Foreign Tourists May Be Able to Visit Restricted Areas in India Without Special Permit

first_imgForeign tourists may soon be allowed to visit some of the places that have been out of bounds for them until now without a special permit. However, tourists from Pakistan and China will not be allowed to visit these locations.“Discussions are on with the state governments to relax the Restricted Area Permit provisions for some areas for foreign tourists,” Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said, reported PTI.The move is aimed at promoting tourism, generating job prospects for the local population as well as creating income for the state, an official from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was cited as saying by the news agency.The Indian home ministry is now assessing whether it should relax the Restricted Area Permit, according to which tourists from foreign nations have to obtain a special permission to visit some of the places that are protected or restricted.According to Rijiju, in order to categorize the possible venues for which the Protected Area Permit and the Restricted Area Permit provisions may be relaxed, the ministry will work with the other agencies as well as the state governments.However, the chances of nationals of Pakistan and China to obtain these relaxations may be slim, the official said, the report added.Some of the protected areas in India are the whole of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim, and some parts of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand. Under the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order 1958, all areas falling between the inner line and the international border of some states have been declared as a protected area. The areas that have been deemed restricted are the entire Andaman and Nicobar Islands and some parts of Sikkim.Every foreigner, except a citizen of Bhutan, who desires to enter and stay in a Protected or Restricted Area, is required to obtain a special permit from a competent authority delegated with powers to issue a special permit to a foreigner.According to a Dec. 30, 2010 circular issued by the MHA, the entire area of the states of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland was excluded from the Protected Area regime for a period of one year initially from January 1, 2011. This is subject to some conditions.India earned $27 billion from its foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs), which crossed the 10-million mark, in 2017. The rise in numbers shown by the Ministry of Tourism was echoed by travel website TripAdvisor in its “2017 Inbound Travel Study” that revealed that international travel interest in India is increasing.India’s share of international tourist arrivals is 1.18 per cent in the world and 4.72 per cent in Asia, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism. The sector contributed 6.88 per cent to India’s GDP and provided 12 per cent of the jobs in 2017, Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons had said earlier. Related ItemsTourismlast_img read more

ONE: Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong hands Jihin Radzuan her first loss

first_imgGina Iniong uses all her tools to grind out a split-decision victory over the previously unbeaten Jihin Radzuan! #WeAreONE #ClashOfLegends #Bangkok #MartialArts— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) February 16, 2019Gina Iniong dedicated her fight against Jihin Radzuan to her family and most especially to her mother, who is battling cancer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIniong did her loved ones proud.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Iniong redeemed herself from a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Istela Nunes last July.The Baguio City native now owns an 8-4 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 29-year-old Iniong came away with a split decision victory over Radzuan in ONE: Clash of Legends Saturday night at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Carlo Peñalosa takes home another KO victory View commentslast_img read more

VIRAL PHOTO: Jahnvi Kapoor turns 19, mom Sridevi shares an *adorable* snap

first_imgOne of the most glamorous Bollywood kids, Jahnvi Kapoor, turned 19 on Monday (March 7). To mark the special occasion, Sridevi gave her fans a peek into her elder daughter’s childhood.PHOTOS: Sridevi’s dinner date with daughters Jhanvi and Khushi VIRAL PHOTO: Sridevi’s daughter Khushi Kapoor kisses popstar Jack GilinskySridevi took to Twitter to post an adorable photo of her daughter, in which Jahnvi is seen in a typical South Indian traditional attire, sporting a bald head: Missing you Janu. Happy Birthday! #JanhviBirthday SRIDEVI BONEY KAPOOR (@SrideviBKapoor) March 6, 2016 Apart from Sridevi, Javed Jaaferi’s daughter Alaviaa too made Jahnvi’s day special in her own way. Jaaferi took to Instagram to put up a video of Jahnvi. The video is a compilation of Jahnvi’s hilarious antics, and Alaviaa has captioned it, “HBD to one of the weirdest people I know. Don’t know how I would’ve survived Ecole without you. Thanks for bringing me tubs of ice cream when I was sad. Love u alwayzzzz @janhvikapoor6 #rehlax #goodone. (sic)”  Speculations about Jahnvi’s Bollywood debut have been doing the rounds of the internet for quite some time now. However, if mom Sridevi is to be believed, it will be a while before we get to see Kapoor Jr on the silver screen.advertisementlast_img read more

Abaco, RTI and Wind River partner on COTS DO-254 and DO-178C solution for airborne systems

first_img Continue Reading Previous ARBOR: RISC-based Panel PC for IoV, IIoT applicationsNext Apacer: XR-DIMM DRAM module with RTCA DO-160G certification Abaco, Real-Time Innovations and Wind River announced the integration of the first hardware, operating system, and communications framework with COTS RTCA DO-254 and RTCA DO-178C DAL A safety certification evidence package. This package will deliver accelerated certification and airworthiness for next generation airborne control and mission systems. This first-of-its-kind multi-supplier solution stack based upon open standards, vastly reduces integration and certification risk while accelerating time-to-market and deployment of critical systems. This solution is the first time both hardware and software have been integrated from multiple suppliers with all components enabling the highest level of avionics safety certification. This integration is based upon the hardware and software modular open systems architecture (MOSA) and open industry standards, including Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE), POSIX, ARINC 653, VPX and more. Using these open standards enables the rapid insertion of new capabilities at both the hardware and software level, enabling this solution stack to support both legacy and new avionics designs.Abaco FORCE2C is a ready-for-certification avionics platform, comprising SBC314C (NXP QorIQ T2081 PowerPC), RAR15XC (MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429), and XMCS01 (serial comms) and is engineered in accordance with RTCA DO-254 (EUROCAE ED-80) as required by FAA Advisory Circular AC 20-152 and EASA Certification Memorandum CM-SWCEH-001 and RTCA DO-178C (EUROCAE ED-12C) as required by FAA Advisory Circular AC 20-115D and EASA Certification Memorandum CM-SWCEH-002.RTI Connext DDS is a software connectivity framework that shares information in real-time, enabling applications work together as an integrated system. Based on the Object Management Group Data Distribution Service (OMG DDS) standard, RTI Connext DDS is designed to meet the demanding requirements of critical airborne systems requiring low latency, high reliability, scalability, security and COTS DO-178C DAL A certification evidence. RTI Connext TSS is the first certified conformant FACE Transport Services Segment (TSS), and enables rapid interoperability of FACE and SOSA system components and networked platforms.Wind River VxWorks 653 offers a safe, secure, and reliable real-time operating system (RTOS) delivering an open virtualization platform with robust time and space partitioning on the latest multi-core processor platforms. With technology proven by more than 360 customers in over 600 safety programs, and in more than 100 civilian and military aircraft, VxWorks 653 is driving the transition to software-defined systems in aerospace and defense, bringing innovative technology that solves real business problems. It was the first to achieve conformance to the FACE Technical Standard OSS Safety Base Profile, and serves as the technology foundation for Wind River Helix Virtualization Platform.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Ronaldo sets yet another new record

first_imgPortugal Ronaldo sets another new record with early penalty against Spain Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:15 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(21) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Spain World Cup Getty Images Portugal World Cup Portugal v Spain Spain The Real Madrid star has now scored in no less than four World Cups and eight major international competitions with Portugal The records just keep tumbling for Cristiano Ronaldo as he set a new international landmark just minutes into his World Cup campaign on Friday. Ronaldo has become accustomed to seeing the records fly over the last decade due to his remarkable goalscoring ability at Real Madrid. But he is also no slouch at international level either, striking early to put Spain on the back foot.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move After just two minutes the forward won a penalty off club team-mate Nacho and made no mistake in executing the spot-kick himself, sending David de Gea the wrong way. The goal was the fastest in a World Cup game since 1966, when Jose Augusto scored after 1:35 against Hungary and also sealed an incredible record of consistency over Ronaldo’s career. Ronaldo has now scored in eight consecutive major international tournaments – including World Cups, European Championships and Copas America – a feat no European or South American player has ever achieved before. He also becomes the fourth man to score in four World Cup finals, having previously netted in 2006, 2010 and 2014. 8 – Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup, European Championships, Copa America). Legend. #PORESP #POR #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 15 de junio de 2018Only Brazil’s Pele and Germany duo Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose can boast a comparable record on the world’s biggest football stage. 51 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 51st career hat-trick (club and country), and his treble was also the 51st hat-trick scored in World Cup history. Symmetry. #PORESP #POR #ESP #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 15 de junio de 201845 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick was the first that he has scored from a direct free-kick in a finals tournament, from what was his 45th attempt (World Cup & Euros combined). Moment. #PORESP #POR #ESP #WorldCup— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 15 de junio de 2018And for good measure, he recorded the 51st hat-trick of his career with two further goals, the latter a stunning free-kick – his first successful effort in 45 attempts in a major international tournament – that gave David de Gea no chance. He also became, at 33 years and 130 days old, the oldest player to hit a triple at the World Cup.It was also the 51st hat-trick in World Cup history, but it might not be the last as the finals jumped into life on Friday.last_img read more

Sharing World Cup should be considered if finalists can’t be separated: New Zealand coach

first_img No data available! view more view less India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 23:08 IST England prevailed because they had hit a total of 26 boundaries as compared to New Zealand’s 17 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand ended up as the World Cup runners-up for the second time in succession after 2015England won a superior boundary count after the World Cup 2019 final and Super Over ended in a tieNZ batting coach Craig McMillan feels “sharing the trophy would be the right thing to do”New Zealand coach Gary Stead feels the International Cricket Council should consider the option of a having a tied result in case both the finalists cannot be separated if the teams are tied on the same scores after the final and the Super Over just like what happened in the World Cup 2019 final between his team and England.New Zealand and England both ended up with 241 runs in their allotted 50 overs and had to play out a Super Over but even that couldn’t separate the two sides as both scored 15 runs each.It was then that ICC’s rules came into play which stated that in case of a tie in the Super Over, the team which has hit the most boundaries in the final and in the Super Over would be declared winners.England prevailed because they had hit a total of 26 boundaries – fours and sixes scored across both the 50 overs and the Super Over – compared with New Zealand’s 17, a decision which left Kiwi fans and cricket pundits unhappy.”Perhaps when you play over a seven-week period and can’t be separated on the final day, that is something should be considered as well.”But again that’s one consideration over a whole lot of things that went on over the World Cup. Everything will be reviewed, and I think that it’s a good time to do it now. But probably just let the dust settle for a while,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said.New Zealand’s batting coach and former all-rounder Craig McMillan is of the opinion that sharing the trophy in such a case would have been the right thing to do.advertisement”It is not going to change yesterday’s result. But what is probably fair to say at the end of seven weeks in a big tournament like this, when you have two teams can’t be separated after a 50-over match and then a Super Over and neither team did actually lose in many ways in terms of runs scored.”Then perhaps sharing the trophy would be the right thing to do. Wasn’t to be yesterday, which we all are disappointed with. But it is sport and those were the rules,” McMillan said.Chasing 242 for victory in the final, Ben Stokes’ scintillating 84 not out helped the hosts tie the see-saw contest, forcing the Super Over where more nail-biting excitement unfolded.Jos Buttler and Stokes took 15 runs off Trent Boult’s Super Over without losing their wickets.New Zealand also scored 15 runs off Jofra Archer’s over but England won on boundary count, triggering wild celebrations at Lord’s as the hosts capped a stunning turnaround and ended a 44-year wait to bring home the World Cup trophy.Also Read | Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah feature in ICC’s Team of the TournamentAlso Read | England and New Zealand should have been given the World Cup trophy: Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | England vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 Final: Great show by both teams, says Virat KohliAlso Read | As a nation we all aged a year in that Super Over: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda ArdernFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Gary SteadFollow England vs New ZealandFollow World Cup 2019 advertisement Next scorecard commentary graphs Sharing World Cup should be considered if finalists can’t be separated: New Zealand coachEngland were declared winners of the World Cup 2019 over New Zealand despite the two teams tied on the same score after the final and the Super Over due to their superior boundary count.last_img read more

England vs Australia, Ashes 2019: Rain washes out first day of 2nd Test

first_imgEngland vs Australia, Ashes 2019: Rain washes out first day of 2nd TestEngland (ENG) vs Australia (AUS) Ashes 2019 2nd Test Day 1: The play of the first day of 2nd Test has been abandoned without a ball being bowled at Lord’s on Wednesday.advertisement Reuters LondonAugust 14, 2019UPDATED: August 14, 2019 21:41 IST England vs Australia (ENG vs AUS) Live Score, Ashes 2019, 2nd Test Day 1: Rain in Ashes Test cricket match between England and Australia at Lord’s (AP Photo)The first day of the second Ashes test between England and Australia was rained out at Lord’s on Wednesday without a ball being bowled.Play had finally looked set to get underway after a morning of wet weather, with the umpires calling for a 3:30pm (1430 GMT) start during a dry spell.The sides briefly came out, and the England staff had time to present Jofra Archer with his debut test cap. But the rain began to fall again minutes later, before the captains came out for the coin toss.The sides will now aim to start the match on Thursday, with an extra half-hour of play allowed on each of the remaining four days to make up for the day lost.Australia lead the five-match series 1-0 after an emphatic 251-run win at Edgbaston.Also Read | India beat England by 36 runs to lift Physical Disability World Series T20Also see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow LordsFollow Ashes testFollow Eng vs AUSlast_img read more

‘We Transform’ Programme Seeks to Rescue Youth Offenders

first_imgStory Highlights Seventeen-year-old Jason Palmer* wants to fulfil his dream of becoming a paediatrician and has taken the first step by getting involved in the ‘We Transform’ youth empowerment and reintegration programme. Jason, who is a ward at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre in St. Catherine and is currently undertaking studies in Human and Social Biology, Mathematics, Principles of Business and Office Administration in preparation to sit the 2018 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams in May, says he’s looking forward to the future. “I would like to become a paediatrician. When I was growing up, my mother took care of children, and I was always there helping her, so I came to love doing that. I would like to go to college. Here at Rio Cobre, they are helping me to get the subjects I need,” he shares. Seventeen-year-old Jason Palmer* wants to fulfil his dream of becoming a paediatrician and has taken the first step by getting involved in the ‘We Transform’ youth empowerment and reintegration programme.Jason, who is a ward at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre in St. Catherine and is currently undertaking studies in Human and Social Biology, Mathematics, Principles of Business and Office Administration in preparation to sit the 2018 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams in May, says he’s looking forward to the future.“I would like to become a paediatrician. When I was growing up, my mother took care of children, and I was always there helping her, so I came to love doing that. I would like to go to college. Here at Rio Cobre, they are helping me to get the subjects I need,” he shares.Launched under the theme ‘Save a Child, Change a Nation’, the We Transform programme is being implemented through the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in four juvenile remand centres for the rehabilitation and reintegration of youth offenders.It targets some 242 children between the ages of 12 and 17 in the centres as well as youth offenders monitored by the island’s 16 community service (probation) offices.Recounting the changes he has undergone since entering the facility, Jason says the programme has had a positive impact on him.“The We Transform programme has helped me a lot to become a better person. I can interact with persons better and control my anger, and I am good at decision-making. They also teach us how to do résumés, and other life skills. I know that I will be able to go out into the world, because I am well equipped through this programme,” he tells JIS News.“All my experiences in the programme have taught me what not to do, so that I won’t get myself in any more trouble. I have changed a lot from when I first came into Rio Cobre. It was not easy for people to talk to me. I did not like to speak to people, and I didn’t have respect for authority, because I thought they were a problem to me, but I have come to realise that I was in the wrong. I came here because of my wrongdoing. I have also learned to take responsibility for my actions,” Jason adds.He notes that his success in two CSEC subjects last year (English and Social Studies – Grade 3), has made his mother proud, and he plans to continue to do so.“Since receiving two subjects last year, I can see the smile on my mother’s face every time she comes to visit. Right now, what is important to me is making my parents proud, because I know that I have done some things that I really regret and I would like to make it up to them, and I am trying my best,” Jason says.Assistant Superintendent at the correctional facility, Denise Roberts, has seen the positive change in Jason, which has also positively impacted other wards participating in the programme.“He is very intelligent, hard-working and dedicated to any task you give him. He has acquitted himself well in the programme, and even when pressured he holds his own, and you can see the growth. We Transform has provided him with the platform to develop his communication and presentation skills, learning to work with other wards. This is important because these boys don’t know how to work with others, so when they learn to work as part of a team respectfully, that is a big plus for us,” Mrs. Roberts says.Data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) indicate that youth are perpetrators and victims of a significant percentage of criminal activities, with the 2017 statistics showing that 86 young persons were arrested for murder, 78 for shooting and 148 for robbery.Initiated under the stewardship of former Minister of State for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., in 2016, the We Transform programme aims to reduce the number of youth in correctional facilities reoffending and ensure the successful reintegration of these young people into society.Mr. Charles says the programme has been embraced by officials within the DCS, who report positive behaviour change among wards involved in the programme.“Both the staff and the youth have expressed enthusiasm. They are excited about the programme. There is a complete buy-in by the staff. They express that they have seen positive changes in the behaviour of the youth that they interface with and that the youngsters see a greater sense of purpose in themselves. When you ask them a question, they identify what they want to be and how they intend to get there. So far, there has been a lot of positive (feedback), and I am inspired by how engaged the staff members are,” he tells JIS News.Mr. Charles says he expects youth offenders to be empowered and supported through the We Transform programme, and “we expect that will cause them to avoid a life of crime, and this will have a positive impact on the levels of crime and violence that we see in Jamaica”.Meanwhile, new State Minister for National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has lauded the programme, noting that it is a valuable resource in the Government’s strategy to rehabilitate youth offenders.“The We Transform programme is something I have tremendous interest in and hope to take to higher heights. This is a good programme,” he says.The programme is being implemented in two phases. Phase One, which is under way, engages youth in academics, vocational education, health and wellness activities as well as life skills. Phase Two of the programme includes a mentorship component, internship/job placement, an annual competition and an exposition where youth can showcase their talents.last_img read more

Schools Benefiting From Leadership Training of Principals

first_img The Ministry’s policy position is that no principal can be appointed to lead an educational institution unless he/she has done the requisite training at the NCEL. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that schools are benefiting from the effective management of principals who have been trained and certified by the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL).The Ministry’s policy position is that no principal can be appointed to lead an educational institution unless he/she has done the requisite training at the NCEL.“We have seen the tremendous result of that, where the schools that have these trained and certified principals are emerging and they are doing well,” Senator Reid said.He was addressing the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) Sixth Biennial General Meeting and National Conference held at Jamaica College in St. Andrew on Saturday (July 14).NCEL is the premier educational leadership training and development organisation creating world-class leaders for Jamaica and the global community.Its mission is to develop and support highly competent, educational leaders, who are able to create and sustain effective schools, thereby contributing to national development.Minister Reid told his audience that the NCEL is moving to equip vice principals, senior teachers and bursars “because the Ministry wants to ensure that people are trained appropriately for the roles and responsibilities that they are asked to take on”.“We must strive in all we do to make sure that the persons serving our children at all levels within our schools are highly trained, highly effective, so that quality education can be delivered to the population,” he stressed.Senator Reid encouraged members of the NPTAJ to continue to serve on school Boards, which are charged with ensuring the effective management of institutions.“Stakeholders like parents are very important. It is a role that we want to cement,” he said. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that schools are benefiting from the effective management of principals who have been trained and certified by the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL). “We have seen the tremendous result of that, where the schools that have these trained and certified principals are emerging and they are doing well,” Senator Reid said.last_img read more

Demi Lovato And Carly Rae Jepsen Join We Day Minnesota

first_imgInternational charity and educational partner Free The Children, in partnership with Title sponsors Cheerios, Green Giant and Yoplait, announced the second group of names joining the star-studded lineup set to inspire 18,000 students who have earned their way through service to attend the first-ever We Day Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center on October 8.Sharing their passion for change, international experiences and energizing the crowd with unforgettable performances will be multi-platinum, chart-topping artists the Jonas Brothers and Carly Rae Jepsen along with renowned speakers including Barbara Pierce Bush, award-winning actress and activist Mia Farrow, international activists and Free The Children co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger. Also joining via Skype for an important message will be award-winning singer-songwriter and Free The Children ambassador, Demi Lovato.Considering We Day has been called the Super Bowl for service, the event’s all-star roster will fittingly include NFL players from the Minnesota Vikings and other local dignitaries and personalities, including We Day co-chairs and siblings, Dean Phillips and Hutton Phillips, the Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, Minnesota Commissioner of Education, Brenda Cassellius, Mayor of St. Paul, Chris Coleman, Jack Jablonski and spoken word poet and rapper Dessa.In the year of the 50th anniversary of his father’s memorable I Have a Dream speech, an exciting addition to the lineup is human rights advocate Martin Luther King III, who will be speaking at all We Day events across North America in 2013.Leading the electrified crowd as a co-host will be platinum selling artist and star of Disney’s Good Luck Charlie, Bridgit Mendler.“I had the opportunity this past summer to participate with Free The Children’s communities in Kenya, and see first-hand the lasting impact that youth in North America are making through their charitable work,” said Joe Jonas from the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum band the Jonas Brothers. “I understand what it means to these communities to have access to clean water and an education and I was thrilled to get involved by committing to help build two schools overseas with Free The Children. It may seem like a simple assignment to make one local and one global commitment, but these efforts fundamentally impact the lives of people around the world.”We Day is a stadium-sized educational event and a movement of young people leading local and global change. We Day is tied to the year-long program, We Act, which supports students and educators with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the event’s inspiration into sustained activation. Since 2007, youth involved in the We Act program have raised $37 million dollars for over 1,000 local and global causes and logged more than 9.6 million volunteer hours.The 2013/2014 We Day season will be the largest season to date. We Day will see more than 160,000 in attendance in 12 cities across North America, and internationally for the first time with We Day UK in spring 2014, truly making this a global movement for change.We Day and the We Act program are free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance at the event and state-wide, thanks to the generous support of sponsors led in Minnesota by Title Sponsors Cheerios, Green Giant and Yoplait along with other supporters, including Bremer Bank, the Otto Bremer Foundation, The Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation and the Carlson Family Foundation.last_img read more

Stranger Things Millie Bobby Brown coming to Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Firefly’s Nathan Fillion has already been announced.Brown rose to stardom after starring in Stranger Things, opposite Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine. She played psychokinetic teen Eleven, who befriends a gang of misfit kids after escaping a government facility. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Child actress Millie Bobby Brown, best known for her touching and effectively creepy turn as Eleven in the Netflix hit Stranger Things, is coming to Calgary this April.The 12-year-old actress was announced as a guest of the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this year, which runs from April 27 to 30 at Stampede Park.Also new to the lineup is Christopher Lambert, best known for 1986’s Highlander and 1984’s Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan and Danielle Panabaker, who plays Killer Frost in Arrow and The Flash.last_img read more

Owens named chief executive behind CBS 60 Minutes

PASADENA, Calif. — Incoming CBS News president Susan Zirinsky opted for continuity on television’s most popular news program, appointing Bill Owens as executive producer of “60 Minutes” on Wednesday.Owens has been executive editor at “60 Minutes” since 2008, and has been running it on an interim basis since his predecessor Jeff Fager was fired in September for sending a threatening text message to a colleague writing a story about him.Zirinsky says Owens is “steeped in the storytelling style audiences have come to expect from “60 Minutes.”It was the first big appointment for Zirinsky, another CBS veteran. She was named news president last month to replace the outgoing David Rhodes.The Associated Press read more

Underworld members involved in polls in 4 districts

He also said that in the Gampaha District, several underworld members are working with the Government and even providing security for their election campaigning. CaFFE Executive Director, Keerthi Tenakoon, said that underworld members who were known to have been close with the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have now shifted their support to the Government and are engaged in election campaigning in Colombo. Tenakoon said that in the Hambantota and Kandy Districts, owners of private security agencies are also contesting the August 17 Parliamentary election.He said that army deserters have been employed by some of these agencies and there is a fear that members of these agencies may clash when election day gets closer. (Colombo Gazette) Underworld members are involved in election related work in four districts, local election monitors said today.The Campaign for a Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) said that they have received information related to underworld members involved in election campaign work in Colombo, Gampaha, Hambantota and Kandy. read more

BJP asserts bridge between India Sri Lanka must not be damaged

In a promo for its upcoming show, the channel quotes an archaeologist that the rocks on top of sand pre-date the sand.“This is what the BJP has been saying all along,” minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju said. His cabinet colleague and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also hit out at the UPA government for an affidavit in the Supreme Court that had questioned the belief among Hindus that the land bridge was built by Lord Ram to reach then Lanka to rescue his wife Sita, as depicted in the epic Ramayana. The claim made in a new show of a US science channel that the ‘Ram Setu’ between India and Sri Lanka is man-made has reaffirmed the party’s stand on the issue, India’s ruling BJP said Wednesday, asserting that it believes in the existence of Lord Ram.“It is unfortunate that the Congress has always been apologetic when it came to respecting Hindu religion. I wish once and for all this debate (on Ram Setu) is settled. We should respect Ram Setu and no damage should be done to it,” Union minister Piyush Goyal told a press conference at the BJP headquarters. The BJP, Goyal said, is not apologetic about its love for Lord Ram and for the party functionaries he was an ideal human being.“A secular democratic framework allows each Indian to respect his religion. We are proud of our religion and we are proud of every religion in India,” he said, according to the Hindustan Times. “Those who filed the affidavit should explain now. The research has supported what the BJP has been claiming all along…The setu is part of our cultural heritage,” Prasad told reporters. read more

UN in Afghanistan decries mutilation of voters in western province

Afghans thronged to polling centres to vote for their country’s new leader in the second round run-off in its Presidential elections after none of the candidates in the first round of the vote, held on 5 April, achieved the 50 per cent plus one result needed to win. Photos: UNAMA ‹ › “Like millions of their countrymen and women, these ordinary Afghans were exercising their fundamental right to determine the future path of their country through voting and not through violence and intimidation,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, said in a statement. He added that by voting, they had already defeated “those who promote terror and violence”.The 11 victims, who were attacked after casting ballots in the western province of Herat, were interviewed by human rights monitors from the UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA). A finger dipped in ink is proof that the person voted, and meant to prevent voters from casting more than one ballot.Mr. Kubiš, who heads UNAMA, said such “inhuman cruelty against Afghan civilians” are manifestations of weakness and desperation. “They know they have lost the support of the Afghan people,” he added.In today’s statement, UNAMA reiterated that attacks directed against civilians, including mutilations, are serious violations of international humanitarian law which parties to the armed conflict – including all anti-Government elements – must uphold.About 60 per cent of the country’s 12 million eligible voters turned out to vote yesterday, according to initial estimates from the Independent Election Commission. In a statement after the voting ended, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lauded the participation of men and women across the country for demonstrating their commitment to shaping the future of their country and to rejecting violence and intimidation. read more

OSU mens basketball loses top recruit LaQuinton Ross

The Ohio State men’s basketball team is more than a month away from kicking off its 2011-12 season, but its Final Four hopes have already taken a small hit. OSU announced Monday that incoming freshman LaQuinton Ross was ruled an academic non-qualifier by the NCAA and will not be on the Buckeyes roster when the team opens practice on Oct. 14. Ross, who according the was the No. 43 overall recruit in the class of 2011, was the highest-ranked of the five players who committed to play for OSU coach Thad Matta this season. In his senior season of high school, Ross averaged 25.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. As an academic non-qualifier, Ross did not meet the academic standards that are required for all NCAA Division I athletes. According to the NCAA’s official website, an incoming student must be a high school graduate, achieve a 2.0 GPA and present a qualifying score on either the SAT or ACT. Academic non-qualifiers are not permitted to receive an academic scholarship for a full year, meaning that Ross likely won’t play for the Buckeyes until the 2012-13 season, at the earliest. Despite Ross having signed a letter of intent last November to play for the Buckeyes, being ruled as an academic non-qualifier returns his status with the NCAA back to that of a prospect. As a prospect, Ross is allowed to be recruited and can sign to play with schools other than OSU, granted that he academically qualifies for the 2012-13 season. Ross has spent the past summer in Columbus, playing alongside current and former OSU players. CBSSports reported on Monday that Ross, who attended high school at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., would be returning to his home state of Mississippi to “take a class and retake the SAT.” From his Twitter account, @qross2011, Ross posted on Friday at approximately 7 p.m.: “Struggling is something I’m use to!! I seem to bounce back everytime this time want be any different!!” The Buckeyes were hoping that Ross, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, would help replace some of the perimeter scoring that the team lost when forward David Lighty and guard Jon Diebler graduated. With senior guard William Buford and sophomore swingmen Deshaun Thomas and Jordan Sibert returning this year, it is possible that Ross may not have found playing time in Matta’s rotation. With 2010-11 All-American and OSU leading scorer and rebounder Jared Sullinger returning for his sophomore season, the Buckeyes are expected to be a top-five team to start this season. OSU kicks off its regular season on Nov. 11 against Wright State in the Global Sports Shoot-out. read more

US prohibits purchase of Chinese rare earth magnets

first_imgUcore Rare Metals comments on the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which was signed into law by the President of the USA this week. The new legislation prohibits the US Department of Defense from acquiring rare earth magnets from China.“This is a turning-point in the re-establishment of an independent US rare earth industry,” said Jim McKenzie, President and CEO of Ucore. “It is also an important inflection point for rare earth investors. Rare earth magnets, or REMs, represent a technology of critical importance to the American military. Ucore’s planned Strategic Metals Complex, as a US based producer of high purity REEs, comes at a time when the US military will be actively pursuing these materials. The company is also uniquely equipped to step in and serve as a key source for rare metals resources, extraction and beneficiation technologies for the Department of Defense.”“The signing of the 2019 NDAA into law is a pivotal moment in the resurgence of a US-based REE sector,” said Dean Popps, formerly the US Army’s most senior procurement official and Ucore Advisory Board Member. “Further risk to the nation’s strategic supply chain’s dependency on China has been reduced by the new law, which prohibits the Department of Defense’s purchase of Chinese-made magnets used in an array of military applications, from aviation and weapons systems, to supercomputers and satellites. This event is also an important signal to the defense industry, and its attendant defense establishment procurement officials and policy makers, to begin proactively reviewing all supply chains consistent with the intent of the new law.”Section 871, along with other provisions of the bill that encourage the development and retention of critical technologies in the defense and technology industrial base, provide a strong statement of support for developing producers of strategic minerals. The bill includes a prohibition on the sourcing of REMs from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran, a significant embargo, given that over 90% of REM’s consumed by the US Military are currently produced by China alone. Section 871 will now need to be implemented by a rulemaking process within the Department of Defense in order to take effect.Ucore Rare Metals is a development-phase company focused on rare metals resources, extraction and beneficiation technologies with near term potential for production, growth and scalability. In March 2015, Ucore announced the development of a joint venture with IBC for the deployment of Molecular Recognition Technology for REE and multi-metallic tailings processing applications in North America and associated world markets.last_img read more

Angry Birds finally comes to Web via Chrome

first_imgToday’s Google’s I/O keynote focused on Chrome. We learned that a year ago today there were 70 million Chrome users, and since then, the number has more than doubled with 160 million Chrome users. There may be even more now with the news that everyone’s favorite Pig/Bird game, Angry Birds, will now be available on the web via the Chrome Web Store.AdChoices广告Rovio Mobile CEO Peter Vesterbacka, came on the stage wearing a red Angry Birds sweatshirt to announce the news. The newest version of the game will be available on the Chrome browser and will feature exclusive levels available only on Chrome.It can also be downloaded locally to your hard drive so you don’t even need to be connected to the web to play the game. Like Google did with its new movie rental feature, announced yesterday, you can now play Angry Birds while you’re traveling on a plane.Angry Birds on Chrome will use Chrome graphics, such as Chrome buttons as rocks, Chrome logo clouds and flowers, Google colors,  and even “Chrome bombs.” The new version will also allow in-app payments so that Angry Birds players can actually buy the coveted “Mighty Eagle.” If you’re unfamiliar with the Mighty Eagle, it’s a special bird that you can buy that will skip you past that level you just can’t beat. The Mighty Eagle was only available for iOS until now.Angry Birds for Chrome will be available today, but Vesterbacka said to try after 11 a.m. PST. Now that anyone with Chrome can download the game, will companies start blocking Chrome due to employees obsessively playing Angry Birds during work?Update: Angry Birds is available at the Chrome Web Store now. More photos below.last_img read more

No to raising of pension age

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s largest migrant community organisation, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia, hit back at Federal Government indications to change the eligibility age of the age pension, saying it opposes any move to lift the pension age to 70.I believe it’s time for the country to allow pensioners to live the rest of their lives with dignity.Theo NomicosThe chairman of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils (FECCA), Joe Caputo, told Neos Kosmos he believes raising the pension age would be impractical for many workers from a non-English speaking background.“The majority of people who have language difficulties are in manual, unskilled jobs and usually they are skilled in industry and other manufacturing industries. These are jobs that of course often take their toll on people’s physical capacity to continue to work as they get older,” he said.The reaction comes after Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey indicated last Sunday that a rise in the pension age to 70 was under “active consideration” by the government. Mr Caputo added that increasing the pension age to 70 was concerning and not justified for Australians who might not have the opportunity to work to that age. The previous Labor government had raised the retirement age from 65 to 67 from 2023.“We believe that any other raising of the pension age is not justified and should not happen, on the grounds that you see a lot of people that we represent – from ethnic communities or newly arrived, that work in very tough industries, and a lot of them don’t even reach 60 years of age or their health has been affected. “If you come from a privileged background and you work in a highly paid professional job – these people will be able to work even until their late 70s, because they are often self-employed and are in good health, and they should have an option to make a choice. “On a personal level, I believe in freedom of choice – if some people who are in a pension age would like to continue to work and are able to find work, they should be able to do so. It should be a free choice, not being forced to do so.” In response to criticism that the Abbott government was preparing to break its pre-election promise that there would be no changes to pensions, on Tuesday Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that the government would keep its ­­pre-election commitments but also get the budget under control. If the changes are adopted Australians will become some of the oldest workers in the world.Fair Go For Pensioners Coalition also called on the Abbott government to come clean with pensioners, instead of cutting access to the age pension by increasing age pension eligibility age to 70 years.Theo Nomicos, committee member of Fair Go For Pensioners and president of the Association of Greek Elderly Citizens’ Clubs, told Neos Kosmos he is against the proposed changes and called for the Federal Government to give back to pensioners.“I believe that after 60-65 years of age nobody who works can give as much as they used to. Why don’t we retire and give positions to the young generations that are on the dole and haven’t got a job? They are more educated than the old people, they can produce and have the strength and the power for production.“When a person passes 60 and becomes a senior, they haven’t got the strength, especially for physical jobs – I may be able to produce 50 pieces per hour, but a young person can produce 70.“They are trying to cut a lot from fragile pensioners. But pensioners gave a lot to this country. I believe it’s time they allow us to live in dignity. We want the pension to be 35 per cent of the life time earnings as everywhere in the world, as here it’s not even 23 per cent,” Mr Nomicos said. FECCA’s chairman Joe Caputo referred to diverse issues that lifting the retirement age may have, bringing attention to cases of discrimination due to old age that are not rare in the workplace. “Often employers get rid of the old workers and employ the young ones. If you lose your job when you are in your 50s, it’s very difficult to find a job again. We had a case recently, in Queensland, where one worker was actually discriminated against because of his age. That’s another issue.“Now to actually lift the pension age – it just shifts one problem to another. If you keep the worker longer you’ll find it will be more difficult for young people to find jobs. So in fact we may end up with unemployed youth and overworked old people,” Mr Caputo told Neos Kosmos.last_img read more