Terming the Central government’s notification of tougher rules for sale of cattle for slaughter as ridiculous, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday asked all gau rakshaks (cow protection groups) to open special cow shelters first for abandoned cows and bulls. “They (gau rakshak groups) should first be sensitive towards abandoned cows and bulls loitering on the roads, especially on the roads of Uttar Pradesh and open special cow shelters to take care of them…otherwise, all this overdrive in the name of cow protection will be bakwas (ridiculous),” Mr. Kumar said, speaking to journalists on the sidelines of his weekly Lok Samvad programme.In a veiled reference to the BJP government in neighbouring U.P., Mr Kumar said, “U.P. has the highest number of cows dying after eating plastic… abandoned cows and bulls can be seen loitering more on the national highways in that State.”Topper scandalOn the Intermediate topper scandal, Mr. Kumar said, “Necessary steps to improve the education system in the State will be taken.” He, however, blamed some people from Bihar itself for spoiling the image of the State.
Increasingly, the world wants to shut the door on Indian professionals, especially the tech workers, who want to work in foreign countries. From today, the US has tightened the process to award H1-B visas. Given to highly skilled professionals to work in the US, the H1-B visas fuelled the growth of India’s information technology companies over more than a decade. Read it at Economic Times Related Items
LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The Philippines faces host Malaysia Wednesday night at 8 p.m., most likely with a depleted lineup after one of its players in Nico Cadiz got injured during the Singapore duel.Cadiz, according to team manager, Petronilo Tigaronita, dislocated his left shoulder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Filipinos, who are tipped to win the gold in the maiden ice hockey event in the SEA Games, wrap up their stint against Thailand on Thursday. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next This photo taken on August 15, 2017 shows head coach Daniel Brodan (R) giving instructions to members of the Philippines men’s ice hockey team, dubbed the “Mighty Ducks”, during a practice session at a mall skating rink in Manila ahead of their games at the Southeast Asian Games (SEAGames) in Malaysia. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE The Philippines prevailed in a physical encounter with Singapore, 7-2, in the 29th Southeast Asian Games ice hockey tournament Tuesday night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Filipinos rose to 2-0 after a dominating debut on Monday where they blanked Indonesia, 12-0.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief More medals from PH gymnastics as De Guzman, Capellan bag silver, 2 bronzes LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games
Highlights 169: India Today Conclave 2011 comes to a close.#Highlights 168: Palin says there are a lot of gals out there who would make good presidential candidates.#Highlights 167: Palin does not know whether she will fight for US Prez post in 2012.#Highlights 166: Palin on Indo-US ties: We have got to be linked in so many respects.#Highlights 165: Palin’s role models? asks Purie. Palin says she ‘believed in Reagan’s policies’, praises Lincoln.#Highlights 164: Palin on media: You need boldness to set the record straight.#Highlights 163: Palin’s military concerns: US needs to be vigilant as to what China is doing.#Highlights 162: Aroon Purie asks for Palin’s views on Libya. Palin: We can support no-fly zone.#Highlights 161: Palin: We are thankful for free trade we are engaged in.#Highlights 160: Palin: What America can show the world is what is possible…Yes, may we be free! Thank you & God bless you!#Highlights 159: Palin: Friends, our two democracies understand the struggle for freedom.#Highlights 158: Palin: America has long been famous for our rags-to-riches stories. Now India is, too.#Highlights 157: Palin: The ‘Changing Balance of Power’ throughout the world today is driven by the empowerment of the individual.#Highlights 156: Palin: I admire India’s tradition of strong women leaders – at home & abroad.#Highlights 155: Palin: Indian entrepreneurs are investing in the US, even as US businesses expand here.#Highlights 154: Palin: The relationship between our countries could shape the course of the next century.#Highlights 153: Palin: America’s demise has been predicted before. It didn’t happen then, it won’t happen now.# Highlights 152: Palin: Today we speak of India as a “dynamic & vibrant economy”.# Highlights 151: Palin: Our need for energy independence is only one of the strategic challenges we face today.# Highlights 150: Palin: Push for ‘green’ at the expense of ‘conventional, reliable’ sources is not a credible energy policy or economic policy.#Highlights 149: Palin: I’ve seen firsthand how energy development, job creation & national security are inextricably linked.#Highlights 148: Palin: As governor of my state, my goal was to clean up corruption and develop our rich natural resources.#Highlights 147: Palin: Optimism & respect for individual liberty shaped both my political beliefs & my vision for my country.#Highlights 146: Palin: When I had the honour of meeting your PM, I expressed my admiration for India’s rich culture.#Highlights 145: Sarah Palin: My country was discovered in the age of exploration.#Highlights 144: Sarah Palin: I appreciate getting to see some of your magnificent city.#Highlights 143: Aroon Purie, Editor in Chief, India Today: Sarah Palin has 1.5 million followers on facebook.#Highlights 142: Aroon Purie, Editor in Chief, India Today, introduces Sarah Palin.#Highlights 141: Sarah Palin, first female governor of Alaska (2006-2009), 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential nominee and author to speak.#Highlights 140: Next session: My vision of America.#Highlights 139: Niall Ferguson: India is an astonishing story.#Highlights 138: Niall Ferguson: ‘Empire’ was not the original thing the Western powers did after 15th century. It was least original.#Highlights 137: Niall Ferguson: In work ethic, the US has become like Europeans.#Highlights 136: Niall Ferguson: The US is on a completely unsustainable financial trajectory right now.#Highlights 135: Niall Ferguson: US suffers recesses in public finance.#Highlights 134: Niall Ferguson: America’s fiscal deficit stands at 10% of the GDP.#Highlights 133: Niall Ferguson: The US has ADDS (Attention Deficit Disorder Syndrome).#Highlights 132: Niall Ferguson on US decline: I love the US and want its success.#Highlights 131: Niall Ferguson on US decline: After Iraq, Aghanistan situation is worse.#Highlights 130: Niall Ferguson: America not good at being an empire.#Highlights 129: M.J. Akbar: No emperor had created as secure a kingdom as Mughals.#Highlights 128: Next speaker: Niall Ferguson, British historian.#Highlights 127: M.J. Akbar, Editorial Director, India Today, chairs the session on American decline: Myth and reality.#Highlights 126: Arun Shourie to audience: You have the legitimacy for structural change.#Highlights 125: Arun Shourie: Utopian idea of state funding of polls won’t do.#Highlights 124: Arun Shourie: Day-to-day hearing, change in the rule of evidence and incarceration can curb corruption.#Highlights 123: Arun Shourie: Everybody is blaming others. No one recognises one’s own responsibility.#Highlights 122: Arun Shourie: Today no one is talking of reforms. Does anyone speak?#Highlights 121: Arun Shourie: Countervailing powers are interlinked. Radia has just lifted the lid. Everybody is in touch with everybody.#Highlights 120: Arun Shourie: In the US you act only through institutions, unlike India.#Highlights 119: Arun Shourie: Everybody has the power to block things, nobody has the power to push things.#Highlights 118: Arun Shourie, journalist, author and former Union minister for disinvestment & telecom starts his speech.#Highlights 117: K.P. Singh praises judiciary, says we need fast-track courts to punish those, who siphon away public money.#Highlights 116: K.P. Singh: In Indian context, both politics and business have a clearly defined role.#Highlights 115: K.P. Singh: With checks and balances, politics and business can help the cause of the common man.#Highlights 114: K.P. Singh: If politics and business called an odd couple, it will be a sure recipe for disaster.#Highlights 113: K.P. Singh, DLF Ltd chairman: Development is possible only if politics and business function in harmony.#Highlights 112: Rajeev Chandrasekhar: Decline of govt institutions and conflict of interests need to be addressed.#Highlights 111: Rajeev Chandrasekhar: It’s the quid pro quo that creates problems.#Highlights 110: Rajeev Chandrasekhar: There is some shadiness about the relation between business & politics.#Highlights 109: Rajeev Chandrasekhar: Business is prime catalyst for change.#Highlights 108: Rajeev Chandrasekhar: The state and govt will always be a huge animal in the room.#Highlights 107: Rajeev Chandrasekhar, entrepreneur and RS MP: This debate is critical to change India.#Highlights 106: Sandeep Bamzai, Sr Editor, Headlines Today, chairs The Business Roundtable.#Highlights 105: Next session to start: Politics and business: the odd couple.#Highlights 104: Md Azharuddin at Q&A: People in India’s villages can’t say what GDP is.#Highlights 103: Vijender Singh: Proper preparation and planning a must to win Olympic medals.#Highlights 102: Boxer Vijender Singh: Why cricket? What about other sports. We must give them their due.#Highlights 101: Sonakshi: The ruling party and Opposition must stop putting each other down and try to work together.#Highlights 100: Actor Sonakshi Sinha: Everything Western is not cool. Originality is cool.#Highlights 99: Actor Sonakshi Sinha: I imagine an India, where education is a necessity, not an option, especially for girls.#Highlights 98: Actor Sonakshi Sinha: Girls are an asset.#Highlights 97: Actor Sonakshi Sinha: I am talking to you as an Indian girl, not as an actor.#Highlights 96: Anurag Thakur: Unless we fulfil the basic needs of the common man, we cannot realise the idea of India.#Highlights 95: Anurag Thakur: The biggest stakeholders, our youth, should be involved in policy making.#Highlights 94: Anurag Thakur: If we can’t talk of inclusive growth, we would be shying away from the truth.# Highlights 93: Anurag Thakur: My India has come a long way. Our growth annoys many. But growth hasn’t benefited the common man?# Highlights 92: Imtiaz Ali: If you try to sway young people, they will say it doesn’t make sense.# Highlights 91: Imtiaz Ali: People are thinking today. There is no pushing of hypocritical ideas any more.# Highlights 90: Sanjiv Bajaj’s message to youth: Integrity of thought, pursuit of excellence and fearless in behaviour.# Highlights 89: Sanjiv Bajaj: Corruption is a way of life. Only honesty can earn us our due place.# Highlights 88: Taseer: If we have to say something to the world, we need high ideas and real imagination.#Highlights 87: Taseer: There are no shortcuts in life.#Highlights 86: Taseer: Literature cannot begin in a vaccum, takes inspiration from somewhere, from the past.#Highlights 85: Aatish Taseer starts his speech.#Highlights 84: Rahul Kanwal starts introducing ‘young achievers’.#Highlights 83: Speakers: Imtiaz Ali, director, Sonakshi Sinha, actor, Boxer Vijender Singh and author Aatish Taseer.#Highlights 82: Speakers: Anurag Thakur, MP, Lok Sabha, youth chief, BJP and Sanjiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj FinServ Ltd#Highlights 81: Rahul Kanwal, Executive Editor, Headlines Today, to chair next session: Ideas: My India, Our future.#Highlights 80: Sir Lee: It is the decentralised nature of the web that appeals to people.#Highlights 79: Sir Lee on who should control Internet: Lee I can’t tell the answer.#Highlights 78: Sir Lee on who should control Internet: I can’t tell the answer.#Highlights 77: The Web Foundation is doing a lot of things to empower people: Sir Lee#Highlights 76: Wikipedia started as a utopian paradise: Sir Lee# Highlights 75: No one should control Internet: Sir Lee#Highlights 74: When Google can use our data to sell ads, why can’t governments do the same to solve our problems: Josh Klein#Highlights 73: The governments should share information online with people: Josh Klein#Highlights 72: Internet anonymity is a key issue that needs to be tackled: Josh Klein#Highlights 71: There are many governments quietly trying to control the Internet: Sir Lee#Highlights 70: There are many exciting things happening online: Sir Lee#Highlights 69: I wanted data online: Sir Tim Berners Lee#Highlights 68: Internet will play an important role in the formation of a new government in Egypt: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 67: Internet empowers people: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 66: Internet is playing a key role in Egypt: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 65: We wanted the government to communicate with us online: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 64: There is no mainstream media. People are the media now: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 63: After so many years, I feel that I got my dignity back: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 62: Credit goes to the youth who contributed immensely in creating the web page on Egypt revolution: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 61: We appealed people to start the Egypt agitation on Facebook: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 60: Egypt revolution was like Wikipedia, where everyone contributed: Wael Ghonim#Highlights 59: Kalli Purie, Chief Creative Officer, India Today Group, chairs The Digital Debate.#Highlights 58: Greer: Women have to fight men on the one side, women in their society on the other. That’s life.# Highlights 57: Kalli asks: Harshest judgement on women comes from other women. Greer: Evey woman knows her hardest critic is her mother.#Highlights 56: Fatima Bhutto at Q & A: No one is romanticising the veil. It is pretty hard to romanticise the veil.#Highlights 55: Fatima Bhutto: Banning burqa in France does’t make bikini-wearers any safer.#Highlights 54: Fatima Bhutto: Burqa and bikini can co-exist, but problem is in understanding.#Highlights 53: Greer: I cannot countenance persecution of people who wear bikini or burqa. Burqa and bikini can co-exist.#Highlights 52: Greer: We need co-existence. Penetrative culture penetrates every aspect of our lives.#Highlights 51: Greer: 99% women look dreadful in bikini. But burqa can’t give them big bottoms either.#Highlights 50: Greer: It is extraordinary to say burqa liberates.#Highlights 49: Greer: If you wear burqa, it is your life.#Highlights 48: Greer: If you wear burqa, because someone has forced it on you, then you need to negotiate.#Highlights 47: Greer: It is the jealous men, who want to keep women’s body a secret.#Highlights 46: Kalli Purie introduces speakers feminist writer Germaine Greer and writer & activist Fatima Bhutto.#Highlights 45: Kalli Purie: Clash of titans – bikini vs burqa.#Highlights 44: The gender debate follows: Kalli Purie, Chief Creative Officer, India Today Group, to chair.#Highlights 43: Kashmir debate seemed endless as expected.#Highlights 42: Arif quotes Kalhan, says ‘Kashmir is a region that takes delight in resurrection’.#Highlights 41: Geelani: We denounce terror in all forms.#Highlights 40: Farooq at Q&A: Division is not acceptable for me & my party. Enough is enough.#Highlights 39: Geelani: We need to address the issues in Kashmir, which is the bone of contention between India & Pak.#Highlights 38: Geelani: Lakhs of Muslims have been killed in Jammu & Kashmir since 1947.#Highlights 37: Geelani: As a human being, you should understand the sufferings of the people of Kashmir, where there are seven lakh forces.#Highlights 36: Geelani: Kashmir dispute is all about broken promises.#Highlights 35: Geelani: I represent the sentiments of majority in Jammu and Kashmir.#Highlights 34: Geelani: I want you to hear of our pain & sufferings.#Highlights 33: Arif: Quran justifies armed action only when someone is expelled from his/her home because of his/her faith.#Highlights 32: Arif Mohd Khan: Muslims from India face humiliation in Pakistan.#Highlights 31: Arif Mohd Khan: Those who were called refugee are leading the mainstream in India today.#Highlights 30: Arif Mohd Khan: ‘Freedom’ word is always there in Geelani’s speech.#Highlights 29: Kashmir debate: Farooq against plebiscite.#Highlights 28: Kashmir also belongs to Buddhists, Hindus: Abdullah.#Highlights 27: We can accept everything, but not division: Abdullah.#Highlights 26: The only way out of Indo-Pak conflict is dialogue: Abdullah.#Highlights 25: India is ready to hear and do everything which will stabilise the nation: Abdullah.#Highlights 24: Geelani deserves to be heard: Joshi.#Highlights 23: Manoj Joshi begins Kashmir debate. Dr Farooq Abdullah is among three speakers.#Highlights 22: The India Today Conclave: Day 2 proceedings begin.#Highlights 21: Arif Mohammad Khan has authored Text and Context, a 2010 bestseller. The volume contains two pieces on Kashmir#Highlights 20: Syed Ali Shah Geelani set for Kashmir debate.#Highlights 19: Manoj Joshi, Dy Editor, Mail Today is set to chair Kashmir debate.#Highlights 18: Day 2 proceedings of the India Today Conclave 2011 are due to start shortly.#Highlights 17: The Conclave will end with a gala dinner with Sarah Palin as the chief guest.#Highlights 16: The first female Governor of Alaska (2006-2009) and 2008 Republican V-P nominee will speak on what she thinks of America.#Highlights 15: Sarah Palin will deliver the Dinner Keynote Address on ‘My Vision of America’.# Highlights 14: An address by noted British historian Niall Ferguson on ‘American decline: Myth and reality’ to follow.#Highlights 13: Speakers: RS MP and entrepreneur Rajeev Chandrasekhar, ex-Union minister Arun Shourie and DLF chairman K.P. Singh.# Highlights 12: The roundtable discussion on politics and business follows.# Highlights 11: Gen Next speakers: Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali and author Aatish Taseer.# Highlights 10: Gen Next speakers: Lok Sabha MP Anurag Thakur and Bajaj FinServ Ltd MD Sanjiv Bajaj.#Highlights 9: Speakers: Actor Sonakshi Sinha and Olmpic medallist boxer Vijender Singh.#Highlights 8: After lunch, there will be a youth workshop on ‘Ideas: My India, Our future’.#Highlights 7: Speakers: World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners Lee, serial hacker Josh Klein, Egypt revolution hero Wael Ghonim.# Highlights 6: The Digital Debate (‘Information: Revolution or revelation’) follows.#Highlights 5: Gender debate speakers are: Feminist writer Germaine Greer and Pakistani writer and activist Fatima Bhutto.#Highlights 4: The Kashmir session will be followed by the Gender Dialogue (‘Can the burqa co-exist with the bikini?’).#Highlights 3: Speakers: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Former Union Minister Arif Mohammad Khan.#Highlights 2: The Day 2 proceedings begin with a debate on Kashmir.#Highlights 1: Day 2 proceedings of the India Today Conclave 2011 will start at 10 am.#advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
Longowal (Pb), Aug 20 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today called for introspection over Indian athletes performance at the Rio Olympics, saying “why despite huge population, our medal tally was not impressive”.He congratulated badminton player PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik for winning medals and said it is a matter of pride for the entire country that both the players brought laurels.”However we all must introspect as why despite of huge population our medal tally was not impressive,” he said.He was speaking on the sidelines of a programme to observe death anniversary of Harchand Singh Longowal here.Badal stressed on the need for starting special sports courses to tap the potential of players at tender age to enable them to perform better.”We need to catch them young so that world class players can be produced”, the chief minister said. PTI CHS ASV ZMN ASV
Steve Bruce admits it will be tough for Aston Villa to fend off Tottenham’s interest in Jack Grealish, despite insisting the midfielder is not for sale.Grealish, 22, is believed to be keen on joining Mauricio Pochettino’s side after a season in the Championship.Spurs, though, are yet to meet Villa’s valuation, with the Midlands club’s financial strains eased by the arrival of fresh investment in July. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Bruce is confident of keeping Grealish beyond the end of the transfer window, but expects to face a fight for his services considering the stature of Tottenham.”He is not for sale, however, it is very difficult when we are competing against a team which is one of the big teams in Europe now, not just in this country, and has played in the Champions League,” Bruce told Sky Sports.”But the owner has made it pretty clear that he does not want to sell anybody and that includes Jack.”Spurs boss Pochettino has consistently been thwarted in attempting to reinforce his squad, which could enter the new season without any off-season arrivals.”We are working so hard but still we are like it’s the first day of the transfer window – with no signings,” the Argentine coach told a press conference.”I think I am not the person to explain it.”Of course, people expect the manager to explain that but, for different reasons, it’s been difficult to add players who can help us. But in the last week many things can happen.”Their Premier League campaign commences away to Newcastle United on Saturday, while Grealish could feature for Villa in a Championship clash with Hull City on Monday.
Teledyne LeCroy introduced its WaveRunner 9000 Series mixed-signal oscilloscopes with a large, 15.4” display, bandwidths from 500 MHz to 4 GHz, and sample rates up to 40 GS/s. The WaveRunner 9000 Series offers the industry’s deepest toolbox and the most complete collection of serial data debug and validation solutions, making it ideal for embedded system, automotive, and EMC/EMI test applications.The ubiquity of embedded computing systems with high-speed microprocessors drives industry demand for mid-range, mixed-signal oscilloscopes with high bandwidth and powerful debug and validation toolsets. However, equipment budgets have not kept pace with the increase in microprocessor speed and complexity. This has forced engineers and managers to sacrifice certain capabilities in their test equipment. Teledyne LeCroy’s WaveRunner 9000 oscilloscopes offers all of the critical features—a large display, powerful toolbox, wide range of bandwidths, and enhanced resolution up to 11 bits—at an affordable price.The WaveRunner 9000 offers a huge array of test, debug, and validation tools, making it well suited for comprehensive testing of embedded computing systems. The widest selection of serial data triggering and decode (TD) packages provides powerful, flexible serial triggering with an intuitive color-coded decode overlay. Additionally, unique measure/graph and eye-diagram test (TDME) packages complement the TD packages by enabling extraction of decoded data and subsequent waveform data plots, performing bus timing measurements, and creating eye diagrams for testing against standard or custom masks. This set of tools provides exhaustive causal analysis for not only embedded systems but also automotive applications, covering all aspects of Automotive Ethernet validation and debug, including 1000Base-T1 and 100Base-T1 compliance test.WaveRunner 9000 oscilloscopes have standard capability to provide improved resolution with bandwidth tradeoffs by means of filtering, and each channel can be filtered independently. The filtered result shows the improvement in the number of effective bits at a given bandwidth. For EMC/EMI compatibility applications, WaveRunner 9000 accurately characterizes EMC test signals with a 40 GS/s sampling rate and 1% gain accuracy. The WaveRunner 9000’s spectral analysis mode pins down high harmonic peaks across a wide EMC band using an interactive peaks and markers table. In addition, a dedicated EMC pulse parameter measurement package enables the user to tailor measurements to specific EMC/ESD standards.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Kontron extends modular open systems architecture product line with a new VPX SBCNext Pixus: 2U MicroTCA chassis has rugged features
Vivo is launching its crazy futuristic Nex S phone in India on July 19. The Nex S is a phone with no bezels, no notch and a pop-up selfie camera. It was first announced alongside the Nex A — which is an even more affordable option with toned down specs but similar design — in early June in China. Vivo is now bringing the Nex S to India, making it only the second market in the world after China to gain access to its sci-fi tech. Sister brand Oppo, is meanwhile, launching its own crazy Find X phone in India on July 12.While the Nex S is Vivo’s top-of-the-line phone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB RAM and an in-display fingerprint scanner, the Nex A is the same phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and 6GB RAM and a conventional rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Vivo is only bringing its top-tier Nex S phone to India for now.The USP of the Nex phone is its futuristic design. The Nex has an all-glass front (and back), and an over 90 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. This is because the Nex does not ship with a notch. There’s a small chin at the bottom but overall, the Nex is the most bezel-less phone in the market right now. It is, in fact, the commercial variant of the concept Apex phone that Vivo had showcased at MWC 2018.The Nex does now have a forehead, and as such, the earpiece and sensors are placed underneath the display. Much like it is in the case of the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Unlike the Mi Mix, however, the Nex does not have a bottom seated selfie camera. The Nex, instead, comes with a rather unconventional pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts. This means that it’s prone to wear and tear over time, although Vivo says, that it can be used hassle-free about 50,000 times and also it can withstand up to 500-grams of weight.advertisementElsewhere the Nex — the Nex S — sports a third-generation in-display fingerprint scanner that’s said to be faster and more accurate than the one we saw on the recently launched Vivo X21. The regular Nex A ships with a conventional rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.Hardware specs include: 6.59-inch 1080p+ AMOLED display, dual rear camera system consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The Nex further comes with an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.
Romelu Lukaku continued his fine international form with a double as Belgium eased to a 3-0 win over Scotland in Euro 2020 qualifying.Belgium have now won four out of four matches in Group I after a victory in Brussels on Tuesday that rarely looked in doubt.Manchester United forward Lukaku scored once in each half to make it 25 international goals in his last 21 appearances and in truth he should quite conceivably have finished with four or five to his name. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Kevin De Bruyne sealed the win with a 20-yard strike in stoppage time as Steve Clarke suffered his first defeat as Scotland manager and his side now sit three points behind second-placed Russia.FULL TIME | Belgium 3 – 0 ScotlandBelgium prove to be too strong for Scotland. Goals from Lukaku and De Bruyne give them the win. #BELSCO pic.twitter.com/HA3mLjaq39— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) June 11, 2019Belgium dominated a first half that saw the visitors squander their only chance through Oliver Burke and lose Stuart Armstrong to injury, with away goalkeeper David Marshall saving well from De Bruyne early on.Another effort from De Bruyne was wonderfully tipped away from the top corner by Marshall, before the Manchester City star laid on a great close-range chance for Lukaku that the striker somehow managed to block with his own foot.But Lukaku made up for that one minute into first-half stoppage time, rising above Scott McKenna to thump in a header from six yards after Eden Hazard had linked up with his brother Thorgan and floated in a clever cross.Lukaku could not convert a superb headed chance early in the second half, while De Bruyne’s free-kick was saved by Marshall.But the powerhouse striker got his second after 57 minutes, tapping in a rebound after Marshall tipped away an effort from De Bruyne, who Scotland claimed was offside in the build-up.Lukaku twice fired just wide as he sought a hat-trick, while Thibaut Courtois confirmed his clean sheet with a key late save from McKenna before De Bruyne netted after a neat exchange with substitute Dries Mertens to give the scoreline a more realistic look.What does it mean? Belgium in controlBelgium have won four straight matches in qualifying and are producing fluent, attacking performances with the likes of De Bruyne and Hazard instrumental. Displays like this make it look very unlikely they will be prevented from claiming a smooth passage to the Euros.Hazard magnificent ahead of Real Madrid arrivalReal Madrid fans would have loved what they saw from in-form Hazard, who created seven chances and was a constant threat to end his season on a high.Scotland need more from McTominayScotland do not have many players playing for major clubs, so they need more from those who do like United’s Scott McTominay, who conceded four fouls, did not create a single chance for his team-mates and saw little of the ball.What’s next?Belgium have an easier assignment on September 6 when they travel to San Marino, which is when Scotland host Russia in a vital contest for the race to finish second. read more
US-based operator of dry bulk carriers Eagle Bulk Shipping informed it has taken delivery of M/V Fairfield Eagle, the fifth of nine Crown-63 Ultramax dry bulk sister vessels acquired from Greenship Bulk Trust.“The delivery of the M/V Fairfield Eagle … highlights our ability to deliver on key strategic priorities, including fleet growth and renewal, as well as the continued development of our active owner-operator business model,” Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, commented.Fairfield Eagle, previously named JS Missouri, was built by China’s Dayang Shipbuilding in 2013. Currently, the bulk carrier’s market value stands at USD 17.53 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.The 62,500 dwt ship joins Eagle Bulk’s fleet of 45 vessels on the water, including seven Ultramaxes.The remaining four Ultramax vessels from Greenship Bulk Trust are scheduled to be delivered over the coming months, according to Eagle Bulk.Eagle Bulk acquired the nine ships, which are being renamed after Connecticut coastal towns, for a total of USD 153 million.
OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer refused to say Tuesday what fate might await those involved in the party’s mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against Rick Dykstra during the 2015 election campaign.Scheer, who called a news conference to pillory Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his tony Bahamian vacation with the Aga Khan, was instead peppered yet again with questions about the misconduct controversy roiling both the federal Conservatives and their Ontario counterparts.Most of those questions he deferred to a promised third-party investigation that has yet to begin, since the details have yet to be sorted out. But Scheer said he wants to move quickly so the report can inform the structure of the next campaign.Until it is finished, Scheer said he won’t comment on statements being made by anyone — including former prime minister Stephen Harper — about the fact the party knew Dykstra was facing accusations dating back to 2014 but kept him on the ballot in 2015 because no charges had been filed.“There are statements now out there by some people involved; those statements speak for themselves,” Scheer said.“I’ll leave it to the findings of the third-party investigation to determine what happened, what went wrong, what can be done going forward.”Harper, his former chief of staff and one of the Tory campaign chairs in 2015 have now all come forward publicly with accounts of how the matter was handled following a Maclean’s magazine report on the allegations against Dykstra and the fact that removing him as a candidate was discussed by the party.Dykstra, who resigned his position as president of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, denies the allegations, which have not been tested in court nor confirmed independently by The Canadian Press.Dykstra was a friend and fellow MP of former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, whose sudden downfall and resignation last month amid similar allegations — all with a provincial election looming this summer — helped to precipitate the current controversy.Brown surfaced Tuesday on Twitter to thank those who continue to support him, and to again protest his innocence.“I am immensely grateful for all the support expressed to my family and myself,” he tweeted. “#Metoo can be a tool to lift society and I applaud that effort. False allegations however undermine that good work.“The truth will come out. Thank you to all.”Scheer refused to say whether those involved in the 2015 incident remain welcome in the party.“I’m not going to speculate, I’m not going to try and guess what may or may not be in that report,” he said. “My job is to make sure that those types of mistakes can’t happen going forward.”Conservative MP Michelle Rempel chastised those involved in the decision in the aftermath of the report last week, saying they should no longer hold any positions of influence.On Tuesday, she said she’s “satisfied at this point in time with the level of severity and the degree of seriousness that the leader of my party is placing on this issue.”Scheer is implementing a code of conduct for his MPs, as well as training. The party is also requiring all candidates who want to run in 2019, including incumbent MPs, to say whether they have ever been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour.“This is not an issue that is being faced by just one party,” Scheer said.“It crosses all party lines and I really do sense good faith between party leadership of all parties to deal with this in a way that is meaningful.”Indeed, Liberal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc said as much Tuesday, suggesting that the Parliament Hill community is conscious of the need for permanent change and seized with making it happen.“That consciousness is obviously much greater than it would have been 10 years ago — that’s a very positive thing,” LeBlanc said.“Everyone, I think, has become much more aware in a positive way of the steps that have to be taken to ensure that you’re not standing idly by while something inappropriate happens.”Also Tuesday, the NDP — wrestling with a harassment allegation of its own against caucus member Erin Weir — said University of Ottawa law professor Michelle Flaherty, a former vice-chair of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, had been appointed as its independent investigator.Weir was suspended from caucus duties last week after a reply-all email from caucus colleague Christine Moore alleged “harassing behaviour towards women, specifically members of the NDP staff team,” leader Jagmeet Singh told a news conference.The Liberals, meanwhile, are promising a “rigorous green-light process” for its candidates in the 2019 election.“The details of that process are still being reviewed and finalized,” party spokesman Braeden Caley said in an email.
The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Reconstructive lower surgery for transgender people will soon be available in British Columbia.Health Minister Adrian Dix says the trans community has advocated for a number of years for improved access to care for the complex surgeries in B.C.Up until now, those wanting the surgery had to travel to Montreal or the United States, which Dix says resulted in additional medical risks associated with travelling long distances after surgery and with follow-up care.The Health Ministry says gender-affirming surgery will be available at Vancouver Coastal Health starting next year and trans people will also have improved access to publicly funded chest and breast surgeries throughout the province.Dix says B.C. is the first province in Western Canada to provide the surgeries.The government says about 100 people travel out of the province for the lower surgeries every year and about 200 chest and breast surgeries are expected to take place in B.C. in the coming year.
APTN National News OTTAWA–The subsidiary of a Manitoba chiefs organization currently under a forensic investigation has been awarded a Health Canada contract to distribute prescription medicine.The federal Public Works department awarded the $328, 750 contract, which includes provisions for two one-year options, to Muskehki Distributors Inc. Muskehki is majority owned by Manitoba Keewatinow Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) and North West Company in a 60-40 partnership. The windfall from the contract could hit the millions of dollars as a result of profits from fees from prescription and over the counter medication along with sales of medical supplies and equipment.Public Works said Muskehki beat out Grand Medicine Health Services for the contract. Public Works awarded the contract on behalf of Health Canada on Jan. 21,When asked if the current forensic audit faced by MKO impacted Muskehki’s winning bid, Public Works said the contract was awarded “in accordance with the evaluation criteria specified in the request for proposals.”Aboriginal Affairs said in a statement that MKO was still under a “forensic investigation” triggered by a complaint against the organization which represents 30 Manitoba communities that rate among the poorest in the country.The forensic audit, conducted by KPMG, is probing MKO’s use of federal training dollars. Auditors have so far uncovered that $1.9 million from a federal training program never made it to MKO’s member communities. The money is supposed to be used to provide training to students looking upgrade their education and find employment.MKO Grand Chief David Harper has faced criticism from member chiefs over the use of MKO funds for personal expenses. Two communities have already quit the organization over its financial health.Harper has said he’s done nothing firstname.lastname@example.org@APTNNews
(The new coin produced by the Canadian Mint and on display at the human rights museum in Winnipeg.)Ashley BrandsonAPTN NewsIndigenous LGBTQ2 people and advocates gathered outside the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg to speak out on how federal departments and crown corporations are leaving their community out of key initiatives.Last week in Toronto, the federal government unveiled a new one dollar coin that pays tribute to Parliament’s passing of legislation that initiated the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada in 1969.“I was surprised to learn about the launch in Toronto, because I wasn’t aware of any two-spirit people who had been involved in designing the coin, and I was unsure if any two-spirit representatives had been invited to the unveiling,” says Albert McLeod, co-director of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba Inc.However, in an e-mail from the Director of Communications for the Royal Canadian Mint, it states, “The Royal Canadian Mint was pleased to have two-spirited Elder Andre Morrisseau at the event.”(Albert McLeod, co-director of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba Inc)The Canadian Museum of Human Rights organized a program with the Canadian Mint, and invited The Rainbow Resource Centre, and Pride Winnipeg, to take part in an event following last week’s unveiling.However, there was no Indigenous representation invited.“I’m disappointed to learn about the planned coin exchange with two Crown corporations and LGBTQ representatives that do not include two-spirit people,” says McLeod.“It makes us feel like we are not the right kind of gay, that we had no role in Canada’s history or the LGBTQ rights movement.”Canadian Museum of Human Rights spokesperson Maureen Fitzhenry says the Two Spirited People of Manitoba Inc., raised concerns about the planned program.“They didn’t feel the event represented enough of the diverse community,” she said.“We reviewed their concerns and in the end we had to agree. It wasn’t sufficiently diverse to just have those two representations speaking – we should have included the two-spirit community and other,” adds Fitzhenry. (Maureen Fitzhenry is the spokesperson for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights)She explains it wasn’t their intention to exclude anyone, but to have a public dialogue about the historical and current struggles of people with diverse sexual orientation and gender identities.In November 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House of Commons for decades of systematic oppression and rejection they faced.“It’s been a year and a half after the apology, these kind of exclusions shouldn’t be happening,” said McLeod.“People should be briefed and have protocols in place that acknowledge two-spirit people.”He hopes this gathering will be a message to other departments, corporations, and organizations.“We kind of get the same treatment of being excluded – not just from non-Indigenous organizations, but from Indigenous ones as well,” said McLeod.“Everyone needs to know Indigenous people are LGBTQ as well and we’re part of the community, and all federal departments and crown corporations should reflect that.”email@example.com@ashleybrandson
Twenty-two would-be illegal immigrants were arrested in Siyambalanduwa today.They were arrested in a joint operation conducted by the Navy and Special Task Force. The Police said that two human traffickers were also arrested. (Colombo Gazette)
The brother of the man serving a life sentence for the murder of Burlington’s Matthew Daly, has been arrested and is facing a number of charges including counselling to commit murder, possession of a firearm, and robbery.Hamilton police arrested 29-year old Sarann Nop after a number of incidents throughout the city.It’s alleged that Nop held someone inside a home who’d stolen from him, then assaulted the person until an arrangement was made for reimbursement. Nop has been arrested before and he has two separate prohibition orders banning him from possessing firearms.
OTTAWA — The federal government’s latest annual financial report shows it ran a $14-billion deficit in 2018-19 for its third consecutive double-digit shortfall.The deficit for the fiscal year that ended March 31 was $900 million smaller than the government projected in last spring’s federal budget.The report says revenues in 2018-19 expanded by $21 billion — or 6.7 per cent — compared to the previous year.The revenue gain was partially offset by an increase of $14.6 billion — or 4.7 per cent — in program expenses and an expansion of $1.4-billion — or 6.3 per cent — in public debt charges.The 2018-19 deficit follows two straight $19-billion shortfalls, and the annual financial numbers haven’t shown a surplus since 2006-07.The state of federal finances has already been the subject of political debate during the ongoing election campaign as parties argue whether the government should make an effort to balance the federal books — and how quickly.The Canadian Press
In a unanimously adopted resolution on the matter, the Assembly did not set a new date for the session, which was to have convened from 19 to 21 September with the expected participation of more than 70 heads of State or government. Reacting to the decision, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Carol Bellamy, issued a statement pledging to help the world’s neediest children “with deepened resolve.” “We are all touched by the events that struck New York and the US on Tuesday,” she said. “The City of New York needs to focus its energy on more urgent matters right now.” “We regret the awful circumstances that have caused this summit to be postponed, but if this tragedy makes anything clear, it is that creating and defending a world that is fit for children is hard, hard work,” she said, adding, “On days like today, it seems harder.” Her call for re-dedicated efforts on behalf of children was echoed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who urged the Assembly to keep young people’s concerns high on its agenda. “The issue is still very much with us,” he said. “I think we should stay the course and adopt a concrete agenda for action for this decade.”
The missions were undertaken by the UN Development Group and the World Bank Group with assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) soon after major combat ended in Iraq and are in addition to the $20 billion the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) has said are needed in critical sectors, including security and oil.According to the missions’ findings, Iraq’s overall reconstruction needs today are vast and are a result of years of neglect and degradation of the country’s infrastructure, environment and social services.The assessment notes that not all of the identified needs may require external financing. Already in 2004, about $1 billion of these needs are covered by ongoing contracts under the UN Oil-for-Food programme, through which the sanctions-bound regime of Saddam Hussein was allowed to sell oil for humanitarian supplies.The Madrid conference, scheduled for 23 to 24 October, will seek funding from the donor community to address priority reconstruction and rehabilitation needs, focusing on both urgent and medium-term requirements for supporting sustainable development.In other news, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iraq, Andreas Mavrommatis, has delayed a scheduled trip to the country because of the terrorist attack on UN headquarters there on 19 August.The Rapporteur is to submit a report to the General Assembly focusing on newly available information about violations of human rights and humanitarian law by Saddam Hussein’s government over many years.
The report from UN-Energy, an interagency body established to coordinate the system’s multi-disciplinary response to the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), is called “The Energy Challenge for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals.”In working out their national strategies to meet the anti-poverty and other targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), too many countries were ignoring the fact that access to energy is an essential component of poverty reduction and national development, it cautions.Based on estimates by the International Energy Agency, the report says $9.6 trillion in investment will be required from 2001 to 2030 to meet the growing demands of developing countries and countries in transition. Public sector resources were a vital investment in energy service delivery for the poor “due to the private sector’s limited appetite for risk in emerging markets,” the report adds.The lack of modern fuels and electricity in most developing countries entrenches poverty, constrains the delivery of social services, limits opportunities for the women who must spend time using it, and erodes environmental sustainability, it says.Reforms of the energy sector should protect the poor, especially the 1.3 billion people who live on less than $1 per day, and should recognize that most of the poor are women, it says.