Enhanced Remote PC Support for Small and Midsize Businesses

first_imgI’ve worked for a number of startups. Was “Marketing Director/Office Manager/HR” (lot of slashes in small business) for a software startup; a great experience but certainly fewer resources (compared to what I have now) to turn to for help. Still, doing so many different things, every day, was one of the best aspects of working for a small business. With Intel RPAT, a small business (using Intel vPro Technology-based PCs) having PC problems can enter a keystroke sequence on a failed computer and directly connect the failed PC to their Managed Service Provider (MSP) or IT Helpdesk, such as AT&T Tech Support 360 technicians, even when the PCs has had a hardware or OS failure, or has been corrupted by a virus or malware. That means support for a whole new class of tech problems, and I’m talking about the nasty ones that get down deep into the PC: BIOS issues, damaged internet connections, system password resets and the toughest viruses and malware to name a few. Best aspects of working at Intel? Near the top: Intel tech support. If my PC has a problem I can’t solve myself, I call somebody and it’s fixed. In minutes. Day or night, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the world. I hit speed dial and someone from somewhere is answering my questions or remotely controlling and repairing my PC. I’d give up my dental plan before I’d give up this little perk. I didn’t have that luxury during my startup days, but a new announcement from AT&T and Intel should bring that kind of support to more small businesses than ever before. Last fall, AT&T launched a service called AT&T Tech Support 360SM– remote 24/7 support including setup, configuration, troubleshooting and performance optimization for PCs, networks and more. They obviously addressed a need, as over 100,000 small and medium business customers have signed up.  Now they’ve announced support for Intel® vPro™ Technology (starting first half of 2010) including the Intel® Remote PC Assist Technology (Intel® RPAT) feature. center_img I’m excited to be part of a solution that enables my small business customers and friends to experience the kind of PC tech support I enjoy in my 80,000+ person company – hopefully it means you can remove one of the “slashes” from your daily tasks.  Check out the AT&T and Intel press release for more information, or comment here with any questions I can help answer. Product Discontinuation Notice:All,Due to market response, Intel Corporation (“Intel”) has decided to discontinue Intel® Remote PC Assist Technology (Intel® RPAT). As a consequence, Intel® Remote PC Assist Service and associated marketing activities will wind down and eventually cease in October, 2010.Intel remains committed to the needs of its customers; as we move forward, we will use this site to share with you alternate technologies that harness the out-of-band communication capability of Intel® vPro™ technology and extend the performance, value and capabilities of Intel® Architecture.Please submit RPAT related questions to RPAT_Support@intel.comYou can find this article posted here.Regards,Coreylast_img read more

Speeding Plant and Animal Genomics at the Smithsonian

first_imgDiscussions of genome sequencing often focus on human genomes and precision medicine. But genomic information about the plant and animal worlds is equally crucial. On a fragile planet, our ability to study genomes across the tree of life is critical to preserving biodiversity. Knowledge of plant and animal genomes can also help us manage climate change, feed a growing population, and mitigate the impact of newly emergent diseases. It can lead to breakthroughs in drug discovery, food safety, and more.Reflecting the importance of plant and animal genomics, the Smithsonian Institution has established a new Institute for Biodiversity Genomics to focus on genomic studies that can help humans understand and preserve the diversity of life on earth. To run their genomic assemblies and analysis, the institute’s researchers used the Smithsonian Institution’s shared HPC cluster, a massive system with multiple generations of processors and networked storage. But, as is often the case with such systems, there were problems. Genome assemblies often took weeks to complete. Some large assemblies failed to run to completion, causing frustration for scientists and slowing the research pipeline. With the clock ticking on species extinction, leaders at the Smithsonian Institute for Biodiversity Genomics set out to see what impact Intel’s latest data center technologies could provide for their genomics workloads. They worked with Intel technologists to evaluate the performance of the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8890 v3 using dedicated Intel® Solid-State Drive (Intel® SSD) Data Center (DC) Family for PCIe P3700 series.We recently worked with Dr. Rebecca Dikow of the Smithsonian Institute for Biodiversity Genomics to create a white paper describing the results of this collaboration. This paper discusses the open-source technologies used in the institute’s genomics workflows, and describes the dramatic speedups produced by the new technologies. It also shares insights about what these performance improvements will mean for scientists like Dr. Dikow—and ultimately for all of us.Read the paper and share your observations in the comments. How is your work affected by plant and animal genomics? How could your work benefit from newer processors and dedicated SSDs?Learn more about big data in healthcare www.intel.com/healthcare/bigdatawww.intel.com/healthcare/optimizecodeRead about the Smithsonian Institute for Biodiversity Genomicshttp://biogenomics.si.eduFollow us on Twitter:@IntelHealth, @portlandketan@smithsonian, @rdikowlast_img read more

What NSF’s new diversity grants say about attempts to help minority students

first_img By Jeffrey MervisSep. 14, 2018 , 11:50 AM Nima ShahabShahmir/Green Bank Observatory Students design, construct, and test radio telescopes at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia under a National Science Foundation grant. Ted Hodapp has spent the past 5 years helping boost the number of minority students pursuing U.S. graduate degrees in physics. But Hodapp, who works on education and diversity issues at the American Physical Society in College Park, Maryland, knows the society’s Bridge Program will at best make only a small dent in the nationwide dearth of blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans working in all science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. He wanted an opportunity to show that Bridge’s approach—which starts by encouraging graduate schools to de-emphasize scores on the standardized GRE entrance exam in the student selection process—could work in other STEM disciplines and, in doing so, promote the value of diversity in U.S. higher education.Last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Alexandria, Virginia, gave Hodapp $10 million to make that happen. The grant was one of six 5-year awards that the agency announced on 6 September under its new Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) initiative, which NSF Director France Córdova rolled out in 2016 as one of her priorities. The $57 million outlay marks NSF’s first major investment in INCLUDES. The five Alliances, as NSF calls them, will allow STEM educators to scale up existing diversity efforts by partnering with like-minded businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, and local and state governments. The goal is to tear down disciplinary, geographic, and cultural barriers that hinder efforts to promote broader participation in STEM. (NSF also made a $10 million award to SRI International in Menlo Park, California, to coordinate activities and carry out research across all the alliances.)center_img Removing a barrierFor Hodapp, the new grant means extending Bridge—which includes remedial training, mentoring, and other means of support—to graduate training programs in chemistry, astronomy, the geosciences, and material sciences. 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As a first cut, many use the GRE, which is not a good indicator of success and also puts women and racial minorities at a disadvantage.”In 2013, Hodapp found six universities willing to abandon that simplistic metric and welcome a dozen deserving students with low GRE scores, most of them minorities, who had either been rejected by other programs or who considered it pointless to even apply. Five years later, 38 departments are on board, 168 students are pursuing advanced degrees, the retention rate is 87%, and the program expects its first cohort of Ph.D.s to graduate next spring.Surging enrollment, Hodapp says, puts the Bridge program within reach of its goal of halting the steep attrition rates in physics between undergraduate and graduate training and, simultaneously, doubling the annual number of black, Hispanic, and Native American students earning a physics Ph.D. Hodapp hopes the new Alliance grant, dubbed the Inclusive Graduate Education Network, will produce similar numbers across the physical sciences.The NSF three-stepINCLUDES is the latest addition to NSF’s $925 million stable of diversity programs, which range from elementary school through postdoctoral training and beyond. They are not meant to be mutually exclusive; Hodapp, for example, received a $3 million NSF grant in 2012 to launch Bridge. At the same time, INCLUDES reflects Córdova’s conviction that the only way to make a dent in this seemingly intractable problem is to enlist many sectors of society for the long haul.“The design and focus of INCLUDES is on collaborative partnerships, communications, sustainability, and scale,” says Sylvia James, who leads the Human Resource Development division within NSF’s education directorate. “We’re looking for unique approaches that can integrate NSF’s investment in broadening participation.”“It’s one of NSF’s 10 big ideas,” James adds. “So there’s a 10-year plan for it in our budget.”The distinctiveness of the INCLUDES Alliance program is reflected in how NSF structured the awards. Instead of just asking the community for its best ideas, NSF officials pursued a three-step process.It began with a 2016 call for proposals for pilot grants that would give scientists the chance to test their ideas. NSF received several hundred proposals and chose 70 of these 2-year, $300,000 grants in two rounds of funding.The foundation’s second step was to bankroll a dozen conferences so that the lead scientists on the pilot grants could find soulmates. The idea was to broaden the scope and size of the pilots. It hoped those intellectual marriages would spawn more comprehensive and sophisticated proposals for one of the large Alliance grants. To ensure continuity, each Alliance application had to include a principal investigator from at least one of the pilots.In the end, NSF received 27 Alliance applications, and funded five. That’s twice the number NSF suggested it would fund in the solicitation, James notes, a testament to the high quality of the proposals and the willingness of other NSF directorates and programs to chip in. Applications for a second round of Alliance grants are due in April 2019.An unplanned tiltPreparing a diverse STEM workforce requires engaging students at all levels. But the first round of Alliance winners is skewed toward higher education, specifically, running from 2-year community colleges through graduate training.In addition to Hodapp’s project, NSF gave $10 million to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, based in Washington, D.C., and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. They are pursuing a three-pronged attempt to improve the skills of STEM faculty members at dozens of universities in mentoring minority students, grow the ranks of minority STEM faculty, and promote diversity throughout academia. Another $10 million Alliance award, based at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, will help community college students in California and three other states overcome deficits in math as the first step into a STEM major. A fourth $10 million Alliance grant, based at the University of Texas in El Paso, will support expansion of a 12-year-old computing alliance among academic institutions that serve a large number of Hispanic students.The absence of any Alliances focused on precollege or informal science education “was not intentional,” James says. “These projects rose to the top during our merit review process. We’re definitely interested in K-12 and we hope to provide support to that sector in subsequent awards that would complement our first cohort.”Matchmaking woesBecause K-12 education in the United States is largely a local and state responsibility, scientists with pilot grants focused on that population faced a higher bar in trying to build coalitions and attract other partners. April Marchetti, a chemistry professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, ran into that challenge in when she tried to recruit partners for an Alliance proposal.The pilot project offers a summer STEM program for Hispanic girls starting high school, with the goal of bringing them back in subsequent years to provide a glide path for their entry into college and a STEM career. Marchetti had already forged ties with STEM-based companies and other employers of STEM workers, and she hoped an Alliance grant would strengthen those ties and provide additional student support. But like-minded programs were scarce.“We couldn’t find a suitable partner in time for the [Alliance] deadline,” she says “There are so many populations to be served, and so many types of interventions. We want to continue to be part of INCLUDES, but we don’t want to have to change our focus.”Marchetti was able to parlay a chance meeting at one of the NSF conferences into a consultant’s role with a fifth new Alliance. Led by Erica Harvey, a chemistry professor at Fairmont State College in West Virginia, the First2 STEM Success Network will work with students from rural West Virginia, many of them the first in their families to attend college. The $7 million project hopes to reduce the steep outflow from STEM fields in the first 2 years of college with an array of activities designed to cement a student’s interest in science and engineering by showing its relevance to their lives.Harvey was co–principal investigator on a pilot project led by Sue Ann Heatherly, senior education officer at the Green Bank Observatory in rural West Virginia. The radio telescope, built by NSF, had long served as a magnet for STEM educators throughout the state seeking research opportunities for their students. The pilot provided rising freshmen with a 2-week summer program at one of the two institutions, and the Alliance hopes to build out that successful trial.The West Virginia Alliance has an unusually diverse group of partners assembled in large part to satisfy an NSF requirement that all projects include an institutional “backbone” to coordinate activities and to work with NSF and the other Alliance programs. That capacity and expertise already exists at most major research universities and large nonprofit organizations. But it was a significant obstacle for the grassroots operation run by Heatherly and Harvey.“I’m a chemistry professor, and I have my hands full running the internships along with everything else I do,” Harvey says. “It had never occurred to us that it’s worth paying for the infrastructure needed to provide that type of continuity and accountability.”So Heatherly and Harvey reached out to a state entity, the Higher Education Policy Commission. The commission was already managing an NSF-funded program, the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, to help states with relatively small amounts of federal research funding, and was eager to come on board. The scientists also enlisted SRI International as a “mentor backbone” to help the commission climb the learning curve.Bending the barsHowever, some scientists with pilot grants found the backbone component to be an insurmountable hurdle.Jannette Carey, a chemistry professor at Princeton University, and a few colleagues have been running a science education program in the New Jersey prison system for a dozen years with more than 100 student volunteers. She used the pilot, dubbed STEPS (Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons) to STEM, to add additional offerings, including a first-ever laboratory course, as stepping stones toward a 4-year degree for prisoners after they are released. “But as a volunteer organization,” she says, “we couldn’t meet the requirement for the infrastructure needed to collaborate and communicate with other organizations and institutions.”Her own attempts at matchmaking also proved a disappointment. “We went to the conferences in hopes of finding partners who had a realistic chance of submitting a credible proposal,” Carey says. “But none of the other pilots shared our goals of bringing university-level courses into a prison.” A last-minute partnership with another pilot grantee that focuses on improving the math skills of underrepresented minorities failed to make the initial cut, she says.Carey has a good sense of what passes muster at NSF, having run an NSF-funded program to provide research experiences for undergraduates (REU) in biophysics for several years. And she hasn’t abandoned the idea of gaining additional NSF support for something that occupies a unique niche in the agency’s portfolio of efforts to reach underrepresented populations.That hope is embodied in her latest proposal. She’s asking that her next REU grant allow her to work with students in all fields that NSF supports, not just in the physics, mathematics, engineering, and computer science programs that relate to biophysics. It’s an essential step in meeting the needs of this underserved population, she argues.“A lot of formerly incarcerated students gravitate toward psychology, sociology, political science, economics, and other disciplines in the social sciences,” she says. “So including them could make an important contribution to growing the STEM workforce.” What NSF’s new diversity grants say about attempts to help minority studentslast_img read more

Spice’s watchlist scours the finest watches

first_imgIn the study of clocks, complication refers to any feature beyond the simple display of hours, minutes, and seconds. The more complications in a watch, the more difficult it is to design, create, assemble and repair. A connoisseur’s collection grows with his taste in complications. Some great creations… Bvlgari: OctomaseratiBvlgari,In the study of clocks, complication refers to any feature beyond the simple display of hours, minutes, and seconds. The more complications in a watch, the more difficult it is to design, create, assemble and repair. A connoisseur’s collection grows with his taste in complications. Some great creations…Bvlgari: OctomaseratiBvlgari and Maserati’s unique collaboration creates a focus on graphic layouts providing time measurement information including a jumping hour, and four retrograde displays. This creation merges the expertise inherent in each of the two firms based on a broad range of shared references: precision, performance expertise, style and elegance.Case: 45mm steel.Complication: Central chronograph seconds hand.Omega: De Ville ChronographThe De Ville line has long been known not only for its elegant styling but for its introduction to the brand’s most important watchmaking innovations. The 1999 De Ville saw Omega launch its calibre 2500 equipped with a co-axial escapement, and it was in the De Ville Hour Vision annual calendar that the Si14 silicon balance spring made its debut. This new model’s co-axial calibre 9301 has an 18-carat gold rotor and balance bridge, a central chronograph seconds hand as well as gold diamond-polished central hour and minute hands. Its applied roman indexes are also crafted from gold, facetted on the sides and ends and fully diamond-polished.Case: 42mm; 18-carat red gold.Complication: Time zone function.Richard Mille: RM 037Created from skeletonised grade five titanium, the new piece sports a new stem-crown mechanism, patented by Richard Mille. The machine tooling process requires two days of adjustment separately for the bezel, the caseband, and the case back. The empty case requires more than 255 tooling operations and more than five hours of glazing and polishing in the final stage.Case: 52.20mm tall by 34.40mm wide.Complication: 50-hour power reserve.advertisementRolex: Perpetual Sky DwellerWith 14 patents, five of which are new, the watch provides, in an unprecedented and highly original way, the information global travellers need to easily keep track of time: a dual time zone, with local time read via centre hands and a reference time display in 24-hour format read via a rotating off-centre disc visible on the dial. It also equipped with a new calibre, the 9001, an officially certified Swiss chronometer entirely developed by Rolex.Case: 42mm oyster case.Complication: Dual time zone and 24-hour display.Cartier: Rotonde Annual CalendarElegance is the art of balance and the sum of an equation that connoisseurs of fine objects define as the golden number. Cartier has chosen to incorporate an annual calendar mechanism directly into the plate of the 1904 MC calibre. This refined movement incorporates a semi-instantaneous mechanism for converting the large date into two independent numerals. It also carries within it a simple and intelligent mechanism which makes it possible to display, without any possibility of error, the months having 30 or 31 days, once the current month has been set.Case: 45mm 18-carat pink gold.Complication: Annual calendar.IWC: Big Pilot Perpetual CalendarThe piece unites the clear-cut instrument look of the 1940s and IWC’s tradition of manufacturing Pilot’s watches with the wish to benefit from the technological advances of the 21st century. The elaborately equipped watch comes with a host of advanced features, including a perpetual calendar with its four-digit year display, moon phase display and seven-day power reserve. The tiny aircraft silhouette on the seconds hand also creates an eye-catching signal-red highlight on the monochrome dial.Case: 48mm.Complication: Perpetual calendar with four-digit year, moon phase.Longines: 180th Anniversary ChronographBased in Saint-Imier since 1832, the watchmaker is celebrating its 180th anniversary by presenting a reminder of the first chronographs closely based on the first wrist chronograph. The new model uses calibre L788, a column-wheel chronograph movement developed exclusively for Longines which enables the wearer to activate the various chronograph functions by simply pressing on the push-piece integrated into the crown. The sleek lines and the distinctive lugs provide these new models with a subtle balance between classical and contemporary design.Case: 39mm.Complication: Chronograph central seconds sweep.Ulysse Nardin: El ToroThe striking aesthetic of El Toro combines sapphire crystals and ceramic with a timeless dial design that inspired its powerful name. This high tech perpetual calendar with a dual time function adjusts forward and backward in seconds over the quick corrector position of a single crown. The oversized date, the day, the month and the year change instantly forward or backward when the hour hand is moved to a new local time across the dateline with pushers. The manufactured self-winding movement strives to be the most consumer friendly perpetual calendar ever produced.Case: 43mm, 18-carat rose gold, blue ceramic bezel.Complication: Perpetual calendar with dual time function.advertisementRoger Dubuis: La MonegasqueHonouring the spirit of Monte Carlo, its legendary history and world of glamour, La Monegasque is a line that demonstrates the company’s creativity. Here the breathtaking race of time seems suspended in all the refinement and beauty of the complication that is most associated with fine watchmaking: the flying tourbillon. A window opens onto a silvered disc with a brushed sunray effect is enhanced by the power-reserve indicator and the pink gold flying tourbillon. a rhodium-plated intermediate dial carries the white transferred markers outlined in black. Lastly, a brushed anthracite circle surrounds it, given depth with silvered snailing, black transfers and pink gold edge.Case: 44mm 18-carat pink gold.Complication: Flying tourbillon.Zenith: El Primero Chronomaster open grande date moon and sunphaseThe timepiece inspired by the captain line created in 1952, makes a clear allusion to historic timepieces with dauphine hands, facetted with rhodium-plating and hand set long markers. The manufactured movements, decorated with cotes de geneve and circular graining are visible through a sapphire case back. The model reproduces the various stages of the lunar cycle what had only been previously available in Zenith’s pocket watches. It is displayed in an aperture at 6 o’clock and the date is displayed at half past one.Case: 45mm; 18-carat rose gold.Complication: Integrated chronograph, moon and sun phases.Seiko: AnantaA sanskrit word that means ‘the infinite’ this watch was made to embody the most technologically advanced craftsmanship in the world.Case: 46mm sapphire crystal.Complication: Spring drive chronograph.De Grisogono: Otturatore Imagined by Fawaz Gruosi, the centrepiece of this unprecedented creation is a high-performance mobile sequencer.Case: 45mm wide and 50mm tall.Complication: On demand moon phase and date.Blancpain: Villeret Squelette 8 JoursThis entirely openworked and decorated movement is fully visible through the two sapphire crystals on the front and back.Case: 38mm white gold.Complication: Flying tourbillon.Van Cleef: Midnight Poetic wishThe exotic watch enables collectors, wherever they are in the world, to look at the exact position of the stars in the sky of Paris.Case: 43mm; 18-carat white gold.Complication: Paris sky star map.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar was disappointed with Kapil Dev as coach

first_img(From left) Kapil Dev, Mohammed Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar celebrate after beating West Indies in the Cricket Association of Bengal’s Diamond Jubilee six nation tournament in Calcutta on November 27, 1993. Photo: ReutersOne of the finest Indian allrounders of all time, Kapil Dev was a “disappointment” when it came to coaching, reveals batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in his just-released autobiography Playing It My Way, a PTI report stated.Tendulkar has claimed that he was left disappointed by Kapil during one of the Australia tours since the coach never involved himself in strategic discussions.In the chapter Tumultuous Times: India in Australia, November 1999-January 2000 Tendulkar has written that he had high expectations from Kapil.”During my second stint as captain, we had Kapil Dev as our coach. He is one of the finest cricketers to have played for India and one of the best allrounders of all time, and I had great expectations of him in Australia.”I have always maintained that the coach’s job is an important one, for he is in a position to play a key role in formulating team strategy. Who better than Kapil to come up with options for me during a tough tour of Australia?”However, his method of involvement and his thought process was limited to leaving the running of the team to the captain, and hence he did not involve himself in strategic discussions that would help us on the field,” Tendulkar writes.The Indian batting great also shared his frustration on how some of his moves as captain did not pay off but the same strategy clicked when other captains employed it.advertisementTendulkar talked about the 1997 Sharjah series where he promoted Robin Singh to bat at number three but the southpaw failed and he had to cop heavy criticism from the media.”The match against Pakistan on December 14 highlights how things were just not going my way. I was batting at number four in this competition, at the selectors’ request. Sourav and Navjot Sidhu had given us a good start against Pakistan, and when Sidhu got out at 143 for 2, I sent in Robin Singh, the all-rounder, to accelerate the innings. It was a strategy I had given considerable thought to. .”Manzoor Akhtar, the leg-spinner, was at one end bowling around the wicket to the right-handed batsmen. The theory was that Robin, a left-hander, would be able to negotiate his leg-spin better and also hit some big shots. However, Robin got out without scoring after just three balls from Azhar Mahmood, the medium-pacer, and the experiment proved a disaster. In the press I was criticised for sending in Robin ahead of me and the move was blamed for our defeat,” Tendulkar recalled.”A month later, however, in January 1998, Azhar, back as captain, repeated the very same move in the final of the Silver Jubilee Independence Cup in Dhaka against Pakistan.”Robin was sent in at three to keep up the momentum after Sourav and I had got off to a flier and this time Robin played a terrific hand, scoring 82 and setting up the run chase.”This was arguably a bigger gamble, because he was pitted against the off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq and it is no secret that left-handers find it more difficult against off-spinners.”The same experiment was now hailed as a master stroke.Not without reason is it said that success has many fathers while defeat is an orphan,” he wrote.last_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio single again after split with model girlfriend Kelly Rohrbach

first_imgHollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has reportedly called off his relationship with supermodel Kelly Rohrbach in December 2015, after several months of dating. And what might come as a news of joy to many of his fans, the actor is single again.ALSO READ: Leonardo DiCaprio has turned down a Star Wars role and a superhero role. Here are the ones ALSO READ: Leonardo DiCaprio nearly died 3 times in plane explosion, shark attack, skydiving accident ALSO READ: Watch Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Watson – Unbelievable, what these stars were like during their first auditions Leo is considered one of the most eligible and talented actors in Hollywood, as it is not just his boyish charms but suaveness too that make women go crazy over him.The Titanic actor has dated several Hollywood beauties including Gisele Bundchen, Bar Refaeli and Blake Lively in the past. His relationship with Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kelly Rohrbach hit choppy waters in December last year, and the two parted ways. DiCaprio (41) began dating Rohrbach (25) last summer. The two were spotted together riding around New York City on bikes back in June 2015.An insider said that the duo broke up as it was getting difficult for the two to stay together due to their busy schedule. “This is a really busy time for both of them,” the insider said, “They are both just so busy that it was hard to make a relationship work.”DiCaprio is busy promoting his latest silver screen venture The Revenant, for which he has already received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations.advertisementMeanwhile, Rohrbach is embarking on a big screen project of her own, donning the iconic red bathing suit as CJ Parker in the upcoming Baywatch feature film adaptation.The blonde beauty can be seen in a video with wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson. A video posted by The Rock on his Instagram account read, “For our #BAYWATCH and the iconic role of “CJ Parker” I had to make sure @kellyrohrbach was… tough. (sic)”  DiCaprio and Rohrbach spent New Year’s Eve apart as DiCaprio was spotted partying in St Barts with celebrity friends, while Rohrbach celebrated it with her family.(With Inputs from ANI)last_img read more

MLS Cup title a fitting end for Martino in Atlanta

first_imgGerardo “Tata” Martino has a history of success, just not in finals. The manager mentioned it in the lead-up to Saturday’s MLS Cup final, saying he had lost more than he won. It’s a fair criticism, but Martino got it right Saturday.  Atlanta United delivered a 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers to claim the MLS Cup crown and send off the departing manager with a trophy.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Well, we won one, that’s good,” he said with a laugh after the match. “It’s been a long time. In 2013 with Newell’s and one title with Barca. Now this. After several disappointments, above all two in the Copa America. It’s a beautiful title and you celebrate after, obviously.” Martino lost the 2011 Copa America final with Paraguay and the 2015 Copa America and 2016 Copa America Centenario finals when he was in charge of Argentina. On the club level, he guided Newell’s Old Boys to the 2013 Torneo Final title, though the team lost the subsequent Superfinal. But with Barcelona, he once again fell short, dropping the 2012-13 Copa del Rey final to Real Madrid. Perhaps that’s why, while Martino enjoyed the triumph, he took it a bit more in stride than might be expected for a coach who has often watched other teams lift trophies while he’s left to figure out where he’s going to put another runners-up medal. “For me, to talk about the final and the championship, it’s good, it’s beautiful. I’m happy, but what has happened over the length of these two years is what will stay with me. The work we did,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s necessary to win a title to think a job was well done.” Getting across the finish line might be the goal for most, but Martino says he took joy in the journey. The team finished by winning MLS cup, but the manager doesn’t think it would have happened without last year’s disappointment against Columbus or the frustration against Toronto FC at the end of the regular season that meant the New York Red Bulls won the Supporters’ Shield.  Atlanta United MLS Cup 2018For Martino, it also was about the work he was able to put in and the relationships he built. The 56-year-old’s last two jobs were at Barcelona and Argentina, places where the boss is asked to be much more of an executive than a teacher, more of a manager than a coach. The Atlanta job allowed the him to get back to his roots, helping individual players and laying out a vision for a club. This is a man who coached in Paraguay for years, far removed from the spotlight of the world’s media coverage that now follows him. “I said what happened to me here is I started to feel like a coach again from the perspective of putting a team together, signing players, giving the team an identity, see how the players are growing in the last two years,” he said. “A lot of times when you work at the top level, you feel like your part really isn’t as important, you don’t feel as involved in the growth.  “Here the same thing happened as happened at Newell’s. I felt like I participated, I felt happy, I felt I had an influence on the growth of the team and the growth of the players, and I’ll try to conserve this and try to think about this above all when I have the possibility to choose another job.” That’s widely expected to be next week, with Martino set to take over the Mexico national team. His players were thrilled to send him off with a title. “He’s left his legacy here in Atlanta, and moves on to a new project, I’m guessing that’s Mexico,” defender Greg Garza told Goal. “The main thing for me was the humbleness and the honesty of the person that he is off the field. He’s a great coach on the field, but I think the person he is off the field is really what leaves his legacy for all of us.” One of the keys this season on the field was a willingness to adapt and flex away from the way he wanted to play to the way he needed to play. Atlanta went into the playoffs and dominated opponents, but even in Saturday’s second half the team wasn’t trying to play beautiful football. That had been accomplished in the first half and was rewarded with the halftime lead on Josef Martinez’s relatively simple goal after a Timbers botch job at the back. A second goal from a set piece meant the Five Stripes could hang back and defend their lead, then enjoy the celebrations that followed. “In the Toronto game, we saw that we weren’t as great in the build-up and we conceded a lot of goals. There were games before that which were a warning, but we didn’t lose. We changed, we got more solid,” Martino said. Those changes implemented in the postseason saw Atlanta roll to the title, scoring nine goals and conceding twice. That progression brought Martino joy, as did his time in Atlanta. Now he’s moving into another role where he hopes he can continue improving his record in finals.  After the celebration. Obviously.last_img read more

J.W. Walsh on Mason Rudolph’s Game-Winning Drives: ‘That’s Who He Is’

first_imgWe’ve gone over how terrific those last few drives against Kansas State were for the Cowboys last Saturday. In fact, you’re probably sick of how much we’ve gone over that.One more thing, though.QB2 made a note of pumping QB1 to the Oklahoman after last week’s game.“That’s just who he is,” J.W. Walsh said about Mason Rudolph. “He embraces that moment.”It reminded of something I tweeted during the PGA Championship about Jordan Spieth when Spieth was in the midst of a back-nine 30 on Saturday to get within striking distance of Jason Day.As I sat there watching him summons a nine-hole score he had to have to have a shot, I thought, “this is who he is … this is what he does.”Same thing with Rudolph. Some people just have it. He’s talented, yes, but he’s got that thing that more talented guys would give up many attributes for. You can see it. His teammates can taste it.As for Walsh, he’s become as integral a part of OSU’s offense as starter not named Rudolph. OSU was egregious in TD percentage inside the red zone last season (50 percent — 109th in the nation). They still aren’t great (58 percent — 77th) but because of Walsh, they’ve become better. And they have a go to offense inside the five yard line.Mike Gundy spoke on that on Monday.“I want him to do more. There’s a bigger package for him. I wish he could be in there more because he deserves to be in there…I want to let him do more but I don’t want to disrupt the flow Mason has with the game.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

To be honest, Test cricket is dying: ICC chairman Shashank Manohar

first_imgTo be honest, Test cricket is dying: ICC chairman Shashank ManoharConceding that people don’t have five day’s time to come to the stadiums and watch Test cricket anymore, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said T20Is are generating more revenue than the longest format of the sport.advertisement India Today Web Desk DhakaFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 23:18 IST Despite being the top-ranked side in Test cricket, the attendance figures for Test matches in India do not paint a positive picture (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSICC chairman Shashank Manohar said people don’t have enough time to watch Test cricketManohar said T20s are picking up fast because they get over in 3-and-a-half hoursWe are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest, Manohar saidInternational Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar on Thursday said, people, these days don’t have five day’s time to watch Test cricket and conceded that the longest format of the game is dying.Shashank Manohar, on the second day of his invitational visit to Bangladesh, said the ICC Test Championship, starting after the 2019 Cricket World Cup, is one of the last-ditch efforts to revive Test cricket.Manohar’s comments come even as the ongoing season has produced some fine Test cricket. While Asian giants India registered their first-ever Test series win in Australia, the West Indies are showing signs of revival after thrashing England in the first two Tests of an ongoing three-match series at home.Despite the quality of Test cricket seeing an upward trend, footfall (or the lack of it) at even some of the most popular venues across the globe has been a huge cause for concern. It is safe to say global cricketing powerhouse, India is struggling to bring audiences to the stadiums for Test cricket.At the same time, a large sum of the world’s richest cricket body, Board of Control for Cricket in India’s revenue is generated from Indian Premier League, the glitzy and glamours franchise-based Twenty20 tournament.T20 has the maximum TRP: ICC chairman”We are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest. Because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest. So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The [ICC] board directors came to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game,” Manohar said.advertisementTalking up the T20 format, the ICC chairman added: “If you look at the TRPs of the broadcasters, T20 has the maximum TRP. It is because of being the shorter version of the game. Nowadays, people don’t have five days time to watch a Test match.”From 10 to 5 everybody has their own job to do so it is very difficult for them to watch this game. T20s get over in three-and-a-half hours, like watching a movie. Therefore, it is picking up very fast.”The ICC approved its first-ever Test championship for a two-year period between 2019 and 2021. Top nine teams will play six series each during the said duration in a home and away format. The two teams finishing at the top two spots of the Test championship table will then play the final.The Test championship is one of ICC’s latest moves to bring context to Test cricket. While the introduction of day-night cricket saw an increase in attendance, India’s reluctance to adopt the pink-ball cricket is not helping the sport.ICC chairman on cricket’s inclusion to OlympicsMeanwhile, Shashank Manohar also spoke about the practical difficulties of getting the International Olympic Committee to include cricket in the Olympic Games.”We are trying to take it to Olympics but there are certain hurdles. The bigger issue is the Olympics is held over 15 days. How do you finish a world event of cricket in fifteen days?” Manohar added.”For that, you need cricket stadiums also. Olympics are not held only in cricket-playing countries.”Also Read | 20 years on: A look back at Anil Kumble’s historic 10-wicket haul vs PakistanAlso Read | Won’t be disappointed even if India lose New Zealand T20s, focus is on World Cup: GavaskarAlso Read | Vidarbha beat Saurashtra by 78 runs to defend Ranji Trophy titleAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shashank ManoharFollow Test cricketFollow ICCFollow T20I cricketFollow IPLFollow India Test cricketFollow cricket Olympicslast_img read more

Virat Kohli, come to Pakistan and play cricket: India captain’s fan in Lahore wins hearts

first_img Next India Today Web Desk LahoreOctober 10, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 13:23 IST Virat Kohli’s fan in Lahore was spotted during the 3rd T20I between Pakistan and Sri Lanka (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli’s fan urged him to come and play cricket in PakistanThe fan was spotted at the Gaddafi Stadium in LahoreIndia and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket since 2013Virat Kohli, world cricket’s biggest superstar, has fan following all over the globe. Despite the strain in bilateral ties between India and Pakistan over the years, Kohli has earned a lot of love from across the border. Several Pakistan cricket fans, in the past, have showcased their admiration for the India captain.India and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket since 2013 and the two Asian giants have met only at major ICC and ACC tournaments in the recent past.However, on Wednesday, a Pakistan cricket fan in Lahore held up a banner, requesting Virat Kohli to come and play crikcet in Pakistan. The fan was posing for a photo with the banner a the Gaddafi Stadium during Pakistan’s T20I match against Sri Lanka.”@imVkohli we are hoping you to come Pakistan and play cricket here also. We love you I am big fan of you. Lots of love ?? and strength from ???? #PakVsSri #Lahore #Pakistan,” the fan wrote on Twitter.Fans from either side of the border responded to the tweet with a lot of heartwarming positivity.Hopefully soon my friend. we would also like to see pak play in india as well????Matargast Zero (@MatargastLog) October 9, 2019What a lovely gesture from our neighbour fan! God bless!! And sorry on behalf of the haters from my country. We unfortunately have haters on both sides.!#LoveoverhateSiddarth (@SiddarthRupani) October 9, 2019Such a lovely gesture. Love you bro.Again, people of pakistan are very much true & positive.harish???? (@Me_harish14) October 9, 2019We would love to visit Pakistan. Let the situation improve.Love bro..advertisementVishal_India (@VishalIndia8) October 9, 2019Sri Lanka’s visit to Pakistan also marked the return of high-profile cricket to Pakistan ever since the bus attack in Lahore in 2009.Despite 10 top players, inclduing Lasith Malinga and Angelo Matthews pulling out, Sri Lanka sent a second-string team to Pakistan for a 3-match ODI series and 3-match T20I series.Pakistan, under new head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, won the 3-match ODI series 2-0 in Karachi. Notably, amid a lot of buzz, the 1st ODI in Karachi was washed out with a ball being bowled due to rain.Sri Lanka, though, fought back and clinched the T20I series 3-0 in Lahore. The visiting Sri Lankan side, led by Dasun Shanaka, played an impressive brand of cricket as a lot of young names stepped up and helped them clinch their first-ever clean sweep in a T20I series.Also Read | Dasun Shanaka joins MS Dhoni in elite list as Sri Lanka clean sweep Pakistan 3-0 in T20I seriesAlso Read | How did we think we were No. 1: Misbah-ul-Haq after T20I series loss vs Sri LankaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow LahoreFollow Pakistan cricketFollow Gaddafi stadiumFollow Pakistan vs Sri LankaFollow India vs Pakistan Virat Kohli, come to Pakistan and play cricket: India captain’s fan in Lahore wins heartsPakistan vs Sri Lanka: A Pakistan cricket fan was spotted at the Gaddafi Stadium holding a banner with which he appealed to Virat Kohli to come and play in the neightbouring country.advertisementlast_img read more

FIFA president Gianni Infantino vows to take tough measures against racism

first_img Next FIFA president Gianni Infantino vows to take tough measures against racismSpeaking days after England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria was twice stopped because of racist chants targeting English players, FIFA president Gianni Infantino insisted the world body would punish racism.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service DhakaOctober 18, 2019UPDATED: October 18, 2019 12:49 IST FIFA President Gianni Infantino is in Dhaka on a goodwill trip. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFIFA President Gianni Infantino has reaffirmed his organisation’s commitment to eliminate racism,Infantino was reacting to the recent incidents during the qualifying match between Bulgaria and EnglandInfantino stated that the temperatures in November-December in Qatar were “ideal” for soccerFIFA President Gianni Infantino has reaffirmed his organisation’s commitment to eliminate racism, saying it has no place in football.”We need to send strong messages, that if there are racists that abuse the soccer players we have to stop the game… We cannot let the racists win,” Efe news quoted Infantino as saying in a press conference held here on Thursday.”There is no place for racism in society and there is no place for racism in soccer,” the 49-year-old Swiss head of the world soccer governing entity said.Infantino, who came to the Bangladeshi capital on a short goodwill trip, was reacting to the recent incidents in European soccer play such as in Sofia during the qualifying match for the European Championship 2020 between Bulgaria and England.The Bulgarian police arrested four soccer fans over racist actions during England’s 6-0 win against Bulgaria in Sofia, the country’s interior ministry reported Wednesday.Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov was among others to condemn the prejudiced and racially charged chants from some fans during his country’s loss to England.”We have to speak about it (racism), we have to educate, we have to educate our youths, our children and those who are a bit older as well,” Infantino said.The FIFA President ruled out any concerns the governing organization had of stadiums going empty in the next World Cup in 2022 in Qatar following a recent lack of interest in sporting activities during the Athletics World Championship played in the Persian Gulf country.”The tournament (World Cup) will actually be played in November-December, (November 21 till December 18) which is different compared to the Athletics World Championship, which was organised in September,” he pointed out.advertisementInfantino stated that the temperatures in November-December in Qatar were “ideal” for soccer, adding that players would be also at the top of their form in that time period.”It is not like in June and July when they come exhausted from a very long season.”I am sure in Qatar we will witness, from a technical point of view, the very best World Cup ever,” he added.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow FIFAFollow Racismlast_img read more

Coke Ovens Begins Water Containment Project

first_imgThe first steps to collect, control and treat groundwater at the Coke Ovens site will begin in September. The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency announced today, Aug. 12, that Hazco Environmental Services of Sydney has been awarded the contract to build underground cut-off walls to keep water from reaching and leaving the property. “This project represents the start of remediation at the Coke Ovens site,” said Frank Potter, president of the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. “More clean-up opportunities are on the way.” The walls will be built along the north and south sides of the 68-hectare property. The north wall will be made from betonite/soil slurry, which is a soft clay and water mixture. The south wall will be made from clay. The $800,000 project is expected to take about three months. Other clean-up activities beginning soon are the installation of a groundwater collection system and a water-treatment facility. Completed work includes the removal of all above-ground buildings and structures, and building two channels that direct water from contaminated areas. Hazco Environmental Services established an office in Sydney more than two years ago.last_img read more

Ottawa putting financial squeeze on Mikmaq over antifracking protests councillor

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsOttawa is starting to put the financial squeeze on a Mi’kmaq First Nation in retribution for ongoing anti-fracking protests that have led to a looming confrontation at a highway blockade in New Brunswick, according to a band councillor.The Canada Revenue Agency is pressuring the Elsipogtog First Nation to pay back $1.2 million and Aboriginal Affairs is threatening to hold back funds until the band agrees to pay the money, APTN National News has learned.Elsipogtog band councillor Scott Sanipass said the debt goes back about three years and is for taxes owed from the salaries of non-First Nation people who have worked for the band.“It is too coincidental. It popped up all of a sudden when everyone started protesting,” said Sanipass. “They could have done it six months ago, two years ago, but it just shows up now.”The debt stems from a decision initiated by a previous co-manager of the band who chose to redirect payments destined to CRA into social services. The band is still under co-management.Aboriginal Affairs has since informed the band it would hold back $800,000 owed the band plus 15 per cent of the band’s block funding until the department gets a letter from CRA confirming it has made arrangements with Elsipogtog to get the money back, according to information obtained by APTN National News.The band is proposing to pay back the tax agency about $10,000 a week.Aboriginal Affairs is also holding about $2 million in tuition payments owed the band.“They are really pulling the financial strings on it bad,” said Sanipass.Meanwhile, the blockade on Route 134 continues near Rexton, NB, despite a Court of Queen’s Bench granting an injunction against the protestors on Thursday. The injunction was requested by SWN Resources which has been trying to conduct shale gas exploration in the area.An RCMP spokesperson said the injunction is directed at the protestors and does not impose any timelines on the police’s operations in the area.“It does not order the police to remove individuals within a certain time period,” said Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh. “We are working toward a peaceful resolution and we are continuing to talk to those participating in the blockade and hope to come to a peaceful resolution.”Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock handed SWN an eviction notice Tuesday after his band council passed a resolution giving the community control over all unoccupied Crown lands in their territory.Dozens of people have been arrested by the RCMP during the ongoing protests that began in the summer. The Mi’kmaq Warrior Society is also on the scene and previously attempted to seek help from the Canadian military based in Oromocto, NB.New Brunswick Premier David Alward, who also handles his province’s Aboriginal affairs file, is trying to arrange a meeting with the Elsipogtog chief and council. A provincial official said a planned meeting Thursday fell through. He said the situation is “just too sensitive” to provide any more details.Mi’kmaq and Maliseet protestors have been reinforced by Acadians and local residents in the area. They fear shale gas deposit discoveries will lead to the soiling of local waters through fracking. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial method of extracting natural gas by cracking rocks and rock formations by using high pressure to inject massive amounts of fluids into fractures, thereby creating large fissures for wells.New Brunswick is covered by Peace and Friendship Treaties signed between the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet and the British.Despite requests, Aboriginal Affairs and did not provide comment on the issue as of this article’s posting.A CRA spokesperson said privacy provisions prevented the agency from commenting.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Young girl turns to hockey to help recover after devastating fall

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsIt may be surprising to hear Isabelle Fortin’s mother describe the young girls fall seven years ago as “lucky” – but that is how she describes it.“She fell head first into cement and she was lucky enough that when she fell her skull cracked open outwards instead on inwards,” she told APTN News. “And ever since then she lost movement in her right hand because of her fall and she was in hospital for the longest time.It has been a slow road to recover for Isabelle, also known as Izzy.A few years ago she found a sport that helped her.She started when she was seven, and now at 11 says hockey changed her life.“I wanted to join hockey because I just wanted to get stronger,” she said.To play, Izzy wakes up every weekend at 6 in the morning to attend practice or games.And it’s not a cheap sport to play – but her family has devised a way to raise money.“We did fundraiser groups, she does bottle drives where we live right now our co-op brings in empties for Isabelle to help keep her in hockey,” said Denise. “And she just brings them in once a month she does bake sales she does a lot of fundraising on the island with her grandma and grandpa.“It’s a huge community that Isabelle built and a lot of people support her and they can’t wait to see Isabelle thrive in more sports.For Izzy, her biggest memories are meeting Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Jordan Tootoo.Her own star is on the rise after winning the Grindstone award for her fundraising efforts to keep herself in hockey.In November she won the 2018 Premiers Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sports – making her the youngest winner.thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img read more

Saad Lamjarred Mocked on Social Media Over His Awful Earring

Rabat – Saad Lamjarred has once again made the headlines, but this time it has nothing to do with either his music or his rape accusations.On Sunday, the Moroccan singer posted a picture wearing a very unusual accessory on his Instagram page, which has led him to be mocked and criticized harshly on social media.The singer of “Ghazali” made some interesting fashion choices when he appeared with a delicate crystal teardrop earring hanging from his left ear. Unfortunately, Lamjarred didn’t get the reaction that he expected from his 6 million followers. “You look like a woman,” “Your earring is awful,” “You should be ashamed of yourself wearing women’s earring,” “You look ridiculous,” people commented below the picture. However, Lamjarred’s fans defended him saying, “I think it’s brave and bold to wear this earring,” “Don’t listen to the haters, you look good.”Saad Lamjarred has made some other questionable choices these past few weeks. The pop star missed his court date at the Tribunal of Grande Instance in Paris, ducking his summons issued by the lawyer of his alleged rape victim, Laura Prioul, on April 9.???? ?????? ???? ?? #????_????_????? #saadlamjarred1 #love_my_fans_forever_and_ever @kamalaitphotography @ayoubenjiA post shared by saadlamjarred (@saadlamjarred1) on Apr 21, 2018 at 12:04pm PDT read more

UN rights body says States must refrain from profiling while combating terrorism

27 March 2008The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today passed a resolution calling on States to not resort to racial, ethnic or religious profiling while countering terrorism. The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today passed a resolution calling on States to not resort to racial, ethnic or religious profiling while countering terrorism.Adopted without a vote, the text urges States to fully comply with their obligations regarding torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.It also “opposes any form of deprivation of liberty that amounts to placing a detained person outside of the protection of the law.”Additionally, the 47-member body adopted five other resolutions.It extended the mandates by three years of its Independent Experts on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights; on human rights and solidarity; and on minority issues.The Council also adopted texts pertaining to the staff composition of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), as well as on the enhancement of global cooperation in the field of human rights.The body will wrap up its seventh session, which began on 3 March, tomorrow. read more

Australia deports 48 Lankans

Under new rules announced on July 19, anyone – including a person from Sri Lanka – who arrives in Australia by boat without a visa no longer has the chance to settle in Australia.“If they are not quickly returned to Colombo, they will be taken to Papua New Guinea or Nauru where their claims will be assessed,” the spokesman said. “If these claims are not covered by Australia’s international obligations, they will be returned to their homeland wherever possible.” “When people arrive in Australia without a valid visa, any claims they make for their reasons to travel to Australia are assessed by the department,” the spokesman said. A further 48 Sri Lankan unauthorised maritime arrivals (UMAs) returned to Colombo today from Australia after failing to meet Australia’s international obligations, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said.The group, which consisted of 35 single adult males and 13 people in family groups including seven children, departed Christmas Island at 1pm AEST today to be flown back to the Sri Lankan capital. Their return takes the number of Sri Lankans sent home to more than 1300 – more than 1100 of them involuntarily – since August last year. A DIAC spokesman said returning the group to Sri Lankans sends a powerful message. “These enhanced screening arrangements will continue and if they do not engage Australia’s international obligations, people will be quickly returned to Sri Lanka,” the spokesman said. “This is making it clear that those who pay smugglers are throwing their money away and risking their lives in the process.”People returned involuntarily do not have access to reintegration assistance. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Maldivians in Sri Lanka vote in Parliamentary polls

The Maldives media reported that 501 ballot boxes have been placed across the Maldives for the election.Polls opened at 8am Maldives time and closes at 4pm Saturday afternoon. Vote counting will begin an hour after ballot boxes are sealed, the Maldives Elections Commission said, according to Maldives media.. Maldivians based in Sri Lanka voted today to elect members to the Maldives Parliament.Ballot boxes were placed at the Maldives Embassy in Colombo for the large Maldivian community in Sri Lanka to vote. A total of 386 candidates are contesting for 87 seats in the Maldives Parliament. The battle for a majority in Parliament is between Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s coalition led by the Maldivian Democratic Party and former strongman Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Provisional results will be announced within two days and official results will be announced at the latest on April 12.Maldivians based overseas have been given the opportunity to vote at polling stations in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and in the United Kingdom. read more

Sobeys to remove plastic bags from all stores next year as grocers

Shoppers at Sobeys Inc. grocery stores will soon need to bring their own totes or lug their purchases home in paper bags as the chain moves to phase out plastic bags by February 2020.Canadians go through hundreds of millions of single-use plastic bags at grocery stores each year, and the chains — most of which charge a nominal fee for plastic bags —are facing pressure from increasingly eco-conscious consumers to do more to eliminate their plastic-centric packaging.Sobeys said it is making the move to phase out plastic bags as a response to calls from customers and employees to use less plastic. The retailer also committed to launch programs to reduce plastic in other areas of the stores.“We really felt that the amount of avoidable plastic in grocery stores is shocking,” said Vittoria Varalli, the company’s vice-president of sustainability. The change will eliminate 225 million bags used annually at Sobeys 255 stores.The company, which is owned by Stellarton, N.S.-based Empire Co. Ltd, will phase out plastic bags and introduce paper bags at its other banners soon after. Sobeys also operates Safeway, Thrifty Foods, IGA, Foodland, Freshco and Farm Boy. It boasts more than 1,500 stores across all its chains.“The ultimate goal,” said Varalli, is to eliminate plastic bags from the produce aisle as well. It plans to introduce a line of reusable mesh alternatives made from recycled bottles in August.Food companies have been on a mission to reduce plastic from their operations recently as consumers push for more sustainable practices. Some are taking initiatives to change ahead of the federal government’s announced ban on single-use plastics by 2021, which would force them to find non-plastic alternatives.WATCH: Grocery stores cutting back on plastic bags Last year, restaurants responded to pressure to eliminate plastic straws after a video showing someone removing a straw stuck up a turtle’s nose went viral.Starbucks, A&W and other chains made promises to remove the item from their eateries, and some have already done so.But the trend toward sustainability didn’t stop at straws. Many fast-food giants started experimenting with other green packaging. In June, McDonald’s Canada announced it would test wooden cutlery and other recycling-friendly containers at two restaurants.“I think they’re trying to respond to popular concern,” said Vito Buonsante, plastics program manager at the advocacy organization Environmental Defence, of grocers’ efforts to reduce plastic waste by targeting plastic bags.In coastal regions, plastic bags create a major environmental problem, he said, where they persist for a long time and harm wildlife.Despite the fact that Canadians use about 2.86 billion plastic bags a year, Buonsante sees them as “low-hanging fruit” that people easily can do without.Grocery stores are slowly starting to get on board with the push to eliminate single-use plastics.Metro Inc. announced earlier this year it would start allowing consumers to use reusable containers to store fresh products, such as those from the deli and pastry counters, at its Quebec stores.In May, the company committed to cut its use of single-use plastic bags in half by the end of its 2023 financial year. It also said it wants to reduce the amount of produce bags used by 10 per cent by the end of its 2020 financial year.Loblaw Companies Ltd., meanwhile, started charging five cents per plastic bag about a decade ago and reduced the number of plastic bags used in its stores by nearly 12 billion, wrote spokesperson Catherine Thomas in an email.It has donated $10 million to the World Wildlife Fund with some of the proceeds as of the end of 2018. Thomas declined to provide the total amount the company has made by charging for plastic bags.Meanwhile, customers seeking greener grocery pastures have given rise to niche no-waste markets across Canada.“Change is kind of happening,” said Buonsante, but — for the most part — these initiatives are limited in effectiveness.A five-cent bag fee is not a strong deterrent, he said, and companies should create incentives to help shoppers shift their habits.Governments around the world have started to crack down on single-use plastics to force companies into change.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in June that his government is starting the regulatory work to ban toxic single-use plastics because the garbage infiltrating the world’s waterways is out of hand.Nothing is going to be banned overnight, with the process to implement a federal ban or limitations on a product under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act usually taking two to four years. The goal is to make decisions on everything on the list by 2021.Trudeau said Canada’s plan will “closely mirror” that of Europe. In March, the European Parliament agreed that by 2021 the European Union will ban almost a dozen single-use products including plastic plates, cutlery, cups, straws, plastic sticks in cotton swabs, balloon sticks and stir sticks, and Styrofoam cups and take-out food containers. Oxo-degradeable plastics including plastic grocery bags, which break down into tiny pieces with exposure to air but never fully disappear, are also to be banned. Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more