Sidhu’s conviction by HC correct, Punjab tells SC

first_imgThe Punjab government on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the Punjab and Haryana High Court was correct in convicting its incumbent Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in a 1988 road rage case.The Supreme Court had granted bail to the cricketer-turned-politician, now Punjab’s Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums, after he was sentenced to three years in prison by the high court.Counsel for Punjab government told a Bench of Justices J. Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul that Patiala resident Gurnam Singh had died after a fist blow by Sidhu following an altercation between the two on December 27, 1988.‘False statement’The government said the trial court was wrong in its finding that Singh had died of cardiac arrest and not brain haemorrhage. The counsel also told the Supreme Court that the statement given by Mr. Sidhu denying his involvement in the case was false.“There is not a single evidence that suggest that the cause of death was cardiac arrest and not brain haemorrhage. The trial court verdict was rightly set aside by the High Court. Accused A1 (Navjot Singh Sidhu) had given feisty blow to deceased Gurnam Singh, leading to his death through brain haemorrhage,” the State government counsel told the Bench.‘Enhance sentence’Meanwhile, the victim’s family has appealed to the Supreme Court that the earlier sentence of three years given to Mr. Sidhu by the Punjab and Haryana High Court should be enhanced.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

Years of hard work pays dividend for hockey’s Yuvraj

first_imgThe meagre reward offered to the hockey players, as announced earlier, is nothing compared to the crores awarded to India’s cricketers and the contrast in their lifestyles couldn’t be more stark. A case in point is the way India’s rising hockey star Yuvraj Walmiki is forced to live.  Hailed as the new prince of Indian hockey and recognised as one of the finest young talents in the game, Walmiki has enjoyed a dream start with the national team. Having scored three goals including the crucial third strike in the tie-break against Pakistan in the finale of the recently concluded Asian Champions Trophy, the young Mumbaikar’s fine showing has lent new hope to the national sport. But his foray into the national side has been fraught with many a hurdle. A 200-sq feet shanty without electricity or a permanent roof at a corner of a residential building in Mumbai has been home to Yuvraj, his three brothers and parents for nearly three decades. His family struggles to make ends meet from meagre earnings of his father, who works as a driver in the building. “We requested all the people here, chairman and the secretary. They tell us to go from here. We can’t provide you anything,” Yuvraj’s brother Devendra Walmiki says. Years of hard work has finally borne fruit for the young hockey player, but more importantly it brings with it the promise of a better future for Yuvraj and his family.last_img read more

Quinton de Kock sets South Africa up for T20 triumph vs Bangladesh

first_imgSouth Africa won a sixth consecutive game over Bangladesh, taking the first Twenty20 by 20 runs on Thursday to be one match from a clean sweep of the tour.Following a 2-0 victory in the Test series and a 3-0 sweep in the one-dayers, South Africa can send Bangladesh home without a win from the entire tour if it claims victory in the final T20 on Sunday.Bangladesh fell short of South Africa’s 195-4 at Mangaung Oval despite a good start, when it was on course at 92-2 after nine overs.Soumya Sarkar’s dismissal for 47 off 31 balls, the best score for Bangladesh, began the slide. Andile Phehlukwayo (2-25) claimed that crucial wicket off the first ball of the 10th over after a successful review for lbw and Bangladesh faded away to finish on 175-9 in its 20 overs.Bangladesh lost wickets regularly after Sarkar’s exit, including two in two balls to seamer Dane Paterson. Seamers Phehlukwayo, Paterson, Beuran Hendricks and Robbie Frylinck, who was on debut, all finished with two wickets for South Africa, which experimented with an inexperienced bowling attack and was missing captain Faf du Plessis to injury.The home team’s total was set up by opener Quinton de Kock’s 59 from 44 balls and AB de Villiers’ 49 from 27 at No. 3. An unbroken partnership of 62 between Farhaan Behardien (36 not out) and David Miller (25 not out) ultimately took South Africa’s total beyond Bangladesh’s reach.De Kock, wearing a shirt with teammate and opening partner Hashim Amla’s name and number on, hit five fours and a six in his half-century and De Villiers hammered eight fours.advertisementSouth Africa recovered from a mid-innings slump with a productive stand between Behardien and Miller at the end. Behardien, especially, scored quickly with two big sixes in his 36 not out from 17 balls.Sarkar led Bangladesh’s response with five fours and two sixes before being trapped in front by Phehlukwayo. After Sarkar, Bangladesh lost six wickets for 58 runs.last_img read more

Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Dies at Age 27

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died Monday at the age of 27, stunning Major League Baseball and leading to the postponement of the team’s game against the Texas Rangers.Skaggs was with the team in Texas when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room, police said . He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they were investigating, but no foul play was suspected.Skaggs was “an important part of the Angels Family,” the team said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Carli, and his entire family during this devastating time.”Skaggs, who would have turned 28 on July 13, had been a regular in the Angels’ starting rotation since late 2016, when he returned from Tommy John surgery. He struggled with injuries repeatedly over the past three seasons but persevered to become a valuable starter in Los Angeles’ injury-plagued rotation.FILE – In this June 13, 2019 file photo Los Angeles Angels’ Tyler Skaggs pitches to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tyler Skaggs has died at age 27, Monday, July 1, 2019. Skaggs started the Angels’ game Saturday night against the Athletics. Their game against the Texas Rangers on Monday night has been postponed. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, file)The left-hander had just pitched on Saturday, allowing two runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 4-0 loss to Oakland. He was scheduled to start the series finale at Texas, on the Fourth of July holiday.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was “deeply saddened” by Skaggs’ death.“We will support the Angels’ organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler’s teammates and other members of the baseball family,” Manfred said in a statement.Skaggs is the first Angels player to die in-season since Nick Adenhart was killed by a drunken driver 10 years ago. The 22-year-old rookie right-hander was coming off his first start of the 2009 season, his fourth career game in the big leagues.Jose Fernandez, a two-time All-Star pitcher for the Miami Marlins, was killed in boating crash near Miami Beach, Florida, in September 2016.Pitcher Darryl Kile, who played in the majors for 12 seasons (1992-2002) was on the road with the St. Louis Cardinals when he died in June 2002 in his Chicago hotel room. Albert Pujols, now a member of the Angels, was Kile’s teammate then.Angels statement on the passing of Tyler Skaggs. pic.twitter.com/6XA2Vu1uWV— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 1, 2019Angels players and coaches who had arrived at the Rangers’ ballpark for Monday night’s series opener left about four hours before the scheduled start of the game to return to their hotel. The clubhouse was never opened to the media.The Rangers’ clubhouse also was closed when general manager Jon Daniels and manager Chris Woodward told their players what had happened and dismissed them.Woodward described it as “one of those moments where you’re just kind of numb” and said the Rangers were thinking about Skaggs’ family and the Angels organization.“There were a lot of pretty emotional guys in there, you could tell. Some guys knew him. (Jesse Chavez) had actually played with him in LA,” Woodward said. “Some guys that didn’t even know him were visibly shaken. You could tell.”Rangers officials said there had been no discussions on the status of Tuesday’s game or the rest of the series.“Real life takes precedence here,” Daniels said. “Some things are a lot bigger than baseball.”Skaggs was born in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills, in the far western part of the sprawling San Fernando Valley. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2009, when the Angels drafted him in the first round.This is a 2019 photo of Tyler Skaggs of the Los Angeles Angels. This image reflects the 2019 active roster as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, when this image was taken. Tyler Skaggs has died at age 27, Monday, July 1, 2019. Skaggs started the Angels’ game Saturday night against the Athletics. Their game against the Texas Rangers on Monday night has been postponed. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)The Angels traded Skaggs to Arizona in 2010, and he started his big league career with 13 appearances over two seasons for the Diamondbacks. The Angels reacquired him in December 2013, and he has won 25 games over five seasons with the club.Skaggs started a career-high 24 games last season, going 8-10 with a 4.02 ERA. He missed playing time in April this season with a sprained ankle but came back strong.Skaggs was part of the same Angels’ draft class as Mike Trout, and they were roommates in the low minor leagues before Skaggs was traded to Arizona. They played on the same team in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2010.Cleveland Indians ace Trevor Bauer, who played with Skaggs in the Diamondbacks organization, tweeted: “We came up together. We won together. We laughed and celebrated together. Today, we all lose and mourn together.”Skaggs’ mother, Debbie, was the longtime softball coach at Santa Monica High School. She famously provided postgame tips on his pitching mechanics, even deep into his big-league career.Skaggs grew up in Santa Monica, on the west side of the sprawling Los Angeles metroplex, but rooted for the Angels instead of the closer Dodgers.By: Stephen Hawkins, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

WALTHILL WOMAN DIES IN CRASH

first_imgAuthorities say a Walthill woman has been killed in a northeast Nebraska car crash.The accident occurred around 10:30 Monday morning on Nebraska Highway 94, about 2 miles southwest of Walthill.The Nebraska State Patrol says the car ran off the roadway and rolled, ejecting the driver, 38 -year-old Diona Jo Doenhoefer.last_img

Mourinho has a pop at ‘quiet’ Man Utd fans

first_imgManchester United ‘Old Trafford is not like Portsmouth’ – Mourinho has a pop at ‘quiet’ Man Utd fans Ryan Benson 17:44 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) mourinho-cropped Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town José Mourinho Despite picking up their 10th home win of the season, the Portuguese would like the fans to be more raucous Jose Mourinho has risked incurring the wrath of Manchester United supporters after inferring that the atmosphere they create at “quiet” Old Trafford is inferior to that of Portsmouth’s Fratton Park.Manchester United secured a routine 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez – who was making his home debut – getting the goals.But Mourinho was not entirely happy at full-time, heading into his post-match news conference with a prickly outlook on the atmosphere at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mourinho called the stadium “quiet” and suggested supporters were not “very, very enthusiastic”, comparing Old Trafford to Portsmouth’s 21,000-capacity Fratton Park in comments that are unlikely to go down particularly well among the United faithful.He told reporters: “Old Trafford is a quiet stadium. It is not Portsmouth.”I remember Portsmouth when I came to the Premier League. It is such a small stadium, but it has an incredible atmosphere.”Here the atmosphere is a bit quiet. It is not very, very enthusiastic, but the players like to play at home.”United have lost only one of their 13 home Premier League matches this season, picking up 10 wins along the way. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza to retire from international cricket after Bangladesh series

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 20:13 IST Hamilton Masakadza has made 38 Test, 209 ODI and 62 T20I appearances for Zimbabwe. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHamilton Masakadza announced that he will retire from all forms of international cricketMasakadza has made 38 Test, 209 ODI and 62 T20I appearances for ZimbabweHamilton made his international debut against West Indies in 2001 and scored 9,410 international runsZimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza has announced that he will retire from all forms of international cricket after the conclusion of the T20I tri-series involving Bangladesh and Afghanistan later this month.Zimbabwe Cricket confirmed the news on social media: “Hamilton Masakadza has announced he will be retiring from all forms of international cricket after the T20I tri-series in Bangladesh”.’It has been an ernomous privilege to have played for and captained my country and this is one of the hardest decisions I have had to make.’ — @ZimCricketv captain Hamilton Masakadza, announcing his retirement from international cricket #ThankYouHami #Legend pic.twitter.com/HfM4ph0lvnZimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) September 3, 2019Masakadza has made 38 Test, 209 ODI and 62 T20I appearances for Zimbabwe since making his international debut against West Indies in 2001 and scored 9,410 international runs. Masakadza has hit 10 international tons to go alongside 42 half-centuries.His highest score in international cricket is his unbeaten 178 against Kenya in 2009. Masakadza is fourth on Zimbabwe’s ODI and Test run-getters lists.The tri-series is scheduled to be played between 13 to 24 September. Zimbabwean Cricket has been in turmoil for many years now. In fact, 14 members, including Flower, had walked out of the system in 2004 when then skipper Heath Streak was dismissed for disagreements on racial quotas in the squad.The ICC had suspended Zimbabwe Cricket for violation of its constitution after the current elected members of the Zimbabwe board were suspended by the Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC).Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Hamilton MasakadzaFollow Zimbabwe Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza to retire from international cricket after Bangladesh seriesHamilton Masakadza, who has made 38 Test, 209 ODI and 62 T20I appearances for Zimbabwe since making his international debut against West Indies in 2001, announced his decision to retire from all forms of Cricket after Bangladesh series.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Don’t want award for myself, but please honour my coach: Amit Panghal

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 22, 2019UPDATED: September 22, 2019 13:53 IST Asian champion Amit Panghal (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAmit Panghal is also an Asian Games and Asian Championships gold-medallistAmit Panghal’s coach Anil Dhankar was a national level medallist during his time as a boxerThe next big assignment for Panghal would be the Asian Olympic Qualifying tournament in ChinaIgnored for the Arjuna award due to an “inadvertent” doping violation in 2012, trailblazing Indian boxing ace Amit Panghal (52kg) said he does not care for personal honours but pleaded for a Dronacharya award for his formative coach Anil Dhankar.Panghal became the first Indian boxer to claim a silver medal at the just-concluded World Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia. He is also an Asian Games and Asian Championships gold-medallist.However, he has not been considered for Arjuna award due to a failed dope test back in 2012, for which he served a one-year ban. The “inadvertent” violation was during the treatment he underwent for chicken pox that year.”I don’t really care for awards for myself but I would be grateful if Anil Dhankar, my formative coach is considered for the Dronacharya. He has shaped me in my early years and had it not been for him, I would not be the boxer that I am today,” Panghal told PTI.”I began boxing in 2008 and Dhankar sir has been my rock ever since. Even now, it is Dhankar sir that I go to when I need guidance on any matter. An award for him would be an award for me too. In fact, it will make me happier,” he said.The 45-year-old Dhankar has never been involved with any of the national teams but was a national level medallist during his time as a boxer. He was thankful to his ward for the affection.”I have actually known him since 2005. To me, he is family. I have a close relationship with all his family members and he is like my own child. I still remember how skillful he came across despite being so small. He has made me very proud,” he said.advertisementThe Boxing Federation of India has vowed to nominate Panghal every year till the time his name is among the winners.”The BFI insists it will keep nominating me, I am thankful for this consideration. But all I want to do is win medals for India and I am glad I am able to do that wherever I compete,” he said.”As long as I am winning medals for the country, personal awards do not matter to me,” he added.The 23-year-old Naib Subedar in the Indian Army has been in the form of his life for the past two years. And even a change in weight category — from 49kg to 52kg has had little impact on his performances.By his own admission, he was wary of how things would pan out after the jump but a gold medal at the Asian Championships and the silver at the world showpiece has all but buried any skepticism in his mind.The next big assignment for him would be the Asian Olympic Qualifying tournament in China next February.”It is another challenge and I am trying to better myself for it. Power in punches would be crucial and I am working towards it,” he said.Also Read | Phenomenal Amit Panghal: From late-comer at training to world-beaterAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Amit PanghalFollow World Championships Next Don’t want award for myself, but please honour my coach: Amit PanghalAmit Panghal, who became the first Indian boxer to claim a silver medal at the just-concluded World Championships, has said he does not care for personal honours.advertisementlast_img read more

GIVEAWAY – Jack Erwin Ellis Boots

first_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 1. Jack Wrwin Ellis Chelsea Boot arabica 2. Jack Wrwin Ellis Chelsea Boot black 3. Jack Wrwin Ellis Chelsea Boot brown Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App center_img Quality shoes that won’t max out your credit card? That’s what we like to hear. Jack Erwin has been on our radar since they launched and the collections only seem to get better with each season. Designed in New York and hand crafted in Spain, we know first hand that these high quality, simply designed shoes are lady pleasers and comfortable to boot (!).Since it is the gift-giving season, Jack Erwin wants to spread the love and offer up a gift to our amazing readers. They are offering you gents the Ellis Chelsea Boot in Black, Brown or Arabica. Chelsea boots are actually a Victorian era trendsetter but they had a massive comeback in the 60s. Think the Beatles. We all love a hearty work boot but the Ellis oozes class and coolness. With a retail price of $220, this may just be the nicest gift you could give yourself this season. So get to clicking, and we don’t mean your heels. The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For?last_img read more

These 5 Fire Starters May Save Your Life

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Best Pillows Designed With Stomach Sleepers In Mind According to Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from the gods and shared it with humanity. Since that fateful day, humans have relied on fire for things such as purifying water, cooking food, providing warmth, and protection. In today’s society, starting a fire on a daily basis can be as easy as grabbing matches or a lighter. When venturing into the great outdoors, a viable alternative may be the difference between life and death. While the same lighter and matches may prove reliable in favorable conditions, we recommend carrying one of these best fire starters to easily create this “gift from the gods.”Zippo Emergency Fire Starter – $25There’s probably not a more recognizable name in lighters than Zippo. With more than 80 years in the business, they know how to make fire starters that last. This brightly colored lighter uses pre-packaged tinder sticks to get a fire going with a minimal spark. It’s a nicely confined waterproof and buoyant package that will be ready time and time again.See ItLight My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Army with Emergency Whistle – $12If it’s good enough for the Swedish Department of Defense, it’ll be good enough for you. This strike starter works at just about any altitude, whether wet or dry. At 5,400 degrees Fahrenheit, it has one of the hottest spark temperatures on the market too. This edition is built to last up to 12,000 sparks, meaning it’s going to be a long-lasting addition to your trekking pack.See ItUST BlastMatch Fire Starter – $13Fire is just a click away with this easy-to-use gadget. A custom flint material is spring loaded to strike against the interior of the handle for a direct spark. It’s designed for at least 1,000 ignitions with an added safety mechanism that only allows a spark with a press of the thumb. For three times the heat of a standard match, it doesn’t get much easier. Plus, its tiny size hardly adds any weight to your trail-pack.See ItExotac nanoStriker XL Ferrocerium Fire Starter – $28Our most portable option comes in at just over four inches long and one-fourth-inch thick. It burns at nearly 5,500 degrees Fahrenheit and has a replaceable interior rod. It’s lightweight body is a handsomely finished aluminum and is, of course, waterproof. It’s also our most expensive option, but the pure portability is worth it.See ItInfinite Electric Flameless Dual Arc Plasma Lighter – $16For those interested in a purely electric option, you can’t go wrong with this USB-powered model. The lighter connects directly into any port and charges in two hours for a week of regular use. It uses a concentration of two plasma beams to light cigarettes, candles or just about anything else you need. For a tailgate or weekend away with the RV, it doesn’t get much better.See It Article originally published March 16, 2017. Last updated December 22, 2017 by Clay Abney.  The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Expert Pitmaster Tips on How to Smoke a Brisket at Home last_img read more

Russia gets 30 WW IIera battle tanks from Laos

first_imgMOSCOW — Russia’s Defence Ministry says it has received 30 Soviet WW II-era T-34 battle tanks from Laos — a move reflecting the national veneration of the weapon.The ministry said Wednesday the tanks are fully combat-ready and will be used in military parades and for making World War II movies.The T-34 played a key role in defeating the Nazis and became a widely revered symbol of the nation’s heroism and suffering. A film describing feats of a T-34 crew has topped the national box office this month.The ministry said more than 58,000 T-34s were built between 1940 and 1946, making it the world’s most widely produced tank, but only several of them have remained in working condition in Russia. The T-34 was widely exported and used in numerous conflicts.The Associated Presslast_img

Bangladesh exPM Zia trapped between life and death BNP

first_imgDhaka: Jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death as her health has massively deteriorated over the last week due to unhealthy environment, according to her Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Demanding the immediate release of the 73-year-old three-time former prime minister, the BNP standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar said that due to the loneliness and lack of proper treatment, Zia is suffering from various ailments including heart disease. She is lodged in a 200-year-old prison in Dhaka since February last year, serving a 10-year jail term in two graft cases. “Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death. Keeping Khaleda in jail, depriving her of bail, is contrary to the Constitution and human rights, since her conviction in any of the case had not been finally disposed off by the Supreme Court,” Sircar was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. The former parliament speaker asked the government to allow her to receive proper treatment at a hospital of her choice. “The government had assured it would make proper arrangement for Khaleda Zia’s treatment, but not enough initiatives were taken yet. “It is a bad sign that they are not letting Zia out for treatment, even in this worsening condition,” Sircar said, adding that she is at a serious risk of sudden cardiac arrest. He also claimed that the cases against Zia are “politically motivated”. BNP Vice Chairman and one of Zia’s personal physicians AZM Zahid Hossain, said: “Zia is suffering from high blood sugar… and always needs to be on insulin. She has a sore tongue, which is not healing due to the high blood sugar. Her left shoulder and elbow joint have become insensitive. “According to her doctors, Zia is a special care patient. It is important to ensure all the facilities needed for her personal care”. The committee claimed that the government has decided to hold trials of the pending cases against her at Dhaka Central Jail in order to prevent her release from jail.last_img read more

Facebook redesigns big blue app doubles down on groups in shift towards

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Facebook Inc. unveiled updates to the Groups feature of its main social network, doubling down on a successful but controversial part of the big blue app — and another sign that Facebook is moving toward more private, intimate communication.The changes, announced Tuesday at the company’s annual F8 conference in San Jose, California, make Groups a bigger part of the Facebook user experience. A new design for the Facebook mobile app highlights the Groups that users have joined, and now shows a personalized feed of activity across all the groups people are part of in a special tab.Facebook has been pushing more aggressively into groups for the past two years as people shy away from posting things publicly and look for more intimate ways to connect with friends and family. Fast-growing meme and community groups have been a recent bright spot for Facebook amid a series of privacy scandals, and the company is also shifting its focus to deal with its own projections that people are spending less time on its namesake site. Instagram to remove number of likes on photos and videos in Canada Mark Zuckerberg just got $4.5-billion richer thanks to blockbuster Facebook earnings Facebook slammed for breaching Canadian privacy laws — and then refusing to fix it “There are tens of millions of active groups on Facebook,” the company said in a statement. “When people find the right one, it often becomes the most meaningful part of how they use Facebook. And today, more than 400 million people on Facebook belong to a group that they find meaningful.”Groups, which can be public or private on the social network, can be used to help keep long-distance friends in touch, connect people with similar interests or passions, and organize events. Facebook is also making it easier to discover new Groups based on users’ interests, and will recommend relevant groups to people when they are in other parts of the app, like Marketplace, the Gaming tab and its Watch video service. People will also be able to share content directly to their Groups from the share button on the main News Feed, the same way they do with friends and family, Facebook said.The company is even rolling out specific features for different types of groups. For example, members in health-related groups can ask the group admin to post on their behalf to better protect their privacy. Facebook is also adding more chat features for groups focused on gaming.The growth of groups makes it more urgent for Facebook to reckon with the spammers, manipulators and hackers that exploit them to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories, among other things. In special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. election, several Facebook groups were cited as tools to support President Donald Trump’s campaign or oppose Hillary Clinton’s. More recently, Facebook groups have been blamed for amplifying anger and spreading misinformation during violent protests in France. On WhatsApp, an encrypted Facebook messaging service, private groups have been used to spread dangerous misinformation that has led to physical violence and even deaths.Fast-growing meme and community groups have been a recent bright spot for Facebook amid a series of privacy scandals. In March, Zuckerberg said Facebook is undertaking a massive overhaul to focus on private, ephemeral and encrypted communication, saying that more people want to interact privately or in more intimate groups — rather than the open-sharing model he built the company around. The company also aims to integrate Facebook’s different online properties, allowing users to send messages between WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.Facebook will unveil a slew of other new features on Tuesday. The company’s Dating service is getting a new feature called Secret Crush that lets people “express interest in” up to nine of their Facebook friends. If one of these users has opted into Facebook Dating, they will get a notification saying someone has a crush on them. If that person adds the original admirer to their Secret Crush list, Facebook makes a match — digitally, at least. Facebook Dating, which was announced at last year’s F8, is still free to users.Menlo Park, California-based Facebook is also trying to facilitate non-romantic relationships. A “Meet New Friends” feature will make recommendations based on some shared connection — like living in the same city or working at the same company. It’s opt-in, so users will only see other people who are open to meeting new friends, and vice versa, the company said. It will also be integrated into Facebook Groups.The social network’s e-commerce service, called Marketplace, also got an upgrade. People who sell goods on Marketplace will soon be able to take payment directly through Facebook, including shipping costs, the company said. Today, people who sell goods have to arrange payment outside of Facebook, though they can do so via Facebook’s messaging app, Messenger.PayPal Holdings Inc. will process payments for purchases made directly inside Marketplace, according to a company spokesperson. That’s the same payments partner Facebook’s Instagram is using to process in-app purchases. Facebook also says it is considering charging sellers a fee for facilitating these deals.“We are evaluating a selling fee that is in line with competitive platforms to help cover payment processing and programs such as purchase protection,” a spokesperson said.Bloomberg.com read more

Surprising and disappointing data gap on gender minorities at top firms

On Tricia Davis’s first day of work at a coal mine in B.C.’s Elk Valley, she says she spotted a heart and a penis scrawled on some dusty equipment.And on a bus ride home one day from the Teck Coal Ltd. operation, Davis — who started there as a truck driver in June 2017 — says two male co-workers insinuated she was working as a prostitute.They allegedly told her: “Oh look it’s your corner, that’s where you belong.”“I waited for two years to finally have the opportunity to work at Teck and have never been so humiliated in my life,” Davis, who quit that job, said in a complaint filed to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.Teck later investigated her allegations, but concluded she “mischaracterized” what happened, the Tribunal wrote in a December decision that denied the mining company’s request to dismiss her complaint. Davis could not be reached for comment, but a Teck spokesman said the company has reached a confidential settlement and has since taken steps to address the concerns raised in the complaint.Her experience is indicative of the challenges women continue to face in Canadian workplaces — particularly in industries like mining that remain male-dominated.But the lack of diversity in the ranks of Canadian companies extends far beyond specific industries and remains a problem in the country’s most powerful and influential firms.The Canadian Press asked all firms included in the TSX 60 index as of Jan 1. 2019 to share data on how many women and employees who identify as visible minorities, as defined in the Employment Equity Act, worked at their companies in 2017.Among the companies who responded, some said women comprise as little as eight per cent of the workforce, while many others refused to disclose.What’s more, many of the firms on the TSX 60 won’t say — or aren’t even tracking — how many of their employees identify as visible minorities.These publicly listed companies are not required by law to disclose such information, but advocates have long called for transparency and for companies to — at minimum — track data and to measure progress, in a bid to facilitate change.One-quarter, or 15 firms, did not provide or otherwise publicly disclose figures for gender representation.Nearly 60 per cent, or 35 companies, did not provide or publicly release the representation of visible minorities in their ranks and more than 23 per cent, or 14 companies, said they were not tracking the metric at all.Among the 42 companies included on the index that did share specific or percentage data on gender diversity in their workforce, 34 indicated that less than 50 per cent of their workforce was female — less than the national average.In two cases, the percentage of women employees was in the single digits.Paulette Senior, president of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, called the number of companies unwilling to share or track the level of diversity “surprising and disappointing” because she believes the lack of disclosure suggests many of the companies are not interested in ensuring their workforce is reflective of society.“Transparency is a very brave thing to do… and it takes courage to actually want to know the truth because once you know it, it means that something probably needs to be done about it,” Senior said.The Canadian Press analysis showed that the banks — which mostly provided Canada-specific data and were at the higher end of the representation spectrum — seem to have made the most concerted efforts towards equality, while mining, engineering and rail companies continued to struggle to attract and retain women.Susan Lomas, a geologist and founder of the Me Too Mining advocacy group, said she believes the lack of progress in her industry is attributable to its inflexible nature, which requires workers to spend weeks at a time at remote sites and little time at home, making parenting difficult.“Some women are walking away from those sites and some men too,” Lomas said.Women accounted for 50.9 per cent of the Canadian population, but comprised 48 per cent of the country’s workforce in the 2016 census. That’s an increase from 45 per cent in 1991.But the gulf between industries is wide.Among the companies that provided information to The Canadian Press, the firm with the lowest female representation was Canadian National Railway Co., at 8.6 per cent. In the broader transportation and warehousing industry in Canada, roughly 24.5 per cent of all workers are female, according to 2018 Statistics Canada data.A CN rail spokesman said that in 2018, 17 per cent of its workforce in Canada were visible minorities, persons with disabilities or aboriginals. The Montreal-headquartered transportation company says that five out of 12 of its board members are women, and it is a signatory to the Catalyst Accord and a member of the 30% Club, both of which have a mandate to increase female board representation.Linda Hasenfratz, chief executive of Canadian autoparts maker Linamar, said some industries and roles are less attractive because of the physical nature of the job and reaching parity in the ranks would be difficult.Hasenfratz, one of the few female CEOs of a TSX-listed company, said women make up roughly 20 per cent of the Guelph-based company’s workforce, but the proportion among management and the upper ranks is larger.However, she expects the workforce representation of women overall to grow as companies incorporate automation and roles become less physically demanding.“Businesses will evolve and this will naturally change as there is more automation taking on some of these more physical roles… I think you’ll find 10 years from now, it will be dramatically different,” she said in an interview.Among the companies who disclosed their diversity data, National Bank of Canada had the highest proportion of women at 60.7 per cent of their Canadian workforce.In the upper executive ranks of Canada’s companies, however, the imbalance remains stark.An analysis by The Canadian Press last year revealed that none of the country’s TSX 60 companies were headed by a woman and two-thirds did not include a single female among their top earners during that fiscal year.The needle is moving even slower for other underrepresented groups such as visible minorities.Canada’s Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.”More than one-fifth of Canadians are visible minorities, at roughly 7.7 million people or 22.3 per cent of the country’s population in the 2016 census. That’s almost a five-fold increase from 1981, when visible minorities made up 4.7 per cent of the population.However, the labour force participation rate among visible minorities is 66.5 per cent. Visible minority women had a participation rate of 61.9 per cent, while the rate for men was 71.5 per cent.Measuring diversity is crucial for making progress, said Mona Malone, the Bank of Montreal’s chief human resources officer.“I believe very much what gets measured gets done, but also what gets measured gets focused on and you can build understanding, towards either progress or barrier,” she said.The bank, whose workforce in Canada is comprised of 56 per cent women, tracks various representation metrics that are reviewed against their goals on a quarterly basis.“The actual business leaders are held accountable for progress around diversity representation, the same way they are held accountable for their P and L (profit and loss) business results,” Malone said.The sluggish progress on diversity metrics suggests a stronger government approach may be necessary, said independent Ontario senator Ratna Omidvar.She was one of six members that backed a proposed bill amendment that would force public companies in Canada to set internal company diversity targets for the board and senior management.The Senate voted against the amendment last March.Omidvar said the amendment’s failure stemmed from a broader feeling in the business community that firms, if left to flourish without regulation but given guidance, will improve on these metrics and “a tide will lift all boats.”“Well, it hasn’t exactly happened has it? … So I would say, that does not work.”Armina Ligaya and Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press read more

UN rights experts call on Iran to end death penalty

“When the Iranian government refuses to even acknowledge the full extent of executions which have occurred, it shows a callous disregard for both human dignity and international human rights law,” Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, stressed in a press release issued earlier today.According to a UN human rights report released last year, the new Islamic Penal Code that entered into force in 2013 now omits references to apostasy, witchcraft and heresy, but continues to allow for juvenile executions and retains the death penalty for activities that do not constitute most serious crimes in line with the safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty such as adultery, repeated alcohol use, and drug possession and trafficking.Iran has witnessed a surge in executions over the past two years.At least 852 individuals were executed between July 2013 and June 2014 – the last reporting period for which data is available – representing an “alarming” increase in the number of executions in relation to the already-high rates of previous years, according to UN estimates. In addition, more than 340 persons, including at least six political prisoners and seven women, were reportedly executed since January 2015. “We are alarmed by the recent surge in the number of executions, which has occurred despite serious questions about fair trial standards,” added Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. “Many of the prisoners executed during this period were charged with drug-related offences, which do not involve intentional killing and hence do not meet the threshold of the ‘most serious crimes’.”Both experts drew particular attention to continued reports of public executions, noting that 15 such executions were known to have already occurred in 2015. Public executions, they said, had “a dehumanising effect on both the victim and those who witness the execution” and ultimately reinforced the “already cruel, inhuman and degrading nature of the death penalty.” Mr. Shaheed and Mr. Heyns urged the Iranian Government to establish an immediate moratorium on the death penalty throughout Iran with a view to abolishing the practice altogether. read more

Motor industry backs government moves to remove abandoned vehicles

The motor industry today welcomed new government measures designed to combat the growing problem of scrap vehicles abandoned by owners at the roadside.New rules announced by Transport Minister Stephen Byers MP will reduce the time that authorities have to wait before picking up vehicles dumped by the roadside, and will also target owners who deliberately abandon their cars leaving tax payers to foot the bill.The motor industry supports the proposal to introduce reforms to the vehicle registration system that will make procedures for transferring ownership more secure. This will ensure that irresponsible owners who abandon their vehicles will be made accountable.The announcement comes as the government considers how best to introduce the European End of Life Vehicle Directive that will define the process of vehicle recycling and disposal.Commenting on the announcement, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Modern vehicles are green products in every sense and it is essential that drivers behave responsibly when disposing of them. Manufacturers design and build vehicles to be recycled in a straightforward manner and there is no excuse for owners who choose to dump their vehicles by the roadside.’He continued, ‘Dumping vehicles is as socially unacceptable as throwing televisions, washing machines and cookers on the verge. The government is to be applauded for taking an active lead in addressing the problem, and we look forward to a close partnership developing the complete solution to address recycling and disposal in the sensible introduction of End of Life Vehicle legislation.’Note to editors: Over two million vehicles are dismantled each year with more than 80 per cent of the material recovered and recycled. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Football Ohio StateMichigan rivalry continues overseas

Ohio State self-defense instructor Mark Karman (right) and Ohio State Navy ROTC member Scott Wostiac (left) aboard the USS Enterprise. Credit: Courtesy of Mark Karman.Imagine being an Ohio State fan thousands of miles away from Columbus while deployed and stationed on a military base. Now imagine your deployment is during the biggest college football rivalry game of the year. What do you do? How do you manage to watch the game? Who do you watch it with?For some military members affiliated with Ohio State, this scenario is all too real. Yet, those members of the armed forces are resilient in their effort to watch their beloved Buckeyes take on Michigan. From watch parties to finding Ohio State sports bars in foreign cities, the strategies of finding a way to watch the biggest game in college football seemingly never end while overseas.Ohio State self-defense instructor and lieutenant colonel Mark Karman’s experience watching the game differed depending where he was located, but the process of finding Buckeye and Wolverine fans was always the same.“You knew who was from Michigan because it would come out naturally,” Karman said.During his deployment in Africa and Iraq, Karman said he needed people to pick up his watch shifts in order to see the game. He also said watch parties often formed among Ohio State and Michigan military members. There was always some sort of food set-up, like chips and dip or other leftovers scrounged up from dinner before the game started. Each team’s fans would watch in a separate room, just close enough where they could hear the other group cheering and yelling. When Karman was stationed in South Korea, the experience vastly differed. On the night of the game, he and other Buckeye fans in his squadron were led into town to watch the game at a local bar. As they entered the bar, it didn’t take long to realize this bar was unlike any other in South Korea. Hundreds of Ohio State fans packed the small sports bar, anxiously waiting for kickoff at 2 a.m. Korea Standard Time. Karman said it was unlike anything he had seen before overseas, and the atmosphere was “electric.” When asked if the time zone difference played a factor, Karman shrugged it off and said that those determined to watch the game found a way no matter the time zone. The game was always watchable via the Armed Forces Network (AFN), a service network that offers ESPN and other channels streamed to troops anywhere. Ohio State strength and conditioning instructor and retired staff sergeant Jason Sturgill remembered dedicating the entire month of November to the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry during his time stationed at Guantanamo Bay for the military police. Sturgill said his military unit was from Ohio and there were always a few units from Michigan that made their presence known. From flying flags outside tents to repping school colors while off-duty, everyone on base knew who was from Ohio and who was from Michigan. Though he was not able to watch the game, Sturgill said his unit would usually watch the game from inside this huge tent on base that would fit between 500 and 1,000 people. On the day of the game, the tent was filled with both Ohio State and Michigan fans. Sometimes the rowdiness of the fans forced the game to be viewed in separate tents. Sturgill said his time at Guantanamo Bay was filled with small pranks and bets between the schools’ followers. He recalled how the flags of each school often flew over their respective tents leading up to the game.“We would steal [Michigan’s] flag the night before, and give it back the next day,” Sturgill said. One popular bet among the two groups was that the losing school’s unit would fly the winning school’s flag after the game.Sturgill also said another bet from the Michigan units was a push-up wager. The unit supporting the losing team would have to do the same amount of push-ups the winning team scored during the game.“So if Michigan scored 48 points on us and won, the Ohio guys had to do 48 push-ups,” Sturgill said.Karman and Sturgill said the overall tone of the rivalry overseas between the two schools was a friendly rivalry. They stressed how, even though there was animosity between the schools, everyone stationed overseas was there for the same reason: to serve and protect the United States and the rest of the world. Of course the rivalry can get intense at times, but sometimes fans have to take a step back from the feud in order to accomplish something greater. Ohio State fans usually don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, but they sure do give a damn about the whole military and its time and sacrifice. read more

Crew suspended after plane lands at wrong airport

first_imgVIETNAM’S AVIATION AUTHORITY has suspended the crew of a plane operated by budget airline VietJet Air after a flight bound for the tourist hub of Da Lat landed at another airport more than 100 kilometres away.The scheduled flight VJ 8575 carrying 200 passengers landed at Cam Ranh airport near the coastal city of Nha Trang — another popular tourist destination — on Thursday night, instead of the Central Highlands town of Da Lat around 130 kilometres to the southwest.The incident occurred “because of the flight coordinators and crew members of VietJet Air, who did not correctly follow flight procedures”, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) in an online statement.The body said it decided “to temporarily suspend the licences” of the crew as well as other staff involved while an investigation was under way. It did not specify how many employees of the airline or airports involved had been suspended.The CAAV also said that “appropriate measures” towards the airline would be taken at a later stage.Passengers on the misdirected plane were transferred to another VietJet Air flight later on Thursday. Source: Google MapsVietJet Air was not immediately available for comment.The low-cost carrier, Vietnam’s first private airline which launched in 2011, currently serves 11 cities in Vietnam plus Bangkok and Singapore.It has already cornered around 25 percent of the domestic market — taking customers from Vietnam Airlines and low-cost carrier Jetstar, according to state media.The airline shot to prominence locally when it was fined for staging a racy in-flight bikini dance in 2012 to celebrate the launch of flights to Nha Trang.- © AFP, 2014Read: Think your morning commute is bad? Crossing the road in Vietnam is utter madness > Read: 6 ways Ryanair’s fully allocated seating will change your life >last_img read more

Synapantema 2013 draws to a close

first_imgThe Federation of Pontian Associations of Australia held their annual event Synapantema, last week with special guest of honour, Greek actor and orator Lazos Terzas. Synapantema’s three-day program was filled with traditional Pontian music and food. On the Saturday, Mr Terzas, together with historian Dr Panayiotis Diamandis presented an insight into Pontic language, history and its connection to both ancient and Byzantine Greece. The presentation was done in both Greek and English and proved to be a success with all generations of Pontians present. The highlight of the event was the combined performances of Victoria’s Pontic Cultural and Educational Association “Akrites Tou Pontou” and NSW’s Pontic Cultural and Educational Association “Aitents” having been introduced by Mr Terzas with the lauded Pontic poem Pontos Astro Foteinon. The traditional Pontic version of the Ancient Greek dance “Pyrrichios” was danced by the combined boys of the group to huge applause and honour to their ancestors. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pétrole les travaux de forage ont débuté au large de la Guyane

first_imgPétrole : les travaux de forage ont débuté au large de la GuyaneLa compagnie pétrolière Shell a confirmé mardi l’initiation des travaux de forage d’un puits au large de la Guyane dont elle détient une partie des parts. L’excavation est la deuxième de la sorte située dans la même région. Les travaux de forage au large de la Guyane ont débuté. Une porte-parole de Shell France, société pétrolière anglo-néerlandaise a en effet confirmé la nouvelle à l’AFP ce mardi. “Comme prévu par Shell France le 23 juin, le navire de forage Stena Drillmax ICE a débuté le 6 juillet ses opérations sur le GM-ES-2” a ainsi expliqué la petite compagnie britannique Northern Petroleum partenaire du projet, précisant qu’il s’agit du deuxième permis de Guyane Maritime. Ce forage doit en fait servir à confirmer la découverte des sources de pétrole mises en évidence l’an passé à une profondeur proche de 6.000 mètres. Néanmoins, il s’ancre dans un plus vaste projet incluant les travaux de trois autres puits : un juste après à quelques kilomètres de distance puis deux autres en 2013. Les débuts des travaux laissent à penser que le gisement représente environ 300 millions de barils de brut. Shell, opérateur du permis depuis février, détient 45% des parts contre 27,5% pour la société britannique Tullow Oil, 25% pour Total et 2,5% pour Northern Petroleum et Wessex.Mais les travaux des géants pétroliers ont d’ores et déjà attiré les foudres et l’inquiétude des écologistes. Ceux-ci ont récemment déposé des recours à Cayenne contre les arrêtés autorisant les forages. En juin dernier, l’ex-ministre de l’Ecologie Nicole Bricq avait même annoncé vouloir “remettre à plat” tous les permis d’exploration pétrolière avant que des parlementaires guyanais n’autorisent finalement la compagnie à reprendre son projet. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si elle n’a pas suspendu les permis, la nouvelle ministre Delphine Batho a elle confirmé que le code minier français, que certains jugent trop peu exigeant financièrement et écologiquement pour les compagnies, ferait l’objet d’un projet de loi de réforme d’ici la fin de l’année. Une décision qui lui a d’ores et déjà valu plusieurs critiques de la part des écologistes. 5 milliards d’amende pour Shell au Nigeria Parallèlement, la société Shell vient de se voir infliger une “amende administrative” de 5 milliards de dollars par le Nigeria pour une fuite de pétrole survenue en décembre 2011 sur une installation offshore du groupe anglo-néerlandais. De son côté, le groupe pétrolier a précisé mardi à l’AFP qu’il contestait la légitimité de cette amende compte tenu du fait que le groupe était rapidement intervenu pour contenir la fuite.”Nous ne pensons pas qu’une telle amende repose sur une base légale, ni que SNEPCO (la filiale locale de Shell au Nigeria) ait commis une infraction justifiant une telle amende. SNEPCO a fait face à l’incident avec professionnalisme et a agi avec le consentement des autorités compétentes à tout instant pour éviter que l’incident ait un impact environnemental”, a ainsi estimé un porte parole de Shell, Tony Okonedo. Le 18 juillet 2012 à 09:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more