Greek Parliament Votes for National Football Team Reclassifications

first_imgATHENS – An amendment changing the classification of national football teams for the 2019-2020 passed by majority vote in Parliament on Monday evening, shortly after opposition criticism that the government did not allow for input before submitting the changes.It passed on votes of ruling SYRIZA and the Union of Centrists. Main opposition New Democracy (ND), Democratic Coalition (DISY), Potami and Golden Dawn voted against, with the Communist Party voting “present”.The changes were filed under a draft law ratifying the concession for Kastelli regional airport on Crete, which is expected to be passed in the plenary session on Monday evening.According to the draft, football teams will be classified under one of four levels: Super League 1, Super League 2, Football League and National Division III Amateurs category. A football team must be a registered football Societe Anonyme (PAE) to belong to the first two categories. Teams who qualify for Football League level will be required to become football SAs within 30 days after their game scores are verified, otherwise they will be expelled from the category.Deputy Culture Minister for Sports Giorgos Vassiliadis defended the changes which would bring “viable professional football teams, and prevent the phenomenon of having teams leave in the midst of a championship.” He added that the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) was solely responsible for deciding the number of teams per category, and talks on the issue took place in the summer of 2018. The changes, he said, were being reviewed by the European and World Federations of professional football.ND, DISY, Democratic Coalition, Golden Dawn and Potami deputies criticised the government for diferent reasons, including team classification issues, “sloppiness” and exclusion of smaller teams.“Everybody knew as of last year which teams would go up and which down,” Vassiliadis said. “If you ask me personally, I think there should be 3 categories of 10 teams each. The Federation EPO and the League asked that the changes be made following the conclusion of the championship. Without the restructuring and under the old (current) rules, the National Team’s Division I would include 4 teams, not 8.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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India’s fashion decade

first_imgThe last decade has seen the emergence of a unique signature that is sparse on frills but abundant in abstract and academic expressions in fashion. Modern Indian Minimalism-unadulterated by overwhelming embellishments, the hitherto obvious hallmark of most Indian designers-is a language that relies on pattern-cutting, experimentation with yarns, geometry of,The last decade has seen the emergence of a unique signature that is sparse on frills but abundant in abstract and academic expressions in fashion. Modern Indian Minimalism-unadulterated by overwhelming embellishments, the hitherto obvious hallmark of most Indian designers-is a language that relies on pattern-cutting, experimentation with yarns, geometry of shapes, non-figurative design garnishes and unorthodox traditional techniques.Fashion Of QuietudeWhat makes this movement uniquely Indian is the prominent role Indian textiles play in the minimalist designers’ practice. The resurgence of handmade textiles of India in fashion design-with their invaluable cultural, social and environmental narratives-is what makes this industry exciting today. Indian textiles give designers the tactility to explore the relationship between wearer and weave. These young designers, who graduated from pedigreed design schools across the world, use a unique language of design provocations and interventions, to build their oeuvres. They challenge us to shift our perceptions and constantly question our relationship with clothes. Ruchika Sachdeva of Bodice, winner of the prestigious International Woolmark Prize 2017/2018 has a penchant, for instance, for finding a symbiosis between disparate inspirations and techniques. Her Woolmark collection took on the 18th century costumes of Indian nautch girls but designed them using modern and minimalist menswear tailoring. Using natural fabrics including hand-woven textiles by artisans in Uttar Pradesh, Antar Agni’s Ujjawal Dubey is adept at splicing and draping monochromatic fabrics; and by almost completely eliminating surface ornamentation he achieves an overall look that is reminiscent of zen enthusiasts, but with oodles of swag.Taking the lead from thoroughbred rule-breakers of senior designers like Rajesh Pratap Singh, Abraham & Thakore, Anamika Khanna among others, these designers do not hesitate to imbue their designs with a rich tapestry of thought and passion. Always looking at a labyrinth of esoteric poets, philosophers, architects, etc., that inspire them, they are perched faraway from the brouhaha of Bollywood muses, so now we see a generation of young designers go to great lengths to create authentic narratives of the cloth. They are the realists of today, addressing the form-function duality with much more academic finesse and design precision than their predecessors.advertisementBut here is the interesting part-amidst this fashion of quietude, there also exists a gargantuan wedding fashion industry that spikes up the excess scale, exposing the fashion bipolarity in India today.Excess drowns minimalismThe wedding blitzkrieg that hit India in the last one year with the mega brides- Priyanka Chopra, Isha Ambani Piramal, Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma, and the way they enthralled Indians world-wide, is demonstrative of India’s increasing obsession with cinematic nuptials, in and out of movie theatres. Weddings today feed into the extravagant mix of tradition, aspiration and modern affluence, accounting for the business of marriage to be a whopping $40-50 billion per annum according to a recent KPMG report. Also, with 50 percent of Indians being below the age of 29, the wedding industry is not only a lucrative business, it is also a massive canvas for Indian designers to test their design sensibility for a generation of women who are becoming increasingly liberal, emancipated and experimental. Designers Rakesh Thakore and David Abraham have always been known for their mindful designs. Photo by M Zhazo CULT OF EXCESS? The wedding industry is a massive canvas for Indian designers to test their design sensibility for a generation of women who are becoming increasingly liberal, emancipated and experimental. A model sports a Rahul Mishra jacket rich in craftsmanship and technique. Photo by Shriya Patil ShindeSabyasachi Mukherjee, the retro-revivalist designer, is at the forefront of this bridal extravaganza of design. From sexing-up the bride with Kamasutra-esque deep décolletage to his homage to spectacular traditional crafts-he has women world-over squealing in delight with every collection. When Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas tied the knot in Udaipur, the actress shared some well-orchestrated photos to her 35.7 million Instagram followers, dressed in a bespoke Sabyasachi Kanauj rose lehenga with intricate French embroidery and fine sequin work that took 3,720 man-hours and 110 embroiderers from Kolkata to create. Of course, it went viral.On the other hand, artist-designer Payal Khandwala, is popular among the non-conformists in wedding celebrations, but who want to look, what she calls-‘Indian modern’. In her refined assemblage of blazing colours, she evokes the mantra ‘fierce and feminine’ that pretty much sums up the women who grew up in the #MeToo generation.Rahul Mishra has seamlessly transferred his nuanced Indian craftsmanship, displayed in Paris Fashion Week every year, to the bridal ensembles of India. “We employ our signature 3D hand embroidered, hand-cut and hand-appliqué style. We use a huge bouquet of embroidery techniques like zardozi, French knots, aari, appliqué and the shading on the flowers is done by using ‘Farishe ka Kaam'” says Mishra.advertisementWhat this means, is that bridal-wear is becoming one of the biggest champions of craft in India. However literally they may be executed, the notions of what opulence means is seeing a paradigm shift-from cheap crystals and garish embellishments to culturally rich handicraft, from different corners of India, which become prized heirloom pieces.Fashion through a gender lensFor aeons, gender identity has been at the centre of fashion’s dialogue. And the last decade has seen the complete overhaul of it. It would be an understatement to say that the history of modern Indian fashion can be traced through the gay lens. This incredibly talented community of Indians, marginalised and living in a grey area of don’t-ask-don’t-tell thus far, has nonetheless played one of the most powerful roles in the fashion industry. They have been at the forefront of creating the alternative, the outré, the swag of fashion as we know it today.Fashion has played a particularly important role, in disseminating very personal, yet powerful messages about egalitarianism and diversity through clothes. Whether it was lead via androgynous clothes or gender fluid designs, or through LGBTQ+ models on the ramp-fashion has always been a place to make subtle pleas to uphold the dignity of the rainbow flag.Today, show after show, we see bold tributes being raised to uphold its sanctity. Chola’s head designer, Sohaya Mishra, fearlessly creates a platform on the ramp for those who are not seemingly accepted. Her “Bye Felicia” fashion show had models and LGBTQ community activists dressed as drag queens, wearing Chola’s latest collection. Whether its gimmicky or not, is a matter of opinion. But to have the faces of the LGBTQ+ movement represented visually right up-front on the ramp is exemplary.Global popular culture has played a pivotal role in opening doors and minds. Laverne Cox on the cover of Time, the TV series Transparent and Call Me Caitlyn were paradigm shifting milestones. Gender prejudice is a thing of the past. Huemn plays this out beautifully with their gender-fluid collections. As a luxe-street meets athletic-leisure brand, it is known to play the zeitgeist card well. It’s last collection was a tribute to the blurring of the male-female binary and broadening the playing field for inclusivity. Photo by M ZhazoThe sustainability questionBy far the biggest change in fashion is coming from the global dialogue on sustainability. Just weeks ago, the United Nations announced the launch of UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion in Nairobi, an effort to bring all the stakeholders of fashion, including NGOs, activists and institutions, etc, to create a cohesive blueprint and address the environmental issues festered by fashion. And countries like India are coming under the microscope because of the sheer manufacturing power it wields. So when Lakme Fashion Week joined hands with the United Nations, to launch the first Circular Design Challenge-it was certainly the need of the hour. This was a sign of things to come: sustainable fashion is priority.advertisement Photograph by Shriya Patil ShindeThe “2017 Global Online Consumer Report” published by KPMG surveyed thousands of people in 50 countries and noted that people no longer “go” shopping, but literally “are” shopping every minute online with their smartphones. This shopping frenzy has resulted in 34 million shipping containers (with a standard length of 20ft) being carted around the world every year. Way back in 1915, German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin called this CBD (compulsive buying disorder) aka oniomania or “buying mania”.Designers in India are beginning to question the consumer’s obsession with novelty. The younger designers, especially ones who are studying sustainable design practices, understand that if they continue to follow linear system of “take-make-waste”, their business will not be able to sustain itself, leave alone the environment. While iconic Indian brands like Arvind Mills and Good Earth are leading the way for sustainable business practices, the relatively new brands in India are also jumping onto the green bandwagon. I Was A Sari is a eco-ethical brand that upcycles pre-loved, used sarees, converting them into very hip, contemporary clothes.For Seerat Virdi, founder of Miesu, ‘wear and re-wear’ is crucial not only to her ideology but her design practice. Her clothes made from fashion waste, can be worn in multiple ways, allowing for clothes to sit in your closet longer (if not forever), instead of being dumped in a landfill. Bareek by Aman Singh makes sure his natty button-down shirts, in cotton or khadi, are created on a non-mechanised loom, and always woven by an artisan. Doodlage by Kriti Tula believes in the ‘scrap to fab’ fashion practice that allows her to upcycle fashion material waste into new garments that are worthy to be on the ramp. “Fast-fashion consumerism is a fairly new concept in India,” she says. “We were given hand-me-downs while growing up. We always did something with useless clothing; used loose or tight clothing by altering them. Growing up this way, I’ve always lived consciously.In many ways fashion has come full circle as Indian designers create their own language, drawing on the best of the past and looking to the future.Bandana Tewari is a lifestyle journalist and sustainability activist. She is a columnist for The Business of Fashion website and was Vogue India’s Editor-at-Large for 13 years.last_img read more

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Traders body CAIT requests Govt not to ban ecigarettes

first_imgNew Delhi: Traders’ body CAIT on Wednesday asked the government not to ban e-cigarettes saying that a research report has shown these are less harmful than regular cigarettes.The CAIT in a letter to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the government should come out with appropriate regulations for sale and manufacture of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) or e-cigarettes instead of banning them. The health ministry has reportedly proposed to classify alternative smoking devices, including e-cigarettes, as “drugs” under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act in a bid to ban their manufacture, sale, distribution and import. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsAs per official sources, the proposal has been approved by the Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), the government’s top advisory body on technical matters related to medicines in the country. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in its letter contended that prohibition on ENDS products would increase illicit trade, encourage counterfeit and spurious products and result in loss of revenue to the government. “It is our strong belief that allowing sale and access to less harmful alternatives as ENDS at such outlets, with appropriate regulatory measures and safeguards including age verification, will help in curbing cigarette smoking while ensuring sustained revenue for the traders and the government. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”We would also like to highlight that a prohibition on ENDS products will give rise to complexities that would hurt traders, government and consumers,” CAIT said in its letter. From the point of view of health hazard, the traders’ body said that e-cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes. Quoting assessment made by Public Health England, it said that ENDS are at least 95 per cent less harmful than combustible cigarettes.last_img read more

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Bolstering the will to fight terror

first_imgThe power to name an individual as a terrorist conferred on the government under the amended UAPA Bill has raised the hackles of some. This is understandable as those opposed to this particular section of the Bill have also often been at the forefront of pushing the narrative of talks with terrorists, have argued for the need to reach out to separatists and have always negatively portrayed Indian investigating agencies and armed forces. While speaking on the UAPA in Lok Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah was very clear on why the amended Bill made provision for designating individuals as terrorists. Terrorism, Shah reminded the House, is a mindset, you cannot tackle it effectively by simply banning an organisation, banning an organisation leads the concerned terrorists to immediately open another front in another name and at another location and continue operating with impunity. It was, therefore, necessary for the mindset be encountered, and to effectively do that it is necessary to also be able to designate individuals as terrorists. The fronts will not be able to act as covers anymore. Also Read – A special kind of bondAmit Shah’s stand on terrorism has been consistently uncompromising. We shall come to that but who are those who have a problem with the amended UAPA and NIA Bill? Who are those who protest that the NIA should not be conferred the power to attach property, to investigate crimes “including those committed outside India against the Indian citizens or affecting the interest of India” abroad? Who are these people who say that extending the NIA’s investigative powers to investigate human trafficking, cyber-crimes and counterfeit currency rackets will be impinging on the federal spirit? Why should these networks and interest groups be concerned, why should they ask what the definition of Indian interests abroad is? Is it difficult to understand what that is? Is the memory of blasts at the Indian Embassy in Kabul in 2008 already begun to fade away from the minds of these people? Why should they oppose this will to investigate crimes committed against Indian citizens abroad? After all, should not a power aspiring to great power status and emerging as a civilizational state be, both keen and capable, of protecting its assets and citizens beyond its shores? Should it also not have agencies that are empowered to investigate crimes aimed at it and committed beyond its shores? Also Read – Insider threat managementThe answers to the above questions are simple, these are elements who have, in the past, supported or kept silent when the demand for India’s dismemberment was made, who had jumped to defend the cries of “Bharat tere Tukde Tukde” and pass these off as callow or legitimate expressions of freedom of expression and dissent, these are those elements who had called any attempt to counter these demands of India’s disintegration as fascistic attempts to muzzle dissent. These are those elements who tried to justify these cries despite knowing well that these originated from the stable of terrorists who have declared war against India. These are people who have comprehensively and systematically carried out a campaign in support of Naxals and Naxalism, have tried to justify the Naxal ideology of trying to overthrow the Indian state, to defile and desecrate India’s democratic structures, and to destroy the Constitution. Since the UAPA and NIA pose a challenge, among other things, to the spread of the Naxal ideology and will especially make it difficult for Urban Naxals to operate and to camouflage their acts, the hackles have been raised. The argument that the federal spirit will be impinged upon, is simply an alibi. When did those who are opposing the expansion of these powers really believe in the federal spirit? MPS from the Muslim League, the AIMIM led by Osaduddin Owaisi, Muslim members of BSP, National Conference and AUDF’s Badruddin Ajmal opposed both the NIA and UAPA Bills. Since their politics thrives on generating the victimhood narrative this was expected of them, the communist parties also opposed the Bills and walked out, they have a long record of pandering to separatism and to insurgents. This has gradually shrunk them and is increasingly making them irrelevant electorally. Amit Shah has always been firm and consistent in his approach to tackling terrorism. The intensification of the drive to expose terror and terror funding networks in the Valley, in the past few weeks, the attaching of properties of separatists such Asiya Andrabi and others is proof of Shah’s will to fight terror. For those who thrive on external resources channelised in order to generate a false narrative of India, who work to light flashpoints and to subvert India’s unity these are naturally difficult times. As Home Minister of Gujarat in the past, Shah had a similar approach to tackling terror. He always argued that the effort of counter-terrorism must never be held hostage to the narrative of human rights. For him it was essential that in this fight one had to ensure that the morale of the security agencies was never adversely affected, it was thus necessary that the fear of the security agencies was instilled in the minds of terrorists. In our newly released political study “Amit Shah and the March of the BJP”, we have looked at how as Home Minister of Gujarat, Shah had also argued that the repealing of POTA would prove detrimental to our will and capabilities of fighting terror. That stand of his continues to be undiluted. In fact, we have recorded how in the immediate aftermath of the Ahmedabad serial blasts in 2008, Shah had “called for a larger debate on how terrorism needed to be tackled and eventually eliminated. “Shah had then made” very poignant but bold suggestions. He had argued that there was a need to have a legal provision to limit the debate on terrorism by non-governmental organisations and that the police’s zero-tolerance against terrorism–a line that Shah had taken then and continues to take now–should not be viewed from the premise of human rights. The police’s zero-tolerance against terrorism itself is people’s human rights. Ultimately, the police is acting to protect innocent peoples’ human rights, Shah had then said. He had cautioned that if this was not done, then in order to gain “popularity–in the absence of understanding and sometimes deliberately – NGOs were helping the motives of terrorists”. He had called for stronger laws to “punish terrorists” and had opposed “any debates that would demoralise the approach of security agencies to fight them”. It was this uncompromising stand of his that made Amit Shah unpopular among those separatism-championing NGOs and a section of the political class especially among the communists and the Congress party. But Shah has himself always made it clear, that when it comes to India’s national security, unity and sovereignty it is going to be a tough and undiluted approach. His approach now as Union Home Minister continues to be the same. His positions, arguments and articulations on the NIA and UAPA Bill have come across as deeply deliberated and meant to protect these fundamentals of India. There is nothing roughshod about them. (Dr. Anirban Ganguly is Director, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI to Address Nation Thursday on 39th Anniversary of

Rabat – King Mohammed VI will address the nation on Thursday on the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the glorious Green March, the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced Wednesday.The Royal speech will be broadcast on Radio and TV channels on November 6, 2014 at 8.30 p.m., the Ministry said in a statement.The Green March is deeply rooted in the history and collective memory of Moroccans, on the political, social as well as cultural levels. This historical event has inspired many artists, researchers, and writers who found great interest in its history. Each year, the celebration of the Green March revives Moroccans’ patriotism towards their country.This Thursday, all Moroccans will commemorate the exceptional march that mobilized the kingdom and gave its citizens the strength to cross the country to defend its territorial integrity. read more

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Goodman scores 16 points Penn downs Stockton 11263

PHILADELPHIA — Devon Goodman scored 16 points to lead five teammates in double-digit scoring and Pennsylvania rolled over Division III Stockton University 112-63 on Saturday.It’s the fourth-highest points the Quakers have scored in program history and the most since hitting 114 against Haverford in 1993.A.J. Brodeur scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Quakers (5-2), who never trailed and held the Ospreys to 32-per cent shooting. Antonio Woods scored 14 points with four of Penn’s 29 assists, Michael Wang added 13 points and Bryce Washington scored 11.The Quakers outscored the Ospreys 52-22 in the paint, scored 23 points off of 17 forced turnovers and had a 29-3 advantage on fast-break points.Woods opened with a 3 and Penn led 29-14 after Brodeur’s free throw midway through the first quarter. Woods’ jumper made it 60-33 at halftime and Jakub Mijakowski’s 3 put the Quakers over the century mark with 5:39 to play.Keenan Williams Jr. led Stockton with 11 points.The Associated Press read more

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ITT buys Godwin pumps to see expansion in dewatering business

first_imgITT Corp, a global leader in the transport and treatment of water and wastewater, has agreed to purchase privately held Godwin Pumps. Godwin is a leading supplier of automatic self-priming portable pumps. “This acquisition is another example of ITT’s strategy to expand our core businesses and build on our strong global positions in water, wastewater and industrial process,” said Gretchen McClain, President of ITT’s Fluid and Motion Control group. “Godwin’s business is a great complement to our existing fluid technology portfolio, and is expected to establish ITT among the leaders in the growing and profitable $3 billion global market for dewatering pumps.”ITT has agreed to purchase Godwin from its principal shareholders for $585 million. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010, pending customary regulatory approvals. Godwin Pumps, founded in 1976, is based in Bridgeport, New Jersey and has approximately 800 employees located throughout the US and at its manufacturing facility in Gloucestershire, England. Godwin’s 2009 revenues were approximately $200 million, with full-year 2010 revenue projected to be about $235 million.  When combined with ITT’s existing dewatering sales, the Godwin acquisition is expected to double ITT’s revenues from dewatering equipment and services. Godwin is best known for its service capabilities in dewatering and the original Dri-Prime pump, an automatic self-priming centrifugal pump range capable of handling industrial sludges, mine dewatering and other pumping needs.  Upon closing of the acquisition, Godwin will become part of ITT’s $1.6 billion Water & Wastewater business.“The acquisition presents a tremendous opportunity for ITT to grow its dewatering rental and services business internationally,” said John Williamson, President of ITT’s Water & Wastewater business. “We already have a solid history of partnership, with Godwin offering ITT’s electric submersible pumps since 2003. Adding the specialised products and skills of the world-class Godwin team to ITT’s broad Flygt and Grindex submersible pump portfolio and global sales network means our customers will have unsurpassed access to the broadest dewatering capabilities on the market.”last_img read more

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Standards and guidelines are minings next frontier

first_imgAlvaro Rozo, Hatch’s Global Director, Smart Industries, Digital, explains why he believes industry-wide consistency is always the best way to go. “The minimining’s next frontierng sector has been reluctant to develop and adopt universal standards. That’s now starting to change. The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) is breaking down isolation-type thinking, thanks to the efforts of practical visionaries like Andrew Scott of Barrick Gold, out-going chair and founding member.“Mining realizes that it must address some of the inefficiencies and challenges it’s facing as an industry. Adopting a comprehensive set of common standards is a first, necessary step. Simple proof of the GMSG’s value is the participants it’s attracting. Leaders like AngloGold Ashanti, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Glencore have signed on as corporate members, flanked by collaborators like Caterpillar, Atlas Copco, and us here at Hatch. Both direct players and companies with broader mandates agree that as we design and develop new 21st century mines, the need for standardization is becoming more obvious and urgent.“Mining has traditionally been slow to adopt and adapt to change of all kinds. But now, the digital impact on information and work processes is so strong that companies see the wisdom of abandoning siloed thinking and each-to-its-own processes and procedures. Failing to act has become a significant business risk, with consequences that can be dire. New trends and challenges will inevitably arise, and some will have the potential to erode the nature of mining as a business. Case in point is what the oil-and-gas industry is experiencing with the influx of electric vehicles and battery-operated equipment.“Digital technology itself is not without issues. Questions of open data and who owns it—the operator or the original equipment manufacturer (OEM)—are begging to be addressed. This is just one subject about which the GMSG has already built consensus. It has specified what kind of data can be extracted or unlocked and what can’t. This advancement alone has been sufficient to drive changes on the part of OEMs about how information can be opened on their devices, how it’s collected, and how it can be selected. It’s a distinct advantage, and not just for big mining companies. These contributions are helping the OEMs’ businesses become more sustainable and integrated, encouraging them to develop common solutions going forward.“It’s important to note that the GMSG does not see itself as a purveyor of standards, but rather a group that identifies guidelines and requirements for their development. It leaves the nuts-and-bolts of standard development to other organizations that can adapt them for the mining industry—ones that already have mechanisms and methodologies for doing it effectively, like the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The fact that these guidelines and suggestions are developed collaboratively is essential. Having broad consensus underscores their legitimacy and ensures there will be ready-made buy-in when it identifies new standards that are needed. There are a few on our radar screens already that a GMSG working group has identified in its report, Building a Strategic Vision of Future Mining.“Improving safety. There is no question that mining companies everywhere share a goal of zero harm. But the reality is that big outfits will probably log an incident or accident from time to time. There may be an opportunity to address some safety-related issues and concerns with better and standardized technology, equipment, and processes.“Integrating equipment from different vendors. Workers are sometimes forced to try and process content from different IT systems on multiple screens, each providing different pieces of information, presented in different ways. There is a big effort to consolidate systems and optimize the human-machine interface.“Breaking down silos. Mines and processing plants have different operating philosophies. There is a clear need to find better ways to integrate aspects of the value chain that apply to both, produce the right kind of information, and do it in a way that promotes better decision making.“Addressing interoperability. Its absence has been identified as a major cause of deficiency in mining and mineral processing. To achieve functional levels of productivity, both people and technology need to be able to integrate. Often, non-standard processes are the root cause that prevents this from happening.“At this time, work with the GMSG is voluntary and most members are not compensated for the time they spend. The group is looking for resources and researching sources of funding, like governments that recognize the benefit of what we do.“We’re also partnering with universities, hoping to influence changes to mine studies programs that will produce graduates with the kind of expertise that’s now in demand. We need fresh, new thinking and up-to-date skills. What better place to find them and begin affecting change in the industry than by helping our schools produce leaders who will continue to push mining in these brave, new, and ultimately favourable directions.”Picture courtesy of Barrick.last_img read more

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Montenegro and Norway in the semifinal

Montenegro and Norway are the first semi-finalist of the Women’s EHF EURO 2012.GROUP IN BELGRADE:Czech Republic – France 22:24Norway – Sweden 28:25Serbia – Denmark 20.10TABLE:Norway 8Denmark 4France 4Serbia 3Sweden 3Czech Republic 0GROUP OF NOVI SAD:Spain – Russia 25:25Montenegro – Germany 20:27Hungary – Romania 20:15TABLE:Montenegro 6Hungary 4Romania 3Germany 3Spain 2Russia 2PHOTO: DRAGAN ZABUNOVIĆ ← Previous Story Gummersbach signs Fredrik Larsson Next Story → Hungary is the third semi-finalist – Serbia, Denmark or France? read more

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Complaints to Childrens Ombudsman rose by over 20 per cent last year

first_imgTHE OMBUDSMAN FOR Children has reported a significant increase in the number of complaints made to it last year.In its annual report for 2011 published today the Ombudsman said that there were a total of 1,491 complaints to its office last year, an increase of 22 per cent on 2010.Most complaints – 76 per cent – came from the parents of children with nearly half of all complaints relating to education matters including issues such as specials needs resources in schools and transport.Thirty-two per cent of complaints related to health (a fall from 37 per cent in 2010), five per cent related to justice matters and four per cent to housing and planning issues. Twelve per cent of complaints were classed as ‘other’.Professionals such as school principals or teachers, social workers and solicitors were responsible for nine per cent of complaints, five per cent of complaints came from extended family, with concerned adults, a child or young person and ‘other’ making up the rest.Ombudsman Emily Logan said that in contrast to previous years there had been a shift in how many public bodies responded to recommendations and requests made of them by the Ombudsman.She said in a statement: “Often at annual report launches, I am compelled to report on resistance my Office has encountered in the course of our investigations.“While we encountered pockets of resistance, in 2011 in particular I noticed a significant shift in how public bodies responded to my recommendations at all levels.In the course of investigations we regularly hear about insufficient and limited resources, but this year a number of public bodies were willing and open to making the systemic changes that I have recommended.“These are very simply that public bodies consider the child when they are making decisions that can sometimes have a profound impact on that child’s life.”Speaking to Newstalk’s Breakfast programme, Logan said that her office tended to pursue cases where there was likely to be systemic change as a result of its work.She highlighted the case of 16-year-old girl in the Munster area who was refused enrolment to a Catholic ethos school which remained defiant even in the wake of correspondence with the Ombudsman.Logan said at the time that this was “wholly unacceptable” but said today that as a result of her office highlighting this case there had been a commitment from Education Minister Ruairí Quinn to bring forward legislation on school enrolment.“We’re trying to select cases which will deliver change for more children. So the individual case can be very powerful in terms of delivering systemic change,” she told Newstalk.In her report, Logan notes that the views of the child are not being respected systemically in Ireland and highlighted some concern that there were still examples of where the best interests of the system was more valued than the best interests of the child.Speaking later on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Logan said that there had been a “very positive response from public bodies in relation to our work” and said that in many cases this was because of “significant changes to personnel” in these bodies.Read: Ombudsman: Children’s rights referendum won’t bring “radical change”Read: ‘Wholly unacceptable’: Ombudsman slams school that refused pregnant teenlast_img read more

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No informants acting off the books as far as the Garda Commissioner

first_imgGARDA COMMISSIONER MARTIN Callinan has said that there are no informants operating off the books, despite concerns from the Garda Ombudsman.He also warned that there would be “bodies lying all over the country” if information relating to the identity of informants was not handled correctly.Commissioner Callinan moved to reassure the Public Service Oversight and Petitions Oireachtas committee this evening that “as far as [he is] aware”, no one dealing with informants were operating outside of the strict Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) policy.The annual report by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, published earlier this year, raised concerns that despite a formal system being in place as to how Gardaí handle those who provide information, it was open to abuse.Speaking to the same committee in July, they said that “deficiencies identified by the Morris Tribunal were remedied”:You can have a credible system but the problem is that if a person chooses to bypass that system and run an informant “off the books”, so to speak, there may be no way of ever even knowing that that is going on. However, Commissioner Callinan said that he was not aware of this happening, and if it was, that “non-compliance by one particular individual… does not translate to organisational failures of policy”.When questioned by on it by Senator Susan O’Keeffe he also said that he did “would love to know how” an oversight system, as Garda Ombudsman noted the lack of, could be introduced to find out something that no one would know was happening.He also responded to questions from Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan on perceived tension between An Garda Sicohana and the Garda Ombudsman. He also criticised the amount of time it had taken for Callinan to come before the committee to respond to concerns raised by the Garda Ombudsman.Commissioner Callinan said that they “don’t see eye to eye on some sensitive matters”, and that very careful consideration must be given to Garda Ombudsman requests.“I’m talking about the need to disclose the identity of an informant,” he said, “a very serious matter for everyone in this room… and in the country”“If I’m talking about the identity of an informant, then I have to be sure that the information has to be handled in particular way, and that disclosure of that information can’t be discovered by any third party.”Read: 20,000 expected to apply for Garda positions >More: 169 gardaí found in breach of discipline last year >last_img read more

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La rumeur du rachat de Yahoo par Microsoft refait surface

first_imgLa rumeur du rachat de Yahoo par Microsoft refait surfaceLe départ de la PDG de Yahoo ! Carol Bartz entretient la rumeur du rachat de la société américaine par Microsoft.Depuis 2008, la rumeur d’un rachat de Yahoo ! par Microsoft apparaît régulièrement dans les colonnes des journaux. Cette année-là, le géant de l’informatique avait proposé quelques 44 milliards de dollars, refusés par le conseil d’administration de Yahoo ! À lire aussiWindows 8 : Microsoft annonce 40 millions de licences venduesMais l’affaire était loin d’être close puisque les deux sociétés n’ont cessé de passer des accords, le moteur de recherche de Microsoft, Bing, devenant celui de son concurrent. Ce dernier est alors devenu la régie publicitaire du moteur, passant les accords avec les annonceurs en 2009.Mais le départ de la PDG de Yahoo ! Carol Bartz a relancé les bruits d’un rachat. Selon Reuters, plusieurs sociétés se sont portées candidates… dont Microsoft. Mais il reste que tout cela n’est que du domaine de la rumeur, Bloomberg annonçant déjà que Microsoft n’est absolument pas près de faire une offre. Il semble donc bien que le feuilleton ne fasse que commencer… Le 6 octobre 2011 à 14:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Le Parlement veut dissocier copie privée et source illicite

first_imgLe Parlement veut dissocier copie privée et source illiciteLe projet de loi sur la rémunération pour copie privée est en ce moment discuté à l’Assemblée Nationale. Un point fait débat au sein des députés: pour accéder à cette disposition, la copie doit provenir d’une source licite.Les discussions continuent au sujet du projet de loi sur la rémunération sur la copie privée. Le texte sorti du bureau du Ministre de la Culture dispose d’un point sensible pour les ayants-droits et qui est au centre des débats. Elle explique que pour accéder à cette rémunération, les copies comptabilisées dans le calcul doivent provenir directement de sources licites, et non de copies déjà existantes, ce qui constituerait un acte de contrefaçon rapporte PC Inpact.À lire aussiL’utilisation de logiciels illégaux se généralise dans le monde Actuellement, les sociétés d’édition comptabilisent toutes les copies quelles que soient leurs sources pour établir le chiffrage de la rémunération à laquelle ils ont droit. Une manière pour eux de luter contre les manques à gagner dus au piratage. Le Code de la propriété intellectuelle leur donne en partie raison car il stipule, selon l’article 122-5 que “lorsque l’œuvre a été divulguée, l’auteur ne peut interdire (…) les copies ou reproductions strictement réalisées à partir d’une source licite et réservées à l’usage privé du copiste et non destinées à une utilisation collective.” On ne peut donc interdire ces copies tant qu’elles restent dans le domaine privé, et donc la rémunération serait logique. Mais en Commission, les députés ont statué après de longs débats sur un hermétisme entre copie privée et recel d’œuvres copiées et recopiées. “Certains auteurs estiment que l’internaute qui télécharge n’a pas le devoir de vérifier la licéité de la première divulgation de l’oeuvre copiée. Ils invoquent à l’appui de leur thèse le silence de la directive du 22 mai 2001 et de la loi du 1er août 2006 (alors qu’il eut été facile et opportun pour le législateur de s’exprimer sur ce point important) ainsi que la compensation venant de la rémunération pour copie privée. Pour sa part, le Conseil économique et social a proposé de qualifier de copies privées les téléchargements d’oeuvres protégées. Au contraire, pour d’autres auteurs, il serait peu compréhensible qu’une copie privée soit licite si elle a pour origine directe une copie illicite, l’illégalité de la source corrompant toutes les utilisations ultérieures. Un acte illégal ne peut être la source d’un acte légal et la copie privée ne peut « blanchir » la contrefaçon. À cela ils ajoutent le principe général d’interprétation stricte des exceptions”, explique le rapport Cedras sur la question.On ne peut, selon cet extrait, considérer des cas comme celui d’Aurélien D., dont la police avait retrouvé 448 films copiés provenant de prêts et de téléchargement, comme relevant de la copie privée. La Cour d’Appel de Montpellier avait estimé qu’il n’y avait pas contrefaçon, car, comme le dit l’article 122-5, “lorsqu’une œuvre a été divulguée, l’auteur ne peut interdire les copies ou reproductions strictement réservées à l’usage privé du copiste et non destinées à une utilisation collective.” Les députés doivent donc statuer ce ce qui relève aujourd’hui de la copie privée, et quels sont exactement les supports pouvant être rémunérés à ce titre.Le 23 novembre 2011 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Frank Lampard discusses Premier League interest in Bogle

first_imgDerby County manager Frank Lampard insists the club have received no offer from Burnley or any other Premier League club for Jayden Bogle.The 18-year-old has been drawing attention from a host of top-flight teams and Lampard says he’s not surprised.Burnley have been one of the teams linked with a move for the young right-back who has broken into the Derby first team this season, under the tutelage of Lampard.But the former Chelsea midfielder, whose side visit the St. Mary’s to take Southampton in a FA Cup replay on Wednesday night, said Derby have had no contact.Frank Lampard, Chelsea, Premier LeagueFrank Lampard admits Chelsea may struggle for top-six spot Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t offer any guarantees on a top-six finish this season due to the strong competition.Asked if he was aware of any interest in Bogle, Lampard said, according to Lancashire Telegraph: “No, I am not but I wouldn’t be surprised because from the minute I have been here Jayden Bogle has been fantastic.”“I heard he was a talent, and he has shown that he can perform at a top level in the Championship and in our Carabao Cup run at Manchester United and at Chelsea.”“So, of course, people will look at players who are performing that well.”last_img read more

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Marvels Danai Gurira An action hero in her own right

first_img reading • Marvel’s Danai Gurira: An action hero in her own right Tags Comments Danai Gurira, woman of action 2:02 See All Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown on voicing a not-always-perfect pig The way he was delving into the African voice, the African experience and the African-American experience connected to the African experience was an unprecedented narrative. It was so real and so resonant and so specific that it becomes universal about identity and heritage.  General Okoye is a fierce warrior, but she’s not afraid to show she’s feminine. There’s a scene where you throw off the wig covering your shaved, tattooed head so you can fight the bad guys, and it’s like you’re saying, I’m going to show what a modern warrior is. Is that what was going through your mind?Gurira: Absolutely. It was very important to me that she was a woman who enjoyed her life, that she was a woman who loved her country and enjoyed being a woman.   And it was important to me that her humanity was clear. When they free those kidnapped girls — which is a very resonant reference to what’s happening in northern Nigeria — she smiled in a gentle way of conveying to them that they were free. okoye-black-panther Marvel Studios She’s a woman who shows her warmth because she has no reason not to. The connection she has to her people and her country is one of love and warmth, and that imbues who she is as a soldier. It’s like looking at feminine leadership. It’s not the same necessarily as masculine leadership. That’s what I was thinking about with her: that she’s going to portray herself with all the colors of what a woman is in power. And why would she want to be anything different from who she is?And now you’re part of a cast of strong women of Wakanda.Gurira: The women of Wakanda are amazing.What did you want to be when you grew up? You were born in Iowa and then your family moved to Zimbabwe when you were small.Gurira: I dabbled with many things. I was very good at sports. I was very involved athletically, and then I got very involved in drama club, speech and drama, debate club.But I actually thought for a good amount of time that I wanted to be a lawyer. I really just loved the TV show L.A. Law when I was growing up. I was like the youngest kid ever watching L.A. Law and pulling the vocabulary out of their mouths and looking it up in the Webster dictionary in my house. At some point, I realized I just liked acting as a lawyer. I didn’t know if I wanted to be one [laughs]. Since I was a little girl, it was always clear to me that women were equal in power and ability to men. CNET Magazine Aug 28 • In pursuit of perfect ice CNET Magazine 15center_img Share your voice Jun 14 • The secret screen life of Being Frank star Jim Gaffigan Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown: ‘Acting is about reconnecting with a sense of play’ • Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation.Q: In Black Panther, you show us what a powerful woman looks like. When you first saw the script, what did you think?Gurira: It was definitely a script that was deeply exciting.  It felt like something that was deeply needed in terms of giving a representation to voices and faces and stories and geography that are very rarely given representation — on a global level that Marvel and Disney can bring. That felt really exciting. When I talked to Ryan Coogler about the character, I thought this was just fantastic. This is the role I never knew I always wanted — that this was going to be something really, really special. Now playing: Watch this: So you ended up being a psychology major in college.Gurira: I was very interested in sociological aspects of the field — how a group of people, a population, can be swayed in one way or another into systems of rule, into systems of identity. I grew up in Zimbabwe while apartheid was raging in South Africa, and I could never go there. I had white classmates who could go to South Africa and went there for holidays, but I could never set foot in that country.We moved to Zimbabwe soon after it gained independence from white minority rule. I was very interested in the psychology of an entire populace that allows this sort of thing to become a norm that then has to be removed for progress to happen. So, I was actually a sociological psychology major.That makes me think of an interview you did with Stephen Colbert, where you talked about people relating to zombie apocalypse stories like The Walking Dead. You said that we should think of zombies as a frame of mind. Can you explain?Gurira: It’s basically the fact that to me, when a story is well-told, you find the metaphor in it, because all stories have to be imbued with metaphor. The metaphor in The Walking Dead is the idea of the zombies as a force that changes everybody into many things. I think that’s why it resonates with people, young and old.Danai Gurira Mark Mann I’d researched a lot about women in war while researching how the world had changed Michonne so dramatically from who she was to this woman who is kind of her own army. I saw these parallels — when what you know is normal is removed, you become somebody else. And the question is, Who are you going to become? And I felt that was the premise of The Walking Dead.It was really about humanity and the transformation of humanity as a result of very jarring, really unlivable circumstances. That’s what really drew me to it. It was a very strong sketch of the transformation of humanity in dire circumstances.People are very invested in The Walking Dead. Can you give us any hints of where the journey is taking us?Gurira: Absolutely not [laughs]. No, they’ve got a chip in me; it’ll zing me.  It is a season of transformation, we know that so far. Time jumps and changes, and you see people make massive shifts from who we knew they were to who they become. Right now we don’t know why and so maybe we’ll learn some things. Maybe we won’t.In The Walking Dead, you’re quite skilled with a sword — the katana. How good are you?Gurira: I’m as good as you see on the TV show. That’s me.  I’m nowhere even close to how it is used by the masters. But it is a beautiful weapon and I do love it.women-of-the-marvel-universe-promo-art-with-logoClick for more on the women who make Marvel run. You were voted Action Movie Star of 2018 and in your People’s Choice Award acceptance speech, you said you were showing that women and girls, when given the chance, can hang with the boys. Are you encouraged by what you’re seeing in Hollywood?  Gurira: The thing for me is that I’ve never thought any of this was not possible. It was just a matter of the moment happening.Since I was a little girl, it was always clear to me that women were equal in power and ability to men.That’s why I guess I’ve become such an activist and advocate around women and girls. I’ve never understood the disparity. It is very much something that feels like a natural progression to me, that there is more of this happening in society. If we are to progress societally and in how we tell stories, then the idea that there are more roles that show women in various portrayals of strength and ability and complexity — that’s of course where it’s going to go. Call me an optimist, but I do believe we’ll catch up to the fact that anything not portraying that doesn’t make sense. Danai Gurira Mark Mann When Stan Lee passed away, you tweeted out a tribute to him, thanking him for “creating worlds of wonder and heroism.” Did you get a chance to know him?Gurira: I didn’t get a chance to know him. It’s something I wish I had been able to do.We have so much to thank him for. And his legacy continues, and that’s a beautiful thing that he left us with.Did you read comic books when you were a kid?Gurira: Not really. I did read Asterix. And I read a little Archie when I was really young. But no, I didn’t read a lot of comic books of the nature I now portray.So who told you about Black Panther?Gurira: I got an offer. My agent said you’ve been offered this role. And I was, ‘What?” I thought I was being punked because I was so shocked at the offer.I sat down with Ryan [Coogler]. He had seen me in an indie called Mother of George. He had crafted this role for me. I was dazed with joy.You’re an award-winning playwright. You staged one of the first plays with all black women on Broadway. What is it that you like about that medium?Gurira: The theater is my home. It’s where I learned my craft, it’s where I grew into an artist. It’s where I grew to understand what my connection through the art form is, and where I developed my craft as a writer. So it is a very close place to my heart.You founded Love Our Girls, which is a nonprofit that works to lift women in a lot of ways. And you also co-founded Almasi Arts, which aims to help artists in Zimbabwe develop dramatic skills. Can you talk a little bit about these projects?Gurira: Love our Girls is a nonprofit, but it doesn’t function as a nonprofit. It functions as an informational hub. You become aware of organizations and all the good work they’re doing, you want to support them, and you might find your activist soft spot. We’re dealing with causes from child brides to equal pay, HIV and mothers, recovering from sexual assault and the #MeToo movement. There’s so many different components to the struggles and the ways that women are pushing forward. Danai Gurira Mark Mann And Almasi?Gurira: I was born in the United States, lived here until I was 5 and then I was raised in Zimbabwe, so I’ve had this duality of cultural experience. That made me really want to see more people with talent get opportunities in their art form.It’s trickier there to get educated in your field, to get access to opportunities. So it’s really about lessening the disparity between ability and access. We have fellowships. We bring Zimbabweans here doing degrees in the dramatic arts right now. We take Americans to Zimbabwe — they teach, they mentor. We have connections with American institutions. It’s about collaboration, because I do believe that Americans can learn a lot from Zimbabweans as well as Zimbabweans from Americans. Once people from different cultures collaborate and find artistic connections, beautiful things always happen.  Spring 2019 Magazine CoverSee more great stories from CNET Magazine. Mark Mann Did you have a favorite piece of tech growing up? Gurira: We had a VCR, which I thought was really cool when we got it. I didn’t get a cellphone for quite a long time and now my cellphone is something I deeply need and deeply wish I spent less time with.What piece of tech or service would you like invented for you?Gurira: A clone. Something that did what I need to get done for me so I didn’t have to do it all, because I can’t do everything I need to get done in a day. So if I had something that had my brain in it, that could just go and handle things, where there’s two of us doing everything — that would be amazing. But it knows how I would handle things, so there’s no confusion about what I would do in a certain situation.Maybe an AI assistant, with my exact brain in it. My brain, but a little more orderly [laughs]. My brain but improved.This story appears in the spring 2019 edition of CNET Magazine. Click here for more magazine stories. TV and Movies Culture Danai Gurira didn’t read many comic books when she was growing up in Zimbabwe, except, she says, for a little Archie and Asterix. She only learned about Black Panther, she admits, when she found out that director Ryan Coogler crafted the role of General Okoye, the kick-ass leader of Wakanda’s all-female Dora Milaje special forces, just for her.  She’s laughing when she tells me that story — and so am I. That’s because she’s not only an iconic character in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Gurira also stars as Michonne, the katana-wielding survivor of the zombie apocalypse in AMC’s The Walking Dead — which, like Black Panther, is also based on a popular comic book series. “No, I didn’t really read a lot of comic books of the nature I now portray,” she says with a smile. In fact, she adds, when her agent told her about being offered the part of Okoye, “I thought I was being punked.”But she doesn’t laugh when talking about how Okoye and Michonne are changing how girls and Hollywood think about action hero movies. It’s a point she noted when she beat out Chadwick Boseman, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt and Ryan Reynolds to win the People’s Choice Award for Action Movie Star of 2018. “Thank you to the people for affirming that women and girls, when they’re given the chance to hang with the boys, can hang with the best of them,” she said when receiving the award.Gurira, who stars in Season 9 of The Walking Dead and will appear in Avengers: Endgame, says Hollywood is finally figuring out what it means to be a modern woman. Mark Mann “Since I was a little girl, it was clear to me that women were equal in power and ability to men,” she says during our cover shoot in in November. “If we are to progress societally and in how we tell stories, then the idea that there are more roles that show women in various portrayals of strength and ability and complexity — that’s of course where it’s going to go.”Gurira — an award-winning playwright whose play Eclipsed was the first to premiere on Broadway with an all-black, all-female cast and creative team — talked about Okoye as a model for female leadership, learning to use a katana, the nonprofits she hopes will change people’s mind about women and girls, and why she wouldn’t mind technology for cloning. Once people from different cultures collaborate and find artistic connections, beautiful things always happen.  Women of Marvel Black Panther Marvellast_img read more

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Firefox Preview is ready for pilottesting on Android phones

first_img Android web browsers Mozilla gives Firefox Focus a browser brain transplant on Android Privacy-protecting Tor Browser arrives on Android Google to ask Android users to choose preferred browser Vivaldi mobile browser due in 2019 — but no ad blocking 0 Mozilla said Thursday that it’s been working on a new strategy for Android for several months now, and that Firefox Preview is the result of combining the privacy and security of Mozilla Focus — a browser designed for quick leave-no-trace glances at websites — with the amenities of a full mobile browser. No tracking, faster web Mozilla isn’t the only one to discover the performance benefits of tracker blocking. The Brave browser, from the Brave Software founded by former Mozilla Chief Executive Brendan Eich, boasts similar speed boosts from blocking both trackers and ads.On Wednesday, it announced a new ad-blocking engine that speeds up that element of its browser by a factor of 69. Brave also is working on using machine learning to strip out website ads. Its technology, called AdGraph, is designed to resist advertisers’ efforts to sidestep the internet address lists commonly used to spot ads.Under the covers, Firefox Preview uses Mozilla’s GeckoView engine for processing and rendering websites. The hope is to provide a performance boost similar to what Mozilla got with its Quantum-branded Firefox browser for PCs. That could mean compatibility problems for web developers who today are accustomed to only testing with the mobile browsing engines used in Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome, but GeckoView’s independence also can improve web standards and keep the web from becoming controlled by those two tech giants.”Building Firefox for Android on GeckoView also results in greater flexibility in terms of the types of privacy and security features we can offer our mobile users,” Mozilla said. “With GeckoView we have the ability to develop faster, more secure and more user friendly browsers.”Apple prohibitions means no Firefox Preview for iPhoneOn iPads and iPhones, Apple prohibits the use of any browser engines other than its own WebKit. That means Firefox Preview can’t be released for Apple mobile devices.”Nevertheless, we are doing everything we can to work around these limits to bring the winning features from Preview to Firefox for iOS,” Zare said.firefoxpreview Mozilla Early adopters can provide feedback on Firefox Preview via Github or by emailing firefox-preview-feedback@mozilla.com.If you don’t like the Firefox Preview name, good news: it’s a placeholder. “Once matured, Firefox Preview will be rebranded with a permanent title,” Zare said.Originally published June 27, 9 a.m. PT.Update, 10:01 a.m.: Adds details about Firefox Preview performance and competitor Brave. Mobile Mobile Apps Phones Firefox Mozilla Now playing: Watch this: 1:11 Mozilla to offer premium services, Waze gets Assistant… Tags 34 Photos Share your voice Post a comment A new and improved Firefox browser is coming to Android phones. Mozilla Mozilla has launched a pilot test of its new web browser for Android phones, called Firefox Preview. The new browser is faster and more privacy-focused, and is available now for early adopters to test ahead of a “feature rich, polished version” coming in the fall, the nonprofit organization said.Firefox Preview is twice as fast as Firefox for Android, has a minimalist design and blocks tracking by default, Mozilla said in a blog post Thursday. It also has a Collections feature to help save, organize and share sites in collections like travel plans and shopping lists.Mozilla’s push for better online privacy has grown louder in recent months, most recently with the change to switch on tracking protection by default in Firefox. But despite years of trying, Mozilla’s influence on mobile devices is limited. Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari, the defaults installed on most mobile phones, dominate mobile browsing.Read more: Is Sony’s robot dog Aibo a privacy nightmare?Why is it so much faster? Because it blocks all computing overhead imposed by tracking technology many advertisers and websites use to follow you around the web for actions like building a profile to target ads.”Speed improvements are driven in large part by the comprehensive tracking protection that is on by default in Firefox Preview,” said Vesta Zare, senior product manager at Firefox Mobile. It’s also faster because Mozilla optimized its internal methods for juggling multiple computing tasks and its integration with Android devices.Mozilla based its measurements on page load times for Microsoft’s Bing search engine. That’s a pretty good stand-in for a broader list of more than 20 websites Mozilla tests with, but be warned that the speedups will vary from one website to another. Android 10 beta’s best new tricks from Google I/O 2019last_img read more

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Striking down Article 370 tipping point say Kashmiri Pandits

first_imgJammu, Aug 14 (IANS) Striking down of Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir a sense of specialness, is the tipping point as it can further escalate the communal tension in the state, says Shadi Lal Pandita, a Kashmiri Pandit, who was forced to migrate along with his family to Jammu in 1989 in wake of terror attacks. According to him and a section of others who were also forced to leave the Kashmir Valley due to militancy three decades ago,feel that doing away with Article 370 was done in haste, without taking violence-hit people into confidence. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Talking to IANS here, they say the real challenge for the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is how to ensure the safe return of around 80,000 Kashmiri Pandit families, who are settled largely in Jammu and Delhi for the past three decades, to their hometown in the Valley. They feel the battle for the hearts and minds is the larger war which has to be won by Modi. And the hearts can not be won through dictatorial acts. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us Not impressed with the way Article 370 was revoked and its abrogation was not a solution to the ongoing turmoil in the Valley, Pandita, 60, said the Central government has no rehabilitation policy for them. More important, the scrapping of the Article and the subsequent military buildup have created a fear psychosis or “we can say a deep rift between the Muslims and the Kashmiri Pandits”, and this could lead to graver problems for them, he said. Advertise With Us Another Kashmiri Pandit migrant O.N. Raina added, “For quite some time, the rift between them and the Muslims was narrowed as they (the Muslims) had started feeling that something is missing in their normal life without them. For centuries, we were living together harmoniously.” “Now their anger is certainly against a particular community and we will be the sufferers again,” an anxious Raina added. “In fact, the BJP government has never done anything for our rehabilitation. It is only the Congress government that played a crucial role in our rehabilitation,” Pandita, who is the President of Soan Kashmir Front, which represents the displaced people, told IANS. He was migrated to Jammu when he was 30-years-old and was doing a private job in Srinagar. Asked Kashi Nath Bhat, who is residing in Jagti migrant complex which has 4,224 one-bedroom multi-storied flats on the outskirts of Jammu, “I simply want to ask the BJP government that what it has done for the Kashmiri Pandits, nothing. They (BJP people) have never chalked out a roadmap of our return to the Valley.” “The BJP believes in propaganda. They did nothing to end militancy in Srinagar. Now by propagating that Modi has abolished Article 370, which in real sense was diluted, or we can say become redundant, by the Congress, whenever it was in power at the Centre through Presidential Ordinances that enabled applicability of Central laws,” Bhat added. Octogenarian S.L. Kar, whose son was killed by militants in Srinagar in the early 1990s and was forced to migrate here in a refugee camp, still has fresh nightmares of the hysteric threats emanating from the loudspeakers from mosques, exhorting them either to flee the Valley or convert to Islam. “The battle for doing away with Article 370 was the easy one. The real challenge for the government ahead is to win the hearts of the Muslims.” “My son will not come back but the government has to prove that how 370 was a roadblock in the path to development of Kashmiris. They have to create work opportunities for them and to bring the Valley on fast-track development, a real challenge. I hope the government will succeed,” an optimistic Kar added. The Kashmiri Pandits, who are just two percent of state’s total population, say their rehabilitation policy must include extending a political status to them by reserving at least three seats in the 87-member legislative assembly for them, and tenements should be set up in clusters in satellite towns in the Valley — Srinagar, Baramulla and Anantnag.last_img read more

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BREAKING Massive fire at chemical factory in Delhis Naraina

first_imgA major fire broke out at a chemical factory in Delhi’s Naraina Industrial Area on Monday. Around 30 fire tenders are at the spot. the incident occurred on April 29, Monday. The fire department was alerted at 11:30 AM and the situation was declared to a major fire. It is not known if there are any casualties. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi tweeted that she has spoken to fire officer Atul Garg. It is being reported that there were no fire hydrants installed in the locality.She tweeted, “Sad to learn about the fire outbreak in Naraina. Spoke to Mr. Atul Garg, Fire Officer about the situation. Incredibly, no water hydrants were installed contrary to what was proudly declared during the CW Games. Praying for everyone’s safety.”last_img read more

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12 to get Bangla Academy Award

first_imgTwelve personalities have been declared as recipients of the Bangla Academy Sahitya Puraskar 2017, reports UNB.Bangla Academy director general Shamsuzzaman Khan announced the names at a press briefing at the Shamsur Rehman auditorium on Saturday.The recipients are – Mohammad Sadik and Maruful Islam (poetry), Mamun Hossain (fiction), professor Mahbubul Haque (essay), professor Rafiqullah Khan (research), Aminur Rahman Bhuiyan (translation), Kamrul Hasan Bhuiyan and Surma Jahid (literature on Liberation War), Shakur Majid (biography and travelogue), Maloy Bhoumik (drama), Moshtak Ahmed (science, technology and environment) and Jhrana Dash Purokhayshto (juvenile literature).The winners will receive a cheque of Tk 100,000 each this year while the recipients will get the Tk. 200,000 from the next award.Last year, eleven personalities received Bangla Academy Sahitya Puraskar 2016.The recipients are Altaf Hossain (poetry), Shaheen Akhtar (fiction), Abul Momen and Atiur Rahman (jointly for essay), Moniruzzaman (research), Abdus Selim (translation), Tajul Mohammad (literature on Liberation War), Faruk Chowdhury (biography and travelogue), Masum Reza (drama), Sharif Khan (science, technology and environment) and Sujan Barua (juvenile literature).Bangla Academy Shahitya Puroshkar (Bangla Academy Literary Award), is given by the Bangla Academy of Bangladesh in recognition of creative genius in advancement and overall contribution in the field of Bengali language and literature.It was introduced in 1960 and recognized six categories: poetry, novels, short stories, essays, juvenile literature and translation. Beginning in 1985, two more awards were introduced to recognize overall contributions to Bengali language and literature.last_img read more

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