Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Saturday met Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav in Patna and decided to snub Nitish Kumar, saying there was no point in meeting the Chief Minister. The two had met on Mr. Patel’s previous trip to Patna in December 2016.The Patidar leader also appealed to his members of his caste to unite so that they can reap political and social benefit in “proportion to their population”.“Nitish Kumar and I were treading on the same path but he later changed track and joined hands with the BJP. There is no point meeting him now,” Mr. Patel said while addressing a programme, ‘Patel Jagrukta Sammelan’, at the S.K. Memorial hall in Patna.Addressing the gathering, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader appealed to Kurmis, Kushwahas, Dhanuks to unite and make their political and social presence felt in the country, introducing himself with “my name is Kurmi, Kushwaha, Dhanuk Hardik Patel”. “Like in Bihar, Patels are also divided in Gujarat but their unity showed there strength to the world,” Mr. Patel said. “If we get united, no one would be able to face us. We need to sink our differences and come on a common platform otherwise others will rule over us,” he said while exhorting the three castes that together constitute 12% of the population in Bihar.Bigger rallyTargeting the Bihar Chief Minister obliquely, Mr. Patel said that he knew a rally was organised at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan in 1994 (referring to Mr. Kumar’s ‘Kurmi Chetna’ rally, which established him as a leader of note) and promised to organise a bigger rally than that in two years. “Several people became leaders and Ministers after that rally but the people belonging to the community remained where they were,” he added.
India expects to register a 8.5 percent growth in the current 2010-2011 year and is aiming to touch double digits in 2010, according to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The country officially anticipates a growth rate of 9 percent in 2011-2012, but Mukherjee told a Washington, D.C. audience, “My target is to make it a year of double digit growth.”“Confidence in the Indian economy and its potential is well recognized and our private sector is very vibrant and dynamic.” Related Items
The flame is lit to signify the official beginning of the 16th Asian Games during the opening ceremony in Guangzhou, China, Friday, November 12, 2010.Light beams, fireworks and water jets exploded from the banks of the Pearl River as China marked the opening of the Asian Games, two years after dazzling the world with a gala opener to the Beijing Olympics.Unlike the land-bound festivities at the Bird’s Nest stadium that featured thousands of performers moving in coordination in 2008, Asian Games directors paid tribute to coastal Guangdong province’s seafaring heritage on Friday. The provincial capital Guangzhou, in particular, is a key Chinese port that has served as a hub for international trade since the days of imperial rule.The venue on tiny Haixinsha island was configured like a sailboat for the 4 1/2-hour opening festivities designed by Chen Weiya – famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s deputy when he crafted the Beijing ceremony. The 27,000-capacity stadium stood as the cabin; four towering pillars in front of it unfurled eight video screens that doubled as sails.The ceremony kicked off with a small boy floating down from the sky on a leaf-like carriage lit in green. He poured water from a bottle, setting off giant fountains which sprayed in arcs across the stage. Four dozen water goddesses seemed to walk across the water, followed by a dozen fairies rising out of pools in the stage floor.Performers flapping large pieces of red cloth scrambled across the stage to create the image of petals dropping on water. Other actors entered in a large sampan-like vessel, recreating a journey in rough seas, with the would-be sailors swaying on ropes and ladders amid waters represented by large flags waved by hundreds of dancers.advertisementStar classical pianist Lang Lang performed on a white grand and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” actress Zhang Ziyi sang as synchronized swimmers danced and water sprouted before them.Performers on jet skis zoomed into the stadium and performed tricks.In a playful segment, dozens of dancers attached to wires seemed to run across cityscapes flashed across the video screens, climbed mountains and formed formations to look like eagles flying through the sky.In a nod to Chinese hurdling superstar Liu Xiang, who is recovering from an Achilles tendon injury that forced him to withdraw from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the dancers formed hurdles across a track while one jumped smoothly over them.In keeping with the night’s nautical theme, instead of walking into the stadium, the athletes arrived on boats which ferried them down the Pearl River. Brightly illuminated in bulbs of different colors, the 45 boats were decorated with Asian landmarks – including Japan’s Mount Fuji, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, Jordan’s Petra and India’s Taj Mahal. China was represented by the Temple of Heaven, the Bird’s Nest and the country’s pavilion from the recently concluded Shanghai World Expo.Director Chen had the tough task of matching the jaw-dropping lighting of the cauldron in Beijing, where retired gymnast Li Ning performed the honors while suspended in mid-air. He got creative instead. When the final torch bearer, Olympic champion diver He Chong, approached the Guangzhou cauldron – which emerged from the stage supported by four giant arches – he lit a big firecracker with two children who then muffled their ears. The sparks that followed set the cauldron aflame.Chinese Premier Wen Jiaobao declared the games open. He was joined in the dignitaries box by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, as well as International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge.As the athletes marched into the stadium, one closely watched entrance was the Japanese. Relations between Beijing and Tokyo have deteriorated recently after Japanese officials arrested a Chinese captain near islands claimed by both sides, a move that sparked protests across the country. The Japanese delegation were cheered – but less boisterously than other teams such as North Korea and Pakistan and the semiautonomous Chinese territory Hong Kong, with whom Guangzhou shares a common Cantonese culture. Taiwan, the self-ruled island that split with the mainland amid civil war in 1949, was also welcomed warmly.A round-robin football match between Japan and China earlier in the week also ended without violence, even with the Japanese winning 3-0.The huge scale of the event has posed a logistical dilemma for the Chinese organizers.Except for members of the public who won a lottery for tickets to the show, most residents of this wealthy city of 10 million will be left with TV coverage – even though many could have enjoyed a picturesque view of the proceedings from either side of the river. Officials locked down areas near the stadium, ordering residents within a half-mile radius to leave their homes for the night – apparently to eliminate the threat of sniper fire. They were, however, asked to leave their lights on to help maintain a glittering skyline backdrop.advertisementTickets to the ceremony went for as much as 6,800 Chinese yuan ($1,025).- With inputs from Associated Press
We earlier reported , the launch date for Tata Motors much anticipated hatchback, Tiago was deferred from its March 28 launch. Now, we have reports suggesting that the new car will finally come before the public on April 6. Tata Motors will position the new Tiago hatchback below Tata Bolt in the company’s passenger car line-up.Moreover, Tata Motors has started accepting bookings for the Tata Tiago hatchback at Rs 10,000.ALSO READ:Tata Tiago launch delayed from March 28 to AprilWhat we know about the Tata Tiago 1. Price:We expect the Tata Tiago prices to start at around Rs 4 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) with the top variant for Rs 6 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) . 2. Engine: The upcoming Tata Tiago will come with both petrol and diesel mills.The new Tata Tiago will come with a 1198cc displacement, three-cylinder, MPFi with MULTI DRIVE Revotron petrol engine churning out maximum power output of 84bhp and maximum torque of 114 Nm @3500 rpm, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It is also the first engine in its class with multi-drive mode (CITY & ECO).While the 1047cc displacement will come powered with three-cylinder, CRAIL with MULTI DRIVE, Revotorq diesel engine producing 69bhp and maximum torque of 140Nm @1800-3000 rpm, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It is also the first engine in its class with multi-drive modes (CITY & ECO).ALSO READ:Tata Zica coming to India on January 20 3. Features: The new hatchback will come with advanced gen ABS, EBD, corner stability control and speed sensing door auto lock along with dual front airbags and energy absorbing body structure for superior safety,.The upcoming Tata Tiago hatchback will come Follow-me halogen headlamps with fog lamps on the front. Moreover, the Tiago will also have a boot space of 242 litres.advertisementThe new hatchback will also have ConnectNext Infotainment by Harman, 8 speakers, AUX-IN, USB and Bluetooth Connectivity. 4. Dimensions:The upcoming Tata Tiago hatchback will come with a wheelbase of 2400mm and will be 3746mm in length, 1647mm in width and 1537mm in height, with a ground clearance of 170mm.ALSO READ:Tata Motors to build new SUV based on Land Rover Discovery SportMoreover, the new hatchback will have a fuel capacity of 35 litres with kerb weight of 1080kgs and will sport 14″ alloy wheels. 5. Competition:Tata Tiago will compete against the likes of Hyundai Grand i10 and the Maruti Suzuki Celerio in India.Watch this space for more information on Tata Tiago.
Year after year, the level of competition is rising higher in the University of Delhi. As the first cut-off of this dream varsity is out, clouds of confusion and despair have engulfed the aspirants’ minds. Majority of students want to get an admission in this coveted intuition. However, only a few of them get an opportunity to rise above the skyrocketing percentage.(Courtesy: GIPHY)Those who are dejected with the announcement of first cut-off should take a chill-pill. There is more to life than getting stuck at a particular place. Everybody has his own hidden talent and pace to reach the culmination of success. Here’s a list on what can be easier for a student than reserving a seat in Delhi University: Getting a scholarship at Oxford:It is not at all difficult for a determined person to get into the most premium institution. They do not function on cut-offs. Just get a decent International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, for which the applicants can apply innumerable times. Build a portfolio based on your talent and abilities, get a passport and fly to your dream land.(Courtesy: GIPHY)Become an MPWell, it is also not as difficult as getting a seat in DU. One just needs to fill an independent application during elections.(Courtesy: GIPHY)Re-invent Facebook”Apki bar digital sarkar..” Oh! yes, how can we forget that our Prime Minister supports digital? We can easily initiate our very own start-up! Okay, you do not need money to run a huge empire. All you need to do is:advertisementGet an ideaGet the investorsBecome someone like Mark Zuckerberg.(Courtesy: GIPHY)Sports: Climb Mount Everest, Be a cricketerTry something in sports, India needs young and aspiring sportspersons. One can also look into a promising career of a cricketer, where nobody will ask your percentage and you can still become a youth icon like Virat Kohli.(Courtesy: GIPHY)World TourTravelling is one of the most essential things that need to be done by an undergraduate person. They can explore new options in life, mature more as an individual, and besides, it is way easier than getting 100 per cent marks in the Class 12 CBSE exams.So, what do you do now?Pack your bagsMake friends abroadBorrow their place and discover life.(Courtesy: GIPHY)Crack Professional Exams: IIT, MBBSWe all need stability at one point in our life. In case your marks are not supporting the course or college you wanted to get in, go for something like IAS, IIT or MBBS. After all, it’s about your whole life.This is what you need to do:Prepare for a year or twoBe patientAttempt these examinations. (Courtesy: GIPHY)Get a break in Karan Johar’s movieDU is not only an institution to impart education, but people also see it as a tag or brand that defines their status as well intellectual level. Do not let this taboo overcome the precious three years of your life. If you are taking an admission just for the sake of the brand value, then please stop right now.One can try a lot of options in the glamour world:Be the next Miss India or Mr IndiaBe the next Indian Idol (if you have a good voice)Be the next MJ, dance like a pop starBollywood needs fresh talented fashion designers.(Courtesy: GIPHY)A learned person, who once applied to DU but failed, said: It’s easier to find a pearl in the ocean than getting a seat in the University of Delhi.Wiser words haven’t been said. Read: Mission Admission: Why are these students saying no to DU?Read: These Indian universities are among the top hundred Asian institutionsTo get more updates on education related news, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar commands huge respect in the cricketing fraternity but in America, where cricket is still finding its footing, he had an unpleasant experience just before the start of the second T20I match between India and the West Indies today. (India vs West Indies, 2nd T20I: Live Scores | Scorecard) Gavaskar, who was one of the most prolific run-scorers in Test cricket, was denied entry into the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill by security officials who did not recognise the ‘original little master’. Gavaskar is one of the commentators with the official broadcasters. (1st T20I: West Indies sneak past India in last-ball thriller) The safety standards in USA is well known for being very strict all around the country especially when it comes to public places like the airports and sports stadiums. Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was recently detained at the Los Angeles airport despite him being a global superstar. Gavaskar’s case was no different except that he wasn’t allowed inside the cricket stadium. (Also Read: KL Rahul joins Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma in elite company)Standing outside gate being denied entry again as India team is here. I feel better today though because they’re denying Sunny Gavaskar too. Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) August 28, 2016The officials were not convinced even after the fans reminded them of who Gavaskar really is. (Dhoni heartbroken after one-run defeat in 489-run thriller)SMG’s minder was pissed. “Do you know who he is?! He needs to be inside.” Security: “I don’t care who the hell he is, he ain’t gettin in!”advertisement Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) August 28, 2016Thankfully, the 67-year-old did not make a fuss about it and in fact took this opportunity to oblige his fans by getting some selfies clicked with them.Gavaskar was cool about it. He passed the time taking selfies with fans outside the gate until India team bus left and we were allowed in. Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) August 28, 2016India and West Indies are in the middle of a two-match T20I series being played in Florida. West Indies clinched the first match by one run in a high-scoring thriller to take an unassailable lead in the series.
Expressing happiness after humbling the formidable Kolkata Knight Riders with their second stringers to finish as table toppers, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma on Saturday said his boys stuck to their plans and did not panic in trying circumstances.”We spoke of finishing on a high. We wanted to play the brand of cricket we spoke about. Very happy,” Sharma said after the nine run win over the KKR at the Eden Gardens.Praising the bench strength in the squad, he said: “It can be frustrating to sit out, but all of them have been proven match winners. This was the perfect example of playing a perfect game.”Sharma said the MI did not lose their composure even when the Knight batsmen were on the rampage.”They were going at 10 an over but we kept picking wickets. We were sticking to our plans, we didn’t panic. When the batsmen go after the bowlers like that, it can be hard to keep calm but everyone executed well,” he said.Replying to MI’s 173/5, KKR could go only as far as 164/8.
TweetPinShare0 Shares Thessaloniki soccer team PAOK fell 2-1 at Lokomotiva Zagreb on July 16 but is still alive in the qualifying round of the Europea League.The Croatians jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the half behind goals from Marko Kolar and Franko Andrijasevic, whose came in injury time that was added on.PAOK ironically is coached by a Croat, Igor Tudor, but it kept missing chance after chance and almost gave up a third goal before a late shot by Robert Mak put it on the board in the second minute of injury time. The next game is July 23 at Toumba.
The president of the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF), Edwin Oviedo, was arrested on Thursday in connection with an influence-peddling probe involving a former Supreme Court justice, a lead prosecutor said.The FPF represents and is funded by football’s world governing body FIFA, which has spent years trying to remake its image after a slew of graft scandals.Prosecutors in Peru have accused Oviedo of giving former Supreme Court Justice Cesar Hinostroza cash and World Cup tickets in exchange for a court-ordered exclusion from a murder probe.Oviedo and Hinostroza have repeatedly denied wrongdoing.Oviedo was arrested on grounds he was part of a criminal organization made up of judges, lawyers and businessmen that infiltrated the country’s justice system, prosecutor Jorge Chavez said in comments broadcast on local TV channel ATV.Oviedo’s attorney and company, Grupo Oviedo, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Oviedo took the helm of the FPF in 2015. A year later, the Supreme Court excluded him from being investigated for allegedly ordering the killing of his foes at Tuman, a sugar company dogged by labor disputes after he acquired it in 2006.Oviedo has denied any role in the murders and said the investigation into him violated due process.It was unclear how long Oviedo might be detained.Earlier this month, the lead prosecutor on the Tuman murder investigation asked a judge to order Oviedo’s arrest for up to two years to ensure he cooperates with prosecutors. But a decision has not yet been handed down.Oviedo’s predecessor, Manuel Burga, also spent time in jail before being acquitted of racketeering conspiracy by a U.S. jury a year ago.advertisement
For all the credentials declaring my professional credibility as an automotive journalist, I still go by a very basic gut instinct that tells me if the motorcycle is right or not. Feel. It’s what racers depend on to know if all the engineering geniuses and technological marvels have congregated into making one perfect package. Physical feelings transferred from the chassis, tyres, handlebars and footpegs narrate a tale of success or failure in seeing that chequered flag first or last in a race. For a road motorcycle, those feelings translate to long distance comfort, confidence in handling, the kind of power delivery and most of all, its ability to put the silliest of grins on the rider’s face. Unique DRL design makes the motorcycles easily identifiable as one from the BMW GS line.Hopping aboard BMW’s new F 850 GS gave me those right feelings and after only about a 100km on the saddle, I was grinning from ear to ear inside my lid. Although, these emotions didn’t quite come instantly as a fair bit of critical assessment went into evoking them. Intimidation is a fear that comes naturally with an imposing adventure motorcycle. ADVs are inherently tall given their long-travel suspension and high ground clearance. Unless family genes have awarded you a height of over six-foot and hours in the gym have resulted in biceps broader than the 150 section rear tyre, even a middle-weight ADV like the F 850 GS is bound to put in a little self-doubt of inability to handle the motorcycle. I don’t have the height or the biceps but experience tells me that riding the motorcycle would reveal more. The 860mm seat height isn’t low enough for the average Indian height and tip-toeing to reach the floor and move the motorcycle wasn’t adding much confidence either. A sharp rasp of the exhaust note upon thumbing the starter then nudged at my trepidation. First gear, rolling off to a start and almost magically, the F 850 GS transforms into the friendly beast that it is.advertisement 305mm twin front discs with 2-piston callipers are basic but offer great stopping power and feedback.The intimidation of a big motorcycle is countered by the confidence afforded by the rider’s triangle. I found myself sitting comfortably upright, easily taking weight off my upper body and concentrating it around the wide but contoured fuel tank. Given the brilliant and natural ergonomics, I would imagine a rider of any size and weight finding the commanding stance and roominess of the rider’s cockpit instantly likable as well as comfortable. Hand guards standard on the 850 only, small windscreen doesn’t suffice against wind blast at high speeds.Not just the ergonomics, confidence also stems from the balance of a motorcycle. The front-end of a motorcycle is the most stressed, carrying the majority weight bias of the engine, which gets amplified with momentum. Front-heavy motorcycles tend to push the grip threshold of the front tyre especially under heavy braking thus making them a fair bit scary. The 850’s weight distribution is spot on, not only affording it brilliant balance but greatly influencing the ADV’s handling abilities. Even with a 21-inch front wheel and 90 section tread width, I could confidently chuck the 850 into a corner and as easily switch back to the other side on twisty sections. No drama, no flex from the chassis or suspension, just immediate response to inputs that makes the handling intuitive. Rotary controller for menu navigation is easy to use, notice the optional electronic suspension adjustment switch.Powered by an 835cc parallel-twin engine, the 850 GS produces a healthy batch of 95 thoroughbred horses and 92Nm of twisting force available at 6,250rpm. Winding the throttle brings forth a mild-mannered mein herr until the twin-cylinders starts pumping faster than 5,000 revolutions where the rage of a crazed metalhead at a Rammstein concert brings out its alter ego. The little to no excitement of keeping the revs down surely helps in traffic and tighter situations but dropping a gear or two unleashes the relentless, torquey acceleration and a great rush of speed that this engine is capable of. Devoid of vibrations or stresses, the parallel-twin runs smooth and is tractable at any speed and rpm. I reckon that this could very well be the best twin cylinder motor on a current middle-weight adventure motorcycle. BMW Motorrad Connected app helps beam navigation data on the optional 6.5-inch colour TFT screen.The engine has been developed by China-based, Loncin Industries and compared to earlier generations of the 700/800 GS, this new engine introduces a 90-degree offset crank, 270/450-degree firing order, dry oil sump and twin balancer shafts. The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 6-speed gearbox that has shorter initial ratios and wider fourth to sixth gears. Ride-by-wire affords the use of two standard riding modes that are preset, however, “Dynamic” and “Enduro Pro” modes are optional. If you’ve managed to pick up your dropped jaw from the floor then brace for the fact that the 6.5-inch colour TFT is also optional and that’s a real bummer considering the competition offering these as standard equipment.advertisement Optional electronic ZF suspension unit allows remote adjustment for pre-load according to the riding modes.What might also confuse you are the names of the motorcycles that hint at two different engine options but the F 750 GS and F 850 GS are both powered by the same engine. Does that make both motorcycles the same? Well, no. This is where BMW has managed to make them stand apart as two different motorcycles despite sharing the same engine. Where the 850 comes across as a proper adventure package, the 750 is aimed at those aspiring for adventure while learning the ropes on the road. One of the only big ADV motorcycles to sport a steering damper, helps minimize effects of a tank slapper.With a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels, narrower handlebar, lower seat height, conventional front forks and 77bhp, 83 Nm of power outputs, the F 750 GS is designed to further lessen the initial intimidation of approaching a big ADV. The lesser power output makes the power delivery friendlier while the smaller front wheel translates to sharper steering geometry. Astride the 750, it manages to feel like a much smaller machine that’s a hoot to ride even in packed traffic. The 43mm USD forks on the 850 are stiffer for off-road use compared to the 41mm conventional, road-focused forks on the F 750 GS.The 850 is the one that stole my heart and impressed more than the 750 could. The beefier 43mm front fork shod with upside down fork may be non-adjustable but offers sublime ride quality and damping over varied surfaces. There’s even a steering damper (on both models) to minimise the effect of tank slappers, a feature that’s uncommon in this category of motorcycles. Off the tarmac, the 850 stay just as planted and poised, soaking up the rough terrain that trails have to offer. The rear suspension gets electronics by ZF and is fully adjustable with a dedicated adjuster button on the handlebar. Braking also is an area where BMW hasn’t compromised as the motorcycles come to a surefooted stop under heavy braking and brake pressure is easily modulated with the feedback from the lever. BMW will offer a comfort and Rallye seat which are higher than the stock seat height.As good as the motorcycles may be, the 750 and 850 GS’ do come with their share of flaws. While the front brake offers a good amount of feedback, there is considerable nose dive under heavy braking. Feedback from the rear brake is nearly absent making the disengageable ABS for off-road use a bit pointless. The rider’s triangle is perfect for standing on the pegs and riding off-road but the rear brake lever and gear shifter operations are greatly hampered due to the lever lengths and angles. There’s also no feedback from the tyres of the surface that the motorcycle is on. And a shocking miss by BMW is a taller windscreen with adjustability for height.advertisementVerdictIt would be easy to conclude the story by stating the obvious. Yes, the 750 is suited to the road and 850 for all or no roads but there’s so much more that they offer and that’s where their appeal lies. The 750 GS in fact, is a supremely friendly package that has been well thought out for a new rider. The lower seat height, alloys, conventional forks are not just basic equipment but are also identifiable as road-going cycle parts similar to standard motorcycles. The 850 is the full-blown beast that tugs at an experienced rider’s heart strings while offering more equipment and power that justifies the lakh rupees it commands over the 750. The motorcycles are so impressive that the Triumphs and Ducatis of the ADV world better watch out for the Motorrad twins.ALSO READ | Cristiano Ronaldo is not the owner of Bugatti La Voiture NoireALSO READ | MG Hector first production version rolled out from Halol manufacturing facilityALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: Launch, features, specifications and everything else you need to know
The US Jacksonville Port Authority’s (JAXPORT) Blount Island Marine Terminal welcomed Höegh Target, the largest Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) in the world, on September 30, 2016. To mark the occasion, JAXPORT Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Roy Schleicher presented Captain She Wei Jun with a plaque on the bridge of the ship.The 8,500 CEU (car equivalent units) vessel, owned by Norwegian RoRo shipping company Höegh Autoliners, arrived at JAXPORT through the newly expanded Panama Canal locks.Earlier this month, the Höegh Target became first Neo-Panamax vessel to call Port Freeport, Texas.The Höegh Target is the first in a series of six Post-Panamax vessels under the Höegh Autoliners’ New Horizon design.Jacksonville is one of the nation’s busiest ports for total vehicle handling. Last year, JAXPORT moved nearly 657,000 vehicles, the largest volume since JAXPORT set an auto volume record in 2007.Image Courtesy: JAXPORT
For more information on the program, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/sexualassaultlegaladvice . Survivors of sexual assault will have access to 11 more lawyers providing free, independent legal advice. A federal-provincial pilot project gives assault survivors up to four hours of free legal advice. Eleven lawyers from across the province are being added, for a total of 19 lawyers providing advice. “Survivors of sexual assault need support,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Mark Furey. “By expanding the program, we’re ensuring individuals have better access to the important advice they need, and from someone they feel comfortable working with.” The expanded coverage also includes enhanced diversity, with lawyers from the Cantonese, LGBTQI+, Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities. The lawyers are from Sydney (2), Port Hawkesbury, Truro, Chester and Halifax (6). All have received specialized training. Since the program launched in November 2017, 71 individuals have signed up to access the free legal advice. 211 Nova Scotia, operating independently from government, provides intake, information and administration of the certificates for the program and helps clients access these legal services. Nova Scotia has been working on several initiatives to respond to the needs of survivors of sexual assault. They include: hiring two special prosecutors in the Public Prosecution Service who are dedicated to sexual assault cases conducting police audits to ensure police have the appropriate capability to investigate sexual assaults launching the domestic violence court in Halifax Regional Municipality
The Hague: In a major victory for India, the International Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence for Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Reading out the verdict, President of the Court Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf ordered an “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav”. The verdict in the high-profile case comes nearly five months after a 15-member bench of ICJ led by Judge Yusuf had reserved its decision on February 21 after hearing oral submissions by India and Pakistan. The proceedings of the case took two years and two months to complete. India moved the ICJ in May 8, 2017 for the “egregious violation” of the provisions of the Vienna Convention by Pakistan by repeatedly denying New Delhi consular access to Jadhav.
“A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish State,” Mr. Netanyahu told the General Assembly’s high-level annual debate, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.The current Iranian leadership, the Israeli Prime Minister said, “is fuelled by an extreme fundamentalism, imposing a “backward regimented society” wherever it can, he stressed.The greatest threat to the world today, Mr. Netanyahu told heads of State and government, is “the marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction.”As a result, the most pressing challenging for the UN is “to prevent the tyrants of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” he said.“Will the international community confront a despotism that terrorizes its own people as they bravely stand up for freedom?”The desire of all of Israel for peace was manifested in the country’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, at the expense of uprooting more than 8,000 Israelis, Mr. Netanyahu said.“We didn’t get peace,” he said. “Instead we got an Iranian-backed terror base 50 miles from Tel Aviv,” with the Palestinian group Hamas increasing their rocket attacks against Israeli towns and cities by tenfold.In response, “the UN was silent,” the Prime Minister said.Despite the recent conflict in Gaza, he voiced hope that peace can be achieved.“But,” he said, “only if we roll back the forces of terror, led by Iran, that seek to destroy peace, eliminate Israel and overthrow the world order. The question facing the international community is whether it is prepared to confront those forces or accommodate them.” 24 September 2009Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel today exhorted the United Nations to ensure that Iran, whose leader he described as a “Holocaust denier,” never acquires nuclear weapons.
United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa was appointed as the Minister of Housing and Social Welfare.He took oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena today. Weerawansa was the Minister of Housing when Mahinda Rajapaksa was President. (Colombo Gazette)
The Ontario Fire Marshal will be investigating the cause of a multi-alarm fire that sent a woman to hospital without vital signs.The alarm was sounded at 120 Strathcona Avenue North just before 4:30 a.m. Fire crews responded to find fire throughout the 10th floor apartment where a woman believed to be in her 90s lived.She was rushed to hospital, with reports saying she had second and third degree burns to 80 percent of her body.Fire damage was contained to the single apartment, but because of the seriousness of the injury, the fire marshal will be investigating. There’s no word if the woman was revived in hospital.Another person was treated for smoke inhalation but not taken to hospital.Other residents of the building were able to safely remain inside their apartments.
Any time that a product sells extremely well and becomes a household name, it’s only a matter of time before rival manufacturers try to compete with it. The Kindle Fire was one of the biggest products of the 2011 holiday season, so it’s only natural that Samsung would bring something to market that rivals it. Today we saw just that, with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.So how does the new Galaxy Tab stack up against the device that it has its targets set on? Let’s take a look:DimensionsIf you’ve ever held a Kindle Fire, then you can expect the Galaxy Tab 2 to offer a similar experience. The Tab 2, however, is a bit slimmer, despite being (ever-so-slightly) longer and wider.WeightHere we see the first big advantage for the Tab 2. It should be noticeably lighter than the Kindle Fire.DisplayThe sizes and resolutions of the tablets’ displays are identical. The Galaxy Tab 2 uses Samsung’s new PLS LCD, while the Kindle Fire uses a standard IPS display.ProcessorWe also have two evenly-matched processors — at least in terms of cores and maximum clock rates. What we don’t yet know is the exact type of chip in the Galaxy Tab 2. The Kindle Fire sports a Texas Instruments OMAP 4.RAMThough it won’t necessarily translate into a speedier tablet, the Galaxy Tab 2 does double the Fire’s 512MB of RAM, with 1GB.StorageSamsung will be offering the Tab 2 in three internal flash storage options (priced accordingly, of course). It will also support a microSD card.The Fire, on the other hand, is much more limited. 8GB of storage with no SD is your only option.Wireless connectivitySamsung also offers more options for wireless connectivity. Like storage, though, you’ll have to pay for it. Those who opt for the more expensive 3G/4G version will enjoy HSPA+ 21mbps speeds. It isn’t LTE, but it should suffice for most users.BatteryIt’s a little surprising that Samsung opted for a lower capacity battery than Amazon. Battery life in the Fire is solid, but it could have easily been improved upon.There are many other factors that can determine battery life, though, so perhaps Samsung found the 4,000mAh battery to be sufficient. Future testing will tell us more here.CameraThe cameras in the Galaxy Tab 2 aren’t particularly mind-blowing, but they are cameras nonetheless. That’s more than Amazon can say about the Kindle Fire, which has no cameras.IntangiblesThere are two big miscellaneous factors working for the Galaxy Tab 2. The first is that it will run the Android Market out of the box — no hacking required. Additionally, it will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This will be seen as an enormous advantage over the Fire, which ships with a heavily-skinned version of Gingerbread, laden with Amazon promotional content.The Fire’s biggest extra perk, though, may trump all of that: its $200 price. Samsung hasn’t yet announced pricing info for the Galaxy Tab 2, but we’d be utterly shocked if it sold the base model for $200. Amazon can do that because it’s counting on digital and retail sales to subsidize the initial purchase. Samsung has nothing like that to rely upon.If the 8GB Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab 2 runs $300 (a big “if”), then it will provide a compelling alternative to the Fire. The lighter form factor, microSD card slot, cameras, and Ice Cream Sandwich could easily make it worth the extra $100. But if its price creeps up much higher than that, then the purchase will be harder to recommend. Until Samsung slaps a price tag on the Tab 2, we’d suggest you take a “wait and see” attitude towards its attempt to combat the Kindle Fire.More Geek.com comparisonsAndroid vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone 7iPad 2 vs. Kindle Fire vs. Nook TabletTransformer Prime vs. iPad 2
Good Omens, a new fantasy series, is coming to Amazon Prime Video on May 31, 2019.On Thursday, Amazon announced the Good Omens update at a Television Critics Association press briefing, The Verge reported. The six-episode show, which is based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, stars Michael Sheen, David Tennant, and Benedict Cumberbatch.Good Omens isn’t your typical fantasy plot: It focuses on Aziraphale (Sheen) an angel, and Crowley (Tennant), a demon, who form a cool friendship and work together to protect Earthlings from a deadly apocalypse. The pair must save the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy who has no idea that he has a role in Armageddon. Cumberbatch will play the devil in the upcoming series, who likes to stir up trouble for the dynamic duo.Amazon hasn’t disclosed any other updates on the series yet, but you can watch an Inside Look at Good Omens, a Bonus Teaser Trailer, and other behind-the-scenes footage on Amazon Prime Video before Good Omens debuts later this year.More on Geek.com:Neil Gaiman and ‘Good Omens’ Cast Reveal Trailer, Discuss ScriptAmazon’s New ‘Invincible’ Animated Superhero Show Has a Cool CastHere’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in February 2019 Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target
Greg Jayne, Opinion page editor Well, that certainly was interesting.It was compelling and surreal and a celebration of the unique creation that is American democracy. Yet while Tuesday night was extraordinary and unprecedented, a funny thing happened Wednesday: The sun came up. It did so again on Thursday and on Friday, as well. And while making long-term predictions should be left to only fools and charlatans, we’ll go out on a limb and guess that the sun will rise on Jan. 21, the first morning of a Donald J. Trump presidency.Look, I think it was a poor choice. I think Trump is a boorish, unqualified, bigoted hatemonger. And you know what: What I think doesn’t matter now; enough people disagreed with that assessment to make him the president-elect. No amount of whining or caterwauling can change that and, while we will need to consult our pocket U.S. Constitution on this one, we’re guessing that no amount of protest will change it, either.But that didn’t stop protesters in numerous cities from taking to the streets Tuesday night, Wednesday evening, and beyond.In Portland, those protesters occupied Interstate 5 and shut down rush-hour traffic in an attempt to accomplish … well, nobody knows exactly what. In so doing, they might have released some tension and mitigated some frustration, but they also harmed their cause. Reinforcing the narrative that progressives are whiny hypocrites with little regard for law and order, the protesters undoubtedly reminded Trump supporters of why those supporters believe this nation needs Trump. Chanting “not my president,” the protesters engaged in a strange manner of cognitive dissonance — unless they are leaving the country.Because Trump soon will be the president for all of the United States, not just the swaths that voted for him, and the goal now must be a shared one to improve this nation. Suggesting that Trump is not your president or hoping that he fails is like rooting for the pilot to crash the plane you are on just because you don’t like her.Of course, that’s exactly what conservatives did eight years ago on the occasion of Barack Obama’s election, and the action then was just as insufferable. The fact that Republicans engaged in nearly a decade of demonization and delegitimization of the president, only to have it pay off with the presidency and both houses of Congress, is perhaps the most disheartening aspect of Tuesday’s outcome. The cost of ideological rigidity at the expense of governing, apparently, is nothing.
Donald Trump at the first Ashes TestTwitter/Cricket AustraliaOne of the most interesting things about cricket matches in England is the atmosphere created by the English crowd. Unlike the Indian audience who make a wild cheering noise through the entire game, English people like to express their opinions in a more specific manner. However, another great feature of the crowd in cricket’s land of birth is the vast number of people dressed up as interesting characters – from fictional to historical, fantastical to real.Last year, during one of the Tests between India and England, Kim Jong-Un showed up, with a mini nuclear missile in his hands, in one of the stands with a large number of bodyguards. Now, on the third day of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, an even more interesting person made an appearance, in an interesting outfit.It was none other than Donald Trump, President of the United States, wearing a diaper. Well, it was a man wearing an inflated Donald Trump costume who decided to run around the stand and create a great deal of mirth as the home crowd got worried with their team suffering a mini collapse in the first session.It may be remembered that some time ago, when the US President was about to visit the United Kingdom, some protestors wanted to hoist a giant ‘Baby Trump’ balloon in the London sky to welcome him, or to be more precise, mock him. After some doubt over whether the authorities would allow such an insulting act, it did happen.The gentleman donning the suit at the Edgbaston stadium may not have had the lofty ambition of ridiculing the controversial man occupying the position of world’s most powerful person. Most probably, he just wanted to create excitement and get himself on TV. Whatever his intentions, he did get the people excited and even got commentator David Gower to do an impersonation of Trump.The usually mellow and measured Gower doing an act of mimicry must be regarded as an equally unexpected and amusing incident as the appearance of the guy in fancy suit.