Reuters LondonAugust 9, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 20:35 IST Jofra Archer is likely to make his Test debut in the 2nd Ashes Test (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMoeen Ali has been left out of Englnad’s squad for 2nd Ashes TestJack Leach and Jofra Archer find a place in the 12-man squadOlly Stone, who did not play the 1st Ashes Test, has been ruled out with a bad backAll-rounder Moeen Ali has been left out of England’s squad for the second Ashes Test against Australia next week after a disappointing display during a crushing defeat in the opener.As expected, fast bowler Joffra Archer was included in the 12 and looks poised to make his test debut in the absence of England’s record wicket taker James Anderson.The veteran Anderson injured his calf again on the first day of the opening test at Edgbaston which Australia won by 251 runs.Moeen made only four runs in two innings at Edgbaston and his exclusion means left-hander Jack Leach, who batted impressively as a night watchman against Ireland the week before, will likely take over England’s spin bowling duties at Lord’s.Moeen has reached 50 only once in his last 16 Test innings and has also struggled to make an impact with the ball in the previous series against Australia.Somerset left-arm orthodox spinner Leach has taken 20 wickets in five tests.While the loss of Anderson is a major blow to England’s hopes of regaining the Ashes, the prospect of Archer steaming in to bowl his 90mph deliveries will excite England’s fans.The Barbados-born pace bowler made a huge impact at the World Cup when he was England’s leading wicket-taker and bowled the dramatic Super Over at Lord’s which sealed the title for the hosts over New Zealand.Olly Stone, who was included in the squad for the Edgbaston Test but did not play, is ruled out with a bad back.England squad: Joe Root (captain), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.advertisementAlso Read | Shane Warne eyes IPL-like success after appointmenet as coach of Lord’s Hundred teamAlso Read | Global T20 Canada: Shoaib Malik shatters glass window with huge sixesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Ashes 2nd TestFollow Jofra ArcherFollow Jack Leach Next England drop Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer set for Ashes debutEngland have announced a 12-member squad for the 2nd Ashes Test, starting August 14. World Cup hero Jofra Archer looks likely to make his Ashes debut at Lord’s, London. advertisement
Exploring a subject of enduring public interest, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic launched a temporary exhibit today, May 24, featuring millennia-old objects from Viking culture. Vikings! The Vinland Mystery is a composite exhibition built from two parts, created years apart, by museums in two different regions of Canada. The core of the exhibit was produced in 1984 as The Vikings: Master Mariners, Traders, Colonists and Artisans, and was developed by Dr. E. Leigh Syms, curator of archaeology at The Manitoba Museum. It tells of the roots of the Viking culture in Scandinavia and how that culture expanded along a web of trade routes across Europe, into Asia, and across the seas to Iceland, Greenland, and North America. The second part of the exhibit, Vikings! The Vinland Mystery, was produced this year by the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic with the help of Birgitta Wallace, a retired Parks Canada archaeologist. Ms. Wallace has spent most of her professional life immersed in the study of the Vikings, with a special focus on L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site of Canada in northern Newfoundland. “For years scholars have debated the location of Norse (the Vikings’) Vinland,” said Ms. Wallace. “Thanks to discoveries at the L’Anse aux Meadows site, I think we now have found it.” In this exhibit, evidence leads to the location of Leif Erikson’s Vinland, an area made famous by the Norse Sagas. Archaeological findings at L’Anse aux Meadows have established with reasonable certainty that Vinland comprised all coastal regions around the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the islands within it. “It is exciting to participate through the exhibit, in sharing these conclusions with the public,” said John Hennigar-Shuh, manager of the Maritime Museum. “Our staff are developing programs to be offered from the replica Viking encampment within the exhibit.” The exhibit Vikings! The Vinland Mystery runs at the Maritime Museum until the Labour Day weekend and is included in the regular cost of a museum pass. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St. in Halifax.
Le gouvernement investit dans un projet qui marquera le 150e anniversaire de la Confédération et soulignera les rapports de longue date qui existent entre les Mi’kmaq et les Acadiens. Le premier ministre Stephen McNeil a annoncé aujourd’hui 17 mars une subvention de 300 000 $ provenant du Fonds En avant pour le 150e et qui est destinée au projet Grand-Pré 2017 – Une célébration de paix et d’amitié des peuples mi’kmaq et acadien. « Je suis heureux d’annoncer le soutien du gouvernement à un projet qui s’aligne étroitement sur le Plan d’action pour la culture de la Nouvelle-Écosse et sur la priorité du gouvernement qui consiste à souligner Canada 150, a déclaré le premier ministre McNeil. Le projet rassemble les communautés, souligne la créativité et favorise la diversité culturelle et l’inclusion. » Grand-Pré 2017 est une série d’activités culturelles et éducatives présentées par le Ulnooweg Development Group. Elles se déroulent en août 2017 dans le cadre d’un festival pluridisciplinaire de quatre jours. « Je crois que Grand-Pré 2017 est, à bien des égards, une occasion de transformation qui mettra à l’avant-scène nationale les rapports de longue date qui existent entre les peuples mi’kmaq et acadien, indique Morley Googoo, chef régional, Assemblée des Premières Nations, représentant la Nouvelle-Écosse et Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. Nous, de la Première Nation mi’kmaq, avons adopté une approche proactive dans la promotion et l’intégration de la réconciliation lors d’activités qui unissent et éduquent au moyen des chants, des danses, de la culture et des traditions. » D’autres fonds proviennent également de quatre ministères et organismes fédéraux : l’Agence de promotion économique du Canada atlantique, le ministère du Patrimoine canadien, Parcs Canada et le ministère des Affaires autochtones et du Nord canadien. « Grand-Pré 2017 sera pour tout le pays une magnifique vitrine des valeurs au cœur de la fondation du Canada et rendra hommage à une amitié qui dure depuis plus de 400 ans, une relation qui a aidé à forger notre pays », ajoute Marie-Claude Rioux, directrice générale de la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse et coprésidente de Grand-Pré 2017. Pour de plus amples renseignements sur l’horaire des activités : http://www.grandpre2017.ca/. Les Néo-Écossais célèbrent le 150e anniversaire du Canada en se souvenant de notre rôle dans la création et l’orientation de la Confédération. La détermination et l’innovation dont nous avons fait preuve par le passé ont donné lieu à des réalisations qui nous rendent optimistes quant à notre avenir.
New Delhi: In a move to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Fit India Movement, the New Delhi Municipal Council on Sunday evening held a “Yoga for Fit India” event at the Amphitheatre Central Park in Connaught Place here. Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, RK Sinha was at the event and emphasised the importance of keeping a healthy diet and continuous exercise, including yoga in leading a fit and healthy life.NDMC Secretary Rashmi Singh said that the council strives to promote the mental and physical health of its citizens by organising such outreach events, adding that the Council will organise a series of such outreach programmes on “Fit India Movement” at different locations like parks, gardens and schools of New Delhi area with support of experts from different fields. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA facial yoga practitioner, Mansi Gulati, was also at the event and explained the importance of “Face Yoga” while Acharya Vikramaditya from the Vivekananda Naturopathy Centre presented “Instant Yog” and connected the different positions with the daily routine of life. Underlining the importance of Fit India Movement, Sharad Tripathi, an Ex-Lok Sabha MP applauded the NDMC’s efforts to be the first civic body of the capital city to organise such events after the PM launched the initiative. Bihar MLA Rameshwar Chaurasia was also at the event along with eminent Punjabi singer, Daler Mehndi, who just earlier this year joined the BJP.
VANCOUVER – A $1.6 billion contract has been awarded for construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam in northeastern British Columbia, just three months after the province’s NDP government reluctantly allowed the megaproject to continue.BC Hydro says the contract has been awarded to Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership to build the dam’s generating station and spillways, with work beginning this spring.The Crown corporation overseeing the development near Fort St. John says the contract for the powerhouse, penstocks, spillways and power intakes involves pouring the equivalent of 280 Olympic-sized swimming pools of concrete, as well as installation of enough rebar to build nearly five Eiffel towers.The utility says the two spillways alone are 17-storeys high and five highway-lanes wide, making the contract the project’s second-largest, just under the $1.75 billion contract inked in 2015 with Peace River Hydro Partners for the dam’s foundation and other civil works.Two separate contracts, worth a total of $56 million, have gone to a Nanaimo-based company for construction of the Site C substation and to a Quebec-based firm that will supply the bridge and gantry cranes for the generating station and spillways powerhouse.Hydro says in a news release that the partnership awarded the $1.6 billion contract expects to hire as many as 1,600 workers by the peak of construction in 2021 and has agreed to give priority to Indigenous applicants and those from northeastern B.C.Premier John Horgan’s government announced in December that it had no alternative but to complete Site C rather than absorb the $4 billion cost of scrapping it.At the time, Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said in a Facebook post that the approval was the most difficult decision of her career and she was “grieving the loss of agricultural land in the flood zone of Site C.”The dam, the third across the Peace River, will flood an 83-kilometre stretch of valley west of Fort St. John.It was originally estimated to cost $8.3 billion, but Friday’s contract announcement from Hydro projects a revised budget of $10.7 billion.When complete, BC Hydro estimates Site C will provide enough power to heat and light as many as 450,000 homes a year.
APTN National News OTTAWA—Cree NDP candidate Romeo Saganash has become entangled in the Quebec controversy over the niqab that has spilled into the ongoing federal election.Saganash was recorded during a recent debate in his northern Quebec riding stating he believed the niqab was oppressive to women. Saganash said that much like French settlers adopted some Indigenous practices after contact, newcomers should also adopt Canadian ways, according to a recording of the comments posted by Radio-Canada.Saganash’s statement was immediately interpreted as being at odds with NDP leader Tom Mulcair’s position on allowing women to wear the niqab during public citizenship ceremonies.Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau are both against banning the use of the niqab during the ceremonies.Saganash could not be reached for comment.While the debate over the niqab and so-called reasonable accommodation has raged for in Quebec for nearly a decade, Conservative leader Stephen Harper pounced on it to hold or grow support in Quebec and use it as a wedge issue in the rest of Canada.The Conservatives are currently trying to force women who wear niqabs to remove the face covering during citizenship ceremonies. The party has gone to the Supreme Court to overturn a Federal Court of Appeal ruling that struck down the Harper government’s ban on niqab-wearing during the public swearing-in ceremony.A niqab covers a woman’s face except for a slit at eye-level. The covering is used by conservative Muslim firstname.lastname@example.org@APTNNews
Senco Gold & Diamonds, the largest jewellery retail chain from Eastern India, organised a fashion show with a difference. The fbb Colors Femina Miss India East 2019 winners walked down the ramp with the acid attack survivors – Mayna Pramanik and Sunita Dutta at Mega Shop of Senco Gold & Diamonds at Moulali as a gesture of respect and gratitude. The fbb Colors Femina Miss India East 2019 winners took pride in walking the ramp along with them, sporting the latest and exclusive designs of Bangles in Gold, Diamond and Platinum to mark the ongoing Bangle Utsav running currently at all the stores of Senco Gold & Diamonds, to celebrate Akshay Tritiya. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Mayna and Sunita shared the ramp along with fbb Colours Femina Miss India East 2019 winners including Jyotishmita Baruah (fbb Colors Femina Miss India Assam 2019), Roshni Dada (fbb Colors Femina Miss India Arunachal Pradesh 2019), Shivani Jadhav (fbb Colors Femina Miss India Chhattisgarh 2019), Shreya Shanker (fbb Colors Femina Miss India Bihar 2019), Sushmita Roy (fbb Colors Femina Miss India West Bengal 2019), Chitrapriya Singh (fbb Colors Femina Miss India Jharkhand 2019), to name a few, along with a few customers. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award Acid Attack Survivors Mayna Pramanik and Sunita Dutta shared their real life struggle stories, their fight to encourage audiences to overcome all the hurdles in life. Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds, said: “Our association with Miss India goes back a long way. While it is recognised as one of the first platforms to bring Indian women to the forefront (nationally and worldwide), the annual event also resonates with Senco Gold & Diamonds’ philosophy of empowering women of today and making them independent and confident. It is also an opportunity to share the message with the younger generation that the jewelry we wear is an integral part of the society, history, culture and art. We believe that beauty lies in the mind and heart, and inner beauty lightens the world. On that note we are delighted to host such beautiful divas with heart of gold, who taught us how to fight to overcome hurdles.”
Madrid: Roger Federer believes there should be lessons learned from the Justin Gimelstob ordeal and is happy the American chose to step down from his position on the ATP board. Gimelstob pleaded no contest to a felony assault, reduced to a misdemeanour, after attacking an old friend, venture capitalist Randall Kaplan last Halloween. The former tennis player, who is also the coach of US star John Isner, was sentenced to three years of probation, must serve 60 days of community service and complete 52 weeks of anger management classes. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuGimelstob has been an influential figure in the political scene on the men’s tour and was believed to be a key factor behind the non-renewal of ATP CEO Chris Kermode’s contract beyond 2019. Now that Gimelstob has vacated his board seat, many believe the decision on Kermode’s fate should be reversed. “I don’t know exactly the process, when the votes are happening, when the new CEO, all this stuff gets decided. But anyway (Kermode) should maybe be put back in the mix,” Federer told reporters at the Madrid Open on Sunday. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”But then again I don’t know if he would want to be after everything that happened. Sometimes when these things happen, it is like ‘Okay, I had a good run, and it’s okay to go’.” The silence from the leading voices of the game following news of Gimelstob’s sentencing was seen as deafening, with only players like Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka calling for his removal from the board before the American took the decision himself. “I think it’s definitely the right move by Justin. He needs to go back and figure things out. There is no doubt about that. And the Tour needs to keep moving forward in these challenging times and important times right now,” said Federer. “I was speaking also to some of the players on the Council to get a feel where they were standing when everything was brewing and I’m happy that the decision was taken by Justin and that now we can move forward and really like learn from what had happened also.
PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) _ PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $1.41 billion.On a per-share basis, the Purchase, New York-based company said it had net income of $1. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 97 cents per share.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 92 cents per share.The food and beverage company posted revenue of $12.88 billion in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $12.65 billion.PepsiCo expects full-year earnings to be $5.50 per share.PepsiCo shares have risen 11 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 16 per cent. The stock has climbed 11 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on PEP at https://www.zacks.com/ap/PEPThe Associated Press
According to the latest edition of the Food Outlook report, released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), food import bills for the world’s poorest countries are predicted to rise 11 per cent in 2010 and by 20 per cent for low-income food-deficit countries. “With the pressure on world prices of most commodities not abating, the international community must remain vigilant against further supply shocks in 2011 and be prepared,” said the Rome-based agency. With global cereal stocks expected to decline sharply, the report calls for boosting production to replenish inventories. World cereals stocks are anticipated to shrink by six per cent according to FAO, with barley plunging 35 per cent, maize 12 per cent and wheat 10 per cent. Only rice reserves are expected to increase – by six per cent.“Given the expectation of falling global inventories, the size of next year’s crops will be critical in setting the tone for stability in international markets,” FAO said. “For major cereals, production must expand substantially to meet utilization and to reconstitute world reserves, and farmers are likely to respond to the prevailing prices by expanding plantings.” “Cereals however may not be the only crops farmers will be trying to produce more of, as rising prices have also made other commodities attractive to grow, from soybeans to sugar and cotton. “This could limit individual crop production responses to levels that would be insufficient to alleviate market tightness. Against this backdrop, consumers may have little choice but to pay higher prices for their food,” FAO warned. Global food prices could rise further if production next year does not increase significantly – especially in maize, soybean, and wheat, the report stressed. According to FAO, the price of sugar – which recently surpassed 30-year highs – was a major reason for the rise in the price of the global food basket in recent months. Meat prices have also risen but the increase has been far more contained so far, while butter has already hit an all time high, the agency reported. Fish also registered large price gains, showing a strong recovery after sharp falls since the end of 2008. 17 November 2010Global food import bills may pass the $1 trillion mark in 2010, a level not seen since food prices peaked in 2008, says a new United Nations report, which warns that harder times could be ahead without a major increase in food production next year.
A spokesman for the Secretary-General said in a statement that Mr. Annan “very much regrets” the 9 January Hamas attack, which followed a period during which the security situation had begun to stabilize.”The Secretary-General calls on the parties not to be deterred by this act of violence, which he deplores, from continuing efforts to resume security cooperation and implement the Tenet Plan and Mitchell recommendations,” said spokesman Fred Eckhard, referring to the ceasefire agreement brokered by United States Central Intelligence Chief George Tenet and the proposals put forward by a committee headed by former US Senator George Mitchell.”At the same time, the Secretary-General deplores the most recent action by the Israeli Defence Force in the Gaza Strip where dozens of Palestinian houses, as well the air strip, have been destroyed,” Mr. Eckhard said. “Such collective punishment is in violation of the Geneva Conventions.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The president and chief executive of IIROC — one of the regulatory bodies that oversees Canada’s securities markets — has announced she’ll be retiring at the end of October.Susan Wolburgh Jenah played a leading role in creating the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada in 2008.IIROC has a key role in monitoring trading on Canada’s stock markets as well as enforcing professional standards for investment dealers and their employees.She led the creation of IIROC through a merger of the IDA and Market Regulation Services, both private-sector organizations that play a regulatory role in overseeing the securities industry.Wolburgh Jenah is also a former commissioner with the Ontario Securities Commission, one of the provincial bodies that has jurisdication over activities on Canada’s stock markets.After leaving the OSC, she was appointed president and CEO of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada in June 2007. Founding CEO of IIROC announces plan to retire from regulatory agency on Oct. 31 by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2014 11:44 am MDT
Mr Knowles was taken to the nearby Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he suffered a further cardiac arrest and a pulmonary embolism.But his condition improved after having three stents fitted to open his arteries, along with an internal defibrillator implanted in his chest.Mr Knowles spent five weeks in hospital and is now recovering at home after defying the expectations of medical professionals who initially told his family to expect the worst.Doctors are convinced his survival is down to the rapid first aid he received from the woman in his audience. She thought I was role playing, but I told her it was real and that I was going to lose consciousnessDavid Knowles David Knowles with his wife Nova, also a retired nurseCredit:SWNS She said: “I was there while the paramedics were resuscitating David. He was in and out of consciousness and I was worried he would be afraid, but he was very calm and telling them exactly what was wrong. He was so calm and clear because he was directing us.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A first aider talked one of his church group trainees through saving his life after he suffered a cardiac arrest during a class on how to deliver CPR.David Knowles, a retired nurse, was delivering a talk about his work with the St John Ambulance when he found himself at the centre of a real-life emergency.The group thought the 77-year-old was role-playing, before realising the severity of the situation as he began to lose consciousness.A woman in the audience went to help Mr Knowles, who told her exactly what to do to save his life before he passed out.She gave the St John Ambulance trainer CPR until an ambulance arrived at the Belmont Chapel church group in Exeter, Devon. Mr Knowles fell ill on February 16 and was discharged from hospital on March 22.Doctors at first feared he might have suffered brain damage and that his internal organs could have been affected by his ordeal.They also predicted he would need months of rehabilitation, but Mr Knowles was allowed home several weeks earlier than expected.He is now being looked after by his wife, 75-year-old Nova, also a retired nurse. Mr Knowles, a retired nurse who has volunteered with St John Ambulance for 11 years, said: “I had just started my lecture.”We were talking about cardiopulmonary resuscitation – CPR – and the more senior members of the group had asked for a demonstration. As I was instructing one of them, I suddenly felt dizzy and weak, so I had to lie down.”She thought I was role playing, but I told her it was real and that I was going to lose consciousness. I told her what to do to save my life, then passed out.”I’m told I came too, briefly, and was talking to the paramedics about my condition, but the next thing I remember is waking up in hospital, two and a half weeks later.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Deepfake” porn perpetrators are being given a free hand to “shatter lives” because the law is unfit for purpose, a study has found.Fake porn – where videos and images are digitally altered to make them sexual or pornographic – is a “growing and harmful” problem, according to law professors from Durham and Kent universities.In a new report on image-based sexual abuse, researchers argue that the phenomenon has taken a more sinister turn due to modern technology.The use of artificial intelligence and “deepfake” – a technique for human image synthesis that uses machine learning – makes altering videos “much more straightforward and sophisticated”, the report says.“To the untrained eye, it is very difficult to tell the difference between the fake and real images, and so the harm and harassment felt by victim-survivors is just as significant,” it explains.The report comes after a Government announcement that the Law Commission has been asked to consider whether existing laws were sufficient.Clare McGlynn, professor of law at Durham University and one of the report’s authors, said: “Due to the serious legal and policy failings identified in this report, we are effectively gambling with people’s lives.”We found that image-based sexual abuse can shatter lives, often experienced as an entire ‘social rupture’ of their world.”She said that “out-of-date and piecemeal laws” must be overhauled, “including criminalising the paralysing and life-threatening impact of threats, and recognising the significant harms of fake porn”.Prof McGlynn urged ministers to introduce a new law criminalising all forms of non-consensual taking or sharing of sexual images, including threats and altered images.Revenge porn – the sharing of private or sexual images or videos of a person without their consent – became an offence in England and Wales in April 2015, but falls under communications legislation, meaning victims are not granted automatic anonymity like under sexual offences laws.Creating fake porn or “deepfake” images is not currently covered by a specific law, meaning the route to a prosecution can be difficult.Upskirting became a criminal offence in England and Wales in April 2019 following a high-profile campaign. However, academics said the law fails to cover grey areas about motive.The report found that while most social media and internet companies have processes to remove harmful images, those processes are “often slow and complicated”.The research, which will be presented to MPs on Monday, was funded by the Australian Research Council as part of a project examining Image-Based Sexual Abuse in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPharmacy graduates’ careers on holdMarch 14, 2017In “Local News”25 Medex unemployed 2 years after completing programmeMarch 29, 2017In “Health”Zara Group in collaboration with GPF to offer UG scholarshipsAugust 11, 2017In “Business” Dear Editor,I don’t know if there is any other country in the world where people’s time is wasted like in Guyana, but if there is, Guyana would still stand out as a front-runner.If this current Government does nothing else, it owes each citizen a debt to dismantle structures of senseless bureaucracy, incompetence and ineptitude.Two individuals recently had the royal run-around to get certificates from the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE) for exams they successfully completed since mid-last year (2016). The IDCE offers programmes administered by the University of Guyana (UG). One of the individuals needs her certificate to complete application for a programme being offered by the said UG. She was told that the certificate, which should have initially been ready within three months, had a spelling error and had to be redone.It took them nine months to realise that error. Over those nine months, the young lady was repeatedly told that her certificate was not yet ready. Consequently, the prospective UG student was charged $500 to make a change to her UG application. She had to pay a further $500 to IDCE for ‘expediting’. The latter process meant she had to go to a named commercial bank and stand in a snaking queue for almost one hour to pay G$500 (approximately US$2.30).The process of getting the certificate sorted took about four days in total, and on the date she was told to finally uplift her certificate it was still not ready. This was after one week of her $500 payment, because some Dean at UG had not completed the certificate’s endorsement. That young lady has already incurred expense of close to $10,000 in transportation and loss of income through the whole unfortunate episode for which she is at no fault of creating.How are we really helping people? How are we really helping to retain them? How are we going to build capacity and develop Guyana with such backwardness?The second individual’s experience, though similar, differs slightly only since the institution for which her certificate is required is in Canada. She already has a confirmed departure date from Guyana to Toronto. Her certificate is still not ready after much up and down.I had my own troubling experience dealing with UG recently too, but that was already addressed by an administrator who seems to be making an effort to rescue competence.This culture of wasting people’s time and money seem to be continuing unabated.It is worrisome when, at Guyana’s highest institution of learning, such a culture of negligence and procrastination seem to be the order of the day. The systems are convoluted by a mix of inflexibility, attitudinal hostility and lack of consideration or empathy for people who are often struggling to improve their lives.Something needs to be done to stem this “come-back-tomorrow”, “come-back-next week” culture.Such is the case at City Hall too, where earlier this year I had a four-month push around on a very simple matter by a senior official. If what my friends and I experienced as (dis)services are the accepted norms, when multiplied by hundreds of other clients or customers, we are in deep trouble as a nation.I know the Head of a prominent entity that is almost completely disillusioned by this nonsensical, unproductive culture in Guyana; something that daily affects his ability to perform and produce efficiently.Invariably when such lapses are challenged the buck always gets passed to somebody or given some senseless, illogical excuse that the hapless client has to live with since redress is often non-existent.It leads to growing frustration in our society. The wasting of time is the wastage of money, resources, health, life, etc. The often coined sentiment that “well this is Guyana” offers no real hope for progress at the rate that this country requires development.In the World Bank Group’s IBRD, IDA 2017 Report on (Ease of) Doing Business, Guyana is ranked at 124 out of 190 countries. That means there is a 65 per cent difficulty rate of doing any transaction in Guyana, compared to four per cent and 35 per cent in the US and Jamaica, respectively.The relevant oversight bodies and Government are encouraged to continue advancing influence and implementing mechanisms for improving service standards and operational efficiency within organisations and entities. It is vital to renewing public confidence and facilitating development in Guyana.Sincerely,Orette Cutting
Tata Communications subsidiary Tata Communications Payments Solution (TCPSL) is planning to sell its ATM business. TCPSL runs a chain of ATMs under Indicash brand. The company rents these ATMs out to several banks. TCPSL is apparently targeting a valuation of approximately Rs. 1,000-1,350 crore from the sale.Although the company has not started looking for a buyer in India, it has approached Japanese and U.S.-based buyers through investment bankers. “They are looking to bring in a strategic buyer for the deal. They have not approached any private equity players or other potential buyers in India,” a source was quoted as saying by the Economic Times.TCPSL has reportedly appointed BNP Paribas as the investment banker for the sale.Tata Communications ATM vertical has revenues of about Rs. 1,600-1,800 crore and the business is about to break even, the source told the news outlet.Indicash is the white-label ATM arm of TCPSL, functioning as a separate entity since 2013. Last year, the central government allowed 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the white-label ATM space under the automatic route. Hence, investors do not have to seek prior approval to buy a stake.A white-label ATM is managed by non-banking firms such as TCPSL, Muthoot Finance and Srei Infrastructure. These firms rent out ATMs to banks. However, it is the responsibility of the company to maintain the ATM infrastructure and not of the bank.Shares of Tata Communication traded at Rs. 459.20 at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, up 1.30 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
A Washington-based industry source said the U.S. was deliberately capping the number of H-1b visas.ReutersThe United States has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, widening the two countries’ row over tariffs and trade.The plan to restrict the popular H-1B visa programme, under which skilled foreign workers are brought to the United States each year, comes days ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to New Delhi.India, which has upset companies such as Mastercard and irked the US government with stringent new rules on data storage, is the largest recipient of these temporary visas, most of them to workers at big Indian technology firms.The warning comes as trade tensions between the United States and India have resulted in tit-for-tat tariff actions in recent weeks. From Sunday, India imposed higher tariffs on some US goods, days after Washington withdrew a key trade privilege for New Delhi.Two senior Indian government officials said on Wednesday they were briefed last week on a US government plan to cap H-1B visas issued each year to Indians at between 10 percent and 15 percent of the annual quota. There is no current country-specific limit on the 85,000 H-1B work visas granted each year, and an estimated 70 percent go to Indians.Both officials said they were told the plan was linked to the global push for “data localisation”, in which a country places restrictions on data as a way to gain better control over it and potentially curb the power of international companies. US firms have lobbied hard against data localisation rules around the world.A Washington-based industry source aware of India-US negotiations also said the United States was deliberating capping the number of H-1B visas in response to global data storage rules. The move, however, was not solely targeted at India, the source said.”The proposal is that any country that does data localisation, then it (H-1B visas) would be limited to about 15 percent of the quota. It’s being discussed internally in the US government,” the person said.The US Embassy in New Delhi did not respond to a request for comment. A spokeswoman for the US Trade Representative’s office (USTR) referred questions to the State Department, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.IT SECTOR Most affected by any such caps would be India’s more than $150 billion IT sector, including Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys Ltd, which uses H-1B visas to fly engineers and developers to service clients in the United States, its biggest market. Major Silicon Valley tech companies also hire workers using the visas.Stratfor analyst Reva Goujon on Twitter called the move “potentially another big blow to the US tech industry amid US-China economic battle,” a sentiment echoed on social media by some Indians and their supporters.India’s Ministry of External Affairs has sought an “urgent response” from officials on how such a move by the United States could affect India, said one of the two government officials, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter.India’s Ministry of External Affairs, as well as the commerce department that is typically involved in such discussions, did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.Since last year, the Trump administration has been upset that US companies such as Mastercard and Visa suffer due to regulations in several countries that it says are protectionist and increasingly require companies to store more data locally.India last year mandated foreign firms to store their payments data “only in India” for supervision, and New Delhi is working on a broad data protection law that would impose strict rules for local processing of data it considers sensitive.While governments the world over have been announcing stricter data storage rules to better access data in their jurisdictions, critics say restricting cross-border data flows hurts innovation and raises companies’ costs.In March the USTR, in a press note, highlighted “key barriers to digital trade”, citing data-flow restrictions in India, China, Indonesia and Vietnam, among others.At a US-India Business Council event last week, Pompeo said the Trump administration would push for free flow of data across borders, not just to help US companies but also to secure consumers’ privacy.
By MEG KINNARD Associated PressGREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In South Carolina, many religious Black voters are facing a conflict between a cultural openness for same-sex marriage and their deeply held biblical convictions that could impede support for the 2020 race’s only gay candidate: Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj).The historically diverse field of Democratic presidential hopefuls is overflowing with options. But it is also forcing conversations about the roles that gender, race and, for the first time, sexuality should play in voters’ decisions.In this Friday, June 21, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a forum hosted by the Black Economic Alliance in Charleston, S.C. Buttigieg is focusing his efforts this weekend on campaigning in SouthCarolina, where the majority of Democratic primary voters are Black. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)The South Bend, Indiana, mayor married his husband, Chasten, in 2018.In addition to his overt expressions of his Christian faith, Buttigieg also has offered a broad policy agenda for African Americans and has been outspoken on the issue of race. This month, he became the first 2020 Democratic candidate to hire a faith outreach director.
Be all set to be mersmerised by the duet performance by sitar exponent, Azeem Ahmed Alvi and tabla player Ustad Akram Khan Sitar Player on December 21 at the Triveni Kala Sangam at Mandi house in the Capital. Azeem Alvi’s composition has been composed in different taals like rupak, ektaal, teental. Azeem will play raag yaman with alaap jod jhaha. The composition in rupak tala will start after half beat. On the other hand Ustad Akram Khan will accompany the taals on table Azeem Ahmed Alvi, is one of India’s leading and Internationally known artiste in world music. Born in the family of classical Indian music as a tradition for six generations, he is deeply rooted in the Indian classical music and studied under Ustad Mohsin Ali Khan till the age of six. He gained his true potential and skill India’s biggest Sitar living legend, also from this family and his ‘Guru’ Padmashree awarded, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and his father the renowned and respected Sitar maestros Ustad Sayyed Ahmed Alvi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Only in his twenties, Azeem Ahmed Alvi has established a strong foothold in the contemporary music scene both, in India and abroad. Already known to be one of the foremost sitar players of the world, he aspires to bridge the gap between Indian classical and western contemporary music. Through his musical expertise, he has dabbled in diverse genres like Sufi, Flamenco, Jazz, Electronica and Western Classical music.In 2012, he took his passion for traditional Indian music and the Sitar to a new level with the creation of his NGO, the Raag Mantra Music Foundation. He has recently concluded his 15th European tour with Harry Stojka when he performed at the Jazz Festival in Vienna, Stuttgart in Germany at the World Music Festival, Jazz-Fest in Nurnberg, Germany amongst many others. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAkram Khan received his initial training in music from Late Ustad Niazu Khan who was famous for his technical style and guidance. He is also fortunate to have learnt from his great grandfather Ustad Mohd Shafi Khan. He continues his riyas and training under the able guidance of his father Ustad Ashmat Ali Khan. He has also undergone formal training at The Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad and passed the Sangeet Praveen (Master Of Music) From there apart from Sangeet Visharad at Chandigarh. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. He is also a top grade artiste from All India Radio, New Delhi.When: December 21 Where: Amphitheater, Triveni Kala Sangam, Mandi House
Aarian MarshallCars Are Safer Than Ever—But Traffic Deaths Are Climbing Aarian MarshallMIT Looks at How Humans Sorta Drive in Sorta Self-Driving Cars More from the road Aarian MarshallTo Save the Most Lives, Deploy (Imperfect) Self-Driving Cars ASAP Ah, the phantom traffic jam. You know, that thing where the flow suddenly slows to a halt and you inch forward for a half hour and then things pick up again and you look around for an accident or construction or anything at all for Pete’s sake that might justify the time you just wasted. But no, nothing. It’s as if the fates chose this particular time and place to screw with you.The question is, why? People tailgating and bunching up, maybe. But a new study in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems mathematically models the implications of the larger problem: You’re not keeping the right distance from the car behind you.That may seem counterintuitive, since you don’t have much control over how far you are from the car behind you—especially when that person is a tailgater. But the math says that if everyone kept an equal distance between the cars ahead and behind, all spaced out in a more orderly fashion, traffic would move almost twice as quickly. Now sure, you’re probably not going to convince everyone on the road to do that. Still, the finding could be a simple yet powerful way to optimize semi-autonomous cars long before the fully self-driving car of tomorrow arrives.Traffic is perhaps the world’s most infuriating example of what’s known as an emergent property. Meaning, lots of individual things forming together to create something more complex. Emergent properties are usually quite astounding. You’ve probably seen video of starlings forming a murmuration, a great shifting blob of thousands upon thousands of birds.Bats flying en masse out of a cave is another example, swarming sometimes by the millions through a small exit. And scientists are just beginning to understand how they do so. “The assumption is that they’re actually aware of bats all around them, not just in front, and that’s why hundreds of thousands of them can come out of a very narrow cave and not collide,” says study co-author Berthold Horn of MIT. Keep in mind that bats not only echolocate to build a map of their surroundings, but can usually see pretty well too.When you’re driving down the highway, such grace eludes you. You’re locked onto the car ahead of you, and rightfully so—that’s the agent most likely to ruin your day if it suddenly stops. But optimally you’d be keeping an equal distance between yourself and that car, and yourself and the car behind you. This is known as bilateral control.“This is what happens when you have a control system that is simply trying to keep up with the vehicle in front,” says Horn. “And its job is not to make the world better, to have hundreds of cars moving in unison. It’s very myopic.” Copy-paste this inefficiency across the highway and you start to create an emergent property of misery. And really, you shouldn’t blame yourself. A human behind the wheel simply doesn’t have the capacity to constantly calculate both the distance forward and the distance back.But technology certainly does. Some cars already come with adaptive cruise control that automatically follows the car ahead at a safe distance. So why not also add the sensors to the back of the car as well? That way the machine can achieve equidistance on its own. Problem is, we’re talking about an emergent property here. “To get the full benefits of this, a significant fraction of the cars would have to have this,” says Horn. “In terms of societal implementation that’s a big factor, because even if it’s relatively cheap, people who implement it will question whether the first car that gets it is worth that investment, because until other cars get it, it doesn’t do a whole lot of good.” After all, if only one starling in a flock can position itself properly among its neighbors, things will get messy. It could even put the early adopters at a disadvantage, since opportunists might jam themselves into that gaps in traffic that have opened up. That’s not playing very nice.Interestingly, bilateral control may be a more immediate way to essentially replicate vehicle-to-vehicle communication, the idea that one day cars on the road could use a common system that would give them information about where to all be. That would of course require all the cars to speak the same language. But with adaptive cruise control looking both ahead and behind, automakers might more smoothly transition into this kind of organization. Keep upgrading new models with the ability, and the system gets better and better. An ideal property emerges.And Horn doesn’t think this technology will be a hard sell for carmakers. For one, it’ll make driving safer, and consumers like safety. That and it’s a more comfortable way to travel—less herky-jerkiness.Hell, if the consumers ain’t buyin’ it, the feds might mandate it. “It sounds pretty drastic, but the benefits are huge,” says Horn. “We’re talking about a potential doubling of throughput, huge decreases in CO2 emissions, a lot of aggravation reduced and fuel used.”So, fellow drivers, let us drive like bats and starlings, not eagles.