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Google’s plot to overthrow scientific publishers (not!)

first_imgScience journalists around the world received an anonymous e-mail tip yesterday, describing a meeting in Berlin between some academics and Google’s staff there. An attached slideshow presentation, provided at the meeting, described a secret project called “Google Science,” a new scientific publishing platform that combines Google Docs, Google Scholar, and YouTube. Scientists will be able to not only publish their research for free, but then the papers and data would also be open access forever. Sound too good to be true? It is, Wired.co.uk reports (in great detail). Or as one Google software engineer succinctly told Science, “Um … no. That’s a prank.”last_img read more

Account removal requests jump from India: Twitter

first_imgBetween July and December 2017, the Indian government made 315 Twitter account information requests, up from 261 made during the January-June period, and asked the micro-blogging website to remove 144 accounts, up from 102 from the previous period. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

A new hope

first_imgLATEST STORIES He added that the new league would strive to bolster the game’s experience for the fans. After all, “it’s the fans [who] will bring football to greater heights.”Eleven teams have signified interest in joining, including PFL Champion Ceres Negros, Copa Paulino Alcantara holders Kaya-Iloilo, Stallion Laguna and Green Archers United Globe.“Of course, without a league, football will not flourish in the Philippines,” said Philippine Football Federation president Nonong Araneta.“Players look forward to play in the premier league of the country. And there’s only one league in the country and that will be the PPL,” he added.“It’s about time we should do something in our country to be at least be on par—if not surpass—what’s happening around the region. This is the vision that the PPL has,” said Sumayao, who has been credited for the success of Thailand’s domestic league.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine professional football is set to get a new lease on life when the Philippine Premier League (PPL) gets going later this March.“It’s a rebirth,” said PPL commissioner Bernard Sumayao during the league’s official launch at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati on Wednesday. The league will replace Philippine Football League (PFL), which ran for two years.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “We’re basically a reboot of the PFL. But we are a new entity and a new management. Our agenda is to be able to reach the same level as what we see around us today—that means the other leagues around the region. That is truly the goal of the PPL,” he said.Tournament director Richard Gannaban said the PPL was targeting eight clubs for its initial year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We will be playing a triple round robin for the league and we will be retaining the format of Copa Alcantara,” he said.Gannaban also noted that the adoption of Copa was for compliance to the Asian Football Confederation regulations. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Broner failed to seize the momentcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The league showrunner added that he looks to follow the models that have brought success in neighboring regions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

1st Test: Bangladesh set 321-run target after Taijul runs through Zimbabwe on Day 3

first_imgBangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam grabbed his second five-wicket haul in the match to finish with career-best match figures of 11/170 on day three of the first Test versus Zimbabwe in Sylhet.Bangladesh ended the day on 26/0 and need 295 runs to win from two days.However, Zimbabwe would fancy their chances to bowl the hosts out cheaply yet again following their score of 143 in the first innings.And the home side will need to pull off a record chase in order to win the match as their highest fourth innings chase is 217/6 against West Indies at St. George’s in 2009. And so far, Bangladesh have just won three matches out of 28 games while chasing in the fourth innings.Taijul, however, was instrumental in triggering a collapse in Zimbabwe’s second innings, when they were bowled out for 181 from a dominating 101/2.Taijul’s 5/62, following his 6/108, was complemented by off-spinner Mehidy Hasan’s 3/48 and left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam’s 2/27.Mehidy broke through by dismissing opener Brain Chari for 4 to give the hosts hope in the morning session when Zimbabwe began the day on 1/0. But Brendan Taylor counterattacked in a bid to keep Bangladesh’s spinners at bay.Islam ended Taylor’s attacking knock by inducing him to play a big shot, resulting a catch at long-on. Taylor scored 24 off 25, hitting four boundaries.Mehidy, however, got the prized wicket of Hamilton Masakadza for 48, ending his 104 ball knock. Taijul then took three wickets in five balls to raise the prospect of bowling Zimbabwe out cheaply.But the resistance came from Regis Chakabva (20) and Wellington Masakadza (17), who played 116 balls between them to add 35 runs for the sixth wicket.advertisementBangladesh was bowled out for 143 in the first innings, its seventh straight Test innings below 200, in reply of Zimbabwe’s 282.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds images show off design, expected specs detailed

first_imgWhile the Unpacked event on February 20 will be centered around the Galaxy S10 series, and possibly the Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone, Samsung has a few more interesting products up its sleeves. The company wants to make the tenth anniversary Galaxy event big, which is why you can also expect the Galaxy Buds truly wireless earphones and the Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch make their appearance as well. This week, a bunch of renders of both the devices leaked out along with some key specifications.First up we have the Galaxy Watch Active in high quality renders, posted by SamMobile, that seem to confirm the design as well as the operating system. The Galaxy Watch Active will reportedly run on Samsung’s new One UI customised for the smartwatch. The renders show off some watch faces of the Galaxy Watch Active and what the UI will look like. It certainly looks new and clean, which is what Samsung is going for with One UI. There also seems to be a Dark Theme going on as most of the watch faces, Settings menu and other modes have a dark background. This should also improve the battery life of the smarwatch.It is becoming clear that Samsung will not be bringing its trademark rotating bezel to the Galaxy Watch Active. Instead, the UI will have to be navigated by swiping through the display and using the buttons on the side. The watch faces have been design to keep the focus on delivering activity tracking data and daily goals. The Galaxy Watch Active is said to come with a continuous heart tracking feature.advertisementBased on previous reports, the Galaxy Watch Active will come with a 1.3-inch circular AMOLED display with a 360×360 pixel resolution. It will be powered by an Exynos 9110 chip with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Interestingly, it seems the Galaxy Watch Active will offer a slightly smaller battery at 230mAh compared to the 300mAh battery inside the Gear Sport. The Galaxy Watch Active will also come with an in-built speaker and LTE support, along with Samsung Pay via NFC and GPS. The Galaxy Buds are clearly Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods. The buds are small and will come in a charging case that can be wirelessly charged by placing the case on the back of the Galaxy S10. The buds are said to come with 58mAh batteries, while the case will hold a 252mAh capacity. The Galaxy Buds will be able to store around 2,000 songs as well thanks to 8GB of onboard storage. The Buds will support Bluetooth 5.0 and will come with IPX2 rating for sweat resistance.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Watch Active specs leak out ahead of February 20 launchALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 full specs leak out revealing everything ahead of February 20 launchlast_img read more

UKM, Sime Darby win promotion to MPL

first_imgLiga M3 UKM, Sime Darby win promotion following FAM Cup semi-final wins Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 18:02 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sime Darby, FAM Cup, 08102017 Twitter @SimeDarbyFC Liga M3 UKM v Shahzan Muda Sime Darby v Felcra Shahzan Muda UKM Sime Darby Felcra UKM and Sime Darby have booked their places in the FAM Cup final, following their second leg semi-final wins on Sunday. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter University side UKM FC and Sime Darby have secured promotion to the 2018 Premier League, following their FAM Cup semi-final wins on Sunday. Coincidentally, both ties ended in 1-0 scorelines on aggregate.At the UKM Mini Stadium, Bangi, Sulaiman Husin’s charges are set to become the second university side to enter the M-League, after they defeated Shahzan Muda 1-0 in their second leg semi-final match. UKM endured a jittery start to the match to retain the stalemate at the end of regulation time.With 10 minutes remaining in the extra-time, things looked bleak for the hosts when one of their players had to receive treatment off the pitch, while they had used up all three of their substitutions. But while the physio was frantically patching up the injured man, forward Faidzol Fazreen Shamsudin made sure Shahzan Muda did not get to take advantage of their extra man, scoring following a corner kick. 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. With seconds remaining, the visitors had two brilliant chances from outside the box. But the first was kept out by UKM goalkeeper Khairi Hassan, and the second hit the crossbar.UKM celebrate promotion to Premier League! https://t.co/dqRvKCy2j2— Zulhilmi Zainal 🇲🇾 (@zulhilmibzainal) October 8, 2017UKM players and fans celebrate their winThe other semi-final tie too ended a 1-0 affair, when Sime Darby beat Felcra FC at the Petaling Jaya City Council Stadium. After the first leg had ended goalless, the second leg only produced one goal, scored by Zul Fahmi Awang in the 40th minute. The win has ensured a swift return to the M-League for the Giant Killers, who at the conclusion of the 2016 season were relegated from the Premier League to the FAM Cup.With their places in the second tier now secure, the two sides will now face off in the two-legged FAM Cup final to decide the champions. The first leg will be hosted by UKM on October 15, with Sime Darby hosting the return fixture on October 22. The kick-off times and venues have not been announced.last_img read more

2015 Pacific School Games Results

first_imgQueensland has won all four divisions at the 2015 Pacific Schools Games held in Adelaide last week. Congratulations to the winners across the four divisions: 12’s Girls1st – Queensland 2nd – New South Wales 3rd – Australian Capital Territory 12’s Boys1st – Queensland2nd – New South Wales3rd – Western Australia 15’s GirlsGrand Final – Queensland 3 defeated New South Wales 1Plate Final – South Australia 6 defeated Victoria 11st – Queensland 2nd – New South Wales3rd – Western Australia15’s Boys Grand Final – Queensland 9 defeated New South Wales 3Plate Final – Northern Territory 6 defeated South Australia 51st – Queensland 2nd – New South Wales3rd – Western AustraliaHead to the Touch Football Australia Facebook page to view the Pacific Schools Games photo album – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia. For more information about the 2015 Pacific Schools Games, please click here. To watch some of the live stream footage from a selection of Friday’s games, please click here.Related LinksPacific School Gameslast_img read more

‘Newcastle can be Arsenal stepping stone for Vieira’

first_imgNewcastle could prove to be a “stepping stone” for Patrick Vieira, says Ray Parlour, with the legendary former Arsenal midfielder expected to head back to north London in a managerial capacity at some stage.The Frenchman is among those being linked with a high-profile vacancy at St James’ Park.With Newcastle having been unable to agree fresh terms with Rafa Benitez, they find themselves back in the market for a new coach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Various targets have been mooted, with the likes of Jose Mourinho and David Moyes among them, but no decision has been made as yet.That means that Arsenal icon Vieira could be returned to the Premier League from a spell at Nice, with former team-mate Parlour of the opinion that a move to the Magpies would make sense.He told talkSPORT: “I’m surprised by the news.“I always tipped him to be the Arsenal manager one day. I’d love to see him back at Arsenal, but this could be the stepping stone, who knows.“He was a fantastic player, a really intelligent guy. He knew exactly what he brought to the table every game and he never let you down, he could handle the pressure.“Not all great players become great managers, but I could always see him going down that road.“To take over from Tony Adams as Arsenal skipper, that was a big loss for us because Tony was a big, big player at centre-half, but Patrick did a wonderful job. He was skipper for about eight years and everyone looked up to him.”Patrick Vieira ArsenalParlour is not the only former colleague of Vieira in north London to have talked up the World Cup winner’s claims to the role on Tyneside.Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Lee Harper is another who feels that a man cut from the same cloth as Arsene Wenger could be a success in a demanding post.He told Love Sport Radio of Vieira: “He was a really, really nice guy so, given his experience in the Premier League, you can’t see why it wouldn’t work if he went to Newcastle and gave it a go.”He’s had plenty of managerial experience too which should set him up somewhere like that.”I don’t see why [he shouldn’t do it]. He’s done some groundwork in management and it would be a good fit. It would be a good challenge.”Newcastle are a big club with a great fan base, something Patrick would thrive on.”First and foremost, he’s a nice guy and you want to see nice guys do well.”Harper added:  “He is a winner and he will demand that whoever plays for his team has that mentality and strength. He will be driving people on.”I do believe he will be more of a Wenger type [of manager] because he is quiet off the pitch. He will have plenty of technical aspects to his training sessions.”He is a quiet guy but that doesn’t mean he won’t tell people who need to be told – because of his winning mentality.”last_img read more

Jersey Numbers For Ohio State’s NFL Rookies Are Out

first_imgA closeup of J.T. Barrett during an Ohio State game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Quarterback J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State will have a lot of rookies playing in the NFL in 2018. The Buckeyes have 13 first-year players on NFL rosters right now, to be exact.Jersey numbers for these rookies have been chosen. Ohio State first-round draft pick Denzel Ward is the latest Buckeye to reveal what number he’ll be wearing in the league.Ward, the No. 4 overall pick, will be wearing No. 21. That’s a pretty great number for a shutdown cornerback.?#Wallpaper of the new uni number for @denzelward of the @Browns #DawgPound pic.twitter.com/sa9bwYApJa— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) May 24, 2018Ward is not alone in having chosen his jersey number. All 13 of the Buckeyes playing in the NFL for the first time have picked their numbers.Here are the update numbers, compiled by Eleven Warriors:PLAYERPOSTEAMCOLLEGE JERSEY NO.PRO JERSEY NO.DENZEL WARDCBCLEVELAND BROWNS1221BILLY PRICECCINCINNATI BENGALS5453TYQUAN LEWISDEINDIANAPOLIS COLTS5994JEROME BAKERLBMIAMI DOLPHINS1755SAM HUBBARDDECINCINNATI BENGALS694JALYN HOLMESDEMINNESOTA VIKINGS1192JAMARCO JONESOTSEATTLE SEAHAWKS7473J.T. BARRETTQBNEW ORLEANS SAINTS165MARCUS BAUGHTEOAKLAND RAIDERS8583DAMON WEBBSTENNESSEE TITANS735ELIJAAH GOINSCBTENNESSEE TITANS1942TRACY SPRINKLEDTCAROLINA PANTHERS9368CHRIS WORLEYLBCINCINNATI BENGALS3547The best picks:Ward going with No. 21Barrett going with No. 5Baker going with No. 55All three are great picks for their respective positions.last_img read more

This woman hired an army of stay-at-home mothers to create a news app for children with 7 different reading levels!

first_img Roshni Chakrabarty New DelhiMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 19:22 IST This young mother started a children’s newspaper app ‘The Young Chronicle’ which specifically analyses the reading level of children and is run by a team of mothers who know children the best!The Young Chronicle was not the first startup Ritika Amit Kumar created. In 2009, while still doing her MBA at MICA, she had designed a social network for parents, by the name of AchaBacha.co.in. Parents living in a nuclear setup are the order of the day with so many of us having moved away from our home city for work purposes. And so, the need for updated parenting tips is a constant.”Being raised in a Defence environment, I did not have my grandparents with me all the time, but had a larger community that co-raised me. This brought me to the idea of developing a community around parents, when I was not even married,” says Ritika.It was during that time that Facebook started to grow popular and Ritika found that the parenting group she created on social media worked a lot better than the website. She noted that ‘The Young Chronicle’ online newspaper which was part of the web portal had received the most traction.Ritika realised she needed to change her whole approach.Some well-timed, quick advice from Sarbvir Singh, who headed the investment arm of Network 18 prodded her to focus on the children’s newspaper aspect of the Young Chronicle.Ritika was not that experienced in the digital marketing domain and so, she first worked with Groupon India for a few years, before advancing the Young Chronicle plan in earnest. Profiles of the Founders, Ritika Amit Kumar and Varun Mishra.Discovering reading levels of childrenChildren need to keep advancing their reading levels steadily from a young age so that they can be gradually exposed to topics of increasingly complexity or maturity. But this is a factor that very few parents realise or know about.advertisementThe Young Chronicle started off as a single children’s newspaper in a PDF (online text reader) format. When customer feedback informed that children of many age groups were reading the paper, she launched an Android app for classes 1, 2, 3 and 4.Then, she learned that children up to the age of 14 were reading the class 4 newspaper meant for 9- to 10-year-olds. So she extended the Young Chronicle to reading levels of class 7.”This version got shortlisted for ET Power of ideas in 2015. Around that time, we were using a third party tool to host interactive PDFs,” says Ritika.Later, customer feedback revealed that even children in the same class can have different reading levels.”In early 2016, Varun Mishra joined us as a Co-Founder. He helped us map lexical scores to the Indian market, after running a text analysis of over 150 books,” says Ritika.Understanding the various kinds of reading levels was a major task and very enlightening. Reading patterns are different in metro cities, Tier 1 cities, and Tier 2 towns. In fact, reading trends in the east are different from those in the west.”We started with NCERT but soon realised that they don’t follow any lexical pattern, which is why ASER often comes up with reports stating that class 6 children cannot read class 2 textbooks,” says Ritika.Now, every article on the Young Chronicle news app for children is written for seven different reading levels. Each article is scored and then assigned a reading level.When a child first enters the app, he/she is shown a series of sentences. They choose a sentence of maximum difficulty that they can easily read. Thereafter they see only content that pertains to their reading level, explain Ritika.”We have already started tracking data, to build an AI that will intuitively assign and recalibrate reading levels automatically for the child,” she says. The Young Chronicle Newspapers are based on different Reading Levels.Recruiting mothers for the Young Chronicle news appThe next learning curve was realising that even children in the same class can have different reading levels based on their reading habits.”We also realised that a team of 20-somethings writing content for us, was not working. We needed a team of writers who understood the learning patterns in children,” says Ritika, adding that she had also just become a mother at the time.”This is when we started recruiting only mothers to write for us,” she says.Today, India has over 2 crore mothers who are graduates and living in cities. Among them, only 48 lakh work. Currently, the teacher-student ratio in our country is 80:1. “Working from home, enables these women to work flexible hours, while contributing to the knowledge and awareness levels of children across the country,” says Ritika.Women who become mothers often have to leave their jobs at least for a temporary period to take care of their baby. But this doesn’t mean that they cannot work at all. This is kind of workforce Ritika targeted to power her children’s newspaper app.advertisementMost of the writers for the Young Chronicle have over 10 years of experience in fields like remote sensing, pharma, teaching, finance, real estate and marketing.”In fact, many Army wives work with us, and some operate from the US, as they are on an H1B1 visa, that doesn’t allow them to work there. It is an honour to be able to be a part of their journey, and enable them to contribute to the society even when they are unable to pursue regular jobs,” she says.Ritika explains how being a mother-led and a mother-run organisation gave them better credibility as they were catering to children and who knows kids more than moms?”In fact, we started churning better content when we started recruiting only mothers. Moreover, my being a woman brought much-needed empathy that our writers needed. I feel it was only an upward journey after we became an all mother-editorial team,” she says. Some members from our mommy network who run the Young Chronicle.How can a digital news app help children learn better?We live in a technology-based world where video and photo-based content is almost always a must to retain the attention of youngsters. Moreover, the audio-visual environment helps children grasp complex topics with clarity much more easily.”Digital helps in customizing news and language on the basis of the child’s reading level,” says Ritika.”Moreover, I believe, in today’s tech environment, one cannot completely shy away from digital media, while one should not let go of printed books and newspapers as well. Which is why, we have both,” she adds.About 20% of the readers and customers use both solutions. The printed children’s paper also has QR codes that the children can scan and watch the content on the mobile app.One of the most interesting features of the Young Chronicle app is that the app learns how much the child has grasped. “This helps the child unlock badges, and helps the app understand actually what content to offer the child and what level the child is actually at,” says Ritika. Screenshots of The Young Chronicle AppWhat content does the Young Chronicle children’s news app offer?The Young Chronicle app carried articles across 30 topics ranging from news, sports, economics, technology, space, history, culture etc.The content ranges from word meanings to activities, to quizzes, to games, to videos, to audio stories for younger children, and more.”This added element ensures that the learning the children have gathered by reading, is sealed,” says Ritika.The content is more or less the same across all reading levels. “We also carry stories for the lower levels, and ensure sensitive content like the recent surgical strikes, are restricted to higher levels. But every level carries a different depth of content,” says Ritika.As an example, she explains how they carried an article on the history of Kashmir for reading level 5 onwards. “Because many adults don’t know what happened, it gives kids a skewed idea of reality,” she says.advertisement How does the team of mothers work together to keep the news app running smoothly?The Young Chronicle app is updated every day which requires a smooth workforce. Most of the mommy writers were recruited via Sheroes or mommy groups on Facebook and all writers are divided into three teams, each of them headed by an editor.Every writer has access to contribute a topic in the topics list. The editors then collate these and share the topics with their teams, basis the categories each team works on.”Writers have the flexibility to choose their topics. If they choose a topic, they are required to submit the same basis a schedule. Else, if they are busy, they avoid choosing a topic,” says Ritika.The pictures or graphics are either bought or created on the basis the content and then, the content is put into a layout by our team for the weekly e-papers and the fortnightly printed papers.”We offer ample flexibility to our team, as our key intention is to produce good work, and most of our team is driven by the passion towards making this world a better place for our children,” says Ritika.”Therefore raising better kids is key. I have barely found any unprofessionalism with the mothers I have worked with,” she adds. How does the app generate revenue?Ritika explains that the Young Chronicle has three revenue streams which have helped them sustain without external investments:The weekly e-paper and the fortnightly printed paper are subscription-basedPeople can subscribe to video content from the appThe team is also starting STEM classes in May in Gurgaon and Bangalore which will add a revenue sourceHow can you get the Young Chronicle app?The Young Chronicle children’s newspaper app is available on Android and iOS, and can be accessed by everyone, anywhere. The app complies by all child protection norms and is completely safe.”We have over 1000 app downloads. Our app has over 2000 articles across all levels, and have received over 20000 reads,” says Ritika.The printed paper and the e-paper can be subscribed to from the official website of the children’s newspaper. The newspaper comes in seven different reading levels as well.”We have over 500 subscribers for our printed edition. The quarterly subscription for these is Rs. 600 and Rs. 360, respectively, which costs less than an outing at a coffee shop or a Pizza outlet,” says Ritika.What is the future of Young Chronicle?”The children’s news app is designed to get more and more intuitive, and will soon be offering concrete analytics to parents,” says Ritika.”Our focus will now be on offering more engaging video content, from word of the day videos to video news. We are also going to be focusing on our STEM workshops and offer more of that content on our app and papers as well,” she adds.Read: This woman is turning huge truck containers into portable container schools that run on solar energy!Read: How one man became so tired of rote-learning that he battled odds and started his own schoolRead: Haji Public School, the mountain-cut village school that speaks of education red tapes in the stereotypically ‘terror-ridden’ KashmirGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow NewspaperFollow news appFollow Working mothers Next This woman hired an army of stay-at-home mothers to create a news app for children with 7 different reading levels!Ritika Amit Kumar started the Young Chronicle children’s news app and printed newspaper which is run entirely by an army of mothers who churn out a variety of content across 7 reading levels, while adding to education sector from the comfort of their home.advertisementlast_img read more

Red Cross Provides Food for 400 Families, Targets Another 500

first_imgThe Jamaica Red Cross has so far provided assistance to over 400 families across the island  who were affected by the passage of Hurricane Sandy, on October 24. “We have distributed already, enough food for 400 families and we do the packages, assuming it will be mother, father and three children. So, hopefully what we give them will last for four or five days,” Chairman, Emergency Services at the Jamaica Red Cross, Dormah Harrison, told JIS News in an interview. He further informed that the relief agency has already put together an additional 500 packages of food, which will be distributed across the island today (October 27). Mr. Harrison explained that it was easy for the Red Cross to assist with the relief efforts, due to small store rooms with relief supplies strategically located across the island. “We know, sometimes, that when these things happen you cannot reach certain places from headquarters, so out in the parishes we have stores, where they can be self sufficient until we can get to them from headquarters. We are in the business of relief and as long as there is a need, we will have to provide it,” Mr. Harrison said. “Part of what has happened, too, is that the Federation is a worldwide organisation and it has activated what we call an emergency disaster relief fund; and they flew in from Panama to help us with the assessment and will provide additional funds to allow us to support the people in terms of food, tarpaulins and  blankets, primarily for persons in the east. They will also provide us with funds to help them get back on their feet,” he added. In the meantime, Mr. Harrison said small banana farmers and fisher folk  affected by the hurricane will also receive cash grants to assist them back on their feet.  Some of the items distributed to those in need include food, tarpaulins, bedding, sanitary products, such as soap, water and first aid kits. Jamaica Red Cross is a part of the International Movement of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The mission of the Red Cross Movement is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity. The core areas that define the work of all Red Cross Societies, including Jamaica Red Cross, are disaster preparedness and response; health and care in the communities; and promotion of fundamental principles and humanitarian values. There is also a strong focus on youth development.last_img read more

Yao Mings Message To Ivory Buyers

first_imgWith elephant and rhinoceros poaching in Kenya on the rise, basketball star Yao Ming decided not to focus his energies on supporting conservationists to defeat poaching. Instead, he’s bringing the message to the buyers – the rising wealthy in China.Ming says that after talking with WildAid conservationists and Chinese officials, he sees that there is governmental commitment to resolve the problem, however, laws will only go so far. “We need a drastic increase in awareness to reduce markets,” he says.Besides sculpting the ivory into art pieces, tusks are used in traditional Asian medicine for a variety of ailments, all completely bogus according to scientific study. The dwindling numbers of elephants and rhinoceros, caused by cartels dealing in the illegal trade, destabilizes populations – calves die without mothers and breeding prospects are lost. The environment is also negatively affected since grasslands become less maintained, fire hazards increase, and soil fertilization and seed dispersal diminishes.Following his “When the buying stops, the killing can too” PSA, Ming travelled to Africa with WildAid to record the poaching crisis. “China’s economic boom has lead to greater buying power with few potential consumers exposed to the publicity surrounding the 1989 ban,” says Ming. “This is why we really need to document what’s happening here in Africa, on the ground. I firmly believe that Chinese consumers will have a change of heart once we understand the consequences, but it hasn’t been covered widely enough in the media.“If you see something openly on sale, you assume it is legal. An ivory carving is thousands of miles removed from the sad carcass of a poached elephant, but we need to make that connection. [Seeing five poached elephants in close proximity to each other] was a harrowing experience I never want to repeat, but something that everyone thinking of buying ivory should see – the wastefulness of these animals cruelly slaughtered just so a small part of them could be used. Would anyone buy ivory if they had witnessed this?”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Hillary Rodham Clinton to Deliver Keynote Address at Watermark Conference for Women

first_imgThe first annual Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women announced today that Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver a keynote address at the inaugural event on February 24, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.Bestselling author Brené Brown, Ph.D., and former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson will also deliver keynotes. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social work and the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 17 million viewers. Jill Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years in the most senior editorial positions at The New York Times, where she was the first woman to serve as Washington bureau chief, managing editor and executive editor.“Hillary Rodham Clinton and our other speakers are role models for millions of women and girls across the globe,” said Watermark CEO Marilyn Nagel. “Watermark has been in the San Francisco Bay Area for 22 years offering programs that connect, develop and advocate for women. Secretary Clinton and our other speakers embody Watermark’s mission of advancing women in the workforce, increasing diversity and the presence of women in leadership.”Themed “Lead On,” the nonpartisan, nonprofit Conference is a unique place for women coming together to promote professional development and personal growth, to further opportunities for connections and to inspire each another. The day will feature one-of-a-kind discussions among thought leaders and industry experts about how women can rise to the top of their organizations; insight and expertise about navigating career and life transitions, and interactive sessions offering practical advice to help create and grow positive personal experiences outside the workplace. The combined offerings of Watermark and the Conference include not only the annual event in Silicon Valley, but also year-round impact in the lives of attendees, with free teleclasses, newsletters and connection to a vibrant and active community of women leaders.The Silicon Valley Conference for Women will feature renowned experts sharing advice, knowledge and insight on current issues impacting women in the workforce. The Conference offers advancement and networking opportunities not only for women at the top of their game, but also for emerging professionals and Millennials looking to navigate new challenges and lay the foundation for a successful career. With conversations driven by Silicon Valley’s top women leaders, the Conference will also raise awareness about the earning potential and opportunities in the fields of science and technology, and highlight the groundbreaking women who are leading the way.Secretary Clinton, Brown and Abramson are just a few of the 100+ nationally recognized speakers at the Conference include John Gray, world-renowned expert on gender differences and best-selling author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus and Gender Intelligence; Gail Sheehy, best-selling author of sixteen books, including Passages, named by the Library of Congress as one of the ten most influential books; Ellie Krieger, Food Network’s hit show host of Healthy Appetite and best-selling and James Beard Foundation Award nominated and best-selling author. Other speakers include Carla Harris, Wall Street Banker, award-winning executive named by Fortune as one of “The Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America” and Obama-appointed chairperson, National Women’s Business Council; Sunni Brown, creator and author of The Doodle Revolution and named Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business;” Dan Schawbel, millennial and branding expert, ranked Forbes “30 Under 30” and New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career; Celia Tejada, lifestyle and design visionary and Chief Creative Officer of Restoration Hardware; Vernā Myers, Esq., nationally-recognized expert on diversity, inclusion and communication, and author of Moving Diversity Forward and What if I Say the Wrong Thing?: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People and Gloria Feldt, New York Times best-selling author, commentator and nationally recognized advocate for women’s rights.The Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women is proud of its association with launch partners Cisco Systems and Riverbed. “We are thrilled to be celebrating the launch of the Silicon Valley Conference for Women,” said Debbie Dunnam, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Services Sales and Global Customer Success for Cisco Systems, “By creating a place where women gather to make change in their lives and careers, as well as in the communities where they live and work, we can ensure attendees will leave the Conference prepared to make their mark, individually and as a community.”Registration is now open for the Conference. To register or learn more about the First Annual Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women, visit our website at www.leadonCA.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Bell Media Studios Announces 201718 Original Productions

first_imgBell Media Studios (CNW Group/Bell Media Studios) Advertisement Bell Media also welcomes Canadian series DARK MATTER for a third season to the 2017/18 slate (Space) (Prodigy Pictures).ComedyHalf-hour satirical news sensation THE BEAVERTON (Comedy) has been greenlit for a second season (Pier 21 Films).Featuring the hottest names in comedy this fall is Season 5 of JFL: ALL ACCESS (Comedy). A sixth season of the original stand-up series goes into production this summer at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montréal (Just For Laughs Television).Cult hit LETTERKENNY (CraveTV) returns for a third season (New Metric Media/DHX Media). Returning Bell Media Original Series Confirmed To Date for 2017/18:DramaThe fourth and final season of multiple award-winning, Montréal-based cop drama 19-2 (CTV/Bravo) (Sphère Media Plus/Echo Media).Based on best-selling crime novel Blackfly Season, Season 2 of critically acclaimed murder-mystery CARDINAL (CTV) is back with stars Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse (eOne/Sienna Films).Season 2 of international dramatic series FRONTIER (Discovery), starring Jason Momoa (Take the Shot Productions/ASAP Entertainment).Space’s most-watched original series of all time, the sci-fi adventure series KILLJOYS (Space) returns for a third season (Temple Street).Season 2 of supernatural, demon-hunting sensation WYNONNA EARP (Space) (SEVEN24 Films).Final season of highly acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK (Space) (Temple Street). Original Bell Media Studios Productions for 2017/18SIDES*This fall, Bell Media Studios presents SIDES*, the first-ever Canadian social-media-first series. Created for youth by youth, as a place to explore all sides of topics and ideas that teens deem important, the weekly live talk show will have its premiere exclusively on social media, keeping the feed fresh all week long with a mix of produced and user-generated content across all social media channels. Positioned to be everywhere the SIDES* audience is – including TV – the best of the week will then be curated into a one-hour television broadcast called SIDES*XL (Much), mixing the unfiltered discussion from SIDES* with audience reactions and rants from social media. SIDES* passes the mic to the next generation, and lets them lead the conversation. FactualInternationally recognized winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best News or Information Series, DAILY PLANET (Discovery) returns for Season 23 (EPI).Entertaining and educational hit series, HIGHWAY THRU HELL (Discovery) returns for Season 6 (Great Pacific Media).Season 4 of MIGHTY PLANES (Discovery) (EPI).Long-time international favourite, HOW IT’S MADE (Discovery) returns for Season 30 (Productions Maj).Investigating the stories and science behind recent major crashes is MAYDAY (Discovery) Season 17 and Season 18 (Cineflix Productions).Discovery’s most-watched original series among key adult demos, CANADA’S WORST DRIVER (Discovery) enters its 13th season (Proper Television).Season 2 of TOUGHER THAN IT LOOKS (Discovery) starring CANADA’S WORST DRIVER’s Andrew Younghusband (Proper Television).Season 2 of this year’s most-watched Canadian program debut, HEAVY RESCUE: 401 (Discovery) (Great Pacific Media).Following the adventures of the jade-mining Bunce Family in northern B.C. is Season 4 of JADE FEVER (Discovery) (Omnifilm Entertainment). DocumentariesComing this fall to CTV is the new Tragically Hip documentary, about Canada’s beloved band, their challenging year, and their momentous cross-Canada Man Machine Poem tour. This highly anticipated CTV Feature Presentation chronicles the emotional and epic lead up to the iconic group’s now-legendary 2016 tour that captured the heart of the nation (Banger Films).As its final act, Cassini – the largest interplanetary spacecraft NASA has ever built – will dive into Saturn’s atmosphere, collecting unprecedented science to end its 13-year mission at the ringed jewel of the solar system. SATURN: INSIDE THE RINGS (Discovery) unveils the engineering of the mammoth spacecraft, and shines a light on the team that has made incredible discoveries at Saturn during the one-hour special (Exploration Production Inc. (EPI)).The world’s most infamous prison was also its most inescapable. But why? Many have tried to solve this mystery, but none have searched beneath the waves, until now. DRAIN ALCATRAZ (Discovery) uses cutting-edge CGI and sophisticated technology to “drain” the seas and scrub the sediments, revealing once and for all why Alcatraz was so difficult to escape (Northern Sky Entertainment). LifestyleSeason 3 of original Canadian series and marquee production ONE WORLD KITCHEN (Gusto) (Gusto Worldwide Media). Daytime & Entertainment NewsProducing some of Canada’s most-watched daily programs in-house, Bell Media Studios continues to offer a robust and unrivaled lineup of flagship programs, including:Kicking off CTV’s leading original daytime lineup, YOUR MORNING (CTV).The country’s #1 and #2 Canadian daytime series, THE SOCIAL (CTV) and THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (CTV).Canada’s most-watched entertainment news program, ETALK (CTV).Genre entertainment series, INNERSPACE (Space) and its series of after-shows. FactualLAST STOP GARAGE (Discovery) follows the often hilarious antics of CRB Automotive, the sole auto repair shop at the end of the only road left before hitting the most remote North American wilderness (Proper Television, 12 x :30) .ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD (Discovery) takes viewers on an action-packed journey to discover an extraordinary Canadian way of life, meeting anyone from off-gridders whose sole source of resupply is the rail, to the hardy crews who do whatever it takes to keep these extreme railroads running (Cineflix Productions, 8 x :60).Character-driven docuseries HELLFIRE HEROES (Discovery) gets up-close-and-personal with firefighters who’ll do just about anything to keep their community safe in the bullseye of forest fire danger zone, the remote Slave Lake, Alta. (Pixcom, 10 x :60). Facebook Music SpecialsIHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (Much/CTV)WE DAY 2017 (CTV/MTV) Advertisementcenter_img SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Bell Media on FacebookSource: Numeris, May 23, 2016-May 14, 2017, final data. Entertainment specialty ranking, based on Aug 29, 2016-May 14, 2017. ComedyEqual doses fish-out-of-water comedy and high-stakes drama, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE (CTV) stars comic Russell Peters as a suspended Toronto police officer drawn into solving a murder case in India (Big Light Productions/Blue Ice Pictures/Wonder Films; 4 x :60).Life in Dog River is about to get a lot more animated! Re-imagined by CORNER GAS creator and star Brent Butt and slated to premiere in 2018, the all-new CORNER GAS ANIMATED (Comedy) series delivers its revered brand of comedy, but this time in an animated Dog River where anything is possible (Prairie Pantoons/Moving Mountoons; 13 x :30). LifestyleNot the typical design series, SHEMAR MOORE’S HOME INVASION (CTV/Bravo) is a passion project for the star who loves to give back to those who have supported him. Each week, a lucky fan will be selected from Moore’s fan base to meet and spend time with their idol, and be surprised with a very special room make-over for a powerful, positive impact on their life. With his signature fun, flirty vibe, Moore works with his hand-picked team of designers and contractors to create a new environment to reflect not only the fan’s current style, but also help bring out new possibilities for them (Bell Media Studios/Insight Productions).In MINOR RENOVATIONS (Bravo), two young designers lead a team of contractors and trades to makeover one space in their clients’ home. The twist is the home owners have no idea that the designers are all tweens with an eye for design. Renovations include a master bedroom, backyard, and media room. (MGM Television/Highway Entertainment; 5 x :30).Original concept, retro-themed baking series FLOUR POWER (Gusto) helmed by newcomer Jessica McGovern, is a fun, playful, and super-stylish baking show that is all about sharing the love and joy of baking. From sweet cream pies to tiramisu, McGovern shows viewers just how easy it is to make these recipes at home (Gusto Worldwide Media; 13 x :30).FRESH MARKET DINNERS (Gusto) takes viewers on a fun road-trip to farmer’s markets across Ontario to discover local food products, before heading to a fabulous “glamping” site, where the audience is shown how to make irresistible, using the fresh ingredients (Gusto Worldwide Media; 10 x :30).Mouthwatering barbecue cookout series WATTS ON THE GRILL (Gusto) celebrates all things grilled. Beloved Gusto host Spencer Watts (FISH THE DISH) shows viewers how to barbecue like a pro, from sizzling steak, smoked chicken, and steamy seafood, to even flavourful fruit, veg, and breads (Gusto Worldwide Media; 13 x :30). Login/Register With: SpecialsSpectacular live events THE INVICTUS GAMES 2017 OPENING CEREMONY (CTV) and THE INVICTUS GAMES 2017 CLOSING CEREMONY (CTV) feature Canadian music superstars in celebration of Prince Harry’s movement to commemorate and honour ill, wounded, and injured soldiers. RealityReinventing the music genre, new original series and format THE LAUNCH (CTV) delivers an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a series of hit songs as a group of unsigned musicians are mentored in the process by a panel of international hit makers. The series showcases a mix of vibrant voices and mic-drop moments during the creation of the next chart-topping song. Featuring world-renowned record executive Scott Borchetta, Bell Media confirmed today that international recording artists Fergie and Ryan Tedder will join the series as mentors (Bell Media Studios/Big Machine Label Group/Eureka/ Insight Productions; 6 x :60). Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, June 7, 2017 – In advance of the #CTVUpfront, Bell Media’s newly minted independent and in-house production arm Bell Media Studios confirmed today its slate of new and returning, English-language, original entertainment programming. With 19 new original programs to be produced in partnership with independent production companies or autonomously, Bell Media will introduce more new original series for the upcoming broadcast year than any year in recent memory. The company plans to spend nearly $900M overall on French and English programming in 2017/18.“Through collaborations with Canada’s incredible independent production community or via our own production teams, Bell Media Studios proudly represents Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programs,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “These productions are brand builders and often brand pillars for us, offering a Canadian perspective not only to Canadians, but also to the world.”More Canadians make Bell Media original programs their choice for homegrown viewing than any other media company. As Canada’s most-watched network in primetime for 16 years in a row, CTV is home to:the country’s most-watched new Canadian program this year and a Top 10 new series among total viewers, CARDINAL;the Top 2 Canadian series among key viewing demos, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, with THE AMAZING RACE CANADA reigning as the most-watched Canadian series overall for the fourth year in a row;MASTERCHEF CANADA, climbing in its 4th season to become a Top 10 series in Canada, and growing 13% in the A18-34 demo;the top Canadian programs in daytime, Bell Media Studio’s THE SOCIAL and THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW;and the most-viewed Canadian entertainment news program, ETALK. Making Bell Media the home of the most-watched scripted and unscripted Canadian series premieres for entertainment specialties this year, Discovery’s debut of HEAVY RESCUE: 401 in January was the #1 original Canadian series launch of the season on entertainment specialty, followed by Discovery’s debut of scripted series FRONTIER. Discovery is also home to the most-watched unscripted specialty series in Canada among A18-34 and A18-49, CANADA’S WORST DRIVER.New Bell Media Original Series and Specials for 2017/18:DramaStarring Shanae Grimes-Beech as street smart Detective Jacqueline ‘Jack’ Cooper, Angela Griffin as Detective Stevie Hall, a sharp quick-witted interrogator who is Jack’s mentor, and Wendy Crewson as Staff Inspector Fiona Currie, the homicide unit’s formidable boss, THE DETAIL (CTV) centers on three fiercely talented female homicide investigators who work tirelessly to solve crimes while navigating the complicated demands of their personal lives (ICF Films/eOne; 10 x :60).New six-part mystery series THE DISAPPEARANCE (CTV) follows the Sullivan family in the wake of a tragic event. As the fractured family bands together to solve the puzzle that has uprooted their lives, long-held secrets are uncovered. Starring Peter Coyote as retired judge and prosecutor Henry Sullivan; Aden Young as Luke Sullivan, Henry’s son, and a scruffy, soulful musician; Joanne Kelly as Catherine Sullivan, Henry’s daughter and Luke’s sister, and a funny, devoted palliative care nurse; Camille Sullivan as Helen Murphy Sullivan, Luke’s ex-wife, a microbiologist, and devoted mother; Micheline Lanctôt as Susan Bowden, a tough, experienced Lieutenant-Detective; and Kevin Parent as Sergeant-Detective Charles Cooper, and Susan’s partner (Productions Casablanca/NBCUniversal International Studios; 6 x :60). Twitterlast_img read more

MUSIC FANS DESERVE TO KNOW DANNY MICHEL OPENS UP ABOUT THE TERRIFYING

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: “I’m not alone,” he continues, illustrating how changes in the music industry have hit virtually every working musician in some way. “As a result, bands/musicians are downsizing, recording at home, cutting corners wherever they can […] And with every band in the world back on the road, venues are clogged and ticket prices have tripled. For me it means being away from home and taking on more work than I ever have.”Michel goes on to reference a study that says “24% of musical professionals indicated they were considering leaving the music industry.” He says he believes that number is actually higher than reported. “Over the last few months, I’ve spoken to many brilliant life-long musicians (some you know) who are quietly beginning their exit strategy,” he explains. “I fear musicians are reluctant to admit any of this because so much of this industry is perception.”He concludes by telling fans not to feel sorry for him. Rather, he is warning music lovers of a big shift that might be on the horizon. “Music fans deserve to know how this all works and why artists they love may soon be gone.”By Melody Lau Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook It’s no secret that being a musician in the age of streaming can be difficult, but very few musicians actually break down just how hard it can be to make a living. That’s why Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel took to Facebook this week to give people a “peek behind the curtain” of what’s really going on.In a lengthy post published on Tuesday, which has now been shared by over 2,400 people, Michel opens up about some of the finances and math behind his income. He notes that his album sales have dropped by 95% this year as a result of music streaming services. He also adds that he has never worried about his financial stability till this year. In an act of complete transparency, he uses his song “Purgatory Cove” from his latest album, White & Gold, as an example of how little one track earns now. “This song has been in the TOP 20 charts (CBC Radio 2 & 3) for 10 weeks, climbed to #3. In 2018 that equals $44.99 in sales.” Advertisementlast_img read more

63 voting in sixth phase

first_imgNew Delhi: Sporadic violence in Bengal and allegations of malfunctioning electronic voting machines in Delhi marked the sixth round of the election, which took place for 59 seats across seven states. The overall turnout was 63.3 per cent.Elections were held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in Haryana, eight constituencies each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, four in Jharkhand and seven seats in Delhi where votes were cast by a number of public figures, including President Ram Nath Kovind, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkWith Sunday’s polling, votes have already been cast in nearly 89 per cent of the 543 constituencies, while the last phase of voting will take place on May 19 for the remaining 59 seats. The Election Commission (EC) announced 63.3 per cent turnout across the states and Delhi, with West Bengal recording over 80 per cent polling and the national capital registering just 60 per cent. Union ministers Radha Mohan Singh, Harsh Vardhan and Maneka Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sheila Dikshit as also celebrity contestants Gautam Gambhir, Vijender Singh, Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirahua’, Ravi Kishan and Hans Raj Hans were among several prominent faces in the fray. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenDelhi saw a dip in its turnout from 65 per cent in 2014, despite a three-pronged contest between the BJP, Congress and AAP with several high profile candidates, while the EC also appeared despondent at the low polling figure even after its concerted efforts to draw the voters to polling booths. In the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, 54 per cent polling was reported in 14 constituencies. SP president Akhilesh Yadav and Maneka Gandhi are in the fray in the state that sends 80 members to Lok Sabha. In Badohi, BJP MLA Dinanath Bhaskar and four others allegedly beat up a presiding officer in the Aurai assembly segment, accusing the official of deliberately slowing the polling process. In Azamgarh, Akhilesh is trying to retain his father and SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s seat against Bhojpuri film star ‘Nirahua’ of the BJP In Bihar, around 59.38 per cent turnout was recorded for the eight Lok Sabha seats. In Sheohar Lok Sabha constituency, a polling officer was killed at a booth in a freak incident of firing by a home guard before polling started. Haryana recorded around 66.30 per cent turnout in 10 Lok Sabha seats and officials said no untoward incident was reported and polling remained peaceful in the state. In Jharkhand, an estimated 64.46 per cent turnout was recorded for four Lok Sabha seat and officials said no untoward incident was reported. Madhya Pradesh, which recorded 59.96 per cent turnout, saw several heavyweights contesting the polls. In Bhopal, Congress veteran Digvijay Singh was locked in a battle with BJP candidate and 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur. Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is seeking re-election from Guna seat, is locked in a battle with BJP’s K P Yadav. Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his family members exercised their franchise at their native village Jait.last_img read more

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Colombian journalist

8 July 2011The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom today condemned the murder of independent Colombian journalist Luis Eduardo Gómez, killed by unidentified gunmen on 30 June. The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom today condemned the murder of independent Colombian journalist Luis Eduardo Gómez, killed by unidentified gunmen on 30 June.“I am very concerned about the use of violence to silence journalists as there can be no good governance and rule of law without a free and independent press. I call on the Colombian authorities do all they can to find the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Mr. Gómez, 70, was shot dead on his way home in Arboletes, a town in the subregion of Urabá in Antioquia Department in north-east Colombia.A freelance journalist for several publications, Mr. Gómez was a witness for the prosecution in a case involving alleged links between politicians and paramilitary groups. Mr. Gómez is also said to have been investigating the death of his son who was assassinated two years ago in circumstances that have not been clarified, according to local reports. read more

Brock holds event for National Volunteer Week

Anyone who has helped with community events in the past year is invited to an appreciation event on April 20.In celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 19 to 25), Brock Community Connections is having a volunteer appreciation event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Thistle 253.If you volunteered for any of Brock’s community events throughout the year, you are encouraged to attend. If you didn’t get the chance to volunteer, attend to find out what volunteer opportunities are available.Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome. RSVP to Kristen Smith at kristen.smith@brocku.ca read more

Financing the 2030 Agenda What is it and why is it important

How high on the Secretary-General’s to-do list is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?Well, the timing of the meeting to discuss financing the Agenda might be a clue: it takes place on Monday afternoon, just before the General Debate of the General Assembly on Tuesday morning, when the eyes of the world will be on UN Headquarters in New York.A plan to transform the worldThe 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, commonly referred to as the 2030 Agenda, is being billed as a plan to “Transform Our World.”In 2015, UN Member States adopted the Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, which break down into three broad areas: people, planet and prosperity.The adoption of the Agenda was significant, as it was the first time that world leaders pledged common action in support of such a universal and ambitious policy agenda. As the name suggests, the organizing principle of the Agenda and the SDGs, is sustainable development, and this is also the key message to the world community.The UN defines sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” This means taking into account, for example, the effects that unbalanced economic growth can have on the environment and people’s wellbeing.The SDGs provide a framework for sustainable development that improves the lives of everyone, everywhere. For example, ensuring that economies grow and provide decent work; that everyone has access to nutritious food, no matter where they live; and access to quality education for all. Source:UN SDGsUN in collaboration with Project EveryoneFrom 2015 until 2030, Member States, civil society and other partners are mobilizing efforts to change the way the world does business: ending all forms of poverty, fighting inequalities and tackling climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.Since 2015, the UN has been hosting several meetings every year, designed to monitor the progress of Member States and partners, including the private sector, in changing business practices to ensure that the SDGs can be met.The foundations for the financing of the SDGs were laid in July of that year, at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which took place in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa, in a document called the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. It provided a new global framework for financing sustainable development by aligning finance with economic, social and environmental priorities; and set out a list of over 100 concrete measures, touching on finance, technology, innovation, trade, debt and data, in order to reach the SDGs.Progress and setbacksSince then, there have been positive signs. Just a week ago, at the Global Climate Action Summit, it was estimated that new UN-backed commitments to take action against the damaging effects of climate change could result in $26 trillion in economic benefits worldwide, and help create 65 million new “low-carbon jobs” by 2030.Many welcome initiatives by governments and companies were noted. For examples, the Investors Agenda, one of the focus areas of the Global Climate Action Summit, brought together nearly 400 investors, managing $32 trillion of assets, who pledged to scale up the flow of capital into climate action, and a more sustainable, low-carbon economy.However, whilst this new way of running the world presents a huge investment opportunity, public or private resources, and investments remain stubbornly far below what is needed to meet the 2030 targets.Too much investment remains short-term and volatile, and the systemic change needed  transform economies and societies is not yet happening. Governments need to make it easier for business to finance and invest in sustainable development projects, the private sector needs to mobilize for long-term investment, and new solutions for financing the SDGs must be created.The High-Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 AgendaWhich brings us back to Monday’s meeting. It can be expected that the timing, and the senior status of politicians taking part, will ensure that considerable attention will be directed to the proceedings, and the outcome.The Secretary-General will open the meeting, followed by Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Heads of State and Government will also participate, as well as senior representatives of leading private sector investors, financial technology innovators, and foundations.Mr. Guterres has indicated that this meeting will be used to build momentum and political support at all levels; step up engagement with the private sector; and make the most of innovative solutions to finance the SDGs.It will also be the forum for the launch of his Strategy for Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which has three objectives:1. Aligning global financial and economic policies with the 2030 Agenda2. Enhancing sustainable financial strategies at the regional and country levels3. Exploiting the potential of financial innovations, new technologies and digitalization to provide equitable access to finance.After the meeting, the process continues, with several follow-ups scheduled for this year, and into 2019. The road is long, complicated and filled with potential potholes, but the commitment from the UN is clear: transform the world for the better by 2030. read more