NAGPUR: Congress leaders and the family members of a farmer who committed suicide in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra last week — after naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his suicide note — have demanded that an FIR be filed against the Prime Minister.Prakash Prabhakar Mangavkar, a farmer from Titavi village in Ghatanji tehsil, killed himself on September 16. He had reportedly written the words “Modi Sarkar” and “karjasathi atmahatya (suicide for debt)” on two leaves.He is survived by his wife and two children. His family demanded that Mr. Modi be booked when Congress leader Shivajirao Moghe visited them on Monday.Mangavkar’s family members told a local news channel on Monday that the farmer was “fed up” by the difficulties in filling the online application for the government’s loan waiver. “He was jubilant when Mr. Modi became the Prime Minister. He would say that now there is a leader who will stand up for farmers. But nothing happened, and he was feeling betrayed. Had Mr. Modi acted on his promises, our family would not have lost a life,” they said. Mr. Moghe told The Hindu their demand was absolutely correct. “When farmers committed suicide during our reign, Devendra Fadnavis would demand an FIR against our government. Now that a farmer has himself written the PM’s name in a suicide note, there should be an FIR against him. During the 2014 election campaign, the PM made 18 promises to farmers in Yavatmal. The farmers believed him, and voted for the BJP. Not a single promise has been fulfilled by the PM in the last three years.”Mr.Kishor Tiwari, head of the State government’s panel on farmers’ distress, however, said Mangavkar was under stress as his mini truck had hit a person and there was a complaint against him. He said that the farmer’s loan waiver application had been approved. “But it’s true that he wrote Mr. Modi’s name on a leaf,” Mr. Tiwari told The Hindu.Nana Patole, the BJP MP from Gondia-Bhandara, also visited Mangavkar’s family on Monday. “The government is taking every effort to stop farmers’ suicides. It is true that the online application process is complicated. I will brief the PM and the CM about this incident, as the people are now talking about booking the Prime Minister [for the suicide],” Mr.Patole told reporters.
Chinese anticorruption officials have confirmed that a prominent animal cloning researcher is under arrest for improper use of research funds. Li Ning, a professor at China Agricultural University and a member of the prestigious Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), was previously reported to have been under investigation.The announcement of Li’s arrest was buried in a lengthy bulletin published on 10 October on the website of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). The bulletin summarized problems discovered by an inspection team sent in by the Chinese Communist Party’s disciplinary arm. According to MOST, Li was one of seven scientists from five universities who misused funds totaling 25 million yuan (about $4 million). The ministry did not give details on their alleged malfeasance; all had received funding from major research projects administered by MOST.Two of the scientists have already received long prison sentences. Chen Yingxu, a prominent water researcher with Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, was convicted of embezzling $1.54 million of grant money and sentenced to 10 years in prison after his trial in January. Chen headed a research program under MOST’s “water pollution control and treatment” project. The other is Song Maoqiang, formerly executive dean of software engineering at the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications. Song was tried in February, convicted of embezzlement of $110,000 in research funds, and sentenced to 10.5 years in prison. Song’s funding came from MOST’s “key electronic devices, high-end chips and fundamental software development” project. 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His research was funded under a major project to use transgenic technology to breed new varieties of crops and livestock. Aside from a likely prison sentence if he is convicted, Li faces possible expulsion from the CAE. The academy didn’t respond to a request for comment, but CAE spokesman Dong Qingjiu told China’s official news agency Xinhua that it will act according to its bylaws and seriously deal with Li’s case once the judiciary system renders a verdict. CAE’s bylaws stipulate that members can be expelled if convicted of a crime.
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next MOST READ “I don’t understand the rule,” said Nikola Vucevic, who had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando. “Pretty much any home team, if you’re up one and still got 1 second (on the clock), as soon as somebody throws it, just run the clock, and if somebody touches it, it’s a jump ball. It doesn’t make any sense. I think they’ve got to look into that. That’s frustrating when things out of your hands hurt you. But at the same time, that’s not why we lost the game.”Aaron Gordon scored 28 points and made a driving, go-ahead layup with 5 seconds to play for the Magic, who trailed 106-97 before scoring 10 straight points. Lopez then drew a foul while backing into the low post with 0.6 seconds left, and he coolly made both free throws.“I knew I was going to hit them,” Lopez said. “It was bizarre. I guess we had the game-winning jump ball.”Lonzo Ball had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Lakers, who broke open a tie game with an 11-0 run midway through the fourth quarter, capped by Lopez’s thunderous dunk with 6:09 to play. But the Magic stormed back and trimmed LA’s lead to 106-105 when Jonathon Simmons made one of two free throws with 33 seconds left.Isaiah Thomas added 13 points and nine assists off the bench for the Lakers, who thrived despite the absence of leading scorer Brandon Ingram for the third straight game due to a strained groin.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments “It’s obvious we’ve got a young group, and we didn’t execute down the stretch,” Thomas said. “I still don’t even know how it ended. I don’t even know what the call was. That (stinks) for the Magic. I’m glad we won.”TIP-INSMagic: Before the game, Orlando waived guard Rashad Vaughn. His sore knee would have prevented him from playing out the rest of his second 10-day contract, so the Magic made the move. … Evan Fournier scored 11 points before being sidelined during the second half by a sprained left knee.Lakers: They wore their powder-blue Minneapolis Lakers throwback uniforms. … Ingram won’t return until Sunday against Cleveland at the earliest. … The 7-foot Lopez somehow didn’t get a rebound in 35 minutes of play. “Fun fact,” he said with a sardonic grimace.ROOKIE ROLLKyle Kuzma had 20 points and 10 rebounds in one of his best games of 2018. The University of Utah product had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds for the first time since Dec. 22 at Golden State. He appeared to hit the rookie wall in January.THE BIG PAYBACKWhile recording their 10th win in their last 11 home games, the Lakers avenged an embarrassing loss in Orlando on Jan. 31. The Magic routed the Lakers 127-105 at Amway Center, even without Gordon in the lineup. That embarrassment partly sparked the Lakers on their current run of strong form, with nine wins in 14 games since that defeat.UP NEXTMagic: At Sacramento Kings on Friday night for the third stop on a five-game road trip.Lakers: At Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Lopez scored 27 points and hit two free throws with 0.6 seconds to play, and the Lakers blew a nine-point lead in the final 90 seconds before rallying back to beat Orlando 108-107 on Wednesday night.The game ended with a curious sequence of events. When the Magic inbounded the ball at midcourt after Lopez’s free throws, the clock started before anyone had touched the long pass. But because the mistake was technically a clock malfunction, the officials said the teams must have a jump ball at center court instead of replaying the possession, effectively preventing the Magic from getting a final chance to win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Just common sense would tell me in that situation, if the clock started early, just redo the possession,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. “They felt otherwise.”The weird ending ruined an otherwise thrilling finish between the Magic, who have lost nine of 11, and the surging Lakers, who have won six of seven. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton and Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel, hidden in a crowd of Magic players, waiting for a ruling on the final play of the game in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Wednesday, March 7, 2018. The Lakers won, 108-107. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)LOS ANGELES — After the Los Angeles Lakers surged to a big late lead, the Orlando Magic erased it all and even went in front with 5 seconds left. 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Low-scoring and edge of the seat exciting matches don’t mix. But Saturday’s ODI at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg not only mixed but gelled rather well with India winning the match by one run. SCOREWith this win India have squared the five-match ODI series 1-1.Man-of-the-Match Munaf Patel. APAnd the result wouldn’t have been so had India bowlers not come good at death against host South Africa.India batsmen after scoring a meagre 190 had left a lot to be done by the bowlers and still they performed.India’s Munaf Patel took the cake finishing with figures of 8-0-29-4. Undoubtedly, the wickets of openers Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.The wickets though widely spaced brought about the desired result. Amla fell early but Smith’s wicket came towards the end. In a way it was Smith’s wicket that proved to be the turning point of the match.Munaf knew that early wickets can make the difference in an ODI and he struck really early. He scalped Hashim Amla on 4 with a ball that came in from the off to take the edge of his bat and settle in skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s gloves behind the stumps. The hosts were 7/1 at this juncture.Still, a target of 191 was an easy call for South Africa batsmen. And Colin Ingram and Graeme Smith wanted to make sure that it stayed easy. The two batted on to numb the Indian bowling attack and kept the Protea scoreboard ticking.advertisementThe duo had put on 59 runs for the second wicket before Harbhajan Singh claimed Ingram on 25 with the umpire adjudging him LBW even as the South Africa score was 66/2.Unfortunately for the hosts AB de Villiers, who wasn’t looking confident, fell to Ashish Nehra on eight.Later, Rohit Sharma accounted for J.P. Duminy on 13 as the South Africa score was 120/4.But, Smith was still at the crease and had found his lost form. Finally, Munaf Patel sent him back on 77 with an inside edge from his bat crashing into his stumps.At death, Zaheer Khan claimed David Miller and Johan Botha to bring India within striking distance of a victory.And then Dale Steyn’s run out and Morne Morkel’s wicket added to the excitement, but again it was Munaf who performed the final act when the hosts were just two runs away from a win with just one wicket in hand.A short ball saw tail-ender Wayne Parnell go for a big hit but Yuvraj Singh caught him at point and that was the end of South Africa batting. They could only manage 189 on board.Lonwabo Tsotsobe. APEarlier Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who had claimed four wickets in the first ODI in Durban, came up with another four-wicket haul to reduce India to 190 all out.He scalped opener Murali Vijay, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina to nip in bud any designs that the visiting batsmen had of scoring at a brisk pace.After scalping opener Murali Vijay early, Tsotsobe came back to send Yuvraj Singh packing on 53, breaking the 83-run fourth wicket partnership between him and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Yuvraj went for a big hit but failed to cross the boundary and Dale Steyn lapped it up in the deep as India score read 150/4.That wicket started the slide as batsmen kept paying the crease quick visits.Suresh Raina, who picked up from where Yuvraj Singh had left too fell after staying in the middle for a few minutes. He had put 11 on board before Tsotsobe claimed his third wicket of the day. India score then was a poor 169/5 in 41.1 overs.Soon, he struck again to send skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni back on 38. India now were 172/6 with the tail popping up. And the tail managed to put just 18 runs before heading back to the pavilion.Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli too could not stay in the middle for long.Tendulkar fell in the 19th over when the India total was 67/3. Off spinner Johan Botha foxed Tendulkar with a turner as the batting maestro failed to read his delivery that turned in sharply from the off stump line. He fell for 24 with an edge from his bat striking against the stumps.Virat Kohli, who had scored a resolute half-century in the first ODI in Durban, was run out by David Miller in Morne Morkel’s over. He fell on 22.India skipper M.S. Dhoni had won the toss and elected to bat.The two teams now meet at Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday.advertisement
India will not get a magic window through the new Swiss law to access the country’s money stashed illegally in secret bank accounts in Switzerland. In fact, the new black money pact with the Swiss is pretty much useless for accessing money which has already been squirreled away abroad. At best, it might prove to be of some use in tracking future illegal transfers.Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has stated that while countries have accepted to end bank secrecy in general, some countries have agreed to do so only from a prospective date and are not willing to exchange past banking information. The new law approved by the Swiss parliament is seen to fall in this category.However, a senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer told Mail Today that under the Income Tax Act cases that go back to six years ago can be opened up in the current assessment of income tax payers if required. This information can then be obtained from the Swiss authorities.Government mulls tough laws on black money “No government introduces a law with retrospective effect but that does not mean that old cases which have been thrown open for scrutiny in current assessments cannot be looked into,” he pointed out. He said the new Swiss law does not allow limitless access but is a positive development.The onus now rests with the income tax (I-T) authorities . If the I-T department does its spade work well, the Swiss authorities will provide the information. The new Swiss law has come after pressure being built up by the G-20 leadership with France and Germany spearheading the effort. “India is in fact a beneficiary of the move of the Western countries seeking to bring their tax evaders to book and now needs to make the most of this opportunity,” an IRS officer said on the condition of anonymity.Some senior officials are of the view that the veil of secrecy over the Swiss banking system has not been lifted as the old cases have been left out of the ambit of the new law since it is applicable with prospective effect. It also comes with the rider that “fishing expeditions” to peep into bank accounts of individuals will not be allowed.However, those who view the development as positive point out that no country in the world will allow roving enquiries into private bank accounts. The I-T department has to establish a case and then ask for specific information.The Swiss parliament on Friday gave approval to amendments to tax treaties with countries, including India, that makes it easier for them to access information about the illegal funds held by their nationals in Swiss private banks. The upper house of the Swiss parliament endorsed amendments to double-taxation agreements (DTAAs) in line with internationally applicable standards.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisement
Formula One World champions Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso hailed Daniil Kvyat on Thursday and said they hoped Red Bull’s decision to replace the young Russian driver would have no long-lasting effects on his career.”I do really just hope for Daniil,” triple champion Hamilton told reporters at a Spanish Grand Prix news conference that also featured Kvyat and his Dutch replacement Max Verstappen.”Weve got two fantastic drivers here,” added the Mercedes driver.”I just hope that in this manoeuvre it doesnt hinder either of their careers because theyve got bright futures ahead of them and too much pressure, too much stress, too much expectation too early on can lead the wrong way.”Red Bull announced last week that Kvyat, 22, was being sent back to feeder team Toro Rosso in a swap with the 18-year-old Verstappen.The Russian had moved up to Red Bull after one season with Toro Rosso in 2014.Hamilton, who made his debut with McLaren in 2007 and won his first title with them in 2008, said it worked well for him to go straight into a big team but some drivers took longer than others to adjust.”I think ultimately it’s a good opportunity for one and for the other very unfortunate,” he said of the Red Bull swap.”Red Bull has done well in bringing young talent forwards but I think they need to be aware that young drivers need time to progress. Mistakes do happen, there’s so much pressure on drivers, particularly at a young age.”advertisementKvyat’s demotion came after he collided twice with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, a four-times champion with Red Bull, at his home Russian Grand Prix. The Russian had been on the podium in the previous race in China.Spain’s double champion Alonso, who started out with now defunct tail-enders Minardi before a move to Renault, also hoped Kvyat and Verstappen could have a long future in the sport.”They have the potential talent to be Formula One world champions one day and I really hope the best for them,” said the McLaren driver.
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Amid a crescendo of boos and whistles as neither side tried to score, Japan advanced to the knockout round at the World Cup because of a newly implemented tiebreaker — fewer yellow cards.The Japanese, barely playing for the final 15 minutes of the match, lost to Poland 1-0 Thursday. But they still reached the round of 16 because Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 in the other Group H match.Both Japan and Senegal finished the group phase with four points, had the same goal difference and the same amount of goals scored. Starting at this year’s tournament, disciplinary records — known as fair play — were added by FIFA as a tiebreaker. Japan had four yellow cards in its three group matches while Senegal had six.It’s the first time since 1982 that no African team has advanced from the first round at the World Cup.Poland, which had already been eliminated, got its goal from defender Jan Bednarek in the 59th minute. He beat his marker at the far post and volleyed in a swerving free kick from Rafal Kurzawa.When Bednarek scored, Japan was facing elimination. However, Colombia’s goal in the 74th minute of the other group match in Samara meant Japan was in second place and would advance.As the game continued, it barely got above walking pace, prompting many inside the Volgograd Arena to show their displeasure by whistling and booing.Poland’s Jan Bednarek, centre, scores the opening goal during the group H match between Japan and Poland at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)During injury time, Japan’s players softly passed the ball among themselves, while their Polish opponents barely made an effort, content to finish the tournament with a victory following two losses.Japan coach Akira Nishino made six changes to the starting lineup ahead of the match — all four of Japan’s scorers in the previous two games were left on the bench. But the Japanese still had more of the chances in the first half.Poland had an early chance to take the lead in the 32nd minute when Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima stopped a header from Kamil Grosicki. Scampering across his goal before diving, Kawashima clawed the ball to safety just before it had crossed the line.Robert Lewandowski then had a chance to put Poland ahead 2-0 — a result that would have allowed Senegal to advance — in the 74th minute after a swift counterattack but his effort flew over the bar.GROUP DYNAMICSJapan will next face the winner of Group G, either Belgium or England, on Monday in Rostov-on-Don. Colombia, which won the group with six points, will play the second place team in that group on Tuesday in Moscow.KNOCKOUT ROUNDJapan has reached the knockout round at the World Cup three times in the last five tournaments.—By PAN PYLAS , Associated PressPoland’s Jan Bednarek, left with number 5, celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal defeating Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, right, during the group H match between Japan and Poland at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)Poland’s Jan Bednarek, left, scores his side’s first goal during the group H match between Japan and Poland at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TweetPinShare0 Shares
PV Sindhu remained unbeaten in the group stage and qualified for semi-finals of the BWF Tour Finals 2018 in Guangzhou, China on Friday, after beating USA’s Beiwen Zhang 21-9, 21-15 in the women’s singles.Sameer Verma too is on the verge of securing a semi-final berth after his 21-9, 21-18 win over Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand in the men’s singles.Both Sindhu and Sameer, the only Indians at the BWF Tour Finals this year, have secured their spots in the last four o the tournament.”I was down 2-6 initially but I picked up the lead, so after that I was fine,” Sindhu, the last edition’s runner-up, said after the 35-minute contest.”I have played a few matches against her after the Indian Open final, so I took it as a fresh match,” said the 23-year-old referring to her Indian Open final loss to Zhang at New Delhi early this year.”I am happy with the three wins, it is a positive thing. I hope to move forward with the same positivity and do well in the semifinals,” added Sindhu, who won all the three matches of her group.On the adjacent court, 24-year-old Sameer showed great athleticism and produced a masterful performance to demolish Wangcharoen in a match that clocked 44 minutes. After losing the opening match to world no 1 and world champion Kento Momota, Sameer, who qualified for the tournament after defending his title at Syed Modi International last month, recovered well to come up trumps against his other two opponents in Group B.advertisement”I have played him before at Swiss Open so I knew how to go about it. In the second game I was losing so after some advice from my coach, I kept my patience and now I am ready to play the semifinals,” said Sameer.”It has been a great experience playing my first world tour finals.”In the women’s singles, Sindhu, who had stunned world no 1 Tai Tzu Ying in her previous match, didn’t make a good start against Zhang, conceding a 0-4 lead early on.But she clawed back at 6-6 after producing some angled returns, which included a a delightful over-the head-cross court return.The world no 6 Indian kept the pressure and eked out a three-point advantage at the break after Zhang hit out.Zhang tried to put the shuttle in difficult positions but Sindhu not only retrieved the shuttle but also produced some precise returns to extend her lead to 17-8.The Hong Kong-born US shuttler unleashed a cross court smash to break the run of points but Sindhu reciprocated with an equally superb smash. She eventually got game point when Zhang hit the net.The Indian then sealed the opening game comfortably in 15 minutes when Zhang failed to reach a shot at the fore court.After the change of sides, Sindhu continued to dominate the proceedings to accumulate the first five points before hitting long.Zhang seemed to suffer from indecision and ended up committing too many unforced errors.At 2-6, Zhang produced a precise body smash and then got a lucky net chord to gain a couple of points. She also played an exceptional net shot and drew parity at 7-7 when Sindhu went long.The Indian managed a 11-9 advantage at the interval after Zhang went long again.The Indian extended her lead to 16-12 after the breather even as Zhang showed signs of frustration, dropping her racquet or breaking into a sheepish smile after missing chances.Sindhu continued to control the rallies and went to 20-12 when Zhang hit net twice.The Indian committed three unforced errors before sealing the contest, following her opponent’s miscued shot which went long.(With inputs from PTI)
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik was not happy with the performance of his bowlers after the home team were handed a 7-wicket defeat by Delhi Capitals at the Eden Gardens on Friday. The loss was Kolkata’s second in a row in the Indian Premier League this season.Riding on a superb 97 not out off 63 balls from Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi Capitals made light work of the 179-run chase and got to the target with 7 balls to spare. Dhawan was involved in a 105-run partnership with Rishabh Pant, who contributed with a quickfire 46 off 31 balls.Two days ahead of the Indian team selection for the World Cup, Dhawan, who survived a review on 11, decorated his knock with 11 boundaries and two sixes, as Delhi registered only their second IPL win at the Eden Gardens.Delhi climbed to fourth spot with eight points from seven matches, while this was KKR’s second straight defeat after losing to Chennai Super Kings in their last match. They now have eight points from seven games.The @DelhiCapitals climb up in the points table after their win today against #KKR pic.twitter.com/ZInil5TcjaIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 12, 2019Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab are now tied on 8 points each.”To be honest the par score was 10-15 runs more than that. We didn’t bat well and didn’t post a good score. I expected our bowlers to perform better, that didn’t happen though. Such things happen in a game of cricket,” Dinesh Karthik said at the post-match presentation.advertisement”I think picking wickets on this ground has been difficult but bowlers can work on few areas and come back harder. That’s what IPL is all about, coming back stronger every time you can,” he added.@DelhiCapitals win at the Eden Gardens pic.twitter.com/e9syK6c6xMIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 12, 2019Kolkata dearly missed the services of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine, both of whom were feeling a bit under the weather before this game.KKR as a result, had to open the match with Shubman Gill and Joe Denly but the move didn’t work as the debutant got out for a golden duck off the first ball of the match. Gill though, grabbed his opportunity with both hands, top-scoring with 65 off 39 balls.”They (Lynn and Narine) are two key players and missing them is never good. But Shubman grabbed the opportunity and played really well. You are always going to have replacements. It was hard on Joe to get out on the first ball, but I am sure he’ll come back strong in the next game,” Karthik said.Also Read | IPL 2019: RCB have lost 6 out 6, Chahal optimistic of playoff berthAlso Read | India might select KL Rahul for No.4 in World Cup based on IPL form: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | IPL 2019: 50 per cent match fee fine is kid-gloving MS Dhoni, says Bishan Bedi
The Canadian Press Quebec’s justice minister has asked the province’s judicial council to investigate a municipal judge who reportedly acquitted a friend over a traffic violation the day before he was set to retire.Sonia LeBel said Tuesday she sent a letter to the judicial council after reading about former municipal court judge Jean Herbert in the Journal de Montreal.The Journal reported that last Feb. 4, Herbert moved forward a friend’s court date so it wouldn’t interfere with her planned vacation and then took 42 seconds to acquit her of a traffic violation. Before his retirement, Herbert sat on the bench in Longueuil, south of Montreal.Herbert told the newspaper the woman acquitted, Diane Lelievre, was an artist and he had once bought a painting from her. Lelievre told the newspaper the judge was a patient of her spouse, an ophthalmologist.Herbert also told the Journal he helped other friends by changing their court dates.LeBel said she considers the facts reported in the article to be serious but declined to comment further.
QUEBEC CITY – Quebec Premier Francois Legault says the reason many industries across the province are having trouble finding workers is because they aren’t paying enough.Legault was responding today to pleas from business groups for the government to significantly increase annual immigration to respond to labour shortages.Quebec plans to accept 20 per cent fewer immigrants this year compared with 2018 and then slowly increase the annual rate of newcomers until 2022.Business groups have been telling a legislature committee holding public consultations this week on Quebec’s immigration policy that Legault’s government risks aggravating labour shortages and hurting economic growth.WATCH: Quebec business group wants more immigrants But the premier told reporters the vast majority of jobs in Quebec that aren’t being filled are low paid. Legault says his government is seeking to help companies increase their productivity and add value to their jobs so they can offer higher salaries.Legault says his government needs to temporarily reduce immigration because too many immigrants can’t find work within the first five years of arriving, and many don’t speak French.The Canadian Press
If you are a bullying boss, your employees are more likely to be less committed to their work, take longer breaks or come in late without notice, finds a study. The study led by researchers from the Portland State University in Oregon, US, showed that a bullying boss can decrease “organisational citizenship behaviour”, or the voluntary extras one does that are not part of the job responsibilities. On the other hand, the study also reveled that he/she increases “counterproductive work behaviour”, such as sabotage at work, coming into work late, taking longer-than-allowed breaks, doing tasks incorrectly or withholding effort, all of which can affect the team and co-workers. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”The findings highlight the consequences of abusive supervision, which is becoming increasingly common in workplaces,” said Liu-Qin Yang, Associate Professor at the University. The study, published in the Journal of Management, attributes negative work behaviour to either perceptions of injustice or work stress. In response to perceptions of injustice, the employees are more likely to purposely withhold from the unpaid extras that help the organisation, like helping co-workers with problems or attending meetings that are not mandatory. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardHaving an abusive boss can also lead to work stress, which reduces an employee’s ability to control negative behaviour or contribute to the organisation in a positive way. “Stress is sometimes uncontrollable. You don’t sleep well, so you come in late or take a longer break, lash out at your co-workers or disobey instructions,” Yang further added. “But justice is more rational. Something isn’t fair, so you’re purposely not going to help other people or when the boss asks if anyone can come in on a Saturday to work, you don’t volunteer.” The researchers of the study have highly recommended that organisations should take measures to reduce or curb abusive supervision. Regular training programmes to help supervisors learn and adopt more effective interpersonal and management skills, implementing fair policies as well as conducting stress management training can help employees, they suggested.
4 May 2007In a video message to the 101st annual dinner of the American Jewish Committee in Washington, D.C., yesterday evening, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon restated his top priorities, among them geopolitical issues, “in particular the tragedy in Darfur and diplomatic efforts on several fronts in the Middle East, including Iraq, Lebanon and, of course, the Israel-Palestinian conflict.” In a video message to the 101st annual dinner of the American Jewish Committee in Washington, D.C., yesterday evening, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon restated his top priorities, among them geopolitical issues, “in particular the tragedy in Darfur and diplomatic efforts on several fronts in the Middle East, including Iraq, Lebanon and, of course, the Israel-Palestinian conflict.” He also emphasized his intention to reform the UN. “This means putting peacekeeping on a more solid footing, since we now have more peace operations and more personnel in the field than at any time in our history,” he said. “Reform also means improving management and strengthening accountability and transparency.” The UN must “deliver hope to those most in need,” he stressed, underscoring his commitment to development. He also said he is concerned “that international efforts to combat climate change are falling short” and pledged to mobilize action on them. “The American Jewish Committee has an important role to play across this agenda,” he declared. “I also attach great importance to strengthening the relationship between the UN and Israel,” he said, adding that the country “has a wealth of experience to offer the Organization, and much to gain by participating in the UN’s efforts for peace, development, and human rights.”
British Minister for the UN and Commonwealth, Baroness Anelay is to visit Sri Lanka next week, the British High Commission in Colombo said today.During her visit the Minister will reiterate the UK’s commitment to supporting Sri Lanka in strengthening democracy and human rights (including tackling gender based and sexual violence), delivering reconciliation and combating corruption. As the British Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Minister will also raise awareness of the need to tackle the stigmatisation of sexual violence and will meet with civil society organisations working on preventing sexual violence. Baroness Anelay will highlight the importance of female participation in the reconciliation process and the need for comprehensive strategies for tackling sexual and gender-based violence.“The UK government remains firmly committed to support the Sri Lankan Government in this endeavour, which will help ensure the future stability and prosperity of the country. I look forward to discussing the progress made on these issues and hearing of the steps taken to tackle sexual and gender-based violence to create an environment where women are able to exercise their free choice over all aspects of their lives, without the threat of violence,” Baroness Anelay said ahead of the visit. The Minister will discuss these issues with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, Foreign Minister Samaraweera and Opposition Leader and Leader of minority Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan. Baroness Anelay is to visit the northern Jaffna town and meet the Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray and Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council C.V. Wigneswaran. The Minister will also meet recent returnees to land cleared of mines by British demining charity The HALO Trust.While in Colombo, Baroness Anelay will meet with members of civil society to discuss reconciliation and human rights. (Colombo Gazette)
See All in AI & Speech Technologies » Richard, great write up on NLP and where the solution can take an enterprise. I take away that there is an economic driver in all this and a serious upgrade in how virtual agents can respond properly to creat better CX. Log in or register to post comments For decades, service managers have understood the benefits of deploying self-service solutions for customer care across multiple service channels. What’s not to like? Self-service solutions give businesses a way to reduce the cost of handling support calls, avoid fines and penalties resulting from lack of compliance, and meet the demands of customers who now expect service anytime and anywhere they want it.Now, as Donna Fluss, president of DMG Consulting, wrote in a blog post earlier this year, “A remarkable thing is happening in the realm of customer service: After years of rejecting self-service, customers are changing their tune. Consumers of all ages are showing a preference for self-service solutions over talking to agents or using chat boxes, provided they do their jobs well.”The realization that using a natural language speech interface can improve the speed, effectiveness, and experience of the self-service interaction isn’t new, either.However, a new generation of cloud-based speech technologies coupled with a new breed of application development tools is making it easy for service organizations of all sizes to build, package, and deploy self-service apps that harness the power of the latest innovations in speech and natural language processing (NLP).That’s driving a wave of adoption for virtual agents. Gartner has revealed that 25% of customer service and support operations will integrate virtual customer assistant (VCA) or chatbot technology across engagement channels by 2020, up from less than 2% in 2017.So why are businesses adopting natural language at such a rapid pace? Let’s explore three key drivers.Lower Cost & ComplexityIt’s certainly been possible to build advance natural language speech interfaces for years. In 2000, for example, speech-enabled IVR applications let American Airlines callers ask to “fly from Austin to Boston, next Wednesday at 8a.m.” and Charles Schwab investors to “buy 100 shares of IBM at the market price.”The problem was, these applications took a lot of time and a whole lot of money to build.First a company had to buy and host its own speech recognition and text-to-speech servers. Next it had to hire a team of developers to build the application. Finally, it would train the recognition servers and tune the system until it reached the necessarily level of service. The process could take months and cost close to a million dollars, putting speech out of reach of all but the largest call centers.Speech and NLP have taken a now-familiar path to the cloud. Like other technologies, NLP has become cheaper and more accessible to a wider variety of businesses. Service teams no longer have to manage software, hardware, and equipment, and can now pay for usage based on monthly demand.In addition, application development cycles have shrunk because cloud vendors like Google and IBM have trained their recognition servers using massive datasets they’ve acquired as millions of users interact with their cloud-based speech services. This further reduces cost and complexity.Tags:News & Viewsnatural language processingself-servicevirtual agentsAI & Speech TechnologiesCCaaSContact Center & Customer ExperienceDigital TransformationTechnology TrendsVendor Perspective12nextlast Articles You Might Like Cisco to ‘Tuck In’ Voice AI from Voicea Zeus Kerravala August 07, 2019 The acquisition will help advance the company’s cognitive collaboration strategy for Webex. Permalink Submitted by FredW941 on Wed, 12/12/2018 – 12:05 Dumas_voice.jpg No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Ryan Daily August 30, 2019 A look at the latest news coming from Google, Oblong, Expereo, Nureva, and Verint. Comments Vonage to ‘Turbocharge’ AI Efforts Beth Schultz August 13, 2019 Acquisition of conversational AI platform Over.ai gives the company much-needed talent for deepening expertise in AI and machine learning. Richard, great write up on Let Your Bots Do the Talking Andrew Prokop August 22, 2019 AudioCode’s Voice.AI Gateway lets enterprises voice-enable bots and call them from any telephone, UC system, or WebRTC endpoint. Speech Applications Are Vulnerable, Too Gary Audin October 04, 2019 Are you really in control of your voice-enabled devices and applications? Log in or register to post comments
Ohio State junior defender Lauren Boyle (6) fights for possession in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe historic season for the No. 6 Ohio State women’s hockey team continues.In their first NCAA tournament appearance in program history, the Buckeyes eliminated No. 4 Boston College with a 2-0 shutout victory Saturday, advancing Ohio State to the NCAA Frozen Four. The first goal of the night — and first tournament goal in program history — came from Ohio State junior defender Lauren Boyle 10:12 into the second period, with assists credited to senior forward Julianna Iafallo and senior defender Dani Sadek. As the game was entering the final moments, junior forward Maddy Field delivered the fatal blow with 3:54 remaining to put Ohio State up 2-0. It marked the 19th goal of her season and was again assisted by Iafallo. Ohio State redshirt junior goaltender Kassidy Sauve stopped all 38 shots that came her way for the Buckeyes after an undisclosed injury kept her out of play for three weeks. Despite having the top-two leading scorers in the nation, with freshman forward Daryl Watts and sophomore forward Caitrin Lonergan, it wasn’t enough to shoot anything passed Ohio State’s award studded goalie. Ohio State (24-10-4, 14-6-4-3 WCHA) outshot the Eagles (30-5-3, 19-2-3 Hockey East) by a final tally of 41-38.The Buckeyes will travel to Minneapolis for the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals on Friday with a matchup with top-seeded Clarkson. The time has yet to be announced.
Découverte d’une nouvelle espèce de lézard, aveugle et sans pattesDes zoologistes cambodgiens viennent de publier, dans la revue Zootaxa, la description d’une nouvelle espèce de lézard fouisseur qu’ils ont découverte dans leur pays.Il est dépourvu de pattes, mais ce n’est pas un serpent. Il n’a pas d’yeux, mais cela ne lui manque guère. Dibamus dalaiensis (“le lézard aveugle de la montagne Dalaî”) est bien un lézard, dont les mœurs souterraines expliquent l’étrange anatomie : pas besoin d’yeux ni de pattes pour vivre sous le sol, et y ramper en se tortillant.À lire aussiQuand un homme partage son déjeuner avec… des dizaines de lézardsDécouvert par Neang Thy, zoologiste travaillant pour le ministère de l’Environnement cambodgien et pour l’ONG Fauna & Flora International (FFI), lors d’une exploration du massif des Cardamomes, au Cambodge, l’animal est nouveau pour la science. “Au début, je pensais que c’était une espèce commune”, a déclaré le scientifique, spécialiste des reptiles et amphibiens locaux depuis presque une décennie. Lui et ses collègues ont passé près d’un an à s’assurer que cet étrange animal était bien une nouvelle espèce.”Ils ont dû revenir sur toutes les descriptions scientifiques de toutes les autres espèces, et étudier des spécimens de musées. Ce qui est vraiment passionnant, c’est que c’est la première fois qu’un Cambodgien a découvert une nouvelle espèce, réuni l’ensemble des preuves scientifiques et publié les conclusions”, commente le Dr Jenny Daltry, biologiste à FFI. Le 11 mai 2011 à 15:22 • Emmanuel Perrin
A group of 54 members of Congress sent a letter on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to increase the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to continue biodiesel growth in the United States next year.The bipartisan letter states biodiesel is on pace for a record production of 1.7 billion gallons in 2014—yet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed reducing biodiesel production to 1.28 billion gallons for 2014 and 2015.“It is clear that biodiesel has been a great RFS success story. It has exceeded RFS targets in each year and is clearly poised to do so again in 2013,” the lawmakers wrote. “This type of reduction could have very damaging repercussions. It could result in dozens of biodiesel facilities shutting down permanently and ceasing production.”In the letter led by U.S. Reps. Tom Latham, R-Iowa and Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., the U.S. representatives – a bipartisan group representing districts from California to Iowa to Florida – urged the administration to establish an RFS volume that is at least consistent with this year’s anticipated production of 1.7 billion gallons.To read the entire letter, click here.