17km segment of countrys first rapid rail corridor likely to be operational

first_imgNEW DELHI: Commuters will be able to travel on the country’s first rapid rail transit corridor in over three years from now as its 17-km-long Duhai-Sahibabad section in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad is expected to be operational by early 2023, an official said on Wednesday. According to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), the executing agency of the Rail Rapid Transit System (RRTS), the entire Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor, spanning 82 km, will be operational by 2025. The corridor would cut down the travel time between Delhi and Meerut to around 55 minutes from the current three-four hours by road, the official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe NCRTC has already commenced the civil construction work on the 17-km-long Duhai-Sahibabad section of the corridor. This next-generation regional transit system will not only reduce the travel time, but will also help people get rid of long traffic jams and air pollution, the official said. The Duhai-Sahibabad section of the corridor will have four stations — Duhai, Guldhar, Ghaziabad and Sahibabad — besides a depot at Duhai. “This priority section is expected to become operational by March 2023, while people can avail the benefit of fast and safe commute on the 82-km-long full corridor by 2025,” the Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsofficial said. The opening of the Duhai-Sahibabad section will connect the Ghaziabad RRTS station to Delhi Metro”s Ghaziabad New Bus Adda station, while the Sahibabad RRTS station will integrate with the proposed Vasundhara Sector 2 metro station and bus terminal. The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor will have a total of 24 stations, including two depot-cum-stations at Duhai and Modipuram. “The RRTS trains will have a design speed of 180 kmph, the operational speed of 160 kmph and the average speed would be 100 kmph. The trains will be three times faster than the Delhi Metro trains in terms of operational speed,” the official added. The distance between the stations will vary from 5 to 10 km.last_img read more

Delhi Metro employee live streams suicide on Facebook

first_imgNew Delhi: Streaming live on Facebook, a 27-year-old employee of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) allegedly committed suicide on Sunday by hanging himself at his rented house in Teliwara area of Shahdara district.According to police, on Monday at 09:05 am, a PCR call was received at Farsh Bazar police station that a man has committed suicide at his apartment near Chhota Bazar metro station. One of the friends of the deceased informed the police after he saw the deceased’s live video of committing suicide on Facebook. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA police team reached the spot at Teliwara area of Shahdara where the caller Suryakant Das, house owner Sanjay Arora and other persons were found. Police further said that Suryakant Das informed that his friend Shubhankar Chakraborty, a native of North 24 Paragana, West Bengal, was living as tenant in Teliwara for last two months. The floor found closed from inside. The door was broken and Shubhankar was found hanging from the ceiling fan hook of the room with a yellow colour plastic rope. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice further added that the crime team was called at the spot. Photographs and inspection were conducted by the crime team. The mobile phone of deceased was found at the window of the room. “The plastic rope has been taken in possession. No suicide note was found at the place of occurrence. No one raised any suspicion on the death of Shubhankar,” police said adding that information has been given to the family of the deceased. According to the police investigation, statements of the caller Suryakant Das has been recorded who stated that today his friend Akash informed him on his mobile phone at about 8 am that he had seen a live video of Shubhankar in which he was seen committing suicide by hanging from the ceiling fan hook of the room. Das informed he with his other friend reached at the deceased accommodation where he noticed that the room of Shubhankar was closed from inside and when he peeped into the room from a window of the room, he noticed that Shubhankar had committed suicide by hanging. Thereafter, Suryakant Das made a PCR call regarding the incident. It came into notice that Shubhankar had been working in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for the last 2-3 months, he was the only son in his family. He has a married sister who resides at West Bengal and his mother has expired 16 years back.last_img read more

School girl rape case Principal held for hushing up matter

first_imgRaipur: Ten days after a class 1 student of a city-based Central school was allegedly raped by her three senior classmates, its principal has been arrested for trying to “hush up” the matter, police said on Saturday. The alleged incident occurred on August 20 in the bathroom of the school located in Khamtarai police station limits in the Chhattisgarh capital, an official said. “Kendriya Vidyalaya principal B S Ahire was arrested by Khamtarai police on Friday for allegedly not reporting the rape incident to police or any other competent authority even after he came to know about it,” Khamtarai police station SHO Ramakant Sahu told PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ After the parents of the girl approached police on Thursday, the three students were booked under section 4 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and sections 376 (Punishment for rape) and 354 A (Sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). They have been sent to a juvenile home, the SHO added. Meanwhile, on the role of the principal, Sahu said he allegedly did not inform such a serious crime either to police or to the child welfare committee or magistrate, and tried to investigate the case himself. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “The entire act falls in the category of an attempt to hush up the incident. The principal has been booked under section 21 of thePOCSO Actand relevant sections of the IPC,” the SHO said. Ahire was produced in a local court on Friday evening which released him on bail. “The girl had narrated the incident to her parents after returning home from the school, following which they raised the matter with school administration. However, when the authorities failed to take any action, the parents approached police on August 22,” said Sahu.last_img read more

Stars Attend 2016 Design On A Dime Event

first_imgHousing Works celebrated another successful year of its popular annual interior design event, Design on a Dime, and awards dinner, the Groundbreaker Awards, raising $1.2 million to provide supportive services and housing to New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and homelessness.Rose McGowan attends 2016 Housing Works Design On A DimeCredit/Copyright: Gary Gershoff/Getty ImagesThe events kicked off April 20th at the Groundbreaker Awards, which can be seen here.The Design on a Dime Opening Night Reception followed on April 21st, where nearly 1,300 attendees came together to get first access at shopping the inspirational room vignettes created by more than 68 of the world’s top interior designers, including 513 Design Studio, Carl Barnett Design/Studio, Kureck Jones, Shawn Henderson Interior Design Studio, Willey Design and Christopher Maya Inc. Guests also shopped for new high-end merchandise discounted up to 80 percent off retail prices from brands including Urban Furniture, Davide Art, Uhuru Design, WICZNY Furniture and Interiors, RedNoir and The Art of Alex. Actor Billy Eichner kicked off the sale, ringing the opening night bell. The Opening Night Reception was followed by 2 days of public sale.Also in attendance were Rose McGowan, Adrienne Moore, ELLE DECOR editor-in-chief Michael Boodro, Alessandra Branca, Marisol Deluna, Nicole Gibbons, Marjorie Gubelmann, Douglas Friedman, Ken Fulk, James ‘Ford’ Huniford (Founding Chair of Design on a Dime), Charles King (CEO of Housing Works), George and Zoe Oliphant, Miles Redd, Lynn Whitfield and more.Design on a Dime was founded in New York City in 2004 by Designer James Huniford. At the time, the event included seven interior designers and took place at Housing Works’ Gramercy Thrift Shop. Now, its 12th year, the national event has grown to include more than 100 top interior designers and attracts more than 5,000 guests annually. 2015 marked the benefits’ most successful year, raising a record-breaking $1.3 million which was followed by the inaugural Design on a Dime Miami in early 2016, taking the event national for the first time. Since inception the event has raised more than $10 million for the organization’s mission.James Huniford is the Founding Chair of Design on a Dime. This year’s Co-Chairs were Alessandra Branca, Michael Boodro, Nicole Gibbons, George Oliphant, Marisa Tomei and Social Chair Douglas Friedman.Support for Design on a Dime was provided by ELLE DECOR, Lowe’s, Benjamin Moore, Chateau D’esclans, Whispering Angel, Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila, AirSea Packing, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Viacom and the New York Design Center (200 Lex).Support for the Groundbreaker Awards was provided by ELLE DECOR, Chateau D’Esclans, Double Cross Vodka, Whispering Angel, Playmates Toys and DRAKE/ANDERSON.Housing Works is a New York-based organization that provides supportive services and stable housing to the homeless and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The non-profit works with advocacy offices across the country and abroad to fight for funding and legislation to ensure all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, prevention information and other life-sustaining services.For more information on Housing Works and their initiatives throughout the year, visit www.housingworks.org.last_img read more

Gloria Steinem Dorothy Pitman Hughes Release Iconic Tshirt For Equal Rights Amendment

first_imgFeminist activists, journalists, and authors, Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, announced the release of a limited-edition charity T-shirt, Gloria and Dorothy’s Equal Rights Now Tee, to raise funds to support the growing momentum behind passage of the long-sought-for Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes wear #EqualRightsNow t-shirtsERA supporters across the U.S. are joining Steinem and Pitman Hughes, posting their own fist-pumping photos on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #equalrightsnow.The ERA is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would expressly prohibit discrimination against girls and women on the basis of gender. Today, the Constitution does not guarantee equal rights for women. As the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated: “Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.”In 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment was passed by the House and the Senate but fell short of the required number of states for ratification by the 1982 deadline. Earlier this year, Nevada became the first state in 40 years to vote for ratification of the ERA.Nevada’s action highlights the growing awareness of and support for the Equal Rights Amendment, which is needed to help women secure justice when they face gender-based discrimination and violence. Women get paid on average 80 cents for every dollar a white man makes, according to the American Association of University Women, even less for women of color. Over half a million of women are subjected to domestic violence every year, more than 1,600 of whom lose their lives as a result, as reported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.Since 1971, the iconic photo of Steinem and Pitman Hughes raising their fists in solidarity has been recognized as an enduring symbol of women’s empowerment and the ongoing fight for constitutional equality. The image, by photographer Dan Wynn, now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery and in the Black Power section of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Release of the iconic image comes in conjunction with the national Women’s Equality Day, August 26, 2017, which was also established in 1971.In the 46 years since the photo was taken, Steinem and Pitman Hughes continue to advocate for the ERA and are inspiring support across generations of women and men. Gillian Anderson, Patricia Arquette, Kristin Bauer, Kelen Coleman, Lena Dunham, America Ferrera, Jane Fonda, Josh Gad, Chelsea Handler, Christine Lahti, Cyndi Lauper, Debra Messing, Bette Midler, Jennifer Morrison, Amy Schumer, Rainn Wilson, Joss Whedon, Jamia Wilson and Robin Wright are among the celebrities who have taken to Twitter and Instagram to share photos of themselves wearing the T-shirts and raising their fists in solidarity.100 percent of the net proceeds from the charity T-shirt sales will go to support the ERA Coalition, a national organization working for passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to guarantee equality under the Constitution for women and girls. The ERA Coalition supports ERA initiatives in Congress and works with local and national organizations across the country to build a public constituency for the ERA, through outreach and education.“After that photo was taken, it was sent out to campuses and neighborhood groups where Dorothy and I were speaking on equal rights,” said Steinem. “Today hundreds of thousands of us stand together, especially the new generations of women and men who are becoming powerful voices for the ERA.”“The passage of the ERA will help women — and when you help women, you help everybody,” said Pitman Hughes. “Today I work in underserved communities to help stimulate business growth, create jobs, and develop a vibrant ecosystem where diversity thrives. To really make that sustainable, we need the ERA. When women get equal pay and equal protection, their families, their communities, and our economy will certainly benefit.”“Gloria and Dorothy’s Equal Rights Now Tee” can be purchased immediately at Represent.com/equalrights. The shirts, which come in several styles for women and men, will be available for a limited time only.
Since the 2016 presidential election, support for the ERA is surging, as growing numbers of Americans seek to address pay inequity, pregnancy discrimination, and gender-based violence. 94 percent of Americans polled in a 2016 survey said they would support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees equal rights for both men and women.“More and more Americans are beginning to understand that the ERA would provide a constitutional framework to promote equality and a more effective remedy for all forms of gender-based violence and discrimination,” said Jessica Neuwirth, president of the ERA Coalition. “So many young women and men are working at a grassroots level for passage of the ERA. Middle school, high school, and college students are reaching out to ask what they can do to support constitutional equality. Their awareness and activism make us confident that the ERA will finally be put into the Constitution.”
Women’s Equality Day was originally created in 1971 by Rep. Bella Abzug of New York City, to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but it also calls attention to the movement for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, which will guarantee equality under the Constitution for women and girls.Bringing together more than a hundred organizations and millions of women and men, the ERA Coalition is a national organization that is building a successful coalition for passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and promoting greater public understanding of the need for equal treatment of women under the law. Go to www.eracoalition.org for more information.last_img read more

VANCOUVER ACTOR CARL MONTOYA CONSIDERS SUPERNATURAL ROLE A WEDDING GIFT

first_imgCarl Montoya had been a fan of “Supernatural” from the beginning and had his dream come true with his guest role in Thursday night’s episode ‘The Thing‘ which aired on Apr. 5, 2018. The Ecuadorian-Canadian actor landed the guest spot on the hit CW show just after getting married in his home country. What a wedding gift! After watching “Back to the Future” and Christopher Reeve’s “Superman”, he knew he wanted to be an actor. Montoya is known for his roles in “Impastor”, “What We Once Were”, “The Flash”, and soon to be released “It’s a Rough Life.”Colleen Bement: “Supernatural” fans would love to hear about your experience on the set of this Thursday’s episode ‘The Thing‘. What are you allowed to share?Carl Montoya: Unfortunately I can’t share too much about the episode itself, what I can tell you is that I’ve been a big fan of the show since the very beginning of it and I always dreamed on being in it. My amazing agent got me multiple auditions for different roles and a couple call backs with the producers and directors in the previous years until I finally landed a role this year; shorty after I returned from getting married in my home country. I took it as a wedding gift! Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook Other than that, on the day of shooting everyone both the crew and the fellow cast members was very professional and fun to work with. It was definitely a great day on set and I can’t wait to watch it!CB: What can you tell us about your film “It’s a Rough Life?” I read that it’s Batman without the money or the morals. That has my attention.CM: Yes. I like your analogy! It was a very interesting project to work on. I got to be a bad guy which is always fun to play and it has some green screen visual effects that has the influence of the film “Sin City”.Carl Montoya on the set of Impastor with Michael Rosenbaum. Photo courtesy of Carl Montoya.CB: You’ve lived all over the place: Ecuador, Canada, Australia. Ecuador happens to be on my list to visit in the next few years. What was life like growing up there, and what inspired you to become an actor?last_img read more

Ministry of Higher Education Unveils Scholarships for Moroccan Students to study…

Rabat – Morocco’s Higher Education Ministry has announced four scholarships for Moroccan students to study in four foreign countries.A statement by the Higher Education Ministry said Moroccan students willing to follow their studies abroad can now apply for scholarships in four countries: Tunisia, Senegal, Germany and the United States of AmericaAccording to the same source Senegal’s government has also allocated seven scholarships to Moroccan undergraduate students in the academic year of 2015-2016, on top of the four scholarships the Moroccan government plans to offer. These scholarships include different branches, mainly medicine, dental surgery, engineering, agricultural engineering, applied economics, information technology and archives and documentations.Tunisia’s government, on the other hand, has allocated scholarships in engineering.The statement went on to add that one scholarship is available for Moroccan undergraduate students wishing to study in Germany and one scholarship is available for the United States during the 2015-2016 academic year.The deadline for these scholarships is August 31, 2015, the statement concluded.In an interview last week, Minister of Higher Education Lahcen Daoudi said that there are several scholarships allocated to Moroccan students to study aboard. Yet, he said Moroccan students do not apply for most of them.Lahcen Daoudi urged Moroccan students willing to study abroad to constantly check the Ministry’s website in order to be aware of the latest scholarships available to Moroccan students. read more

IMF tells Lanka to bolster its economic defenses

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today emphasized on the urgent need for Sri Lanka to bolster its economic defenses.An IMF staff mission visited Colombo February 1-5 to discuss recent economic developments and policies for the year ahead. The team met with government and central bank officials, as well as representatives of academia, civil society and the private sector. The team issued the following statement today at the conclusion of its visit: “Recent economic performance has been positive in a number of respects. Real GDP growth of 5.2 percent in the first three quarters of 2015 was achieved in the context of continued low inflation. Most sectors have shown positive growth, with particularly robust activity in tourism. Benefiting from low oil prices, the external current account balance has also narrowed to an estimated 2 percent of GDP by end-2015, compared with 2.6 percent in 2014. “However, the government fiscal deficit for 2015 is estimated to have exceeded the original budget target. Based on the budget framework for 2016, IMF staff estimates suggest the fiscal deficit could widen further. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s public debt has risen to over 74 percent of GDP by end-2015. Despite the narrowing of the current account, capital outflows have intensified and the overall balance of payments deteriorated. These outflows were accompanied by downward pressure on the rupee and a decline in central bank gross foreign exchange reserves mainly due to short-term capital outflows as experienced in many emerging markets.“These imbalances are also set against an increasingly less benign external environment. Key risks for emerging market and developing economies relate to a weaker global growth environment, market volatility, declining commodity prices, and tighter external financing conditions in the context of global rebalancing. Set against such risks, the mission emphasized the urgent need for Sri Lanka to bolster its economic defenses. “Several steps have already been taken to move macroeconomic policies toward a more sustainable path. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has allowed market forces a greater role in determining the level of the exchange in 2015, with the rupee depreciating by over 9 percent. Monetary policy was also tightened at the end of the year in light of rapid money and private credit growth, excess liquidity, and the deterioration in the external position.“The mission has advised the government to urgently make a stronger effort to narrow the fiscal deficit and put the public finances on a sustainable path. While several measures in the budget (such as elimination of several special purpose levies, and the commitment to eliminate tax exemptions and bolster the efficiency of tax administration) are welcome, the mission highlighted the macroeconomic and financial risks of a large deficit and the associated need to borrow from domestic and international markets. The mission urged the authorities to take a growth and investment friendly approach to lowering the size of the 2016 budget deficit—focusing mainly on measures to raise revenues by broadening the tax base, simplifying and making equitable the tax system, and improving tax administration, to lay the groundwork for further consolidation and debt reduction while also allowing for higher public investment.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

Larviciding to begin on campus July 6

From July 6 to Sept. 14, 2015, Brock University will conduct a larviciding program under the authority of the Region’s Medical Officer of Health.The larviciding will happen to control larval mosquitoes to prevent their development into vectors of West Nile virus.The larvicide (Mosquiron 0.12CRD – ingot formulation, PCP No. 31079), under the federal Pest Control Products Act, will be applied by direct hand application into catch basins at Brock University-owned and leased properties within Niagara.All larvicides will be applied by Ministry of the Environment-licensed applicators.For details on the exact locations and dates of treatments, please contact Brock University at 905-688-5550, x3717. Collect calls will be accepted. Email facilities.management@brocku.ca read more

Football Scouting the Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Linebacker Trent Martin (40) of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane lines up during their game against San Jose State on Sept 3. Credit: Courtesy of University of Tulsa AthleticsAfter a wild Week 1 in college football, both the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane emerged victorious. OSU rolled over Bowling Green 77-10, while Tulsa picked up a 45-10 win over San Jose State.The matchup between the two universities will be the first one between the two schools. All-time, Tulsa has a record of 471-427-18, while the Buckeyes are 756-252-36 in program history.On paper, the matchup between the two schools is a classic David-versus-Goliath showdown. While OSU is ranked No. 4 in the latest Associated Press poll, Tulsa is unranked. OSU had more than 55,000 undergraduates attending classes last year. Tulsa, on the other hand, has just 3,473 students, making it the smallest FBS school in terms of undergraduate enrollment.Although they seem worlds apart on paper, both teams are replacing key starters on both sides of the ball. Thirteen freshman played for Tulsa against San Jose State, while 10 first-year players made their debut in the Scarlet and Gray.Regardless of rankings or all-time records, OSU coach Urban Meyer is not taking his team’s next opponent lightly.“We’ve got a tough one coming up this week,” Meyer said. “A team that beat San Jose soundly from the get-go.”OffenseRedshirt senior quarterback Dane Evans has started in 31 games for Tulsa, including last week’s contest with San Jose State. Evans led the American Athletic Conference last season in passing yards per game with 333.2 yards. Tulsa enjoyed efficient passing from Evans last year, as he completed 62.9 percent of his passes and threw for 25 touchdowns with eight interceptions. The Buckeyes have their own returning starter in redshirt junior J.T. Barrett. After shaking off an early pick six against Bowling Green, Barrett went on to throw for 349 yards and six touchdowns, including a rushing touchdown.Barrett was instrumental in the national championship run for OSU before breaking his ankle against Michigan in the final regular season game of 2014. After a down year statistically in 2015, the DeSoto, Texas, native is fully healthy with the starting position firmly in his grasp.Barrett knows what Tulsa brings to the table offensively, and how different they are from OSU.“They do a lot more play-action but probably don’t run the ball as much,” Barrett said.After sustaining a season ending injury in November, Tulsa senior Keevan Lucas has his first game action since suffering a torn patellar tendon in 2015. He hauled in six receptions for 112 yards.In an almost identical scenario, the Buckeyes will turn to their own formerly injured receiver — redshirt sophomore Noah Brown — who broke his leg during practice before the start of last season. Coming in with just one career reception, Brown pulled in three receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown.The Golden Hurricane are returning their leading rusher from 2015 in junior D’Angelo Brewer, while the Buckeyes replaced their second all-time leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott.Brewer provided much of Tulsa’s offensive fire power in its first game, rushing for 164 yards and three touchdowns. OSU redshirt freshman Mike Weber, who assumed the role of starting running back for OSU, rushed for 136 yards and no scores.“(They have) very talented receivers, two NFL prospects at wide receiver (and) a returning veteran at quarterback,” Meyer said.DefenseTulsa defensive coordinator Bill Young has quite the history with the Buckeyes. A former defensive coordinator with OSU from 1988 to 1995, Young made defensive play-calls under former OSU coach John Cooper.Last season, Tulsa surrendered an average of 536 yards per game. The Golden Hurricane ranked nearly last in the country on defense at 126th in the nation.In contrast, OSU ranked within the top 10, giving up an average of 311.3 yards per game last year. Although the Buckeyes were a force on defense, eight starters have been replaced this year.Junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, the leading tackler for the Buckeyes last year, is on the Butkis Award watch list for 2016, and was announced as a captain for the team earlier this year.For Tulsa, sixth-year senior linebacker Trent Martin enjoyed his best year of production in the 2015 season, totaling 104 tackles and two sacks.In all, 12 players that started a game for the Golden Hurricane in their careers return for Tulsa this season. The experience showed, as the team only gave up 53 yards rushing to San Jose State, the lowest total given up by the team since 2012. The Buckeyes were equally successful in Week 1. Bowling Green only mustered 244 yards and failed to score an offensive touchdown.BreakdownThe compelling matchup between two defenses that stifled their respective opponents during Week 1 sets up for a stalemate throughout the game. However, the offense of OSU has depth through multiple positions, and a legion of wide receivers that can take over a game in a hurry.The veteran knowledge of Barrett against a Tulsa secondary that lost its leading tackler from last season and struggled against the pass last year spells trouble for the Golden Hurricane.The sheer speed, size and experience of key starters for the Buckeyes should provide enough of an edge for the Scarlet and Gray. Although Week 2 brings a compelling matchup, OSU has a good chance of emerging with its record unscathed. read more

GCHQ targets teenage girls with allfemale course in bid to redress gender

GCHQ has launched an all-female training course in a bid to recruit women spies and redress the gender imbalance in the intelligence community. Britain’s cyber spy headquarters, based in Cheltenham, says classes for female teenagers held across Britain in cyber-skills and intelligence will help to recruit more diversified agents. The CyberFirst Girls’ Defenders course will see 600 applicants take part in residential and non-residential training events. The plan is to open cyber-skills to teenage girls in what is traditionally a male-dominated field. The wider CyberFirst programme offers a range of courses and student bursaries for 11 to 17-year olds. GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) estimates around 90 per cent of the global cyber workforce are men. Chris Ensor, the agency’s deputy director for skills and growth, said they have seen a spike in numbers attending their courses.“Women only make up a small proportion of the global cyber-workforce, and throughout GCHQ and the NCSC we are looking to address the imbalance,” he said.  “Ensuring the inquisitive instincts of young people…is hugely important”.The CyberFirst Girls’ Defenders course provides an introduction to the tools, knowledge and skills required to build and protect small networks and personal devices. The four-day package will be offered at 10 locations across the country. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  A spokesman for the NCSC told the Telegraph the aim of the course was to introduce young girls to cyber security through a fun and light-hearted approach   It comes after the launch of the all-female CyberFirst Girls competition last month, which saw NCSC promote computer skills and careers in cyber security in schools.Steph McGovern, a BBC presenter said: “Cyber security is crucial for every element of our life. We need to solve the skills gap by getting young women in particular interested in this subject.”   read more

Aldi withdraws sausage rolls over sulphur labelling

first_imgALDI HAS WITHDRAWN a number of sausage rolls after they were incorrectly labelled.The German grocery giant told the FSAI that the packaging of Kelly’s sausage rolls omitted sulphites and removed the products. These can trigger allergic reactions, particularly in asthmatics.“Sulphites were not declared on the label of all batches of the sausage rolls listed,” says a statement from the FSAI.“This may make them unsafe for consumers who are allergic to or intolerant of sulphur dioxide or sulphites. These products were sold in Aldi stores.”The FSAI says that all use by dates are affected by the labelling issue and that four-, eight- and 16-pack products are affected.Aldi says that they demand the highest standards from their suppliers.“In addition, Aldi carries out regular independent testing of all products we sell.“Aldi can confirm that routine product testing highlighted a labelling issue in relation to our Kelly’s sausage roll products. We immediately informed the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) of the matter and removed the products from sale. We are now investigating the issue with our supplier.“Customers who have purchased this product should return it to their nearest Aldi store for a full refund. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank customers for their co-operation.”Read: Bought these mussels recently? Dump them…last_img read more

JonMichails real world

first_imgAs you enter the elegant terraced-house in South Yarra, Melbourne, that is base for Jon-Michail, the hallway immediately tells you that you’re in the presence of someone who has some serious friends and associates.The right-hand wall is covered in framed photographic portraits, all celebreties with a scribbled message of thanks or best wishes to Jon-Michail, this maverick enabler of others; John Travolta, Al Pacino, Larry King, and no other than the queen of popular empowerment herself, Oprah Winfrey. The parallel between Winfrey and Athens-born Jon-Michail is clear, as Jon welcomes me into his lair and reflects on his upbringing in Collingwood and Fitzroy, “when it was tough, not trendy,” says Jon, “we graduated to Clifton Hill,” he adds with a smile. Born in 1961, Jon-Michail came to Australia as a six-year-old and still remembers the culture shock of swapping the Athens suburb of Nea Ionia for inner city Melbourne. “I couldn’t speak English. The tears were running,” says Jon ruefully, before adding, “there’s a lot of things you remember and others you don’t want to remember.” Jon cites Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning as a crucial text which has informed both his work and life.A former designer with Christian Dior, Jon-Michail studied International Business Management at Monash University, before pioneering the concept of holistic image management, and becoming arguably Australia’s most successful ‘image advisor’, in fact, Michail is regarded, not just in Australia, but internationally, as the image advisor’s advisor. He’s a past winner of the International Image-Maker of the Year Award (USA), been a recipient of the Australian Achievers’ Award, and won the Hong Kong International Business Award, and there’s something very special about the way this articulate fifty-year-old engages with me, and everyone he meets, that lies at the heart of his success.Dior was a stepping stone for Michail, who started his own business in the late 1980s: first came manufacturing followed by a chain of retails stores and a property development company. But success hit the buffers in a big way. “With the last crash in ’89-91′ we lost millions” says Jon, but adds enigmatically, “what I’ll say about that time, is, that while Rome was burning, I was fiddling.” It was the catalyst for Michail to change career.“I went away from the product side and into the human side. Do you know how hard it is to work with humans? There’s nothing harder. Products don’t talk back to you.” As I listen to Jon, the question that begs to be asked, is what does Jon get out of empowering others, beyond the material rerwards that come from being in global demand. “The driving principle for me is freedom. When somebody tries to suppress my freedom I feel very uncomfortable. My grandparents came from Asia Minor. There’s a burning rage in me for justice. What I do is I work with an individual to empower them in different skill-sets, that they don’t know, that they don’t know are required,” says Jon, using a ‘Rumsfeldian’ turn of phrase. So it’s about enabling, achieving the freedom to realise our full potential.“It’s stuff that university doesn’t teach us. We’re not taught how to become wealthy, and when I use the word wealthy I’m not just talking about money, I’m talking about ‘influential’ – empowered in different ways to build networks, whatever it is that is going to take you to that next step. Sometimes people are happy to live in ignorance, and I’m putting a mirror to their face. Sometimes I become the devil in their eyes. Do you get it?” Jon’s typical week will involve one-on-one sessions and large seminar workshops. Working with government “is the hardest space,” says Jon, “because most government people don’t want to be empowered”. Whilst Jon’s skills are in worldwide demand by politicians, governments, business organisations and multinational corporations, when he talks about his more philanthropic work, another image of Jon-Michail comes to the fore. It’s not about empowering industry leaders or the movers and shakers of politics; it’s about a commitment to the less privileged at the margins of society, through working with non-profits, the One Life Foundation he established, as well being involved in the organisation Whitelion, which offers young offenders the chance to transform their lives.“I don’t get funded to do that stuff, so it’s my commercial work that funds the philanthropic.” Jon describes his work with the less-advantaged passionately and in his own inimitable style.”We all like to have a good life, so tell me how to have a damn good life when I’m broke? “The best thing we can do for the poor is show them how to become rich. This is the real world. Part of your journey on this planet is to evolve. If you’re not evolving you’re taking space.” After I’ve bid goodbye and head into the Melbourne rush-hour, one of Jon’s maxims rings in my ears. “You might not like some of the things I say, but you won’t forget me.” We’re listening Jon. Jon-Michail is Founder and CEO of Image Group International and the Institute for Image Management. Follow Jon-Michail’s blog @ jonmichail.wordpress.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Fleeing suspect crashes car at busy intersection

first_imgTwo people, including a fleeing motorist, were injured in a crash north of Orchards on Thursday morning that drew several police officers.Authorities said the driver was intoxicated and wanted on a warrant when he fled from police and crashed into another car, injuring a Vancouver woman.The incident began at 10:27 a.m., when a Battle Ground officer attempted to stop an Audi on state Highway 503 for a traffic infraction after he noticed the registered owner had an outstanding warrant, said Battle Ground Police Department Sgt. Jason Perdue. The Audi driver didn’t pull over and eventually accelerated.The officer turned off his lights and didn’t pursue, Perdue said.The driver continued to travel south on Highway 503, ran a red light at Padden Parkway and three minutes later struck a Ford Focus driven by Katie Kanooth, 33, of Vancouver.“At that point, police weren’t behind him,” Perdue said.One witness told The Columbian that at least five police officers approached one of the cars with guns drawn.Two people, including the suspect, were sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with injuries. The suspect, identified as Husam M. Hamadeh, 33, of Vancouver, suffered a hand injury; he was treated and released from the hospital. Kanooth sustained a bruised chest and hip, according to the Washington State Patrol.Kanooth was treated at the hospital and released, a hospital spokesman said.Hamadeh was arrested on suspicion of DUI, said Trooper Ryan Tanner, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. Hamadeh was in custody Thursday night at the Clark County Jail.last_img read more

Another key departure as Cai Lingli steps down from Imperial Pacific board

first_img Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 RelatedPosts Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose US$375,000 fine for late license fee payment Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee Load More Imperial Pacific International (IPI) has lost its second key board member in the space of a week with Cai Lingli – a relative of majority owner Cui Li Jie – stepping down as a director of the company and chairperson of the executive committee.Her departure comes just seven days after Marco Teng also announced the end of his seven-month tenure as Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) chairman. In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, IPI said, “Considering that the business of the group has been growing and the current management is capable of leading further development of the group, Ms Cai wishes to devote additional time to her family and other personal business commitments.”The roles of both Cai and Teng will be filled by current executive director, Ms Xia Yuki Yu, with immediate effect. Xia, 44, is already a director of a number of IPI subsidiaries and has sat on the board since 21 November 2013.According to IPI, she has more than 15 years’ experience in the PR and marketing industry and has held executive positions in “various enterprise groups” operating in the gaming industry. She holds a small 0.27% stake in IPI.This latest development follows IPI issuing a statement last Friday in which it revealed it had been experiencing “transfer issues” to fund the company’s payroll for the 17 August 2018 pay-period.“Despite the issue, the company paid over 2,000 of hourly employees on time today, Friday. Salaried employees will be paid within the week,” the statement added. “Imperial Pacific intends to meet our obligations and asks for the community’s continued support, patience and understanding.”last_img read more

Hokkaido government holds IR regional briefings in effort to educate citizens

first_img Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions RelatedPosts Japan moves forward as Basic Policy for IRs released Load More Hokkaido, one of the candidate prefectures for a regional Japanese IR license, has hosted a number of “IR Regional Briefings” across the island over the past week, with the latest taking place in Hokkaido’s preferred location of Tomakomai city.Following previous briefings in Sapporo and Kushiro, the third briefing saw around 110 residents attend according to local media reports, with many voicing their concerns over the potential development of a local IR. Staff from the Hokkaido government took an hour to explain the basic IR concept and countermeasures for the potential impacts on society based on the “Basic Concepts Regarding IR” (discussion draft) that was announced in November last year. Among the key points raised was recognition that an IR would boost tourism.When the floor was subsequently opened to questions, there were concerns about gambling, opposition to an industry that financially thrives on “human misfortune” and a suggestion that, due to the many objections raised in a public survey, a referendum should be held.On the other hand, there were voices of approval from those wanting to attract visitors to Tomakomai and who wanted further discussion and compromise for the sake of the city’s financial future.Nobuhiko Maki, director of the Hokkaido Tourist Board commented, “I have listened carefully to the opinions and I would like to explore the possibility that an IR facility would make a contribution to the development of tourism in Hokkaido.”The area of Tomakomai city, close to New Chitose Airport, that stands to best enjoy the financial benefits of an IR also has the most deeply rooted opposition and it is understood that further efforts are required to increase the understanding of residents.Further briefings are scheduled to be held in Hakodate, Asahikawa, Obihiro, and Abashiri.last_img read more

TPR used enforcement powers 35862 times to tackle pensions noncompliance in Q1

first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) used its enforcement powers for pensions auto-enrolment non-compliance 35,862 times between January and March 2018, compared to 28,446 times last quarter, according to research by TPR.Its Compliance and enforcement quarterly bulletin: January-March 2018 report, which provides information on the powers TPR has used as well as cases it has been involved in, also found that 11,156 fixed penalty notices were issued between January and March 2018, which is 3,721 more than the number of fixed penalty notices that were issued last quarter.Since TPR began recording its compliance and enforcement action in July 2012, a total of 43,338 fixed penalty notices, which are fixed £400 fines issued to employers if they do not comply with statutory notices, or if there is sufficient evidence of a breach of the law, were issued.The research also found that 2,770 escalating penalty notices had been issued between January and March 2018, compared to a 9,537 total between July 2012 and March 2018. An escalating penalty notice is a daily fine between £50 and £10,000, depending on how many employees an organisation has, which is issued when an employer fails to comply with a statutory notice.Between January and March 2018, 19,986 compliance notices, which target auto-enrolment non-compliance of employer duties, were issued, creating a total of 98,489 compliance notices that were issued between July 2012 and March 2018. Approximately 2,037 compliance notices were sent to employers between January to March 2018 compared to last quarter.A total of 1,762 unpaid contributions notices were issued in January to March 2018, which is 431 more than last quarter. Since July 2012, 6,022 unpaid contributions notices, which remedy a late or non-payment due to a qualifying pension scheme, were issued as of March 2018.The report also confirmed that TPR used its powers to enforce governance and administration rules against non-compliant schemes 62 times between January and March 2018, including organisations failing to provide a chair’s statement, submitting a non-compliant chair’s statement or for not completing a scheme return on time.TPR used its information gathering powers 45 times between January and March 2018 and it appointed 105 trustees to run pension schemes in order to protect members’ benefits.Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation at TPR, said: “We are working to be a clearer, quicker and tougher regulator. Very often, being clear that we are fully prepared to use our powers gets employers and trustees to the table and means members are safeguarded more quickly. Several cases are resolved thanks to clear and robust negotiation by our case teams and the early engagement of [organisations] and trustees.”Darren Ryder, director of automatic enrolment at TPR, added: “Huge numbers of employers are starting their workplace pension duties every month and the vast majority are successfully meeting their duties. However, where an employer fails to do the right thing for their staff, we will take action using the wide range of powers available to us.”last_img read more

SpiderMan Far From Home a perfect Avengers Endgame epilogue

first_img 77 Photos Both introduce him to Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), a refugee from an alternate dimension. Fury wants Spidey to help Beck — who earns his comic book name “Mysterio” in a suitably hilarious manner — save the world.This encounter essentially sets up the internal conflict that drives Far From Home. Fury is determined to get Peter on board for his superhero mission, but Peter’s in the middle of trying to figure out everyday life on a school trip with his friends. How does one juggle being a high schooler and a superhero? Originally published June 27.  Comments 26 Photos 2019 movies to geek out over 1:20 Now playing: Watch this: This balance is Far From Home’s greatest triumph — Peter’s relationships with MJ and Beck are the movie’s emotional pillars. Zendaya shines in MJ’s massively expanded role, infusing the character with humor and a vulnerability she didn’t get a chance to show in Homecoming. The romantic tension between the pair is particularly electric in one Vienna hotel room scene, mostly because of Watts’ clever camera work.Unfortunately, all this time with MJ means we spend less time with Ned. But we get plenty of hapless teacher Mr. Harrington (Martin Starr, Silicon Valley’s Bertram Gilfoyle). We also don’t get much of Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), but there’s a fun sense that she has her own movie going on (Marvel should make this happen).Gyllenhaal brings a fascinating complexity to Mysterio as he slides into a mentor role akin to Tony’s in Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. His evolving relationship with Peter is fun and engaging and his colorful, flamboyant costume mirrors the one from the comics wonderfully. Major kudos to the costume designers for making the ridiculous fishbowl helmet work in the relatively grounded MCU, and that purple cape is magnificent — it’s an amazing adaptation of late artist Steve Ditko’s work.Mysterio’s abilities make for some wild visuals. Sony Pictures Mysterio’s Iron Man-esque powers are wild too, making for visually sensational set pieces in Venice, Vienna and London. Watts makes the most of these locations — it’s so cool to see Spidey swinging over canals, through narrow alleys and around Tower Bridge. These scenes provide a nice change from Peter’s usual New York haunts, though one scene involving a mountain pass and bus gets a little too silly.Of course, Peter remains the movie’s heart and goes on a wonderful emotional journey amid the stunning CGI action. Holland is spectacular, proving hilarious and warm throughout his European adventure — he gets a pretty rad set of costumes too.Spider-Man: Far From Home manages to act as a sequel to both Homecoming and Endgame, giving us a superior followup to the former and a wonderful epilogue to the latter — reminding us that MCU goes on in a joyous ride. Let’s hope Phase 4 gives us plenty more Peter Parker.Be sure to stick around for the two postcredits scenes, they’re worth the wait.Check out our sister sites GameSpot, Comicbook.com and Entertainment Tonight for more Spider-Man: Far From Home reviews. 3 Spider-Man: Far From Home — Everything to know Tags How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order TV and Movies Spider-Man swings over London’s Tower Bridge as this cinematic outing takes him Far From Home. Sony Pictures Returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the wake of the Avengers: Endgame shakeup was bound to be fascinating. Luckily, Spider-Man: Far From Home brings traumatized superhero fans on a globetrotting thrill ride that proves the perfect palate cleanser, ending Phase 3 and preparing us for what’s next.The movie picks up with Peter Parker (Tom Holland) eight months after Endgame. He and half of the universe’s population were restored to life five years after the catastrophic Snap, with the intervening period now known as “The Blip.”Back in New York, Peter is struggling under the weight of his superhero responsibilities. He feels the need to step up following the death of his mentor Tony Stark, but clearly wants a simpler life as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.This setup provides a nice contrast to 2017’s Homecoming, which focused on Peter’s need to be taken seriously as a superhero and Tony understanding he wasn’t quite ready. As Far From Home begins, Tony is gone, and the teen hero is lost.spider-man-far-from-home-mcu-mysterio-20Peter Parker and MJ get to know each other during their class trip to Europe. Jay Maidment/Sony Pictures A class trip to Europe offers an escape from this pressure, giving Peter a chance to spend time with enigmatic classmate MJ (Zendaya) and goof off with buddy Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon).The teenage-Tom-Holland-foolery kicks off during a delightfully awkward plane ride to Venice. Peter tries to get close to MJ, but his responsibilities catch up to him in the form of SHIELD Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).  Share your voice Movie reviews Marvel Spiderman Iron Man The Avengerslast_img read more

Oscilloscope turns Quake into retro art project

first_imgAn oscilloscope is a tool used to measure varying signal voltages by way of a simple 2D XY line plot, usually on a small embedded screen. It’s a serious piece of electrical equipment, but that’s not all it is. With some tweaking, it can become a monitor for playing a little Quake. One Pekka Väänänen put it all together and detailed the process.Väänänen used a Hitachi V-422 oscilloscope and a simple XY-oscilloscope simulator written in the Processing language for testing. All an oscilloscope really does is draw a series of vertical and horizontal points. The result is a series of lines, or rays. If you control the input carefully, the instrument can be used to draw complex shapes. You need to keep the time intervals tight and consistent, though. Otherwise the line segments in a complex image will have different intensities.The system uses Audio Stream Input/Output and the PortAudio I/O library to get a signal from the PC to the oscilloscope. This was used because it’s fast, and a game is real time, so the signal can’t go through a bunch of intermediaries that introduce latency. The oscilloscope isn’t actually displaying an image based on the final rendered version of the game, but rather is based on the projected scene geometry from the game engine. The Quake 1 source code has been released, meaning a variety of mods exist that give access to this data (in this case, Darkplaces was used).In order to keep the display close to real time, unneeded lines have to be discarded during the rendering process. If a line lies completely behind another one (like lines that describe a wall), that line is dropped from the frame. On average, 1800 lines per frame are transferred. There’s a bit of low-frequency noise in the video above caused by a sound card issue, and there are only about 1000 lines on the screen at a time (any more and the audio output can’t keep up). It still looks cool to me.You can check out the detailed explanation for the full technical rundown.last_img read more

State Fisheries dept to set up stall at Ahmedabad Puja

first_imgKolkata: The State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) is coming up with two food stalls at Ahmedabad Kalibari Durga Puja — the biggest Durga Puja in Gujarat.”The Durga puja at Ahmedabad Kali Bari in terms of pomp and grandeur is one of the most well known Durga Pujas in the entire western India. It is a big challenge for us as this is our maiden venture there. We are taking all possible measures to live up to the expectations of the fish lovers with our variety of fish items,” said Soumyajit Das, managing director of SFDC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA member of the Ahmedabad puja committee said last year SFDC had set up its stall at a puja in Bengaluru and through one of our contacts we got in touch with the MD of SFDC and expressed our desire to have their presence during the Puja days. “After a written proposal from us, they agreed and will be serving fish items of Hilsha, Prawn, Chingri (both Galda and Bagda), Tangra, Pabda, Koi for lunch, dinner and also snacks prepared from fish. We are excited as quality and variety of fish is often a scarcity in this part of the state and producing good quality fish items is also not up to our expectation,” he added.Anal Mukherjee, the treasurer of the Puja committee said the puja covers an area of more than 2 lakh square feet and 50 stalls are set up in and around the pandal from October 13 to 19. “Among the stalls, the focus will be on food stalls. There will be around 25 stalls consisting of non-veg items and 14 of vegetarian items,” Mukherjee added.The SFDC will also sett up their stalls in as many as 23 Pujas in north and south Kolkata.last_img read more