Massive security arrangements mark Jaitleys last rites

first_imgNew Delhi: The traffic volume was intense on the Ring Road and areas around the Indraprasth flyover and Chandagi Ram Akhara on Sunday afternoon as the funeral of former Union Minister and BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley took place at Nigambodh Ghat crematorium on Sunday afternoon. The VVIPs along with Delhi’s who’s who accompanied by ambassadors of various countries too visited the Ghat to pay homage to the deceased BJP leader.Delhi Police made elaborate arrangements for the funeral procession as Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik himself supervised the arrangements along with DCP Central MS Randhawa. Traffic police made elaborate arrangements for easy passage of the funeral procession along the roads. The procession also passed through ITO, though Sunday was some respite for daily commuters as less traffic was seen on Delhi roads. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKeeping the funeral procession in view, the Delhi Traffic police had issued an advisory on their official Twitter handle. The advisory cautioned commuters about the heavy traffic between 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday and recommended motorists to avoid the aforementioned stretch of the Ring Road. The mortal remains of Arun Jaitley were taken to the Nigambodh Ghat for cremation. He was kept at the BJP headquarters for several hours in the morning for party workers and mourners to pay their last respects. The gun carriage carrying the body started off for the cremation ground at around 1:15 pm. Jaitley was cremated at around 3 pm at the Nigambodh Ghat with full state honours. The Ghat is located on the banks of the Yamuna river coast, situated on the Ring Road at the back of the historic Red Fort. Just after the cremation, it began to rain heavily and the movement of the VVIPs was also affected briefly as some of them got stuck in traffic after leaving the crematorium.last_img read more

Seven candidates vie for expremier Philippe Couillards former seat in byelection

first_imgQUEBEC — Seven candidates are in the running for a byelection to replace former Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard in the provincial riding of Roberval.The riding has been vacant since Couillard quit politics days after losing October’s provincial election.Elections Quebec says following a Saturday deadline, seven parties have put up a candidate seeking to replace the former premier when voters in the riding go to the polls on Dec. 10.Couillard garnered 42 per cent of the votes cast on Oct. 1, easily winning the riding in the province’s Saguenay region.The Coalition Avenir Quebec currently have 74 seats in the 125-seat legislature, followed by the Liberals at 29 and the Parti Quebecois and Quebec solidaire at 10 each, and one Independent member.Both sovereigntist parties were granted official party status on Thursday following a deal with government in spite of each falling two seats short of the minimum, meaning additional budgets and powers.The deal is expected to be ratified when the new legislative session begins next week with a first sitting on Tuesday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccos Parliamentary Elections a Barometer in the Maghreb

By Safa OthmaniTunis – October 7, 2016, is a very special day in Morocco, as over 15,000 will cast their votes for the party that best speaks up for their aspirations  and needs.With nearly 30 political parties running the 10th parliamentary elections race since 1965, 1,400 lists will compete to win seats in the 395-member Chamber of Representatives. As soon as the electoral campaign kicked off on September 24, 2016, hundreds of thousands of Moroccans flocked to local election bureaus to register to vote.North Africans, particularly, but not exclusively, Moroccans, have been keeping tabs on the electoral process with a mixture of anxiety and enthusiasm, wondering deep inside whether their nominee will be in the lead for the next parliamentary term.Quoted by the Jadid Presse news site, Jameela, a native of Agadir city, in southern Morocco, said: “I’ve been keeping tabs on ongoing political developments with a deep anxiety.”“It’s true that I sympathize with the Democratic Left, but I’ve heard that the Justice and Development Party is closer to people’s aspirations and concerns and, thus, enjoys a sweeping popularity,” added Jameela.Since the last legislative elections in 2011, the Islamist Party of Justice and Development, known by its French acronym PJD, has dominated parliament seats and led a government alliance of several ideologies.The PJD faces tough competition from the Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM), widely regarded as close to the palace.Analysts believe the PJD could win a second term in the 2016 although austerity policies that the government embarked on to boost public finances have started to weigh on Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane’s popularity.A poll published by Morocco World News in April and which was conducted by the Tariq Ibn Ziyad Initiative (TIZI) – “an independent, nonpartisan, and patriotic” organization – in partnership with the Morocco-based Averty institute found out that 44,9 percent of Moroccans, among a representative sample of 1,098, support Benkirane in continuing his five-year reign.Political forecasters believe, Benkirane’s charismatic character will help his Justice and Development Party to gain an outright majority.“Morocco’s Islamists have been standard-bearers for co-existence rather than rebellion,” Reuters wrote a few hours before the ballot lift-off.However “defeats for Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party and the overthrow of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood may tempt Morocco royalists to push back against PJD where the palace once ceded to Islamists as an escape value for tensions in the past,” Reuters noted down.In an Arabic article published by the al-Ain news site under the title “PJD and PAM Competing over Morocco’s Election Cake,” observers believe PJD’s popularity has seen a setback due to the pension law and rise in fuel prices.In a paradoxical twist reflective of the impossibility to forecast Morocco’s ballot offspring in purely conclusive terms, the same news site wrote:  “PDJ’s chances to win parliamentary elections are higher compared to other political parties thanks to its organizational and financial potentials nurtured by a large spectrum of businessmen and the conservative bourgeoisie.”Morocco “is the region barometer”“Morocco’s political scene and that of North African nations are expected to undergo a watershed should Benkirane’s PJD party win another term,” Tunisian Analyst M. Ezzedine told Morocco World News.“Morocco is the region’s barometer since it is the only Arab country to hold multi-party elections on a sequential basis since its independence,” he noted“A metamorphosis in Morocco’s political texture means a change in regional and also, perhaps, middle eastern politics,” he added.Rabat-based political sociologist Mohammed Masbah, formerly a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center went through a similar line as he voiced his expectations about Morocco’s upcoming ballot.According to Masbah, the fact that Morocco is the only Arab country where Islamists have got consistently better results at the ballot box without stirring up domestic unrest and instability reflects Morocco’s ostensible commitment to political reforms, a tendency that ushers in a new era in the country’s journey towards democracy.Reports have also emerged on the probable surge of a new tide of voters for radical left wing parties, with a group of Moroccan citizens identifying with alternatives to the main socialist party.In Masbah’s view, the result of Friday’s election will determine the nature of the relationship between PJD party and Morocco’s far left. A new chapter of greater cooperation or conflict is awaiting Morocco around the corner.Offering an-in-between standpoint, other analysts said they believe the Federation of the Democratic Left led by Nabila Mounib might win a considerable number of seats in the ballot box.“This is a party that could offer Moroccans, and by the same token neighboring countries, a ‘third-way’ alternative,” said K. Nsir, a retired Tunisian University Teacher.“We, North Africans, are fed up with extremism overwhelming us from all directions,” added K. Nsir. “Why don’t we just pick up the ball from the middle of the pitch so that every party can score a goal? We’re awaiting the results of Morocco’s voting on tenterhooks.”Imad Agrili, 31, a painter from the rural town of Skoura, was voting for the first time and opted for the Federation of the Democratic Left. “They seem clean and transparent,” he said.For affiliates of the banned Islamist Adl wal Ihsan (Justice and Charity) movement, the election in Morocco is just futile and unproductive due to what they dubbed as “the centralization of power and the decision-making by the monarchy.”Political system makes hard for any party to win absolute majority Morocco’s multi-party political scene, not so much dissimilar to America’s “salad bowl” allegory, makes it almost impossible for any party to enjoy a sweeping majority. The fact that the most popular party can hardly gain over 20% of the overall votes, makes the winner in an ongoing chase for coalition-building initiatives between various parties to form majority blocs in the Parliament.Nonetheless, some now fear that the October 7 poll could give rise to a sort of distrust in the political process.Independent observers writing for the Morocco World News, said despite some peccadillos in the electoral process, voting has been so far carried out close to international standards.Bordered on the east by Algeria and on the south by Mauritania, Morocco has a population of 34 million, with Arabs constituting 70 percent and Berbers making up most of the rest.The main official language is Arabic. Berber language, which is spoken widely in the north and the south has been granted the status of official language by the 2011 constitution.The country’s new constitution, approved in a referendum in 2011, brought about a series of amendments that narrowed down the King’s political powers at the same time as they propped up the authority of the prime minister, endowing him/her with the privilege to assign government officials and dissolve parliament – powers previously endowed only to the king.Even if opinions among experts in North African affairs have often diverged vis-à-vis such a political dispersion reflected on Morocco’s ballot day, Morocco, to its credit, is among the few Arab countries that has been holding parliamentary elections on a sequential basis since its independence in 1965.Though far from being typical, elections in Morocco have saved the country from the serious landslides which rocked other neighboring countries like Libya and Egypt, where extremism has found a fertile ground to set up roots and flourish.“We are just hoping for the best” after the harsh campaign, said Fatima Ibn Abou, among dozens voting at the Mouad Ibn Jabal middle school in Casablanca where the prime minister is casting his ballot.Friday’s ballot will uncover the lineup of the upper chamber of parliament, comprised of 395 seats, 90 of which are reserved for women and youth. Definitive results are expected to come out Saturday.As more voters are likely to head out to vote before sunset, North Africans remain on edge for the ballot’s final upshots. read more

I Will Continue This Fight Maelainine Hits Back at Moroccos PJD

Rabat – MP Amina Maelainine, whom Morocco’s ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD) recently punished for her association with a “scandalous” clothing choice, has said she will not be silenced by insincere criticism.Faced with criticism of hypocrisy from a number of Moroccans after pictures emerged in December of Maelainine walking unveiled while in Paris, PJD’s leadership lambasted the MP, who wears a veil while in Morocco.On Saturday, April 13, the party finally decided to punish Maelainine, also a PJD member, by removing her from her position as seventh vice-president in the House of Representatives. Maelainine, however, did not wait long to respond to what she perceives as an organized campaign against her personality and political convictions.Taking to Facebook on Monday, April 15, the demoted MP reminded her critics that a coordinated attempt to silence and sideline her from the party’s highest ranks will not take away her outspokenness and passion.Cheap heroism“That many people have been quick to comment, analyze, and repetitively seek glory on the back of Amina Maelainine is a sign of lack of character,” the MP lashed out. She added that her critics’ behavior since the Paris scandal is “reflective of their inability to take much more heroic roles by espousing more honorable political opinions and causes.”Maelainine rose to prominence in the aftermath of the 2011 general elections as the voice of the educated but virtuous and religious Moroccan woman.To those who have suggested that the PJD’s decision to demote Maelainine will further complicate the MP’s political future, making her gradually irrelevant in national political debates, Maelainine said she will continue her fight.“I want to point out that this is not the first time that the party’s secretariat general has opposed my candidacy for party leadership,” Maelainine wrote.According to Maelainine, the hype has more to do with a desire to use her to advance politicians’ own causes. As far as the MP is concerned, those who attack her only sought to paint her in a bad light to make themselves look more principled.However, while it “is normal” to prefer someone else over her for leadership positions, she stressed that critics’ “constant insinuations and selective condemnations” will not make up for their “lack of noble political convictions.”While Maelainine has remained uncharacteristically silent since mid-January, when the PJD started debating her political fate, it is not the first time that the outspoken MP has taken sweeping aims at her critics, both outside and within the PJD.In an interview with Moroccan weekly Al Ayyam in early March, Maelainine hinted at what other critics have called the “marketization of Islamic ethics.”The idea is that there is an inclination in Moroccan political circles, especially politicians who seek to appeal to a largely conservative and religious electoral base, to take more interest in “smear campaigns” and other “trivial issues” rather than discussing more pressing issues, according to Maelainine.She told Al Ayyam that there is a general tendency to “accord disproportionate importance” to people’s lifestyles and physical appearance rather than their actions and policies while in public office.Maelainine’s lost battleFor all of Maelainine’s defiance, it is unlikely that she will appeal to critics, most of whom were convinced of her “hypocrisy” from the very outset of the Paris scandal. For Moroccan liberals, the PJD has already been discredited as a genuine “Islamist party.”The Moroccan left has consistently held the view that the country’s ruling party only portrays itself—and falsely—as nationalist and Islamist in order to exploit the perceived gap between elites and “everyday Moroccans.”The party’s aim, critics have argued, is to take advantage of the voting capital of low-income Moroccans considered as more attached to the country’s religious and traditional values.Meanwhile, as the party seeks to wash itself of such criticisms of hypocrisy, Maelainine is increasingly viewed by many PJD members as a liability.In an interview with Morocco’s 2M television channel on April 14, justice minister and PJD frontbencher Mustapha Ramid said that “time is up” for Maelainine. Ramid said, “No one has the right to have two faces.”There are also reports that even Abdelilah Benkirane, former PJD leader and Maelainine’s traditional “protector,” is no longer supportive of his longtime “protegee.”Meanwhile, Maelainine, loyal to her feisty and defiant self, is adamant that even unanimous rejection from her party will not silence her.“I have worked hard, with devotion and engagement. I will continue this fight, which is not necessarily linked to holding leadership positions. I will continue fighting with the same passion and enthusiasm as before,” she wrote on Facebook. read more

From spaceships to hockey sticks Craft beer taps are flowing across the

Thatcher said breweries often come with pie-in-the-sky designs that aren’t practical for the bartender or the patron.Beer taps typically should be about 12 to 14 inches tall, three inches wide with the brewery’s name legible about 10 feet away, Thatcher said. Along with unique shapes, breweries have also approached Chrislan to experiment more with brighter and bolder colours.It typically takes the company about four weeks to finalize a design to do a minimum order of 25 taps. Costs start at $18 per tap, and can go up from there depending on whether the shape needs to be custom-made. Most tap handles are made out of ceramic, resin or wood.Thatcher said the biggest tip he has for breweries wanting to catch a customer’s eye with a tap is to be consistent with the design.‘I haven’t even taken a salary’: Small distillers say new Ontario liquor tax will kill themWhy people happily line up to pay more than $100 for a single beer“At the end of the day, they have to sell beer,” he said. “And unless they have the brand on there or the company name, people don’t know what they are. A spaceship may look cool but you have no idea what kind of flavour that is. It’s not very appetizing.”At Toronto bar C’est What, patrons can find everything from a giant turkey baster syringe filled with hops to a decommissioned telephone handle used as a beer tap.Owner George Milbrandt says one-of-a-kind beer tap designs definitely draw customers to the beer — many times even before they have tasted it.“There’s really no rhyme or reason (to tap design),” said Milbrandt, whose bar has more than 40 beers on tap. “It’s a very individual thing. Kind of like beer is.”The Canadian Press TORONTO — In the past five years, beer tap maker Chrislan Ceramics has seen its business double thanks to a boom in the Canadian craft beer industry.The Maple Ridge, B.C., manufacturer says it produces between 1,000 to 1,500 beer taps a week, up from around the 600 mark in 2012.Chrislan has designed beer taps featuring rocket ships, dog bones and hockey sticks for juggernauts like Guinness and Labatt as well as smaller breweries like Granville Island Brewing and Lake of Bays Brewing. But not everyone’s a winner.“A lot of the craft brewers come to us with designs that doesn’t really represent their beer,” says Chrislan sales manager Phil Thatcher. “Whether it’s cream ale or an IPA, we really want that prominent on the tap handle.”According to the latest statistics from industry association Beer Canada, there were nearly 650 breweries operating across the country, with the majority situated in Ontario, as of 2015.What’s driving the growth in beer taps, says Thatcher, are the number of craft breweries opening up shop looking to differentiate themselves.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck read more

Government seeks US grant assistance through MCC

Ambassador Kariyawasam briefed Ms. Hyde on the reform process in Sri Lanka and the significant progress that has been achieved by the government since its election to office in January. Sri Lanka now seeks to expand cooperation with the international community including through new partnerships with donor agencies, such as MCC to provide a tangible peace dividend to its people.Acknowledging the progressive developments taking place in Sri Lanka, Ms. Hyde said that MCC was encouraged by the reform process and would continue to closely follow developments in the coming months. She invited the Ambassador to continue interaction with MCC. (Colombo Gazette) Created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004, with strong bipartisan support, MCC is an innovative foreign aid agency that operates on the principle of delivering U.S. grant assistance to select countries on the basis of a long-term consultative partnership, with the objective of reducing global poverty through sustainable economic growth. The Government has sought grant assistance from the United States under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington said.At a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Dana J. Hyde, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam has emphasized the desire of the Government to establish a partnership with the United States under the Millennium Challenge Corporation. MCC grants to partner countries can reach the tune of US$ 500 million over a five-year partnership. To date, MCC has approved over $10 billion in assistance worldwide that support country-determined projects in such sectors as agriculture and irrigation, infrastructure, water supply and sanitation, access to health, finance and enterprise development, anti-corruption initiatives, land rights and access to education. MCC selects eligible countries based on their performance in the areas of good governance, economic freedom and investment in their citizens. read more

Ex LTTE negotiator tells TNA to push for Eelam

Rudrakumaran also noted that the outcome of the August 2015 elections should not be in any way misconstrued by the TNA that the people have rejected the overwhelming mandate given at the parliamentary election of 1977 for the establishment of an independent Tamil State in the island of Sri Lanka adding that doing so would be utterly incorrect. “Of the different positions we articulated, the TNA included in their election manifesto the one concerning the Thimphu Principles, which recognize that Eelam Tamils have inhabited a traditional homeland, they constitute a distinct nation, based on which  Eelam Tamils were entitled to the right of self-determination.  With reference to the Report to be delivered by the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, although there was no mention about an international independent investigation in TNA’s election manifesto, we saw that number TNA candidates reiterated on election platforms their support for an international investigation,” Rudrakumaran said in a statement. “The reality in Sri Lanka is such that 6th Amendment to the Constitution adopted after the 1977 elections prohibits any expression by the Tamil people of their aspirations for freedom through secession. The 6th Amendment has clearly established a situation in which the Eelam Tamil Nation in its campaign for political rights could not even express, let alone discuss freely, the options for a resolution to the Tamil National question. In this context, the failure of the Tamil voters to express a desire to create their own independent, sovereign state could be considered as a fresh mandate state only if they voted after the 6th Amendment had been repealed, and not when the voting took place with the 6th Amendment in place to muzzle their freedom of expression. The enormous sacrifice of over 40,000 martyrs and tens of thousands of citizens remain with us as a mandate, and reminding generations to come the duty to uphold that mandate towards establishing an independent State of Tamil Eelam,” he said.He also said that the opportunity for the Tamil people to express their true aspirations would come only when the said 6th Amendment is repealed and a Referendum is conducted under aegis of the international community whereby Tamils living in the North and East and in the Diaspora could vote on all options for a solution to the Tamil national struggle in Sri Lanka, including the option to secede. (Colombo Gazette) Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, the head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) and former LTTE peace negotiator, has called on the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to push for the creation of a State of Tamil Eelam.While congratulating the TNA on its victory at the Parliamentary Elections Rudrakumaran noted that during the election the TGTE appealed to the Tamil people to cast their votes based on certain fundamental positions instead of the usual approach of supporting a political party. read more

We can all sing Kumbaya and keep going Leaders tee off on

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May stared at an empty podium, as they looked to get an edge on the absent Liberal leader.The debate was moderated by Maclean’s writer Paul Wells and covered four major issues: the economy, Indigenous issues, energy and the environment and foreign policy.Below, some of the highlights from the debate. Read all the National Post’s election coverage Terry Glavin: Empty chair at upcoming debate the lesser of two bad looks for Trudeau 9:45 p.m. — Singh thanks viewers “for sticking with us this long.” He says the NDP won’t be fighting “for the powerful” but for average Canadians.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.9:43 p.m. — Scheer’s closing comments centre almost entirely on cost-of-living issues. Taxes, home heating and a government that “lives within its means.”9:41 p.m. — In her closing comments, May asks voters to “give us a serious consideration” and recommends people check out the party’s platform.9:36 p.m. — “I wear as a badge of honour that I am the only party leader currently banned from Russia,” says Scheer. May accuses Scheer of taking his ideas from Donald Trump, such as moving the embassy to Jerusalem, and Scheer says “that’s just false” but doubles down on his support for Israel.Scheer noted with pride that he’s the only party leader to be banned from Russia because of his “support for Ukraine.”Which is….a stretch. It’s true that he’s banned — but that’s because he was speaker of the House of Commons at the time. Not for any policy position.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) September 13, 20199:30 p.m. — May blames Cambridge Analytica for Brexit and says it was a travesty of enormous proportions.9:28 p.m. — May grins broadly as Wells asks Scheer about his tweet supporting Brexit. “My focus is on restoring Canada’s place in the world,” says Scheer. Doesn’t touch the question of whether he supports it or not.9:25 p.m. — Scheer complains about how long it took to name a new ambassador to China. He says that when China starts “blocking our imports,” Canada needs to stand up for itself.9:24 p.m. — May says that anyone who can confidently say what they want to do with China is “talking out of their hat.” These are complicated issues, she says.Maclean’s/CITY made a point with the empty podium off the top. But then forgot about that empty space. Director has not been calling that shot and moderator has not directed any question at the empty spot. You’re either all in on showing up the no-show or you’re not.— David Akin 🇨🇦 (@davidakin) September 13, 20199:22 p.m. — At the beginning of the final segment, Singh ticks off what he thinks are Trudeau’s failure on foreign policy: diplomacy with China, his trip to India and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.9:15 p.m. — During the break, notes from the beginning of the debate were issued. Before it kicked off, Elizabeth May walked up to the Trudeau’s empty podium and said “Good to see you,” while shaking hands with no one, reported CP reporter Allison Jones.9:10 p.m. — Scheer looks a little bit taken aback as May reels off parts of his climate plan that she likes. But, “if you don’t have the right target you can’t make a plan that makes any sense,” said May. We are “hanging on to human civilization.”9:08 p.m. — Scheer says his plan for the environment is the most comprehensive policy ever put forward by an opposition party. “The carbon tax is proven to fail,” says Scheer.9:02 p.m. — The first major attack between Singh and May happens on abortion rights. “We have a solid position, unlike the Greens, on a woman’s right to choose,” says Singh, referencing a recent interview May did with CBC in which she said Green MPs would be able to vote their conscience on the issue. May later walked back that position after the interview aired. She calls the attack absurd and takes the argument back to climate change.8:59 p.m. — On May’s plan to retrofit buildings, Wells notes that it’s an audacious plan that requires “working with Jason Kenney and Doug Ford.” May says it may be audacious but it’s also essential. She ticks off the risks from climate change and says, “yes, we can do this.”I feel like Singh and May are focusing too much on attacking Scheer and not enough on each other. #elxn43— Maura Forrest (@MauraForrest) September 13, 20198:53 p.m. — Wells asks Singh about his thoughts on the B.C. LNG project that he has previously panned. Singh won’t say for sure whether an NDP government or a minority government supported by the NDP would be opposed to it.This Singh answer on whether he does or does not support LNG might be his first clear attempt to deflect tonight. He’s sounded pretty forthright up to now. #FirstDebate— John Geddes (@Geddes28) September 13, 20198:43 p.m. — Scheer says that under a Conservative government the director of public prosecutions will not see any interference on the decision about whether to prosecute SNC-Lavalin.8:42 p.m. — Scheer demands that Trudeau waive cabinet confidence on the SNC-Lavalin affair and May doubles down on the Green idea for a public inquiry.8:39 p.m. — May floats the idea of making SNC-Lavalin do “community service” by building infrastructure without making any profit on it. “It’s a bit ludicrous,” says Singh.8:37 p.m. — Scheer wants to know what happens if a single First Nations community rejects the project. Does it get halted? For our Albertan readers, don’t fear: Wells says there’s a lot more questions on pipelines coming.8:35 p.m. — “If you don’t have communities buying in, projects won’t go ahead,” says Singh, on the government’s “duty to consult” on major projects.8:33 p.m. — Both Singh and Scheer are going after Trudeau for his comments to protesters from Grassy Narrows, who were angry about mercury poisoning in their community.8:28 p.m. — May and Singh press Scheer on a recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision that concluded that Canada wilfully and recklessly discriminated against First Nations children. Singh says he’s “appalled that Mr. Scheer just couldn’t say ‘yes, we won’t appeal the decision.’”8:26 p.m. — On Indigenous issues, Scheer gives a shout-out to National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde, who in Scheer’s riding in Saskatchewan. Scheer says we need to end long-term boil water advisories and offer more natural resource opportunities for First Nations.8:23 p.m. — Singh says he wants Quebecers to know that “you can believe in who you are, you can celebrate your identity.”8:22 p.m. — On Quebec’s Bill 21, May says she wants to secure the rights of everyone in the province and floats the idea of giving jobs to people who lose them thanks to the new legislation. Scheer says he glad people are fighting the bill in the courts, but a Conservative government wouldn’t intervene.8:21 p.m. — Scheer warns that program promises like this will just juice the country’s debt. On pharmacare, the government should be more worried about people who fall through the cracks, not “universal” programs, he says.8:20 p.m. — Singh touts his party’s plan for universal pharmacare. May says she likes the idea, but her party was spooked by the $30 billion price tag they got from the parliamentary budget office. Singh says he’ll find revenue in offshore tax havens and other loopholes.8:18 p.m. — “We can all sing Kumbaya and keep going,” says May, after an exchange ends with all the leaders agreeing that Trudeau’s Liberals have made life more expensive for Canadians.8:16 p.m. — Singh is now comparing Scheer to Doug Ford’s Ontario government and says Scheer will offer similar budget cuts. That’s been a constant attack from Trudeau’s Liberals.8:14 p.m. — May complains that Scheer never answered the question: What about a surprise? Scheer says he will balance the budget. May interjects and insists that the Green Party will not cut services if there’s a surprise in the balance sheet.8:10 p.m. — Scheer is asked if there are circumstances in which he would have to embark on budget costs, like if he finds the finances in worse shape than is currently realized. He says his platform will be fully costed and he doesn’t expect to encounter those scenarios.8:09 p.m. — This debate, so far, is a free-for-all squabble, with the leaders going back and forth and interrupting each other.8:07 p.m. — Scheer briefly pans the policy, but turns immediately to a criticism of Trudeau’s fiscal management. Singh also goes straight to a jab at Trudeau.8:05 p.m. — The debate starts off with a question to Elizabeth May about her party’s guaranteed minimum income plan. May says she see it as an investment and will save money in other areas, for example, in housing fewer prisoners in penitentiaries.8:02 p.m. — “Now with 25 per cent fewer leaders,” says moderator Paul Wells as the debate begins. He says they left an empty podium in case Trudeau changes his mind.7:04 p.m. — As crowds gather in Toronto for the debate, Liberal supporters are lining up to see Justin Trudeau in Edmonton. After that, Trudeau will head to Trois-Rivières, Quebec, where Andrew Scheer kicked off his campaign yesterday.6:35 p.m. — As the leaders arrive for the debate, a group of People’s Party of Canada supporters have gathered outside to protest the lack of invitation for party leader Maxime Bernier.5:17 p.m. — Not be outdone, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh shot a video on the debate stage, saying he was excited to get started, but annoyed that Trudeau wasn’t attending. “I’m really disappointed that Mr. Trudeau didn’t decide to show up. He’s not been there for Canadians for the past four years and now he’s not there today,” said Singh.3:13 p.m. — Andrew Scheer took to Twitter to shame Liberal leader Justin Trudeau for skipping the debate tonight, posting a photo of the stage. “There are four podiums but only three leaders will show up. Trudeau keeps running away from his record instead of running on it,” Scheer tweeted. Gary Clement / National Post Federal leaders gathered for the first federal election debate on Sept. 12, but someone was missing. The party leaders in the 2019 federal election were studying hard Thursday afternoon, brushing up on their policies and practicing their zingers ahead of the first leaders debate.Well, not all of them. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau decided to skip the debate entirely. He will attend only one English language debate before the Oct. 21 election. English Canada won’t get to see Trudeau tussle with his opponents until Oct. 7. read more

Forbes Dallas Cowboys Worth NFLBest 32 Billion

They have been a nonfactor in the Super Bowl for almost two decades and have not won a playoff game in five years, and yet the value of the Dallas Cowboys franchise continues to rise.Valued at $3.2 billion, owner Jerry Jones’ Cowboys are atop Forbes magazine’s rankings of NFL teams by a healthy margin for an eighth consecutive season, having risen in value by $900 million to become the only NFL team worth more than $3 billion.Despite last having won a championship in 1996, the Cowboys are second in value only to soccer’s Real Madrid ($3.4 billion) among all global sports franchises.Dallas has the NFL’s highest revenue ($560 million) and operating income ($246 million), and this season becomes the first NFL team to have partnerships with a worldwide luxury watch and cruise line.The New England Patriots ($2.6 billion), the Washington Redskins ($2.4 billion), the New York Giants ($2.1 billion) and the Houston Texans ($1.85 billion) round out the top five. The entire NFC East is ranked among the seven most valuable teams, with the Philadelphia Eagles coming in seventh ($1.75 billion).Forbes says the average NFL franchise is now worth an all-time high of $1.43 billion, which is 23 percent more than a year ago and is the biggest year-over-year increase since 1999.It is more than the mean valuation of the world’s top 20 soccer teams ($1.05 billion), Major League Baseball teams ($811 million) and NBA teams ($634 million).Only seven football teams are worth less than $1 billion: the San Diego Chargers ($995 million), Cincinnati Bengals ($990 million), Oakland Raiders ($970 million), Jacksonville Jaguars ($965 million), Detroit Lions ($960 million), Buffalo Bills ($935 million) and the St. Louis Rams ($930 million).The value of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks rose to $1.33 billion, which ranked 15th.Other teams in the top 10 include the New York Jets (No. 6, $1.8 billion), Chicago Bears  (No. 8, $1.7 billion), San Francisco 49ers (No. 9, $1.6 billion) and the Baltimore Ravens (No. 10, $1.5 billion). read more

Nightmare continues for Ohio State volleyball

Correction: Oct. 29, 2013Andrea Kacsits’ name was initially spelled wrong in this article. It was been changed to reflect the correct spelling. Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits (4) defends a shot during a match against Nebraska Oct. 25 at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Brandon Klein / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team, which has now dropped six straight matches, hit the half way point of the conference season with a 2-8 record.“We are not the team we were in this nightmare of a first half,” sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said. “We’ll be better in the second half (of the season) for sure.”The No. 24 Buckeyes, who have not won since Oct. 5 at Indiana, dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 13 Nebraska Friday at St. John Arena.“We need to remember what it feels like to win, and love that feeling enough to want to do it every time,” Kacsits said of the team’s recent struggles.The Buckeyes looked strong early Friday, taking the first set 25-22, but were unable to build on that form the rest of the way.Nebraska jumped out to a 12-4 lead over OSU in the second set, eventually winning it 25-12. The third ended 25-17 in favor of the Cornhuskers, and a late rally was not enough for OSU as they fell 25-19 in the final set.The final period was close until the end, as the Buckeyes only trailed one point, 20-19, but five straight Nebraska points closed out the match.Coach Geoff Carlston said his team can take positives from the match, but they still have work to do in the second half of Big Ten play.“I thought some individuals played really well (against Nebraska),” Carlston said. “I think (we had) … the effort that we need to get better.”Carlston has been working with multiple lineups during the losing streak, going with a two setter look against Nebraska as freshman Maggie Heim and junior Taylor Sherwin both saw significant playing time.“It’s an option, something that I like components of,” Carlston said about the different look.Heim finished with three kills and 14 assists while Sherwin tallied 24 assists.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led the Buckeyes with 12 kills, while Kacsits added eight of 14 attempts for an attack percentage of .500.Senior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson led the match with 19 kills for Nebraska, while freshman outside hitter Kadie Rolfzen had 16 and sophomore middle blocker Meghan Haggerty added 10.After the loss, the Buckeyes have a week to rest, with their next match scheduled for Friday against No. 10 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.Leary said the second half of the season gives the Buckeyes a chance to see teams again and learn from their mistakes.“The good thing about the Big Ten is you play everyone twice,” she said. “Now everyone knows the teams better, they know us better, we know them better.”Carlston said the time off will help his team’s rhythm and give them a chance to get back on the same page.“We’re going to take these days off, regroup, and really focus on the second half of the season,” he said.After their match at Michigan State, the Buckeyes are scheduled to head to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a date with the No. 17 Michigan Wolverines. read more

Elderly people sent home from hospital in dead of night amid fundamental

first_imgMPs said the divide between health and social care services was extreme it amounted to political maladministration Credit:Dominic Lipinksi/PA ‘These shocking failures will continue to happen unless the government tackles the heart of the problem – the chronic underfunding of social care which is pilling excruciating pressure on the NHS’Dame Julie Mellor, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Latest figures show delays in discharging fit patients from hospital have risen 23 per cent in one year, while bedblocking is at record levels.The NHS Ombudsman report – which saw a 36 per cent rise in discharge-related investigations in 2015 – found that some deaths and incidents of suffering could have been prevented if hospitals carried out the right checks before discharging people.Last night Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Julie Mellor said: “We see too many cases where discharge from hospital has gone horribly wrong, particularly for older, frail people who often don’t have the right support in place at home to cope on their own.“These shocking failures will continue to happen unless the government tackles the heart of the problem – the chronic underfunding of social care which is pilling excruciating pressure on the NHS, leaving vulnerable patients without a lifeline.”PACAC chairman Bernard Jenkin, Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex, said: “Hospital staff seem to feel pressured to discharge patients before it is safe to do so. Hospital leadership must reassure their staff that organisational pressures never take priority over person-centred care. And staff need to feel a level of trust and openness that enables them to raise concerns about unsafe discharge.”Janet Morrison, chief executive of the charity Independent Age, said: “This report paints a damning picture of the management of hospital discharge across many parts of the NHS. We are consistently seeing record numbers of people being kept in hospital unnecessarily because appropriate care services have not been put in place.”A spokesman for the Department of Health said:  “Patients should only be discharged from hospital when it’s clinically appropriate and safe for them and their families – and the best way to ensure that is to meaningfully integrate health and social care. We are investing billions to do so over the course of this Parliament to improve the experience of patients, many of whom will be vulnerable.” The Ombudsman report, published in May,  highlighted nine harrowing cases of unsafe release from hospital, including two patients who died as a result. One woman said she would be “haunted” for the rest of her life by the avoidable suffering of her mother, who was repeatedly sent home against her wishes.Today’s report said the cases were “not isolated incidents but rather examples of problems that patients, relatives and carers are experiencing more widely”.“We heard that pressures on resources and capacity within hospitals are leading to worrying and unsafe discharge practices,” MPs said.The report said patients were suffering because too many were stuck in hospital despite being medically fit to leave, while others were being forced out too early, to free up beds.   Old hands  MPs examined the issue of hospital discharges after the NHS ombudsman found a sharp increase in complaints about patients who had been sent home in unsafe circumstances.Cases examined include an 85-year-old with dementia, sent home at 11pm, without food, drink or bedding, and unable to get to the toilet.   Another elderly patient died in her granddaughter’s arms, hours after being sent home by doctors who failed to examine her.MPs today urged the Health Secretary to act to stop any patients being discharged against their will between the hours of 11pm and 6am. And they told the Government to set out plans explaining how it will fund social care so that services can survive in the long-run.center_img Delays in discharging fit patients from hospital have risen 23 per cent since June last year. Frail elderly people are being sent home from hospital in the dead of night because of a fundamental breakdown of the health and social care system, according to a damning report by MPs.Watchdogs said patients were increasingly being forced to endure “harrowing” and unsafe ordeals amid mounting pressures on services.The report by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) says patients were being put at risk by gaps between health and social care services, which are so extreme that they amount to “political maladministration”.Last night the health service Ombudsman said vulnerable patients were being left without a lifeline, accusing the Government of “chronic underfunding of social care.” MPs have urged Jeremy Hunt to set out how the practice of discharge at night will be endedCredit:PA  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Male teachers ruling out primary school jobs because they fear being viewed

David Keyte, 29, started teaching a Year 4 class in Surrey wanting a career move after five years in a sales role. He thinks boys need more role models to encourage them into teaching.He said: “To incentivise more men to work in the primary sector it would be great to see more male teachers in primary school teaching adverts. For secondary schools, they use a mixture of male and female teachers but when we look at primary schools there are more female teachers in the classrooms.A spokesperson for the Department for Education said: “We are continuing to build an inclusive environment where all teachers and pupils can feel valued and be themselves. Each part of the school system can play a valuable role in supporting the progression of all teachers.” Mr King puts it down to the overall perception of what a primary school teacher looks like.He added: “It’s a traditional sociological construct written into our society that men don’t teach in primary schools.“It is a different job, I spend my day with children. My friends sometimes think it’s weird that I choose to talk to children over adults all day.”For Mr King and other male teachers, the issue is worsened by how teaching young children is often not presented to young men as a “normal” career. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ben King, 30, teaches a Year 5 class at a Horsham primary school and agrees. He feels that although it’s not often spoken about, there is an underlying suspicion of men who teach in primary schools.“There are issues surrounding safeguarding which are not spoken about. For example when girls get changed for P.E. I leave the room, we are taught to look out for signs of abuse like bruises when [children] get changed,” he said.“I don’t feel comfortable doing that and they are supervised by female staff instead. The same goes for hugging a child that has hurt themselves. I don’t think female teachers have the same issue.” Male primary teachers have spoken of their fear of being perceived as suspicious for working with young children and the lack of male role models for boys in schools.Teachers, unions and charities are now urging young men to see through the traditional perception of primary school teachers and sign up to teach younger children.Ex-teacher Julian Stanley, CEO of Education Support Partnership, a charity providing wellbeing support to education staff, said: “The concern of safeguarding is huge for men – it’s about whether you can work with children and be viewed with suspicion.“We have to stick to careful rules but it doesn’t exclude you from creating strong relationships we want a balance still.”The number of male primary school teachers remains at an all time low, with just 15 percent of nursery and primary school teachers in England being male, according to the latest figures.Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union blamed sexism.She said: “Men are put off by the idea that they’re supposedly not meant to work in jobs involving children, which is old-fashioned thinking we need to move beyond.“Not everyone has what it takes to be a great primary teacher, but whether you can do it isn’t to do with whether you’re male or female.” read more

Whats the most significant innovation in exploration of recent years

first_imgWe are now accepting nominations for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame – to be inducted in Phoenix, AZ, USA, February 22 during the SME Annual Conference (www.im-halloffame.com) at a gala dinner event at the Hyatt Regency. Nominees are judged on innovation and contribution made to the industry – i.e. what has this innovation achieved. Nominations are also sought for those who have facilitated the introduction of a specific technology to an operation. They can be as important as the innovators. Nominations should be for a person or team of people, who must all be named.  The 12 categories are: Outstanding innovator, Environmental management and stewardship, Safety, Exploration, Mining software, Underground development, Underground production, Surface mining, Bulk handling, Comminution, Concentration and Metallurgy  How a nomination stands out: Judges looked for well-presented nominations:  * Clear presentation of the nominee’s “above and beyond” qualities and accomplishments  * Information that demonstrates that the innovation and the nominee’s activities actively contributed to industry knowledge and advancement  Judges for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame include industry experts from academia (mining professors), CEOs and senior management of engineering and consulting companies, mining company executives, past inductees and others interested in mining technology.  Nominations are due in by the end of July and should be sent to john@im-mining.com. Nominations received after July 2015 will be considered for the 2016 inductions. Contact us for sponsorship opportunities.last_img read more

Lagarde list committee to be named

first_imgA parliamentary committee that will investigate former Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou over his handling of the Lagarde list of Greek depositors will be formed late Monday or Tuesday.The committee is to be led by New Democracy MP Christos Markoyiannakis, a vice speaker in Parliament, Kathimerini understands. It is to comprise 15 MPs from the various parties, three more than Parliament regulations dictate in view of the increased number of parties in the House. ND is expected to appoint Lazaros Tsavdaridis, Costas Koutsoyiannopoulos and Adonis Georgiadis, among others. The leftwing opposition SYRIZA is to offer three members – Zoe Constantopoulou, Theodoris Dritsas and Stavros Kontonis. Socialist PASOK will likely be represented by Apostolos Kaklamanis and Panagiotis Rigas, while each of the smaller parties will appoint one MP, with one official representing independent deputies.Meanwhile prosecutors are to question a former advisor to Papaconstantinou and a former aide to the ex-chief of the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) Yiannis Diotis, Galateia Mane.Diotis claims to have asked an aide to copy a memory stick given to him by Papaconstantinou onto another flash drive and erase the original. A 120-page report submitted to Parliament by prosecutors reportedly points to the existence of several copies of the original memory stick with some files dating back to April 2009, long before Papaconstantinou claimed to have received the data from French authorities. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un satellite ukrainien visera la Lune en 2017

first_imgUn satellite ukrainien visera la Lune en 2017Le conseiller du président de l’agence spatiale ukrainienne Edouard Kouznetsov a annoncé que l’Ukraine comptait lancer un satellite de fabrication nationale vers la Lune en 2017.Cité par l’agence publique Ukrinform, Edouard Kouznetsov, le conseiller du président de l’agence spatiale ukrainienne, a révélé que le pays envisageait “de réaliser un programme baptisé Selena vers 2017. Il prévoit le tir d’un lanceur ukrainien avec à son bord un satellite qui survolera la Lune et prendra des photographies”.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAPour atteindre leur objectif, les Ukrainiens utiliseront le lanceur Dnepr amélioré et doté d’un propulseur Kretchet conçu par le bureau d’études ukrainien Ioujnoïe. Ce lanceur n’est rien d’autre qu’un ancien missile intercontinental RS-20 Voevoda reconverti. Toutefois, il ne s’agit pas d’une première puisque la Russie utilise ces mêmes missiles désaffectés en tant que lanceurs spatiaux depuis les années 1990. Russie et Ukraine ont d’ailleurs créé ensemble l’entreprise Kosmotras afin de créer et d’exploiter le lanceur Dnepr. Ce dernier avait été conçu sur la même base que le missile RS-20 (SS-18 Satan selon la classification de l’OTAN) avant d’être condamné à la destruction par le traité russo-américain sur la réduction des armes stratégiques offensives (START-1) de 1991, rappelle Ria Novosti.Le 11 novembre 2011 à 15:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

LEtat contribue à lessor du cloud computing en France

first_imgL’Etat contribue à l’essor du cloud computing en France Le projet Andromède va disposer d’une aide conséquente de 75 millions d’euros, de la part du Fonds national pour la société numérique pour développer le cloud computing. Grâce à un apport conséquent du Fonds national pour la société numérique (FSN), le service de cloud computing français va enfin pouvoir se développer efficacement et durablement. Le projet Andromède – soutenu par Orange et Thalès – va bénéficier d’un apport de 75 millions d’euros, ce qui porte au total son capital à 225 millions d’euros, d’après un communiqué du gouvernement.À lire aussiLe fantôme de “Big Brother” pousse les autorités de San Francisco à agirLe FSN avait été lancé en mars 2011 et il avait été doté d’un portefeuille de 4,25 milliards d’euros, dont la gestion est l’œuvre de la Caisse des dépôts. Le communiqué du gouvernement indique que l’argent réuni permettra l’émergence “d’un nouvel acteur majeur de l’économie numérique”.Les moyens ainsi déployés permettront de fournir “à la demande les capacités de traitement, de stockage et de bande passante utilisées par toutes les entreprises et les administrations, mais également par la filière informatique (éditeurs, SSII…)”. De plus, “ce dispositif […] vise à soutenir, par des financements en fonds propres ou quasi fonds propres, les entreprises développant de nouveaux usages, services et contenus numériques innovants”. Le communiqué précise enfin que “la suite logicielle de la société sera développée à base de logiciels libres, favorisant ainsi l’ouverture, l’interopérabilité et la standardisation, et bénéficiera d’un haut niveau de sécurité”.Le 20 avril 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Update on Kevin Steen and his expected name in WWE NXT

first_img WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Maryse Pinterest Facebook WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next The Miz Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha center_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Videos Articles Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter WWE applied to trademark the name Kevin Owens on 10/24. This is expected to be Kevin Steen’s ring name in NXT. Steen officially signed with WWE back in August.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhy WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn DaughterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:49/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.23%0:00Remaining Time -0:49 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Steve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlamlast_img read more

Friedel Spurs always knew Kane was a truly special talent

first_imgFormer goalkeeper Brad Friedel revealed that Tottenham were always convinced of Harry Kane’s potential, despite his low-key start.After four loan spells during the early stages of his career, Kane has since developed into one of the most renown scorers in Europe following his exploits over the past four years.The 25-year-old has won two Premier League Golden Boots, along with the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot, and sits in fourth-place in Spurs’ all-time record scorer’s list on 160 goals in 243 games.But Friedel, who played for Spurs between 2011 to 2015, witnessed Kane’s rise first-hand from practically a nobody to the deadly scorer he is today and insists he along with the entire coaching team always knew he would be special.“We absolutely knew how good Kane was going to be, and it was noted many times in our staff meeting and our meetings when I was starting my coaching at Tottenham,” Friedel told US Bookies.“As a player, each and every one of us knew that he was a truly special talent.“He has proved that hard work does pay off, and he still works harder than everyone else out there, that’s why he is so good.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“On top of that, he obviously has the talent. He scored past me in training once or twice maybe, but they didn’t count as I was over 40!”The ex-USA international also gave his views on the Premier League title battle this season with just five points separating the top-three teams.“There are 13 games to play, who knows who is going to win the Premier League?” Friedel said.“Tottenham, Liverpool, Man City are all such top teams. It’s going to be close to the finish, but I hope it’s between Liverpool and Tottenham, being two of my former clubs.“I’d let them battle it out and I would be happy to see either of them win it.”Mauricio Pochettino’s side will take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday in the Premier League with kick-off set for 1:30 PM (CET).LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 16: Brad Friedel of Spurs gives the thumbs up during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City at White Hart Lane on May 16, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)last_img read more

23yearold man arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing woman in Encanto

first_img January 17, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 23-year-old San Diego man was behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing a woman whose body was found near an Encanto park, police said.Napolean Joel Lange was arrested Monday and booked into the San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon, San Diego police homicide Lt. Todd Griffin said. He’s tentatively scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.Lange is accused of killing 29-year-old San Diego resident Lavaughn Rawshanda Nicole Williams, Griffin said. No suspected motive was disclosed.“Although the suspect and victim were acquainted, detectives are still working to confirm the status of their relationship,” the lieutenant said.Williams’ body was found at 2:33 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of South 66th Street. A citizen reported the discovery to officers working an SDPD recruiting event at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park.The officers went to the location on the perimeter of the park and located the body on a ravine slope, Griffin said. The victim had been stabbed  in the upper body. KUSI Newsroom, 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing woman in Encanto Posted: January 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka resigns heres the FULL TEXT of his letter

first_imgReutersVishal Sikka has resigned from his position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) of Infosys amid rising criticism about his role in the company. Pravin Rao has now been appointed as the interim CEO. In his resignation letter, Sikka said, “After much reflection, I have concluded that it is indeed time for me to leave my current positions as MD and CEO, and I have communicated my resignation to Sesh.” R Seshasayee is the present chairman of the board.In a letter to stock exchanges, Company Secretary AGS Manikantha confirmed Sikka’s decision to step down as the CEO, saying the resignation was accepted at a board meeting on August 18.Sikka will now serve as the executive vice-chairman of the company and continue to focus on strategic initiatives, key customer relationships and technology development.Last year, Infosys board members decided to extend Sikka’s tenure as CEO by two years until 2021, crediting him with placing India’s second largest software services firm back on the growth path. The extension gave Sikka a chance to move Infosys towards its goal of achieving revenue of $20 billion by 2020.However, he unexpectedly stepped down from the position citing “personal attacks” on him.Here is the full text of what Sikka had to say:Moving On…Earlier today I resigned my position as MD & CEO of Infosys. Here is the mail I sent to our employees.Dear Friends,After a lot of reflection, I have resigned from my position as your MD & CEO effective today. A succession process has been initiated, with Pravin serving as interim MD & CEO, and I will work closely with the Board and management team over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition. In addition, I have agreed to serve as Executive Vice Chairman on the Board to further ensure continuity until the new management is in place.For days, indeed weeks, this decision has weighed on me. I have wrestled the pros and cons, the issues and the counterbalancing arguments. But now, after much thought, and considering the environment of the last few quarters, I am clear in my decision. It is clear to me that despite our successes over the last three years, and the powerful seeds of innovation that we have sown, I cannot carry out my job as CEO and continue to create value, while also constantly defending against unrelenting, baseless/malicious and increasingly personal attacks.In 2014, we started with a very challenging set of conditions, and in the last three years, we have decisively turned things around.Three years ago, I started this journey with a calling, to help reshape the company around innovation and entrepreneurship, to deliver breakthrough value for clients, and to help elevate our work, our standing, our selves, on the basis of a dual strategy, bringing together dualities of renew and new, automation and innovation, people and software, to show a new path forward in a time of unprecedented disruption within the industry and beyond. That time, around and before June 2014, was a difficult time. Our growth rates were low and attrition was high. There was a sense of apprehension all around and I came here to help enable a great transformation as our core business faced intense pricing pressure, and clients looked increasingly to innovative partners to help shape their digital futures. Now, a bit more than three years later, I am happy to see the company doing better in every dimension I can think of.We have grown our revenues, from $2.13B in Q1FY15 to $2.65B this past Q1. We did so while keeping a strong focus on margins, closing this past quarter at 24.1% operating margin, beating some competitors for the first time in many years, and improving against most in our industry. Perhaps more importantly, our revenue per employee has grown for six quarters in a row. Our attrition has fallen, from 23.4% in Q1FY15 to 16.9% this past Q1, and high performer attrition is hovering at or below the single-digit threshold for a while now. We grew our $100M+ clients from 12 when I started, to 19, and increased our large deal wins from ~$1.9B in FY15 to ~$3.5B this past year. We’ve done all this while improving our overall utilization, to a 10-yr high this past quarter, and an all time high including trainees, while improving our cash reserves, rewarding employees with a new equity plan, and returning cash to our stakeholders. And we have done all this while improving our standing with clients to the highest ever in the 12 years since we’ve done our client satisfaction survey, and a jump of 22 points in CxO satisfaction.A few days ago, Nitesh, Radha, and I met a client in our office in Palo Alto. It is one of the largest companies in the world – and the CIO was excited and proud about seeing automation come to life in their landscape. Her reaction to seeing many of our innovation projects, as well as our workspace itself, was thoroughly rewarding, and a testament to all we have achieved. She requested us to bring our innovative work and processes to everything we do with her team in a similar space, and even that we help them establish a similar presence for their company in the valley! This is a sentiment I’ve often heard from clients who’ve visited our 12,000 sqft space here, that has seen 2200 visits over its ~27 months; clients where we saw much faster than average revenue growth following their visits. So, as I look back on the three years as CEO, what brings me the most joy is the new roads that all of you have traveled, the new frontiers that all of you have enabled. From embracing the new ideas in education, teaching ourselves Design Thinking like no one else ever has, learning AI, new development processes, and more, to applying these learnings via Zero Distance, a one-of-a-kind program of massive grassroots innovation, powered by education, by the amazing Zero Bench, and by your creative confidence. With 16500+ ideas generated, 2200+ of which have already been implemented, ZD is proof that innovation need not be the domain of a chosen few in some elite department, but is the prerogative of us all; proof that the extraordinary within each one of us can indeed be unleashed. To complement this grassroots innovation, we’ve launched 25+ new services that contributed 8.3% of our revenue last quarter, up from zero in April 2015. And our own new software business is now at 1.6% of revenue. Our AI platform, Nia, now with 160+ scenarios deployed at more than 70 clients, is helping drive both automation within the company, and breakthrough new business scenarios outside. Beyond new services and new software, we’ve ventured into new horizons, from our startup fund’s investments in promising new businesses, to the work we’ve done in the last 3 years in local hiring around the world, especially in the US, to the exemplary and inspiring work our US foundation has done in bringing computer science education and a culture of making, to the masses.And I am proud of how we have upheld our values, our culture, our integrity, whilst we have gone about this massive transformation. I am proud of how our Board has worked, tirelessly, selflessly, these past quarters, despite intense, unfair, and often malicious and personal, criticism, in not only upholding our standards of governance and integrity, but also indeed raising these. None of our successes would be worthwhile for a moment, if this was not the case.I was, and remain, passionate about the massive transformation opportunity for this company and industry, but we all need to allow the company to move beyond the noise and distractions.Back in May 2014, when I first met many board colleagues, I thought of the road ahead as a road for the next 33 years of this iconic company. For Infosys is more than a company: it is an idea, a dream, a pioneering possibility. Back then I thought, just as I do today, that the time ahead called for a company that could show the way to a digital future, a future where our humanity, amplified by automation and software, would unleash our creativity, our imagination, to construct great worlds of our futures, and would do so powered by education, by our timeless value of learnability. Such an Infosys, whilst staying true to its core, to her values and timeless principles, would shine the light in an altogether different context, a different reality. Such an Infosys would be one where an individual’s entrepreneurship, ability to imagine and create, ability to learn, and to amplify themselves with software, with AI, would create a greater whole. Rather than an overarching system enabling the people, the people’s agility and imagination would create a greater system. Three years later, we can clearly see that the seeds of this idea have taken root and are growing, into beautiful new flowers and plants, and I see no reason why these cannot continue, and help shape our company’s future.For sure this journey has been a difficult one. No one, especially me, thought it would be easy. Transformations are hard to begin with. A massive transformation, of such an iconic institution, with such groundbreaking achievements behind her, would be even tougher, and the exponential rates of change all around us, further amplified by geopolitical matters, would add that much more headwind. But all this was known, and clear, and in many ways added to the calling that I felt. For as the legendary architect Daniel Burnham said, “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir man’s blood.”But after much contemplation I have decided to leave because the distractions, the very public noise around us, have created an untenable atmosphere. I deeply believe in creating value in an atmosphere of freedom, trust and empowerment. Life is too short to engage in battles of opinions in the public, these add no value, take critical time and focus away from the business, and indeed add more to the noise, to the eardrum buzz, as I wrote to you a few months ago. The founding principle of the strategy I laid out for our renewal was personal empowerment, working in an entrepreneurial environment. I need this for my own work as well. Steve Jobs, in his famous commencement speech at my alma mater, said:”Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become.”I now need to move forward, and return to an environment of respect, trust and empowerment, where I can take on new lofty challenges, as can each of you.As Steve Jobs said, I must follow my heart and my intuition, build my buildings, give my givings, and do something else. Over the next weeks and months, I look forward to working with the Board and management to create a smooth transition, and simultaneously staring into the great unknown, and to doing something great, something purposeful, for the times ahead. And also to spend some time with my loved ones. I’ve been away from home far too often and far too long.As I completed my three years recently, many people asked me if I have any regrets. This question is more apt today and the answer is a clear NO. Not for a second. However difficult the noise of the last several months has been, I wouldn’t trade our time together for anything. I would not give up the experience of seeing the gleam in your eyes as you described a new idea, invention, or contribution. You worked on these confidently, without reward, without arrogance, showing exactly the kind of creative confidence that David Kelley talked about in Design Thinking – a wonderful thing to witness.I am deeply grateful for the immense support and love I’ve received from all of you, from our worthy clients for whom we do our life’s work, and by our shareholders across the globe. I am grateful for your trust, confidence and friendship, and am thankful to our team of amazing leaders, who will help lead our company to greatness. To my first Infoscion colleague and trusted friend Ranga, who enabled us to achieve the things we achieved, to the amazing Ravi, a pocket of passion and energy and execution excellence, to the calm and steadfast Mohit, who introduced me to the band of brothers and lived it, day after day, to the larger than life Rajesh, with his great heart and big laugh, to Binod, a veritable bulldozer brother with his broad shoulders and broader smile, to the one of a kind Ramadas, the architect and protector of our magnificent campuses with his indomitable spirit and world-class excellence, to the always smiling Deepak who helped live the strategy, to Krish and the best HR team in the world, especially the extraordinary Richard, Nanju, Shruthi and their amazing team for helping to carry out some of the craziest and most amazing people initiatives, to Inderpreet, a new voice to the team, a voice of calm, strength, integrity and a stability that far belies the little time she’s been with us, to Jayesh and our entire finance team for their dedication, their impeccable meticulous integrity and world-class excellence, and especially to my partner, friend, and pillar of strength, Pravin, who carried all the load in the world, with a smile, impeccable integrity and the most amazing grace, and will now lead you to the next phase of our company’s growth. To Zaiba, Bala sir, Nagaraju, Hari and many others for making it possible for me to be me and to do my work, to my Palo Alto family: Sanjay, Abdul, Navin, Ritika, Barbara, Tao, Vinod, Shabana, April, Sudhir and others who have stood by me and have given up so much to be a part of this journey and contributed so much to it, and indeed to thousands of Infoscions who’ve made it all matter. I am thankful to Sesh and our entire board for their unfailing support and confidence in me throughout this journey.Together we have achieved a lot. Even in the midst of all of the distractions, even as the tendency was to return to the familiar, we still managed to persevere and make wonderful progress. We have laid the foundation for the next 30 years of Infosys, and I feel deeply proud to have worked alongside all of you in sowing the seeds that will return this company to the bellwether it once was. As you’ve all often reminded us, Infosys is no bigger and no smaller than any of us, the people, the Infoscions. You are the ones that will take Infosys to the next 30 years and beyond. As I think about the time ahead, for all of us, I can only see us powered by a freedom from the known, of renewing ourselves to thrive in the time ahead. Each one of you has vindicated my deeply held belief that people are capable of doing more, achieving more, being more, than they ever imagined possible. So, keep pushing yourself to do better at whatever you are good at, but also learning to do things you have never done before, indeed, nobody has ever done before. I know I will be doing the same.The Board, Pravin, and I will communicate additional details as we move forward in this transition, and meanwhile, we continue our work as is. I wish all of you the very best in your journeys ahead.last_img read more