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first_imgThe Indian Air Force (IAF) has refuted media reports which claimed that the force was keen on procuring the F-35 fighter jet from American firm Lockheed Martin.“We have not officially asked for a briefing on the F-35 nor has any request been made to the Americans,” Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa told The Indian Express.Read it at Sputnik News Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgDAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter prepares for U.S. national team matches like a CEO getting ready for a deal.The new American coach uses video presentations when he meets with foreign-based players via computer. He has tripled the team’s data analysts to three.Two white boards are on the grass at training sessions, one with the day’s objectives and schedule, the other with magnets to denote formations.“I’ve been amazed the first few days just how much information he’s got across and how he wants every guy to be on the same page and have a perfect understanding of how we want to go into the game,” star midfielder Christian Pulisic said ahead of Thursday’s exhibition against Ecuador in Orlando.Hired in December as the fourth U.S. coach in a little over two years, Berhalter has the full U.S. player pool for the first time this week after beating Panama and Costa Rica with a roster entirely from Major League Soccer.He’s been to Europe twice since he signed on, visiting players in England, Germany and France. He lives in corporate housing near the U.S. Soccer Federation headquarters in Chicago and commutes on weekends to Columbus, Ohio, where he coached the Crew from 2013 through last year. He’s been searching for a home, and his family will make the move to Chicago after the school year.Players say he contacts them frequently after many of their club matches.“Greg has been good about if you’d too tired, if you don’t have time to talk, then it’s no problem,” said midfielder Tyler Adams, in his first season with Germany’s RB Leipzig. “I was never going to tell him I don’t have time to talk. I’m going to be willing to take that call at any time.”Berhalter is bringing a new philosophy to the U.S. team, still recovering from its failure to qualify for last year’s World Cup, a player pool that has been led by Jurgen Klinsmann, Bruce Arena and interim coach Dave Sarachan in quick succession. The team’s mantra has become “disorganize.” Berhalter and players rarely speak for more than a few minutes without uttering the word, which describes what they want to do to their opponents.“We want to be a team that’s brave, that is attacking-orientated. I think that’s what we want to DNA to be,” Berhalter said.American soccer players have frequently dropped deep and been content to counterattack, especially on the road and against world powers. Berhalter is emphasizing possession in what he describes as a 4-3-3 when on the attack and a 4-4-2 when defending.“We’re clearly playing with wingers now,” he said. “Our fullbacks aren’t as high as they used to be in the past.”The Americans haven’t played a competitive match since the October 2017 defeat at Trinidad and Tobago that cost them a World Cup berth, and they don’t play another until their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener in June. Berhalter considers this the evaluation phase. He is a stylist, employing inverted defenders and wingers fluidly exchanging places with the central attacking midfielders, Pulisic and Weston McKennie.Gone apparently is the constant chaos of the Klinsmann era.“That’s a breath of fresh air, because before it was let’s qualify by any means necessary, chop and changing, switching things up, whatever it took. He’s very focused on playing a certain way and sticking to it,” said 31-year-old defender Tim Ream. “America’s known as a run-and-gun, solid mentality, work very hard. You can do those things and still play a good possession-based style. And I hope a year from now that people look at the squad and look at the team and see us play games and think they move the ball really well and they create chances through possession and through making teams disorganized.”The U.S. had just three practice sessions ahead of the Ecuador match, and some players reported late because of club matches Sunday. The trio of 20-year-olds — Pulisic, McKennie and Adams — figured to start together for the first time, though with Adams at right back and DeAndre Yedlin shifted to winger.“There is more gray hair on my beard. That’s the stress of getting it all in in a short period of time,” Berhalter said.Yedlin anticipates by next year’s start of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, American fans will notice the change. By then, the Americans hope they have forged a new identity in the Gold Cup and the new CONCACAF Nations League this fall.“People are just going to be wowed by the growth,” Yedlin said.By: Ronald Blum, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_img Continue Reading Previous Maxim to showcase adaptive manufacturing, wearables and automotive solutionsNext Solid Sands: SuperTest suite used by UPMEM to speed up big-data analytics Green Hills Software announced the availability of its INTEGRITY Multivisor secure virtualization for the NXP Semiconductors i.MX 8 and 8X families of applications processors. Manufacturers of critical automotive and industrial systems can confidently run consumer operating systems in secure partitions alongside critical software applications on the same i.MX 8 processor, thanks to the certified separation architecture of the INTEGRITY real-time operating system and its Multivisor secure virtualization technology.With the freedom to consolidate Linux, Android and AUTOSAR with critical software on the same i.MX 8-based platform, manufacturers can design a scalable mixed-criticality platform from which to build solutions targeting low, mid and high-end feature sets. In addition, the consolidated platform reduces hardware costs and simplifies software complexity.INTEGRITY and INTEGRITY Multivisor are integrated with Green Hills Software’s advanced ASIL D/SIL 4 qualified development tools featuring the industry-leading C/C++ compilers, MULTI integrated development environment, TimeMachine backward execution trace debugger, and MISRA C Adherence Checker. As a result, software developers utilize advanced tools to extract maximum performance from the i.MX 8 processors and reduce the time and cost to debug and test their software and meet project deadlines. For example, the MULTI debugger provides the programmer a time-synchronized and unified view and control of the many execution levels in a consolidated Linux system: Linux applications, Linux kernel and drivers, real-time applications, real-time operating system kernel and virtual machine monitor. In contrast, competing debuggers require a patchwork of different and disconnected debugging setups from several different vendors.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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first_imgIndian gymnasts, including Dipa Karmakar, were Sunday left in the lurch with a top Gymnastics Federation of India official claiming that the Sports Authority of India was yet to clear them for the upcoming World Cups at Baku and Doha.The GFI had registered Dipa for the back-to-back World Cups to be held from March 14-17 and March 20-23 at Azerbaijan and Qatar respectively, while also sending the entries of Yogeshwar Singh and Ashish Kumar in the men’s artistic section at the Doha event.However, the SAI has still not sanctioned the gymnasts’ tours with the World Cup in Baku beginning in less than two weeks. The two World Cups are part of the 2020 Olympic Qualification series.The GFI has nominated its vice president Riyaz Bhati to accompany the delegation at the two events.However, Bhati claimed that SAI Project Manager Rajinder Pathania is not clearing the team because he wants to go for the two events.”GFI has fulfilled its responsibilities concerning registration in a fair and timely manner and have informed all concerned. However, there is a lack of clarity from the Sports Authority of India and the sanction has still not been released with just 10 days remaining for departure for World Cup in Baku,” he said.”As the vice president of Gymnastics Federation of India, I have been registered as head of delegation for both the World Cups. I personally called up Mr Rajinder Pathania to check the status and he informed that an official from SAI, preferably himself, should be registered to enable him to get the file cleared.advertisement”I informed him that the federation will do the needful provided we have a formal communication from SAI.”Pathania did not respond to PTI’s repeated calls.Ranjeet Vasava, GFI general secretary, said in a release that the federation have “confirmed the registration to the gymnasts individually as well as collectively to the Sports Authority of India with a request to provide financial support to the gymnasts. We hope that SAI would provide the needful assistance to the gymnasts.”Last year, Indian gymnasts have missed out on participation in the 36th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Later, the Sports Ministry had refused to clear the team for the Doha 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships since the GFI is de-recognised and stands suspended as per the national sports code.Dipa, who started her qualifying bid for the Tokyo Olympics by winning a bronze at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany last year, will perform in the Vault and Beam event at both the World Cups and will be accompanied by her coach Bishweshwar Nandi and physiotherapist Sajad Ahmad Mir.In Doha, Yogeshwar and Ashish will perform on Floor and Vault and both have requested for their coach Sandeepan CK and Manoj Rana to accompany them.These World Cups are part of the 2020 Olympic Qualification series. A gymnast has to participate in at least three of the eight World Cups in this series to be eligible for Olympic Qualifications.At the end of the series (in Doha in March 2020), one gymnast on each apparatus with the maximum points (from best 3 performances) will qualify for the 2020 Olympics.last_img read more

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first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel We’re just a few days away from IFA 2016, the massive electronics show that takes place each year in Berlin, and British-born RHA has proven it’s more than ready to strut its stuff. The headphone maker has revealed three new products ahead of the show, including two intriguing high-end, in-ear headphone models, as well as the company’s first-ever headphone amplifier/DAC, aptly named the Dacamp L1.Related: Less than $200 lands Yamaha’s feature-packed YAS-106 sound barRHA’s first foray into headphone amplification is portable, powerful, and easy on the eyes. The unit offers a fully balanced output, and dual class AB amplifiers — one for each channel — designed to provide extreme accuracy and excellent separation of the stereo image. Inside its sleek, matte exterior, the unit boasts dual ESS Sabre ES9018K2M digital-to-analog converters, powered by a 4000mAh battery posed to offer as much as 10-hours of playback per charge.Digital inputs for the unit include USB A, micro-USB, and even a micro Optical port. There are also dual outputs, including the four-pin balanced output we mentioned alongside a traditional 3.5mm output. High-resolution audio is supported at up to 32bit/384kHz resolution and up to 11.2MHz for DSD files. The Dacamp L1 is compatible with Android, iOS, PC, and Mac, and also offers fine tuning via a three-level gain control. There are also dual EQ dials for bass and treble. RHA doesn’t mention a full graphic EQ, but then again, we end up going with the default sound for most top-notch players we test anyway — why mess with a good thing?Another first for RHA, the CL1 Ceramic in-ears offer dual drivers, including the company’s CL dynamic driver, as well as a ceramic “plate” driver. The latter is said to be designed to offer “pure, clear harmonics above 8kHz,” so these babies should be pretty sensitive in the upper register. The monitor-style in-ears offer detachable cables that connect to moldable wraparound ear hooks. The earpieces themselves are injection-molded zirconium oxide, and they connect to both a braided silver-core four-pin XLR cable (perfect for the Dacamp L1’s balanced output), as well as a traditional oxygen-free copper (OFC) 3.5mm cable. Accessories in the box include 11 pairs of ear tips in both silicone and moldable Comply foam, a case, and even a cleaning kit.Finally, the CL750 gets back to basics, offering the same stainless steel housing that helped put RHA on the map. Underneath the sparkling steel is a single CL dynamic driver that the company claims will reproduce frequencies at up to 45kHz, i.e. two times the theoretical limit of human hearing. The included OFC cable offers flexible ear hooks for a secure and comfy fit, and, like the CL1, the unit ships with 11 pairs of ear tips in silicone and Comply foam, along with an included carrying case.A version of this post was first published on our “brother site” Digital Trends. Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Editors’ Recommendations How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce last_img read more

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first_imgBristol: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has urged his team to “stay ruthless” at the World Cup as they train their sights on Sri Lanka after shocking England. The notoriously unpredictable Pakistan side held their nerve to beat the hosts by 14 runs at Trent Bridge on Monday, just three days after crashing to a seven-wicket defeat against the West Indies at the same venue. That ended a sequence of 11 consecutive defeats in completed one-day internationals. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunArthur praised his team’s resolve after a “shocking” defeat in their tournament opener. “It was just so good to see us go out and play with the belief and intensity that we had spoken about,” Arthur said. “When we put all three disciplines together we know we can beat anybody. We now need to stay consistent and ruthless.” Pakistan posted an impressive 348-8 against a potent England bowling attack, with fifties from veteran Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upPacemen Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir, and leg-spinner Shadab Khan, took the wickets to restrict England to 334-9 in their 50 overs. “You could see the hunger, the determination and the resolve to do well in batting after a horror show and then the bowlers fought hard, so we need to repeat that in the coming matches as well,” said Arthur. Pakistan have won all seven of their World Cup matches against Sri Lanka dating back to the first tournament in 1975.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Opposition in Lok Sabha on Thursday accused the Modi Government of trying to sell off railways’ assets instead of focusing on services, but the BJP asserted that the transport behemoth is breaking new ground everyday especially in areas of infrastructure and safety.During a debate on demands for grants under the Ministry of Railways, the Congress, TMC and other parties tore into the government as they opposed alleged attempts to privatise the railways and claimed it was “selling dreams” like the ‘bullet train’ to the people which were not feasible. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Taking a swipe at the government, Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the aviation minister wants to sell Air India, the railways minister wants to sell its assets and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he alleged, will “one day sell the country”. He said the BJP-led NDA government has consistently failed to meet its targets since it came to power first in 2014 and mocked its statement of Rs 50 lakh crore investment in the coming years. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIt is like seeking a tent to sleep when there is not even a mat, he said while initiating the debate. The Congress leader noted that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that railways will not be privatised, the Budget talks about public private partnership, corporatisation and disinvestment. “It is clear you intend to sell its assets,” Chowdhury said. The railways’ operating ratio was 98.4 per cent in 2017- 18, he said adding its revenue and expenditure fell short of official claims. “But you do not stop selling dreams,” he said. The Congress leader said the Government was talking about bullet train while the freight services were suffering and said it has “become a government of MoU”. He accused the government of privatising profit-making production units of railways, including the one in Rae Bareli, the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. NCP MP Supriya Sule sought an assurance from the government that it would not privatise the railways. Sule said unlike Air India, where government is trying for disinvestment, the minister should assure the house it wouldn’t privatise the railways. Sule took a swipe at the government over the delay in bullet train project, saying like the BJP’s 2014 poll slogan of ‘achche din’, the promise of bullet train may also remain unfulfilled. Trinamool Congress (TMC) member Bandyopadhyay said that the government should look at railway bridges which are over 100 years old as it involves safety and security of passengers. He said there is a huge vacancy for gangmen which has reached two lakh and also a shortage of rail drivers. “When will you fill these vacancies,” he said, adding more attention needs to be given to complete dedicated freight corridor projects. He added that base kitchen, cleanliness, food safety and quality should get priority. He also claimed that integrating rail budget with general budget has not helped the railway sector. Countering the opposition’s allegations, BJP MP Sunil Kumar Singh Thursday said the performance of railways is much better now that it was under the Congress rule and it was achieving new milestones. Railway accidents have drastically reduced by 73 per cent in the five-year period of Modi government from 2014 to 2019, he noted. Singh slammed the previous Congress governments and said during their time, “the interest of leaders and party politics were priorities while the nation’s interest comes first for the NDA government.” He said the capital expenditure more than doubled to Rs 4.97 lakh crore during 2014-19 compared to 2.3 lakh crore in 2009-14. He said government has set a target of capital expenditure of Rs 1.6 lakh crore in the current financial year. Participating in the debate, DMK member Kanimozhi alleged that that Railways still employ manual scavengers, and said “it is a shame for the nation.” She alleged the government wants to hide this by appointing them through contractors. She said all sign boards on Railways stations are in Hindi, and demanded they should be in regional languages as well. Rajan Vichare (SS), Dileshwar Kamait JD (U), C Sahoo (BJD) and Fazlur Rahman (BSP) also participated in the discussions. Rahman said bullet train is being planned only for few people and if the government would spend half of the amount on small cities, it will help in improving railways. BJP MP Gopal Chinayya Shetty pitched for encouraging public private partnership (PPP) model to boost the country’s progress. “PPP model is the only solution and would lead the country to progress. It can only provide facilities to the people,” shetty said. A lot of work was being undertaken for the development of railways, Sudhir Gupta (BJP) said, adding work was progressing at a fast pace in the Northeast.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsOttawa didn’t think much of the high-profile UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples’ outcome document and quietly posted an official statement outlining its displeasure in a back corner of its website.The statement is posted under Foreign Affairs’ website for the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations. It’s not easy to find on the website as it’s not highlighted on the front page. It can be found first by clicking through a section on “Canadian Statements” and then the section subtitled “Statements on Human Rights.” The statement also did not make it onto Canada’s UN mission’s Twitter stream.The Assembly of First Nations’ website, however, posted Canada’s statement under “Latest News.”The first ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples ran over two days and ended Tuesday.Canada rejected the conference’s outcome document because it gave Indigenous people too much power over development on their territories. In particular, Canadian diplomats rejected the conference document’s position on “free prior and informed consent,” which is one of the key aspects of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.“Free, prior and informed consent…could be interpreted as providing a veto to Aboriginal groups and in that regard, cannot be reconciled with Canadian law, as it exists,” said Canada’s official statement. “Agreeing…would commit Canada to work to integrate (free, prior and informed consent) in its processes with respect to implementing legislative or administrative measures affecting Aboriginal peoples. This would run counter to Canada’s constitution, and if implemented, would risk fettering Parliamentary supremacy.”The statement also reiterated Canada’s position that the UN declaration on Indigenous rights was merely an “aspiration document” that had no force in Canada.“The government’s vision is a future in which Aboriginal families and communities are healthy, safe, self-sufficient and prosperous within a Canada where people make their own decisions, manage their own affairs, and make strong contributions to the country as a whole,” said Canada’s official statement.The AFN issued a statement blasting Canada for its position for watered down and limited Indigenous rights.“It is deeply concerning…that Canada continues to embarrass itself and isolate itself on the world stage,” said interim AFN National Chief Ghislain Picard. “These actions are not consistent with our much-needed work towards reconciliation between First Nations and the Crown.”Picard said during a press conference Wednesday First Nations also do not equate free prior and informed consent with a veto.The AFN obtained the statement from the Canadian delegation at the conference and then posted on its website.The AFN said it posted the statement for the historical record.“The AFN takes the position that this is important information that is on the record and should be shared with First Nations and others,” said an AFN spokesperson.A Foreign Affairs spokesperson directed APTN National News to the location of the posted statement.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – With Equifax among the latest in the increasing number of privacy class actions being launched in Canada, affected consumers looking to join such lawsuits may be surprised to learn that in many instances they’ve already been opted in.In most provinces in the country, anyone who has the same legal complaint as a plaintiff who launches any type of class action can automatically share in any potential settlements provided they make a rightful claim in time, say legal experts.Not surprisingly, the number of Canadian privacy class actions has rapidly increased within the last six years, according to business law firm Osler.Based on Osler’s internal tracking, the firm says a total of 62 privacy class actions across Canada have been launched since 2005. However, Osler identified only two privacy class actions commenced prior to 2010. That year there were three new privacy class actions, rising to seven in 2011, and 10 in each of 2012 and 2013. Following a slight dip in 2014 and 2015, there were 11 commenced in 2016.Hacking incidents accounted for about one-third of all privacy class actions, with misuse of information by employees and theft or loss of physical media containing personal information also accounting for a significant proportion of privacy class actions.Canadians have already seen their fair share of major privacy breaches this year.Equifax said on Sept. 7 that it fell victim to a massive cyberattack in the summer that may have compromised the personal data of 143 million Americans and 100,000 Canadians. In May, BCE Inc.’s Bell Canada issued an apology to customers after it said nearly 1.9 million customer e-mail addresses and 1,700 names and phone numbers were illegally accessed.According to Osler, nearly half of privacy class actions initiated in Canada have been commenced in Ontario — which is not surprising given that most national class actions are initiated in this province purely for logistical reasons, says lawyer Jeff Orenstein of the class action law firm Consumer Law Group.“That’s where most company’s head offices are, where all the big law firms are,” Orenstein said.But that’s not to say that a class action launched in Ontario will see all Canadians automatically opted in. Residents in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and British Columbia must choose to opt in, said lawyer Tony Merchant, whose firm Merchant Law Group LLP has launched a class action on behalf of Canadians affected by the Equifax data breach on August.“But everywhere else in Canada you’re a part of the class action unless you opt out,” added Merchant, noting that in most circumstances Quebec is also an opt-out province unless there are certain jurisdictional issues.Residents of B.C., New Brunswick, or Newfoundland and Labrador will only be automatically opted into class actions launched in their own respective provinces.Merchant’s firm has initiated one of at least two Canadian class actions commenced against Equifax.Last week, an Ontario resident proposed a class action in Ontario Superior Court. The lawsuit, represented by law firm Sotos LLP, is seeking $550 million in damages on behalf of Canadian victims of the Equifax hack.Neither Merchant Law or Sotos have had their proposed class actions certified in court yet. Equifax said in a statement that it cannot comment on pending litigation.Both Orenstein and Merchant say it’s important for Canadians to stay on top of class actions if they want to benefit from any potential settlements, as cases can take years to work their ways through the courts.If there is a judgment in favour of a class action, notice is usually given to all eligible parties by publication in various newspapers or by direct mail, providing detailed instructions of what you need to submit and where you need to send your claim.But once a class action has been settled there’s a limited time period in which you can make a claim, after which your rights are wiped out.Orenstein says that even in instances where high-profile class actions are successful, “a five per cent take-up rate is considered impressive.”An easy way to stay on top of class actions is to sign up for updates through the websites of the law firms that launch them so as to not miss out on your right of recovery.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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first_imgSupporters of the pipeline project are scheduled to host their own rally in downtown Vancouver this afternoon.A B.C. Supreme Court judge granted Kinder Morgan an interim injunction Friday aimed at preventing anti-pipeline activists from protesting construction at two terminals in Burnaby.The injunction restricts protesters from coming within 50 metres of the facilities until Wednesday, when a hearing on the matter will continue.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) BURNABY, B.C. – Indigenous leaders and environmentalists beat drums and sang as they protested Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline in southern B.C. Saturday morning.Members of the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam First Nations, who led the rally and march in Burnaby, say they want to send a message to government, the company and investors that they do not have consent to twin the existing pipeline.The Trans Mountain pipeline is set to increase the capacity of oil products flowing from Alberta to the B.C. coast to 890,000 barrels from 300,000 barrels.last_img read more

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Washington  –  Minister-delegate for foreign affairs and cooperation Mbarka Bouaida called on Tuesday in Washington for a common regional approach to address security challenges in the Sahel and Maghreb region.Bouaida, who was speaking during a meeting organized by the US State Department on security threats in the Sahel and Maghreb, stressed that “only a collective, inclusive and solidarity-based strategy involving all countries concerned is likely to overcome these transnational challenges that jeopardize the future of the entire region”.The Moroccan diplomat underlined the importance of adopting comprehensive, integrated and multidimensional strategies including the economic, social, political, cultural and religious dimensions, stressing the importance of territorial integrity in strengthening regional security. Concerning south-south cooperation, Bouaida reiterated Morocco’s readiness and commitment to share its expertise with African partners in order to achieve the desired goals. read more

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Snow, rain, wind and freezing temperatures. That’s what many people endured in the first weekend of the New Year, and it’s expected to get worse this evening. Environment Canada has issued a warning for freezing rain and snow squalls later this evening and into tomorrow morning  just as Ontarians head back to work and school.  Residents were getting a head start, especially after last year’s ice storm. “I heard the weather forecast, and I waited last year and it was too late” says a Hamilton resident. Stores like Canadian Tire say they are fully stocked for whatever mother nature has in store. Dennis Defreitas manager at Canadian Tire says that “regular salt, ice melters, environmentally friendly ice melters, we have sand, anything needed if we get an ice storm or any kind of ice.” While stores haven’t seen a mad rush of customers buying salt this afternoon Defreitas believes it will be a different story tomorrow. It’s been a disastrous weekend on Ontario highways. In the last 48 hours, OPP have responded to over 400 collisions. With icy road conditions on the way OPP are warning motorists to drive cautiously. OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt says that “We are expecting some flash freezing, slippery and icy road conditions which can cause a lot of problems for motorists and then tomorrow morning being a Monday morning back to school back to work for many people, it’s going to be heavy regardless, but icy roads can exacerbate that.” Sgt. Schmidt says most of the collisions are caused by motorists not adjusting to the road conditions. Many of the accidents, while minor, caused major delays and backups on Ontario roads. read more

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“He recommends that the mission’s mandate be extended for six more months, until 15 September 2004,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said at his daily briefing, referring to a new report released to the Security Council.”The Secretary-General says there have been no major incidents on the ground, but in the absence of political progress, military stability is becoming fragile and should not be taken for granted. He warns that the current stalemate is a source of instability and has the potential to become dangerous.”Mr. Annan repeated his appeal to the two parties, especially Eritrea, to give Special Envoy Lloyd Axworthy an opportunity to discuss with them ways of overcoming the impasse, the spokesman said. read more

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police in Miami have found a 12-year-old boy Tuesday morning who they believe ran away from home. UPDATE: 12 year old, Jordan Bustillo has been located and safely returned to his family. Thank you all for the retweets. https://t.co/d7dhinmAx4— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) February 27, 2018Twelve-year-old Jordan Bustillo ran away from home on Monday morning but was located safely by City of Miami Police. He has since been returned to his family.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_img Since topping 1.1 million paid and verified subscribers in 2005, More’s circulation fell nearly 40 percent to just 673,000 in 2015, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM). Newsstand sales for the 10x annual frequency title fell 25 percent over the same period, from nearly 143,000 in 2005 to 107,000 last year. But the company suggests that the more serious issue was with marketers in the luxury category—its advertising bread and butter—who have been pulling back due to financial challenges in the European market.  “Meredith wishes to thank the entire More team for the creative energy and passion they have had for the magazine,” the statement concludes. “They have been consummate professionals, and we appreciate everything they have done with the title over the past several years.” Meredith Corp. is shutting down women’s lifestyle magazine More, effective following the April 2016 issue, the company confirmed today. “Despite a significant investment in More in 2015—including an increased trim size and higher quality paper stock that aligned with its upscale and affluent audience—More continued to face advertising challenges in the luxury marketplace,” the spokesperson continues.center_img Launched in 1997, More attracted a loyal audience of high-household income women and became profitable in the early 2000s, but suffered declines during the recession of the late 2000s from which its advertising revenues never recovered, a Meredith spokesperson tells Folio: in a written statement. Interestingly, a high-profile sign of More’s enduring brand presence came just weeks ago, when editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour was chosen to interview First Lady Michelle Obama at the AMMC conference in New York. Obama served as guest editor of the magazine’s July/August 2015 issue, in which her husband, President Barack Obama, penned a column.last_img read more

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first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioSame-Sex Couples Apply For Marriage Licenses, State Asks For A StayAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageAfter a federal judge decided Sunday that Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The State of Alaska started accepting applications for gay marriages this morning, but the state’s Attorney General is asking for a stay on that legal decision, which would put a hold on actually issuing any licenses.Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Same-Sex Marriage DecisionAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauFollowing a federal court decision overturning Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage, the major candidates for governor are sparring over the appropriate response.Bureau of Vital Statistics Prepares New Marriage License DocumentsLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauWith same-sex couples applying for marriage licenses across the state, the office that processes those documents made sure new applications were ready to go Monday morning.Report Details Rural Health Care Challenges The Associated PressA new report details the challenges involved in providing health care to rural communities in Alaska.Groups Push To Mobilize Alaska Native VotersEmily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksOver the last few months, the non-partisan ‘Get Out the Native Vote’ has made a big push to mobilize native voters across the Alaska.  Roughly one in five potential voters in the state is Alaska Native. A number of native organizations have signed on to help with the movement.Protesters Block Access To BC Mine As It Nears CompletionKatarina Sostaric, KSTK – WrangellA nearly-completed British Columbia mine in the Stikine River watershed is expected to begin full production at the end of this month. Meanwhile, protesters blocking access to the controversial Red Chris mine may be forced out Tuesday.Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off Over Medicaid ExpansionAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageWhen Alaskans vote for governor on Nov. 4, they’ll also be deciding the fate of Medicaid expansion in the state. Incumbent Governor Sean Parnell has said he won’t expand the federal health insurance program under the Affordable Care Act. But his opponent, Independent candidate Bill Walker says if elected, he will immediately accept the federal money.Sen. Murkowski, Julie Fate Sullivan Bring Senate Campaign To BethelBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelJust weeks before the November election, the Sullivan campaign has come to Bethel.Judge Sides With Anchorage In Ride-Sharing Lawsuit The Associated PRessA state court judge says ride-sharing company Uber cannot offer transportation for hire in Alaska’s largest city unless it complies with a local ordinance.Leaders Gather In Bethel To Discuss Rural, State, Federal IssuesDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelLeaders from around the state gathered in Bethel last week for the 50th Annual Association of Village Council Presidents Convention.last_img read more

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first_imgPinaki BhattacharyaPinaki Bhattacharya, writer and managing director of a pharmaceutical company, remained “traceless” from the capital’s Gulshan since 6 August.He went missing after he came out of his office in Gulshan, said Pinaki’s father Shyamal Bhattacharya in a statement sent to media houses.Shyamal Bhattacharya, a Bagura-based teacher and cultural personality, also said in his statement, an official of a law enforcement agency phoned his son on 5 August afternoon and summoned him in his office.Pinaki, also a huuman rights activist, refused to go there and asked the official to come over his office but the official had called him again and insisted him to go to his office on 6 August. And since then, the family members could not contact him, he added.Pinaki’s father also said in the statement that Pinaki might have gone in hiding for his safety.The statement also claimed that some people claiming to be members of law enforcment agencies searched Pinaki’s house and office on 6 August without any specific allegations against him. Pinaki’s father expressed his concern over the safety of his son and sought prime minister sheikh Hasina’s intervention in this regard.last_img read more

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first_imgLong seen as a bastion of support for Republicans, the face of the US military and its veterans is changing — and perhaps too is their political bent. Veterans by and large did vote for GOP candidates on Nov. 6, affirming Trump’s frequent claim that they stand among his strongest backers. But more women are joining the military, and they are bucking the pattern, according to data from AP VoteCast. Laura Cavallaro, 35, who served on active duty in the Marine Corps from 2001 to 2005 and on inactive duty until 2009, says she’s never voted but thinks she will in 2020. A recent graduate of Rhode Island College, she said she believes Trump has kept his promises about helping the economy and creating jobs. At the same time, “Who knows if he’s going to say something to the wrong person and start another war?” she said. That’s particularly concerning for military veterans who know what’s at stake in combat. Now, women in the military are helping elect new Democratic lawmakers and spur discussion on once little-mentioned topics such as sexual harassment and women in combat roles. As political candidates, female veterans also had a breakout performance in the midterms, sometimes campaigning as a foil to Trump: empathetic and competent on issues such as health care while also trustworthy on military and defense, typically a GOP strength. “I see this as a beginning edge of a larger movement,” said Jeremy Teigen, professor of political science at Ramapo College and author of “Why Veterans Run: Military Service in American Presidential Elections, 1789-2016.” All told, 55 per cent of voters who had served in the military backed Republican candidates in the elections, compared to 42 per cent who supported Democrats, according to VoteCast data. Teigen, who studies military voting, said that in the context of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, female veterans running for office provided a contrast for voters, “someone who was willing to volunteer to take time out of their youth to serve their country and stand up for others,” compared to Trump, a New York billionaire with five wartime draft deferments and a fraught history with women. Of the military veterans who ran for the House, 12 were women, the highest number ever. Currently, there are more than 20 million veterans of the US armed forces, about 10 per cent of them female, the fastest growing subgroup. In the US military forces, 16.6 per cent of those enlisted are women, up from about 2 per cent in 1973. Houlahan will serve her first House term starting in January, along with former Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., and Navy veteran Elaine Luria, D-Va., who defeated another veteran, Republican Rep. Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL. The women prevailed in tight races by tying their opponents to Trump and the GOP congressional majority while pledging to work on both sides of the aisle. All had stories about being among the only women working among men and used their platforms to speak out about abuses in the military. Both current and former female service members were more likely to vote in the 2018 midterm elections for Democrats than Republicans, 60 per cent to 36 per cent, according to the data from VoteCast. Men with military backgrounds voted Republican by roughly the same margin, 58 per cent to 39 per cent.A record number of female veterans — four — were elected to the House, all Democrats. Three won in political swing districts, helping give the party control of the chamber next year. A member of the US Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 1980, the first to include women, Fitzpatrick began researching candidates and poring over issues. On Election Day, she voted without hesitation: all Democrat. She recalled Pennsylvania voters telling her they were exhausted by gridlock and partisan attacks and “would like our nation and our democracy and our values to stabilize to what we can recognize.” In 2016, the Defense Department lifted all restrictions on the roles women can perform in the military, spurring a broader debate about combat missions and even whether women should be eligible for the draft. “I sure hope I get to make history,” Houlahan said cautiously, when asked about her candidacy and the influence female veterans could have on Washington. “That would be amazing. And I would be happy to serve everybody, not just the women and the Democrats.” Democratic Rep.-elect Chrissy Houlahan, a former Air Force captain, said she was motivated to run after organizing a bus trip last year to the Women’s March in Washington. She felt her election would serve as a repudiation of Trump, but she avoided sharp rhetoric in favour of a message of service to country and getting things done. That’s hardly a startling view from a Democrat these days. But from a military vet? “I just don’t think what’s happening now is helpful,” Fitzpatrick, of Groton, Connecticut, said in a telephone interview, pointing to the negative discourse in Washington. “It’s almost like watching kids and bullies on the playground instead of people actually doing something about helping this country to survive and to thrive.” When Cavallaro joined the military, she considered herself a Republican because her parents were. Now, she sees herself more as an independent, saying she’s pro-gun rights and pro-gay rights. “I think being in the military kind of opened my eyes to a lot more things,” she said. “If I had stayed in Rhode Island, I wouldn’t have met so many different personalities and people with other political views.” Trump frequently embraces the US military and veterans in speeches, referring to “my military,” though he has also insulted war heroes such as McCain and military families who criticize him. “I think the vets, maybe more than anybody else, appreciate what we are doing for them,” Trump said last month. In this Tuesday, 18 Dec, 2018 photo, Michele Fitzpatrick, a retired lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard, poses for a photograph at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. Photo: APIt had been months since retired Lt. Cmdr. Michele Fitzpatrick paid attention to news coverage. She was turned off by President Donald Trump’s tweetstorms and attacks on critics such as the late Republican Sen. John McCain, a war hero. But as the November midterm elections approached, she fired up her laptop. Women now make up 20 per cent of the Air Force, 19 per cent of the Navy, 15 per cent of the Army and 8.6 per cent of the Marines, according to Defense Department figures. In the Coast Guard, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, women make up 22 per cent of the officers and 13 per cent of those enlisted. The Coast Guard Academy, where Fitzpatrick was among the first women to attend in 1976, enrolled a class this year that is 40 per cent female, a new high. The 60-year-old Fitzpatrick recalls suppressing her opinions as a young “hardcore Democrat” in an overwhelmingly Republican military but finding other ways to promote change, such as supporting other female cadets. AP VoteCast is a nationwide survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters — including more than 4,000 current and former service members — conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, a frequent Trump critic, also won re-election. She is a member of her state’s National Guard. In all, seven female veterans will serve in the next Congress, up from four. The veterans in the House will join Sens. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a former US Army helicopter pilot, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a combat veteran in the Iowa Army National Guard. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a retired Air Force colonel, lost her Senate bid but was later appointed by Arizona’s governor to replace Sen. Jon Kyl in the seat that belonged to McCain. Not the female veterans, though. Their margin of support for Democrats was comparable to that of women overall, according to VoteCast data.last_img read more

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first_imgThe dust is still settling from a crowded candidate field and a tight race in what is perhaps Baltimore’s most diverse City Council District.  This past spring, Isaack “Yitzy” Schleifer, 27 became the first new Democratic City Council candidate elected in District 5 in almost 40 years, following the retirement of Rochelle “Ricki” Spector, the city’s longest serving city council member. Schleifer was elected in the Democratic primary and there is no Republican opponent on the ballot.Isaack Schleifer is the next City Council member for District 5. (Courtesy Photo)But the packed field of seven candidates has left Schleifer picking up the pieces from a primary season that at times pitted neighborhood against neighborhood as community groups across District 5 clung to their favorite candidate and familiar territory.Neighborhood identity is strong in Baltimore’s 5th District, home to a large orthodox Jewish population, sizeable immigrant and Hispanic populations and historic African-American enclaves.  The economic disparity is vast between areas like Howard Park, a predominately African-American community overwhelmed with more than its share of foreclosures and abandoned homes, and the well-heeled Roland Park, where single family homes sell for upwards of $800,000.For Schleifer, job one is bringing the disparate communities of District 5 together and helping his neighborhoods embrace a unified vision.  “I’ve gone neighborhood by neighborhood finding out what their challenges are,” Schleifer told the AFRO. There are a lot of challenges that overlap across the whole district, and there are some of them that are neighborhood and block specific,” Schleifer said.Schleifer said that he often deals with residents who erroneously suspect that neighbors in other District 5 communities are receiving a better quality of services and benefits from the city.  “Nothing can be further from the truth,” Schleifer said.  “I think the most important piece that I’m hoping to accomplish is bringing the district together because it couldn’t be further apart,” he said.Schleifer feels that a lot of District 5’s problems can be resolved if residents started listening to one another and solving problems together. “I think in opening up a dialogue that a lot of best practices that work in certain neighborhoods can be brought to other neighborhoods,” Schleifer said.Schleifer believes his orthodox Jewish beliefs, humble childhood and the example set by his father provided a blue print that will help convince his new constituents across District 5 that diversity is one of their most favorable assets.  “I grew up in Fallstaff.  I would say that’s the most diverse community in the district. My father was the community association for many years there,” Schleifer said. “You name the race, the nationality, the religion, we all grew up together; we all played ball together; we all got along,” he said. Schleifer is one of five children.Current Fallstaff Improvement Association President Sandra Johnson believes Schleifer is a hard worker, but warns him not to underestimate the scope and complexity of the challenges facing District 5. “I think he certainly understands the problems. He’s lived in the community all his life, “she said.  But it’s going to take some time for him to work his way into the job,” Johnson said.While crime, drug abuse and abandoned properties are problematic for neighborhoods near Reisterstown Road, Johnson warns that Fallstaff has special needs involving the community’s large Latino population and its senior citizens – many whom are dying or have difficulty keeping up their homes.Schleifer would like to revitalize struggling neighborhoods by attracting anchor businesses and non-profits that believe in partnering with the community. Schleifer hopes to measure success by creating opportunities and stability that will result in transforming the physical appearance of District 5’s struggling neighborhoods. “A goal is that if you drive from the bottom of the district to the top of the district that you would not notice you’ve gone from one community to another,” Schleifer said.“It’s an attainable goal. I am young, energetic and I’m here for the long haul. So it’s going to be challenging but I’m open to the challenge,” Schleifer said.last_img read more

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first_imgSwami Vivekananda was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the West. He had also been a ‘pakhawaj’ player and is known worldwide for his contribution in the revival of Hinduism. He is an epitome of Indian culture. To further pay regards to this outstanding individual, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the opening of ‘Vivekanand Auditorium’, housed in the Kathak Kendra, one of the constituent units of the Sangeet Natak Akademi by the push of a button, on Swami Vivekananda’s death anniversary in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The President was received by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture, NK Sinha, Secretary Minister of Culture and Shekhar Sen, Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi. The President, spoke of how the concept of an auditorium or ‘preksha grihas’ was founded as early as in the ‘Natyashastra’, the Sanskrit text on the various forms of performing arts. He spoke about the extraordinary talent of Swami Vivekananda who was himself an established pakhawaj player and hailed from a family of talented musicians. And thus it was only befitting to dedicate this auditorium in the name of Swamiji.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe also said that the Akademi has provided a safe haven to artists and practitioners and a vibrant intellectual space to thinkers and scholars.The Welcome address was given by Aruna Sairam, Vice Chairperson of SNA. NK Sinha spoke about the challenges faced in modern times where speed, technology and quick results are expected by everyone. In this situation one has to nurture and provide support to musician and dancers who train for years in the art forms to provide patrons of these art forms with time, patience and rigorous practice besides sheer courage to surrender one’s entire lifetime to its dedicated pursuit. This auditorium was a humble offering in that direction of support born of deep appreciation and respect to the artists. Dr Mahesh Sharma spoke about how in India we trace our heritage back thousands of years and how through the Guru-shishya parampara owing to the unique history of India, layers of evolution were added to these art forms through diverse new innovations, influences and ideologies. No dance form displays this better than Kathak. He also elaborated  about the importance and role that an auditorium plays in the life of an artist. The auditorium which has been built keeping the best acoustics and architectural principles in mind will provide the students of Kathak Kendra and the artist community with a world class auditorium. The function was marked with a short cultural programme. For the inauguration there was Shunk Vadan, Vedic chants and a song of Swami Vivekananda.last_img read more

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