Second FIR filed in Apple employee death case

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police on Monday registered a second FIR in the murder of Apple sales manager Vivek Tiwari after questions were raised over the initial FIR.The witness to the murder of Apple sales executive Vivek Tiwari has alleged that the police forced her to give a statement under pressure and made her first sign a blank document.The initial FIR was filed on the basis of that complaint.Tiwari’s friend, Sana Khan,who was with him in the car when the incident took place, also alleged that even after he was shot and heavily bleeding, the police did not allow her to make or receive any phone calls.The charges are part of a fresh FIR filed in the case by the victim’s wife Kalpana Tiwari. While the initial FIR was filed by Ms. Khan, in the second FIR, filed late on Sunday, Ms. Tiwari quotes charges made by Ms. Khan. She also hints that immediately after the incident, the police also questioned her character.”Because I was scared, I wrote down just like they dictated. They were also saying a lot of ‘ulta-seedha’ (objectionable) things about me and Sir (Mr. Tiwari)which I cannot speak of here,” said Ms. Khan in the second FIR.The fresh FIR also names the two accused constables, Prashant Chaudhary and Sandeep Kumar, and explicitly states that Mr. Chaudhary fired the bullet. The initial FIR did not name the accused and also kept the sequence of events and culpability vague, following which the victim’s family had alleged a cover up.In the new FIR, Ms. Khan said the police constable came towards Tiwari and fired with the intent to kill him. She recognised the accused constables from their name plates, Ms. Khan said.The U.P. Police have already assured the family that the new FIR will be the basis of the probe by the Special Investigation Team.Ms. Tiwari on Monday after meeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed confidence that she had received all the necessary assurances for support from him.”I have said earlier too that I have faith in the state government. Today that faith has been strengthened,” said Ms. Tiwari after the meeting.The government has already announced ₹25 lakh compensation to the family. Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, who accompanied Ms. Tiwari and her two daughters to the CM’s residence, said the widow would also get a government job.Caste angleMeanwhile, the Opposition continued to accuse the BJP over the incident, with BSP chief Mayawati saying that along with Dalits, OBCs and Muslims, the Brahmin community was also facing high levels of “injustice and oppression” under the BJP in UP.Ms. Mayawati also deputed her Brahmin-aide Satish Chandra Mishra to visit the family and assure them of all support in seeking justice.Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also met the family and demanded that they get ₹5 crore as compensation.This came a day after a state Minister Brajesh Pathak accused senior police officers and administrative officials of trying to cover up the issue. He said even their role would be a part of the probe.last_img read more

Indian investments in Egypt reach $3bn: Indian Ambassador

first_imgIndia’s Ambassador to Egypt, Sanjay Bhattacharyya, stated on Wednesday that the value of the Indian economy soared to $2.5 trillion following substantial investments in its commercial and technological sector, and that the number of Indian companies operating in different Egyptian sectors rose to 50, with the total value of Indian investments in the Egyptian economy reaching $3 billion.Read it at Egypt Independent Related Itemslast_img

Goalless Greece vs. Ivory Coast

first_imgFORTALEZA, Brazil — After a troubled start, the smiles are returning to West Africa at the World Cup.Nigeria has earned its first victory after a stalemate with Iran, and Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw after losing to the United States. Now Ivory Coast is looking for a place in the last 16 by beating Greece after its earlier loss to Colombia.Having won the opener with Japan, coach Sabri Lamouchi said the Ivory Coast’s own mistakes had handed Colombia qualification in the second match in a 2-1 defeat.“We didn’t deserve to lose that game — a draw would have been fair,” the French manager said. “Now we have to beat Greece … That’s how we’ll get through.”Ivory Coast plays its final Group C match in Fortaleza, in control of its fate with three points, while Greece and Japan have a point each.Lamouchi said he wasn’t planning any major changes to his starting lineup. He will be hoping Roma striker Gervinho adds to his two goals already in the tournament, while also counting on the presence of veteran striker Didier Drogba as a second-half substitute.Yaya and Kolo Toure have decided to stay on in Brazil despite the death of their brother, Ibrahim earlier this week in England.The Ivorian football federation has meanwhile said it will double an undisclosed cash bonus to players if they defeat Greece, which lost its opener to Colombia 3-0 but kept its qualification hopes alive by holding Japan to a 0-0 draw with 10 men.Greece midfielder Costas Katsouranis will miss the game after being sent off in Natal against Japan, but insisted his teammates could turn their fortunes around.“Despite the difficulties in the game against Japan, we are improving, and the players are totally focused on what we came here to do: fight to reach the last 16,” said Katsouranis, who celebrated his 35th birthday with teammates June 21 at their training base in Aracaju.The low-scoring 2004 European Champions have only found the net twice so far in three World Cup tournaments, while conceding 18 goals.Striker Kostas Mitroglou limped off in the first half against Japan after colliding with Makoto Hasebe, but is available for coach Fernando Santos.“With the hard work we’ve been putting in and a little luck, the goals will come,” said Mitroglou, who was key to Greece’s qualification campaign but was sidelined at Fulham after his mid-season transfer to the Premier League from Olympiakos.“They have excellent players like Drogba and (Yaya) Toure. But we have to look at what we are doing,” Mitroglou said. “The task is simple. We have to win.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

MEN: new M-module with four serial interfaces

first_img Continue Reading Previous Advantech: realize wireless network and device management with EIS-D210Next Kontron: EvoTRAC G102 gateway for smart next generation in-vehicle systems The M-Module M77N has been developed according to the ANSI Mezzanine standard and extends the carrier board by four electrically isolated serial interfaces, which can be adapted to the respective requirements by software.The M-Module M77N supports four high-performance UARTs with RS232 or RS422 / 485 interfaces – implemented in the FPGA. These are accessible via a D-Sub connector at the front and can be connected to the carrier card, and thus to the backplane of the system via a 24-pin onboard connection, if required. The interface mode of the M-Module can be changed by software.The serial lines have been optically isolated, which is essential for use in automotive or industrial applications as well as in mobile environments, for example, to protect the control system from external disturbances such as high voltage pulses. All components of the M77N are firmly soldered against shock and vibration, and are approved for a temperature range of -40 to +85°C.M-Modules – an ANSI-VITA standard since 1997 – are ideally suited for the connection of binary and analog process I/O, robotics, motion and measurement functions. As an extension to all common bus systems such as CompactPCI, ComapctPCI Serial, VMEbus or independent SBCs, mezzanine modules complement each application in a tailor-made and modular manner.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Southampton v Stoke City: match preview

first_imgThis fixture does not normally have much riding on it come March but this season Southampton and Stoke are sliding into relegation trouble. Paul Lambert has tightened up a porous defence and Saints have a bad habit of letting victories slip away – they have won five and drawn a league-high 12 games this season. Steven Davis and Shane Long face late fitness tests for Southampton, while Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch are available for Stoke. Niall McVeighSaturday 3pmVenue St Mary’sLast season Southampton 0 Stoke 1Referee Anthony TaylorThis season G19 Y72 R0 3.79 cards/gameOdds H 10-13 A 9-2 D 3-1SOUTHAMPTONSubs from Forster, Taylor, Bednarek, Carrillo, Hesketh, McQueen, Sims, Højbjerg, Boufal, Obafemi, Davis, LongDoubtful Davis (match fitness), Long (hamstring)Injured Austin (hamstring, 31 Mar), Yoshida (knee, 31 Mar)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y39 R0Form DDDWLDLeading scorer Austin 6STOKESubs from Haugaard, Afellay, Sobhi, Niakete, Adam, Edwards, Johnson, Wimmer, Fletcher, Rodríguez, Campbell, Berahino, Martins Indi, CrouchDoubtful NoneInjured Ireland (calf, 10 Mar), Grant (wrist, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y39 R0Form LWDLDDLeading scorer Shaqiri 7 Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Match previews Topics Share on Pinterest Southampton Share on WhatsApp Stoke City news Share via Email Premier League Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Man Utd lurk as Barca wait on Umtiti deal

first_imgTransfers Manchester United lurk as Barcelona forced to wait on new Umtiti deal Kris Voakes and Ignasi Oliva 16:00 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Crystal Palace v Manchester United Las Palmas v Barcelona Barcelona Premier League Primera División The defender is set to be offered a new deal, but the Catalans’ tactical delay could offer the Red Devils a chance to steal in Barcelona have agreed terms with Samuel Umtiti over a new long-term contract, but the Catalans’ need to delay completion of the deal leaves the door open for Manchester United to make an audacious move.The French defender is already tied to the Blaugrana until 2021 but his current terms include a €60 million buyout clause which the club are keen to raise as part of a new deal.And while the two sides have come to an agreement over fresh terms, Barcelona have been forced to hold off completing the deal until July 1 due to the constraints of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) laws. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Having splashed out a club-record €160m on the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in January, Barca are not in a position to pay out on Umtiti’s new deal this season without breaking the artificial ceiling put in place by FFP.As a result, they have come to a gentlemen’s agreement with Umtiti’s representatives that will see the already-negotiated terms being signed off on the first day of the 2018-19 financial season.The same tactic was used by the leaders of La Liga in 2016 when agreeing a new contract with then-striker Neymar in January of that year ahead of the official signing of the deal the following July.However, employing such an approach with Umtiti leaves Barca open to being usurped in the next four months as rival clubs have the opportunity to snap up the 24-year-old France international for €60m under the terms of his existing contract.And that could leave the door open for United, who are thought to be on the lookout for defensive additions this summer.Jose Mourinho Manchester UnitedWhile United would not be able to register Umtiti until July 1 themselves, Barcelona would be in no position to stop the Premier League club from agreeing a more lucrative package with the player ahead of a summer move so long as the English side meet the buyout figure.Old Trafford supremo Jose Mourinho has reiterated on numerous occasions that he will not be asking the club’s money-makers to add any more forwards this summer following the January arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, with midfielders and defenders figuring higher on his priority list ahead of the 2018-19 season.United have been widely linked with Umtiti in recent transfer windows, with the arrivals of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof since Mourinho took over at the Theatre of Dreams having proved insufficient in solving the club’s issues in their own half of the field.And they may now be tempted into meeting the release clause in the centre-back’s existing deal, with a verbal promise and a handshake being all that Barcelona can offer in response until the beginning of July thanks to their huge purchase of Coutinho during the winter transfer window.last_img read more

Five-Minute Facelift for Your Website

first_imgThis is product placement, but it’s a well-intentioned plug: If you’re not already signed up for Network for Good’s weekly fundraising and marketing tips, I encourage you to do so here. Here’s a sample of the types of tips we feature from editor Rebecca Ruby: Why isn’t your website performing better? Where are all those online donors? Is this creating the urge to completely revamp your site? You may not have to start from scratch! Here is a way to give your website a five-minute facelift: Make your Donate button easier to find. Grab a friend or relative, sit them down in front of your website home page, and count how many seconds it takes them to find and click on your Donate button. If it takes them more than two seconds, you need to place your button in a far more prominent position. Make it central to the page. Make sure it is above the fold. Make it big. Make it colorful. Make it impossible to miss. Here’s an example of an easy-to-find Donate button. Frame the Donate button in a more compelling way. Now think about why someone should click on your Donate button. Your financial needs are not enough. Create an appeal around the button that is focused on donors, their interests, and what they get in return for their donation. What tangible change will result if they give? How is that tangible change relevant to them personally? Will it feel good to make the donation? Is clicking on the button fun, touching or compelling? Here’s an outstanding example of framing. Add a sense of immediacy. You want to inspire someone to give right now, but that can be hard to do if it’s not December or if there’s not an urgent crisis to address. Create a sense of urgency for donating by creating a campaign with a goal and deadline, matching grant, or appeal for specific items or programs that are highly tangible. Here’s an example of bringing a sense of urgency to an appeal by making it clear what the donation does (it buys a bed net) and tying it to a popular show. Recognize that getting clicks requires cultivation. While you want someone to donate right away, it’s important to remember that it takes time to cultivate donors. Be sure your website includes a way to capture the email addresses of visitors so that you can build a relationship with them and turn them into donors in the future. Think beyond a newsletter sign-up. Here’s a nice example of an innovative approach to capturing emails. Tweak your DonateNow page. (This is step is particularly easy if you have Network for Good’s service. Yes, NFG is my employer, so I’m biased!) Take a hard look at your donation form/page. If you are asking too many questions, potential donors may abandon the form. This page may also need some increased messaging and reinforcement of why and how donations are important. Remember: This page has the last copy a donor is going to read prior to actually giving you money–you don’t want to lose them in the home-stretch!last_img read more

Trying to figure out Twitter?

first_imgIs it a Holy Grail or Fail Whale? Are you wondering, is it Ashton or bust? Join a free training call with John Haydon of at April 28, 1 p.m. EDT — Details and registration here. What will be covered:Know how to explain Twitter to your grandmotherMaster the 4 post types – when and how to use themUnderstand the pros and cons of Twitter vs. email and direct mailLearn Twitter campaign management basicsAnd, we will include a live Q&A session to get all of your pending Twitter questions answeredCan’t make the call? Read John’s Twitter Guide here!last_img read more

Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

first_imgAbout the award: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award is an international business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women’s Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. Posted on February 3, 2011November 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)To apply for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, visit the website. The mission of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is threefold:To identify and support initial-phase women entrepreneurs through funding and coachingTo foster the spirit of enterprise by celebrating role models in entrepreneurshipTo create an international network of women entrepreneurs and encourage peer networkingEntrepreneurs play a central role in all economies. More than ever, we must support the next generation of men and women who have the audacity to create, to innovate and to imagine the future. The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards aim to encourage the most vulnerable category of entrepreneurs in their most vulnerable phase: women entrepreneurs starting up. Since its inception in 2006, it has accompanied over 40 promising female business-owners and recognized 15 Laureates.Share this:last_img read more

Maternal and Newborn Health, Exploring Shared Solutions for Common Goals

first_imgPosted on February 10, 2012October 15, 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)A recent post on Impatient Optimists by Gary Darmstadt and Vishwajeet Kumar addressed the question, “Can newborn health care help mothers, too?” They wrote about a recent study, Community-driven impact of a newborn-focused behavioral intervention on maternal health in Shivgarh, India, that aimed to assess the effect on maternal health outcomes of a community-based essential newborn care behavior change intervention.Maternal health programs often fail to integrate with programs for delivering care to children and then to measure the impact on both newborn and child health outcomes as well as maternal health outcomes. Similarly, child health programs often fail to integrate maternal health care into their plans.There is reason to be hopeful, however.In the Shivgarh community of Uttar Pradesh, India, the Gates Foundation supported a community-based program centered on promoting preventive newborn care by empowering families and communities. Though the program did not focus on maternal health, what we found was fascinating and pushed us to delve deeper into the connections between maternal and newborn/child health care.Read the full post here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Online outreach benchmarks – how do you measure up?

first_imgConvio’s new 2009 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study of nearly 600 nonprofits in 15 sectors is out and available here.Allyson Kapin has a nice write-up of the study on Frogloop. Read it here.Here are the highlights from Convio:• Online giving grew 14 percent despite a difficult economy. Overall, 69 percent of organizations raised more in 2009 than 2008, while 31 percent saw declines in their online fundraising.• An increase in gifts drove fundraising gains. Of those that grew fundraising in 2009, 92 percent saw an increase in the number of gifts in 2009 compared with just 43 percent of organizations seeing an increase in their average gift amount.• Donors were still giving, but giving smaller amounts. 61 percent of all organizations saw their average gift drop in 2009.• Regardless of mission, online fundraising continued to grow. The only exception was Disaster & International Relief organizations, for which 2008 was a year with more significant disasters than 2009.• Small organizations grew fastest. Organizations with fewer than 10,000 email addresses on file, many of which are participants in the Convio Go! program, grew online revenue by 26 percent, and gifts by 32 percent.• Email files continued to grow strongly. The total email file grew 27 percent in 2009 to 39,100 constituents.last_img read more

How to get unstuck when you lack inspiration

first_imgVery young kids’ drawings usually don’t feature a person’s neck.Why is that?My theory is that if you’re two or three years old and your perspective is pretty low to the ground, you don’t see people’s necks when you look up. You see a head sitting on arms. Perspective is everything, isn’t it? If you’re feeling stuck, you may not have writer’s block or marketing problems or any other creative limitation. More likely, you’ve lost the perspective you need to do your best work — that is, the perspective of your audience.The good news is, you can get it back. Go ask your audience questions and listen. And ask other people questions and listen. Ask your child (or a family friend’s child) what your organization does. You will get a refreshing perspective, and you may find it inspiring. There’s no better way to get unstuck than to ask advice of someone who is only a few feet high – and who may consider necks entirely optional. Or ask anyone you want to reach. A few questions can yield many answers – and priceless perspective.last_img read more

3 ways to think more deeply this Monday morning

first_imgOne of the biggest challenges on a Monday morning is to focus on what’s most essential to advancing your mission. The pile-up of email, the ringing phone and the meetings tend to get in the way.Image via the GuardianThat’s why this post from the Harvard Business Review blog caught my eye. Author David Rock (who wrote Your Brain at Work) says we’re not alone in feeling we just don’t get enough time to focus on real reflection in the office. In fact, his NeuroLeadership Group did a study that found only 10 percent of employees found their best thinking happened at work.So how do we change that this week? Check out these three research-proven suggestions from Rock. 1. Try a two-minute distractionIt’s often hard to focus on what’s important when a massive amount of detail overwhelms us. If you have to solve a complex problem, leave it alone for a little while and do something else. In other words, embrace a distraction. When you come back to the task, you can decide more easily. Rock says research shows, “People who were distracted did better on a complex problem-solving task than people who put in conscious effort. That’s because stepping away from a problem and then coming back to it gives you a fresh perspective. The surprising part is how fast this effect kicked in… only two minutes of distraction time [lets your] non-conscious to kick in.”2. Get in the four-hour flowOn the longer end of things, Rock recommends that you think about something that needs insight and keep this thought in your subconscious mind. Then clear your conscious mind by putting down on a list all the stuff cluttering it. Clear that list when you have little windows of opportunity – like delayed flights or canceled meetings. Then plan your week and month by listing three priorities you would like to accomplish. Last – and most critical – make sure you have at least four consecutive, uninterrupted hours a day dedicated to the three priorities you identified.3. Treat your mind like the stage it isRock has an analogy I love: Your mind is a stage. Your thoughts enter and exit that stage all the time. The reason we get that overloaded feeling is that “A stage has severe limitations: audience members clamor to jump on stage all the time (we are easily distracted and self-inhibition requires effort); actors can only play one part at a time (that means no multi-tasking); and no more than three or four actors can be on the stage at any one time (that’s when we feel overwhelmed).”As Rock points out, once we understand the limitations of our stages, we can compensate for them with methods like the ones Rock identified.What is going on your stage today?last_img read more

Why the facts are not on your side – and what to do about it

first_imgOn Friday morning, I had the pleasure of hearing Dan Kahan from Yale talk about cultural cognition at an event sponsored by Spitfire Communications and the Communications Network. Cultural cognition, I know what you’re thinking. But wait! Don’t stop reading! You need to read this post. If you work for a good cause in this polarized United States, this is vitally important.Cultural cognition is simply way of describing the very human habit of conforming to your group’s core beliefs when confronted with disputed matters of fact. The guru on this topic is Dan Kahan, and he shows how our opinions about everything from climate change to gun control aren’t shaped by facts as much as our cultural identity – which we then bolster by cherry picking information that supports that collective sense of self. This is why you could put the same set of data in front of people on opposite extremes of controversial issues, and they’d both come out of that experience only more entrenched in their positions.I got introduced to these ideas by my friend and colleague Alia McKee, who wrote about cultural cognition here, and so I jumped at the chance to hear from Kahan himself.Kahan describes the groups with which we align ourselves according to the following continua, which Alia describes this way:• Individualists, who think that society should mostly let each member do his or her own thing. At the other end of that spectrum are Communitarians, who think we all are in it together and society should operate more as a whole rather than a bunch of independent members. • Hierarchists, who prefer a society with well-identified class and authority structures and a firm and predictable status quo. At the other end of that spectrum are Egalitarians, who prefer a more open society with fewer pre-determined class and authority structures and a less rigid status quo. Kahan tells us that these characteristics are better ways to predict people’s positions than the traditional demographics of political party, age and education. For example, communitarians and egalitarians show more concern about climate change because the solutions challenge the status quo and will require a joint response by society. Individualists and hierarchists are much more likely to be climate change skeptics, because they believe pro-environment policies lead to restricted commerce and markets, which they equate with human excellence. As Kahan explained, “This is motivated cognition. Neither group is anti-science. They process information that matches their group. You can survey people in the same locale, and depending on their view, they will describe how hot (or not) the weather has been. They feel temperature differently. People are all like pollsters engaged in biased sampling.” The reason this matters to you is that if we accept that cultural values trump facts (which I do), then your efforts to persuade with information and experts won’t work. In fact, Kahan has showed people will only listen to experts who bolster their world view. Remember: People take their cue about what to think and do “based on the cheers and boos of the home team,” says Kahan. So don’t be the opposition. Here are three ways Kahan shares to step out of our polarized approach to issues.1. Stop trying to convert people. You can err to a much greater extent by being too confident and assertive than by being too cooperative.2. Present information that confirms, not threatens, values. Group ties motivate people. Find a common value that unites everyone around an issue. It may be local pride or energy independence or safety. Focus on the tribe to which we all belong and tie the issue to that frame.3. Make sure a diverse set of experts speaks to the evidence. Picking partisan folks from the extreme sides of the cultural cognition spectrum won’t persuade people on the other side. Values polarize. Find messengers to whom your audience relates if you want them to listen.Kahan concluded by urging organizations to try these approaches and share results. I agree. On the eve of election day, I believe fervently that there has to be a better way to bring people together. So let’s create a community of knowledge that does just that. What can you draw from cultural cognition that unites people behind your cause? And how can the rest of us get on board with this constructive way to make change?last_img read more

Panel Discussion to Begin Workers’ Week

first_imgStory Highlights A panel discussion, titled ‘Reparation and the Modern Labour Movement in Jamaica’, will be held on Monday, May 14 at the Institute of Jamaica Lecture Hall, 10-16 East Street, Kingston, beginning at 11:00 a.m.The two-hour event is the first activity to commemorate Workers’ Week, being celebrated under the theme ‘Preserving our Legacy, Unfolding Progress’. Workers’ Week, which begins on May 14, will culminate on Labour Day, May 23.The panel discussion is being organised by the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB), a division of the Institute of Jamaica, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.Speakers at the event are President of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), Steven Golding; Researcher at the Centre for Reparation, Jodi-Ann Quarrie; and Head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Institute, Danny Roberts. Moderator is former lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Professor Rupert Lewis.Senior Research Fellow of the ACIJ/JMB, David Brown, told JIS News that each speaker will give insight into the topic for about 10 minutes, after which there will be discussions and a question and answer session.He said the riots at the Frome Sugar Factory in May 1938, the arguments for the improvement of workers’ rights, especially in contemporary Jamaica, and the arguments for reparation will be part of the discussion.“We want members of the public to come and to listen to the arguments that are put forward. We want them to understand why Workers’ Week is important; what the struggles were that workers had to go through to gain the rights that they have, and… the situations and conditions that existed prior to 1938 that made workers in Jamaica restive and [that] they had to protest to get these improvements,” he said.He said that people need to understand the struggles the ancestors had to go through to champion the rights that Jamaicans now enjoy in the civil service and the private sector, noting that workers sometimes take benefits for granted, such as vacation leave, maternity pay for women, the regular nine-to-five workday, and sick leave. “None of those at the time were afforded to workers,” he added.Mr. Brown said that this year marks the 80th anniversary of the 1938 riots in Frome, which he said triggered the “the genesis of the modern labour movement, which gave birth to the Trade Union Movement”.He is encouraging the public, especially students, to attend the event, so as to understand the importance of Workers’ Week.“We want as many students as possible who can attend to come, because the issue of riots and labour movement, and to some extent reparation, are part of the CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) syllabi,” he added. A panel discussion, titled ‘Reparation and the Modern Labour Movement in Jamaica’, will be held on Monday, May 14 at the Institute of Jamaica Lecture Hall, 10-16 East Street, Kingston, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The panel discussion is being organised by the African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB), a division of the Institute of Jamaica, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. Speakers at the event are President of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), Steven Golding; Researcher at the Centre for Reparation, Jodi-Ann Quarrie; and Head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Institute, Danny Roberts. Moderator is former lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Professor Rupert Lewis.last_img read more

Congress social media head goes missing from Twitter

first_imgNew Delhi: Two days after she congratulated Nirmala Sitharaman on becoming the Finance Minister, the official Twitter handle of Congress social media head Divya Spandana has disappeared from the micro-blogging site. A search for @divyaspandana on the micro-blogging site says “sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”. There has been no official confirmation on the reason behind the Twitter account going missing. In her last tweet on May 31, she wrote: “Congratulations @nsitharaman on taking charge of a portfolio that was only last held by another woman, Indira Gandhiji in 1970 – makes us womenfolk proud! The GDP not looking great, I’m sure you will do your best to revive the economy. You have our support. Best wishes.”last_img read more

92 unregistered schools in Gurugram served notices

first_imgGurugram: The department of education has once again adopted a strict stance against the unlicensed schools operating in the city and have served notices to 92 such schools operating in Gurugram urban area. The management of the schools has again been warned that if they do not register themselves they will lose the licence. Despite several warnings, most of the unlicenced school continue to operate in the city.According to an official source, over 1500 students are studying in such schools. “Most of these schools take the route of the court to prevent us from taking action against them. This time however we have taken cognisance of the delay tactics adopted by such schools and will deal with them accordingly. We cannot allow such schools to play with the future of the children,” said a senior official from the education department. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkOver 177 unlicensed schools are functional in the district. As most of these private schools are not registered, they too get away in charging exorbitant sums from the parents. For long, it has been alleged by educations activists and aggrieved parents that the district administration has not penalised these unlicensed schools as some of it are operational since 2007. Most of these schools have been given a leeway by the government to function as most of the quality private schools in the city are not able to accommodate the students. There have been various incidents in the past where schools consisting of 300 to 500 students were closed down abruptly. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsVarious schools on the pretext of enhancement of facilities and implementation of seventh pay commission had increased their school fees. This has led to thousands of parents protesting against such schools not only in Gurugram but also in Delhi. “We really hope that the public agencies really rein in these schools because the lack of action by the authorities has resulted in these schools now running an education mafia where the middle-class parents are financially exploited as they do not have an option. ,” says Mahima Yadav, one of the aggrieved parents.last_img read more

KMC hands over 45 bigha land to Lake Kalibari for beautification of

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) formally handed over 4.5 bigha land to the authorities of Lake Kalibari on Wednesday. The latter will take up urban forestry and beautify the three boulevards opposite the temple.”Lake Kalibari is a heritage site and people from all parts of the country and even the world come to visit the place. We are handing over the three boulevards situated on nearly 6,000 square metres to the authorities of Lake Kalibari and they will take up urban forestry and beautify them,” said Mayor Firhad Hakim, after signing the agreement regarding the land allotment, given on a 30-year lease, free of cost. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHakim said that the temple authorities will create a green cover, musical fountain, vertical garden, a processing unit of discarded flowers and a butterfly park, for beautification of the boulevard. “The Rabinda Sarovar Lake located very close to Lake Kalibari is a favourite destination for a variety of birds and creating urban forestry in the boulevards will also attract the avians of the lake there,” Hakim said. KMC will be providing electrical facilities and a deep tubewell for watering the greenery. The shrine authorities have already taken up renovation of the temple and with the boulevards opposite it being beautified, the place is expected to attract more devotees. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe temple sees a footfall of 5,000 people on a daily basis and the footfall on weekends goes up much more. Nitai Chandra Basu, a sebayet of Lake Kalibari, said that they have already completed urban forestry in one of the boulevards, done by Exide Industries and will follow suit in the other two. “We have already arranged training of the priests at Lake Kalibari,” Basu said. According to a member of the temple committee, there was a time when there was no fencing in the boulevards and it had turned into a garbage dumping ground. But now, with their maintenance initiative along with KMC, the place wears a beautiful look.last_img read more

Qatari Diar to Open Al Houara Project in Tangier in 2019

Rabat – Qatari Diar Real Estate has announced the opening of the first phase of the Al Houara project in Tangier in the second quarter of 2019.Qatari Diar said that the infrastructure of the Al Houara project, which is worth QR 700 million (MAD 1.8 billion), will be completed by the end of 2018, on Tuesday.Qatari Diar CEO Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah said that the project’s first phase includes the construction of a Hilton Luxury Hotel and an 18-hole golf course, reported Gulf Times. Al Houara project is an international beach resort which spans 234 hectares, including 60 hectares of protected forest and 2.5 kilometers of waterfront. It also has 250 rooms and 150 apartments.Al Houara resort is located on the Atlantic coast between Tangier and the nearby city of Asilah.According to the company’s statement, the project “combines authentic Moroccan culture with European culture, and includes hotels, residential villas, a health club, an international golf course, shops and multi-service facilities.”Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicrafts, and Social Economy Mohamed Sajid said that the project is part of Qatari Diar’s strategy to promote continuous development.Sajid also “stressed that the Moroccan government will exert every effort to co-operate with Qatari Diar to make this project a success,” wrote Gulf Times.Qatari Diar made the announcement following a visit by company officials to Morocco, October 1-3. The objective of the visit was to identify the “latest developments” of Qatar’s investments in Morocco and “to follow-up the progress of the Al Houara project.”During the visit, the company officials met Moroccan officials to discuss the project details.Qatar’s ambassador to Morocco, Abdullah Falah al-Dosari, also attended the meetings.Qatari Diar Real Estate company was established in 2005 by the state-owned fund Qatar Investment Authority to support Qatar’s economy and to “coordinate the country’s real estate development priorities.” The company is headquartered northeast of Doha. read more

UN refugee agency urges Ghana to halt deportation of Liberians

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today urged Ghana to cease with any further forcible removals after the West African nation deported 16 Liberians – 13 of whom had registered as refugees with the agency – last weekend.“We regret the deportation of this group of refugees and hope that our ongoing negotiations with the Ghanaian authorities will help resolve the situation of the refugees still in detention,” said UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis.The Liberians were deported following a sit-in demonstration which started on 19 February at the Buduburam refugee settlement 35 kilometres west of the Ghanaian capital, Accra. They were demanding resettlement in third countries or, if they were to be returned to Liberia, a tenfold increase in their return grant to $1,000.“Despite our extensive efforts to promote and convince the demonstrators to express themselves within the confines of Ghanaian law, the group engaged in increasingly threatening and disruptive action,” Ms. Pagonis noted.Over 600 demonstrators were arrested on 17 March, and on the evening of 21 March, UNHCR negotiated the release of 90 of the most vulnerable people, including separated children and pregnant women.However, the following day, UNHCR learned that an additional 70 Liberians from the Buduburam settlement had been arrested. The agency’s request for access to that group was still pending when it found out that 16 of them – including the 10 male and three female refugees – had been deported to Liberia early in the morning on 23 March. The five-week demonstration ended yesterday.“We are continuing to try and persuade the refugee community to use existing channels to address their issues as well as reminding them of their obligation to obey the laws and regulations of their country of asylum,” the UNHCR spokesperson said.Most of the nearly 27,000 Liberians officially registered as refugees in Ghana live in Buduburam camp.Last June, UNHCR ended a two-and-a-half year programme that helped 105,000 Liberians who had fled violence during the country’s brutal 15-year civil war to repatriate from several West African countries. 25 March 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today urged Ghana to cease with any further forcible removals after the West African nation deported 16 Liberians – 13 of whom had registered as refugees with the agency – last weekend. read more