My criticism of the “social only” crowd is that the promise that it would replace traditional prospecting was over-promised and under-delivered.
Kolkata, Feb 28 (PTI) Indian Football star Syed Rahim Nabi today joined the Trinamool Congress.At TMC Bhawan here, the India player was handed over the party flag by party Secretary General Partha Chatterjee amid the presence of the MP Abhishek Banerjee.”I want to work for the people, for their welfare. Lets see what I can do,” Nabi said after his induction in the party.Asked whether he would like to contest for the upcoming Assembly Elections, Nabi said, “Thats for the party to decide.”Nabi, currently with Mohammedan Sporting, has played for East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.The 30-year-old midfielder has donned Atlético de Kolkatas jersey in last years Indian Super League (ISL). PTI SCH SUS DBS
Rajkumar Sharma, the childhood coach of India captain Virat Kohli, on Monday said that Pakistan has no chance of winning against India in the forthcoming 2019 ICC World Cup.When asked about whether India will be able to continue their winning streak against Pakistan in the World Cup, Sharma told ANI: “There is no doubt about that. There is no competition as India is a far superior team as compared to Pakistan. Although cricket is a game of uncertainty, on paper India is a far superior team.”Sharma also eulogised Kohli for his dedication to making India lift the World Cup. However, Sharma feels that it will be a big challenge for the skipper as he will be leading the team for the first time in the quadrennial tournament.”Virat is very focused regarding World Cup. If you listen to his interviews from the past two years, since then he has been dreaming about the World Cup like how he is going to play in the World Cup and what should be the strategy. So, he is very devoted and dedicated to making India win the World Cup,” Sharma said.”It is a big challenge for Virat Kohli as he will be leading India for the first time in World Cup,’ he added.Sharma also opined over the much-debated topic, that is, who should play at number four for India and said Vijay Shankar is ‘ideal’ for number four.”Vijay Shankar is an amazing player and he is ideal to play at number four. Fortunately, India has many other options as well like KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik. However, my first choice will be Vijay Shankar because along with batting he is also a good bowler in those conditions where you can except 5-6 overs from him,” he said.advertisementIndia will face South Africa in their first 2019 World Cup clash on June 5.Also Read | Manchester decks up for India-Pakistan World Cup clashAlso Read | India vs Pakistan at 2019 World Cup is not ‘war’ but just another game: Shoaib Malik
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 11: A general view of TCF Bank Stadium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats on October 11, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)A college football program is reportedly considering suspending six players for their bowl game. According to a report from the Star Tribune, the Minnesota Gophers handed down punishment to six players after they violated teams rules.The report states the six players in question are not allowed to practice in the month leading up to the team’s bowl game against Georgia Tech. The exact reason for the punishment has not been revealed, nor has the identity of the players.At least six players are expected to be involved, but the report also suggests there might be as many as eight players suspended for the team’s bowl game.From the report:The alleged team rule violations reported from the sources do not involve assault or violence. Sources cited reasons for the disciplinary action, and the names of some players involved, but since those details have not been confirmed, the Star Tribune is not publishing that information.It’s not a good look for P.J. Fleck and the Gophers program. This is the second time in three years Minnesota will discipline players ahead of the team’s bowl game.[Star Tribune]
Hamilton’s traffic operations manager is pitching an idea that could make driving in the city much more efficient.Martin White is proposing a five year, $10 million project that would see 1100 traffic monitoring cameras to be installed at 550 intersections throughout the city. The building of a control room at the roads operations centre at Upper Ottawa and Stone Church road has already been approved. If the person monitoring traffic decides it is necessary, they can alter the traffic lights and accordingly, traffic flow. Most people CHCH News spoke to this morning like the idea. “I like the idea of monitoring the traffic because downtown is very, very busy, and especially with the bus lanes now and parking on the other side, I think it is a great idea.”The proposal is expected to be tabled before the end of the year. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
Although no nuclear weapon had been used again, “We are witnessing continued efforts to strengthen and modernize nuclear arsenals – and [face] the risk that such weapons will fall into the hands of terrorists and other non-State actors,” Mr. Annan said in a message to a Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima, Japan, delivered by Nobuyasu Abe, Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs.“Without concentrated action, we may face a cascade of nuclear proliferation,” Mr. Annan said, stressing that revelations of clandestine networks trafficking in nuclear materials and technology have exposed a major loophole in the international non-proliferation regime. Expressing his disappointment that the 2005 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, held at UN Headquarters this past May, ended with no substantive agreement, Mr. Annan urged all States to redouble their efforts in working toward a world free of nuclear dangers, and ultimately, of nuclear weapons.He also challenged world leaders, due to gather at next month’s 2005 World Summit in New York, to use the occasion to break the deadlock on the most pressing challenges in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. “Today, we recall the tragedies that occurred here and in Nagasaki: we resolve to act on the lessons of those terrible events; we reiterate our determination to spare no effort to build a world free of nuclear weapons,” the message said.
Ohio State junior swimmer Lindsey Clary competes at the Big Ten championships in February, 2016. Credit: OSU AthleticsOhio State entered the Olympic Swimming Trials with 34 swimmers competing for a spot on the team, but none of them managed to crack the United States swimming group heading to Rio later in the summer.The results found below are from the trials going from Wednesday until the conclusion of the trials on Sunday. For the results on the first three days, click this link.On Tuesday, the first event for the Buckeyes was the women’s 200-meter freestyle match. The school’s lone representative was graduate Alex Norris who finished 30th with a time of 2:01.02.The second event on the third day was the women’s 200-meter individual medley. Senior Lindsey Clary represented the Scarlet and Gray and placed 23rd with a time of 2:16.70.Junior Gregory Nymberg competed in the men’s 200-meter butterfly on Tuesday, finishing 45th with a time of 2:01.82.Day four of the event saw plenty of OSU swimmers compete. In the men’s 100-meter freestyle, senior Josh Fleagle advanced to the semifinals after placing 17th with a time of 49.58 in the preliminaries. He would be knocked out in the semifinals after only placing 16th with a time of 49.70. Also in that event was junior Nathan Christian who placed 66th with a time of 50.98 and graduate Tim Phillips who finished 23rd with a time of 49.89.Also for the men on day four was the 200-meter breaststroke. Two Buckeyes competed in that event, graduate D.J. MacDonald who finished 27th with a time of 2:16.68 and sophomore Brandon Fronczak who placed 83rd after completing the event in two minutes and 21.16 seconds.The third and final event for the Buckeyes on Wednesday was the women’s 200-meter butterfly. Clary finished 69th with a time of 2:17.23 while Amanda McNulty completed the race with a time of 2:17.55, good for 76th in the race.The fifth day of the trials held four preliminary events of which the Buckeyes participated in three. First up for the Bucks was the women’s 200-meter breaststroke. The sole member of the Scarlet and Gray was junior Katie Antal who finished 108th after completing the event with a time of 2:38.32.The next event up for the Buckeyes on that day was the men’s 200-meter individual medley. Three Buckeyes raced in that event with senior Andrew Appleby placing the highest at 35th with a time of 2:04.11. Next up was graduate Chris DePietro who placed 77th with a time of 2:07.41. Lastly was sophomore Gus Whiteman who had a time of 2:12.55 and finished 88th.Whiteman also participated in the 200-meter backstroke, but his time was disqualified.On Friday, the sixth session of the trials began, and OSU again was well represented, having competitors in all four morning events. The men’s 50-meter freestyle event saw three Buckeye swimmers compete. Senior Matt McHugh finished 46th overall with a time of 23.04; freshman Mossimo Chavez finished 61st with a time of 23.15 and junior Kevin Musterait placed 124th with a time of 23.56. The next men’s event, the 100-meter butterfly, saw one swimmer do particularly well. Graduate Tim Phillips finished second in the preliminary trials with a time of 51.68, .19 seconds better than 22-time Olympic medal winner Michael Phelps. Phillips again finished second in the next round, this time with a time of 51.28. He could not replicate his success in the finals as he placed fifth in the event with a time of 51.44.Also competing in the event was Matt McHugh who finished 48th with a time of 54.19. Behind him was sophomore Michael Salazar who placed 51st with a time of 54.26 and Nymberg who finished with a time of 55.09, 89th best at the event.The first women’s event on Friday morning saw the Buckeyes’ leading swimmer Clary (who competed in a school-best five events) compete in the 800-meter freestyle. She was the lone member of OSU in the vent and she placed 15th with a time of 8:41.90.The women’s 200-meter backstroke was the final heat on Friday morning. Only senior Kaitlyn Ferrara swam for OSU and she placed 54th with a time of 2:16.15.The events continued on until Sunday, but the final day with any OSU swimmers was Saturday. The women’s 50-meter freestyle event had four OSU swimmers competing in the event of 180 swimmers. First among the Bucks and 75th overall was junior Macie McNichols who finished with a time of 26.21. The remaining three swimmers were junior Cheyenne Meek who finished 125th with a time of 26.55, graduate Annie Jongekrijg who finished 145th with a time of 26.70 and graduate Rachael Dzierzak who placed 160th with a time of 26.83. The only event for the men on Saturday was the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle event. The lone competitor for the Bucks was junior Brayden Seal who finished 75th with a time of 15:58.50.
Jeu vidéo ou en ligne : les Allemands préfèrent le gratuitLa fédération allemande de l’informatique Bitkom a publié mercredi une étude qui révèle que 45% des Allemands qui jouent sur ordinateur ou en ligne ne le faisaient que gratuitement et qu’au moins 2% d’entre eux ont recours au piratage et au téléchargement illégal. Les Allemands aiment jouer à des jeux sur leur ordinateur, mais préfèrent le faire gratuitement. C’est ce que révèle le sondage publié mercredi par Bitkom, la fédération allemande de l’informatique. Réalisée par l’institut Aris, cette enquête a été menée après de 1.704 personnes et s’est en effet intéressée aux pratiques vidéo-ludiques de nos voisins d’outre-Rhin. À lire aussiDe nouvelles batteries sodium-ion pourraient révolutionner l’industrie et les énergies renouvelablesSelon les résultats obtenus, ils sont 32% à déclarer jouer régulièrement à des jeux sur leur ordinateur ou en ligne, soit un Allemand sur trois. Néanmoins, seuls 43% des joueurs interrogés disent payer pour leurs jeux, en moyenne 15 euros par mois. Ainsi, ils sont 45% à ne jouer que gratuitement. Mais si ces chiffres semblent traduire un engouement pour les jeux gratuits, surtout en ligne, ils révèlent également un autre phénomène.Au cours de l’étude, un dixième des joueurs ont avoué avoir déjà copié ou téléchargé de manière illégale un jeu, et 2% des joueurs ont déclaré le faire régulièrement, ce qui, appliqué à l’ensemble de la population allemande, pourrait représenter 400.000 personnes, selon la Fédération, cité par l’AFP. De plus, Bitkom a expliqué qu’en fait : “la zone grise est bien plus importante car un tiers des joueurs interrogés a refusé de répondre à la question de savoir s’ils avaient recours à des copies illégales”.Le boom des “jeux sociaux” Par ailleurs, dans la lignée du succès des jeux gratuits, le sondage a également mis en avant l’engouement croissant pour les “jeux sociaux” tels que “Farmville”, accessible en ligne sur le réseau social Facebook. Aujourd’hui, 24% des joueurs y jouent ainsi régulièrement contre 8% il y a un an, a relevé Bitkom. Le 11 août 2011 à 10:59 • Maxime Lambert
Clark County residents hunkered down this morning and prepared for a forecast ice storm later today.The National Weather Service’s ice storm warning issued Saturday evening remains in effect until 10 p.m. today, with most of the precipitation to arrive in the next few hours.The area east of Interstate 205 is expected to be the hardest hit, because east wind through the Columbia Gorge keeps the area colder.The temperature at Pearson Field was 36 degrees this morning, but it’s remained below freezing in some other part of the county. Only very light rain was falling at Pearson; that is expected to increase in the next few hours and be steadier later this afternoon, when temperatures should be in the mid-30s.If you must go out, traction tires are advised on Highway 14 and chains are required in some parts of Portland. Chains are also required on a portion of Interstate 5 south of Portland. TV showed Interstate 205 was a skating rink south of the Portland airport.Many activities and events are canceled for today, including C-Tran’s debut of articulated buses on its new The Vine bus rapid transit route. The Vine is being operated with regular coaches, which do better in slick conditions.Buses on C-Tran’s Route 71 were delayed.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A concerned community came together in Miami Gardens to help feed a need to those less fortunate.Almost a thousand people lined up for a food distribution at Grace United Community Church, off Miami Gardens Drive, Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.The event was hosted by Miami Gardens Vice Mayor Erhabor Ighodaro in collaboration with Feeding South Florida.Sixty volunteers handed out food to anyone who needed it. Ighodaro was among the volunteers.“There would not be a line if there’s no need. There’s need, and those that need, need help,” he said. “Those that don’t need come and help those that have need, so this is what we’re doing, and we’re doing this every month. It’s about helping others.”For more information on the monthly food distributions or if you’d like to volunteer, call 305-622-8000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
“Cormac Evans doesn’t need to force a smile. Spiva’s 14-year-old son can’t talk, isn’t independently mobile and is mostly paralyzed on the right side of his body,” reads a heartwarming four-page profile. “Yet his grin is ear to ear as Mom pushes him through the park in a racing chair, both of them head to toe in new Brooks apparel and shoes. A slight breeze kicks up off of Lake Union, cooling the Pacific Northwest sun on a rare day when it doesn’t compete with Seattle clouds. For Spiva, the attention is new and exciting. For Cormac, it’s pure bliss.”The Spivas were the winners of a cover contest sponsored by apparel brand Brooks Running and held in time for the magazine’s rebranding, part of what Sebor describes as Competitor Running‘s effort to “show that every runner’s journey deserves to be celebrated.”Clearly, Sebor is taking some cues from her seven-year run as editor-in-chief of Women’s Running, which ended when she took on her new role earlier this year, during which she repositioned that title as an advocate not only for inspiration, but for inclusion and empowerment — celebrating transgender athletes and including a woman in a hijab as a cover star.“We are taking the best of what we learned from Women’s Running‘s transformation and applying this to Competitor Running — while ensuring both titles retain a unique purpose, look and voice,” says Sebor. “Where Women’s Running is very community/lifestyle focused, Competitor Running is that coach, nutritionist or trusted running buddy you can turn to for advice on how to get faster, stronger, and more healthy.”New editorial features added under the rebrand include heavy promotion of parent company Competitor Group’s year-round Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series — a distinctly millennial and metropolitan-focused series of global road running events — and increased contributions from elite coaches, nutritionists, and runners like Meb Keflezighi and multiple-marathon winner Neely Spence Gracey.“We rethought our distribution, as well, to ensure that we are speaking to runners when they most need support: at running stores and on race day, the most exciting weekend of their running year,” adds Sebor. On newsstands this month, the September issue of Competitor magazine appears not only with a new look, but a new name to boot.In a move that coincides with the title’s 30th anniversary, executive editor Nicki Miller, who joined the brand in May, and VP of media Jessie Sebor, recently promoted from editor-in-chief of sister title Women’s Running, have rebranded Competitor magazine as Competitor Running.“While we’re thrilled to have a magazine with such a strong legacy, it was time to shake things up,” Sebor tells Folio:. “Our central goal was to underline Competitor Running’s position as the trusted source for runners — this is of course why we added ‘Running’ to the name.”Covering the debut issue, so to speak, of Competitor Running are mom-and-son team Cindy Spiva and Cormac Evans, the latter of whom suffers from a rare neurological condition known as hemimegalencephaly.
The number of wolves on Prince of Wales Island and nearby islands has dropped dramatically, according to a draft report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.Download Audio:A state official said that decline is something to watch carefully, but he’s not concerned yet about the viability of wolves in that area.Conservationists, though, are alarmed and say that number could be too low to maintain genetic health among remaining wolves.In 2013, the estimated population of wolves in Game Management Unit 2 was 221 animals. A similar study conducted just one year later shows that number dropped to an estimated 89.Ryan Scott is the Southeast Region Supervisor for Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Wildlife Conservation Division. He stressed that those numbers are estimates based on a small study area on the big island.“We utilize DNA collected from wolf hair that’s captured in passive hair traps. They roll on it, and we collect the hair and use the follicles to collect the genetic information,” he said.From that information, state biologists determine how many wolves are in the study area, and then use that to estimate the number in the entire game management unit.Scott said it’s an imprecise tool for such a large area. Prince of Wales Island alone is slightly larger than the State of Delaware.“We know the conditions are different, we know that the numbers of wolves are different in various places,” he said. “But we do it because by regulation, we have to set a harvest guideline based on a fall population estimate.”The estimate of 89 wolves is the midpoint of a range. Scott said the population could be as low as 50, or as high as 159.Despite the lack of precision in the methodology, he said the study does show a clear drop.“A decline is real, it’s the magnitude of that decline that I think we have to be really careful with,” he said. “It’s going to take additional data collection and additional field work to identify what the trend is.”State biologists have been studying wolf populations on POW for three years. The first year’s information was not useful, Scott said, because scientists weren’t able to collect enough data. That means there’s only two years’ worth to consider so far.Scott isn’t overly concerned about the long-term viability of wolves in Game Management Unit 2, and despite the study’s lower population estimate, he anticipates there will be a trapping season this coming winter.By regulation, the state can allow a total take of up to 20 percent of the estimated population, which in this case would be no more than 18 wolves.“That number is not set at this point,” he said. “It’s something we are discussing and will be discussing not only internally, but it’s important to have conversations with the trappers, with the communities and subsistence users, the Forest Service. While we know the harvest guideline will be reduced based on regulation, to identify what that number is going to be, there’s a lot of road to travel there yet.”Larry Edwards is with the Sitka-based Greenpeace office, and he is worried about Prince of Wales Island wolves. He points out that the wolf population study took place last fall, before the winter trapping season.“The quota for that was 25 wolves. Actually, 29 were taken,” he said. “So, the number now is surely lower than what was reported.”Edwards said the genetic health of the remaining wolves needs to be considered when determining the population’s future viability.He gives an example of a group of wolves on an isolated island in the Midwest’s Lake Superior. That group had low numbers for many years, and people thought it was stable.“There’s recent reports and science that’s come out on that, that the population has crashed,” he said. “There’s only three wolves left there, and those wolves are in very poor health because of inbreeding. So, once you get to a small population, you need to be concerned about inbreeding.”Edwards said his group will review the official Alaska Department of Fish and Game study once it’s released. But, based on information available so far, he said Greenpeace likely will ask for an emergency closure of wolf trapping in Game Management Unit 2.“And that would involve both Fish and Game and the Federal Subsistence Board,” he said.Subsistence hunting is managed separately by the federal government, but often in cooperation with state agencies.Greenpeace and other groups filed a petition in 2011 to get the Alexander Archipelago wolf protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. Edwards said that petition is still under review.Conservation groups say logging and activity related to logging – such as building roads – has led to the decline of wolves on Prince of Wales Island, partly because more roads provides easier access for hunting and trapping.Edwards said information from the state’s wolf population study likely will be used in future challenges to old-growth logging on POW.At deadline Wednesday, the state had not yet released the official wolf population study for Game Management Unit 2. It is expected to be published within the next few days.
MK Stalin, party president along with MP Dayanaidi Maran, and senior leader J Anbazhagan joined the protest in Chepauk against AIADMK government demanding a solution. also took part in the protest. “Give us water, give us water. The pot is here, where is the water?” asked protestors as they continued to pressurize the ruling party over the crisis. DMK’s TR Baalu has submitted a notice in the Lok Sabha over the water crisis in Tamil Nadu.
China has levied a massive $140 million fine on software giant Microsoft Corp for tax evasion, according to reports.An article published by China’s Xinhua news agency first broke the news about the fine but did not reveal the company’s name. It only noted that the firm is one of the biggest 500 companies in the world and established a wholly-owned subsidiary in Beijing in 1995. It also revealed that the company’s name started with “M”.Reuters then contacted the spokespersons for Microsoft, who neither confirmed nor denied the report.”In 2012, the tax authorities of China and the United States agreed to a bilateral advanced pricing agreement with regards to Microsoft’s operations in China. China receives tax revenue from Microsoft consistent with the terms of the agreed advanced pricing agreement,” the spokesperson told Reuters in an emailed statement.Xinhua agency revealed that the company reflected losses worth 2 billion yuan ($325 million) for two consecutive years, while its competitors enjoyed profits. That led the Chinese taxmen to suspect foul play.A separate article by The South China Morning Post also reported the news without confirming the identity of the company. Citing the Xinhua report, the publication said that the US multinational corporation agreed to pay the amount in back taxes, including interest, and would also shell out an additional 100 million yuan in taxes every year.The tax fine is the latest issue Microsoft is tackling in China. The software giant and the country have been at loggerheads for quite a while now. Microsoft’s operating system was banned in China after the US NSA debacle. With trust issues escalating between China and US, Microsoft’s offices were also raided by the government.Even in its homeland, Microsoft was found guilty of reducing its tax bills by $2.43 billion in 2011. It has been accused of exploiting certain loopholes in foreign tax codes, especially Ireland.Offshore tax evasion has become a major global issue. In October this year, 51 countries signed Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement in Berlin to help put an end to tax evasion and corruption. However, both US and China weren’t a part of that pact.At the recent G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that the member countries – of which China and US are a part — were formulating plans to fight off offshore tax evasion and clamp down corrupt practices.”Following the announcements of the G20 summit, China will fully participate in the international efforts to combat tax evasion, and raise its level of fighting tax avoidance according to the rule of law,” China’s Xinhua news agency reported.”Undeniably, some Chinese anti-tax evasion laws are prone to abuse, and the nation’s supervision capability and human talent face many challenges,” it added.
IDBI Bank stock prices fallReuters fileShares of the state-run IDBI Bank fell over 3 percent to a one-week low Thursday after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed a fine of Rs 3 crore on it for failing to report bad loans in line with the central bank’s guidelines.The IDBI Bank stock dropped as much as 3.1 percent to Rs 69.8 on the BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange), the lowest since April 4.The RBI, in a statement Wednesday (April 11) said that the penalty of Rs 30 million on IDBI Bank Limited is “for non-compliance with the directions issued by RBI on Income Recognition and Asset Classification (IRAC) norms”.The RBI’s penalty will not have any material impact on the bank, IDBI said in a filing to the BSE.Earlier, the stocks of IDBI Bank started trading Thursday with an opening price of Rs 70.50 after closing at 72.10 on the previous day.The opening price of the stocks slipped by 3.5 points as compared to the Wednesday’s opening price. The bank also provided an upper price band of Rs 79.30 and lower price band of 64.90 for the shares for the day.At 12.08 pm, the shares of IDBI was trading lower by 1.15 at Rs 70.95.IDBI is also among the list of 11 public sector banks (PSBs) that are placed under the RBI’s Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) intended to encourage banks to improve operational efficiency.In March, the central bank had imposed a penalty of Rs 58.9 crore on the private sector bank ICICI Bank for violating the directions issued by it on the direct sale of securities from held-to-maturity (HTM) portfolio.
Julian AssangeWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange filed a new motion in Sweden Wednesday calling for a European arrest warrant over rape allegations to be dropped, after the United States said it was seeking to arrest him, his lawyer said.The 45-year-old Australian denies the accusations in Sweden that date back to 2010, which he fears will see him extradited to the United States.He has been holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 and risks being arrested by British police as soon as he steps out of the building.His Swedish lawyer Per Samuelsson said the new motion was filed because US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in April that arresting Assange would be “a priority”.”This implies that we can now demonstrate that the US has a will to take action… this is why we ask for the arrest warrant to be cancelled so that Julian Assange can fly to Ecuador and enjoy his political asylum,” Samuelsson told AFP.He said the motion was filed in a Stockholm court on Wednesday and that it should take two to three weeks for a ruling.Assange fears imprisonment in the United States over the leaking by WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic documents that first gained attention in 2010.He has made numerous appeals to Swedish courts, including the Supreme Court, but has lost eight bids to cancel the arrest warrant.Swedish judges have refused to take into account the opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which in February 2016 said Assange “was arbitrarily detained” by Sweden and Britain and called for the warrant to be annulled.
by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.26.19 7:03pm In closing arguments in a death penalty trial, the prosecution told an all-white jury that a black defendant was “a big black bull.” In the case of a different black man, prosecutors justified excluding a black juror because he drank alcohol by calling him a “blk wino,” whereas a potential white juror who drank was considered “ok” and a “country boy.” And in another courtroom exchange, a prosecutor grilled a black juror about whether he had trouble reading, but those same questions were never directed at other prospective jurors. In North Carolina, the state’s Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week about these and other instances in which lawyers for six death row inmates say racial bias played such a role that their clients should not be executed, but rather given life in prison without parole.Attorneys for the inmates say the evidence presented could potentially prompt new trials. “They are waiting to see how the court is going to rule,” said lawyer David Weiss of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, part of a coalition representing the six inmates. The arguments before North Carolina’s highest court Monday and Tuesday are part of a complicated, years-long legal battle over racial discrimination in death row cases. A decade ago, in 2009, the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature passed a one-of-its-kind law called the Racial Justice Act that allowed death row inmates to challenge their punishment if they could show that race was a “significant factor” in being sentenced to death. Nearly every single person on the state’s death row, including many white inmates, filed claims. But in 2013, North Carolina’s newly elected Republican majority repealed the law, and all the pending cases later were voided.Lawyers and researchers, though, had already begun to dig into how much race was an issue in death penalty trials in North Carolina. One study that examined death row cases in the state over two decades found that prospective black jurors were dismissed more than twice as often as jurors of other races. That evidence, lawyers for the inmates say, should not be ignored.”Is the state Supreme Court going to say, ‘No, this this repeal doesn’t mean we’re going to end our look into racial bias in the state’s death penalty, we’re going to continue this investigation, we’re going to continue to examine these cases?” Weiss said. Consider the case of Marcus Robinson. He was 18 when authorities say he killed 17-year-old Erik Tornblom, who is white. Robinson is black. In 1994, a jury convicted him of murder and he was sentenced to death. When Robinson had a chance under the Racial Justice Act to prove that race may have played a role in his being sent to death row, he and his lawyers poured over the prosecution’s notes and found that 50 percent of prospective black jurors were dismissed, but just 4 out of 28 nonblack jurors were booted. Federal courts have banned intentionally striking jurors based on race, a standard that applies in states such as North Carolina. But criminal justice experts say prosecutors are able to circumvent the ban by kicking black jurors off trial panels, purportedly for race-neutral reasons. And that’s what a court found happened in Robinson’s case — the first to win an evidentiary hearing under the Racial Justice Act.In 2012, in a 167-page opinion, Judge Greg Weeks concluded that prospective black jurors had been systematically excluded from Robinson’s trial, writing that it played a “distorting role.” The judge reduced his sentence to life. Yet after the Racial Justice Act was repealed, the ground shifted again. Now Robinson, 46, is back on death row. Robinson is one of four inmates who were resentenced to life without parole under the Racial Justice Act. Their cases, long with those of two inmates who filed petitions but were never given hearings, are before North Carolina’s high court. The outcome could affect nearly 150 other prisoners who petitioned under the Racial Justice Act but were never given their day in court. Lawyers for those prisoners who filed claims say the law might now be gone, but they should still have a chance to prove that their clients’ punishment was racially motivated. “If the seven justices rule in favor of the defendants, they will allow a much-needed systematic review of race discrimination in capital punishment,” reads a Charlotte Observer opinion piece written by Bryan Stevenson, who runs the Equal Justice Initiative and who testified as an expert during Robinson’s evidentiary hearing. “If they decide against the defendants, the justices will send a message that a mountain of evidence demonstrating racial injustice can be tossed aside and ignored.” A group of former judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officials has an even more ambitious hope: that the court will use the case as an opportunity to strike down capital punishment in the state altogether. State prosecutors counter that the law in question is now off the books and that the petitioners should move on. In legal submissions to the state’s high court, the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office argued that a lower court acted appropriately when all of the claims under the Racial Justice Act were voided following the law’s repeal.Robinson had opportunities on appeal to raise claims that his trial was tainted by racism, prosecutors said.”Defendant has had numerous opportunities to raise claims of racial discrimination through procedures which have been, and continue to be, available to convicted criminal defendants in North Carolina,” wrote Senior Deputy Attorney General Danielle Marquis Elder. It is not clear when high court is expected to rule. Before the act was repealed, elected district attorneys across North Carolina were fiercely against it.In a 2011 letter to state lawmakers from the statewide district attorney conference, Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle wrote that the Racial Justice Act “purports to protect murderers from racial bias. Let me assure you, it does not.””This act simply allows complex statistical maneuvering to overrule a jury’s decision, ignore the heinous acts of a murderer and ultimately put an end to the death penalty in our state,” Doyle wrote. “District Attorneys are being forced to devote a ridiculous amount of time and resources to these convicted murderers’ cases.” She noted that the law swamped district attorney offices across the state with so many claims that the it was “crippling our criminal justice system.” For instance, Doyle estimated that the cost of copying all the documents and other evidence in one case that was being newly questioned could cost up to $50,000. The district attorney group declined to comment to NPR about the case now in front of the North Carolina Supreme Court.State statistics show that of the 142 people currently on death row in North Carolina, more than half – 78 of them – are black. About 22 percent of the state’s population is black, Census figures show. The last execution carried out in North Carolina was in 2006.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Raleigh News & Observer N.C. Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Racial Bias In Death…
Mangoes and Indian summer have always remained inseparable, with the literature and poetry of the whole sub-continent being full of numerous nostalgic and glowing references to the elaborate ways of savouring the mouth-watering varieties of the juicy and tasty delight to beat the scorching tropical heat.To give more mangoes to savour to the people in the Capital, the state government in collaboration with National Cold Chain Board has embarked on special effort to transport mangoes directly from the orchards of the hinterland of Bengal to the National Capital in specially equipped refrigerated vans. The supply chain lasted for weeks to ensure the freshness of the fruit delivered to the buyers in Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Around 24 tonnes of Bengal mango varieties like Himsagar, Laxmanbhog, Langra and Fazli are being sent to Delhi, Malda District Magistrate S K Dwivedi said. ‘The main objective of organising this festival is to establish the brands of Malda mangoes and to facilitate its marketing,’ he added. Organised by the food processing industries and horticulture department of the West Bengal government, the mango festival is being held at Dilli Haat, INA. Krishnendu Narayan Choudhary, at the inauguration of the event gave a long speech thanking Mamata Banarjee, the current CM of West Bengal for her initiative. He also emphasised on the fact that these mangoes were being brought to Delhi directly from the farmers and that no brokerage was involved. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSet up in the AC Lounge, delectable varieties of mangoes like Langda, Fazli, Himsagar and Laxmanbhog, the last three having received registration under the Geographical Indication (GI) Index. A GI is a name or a sign used on certain products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin. Typically, such a name assures quality and distinctiveness. For the first time, Amrapali mangoes from Bankura, successfully grown under a convergence program with MGNREGA, will be available towards the end of the festival. A lot to relish once you visit Dilli Haat. You will even be given the opportunity to relish processed mango products like Aam Panna and Mango pickles. The only sad part is, that the mangoes are overpriced. 12 mangoes for 400 rupees is the average price.Where: Dilli Haat, INAWhen: On till 30 June
How does a sculptor translate a yogic stance into a bronze? Arun Pandit’s fibre glass maquette for a monumental bronze entitled “Meditation” is a work that personifies the flow of artistic expression. Pandit creates works that make us stop and think.He does not give us a work that is a straight forward literal illustration. Instead he creates a work that gives us an inner and outer shell of awareness. He keeps the mould in which he creates and gives us an inside outside rhythmic feel that speaks of two worlds – in this case the yogic asana and gives us a tumultous melding of both states. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen it comes to yoga or art there is something deeply fulfilling, about expression–but accessing creativity through yogic symbolism isn’t always easy. Like the most difficult yogasanas, self control and inner creativity arise naturally. When we are in the state of stillness and can keep the calmness of presence, it creates its own aura. Pandit here creates two moulds – the first is the complete yogic being created in the wholesome image of man.The second is the mould in which the image was created. For the past 20 years Pandit has created works in which he has conjoined the inner and outer shells to create hybrid realities that have puzzled as well as enamoured buyers in the country. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePandit’s most famous work is the ‘Tirupati Airport Garuda’ in which he created a man with Garuda’s wings that were actually 12 pairs of hands. Pandit plays with illusion and elusiveness to give us sculptures that have a surreal feel. In this case, he personifies yoga as a gift for an artist as well as normal human being. Pandit describes his position: “When we practice awareness in asana, pranayama, and meditation, we learn to see and let go of the distractions of the mind. It is from this place of clear seeing that inspiration springs forth. So in my work I’m showing two worlds.The outer external like a shell –when I cover the human with the outer mould I am stating that we have to detach ourselves from those attachments so we can achieve that inner state.” In more ways than one Pandit is also pointing towards the truth that creativity arises naturally in states of stillness and presence. The basic tenet of yoga is to let go of the clutter and the burdens of everyday living, and giving into the tools of yoga can give you the feeling of being completely present, awake, and alive. And while yoga is often thought of as a tool to help us find ease in the body, it can also be a way of helping us tap our creative selves. This work with its many inner and outer realms when made into a bronze will indeed be an instrument that will draw the energy of those who view it.Pandit, the National Award Winner from Bihar College of Art junior to Subodh Gupta has come a long way for the art world to take notice of him. His sculptures at the Art Heritage stall of the India Art Fair this year drew huge response. According to him, meditation and yoga grant us access to the deep places of our psyche and consciousness that inspire creative ideas to emerge, while simultaneously offering us tools to work with some of the biggest obstacles as artists. He states: “I called my work “Meditation” because no matter what kind of art you call your own, your yoga practice can more fully connect you with your creative mind, body, and soul. I wanted people to connect with that.” Arun Pandit takes the yogic meditation aasan and gives us a figure that translates meditation into a calming serene posture. Pandit works with the mould and the human figure – creating a karmic echo in which the being is both within and without. The sculpture reflects the truth that yoga is a science, one that has been with us for generations and meditation is the ultimate journey to nirvana.Yoga gurus state that once we approach creative expression from the perspective of mindfulness and devotion, we begin to see art-making itself as a spiritual practice. In this way, our art serves a higher purpose: it helps us become more present in our daily lives and offers us an opportunity to connect more deeply with the universal creative force that resides in us. As we become more perceptive in our yoga practice – by examining ourselves – we become more perceptive in other areas of life, including creating art. This work “Meditation” has been created as a maquette, for an assignment in Delhi Airport’s T3. If accepted it becomes a feather in the cap of one of the greatest sculptors in the country and at present the Garhi studios in Delhi.
Last week, the team at PostgreSQL released a progress update for the eagerly awaited PostgreSQL 12. This release comes with performance improvements and better server configuration, indexes, recovery parameters and much more. This article was updated 05.14.2019 to correct the fact that this was a progress update for PostgreSQL, not a software release. What’s going to be coming in PostgreSQL 12? Performance In PostgreSQL 12 the Just-in-Time (JIT) compilation will be enabled by default. Memory consumption of COPY and function calls will be reduced and the search performance for multi-byte characters will also be improved. Server configuration Updates to server configuration will add the ability to enable/disable cluster checksums using pg_checksums. It should also reduce the default value of autovacuum_vacuum_cost_delay to 2ms and allows time-based server variables to use micro-seconds. Indexes in PostgreSQL 12 The speed of btree index insertions should be optimized for PostgreSQL. The new code will also improve the space-efficiency of page splits and should further reduce locking overhead, and gives better performance for UPDATEs and DELETEs on indexes with many duplicates. Recovery parameters PostgreSQL 12 should also allow recovery parameters to be changed with reload. These parameters include, archive_cleanup_command, promote_trigger_file, recovery_end_command, and recovery_min_apply_delay. It also allows streaming replication timeout. OID columns The special behavior of OID columns will likely be removed, but columns will still be explicitly specified as type OID. The operations on tables that have columns named OID will need to be adjusted. Data types Data types abstime, reltime, and tinterval look as though they’ll be removed from PostgreSQL 12. Geometric functions Geometric functions and operators will be refactored to produce better results than are currently available. The geometric types can be restructured to handle NaN, underflow, overflow and division by zero. To learn more about what’s likely to be coming to PostgreSQL 12, check out the official announcement. Read Next Building a scalable PostgreSQL solution PostgreSQL security: a quick look at authentication best practices [Tutorial] How to handle backup and recovery with PostgreSQL 11 [Tutorial]