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Werder Bremen admit flying a drone over Hoffenheims training ground

first_imgWerder Bremen confirmed that a drone was flown over Hoffenheim’s training ground on Tuesday before their 1-1 Bundesliga drawThe drone was spotted by Hoffenheim staff at the club’s base as the team underwent their final training session before Wednesday’s clash.Local authorities were alerted by Hoffenheim as flying a drone over people in Germany is illegal.Bremen CEO Frank Baumann confessed the drone was from them and added that they had someone in the area.Now the German side have released a statement announcing that Baumann, coach Florian Kohfeldt and analysts were the ones behind it.“Werder Bremen briefly brought a drone into action last Tuesday during TSG Hoffenheim’s training,” read the statement on the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“This is the result of a conversation between Werder CEO Baumann, head coach Kohfeldt and employees of the analysis department.”Baumann accepted full responsibility in a press conference on Friday.“We discussed everything internally. I take responsibility for this,” said Baumann.“If the action in Hoffenheim led to a certain uncertainty on the training ground, then we would like to apologise for that.“A drone was flown for a short period, but didn’t fly over the pitch their team was training on. There was no threat. Everything has been resolved with Hoffenheim.“We have done nothing illegal. That would go against our club principles. We apologise to Hoffenheim if the incident has unnerved them. This is all we have to say on the matter.”last_img read more

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three organizations are collaborating to host a single event for all in San Diego County to thank and honor Vietnam Veterans for their service and sacrifice.Presented by Hospice of the North Coast, the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration 2019” program will be on March 30, 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Army and Navy Academy, 2605 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008.This program will recognize those veterans who served. General admission tickets are free and donations are accepted.Ticket and sponsor information click here. Posted: March 29, 2019 March 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom “Welcome Home” Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Budget Deal May Be Required to Enact Defense Policy Bill

first_imgThe next step following President Obama’s veto of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization last week will be an attempt by House Republicans to come up with the votes to override it.The task won’t come easy as the House’s 270-156 vote approving the conference report at the beginning of the month fell 20 votes shy of the 290 needed to reach a two-thirds majority. House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and GOP leaders will start by leaning on the 10 Republicans who voted against the conference report to switch their votes.And then defense hawks will work on Democrats from defense-dependent districts who voted against the bill. “Nobody’s denying it’s going to be an uphill climb,” a Republican congressional aide told Politico.The House vote to override the veto is scheduled for Nov. 5. An override vote will only take place in the Senate if the House achieves the two-thirds majority needed to overturn the veto. The Senate’s 70-27 vote to adopt the conference report exceeded the two-thirds threshold, but it’s possible that some Democrats would switch their votes to sustain the president’s veto.If Congress fails to override Obama’s rejection of the annual policy bill, the best hope for enacting the measure would be for the two parties to strike a deal raising the statutory budget caps. That would be the only path that meets the president’s demand to provide budget relief to the Pentagon as well as non-defense agencies. Under that scenario, the authorization bill likely would be updated to reflect the new spending levels and then sent back to the president. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition promises an ageappropriate Alexa

first_imgAmazon has a new Alexa speaker, the Echo Dot Kids Edition. Amazon Amazon updated its Echo Dot speaker back in 2018, so it’s no surprise that the tech company decided to revamp its original Echo Dot Kids Edition with a next-gen device as well. At a glance, Amazon clearly drew inspiration from the third-generation Echo Dot, which has a more rounded shape, complete with mesh fabric and a few color options. The new Echo Dot Kids Edition costs $70 (Amazon says it will be on sale for $50 for “a limited time”) and comes in rainbow (pictured above) and “frost blue” color finishes. See it at AmazonNote that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.Amazon says the new Echo Dot Kids Edition is “70% louder” than the first-gen version and includes a year of FreeTime Unlimited. FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription service that offers Alexa features just for kids — and provides controls for parents, as well as a variety of non-Echo features on Fire tablets and other devices for children. Which Amazon Echo speaker should you buy? Amazon’s new Alexa features put more emphasis on privacy Pre-Prime Day deal: The Amazon Echo is only $65 But what about your kid’s privacy? Amazon has recently come under fire following reports that the company holds on to transcripts of your Alexa conversations, even after you’ve deleted the audio clip. Amazon has since introduced new features, such as the  “Alexa, delete everything I said today” command. Child advocacy groups also have issues with the first-generation Echo Dot Kids Edition, according to a report in May claiming that the speaker violates privacy laws, prompting a request for an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. Amazon recently introduced the Echo Show 5 as well, which is scheduled for a June 26 release. The Echo Show 5 is a smaller smart display with a 5.5-inch screen and a built-in privacy screen. It doesn’t have kid-specific features, but you might want to get a full sense of what’s on the horizon for Echo devices before you buy. Read more about Alexa privacy.The new Echo Dot Kids Edition is available for preorder now and is expected to ship later this month. Read more: Which Amazon Echo speaker should you buy? 1:58 Further reading Smart Speakers & Displays Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers All of Amazon’s Alexa smart speakers reading • Amazon launches new Alexa device for kids but privacy issues will still scare some parents Kids try to stump Alexa Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Tags Share your voice 0 15 Photoscenter_img Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Post a comment Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected • See All CNET Smart Home Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Examples of Alexa skills only available via FreeTime Unlimited include Disney Dance Floor by Disney Publishing, Baby Shark Adventures by Pinkfong and Ghostbusters by Sony.New FreeTime Unlimited Alexa features include news reports via National Geographic and News-o-Matic with the command, “Alexa, what’s my news?” Alexa Skill Blueprints is also new. With Blueprints, parents and kids can “build an interactive adventure story” from an existing template and more.The FreeTime Unlimited parental controls service will cost Amazon Prime customers $3 per month. Without Prime, the service costs $5 per month.  CNET Smart Home Now playing: Watch this: Alexa Amazonlast_img read more

7yearold Kerala boy ends up in ventilator after brutal attack by mothers

first_imgEDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A Yemeni boy lies in a hospital bed as he receives treatment in the Huthi-rebel-held capital Sanaa on March 11, 2019, from wounds sustained during a reported air strike in the Kisar district of the northern Hajjah province.MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]A 7-year-old from Kerala ends up in ventilator after he suffered major injuries including a cracked skull after he was brutally attacked by his mother’s partner on Thursday.The incident took place in Kumaramangalam near Thodupuzha in Idukki district of Kerala when Arun Anand (35), a native of Thiruvananthapuram started assaulting the younger brother of the victim. The boy was trying to protect his 4-year-old brother from getting beaten up by the accused.The accused smashed the victim on the ground and had hit him with a stick on his head. The boy sustained skull fracture, internal bleeding and lung injury. He also had cuts and bruises all over the body. The boy’s mother and brother were also present during the incident.The incident came into light after the local hospital authorities informed the police and Child Rights Commission about the deteriorating condition of the boy. The boy was later shifted to a hospital in Ernakulam for emergency surgery. But even after the surgery, the boy is still in critical condition as the blood circulation to his head has stopped.According to the police, the accused Arun has been living with the family from the past few months and is a drug addict. The victim’s younger brother has also sustained injuries and the police have recorded his statement as he is the only witness of the assault.The Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked for an immediate report on the incident from the district authorities. He has also asked the hospital authorities to ensure that all expert treatments are given to the victim.Health Minister KK Shylaja said the government will bear the treatment expenses of the child. “Stringent action will be taken against those engaged in cruelty to children. The covering up of assaults against children is also a grave crime,” said the minister, reports NDTV.Several Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections have been slapped against Arun, including section 303 (attempt to murder), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act.last_img read more

TCS Infosys Q3 results declared all eyes now on HCL Tech Wipro

first_imgWipro campus in Bangalore June 23, 2009 (representational image).Reuters fileOf the five major Indian IT services companies, two — TCS and Infosys — have declared their December quarter (Q3) results. Investors and analysts would now wait for the other three — Wipro, HCL Technologies and Tech Mahindra.HCL Technologies and Wipro will be declaring their results on January 24 and 25 respectively, while Tech Mahindra will announce its Q3 financial performance on January 30.Read: Tech Mahindra, HCL Tech likely to outperform Infosys, TCS and Wipro in revenue growthHere is what Vishal Sikka, Pravin Rao, MD Ranganath said after Dec quarter resultsTCS reported 10.9 percent increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 6,778 crore from Rs 6,110 crore in the corresponding quarter last financial year, while total income at Rs 29,735 crore in Q3 marks an increase of 8.7 percent YoY and 1.5 percent sequentially. In dollar terms, total income stood at $4,387 million. Digital revenues accounted for 16.8 percent of the total revenues and grew 30.8 percent YoY.The company also declared a third interim dividend of Rs 6.50 per share.Read: Infosys, Wipro, TCS, Tech Mahindra plunge over fresh H-1B visa fearsInfosys, India’s second-largest IT software services exporter, reported 7 percent YoY increase in net profit to Rs 3,708 crore while total income grew 8.6 percent YoY to Rs 17,273 crore. “Taking into account seasonal and other additional headwinds for the quarter, our Q3 revenue performance was broadly in line with our expectations,” Vishal Sikka, CEO and MD, Infosys, said in the company’s regulatory filing to the BSE.The dampener was in the form of yet another downward revenue guidance to 7.2-7.6 percent from the earlier 7.5-8.5 percent for the current financial year (8.4-8.8 percent in constant currency terms).Here is the projection for Wipro, HCL Technologies and Tech Mahindra:Wipro could post 1.3 percent growth fall in revenues in CC terms on a sequential basis to $1,914 million, aided by 0.3 percent QoQ CC organic growth from Appirio (1-month revenue) and net profit is expected to come in at Rs 2,190 crore, driven by 5.8 percent QoQ growth on account of improved profitability and higher other income, Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL) said in its preview note. IDBI Capital Markets has projected 1.5 percent QoQ revenue growth in CC terms to $2,032 million. “We expect consolidation of Appirio to add $15 milliion to the revenue,” the brokerage said in its note.Tech Mahindra is expected to post 3.1 percent sequential growth in constant currency (CC) terms to $1,091 million, said MOSL, while IDBI Capital Markets estimates it at 3.5 percent CC growth sequentially, lead by core-business growth, enterprise segment and M&As. Net profit is likely to come at Rs 727 crore, translating into a growth of 12.8 percent sequential growth, added MOSL.HCL Technologies is expected to post 2.1 percent growth in CC terms to $1,735 million, with net profit estimated at Rs 1,937.5 crore, down 2.1 percent, QoQ, according to MOSL. The revenues are likely to come in at $1,741 million at 2.5 percent growth rate sequentially, IDBI Capital Markets said.On Friday, Wipro ended at Rs 484, HCL Techologies at Rs 847 and Tech Mahindra at Rs 489 on the BSE.last_img read more

IT startup employees are entitled to labour law benefits like provident fund

first_imgIn picture: A man counts 1000 Indian rupee banknotes outside a branch of Bank of India in Mumbai, India, November 10, 2016. [Representational image]Reuters fileUnion Minister of State for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya on Monday, July 24, provided a much-needed boost to employees of tech start-ups, saying they can claim benefits like provident funds that are part of the labour laws of the country. The statement came in the backdrop of information technology (IT) sector crisis in India.The minister’s announcement means start-ups cannot deny employees benefits like provident funds.What the minister saidIn a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Dattatreya said: “The workers of IT start-ups and small-scale industries may avail of benefits of provisions of the Employees Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, the Employees State Insurance Act and social security schemes under the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act depending on eligibility.” The minister’s assertion is important because the Central government has launched a number of schemes for salaried professionals, but it requires organisations to be linked to them and pay their employees dues regularly. This may not always happen, especially because studies have shown close to 90 percent start-ups fail within their first five years.And given the pains a start-up has to go through to raise funds for expansion, some might opt to spend more money on infrastructure now and employee benefits later, once they have better cash flow.  In picture: Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) Bandaru Dattatreya.Press Information BureauCurrent situationIndia’s IT sector has been hit by a number of factors in recent times. Primary among these is the US curb on H1-B visas, which Indian IT companies often use to get Indian professionals to the US to work on projects for lower remuneration. Since then, there has been news of layoffs in many IT companies in India, which have looked to the US to get more employees. The fear of being laid off has driven people to suicide. On the other hand, some are looking to get re-skilled in order to find jobs in newer, more relevant fields.last_img read more

Narayana Murthy hits back at Infosys board says extremely anguished by allegations

first_imgN. R. Narayana Murthy, founder and former chairman of Infosys.Reuters fileIT major Infosys’ co-founder and chairman emeritus Narayana Murthy has hit back at the company’s board saying that he is “extremely anguished by the allegations, tone and tenor” of statements issued after the resignation of MD and CEO Dr. Vishal Sikka.Dr. Sikka resigned from his position on Friday morning. He has accepted a new position of executive vice chairman to ensure continuity until the new management is in place.Read the FULL TEXT of Narayana Murthy’s statement:I have read the statement issued by the Board of Directors of Infosys.I am extremely anguished by the allegations, tone and tenor of the statements. I voluntarily left the Board in 2014 and am not seeking any money, position for children or power. My concern primarily was the deteriorating standard of corporate governance which I have repeatedly brought to the notice of the Infosys board.It is below my dignity to respond to such baseless insinuations. However, several shareholders who have read the whistle-blower report have told me that it is hard to believe a report produced by a set of accused, giving a clean chit to the accused, and the accused refusing to disclose why they got a clean chit! They say that this is not the way an impartial and objective investigation should be held.I will reply to these allegations in the right manner and in the right forum and at the appropriate time.last_img read more

Elon Musk wants to save Puerto Rico with solar power

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Families remain ignorant for 4 yrs about missing persons

first_imgShahnaz Begum, wife of missing BNP leader Humayun Parvez, speaks at a seminar at DRU in Dhaka. Photo: Prothom AloShahriar Kabir broke down in tears, saying, “If anyone’s father dies, they can go the grave and pray. But I don’t even know whether my father is dead or alive.”Shahriar is the son of Laksham (Comilla) BNP leader Humayun Parvez who has been missing for four years.On 27 November 2013, Humayun Parvez with two leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Saiful Islam and Jasimuddin, had been going to Dhaka from Laksham by ambulance. A team of RAB-11 intercepted them in Comilla’s Harispur and picked them up in their vehicle. He has not been heard of since, said Humayun’s son Shahriar.He was speaking at a seminar organised by Bangladesh Nagorik Odhikar Forum to demand an end to the disappearances, killings and oppression.  Members of other families of abducted persons gathered at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) yesterday, Sunday, to attend the seminar, demanding that the missing persons be returned.The seminar was chaired by Humayun Parvez’s wife Shahnaz Begum.Shahnaz Begum said Humayun’s father had finally passed away without knowing the fate of his son. She demanded justice for all extrajudicial killings and abductions.Her son Shahriar said that a case was lodged with the Laksham police station four years ago, but no headway was made in the case.Rafsanul Islam, son of another victim Saiful Islam, claimed that he filed a case about four years ago, but there has been no progress in the case. The police were silent about it.The speakers at the programme said that nearly 400 people including BNP leader Ilias Ali and Chowdhury Alam, politicians, teachers, media persons, and publishers had disappeared.Sajedul Islam disappeared from the capital four years ago. His sister Afroza Islam said, “RAB picked Sajedul and eight others from Bashundhara residential area on 4 December, 2013. The families are still looking. The home minister has simply said that they cannot find them.Afroza thinks that the missing persons had been abducted for criticising the government.Khondokar Mosharraf Hossain, member of BNP’s permanent committee, was the chief guest at the seminar, with professor Siddiqur Rahman from Dhaka University as special guest. Lawyer Rafique Sikder read the keynote.last_img read more

Police absent on the spot still injured

first_img,As many as 401 leaders and activists of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were implicated in a case filed after an attack on BNP candidate for Munshiganj-1 Shah Moazzem Hossain’s motorcade on Saturday.However, the police registered the case for showing it as an incident of attack on the law enforcement.Witnesses and local BNP leaders said no policeman was not present during the occurence.Shah Moazzem’s motorcade came under attack by some unidentified men in Kuchiamora area in Sirajdikhan upazila on Saturday.Officer-in-charge (OC) of Sirajdikhan police station Farid Uddin then said none was injured in the incident.On Monday, he claimed that five policemen including sub-inspector Sheikh Ashraful  and Mashiqur Rahman got injured in the incident.The police filed the case on Sunday accusing the BNP men of injuring the policemen.SI Ashraful named 251 BNP men including upazila secretary general Awlad Hossain and implicated 100-150 unnamed men in the case.Asked about contradictory statement about the police being attacked, OC Farid Uddin said Saturday’s comment was his immediate response.He claimed that he later knew that five police men were injured as brickbat was thrown at them and took primary treatment at upazila health complex.However, witnesses said the attackers left the scene 15 minutes after the attack was carried out around 4:30pm.On hearing, the police personnel reached the spot around an hour later.Sirajdikhan upazila BNP chairmen Abdul Kuddus, who was at Shah Moazzem’s entourage, confidently said no policeman was present during the attack.“The police didn’t come (during the attack) although we called them. How can they be injured? We have seen 5-7 policemen reached the spot around 7:00pm when we started for Dhaka,” he said. Khondokar Ashek Mahmud, a physician at Sirajdikhan upazila health complex, recalled that five policemen came to the facility to take treatment. However, there were no such injury marks on their bodies.“I heard they were injured by brickbat,” he added.Superintendent of Munshiganj police Zaidul Alam Fuad, however, said the policemen might get injured during the chaos.He said the police would not harass any innocent person.last_img read more

Flood rescue stepped up as more rain batters Indias Kerala

first_imgRescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala, India, on 18 August 2018. ReutersRescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain Saturday to reach stranded villages in India’s Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead.Dozens of military and coastguard helicopters took troops to high risk areas seeking people trapped on the roofs of submerged buildings. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi described the crisis as “devastating” after visiting Kerala.Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced late Friday that the monsoon death toll had dramatically risen to 324.Media reports said at least another 14 bodies were found Saturday and state officials said they expected the number to rise as more landslides were reported and dam levels remained dangerously high. No new official toll was given however.With power and communication lines down, thousands remained trapped in towns and villages cut off by the floods amid growing shortages of food and water.Helicopters have been dropping emergency food and water supplies across Kerala, while special trains carrying drinking water and rice have been sent to the state.With rain alerts hanging over much of the state, dozens of dam and reservoir gates across the state have had to be opened as the waters reached danger levels, inundating many villages downstream.Particular fears have been raised for Chengannur, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, which has been cut off for four days.Troops and military boats have been sent to the town and media reports said bodies had been found. The state government did not immediately give an updated toll early Saturday.An aerial view shows partially submerged houses at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India, on 17 August 2018. Reuters- Helicopter plea -Saji Cherian, who represents Chengannur in the Kerala assembly, said he feared there were at least 50 dead in the town and broke down in tears as he pleaded for more help on Asianet TV late Friday.“Please give us a helicopter. I am begging you. Please help me, people in my place will die. Please help us. There is no other solution, people have to be airlifted,” he said.“We did what we can with fishing boats we procured using our political clout. But we can’t do more.”With no end in sight to the rains, people all over the state of 33 million have made panic-stricken appeals on social media for help, saying they cannot make contact with rescue services.Some say they are trapped inside temples and hospitals as well as submerged homes.Authorities have warned that rains and strong winds are predicted for many parts of Kerala on Saturday and Sunday.Prime minister Modi arrived in Kerala on Friday night and held meetings with state leaders and went on a brief air inspection tour.“I took stock of the situation arising in the wake of the devastating floods across the state,” Modi said in a Twitter statement.An Indian woman rescued by the Indian navy personnel rests with her grandchildren at the Naval relief camp in Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala on 18 August 2018. AFPAn immediate grant of $75 million was offered by the government. Other state governments promised nearly $20 million.Opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi demanded though that Modi declare the flood crisis a “national disaster”.Dozens of military helicopters stepped up rescue operations across the state and in one a heavily pregnant woman Sajita Jabeel, 25, gave birth just after her rescue, an Indian Navy spokesman said.“It was a very critical case, the lady was in labour, her water had broken,” the pilot, the pilot Commandeer Vijay Verma told News18 television.“We took a doctor along, we winched her up, it took some time though because we had to winch down two people to help her get on to the strop.”Another pilot, Captain P Rajkumar, winched 26 people up from a rooftop after guiding the helicopter through trees and other houses.A video of his Sea King pulling up the victims has been widely shared on social media. He ended up with 32 people in his Sea King helicopter.Rajkumar was given the Shaurya Chakra medal for bravery this week after lifting a fisherman from the sea when cyclone Ockhi hit India last year.last_img read more

Qunun escape sparks rare criticism of Saudi guardianship laws

first_imgFactfile on what we know so far about the 18-year-old Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun who was detained at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok and is now being helped by UNHCR. Photo: AFPA Saudi teen’s live-tweeted asylum plea has cast a renewed spotlight on women’s rights just months after women won the right to drive, and sparked rare criticism of restrictive “guardianship” laws — from men.Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, arrived in Thailand at the weekend after fleeing what she called an abusive family in the deeply conservative kingdom and staved off deportation after her tweets drew global attention.Qunun’s impassioned cry for help set off a media frenzy, prompting angry denunciations and death threats from many in a kingdom where guardianship laws are still widely supported.But the incident sparked a rare online debate as several young Saudis — including men — implored authorities to dismantle the guardianship system.Seen as a form of gender apartheid, the system means Saudi women are often only as free as their male “guardians” — husband, father and other male relatives — allow them to be. The men in their lives have to give formal permission for the women to study, get married or even renew their passports.”Guardianship gives men the ultimate authority over women,” a young Saudi medical student named Bandar said in a video monologue posted on Twitter.”He can control her, slap her, beat her, do whatever he wants and no (government) agency can stop him.”This is causing women to dream about living elsewhere, away from where they were born and raised. Why? Because living here suffocates them.”As tweets by Qunun, now in the care of a UN refugee agency in Thailand, went viral, a new hashtag gained traction in Saudi Arabia: “Drop guardianship or all of us will migrate”.”Saudi society, in general, has utterly failed to come to terms with the reality that women have an equal desire for self actualisation,” tweeted another Saudi man, Ahmad Nasser al-Shathri.”The notion that a women’s innate desire is to be a homemaker is crippling our societal growth.”‘Repressive’ systemThe backlash follows a wide-ranging liberalisation drive spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that is aimed at transforming the conservative petro-state, long criticised for its treatment of women.His reforms include the much-celebrated decision overturning the world’s only ban on female motorists last June, allowing women to attend soccer games alongside men and take on jobs that once fell outside the narrow confines of traditional gender roles.Catalysed in large measure by what experts call economic pain owing to a drop in oil prices, the reforms have introduced a series of firsts in the Saudi labour market, where women have a miniscule presence.In recent months, Saudi media has championed the first woman restaurant chef, first woman news anchor and even the first woman racing driver.For the first time, women are seen alongside men in music concerts and social gatherings, amid the waning influence of the once-feared religious police, which strictly segregated the genders.But while transforming the lives of many women, this reform drive will be cosmetic for many others until the kingdom abolishes a system that gives men arbitrary authority over their female relatives, critics say.”The social reforms in Saudi Arabia are very much real and they will improve the everyday lives of women,” Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, told AFP.”But the guardianship system remains repressive and hinders women’s rights and mobility.”Lightning rodWomen’s empowerment is a potential social lightning rod in the deeply traditional society of Saudi Arabia.Officials close to the government say they are seeking to dismantle the system piecemeal to prevent any backlash from arch-conservatives.Meanwhile, horror stories regularly surface.Women inmates are often reported to be stuck in prisons after completing their terms because they were not claimed by their guardians.One Saudi woman told AFP how she was stuck in limbo, unable to even renew her passport, when her father, her only male guardian, slipped into a coma after an accident.Many Saudis condemned Qunun for what they described as dishonouring her family.But as she galvanised international support in a Twitter-led campaign, many others voiced solidarity — especially after the Saudi charge d’affaires in Bangkok was caught on tape telling Thai authorities they should have confiscated Qunun’s cellphone.”It is challenging for the crown prince to completely dismantle guardianship laws because of religious conservatives who have a vested political interest to remain relevant in a changing Saudi Arabia,” said Momani.”That said, social pressure from young people like Rahaf, who find the reforms glacially slow … may prove more of a political challenge than the religious conservatives.”last_img read more

Nayan Bonds patronised by police politicians

first_imgSabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond. File PhotoSabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond, main accused of Rifat Sharif murder and killed in an alleged gunfight with police, created a criminal gang ‘Group 007’ under the patronisation of police and politicians. Nayan’s relatives and local politicians have said this. Nayan’s mother Shahida Akhter said Nayan did not become ‘Nayan Bond’ in a day. An influential quarter created Nayan Bond to use him, she said.Shahida, however, did not talk about the influential quarter.Nayan Bond and his criminal gang ‘Group 007’ came up in the discussions after Rifat was hacked to death in broad daylight in Barguna town on 26 June and the video footage of the murder went viral.Prime accused Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond was killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Barguna’s Burirchar on 2 July.But questions haunt Barguna people as to who are behind the rise of Nayan Bond.According to an investigation of Prothom Alo, Sunam Debnath, Barguna district Awami League unit science and technology affairs secretary, patronised Nayan Bond. Sunam is also the son of Dhirendra Debnath Shombhu, a member of parliament (MP) from Barguna-1 constituency. Shawon Talukdar and Abhijit Talukdar, two brothers-in-law of Sunam Debnath, were directly involved in different criminal activities committed by Nayan.Nayan built good relations with local police. He maintained regular contacts with at least six officers of Barguna Sadar police station and Detective Branch (DB) of police. Before becoming a small criminal, Nayan had a relation with police. He was also a so-called informant of police. In different criminal activities in the town, he got support from police. Alongside a number of police officers, politicians patronised him. Through this, he and his gang established supremacy in the entire town. None talked against them out of fear.“A group of youth does not become desperate naturally. It requires backing. There is no scope to spare those who gave them shelter,” Barguna district AL joint general secretary Motaleb Mridha said to Prothom Alo.Nayan’s mother Shahida Begum said Nayan was a good student at his boyhood. He got scholarships in class V and VIII. After the death of his father, a bank official in 2007, Nayan lost his interest in studies.Noor Hossain, a close friend of Nayan, said his love affair severed after the death of his father and he started taking cannabis. Before passing SSC, he was addicted to yaba and heroine in 2011. Then, he got involved in petty crimes including snatching cell phones and ornaments, he added. On 7 July 2011, a case was filed against Nayan on charges of snatching ornaments from a female student who was going to school.In 2017, he formed a criminal gang and controlled drug trade in the town. He opened a Facebook ID Nayan Bond. Members of his gang added Bond in their names too. On condition of anonymity, a councillor of Barguna municipality told Prothom Alo that he handed over Nayan to police when he (Nayan) went to a saw mill for extortion. As Nayan made a phone call, Sunam Debnath appeared on the spot. By the time, police took away Nayan in a pickup van. The councillor came to know later that Sunam helped Nayan get released from police van before it reached police station.Sunam Debnath was not available over phone for comments.A number of youths, who are involved in drug trade and criminal activities in Barguna town said Nayan was the informant of three DB officials including assistant sub inspector Khairul Hasan. Verifying the call list of Nayan, his contact with Khairul Hasan has been confirmed. When asked, Khairul said, “I had no contact with Nayan.” About Nayan Bond’s role as police informant, Barguna superintendent of police Maruf Hossain said, “The informant of police is a secret matter. The police officials are not compelled to disclose who their informant is.” Nayan’s mother Shahida Akhter said her son had a contact with police.This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Cardinals Announce Addition of Four Signees to 2019 Class

first_imgStory Links Caitlin BentleyHometown: Johannesburg, South Africa  High School: St Mary’s School WaverleyRowing Team: St. Mary’s School Rowing ClubIntended Major: Exploratory StudiesAbout Caitlin: She won gold in the single, double, and quad at the South African Schools Rowing Championships in 2018 along with being voted the 2018 South African Junior Rower of the Year. She represented South Africa at Junior Worlds in 2016 and 2017. Miranda McDonaldHometown: Springboro, OhioHigh School: SpringboroRowing Team: Dayton Boat ClubIntended Major: BioengineeringAbout Miranda: She was a competitive gymnast before she began coxing, and her athletic background created a great foundation for her coxing talents. She is mature and a confident decision maker. Team’s thoughts on Sydney: “She made a great first impression during her official visit. When she visited us this spring, she immediately fit right in with the team. Sydney is extremely genuine and a natural leader. She is very kind and her presence brings a fun energy into any room. We knew she was a Cardinal from the first day of her official visit.” Sydney on becoming a Cardinal: “I chose to attend the University of Louisville for the authentic passion and grit that I could feel in the team and coaches. I could sense that it would be a place where I could learn to be not only a better rower, but a better person. The unique culture and love of the sport was tangible in every person that I talked to. Louisville was the first school that I got excited when I thought about going back, which says a lot. It is an amazing city, school, and team, and I am be honored to be a part of the community Louisville Rowing has built.” Caitlin on becoming a Cardinal “The moment I set foot on campus I felt an overwhelming sense of friendly support from the girls and coaches. Everyone I met had such a great sense of humor which made me realize this is a happy and well-rounded community. Coming from South Africa, it’s a whole new culture and way of life to experience. The campus and facilities are fantastic as well, which makes me excited to join the University of Louisville.” For the latest on Louisville rowing, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @UofLRowing, Facebook /UofLRowing, and Instagram @UofLRowing.  Print Friendly Version Taleala on becoming a Cardinal “I absolutely fell in love with the team at Louisville. Everyone is so supportive of one another and pushes themselves and their teammates to be the best they can be. That mixed with the amazing resources made Louisville hard to beat in the recruiting search. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make life-long friends at Louisville.” Team’s thoughts on Caitlin: “We are so excited for Caitlin to join us. Her joy and integrity did not go unnoticed from the moment she arrived. Caitlin fits right in to our family.” LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville rowing team is proud to announce the signing of four student-athletes in Caitlin Bentley (Johannesburg, South Africa), Taleala McCarthy (Adelaide, Australia), Sydney Paulus (Seattle, Wash./ Bishop Blanchet), and Miranda McDonald (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro), to National Letters of Intent to compete for the Cardinals in the fall of 2019. The quartet joins a 2019 class that includes eight rowers that have already signed with the Cardinals. “These four student-athletes add a wealth of race experience and passion to our current signing class,” head coach Derek Copeland says. “We look forward to the grittiness and competitive edge they will add to the group. We are thrilled to have each and every one of these athletes joining us in the fall.” Miranda on becoming a Cardinal: “I fell in love with the team atmosphere and felt that everyone was driven to do their best while also pushing each other. Additionally, the strong engineering program at Louisville combined with the team competitiveness made me feel like I fit in perfectly. I’m looking forward to joining a program where I can practice what I love with a support system that will help me reach my goals.” Sydney PaulusHometown: Seattle, WashingtonHigh School: Bishop BlanchetRowing Team: Pocock Rowing CenterIntended Major: Biology/ Pre-MedAbout Sydney: She is currently team captain for both her swimming and rowing teams and is a member of the National Honors Society. She describes herself as compassionate, determined and quirky. Team’s thoughts on Miranda: “We are so excited for another Dayton Boat Club athlete to join our Louisville family! Miranda is going to be a great addition to the coxswain group and we are looking forward to watching her learn and grow with our team the next four years. She is an amazing teammate and we’re hyped to be able to compete alongside her.” Team’s thoughts on Taleala: “She is a very genuine person who is going be a great addition to our group of girls. We’re excited to see her throw down on the water!” Taleala McCarthyHometown: Adelaide, AustraliaHigh School: University Senior CollegeRowing Team: Adelaide Rowing ClubIntended Major:  BioengineeringAbout Taleala: She trained at the South Australian Sports Institute and went on to win SA State Titles in the U19 double and quad, as well as the U21 quad in 2018. She won Bronze in the U21 women’s quad at the 2018 Sydney international Rowing Regatta and most recently won SA State titles in the U21 quad and open quad in 2019.last_img read more

Lightning strikes kill 13 leave 20 others injured

first_imgKolkata: As many as 13 people were killed and 20 others injured in lightning strikes in various parts of the state on Monday morning.A nor’wester lashed different districts, accompanied by lightning, resulting in death of the victims, who were mostly farmers. They were working in the fields when the accident occurred.Among the deceased, three persons were from Murshidabad, Nadia and North 24-Parganas each, while four others were from Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda, two each from each district. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to a senior official of the disaster management department, most of the victims were out on streets or fields, when they were struck by lightning. It has been learnt that among the injured, four persons from Purulia are stated to be in critical condition.In view of the warnings issued by the weather office, the district administrations have alerted all the blocks, asking them to take precautionary measures so that such incidents can be averted. The villagers in various blocks have been asked not to work out on the field during a thundershower. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSeveral parts of South Bengal districts remained overcast from the early Monday morning. There was heavy downpour in the districts of Birbhum, Bankura, East and West Burdwan, Jhargram and Midnapore. The city and its adjoining areas in North and South Bengal also received rainfall on Monday morning. No damage or casualty has however been reported from the city.According to the weather office, a wind measuring around 60 km/h hit various districts, along with the rain bringing down the temperature by a few notches. People from the city have also breathed a sigh of relief, after respite from the sultry and uncomfortable weather. The commuters in the city and suburban areas also faced difficulties in reaching their destinations due to rain accompanied by storm. The regional meteorological centre at Alipore has predicted thundershower in the South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours.Heavy rain and storm have affected train services in various sections of Howrah and Sealdah divisions of Eastern Railway on Monday morning. Many of the local trains were delayed due to safety precautions.Train services on the Krishnanagar-Lalgola section were affected since 9.33 am, as some debris fell on the overhead wire at Bethuadahari. As a result of the incident, 13113 UP Kolkata-lalgola Hazarduari Express was detained near Bethuadahari. A tower van was pressed into action for the restoration of train services in the section.last_img read more

Art fair coming of age

first_imgLaunched in 2008, the fair has established itself as South Asia’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art. The upcoming addition of the fair will take place from 28 to 31 January 2016. Building on these foundations, the fair is revising its mission and refining its programming to reflect the best of South Asia’s diversity in the visual arts. It is making a number of enhancements in the organisation which includes significant changes to its partnerships, internal team and gallery programming. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’BMW is the new Presenting Partner of India Art Fair 2016 . For over 40 years the BMW group has made a significant contribution to culture, initiating over 100 cultural collaborations worldwide, from commissioned works by Gerhard Richter for the BMW group’s Munich headquarters, to projects with artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Olafur Eliasson and Jeff Koons.In 2013, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a global initiative of the BMW Group, Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum, premiered in India at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai. The fair announced the appointment of Zain Masud as International Director . Masud brings her experience within the art scenes of the Middle East, South Asia, Russia, China and Africa, alongside her extensive networks within the Western art world. Prior to this appointment, Zain served as Assistant Fair Director to Art Dubai for five years.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year the fair will be structured into five main sections: Galleries , the main section, which will feature leading Indian and international galleries. Focus will be to show solo presentations which have been curated by participating galleries or institutions. The fair will also showcase leading international and Indian museums and art foundations presenting elements of their programmes or collaborations commissioned specially for the fair. Platform, which will represent young emerging artists or collectives from all around South Asia, open to galleries and foundations within the region. Projects will show artworks including large scale sculptures or site specific installations at the fair. Full programme details including the gallery list, art projects, speakers list and collateral events will be announced on October 2016.last_img read more

Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup 2016 begins

first_imgGolf, commonly known as the gentleman’s game, when associated with a high class airline company, ups the class-quotient by great degrees. One of the golf’s largest and most exciting amateur tournaments, the fourth edition of Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup 2016, took place at Classic Golf & Country Club in the national Capital. The global event, which has gone from strength to strength since the inaugural tournament in 2013, featured 100 players, all personally-invited guests of Turkish Airlines. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Ravi Burman, Director, Urgent Care Hospital won the individual competition with 45 points and progresses to the Grand Final in Antalya, Turkey, this October and November. Dr Ranjeet Mehta, Director, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry was runner-up, Siddharth Sangwan, Market Leader – Global Technology Markets, Futurestep was third and Rajiv Thapar, Chairman, FFV Services Pvt. Ltd and Meeta Makhan, Director, IDFC Bank won the nearest-the-pin prizes. N K Lenka, MD, Nutrikraft India won the Best Gross Score. “We would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup qualifier in Delhi,” said Ozer Guler, General Manager for Turkish Airlines, North and East, India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe first qualifiers took place in Dar Es Salaam, Mumbai and Doha in February and the 2016 series will take place across the globe, in destinations including Hong Kong, Great Britain, South Korea, Japan, China, Spain, the United States, Portugal, Italy, France, Greece, Argentina, Brazil and Turkey. The overall winners of the Grand Final progress will play in the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open pro-am, while all finalists are to enjoy a seven-night stay in an all-inclusive hotel. Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 300 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 284 destinations worldwide with 235 international and 49 domestic. Turkish Airlines, which was recently voted Best Airline in Europe for the fifth consecutive year, as well as World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge and World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining in 2015, launched the World Golf Cup in 2013. After that initial success, there was a rapid expansion to include 70 events worldwide last year.last_img read more

All admissions in colleges should be made online Partha

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday held a meeting with Vice-Chancellors of state universities and made it clear to them that all admissions in colleges affiliated to them will be strictly through online.”There has been some stray incidents of irregularities over admission last year. So students are not required to be physically present in colleges during the admission process this year. All admissions should be online. The colleges can later carry out verification during the freshers’ welcome or sometime later before the classes begin,” Chatterjee stated. Senior officials of the state Higher Education department also attended the meeting chaired by Chatterjee at Bikash Bhavan in Salt Lake. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Vice-Chancellors have also been directed to identify certain areas under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) which has created doubts among students. He feels that there has been some gap in communication with students in certain universities when it comes to CBCS system that has been implemented in almost all the universities in the state from this year onwards. It has been found that first year classes have started late in some universities and students have got less time to prepare for their first semester. Chatterjee directed the V-Cs to take necessary steps to ensure that students have a clear-cut understanding of the CBCS pattern. The minister also directed the V-Cs to take necessary measures to fill up vacancies for teachers and the non-teaching staff. “In a number of varsities, posts are lying vacant. If the varsities do not take steps to fill up vacancies on a war footing, we will have to take strong measures,” Chatterjee maintained.last_img read more