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Turncoat troubles for BJP in Maharashtra

first_imgMumbai: The arrest of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Shivajirao Kardile in connection with the Ahmednagar murders is yet another example of turncoats putting the ruling party to embarrassment. Mr. Kardile, who had a brief stint with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) before joining the BJP, is the father-in-law of NCP MLA Sangram Jagtap who too has been arrested in the same case. While Ahmednagar is simmering with tension following the murder of two activists of Shiv Sena, this is another example where BJP has found itself cornered. Despite having Home Department under its watch, the BJP is now forced to arrest its MLA under charges of hatching a criminal conspiracy. Last month, the party had to distance itself from it’s party’s deputy mayor Shripad Chhindam, again in Ahmednagar, over his remarks on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Mr Chhindam too has had stints in all parties before joining the BJP post-2014. In another embarrassing incident, Prashant Paricharak, Independent MLC and a close aide of NCP chief, landed in trouble after he made derogatory statements about the wives of Army jawans, following which he was suspended. Mr. Paricharak has extended support to the BJP in Council and, in an effort to safeguard him, the party had to revoke the suspension. All parties, including ally Shiv Sena forced the government to continue the suspension till the end of Budget session. Former NCP minister Vijay Kumar Gavit, accused of siphoning tribal funds now represents the BJP from Nandurbar district. A committee under Justice (Retd) M.G. Gaikwad has found him guilty, however no action has been initiated. The BJP, then in opposition, had demanded action against Mr Gavit from the previous Congress-NCP government. Ashish Deshmukh, BJP’s MLA from Vidarbha region and son of former Maharashtra Congress chief Ranjit Deshmukh, is now seen openly defying party diktats and refusing to attend party programs. Former BJP MP Nana Patole, who recently resigned from the party to join Congress, too had switched side from Congress, few years back. Mr Patole targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi while resigning, embarassing the BJP. Pravin Darekar, a former Maharashtra Navanirman Sena MLA heads the Mumbai district central co-operative bank. The bank has been under fire for various irregularities, which were pointed out by NABARD in a confidential report that was leaked few months ago. Mr Darekar, now an MLC from the BJP has faced no action. “This is the reality of the BJP. In their quest to grab power by any means, they have admitted such leaders who will harm the BJP,” said Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant. Senior BJP minister Ram Shinde said that the party does not protect anyone. “The law will take its own course,” he said.last_img read more

United States of Little India Business

first_img231,000 Indian businesses in the United States employed 615,000 workers and generated more than $89 billion in revenues in 2002.A recently released report by the U.S. Census Bureau found that the number of Indian businesses grew by 39 percent between 1997 and 2002, more than three times the national average growth of 10 percent.Among Asians, Indians have the second largest number of businesses and volume of sales, behind only the Chinese, and have edged well past the Koreans, who were ranked second in 1997.                Distribution of Indian-Owned Firms By IndustrySector                                           NumberSales (Million $)Retail Trade40,897 22,821Professional Services 38,916 12,157Healthcare33,81311,112Accommodation /Food24,497 9,860Transportation22,796 1,359Real Estate13,505 1,965Administrative9,3181,950Wholesale8,059 13,106Finance5,686 1,634Construction5,661 2,228Manufacturing3,811 6,872Information2,969 1,861Entertainment2,909 238Education2,543 178Forestry21814Mining20628Management12070Utilities3718Others 15,0061,438Total23,117989,023  Metros With the Largest Number of Asian Indian-Owned FirmsMetroNumberSales (Million $)New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA CSA58,34616,557Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA CSA19,7157,804San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA CSA13,3364,797Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL-IN-WI CSA 12,8854,420Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia DC-MD-VA-WV CSA 11,0324,709Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX CSA6,8723,524Dallas-Fort Worth, TX CSA 6,172 2,3256,1722,325Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD CSA5,2092,359Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL CSA5,1482,625Detroit-Warren-Flint, MI CSA4,6682,2029Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-NH CSA 4,1852,127 States With Largest Number of Indian-owned firmsStatesFirmsSales (Million $)California43,25416,942New York43,24011,141New Jersey19,1317,084Texas18,4978,006Illinois13,9344,735Florida12,7294,968Georgia7,2233,624Virginia6,6092,887Maryland6,2022,803Pennsylvania6,0063,090Michigan5,7542,615SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 Economic Census Related Itemslast_img read more

Croatia in World Cup Final for 1st Time, Beats England 2-1

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Croatia’s legs seemed heavy, burdened by the accumulated toll of consecutive penalty-kicks wins needed to get this far. England had gone ahead with a free kick just five minutes in, dominated play and appeared headed to its first World Cup final since 1966.Then the second half started and it was as if a different Croatian team had replaced the lethargic one.Ivan Perisic tied the score in the 68th minute , Mario Mandzukic got the go-ahead goal in the 109th and Croatia shocked England with a 2-1 victory Wednesday that advanced a nation of just over 4 million to a World Cup final against France.“Mentally strong team,” midfielder Ivan Rakitic said. “It’s just unbelievable to get back in the game in this way.”When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their jumping and cheering fans in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys. Croatia joined an exclusive club of 13 nations that advanced to a World Cup final, doing it in a tournament where powers Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Spain made early exits.“They’ve had an incredible route to the final. They’ve shown remarkable character,” said England coach Gareth Southgate, who for now will be remembered more for a fashionable waistcoat than ending a half-century of hurt.Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.Croatia, coming off 360 intense minutes at soccer’s highest level, faces its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991.“We started slowly, but we’ve shown our character, just as we did in the previous two knockout rounds when we were one-goal down,” Perisic said.Fans back home in Zagreb took to the streets to celebrate, lighting flares and waving flags in a sea of exuberance.“We are a nation of people who never give in, who are proud and who have character,” said coach Zlatko Dalic, who wore a checkered jersey to his post-match news conference. “There’s no weakness in a team that is in the final.”England was not among the top 10 nations in ticket sales before the tournament, but the team’s progress caused gallivanting supporters to flock to Moscow.The front of the stands behind one goal was filled with more than two dozen white banners with a red Cross of St. George, pledging support from many of the island’s clubs, from Bradford to Wolverhampton. Back home, a crowd of 30,000 was in London’s Hyde Park for a large-screen viewing, the British Beer and Pub Association predicted supporters would buy 10 million extra pints at pubs during the match, and No.1 Court at Wimbledon was less than one-third full for the men’s quarterfinal between John Isner and Milos Raonic.Promise seemed about to be fulfilled when Kieran Trippier curled in a free kick in the fifth minute for his first international goal, above leaping Dejan Lovren and Mandzukic and past the desperate dive of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic. Choruses of “God Save the Queen” began in England’s end.“We had a couple chances after that to get the second, give ourselves a bit more breathing room,” England captain Harry Kane said.Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, sits on the ground after he fell over a photographer when celebrating his side’s second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)Football will not be coming home to England, and there will be no title to match the 1966 triumph at Wembley Stadium. Kane & Co. will deal with the same disappointment that felled Shearer and Platt, Gazza and Wazza, Beckham and Gerrard. And Southgate, whose penalty-kick failure led to England’s previous semifinal loss in a major tournament, in the 1996 European Championship semifinals.“Impossible to say anything to them that is going to make them feel better at this point,” Southgate said after England’s fourth straight loss in a major tournament semifinal.Croatia tied the score after Rakitic switched the ball from left flank to right, where Vrsaljko crossed. Kyle Walker attempted a diving header to clear. Perisic jumped and from behind raised his left boot over Walker’s head to poke the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from about 8 yards for his fourth World Cup goal, including two in this tournament.Mandzukic scored after Walker stuck out a leg to block Josip Pivaric’s cross. The ball popped up, and Perisic outjumped Trippier to head the ball toward goal. Mandzukic alertly reacted to the unexpected ball in the penalty area, splitting defenders Stones and Harry Maguire, who both had taken four short steps up. The ball bounced twice, Mandzukic ran onto it and one-timed a low, left-footed shot to Pickford’s left.“Three times 120 minutes and fresher legs today than the English team,” Lovren marveled.Mandzukic ran to a corner and was mobbed by teammates, who jumped on him and trapped photographers under them in the crush.Not long after, Dalic was thinking about the short recovery time before the final.“It’s our fault. Why didn’t we score earlier?” he said. “Why didn’t we finish the job in regulation time?”Rakitic wasn’t worried.“We still have lots of energy in the tank,” he said.CARD COUNTINGNo players are suspended for the final.BOOSCroatia defender Domagoj Vida was jeered by fans whenever he touched the ball. He received a warning from FIFA for shouting “glory to Ukraine” in a video posted after Croatia beat Russia in the quarterfinals.—By RONALD BLUM , AP Sports WriterEngland’s Kieran Trippier celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)England’s Kieran Trippier is celebrated after scoring the opening goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Arnautovic ignoring Man Utd rumours

first_imgTransfers ‘I have a contract at West Ham’ – Arnautovic ignoring Man Utd rumours Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 18:36 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marko Arnautovic West Ham United Getty Transfers Manchester United West Ham United Premier League The West Ham star continues to be linked with a summer move to Old Trafford, but he claims to know nothing of a proposed switch Marko Arnautovic remains reluctant to be drawn on links to Manchester United, with the West Ham forward prepared to let transfer rumours be discussed by others.The Austria international has been mooted as a summer target for the Red Devils as Jose Mourinho reportedly seeks to bring added creativity and goal threat into his side.Arnautovic has proved his Premier League pedigree during spells with Stoke and West Ham, with the 29-year-old having been able to catch the eye in struggling sides. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Mourinho, who has previously worked with the forward at Serie A side Inter, was recently spotted at a friendly fixture Arnautovic was involved in, prompting suggestions he was looking to sign him.Arnautovic has been quizzed on the reported interest from United on a regular basis since that outing against Russia, but he is giving little away when it comes to his future.Pressed for an update on his situation by Sky Sports Austria, he said: “I am happy with my job. Whatever happens will happen. I’ve never heard anything.“Even three weeks ago, I haven’t heard anything. That’s why I cannot say anything about it.“The only thing that bothers me is that I am in good health and that I am able to play football.“I have a contract at West Ham – that’s all we have to talk about.”While keeping his cards close to his chest, Arnautovic did recently admit to being flattered by the interest being shown in him from Mourinho.He said: “It’s nice to hear, I haven’t heard anything from my brother, my agent.“You can keep asking this question but you’ll never hear the answer from me.”Arnautovic only joined West Ham for a club-record £20 million ($27m) fee in the summer of 2017 and is tied to a contract through to 2022.last_img read more

10 months agoReal Betis chasing West Ham striker Lucas Perez

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Betis chasing West Ham striker Lucas Perezby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Betis are chasing West Ham striker Lucas Perez.The Daily Mail says the 30-year-old only joined West Ham from Arsenal in August and signed a three year contract. He has scored four goals in 13 appearances but has largely struggled to impress and was an unused substitute for Saturday’s FA Cup win over Birmingham City.Manuel Pellegrini would allow him to go as he wants to bring another attacking option in. last_img read more

Steve Spurrier Takes A Shot At Former Team After Saturday’s Win

first_imgA closeup of Steve Spurrier wearing a visor on South Carolina's sideline.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 12: Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Steve Spurrier made his coaching debut in the Alliance of American Football league on Saturday night, leading his Orlando squad to a blowout victory.The 73-year-old head coach, who previously coached at Florida and South Carolina, took a shot at his former NFL employer after the game.Spurrier has now won all six of his head coaching debuts – even when he was with the Washington Redskins.“Even won with the Redskins,” Spurrier said after the game (while laughing, of course). “That’s not easy to do.”Winning with the Washington Redskins is certainly not easy to do.So Spurrier is now 6-0 in first games coaching a new team. After the game he says:”6th team to win the first one. Even one when the @Redskins and that’s not easy to do”???— Ben Murphy (@BenMurphyTV) February 10, 2019Spurrier is coaching an Orlando team that features a bunch of former college football players from the state of Florida.“I think the fans had a good time,” he said after the contest. “They saw enough good plays, especially after the first quarter.”The AAF certainly had a good debut on Saturday night, but we’ll see if the hype can follow the league for an entire season.last_img read more

Floor area ratio increased in Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: Giving benefit to builders and the plot owners the Haryana government decided to increase the floor area ratio (FAR) of individual residential plots in private colonies from 1.98 to 2.64.The policy will help thousands of plot holders in private colonies, who had been seeking revision of the FAR norms as it will allow them to make additional constructions on the same plot Officials of the department of town and country planning (DTCP), however, said that the plot owners will have to purchase the additional FAR, and the revenue generated through these purchases would be used to augment the infrastructure of private colonies. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFAR is the ratio of a building’s total floor area to the size of the plot upon which it is built. It decides the amount of construction that can be carried out on a plot and increase in this limit, allows increased construction. “It has been decided to increase the FAR in private colonies, but this will have to be purchased. We will use the revenue for building infrastructure. The ground coverage has been kept the same,” said KM Pandurang, director, town and country planning department. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPandurang, however, maintained that although FAR has been increased, it does not mean that building plan violations would be condoned. “Strict action will be taken against violators,” he said. In Gurugram during the Jan aashirwad yatra, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced that the government will take around town months to make a decision on this matter, after a group of plot owners and builders had called upon him with this demand. The decision to increase the FAR has been welcomed by plot owners who described this decision as a celebration.last_img read more

Canadian David SaintJacques now scheduled to launch Dec 3 on space mission

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques is heading to space — and a bit earlier than anticipated.The Canadian Space Agency confirmed Thursday Saint-Jacques, 48, will launch on Dec. 3 for a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.The fate of the Canadian’s voyage had been in question after a Soyuz rocket failure last month, but now he will blast off more than two weeks earlier than originally planned.The agency said in a statement the re-scheduled launch date will allow for science work and time-critical operations aboard the space station to be maintained.Saint-Jacques’ departure along with NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Oleg Kononenkoof of the Russian space agency Roscosmos was originally scheduled for Dec. 20.But Russia’s space agency suspended manned space launches after the emergency landing.“We’re getting ready for every option, (and) I’ll be ready whatever happens,” Saint-Jacques told The Canadian Press last week as he prepared to return to Russia to complete his Soyuz training.A Roscosmos investigation determined that a malfunctioning sensor caused a Soyuz rocket to fail shortly after it was launched in Kazakhstan on Oct. 11.The problem occurred two minutes into the flight, sending the capsule holding NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Alexei Ovchinin of Roscosmos plummeting 50 kilometres to earth. Neither man was injured.The agency successfully launched an unmanned Soyuz rocket last week, and said Wednesday that it planned to launch two more before sending a crew to the space station.Saint-Jacques has trained extensively for the past two years for the mission — his first since becoming an astronaut in May 2009.The St-Lambert, Que. native has served as a part of the backup crew twice in the past five months, including for the aborted Soyuz mission in October.He is trained in spacewalks and operating the robotics on the station and, as a trained medical doctor, will also keep an eye on the health of the crew.Saint-Jacques and his crewmates are currently outside Moscow at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre preparing for their mission. At the space station, they will join NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos.NASA said there will be a short handover period before Aunon-Chancellor, Gerst and Prokopyev depart on Dec. 20. Saint-Jacques, McClain and Kononenkoof are due to return to Earth in June.last_img read more

Top Poker Players To Attend AfterSchool AllStars Wheeling And Dealing Event

first_imgGaming for a good cause, top pokers players and esteemed Angelinos will be Wheeling & Dealing for the After-School All-Stars at the legendary Petersen Automotive Museum on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm.Guests will be transported back to a “turn of the century” Los Angeles with classic automobiles, trains and lots of whimsical memorabilia from the era, while enjoying a fun Gatsby themed night of charitable gaming including a poker tournament and costume contest for exciting prizes, live DJ entertainment, themed cocktails, and Hors d’Oeuvres, with proceeds to benefit the thousands of at-risk youth served by the award winning programs made possible by After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now.Founded in 2002 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and with noteworthy support from Program Ambassador Kobe Bryant, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles (ASAS-LA) is a leading after-school program provider whose programs educate, enlighten and inspire thousands of students each day through after-school activities centered around academic support; health, fitness and nutrition; the visual and performing arts; and youth leadership and community service learning.As ASAS-LA Program Ambassador for the past 5 years, Kobe Bryant has provided tremendous support and life changing experiences to All-Star students.The organization brings innovative, cutting-edge academic and enrichment programs to K-12 students that contribute to reducing drug use, crime and violence; while increasing their safety during the after school hours. ASAS-LA serves over 8,000 students daily across 44 schools located in deserving areas throughout LA County.ASAS-LA is proud to partner with globally respected Executive Producer, Christine Hansen and Thirty-Three Productions, Inc., to bring the Wheeling & Dealing for the All-Stars event Dream to Reality.For more information on After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles, sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets, please visit read more

Bill Clinton Presents Fifth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit

first_imgOn Sunday, January 24, and Monday, January 25, President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will host the Clinton Health Matters Initiative’s (CHMI) Fifth Annual Activation Summit, a yearly convening of the country’s foremost health experts and implementers.Participants will engage in action-oriented dialogue, take examples and cues from CHMI’s key programs and partners, and use case studies of universally applicable successes and less-discussed failures to chart the path for scaling and sustaining what works in health advancement.Featured participants include President Bill Clinton, Founder, Clinton Foundation; Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation; Abby Wambach, World Cup and Olympic Champion; Jenna Wolfe, TV Journalist and Lifestyle Fitness Expert; Donna E. Shalala, President, Clinton Foundation; Rain Henderson, CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative; Dr. Reginald J. Eadie, Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Medical Center; Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Executive Director, Minority Health for Cleveland Clinic; Trevor Fetter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tenet Healthcare; Tim Finchem, Commissioner, PGA TOUR; Dr. Nate Gross, Co-founder, Rock Health; Dr. Ellen Meara, National Bureau of Economic Research Faculty Research Fellow and Adjunct Associate Professor in Economics & Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, Dartmouth College; Dr. Charles Modlin, Founder and Director, Minority Men’s Health Center of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological Institute; Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General; Anise Parker, Former Mayor, Houston, Texas; Anya Pogharian, Inventor; Dr. Kyu Rhee, Chief Health Officer and Vice President of Integrated Health Services, IBM; Jeffrey D. Selberg, MHA, Executive Director, Peterson Center on Healthcare; Dr. J. Craig Venter, Founder, Chairman and CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute; Dr. Donald K. Warne, Director of the Master of Public Health Program, North Dakota State University; Dr. Debra Whitman, Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP.

Key themes at this year’s Summit will include communities as centers of health innovation, the quest for longevity and healthy aging, health-tech innovation, and reducing health disparities. The Activation Summit further aims to underscore the value of facilitating cross-sector solutions and systemic strengthening of chronic disease prevention efforts. The event will follow the CareerBuilder Challenge, a PGA TOUR event held January 21 – 24 in La Quinta, CA, in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation is returning for the fifth year as a title sponsor for the Summit, which is the anchor to the continued work of CHMI throughout the year to improve the health and well-being of all people across the country.Sessions at this year’s Health Matters Activation Summit will include: • Town Hall focused on addressing health disparities through technology and innovation; • Celebrity morning workout led by Jenna Wolfe; • Opening plenary session on the quest for longevity and our rising death rates with specific regards to the Coachella Valley and CHMI’s work to reduce health disparities in additional communities including Little Rock, Houston, Jacksonville, Natchez, and Galesburg; • Discussion between Chelsea Clinton and Abby Wambach on girls and women in sports; and • Closing plenary session on how communities and local organizations across the country, despite the national landscape, are driving the development and scale of solutions that are best suited to their local needs.On Sunday, January 24, Chelsea Clinton, the City of La Quinta, Desert Sands Unified School District, and MasterChef Stephen Lee will bring together volunteers for a Day of Action to build a community garden at La Quinta High School, as part of the City of La Quinta’s effort to create school-based gardens that encourage healthy eating and cooking. La Quinta High School offers a culinary arts program that is dedicated to teaching students the culinary arts and preparing them to major in the field in their post-secondary education. The students from this program will prepare a healthy lunch for the Day of Action volunteers. Students and volunteers will also prepare 150 healthy meals that will be donated to the Joslyn Center’s Meals on Wheels program. La Quinta High School, along with the rest of the Desert Sands Unified School District, is part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools program.Founded by Chelsea Clinton in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program seeks to create service opportunities and mobilize volunteers to give back to their communities. Since 2012, the Clinton Foundation has hosted 25 Days of Action in the U.S. and abroad, which have mobilized more than 5,500 volunteers donating more than 23,600 volunteer hours. In 2015, more than 1,400 volunteers participated in 11 Days of Action in Little Rock, Palm Springs, Miami, Los Angeles, Denver, Washington, D.C., and New York City. This will be the third Day of Action in the Coachella Valley.

CHMI brings together individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful, collective contributions to the health of others by working to reduce the prevalence of preventable health outcomes, close health inequity and disparity gaps, and reduce health care costs by improving access to key contributors to health of all people. CHMI’s year round work includes building strategic partnerships that will help facilitate the development and scaling of health-promoting solutions; working across sectors to develop and implement coordinated, systemic approaches to creating healthier communities; and leveraging technology and digital innovation to help advance health and wellness at the national and community levels by disseminating evidence-based individual, systems, and investment strategies.

Watch live webcasts on January 25 of the opening and closing plenaries here.last_img read more

Social media giant Pinterest to open first Canadian office in Toronto on

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Pinterest is opening its first office in Canada in Toronto at the start of October in an effort to expand its presence outside of the U.S.The San Francisco-based technology company runs an online platform that allows users to create a digital board they can pin aspirational photos to.It says it has 12 million Canadian users, who save 4.5 million photos on the platform daily.Pinterest says it hopes the Toronto office will help spur the business’s international growth and serve local advertisers.The Toronto office will be run by country manager Erin Elofson, who previously led Facebook Canada’s sales team and spent 11 years at Microsoft Canada.Pinterest says Elofson will help the country localize its offerings, including an ad program, which it says advertisers will be able to use to target French-speaking Canadians by the end of the year.last_img read more

Ghosn beefs up defence with lawyer famous for acquittals

TOKYO — Former Renault-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has beefed up his defence team ahead of his trial in Japan by hiring Junichiro Hironaka, a star lawyer with a strong track record for winning rare acquittals in a country where the conviction rate is 99 per cent.Another new attorney on his team, Hiroshi Kawatsu, is an expert on judicial reform who has studied and done research in the U.S.Ghosn, arrested Nov. 19, and charged with falsifying financial reports and breach of trust, says he is innocent.Some prominent cases Hironaka has won are:ICHIRO OZAWA: An influential lawmaker known as the “shadow shogun” for his backroom dealings, Ozawa was charged with false financial reports on political funding, linked to a 2004 land deal. He was acquitted in 2012, while three aides got suspended sentences. Ozawa’s defence argued he was innocent as he had no knowledge of the deal.KAZUYOSHI MIURA: The Japanese businessman was suspected of involvement in the shooting death of his wife in Los Angeles in 1981. Miura was shot in the leg while his wife was shot in the head. Miura’s 1994 conviction was overturned by two higher courts, including a 2003 Supreme Court ruling. Hironaka led the defence in both. Arrested in Saipan, Miura was extradited to the U.S. in 2008 on conspiracy charges since murder charges would have amounted to double jeopardy. He was found dead in his jail cell while awaiting arraignment. The coroner ruled it a suicide.ATSUKO MURAKI: A welfare ministry official, Muraki was arrested in 2009 on suspicion of falsely approving a group to qualify for mail discounts. She asserted her innocence, saying she knew nothing about such a group. She was acquitted in 2010. One of the first women to rise in Japan’s government bureaucratic ranks, she has written books criticizing the Japanese criminal system, drawing on her roughly five months of detention.TAKESHI ABE: The head of a government AIDS research team, in 1996 Abe was charged with professional negligence resulting in death, in a major scandal over the sale of HIV-tainted blood products in 1983-85 that caused 2,000 Japanese, mostly hemophiliacs, to contract the AIDS virus. The blood had not been heat-treated to kill the virus, a procedure that was used in the U.S. but not approved for use in Japan until 1985. Abe denied wrongdoing, saying he didn’t know the products would lead to infection. He was acquitted in 2001 after a four year trial and died in 2004, while facing an appeal.___Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter at Instagram at Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

Political developments top UN envoys talks with Lebanese Prime Minister

4 March 2010The implementation of the 2006 Security Council resolution calling for a full halt to fighting between Israel and Hizbollah topped a senior United Nations official’s talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri today. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams told Mr. Hariri in the capital, Beirut, that he will brief the Council on 12 March on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the implementation of resolution 1701.That resolution greatly increased the UN peacekeeping force – known as UNIFIL – in the conflict zone, and also called for respect of the so-called Blue Line separating the Israeli and Lebanese sides, disarming militias including Hizbollah, and an end to arms smuggling, among other measures.The report, he said, highlights the fact that, in spite of recent rhetoric, the situation along the Blue Line continues to be relatively stable and that all parties are still committed to the cessation of hostilities and to the implementation of the resolution.“While this is important and positive, it should not detract from the importance of working towards a permanent ceasefire as called for in resolution 1701,” Mr. Williams said after his talks with the Prime Minister.Other topics covered in the meeting included yesterday’s decision by the Lebanese Cabinet to appoint Minister of State Jean Ogasapian as the coordinator for the development of a plan to manage the country’s borders.The UN official also welcomed President Michel Sleiman’s decision to convene a national dialogue to discuss a defence strategy for Lebanon as well as arms outside state control.“It is a longstanding belief of the United Nations that this issue should be addressed through a Lebanese political process, and we believe reconvening the national dialogue is important in this regard,” he said.Mr. Williams noted that a Cabinet meeting will be held today on the draft municipal elections law, which he said “will perhaps be another important development and an indication of the exercise of the regular democratic process in Lebanon and of continuing efforts of reform.”In a meeting last week with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon raised the ongoing discussions on Ghajar, voicing hope that there will be speedy progress on the proposal put forward by UNIFIL for an Israeli withdrawal from the village as called for in resolution 1701. read more

New Zealand recognises Lankas efforts in reconciliation process

He will also lead a business delegation to focus on the significant opportunities to diversify trade between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, which stood at $324m in 2015. The visit will be Key’s second to Sri Lanka as Prime Minister, having travelled to the island in 2013 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.It will also provide an opportunity for Key to witness the progress that Sri Lanka has made in recent years as it recovers from its decades-long civil war.“New Zealand recognises the considerable efforts the people and Government of Sri Lanka are putting into the country’s reconciliation process and we are hugely supportive of those, including through our work to boost the country’s own dairy sector to improve the livelihoods of its farmers,” Key says. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand recognises the considerable efforts the people and Government of Sri Lanka are putting into the country’s reconciliation process.Key announced he will make an official visit to Sri Lanka next week to highlight the growing commercial and political ties between the two countries. “Sri Lanka has a growing middle class which offers New Zealand businesses a range of exciting opportunities,” Key says.“We have a 45 year dairy trade history, but commercial relationships are extending further with more and more of our businesses recognising Sri Lanka as a potential market for high-quality New Zealand services and products.” While in the capital Colombo, Key will also chair a meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Democrat Union. Key will be in Sri Lanka from 24-26 February. (Colombo Gazette) Key will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as well as speak with a number of local businesspeople to promote New Zealand’s interests in the region. read more

Australia tells Sri Lanka stern action needed on trafficking

He also said that it is not only a concern to Australia, but also the region. In these circumstances Australia is very grateful for Sri Lanka for the cooperation extended to them in this regard. (Colombo Gazette) Australia has told Sri Lanka stern action is needed on organised human trafficking, the President’s office said.President Maithripala Sirisena, who is in New York, held a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the UN Headquarters. President Sirisena appreciated the assistance given by the Government of Australia to Sri Lanka for the country’s development drive and the Australian Prime Minister also extended his gratitude to the Government of Sri Lanka and the President for the cooperation extended towards Australia to curb human smuggling. He said the Government of Australia has a very liberal and humanitarian policy and welcomes genuine migrants. However, he said stern actions have to be taken regarding organized human trafficking by criminal groups and in some situations it is connected to drug smuggling. read more

Selecting the next UN SecretaryGeneral Security Council holds first round of secret

Ambassador Koro Bessho of Japan, President of the Security Council for the month of July. UN Photo/Mark Garten Following its first-ever private discussions with the candidates vying for selection as the next United Nations Secretary-General, the UN Security Council today conducted the first round of informal polls on those seeking the world’s top diplomatic post. The current Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, is the eighth occupant of the Organization’s 70-year history. He took office in January 2007 and will be ending his 10-year tenure on 31 December 2016. Under the UN Charter, the Organization’s top official is appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Council.Speaking to reporters at the UN Headquarters this morning, Ambassador Koro Bessho of Japan, which holds the Council’s presidency for July, confirmed that the first round of the so called ‘straw polls’ had taken place, and each candidate would be informed of the results through his or her country’s permanent representative to the UN. He also noted that he had informed that the President of the UN General Assembly that the vote had taken place.He said that the straw poll is “an indicative vote – to inform the candidates where they stand in the race, and to inform the Council members how the race might go from here.”The straw poll followed a series of closed-door meetings in which each of the 12 official candidates, who have been nominated by their governments, was introduced to the Council members.Yesterday, Mr. Bessho said this is the first time the Council had held such informal meetings with each of the candidates for the next UN chief. The Council met three candidates in June and the rest in July. He has said that the results of the polls would not be made public. “We would like to make sure that the fairness and confidentiality of voting is respected,” he said. As for the date for the second round of the poll, he said no decision has been made. There is no definitive deadline for announcing candidacy, but anyone considering throwing the hat in the ring should come forward as soon as possible so that the Council and the Assembly have a good amount of time to review the candidate, he added.The UN Charter says relatively little about how a Secretary-General is to be selected, aside from Article 97, which notes that the candidate “shall be appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.”At its first session in 1946, the Assembly approved resolution A/RES/1/11 determining that the Council take the lead in the selection process, agree on a single name in a private meeting, and pass that name down to the Assembly for a vote.Since 1946, the Council has done just that, discussing and voting behind closed doors in straw polls for members to ‘encourage’ or ‘discourage’ a candidate to continue. This process has come to be known as the ‘Wisnumurti Guidelines,’ named after Ambassador Nugroho Wisnumurti of Indonesia who held the rotating presidency of the Council in November 1996 when the guidelines were set.These straw polls continue until there is a majority candidate without a single veto from a permanent member of the Council. That name is then officially transferred to the Assembly, whose membership historically chooses the candidate.This year, the Assembly took a more active role in the selection process, aiming to make it more transparent and inclusive. For the first time in history, the candidates were asked to submit their resumes and to take part in informal briefings with the Assembly. Along with the informal hearings, the UN last Tuesday held its first-ever globally televised and webcast townhall-style debate in the General Assembly Hall, where 10 of the 12 confirmed candidates took questions from diplomats and the public at large. The two candidates unable to come to New York were invited to send video messages to be used in the event.Asked how the Assembly’s open dialogues with the candidates would affect voting decisions by Council members, Mr. Bessho, speaking in his national capacity, has explained that the candidates’ performances in the Assembly’s debates, as well as in the Council’s informal meetings, would be “reflected” in his recommendation to his Government.In addition to the five permanent Council members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States – 10 non-permanent seats are currently held by Angola, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Later in the day, General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft issued a letter to all UN Member States and Observers in which he recognized the informal nature of the straw poll and took note that the outcome of this and future informal straw polls will not be communicated, but stressed that in his view, limiting the communication to the fact that the informal straw poll has taken place without any further detail “adds little value and does not live up to the expectations of the membership and the new standard of openness and transparency.”In light of this, he said that future communications from his Office that informal straw polls have taken place would be conveyed via announcements on his web page as soon as they are received from the President of the Security Council. read more

Security Council extends mandate of UN peace mission in Western Sahara by

Adopting resolution 2240 (2018), by a recorded vote of 12 in favour and 3 abstentions, the Security Council underscored the need for a “realistic, practicable and enduring political solution” to the question of Western Sahara.In that context, the 15-member Council expressed “full support” for the Secretary-General’s plan to initiate renewed negotiations before the end of 2018 and urged all parties to resume dialogue, in good faith, towards a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, “which will provide for the self determination of the people of Western Sahara.”Originally established in 1991, in accordance with settlement proposals accepted in 1988 by Morocco and the Frente Polisario movement, MINURSO was tasked with the monitoring of the ceasefire; overseeing the exchange of prisoners of war; repatriation of refugees; and the eventual organization of a free and fair referendum in which the people of Western Sahara would choose between independence and integration with Morocco.While the organization of the referendum has not been possible to date, other requirements of the mandate have been pursued successfully and the peacekeeping mission continues to monitor the ceasefire, conduct mine clearance operations, and supports confidence building measures.MINURSO has also been providing assistance to irregular migrants as well as humanitarian assistance in case of natural disasters. read more

REMNANTS exhibit runs until September

Students in Brock University’s summer sculpture course have delved into the site-specific exhibition, REMNANTS, to create works inspired by the traces of history that remain in the refurbished Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts building.More than a century ago in the heart of downtown St. Catharines, the Canada Hair Cloth Co. functioned as a beneficial part of the community by bringing jobs and growth throughout the Niagara Region. Today it is known as the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, an extension of Brock University. Originally, the factory was built in 1888 and was founded by the McSloy brothers who saw the potential for industrial growth within their community. They worked hard building a company centralized around trading and selling products from Halifax to Vancouver. In the traditional style of the New England Mills, the Canada Hair Cloth Co. was built with the intention of allowing as much natural sunlight into the factory as possible. With its open concept and large windows, the building was easily illuminated before the era of electricity. Eventually, the McSloy brothers purchased a generator to provide electricity, which was powered by the Millrace. At the time the factory was built, horses, railways and ships were the common means of transportation and all three were critical to the early success of the company. Waterpower played an essential role in regards to the growth of the factory as it was the primary source of energy to run the machinery. The canal flowed behind the buildings and the fast-flowing water produced power for the mills. Horses were used to provide raw material for the actual haircloth itself as the hair was gathered from their tails. The fabric produced was used in a vast variety of things ranging from the railway seats to the interfacing of fine suits. During this time, the majority of industrialized manufacturing was produced around this part of town, especially close to the Welland Canal. This enabled goods to be easily shipped and sold to other markets from around Canada. In the fall of 2015, the Canada Hair Cloth Co. was reopened as the MIWSFPA and welcomed the students of Brock University to work and create within a building that already embodies so much creativity. Keeping in mind the artistic process, materials and tools that went into the many things produced by the company, the summer sculpture class has worked hard in collaborating an exhibition to pay tribute to what was and still is a lively building full of artistic innovation. REMNANTS is being held in the Learning Commons at the MIWSFPA until Sept. 16. read more

NTT Docomo unveils realtime speech translation app for phones

first_imgNTT Docomo, Japan’s leading cell phone carrier, has unveiled its real-time speech-to-speech translation service that works both in person and over the phone.Introduced back in June, the service is a combination of several cloud-based services, including speech recognition (as seen in Siri), automated translation, and text-to-speech conversion of the translated results. Demonstrations on Japanese news broadcasts show simple statements translated well enough to understand, if not perfectly. The question “What is your name?”, translated from Japanese to English, ended up as “What is the name?”On the other hand, it did show a flair for proper names. “My name is Taylor,” translated from English to Japanese, came across perfectly in Japanese. In another interesting quirk, it has different settings for different accents of English including American, British, and Australian. Japanese-Korean translation is supported, and Japanese-Chinese support is coming in late January 2012.The app will have two main modes. The first uses a single smartphone screen to display the original text of what was said along with its translation, and can be seen in the (Japanese language) video below:The second mode translates phone calls between two phones. As we pointed out at the service’s initial introduction, the first public demonstration of the service translated a newspaper article read between Tokyo and its suburb Yokohama.With just a second or two of lag, the service should prove useful enough to help confused tourists and the like, even if it isn’t ready to be the business world’s Babel fish just yet.Docomo’s translation service is in private beta now and will be available to the Japanese public in the second half of 2012. No word yet on an international release, but don’t hold your breath for one.via TechCrunchlast_img read more

Delphi Banks Midas Account wins gold

first_imgDelphi Bank’s Midas Account has won a gold award for Best Savings Account in the Bank category in Money magazine’s Best of the Best Awards 2015. One of 111 winners to be honoured in this year’s awards, it is a testament to the bank’s continual efforts in offering its customers tailored banking solutions. George Tacticos, the bank’s chief executive officer, maintains that the bank has “gone from strength to strength – a pleasing result achieved through the investments we’ve made in our customers and ongoing commitment to ensure their needs come first”. The award winning Midas Account, which features a high interest rate and no account keeping fees, was also awarded in last year’s Money Best of the Best Awards, winning the silver award.The recognition is a significant step in the right direction for the small banking institution as it grows and continues to make a mark for itself in the banking world. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more