Cong.-PAAS pact in jeopardy

first_imgJust before the Gujarat Congress announced its first list of candidates, the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had announced that it had reached an agreement with the Opposition party on the quota issue. But soon after the list was released, the agreement appeared to be unravelling as there were only two persons associated with PAAS in the list against an expected 8-9 names.Angry PAAS members went berserk, vandalised Congress offices in several places and slammed its leaders for not “honouring the commitments” made during their series of meetings to discuss the quota issue and finalise the seat-sharing formula.Damage controlPAAS convenor Hardik Patel, who was to officially announce the tie-up with the Congress in Rajkot, cancelled his rally. His close aides declared that if the Congress did not change the names, PAAS would oppose its candidates as it did the BJP’s.Sensing big trouble, the Congress launched a damage control exercise and promised to accommodate more PAAS members in its list. The party is now reportedly changing the candidates in as many as six seats.However, the party’s new list is yet to be made public. Tuesday is the last day for filing of nominations in 89 constituencies falling in Saurashtra & Kutch and South Gujarat, two regions going to the polls in the first phase on December 9.Hopes beliedAccording to insiders, the PAAS had demanded over a dozen seats in Patidar-dominated pockets in Saurashtra and Surat city.But the Congress fielded only two PAAS associates — Lalit Vasoya from Dhoraji and Amit Thummar from Junagadh. The two are among 18 Patidars fielded by the party.Sources said that changes are likely in Junagadh, Botad and a few other seats in Surat.The names of probable replacements were discussed at a meeting between Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Gujarat election-in-charge Ashok Gehlot in New Delhi.The party faced protests over the choice of candidates in several places, including Bharuch where Kiran Thakor was replaced by Jayesh Patel at the last moment.last_img read more

How to Succeed in Translational Science

first_imgAn advisory group today offered the National Institutes of Health (NIH) some suggestions for how to frame metrics for evaluating its vast $475 million consortium of translational research centers—such as the need to define what it takes to be a translational scientist. But it’s leaving the details of those metrics to NIH staff.The Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) are large grants (from about $4 million to $23 million a year) for training programs, regulatory staff, and other support for bench-to-bedside research at academic medical centers. Last June, among other recommendations, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) panel found that the 60 or so CTSAs were trying to do too much and needed to specialize. The panel also called for NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), which funds the CTSAs, to be more directly involved in overseeing them.Some of those recommendations are already being addressed—for example, in February NCATS replaced the CTSAs’ sprawling committee structure with a streamlined 15-member steering committee. NCATS staff members have also taken on getting the centers to focus on their individual strengths. But NCATS asked a working group of its advisory committee for help with a key part of how to do that—developing “meaningful, measurable goals and outcomes for the CTSA program,” according to the working group’s draft report released today.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The report defines four strategic goals—workforce development, collaboration/engagement, integration, and methods/processes—and lists dozens of “measurable objectives.” For example, to achieve workforce development, the CTSAs should define “core competencies” for a translational science workforce. To expand collaboration, the CTSAs should develop methods to “effectively engage relevant and diverse stakeholders,” such as patient groups and the Food and Drug Administration. To improve integration, CTSAs need to develop treatments for special populations, such as children and minorities. A fourth goal, methods/process, might include finding ways to conduct a clinical trial faster.However, the report doesn’t flesh out specific metrics for evaluating the CTSAs. “I see elements of measurement” but not how they would be “part of the evaluation process,” said one NCATS adviser, Tadataka Yamada, executive vice president of Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, today during the report’s rollout at a joint meeting of the NCATS council and another board.Working group co-chair Mary Disis of the University of Washington, Seattle, explained that the report offers “a template for metrics and evaluation.” Added NCATS Director Christopher Austin, “I see this as a translational step from the IOM report to what we now need to do.”last_img read more

U.S. Senate Panel Gives NSF a Small Boost

first_imgA U.S. Senate spending panel has met the president’s 2015 request for the National Science Foundation (NSF)—and that’s depressing news for the agency.This morning, the panel approved a $51.2 billion spending bill covering NSF, NASA, and the Department of Commerce. But unlike its counterpart in the House of Representatives, the panel stuck to the 1.1% increase for NSF, to $7.255 billion, that the White House had proposed. Last week, the House approved a 3.2% increase, adding $153 million to the president’s request for a total of $7.408 billion.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The bill, drafted by appropriations chair Senator Barbara Mikulski (D–MD), matches the House in its support for NASA’s science programs. At $5.2 billion, the proposed budget exceeds the president’s request by $435 million and is $250 million above current spending levels.The Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the bill on Thursday, and Mikulski hopes to win passage by the full Senate in July. Then the two numbers will have to be reconciled in a conference, which is not likely to take place until after the November elections. But this time, unlike in previous years, the House figure will represent the high-water mark for NSF. It may also be a one-time event: The chair of the House spending panel, Representative Frank Wolf (R–VA), is retiring at the end of the year. And his departure means that NSF will be losing one of its most stalwart supporters in the House from either side of the aisle.last_img read more

It’s Long Past Time to Compare Donald Trump And The Nazis

first_imgThe only discernible difference between what Donald Trump is doing to undocumented immigrants on our southern border and what the Nazis did all over Europe to Jews is that the Nazis had to go from house to house to round up their victims, while all Trump’s Border Patrol has to do is wait for their victims to walk or swim across the border.Read it at Salon Related Itemslast_img

Gionee launches Elife S8, a phone that supports 2 WhatsApp accounts

first_imgFor phone companies it is getting tough to compete with each other with every phone looking same and working similarly. So, in a bid to shake it up, Gionee on Monday launched the Elife S8, a smartphone with unique software features, including support for dual WhatsApp on single phone. What this means is that consumers will be able to run two different WhatsApp accounts on one phone.Also Read: Battle of the best: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 vs Sony Xperia X PerformanceWhile the unique WhatsApp support is the headlining feature of the S8, it also comes with a number of other software enhancements. The phone supports features like floating windows and has an inbuilt video editor. It uses the Amigo 3.2 user interface on top of Android Marshmallow. It also features a 3D Touch screen, which will help users access quick settings with long press on an app icon.The Elife S8 has been globally priced at 449 Euros. It will be available in India “within a month,” a Gionee spokesperson told IndiaToday Online.Also Read: Why the Samsung Galaxy S7 fails to impressThe Elife S8 is what we can call mainstream phone. It uses Helio P10 processor made by MediaTek and has 4GB RAM. There is 64GB internal storage inside the phone along with support for a microSD card.At the launch event, Gionee’s president William Lu highlighted that the S8 has a unique design. It uses an all-metal body and has no rubber inserts for antennas and sensors. Lu said that the the phone doesn’t need it because it uses some special Gionee created technology to hide sensors inside the aluminium without any interference from metal. The S8 is a large phone with a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with resolution of 1080p.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge: Top features, specifications, price and everything you need to knowIt also has a 16-megapixel camera with laser auto focus. On the front, the phone sports an 8-megapixel phone. For Gionee the focus with the S8 is on design and photography. “The S8 is equipped with an enhanced camera system for brighter and clearer photos and videos. It is the first smartphone to useRWB technology, as well as a F1.8 aperture and 6P lens that enables users to take optimum images in low-light scenarios,” the company said in a statement.Also Read: LG’s modular phone G5 in pictures: Everything you need to knowIn India, Gionee competes with firms like Xiaomi, Lenovo and Huawei. While in China, the company had done better against its rivals, in India it has struggled somewhat. The company believes that it has good products but it needs to bolster its message to consumers and marketing. That, according to the firm, is going to happen this year in India as the company has already prepared the plans for 2016 and is in the middle of rolling out new marketing initiatives.Disclosure: Gionee sponsored the writer’s travel and hotel expenses for the launch event in Barcelona, Spain.last_img read more

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Will give rest to key batsmen ahead of overseas tours: Virat Kohli

first_imgWith two hectic and crucial overseas tours lined-up, India captain Virat Kohli today said they will give much-needed rest to some key batsmen of the team to manage their workload.After playing against New Zealand and Sri Lanka at home, India will embark on a tour of South Africa, involving three Tests, six ODIs and three T20 Internationals in January next year. (It’s very tempting to play Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav together: Virat Kohli)The South Africa series will be followed by a grueling and lengthy tour of England where India will play three T20s, three ODIs and five Tests starting July, 2018.Kohli also said that its not just the batsmen, the team management will also rotate the bowling unit in the coming weeks to keep them afresh for the overseas tours.(Reuters Photo)”Yes, we have spoken about it (the schedule), it’s become quite hectic. That’s something we will definitely have to sit and discuss in future. Because, if you look at New Zealand, they haven’t played any cricket after Champions Trophy. There has been such a good lay off. It can be the difference in doing well in a big tournament and performing poorly,” Kohli said. (Tackling spinners is our main focus, says New Zealand opener Tom Latham)”Everyone needs time to come back, especially the fast bowlers. So we are doing that now with Umesh (Yadav) and (Mohammad) Shami. We want them fresh for a Test season coming up. We don’t want overtired players and that’s something we have spoken about already.advertisement”Even some of the key batsmen will definitely get some rest in the future weeks because of the importance of the away tours coming up. So we will have to figure out ways to do that. But it’s certainly a thing that we need to discuss for the future as well,” he added ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand here tomorrow.After the limited-overs series New Zealand India are scheduled to play Sri Lanka in a three-Test, three-ODI and three-T20 match series beginning at Kolkata on November 16.”We are expected to perform on a consistent basis. But I think the rest and time to prepare should be adequate for all.This should not be an area where players are changed according to form, you need to look at all aspects in terms of how many games you are playing, how much rest you are getting,” Kohli said.Reuters PhotoKohli said the team management would take a call on how to manage the workload of the bowlers across all formats.”It’s a rhythm thing. With batsmen it’s very different, with bowlers it’s even more difficult because you really need to change the way you bowl as per the demands of different formats.”It’s been a combination of both giving guys chances as well as understanding the workload of bowlers who have played for a while,” Kohli said.last_img read more

3,000 Shiv Sainiks embark 2 special trains for Ayodhya

first_imgMumbai, Nov 22 (IANS) Around 3,000 Shiv Sena activists on Thursday left for Ayodhya in two special trains from Thane and Nashik to join party President Uddhav Thackeray, an official said.As announced on his Dassehra rally, Thackeray will pay a two-day visit to Ayodhya on Saturday-Sunday and take a ‘darshan’ of ‘Ram Lalla’ there.The Sena activists, sporting saffron banners, bands and posters boarded the trains raising slogans for Lord Ram Temple and the party leadership.The politically significant visit by Thackeray is expected to build pressure on its ruling ally, Bharatiya Janata Party, to expedite the construction plans for the proposed Ram Temple there as a run-up to the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.However, contrary to speculation, Thackeray will not hold a political rally in Ayodhya, but will conduct a dialogue with the people and prominent citizens of the holy town.Though Sena officials remain tight-lipped, Thackeray will take part in a ‘maha-aarti’ and is likely to hold a meeting with Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas President, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das during his two-day sojourn.The Sena, which announced earlier this year that it will contest all future elections independently, has been sharply critical of the BJP and Prime Minister Modi for “failure” to construct the Ram Temple though it has been in power for over four-and-a-half years now.On several occasion, Thackeray has demanded Modi declare the Ram Temple promise was a ‘jumla’ to the Hindus and his party would take the lead to build it, claiming its priority was “temple before government”.Party legislators, members of parliament and municipal corporators and other leaders shall also join Thackeray’s Ayodhya pilgrimage.Besides Mumbai, several thousand of party activists are expected to join Thackeray from rest of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and other parts of India.–IANSqn/prsadvertisementlast_img read more

Kenneth Edison-McGruder Shines in Star Linebacker Role

first_img“It was just a good play at the right time,”said Edison-McGruder.”Coach made a good play call. Sent me on the blitz. [The] fumble, I seen it. I picked it up and just ran.”Glenn Spencer was pleased overall with this Star backer’s game, even if he took time to rib the junior after the game.“Well, I asked him in the locker room cause I thought it looked like he was running into the guy that was chasing him: ‘Were you trying to get tackled?’ He said he thought the guy to his right were the opponents, and I said, ‘No, that was your own guys.’ Anyway, it was tremendous,” said Spencer.Of course it wasn’t a perfect night. Earlier in that same drive, Edison-McGruder could have had another defensive score if he’d held on to what would have been a gift-wrapped pick-six from Chad President. But if that’s the biggest gripe, I think Spencer will take it. The key is that Edison-McGruder and the several of these Cowboy defenders are fast and are going to be in position to make plays.Spencer talked about this Star position possibly being his best on the team with Edison-McGruder and sophomore Calvin Bundage at 1A and 1B. Bundage left the game “banged up” according to Spencer but Kirk Tucker filled in well. The Cowboys have plenty of depth in their front seven and plenty of speed. This is going to be a fun group to watch, because they’re having fun.“Just being out there with my teammates again, flying around, making plays. It was great.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Kenneth Edison-McGruder had a lot on his mind as his team prepared for Tulsa. While he and his teammates were going to class and attending practice, his family was at home, 500 miles away, in Houston. Edison-McGruder’s 2-year old daughter was safe with family but that didn’t stop him from worrying or wanting to be there for her.“They’re good now,” Edison-McGruder said. “The hurricane is gone now. I was kind of worried at first, towards the beginning of the week, when everything was going on because my daughter’s back home. I wasn’t there with her.”On the field during Oklahoma State’s season opener, the junior looked as sharp as ever. From his new Star linebacker role, Edison-McGruder flew around the field, wreaking havoc on Tulsa’s touted run game and its inexperienced QB. He finished with five tackles (four solo), a tackle for loss, a sack and a pass breakup.But his play of the game was obvious.last_img read more

Pochettino compares ‘genius’ Dembele to Maradona

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Dembele ‘a genius of football’ like Maradona and Ronaldinho, claims Pochettino Ben Spratt 04:51 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace The Argentine manager played alongside both superstars, and he puts the former Fulham midfielder in the same bracket Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Mousa Dembele to be “a genius of football” like Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho.Dembele has received rave reviews in recent weeks as Spurs emerged unbeaten from a run of fixtures that included clashes with Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus.The former Fulham man has been key to this fine form and his manager was in no mood to play down the midfielder’s talents ahead of Tottenham’s next Premier League match against Crystal Palace. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I can talk about [Dembele] because I know very well him after nearly four years,” Pochettino told a pre-match news conference. “I have told you – and some people use my word to describe him – he is a genius of football.”He is this type of player I put next to Ronaldinho, Maradona, [Jay-Jay] Okocha – players that I was lucky to play with. For me, he is one of the unbelievable talents in the history of football.”For him, it was always difficult to be fit – he’s always fighting for his fitness – but now he’s in an amazing moment and he deserves all the praise people are giving him.”Pochettino is hoping Dembele can again stand out at Selhurst Park, where he is expecting a tough test against Roy Hodgson’s Palace.”It will be a big battle,” he said of the match. “Roy and his staff are doing a fantastic job. It will be good to see them again.Great fight by the team #UCL #COYS pic.twitter.com/qt5iYeV1CE — Mousa Dembélé (@mousadembele) February 13, 2018 “We need to match them in the areas of motivation and [being] ready to fight and then, of course, try to deliver our way and our game. It will be very tough.”It will be very important to win the three points, fighting for the top four. The idea is to win, the idea is to fight, to be ready. The three points are massive for us.”last_img read more

In The Spotlight – New South Wales Mets

first_imgIn the second edition of In The Spotlight, the New South Wales Mets’ Scott Buckley speaks about his team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series?Great, it’s a step forward for the sport and now the foremost elite competition in Australia so it’s always fun to play in these competitions.How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event?Good. We have come together well as a group and most of us have played in the same team before which helps. We are just working on the small things that will benefit our team and give us an edge hopefully over our opposition.What would you say are the strengths of your team?Our work ethic, everyone puts the team first and understands that we all must work together and hard to get what we want.Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents?Everyone will be tough I guess that’s beauty of the competition. On paper the Country Mavericks are very strong and any team with Dylan Hennessey in it at the moment would have to be favourite, although you don’t have any easy games and can’t afford to be off your game against anyone or you will get beaten. What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight series?It would be definitely up there, especially winning the inaugural competition, no one will ever be able to take that away from you.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook by clicking on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384last_img read more

Director and CEO Appointed

first_imgKrista Daley, a leader in human rights and immigration issues, has been appointed director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Cecil Clarke, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act, made the announcement today, April 30, and said Ms. Daley is an excellent choice to lead the commission. “We are pleased to have someone with Ms. Daley’s reputation and experience accept this very important appointment,” he said. The appointment comes after diligent work by a selection panel that included non-partisan panelists appointed by each of the political parties and independent representation. Ms. Daley was the Senior General Counsel and Director of Legal Services for the Canada Immigration and Refugee Board from 2001 until 2008. She also spent a year as an advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Clarke also acknowledged and thanked Michael Noonan, who has been acting director and CEO since past CEO Mayann Francis was appointed Lieutenant Governor in September 2006. “I want to thank Mr. Noonan for his excellent work in the position over the past 18 months and wish him continued success in the future,” said Mr. Clarke. Ms. Daley’s appointment is effective Thursday, May 1. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is an independent government commission that is charged with the administration of the province’s Human Rights Act.last_img read more

Media cast in different role as Quebec studies aid to struggling industry

first_imgQUEBEC — Media representatives accustomed to shaping coverage of proceedings at Quebec’s national assembly have been thrust into a different role this week, appearing as witnesses before a legislature committee seeking ways to rescue a troubled industry.One by one, they have told the committee studying the future of the media that government must act urgently to save the province’s news industry. They point out that traditional newsrooms across Quebec have shrunk due to steep declines in advertising dollars that have migrated to the internet.Quebec had been planning legislative hearings on the media for months, but the committee’s work became particularly relevant this month when Groupe Capitale Medias, the owner of six daily newspapers in cities outside Montreal, sought and received court protection from creditors.In response, Quebec’s provincial investment arm lent the company $5 million to maintain activities until a buyer could be found.The president of the struggling company, Claude Gagnon, told the committee Wednesday, the third day of hearings, that traditional news organizations in Quebec have a revenue problem.“In the last 10 years we’ve lost 50 per cent of our revenues,” Gagnon said. “That’s enormous … and we all know where the revenues went.”Over the past three days the committee heard numerous proposals to save Quebec’s news media. Politicians were asked to create a tax credit for certain journalism jobs or to collect public money in a fund dedicated to subsidizing media companies.Politicians were also asked to reduce government spending on online advertisements — where most consumers can be found — and spend the money instead in traditional media outlets, such as newspapers.And while the media representatives differed slightly on their remedies to save their industry, virtually all agreed the government needs to do something.Politicians were told Quebec must either act alone, or put pressure on Ottawa, to tax the internet giants such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, and redistribute the money collected to local media companies that can’t compete with them in the open market.Aside from journalists and media executives, mayors of some of the cities served by Groupe Capitale Medias’ daily newspapers also travelled to the legislature Wednesday and demanded the government tax companies such as Google.“Assume your responsibilities and act!” Saguenay Mayor Josee Neron said, referring to the provincial and federal governments. “Go and get the tax revenue where it is located.”Liberal committee member Isabelle Melancon sang a similar tune. “I think we need to tax (the internet giants) as quickly as possible — do you agree?” she asked Andrew Mule, vice-president and general manager at Metro Media.“Absolutely,” he replied.Quebec Premier Francois Legault told reporters in Quebec City his government would like to tax the web companies but prefers to wait until a co-ordinated effort can be put together by G7 countries. He said Quebec will take Canada’s lead and wait until the G7 comes up with a plan, which he said should happen next year.But Legault reminded journalists that taxing web giants will not solve what he called the “structural problems” facing the province’s news media. He proposed a different government-driven solution.“What we need is to table a (bill) that will help financially sustain the newspapers across the regions,” he said.A player that looms large in this debate is Quebecor Inc. and its president and CEO, Pierre Karl Peladeau. Radio-Canada reported earlier this month the Quebec government rejected an offer by Peladeau to snap up the six struggling dailies of Groupe Capitale Medias.Quebecor was scheduled to address the committee late Wednesday.Brian Myles, head of Montreal newspaper Le Devoir, said government support would not compromise the media’s independence. He noted that Quebec’s literary, film and other cultural industries wouldn’t exist without taxpayer support and yet they offer “virulent” criticism of politicians and society.He said the same would be true if the state supported the news media in a similar way. “The state is capable of keeping a distance,” he said.The committee hearings on the future of the media run until Friday.— Written by Giuseppe Valiante in MontrealThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

New federal bill to shorten court delays wont work in the north

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsIn northern communities that don’t have the RCMP, witness statements, community testimony can be an important part of a case.But what happens if there is no preliminary hearing?That’s what one Yellowknife defence lawyer is speaking out against in the face of a new federal crime bill.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img

Tata JLR drives locally made Range Rover Velar trim in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Jaguar Land Rover India Tuesday said it has initiated sales of locally manufactured Range Rover Velar in the country with prices starting from Rs 72.47 Lakh (ex-showroom). The locally manufactured model is offered in a single trim, R Dynamic-S variant, and is available with both petrol and diesel powertrains. The cost of the trim has come down in the range of about 15-20 per cent as compared with the completely built units (CBU) variants of the model. The start of Velar’s local manufacturing would enable the company gain a competitive edge within the Indian luxury SUV segment, JLR India said in a statement. “Since its launch in 2018, the Range Rover Velar has received an overwhelming response from customers across the country,” JLR India President and Managing Director Rohit Suri said. He further said, “Now, with the introduction of the locally manufactured Range Rover Velar, we are able to offer this iconic, award winning product at a very attractive and compelling price than before.”last_img read more

900 kg of Cannabis and Tobacco Leaves Seized near Meknès

Meknès – 900 kg of cannabis and tobacco leaves were seized on Wednesday near Meknès on the national road number 13, a customs source said.During this operation, the customs services of Fez and Meknès seized, on board two vehicles, 780 kg of cannabis and 120 kg of tobacco leaves worth 900,000 dirhams, said the Fez-Meknès regional customs department.The drivers succeeded in escaping despite the combing operation led by customs services. With MAP

Budget office 177B in added costs from Trump drug plan

WASHINGTON — Budget experts for Congress say the Trump administration’s plan to reduce out-of-pocket drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries will cost taxpayers another $177 billion from 2020-2029.The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analysis released on Thursday could affect prospects for one of the administration’s centerpiece proposals to lower drug costs.Under the plan, drugmaker rebates now paid to insurance companies and their middlemen would instead go directly to seniors in Medicare’s Part D program when they fill prescriptions.While that would reduce copays for many beneficiaries, CBO projected it would increase taxpayer-subsidized premiums, adding $170 billion to program costs. Medicaid spending would increase by $7 billion.CBO concluded that drug companies are unlikely to lower list prices in response to the plan.There was no immediate reaction from the administration.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press read more

National securities regulator will forge ahead without highpressure sales tactics on provinces

TORONTO — As the plan to create a national securities regulator forges ahead, the organization’s newly minted chairman says he isn’t bothered by the fact that not all of the provinces have signed on.“My dominant goal at the moment … is to make it work for the people who have already signed up, because that’s going to be a big enough job as it is,” Nova Scotia businessman William Black said in his first sit-down interview since being appointed to lead the new co-operative regulator.“And if it turns out that Nova Scotia or Alberta or anybody else wants to join in as we’re going along, great.”Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Yukon have all signed on to participate. Alberta, which initially came out against the plan, has been softening its stance, while Nova Scotia — home to the regulator’s new chairman — is said to be mulling it over.Black, who served as the president and CEO of Maritime Life and has sat on a number of boards, including the Bank of Canada’s, says he plans to visit all of the provinces that have yet to get onboard over the next several months.Will 2015 finally be the year of the national securities regulator?Calgary audience hears case against a national securities regulator“But I think this should be viewed as kind of a diplomatic mission just to assure them that the door’s always open,” he said, adding that he won’t be employing any “high-pressure sales” tactics.Canada is the only country in the G20 that does not have a national regulator — a fact that can be attributed to the country’s Constitution, which places securities regulation squarely in the realm of provincial jurisdiction.Proponents of a national regulator say that centralizing the process would cut red tape for publicly traded companies and for investors. They also claim it would give smaller jurisdictions access to a more robust regulatory regime.Opponents — including Quebec, which has launched a legal challenge against the latest proposal to create a national regulator — say Ottawa is attempting to seize power away from the provinces.The opposition to the plan has resulted in delays. In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled the plan unconstitutional, but hinted that structuring the regulator as a co-operative model — where provinces can choose whether or not to participate — would make the proposal fair game.The newest proposal, dubbed the Co-operative Capital Markets Regulator, has been created with the Supreme Court’s ruling in mind, but despite that, Quebec has taken the plan to the Quebec Court of Appeal to rule on its constitutionality — a move that Black says he finds “puzzling.”“Quebec can join or not join, it’s entirely their choice,” said Black. “I don’t know why they should be offended that other provinces want to do some stuff together.”The provincial ministers involved are hoping the agency will be fully operational in the fall of 2016. But in order for the plan to move ahead, both the federal government and the participating provinces will have to implement legislation.In addition, there is an “enormous amount” of operational integration that needs to occur between the provinces to make the new agency functional, said Black.“If it was only the operational integration, I would be fairly optimistic that we would get it done next year,” he said, noting that the legislative process can be tricky to predict.“Whether (the deadline) is realistic or not, time will tell,” said Black. “That’s the one we’re aiming for. We’ll find out if it’s realistic as we go forward.” read more

STF search houses of singer and actor arrested in Dubai

The Police Special Task Force (STF) searched the houses of popular singer Amal Perera and actor Ryan Van Rooyen today.Amal Perera and Ryan Van Rooyen were arrested in Dubai recently with notorious drug kingpin Makandure Madush. The STF and the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) searched the houses Amal Perera and Ryan Van Rooyen and recovered two empty cocaine pouches from Amal Perera’s house. (Colombo Gazette)

Workplace Controversy

Slack Debuts New Enterprise Security Controls Beth Schultz August 06, 2019 Enhancements aim to provide the ability to deploy Slack at enterprise scale in “safe, secure, and centralized way.” Workplace by Facebook provides a powerful enterprise collaboration service. The concept of an online, digital workplace is great, it’s the ”by Facebook” part that’s become problematic.Workplace by Facebook (formerly known as Facebook at Work) provides a stream of enterprise-specific, conversational shared content. The application lives among our industry categories of Workstream Collaboration (or Team Collaboration), Team Chat, and Enterprise Social Networks.This highly competitive and emerging workstream collaboration space intersects with telephony, messaging, and video, and provides various integrations that complement workflows. Facebook is new to enterprise SaaS and is competing against other workstream applications from providers such as Microsoft, Cisco, Slack, Unify, RingCentral, 8×8, Vonage, and many more. Facebook has several big advantages over most of these competitors, including:Familiarity — Social networking started as a consumer application. Facebook’s brand and UI offer a familiar experience due to the popularity of the parent’s consumer social network. This facilitates adoption.Intellectual Property — Facebook has an arsenal of related intellectual property including messaging, AI, video, and mobility.Opportunity — For Facebook, the enterprise represents a new, incremental opportunity, rather than displaced revenue.Capital — Facebook is one of the largest and most powerful software companies on the planet.These attributes have given Workplace by Facebook some momentum. The company has largely built for consumers, what many competing providers are creating for the enterprise — not just the application, but the associated global infrastructure as well. Incremental revenue means it can afford to offer services at a very low monthly rate, and familiarity reduces implementation and training costs.Workplace by Facebook, with a nascent enterprise sales force, has been able to land some impressive household names as customers, including Walmart, Starbucks, and Campbell’s. It has done particularly well in organizations with a high percentage of mobile and deskless workers.However, a lot has changed in the past few months. Facebook is embroiled in several controversies that have resulted in its founder/CEO/Chairman Mark Zuckerberg being summoned to testify before Congress, a stark decline in share price, a #DeleteFacebook movement, and more. On top of this, earlier this fall, Facebook reported its largest security breach ever.Securing TrustEnterprises tend to value the trust that comes with brand names, but Facebook has become politically charged. It seems as though Workplace’s association with Facebook is changing from asset to liability. Just last month, Workplace announced plans to drop the “Facebook” from its URL (work.facebook.com becomes workplace.com).The issue is not technical. Facebook’s technical capabilities and intellectual property are a strong fit for enterprise collaboration. The issue is trust. These applications are most effective when employees are able to confidently converse and share ideas, suggestions, and concerns. A solution that imposes too many restrictions on what can and cannot be said limits its versatility and effectiveness as an enterprise collaboration tool.In fact, Workplace has been using security as a competitive differentiator. Its promotional materials claim that Facebook is “serious about security” and exceeds “the industry standard for protecting your data.” Unfortunately, that claim was weakened last September when Facebook reported its largest breach in its 14-year history. The attackers exploited a feature to gain access and take over user accounts. Two of the three bugs reported were introduced by an online tool meant to improve privacy. The third was introduced more than a year earlier with a tool designed to facilitate uploads of birthday videos.Workplace has been very clear that it is not Facebook. Its revenue model is fee-based, and there is no advertising. The breach and other recent concerns have been around the consumer social network, not Workplace. While the platforms are separate, trust is not so easily containerized.Facebook’s Faltering Public ImageFacebook’s public trust has been declining for several years. The company was outed for abusing its trust when it shared personal data with third parties, particularly Cambridge Analytica. Facebook unwittingly hosted Russian-backed efforts to undermine the 2016 elections. U.N. investigators concluded that Facebook played a “determining role” in fomenting genocidal attacks in Myanmar. Hate speech on Facebook incited murderous mobs in Sri Lanka.Throughout most of this, Facebook presented itself as a victim of its own success, and stressed that it was taking steps to identify bad actors and restore trust. This month, we learned that Facebook knew more and did less than it suggested. The New York Times reported that Facebook knew about Russian interference much earlier than initially stated, and worked to cover up its internal findings. We also learned that it hired a public relations firm to negatively portray Google, Apple, George Soros, and other Facebook detractors.Facebook’s response was rapid denial, claiming the Times report was full of “inaccuracies.” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg claimed that she was unaware that Facebook hired a PR firm to undermine its critics. “I did not know we hired them or about the work they were doing,” Sandberg said, referring its arrangement with Definers PR firm. This changed a week later, when Sandberg posted on Thanksgiving that she was aware of the PR firm’s efforts. These are not behaviors that instill trust.The Bigger PictureWorkplace was originally launched as Facebook at Work, later evolving to its current name, Workplace by Facebook, which still leverages the brand equity of its parent company. This poses a real challenge now as enterprises tend to avoid controversial solutions for their infrastructure.Certainly, enterprise software has become much more political this year. There were protests at Google over China and the handling of sexual harassment. Both Microsoft and Amazon had protests over immigration. However, the situation with Facebook is different. It’s bigger and more personal because so many people personally use the social app on a daily basis, and of course many take the election and government very personally. The issue here isn’t a disagreement about a policy, but trust.Trust is absolutely critical in workstream collaboration. The conversations, content, and relationships within these apps can reveal a lot. Confidentiality is the reason many organizations remain unwilling to adopt a cloud-delivered collaboration solution.Workplace has been fairly quiet, but it hosted its first customer event last month where it featured customer wins and made several announcements. After that event, my expectation was the time had arrived for Workplace to turn up the marketing. But now I think perhaps not. It will be interesting to see how Workplace navigates these controversies and works to build trust.Dave Michels is a Contributing Editor and analyst at TalkingPointz. Tags:News & ViewsWorkplace by FacebookFacebookteam chatworkstream collaborationtrustTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesAnalyst InsightDigital WorkplaceIndustry NewsSecurityTeam CollaborationUser Adoption & Training Articles You Might Like Facebook_box_773.png See All in Team Collaboration Tools & Workspaces » Taming Teams: Microsoft Looks to Inspire Partners Kevin Kieller July 16, 2019 Pushes the multiplier effect of the cloud, and highlights embedded Teams capabilities Taming Teams: Where’s My Data? Kevin Kieller July 02, 2019 This simple storage question has a complex answer that any multinational organization considering Teams needs to explore. 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