first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday suspended the six umpires caught in a TV sting, which alleged that they were willing to fix Twenty20 matches, pending the completion of an inquiry against them.”The International Cricket Council (ICC) and its relevant Full Member Boards have agreed not to appoint any of the umpires named in a sting operation recently conducted by India TV to any domestic or international cricket matches pending the outcome of the ongoing investigations into the allegations made,” the governing body said in a statement.”The officials named are not contracted by the ICC and those Boards who employ and nominate the umpires directly will conduct the investigations as a matter of urgency,” it added.The channel had shown video clips purportedly taken by their undercover reporters in which the umpires were shown to be allegedly willing to give certain decisions in exchange for money.Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ajith Jayasekara said that they are studying the tapes of the sting operation and the local anti-corruption unit will work with the ICC in the investigations.The channel showed video clips, purportedly taken by their undercover reporters in which the umpires were shown to be allegedly willing to give certain decisions in exchange for money.The six umpires, who are purportedly shown in the TV sting willing to fix matches, were Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage of Sri Lanka.All of them have denied the allegations, insisting that they were trapped by the channel.Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in Chief of news channel India TV, stood by the channel’s expose and said it was open to any inquiry or public scrutiny of their journalistic work if the authenticity of the tapes is in question.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgOlympiacos Piraeus opened the playoffs just like it wanted, protecting home court in Game 1 with a resounding 87-72 win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul at Peace and Friendship Stadium on Wednesday night.Olympiacos extended its winning streak on its home floor in the playoffs to 10 games by taking control early and leading by a double digit margin for the entire second half behind a stiff defense and a balanced offense that saw five Reds score in double figures, Eurolegue says.Efes never came closer than 10 points in the fourth quarter, but Olympiacos quickly pulled away to a 21-point margin as Vangelis Mantzaris paced the team with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Contributions for the Reds came from everywhere: Georgios Printezis quietly came up with double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds; Erick Green netted 13 points; Nikola Milutinov collected 11 points, tied a career-high with 7 rebounds, added 2 assists and 2 blocks; while Vassilis Spanoulis had 10 points and 7 assists.Tyler Honeycutt amassed 17 points plus 10 rebounds for Efes, Thomas Heurtel scored 14 and Jayson Granger netted all of his 12 points in the second half in defeat.Milutinov had a pair of early offensive rebounds for put-backs to set the tone, and Mantzaris hit back-to-back threes to help Olympiacos open a 15-7 lead. Alex Kirk made his presence felt inside for Efes, but Kostas Papanikolaou got Olympiacos to 18-11 at the end of first and then Dominic Waters nailed three consecutive jumpers early in the second, before Papanikolaou’s three-pointer made it 29-19.Honeycutt made a pair of long jumpers for the visitors, but Olympiacos did not allow them to close the margin, with fastbreak baskets from Green and Dimitrios Agravanis. A corner three-from Green helped extend the lead to 14 points, before Heurtel’s three-pointer in the final minute of the second quarter – the first for Efes in 8 attempts – made it 42-31 at halftime. Spanoulis and Granger traded triples early in the third, but Spanoulis had a three-point play to open a 50-35 advantage. Shots did start falling for Efes, especially Granger, who scored 10 third quarter points.Heurtel had 5 quick points to get the visitors within 59-47. However, triples from Mantzaris and Green made it 67-49 late in the third quarter. Brandon Paul and Thomas each nailed a three-pointer in the first 60 seconds of the fourth quarter, and Honeycutt made a tip-in to cut within 70-60. However, Olympiacos did not allow any type of comeback, as Spanoulis dished to Agravanis for a layup and then himself drove for a basket, before throwing an alley-oop pass for a Khem Birch dunk. Mantzaris’s fourth triple and Milutinov’s fourth offensive rebound opened a 21-point margin that sealed the outcome.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgBy BEN HARRISWith the 2012 State of Origin series only 24 hours away, I’ve decided to go back in time and look at the last meeting New South Wales and Queensland had in the mate versus mate tournament.The year was 2008, and what a year it was.The then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, said “sorry” to the Stolen Generation, Americans went Obama-crazy for their 44th President and this reporter sported a hair-do that rivalled Elvis.But enough of the other “highlights”, the real event of the year was in August – no, not the Beijing Olympics – but Touch Football’s State of Origin held at Tempe on August 22 and 23.The nation’s fiercest rivals in sport went head-to-head in 13 divisions from women’s 20s to men’s 50s.After two days of spectacular touchdowns, intense matches and close score lines, NSW won nine of the 13 divisions.This is what went down in history in each of those divisions.Men’s Opens: NSW 2-1After losing to Queensland 2-1 in 2006, NSW were out for revenge in the 2008 version.Game one was as thrilling as you could have got with NSW winning 9-8 in game one.NSW legend Jamie Stowe bagged four touchdowns in the game, which is a record in the men’s competition.Game two and Queensland struck back with an 8-5 victory. Chris Farrow and Nathan Jones scoring two touchdowns each, and NSW player Anthony Ziade grabbing three.With the division on the line, the final match was a beauty with both teams trading touchdowns. But in the end it was the boys in blue that won 7-5.Women’s Opens: NSW 2-1NSW took out game one of the women’s opens with ease, defeating Queensland 5-2.However, the next two matches were tight and low-scoring.NSW were able to wrap up the division with a 3-2 win in the second match but Queensland came back in the third to deny their rivals a clean sweep.Nikki Etheridge and Greta Perkins scoring touchdowns for the maroons as they won 2-1.Mixed Opens: Queensland 3-0Queensland were unstoppable in the mixed opens by winning all three games.Their romp started with an 8-5 victory on day one and it was followed it up with another comfortable win in game two, 10-5.The third match, NSW tried hard to deny Queensland of a clean sweep but they were beaten 6-5.Men’s 20s: NSW 3-0The “babies” of the squads always throw up an exciting and enthralling show for the crowd, and there were no exceptions.NSW’s Dylan Thompson found the Touchdown Zone on three occasions as his side went home 7-4 winners.Game two also went the way of the boys from NSW but only by the skin of their teeth, 8-7.Thompson was again in the thick of the action as his double and a pair to Michael Singh gave NSW a 3-0 division win when they won the third match 9-5.Women’s 20s: NSW 2-1Only one touchdown separated the two teams in 2006 and 2008 was no different.Both teams could barely be separated in each match.Queensland won the first match 2-1 but NSW returned the favour taking out game two 3-2.The third game was end-to-end stuff with both teams finding the Touchdown Zone on several occasions.But it was NSW who won the decider 6-5 with a double to Ashleigh Dind.Men’s 30s: NSW 3-0Only one word can describe the men’s 30s division in 2008 – domination.Unfortunately for Queensland, they were on the wrong end of some cricket-like scores.NSW player Adam Fahim scored a SOO record nine touchdowns – six in game two – from three matches.NSW won the division 3-0 after racking up scores of 12-0, 15-4 and 15-3.Women’s 30s: NSW 2-1As it was in the women’s 20s, only one touchdown was the difference after three gruelling matches.NSW took out the first game 2-1 thanks to touchdowns to Rachel Byrne and Melanie Harrison.Queensland got it back to 1-1 in the division following a 1-0 win in game two.However, NSW were able to overcome that defeat and record a 3-2 victory in the deciding match.Men’s 35s: NSW 3-0NSW swept this division with three wins but they were pushed all the way by their rivals in each game.NSW took out the opening two matches with the same score line, 4-3, but the third game was a lot higher scoring.The boys from the “first state” winning 8-7 with Matthew Russell scoring two touchdowns.Women’s 35s: Queensland 2-1Queensland had a reason to smile in this division, taking it out 2-1.They won the first match 4-2 but were shocked in game two when NSW fought back and recorded a 3-1 win.However, Queensland were soon back on top, winning the third match 4-1.Men’s 40s: NSW 3-0It was the Darren Currie and Brandon McDonald show in the opening two matches of this division.The NSW players scored three touchdowns each in game one and two respectively.NSW were completely dominant in the first two matches, claiming a 9-3 win match one and 9-1 in match two.Queensland put on a spirited effort in the third match but they were beaten 3-2.Women’s 40s: Queensland 2-1Queensland had revenge on their mind in this division after losing the 2006 series.After winning the first game 2-1, Queensland were confident of taking out the second.In an exciting match that saw Doreen Kearney score three touchdowns for NSW, Queensland won the second match 6-4.Not going home without a win, NSW fought back to claim the third game 4-3.Men’s 45s: NSW 3-0With rugby league great Cliff Lyons in their mix, NSW were too strong for Queensland in the men’s 45s, claiming the division 3-0.NSW took out the first game 7-3 then followed it up with a 6-1 victory in game two and an 8-3 win in the final match.Men’s 50s: Queensland 3-0The “veterans” of the competition can still produce some exciting touch football.And although the score line in the first two games show Queensland were dominant – 6-2 win game one and 7-3 victory in game two – the third match was tight.Rob McCarthy’s two touchdowns proved to be the difference and Queensland’s saving grace as they won 4-3 to clinch a 3-0 clean sweep.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: SOO – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auOr FOLLOW us on Twitter or LIKE us on our Facebook page.Related LinksLast time they metlast_img read more

first_img The House of Representatives was updated on October 29, on the major findings of a preliminary study done on the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA), in which the Goat Islands, the preferred site for the development of a major transshipment port in the proposed global logistics hub, are located.Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, revealed that the Environmental Management Scoping Study has, among other things, concluded that the Portland Bight and Ridge was declared a protected area in 1999 under the Natural Resources Conservation Authority Act. However, the area is not exclusively an environmental conservatory and is intended to facilitate multiple activities in a sustainable manner.The study identified three areas zoned as fish sanctuaries, Three Bays, Galleon Harbour and Salt Harbour. However, it noted that the PBPA is in a degraded condition as a result of dynamiting and over fishing and as a result, the fishermen make their catch from the Pedro Cays.“The only sanctuary likely to be impacted by the proposed project is Galleon Bay, which is experiencing naturally degraded performance,” Dr. Davies said.The study suggests that strategies to address the potential environmental impacts and to possible enhance the existing environmental condition could include the creation of an alternative fish sanctuary, relocation and replanting of disturbed areas of mangrove and sea grass and the development of a habitat within the PBPA for the species that may need to be relocated.Dr. Davies also revealed that the study recommended that the project development phase to design these and other compensatory strategies, should commence concurrently with the development of the project, to facilitate environment policy and regulatory compliance between the proposed infrastructure development and environmental conservation.“The Scoping Study has recommended that a plan of institutional strengthening of the Protected Area Trust be developed. This plan would aim at improving the management of the natural resources of the declared protected areas of the PBPA. This is expected to be an important feature of the efforts to improve the sustainable development of this multi-use park,” the Minister said.Having presented the project’s findings, Dr. Davies said several steps will be taken before a final recommendation is made to Cabinet. “The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) will continue liaising with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), to clarify the details of the project, to define the stages in which the project will be implemented and the phases of construction, including particulars of the areas to be affected during each phase,” he informed.Dr. Davies noted that when the essential details that are to be provided, are taken into consideration, “a Framework Agreement is expected to be finalized before the expiration of the amended Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the end of April 2014.”The Minister informed that during the negotiation of the Framework Agreement, issues identified in the environmental scoping will be addressed in the preliminary designs. The Framework Agreement will be presented to Cabinet after its completion.“Assuming that the project meets with the approval of Cabinet, it will be submitted to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) for the determination of the Terms of Reference of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA),” the Minister said.The EIA will be guided by the findings of the Scope Study, which was conducted by Conrad Douglas and Associates. It was commissioned by the PAJ to identify the legal and regulatory environment, the natural heritage resources, the industrial and commercial interest and the principal bio-physical and socio-cultural characteristics of  the Portland Bight Protected Area.The Minister noted that a summary of the key points of the Environmental Management Scoping Study will be available on the PAJ website www.portjam.com. The PAJ is also to meet with the environmental groups to discuss the full report. “Thereafter, the full information will be available to the wider public,” Dr. Davies said. The Scoping Study has recommended that a plan of institutional strengthening of the Protected Area Trust be developed. The study identified three areas zoned as fish sanctuaries. Story Highlights The Environmental Management Scoping Study has concluded the area is not exclusively an environmental conservatory.last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal The Expanded Panama Canal commemorated its 1,000th day in operation on March 22, marking a milestone for the waterway that continues to redefine world trade routes and exceed expectations.“During these 1,000 days, the Panama Canal’s workforce has not only met the challenge of successfully managing the Neopanamax Locks, but also exceeded the projections we had for this period of operations, thanks to their efficiency and productivity,” Jorge L. Quijano, the Panama Canal Administrator, said.Since the inauguration of the expanded canal in June 2016, the waterway has experienced an increase in cargo tonnage, as a result of new segments and liner services that have been redirected through Panama to capitalize on the time and cost savings offered by the interoceanic route.More than 5,700 Neopanamax vessels have since transited through the waterway, with container ships accounting for about 51 percent of traffic, followed by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships with almost 26.2 and 11.3 percent, respectively. The waterway has also welcomed bulk carriers, tankers, vehicle carriers and cruise ships through the Neopanamax Locks.Increased experience with the Neopanamax Locks, along with continued optimization of and investment in its operations, have allowed the waterway to provide additional capacity, flexibility and efficiency across segments. Such changes have included modifications to the Transit Reservation System and transit restrictions, as well as the addition of two reservation spaces for the Neopanamax Locks, bringing the total number of booking spaces from six (at the time of opening) to eight. As a result, the Canal has marked a series of recent milestones, including record annual tonnage and the first transit of four LNG vessels in one day last October.Just last month, the Panama Canal celebrated Moody’s Investors Service upgrade of the Panama Canal’s long-term rating, based on the canal’s strong performance since the expansion’s inauguration. This was followed days later by the waterway’s admission to the Global Industry Alliance (GIA), a public-private partnership initiative of the IMO.“These recent achievements reflect the canal workforce’s dedication to bringing value and innovation to the global maritime industry. They also mark just the beginning of an ambitious plan to strengthen Panama’s position as the logistics hub of the Americas.”“To do so, the waterway will continue to invest in its infrastructure, offerings and people to ensure the Panama Canal remains a competitive and reliable route for the next 1,000 days and on.”last_img read more

first_imgSandra Kelly has done everything from painting hop-scotch blocks on the school playground to organizing pedometer challenges to help get her students active and physically fit. The Seton Elementary School principal has also encouraged students to participate in community runs and fitness challenges, established a walk-to-school program, and made sure her North Sydney school sells only healthy beverages, like 100 per cent fruit juices and milk, in the vending machines. Ms. Kelly takes student health seriously, and she is not the only one. The veteran educator is one of 26 teachers and education partners being honoured during provincial Education Week for their efforts to promote healthy eating and physical activity in their schools. This year’s Education Week theme is Healthy Living: Step up to the Plate. Education Week runs from April 23-29. “The truth is that healthy children learn better, and that schools can play a major role in promoting healthy, active living,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “There are many educators like Sandra Kelly right across this province who are stepping up to the plate to help students enhance the quality of their lives by encouraging them make healthy choices.” The award nominees were recognized at a ceremony today, April 24, at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Akerley Campus in Dartmouth. Ms. Kelly says it is part of her job to get students excited about, and interested in, healthy eating and physical fitness. “I think it’s making a difference. We are seeing our students more engaged and certainly more on task,” she said. Over the past three years Ms. Kelly and her staff have used a number of techniques to highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The school has filled the area around the school with games, promoted activity breaks, offered prizes for kids who walk to school, and entered the school in the Fiddlers Run and Cape Breton The Lakes Active Healthy Living challenges. One of her innovative approaches has been to use pedometers so students could compete with each other to see who walked the furthest over the course of a week. The school also allows children to eat fruit and other healthy foods while in class. Developing and promoting healthy, active learners has been a key element of the province’s Learning For Life II, government’s plan for education. Over the current school year, the Department of Education and Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection have expanded the health curriculum and worked with boards to implement healthy eating policies. Support has also been made available to hire more qualified physical education teachers and increase the minimum time for phys-ed instruction. Education Week, celebrated in Nova Scotia since the 1930s, is supported by five key education partners: the Department of Education, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations, and la Federation des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Ecosse. For the fourth year in a row, Education Week is being sponsored by the Teachers Plus Credit Union.last_img read more

first_imgAGASSIZ, B.C. – Five homes have been evacuated in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley over concerns about the stability of a giant boulder that slid down into a residential community last month.The District of Kent says in a news release that 22,000-kilogram rock came from a bluff above the homes in the community of Agassiz on Nov. 5.Officials say crews have been working with a geotechnical engineer to access the site, but bad weather has impeded the process.The district’s mayor, John Van Laerhoven, ordered an emergency evacuation Sunday for eight properties, which includes five homes in the area, saying life safety is paramount.He says in a statement that the evacuation order is a precautionary step to help address a potentially serious situation due to freezing weather at higher elevations.The district says it is working with Emergency Management B.C. to complete a geotechnical assessment on the rock bluffs as soon as possible.last_img read more

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Enbridge Energy is delaying the startup of its Line 3 replacement crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota by a year.The Canadian-based company said Friday it now expects the new pipeline to go into service in the second half of 2020. Enbridge officials had hoped to put the pipeline into service in the second half of 2019.But Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recently said his administration will keep pursuing an appeal of an independent regulatory commission’s approval of Enbridge’s plan.The state Public Utilities Commission approved the project last summer. But the Minnesota Department of Commerce argued that Enbridge failed to provide legally adequate long-range demand forecasts to establish that it’s needed.Enbridge wants to replace Line 3 because it’s increasingly prone to cracking and corrosion. Native American and environmental activists argue the project risks spills in pristine areas.The Associated Press read more

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopian Airlines’ CEO says the pilots who flew the plane that crashed on March 10 had trained on “all appropriate simulators,” rejecting reports that they had not been adequately prepared to handle the new aircraft.Tewolde Gebremariam said in a statement Monday that the airline owns simulators to help pilots train on the Boeing 737 Max, which has software installed that requires new training. The software can pitch the plane’s nose down in some cases to keep it from stalling.There is speculation that the software could have contributed to the crash, which killed 157 people, as well as to the crash of another Boeing 737 Max, a Lion Air flight, in October.Regulators say both planes had similar erratic flight paths shortly after take-off, an important part of their decision to ground the roughly 370 Max planes around the world.Boeing Co. is likely facing heavy costs to update the flight-control software on the Max and compensate airlines that have lost use of now-parked Max jets.Separately, Boeing’s European rival Airbus announced a deal to sell 300 planes to Chinese airlines, which are also major operators of the Max. The deal — signed before Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron — includes 290 Airbus A320 jets, which compete with the Boeing 737. The number that are A320neo jets, the chief competitor to the Boeing Max, will be determined later, an Airbus spokeswoman said.China’s demand for airliners is huge, and it could still order plenty more Boeing jets, but the announcement highlighted the peril Boeing faces in restoring airline and passenger confidence in its bestselling jet.After the Lion Air crash off the coast of Indonesia, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing issued new training material for pilots. Questions lingered, however, whether the required training was sufficient and whether airlines like Ethiopian had access to simulators to give pilots thorough experience handling the software.Gebremariam said Ethiopian Airlines owns and operates a Boeing 737 Max simulator.“Contrary to some media reports, our pilots who fly the new model were trained on all appropriate simulators,” Gebremariam said. “The crews were well trained on this aircraft.”The CEO, however, had told The Associated Press this weekend that he thinks the warnings and extra training material from Boeing and U.S. regulators “might not have been enough.”He said in a subsequent interview to The Wall Street Journal on Monday that it appeared that the anti-stall software had been activated on the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed, though it was still too early to be sure.Ethiopian Airlines is widely seen as Africa’s best-managed airline. It had been using five of the Max planes and was awaiting delivery of 25 more.Boeing is updating the plane’s anti-stall software and has invited more than 200 pilots, technical experts and regulators to its factory in Renton, Washington, for a briefing.The Federal Aviation Administration expects Boeing’s update this week.As part of the update, Boeing said it is tweaking the anti-stall software. After the update, the system will rely on data from more than one sensor before it automatically pushes the plane’s nose lower. The system won’t repeatedly push the nose down, and it will reduce the magnitude of the change.Boeing said it will pay to train airline pilots. Additional training — to be done on computers, not on a plane or in a flight simulator — is designed to drill home for pilots how they can override the software if it engages unnecessarily.A Boeing spokesman on Monday said the company was continuing to determine the cost of updating the flight-control software and related changes. He declined to comment on whether the company would compensate airlines whose jets have been grounded.Boeing has not said what it expects to pay to relatives of the people who died in the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes. In filings, Boeing has not disclosed a charge for potential costs related to the Oct. 29 Lion Air accident.An aviation analyst for financial-services firm Cowen estimated the cost of the software fix at $400 million to $500 million, or roughly $1 million for each of the nearly 400 Max jets delivered or in the process of being delivered. Analyst Cai von Rumohr said Boeing may have little contractual obligation to compensate the airlines, but it will have to give them something to limit its loss of goodwill, and that is likely to be Boeing’s biggest direct cost from the accidents.Von Rumohr estimated that Boeing’s compensation to the families of Ethiopian Airlines victims could be $150 million — around $1 million for each of the people who died — and less after insurance.The worldwide grounding of the Max fleet will eat into Boeing’s cash flow because aircraft manufacturers get most of the purchase price only when the plane is delivered — Boeing has suspended Max deliveries.However, the Chicago company would receive that cash eventually if airlines don’t cancel orders. So far, Garuda Indonesia has said it plans to scrap a $4.9 billion order for 49 planes, but no other major Max customers — of which Southwest Airlines, with 249 orders, is the biggest — have indicated they plan to cancel. Boeing has about 4,600 unfilled orders for the plane’s various configurations.___AP Airlines Writer David Koenig in Dallas contributed to this report.Elias Meseret, The Associated Press read more

29 August 2008The United Nations refugee agency says that some 2,300 people from villages in the buffer zone between the Georgian town of Gori and the breakaway region of South Ossetia have registered in Gori as internally displaced people. “Many of the recent arrivals reached Gori on Tuesday and Wednesday, after being forcibly displaced by militias in villages near the boundary with South Ossetia,” Hélène Caux, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.Some 800 of these internally displaced persons (IDPs) are staying in a tented camp set up in partnership with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) earlier this week. Others are being accommodated in municipal centres.“Several of the displaced told UNHCR that they had fled fighting earlier this month and had just returned to their homes over the weekend,” said Ms. Caux, who added that people talked about militias entering the villages, shooting in the air, harassing the inhabitants and looting their property. “The newly displaced in Gori all have stories of intimidation, including beatings by the militia in buffer zone villages north of Gori,” she said. “Others have returned to Gori because they felt unsafe when they arrived back in their villages…They also said they feared the presence of mines.” According to Georgian officials, between 10,000 to 15,000 of Gori’s inhabitants have returned to their city, out of a normal peacetime population of 70,000.A UNHCR assessment mission on Wednesday to villages north of Gori confirmed that many returnees they met were traumatized and scared. Some people had returned to their villages even though basic services such as water supply, medical care and food supplies are no longer available. Meanwhile, displaced people continue to return to their homes in South Ossetia. Russian authorities said more than 25,000 people from South Ossetia have returned from Russia since 12 August. People who are still housed in temporary accommodation centres in Russia are expected to go back to South Ossetia by early September.“The situation on the ground remains complex and unpredictable in Georgia with continuing movements of people,” said Ms. Caux, adding that UNHCR teams continue to closely monitor these movements, including potential displacement in the region. More than 158,000 people were displaced during the conflict that began on 8 August – about 128,000 within Georgia and some 30,000 who fled to Russia. Yesterday senior UN officials warned the Security Council that the overall situation in and around Georgia’s breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia remains tense, as they briefed the 15-member body on the latest developments in the Caucasus country. read more

While in Bihar, he is expected to meet Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He is also set to inaugurate a cultural centre in Bodh Gaya. According to Indian officials, Rajapaksa will then proceed to the Tirupati temple, before returning to Sri Lanka Saturday or Sunday. The attack lasted only a couple of minutes. Eight CCTV cameras installed at different spots in the branch recorded the incidents from 1.30 p.m. to 1.32 p.m. The men did not go to the top floor, where cash was kept. (Agencies) A group of men attacked the Bank of Ceylon branch in Egmore, Chennai yesterday, causing injuries to some employees and police personnel on duty.Police suspect the attack was in protest against the visit of President Rajapaksa to India, the Hindu newspaper reported. President Mahinda Rajapaksa who will leave for in India on pilgrimage today, will will not visit New Delhi to meet the country’s leaders, the Indian media quoted official sources as saying.The Indo Asian News Service (IANS) said the president will fly from Colombo Friday to Bodh Gaya, the site where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and which hosts a 1,500-year-old temple — the most sacred to Buddhists worldwide. The report said that 12 masked men arrived in autorickshaws and motorcycles at Jarret Gardens 2nd Avenue, Casa Major Road, where the bank in located in a two-storey building, police said.They entered the premises by pushing the two policemen on duty and damaged the guardroom and the bank’s signboard on the ground floor.“They barged into the first floor office and attacked clerk Maria Rajesh and trainee Janakan, a city college student, with clubs and shards of glass. The group shouted slogans against Mr. Rajapaksa and damaged the cubicles. They threw whatever object they could lay their hands on at glass partitions and damaged a wall clock,” said an investigating officer. read more

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple Inc on Monday launched a “Sign In With Apple” function to rival Facebook and Google web login accounts, drawing a contrast with rivals by stressing protection of users’ information.Apple will also tighten controls on location tracking. When users sign in with their Google or Facebook Inc profiles to third-party apps, the apps often share valuable data with Google and Facebook, a practice that Apple is looking to stop. Apple said it created a system to let users generate a random, unique email to use with each app so that users do not have to reveal their real email address.The company, meanwhile, retired the iTunes app for the Mac. Originally introduced in 2001 by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as a way to load songs onto the then-new iPod, iTunes became sprawling over the years, letting users manage music and movies as well as handle backups and updates to iPhones and iPads. Apple said it will replace iTunes with standalone apps for music, video content and podcasts. Alphabet just dropped almost 7% on report that U.S. is mulling antitrust probe Jim Balsillie : ‘Data is not the new oil – it’s the new plutonium’ Apple unveils a new iPod Touch — the first update in four years Apple delivered the announcements to app developers who descended on San Jose, California, for the annual developer conference. Apple’s App Store is a key driver of the iPhone maker’s services segment, which brought in US$37.1 billion in revenue last year.Apple takes a cut of sales from apps sold through the store, though that practice is under scrutiny in several legal proceedings.Investors are looking to Apple’s services business to power revenue and profits as iPhone sales decline. Revenue from the company’s signature device had its biggest-year-over year drop in Apple’s most recent quarter.But the company still sold more than 10 times as many iPhones and iPads as it did Mac computers last year, so many developers focus on writing their apps for them rather than the Mac.Apple announced an update of the Mac Pro, a US$6,000-and-up high-powered machine intended for professional users such as movie editors, with pricy add-ons such as a US$1,000 monitor stand. The Mac Pro has never sold in great numbers but the device is important to Apple’s image as a technology leader and in courting the creative professionals who Jobs won over. Microsoft Corp has targeted the same users with its Surface Studio computers.The annual developer conference is occurring against the backdrop of increased scrutiny of Apple’s practices and those of other tech companies.Two sources told Reuters the U.S. Justice Department has jurisdiction for a potential antitrust probe of Apple as part of a broader review of technology companies. The department’s antitrust division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) met in recent weeks to give the Justice Department jurisdiction to undertake a potential antitrust probe of Apple and Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, the sources said.Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed an antitrust lawsuit to proceed from users who allege Apple inflated app prices by not allowing iPhones to download them outside the App Store.Spotify Technology SA, whose music service competes with Apple’s, has lodged an antitrust complaint in Europe over Apple’s App Store practices.The next version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 13, will make it faster to download and open apps.Apple software chief Craig Federighi announced at the conference new tools that will make it easier for developers to put their apps on Macs without completely rewriting the code. Federighi said developers could take an existing iPad app and check a box to get a “tremendous head start” in building the same app for a Mac.“This means one development team, for the first time, can build a single app that can span all the way from iPhone to iPad to Mac,” he said on stage.The move could broaden the apps available for Macs and give Apple more chances to make money on apps for its longest-lived product line. Apple will also update its operating systems and apps at the annual conference.Apple said its AppleTV operating system will work with Microsoft Xbox and Sony Corp PlayStation video game controllers, and said that users of its Apple Watch will be able to buy apps directly from the Watch.It also introduced a system that would let users encrypt home security camera footage with an iPad or HomePod before sending it to Apple’s cloud so that Apple will not be able to view the video once it is stored in the cloud.It also introduced an app for women to track their menstrual cycle, which will work on both the Watch and on iPhones. An app for measuring noise can warn Watch users their surroundings are too loud, but Apple noted it will not collect user recordings.Apple shares were down 1.5 per cent toward the end of the livestreamed developers conference.© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Where is “30 Rock” when you need it?During seven seasons, this clever NBC comedy made sport of the real-life acquisition of NBC Universal from General Electric by the cable giant Comcast.In the pretend world of “30 Rock,” NBC’s new owner was the make-believe Kabletown, a mammoth so-called “family company” based, like Comcast, in Philadelphia.But now “30 Rock,” which concluded its run last winter, isn’t around to weigh in drolly on the just-announced purchase by Kabletown, er, Comcast of its rival Time Warner Cable.The deal, which with regulatory approval could close by year-end, would have likely provided some laughs for “30 Rock” fans, many of whom might be expected to view an even more gargantuan cable colossus with jaundiced, or at least, wary eyes. It’s a deal that would combine America’s top two cable TV companies for a total of about 30 million subscribers. Subscribers might welcome some comic relief.TV viewers — even those satisfied with their own cable service — traditionally relegate this industry to depths similar with Congress, airline travel and, well, journalism.So don’t look for many high-fives on Twitter, where, in New York City and Philadelphia, “Comcast” and “Time Warner Cable” were trending Thursday with irate and woeful forecasts for what a combined company might bring. One of the operative hashtags: #Monopoly.Monopoly, schmonolopy, insist Comcast and Time Warner Cable.Through the purchase, as Comcast stated in its announcement, “more American consumers will benefit from technological innovations, including a superior video experience, higher broadband speeds, and the fastest in-home Wi-Fi. The transaction also will generate significant cost savings and other efficiencies.”Rrrrreally?The deal could indeed result in a company whose even-greater scale makes it better able to serve its customers, as Comcast promises. Unless, instead, it’s even more dismissive than the current two competitors may seem to their respective subscribers.The deal could put Comcast in an improved position to launch new technical innovations and new program content. Or, thanks to its dominant purchasing power in the marketplace, it could halt bold advances in their tracks by rejecting them from its infrastructure or program lineup.As a souped-up gatekeeper, the combined company could give preferential treatment to its own channels (which include USA, Bravo, MSNBC, E! and many more) and shut out channels that may seem to be competitive with its own portfolio. Or, instead, it might be all the more vigilant in bringing popular channels, whoever owns them, to its customers while granting every channel equal consideration.Consumer advocates have already passed judgment on which way it will go, and they aren’t holding their fire.The combined entity “would become the bully in the schoolyard,” warned Public Knowledge senior staff attorney John Bergmayer in a sweeping salvo, “able to dictate terms to content creators, Internet companies, other communications networks that must interconnect with it, and distributors who must access its content.”The Parents Television Council voiced similar worries. The deal “would create a behemoth of near-unstoppable market power that will invariably be anti-consumer and anti-family,” said PTC president Tim Winter. “Bigger doesn’t mean better, particularly where consumers and families are concerned.”And Free Press CEO Craig Aaron declared that “Americans already hate dealing with the cable guy,” adding: “This deal would be the cable guy on steroids — pumped up, unstoppable and grasping for your wallet.”Such contempt can weigh on the guy in charge, at least on a TV comedy.“30 Rock” concluded with NBC boss Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin) landing the plum job as CEO of NBC’s new parent Kabletown. Yet he still felt unhappy and unfulfilled, and resigned to start a vision quest to find his true bliss. (Almost immediately he returned to corporate life, scoring new success at GE with a washing-machine breakthrough.)But if “30 Rock” and its Comcast doppelganger is now gone, at least the Kabletown website can still be visited.“Why Kabletown with a K?” it asks on its home page. “Because K stands for the Kindness we show our customers, the Keen interest we take in their needs….”Real-life cable subscribers, however doubtful, will be hoping the supercharged Komcast, er, Comcast, recognizes all that, too.___Online:http://www.kabletown.com___EDITOR’S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore@ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier . by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2014 2:08 pm MDT Comcast deal stirs memories of ’30 Rock’s” Kabletown – and worry among some cable subscribers FILE – In this July 30, 2008 file photo illustration, a silhouetted coaxial cable is photographed with the Comcast Corp. logo in the background in Philadelphia.Comcast Corp. announced Thursday that it is buying Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2 billion in stock. The deal combines two of the nation’s top pay TV and Internet service companies and makes Comcast, which also owns NBCUniversal, a dominant force in both creating and delivering entertainment to U.S. homes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file) read more

They were among a crowd of more than 1,500 competitors, but four students from Brock’s Goodman School of Business recently earned the spotlight on an international stage.On April 22, business students Steven Simons, Arusa Mithani, Julia Baird-Oryschak and Shehryar Khalid won top awards at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif.DECA is an international organization that prepares students at both the high school and university levels for leadership through competitive events and professional development activities.Simons and Mithani placed first overall in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing category, Baird-Oryschak placed second overall in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, and Khalid placed third overall in Banking Financial Services.The competition required students to read and analyze short business cases and present their recommendations to judges — all under a time crunch.The win comes after the Goodman DECA team earned 18 medals at the DECA U Provincials competition in January, setting a new medal count record for the Goodman School of Business.Interim Dean Barry Wright said this latest achievement, while impressive on its own, is the icing on the cake of an already successful competition season.“We are so proud of our students who continue to gain recognition and make positive impressions on judges,” he said. “Winning at an international level is an excellent way to end a banner year of competition awards.”Simons, who also served as this year’s President of Goodman DECA, said the results are a testament to the hard work put in by the entire 52-student team.“When you look at our team, our students have the work ethic and dedication that it takes to win,” he said. “Many of our students went above and beyond and came in for extra practices and training throughout the year.”The third-year business student started participating in DECA in Grade 11 and has learned a lot from five years of competitions.Describing himself as a quiet student, Simons said DECA helped to push him out of his comfort zone.“If you had told me in high school that in a few years I would be an international champion at a presentation-type competition, I wouldn’t have believed it,” he said.“I think it’s great to see that with DECA, you can get involved as a delegate and then move up. The opportunities keep growing exponentially after that. That’s what DECA has been for me.”With an extensive training program established and a track record of success in place, Simons’ goal this year as chapter president was to continue to build a supportive culture within his team.“We wanted everyone to feel like they had 51 new friends that they could fully trust and rely on for anything they needed,” he said. “Once you’ve built that level of confidence, people are in a much better environment to actually learn and put in the work. I think everyone doing that collectively is what helped us get the exceptional results at both Provincials and ICDC. Having the support of your fellow team members gives you that extra boost of confidence going into a competition.” read more

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Friday Ruth Morrissey, the DUP’s first openly gay candidate and Chewbacca’s passing made headlines today. May 3rd 2019, 8:52 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Ruth Morrissey after today’s High Court ruling Source: RollingNews.ie Friday 3 May 2019, 8:52 PM 9,049 Views Get our daily news round up: By Cónal Thomas https://jrnl.ie/4619469 center_img The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement wants the High Court to determine if documents given to it by the Football Association of Ireland contain privileged legal material.Limerick woman Ruth Morrissey and her husband are to be awarded €2.1 million in damages in the wake of the CervicalCheck controversy.A Kildare man who left two pedestrians seriously injured when he drove onto a busy footpath has been jailed for eight years. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he regrets his tone when speaking about concerns raised about the mortuary at Waterford University Hospital. Plans to redevelop parts of Dublin’s major thoroughfare O’Connell Street as an urban quarter were welcomed by business groups. A religious order at the centre of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home burial controversy told the government it had no “legal liability” arising from the home.The DUP‘s first openly gay candidate was elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.The weather for the May bank holiday weekend is set to be settled with a few sunny spells.THE WORLD No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share6 Tweet Email Source: Niall Carson#UNITED KINGDOM: The Conservative and Labour parties both took a significant hit in the UK’s local elections, with voters venting frustration over the ongoing Brexit impasse. #INDIA: One of the biggest storms to come off the Indian Ocean in years slammed into India today prompting mass evacuations. #UNITED STATES: Tributes were paid to Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, best known for playing Chewbacca in the film series, following his death at the age of 74. PARTING SHOTHere are just some of the items that have been surrendered at security screening at Dublin Airport.The airport posted this photo on Twitter today, prompting some debate about butter, play doh and solids vs liquids. These are some of the items that have been surrendered at security screening at @DublinAirport .Be sure to have your liquids, aerosols & gels in containers of 100ml or less, place them in a single transparent resealable plastic bag capacity no greater than 1 litre (20cm x 20cm) pic.twitter.com/Pl7ZljxuRt— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) May 3, 2019 Short URLlast_img read more

first_img Of all the midseason premieres we were looking forward to, Taboo was the most intriguing. Tom Hardy doing a TV show with the creator of Peaky Blinders? You have my attention. With every trailer leading up to last night’s premiere, the series almost looked too big for TV. Sure enough, Taboo features big screen production values and talent not normally seen in a basic cable miniseries.Tom Hardy plays James Keziah Delaney, a man returning to England from Africa after the death of his father. Nobody is altogether too happy about Delaney’s return, especially his sister. During their father’s wake, he grabs her by the arm and says he still loves her. She is clearly uncomfortable, suggesting his love isn’t so much brotherly as it is, um, taboo. While at the wake, Delaney is approached by his father’s lawyer, who informs him that he is his father’s sole heir. Delaney has inherited a strip of land in America that the lawyer downplays as worthless.We soon learn that the lawyer is working with the East India Company, who wants the land that Delaney now own. As is revealed over the course of the episode, the land, Nootka Sound, is a contested strategic point in the ongoing War of 1812. It will also serve as a gateway to China for the East India Company if Britain has control over it.Jonathan Pryce as the probably villainous Sir Stuart Strange, an executive of the East India Company. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)We also learn a little bit (but not too much, the show cuts away before we hear anything too juicy) about Delaney’s past. He worked for the East India Company and was an excellent employee for his first year. He didn’t take well to seeing the horrors the company inflicted upon native people. He fought bears, sought treasures that may not have existed and eventually ran off to Africa on a slave ship. After the ship had sunk, Delaney was presumed dead until he showed up in Britain again ten years later.The rest of the episode is pretty much just Delaney meeting with people and establishing his life in England. Almost every meeting serves to drive home just how much of an antihero he is. He forcibly (by way of threat) takes his father’s company offices back from the prostitute he lost his virginity to as a boy. He pays a man for taking care of a boy who is ostensibly his father’s youngest son. Though, given Delaney’s reaction upon seeing the boy, he may actually be his son. With his sister. When asked if he’d like to meet the boy, Delaney replies that he’s not fit to be around children. Yeah, we kind of got that.He also has a coroner dig up his father’s body to examine the contents of his stomach. The scene shows us the man digging through the dead body in graphic detail while Delaney hallucinates outside. He speaks to the imagined body of a dead slave, saying he has no guilt or fear for him. This is a show that wants us to be uncomfortable, and it succeeds. To what end? That’s still a little unclear, but damn if it isn’t effective. The coroner finds out that Delaney’s father was poisoned, presumably setting the stage for Delaney to take his revenge.In his hallucinations, Delaney has literal blood on his hands. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)The first episode does a great job of setting the tone but falters when it comes to the story. It goes out of its way to avoid revealing anything to the audience, and as a result, it’s hard to say what’s going on. It seems to be building up to something, but after one hour of TV, I have no idea what. The only thing that seems certain is that it’s a revenge story. What shape that revenge will take is still a mystery.Don’t get me wrong; I love a good mystery, but you have to let me know what the mystery is. Give the audience some idea of where the show will take them. Everything about the production is fantastic. The cast includes some of the best actors you’ll see on TV right now, the cinematography is stunning, the imagery is disturbing and uncomfortable, but what is it all for? What story is it telling? That’s still unclear. Taboo‘s first episode feels less like a TV pilot and more like the intro to a movie in dire need of some editing. It’s like the first twenty minutes of a film were stretched into an hour of TV.All that said, it’s too early to abandon the series just yet. It’s not bad; it’s just taking too long to find the plot. Besides, most shows deserve at least a couple chances to find their feet. Despite its story problems, it is a well-made series. The acting and production design make for a mesmerizing show. It draws you into the harsh world of 19th century England. If only it had a good story to tell once you’re there. ‘Friends’ Monkey May Appear in ‘Y: The Last Man’ TV AdaptationHow ‘Legion’ Uses Superpowers to Explore Mental Illness Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgFor some, it’s Judgment Day. For others, it’s party time.A loosely organized Christian movement has spread the word around the globe that Jesus Christ will return to earth on Saturday to gather the faithful into heaven. While the Christian mainstream isn’t buying it, many other skeptics are milking it.A Facebook page titled “Post rapture looting” offers this invitation: “When everyone is gone and god’s not looking, we need to pick up some sweet stereo equipment and maybe some new furniture for the mansion we’re going to squat in.” By Wednesday afternoon, more than 175,000 people indicated they would be “attending” the “public event.”The prediction is also being mocked in the comic strip “Doonesbury” and has inspired “Rapture parties” to celebrate what hosts expect will be the failure of the world to come to an end. In the Army town of Fayetteville, N.C., the local chapter of the American Humanist Association has turned the event into a two-day extravaganza, with a Saturday night party followed by a day-after concert.“It’s not meant to be insulting, but come on,” said organizer Geri Weaver. “Christians are openly scoffing at this.”The prediction originates with Harold Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer from Oakland, Calif., who founded Family Radio Worldwide, an independent ministry that has broadcast his prediction around the world.last_img read more

first_imgComplex Media, a trend-spotting network of style, sports and entertainment media aimed at 18-34 year old males, has now entered the food space with the launch of FirstWeFeast.com.Food doesn’t typically associate with fashion or showbiz news, but the new brand isn’t as big a departure from the company’s norms as you might think, says Complex CEO Rich Antoniello.”It informs the rest of the lifestyle,” he says. “You see a lot of companies out there that are checking a box, saying they need this, they need that, but it’s completely disparate from the rest of their business. What we do is stay consistent. We stay very focused on the target audience and try to sync all the wants and needs that they have.” “We do everything that guys spend their money on.”The new site, estimated to attract five to 10 million unique visitors per month by next year, is billed as “an alternative to traditional food media,” focusing on both the contents consumed and the culture surrounding them. For many young males who have stayed with the 100-plus site media network through its 10-year existence, food and dining has developed into an area of interest.”It was a natural evolution in the interests of our readers,” says Noah Callahan-Bever, editor-in-chief of Complex. “We do have people at the higher end of the spectrum now, who have grown up on Complex.”Data analysis was an integral part of the launch process–”I’m a math guy,” Antoniello admits–but intuition also played an equal part. Select food stories have been major traffic drivers, but Antoniello and Callahan-Bever, both closet “foodies,” had a gut feel for the market.”There was a want on the editorial content side and there was a need on the business side as well, and there was a void in the marketplace,” Antoniello says.It’s only been one day, but so far they’re right: the First We Feast launch has attracted at least 70 percent more traffic than any other Complex launch.SEE ALSO: The 2012 FOLIO: 40 – Rich AntonielloWhile both are confident the new venture is simply an extension of the larger preexisting brand, they do allow that it’s a bit of a change. Antoniello stresses a disciplined, balanced approach that allows his company to take chances, but only after solidifying its base. “It’s like building a dock,” he says. “The deeper you drive the pylons down vertically, the further you can go out horizontally without the dock tipping into the water. Every time we put something that’s slightly more horizontal or a step out for us, we make sure we drive down with two or three new core properties that allow us to maintain the correct balance both to the consumer side and the buy side.”It’s recent additions like Four-Pins.com and SneakerReport.com–fashion and footwear sites launched early this summer that add to the core of Complex’s audience–that let them go after something else guys spend their money on.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

first_imgThe United States is entering a new stage in its pivot toward the Asia-Pacific region, with the Obama administration devoting increased attention to that sphere, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday during a speech at Arizona State University.One component of the shift is military, with DOD’s newest and most capable weapons systems going first to the region.When movements are completed, 60 percent of the U.S. fleet will be in the Pacific-Indian Ocean area, Carter said. U.S. Marines already have a rotational presence in Australia and U.S. and Filipino authorities are working on ways to strengthen military-to-military cooperation, reported DOD News.In addition to investing in weapons such as a new long-range stealth bomber, the Obama administration is revitalizing its alliance with Japan and expanding trade partnerships.“I am personally committed to overseeing the next phase of the rebalance, which will deepen and diversify our engagement in the region,” Carter said on the first stop on a trip taking him to Japan, South Korea and Hawaii.The nation’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is not only focused on military cooperation. The United States needs to have access to the region’s growing markets, Carter said. He noted that more than half of the Earth’s population will live in the region by 2050. Over the next 15 years, there will be rapid middle-class growth across the Asia-Pacific, to the point that it will make up “60 percent of global middle-class consumption.”America is a Pacific power and will remain one, Carter said, noting that the United States will continue to engage with nations in the Asia-Pacific region. Carter said his stops in Japan and South Korea highlight the importance of America’s decades-old alliances with both countries, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgTwitter/ANIAs punishment for having an affair with a man from a different cast, a woman in Madhya Pradesh was forced to carry her husband on her shoulder and walk. The woman was made to do this by the residents of Devigar village in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh. The police came to know of the situation only when a video went viral of the woman, who is in her twenties carrying her husband on her shoulders.In the video that has been doing rounds on the internet, the villagers are seen making fun of the woman and making mocking noises as she is walks holding her husband on her right shoulder.#WATCH Madhya Pradesh: Villagers force a woman to carry her husband on her shoulders as a punishment in Devigarh, Jhabua allegedly for marrying a man from a different caste. (12.4.19) pic.twitter.com/aNUKG4qX7p— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2019Interestingly, the people present around the woman are all men and are smiling and laughing and some are even dancing while the woman is seen struggling to carry her husband and walk. The destination of the woman has not yet been ascertained nor has the events which took place after the ongoings in the video.The police registered a case against the villagers.”Some people in a group disrespected a woman in Devigarh, Jhabua. A case has been registered against all of them and two people have been arrested. We are trying to nab the rest of the accused,” Vineet Jain, Superintendent of Police (SP) Jhabua, was quoted as saying by ANI.Caste discrimination and violence is not a rare occurrence in India. Many belonging to the lower strata of society have faced unfairness and injustice at the hands of what can be called upper caste people.OTHER INCIDENTSIn January a young 17-year-old boy in Odisha to carry his mother’s corpse for five kilometres on a cycle for the final rites after none of the neighbours offered to help since he and his mother belonged to a lower caste.The boy had buried his mother in the firest nearby since he knew that he won’t be allowed to bury her in the burial ground.last_img read more