‘Baba’ held for rape of minor

first_imgA baba, or faith healer, arrested in Guwahati on Thursday for allegedly raping and impregnating a 15-year-old last year has turned out to be the equivalent of an MLA in an autonomous council.The police on Friday produced Ghanashyam Das, referred to as babaji by his followers, before a local court, which ordered his judicial custody for 14 days. The man had been on the run after the minor girl, who he was to cure, delivered a girl on April 8 at a private hospital. The hospital reported the case to 181 Women Helpline.“We found out that he is an MCLA (Member Council Legislative Assembly) after arresting him on Thursday from the Noonmati area,” Pallav Tamuli, Assistant Commissioner of Police, told The Hindu.Das, in his mid-fifties, is one of 40 MCLAs in the Bodoland Territorial Council that administers four districts of north-central and western Assam. He represents the Dihira constituency in Baksa district for the Ana-Bodo Suraksha Samity, a front of non-Bodo (tribal) communities.“We have sought DNA profiling of the accused,” Mr. Tamuli said.Police said the victim, from Assam’s Sonitpur, was working as a domestic help at the house of a bank officer. She told counsellors that her employer had taken her to the babaji as she was unwell, where she was raped.Miguel Das Queah, a government-appointed support person for cases related to Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, said the victim’s employers admitted her to a private hospital in an advanced stage of pregnancy on April 7. The hospital discharged her on April 17. The girl and the baby have since then been staying at a State Home for Women.last_img read more

China set to declare ADIZ over South China Sea: Report

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Jun 1 (PTI) China is set to declare an air defence identification zone over the disputed South China Sea to counter US militarys “provocative moves” in the strategic waterways, according to a media report.”If the US military keeps making provocative moves to challenge Chinas sovereignty in the region, it will give Beijing a good opportunity to declare an ADIZ in the South China Sea,” Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted sources in the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) as saying.The timing of declaration of the ADIZ would depend on security conditions in the region, particularly the US military presence and diplomatic ties with neighbouring countries, it quoted another Chinese official as saying.The development comes two years after China announced an ADIZ in the East China Sea. ADIZ requires all incoming aircraft, including civilian planes, to register with Chinese authority to fly in the air routes.The report came ahead of next weeks US-China annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue here on June 6 and 7 in which US Secretary of State John Kerry would take part.Officially China maintains that it is “the right of a sovereign state” to designate an ADIZ in its waters.”Regarding when to declare such a zone, it will depend on whether China is facing security threats from the air, and what the level of the air safety threat is,” the report quoted an official statement as saying.China, which has built airfields and placed weapons systems on the man-made islands in the Sea, claims almost all of the South China Sea. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have rival claims.advertisementThe rival claimants have been fretting over what they see as Chinas expansionism as it rushes to exert sovereignty over the vital waterway, a major global shipping route believed to have large oil and gas reserves and through which about USD 5 trillion in trade passes each year.The US has been wading into the dispute, pressing its naval ships and aircraft to assert the “freedom of navigation” in the disputed region. Its moves in recent months have led to angry protests from China.US military defend its maneuvers in the region and say they will continue to exercise freedom of navigation. In the past seven months, US warships have sailed three times close to one of the artificial islands and challenge the claims.In response, China has deployed fighter jets and ships to track and warn off US ships. PTI KJV ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

Doordarshan is hiring! Earn upto 85,000 per month

first_imgDoordarshan has invited applications from eligible candidates for filling up the posts of Advisor (Business Development). The profile will be on contractual basis. The interested candidates can apply in a prescribed application format latest by October 24.Vacancy details:Total posts: 1Name of the posts: Advisor (Business Development)Eligibility criteria:Educational qualification:The candidates should have acquired a post graduation degree from a recognised university or institutePG diploma in Business Administration or PG Diploma in Marketing Management.Experience:The candidates should have 15 years of experience in Business DevelopmentExperience interaction with Government Agenecies/Sector (Customer Relationship Management _CRM)Age limit: The candidates’ age should be between 45 and 55 years.Pay scale:The candidates will get a consolidated salary of Rs 75,000 to Rs 85,000 per month.How to apply: The eligible candidates can send their detailed application form along with photocopies of the documents in support of the qualification, experience to Deputy Director Admn (SCOR), Doordarshan Bhawan, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi – 110001′ through a proper channel so as to reach before the closing date. Important date:Last date for submission of application: October 24For more details, the candidates can visit the official website.last_img read more

Will fulfil all resolutions taken up for Rajs development

first_imgwith hard work: RajeJaipur, Dec 13 (PTI) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today said that her government would fulfil all the resolutions taken up for the development of the state with a “positive energy and hard work”.”We are ahead of other states in various means of development, which we have achieved with hard work. We had promised that we would return the lost self-esteem of Rajasthan at all cost,” she said while addressing a gathering in Jhunjhunu district as the BJP government of Rajasthan today completed four years in the office.”We will fulfil all the resolutions taken up for the development of the state with a positive energy and hard work,” she said.Raje inaugurated and laid foundation of various development works of Rs 2,237 crore in Jhunjhunu and also made new announcements for the state.She said that a sports university will be established in Jhunjhunu and 15 sports academies will be affiliated to it.”We spent Rs 172 crore to lay pipeline from Taranagar to Malsisar to make available 15.50 crore litre drinking water every day. Post independence, drinking water was made available to 6,994 villages and 1,662 villages were connected through roads in the state,” she added. PTI AG KJlast_img read more

Fifty Fashion Footballs for Charity

first_imgNEW YORK — Are you ready for some (bespoke) football? With Super Bowl 50 on the horizon, the NFL and the Council of Fashion Designers of America teamed up to deck out a half-century’s worth of pigskins to raise money for the league’s charitable foundation.Rebecca Minkoff went with all-around spikes for her ball that would likely make a receiver weep. Her fellow designer, Nicole Miller, picked a Day of the Dead theme with a flowery skull face that had an upside-down heart for a nose.Betsey Johnson, who marked 50 years in business last year, performed her signature splits at a party Wednesday night unveiling all 50 designer balls. She propped her ball, adorned with little gold flowers, on two red-nailed mannequin hands she had kept in her garden.“They were kind of freaking people out, especially my granddaughters,” Johnson said of the hands she had pushed into dirt near a rosebush.Other designers were in the tongue-in-cheek school of football design. Kenneth Cole popped his pigskin into a black high-top shoe. For designer Rachel Roy, the project was an education.“I can’t even tell you how much fun that was,” she said of her turn as a football designer. “This year I learned a lot about football. My daughter’s boyfriend is a quarterback, a freshman in high school, but he plays varsity, so it’s really important in my family now.”Roy wrapped her ball in three white leather strips against gold and black.Miller did a helmet for the first CFDA-NFL collaboration last year. She found designing a football more challenging.“I always loved Day of the Dead and I do Day of the Dead parties, so it’s perfect,” Miller said.Is she a fan of the game? “My husband is, so I follow it a little bit. I always root for the underdog,” Miller laughed.After entertaining the media with the splits on a red carpet set up at NFL headquarters in midtown Manhattan, Johnson declared herself a football fan.“I’m a big football cheerleader,” she said. “I was head cheerleader at Syracuse University with the Orangemen. I saw Ernie Davis play. None of you youngins know who he is.”Davis, for the record, earned the Heisman Trophy in 1961, becoming the first African-American to win the award. He died of leukemia at age 23, shortly after being drafted out of Syracuse.Steven Kolb, who heads the CFDA, said his group signed on to collaborate with the NFL in 2014 on designer helmets to mark the Super Bowl held in New Jersey, right in its own backyard. The project was so successful the two organizations agreed on another round for charity to celebrate Super Bowl 50, to be held Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa …“The Super Bowl is iconic. It is up there with the Grammys, the Oscars,” Kolb said.Kolb acknowledged that he doesn’t follow the sport all that much. He’ll be rooting for the “underdog, always the underdog.”Minkoff said she participated to please her hubby.“This project was done out of my husband’s love of football. He’s from Seattle, so that’s his team,” she said. “We’re going to be having a Super Bowl party.”The designer footballs went up for auction Wednesday and will remain up through Feb. 14 at Nflauction.nfl.com. All 50 will be on display in San Francisco from Jan. 30 through Feb. 7. Proceeds from the auction will benefit, among other things, health programs for athletes, youth football and communities that support the game.Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants was on hand to celebrate the fancy balls. He’s a fashion guy as well as a football player.“I do enjoy fashion. I think it’s an extension of who you are. People often see your clothes before they hear you speak,” he said.So who’s going to win Super Bowl 50?“More than likely the team that’s going to end with the most amount of points, I would say,” Jennings joked. “That would be my guess.”LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Women’s League Cup: White strikes for Man City, Arsenal meet shootout defeat

first_imgBoth Manchester clubs picked up wins in the Women’s League Cup on Sunday. Casey Stoney’s United side made short work of their trip to Everton, dispatching their hosts 3-0 thanks to goals from Lauren James, Katie Zelem and Amy Turner, while also in Group C City saw off Birmingham 2-1, a superb strike from Caroline Weir and a first goal in a City shirt for Ellen White – against her former club – coming either side of Rachel Williams’ equaliser.Durham and Sheffield United each registered four-goal wins in Group A, Katie Wilkinson’s double helping the South Yorkshire club past Blackburn and Beth Hepple doing the same against Coventry to help maintain Durham’s three-point lead at the summit. Tarania Clarke, midfielder for Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz, killed in Kingston stabbing Read more Share on LinkedIn Manchester United Women Share via Email Share on Twitter Women’s football news Arsenal tasted penalty shootout defeat at Brighton but the holders remain at the top of Group B despite the loss. A goalless 90 minutes on the south coast was settled when Beth Mead blazed over from the spot and allowed Brighton to climb up to third in the table, two points behind the beaten leaders.The other two fixtures in the group also had to be decided the hard way, London Bees edging past Charlton on penalties after another stalemate, while Bristol City met the same fate against second-tier London City Lionesses, who prevailed on penalties despite seeing Leanne Cowan’s early strike cancelled out by Charlie Wellings on the hour.And in Group D Alisha Lehmann’s second-half tap-in was the difference as West Ham edged past Reading, yet her side remain a point behind third-placed Tottenham, who strolled to a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace, late goals from Kit Graham and Lucy Guinn making it safe after Anna Filbey’s early opener.• This article was amended on 6 November 2019 to remove erroneous references in the text and subheading to Ellen White being a World Cup Golden Boot winner.center_img Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Arsenal Women Share on WhatsApp Manchester City Women Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Sable Island to be Protected by Federal Law

first_imgSable Island will be protected for years to come as a result of a commitment from the province and the government of Canada. Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell and Jim Prentice, Minister Responsible for Parks Canada, today, Jan. 25, announced that the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia will take the necessary steps to protect Sable Island as either a national park or a national wildlife area for the benefit of future generations. “The province of Nova Scotia supports the government of Canada’s commitment to secure conservation of Sable Island,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Sable Island has long been part of Nova Scotia’s history and maritime culture, and we want to ensure that this unique part of our province is preserved and protected.” “It is with pleasure that I announce the commitment by the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia to permanently protect Sable Island,” said Mr. Prentice. “This unique ecosystem is home to some of the rarest wildlife in Canada. It is our honour to take this step to protect it on behalf of all Canadians, forever.” Designation under appropriate federal legislation will contribute to the 12 per cent commitment under Nova Scotia’s Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act for protecting land. After today’s announcement, the ministers signed a memorandum of understanding outlining the steps both governments will take over the next 12 months to legally protect Sable Island under either the Canada National Parks Act or the Canada Wildlife Act. After consulting the public, stakeholders and others on the recommended option, the governments will negotiate an appropriate agreement and then designate the area for protection. The designation would ensure the conservation of the island’s special features and wildlife for the benefit of future generations. Sable Island supports some important wildlife populations: 150 to 400 wild horses that were introduced shortly after 1738, numerous migrant and breeding birds including nesting colonial water birds herring gulls, great black backed gulls, and common terns. It also supports the world’s largest congregation of breeding grey seals and harbour seals. There are many species at risk, including the entire population of the vulnerable Ispwich Savannah sparrow. The island is 40 kilometres of unconsolidated sand, stabilised primarily by vegetation cover and ocean currents. Its primary habitats are native grassland and mud/sand flats. The year 2010 marks the 125th anniversary of Canada’s first national park and the world’s third protected area, as well as the International Year of Biodiversity, a celebration that brings greater attention to the importance of protecting biodiversity around the world.last_img read more

Round dance calling for justice for Tina Fontaine blocks Regina intersection

first_imgREGINA – Rallies in Canadian cities that were sparked by the acquittal of a man accused of murdering an Indigenous teen in Winnipeg continued Saturday, including one that briefly blocked an intersection for a round dance.Marchers in Regina edged their way out into traffic at the intersection of Albert Street and Victoria Avenue as traffic zoomed past, and they eventually blocked all four sides while chanting “Justice for Tina” and “Tina’s Life Matters.”A half-dozen drummers and singers made their way to the centre. Then many of the people around the edge clasped hands for several minutes while the drumming and singing continued.“I choose not to feed hopelessness. I feed being hopeful,” Brenda Dubois told the crowd moments before they walked to the intersection.On Thursday, a jury in Winnipeg found Raymond Cormier not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, whose body was pulled from the Red River in the summer of 2014.Fontaine had been wrapped in a blanket and weighed down by rocks.Hundreds marched in Winnipeg the following day, where Indigenous leaders reiterated that social services and the justice system are failing Indigenous youth.Fontaine was in government care and was staying at a hotel when she disappeared.Dubois, whose grandmother, as well as friends, were murdered in Regina, said it’s time for social services to return Indigenous children. She told the event on Saturday there are more kids in the care of social services than were in residential schools.“You know what they’re doing now? They’re taking away the children of the children they raised,” she said.Cormier admitted on undercover police tapes that he had sex with the teen and was heard saying he bet Tina was killed because he found out she was only 15.The defence had argued that the tapes were hard to hear, that the transcriptions could be wrong and that Cormier’s denial to police of any involvement was the real truth.There was no DNA evidence linking him to Tina and experts could not determine how she died.Rallies were also held Saturday in Montreal, Vancouver and Victoria.Signs at many of the rallies also called for “Justice for Colten,” linking Cormier’s acquittal with a similar one earlier this month in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Indigenous man Colten Boushie in Saskatchewan.A sign that was held up at the Vancouver event on Saturday said: “Canada is a serial killer of Indigenous people.”last_img read more

Kevin Nealon Helps Out With PETAs SNIPmobile

first_imgBetween his performances at the Funny Bone in Virginia Beach last weekend, Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon hit the parking lot of PETA’s Norfolk headquarters, posing for photos, cracking jokes, and greeting families who brought dogs and cats to the group’s “SNIPmobile” clinic, which offers low- to no-cost sterilization and other veterinary services.Kevin Nealon At PETA’s Spay and Neuter ClinicCredit/Copyright: PETA“Nobody would trust me to neuter their dog, and nobody should — so it’s a good thing that PETA’s got veterinarians to do it,” says Nealon. “It’s not rocket science: Every homeless puppy and kitten was born to parents who weren’t spayed or neutered. I’m proud to support PETA’s work to prevent animal homelessness.”“Kevin is always willing to lend a hand to help animals, and that includes taking time out to spread the word that a ‘snip’ in time saves nine—or 9,000,” says PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “The way to fix the homeless animal overpopulation crisis is by ‘fixing’ dogs and cats, and PETA’s SNIP clinics do the job.”Six to 8 million homeless dogs and cats end up in animal shelters every year, and half of them must be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them. Others never make it to a safe haven and are abandoned to fend for themselves on the streets. The only effective, long-term solution is spaying and neutering—and PETA’s mobile clinics have “fixed” nearly 94,000 animals in just the last decade.For more photos from the event, click here.last_img read more

US tells Sri Lanka to prosecute officials involved in trafficking

The United States has urged Sri Lanka to prosecute officials involved in human trafficking.The call was made in an annual report released by US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on human trafficking. Pompeo will unveiled the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at the US State Department yesterday (Thursday). On Sri Lanka, the report says while respecting due process, Sri Lanka must improve efforts to investigate and prosecute suspected traffickers, including complicit officials, and convict and punish offenders with sentences commensurate with other serious crimes. The report also proposes that Sri Lanka take steps to eliminate all recruitment fees charged to workers by labor recruiters and instead ensure they are paid by employers and to also expand the foreign employment bureau’s (SLBFE) mandate to include the regulation of sub-agents, promote safe and legal migration and ensure migration regulations do not discriminate on the basis of gender and increase efforts of the task force to institutionalize sustained Government coordination efforts.In the annual report, Sri Lanka remains in Tier 2 and the US says while the Government of Sri Lanka does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, it is making significant efforts to do so.According to the report, the Government demonstrated increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period and therefore Sri Lanka remained on Tier 2. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka was also urged to increase efforts to proactively identify trafficking victims and train officials on victim identification and referral procedures, especially to ensure victims are not detained or otherwise penalized for unlawful acts, such as immigration violations or prostitution, committed as a direct result of having been subjected to human trafficking.The US also urged Sri Lanka to improve protection services to ensure identified victims, including men and children, receive specialized care services. read more

Petition filed in Supreme Court over delay in holding polls

The petition has been filed by an organisation named the ‘Truth Seekers’. (Colombo Gazette) A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court over the delay to hold the Provincial Council elections.The petitioner has sought court intervention to order the Elections Commission to hold the Provincial Council elections immediately.

Chinese embassy tells Canada to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs

OTTAWA — China’s embassy in Ottawa warned Canada on Sunday to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs a day after the country issued a joint statement with the European Union in defense of the “fundamental right of assembly” for Hong Kong citizens.Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters rallied peacefully in Hong Kong on Sunday in the 11th week of what have been often violent demonstrations in the Asian financial hub.On the eve of Sunday’s rally, Canadian Foreign Minister Chyrstia Freeland and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said: “Fundamental freedoms, including the right of peaceful assembly … must continue to be upheld.”The Canada-EU statement also expressed concerns about the escalation of violence and encouraged engagement by all sides to ease tensions.The Chinese embassy said in a statement on its website that Canada should “immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“Under the current situation, the Canadian side should be cautious on its words and deeds regarding the Hong Kong related issue,” the statement from an unnamed “spokesperson” for the Chinese embassy in Canada said.“The relevant protests and demonstrations in Hong Kong have already deteriorated and evolved into extreme violence. In face of such severe violence and offenses, no government with a sense of responsibility would sit idly by,” the statement said.Canada’s foreign ministry had no immediate response. Canada has about 300,000 citizens living in Hong Kong, the ministry has said.Canada has been caught up in a diplomatic dispute with China since Canada’s detention of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. warrant in December.Shortly after Meng’s arrest in Vancouver, China detained two Canadian men, who have yet to be released. China has also blocked imports of some Canadian commodities.(Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Peter Cooney) read more

Repatriation in Liberia and Sudan hit by funding shortfalls – UN refugee

“The paradox here is that donors are always anxious to see these solutions get off the ground, but we can’t do that without first buying trucks, building transit centres, digging water wells, reconstructing schools and all of the other preparatory work that must be done months before the arrival of the first returnees,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a press briefing in Geneva.In Liberia, where spontaneous returnees have been arriving by the thousands after a peace accord last year ended nearly 15 years of civil war, UNHCR has received only $3 million of the $39.2 million it has sought for 2004 while returnees have become stranded in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) as their home areas are not yet deemed safe. “The returnees in the IDP camps live in miserable conditions as food, water and medical facilities are insufficient for new arrivals. We need funding,” Mr. Redmond said. With optimism at the new peace in their homeland running high among Liberian refugees abroad, more groups of spontaneous returnees are expected to flock in during the year from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ghana, he added. For Sudan, Africa’s largest country where a potential peace accord in the two-decades old war between the government and rebels in the south is expected to lead to a flood of returnees, UNHCR has so far received only $3 million of the $8.8 million it is seeking for preparatory activities for voluntary repatriation and reintegration. “Large expenses have already been incurred by the pre-positioning of domestic items, and deployment of an emergency team, light vehicles and telecom equipment,” Mr. Redmond said. At the two-day Dialogue on Voluntary Repatriation and Sustainable Reintegration in Africa held last month in Geneva, High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers said as many as 5 million people could soon return to their homelands – the continent’s biggest return movement in a decade – as nine conflicts come to an end or diminish in intensity. Mr. Redmond said that beyond the special appeals for Liberia and Sudan a supplementary appeal will be released soon for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), while operations for the six other countries are funded under UNHCR’s regular budget. read more

In face of wildfires UN disaster agency calls for global cooperation on

“Every country should follow basic rules of fire prevention and increase its expertise on fire management with its neighbours,” the Director of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), Salvano Briceño, said in a news release. “The treatment of combustible material, proper training for safe use of fire for agricultural purposes and a better behaviour by the public to avoid triggering fires are some of the main rules. National platforms for disaster risk reduction have a role to play to make forest management one of their top priorities and to better prepare their populations to reduce risk and vulnerability to natural hazards,” he added. The current fire situation in Portugal has been aggravated by the change in land use. The rural exodus has left a large area of land uncultivated, increasing the amount of combustible materials that can trigger big fires when droughts occur. Preventive measures include using such material for fuel. Mr. Briceño also noted that the floods currently sweeping Switzerland and Central Europe were a reminder that “floods do not only happen in India or Sierra Leone,” and urged preventive steps here too, such as building houses in safe areas, allowing water to evacuate through the natural flow of rivers and controlling erosion to avoid mudslides.“It is incredible that people in a country like Switzerland are dying because of floods,” he said, noting the severity and frequency of rains that Europe will face in the future due to global warming will be a constant challenge for governments. “We cannot be fatalistic about these phenomena. We cannot prevent flash floods and storms but we can reduce our vulnerability and learn to live with natural hazards.” The Global Fire Monitoring Centre (GFMC), established in 1998 as Germany’s contribution to ISDR, has outlined a set of measures to reduce the number of wildland fires, including the use of the forest biomass for energy production. “It offers an increasingly valuable opportunity, especially now when oil prices are soaring,” GFMC Director Johann Goldammer said. “Governments should pay more attention to these resources because it is a way to reduce the number of fires in many countries, while increasing the economic benefits to communities.” He noted that what was happening in Portugal was a clear demonstration of the strong need for closer cooperation between countries on fire management. “More needs to be done to enhance regional cooperation and develop common standards on technologies and fire prevention procedures and languages,” he said. The GFMC coordinates the ISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group and the ISDR Global Wildland Fire Network. Other big partners in ISDR are the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which coordinate the challenge of reducing forest fires around the world, particularly in Asia where they have become a threat to development. read more

Public Mobile sold to Telus with fate of Wind Mobile Mobilicity still

by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2013 4:05 pm MDT Public Mobile has been bought by Telus, eliminating the small company from Canada’s wireless landscape and leaving Wind Mobile and Mobilicity as the remaining cellphone startups from the federal government’s efforts to create more competition almost five years ago.Telus received federal approval late Wednesday to buy Public Mobile, primarily a talk-and-text service with 280,000 customers in Ontario and Quebec.Federal Industry Minister James Moore approved the transfer of Public Mobile’s spectrum licence to Vancouver-based Telus, saying the transaction doesn’t affect competition in the wireless industry.Canaccord Genuity analyst Dvai Ghose called the deal a “surprise move,” saying it eliminates a small competitor for Telus, Rogers and Bell, as well as for Wind Mobile, Mobilicity and Quebecor’s Videotron.“It also highlights that the new entrants have, by and large, failed,” Ghose said in a research note.Industry Canada said Public Mobile’s spectrum — radio waves needed to operate cellphone networks — isn’t used for the latest smartphones and data plans. However, Telus says such spectrum can now be deployed for next generation networks.Public Mobile bought its spectrum in 2008 and was never under any restrictions that would have prevented it from being sold.Wind Mobile and Mobilicity bought a different kind of spectrum that the government does not appear to want sold to Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) or Telus (TSX:T) when their spectrum licences expire next year.“We will not approve any spectrum transfer request that decreases competition in our wireless sector to the detriment of consumers,” Moore said in a statement.All three startups launched in recent years have made only a dent in attracting consumers away from the big three carriers, who have about 26 million customers between them.Telus tried to buy struggling Mobilicity last spring, but the $380-million deal was rejected by Industry Canada. Both Mobilicity and Wind Mobile are still seeking buyers.Financial terms of the Public Mobile deal were not disclosed.Public Mobile’s customers will be migrated to Telus’s fast network that uses Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology.Telus said Public Mobile’s G-block spectrum can be used for LTE networks and for some smartphones, such as the new iPhone 5s and 5c.“We look forward to the successful completion of this transaction, and migrating Public Mobile’s customers onto Telus’ world-class 4G LTE network while putting their spectrum to good use for millions of customers across Canada,” Eros Spadotto, executive vice-president of technology strategy and operations, said in a statement.Canaccord Genuity’s Ghose said if the transaction is approved by the Competition Bureau there will still be four wireless competitors in Quebec — Bell, Rogers, Telus and Quebecor’s Videotron and five players in the Ontario market — the Big Three plus Wind Mobile and Mobilicity.The federal government said its goal is to have four wireless competitors in every region of the country to encourage more competition and better prices for consumers.Telus said proceeds from the deal will be used to pay Public Mobile’s debt and equity investors and its employees will have the possibility of working at Telus.Public Mobile CEO Alek Krstajic said the decision was the right one, following a strategic review.“This transaction is the best option to guarantee continued quality service for our customers and to maximize the opportunity for our employees and investors,” Krstajic said in a statement.“Given that Public Mobile only paid $52 million for this spectrum and has tax losses, we believe that this is a small and low-risk investment for Telus,” Ghose said.Last June, Public Mobile got financial backing from Toronto’s Thomvest Seed Capital Inc., owned by Peter Thomson, who is a co-chairman of Woodbridge Co. Ltd., the Thomson family’s investment company which has controlling stakes in Thomson Reuters and The Globe and Mail.The Thomson family, headed by Peter’s older brother David, is Canada’s wealthiest family.Public Mobile also received backing at the time from New York private equity firm, Cartesian Capital. Both private equity firms have been invested in Public Mobile since 2009. Public Mobile sold to Telus with fate of Wind Mobile, Mobilicity still uncertain read more

Googles tentacles sprout a helping hand with new service selling expert advice

by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Nov 4, 2013 11:07 pm MDT Google’s tentacles sprout a helping hand with new service selling expert advice on live video SAN FRANCISCO – Google has opened a how-to shop that sells expert advice on everything from cosmetics to the cosmos in live video sessions streamed on computers and smartphones.The service, called Helpouts, began taking calls for help Tuesday and offer connections to more than 1,000 merchants, instructors, websites and health care specialists who cleared Google Inc.’s background checks.It represents Google’s latest attempt to play an instrumental role in helping people manage their lives. Since establishing its search engine as the go-to place to find information online, Google has expanded into giving directions on digital maps and introduced a virtual assistant that is designed to learn about users’ interests so it can provide helpful tips without prompting.Helpouts is meant to fill the gaps in Google’s search engine, which sometimes delivers unsatisfactory results because the answers being sought aren’t available on a website, said Udi Manber, a Google executive overseeing the new service.“Sometimes, you need someone to look over your shoulder. Sometimes you need someone to show you the way,” Manber said.For starters, Helpouts is offering to connect people with experts in eight different categories: art and music; computers and electronics; cooking; education and careers; fashion and beauty; fitness and nutrition; health; and home and garden.The fees will be set by each expert, with 20 per cent of the revenue going to Google for most video chats. For now, the Mountain View, Calif., company isn’t collecting a commission for health advice. Experts can charge a flat-fee per session or by the minute. If the advice is unsatisfactory, Google is promising to refund the money.A Helpouts application is being offered for smartphones running on Google’s Android software. The service isn’t yet available for Apple Inc.’s iPhone or other mobile devices running on different software.Besides opening up a source of new revenue for Google, Helpouts could give more people a reason to set up a profile on the company’s social network, Google Plus. That’s because a Google Plus account is required to seek advice on Helpouts. The company says it currently has about 540 million active Google Plus users.Helpouts is similar to several other online services that already provide connections to experts in various fields. Pearl.com, a San Francisco startup formerly known as JustAnswer.com, also sells one-on-one online sessions on a wide variety of subjects. HealthTap dispenses medical advice and RocketLawyer specializes in legal matters. Google’s new service also may end up competing with the company’s own YouTube video site, which offers a wide array of how-to clips for free.This isn’t the first time that Google has tried to supplement its search engine with the knowledge of human experts. The company also once ran a service that hired researchers to field questions about homework and other subjects. That service, which charged anywhere from $2 to $200 per question, closed down seven years ago.___Online: http://hangouts.google.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mens basketball Kaleb Wesson has improvements still left to make but flashes

Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson finished with 16 points in the Buckeyes’ exhibition game against Wooster on Nov. 5, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentFreshman forward Kaleb Wesson crouched on the sideline, waiting for his chance to enter Ohio State’s exhibition game against Wooster. Even haunched over, the 6-foot-9, 270-pound big man was nearly as tall as the officials sitting at the table behind him.Finally, with 14:15 left in the first half, the whistle blew, and Wesson took the court for the first time in front of an Ohio State crowd. Wesson said he was nervous heading out at first in front of the home fans, but that he eventually was able to get his feet under him soon after arriving in the game.“I had butterflies at the beginning of the game,” Wesson said. “But then the first time I went in, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s just basketball.’ So it was fun.”Though not a starter, Wesson shined in his performance, going 5-for-8 from the field and finishing with 16 points and seven rebounds. However, he also had his struggles. The forward fouled out with 5:12 remaining in the game and looked ineffective at times defensively.Head coach Chris Holtmann said with that size, just as he draws the attention of the fans, so too does he draw the eye of officials, making it obvious when he commits a foul. Holtmann added that this is not the first time he fouled out. He also was ousted from the closed-door exhibition against Xavier.“It’s a byproduct of being big and physical and he catches the official’s eye,” Holtmann said. “He’s got to understand that as a big guy.”Fixing the issue will not be easy, and it will not come quick. As Holtmann said, big guys struggle with foul trouble, particularly early in their careers. “We just have to show it to him over and over. It’s going to be something. Trust me, we’re not going to come here in a month and say, ‘Oh, he’s got this foul trouble thing figured out,’” Holtmann said. “He’s got a really good approach right now. But it’s going to be something he’s always going to struggle with and we’ve talked to him about that and he’s got to accept the fact that, ‘Hey, I’ve got to continue to improve in this particular area.’”The height of Wesson will never be something he can change. However, Wesson has progressively tried to trim down his weight to assist him in all areas of the game. Though Holtmann said it would aid him in reducing the amount of fouls he commits, he said it will also help with some of the other areas with which Wesson struggles.Hotlmann knows he has a talented player in Wesson, but between the foul trouble and additional struggles outside of his offensive ability, he still has work to do before he is ready to be a full-time contributor.“He’s got to continue to get in great shape and he can get in better shape, and his technique has to continue to grow and improve,” Holtmann said. “He’s got great skill. The biggest challenge for Kaleb is going to be, how does he impact the other end? Can he rebound? Can he get traffic rebounds? Can he defend ball screens? How good is he defending the post?”As Holtmann told The Lantern in October, Wesson has been self-motivated to improve his shape and deserves all the credit for the improving condition. Wesson knows that his conditioning needs to improve and that he needs to trim down his weight. “I’m nowhere near where I want to be as far as my conditioning goes,” Wesson said. “I have a long way to go. Right now, I feel like it helped me more as, like you said, on the defensive end, as just being able to play great defense for a longer period of time.”If Wesson can improve in the other aspects of his game, he has the playmaking ability to be an impact player for Ohio State and a real crowd-pleaser for the Buckeyes. All game, the announcement of Wesson’s entry brought down a roar of approval from the crowd as the Columbus native quickly turned to be a fan-favorite. As he continued to dominate defenders in the paint, fans oohed and aahed at the talent he flashed.“We get enamored with points and he’s really good at that,” Holtmann said. “The challenge for him is going to be in terms of playing, can he stay out of foul trouble, and how does he defend consistently.”Wesson has yet to play in a regular-season game. This was only an exhibition game, and he still has a full season ahead of him in just his first year of play. The playing time will come, he will make highlight reel plays and excite the crowd. He will also struggle through some trying times as he works to make himself a better all-around player.He will get his chance to play, but for now he will have to become accustomed to coming in off the sideline. read more

Komatsu Finning CAT and Metso lead Chilean mining supplier ranking

first_imgIn its third version, the Ranking of Suppliers of the Chilean Mining Industry study shows which are the most recognised suppliers to the country’s mines. The data and conclusions gathered by the industrial research company Phibrand, with the support of the Mining Ministry, the Association of Large Suppliers of the Mining Industry, the Association of Engineering Consulting Companies of Chile, Expomin 2014, the Mining National Society and the Editorial Group Editec, were presented during the second day of Expomin 2014.The study, with a level of confidence of 95%, includes the participation of more than 370 professionals of the most important mining companies in the country. It highlights how perception of ‘brand’ and ‘performance’ affect commercial relations from the executives’ point of view, assessing the companies that supply to the industry. The ranking distinguishes the supplier companies with higher and best performance, the most representative of the mining industry and the most successful of every evaluated category.The ranking awarded the supplier companies that contributed the most to the development of the field, the best evaluated in their performance and the ones that showed most success in management during 2013.The companies with best performance in 2013 are: Komatsu (12%), Finning CAT (11%) and FLSmidth (7%). The most representative national suppliers are: Enaex (16%), Elecmetal (7%) and JRI (6%).The study also recognised the brands that have demonstrated best management to improve their productivity. The most successful brands in the various categories in 2013 are:Surface Mining Equipment: Komatsu (40%), Finning CAT (38%) and Joy Global (9%)Crushing and Grinding: FLSmidth (40%), Metso (40%) and Sandvik (10%)Conceptual, Basic and Detailed Engineering: Bechtel (41%), Fluor (17%) and SNC-LAVALIN (11%)Control and Automation: ABB (43%), Siemens (25%) and Honeywell (12%)Elements of Personal Security: 3M (45%), MSA (41%) and Steelpro (6%).This year the study distinguished for the first time local suppliers, so in the Local Suppliers with Best Performance category of 2013, the following companies were awarded: Todo Acero (Iquique), JCM Ingeniería (Copiapó) and Neptuno (Iquique). Considering reduction of production costs, the study concludes that 62% believe that they can find a better supplier than the one they have and a 37% has been thinking lately of changing their current supplier. Therefore, the study states, “the idea of replacing suppliers and negotiating greater benefits with the current suppliers become two real and substitute alternatives when it comes to accomplishing this goal.”Also, the study reports that “79% consider that mining costs won’t decrease in the short term; this exposes the benefits, projections and guarantees that the mining industry offers to the labour market, which demonstrates at the same time the productivity need that this industry requires and the standards that are demanded. 51% consider that mining is not entering a process of deceleration and 72% state that mining is a good industry to work in. Both conclusions complement the idea that – despite the variability in the international price of copper – mining is observed as a dynamic industry in the long term, which, with no doubt, must improve substantially the competitiveness by means of reducing production costs. Hence, the sustainability of the business is directly related with: productivity through innovation levels and better human resource; control of production costs derivative of a greater competitiveness in the suppliers’ sector, less energetic and human resource costs; and environmental security and sustainability.“In regards to national suppliers, who have less visibility and development but make a great portion of the total amount of providers in the present industry, the study concluded that in order to increase their levels of competitiveness they must focus on improving three elements: a better understanding of the client’s needs, support the reduction of production costs in mine workings and improving their services’ specialization. Therefore, it can be remarked in regards to the industry data, that this is a general and transversal issue, where national suppliers, mainly SMEs, have a potentially huge competitive advantage and a disadvantage that they must sort out in order to capitalise it. Specialisation is a disadvantage and the reduction of costs and formation of offers with top value – characteristic of the knowledge of the clients’ specific needs – the potential advantage.“Nowadays, the main and most transversal value proposition that national suppliers have to place in the market, is to lower their prices. This way, they are directly impacting the profits of the mining companies, ensuring their continuity. Yet, this is the less sustainable path and the most impoverishing way to create value. Because of this and in relation to the data, more levels of specialization are demanded, which would derive – with high probability – in more attractive offers, more productivity and lower costs.“According to Juan Carlos Olivares, CEO of the Association of Large Suppliers of the Mining Industry, the awarded companies must feel especially proud since the level of the mining suppliers industry in Chile is one of the best and most competitive of the world, therefore, competing in this country is greatly meritorious.“Phibrand will continue working to achieve a greater accuracy in this instrument that allows us to acknowledge the valuation and positioning of the brand in relation to the market and its competition. Throughout the communication of information, the study gives an added value to the industry by means of improving the competitiveness and contributes mining and suppliers to improve their trade.”last_img read more

Economic activity strong says RBA

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Reserve Bank of Australia, in the released minutes of the May meeting of its Board this week, states that overall, the pace of economic activity had increased over the previous six months, with the economy looking to have grown at around its long-run average pace in the March quarter, driven by especially strong growth of exports. With this pace of export growth unlikely to be sustained, output growth is expected to be somewhat slower over the next few quarters says.The housing market continued to be an area of strength in the economy, stated Australia’s central Bank. Although the most recent data had indicated a decline, dwelling approvals remained at high levels and the flow-on to commencements pointed to strong growth in dwelling investment in the first half of 2014. Across Australia, housing price inflation had eased somewhat in recent months from the earlier rapid pace, with auction clearance rates edging back and housing loan approvals stabilising. Other indicators, such as turnover, first home owner grants and loan approvals for new housing, remained consistent with strong demand for both established and new housing. Source: RBAlast_img read more

More Families Get Discounted Lyft to the Grocery Store

first_imgStay on target Following successful pilots in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, the Lyft Grocery Access Program will provide affordable rides to the supermarket for families in a dozen more cities.For folks living in a food desert—like the nation’s sprawling capital—finding affordable and nutritious ingredients often requires a car or multiple forms of public transit.So, in December, ride-sharing service Lyft partnered with charity Martha’s Table to launch the Grocery Access Program.Families with a child enrolled at a participating elementary school can register to receive 50 $2.50 flat fare rides to and/or from three available grocery stores, as well as the market at Martha’s Table.The six-month trial ends in June, but, according to Geek sister site Mashable, D.C.’s program will continue running.“Realizing the positive impact the program can have in just one community, and how pervasive of an issue this is—affecting approximately 23.5 million people in the US—we’re launching the program in more than a dozen cities across the country, and soon rolling out to more markets throughout North America,” a Lyft blog post said.Individual cities’ grocery programs will be shaped by a local non-profit partner, Mashable reported.So while Martha’s Table dictated D.C.’s $125 in rides over six months based on school enrollment, the same may not be true for Atlantic City, Miami, or Phoenix, where Community FoodBank, Health in the Hood, and United Way will help determine the best way to distribute subsidized rides, respectively.Mike Masserman, Lyft’s head of social impact, told Mashable that the company’s discounted rides provided some families with their first taste of healthy food.The program has “given me peace of mind knowing that I can get to the grocery store and home safely,” a D.C. participant said. “It has helped me … on days I don’t want to be physically burdened with grocery bags on the bus or train.”Cities included in the national program launch:Atlantic City, N.J.Baltimore, Md.Chicago, Ill.Columbus, OhioDetroit, Mich.Indianapolis, Ind.Los Angeles, Calif.Miami, Fla.Ottawa, CanadaPhiladelphia, Pa.Phoenix, Ariz.Portland, Ore.Richmond, Va.Toronto, CanadaMore locations will be available later this year.More on Geek.com:More Americans Use Ride-Hailing Apps for Travel, Research SaysTaco Bell and Lyft Join Forces to Satisfy Your Late-Night Chalupa CravingsNew Uber Initiative Boosts Rider Safety on College Campuses Arizona Medicaid Patients Can Now Get a Lyft to the DoctorUber, Lyft Test PIN-Based Pickups at Portland Airport last_img read more