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Supreme Court set to rule on voting rights for longterm expat Canadians

first_imgTORONTO — Long-term Canadian expats are set to find out on Friday whether a 25-year-old law barring them from voting in federal elections is constitutional.The pending decision by the Supreme Court of Canada should settle a legal battle begun in earnest during the former Conservative government of then-prime minister Stephen Harper, and which gained prominence in the election that brought the Liberals under Justin Trudeau to office.Observers said they would be watching to see whether the country’s top court might justify limits on a constitutionally guaranteed right that potentially affects more than one-million Canadians who live abroad.“What makes this case so interesting is that the Constitution sets no limits on citizen’s voting rights, so does that mean legislatures get to impose one?” Toronto-based lawyer Andrew Bernstein said on Thursday. “Do the reasons why someone has moved make a difference? How strict will the court be when the government seeks to justify an infringement?”While the Constitution guarantees all Canadian citizens the right to vote, Canadians who have lived abroad for five years or more lose that right under provisions of the Canada Elections Act enacted in 1993. However, it was only under Harper that Elections Canada began enforcing the provisions more strictly, prompting the court battle.Two long-time expats living and working in the United States launched the charter challenge after they were denied the right to vote in the 2011 federal election.Essentially, Jamie Duong, of Ithaca, N.Y., and Gill Frank, 40, an academic living in Richmond, Va., argued nothing warranted the abridgement of their constitutional right to vote. They insisted they maintain deep ties to Canada, and taxes and other laws passed by Parliament could still affect them.For its part, the government maintained the rules were reasonable and fair to Canadians living in Canada, who are more directly impacted by what goes on in Ottawa. The case, which garnered attention from civil liberties groups, initially went in favour of Duong and Frank when an Ontario Superior Court justice sided with them in 2014. However, the federal government appealed and in a split decision in 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the earlier ruling, paving the way for the current Supreme Court tussle.While the Appeal Court agreed the law infringed on the rights of citizens, the majority found the infringement was justified in a democracy because the rules preserve the “social contract” between voters and lawmakers.In arguments before the Supreme Court, the government noted almost all Canadians living abroad were barred from voting before the 1993 law changes. Ottawa also argued the five-year rule was a policy decision that aimed to maintain the fairness of the democratic system given that long-term non-residents have “different and less onerous responsibilities” under Canadian law.The expats responded by calling the five-year threshold an arbitrary marker that did not take into account their ongoing connection to Canada.In the 2015 election, celebrities such as Donald Sutherland, Canadian business groups abroad and other expats rallied against Harper and the expat voting ban.The campaigning Liberals promised a review and the Trudeau government, which faces an election campaign in October, introduced legislation in November 2016 to extend the franchise to all Canadians abroad. The legislation never got beyond introduction despite government claims it was a priority.The issue, Frank has said, is that voting rights should not be “subject to the political whims of Parliament.”Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The queen and dean of sports officiating

WATERFORD – Betty Opersko is a walking, talking one-woman argument in favour of active living for seniors.Opersko recently surpassed the 70-year mark as an umpire and referee.Even now, with the Waterford native well into her 80s, Opersko remains on call to officiate volleyball, softball and kids basketball games. It’s a feat many in the local area have difficulty comprehending.“Wow — a 70-year career,” says Jean Montgomery of Simcoe, a long-serving official and coach in her own right. “That achievement can only be accomplished by the love of sport and pure dedication to players, coaches and officials.“Betty has a keen eye for talent and always encouraged athletes with wise advice.  Many athletes and officials have gained valuable experience through Betty’s knowledge, discernment and remarkable character.  Betty is a shining star in our community.”Many of the best referees and umpires got that way by excelling at the sports they oversee. Opersko is no different.As a child, she was recognized as a natural athlete. As a teen, she played with and against athletes much older than herself.By age 10, Opersko was a utility player for the Jarvis Jills softball team. She was certified as a volleyball referee in Grade 9 after passing her exam in Niagara Falls. Her basketball certification came soon after.“I’ve never hung up my whistle,” Opersko said last week. “My body is sports-minded. I was a catcher for over 50 years and I could hit home runs. I had an arm like the boys.“Know why I was good at umpiring? Because I was a catcher, and I know how to call balls and strikes.”Opersko admittedly comes from tough stock. The youngest of 11 children, she tells the story of the day her mother Pearl was out in the field hoeing weeds with her daughters on the family farm near Townsend Centre.Pearl put down her hoe and told the girls she had to go to the house for something. When she didn’t return right away, the girls went looking for her.They found Pearl in the house with their new sister. Pearl Opersko delivered Betty herself, cut the umbilical cord, cleaned her up, and was nursing her when the girls walked in.“She told them ‘Don’t you call Dr. Sutherland,’” Opersko said. “’I’m not giving him $100.’ That night, she went out and helped milk the cows. It was from her that I got my strength as an athlete.”As a bonus, Opersko has retained sharp eyesight – a must for any official who works in front of demanding crowds.“When I was a high school student I remember her umping fastball while I was playing,” says Dave Leatherland, head of phys-ed at Delhi District Secondary School.“She is a stalwart. Every volleyball season that comes around you know she will be there. She is very particular about enforcing the rules and she has always represented herself well. She’s very well respected and knows and understands sports.”The dean and queen of sports officiating in Ontario has received numerous accolades.These include membership in the Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition, the Brantford Sports Hall of Recognition, and the former Canadian sports hall of fame at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto.For good measure, Opersko was a gold medalist at the 1953 Ontario Plowing Match in Alliston.Opersko came of age when a worthy individual could be invited into the teaching profession and earn their credentials on the job.Opersko retired with a full slate of letters after her name. She enjoyed a successful career teaching physical education and business courses. Communities where she taught include Delhi, Brantford, Burford and Hagersville.“I am giving back to sport what sport gave to me,” she says.“It’s been a nice journey. But it hasn’t ended. There will still be something. Even if I’m not 16 anymore, I can still put in a 16-hour day.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Resolute hopeful that sawmill startups will breathe life to Ontario communities

Resolute hopeful that sawmill startups will breathe life to Ontario communities MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products says the improving U.S. housing market is allowing the lumber producer to expand its sawmill production capacity for the first time in years, helping breathe new life into several northwestern Ontario communities.The Montreal-based company expects to create a few hundred direct and indirect jobs over the next year or so as it prepares to restart sawmills in Ignace that have been idled since 2007, build new operations in Atikokan and increase capacity at several other operations in Ontario and Quebec.CEO Richard Garneau said more than 300 residents flooded into a town hall meeting of one community to express their interest in one the company’s projects which together will add 400 million board feet of annual capacity by mid 2014.“For them it means jobs, it means their living,” he said in an interview, pointing out the heavy impact the downturn has had on these isolated communities and nearby aboriginal areas.Garneau said these sawmills are going to better position Resolute’s pulp and paper mills because of the improved quality of chips that will be processed by the company. However, he wouldn’t say how much additional earnings are expected to be generated.Resolute (TSX:RFP) beat expectations even though its net loss surged to $36 million in the fourth quarter due to several factors, including lower prices and volumes in its paper business as well as costs associated with idled operations.The pulp, paper and lumber producer said Tuesday it lost 38 cents per diluted share for the period ended Dec. 31, compared to a net loss of $6 million or six cents per share a year earlier. Sales were unchanged at $1.1 billion.Excluding $70 million of special items, the former AbitibiBowater earned $34 million or 35 cents per share, a 24 per cent drop from the $45 million or 46 cents per share earned in the year-ago period.Analysts had expected Resolute would earn 18 cents per share in adjusted profits.Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said the impact of the fourth-quarter results was “neutral” as weaker newsprint and specialty paper markets were offset in the quarter by improvements in market pulp due largely to less downtime, and gains in wood products.Resolute posted a $46-million operating loss in the quarter due to closure costs and impairment charges mainly related to the idling of a pulp mill and specialty paper machine in Fort Frances, Ont., the closure of a specialty paper machine in Laurentide, Que., and costs related to the sale of assets in Mersey, N.S.Garneau said the company continued to aggressively restructure its operations in the second full year since it exited creditor protection by cutting labour and other costs and focus operations on its most productive and lowest-cost machines and co-generation operations that will eventually add $55 million to $70 million in annual EBITDA.However, he vowed continue to “turn stones” to find new cost savings.“We have turned a lot of them in the last two years and in any business it’s a never-ending process to reduce costs,” he said.The focus will be on things like better use of power and steam and optimization of wood waste usage rather than cuts that will directly affect employees.As it has idled machines and closed facilities, Resolute has cut hundreds of jobs. It has 9,200 employees, including 4,844 in Quebec. It has cut nearly 600 pulp and paper positions in Quebec and created 200 to date with the restart of operations in Dolbeau and plans to restart Gatineau.For the full year, the company lost $2 million or two cents per share on $4.5 billion of sales, compared to a $41 million, or 42 cents per share profit on $4.8 billion of sales.Excluding $81 million in one-time costs, it earned $79 million or 81 cents per share, compared to $166 million or $1.71 per share.Garneau expects 2013 could be another challenging year as lumber demand continues to improve and the pulp market slowly recovers along with the global economy. However, he warned that newsprint should continue to be challenged as North American demands weakens and prices are challenged because of the restart of White Birch’s operation in Stadacona, Que.“We’ve done everything that was possible to continue to position the company to be more competitive and obviously we’re more optimistic on pulp and lumber but on paper we’re certainly well-positioned with the cost competitive mills and machines that we now have.”The purchase of Fibrek has allowed Resolute to add 750,000 tonnes of annual capacity and become North America’s fourth-largest pulp producer. It spent a lot of money last year to remove years of sludge from lagoons and complete costly repairs at St. Felicien and is negotiating labour cost savings by contracting out several full-time positions.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Resolute’s shares gained 33 cents, or 2.45 per cent, at $13.82 in afternoon trading. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2013 3:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Tire blows on WestJet flight at YYC

People generally expect some turbulence when they’re in the air but passengers taking off from Calgary International Airport Wednesday, just before the lunch hour, experienced a bit of a fright and bumpy ride, even before the wheels left the tarmac. Passenger Greg Norris was buckled in, ready to head to New York, when he heard a loud bang and WestJet flight 1680 started shaking hard as it attempted to take off. “We slowed down right away. The pilot handled it really well and we came to a stop on the runway and they came on and said, yep, we’ve blown a tire,” said Norris. The inflight crew updated the passengers, and passed out water as people waited on board the plane on the sunny tarmac.“Everybody was fine, so it wasn’t that traumatic or anything like that, but it was different from a normal takeoff,” said Norris.Outside, technicians replaced the blown tire, the other functioning tire that burned out when the pilot had to come to a sudden stop, and the brakes. The aircraft was taxied back to the terminal so the passengers could be placed on other flights. Another trip to NYC was offered at 3 p.m. the same day. WestJet said all the guests and crew on board were safe. Some passengers are tipping their hats on social media to the pilot’s actions and say things could have been much worse. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tire blows on WestJet flight at YYC by News Staff Posted Jul 16, 2014 2:45 pm MDT read more

Nepalese Minister calls at UN for enhanced partnerships to address global challenges

“An enhanced level of partnership and collaboration is the key to address the challenges,” said Prakash Man Singh from the podium, noting that his country welcomes the Addis Ababa Action Agenda adopted in July – a series of bold measures to overhaul global finance practices and generate investments for tackling a range of economic, social and environmental challenges.The leader of the Nepali congress also said he was pleased to share that after about eight years of “rigorous democratic exercise”, Nepal promulgated an inclusive constitution 11 days ago, which guarantees 33 per cent of women representation in the national Parliament.Meanwhile, on the topic of peacekeeping, Minister Singh said Nepal has been consistently contributing to UN operations for some six decades. “More than 120,000 peacekeepers have served so far with distinct professionalism in more than 40 different missions around the globe and 70 have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” he declared.Regarding migration, he said it has “emerged as a mega-trend,” with migrant workers constituting a significant dimension of current human mobility. “In view of the greater vulnerabilities of such people, due recognition and priority should be given to the protection of their rights and dignity,” he underlined. Finally, the Nepalese politician said his country has been overwhelmed by the expression of solidarity and cooperation from the international community on an “unprecedented scale” in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes that struck in April and May.“We consider the global outpouring of support and solidarity to be an astonishing feat as well as a significant clue to the vast scope and potential of the spirit of the UN,” Mr. Singh continued, adding that Nepal looks to continued support and solidarity in the phase of rehabilitation and reconstruction. read more

Fla Cop In New Body Cam Video Isnt Sure

In body camera footage released from the fatal June car accident involving Venus Williams, an officer says he doesn’t “feel comfortable” citing the tennis star after the collision.Palm Beach Gardens Officer David Dowling initially approached Williams saying she was at fault after she was T-boned by Linda Barson, who was driving through an intersection as her husband, Jerome Barson, sat in the passenger seat. However, in the clip obtained by The Palm Beach Post Thursday, July 27, he later said he’s not entirely sure.“You just got stuck in a bad situation here,” he says. “Let the insurance companies work it out. I don’t feel comfortable writing you a citation when I’m not 100 percent sure, and I’m not 100 percent sure in this case. Because you had the right of way, you lost the right of way, they had the right of way, also. It’s just one of those awkward situations.”A security video released of the collision shows Williams exiting her gated community Sunday, June 9, and being forced to stop in the intersection when another vehicle turns left in front of her, according to a police report. Williams’ attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, issued a statement to TMZ after a wrongful death suit was filed against her, saying Williams entered the intersection on a green light. Linda Barson said in a police report obtained by the website that she T-boned Williams because she had no time to stop.Linda Barson, who is in shock in the footage as she speaks to a police officer, suffered broken bones while her husband’s injuries included head trauma, leading him to be transferred to a local hospital. He was placed in the intensive care unit, according to the lawsuit, and died two weeks later. read more

Sir Alastair Cook Englands record runscorer to become first knight since

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAlastair Cook finishes as he started with emotional Oval hundredSeptember 10, 2018In “latest news”Alastair Cook is ‘flat-lining’ says concerned Graham GoochAugust 31, 2018In “latest news”Cook-Trott stand strengthens England position against WindiesApril 23, 2015In “Sports” The magic moment: Alastair Cook reaches his century Getty ImagesESPNcricinfo-Alastair Cook, the former England captain and his country’s leading Test run-scorer, is to receive a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list. Cook, who retired from Tests at the end of the summer, will become the first England cricketer to be knighted since Sir Ian Botham in 2007.Cook scored 12,472 Test runs, and more hundreds than any Englishman before him. He bowed out at The Oval in September with his 33rd ton, scored in his final innings – mirroring the 104 not out he made on debut, also against India, in Nagpur in 2006, a tour that signalled the arrival of a rare batting talent.He led the Test team between 2012 and 2017, overseeing two Ashes victories as well as famous wins in India and South Africa, and went on to amass 161 caps – another England record. His run of 159 Tests in succession until his retirement has no equal in the game.Cook, who turned 34 on Christmas Day, is to be knighted for his services to cricket, becoming only the tenth England cricketer to be awarded the honour. The last active player (Cook will continue to represent Essex next season) to be given a knighthood was New Zealand allrounder Sir Richard Hadlee in 1990.Cook led his country in a record 59 Tests, winning the Ashes on home soil in 2013 and 2015, and leading from the front with three centuries in a famous 2-1 series win in India in 2012-13. His most prolific series with the bat, and arguably his most famous hour, came during the Ashes of 2010-11 when he racked up 766 runs in five Tests, including a then-best of 235 not out at Brisbane, to underpin England’s first series win in Australia since 1986-87.He also captained the ODI side from 2011 until late 2014, when he was removed in bitter circumstances less than two months out from the World Cup. With another 3265 runs in limited-overs cricket, he is by some distance England’s record run-scorer across the three international formats.The only Test that Cook missed in the course of a 12-year international career was at Mumbai in March 2006. It was the same trip on which he marked his debut with a century, at the age of 21, having flown halfway around the world from the Caribbean as a last-minute injury replacement.Though his returns fell away in the final 18 months of his career, Cook’s tenacity remained at the forefront of his game to the bitter end, with two more double-centuries against West Indies and Australia in the final 12 months of his career, prior to an extraordinary send-off in his final match against India at The Oval.Having announced his impending retirement, following a fallow summer in which he had made a solitary half-century in ten innings against Pakistan and India, Cook bowed out in remarkable fashion at The Oval in September. He followed up a first-innings 71 with a commanding 147 in the second, a brace of scores which culminated in an extended standing ovation as England pressed on to a memorable 118-run win. read more

Sanja Damnjanovic to join Viborg HK

Sanja DamnjanovicViborg HK One of the best European left backs, Sanja Damnjanovic (26) will join Danish Viborg HK from the next summer. Damnjanovic is playing for Podravka Koprivnica in the last two seasons. She was a member of the Serbian champion RK Zajecar and Slovenian TOP team Krim Mercator as well. Sanja was voted for the “All Star Team” at the Women’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia last December.ZRK Vardar also wanted to see the second best scorer of the EHF CL Preliminary Round in the squad, but Damnjanovic was more interested to sign for the former EHF CL winner. ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16: Metalurg with away win – Medvedi beat Kiel! Next Story → Borac Banja Luka appoint Jovica Cvetkovic as new coach

Column Ireland can be a centre of international investment AND indigenous innovation

first_imgWRITING FOR TheJournal.ie last week, Paul Allen suggested that the Irish psyche and entrepreneurial endeavours are incompatible. He referenced our supposed ‘appetite for begrudgery’ and made the assertion that ‘in Ireland success is often treated with suspicion.’Allen’s general point seemed to be that multinational companies – which he likened to various ‘imperialist’ masters – are being attracted to these shores, while indigenous enterprises are being neglected. Not only do I not agree with this assertion, his misinterpretation of the facts warrants a clarification.Let’s ask ourselves two simple questions. Does the Government want to continue to attract big name multinationals to these shores, where they already employ more than 160,000 people? Yes, it certainly does. Does the Government also want to support Irish businesses which are determined to capitalise on our improving economic situation? Yes, without question.A range of supports and initiativesThe Government cannot afford to focus on any one sector of the economy as it aims to turn our jobs market around. While we continue to attract major international companies to Ireland, we have also introduced a range of supports and initiatives through the Action Plan for Jobs, being led by Minister Richard Bruton TD, to support small and medium Irish businesses, which employ more than 600,000 people in the local economy.A closer look at last week’s extremely encouraging CSO figures – which show 58,000 people have been added to the workforce in the last year – show some interesting trends. Employment in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors is up by almost a third, while employment in tourism-related services is up by 12 per cent. These are indigenous Irish businesses, many of them small in scale, which are steadily expanding their workforces.This isn’t happening by accident. The Government has systematically introduced a range of initiatives over the last two years or so to specifically target these sectors, and many others. For example, the scrapping of the air travel tax and the retention of the lower VAT rate for tourism services in the recent Budget was widely welcomed by industry figures, who are keen to sustain the major recovery in visitor numbers.Three principlesThe Government’s approach to indigenous Irish companies is primarily based on three principles; encouraging start-ups, supporting existing businesses in the domestic economy, and helping Irish enterprises to expand into export markets.Recent evidence shows that more than two-thirds of jobs growth comes from enterprises in their first five years of existence; that’s why the Government is placing such a big emphasis on start-ups, and it’s why we’ve asked Dragon’s Den star Sean O’Sullivan to review our strategy for entrepreneurship. There are a huge range of schemes to help those thinking of starting their own businesses; such as tax reliefs for entrepreneurs, multiple initiatives to help with access to credit and direct funding for early stage high potential start-ups.Sometimes the range of supports available can seem daunting or confusing for an aspiring entrepreneur, and that’s where the new Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will come in. LEOs will act as a one stop shop for all enterprise supports in every county, offering direct access to mentoring, microfinance and grants, while also providing access to the wide range of Enterprise Ireland supports for indigenous companies.Access to creditThe Government recognises that access to credit has been a significant challenge for domestic businesses. That’s why we’ve introduced a series of schemes to provide options if the banks aren’t playing ball. More than €2 billion in credit is being made available to small businesses through a suite of measures including the Credit Guarantee Scheme and the Micro-enterprise loan fund. In this way, the Government is providing direct financial assistance to local Irish businesses.The Government has listened to businesses when they said they wanted to take on extra employees, but they couldn’t afford to do so. Through the JobsPlus scheme, which has been up and running since the middle of the year, the Government covers one in every four euro it costs to hire someone off the Live Register. Helping Irish companies to expand into overseas markets is also hugely important; that’s why a new Potential Exports Division has been set up in Enterprise Ireland, providing a range of initiatives to help companies export more.We will continue to aggressively target multinational companies and, encouraging, an increasing number of emerging international firms, as well as major corporations, are choosing to set up their European and Middle East Headquarters in Ireland because we have a well established reputation as being a hub for innovation and investment. But in tandem with this approach, the Government will also continue to support Irish entrepreneurs to grow more jobs at home and win more investments overseas. This twin approach will allow Ireland to become both a centre of international investment and indigenous innovation.Damien English is Fine Gael TD for Meath West and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation.We’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email opinions@thejournal.ieColumn: Calling time on multinational imperialismRead: How can we make Ireland a global technology hub?The Companies Bill: Everything you need to know about the biggest piece of legislation in the State’s historylast_img read more

Greek Australian woman racially attacked

first_imgA Greek Australian woman was the subject of a racial attack on a Melbourne train this week. Arna Dionysopoulos, 26, was on her way home from work on Wednesday afternoon, when a man described to be Caucasian, noticed her nametag. The Age reported that the man then proceeded to tell her that she should “get out of Australia”, adding that he would love to put a gun to her and her father’s heads and pull the trigger.The IT consultant, who was born in Australia to a Greek father and German mother, says that she initially didn’t realise the abusive comments were directed at her, as she considers herself to be as Australian as anyone else. “It’s quite shocking that that’s what some people believe,” she told The Age. “If you live here, you’re Australian.”Ms Dionysopoulos’ attempts to ignore the abusive comments by reading her book however, were unsuccessful. The man, who she says could have possibly been under the influence of drugs, continued to hurl abuse, and upon being told to calm down by a fellow commuter, claimed to have four knives on him. The 26-year-old then disembarked the train at Footscray station ahead of her destination. Thankfully another commuter accompanied her, as they soon discovered the abuser had followed them. Shaken by the incident, Ms Dionysopoulos quickly contact the police and reported the matter.*The man is believed to be between 173cm to 183cm tall with a thin build, and unshaven. If you have any information regarding the incident, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report via www.crimestoppersvic.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Une tablette à 50 dollars pour les plus défavorisés

first_imgUne tablette à 50 dollars pour les plus défavorisésAprès avoir fourni au gouvernement indien la tablette la moins chère au monde, l’Aakash (“ciel” en hindi), la société canadienne Datawind va proposer au grand public une version améliorée de ce terminal. Une tablette qui sera vendue seulement 50 dollars.En octobre dernier, la société canadienne Datawind lançait la tablette la moins chère du monde, l’Aakash, dans le cadre d’un programme mené avec le gouvernement indien pour offrir aux étudiants un accès aux technologies de l’information. 100.000 tablettes avaient ainsi été fournies.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Aujourd’hui, la firme dirigée par deux frères d’origine indienne, Suneet et Raja Singh Tuli, s’apprête à proposer au grand public une version améliorée de ce terminal. Lancée dès le mois prochain, la tablette rebaptisée UbiSlate sera vendue un peu plus de 50 dollars. Et déjà, le succès est au rendez-vous avec les pré-commandes ouvertes sur un site dédié. “L’accueil est fantastique ! Nous recevons environ 30.000 pré-commandes par jour. Nous avons déjà reçu trois millions de commandes individuelles” s’est réjoui Suneet Singh Tuli auprès de l’AFP. “A la fin des années 90, il y avait 750 millions de personnes branchées sur internet et autant d’utilisateurs du téléphone portable. Depuis, le nombre des utilisateurs du portable a atteint six milliards, mais il y a deux milliards d’abonnés à l’internet, un écart de quatre milliards de personnes… Nous pensons que cet écart est dû à la question du prix”, explique-t-il. Cette tablette à 50 euros vise à offrir cet accès aux plus défavorisés à travers le monde. Aujourd’hui, 8% seulement des Indiens sont connectés à Internet. Il y a quelques mois, Google estimait que ce taux pourrait être multiplié d’ici à trois ans grâce à un meilleur accès à l’Internet sans fil et des terminaux mobiles connectés à bas prix. “Il est probable que la demande pour les tablettes en Inde dépasse celle des ordinateurs. Le marché peut facilement atteindre 20-30 millions de tablettes par an et nous souhaitons avoir une part significative de ça”, affirme Suneet Singh Tuli.Le 17 février 2012 à 19:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Atlantic Artist Partner Group Launch Nationwide Talent Search EMERGE

first_img Email Atlantic, Artist Partner Group Launch Nationwide Talent Search: EMERGE News Facebook EMERGE: Nationwide Talent Search Launched atlantic-artist-partner-group-launch-nationwide-talent-search-emerge Twitter Groundbreaking social media-driven talent search seeks exceptional pop and R&B artists from the ages of 13-19Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 13, 2017 – 3:27 pm Attention up-and-coming pop/R&B artists ages 13-19: Meet EMERGE, a groundbreaking new nationwide social-media-driven talent search launched by some of the biggest music teams in the world. Atlantic Records and Artist Partner Group have formed a partnership with AEG Presents, Deckstar, Deutsch, and Spotify to discover and provide world-class opportunities to emerging talent. Who will emerge?“EMERGE is all about breaking the barrier to entry for outstanding young artists,” said Artist Partner Group Founder & CEO Mike Caren in a statement. “Getting heard in this business shouldn’t be about who you know, but who you are as an artist. This campaign isn’t about industry relationships or market research, but about creating a new channel from performer to label, combined with the expertise of our friends at AEG Presents, Deckstar, Deutsch and Spotify. We’re all looking forward to uncovering amazing talent in unexpected places, and creating once-in-a-lifetime shots at superstardom.”“We’re super excited to partner with all of these amazing companies that together embrace all aspects of an artist’s career,” said Atlantic Records’ Chairman & COO Julie Greenwald and Atlantic Records Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman in a statement. “This is a talent search for the digital age, designed to find distinctive voices with huge potential.”All entries to EMERGE will be reviewed by Atlantic A&R representatives, making this the opportunity of a lifetime. Submissions are open to residents of the U.S. or Canada (except Quebec) now through Sunday, Nov. 12. For complete details and instructions on how to enter, visit Atlantic’s EMERGE website.Exclusive Interview: Fifth Harmony “Deliver” On Latest Album, Talk Inspirations & Gucci ManeRead morelast_img read more

YCP supports the removal of Article 370 by Home Minister

first_imgAmaravati: The YSRCP has supported the removal of Article 370, which was introduced by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha, on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, MP V Vijayasai Reddy said its a great privilege and honor to talk about the Bill which has been pinching this country for the last many years and said hats off to the Home Minister and Prime Minister for their vision. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us He commented that this courageous, bold, and daring move of the Home Minister would be remembered in the Indian Parliament history forever and solve the problem of the Kashmir. He also said our leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and our party wholeheartedly support the move of the Home Minister and Prime Minister. In the context, MP has raised few questions to the main opposition Congress party in the House. Where he said that had Nehru not been recalled the Indian army which has gone 25kms inside Pakistan and overpowered it, then we would not have been discussing this issue. Secondly, had Nehru entrusted the job to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was the icon of the unification of India. Also Read – TDP flays government for sand problems Advertise With Us MP Vijaysai Reddy slammed Congress that it should have dispensed the provision in the Constitution which is temporary. But they have not done it. In addition, he brought few points to the notice of the House that as two swords can’t be incorporated in one shell how can we have two entities within the Union of India? How can this country have two Constitution? How can a state have two separate flags? Advertise With Us He continues, How can a Pakistani become a citizen of India by simply marring a Kashmiri girl? How can a country has two Prime Ministers and a separate Governor, and we have this in J&K. How can Kashmiri girl becomes untouchable and losses all her rights if she marries someone from other parts of India and how can a boy retain the rights and privileges even if he marries anyone from other parts of the country. MP questioned is it not gender discrimination? He said the people of this country have been fighting since 1947 to realize their dream of looking India as one entity, one nation and today it is achieved by our Home Minister Amit Shah. YSRCP MP expressed happiness that the Home Minister is fulfilling the task that has leftover by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He applauded the government’s object to achieve Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas. In the concluding, MP said that this move would strengthen the sovereignty of the country and remove the discrimination between the citizens. He also expressed confidence that this move will bring peace and development in J&K and congratulated Home Minister and Prime Minister for taking this bold and courageous step of revoking Article 370.last_img read more

Microsofts 262 billion acquisition of LinkedIn cleared by EU commission

first_imgThe Microsoft’s bid to acquire professional social network LinkedIn in a $26.2 billion deal was finalised on Tuesday with the European Commission clearing it almost six months after the software giant announced its largest ever acquisition.The EU has given green signal to Microsoft-LinkedIn acquisition deal under the condition that the American software giant allows the social network’s rivals operate with Microsoft products. The company also has agreed to give computer manufacturers the option not to install LinkedIn on the Windows operating operating system and give users the option to remove the social network from the Windows.[READ: Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in all-cash deal]The United States, Canada, Brazil and South Africa had earlier cleared the acquisition deal, paving the way for Microsoft to close it this month as planned.Microsoft announced in June this year that it would buy LinkedIn Corp in an all-cash transaction for $26.2 billion, and close the deal by the end of the year. The deal included the social network’s net cash and valued it at $196 per share. The deal was already approved by boards of the two companies at the time of the announcement.LinkedIn, which bought leading online learning platform called Lynda.com earlier this year, would retain its brand and Jeff Weiner would continue as its CEO after the acquisition by Microsoft.last_img read more

Chinese teacher used needles to discipline children Police

first_imgChinese teacher used needles to ‘discipline’ children: PoliceA Beijing kindergarten teacher used sewing needles to punish children for not sleeping, police said, but other abuse claims have been rejected by an investigation into a scandal that sparked national outrage.Authorities opened the probe into RYB Education New World kindergarten last week after parents said toddlers were given mysterious pills and had apparent needle marks.The 22-year-old female teacher from Hebei province surnamed Liu “was detained as soon as suspicions of abuse arose”, the public security bureau of Beijing’s Chaoyang district said late Tuesday on its official social media account.The statement did not give further information on the use of needles, such as details of children’s injuries or their age.Classroom surveillance footage was “damaged” because a staff member often turned off the building’s electricity after school, according to the statement.“Following review of 113 hours of restored surveillance footage, we have not found evidence of other child abuse,” police said, adding that the investigation was ongoing.China’s state-run Xinhua news agency had earlier reported that children at the kindergarten were also “reportedly sexually molested”.An examination of a girl involved in the case on her parents’ request found “no abnormality”, police said, adding that claims children had been collectively molested were “rumours” started by two women.One woman was detained and the other was given a warning, according to police, who did not specify the pair’s relation to the school.Police had said Saturday that a 31-year-old woman was detained for disseminating “fake news” on the internet, and she expressed “repentance” for fabricating the story that military personnel were abusing children.It is unclear if police have fully investigated claims that children were given mysterious pills to take.The statement said that it is the school’s policy for parents to give written permission before children can take medication at school.Addressing a television report showing a clip of a student saying he was fed pills by teachers at the school, police said the child’s father had admitted to “instructing” the child to say so.The case prompted Chinese authorities to call for an “immediate” investigation into all kindergartens across the country.RYB Education directly operates 80 kindergartens and has franchised another 175 in 130 cities across China for children ranging from newborns to six-year-olds, according to its Nasdaq listing.RYB already apologised in April and suspended the head of a Beijing kindergarten after admitting that teachers committed “severe mistakes”. The Beijing News had obtained videos showing teachers throwing a child on a bed and kicking another in the back.The People’s Court Daily reported that two teachers from a RYB kindergarten in northeast Jilin province were sentenced to 34 months in prison for jabbing children in the head, inside their mouths, and on their legs and buttocks with sewing needles in October 2016.last_img read more

90 migrants fear dead off Libya

first_imgRepresentative image — taken from ReutersAt least 90 migrants, mostly Pakistanis, were feared to have drowned on Friday after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, the UN’s migration agency said.According to Olivia Headon from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 10 bodies washed up on the shores of Libya and two survivors managed to swim to safety while another was rescued by a fishing boat.The survivors said most of those who drowned were Pakistani nationals, the BBC reported. They told the IOM that the boat sank off the coast of the northwestern city of Zuwara for unknown reasons.The number of Pakistani people trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe has grown considerably in the last few months, said Headon.In January, 240 Pakistani nationals attempted the journey. In the same month last year there were only nine.At least 6,624 people have arrived in Europe through Mediterranean routes so far this year and another 246 have died attempting the crossing last month, according to IOM figures.last_img read more

Counselling camps to stop malnutrition in children

first_imgBALURGHAT: District health department has taken initiative to reduce the percentage of those children who are suffering from malnutrition.According to an official source, realising the severity of malnutrition among children belonging to backward class, district Health and Family Welfare department has initiated measures to decrease the percentage of children who are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). “Maximum stress has been given on ensuring hygienic and quality care to the malnourished children from specific information provided by doctors, nutritionists, social-workers, associated nurses or sahayikas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe mothers are constantly being benefitted direct or given wage-compensation on per day basis and also facilitated with free rationing for the kids for one year,” said a source. In view of growing percentage of severe malnutrition among children particularly belonging to lower class community, two NRCs (Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres), one at Balurghat district hospital and other at Gangarampur sub-divisional hospital, have already started functioning. The number of beds is increased to 15 instead of 10 in each NRC. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”A NRC team comprising nutritionists and social-workers will visit the Anganwadi centres and sub-centres on a weekly basis for identifying SAM children with specific tools like weighing machines and length board,” said an official. Notably, the district administration has extended support in arranging special identification camps where trained staffs are directly involved to communicate with the affected families for necessary screening and further admission. “In 2018, two such camps were organised in July and December. In July, 537 children were screened while 357 were found severely malnourished. In December, 443 kids were screened while of them 196 were identified as SAM children. Since inception, there are 1710 SAM children were admitted in both NRCs in Balurghat and Gangarampur while among them 1044 were discharged as cure after gaining targeted weight,” the official said. It may be mentioned that the parents of the malnourished children are also counselled and trained thoroughly about health, hygiene, proper diet and family planning while discharging from NRCs. They are being instructed to follow a particular routine. Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) of South Dinajpur Dr Sukumar Dey said: “What is most striking to mention that mothers are greatly motivated through such camps and they willingly try to persuade other mothers having SAM children for admission at NRC. We are confident to eradicate the curse of malnourished children from the district.”last_img read more

Japanese rock star Yoshiki attends a Press confere

first_img Japanese rock star Yoshiki attends a Press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Posted Sep 13, 2018 4:03 am PDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email X Japan hopes new album will lead to elusive success in Westcenter_img TOKYO – Legendary Japanese rock band X Japan is hoping its new album will find success in the U.S. now that there is more interest in the West in music from Asia.X Japan leader Yoshiki said Thursday that America wasn’t ready for Asian rock music when he moved there 25 years ago, but now people there seem to enjoy pop and rock from Japanese, South Korean and Chinese artists.“Of course I had a dream … we wanted to be the biggest rock stars in the world but 25 years ago they were not ready at all,” Yoshiki said at a Tokyo news conference. In the U.S. map of rock and pop music, Asia didn’t exist, he said.“I’m going to contribute to changing the map of the entertainment industry in the world,” said Yoshiki, who uses one name.The market is already changing. South Korean boy band BTS and some other K-pop groups have already achieved a following in the U.S.“Finally, after all these years, if there is a wall in between the east and the west, the wall has become much thinner and smaller,” Yoshiki said.After debuting in 1982, the group surged to stardom in Japan, and even former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was a big fan. Their U.S. debut a decade later was a disappointment in part because of the language barrier. The group broke up in 1997 after its main vocalist, Toshi, became influenced by a cult and left, and guitarist Hide hung himself a year later. The group reunited in 2007 with Toshi and new members.Yoshiki spoke at a news conference promoting the band’s first studio album since “Dahlia” in 1996, as well as upcoming concerts. No release date has been set for the still-unnamed album, which took 10 years to complete. “I’d like to compose music that lasts for a hundred years,” like Mozart and Beethoven, Yoshiki said.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchiFind her work at https://www.apnews.com/search/mari%20yamaguchilast_img read more

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