Pune firm ties up with Japanese start-up

first_imgContinuing the trend of embracing Bitcoin technology Blockchain, financial technology company Vizitech Solutions on Thursday signed an agreement with Chaintope, a Japan-based start-up to set up a Blockchain research and development (R&D) centre in the city. “This venture will combine Chaintope’s cutting-edge research with Vizitech’s market leading execution. It will be a great space for young, interested developers to explore this new life-changing technology,” said Anandsagar Shiralkar, Founder and CEO, Vizitech. Chaintope founder Hideki Shoda visited a number of top colleges in Pune, like the Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research and the Pune Institute of Computer Technology last year. “We recruited a number of bright developers and hope to create opportunities for many more candidates soon. Our larger objective is to transform the R&D centre into a digital playground for young Blockchain developers across India,” said Mr. Shoda.last_img read more

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Bea Tan-Dji Rodriguez duo advance to next round of beach volley world tour

first_imgGuanzon on third party issues: It’s always the guy’s fault PLAY LIST 00:18Guanzon on third party issues: It’s always the guy’s fault01:05Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border01:05Go: Next BuCor chief must be a ‘killer’02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez became the second Filipino pair to advance to the Round of 12 after dismantling Malaysia’s Tan Hsi Yan and Tasha Mae, 21-7, 21-15, in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open Saturday at White House Beach Station 1.The duo joined the partnership of Cherry Rondina and Bernadeth Pons in the Round of 12 while Jackie Estoquia and DM Demontaño bowed out of the competition after losing to Russia’s Ekaterina Filina and Ekaterina Zazhigina, 21-14, 19-21, 15-13.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Tan and Rodriguez shrugged off their previous loss to Singapore’s Eliza Chong and Lau Ee Shan, 17-21, 21-13, 16-14, in the opening day of the tournament on Friday.With a new day ahead of them, Rodriguez and Tan got their rhythm on both ends of the ball sending the Malaysians packing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRondina and Pons, however, failed to get an outright quarterfinals pass after losing to Japan’s Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba, 21-16, 21-19.The two Filipino tandems are still in the competition with the tournament resuming as of posting time. MOST READ ‘UAAP is a community first before competition’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View commentslast_img read more

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Tillakaratne Dilshan to retire from international cricket after Australia series

first_imgSri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan will quit international cricket after the ongoing limited overs series against Australia, the swashbuckling opener announced on Thursday.”I have decided to retire from the ODIs after the third match in Dambulla (on Sunday) and will play the two Twenty20s and then retire completely,” Dilshan told local media.After the conclusion of the five-match ODI series, Sri Lanka and Australia will play two Twenty20 matches on Sept. 6 and Sept. 9. (Also read: 2nd ODI: Aponso’s four-wicket haul powers Sri Lanka to win against Australia)Inventor of the famous “Dilscoop” ramp shot, Dilshan played the last of his 87 tests in 2013 before quitting the longer format with 5492 runs and 39 wickets.A wily off-spinner and one of the most agile Sri Lankan fielders even at the age of 39, Dilshan scored 22 and 10 in the first two one-dayers of the ongoing five-match series against world champions Australia.”I together with my committee wish to extend our sincere appreciation and wish him the very best in his future endeavours,” Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala said in a statement.According to media reports, the former captain was persuaded to retire as Sri Lanka build a new team under Angelo Mathews with an eye on the 2019 World Cup.Dilshan made his one-day debut against Zimbabwe in 1999 and went on to play 329 ODIs, amassing 10248 runs that included 22 hundreds, with an 86-plus strike rate.He has also scored 1884 runs in 78 Twenty20 Internationals and was Sri Lanka’s top scorer in this year’s World Twenty20 in India.advertisementlast_img read more

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Doping as criminal offence: Coe prefers sports bodies control

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh London, Aug 9 (PTI) Amid calls to criminalise doping in some countries, including India, IAAF President Sebastian Coe today said he prefers sports bodies to be in control of sanctioning athletes as taking matters to court would “complicate” things. Speaking to PTI on the sidelines of the ongoing World Athletics Championships, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) chief said tackling doping should remain the sole prerogative of sports bodies. In order to tackle the menace, some countries (like Ethiopia, Austria, France and Italy) have passed legislations to make doping a criminal offence. In India too, deliberations are underway to do the same. “There is a discussion going on now. Some say it is better for sports itself to deal with doping cases instead of doing that by the courts. Sometimes sports can imposed sanctions that criminal courts cannot impose,” Coe said. “Then you have the discussion that does such a case go to courts first or to sports first? If it goes to criminal courts first and a person serves a prison sentence, that may be for just three or four months. Whereas sports can imposes sanctions may be of four years and thus sports can deal with it in a tougher way. “Personally I prefer sports to be in control of sanctioning athletes. Once you allow criminal courts to be involved, the case becomes very complicated,” he added. Turning to the ongoing World Championships, Coe said it was quite a shock for some to see Usain Bolt finish third in the 100m sprint even though he was not very surprised. However, Coe feels it will not dent the affable Jamaicans status as the greatest sprinter of all time. Justin Gatlin avenged his second place finish to Bolt in five successive World Championships and Olympics finals by clinching the gold in a dramatic race on Saturday but Coe said that result will have no bearing on the Jamaican bowing out as the greatest sprinter of all time. “Everybody wanted him (Bolt) to end his career as a winner. But it is a small part of his history. He will look back and realise that it does not actually change anything about his status, who he is and how good his races have been and how much he has done for the sport of athletics,” Coe said. The Brit, on several occasions, has described Bolt as the greatest sprinter of all time, comparing the towering Jamaican to boxing legend Muhammad Ali for the impact he had beyond the sport. “He (Bolt) is a showman and his remarks at the end of the race about the other athlete (Gatlin) was very generous,” Coe added. American Gatlin, who was twice suspended earlier for doping offences, was booed by the London crowd at the packed Olympic Stadium on Saturday last. Gatlin had later said later that Bolt told him he did not deserve to be booed. Asked if he expects the London crowd to boo Gatlin again during the 4x100m relay race on August 12, Coe simply said, “I think the crowd would want to watch fantastic athletics. The relay will be very competitive.” The crowd at the stadium was stunned at the sight of Bolt being beaten in the 100m final not only by Gatlin but also by another American, Christian Coleman, who grabbed the silver. “I was not surprised because athletics as a sport is not Hollywood movie. You never know the end. You do not know the end if you dont reach the end. If you opened the book and if you dont go to the last paragraph and see the line about who wins or lose, you dont know. “I guess we have become so used to seeing Bolt win race after race in the Olympic Games and World Championships, in Diamond Leagues and breaking world records. So, it was a shock (for some) not to see him win. But I dont think anybody was thinking that it is impossible for him to lose,” said the Briton. Just hours after Bolt lost to Gatlin, Coe had said that the American would not have won the gold here had he been handed a lengthier “eight-year ban, which would have in essence been a life ban” for his second dope offence in 2006. The new World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code does not have a provision for a life ban and the maximum sanction for a second dope offence is an eight-year ban. But Coe, who is helming the IAAF in the aftermath of a Russian doping scandal, maintained that the option of a life ban should not be abandoned. “We have tried on a number of occasions and we are not the only sport to do this. The IOC has looked into this, other international federations and other sports have looked at it. At the moment we have tried and failed. “But I am not saying that we cannot look at it again in some way. Our experience tells that when we test this (life ban) legally, the courts have not supported life bans,” said Coe, a double Olympic gold medal winner in 1500m. When reminded about IOC President Thomas Bachs comments in 2015 that life bans ultimately involved human rights issues, Coe said, “It is not about human rights only. Thomas (Bach) was partly right, it was partly legal and partly employment. But we need to keep looking at these issues.” Coe paid tribute to the crowd for turning out in large numbers at the ongoing showpiece here. “It is fantastic, and the global response has been fantastic, not just in United Kingdom but across the world. People bought tickets for 10 days and Bolt is not appearing in all the 10 days. People know Bolt is a fantastic athlete but he is not the only story in our sport. The crowd response has been amazing.” With more athletes taking part than ever before and sellout crowds turning up, London World Championship is turning out to be the best ever organisationally. PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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African Heritage Month 2008

first_imgA month filled with fun, informative and thought-provoking activities and events was launched today, Jan. 31, when February was proclaimed African Heritage Month at Province House. “African Heritage Month is an opportunity to reflect upon the valuable contributions African Nova Scotians have made to the rich social and cultural identity of our province,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs, who made the proclamation in the Red Chamber. “It is also a chance to look toward a future of strong participation by African Nova Scotians in all facets of the economic, social, legal and political life of the province.” The African Heritage Month Information Network has been established this year to help form partnerships to enhance celebrations and ensure a provincewide calendar of events and activities are held and highlighted. The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs mobilized various community organizations from across the province to create the network. “An event could be to host a gala dinner or dance or something smaller like a film screening or book reading,” said Wayn Hamilton, African Nova Scotian Affairs CEO. “For example, a few groups in one community could work together to plan a larger community event, which would truly be in the spirit of Imani – Faith in our community, Faith in each other.” The theme of African Heritage Month 2008 is Imani, which means Faith in Swahili and the historical figure being highlighted is Marcus Garvey, who promoted the ideals of pride, freedom, self-reliance and education. In 1917, Garvey founded what is commonly known as the Universal Negro Improvement Association. He believed people of African descent would be respected only when they were economically strong and a broad education was a good start to realizing this goal. In an effort to unify people, he established more than 1,100 branches of the Universal Negro Improvement Association in more than 40 countries, including halls in Glace Bay, Sydney, and New Waterford. Garvey visited the Glace Bay U.N.I.A. in 1928. Today, it is the only one in Canada. Darlene Strong, a local African Nova Scotian artist from Cumberland County, drew the sketch of Garvey for the poster that will be unveiled at the opening reception. Copies will be distributed to various government and community organizations during the first week in February. There are several ways to access African Heritage Month information. At the African Nova Scotian Affairs website, www.gov.ns.ca/ansa , a page is dedicated to African Heritage Month with background information, a biography of Marcus Garvey and artist Darlene Strong, links to other sites featuring African Heritage Month, and information on events and activities. The calendar of events can be accessed from the homepage of the ANSA website and will be updated as new and/or revised information is received. The events line, new this year, is 902-424-3482. Events scheduled for the following day, including changes or cancellations, will be recorded daily. The line will be operational on Jan. 31. Black History Month was founded in 1926 by Harvard educated black historian, Carter G. Woodson. It started as a week in February to celebrate the history, contributions and culture of African Americans. In 1976, the week was expanded to a month. In Nova Scotia, the celebration of Black History Month was initiated in the early 1980s through the efforts of the Black History Month Association. It is now known as African Heritage Month and has been celebrated in Nova Scotia for 24 years. The African Heritage Month Information Network includes: African Nova Scotian Affairs, African Nova Scotian Music Association, Black History Month Association, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, Hankard Street Community Hall, Menelik Hall Association, United Negro Improvement Association and Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association.last_img read more

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Three dead five injured as heavy rains lash Mumbai

first_imgMumbai: Three persons were killed and five injured in rain-related incidents on Friday in Mumbai, which was lashed by the first spell of heavy rains this monsoon that marked its most delayed arrival in the city in 45 years, officials said.Mumbaikars woke up to heavy rains, ending a long dry spell, but a few hours of incessant showers left the financial capital struggling with the familiar monsoon woes of waterlogging, delayed trains, traffic jams and choked drains. Also Read – Ahead of Xi’s visit, China says Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally; drops UN referencesThree persons died of electric shocks, while two others were injured in two separate incidents in the western suburbs, a spokesperson of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. Two others suffered injuries in the Goregaon incident and were admitted to a local hospital, he said. The police were inquiring into the Goregaon electrocution incident, he added. Three persons were injured when a portion of a wall collapsed in Dadar (East), he said, adding that they were admitted to the civic-run KEM Hospital. Waterlogging was reported from areas like Dadar, Wadala, Worli, Kurla, Chembur, Bandra, Andheri, Kandivili, Vikhroli, Kanjurmarg and Bhandup, among others. Responding to the reports of waterlogging, the BMC said pumping out water will take time because of high tide in the Arabian Sea. The BMC appealed to the citizens to avoid driving in the waterlogged areas.last_img read more

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Left out of NRC Doesnt mean you are a foreigner

first_imgNew Delhi: In an effort to allay fears, the Union Home Ministry on Tuesday said non-inclusion of a person’s name in the final list of NRC does not by itself amount to him or her being declared a foreigner and assured that adequate arrangements have been made for appeal against it.The ministry also said it will amend the rules to increase the time limit of filing of appeals in foreigners tribunals (FTs) from 60 to 120 days for those who would be excluded from the final National Register of Citizens, a list of Assam’s residents to be published on August 31. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe decisions were taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and attended by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and others here on Monday. In a statement, the ministry said under the provisions of Foreigners Act 1946 and Foreigners (Tribunals) Order 1964, only foreigners tribunals are empowered to declare a person foreigner. “Thus, non-inclusion of a person’s name in NRC does not by itself amount to him/her being declared as a foreigner,” it said.last_img read more

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First Nations water bill set to become law

first_imgAPTN National NewsLegislation aimed at improving the quality of water on First Nations is one step way from becoming law.Bill S-8 will now go to the Governor General to get royal assent.MPs voted 165 to 115 in favour of the bill Monday afternoon.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said recently the bill is necessary to improve the water situation for First Nations across the country by creating water-related regulations on-reserve.“Until regulations are in place, we know that achieving long-term sustainable progress will be challenging,” said Valcourt last month at the Aboriginal affairs committee. “Modern equipment and good intentions are great, but they need regulations to support them. That is why all municipalities and communities off reserve across Canada have regulations in place.”But at that same meeting the Tsuu T’ina Nation in Alberta said the bill would leave its people parched in the midst of a major water shortage crunch.The Tsuu T’ina Nation reserve finds itself battling industrial, agricultural sectors along with neighbouring municipalities over an increasingly dwindling resource in an area of Alberta known as a “bellweather” region near the city limits of Calgary.A Tsuu T’ina Nation band councilor also said it would erode treaty obligations by forcing the reserve to fend for itself against a province that doesn’t recognize its over water.last_img read more

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Morocco 2nd Largest Wine Exporter in Africa After South Africa

Rabat – Spanish news outlet Periodistas published on Monday, September 16, a news report on Morocco’s wine production and the consumption of wine in Morocco.The report indicates that Moroccans consumed 38 million bottles of wine in 2018.Morocco’s production constitutes 77%  of Moroccan red wine, 6.6 % of white wine and  16.4 % of rose and gray wine. The gray wine is only produced in Morocco. The Spanish source indicates that in Spain Moroccan wine is a token import. Only  10 or 15 % of Moroccan wine is for export. Moroccan wine reaches Europe and other continents, including the US, Japan, and China.In Europe, the wine is also exported to the Netherlands, France, and Belgium.In addition to exports in Europe, Asia, and America, Morocco is also the second-largest exporter of wine in Africa after South Africa.The news report also mentioned some of the most notable regions for wine production. Periodistas indicates that the Meknes region is notable for wine production, bottling 60% of all Moroccan wine.Read Also: Moroccan Wine Producer to Export to ChinaThe Moroccan winery map also includes the eastern region of Berkane, where 75% of the harvest is concentrated at the “Domaine des Trois Cavaliers winery.”The news report indicates that the eastern region is also a home for vines “grown in greenhouses, especially in the Bouark plain, in the province of Nador.”The Spanish outlet also listed some of the fine wine in Morocco including Tandem from Thalvin. Perodistas indicates that the brand was awarded a medal at the Bordeau Fair in 2017.Volubila wine is also among the best Moroccan wines, according to the Spanish news outlet.Sharing statistics, the news report indicates that Moroccan wineries employ 20,000 people across three large companies, including Les Celliers de Meknes, Castel, and Thalvin Group.ConsumptionThe Spanish report also gave statistics about alcohol consumption in Morocco, indicating that in addition to wine, 310 million liters of beer were consumed in the last three years.“That is about  103 million liters per year, in addition to 14 million bottles of other alcoholic beverages.”The news report emphasized that Moroccans consume more beer than wine.“The best-known beer brands are Casablanca, Flag, and Stork,” the report said.The news report also emphasized the increase in alcohol since the Justice and Development Party (PJD) came to power in 2011.“The price of wine has increased more than 20% and beer 12 % since the arrival of the PJD.”The news report added that the Ministry of Agriculture under the leadership of “the non-Islamist” Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch, “promoted the Green Morocco Plan Program, with the aim of boosting productivity and organizing the entire agricultural sector and it has included vineyards and wine production.”The sector of production of wine and alcoholic beverages, according to Periodistasts, benefited from “several programs, including the equipment of 95% of the areas dedicated to the vineyard of localized irrigation systems  and the use of hail protection nets, with the support of the Agricultural Development Fund (FA).”Alcoholic beverages are the 3rd most widely used drug in Morocco, according to a 2017 study conducted by the National Observatory of Drugs and Addictions (ONDA).Between January and May 2017, Moroccan consumers drank 7% more compared to the same period last year. read more

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UN gives all clear for Sri Lanka

“During the previous reporting period, all parties in Nepal and Sri Lanka were delisted after full implementation of their action plans. In 2012, no further violations were recorded by any party in those country situations,” the report said.The LTTE was among the groups listed in the report previously and following the end of the war the TMVP Karuna faction was also listed. (Colombo Gazette) In the 2011 report released last year Sri Lanka was mentioned but was removed from a list of countries that use children for armed conflict. The report said that Mali is a new situation covered in the latest reporting period, while Nepal and Sri Lanka are no longer included following the delisting of all parties within their territories in 2012. Sri Lanka is no more included in the UN Secretary General’s annual report on children in armed conflict, the office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and armed conflict said.The annual report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, released yesterday (Wednesday) highlights progress made in 2012 to protect children living in countries affected by conflict. read more

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DR of Congo UN officials welcome election date call for stability in

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) reports that President Joseph Kabila has put into effect a new electoral law that sets 18 June as the date of the first election in the DRC’s 46-year history as an independent nation.“This is the closest that the Congolese people have been to a credible election since independence in 1960,” William Swing, the Special Representative in the DRC of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said.“They have the largest and most sustained international support since independence, including the largest UN peacekeeping mission in the history of UN peacekeeping,” he noted. “We are encouraged simply because of the sheer enthusiasm of the people, who are determined to get back to conditions of stability and legitimacy of institutions.”The elections are seen as cementing the DRC’s transition from a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives through fighting and the attendant humanitarian catastrophe.The preparations for the 18 June vote for a president and parliament already constitute the largest and most complex UN electoral-assistance mission ever undertaken, the UNDP said.An estimated $270 million is being invested in voter registration and other preparations for the historic vote. The Congolese government has pledged $40 million to support the effort.UNDP said it will provide essential technical and logistical support for the country’s Independent Election Committee (IEC), including procurement of election materials and the training of elections personnel.In the militia-ridden eastern Ituri district, in which stability has yet to be assured, Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno, held a series of meetings with local authorities and civil society representatives.He stressed the need for a stable environment in the province, and discussed the issue of sexual violence against women.From Bunia, Mr. Guéhenno will travel to Goma, a UN spokesman said today.Since 1999 the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC), with nearly 17,000 military personnel, has been helping to stem instability fomented by not only internal factions but also by those of neighbouring countries.In the east, most recently UN peacekeepers, backed by armoured vehicles and helicopters, supported DRC army troops in dislodging rebels from neighbouring Rwanda occupying parts of South Kivu province. MONUC troops were also helping army operations against rebel militias in Ituri, further north. read more

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Export Development Canada lends 265M to Spains Telefonica for BlackBerrys

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Export Development Canada lends $265M to Spain’s Telefonica for BlackBerrys by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 4:19 pm MDT The Canadian government is helping a Spanish telecommunications company buy BlackBerry smartphones.Export Development Canada has loaned 200 million euros, or about C$265 million, to Telefonica to purchase BlackBerry’s (TSX:BB) smartphones and related services.The Crown corporation says the agreement will help foster a stronger relationship between the two companies.“EDC’s financing is really about making the transactions between BlackBerry and Telefonica easier, helping to enhance and broaden the relationship between these two major global players,” said EDC regional vice-president Lewis Megaw, who is responsible for Africa, Europe and the Middle East.EDC provides financing to international companies to help promote Canadian goods and services, or other international relationships.Telefonica has worked with the EDC on several agreements since 2006, but recent troubles with Spain’s economy have affected its financial results.The company, which operates in 24 countries, reported that profits dropped to $4.4 million in 2012, compared to $6.2 million in 2011. Revenues were relatively flat.The Spanish firm has also had a relationship with another Waterloo, Ont.,-based company, Sandvine Corp. (TSX:SVC), which oversees network technology.Meanwhile, presales were underway for the keypad version of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphone in the United Kingdom. Two major U.K. retailers, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u, began taking orders for the device on their websites on the weekend.The BlackBerry Q10 device is scheduled to arrive in stores later this month.While a Canadian release date hasn’t been announced yet, it’s expected to arrive in the same time frame.Many longtime BlackBerry users have professed their loyalty to a keypad version of the device. Some have chosen to wait for it rather than buy the touchscreen model that arrived in stores earlier this year.BlackBerry hopes a combination of its two latest models, both which use a new operating system, will help it secure a stronger competitive position in the smartphone market, which is dominated by Apple’s iPhone and Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy. read more

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Pushy parents told to stop using smartphone video evidence to challenge sports

“If this happens again, there is a strong possibility that we will have to consider changing the competitive nature of our sports morning.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The head teacher of Howard Junior School in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, said no parents would be invited to the annual event to “ensure the safety of staff, pupils and other parents”. Gregory Hill said aggressive behaviour towards staff by an “extremely small minority” had “ruined matters for all concerned”.Police confirmed officers had been called to two incidents at the school since June.A survey last year found that more than half of primary schools now hold non-competitive sports days with no “winners”. They host events where children are not singled out to compete but work in teams and are recognised simply for taking part. The members of staff at the finish line, and nobody else, have the absolute final say and as to the first, second and third place positionsSian Evans, head teacher of Mynydd Bychan school in Cardiff Ms Evans also told parents that if they wanted to take photographs, they must sign a permission form at Cardiff’s National Indoor Athletics Centre, where the sports day is held. She added that they are not allowed to upload photographs or videos of other children on social media sites.“The arrangements for the smooth running of the morning are very tight,” Ms Evans told parents. “Members of staff work hard in various ways during the morning.”Last summer, it emerged that parents had been banned from a primary school sports day after some were aggressive towards teachers. Fifty-seven per cent of parents surveyed said their children’s infant and primary schools hold sports days with a “non-competitive theme”.However, 82 per cent wanted a return to competitive sports days on the basis that children must realise “you can’t always win at everything in life and sometimes you have to lose”. Seventy-six per cent did not approve of “non-competitive” events, with parents saying that “healthy competition helped children individually to strive to improve and challenge themselves”.Fifty-three per cent said they were “comfortable” with their child losing, believing that it wasn’t “a bad thing” because it built resilience and confidence. Pushy parents must stop using smartphone “video evidence” to challenge sports day results, a head teacher has warned.Sian Evans, head teacher of Mynydd Bychan school in Cardiff, wrote to parents urging them not to film races, jumping events and throwing contests while they watched children compete.In previous years, she said, parents had used iPads and smartphones to film sports day events and then used the footage to dispute the results, demanding changes to official standings.Ms Evans wrote to parents ahead of this year’s sports day, warning them to stop the practice, saying: “Teacher’s word is final”.She explained: “The members of staff at the finish line, and nobody else, have the absolute final say and as to the first, second and third place positions.“Unfortunately, during the last few years parents have approached members of staff with evidence that they had filmed on electronic devices such as iPads in order to prove that their child should have been awarded a higher position in a particular race and comments also appeared on Facebook. read more

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Four new metro stations opened in Athens

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Residents in the southeastern Athens suburbs of Iliopouli, Alimos, Argyroupoli and Elliniko were connected to the wider Athens metro network when four new metro stations were opened to the public last Friday.The stations were completed two years ago, but work on their signalling systems was frozen as a result of a corruption scandal involving the contractor, Siemens. The German electronics giant was found to have bribed various government officials over the course of a decade. In 2012, Siemens reached a €270 million settlement with the Greek government. The opening of the new stations – all on the Red Line 2 – will bring changes to the routes and timetables of a number of bus lines serving the suburbs.last_img read more

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Victorian MP voices language concerns

first_imgMaria Vamvakinou has called on federal parliament to back efforts to promote and protect the Greek language, and to support interventions to halt the decline of Indigenous languages in Australia.Labor’s Member for Calwell raised the motion last week, acknowledging UNESCO’s recognition of International Mother Language Day on 21 February – the date chosen to launch Victoria’s Speak Greek in March project.In her speech, Ms Vamvakinou said that of the 418 languages other than English spoken in Australia today, at least 151 of them were used in her electorate. “Sadly, we find ourselves in a dire predicament where we are lamenting the decline of our Indigenous languages. They are increasingly becoming extinct,” said the federal MP, who said that Indigenous languages are continuing to decline in Australia across all age groups. “Worldwide it is estimated that more than a half of the 6,000 languages spoken today will be replaced by the dominant languages,” said Ms Vamvakinou. “This means that 3,000 languages will no longer be spoken by the end of the 21st century, and that all their cultural, ethnic and ecological heritage, that are unique to its speakers, will also be lost.”Ms Vamvakinou added that while Australia was fortunate to have a rich diversity of languages “we must not remain complacent. Rather we should do what we can to maintain, service and support our languages as national cultural assets”.Ms Vamvakinou commended the Speak Greek in March campaign to the parliament. The project – now in its third week – was developed in Victoria to encourage a greater use of the language amongst Greek and non-Greek speaking Australians. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Endeavour prochaine tentative de lancement le 8 mai au plus tôt

first_imgEndeavour : prochaine tentative de lancement le 8 mai au plus tôtUne panne électrique a empêché le lancement de l’avant-dernière navette américaine vendredi. Il faudra plusieurs jours de travail pour la réparer. Conséquence : Endeavour ne va pas s’envoler vers l’espace avant le 8 mai au plus tôt.”Il y a encore beaucoup de travail à faire dans l’immédiat”, a déclaré Mike Moses, chargé de coordonner les responsables de la mission, cité par l’AFP. En effet, une panne électrique fait que la navette est toujours au sol, alors qu’elle devait être lancée vendredi dernier.Les ingénieurs ont travaillé une bonne partie du week-end. Selon Mike Moses, il faudra retirer la boîte d’avionique défectueuse aujourd’hui (une pièce de 18 à 22 kilos) pour en installer une nouvelle d’ici demain soir. Située dans le compartiment moteur de l’orbiteur, elle sert à distribuer l’électricité. Par la suite il faudra effectuer une série de tests qui prendra deux jours et analyser l’ancienne boîte, rapporte l’agence de presse.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEnviron 750.000 personnes avaient fait le déplacement vendredi pour assister au lancement d’Endeavour. Le président américain Barack Obama était également présent avec sa famille au Centre spatial Kennedy du Cap Canaveral en Floride.Pour son ultime mission, Endeavour devra livrer à la Station spatiale internationale le spectromètre magnétique Alpha 2 (AMS), un module de sept tonnes et de deux milliards de dollars qui doit s’attaquer aux plus grandes questions posées sur l’Univers : l’existence d’antimatière ou la nature de la matière noire invisible. Selon Mike Moses, le report du lancement d’Endeavour n’aura pas d’incidence sur celui de la dernière navette, Atlantis, prévu au mois de juin.Après cette date, la Nasa dépendra exclusivement des Soyouz russes pour acheminer ses astronautes et son matériel vers l’ISS, au prix de 51 millions de dollars le siège, jusqu’à ce qu’un autre vaisseau US, probablement commercial, ne prenne la relève. Mais cela ne se fera probablement pas avant 2015.Le 2 mai 2011 à 09:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Inter pleads for Kids to attend games during ban

first_imgInter Milan are not keen on appealing their stadium ban but have asked for children to fill one of San Siro’s stands for their next Serie A game against Sassuolo.The club was ordered to play two domestic matches behind closed doors after the racial abuse to Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly during their Serie A meeting on Boxing Day.However, the Nerazzurri responded on their official website: “FC Internazionale Milano announce they will not appeal the decision taken by Lega Serie A’s judge for the events that took place during the Inter-Napoli on December 26.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“The club have instead filed a request to the FIGC and Lega to offer the possibility to girls and boys from the Nerazzurri’s Scuole Calcio and Centro Sportivo Italiano to attend the game against Sassuolo, scheduled for January 19, valid for Week 20 of Serie A, in the First Orange Tier.“[We believe it is] an important initiative to launch a strong and clear signal against all forms of discrimination and violence.”last_img read more

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BEST SERVICE PROVIDERS IN WILMINGTON Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards Announced

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wicked Local recently revealed its 2019 Readers Choice Awards for Wilmington.  Below are the winners and honorable mentions for service providers.Do you agree with the winners?  Any notable snubs?  Let us know in the comments below or on Wilmington Apple’s Facebook page.Accountant#1 Choice: Dave SousaHonorable Mention: Karen SaporitoHonorable Mention: Ray MecuriHonorable Mention: Thomas CraigFinancial Planner#1 Choice: Guy Angiuoni Jr.#1 Choice: Michael MonteforteMaid/House Cleaning Service#1 Choice: Kim ThompsonHonorable Mention: Freakyclean LadyHonorable Mention: Marsha NewhouseLandscaper#1 Choice: Fine Line Landscaping#1 Choice: RCP LandscapingHonorable Mention: D&D Mulch & LandscapeHonorable Mention: Giroux Bros. LandscapingHonorable Mention: Mike’s LandscapingHonorable Mention: Russell LandscapingAttorney/Lawyer#1 Choice: Michael MonteforteHonorable Mention: Robert PetersonVeterinarian/Animal Hospital#1 Choice: Wilmington Veterinary HospitalPhysical Therapy#1 Choice: Leonardo Physical TherapyHonorable Mention: Harmeling Physical TherapyHonorable Mention: Hatfield TherapyHair Salon#1 Choice: Hair DesignsHonorable Mention: Hair XtremeHonorable Mention: Nicholas Scott SalonDay Spa or Massage#1 Choice: La Moon Thai Spa#1 Choice: Susan AntonHonorable Mention: Hatfield’s Healing HandsManicure/Pedicure#1 Choice: WOW NailsHonorable Mention: Coco NailsHonorable Mention: Elegant Touch NailsTanning Salon#1 Choice: Catchin RayzHonorable Mention: Tint OrganicFitness Studio/Health Club#1 Choice: RMA Fitness CenterHonorable Mention: Core Fitness At Wilmington Dance AcademyHonorable Mention: Wilmington Fit Body Boot CampHonorable Mention: The Yoga LoftWeight Loss Center#1 Choice: Planet FitnessAssisted Living#1 Choice: Windsor PlaceHonorable Mention: CareOne at WilmingtonHonorable Mention: Monteforte Law PCDoctor/Primary Care Physician or Pediatrician#1 Choice: Dr. Paul MacDonaldHonorable Mention: Dr. Daniel CarsonHonorable Mention: Dr. Lillian S. Moy-YeeDentist or Dental Office#1 Choice: Silver Lake DentalHonorable Mention: Biondo & Foley Dental GroupHonorable Mention: Pediatric Dental Care of WilmingtonChiropractor#1 Choice: Wilmington Family Chiropractic & Wellness CenterHonorable Mention: Wellcare Chiropractic CenterHonorable Mention: Dr. Kevin G. WexlerDaycare/Preschool#1 Choice: Wonder Years Learning CenterHonorable Mention: Abundant Life Christian School & Learning CenterDry Cleaner#1 Choice: Lapels Dry CleaningHonorable Mention: Anton’s CleanersHonorable Mention: Maxi The CleanersAuto Service/Repair#1 Choice: AAA Tire CoHonorable Mention: Charlie’s Auto BodyHonorable Mention: Forrest Auto RepairCommunity Bank/Credit Union#1 Choice: Reading Co-Operative BankInsurance Agency#1 Choice: Marotta Insurance AgencyDance School#1 Choice: The Dance CompanyHonorable Mention: Wilmington Dance AcademyHonorable Mention: Debi’s Dance StudioGymnastics School#1 Choice: Gym Street USAHonorable Mention: The Dance CompanyHonorable Mention: Reading Gymnastics Academy (North Reading)Retirement Living Residence#1 Choice: Windsor Place of WilmingtonHonorable Mention: Woodbriar Health CenterHVAC/Plumbing – Heating/AC Company#1 Choice: Kevin Scott Heating & PlumbingHonorable Mention: St. Jean Heating & CoolingLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBEST PLACES TO SHOP IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”BEST PLACES TO EAT IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”Wicked Local Announces Wilmington’s 2018 Readers Choice Award WinnersIn “Business”last_img read more

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Bangladeshi migrants rescued near Texas detained in Turkey

first_imgFour Bangladeshi nationals rescued from Rio Grande by Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents. Photo: US Border Patrol/Laredo SectorA group of Bangladeshi nationals have been rescued from drowning near Texas border, a US online newspaper has reported.And several other Bangladeshis were among 300 irregular migrants detained in Turkey, according to media reports.Border Patrol agents rescued a group of Bangladeshi nationals after they nearly drowned in the Rio Grande, reports Beritbart.It said Marine agents working river patrol observed a group of migrants in the Rio Grande River on the evening of 29 October.The agents observed the four migrants were having difficulty staying afloat in the current, Beritbart quoted Laredo Sector Border Patrol officials as saying.The agents carefully approached the group and noticed two of the men disappear under the surface. Officials said the agents quickly responded and grabbed the two men from the water and pulled them onto the boat.Agents then pulled the two remaining migrants into the boat and transported all four to the shoreline where ground-based agents waited.Medically trained Border Patrol agents evaluated the four migrants and determined they did not require any additional assistance.During the immigration interview, agents learned the four men are Bangladeshi nationals who were being smuggled into the US. The agents transported the men to the Laredo South Station for processing.Bangladeshis were among 300 irregular migrants detained in Turkey. Photo: Anadolu AgencySince the beginning of fiscal year 2019, Laredo Sector apprehended 75 Bangladeshi nationals, Laredo Sector officials told Breitbart News in response to an inquiry. This is more than 10 per cent of the total arrested during the previous year.Bangladeshis among migrants detained in TurkeyThere were Bangladeshis who were among at least 301 irregular migrants held across Turkey, reports Anadolu Agency, a Turkey-based international news agency.A total of 264 migrants including Pakistani, Iraqi, Iranian, Afghan, Bangladeshi, Algerian and Palestinian nationals, were reportedly detained during gendarmerie patrols in several districts in Edirne province.In the Aegean Izmir province, 37 irregular migrants—including Syrians, Iraqis and Palestinians—were held in the Kusadasi district, said Anadolu Agency quoted a security source as saying.The migrants attempted to cross to Greek islands via a rubber boat, the source added.Turkey has been a main route for irregular migrants trying to cross into Europe, especially since 2011, when the Syrian civil war began.last_img read more

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WATCH Texas AM Welcomes New Coach Jimbo Fisher

first_imgSuccess doesn’t happen by accident. It is truly about the people. What we want to do here is provide success for our student athletes – Jimbo Fisher#12thMan pic.twitter.com/04XBwQ1HeC— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) December 4, 2017 Share Your expectations will never be greater than mine – Jimbo Fisher#12thMan pic.twitter.com/l7KOs8CQMc— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) December 4, 2017 “I’ve always admired Texas A&M from afar and appreciated what it had.” – Jimbo Fisher #12thMan pic.twitter.com/6JfsifRwYp— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) December 4, 2017 “It’s an exciting time to be at Texas A&M, & I’m extremely proud to be your coach.” – Jimbo Fisher #12thMan pic.twitter.com/dEr74bH9Cj— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) December 4, 2017 – / 11Jimbo Fisher said the opportunity to coach Texas A&M was one he simply couldn’t pass up.Fisher was lured away from Florida State, where he won a national championship in 2013, with a 10-year, $75 million contract at Texas A&M. Fisher was formally introduced at Texas A&M on Monday.Fisher takes over for Kevin Sumlin, who was fired Nov. 26 after the Aggies finished the regular season 7-5 and 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference. The 53-year-old Sumlin, who went 51-26 and led the Aggies to a bowl game in each of his six seasons, is still owed $10 million for the remaining two years on his contract.Fisher went 83-23 in eight seasons at Florida State, leading the Seminoles to three Atlantic Coast Conference championships and four Atlantic Division titles.Jimbo Fisher’s trumpeted arrival to College Station: pic.twitter.com/GUmttygt2R— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) December 3, 2017 “He is the right coach at the right time for Texas A&M.” – Scott Woodward on the hiring of Jimbo Fisher #12thMan pic.twitter.com/MruAaXn20z— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) December 4, 2017last_img read more

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