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Rajasthan passes Bill to give death penalty to child rapists

first_imgRajasthan on Friday became the second State, after Madhya Pradesh, to pass a Bill providing for death penalty to those convicted of raping girls of 12 years and below. The State Assembly passed the Bill seeking to amend the Indian Penal Code with the insertion of new provision by voice vote.A deterrentHome Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, who introduced the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018, in the House, said it was a “progressive legislation” aimed at protecting the girl child by laying down a deterrent punishment, including death sentence, to the offenders.“The Bill will become a law after it gets the Presidential assent. The Rajasthan Assembly has conveyed its feelings to the President. We hope that a similar initiative will be taken by other States and even by the Centre,” Mr. Kataria said after the House rejected a motion moved by some Congress members to circulate the Bill for eliciting public opinion.According to the National Crime Records Bureau’s 2016 report, the cases of crimes against children have seen a steady increase in Rajasthan. The State recorded 4,034 such cases in 2016, which was 3.8% of the crimes against children registered across the country. In 2015, the State had registered 3,689 cases of crimes against children.Mr. Kataria said the Bill had inserted two new sections, 376-AA and 376-DD, in the IPC.Section 376-AA provides for capital punishment or rigorous imprisonment ranging between 14 years and lifelong incarceration. Section 376-DD makes a similar provision for gang-rape of a girl child, while laying down death penalty or imprisonment from 20 years to lifelong incarceration for those convicted of the offence. Each of the persons constituting the gang will be deemed to be guilty of the offence.last_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas motivated amid pressure to deliver SEA Games gold

first_img“We’re about 70-80 percent ready,” the soft-spoken mentor said on Thursday during the Chooks-to-Go-hosted sendoff at Edsa Shangri-la. “Hopefully, that 80-percent can get things done for the SEA Games team.”Jong Uichico. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netDespite the short preparation, Gilas Pilipinas is still the  favorite to nab the gold medal in the biennial meet but teams like Thailand, Indonesia, and host country Malaysia are all out to dislodge the Philippines out of its throne.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUichico said the players don’t need reminding on how much it would mean for the country to impose its dominance anew in the hardcourt.“The players are very motivated. Once you don the Philippine colors, or Philippine flag, or Philippine uniform, you should be motivated. There’s no amount of motivation that just wearing that uniform and representing the country. The mere fact that you’re part of the national team should be enough of a motivation,” he said. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago He continued: “The pressure is there already. Any coach or player that is going to the Southeast Asian Games is supposed to win and they’re supposed to bring home the gold. It doesn’t matter if you have one day or two days of practice. They’re supposed to win.”Gilas Pilipinas opens its SEA Games campaign on Sunday against Thailand, before taking on Myanmar, and Malaysia in the following days to finish its schedule in the group stages. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UFC president believes Ronda Rousey will announce retirement soon Even with less than two weeks to prepare for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, Gilas Pilipinas has put its best foot forward as it flies to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.Head coach Jong Uichico is hopeful that the team’s preparations will be enough to help the country secure its 18th gold in the regional tiff.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Gilas Pilipinas motivated amid pressure to deliver SEA Games gold2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51last_img read more

Tenorio surprised by Romeo’s hit that led to scuffle: ‘He’s not a dirty player’

first_imgEmotions ran high in the 3:28 mark of the fourth quarter with the Gin Kings ahead, 89-73. As the two were jostling for position on a rebound play, Romeo spun and hit Tenorio on his side with a closed fist which floored the veteran playmaker.READ: Brownlee stars as Ginebra snares top seedFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It really was hard. I showed the hit to the whole team. I was really surprised that he did that,” he said of the incident. Tenorio, who was tasked to shadow the Batang Pier’s explosive guards in the quarterfinal duel, said that he didn’t have any intention of hurting Romeo as he was defending him. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast No fooling around Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLA Tenorio knew that his defense irritated Terrence Romeo, but he didn’t expect to be on the receiving end of a flailing right arm from the young gun which escalated into a scuffle late in Ginebra’s 96-85 victory over GlobalPort.“Of all the people who would do that to me, it had to be Terrence,” said the veteran guard on Tuesday, obviously with a hint of disappointment over Romeo’s actions.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES “You can watch the tape. I think it’s a natural tendency of a player to really get frustrated, especially when things are not going well for the team or for them as a player. But the whole game, I was playing honest defense. I was even talking to him during the game,” he said.READ: Brownlee waxes hot, pulls Ginebra to semis “He was saying that I kept on complaining. The whole time, I was relaxed and just doing my job on defense. I knew what I had to do. I wasn’t playing that well offensively, but I think defensively, I did my part on him and (Stanley) Pringle. I had no intention to hurt him, and if I did, it wasn’t intentional. I’m not a dirty player in the first place. I’m not gonna fight anyone. I have so much respect for him as a player and we’ve been teammates in the national team. But I think he didn’t have to do that if he was frustrated. That’s part of the game.”Tenorio understood where Romeo was coming from, admitting that if it were him on the former FEU guard’s shoes, he may have felt the same frustration. But knowing Romeo’s stature, the former Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference said that the flashy playmaker should have known better.“Bottomline is if were in his place, I think I would be frustrated also, but I’m not going to retaliate like that. I still have respect for him as a player. He’s a basketball idol. He’s a great player, a very talented player…that’s why I defend him like that,” he said. “A lot of kids, a lot of people are watching him. He’s one of the faces of the PBA, so he should be careful of those dirty plays because he’s not a dirty player. That’s what shocked us the most.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Romeo refused to air his side of the story as he quickly left Smart Araneta Coliseum after the game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

NBA: Guard Nick Young headed to Warriors

first_imgNikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pablo tows Pocari past Perlas LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Young, 32, was the 16th overall selection in the 2007 NBA draft. He spent the past four seasons with the Lakers, and averaged 13.2 points in 60 games last season.That included connecting on more than 40 percent of his shots from three-point range. His addition adds depth to the talent-laden Warriors, who have won two of the past three NBA titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsESPN reported that Young would make $5.2 million for the one-year deal, slightly less than the $5.7 million he would have received from the Lakers. CBB Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Nick Young (center), playing for the Lakers in this Nov. 27, 2016 photo, battles for the ball against Atlanta Hawks forward Kent Bazemore (left) and forward Thomas Robinson. APLOS ANGELES, United States — Guard Nick Young, a free agent since declining a player option with the Los Angeles Lakers, is headed to the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.“Congratulations to @NickswagyPYoung on your new contract with the @warriors! We are so happy for you!” a tweet from Priority Sports, the agency that represents Young, said Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Konglast_img read more

FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Full House Expected at Saltlake Stadium as India Face Bangladesh

first_imgKolkata: A huge number of spectators are expected to watch India take on Bangladesh in a Group E Asian Qualifiers match for the FIFA World Cup tie at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Tuesday as all the tickets have been sold out days ahead of the clash.The city, known for its football madness, is set to host the national team for the first time since 2011 when they beat Malaysia 3-2 in a friendly. The colossal Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan has a capacity of 65,000 and, according to ticket sales on the eve of the match, is expected to be packed to the rafters with all tickets sold out days in advance.”The demand for tickets have been massive since the day India held Qatar to a goalless draw. Now we are struggling to meet demands and even our commitments,” an All India Football Federation (AIFF) source told IANS.India held Asian champions Qatar to a goalless draw on September 10 in Doha and narrowly lost to Oman 1-2 in their campaign opener prior to that. The Igor Stimac-coached side, ranked 104 in the world, are strong favourites to beat neighbours Bangladesh who are 83 rungs below them.”We want to see Sunil Chhetri in action. It’s been a while since India played in Kolkata. They are doing well and we want to cheer them,” said a fan outside the stadium complex.The gigantic VYBK Stadium 🏟️ is all set to host tomorrow’s @FIFAWorldCup qualifier against Bangladesh 🇧🇩#BackTheBlue 💙 #IndianFootball ⚽ #INDBAN ⚔️— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 14, 2019Stimac, who took over the reins from Stephen Constantine in May, said at the pre-match press conference that he is looking forward to his boys playing in front of a packed stadium and also expecting Bangladesh supporters to come and celebrate the game in the City of Joy.”I was told that in Kolkata you will get Bangladesh supporters also. I am happy that they will come to the ground. Football is about joy and everyone should enjoy the game tomorrow,” said the Croatian.”We know that we have somehow woken up everyone with our recent performances. We have shown that on our day we can play against anyone. In the first two games we were not favourites. By now the whole pressure is on us. We worked very hard to ensure everyone enjoys the game we are trying implement and we hope the efforts give us result. We have to win this game so that we have a chance to keep dreaming,” he added.Bangladesh’s English coach Jamie Day said it would be an experience of a lifetime for his players to play in front of such a huge crowd.”If I were a player I would have looked forward to play in front of such a crowd. I told my players you might not get a chance to play again in front of such a crowd so make the most of it. I want them to be confident and play their natural game.”India and Bangladesh last played a qualifier here for the Mexico World Cup in 1985. In the game against India, Bangladesh went ahead through a strike from Ashish Bhadra in the 15th minute before Bikash Panji, who also struck against Bangladesh in Dhaka, equalised in the 36th minute.India are fourth in the five-team group after two games while Bangladesh are placed last after facing defeats against Afghanistan and Qatar. Besides the famous Qatar draw, India lost to Oman 1-2 in Guwahati in their campaign opener. 2022 fifa world cupbangladeshFIFAFIFA world cup First Published: October 15, 2019, 12:30 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Using multiple inference chips takes careful planning

first_imgThe last two years have been extremely busy in the inferencing chip business. For a while, it seemed like every other week another company introduced a new and better solution. While all this innovation was great, the problem was that most companies didn’t know what to make of the various solutions because they could not tell which one performed better than another. With no set of established benchmarks in this new market, they either had to get up to speed really quickly on inference chips, or they had to believe the performance figures provided by the various vendors.Most vendors provided some type of performance figure and usually it was whatever benchmark made them look good. Some vendors talked about TOPS and TOPS/Watt without specifying models, batch sizes or process/voltage/temperature conditions. Others used the ResNet-50 benchmark, which is a much simpler model than most people need, so its value in evaluating inference options is questionable.We’ve come a long way from those early days. Companies have slowly figured out that what really matters when measuring the performance of inference chips is 1) high MAC utilization, 2) low power and 3) you need to keep everything small.We know how to measure — what’s next?Now that we have a fairly good idea of how to measure the performance of one inference chip over another, companies are now asking what the advantages (or disadvantages) are to using multiple inference chips together in the same design. The simple answer is that using multiple inference chips, when the inference chip is designed the right way, can deliver linear increases in performance. The analogy of a highway is not far off when we look at using multiple inference chips. Does a company want the performance of a one-lane highway or a four lane highway?Clearly, every company wants a four-way highway, so the question now becomes “how do we deliver this four-lane highway without creating traffic and bottlenecks?” The answer relies on choosing the right inferencing chip. To explain, let’s take a look at a neural network model.Neural networks are broken down into layers. Layers such as ResNet-50 has 50 layers, YOLOv3 has over 100 and each layer takes in an activation from the previous layer. Thus, in layer N, the output of it is an activation that goes into layer N+1. It waits for that layer to come in, a computation is done, and the output is activations that go to layer n+2. That continues for the length of the layers until you finally get a result. Keep in mind that the initial input of this example is an image or whatever data set is is being processed by the model.When multiple chips make a differenceThe reality is that if you have a chip that has a certain level of performance, there is always going to be a customer that wants twice as much performance or four times more performance. If you analyze the neural network model, it is possible to achieve that in some cases. You just need to look at how you split the model between either two chips or four chips.This has been a problem with parallel processing over the years because it’s been difficult to figure out how to partition whatever processing you are doing and make sure it is all added up, as opposed to being subtracted when it comes to performance.Unlike parallel processing and general-purpose computing, the nice thing with inference chips is that customers typically know in advance if they want to use two chips so the compiler doesn’t have to figure it out on the fly — it’s done at compile time. With neural network models, everything is totally predictable so we can analyze and figure out exactly how to split the model and whether it will run well on two chips.To make sure the model can run on two or more chips, it is important to look at both the activation size and number of MACs layer by layer. What typically happens is that the biggest activations are in the earliest layers. That means the activation sizes slowly go down as the number of layers go on.It’s also important to look at the number of MACs and how many MACs are done in each cycle. In most models, the number of MACs done in each cycle generally correlates with the activation sizes. This is important because if you have two chips and you want to run at maximum frequency, you need to give equal workloads to each chip. If one chip is doing most of the model and the other chip is doing only a little of the model, you are going to be limited by the throughput of the first chip.How you split the model between the two chips is also important. You need to look at the number of MACs because that determines the distribution of the workload. You also have to look at what gets passed between the chips. At some point, you need to slice the model at a place where the activation that you passed is as small as possible so that the amount of communications bandwidth required and the latency of the transmission is minimal. If you slice the model at a point where the activation is very large, the transmission of the activation can become the bottleneck which limits the performance of the two-chip solution.The chart below shows for YOLOv3, Winograd, 2 Megapixel images the Activation Output size and the cumulative Mac Operations layer by layer (convolution layers are plotted). To balance workload between two chips the model will be cut approximately at 50% cumulative MAC Operations — at this point the activations to pass from one chip to the other are 1MB or 2MB. To split between 4 chips, the cuts are at approximately 25%, 50% and 75%; notice the activation sizes are largest at the start, so the 25% cut point has 4 or 8MB activations to pass.Click here for larger imageActivation output size (blue bars) and cumulative MAC operations layer by layer (red line) for YOLOv3/Winograd/2Mpixel images, showing how the workload is split between multiple chips (Image: Flex Logix)Performance toolsFortunately, performance tools are now available to ensure high throughput. In fact, the same tool that models the performance of a single chip can then be generalized to model the performance of two chips. While the performance of any given layer is exactly the same, the issue is how does the transmission of data affect performance. The modeling tool needs to factor this in because if the bandwidth required is not enough, that bandwidth will limit the throughput.If you are doing four chips, you will need bandwidth that is bigger because the activations in the first quarter of the model tend to be bigger than the activation in the later part of the model. Thus, the amount of communications resources you invest in will allow you to go to larger numbers of chips pipelined together, but that will be an overhead cost that all chips have to bear even if they are standalone chips.ConclusionUsing multiple inferencing chips can deliver significant improvements in performance, but only when the neural network is designed correctly as described above. If we look back to the analogy of the highway, there are many opportunities to let traffic build up by using the wrong chip and the wrong neural network model. If you start with the right chip, you are on the right track. Just remember that throughput, not TOPS or Res-Net50 benchmarks, is what matters most. Then once you select the right inference chip, you can design an equally powerful neural network model that provides maximum performance for your application needs.— Geoff Tate is the CEO of Flex Logix>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous How system level noise in digital interfaces can lead to spurious errors in serial Flash memoryNext Can low-code IoT development tools yield secure systems?last_img read more


first_imgThe Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Government Office for Women have distributed the following information regarding the 2005 Sport Leadership Grants for Women. The program is aimed at providing women with an opportunity to undertake certified sport leadership training. This program builds on the grants program offered in 2004, opening the grants out to all areas of Australia, with an additional category for women in high performance coaching and officiating. However, the grants will maintain a selection priority to women in rural and remote communities. The program offers grants in five key areas: * High Performance coaching and officiating; * Indigenous women in rural and remote communities; * Women in disability sport; * Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; * Women in general sports leadership, eg: coaching, officiating, club development and management, board and committee skills and sports medicine. The Program provides successful applicants with a one-off grant of up to $5,000 for individuals (applications must be through an incorporated organisation) and up to $10,000 for incorporated organisations. The types of projects eligible for funding include: * Industry qualifications/ statement of attainment as part of a nationally accredited course, eg: accreditation through the National Coaching or Officiating Accreditation Scheme * Conducting and attending sport specific leadership courses Applications for the grants close on Friday 28 January 2005. The ASC’s information booklet and application form are available to be downloaded here: WOMEN IN SPORT LEADERSHIP- GRANTS INFORMATION/APPLICATION FORM If you require any further information about the grants please call (02) 6214 1103 or email: read more

Gov’t Providing More ICT Space

first_imgThe Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) is retrofitting more than 63,000 square feet of space at the Montego Bay Free Zone for outsourcing and other operations. Making the announcement on Thursday, February 28, at a breakfast forum in Montego Bay, State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, said the move is part of continued efforts by the Government to capitalise on the growth of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry and attract more businesses. She stated that the sector is on a growth path and will be delivering some 10,000 jobs over the next three years. The State Minister said that ICT plays a crucial role in the Jamaican economy as an employment creator, and the development of the industry is an important part of the National Development Plan. “Under Vision 2030, the aim is to develop an advanced ICT industry capable of achieving sustained global competitiveness, driven by private sector investment,” she noted.She stated that the Government has also been working on legislation and other measures to protect the industry, including the Data Protection Act, amendments to the Electronics Transactions Act and the Cybercrimes Act and the establishment of a single regulator for the ICT sector. “This will help to maintain the high level of security, which is critical to maintaining the confidence of both consumers and providers,” Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said. In his contribution, State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, said there is high demand for ICT services in Jamaica. State Minister Robinson pledged that the Government “will do whatever is required to ensure that the sector gets the support”. “Going back 10 years… Jamaica is a proven location for the best in the world. We have more companies looking to come here than we have space,” he said. Meanwhile, in his presentation, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, Davon Crump, said that the ICT industry has become very important to the economic survival of the west. “We want to see our ICT industry develop into a model of international acclaim of which we can boast and claim it to be our success,” he said. The breakfast forum, held at Sandals Montego Bay, was organised by the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ). The group was formed late last year to ensure the proper representation of operations in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)/ICT sector, and promote and enhance investment in an industry, which has become a major employer.last_img read more

Premier Offers Condolences to Family of Retired Chief Justice Constance Glube

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil extended his condolences to the family and friends of retired Nova Scotia Chief Justice Constance Glube, who passed away today, Feb. 15. Chief Justice Glube was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in 1982, the first woman to be appointed Chief Justice of a Canadian Court. In 1998, she was appointed Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. She retired in December 2004 after 48 years in the legal profession, 21 years as a lawyer and 27 years as a judge. “Constance Glube’s contributions to the law and to our province are profound,” said Premier McNeil. “She maintained a lifelong commitment to gender, ethnic and religious equality and opportunity.” Throughout her life, she received many honours, including the Order of Canada and Order of Nova Scotia. Chief Justice Glube was also one of the first recipients of the Frances Fish Women Lawyers Achievement Award in 1997, which is presented to women who have achieved professional excellence and demonstrate a commitment to women’s equality in the legal profession. In 2009, the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Bar Association established the CBA Spirit Award in her name. “To her entire family, on behalf of government, I offer my deepest condolences,” said Mr. McNeil.last_img read more

SDMC Mayor takes round of six wards under West Zone

first_imgNew Delhi: SDMC Mayor on Tuesday took round of six wards one after another to see for herself the status of cleanliness and drains.While taking round of different localities under these wards the Mayor noticed that the cleanliness work of a Ganda Nala has not yet picked up its desired pace. She instructed the officers concerned to complete cleanliness of all drains before the onset of the rainy season. She stated that un silted drains may become a cause of outbreak of diseases apart from water accumulation in the residential colonies. She visited Ranhola, Bakkarwala, Vikas Nagar, Dhobhi Ghat, Kali Basti, Vikaspuri and Mohan Garden, where the Mayor gave a patient hearing to the difficulties of residents. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarWhile reacting over the malba of PWD spread at different places, she asked the officers to approach PWD to lift their malba otherwise SDMC will be forced to take any action. The residents presented a proposal for the construction of a barat ghar at vacant area. She assured that the corporation will consider this proposal and appropriate action will taken very soon. She also underlined the need of proper cleanliness and amenities in all SDMC schools. She asked the officers of the education department to identify deficiencies in the schools situated in these wards and instructed the officers to rectify the shortcomings.last_img read more

Better managing of risks can reduce workrelated accidents says UN agency

In a new report published on the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, observed on 28 April, the International Labour Organization (ILO) outlined management techniques that identify, anticipate and assess hazards and risks and take action to control and reduce them. “Millions of work related accidents, injury and disease annually take their toll on human lives, businesses, the economy and the environment,” noted ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. “We know that by assessing risks and hazards, combating them at source and promoting a culture of prevention we can significantly reduce workplace illness and injuries,” he added.According to the ILO, 2.2 million people die annually from work-related accidents and diseases and work-related deaths appear to be on the rise. In addition, every year some 270 million people suffer non-fatal, work-related accidents resulting in at least three days absence from work and an additional 160 million new people suffer from some work-related illness.“There is clear evidence that healthy workforces both enhance business productivity and benefit enterprises and national economies by reducing the number of accidents and diseases and lowering the number of insurance and compensation claims,” said Dr. Sameera Al-Tuwaijri, Director of ILO’s Safework Department.In addition to the publication of the report, entitled “My life, my work, my safe work: Managing risk in the work environment,” a number of events and activities are planned around the world to mark the Day, from a street campaign on occupational safety and health in Moscow to an international book fair in Buenos Aires to promote the importance of health and safety in the world of work. 24 April 2008The United Nations labour agency is calling for better managing risks in the workplace in an effort to reduce the over two million deaths each year resulting from work-related accidents and ill health. read more

UN urges restraint by all sides in Nepal ahead of Maoist protests

“I urge the Government of Nepal to ensure that fundamental rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are fully respected and protected,” said Richard Bennett, the Representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal). “Equally, the organizers of the protest programmes must ensure that the demonstrators behave calmly and respect the rights of others, including the general public,” Mr. Bennett added in a news release issued ahead of the demonstrations planned for Saturday in the capital, Kathmandu. OHCHR pointed out that the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are central to the principles of democracy, pluralism and respect for human rights – the very foundations of the country’s peace process. The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M), which announced the protests, is urged to ensure that demonstrators do not engage in any form of provocation, confrontation or hostile behaviour, including wielding laathis and other weapons that could cause bodily harm. The group has a special responsibility to ensure that children are not put in harm’s way, OHCHR noted. In addition, while recognizing the duties and responsibilities of the national authorities to maintain the rule of law, the Office called on the security and law enforcement agencies to uphold human rights and respect international standards for law enforcement. “OHCHR stresses the need for significant steps to be taken by all political parties to address the country’s political problems consistent with the spirit of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and to take every possible measure to avoid the possibility of violence and human rights violations.” The Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed in 2006 between the Government and the Maoists, ended a decade-long civil war which claimed some 13,000 lives in the South Asian nation. After conducting Constituent Assembly elections in May 2008, Nepal abolished its 240-year-old monarchy and declared itself a republic.OHCHR, which will be monitoring the demonstrations in the Kathmandu valley and elsewhere, added that it has been meeting with leaders to obtain their commitment to the observance of peaceful means of protest on the part of the Maoists and respect for human rights in enforcing the rule of law by State agencies. 29 April 2010The United Nations human rights office in Nepal is urging restraint by all sides to prevent violence during upcoming protests announced by the Maoists, while stressing the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. read more

Valero Energys retail business may be too big for CoucheTard says analyst

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 2, 2012 3:56 pm MDT Valero Energy’s retail business may be too big for Couche-Tard, says analyst MONTREAL – Valero Energy’s retail business may be too big for Alimentation Couche-Tard to acquire unless it is broken up into smaller pieces, says an industry analyst.The parent company of Ultramar is reportedly looking to sell its fuel stations and convenience stores in the United States and Canada.Analyst Peter Sklar of BMO Capital Markets estimated Valero’s (NYSE:VLO) retail network could fetch US$3.5 billion to US$4 billion, a price likely too rich for Couche-Tard.Sklar suggested the Quebec-based company could only raise up to US$1.9 billion in new debt without hurting its credit rating and would have to substantially dilute its share base if it partially funded it by issuing new shares.“In the event that Valero decides to auction its retail business in smaller, regional prices rather than as a whole, we believe that Couche-Tard could then potentially become an acquirer,” he wrote in a report.Couche-Tard has said it wants to reduce its debt from buying Scandinavia’s Statoil Fuel & Retail earlier this year for $2.9 billion. However, it continues to look for acquisition opportunities and recently completed some small deals in Florida and Washington State.Valero had almost 1,000 company-operated stores in the U.S. and about 380 in Eastern Canada under the Ultramar brand as of December.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said it’s not clear that Valero will ultimately sell the retail operations.“Apparently, it is more advantageous from a tax perspective to spin it out to shareholders,” she said in an email.That’s exactly what oil giant Statoil did with its retail operations before they were ultimately sold to Couche-Tard.Acquisitions past and future are expected to be discussed on Friday when Couche-Tard meets shareholders at its first annual meeting since acquiring Statoil Fuel & Retail.The chain operates more than 6,000 stores in North America under the Couche-Tard and Mac’s banners in Canada and the Circle K name in the United States.The company also has 2,300 Statoil Fuel & Retail locations in Europe.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Couche-Tard’s shares lost 45 cents at C$45.05 in afternoon trading. read more

Romanian gang found with €5k worth of stolen perfume clothes and laptops

first_imgAROUND €5,000 WORTH of stolen goods were found after two houses were searched in Carlow town.Gardaí carried out the searches as part of an investigation targeting a Romanian criminal gang involved in shop lifting in a number of smaller shops and chemists in the south-east of the country.A large amount of perfume, clothing, and an assortment of electrical items, including laptops and tablets, were recovered. Gardaí found the items all wrapped up and ready to be shipped out of the jurisdiction.Three people were arrested, a woman in her 50s, a woman in her late teens and a teenage man.The teenage woman appeared before a special sitting of Gorey District Court yesterday evening where she was charged in connection with the incident.The other two were released and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Energy alliance for Greece Israel and Cyprus

first_imgGreece, Cyprus and Israel will form a major energy alliance based on the prospects created for the three Eastern Mediterranean countries following the discovery of significant reserves of natural gas, Energy Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou announced on Monday. Speaking at a press conference following the major interest shown in the tender for seismic surveys in four locations around the country, he added that the three countries will sign a memorandum of cooperation in Athens at the end of this month. Papaconstantinou associated the interest demonstrated by the world’s biggest companies in seismic research in the Ionian Sea and the sea to the south of Crete with the general increase in surveying activity in the Southeastern Mediterranean and estimated that the reserves discovered in Israel and Cyprus as well as those expected in Greece could be comparable with those of the Caspian Sea. Those findings are leading to a geopolitical shift in the region and could constitute a “third way” for the end of Europe’s energy dependence on certain sources, the minister said, adding that in the most recent European Union Council of Ministers he and his Cypriot counterpart were asked to inform their peers of their countries’ plans for the utilization of hydrocarbon reserves in Greece and Cyprus. In a clear message to the country’s neighbors, Papaconstantinou made it clear that the government is also determined to search for hydrocarbons in the Aegean Sea too, stressing that “Greece will search through all ways, all the potential reserves in all regions covered by its sovereign rights.” The ministry’s next step will be the search for reserves in other regions of Greece, such as Evros in Thrace, Kavala, Serres, Thessaloniki and Grevena in Macedonia, Aetoloacarnania, Achaia and Messinia in western Greece and the island of Crete. The same “open-door” process will be used for the tender regarding seismic surveys in those regions, as in the four areas that generated interest by eight of the industry’s leading companies in the world last week. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Epidémie de dengue renforcement du plan aux Antilles

first_imgEpidémie de dengue : renforcement du plan aux AntillesFrance – Pour la rentrée, les ministres Roselyne Bachelot et Marie-Luce Penchard annoncent de nouvelles mesures pour lutter contre la prolifération du moustique Aedes.Depuis cet hiver, le moustique Aedes a envahi la Martinique et la Guadeloupe. Il se développe principalement dans les lieux où l’on trouve de l’eau stagnante. Porteur de la dengue, il contamine de nombreux habitants des deux îles en les piquant. Le gouvernement multiplie les mesures pour tenter d’enrayer l’épidémie. Celles-ci sont à la fois préventives, comme traquer le moustique et protéger la population, et curatives. A l’occasion d’une visite, les deux ministres concernées ont annoncé un renforcement du plan pour la rentrée. Deux cent mille euros viennent d’être alloués à l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe). Elle sera chargée d’agir dans les décharges sauvages, lieu de prédilection du moustique. Toujours pour lutter contre les foyers de reproduction, 300 volontaires du service civiques seront mobilisés. Enfin, une campagne de dépistage devrait être lancée. Le 30 août 2010 à 12:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Riverdale Kicks Off Season Two with Another Murder

first_img ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 Stay on target Our favorite teen soap opera came back this week, and it looks like things are about to get even more complicated. Rather than dealing with the murder of one kid, we now have a serial attacker on the loose in the Sweetwater River area. Over the summer, the cast of the show promised that this season was going to get darker. Judging by the first episode, it’s already well on its way. Since this is only the season premiere there’s nothing quite as outright insane as what we saw by the end of season one yet. It’s certainly heading in that direction, though.“Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying” picks up right after the season one finale. Fred Andrews has been shot. Archie rushes him to the hospital, then calls all his friends to deliver the news. The show takes the opportunity to remind us where we left the rest of the cast. Betty, even after everything that happened last season, is strangely open with her mom about her sex life. (Well, her almost-sex life.) Alice is as judgmental as ever, immediately accusing Jughead of joining a gang. Veronica no longer trusts her mom, and is in open rebellion. She uses her father’s welcome home Cristal to make herself a mimosa. Underage drinking has never looked so cool.KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)The first half of the episode takes its time, letting us ease back into the bonkers world of Riverdale. It manages and effective portrayal of the grief and fear Archie is going through. This is probably the first time the show has managed to make an Archie-focused episode interesting. Early on in season one, he was insufferable. After that, he became kind of bland. It was only towards the end, when he started acting a little like the good-natured kid from the comics, that we could start to root for him. Now, when he spends an entire episode in fear of losing his dad, we can really feel for what he’s going through. Even with a more somber episode, the show continues to make deep-pull comics references. Jughead says that since Archie’s saved two people, he should become a superhero: Pureheart the Powerful. Can we please get an Alternate Universe episode of Riverdale? I so want to see KJ Apa in knockoff superman tights.Veronica goes on a journey in this episode. Most of it is her learning how to care for her new boyfriend as he goes through something really horrible. Despite some trepidation at first, she tries her best and ultimately keeps him grounded, encouraging him to take care of himself. Riverdale can be hit-and-miss when it comes to these slower emotional moments, but with the stakes as high as they are in this episode, it nails them. Of course, Veronica is still dealing with her own problems. Having become completely disillusioned with her mother, she confronts her in the hospital chapel, thinking she had something to do with Fred’s attack. Her mother denies it, but not without making veiled threats of physical violence. Man, remember when we thought she was the one good parent in Riverdale? Also, this might just be my repressed Catholic guilt talking, but that Virgin Mary statue looked extra scary for this scene.Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)Veronica’s final moment is the most chilling of the episode. Hiram Lodge is in Riverdale. This scene makes it absolutely clear that he’s not the funny, doting father of the older comics. He’s cold, demanding and deeply uncomfortable to be around. His very first line is chastising his daughter for not being home to greet him, when he came home early to surprise her. He probably knows that doesn’t make any sense, and he clearly doesn’t care. I already don’t like this guy, and I’m glad Veronica drank his Cristal.Betty and Jughead spend most of the episode worrying about Jughead’s indoctrination into the South Side Serpents. Jughead reassures her that he’s determined to keep things the way they are. He has no intention of joining them. We get two really interesting scenes from this subplot that set up a lot of possibilities for the season to come. The first is in Pop’s Diner, where Pop gives an ominous speech about The Angel of Death hanging over Riverdale. Jughead calls him out for sounding like a horror movie character, and dismissing him… which is exactly what a horror movie protagonist would do. The second comes later, when he realizes he’s a Serpent whether he wants to be or not. Earlier in the episode, he asked a few Serpents if they had information on who attacked Fred Andrews. The men he asked, show up in his dad’s trailer, having tied and beaten a man who didn’t do it, but was talking like he did. Whether he puts on the jacket or not, the Serpents have decided that Jughead is one of them. That’s going to be a huge source of conflict as this season explores his relationship with Betty.Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)But hey, all of that is pretty much boilerplate teen drama compared to what this series is capable of. This wouldn’t be Riverdale without the writers reminding us how much they love them some David Lynch. That part of the episode comes in two forms. First, Cheryl Blossom, whose mom is also in the hospital with third-degree burns. We learn that after Cheryl set her house on fire, her mom rushed into the blaze to save a painting. Cheryl told everyone it was to save her, and nearly suffocates her mom to make a point about the way things are going to be. Cheryl is still completely insane, and I look forward to her continuing to terrify me as the season goes on. (She also wanders into Fred’s hospital room to give him “The Kiss of Life” on his forehead. Yeah, she’s creepy. The second is all of Fred’s coma dreams, where he imagines all the major life events he’ll miss out on if he dies. They all end with someone casually reminding him that he’s dead, which makes them super-unsettling. Fortunately, he lives. Archie talks to him about Veronica, and he comes out of the coma. Yay! He actually is the one good parent in Riverdale. I would be devastated if he died. Archie is less OK, though. Now he’s afraid that the would-be killer will come back to finish the job. He’s spending his nights guarding the doors of his house. That’s not going to be good for his mental health.Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)Riverdale is back, and while it dialed back the crazy a little, there’s still plenty to go around. At 22 episodes, this season will have an ability to slow things down that the first didn’t have. As much as I loved the insanity of season one, certain moments weren’t given the amount of breathing room they needed to be effective. With the season two premiere pumping the breaks a bit, I’m hopeful that the show can use the extra time to really explore the town and the new mystery. Maybe it can build to something even more insane. It already looks like it’s heading that way. Miss Grundy makes a brief appearance right at the end. I was worried at first because her arc was the worst of season one, but she’s not here for long. We learn that she’s repeating her pattern of child molestation across the river from Riverdale. Then, she’s murdered with her own cello bow by the man who tried to kill Fred. One episode in, and the mystery is already deeper. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Man dead after shooting in Miami
Man dead after shooting in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for the person responsible for fatally gunning down a man in Miami, early Sunday morning.Police responded to the scene of the shooting along Northeast 70th Street and Second Avenue, at around 2 a.m.Miami Fire Rescue crews arrived minutes later and pronounced the victim dead.Investigators have not provided further details about the shooting or a gunman.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Resurrection of State Center
The Resurrection of State Center

first_imgThe $1.5 billion State Center Project hopes to revitalize several neighborhoods in West Baltimore. The development’s implementation of an Economic Inclusion Plan – perhaps a first of its kind in the city – is attracting attention from other urban communities grappling with similar issues. “From 1930 to 1950 Wylie Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Hill District was one of the swingingest places in town. Not only did many of the world’s greatest jazz musicians grow up on the Hill; other prominent Pittsburgh blacks made names for themselves that stretched far beyond the boundaries of the city’s own version of Harlem,” wrote veteran music journalist Lynne Margolis for the Observer-Reporter of Pittsburgh in 1991. The Hill District in Pittsburgh, like so many other vanguard Black American communities of the past, has been crumbling for decades under the weight of ill-conceived urban renewal policies and various other strains of inner city wretchedness. “The city of Pittsburgh decided to tear down and displace at least 15,000 residents, about 5,000 families. They tore down what was then the real business center of the community and…they did it to build what became the Civic Arena,” said Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle, who represents the city’s Sixth District, about former home of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins, closed in June 2010 and demolished in March 2012.”What I’ve always said … was if we look to rebuild the lower Hill District, I didn’t care about what was actually built. I care about the economics of the building,” Lavelle said. “There’s no way that we are going to rebuild 28 acres of land in the most impoverished African-American neighborhood and not recreate some wealth in this community,” he added. For residents of West Baltimore who still remember the heyday of iconic Pennsylvania Avenue the saga of the Hill should have special resonance.The re-boot of the massive State Center Project promises thousands of jobs for residents of several West Baltimore neighborhoods, which is part of what some characterize as a landmark Economic Inclusion Plan. Other communities of color around the country, like the Hill District of Pittsburgh, are watching closely. “When we first started talking to Caroline (Caroline Moore the lead developer of SCP) a few years ago about the local hiring piece [there] really wasn’t a strong model for us to kind of build a template off of,” said Pastor Sheridan Todd Yeary, of Douglas Memorial Community Church, on Madison Avenue within one of the nine neighborhoods touched by the State Center Project.Douglas is one member of Community Churches for Community Development and Yeary, along with the Rev. Alvin Hathaway of Union Baptist Church (a member of CCCD) have been integral in constructing the Economic Inclusion Plan. Community leaders of the Hill District have reached out directly to Hathaway, Yeary and the CCCD for guidance as they navigate the development process in Pittsburgh. “We’ve got to deliver for the community we’ve got to deliver for other communities that are looking at this for a model,” Yeary said.”We are really, as part of this Economic Inclusion Plan process, trying to change the national conversation around how you do collaborative development that engages the community … from start to finish,” he added.Yeary believes the evolving paradigm of collaborative development has far-reaching consequences beyond West Baltimore. “There is going to be a fundamentally significant transformation of Baltimore City as we know it and its going on (in) real time and if we don’t get engaged in justice as a lifestyle what you’re going to find is that there is going to be mass displacement of some communities to the preference of other types of communities; some of it may be intentional some of it may be unintentional, just part of the process,” Yeary explained.”But, what we have to make sure is that stakeholders and advocates for the beloved community, that we make sure that the least amongst us have as much of a share of the stake in the good outcome of the project as anybody else.”last_img read more

Spotify to Enable Artists to Upload Music Themselves
Spotify to Enable Artists to Upload Music Themselves

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Asked about the safeguards in place, Anoliefo stressed that the feature is currently in beta, and that all of the company’s monitoring technology is in place — both in terms of content and potential copyright-infringement — and that its rules are clearly laid out in its terms of service. According to the announcement (currently on the company’s blog), “You’ll see a preview of exactly how things will appear to listeners before you hit submit. And even after your music goes live, you’ll be in full control of your metadata with simple and quick edits. Just like releasing through any other partner, you’ll get paid when fans stream your music on Spotify. Your recording royalties will hit your bank account automatically each month, and you’ll see a clear report of how much your streams are earning right next to the other insights you already get from Spotify for Artists.” (Check out the feature here.)The feature is free, and no limits are set on how much music an artist can upload.“We’ve tried to make it as simple and transparent as possible,” says Kene Anoliefo, the company’s Senior Product Lead, Creator Marketplace. “Artists can log in whenever they like and add song files, cover art, metadata and all that, and then hit ‘upload,’ and they can make changes after it goes live. We’ve also added a lot of transparency to royalties — artists can track their history in the dashboard and even see estimates for future payments, which can help them to plan and budget.”That, of course, puts much more responsibility on the artist for actually understanding how royalties work, no matter how simple the platform may seem. Joe Conyers, co-founder and GM of digital-rights management platform Songtrust and VP Technology of Downtown Music Publishing, says, “While it’s great to see more flexibility for the independent community to make decisions about independent licensing, the fact is this is still only one part of being fully DIY. Independent creators still need to collect thousands of types of royalties. This move will not include songwriter and publishing royalties which many independent creators and businesses continue to fail to collect from Spotify.”Kevin Breuner, VP of marketing at CD Baby, added, “At CD Baby, we have been managing relationships with artists for 20 years, especially artists who are emerging or wanting to reach a global market. We’ve built a community through a rich set of educational resources on our blog and podcast, and at our annual conference. These relationships are about a lot more than pushing files to a service. It’s easy to create an interface. It’s not so easy to deal with over 30,000 incoming contacts each month from a huge variety of artists of all backgrounds, genres, ages, and stages in their career, as we do.” UPDATED: Those of us who have never uploaded music to Spotify may not know that it doesn’t really work like, say, Facebook or a blog or even Soundcloud — an artist must go through a distributor or aggregator to have their music added to the platform.Well, those days will soon be over: The company today announced a new feature — currently in beta — that enables independent artists to upload their music directly to the platform via Spotify for Artists (see the landing page above). The company has already tested the feature with a few hundreds U.S.-based independent artists — including Noname, Michael Brun, VIAA, and Hot Shade — who gave their feedback, and in the coming weeks they will be inviting more — “make sure to join our mailing list so you’ll be the first to know about any new announcements,” the company stresses.last_img read more