New Delhi: The Congress on Monday accused the government of extending the leases for mining iron ore from 358 mines instead of going for auctions to benefit “friends”, weeks after the Supreme Court asked the Centre to respond to a plea seeking quashing of the lease extensions.Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera demanded there be an inquiry into the matter, the loss caused to the exchequer be fixed and auctions for the mines be held. There was no immediate response from the government to the allegations. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In January 2015, the Modi government introduced a new amendment by way of Ordinance — Section 8A — to the Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act, 1948, he said. “This amendment, Section 8A, allowed the Modi government to extend the leases of existing mines (captive and non-captive for both iron ore and other minerals) without going through the auction route and without having to pay any premium on the renewed leases some of which have been extended till 2030,” Khera alleged. Asserting that there should have been auction for the mines as it would have resulted in revenue for the states, Khera said: “You snatched that right…You want to benefit friends.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe claimed that according to estimates the extension of leases had caused a loss of over Rs 4 lakh crore to the exchequer. The Supreme Court in April asked the Centre to respond to a plea seeking quashing of allotment, extension or continuation of leases to firms for mining iron ore from over 358 mines across the country without any fresh evaluation. On August 2, the Supreme Court granted three weeks’ time to the Centre to respond to the plea. Five months have passed since April but the government has failed to give an answer to the Supreme Court on the allegations raised in the petition, Khera alleged.
VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Nevsun Resources (TSX:NSU) to have a human rights case against the miner moved to the Eritrea.The case, brought forward by three Eritrean refugees, alleges that international law norms against forced labour, slavery and torture were violated during the construction of Nevsun’s Bisha mine in the East African country.Nevsun has argued that the case should be heard in Eritrea, but the B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld last year’s ruling by the B.C. Supreme Court that since Nevsun was a B.C. company, the province’s court had territorial jurisdiction.The appeal court said that while the practical and logistical difficulties of trying these claims in B.C. would be considerable, last year’s ruling was not wrong in finding that there was a real risk of corruption and unfairness in hearing the case in Eritrea.The company declined to comment on the lawsuit because it’s still before the court, but said in an email that the Bisha Mine, which is 40 per cent owned by the Eritrean government, is committed to safe and responsible operations.The allegations against the company, which have not been proven in court, include that the company must have been aware of credible reports of abuses by the government, and that it allegedly facilitated forced labour by entering into a commercial relationship with the Eritrean regime.
PARIS — The Latest on former Renault-Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn as he remains detained in Japan (all times local):10:00 a.m.Japan’s prosecutors are defending the continued detention of Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, more than two months after he was arrested.Shin Kukimoto, deputy chief prosecutor, told reporters Thursday the authorities want Ghosn in custody because of fears he might tamper with evidence.Kukimoto also said Japan lacks a system for electronic monitoring of suspects released on bail. Ghosn offered to wear such a monitoring device in his latest request to be released. The Tokyo District Court has twice rejected his formal requests to be allowed out of the Tokyo Detention Center on bail.Ghosn says he is innocent of any wrongdoing. He has been charged with falsifying financial statements and breach of trust.___9:40 a.m.France’s finance minister says that Carlos Ghosn, who is fighting breach of trust and other charges in Japan, has resigned as head of Renault.Ghosn has been detained for more than two months in Japan.French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday that Ghosn formally handed in his resignation to Renault’s temporary leadership on Wednesday evening.Renault had kept Ghosn on as chairman even after its Japanese alliance partners Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. dismissed him from those posts.___12:44 a.m.The board of French carmaker Renault SA plans to meet to choose new leadership to replace auto industry powerhouse Carlos Ghosn, who is fighting fraud and breach of trust charges in Japan.The board meeting Thursday is expected to name Jean-Dominique Senard of Michelin as chairman and Renault executive Thierry Bollore as CEO. Ghosn previously held both posts.Renault initially stood by Ghosn after his Nov. 19 arrest, naming temporary leadership.But the French government, a key Renault shareholder, has pressed him to be replaced. Ghosn denies Japanese accusations that he under-reported income as chairman of Nissan and other charges.French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday in the Swiss resort of Davos that consolidating the Renault-Nissan aliance should be the “absolute priority” of the new Renault leadership.The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — Disney says its new video streaming service will launch in the U.S. as early as October.The service, called Disney Plus, has no pricing yet. Disney is revealing details at an investor event Thursday in Burbank, California.The streaming service is expected to take on rivals Netflix, HBO Go and Showtime Anytime. Disney also owns a controlling stake in streaming service Hulu.Disney Plus will launch in the last quarter of this year. It will focus on family-friendly shows when it launches, including a live action Star Wars series and a series about Marvel character Loki.Disney ended a lucrative licensing relationship with Netflix in order to create the streaming service and faces challenges as it builds a service to compete with the entrenched streaming leaders.The Associated Press
“The Convention embodies very important values of humanity. Confessions extracted by torture cannot be used in judicial proceedings,” Claudio Grossman, who chairs the Committee Against Torture, told reporters at UN Headquarters after presenting its annual report to the General Assembly. The UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment was adopted by the General Assembly in 1984 and has been ratified by 147 States to date. “Still today, 26 years after the adoption by UN Member States of the Convention Against Torture, we have not yet achieved our shared objective to eradicate torture and inhuman treatment,” said Mr. Grossman. “The absolute prohibition of torture – a non-derogable obligation under the Convention which means that under no exceptional circumstances whatsoever can torture be justified – is not yet a reality in many States who have ratified the Convention,” he adds. He called upon all UN Member States to say “no to torture; no to torture during emergency situations; no to torture by any means.” The Convention provides that “no exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.” It also obliges States that have ratified the Convention to refrain from deporting or returning people to countries where they would face the risk of torture, and requires ratifying States to extradite or prosecute perpetrators of torture. Under the Convention, victims of the scourge have the right to redress, including compensation.In its recommendations to States parties, the 10-member Committee has repeatedly denounced the vulnerability of women in situations of armed conflict. He expressed concern at the failure of States to comply with their reporting obligations under the Convention. “Initial reports are the essential springboard for ongoing dialogue with States parties, and I call upon the 32 States which have not yet submitted their initial reports to do so in order for the committee to contribute to the realization of the convention,” Mr. Grossman said. He also reiterated the Committee’s regret that only 64 out of the 147 State parties to the Convention have accepted its competence to examine individual complaints alleging violations of the Convention. “The individual complaints procedure is an important tool for achieving the goals of the Convention by enabling victims of torture to present their cases before the international community. It also allows the Committee to apply the Convention to real-life situations,” Mr. Grossman stressed. This year, the Committee determined that deporting people to countries where they run the risk of sexual violence amounts to a breach of the prohibition of deportation or return to countries where they would face the risk of torture. 19 October 2010The Chairperson of the United Nations independent committee of experts against torture today urged States to recommit themselves to the values of the global treaty that prohibits the practice, which, he stressed, cannot be justified under any circumstances and has to be eradicated.
Brock University is rolling out the red carpet for prospective students next month.Over 4,000 students and parents will come to Brock on Nov. 8 for Fall Preview Day and recruiters are already preparing to make their visit one to remember.“We will give our prospective students the best experience possible,” said recruitment manager Melissa Beamer.She said campus visits are often the deciding factor for students making their top post-secondary pick.And Brock’s warm and friendly atmosphere, combined with its safe and modern campus, are major selling features.“The number one thing people always mention when they come here is the feeling of community. It feels like it could be home,” Beamer said.She said everyone on campus plays a roll in that sense of community, from students and staff to faculty.“It really is a team effort,” she said. “Every single person has a role on this team.”The day will give people a chance to explore the campus, meet with faculty, staff and students and learn more about Brock.Information sessions will be held throughout the afternoon and new this year is a trip to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.“It’s a chance for them to try us on for size,” Beamer said. “”We’re a mid-sized university with a smaller-school feel.”She said students are encouraged to visit the schools they are considering because it’s the best way to know if a university is a good fit.For more information or to register for Fall Preview Day visit discover.brocku.caIf you can’t make it to Brock on Nov. 8, you can book a campus tour online at discover.brocku.ca/tours
Indeed, the Penn State streak may be the longest that is directly comparable to the current Huskies run. There doesn’t appear to be any official list of longest streaks across all sports, but the generally acknowledged record for a team winning streak is the Trinity College men’s squash team, which won 252 straight team meets from 1998 to 2012. Similarly, the University of Miami won 137 team tennis contests in 1957-64. But a team’s squash or tennis meet winning streak isn’t really the same as a game or match streak in a team sport, since each meet is a collection of smaller matches from an individual or pairs sport.Individual sports have generated streaks longer than UConn’s. Cael Sanderson of Iowa State won 159 straight matches to go 159-0 in his collegiate wrestling career (other wrestlers have won more in a row than UConn’s 109 as well). But comparing individual dominance to team dominance is suspect. And other acknowledged streaks can be even more dubious, because they come from lower divisions or carve out a subset of games played — like Mount Union winning 112 straight regular-season games in Division III football.In other words: Don’t miss Saturday’s game! The Huskies will be playing for a claim to the longest winning streak in collegiate team sports history.But things get harder from there. To win this tournament, there’s a good chance that UConn will have to beat three of the next four highest-ranked teams. Barring upsets, the Huskies would face Maryland in the Elite Eight, Baylor in the Final Four and either Notre Dame or South Carolina in the final. If the Huskies face the Irish, they’ll be matching up against the team with the second-longest current win streak in NCAA women’s basketball, 16 games.Check out our March Madness predictions. After the University of Connecticut Huskies won their 109th straight game Monday, their chances of winning the NCAA women’s basketball tournament and carrying that win streak into next season remain just about steady at 48 percent (down a tick from 49 percent after round one), according to FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.Up next for the Huskies is No. 4-seed UCLA, a team that was ranked 15th at the end of the season and that UConn hasn’t played since 2014. If UConn wins that game, it’ll have 110 straight wins, moving it clear of Penn State’s 109 consecutive wins in women’s volleyball in 2007-10 — acknowledged as one of the longest winning streaks in collegiate sports history.Both streaks are over twice as long as the next-longest streak by any other entity in their sport. Before Penn State’s mark, the longest win streak by any other team in Division I women’s volleyball was USC’s 52 games in 2002-04. The longest streak in NCAA women’s basketball by a team other than UConn was 54 games by Louisiana Tech in 1980-82. (For comparison, UCLA men’s basketball’s heralded 88-game win streak was only 28 games longer than the previous record-holder’s.) Of course, Geno Auriemma’s UConn squad also holds the second- and third-longest streaks in women’s NCAA basketball, as well as the fifth-longest, which ended one game before the current streak began.VIDEO: How the Villanova and Duke losses shook the bracket
IT IS WIDELY recognised that when you get into debt, you pass through various stages. How people go through each stage is very much up to them. However, no matter what stage you are at, or how you are dealing with it, the most important thing you have to do is to take action to resolve the difficulty you are in.I can certainly help you with this, but you have to take action yourself and you have to be determined to take back control of your life. So what I need from you now is determination, resolve and belief that you are going to overcome your debt problems. Let’s look at the various stages people go through when they are faced with debts they cannot afford to repay, and how they react.1. DenialThis is the first stage that people go through. Believe me, you don’t have to be in debt to be in this stage. I see it happen all the time, and hear comments such as ‘It won’t happen to me’ or ‘I will never get myself into that situation’ all the time. Deep down people know that they are on a slippery slope and that their situation is getting out of control, but they bury their heads in the sand and hope that the situation they find themselves in will miraculously improve.I always tell people that they must understand the difference between facts and opinions, because, if they don’t, they end up doing insane things and begin to take risks that may take them years to recover from – or, worse still, which they may never recover from.I firmly believe that denial is the reason for this. Listen to me when I tell you some facts: denial of your debts will make your situation much worse. If you think you have money problems, listen to your gut instinct because it’s right: you have problems. And if you think you have time on your side, you are sadly mistaken. You don’t: time is your enemy. You have to take action as fast as possible, because the more time you spend in denial, the worse your problem is going to become. You simply have to get past denial very quickly.2. AngerI have read many books and studied personal finance for many years. With all the research and reading I have done, I can confirm to you that the anger you are experiencing because of your money worries is an emotional waste of time. You are using up vital energy that should be directed at getting out of your money worries, not adding to them.Sure, it is hard not to get angry, but where is this anger going to get you? One of my favourite pastimes is reading about, and watching old footage of, the Apollo missions to the Moon. I am fascinated by these astronauts, who really were made of the ‘right stuff ’ but I was listening in one video to Jim Lovell, who was commander of the Apollo 13 mission, speak about the time when a hole blew in their spaceship halfway to the moon. He was asked how he reacted.Did he freak out? His answer was that they all remained very calm. He said that they could have bounced off the walls in the spaceship for twenty minutes in anger and despair, but that if they had done this, twenty minutes later there still would have been a hole in their spaceship, and what good what that have done them? They thought rationally: “what do we need to do to solve this problem?”So, please apply the same principles to your financial problems. Do not keep telling yourself how much of a failure you are. Listen to me: everybody fails, it’s life. But you know what? You have got to learn from your failures and not repeat them ever again. Use them to your advantage, let them make you smarter, so that if there ever is a next time, you will use your experience to make much better decisions.3. DepressionThis is probably the worst of all the stages, and one that is very hard to control. Being in financial difficulty is not fun, and it does make us feel sad and depressed – no question about it. Not being able to repay your mortgage, not being able to find a new job, not being able to heat your home, having your home repossessed, having to give up your car for an old banger, or your partner having to go back to work are just some examples that may lead to depression. A good friend of mine lost his job about eighteen months ago.The sector he had been successfully practising in for the last 20 years had collapsed, and it seemed that it would take at least a decade for it to recover. He quickly went into arrears, he couldn’t get another job, he didn’t want to retrain and try to reinvent himself, and he very quickly became quite depressed.He was a failure, in his own mind, to his wife and children and he just could not lift his head up from his pillow every day. Up to that point, he had been a very outgoing, extrovert type of person who would get on with anyone he met and was liked by everyone who came into contact with him, but now a cloud hung over him and he was not the same person I had known before. What made things more difficult for him was that he would not meet any of his friends because of his perceived failure. He didn’t want contact with anyone and certainly didn’t want any help, either.Then one day, his wife noticed a small mark on the side of his face – a very small discolouring that she wanted him to get checked out. A week or two passed, and his wife, who had saved the €60, convinced him to go to his GP. Her actions saved his life because the ‘spot’ on the side of his face was in fact cancerous and needed immediate surgery and treatment. He had this carried out, and now he is in fine health, fully recovered.The reason I am telling you this story is that there is a lesson to be learned: no matter how bad the situation feels, it could be worse. Even in the dark times, there are still things to be thankful for if you can try and find that rainbow rather than stare down the well .4. AcceptanceThis is the stage in your debt life-cycle where you come to terms with your problems. You are still in debt – that hasn’t gone away – but you finally realise that you may not ever earn as much as you used to. Yes, you are in negative equity, and struggling to make your mortgage repayments, but hey, you are not the only one and you know, sh*t happens! The great thing about this stage is that you see a way out of your problems. Your exit from them may not happen overnight, but for the first time in quite a while you see your situation with great clarity and you know it is not going to be never-ending because you are going to do something about it, right? Yes, you are, and this is why you are reading this, right? Right.5. New BeginningYour life will move on, and perhaps in months or maybe even years, you will start to take back control of your financial life and will begin to notice the difference.You will have started saving again each month, you follow your spending plan each month, and one or two debts are paid off in full. Things begin to improve at work and your life begins to return to what you believe is normal. No more worries about paying the bills and no more jumping when the phone rings because you think it is the credit card company again. This is all going to happen to you, believe me, and if you follow what I am going to show you, and make some simple and at times very hard changes to your life, I guarantee that it will. Say it again: I am going to be debt-free.Liam Croke is a qualified financial advisor who has worked in the financial services sector for the past twenty years. This article is an extract from his new book, I Am Going to be Debt Free, which published by Liberties Press and is out now. Column: Government needs to impose proper rules and regulations on lenders>Michael Noonan to reveal the plan to tackle mortgage arrears>
A toxicology report will now be carried out on the body.Read: Man missing after boat capsizes on Lough Ree>Read: Irish-born woman killed by bear in Canada>Read: Irishman who pleaded guilty to Melbourne hotel damage found dead> We haven’t been able to confirm a trip, a fall or a push. There is no suggestion of skylarking at this stage. AN IRISH MAN drowned in Sydney’s Darling Harbour last night.34-year-old Brendan Hickey was watching the Vivid festival when it’s believed he fell into the water.It happened at around 11pm local time in New South Wales and a full scale helicopter search was immediately launched.The National News Agency in Australia Nine News reported his girlfriend and friends jumped into the water after him but his body had already sunk too far.Brendan Hickey’s body was recovered two and a half hours later.Marine Area Command Acting Superintendent Joe McNulty said:
Source: BBC Newsnight/YouTubeWhen Paxman announced his resignation in April, he said he had told the BBC he wanted to step down last July.The BBC said then that Paxman had agreed to stay on to help the new “Newsnight” editor “following a difficult period” in which the show was criticised for pulling a planned investigation into late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile’s historic sex crimes.- © AFP 2014 with additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Related: Paxman to Berlusconi: “Is it true you called Merkel an un-f***able lard-arse?”>Read: ‘My biggest fear was being treated as an outcast’ – Paxman interviews Robbie Rogers> BRITAIN’S MOST FEARED television interviewer, notorious for once asking a minister the same question 12 times over, presents his final edition of the BBC’s flagship current affairs show tonight.Jeremy Paxman’s combative, accusatory style on “Newsnight” – he often greets poor answers with a disapproving raised eyebrow – has seen him clash with everyone from former prime minister Tony Blair to comedian Russell Brand. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesNow he is stepping down from the late night show after 25 years, saying he is looking forward to going to bed “at much the same time as most people”.In one of Paxman’s most famous interviews he asked Blair whether he and former US president George W Bush would “pray together” in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war, drawing an irritated denial.In 1997, he asked Michael Howard, then Conservative home secretary, the same question about a prison scandal 12 times over. Source: Boris Johnson/Twitter Farewell Paxman. An adornment of broadcasting, a landmark of our culture & the grandest of inquisitors @BBCNewsnight pic.twitter.com/RBhxzvgIgL— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 18, 2014 Paxman reportedly said afterwards that he had simply been filling time after being told that the interview slot had been extended.Last year, his interview with Brand became a YouTube hit with over 10 million views after he reprimanded the comedian for saying he couldn’t “be arsed to vote”.Paxman’s final interview will be with London Mayor Boris Johnson – a rare politician whose verbal dexterity matches the “Newsnight” presenter’s.Here’s a taster of what you can expect…
Apple is currently putting the final touches on its iOS 5 operating system before it gets rolled out hopefully with the iPhone 5 later this year. With the new OS comes a range of new features and services, including the highly anticipated iCloud.With iCloud you will be able to take your data with you wherever you go because it will no longer be stored on a single device. Instead, an Apple server somewhere will be your universal link allowing music downloads to multiple devices, as well as syncing your email, contacts, and calendar events alongside any other data Apple decides should be accessible from anywhere.Such a service is a great forward-thinking feature, but it looks as though we may have to accept a new limitation in order to use it.Developer accounts with access to preview builds of iOS 5, and testing out the new features of iCloud, have recently had to agree to a new iTunes policy. Within that policy it has been discovered that Apple has put a new limit on the amount of devices you can associate with a single iTunes account. Previously it supported 5 PCs and unlimited iOS devices. Now, it’s just 5 devices.We must stress that this change has only been seen on developer accounts so far, and therefore may not be brought across to the general iTunes account policy. However, it does make sense for Apple to implement such a limit before it introduces a service that can link a library of cloud music and other potentially licensed data with multiple devices.For most people 5 devices is ample, and you will be able to remove an association with one device in order to replace it with another. However, there’s sure to be a few iTunes users out there who will view this limit as too low for their needs.Read more at Apple’n’Apps
46 Comments By AFP Image: HWNDU Source: Deepti Hajela/PA ImagesThe digital art project consisted of a microphone-equipped camera mounted on one of the museum’s exterior walls, where visitors were invited to stand and repeat the words “he will not divide us”. The footage was then live-streamed on the project’s website.“While the installation began constructively, it deteriorated markedly,” the museum said.LaBeouf Shia LaBeouf, a Hollywood actor of Jewish descent, has been very vocal in his opposition of Trump during his election campaign and presidency.In late January, LaBeouf was arrested after an altercation at the project site. Source: Chris Pizzello/PA ImagesAccording to police, the actor “grabbed the scarf of a 25-year-old man” which caused the man to fall to the ground, though the motive for the skirmish was not established.“Over the course of the installation, there have been dozens of threats of violence and numerous arrests,” the museum said, “such that police felt compelled to be stationed outside the installation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”Video clips archived on the site do not show scenes of violence, though on several occasions people are recorded making aggressive statements toward LaBeouf and apparent leftist supporters.- © AFP, 2017Read: Actor Shia LaBeouf arrested after alleged assault at Donald Trump protest-cum-art project http://jrnl.ie/3234025 The installation had become a flashpoint for violence and was disrupted from its original intent. Threats and arrests end Shia LaBeouf’s art project against Donald Trump The project website now features a static image that reads “the museum has abandoned us.” Share4 Tweet Email Image: HWNDU A STREAMING VIDEO performance installation that aimed to provide a forum for anti-Trump expression was shut down after it became “a flashpoint for violence,” New York’s Museum of the Moving Image said today.The participatory project ‘He Will Not Divide US’, by actor Shia LaBeouf and two other artists, kicked off the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, 20 January. It had intended to continue running throughout the new president’s four-year term.But according to the museum, located in the city’s Queens Borough, the exhibit “created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the museum, its visitors, staff, local residents and businesses”. Short URL Friday 10 Feb 2017, 9:00 PM Feb 10th 2017, 9:00 PM 18,722 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
https://jrnl.ie/4593364 My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral.— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 15, 2019 By Conor McCrave Apr 15th 2019, 9:58 PM 27,707 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share36 Tweet Email Ave Maria pic.twitter.com/lb6Y5XV05a— Ignacio Gil (@Inaki_Gil) April 15, 2019 Monday 15 Apr 2019, 9:58 PM My heart goes out to Paris. Notre Dame is a symbol of our ability as human beings to unite for a higher purpose—to build breathtaking spaces for worship that no one person could have built on their own. I wish France strength and shared purpose as they grieve and rebuild.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 15, 2019 A ‘terrible catastrophe’: The world reacts to the burning of Notre Dame ‘I would like to express the feelings of solidarity of the Irish people with the people of France.’ Terrible to see #NotreDame ablaze tonight. Such an iconic cultural landmark. Devastating for the people of Paris who are watching history burning.— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) April 15, 2019 Source: Emmanuel Macron/Twitter Source: Theresa May/Twitter Source: AP/PA ImagesREACTION HAS POURED in from around the world following the devastating fire at Notre Dame cathedral this evening. The iconic building was undergoing renovations to a tune of €6 million when a fire broke out shortly after 7pm local time. Many took to social media to express their sadness as events unfolded with figures including President Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May speaking of the “terrible” situation. “As president of Ireland, I would like to express the feelings of solidarity of the Irish people with the people of France, at the catastrophic damage to one of the most iconic buildings in Europe,” Higgins said. “A building which the people of Paris have shared with millions from all over the world, as part of a shared global cultural heritage.“The Notre Dame Cathedral has suffered many instances of catastrophic damage over the centuries, and it is my hope that it will survive this latest terrible catastrophe,” he added.Varadkar expressed his sadness at the thought of Parisiens “watching history burning”. Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame cathedral in flames. London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always. #NotreDame pic.twitter.com/jc6z0Oc2P3— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) April 15, 2019 38 Comments Short URL May took took to Twitter to say: “My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral.” Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London also took to Twitter: “Heartbreaking scenes of Notre Dame cathedral in flames. London stands in sorrow with Paris today, and in friendship always.” Source: Leo Varadkar/Twitter Source: Hillary Clinton/Twitter France’s own president Emanuel Macron arrived at the scene of the fire shortly after the blaze broke out.On twitter, he tweeted: “Our Lady of Paris is in flames. Emotion of a whole nation. Thoughts for all Catholics and for all the French, like all out countrymen, I’m sad tonight to see this part of us burn.” Ireland’s own foreign minister and Tánaiste, Simon Coveney commented saying “such shocking and sad images from #Paris”. Hillary Clinton said her “heart goes out to Paris” adding she “wished France strength and shared purpose as they grieve and rebuild”. Onlookers watched as the building remained engulfed in flames, with parts of the roof – including the iconic spire of the cathedral – collapsing before darkness began to fall on Paris.Others, who had gathered a short distance from the flames, began to sing a version of Ave Maria while firefighters continued efforts to bring the fire under control. Work first began on Notre Dame in 1163 with the original structure finally completed nearly 200 years later in 1345. In a message, the Archbishop of Paris said: “the firefighters are still fighting to save the towers of Notre-Dame de Paris […] If you wish, you can ring the bells of your church to invite prayer.” Source: Ignacio Gil/Twitter Source: Sadiq Khan/Twitter Notre-Dame de Paris en proie aux flammes. Émotion de toute une nation. Pensée pour tous les catholiques et pour tous les Français. Comme tous nos compatriotes, je suis triste ce soir de voir brûler cette part de nous.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 15, 2019
Un indice vert pour mesurer les dommages causés à la natureL’ONU a lancé dimanche un indice vert destiné à mesurer non seulement la richesse économique mais aussi le capital naturel. Avec ce nouveau barème, on constate que les grands pays émergents et les Etats-Unis sont ceux qui ont provoqué le plus de dégâts à la nature ces 20 dernières années.Présenté à l’occasion de la conférence sur le développement durable Rio+20 par le Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement (PNUE), un nouvel indice vert a fait son apparition. Ce PIB vert, ou “indice de richesse globale” (Inclusive wealth index, IWI en anglais) tient compte de “toutes les composantes de la richesse dans un pays” et de leur évolution dans le temps, souligne le PNUE dans son rapport. Le capital naturel inclut aussi les ressources renouvelables et non renouvelables telles que les combustibles fossiles, les forêts ou les réserves de pêche.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?”Rio+20 est une occasion de revenir sur le PIB comme mesure de prospérité au XXIe siècle […], beaucoup trop silencieux sur les mesures principales de bien-être humain, à savoir les problèmes sociaux et l’état des ressources naturelles du pays”, a affirmé le directeur général du PNUE Achim Steiner cité par l’AFP. Grâce à ce nouveau barème, il devient ainsi possible d’établir “le véritable état de la richesse du pays et la durabilité de sa croissance”, contrairement au Produit intérieur brut (PIB) et à l’Indice de développement humain (IDH) qui ne tiennent compte que “du court terme”. En effet, l’IDH est calculé à partir de l’espérance de vie, du niveau d’éducation et du niveau de vie.L’IWI fait apparaître que les hausses du PIB et de l’IDH se font souvent au détriment du capital naturel. Le rapport montre que, de façon générale, plus la population augmente, plus l’indice est bas. Ainsi, les pays dont la croissance est la plus élevée sont aussi ceux dont les ressources naturelles connaissent une dégradation rapide. Par exemple, entre 1990 et 2008, le PIB de la Chine a augmenté de 422%, de 37% aux Etats-Unis, de 31% au Brésil et de 24% en Afrique du Sud. En revanche, si on se réfère au nouvel indice, l’économie chinoise n’aurait progressé que de 45%, celle du Brésil de 18% et celle des Etats-Unis de 13% tandis que celle de l’Afrique du Sud aurait baissé de 1%.Cela s’explique par la destruction du capital naturel (-17% en Chine, -20% aux Etats-Unis, -25% au Brésil et -33% en Afrique du Sud). Au final, le seul des 20 pays étudié a avoir augmenté son capital naturel, du fait du développement de ses forêts est le Japon. La France, elle, a connu une quasi-stabilité et si elle se place aux 14e et 10e rangs en terme de PIB et d’IDH, elle caracole à la 3e place avec l’IWI (l’Allemagne se classe 2e).Le 19 juin 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
Santi Cazorla has rejoined his former club Villarreal and will partake in the preseason with the senior side as he bids to continue with his recuperation from his ankle injuryThe Spanish midfielder has been struggling with the injury since October 2016 and has been unable to return to competitive action after undergoing 11 separate operations on his chronic Achilles injury.Part of the procedures also saw the doctors remove the skin from his arm to cover the eight centimetres of tendon he lost in his right ankle.After scoring 29 goals in 180 appearances in his six years at Arsenal, Cazorla was released at the end of the season and has since been training with the Alaves youth team in a bid to prove his fitness.Report: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…Now the 33-year-old will return to Villarreal and will take part in their pre-season training program for the senior side this summer.“Santi Cazorla returns home. The Asturian footballer will spend the pre-season with the first team of Villarreal with the aim of recovering from an operation in the Achilles tendon of the right leg, which was held on November 28 by Doctor Mikel Sanchez,” read a club statement.In two separate spells with El Submarino Amarillo, Cazorla made 241 appearances between 2003 and 2011.
Xiaomi co-founder Bin Lin posted a demo video to Chinese social platform Weibo. Screenshot by CNET Samsung is expected to show off a fully functioning version of its hotly anticipated foldable phone at its Galaxy S10 launch event on Feb. 20. But after Chinese rival brand Xiaomi teased its own book-like foldable phone on Wednesday, will people still care? In a video posted to Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, Xiaomi co-founder and president Bin Lin plays a series of videos on a flat, rectangular device that looks like a tablet. Then he folds the right and left edges of the screen back on itself and continues using the device in typical smartphone mode. “Oooh,” said a coworker when I showed him the video. “Now there are twice as many ways that it can break.”Its durability has yet to be tested of course, but there are key benefits that also stand out. Since the Xiaomi phone’s outer edges bend backward, you’re always dealing with the same central space that merely expands and contracts in size. On the other hand, Samsung’s foldable phone will have you switch between a 4.5-inch screen on the outside of the phone while it’s “closed” and a 7.3-inch interior screen when it’s “open.” Even in the best case scenario, where your app seamlessly leaps from screen to screen, you’ll still have to suspend what you’re doing if you’re reconfiguring the device. More about foldable phones 30 Photos Xiaomi’s video also suggests that its foldable phone is fairly compact, folding into the familiar rectangular device rather than a kind of triangle that we’ve seen from bifolds like the Royole FlexPai. It isn’t clear how big the air gap is on Xiaomi’s foldable design, but it’s unlikely that this foldable phone folds flat.It also isn’t clear from Bin Lin’s brief demo video if the screen “ends” remain useful after you’ve folded them back. In one scene, the pixels were clearly lit up in the pinks and blues of the home screen wallpaper, but if Xiaomi intends to make these wings anything other than window dressing, the company’s keeping it under wraps.Bifolds like the FlexPai foldable phone won’t easily close flat. Sarah Tew/CNET An affordable foldable phone for the rest of us?As long as I’m speculating here, let me throw this last thing out there. Xiaomi phones are well-known for undercutting the price of Android flagship phones from Samsung, Huawei and others. For example, Xiaomi’s thin Mi Mix 3 has a 6-inch display, four cameras and some enviable specs. It also sells for half the price of an iPhone XS.If Xiaomi’s foldable phone sells for significantly less than Samsung’s model, it could take the role of an entry-level price for the curious and cash-strapped. However, there’s a huge catch. Xiaomi phones don’t always run Google services and don’t sell everywhere in the world through carrier channels. Xiaomi’s double-folding phone looks impressive in teaser… 8 Xiaomi Samsung See it Galaxy X? Galaxy F? Samsung’s foldable phone faces 9 big issues Galaxy X: Samsung’s foldable phone must learn from ZTE, FlexPai’s mistakes For Samsung’s foldable phone, killer apps would seal the deal CES 2019: Hands-on with the foldable, bendable Royole FlexPai phone 2018 was the year of the phone. It’s only getting better Mentioned Above Royole FlexPai Tags Samsung’s foldable phone is coming soon Preview • Royole FlexPai: First foldable phone beats Samsung to the punch CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Phones Now playing: Watch this: Samsung’s foldable phone is here, with brand-new One UI for Android This is novel for two reasons. It’s the first time any company has seen a trifold foldable phone prototype and at first glance, this design makes a lot of sense. So far we’ve seen foldable phones that bend down the middle, such as the Royole FlexPai that’s on sale now, and the folding Samsung prototype, a phone that’s rumored to be called the Galaxy X, Galaxy F, Galaxy Fold or Galaxy Flex.Second, Xiaomi’s design is the first true challenge to Samsung’s early leadership in the foldable space, a brave new design that’s poised to bring the stagnant smartphone market renewed interest and growth. Industry experts agree that foldable phones won’t drive enormous sales and revenue when they first appear, but that early movers can gain experience in what works and what doesn’t ahead of rivals who hang back. “History has shown that many users are on a never-ending quest for larger and larger displays and this is a technology well suited to addressing that challenge,” said Ben Wood, chief researcher at CCS Insight, referring to foldable phones. Read: Samsung’s foldable phone faces 9 big issues Comments Royole FlexPai 2:17 Now playing: Watch this: 3:05 It could play out that Xiaomi’s foldable phone makes foldable phones more attainable in Asia and in emerging markets, while playing the role of a second device or app developer’s playground elsewhere.Xiaomi hasn’t announced when we’ll be able to get our hands on the foldable phone prototype, but I’d guess it will make its move at Mobile World Congress late next month, which could takes place days after Samsung shows more of its Galaxy X or Galaxy F to the world.Samsung and Xiaomi did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Published: Jan. 23 at 12:48 p.m.Update: 1:47 p.m. with additional commentary.Update: 4:44 p.m.Galaxy X/Galaxy F: Price, specs, rumored March release date for Samsung’s foldable phoneThe foldable phone revolution: Awkward, but essential Now playing: Watch this: $1,318 7:56 21 Photos Xiaomi foldable phone vs. Samsung foldable phoneAll phones with bendable screens face the same major challenges, including whether or not the screen can stand up to thousands of bends, and how smoothly the apps transition from the larger screen space to a smaller one. Xiaomi’s foldable phone design has an obvious inherent negative. Its screen bends in two spots, which opens up two points of potential weakness, rather than one seam on a bifold design where the foldable phone bends in half.
Girish KarnadFacebookHe is one of noted Kannada writer and playwright. He directed and acted in several South Indian cinema and Bollywood movies. He is a Rhodes Scholar and Jnanpith Award winner. He passed away this morning. Who are we talking about? He is none other than Girish Karnad.Girish Karnad was born to Krishnabai née Mankikar and Dr Raghunath Karnad in Matheran, Maharashtra on May 19, 1938. He was the third of the four children of the couple. His primary schooling was in Marathi. His parents were impressed with the plays of travelling theatre group Natak Mandalis and they introduced him to groups in Sirsi, Karnataka. He was an ardent admirer of Yakshagana.Girish Karnad moved to Dharwad in Karnataka with his family when he was 14. He passed his graduation in mathematics and statistics from Karnatak Arts College, Dharwad in 1958. Later he went to England, where he earned his Master of Arts degree in philosophy, political science and economics at Magdalen in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar (1960–63).He started his career at the Oxford University Press (OUP) in Chennai in 1963 and he resigned this job after seven years in 1970. He was highly influenced by the renaissance in Western literature when he was pursuing his higher education in London, where he published his first play called Yayati in 1961. After resigning from the OUP, he got involved with local amateur theatre group The Madras Players.Girish wrote plays and translated them into English for four decades. His play with contemporary issues and he often used history and mythology to tackle these issues. Nagamandala, Tughlaq, Hayavadana, Hittina Hunja are some of the notable dramas wriitten by him.His plays have been translated into some Indian languages. Ebrahim Alkazi, BV Karanth, Alyque Padamsee, Prasanna, Arvind Gaur, Satyadev Dubey, Vijaya Mehta, Shyamanand Jalan, Amal Allana and Zafer Mohiuddin have directed his plays.In 1970, Girish Raghunath Karnad made his acting debut with Pattabhirama Reddy’s Kannada film Samskara (Funeral Rites). In his acting spanning five decades, he has essayed important roles in over 90 movies in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi and another six films are lined up for release in the coming days. He also worked in TV series like Malgudi Days (1987) and Indradhanush (1989).Girish Karnad made his debut as a film director with Kannada movie Vamsha Vriksha in 1971. Later, he directed more than 10 movies and a couple of documentaries and Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Utsav and Kanooru Heggadithi are notable among them.Besides, Girish Karnad worked as visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Fulbright playwright-in-residence between 1987 and 88. He also served as director of the Nehru Centre and as Minister of Culture, in the Indian High Commission, London (2000–2003).Girish Garnard was honoured with several awards for his amazing contribution to films, theatre and literature. He won more than 20 Filmfare, Karnataka state and National awards for his contribution to various spares of filmmaking. For his literary work, he won Sangeet Natak Akademi, Rajyotsava Award, Sahitya Academy award, Kannada Sahitya Parishat Award and Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Jnanpith Award.
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Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 3 min read As if mysterious barges and a secret research-and-development lab weren’t enough, Google has now acquired Boston Dynamics, a company whose unassuming name belies its revolutionary purpose: making rugged, next-generation robots for the U.S. military.These robots include BigDog, which can lift and throw heavy objects, WildCat, a noisy, galloping quadruped and Cheetah, the fastest land robot in the world, which can run more than 28 miles per hour. Boston Dynamics is also developing humanoid robots designed to work in hazardous environments.On YouTube, videos of the robots running, climbing hills, chucking cinderblocks and performing other impressive tasks have received millions of views. And watching the robotic beasts in all their slow-motion glory has put many people in mind of the Terminator franchise and other terrifying science-fiction visions of the future.”This thing will be used to kill people, seriously, it will be,” one YouTube user commented on a video of Cheetah uploaded by Boston Dynamics.It’s a claim that, while inflammatory and highly speculative, is hard to refute outright, given that the Waltham, Mass.-based Boston Dynamics is developing robots for the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, a branch of the Pentagon. So far, it has not sold any robots commercially, but Google intends to honor Boston Dynamics’ existing military contracts, according to The New York Times, which first reported the acquisition.Google is snapping up robotics companies in order to boot up its own robotics venture. Boston Dynamics was its eighth acquisition in the industry in the past six months. Others include Redwood Robots, which made programmable robotic arms, and Holomni, which was developing robotic wheels. Google has not released financial details for any of the acquisitions. Its robotics “moonshot,” as futuristic dream projects are known around the company, is being led by Andy Rubin, the executive formerly in charge of Google’s Android smartphone operating system.For now, the new robotics division is shrouded in mystery, and many of the recently acquired startups are reportedly continuing with business as usual for the time being. But even as the startups begin to work out their new roles in Google’s large design, their parent company may be preparing to write more checks. According to a recent report by Robotics Business Review, Google to add at least one more robotics company to its stable in the near future.Related: Google Gets Serious About Robots Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 16, 2013 Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now