1960’s: India’s changing phase

first_imgMihir BoseThe Sixties in the West were a decade of revolution, mini skirts and the Beatles. In India it was a decade when you were constantly told what you could not do and, when for a while, it seemed the very idea of India might not work.The decade began promisingly,Mihir BoseThe Sixties in the West were a decade of revolution, mini skirts and the Beatles. In India it was a decade when you were constantly told what you could not do and, when for a while, it seemed the very idea of India might not work.The decade began promisingly with seemingly impossible dreams fulfilled. In August 1960, K. Asif finally released Mughal-e-Azam, 15 years after he had started making the movie. A year later, the Indian Army marched into Goa and ejected the Portuguese. For the first time in four hundred years India was free from foreign colonial domination. The country was pictured as an aeroplane poised for economic take-off. Not without significance, 1961 saw the launch of two of India’s leading financial dailies, The Economic Times and The Financial Express.Plane India stalled badly. The decade ended with much of the high hopes of freedom turned to dust.But soon Plane India stalled so badly on the runway that for a time there were real fears it would collapse-certainly foreign critics wrote it off-and while Armageddon was avoided, the decade ended with much of the high hopes of freedom turned to dust. For me, a Midnight’s Child, this mood change crystallised on the night of January 26, 1963.I grew up in Flora Fountain in the heart of Bombay (as it was then called) and the night of January 26 was always special. That night the major buildings in Bombay would be illuminated. Our house was surrounded by some historic buildings of the city and every January 26 saw thousands from Bombay’s suburbs driving past our flat in open-top lorries to gaze at the illuminations. As they did so they would wave to us shouting, “Bharat zindabad”. But on the night of January 26, 1963, there were no illuminations, no lorries, no crowds, just deafening silence. I remember sitting by the window of our flat that night and as I looked at the statue of Flora, I got the feeling she was shedding silent tears for Bharat Mata.advertisementThree months earlier, in October 1962, the Chinese had crushed the Indian Army in the North East Frontier Area (NEFA). For a time it seemed all of eastern India would be lost. Jawaharlal Nehru, in a radio broadcast, very nearly bid Assam goodbye and we were told how shopkeepers in Calcutta were learning Chinese. The Chinese attack on India was so overwhelming that the Cuban missile crisis, which nearly led to a nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union, hardly made an impression on us.Republic Day was no longer a day of celebration and the shockwaves of that invasion were felt for the rest of the decade. Not least by us students. The talk of the day was to get the country better prepared militarily and so students were told that they would not be allowed to sit for their graduation examinations unless they underwent three years’ compulsory training in the National Cadet Corps. Eighteen months after the Chinese invasion, we found ourselves being given basic military training. Twice a week we gathered at a maidan near our college to be shouted at by fierce-looking Indian soldiers. I doubt if the Chinese spies lurking in the maidans were much frightened by this budding Indian army. I can recall nothing of military value I learnt, which included a spell in an NCC camp, except that it made me realise that the brave jawans we were asked to hero worship grew up to become foul-mouthed old soldierswith an inventive vocabulary of swear words.Our military service was justified on the grounds that this was the price we, the first generation of free Indians, had to pay for freedom. But all around us there were people questioning whether this freedom was worth having. In 1964, V.S. Naipaul, after a year in India, produced An Area of Darkness, his bleak and deeply pessimistic book about India. A year later came Nirad Chaudhuri’s The Continent of Circe which argued Indians could only regain their place in the world if they realised they were Europeans. While we could dismiss them as anti-Indians, Chaudhuri was easily lampooned as our homegrown Brit. All around us we could see much that was wrong with our beloved Bharat.In the third decade of freedom, India was the land of scarcity-a four-year wait for an Ambassador, 12 years for a Fiat. And of the great P-prohibitions in all kinds of things from no kissing on the screen to no drinking anywhere. My father could drink at home in Bombay only after getting a permit from the Collector of Customs. It was obtained after his doctor certified that for health reasons my father required two pegs of whisky every night. My father also used his friends in the Indian Armed Forces to get around prohibition. On Indian naval ships the Gandhian injunctions against alcohol did not apply, the old British custom of drinking still prevailed and as soon as his naval friends came onshore, my father was off to the Bombay docks.advertisementThe other big prohibition was in relation to food with the 1960s seeing a determined effort to change Indian eating habits. Parliament in the 1960s spent much time debating over famine-stalked parts of the land. At our dining tables we were told that we should eat less rice and have more wheat: so cut out the plate of rice for dinner, have chapattis instead. In West Bengal, the Congress chief minister tried to engineer a more radical change in food habits. Following a tremendous milk shortage, he had the brilliant idea of telling his fellow Bengalis that they should cut down on sweets, most of which were made from milk. The Bengalis were outraged and it made many middle-class Bengalis distrust the Congress and turn to the communists. Whatever else Marx may advocate, he would never target the beloved Bengali rosogolla.Students were told they couldn’t sit for their exams unless they underwent three years of training in the NCC.Now this may be one of the stories that may have gained more in retelling but there was no getting round the Guest Control Order which prohibited any meals for more than 50 people. This led to the most curious wedding receptions. Hundreds gathered in elaborately decorated shamianas, the presents were as lavish as ever, but all that the guests got was a thin slice of vanilla ice cream. In many ways, the biggest P of all concerned foreign travel. With the country facing massive foreign exchange shortages you could only travel abroad if a Form P was authorised by the Reserve Bank of India. But even when Form P was approved, the RBI gave you only 3 in foreign exchange. The joke was that it was enough to pay for a peg of whisky on the Air India flight taking you out of India.With no television, ‘foreign’ was increasingly exotic and the restrictions made us long to leave India. Not an escape but a temporary flight so we could return and make good the deficiencies we saw in a land that we still loved so much.After 12 years with The Telegraph, the author is now with BBC Sports.last_img read more


first_imgAamir, who has been sporting a handlebar moustache,Aamir, who has been sporting a handlebar moustache, said he is yet to decide on the final look of the character.”Right now, I am transforming my look. So, I dont know what the final look will be like. I am growing my hair and beard, ultimately, the final look will be decided a week before the shooting,” he said.The actor added “Dangal” is about women empowerment and girls, who fulfill the dreams of their father.The film, which is Aamirs co-production as well, is evidently much-anticipated by the fans. It will be the actors release after a gap of two years. He was last seen in blockbuster “PK”.Interestingly, Aamirs good friend and superstar Salman Khan will also be seen in the avatar of a wrestler in Yash Raj Films “Sultan”.Salman plays Haryanvi wrestler Sultan Ali Khan in the movie, slated to hit the theatres this July.The similarity in the subject of the two movies has generated buzz, but Aamir said films coming on wrestling will only encourage the sport.”Themes will never get old. Love stories will always remain fresh. The film has to connect with people, thats what I believe. Wrestling is a very ancient sport and a well loved sports. It is great to have two films coming on wrestling. Itll give a boost to the sport of wrestling.”The actor, who shared screen space with Salman in “Andaaz Apna Apna”, is keen to watch “Sultan”.advertisement”I am looking forward to Sultan. We all will watch Sultan on Eid. We are all very keenly waiting for the film,” he added. PTI JUR GK PSH BASlast_img read more

Kings Shut Down Knicks, 88-80

first_imgNEW YORK  — DeMarcus Cousins battled Robin Lopez all night and even shoved away a security guard at halftime.Cousins and the Sacramento Kings were looking for a good fight, and without Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks couldn’t provide one.Cousins had 24 points and 20 rebounds, and the Kings had their best defensive performance of the season March 20 in an 88-80 victory.The Kings, who came in allowing a league-worst 109.6 points per game, easily surpassed their previous best of 88 points allowed, shutting down a Knicks team that played without its leading scorer.“It was not a stellar basketball game, but for us to get a win on the road is always a happy place,” Kings coach George Karl said.Cousins emerged the winner in a good big-man duel with Lopez, who finished with 23 points and a career-high 20 rebounds.“That was a fun battle,” Cousins said. “You really don’t get a chance to see those type of battles with the bigs anymore, it’s so much of a guard game. We battled for a full game so it was a lot of fun.”Cousins played through his usual frustrations with the officiating and even a security guard, pushing him after he bumped into Cousins while Rajon Rondo was trying to separate his teammate from the officials at midcourt.“Actually I think he was trying to remove me from talking to the refs, so he kind of put his hand on my back and tried to move me forward,” Cousins said. “So I don’t think it was that big of an issue, honestly.”New York fell to 0-8 this season without Anthony, who was still bothered by symptoms of a migraine that he began suffering from March 19 in a loss at Washington.Jerian Grant scored 14 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 13 for the Knicks in their first home game since March 5 after going 2-4 on their longest road trip in terms of games in 10 years.Interim coach Kurt Rambis said the Knicks appeared sluggish when they arrived earlier after the long trip, and that appeared to carry over into the start of the game. The Knicks managed just 5-for-22 shooting and 12 points in the first quarter, falling behind by 16.“We had three quarters of scoring under 20 points that had a lot to do with, to me, guys looked tired,” Rambis said. “There are a lot of shots that our guys normally get, normally make, but when their legs are tired, they’re just short.”New York came right back with 35 points in the second, cutting the Kings’ lead to 50-47. But it was too much Cousins and the Kings in the fourth quarter.Rudy Gay scored 17 points for the Kings, who won for just the second time in nine games.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Leclerc Fastest in 1st Practice Session for Italian GP

first_imgChampionship leader Lewis Hamilton was fourth fastest, 0.825 seconds off the pace, while Sebastian Vettel was more than two seconds slower than the leader.There were three red flags during the session, including crashes by Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez. Both walked away unscathed.After Leclerc’s maiden Formula One win at last weekend’s Belgian GP, Ferrari is looking to end a nine-year wait for success at its home race.There is a second practice session later Friday.By: Daniella Matar, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares MONZA, Italy — Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc posted the fastest time Friday in a rain-affected first practice session for the Italian Grand Prix.Leclerc was .306 seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr. and .545 clear of Lando Norris in wet conditions that caused several cars to spin off the track.last_img read more

Is Clint Chelf scared of the camera?

first_imgHilarious moment for #10 in the video above at the 1:42 mark.GIF here:myfacewhen (8)h/t to reader Scott Bishop on the find.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

a month agoWolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watford

first_imgWolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Matt Doherty felt they deserved their first victory of the Premier League season for the 2-0 win against Watford at Molineux.The wing-back broke the deadlock with 18 minutes on the clock.Doherty said, “It was a good win. I felt they had a lot of possession at times but didn’t really penetrate us that much, we defended really well and then went ahead.“The back three were immense today, all of them, especially Boly aside me, he just wins absolutely everything and takes it off people one-v-ones, nobody can get round him. It’s good that we were able to keep the clean sheet.“It was great to get the first league win, especially at home in front of another packed out crowd. It’s nice to get the first win on the board, even though it’s taken a bit longer than we would have expected.“This result has brought us a bit of relief, obviously we would’ve wanted it to come earlier than it has, because the longer that it doesn’t happen you start to get itchy. But I felt we played well today and thoroughly deserved to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 Women to Start Business Ventures through EU Grant Support

first_img With the support, the women, including persons with disabilities and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), will be able to operate grocery shops, hairdressing salons and farms, among other ventures. Story Highlights Addressing the launch of the 18-month project at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on February 6, Head of the Delegation of the EU to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, said VAW is a major obstacle to the fulfilment of women’s human rights and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. Fifteen women, who have been certified in entrepreneurship, are to benefit from grant support from the European Union (EU) to undertake business ventures. Fifteen women, who have been certified in entrepreneurship, are to benefit from grant support from the European Union (EU) to undertake business ventures.They are among 30 women trained under a €200,000 (approximately J$30 million) Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) project on ‘Reducing Domestic Sexual and Gender-based violence Against Women within the context of HIV and AIDS’.With the support, the women, including persons with disabilities and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), will be able to operate grocery shops, hairdressing salons and farms, among other ventures.Portions of the funds will also be used to provide training to improve the knowledge and skills of in-service police officers to better deal with incidents of VAW and expand the capacity of male leaders to promote women’s rights.It will also enable increased access to sexual and reproductive health-related services and psychosocial support including improved access for women, who have experienced violence.Addressing the launch of the 18-month project at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on February 6, Head of the Delegation of the EU to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, said VAW is a major obstacle to the fulfilment of women’s human rights and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.The United Nations Agenda is a plan of action to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.Ambassador Wasilewska assured that the EU, which is one of Jamaica’s largest donor partners, is “committed to combating all forms of violence against women and girls because it undermines core fundamental rights and values such as dignity, access to justice, access to economic opportunities and gender equality.”“It is our role to try and help the Government of Jamaica but also civil society groups and organisation to make sure that the levels of violence are reducing and the roles of women increase in Jamaica at home, in the family, at schools and all around us,” she said.The EU Ambassador said the training in entrepreneurship will represent a “big change” in the lives of the women and will enable them to have a sense of independence.Meanwhile, Executive Director of JASL, Kandasi Levermore, expressed gratitude to the EU for the support given and noted that her organisation will continue its thrust to assist women, especially those “vulnerable to HIV/AIDS or key populations of women.”Beneficiary of the project and Peer Link of JASL, Sandrean Bailey, said the support will give her greater economic independence in her relationship.In attendance at the launch of the project were representatives from UNAIDS, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities, Equality for All/J-FLAG and JASL, as well as Opposition Spokesman on Youth and Culture, Damion Crawford.last_img read more

Heating Assistance Program Deadline Approaching

first_img The form is also available on the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations website at http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr . SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Heating Assistance ProgramDeadline Approaching Nova Scotians are reminded that the deadline to apply for theKeep the Heat program is Thursday, March 31. The Keep the Heat program will provide a cheque for a one-timepayment of up to $200, a coupon for a free furnace cleaning andan opportunity to win a do-it-yourself energy savings kit. Thecoupon has a value of $80.50 (includes HST) and is intended for afurnace tune-up by a qualified furnace technician. To be eligible for the Keep the Heat program, applicants mustheat their home with oil or propane and be paying for itthemselves, have a family income of $22,200 or less, or ifsingle, an income of $13,400 or less. Seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement and personsreceiving income assistance from the Department of CommunityServices are eligible if they heat their home with oil orpropane. In all cases, applications must include a fuel bill,dated within the past six months, in the applicant’s name. Applications for the Keep the Heat program can be obtained bycalling 424-5200 in the Halifax area, or toll-free 1-800-670-center_img To date more than 23,500 Nova Scotians have benefitted from thisprogram. The province has issued more than 23,500 cheques, 11,500 furnace tune-up vouchers and 4,000 energy conservationkits.last_img read more

QuickList October inflation rate for selected Canadian cities

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.4 per cent in October, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):_ St. John’s, N.L.: 0.8 per cent (1.5)_ Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.1 (2.3)_ Halifax: 0.8 (1.2)_ Saint John, N.B.: 1.6 (1.7)_ Quebec: 1.0 (1.0)_ Montreal: 1.1 (0.9)_ Ottawa: 1.2 (1.5)_ Toronto: 1.7 (2.1)_ Thunder Bay, Ont.: 0.8 (1.4)_ Winnipeg: 1.5 (1.4)_ Regina: 2.2 (2.0)_ Saskatoon: 2.3 (2.0)_ Edmonton: 1.3 (1.1)_ Calgary: 1.4 (1.4)_ Vancouver: 2.4 (2.3)_ Victoria: 1.6 (1.7)last_img

SNCLavalin CEO Neil Bruce retires Ian Edwards named interim CEO

first_imgMONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says chief executive Neil Bruce is retiring from the company and returning to his family in the United Kingdom.Ian Edwards, the company’s chief operating officer, has been named interim chief executive effective today.Bruce is expected to remain an adviser to the board until the end of the year.SNC also says that the board of directors has asked Edwards to undertake a review of the strategic direction of the company.A Quebec judge ruled last month there was enough evidence to send SNC-Lavalin to trial over charges of fraud and corruption. The company has pleaded not guilty.WATCH: SNC-Lavalin heading to court  The Canadian Press The engineering and construction firm has been at the centre of a political controversy following accusations by former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould that top government officials pressured her to overrule federal prosecutors and negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with the company.last_img read more

Eight LS seats in West Bengal to go to polls in sixth

first_imgKolkata: Eight Lok Sabha constituencies spread across five districts in West Bengal will go to polls in the sixth phase of general elections on Sunday. The ruling Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front constituents – the CPI(M), the CPI and the AIFB – are the main contenders in the eight seats, where the fate of 83 candidates will be decided by a 1,33,69,749-strong electorate. In this phase, polling will be held in Jangal Mahal – the forested region of Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Purulia districts, which used to be a Maoist hotbed, during the erstwhile Left Front government. To ensure free and fair polling in Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram (ST), Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur (SC) constituencies, the Election Commission will deploy a total of 770 companies of central forces, which will cover almost 100 per cent of the 15,428 polling booths, EC officials said. All the eight seats covering four Jangal Mahal districts and East Midnapore, will see mostly a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front. The Bankura seat will witness a triangular fight because the Congress did not put up any candidate there. The campaign saw poll meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and her Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu. Banerjee also participated in a number of roadshows. In the Tamluk seat, the BJP has fielded Siddhartha Shankar Naskar against sitting TMC MP Dibyendu Adhikari. The Left Front constituent CPI(M) has nominated Sk Ibrahim Ali, while the Congress has nominated Lakshman Seth, who was earlier in CPI(M). In Kanthi, TMC MP Sisir Adhikari is contesting against BJP’s Dr debasis Samanta. The Congress has nominated Deepak Kumar Das and the CPI(M) nominated Paritosh Pattanayak. In the Ghatal Lok Sabha seat, TMC’s sitting candidate Deepak Adhikari (actor Dev), will lock horns with BJP’s Bharati Ghosh, a former IPS officer. The Congress has nominated Khandakar Md Saifullah and the Left Front constituent CPI has nominated Tapan Ganguli. In the Jhargram (ST) seat, TMC’s Birbaha Soren (Tudu) will contest against Kunar Hembram of BJP. The Congress has fielded Jageswar Hembram and the CPI(M)’s candidate is Deblina Hembram. Manas Ranjan Bhunia is TMC’s candidate from the Medinipur seat and he is contesting against BJP’s state president Dilip Ghosh. The Congress has nominated Sambhunath Chattopadhyay, while the Left Front constituent CPI has fielded Biplab Bhatta. In Purulia, sitting MP Mriganka Mahato of the TMC will contest against BJP’s Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato. The Left Front constituent All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) has nominated Bir Singh Mahato and the Congress has fielded Nepal Mahato. In Bankura, TMC’s Subrata Mukherjee will contest against Dr Subhas Sarkar of the BJP. The CPI(M) has fielded Amiya Patra. This seat will witness a triangular contest. Shyamal Santra of the TMC will contest from Bishnupur (SC) seat against BJP’s Saumitra Khan. The CPI(M) has nominated Sunil Khan and the Congress has fielded Narayan Chandra Khan from there. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has, for the first time, deployed a special police observer and a special observer. In another first, VVPATs will be used in all the polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources said.last_img read more

What you need to know before the TSX opens

TORONTO — Energy stocks will likely put pressure on the Toronto stock market Thursday as the OPEC cartel considers what to do about plunging oil prices.Prices continued to tumble with the January contract down $1.42 to a fresh four-year low of US$72.28 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.OPEC oil ministers are meeting in Vienna to consider a cut to production to put a floor under prices that have fallen about 30% since mid-summer, when prices were elevated by geopolitical worries. Prices have steadily fallen since then because of a strengthening greenback, lower demand prospects and, particularly, a glut of oil.However, analysts are assigning a low probability to such a production cut. “Expectations on whether OPEC will announce a production cut are essentially split,” said Keng Goh, Associated Foreign Exchange Strategist at RBC Europe. “Our energy analysts assign about a 35% probability of a cut.”Lower oil prices are starting to bite into Canadian provincial finances. The Alberta government now expects a barrel of oil to trade at an average of US$75 a barrel for the rest of the fiscal year ending next March.Revenue from Alberta’s energy sector generally accounts for about 25% of the province’s total revenue.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar dipped 0.08 of a cent to 88.92 cents US. It could be a relatively quiet trading day on the TSX with American markets closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Markets reopen Friday for a shortened session.Gold prices also headed lower with February bullion off $2.10 to US$1,195.40 an ounce while March copper was unchanged at US$2.95 a pound.On the economic front, European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the euro currency union remains “incomplete” and needs to be strengthened with better oversight of member countries’ economic policies. He said the 18 member countries have agreed not to bail each other out through fiscal transfers — so they need other ways of keeping problems in one country from affecting them all.The eurozone is struggling to emerge from a debt crisis that began in 2009-10 and is still mired in low growth and high unemployment. read more

Security Council condemns weekend terrorist bombings in New Delhi

“Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the Council said a statement read out on behalf of the members by Foreign Minister Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu of Romania, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member body.”The Security Council stresses the importance of bringing the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of violence to justice,” he said, urging all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and the Council’s counter-terrorism resolutions, to “cooperate actively with the Indian authorities” towards this end.The statement reiterated the Council’s determination “to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.” read more

At UN Assembly Colombias President spotlights progress on ending armed conflict as

“To the international community, I make an impassioned appeal for us to put all that we can…into ensuring that humanity overcomes war,” President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón said in his address. “We are losing direction when we look at the tragedies that humanity is suffering, without being pained. It is time to wake up! It is time to act!”He said that in a world full of bad news, of war, of terrorism, of disease, “I would like to bring a ray of hope to this Assembly: the hope that, after more than half a century of conflict, Colombia will soon be at peace. If we achieve this – a goal that Colombians have unsuccessfully sought for so long – then there is hope for peace in any part of the world, despite how difficult things can seem right now.”Mr. Santos Calderón explained that the nearly two years of talks taking place in Havana, Cuba, between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, have been serious, realistic, efficient and credible, with concrete results.Three of the 5 identified points of action had been agreed – comprehensive rural development; political participation and an enhanced focus on addressing drug trafficking. A major focus to that end had been improving the agricultural sector and the lives, land and livelihoods of famers. “We agreed to continue dismantling the drug mafia structures, to promote a national programme of crop substitution and alternative development and to address the problem of consumption from a public health perspective.”A Colombia without coca and without conflict was an impossible dream just a few years or decades ago, Mr. Santos Calderón said, adding: “Just imagine it.” As for the last two substantive points – addressing the concerns of victims and ending the conflict – are underway. Indeed, the conflict had left many victims but they are now at the heart of the political and reconciliation processes. Representatives of the victims are setting out their concerns and needs to both the Government and the armed groups. As the post-conflict phase approached, however, he said that Colombia will face “immense challenges” to reintegrate those who have demobilized, to ensure State presence in areas affected by conflict, and to guarantee security. “The support and contribution of the international community will be so important, that we call upon it from now!” Yet even in all this, Colombia is not oblivious to the suffering of those who live in Syria, Iraq, Libya, the Sahel and Ukraine. It also condemned the ruthless terrorism of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) . “We are not indifferent to the suffering of so many families in Palestine and Israel, victims of armed confrontations. Neither to the loss of life due to epidemics such as Ebola in Africa.”As the Organization’s 70th anniversary approaches, the global community finds itself at a definitive moment for the legitimacy of the international system embodied by the UN. “The complete respect for international law and the purposes and principles established in the UN Charter is essential to attaining lasting solutions to overcome conflict, and progress in the fulfilment of the legitimate aspirations of the people,” he said. read more


Handball tournamentStruga 2013 At 41st International Handball Tournament in Macedonian Struga, seven teams from four countries will fight for the trophy:GROUP A:RK Vardar SkopjeHCM Constanta (Romania)Ivry Handball (France)GROUP B:RK Metalurg SkopjeVersille Handball (France)Meshkov Brest (Belarus)RK StrugaSCHEDULE14-Aug    Metalurg-Struga         18:30-19:45OPENNING CEREMONY 19-50 20-20RK Vardar-HCM Constanta        20:30-21:45Meshkov Brest – Versille Handball         22:00-23:1515-Aug    Ivry Handball – HCM Constanta        18:45-20:00RK Metalurg – Meshkov Brest       20:30-21:45Struga- Versille Handball     22:00-23:1516-Aug    RK Vardar – Ivry Handball       18:45-20:00Metalurg- Versille Handball      20:30-21:45RK Struga – Meshkov Brest       22:00-23:1517-Aug    FIFTH PLACE MATCH       18:00-19:15THIRD PLACE MATCH       19:30-20:45FINAL MATCH    21:00-22:15 ← Previous Story Junior WCh 2013: Croatia, Germany, Sweden and Slovenia still 100%! Next Story → Julen Aguinagalde with Vive Targi Kielce next five years! read more

Amazon is reportedly selling stolen iPhones

first_imgIf you got that shiny new iPhone 5 with the extra row of icon space at the cost of a little bit of pocket space, you may not want to wave it around in public just yet, as you might be brandishing evidence to a crime. Twitter user Ben Dreyfuss bought his mom a refurbished iPhone from Amazon for Christmas, and when they called Verizon to activate it, Verizon support informed the pair that the phone was stolen.Dreyfuss said he purchased the phone through one of Amazon’s refurbished warehouse deals — generally a decent route to cheaper prices considering Amazon’s positive reputation. Dreyfuss says the Verizon representative didn’t quite believe the phone was purchased through Amazon, and questioned if Dreyfuss actually bought the phone through eBay. Amazon was reportedly quite apologetic about the ordeal, though there was nothing they could do other than have the Dreyfuss family return the phone and order a new one that hopefully wasn’t stolen.Fortunately, Dreyfuss has an understanding mom, and she wasn’t offended that her son (unknowingly) bought her a stolen phone for the holidays.The Dreyfuss family shouldn’t have to worry much, as Amazon has a reputation for offering excellent customer service — this blogger once got a brand new 32-inch LG HDTV for free because the first two Amazon sent had pretty glaring color banding issues.If you end up in a similar situation, simply contact Amazon through their Contact Us page, fill out the short form, and choose a method of inquiry.Twitter, via Gizmodolast_img read more

Juniper une panne crée une perturbation générale dInternet

first_imgJuniper : une panne crée une perturbation générale d’InternetSuite à une mise à jour effectuée sur le système d’exploitation des serveurs Juniper, JunOS, Internet a subi un fort ralentissement général ce lundi après-midi.Sites inaccessibles, ralentissements de la navigation et des services liés à Internet; ce lundi a vu le réseau des réseaux se trouver fortement perturber par une panne liée aux serveurs Juniper. Soit les serveurs mondiaux classés numéro 2 derrière ceux appartenant à Cisco System.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?D’après cet article de Zdnet, il s’agissait pourtant d’une simple mise à jour du système d’exploitation des serveurs, JunOS, et cela a failli virer au cauchemar pour le Web. Cette panne a eu lieu entre 16h00 et 17h00, et proviendrait d’une mise à jour défectueuse n’ayant pas entraîné de redémarrage de tous les serveurs, mais qui aurait, tout de même, fait planter une partie de ces derniers, comme un chateau de cartes.Sur son blog, Stépahe Bortzmeyer, spécialiste des réseaux explique qu’il “semble que le problème vienne d’une annonce BGP amusante qui aurait planté (et fait redémarrer) certains routeurs Juniper (apparemment la gamme MX, en version 10.2, 10.3 et certaines 10.4 de JunOS) “.Le 7 novembre 2011 à 18:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Trusted Media Brands to Distribute Reminisce Across Newsstands

first_imgAccording to the company, the magazine, published six times a year, reaches an audience with a rate base of 725,000 and a multi-channel audience of 2.8 million. Kast explained that through heading to newsstands, the Reminisce team seeks to reach a new audience and maximize exposure.“We know our audience are big fans of the magazine,” says Kast. “We also know that there are lots of folks out there, especially the younger baby boomers, who haven’t heard about us. We see the newsstand as our best opportunity to get in front of those people.”With the expansion of Reminisce, Kast says the magazine plans to continue to work on its digital strategy through working with Reader’s Digest and on various social media platforms.“Our digital footprint is interwoven with the Readers’ Digest website, RD.com, which allows us to provide our brand of content to a much broader audience,” Kast tells Folio:. In addition, we engage users with our social media presence on a variety of platforms.”The first issue to hit newsstands will be sold for a price per issue of $4.99 in the U.S. and $5.99 in Canada, with the August/September cover featuring Marilyn Monroe. Inside, the pages will include a Hollywood Glamour photo package of famous women from previous eras such as Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Carole Lombard and more, according to the company. Trusted Media Brands, Inc. announced its newest expansion earlier this week— the distribution of magazine Reminisce to newsstands across the country.The bi-monthly magazine, slated to hit the stands in early August, launched over 25 years ago, and features content focused on previous eras.Reminisce editor Linda Kast hopes the expansion reaches multiple generations of readers with an interest in life during former eras, and feels the shift to newsstands will help get readers involved.“The DNA of Reminisce is and always will be primarily made up of reader-submitted stories and photos,” Kast tells Folio:. “A successful expansion on newsstands will allow us to provide our readers with more of that content.”last_img read more

Regional Planning Group Seeks Consultant to Perform JLUS for Connecticut Sub Base

first_imgThe Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (SCCOG) is seeking qualifications and proposals from firms to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Naval Submarine  Base New London on behalf of its member municipalities — the town of Groton, town of Waterford, town of Ledyard, city of Groton, city of New London and town of Montville. DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) provides grants to state and local governments to conduct a JLUS to support the long-term sustainability and operability of the military installation complex. An award of a grant to the SCCOG to conduct a JLUS is pending approval by OEA.Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations.Responses to this request must be received by SCCOG no later than Friday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. Responses received after this deadline will not be considered.Questions may be directed to James Butler, AICP, executive director, at jbutler@seccog.org or at (860) 889-2324. A copy of the full RFQ/RFP is available on the SCCOG website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

The Nest Hello smart video doorbell drops to 16574 Update Sold out

first_img Mentioned Above Nest Hello Get Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 and Premiere Elements 2019 for $100Sure, you can do some basic photo and video editing on your phone, but mobile apps will take you only so far. For more detailed work, you need a PC and capable software.Here you go: For a limited time, Amazon is offering Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 and Premiere Elements 2019 (for Windows and Mac) for $100. Regular price: $150.See it at AmazonPhotoshop Elements is like the junior version of Photoshop, the 800-pound gorilla of image editors. It’s designed to help you organize, manage, fix, enhance and share your photos.Now, I’m the first to point out that you can accomplish Photoshop-level image editing with free tools like Gimp and Paint.NET. Those programs have fairly steep learning curves, however. They’re not what I would call consumer-friendly. Photoshop Elements has a learning curve, too, but it’s definitely more guided, more intuitive.As for Premiere Elements, it’s a pretty powerful consumer-level video editor. With it you can import clips from just about any source and turn your footage into a polished, professional-looking movie.  There are some negative reviews from Amazon buyers, but look closely: Most of those came from folks who didn’t follow the license-redemption instructions properly — or thought they were buying Photoshop proper.Get a $100 iTunes gift card for $85Do you spend a lot on iTunes? Are you eyeballing the current Marvel movie sale that has a bunch of MCU titles (like The Avengers) on sale for $10 apiece? Here’s a way to save a few bucks.For a limited time, and while supplies last, PayPal Digital Gifts (via eBay) is offering a $100 iTunes gift card for $85. It’s a digital card delivered via email.See it at eBayYou can use this for iTunes and App Store purchases. Sound good? Hurry up: In my experience, these deals don’t last long. (The $50 gift card for $42.50 is currently sold out.)CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! See It Dell Tags $229 $229 Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 Smart Home See It Comments See It Best Buycenter_img Nest Adobe Amazon Now playing: Watch this: Crutchfield Ding, dong, the list (price) is dead… Tyler Lizenby/CNET I don’t throw around words like “scourge” lightly, but porch pirates are a scourge on society, no question. It’s not surprising, then, that video doorbells have exploded in popularity — they give you a live view of who’s at the door and can record video whenever they detect motion.Read more: 7 ways to keep packages from getting stolen off your porchThe top-end models tend to be pricey, usually in the $200-$250 range. For a limited time, however, and while supplies last, CE Overstock (via Rakuten) has the Nest Hello smart Wi-Fi video doorbell for $165.74 when you apply promo code SAVE15. That requires you to have a Rakuten “membership” (free) and be signed into your account. Update: Sold out! But see below for a price that’s just $4 higher.See it at RakutenIf supplies run out, here’s a close second: MassGenie has the Nest Hello for $169.95 when you’re signed into your account and click the orange Power Deal button. It usually sells for $229.Here’s the most important thing to know about the Nest Hello: It’s CNET’s favorite video doorbell, beating out the likes of the August View Doorbell Camera and Ring Video Doorbell 2. Read our full Nest Hello review to learn why.As is common (unfortunately) with many smart doorbells, this one requires a monthly subscription to really get the most from it. Although Nest stores a three-hour video history at no extra charge, it’s probably a good idea to get Nest Aware, which for $5 per month stores a five-day video history.That subscription also nets you extras like activity zones (which let you limit motion detection to, say, just the porch area, so you don’t get a bunch of alerts every time a car drives by) and person and facial recognition.For what it’s worth, I’m currently testing a less expensive video doorbell that’s similar in design and offers free cloud storage, but it’s nowhere near as versatile as the Nest Hello. The latter is not only CNET’s top pick, but also a top-rated choice among users: Everywhere I look, I see average ratings of anywhere from 4.6 stars to 5 stars. (Seriously, check out Lowe’s: 5.0 average from over 2,300 buyers!)Assuming you’re going to end up paying some kind of monthly fee for cloud storage and whatnot, you might as well get the best deal you can on the hardware. This is one of the best deals I’ve seen, period. See it $229 Nest Hello Review • Nest Hello review: This is the smartest video doorbell around Nest Hello video doorbell: Smarter than your average… Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Cheapskate 2:39 $175last_img read more