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first_imgNew Delhi: The results of the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2019 were declared on Wednesday, with Rajasthan’s Nalin Khandelwal topping the exam. The NEET is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in medical and dental colleges approved by the Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India. Khandelwal scored 701 marks out of 720 to top the exam. Delhi’s Bhavik Bansal and Akshat Kaushik from Uttar Pradesh secured the second and the third positions respectively. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Both, Bansal and Kaushik scored 700 out of 720 marks, but Bansal was ranked second because he secured more marks in biology than Kaushik. Telangana’s Madhuri Reddy G emerged as the topper among girls by securing an all-India rank of seven. She secured 695 marks out of 720. Rajasthan’s Bheraram topped among the differently-abled candidates by scoring 604 out of 720 marks. As many as 14,10,755 candidates had appeared for the exam out of which 7,97,042 qualified the test. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France NEET was conducted across 154 cities in 11 languages and 2,546 centres. Out of 6,30,283 males who took the exam, 3,51,278 qualified for it. While 7,80,467 females appeared for it, 4,45,761 qualified. Out of five transgenders who appeared for the exam, three qualified for it. As many as 15,19,375 candidates had registered for the exam, but 1,08,015 did not appear for it. The NTA conducted the NEET throughout the country on May 5 and May 20. The Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India come under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress-JDS alliance which is hanging by a thread after the mass resignations will have to prove its majority on Thursday. The floor test will take place at 11 am on July 18, said Congress’s Siddaramaiah after a meeting of a panel that decides the agenda of the state assembly. Sixteen MLAs of the ruling coalition have submitted their resignations to the Speaker. If the resignations are accepted, the coalition will have 101 MLAs in the 224-member House versus the BJP’s 105. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The BJP, which was pressing for a floor test today, said it won’t allow the House to proceed unless the no-confidence motion is held at the earliest. The Supreme Court today also agreed to take up the pleas of five more rebel Karnataka MLAs who alleged that they were “being threatened to support the government on the threat of disqualification”. The hearing will take place tomorrow. Those who moved the court are Anand Singh, K Sudhakar, N Nagaraju, Roshan Baig and Munirathna. On July 11, acting on the plea by 10 rebels, the Supreme Court had asked the Speaker to decide on the resignations before the end of the day.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more


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first_imgKalaburagi (KTK): Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has said Congress veteran M Mallikarjuna Kharge should have been given the top post in the state a long time ago and allegedinjustice was done to the veteran leader. His remarks at a public meeting attended by Kharge comes amidst a bitter spat between the leaders of Congress and JD(S) over the growing demand from a section of the national party’s MLAs that Siddaramaiah be made the chief minister once again. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghKumaraswamy is leading the Congress-JDS coalition government in the state. “Mallikarjun Kharge should have been the Chief Minister long back.. I feel injustice has been done to him.. I would like to clearly say that Kharge has not been given recognition for all the work he has rendered,” Kumaraswamy said at a meeting in Chincholi on Tuesday. Siddaramaiah, Coalition Coordination Committee Chairman, had termed the growing clamour within his party to make him the Chief Minister once again as an expression of supporters’ “affection,” but said he still stood by his word of not contesting the next assembly polls. Chincholi assembly seat is going for by-polls on May 19.last_img read more


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By Mohamed BellaRabat – The Marrakech Directorate of Culture has organized a fado concert to celebrate the Portuguese guitar with Marta Pereira da Costa tonight.Young Portuguese artist Marta Pereira da Costa will play at Marrakech’s Bahia Palace. The Portuguese consulate in Marrakech collaborated in organizing the concert. Da Costa, the winner of the 2014 “Musician of the Year Award” in Portugal, is currently the only female guitarist who plays the fado genre of music.Fado, which dates to the 1820s, is regarded as the soul of Portuguese music..Marta Pereira da Costa will give a solo performance on the Portuguese guitar, also called the fado guitar. The instrument is a chordophone with 6 pairs of strings and a pear-shaped wooden sound-box.Da Costa has performed across the globe, in New York, Toronto, Madrid,, Paris, and Ljubljana.In 2012, da Costa recorded the Portuguese guitar for artist Rodrigo Costa Felix’s album, the first record in the history of fado where the Portuguese guitar was solely played by a woman.Da Costa’s magical music is a mix of tradition and innovation, delicacy and vigor, beauty and elegance that catch the ears of those that listen with their own souls.“The fact that it is not common to see women playing the Portuguese guitar, made me want to try and play it. So I challenged myself to play the instrument.” Da Costa told Culture for Friends.Fado music still fascinates da Costa everyday, while she works hard to leave a mark on the history of not only Portuguese music, but on the world. She is now a role model for many young Portuguese girls who want to follow her footsteps. read more


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Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa says two officials of the National Housing Development Authority have been interdicted over the destruction of an archaeological site in Ipalogama.The Anuradhapura District Manager of the National Housing Development Authority and a technical officer have been interdicted over the incident as investigations continue. (Colombo Gazette)


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A doctor who eventually examined KG found that scars on his right wrist and ankle were “consistent with his history of torture”, a conclusion which was supported by a second medical report produced after KG’s release.At a hearing at the High Court last week to decide on the amount to be awarded, KG’s barrister David Lock QC said there had been a “lamentable failure … to appreciate the vulnerability and fragility of the claimant as an asylum seeker”.Under the Detention Centre Rules, all detainees must be given a physical and mental examination by a doctor within 24 hours of admission. A Sri Lankan asylum seeker who says he was tortured in his home country has been awarded nearly £20,000 in damages from the Home Office for his unlawful detention, Asian Age reported.The man, referred to only as KG for legal reasons, was unlawfully held in immigration detention for 30 days between January and February 2016 because of a failure to arrange a medical examination within 24 hours of his admission. A judge sitting at the High Court in London has now awarded him a total of £19,500. The rules also require the doctor to provide a report on whether a detainee may be a victim of torture or whether their health is likely to be seriously affected by continued detention. She said KG’s “mental vulnerability was exacerbated during the course of his detention”.KG says he was tortured by the Sri Lankan authorities because his brother was a member of the Tamil Tigers, a militant Tamil nationalist group, before he fled to the UK on a student visa in 2011. Mr Lock said KG’s case was “yet another case which demonstrates systemic breaches of compliance” with the need for an examination within 24 hours of admission.He conceded that KG “was detained perfectly lawfully – he was an overstayer”, but added that he “ought to have had a medical examination arranged for him within 24 hours at his first place of detention” – at Campsfield immigration removal centre near Oxford.The barrister said KG was subsequently moved to Harmondsworth immigration removal centre, “which, of course, is right beside Heathrow” and which contributed to his fears that he was going to be imminently returned to Sri Lanka. Ruling on the sum to be paid to the 29-year-old, Judge Alison Foster QC said there was “independent medical evidence consistent with what he says about his treatment in Sri Lanka” and found that KG was “vulnerable upon his detention in January 2016”. KG, who had “mental health problems and who was gripped by fear that he was about to be put on a plane to go back to the place where he had been tortured”, should “never have gone to Harmondsworth”, Mr Lock said.He added that KG, who claimed asylum while in detention, “has still not had his substantive international protection interview”, which should be conducted within six months, meaning “he has been left in limbo for the last two-and-a-half years”. (Colombo Gazette) read more


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According to FAO, the figures are dramatically higher than previous estimates of around 100,000 tonnes. In Asia, the quantities of obsolete pesticides are estimated at over 200,000 tonnes, in Africa and the Near East at over 100,000 tonnes, and in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union at more than 200,000 tonnes. The agency is still preparing inventories for Latin America.”The lethal legacy of obsolete pesticides is alarming and urgent action is needed to clean up waste dumps,” said Alemayehu Wodageneh, FAO expert on obsolete pesticides. “These ‘forgotten’ stocks are not only a hazard to people’s health but they also contaminate natural resources like water and soil. Leaking pesticides can poison a very large area, making it unfit for crop production.”The major pesticide producers are based in Europe, the United States, Japan, China and India. Because large sums of money are involved in pesticide supply, a variety of hidden interests may play a role in decisions concerning pesticide procurement or donation. Often these interests are not strictly related to the best technical solution to pest problems, the report says.In its new report, FAO calls upon chemical companies represented by the Global Crop Protection Federation (GCPF), to contribute urgently to the global disposal of pesticides produced by GCPF member companies. “Support from industry is crucial for the future disposal of pesticides because aid agencies of donor countries cannot cover all the costs without a substantial contribution from industry,” the FAO expert said. The report, which was co-published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will be discussed at an international donor meeting in Rome from 10-11 May. read more


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The Suncor Refinery in Edmonton is seen on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The National Energy Board has revised down its long-term outlook for oil prices and Canadian production in the face of lower global industry costs and stricter environmental regulations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson NEB downgrades oil production outlook on lower prices, changing regulations by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 26, 2016 2:02 am MDT Last Updated Oct 26, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The National Energy Board has downgraded its long-term outlook for oil prices and Canadian production in the face of lower global industry costs and stricter environmental regulations.In an update released Wednesday, the regulator projects inflation-adjusted oil prices rising to US$68 a barrel by 2020 and US$90 by 2040, $12 and $17 a barrel lower, respectively, than in its January report.“A lot of it is the ability of oil production to be sustained at lower prices,” said Shelley Milutinovic, chief economist at the NEB.“There’s an expectation that somewhere between 40 and 60 dollars a barrel, you can get a lot of oil production around the world,” she said.The lower prices are expected to translate to lower long-term production for Canada, where costs are comparatively high.The NEB projects oil production to increase from four million barrels a day in 2015 to 5.7 million barrels a day by 2040, which is 391,000 barrels a day less than what it estimated in its January report.The lower oil prices would only have a modest effect on increased oilsands production in the near-term, as projects are already under construction, but recently cancelled and deferred projects start to hit production numbers by 2019.Increasing prices in the longer-term would bring a return to steam-extraction oilsands growth, while mining-based oilsands production remains flat from 2020 onward as the high cost of the large-scale projects make them less economic.Rapidly changing climate policy is also creating increased uncertainty for oil and gas, but so far it’s playing out more in changing projections in the electricity sector.The NEB sees non-hydro renewable energy making up 12 per cent of electricity generation by 2040, up from eight per cent in the January report, while coal drops from seven to one per cent of generation, as Alberta’s and Ontario’s climate plans take full force.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also committed to imposing a national carbon price on provinces that don’t initiate their own programs, but Milutinovic said the policy was announced too late to be incorporated into the report.“Things are changing very very quickly, particularly with respect to climate policy,” said Milutinovic. “It’s a very fast-moving target.”Technology improvements and stricter regulations continue to push down energy demands, she said, with energy consumption growth rising only 0.5 per cent a year compared with 0.7 in the last report and 1.3 per cent over the past 25 years.“We’re in a time of so much considerable change when it comes to climate policy, which is very influential when it comes to energy markets,” said Milutinovic.Climate change is also leading to greater scrutiny and uncertainty on pipeline proposals in Canada, but the NEB assumes infrastructure will be built as needed in its projections.Similarly, the NEB assumes liquefied natural gas exports begin in 2021, even though no export projects have been sanctioned.The report estimates that the opening of exports would boost natural gas production from 14.8 billion cubic feet per day in 2020 to 17.3 billion cubic feet per day by 2025.Follow @ibickis on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said the NEB production estimate was to 2050. read more


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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Tragedy…June 14, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: A political problem…January 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Holding fast…June 14, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …meetingsEvery business executive has some basic rules on “meetings,” and one of the first rules is to ask, “What’s this meeting about?” If you aren’t clear about the goals of the meeting, you’ll be wasting your time, and you might as well don’t show up.We don’t know about politicians, but here it is: Prezzie’s rejected the Opposition Leader’s second list of nominees for the GECOM Chair, and now wants a meeting.Is it your Eyewitness, or is it déjà vu? What happened after the meeting following the first rejection? Prezzie had intimated that only names of ex-judges should be submitted, but then grudgingly conceded it could be other “fit and proper” persons.Jagdeo had wanted a meeting to clarify what the heck the President understood by “fit and proper” as it related to the constitutional criteria to fill the GECOM Chair. Barring that, Jagdeo said he’d want the matter to be decided by the CCJ. Interpretation of the constitution is, after all, solely the responsibility of the Judiciary.Prezzie declined the meeting, but said he’d offer clarity via his Attorney General, Basil Williams. A couple of months later, Prezzie decided to meet Jagdeo, but promised only to make his position clear again. Nothing decided…just stalling for time…wasted meeting.Most observers figured Prezzie was hoping to frustrate Jagdeo; and if no list was submitted, by provision of the Constitution, he could unilaterally appoint whomever he wanted as the Chair. The person he had earmarked, according to insiders, was ex-Justice Claudette La Bennet.After that meeting, Basil Williams announced, via a press release, who was “fit and proper”: “His Excellency did elaborate a little more on that, and he identified the three ‘I’s’, which is to say that: the person must be a person of Integrity, the person must be a person who is Independent and the person must be someone who is Impartial.” The problem was that those qualities were pretty general and were subject to wide interpretation; but Jagdeo did submit that second list — which was duly rejected, and we arrive at the request for the second meeting.“What’s the point of this meeting?” your Eyewitness asks once again. To provide another opportunity for the state photographer to position himself so he could catch Granger looming over Jagdeo as the latter ascends the State House stairs and is forced to shake the former’s outstretched hand like a supplicant? It’s become the Chronic’s favourite pic of the two leaders.Prezzie knows Jagdeo can’t go unilaterally to the CCJ, which only has original jurisdiction on the CSME. Initial interpretive recourse lies in the local courts.  Prezzie would be counting on the plasticity of the latter.Jagdeo should test them, rather than waste his time with meetings.    …mumblingsIt all started so promisingly when the APNU and AFC were in Opposition — especially after 2011, when they caught up with the PPP. So many things they were going to do! Procurement? No sweat…They were going to make that so tight and so transparent we’d know even the number of sweets bought to calm skittish kids getting injections!! But oh, what a tangled web they’ve woven as they bled the Treasury dry with pharma scandals; and yet, scarcely an aspirin tablet can be found!All we get are vague mumblings! What about the details of all those contracts from which the PPP were “siphoning off” billions and billions to fill their pockets? Mumble…Mumble… They’ve had two years to check out, say, the airport expansion contract. Why not “out” the PPP? Mumble…Mumble… They couldn’t possibly be doing the same things they accused the PPP of doing, could they?Could it be that their fire-and-brimstone vituperations were just projections of what was in their twisted psyches all along?? …revelations on Exxon contractWho does Trotman think he’s fooling?? The days are long gone when Guyanese would accept just mumblings on what he’s given up to Exxon.Don’t blame Exxon for driving a hard bargain. Blame the Govt for assigning Mr Clueless as our point man! read more


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first_img WhatsApp WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Twitter Facebook Pinterestcenter_img WWE United States Champion John Cena posted the following on Twitter:“Here’s 2 #motivationmonday! Start the day at @todayshow in NYC & end day at #RAW in Minneapolis. #NGU @nbc”This will be Cena’s first appearance on RAW since breaking his nose in a match with Seth Rollins on the 7/27 WWE RAW. Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion show Google+last_img read more


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first_imgA former Bonneville Hot Springs Resort massage therapist says the resort’s former owner sexually harassed her and at least a dozen women at that resort and Carson Hot Springs Resort, LLC, according to a lawsuit filed in Skamania County Circuit Court.Former Bonneville owner Purfil “Pete” Cam initiated “unwanted touching, embracing and fondling” of massage therapist Holly Nelson, including “pushing up against her and rubbing his clothed erect penis on her backside,” says Nelson’s lawsuit.Nelson left her job at Bonneville as a massage therapist in early 2016 because of Cam’s alleged harassment, says the lawsuit, which also accuses General Manager Marfa Scheratski of not stopping the alleged behavior.Cam and Scheratski co-owned Bonneville Hot Springs Resort, Inc. and Carson Hot Springs Resort, LLC, the lawsuit says. Bonneville Hot Springs, it says, was sold in fall 2016 shortly after its owners learned of Nelson’s allegations “as a means to avoid corporate liability, transferring all or a substantial portion of the profits of the sale to themselves individually” and to Carson Hot Springs Resort.No dollar amount is listed in the lawsuit, filed Wednesday. Nelson, who began work at the resort in 2012, is seeking damages for emotional distress, lost wages and attorneys’ fees, and for assault and battery.last_img read more


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first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has announced that he has signed for LA Galaxy for footballing reasons alone and wants to help the MLS grow during his stay thereThe signing of the football icon has been greeted warmly at the MLS with the president of Galaxy’s parent organisation AEG lauding the Swede as “one of the brightest stars that’s ever played in this market”.Ibrahimovic himself revealed to LA Times that he was lured by the prospect of experiencing a different kind of football in America and is hopeful of making a positive impression with the fans over his style of football.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“After being in Europe, winning 33 trophies, playing in the best teams in the world, playing with the best players in the world, I wanted to come to the US and play my game there,” said Ibrahimovic, according to Manchester Evening News.“I wanted people to enjoy my game there and to win. And I chose the Galaxy to do that. I am ready to go now. First of all, I’m there to play football. I’m not there for something else. My first objective is to play football and do what I’m good at.“I’m excited to come over and to get the experience with the Galaxy and to explore how the football is there. I want to be part of it and make it better.”last_img read more


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first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man accused of killing his co-worker at work has been denied bond in court.Thirty-two-year-old Jonathan Schuler is accused of striking and killing his co-worker, Arcenio Alvarez, with a crowbar.It happened at a construction site along West Hillsboro Boulevard, near Southwest Natura Boulevard in Deerfield Beach, Wednesday.Schuler has been charged with one count of premeditated murder.He remains in jail without bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img


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first_imgBrent Sass charged into Ruby, dropped a dog, grabbed supplies, and left. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)Halfway to Nome, the real racing has begun as Iditarod dog teams make their way to Ruby, the first stop along the Yukon River.Somewhere in the next 134 miles, teams must take a mandatory eight-hour layover, but gaps are starting to open up in the field.The challenge for mushers now is how and when they will decide to make their big moves.Download AudioBrent Sass only stayed in Ruby for nine minutes, just long enough to drop a dog.“It’s always fun when you carry your biggest dog 30 miles,” Sass said.The rest of the team stood patiently, tug lines tight, tails in the air as Sass rifled through two drop bags and efficiently packed his sled with food, gear and straw. He says the trail from Cripple was good.Brent Sass charged into Ruby shortly after 1am, grabbed supplies like straw hastily jammed in his bag, then dashed onto the Yukon. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)“Kind of slow moving though,” Sass said. “With that dog in the sled, it was frustrating. The dogs are pulling good, just not moving very fast, but steady, can’t complain.”When his sled was packed, Sass inquired briefly inquired on the whereabouts of his competition…then he pulled his snow hook and took off under the dim northern lights, the distant, blue glow from his headlamp was visible from the checkpoint after he dropped onto the Yukon River.He camped five miles outside town. Maybe he was ready for a rest himself or perhaps he was hoping to find out whether Dallas Seavey was also planning to blow through Ruby.In fact, Seavey opted to declare his mandatory eight-hour layover when his team arrived.Mushers have to take the rest somewhere along the river. But Seavey wasn’t sure if he would actually follow through in Ruby.“That’s a good question; I’m trying to figure that one out myself. Probably before we stay for that long,” Seavey said. “Yeah, I’m not sure yet, I gotta figure out what that means going forward from here.”Seavey says he’s not concerned that an 8-hour stay would put him on a schedule that has his team running in the heat of the day. He’s also not worried about the teams around him.“It’s still a little too early to worry at all about that,” he said. “There’s still a lot of race left to go, so I’m not going to get too fired up yet.”He set to work lighting his cooker, pulling booties from his dogs’ paws and discussing the condition of his team with veterinarians.As Seavey and Sass set the pace up front, a number of teams could give them a reason to look over their shoulders.At the ceremonial start in Anchorage, Fairbanks Musher Ken Anderson was realistic about the fact that his team might be overlooked when it comes to expectations about who to watch.“Because I’m not a big personality. I don’t like the limelight. I don’t always make the greatest media story and that’s OK,” Anderson said. “I’m just sort of a normal guy. I’m not that colorful of a character.”Teams race to overtake one another heading toward Cripple. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)But Anderson has completed the Iditarod 15 times and six of those were in the top-10. He says he has set new goals for himself based on previous experience.“My plan is to just race with my heart instead of my head,” he said. “That’s always been an Achilles heel for me. I try to overthink things too much. Every once in a while, I kind of through that out the window and go for it and I usually do well.”Musher Nicolas Petit has also changed his ways. The last time he drove a team on the northern route, youth and inexperience got the best of him and he was forced to scratch outside Unalakleet.“I know what it was now. It turns out you can’t just fee ‘em rib eye steaks the whole way,” Petit said. “You can look up what a calcium efficiency does. It’s kind of scary, I’m glad I caught it in time.”Petit is efficient in checkpoints, driven competitively and committed to a top finish, as is Wade Marrs, who says he changed his training plan in anticipation of this year’s race.“We put on about 950 more miles this year, most of them in camping and some more early season miles,” he said.Marrs claimed 10th place last year and the fastest run time on the final stretch to the finish line, proving his team has speed and he knows how to drive them.But teams are only halfway to Nome.There are still many days of racing ahead and they include more than 130 miles along the Yukon River, a tough overland route to the Bering Sea coast and a long stretch of sea ice that leads to the burled arch.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the $385 million deal that entails sale of Ten Sports to Sony Pictures announced last August. The approval was tweeted by the watchdog recently.The deal was announced by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. on August 31 in a regulatory filing to the BSE. It was an all-cash deal.On Thursday, ZEEL shares closed at Rs. 476.50 apiece, 1.13 percent down from their previous close, on the BSE. ZEEL had originally bought the stake in Ten Sports from Dubai-based Abdul Rahman Bukhatir’s Taj Group for about $107 million between 2006 and 2011..@CCI_India approves acquisition of Sports Broadcasting business of Ten Sports by Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited— CCI (@CCI_India) January 18, 2017last_img


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first_imgJack Jenkins jackmjenkins Gospel choirs try to build racial harmony through song Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A coalition of faith groups and civil rights organizations is asking to meet with the director of the FBI, arguing that after a string of attacks on houses of worship in recent years, the agency should focus on the threat of white nationalism.The coalition, which includes Muslim Advocates, the Union for Reform Judaism, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Sikh Coalition, sent a letter March 19 to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting a meeting on the topic.“We, the undersigned national civil rights and faith-based leaders, write to express our deep concern regarding recent attacks against our houses of worship and communities,” they wrote. “We request an urgent meeting with you to discuss the role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in addressing the threat to public safety and our communities by white nationalist violence.”The authors referenced several mass shootings recently perpetrated in houses of worship. The suspects in those attacks — or those convicted in the attacks — are believed to have either espoused or been associated with white nationalist ideology. These attacks include the 2012 shooting at a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wis., that left six dead; the 2015 shooting deaths of nine black worshippers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.; the 2018 killing of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh; and the recent massacre of 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.So far the FBI has not responded, said Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates. She noted that in the week since the letter was sent a mosque in Escondido, Calif., caught on fire. Graffiti referencing the New Zealand shooting was found nearby.“We’re trying to raise substantive, thoughtful and informed concerns about the FBI’s counterterrorism priorities and are being met with silence,” she said in a statement. “This is appalling. Our communities must go to their houses of worship every week knowing that they are a target, and the FBI won’t even give us the time to hear our concerns.”Sim J. Singh, the Sikh Coalition’s senior manager of policy and advocacy, agreed.“The FBI’s silence raises questions about the agency’s commitment to keeping our communities safe,” he said in a statement sent to Religion News Service. “White nationalists have been allowed to proliferate for generations and are bringing their acts of violence to our places of worship. The FBI cannot be surprised that faith communities and the nation at large would demand strong intervention after all these years. For the millions of Americans that represent minority communities across our nation, New Zealand was a sobering reminder that the threat of white nationalism continues to grow.”An FBI representative confirmed to RNS that its staff has received the letter, and “will definitely be getting back to the requesting agency.” By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkinscenter_img TagsCharleston church shooting Emanuel AME FBI homepage featured Muslim Advocates New Zealand New Zealand shooting Oak Creek Sikh temple shootings Tree of Life shooting white nationalism white supremacy,You may also like Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 News As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,How new role models are inspiring young Muslim women to reimagine their lives Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email last_img read more


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first_imgBy Lauren Poteat, Special to the AFROJust a little over two years ago, Texas Southern University’s (TSU) Thurgood Marshall School of Law, found itself in the center of controversy after the American Bar Association (ABA) declared the institution to be in violation of several guideline standards. However in 2018, the historically Black institution is back with a vengeance and received approval for recommendations from the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the ABA in early October, much to the approval of TSU law school acting dean, Gary Bledsoe.“This has been an opportunity to improve our law school, and we’ve worked diligently to do so,” Bledsoe said. “This process fits with our strategic plan to make this great, historic law school even better, and to reflect the honor of the school’s namesake—Thurgood Marshall.”While the institution was declared to be in violation of several standards, Thurgood Marshall School of Law is now approved for recommendations of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the American Bar Association. (Courtesy Photo)This approval followed TSU President Dr. Austin Lane, TSU Provost Dr. Kendall Harris and Bledsoe, who last month, reported on the law school’s remediation efforts to the council.Shortly thereafter, the ABA Accreditation Committee concluded that TSU’s law school had made progress toward full compliance of several of the ABA standards that were initially found to be in violation, back in 2015 and 2016.“The Council’s decision is confirmation that we have made the necessary progress and are continuing to make progress with regard to the standards that were in question,” TSU President Dr. Austin Lane said.In addition, the ABA recommended a process to be followed over the next two years—through July 2020, to validate that the law school had followed through on the commitments that it had made and that those commitments and the school’s efforts had succeeded in bringing the law school into compliance with the ABA standards.Specific standards addressed included Standard 104, which provides for data integrity with information that is complete, accurate and submitted in a form, time and manner to the Council; Standard 205(b), which provides for equality of opportunity for faculty and staff; Standard 301(a), which provides for a rigorous program of legal education; Standard 309(b), which provides for academic support; and Standard 501 (b), which provides for qualified applicants.TSU also noted that in addressing the academic rigor standard, the law school had strengthened the first-year program of legal education, faculty collaboration, new evaluation tools, and new curriculum, including “Criminal Justice Advocacy.”Similarly, the law school also implemented an enhanced academic success program for its students, including practice exams, Saturday academies focused on essay writing, tutoring labs, a bar preparation course and additional measures for identifying at-risk students.In response to the standard related to qualified applicants, the law school has modified its recruiting practices, enhanced its branding efforts and adjusted its admission index in collaboration with a streamlined interview process for prospective students.A six-week summer program designed to assist admitted students with a predicted low academic file, is now mandatory, much to the appreciation of Dr. Lane.“I would like to thank acting Dean Gary Bledsoe, Marcia Johnson and Cassandra Hill, each of whom played critical roles in making these changes over the past year, as well as the faculty, staff and students within the law school.”last_img read more


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first_imgWe’ve already established from multiple gameplay videos that Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs looks like quite an interesting proposition on next-gen consoles. But so far we’ve only seen single-player gameplay–there’s a whole multiplayer element of the game yet to be demonstrated.Now we finally get to see Watch Dogs multiplayer in action, albeit before Ubisoft intended us to. That’s because footage has leaked on to YouTube, but it looks to be an official Ubisoft video they were eventually going to release anyway. You can watch it below:The footage shows one player pitted against another in a game of cat and mouse. The first player attempts to hack the other, who is then tasked with tracking down the hacker once they’ve been alerted. The victim needs to search the area where the hacker is located (quite nearby depending on how the hack was carried out), identify them using the available tech in the area (e.g. cameras), and then give chase with the ultimate goal being to kill them.Just like the single-player action we have seen, the gameplay doesn’t seem to be limited to a small area. You can travel freely on foot or give chase in cars, paving the way for some potentially epic cross-city multiplayer chases.There’s sure to be other multiplayer modes, but this one looks like it could be fun, especially if you are the person doing the hacking and being chased down. I’m guessing there will be multiple ways to perform the hack, and with some preparation you may be able to carry it out from a few blocks away rather than hiding behind a car within sight of the other player.last_img read more


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first_imgKolkata: State Irrigation minister Soumen Mahapatra lashed out at the Centre’s dilly-dallying approach in disbursement of its share of funds for various flood management projects in Bengal.Responding to queries from some MLAs in the state Assembly on Tuesday regarding the steps taken by the state for flood management across the state, the minister said, “the Keleghai-Kapaleswari-Baghai project for flood control in West and East Midnapore is progressing well. As per the sanctioned plan, the share of funds for the entire project of Rs 650.58 crore stands at a 50:50 ratio to be shared by the Centre and state. The state has already spent Rs 340.69 crore for various works under the project, while the Centre has allocated Rs 162.62 crore till date. This apathy in fund allocation on the part of the Centre is delaying work.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the minister, when the project was sanctioned the sharing pattern was agreed at 75:25 by Centre and state. However, some years ago, the Centre for some unknown reasons decreased their share to 50 percent.Mahapatra further maintained that in case of the Kandi master plan for flood management in Murshidabad that involves Rs 438.94 crore, work has started and tender has been floated for work involving Rs 362.86 crore.”The state has already allocated Rs 282 crore for the project, while the Centre, in three phases since 2014, has given a meagre Rs 80.93 crore. We need permission from the Railways for a part of the work. But the nod is taking a lot of time,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe minister also pointed out the Centre’s lackadaisical attitude towards allocation of funds for repair and reconstruction of the dams in Sunderbans that were damaged by Aila in 2009. “The plan that was sanctioned involved Rs 5,000 crore, out of which the Centre has given only Rs 550 crore till date. The state has spent Rs 270 crore and will be spending another Rs 150 crore in this financial year,” he said.The state has plans to reconstruct a 106 km river barrage in the Aila affected Sunderbans by March 2020. The Irrigation department has already made a 72.50 km barrage for flood management. “Even when it comes to construction of check dam over river Karru at Bagmundi in Purulia district to prevent flood, the Centre’s apathy in release of funds is delaying work,” Mahapatra said.It may be mentioned that for Purulia, a part of Junglemahal, the Centre-state share is supposed to be in the ratio of 90:10. “The Centre is releasing funds for the neighbouring state Chhattisgarh which is ruled by BJP, but when it comes to Bengal the fund allocation is dwindling,” the minister said.last_img read more


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first_imgOver 180 are believed to be dead, as Turkey devolved into total chaos last night. A faction of the Turkish military attempted a coup to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At 10:00 pm, the military announced that it had seized control of the government.Tanks were sent into the streets, F-16’s were scrambled, and the military called for citizens to remain in their homes.  The military gained control over bridges and established a presence in the main squares of Ankara and Istanbul. Explosions rocked the cities.Retweeted Rosy (@rose_k01):Another explosion at #Turkey ‘s Parliament. #TurkeyCoupAttempt pic.twitter.com/mu1tbJR8Vk https://t.co/n1Z9N7JOtA— Alain Bertrand (@AlainBertrandmu) July 16, 2016 People lie down in front of tanks and berate soldiers during the #TurkeyCoupAttempthttps://t.co/tioQZb1haJ— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) July 16, 2016One shocking video shows citizens facing incoming fire from a military helicopter.#TurkeyCoupAttempt: Shocking video shows civilians shot at by military helicopter. Authenticity’s yet to confirmhttps://t.co/NCAainRO1m— People’s Daily,China (@PDChina) July 16, 2016 Turkey’s President Erdogan addresses nation via mobile phone as military declare takeover https://t.co/SMpZElrzBr https://t.co/guNCWBwNap— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 15, 2016 Journalists stand up to soldiers with guns who stormed their newsroom during the #TurkeyCoupAttempthttps://t.co/zZcrv6VCQv— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) July 16, 2016 Citizens complied with the Erdogan’s plea and poured into the streets in support of the deposed President. They also swarmed the Ataturk Airport, the site of a terrorist bombing a just over two weeks ago.What a night at #AtaturkAirport #Istanbul, #TurkishCoup pic.twitter.com/RTZnREPXJQ— Sayda Zainab (@Saydazainab143) July 16, 2016center_img Advertisement In the midst of the takeover President Erdogan used a Facetime address with CNNTurkey to reaffirm that he was still in control of the government. He urged citizens to take to the streets, and to the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, stating, “I am calling you to the streets.” Today, President Erdogan has announced that the coup has been thwarted, and that he has retained control of the government. He called for perpetrators to be punished as traitors and face likely death.It appears the Turkey coup attempt is over, but the chaos and unrest in the Middle East is percolating at an unprecedented rate.last_img read more