Haryana government has decided to start 31 government colleges for girls from July, said Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma. The minister said this at an event here on Thursday, adding that all the 31 colleges, till the time their construction is complete, would function from “vacant buildings of government schools or other organisations” starting July 2018.“Till the construction of college buildings gets completed, these colleges would run in vacant buildings of government schools or other organisations so that girls would not have to travel far places for education,” Mr. Sharma said. Mr. Sharma further said that the government has been making concerted effort to promote education for girls in the state.
‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Chinese athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs will receive criminal punishments and jail terms as of this year, the official Xinhua news agency reported in December.In 2017, a Chinese doctor told German media that there had been a systematic doping programme in China during the 1980s and 1990s across a range of sports.Bach this week visited Beijing 2022 facilities, including the downhill skiing competition site, and said progress on venue construction was “very impressive”.“For every venue we have visited here, we could see what the use for it would be after the Olympic Games so that the Chinese people can then really enjoy winter sports.”Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics and will be the first city to have staged both a Summer and Winter Games.ADVERTISEMENT International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before proceeding to their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared that he “hates” doping, laying out a tough stance against cheating at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.Doping has overshadowed the Games in recent years, with Russia’s Olympic committee barred from last year’s competition in Pyeongchang because of performance-enhancing drugs.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Jeff Horn claims: I never denied rematch offer vs Manny Pacquiao PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Doping has also tainted China’s sporting record in the past decade, with some athletes stripped of Olympic medals.Meeting with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach in Beijing, Xi said he personally objected to doping and that China has “a clear and very strong policy” on the use of drugs in sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I myself hate it,” Xi said at Thursday’s meeting, according to the official Olympic website.“I would prefer to have clean Chinese athletes than a gold medal, or any medal at all.”
Experienced midfielder Gurbaj Singh has decided to move court against the nine-month ban imposed on him by Hockey India (HI) for promoting indiscipline in the national team.The 27-year-old was banned by the HI’s displinary committee last month for allegedly indulging in groupism and creating disharmony within the Indian team.The charges were levelled against him by former Indian assistant coach Jude Felix in a report submitted after the World League semi-finals in Antwerp earlier this year.Also read: Indian ice hockey team to make maiden tour of Canada The right winger had an option to lodge an appeal before the disclinary committee on September 18 — which he did.But the committee, which also included HI president Narinder Batra, was not convinced of Gurbaj’s argument and decided against revoking or reducing the ban.”I have decided to go to court since the charges put on me are completely baseless,” Gurbaj said on Friday.”All these allegations of misbehaviour and groupism are pre-planned and there is absolutely no truth in that. I have complete faith in the judicial system of my country, and therefore I have decided to take this matter to the court of law,” he added.The ban means that Gurbaj will miss the 2016 Hockey India League (HIL) and the Hockey World League (HWL) finals in December this year, which will negatively affect his chances of returning to the national squad for the Rio Olympics next year.Gurbaj has already served a month and a half of the ban.
New Delhi, Mar 8 (PTI) Punjabis are the most obese people in the country, Health Minister J P Nadda told the Rajya Sabha today, while men from Tripura and women from Meghalaya are the leanest.Replying to a question on the prevalence of obesity, a condition when Body Mass Index (BMI) is more than 25, Nadda said diabetes, which is linked to obesity, is seeing a consistent rise with 65, 66.8 and 69.1 million people between 20-79 years of age suffering from it in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively.Men and women from Punjab followed by Kerala and Delhi are the most obese people with 22.2, 17.8 and 16.8 per cent of men and 29.9, 28.1 and 26.4 per cent of women from respective states reporting a BMI of more than 25.According to figures tabled in the House, women everywhere, except Bihar and Meghalaya, are more overweight than men.In Tripura, only 4.8 per cent of men and 7.1 per cent of women are obese while in Meghalaya, only 5.9 per cent men and 5.3 per cent women are overweight.The figures have been sourced to a 2005-06 National Family Health Survey. PTI KR SMN PAL SMN
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi will reportedly call curtains on his T20 international career after playing a farewell match in a series against West Indies in UAE.According to the Dawn, the 36-year-old flamboyant allrounder has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to allow him to play a game in the upcoming three-match series before he bids adieu to international cricket.Afridi expressed his intention to leave the game with grace during a meeting with chief selector and former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq. Pakistan are building a new T20 team for the next World Twenty20 and Afridi doesn’t fit. While PCB wants the veteran cricketer to leave gracefully and have reportedly arranged a grand farewell for him in Dubai during the T20I series against West Indies later this month. (Shahid Afridi makes another U-turn on retirement plans)Afridi, who has made 98 T20I appearances, is the leading wicket taker in the shortest format of the game with 97 scalps and has scored 1405 runs at an average of 18.The allrounder had stepped down from the captaincy after the Asia Cup T20 and World T20 tournaments, where Pakistan could only manage to win just three out of eight matches.He had earlier announced retirement from One-Day Internationals after the 2015 World Cup.
TweetPinShare0 Shares PIRAEUS – Olympiacos scored an impressive 86-75 win over the visiting Turkish team Efes Anadolu March 26 in the European basketball tourney.Behind young Ioannis Papapetrou, the Reds stopped a losing skid and assured itself of a top three finish in its bracket and have a chance to get into the top two in Moscow next week against the tough CSKA.It was a tight game against the Turkish team with the score tied 35-35 at the half and Anadolu led 57-53 after three before Olympiacos came back big with 33 points in the final quarter.There were more than 7,000 fans on hand to watch an Olympiacos team depleted by the absence of both guards, sharpshooting Captain Vassilis Spanoulis, and Costas Sloukas, and also of Brent Petway. Still, the Reds shook off a two-game losing streak in the tourney with a barrage of three-point shots in the last period.Stratos Perperoglou, who left Greece to play for Anadolu, led all scorers with 23 while Olympiacos was led by Oscar Lafayette with 17.
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — It wasn’t just winning the game. It was keeping the lead that showed the Orlando Magic how far they have come.Nikola Vucevic tied his season high with 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds, leading the Magic to a 107-99 victory over the New York Knicks on the night of Dec. 21.The game was close all the way, with the Knicks never leading but never trailing by more than eight until the Magic made a late 11-2 run.New York was repeatedly within a basket of tying or taking the lead in the fourth, but Vucevic and the Magic kept coming up with timely plays.“A lot of times it was the opposite scenario last year, where we were at the end but we couldn’t close it out,” forward Tobias Harris said. “But now we’re starting to really grow and close out these games.”Vucevic had a pair of baskets and Evan Fournier added a 3-pointer and another basket in the clinching spurt after the Knicks had cut it to 93-92 with 3:25 left. Victor Oladipo finished that decisive run with a breakaway dunk that made it 104-94 with 1:07 to go.Harris scored 20 points and Fournier had 16 for the Magic, who rebounded from a Dec. 20 loss to Atlanta to win for the fourth time in five games.“It’s good for us, especially after a tough loss last night and coming off the back-to-back,” Vucevic said. “To respond this way was great for us. Shows growth, shows we believe in ourselves and I thought we played really well tonight.”Lance Thomas was 9-for-9 and tied his career with 24 points for the Knicks, who had won four in a row and missed a chance to move above .500. Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points despite tweaking an ankle in the second half.“They were hitting important shots at important moments and they were able to maintain the lead, and at the end they just played better,” Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis said.Starting guard Elfrid Payton didn’t play in the second half because of a sore left ankle, but Fournier handled the ball more and Oladipo and rookie Mario Hezonja finished in double figures off the bench as Orlando shot 51 percent from the field.Porzingis had nine points and eight rebounds but shot just 3-for-12.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)
u blox has announced the u-blox F9 technology platform, delivering high precision positioning solutions for mass market industrial and automotive applications. The platform combines multi-band Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology with dead reckoning, high precision algorithms, and compatibility with a variety of GNSS correction data services to achieve precision down to the centimeter level. u blox F9 paves the way for the next generation of high precision navigation, augmented reality, and unmanned vehicles.The u-blox F9 platform will underpin the next wave of u blox positioning modules targeting mass market industrial and automotive applications. It uses GNSS signals in multiple frequency bands (L1/L2/L5) to correct positioning errors caused by the ionosphere and deliver fast time to first fix (Fast TTFF). Its ability to receive signals from all GNSS constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou) further improves performance by increasing the number of satellites that are visible at any given time. Stand-alone u blox F9 solutions robustly achieve meter-level accuracy.To achieve centimeter-level accuracy, u blox F9 offers optional on-chip Real Time Kinematic technology. In addition to offering an open interface to legacy GNSS correction service providers, it supports the main GNSS correction services, taking RTK high precision positioning to mass markets for the first time. Optimized for low power consumption, the u blox F9 platform sets a high standard for security with built-in jamming and spoofing detection systems that protect against intentional and unintentional interference. Dead reckoning technology based on inertial sensors extends high precision performance to otherwise challenging urban environments. Automotive applications of the technology include lane level navigation for head-up displays and vehicular infotainment systems as well as for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, a prerequisite for highly automated and fully autonomous vehicles. In the industrial realm, u blox F9 will enable mass adoption of commercial unmanned vehicle applications including drones and ground vehicles such as heavy trucks or robotic lawnmowers.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous IBASE: AMD Ryzen and AMD EPYC embedded processor-based solutionsNext Conrad: custom cable configuration service for industrial and trade sectors across Europe
Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik as back-up for MS Dhoni for the 2019 Cricket World Cup? This decision is likely to weigh heavily on the Indian selectors’ minds when they meet with Virat Kohli to pick the World Cup squad but Harbhajan Singh reckons neither Pant nor Karthik has a place in the squad of 15.The Indian selection committee will meet on Monday to name the 15-man squad for the World Cup and Rishabh Pant is likely to win a berth but Harbhajan Singh said India should instead look at extra bowling options.Harbhajan, who is currently playing the 2019 Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings with MS Dhoni, said a back-up for Dhoni would be a waste of resources.”It’s not that Dhoni does not have niggles. Playing cricket with him I know he has some back issues but with his experience, he knows how to play with all that,” Harbhajan told India Today.”I don’t think you need any backup for Dhoni unless he suffers from any major injury during the World Cup. In case of any minor niggle, you do have KL Rahul in the squad who can keep,” Harbhajan said.”I know there is talk about Rishab Pant’s X factor but it appears the team management is convinced with Vijay Shankar to start as no.4. You could have gone with Ambati Rayudu but he has perhaps lost form recently which peg him back. KL Rahul would be my back-up batsman in the squad,”.This will be a long World Cup and the format of the tournament will be demanding especially after the Indian Premier League where all of India’s top stars are currently involved.advertisementKL Rahul is almost a certainty and Harbhajan Singh said he could don the wicketkeeping gloves in case MS Dhoni had to sit out with an injury. Dhoni has complained of a back spasm and conceded his back was a little tight after CSK’s victory over Kolkata Knight Riders.Harbhajan backs Navdeep Saini for World Cup squad Navdeep Saini has impressed with his pace in IPL 2019 ( Courtesy by BCCI)Instead, Harbhajan said India would do well to look at Ravindra Jadeja as back-up to Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav and Navdeep Saini who has impressed not only on the placid Bengaluru pitches in the IPL but has also done well in domestic cricket.”Jadeja is perhaps the best fielder in the side. He can also bat and I would want a back up spinner for Chahal and Kuldeep, if one of them were to suffer an unfortunate injury for a week or two. You need a fourth specialist seamer in England too and Navdeep Saini would be my pick.”Not just because he has bowled well in IPL which in itself is creditable in Bangalore’s batting friendly wickets but also because he has won Ranji matches in the past, so he comes with domestic experience,” he said.Also Read | David Warner, Steve Smith back in Australia squad for 2019 World CupAlso Read | KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant await World Cup fateAlso See:
Oklahoma State scored higher than I thought in ESPN’s recent exercise ranking all the college football programs from an historical perspective. Here are the criteria.It’s a thorny, fun, fascinating question that we posed to 12 of our writers. We asked them to rate every current FBS program on a scale of 1-10, based on each school’s overall impact on the history of college football.The top eight look like this:AlabamaNotre DameOhio StateOklahomaUSCMichiganTexasNebraskaOklahoma State checks in at No. 32 (tied with Ole Miss) with a score of 5.58 which is much higher than I thought. The 12 writers who voted all discussed their toughest rankings here, and OSU was not among them but Ole Miss was.Yes, the Rebels are nationally relevant now, but it’s not like this has been a common theme for the program. Growing up in Oxford, the football program wallowed in mediocrity and constantly made real national contenders look good. Before that, you had to go all the way back to the 1960s to find real national success for this football program. So a “6” kind of felt high, but recent success and the wins from long ago made it hard to put the Rebels below the halfway point. And while it’s been impressive, it’s taken head coach Hugh Freeze four years to get the Rebels into the national spotlight, and even then, many are still wondering if this is a flash-in-the-pan situation or if Freeze can sustain long-term success. His win totals keep rising, so all signs point to this program sticking around the relevancy categoryThe same could be written about Oklahoma State I suppose with “1960s” replaced with “1980s.”Teams ranked ahead of OSU and Ole Miss include Pitt, Georgia Tech, BYU, Virginia Tech, Iowa and TCU. Teams just behind them were Arizona State, Syracuse, Army, Boise State, Colorado, Minnesota and Cal. It’s pretty intriguing to me that OSU was a couple of slots from being the No. 3 Big 12 team on this list. Like Ole Miss, they’re going nowhere but up in the future with Mike Gundy at the helm.You can see the full list here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was suspended three games last week after the school’s investigation into how he handled allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Meyer’s suspension came as a result of how he handled Smith’s employment through the years.Meyer has issued numerous statements since, but Friday, he dropped another. In it, he makes three main points. It seems as if he wants to set the record straight on what exactly he’s being suspended for.We’ve transcribed the note. He issued it via Twitter a few minutes ago.“While I stand by my apologies to Courtney Smith, her children and everyone else, there have been a number of things reported in the media about President Drake’s decision and the Investigative Team’s Report that have not been correct and must be clarified.First, I was not suspended because I knew about or condoned Zach Smith’s alleged domestic abuse.On domestic violence, here is what the Lead Investigator stated at the Press Conference. “Overall, Coach Meyer impressed us with a sincere commitment to the Respect for Women core value that he espouses and tries to instill in his players.”On domestic violence, here is what the Investigative Report concluded: “We believe [Coach Meyer], as did Zach Smith, that if [Coach Meyer] ever came to learn or believe that Zach Smith had physically abused his wife, Coach Meyer would have fired Zach Smith or any other coach on the spot.”President Drake expressly stated the reason for Coach Meyer’s suspension at the August 22, 2018 Press Conference: “Based on the independent investigation, I want to state clearly that we believe Urban Meyer did not and does not condone domestic abuse. However, he did fail to take sufficient management action regarding Zach Smith and he was not as complete and accurate at Media Days and did not uphold the high standards and values of the university on that day. Therefore, Urban Meyer is suspended through September 2nd, 2018, and for the games on September 1st, 8th and 15th.”Second, as the report found and President Drake said, I did not lie at Big Ten Media Days.Regarding Big 10 Media Days, the Investigative Report Found: “And we credit that Coach Meyer, in answering reporters’ questions on July 24th was closely focused on erroneous reports that Zach Smith had been arrested on felony charges in 2015 while Coach Meyer had determined the night before not to have occurred. But his answer swept more broadly than the falsely reported arrest and Coach Meyer falsely stated he lacked knowledge of all relevant events regarding alleged domestic violence by Zach Smith in 2015. While those denials were plainly not accurate, Coach Meyer did not, in our view, deliberately lie.” “[W]e do not find that Coach Meyer’s misstatements on Big Ten Media Days were part of a deliberate cover-up for keeping Zach Smith on the coaching staff in the face of evidence of domestic violence by him that Coach Meyer or others in the Athletics Department credited….He clearly misspoke and made misstatements, but the reasons that happened are complex. Coach Meyer did not, in our view, deliberately lie.”Third, my fault was in not taking action sooner against a troubled employee about his work-related issues.Regarding my management of Zach Smith, the Lead Investigator stated: “The investigation identified multiple other examples of inappropriate conduct by Zach Smith while employed as an assistant football coach, some known by Coach Meyer and/or Gene Smith and others on the football staff. Coach Meyer and Athletic Director Smith’s efforts to help Zach Smith overcome his personal issues went too far in allowing him to remain as an employee in the face of repeated misconduct.”Here’s the tweet:pic.twitter.com/IVNDr3gZCt— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 31, 2018Meyer will miss games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU. He’ll be allowed to coach the team during the week for the final two of those games.
zoomImage Courtesy: MOL Russian natural gas producer Novatek has shipped its first LNG cargo to the Brazilian market with LNG produced from the Yamal LNG project. The cargo, shipped through the company’s subsidiary Novatek Gas and Power Asia, was delivered to the Bahia Regasification Terminal owned by Petrobras.“Our LNG marketing strategy aims to diversify our supply geography and customer base,” Leonid Mikhelson, Novatek’s Chairman of the Management Board, said.“This shipment represents our first LNG cargo produced by our own production to the Latin American market, and confirms the viability of our logistical model and unique geographical location of the Yamal LNG project to deliver competitively priced LNG to any part of the world,” Mikhelson added.
Halifax Convention Centre today, May 18, provided an update on the progress and preparations for the new facility. To date, the Halifax Convention Centre has booked 50 national and international events, with more than 40,000 visitors that will generate an estimated $59 million in direct spending. “The new convention centre is attracting first-time visitors to Nova Scotia from around the world who will explore our province,” said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited. “We are securing strategic events that will create new opportunities for our local experts to build connections and showcase Nova Scotia’s strengths in business, research and academia.” Highlights of newly booked business include: Designed to incorporate Nova Scotia culture, history, arts and innovation, the interiors of the new convention centre were also unveiled. “It has been our pleasure to work with the Halifax Convention Centre team to build a top quality facility with all of the features a modern convention goer expects,” said Joe Ramia, president and CEO of Argyle Developments Inc. “This convention centre will be competitive with leading facilities across Canada and around the world.” The centre will have 120,000 square feet of event space, including two convention levels and a mix of multi-purpose, meeting and ballroom space. The building will be state-of-the-art and the first smart building in Atlantic Canada. A smart building uses energy efficiency and efficient systems in terms of structure, appliances, electrical systems and plumbing. It is also designed to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED gold standard, a rating system that is recognized as the mark of excellence for green buildings in 150 countries. The Halifax Convention Centre is part of the Nova Centre, a one-million square-foot, mixed-used development including a hotel, financial tower and retail space. It is the largest integrated development project yet in the province’s history. The funding of the convention centre is shared between three levels of government, totalling $169.2 million. The number of workers on the Nova Centre site is expected to reach 500 in June, as construction ramps up to focus on interior finishes. The convention centre will begin hosting events in early 2017. 2017 International Conference on Residency Education, 1,500 delegates Canadian Diabetes Association 2018 Professional Conference, 1,750 delegates 2019 Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada Annual Clinical Meeting and Scientific Conference, 500 delegates 2017 KDD Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 2,300 delegates 2017 International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management, 1,400 delegates
OTTAWA – A National Defence investigation suggests that pilot distraction was the likely cause of a fatal CF-18 crash near Cold Lake, Alta., in November 2016.Capt. Thomas McQueen of Hamilton was killed in the accident.The final report of the military’s Airworthiness Investigative Authority says McQueen had just dropped a practice bomb in a low-level exercise when the crash occurred.The agency says it found no evidence of a mechanical failure, bird strike or pilot incapacitation in the crash.It says circumstantial evidence suggests the pilot was distracted, trying to see where his bomb had landed.The report says new rules have been issued to help prevent a similar accident.
Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter An acclaimed director and an innovative administrator with international connections and deep roots in Toronto’s performing arts scene: Canadian Stage’s announcement of Brendan Healy as its new artistic director is a sigh of relief.As recently as last week, the Luminato Festival became the latest major performing arts organization in Toronto to have its leadership up in the air with the resignation of Josephine Ridge. (Soulpepper is likewise still in the process of finding replacements for former artistic director Albert Schultz and executive director Leslie Lester.) So far, the arts community has been vocal about wanting leadership that reflects the city and the art made here, and the concern about these influential positions going to candidates from the United States, Europe or Australia.But Healy’s tenure at Canadian Stage will be a warm welcome back to Toronto, after three years away. Having served six seasons as artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, where he led the LGBTQ+ company through a period of financial and artistic success (while directing memorable productions of Sarah Kane’s Blasted, Nina Arsenault’s The Silicone Diaries, and Tim Luscombe’s PIG), Healy left the company in 2015 to earn a master’s degree in international arts management through a joint program with the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the HEC Montréal, and SDA Bocconi in Milan. Facebook Brendan Healy. (ALEJANDRO SANTIAGO / SUPPLIED PHOTO)
PARIS — The French government vowed to strengthen security as yellow vest protesters stage a 19th round of demonstrations, following last week’s riots in Paris.Authorities banned protests from the capital’s Champs-Elysees avenue and central areas of several cities including Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille and Nice in the south, and Rouen in western France.New Paris police chief Didier Lallement, who took charge following last week’s protests, said specific police units have been created to react faster to any violence.Authorities also deployed soldiers to protect sensitive sites and allow police forces to focus on maintaining order during the protests.In Paris, yellow vests issued calls for a gathering on Trocadero plaza, next to the Eiffel Tower, and a demonstration from the south of the capital to Montmartre neighbourhood.The Associated Press
BRUSSELS — Thousands of trade union members are protesting outside European Union headquarters to demand better working conditions and protections for employees after next month’s EU-wide elections.Union delegates from across many of the bloc’s 28 nation gathered Friday in the peaceful march in Brussels. They say current EU rules favour businesses and employers too much, leaving workers with little incentive to support a united Europe.Luca Visentini, general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, says the “only way to save Europe and to save democracy is to make sure that workers can really benefit from rights, from growth, from jobs and from better wages.”Police estimated 4,600 people demonstrated, while unions put the number at around 8,000.The Associated Press
14 November 2007Reconciling the free flow of information with intellectual property law topped the agenda today as the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, which has brought together 1,700 delegates from government, civil society and the private sector this week, continued its discussions in Rio de Janeiro. Reconciling the free flow of information with intellectual property law topped the agenda today as the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, which has brought together 1,700 delegates from government, civil society and the private sector this week, continued its discussions in Rio de Janeiro.“For many outside this room, IP does not mean ‘Internet Protocol’ but ‘Intellectual Property’,” said Masanobu Katoh, Fujitsu’s Corporate Vice-President. Freedom of information and regulations could coexist, as shown by legislation and guidelines adopted by the United States Congress, the European Parliament and Japan.Self-regulation by the private sector should supplement government action, he said, and the dilemma between Internet freedom and Internet regulation could be resolved by striking a balance among the various competing interests. Alexandre Jobim of the International Association of Broadcasters said broadcasters were held accountable through laws prohibiting child pornography, incitation to violence and other crimes. But these same restrictions did not apply to the Internet, leading to an unfair imbalance between traditional and Web-based media. Broadcasters fully supported Internet freedom, but saw the need to limit online criminal activities.Nick Dearden of Amnesty International said Internet filtering was spreading rapidly, activists were imprisoned for legitimate online activities and companies cooperated with governments in censorship. “As Internet access continues to grow, this repression seems certain to increase as well,” he said.“For many governments across the world, human rights are actually slipping down the agenda,” he said. Governments were concerned about credit card frauds, child pornography and cyberterrorism but seldom mentioned freedom of expression.Peter Dengate, Chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), said freedom of expression was sacrosanct, but so was “the freedom to enjoy the fruits of your labour and the freedom to enjoy the undisturbed use of your property.” The Internet had made the copying of property “extraordinarily easy,” with images, music and texts able to be taken and used instantly.Carlos Gregorio, an expert in privacy rights, said everybody wanted to keep the broadest degree of openness possible, but this was making people vulnerable, and “the State is a main destroyer of the balance between access and privacy.”In Latin America, many of the websites of the judiciary had been made public in the name of transparency, but in one country the names and social security numbers of almost all people living with HIV/AIDS, most of them children, were available online. Workers who had sued their former employer saw the verdict posted on the Web, and would never be hired again.“Privacy, regrettably, is being lost,” Mr. Gregorio said, “and it will be very difficult to keep it up.”
“Sri Lanka is in the midst of peace won at great sacrifice. We are progressing on the path of peace and reconciliation. Our government is committed to walk that extra mile to establish permanent peace through reconciliation. That is our commitment to our people and no one has to tell us what to do,” the President said. The President also said that Sri Lanka will not allow forces of separatism and terror to raise their ugly heads again in the country.“Moving in tandem with the new rise of Asia as the economic hub of the world you will see that Sri Lanka is now ready to be re-positioned as a strategically important economic centre in this continent of growth,” he said. President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the government is committed to achieve reconciliation and no one needs to tell his country what to do.Speaking at the launch of an export exhibition today the President stressed that Sri Lanka is in the midst of peace won at great sacrifice and the country is now progressing on the path of peace and reconciliation. He said that the large foreign presence at the exhibition shows there is a measure of confidence in Sri Lanka that has not been diminished by false propaganda that is currently spread by those who are trying to prevent investment flowing to the country The President further noted that business confidence in Sri Lanka has now led to international hotel chains such as Shangri-la, Sun City and Sheraton investing in Sri Lanka while other investments in a diverse portfolio of opportunity are in the pipeline.
The district administration was likely to convene a meeting next week, with representatives of various security agencies to work out the modalities for the pilgrimage, he said.For the first time, Sivaganga Diocese Bishop Rev Soosai Manickam would be joining the pilgrimage following an invitation from the Bishop of Jaffna Diocese, which organised the festival, he added.The pilgrims would leave on March 11 morning from Rameswaram fishing jetty and take part in the Way of the Cross procession, jointly taken out by Indian and Sri Lankan pilgrims, followed by the mass, the same day evening. After the feast mass on March 12, the pilgrims would return, he also added. This year, at least 4,500 were expected to participate, he said. The Rameswaram fishermen had offered to donate a flag mast and monstrance at a total cost of Rs. 2.40 lakh to the new church for the annual festival and were awaiting response from the Jaffna Diocese, he said. (Colombo Gazette) Last year, the festival was held on February 20 and 21, and 3,249 pilgrims, including 694 women and 154 children, participated in it. He said 147 mechanised boats, including two spare boats, had been registered for the pilgrimage and each boat could carry 30 pilgrims and five crew members.On the demand for allowing country boats to take part in the pilgrimage, he said Sri Lankan Navy and Indian authorities were against carrying pilgrims in country boats for security reasons. A record 5,015 Indian pilgrims, including about 2,000 from Rameswaram island have registered for the two-day annual St Antony’s Church festival in Katchatheevu, scheduled for March 11 and 12, Rev Fr. Sagayaraj, Verkodu Parish Priest and chief coordinator of Indian pilgrimage, said.The response was overwhelming as the pilgrims wanted to visit and offer worship at the new church, which was inaugurated on December 23, 2016, The Hindu newspaper reported.