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first_imgA member of a local unit of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in Udalguri district has submitted about 100 objections against people he felt were ineligible to be in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) being updated in Assam.One of them turned out to be a former president of the Kalaigaon unit, of which he is a member. Son of a freedom fighter, Siddique Ali, received the objection notice from the local NRC service centre. The notice has saddened the 64-year-old who had contested the Assam Assembly election in 1985 for the now-defunct United Minorities Front.“People here were stunned since my father was involved with the precursor of the AASU from his schooldays in 1968. He became the president of the Kalaigaon unit of the AASU in 1975 and also became the president of the Mangaldoi subdivision unit in 1977-78,” Nazib ul Islam, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati and a Central government employee, told The Hindu on Sunday.Kalaigaon, about 90 km northeast of Guwahati, used to be in Darrang district whose headquarters is Mangaldoi.Mr. Ali’s reputation as a teacher — he taught from 1991-2016 and was president of the Darrang District Teachers’ Association for 10 years — also made him popular. Member apologisesRealising his folly, the AASU member went to Mr. Ali’s house in Kalaigaon and apologised. “My district unit leaders made me sign 100-odd NRC objection forms and I had no idea who I was signing against,” he said, declining to be quoted.There have been several instances of student union members filing NRC objections against strangers. According to the All Assam Bengali Suraksha Samiti, an AASU leader from Palashbari near Guwahati filed objections against more than 100 people in two towns of western Assam. The All Assam Minority Students’ Union too said that members of the All Bodo Students Union had filed dubious NRC objections against “perceived Bangladeshis” in western Assam’s Kokrajhar and Baksa districts. Hearings under wayNRC officials said those filing objections failed to turn up at hearings in most cases. The hearings for the claims and objections-round of the NRC began a week ago and have to be completed in time for an “error-free NRC”, as the Supreme Court has sought, to be published by July 31.Meanwhile, a 58-year-old man languishing in the Tezpur detention centre for foreigners died on Sunday. The jail authorities did not disclose details, but Basudeb Biswas is said to have died in his sleep.AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya on Saturday protested the Supreme Court’s order seeking the release of people declared foreigners by quasi-judicial tribunals after completion of more than three years in detention camps. The release is subject to two sureties of ₹1 lakh each and recording of their biometrics.He said the order would be against the spirit of the Assam Accord of 1985 that warrants detection and deportation of illegal migrants who came to the State after March 1971.last_img read more

Orissa High Court lawyers wear black badges

December 3, 2019 | uhjupwev | No Comments

first_imgLawyers of the Orissa High Court here on Friday, the last working day before summer vacation, attended the courts wearing black badges in protest against the attempts being made by the Collegium to recommend names of law practitioners from elsewhere to be elevated as judges of the HC. A resolution was unanimously passed by the general body of the High Court Bar Association on Thursday. “We have also resolved to boycott the courts after the summer vacation from June 17,” said Association secretary Sanjay Kumar Das. The Association has also decided to approach the President, the Prime Minister and the Union Law Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Governor for their intervention in order to stall this “unprecedented approach”. The earlier practice had been that only the names of regular practising advocates of the High Court were recommended by the HC Collegium to the Supreme Court Collegium for consideration. “We have indications to suggest that the present Collegium may recommend names of some Odia law practitioners of the SC Bar to be considered for appointment as judges of the Orissa HC,” Mr. Das claimed.last_img read more

first_imgThe term ‘A wounded tiger’ in this case, a tigress is a dangerous beast fits well with Swapna Barman who surmounted her best performance of 6026 points to clinch a coveted gold at the Asian Games when all odds were against the heptathlete.At the beginning of July this year, the 21-year-old from West Bengal was hot favourite to claim the top spot at the quadrennial event given her last years gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championship where she amassed 5942 points in the seven events 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m sprint, long jump, javelin throw and 800m run.However, people’s confidence in Swapna’s ability to deliver the gold diminished after a string of injuries that came in light during the Asiad trials in July end where she finished behind compatriot Purnima Hembram (5898 points) with 5726 points. The Jalpaiguri girl was nursing three injuries that included a reoccurring back injury, grade 3 meniscus tear (a common knee injury) and a wounded ankle.But having a cut-off mark of 5400 points meant that the courageous performance in excruciating pain paid the dividend.However, Swapna’s morale has already taken a severe hit as finishing second, coupled with peoples doubts over fitness, made her feel like to quit.”It was a tough time for me, people started questioning my abilities due to my injuries. Some wondered if sending me to Jakarta will be a waste of money and a slot,” she said. “I was really upset with what was going on. I thought maybe its better to go home than going there and not delivering a medal.”advertisementBut support from her personal coach Subhash Sarkar, a father figure for Swapna, helped her stay and battle it out. “If not for my coach, I probably would have left the camp and gone back home. But he never lost faith in me and kept motivating me every day to stay and fight, and I followed him,” she added.On expert medical advice, Swapna decided to travel to Jakarta in August on painkiller and physiotherapy to manage the knee ache. She also had to appear for an AFI confirmatory trial before her departure for being a non-camper. The heptathlete cleared it with flying colours.But the trouble was not over yet for the Bengal girl. Two days before the final event, Swapna woke up with a swollen cheek due to a toothache; causing her to miss crucial training sessions before the event.Unperturbed by the setback, probably because of the promise made to her mother to bring back a medal, Swapna showed grit and was on the track to perform after taking an anti-biotic and a pink tape over cheek to deal with the pain.”On the day of the event I felt my body was fine, but it was only the toothache I had to take care of. That’s why I went for the event wearing a tape and had an antibiotic. I am glad that things fell into place for me after that and I won the gold,” she concluded.last_img read more

first_imgItaly Ranieri: I’d quit Nantes to become Italy coach Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 13:17 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Claudio Ranieri Italy Ligue 1 Nantes Nantes v Αμιάν The former Leicester City master coach has revealed his desire to manage the Azzurri Premier League-winning boss Claudio Ranieri said he would ask to be released by Nantes if he was offered the Italy job.Ranieri, 66, has been linked with the vacant Italy post after Gian Piero Ventura departed following the country’s failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.AdChoices广告Former head coach Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini have also emerged as possible replacements for Ventura, who presided over Italy’s shock 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden last year as the Azzurri failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Ranieri has once again thrown his hand up to fill the void within the national team, despite only joining Ligue 1 outfit Nantes this season.”Any Italian coach would love to be in charge of the Nazionale,” Ranieri, who guided Leicester City to a remarkable Premier League title in 2015-16, told Sky Sport Italia.”I have a contract with Nantes for two years and I have not received any messages, so I can’t say anything.”But if I were to be contacted for the Italy job, I’d go to the Nantes president and ask to be released.”Nantes are fifth in Ligue 1 this term, 10 points adrift of Lyon, who occupy the fourth and final European qualifying spot.last_img read more

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti expects negotiations with Real Madrid to bring James Rodriguez to Napoli will take “a very long time”. Ancelotti, who worked with James, 28, at both Madrid and Bayern Munich, is keen to sign the Colombia international. But Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis has told Madrid they will have to lower their demands for the attacker, who is surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? De Laurentiis is confident a deal can be struck, however, having already claimed that the player wants to make the move to play under his old boss once more.  Ancelotti is also keen and has already been in contact with the playmaker, though he doesn’t see his side as being desperate for the signing as the new season approaches.  “James can play in many positions behind the centre-forward,” Ancelotti told TV Luna on Saturday after a pre-season loss to Benevento. “He is a number 10 used to playing behind the striker or as a winger, with the tendency to cut inside. “I sent him a happy birthday message this week.  “There are negotiations in progress. It’s going to take a very long time, but we aren’t desperate or anything. “If it doesn’t work out, we’ll still be a strong team and might go for a different target.” Napoli have also been linked with Mauro Icardi, who has been told he can leave Inter, but Ancelotti indicated he is satisfied with options in attack that include Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens. “As for the striker, a modern centre-forward can’t just be a finisher now, which is why Arkadiusz Milik is very important for us,” the Italian said. Napoli finished a distant second to Juventus is Serie A last season, falling 11 point short of the champions.  But the club did earn second spot in the table and have Champions League football to look forward to again next season.  A tough draw saw the Italian club bounced at the group stage last term, when they finished third in Group C behind Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.  Napoli were then dropped into the knockout stages of the Europa League, only to lose out to Arsenal in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

first_imgThe province is holding the line on the budgets of the nine district health authorities and the IWK for the coming year. By asking them to manage with the same amount of funding they received last year, government is balancing the need to protect and provide better care sooner, with the plan to live within the province’s means. “Delivering better health care is important to Nova Scotians,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “That is why we are protecting health care within this budget.” Like all other departments and publicly-funded organizations, districts and the IWK are also expected to manage and control any cost pressures. “Managing with the same amount of funding, after years of funding growth, is challenging,” said Ms. MacDonald. “But given that health care costs have almost doubled in 10 years, and that health accounts for 42 per cent of the provincial budget, it is a challenge we must meet to protect patient care now and into the future.” As the district health authorities plan their budgets, they are expected to protect patient care as well as mental health and addictions services as work continues on the mental health strategy. They must also ensure the government’s Better Care Sooner action plan can be implemented. “We are confident that districts can meet this challenge. They are providing great leadership in identifying ways to save millions of dollars by doing things differently while protecting and improving care,” Ms. MacDonald said. “We appreciate getting to see the number early because that definitely helps with budget planning” said John Malcom, CEO of the Cape Breton District Health Authority. “We are also looking at all areas of operations to reduce expenses and control spending. All health authorities and the IWK are working together to find innovative solutions.” Initiatives such as the recent move to a single group purchasing organization for all district health authorities and the IWK, administrative reductions on travel and consultants, and more appropriate use of diagnostic testing will help save money while not impacting patient care. “We are taking the time to plan to deliver better care sooner, while living within our means,” said Ms. MacDonald.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – New research suggests ancient underground water sources long believed to be shielded from modern-day contaminants may not be as safe as previously thought.The study, led by University of Calgary hydrogeologist Scott Jasechko, involved delving into data collected from 6,000 groundwater wells around the world.The paper was published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience.The research yielded two interesting findings — up to 85 per cent of the fresh, unfrozen water in the upper kilometre of the earth’s crust is more than 12,000 years old and it’s possible for ancient and recent water sources to mingle deep underground.“The implication of that finding is that, unfortunately, even deep wells are vulnerable to modern land uses,” said Jasechko.The scientists got clues from what might seem an unlikely source — hydrogen bomb tests from the 1950s and 1960s.The tests released a specific radioactive hydrogen isotope into the environment called tritium, which has been useful in dating water samples. Trace levels of tritium — too low to pose any danger — were found in deep groundwater wells, demonstrating there is a way for old and new water to mix.“Its presence alone indicates that some of the water in the well is recent rain and snow,” said Jasechko. “And the fact that we find that at deep depths implies that even deep wells are vulnerable to modern-era contaminants.”Grant Ferguson, an associate professor in geological engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, said he was taken aback by how widespread the potential for contamination was.“We know that there’s a mechanism for water to get from the surface to these deep water supplies. They’re not as protected. The barrier’s not there like we thought it was,” said Ferguson, who contributed to the research.“It makes us question some of the working assumptions we’ve had for groundwater protection.”Billions of people around the world rely on groundwater stored beneath the earth’s surface in pockets within soil and rock.“Groundwater is a precious resource and it already supplies about one-third of the water we use as humans on this planet for growing food, for drinking, for industry,” said Jasechko.“We should consider, not only the amount of water we have on the planet, but also its quality and susceptibility to contamination.“We need to protect it and conserve it for future generations.”last_img read more

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. – Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is opening a high-rise apartment complex in New Jersey’s largest city.O’Neal was joined by city and state officials on Tuesday in Newark for a news conference to discuss the project.The Newark native partnered with New Brunswick-based Boraie Development and Goldman Sachs to build the $79 million complex.The 22-story tower will house 168 units. It sits near the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.O’Neal says he wants to invest in things that make a difference in the city.O’Neal and Boraie Development also have a $150 million apartment complex in Newark in the works.The high-rise is scheduled to open by the end of the year.last_img

Auto loan delinquencies rise in Alberta and Saskatchewan: TransUnion report by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2016 4:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2016 at 5:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Delinquency rates on auto loans are soaring, pointing to another spillover effect from the slowdown in the oilpatch.Credit monitoring agency TransUnion says in its latest report that auto loan delinquency rates climbed nearly 10 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year to their worst levels in four years.The increase was led by higher rates in Alberta and Saskatchewan where workers have been hit directly and indirectly by job losses due to the drop in oil prices.TransUnion says that nationally, auto loan delinquency rates were 1.32 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, up from 1.21 per cent the previous year.However, the auto loan delinquency rate hit 2.66 per cent in Saskatchewan, up from 2.24 per cent year over year.And Alberta saw a delinquency rate of 2.42 per cent, up from 1.80 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014.“This was the largest spike in the national auto loan delinquency rate that we’ve observed in quite some time, but we do think it’s a regional issue,” said Jason Wang, TransUnion’s director of research and analysis in Canada.“Falling oil prices have led to rising unemployment rates in oil-rich regions. We are now seeing the increase in unemployment in these areas manifest as rising delinquencies across the board, though the greatest impact has been on auto loans.”Overall, delinquency rates for non-mortgage loans in the fourth quarter were roughly the same at 2.67 per cent, versus 2.66 per cent a year ago.For Alberta the rate was 2.77 per cent, up from 2.62 per cent, while Saskatchewan rose to 3.01 per cent from 2.92 per cent.The report also said average non-mortgage debt ticked higher to $21,512 in the final three months of 2015, up from $21,428 a year earlier.The increase came as debt levels rose for auto loans, credit cards and instalment loans, but decreased for lines of credit. read more

It was the middle of April, and the score was tied between the Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners. It was the bottom of the ninth, the bases were loaded, and nobody was out. Marlins masher Giancarlo Stanton was at the plate against Mariners reliever Yoervis Medina, and Medina was ahead one ball and two strikes, in position to put Stanton away and extend the inning. But then he made a terrible mistake with a breaking ball, and Stanton knows what to do to with mistakes.Your browser does not support iframes.That pitch, that was a meatball — a pitch so appetizing a hitter can’t help but think of devouring it whole. And big league batters can eat; they don’t leave many meatballs on the plate.There’s only a limited understanding of what a meatball is. One general definition: “an easy pitch to hit, thrown right down the middle of the plate.” Major League Baseball’s official lingo agrees. Brooks Baseball defines “grooved pitches” as pitches thrown in the middle-middle of the plate, regardless of movement or velocity.But there has been no available resource that shows what happens to meatballs when they’re served up. So I looked at 1.7 million pitches over about six and a half seasons since 2008, culled from PITCHf/x and Baseball Savant, and found that off-speed meatballs lead to the kind of slugs that make highlight reels, but fastballs get swung at and hit more often.Meatballs are subjective enough that there’s no way to separate them from non-meatballs with 100 percent accuracy. But to analyze them I had to at least approximate a definition, so that I could create two buckets: one presumably containing mostly meatballs, the other presumably containing mostly non-meatballs.I’m defining a meatball as a pitch over the middle of the plate, between the thigh and the belt, and one that doesn’t hang around the bottom of the strike zone (because pitchers often throw low on purpose). So my data set includes pitches over the middle third of the plate, in the upper two-thirds of the strike zone, meaning 22 percent of the strike zone is meatball territory. But not all pitches that land in that area are meatballs. I’ve excepted knuckleballs, whose movement is usually too erratic,1Admittedly, a flat, undancing knuckleball can be a meatball made out of filet mignon. and also fastballs over 95 mph, under the assumption that at high enough speeds, meatballs don’t really exist. If Aroldis Chapman lays a 100 mph pitch down the pipe, a hitter barely catches a whiff of meat before the ball’s in the catcher’s glove.This definition includes about a quarter of the homers hit so far this season. But homers aren’t the only reason meatballs are interesting: They’re a vehicle to find out more about a pitcher’s worst mistakes, and how different those mistakes are from his peak performance.Take the chart below, which shows whether batters are more enticed to swing when they see a meatball coming toward them, as we suspect they are. I’ve split up fastballs and off-speed2“Off-speed” refers to both traditional off-speed pitches (e.g. change-ups), and breaking balls (e.g. sliders). pitches to show how they’re thrown and treated differently. The data is also broken down by how the count looks from the pitcher’s perspective3I separated pitches by count-types because hitters vary their aggressiveness depending on the count.: “ahead” refers to pitcher-friendly counts4Those are: 0-1, 0-2, 1-2, 2-2.; “behind” classifies pitcher-unfriendly counts5Those are: 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 3-1.; and “even” encompasses counts where neither hitter nor pitcher is in the power position.6Those are: 0-0, 1-1, 2-1, 3-2. Hitters swing at meaty fastballs, on average, far more frequently than at off-speed meatballs. That feels intuitive, since hitters look for fastballs over the middle, so speedy meatballs are already where hitters expect them to be. With the pitcher ahead, hitters swing at meaty fastballs 93 percent of the time, but at non-meaty fastballs 80 percent of the time. We don’t see these gaps with off-speed pitches. In every case, the rates are just about even, suggesting that breaking balls, on average, may be as deceptive when they’re meaty as when they’re not. Alternatively, batters might not be able to track off-speed pitches as well as they track fastballs.Swinging is one thing, but we mostly care about swing results. We can also look at whether hitters make contact with meatballs more often.When hitters are swinging at off-speed pitches, they’re doing better on the meatballs. In every case, fastballs are struck somewhere between 87 percent to 90 percent of the time. But with off-speed stuff, there are clear differences in the contact rates — the mistakes are getting hit. There’s a reason hanging breaking balls have a bad reputation.So we know that hitters like to swing at fast meatballs and make better contact on off-speed meatballs, but what really matters is which bad pitches are most exploited.It’s no surprise that meatballs are turned around with more success than other, higher-quality strikes. What’s interesting is the extent to which that’s true. The biggest difference is with off-speed pitches in even counts — meaty ones have yielded a slugging percentage 119 points higher than non-meaty ones. In those situations, hitters are neither sitting on a fastball nor looking to swing at anything close.That’s indicative of the main discovery: There’s a far bigger difference for off-speed pitches than for fastballs in every type of count. The average overall fastball gap is 48 slugging points, while the average overall off-speed gap is 104 points.Off-speed pitches lead to more home runs, too. Here’s a table showing home runs per swing attempt:Of course, my analysis isn’t perfect. Meatballs and non-meatballs could probably be separated with greater purity, given infinite hours of time, and a meatball to Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t work the same as a meatball to Ben Revere. Under few circumstances should a pitcher ever want to throw a pitch up in the zone and down the middle of the plate. But as the evidence shows, most meatballs still don’t get punished. Pitchers get away with the majority of their mistakes because hitting is incredibly difficult and the fate of a mistake depends in part on the context. The way pitches are woven together can make a pitch down the middle surprising and effective, even if it wasn’t actually supposed to go there.What a meatball really is presumably changes with every situation. Meaty pitches are hit out of the park more often than non-meaty pitches, and the biggest difference is, yet again, with off-speed pitches in even counts, where a meatball is almost twice as likely to be hit out of the park as a non-meatball. (Note that these home run numbers were included in my earlier slugging-point analysis.)But all types of meatballs hurt somehow. The off-speed ones aren’t swung at as often, but when hitters do make contact, they’re clobbering the ball. The fastball variety, meanwhile, do entice a hitter to take a swing, leading to a ball that’s more likely to find its way around the defense. And whether it’s a fastball or an off-speed pitch, meatballs are still the most homer-friendly pitch I’ve seen.The more I looked into the meatball, the more it confirmed my suspicion: no matter the particulars, it’s the bad pitch we assumed it was. read more

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN COURT of Human Rights has ruled that a woman does not have to sever her legal link with her son before being able to have her child adopted by her lesbian partner, in a landmark ruling.The Strasbourg-based court ruled that Austria’s ban on the procedure – where domestic rules only permit one woman to be a ‘mother’, or one man a ‘father’ to a child at any one time – were a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, which assures the right to a private family life.The court  ruled that the same-sex couple were being treated differently to how an unmarried heterosexual couple would be treated, finding that in the latter case, a single parent’s partner would have no difficulty in adopting the child and becoming their legal guardian.The court overruled lower Austrian courts which ruled that the country’s laws defined “parents” as a man and woman – an interpretation which therefore made it impossible for one woman to be deemed the child’s ‘mother’ without her partner, the biological mother, first giving up that right.It said that the Austrian government had not advanced any “convincing reasons” to show that its different treatment of an unmarried same-sex couple and an unmarried heterosexual couple was necessary to protect the family or the interests of the child.However, the ruling stopped short of requiring European countries to give unmarried couples the right of second-parent adoption, irrespective of their sexual orientation.No requirement to allow adoption for unmarried couplesThis followed a ruling in a similar French case where the court did not require states to offer full same-sex marriage, and acknowledged that different European countries granted differing levels of legal recognition to same-sex couples.It also observed that some countries do not allow unmarried couples to adopt, irrespective of their orientation or the biological status of one parent, and so did not require countries to offer this either.Same-sex couples in countries without full gay marriage laws regularly face legal obstacles when it comes to the legal status of their children: most countries, including Ireland, will only recognise the biological parent as a child’s parent and overlooks the domestic status of the other parent.This means that a lesbian couple who use the services of a sperm donor to conceive are not both perceived as ‘parents’. This can cause difficulty when children are legal minors and are admitted to hospital, for example: only the legally recognised parent can visit the child or have input in medical treatment, for example.In cases where the biological parent dies, there is then no legally recognised relationship between the child and the other adult involved in their upbringing.In a separate ruling issued yesterday, Germany’s highest court ruled that a man could legally adopt children which had already been adopted by his gay partner.Previously, Germany only allowed a person to adopt their same-sex partner’s children if their partner was the biological parent of the child. Now, a child adopted by one person can be freely adopted by the adoptive parent’s partner, irrespective of their sex or orientation.Read: Northern Ireland’s ban on gay and unmarried adoption overturnedlast_img read more

AdamTots Presents Waiting is the Hardest Part

September 20, 2019 | uhjupwev | No Comments

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first_img 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Stay on target TULSI2020: In the hours following the 1st debate, while millions of Americans searched for info about Tulsi, Google suspended her search ad account w/o explanation. It is vital to our democracy that big tech companies can’t affect the outcome of elections— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) July 25, 2019This is all just an algorithmic misunderstanding, though.Google’s automated systems flag unusual activity on advertiser accounts—including large spending changes—to prevent fraud, The New York Times reported.“In this case, our system triggered a suspension and the account was reinstated shortly thereafter,” company spokesman Jose Castaneda told the paper.“We are proud to offer ad products that help campaigns connect directly with voters, and we do so without bias toward any party or political ideology,” he added.This lawsuit, according to the Times, is believed to be the first time a presidential candidate has sued a major technology firm.“Google’s discriminatory actions against my campaign are reflective of how dangerous their complete dominance over internet search is, and how the increasing dominance of big tech companies over our public discourse threatens our core American values,” Gabbard told the newspaper.“This is a threat to free speech, fair elections, and to our democracy, and I intend to fight back on behalf of all Americans,” she said.Calls to dissolve big tech have been gaining steam among politicians: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, in March called for the government to break up monopolies and promote competitive markets.Gabbard’s suit was filed a day after the Federal Trade Commission opened a formal antitrust investigation into Facebook’s business practices, and fined the social network a record $5 billion for deceiving users about its privacy practices.More on Toy Maker Dame Sues MTA Over Sexist Ad PoliciesTesla Sued Over Fatal Crash Involving Model X With Autopilot Engaged‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Publisher Sues Netflix Over Trademarkscenter_img Long-shot presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is suing Google for violating her right to free speech.The U.S. Representative for Hawaii claims the tech titan infringed on her First Amendment freedom when it briefly suspended Gabbard’s advertising account after June’s Democratic debates.The lawsuit, filed Thursday in a Los Angeles federal court, suggests Google “arbitrarily and forcibly” deactivated her account for six hours on June 28—prime time for raising money and reaching potential voters.“During this time, Google obfuscated and dissembled with a series of inconsistent and incoherent reasons for its actions,” Gabbard’s media team wrote in a press release. “In the end, Google never explained to us why Tulsi’s account was suspended.”The campaign also maintains that its emails were being directed to Gmail spam folders “at a disproportionately high rate” compared to other Democratic presidential hopefuls.Gabbard is seeking an injunction against Google from interfering in the election and damages of at least $50 million.last_img read more

first_imgWomen and family lifestyle titles show the most stable growth potential amongst the top 25 consumer titles. Specifically, Family Fun Magazine grew its total circulation by 7.3 percent. Spanish language titles continue to uptick in 2013 with both print and digital circulations. For instance, Vanidades expanded its total circulation by 57.2 percent, and its digital subscription base is nearly 15 percent the size of its print circulation. A similar trend is noticeable in many niche and enthusiast titles as well. The top 25 consumer magazines by digital circulation size are a mixed bag, with Game Informer Magazine leading the way at just under 3 million subscriptions. But the disparity from 1 to 25 is vast, with last-place People only reaching 73,181 digital subscribers. Nevertheless, all or at least most content categories are represented in the top 25, which suggests digital magazines have become appealing to a broad audience. Troubling, however, are single-copy newsstand sales. Newsstand sales continue to face hard times, but according the MPA only account for around 10 percent of revenues, and the AAM indicates that portion could be even smaller. Regardless, that still accounts for revenue outputs in the billions.Men’s magazines are seeing none of the growth women’s titles are, as sales continue to soften.Maxim fell 23.8 percent in single-copy sales, as did Playboy, down 42.5 percent over the last year. Both also saw their digital sales drop. There was digital growth with Men’s Health, up 0.6 percent, and Men’s Journal, up 4.9 percent, the title’s single-copy sales negated all gains falling 11.2 percent and 25.4 percent, respectively.However, a bright spot in newsstand sales was saved for publishers targeting gun aficionados. American Rifleman’s total print sales were up 14.2 percent to over 1.9 million readers, and Handguns magazine saw single-copy sales jump 34.3 percent.Worth noting is that tablet media sales spiked 84 percent during this same time period, so the residual impact from those sales could move the needle in the second half of 2013 and beyond. The Alliance for Audited Media has released its semi-annual Snapshot report that shows a decline of .1-percent in circulation when combining print and digital. Additionally, rapidly declining single-copy newsstand sales are casting more shadows over magazine publishers.Digital circulation was no doubt a growth catalyst for many publications. That is, magazines with the most significant overall increases are also typically offering digital subscriptions. Still, for most titles, digital circulation sizes are on average between 1 to 10 percent the size of their print counterparts, with the exception of a few outliers. In fact, the AAM reports 3.3 percent (10.2 million subscriptions) of total circulation is stemming from digital subscriptions, up from 1.7 percent (5.4 million) in 2012. Breaking it Down By The Numberslast_img read more

Dipnetters Try Their Luck On The Kenai River

September 9, 2019 | uhjupwev | No Comments

first_imgDipnetters crowd the water on the north shore of the Kenai River. Photo by Annie Feidt.The state’s largest personal use fishery is happening on the Kenai river. Dipnetters from across the state are crowding onto the north and south beaches at the mouth of the river hoping to fill coolers with sockeye salmon. Chad Preston is standing chest deep in frigid ocean water. He’s fighting a swift current as he holds onto his dipnet. Preston’s been in the water all day and he’s not smiling.Download Audio“Well I’m trying, so far I only caught one fish and I’m disappointed right now.”Preston at least has one thing going for him- the water is not as crowded as it usually is.Most people are waiting out the slow period on the beach. Novena Registe is sitting in the breezy sun with a group of friends. She opens up her cooler to show off the seven fish she’s caught so far.Registe started dipnetting 10 years ago to feed her family. Now she does it for another reason- because she loves it.“It’s when that fish hit that net and you pull it out, it’s a special feeling that no one can describe.”Reporter: “Try to describe it.”Registe: “It just makes you feel so good. It’s just exciting. I just love fishing.”Novena Registe (left) shows off a fish she caught.The crowds on the Kenai are not for everyone. When the fishing is hot, dipnetters are standing shoulder to shoulder in the water. Walking on the beach requires stepping over nets, sleds and other gear. But it’s not hard to find people who love the carnival-like scene, like Monica Workman:“This is truly the Alaskan experience. And we own a boat and people think we’re crazy, they’re like, why don’t you just take your boat out and we’re like no way! Because this- the whole experience of just being on the beach, the water, the people, the sun- when it’s out- it’s just a really neat experience.”Workman is dipnetting with her husband and two kids. She says they all have a job to do. Her husband catches the fish. Her son bonks them. Her daughter slices the gills and Workman guts them. This is their 5th year dipnetting. Their first year, she says, things were not as streamlined:“We didn’t even pack water. We had a little net, my husband had hip waders and I didn’t have a knife, a cooler, nothing. We’re like well, let’s just see what it’s like. And people are so nice out here, there was a lady who lent me everything, she gave me a knife told me how to gut it and everything.”Now the Workmans are the experts- passing their knowledge along to their friend Robert Carter, who is in his 70’s but dipnetting for the first time. It hasn’t been an easy initiation. Carter has patiently held his net in the water for most of day without catching a single fish. And then- finally- success.Robert Carter poses for a “fancy picture” of the first fish he caught dipnetting on the Kenai.He drags his net onto the beach to inspect his catch:“It’s a monster!”Carter holds his dipnet in one hand and his fish in the other and poses for a celebratory picture:“I want a fancy picture. That was unbelievable!”And with that, Carter heads back out in the water, going for his next fish.last_img read more

first_imgHM ErshadJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Sunday expressed his solidarity with the ongoing widespread movement of students demanding a nine-point demand, including ensuring safety in roads and justice for the two students who were killed in a road accident in the capital, and resignation of shipping minister Shajahan Khan.In a press statement, JaPa chairman congratulated the student saying that the innocent students launched protest on the road and realised their demands, UNB reports.”Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accepted their demand without any delay; I sincerely thank her for that. And now urge the students to leave the roads and return to their classes,” the former dictator said in his statement.”I hope the protest of children demanding safe roads will be a milestone, they should return to classes after their demands are met”, he said.He warned the countrymen that some vested groups were trying to gain political advantage centering the student movement and also urged the transport owners and workers to withdraw their strike.On 29 July, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of the college section of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, were killed as a ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road which sparked off protests among the students across the country.last_img read more

first_imgIf you have a PlayStation Plus subscription, you are eligible to partake in Sony’s first open access beta for its hotly anticipated PS3 title PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. The game is Sony’s answer to Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros franchise, and it is due out this holiday season.Players will be able to duke it out with characters from the nearly two decades of PlayStation history, ranging from the classics that every casual fan knows to the more obscure for the truly fanatical Sony fanboys to appreciate. The game launches on November 20, but the beta goes live today for PlayStation Plus subscribers.In the beta, users will have access to the playable characters Kratos, Sweeth Tooth, Colonel Radec, Sly Cooper, PaRappa the Rapper, and Fat Princess. All come from very different genres and different time periods from within the storied PlayStation universe.Of course, at its heart this is a test for Sony to just put the game through its online connectivity paces and make sure that the network support is fully in place. So it is all about online matches; users can participate in four-player melee fights, or 2-vs-2 games to allow players to invite friends and compete in team-based brawls.Also launching is the beta of the PlayStation Vita version, which is available to everyone and not just PlayStation Plus members. This game is one of Sony’s poster children for “cross-play” functionality, which means the game is functionally identical between the PS3 and Vita so players can take the experience with them on the go. This is also fully represented in the beta.For those who don’t have PlayStation Plus, the beta will be opening up for all PS3 users next week.via PlayStation Bloglast_img read more

first_imgMr Glen Moroney at the launch for the Europe River Cruising 2013 program Scenic tours has announced a bumper Europe River Cruising program for 2013, full of enhancements, new France River Cruising program and the launch of the seventh Scenic ‘Space-Ship’, Scenic Jewel.Scenic founder and managing director Glen Moroney welcomed the launch at a lunch in Sydney last week, addressing attendees with excitement for the ultimate all inclusive luxury touring company’s upcoming 2013 program.Mr Moroney was thrilled to again elevate the standard for river cruising in Europe, discussing the number of exciting enhancements to the program, including unlimited beverages, butler service for every guest and all day grazing at the new River Café.“We are redefining the term ‘all-inclusive luxury’ with the addition of unlimited complimentary beverages available at any time throughout the ship. Our relaxing new River Café is also open for all day grazing, including cakes and espresso coffee. There is basically nothing more to pay except for personal expenses,” Mr Moroney said.An exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience of a private dinner and concert at Rastatt Palace has been added to the Scenic Enrich shore experience in 2013.  In addition to this are 18 exceptional new tours, including the Hockenheim Formula 1 Track in Heidelberg.A popular enhancement has been The Scenic Riverview, a personal GPS guided tour system device that provides commentary and enables passengers to choose from independent walks or cycling tours exploring interest areas like food and wine or history.In 2013, guest can also expect a number of innovative new technical ship upgrades including a ‘silent drive’ system, which significantly reduces noise and vibration, and the most sophisticated and powerful air conditioning system ever fitted to a river cruiser.Mr Moroney told e-Travel Blackboard that 2011 was the company’s most successful year to date for European river cruising and that 2012 is shaping up to be better than that. The founder was thrilled to announce the new France River Cruising program for 2013 including the deployment of the Scenic Emerald, extending the Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ fleet to France.The flagship itinerary is a 14 day South of France River Cruise which features no overnight sailing.  It begins in Paris, before transferring by train to Chalon-sur-Saône for the southbound cruise to Arles.  From here the stunning journey sails along the picturesque Saône and Rhône rivers on board the luxury Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ Scenic Emerald, which will be relocated from Amsterdam by special barge in late 2012.“Our 2013 forecast and pre-release sales have demanded the addition of a new Scenic ‘Space-Ship’ the Scenic Jewel , as guests look for extra special features and all-inclusive luxury.”Joining  five other Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ that operate along Europe’s main waterways, the Scenic Jewel will undertake her inaugural voyage in 2013 along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

first_imgJet Airways launched its first daily, nonstop service between Pune and Singapore from December 1, 2018, making it the first and only airline in India to connect the vibrant city of Pune with the financial hub of the East.Singapore saw over 36,000 visitor arrivals from Pune in 2017 – the highest for an Indian city without a direct service. Recognising Pune’s potential as a leading business and commerce centre, Jet Airways’ new flight will further help expand the scope of traffic between Pune and the neighbouring regions to Singapore.Travellers from Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Sholapur, Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, and Karad will find this flight convenient and an attractive option to connect on this flight to Singapore and to several cities beyond.The flight from Pune to Singapore, 9W 22 will depart Pune at 05:10 hrs (IST) with an arrival time of 13:15 hrs (local time) in the city-state of Singapore. On the return leg, flight 9W 21 is scheduled to depart from Singapore at 21:00 hrs (LT) and will arrive in Pune at 00:05 hrs (IST).On the eve of the launch of this inaugural service from Pune International Airport, Jet Airways conducted a multi-faith prayer followed by a ceremonial lamp lighting to mark the launch of flight 9W 22 Pune to Singapore. This inaugural lamp lighting function was led by Vinay Dube, Chief Executive Officer, Jet Airways, and participating in the proceedings were esteemed guests, Anil Shirole, Member of Parliament Pune; Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati, MP Rajya Sabha; Valsa Nair Singh, Civil Aviation Secretary, Government of Maharashtra; Ajay Kumar, AAI Airport Director, and G.B. Srithar, Regional Director, Singapore Tourism Board. A host of dignitaries and special invitees graced the occasion with their presence.On this occasion, Dube said, “The launch of the maiden flight between Pune and Singapore is a proud moment for us. Jet Airways is the first and the only carrier to provide direct connectivity between Pune and Singapore. With our existing six daily services over our hubs in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, we will soon launch additional frequencies over the next week, which will help increase our reach into Singapore with nine daily direct services, making Jet Airways the largest Indian operator of flights to and from Singapore.”Jet Airways recently entered global record books for the highest uplift of cargo by an Indian carrier in a single flight. The airline uplifted 45 tonnes of cargo on one of its flights on the Mumbai-London sector operated by a B777-300ER aircraft.The record is globally significant as only two other international carriers have previously operated a flight each with a cargo complement of over 40 tonnes on a Boeing 777-300 aircraft.last_img read more

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first_img Go back to the e-newsletter Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has released renderings of the newbuild Banyan Tree Krabi which is slated to open in Thailand in the second quarter of 2020.Set on the white sands of the sheltered Tubkaek beach on the west coast of southern Thailand, the luxury resort is marketed at those who enjoy a more secluded stay. Offering just 72 intimate pool suites and villas, the resort overlooks the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea in addition to breathtaking views of the surrounding limestone peaks and tropical islands. Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Banyan Tree Krabi offers a place for guests to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul in a truly awe-inspiring location.The resort is also home to Banyan Tree Spa with an ethereal rainforest theme, focusing on the use of natural ingredients like fruits and flowers with a combination of fusion east-meets-west techniques. Guests can completely unwind with the intuitive touch of Banyan Tree’s expert therapists trained by Banyan Tree Spa Academy.More details will be revealed regarding Banyan Tree Krabi in the upcoming months as the opening date approaches.See Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more