Leaders Pay Tribute To Elie Wiesel

first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was “deeply saddened” to learn the passing yesterday of Elie Wiesel, a powerful voice for Holocaust remembrance and long-standing UN Messenger of Peace.“The world has lost one of its most important witnesses — and one of its most eloquent advocates of tolerance and peace,” the UN chief said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“Elie Wiesel turned the nightmare of his youth into a lifelong campaign for global equality and peace,” Mr. Ban said. “As a UN Messenger of Peace since 1998, he called for constant vigilance in combatting anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred.”According to the statement, Mr. Wiesel was a regular presence at the UN, including at the first-ever International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and often spoke about his experiences at the Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp and appealed to the world to “reject indifference” in the face of genocide, discrimination and other horrors.Extending his condolences to Mr. Wiesel’s wife, family and all others touched by this loss, the Secretary-General said that the UN is grateful for Mr. Wiesel’s contributions and remains strongly committed to Holocaust remembrance and the wider struggle for human rights for all, the spokesperson added.Bill and Hillary Clinton also paid tribute to Wiesel:“Hillary and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Elie Wiesel. We join all those around the world in mourning his loss and giving thanks for his life.“Elie shouldered the blessing and the burden of survival. In words and deeds, he bore witness and built a monument to memory to teach the living and generations to come the perils of human indifference.“As he often said, one person of integrity can make a difference. For so many, he was that difference—including at the dedication of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993 when he urged me to stop the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia; at the White House Millennium Lecture Hillary invited him to give; and in all his wonderful books and lectures.“We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to Marion and Elisha, always grateful for the great love they shared with Elie and the strength it gave him, and for all the kindness and friendship he gave us.”last_img read more

Province of Alberta puts residential school experience on education curriculum

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe province of Alberta announced today its education curriculum will now include lessons on residential schools. The announcement was made at the final Truth and Reconciliation national event in Edmonton.APTN’s Keith Laboucan reports.last_img

Casablanca Bans Street Musicians from Place Maréchal

Rabat – Casablanca’s local authorities banned street musicians from performing in Place Maréchal, after confiscating their instruments last week.The wilaya of Casablanca issued a decision restricting street musicians from holding street performances in Place Maréchal in Casablanca, reported Al Massae in its Wednesday, March 15 edition.The decision followed numerous noise complaints of local residents, according to Al Massae. The group of musicians, who have spent proximately eight months performing in Place Maréchal, explained to Al Massae that the locals are actually supportive of the artistic scene in their neighborhoods.They added that they are “only participating with their humble talent in nourishing the artistic sector in Morocco.”Casablanca’s local authorities went as far as to confiscate the artists’ instruments. The musicians affected by this ban were obliged to sign an agreement to no longer play music in Place Maréchal in order to retrieve their instruments.The artists explained that “there is no valid reason to what the authorities did. The least they could have done was to inform us of the decision before taking away our instruments, and unexpectedly prohibiting us from playing music.”Before performing in a public space, artists must now inform local authorities to obtain permission. The Racines Association for Cultural Development in Morocco and Africa has launched a petition to negate the wilaya’s decision. read more

Thousands still fleeing Ugandan rebel attacks in eastern DR Congo – UN

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a “staggering” 540,000 Congolese have been uprooted in Orientale province by deadly attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) since last September.This includes at least 125,000 people known to have been driven out of their villages in the province’s Haut Uele district in the past three weeks, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva today.Among other atrocities, the LRA is accused of widespread killings, kidnappings of civilians and raping of women. Over the past year, it has reportedly killed some 1,270 people and abducted 655 children in Orientale province, in addition to causing widespread destruction to homes, health centres and schools. Mr. Mahecic said UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies have provided much needed supplies to some 11,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) near Dungu, the capital of Haut Uele district, but insecurity and impassable roads continue to hamper relief efforts. “Moreover, as the number of IDPs increases, friction over the meagre resources has erupted between the displaced and host families who have been stretched to the limit,” he stated, adding that some of the host families have been hosting the displaced since last September when attacks started in the area. The attacks by the LRA have also forced an estimated 8,000 Congolese to flee to neighbouring South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR). 28 August 2009Civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are continuing to suffer at the hands of a notorious Ugandan rebel group, whose attacks have forced at least 125,000 people in Orientale province to flee their homes in the last three weeks alone, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. read more

Lanka still has reconciliation issues in north

Sri Lanka still needs to focus on post-war rehabilitation challenges to affect real reconciliation, British High Commissioner John Rankin said in a statement.In the statement released after John Rankin visited the former war zone in the Northern province, he called on the Sri Lankan government to investigate disappearances and resolve land issues that prevent people from leading normal lives. Rankin urged the Sri Lankan government to look into the issues and pledged continued support from the British government to promote reconciliation.“I hope post-conflict issues can be further resolved in the context of continuing reconciliation and development processes. The British government will continue to assist in such efforts, in support of peace, security and prosperity for the Sri Lankan people.” Sri Lanka ended a three decade war in 2009 with the Tamil Tiger rebels who had fought for a separate homeland for the minority Tamil in north and east Sri Lanka, and has resettled over 300,000 people since then but challenges of livelihood and security remain despite government insistence that normalcy has been restored. (Xinhua-ANI) “I have seen some of the continuing challenges faced by people after so many years of conflict and displacement. Land issues built up over decades remain complex; some people do not know what happened to lost loved ones; and many women heads of household face difficulties playing the dual roles of bread winner and care provider,” he was quoted as saying in the statement. read more

Central Bank warns of financial scams using email social media

The attention of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has been drawn to recent grievances received from the general public regarding financial scams spreading through phishing emails and social media messages.CBSL has noticed that the image of the Head Office building, the Logo of CBSL, names of senior officials of CBSL, are being used by scammers and fraudsters to solicit money from the public by disguising such scams as being sent from a trustworthy entity. CBSL has already reported this matter to relevant Law enforcement authorities for necessary action.Hence, the general public is requested not to be victims of such financial scams and to respond to such promises of monetary giveaways by first contacting respective institution/ company that the suspicious email claims to be from to confirm the authenticity of such emails and if found to be a scam, to inform the nearest Police Station for investigations immediately. (Colombo Gazette) Recipients of these emails are informed of having won a large cash prize in foreign currency through a mobile number draw or through a certain well-known international brand promotional campaign and are persuaded to deposit certain amount of funds to claim the prize. Fake email addresses such as cbs.banklanka@asia.com, info@cbsl-lk.com, customercare@cbsl-lk.com etc. are used to send these emails. Further these emails deceive the email recipients, by attempting to obtain personal information including passport/ national identity card numbers, bank account details etc. for authentication purposes, to send cash prizes.In this regard, the Central Bank informed the general public that the CBSL has no involvement with such reward schemes. read more

Bangladesh one year on UN welcomes initial payments to survivors of factory

The Coordination Committee, chaired by the International Labour Organization (ILO), yesterday paid 50,000 BDT (Bangladeshi Taka) – about $645 – to each victim and the families of those who died in the 24 April tragedy, when the factory collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital, killing more than 1,000 mostly female workers, and wounding thousands more. “These initial payments are good news, now it needs to be ensured that all legitimate claims are honoured and that the injured victims or their surviving families receive full entitlements for their losses,” said Gilbert Houngbo, ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships, welcoming the payments that were announced at a ceremony in Dhaka.“More donations to the Rana Plaza Trust Fund are needed to reach the $40 million target and ensure fair treatment for victims and their families, who are struggling to rebuild their lives,” Mr. Houngbo added.According to a news release, this first round of payments, which also includes non-injured workers present at the factory at the time of the accident, is in line with the decision of the Coordination Committee to provide all victims a meaningful sum in advance of the 24 April anniversary of the factory collapse. The Rana Plaza Arrangement and its Geneva-based Trust Fund were set up in September 2013 and are supported by voluntary contributions made by global brands and others. The Fund has so far received only about $15 million of the approximately $40 million total estimated amount calculated to compensate all the workers, according to the ILO.“Our first priority is to get compensation to the victims,” Mr. Houngbo said in a video statement, adding that ILO is also set to work with the Government of Bangladesh and the wider international community to tackle “structural challenges” so incidents such as the Rana Plaza collapse never occur again, and to help Governments achieve the minimum institutional capacity to ensure safe working environments for garment workers. He said the ILO was backing a systemic approach that ensures that any policy measures are implemented in ways that keep productive capacities competitive. Such an approach would protect and promote workers’ rights and improve living and working conditions. While the issue was a priority matter for Bangladesh and other major garment-producing countries, Mr. Houngbo stressed that “everybody has to do their part” – from consumers, who might be asked to pay $1 or 1 euro more to ensure safe working conditions and improved livelihoods, to employers, workers’ unions and major corporations.There would need to be a major effort to ensure that that extra dollar or euro “goes to the workers pockets and does not end up at the contractor or subcontractor level. These are the issues that we will be examining with the international community in months and years to come,” he said. Mr. Houngbo, who is in Dhaka ahead of the anniversary, is due to meet with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Government ministers, employers’ and workers’ organizations, ambassadors and representatives of initiatives involved in improving working conditions in the country’s ready-made garment sector.Tomorrow he is expected to address a high-level event – One Year after Rana Plaza: Progress and the Way Forward – organized by the Government of Bangladesh and the ILO. read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Thursday 28 April 2011

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GERMANY 2017 France to fight for the final after six years

France handballGermany 2017handball France are ready to fight for the medals at Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany! Girls led by Olivier Krumbholz had no troubles in encounter with brave and highly motivated Montenegrian squad 25:22 (12:10).After bronze medal at Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden, but also silver at Olympic Games in Rio, Pinneau and her team-mates are eager to take another medal at world’s stage where they haven’t been at three-medal podium since losing final in 2011.France – Montenegro 25-22 (12-10)France: Allison Pineau 5, Siraba Dembele 4, Alexandra Lacrabere 4, Grace Zaadi 3, Manon Houette 3, Estelle Nze Minko 2, Gnonsiane Niombla 2, Blandine Dancette 1, Camille Ayglon 1Montenegro: Katarina Bulatovic 9, Jovanka Radicevic 4, Milena Raicevic 3, Durdina Jaukovic 2, Tatjana Brnovic 2, Jelena Despotovic 2 ← Previous Story First Swedish WCh semi-final ever! Next Story → Norway to meet Russia for a spot in the semifinals read more

Ings reveals hilarious bet with Salah

first_imgSouthampton striker Danny Ings has revealed he has a goal scoring bet with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.The striker who is currently on loan from Liverpool jokingly placed a bet with the Egyptian star insisting he would score more goals in the Premier League this season.If Salah loses the bet, he must stump up to send Ings on a trip to see the pyramids in his homeland but if the Ings loses he will have to buy last season’s top scorer coffee.Ings currently has three goals in the league compared to Salah’s two but will watch from the stands this weekend when Southampton travel to Anfield to face Liverpool.Danny Ings is backed up by Kevin Keegan Manuel R. Medina – June 3, 2019 The Southampton and England icon believes the Saints footballer will do very well next season in the Premier League.“Mo helped me a lot when I was at Liverpool and we exchanged a few messages.” Ings said, according to FoxSports.“He said, ‘Let’s see who scores the most’ and I laughed it off, given how good he is.”“Mo is one of the best players in the world. He is so worshipped in Egypt so I said if I win the bet he has to give me access to half of Egypt on holiday but if he wins, I need to buy him a Costa coffee!”The former Burnley striker will compete a permanent move to Southampton next summer for a fee in the region of £16million after Liverpool included an obligatory clause for the saints to sign the player after the loan is complete.last_img read more

A dress for prom a dream come true

first_img• What: Dreams Coming Alive prom dress event for high school girls in Vancouver Public Schools.• When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.• Where: Hudson’s Bay High School’s aerobics room, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd.• Cost: $5 per dress or free if a girl donates a dress. High school ID card required.• Donations: Accepted until Friday in the school office. Needed items: Prom dresses, shoes, accessories, perfume, hair-care items.• Information: eric.saueracker@vansd.org or christina.chen@vansd.org.• What: Becca’s Closet prom dress event for Battle Ground High School girls.• When: Late April, date and time to be determined.• Where: Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., Battle Ground.• Cost: No charge for girls to choose a dress.• Donations: Accepted through April 26 in the school office. Needed items: Prom dresses, shoes, accessories.• Information: 360-885-6500 or email woelfel.evalynn@battlegroundps.org.Christina Chen is the fairy godmother of Hudson’s Bay High School. Unlike Cinderella’s fairy godmother, she doesn’t wave her magic wand and chant “Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!” to transform ragged, sooty clothing into stunning ball gowns.However, she and a cadre of National Honor Society volunteers are transforming the school’s mirrored aerobics classroom into a prom dress boutique for Saturday’s Dreams Coming Alive prom dress extravaganza. From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, high school girls from Vancouver Public Schools can choose a gently worn prom dress for $5 — about the price of a frappuccino. Shoppers who donate a gown can choose another at no cost. If girls can’t afford $5, vouchers are available. All shoppers must show their high student ID cards.For several years, the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools organized Operation Fairy Godmother, a much larger prom dress event that mushroomed into a 3,000-dress giveaway at the empty Mervyn’s store at the Westfield Vancouver mall. The foundation’s last prom dress event was in 2010, when Chen was a freshman.“I knew a lot of girls at Bay who needed that program,” Chen said. “So many students qualify for free and reduced lunch and can’t afford a $300 prom dress at Macy’s.”last_img read more

Minister Shahjahan capturing banking sector

first_img.Shipping minister Shajahan Khan, who often created controveries by exerting influence in transport and labour sectors, is now making intervention in the banking sector.He is scheduled to hold a meeting with members of Bangladesh Bank Employees Union, commonly known as CBA leaders, to discuss ‘the overall situation of the sector’.Some bankers have expressed their concern over the minister’s move, saying that this is an ominous sign, especially at a time when the banking sector is in dire straits.Officials concerned said the CBA (collective bargaining agent) leaders who would attend the two-day meeting, would be given conveyance and daily allowances, according to an order issued by the central bank.The presence of 18 CBA leaders at the meeting will also be considered as onduty hours.“I’ve never heard of anything like this in my 25 years of career. Employee unions will do their activities independently. How can giving rumuneration for that and their attending of meeting be considered as working hours? It’s really a wild imagination!” said former deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank Khandakar Ibrahim Khaled.“It makes us understand where the regulatory institution is heading for?” he added.According to the central bank order, shipping minister Shajahan Khan will hold a views exchange meeting at the central bank’s CBA office on 15 and 16 November.The order said the CBA leaders will be exempted from the official duty from 14 November to 17 November.The 18 officers from Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Bogra, Sylhet, Barisal and Rangpur will be entitled to such privileges. They are either the central bank’s regional committee’s president or secretaries.Former caretaker government adviser and member of Transparency International Banhladesh (TIB) trustee board, M Hafizuddin Khan said, “It’s illegal. They can get the allowances only if they attend any Bangladesh Bank programme. Who is shipping minister to brief them on the banking sector?”“I saw CBA was used to be involved in fishy acts. I can’t understand why Bangladesh Bank has taken such decision,” he added.The order giving the privilege was issued after its approval from the deputy governor concerned, SM Moniruzzaman, and also from the governor, Fazle Kabir, some BB officials confirmed.Deputy governor SM Moniruzzaman did not respond to any phone call and query through texted messages.Bangladesh Bank’s human resource division’s deputy governor Abu Hena Mohammad Razi Hassan told Prothom Alo that he had no knowledge of the matter as he was on leave.Md Yunusur Rahman, secretary of the finance ministry’s financial institution division, told Prothom Alo over phone that he is not fully aware of the matter. He still observed that he even could not understand as to why the shipping minister would brief the employees of the central bank.In July this year, the state-owned Rupali Bank authorities dismissed the bank’s employee union (CBA) president, the general secretary and an office assistant for assaulting its employees at a local branch.The bank authorities also dismissed another employee and transferred four other CBA members to different branches out of Dhaka.Following the incident, on 15 October, shipping minister Shajahan Khan met the Rupali Bank authorities and asked them to come to certain compromise with the CBA leaders.“If we go to the roots of the matter, many things will be revealed about many persons,” the minister said during the discussion with bank authorities at that time.“Everyone knows what happened to the chief justice. Resolve the problems with the CBA leaders respectfully or else you may face trouble,” Shajahan reportedly added.The minister, who is executive president of Bangladesh Roads Transports Employee Federation, faced huge criticism for his role in a rally in support of the transport workers who were being tried in a Manikganj road accident. Filmmaker Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier were killed in that accident.The minister then extended his hands in the export-oriented readymade garments sector. A ‘Garments Workers Coordination Parishad’, led by him, was formed in 2013.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition is rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

Quota reform leader Rashed on fresh 10day remand

first_imgRashed KhanA Dhaka court has placed quota reform leader Rashed Khan on a fresh 10-day remand in two separate cases.One of the cases is under the ICT act and the other is for attack on Dhaka University’s vice-chancellor’s residence.Dhaka’s additional chief metropolitan magistrate Muhammad Asaduzzaman Nur ordered the remand fresh after his five-day remand ended in an ICT case on Sunday.The Detective Branch (DB) investigation officers of two cases sought 10-day remand in each case to interrogate Rashed while the court put him on 5-day remand in each case.Inspector Rafiqul Islam, also investigation officer of the cases, told the court that the transaction of Tk 700,000 was found in Rashed’s account during the street agitations of quota reform.In defence, Rashed’s lawyer told the court that protesting university students sent him the money even at an amount of Tk 100 for bearing the expenses of banners, festoons and renting microphones and so on.  Police arrested Rashed, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council, the platform demanding civil service quota reforms on 1 July from his Bhashantek residence.last_img read more

Pending Rape Case Results in HU Policy Changes

first_imgA Howard University student, who is also employed as a resident assistant in the university’s College Hall South dormitory, was recently accused of sexually assaulting another Howard student. The accusations have unveiled concerns about a rape culture on campus, which has led to policy changes at the university.Scores of Howard student-protestors spilled into the streets last week, chanting “no means no,” as part of #TakeBackTheNightHU, a broad protest for all victims of sexual assault on campus following online accusations against the resident assistant. The student was accused of two sexual assault cases occurring in February of this year and in May of 2015. The AFRO is not publishing the resident assistant’s name because he has not been formally charged with a crime.The demonstration was intended to “bring attention to the rape culture at Howard and hold the administration accountable for how they treat victims,” a flyer from the #TakeBackTheNightHU protest said.  According to news reports, several rapes have occurred on Howard’s campus, but have not been thoroughly investigated.Holding signs with the protestors’ demands, students crowded the lobby and front entrance of the dorm where the female student alleged she had been raped. They proceeded throughout the main campus.The accused student employee was formerly employed by the University of California Los Angeles. According to officials at UCLA, the student was fired and banned from the campus in 2014 for falsifying information to obtain employment with campus police and “build social relationships” with young women on the campus. According to the police, the student was also banned from the school because of a domestic violence accusation and refusing to give back his employment identification.So far, there has been no comment from Howard on whether the school knew the accused resident assistant had been banned from UCLA when the Department of Residence Life hired him.In a statement to students March 23, in response to one of the demands of the #TakeBackTheNightHU protestors, the university said it changed its policy to include background checks for all employees, including students.Howard officials said they could not release information regarding the rape investigation against the student. “We do take this very seriously,” Candi Smiley, the school’s deputy Title IX coordinator, said. She said the school could not release information about the case because it would be illegal.last_img read more

Quantum computing Entanglement may not be necessary

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — It is a truth universally acknowledged that quantum computing must have entanglement. Measuring light and vacuum fluctuations from a time flow perspective “Entanglement,” Andrew White tells PhysOrg.com, “is normally considered a non-negotiable part of quantum information processing. In fact, if you told me a couple of years ago that you could do quantum computing without entanglement, I would have been pretty skeptical – to say the least!” White says that he first heard the idea of non-entanglement quantum computing from Carl Caves. “I was intrigued when Professor Caves, on sabbatical here in Australia from New Mexico, mentioned that there were sober predictions that entanglement wasn’t always necessary.”White leads a team of young experimental scientists at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Ben Lanyon, Marco Barbieri, Marcelo Almeida and White have been studying deterministic quantum computing with only one pure qubit (DQC1). “Entanglement is not the final story on what makes quantum information processing powerful,” White insists. The Australian team’s results can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Experimental Quantum Computing without Entanglement.”“Normally, in order for quantum computing to work,” White explains, “we need to encode the information into quantum bits—qubits—which are in a noise-free pure state. It’s known that the entanglement between these is what makes standard quantum computing powerful.” He continues, “With a DQC1 scheme, you only have to have one pure qubit, and the rest can be noisy or mixed.” The idea behind quantum information processing using entanglement is that noiselessness has to be applied in order to provide a substantial advantage over classical computing. DQC1, though, could potentially offer a more efficient and less resource-intensive method of quantum computing, since entanglement would no longer be a necessity.“For this demonstration,” White says, “we used the smallest possible example: a circuit with just two qubits, one pure and one mixed. We ran a phase-estimation algorithm as a small example, and found in every setting there was zero entanglement, but that most of the states couldn’t be described efficiently in a classical manner.”White points out that this is suggestive that there are other possibilities, beyond entanglement, that contribute to the power provided by quantum information processing. “We’re still chewing through the implications,” he says. “This is not a universal panacea,” White admits. “For some problems and algorithms you just need pure qubits and entanglement, problems such as Shor’s algorithm. However, there are applications and problems where the DQC1 method will work quite well, and will be more efficient than trying to get qubits that are all pure.”With so many different architectures and schemes for quantum computing – all of them trying to create a system in which all the qubits are pure – it is rare to see a group looking to find applications for a quantum information system that makes allowances for impurity and the introduction of noise – insisting that entanglement is not necessary. “The fact is that certain classes of problems don’t need entanglement, and they don’t need all of the purity. In some cases, all that is needed is one pure qubit and the rest could be mixed. Really, with DQC1, you don’t have to work as hard as you think you do.”We are starting to build more complicated algorithms to get an idea of where this could go. Regardless, the idea that entanglement may not be necessary for some types of quantum computing is big news.”More information: B. P. Lanyon, M. Barbieri, M. P. Almeida, and A. G. White. “Experimental Quantum Computing without Entanglement.” Physical Review Letters (2008). Available online: link.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v101/e200501 . Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Quantum computing: Entanglement may not be necessary (2008, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-quantum-entanglement.htmlcenter_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

JU VC promises stringent action against prof who likened womans virginity to

first_imgKolkata: Slamming Prof Kanak Sarkar’s misogynist statement, Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das said on Wednesday it has sullied the image of the institution and “stringent” action would be taken against him. Sarkar, a professor of International Relations department, had likened a virgin woman to a “sealed bottle” or “packet” in a Facebook post on Sunday, triggering an outrage. Though he had deleted the post, screenshots of it went viral. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal “He is a teacher. His comment has sullied the image of the university. It will also take stringent action against him as per rules,” Das said, adding he had also “heard” that he had had made certain objectionable comments in the class in the past. It has to be seen what kind of step could be taken against him as the statement was made on Facebook, the vice-chancellor said. Das said he has come to know that both the National Commission for Women (NCW) and the West Bengal Commission for Women have taken suo motu cognisance of the statement of Sarkar. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The NCW on Tuesday tweeted that it has written to the state Director General of Police Virendra to investigate the matter and take appropriate action. An NCW team would also meet the vice-chancellor on this issue this week. Das said the West Bengal Commission for Women (WBCW) has sought an explanation from Sarkar. “He (Sarkar) has been asked an explanation (by the WBCW). We also received its letter,” Das told reporters on the sidelines of the convocation of St Xavier’s College here. The students had boycotted Sarkar’s classes on Tuesday. Asked if he would ask the students to get back to his class, the vice-chancellor said he would not. Student unions of the university on Tuesday submitted memoranda to Das, demanding strict action against the professor. “They (students) can come and meet me. It will be seen what can be done. I also heard that he had had made certain (objectionable) comments in the class in the past,” he said. Sarkar, in his post, wrote: “Are you willing to buy a broken seal while purchasing a bottle of cold drink or a packet of biscuits? It is the same case with your wife. “A girl is biologically sealed from birth until it is opened. A virgin girl means many things accompanied as values, culture, sexual hygiene. To most boys, virgin wife is like angel.” Facing criticism, a defiant Sarkar appeared to justify his comments, asserting that it was intended for “fun” among a social media group of friends and “not for public consumption”. “Someone took a screenshot of the post and forwarded it, which triggered the response. I did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiment or insult any woman,” he said. He also said according to a Supreme Court order every individual is entitled to express his opinion.last_img read more

TTAND teams up with TravelBrands to sell Disney Destinations

first_imgTags: The Travel Agent Next Door << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group TORONTO — The Travel Agent Next Door (TTAND) has announced a new long-term, preferred partnership with TravelBrands, with a special focus on growing sales with Disney Destinations.With this partnership, TravelBrands will provide support in the form of:Training: Ongoing training sessions held throughout the year on product and system training on how to easily book Disney DestinationsIncentives: Offered throughout the yearGiveaways: Pro-active trivia games that were created to keep agents engaged in Disney Destinations product knowledge with TravelBrandsMarketing: Creative marketing initiatives provided to agentsSpecialist Programs: Created to enable agents to sell Disney Destinations with confidence through TravelBrandsFams: Training fam to Disney Destinations’ headquarters in Orlando to gain firsthand experience and trainingIn 2017, TravelBrands added a Disney Destinations microsite on its travel agent platform, which Erminia Nigro, Director Sales, says allows agents to learn everything there is to know about the most popular parks, resorts and cruises.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise Collection“We are providing the information for travel agents right on our platform without having to go anywhere else. All that is needed to do is a simple click on the location of interest and plan away! From accommodations to activities or general information, the microsite has all information required on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Cruises and Aulani,” she says.Flemming Friisdahl, founder of The Travel Agent Next Door, adds: “Our partnership with TravelBrands is an important one and they have brought forward several initiatives to keep our agents focused on selling Disney Destinations throughout the year.”For more information go to thetravelagentnextdoor.ca or call (416) 367-TAND. Posted bycenter_img TTAND teams up with TravelBrands to sell Disney Destinations Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1. Patrick Peterson 3 votesWho voted for him?: Mike Jurecki, John Gambadoro, Dave BurnsThere is little question that Peterson is the Cardinals’ best player, but his value is a little harder to quantify simply because on most Sundays, you don’t notice him. That’s how good he is at his job — he completely nullifies the player he’s covering and makes most passing downs a 10-on-10 proposition.From Pro Football Focus: Clearly avoided at the position, 57 cornerbacks have seen more passes thrown into their coverage than Peterson. On the 30 targets into his coverage, he is surrendering a league-low catch rate of 33.3 percent. Perhaps most impressively, Peterson has given up just 22 yards after the catch, a testament of how tight he has covered his man.Peterson’s stats are meager due to him not being challenged. The six-time Pro Bowler has 13 total tackles and doesn’t have an interception. In fact, it’s been 12 games (dating back to 2016) since Peterson snared his last pick. That came in a Week 13 win over the Washington Redskins last December. The receiving corps has been spotty, with one exception. Fitzgerald continues to be a rock for whomever is throwing the ball his way.At the midway point of the season, he’s got 50 catches, which is not only tied for sixth-most in the league, but puts the future Hall-of-Famer on track for 100 catches for the season. It would be the fifth time he’d reach the century mark in his career and the third year in a row. Only Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Wes Welker have had more 100-catch seasons than Fitzgerald. Not bad for a 34-year-old. 2. Adrian Peterson3 votesWho voted for him?: Dan Bickley, Luke Lapinski, Vince MarottaCan the team’s MVP be a guy who wasn’t on the roster until Week 6?In a word, maybe?The other Peterson was acquired in a trade with New Orleans in October and immediately made his impact felt. In his first game as a Cardinal, he ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Tampa Bay.Game circumstances and a head coach who admitted he abandoned the running game too soon limited Peterson’s effectiveness in a Week 7 loss to the Rams in London. But after the bye, Peterson was at it again, running 37 times (a career-high) for 159 yards in a win over San Francisco. The 32-year-old has overdelivered on what the Cardinals brought him in for — to ignite a stagnant (OK, nearly dead) running game. Over the first five weeks of the season, Arizona averaged a league-low 51.9 yards per game on the ground. Since Peterson has taken over in the backfield, that number is up to 117.3 yards per contest.For those who were doubting it, A.D. still has a lot of gas left in the tank. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 3. Larry Fitzgerald3 votesWho voted for him?: Bertrand Berry, Doug Franz, Craig GrialouThe Cardinals’ offense isn’t the high-flying, wide-open unit it was earlier in the Arians era. Offensive line issues and running woes have affected the once-potent Arizona passing game. The Cardinals are still fifth in the league, averaging 261 yards per game through the air, but their 11 aerial touchdowns rank tied for 18th-most in the NFL. 4. D.J. Humphries1 voteWho voted for him?: Ron WolfleySo if Adrian Peterson, a running back who has played in three games can get consideration, why can’t Humphries, a left tackle who has played in only four?The Cardinals are 2-2 in games in which the third-year tackle has been available, although it is fair to point out that he was injured in the opener against Detroit. Humphries played only eight offensive snaps against the Lions, and the Cardinals were leading 7-0 at the time of his injury.And as much as Peterson gets credit for energizing the team’s running game, his arrival did coincide with Humphries’ return from injury. With Humphries at left tackle in the last three games, Arizona has yielded only five quarterback sacks in 89 dropbacks. 5. Corey Peters1 voteWho voted for him?: Paul CalvisiPeters has been very good in the middle of the Cardinals’ defensive line in 2017. The 29-year-old has played the second-most snaps on the D-line and has registered 16 tackles and a sack.Pro Football Focus has had Peters ranked as one of the Cardinals’ top five overall players in five different games this season, including last Sunday’s win against the 49ers, in which he received the top grade on the team (81.9).center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories I asked 11 different members of the staff of 98.7 Arizona’s Sports Station that very question — and got five different answers. 5 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With half of their 2017 schedule already in the books, the Arizona Cardinals are a team facing a lot of questions.Can Adrian Peterson continue his Herculean workload over the last eight games?Can Drew Stanton guide the Cardinals’ offense with the necessary efficiency to win games?Will Tyrann Mathieu once again become a havoc-wreaker on defense like he was prior to his season-ending knee injury in 2015?The next two months will provide answers to those questions. 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first_imgBeatles’ process for making ‘White Album’ taxed producer FILE – In this Aug. 23, 1966 file photo, The Beatles, from left, Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney; John Lennon; and George Harrison appear at a press conference in New York. Giles Martin says his father, producer George Martin, would wince whenever a fan would say that the “White Album” was their favorite Beatles’ record. The late George Martin would recall how tough it was to make the sprawling double album, titled “The Beatles” but given its familiar nickname because of the all-white cover. His son is in charge of a 50th anniversary repackaging that is due out Nov. 9. (AP Photo, File) by The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2018 12:16 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2018 at 1:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Giles Martin says his father, producer George Martin, would wince whenever a fan would say that the “White Album” was their favourite Beatles’ record.The late George Martin would recall how tough it was to make the sprawling double album, titled “The Beatles” but given its familiar nickname because of the all-white cover. His son is in charge of a 50th anniversary repackaging that is due out Nov. 9.“He liked things to be organized, and the ‘White Album’ wasn’t organized,” Giles Martin said recently.The Beatles worked through the summer of 1968, often in exhausting all-night sessions. As evidence of the time spent, the new package includes the 102nd take of “Not Guilty,” a Harrison song that wasn’t even included among the 30 cuts of the original album.The recording sessions were said to be rocky, and Ringo Starr quit and walked out for an 11-day period. But Martin said he believed some of those reports to be exaggerated, based on the tapes that he waded through.“I looked for the arguments, I looked for the stress,” he said. “And there really wasn’t any.”Besides punchier, remixed versions of songs on the original album, the anniversary package includes 27 acoustic demos of material the Beatles made at Harrison’s house before recording sessions began, and 50 studio outtakes.last_img read more

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