Movie screening cancelled in BC as group cancels fibbing filmmakers contract

first_imgPromotional art for the film Building the Room. (VIA FACEBOOK) VICTORIA — Mounting protests against a filmmaker who planned to charge higher admission to white men attending the premiere of his movie have led a Victoria theatre society to cancel its contract to show the film.Blue Bridge Theatre Society president Evan Roberts says the society will cancel its facility rental agreement with Shiraz Higgins of Made You Look Media to show Building The Room.Higgins used the false name Sid Mohammed when he announced a so-called justice-pricing model to charge white men as much as $20, while others would pay $10 based on the purchasing power of individual groups and “price discrimination.” Advertisement Advertisement Facebook In a news release, Roberts says the society regrets the effect the decision will have on the artists involved in making the film but it can’t support what it considers irresponsible actions.The society says it must distance itself from the “illegitimate pricing scheme” to preserve the faith of its audience members.“Making this announcement without the knowledge or consent of (the society) has resulted in a storm of negative response aimed at Mr. Higgins and (the theatre society),” the release says. Roberts says Blue Bridge Theatre Society does not believe in any form of prejudicial pricing.He says the contract was cancelled because Higgins breached the deal by unveiling the pricing model without the society’s knowledge or consent. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Elton John slams media for criticizing Harry Meghan

LONDON — Singer Elton John says he’s “deeply distressed” by media accounts that criticized the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for taking a private jet to go on vacation despite the flight’s carbon impact of the planet.John took to Instagram on Monday to slam stories that suggested that Prince Harry and Meghan were hypocritical for accepting jet travel to stay at his home in Nice despite their devotion to eco-causes. John says he has a profound sense of obligation to Harry because of his friendship with the royal’s mother, Princess Diana.John and his partner “wanted the young family to have a private holiday.” The jet offered a “high level of much-needed protection.”He says the flight was carbon neutral because it was offset by a contribution to Carbon Footprint.The Associated Press read more

General Assembly legal committee postpones cloning debate for two years

The United Nations today narrowly voted to postpone for two years debate on competing human cloning resolutions that had divided the General Assembly.In an 80 to 79 ballot with 15 abstentions, the Assembly’s Legal Committee approved a procedural motion from Iran, backed by 56 mostly Islamic States, that effectively put off a showdown on the two resolutions. Although both versions ban all human reproductive cloning, they differ on language referring to the treatment of human cells for other than reproduction.The vote in the Legal Committee means neither resolution will get to the General Assembly for at least two years.Michele Montas, spokesperson for Assembly President Julian R. Hunte of St. Lucia, had described the body as “divided” on the issue.A Belgian draft, submitted with 13 co-sponsors, while banning all human reproductive cloning, calls upon States “to take action to control other forms of human cloning by adopting a ban or imposing a moratorium or regulating them by means of national legislation.”A draft sponsored by Costa Rica and 44 other countries bans all forms of human cloning.In both cases the drafts are not meant to come to resolutions, but to frame the instructions to an ad hoc committee, which, in turn, would be charged with drawing up a resolution. Video of legal committee meeting Listen to UN Radio report read more

UN officials call for boost in solidarity and funding to meet growing

“The grim truth is this: this appeal is just one quarter funded,” he said, adding that demographic growth, protracted conflicts and an increase in the intensity of natural disasters linked to climate change will inevitably continue to drive up needs. Pointing to crises in the Lake Chad Basin, the Central African Republic and Myanmar, the Under Secretary-General called on leaders to support the funding appeal. “This appeal will support millions of mothers to feed their malnourished children. It will help doctors give lifesaving care to children injured by bombing. It will help pastoralists keep their cattle alive. And it will help protect women and girls from sexual abuse and violence,” Mr. O’Brien said. “Human organizations are committed to bringing relief to people in critical need but they cannot do it alone: they need predictable, flexible and adequate funding,” he added. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addresses the Economic and Social Council Humanitarian Affairs Segment. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine “Record numbers of people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. At the same time, there is a tangible sense of fatigue, even resignation, manifested in the greatest shortfalls ever in the funding needed,” Mr. Eliasson said. Partly for this reason, the UN official said, the Secretary-General had convened the World Humanitarian Summit and presented his Agenda for Humanity, which outlines five areas for collective action – including preventing and ending conflict; respect for the rules of war; leaving no one behind; working differently to end needs; and investing in humanity – to reduce humanitarian needs. Noting that the Summit marked a clear demonstration of leadership and political will, the Deputy-Secretary-General encouraged leaders to continue along that path, and to not be complacent. “Despite many affirmations, there were few concrete commitments on preventing and ending conflict. We must work to turn words into action, if we want to make a real difference for millions of refugees and civilians caught up in conflict,” he said. Among the next steps to be taken – including by the UN family – include the implementation of commitments, the development of initiatives and alliances, and the turning of pledges of support into action, the Deputy-General said, adding that all actors should be prepared to engage for the long term. “We aim to strengthen your understanding of the solutions outlined in the Agenda for Humanity, and to work with you to secure your continued commitment. The country ownership is a central concept,” Mr. Eliasson said. “It is vital that we continue to champion the five core responsibilities and to concretely live up to them. Limited improvements will not be sufficient for the scale of change that is needed,” he added. The Deputy-Secretary General also emphasized the necessity to “break out of our silos,” such as by finding new levels of cooperation and working together for change. In that regard, he indicated that the ECOSOC High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July, the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants on 19 September, and the Habitat III Conference in October are opportunities to build on the Summit’s achievements. The Deputy Secretary-General also emphasized that periodic assessments will be important as a follow-up to the Summit, and to fulfil the pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. Mr. Eliasson noted that the Secretary-General, in his upcoming report on the Summit, will propose ways to maintain the momentum and to advance the Agenda for Humanity and its core responsibilities, and urged participants to actively cooperate in that regard.New report provides global humanitarian overviewAlso speaking today was the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, who underscored that, since December 2015, humanitarian needs have soared even higher, with 130 million people in 40 countries now needing assistance just to survive. “There is no room for delays; every day and week counts,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said at the opening of a UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment on the World Humanitarian Summit at UN Headquarters in New York today. “During the five weeks since the Summit, thousands of people have been killed in conflict,” he added. “Tens of thousands have been forced from their homes. Thousands of farmers and pastoralists have given up hope of making a living on land destroyed by drought, floods or sea level rise, related to climate change.” The annual ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment provides a platform for Member States, UN entities, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and affected communities to discuss emerging and pressing humanitarian issues, as well as activities and issues related to strengthening the coordination of the UN’s humanitarian assistance. This year’s session – which starts today and runs through Wednesday – follows the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, which brought together between 23-24 May representatives from some 180 Member States, 55 Heads of State and Governments, 350 private-sector representatives and more than 2,000 people from civil society and non-governmental organizations, and culminated in some 3,000 commitments to action for improving the humanitarian system and alleviating the suffering of millions. Moving towards action on World Humanitarian Summit commitmentsAt today’s meeting, the Deputy Secretary-General recalled that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had said that global commitment to humanitarian action is one of humanity’s highest moral achievements, and that upholding compassion and human dignity is one of the greatest global challenges of our time – and perhaps more urgent than ever in today’s world. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, underscores that, humanitarian needs have soared even higher, with $21.6 billion needed to assist some 90 million people around the world.Presenting the Global Humanitarian Overview Status Report for 2016, Mr. O’Brien, who also serves as the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that the UN-coordinated inter-agency humanitarian appeal is calling for $21.6 billion to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable 95.4 million around the world. “In other words, since the beginning of the year another 5.5 million people’s lives have been torn apart, their survival and safety thrown into jeopardy,” he said. The Under-Secretary-General attributed the spike largely to two sudden onset disasters: the cyclone in Fiji in February and the earthquake in Ecuador in April, as well as to the repercussions of the El Niño weather phenomenon, which has led to droughts in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. Despite increase in donations, humanitarian funding gap remainsNoting the generosity of donors, Mr. O’Brien said that appeals in 2016 had generated $5.5 billion in funding thus far – the highest amount ever received in mid-year. Nonetheless, a funding gap of $16.1 billion remains. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien addresses the Economic and Social Council Humanitarian Affairs Segment. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine read more

Five Weird Teams To Watch In The NCAA Tournament

Villanova693110.04.5 Iowa State81196.83.1 Michigan State564211.24.8 Baylor70306.16.1 West Virginia59418.17.6 Wichita State54468.63.2 Maryland72287.63.0 SMU74267.55.4 Iowa70306.85.4 Embed Code Kentucky71297.85.7 Arizona64367.65.4 Oklahoma76249.21.1 Virginia68329.86.0 Louisville66348.76.5 Xavier65357.35.2 Duke79217.45.8 Vanderbilt67336.95.4 Sources: Sports Reference, Ian Levy More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed UConn70306.04.9 Kansas70%30%8.78.2 Indiana63377.56.9 What distinguishes Xavier’s 1-3-1 from historical 1-3-1s like Baylor’s or Michigan’s (during John Beilein’s early years), though, is Mack’s use of two bigs — one in the middle and another on the baseline. Typically, a guard runs along the baseline of a 1-3-1, having the requisite speed to close out on short corner threes. But Xavier’s bigs — James Farr and Jalen Reynolds — are both quick for their position and also help XU rebound out of the zone defense (Xavier allowed opponents a 26.3 percent offensive rebounding rate), which is a traditional weakness of the formation. Some teams, like Seton Hall in the Big East tournament, have begun to figure out the scheme after playing Xavier a second time, but that’s not much comfort for teams getting their first taste this month.Hampton, Green Bay and Buffalo’s tempoBefore this season, the NCAA trimmed the Division I shot clock from 35 seconds to 30. Naturally, tempo has risen a bit — the average number of possessions in 2016 has been 69, per Ken Pomeroy, an uptick from 64.8 a season ago. The conventional wisdom is that this is bad news for underdogs — that weaker teams are best served by slowing down the game and pumping up the variance — but there are a few lower-seeded teams in this year’s field that push the ball anyway.The first is No. 16 Hampton (72.2 possessions per 40 minutes), which will face No. 1 Virginia (61.4 possessions) in the Midwest region. This is the largest difference between teams matched up in the first round. There is virtually no chance that the MEAC auto bid winners will be able to speed up and disrupt the methodical style of Tony Bennett’s squad enough to pull off a win (the FiveThirtyEight model gives Hampton a 2 percent chance of advancing).Another fast-moving team among the lower seeds is No. 14 Green Bay (76.6), which will play No. 3 Texas A&M (67.5). That matchup has the second-biggest difference in tempo, at 9.1 possessions per 40 minutes. Our model gives the Phoenix a 12 percent chance to pull the upset. Under new head coach Linc Darner, who came to the Horizon League school from a Division II program, the Phoenix went into overdrive and underwent a huge transformation, with 11.2 possessions more per 40 minutes than last season.Then there’s 14th-seeded Buffalo, which has a 14 percent chance of knocking off No. 3 Miami. Nate Oats became head coach at Buffalo when Bobby Hurley left for Arizona State, and Buffalo quickened its pace from 68.8 to 73.0. The margin between the Bulls’ pace and Miami’s 66.8 possessions per 40 minutes is 6.2.West Virginia’s benchFew teams in Division I rely on their bench as much as West Virginia. The No. 3 seed Mountaineers allot 41 percent2Data via Sports Reference with additional research by Ian Levy. of their overall minutes to reserves, which ranks 18th nationally and third among tournament teams. But WVU’s bench is unique because it isn’t just heavily utilized, it outperforms other units by a wide margin — even other teams’ starting lineups.Ian Levy of Nylon Calculus broke down the bench Box Plus/Minus of the top 30 squads in Pomeroy’s rankings, and the West Virginia bench’s BPM of +7.6 is better than that of every team’s except for Kansas’s (+8.2), but the Jayhawks don’t use their bench nearly as much as WVU (just 30 percent of their minutes). Among tournament teams that use their bench more often than WVU — Michigan State and Wichita State — the Mountaineers’ bench play is more valuable by a wide margin. (The bench BPMs for those two teams are +4.8 and +3.2, respectively.) Bob Huggins’s bench also outperforms 17 top-30 starting lineups, including No. 1 seed Oregon (+6.6) and No. 2 seed Xavier (+7.3). Texas62386.54.1 California69316.74.1 Utah71296.84.4 TEAMTOP 5 SHARE PLAYING TIMEBENCH SHARE PLAYING TIMETOP 5 BPMBENCH BPM Oregon74266.64.5 Texas A&M70306.85.4 Gonzaga76246.82.7 Our sports podcast Hot Takedown previews March Madness. North Carolina65359.15.3 By Matt Giles The catalyst is the play of both Jaysean Paige and Jonathan Holton, two Mountaineers who could start but thrive coming off the bench. Holton, a 6-foot-7 big, uses 51 percent of the team’s minutes and is nearly impossible to keep off the offensive glass, grabbing 17.1 percent of WVU’s misses — more than a quarter of his field goal attempts are putbacks, and he is second on the squad at field-goal percentage at the rim.Paige is West Virginia’s X-factor. Despite using only 56 percent of WVU’s minutes, Paige attempts 31.8 percent of the Mountaineers’ shots when he’s on the floor, and when he checks into the game, the Mountaineers often see an improvement, since he frequently subs for Daxter Miles, a 6-foot-3 guard with a BPM of +7 (Paige’s BPM is +10).North Carolina’s small ballRoy Williams loves his bigs. Throughout his career, the North Carolina coach has almost always played two traditional forwards at the same time. “I like to play two big guys, because I still think defending around the rim and grabbing rebounds are big parts of the game,” he told The New York Times earlier this season. But Williams’s thinking is beginning to align with the small ball revolution.It’s a good time for the change, since UNC’s roster is suited for small ball. Both Theo Pinson and Justin Jackson are mismatches at their respective positions of the 3 and the 4, and Pinson can help guard 4s while Jackson has the speed and the length (6-foot-8) to disrupt the offensive rhythm of 3s. During early ACC play, Williams began to dip his toe into the small ball waters, and the results were promising; per Adrian Atkinson, who specializes in crunching data for all things Tar Heel blue, UNC’s net efficiency was +43.1 in 39 minutes for the first five conference games.But then Kennedy Meeks returned from a knee injury, and Williams reverted back to his traditional lineups: UNC’s small ball lineups played only 50 minutes for the next 12 ACC games. In the final three games of ACC play, that net efficiency spiked to +55.1. Williams may only exploit this mismatch in small doses, but it is an interesting wrinkle for a coach with national title aspirations and a long-held two-post belief system.Kentucky’s adaptabilityKentucky is the field’s most dangerous seed that is not a No. 1 or 2. The No. 4 seed in the East region has potential matchups against Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia, but outside of a handful of squads, there aren’t many teams in the tournament playing as well as the Wildcats. Kentucky has won 10 of their last 12 games, including the SEC tournament title.John Calipari has done his usual lineup juggling act this season, but it got particularly interesting after forward Alex Poythress injured his right knee and was sidelined for five games. In Poythress’s absence, Calipari slotted in Derek Willis, a stretch 4 whose skills combined well with the pick-and-pop game of Tyler Ulis, and UK’s offensive efficiency rate went from 1.11 points per possession pre-injury to 1.14 — unusual for a team that loses one of its best players. The team upped its rate of 3-point field goal attempts (from 30.2 percent to 37.4 percent) and began converting a whopping 49.1 percent of their threes. Poythress’s absence opened the half court for penetration and kick-outs, and while the squad didn’t defend at the level that we expect from Calipari-coached teams (UK began hacking opponents, notching a defensive free throw rate of 46 percent), its offense more than compensated.But then Poythress returned, and questions surfaced about how Kentucky would adjust with its sole traditional post player back in the lineup. The team adapted. Skal Labissiere began to play more on the elbow and above the free-throw line, which allowed for potential high-lows. The 1.05 PPP the Kentucky defense allowed in the seven games with a healthy Poythress is below the typical Calipari team’s standard, but we’ve learned that Kentucky’s offense is perhaps the best ever during the Calipari era: 1.25 PPP in 66 possessions.The team is hitting a similar percentage of threes (45 percent), and even Poythress is contributing to the 3-point-fueled offense; he’s taken seven of his 23 threes for the season since returning. Compared with the efficiency margins posted by other high major teams at the end of conference play, Kentucky’s +.20 efficiency margin would top every other squad. Purdue61397.96.8 A large part of enjoying the NCAA Tournament is about grinding your friends’ and family’s brackets into paste. For that, there are our March Madness predictions. Some other sizable portion of the tournament’s fun, though, is wrapped up in the diverse cast of teams assembled to play for the national title. The college game, much more so than the pros, is still home to quirks and oddities that can power a team to a few unexpected tournament wins. Here are five (or so) teams, and their statistical idiosyncrasies, to look out for this March.Xavier’s 1-3-1 zoneThe 1-3-1 is not a popular defense. Its spatial concepts are difficult to teach (players form an elongated plus sign in the defensive half court), and the formation is prone to imbalance if an opponent gets hot from the wing, which is easy to probe either for 3-point attempts, drives and backdoor lobs. But when a team is comfortable with the 1-3-1, the defense can be one of the most potent change-ups in the college game. Baylor used the 1-3-1 to advance to the Elite Eight in 2010, and Xavier is attempting a similar run this March.For the season, 33.6 percent of the Musketeers’ defensive possessions have featured the 1-3-1.1I went through each of the defensive possessions in which Xavier played zone using Synergy Sports Technology’s video tools and verified that all of the Musketeers’ zone plays came out of the 1-3-1. Last season, just 13 percent did. The only Division I team to rely on any zone more often this season has been Cincinnati (which uses the 2-3 variety); Xavier has used the 1-3-1 for 759 possessions, allowing just 0.797 points per defensive trip. Chris Mack doesn’t stray too far from his man-to-man roots with the base defense, but his personnel at XU is suited to making the 1-3-1 work. J.P. Macura, a wiry and lanky wing, has long arms atop the zone that can disrupt the vision of opposing guards, and Edmond Sumner and Trevon Bluiett — both long for their respective positions — are adroitly positioned at the wings to help trap and further obscure passing lanes and shot attempts. Miami69317.55.8 Seton Hall73276.61.3 read more

Tungstène les photos retouchées passent au détecteur de mensonges

first_imgTungstène : les photos retouchées passent au détecteur de mensongesFrance – Tungstène est un nouveau logiciel permettant de révéler les photos qui ont été modifiées. Un outil pratique dans le domaine de la communication, mais aussi d’un point de vue judiciaire.Se dirige-t-on vers la fin des corps parfaits à la Une des magazines ? Les images modifiées par des logiciels seront-elles bientôt proscrites ou, tout au moins, dénoncées? La députée UMP des Bouches-du-Rhône Valérie Boyer souhaite un éclaircissement concernant ce secteur d’activité : “Aujourd’hui, on est choqué par le mensonge des mots, on peut attaquer en diffamation, alors que celui des photos est non seulement permis mais valorisé. Doit-on accepter que l’altération de l’image devienne la règle ?” Ainsi, une proposition de loi voudrait préciser au grand public si une image a subi des transformations ou pas. Pour cela, une nouvelle arme est apparue : Tungstène. Ce logiciel mis au point par des Français permet de révéler si une photo a oui ou non été retouchée. Il a la capacité de remodeler l’image d’origine et repère les variations de lumière et de pixels réalisés par des logiciels comme Photoshop. Pour le moment réservé aux industriels, vu son coût et ses besoins en temps de formation, Tungstène pourrait bénéficier d’une version plus abordable pour les particuliers.Le 27 mai 2010 à 12:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La CBI refuse la création dun nouveau sanctuaire pour les baleines

first_imgLa CBI refuse la création d’un nouveau sanctuaire pour les baleinesLa 64ème réunion annuelle de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) a échappé au pire mais n’a pas permis de mettre en place un cadre pour protéger les baleines à long terme.L’an passé, la réunion annuelle de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI), l’organisme officiel de protection des baleines, avait d’emblée été annulée. En effet, le Japon et les autres pays favorables à la chasse à la baleine avaient claqué la porte de la Commission. Cette année, en revanche, pour la 64ème réunion, un point de première importance devait être remis sur la table après avoir été brutalement écarté l’année dernière. Un point qui concernait la proposition de création d’un sanctuaire baleinier dans l’Atlantique Sud.Or, bien que présentée depuis 1999, cette proposition n’a pas été acceptée par tous les pays. Le vote a donné 38 voix pour et 21 voix contre (ainsi que deux abstentions) ce qui ne correspond pas aux trois-quarts des voix nécessaires pour l’entériner. Cette proposition visait en fait à mettre en place un plan de gestion pour répondre aux menaces qui pèsent sur les baleines dans l’Atlantique Sud et privilégiait l’observation des baleines à la chasse commerciale que continuent de mener le Japon, la Norvège et l’Islande.Patrick Ramage, le directeur du programme Baleines chez IFAW (le Fonds international pour la protection des animaux), a déclaré être “particulièrement déçu de voir que le bloc pro-chasse a réussi à faire rejeter la proposition de sanctuaire alors qu’une nette majorité des membres de la CBI s’est prononcée en faveur”. Cette organisation “soutient depuis longtemps les propositions de création d’un sanctuaire baleinier dans l’Atlantique Sud afin de protéger les cétacés, dont l’avenir n’a jamais été aussi compromis qu’aujourd’hui”.Une avancée dans la lutte ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Finalement, le plus désespérant pour les spécialistes est de voir que bien que “le résultat du vote montre bien qu’une majorité des pays membres souhaite que cette résolution voie le jour, c’est impossible [d’adopter cette proposition] en raison de l’opposition menée par le Japon, un pays pourtant absent dans cette région”. Néanmoins, on peut estimer que le fait que, cette année, le Japon soit resté présent à la table des négociations est une avancée dans le domaine.M. Ramage espère donc désormais “que la majorité des pays membres fera peser ses voix pour protéger les baleines au nom des générations futures”. Car comme le rappelle IFAW, il n’existe tout simplement aucun moyen de tuer une baleine de façon humaine. Les choses doivent changer rapidement car cette réunion de la CBI est la dernière à être annuelle. En effet, au cours des prochaines années, elle ne sera plus que biennale.Le 5 juillet 2012 à 15:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Shilpa Shettys smooching Raj Kundra at royal palace will make you miss

first_imgShilpa Shetty, Raj KundraInstagramLove is in the air for Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra. The happily married couple, who had been painting London red with their romance, were seen sharing a smooch at the Hampton Court Palace. And their loving chemistry will surely make you miss your partner like crazy.Sharing a boomerang video on Instagram, Shilpa and Raj were seen holding each other’s hands and leaned towards to seal their lips with a kiss in the backdrop of a picturesque view of the royal palace. While Shilpa was wearing a yellow top and a pair of jeans and white casual shoes, Raj opted for a casual shirt and jeans sporting his raw bearded look.There’s no doubt that the couple had immense fun during their visit to the royal palace and also shared a few glimpses of it on their respective Instagram stories.During their dating days, Shilpa Shetty had recently revealed that Raj Kundra had once given an ultimatum to either marry him or quit the relationship. That time, Shilpa had to make a choice between doing the film called The Man with Sunny Deol or marry Raj. And she chose to marry Raj and left the film. The film eventually got shelved some time later.The 44-year-old actress is currently preparing to a make a comeback in films and her husband Raj Kundra is very supportive of her decision. She recently revealed that the two have long chats about how things will happen.last_img read more

Jio Payments Bank to compete with Airtel Paytm and others Quick facts

first_imgJio Payments Bank begins operations: Things to knowREUTERS/Shailesh AndradeMukesh Ambani-backed Reliance Industries’ (RIL) new venture Jio Payments Bank Limited started operations Tuesday, April 3, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in a release.RIL was one of the 11 applicants that were issued an in-principle approval for setting up a payments bank by RBI. Bharti Airtel, Tech Mahindra, Reliance Industries and Vodafone were the big names in the list of applicants who got RBI’s nod.Among these, only five — Jio, Airtel, India Post, Fino Paytech and Paytm — have set up payments banks so far. Here are the basic details about Jio Payments Bank Limited:Jio Payments Bank Limited is a 70-30 joint venture between Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited and state-run State Bank of India (SBI)While commercial banks in India can lend, Jio Payments Bank cannot lend, which is the norm for all payments banksJio Payments Bank cannot collect deposits exceeding Rs 1 lakhUnlike regular banks, payments banks are not allowed to issue credit cards to customers. However, they can issue debit cards. And this goes for Jio Payments Bank as wellFor opening an account with the Jio Payments Bank, the customer needs to submit their 12-digit Aadhaar numberH Srikrishnan, former head of Transactional Banking and Operations of HDFC Bank and Yes Bank, has been appointed MD and CEO of Jio Payments BankRIL plans to move customers of JioMoney to its payments bankJio Payments Bank’s interest rates on deposits are yet to be announcedTelecom major Bharti Airtel was the first to begin payments bank services in November 2016. After that, Vijay Shekhar Sharma-promoted Paytm Payments Bank began operations in May 2017 while Fino Payments Bank Limited was launched in June last year.Besides private firms, the Indian Postal Department is also in the fray. India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) is preparing to commence its full-fledged operations soon. It has started pilot services in some districts across the country.The entry of Jio Payments Banks into the market may make operations difficult for the payments banks of Airtel and Paytm.Jio Payments Bank begins its operations at a time when Airtel Payments Bank has been temporarily suspended.  In March, the RBI even imposed a fine of Rs 5 crore on Airtel Payments Bank for breaching operating guidelines and Know Your Customer (KYC) norms.Meanwhile, Paytm is facing heat from several business verticals as the mobile wallet firm fears it will lose a large portion of its user base because of the mandatory KYC norms.last_img read more

Biman offers discount on domestic routes

first_imgBiman Bangladesh. File PhotoBiman Bangladesh Airlines on Wednesday announced discounted fare on domestic routes ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr to give people the opportunity of availing air travel during Eid holidays.The national flag carrier offers minimum Tk 2,000 fare for one-way from Dhaka to Syedpur from 19 to 21 June and Tk 2,000 from Dhaka to Rajshahi, Jashore, and Barishal while Tk 2,300 to Chattogram and Sylhet between 16 and 21 June, a press release said.On the other way, the one-way fare to Dhaka from Syedpur, Rajshahi, Jashore, Barishal and Sylhet will be Tk 2,000 and to Dhaka from Chattogram and Sylhet is Tk 2,300 between 9 and 15 June, it added.Shakil Meraj, general manager (public relation) of Biman told BSS that the national flag carrier would like to create opportunities for common people to avail air travel so that they can reach their destinations during Eid in a hassle free journey.last_img read more

Trains continue to be delayed by man on tracks

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTrains between North Staffordshire and South Cheshire and Manchester Piccadilly continue to face disruption due to a man on the railway tracks. Emergency services were called to the tracks near Stockport at around 5.30am – with disruption expected to continue until at least noon. Some trains are now running Northbound from Stoke-on-Trent but a large number of services, including a number from Crewe are unable to run. A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Shortly after 5.30am this morning (19/07) officers were called to the line close to Stockport following a concern for the welfare of a man on the tracks. “Specialist police officers attended and are being supported by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and the North West Ambulance Service. “Officers are speaking with the man and are working to get him to safety and away from danger as soon as possible. “We understand disruption on the rail network during peak times can be frustrating, however we hope people understand this was necessary so that officers could speak with the man safely. “We have been working closely with Network Rail and have partially reopened some of the lines which is allowing trains to move. “We’d like to thank the public for their patience and understanding whilst we work. For travel advice please visit National Rail Enquiries.” Read MoreDozens of children risk lives trespassing on local railways – with police expecting spike over Summer holidays Affected train operators between Stoke-on-Trent and elsewhere in the region and Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station include Virgin Trains, Northern Rail, CrossCountry and Arriva (from Crewe), A Network Rail spokesman said: “A trespasser between Stockport and Heaton Chapel has resulted in all lines being blocked. There is no firm estimate for how long disruption will continue. We currently expect the disruption to last until at least 12:00. A limited Northbound service is now able to run from the Stockport direction towards Manchester. Southbound trains from Manchester towards Stockport will continue to be diverted or cancelled. Trains from Stoke-on-Trent towards Manchester Piccadilly are able to run. Trains are still suspended in the opposite direction. There is no alternative road transport currently available. Alternative Travel ArrangementsAlternative travel options are in place for services. Network Rail said: CrossCountry customers may use London Northwestern Railway between Stafford and Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent, East Midlands Trains between Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent and Virgin Trains via any reasonable routes. Minibuses are operating between Macclesfield and Stoke-on-Trent. TransPennine Express customers may use East Midlands Trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Sheffield (not calling at Stockport), London Northwestern Railway between Stafford and Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent, East Midlands Trains between Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent and Virgin Trains via any reasonable route. Virgin Trains – Limited road transport is operating from Stockport and Macclesfield to Wilmslow to allow onward connections. Customers may also use their tickets on CrossCountry via any reasonable routes and Arriva Trains Wales between Crewe and Manchester.last_img read more

Top 5 Devices You Can Control With Your Mind

first_imgAvailability:Emotiv’s online store has this revolutionary technology in stock. (Link)Price:$299.00 Mind control is a technology coming straight out of science fiction; whether it is used to control other living beings or just personal devices, it would be incredible handy to be completely hands-free with our tech. Now with advances in modern innovation, there are even children’s toys that may be powered by thoughts. Here is a top 5 list of those unique inventions.5. Star Wars Science Force TrainerEver since the first movie was released in May of 1977, it seemed to be ever geek’s dream to control objects with the Force and wield a Lightsaber. Toy companies have at least fulfilled one side of that dream with the Star Wars Science Force Trainer. The goal is to lift and keep aloft a ping pong ball by concentrating your brain power via a wireless headset. As Luke Skywalker’s tiny, green mentor said, “Do or do not. There is no try.”Availability:Amazon has the best deals for this mind-controlled device. (Link)Price:$47.994. Mindflex DuelThis device gives another meaning to a battle of the minds. Battle your friend’s powers of concentration by attempting to push a fan across their lines using nothing but your mind. It may be quite a humorous sight to see if anyone were to watch two people furiously staring at a fan and knowing nothing of the vigorous battle ensuing.Availability:Again, Amazon has the best price for this futuristic battle of the minds. (Link)Price:$39.003. Neural Impulse ActuatorHave you ever wished you could just sit back in your office chair and think about getting your work done to complete it? Well, the Neural Impulse Actuator is a step in the right directions for accomplishing this task. Simply assign certain “left-click” triggers to your thought impulse and make your work flow that much easier.Availability:Would you believe Amazon offers the best price? (Link)Price:$115.002. MindSetThe MindSet is NeuroSky’s flagship headset. It has the double duty of being used as a Bluetooth headset, as well as keeping tracks of brainwaves during the menial task you complete about the day or night. It comes with software that enables the user to see a visual display of this data and, with the developer kit, make some pretty amazing software to compliment it.Availability:You can grab this awesome product from NeuroSky’s web store. (Link)Price:$199.951. EPOCThis the most advance consumer device for those serious about measuring and tracking their thoughts for business or pleasure. It also includes a software developer kit to create incredible programs that take advantage of the device’s 14 contact sensors for precise brainwave data collection. There have been a few programs made already for controlling computer functions or playing games but there is so much more potential for this type of technology. What could you see it being used for in the future?last_img read more

Italys top goalie Buffon looking fully recovered for Costa Rica match

first_imgRelated posts:Injured Uruguay star Suárez in camp; England crushes Peru; key Italian player breaks leg Do or die for England, Uruguay on Thursday If Italians beat Costa Rica, star Mario Balotelli wants a kiss from Queen Elizabeth II Italy coach Prandelli resigns immediately after group stage elimination Facebook Comments Gianluigi Buffon was back in World Cup training on Tuesday, but Italy would not say whether or not he will be fitto face Costa Rica on Friday.The 36-year-old Juventus shot-stopper seemed to be training normally, diving on the ball, but Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli may yet decide to hold him back until the final Group D clash with Uruguay on June 24, to give the 2006 World Cup winner more time to fully recover.Buffon had to pull out of Saturday’s 2-1 win over England due to an ankle sprain, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Salvatore Sirigu filling the void between the posts.Center-back Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Daniele De Rossi, both of whom sat out Monday’s training, were back in action on Tuesday.Full-back Mattia De Sciglio, who was ruled out of the England match due to a muscle problem, also trained Tuesday.last_img read more

APTC recognises students achievements in Honiara

first_imgThe post APTC recognises students’ achievements in Honiara appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog Over 170 Solomon Islanders were awarded for successfully completing their studies in 18 vocational programs at the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) graduation ceremony in Honiara on 21 November 2018.As Australia’s major Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) investment in the Pacific region, APTC has trained more than 13,000 Pacific Islands citizens, including over 1500 Solomon Islanders.The students graduated with certificates in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration, Applied Fashion Design and Technology, Business, Carpentry, Commercial Cookery, Electrotechnology Electrician, Fabrication Trade, Diesel Fitting, Hospitality, Individual Support, Leadership and Management, Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing, Tourism, Youth Work and Team Leader Skillset.Congratulating the new graduates, Deputy Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Honourable Manasseh Sogavare encouraged them to use the skills they learned at APTC to help contribute to their workplaces, communities and country.He commended the 89 women awarded during the ceremony, who now join over 600 Solomon Islands women to have studied with APTC.The ceremony included 33 women who graduated from the innovative Team Leader Skillset program, which was delivered for the first time by APTC, to develop the capacity of women in leadership positions from different organisations across Solomon Islands.The skillset, delivered in Honiara, Auki and Gizo, focused on develoing effective communication skills, managing a team, building effective workplace relationships, and managing operational plans.Hon. Sogavare emphasised that TVET is a priority area for the Solomon Islands Government, and acknowledged APTC’s partnership with national providers like Don Bosco Technical Institute and Solomon Islands National University, in helping improve the skills base of vocational workers in Solomon Islands.He also took the opportunity to thank the Australian Government for enabling Pacific Island citizens to obtain Australian-standard skills and qualifications to contribute to their communities and countries through APTC.Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency, Roderick Brazier also congratulated the new graduates.“I would like to commend you all on your hard work and dedication. You have gained an international standard qualification, and this is a great achievement.” APTC provides Pacific Island citizens with Australian skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers. It delivers training from its country locations in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.last_img read more

GLENDALE Ariz — It didnt take long for Cardinal

first_img GLENDALE, Ariz. — It didn’t take long for Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians to be sold on Byron Leftwich as a coach.Leftwich, in his first season as the Cardinals’ quarterbacks coach after spending last year as a coaching intern, received some high praise from his boss.“He’ll be a head coach early and fast,” Arians said during offseason workouts, per the team’s website.Leftwich isn’t thinking about his future. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Drafted by Jacksonville, Leftwich played four seasons with the Jaguars and one season with Atlanta before joining the Steelers for the first time in 2008 as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup.One would imagine Arians is never giving up play-calling during the regular season. But Leftwich is an up-and-comer, and it’s a wonder if he could be a bigger part of the Cardinals’ future.Follow Mike Jurecki on Twitter (Adam Green/Arizona Sports)center_img 3 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “It’s great to know B.A. has as much confidence as he has in me,” Leftwich said. “And he doesn’t hold me back. He turns me loose and lets me go. No restrictions on it.”When did Leftwich find out he was calling plays last week against the Raiders?“If you know B.A., you know you don’t get too much of a warning,” Leftwich said with a smile as he was answering the question.Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer appreciates the unique insight he receives from Leftwich, who was drafted six picks after Palmer went No. 1 overall in 2003.“Well, perspective. Just a totally different perspective,” Palmer said. “And it’s not just because he played in the NFL, it’s because he played in this system in the NFL and knows this system. He was in this system at the end of his career when he had the most experience and probably was his smartest football-wise during his playing career because he experienced so much in different systems.“His opinion of reads and knowing how difficult certain things are and how to make certain things easier has been really good for us.”Last year, Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin called plays in the three of the four preseason games. He also took control of the offense this year in the Hall of Fame Game against the Cowboys. Goodwin’s background is coaching the offensive linemen, so he tends to favor running plays, where Leftwich calls more pass plays down the field, as he did in Pittsburgh when Arians was his offensive coordinator.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Taj Hotels Resorts and

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterTaj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, one of Asia’s finest group of hotels, has unveiled Tajness — the group’s brand and operations philosophy for the future. For more than a century Taj has welcomed guests with a signature warmth, a practice of perfection, a culture of generosity and a clear sense of true Indian hospitality.Tajness seeks its inspiration from the nobility of this Indian heritage and blends it with local cultures to deliver an unparalleled experience of sincere care at its 100 hotels around the world.At the unveiling of Tajness at the flagship Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, Rakesh Sarna, MD and CEO, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, explained how Tajness is a promise of sincere care for guests and stakeholders that honours the past and will help shape the future of the company.“On 16 December 1903, Jamsetji Tata created the Indian Hotels Company – a symbol of Indian pride and patriotism which laid the foundation of the values that guide us to this day. Tajness pays homage to Jamsetji’s vision with a promise of sincere care at its core. Tajness will come to life for our guests with hotels that are built with a sense of place, reflecting not just our heritage but also honouring the local culture through a set of rituals that are unique to every hotel, and rooms that provide the utmost in contemporary comfort. Tajness is also a commitment to our shareholders and partners through the delivery of consistent growth, to our environment and communities by being a responsible corporate citizen and for the members of the Taj family in the pride they feel when they deliver excellence every day.”The Tajness experience at Taj hotels will focus on delivering a consistency in service and providing a taste of Indian tradition mixed with authentic local experiences. Sensorial touchpoints are key to the brand experience and several elements will be consistent across hotels including the delicate fragrance of jasmine, the active and passive music in public and private areas and the attire of Taj associates.Signature Tajness rituals will be put into practice across all Taj hotels to guide the guest journey from the moment of arrival which honours local traditional welcome rituals. The Tajness rituals will also include the wake-up of gentle yoga and the afternoon tea that pays homage to local tea traditions, to the atmospheric sunset ritual that lights the way into evening and the sleep ritual that soothes into a restful slumber. A Tajness farewell ensures guests carry a bit of Taj with them; lasting memories that will bring them back for their next visit.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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