Delhi University to extend sports quota reservation in PG courses

first_imgDelhi University (DU ) has now introduced a five per cent quota in post-graduate courses under sports category to encourage more and more students to take up sports and yet continue with higher academic education, reported Mail Today.The University only permitted admission under sports quota for Bachelor’s degrees till last year but now the facility has been extended for postgraduate courses.This way the students’ achievements till undergraduate level are not wasted. Head of Sports Council S. Dubey said that the decision to reserve five per cent seats in every course for acclaimed and certified performers in sports was taken so that more students get encouraged to pursue sports.Not only this, some students will also get direct admission under the sports quota. Officials said that students who have won accolades at national- and international-level sports competition will not be required to give trials for the admission under the quota.DU last year eased admissions under sports quota especially for chess players, shooters and archers, who will now have to undertake only one of the three fitness tests to qualify for trials.DU will start the process for admission to its under-graduate courses for academic year 2014-15 on June 2. The university has made many alterations in its admission process for academic year 2014-15.last_img read more

Sciatic nerve

first_imgThe main nerve traveling down the leg is the sciatic nerve. Pain associated with the sciatic nerve usually originates higher along the spinal cord when nerve roots become compressed or damaged from narrowing of the vertebral column or from a slipped disk. Symptoms can include tingling, numbness, or pain, which radiates to the buttocks legs and feet.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img

Rohit Sharma returns in India’s Champions Trophy squad

first_imgMSK Prasad, Chairman of Selectors. Photo: Vijay Bate RELATED × cricket May 08, 2017 India to participate in Champions Trophy Defending champions India today opted for the tried and tested in their Champions Trophy cricket squad with a fit-again Rohit Sharma returning to the side while Manish Pandey beat young chinaman Kuldeep Yadav as the 15th member.Rohit, who has recovered from a thigh injury, made a comeback as selectors gave due weightage to his round the year performance.Overall, the selection panel, headed by MSK Prasad, kept faith in the squad which defeated England in a home series earlier this year.India will play their opening match of the Champions Trophy, to be held in England, against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4. The event itself will get underway on June 1.Pandey has made it as an extra batsman in the squad to be led by Virat Kohli. Prasad said the selectors seriously considered Kuldeep Yadav too before he was put on the standby list. “We definitely considered the name of Kuldeep. He would have been a surprise package but whether we would have played with two spinners is a question. Since Yuvraj (Singh) and Kedar (Jadhav) can bowl spin, he narrowly missed out,” Prasad explained after the selection committee meeting here.Some of the other names that were discussed seriously were keeper-batsmen Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Shardul Thakur and Suresh Raina. Along with Kuldeep, these four are also on the standby list.Prasad made it clear that even though IPL is a premier domestic tournament, the performance of players in the event can’t be the sole criteria for selecting a squad for a 50-over tournament. “We respect IPL but in the longer format, we have to also consider the English conditions that we are playing in. Not just IPL but one needs to take into account the performance of last one year also in such a big tournament,” Prasad said.With no surprises in the team, Prasad said it was an easy team to pick as it has shaped up well in the last four months. “May be one place here and there. But this is the best side.”Veteran opener Gautam Gambhir, who has been performing well in the IPL, was not even discussed. “As of now, we have picked Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma as openers and Ajinkya Rahane is the back-up opener,” Prasad replied when asked about Gambhir.Premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has skipped the IPL owing to a sports hernia injury, has been included in the squad.Explaining the decision, Prasad said Ashwin’s injury was not that serious and he merely required some rest. “The injury was not serious. The franchise was magnanimous enough to listen to our request to rest him. Rest is what Ashwin required as the last game that India played, he was there. That shows he is fit and not like others who are getting rehabilitated after surgery,” Prasad said.Asked if Virat Kohli or Ravindra Jadeja needed some rest from the IPL, Prasad responded in the negative. “Virat didn’t play the last Test and also the first few matches in IPL. The more he plays, it is better for him. We have also given Jadeja a break. (But) considering how fit he is, it wasn’t a problem,” he said.Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained India’s first choice wicketkeeper.Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.StandBy: Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina.Administrative Manager: Kapil Malhotra (Cricket Club of India). MSK Prasad, Chairman of Selectors. Photo: Vijay Batecenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Published on SHARE The selectors kept faith in the squad which defeated England in a home series earlier this year COMMENTSlast_img read more

Alessandro Gentile signed with Panathinaikos

first_imgPanathinaikos officially announced the acquisition of Italian swingman Alessandro Gentile for the remainder of the 2016-2017 season.Gentile, 24, joins the Greens on loan from Olimpia Milano where he has played since December 2011. Earlier this month, Milano and Gentile had reached a mutual decision for him to be sent on loan, preferably in a EuroLeague team, something which took place with the player signing with Panathinaikos.The Greek club’s new addition will be able to register for EuroLeague from the beginning of the second round of the regular season and he is expected to make his “Green” debut in the competition during the road game against Olympiacos on January.Gentile is also following on his father’s footsteps: Ferdinando Gentile spent three years of his career with Panathinaikos, from 1998 to 2001. With the Greek team he won the 2000 European championship and the Greek league league thrice (1999, 2000, 2001).With Olimpia Milano he has averaged 10.8 points, 3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game in the EuroLeague season so far, plus 9.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 32 assists per game in the Italian League.Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: July 17, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALJammu: Amarnath Yatra(B)Patna: Nitish Kumar with Sushil Kumar Modi during aLok Samvad programme/PC(A)Ranchi: Jharkhand Assembly’s monsoon session(B)Chandigarh: ITBP DG meets Haryana CM(B)New Delhi: Assumption Ceremony of the Office of ViceChair of World Customs Organisation (WCO) (B)Patna: Ramdev in Patna (B)Mumbai: Shahid Kapoor with his wife Mira Rajput cuts a cake(B+A)New Delhi: President at plantation programme(A+B)New Delhi: Nigerian Navy chief in Delhi(B+A)Surat/Patiala/Amritsar: Monsoon rains/flood(B+A)New Delhi: 90th Foundation Day of ICAR and AwardCeremony(B)Karad: Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana protest(B)Midnapire: Tent collapsed during PM’s rally(B+A)Moradabad: 22nd Pradeshik Armed Constabulary(UP-PAC) shooting and alarm efficiency race (B)INTERNATIONALLOndon: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shows theofficial photograph (B)Mar Sai: cleansing ceremony and memorial service forSamarn Kunan(B)Beijing: Signing ceremony between Chinese andEuropean official(B)Helsinki: Donald Trump’s meeting with RussianPresident in the Finnish capital. (B)Kuala Lumpur : Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamadtakes the oath during swearing-in ceremony(A)Matiarai : Vehicular accident in Matiarai, Pakistan(B)Kabul: Suicide attack in Kabul(A)SPORTSMoscow: 2018 soccer World Cup Final(B+A)London: Wimbledon Tennis Championships(B)Paris: France won the soccer World Cup final match(B)Highland Park: Constellation Senior PlayersadvertisementChampionship golf tournament(B)King City: Global T20 Canada cricket tournament(B)Turin: Portuguese ace Ronaldo salutes his fans(B)PTI PHOTO VNA OSOSlast_img read more

Real Madrid will not use Ronaldo absence as excuse for loss, says Casemiro

first_imgReal Madrid were on the losing side of a final in their first competitive match since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. On Wednesday, Atletico Madrid beat Real 4-2 to lift the UEFA Super Cup but Los Blancos midfielder Casemiro feels that cannot be an excuse.Casemiro, who was substituted in the 76th minute with his side leading 2-1, saw the game slip out of their hands from the bench but has gone on to say that this is just the start and they have faith in new coach Julen Lopetegui.Lopetegui who was sacked as the coach of the Spain national team just one day before the start of the World Cup endured a difficult start to the beginning of his managerial career at Real.Lopetegui predecessor Zinedine Zidane won all the eight finals he took Real Madrid and that’s a difficult statistic to top but Casemiro was confident of eventual development under their new manager.”Of course we miss Cristiano, but that’s in the past now,” Casemiro told reporters after his side were overpowered by their city rivals in extra time in Tallinn.”We cannot talk about Cristiano to cover things up, because any team would miss Cristiano. We are upset about losing a trophy but this is just the start. We have total confidence in our coach and giving excuses is not what Real Madrid do.”Real have not yet signed a replacement for the man who scored 451 goals and led them to four Champions League titles in the last five seasons.advertisementThe club received 105 million euros ($119.4 million) from Juve for Ronaldo in July, but the only new recruit at the Bernabeu has been goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea.Casemiro, however, said the loss to Atletico did not mean his side had to go out and make urgent signings.”One result doesn’t mean we have a better or worse squad, those in charge of the club will decide whether or not we need more signings,” added the Brazilian.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

3 days agoBlind: Painful watching Chelsea eclipsing Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Blind: Painful watching Chelsea eclipsing Man Utdby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax veteran Daley Blind admits it’s been painful to see Chelsea doing better than Manchester United.United sit 14th in the English top flight – just two points above the relegation zone – following Sunday’s draw with arch-rivals Liverpool.And Blind says it has been difficult to watch the plight of his former side this season.”Of course I’m not happy to see Man Utd and how they’re performing at the moment,” the 29-year-old told a press conference on Tuesday. “I’m still a fan of United and it’s not nice to see.”Regarding Chelsea, they are doing well, they have a good philosophy under a manager who wants to play out from the back. They play different attacking football with a lot of youngsters and that’s nice to see. “From that perspective, it’s good. But if you’re talking about United then I’m not happy about that, of course.” last_img read more

Jalen Hurts Reportedly Impressed At Elite 11

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide rolls out to pass against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rolls out to pass against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts remains a quarterback at the University of Alabama – for now, at least. The Crimson Tide signal-caller has been impressing, too.The junior quarterback recently impressed at a quarterback camp, making a lot of nice throws while competing with Tua Tagovailoa.An NFL Draft analyst was impressed.“The best thing was that I got a chance to interview him and talk to him for about 10 minutes and, you guys know, he’s just so mature. If an answer requires five words, he’s not going to give you 100. He’s going to be brief and business-like and to the point. He’s a big, thick, strong kid who was very classy in my interactions with him. I wasn’t going to go deep into the whole ‘Who’s going to start? Are you coming back?’ I didn’t want to go down that road with him. I just kind of wanted to learn more about him as a kid,” Daniel Jeremiah told 247Sports.It’s looking like Hurts will remain at Alabama, at least for the 2018 season. If he does end up transferring, though, where could he go?Here are five options.5 potential transfer options for Jalen HurtsEarlier this year, Sports Illustrated‘s Andy Staples laid out some options.Would the Houston-area native head back to his home state and play in the Big 12? He’d fit well in the offenses at Texas and TCU. If he were to watch video of Quinton Flowers playing for Willie Taggart at South Florida, he might be intrigued by the idea of playing in that offense for Taggart at Florida State.Hurts is a native of Channelview, Texas, just outside Houston. Texas A&M is the most local Power Five program, and one that was the main competition to Alabama in his recruitment. It is highly unlikely that he will be allowed to become an Aggie though, as he would then face Alabama every year.Greg McElroy also thinks the Longhorns are a strong option, should Jalen Hurts transfer. From an interview with The Dan Patrick Show earlier in the year:“I think that’s a real possibility,” McElroy said of a potential Hurts transfer. “He’s from Texas and the Texas Longhorns are in the quarterback market. And, by the way, he didn’t redshirt. So when he does transfer– if he does– and I would assume that’s what he will do because he’s a quarterback and  it’s hard to go to a guy and say ‘You mind playing outside linebacker? Are you good moving to running back?’ Not a lot of guys take kindly to that move, especially at the collegiate level.TCU has a recent history of using dual-threat quarterbacks like Hurts well, and the Horned Frogs are a pretty consistent program in his home state. There are few coaches with a better reputation than Gary Patterson.Florida State is also very intriguing. Willie Taggart turned Quinton Flowers into one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in college football during his time at USF. He accounted for 11,739 total yards as a Bull.There’s a chance that Hurts could also drop down to a smaller school, although he probably won’t need to. However, Houston has been a Group of Five power, turning into one of the best schools outside of the Power Five under Tom Herman. Also, keep an eye on whatever happens with Lane Kiffin. FAU may not land Jalen Hurts, but if he plays out the year at Alabama, and Kiffin moves on to a bigger job, which is definitely in play, that could be an option. Kiffin was one of the lead recruiters for Hurts at Alabama, and obviously got a lot out of him as offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Jalen Hurts transfer and join Kiffin at a bigger school, if he moves on from FAU to a Power Five job.***It seems unlikely that Hurts will be making a decision anytime soon. Stay tuned.last_img read more

Oklahoma Gets Big News On Top Defensive Recruit

first_imgA close up of an Oklahoma Sooners football helmet.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 22: An Oklahoma Sooners helmet on the field during warm ups before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks November 22, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Jayhawks 44-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Edgerrin Cooper, the No. 34 linebacker in the 2020 recruiting class, has officially announced his commitment.Cooper finished his senior season of high school football with 85 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. His production at Covington High School earned him 21 offers during his recruitment process, but decided that the right choice resides in the Big 12.The three-star linebacker announced on social media that he’ll be playing for the Oklahoma Sooners.“I’m thankful for my family for helping me through this long adventure. I would be lying if I said this recruitment process wasn’t stressful,” Cooper said in his statement on Twitter. “With that being said, I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Oklahoma University!”Here is the announcement from Cooper: Please Respect My Decision!! @TFB_Sooners— Edgerrin Cooper (@edgerrincooper1) June 21, 2019Lincoln Riley now has a total of 12 commits for his 2020 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 10 according to 247Sports. More importantly, the Sooners have the No. 1 class in the Big 12 by a wide margin.Oklahoma is putting together an outstanding week of recruiting for its 2020 and 2021 classes. On Thursday, the program landed a commitment from five-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff.The Sooners are definitely built to compete for a championship right now, and yet, the future may look even brighter for them.last_img read more

60-year-old Faridabad govt employee travels by chopper on retirement day, fulfils lifelong dream

first_img60-year-old Faridabad govt employee travels by chopper on retirement day, fulfils lifelong dreamKure Ram, who worked as a peon in government school, travelled to his work place on his usual mode of transport; his modest bicycle, but when he returned home, he came by a chopper.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 17:02 IST Man travels by helicopter on last day of workA class four government employee from Faridabad is going viral online and for all the right reasons. Kure Ram, who worked in a government school, got to fulfill his life-long dream of riding a chopper on his last day of service.He travelled to his work place, where he used to work as a peon, on his usual mode of transport; his modest bicycle, but when he returned home, he came by a chopper.Ram, sporting a turban and garlands as he got down from the chopper, proved that dreams do come true with his incredible story. When he returned home, which was hardly three kilometers away from his village in Satpura, he was welcomed by dhol and a huge crowd.Kure Ram told India Today, that he wanted to do something extraordinary on the day of his retirement, hence the helicopter.He also revealed that he was intoxicated by the idea of flying home by a helicopter on the last day of his service, so he fulfilled it and also got his family to ride the helicopter.But the ride wasn’t cheap for Kure Ram, along with months of planning he had to pay Rs 3.25 lakh to hire the helicopter for a couple of hours. He also had to acquire a host of permissions from many departments.advertisementThe 60-year-old managed to fulfill his dream of 40 years, talk about ending his last day of service on a high.ALSO SEE | Viral Hindu-Muslim, India-Pak lesbian couple celebrates anniversary with new pics. They are stunningALSO WATCH | Govt employee fulfills his dream of a chopper ride on his last day of serviceGet 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 byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Government employeeFollow HelicopterFollow ViralFollow Twitter Nextlast_img read more

Damen to Set Up Caribbean Outpost

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location zoom Dutch shipbuilding and ship repair specialist Damen Shipyards and Nederex have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Curaҫao Ports Authority (CPA) to offer ship repair and maritime services on this Caribbean island.Last year CPA and Nederex signed a concession agreement with regard to the activities of Nederex within the St. Anna Bay, from an area which is managed by CPA.Damen will offer its ship repair and marine services from Curacao and will work together with Nederex to exploit the concession granted by CPA to Nederex.“It is our intention to have our own floating dock for maintenance and repairs for Damen customers here in the region,” Jaap de Lange, Damen Services Director, said.“We hope to be ready for our first customer at the end of this year or early 2016.”Albert Zwueste, the COO of CPA, said that a working group is already in place to work out the technical aspects, including obtaining the necessary permits for the activities surrounding this project.center_img Print  Closelast_img read more

Provincial User Fees to Increase

first_imgEffective April 1, most provincial user fees will increase by three per cent to bring the cost of government services better in line with the cost of delivery. The fee adjustment is tied to Nova Scotia’s consumer price index increase of 1.2 per cent in 2013 and 1.7 per cent in 2014. The increase will apply to most of the about 1,400 user fees for government-provided services, as well as licensing and regulatory functions by departments. Fees for government service organizations, such as school boards and health authorities, will not be affected. Other fees that will not increase include travel guide advertising, foreign schools and international student fees, and requests for information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. A few fees will increase by more than three per cent, including provincial cable and island ferry rates, and food safety fees. Some increases will come at a later date because of notification and system requirements. The fee adjustments will increase revenue by $7.7 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The last fee increase, 5.8 per cent, was in April 2013. For more information, go to .last_img read more

No winning ticket for Friday nights 226 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $22.6 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.The jackpot for the next draw on Sept. 1 will grow to approximately $31 million.last_img

Surprised and disappointed Trudeau says Jody WilsonRaybould should have gone to him

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Jody Wilson-Raybould should have spoken to him about any concerns she may have had. APTN.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsJustin Trudeau says he was “surprised and disappointed” by former minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation Tuesday.The prime minister said Wilson-Raybould, who notified Trudeau of her resignation on Monday evening, should have gone to him with any concerns she might have had.“If anyone, particularly the Attorney General, felt that we were not doing our job fully, responsibly, and according to all the rules as a government, it was her responsibility to come forward to me this past fall and highlight that directly to me,” Trudeau said.“She did not. Nobody did. And that’s why I continue to be puzzled and obviously disappointed by her decision to step down from cabinet.”The statements, made Tuesday evening in Winnipeg, are the latest in an ongoing saga involving allegations the prime minister pressured Wilson-Raybould to help Montreal engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.Trudeau has denied the allegations, and Wilson-Raybould has cited solicitor-client privilege when pressed on the matter.She served as Canada’s Attorney General from 2015 until last month, when she was moved to the Veterans Affairs portfolio in a political move that surprised many.The prime minister reaffirmed his, and his government’s innocence in the matter.“Let me be direct, the government of Canada did its job, and to the clear public standards expected of it,” Trudeau told reporters in Winnipeg Tuesday.“If anyone felt differently they had an obligation to raise that with me. No one, including Jody, did that.”During his responses to media Tuesday Trudeau repeatedly referred to the former minister and First Nation leader by her first name.In December Trudeau came under fire from First Nation chiefs in B.C. after he addressed Kukpi7 Judy Wilson of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) by her first name and in what the UBCIC maintained was a condescending tone.The UBCIC called Trudeau’s behaviour toward Wilson sexist and demanded an apology, saying the prime minister “runs the risk of sending a message to Canadians that it’s ok to belittle, berate and lecture female Indigenous leaders.“It sends a message that it’s ok to continue these attacks towards our Indigenous women whether it is in the boardroom, meetings or dealing with issues on the land, and it runs the grave risk of discouraging Indigenous women to stand up to defend themselves.”No apology was ever made.The organization made a similar statement Tuesday in a letter to Trudeau, prior to Wilson-Raybould’s resignation, saying that comments reported by media from unnamed sources within the Liberal party about Wilson-Raybould are sexist and racist.“They perpetuate colonial-era, sexist stereotypes that Indigenous women cannot be powerful, forthright, and steadfast in positions of power, but rather confrontational, meddling and egotistic,” the letter to Trudeau reads. “These comments from your staff must be recognized for what they are – blatant sexism.”Trudeau said reconciliation is still a priority for the Liberals.“Our government’s commitment to reconciliation is larger than any one person, and we will continue to work closely with Indigenous partners as we walk this path together.“Make no mistake, we will remain squarely focused on middle class Canadians, creating jobs, growing the economy, and delivering more opportunities for hard-working families from coast to coast to coast,” he said.The prime minister also downplayed the significance of having an Indigenous woman in his cabinet.“We have taken directions from Canadians, particularly Indigenous Canadians, from the very beginning on the matter of reconciliation,” he said.With files from Martha read more

Algerian Mayors Vow to Boycott Algerias July 4 Election

Rabat – Dozens of Algerian mayors have expressed their support for the popular movement seeking a radical change in the current government, saying they will boycott the July 4 election.AFP reported that approximately 40 of Algeria’s 1,500 mayors announced their decision to boycott.The opposition Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD) party said it supported the Algerian “Hirak,” emphasizing that all of its elected personnel would refuse to “organize the election.” The statement also described the election as a farce.Read Also: Political Activist Calls on Algerians to Boycott July 4 ElectionAFP reported that RCD controls 37 Communal People’s Assemblies in Tizi Ouzou and Bejaia, two regions 100 and 250 kilometers east of Algiers.The news outlet reported that the two regions are the main administrative regions of Kabylia, a region in northern Algeria.Algeria has 1,541 town councils, mostly controlled by the National Liberation Front (FLN) and its ally, the National Democratic Rally (RND).The two parties faced outrage during the ongoing protests against their management of Algeria during President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s 20-year rule.AFP said that even the FLN mayor of a small town in the Tizi region decided not to participate in the July 4 election.The decision of the mayors not to supervise the election followed a similar announcement from Algerian magistrates, who are threatening to boycott the election.As members of the Algerian “Club of Magistrates,” judges and lawyers staged a strike on Saturday, April 13, at a justice court, saying they refused to supervise the coming general elections. read more

Entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter warns against foolhardy new vote on Scottish independence

first_imgHe said: “I actually think the reverse. No-one really knows what it’s going to mean from a commercial point of view. There are going to be so many things to be worked out that to add Scottish independence on top would be foolhardy.”Sir Tom, who made £290 million from the sale of the Sports Division business to JJB Sports in 1998, told The Herald that Brexit had not made him less likely to invest in the UK, but he expressed concern about the lack of information on what Brexit would mean in practice.He did not publicly back Yes or No in 2014 but has called since for Scotland to “move on” from the vote and for the parliament to use its new powers.In September last year he urged party rivals to unite and “focus upon building a more prosperous, productive and fairer Scotland where opportunity prevails for all”. He added: “The population decided, politicians are democratically elected and should and must respect the decision of the voters.” Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon launching her Brexit proposals One of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs has said he cannot understand why Nicola Sturgeon wants to keep Scotland in the EU while taking it out of its “biggest trading union” with the rest of the UK.The First Minister has warned a second independence referendum remains “highly likely” if Scotland is not able to remain in the single market.But Sir Tom Hunter, the sports and property tycoon, said a new vote would be “foolhardy” because of the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit process.He added: “There’s enough uncertainty for us all to deal with. I can’t quite understand why the government wants to take us out of one union which is our biggest trading union but keep us in another one.“I really do think it would be the wrong thing to bring up another independence referendum at this point. I’m not saying never, just not now.”The millionaire businessman also rejected suggestions that Scotland’s vote to remain in the EU had boosted the case for breaking up the UK.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ms Sturgeon unveiled her plan to keep Scotland in Europe on Tuesday, when she presented three options for remaining in the single market and was accused of trying to exploit Brexit to achieve independence by the back door after demanding a swathe of new powers.Her blueprint involved Holyrood getting some control over issues ranging from immigration to business regulation and international trade negotiations.She also rejected warnings from a series of academics that Scotland and England having different business and immigration regimes would lead to a hard border between the two.Theresa May later poured cold water on the proposals, telling MPs not to assume that Scotland would get a “differential” deal. Meanwhile, the SNP accused the UK Government on Friday of recklessly causing “six months of damaging uncertainty” to the economy and society.Stephen Gethins, the party’s Europe spokesman, said ministers had continued the “gross irresponsibility and negligence” of the Leave campaign by refusing to give any details about what leaving the EU will mean beyond “meaningless slogans”.last_img read more

Indian women use smartphones to pin the creeps

first_imgWITH VIRTUAL BODYGUARDS, panic buttons and maps to pinpoint harassment blackspots, women in urban India are now using their smartphones for protection after a notorious gang-rape in New Delhi.Interest in safety apps and websites has surged since the fatal December attack, in which a 23-year-old student was set upon by a drunken gang on her way home from a cinema in the Indian capital.After outrage and protests erupted, four businesswomen set up, a website for victims of harassment to channel their anger.The site encourages them to “Pin the Creeps” by reporting incidents of harassment and abuse – ranging from catcalling to rape – which are added to an online map and sent to those requesting alerts.Mumbai-based Elsa D’Silva, a founder of the site, said social media had allowed women to speak out and warn others of dangerous areas, even if they are reluctant to give their name or make a complaint to the police.“Now you feel more empowered to do something about it, even if it’s just sharing your experience,” said D’Silva. “We’re not going to keep quiet any more.”The website has linked up with new mobile app SafeTrac, developed by tech firm KritiLabs and downloadable for free, which has an SOS button to alert emergency contacts and lets relatives or friends track the user’s journey.It joins a host of similar apps designed to reassure women, especially those working late and travelling alone — that is, if they can afford mobile Internet access.The first such Indian app was FightBack, launched by non-profit trust Whypoll a year before the Delhi attack, since when it has gone free of charge and seen a flurry of downloads.Whypoll founder Hindol Sengupta said they were now working on a “next generation” app that will include guidance for reporting abuse.“Women often don’t know their legal rights when they go to the police station and they can be further violated there,” he said.“The kind of people who have reached out to us for information has astounded me.”Such developments are being encouraged. India’s IT trade body NASSCOM has opened a contest to find the best app for women’s safety. Separately, free app Stipator (Latin for “bodyguard”) won an award for social innovation last month from NASSCOM.Distress signalsA government commission, set up to prevent sex crimes after the Delhi attack, recommended the development of mobile phone apps for sending distress signals to the police.Even in Mumbai, considered one of India’s safest cities, police launched their own ICE (In Case of Emergency) app in January and say they have seen thousands of downloads, although its practicality has been criticised.A piece in the DNA newspaper pointed out that many women in India cannot afford a basic mobile phone, let alone the Android device required.“Also, when in distress, how often do we get time to take the phone out of our bag, unlock it and open an application to let people know we are in trouble?” it asked.Technology clearly has its limits: it cannot fulfil the need for decent law enforcement, or change attitudes towards women.And while the Indian smartphone market is rising rapidly- expected to soon become the world’s third largest- it still accounts for a fraction of about 700 million active mobile subscriptions in the country.Most safety apps require GPS capabilities that standard mobile phones do not have, although some developers offer emergency texting services.The creators of Stipator, Ratnesh Desai and three fellow Microsoft employees in Hyderabad city, are also working on a “lipstick-sized” safety device for women without phones.Techies and activists hope that if their tools catch on, they might one day act as a deterrent to abuse.“If word gets out there are such apps, people wanting to molest someone will have to be more careful,” said Desai.- © AFP 2013.Read: Riot police fire water cannon at India rape protest>Read: Rape and subsequent death of teen sparks outrage in South Africa>last_img read more

LulzSec members site defaced by another hacking group

first_imgApparently LulzSec’s public antics have made some other hacking groups less than pleased. Another group, calling themselves TeaMp0ison, has defaced the website of one alleged LulzSec member in retribution for their actions, warning LulzSec members that they’ll be exposed if they keep up their antics. Trouble is, defacing websites is generally considered the lowest form of hacking, so while it may seem impressive, it’s likely just the opening salvo in a battle between hacking groups.Whether it’s because LulzSec has been able to attain some media coverage or fame while other groups labor in obscurity or because some groups prefer to keep a low profile isn’t clear, but the altered web page that TeaMp0ison put up claims that LulzSec is using pre-made tools and scripts to attack its opponents, and that “TeaMp0ison Issue 2” will come out and expose LulzSec members identities. The note also criticized LulzSec for representing the “Anti-Sec” movement and making hacking out to be anything but an art.AdChoices广告The real problem with the note is that the perpetrator identifies himself by a number of handles and admits that he’s only 17 years old. Combined with the tone of the message, it reads more like an angry personal rant than a real manifesto or response from the underground hacking community.At the same time, the defacement may indicate that there are other hacking groups that are more than unhappy with LulzSec’s activities, possibly because it has turned the eyes of law enforcement to the hacking community in general, and because LulzSec has been attacking targets almost indiscriminately – including gaming sites and other services popular with the same demographics that are friendly to the hacking scene.TeaMp0ison’s Twitter feed heralded the attack, and re-iterated that the upcoming second edition of their “magazine” would unveil LulzSec members, including their addresses, phone numbers, and names. LulzSec, for their part, hasn’t mentioned the attack at all.Read more at ABClast_img read more