Rahul Gandhi likely to lead Congress in LS

first_imgNew Delhi: Even though the suspense over the continuance of Congress president post by Rahul Gandhi still persists, it is learnt that Rahul may lead the party lawmakers in the Lok Sabha to counter the perception that he is running away from the fight.Earlier, the Congress party was led by its leader Mallikarjun Kharge, when the party was having just 44 MPs in the Lower House. According to sources, most of the newly elected lawmakers have urged re-elected Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) chairperson Sonia Gandhi to declare Rahul as party leader in the Lok Sabha to lead 52 MPs in raising all the pertinent issues to corner the government. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCSonia Gandhi was unanimously re-elected as CPP chairperson by the party’s MPs from both Houses of Parliament on June 1 and as per the constitution of the party, it’s the CPP chairperson who is authorised to name the Leaders of the Congress in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. In the Rajya Sabha, senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad is the leader of the party, while Rahul may be asked to lead the party MPs in Lok Sabha. Notably, the CPP chairperson has not yet taken any decision on the party’s leader in Lok Sabha. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”It’s clear that Rahul would be asked to lead the party as he has been cornering the government over several important issues related to public concern,” the sources said, adding that Rahul hasn’t rejected the request and has told us to be prepared with issues that the party can raise in the House to corner the government. Given that Rahul during his address to the CPP on June 1 had made it clear that even though the party has 52 MPs, it was ready to play a strong opposition role in the Lok Sabha. Congress lawmaker can ‘make the BJP jump’ if the right issues are raised effectively and that the grand old party won’t allow the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a walkover in Parliament, Rahul had said. Even Sonia Gandhi during her address had heaped high praise on Rahul’s steering of the party and said that “emotional messages are coming from all corners, vindicating his leadership.” Soon after the results of the Lok Sabha polls were declared on May 23, Rahul had told the Congress Working Committee (CWC) that he no longer wants to lead the party and had asked his close aides to start looking for a non-Gandhi for the next party chief. However, the CWC had unanimously rejected the resignation and authorised Rahul to completely restructure the party organisation, but Rahul had remained adamant on stepping down.last_img read more

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On the rise Get to know budding tennis rising star Denis Shapovalov

first_imgCanadian teen tennis sensation Denis Shapovalov had the biggest win of his young career on Thursday night when he upset top-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 at the Rogers Cup.While the 18-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native’s profile — not to mention his world ranking of 143 — is sure to climb thanks to his success in Montreal, he’s still a relatively new face on the ATP Tour.Here are five things to help Canadian tennis fans get to know the budding star:HE’S MADE HISTORY … A FEW TIMES: The win over Nadal put Shapovalov into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup, making him the youngest player to advance to the tournament’s final eight since Bjorn Borg in 1974. He’s also the youngest quarter-finalist ever at an ATP Masters event, the highest level on the pro tour. In 2016, he became just the second Canadian to win the Wimbledon boys singles title. Filip Peliwo in 2012 was the first.—HE’S A LEFTY: Like tennis greats John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Jimmy Connors and Nadal, Shapovalov is left-handed. But being a southpaw may not give him the same advantage it gave some of his predecessors. Technical advances in rackets and court surfaces as well as a changes in game strategy and the rise of the two-handed backhand have levelled the playing field in recent years.—HE’S BEEN COMPARED TO ROGER FEDERER: Tennis analyst Craig O’Shannessy once described the young Canadian as “a left-handed version of Federer, with that one-handed backhand,” according to the Telegraph in Britain. O’Shannessy also said there is “no ceiling” for Shapovalov, and praised his “great energy and rapport with the crowd.” He’s certainly made an impression this week in Montreal, with Wayne Gretzky and star swimmer Penny Oleksiak among his boosters in the stands.—HE RECENTLY CHANGED COACHES: Before the start of the season, his first full campaign as a pro, Shapovalov split with his coach Adriano Fuorivia, who he had worked with for more than four years. Canadian Davis Cup captain Martin Laurendeau was hired as his replacement. Shapovalov said earlier this year that he and Fuorivia are on good terms despite parting ways. “Adriano thought that someone with more experience like Marty would be a good benefit to my team,” he said. “It was nothing that happened between us, it was just more of a decision that we made together.”—HE’S STILL A KID: Shapovalov showed a flash of immaturity when a ball he carelessly hit in frustration during a Davis Cup match in February struck a chair umpire in the eye. He dealt with the fallout like a man however, making no excuses for the incident, saying he lost control of his emotions and behaved unprofessionally. While he apologized to the umpire, his teammates and tennis fans, the International Tennis Federation didn’t let him off the hook. He was fined US$7,000.last_img read more

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Governments access to info bill a step backwards not forward watchdog

first_imgOTTAWA – A government bill that is supposed to increase transparency for Canadians would actually do the opposite, the federal information watchdog said Thursday.In a report presented to Parliament, information commissioner Suzanne Legault said the bill to amend the Access to Information Act would take people’s right to know backwards rather than forward.Legault, an ombudsman for users of the access act, has long advocated strengthening the 34-year-old law that allows people who pay a $5 application fee to ask for federal files ranging from expense reports to briefing papers.The Trudeau government says its proposed access legislation, introduced in June, will raise the bar on openness and transparency following years of inaction by the previous Conservative government.But in her first substantive comments on the legislation, Legault said the measures fail to deliver on Liberal election promises. “If passed, it would result in a regression of existing rights.”The bill severely limits the right of access by creating new hurdles for requesters and giving agencies new authorities to refuse to answer requests, Legault says.“It will make things significantly worse, and this is what’s so disheartening,” she said in an interview. “There was such an opportunity.”Legault makes 28 recommendations to improve the legislation.A coalition of leading civil society organizations, including Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and the Halifax-based Centre for Law and Democracy, called Thursday for the government to withdraw the “inadequate” bill and start over.Conservative and New Democrat MPs have also criticized the legislation for falling short of Liberal promises.Jean-Luc Ferland, a spokesman for Treasury Board President Scott Brison, defended the bill Thursday as the first real advancement for the law since it took effect in 1983. But he added: “In our discussions with the commissioner, we have come to understand that clearer language may help allay her concerns.”During recent House of Commons debate on the bill, Brison also signalled some flexibility.“Now more than ever, open government is good government,” he said. “We want to work with parliamentarians, independent officers of Parliament and stakeholders to ensure that this first major Access to Information Act reform in three decades reflects that intention.”Under the access act, departments and agencies must answer requests within 30 days or provide a good reason why more time is necessary. Many applicants complain about lengthy delays in processing requests as well as blacked-out passages — or entire pages — in records that are eventually released.In addition, dozens of agencies with federal ties fall outside the act.The government has not fulfilled its promise to extend the law to the offices of the prime minister, cabinet members, senators, MPs and administrative institutions that support Parliament and the courts, Legault said.Instead, these offices and institutions would be required to regularly release certain types of records, such as hospitality and travel expenses and contract information.Such a scheme allows government to decide what information Canadians can obtain, rather than letting requesters decide for themselves, Legault said. It also denies the commissioner any oversight of the process.In addition, the bill backpedals on a promise to give the information commissioner genuine power to make orders about the release of records, the report said. “It does not take advantage of any of the benefits of a true order-making model.”Although the commissioner would have new authority to issue orders about the release of records and additional time taken to answer requests, federal agencies could challenge those orders in wide-ranging Federal Court hearings, which often go on for years.Legault criticized provisions that would allow an agency to refuse to process a request unless the applicant stated the type of record being sought, the subject matter and the time-frame in which the documents were created — criteria she called unreasonable.For instance, a requester might not know the date a tax audit or immigration file they seek was created — but that missing information could disqualify the request.“This is a bill that was drafted by the government for the government,” Legault said in the interview. “This is all about reducing the workload of the government in answering — or not answering — requests.”The bill also reintroduces the possibility of various processing fees that were scrapped last year.Determining fee amounts and collecting payments adds complexity to the system and slows things down for requesters, Legault’s report said.“Fees cause undue delays, lead to abuse, increase costs in the administration of the act, and are inconsistent with an open by default government. Fees should be definitively eliminated.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Former Alberta MP Myron Thompson known for cowboy hat and controversy dies

first_imgSUNDRE, Alta. — A former Alberta MP known for his cowboy hat and controversial positions on a number of issues has died.Myron Thompson — who supported the American-led war in Iraq, opposed gun laws and same-sex marriage, and argued for stronger animal protection and child pornography legislation — was 82.Thompson served as an MP for the Wild Rose riding from 1993, first for the Reform Party and later for the Conservatives, until he stepped down in 2008.Jason Nixon, a United Conservative provincial politician who knew Thompson, says the former MP’s family pastor informed him Sunday of the death on behalf of Thompson’s wife, Dot.“I don’t think anybody, no matter what side of the political argument that you may have been on with Myron,… would ever doubt that he loved the people that he represented,” Nixon said in a phone interview, noting that Thompson had been fighting cancer.“He got up each day and fought for them the best way that he knew how.”Thompson’s positions and controversial comments frequently garnered national attention.When the Reform Party passed a policy at its national convention in 1994 to deny family benefits to same-sex couples, Thompson said, “I do not hate homosexuals — I hate homosexuality.”In 2001, he told question period that he felt too many RCMP officers were patrolling national parks searching for poachers instead of hunting in cities for terrorists. At the start of the U.S. war in Iraq, Thompson, whose son Dennis was a U.S. combat soldier in Iraq, told a pro-American demonstration in Calgary that Canada should be supporting the war.And when controversy erupted in 2006 over a decision to bar media from the base where the bodies of Canadian soldiers were arriving from Afghanistan, Thompson declared he would shoot any media if they tried to come on site to cover a dead son of his.”I do speak my mind and that’s never changed,” Thompson said in a 2006 interview for a story about whether Conservative MPs felt muzzled by their party.He was born in Colorado and said he’d once tried out for the New York Yankees. He moved to Canada in 1968 and served as mayor of Sundre, Alta., before moving on to the federal scene, later returning to municipal politics in the town after his time as an MP.In 2004, when U.S. president George W. Bush visited Ottawa, Thompson met with him to tell him there were Canadians who supported the war in Iraq.According to Thompson, the president thanked him and also wanted to know if Thompson was from Bush’s home state.”Bush said, ‘I really like you. You are a straight-shooter. Are you sure you’re not from Texas?’” Thompson recalled after the meeting.In 2007, Thompson presented a petition to Parliament with 110,000 signatures calling for tougher laws against animal cruelty. The names had been collected by Tamara Chaney of Didsbury, Alta., who was outraged after a horrific case of animal abuse involving a family dog. “He was passionate about animals. He was one of the most gentle people that I’ve ever seen when you watched him interact with animals … so that’s something he fought for,” Nixon said.Numerous former colleagues issued statements of condolence on Sunday.“Myron Thompson was a colourful and straightforward Westerner who well served the West, his constituents, and the country as a member of parliament,” former Reform Party Leader Preston Manning said in an emailed statement. “Sincere condolences to Dot and the rest of his family, with deepest thanks for sharing Myron with us.”Jason Kenney, a former Conservative cabinet minister who now leads Alberta’s United Conservative Party, said there’s a long list of people who loved Thompson.“It was a privilege to serve with Myron in Parliament. A true character, Myron will be deeply missed,” Kenney said on Twitter.—By Rob Drinkwater in EdmontonThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Spill at Trans Mountain station larger than BC government first reported

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – A spill from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline late last month was 48 times larger than initially reported, officials said.The spill volume reported from the company’s Darfield station north of Kamloops on May 27 was revised to 4,800 litres from 100 litres, the B.C. Ministry of Environment said Sunday.It said 100 litres is the minimum threshold under the company’s spill reporting obligations, so that’s why the ministry estimated 100 litres at the time.Trans Mountain spokeswoman Ali Hounsell said the company didn’t tell regulators how much medium crude oil escaped at the time of the spill.“Trans Mountain had not provided an estimate of the volume spilled, other than to confirm with regulators that it was over the reportable threshold, until cleanup had sufficiently progressed to a stage where an accurate estimation could be provided,” she said in an email.Following an onsite investigation, she said Trans Mountain has provided the updated volume estimate to regulators.Trans Mountain is in the final stages of completing the cleanup, she said.Under British Columbia’s spill reporting regulation, Trans Mountain was required to report the spill immediately. The regulation says the quantity spilled should be among the information included in that report, “to the extent practical.”The company turned off the pipeline for several hours the day of the spill, which the ministry said came from a leaking flow metre.The spill was contained to the station property and no waterways were affected, the ministry said.Two days later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government will spend $4.5 billion to buy the Trans Mountain expansion and Kinder Morgan Canada’s core assets.Kinder Morgan had ceased all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain expansion in April, vowing to cancel it unless it received assurances it can proceed without delays and without undue risk to shareholders by a deadline of May 31.After the federal government’s announcement, the company said work would be restarted soon, with the government funding construction. The sale is expected to close in the second half of the year.last_img read more

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UN refugee agency helps more than 1000 Rwandans return from Uganda

In the most recent convoy, some 228 refugees left a camp in Uganda’s southwest this morning and travelled by truck to the Rwandan border. About half of the group, the first of three convoys scheduled for this week, were children. UNHCR said the refugees were visibly happy to have returned to their homeland, and some of the children were physically stepping foot inside Rwanda for the first time in their lives.The Rwandan Government has set up a transit camp at Byumba, about 25 kilometres from the border with Uganda, to process the returnees promptly. Families arriving at the camp can receive a package that includes a kitchen set, plastic sheeting, blankets, jerry cans and soap.In mid-2003 UNHCR estimated there were about 60,000 Rwandan refugees remaining in the region, most having fled their homeland in the wake of the country’s 1994 genocide. It expects to help about two-thirds of that group return this year. About 18,000 people were thought to live inside Uganda and so far 3,000 have registered to return home with the assistance of the UNHCR. read more

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HACCI and Delphi Bank continue partnership

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) has announced a second year partnership with Delphi Bank. President of HACCI, Mr Nick Mylonas has thanked Delphi Bank for signing on for another year and is hopeful the partnership will help the Greek community. “Delphi Bank provides significant financial support to many community organisations, events and initiatives and has been doing so for many years,” he said. “The renewal of the Main Partnership Agreement solidifies HACCI’s excellent working relationship with Delphi Bank which provides mutual commercial benefits to both HACCI and Delphi Bank.” Also in the announcement, HACCI launched it’s events calendar, with the first event in March celebrating International Women’s Day. “Women in Odyssey” to be held on Wednesday 27 March, will share the journeys of women from all walks of life and their achievements in business, economic, political, social arenas and the arts. This year’s guest speaker will be Elly Symons (nee Agrotis), following the great Stella Axarils last year. Also coming up is the HACCI’s Golf Classic, now in its 3rd consecutive year. Taking place in April at the Peninsula Country Golf Club in Frankston, the day is designed as a family and business networking event, all in the name of friendly competition with team prizes. For more visit www.hacci.com.au or call 03 9602 2977.last_img read more

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Recovery sees signs of growth concern

first_imgJanuaryClark College explores options for north county campus.Kaiser says it will switch from PeaceHealth to Legacy for local hospital services.Riverview’s second-quarter earnings give bank a boost.FebruaryRumors of new fab at WaferTech site stir up Camas.Nike considered expansion at former Hewlett-Packard campus, documents show.United Grain Corp. locks out ILWU members on sabotage accusation.MarchHewlett-Packard printer designed in Camas wins strong reviews.Housing market shows signs of strong recovery.Clark County’s jobs recovery shows strength.This year’s first quarter showed more signs of a quickening economic recovery in Clark County, but also some worries about those being left behind by slow job growth and stagnant or declining wages.Home sales rose dramatically, as did median housing prices, giving a boost to a key industry in the county. Construction of single-family homes climbed by 45 percent and the number of permits for apartments quadrupled to 403 apartment units in the year’s first quarter, compared to 90 in the same period one year ago.But single-family residential permits are well below their high marks of the pre-recession decade of 1997-2006, and foreclosures nearly doubled in the quarter compared to a year ago as banks moved more quickly against homeowners far behind on their mortgage payments.There were positive signs on the jobs front, with the county adding a net of 2,500 jobs for the year, through February. But that number also carries a caveat: in the past three years, Clark County has recovered less than half the jobs lost during the recession.There were some unusual developments beyond those standard economic indicators. At the Port of Vancouver, United Grain Corp. locked out some 44 union workers on Feb. 27. The company said it initiated a lockout, which followed a long period of tense contract negotiations, after a union member sabotaged company equipment. The union has denied the charge. The Vancouver Police Department investigated the allegation and has turned over its report to the county Prosecuting Attorney’s office, which is considering whether to bring charges.last_img read more

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Police hope to identify woman seen leaving Coral Springs store during fire

Police hope to identify woman seen leaving Coral Springs store during fire

first_imgNo one was hurt in the fire.Investigators have already spoken to several witnesses and now want to speak to the unidentified woman. They did not say she is suspected of any wrongdoing, but police do want to speak to her.The fire department posted video of the fire on Twitter. The footage shows firefighters low to the ground while heavy smoke poured out of the store and billowed into the sky. CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Coral Springs Police want to identify and speak to a woman captured by surveillance video inside of a Dollar Store, April 15, as a fire burned.According to the Coral Springs Fire Department, the blaze sparked in one of the aisles of the Dollar Tree located just off the corner of West Sample Road and Coral Ridge Drive, at around 12:30 p.m. The video released on Tuesday showed people running out of the store, including one woman who, police said, may have information on the fire, which they have deemed suspicious.When the fire broke out that Saturday, customers inside the store quickly dialed 911 for help.“We heard loud banging. I thought it was like someone smashing a cart into the wall,” said customer Chasity Palumbaro, “but when I looked, it was flames. And I was told it was in the chemical area so it was like, exploding.”The woman who police want to talk to can be seen passing by cameras close to the store’s entrance as a crowd escapes from the fire. She is a white female, with blonde hair, wearing a black blouse and a long green dress and appears to be holding a young boy.RELATED: Coral Springs Dollar Store catches fire, no injuriesFirefighters have labeled the fire as suspicious, but did not explain why. CSFD declaring a working structure fire @ 11530 W. Sample Road, Dollar Tree Store. #sflbreaking pic.twitter.com/WN09l7Op8J— Coral Springs FD (@CoralSpringsFD) April 15, 2017Crews responded to the scene and attempted to put out the flames, but officials said visibility was an issue.“A retail store like this is always dangerous because we don’t necessarily know what’s being stored in there,” said Coral Springs Fire Division Chief Mike Moser. center_img To make sure the fire didn’t reignite, a drone with a heat sensor was flown overhead. Crews then performed one last safety check before heading back to the station.Moser said that extra safety check paid off. “We were able to see on the roof a hot spot that we would not have been able to see with the naked eye,” he said.The store was ultimately left in shambles.If you recognize the woman in the video, contact Coral Springs Police at (954) 346-1251.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Nintendo has reached the limits of the Wii U hardware

first_imgLike it or not, games on the Wii U are unlikely to ever improve beyond what we are seeing in released titles right now. Nintendo has never been known for realism in their games. No one was ever going to look at Mario Kart 8 and comment on how amazing and real the grass and water looked, or how accurate the Master Sword looks in Hyrule Warriors. The games Nintendo is best known for are cartoonish in nature with a simple soundtrack and heaps of fun combined with challenging gameplay.Unfortunately, Nintendo can’t survive forever by being one of the only AAA title publishers for the Wii U, and that’s exactly where things have been heading for a while now. And the last three major releases for the Wii U %displayPrice% at %seller% have all been hinting at a quality ceiling.Mario Kart 8 $59.99 at Dell launched without the ability to show a single player’s race on the Gamepad while in a multiplayer race on the console. Instead you get a mirror of the 4 player grid that is on the TV, making the screen on the Gamepad all but useless until you flip it over into map view. Hyrule Warriors confirmed my performance-based concerns by allowing this missing Mario Kart feature to exist in the hack and slash adventure. Activating this feature causes the once beautiful Zelda-themed title to blur out and become all but unplayable on the TV, because the console simply can’t handle driving both displays in this manner.These are “Next-Gen” Graphics?The multiplayer Gamepad struggles are not altogether surprising, though. After all, at that point you’re basically asking the console to handle two different iterations of the same game. Looking beyond that particular issue, there are still several repeated examples of performance limits. Nintendo recently offered up Bayonetta 2 $69.96 at Amazon for Geek.com to review, and contained within the action-packed hyper-sexualized hack-and-slash was nearly every visual flaw found in Hyrule Warriors. Simple things, like poorly rendered layers and awkward pauses between cut scenes and level splits. When standing still these games are gorgeous, but it’s clear that the console itself lacks the horsepower needed to deliver these titles on the graphical pedestal they deserve to sit upon.It’s not as though it is news that the Wii U is underpowered when compared to the Xbox One or the PS4. No one expected Destiny to be available on the Wii U, despite how undeniably cool that game would be to play on the Gamepad. The problem Nintendo fans are going to run into now is every possible future title that isn’t made by Nintendo. We know from E3 that there’s an impressive lineup of very cool games coming in 2015, but is it realistic to expect AAA titles for the Wii U after this next wave?The Xbox One $150.00 at ebay and PS4 $449.95 at Amazon are just now hitting their stride, after a rough couple of months of performance issues and bug fixes for Microsoft. The games coming out for what are seen by many as the “real” next-gen consoles are going to be delivering content well above what the Wii U can offer, and that’s not good for anyone who has chosen the Wii U as their one and only game console.Unlike the previous console generation, Nintendo’s machine is the only one that isn’t running on x86 PC hardware. The PowerPC chip in the Wii U means not only would developers need to cripple their games to work with the less capable hardware, but there would be extra work required to support the PowerPC architecture. Combined with a less than stellar sales record so far, it’s not hard to imagine a scenario in which Nintendo is outright ignored by AAA producers after this next wave of games.But hey, at least we’re getting Super Smash Bros.A new console seems like the only real option, and while there have been whispers for some time now of a Nintendo Fusion Terminal it’s hard to imagine that console being ready and available anytime soon. Nintendo could ride out the excitement of the next couple of months and then release a new console, but it would need to be backwards compatible in order for a move like that to not completely offend their userbase.As we’ve seen with the Xbox One and PS4, backwards compatibility isn’t really an option if Nintendo moves to x86, or at least not a cheap one. Whatever happens next for Nintendo has to happen in 2015, even if that means it doesn’t happen until closer to Christmas, and any way you look at it Nintendo needs to deliver something spectacular when that day comes.Photo by Chris Sewelllast_img read more

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Indian youngsters shine in Kpop contest

Indian youngsters shine in Kpop contest

first_imgEver since the PSY’s hit number ‘Gangnam Style’ went viral, Indian music lovers have been keeping track of the latest Korean music and dance forms. This has resulted in its widespread popularity – K-pop being one of the most accepted ones. People across the country not only listen to K-pop music but also prove their passion towards this genre.Taking this craze for Korean music into consideration, LG K-pop India contest 2019 was organised where over 1952 teams participated. The finale of the same was held in the Capital recently. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmongst the participating artists from across the country, ‘Lokalz Crew’ from Delhi and ‘Harini Nittala’ from Hyderabad bagged the winning title, and are all set to compete at the international stage – ‘Changwon K-pop World Festival 2019’ later this year. The contest, which attracted a large number of audience from all over India, also saw spectacular live performances by the popular band ‘IN2IT’ along with the talented solo artist Alexa. The band of seven boys, which debuted in 2017, had come to India earlier in April this year, and danced to the rhythm of peppy Bollywood music numbers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMillennium Post interacted with the international celebrity artists, and here are few excerpts: How they started their career in K-pop IN2IT: We all met in 2016 at a Korean show, where all of us were competing against each other. But to our surprise, by the end of the show, we became a group. ALEXA: I started dancing when I was only two, and later participated in a competition at the age of 13. It was then that I realised my passion and love for dancing. And since then, I have been performing in different stage shows. How are Bollywood and K-pop interlinked IN2IT: We feel Bollywood songs are very energetic and watching Bollywood music videos is totally different from performing on it. It requires a lot of energy. Recently, we watched the song ‘Ankh Marey’ from Simmba movie and we would love to try our hands on it too. Alexa: It’s good to be back again in India. I always find Bollywood very interesting, colourful and bright, and that’s the reason I feel connected to it. Talking about K-pop as a dance form, IN2IT said that the most impressive feature about K-pop is that artists are regarded as an idol in this culture. Also, K-pop, which was only followed by youngsters, now is also getting popular amongst the elders. “Initially, K-pop was more influenced by the music industry of Japan or America, but over the years, Koreans added more of their fashion and efforts to it.” Speaking about the future of K-pop in India, IN2IT said, “There will be more Indian K-pop artists performing across the world.” “In near future, relations between India and Korea will also improve thereby providing more opportunities to us,” they added.last_img read more

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VIDEO Dak Prescott gets a beer shower from an angry Black Hole

VIDEO Dak Prescott gets a beer shower from an angry Black Hole

first_imgThe Jags and Seahawks almost had a riot after some beer was thrown from the stands, but in Oakland that’s just called a home game.After Dak Prescott scrambled for a 5-yard TD run to give Dallas a 17-10 lead, he decided to approach the Black Hole for some reason, and was predictably greeted with a beer shower and a scattershot of beer cups from people dressed like GWAR characters.As pissed off as the Seahawks were in Jacksonville, the Cowboys just kind of shrug this one off rather than crawl into the insane asylum. It’s nothing Prescott didn’t see during his SEC days.The Black Hole didn’t like @dak‘s TD very much… #DALvsOAK pic.twitter.com/1PtxVu3Rip— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 18, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Implementing Green IT

first_img 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 25, 2008 By Jennifer ZainoRichard Baughman, director of IT at Shentel Telecommunications, a diversified communications company, hasn’t thought about Green IT yet. Not that there isn’t plenty of talk about the topic from the media, analysts, and advocacy groups, but for many IT leaders in smaller businesses, such as Baughman, the trend hasn’t gained traction.Shentel Communications, for example, has between 30 and 40 servers in its production, failover, and test/development environments. The total cost of running the data center where most of those servers are co-located is relatively minor and Baughman has bigger fish to fry than cutting data-center power consumption. Shentel’s business is growing. To support that the IT group is now overhauling the infrastructure from a 15-year old green screen application, built primarily to run a telephone company, to a system that can easily scale to support new services. Baughman and his team are focusing on that project to provide the business with better CRM functionality, an integrated dispatch application for orders and tickets, a flow-through provisioning system, a self-care platform, and a customer care dashboard.”As a small company, our resources are limited and focused on a couple of higher-priority projects that will have significant value to the business — going green with our data center would not have that big of an impact to our business costs,” says Baughman. “I can see us doing something in the future about this, but as of right now, it’s not a priority.”Nor is it likely to be a priority for most smaller companies in the immediate future. Some experts speculate that it will be a good five years before smaller businesses start feeling pressure to green their data centers. In contrast, large companies increasingly are all too aware of the toll their expanding data centers are taking on their organizations: a study released by AMD found that in 2005, data centers and their associated infrastructure consumed the energy equivalent of five 1,000 MW power plants — that’s 5 million kW. Not only does that have an impact on the environment, but also it adds up to real money in power costs.In smaller companies, data centers may be running in an inefficient way that introduces unnecessary costs. However, some recommended practices that work for larger companies may be overkill in these environments. For example, if your data center has less than five server racks, following hot aisle/cold aisle practices — a method of cooling servers that produces constant air circulation through the racks — isn’t necessarily pragmatic. On the other hand, even an organization with just a few servers in a closet may realize some small but happy returns — not only in energy efficiency, but also in reliability and business continuity — by virtualizing them down to a single physical system.The key to reaping the benefits of green IT is to think smartly about where it makes sense for your organization — if not today, then in a very near tomorrow, and if not in your data center, elsewhere within the company. With that in mind, here are some questions to consider as you contemplate a potentially greener future.1. Do you know what your data center costs are now?The answer is, probably not, because very few organizations have discreetly metered their data center and data center infrastructure. “But it can be 20 to 60 times as much per square foot as the rest of your commercial space,” says Deborah Grove, principal at Grove Associates, an advisory services firm that specializes in global innovation, sustainability, and green IT strategies.By installing a data-center power meter, you can begin looking at how much power your data center is consuming. How you’ll put that knowledge to work is another question. Organizations such as The Green Grid, a global consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems, are trying to develop some useful power efficiency metrics, but they’re not finalized yet. “I would say they’re about a year away from critical mass,” says Aaron Hay, research consultant with Info-Tech Research Group. Still, it’s worth being ahead of that curve. “Until you can get a kilowatt/hour rating on the data center and find out what you have consumed in the last year, it will be difficult to use their metrics at all,” he says.2. Can you take simple steps to a greener data center?The data center doesn’t have to be a little slice of the Arctic in your office building. “Bring the temperature up four or five degrees in the room — that’s a good start,” says Grove. In fact, current recommendations from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers put data center temperature in the allowable range of 59 F to 89.6 F, meaning that a temperature in the high 70s is acceptable, provided relatively humidity stays between 20% and 80%.And, instead of running air conditioning systems 24/7, most data centers in most parts of the country can implement “free cooling” strategies. Free cooling is the use of air-side and water-side economizers — using outside air directly when it is cool enough and using cooling towers when it is somewhat warmer. Chillers or compressors are then used only when outside conditions can’t support the other two strategies. For example, “in coastal areas of California, data centers can reduce compressor or chiller operation by 6,000 to 8,000 hours per year using free cooling,” according to Mark Bramfitt, principal program manager of Pacific Gas and Electric. “We provide financial incentives to support implementation of the systems, making the return on investment extremely attractive.”3. Have you considered all the economic benefits of technologies that promote energy efficiency, such as virtualization?”Given the three bottom line goals of the green computing initiative — social responsibility, environmental impact, and economic viability — the economic viability is a limiting factor. Most people want to do everything to make our environment better, but we cannot economically justify spending $1,000,000 for a $0.01 environmental return,” says Michael O’Dell, CIO at Pacific Coast Companies, the subsidiary that acts as the central service provider to the Pacific Coast Building Products group of companies that manufacture and distribute building materials to manufacturers. The company’s virtualization of its servers is good for the environment, but an important reason for taking the step was that four servers take up less electricity and are less of a heat load than the 115 servers they replaced.The power cost savings for servers, however, is just one aspect of the picture around virtualization, says Hay. “Severs may consume a significant amount of energy, so that of course leads to savings on your power bill.” Not only are you cutting the power bill for servers, but also because you’re generating less heat, the AC doesn’t have to work as hard and the ventilation systems don’t have to be working to the same level of performance. But the main source of savings is far-reaching, in its effect on an IT organization’s maintenance load. Take a hypothetical company running 10 servers: “If those 10 could be consolidated into two, with 10 server instances on those two machines, that right there is eight servers turned off. So even on that scale there are some fairly significant cost-savings to be had,” he says. “But the main source of savings is not having to maintain, replace, and support 10 [physical] systems.”4. Can you make green IT someone else’s problem?If you take advantage of software-as-a-service applications, for anything from CRM to Office-like productivity products, then you can, at least to some degree. “There are lots of Web-based companies providing alternatives [to traditional on-premise software] at a very low cost per month, and that’s a great boon to SMBs,” says Grove. “They may find they need less computing power on site because they can use these software-as-services, and then [energy-efficiency] is their providers’ problem.”5. Can you make a difference outside the data center?Yes, and in ways that don’t cost a lot or require a ton of effort. Regardless of the fact that there are still questions around data center metrics, “it doesn’t mean that right now small to medium companies can’t make gains. Most SMBs probably aren’t even turning off computers when employees go away from their desks,” says Grove. And not just at night, but when they go to lunch, too. “A lot of PCs use 60% of energy when they are in sleep mode, and most people don’t realize that.”It may take IT a day or two to set up a PC power management policy and software across the network, says Hay, but organizations usually realize a payoff on the license for each PC in just eight to 20 weeks, and shave $50 to $75 off the power bill per PC per year, says Hay.Other easy-to-take steps include making smart buys the next time you’re upgrading PCs, notebooks, or monitors. Check out the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool), a government rating of environmental attributes sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency that will be expanded to include servers next year. Participation is voluntary by vendors, and products can earn gold, silver, or bronze ratings, based on how they conform to various environmentally sensitive criteria. Hay says it’s very rare for a silver or bronze rated model to cost more than an unrated model, so, “if you’re going to do a refresh, get at least a silver EPEAT-rated PC, so there’s less environmental impact from cradle to grave, at no additional cost,” he says.Another no-brainer: Check for Energy Star compliance — there’s a new ranking about every two years and each time around the rating gets more aggressive about power consumption.Hay also cautions IT leaders not to be discouraged if they’re not wowed upfront by the savings they’ll reap from whatever green IT efforts they try to implement. “In a small business, because their power consumption compared to a Fortune 500 is not that great, you may not see a significant savings. Five hundred dollars per month for power — if you get to $400 a month, that $100 seems like a drop in the bucket,” he says. “But if every SMB made that 20% improvement in its power bill, think about how much better off the entire spectrum of business would be, in terms of power costs, energy demand, and environmental impact.”Jennifer Zaino has served in senior and executive editor roles at publications including InformationWeek, Network Computing, HomePC, and PC Magazine. Currently, she is a freelancer covering business technology issues, including IT management and best practice frameworks, IT architectures, and virtualization. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — The pendulum does swing both ways. For as good as the Arizona Cardinals looked at times in their first two preseason games, they looked just as bad at times during their third.The offense mustered just 298 total net yards while converting on just 3-of-13 third down attempts, with some passes being dropped by receivers and others sailing over their heads. There was also a pick-six, the result of a miscommunication between Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald. However, there’s no doubt that the sooner the team can move on from this one, the better. The Cardinals have one preseason game left Thursday before it all starts to count on Monday, Sept. 8, in a home game against the San Diego Chargers. Defensive end Calais Campbell said at that point, this loss will be “just a distant memory.”Whether things look great or bad, preseason is a dress rehearsal, as Campbell termed it, and not necessarily a harbinger of what’s to come. And even if it was, Sunday could be interpreted as little more than a small speed bump in what has otherwise been a pretty solid and impressive preseason for the team.Perhaps the Cardinals needed it, if only to humble them ever so slightly as they get closer to the regular season.“It’s the NFL, there’s going to be times where you’re going to be playing well and there are going to be times where sometimes the ball is just not bouncing your way,” Fitzgerald said. “But you have to be able to weather the storm. We didn’t have our best performance by any stretch of the imagination today, but we have time to improve. “We have another preseason game before we start the real games, and I’m glad we had a little bit of adversity, a little bit of a struggle today. The test for us is how we’re going to be able to respond.” – / 30 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arians said he would be more concerned with Sunday’s loss if the problems had been present all of camp, but given how well the team had been playing, he doesn’t appear inclined to overreact. Besides, it wasn’t all bad. The running game clearly benefitted from Andre Ellington’s role being increased, as he gained 46 yards on nine carries. John Brown rebounded from a rough start to catch four passes for 56 yards, including a diving 30-yard touchdown catch on a Drew Stanton pass. Fitzgerald also caught three passes for a team-best 71 yards, and the defense did keep the Bengals out of the end zone.“It was a very quality opponent,” Arians admitted. “It was a 6-3 game if we don’t throw a pick-six. Those are the things that I’m taking away. We gave it to a pretty good football team and you can’t do that, especially at home. We did come out injury-free, but again, we play the game to win the game and we didn’t get it done.”Yes, at least the Cardinals left with their health, if not a victory. And in a way, especially how things have gone for the Cardinals over the last week or so, that’s something to be happy about. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires On the other side of the ball, the defense, while not allowing a touchdown, struggled to get off the field at times. Head coach Bruce Arians called out his team’s pass rush and the inability to get to the quarterback without bringing a blitz. And even special teams wasn’t immune Sunday, as Jay Feely missed a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter.As far as performances go, this one was rather forgettable. “We’re going to go back and watch the tape of it tomorrow, and being able to take some things and get better at them,” left tackle Jared Veldheer said. “That’s the whole point, just being able to make those corrections before the season hits, and if you can make those adjustments then you get something out of it.”If you are into silver linings, you might say it’s better to get a clunker like this one out of the way when it doesn’t impact the standings. Just like how the Cardinals’ 32-0 thrashing of the Houston Texans in the preseason opener did not mean Arizona was destined to become the first team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl its city is hosting, Sunday’s ugly loss to the Bengals does not doom Arizona to the bottom of a very competitive NFC West.last_img read more

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first_imgSummer’s over, so cheer yourself by planning your next short break getaway. Here are some ideas. Seven countries, seven destinations within easy reach for a weekend or a few days, all with flights for £40 or under return. Let’s do it.1. Ibiza, Spain from £40 2. Edinburgh, Scotland from £30 4. Maastricht, Holland from £30 Related16 ridiculously cheap places to go on holiday in 2017Want to save pounds on your holiday this year? We’ve put together 16 of the best places for budget travel in 2017, based on flight prices, accommodation, eating out and – most importantly – the average price of a beer. Here’s where’s cheap to travel this year, whether you’re up…7 flights for under £45Seven cities, seven cheap flights, seven tickets to the time of your life (well maybe) for less than £45.7 flights under £50: cheapest flights of the weekCity break? Get away somewhere new this autumn. Get inspired with seven of the cheapest flights of the week on Skyscanner. 5. [Berlin](http://www.skyscanner.net/flights/uk/sxf/cheapest-flights-from-united-kingdom-to-berlin- schoenefeld.html), Germany from £40 3. Marseille, France from £34 7. Linz, Austria from £34 *lowest prices are correct at time of going to press – 10 September 2013ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Bydgoszcz, Poland from £36last_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2018 12:02 am PDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2018 at 12:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NFB launches Indigenous Cinema website with more than 200 films to stream The National Film Board of Canada has launched Indigenous Cinema, a website that offers free streaming of more than 200 titles by Indigenous directors.The website is part of the NFB’s three-year Indigenous Action Plan and will also feature playlists and filmmaker biographies.Films available to stream include Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell’s “You Are on Indian Land,” Alanis Obomsawin’s “Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance” and Gil Cardinal’s autobiographical “Foster Child.”Other commitments in the NFB’s Indigenous Action Plan include efforts to achieve workforce equity, cultural-competency training for all staff, and allocating a minimum of 15 per cent of its overall production spending to Indigenous-directed projects.———On the web: https://www.nfb.ca/indigenous-cinemalast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania appeals court has thrown out rapper Meek Mill’s decade-old conviction in a drug and gun case.The unanimous three-judge opinion Wednesday grants the rapper born Robert Williams a new trial because of new evidence of alleged police corruption.The Pennsylvania Superior Court also overturned the trial judge’s parole violation findings that sent the entertainer back to prison in 2017 for five months.Prosecutors could choose to drop the case.Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office has said it will not call the police officer who was the sole prosecution witness because of new doubts about his credibility.The Associated Press Meek Mill’s conviction thrown out, granted new trial Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in New York. Meek Mill, the Philadelphia rapper-turned-entrepreneur is launching a new record label in a joint venture with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2019 9:26 am PDTlast_img read more

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Hellenic Coop sign stateguaranteed loan agreements with EIB

Hellenic Coop sign stateguaranteed loan agreements with EIB

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesHellenic Bank and Cyprus Cooperative Bank signed a €40m and €25m loan deal with the European Investment Bank (EIB) respectively which will allow them to extend credit to small and medium-size enterprises (SME), the two lenders said.Hellenic Bank, third largest Cypriot lender, said that the deal, the fourth of its kind, will allow it to provide financing of almost €53.4m to SMEs at low rates.“The amount includes €40m in EIB funds and €13.4m in Hellenic Bank funds,” the bank said in an emailed statement on Wednesday, hours after signing the agreement. “The creation of the right fundaments for the future by providing liquidity to solvent SMEs which constitute the backbone of our economy, remains Hellenic Bank’s aim”.The Cyprus Cooperative Bank’s chief executive officer (CEO) Nicholas Hadjiyiannis said that the state-owned bank already extended loans worth €25m to 116 SMEs via a scheme which included financing from the Luxembourg-based EIB.“The most important economic sectors financed by the Cyprus Cooperative Bank concerned tourism, services, trade, healthcare, industry and agriculture,” he was quoted as saying in an emailed statement.According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), Finance Minister Harris Georgiades signed the agreement on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus and the EIB’s Central and South-Eastern Europe director Anita Fuerstenberg-Lucius did so on behalf of the European Union’s bank. Hellenic’s CEO Ioannis Matsis and the Co-op’s CEO signed the agreement on behalf of their respective lenders.The finance minister said that the cooperation with the EIB has allowed banks to extend 269 loans worth €440m to SMEs allowing the materialisation of 340 investment projects, which in turn helped create 821 jobs and boost growth by 0.3 percentage points in 2015 and almost 0.5 per cent in 2016.Georgiades added that the loans extended as part of the cooperation with the EIB are performing.“This is important also for our banking system, because extending healthy credit is likely the best way to tackle old delinquent loans and consolidate the balance sheet of banks,” he was quoted as saying by the CNA.Fuerstenberg-Lucius said that Cyprus is the country which benefited the most compared to the economic output from loans from the EIB which made €333m available and disbursed more than €260m to the public and private sector last year, according to the CNA.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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