New Delhi: The Security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed an improvement and the net infiltration from across the border has reduced by 43 per cent after a surgical strike was carried out on terror camps in Pakistan, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.Rai’s remarks came in response to a written question on whether cross-border infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir has abated after the Indian Air Force carried out surgical strike on terror camps in Balakot in Pakistan in February this year. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu”Due to concerted and synergised efforts of security forces, the security situation in the state has witnessed an improvement in the first half of this year over the corresponding period of 2018. Net infiltration has reduced by 43 per cent,” he said. The minister said the central government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards cross-border infiltration. Rai said the government of India in tandem with the state government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration, which includes multi-tiered deployment along the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC), border fencing, improved intelligence and operational coordination, equipping security forces with improved technological weapons and taking pro-active action against infiltrators. Replying another question, the minister said the electric fence namely the Anti Infiltration Obstacle System (AIOS) on LoC along Indo-Pak border has proved to be a potent tool to guard against infiltration.
Rabat – The Moroccan pop singer will now be tried for crimes of sexual assault and willful violence against Prioul, a French national. According to MEDIAPART news website, in order for Saad Lamjarred to be found innocent, the judge would have had to issue a nonsuit order, which wasn’t the case. On the contrary, the judge has corrected the rape and referred the criminal case to the correctional court.The rape, however, will be tried as an offense rather than a crime. The same source added that the procedure of requalifying rape is very common in France, estimating that 50 to 80 percent of rape cases in France have been requalified, and explaining that Lamjarred would be sentenced to 5 to 7 years in prison if found guilty.On October 26, 2016, Lamjarred was charged with raping Laura Prioul. French authorities detained him for six months at the Marriott Champs Elysees in Paris pending his trial.Later, on April 13, 2017, he was released on bail under electronic surveillance.
Rabat – Morocco has won the ‘best promotional poster’ prize on Wednesday night at Bocuse d’Or, the prestigious gastronomy competition in Lyon.The competition brought together 24 chefs selected after 62 national selections and 4 continental selections.Read Also: Chef Ait Ouakrim Takes Morocco to World-Class Bocuse d’Or ContestThe prize awarded the creativity of finalists, who were challenged to produce the best promotional poster, and a public vote determined the most beautiful one. Bocue d’Or also awarded prizes for best clerk, won by Denmark; best plate, won by France; and best tray, won by Finland.Read Also: Moroccan Chef to Compete in Sirha’s Bocuse d’Or, World Pastry CupThe competition was first created in 1987 to explore culinary talents around the world. This year is the first time African countries have participated. Six African teams, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia, took part in the continental selections last June in Marrakech.The 2019 event pays tribute to two great chefs who promoted the competition, creator Paul Bocuse and Joel Robuchon, the first honorary president. Both chefs died in 2018.
TORONTO — Pineapple Express star Seth Rogen and screenwriter Evan Goldberg have teamed up with Canopy Growth Corp. to launch a Toronto-based Canadian cannabis brand called Houseplant.The Vancouver-born actor and the Canadian screenwriter with whom Rogen collaborated on the stoner film co-founded the Toronto-based company along with “other great friends and colleagues.”“We have been working on this quietly for years and seeing everything come together is a dream come true,” Rogen said in an emailed statement.“We could not be more passionate about this company and are dedicated to doing everything the right way. It is extremely important to us to treat cannabis with the reverence it deserves. What a tiame!”Houseplant said Canopy acquired 25 per cent of the business, and invested working capital, but would not disclose any further financial information.Rogen and Goldberg are the business leads of the company, while Canopy in its role as venture partner is providing the facilities, expertise and infrastructure to grow cannabis.“We have been getting to know the Houseplant team for quite a while now and continue to be impressed by their understanding of the cannabis consumer, attention to detail, and drive towards their vision,” Canopy president and co-chief executive Mark Zekulin said in a statement.Rogen, who has also portrayed pothead characters in films such as Knocked Up and the 40-Year-Old-Virgin, is not the first celebrity associated with cannabis to dabble in the pot industry.Tommy Chong, one half of the Cheech & Chong comedy duo, has a line of medicinal cannabis products called Chong’s Choice, available in certain states where legal. In late 2017, director and actor Kevin Smith and actor Jason Mewes — better known as their stoner movie characters Jay and Silent Bob — entered into a brand licensing agreement with Hamilton, Ont.-based cannabis company Beleave Inc. to develop strains. And in 2016, rapper Snoop Dogg struck a deal with Canopy to grant the licensed producer the exclusive right to use certain content and brands such as Leafs By Snoop.However, since Canada legalized recreational cannabis last October, these companies are subject to strict rules governing promotion of the products. The Cannabis Act prohibits the promotion of cannabis, cannabis accessories or any service related to cannabis by means of a testimonial or endorsement or by means of the depiction of a person, character or animal, whether real or fictional. It is also prohibited to present cannabis or any of its brand elements in a manner that “evokes a positive or negative emotion” about a “way of life such as one that includes glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.”Any promotion that could be seen as appealing to young people is also forbidden.Houseplant noted that Rogen and Goldberg are not paid spokespeople, but founders and business owners who have been involved in its strategic development and decision making since the beginning. “Since inception the Houseplant team has maintained a strong focus on abiding by the regulations which is why, not due to a lack of opportunity both pre and post legalization, Seth and Evan have not participated in any cannabis related event or promotion in Canada,” the company said in an emailed statement.“They are founders and owners, not spokespeople for the brand and have been very careful not to confuse that.”Houseplant’s team in Toronto consists of a chief commercial officer and marketing manager while its strains will be grown at Canopy’s facilities in Smiths Falls, Ont., she added.The first strain Houseplant Sativa will be on sale at legal retailers in B.C. starting next month, with hybrid and indica strains to follow. The company said pre-rolled joints and softgel products will also follow later in the year as the brand rolls out across Canada. Houseplant said it does not have any current plans to launch in the U.S. — where cannabis is legal for medical and recreational purposes in several states but is illegal federally — but both its partner and the company have “global aspirations.”The company said there are no current plans for any products branded with Pineapple Express.Rogen and Goldberg’s partners in Houseplant also include the California-based United Talent Agency through its business ventures group.The pair have spent five years preparing for the launch, said Goldberg. “We are so proud to be launching in Canada, our home… We’re excited to be able to share our passion for cannabis with Canadians in this way,” he said in a statement. Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press
LAS VEGAS — CinemaCon, the annual gathering of movie exhibitors and distributors, kicks off Monday in Las Vegas.Hollywood’s biggest studios, from Disney to Warner Bros., descend on Caesar’s Palace armed with splashy footage, trailers and some of their biggest stars to preview and stir up excitement for their upcoming films to an audience of theatre owners and industry executives.On the convention floor, exhibitors will also get the chance to see the latest and greatest in movie going offerings, from luxury seating to advanced screen technology and enhanced concession snacks.CinemaCon runs through Thursday.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota oil drillers are falling far short of the state’s goals to limit the burning of excess natural gas at well heads, five years after the state adopted the rules to reduce the wasteful and environmentally harmful practice.The industry has spent billions of dollars on infrastructure but is at least two years from catching up, and regulators are projecting that the state’s increasing gas production will still outstrip that new capacity.Environmentalists and even a key Republican say the problem will persist as long as the state doesn’t take a tougher approach with the industry, which has largely avoided financial penalties.“We need to find an excess flared gas solution immediately,” said Republican Rep. Vicky Steiner, whose hometown of Dickinson is in the heart of the state’s oil patch. “It’s a shame. I’d like to see us find a use for this.”“Compliance with the state’s flaring policy is not working,” added Wayde Schafer, spokesman for the state’s Sierra Club chapter. “We need to revisit the policy.”Flaring is the practice of burning off natural gas that is produced as a byproduct of oil drilling. It’s a picturesque feature of the oil patch, especially at night, but it means wasted money and unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions that worsen global warming.In 2014, when more than one-third of that gas was being burned off, North Dakota began requiring oil companies to limit flaring to no more than 15 per cent by 2016, and to 10 per cent by 2020. The national average for flaring is less than 1 per cent.Oil companies endorsed the rules but struggled to meet them from the start. Most have often missed them.Drillers produced a record 2.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in March, but about 20 per cent of it went up in flames. That was well above the current limit of 12 per cent — and was enough to heat all North Dakota homes for a month 10 times over, according to an analysis by the Legislature’s research agency.March also was the 13th month in a row that drillers missed the target.About $4 billion in gas processing plants and pipelines is scheduled to come on line within the next two years, boosting gas-gathering and processing capability by 56 per cent. That would be enough to handle most of the gas produced in the state at present.But Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, said projections show that oil production and its associated gas in two years will outpace even that added capacity. North Dakota is the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas.Kringstad said he wasn’t aware of any other planned infrastructure projects. Building a gas processing plant typically takes about three years, he said.Company officials have warned lawmakers and regulators for years that significantly restricting oil development to curb flaring would hurt investment and the state’s treasury, which increasingly relies on oil and gas revenue.Lawmakers have opted to accept flaring rather than cut back on production, since oil revenue brings big dollars to their districts, said Steiner, the Republican lawmaker whose district represents a portion of western North Dakota’s oil patch.“Everybody is taking a share out of the Bakken right now and nobody wants to get rid of any of it,” she said.The state’s Republican-led Legislature this year killed two flaring bills. One, sponsored by Democrats, would have required companies to pay royalties if they flared natural gas for more than a year. The other bill, sponsored by Steiner, would have studied some solutions to flaring.North Dakota oil producers can flare natural gas for a year without paying taxes or royalties on it. Companies can then ask state regulators for an extension because of the high costs of moving the gas to market. Almost all the extensions requested in recent years were granted, Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said.Mike Nowatzki, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Burgum, called natural gas flaring “a recognized issue.”“The investment in gas processing infrastructure is a high priority and they’ve been making progress in that regard,” Nowatzki said. “The governor realizes there needs to be additional investment. … That’s going to be a challenge.”To meet the gas-capture goals immediately, the Industrial Commission — comprised of the governor, agriculture secretary and attorney general — would have to limit oil production, thus reducing the percentage of flared gas.That’s something the panel has not had an appetite to do. Instead, the commission has voted to either extend the deadlines for gas capture or given the industry more flexibility.Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, said the recent $4 billion in projects coming on line to process and move natural gas brings to more than $18 billion that has been invested in North Dakota to handle it in recent years.“Anybody who says we’re not doing anything is just wrong,” said Ness, whose group represents more than 500 companies working in the oil patch.Investment in pipelines and processing plants were slowed by low oil prices starting in 2015, Ness said. The current bump in oil production should encourage more investment, he said, but he didn’t know of any other projects planned at the moment.James MacPherson, The Associated Press
In an effort to provide protection for some 140,000 Myanmar refugees in Thailand and assist in any solution to the decade-old problem, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the Government have begun a massive five-month-long operation to re-register the entire population of nine camps sheltering them. The 47-member registration team will move from camp to camp, from south to north, using UNHCR’s newly-developed ProGres software to provide an accurate record of the number of refugees and to collect additional bio-data such as digital photographs and fingerprints required by the Government. All of the nine camps, strung along Thailand’s western border with Myanmar, are run by the Government with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing assistance. The exercise began on 2 December and is expected to end in April. The re-registration began in the densely-populated Tham Hin camp in Ratchaburi province which hosts in a 16-hectare site some 9,000 refugees from the Karen ethnic group who sought asylum during a military offensive in early 1997. The information will help UNHCR provide protection for the refugees and also assist with requirements for any eventual durable solution, the agency said in Bangkok, the Thai capital. It will also help NGOs provide better assistance to the refugees, many of whom have been living in the camps for nearly a decade. The camp population was first registered in 1999, but only very limited data was collected at that time.
by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2014 4:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Competition Bureau reviewing next steps in the Rogers’-Chatr dropped call case OTTAWA – The Competition Bureau is reviewing what it calls a “modest” $500,000 penalty imposed on Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) for making what it alleges were unsupported performance claims for its talk-and-text brand Chatr.The bureau also said Monday that it was also reviewing the decision by Ontario Superior Court not to issue an order to prevent Rogers from making similar kinds of performance claims in the future.Four years ago, new player Wind Mobile had filed a complaint with Competition Bureau over Rogers’ claims that its Chatr brand had fewer dropped calls and a better network than its new wireless competitors.The bureau had asked that the court impose a $10-million fine on Rogers, the maximum amount allowable.Although it appeared unhappy with the size of the fine, the bureau says it was pleased that the court recognized in its decision, which was released Friday, that Rogers didn’t do adequate testing to support the claims.However, Rogers took a much different view of the decision, saying the court had found that “virtually every allegation made was false and unfounded.”“The court emphasized that extensive testing conducted by Rogers demonstrated that Chatr’s ads were true and correct,” it said.“It did find that certain testing should have been completed by Rogers before any of the ads were published and therefore imposed a modest penalty of $500,000,” it said.However, “all testing was completed shortly after the ads began and confirmed that Rogers network had fewer dropped calls than our competitors,” it added.Chatr was launched in 2010 by Rogers, which also owns Rogers Wireless and Fido, to compete in the talk-and-text market.
Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis made the “special plea” to journalists in Geneva, noting that 75,000 people now shelter in Al Hol camp, after fleeing ISIL extremists.“Today I am making a special plea for the children,” Mr Moumtzis said, noting that UNICEF had estimated that they number around 2.500: “These children do have a father and a mother, and their father and mother have a nationality, and therefore a solution has to be found – particularly with this – for the children.” I don’t think we have ever seen such a large number in a complex protection situation…this requires many actors to work together to be able to find a way forward UNICEF’s Panos MoumtzisIn a plea to Governments whose citizens had been drawn to Syria “to find a way forward”, the UN official highlighted the massive challenges in dealing with the arrival of 65,000 desperate people in just 100 days – most of them women and children.“This is an extreme, extraordinary situation; I don’t think we have ever seen such a large number in a complex protection situation, and clearly this requires many actors to work together to be able to find a way forward.”Noting that humanitarian agencies in Al Hol are “still in emergency mode”, Mr. Moumtzis nonetheless insisted that the situation had “stabilized”.His comments follow reports that well over 100 people en route to the camp or at Al Hol had died or become gravely ill after travelling for days in harsh winter conditions since fleeing Baghouz, the former ISIL stronghold in eastern Syria.Asked about the nationalities of those in the camp, Mr Moumtzis replied that “about 43 per cent are Syrian nationals, 42 per cent are Iraqi nationals and 15 per cent are foreign nationals”. He said 90 per cent were women and children, and 66 per cent of the total were children.Nationals “who have been suspected of having committed crimes, then they need to be treated according to national, international law, in this country,” the UN official added, before insisting that there was no question of the Organization providing help to violent extremists.“What I can categorically say first of all is the people who we are helping are all civilians,” he said, adding that “we do not help people according to ideology.”Civilians in Idlib, still in perilElsewhere in Syria, where the UN and partners help 5.5 million people every month, there is ongoing and serious concern for civilians in Idlib.The region is home to some three million people, who rely on cross-border humanitarian supplies arriving from Turkey.Half of these people have been displaced during the Syrian conflict, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure since it began in 2011.Since August 2018, Idlib has been largely protected from the worst fighting by a ceasefire agreement implemented by Russia and Turkey, although clashes are ongoing.This had forced more than 70,000 people to flee from the front line of a demilitarized areas since the beginning of the year, Mr Moumtzis said.“A continuation of the ceasefire – it was put in place since last summer – is really crucial, in order to make sure we do not all see a catastrophe as we have all been worried given the large number and the overpopulation and also the nature of who is there,” he explained. Turning to Rukban camp on Syria’s southern border with Jordan, Mr. Moumtzis said that while another 700 people had “spontaneously departed” on Tuesday to Government-controlled areas, significant protection and humanitarian concerns remain for the many thousands of displaced people still there. “A key ask that is still pending is a next convoy,” Mr Moumtzis said. “We really remain concerned about the needs of more than 35,000 people who are in Rukban. The last assistance convoy that was brought in was more than two months ago, and therefore is really long overdue to be able to move forward.”
“I was then asked to get out of the ambulance because somebody else was in a worse condition and needed priority.”The victims were taken to Rotherham Hospital, where some were kept overnight. Mr Allison was told some reactions were severe because they had never taken drugs and their bodies did not know how to react.Mr Cook is also understood to have fallen victim to the prank and was taken to hospital.He told a friend it was “terrifying” and he thought he was having a heart attack.Julian Evan-Hart, 57, editor of Treasure Hunting magazine, who was not at the event but has spoken to several attendees, said: “They’re all okay but a bit shallow headed because if you’re not used to that kind of thing, well it blew them apart basically.“I think everyone is very much thinking this was a bit of tongue-in-cheek joke where the wheels came off.“It does broadens one’s mind – if you’re going to mess around like this, you’ve got to be so careful. “I’m certain that this lady didn’t intend this to happen, it was going to be a close-circuit cake shared amongst friends but then everyone helped themselves from what I can gather.” Metal detectorists attending the Coil to the Soil rally in Yorkshire had anticipated a gentle four days scanning 400 acres of land for treasure.But the event descended into chaos when a birthday cake laced with cannabis oil was unwittingly handed around, causing several attendees, including a 69-year-old church organist, to “drop like flies” while others burst into song or started dancing.A fleet of eight ambulances was sent to the scene, as well as a rapid response vehicle, two doctors, two clinical supervisors and a Hazardous Area Response Team, trained to respond to serious public health threatsAt last 13 people were rushed to hospital – many so unused to taking drugs they feared they were suffering a heart attack or even dying.A 48-year-old woman from Co Durham was arrested on suspicion of supplying a class B drug and has been bailed while inquiries continue, South Yorkshire Police said.The havoc began when Gary Cook, a keen metal detectorist who is well known in such circles, strolled around the site in the village of High Melton near Doncaster at around 5.30pm on Saturday, offering guests a slice of chocolate cake baked by a female friend to celebrate his 50th birthday. Metal detectorists gather at the Coil to the Soil event in Doncaster over the bank holiday weekend Mr Cook, from Westbury, Wilts, had no idea that the cake was anything other than it looked. His friend Craig Allison, 50, had just packed away his trade stand and was headed back into the main marquee when he bumped into Mr Cook.“He asked me if I’d like a piece of his birthday cake,” he told the Telegraph.“He broke a piece off for myself and a colleague, I wished him happy birthday and ate it as I carried on inside.“It tasted like a normal chocolate cake, it was possibly a bit dry but other than that I didn’t notice any difference.”But around 20 minutes later, as attendees gathered for the raffle, Mr Allison, who runs Crawfords Metal Detectors in Scunthorpe, started feeling dizzy.“At first I thought nothing of it,” he added. “But it got worse and worse and after about 30 minutes I started to feel numb and tingly and then I just collapsed.”Mr Allison was the first victim and those around him assumed he was suffering from heat stroke and called an ambulance.As he drifted in and out of consciousness, he became aware of people talking about “the cake” and asking if he had eaten any.He said: “I started to come around just as the ambulance was ready to take me to hospital but as a paramedic went to shut the door I heard him say, ‘hang on a minute, they’re dropping like flies in here.’ “It’s really quite sad that it snowballed into such a catastrophic event.”Mr Allison said: “We metal detectors have quite an anorak image, which I do not think is true, but I’m worried this will give us a different image altogether.”Up until this point, it had been a perfect weekend with brilliant weather, it was sad that this had to happen, it was a stupid prank that went wrong.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A SURVEY IN the UK has found that senior executives at British supermarkets regularly ignore food expiry dates.In interviews, the bosses said they overlook both best-before and use-by dates and instead rely on the look and smell of the food.So we’re asking: Do you use food after the expiry date? Poll Results: Sometimes. (3267) No, never. (1220) Yes, all the timeSometimes.No, never.Vote Yes, all the time (2015)
Décès du physicien Georges Charpak : 86 ans de passion pour la scienceFrance – Jeudi 30 septembre, le ministère de la Recherche confirmait la mort du physicien français Georges Charpak, âgé de 86 ans. Grand innovateur dans les domaines de la recherche nucléaire et de la physique des particules, ce prix Nobel était aussi engagé dans l’amélioration de l’enseignement et le désarmement.Né en Pologne, naturalisé Français en 1946 et décédé mercredi à l’âge de 86 ans, Georges Charpak a suivi une brillante carrière dans le domaine de la physique : ingénieur de l’école des Mines, puis formé au Centre Européen de Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) à Genève, il développe plusieurs détecteurs de particules, dont la chambre proportionnelle multifils en 1968, qui lui vaut le prix Nobel de physique en 1992.À lire aussiBoson de Higgs : “je serais très content de pouvoir contribuer à sa caractérisation”Militant antifasciste dès l’âge de 15 ans, refusant de porter l’étoile jaune en 1941, ancien résistant, Georges Charpak avait de nombreuses préoccupations éthiques : qualifiant la guerre froide de “jeu de fadas”, il militait pour placer tous les armements nucléaires du monde sous contrôle international. Il jugeait en revanche “incontournable” le recours à l’énergie nucléaire civile. Pensant aux enfants malades, il travaillait encore, à 84 ans, à l’élaboration d’un système de radiologie émettant moins de rayons X.Enfin, il préconisait une plus grande diffusion des sciences, et un enseignement scientifique plus pragmatique et motivant davantage la curiosité chez les jeunes. En 1996, il lançait ainsi La main à la pâte, opération destinée à promouvoir l’expérimentation scientifique auprès des écoliers. Le 30 septembre 2010 à 11:48 • Emmanuel Perrin
Ram Gopal Varma and Junior NTRCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookRam Gopal Varma says that only Junior NTR can be the saviour of the Telugu Desam Party and should save it if he has any respect for his late grandfather NT Rama Rao.Ram Gopal Varma has been vehemently criticising TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu ever since he launched Lakshmi’s NTR, which is a biopic based on the last days of late legendary actor-turned-politician NT Rama Rao. He intensified his attack on the former CM of Andhra Pradesh after the latter stalled the release of his film in the state. He was the happiest man when the TDP failed badly in the elections.Ever since the election results were out, Ram Gopal Varma has consistently been mocking Chandrababu Naidu. But he seemed to cross all the limits on Friday when he made a series of tweets urging Junior NTR to take the horns of the party, which is also the wish of many fans of the Nandamuri family.RGV wrote, “If Tarak takes over TDP, all people will immediately forget TDP’s disastrous failure..NTR’s grandson can be the only saviour and if he has any respect for his grandfather he should immoderately save TDP Jai NTR Jai TARAK Hey @tarak9999 if u have any respect for ur grandfather, u should save the TDP party NTR founded from the man who backstabbed him then and his son who’s front stabbing it now ..Jai NTR (sic).”Ram Gopal Varma also conducted a Twitter survey – “TDP party will be much greater with its leader as TARAK? @tarak9999.” In 17 hours, his poll got 33,822 votes 79 percent of which agreed with his opinion on Junior, while 21 percent people felt he is wrong. He tweeted, “Oho? 79% aa? Abbaa? Does this mean even TDP party people also want @tarak9999 only? Or are they just 21%? ..Just asking.”Meanwhile, Ram Gopal Varma cautioned Junior NTR not join hands with Chandrababu Naidu, like his uncle Balakrishna. The filmmaker tweeted, “I request u @tarak9999 just as an NTR fan, not to join the backstabber of ur grandfather, like the way ur babai did ..What ur babai did is a bigger vennupotu than what the alludu did.”Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP had won 117 Assembly seats in the 2014 elections, while YSRSCP got victory in 70 constituencies. But this year, the TDP has managed to win only 23 seats, while the Jagan Mohan Reddy’s party emerged victorious with 151 seats. After seeing this humiliating defeat, many followers of the TDP felt that Junior NTR should be brought to the party to save it.
Trolling can never be justified. Celebs often have to go through virtual attacks by trolls over some of the most insane and absurd reasons. Take a look.Meeting PM Modi: Priyanka Chopra had a brief meeting with PM Modi in Berlin last year. While what they discussed remains unknown, a certain section on Twitter started trolling the actress for her ‘indecent dress’. As a comeback and in a major burn to the haters, Priyanka shared another picture with her mother showing off their long legs.For napping on hubby Nick’s chest: Soon after her wedding, Priyanka shared an adorable photo with hubby Nick Jonas where she was clicked sleeping on his chest. Trolls had a field day asking if Priyanka has hired a photographer that follows her everywhere, including the couple’s bedroom. Talking about the trolling on Jimmy Fallon’s show, Priyanka said, “I mean, don’t you guys ever go out with friends and you’re sitting with a bunch of friends, and you do something cute and another friend takes a picture? We were like eight of us sitting and watching the Super Bowl. I fell asleep and she took a picture. She was like, ‘You’re probably the first person who fell asleep during the Super Bowl’.”Photo-shopped arm-pits: The cover of Maxim magazine’s June-July issue featuring Priyanka Chopra drew flak for photo shopping her armpit. However, Priyanka gave it back to the haters with another picture showing off her arm-pits.Smoking: Recently, a picture of Priyanka Chopra smoking along with mother Madhu Chopra and husband Nick Jonas on a yacht during a vacation in Miami surfaced online. Netizens started trolling the actress for smoking despite being asthmatic, as claimed by Priyanka herself.Age gap with Nick Jonas: Priyanka Chopra has often been trolled with tags like ‘mom’ and ‘aunty’ for the age difference between her and husband Nick. Addressing the same, Priyanka had said, “I find it really amazing when you flip it and the guy is older, no one cares and actually people like it.”
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /32:59 Listen X It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup when we discuss national, state, and local political stories — with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.This week, our experts discuss results of the Texas primary runoff elections, to primary results across the country, to Gov. Abbott’s roundtable discussions on school safety.Our panel of experts this week includes David Branham, professor of political science at the University of Houston-Downtown, and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder. Share
Share For school districts with chronically failing campuses, a recently passed law that allows them a reprieve from state sanctions was supposed to be a lifeline. A year on, less than a tenth of those districts are on track to take advantage of it.About 60 Texas schools in more than two dozen districts were considered failing for four or more years in 2017, putting them at risk for being shut down by the state next year. Several of those school districts considered using Senate Bill 1882, which allowed them to partner with outside organizations to turn those schools around and get an extension from harsh state penalties, but only five are currently on track to do so.Others had trouble meeting the tight application deadline or faced backlash from school communities that protested giving up the management of their low-performing schools, many of which are located in majority Hispanic and black neighborhoods.“They’ve taken on a new process, challenging because it is new, and they’ve done it in a really hard context of a long-term, low-performing campus,” said David Anderson, policy analyst at Raise Your Hand Texas, which has been following the implementation of this law. “It’s sort of a perfect storm in the sense of hard to do.”The Texas Education Agency last week made a first round of decisions on six districts’ partnership applications, rejecting one district’s proposal, approving another’s contingent on technical changes and requesting interviews with the proposed partner organizations for the last four. It plans to make final decisions before the next school year begins.Three years ago, Texas passed a strict law intended to force districts to take responsibility for bolstering schools that failed to meet standards by setting deadlines for improvement and imposing sanctions on those that didn’t meet them. After a slow phase-in, the state is poised next school year to impose those sanctions, which include forcibly shutting down schools considered failing for more than three years or taking over the school boards of those districts.SB 1882 at first seemed like it could offer some help for school administrators in need of more time to implement fixes: districts that partnered with a nonprofit, charter organization or university to overhaul failing schools could receive a two-year reprieve from state penalties as well as additional state funding.But the process was harder than it seemed. “People go through a couple of stages of this where they initially say, ‘Oh my, that’s a bunch of money.’ Then they see what they really have to do to make it work, and that is daunting,” Anderson said.Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said he was unwilling to wait months to decide how to proceed with three schools that had been listed as failing for four or five years. “We would be insulting your intelligence as well as any potential partners to have them consider something and have a plan in by March 1,” he told board members in November, according to the Dallas Morning News. The TEA released the guidelines in late February and March, and districts faced an April 30 final deadline to submit their applications.Some Dallas ISD board members and community members also didn’t want to give up the reins of their schools, said board member Miguel Solis. Under SB 1882, districts are required to sign contracts giving the charter group or university authority over the schools’ operations and employees.“The fear from some of my colleagues was that the innovation that we are actually doing related to school choice in Dallas ISD would have been at risk of being taken away from the district’s control and basically given away to universities to run as they pleased,” Solis said. Instead, Dallas ISD officials are planning to close and consolidate some schools and use the district’s own program to try to turn struggling schools around by paying high-performing teachers stipends to work at them.Solis argued the state should be spending more money on innovative programs districts already have in place. “We have data that shows this is a more effective innovation strategy,” he said.Victoria ISD Superintendent Robert Jaklich proposed partnering with local University of Houston at Victoria to manage two schools that had been failing for five years. It would have received an estimated additional $1,921 per student — $2.1 million total — from the state each year of a proposed three-year partnership.But he couldn’t get the contract together in time and so got a terse letter from the state last week saying his request for an extension on state sanctions had been denied. Jaklich isn’t too worried about the rejection: he’s positive that school leaders have managed to turn those schools around, and that they’ll receive passing marks in August’s accountability ratings, largely based on standardized test scores. “We’re extremely confident that all of them are going to make it,” he said.Not all school administrators are as optimistic. Houston ISD has been the key example for the high stakes of the upcoming state penalties, with 10 failing schools putting Texas’ largest district at risk of state takeover. In a disastrous board meeting that ended in multiple arrests, Houston ISD proposed applying for a turnaround partnership to hand over the management of its schools to a charter group called Energized for STEM.Community members turned out in protest, furious at the drastic proposal on a tight timeline, and district officials and board members backed away from the proposal.Houston ISD has another option for a reprieve. It could receive a waiver from its state ratings this year because of the massive financial and phsyical destruction it suffered under Hurricane Harvey — which would delay the sanctions another year.Anderson thinks more districts will be poised to apply for partnerships next year, with more time to plan, and especially as schools continue to trigger potential state takeover. “The campuses people weren’t so concerned about because they were three-year low-performing, if they turn into four-year [low-performing campuses] in August, you have this whole discussion again,” he said.Disclosure: Raise Your Hand Texas and the University of Houston have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know more about the journey of the Chief Minister from an IIT student to a political leader and youth icon that led to the birth of a new political party? Bloomsbury India launched the book ‘Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party: An Inside Look’ in the presence of the author, Pran Kurup, and the Chief Minister of New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal at the national Capital recently. The event was also presided over by Deputy CM, Manish Sisodia who unveiled the book. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The book provides a fresh and unique perspective on Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) through keen observations and first-hand insights of an active AAP volunteer and close personal friend of Kejriwal from his undergraduate days at IIT Kharagpur. The book ultimately looks at the aftermath of AAP’s most recent power struggle, and the road ahead for AAP and its role in Indian politics.At the event, Arvind Kejriwal, said, “I am very happy to be at the launch of this book. Pran is a dear friend and a steadfast believer in AAP and my work over the years. I am happy to be here in the presence of my supporters and well-wishers at the launch of this book which is an excellent chronicle of AAP’s journey to bring politics back to our people. A keen observer of events with impressive analytical abilities Pran has been able to look at AAP’s journey through a lens of objectivity, providing his own perspective and suggestions for improvement at the same time. I wish him the very best.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPran Kurup, author, added, “This is a book for people across the world hungering to know more about Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and their meteoric rise in Indian politics. My book shows the true nature of Arvind and AAP, which is to have faith and inspire people into believing that they can do whatever they set their sights on, which is reflective of the young start-up culture our country is witnessing today. Startups are about faith and belief. Arvind has managed over the years to instill this belief and faith in scores of young men and women who play a critical role in both the party and in governance” Rajiv Beri, Managing Director, Bloomsbury India, said, “This book is one of the first few titles we have published in our strategic push towards bringing political and contemporary books to the market.”The launch also included a panel discussion between Pran Kurup, Raghav Chadha, Spokesperson and Treasurer of Delhi Unit of AAP; Ashutosh, journalist-turned-politician and spokesperson of AAP; and Dilip Pandey, Convenor of the Delhi Unit of AAP that gave the audience insights into the past, present and future of the Aam Aadmi Party. The discussion touched upon a variety of topics including the act of writing a book about a friend, the importance of objectivity while doing so and the turn of events in 2014. The session was moderated by Abhinandan Sekhri, Co-founder and CEO, Newslaundry.
How to set up a security key for your Microsoft Account by Martin Brinkmann on November 21, 2018 in Windows – 15 commentsMicrosoft introduced password-less sign-in functionality in the Microsoft Edge browser in the October 2018 Update for Windows 10.The new security feature unlocks options to sign in to Microsoft services without having to enter a password; the functionality is restricted to Microsoft Edge currently and to services by Microsoft such as OneDrive, the Microsoft Store, Outlook, or Skype.Microsoft Edge supports two main password-less authentication methods: Windows Hello or FIDO2-based.Windows Hello is not a new service; Windows 10 users may use it to sign in to their accounts on devices running Windows 10. Support is extended to Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 version 1809 to enable password-less sign-ins using Windows Hello.Microsoft added support for FIDO2-based security keys in the new feature update as well. Windows users may use a security key, e.g. from Yubico or Feitian Technology, to sign-in to Microsoft Accounts in Microsoft Edge. The list of features that security keys need to support is listed on the Microsoft Docs website.FIDO2-based security keys may be plugged into USB ports of Windows 10 devices.Setting up the new authentication optionsInformation on setting up a security key or Windows Hello to sign-in to Microsoft services in Microsoft Edge is not provided by Microsoft in the announcement itself on the Windows blog, but you find instructions on the Microsoft 365 blog.Here is how you set up the new security feature:Open the following link in Microsoft Edge: https://account.live.com/proofs/manage/additional?mkt=en-US&refd=account.microsoft.com&refp=securityNote: you can open the link in another browser but may get the message that “Your browser or operating system does not support this”.You may be asked to sign in to your Microsoft Account.Scroll down to the Windows Hello and security keys section on the page.Select “Set up a security key” if you want to use a FIDO2-based security key for sign-ins using Edge.Select “Set up Windows Hello” if you want to use Windows Hello for that instead.You may be asked to sign in to the Microsoft Account (again).Follow the instructions from this point forward to set up your preferred sign in method in Edge.Microsoft displays instructions on the next page. If you selected to set up a security key, Microsoft explains that you either need to plug it in and press the gold circle on the device if it is connected via USB, or hold it close to the NFC reader and press the gold circle button if it is using NFC.Connect the security key when asked to do so and follow the on-screen instructions to complete setup. You may use the new authentication method from that moment on when signing in to Microsoft services using the Edge browser.When you sign-in the next time in Microsoft Edge, select More Options > Use a security key to use it to sign-in.Closing WordsMicrosoft believes that the password era is coming to an end and that password-less authentication methods such as Windows Hello or by using security keys are the way to go forward.The functionality is quite limited at this point in time as it supports only Microsoft online services and requires that users use Microsoft Edge.Some password managers, for example Last Pass, support security keys as well. We reviewed the first Yubico device in 2010.Microsoft plans to introduce the same authentication functionality for work and school accounts in Azure Active Directory next year.Now You: what is your preferred sign-in method?SummaryArticle NameHow to set up a security key for your Microsoft AccountDescriptionFind out how to set up a security key, e.g. a Yubico USB device, and link it to your Microsoft Account to sign-in with it using password-less authentication.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Mantra Group is the largest accommodation provider on the Gold CoastOne year until the Commonwealth Games and tourism hopes run highWith one year to go until the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mantra Group Chief Executive Officer Bob East is predicting Queensland tourism will hit a record high after the Games.Mr East said reputation built up during the event will help to attract record numbers of tourists to the state.“The Commonwealth Games will provide a terrific platform for promotion and profile, showcasing Queensland to would-be visitors from further afield,” said Mr East.“With just one year to go, the world spotlight is already on the state and what we have to offer.“This is our time to shine, to showcase our state and its many attractions, and position Queensland as a key and highly desirable destination.“The Games gives us an unprecedented opportunity to take tourism to the next level.”Mantra Group, Queensland’s largest accommodation provider, will play a vital role in the visitor experience during the Games.“Tens of thousands of room nights will be required for the event and demand for accommodation at our twenty-three Gold Coast properties during the Games is at an all-time high,” he said.“Our Northern New South Wales, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast properties are already benefiting from the overflow.”With Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville all hosting official events, Mr East said all four markets will enjoy renewed international and domestic interest in their leisure tourism offering before, during and after the Games.“Extensive team business has caused the average length of stay at our properties to increase substantially in the lead up to and during the Games,” he said.“In 2018, we’re predicting a strong uplift in occupancy year on year.”Mr East said, despite some rooms being committed to the organising committee, people will still be able to book accommodation at Mantra Group properties for the event.“Customers will have a number of choices when booking their Games accommodation, such as online at mantrahotels.com, through our reservations team or direct with the property.”The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will take place from 4 to 15 April 2018, bringing more than 100,000 visitors, athletes and officials to the state.It will be the biggest event in Australia over the next decade, with up to 1.5 million spectators expected to attend, providing a ground-breaking estimated $2 billion economic boost to the state.The event has already kick-started investment on the Gold Coast with a new light-rail system and the planned $200 million airport expansion. This capital investment, along with the actual Games themselves, will leave a significant tourism-marketing legacy and benefits are already being realised across the city and state.Already, nearly 12,000 delegates have registered for 29 sport-related conferences and meetings on the Gold Coast as a direct spin-off from the Commonwealth Games.About Mantra GroupMantra Group is the leading Australian-based hotel and resort operator. Mantra Group’s portfolio consists of 127 properties with more than 21,000 rooms in properties under management, across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii. Operating three well-known and trusted brands – Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree – Mantra Group operates the second largest network of accommodation properties in Australia (by room number). The Group is positioned to offer both leisure and business style accommodation ranging from full-service city hotels and self-contained apartments to luxury resorts and retreats. The Group successfully listed on the ASX in June 2014 and in its first year as a public company was elevated to the ASX 200: www.mantragroup.com.au; www.peppers.com.au; www.mantra.com.au ; www.breakfree.com.auSource = Mantra Group