13 Oct

BMO expanding role of Brian Tobin at the bank names him vicechairman

first_imgTORONTO – BMO Financial Group is expanding the role of Brian Tobin and making the former premier of Newfoundland and Labrador vice-chairman at the bank.Tobin has served as vice-chairman at BMO Capital Markets since April 2013.In the new job, Tobin will report to Darryl White, chief executive of BMO Financial Group.He will provide senior relationship management for corporate, government and institutional clients.Tobin was premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1996 to 2000.Before taking the provincial helm, he also served as a federal cabinet minister in several portfolios.Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO)last_img read more

12 Oct

Mushtaq Ali Trophy Ktaka Maha set up title clash Mumbai bow out

first_imgIndore: Maharashtra and Karnataka set up the title clash in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after posting win in their last respective Super League matches Tuesday, while Mumbai bowed out of the premier domestic T20 tournament despite trouncing Uttar Pradesh. Mumbai defeated Uttar Pradesh by 46 runs in their last Super League Group B game, but that was not enough for them to find a place in the finals. From Group B, it was Karnataka, who made it to the summit clash after defeating Vidarbha by six wickets. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWith this win, Karnataka remained unbeaten in the Super League stage and topped the table with 16 points. From the Super League Group A, Maharashtra stormed into the finals after winning all their four games. They topped the table with 16 points. The final of the domestic T20 championship will be played at the Holkar Stadium here on March 14. With the two finalists decided now, the Gujarat versus Bengal final Group A Super League match has been reduced to a ‘dead rubber’. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenAs per the format this time, the final is to be played between the two teams who top their respective group in terms of points at the Super League stage. Karnataka restricted Vidarbha to a modest 138/7 with pacer R Vinay Kumar (2-27) leading from the front. Later, skipper Manish Pandey struck a fluent unbeaten 49 to guide his side home. Pandey hammered three fours and two sixes in his 35-ball knock. Opener Rohan Kadam (39) and Karun Nair (24) also chipped in with valueable knocks. On the other hand, Maharashtra dished out a clinical show to beat Railways by 21 runs. Maharashtra, coached by Surendra Bhave, posted a competitive 177/5 with wicketkeeper Nikhil Naik scoring an unbeaten 95. Naushad Shaikh also played his part to perfection with a gritty 59. Maharashtra bowlers, led by left-arm medium pacer Samad Fallah (3-37), then shot out Railways for 156 to maintain their unbeaten run in the Super League stage. Earlier in the day, put into bat, Mumbai posted a massive 183/7 with Siddhesh Lad top scoring with 62 off just 44 balls. After losing opener Jay Bista (0) on the first ball, Lad and Eknath Kerkar (46 off 36 balls) stitched a 96-run stand for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a big total. Then skipper Shreyas Iyer (43 off 27 balls) played his usual attacking game and when he departed Mumbai had crossed the 175-run mark. For UP, who were out of the reckoning for a berth in the finals before the match, captain Ankit Rajpoot (3-47) was the pick of the bowlers.last_img read more

12 Oct

Obesity speeds up puberty onset in boys

first_imgBoys with obesity, or excess belly fat, enter puberty at an earlier age than average, scientists have found. Researchers from the University of Chile conducted the study on 527 Chilean boys ages four to seven years. They found that both total body obesity and central obesity, or excess belly fat, were associated with greater odds of starting puberty before age nine. “With the increase in childhood obesity worldwide, there has been an advance in the age at which puberty begins in girls,” said Maria Veronica Mericq, the lead investigator of the study. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”However, in boys the evidence has been controversial,” said Mericq. Some studies have found that obesity delayed puberty, whereas another study showed that only overweight but not obesity induced earlier puberty in boys. Early puberty — called precocious puberty — is linked to possible problems including stunted growth and emotional-social problems, researchers said. The team found that the prevalence of total obesity increased with age, from 22 per cent of boys ages 6 to 7 years to 28.6 per cent at 11.4 years, the average age at onset of puberty for this group. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardCentral obesity also increased in that timeframe, from 11.8 per cent to 17.4 per cent. Precocious puberty reportedly occurred in 45 boys, or nine per cent. Total obesity and central obesity from ages four to seven raised the odds of early puberty compared with having a healthy weight. For instance, among boys age five or six, those with obesity had nearly 2.7 times the odds of starting puberty early, and those with central obesity had almost 6.4 higher odds of puberty before age nine, Mericq said. She explained that central obesity more closely relates to fat mass, because a higher BMI may reflect increased muscle, especially in athletes. “Early puberty might increase the risk of behaviour problems and in boys could be related to a higher incidence of testicular cancer in adulthood,” Mericq said.last_img read more

12 Oct

Spurs survive 7goal drama win on away goals

first_imgManchester: Fernando Llorente’s goal, bundled in from a corner and confirmed by VAR 17 minutes from time, gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side victory on away goals on a night of tension, attacking quality and defensive frailty that ended City and Pep Guardiola’s quest for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. In a game of relentless drama, City even thought they had won it in injury time only for Raheem Sterling’s goal to be ruled out for offside by VAR. Spurs were protecting a 1-0 lead from the first leg but an opening 21 minutes of chaotic brilliance saw City lead 3-2 on the night as both teams exchanged goals at will. Sterling lit the blue touchpaper on a thunderous atmosphere when he curled in a precision finish from the edge of the area after only four minutes, but Spurs responded with a double from Son Heung-min as he took advantage of errors by Aymeric Laporte. Bernardo Silva put City level on the night with a shot that deflected past Hugo Lloris, then Sterling arrived on the end of the outstanding Kevin de Bruyne’s cross to score at the far post. It left City effectively needing to win the second half and they looked on course when Sergio Aguero crashed home their fourth after De Bruyne sliced Spurs open before Llorente, on as a first-half substitute for injured Moussa Sissoko, bundled in from a corner via his hip — the goal given after a VAR check for handball. In one last extraordinary twist, City thought they had snatched victory and Sterling a hat-trick, but emotions switched instantly as VAR had the final word once again, ruling that Aguero was in an offside position as Bernardo Silva diverted the ball into his path. Spurs go on to face Ajax at the end of unforgettable encounter that left everyone involved stunned and breathless. For Spurs, this was the rollercoaster night to top them all, their players and coaching staff dragged through every possible emotion before joining their supporters in joyous celebration at the final whistle. After such a bright start, Pochettino’s side struggled to weather a City storm that culminated with Aguero putting them ahead in the tie, before Llorente’s goal renewed hope once more. They then had to deal with the gut-punch of Sterling’s stoppage-time goal, only to be hit by a wave of relief and joy at VAR’s final decisive intervention. This was all done without striker and talisman Harry Kane, but once again Son rose to the responsibility, the classy South Korean typifying their bold approach with his superb movement and those two vital early goals. Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris — rightly criticised after his mistake gifted Liverpool victory at Anfield recently — also deserves huge praise after his penalty save from Aguero in the first leg and crucial stops from the Argentine and De Bruyne in the return. This was a Spurs side, it should be remembered, who needed a draw in Barcelona to reach the group stage after a damaging defeat at Inter Milan and draw at PSV Eindhoven. It is a tribute to the resilience of this squad — and Pochettino’s management of his resources — that they not only achieved that but now stand two games away from their first Champions League final. They survived an all-out assault from City to achieve it. How they deserved those celebrations.last_img read more

12 Oct

Gzb maids death FIR registered against kin

first_imgGhaziabad: Following the protest which was led against the death of a 19-years-old girl who died after she fell off the 14th floor of a high rise building collapsed in Vasundhara area of Ghaziabad, police have booked around 25 persons, along with the family of deceased, for causing ruckus in the society and preventing public servants from doing their job.According to police, the Apartment Owners Association has made a police complaint and acted on the complaint police have booked the 25 persons including domestic helps. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAs per reports, the domestic helps closes the two gates of the society for nearly six hours and staged the protest. The protesters also tried to stop the resident to take entry or exit from the gate. Some of the protesters also tried to break the glass of the cars with the help of wooden sticks. “The protesters also prevented other maids to enter the society during their protest and demanded actions against the employer,” reports said. The residents were worried on Tuesday and Wednesday as no domestic helps showed up for work. A resident, who did not wish to be named said that there is a little inconvenience caused by their absence. Though I would personally prefer it if they don’t come instead of coming and becoming a threat to everyone. They skipped work and also prevented others from doing their chores at flats in the society. Several domestic helps did not heed the group’s diktat. However, some of them were roughed up by the agitators when they returned. Police was called in when the situation appeared to be out of control.last_img read more

12 Oct

Blockchain may make ecommerce cheaper fairer

first_imgSan Francisco: A Blockchain-based system that allows buyers and sellers to interact directly can make e-commerce platform for digital goods “cheat proof” and the products cheaper, says a study by India-origin researchers. Blockchains allow multiple stakeholders to transact money or data virtually over linked peer-to-peer computer networks. Besides Blockchain, their proposed solution involves “smart contracts” and game theory. “Our scheme offers potentially a big improvement over the state-of-the-art in electronic commerce because it allows buyers and sellers to interact directly with each other without the need for third-party mediators of any kind,” said Bhaskar Krishnamachari, Professor at Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, the US. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra “It uses a dual-deposit method, escrowing a safety deposit from both buyer and seller that is returned to them only when they behave honestly. And the verification of who is at fault and who is honest is done automatically by the smart contract,” added Krishnamachari. This “smart contract” stores a good’s digital hash code or “digital fingerprint”. Krishnamachari created an algorithm that runs on a programmable Blockchain as a “smart contract” with Aditya Asgaonkar, a recent undergraduate computer science alum at BITS Pilani Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Here’s how the system might work: An author wants to sell her digital book, but she hopes to avoid going through Amazon or some other company that takes a commission. Instead, she uses Asgaonkar’s and Krishnamachari’s blockchain-based solution and lists the book’s price at $20. An interested buyer contacts her. To ensure an honest deal, both the buyer and seller agree to pony up a $10 deposit through a programmable Blockchain platform. The author then sends the digital book to the buyer, who could only access it by making a verifiable payment for the correct amount. If the transaction satisfies everybody, then both parties receive their deposits back. But what if someone tries to cheat? What happens, for instance, if the seller intentionally sends the wrong e-book? What recourse does the aggrieved party have? This is where the so-called smart contract kicks in. The contract stores a good’s digital. The buyer has access to that digital hash code before making a purchase. If they receive an item with a different hash code, however, they can dispute the transaction. In this instance, the seller would forfeit their deposit after the algorithm determined that they had attempted to cheat the buyer. At present, the system works only with digital goods because physical products can’t have a cryptographic hash associated with them. However, physical goods stored in a safe-box that can be opened with a digital password could be potentially transacted using their system. Asgaonkar presented the researchers’ joint paper at the IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency in Seoul, South Korea.last_img read more

21 Sep

Greece assesses the damage

first_imgState officials on Monday were trying to assess the damage after a weekend of gale-force winds and heavy rain battered central and northern Greece, wrecking roads, homes and farms, and triggering landslides.Alternate Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Christos Spirtzis continued a tour of the affected areas Monday, moving northward to Epirus after starting in Arta on Sunday.Several villages were evacuated in the broader Arta area to allow major damage to homes and infrastructure to be repaired.The regions of Epirus and Evrytania were declared to be in a state of emergency, as were many villages in Aitoloakarnania.In Epirus, some 60 percent of the region’s road infrastructure was damaged and scores of farms, homes and businesses flooded after several rivers broke their banks.The northwestern city of Ioannina was also said to be at risk after the water of Lake Pamvotida rose above the emergency level. There were similar problems in Thesprotia and Preveza after lakes there also broke their banks, causing significant damage.In Evrytania and Fokida, hundreds of hectares of farmland were razed and landslides put several villages at risk, prompting precautionary evacuations.A rescue operation continued until late Monday to reach residents of the village of Klepa in Nafpaktia who were left stranded by falling rocks which blocked mountain roads.In one of the many weather-related incidents over the weekend, gale-force winds blew the roof off a high school in Meliki, Imathia, northern Greece. A construction of wood and steel, measuring 600 square meters, the roof caused no injuries as there was nobody at the school when it was blown off.Another casualty of the adverse weather was a 19th century bridge in the Tzoumerka region of northwestern Greece that was washed away amid heavy flooding.Spirtzis said Monday that the reconstruction of the bridge was technically feasible, adding that Culture Ministry experts had already been dispatched to the site to assess the damage.Crafted by local master Costas Bekas in 1866, the Bridge of Plaka was 40 meters long and stood some 20 meters above Arachthos River, making it one of the largest single-arch stone bridges in the Balkans.Speaking to Mega TV on Monday, Spirtzis said that materials of the bridge would be recovered from the river once water levels have returned to safe levels.Meanwhile on Monday, the CEO of Loulis Mills, Greece’s leading flour producer, Nikos Loulis said that the family was prepared to finance part of the restoration work. Speaking in Athens, Loulis said that his family, which started its business in the Epirus region, had a “moral obligation” to support the project.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

18 Sep

Gerrard expects tough second leg against FC Shkupi

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard believes his side will face a difficult game against the Macedonian side for their second leg Europa League qualifier.Gerrard’s men secured a comfortable 2-0 win in the first leg at Ibrox but failed to put the tie to bed completely. Now the Liverpool legend believes Shkupi will attack Rangers using altogether different tactics for the game on Tuesday night.“I think the scoreline suggests that FC Shkupi have to be aggressive,” said Gerrard, as reported by STV.“They’re the home team. So it doesn’t make sense for them to be defensive and sit back. So we’ll be ready for an aggressive style.”“They came with a game plan to be organised and a team block and to be difficult to break down. I respect their game plan at Ibrox but I expect something very different tomorrow.”The Scottish side exited the competition at the very same stage last season and a second consecutive early exit would be a catastrophic start to Gerrard’s tenure at the club.However, the 38-year-old insists his players are ready to get the job done despite the constant pressure of expectation.“The only pressure we feel tomorrow is representing Rangers”ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“Because Rangers is a huge football club so every time you represent the club there’s huge pressure. The players are used to that pressure, the ones like Daniel [Candeias] who have been around for quite some time.”“We come into the game with confidence high. We’re really excited” ?️ GERRARD: “We believe one goal kills the tie. We know it is going to be hot and humid, and it may be a tricky surface and a tricky game, but we are ready for whatever gets thrown at us.”READ: https://t.co/u2TWgJHBzb pic.twitter.com/nkEqIe9oWS— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) July 16, 2018last_img read more

18 Sep

Petit Man United signed Sanchezs brother

first_imgEmmanuel Petit believes Alexis Sanchez’s performances have been totally unacceptable at Manchester United given his pay rateThe Red Devils signed Sanchez in an exchange deal from Arsenal in January with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.Sanchez signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with United that sees him earn £14m a year after tax.But the Chilean forward has since failed to deliver what was promised at United after finding the net only four times in 30 appearances.This has led to United manager Jose Mourinho dropping him at times this season with the club only eighth in the Premier League standings.Now former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Petit has called on Sanchez to take responsibility instead of hiding away.The French World Cup winner even suggested that Sanchez’s brother instead turns up to play at Old Trafford during match days.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.“The manager is on the bench, so you need to show pride in your own performance when you are on the field and the first one who has gone into hiding at United is Alexis Sanchez,” Petit told Goal.“He wanted to leave Arsenal because he was chasing the salary United could offer.“Now he receives so much money and in nine months what has he done? Nothing. I have not seen him. I think they signed his brother.“I understand that players believe they deserve certain financial rewards when they reach a certain level, but what we have seen from Sanchez at United has not been acceptable.”The Frenchman also added that the United squad have let Mourinho down this season.The Red Devils will host Arsenal at Old Trafford tonight in the Premier League with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

18 Sep

Lionel Messi and Suarez are the best attackers in the world

first_imgHaving watched Argentine international star Lionel Messi perform wonders during matches and with an important assistance from Luis Suarez, Barca centre-back Gerard Pique maintains both are the best attackers.Barcelona wiped out Levante on Sunday night with 5-0 where Messi shined with a hat trick to give Barcelona lead.“Luis and Leo are the best couple of attackers of recent years,” Pique said to reporters after the match via Marca.“It’s true that Luis has goals in his blood and Leo just does everything.”“The match was very good, we are playing better in the last few games, conceding fewer goals and that’s positive,” he continued.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Now we will try to win against Celtic in the next match and have a good Christmas.”“I struggled at the start, as always, but I’m eager to continue enjoying this generation of footballers,” Pique added.“Semedo’s injury was breaking news but I had some minor discomfort on Saturday, so without a pure right-back, we decided to play like that”.“Sometimes it doesn’t work and can be uncomfortable, but despite not being the usual defensive set up, things went well.”last_img read more

14 Sep

Goods Incredible Shrinking Magazine

first_imgHere’s one way to use the recession to your relative advantage.Good—the for-profit magazine with a non-profit ethos—has published a “recession” issue that is 80 percent smaller than its other issues.The 5-by-7 inch April issue (regular size: 8-3/8″x10-7/8″) is just 8 pages, compared to its usual folio of 116 pages, and carries just one ad—a “coupon” created by Aveda just for the magazine. This is a magazine that is known for doing things a little differently—like allowing subscribers to “name their own price” for a subscription to the magazine, and donates 100 percent of its subscription revenue to non-profits. Since launching two years ago, Good has donated more than $850,000.Casey Caplowe, Good’s co-founder and creative director, said the magazine saved roughly 75 percent on production costs for the recession issue.Good for them.[image via Consumerist]last_img read more

5 Sep

Priyanka Gandhi spends sleepless night in Kerala irritated by palm civet

first_imgCongress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi stooped down to pick up the shoe of an injured journalist.TwitterPriyanka Gandhi, the general secretary of AICC (All India Congress Committee) is now busy with the election campaign of her brother Rahul Gandhi who is competing from the Wayanad constituency in Kerala. The charming politician who reached Kerala on Wednesday (April 3) night completed the campaign in a very impressive manner, but her sleep was spoiled by a palm civet that lived on the roofs of the West Hill guest house.As per a news report published in Mathrubhumi, Priyanka Gandhi went to bed at about 11.30 pm after a busy election campaigning day. However, at around 02.30 am in the night, Priyanka woke up from her bed after hearing continuous noises from the roof of her room. She soon informed the security officers around and they found that a palm civet is creating all the ruckus.Priyanka also complained that the stinking smell of the palm civet running over the roof is irritating her much. Soon, the West Hill guest house witnessed some dramatic events, as police officials tried to hunt down the palm civet that disrupted the sleep of the national leader.Even though a team of police officers tried their best to catch the palm civet, it escaped the hunting spree very cleverly. This compelled police officers to think of arranging a staying facility to Priyanka Gandhi in the Ravis hotel. Special branch soon got necessary instructions from the top to make all necessary arrangements to transfer Priyanka to the hotel. In the meantime, the palm civet escaped from the rooftop, and finally, Priyanka decided to stay in the guest house itself.However, at the end of all these dramatic events, time was already 04.30 am, and Priyanka decided not to sleep in the early morning hours. At around 06.00 am, she became ready and joined Rahul Gandhi for the election campaign.last_img read more

5 Sep

Meeting for Team India head coach begins Ravi Shastri holds massive advantage

first_imgAs the newly appointed Cricket Advisory Committee gets all set to pick the new head coach of Team India, the incumbent Ravi Shastri is the favourite to continue in the role. As per reports, the CAC may find it very difficult to ignore Ravi Shastri’s credentials and also the fact that he got the endorsement of captain Virat Kohli.As far as the CV is concerned, the Indian team had mixed results under his tenure, but the team has been largely successful and this should tip the scales in his favour. Yes, the side did falter in England and South Africa, but they were largely consistent and now, with the players at their disposal, there is no reason why the side should not be a formidable force in the upcoming season.Some points to be discussed File photo of India head coach Ravi Shastri (R) with captain Kohli (L).BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesHowever, there are a few points which will be up for discussion: First, India’s struggles in the overseas conditions where the Indian batting struggled and also, the fact that despite the constant vacuum in the number 4 position, there was not a permanent solution for the role and this was one of the reasons why India were knocked out of the World Cup in the semi-finals. What goes in Shastri’s favour is that the bowlers have been fantastic under his tenure and with the World Test Championship on and with the T20 World Cup slated to be held next year, the CAC would be keen to hear and pay attention to Ravi Shastri’s roadmap for the same.We now take a look at the bare numbers and these are quite interesting – as head coach of the current team, the tenure of which started in July 2017, India have won 13 out of the 21 Tests under his watch. Also, they have won 25 out of 36 matches in T20Is and in One Day Internationals, the side has won 43 out of 60 matches. File photo: Ravi Shastri (left) and Vira Kohli during a training session.Reuters”The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted so far,” Indian captain Virat Kohli said before the team departed for the West Indies tour.The other big names shortlisted include former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody and former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson. Also in the fray are Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh – two people who were part of India’s management when they won the 2007 World T20. Also, former West Indies and Afghanistan head coach Phil Simmons is one of the candidates shortlisted for the job.last_img read more

5 Sep

20 actress Amy Jackson reveals shes going to have a baby boy

first_imgAmy Jackson, George PanayiotouInstagram2.0 actress Amy Jackson will soon become a mother to her first child with her British fiancee George Panayiotou and she is enjoying every phase of her pregnancy. She is leaving no stone unturned in making every moment a memorable one and had been sharing her joy and feelings with her fans on social media. And as Amy is getting close to her due date, the diva recently disclosed the gender of her unborn child at a celebration party.Flaunting her baby bump in a blue dress, Amy, who looked really happy while making the annoucement, revealed that she is going to be a mother to a baby boy.The soon-to-be mother is known for pulling off every kind of cloth on her body with elegance and has been setting a new precedent with her materity outfits for pregnant women.Being a fitness freak, Amy has been working out rigorously. A few days ago, she shared a picture wherein she spoke about her pregnancy cravings and even shared her lovey-dovey moments from her holiday with George.After announcing her pregnancy on Mother’s Day, Amy and George got engaged in an intimate ceremony in London on May 5.We’re having a…….. ✨???‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/DGSqvYKYZr— Amy Jackson (@iamAmyJackson) August 26, 2019last_img read more

3 Sep

Pakistan to deploy army over Islamabad unrest

first_imgPakistani residents walk past burning prison vans torched by protesters from the Tehreek-i-Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) religious group during clashes with police in Rawalpindi on Saturday. Photo: AFPPakistan’s government called on the powerful military to deploy in the capital Islamabad Saturday after deadly unrest broke out when police moved to dislodge an Islamist protest that has paralysed the city for weeks.At least six people were killed and some 190 injured—around 137 of whom were security personnel—in fierce clashes as police tried to disperse the demonstration earlier Saturday.Security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets and demonstrators blocked roads and burned police vehicles around the site of the sit-in. As the violence intensified, protests sprouted in the major cities of Lahore and Karachi, as well as smaller towns across the country.“According to figures we have, at least six people were killed in violence today,” Deeba Shahnaz, a spokeswoman for the Provincial Rescue department, told AFP. A security official also confirmed the death toll.Authorities had been attempting to clear a relatively small protest by the little-known hardline group Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) that has blocked a main highway into Islamabad since November 6, causing hours-long traffic snarls and enraging citizens.It was not clear how many protesters remained in the streets of the capital late Saturday.There had been roughly 2,000 as the operation began, but AFP reporters said dozens more were arriving throughout the day. Many were galvanised by posts on social media, despite apparent efforts to block sites including Twitter.Police and paramilitary forces retreated following the clashes, with the Islamabad Capital Territory authorities making the request for the army to step in soon after.An interior ministry order said the federal government had authorised the deployment of “sufficient troops” to “control law and order” in the city until further notice.There was no immediate comment from military officials and no sign of troops in the streets late Saturday.The demonstrations have threatened the beleaguered Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) government ahead of a general election due to be held next year.The PML-N is already reeling from a Supreme Court decision to oust former prime minister Nawaz Sharif over graft allegations in the summer, while finance minister Ishaq Dar—also embroiled in a corruption scandal—has taken indefinite medical leave.Sharif had repeatedly clashed with the military, which has ruled Pakistan for half of its 70-year history.Analysts and critics accused the government of bungling its response to the protests, with authorities hesitating for days over fears of violence as the city’s commuters seethed in the traffic choked streets.During the unrest Pakistan’s media regulator barred local TV channels from broadcasting live images.Twitter said it was “monitoring” reports of the government blocking the site, adding “We… hope service will be fully restored soon”.Alarmed residentsThe TLYRAP are demanding that Pakistan’s law minister Zahid Hamid resign over a hastily-abandoned amendment to the oath that election candidates must swear.Demonstrators have linked it to blasphemy—a highly contentious issue in Muslim Pakistan—and claim the oath was softened to enable the participation of Ahmadis, a long-persecuted Islamic minority sect.Earlier, police in Karachi said some 200 protesters had blockaded a major road in the southern port, with at least 27 injured—including 22 people with gunshot wounds—brought to hospital, according to doctors.Markets and shops were shuttered in the megacity, Pakistan’s commercial hub, as alarmed residents stayed inside, while hardline clerics urged more people to take to the streets.An AFP journalist in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, said a main artery road was closed by police due to protests. Smaller rallies were reported in other towns across the country.Earlier in the day Pakistan’s powerful military chief phoned the prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to urge the situation be handled “peacefully”.General Qamar Javed Bajwa called for both sides to avoid violence “as it is not in national interest”, army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Twitter.‘Explosive’ situationThe protesters come from the Barelvi sect of Islam that has strong ties to Sufism, a mystical branch of the religion that is seen as moderate.However the execution in 2016 of Barelvi follower Mumtaz Qadri—who assassinated liberal Punjab governor Salman Taseer over his stance on the country’s blasphemy laws—led members of the group to take a more hardline stance against any moves to reform the legislation.“These people already had a grudge against the government and the government just provided them the opportunity to vent out their anger,” said political analyst Hasan Askari.But weeks of inaction from authorities sparked the wrath of Pakistan’s judiciary, with the Supreme Court issuing a blistering statement earlier in the week and the Islamabad High Court threatening to hold government officials in contempt.Analysts said the government had allowed a minor issue to grow into a headline-grabbing and potentially dangerous situation.Even before Saturday’s clashes the sit-in had cost the life of an eight-year-old child whose ambulance could not reach a hospital in time due to the blocked roads.“Politically driven procrastination has its own costs and this is what the government is paying,” analyst Imtiaz Gul told AFP, adding that the situation was “explosive”.last_img read more

3 Sep

Divisions resurface as Germany commemorates Marx

first_imgA sign dedicated to Karl Marx 200th anniversary celebrations is seen at the Basilica of Constantine in Trier, Germany on 4 May 2018. ReutersGermany marks the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth on Saturday, but celebrations risk being marred by protests as the revolutionary philosopher remains a divisive figure almost three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall.Marx’s birth city of Trier will lead commemorations of the man officials describe as a “great son of the city”, with 600 events planned around the 19th-century scholar hailed for foretelling the ills of capitalism.The centrepiece of the festivities will be the unveiling of a 5.5-metre (18-foot) tall statue of the philosopher-a gift from communist China-with dignitaries including a Chinese delegation and the head of Germany’s Social Democratic Party to attend.But it is also before the statue that the association representing victims of communism have called protests against the thinker they blame for inspiring Stalinist regimes.“We want to protest loudly against the unveiling of the Marx statue and raise our voices against the glorification of Marxism,” said Dieter Dombrowski, president of the Union of the Victim Groups of Communist Tyranny.For Dombrowski, Trier’s decision to accept the gift from China is “disrespectful and inhuman” to those who suffered under communist regimes.Far-right party AfD, which enjoys strong support in former East German states, has meanwhile separately called a silent march with the theme “Get Marx off the pedestal” through Trier’s city centre.With the far-right in the melee, counter-protesters are getting ready to march too against the nationalists.‘Neither glorify nor vilify’Born 5 May 1818 in the western German city close to the border with Luxembourg, Marx developed his theories as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace.His works such as the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital subsequently became compulsory course material in countries under communist regimes, with revolutionaries from Vladimir Lenin to Mao Zedong seizing on Marx’s ideas.China’s president Xi Jinping on Friday said the Asian giant’s communist party will forever remain “guardians and practitioners” of Marxism, while Vietnamese leader Tran Dai Quang also penned a gushing commentary marking Marx’s birth.Due to Marx’s reputation as the Father of Communism, he was largely derided in the former capitalist West Germany during the Cold War.But since reunification, and particularly over the past decade, unbridled capitalism and its discontents have fuelled renewed interest in Marx’s work.His theories on inequality and oppression of the working class find resonance today as societies once again see social and political upheaval.Rainer Auts, director of a company set up to oversee the exhibitions on Marx’s life, works and legacy, said that more than a quarter century after reunification, it was now time to reexamine the philosopher who left Germany deeply divided.“We’re not looking to glorify or vilify him. But we want to show him as a person in his time, as well as show where he may have gone wrong,” Auts told AFP.But the gigantic statue gifted by Beijing has sparked accusations of a city seeking to capitalise on Chinese tourists or investments.Rejecting the claims, Trier mayor Wolfram Leibe said it is simply “a gesture of friendship” from China.“There isn’t a single Chinese company in Trier. We have no economic relations with China and that means we made this decision autonomously. We are not susceptible to blackmail,” he told AFP.Leibe acknowledged that the statue could become a vandalism target, but said: “that isn’t going to give me sleepless nights. It can simply be cleaned up.”‘Marx should remain contentious’The row over Marx and his legacy has also taken on a further political dimension over the AfD’s planned silent march.A group of counter-protestors want to make themselves heard against the far-right party, saying the AfD’s controversial ideas against migrants constituted a “violation against humanity”.At the same time, the counter-protesters are critical of China’s present.“Nationalism and an authoritarian dictatorship rule in China. Trier city would have been better off using its own funds to build the long-overdue Marx statue,” said the counter-protesters, which include several local left-leaning groups.Wading into the debate on Thursday, German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Marx should remain as he has been in history-controversial.“I think that us Germans, in 2018, should neither inflate Marx nor banish him from our history,” said Steinmeier.“We should neither be afraid of Marx nor build gold statues of him. In short, Marx should remain contentious.”last_img read more

3 Sep

Quaders life support to be removed soon Physicians

first_imgRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe artificial life support of road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, who is being treated at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, will be removed within 2/1 days as his condition is improving gradually.Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) director Abu Naser Rizvi, who was accompanying the minister, informed media referring to the statement of Cardiologist Philip Koh on Wednesday noon, said a PID handout.Rizvi, who is staying beside the ailing politician in Singapore, said the medical board constituted with Koh Siam Soon Philip, a senior consultant cardiologist at the hospital, is thinking to remove his artificial devices gradually.His wife Isratunnesa Quader and Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh high commissioner in Singapore were also present at the briefing.Quader, also Awami League (AL) general secretary, was flown to Singapore on Monday for better treatment as per advice of renowned Indian cardiologist Devi Shetty.The minister was admitted to the BSMMU on Sunday morning following breathing complications. Later, physicians conducted an angiogram and found three blockages in his coronary arteries.last_img read more

1 Sep

Cardinals Set for NCAA Championships

first_imgStory Links Live Diving Results Mariia Astashkina (100/200 breast), Sophie Cattermole (500 free) and Lainey Visscher (50 free) also return to the NCAA Championships after earning Honorable Mention All-American honors in their respective individual events a year ago. In diving, Michaela Sliney and Molly Fears made history at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships, marking the first time two Louisville divers have qualified for an NCAA Championships. Fears and Sliney scored a combined 116 points at ACC Championships to lead the Cardinal divers to their highest point total in program history. The meet kicks off with the timed finals of the 800 freestyle relay on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. CT inside the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The remaining three days of competition will begin with prelims at 9 a.m. CT with the top-16 qualifiers in each event returning for finals each evening at 5 p.m. CT. NCAA Championships Page LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Looking to build on the momentum from a successful start to the championship season, the University of Louisville women’s swimming and diving team is set to begin competition at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas on March 20-23. About the Cardinals Louisville enters the 2019 NCAA Championships following a program-record fifth place finish at last year’s meet. The Cardinals qualified 11 individual swimmers, two divers and three relay swimmers and return six swimmers who earned All-American honors in a combined nine individual events in 2018. Louisville will also compete in all five relays, four of which are seeded in scoring position, highlighted by the No. 6 400 free and 400 medley relays.center_img Louisville NCAA Notes Schedule of Events Live Swimming Results Leading the Cards is two-time NCAA champion Mallory Comerford, who won back-to-back titles in the 200 free over the past two seasons. Comerford enters the meet as the top-ranked swimmer in the event, while also holding the No. 3 seed in the 100 free and the No. 5 seed in the 50 free. Freshman Alena Kraus has made a major impact for the Cards this season after winning bronze in the 200 fly at the ACC Championships. She is also seeded in scoring position at No. 16 in the 200 fly. Junior Grace Oglesby returns to NCAAs after recording a pair of seventh place finishes in the 100 and 200 fly at last year’s championships. At ACCs, she won her second consecutive 200 fly title and will be the fifth-seed in both the 100 and 200 fly. Broadcast Information ESPNU will provide live linear coverage for the finals sessions on Friday and Saturday. Digital coverage can be found on ESPN3 for Wednesday and Thursday’s finals sessions. Sessions not on ESPN will be streamed live on the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships microsite at www.texassports.com.Tickets Standing room only tickets may become available the day of competition and will be sold at the door. Admission is free for the Wednesday evening session. Prelims standing room only is $10 each day, finals is $15 each day and diving prelims and consolation sessions are $10 each day. ParkingAdvance parking is available online at Click and Park. Passes must be purchased by 10 p.m. the day prior to the event.Louisville Qualifiers Mariia Astashkina (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Sophie Cattermole (200 Free, 500 Free, 1650 Free)Mallory Comerford (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free)Molly Fears (Platform, 3-meter)Morgan Friesen (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Alina Kendzior (100 Back, 200 Back, 200 IM)Alena Kraus (200 Free, 500 Free, 200 Fly)Grace Oglesby (100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 IM)Arina Openysheva (100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free)Michaela Sliney (1-meter, 3-meter)Maria Sumida (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Fly)Lainey Visscher (50 Free, 100 Free)Kaylee Wheeler (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Relay swimmers: Avery Braunecker, Diana Dunn, Casey Fanz Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

19 Aug

British Airways faces 229 million fine over data breach

first_img Monday, July 8, 2019 Tags: British Airways, GDPR << Previous PostNext Post >> British Airways faces $229 million fine over data breach Share LONDON — British Airways is facing a 183 million-pound ($229 million) fine over a breach that compromised information on half a million customers – the biggest penalty to date under new, tougher regulations and one that is likely to be seen as a test case for companies that fail to secure big data caches.Britain’s Information Commissioner proposed the fine on Monday, months after BA revealed it had been the victim of a hack. The scam saw customers diverted to a fake website where credit card details were harvested by the attackers.“People’s personal data is just that – personal. When an organization fails to protect it from loss, damage or theft it is more than an inconvenience,” Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said. “That’s why the law is clear – when you are entrusted with personal data you must look after it.”The regulator said that the proposed fine – equivalent to 1.5% of the airline’s annual revenue – is the biggest it has ever imposed. It comes about a year after European Union member states began implementing the most sweeping change in data protection rules in a generation.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksThe General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short, is designed to make it easier for EU residents to give and withdraw permission for companies to use personal information _ but also forces companies that hold data to be accountable for looking after it. Authorities can fine companies up to 4% of annual revenue or 20 million euros ($22.5 million), whichever is higher, for breaching the rules.The Information Commissioner’s Office says its investigation of BA found that “poor security arrangements” compromised login, payment card, and travel booking details as well as name and address information.The parent company of BA, International Airlines Group, said it would fight the proposed fine. It has 28 days to make its case in the first step of the process, which could take some time to complete.“We intend to take all appropriate steps to defend the airline’s position vigorously, including making any necessary appeals,” said IAG CEO Willie Walsh.The proposed fine is the largest for the ICO since telling Facebook to pay 500,000 pounds ($663,000) for allowing the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to forage through the personal dataof millions of unknowing Facebook users.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalBut the Facebook matter took place before the new GDPR rules came into effect and was the maximum penalty at the time of the incidents.Monday’s announcement is a watershed moment for Denham’s office, in that it marks the first major foray into what happens under the new legislation when information authorities accuse well-meaning companies of falling short in data protection regimes.The proposed BA fine could particularly worry companies that use lots of data, even though their business concerns something else, such as flying planes. These companies have to really open themselves to securing their data despite the cost or face scary fines, said Emily Taylor, CEO of Oxford Information Labs, a cyber security consultancy.“(The information commissioner’s office) are going for a very big signal to the entire marketplace,” Taylor said. “This is the message: Get your information security house in order.” By: The Associated Presslast_img read more