In West Bengal, a peaceful election is held – by sex workers

first_imgElections in West Bengal are invariably a violent affair. But in this election, the eight candidates contesting sat in a row holding the symbols allotted to them, laughing and joking with each other.This unique election, held on Wednesday in city’s Salt Lake area, was restricted to the community of sex workers who cast their votes to elect the office bearers of Durbar Mahila Samanaway Committee (DMSC), the largest sex workers’ collective in the country with 50,000 members.Smarajit Jana, an advisor of the DMSC who oversaw the elections, said the process started in June with elections to the 45 branch committees spread across West Bengal. On Wednesday, the 180 elected representatives from the 45 branch committees gathered at a community hall in Salt Lake to elect the office-bearers . There are a strict set of guidelines for holding the polls and observers were appointed to ensure that the process was free and fair. Only those who declared themselves as “sex workers” could contest and vote in the elections. “We have been not allowed to access our mobile phones. We cannot talk to any of the voters, not even wave or smile to them,” said Bishakha Laskar, contesting for the post of the president of DMSC. Ms. Laskar’s election symbol was a ladder. Other contenders for the post were allotted symbols like the telephone and sun. Three set of ballot papers were printed for the voters to decide the top three office-bearers of the DMSC.Mamata Mukherjee, an office-bearer at the Chetla branch of DMSC, said she was a first-time voter. “There is not much difference between voting in this election and in the general election. The only difference is that there is no violence or fear here,” she said. Others involved in the process said the elections had been free and fair and without any violence. Banshi Badan Chattopadhyay, a retired school teacher, functioned as one of three observers in the poll process. “We are checking for false voters and ensuring that everything goes on as per rules,” Mr. Chattopadhyay said.Explaining the need for holding such polls, Dr. Jana said that the election not only empowered the women but also helped the office-bearers relate to the problems of fellow sex workers.Shortly after the end of the polling, Bishakha Laskar was elected as the president of DMSC, Kajal Bose as secretary and Abeda Bibi as it treasurer.last_img read more

UPSC notifies recruitment at 108 faculty and non-faculty posts

first_imgThe Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has notified Online Recruitment Applications (ORA) for 108 various faculty and non-faculty posts.Interested candidates should apply online through UPSC website till August 28, 2014.Vacancies and Pay scale:Total vacancies: 108 posts1. Assistant Directors (Chemistry): 3 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 54002. Assistant Directors (Plant Pathology): 4 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 54003. Assistant Directors of Air Safety: 4 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 66004. Aeronautical Officers: 15 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 54005. Legal Officers: 2 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 54006. Deputy Registrars of Trade Marks & Geographical Indications: 4 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 76007. Professor of Agriculture Chemistry: 1 postPay Scale: PB-4 of Rs 37400-67000 + Grade Pay of Rs 87008. Assistant Engineers (NQA) in Mechanical Engineering: 11 postsPay Scale: PB-2 of Rs 9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs 46009. Assistant Engineers (NQA) in Metallurgical Engineering: 3 postsPay Scale: PB-2 of Rs.9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs 460010. Assistant Drugs Controllers (India): 10 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 660011. Specialists, Gr.III, Assistant Professors (Neurology): 8 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs.15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 660012. Specialists, Gr.III, Assistant Professors (Paediatric Cardiology): 3 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs.15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 660013. Specialists, Gr.III, Assistant Professors in Orthopaedic Surgery (Sports Injury): 6 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 660014. Superintendent (Legal): 2 postsPay Scale: PB-2 of Rs.9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs 480015. Assistant Public Prosecutor: 32 postsPay Scale: PB-2 of Rs 9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs 4600Experience in relevant field is also desirable, check the detailed advertisement on the website for more information.advertisementSelection Procedure: Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the information provided by them on the application. Selection of candidates short listed will be done on the basis of their performance in the interview.Candidates shortlisted for interview will be required to send self attested copies of documents/relevant certificates in support of the claims made in the application as and when demanded by the Commission.Application Fees: Candidates are subjected to pay a non-refundable application fee of Rs 25 in the form of an SBI Challan paid at the bank by cash or by using net banking facility of the SBI or by using visa/master credit/debit card.SC/ ST/ PH/ Women candidates are exempted from payment of application fees.How to Apply: Interested and eligible candidates should apply online through UPSC website http://www.upsconline.nic.in by due date.Candidates willing to apply for more than one post should apply separately for each post.If claiming an experience, candidates should upload their experience certificate in a single pfd file.After submitting the Online Recruitment Application (ORA), candidates should take out a printout of the finally submitted Online Recruitment Application and retain it for future referenceImportant Dates               Last date to apply online: August 28, 2014 (11.59 PM)Last date for printing online submitted applications: August 29, 2014 (11.59 PM)Official UPSC website link to apply:http://upsconline.nic.in/ora/VacancyNoticePub.phplast_img read more

Deepika Kumari, Abhishek Verma qualify for Archery World Cup Final

first_imgIndian recurve and compound duo of Deepika Kumari and Abhishek Verma have made the cut for the season ending Archery World Cup Final to be held in Mexico from October 24-25.Deepika, who has won three World Cup Final silver medals from 2011-2013, has made the cut off the back of a bronze medal at Stage 2 World Cup in Antalya this year as she will make a return to the showpiece event after two years.The 21-year-old former world number one Indian had skipped the ongoing Stage 4 in Medellin, Colombia and had to wait until the semifinals to see if either of Chinese Taipei’s Le Chien-Ying or Lin Shih-Chia could overtake her on points.Deepika has amassed 24 world ranking points, something Chien-Ying and Shih-Chia — who have made to the Medellin bronze playoff — cannot get past.Should Chien-Ying win the bronze playoff in Medellin on Sunday, she would log 23 ranking points and make the cut, otherwise five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig of the United States will qualify for the only available berth.Korean duo of Choi Misun, Ki Bo Bae, Japan’s Kaori Kawanaka, Colombia’s Ana Maria Rendon and Mackenzie Brown of the USA are the others who have qualified in the women’s recurve.Having won the World Cup Stage 3 in Wroclaw, Poland last month, Delhi lad Verma, who too skipped the Medellin event, qualified for the World Cup Final with 39 rating points.The compound men’s roster is complete as Verma will shoot with Dutchman Mike Schloesser, Reo Wilde (US), Martin Damsbo (Denmark), Demir Elmaagacli (Turkey) and the French duo of Dominique Genet and Sebastien Peineau.advertisementlast_img read more

Work with the Defence Ministry: Apply for 102 vacant posts

first_imgThe Ministry of Defence, 31 Field Ammunition Department has released an employment notification, inviting interested and eligible candidates to apply for the positions of Fireman and Tradesman Mate (erstwhile Mazdoor).Vacancy detailsTotal posts: 102Name of the posts:Fireman Fireman: 19Tradesman Mate: 83Eligibility criteriaEducational qualification:Fireman: The candidates interested in applying for this post should be a matriculation or equivalent pass.Tradesman Mate: The candidates interested in applying for this post should be a matriculation or equivalent pass from a recognised board or must possess an industrial training institute pass certificate from a recognised institute.Age limit:The age of the candidates applying for this post must not exceed 28 years and must be minimum 18 years. Relaxation in age will be provided as per the government norms.Selection procedureA written test and an interview will be conducted for shortlisting the candidates.Pay scaleFireman: The selected candidates will be getting a monthly salary of Rs 5,200 to Rs 20,200, along with a grade pay of Rs 1,900.Tradesman Mate: The selected candidates will be getting a monthly salary of Rs 5,200 to Rs 20,200, along with a grade pay of Rs 1,800.How to applyThe candidates interested in these posts are required to send their applications in a prescribed format on the website along with all other relevant documents to ‘ The Commandant, 31 FAD, PIN- 901320, C/O 99 APO’.The photocopy of the following documents/certificates is to be attached along with the application, duly self-attested:Two passport size photographs duly self-attested, one on right corner of application and one on acknowledgement card/call letterAttested copies of following certificates will also be submitted with application :advertisementEducation qualification certificate including admit card and marks sheet.Date of birth certificate.Caste Certificate(SC/ST) where applicable issued by appropriate authorityImportant datesThe last date for submission of an online application is within 21 days from the date of advertisement.Read: IITR Lucknow Recruitment 2016: Apply for Scientist, Technical Assistant posts For information on more latest government jobs, click herelast_img read more

Solskjaer Leads United to Another Late CL Win as PSG Falters

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showed he’s still a specialist in delivering last-minute victories for Manchester United in the Champions League. Paris Saint-Germain, though, remains a specialist in failure on Europe’s biggest stage.Marcus Rashford’s injury-time penalty sent Solskjaer’s revitalized side through to the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday, securing a 3-1 win at PSG to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg.Solskjaer, who scored an injury-time winner in the final to cap a late comeback for United in 1999, oversaw more late drama 20 years later. It was the first time in Champions League history that a team lost the first leg at home by a two-goal margin and still went through.United has yet to confirm whether Solskjaer will get the job on a full-time basis, despite the former Norway striker having completely transformed the side after replacing Jose Mourinho. This win, though, will have strengthened his chances considerably — although Solskjaer isn’t taking anything for granted.“It’s been a fantastic time with the players and the staff I’ve got,” Solskjaer said. “I’m going to enjoy my job as long as I’ve got it. … I’m going to smile.”Manchester United caretaker head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)For PSG, there was only reason for despair. The big-spending French club once again fell apart in a favorable position, two years after also making history in the last 16 by throwing away a 4-0 lead against Barcelona and losing 6-1 in the return leg.Coach Thomas Tuchel, hired after predecessor Unai Emery went out in the last 16 two years running, clung hopefully to the idea his side played better over the two legs in what he describe as a “crazy” match.“It’s very hard to lose and very hard to accept,” he said. “We didn’t deserve to go out after 180 minutes.”Referee Damir Skomina awarded United’s penalty after a lengthy video review that showed defender Presnel Kimpembe jumping up to block Diogo Dalot’s shot with his elbow.Rashford kept his nerve for the spot kick, blasting the ball past Gianluigi Buffon to send the United fans to his left into raptures.“The kid is fearless. He’s got no doubt. Slotted it in. Brilliant,” Solskjaer said. “I hope (the penalty) was the right decision.”Tuchel refused to blame VAR.ManU fans celebrate after the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)“I’m a big supporter of VAR and I stay a big supporter. With the hand it’s a super difficult thing because there are too many points: do we punish it or not punish it?” he said. “I think it’s a 50-50 decision, it’s difficult. There are reasons why you can give this penalty.”Neymar, who is recovering from injury and watched on in horror from the sideline as the penalty was taken, disagreed. He blasted the officials angrily on his Instagram account.“This is a disgrace!” he wrote. “And they put four guys that do not understand football to watch it in slow motion.”Neymar also aimed an expletive at the officials.United’s players were far happier after a ninth straight away win.As they sprinted to celebrate with their fans at the final whistle, Kimpembe lay flat on the ground for several moments as a stunned Parc des Princes crowd looked on in disbelief.VAR played a key part in the night’s other match, too. Alex Telles scored a penalty in extra time to send Porto into the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Roma, overturning a one-goal deficit from the first leg. He converted the spot kick after Alessandro Florenzi had been penalized following a review.ManU’s Marcus Rashford, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goalduring the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)United were only given a slim chance going into the game, with Solskjaer’s task made even harder by the fact that 10 of his players were either injured or suspended. That included midfielder Paul Pogba, who was sent off at Old Trafford.“Everything seemed to be against us, but we’re used to that,” Rashford said. “We showed what we’re about today and got the result we needed.”United was handed an immediate lifeline when PSG gifted United striker Romelu Lukaku a second-minute opening goal. The burly Belgium striker intercepted a back pass from Thilo Kehrer, rounded Buffon and slid the ball in from a tight angle.Left back Juan Bernat equalized for PSG in the 12th, turning in a cross at the back post after Kylian Mbappe got behind United’s static defense.Then, the hugely experienced Buffon spilled a low shot from Rashford and Lukaku turned in the rebound.“We agreed that when Marcus steps out on the press that I would follow,” Lukaku said. “I told him every time he shoots I’ll follow the ball.”Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford attempts a shot at goal PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)Sensing Buffon’s uncertainty, Rashford fired another shot just wide as United finished the first half strongly.PSG’s defense was having another one of its bad nights, a recurring theme during the knockout stages of a competition it has never won.Therefore PSG played tentatively during the second half, knowing United needed only one goal to qualify on the away goals rule.PSG winger Angel Di Maria scored with a delightful clip over the advancing De Gea after being put though by Mbappe’s clever flick in the 56th. But it was ruled out for offside.Mbappe remained PSG’s biggest threat, and his pace took him clear through on goal with six minutes left only for the France star to stumble and for Bernat to smack the loose ball against the post.___By JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports WriterPSG defender Juan Bernat, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, right, celebrates with his teammate Marcus Rashford after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Traffic police use ‘Yama’ to warn motorists against violations

first_imgA mace-wielding ‘Yamaraja,’ God of Death, attired in his traditional golden dress intercepted motorists near the Town hall here today and warned them he would visit their homes if they flout traffic rules.The Halasuru Gate traffic police roped in ‘Yamaraja’ as their brand ambassador to drive home the message of the dangers of not sporting a helmet, reckless driving and other violations.”We are observing July as a road safety month. As part of it, we are conducting various programmes such as lectures in schools and colleges and street-plays,” Deputy Commissioner of traffic police Anupam Agrawal told PTI.”Also, we thought of using the character Yama to send the message across that if you disobey the traffic rules, Yama will come to your home,” he said.The actor, who stopped motorists and reminded them of the importance of sticking to road rules, was Veeresh, a theatre artiste performing Hindu mythology-based dramas.After intercepting mostly young motorists, Yama waved his mace in the air, warning them that he would not spare them.In some cases, he rode pillion on those motorcycles that were driven recklessly.According to traffic police, the public awareness drive helped in minimising accidents.Till June-end this year, 2,336 accidents have been reported, of which 330 were fatal, they said.By last December-end, 5,064 accidents had been reported, of which 609 were fatal.In 2016, 7,506 accidents took place of which 754 were fatal.last_img read more

Raptors, Rockets or revolts? The biggest threats to the Cavaliers-Warriors duopoly

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. How serious a threat are Steph Curry’s ankle injuries to his career? features Read more Share on Messenger Steph Curry has missed the last six games due to a right ankle injury, the same ankle that he had surgery on earlier in his career. He is reportedly due back in action on Friday night, but he won’t be joined by Durant. Durant remains out with a rib injury at least until early next month, right around the same time the Warriors hope Klay Thompson will return from a fractured thumb. Without its full complement of stars, the Warriors have dropped four of their last six games. That’s a run that would see them bounced in a playoff series, and it’s just the second time they’ve lost four times in six games since the 2014-15 season. Verdict: Mild concern. Curry is almost back and Durant and Thompson will be in time for the playoffs. Barring any new injuries, opponents should get the Warriors at full-strength. Sorry, Western Conference.Cavaliers: There is one Cleveland player who is not injured and he’s really the only one that matters: LeBron James. Kevin Love broke his hand in late January but returned Monday night in a win over the Bucks and put up 18 points and seven boards in just 25 minutes – and was solid again against the Raptors on Wednesday. Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr are also banged up, but those gentlemen are also not LeBron James. Verdict: No concern. The Cavaliers go where James takes them. As long as he’s healthy, Cleveland can get back to the finals even if he has to pull the rest of them along on a gurney. Coaching Pinterest Pinterest Topics Golden State Warriors Share on WhatsApp Facebook Chris Paul and James Harden are likely to face the Warriors in the Western Conference finals. Photograph: Rick Bowmer/AP Support The Guardian Warriors: The 53-18 Warriors already have three more losses than they have in any of their previous three seasons under Steve Kerr. But, no, Kerr is not exactly on the hot seat. Going 207-39 with two NBA titles in your first three years as a head coach brings a certain amount of job security with it. Ever since that record-setting 73-9 season ended in disappointment in the 2016 NBA finals, Kerr and the Warriors know their goals are all about the postseason. He’ll have them focused and ready to go.Verdict: Zero concern. The Warriors have a coaching advantage in most any playoff matchup. Cavaliers: Head coach Tyronn Lue is on an indefinite health leave, putting assistant Larry Drew in charge of the team. (That is, if you are of the belief that anyone other than LeBron has ever been in charge of the Cavaliers.) “For the most part we’ll do what we’ve been doing,” Drew said on Monday. “I don’t want to confuse the guys.”Verdict: Zero concern. Mike Brown, Erik Spoelstra, David Blatt and Lue have all been the head coach of teams that reached the NBA Finals out of the Eastern Conference over the past 11 seasons. What did all of those coaches have in common? James was on their team. There’s no reason Drew can’t join that (prestigious?) list if Lue’s absence continues. Internal dissentWarriors: If injuries didn’t befall the great basketball super-team of our era, another theory was that infighting could undercut their potential. No team with that many stars would be happy with one basketball to go around – or so the idea went. But nearly two full years of the Durant Warriors are in the books now and there are precious few signs of turmoil. Everyone looked happy at Curry’s 30th birthday party a week ago and any frustrations Durant has are able to be relieved via angry posts on his burner Twitter accounts. Verdict: Nothing to worry about. Kerr not only hired the best talent, but the people around him are happy to work together. Maybe he really should run for president. Cavaliers: Roster strife on LeBron’s teams always seems one passive-aggressive social media post or unfollow away. The Cavs had what was reportedly a contentious team meeting in late January in which Kevin Love was called out for pulling himself out of a game. But Love has since received full-throated support from James and others after revealing his struggles with anxiety and the Cavs cleared out Derrick Rose and Isaiah Thomas at the trade deadline, creating a more harmonious locker room. Verdict: Not a concern. LeBron seems to legitimately like his new team-mates. And even if he doesn’t, an angry LeBron is probably an even more dangerous LeBron come playoff time. Rivals US sports Share on Facebook Since you’re here… NBA finals Share via Email Steve Kerr has two NBA titles to his name. Photograph: Brett Davis/USA Today Sports NBA Share on Twitter Less than three weeks remain in the NBA regular season and the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors have lost four times in two weeks and in the Eastern Conference the Cleveland Cavaliers are closer to ninth place than they are to first. Could this be it? Could this really be the year we don’t get the same NBA finals matchup we always do?Let’s take a look at all the things that could derail Warriors-Cavs, sport’s true tradition like no other.InjuriesWarriors: The biggest threat to the Warriors, even more than facing the greatest player of this generation in the finals, has always been injury. Losing one of their stars wouldn’t doom the Warriors – recall they won an NBA title and then a record 73 regular-season games without Kevin Durant at their disposal – but it would make them much more vulnerable in the finals and even well before. Playing without two of their superstars, though? Or three? Then Golden State are just another playoff team. Basketball Cleveland Cavaliers Warriors: So what could give the Warriors and Cavaliers problems if not injuries, coaching problems or internal strife? The other teams that will take the court against them for a change. Barring a major collapse in the final weeks, the Rockets will have homecourt advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs, the Trailblazers just ran off 13 wins in a row, Oklahoma City has been one of the NBA’s best teams since mid-January and the Spurs will be a hard out if Kawhi Leonard is able to return from injury. There is no easy path to the finals for the Warriors this year.Verdict: Moderate concern. The Warriors are still the favorites, but they won’t get through their conference this year without playing at their best. Cavaliers: As remarkable as James’ career has been, all but the most ardent LeBron fanboys and girls will admit that he has been aided throughout his career by soft competition in the Eastern Conference. Kyrie Irving is on a talented – if injury afflicted – Celtics team now and the No1 seed Raptors showed on Wednesday night that Cleveland can only beat them if James is playing at a superhero level. Yes, that’s only two teams with a legitimate shot of unseating Team LeBron, but that’s a significant increase over the usual crop of zero. While seeing LeBron lose an Eastern Conference finals may feel like the Earth stopped spinning, Irving would tell us that the Earth doesn’t even spin in the first place.Verdict: Legitimate concern. James might be having the best season of his career, yet’s he’s not a shoo-in to even make the NBA finals. That’s how much improvement the Eastern Conference has seen. Maybe next year it will be time for LeBron to give the West a try. In a Warriors uniform. Twitter Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_imgPosted on December 3, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Recently on the MHTF blog:We heard from Young Champion Seth CochranYoung Champion Ifeyinwa Egwaoje spoke at a TED event organized by Tulane UniversityThe Wilson Center hosted a Maternal Health Policy Dialogue on access to commoditiesGood news and bad news from Future Generations in PeruSome reading for the weekend:Unsafe abortions on the rise (via Women Deliver)Antenatal counseling and job aids in BeninMaternova on the paperless partographShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Bunkers Resorts to Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

first_imgzoom  Florida’s marine fuel provider Bunkers International Corp (Bunkers) and its affiliated companies have filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. “The companies were forced to take this action after their primary lender ceased lending and swept all available cash,” the company said in a statement.However, Bunkers said that despite the recent turn of events it intends to continue to operate during the Chapter 11 process and restructure its debts.“Although the Bankruptcy Code does not allow the company to pay for goods and services incurred prior to the filing date, the company will be current on all post‐filing obligations,“the statement further reads.Founded in 1995, Bunkers International has been servicing the marine fuel industry, providing trading, physical supply, and brokering services to ship operators. It operates from offices in the United States, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Greece, Singapore, Colombia, and South Africa.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory HRM

first_img Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) will be closed today, Sept. 15, for about 20 minutes between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., for blasting at the Larry Uteck Interchange. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes, which will be indicated by electronic signs. -30-last_img

Its strength Indigenous womens art displayed on billboards across Canada

first_imgWINNIPEG – Artists are reclaiming space in inner cities and on highways where many Indigenous women have suffered violence or disappeared.From June until August, the Resilience Project is putting the work of 50 Indigenous women artists on 167 billboards across the country to show Indigenous women are visible, powerful and should be celebrated.Two of the billboards will be on the Highway of Tears, a 700-kilometre stretch of road in northern British Columbia where numerous Indigenous women have been murdered or disappeared.The project, which includes photographs, paintings, and multimedia pieces, was produced by the Winnipeg centre Mentoring Artist for Women’s Art as a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools.“Resilience for this project is not just the narrow dictionary definition. It’s embodied as endurance, adaptability and sovereignty. It’s strength. It’s not about being a victim,” said curator Lee-Ann Martin.“It’s about these women standing as defenders of their cultural sovereignty and proudly expressing that.”Racism and exclusion have been part of the development of Canada and Indigenous women specifically have been disenfranchised and misunderstood, Martin said. Indigenous women couldn’t vote federally until 1960, lost their status and rights when they married outside of their communities and, in the art world, their work was classified as crafts, she said.Artist KC Adams’s Winnipeg home is adorned with different photo portraits, each with a unique story. Adams said Indigenous women are often only defined through stereotypes.“I know a lot of incredible Indigenous females who are going out every day and showing how to lead a good life and yet they are labelled with this victimhood,” said Adams. “This is really a conversation starter on how we need to change our point of view.”The Cree and Ojibwa artist uses two images in her Perception photography series, which was initially displayed in Winnipeg, to contrast societal labels with ones Indigenous women give themselves.A black-and-white image shows an Indigenous woman and asks whether she is a victim. Another shows the same woman, with a big smile, describing her as a wife, researcher, homeowner and “softball player with a wicked arm.”The photos will be on billboards throughout the country and Adams said there is significance in placing them in areas where Indigenous women have faced discrimination and felt fear.“It’s super important that we reclaim these spaces and show a different point of view, different perspective and show how powerful we actually are and how we are leaders in our community.”Anishinaabe, Dakota and Métis artist Lita Fontaine said when she was beginning her career, no one talked about the trauma of residential schools and the ’60s Scoop, let alone how women experienced either.She said it was hard to gain respect as an Indigenous artist, but being included in such a large and visible exhibition is going to “change the landscape.”“It brings us in the forefront, finally, because we need to have that voice.”Her photograph titled “Mni Wiconi — Water Is Sacred” shows a 2016 demonstration opposing pipelines. Behind a large banner, people hold images of Thunderbird Woman, which Fontaine said has become a powerful symbol for the Indigenous environmental movement and for women.To Fontaine, resilience is all about “bouncing back, reclaiming and fighting for what you believe in within yourself and that culture you are from.“It’s innate. It’s just in us. It’s natural,” she said. “Resilience is my mother. It’s the grandmothers. Its kookums. It’s the daughters.”last_img read more

Canadas climate plan not enough entire G7 must do more report says

first_imgOTTAWA — A report card on the climate action plans of the world’s wealthiest nations suggests not one of them is on track to meet even their own stated climate goals.The Climate Action Network, an international network of more than 1,300 climate groups, is issuing the report as the leaders of the G7 gather for their annual meeting in France this weekend.The Paris climate change agreement signed by all G7 nations in 2015 aims to keep global warming as close to 1.5 C as possible.The report card places Canada at the bottom of the pack with the United States and Japan, and the existing plans of all three are compatible with global warming above 4 C — a threshold that threatens to bring potentially catastrophic consequences to the planet.France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom have plans that would see global warming exceed 3 C by the end of the century.The report says Canada has some good policies, like ending the use of coal and maintaining a national price on pollution, but that they are nowhere near enough.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Annans Special Representative talks peace with another armed group in TimorLeste

Mr. Hasegawa and Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-Horta met with Major Alfredo Reinado, a former military police commander, in Maubisse, 25 kilometres southwest of the capital, said a United Nations official on the ground, adding that the Special Representative had told the Major that continued violence could bring further suffering to the people and that leaders could be held responsible.After the trip Mr. Hasegawa met with President Xanana Gusmão in the presidential office, while outside a crowd from the western part of the country demanded the removal of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri. The UN official said that Mr. Gusmão had asked them to return to their homes and said his priority was to re-stabilize the country so people will not live in fear.On Monday, Mr. Hasegawa and Mr. Ramos-Horta flew to Gleno, west of the capital, to meet with a separate armed group also calling for the removal of the Prime Minister, where the Special Representative delivered a similar message on the consequences of continued violence, the UN official said.Today the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Timor-Leste, Ian Martin, spent the last full day of his assessment mission meeting with police commanders and Timorese specialists in human rights, governance and anti-corruption, as well as with the Minister of the Interior. He leaves Wednesday for New York where he will report to the Secretary-General. On the humanitarian front, UN agencies report that a new census shows a larger number of internally displaced persons than previously thought. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) today said that an assessment of eight districts outside the capital show some 49,000 persons have been displaced. The previous working figure was 30,000 for all 13 districts. The new figure is expected to climb, UN officials said.The UN High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) has reported that its airlift of family tents, plastic sheets, and jerry cans has arrived in Dili and is to be moved out to camps set up to provide assistance to more than 100,000 displaced persons who have been uprooted in recent weeks through turmoil sparked by the dismissal of a third of the armed forces of the country that the UN shepherded to independence from Indonesia in 2002. read more

EYEWITNESS The occasion…

…not the causeBurnham had a penchant for flaunting his “erudition” – which mostly centred on the studied phrases he’d drop in conversations and speeches. With lawyers of his generation having to cram a whole list of Latin phrases, these were liberally trotted out at the drop of a hat. One of his favourites was to make the distinction between “casus belli” – the occasion used to justify a war and “causa belli” – the real cause of the war.So back in 1963, for instance, Burnham’s 80-day strike by the TUC for higher wages was simply the casus belli for bringing down the PPP Government. The real reason, the causa belli, was the US’s refusal to accept the “communist” PPP Government. Burnham played the game (Wink!Wink!) and was soon rewarded with the reins of power in Guyana – which he didn’t let go of to his death.The present followers of Burnham now ensconced in the PNC – incarnated as APNU – don’t have his facility with words, but they certainly know how to play the game. The latest demonstration was the CoI into the “assassination conspiracy” against Prezzie, who just happens to be the leader of the PNC. While the allegations were clearly a “cock and bull” story, there’s no question it should’ve been investigated properly.But the civilian controllers of the Police in Government are supposed to be the Minister of Public Security and his staff. Did Ramjattan advise that the Police were incapable of conducting their own investigation? This is a crucial question. The AFC demanded the Public Security Ministry be allocated to them because of the critical need for this institution to be professionalised. During the first PNC regime, as the Rodney CoI proved, the Police had been utterly de-professionalised and made into a creature of the PNC.The President just can’t treat the Minister of Public Security like his “creature”. But from all that has gone down, it’s clear Ramjattan’s a mere spectator, complaining about ‘leaks” and supporting the doomed Crime Chief! Most alarmingly, he’s mute as the implementation phase kicks in – which is where we’re seeing the CoI was just the occasion for the war. Most cynically so! The cause of the war was the PNC’s fear that the upper echelons of the Police Force MIGHT BE sympathetic to the PPP, during whose Administration they were appointed.But while a CoI is appointed by the President, he, like the Minister, can’t just fire “lax” officials. So we’re hearing about “REORGANISING” the Force. But we didn’t need a new CoI, for that, did we?Prezzie sat on the Disciplined Forces Commission, which already pronounced on that!…for graft in pharmaWe all know about the reasons offered by the Government for pulling their pharma out of the NEW GPC bond at Ruimveldt and storing it at a warehouse in Albouystown. The NEW GPC rates were too high…but that turned out to be a LIE since it was at least three times cheaper! Then we were told the warehouse was PAHO approved…That would’ve been a miracle since the “warehouse” was just a bottom house that took months to be made ready!! And bought and equipped by money forwarded by the Govt!Well, after all the protests and resignations and further lies (The PM: “the Govt warehouse at Diamond is too far away and the drugs needed at GPHC would get stuck in traffic!!), we now hear a $2.4 million storage bond will be built at Kingston, and the Diamond bond will be extended for $1.6 million. These will take care of ALL STORAGE.So what was the CAUSE of the Government spending $150 million to date on the Albouystown bond?To pay off a “political investment”!!…for schoolingOne RISE rep took umbrage at Lincoln Lewis attempting to “school” them on constitutional change. While insisting the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) be CONSTITUTIONALLY enshrined!!It’s the “Fiscal Rules and Fiscal Responsibility Legislation” not the SWF, oh well-schooled one!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Spontaneous…February 15, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Getting on…October 4, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Commemorating…August 7, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

Mikakos visits South Yarra Seniors

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing Jenny Mikakos, and Labor Candidate for Praharn Neil Pharaoh visited a few days ago a number of Greek Senior Groups in the Prahran area. Specifically they met with members of the St Demitrios Seniors Group, members of the Union of Christians from Constantinople Group and members of the South Yarra Greek Senior Citizens Group.last_img

Time Inc Rationalizing Portfolio as Q1 Shows Continued Decline

first_img Also Wednesday, CEO Rich Battista told investors that Time Inc. is investing in “an aggressive cost re-engineering program” along with “rationalizing” its portfolio — a phrase that usually refers to shutting or selling properties.  It’s a rocky start to 2017 for Time Inc., which last month appeared to have closed the door on acquisition discussions with multiple parties, at least for the time being. Meredith Corp. reportedly valued the company at $18 per share — below the $20 per share that Time Inc. supposedly sought. Time Inc.’s revenue declined by $54 million, or 8 percent, in the first three months of 2017, marking another quarter of contraction for the beleaguered but still giant publisher. Overall revenue for the quarter was $636 million, including $212 million from print advertising (down 21 percent from the same period in 2016) and $119 million from digital advertising, which increased by 32 percent. Circulation revenue also decreased by 14 percent, or $33 million, which the company attributed to changes in frequency across brands, as well as a consumer preference for digital media. Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story reported that Time Inc. had rejected an offer from Meredith Corp. Time Inc. has not confirmed that claim. View the company’s official statement here.center_img As Battista promised a brighter future, former CEO Joe Ripp said goodbye to yesterday. Ripp is leaving his role as executive chairman of Time Inc., as is board member Howard Stringer. Ripp is being replaced by John Fahey as non-executive chairman of the company. Dan Rosensweig, president and CEO of the learning platform Chegg, Inc., has also been nominated to the board.  Operating income was reported at a loss of $26 million, following decreases in revenues as well as large restructuring costs, to the tune of $16 million, that followed a year of layoffs and the resulting severance payments. In an earnings announcement Wednesday, the company also said that it has identified “non-core assets,” which it will begin to divest shortly. It’s not clear which assets will be sold, but the news of a potential selloff comes just days after Time Inc. said it would follow its own strategic plan instead of seeking a sale of the whole company. Shareholders responded unfavorably to Wednesday’s report, with shares dropping from $15.13 on Tuesday afternoon to $12.25 Wednesday morning. At press time, shares had stabilized around $13.08.last_img read more

Crowdfund Petite Panic Button Ripple

first_img Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter Stay on target Pepper spray and a hairbrush-concealed stiletto dagger don’t always cut it when you’re in danger. But a personal panic button may save your life.Ripple—the “world’s first wearable support network”—is a safety device and service that keeps users connected to an emergency response team 24/7.“Whether walking alone at night, meeting somebody new for the first time, facing immediate danger, or even traveling the country, Ripple’s device, and service … keep you one click away from the help you need,” Casey Pittock, CEO of connected health partner Tunstall Americas, said in a statement.Attach the penny-sized button to your keys, purse handle, belt loop, sports bra, or other easy-access area. Then, when you’re walking home at night, hear a suspicious noise in the house, or are lost in an unknown city, click once to immediately receive a phone call from the “professional monitoring team, who will interrupt an awkward encounter or stay on the line for a comforting chat.In a crisis, three clicks bypasses the Ripple squad and instead alerts the police or an ambulance, or calls your phone.But help don’t come cheap: The overly cautious can snag a wearable—with a full year of round-the-clock service and free replacements every six months—for $129 on Kickstarter. Meanwhile, a late Valentine’s Day gift of two Ripples costs $229, while a family-sized five-pack sells for $529. Who ever said you can’t put a price on love?Folks can also pledge only $49 for one Ripple wearable and three months of support service.Expected to ship in April, the waterproof device connects via Bluetooth to an iOS or Android app, where users can build their profile with personal and medical details, and keep track of battery life.As of press time, the all-or-nothing Kickstarter campaign has earned $786 from five backers, with 29 more days to reach its $50,000 goal.last_img read more

Nicole Kidman happy to play bad girl

first_imgNicole Kidman says she loves playing the villain in movies because as a child, she was ‘happiest’ pretending to be a villain. ‘I was the kid who loved the wicked witch in ‘The Wizard of Oz’. So, of course, I grew up to be the girl who wants to play the villain in a movie,’ she said.last_img

The Cryptic Codes of a Comic Icon were Only Cracked by a

first_imgWhile he spent much of his time disguised by a giant fiberglass head, musician and comedian Chris Sievey was far from unsociable. As unpredictable alter ego Frank Sidebottom he appeared to enjoy nothing more than chatting with fans, sometimes in the comfort of their own homes. He was a much-loved icon of British character comedy, both accessible and remote. When he passed away from cancer in 2010, his hand-crafted album sleeves, newsletters, and sports programs provided a wealth of cryptic information. In fact, the codes he left behind were so obscure, GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) were brought in to crack them.Director Steve Sullivan, who made the documentary Being Frank (2018), decided to consult the UK’s elite puzzle solvers. They pored over strange symbols left in the borders of Sidebottom’s artistic output. Sullivan confided in BBC News that “it was entirely plausible that there wasn’t code there and that he was just winding people up.”Photo by BeingFrankMovie CC BY SA 2.0However, the gambit paid off, though it happened on Sidebottom’s terms. At first GCHQ didn’t get anywhere interpreting what the codes might mean. It took the discovery of a further nugget of information from the late comedian to set them on the right path.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsTurned out he deliberately confused potential crackers by mixing his messages in with symbols created by his children. By putting these in an outer row, while drawing his own along an inner row, he managed to pull off a mind bender worthy of any spy agency.Once Sullivan had been informed about this crucial detail by Chris Sievey’s son Stirling, he updated the team with the news that “the outer ring is a red herring”. He then received “an email one day saying, ‘Right, we’ve cracked it during a light-hearted training exercise.’”The headquarters of GCHQ in 2017As befitting Sievey and Sidebottom’s roots in North West England, “the first word cracked by GCHQ boffins was Sidebottom’s favorite word, ‘bobbins’.” The website Everything2.com states, “Bobbins are… those devices used for storing large volumes of cotton,” going on to mention that Frank described it as rhyming slang for “‘Bobbins of Cotton’ meaning Rotten… bobbins is quite a good euphemism to use when decrying something without causing offense.”The other words and messages revealed were pleasingly surreal, with the most understandable being “Why does my nose hurt after concerts?” Because Sievey put a peg on his nose when performing as Sidebottom there isn’t much of a mystery behind that one.Photo by Being Frank Movie CC BY SA 2.0People would make the mistake of thinking Frank Sidebottom was just a comic creation. He went way beyond that. In 2010 the Manchester Evening News interviewed Sidebottom, reporting, “Like thousands before me… I never got to see the man behind the papier-mache mask. His last text message to me, which I received minutes after leaving the pub, read: ‘And this time no mention of that Chris Sievey character.’”Sievey was a prolific musician and artist who came up with Sidebottom as an offshoot of his band The Freshies in 1984. When people took to the nasal-voiced creation he became more of a full-time role.He made frequent appearances on TV and radio, where he cultivated an atmosphere of genuine anarchy. His trademark head, with its cartoon-like features, went from papier-mache to a more substantial version as time went on. His musical releases included I’m The Urban Spaceman, Christmas Is Really Fantastic and the World Cup charity single Three Shirts On My Line.Frank sidebottom. Photo by Jonathan Beeston CC By 2.5As written by The Skinny in 2014, “The beauty of Sidebottom performances was that no two would ever be the same; they were completely unpredictable and utterly brilliant live revues in which anything could happen.”In the same feature, Sullivan describes filming with the man himself. Lifting the head to put in a microphone, he noticed that “Chris’s eyes were completely glazed over. There was no recognition. He was Frank.”He wasn’t in it for the money either. The performer “gave most things away for free or destroyed them… Even at the height of his popularity during the late 80s, Frank would hire out his services to come to your house to entertain.” When Sievey died, his funeral had to be crowdfunded. A statue of Sidebottom was erected in his home town of Timperley, Greater Manchester (Sievey was born in nearby Ashton-on-Mersey).Frank Sidebottom statue Timperley Manchester. Photo by Duncan.Hull CC BY SA 3.0The character made it to the big screen in a sense when the movie Frank was released in 2014. Starring Michael Fassbender behind the giant head, the script was a loose adaptation of Sidebottom’s life based on a book by journalist and friend Jon Ronson.Read another story from us: The Scream of Sam Kinison – Religious Preacher Turned Rock Star ComedianAs it transpired, Sidebottom’s mystery wasn’t such a conundrum after all. Ironically the code grid he used — which would have supplied answers without the need to call on the government — was stumbled upon in the back of an old address book. This happened just 24 hours after GCHQ delivered their findings.last_img read more