WINNIPEG — A Manitoba member of the legislature investigated for showing his assistant a picture of naked women on his cellphone is to remain in the governing Progressive Conservative caucus.Rick Wowchuk, who was re-elected in Swan River in last week’s election, was found to have breached workplace policy.CBC News reported days before the election that Wowchuk’s female constituency assistant had also alleged that he called her from the bathtub and made inappropriate comments about her wearing a bikini.He apologized during the election, saying he deeply regretted causing any offence.Tory caucus chairman Wayne Ewasko confirms Wowchuk is still in caucus and remains the MLA for Swan River.Ewasko isn’t providing any details on what the caucus discussed.The Canadian Press
“US leadership at the United Nations is essential, given the complex array of challenges facing the international community, from climate change, to issues of peace and security, to human rights,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. Ms. Rice told a gathering at New York University yesterday that “the UN is imperfect, but it is also indispensable. There can be no substitute for the legitimacy the UN can impart or its potential to mobilize the widest possible coalitions.” She added that the Organization is “essential to our efforts to galvanize concerted actions that make Americans safer and more secure,” in her wide-ranging remarks, in which she also noted that the US was now in a position to clear all its peacekeeping arrears for the 2005-2008 period and meet its obligations in full for 2009. The statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson stated that providing the resources necessary to allow the UN to undertake the jobs asked of it is essential, and that the Secretary-General welcomed the recent US contributions to the world body. “The Secretary-General is committed to continuing the reform process and looks forward to working with the United States, and all the Member States of the United Nations, to ensure that the Organization can meet the demands asked of it by Member States in the most effective, efficient and accountable way possible,” it added. 13 August 2009UN AffairsSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the commitment to renewed United States engagement with the United Nations as stressed by US Ambassador Susan Rice, as well as the Government’s recent contributions to the world body’s budget.
UNP Parliamentarian Sujeewa Senasinghe questioned how it is that the government is giving the green light for award winning singers Nelly and Sean Kingston to perform in Sri Lanka and yet had issues with Akon a few years ago.Reading off an entertainment news item from the Colombo Gazette, the MP told Parliament that both Nelly and Sean Kingston will be performing in Sri Lanka in July as part of a concert organised by the Carlton Sports club. Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa who is involved with Carlton, tweeted this week saying that the two big names will be in Sri Lanka for the concert on the 12th of July.This will be the first time that two massively popular singers will be on one stage on the same day in Sri Lanka.The Facebook event page of the concert said that more details including about ticket sales will be announced later. (Colombo Gazette) Senasinghe said that Nelly and Sean Kingston were associated with an organisation which was misusing the name of Buddha and as a country which has very strong Buddhist values it was surprising that Nelly and Sean Kingston will be allowed to perform in Sri Lanka. “I remember there was a big issue about Akon just because there was a small picture of Buddha in one of his videos,” the MP said.He also tabled in parliament the names of the organisations Nelly and Sean Kingston are associated with. He refrained from mentioning the name of MP Namal Rajapaksa who was quoted in the news item announcing the arrival of Nelly and Kingston to Sri Lanka for the concert. Click here for related story
“Drones are not inherently illegal weapons,” Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, acknowledged at a panel that discussed his new report as well as that of Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. “But we need to focus on their use,” he stressed, pointing out that more and more States were likely to use the remote-controlled airborne weapons, which can act with lethal force almost simultaneously with detection of targets. “A world where multiple States use such weapons in secrecy is a less secure world.”He urged concerted effort to maintain protections of the full range of international law in the face of drone use, including human rights and humanitarian standards, the applications of which have become problematic as countries functionally widened the definition of battle zones and appropriate targets in the fight against terrorism and insurgencies. Mr. Heyns said in addition, that the right to life must be protected as the supreme right, along with the right not to be deprived of life without strong legal rationales.“Both States using drones and States on whose territory drones are used have their own obligations to respect international standards and prevent violations,” he said in his report, The report emphasised that the legal framework for maintaining international peace as well as preserving the right to life makes up “a coherent and well-established system.” Both he and Mr. Emmerson, agreed that crucial in maintaining such human rights protections was transparency on the part of countries that use drones. “I urge States to declassify, to the maximum extent possible, information relevant to their lethal extra-territorial counter-terrorism operations and to release its own data on the level of civilian casualties inflicted through the use of drones,” Mr. Emmerson said. Mr. Emmerson said his investigation into legal aspects of drone strikes came in the wake of a joint statement by 16 States to consider the issue, following allegations of disproportionate civilian casualties and other deep concerns. He showed a reconstruction of a drone strike that was alleged to have killed and wounded dozens of civilians when it hit a Jirga, or council of tribal elders in North Waziristan, Pakistan. He said it was among a number of reconstructions that had examined particular strikes and which showed that it was possible to provide a degree of accuracy in resolving competing claims. “Greater transparency is quite possible,” he said, citing security experts who denied that such transparency cancelled the drone’s tactical advantages.He maintained that in any case where civilians are alleged to have been killed by a drone, the country responsible for the strike must provide a detailed description of the incident as part of its duty to investigate.United Nations Special Rapporteurs are independent, unpaid experts in their fields who report to the UN Human Rights Council.
“The Secretary-General conveys his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt,” said UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.“The United Nations stands firmly with the people of Egypt in their fight against terrorism,” he added.
PITTSBURGH (7-2-1) at DENVER (4-6)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE – Steelers by 5RECORD VS. SPREAD – Pittsburgh 6-3-1, Denver 4-5-1SERIES RECORD – Broncos lead 19-11-1LAST MEETING – Broncos beat Steelers 23-16, Jan. 17, 2016LAST WEEK – Steelers beat Jaguars 20-16; Broncos beat Chargers 23-22AP PRO32 RANKING – Steelers No. 5, Broncos No. 18STEELERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (5), RUSH (26), PASS (4).STEELERS Defence – OVERALL (6), RUSH (9), PASS (7).BRONCOS OFFENSE – OVERALL (11), RUSH (8), PASS (15).BRONCOS Defence – OVERALL (22), RUSH (27), PASS (18).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Steelers are third consecutive Broncos opponent to bring five-plus-game winning streak into matchup. First time that’s happened in NFL in 42 years. … Game pits two double-digit sack artists in Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watts, Denver’s Von Miller. Both have 10 sacks. Watt had two sacks, two forced fumbles last week against Jaguars. … QB Ben Roethlisberger has 1,169 yards passing, 11 TDs, four interceptions and two TD runs in last four games. … RB James Conner has eight TDs in last six games. … WR Antonio Brown tied with Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill for league lead with 11 TD receptions. … Broncos’ Case Keenum one of eight QBs with 6,000 passing yards and 65-plus completion percentage since 2017. … Rookie RBs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman only pair of teammates in NFL with five-plus TD runs each. … WR Emmanuel Sanders had 10 catches for 181 yards in last regular-season meeting. … WR Courtland Sutton one of five rookies with 450-plus receiving yards. … Miller (10) and rookie Bradley Chubb (9) most prolific pass-rushing pair in league. … CB Chris Harris Jr. only player in NFL with multiple interceptions each of last seven seasons. … Fantasy tip: Brown had 189 yards, two TDs on 16 catches last time he faced Harris, in 2015.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press
Andrew WallaceCredit:Cavendish Press Alicia Renoso Credit:Cavendish Press On February 13 Mr Wallace then sent a Valentines card to her home and she reported the incident to the police.Defence lawyer, Ian Ridgeway, said the relationship ended “by text message” and that Mr Wallace wanted to know why it was ended “and that was when the communication started”.The court heard how Mr Wallace, who walks with a limp, suffered from a series of strokes in 2010 eight years ago, which has resulted in him having Cerebral Vasculitis. He had previously worked as a chartered surveyor but had to quit his job and is now living off disability benefits.Wallace of Knutsford, Cheshire, pleading guilty to harassing Miss Renoso between July 2017 to February 2018 and was banned from contacting and her daughter for 18 months under the terms of a restraining order. A jilted lover used an online greetings card service to harass former lover, a court heard.Alica Renosa, 44, was sent a series of personalised messages over a seven month period after chartered surveyor Andrew Wallace used the company’s website to create his own cards in an attempt to win her back.One card chosen by 50-year old Wallace included text saying the grave of Miss Renosa’s father was his “favourite place to visit” and claimed it was installed as a destination on his satellite navigation system.Miss Renosa, a mother of one who runs a mobile hairdressing business in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, contacted Moonpig to request that the company stopped Mr Wallace from sending cards to her address.She also called police who issued with Wallace with a Police Information Notice (PIN) warning about his conduct, however he was then alleged to deliver the cards personally to her home instead.In a statement Miss Renosa said: “I thought the PINS notice would be a sufficient deterrent for Andrew but he seems to be ignoring it.”I wish Andrew would stop using my postal address as a means of communication. I feel like he has used the last several months to try to manipulate me into getting back with him.” The court heard a parcel was delivered the following day containing a bottle of alcohol and a card from the defendant. Tameside Magistrates Court heard the pair met through an online dating site last year. Prosecuting, Danielle Allison, said: “She describes that she told him that she did not want a relationship with him, but he continued to contact her through Facebook. As a result, she blocked him through social media and his phone. She then went to the police.”Ms Allison told the court that from 29 July 2017, an officer informed her that a PINS notice had been issued against Mr Wallace but that he continued to communicate with her.”In August she received a card from him from MoonPig.com and then on October 10, he contacted her again using the telephone. During the course of that call, he implored her not to hang up and said that he had issues. She said that she did not want to remain in contact with him,” she said.It was then claimed that on October 18, another card from MoonPig.com was sent from Mr Wallace to Miss Renosa’s address. She then called MoonPig.com and asked them to prevent him from sending cards to her address.”On December, he sent her another card saying that her late father’s grave is one of his favourite places and marked on his phone’s SatNav, and that he was going to visit,” Ms Allison added. 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. She added that her life had been affected and she was “filled with fear and intimidation”.
PLENTY PEOPLE BRAVED the elements this morning for a traditional Christmas Day swim to start the festivities.Alan Heffernan was at the Forty Foot.Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesAs was John Crowe.Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesPhotographer Karl Martini was on hand to capture some of the swimmers when they came out of the water.You can view the rest of Karl’s images and his other work here at his website, karlmartini.com – and we’ve got a taster for you here.
Consumers in Asia often get to sample new technology on their devices before we do here in the West — things like mobile payments, NFC, and integrated TV tuners, for example. We’re slowly catching up though, as NFC has become nearly ubiquitous on smartphones and Google Wallet continues to pop up in retail stores around the U.S. As for mobile TV, there’s good news on that front, too.Dyle Mobile TV and MetroPCS have announced a deal with Mobile Content Venture — a collective made up of companies like Fox, NBC Universal, and ION Media Networks — that will bring on-the-go, over-the-air television viewing to customers in the very near future. Best of all, you’ll be able to enjoy Dyle even on phones that don’t ship with an integrated tuner. Just pick up an antenna accessory and install the app (which will be available for both Android and iOS), and you’re good to go.According to The Verge, reception wasn’t perfect — but anyone who’s used a TV with a set of rabbit ears is probably familiar with that limitation. Reception issues aside, the picture and audio were nice and clear on the Samsung demo device.Best of all, unlike all the streaming video we’re watching on our phones and tablets right now, content viewed using Dyle won’t put a dent in your mobile data allowance. Sure, you’ll have to endure commercials, but that’s a small price to pay for truly all-you-can-watch video on your device.What do you say? Would you be willing to shell out a few bucks on a Dyle Mobile TV setup if it meant you could watch network sports, sitcoms, and news on your devices without running up data charges?More at The Verge
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek riot police clashed with residents of a town outside Athens who were protesting plans to build a landfill to store the capital’s garbage. More than 20 were injured on Thursday, officials said. Three riot policemen and at least 20 suspected protesters were hospitalised after the clashes on the edge of the town of Keratea, police and public health officials said. Protesters pelted riot police with rocks and firebombs. Officers responded with tear gas, which wafted through the town, sending residents scurrying for cover as a police helicopter flew overhead. Earlier, another group of demonstrators cut a shoulder-high trench across a highway outside Keratea, which has been the scene of frequent riots and road blockades since December. The planned garbage dump has prompted several months of violent protests from residents. Protest organizers argue the proposed landfill is too close to a residential area and would also damage an ancient site, which they say has not been properly excavated. Government spokesman Yiorgos Petalotis condemned the protesters and said the government had no intention of abandoning its plans to build the landfill, which it said would ease problems at Athens’ single garbage dump. “We are the only authority that has comprehensive plans for (greater Athens) regional development… we will not abandon the effort that has been made and is currently being made to build this new facility,” he said. A section of the busy road near Keratea – linking Athens to the port of Lavrio 30 miles (50 kilometres) to the south – has been closed for most of the year. Protesters used excavators to dig the trenches across the road at two different points and pile up the rubble beside them on the pavement. Clashes first broke out when Environment Ministry trucks, escorted by riot police, arrived to move the rubble. Keratea residents first set up road blocks in December, demanding authorities scrap the plans for the dump. The town’s municipal officials, who support and have helped organise the protests, said they had asked to meet officials from Greece’s central government to find a solution, but have not been granted an opportunity to have their demands heard.Source: Athens News
New Delhi, July 20: After nearly 41 lakh people in Assam were left out of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), about 25 lakh people have sent a petition to the Centre for re-verification, and it is under the consideration of the Union Home Ministry. Many genuine names have been left out and many bogus names are registered, a highly placed source in the Home Ministry said. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The Home Ministry has laid down the modalities for Foreigners’ Tribunals in Assam to decide appeals made by people who are not satisfied with the outcome of claims and objections filed against the NRC. The Ministry issued an order mandating the Foreigners’ Tribunals in Assam in May to deliver verdict of any case related to those people whose names could be excluded from the final list of NRC within four months, said the source. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “The government’s intention is to ensure that no illegal immigrant is registered under the NRC. Foreigner tribunals are handling issues to curb illegal stay of foreigners in India,” said the source, privy to the development. In the draft lists published in July 2018 and June 2019, around 41 lakh people have been excluded. Around 36 lakh people have filed claims against their exclusion and objections have been filed against two lakh inclusions. Advertise With Us The hearings for these claims and objections are underway at various NRC centres. All those identified as illegal immigrants under this process will have to be deported, as per the resolve of the government. The government on Friday told the Supreme Court that India “cannot afford to become the refugee capital in the world”, as it sought more time to re-verify the inclusions and exclusions in the NRC draft list. The NRC, first published in Assam in 1951, is being updated as per directions of the Supreme Court to segregate Indian citizens living in Assam from those who have illegally entered the state from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971. There was a major uproar earlier as a decorated former Indian Army officer Mohammad Sanaullah, was among those excluded from the draft NRC list. The 52-year-old army veteran was sent to a detention camp. He was granted bail by the Guwahati High Court on June 7. While the government has resolved to deport all the illegal immigrants identified under the NRC exercise, it will have to be seen how lakhs of people can be sent to Bangladesh, which has always maintained that none of its citizens have moved to India illegally. In all probability, they will first be lodged in detention camps within Assam. After the first draft NRC list was published, the then Home Minister Rajnath Singh had visited Dhaka to brief his counterpart on the contours of the exercise.
Singapore-headquartered SSG Capital Management Group, a distressed assets fund management company, will acquire 40 percent stake in Future Supply Chain Solutions (FSC) for Rs. 580 crore, VCCircle reported. The acquisition will see existing stakeholders such as Hong Kong-based Fung Capital divesting 26 percent of its stake, while the rest will be from Future Retail Ltd (FRL) and its subsidiary FSC’s management team, which own approximately 70 percent and four percent, respectively, in FSC.Private equity investment firm Fung Capital’s stake sale yielded Rs. 233 crore in its seven years of investment in the supply chain entity, said the venture wire.The transaction values FSC at about Rs. 1,450 crore. Kishore Biyani, managing director at FRL, said the deal was a step in the company’s stated intent of optimal monetisation of some investments. However, he emphasised that the supply chain arm is of critical importance for FRL’s retailing and overall business objectives and, therefore, FRL will continue to hold a majority stake in FSC. FSC is a supply chain and logistics company incorporated in 2007. It caters to many other companies in food and beverage, apparel, lifestyle, consumer elect electronics and IT, automotive and engineering, home and furniture, and healthcare sectors.Shyam Maheshwari, partner at SSG Group, said the deal gives the firm a stake in a fast-growing logistics company in India. VCCircle reported that a rise in modern retail and increase in e-commerce activities have boosted demand for organised supply chain management.
-Prime minister’s energy affairs adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury on Monday said the government will continue the construction work of the controversial Rampal coal-fired power plant – a joint initiative of Bangladesh and India.Addressing a press conference at Bidyut Bhaban in the capital, Tawfiq claimed that the UNESCO decision puts no bar on continuation of the construction work.According to his claim, the UNESCO in its draft decision had said no big industrial unit including Rampal coal-fired power plant should be set up around the Sundarbans, but it later dropped the name of Rampal power plant in its final report.Tawfiq further claimed that the final UNESCO report did not mention anything about the fear it had voiced earlier that the coal-fired power plant will cause harm to the world’s largest mangrove forest.“So, the construction will continue,” Tawfiq told the media briefing.The government’s claim that UNESCO has given clearance to go ahead with the Rampal coal-fired power plant project, is however not evident in the decisions made public by the global body recently.The final report on the decisions adopted during the 41st session of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee held in Poland was published on Sunday.It stated that the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has requested that a ‘Strategic Environmental Assessment’ (SEA) be carried out regarding the impact of the Rampal power project on the Sundarbans, a world heritage site, and the southwest region of the country.The organisation has emphasised that no large industrial infrastructure should be constructed in this region until this assessment is completed.Local and international environmental groups have been protesting at the coal-fired power plant project in the vicinity of the Sundarbans, arguing that it might damage the world’s largest mangrove forest.Scheduled to open in 2018, the plant is projected to discharge nearly 125,000 cubic metres of chemically-tainted water every day into nearby water catchments, according to international green body, Greenpeace.It also said the power plant would be powered by nearly five million tons of coal shipped every year along the mangroves’ fragile waterways, a natural habitat for endangered Bengal tigers and rare Irrawaddy dolphins.
Photo via Wikimedia CommonsOfficers from the county’s animal control division are caring for the birds that were seized.Authorities in a suburban Houston county say they’ve arrested 50 people and have seized 165 birds in the bust of an elaborate, large-scale rooster fighting operation.Brazoria County sheriff’s officers say they also found as many as 50 dead birds believed to have been killed in the fights.Sheriff’s Lt. Varon Snelgrove says deputies responded Sunday to a call about a possible cock fighting operation in an unincorporated area of Pearland, immediately south of Houston, and found a large number of vehicles and people at the scene.Snelgrove says 47 people have been jailed on pending misdemeanor charges of cock fighting while felony cock fighting charges are pending against three others.Officers from the county’s animal control division are caring for the birds that were seized. Share
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Based on the true story of William Kamkwamba, this British drama follows the 13-year-old boy in Malawi as he invents a makeshift wind turbine to save his family and village from famine. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni, Joseph Marcell and Aïssa Maïga.The Dirt (March 22)Based on the autobiography of Mötley Crüe, this drama details the group’s rise to become one of the world’s most famous heavy metal bands. Machine Gun Kelly plays drummer Tommy Lee, Iwan Rheon plays guitarist Mick Mars, Daniel Webber plays singer Vince Neil, and Douglas Booth plays bassist Nikki Sixx. Following the biggest fourth-quarter worldwide subscriber gain ever and some controversy around increased prices in the U.S., Netflix looks to keep its momentum going into 2019.From Jan. 18 through March, the streaming site will release 10 original films, including action-packed thrillers, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi, quirky comedies, inspirational dramas, an artistic horror movie and a viral documentary.Subscribers can watch the action flick “Close,” documentary “Fyre” and sci-fi movie “IO,” while “Polar” with Mads Mikkelsen drops next week. February kicks off with the horrific “Velvet Buzzsaw” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Steven Soderbergh and Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “High Flying Bird” comes a week later. Comedies “The Breaker Upperers” and “Paddleton” round out the month. Finally, March brings two films based on true stories, “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” and “The Dirt.” Popular on Variety Close (Jan. 18)Noomi Rapace stars as a counter-terrorist expert in this action thriller inspired by the real life of one of the world’s top female bodyguards, Jacquie Davis. Her latest job to protect a young, wealthy heiress should be easy, but an attempted kidnapping forces them to go on the run and fight for their lives.Fyre (Jan. 18)Not to be outdone by Hulu’s recent documentary, Netflix is releasing its own behind-the-scenes look at the downfall of the infamous 2017 Fyre music festival. Created by Emmy-nominated director Chris Smith, the documentary details how convicted felon Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule’s utopian festival turned out to be a scam targeting millennial influencers.IO (Jan. 18)After Earth became toxic and inhospitable, a scientist, played by Margaret Qualley, remained on the planet to find a solution for humanity’s survival. When she meets a fellow survivor, played by Anthony Mackie, she must decide between completing her research on Earth or journeying with him to a human colony on Jupiter’s moon, Io.Polar (Jan. 25)Mads Mikkelsen plays The Black Kaiser, the world’s greatest assassin, who begins to settle into retirement when his former employer puts out a hit on him for being a liability to the deadly organization. Based on the hit comic of the same name, the former hitman must defend his innocent neighbor, played by Vanessa Hudgens, against a swarm of fellow killers.Velvet Buzzsaw (Feb. 1)“Nightcrawler” director Dan Gilroy and Jake Gyllenhaal reunite for a horror film set in the contemporary art world of Los Angeles. A deceased artist’s paintings come to life to haunt fellow critics played by Toni Collette, Daveed Diggs and Rene Russo.High Flying Bird (Feb. 8)Director Steven Soderbergh and writer Tarell Alvin McCraney craft a sports drama that looks at a legal battle between a pro basketball league and sports agents caught in a lockout. Starring André Holland, Melvin Gregg, Zazie Beetz and Kyle MacLachlan, the film has appearances by NBA players Reggie Jackson, Karl-Anthony Towns and Donovan Mitchell.The Breaker Upperers (Feb. 15)Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek both write, direct and star in this New Zealand comedy about two women who run an agency to break up couples for cash. After 15 years of successful business, the pair’s friendship and consciences are tested when an old victim returns.Paddleton (Feb. 22)In this comedy, Mark Duplass and Ray Romano play two misfit neighbors who go on a road trip after one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Despite facing their own mortality, the two never lose their senses of humor or their shared love of their made-up game, Paddleton.The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind (March 1)
Kolkata: In an effort to give direction to the emerging intelligent transport mobility scene in India, IIT Kharagpur and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) from Germany have organised a two-day workshop at IIT KGP. The workshop which began Monday, is being held in the background of the newly-established Indo-German Collaborative Research Center on Intelligent Transportation Systems, and supported by the Indo-German Science and Technology Center (IGSTC) besides the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), an IIT KGP statement said Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Various transportation experts from Indian and German academia and industry such as TUM, IIT KGP, TU Berlin, TU Chemnitz, IIT Bhubaneswar, IIT Patna, ISI Kolkata, TH Ingolstadt, Siemens, Bosch, Infineon, Intel, TCS, Ola Cabs, — policy makers and law enforcement agencies are participating in the workshop. The discussion on the emerging intelligent mobility landscape in India included interaction among the participants on intelligent solutions for transportation integration, technologies for electric vehicles and batteries and systems and software challenges in next generation vehicular technologies. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “Future transportation solutions in India must be developed with a holistic view of the wide milieu of options available in Indian cities and integrated end-to-end solutions will make public transport in India more reliable and comfortable and reduce the dependence on private vehicles Prof. Samarjit Chakraborty of TU Munich was quoted as saying in the statement. The collaborative research Center of IIT KGP and TUM is located within the IIT KGP campus. The IIT KGP statement pointed out that mobility landscape in India is undergoing a rapid transformation with the existing modalities of transportation facing unique challenges and 200 million new electric vehicles expected to hit the roads by 2030. “The focus of innovation today is in intelligent software for safety, driver assistance, comfort and entertainment. Combining the software and AI expertise of India with the manufacturing leadership of Germany can bring about transformational benefits to both countries,” the Dean of Sponsored Research & Industrial Consultancy, at IIT KGP, Prof Pallab Sengupta was quoted as saying in the statement.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This isn’t your grandmother’s wheelchair. For one thing, it has tank-like treads and a roll bar. For another, it can hit a top speed of 22 mph.Calling it an electric mobility scooter is kind of like calling the Pacific Ocean a lake, but that’s technically what it is. Austrian futuristic machine manufacturer Mattro Mobility Revolutions created der Ziesel “to connect freedom with fun,” and they certainly seem to have done that — assuming your idea of fun is doing donuts in the Alpine snow, tooling around an orchard in Italy (with Vivaldi playing in the background, of course), and doing it all in eco-friendly comfort and safety.And really, who doesn’t love that? Here’s a look at what it can do in snowy conditions:Mattro calls the Ziesel a “barrier-free sport-vehicle,” combining sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies with outdoor fun. It looks like a cross between a wheelchair and a tank, with thick four-season treads and a double-suspension arm chassis to give it impressive traction on just about any terrain, including snow, mud, grass or sand.The high-performance motor is powered by an intelligent lithium-ion battery and the autonomic heating system keeps it going even in extremely low temperatures. It has variable driving modes, available LED lighting and a roll cage reminiscent of a dune buggy. And the high-precision, speed contingent steering system is controlled by one intuitive joystick.Consider it the sport utility of wheelchairs. Got stuff to haul? The Zeisel has a tow bar and can be equipped with a snowmobile trailer to help carry your gear to the top of a glacier and back. And lest you fear that the grumbling engine might mar the serene beauty of the natural setting, worry not: the electric motor is nearly silent.Powder hounds and beach lovers alike can now get closer to nature than ever before, with a level of independence and mobility that can make the most ardent outdoors buffs happy.The sticker price isn’t for everyone, however. The Zeisel will set you back about $24,000 for the basic model.What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below. November 25, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Register Now »
Matt SimonCan Robots Help Get More Girls Into Science and Tech? My mom doesn’t believe in the impossible. A Chinese immigrant and physics teacher, she arrived in the US with big dreams and limited English. During her first six months in the country, she would visit English-speaking friends to help her write checks—and when she got tired of that, she enrolled in an English class from 7 to 9 a.m. before working a 12-hour day as a waitress. Today, she owns two thriving businesses with my dad.WIRED OPINIONABOUTCai Gao (@heycai_) is a fullstack software engineer at One Door, where she develops cloud-based merchandising software.When I was a child, my mom was my source of inspiration. Her confidence in herself and her abilities taught me to be daring. I went to college to study finance, worked as a software consultant, and, fascinated by the inner workings of the company’s products, ended up a programmer. Today, I’m a technical lead with a team of engineers.Being daring worked out for me, as it did for my mom. Now, reflecting on my career in the wake of the ongoing, important discussions about gender imbalance in tech, I believe there are four groups critical to bucking the brogrammer culture and encouraging women in STEM.First are local governments. The tech industry talks a lot about supporting female engineers at the national level, but some of the most important work is—and should be—done locally. Girls need a low-cost, low-pressure space to play and experiment with code if they are to develop an interest in programming. Coding bootcamps are great, but they often require substantial commitments of time and money. Local libraries and schools should allocate funds to host free programming workshops. There, girls could try out coding and see how they like it, and local engineering talent could gain an opportunity to tutor and teach the next generation.Second are local organizations. Living in Boston, I’m an active participant in meet-ups and programs designed for women in engineering, like Girls Who Code and She Geeks Out. Boston also has the world’s first free-standing public innovation center, the Cambridge Innovation Center’s District Hall, where aspiring tech entrepreneurs can exchange ideas, engage in white-boarding sessions, and, of course, mentor women in STEM fields. These are all great initiatives, but they fly under the radar. Local organizations should advertise their events to local high schools and community colleges, to ensure the next generation can participate in these events. RELATED STORIES John HennessyWhat James Damore Got Wrong About Gender Bias in Computer Science Jessi HempelThe Pao Effect Is What Happens After Lean In Third are companies. Firms can start with fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace for all genders, races, and colors. No self-respecting and capable woman wants to be treated—or paid—like a second-class citizen; such treatment sometimes leads female engineers to leave the field entirely. Companies should give women the opportunity to lead from day one. This means creating programs that tell women, “We want and expect you to take the lead one day,” and sending female staffers to leadership trainings and conferences.When technology companies create an engineering-driven culture where playing with new things is the norm, it encourages all employees to participate and innovate. Holding hackathons and engineering-improvement days are important for cultivating an open and forward-thinking culture.Fourth are engineering managers. Women now represent 47 percent of the US workforce, but only 12 percent of computer scientists are women. At One Door, where I work (and where 25 percent of managers are female), women make up 30 percent of the engineering team, and good software engineering managers are one reason why. I’ve had managers who took time to help me when I didn’t understand a programming concept or a piece of complex code. I’ve been encouraged to vent, to complain, and to celebrate, and have never felt discriminated against because of my gender or race.But news reports make clear: This is not the case at many companies. Managers should advocate for their employees so they don’t feel left out or that their accomplishments are unnoticed. Managers who have one-on-ones with their employees regularly create an environment in which employees feel valued, allowing them to ask direct questions about issues they face. Engineering managers are critical in helping to create a workplace that’s attractive to everyone.My advice to women who want to break into STEM: Be authentic and believe in yourself. If you were called smarty-pants growing up, then be a smarty-pants, study, and do the really hard stuff. If you are opinionated, then be opinionated and share your voice. Your voice could very well be the reason we go to Mars, battle climate change effectively, or perfect self-driving car technologies.WIRED Opinion publishes pieces written by outside contributors and represents a wide range of viewpoints. Read more opinions here.
Related posts:Panamanians vote in tight presidential election Panama president values corruption scandal involving predecessor at nearly $100 million Panama court declares ex-president Ricardo Martinelli in contempt Former Panama VP arrested in widening corruption probe PANAMA CITY — Conservative Juan Carlos Varela, the vice president who broke politically with President Ricardo Martinelli, was officially declared Panama’s next president Sunday, much to Martinelli’s dismay.Varela, who was trailed by fellow conservative and Martinelli loyalist José Domingo Arias, was informed of his win by the electoral court after more than 60 percent of ballots were tallied.Since the United States overthrew dictator Manuel Noriega in 1989, the incumbent’s party has never won re-election.“I thank you, and the beautiful people of Panama,” electoral court chief Erasmo Pinilla quoted Varela as saying.The 50-year-old rum manufacturer, known as a fervent Roman Catholic and member of the conservative church group Opus Dei, had a falling-out with Martinelli after the president dismissed Varela from his foreign minister post in 2011.The move opened a political wound that has yet to heal. But now Varela can savor his political revenge from the presidential mansion.In brief declarations following Varela’s victory, Martinelli said, “I know the candidate (Varela), and truly “‘God have mercy us.’” The president said he couldn’t congratulate Varela because he no longer has his phone number.Martinelli, a supermarket magnate, had been an outspoken supporter of Arias, a former housing minister and a businessman who made his fortune manufacturing ladies’ undergarments.Representing the Democratic Change party, Arias’s running mate was Marta Linares — Martinelli’s wife.Juan Carlos Navarro, the 52-year-old former mayor of Panama City who represented the center-left Democratic Revolutionary party, acknowledged defeat.The race was expected to be among Panama’s tightest. Yet Varela had been running third in polls and scored at least a touch of an upset.In addition to picking a new president, the country’s 2.5 million eligible voters were electing dozens of mayors and members of Congress.Staying the courseLawyer and political analyst Ebrahim Asvat said that whatever the outcome of the vote, the country’s course for the next quarter century already has been mapped out.Panama will continue to focus, he said, on free market policies that maximize economic expansion — the path forged by Martinelli, who is leaving office with a 67 percent approval rating.“Panama has made an extraordinary effort to open up its economy, exercise fiscal discipline and none of the candidates is going to veer from that path,” Asvat said.The country enjoyed blistering growth of 8.5 percent last year, but economic inequality remains a major concern, with about 26 percent of citizens living in poverty.Panama long has traded on its canal, shipping and trade, but increasingly is turning to unconventional exports such as mining, plus tourism and other service industries, such as catering to expat retirees.Uneven patterns of economic distribution have only been reinforced during the current boom, and that is unlikely to change.“Economic growth has benefitted a small elite,” said Jaime Purcell, a political analyst focusing on Panama’s electoral process.“Regardless of who wins, there is not going to be major (policy) change.”Not everyone is thrilled with the status quo, however.“Whoever wins, I still have to go to work on Monday,” shrugged Manuel Domínguez, a sidewalk merchant who makes his living selling batteries and TV remotes in the heart of Panama City.Domínguez grumbled about rising prices, even though inflation in Panama is a relatively modest four percent.“Everything is super-expensive,” he said, adding that his vote was for Varela, who has vowed to curb inflation by imposing price controls, a policy more commonly associated with the left. Facebook Comments
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