Changed realities trigger a Mayawati makeover

first_imgThe return of Mayawati to campaigning after the Election Commission of India’s censure with a rally alongside Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav in Mainpuri on Friday, is one more example of how the Bahujan Samaj Party chief’s strident approach has given way to a more inclusive, layered pitch, keeping in mind the complex caste and religious realities of the region. Combating the BJP’s poaching of her traditional vote bank and adjusting to the demands of alliance partners, Ms. Mayawati, in her speeches, has come a long way from the days of tilak, taraju aur talwar, inko maro joote chaar, where she attacked the symbols of high castes in a crude language. Words like ‘Manuwadi’, which were once a staple in her speeches, are disappearing. And she does not hesitate in invoking the names of Chaudhary Charan Singh and Ram Manohar Lohia with B.R. Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram. Ms. Mayawati’s attempt at social engineering is not exactly new. But in the past, it was largely limited to giving a toehold to Brahmins and Thakurs in the party in return for ‘resources’. On stage, they had to sit behind her, barefoot. The compulsions of the alliance have ensured that Ms. Mayawati has to give equal space to Jat leaders. At the Meerut rally recently, one throne-like seat on stage had to be replaced by two when Rashtriya Lok Dal workers sulked and demanded equal status for party vice-president Jayant Chaudhary in the farmers’ belt. In return, her alliance partners had to acknowledge the presence of her nephew Akash Anand, who has emerged as a force in the BSP during these elections. “It is a very unlikely alliance. One of the groups that oppresses the Dalits the most is the OBCs, even more than the higher castes. To make the alliance politically viable, she obviously has to undermine her Dalit card,” says Ajai Gudavarthy, assistant professor at the Centre of Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.Core vote bankBe it an attempt to appropriate Bajrangbali or talking of keeping upvas (fast) on voting day, she seems to be apprehensive that like in 2014, a section of her so-called core vote bank may continue to vote as Hindus.The Jatavs are behind her but the Valmikis and lower OBCs seem iffy for they feel the fruits of BSP rule in Uttar Pradesh did not reach them.In Agra, the Valmikis remind about how she never fielded any candidate from their community from the reserved constituency. Perhaps, that is why her acolytes have to tell the crowd: “Kya Behenji Hindu nahin hain?” (Is Mayawati not a Hindu?)“Unlike Maharashtra, there was no actual conversion of Dalits and OBCs in north India. The moment anti-Muslim rhetoric goes up, a section of Dalits and OBCs start identifying themselves as Hindus. There is a certain appeal of the RSS and the BJP when they identify themselves as Hindus. They feel more included when the gaze shifts to the Muslims. Suddenly they feel empowered that there is somebody more vulnerable than them,” reasons Dr. Gudavarthy.It is important for the BSP to neutralise this advantage and it is doing it by whipping up Ms. Mayawati’s Hindu identity.“As the BJP doesn’t give seats to Muslims, there are extra seats available to accommodate the OBC candidates. This was on display during the Assembly elections in 2017 when Mayawati offered 100 seats to Muslims. That advantage has to be neutralised which I think is a good strategy for the time being,” adds Dr. Gudavarthy. She is playing the Muslim card with caution. In Deoband, she addressed Muslims because the Congress has fielded a strong candidate in Imran Masood against BSP’s Fazalur Rehman. In Meerut, she did not, for the Congress has fielded Harendra Agrawal who is expected to cut votes of BJP’s Rajendra Agarwal. In Budaun, where the Congress has fielded Salim Shervani, she again cited the Sachar Committee report to underline the miserable condition of Muslims during the Congress rule.Social chemistry The social chemistry at the top is yet to percolate to the ground. In Deoband, the high-caste Muslims didn’t seem to be in favour of Ms. Mayawati being projected as a prime ministerial candidate by the alliance partners. In Aligarh, where the BSP candidate, Ajit Baliyan, a Jat, is in the fray, the local SP leader could be seen vacating the seat for the BSP worker at the party office as it is “their” seat. But in Iglas, which is part of the Hathras reserved constituency, Jats say they will vote for the BJP candidate because he adheres to the social hierarchy. “This alliance has been possible because of Yogi Adityanath, a casteist leader who has brought back the old varna system. It doesn’t mean there is a permanent social arrangement between the OBCs and Dalits. One of the concerns for the Mahagathbandan is the transfer of votes. To ensure that social prejudices are not triggered, the political rhetoric has to be carefully crafted,” says Dr. Gudavarthy.last_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DES 53)(REOPENS DES 53)Officials said that under the new norms, steps would be taken to ensure that high quality research published in journals of repute is rewarded.They added that research in regional languages too will be included in the criteria.Official sources said that a committee formed under the chairmanship of former UGC chairman Prof Arun Nigvekar had been constituted by the HRD ministry last year to evaluate the API regarding the entry point and career advancement of teachers and these changes were made based on its recommendations.”The UGC has approved the proposed changes in the API mechanism and they will come into effect in a day or two when the notification is issued,” official said.Last week, while speaking in a debate on the functioning of her ministry in the Rajya Sabha, HRD minister Smriti Irani had indicated that her ministry would soon change the API score criteria.”A teachers promotion needs to depend on the promotion of his class, that is, when a teacher totally dedicates himself only to the education of the student, does not get involved in extracurricular activity that teacher, in no way, should be penalized,” Irani had said in her speech. PTI ADS RGlast_img read more

Motorola to launch a smartphone with shatterproof display on July 25, could be Moto Z2 Force

first_imgMotorola earlier last week sent out press invites for a launch event in New York City on June 25, but didn’t reveal what it plans to announce. However, we believe it could possibly announce the most anticipated – Moto Z2 Force. The company has now released a new teaser, which hints that Motorola will launch a smartphone with shatterproof display on July 25.To recall, there were rumous that Moto Z2 Force can be a shatterproof device.  This means that chances are really high that Motorola may launch the Moto Z2 Force, which is tipped to be quite similar to that of the recently announced Moto Z2 Play. The media invite that Motorola sent out mentions: “get ready to shatter your expectations” with a hashtag #hellomotoworld. This clearly indicates that upcoming smartphone could come with shatterproof display and chances are that it will be the Moto Z2 Play.Renders, rumours and leaks of Moto Z2 Force has been surfacing online for a few months now. Some press renders hint that the Z2 Play may come with new Moto Mods, quite similar to that of the Moto Z2 Play. While other press renders hint that the smartphone may feature dual-LED flash on the front panel, which is expected to sit at the right of the front facing camera.On the other hand, some leaked images of the Moto Z2 Force reveals that the device will feature a Moto ‘batwing’ logo right above the home button of the device. In terms of specifications, Moto Z2 Force is expected to pack a ShatterShield screen and will also come packed with Gigabit LTE support. Further, the smartphone is said to come with the latest processor by Qualcomm – Snapdragon 835, which also powers phones like – Samsung Galaxy S8, Xiaomi Mi 6, HTC U11, and the OnePlus 5.advertisementAlso Read: Moto E4 Plus available for Rs 999 with Flipkart exchange offer, only for todayMoto Z2 Force may also come with Android Nougat operating system, considering the device is said to be quite similar to the already announced Moto Z2 Play. Further, on the optics front, the device is expected to sport dual-camera set up. There are some words that the smartphone could possibly come with a 5.5-inch HD display and backed by a 3000mAh battery set up. No words on the pricing front as of yet, or if Motorola will bring the device to India or not. But, possibly it will.Meanwhile, Motorola just launched the Moto E4 Plus in India on Wednesday. The smartphone is announced at a price of Rs 9,999 and is available on Flipkart starting 11:59PM yesterday, along with exchange and Buyback offer, and other great deals. The budget smartphone comes with a massive 5,000mAh battery, the latest version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box, and a front LED flash. Motorola claims that the smartphone can last for 2 days on a single charge. Further, the Moto E4 Plus is powered by a 1.3Ghz 64-bit quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.Design wise, the Moto E4 Plus sports a 5.5-inch 720p HD display. A fingerprint sensor is embedded in the home button up front. On the optical front, the Moto E4 Plus comes with a 13-megapixel camera at the back, while on the front the device fits a 5-megapixel selfie shooter which comes coupled with an aperture of f/2.2.last_img read more

Woman killed 2 hurt as truck rams into scooty

first_imgNEW DELHI: A-21-year-old woman riding pillion on a Scooty was killed after being hit by a truck in South-west Najafgarh area on Thursday morning. Meanwhile her husband and two –year-old daughter-was escaped with minor injuries.The passerby however gave a chase and caught the errant truck driver and handed him over to the police. Police said that the deceased woman has been identified as Nisha, a resident of the same locality. Her husband Rajesh and daughter have been discharged from the hospital after first aid. The incident took place near Najafgarh Mandi when the couple along with their daughter was going home on a Scooty. In between, a truck driver while overtaking to other vehicles, hit the Scooty from behind. The husband who was driving the scooty could nit balance the vehicle after te impact abd all three of them fell on the road. The woman was crushed under the wheels of the truck. Her husband Rajesh and his daughter escaped alive with minor injuries.Police have sent the body for autopsy and a case under appropriate sections have been registered against the driver idnetified as Ram Kishor at Najafgarh police station. Police have seized the truck for further investigation and have sent the accused driver Ram Kishor to judicial custody.last_img read more

BSNL loss pegged at Rs 14202 cr in 201819

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned telecom firm BSNL’s loss is estimated to be around Rs 14,000 crore with a decline in revenue to Rs 19,308 crore during 2018-19, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. The public sector firm’s provisional loss was Rs 4,859 crore in 2015-16, Rs 4,793 crore in 2016-17, Rs 7,993 crore in 2017-18 and is estimated to widen to Rs 14,202 crore in 2018-19, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”Low tariffs due to fierce competition in the mobile segment, high staff cost and absence of 4G services (except in few places) in the data-centric telecom market are the main reasons for losses of BSNL,” Prasad said. In line with the sector, BSNL has also seen a dip in its revenue after the entry of Reliance Jio in the market in 2016. The company’s revenue is pegged at around Rs 19,308 crore for 2018-19, compared with Rs 25,071 crore in 2017-18 and Rs 31,533 crore in 2016-17. In 2018-19, salary expenditure accounted for 75 per cent of the firm’s total revenue at Rs 14,488 crore, according to the data shared by Prasad.last_img read more

Soledad OBrien To Speak At Texas Conference For Women

first_imgThe 2014 Texas Conference for Women has announced that Soledad O’Brien – award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer – and Diana Nyad, endurance swimmer and author, will appear as keynote speakers at the 15th annual Texas Conference for Women on November 13, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center.At CNN, O’Brien created the “Black in America” and “Latino in America” documentary franchises, redefining in-depth story-telling. Today she is CEO of Starfish Media Group where she continues producing segments that focus on empowering, personal stories that challenge the issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity. Nyad last year became the first person to complete the 103-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. She did so on her 5th attempt at the age of 64.O’Brien and Nyad are joined by Shiza Shahid, CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer-Prize winner and New York Times best-selling co-author of Half the Sky, and Debbie Sterling, the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox.“We are thrilled to celebrate our 15th anniversary by hosting women of such courage, creativity and vitality,” said Texas First Lady Anita Perry, host of the Texas Conference for Women. “Soledad O’Brien, Diana Nyad and our other speakers will inspire women to aim high and reimagine the impact they can have in their own lives and in their communities.”Other speakers include Louis Van Amstel, champion ballroom dancer and Dancing with the Stars instructor; Jenny Bowen, founder and CEO of Half the Sky; Jane Hyun, leadership strategist and author of Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: The Essential Guide to Getting In, Moving Up, and Reaching the Top; Tara Sophia Mohr, creator and founder of Playing Big; Danielle Laporte, author of The Desire Map and The Fire Starter Sessions; Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide; Gail Sheehy, New York Times best-selling author of Passages; Kate White, former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan and New York Times best-selling author of If Looks Could Kill and Hush and Joan Williams, author of What Works for Women at Work. These speakers are among the 100+ to be featured at this year’s Conference.“There is no better way to celebrate our 15th anniversary Conference than hearing from this diverse and strong-spirited group of leaders,” said Johnita Jones, President of the Board of the Texas Conference for Women. “Our attendees will gain valuable paths to success in career and in life, and new insights into finding happiness and balance in their busy lives.”The 15th annual Conference hosts thousands of women from across the state for a full day of networking, inspiration, professional development and personal growth. The one-day Conference features keynote addresses, and breakout sessions led by more than one hundred experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development. The nonprofit, nonpartisan event draws women of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in building communication skills, leadership strategies and work-life balance tools.The Texas Conference for Women is generously underwritten by AT&T, AAA Texas, Austin American-Statesman, AW Media, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Cisco Systems, Clear Channel Outdoor, Dell, Freescale, Hail Merry, HEB, Pfizer, Phillips 66, Rackspace, Shell, The Texas Tribune, USAA and United Airlines.Registration is now open and early bird pricing is valid through August 15, 2014. To register or learn more about the 15th annual Texas Conference for Women, visit our website at To apply for media credentials, please contact Julia Ballantyne, read more

Vote Now DoSomethingorg Announces Nominees For Celebs Gone Good, one of the largest organizations for young people and social change announces voting for its 8th annual Celebs Gone Good list honoring celebrities who use their platform for social good.Beginning today, fans can vote for the celebrity they believe has done the most good at Fans can vote once per day until December 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The list of the Top 20 Celebs Gone Good of 2015, Top 5 Celebs to Watch, and Top 5 Internet Celebs will be released on Tuesday, December 29.“Doing good isn’t a fleeting trend,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, Chief Marketing Officer at “Standing for something, participating in a movement, and using your voice for social change is an integral part of being a celebrity. With Celebs Gone Good, we’re applauding celebs who recognize the power of their platform to spark change and rally their fans worldwide to take action on important issues.”Taylor Swift has topped the list for the past three years and other celebrities that have made the list include Beyoncé, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, and more.The winners of Celebs Good Good, Celebs to Watch, and Internet Celebs are compiled as a result of a three-part methodology: votes from the public, celebrities’ STARmeter ranking on Internet Movie Database, and input from industry experts.For more information about Celebs Gone Good, visit read more

Average US price of gas drops 3 cents per gallon to 293

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline fell 3 cents a gallon (3.8 litres) over the past two weeks, to $2.93.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that it’s the first price drop at the pump in four months.Lundberg says the price is 6 cents lower than it was one year ago.The highest average price in the nation is $4.08 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.The lowest average is $2.35 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The average price of diesel fell a penny over the past two weeks, to $3.16.The Associated Press read more

Top UN envoy welcomes recent progress in Somali peace talks

26 November 2008The senior United Nations envoy to Somalia today welcomed the latest round of talks on critical issues – such as justice and reconciliation, the unity government and security issues – to further the peace process in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation. “I am very pleased to see the concerned parties moving forward with the support of the United Nations and the international community in accordance with the Djibouti Agreement,” said Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, referring to the peace deal reached in June with his help.Under that pact, Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) agreed to end their conflict and called on the UN to deploy an international stabilization force to the troubled nation, which has not had a functioning national government since 1991.A meeting of the High-Level Committee set up by the Agreement wrapped up yesterday in Djibouti, with participants agreeing to add 75 additional seats to the Parliament and reach out to groups outside the peace process, including women, the private sector and the diaspora.Those at the meeting agreed to the principle of sharing leadership positions and to extend the transitional period by two years.Mr. Ould-Abdallah characterized the gathering as “very encouraging because it advances the commitment made by both sides to form an inclusive Parliament and Unity Government.”The parties will now hold consultations with their respective constituencies, allies and leadership before meeting again under UN auspices.Somalia has been beset by fighting and massive humanitarian suffering for the past two decades but the violence has flared anew this year, particularly in and around the capital, Mogadishu, and caused widespread displacement.Last month, the two sides signed accords on a ceasefire to end their deadly conflict, the establishment of a unity government and military forces and the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops.Discussions on security are expected to focus on how the sides will address practical matters, such as final arrangements for ending armed confrontation and forming joint transitional forces, the envoy said.“We hope that the concerted efforts made here and the momentum gained in these last few days continue so that the new year sees Somali leaders working together, wholeheartedly and committed to the dignity of the Somali people,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah said. read more

Ban welcomes deal between Eritrea and Djibouti to resolve border conflict

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh signed the agreement on Sunday in a deal reached under the auspices of Qatar and its Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani.“The Secretary-General is encouraged by this positive development, which he believes will contribute to long-term peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesperson in which he also voiced deep appreciation for the Qatari Emir’s mediation efforts.“The agreement entrusts Qatar with establishing a mechanism for the resolution of the border dispute and the normalization of relations between the two countries.”The deal ends the dispute that erupted in early 2008 when, following weeks of tensions and military build-up, the two countries’ armed forces clashed over an un-demarcated area in the Red Sea known as Doumeira, killing 35 people and leaving dozens of others wounded.In January 2009 the Security Council adopted a resolution demanding that Eritrea pull its forces from the disputed area and cooperate with diplomatic initiatives, and welcoming Djibouti’s withdrawal of its forces to its positions before the dispute.A United Nations fact-finding mission sent to the region after the dispute flared was welcomed by Djibouti but blocked by Eritrea, which refused to meet with it or with any envoy of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who had offered to use his good offices to help resolve the issue. 8 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the agreement signed by Eritrea and Djibouti to resolve their two-year border dispute through a negotiated settlement. read more

Linden man accused of stealing electronics placed on 150000 bail

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLindener slapped with five robbery chargesJanuary 24, 2015In “Crime”Linden man charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robberiesNovember 9, 2015In “Crime”Lindener arraigned with 3 counts of armed robberyOctober 16, 2018In “Court” A man of Wismar, Linden found himself before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday for stealing a long list of electronic items after he broke into the home of a villager.Lester Drakes, 20, of 161 Half Mile, Wismar Linden had the charge of break and enter read to him by City Magistrate, Judy Latchman.That charge alleges that he, between September 24-25 2017, at Lot 1675 Central Amelia’s Ward, McKenzie, Linden, broke and entered the dwelling house of Laurence Fidook and stole one Samsung cellphone, two iPhones, one Azami phone, one Lodging cell phone, one Bluetooth headset, one Smart watch, two laptops and one bag pack, with a total value of $453,000.According to the facts of the matter, the joiner by profession who had a similar matter before the Court was caught after one of the stolen phones was traced and found in his possession.Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves reported that the Virtual Complainant (VC) secured his premises but however, after inspections the following morning, noticed a window of his house opened.Further inspections revealed that the items mentioned in the charge were missing and following the discovery of the phone on the person of the accused; he was arrested and charged with the crime.The Prosecution had no objections to bail being granted.The accused was granted bail in the sum of $150,000. Drakes is scheduled to make his next Court appearance on October 20 2017. read more

Donald Trumps sons launch hotel chain inspired by election campaign

first_img 33,285 Views Short URL Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 1:00 PM Donald Trump’s sons launch hotel chain inspired by election campaign The Trump Organization has said it is not exploiting the US presidency for profit. Eric Danziger, CEO of Trump Hotels, left, with Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr Source: APTrump turned the immigrant down, calling his venture “small fry”. But he did spend time on the phone, Suresh said, giving advice on ways to secure a loan elsewhere. Chawla Hotels now owns 17 hotels.As a franchising fee, Trump Hotels CEO Danziger said he expects to earn less than the typical 9 to 12% cut of revenue charged by others, at least initially while the chain is rolled out.The Chawla brothers plan to convert three Mississippi hotels now under other franchisee names to the American Idea brand, one each in Cleveland, Clarksdale and Greenville. Danziger wouldn’t say how many American Idea hotels he hopes to build, but he talked big in an interview.“It can go anywhere in the United States, anywhere there is an extended stay or mid-scale (hotel), that can be an American Idea,” he said.The Trump Organization is also opening a fourth property with Chawla Hotels under its Scion brand, a more upscale, boutique chain launched last year. That one will open in Cleveland, Mississippi. Danziger said in March that he hoped to open as many as 100 Scion hotels in three years.Conflict of interest?Washington University’s Clark said the new chains raise many conflicts of issues questions. Do the developers have other motives in striking a deal with the president’s company, perhaps to influence public policy? Will local governments help the developers in securing zoning changes or permits to curry favour with the president?The new chains are “problematic for the same reason all his other businesses are problematic: It provides opportunity for people to influence him by sending business his way,” Clark said.The rollout of the Scion chain hit a snag earlier this year because of just such conflicts issues. A Dallas developer who had signed a letter of intent with the Trump Organization revealed that he planned to raise money for a Scion hotel in the city from unnamed investors from Turkey, Qatar and Kazakhstan.The Trump Organization cancelled talks with the developer after several news articles raised questions about whether the foreign investors might try to use their investments to influence the new administration.Danziger said the Dallas developer would never have gotten past his company’s vetting, which had only begun as the media got hold of the story.Before Trump took the oath of office, he announced a series of steps to help address concerns that his sprawling business holdings could lead to conflicts. He handed management control of his company to his two adult sons, vowed to make “no new foreign deals” while president and hired an outside council to vet any new deals his sons would strike in the US.Danziger has expressed confidence that these steps can help avoid any ethical trouble.As far as the Chawlas are concerned, Danziger said, they’ve been fully vetted. Their company, he said, is 100% owned by the two brothers. And he suggested they were perfect partners for a company under scrutiny.“I wish I had their clean background,” he quipped. “It was easy to approve.”Read: Trump will nominate Chris Christie’s defence lawyer as FBI DirectorRead: Trump’s national security team to be quizzed over Russian influence on election Jun 10th 2017, 1:00 PM center_img Eric Trump, left, and Donald Trump Jr, executive vice presidents of the Trump Organization Source: APTHE SONS OF US President Donald Trump have said their company is launching a new hotel chain inspired by their travels for their father’s election campaign.The name of the new hotel chain is American Idea. It was inspired by stories heard in small towns on the campaign trail. The owner is now, of course, president of the United States.However, the Trump Organization has said it is not exploiting the presidency for profit.The suggestion is “pure, unadulterated nonsense”, Eric Danziger, CEO of the company’s hotel division, Trump Hotels, said. “I’m sure you’ve heard of American Express. I’m sure you’ve heard of American Airlines … We didn’t invent the word ‘American’.”President Trump has been criticised for raising membership fees at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, boasting of his new Washington hotel that has become a favorite spot for foreign diplomats, and benefiting from trademark approvals from China for possible future business there.Now comes his company’s latest venture: a hotel chain.The American Idea chain was unveiled on Monday night in New York at a Trump Tower party hosted by the president’s two adult sons, Eric and Don Jr, and featuring a video showing the Washington Mall.The first family plans to franchise the mid-market hotels, taking a cut of revenue, and leaving the management and ownership of the buildings to other developers. The first three are planned for Mississippi.“They’re cashing in on the red states,” Kathleen Clark, a government ethics expert and law professor at Washington University in St Louis, said. “I’m not surprised that the Trump family would look to opportunities to commercially exploit his political success.”Ethics Ethics expert Edwin Williamson, a former State Department legal adviser, isn’t so bothered by the new chain. He noted the president is not bound by the federal ethics laws that limit other public officials from pursuing business interests while in office, and said he thinks Trump critics and the media are too fast to see conflicts of interest where there are none.“There may be people who want do business with them because they are the president’s sons. But I don’t know what you do about that,” Williamson said. He added that the deals struck will probably be “normal business transactions that meet the standard of the marketplace”.The first outside partners for American Idea were introduced on Monday and quickly established their appeal as embodiments of the American dream. Sons of a refugee from India, Suresh and Dinesh Chawla spoke of an America full of promise and profit if you work hard enough — and maybe get advice from a real estate mogul along the way.Suresh told the story of how his late father, founder of Chawla Hotels of Cleveland, Mississippi, was brazen enough to call Donald Trump looking for money for his new hotel chain more than quarter of a century ago. Share Tweet Email1 By Associated Press 52 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Taoiseach urged to seek EU support to put more pressure on Egypt

first_img 65 Comments Jun 22nd 2017, 6:01 AM Image: 10,426 Views TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has been urged to seek support to increase pressure on the Egyptian Government to release Ibrahim Halawa at this week’s European Council meeting.An Irish citizen, Halawa has spent almost four years in jail in Egypt without trial. Recently, the Irish government said it has stepped up its diplomatic efforts to secure his release.His next trial date is set for Tuesday, 4 July. This will be the 25th trial date he has been given.Varadkar told the Dáil yesterday that it is “utterly unacceptable” that the Irish citizen has been detained since he was 17 years old.The Taoiseach is attending the European Council meeting which takes place in Brussels today and Friday. He’s been urged to seek the backing of his EU colleagues to increase pressure on the Egyptian authorities.Varadkar has also said he will speak to the Greek government, which is believed to be acting as an obstacle in making progress.Delayed trial “I think a lot of work has been done by the authorities, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and others, to assist in his release. I know the Ceann Comhairle led a delegation with regard to that and carried out a very important role in the efforts to assure he is released and given a pardon.“The current state of play is that this cannot happen until the trial happens but the trial keeps on being delayed, which has us in a very difficult situation at the moment,” said Varadkar.The Taoiseach said he received a letter from Halawa last week, and welcomed the fact that he has ended his hunger strike. Source: RollingNews.ieIn the letter, Halawa wrote about entering a dark tunnel of four years of torture, suffering and pain.Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach if he will request the backing of his European Council colleagues this week.“Ibrahim Halawa was only 17 when he sought shelter in the al-Fateh mosque in Cairo. No young person should have to live through his experience since then,” she said. Source: RollingNews.ieThe Green Party’s Eamon Ryan urged Varadkar to talk to the Greek Prime Minister about the matter at this week’s meeting in Brussels.“Our understanding is that it is Greek opposition to having European monitoring of the case which is stopping it. We need the European monitor there on 4 July to put on the pressure to get him out,” said Ryan.Varadkar replied: “In relation to meeting the Greek Prime Minister, it will be my first ever European Council meeting and I am not sure exactly how they work, but if there is an opportunity to have a discussion with him I will do so.”Next week, the Taoiseach said he plans to assess what other options are open to the Irish government to expedite his return home.“Of course, I do not want to do anything that might turn out to be counterproductive so I need to study it a little more myself,” he added.Read: ‘It’s not always as straightforward’: Tusla chief on removing children at high risk from State care>Read: Abortion committee meets for the first time and elects Senator Catherine Noone as chairperson> Jameela Abougnah at a vigil for Ibrahim Halawa. Image: Taoiseach urged to seek EU support to put more pressure on Egypt to release Ibrahim Halawa Leo Varadkar is attending a EU Council meeting over the next two days.center_img Share241 Tweet Email Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 6:01 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jameela Abougnah at a vigil for Ibrahim Halawa. By Christina Finnlast_img read more

Akai dévoile le MPC Fly pour iPad

first_imgAkai dévoile le MPC Fly pour iPadLes musiciens connaissent bien le fameux MPC d’Akai. En 2012, à l’ère des tablettes tactiles, c’est une nouvelle génération avec le MPC Fly qui débarque. On connaissait les MPC comme boitiers, maintenant il y aura le MPC Fly (lien non disponible), façon tablette, tout en finesse. Sa structure permettra de brancher l’iPad 2 comme s’il s’agissait d’un écran d’ordinateur. Le MPC affichera le contrôleur habituel et ses 16 pads, des fonctions de répétition de note et de swing. Le tout rétro-éclairé, idéal lors d’un concert, sous entendu si c’est vous l’artiste, bien sûr. Fonctionnant sur batterie lithium-ion, il sera également possible de le brancher au secteur, auquel cas l’iPad en profitera pour se recharger en même temps.Évidemment doté de nombreuses fonctionnalités (séquencer quatre pistes simultanément, sample de batterie inclus, effets intégrés, corrections et répétitions de notes…), le MPC Fly d’Akai promet d’être une petite révolution pour le monde de la composition musicale. A quel prix? Difficile à dire, Akai n’a pas communiqué dessus, ni sur la date de disponibilité. Patience donc. Le 21 janvier 2012 à 15:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Democracy Defeated, Coups And Counter Coups

first_imgCan one imagine what would have happened to The Gambia by now if all the attempts at military takeover succeeded? By now The Gambia would have been a country of mass graves. Democracy did what military might could not. It is that democracy we should nurture.Who was on the side of coups and counter coups of the abdication of state responsibility is of very little significance now to a country which has placed power in the hands of the people after 52 years of self-perpetuating rule. The Gambian people are living in a country that they had capacity to change through the ballot box for the first time since 18th February 1965.On the 2nd December 2016 all Gambians on either side of the political divide accepted that the will of the Gambian people is inviolable. On 19th January 2017, all embraced the peaceful transfer of power. This has happened.What Gambians should do now is to nurture that peace and democracy not by breathing life to the power struggle of the past but rather to bury them and keep alive only the lessons that will not lead to the alienation or humiliation of anyone. The only relevant matter to pursue is to expose any harm done to an individual with a view to accepting wrong doing, apologising for it, healing the victim and allowing everyone to have new start. This is the way forward.There were serious human rights violation under the Jawara regime and under the Jammeh regime. Since death has occurred under the current regime what we can say is that it should be contained so that protection of human rights would be a priority and violation would be contained.If this wise counsel is listened to we will move towards the future assured that we have matured and could move on towards our better selves and a more fruitful destiny of liberty, dignity and prosperity.last_img read more

UK Commandoes on the ground in TCI says Police Commissioner

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaiocos, September 12, 2017 -Providenciales – Law and Order will be kept in the Turks and Caicos thanks to a team of Royal Marine Commandoes who will join the Turks and Caicos Islands police in patrolling, protecting and engineering.  Commissioner of Police James Smith reported to the nation that the Commandoes can assist with assessments, communications and medications.    The Commissioner is advising residents not to become alarmed by the presence of the military men, that they are here to help and are actually bolstering the manpower of the TCI Police by augmenting numbers of officers available to make the rounds and keep the peace.Airline companies will be coming in now that the Providenciales International Airport is open and fully operational since Monday at 11am.   Air Canada was not the first on the ground but first to depart the reopened airport facility which suffered at least flooding during the category five hurricane.    We spoke to Stephane Meneles of Caicos Express Airways who shared that some of their fleet was flown out to Jamaica for safety and were on Monday, en route home to restart service to their half a dozen destinations.   The rapid reopening of the country’s gateway was hailed as a major stride by country leaders.Beaches Resort Villages and Spa will have to close down for massive repairs following the horrible effects of Hurricane Irma.  Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart flew in since Sunday to personally assess the situation at the sprawling resort property.   It is bad and it is unclear at this stage how long the resort, the country’s largest employer in the private sector will be closed and how many of its 1,850 staffers it will impact.    The Premier had said that she was due to meet with resorts and hotels today for a proper update on the country’s leading industry and its bounce back plan. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

MayorPantham Rajani Sesha Sai elaborates achievements

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Mayor Pantham Rajani Sesha Sai has said that crores of rupees worth development works were executed in the city during five years of tenure as mayor. Speaking to reporters at her chamber here on Tuesday, in connection with her last working day, she said Godavari Maha Pushkaramas-2015 were performed on a massive scale by spending crores of rupees. Also Read – TDP holds protests over sand scarcity in Ongole Advertise With Us The city bagged best Swachh Bharat award for maintaining sanitation properly. All the primary, upper primary and corporation schools were strengthened by providing basic amenities to the students, filling of teacher posts etc. English medium was introduced in all schools and because of the commitment of teachers, many students obtained 10/10 ranks in tenth class public examinations for two years. The corporators and officials extended their cooperation for the smooth running of administration during five years and coordinated work gave many good results, she added.last_img read more

BJP asks party leaders workers to enrol 5 lakh new members in

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana BJP President K Laxman on Friday asked party leaders to enroll 5 lakh people as party members in the ongoing membership drive which has been extended till August 20. MoS for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy and former union minister Bandaru Dattatreya were also present in the BJP’s city working committee meeting here to evaluate the membership drive. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us “There is a need to increase members in Hyderabad city. Amit Shah will also take a note on how many people have joined the BJP here. So, we should keep it in mind and should increase the memberships. He had already said that in South India after Karnataka, BJP should form government in Telangana. The environment in Telangana is also in favour of BJP party and we should utilize it,” Reddy said. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The BJP’s membership drive was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi on July 6. BJP MLC Ramchander said that the party is preparing its ground for the upcoming municipal elections. “We plan to increase the members in Hyderabad city to 8 Lakh. We have 3.6 lakh members right now and are planning to enroll 4.5 lakh more members in the city. 1.5 lakh people have taken BJP membership in the city and we are speeding it up to reach the target. The last date of membership drive has been extended to August 20 from August 11,” he said. Advertise With Us “We are targeting to win the Municipal elections, which are to be held in the coming days. TRS, Congress and TDP cadres also wanted to join the BJP party. We have asked our party workers to see that they join our party,” he said. BJP leader Rama Krishna said the membership drive is witnessing good response from people after the Centre scrapped Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “We have participated in city executive meeting held in Hyderabad city. Our leadership has fixed a target of 5 lakhs BJP members in Hyderabad and asked us to participate in the membership drive,” he said. “We are also getting a good response from people in Hyderabad after the abrogation of Article 370. After this move taken by the central government, people are showing interest to join the BJP party. They are also ready to elect us to the power in the upcoming elections,” Rama Krishna said.last_img read more

Strong GDP data stokes RBI ratehike talk

first_imgA police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai, India, August 9, 2016.Reuters fileIndia has officially reclaimed its status as the world’s fastest growing economy after reporting a GDP growth of 7.2 percent in October-December, fastest in five quarters.The data puts spotlight back on Asia’s third-largest economy that beat China’s 6.8 percent and analysts’ median forecast of about 7 percent.While the data has surely brought some relief to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of national polls next year, it makes the situation tricky for the central bank while reviewing interest rates on April 5.Some economists now anticipate the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) could raise interest rates after the April policy meeting.”We expect a rate hike from RBI, most likely at the August review,” said Abhishek Upadhyay, economist, ICICI Securities Prime Dealership told Reuters.The case for a rate hike gets further prominence as inflationary pressures ease. India’s retail inflation eased marginally to 5.1 percent in January from a 17-month high of 5.2 percent in December.”The next few months of inflation and growth data will be key to determining the evolution of policy rates. If growth remains robust and inflation prints continue to project headline inflation a year ahead well above the target, then a change in stance from “neutral” to “withdrawal of accommodation” might have to be considered,” RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya said after the February policy.But some economists expect RBI to hold fire for a few more quarters till inflation situation improves. The central bank’s goal is to keep headline inflation close to 4 percent over the medium term.”We expect the Reserve Bank of India to continue to be on hold. A change in their stance will depend on how the monetary authority looks at inflation panning out in the next 3-4 quarters,” said Gaurav Kapoor, chief economist at IndusInd Bank told Reuters.The central bank has kept its interest rate unchanged at 6.00 percent since a 25 basis points cut in August.last_img read more

Security flaws found in the WebGL standard

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — Researchers at Context Information Security have issued a warning about the WebGL standard. The warning states that this standard has the potential to undermine the security concepts that are practiced by current operating system versions and provide a new set of opportunities for attacks on a variety of system. More information: Report: The standard, which is designed to enabled the rendering of 3D animations, executes the shader code directly on the system’s graphics card. While this may make graphics rendering simpler, it does however make a space for the exploitation. If the graphics card has any vulnerability in it the system could be breached. This level of vulnerability is something that the Khronos Group, who are the creators of the WebGL standard, have acknowledged the possibility of in the WebGL specifications. How serious are the potential vulnerabilities? Well, the researchers at Context Information Security say that they have been able to create the blue screen of death by using an exploitation that targets the overloading of a graphics card. While some of the current operating systems do have a fail-safe that rests an overloaded graphics card after a few seconds, the blue screen of death can be reached after a certain number of resets. Explore further The flaw could also, according to the researchers, be used to not just create the blue screen of death, but to inject malicious code onto the system. There is no word yet as to whether or not the standard will be changed, or when any changes to the standard would be implemented. Since the problem is already known and published in the standard it may not change at all. Superior 3D Graphics for the Web a Step Closer Citation: Security flaws found in the WebGL standard (2011, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more