BJP fights a tough battle in Panaji by-poll to retain the seat after 25 years

first_imgAfter 25 years of continous dominance over the Panaji assembly constituency, the Bharatiya Janata Party sans Manohar Parrikar is fighting a tough battle on Sunday to retain its winning streak. One of the highlights of the Panaji by-poll is that Goa election authorities have tried to make the polling infrastructure 100% accessible, by getting the stakeholders into confidence over accessibility audit and a tie-up with EazyMov taxi operators to help persons with disability(PswD) voters to cast their votes smoothly. One of the 19 booths of the constituency would be entirely managed by PswD. Panaji has 115 such voters.The stakes are high for the BJP as far as the by-election to four assembly seats, including Panaji, holds the key to the survival of the BJP-led coalition government headed by Pramod Sawant ho succeeded Parrikar after his death on March 17. At present, the government has a thin majority of 20 in the truncated House of 36.In addition to this, BJP has been facing internal bickerings after it denied ticket to Parrikar’s elder son Utpal after allowing him to be projected as a front-runner for the Panaji ticket. The chances of a win for BJP candidate Siddarth Kuncaliekar, a former aide of Parrikar and two-time MLA (while Parrikar was away in Delhi in 2014-17 as Defence Minister) in Panaji hinge on the vote-splitting ability of former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar, who is in the fray on Goa Suraksha Manch ticket. The regional outfit was floated and mentored by Mr. Velingkar after he was sacked as RSS chief in Goa following his fallout with Parrikar over the issue of medium of instruction at the primary school level. As the election campaign came to an end on Friday evening, both Congress and BJP said that they are confident of winning. CM Sawant dismissed claims made by the Congress about ousting his government soon.“Congress should not dream of forming a government. The dream will never be fulfilled. Our alliance and independent MLAs are all together. There is no question of the government falling,” Mr. Sawant said on Friday. Three assembly by-polls for the constituencies of Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem had been held on April 23.Both BJP and the Congress are currently tied with 14 MLAs each in the State legislative assembly.Meanwhile, Congress said that BJP would lose the by-polls 4-0, leading to the ouster of Mr. Sawant’s government. “The BJP will have to bid goodbye to its government after results are declared. The people are tired of their lies and misgovernance,” State Congress president Girish Chodankar said. The others in the fray include Aam Aadmi Party’s Valmiki Naik, who can play spoilsport for the Congress. Knowing the importance of the Panaji by-poll for his government, Mr. Sawant has virtually camped there for last several days and tried to undo the damage done to the party over the Utpal Parrikar-ticket issue. Mr. Utpal and his younger brother Mr. Abhijat too had joined the campaign. The month-long campaign was also marked with controversies which included a rape victim (who had accused Atanasio Monserrate, now the Congress candidate for the Panaji by-poll in 2016 when she was a minor) going missing and a mysterious assault on the BJP candidate Kuncalienkar. The campaign also saw the Congress attack Mr. Kuncalienkar, accusing of him of alleged scams in creating infrastructure for the Smart City project in Panaji, a charge which the BJP candidate has denied. Panaji has total voters of 22,485 — 10,698 male and 11,787 female. The constituency has seen a voting average of 60-70%, except during 2012 Assembly election. In 2012, Parrikar, who won the seat for six terms, won with a record victory margin of 6,000. The voting was a record of 78.85%.In the 2017 by-poll, Parrikar had defeated his Congress rival Girish Chodankar by 4,803 votes. Parrikar had won 63.47% of the total votes polled, while his opponent polled 32.56%.last_img read more

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Priyanka Chopra-starrer Mary Kom declared tax free in Maharashtra

first_imgThe biopic on Indian Olympic boxer Mary Kom starring Priyanka Chopra has been declared tax free in Maharashtra.The film has been produced by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. “It is wonderful news. We have a compelling story to tell of a strong, determined woman who has done the nation proud. It is our tribute to all the unsung sports people who give so much to see the Indian flag flying high. If this can act as a catalyst of hope for them, then its something we can all be proud of,” Priyanka, who is playing the five-time world champion in ‘Mary Kom’ said in a statement.”We are grateful to Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat and government of Maharashtra for lending their support to the film. This exemption right from release day will allow large segments of society to experience the spirit of magnificent Mary,” Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures (producer) said.Priyanka Chopra in a still from Mary Kom.Bhansali’s spokesperson said the tax free status will encourage audience to recognise and support the spirit of the film.Based on the true story of Mary Kom, the biopic chronicles the journey of a woman boxer who gave up her sporting career when it was at its peak to embrace the joy of motherhood. After giving birth to two beautiful children, she made her comeback in the ring and went on to become both a stronger woman and a stronger boxer. The film directed by Omung Kumar is set to release on September 5.advertisementEarlier, various state governments including Maharashtra, Bihar, UP and others had granted tax exemption to Farhan Akhtar starrer ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, a biopic on legendary athlete Milkha Singh.last_img read more

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Best England team yet? Lionesses must show it against Norway

first_imgForty-five minutes into England’s Women’s World Cup campaign, there was a fear the Lionesses could peak too early.A dream first-half performance against Scotland in their Group D opener ended with the scoreline reading 2-0 in their favour, with the flicks and tricks coming out much earlier than anticipated.However, the following 45 minutes would quash any of those fears.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? England’s performance dropped, Scotland came back into the game, pulled a goal back and threatened to claim a point.Phil Neville’s side are now four games into their campaign, with four wins to their name and a quarter-final clash with Norway next in line.But none of those wins have been particularly convincing.After their 2-1 success over Scotland, a 1-0 win against Argentina did the job and a 2-0 victory over Japan saw them finish the group stage with nine points, the display similar to that in their first game.Stylish, energetic and very comfortable for 60 minutes, before wilting and threatening to cave in the final 30 minutes. It’s a theme that continued in the last-16 victory over Cameroon.“The great thing about where we are, three matches and three victories into the World Cup, is that there is much more still to come,” Lucy Bronze wrote in her column for the Metro before that game.“Just because we’ve not been at our best yet is no reason for concern. I remember watching the USA at the last World Cup and thinking, ‘they’re not really firing’.Emslie Scotland 2019“But they went on to be unstoppable, so you don’t want to exceed your potential too early in a tournament.”England, in a way, are victims of their own success.The exciting displays – in wins over Japan and Brazil, and a 2-2 draw with the USA – that helped them claim the 2019 SheBelieves Cup back in March set the bar high.The emphasis on wanting to play good football puts Neville’s team further under the microscope, but the findings will be that this team have shown in glimpses what they are capable of.“We do just need our game management to be better over the 90 minutes,” Faye White, who won 90 caps for England, said.“I think we’ve shown that we can take chances and make chances, but it is just about being solid defensively when we are challenged more.“There’s been some good performances, certainly first half against Scotland and even Argentina, but we’ve lost our way a little bit when teams have stepped up and started to fight back.”That needs to change for their next outing. Norway are their toughest opponent yet and, with the USA or France waiting on the other side, scraping a win would not be the best practice for such a heavyweight challenge.“In terms of system, physicality and technically, they tick every box,” Neville said.“They have a spirit, togetherness and tactical system that is hard to play against.”England SheBelieves Cup 2019That combination helped them edge out Australia on penalties in the last 16, after beating South Korea and Nigeria in the groups and giving France a run for their money in a 2-1 defeat.But England are more than confident that they can raise their game to the level needed for a World Cup quarter-final.“We’re in a fantastic place,” said goalkeeper Karen Bardsley.“We’ve never had more belief than we do today. We are the most prepared team, the most resilient team, we know our strengths inside and out and have gained and gathered momentum.“This is by far the best team I’ve been a part of in my England career.”Technically speaking, the best England team so far was the one Bardsley helped finish third at the World Cup four years ago – but this team is certainly capable of surpassing that achievement.Capable, however, is the key word.“I’m very excited because we haven’t met our full potential yet and we have a very good chance of doing that [against Norway],” Bardsley added.England may not have to be at their very best to beat Norway, a team that were wasteful against Australia and should have beaten them comfortably with the amount of chances they had in Nice.But they will have to be better than they have been so far – and for the full 90 minutes, too.last_img read more

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Hood River Hops Fest is a Hop-Lovers Dream

first_img Get to Know 6 New Types of Beer Hops Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer Editors’ Recommendations Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Term Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Returning for its 13th year, the Hood River Hops Fest brings the region’s freshest beers together for a one-day tasting extravaganza.Known as a haven for hop producers, the Pacific Northwest is the perfect location to host this sort of ultra-niche festival. It’s a magical place where hops literally go from farm to brewery to bottle, sometimes in the same small town. While fresh hopped beers have grown in popularity over recent years, the age of this festival shows that beers brewed with green, whole cone hops have long held a special place in the hearts of beer-loving Oregonians. And there are a lot of things to like about fresh hop beers.Related Post: Farm Loops – Enjoying Oregon’s Summer BountyFresh hop beers typically utilize a lighter malt base so the individual qualities of the featured hops shine through. In traditional beer making, the addition of hops simply provides a bittering agent to beer. Modern creative brewers also selectively use hop strains to impart broader flavor characteristics as well as craft specific aromatic combinations. Hop flavors can range from onion to pine, from tropical fruit to earthy. The big aromas forged by fresh hops often enhance the same flavor patterns, but can also incite bright floral and grass notes or dank, musty characteristics. For craft beer enthusiasts, attending a festival like Hood River Hops Fest is the perfect laboratory for learning about the different tastes and aromas that hops provide. You can try different hop varieties side by side to better understand how that particular ingredient can be changed to radically alter the tasting experience. The 2016 edition of the Hood River Hops Fest will be held on September 24 in downtown Hood River, Oregon. In addition to over 75 fresh hop beers from 50 local breweries, the event will also have local food, arts and crafts vendors and live music. The full brewery list is packed with exciting additions, including favorites like Full Sail Brewing, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, and Deschutes Brewery. To find out more, visit the Hood River Hops Fest website. The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest last_img read more

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Hanjin, HMM Bleed Red in Q1

first_imgzoom South Korean financially-troubled container shipping companies Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) have concluded the first quarter of this year by booking more losses.HMM’s operating loss for the quarter hit KRW 162.9 billion (USD 139 million) against KRW 253.5 billion from the corresponding period last year. Its net loss dived to KRW 276,1 billion further widening from KRW 44.5 billion loss from a year earlier. Sales totaled in KRW 1.22 trillion, compared with KRW 1.57 trillion in Q1, 2015.Hanjin Shipping plunged to KRW 261.1 billion net loss (USD 221.67m) year-on-year from a profit worth KRW22.9 billion. The company’s operating loss totaled in KRW 116 billion, considerably slashed from the last year’s profit of KRW 155 billion. The company’s sales for the quarter amounted to KRW 1.59 trillion also a major fall from KRW 2.15 trillion a year ago.Both companies are in talks with ship owners on potential freight rate cuts amid cost-cutting measures aimed at boosting their liquidity. The Korea Development Bank is leading the companies’ talks with creditors aimed at ensuring the survival of the duo.Based on the most recent reports, HMM is to become a subsidiary of state-owned KDB within a debt-for-equity deal so as to avoid the company from going bust.On the other hand, Hanjin Shipping has received approval from creditors at the beginning of May to move forward with its voluntary restructuring proceedings.The restructuring is expected to facilitate the company’s push for normalization of operations along with discussions on charter rate reduction and alliance reorganization.On that note, Hanjin managed to secure a spot in the new carrier alliance announced last week together with Hapag-Lloyd, “K”Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Yang Ming. HMM is still in talks on potential membership. However, the company believes that this is just a matter of time, pending completion of its business normalization process.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Paine plays down Archer fear factor backs Warner

first_imgSydney: Australia captain Tim Paine says the tourists will not be intimidated by England fast bowler Jofra Archer and has backed misfiring batsman David Warner to hit form in the third Ashes Test at Headingley. Paine was full of praise for Archer, whose raw pace electrified the drawn second Test as he took five wickets and peppered the Australians with bouncers, leaving Steve Smith with concussion that has ruled him out of the match in Leeds. But Paine said Australia’s batsmen were used to facing pace and had a few useful speedsters of their own. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It’s fantastic to see a young cricketer with so much talent come onto the scene and it was a bit of a buzz to face him at Lord’s,” Paine wrote in a column for the Australian newspaper. “He’s fast for sure, but in Australia we’ve been brought up facing guys of his pace. “Every time we have a net (session) we have Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson coming at us like we are the opposition.” Paine said Smith’s replacement Marnus Labuschagne, who scored 59 when he came on as Test cricket’s inaugural concussion substitute, showed the depth of Australia’s squad. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHe was unconcerned about Warner’s lack of form, which has seen the left-hander score only 18 runs in four innings. “David Warner hasn’t hit his straps yet and I notice people getting a bit trigger happy on that subject, but I am not worried,” he wrote. “We are 1-0 up in the series and he hasn’t got out of the blocks. He is a match winner… he is also the most mentally tough cricketer I know. He is due a score and that is a dividend I am looking forward to.” Meanwhile, former Australia paceman Andy Bichel has labelled England captain Joe Root a “blatant cheat” over a disputed catch on the final day of the second Test. Root took a low catch to end Labuschagne’s innings, with replays suggesting the ball may have bounced first, although the England skipper later insisted it had carried. “It didn’t carry. We can see that,” Bichel told Macquarie Sports Radio. “It’s ricocheted off the player as well so it’s bobbled a little bit to him, so therefore he’d know if he’s picked it up on the half volley — it’s blatant cheating.” The third Test begins on Thursday.last_img read more

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Pragya Thakurs comment on Karkare her personal view Karkare a martyr BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP Friday distanced itself from Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s controversial comment that IPS officer Hemant Karkare died in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had cursed him, saying it was her personal view which she might have made “due to years of physical and mental torture”. “The BJP believes that Karkare died while bravely fighting terrorists. The BJP has always considered him a martyr, ” the party said in a damage-control exercise. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The party, which has fielded Malegaon blast accused Thakur from Bhopal in the Lok Sabha election, claimed she had suffered “physical and mental torture” for years in police custody that might have caused her to make such a statement. The comment is her “personal view”, it added. Karkare, who headed the Mumbai anti-terror squad, had died in the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. Addressing BJP workers in Bhopal, Thakur claimed Karkare died as she “cursed” him for “torturing” her in custody.last_img read more

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Landmark pact indicates global support for indigenous peoples says UN expert

19 October 2009The international community showed its support for the world’s nearly 400 million indigenous people by adopting the landmark 2007 declaration outlining their rights, a United Nations independent human rights said today. The adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People came after more than two decades of debate.“The adoption of the Declaration signals the strong commitment of the international community to remedy the historical and ongoing denial of the rights of indigenous peoples,” James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedom of indigenous people, told reporters in New York.The text is based on the principles of equality, self-determination and respect for diversity, which form the “basic tenets of the modern human rights system,” he said.A non-binding text, the Declaration sets out the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples, as well as their rights to culture, identity, language, employment, health, education and other issues.The Declaration emphasizes the rights of indigenous peoples to maintain and strengthen their own institutions, cultures and traditions and to pursue their development in keeping with their own needs and aspirations.It also prohibits discrimination against indigenous peoples and promotes their full and effective participation in all matters that concern them, and their right to remain distinct and to pursue their own visions of economic and social development.In his briefing to the General Assembly today, Mr. Anaya, an unpaid independent expert who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, said that he described the scope of his mandate and the activities he has undertaken since assuming his position last May.His work, he said, falls within four interrelated areas: promoting good practices; thematic studies; country reports; and responding to cases of alleged gross violations.In the past year, the expert has wrapped up reports on Brazil and Nepal after visiting the countries, as well as a follow-up trip to Chile. He has also conducted missions to assess indigenous persons’ conditions in Australia, Botswana, Russia and Colombia. read more

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Zimbabwe hits out against international sanctions during address to UN debate

24 September 2010International economic sanctions against Zimbabwe are illegal and have caused “untold suffering” for its people, President Robert Mugabe told the General Assembly today, calling for them to be scrapped immediately. “The people of Zimbabwe should, like every other sovereign State, be left to freely chart their own destiny,” said Mr. Mugabe, addressing the second day of the annual high-level segment of the 192-member Assembly.He said the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union (EU) were introduced without reference to the United Nations and “with the evil intention of causing regime change. “These illegal sanctions have caused untold suffering among Zimbabweans, who alone should be the deciders of regime change.”The country’s Inclusive Government, formed early last year after disputed presidential and parliamentary elections in 2008, is united against the sanctions, Mr. Mugabe said.“The rest of the international community – including the SADC (Southern African Development Community), COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) and the African Union – has similarly called for the removal of the sanctions, but these calls have gone unheeded.”In his speech Mr. Mugabe also called for the reform of the Bretton Woods institutions, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and other multilateral financial institutions.“It is important to understand that the critical issues that we face today cannot be addressed effectively when so many countries and regions are left out of the key decision-making processes of institutions of global governance. We need to participate in the making of policies and decisions that affect our very livelihoods.” read more

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TigerCats make some moves

Monday morning, the Ticats suspended defensive tackle Torrey Davis and offensive lineman Marc Dile, but not any indiscretion.They’re both tending to personal matters and will return as soon as possible.   The Ticats also released three players; among them Hamilton native and former McMaster Marauder offensive lineman Jason Medeiros and fullback Daryl Stephenson.  A six-year CFL veteran, Stephenson spent the last 2 seasons with the Ticats.  It looks like Ottawa native John Delahunt has beaten him out for the Canadian fullback spot. read more

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Annan to meet with USs Powell and Rice

Mr. Annan will have meetings Thursday morning with US Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice before addressing a meeting at the Council on Foreign Relations on UN renewal and US-UN relations.The Secretary-General is then scheduled to fly to Brussels to attend the European Union Summit on Friday, after which he will return to New York.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General met today with the Ambassadors of the Latin American and Caribbean Group of Member States to discuss the report of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.He held discussions on the report yesterday with representatives from Africa, Asia and the Western European and other States groups. read more

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Wrestling No 6 Ohio State brings nationleading 10man lineup into NCAA Championships

No. 2 Kollin Moore gets his hand raised after defeating No. 19 Malik McDonald of North Carolina State University by major decision in the 197-pound bout, 15-6. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe Ohio State wrestling team will be the only team in the nation to represent all 10 weight classes when it heads to Pittsburgh Thursday to compete for a title in the NCAA Championships.No. 6 Ohio State (12-2, 7-2 Big Ten) will try to win the NCAA Championship as a team after finishing second each of the past two postseasons to Penn State. The Buckeyes have the edge as the only team with the ability to gain points in all 10 weight classes, and with multiple wrestlers in contention for individual championships.“Let’s not take for granted the fact that we did what no other team did this year in the country in regard to qualifying [all 10 wrestlers],” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said. “But also, it is Ohio State, and we can attract the best, and we are all seeking perfection and that’s what we are after.”The Buckeyes’ 10-man lineup earned five top-5 seeds for the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Ohio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds, received the only top seed for the Buckeyes.Martin is one of only 12 wrestlers nationally to own an undefeated record heading into the NCAA Championships.Ryan said Martin has a lot of pressure to win the national title but is confident in his abilities.“I believe [Martin] is the best pound-for-pound wrestler in the tournament,” Ryan said. “We will see come Thursday.”Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, avenged one of his two losses on the season in the Big Ten 141-pound championship match by defeating Penn State sophomore Nick Lee, the then-No. 2 wrestler in the NCAA at 141 pounds.McKenna could have a chance to avenge the only other wrestler that has defeated him this season in Cornell sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis, who is the No. 1 wrestler at 141 pounds and remains undefeated, should they both reach the finals.Ryan said McKenna learned from his loss, and knows what he needs to do to defeat No. 1 seed Diakomihalis.“[McKenna] had a great match with [Diakomihalis]. We liked the way the match went,” Ryan said. “He has to finish some of the shots he didn’t finish.”Ohio State redshirt senior Micah Jordan and redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestlers in the country at 149 pounds and 197 pounds, respectively, both head into the NCAA Championships as the other two No. 2 seeds for the Buckeyes.Jordan has lost only two matches this season, both to Rutgers’ Anthony Ashnault, who is the top seed at 149 pounds.Moore also has two losses to one wrestler: undefeated Penn State redshirt senior Bo Nickal, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds.Ryan said the wrestlers must go match by match and he expects big things from Jordan and Moore.“They got to be really smart with the tactics they use and the skill they use when they use it,” Ryan said. “A lot of this at times boils down to quality decision-making.”Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 9 wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, received the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Championships after a strong performance in the Big Ten Tournament, finishing as the runner-up.Pletcher said the 133-pound weight class was very difficult this season, but still feels ready to compete.“No matter where they put you in that bracket, it is going to be a brutal way,” Pletcher said. “I think I got a good [seed], ready to wrestle and feel good [about] getting back my mojo and ready to rock.”Ohio State senior Te’Shan Campbell, the No. 16 wrestler in the country at 165 pounds, received the No. 21 seed in the NCAA Championships.Campbell transferred to Ohio State from the University of Pittsburgh after the 2017 season and talked about what it means to him to be wrestling in front of his hometown in Pittsburgh for the NCAA Championships.“Why not have it at home [when] it could be anywhere?” Campbell said. “I look forward to the experience of going back home with friends and family and being able to celebrate with them.”No. 6 Ohio State will attempt to win its first NCAA Championship since 2015 starting at noon Thursday in Pittsburgh. read more

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Winklevoss twins decide 65 million from Facebook is enough after all

first_imgThe feud and lawsuit between Mark Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins has been played out in public for several years now. The publicity surrounding the case was only made worse by the hit movie The Social Network last year. Who’s side were you on after watching it?In 2008 the Winklevoss twins were awarded $65 million to settle the lawsuit that accused Mark Zuckerberg of stealing the idea that eventually became the billion-dollar Facebook social network. The twins initially accepted the payout. However, they later stated that Facebook had hidden certain details from them and decided there was more cash to be had, so they appealed on the basis of fraud. The federal appeals court decided the award was fair, but the twins were still not happy and planned to take their case to the Supreme Court.AdChoices广告The Social Network movie posterToday, they seem to have had a change of heart. $65 million is a good settlement after all, and they have dropped their intention to get a review at the Supreme Court. No official statement as to why this has happened has come from either the twins or their lawyer. All we can safely say now is that the lawsuit is well and truly over and Zuckerberg can get on with building his social empire.Read more at ReutersMatthew’s OpinionDo you think the twins just realized how much $65 million actually was and decided not to fight anymore? I’d say it was the other way around. They realized how much continuing to fight was going to cost with no clear signs they’d win, so why waste any more money?The fact they have fought Mark Zuckerberg for so long demonstrates they believe a wrong was done or that the potential payout would be hundreds of millions. I’m sure giving up will hurt after pushing this through the courts for so long, but I keep coming back to the fact they still have $65 million in the bank. You really can’t be too unhappy with that to fall back on.last_img read more

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Vaccins les sels daluminium quils contiennent sontils dangereux

first_imgVaccins : les sels d’aluminium qu’ils contiennent sont-ils dangereux ?France – Un livre sur l’aluminium, publié il y a un mois, laisse à penser que les sels d’aluminium utilisés dans les adjuvants vaccinaux peuvent se révéler dangereux pour la santé. L’Académie de médecine dément et rassure.Certaines études portant sur le sujet auraient mis au jour que les sels d’aluminium peuvent favoriser la myofasciite à macrophages, qui correspond à une inflammation très importante du système musculaire. La publication d’un livre consacré à l’aluminium il y a de cela un mois a relancé le débat, à tel point que certains se demandent si les effets des sels d’aluminium utilisés dans les adjuvants vaccinaux sont véritablement connus.Un débat qui a le don d’agacer l’Académie de médecine, qui tente de rétablir la vérité via un communiqué :”Rien ne permet, dans l’état actuel des connaissances, d’imputer à cet adjuvant vaccinal, employé depuis de si nombreuses décennies, des troubles systémiques et neurologiques certainement plurifactoriels et d’évaluation délicate” explique-t-elle. Et d’ajouter qu’en 2004, une étude sur le sujet a été menée par l’Agence des produits de santé, les conclusions de cette étude ne remettant “pas en cause la balance bénéfices-risques des vaccins contenant un adjuvant aluminique”.Le 22 octobre 2010 à 10:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Giants of philanthropy leave county example to follow

first_imgWhen Dollie Lynch died, she’s the one who gave flowers, as a way to welcome those who would be entering this world.Along with Mary Granger, Ray Hickey and E.W. “Ed” Firstenburg, she was one of four prominent philanthropists to die this year after sharing another distinction. All four had earned the title of Clark County First Citizen during a span of five decades of civic involvement.“It is unlikely that we will ever see over such a short period of time the passing of such a talented and committed group of philanthropists,” said Rick Melching, executive director of the Community Foundation. “Collectively and individually, their compassion, generosity and leadership serve as examples for all of us who remain. Their loss will be felt by our community for many, many years to come and we were fortunate to have them among us.”• Mary Granger died Nov. 27 at the age of 78. She was Clark County’s 1987 First Citizen. Granger was a key founder of the Community Foundation, which has raised and distributed $90 million in 26 years for Southwest Washington agencies and programs.Granger also started the local “I Have a Dream” organization. Since 1995, the project has provided opportunities for students from low-income neighborhoods at Washington, Hough, Harney, and Martin Luther King elementary schools.The sponsor-funded program has helped 330 students prepare for, get into and graduate from college. With the final group of students in their senior year of high school, the program’s graduation rate so far is 85 percent. And half of those graduates go on to higher education, said a program official.last_img read more

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Facebooks Calibra cryptocurrency wallet already has competition

first_img Comments Mobile Tech Industry Share your voice 3 Tags Facebook plans to launch a new cryptocurrency called Libra in the first half of 2020.  Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images Facebook doesn’t plan to launch its new Libra cryptocurrency and a complementary digital wallet until 2020. But that hasn’t stopped some startups from throwing their hats in the ring early. On Sunday, Israeli developer ZenGo said a cryptocurrency wallet it rolled out earlier this year will begin supporting Libra. Since Facebook and its 27 partners haven’t launched the cryptocurrency, ZenGo is letting users store a test version. The test Libra funds, unlike the version that’s coming, don’t have any real monetary value.libraZenGo is letting users experiment with a test version of a new cryptocurrency, called Libra, that’s expected to launch in 2020.  ZenGo “Getting to know it early might spark some new ideas and give you a head start for when Libra becomes truly operational,” ZenGo said in a blog post. You can experiment with Libra by going to your account tab in the ZenGo app, which is currently available for iPhone users. The wallet also lets you buy Bitcoin, Ethereum and Binance Coin with your credit card or Apple Pay. Since Facebook announced Libra, the company has faced pushback from US lawmakers who are concerned that the cryptocurrency will be abused by criminals and negatively impact the US dollar. Facebook’s blockchain boss, David Marcus, said in a congressional hearing last month that the social network wouldn’t launch Libra until the company has addressed all concerns, but he stopped short of agreeing to a moratorium. Facebook took the wraps off Libra in June. Unlike many other cryptocurrencies, Libra will be pegged to a basket of assets that anchor its value, so that value won’t swing wildly. The Libra Association that’ll manage the currency hasn’t said what those assets will be, but it suggested they’d include major global currencies, like the dollar and the euro. The proposed crypto has been met with a chilly response from regulators and politicians around the world.ZenGo will compete with a digital wallet called Calibra that Facebook plans to introduce in 2020. The social network, though, has the advantage of already having 2.4 billion monthly active users. You’ll be able to download the Calibra app onto your iPhone or Android device, or add the wallet into the messaging apps Messenger or WhatsApp once it’s released. The Calibra wallet will also work with other wallets that accept Libra. Users need to verify their identity by uploading an ID such as a driver’s license.ZenGo, which plans to release an app for Android phones, said that users can create their digital wallet by downloading the app and providing their email. You also don’t need a private key, and ZenGo users scan their face to backup their wallet. ZenGo said it’s a “noncustodial” wallet for Libra, which means you have full control over your funds instead of having to rely on a third-party. Facebooklast_img read more

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9hour free power supply to benefit 1815Lakh AP farmers

first_imgAmaravati: Minister for Energy Balineni Srinivas Reddy said the nine hours day time free power supply would benefit 18.15 lakh farmers for which the government allocated Rs 4,525 crore. The Minister held a review meeting with officials on Sunday. He said Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had directed the Energy Department to implement the free power supply strictly. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us On this occasion, the Minister said that free power to irrigation pumps could enhance farm production and empower the farming community in the State. Similarly, aqua farmers would get power at Rs 1.50 per unit which benefits 53,649 families. The government has been implementing the ambitious scheme of nine hours daytime free power to agriculture, free power to SC, ST families and power to aqua farmers at cheaper price. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us He said that the government laid special focus on implementation of welfare programmes and moots a special mechanism at the division, district and discoms level to ensure 100 per cent success of the three prestigious welfare schemes in the power sector in coordination with agriculture, social welfare and fisheries departments. The Minister said that the Chief Minister is determined to turn the AP power sector into a growth engine which would definitely boost the overall development of the State. Energy Secretary Srikanth Nagulpalli said the government is strongly determined to ensure quality power supply to 1.8 crore consumers in AP.last_img read more

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QCity Tech Park properties seized by ED

first_imgHyderabad: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday seized property of Q-City Tech Park worth Rs 86.38 crore. The assets of M/s Mack Soft Tech Private Limited, Hyderabad, in the form of Q-City Tech Park was seized. The properties consisted of 2,500 square yards of land and 2.45 lakh square feet of building space cumulatively worth Rs 86.38 crore under the provisions of Section 37A of Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA), in lieu of foreign assets illegally held abroad in contravention of Section 4 of FEMA. The seized Tech park is situated at Survey No.109, 110, 111/2 at Nanakramaguda at Gachibowli here. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The ED sleuths initiated investigation under FEMA on the basis of information that M/s MSTPL remitted huge funds outside India in contravention of FEMA, 1999. During the course of investigation, it was revealed that M/s MSTPL illegally transferred foreign exchange to the tune of US$ 12,500,000 (equivalent to Rs 62.08 Crore) to Orient Guide Investments Limited of Hong Kong under the guise of purchase of a non-existent fake software license. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Further, during the period from November 2011 to December 2016, the company had transferred foreign exchange to the tune of US$ 3,980,000 (equivalent to Rs 24.30 Crore) to Senat Legal Consultancy FZ LLC, UAE and Cresco Legal Consultancy FZ LLC, UAE in the name of Legal Services. It was proved that this was a sham transaction. The above foreign outward remittances on the pretext of purchase of Software License and Legal Services were made by the company with a view to siphon off funds from India and park them abroad. Illegal holding of foreign assets outside the country is a contravention of Section 4 of FEMA, the authorities said.last_img read more

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Capital debate heats up Naidu kin gained from insider trading

first_imgAmaravati: Minister for Urban Development Botsa Satyanarayana on Tuesday reiterated his charge of largescale insider trading by previous government before deciding on Amaravati as the location for capital city. Addressing a marathon press conference, Botsa said families of former Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and former Union Minister and BJP Rajya Sabha member Y Sujana Chowdary had purchased hundreds of acres of land. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Satyanarayana observed that Chandrababu Naidu’s relative was given a huge chunk of land at throwaway price and the same land was merged with the Capital Region so that the value can be escalated. This is one example for insider trading that took place during previous TDP government. He alleged that Naidu gave around 493 acres to his relative MSP Rama Rao at Jayantipuram village at Jaggayyapeta mandal in Krishna district. Rama Rao’s son Sribharat married Nandamuri Tejaswini, who is the daughter of Nandamuri Balakrishna. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us “The government gave 493 acres for VBC company, which is owned by Rama Rao. It was given at throw away price of Rs 1 lakh per acre through APIIC. Later, it was merged with the CRDA, through GO MS No 207 dated September 22, 2015”, he said. Jitin Kumar, who is cousin of Y Sujana Chowdary, got land of 110 acres at Gudimetla village, Chandarlapadu mandal. He is director of Kalinga Greentech company, which owns the land. This is one out of 120 companies of Sujana Chowdary. Similarly, Sujana Chowdary’s nephew Yalamanchili Rishi Kanya also holds 14 acres at Govindaraju palem, Veerulapadu mandal. Advertise With Us The Minister said that these examples are mere tip of an iceberg. The irregularities and corrupt practices will soon be exposed by the government, he said. Botsa, however, evaded a reply to a question on whether the government will construct the capital city of Amaravati or does it propose to shift to some other area.last_img read more

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Is Steve Smith a better Test batsman than Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgTest Cricket has always been the arena of players who are technically strong and operate according to the orthodox way of batting. The cricketing world has experienced the stroke making of one of the greatest player to play the gentleman’s game, Sachin Tendulkar for more than 20 years. Be it Test cricket or ODIs, the master blaster had outclassed all batsmen of his generation with the records and milestones he achieved.The elegance, smoothness and the graceful manner with which the 46-year-old used to bat have always been soothing to the eyes. His footwork, body posture and head positioning while hitting a straight drive or a cover drive is a perfect lesson for budding cricketers who want to make it big. His batting technique has been a topic of research and discussion during his playing days and even now. Standing 5’5″ tall, he is worshipped as the ‘God of cricket’ in India. Many arguments have been put forward around the world by cricket fans to support the idea that he is the best during the time he was playing.But in recent times an Australian cricketing prodigy has raised the bar to a certain extent which can make him a better Test batsman than Sachin Tendulkar. The unorthodox right-handed batsman who goes by the name Steve Smith started his cricketing career as a right-arm leg-spinning all-rounder but is now the best Test batsman of his generation.Smith better than Sachin in Test cricket? Sachin Tendulkar.ReutersThe 30-year-old cricketer in the recently concluded first Ashes Test match against England saved the face of the Australian team when they were 122-8 in the first innings and went onto to score 144 runs which helped Australia to post 284 runs on the board. In the second innings, he again scored a ton and helped Australia win the match.Smith also became the second-fastest cricketer to score 24 centuries leaving behind Virat Kohli and even Sachin Tendulkar. The 30-year-old has also reached Test rating points of 947 which is the second-highest ever, being behind only Sir Donald Bradman who stands on 961 points. In 66 Test matches, the Australian batsman has scored at an average of 63 which is also the best after Bradman. Sachin, on the other hand, had an average of 53.8.The Australian cricketer has a very unorthodox way of batting. But he has been very effective for the team due to his calmness and composed nature on the field. His wrist-work while batting is a lesson for budding cricketers who want to become a batsman. The way he moves across the stumps and hits the ball on the on-side, keeping his guard open and the way he angles the shots makes him pretty much vulnerable. But till now he has not failed to prove himself and probably will continue to do so.It is too soon to give him a spot above Tendulkar but if he continues to play the way he is currently batting then, definitely, he will one day become the greatest Test batsman after Bradman. Tendulkar is definitely a bigger player than him if we judge on the basis of all forms of cricket but in Test cricket, the unorthodox Smith is probably the better among the two in terms of records.last_img read more

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