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Jibanananda Setu to remain closed for traffic for another day

first_imgKolkata: Jibanananda Setu, popularly known as Selimpur bridge, which was closed for vehicular traffic from Friday till Sunday night, will be closed for another day due to non-completion of work within stipulated time. According to police, Jibanananda Setu was supposed to be closed from August 16 night to August 19 morning. As the weather condition in Kolkata turned worse, the repair work did not commence last week. Later, it was decided that the work will be done from Friday and will be completed by Sunday night. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the work of replacing the expansion joint, Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) found that it would not be completed within the time given. Thus, Kolkata Police was asked for one more day in order to complete the work. After getting the information from KMDA, Kolkata Traffic Police has decided to carry on with the closure of Jibanananda Setu. Police also informed that the diversion routes will remain same till Monday night.last_img read more


Three Ontario Liberals including two ministers wont be seeking reelection

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s governing Liberals are scrambling to fill major gaps in their roster just two months before a spring vote after several long-serving legislators, including cabinet ministers, announced they won’t be seeking re-election.Three Liberal members of the legislature said Thursday they won’t be running in the June election, the latest in a string of senior Liberals who have bowed out.Minister of Consumer Services and Persons with Disabilities Tracy MacCharles, International Trade Minister Michael Chan, and legislator Grant Crack announced their plans to leave political life in separate statements.Both MacCharles and Chan cited health concerns as the primary reason for their decision without providing details.The Progressive Conservatives, however, painted the wave of Liberal departures as individuals “jumping off a sinking ship,” and suggested legislators were balking at defending their record on the campaign trail.The Tories noted at least half a dozen Liberal legislators have yet to put themselves forward as candidates and predicted others would also opt not to run.Premier Kathleen Wynne brushed off the Tories’ suggestion, saying her departing colleagues had made “very difficult decisions” for personal, not political, reasons.“Up until a short time ago they all three had intended to run,” she said, praising them for their years of public service.While the outgoing legislators may have personal reasons to move on, the timing of their announcements suggests they were likely aware they would have faced a battle to keep their seats, said Andrea Lawlor, a political science professor at Western University’s King’s University College.This may be a way for them to leave politics without facing a potential defeat, given the apparent public desire for change, she said.The Liberals’ loss of some of their most recognizable names isn’t likely to be a game-changer in the election, but finding suitable and compelling replacements on short notice will prove logistically challenging at a time where the party is already on the ropes, she said.“The party is working with brand new candidates, these might be individuals who are completely fresh to politics,” she said. “Does the party have time to go out and recruit high-profile candidates? Do they have the time to do all the candidate vetting that they might have wanted to do? Probably not.”Still, the Liberals, who have been in power for 15 years, can frame the fresh faces as much-needed renewal amid criticism the party has grown stale and entrenched, Lawlor said.The latest departures come weeks after Eric Hoskins announced he was stepping down as provincial health minister and legislator for the Toronto riding of St. Paul’s to work with Ottawa on a national pharmacare program.Last October, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and Treasury Board Secretary Liz Sandals both announced they did not intend to seek re-election.Their announcements came on the heels of similar decisions by Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid, house speaker Dave Levac, and Monty Kwinter, the province’s oldest member of provincial parliament. Former Environment Minister Glen Murray left the government altogether with a move to the private sector.The Liberals have named three potential candidates for the seats left vacant Thursday and are holding open nominations for two of the other ridings where the incumbents won’t be running, they said. Candidates have already secured nominations in several other ridings whose representatives have left.MacCharles, who has represented the Toronto-area riding of Pickering-Scarborough East for the past seven years, said the decision not to run in the spring election was one of the most difficult she has ever made.“I have concluded that this is what is best for my constituents, my health and my family,” she said.Chan, who first became a member of provincial parliament in 2007, said his own health concerns had “recently developed” and said his decision not to seek re-election was a necessary one.“My political career has been an unparalleled experience — a chance to contribute to shaping the future, to meet so many wonderful Ontarians, to promote the vibrancy and beauty of our province to the world,” said Chan, who indicated he would continue to serve as campaign co-chair ahead of the election.Crack, who represented the eastern-Ontario riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell and served as parliamentary assistant to the minister of agriculture, said he plans to seek other career opportunities and expressed confidence that his seat would remain in Liberal hands despite the fact that the governing party has been trailing in recent polls.last_img read more


Rose Byrne to Represent Happy Trails for Kids at 2018 Cantor Fitzgerald

first_imgHappy Trails for Kids, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides children in foster care with enriching outdoor adventures, mentorships, and year-round support, will participate in the 2018 Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day.Renown actress and star of the movie, “Instant Family,” Rose Byrne, will serve as the Happy Trails for Kids celebrity ambassador.Charity Days was founded to honor the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald friends and colleagues and 61 Eurobroker employees who lost their lives on September 11, 2011. Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund donates 100% of their global revenues during Charity Day to participating charities.“We are honored to be selected to participate in this year’s Charity Day. It is a deeply moving tribute to the victims of 9/11, and we are proud to be recognized for the work Happy Trails does to support one of the most vulnerable populations, foster youth,” said Lindsay Elliott, executive director of Happy Trails for Kids.On this annual day, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund invites celebrity guests from the entertainment and sports industries to work with licensed brokers and their clients to raise money and awareness for a variety of causes.“Happy Trails is doing meaningful and inspiring work to help kids in foster care,” said “Instant Family” star and actress Rose Byrne. “I am thrilled to represent Happy Trails for Kids at this year’s Charity Day.”last_img read more


Ontario teen wins Aboriginal Day flag contest

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor the past six years, young people aged 12 to 17 have been competing in APTN’s National Aboriginal Day flag contest.They’re asked to design a flag representing the diversity of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.The flag will be unveiled on June 23.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has more on this year’s winner.last_img


Shutdown talk recedes after White House eases wall threat

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and leaders in Congress appeared to be pulling back Tuesday from a government shutdown over his $5 billion request for border wall funds, with the first signs of movement toward a possible end to the standoff.The White House set the tone early when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated Trump — who just last week said he’d be “proud” to shut down the government — doesn’t want to after all. The president would consider other options and the administration was looking at ways to find the funding elsewhere, Sanders said.“The president has asked every agency to look and see if they have money that can be used,” Sanders said.It was a turnaround after days of impasse. Without a resolution, more than 800,000 government workers could be furloughed or sent to work without pay, disrupting government operations days before Christmas.One option that has been circulating on Capitol Hill would be to simply approve government funding at existing levels, without a boost for the border, as a stopgap measure to kick the issue into the new Congress next year. The White House preference was for such a short-term package, said a person familiar with the negotiations.“We want to know what can pass,” Sanders said at a press briefing. “Once they make a decision and they put something on the table, we’ll make a determination on whether we’ll move forward.”The turn of events kick-started negotiations that had been almost nonexistent since last week’s televised meeting at the White House, when Trump neither accepted nor rejected the Democrats’ offer. They had proposed keeping funding at current levels of $1.3 billion for border security fencing and other improvements, but not for the wall.The Senate’s top Republican and Democratic leaders began negotiating new proposals and talks were expected to continue. One idea could be a stopgap measure into February.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was confident there would not be a government shutdown Friday when funding for parts of the government expires.McConnell said a stopgap measure could be approved, though he suggested Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to become House speaker when the Democrats take control Jan. 3, would not want to saddle the new year with a budget brawl.“If I were in her shoes, I would rather not be dealing with this year’s business next year,” McConnell said.Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have made it clear they are not interested in funding Trump’s border wall.During a meeting earlier Tuesday on Capitol Hill, McConnell had proposed $1.6 billion for border fencing, as outlined in a bipartisan Senate bill, plus an additional $1 billion that Trump could use on the border, according to a senior Democratic aide unauthorized to speak about the private meeting.Democratic leaders immediately spurned the proposal. Schumer called McConnell to reject it.“We cannot accept the offer they made of a billion-dollar slush fund for the president to implement his very wrong immigration policies,” Pelosi told reporters. “So that won’t happen.”Democrats also rejected the administration’s idea of shifting money from other accounts to pay for Trump’s wall.Pelosi will probably be able to quickly approve a longer-term measure to keep government running in the new year. She called it a “good sign” that the White House appeared to be backing off its demands.The White House showed its willingness to budge as it became apparent the president does not have support in Congress for funding the wall at the $5 billion level he wants. Sanders said Tuesday there are “other ways” to secure the funding.“At the end of the day, we don’t want to shut down the government,” Sanders said on Fox News Channel. “We want to shut down the border from illegal immigration.”Sanders pointed to the Senate’s bipartisan appropriation measure for the Department of Homeland Security, which provides $26 billion, including $1.6 billion for fencing and other barriers. It was approved by the committee in summer on a bipartisan vote.“That’s something that we would be able to support,” she said, as long as it’s coupled with other funding.But House Democrats largely reject the Senate’s bill because it includes 65 miles of additional fencing along the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.Trump had campaigned on the promise that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico has refused.It’s unclear how many House Republicans, with just a few weeks left in the majority before relinquishing power to House Democrats, will even show up midweek for possible votes. Many Republicans say it’s up to Trump and Democrats to cut a deal.The standoff dispute could affect nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks and forests.Congress did pass legislation to fund much of the government through the fiscal year, until Oct. 1. But a partial shutdown could occur at midnight Friday on the remaining one-fourth of the government.About half the workers would be forced to continue working without immediate pay. Others would be sent home. Congress often approves their pay retroactively, even if they were ordered to stay home.Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, are already funded for the year and will continue to operate as usual. The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, wouldn’t be affected by any government shutdown because it’s an independent agency.___Associated Press writer Laurie Kellman in Washington contributed to this report.Lisa Mascaro, Matthew Daly And Catherine Lucey, The Associated Presslast_img read more


HarleyDavidsons new electric motorbikes aim to lure millennials

first_imgMILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson Inc. is rolling out its first electric motorcycle, with deliveries to 20 dealers across Canada expected by fall.The new bike, dubbed the LiveWire, represents a new direction for the Wisconsin-based company as it tries to reignite faltering motorcycle sales.With its no-emissions ride, Harley joins the ranks of California-based Zero Motorcycles, which has produced electric motorbikes for nearly a decade.The LiveWire starts at $37,250 with a range of up to 177 kilometres of city riding on a full battery. Zero’s 2018 S models start at less than one-third the price of its newfound rival’s with a range of 143 kilometres.Jeff Duncan, whose Harley dealership in London, Ont., is among the first 20 to sell the LiveWire, says the new motorcycle will attract a fresh market of younger, urban, green-conscious riders despite the price.The quiet, no-clutch bike veers from all others in the 116-year history of a brand more associated with growling engines and American machismo than eco-friendly two-wheelers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


France to Erect a Monument in Honor of Moroccan Goumiers

Taroudant – France will erect on Tuesday in Place Denys Cochin, in Paris, a monument in memory of the Moroccan “Goumiers,” the soldiers who served in auxiliary units attached to the French Army of Africa.After more than 70 years of neglect and disregard, France finally will erect a monument, which will stand to witness the support of the Moroccan soldiers who played a decisive role in the liberation of the Mediterranean island of Corsica from the hands of the Nazi regime.They also participated in the liberation of Paris and several French cities during World War II. The French press said that the statute will also commemorate the 1939 call of King Mohammed V for the support of France in the World War II.Chakib Benmoussa, Morocco’s ambassador to France, and several Moroccan-French well known politicians, including Rachida Dati as well as Moroccan Bahija Simou, Director of Royal Archives, will attend the opening ceremony.In 2013, French President François Hollande paid tribute to World War II Moroccan veterans and fallen soldiers in a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Mediterranean island of Corsica.During the ceremony, Holland offered a rare tribute to the “Goumiers” -, saying they “will never fade from memory. They were known for skills fighting in mountains like Corsica’s.”However, France’s recognition of the important role Moroccan soldiers played in its liberation from the Nazis came very late.According to Maati Monjib, a history professor at Rabat Mohammed V University, only two percent of the Goumiers are still alive to receive this overdue tribute. read more


Muslims pray on the street after attack on Finsbury Park mosque

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Given we are approaching the end of the month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid with many Muslims going to local mosques, we expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency.” A statement on #FinsburyPark from @chiefrabbi “We must not allow hatred to breed hatred.”— James Masters (@Masters_JamesD) June 19, 2017 He added: “Many will feel terrorised, no doubt be angry and saddened by what has taken place tonight.”We urge calm as the investigation establishes the full facts, and in these last days of Ramadan, pray for those affected and for justice.”The Archbishop of Canterbury said: “The attack at #FinsburyPark mosque is abhorrent. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends and pray for the bereaved and injured.” According to reports on social media, the Ramadan prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque prior to the attack were focused around the Grenfell Tower victims.The Chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque wrote last week: “#FinsburyParkMosque raised £3000 so far for the victims of #GrenfellTower fire, we will keep fundraising and this is the least we can do.”Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Khan condemned the attack and also urged calm. Muslims reacted peacefully with prayer after the attack on their community.A van veered into pedestrians outside a mosque in Finsbury Park in what has been described as a terror attack. After some of them held down the suspect until he was taken away by police, muslims gathered together to pray.They were joined by the local Jewish community as well as people of other faiths. He said: “During the night, ordinary British citizens were set upon while they were going about their lives, completing their night worship.”My prayers are with the victims and their families. It appears from eyewitness accounts that the perpetrator was motivated by Islamophobia.”Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date.center_img Men pray after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near a mosque in the Finsbury Park neighborhood of North LondonCredit:REUTERS/Neil Hall #WeStandTogether in solidarity with the victims of the horrific terrorist attack in #FinsburyPark.Thoughts & prayers with all those affected— Shomrim N.E. London (@Shomrim) June 19, 2017 The attack at #FinsburyPark mosque is abhorrent. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends and pray for the bereaved and injured.— Justin Welby ن (@JustinWelby) June 19, 2017 There has been an increase in hate crime reports since the Manchester Arena bombing and the London Bridge attack.Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement saying she would be chairing an emergency meeting on Monday morning and adding: “All my thoughts are with the victims, their families and the emergency services on the scene.”One resident told the Press Association he jumped out of the way as the van struck pedestrians. REUTERS/Neil Halllast_img read more

Red Cross Volunteers To Install 850 Free Smoke Alarms In Alaska

first_imgSound the Alarm events are a part of the ongoing Home Fire Campaign. Red Cross volunteers and local partners will canvas neighborhoods, install free 10-year lithium battery smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create fire escape plans. Kelley McGuirk, Red Cross of Alaska regional disaster officer: “Home fires are the biggest disaster threat we face, killing seven people in this country every day. Here in Alaska we responded to help over 300 people displaced by home fires so far in 2018.” For the Kenai Peninsula area volunteers will be installing smoke detectors from April 28 to May 12.  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Red Cross of Alaska will hold Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events in communities across the state in an effort to install 850 smoke alarms at no cost to residents. last_img read more

Visitors Tourists to Benefit from Easier Access to Rock Island Arsenal

first_imgRock Island Arsenal last week began recognizing the Illinois driver’s license as a valid form of identification for visitors, relieving state residents of the need to bring additional identification to gain access to the installation located on the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois. Illinois — along with Minnesota, Missouri and Washington — previously did not meet the requirements of the REAL ID Act, which established minimum standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards such as a photograph and biographic information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address. The law was enacted following a recommendation by the 9/11 commission.In January, the Pentagon directed military installations to stop accepting driver’s licenses and identification cards that did not comply with the REAL ID Act.After Illinois lawmakers recently authorized changes to make driver’s licenses more compliant with the law, though, DOD reversed its decision requiring visitors from the state to provide a second form of identification.The reversal is good news for Illinois residents of the Quad Cities and tourists trying to visit the arsenal.“Every time a visitor is turned away from eagle-watching on the island, or visiting our national and confederate cemeteries, or checking out the wonderful museum, the clock tower or the Col. Davenport sites, it leaves an unfair impression of a community working hard to polish its reputation as a welcoming place to live, work, and visit,” according to an editorial in of the Illinois driver’s license as compliant with the REAL ID Act only lasts through Oct. 10, when the Department of Homeland Security will decide whether to continue accepting it. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

SELECTMEN RACE Former State Rep US Senate Candidate Geoff Diehl Endorses Rob

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a press release from the Fasulo for Selectman campaign:Former State Representative and candidate for US Senate Geoff Diehl today endorsed Rob Fasulo for Wilmington Selectman. A longtime resident of Wilmington, Fasulo is a candidate for selectman in the local election on Saturday April 27.“Rob’s character, as a father, law enforcement officer and caring neighbor, is exemplary and his desire to serve the town of Wilmington on the Board of Selectman is something I endorse wholeheartedly,” said Diehl. “It takes something special to be willing to dedicate time and give back to your community, which is exactly what Rob wants to do for a town that has done so much for he and his family. At a time when fiscal responsibility is critical for town management, I look forward to seeing Rob succeed for the people of Wilmington.”Rob is a graduate of the Wilmington Public Schools and holds a degree in Criminal Justice. Rob began his law enforcement career when he became a volunteer officer with the Wilmington Auxiliary Police. Today he continues that career in his role as an investigator for the Commonweath of Massachusetts. Rob’s record of standing with the residents of Wilmington is clear. When threatened with drastic quality-of-life changes from projects such as Global, Sciarappa Farm and 362 Middlesex Avenue, he stood side by side with the residents. Rob has proven that he will stand for what is right, even in the face of government officials that will stop at nothing to quiet opposition.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob FasuloIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN RACE: Governor Charlie Baker Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanIn “Government”last_img read more


Scandinavian duo plays cheeky game of cat and mouse along Yukon Quest

first_imgYukon Quest mushers continue to come across the finish line, and competition in is not confined to winning when it comes to the thousand-mile sled dog race.The story of the battle between two Quest mushers who finished nearly a day behind the winner.Download AudioTom Frode Johansen arrived in Whitehorse Tuesday afternoon. He was the first rookie to finish, but not the first Scandinavian.While the first mushers were chasing one another over the past week, there were antics playing out behind them. The two mushers who finished sixth and seventh were caught in a cheeky game of cat and mouse.Johansen, from Norway, and Torsten Kohnert, from Sweden, have raced against each other before in Europe. This year, the rivalry played out between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. As Kohnert chased the leaders for hundreds of miles, Johansen was hot on his heels.“I said there’s no way the Norwegian guy is catching me,” he said. “Not here.”At first, Kohnert wasn’t worried about Johansen. Kohnert had already run the Quest twice, while Johansen was just a rookie. But then he noticed the Norwegian was quietly gaining on him.When they chatted in the checkpoints, Johansen would exaggerate about how long he was resting. He would claim that he was going to sleep for 5 hours but really only stay for 3. By sleeping less, he was slowly chipping away at Kohnert’s lead.At first Kohnert didn’t know what was going on, because Johansen was behind him. Then, all of a sudden, his lead had dwindled to one hour.“He was cutting rests all the time,” Kohnert said. “He was lying to me. So I say okay sucker.”So Kohnert came up with his own plan. When he got to Pelly Crossing, he wrote a wake-up time of 5:45 a.m. on the board in the community center. When Johansen arrived an hour later, he looked at Kohnert’s wake-up call and figured he could sleep for awhile. But Kohnert was playing a trick. He waited until the Norwegian went to sleep, then grabbed his stuff and hit the trail.“He sneaked out on me,” he said. “He did a little Lance Mackey. Good job.”Johansen couldn’t catch him. But he still clinched Rookie of the Year when he crossed the finish line on Tuesday afternoon.“I am very proud to be the first rookie,” Johansen said.The 54-year-old musher has been running dogs for more than half his life. Though he lives on the coast of Norway, he’s wanted to mush in Alaska and Canada since he was a little boy. Standing in the finish chute, he said it lived up to his hopes.“Oh it was fantastic,” he said.Unlike races in Norway, he had the trail to himself.“This is one of the things I really enjoy,” Johansen said. “You don’t see the other mushers very much.”Early Tuesday morning, the finish chute was moved from downtown Whitehorse to the Tahkini Hot Springs outside of town because of open leads on the Yukon River. Kohnert was just getting out of the hot springs when Johansen arrived. Besides getting charged by a moose near the Fortymile River, he said the Quest was pretty tame this year.“Last year it was really cold, year before it was glare ice and it was cold,” Kohnert said. “This year it was more just cruising along and have a nice trip.”He was hoping to finish in the top five, but said the competition was too stiff this year. The field included three former champions and a bunch of veterans.“They did really good job, they were not resting a lot, so it’s just a little too much,” Kohnert said.He was bittersweet about the ending.“It’s nice to be done but it’s also a little sad that it’s over,” he said.While the first mushers and their dogs are relaxing in Whitehorse, for many the race isn’t over yet. About a dozen teams are still on the trail, spread across the last 200 miles.last_img read more


US will work closely with great ally India Donald Trump administration

first_imgPresident Donald Trump congratulated PM Narendra Modi on the spectacular electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections.ReutersAfter Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP’s landslide victory in the recently concluded parliamentary elections, the United States continues to maintain an excellent relationship with India, referring to the nation as a “great ally” of America. The Trump administration stated that the US will continue to work closely with PM Modi, asserting that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was looking forward to having a “robust discussion” with his Indian counterpart on a wide range of issues.Speaking to reporters, State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that the US was confident in the fairness and integrity of the just-concluded general elections in India.The Trump administration, including President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Pompeo, congratulated PM Modi and the BJP on the spectacular electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections whose results were declared on May 23.Ortagus stated that the US will work closely with Modi. He went on to add: “We’re confident in the fairness and integrity of the elections, and I think that Secretary Pompeo will have a very robust discussion on a range of issues. India is a great ally and partner of the United States.”The US Lawmakers and senior government officials continue to congratulate Modi on his grand electoral victory.Indian-Americans organised victory celebrations in various parts of the US. Several more are in the pipeline on a large scale in the coming weeks.According to a compilation made by the Indian Embassy here, more than 50 Congressmen, Senators and the senior government officials have sent congratulatory messages to Modi.”India continues to have amazing potential and is a strong US partner. Congratulations to Narendra Modi on your success with the elections and the direction you are taking India. We look forward to seeing our partnership continue to strengthen,” tweeted Indian-American politician Nikki Haley.”Congratulations to Modi ‘on being re-elected’ as Prime Minister of India, said Congressman Al Green.”I wish peace and prosperity for India and its neighbours and look forward to seeing you at India House in my congressional district in Houston, Texas, USA,” he said.In the first back-to-back majority for a single party in over three decades, the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party won 303 out of the total 542 Lok Sabha seats, handing out a crushing defeat to the Congress Party and many other political opponents.”Prime Minister Modi has led India and has brought a lot of credibility in foreign affairs and made India a power to reckon with. He has travelled all the continents and made friends and has a given the prestige to India that was long overdue,” said Sampat Shivangi, president of Indian American Forum.”India is a no more a third world country and has stood the test of time and has been recognised as one of the top six economies in the world,” Shivangi said.The Indian-Americans will put pressure and use the political clout to impress upon the US the importance of a balanced and fair trade agreement with India.”We do not want another impasse as we see with US-China trade and we do not want India to be another China,” he said.(Inputs from agencies) US President Trump complimented Indian trade negotiators as “the best” Closelast_img read more


Google CEO Sundar Pichais compensation doubles to 200 million in 2016

first_imgGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California, US October 4, 2016Reuters fileSundar Pichai, the India-born CEO of Google, saw his compensation almost double to $200 million in (calendar year) 2016, the spike coming mainly from stock awards. Interestingly, his salary actually was lower when compared to 2015.Pichai, who was appointed as CEO in August 2015, received $650,000 in salary and $198.7 million in stock award in 2016, in comparison to $652,500 in salary and $99.8 million in stock award.The compensation committee of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, said that the compensation was paid keeping in mind Pichai’s elevation and “numerous successful product launches”, reported the CNN, citing regulatory filings by Alphabet Inc.Alphabet’s net revenues (net of traffic acquisition costs) income for 2016 was $73,479 million and was projected at $86,669 million by Nomura analysts in a note last month. Net income came in at $19,478 million last year (2016) and estimated at $23,062 million for 2017.Under his leadership, Google’s sales buoyed, especially the the core advertising and YouTube business, apart from investments in machine learning, hardware and cloud computing.Google’s “other revenues” comprising hardware and cloud services, rose almost 50 percent to $3,095 million in the quarter ended March 2017 (Q1) from $2,072 million in the corresponding period last year (2016), according to statements put up on Alphabet’s website.Overall revenues for the quarter rose 22 percent YoY to $24.75 billion for Q1 while the net income was $5.42 billion, up from $4.2 billion in the first quarter of 2016.”Our excellent results represent a terrific start to 2017, with revenues up 22% versus the first quarter of 2016 and 24% on a constant currency basis. We clearly continue to benefit from our ongoing investments in product innovation and have great momentum in our new businesses across Alphabet,” Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet, said.It may be recalled that ad revenues of YouTube were perceived as taking a huge hit in view of advertisers pulling out over placement of offensive content along with advertisements on the video-sharing website.”While we believe YouTube is indeed capable of introducing solutions that remedy brand safety concerns, we anticipate the direct cumulative negative impact to revenue could ultimately approximate $750 million, weighted heavily to 2Q17 and 3Q17,” Nomura analysts Anthony DiClemente and Kevin Rippey had said in a note last month.  YouTube unveils their new paid subscription service at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, California, United States October 21, 2015.Reuters filelast_img read more

Lightning kills man in Netrokona

first_imgnetrokonaA young man was killed by a lightning strike while fishing at Lakshmipur village in Khaliajuri upazila on Friday morning.The deceased was Rafiqul Islam, 30, son of Abdur Rashid of Lakshmipur village.Officer-in-charge of Khaliajuri police station ATM Mahmudul Haque said a thunderbolt hit Rafiq while he was fishing in a water body.An unnatural death case was filed, he saidlast_img

Houston Native Killed In Kenya Terror Attack

first_img Share Ben Curtis/APSecurity forces help civilians flee the scene as cars burn behind, at a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.A University of Texas graduate who grew up in Houston is among the 21 people killed in Tuesday’s terrorist attack at a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya.The U.S. State Department confirmed that an American was among the dead, and the company I-DEV International confirmed that co-founder, Jason Spindler, was killed.Jason Spindler’s father, Joseph, said his son worked in the complex and often ate at a cafe in the luxury hotel targeted by the gunmen. He said his son grew up in Houston, graduated from the University of Texas and started with a successful career on Wall Street.  His brother wrote in a Facebook post that Jason had survived the September 11 World Trade Center attacks in New York, according to The Guardian. Jason then went on to join the Peace Corps and lived in Peru, where he developed sustainable business models for rural residents.Jason Spindler was one of those rare men who was loved by pretty much anyone be touched in Kenya and around the world. Today he was killed in the terrible al shabab attack in Nairobi. He chose a life of hope and inclusion. I am grateful to have known and learned from him.— Chris Schroeder (@cmschroed) January 16, 2019Spindler, who would have turned 41 next Tuesday, later became a founder of I-DEV International and had been living in Kenya for about five years.His father says he worked with international companies to form business partnerships in Kenya that would boost local economies.Africa’s Islamic militant group, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack, which involved explosions and people being gunned down at cafe tables. It’s the same group that carried out the 2013 attack at the nearby Westgate Mall in Nairobi that left 67 people dead.On Wednesday the country’s president said that Kenya’s security forces have killed the Islamic extremist gunmen whose assault on a luxury hotel and shopping complex took 14 “innocent lives.” “All the terrorists have been eliminated,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said in announcing an end to the overnight operation to secure the complex in Nairobi.last_img read more


SDCC Brings New Footage of The Predator

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target “If it bleeds we can kill it” goes both ways in the latest film in the Predator franchise. The first trailer for the film debuted recently showing off the monster that will kill and maim a formerly peaceful Tennessee suburb. This time around, the Predators have been genetically modified with DNA from other alien species to create the Ultimate Predator. This thing is seriously scary too. Yeah, things turn our real bad for a whole lot of people in this movie. Today’s panel at San Diego Comic Con featured a little more footage, IGN reports, along with appearances from the cast (Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, and Jake Busey. Also part of the panel was the film’s writer-director Shane Black. And yeah, one sentence of dialog is enough to know this is a Shane Black film.The panel reportedly showed an extended version of the scene where the Ultimate Predator fights a smaller one. As the normal Predator is on the attack, The Ultimate Predator shows up, smashes it through a window and rips the thing apart while the humans look on dumbfounded. Probably along with the rest of the audience when they get a chance to see it. The Ultimate Predator rips off the smaller one’s helmet and beats its face in until it’s a mess of green blood. Then, the Ultimate Predator rips off the other’s head, proudly displaying its trophy.So what gives? We’re right there with the characters in the movie in wondering why the Predators are preying on each other rather than the soft squishy humans just ripe for the killing. Black explained there might be a group of Predators back on their homeworld who are embarrassed that the humans beat them twice. (Though to be fair, they were up against Arnold Schwarzenegger and then Danny Glover. They didn’t stand a chance.) They would try to finally defeat us by injecting themselves with DNA of other species they encountered, altering their appearance and fighting style. Black promised however, that the new Predators still kept “that feeling of deadly purpose and absolute fucking blood-curdling efficiency.”Olivia Munn in The Predator (via 20th Century Fox)The cast also reportedly showed off a less action-oriented, darkly comedic scene. Just in case you needed confirmation that it was indeed a Shane Black film. The scene in question involved Munn’s character waking up in a motel room while the group of disturbed ex-soldiers try, unsuccessfully, to make her feel safe. The teacup and homey gifts they leave for her to find only make it weirder that she’s suddenly in a room with a bunch of strange men. She grabs a shotgun, and Key’s character reveals they’d made a bet that she’d go for the gun. He also reveals that they originally planned to kill her because she was working with a group of mercenaries, but they opted against it.As she’s a geneticist, they show her a vial of Predator blood and get her up to speed, while making jokes about how the name “Predator” is kind of a misnomer. It’s more of a hunter. A few more dirty jokes are told, and Munn agrees to join the team… for some reason. It’s exactly the kind of dark comedy you expect from Black, which should provide a fun contrast to the gory horror of the rest of the movie. The team, Black said, is supposed to remind us of the squad from the original Predator. Black describes them as the modern equivalent. They’ve even got a Busey!The Predator hits theaters September 14. After It defied the odds and gave us a legitimately good September scare in 2017, it’s looking likely that this movie will do the same for 2018. All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF last_img read more

Hakim lambasts BJP for trying to divide India on basis of religion

first_imgKolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress leader and the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim attacked BJP, saying that the party is trying to divide the country on the basis of caste, creed, language and religion.Hakim on Sunday attended a programme on Chittaranjan Avenue ahead of Chhath Puja, where various items required for the puja were distributed. The programme was organised by Trinamool Congress. Hakim said that BJP is making efforts to divide people and the country on the basis of their religion and the language they speak. He further said: “This comes at the time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is giving a call to ensure a united India, so that everyone can stay together peacefully in the country.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly raised her voice against BJP for their anti-people moves and “attempts of dividing the country on the basis of religion”. She had said that it is the right of an individual to decide what he/she will eat, in which language he/she will speak and where people will stay. On Thursday, Banerjee had tweeted: “Today is World Urdu Day. My best wishes to all Urdu speaking brothers and sisters. We respect every language equally. We have given official recognition to Urdu and several other languages in #Bengal.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Chief Minister has also taken several steps to foil such attempts of creating differences among people in Bengal. She has urged common people not to listen to any rumours that can be spread on purpose to create a gap among people in the state that has a tradition of peace and harmony. The state government had recently organised a special awareness campaign, in which tableaus carrying messages of ekotai sampriti moved across the state.last_img read more

Want a Robot to Really Get a Grip Make It Like

first_img“Instead of having to program for every object, or having the robot learn every object, the robot doesn’t really need to know what it’s picking up, because the soft robotics are going to real-time conform,” says Carl Vause, the CEO of Soft Robotics. So, more Baymax enveloping an object than Arnold wrapping his metal fingers around someone’s neck.Which is not to say that robo-claws are obsolete. Rigid robotic grippers will always have their place—they’re stronger and more precise and more consistent. Soft grippers are good for picking up strawberries without exploding them, while hard grippers are good for assembling cars.Soft grippers will toughen up, though, as the material science improves. Researchers in Belgium, for instance, have developed a soft robotic hand with skin that heals when you apply heat. These sorts of materials are soft robotics’ advantage, since you can use different materials for different applications. “If you’re trying to do something very rigid and very robust, you could use industrial urethanes,” says Vause. “If you want to pick up very soft things, you can use medical grade polymers.” Inflatable hands may be versatile, but for now they are not especially strong: Air pressure just can’t supply the same power as a traditional electric motor. Soft Robotics says its strongest gripper in production can heft 13 pounds, which is fine for lifting bags of flour and such. But if you want a robot to hoist car doors into place on an assembly line, you’ll want to go electric, not pneumatic. Researchers are making progress on the strength issue, though. A team at MIT has given soft robots 3-D printed origami skeletons that expand and contract like accordions, which allows them to heft 1,000 times their own weight.They may not have super-strength, but soft grippers’ ability to automatically comply to different shapes is a huge benefit. “It cuts down on the number of sensors you have to have in your system,” says Eric Acome, who studies soft robotics at the University of Colorado Boulder. “If you don’t have to worry about, ‘Am I going to squeeze this strawberry too hard?’” That makes developing these kinds of robots far less complicated than trying to give a traditional robot hand the power to feel.But if these things are going to escape controlled environments like warehouses and enter our chaotic homes, they’ll need to be more sensitive. “That’s where softness alone, that compliance, won’t get you far enough,” Nicholas Kellaris, a roboticist at the University of Colorado Boulder. “What it will do is still give you more tolerance to error—you won’t shatter a glass by bumping into it a little too hard.”It’s a world that’s shaping up to be more Baymax, less Terminator. And I think we can all get our hands around that. More Great WIRED StoriesAn oral history of Apple’s Infinite LoopSegway e-skates: The most dangerous object in the officeEnlisting our own germs to help us battle infectionsHow a domino master builds 15,000-piece creationsHow NotPetya, a single piece of code, crashed the worldLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Being soft and squishy, though, means the hand can more or less envelop the object it’s trying to grip, as opposed to finely manipulating the thing. This Baymax approach comes in particularly handy in, say, a facility that processes food, picking produce off a conveyor belt and placing it in boxes. Soft Robotics says its hand can pick-and-place 133 cherry tomatoes a minute—that’s two a second. A human might only manage 100 picks. Thanks to machine vision, the robot can see what it’s manipulating, although it doesn’t have an idea of the nature of what it’s manipulating.center_img Video by Soft Robotics The octopus is unique among animals in that it can essentially turn itself into liquid, Terminator style. Get yourself a 600-pound octopus and leave it unsupervised and the thing will squeeze itself into a quarter-sized tube and melt its way to freedom. And its manipulation superpowers are legendary—cram it into a jar and it’ll unscrew its way out. So it goes when you’ve got no bones.And loosey-goosey octopuses can teach us a thing or two about robots. An company called Soft Robotics has developed an inflatable, cephalopod-inspired gripper made of pliable polymer fingers. Pump in air and the gripper rapidly inflates, grasping its target—pump the air back out and the fingers return to their original shape, dropping the object. These deformable fingers make the device adaptable to a wide range of shapes, from eggs to raw meat to pens. And to accomplish this hand feat, Soft Robotics takes a simple approach to robotic manipulation, letting the squishy material do the work as opposed to painstakingly teaching a traditional robotic hand how to grip each object it encounters.Soft Robotics’ work is important because manipulation continues to be a challenge for the field of robotics. In a world built for and by humans, the machines have a hell of a time getting a grip on things—good luck exactly replicating the dexterity of the human hand. It used to be that you had to program a robot to manipulate every new object it came across, but that’s changing thanks to machine learning techniques. You can, for instance, make a robotic hand try lots and lots of ways to manipulate a cube in simulation until it learns the best grip on its own. Then it ports that knowledge into a real-world artificial hand. That is time-consuming, however, and it’s difficult to perfectly transition to the physical hand.last_img read more