BHU students protest victim-blaming

first_imgScores of students of the Banaras Hindu University staged a dharna on Friday in the campus against the alleged victim-blaming of a women student who was molested by two unknown persons while returning to her hostel.The students, both male and female, assembled at the Lanka gate of BHU early on Friday and blocked entry to the campus through the main gate for a few hours.According to the victim’s complaint, she was returning to her hostel from her department at around 6:20 p.m. on Thursday when two men on a motorbike came from behind and molested her before speeding away.“As it was dark, I could not see the number on the motorbike,” the second-year BFA student said.She claimed that she cried out for help but the security guards, who were a few metres away from her, ignored her. Later, when the student approached the guards along with her hostel mates, the guards allegedly responded with misogynist remarks and snubbed her for not being careful while moving alone in the dark.The student also alleged that apart from facing-victim blaming, her character was also questioned when she informed the hostel warden about the incident.Furious over the inaction, students staged a demonstration at the BHU gate, holding placards that read, “Stop victim blaming,” and shouted slogans against the university administration. The victim also joined the demonstration and shaved off her hair in protest.The students alleged that the administration tried to push the matter under the carpet citing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to his Lok Sabha constituency.They demanded that the Vice-Chancellor meet them in person at the protest site and assure them of action against the culprits, after their complaints to the warden and the chief proctor bore no result.Ramayan Patel, convenor of the Joint Action Committee of the BHU students, demanded strict legal action against the culprits and action against the “irresponsible”security personnel, lighting up of all the dark zones in the campus and continuous roundup of guards and installation of CCTV cameras. He also said the students demanded a relaxation of curfew timings for girls’ hostels, which is at present 8pm, and gender sensitization of administrative staff.When contacted, BHU Vice-Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi dismissed the incident saying that he was yet to receive a formal written complaint from the alleged victim. He alleged that barring a few, the students protesting were not from the BHU but outsiders motivated politically to create a sensation given Mr. Modi’s visit to his constituency.“I have been asking them for a written complaint since morning but got nothing from them. We are ready to take action but let the students approach us first. They are staging a dharna on the street. That is not the right way,” Mr Tripathi told The Hindu.He said he had sent a delegation of teachers to communicate with the protesting students.Mr. Tripathi said despite the large size of the BHU campus he was willing to address the “genuine problems” of the students, hinting at addressing the issue of curfew timings of the girls’ hostels.“But the purpose of this dharna is something else…politically motivated. PM Modi is visiting Varanasi. What better time for them,” Mr. Tripathi said.Till Friday evening, the student protest was still on. Roshan Pandey, a third-year B.A student, who was a part of the protest, said: “We submitted our complaint to the VC through the delegation he sent but he has not appeared himself. The students demand that he come before us. The movement will continue till then.”last_img read more

Mahayuti (grand alliance) will remain in power for the next 25 years: Fadnavis

first_imgThe rallies of Congress and National Congress Party will not have any impact on the outcome of the Assembly polls, said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday, expressing confidence that it was impossible to dislodge the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the Mahayuti, from power at the Centre and the State for the next 25 years.Addressing a rally at Pathardi in Ahmednagar as part of the Mahajanadesh Yatra, Mr. Fadnavis said that the public in Maharashtra was turning its back on the Shiv Swarajya and Samwad yatras organised by NCP, and the Congress’ Pardhaphash yatra.“There is no reason why people should vote the Congress and the NCP back to power, given the economic mess created by their leaders and their poor governance for 15 years,” said the Chief Minister.Rubbishing the opposition’s claims on the alleged tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the general election, he said that EVMs were introduced when the Congress-led UPA was in power.“EVMs were used for all elections between 2004 and 2014 and the Congress and the NCP won most of them. At that time, no questions were raised on their possible tampering. But when, Prime Minister Modi and the BJP began winning elections, doubts were raised on their functioning… So, when [NCP MP from Baramati] Supriya Sule wins, there is no problem with EVMs, but when Dr. Sujay Vikhe-Patil [BJP MP from Ahmednagar] wins, the machine has apparently been tampered with,” Mr. Fadnavis said, in a jibe at NCP chief Sharad Pawar and other opposition leaders.Claiming that the BJP had brought about more development in five years than the Congress-NCP in 15 years, Mr. Fadnavis said that nearly three lakh farmers in Ahmednagar district had benefitted from loan waiver.last_img read more

Dame time: Lillard’s 3 gives Trail Blazers 113-110 win over Lakers

first_imgLillard finished with 32 points, and Portland snapped a two-game skid. Jusuf Nurkic added 28 points.Lillard was 1 of 5 from 3-point range before the game-winner. The crowd roared when the shot fell, andLillard nodded and pointed to his wrist.“I felt good. The ball was coming off my hands good all night, even the ones that I didn’t make. In thosemoments, you don’t think about what happened before. It’s a chance to rise to the occasion. You’re 0 for 0 in that moment,” Lillard said. “I go back to my very first game-winner against New Orleans my rookie year. I had a terrible shooting game but I was able to block that out. All that mattered was that moment. No different tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrook Lopez had 27 points and rookie Kyle Kuzma added a season-high 22 for the Lakers, who were short-handed after Larry Nance Jr. broke his left hand in the second half. Fellow rookie Lonzo Ball was 0 for 2 from the field with no points, four assists and three rebounds.There were a few fans in the crowd wearing Ball’s No. 2 jersey for his first appearance in Portland. But most fans booed him heartily during player introductions. 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QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kuzma took the final shot, a missed 3-pointer from 28 feet out at the buzzer that would have tied it.Lillard had missed a 3 the night before at the end of regulation in Portland’s 112-103 overtime loss at Utah.“He made a good read last night and (Rudy) Gobert made a great play,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Tonight I think he had his mind made up to take the shot. It’s what great players do.”The Blazers were without Al-Farouq Aminu, who injured his right ankle Wednesday against the Jazz. The team posted a photo of the 6-foot-9 forward on crutches before Thursday’s game.Aminu was averaging 9.4 points and 8.1 rebounds this season. Noah Vonleh, who returned the night before following a shoulder injury in camp, started in his place.Portland led by 18 in the first half but the Lakers closed the gap to 66-62 at halftime. It was tight the rest of the way.“We have the game against Toronto, then you have a tough one last night against Utah. Maybe if we come back and have a blowout, maybe we don’t have to look at ourselves as much,” Lillard said. “We come in here tonight and we had a dogfight on our hands. We really had to look at ourselves and make it happen. We had to trust ourselves and trust each other to get it done.“So I think a game like this and having to pull out a game like this does more for our team, character-wise.”TIP-INSLakers: Los Angeles was 0 for 9 from 3-point range in the first half. … The Lakers were coming off a 113-93 victory at home against the Pistons on Tuesday night.Trail Blazers: Rookie big man Zach Collins started the second half in place of Vonleh, who had four fouls. Collins, a 7-footer out of Gonzaga, was acquired by the Blazers in a draft-day deal with Sacramento.ON BALL“I thought he was a little too passive tonight,” Walton said about his rookie point guard. “The hardest thing for young players is consistency. He’s so unselfish that sometimes we want him to be more aggressive with attacking the defenses.”Ball, for his part, recognized that.“I definitely could have been more aggressive,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nance was hurt late in the third quarter and went to the locker room. He did not play the rest of the way. Nance was averaging 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds for the Lakers.Afterward, the Lakers confirmed Nance broke a bone in his hand.“Obviously, I feel terrible for him. He’s been playing so solid for us,” coach Luke Walton said. “It’s tough but that’s what team sports are about, and someone else has to step up.”Portland took a 106-105 lead on Lillard’s free throws with 1:56 left. Kuzma made a hook shot on the other end, but Lillard answered with a layup before Nurkic made free throws for a 110-107 lead. The standing crowd chanted “Beat LA! Beat LA!”But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope quieted the fans with a 3-pointer off an assist from Ball to tie it with 15.5 seconds left. Lillard hit the winner over the outstretched arm of Brandon Ingram.ADVERTISEMENT Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after hitting a shot in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard didn’t really need to gesture to his wrist. The crowd already knew it was Lillard Time.The star guard made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak over the Los Angeles Lakers to 13 games with a 113-110 victory Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Karisma Kapoor to Ranveer Singh: The launches that kept the stars busy

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Honor 9N, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 10 available with big discounts during Flipkart Mobile Bonanza sale

first_imgNovember has seen a lot of festive sales on e-commerce platforms like Flipkart and Amazon India already, but there is still room for more. Flipkart is presently holding a Mobile Bonanza Sale on its online store that will take place between November 19 and November 22. Honor is among a few brands that is offering some heavy discounts and offers on some of its products, making it the best time to buy an Honor smartphone.Some of the Honor phones on discount include the Honor 7S, Honor 7A, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 9i and Honor 10. The budget Honor 7S and Honor 7A get Rs 1,000 discount on their current prices and can be purchased for Rs 5,999 and Rs 7,999, respectively. The Honor 9i which was launched in India in October at Rs 14,999 can now be purchased for Rs 12,999. Both the 3GB and 4GB RAM variants of the Honor 9N will see a Rs 2,000 discount and will be available for Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,999, respectively.The Honor 9 Lite 3GB variant sees its price drop from Rs 10,999 to Rs 9,999. Customers can also avail Rs 3,000 off on exchange for the 4GB model. Lastly, we have the flagship Honor 10 which gets the biggest price cut of all. The phone was launched at Rs 32,999 earlier this year and is getting a massive Rs 8,000 discount during the Mobile Bonanza sale on Flipkart. The phone can now be purchased for Rs 24,999 on the platform until November 22.The deep discount on the Honor 10 is notable as it brings the price of the flagship down significantly and makes it compete against the Poco F1. The Honor 10 offers a more premium look with an all-glass design and gradient colours along with an edge-to-edge display. The Honor 10 sports a 5.84-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD notched display on the front. Apart from the looks, the Honor 10 also brags about some serious hardware that includes an AI-based Kirin 970 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Honor 10 houses a 3,400mAh battery and sports a 16MP + 24MP dual camera setup.advertisementALSO READ: Flipkart Mobile Bonanza sale begins: Big discounts on Pixel 2 XL, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Poco F1, and iPhoneslast_img read more

Keppel, PEMEX to Jointly Develop Yard Facility in Mexico

first_imgzoom Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has strengthened its foothold in the offshore and marine industry in Mexico with the signing of an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with PEMEX Exploracion y Produccion (PEP) and P.M.I. Norteamérica, S.A. de C.V. (PMI), both subsidiaries of Mexico’s national oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX).The MOU is to jointly develop, own and operate a yard facility in Mexico, the first phase of which is to support the construction of six KFELS B class jackup drilling rigs for PEP.The MOU was signed today by the General Director of PMI, Dr Jose Manuel Carrera Panizzo, and the Chief Operating Officer and CEO-Designate of Keppel O&M, Mr Chow Yew Yuen at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore, and witnessed by Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, Mr K. Shanmugam and Mexico’s Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr José Antonio Meade Kuribreña.The MOU signifies a landmark partnership between PEMEX, the world’s fifth-largest crude oil producer, and Keppel O&M, the global leader in the construction of offshore drilling rigs, ship repair and the conversion of Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels.In a congratulatory message, Mr Emilio Lozoya, CEO of PEMEX, said, “This MOU highlights PEMEX’s commitment to increase oil and gas production in the long term by developing a sustainable offshore and marine industry in Mexico that can readily meet our needs. By partnering with the world’s leading rig builder Keppel, we are confident that the shipyard will be a success and help to provide a wide array of solutions for the production of oil and gas. Mexico’s proven reserves of oil and gas at the start of 2013 is almost 14 billion barrels of crude-oil equivalent and we believe that a significant number of shallow water and deepwater drilling rigs as well as FPSOs and FLNGs will be required to maximise production in the years to come.”Earlier this year, PEMEX unveiled investment plans of US$25.3 billion for 2013, of which US$20 billion will be targeted at upstream activities.Mr Tong Chong Heong, CEO of Keppel O&M added, “We have been a strong supporter of PEMEX’s oil and gas programme with some 19 projects delivered or on order for Mexico presently. This MOU reinforces Keppel O&M’s Near Market, Near Customer strategy and places us in a strong position to capture opportunities from the continued growth of the Gulf of Mexico. Through our partnership with PEMEX, we will be able to tap each other’s technological expertise and know-how to provide comprehensive world-class solutions for the Mexican market.“The yard will not only provide local content to support the industry’s growth in Mexico but also employment, training and skills development for the local workforce through Keppel O&M’s training and development schemes.”PMI and Keppel O&M intend to establish a joint venture company (PMI-KOM JVC) to be the principal investment vehicle through which both parties would cooperate in various business opportunities that may be agreed upon. The first opportunity identified is the establishment of the yard to service the offshore oil & gas industry in Mexico.To be located strategically in the modern Port of Altamira along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the proposed yard will help to further develop Mexico’s offshore hydrocarbon potential, meeting both the growing needs of the local oil & gas industry and the international clientele operating in the Gulf.Keppel O&M will leverage its proven expertise and operational track record in the management of the yard which will be able to service PEMEX’s requirements in the offshore and marine construction and service sector, as well as independently pursue work from the private sector. To be developed in phases, the first phase will be to equip the yard to undertake certain portions of the work scope in the construction of six Keppel-designed KFELS B class jackup drilling rigs for PEP.The total yard development cost will be around US$400 million, with the first phase estimated at about US$150 million.Subsequent phases of the yard development would enable it to take in deep-draft semisubmersibles and drillships for repairs, undertake FPSO and Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) vessel conversions, as well as fabricate topside modules and other offshore structures.When all the phases are completed, the yard is expected to create up to 4,000 new direct jobs for the local community.Keppel Corp, October 4, 2013last_img read more

Helping Southwestern Valley Businesses Sell To Public Sector

first_imgECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Helping Southwestern Valley Businesses SellTo Public Sector The province is inviting vendors from Bridgewater to Yarmouth and from Digby, Annapolis and Windsor to sell more to the publicsector. On Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., public sectorrepresentatives will hold a trade show in the Annapolis BasinConference Centre during a Small Business Week and National Co-operative Week conference hosted by the Nova Scotia Co-operativeCouncil. Eighty per cent of the $1 billion that the provincial governmentspends annually on goods, services and construction is purchasedfrom Nova Scotia businesses. There is still room to grow,however, and the Supplier Development Program announced earlierthis summer is encouraging more Nova Scotia companies to sell togovernment. “Meeting with vendors to talk about opportunities for sales inthe public sector is one valuable part of the new SupplierDevelopment Program,” said Economic Development Minister ErnestFage. “Vendors meeting one-on-one with buyers gives them a greatopportunity to connect and talk about business opportunities inpublic sector procurement.” Representatives of the following federal, provincial andmunicipal government organizations will attend the trade show:Acadia University; Université Sainte-Anne-Collège;Health authorities from the South Shore, South West Nova andAnnapolis Valley; Annapolis Valley Regional School Board;Public Works and Government Services Canada;Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations: Nova Scotia BusinessRegistry;District of Digby;Municipality of the County of Kings;Nova Scotia Business Inc.; Nova Scotia Transportation and Public Works; andOffice of Economic Development: procurement division andcommunity and rural development division. The Supplier Development Program will help small business bid ongovernment goods and services and will provide new outreachservices and community workshops on accessing businessopportunities with government. Trade shows are only one component of the program. Theprocurement branch of the Office of Economic Development will update its website at as new componentsevolve in the weeks and months ahead.last_img read more

Documentary highlights parents struggles with opioidaddicted kids

first_imgVANCOUVER — Watching paramedics revive their son from near death six times for the same condition that had him in the emergency room 13 times exhausted Jill and David Cory, but they kept hoping he’d get the help he needed to survive.That hope came to an end on March 8, 2015, when David Cory found 23-year-old Ben Cory dead on the porch at their home in Calgary.“I didn’t even know he was home,” Cory said of his son, who’d often stayed at his girlfriend’s place.The family moved from Vancouver so Ben could enter a one-year treatment program starting in 2009 at the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre, a private facility that focuses on involving a client’s family.Jill Cory said despite the gains her opioid-addicted son made with the help of staff who were in recovery and understood drug addiction, a lack of ongoing support that would include housing and follow-up through linked programs in the community and the health-care system meant Ben didn’t have the skills to cope.“It’s a system that’s not a continuous system,” she said in an interview. “It’s a partial intervention. We’ve had as many as 15 emergency people in our home resuscitating Ben. Why are we using our resources at that end, in an emergency, instead of a proper continuum of services?”Ben Cory’s story, among those of others caught in the cycle of addiction, is told in the Telus Health documentary “Painkiller: Inside the Opioid Crisis.” It’s available through Optik TV, YouTube and accessible at screenings in various cities across Canada.“It is life destroying, and it is family destroying, and it can be different,” Jill Cory said, adding her son tried ecstasy as a teen before using harder drugs including Oxycontin and fentanyl to try to alleviate his anxiety.Five years after countless hospitalizations, including one when Ben was on life support, Cory said the family decided to move to Alberta so all of them, including Ben’s older sister, could be part of the recovery process.The couple had already spent $6,000 a month for a five-month treatment program supported by their doctor in British Columbia, but it was ineffective, they said, adding people should not have to spend their own money in a publicly funded health-care system and not everyone can afford to do that.Jill Cory said they came to understand addiction is a chronic relapsing disease that requires ongoing care but parents are often left to deal with it alone.“We’d be sleeping with him on our floor in our bedroom with the doors locked so we’d know he was safe,” she said.“You wouldn’t give people three out of 10 chemo treatments and hope that somehow they miraculously get better on their own.”These days, the Corys support other families whose children are struggling with addiction.Like other parents in the documentary, they are also calling for decriminalization of illicit drugs based on an understanding that addiction is a chronic relapsing disease that makes people more vulnerable to overdose after they’ve been in treatment.Moms Stop the Harm, an advocacy group whose loved ones have fatally overdosed, has joined that effort, pushing the federal government to make that decision as the number of fatal overdoses rises.However, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said No to decriminalization.Statistics Canada said earlier this month that 10 Canadians fatally overdosed each day between 2016 and 2018.Data from a federal task force on opioid deaths said nearly 4,000 Canadians died as a result of overdoses in 2017, a 34 per cent increase from the previous year.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Camille Bains, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mikmaq say Bay of Fundy developments could harm endangered fish

first_imgEditors Note: DFO says the amended recovery strategy plan for the critical habitat of Inner Bay of Fundy salmon ‎won’t be ready for the minister to sign off on by the fall as reported. But a draft will be ready for public input.Trina Roache APTN National NewsIn Nova Scotia, people are concerned about the impacts of big projects on endangered fish in one of the world’s most famous waterways.Two projects are being considered by the province on the Bay of Fundy.Its high and low tides are also home to a number of fish that are on the endangered species list.last_img

Supreme Courts well ruling credit negative for energy firms says Moodys

CALGARY — A credit rating agency says high court support for the Alberta Energy Regulator’s ability to force a bankruptcy trustee to pay out well-abandonment obligations before paying back creditors is credit negative for energy companies.Moody’s Investor Services says the Supreme Court of Canada ruling Thursday creates a “super priority position” for payment of such liabilities over repaying other creditors.It says the decision potentially reduces how much a lender could recover in the event of an insolvency and, therefore, how much it will be willing to lend to companies.That could potentially lead to a reduction in how much money oil and gas companies will be able to call upon to fund their exploration and development programs.The high court’s 5-2 ruling came with a recommendation from Chief Justice Richard Wagner for Parliament to clarify the confusion between the federal bankruptcy law and the regulations provinces rely on to protect the environment.Moody’s says the ruling is also credit negative for banks and other creditors but adds it’s unclear how it will affect other industries and provinces going forward.“The ruling favoured the Alberta energy regulator, but the Supreme Court’s statement that Alberta’s regulations must be followed in bankruptcy could mean that bankruptcy trustees in other provinces would have to follow similar regulations, with unclear effects on how environmental regulations would affect recoveries for creditors elsewhere,” the agency said in a report.The Canadian Press read more

Dayan assumes duties in Russia promises to strengthen ties

Ambassador Jayatilleka highlighted that, for decades, since early 1950ies the USSR, then Russia provided important economic, industrial, technological and later, defence and security support to Sri Lanka, which was crucial for the country’s progress and economic development, as well as in defeating one of the world’s most developed terrorist organizations, putting an end to the civil conflict which affected the country for 30 years. On the first working day in Moscow, Dr. Jayatilleka will witness the signing of two important Sri Lanka-Russia agreements in defence sphere; in this context, the Ambassador noted the excellent rapport between Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence representatives with their Russian counterparts.Dr. Jayatilleka visited Russia several times, from 1960ies to 1985 when he participated in Sri Lankan delegation to the International Youth Festival in Moscow. Now, Dr. Jayatilleka as the new Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Russia, he is honoured to succeed to a pleiade of Sri Lankan Ambassadors of the past, such as Prof. Gunapala Malalasekara, T.B. Subasinghe, J. Kotalawala, N. Kanakaratne and others who, made a very important personal contribution to the progress of Sri Lanka-Russia bilateral relations.The key political idea that the new Head of Sri Lanka’s Mission in Russia would like to project at the start of his duties is the following: “This is in the national interests of Sri Lanka, as a State and as a country, to strengthen, deepen and expand its relations with Russian with a view to the great strengths Russia has, which would be best to the further development of Sri Lanka”. (Colombo Gazette) He said that one of Sri Lanka’s major infrastructural projects of the present time, the Moragahakanda irrigation project which will supply water to a large part of the country’s rural areas, including the North- this project, recently completed and inaugurated by President Maithripala Sirisena, had its roots in the technological cooperation with Russia. The newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka assumed duties at the Mission, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia said.Addressing the staff of the Embassy upon assumption of duties, Ambassador Jayatilleka spoke on the decades – old ties between Sri Lanka and Russia outlining the main political focus of his further work in Russia as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka and outlining the deep importance and continuous development of Sri Lanka’s bilateral relations with the Russian Federation. Russia has been supporting Sri Lanka in multilateral fora, including in UN as well as in other International Organizations – as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to UN Organizations in Geneva, and Dr. Jayatilleka recollected his fruitful exchanges with Valery Loschinin, the then Russian Ambassador for Disarmament and former Deputy Foreign Minister.Dr. Jayatilleka considers it important to start his Ambassadorial duties in Russia now as Sri Lanka’s relations with Russia received a new momentum in a number of fields, as a result of the Official Visit of President Maithripala Sirisena which strengthened the mutual communication between the Sri Lankan Leader with the President of the Russian Federation. read more

iOS 6 jailbreak finally available works on iPhone 5 and iPad Mini

first_imgAround five months after the release of the iPhone 5, and five months of adhering to Apple’s OS limitations, an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.x is finally here, and you can now proceed to do whatever you want on your iOS 6 device should you have the gall  to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad.The jailbreak, known as evasi0n, comes from hacker group evad3rs, and is available for the big three of Windows, Mac, and Linux. The jailbreak is pretty versatile, working on Windows XP and up, OS X 10.5 and up, and x86 and x86_64 Linux. It’s worth reiterating that the jailbreak works for any device capable of iOS 6 — not just Apple’s newest devices, the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.Evad3rs claims the jailbreak takes around five minutes, and notes that you should disable any lock passcode on the device before applying the crack, as it can cause issues. The group also notes that any iOS or iTunes-related task should be avoided until after the crack’s completion. Unlike most sensitive updates, if the evasi0n jailbreak hangs or freezes at any point in the installation, you are safe to simply reboot the device and start over.Before you jailbreak — or really, alter anything in a way that the manufacturer didn’t intend — remember to back up everything on your device. Sync it to iTunes, dump it all on iCloud, then begin the process. The jailbreak reaches fairly far back into the Apple lifecycle, working on the iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 5, the iPad 2, 3, 4, and Mini, as well as the 4th and 5th generation iPod Touch.If you’re interested, the jailbreak and its many mirrors can be found here, but remember to be careful — an iPhone that adheres to Apple’s limitations is better than a very expensive brick that doesn’t do anything.last_img read more

H5N6 virus in Greece distinct from Asian strain

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An early look into the highly pathogenic H5N6 strain (avian flu) recently discovered in Greece has indicated that it’s different from the one in Asia that has been triggering a series of outbreaks in poultry.The case reported in Greece last week was the first H5N6 outbreak detected outside Asia, and involved backyard poultry in the country’s northwest. Though the outbreak began on 6 February, it was confirmed by a virologist this week that the virus had mistakenly been reported as H5N8 on 16 February.According to Ian Brown, MIBiol, PhD, head of virology at the international reference lab at the Animal and Plant Health Agency in Weybridge, a very preliminary analysis based on limited genetic sequences suggests the H5N6 strain is a result of further reassortment involving highly pathogenic H5N8 and endemic Eurasian viruses.Meanwhile France continues to struggle, with 10 more highly pathogenic H5N8 outbreaks reported, one involving backyard birds and nine involving wild birds. Other reports in Europe have been made in the Czech Republic and Poland.Recently Nepal also reported a highly pathogenic H5N1 outbreak, its first since 2014, followed by a second with backyard birds with both cases found in the Gandaki zone.Further details about the strain in Greece are expected in due course.last_img read more

Captain Marvel Brie Larson Surprises NJ Filmgoers

first_img I am proud to have contributed to Captain Marvel‘s super-powered global opening weekend.But while I genuinely enjoyed the predictable-yet-good-hearted film, I may have enjoyed it even more had Captain Marvel herself filled my popcorn tub.Brie Larson hands out snacks at a New Jersey movie theater (via Captain Marvel/Twitter)Brie Larson surprised New Jersey cinemagoers on Saturday when, dressed in a themed tracksuit, she handed out concessions and thanked viewers for supporting her movie.“I just heard I was on the cups of popcorn, and I wanted to see for myself,” Marvel’s first female superhero lead told an excited audience at AMC Clifton Commons 16. “Thank you so much for coming. You guys are so awesome to come, like, opening weekend.” ‘Avengers: Endgame De-Feminized’ Edit Is World’s Worst Fan Film TrendDude Watched ‘Captain Marvel’ 116 Times to Break World Record “Funny story,” one Instagram user wrote in a caption: “I wanted to take my little cousins to see the new Captain Marvel and we ended up seeing Captain Marvel herself … serving guests at our local AMC and she was kind enough to take time to speak with these young ladies and make this night one they won’t forget.“What an amazing experience,” the “cool cousin for life” said. “Even better following International Women’s Day that these girls get to meet a real role model and hero.”Captain Marvel may have found a new career (via Captain Marvel/Twitter)The latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force pilot turned super-human warrior. Set in 1995, the story follows Danvers as she becomes Captain Marvel, after Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien worlds.Following recent trolling attacks on Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and other minority-led sci-fi flicks, Rotten Tomatoes pulled the ability to post reviews or leave comments before films and TV shows are released.More on Everything You Need to Know About ‘Captain Marvel’Comic Artist Jen Bartel Reveals ‘Captain Marvel’ Adidas Shoe‘Captain Marvel’ Channels the ’90s With Trippy ‘Magic Eye’-Style Posters Stay on target .@CaptainMarvel herself, @BrieLarson, popped into theaters on Saturday night to surprise fans on opening weekend! #CaptainMarvel #HigherFurtherFaster— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) March 10, 2019The 29-year-old star initially went unnoticed, reportedly walking the theater’s hallways and lobby like any other Saturday spectator. When your face is plastered on mammoth posters and souvenir tumblers, though, recognition soon sets in.As described by, Larson stepped behind the concession counter to hand out snacks and pose for photos. Lucky fans immediately took to social media, sharing snaps with the beaming actress.last_img read more

Shaw praises the big impact Solskjaers had at Man United

Shaw praises the big impact Solskjaers had at Man United

first_imgManchester United full-back Luke Shaw believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already made huge strides since he replaced Jose MourinhoThe Red Devils named Solskjaer as interim coach for the remainder of this season following Mourinho’s dismissal this month.Under the Norwegian, United have secured convincing wins over Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town over the past week.Now Shaw, who himself had a difficult relationship with Mourinho at times, believes Solskjaer has made an instant impact on the squad.“I think you can see from the outside how much he has changed things in such a short space of time,” Shaw told Sky Sports.“He is just a really positive manager, he knows what the club needs and also what the fans want in the way we are playing.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He’s bringing that attacking, quick play back to Old Trafford. I’m sure the fans are going to appreciate that as much as we [the players] do.”As for how he found out about Solskjaer’s appointment, Shaw said: “The truth? My girlfriend told me.“I woke up in the morning and had a shower and she ran out of the room and told me.“I did not have a clue, I didn’t look at my phone or anything. That’s how I found out… from my girlfriend.”Solskjaer will take charge of his third game on Sunday when United host Bournemouth at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Clark County has high hopes for road closure

first_img Clark County will shutter a section of Northeast 99th Street for 55 hours later this month to conduct overlay work.The closure will take place along Northeast 99th Street between Highway 99 and Northeast Seventh Avenue beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, July 19. The plan is for work to be completed no later than 5 a.m. Monday, July 22.And while no one likes roadwork blocking their route, the county’s plan to conduct one big shutdown is being done in the hopes of getting work done as quickly and efficiently as possible.“We looked at several different options but concluded that this has the least impact,” said Jeff Mize, spokesman for Clark County Public Works. “Do it all at once, get it over and be done with it.”Mark Sonney, owner of Yard ‘n Garden Land in Hazel Dell, said the road closure will impact his local business a bit, but he’s not fretting.The local nursery’s main entrance is off Northeast 102nd Street, which is connected by Highway 99. But the business utilizes an access road connecting to 99th Street for pickups. Click to enlargelast_img read more

Faces of the Affordable Care Act For couple a positive exchange

first_imgHealth insurance profileo Name: Paul Ward.o Age: 61.o Family members: Wife, Susan, 61.o Annual family income: $200,000+.o Current coverage: Kaiser Permanente individual plan ($1,550 per month).o Qualify for federal subsidy? No.o New coverage: Kaiser Permanente individual plan ($1,397 per month).Examining Health Care ReformEditor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories looking at how the Affordable Care Act affects residents of Clark County. The Columbian is sharing stories of residents who have found cheaper health insurance through the state-based exchange, are qualified for expanded Medicaid, are opting to pay a penalty rather than purchase a health plan, or are unhappy with the new insurance offerings.All of the stories also will be available on The Columbian’s Examining Health Reform site.Paul and Susan Ward have been purchasing their own insurance coverage since they both retired four years ago.The Meadow Glade couple found a Kaiser Permanente plan that suited their needs and have stuck with it. The plan, which has a $5,000 deductible and an out-of-pocket limit of about $9,000, costs the couple about $1,550 per month.About a month ago, the Wards got a letter from Kaiser, notifying them that their current plan was equivalent to Kaiser’s bronze-level plan under the Affordable Care Act. With bronze-level plans, the insurer pays 60 percent of costs and the policy holder pays 40 percent.The Wards’ policy would be automatically renewed through 2014 unless they took action. Paul, 61, decided to check out the state-based insurance exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, to see what it had to offer.last_img read more

Search underway for missing Pembroke Pines man

Search underway for missing Pembroke Pines man

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who went missing from an assisted living facility in Pembroke Pines.According to Pembroke Pines Police, 73-year-old Frantz Guillaume vanished from the facility located along the 300 block of Southwest 68th Avenue, at around 8 a.m., Thursday.Police believe he was traveling to Miami-Dade County, possibly to a former employer, on foot or by bus.Friday afternoon, investigators said his last cellphone ping was in North Miami Beach along Northeast 163rd Street, near 14th Street.Guillaume stands 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs around 120 pounds and last seen wearing a light blue striped shirt.Officials said he suffers from dementia.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call 911 or Pembroke Pines Police at 954-431-2200. last_img read more

Revenues Up for Merediths Magazine Group

first_imgThe group’s year-over-year growth numbers are skewed with the mid-FY2012 acquisitions of EveryDay with Rachel Ray, FamilyFun and however, Meredith notes in the report.As such, the National Media Group’s aggregate advertising revenues were up 5 percent to $515 million, but declined 6 percent on a comparable basis that accounts for the previously-held titles only. That comparable ad income—which also declined 3 percent in FY2012 following the acquisitions—continues a trend of dwindling ad revenues that runs back several years. Similarly, digital advertising grew 62 percent overall and 12 percent on a comparable basis.Including both the National and Local Media Groups, digital advertising made up 11 percent of Meredith’s total advertising revenue in FY2013. The company’s digital operations may be for a shakeup however. Liz Schimel, Meredith’s chief digital officer, left the company to head Condé Nast International’s China business last week. Meredith has yet to name a replacement.The company also stated that its Sales Guarantee program continued to return $7.81 for every dollar spent, a number first released in its third quarter report.Meredith was positive, but more vague about its circulation revenues, saying they were “higher in fiscal 2013 due to growth from existing, or comparable, titles, and the addition of EveryDay with Rachel Ray, FamilyFun and the Allrecipes magazine tests.””We’re pleased that our strategic initiatives to strengthen our businesses—including magazine and digital media, circulation and brand licensing—are delivering top-line growth,” Tom Harty, president of the National Media Group, says in a statement. “Meanwhile, our acquired brands are exceeding expectations and have improved our competitive position in the marketplace.”To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! Revenues were up for Meredith’s National Media Group in its fiscal year 2013 earnings report, as the company saw big returns from digital advertising and continued success with its Sales Guarantee program. Recent acquisitions skewed the results however.The company’s overall revenues were up 7 percent year-over-year to $1.5 billion, with operating profits ahead 13 percent to $211 million.Meredith’s National Media Group, which includes its magazine properties and makes up about three quarters of the company’s total earnings, saw revenues rise 3 percent to $1.1 billion, while margins went up 4 percent to $138 million.last_img read more

Quest mushers battle even after there is a winner

first_imgDownload AudioYukon Quest mushers continue to come across the finish line, and competition in is not confined to winning when it comes to the thousand mile sled dog race. There was a battle between two Quest mushers who finished nearly a day behind the winner.last_img