Kalyan Singh faces flak over remarks backing Modi

first_imgRajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh on Monday found himself in the middle of a controversy after his remarks supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s return to power in the Lok Sabha election came to light through a video footage. The video purportedly showed Mr. Singh telling reporters that the nation and society needed Mr. Modi to become the PM again.“All of us are BJP workers. We genuinely want the BJP to win. We want that Modiji should become the Prime Minister… It is necessary for the nation and society that Modiji becomes the PM again,” Mr. Singh said in the video shot in his hometown Aligarh last week.Mr. Singh, a former two-time Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, apparently made the remarks in the midst of a protest staged by some BJP workers outside his house against the party ticket for the Lok Sabha polls being given to sitting MP Satish Gautam.Non-partisan positionMr. Singh’s remarks drew criticism from various quarters, with leaders reminding him that a Governor should be non-partisan and should maintain distance from party politics.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said Mr. Singh’s statements did not suit the dignity of the post he was holding. “We have utmost respect for Kalyan Singhji… He is holding a [high] Constitutional post. It is expected of the Governors to be non-partisan,” he said.Rajasthan Pradesh Congress president and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot described Mr. Singh’s remarks as violating the dignity of his Constitutional office. He said it was unfortunate that Mr. Singh had described himself as a BJP worker.Mr. Singh quit the BJP in 1999 and rejoined the party in 2004. The 87-year-old BJP leader was appointed Rajasthan Governor in 2014 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power at the Centre.last_img read more

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U.K. budget includes new money for innovation

first_img£60 million for a new “Energy Research Accelerator” One of the old traditions when the annual government budget is released in the United Kingdom is for the chancellor of the exchequer to carry his speech to the House of Commons in a red briefcase. This year’s budget, announced yesterday, contained few surprises for researchers—the core science budget is planned over 5 years—but did yield more than £240 million of additional funding and some details about previously announced commitments.“It is great to see the chancellor putting additional money into innovation and recognizing the value of science,” says Naomi Weir, acting director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), an advocacy group in the United Kingdom, which remains concerned about the effects of inflation on the flat budget for core funding. The new money will be spent mostly on technology-related research, according to a statement from CaSE. Specifically:£100 million for R&D on driverless car technology £20 million for analysis of health data £12 million for a new Centre for Agricultural Informatics and Sustainability Metricscenter_img £11 million for technology incubators in Manchester, Leeds, and SheffieldThe 2015 budget also spells out how £538 million of previously announced funds will be spent. Of this, $400 million is intended for competitive awards for scientific infrastructure in 2020 and 2021. The remaining £138 million goes to research hubs on infrastructure and cities.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) £40 million for R&D on the Internet of Thingslast_img read more

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In girding for climate change, Great Barrier Reef plan falls short

first_imgThe Australian government on Saturday unveiled a long-awaited plan to safeguard the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Scientists are unimpressed. It’s “a big disappointment,” says Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Townsville, Australia. The plan, he says, “virtually ignores climate change.”For years, scientists have fretted about degradation of the reef. Although 344,400 square kilometers are protected as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, researchers reported in a 2012 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reef’s coral cover shrank by half between 1985 and 2012 because of storm damage, predation by crown-of-thorns starfish, and bleaching—the loss of the coral’s photosynthetic organisms when the water gets too warm. “Without intervention, the GBR may lose the biodiversity and ecological integrity for which it was listed as a World Heritage Area,” the team warned.Heeding such alarms, last summer the World Heritage Committee warned that unless the Australian government produced a long-term action plan to protect the reef, it might list the GBR as “in danger,” a step that could lead to the reef losing the World Heritage Site status it has held since 1981.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott responded with a draft plan last November. Academic societies and scientists called for “much bolder action,” more details on targets for such things as water quality, and consideration of climate change.Those recommendations did influence the final plan, which sets targets for reducing nitrogen runoff from fertilizer use by 80% and for cutting sedimentation from coastal development by 50% by 2025. The government recently banned dumping dredged sediment in the marine park. And there will be an additional $78 million over 5 years to improve water quality.Australia is telling the world “that we are utterly committed as an entire nation to the protection of the Great Barrier Reef,” Abbott said while unveiling the report at a 21 March press conference.Although the plan includes a number of good initiatives, it falls short of what’s required to halt the reef’s decline, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Australia said in a statement. “Billions not millions are needed to save the reef,” said WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman.Scientists are taking issue particularly with the lack of measures to address climate change, despite a statement in the plan calling it “the single biggest threat to coral reefs worldwide.” In a recent report, the Australian Coral Reef Society said that current plans to develop massive coal deposits and the associated expansion of ports near the reef would affect it both directly—with increased coal dust, coastal runoff, dredging, and increased shipping with its attendant threats to marine life—and indirectly by increasing worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. “We are still unhappy about the port expansions going ahead and the huge coal mines,” says Selina Ward, a reef ecologist at the University of Queensland, St. Lucia, in Australia and a report co-author.”Australia has to make up its mind about whether to build and operate the world’s largest coal mines over the next 60 years, or to reduce the threats to the Great Barrier Reef from climate change, pollution, and overfishing. We can’t do both,” says Hughes, who, with colleagues, warned the reef may be approaching a tipping point.In response to questions on this point at the press conference, Abbott said that his government is pursuing policies to address climate change separately, adding, “It’s important that we continue to strengthen our economy, because a strong economy and a better environment should go hand in hand.”The World Heritage Committee is due to announce a decision on the reef’s status in July. Conservationists and politicians are making separate bets. “The Australian government has so far failed to take the action necessary to avoid the Great Barrier Reef being added to the ‘World Heritage in danger’ list,” Greenpeace said in a statement. Appearing at the press conference with Abbott, Environment Minister Greg Hunt said that they have worked closely with representatives of the international organizations involved in World Heritage Committee deliberations to incorporate their suggestions into the plan. “I have to say, at this stage, the feedback has been extremely positive,” he said.With reporting by Leigh Dayton.last_img read more

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Lenovo Vibe P1 Turbo with 5,000mAh battery now available for buying

first_imgLenovo maybe looking to launch the turbo-charged variant of the Vibe P1 in India soon as the phone in question – the Vibe P1 Turbo – has been spotted online through an established Mumbai-based retailer. The Vibe P1 Turbo is available for Rs 17,999, although there’s no official announcement from the company yet.To recall, Lenovo had launched Vibe P1 Turbo phone recently in Indonesia. While retaining much of the specifics of the original Vibe P1, the Vibe P1 Turbo gives users a slightly bigger battery. The Vibe P1 Turbo has a 5,000mAh battery as opposed to the Vibe P1’s 4,900mAh battery.Now available – #Lenovo Vibe P1 Turbo ? 17999/-specifications5.5-inch (1080 x 1920 pixels) Full HD IPS… https://t.co/0afVodAvDM Manish Khatri (@MAHESHTELECOM) April 20, 2016The Vibe P1 Turbo comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS screen with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution and 401ppi pixel density. The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card.Also Read: Lenovo gives Vibe P1 the Turbo treatmentThe phone sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel snapper on the front. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Vibe UI on top. The dualSIM phone supports 4G LTE connectivity. The Vibe P1 Turbo will be available in the colours Platinum and Graphite Grey.Lenovo’s Vibe P1 Turbo focuses on improved battery life, while giving you specs that are in line with a number of phones in and around this price range.advertisementThe company recently started updating its phones – K3 Note and A7000 – to the latest version of Android, which is Android 6.0 Marshmallow.last_img read more

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Nadda underlines importance of yoga & balanced diet

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) Union Health Minister J P Nadda today underlined the importance of yoga and maintaining a balanced diet to tackle non communicable and lifestyle diseases.Nadda launched a nationwide pilot programme which aims to raise awareness and education of good nutrition and active lifestyles and targeting the growing incidence of non communicable lifestyle disorders.”My ministry will provide full support in eradicating non communicable and lifestyle diseases from India.”I recommend we should practice yoga and maintain a balanced diet for a healthy lifestyle to ensure fitter India,” a statement quoting Nadda said.He was speaking after launching #FitIndia by Glanbia, a global performance nutrition brand in the presence of actor Milind Soman.Nadda also lauded the corporate sector for coming ahead to help fight such diseases under its CSR activity.The beneficiaries of the campaign will be colleges, government services, sports academics as well as the general public and it will create awareness around the importance of nutrition, healthy diet and ways to reduce the risk of lifestyle disorders.”With this pilot programme, we seek to address the issue to possess and maintain a competitive, fit, and active workforce,” Sam Bedi, Regional Director, GPN said. PTI TDS RGlast_img read more

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of Indore Test, Shardul Thakur named replacement

first_imgIndia have named medium pacer Shardul Thakur as replacement for an injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the third and final Test which starts in Indore from Saturday.Kumar was ruled out after he sustained a back strain in the second Test at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.Kumar, who had replaced Umesh Yadav in the playing XI at the Eden, starred with a five-wicket haul in the first innings. His spell helped India take a crucial lead on a tricky pitch and paved the way for a convincing victory.India have already won the series 2-0 and in the process reclaimed the top spot in the ICC Test rankings.India are in the midst of their busiest home season in nearly four decades. After the ongoing series, India play 10 more Tests against England, Australia and Bangladesh.last_img read more

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N.Y. Fantasy Football Stays Shut

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — A New York judge on Nov. 16 rejected the requests of daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel for temporary restraining orders to block the state attorney general’s attempt to shut them down.In separate complaints filed Nov. 13 in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, FanDuel and DraftKings first asked a judge for an injunction, arguing that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrongly characterized their businesses as illegal gambling operations.On Nov. 16, Boston-based DraftKings and New York-based FanDuel asked Justice Manuel Mendez for an immediate restraining order to stop Schneiderman until they can present their case. Each said they face irreparable damage otherwise.DraftKings said it has 375,000 New Yorkers among some 2.5 million players, and that the attorney general told its vendors in letters that it was at risk of not doing business in New York anymore.FanDuel said it has over 1 million users, with “hundreds of thousands” in New York whose deposits it has been unable to process since Nov. 13.The company blamed that on Schneiderman’s office, saying it has already contacted the bank and payment processors handling FanDuel’s customer deposits and withdrawals, deterring them from continuing.Schneiderman’s lawyers told Mendez at a hearing late Nov. 16 that they hadn’t done anything to actually prevent the companies from doing business in New York, and therefore he couldn’t issue an order to stop it.Mendez agreed. “They have not taken action yet to somehow enjoin the plaintiff from continuing to engage in their business here in New York,” he said. He ordered them back to court on Nov. 25.The case began with cease and desist letters sent by the attorney general last week, warning DraftKings and FanDuel they should stop conducting illegal gambling in New York.DraftKings and FanDuel argue that they offer games of skill, not of chance, as defined New York’s gambling laws.DraftKings said it was “confident in our legal position” and intended to keep operating in the state.____By Deepti Hajela. AP writer Michael Virtanen in Albany, New York, contributedlast_img read more

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WCD Ministry invites applications for National Children Awards 2018

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 8 (PTI) The Women and Child Development Ministry has invited nominations for this year’s National Children Awards given to children with outstanding achievements in the fields of innovation, scholastic achievements, sports, arts and culture, social service and bravery.This national recognition is conferred by the president. The last date to submit nominations is September 30 this year.Elaborating on the awards, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said the National Children Awards is an “amazing platform to honour the exceptional achievements of our children and those who strive towards their welfare, development and protection in a way to inspire others”.Applications are sought in the categories of ‘National Child Awards’ and ‘National Child Welfare Awards’.The recipients of the ‘National Child Awards’ receive a medal, a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, book vouchers worth Rs 10,000, a certificate and a citation.The ‘National Child Welfare Awards’ recognise the work of individuals and institutions who have made a remarkable contribution towards the service of children in the fields of child development, protection and welfare.The recipients receive a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a citation and a certificate.The Ministry has also launched a logo design contest for the awards. The details of the contest are available on the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the Ministry. Last date to submit entries for the contest is September 23.Further details of the awards are available at www.nca-wcd.nic.in. PTI UZM KJKJlast_img read more

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Allegri blasts Juventus display

first_imgJuventus Allegri blasts Juventus display after home streak snapped by Lazio Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 03:49 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Allegri - cropped Getty Images Juventus Juventus v Lazio Lazio Serie A The Juve coach expressed concern over his side’s title chances after they went down to a rare home defeat against Lazio Massimiliano Allegri warned Juventus can kiss their Serie A dominance goodbye if they regularly turn in the kind of performance that saw their long unbeaten run at home ended by a 2-1 defeat to Lazio.Ciro Immobile struck twice for the Rome club on Saturday, condemning the champions to their first defeat at the Allianz Stadium in 42 league games, a run extended to 57 fixtures in all competitions.3/1 for Fiorentina & Udinese to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The streak ought to have been preserved, but Paulo Dybala saw a 97th-minute penalty saved by Thomas Strakosha, the Argentinian’s second failure from 12 yards in as many games for Juve after his miss against Atalanta left them with a 2-2 draw.Amid Napoli’s stunning start to the campaign, Inter’s resurgence under Luciano Spalletti and the Bianconeri’s woes, Juve’s long rule over Serie A is under serious threat, a fact Allegri is all too aware of.57 – Juventus have lost an home match for the first time after 57 games in all competitions (50W, 7D). Missed #JuventusLazio— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) October 14, 2017″We had the warning signs against Torino, Sassuolo and Atalanta. We have these drops in concentration and pay a heavy price for them,” Allegri told Mediaset Premium.”Between Bergamo and today we have dropped five points and haven’t realised yet that to win the Scudetto you must fight every single day. It’s a hard slog. Some were a little tired, others carrying knocks, but these are not excuses, as we dropped five points.”Now we’ve got an important game on Wednesday against Sporting in the Champions League and we have to win.”We ran into a very well-organised Lazio side that is dangerous on the counter. I was just disappointed we lost the ball too easily. We were too soft in the tackle, otherwise Lazio never really got into our half in the first period.”Those are the moments that decide a match. If you drop a point here and a point there, in the end you’re not going to win the Scudetto.”Former Juventus youngster Immobile revelled in his role in his old side’s downfall, having sealed Lazio’s first win over the Bianconeri in 14 years.”I want to enjoy it with my team-mates, as we put in an exceptional performance. I am a striker, it’s my job to put it in the net and a pleasure to play with them,” Immobile told Sky Sport Italia.”It was a huge achievement, Juve had been unbeaten here in 57 competitive games, I think, so that was amazing to end that run.”This gives us a real push in terms of morale and confidence. We knew that we had the quality, we just needed to raise the game in terms of mentality.”last_img read more

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More Jobs Created in Local Film Industry

first_imgStory Highlights For the 2016/17 financial year, some 2,571 jobs were created by the film industry, compared to 1,406 in the previous year. Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, says the country has been reaping benefits from development of the local film industry with steady increases in jobs and earnings. The Commission is mandated to promote the Jamaican film industry through facilitation of activities that increase investment, export and employment in the sector. Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, says the country has been reaping benefits from development of the local film industry with steady increases in jobs and earnings.For the 2016/17 financial year, some 2,571 jobs were created by the film industry, compared to 1,406 in the previous year.Ms. Robinson told JIS News that the Commission tracks the various international productions that come into the island and the local personnel and services that they utilise for their projects.“A film production can hire anywhere from 30 people all the way up to 800, so it really makes a significant difference when we have large productions that are coming into the island and hiring Jamaicans,” the Film Commissioner said.She added that the multiplier effect is massive, as “it is not just the hiring of the production manager or the camera folks, but they hire caterers, drivers, security personnel… (and) if there is a scene at a pool, they hire a lifeguard… . Ambulances are needed on set to ensure that medical attention is available, so there is a lot of spin-offs in jobs for the productions that are happening on the island”.As it relates to capital expenditure from the local film industry, the Commission identifies and tracks the investments that local production entities bring into the island.“So, when a Phase Three, Television Jamaica or other entities bring in production equipment, we track the value of that equipment, which is being invested in the economy,” Ms. Robinson explained.The past financial year saw $300 million worth of capital expenditure from investments by the creative industries.In terms of linkages, which relate to the value of the production budget that comes into the island to offset the services rendered, figures show that for the 2016/17 fiscal period, some $674 million was allocated.The Jamaica Film Commission was established in 1984 and operates alongside the Creative Industries Unit within JAMPRO.The Commission is mandated to promote the Jamaican film industry through facilitation of activities that increase investment, export and employment in the sector.last_img read more

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Calling All Dreamers Confederation Centre Launches Website and Submission Page for The

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Applicants may submit artwork, short videos, or text proposals and be as plain or poetic as they feel. The key to a good submission is the core idea and not the style, length, or format at this stage.In the workshops actual dreamcatchers will also be created by the youth in each community and integrated by Indigenous visual artist Nick Huard into a large national dreamcatcher exhibited this summer at Confederation Centre.Huard and Mary Francis Moore, associate artistic director of The 2017 Charlottetown Festival, will lead the sessions in collaboration with local artists in each region, including Fred Penner, Twin Flames, Nikki Payne, Romesh Thavanathan of Hey Rosetta, City Natives, and more.“Our youth are our future ancestors and their dreams are impressive,” states Huard. “This project encourages them to imagine, gives them a voice and a chance to represent themselves. We want to remind them to keep dreaming because dreams can become reality, and The Dream Catchers reminds them to pursue the dream the creator put in their hearts.”Gleaned from the workshop ideas and online submissions from Canada’s young people, the creative team will produce a vibrant and movement-filled musical for an expanded Confederation Centre Young Company. A troupe of 26 emerging artists will be cast to present this exciting new theatre production both on P.E.I and nationally throughout the summer of 2017. Login/Register With: Advertisement Confederation Centre’s signature project for Canada’s 150th anniversary next year is The Dream Catchers, a national touring production in two stages, funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund. Between February and April, an artistic team will travel to each province and territory to facilitate workshops, exploring young people’s dreams for themselves and Canada, with a focus toward the environment, inclusion, and reconciliation.Youth across the country will also be able to submit their dreams online, sharing their hopes for the future.  The Dream Catchers website is now live and ready to receive dreams for a brighter future and applications to be part of the exciting workshops.The website and dream submission page for youth age 17 and under to apply to be part of The Dream Catchers can be found in both French and English at dreamingcanada.ca or capteursdereves.calast_img read more

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Official UN Roundtable is Chance to Settle Confidence Building Issues

Rabat – The secretary of state to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mounia Boucetta, said that the United Nations roundtable talks on Western Sahara, set to begin tomorrow, will be an opportunity to settle the issue of confidence-building measures.On Monday, Boucetta emphasized that Morocco’s autonomy plan proposal remains the only realistic solution to the conflict.Recalling the recently adopted UN Resolution 2440, Boucetta said that the Security Council’s decision marks a significant step forward, especially because it stressed the need to open a new chapter in the UN-led political process. In her address made at the House of Representatives on Monday, Boucetta said that the resolution is important because it “recognizes Algeria’s central role as a party invited to the Geneva roundtable.”Boucetta said that the resolution also dealt “a hard blow to the myth of the liberated territories.”Read also: Bourita to Lead Moroccan Delegation to UN Western Sahara Talks in GenevaThe Security Council voted on October 31 in favor of the resolution, which warned Polisario to adhere to its commitments in Western Sahara, its buffer zones, and east of Morocco’s defense berm.Claimed as liberated zones by the front, the resolution listed Bir Lahlou and Tifariti as restricted zones, saying Polisario should not move its administrative offices to them and should respect its commitments to the UN.The UN talks in Geneva will convene tomorrow and Thursday, December 5-6, at the request of the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General, Horst Kohler.Morocco’s delegation at the Geneva talks will evaluate Algeria’s readiness to accept its role in the conflict without preconditions. Algeria has denied its role in the Western Sahara conflict, claiming itself as an “observer” to the conflict.The UN’s resolution sent a clear message when it included Algeria with Morocco, Mauritania, and the Polisario Front in its instruction that the parties should “work constructively” to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution to the conflict.Read also: Polisario Defies Resolution 2440 Ahead of UN Talks on Western SaharaMoroccan officials have also affirmed that the roundtable is far from being part of negotiations. The roundtable will instead serve as an initial step toward future negotiations. The roundtable’s agenda will be a general discussion about the recent developments of the Western Sahara dossier and a review of Kohler’s visit to the region in June.Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita will lead the Moroccan delegation, which includes Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Omar Hilale, President of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region Sidi Hamdi Ould Errachid, and President of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region Ynja Khattat.The delegation also includes Fatima Adli, a member of the Smara municipal council. read more

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UN cultural ambassadors call for education for all

21 May 2008A group of celebrity ambassadors with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called for greater efforts to provide “education for all” at their annual meeting at the agency’s headquarters in Paris. A group of celebrity ambassadors with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called for greater efforts to provide “education for all” at their annual meeting at the agency’s headquarters in Paris.“Education is a fundamental human right, yet millions of children and adults around the world are still deprived of access to basic education and technology” said Princess Firyal of Jordan and French musician Jean Michel Jarre on behalf of the 19 Goodwill Ambassadors present at the meeting.In their statement, the ambassadors also said that respect for cultural diversity and languages is a key to social development and peace, and added that there should be a renewed focus on the environment. “Now is the time to face up to the challenges of an over-exploited planet and to take steps to preserve it for generations to come,” they said.The Goodwill Ambassadors committed themselves to work on raising awareness about global warming. “2008 is the International Year of Planet Earth. This is a timely opportunity for us all to be less self-centred and to strive for a better future” added Jean Michel Jarre.Meeting on the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development and during the International Year of Languages, the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors noted that half of the world’s 7000 languages currently face extinction. They also made a plea to governments to promote bi- and multilingual education, and to respect mother languages in all countries. read more

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Ban underlines the role of information technologies in accelerating development

“Through e-learning, e-health, e-government, climate monitoring and more, today’s and tomorrow’s technologies will help bring the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] within reach,” Mr. Ban said in his message to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum, which got under way today in Geneva.“The power of fixed and mobile broadband will further improve our ability to extend basic services to communities – even those in the remotest places – in ways that where inconceivable when the MDGs were first articulated more than a decade ago.“With the agreed international deadline of 2015 fast approaching, our priority must be to translate the partnerships and progress generated by the WSIS process into tangible achievements that are globally and equitably distributed,” he added.World leaders, experts, government representatives and United Nations officials are attending the five-day forum to discuss the use of ICTs to accelerate development and give impetus to efforts to achieve the global poverty reduction goals.Guest speakers at today’s opening ceremony included government ministers from 17 countries.Delegates also heard from Hamadoun Touré, the Secretary-General of the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU); Supachai Panitchpakdi, the Secretary-General of UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); Juan Somavia, Director-General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO); Janis Karklins, the Deputy Director of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as well as other senior officials in the ICT field.Dr. Touré stressed the importance of broadband to national economic and social development.“I think we are all very much aware of how close we are to the 2015 deadline for meeting the WSIS targets and the Millennium Development Goals. We have made quite extraordinary progress in terms of connectivity, the creation of an enabling environment, and cybersecurity. The next major step must be to repeat the ‘mobile miracle’ for broadband Internet,” he said. The Forum will also serve as the venue for the UN Group on the Information Society’s first meeting of the open consultation process on the overall review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes.As well as reviewing progress towards the WSIS targets set for 2015, this year’s forum will also foster interactive debate and the exchange of information on topics such as rural development, multilingualism, environmental sustainability, education, health care and innovation.The Secretary-General stressed that by engaging governments, the UN family, civil society and the private sector, the international community has been able to accelerate the achievement of targets to improve access to ICTs for people and communities worldwide.“With the agreed international [MDG] deadline of 2015 fast approaching, our priority must be to translate the partnerships and progress generated by the WSIS process into tangible achievements that are globally and equitably distributed,” he said.More than 1,000 representatives from 140 countries are expected to attend the week-long event, organized jointly by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). 16 May 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in accelerating socio-economic development, highlighting their potential to enable the delivery of basic social services to even the remotest areas of the world. read more

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WatchTSX ends higher Wall Street suffers more declines after Tuesdays selloff

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market pushed ahead on Wednesday, but couldn’t recover the losses from the previous day, as most sectors headed modestly higher.The S&P/TSX composite index moved 97.44 points higher at 14,739.20, following a big sell-off on Tuesday prompted by worries about higher interest rates in the U.S. The Canadian dollar dropped 0.5 of a cent to 78.36 cents US, coming off of a six-year low of 78.14 cents US earlier in the day.The Dow Jones industrials extended its decline another 27.55 points to 17,635.39 after plunging more than 300 points on Tuesday. The Nasdaq slid 9.86 points to 4,849.94 while the S&P 500 index was off 3.92 of a point to 2,040.24.BMO Capital Markets chief economist Doug Porter said financial markets around the world have been weighing the “powerful move” in the U.S. dollar in recent weeks.“What’s driving that is the view the Federal Reserve is priming itself to begin raising interest rates at the very time the Euopean Central Bank has embarked on quantitative easing and other banks are either cutting rates or also trying to engage in stimulant measures,” he said.The U.S. dollar strength has created a ripple effect, adding pressure to gold prices which ended the session at their lowest level since early November.The April gold bullion contract was down US$9.50 at US$1,150.60 an ounce, while the May copper contract was down a 1.8 cents at US$2.61 a pound.Aside from pressure from the U.S. currency, the loonie is also being squeezed by the low price of oil, which has been trading at about US$50 a barrel — down from more than US$100 a barrel last summer.The April crude oil contract settled 12 cents lower at US$48.17 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while the TSX energy sector rose 1.4%.Technology stocks were ahead 1.3%, buoyed partly on shares of Constellation Software (TSX:CSU) which jumped 3.8% to $441.22.A subsidiary of Constellation Software bought InterAct911 Corp., a computer-aided dispatch and records management company for primarily U.S. law enforcement. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. In earnings, Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B) says adjusted profits at its continuing media and telecom operations rose 3.5% to $50.3 million from a year earlier. On a per share basis, the results were 41 cents, below analyst estimates of 52 cents per share. Quebecor class B shares fell 44 cents to $33.29.Air Canada (TSX:AC) has signed a codeshare agreement with Brazil’s GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes that will make it easier for travellers to connect through the two airlines’ networks. The agreement expands an interline agreement that allows travellers to make a single reservation for flights on both airlines. Air Canada shares rose 19 cents to $12.41. read more

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Judge withdraws from Gota case

Rajapaksa had filed a fundamental rights petition against the special police unit investigating allegations of serious financial crimes. (Colombo Gazette) Supreme Court Judge Buwanaka Aluvihare has withdrawn from the bench hearing the fundamental rights petition filed by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.As a result the three member bench set to hear the case will now be two members, namely Justice Eva Wannasundara and Justice Sarath de Abrew.

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EHF CL TOP 16 Barca destroys Montpellier – Baena last second goal

Sunday offered very interesting matches and some surprises in Velux EHF Champions League TOP 16 phase. After Fuchse won against HSV Hamburg, Ademar Leon became the third Spanish team in the TOP 8. In front of 6.000 fans in Veszprem, Leon saved +3 from the first match (31:28) in the last few seconds with crucial goal of Baena for defeat – 25:27. In the previous attack, Veszprem’s legend, Perez missed the target… F.C Barcelona destroys French Montpellier 36:20. French champions lost their head in the first minutes of the second match, unable to save +2 from the first clash (32:30).Barcelona:Saric; Víctor Tomás (2), Nagy (6), Noddesbo (5), Raúl Entrerríos (2), Rutenka (5, 3p.), Juanín (5, 1p.), siete inicial, Sorhaindo (3), Mikel Aguirrezabalaga (-), Igropulo (1), Rocas (-), Ugalde (1), Sarmiento (6), Morros (-) y Sjostrand, (ps). Montpellier: Prost,; Gajic (7, 6p), Luka Karabatic (-), Tej (1), Nikola Karabatic (5), Hmam (1), Grébille (5), siete inicial, Accambray (-), Michel Guigou (-), Bojinovic (-), Honrubia (1), Joli(-), Salou (-) y Stochhl (ps).In the TOP 8 of EHF Champions League will play BM Atletico Madrid, F.C Barcelona, Ademar Leon, THW Kiel, Fuchse Berlin, C.O Zagreb, Cimos Koper and AG Copenhagen. ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16: Fuchse Berlin master work – Atletico in TOP 8 despite defeat Next Story → EHF CL TOP 8 Draw: Favorites don’t want AG? Ademar LeonF.C BarcelonaHC MontpellierMKB VeszpremVezsprem Veszprem:Alilovic (Fazekas); Ivancsik (4), Ilyes (2), Csaszar (2), Sulic (7), Vujin (8, 2 p), Gulyas (1), Laluska (1), Terzic (-), Reynaldo (2), Vilovski (-). Ademar: Losert (Álamo); Stranovsky (6, 2 p), Antonio García (6), Carou (-), Andreu (3), Ferrer (2), Krivoschlykov (3), Ruesga (3), Cutura (1), Goñi (-), Baena (1), Borges (-). read more

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Appealing a social welfare decision You could be in for a long

first_imgPEOPLE HAVE TO wait for an average of six months for decisions to be made on social welfare appeals.The average wait time is 25.1 weeks, down from 29 weeks in 2013.Women waiting to hear if they are entitled to the deserted wives benefit have the longest average wait time of 64.7 weeks – 15 months. This is up from 25.7 weeks last year.Carers waiting on appeal decisions for the respite care grants have the second longest wait of 61.8 weeks: over 14 months. The average wait time in 2013 was 24.6 weeks.A total of 38,500 social welfare appeals were finalised in 2013.Appeals on insurability of employment have the quickest turn-around: 4.6 weeks. The average wait time for appeal decisions on non-means-tested Jobseeker’s Allowance is 5.3 weeks, down from 26.5 weeks lat year.The wait time for decisions of appeals relating to Jobseeker’s Benefit is 19.8 weeks or just under five months, down from a 27 week wait in 2013.The processing time for appeals on pensions is seven to eight months.‘Significant progress’Social Protection Minister Joan Burton informed the Dáil of the figures last week.She said that she was “satisfied that significant progress has been made in addressing the appeals backlog”.The average processing time for appeals peaked in 2011 when the average time for an oral hearing was 52.5 weeks and for a summary decision was 25.1 weeks. In 2012 the average processing time for an oral hearing dropped to 39.5 weeks and the time for a summary decision increased slightly to 27.8 weeks.“Further improvements were achieved in 2013, when the average appeal processing time reduced to 33.9 weeks for an oral hearing and 25.8 weeks for a summary decision, and to date in 2014.“As at 31 May 2014, the time taken to process an appeal requiring an oral hearing reduced to 29.9 weeks and 22.5 weeks for a summary decision,” Burton stated.Read: Department carried out one million reviews of social welfare recipients last yearRead: At least 60% of domiciliary care allowance applications refusedlast_img read more

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New Owner Sale of TV Guide for 1 Needs to be Taken

first_imgIt came as startling news to many when the financial terms of TV Guide’s sale were revealed, showing that California-based investment firm OpenGate Capital paid $1—less than the cover price of one single issue—to purchase the print brand from owner Macrovision. On top of that, Macrovision said it would lend OpenGate up to $9.5 million at a surprisingly low 3 percent interest rate.Is this like paying the garbage man to take your trash away? It seems crazy that Macrovision, after its acquisition of Gemstar-TV Guide for $2.8 billion, would cough up nearly $10 million in loans, to an investment firm no less, to get the magazine off its books. There again, in this rollercoaster of an economic environment, anything is possible.According to OpenGate founder and managing partner Andrew Nikou, terms of the sale need to be “taken into perspective.” Here is his statement regarding the acquisition terms, via a TV Guide spokesperson: “Macrovision’s recent disclosure of the terms of the sale of TV Guide need to be taken into perspective, given the magazine’s history and unprecedented relaunch in 2005.TV Guide is a company with an exceptionally strong foundation, built around a subscriber base of over 3 million, a weekly readership in excess of 21 million, a powerful brand that commands trust and loyalty, and a world class organization able to produce a leading entertainment magazine with stunning photography and unique features-driven editorial content.However, the magazine’s reinvention from a listings guide to a contemporary television entertainment magazine has been not only highly promising and successful to date, but has also been a very costly undertaking. With losses over $20 million in 2007 and further losses expected in 2008, all of this combined with significant deferred subscription and other operational liabilities, OpenGate is stepping in with the commitment to successfully complete the magazine’s turn-around, which targets restored profitability by the end of 2009, and to re-establishing TV Guide as the premier television entertainment magazine in the country.This commitment will enhance the value of this unique franchise and is a tribute to the underlying strength and potential of the brand that has so far demonstrated its ability to withstand the test of time.”last_img read more

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