BHU students booked for campus assault

first_imgA case was registered on Monday against more than a dozen students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) for allegedly assaulting and verbally abusing students, including women, who were organising a programne to mark one year of their protests against gender-based restrictions on the campus.While ten students were named in the FIR lodged at the Lanka police station, around a dozen unknown outsiders have also been booked for offences under Sections 147, 354, 323, 504 and 506 of the IPC.The charges include criminal intimidation and assaulting a woman with the intent to outrage her modesty.While the organisers accused the ABVP, the student wing of the RSS-BJP, of disrupting the show in the FIR, the complainant student named “goons and and lumpen elements”.As per the complaint, the accused students and outsiders disrupted the event at Malviya Gate on Sunday evening when the girls were holding nukkad nataks (street plays) and other cultural programmes to mark their struggle against hostel rules and for gender equality.“When we protested [against them for using foul language and harassing us], they got aggressive and started assaulting those present,” read the complainant by one of the students.‘Students threatened’The students alleged that they were also threatened with dire consequences. The persons named as accused were Abhay Pratap Singh, Anurag Singh, Abhishek Mishra, L.N Sharma, Shivam Dwivedi, Ashish Yadav, Samir Singh, Vishwajit Singh, Abhay Pratap and Abhay Singh.Most of them were second year and third year B.A students.Last September, girls of the BHU had led a campaign against the administration demanding a gender-just space and security for women students.last_img read more

Woman ‘sold’ and gang-raped in U.P. sets herself on fire

first_imgA woman, who was “sold” for ₹10,000 and raped by people for whom she was forced to work as a domestic help, set herself on fire after Uttar Pradesh police officers allegedly refused to register her complaint, according to the Delhi Commission for Women. The woman is now admitted to a Ghaziabad hospital with 80% burn injuries. ‘Matter under probe’The U.P. police, however, disputed the allegation that senior officers turned her away and said the matter was under investigation. DCW chief Swati Maliwal wrote a letter to U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, urging him to investigate the police officers in Hapur district for refusing to register the complaint of the woman. She wrote that the woman suffered intolerable abuse at the hands of the U.P. police. Ms. Maliwal said because of the insensitive and shameful attitude of the police officers, the woman had to set herself on fire. According to the DCW chief’s letter, the woman was “sold” to a man, who had taken loans from several people, in Hapur for ₹10,000. He forced her to work as domestic help for those people without paying her. The woman was repeatedly abused and gang-raped at these places. The woman has alleged that she approached the Hapur SP and other senior officers but they did not register her complaint nor took action against the people she had named. Following this, she attempted suicide by immolating herself on April 28.NHRC noticeMeanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission on Monday sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and the State’s police chief over the incident.last_img read more

Video: Salamander Is a ‘Flat Catapult’

first_imgAUSTIN—Salamanders aren’t known for their power thighs. Yet some can put the best basketball players to shame, leaping six to eight times their body height with just a flick of their bodies—or so it seemed. The movement is actually more complicated, researchers reported here Saturday at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Leaping lizards and drop-shot basketball players push down to get the push-off needed to become airborne, but salamander leg muscles are tiny and their legs are spread out around them, so they can’t push off. By analyzing high-speed videos, researchers at Northern Arizona University discovered that, instead, the amphibian uses a rear leg as a pivot point, planting it forward. It then bends the body around the planted foot, essentially storing up the energy it will need to jump. But instead of unbending in a simple “flick,” it quickly shifts that bend over the hips so they rotate away from the planted foot at a speed of 17 body lengths per second (as in video above). That action pulls the body forward and throws the salamander over the planted foot, into the air. In bending, the salamander shifts its center of mass out over the foot, giving it a better grip. The animal uses this movement to escape danger. The salamander’s leaps demonstrate that even objects that lie flat on the ground can get into the air, despite the lack of a means to push off, and could lead to the design of flat catapults.last_img read more

Indias Manushi Chhillar is Miss World 2017

first_img(Eds: Adding details)Beijing, Nov 18 (PTI) Indias Manushi Chhillar today won the coveted Miss World 2017 crown at a grand event in China, bringing to an end the countrys dry spell of 17 years at the top pageant contest.The 20-year-old from Haryana, who is a medical student, edged out top five contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico.Chhillar was presented the crown by Stephanie Del Valle, the last years Miss World winner from Puerto Rico at the event in Sanya City Arena in China which was televised live globally.The announcement about Chhillar winning the Miss World crown was also made on the pageants official Twitter handle as well as on its Facebook page.”The winner of Miss World 2017 is Miss India Manushi Chhillar,” the tweet said.The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.In the top five round, Chhillar was asked which profession according to her deserved the highest salary.”I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary its not always about cash but I feel its the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life.”All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary,” Chhillar said to a wide-applause.Chhillar is the sixth Indian to win the coveted crown, which was first won by Reita Faria back in 1966.advertisementAishwarya Rai had bagged the title in 1994, followed by Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000, the last for India.According to Chhillars profile on the Miss World website, she aims to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas.A trained Indian classical dancer, Chhillar has a passion for outdoor sports and actively participates in paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving besides sketching and painting.Her personal motto, as described on the website, reads: “When you cease to dream you cease to live” and “Courage to give flight to your dreams and the ability to believe in yourself makes life worth living”. PTI RB KIS SC RB RBlast_img read more

Knicks Jam Pistons, 108-96

first_imgNEW YORK — Facing the NBA’s leading rebounder, the New York Knicks knew they would need a “big” effort to try and snap a four-game losing streak. And, that’s just what they received.Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points, Derrick Williams added 18 and the Knicks held Andre Drummond to only nine boards in defeating the Detroit Pistons 108-96 on Dec. 29.Drummond had double-digit rebounds in nine consecutive games and in 14 of his previous 15.“We wanted to throw multiple bodies at him (Drummond), keep him off the offensive glass,” Williams said. “That was a big part of the game plan … get him frustrated and close out the shooters.”The Knicks received big contributions both offensively and defensively. Jose Calderon (15), Kyle O’Quinn (12), Robin Lopez (11), and Kristaps Porzingis (10) also scored in double figures while Lopez blocked a season-high six shots and led the Knicks with seven rebounds.“Lopez blocked six shots. You know why? He played hard. Robin Lopez was a major factor in this game,” said Pistons Coach Stan Van Gundy. “Give the Knicks credit. They played a lot harder than we did.”Ersan Ilyasova led the Pistons with 19 points. Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson each scored 17. Jackson added nine assists.The Knicks led by only four points early in the fourth quarter, but went on a 25-11 run to take an 18-point lead on Williams’ long jumper with 1:42 left in the game.Williams scored 16 of his points in the final quarter, hitting 5-of-6 shots from the field.“It was fourth-quarter time. I just wanted to be aggressive,” Williams said. “That’s what I do best, attacking and creating mismatches.”Morris had the first basket of the game and the Pistons never trailed in the opening quarter, taking a 20-13 lead on his two free throws with 5:08 left.Trailing 26-25 after one period, the Knicks took their first lead, 29-28, on Kyle O’Quinn’s layup with 10:10 remaining in the second.That sparked a 9-0 Knicks run which O’Quinn continued with another short basket followed by Lance Thomas’ 3-pointer and two free throws by Williams to give New York a 36-28 advantage.“After those first six minutes, I thought the first group re-established the way you are supposed to play to have a chance to win,” said Knicks coach Derek Fisher. “It was good to see we put two halves of that together.”Detroit closed the gap and pulled within 50-49 at halftime.The Knicks started the third quarter on a 15-5 run and took an 11-point lead on Anthony’s jumper with 7:37 left.However, the Pistons scored the next nine points to close the gap to two. Calderon ended the run with a long jumper and the Knicks went back up by eight before settling for a 79-72 lead after three quarters.The Pistons pulled to within four on Stanley Johnson’s layup with 10:38 left in the game, but that was as close as they got in suffering their third straight loss.“I’m tired of losing. Tired of watching fans walk out of here up 15, going home excited about a win,” Jackson said. “We can’t continue to watch ourselves sink.”(JEFFERY BERNSTEIN) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

With Black Film On The Rise Canadian Indie Film Brown Girl Begins

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement The film industry has recently enjoyed what seems to be a shift in the tide, the long overdue reality that the films we love, sci-fi, fantasy, epic superhero stories, can include a diverse cast and be successful. Of course many of us knew this already. But, it is monumental. We have seen strides be made in other genres of film, not nearly enough as there should be, but progress has been made. Does the inclusion of a diverse cast in genres of film like sci-fi and fantasy suggest that a real shift is happening? A shift that is not just a hopeful trend, but a real change? Black Panther and A Wrinkle In Time’ seem to be spearheading a possible new reality in the film business and following close behind is an indie film out of Canada that you should know about. Brown Girl Begins is the first ever Canadian-Caribbean sci-fi film and according to the film’s director, perhaps, its very existence—the actuality that a black, sci-fi film in the indie world can exist, means that the shift we are experiencing in the mainstream is offering permission for a shift for filmmakers outside the mainstream.“Because there are two blockbuster, black, sci-fi films in the industry right now, maybe there is more opportunity for a warm reception to an artsy, shoe-string budget, black, sci-fi film, with a female protagonist to hit audiences. A film that would have been dismissed for being artsy, indie, and not mainstream, might now be seen as having more commercial value” says the film’s director, Sharon Lewis.Lewis has been on a 15-year journey to make this film. After encountering every possible hurdle a black female director can encounter, she believes that now is the time for ‘Brown Girl Begins’ to be seen by the world. This is the exact moment. The opportunity was not possible sooner. Twitterlast_img read more

New Brunswick First Nation leaders caught in middle of fracking fight

first_imgAPTN National NewsFirst Nation protestors hope lines they draw in the sand today will be enough to stop the burgeoning industry in its tracks.But industry and government officials say they want First Nations to be part of the potential resource bonanza.This has put First Nations leaders in a trick situation.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has this closer look at the fracking fight in New Brunswick.last_img

The Latest Brexit Germany glad UK avoided total chaos

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):8:30 a.m.Germany’s foreign minister says he’s relieved that Britain’s governing party stopped short of creating “total chaos” in the Brexit process, but is indicating that he still sees little chance of substantial concessions to London on its European Union divorce deal.Prime Minister Theresa May is expected at an EU summit Thursday after surviving a confidence vote by her party’s lawmakers, many of whom loathe the agreement. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Deutschlandfunk radio that “we now have another chance with Theresa May of her … getting a majority for this accord, which is a compromise between both sides.”Asked what could be done to secure British approval without renegotiation or legal changes, Maas replied: “Ultimately the British have to tell us that because, if there are proposals from Brussels now, no one can tell given the confusion in London whether it is enough to get a majority in the House of Commons.”___8:10 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking a lifeline from European Union leaders after winning a no-confidence vote triggered by Conservative lawmakers unhappy with her Brexit plan.May will ask the 27 other EU leaders at a Brussels summit Thursday for reassurances about the Brexit divorce deal that she can use to win over a skeptical British Parliament. The British leader scrapped a planned vote on the deal this week when it became clear she would lose.The bloc is adamant there can be no substantive changes to the legally-binding withdrawal agreement.On Wednesday evening, May survived a vote on her leadership from Conservative lawmakers by 200-117. The victory gives her a reprieve from domestic pressure but the size of the rebellion underscores the unpopularity of her Brexit plan.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN agencies warn greater efforts needed to protect hospitals schools from disasters

18 June 2009Disaster risk reduction measures must be strengthened to increase the resilience of hospitals and schools, according to a joint call issued today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Disaster risk reduction measures must be strengthened to increase the resilience of hospitals and schools, according to a joint call issued today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)and the World Health Organization (WHO).According to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) some 236,000 people lost their lives last year in 300 disasters, while damages exceeded $180 billion.Last year’s devastating earthquake in China’s Sichuan Province claimed 88,000 lives and also damaged or destroyed 11,000 hospitals. It also damaged more than 12,000 schools – 40 per cent of all schools in the area – which resulted in thousands of children being killed or injured.UNICEF and WHO noted that some 175,000 children are affected by disasters every year, placing them among those most at risk, and jeopardizing their education.“The school must be a safe place that protects children and defends their right to education,” said Louis-Georges Arsenault, Director of the Office of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF. “The integration of disaster risk reduction into the school curriculum equips children with knowledge of the risks, and what actions can be taken to mitigate the risks,” he added, stressing the importance of education in curbing disaster risk. “Not only is it a child’s right, but education also protects lives and safeguard development gains.” In spite of efforts to rebuild following a disaster, it is impossible to replace lost lives and restore the health of people completely, the two agencies pointed out.“The destruction and carnage inflicted on hospitals, schools, and the people who use them are senseless losses that could have been prevented in many cases,” said Eric Laroche, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises. “Such tragedies can be avoided or reduced if governments adopt disaster risk reduction strategies aimed at protecting people’s health,” he said, calling for building codes to be enforced and implemented and staff to be prepared for emergencies.UNICEF and WHO highlighted the need to strengthen measures in four key areas: building school and health infrastructure adhering to disaster resilience standards; assessing the safety of school and hospital buildings; ensuring the emergency preparedness of staff; and educating and involving communities in disaster risk reduction.Earlier this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon challenged representatives from over 150 governments at a UN-backed Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to halve the number of lives lost due to disasters by 2015.“Risks are growing, especially in poor countries,” noted the Secretary-General in a video message to the 1,500 participants at the Geneva gathering. “In many parts of the world, we are losing ground. Moreover, it is clear that climate change is making things worse.”In addition to reducing the loss of life from disasters by half by 2015, he also challenged nations to work to significantly reduce economic losses resulting from earthquakes, floods, storms, landslides and other destructive events. Also speaking at the event, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said “the time is long overdue to move disaster risk reduction to the centre of the development agenda.” read more

UN official urges Mozambique to strengthen HIVAIDS prevention programmes

“The urgency demonstrated by the Government of Mozambique to align their national strategies with the outcomes of the [General Assembly’s] Political Declaration [on AIDS] should be a model to other countries,” said Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) during a four-day visit to Mozambique.During a meeting with Mozambique’s Prime Minister, Aires Aly Bonifácio, Mr. Sidibé called for high-level political leadership and commitment to long-term predictable financing for the national AIDS response.Mr. Sidibé underscored the importance of prioritizing prevention and integrating AIDS response with health and social development efforts.“Mozambique has the second highest rate of new adult HIV infections in the world. There is a need to accelerate prevention programmes,” he said.There were more than 200,000 people living with HIV and receiving treatment in Mozambique by the end of last year. The country’s programme to prevent new HIV infections in children has rapidly expanded with the opening of 909 sites in 2010 providing 67 per cent coverage to pregnant women. However, Mozambique remains one five countries in the world with high levels of new HIV infection among children.Mr. Sidibé voiced concern over the fact that 97 per cent of Mozambique’s AIDS budget is generated from external sources and stressed the need for the country to increase domestic resources to ensure sustainable AIDS responses in the coming years.“Mozambique needs to develop an innovative transitional plan for sustainable financing, which includes increased national budgets, private sector contribution and social health insurance,” he said. 1 September 2011The head of the United Nations agency mandated to spearhead the global response to HIV/AIDS today commended Mozambique for its commitment to fighting the disease while stressing the need to strengthen prevention programmes. read more

UN highlights everyday benefits from space science and technology

4 October 2011Understanding more about space science and that benefits that such technology has brought to everyday life is essential to helping the world address its most urgent problems, the United Nations said today as the Organization kicked off World Space Week. Mazlan Othman, the Director for the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), used her message to mark the Week – which began today and runs until 10 October – to outline some of the improvements that space science has produced and the ways in which it might contribute in the future to tackling key global challenges.“Coupled with advances made in other fields of science and technology, [space science] offers a wide range of specific tools and solutions that are transforming weather forecasting, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance, disaster management and more,” she said.“Outer space is one of the most exciting and challenging topics, and perhaps of all the important topics on the agenda of the UN, none quite captures our imagination like outer space.”Education is a particular focus of the Week this year, with UNOOSA seeking to improve the ways in which space science is taught and incorporated to schools’ curricula.As part of the celebrations, UNOOSA and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in cooperation with the Bangladesh Astronomical Society, will be organizing a three-day workshop for teachers in Bangladesh to enhance their capacity to teach basic and modern astronomy in secondary schools.The workshop, which will be held in the village of Enayetpur – also known as the Space Village for its year-round astronomy-related events – will allow participants to use state-of-the-art astronomical equipment, and observe objects over their laptop computer screens live from robotic telescopes situated in Hawaii and Australia.Beyond education, Ms. Othman also remarked that the Week serves to reflect on the importance of international cooperation on space exploration for the benefit of all humanity. In an interview with the UN News Centre, she reflected on the more than 50 years since the creation of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), which reviews international cooperation, encourages continuous research and the dissemination of information, and studies legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space.“The last 50 years have enabled an environment where we are talking to each other, and that is the best role the UN can play… through the committee, we have come up with the outer space treaties and conventions; how to register satellites; what to do if you find an object from outer space that is not yours; what are the liabilities apart from the duties and conventions.“There are principles: principles of remote sensing, of telecommunications, guidelines on space debris, safety frameworks for using nuclear power sources in space.” Ms. Othman said one of the committee’s biggest subjects in the years ahead will be the long-term sustainability of space activities to ensure that future generations can continue exploring space.As part of the celebrations for the Week, a statue of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, given to UNOOSA by the Russian Government, will be unveiled on Friday in Vienna, to mark this year’s theme ‘50 Years of Human Spaceflight.’ The theme commemorates Mr. Gagarin’s flight on 12 April 1961, when he became the first human to journey into space by making one orbit around the Earth aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft. read more

Zika could end up costing Latin America and the Caribbean up to

The report Socio-economic impact assessment of Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean, prepared by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has a particular focus on Brazil, Colombia and Suriname – countries that first reported the outbreak in October-November 2015.Highlighting the far-reaching impact of Zika virus would go beyond tangible losses such as to the GDP and could potentially impact the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Jessica Faieta, the UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of its Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, said:“The consequences of the virus can undermine decades of social development, hard-earned health gains and slow progress towards [achieving] the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”The assessment also clearly showed that the impact of the virus was felt the most in poorer countries.While larger economies such as Brazil could bear the greatest “absolute” burden, but the most “severe” impacts are likely be felt in the poorest countries such as Haiti.“Zika reminds us that all countries and peoples remain vulnerable to emerging infectious diseases, and that a disease that primarily affects poorer populations has wide-ranging social and economic implications for entire communities,” added Magdy Martínez-Solimán, the UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of its Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.SEE RELATED: Vigilance against Zika virus should ‘remain high,’ UN health agency’s new guidanceThe impact assessment also highlighted the need to strengthen regional and national preparedness and response strategies which also involve communities and have particular focus on the needs of vulnerable group such as girls, women and persons with disabilities.“The Zika virus has highlighted, once again, the critical role that communities and local health workers play during health emergencies,” said IFRC Regional Director for the Americas Walter Cotte highlighting that community engagement strengthens local partnerships, resilience and reduces stigma.“We must continue to promote coordination at all levels and strengthen the Red Cross’ role as an auxiliary to public authorities.” read more

How a road trip through the Lakes could save you £3000 on

first_imgFamilies could save nearly £3,000 if they are prepared to take a road trip at the start of their summer holiday, thanks to the savings available at certain regional airports.Admittedly, it would require a road trip on the return leg, too, but should a couple and two children from London opt to drive (or take a train) to Glasgow International for a flight to Faro, Portugal, rather than Heathrow, the savings could be as great as £2,740 – a cost of £2,941 down to £201 –  a difference of 1363 per cent.London Heathrow to Glasgow InternationalDistance: 406 milesTime: 6 hours 30 minutes Holiday flight saving: £2,740 to Faro, based on a family of four flyingWhat to see on the way: The Lake District “These sky-high price differences beggar belief and show how holidaymakers can unwittingly pay out extortionate sums if they happen to live near the wrong airport,” said Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of FairFX.“Families travelling during the already expensive summer holidays will be disheartened to learn that this is yet another way in which they wind up paying through the nose.”“While it might seem extreme to travel a long distance to find the cheaper flight, it might save families a great deal of money in the long run. And these figures show that even choosing an airport a fairly short distance away could result in big savings.” The savings from such road trips were calculated in an investigation by currency analysts FairFX, which looked at variations in the cost of flights to the same destination from different British airports.It found eye-watering discrepancies, with Glasgow and Edinburgh both emerging as good value starting points for flights to some of Europe’s most popular summer holiday destinations. Families wanting to take advantage of this could even squeeze in a Scottish vacation as part of their trip.Newcastle Airport to Glasgow InternationalDistance: 155 milesTime: 2 hours 50 minutes Holiday flight saving: £749 to Paphos, based on a family of four flyingWhat to see on the way: Gretna Greencenter_img Other stark differences included a 650 per cent increase from £181 to £1,358 for the cost of flights to Palma, Majorca, from Glasgow and Bournemouth respectively. Another family could save some £1,308 flying from Glasgow Prestwick to Arrecife, Lanzarote, rather than from Belfast International, or £749 by choosing Glasgow International Airport over Newcastle when flying to Paphos, Cyprus. Glasgow and Newcastle airports are just three-hour’s drive apart.East Midlands Airport to Birmingham AirportDistance: 38 milesTime: 50 minutes Holiday flight saving: £504 to Palma, based on a family of four flyingWhat to see on the way: National Memorial ArboretumEasier savings were found in the Midlands, where choosing Birmingham over East Midlands Airport, just 38 miles apart, could save a family more than £500 on flights to Majorca.last_img read more

Contingency Fund utilised in 2016 to reimburse GINA for money spent

The Contingency Fund was established as a sub-fund to the Consolidated Fund, commonly referred to as the Treasury. Under the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, “The Minister, when satisfied that an urgent, unavoidable and unforeseen need for expenditure has arisen – (a) for which no moneys have been appropriated or for which the sum appropriated is insufficient; (b) for which moneys cannot be reallocated as provided for under this Act; or (c) which cannot be deferred without injury to the public interest, may approve a Contingencies Fund advance as an expenditure out of the Consolidated Fund.”It was pointed out that for the Contingency Fund to be used in such a manner is “going further into a cesspool.”MOTP PS Abena MoorePermanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Presidency, Abena Moore, sought to explain that the money was requested from the Finance Ministry on behalf of GINA—which falls under the Office of the Prime Minister in MOTP—in order to make payments to the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL), publishers of the Guyana Chronicle.The debt, according to Alert, was incurred by GINA in the period leading up to May 2015.It was explained that GNNL was paid $9.4M and the remainder of the money that had been requested was used to reimburse GINA for the bonus payments made.The Contingency Fund advance totaled $11M. Following the request by Alert to have the auditors re-audit GINA’s financials Moore committed to not have a re-occurrence.Committee member, Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Parliamentarian and former Permanent Secretary, Nigel Dharamlall, took umbrage to the state of affairs.“I don’t think expending public resource can be treated with a slap on the wrist,” according to Dharamlall.He said it is unacceptable that Moore can just say it will not happen again—the abuse of the Contingency Fund.Dharamlall called on the Auditor General to launch another investigation into the matter.According to the PPP/C member, “I think whatever measures need to be put in place including disciplinary measures should be put whether within GINA or the office of the PS.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo wants GINA Director criminally charged for abuse of public funds   …says police double standards with PPP/C officials on full displayMay 24, 2017In “latest news”2015 Auditor General’s Report to be handed over to House Speaker today …report expected to highlight abuse of Contingency Fund by GovtSeptember 30, 2016In “latest news”Auditor General’s Report of 2016 finds Contingency Fund was abusedNovember 3, 2017In “latest news” …GINA Director unable to explain, request auditors scrutinise the books againBeverly AlertDirector of the Government Information Agency (GINA), Beverly Alert, today (May 22, 2017) called for auditors to again take a look at the entity’s finances, since the data she was furnished with contained glaring inaccuracies for which she was unable to explain to the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.The GINA Director during an intense series of questioning by Committee Chairman (ag) Bishop Juan Edghill, essentially ‘threw in the towel’ and said “the auditors probably have to come in back…maybe we have to scrutinize the books again I can only go to what was provided to me by the staff of GINA.”The GINA Director was at the time being questioned over the use of a Contingency Fund Advance to meet bonus payments for the staff at the end of 2015.The cheques issued under the advance from the Contingency Fund were made in January of 2016 but the bonus payments were made in December 2015, which led to the back and forth, eventually leading to a call for the auditors to take a fresh look at the books.The issue was put to the Auditor General Deodat Sharma, who said that the Contingency Fund was utilised to reimburse GINA for money spent in 2015. read more

Report Barcelona agree deal for Jean Clair Todibo

first_imgToulouse centre-back Jean Clair Todibo will reportedly join Barcelona at the end of the season on a free transferThe 19-year-old has been at Toulouse since 2016 and made his Ligue 1 debut in a late cameo in the club’s 2-1 win over rivals Bordeaux in August during the Derby de la Garonne.Todibo has since gone on to make a further nine league appearances and scored his first goal for the senior team in a 1-1 draw at Rennes in September.Now Sport reports that Barcelona believe they have sorted out all the details to sign Todibo on a free transfer this summer.The Frenchman will join up with the Catalan’s in pre-season and will be evaluated until the end of August, where the Barcelona coaching staff will decide whether to send him out on loan or not.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.While Todibo certainly has a vast amount of potential, Barcelona are open to the idea of him completing a loan spell to get more first-team experience.The report adds that sporting director Eric Abidal is the one behind this move and will likely still go out and search for another centre-back.Jean Clair Todibo will be a new Barcelona player at the end of the season. The club believe all the details have been sealed to sign the 19-year-old centre back from Toulouse on a free transfer. He will come on a four-year deal. [sport]— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) January 4, 2019last_img read more

More Than 20 Suitors for RBI

first_imgMore than six months after Reed Elsevier announced it was putting Reed Business Information on the block, BusinessWeek parent McGraw-Hill has emerged as one of more than 20 companies that are interested in purchasing the London-based media company’s b-to-b publishing arm.UBS, the bank that’s organizing the sale, sent information to prospective bidders last week, according to a report in the London Telegraph. Private equity groups Cinven, Permira, Providence Equity Partners and Bain also were reported as interested parties. First round bids are said to be due by mid-August.In an e-mail to FOLIO:, a McGraw-Hill spokesperson declined to comment. McGraw-Hill, owner of credit rating firm Standard & Poors, publishes several construction and aviation magazines, including Aviation Week and several titles under its McGraw-Hill Construction division. A number of its titles overlap with RBI titles, which also publishes Variety.It was not immediately clear if McGraw-Hill is interested in purchasing individual titles or RBI as a whole. Reed Elsevier last month, in an effort to make sure RBI is sold in one piece, put together a group of banks to lend nearly $1.5 billion to the eventual buyer. Early estimates put an RBI sale at about $2 billion.last_img read more

Jim Carrey Ron Howard Among Celebrities Threatened on Twitter by Mail Bomb

first_imgA number of those threats included screen grabs from news stories about murders, plane crashes, and other violent incidents, while others featured gory imagery of decapitated animals. “Not option no way out silence no shots, no traces like never existed,” the suspect wrote in a tweet directed at Warren. Other tweets ended with the line “Hug your loved ones real close every time you leave your home.”Fox News contributor Rochelle Ritchie said Friday that she reported such a tweet by the suspect earlier this month — only to be told by Twitter that “there was no violation of the Twitter Rules against abusive behavior.” Popular on Variety CREDIT: Screenshot: Twitter Twitter responded to this late Friday evening, tweeting that it made a mistake when it rejected the report. “The tweet clearly violated our rules and should have been removed,” the company said in a tweet.  “We are deeply sorry for that error.”In a separate incident, the suspect apparently posted what appeared to be the home address of George Soros on Twitter, which also represents a clear violation of the company’s rules.“We want Twitter to be a place where people feel safe, and we know we have lot of work to do,” the company concluded Friday night.Update: This post was updated multiple times throughout the day following the suspension of Sayoc’s Twitter accounts as well as a statement made by the company late Friday. Twitter accounts linked to the man arrested for allegedly sending mail bombs to an ever-growing list of Trump critics previously threatened a number of celebrities and politicians on Twitter. In at least one case, the social media company seems to have refused to take steps against such a threat.A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on Friday, referring to the issue as “an ongoing law enforcement investigation.” The company suspended two accounts associated with the suspect Friday afternoon, and on Friday night tweeted that it was “deeply sorry” for not having acted earlier.Authorities identified the suspect of the mail bombing campaign as Cesar Altieri Sayoc, a Florida resident. Soon after the arrest, Twitter users began to unearth two accounts featuring selfies of the suspect, including a video that was likely taken at a Trump rally. Sayoc apparently used these accounts to directly threaten a number of actors and politicians, including Jim Carrey, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, George Soros, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and others. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Soundgardens Immersive Artists Den Experience Premieres This Week Exclusive Preview

first_imgAs for what might be coming next, “There is some live material that wasn’t released and there’s unreleased material from the Sub Pop era,” Thayil says. “But I think the most interesting and significant material would be what the band was working on in the 18 months prior to that last tour, and even during it. There was material that we were writing and demoing and recording, and it’s certainly material that could be completed. Obviously we’re limited by the [recordings of Cornell’s] vocals that we have, but the band is certainly interested in doing what it can to complete the songs.”The new material “definitely has a different style to ‘King Animal,’” he continues. “ There’s definitely a rocking component, there’s a few that were a bit more contemplative. There’s definitely a darkness and moodiness to them — as there always has been with Soundgarden.”The event dates and full tracklist appear below.Soundgarden: Live from the Artists Den Event DatesJune 17       Los Angeles, CA            The Wiltern (Immersive Event)June 18       New York, NY          Brooklyn Steel (Immersive Event)June 23       Seattle, WA      The Showbox (Screening Only) 4LPS – 180-GRAMIIncessant MaceMy Wave^Been Away Too Long^IIWorse DreamsJesus Christ PoseFlowerTaree^IIISpoonmanBy Crooked Steps^Blind Dogs*Rowing^IVNon-State Actor^Drawing FliesHunted DownBlack Saturday^Bones Of Birds^VBlow Up The Outside World^Fell On Black Days^Burden In My HandVIA Thousand Days Before^Blood On The Valley Floor^Rusty CageNew Damage^VII4th Of July^OutshinedBlack Hole SunVIIITy CobbSlaves & BulldozersFeedBacchanal^ There’s no question that the posthumous release is the most difficult to get right: Human beings are unpredictable, and trying to guess what a person’s intentions might have been is an uphill (if not a losing) battle. Yet posthumous releases ranging from Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” to recent Prince and Jimi Hendrix collections prove that it can be done well, and judging by an exclusive preview Variety received last week, Soundgarden’s “Live From the Artists Den” — an “immersive experience” film of a 2013 concert with dramatically enhanced sound and visuals, which premieres in Los Angeles (tonight), New York (Tuesday) and the band’s hometown of Seattle (next week) — gets it right as well.The concert — the final North American show of the “King Animal” tour, which took place Feb. 17, 2013, also at the Wiltern Theatre in L.A. — has been released before, but never like this. According to the announcement, the event will showcase 12 high-definition camera angles customized for an immersive multi-screen viewing experience, and a live live remix of the original multitrack 48-channel audio in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound, an ultra-high resolution audio technology from L-Acoustics, will provide a live-feeling to the recording. The 360˚ real time mix will be synced to on-screen footage and further complemented by a light show. Kim Thayil (Photo: Colin Young-Wolff for Artists Den Entertainment)In the demonstration, headed up by L-Acoustics’ engineer Jesse Stevens, 13 speakers were arrayed around the listeners, mostly in front but with five in the back. As the band rumbled into “Incessant Mace” (a deep cut from 1988’s “Ultramega OK”) the sound corresponded to the setup of the musicians on the screen — guitar coming out of the left side, bass out of the right, drums centered — but the sound became truly vivid when the late Chris Cornell’s vocals kicked in. They’re intensely present, as is his presence on the screen — but not creepily or morbidly so. And while it makes one sad for what has been lost, it’s also great to be able to experience the concert so vividly. Related Universal Music: Four of the Five Artists Who Sued Us Did Not Lose Masters in 2008 Fire Universal Music Refutes Claims of Last Artist in Lawsuit Over 2008 Fire, Requests Dismissal Popular on Variety But the thing that fans will really want to know is that it looks and sounds awesome — in many ways more immersive than an actual concert (and this writer saw Soundgarden ten times). And the Wiltern show is ideal for this treatment: Not only was it exhaustively filmed, it’s a stellar 29-song performance with nearly two-and-a-half hours of hits and deep cuts.“We wanted to play a long set at this show — we wanted to get a lot of material in there,” says guitarist Kim Thayil. “We got to go deep into our catalog and bring out songs like ‘Blind Dogs’ and ‘New Damage’ and earlier songs like ‘Incessant Mace’ and ‘Hunted Down.’ Two and a half hours of sometimes fast, often dark songs with weird time signatures can be hard work, but fans stayed there till the end and they dug it, so it was great.”The inclusion of deep cuts was very intentional as well, he says. “I’d rather be the guy in the crowd that turns to his friend and says, ‘I know this song — it’s the second song on side two of the first EP,’ or whatever. We think we’re very similar to the audience we wanted to build — we always wanted to be the guys who played for the people like us.” Being respectful of Cornell’s memory was something that Stevens says was key, even with regard to the audio.“We didn’t want to be cheesy or gimmickly at all,” he said. “Even with the speakers located behind the audience, we limited it to special effects and ambiance, didn’t want to make it distracting or not feel like a concert.”The connection between L-Acoustics and the band goes back a long way as well, according to CEO Laurent Vaissié. The technology used in the Soundgarden experience was previously used on Lorde and Childish Gambino tours, and the band had worked with the company on its last couple of jaunts. “The connecting of the dots came from [Artists Den COO] Amber Mundinger, who we knew from her previous role [at Variety parent company Penske Media],” he says. “She was familiar with the technology that we had employed at an Alt-J concert in New York last year and she thought it would be a great idea to recreate the experience of the live concert using the immersive aspects of the technology. It’s really the world’s first attempt at recreating the live concert experience from both the visual and the audio side.”Mundinger says, “As one of the most lauded Soundgarden concerts of all time, our team envisioned recreating their Artists Den performance at The Wiltern six years ago in its entirety through an immersive, first-of-its kind experience to bring fans back to that night in a very special way. Being able to create this memorable experience has also allowed Artists Den to reimagine the nature of immersive musical events, pushing us in new directions for future artists and their fans.”“Soundgarden: Live from the Artists Den” will also be released as an album in a variety of packages on July 26. The limited-edition “Super Deluxe” box will feature the complete 29-song concert film in 5.1 surround sound and stereo on Blu-ray, and more than 30 minutes of bonus interviews with the band, in addition to four black 180-gram audiophile LPs, 2CDs, a 40-page photo book, four band member lithos, and replica artist all-access pass and ticket stub from the original show. Additional products scheduled for release include: 4LP 180-gram audiophile black vinyl, limited edition 4LP color vinyl (each disc will feature a unique combination of splattered colors), Blu-ray and 2CD. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Oceania announces flight upgrade special until June 30

first_imgTags: Oceania Cruises Share MIAMI — Oceania Cruises is offering a flight upgrade special as part of its signature ‘OLife Choice’ package.Starting at US$149 extra, the upgrade offer allows guests to secure premium economy seats for over 100 prime European sailings in 2018.When booking a cruise, guests can choose to strictly pay the price for the sailing or purchase the ‘OLife Choice’ package, which includes free unlimited Internet, airfare (where applicable), bonus savings and the choice of one of the following: free shore excursions, free house beverage package, or shipboard credit.The flight upgrade promotion is offered to guests in all stateroom categories, from economical inside staterooms to the lavish Owner’s Suites, and carriers include (but are not limited to) British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Scandinavian Airlines, Air Canada, and Icelandair. Pending the airline, travelers can take advantage of priority boarding, extra luggage allowance, spacious seats with abundant legroom, full meal and bar service, and personal entertainment systems.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaTo reserve the special, bookings must be made by June 30, and capacity is limited. Additionally, the carrier and routing are at the discretion of Oceania Cruises. Oceania announces flight upgrade special until June 30 Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Thursday, June 1, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more