avoiding the polls because not enough people have come forward to contest the seats. In a handful of cases, no one has come forward at all. This is despite parish councils being increasingly called up on to pick up the slack from cuts to services.  They are thought of as hotbeds of gossip and corruption, packed full of village busybodies and colourful oddballs. In Dorset, 130 out of 163 parishes have not attracted enough candidates to hold elections on May 2. Of those, 20 have no candidates at all, so will no longer… read more


The first of two major trophies in Belarussian handball has been taken by reigning champions Meshkov Brest. EHF CL contenders in current season, beat the biggest rivals from capital Minsk – SKA 27:23 (14:12) at the final match on home soil in Brest. Sergey Bebeshko boys showed domination and deserved trophy, which coming before the Play-Off Final in which SKA Minsk will be stronger for the biggest domestic star Siarhei Rutenka.SKA – BGK IM. MEŠKOVA – 23:27 (12:14)SKA: Hadkevič (4), Korolek (4), Kuleš (4), Podšivalov (3), Bočko (3), Jurinok (3), Vailupov (2).BGK: Stojkovič (8), Šilovič (6), Baranov (3), Tiumencev (3), Kristopans (3), Nikulenko (2), Kamšik (1), Razgor (1). Belarussian handballMeshkov BrestSKA Minsk ← Previous Story Kadetten win Swiss Cup 2016 Next Story → Olympic gold in France worth 100.000€ read more


first_imgHarry Kane has urged his England teammates to win the UEFA Nations League in the bid to end their trophy drought after reaching the semifinals next summer.The Three Lions came from behind to beat World Cup runners-up Croatia 2-1 at Wembley, a result that saw Gareth Southgate’s side progress to a four-team mini-tournament in Portugal and relegated their opponents.“It’s definitely an opportunity for us,” Kane told ESPN. “It’s another semifinal, two wins away from winning a trophy, so whoever we play will be a tough game when you look at the other groups.“We are going to have to beat another top nation, but we have shown we can do it.“It is a great feeling, I said the other day, nobody really knows how big this competition is going to become, you don’t really get many opportunities to win a tournament in an England shirt, so we have got to try and take full advantage of that. And it’s another semifinal for the fans to look forward to as well.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We are professionals, we want to win everything we do, whether it is a new tournament or an old tournament we want to win. It’s a chance to win a trophy in an England shirt so we are going to try and do that.”Kane highlighted the Wembley crowd was a major factor in spurring them on to victory.“It’s incredible, I’ve never seen Wembley like this in an England shirt,” he said. “We want to make everyone proud. I know they’ll enjoy this one.“We felt the crowd. We felt their presence. That’s what we need everywhere we go. It felt good. The lads stuck at it, we showed our character, stayed calm and deserved to win.”last_img read more


first_imgMallory JohnsFolio: In general, what are your goals when it comes to publishing on Snapchat and Instagram?Mallory Johns: In general, our goals are two-fold: 1) Brand awareness, and 2) Influencing the next generation of scientists, science writers, and curiosity aficionados. Across both platforms, we’re providing our community with a chance to go more in-depth with our articles by engaging with curiosity-inducing graphics and videos. And more specifically on Snapchat, we use that platform to get weird, whether through our semi-weekly series PopFriday or through takeovers with our editors.Folio: What are some ways PopSci uses Instagram to engage its audience? What kinds of posts seem to perform particularly well?Johns: PopSci‘s Instagram feed is nearly 100% video. We focus on sharing short videos around specific content buckets, so our community knows what to expect when they come to our feed—for example, most Fridays they can expect to see cool videos about flora and fauna, for example.We also have a robust archive—featuring well over 144 years of stories and scientific curiosities—and without fail, these posts are top-performers for us on Instagram. Additionally, our community loves to see anything about space or mind-blowing creatures. Mallory Johns is no stranger to image-based social media. At Popular Science, where she serves as the engagement editor, she oversees the editorial calendar across the brand’s social media channels, execution, management and measurement; develops partnerships with brands and influencers, and much more.Although smaller in size than the brand’s Facebook and Twitter audiences, PopSci‘s growing accounts on image-based social platforms like Instagram and Snapchat provide opportunities for Johns and her team to promote the brand and engage new readers.As a speaker at the 2017 Folio: Show, Johns will speak at a session entitled, “Snapchat & Instagram: How to Master the Fast-Growth World of Image-based Social Media.”Here, she shares some ideas from PopSci‘s strategies for engaging with audiences on the two platforms. Folio: How have you approached using Instagram Stories?Johns: We think of Instagram Stories as entirely separate from our Instagram profile, so we use Stories for two things: 1) To highlight the work of scientists in the field through account takeovers, and 2) To breakdown a feature or trending article—highlighting key elements—to direct our community back to our site to read more.Folio: What’s your general approach when a platform comes out with a new service or feature like that?Johns: In terms of jumping on new features or service, I’ve always been an early adopter, and I firmly believe in experimentation, seeing what works, and either iterating or moving on. Social is a fast-paced industry and to succeed, there is an element of risk-taking involved.Folio: What are some ways PopSci taps into Snapchat for engagement? Does the content offered there differ from Instagram, and if so, how?Johns: We will often cross-post content from our Instagram Stories to our Snapchat Stories because we’ve noticed a lot of overlap between the two communities, but we do host a semi-weekly, Snapchat-exclusive show called PopFriday, where we show off short science experiments.Folio: What are some challenges you’ve faced, and how have you tackled those obstacles?Johns: Both platforms have their hang-ups, but one of the biggest challenges is conversion—Instagram (and Instagram Stories) makes it a little easier, since they provide robust tools and analytics for driving traffic, but Snapchat is another story entirely, and our focus there is more on servicing our community with content they can’t get on popsci.com (or anywhere else).Folio: What are some ways you bring new audiences into your Snapchat and Instagram channels?Johns: Specifically for Snapchat, we’ve found a lot of success tapping into our +1M-member Twitter community—whenever we’ve produced a new PopFriday segment, we blast it out to our Twitter community and near-instantly see anywhere from 20-30 new followers.For Instagram, we’ve seen a lot of success utilizing website real estate to promote Instagram-only campaigns. Most recently, we launched a pretty hasty Instagram campaign for the solar eclipse—72 hours out from the event—and we managed to rack up 300 submissions within 24 hours after the solar eclipse, and I highlighted the best submissions in an on-site gallery.For more information about the Folio: show on October 9-11, click here.last_img read more


first_imgBNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia sits with her party’s standing committee members at her Gulshan residence on Thursday night. Photo: BNPAhead of her UK tour, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia sat with her party’s standing committee members, the highest policymaking body of it, Thursday night, reports UNB.The meeting began around 9:40pm at the BNP chief’s Gulshan residence with Khaleda in the chair.Party insiders said the BNP chief convened the meeting to discuss the country’s overall political situation and work out its next course of actions.At the meeting, she will provide necessary directives to the party policymakers and advise them on how to strengthen the party activities in her absence as she is going to the United Kingdom (UK) for a long time.A leader close to Khaleda said she is scheduled to leave Dhaka for London at 7 pm on Saturday by an Emirates Airlines flight.He also said the BNP chief will receive eye treatment and may return home after celebrating Eid-ul-Azha there with her family members, including her eldest son and party senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, who has long been living there.last_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: Steve Wozniak, the tech philanthropist who co-founded Apple, said he is leaving Facebook over the social giant’s aggregation of users’ data — and how Facebook profits off that info.“Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and… Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” he said in an email to USA Today, according to a story published Sunday. “The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.”By contrast, Wozniak said, “Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you. As they say, with Facebook, you are the product.”The announcement from “The Woz” comes as Facebook continues try to contain the damage from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The company last week revealed last week that data on upwards of 87 million users may have been improperly obtained by the political consulting firm, which reportedly used that data as part of its work on Donald Trump’s successful 2016 president campaign. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before Congress at a Senate hearing Tuesday and a House hearing on Wednesday about its handling of the Cambridge Analytica case. Source: Google Trends Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Wozniak’s comments echoed those of Apple CEO Tim Cook in an interview that aired on MSNBC last Friday. In the interview, part of MSNBC’s “Revolution” series, Cook blasted Facebook’s handling of the Cambridge Analytica situation, saying that “privacy to us is a human right” and noted that Apple could “make a ton of money” if it chose to monetize its customers’ data.“This is not something that we just started last week when we saw something happening. We’ve been doing this for years,” Cook said. The CEO also called for new data-privacy legislation, saying that while his preference is for industries to self-regulate, “I think we’re beyond that here.”The Facebook scandal has prompted a boycott movement revolving around the hashtag #DeleteFacebook. Those leaving the platform in the wake of the revelations have included Will Ferrell, Playboy, Cher, Elon Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX, and WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton.Wozniak deactivated — but didn’t actually delete — his personal Facebook account, telling USA Today he didn’t want someone else to obtain his screen name. Wozniak’s official public page on Facebook, which has about 230,000 followers, was still active as of Monday morning but currently has only two active posts.Despite a smattering of high-profile defections, most Wall Street analysts don’t expect a significant dent in Facebook’s monthly user base of 2.1 billion worldwide.While “#deletefacebook seems to have become a popular hashtag after the initial news reports… we do not believe it will have a material impact” on its monthly user base, SunTrust analyst Youssef Squali wrote in a March 29 note reiterating his “buy” rating on the stock.Meanwhile, Google searches for “#deletefacebook” and related terms, after peaking March 21 in the days after the Cambridge Analytica story broke (and when Zuckerberg first publicly addressed the situation), have declined over the following weeks.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has unearthed a factory run by the Chinese to produce narcotic substances in Murshidabad on Wednesday.The investigating team is trying to find out whether the Chinese had any connection with locals, who had helped them to set up the factory. The police got the cue from five Chinese nationals, who were arrested from Kolkata railway station on Saturday. Drugs worth Rs 40 crore were recovered from them. The arrested Chinese nations are Wang Zio Dong, Zeu Gong Hue, Chang Heu, Lee Chand and Lue Bouk Seoung. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWhile conducting interrogation, police got information about the factory at Noadaon. A team comprising senior CID officials reached Murshidabad and carried out raids that continued for more than four hours.The factory in question was closed down three and a half months ago. Officially, the Chinese used to produce charcoal from jute stick that was exported.The CID officials took the Chinese nationals, who have been arrested, to the factory.The Chinese company got 15 bigha of land on 25 years lease from a local person, who used to run a brick kiln there. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe Chinese paid Rs 4 lakh as lease rent. They set up a factory and started the business. Local Panchayat Pradhan said as the Chinese set up the factory nobody questioned their integrity. The Charcoal, which was produced by burning jute sticks, were exported.The CID team found out a couple of bags those were used to pack the drugs.The factory was shut down nearly six months ago and security personnel were posted to guard the factory. They did not allow any one to enter the factory compound. They chased away locals, who tried to enter the compound out of curiosity. The investigators found three air-conditioned rooms inside the factory campus. The rooms did not have any window. While conducting raids at the rooms, the sleuths found a grinder machine, some empty food cans, chemicals and some machines. Police are trying to find out whether the Chinese used the factory to manufacture drugs.After the arrest of the Chinese nationals, the police could not carry out investigation immediately because of the language barrier. Later, an interpreter was engaged. Police are still conducting interrogation to get more details about the factory and their area of operation along with modus operandi.last_img read more


first_imgInfosys recently announced its partnership with Siemens to build applications for Siemens’ open cloud-based IoT operating system, Mindsphere. Mindsphere connects real-world objects (industrial machinery, systems, equipments and so on) to the digital world with the help of IoT using advanced analytics. It provides industry applications and services to help businesses achieve success. With this collaboration, Infosys and Siemens will enable customers to leverage the true power of data generated by their devices. The initial focus as company plans will be on customers in the manufacturing, energy, utilities, healthcare, pharmaceutical, transportation, and logistics industry. How Infosys plans to help Siemen’s Mindsphere: Infosys plans to offer end-to-end implementation services and post-implementation support for Mindsphere It will be using its repository of Industry 4.0 accelerators, platform tools, etc. to help customers get quickly on board Will enhance customers to have an efficient experience by using data analytics features such as predictive maintenance and end-to-end factory visibility Customers will also benefit by monetizing new data-driven services Ravi Kumar S, President and Deputy COO, Infosys, says, “There is an increasing need for enterprises to accelerate their digital journey and to deliver new and innovative services. This partnership will help us bring exciting solutions to our customers that will combine strategic insights and execution excellence.” With Infosys’ expertise in the field of industrial engineering, industrial analytics, AR and VR and with Siemens’ strength in manufacturing industrial assets brings valuable digital services to customers from different sectors. Know more about the partnership alliance on the Infosys Blog post. Read Next 5 DIY IoT projects you can build under $50 Build an IoT application with Google Cloud [Tutorial] Google releases Android Things library for Google Cloud IoT Corelast_img read more


first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Carrington Company News Equator Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Rental Properties Service Providers 2013-04-19 Tory Barringer “”Carrington Technology Solutions, LLC””:https://rntlogistics.com/Login/Index?ReturnUrl=%2f and “”Equator Business Solutions””:https://www.equator.com/index.cfm?event=global.home announced the commercial availability of RentPointe, Carrington’s proprietary software application designed to meet the complexities of managing diverse portfolios of single-family rental properties.[IMAGE]Integrated into Equator’s EQ Investor Platform per an agreement between the two companies, RentPointe provides financial institutions, institutional investors, and large-scale property management companies with a scalable, end-to-end, single-family asset management suite dedicated to efficiently maximizing the performance of multiple-property portfolios.””RentPointe was specifically designed to meet a growing need within the single-family rental market for more efficient portfolio management and a solution with the ability to manage multiple property managers simultaneously,”” said Brent Rasmussen, EVP and CIO for Carrington Technology Solutions. “”Having utilized RentPointe as a proprietary solution for the past seven years to manage its own portfolio of nearly 15,000 U.S. properties, Carrington knows firsthand the potential impact this solution can have on the industry. That is why we are so pleased to offer RentPointe to the commercial market on Equator’s EQ Investor Platform.””Integrating RentPointe with the EQ Investor Platform provides multiple benefits to users, including a higher, more efficient workflow, access to Equator and Carrington data for net present value modeling, full transparency and audit compliance, and access to an electronic marketplace for real-time management of vendor orders.””The integration of RentPointe into our EQ Investor Platform provides the market with something it desperately needs–a better way to manage today’s larger, more geographically diverse rental property portfolios,”” said Equator COO John Vella. The new solution will be demonstrated at the IMN Single Family Aggregation REO-to-Rental Forum, according to a release from Carrington and Equator.Carrington Technology Solutions is based in Alisa Viejo, California. Equator Business Solutions is headquartered in Los Angeles. Carrington, Equator Partner on Rental Property Management Software in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img April 19, 2013 476 Views Sharelast_img read more


first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News HELOC Mortgage Debt New York Fed 2014-02-19 Colin Robins February 19, 2014 467 Views Sharecenter_img Report: Borrowing Up Among Younger Consumers In a report released Tuesday, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York noted that aggregate consumer debt rose in 2013’s final quarter, citing an increase of $241 billion dollars. The figure represents the largest quarter-to-quarter increase since 2007.Data came from the recently released “Household Debt and Credit Report.”Total household debt is on the rise as well, notching higher to $180 billion from Q4 2012 to Q4 2013. The rise is the first four-quarter increase since 2008 as net household borrowing resumes.The report makes comparisons to 2006, noting pre-financial crisis levels as a baseline. “Mortgage and home equity line of credit (HELOC) balances, in particular, grew more slowly in 2013 than in 2006,” the report said.In 2013, balances fell for the lowest credit score borrowers. The report notes that lowered balances were a result of charge-offs from previous foreclosures.The report commented, “All groups, even those with subprime credit scores, increased their mortgage balances in 2006. Now, the modest mortgage balance increases we see are mainly coming from high credit score borrowers.”Younger consumers are borrowing more across all lines of credit, irrespective of loan types. “In 2013, the increased credit card and mortgage debt among the young and the riskless led to a turnaround in the trajectory of overall debt,” the report said.last_img read more


first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Harrison, Cardinals fans likely recall, is the player who intercepted Kurt Warner’s red zone pass at the end of the first half in Super Bowl XLIII and returned it 100 yards for a momentum-swinging touchdown. In his 11-year NFL career, Harrison has amassed 472 total tackles along with 66 QB sacks, six interceptions and nine fumble recoveries.The Cards’ interest in Harrison may be more for depth purposes than anything else. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is familiar with the former Steeler from their time together in Pittsburgh, and he may just be looking to see what kind of shape the free agent outside linebacker is in.Though Harrison is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a former AP Defensive Player of the Year, he is 36 years old and coming off a 2013 season in which he tallied 16 total tackles with just two sacks for the Cincinnati Bengals. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Might the Arizona Cardinals be interested in signing one of the biggest villains in their team’s history?Former #Steelers and #Bengals star LB James Harrison is visiting the #Cardinals today, per agent Bill Parise— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 27, 2014 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more