Talking about Transitions

first_imgby Sara Croymans, MEd, AFCRecently, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Jolaina Falkenstein, military Service member and a mental health professional, about military transitions. Jolaina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota where she provides individual, couples, and family therapy. In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs, her clinic also provides free services to the Veteran population and their families. Jolaina is a Veteran and has served in the Army Reserves for over twenty years with two deployments to the Middle East. Currently in her military role as a Sergeant First Class, she supports the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program; a mandated program designed to support and assist Reserve/Guard Service Members and their families through the pre-, during, and post-deployment process.Listen to the podcast of our conversation at militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/podcast/talking-about-transitions/.  This blog highlights a few nuggets from our conversation and provides a listing of the multiple resources Jolaina shared.In the podcast Jolaina emphasized that military transitions involve military Service members and families experiencing change in so many different areas of their lives. Being resilient in times of change involves looking for the positives in a situation. Jolaina encourages Service members, families, and military family service professionals to identify those positives – including the strengths, abilities and talents that Service members and families developed as a result of their experiences. Change can bring opportunities for growth.Jolaina shared one of her favorite quotes by C. JoyBell C. which speaks to change and resilience:The only way that we can live, is if we grow.The only way that we can grow is if we change.The only way that we can change is if we learn.The only way we can learn is if we are exposed.And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open.Do it. Throw yourself.”― C. JoyBell CThroughout the podcast Jolaina shared multiple resources for a variety of groups.Resources/Strategies for Service members & families:• Military One Source – http://www.militaryonesource.mil/; provides resources, individualized consultations, coaching and counseling on many aspects of military life• County Veterans Service Officers (CVSO) promote and protect the rights of Service members and families through education, communication and technology. Locate CVSO across the nation on the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers website at https://www.nacvso.org/• Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) – https://www.va.gov/; the VA provides a variety of benefits and services and assistance to Service members, Veterans, their dependents and survivors.• Vet Centers – https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/; The Vet Centers, available through the VA, offer free services to Service members and their families –• Give an Hour – https://www.giveanhour.org; this national nonprofit organization coordinates local mental health professionals to provide free counseling services with military Service members• Strategies:                                                                                                                                                           o Become aware of community resources before they are neededo Build networks – Military Service members and families are    encouraged to reach out to other military families in your community to become acquainted and build relationships before deployments or other challenges occuro Participate in trainings – Service Members often times are required to participate in a variety of trainings, including Resiliency Training. Jolaina encouraged Service members to take time to think about how to apply the strategies identified in trainings to their life and to be sure to share the information and strategies with family membersResources/Strategies for Military Family Service Professionals:• Become familiar with and network with nationwide resources including those listed above. Building a network and relationships with other military family service professionals will increase your ability to work with Service members and their families.• Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) – https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org; MFLN provides professional development and engagement opportunities for military family service professionalsResources/Strategies for Communities and their residents:• Build relationships and rapport with the military population in your community• Learn who military families are in your community and celebrate them, including military children• Neighbors are encouraged to get out of their homes and build relationships with military Service members and families• Continue to learn about military families and strategies to support them• Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC) is a multi-year pilot project aims to better understand unique challenges faced by geographically dispersed Service Members and their families that may impact their readiness, resiliency, and well-being. The pilot is being conducted in Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota and New Mexico.Jolaina can be reached at jolaina.falkenstein@gmail.com This post was written by Sara Croymans, MEd, AFC, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, and member of the MFLN Family Transitions team. Family Transitions provides education, resources and networking opportunities for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. Engage with the MFLN Family Transitions team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Paisa Pheko Tamasha Dekho!!

first_imgShocking! Unthinkable! Unbelievable! The older generation is either reaching for the smelling salts, jumping out of its skin or frothing in righteous indignation. The younger generation just can’t have enough. The TV channels are freaking out beaming it. The entertainment media are splashing it in color, big time. And the subjects (objects?) under discussion openly confess that they haven’t had so much fun — with their clothes on, at least — ever, while bogeying their way to the bank. Yup, guys, we are talking about the sudden blitz n’ boom of A-listers in B-town shakin’ it up, big time, at any event or happening anywhere on planet Earth — for the right bag of Big Bucks. King Khan reportedly slung one out when this trend was a toddler with “I am a Bhand (street entertainer). Anyone can hire me for a price!” With that, he led by example to dance away merrily at hi-profile weddings and events across the globe. Very soon others followed and today almost every star is busy dancing away to glory — to the offer of cool moolah — from Borivali to Boston!  Karina KapoorIt wasn’t always like this. Says one veteran Bolly-tracker, Siddeshwar Dayal: “My God, what’s going on today would be considered sacrilege, blasphemous and downright cheap by the earlier generation. This sentiment was shared by the stars too and they considered it unthinkable — infra dig — and totally inappropriate to mix art with public entertainment — of the dhin-chak kind.” He recalls the interesting case of the diva, Vyjantimala, “the first screen heroine to dance at the Filmfare Awards function — but with the firm condition and proviso that it remains totally classical.” Later, when Hema Malini and Asha Parekh came into this scene, he adds, they too insisted on these ground rules, strictly art. Once, in 1970 in the West Indies, when enthusiastic fans urged Vyjantimala to do her racy “Buddha Mil Gaya” number from Sangam on stage, she stormed off in a huff. Ditto Hema, two years later in Trinidad.Today, the diametrically opposite seems to be true. In a fan-driven, sponsor-led and money-mad universe, stars pretty much dance to the checks. Why? While some point to the recession and believe the quick bucks are comfort when no movies are on the kitty, others are convinced it’s a sign of the times when everything — even stars — are up for sale. As always, the candid Mahesh Bhatt has no problem with the dance-for-cash routine whatsoever and says it’s a fall-out of the consumerist and brand-driven times we live in. The world is a mall and guys with the money and inclination are free to pick up big-buck brands of their choice, for their own reasons. It has nothing to do with ethics or morality for christ’s sake! Others believe that if a Shah Rukh Khan, Bipasha Basu, Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor, Akshay Kumar or Salman Khan, by dancing and performing, brings joy and happiness to a set of people, what’s wrong? And so what if the clientele comprise Gutka-kings, hot-shot exporters, stinking-rich business tycoons or fat-cat jewellers c’mon guys, they are entitled to their version of fun and exhibitionism, right? As a perceptive trend-watcher, Patha Chatterjee comments: “Earlier you had royal patronage. Today corporates have taken that place with events, fashion shows, product launches, et. al. blitzing the scene. In this totally commercial space, what’s wrong if weddings, anniversaries, sangeets, birthdays, engagements or special events join in? It’s a personal thing between Mr. Big Shot Industrialist and the Star. Where does Mr. Virtuous with the whole conscience, morality and ethics crap come in, anyway?” Social Commentator Achal Singh however begs to differ: “We all know how incredibly popular B-town stars are and the impact they have on the collective, popular imagination of one and all. The leading lights bring with them image, persona and brand equity. This suggests that along with the glamour and entertainment quotient, they also have a basic sense of dignity with which they conduct their public life. To dance at the drop of a hat wherever the money is good (birthdays, weddings, parties, events of the super rich) is to devalue and trivialize their ‘aura,’ downsizing them to nothing more than a performer-on-sale. This cheapens both the star and the profession, completely ruins the mystique and charisma of stardom and eliminates any sense of respect fans have for them.”  Malaika Arora Khan We all have heard of the obscene amounts that Katrina Kaif, Malaika Arora Khan and Priyanka Chopra were offered to do jigs at recent New Year bashes … should they have accepted and done it? Frankly, it’s a real tough call. In today’s uncertain Showbiz scene where each Friday is a chilling story of the luck of the draw, getting more for less shouldn’t be considered a sin, say one section of the crowd. However, the older gen flash big toothless grins when they hear that some of today’s hottest golden kids of B-town, Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha will never ever go that route. As the local wit said, “From cricketers to cattle (thanks to the IPL Auction) is bad enough. From Big Screen Stars to Nautankis and Cabaret Girls is tooooo much yaar!”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Hayward, in blog post, expresses thanks for support

first_imgPBA board opts not to renew Narvasa’s term as commissioner Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AP FILE PHOTOBOSTON — Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics says he knows he will not play again this season, after needing surgery to repair a grotesque leg injury on opening night last month.The announcement, on Hayward’s Facebook page, came as little surprise given the severity of the injury. Hayward wrote about several previously unrevealed aspects of the injury and the aftermath, including how four people — including Celtics coach Brad Stevens — were needed to carry him onto the plane that night in Cleveland, and how even former President Barack Obama has been among those sending well-wishes for his recovery.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post PLAY LIST 02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments “I honestly can’t say enough about everyone’s kindness,” Hayward wrote.Hayward is expected to hold a news conference at the Celtics’ facility in Waltham, Massachusetts, on Thursday. He also has taped an interview that will appear Thursday on NBC’s “Today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHayward was injured about 5 minutes into the opener at Cleveland, a shocking end to a season of great expectations. Hayward was one of the marquee prizes of free agency this past summer, leaving Utah and signing with Boston to chase an NBA title and reunite with Stevens, his college coach at Butler.“I keep imagining what it’s going to be like to step onto the floor at the Garden, and make my regular season debut as a Celtic,” Hayward wrote. “It’s going to be a little delayed. But with each day of my rehab, I’ll be that much closer to making it happen. I’m already dreaming about sharing that moment with everyone here in Boston.” Hayward said when he saw his foot pointing the wrong way after his awkward landing, the pain was not initially very intense. It was, however, when doctors tending to him on the floor tried to re-set his ankle.“The moment they did it, there was just a massive shot of pain, probably the most pain I’ve ever felt in my life,” Hayward wrote.The Celtics lost in Cleveland that night, and Hayward was with the team for the flight home. The Celtics played their home opener the next night, while Hayward was in surgery.“On the flight back, my teammates all came by to encourage me,” Hayward wrote. “It was very emotional for me to see how all of these new teammates of mine, guys who I had only spent a few weeks with at that point, were so sincere about their concern for me. Their support has at times overwhelmed me and it will not be forgotten.”Hayward said he’s heard from plenty of stars from the NBA and other sports, like NFL stars Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt, retired Lakers great Kobe Bryant — and Oklahoma City’s Paul George, who also had a horrible fracture while playing for USA Basketball in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “He knows better than anyone, maybe, exactly what it is I’m going through, and will be going through,” Hayward wrote. “I’m thankful that he reached out right away, and that’s he’s someone I can continue to talk to.”As for Obama, who is a huge basketball fan?“That was a pretty big deal,” Hayward said.Hayward said it was difficult at first to watch Celtics games, knowing he couldn’t play. But he’s started watching, and hopes to have some sort of role the rest of the season.“I know I can’t help them physically on the court, but I am going to do everything in my power to support my teammates and coaches in every way imaginable,” Hayward wrote. “Whether it’s breaking down film or just providing leadership and guidance, I can’t wait to give back. I’ve already received so much.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

Football : “I will stay at PSG” – Neymar

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementBrazilian forward Neymar has put all the Real Madrid rumors to rest as he has decided to stay at the Ligue 1 side PSG. The PSG forward was heavily linked to a move to Real Madrid after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. He was signed by PSG in 2017. PSG paid a record shattering €222m to get him from Barcelona to make him the most expensive football player in history.Neymar has scored 28 goals in 30 appearances last season for PSG as they romped their way to win the Ligue 1, Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue and in process complete a domestic treble. Talks about a potential move to Real Madrid started to spring up towards the end of last season and throughout the 2018 world cup. However, Neymar, in a press conference has said that he will stay put at PSG and help the team win in european competitions as that was his and the club’s main objective.“I’ll stay, I’ll stay in Paris. I have a contract with PSG. Most of the speculations are made by media, I have a contract, everybody knows my objective, why I went to PSG. I want to have success with that club and to win. I hope next season will be wonderful”- Neymar said.Apart from Neymar, his 19 year old team mate Kylian Mbappe was also linked to a move to the Spanish giants. Mbappe just won the world cup with France and his outstanding campaign won him the best young player award. It would not be long before the 19 year old could potentially make a move away from the french side to play for the Real Madrid.Read also :Football: “Man City scout” paedophile arrested and jailedFootball: Matuidi trolls Cristiano Ronaldo: “He will get to share the locker room with a World Cup winner now!”last_img read more

Value based education is the priority of the state government, says AP HRD minister

first_imgThe state government is committed to offer value-based education and responsible human resources to the society, said Andhra Pradesh HRD minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao. The minister said that the budgetary allocation in the education sector has been increased from 10 per cent to 17.5 per cent to boost the state education. Steps taken to improve the infrastructure of schoolsEducation is the only tool which has the strength to change the world, said the minister. He was speaking at a seminar on education and skill development organised as part of Krishna Pushkarams on WednesdayThe minister said, “We have been taking several steps to improve the infrastructure of schools and to provide quality teachers to students. Even though the state has been pushed into a financial crisis of Rs 16,000 crore, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, who is keen on making the state a knowledge hub, allocated Rs 21,000 crore for the education sector.Technology is changing around the globe:He said that it is necessary to adapt with the changing technologies in the world. “That is why we are establishing smart classrooms. We are developing 4,000 model schools and 5,000 digital classrooms. If we don’t catch up with the changing trends, we will remain lag behind,” Rao told TOI . The minister emphasised the importance of physical exercise and also explained about various initiatives taken by the government that will help to bring a huge change in the education sector.Read: DU admissions 2016: University to announce three more cut-offs Read: Two Indians make it to Google Science Fair finals Click here for more education related news.advertisementFor more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com  .last_img read more

In major push to sports, Jammu and Kashmir government announces a football club for every Valley village

first_imgAt a time when the Kahsmiri youths seem to be at logger heads with the government, the state is trying to give a boost to the sports infrastructure in the Valley.In a big development, the Jammu and Kashmir government has announced to establish football clubs in every village of the Valley. A recent meeting of the Standing Committee of J&K Sports Council announced an initial amount of Rs 50 lakhs in this regard.Presiding the meeting, Minister for Youth Services and Sports, Technical Education and Information Technology, Imran Raza Ansari said, “The government is trying every bit to create world class sports facilities for the local talent to flourish. Our youth has already proved their mettle in the recent sports events at national and international levels.”CHANNELISING ENERGY OF YOUTH In the meeting, the minister hinted that is was important that the energy of the youth is channelised towards the betterment of the society and the state. What could also be seen as an important development in this regard is that instructions were passed to try and reserve the sports infrastructure for girls atleast 2 days a week. It was also decided that high tech information technology units should also be set up in the State Sports Council. This to ensure that the information about sports events is sent across swiftly.Ansari also announced enhancement of honorarium of the contractual coaches and Rs three lakh to each district Sports Council for the promotion of sports activities. The minister said Secretary Sports Council Waheed Rehman Parra will monitor the sports activities and appoint experts for the screening of sports candidates.advertisementFOOTBALL IN KASHMIR After cricket, football has again started gaining popularity in the Valley. An indicator to this is that earlier the game used to be played during summer months only but now events can be seen organised through out the year.The Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) which was first formed in 1964 claims to have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of youngsters interested in the sport in the past years. “There is enthusiasm about this sport among the youth. We have seen a lot of people showing interest and participating in events,” says an official of the JKFA.Even though the game had seem a slump in between but it has been one of the oldest sports being played in the Kashmir Valley. Historians believe football was introduced in Kashmir in 1890 by a British missionary, Canon CE Tyndale Biscoe. The Valley has produced several top football players for the country. Footballer Mohammad Yousuf Dar became the first senior footballer of the state to represent the country in 1970s. Abdul Majeed Kakroo, represented India from 1981 to 1989.Also read: Kashmiri girl, whose photo of pelting stones went viral, wants to play football for IndiaAlso read: Kashmir boys to play in Spanish football club WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Kickboxing sensation from Kashmir Tajamul Islam’s rise to glorylast_img read more

Senior BCCI member asks pointed questions on controversial Yo-Yo test

first_imgBCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has questioned the Yo-Yo test which has become a pre-requisite for selection in Team India.Recently, Mohammaed Shami was dropped for the one-off Test against Afghanistan while Ambati Rayudu, who had a dream IPL season with Chennai Super Kings, lost his place after failing the Yo-Yo test.Sanju Samson was also left out of the India A squad for the tour of England after failing the test.Chaudhry has written a letter to the Committee of Administrators (COA) asking for a proper explanation.The Print, which has a copy of the letter and it states: “At which forum was the decision taken to have a minimum score on the Yo-Yo test as a prerequisite for selection in a BCCI-selected team? Who all were present in the meeting that decided this?”Most importantly, once this decision was taken, to whom was the same communicated? Was it communicated to all first-class players in India? Was it communicated to all List A players in India? Was it communicated to all state cricket associations to communicate to their players?”WHAT IS THE YO-YO TEST?The test involves players running between two cones set 20 metres apart on the field.One shuttle includes a process where the player starts on a beep and needs to reach the cone at the other end before the second beep goes off. He is then required to turn back and return to the first cone before the third beep.There are different speed levels for these shuttles. Players start at speed level 5 (one shuttle) before moving to speed level 9 (also one shuttle). Speed level 11 (two shuttles), speed level 12 (three shuttles) and speed level 14 (four shuttles) follow. From speed level 14, there are eight shuttles per level.advertisementBIZARRE POLICY?Former India player Sandeep Patil recently slammed the team’s policies towards the Yo-Yo tests.”Look, I am not against fitness being a criteria,” Patil told Mid-day. “…But I find it very absurd that a player is dropped for failing the Yo Yo test after he has been picked in the squad. In this way, you are disturbing the balance of the team; you are playing with the career of a cricketer.”Patil, a former selector, found it bizarre that the eventual selection now lies in the hands of the trainer.BCCI NOT HAPPYLast week, Amitabh Chaudhry, the BCCI Acting Secretary said the Indian team management needed to follow proper procedure for the Yo-Yo tests if they were deemed so critical.”I would only like to go as far as saying that if the Yo-Yo tests were such an integral part then they should have been done through a proper procedure. I think reservations are based on the fact that procedures have not been followed,” he said.TEAM INDIA ADAMANTHowever, India coach Ravi Shastri said the Yo-Yo test was here to stay and players had to pass the test to stay in contention.”I think it’s a combination of both ability and fitness. If you are fit, you can enhance that ability. That is one thing that has been emphasized on while designing the Yo-Yo fitness test. And it is here to stay. Whoever thinks it’s a one off thing, he is sadly mistaken and that person can take a walk,” Shastri said.”The philosophy is simple. You pass the test, you play. You don’t, you sit. So this is not going to go anywhere. The captain leads from the front, the selectors the management are on the same page. And the boys have responded extremely well.”last_img read more

Jio Institute got only letter of intent, not ‘Institution of Eminence’ tag: Prakash Javadekar

first_imgHuman Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday clarified that the ‘Institution of Eminence’ tag has not been bestowed on the Jio Institute.Only a letter of intent has been given subject to conditions, said Prakash Javadekar.The HRD minister made the announcement during the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha; several members sought clarity on the criteria on the basis of which the prestigious title was conferred on select institutions.Congratulations to @ManipalUni, @bitspilaniindia & Jio Inst for getting status of #InstituteofEminence. #TransformingEducation #48MonthsOfTransformingIndia@PIB_India @MIB_India pic.twitter.com/XpRsm8nxIQPrakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) July 9, 2018Committee of expertsFurther, Javadekar also said a committee of experts had made the selections after a thorough scrutiny. Other institutes that were given ‘Institution of Eminence’ tag:Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, KarnatakaIndian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, MaharashtraIndian Institute of Technology (IIT), DelhiJio Institute (Reliance Foundation), PuneBirla Institute of Technology & Sciences (BITS) Pilani, RajasthanManipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, KarnatakaThe Birla Institute of Technological Sciences, Pilani, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, and Jio Institute were recommended for issuance of letter of intent, as reported by PTI.Controversy around Jio InstituteEarlier this month, even Google had zero idea about the existence of the word Jio Institute.Interestingly, out of nowhere, the non-existing institute by Reliance Foundation found a place in the list of ‘Institute of Eminence’ along with many other renowned institutes of India.Moreover, the institute came up with its business plan to take students’ fee and earn from their tuition and hostel fee.advertisementRead: Jio Institute was counted among Institutes of Eminence: Here’s why it’s amusingThe fee will be paid by roughly 1,000 students in the first year of operation of the institute. It has projected to earn Rs 100 crore according to this plan, as reported.Also, the Reliance Foundation is also planning to waive off Rs 38 crore as scholarships for meritorious students in the first year.This will increase to Rs 76 crore in the second year, as per their application to the government — reported by Indian Express.Reliance Foundation’s proposalIn its first year, Jio Institute, as per its proposal, will be offering the following seats for these courses — offering the largest number of seats in the discipline of natural sciences.Natural Sciences: 300Engineering and Computer Science: 250Humanities: 200Management and Entrepreneurship:125Law: 90Media and Journalism: 60Performing Arts: 50Sports Sciences: 80Urban Planning and Architecture: 50Estimated expenditure:Operating expenditure for the first year: Rs 154 croreSalaries and benefits meant for faculty and staff: Rs 93 croreAccording to the Reliance Foundation’s claim, it will hire teachers from the top 500 global universities.Here’s how Twitterati reacted:Soon after, Prakash Javadekar, MHRD Union Minister made the announcement of Jio Institute, Twitterati started questioning over how a proposed university can be qualified for the Institute of Eminence tag.Students of Jio Institute working on a Prototype bike which runs on a single wheel and without fuel. pic.twitter.com/GgCvg1V3trJio lnstitute (@Jiolnstitute) July 10, 2018A Campus beyond boundaries and a toilet to keep campus Free from open defecation. pic.twitter.com/tsHSHY1HHsJio lnstitute (@Jiolnstitute) July 10, 2018jio:-…ALl is well…. #JioInstitute#saveindia pic.twitter.com/oV1JWzMxwb(@Badlegaind) July 9, 2018CPI leader D Raja speaks on top performing institutionsFurthermore, when CPI leader D Raja sought to know why top performing institutions like the IIT Chennai or JNU were not included, Javadekar said a panel had carried out the scrutiny and the government had maintained an arm’s length.Another supplementary question was raised by Raja, but before Javadekar could reply, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the questions should be directed through the chair.Here’s what Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said:”The mantri (minister) need not respond just because the Raja (King) has asked,” Naidu commented.Condition of educational infrastructure:While replying to another question, Javadekar listed the steps taken to improve the condition of educational infrastructure NSE 1.12 per cent in the country.An allocation of Rs 75,000 crore over the period from April 1 this year to March 31, 2020 has been approved under the Samagra Shiksha scheme, which was 20 per cent more than the current allocationsThe annual grant of Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 per school was approved for strengthening of libraries while the composite school grant has been raised from Rs 25,000 to one lakh from Rs 14,500 to 50,000, Javadekar saidAnnual grant for sports equipment was Rs 5,000 for primary schools, Rs 10,000 for upper primary and upto Rs 25,000 for secondary and senior secondary schools, he saidAllocation for children with special needs was also increased, including a stipend of Rs 200 per month for girls to be provided from class 1 to 12, he said, adding that the allotment for uniforms was enhanced from Rs 400 to Rs 600 per child per year.Read: Ishrita Gupta becomes new CBSE Class 12 topper in Nagpur after re-evaluation of marksadvertisementlast_img read more

No Ballon d’Or but Messi & Barca best in Liga

first_imgBarcelona No Ballon d’Or but Messi & Barcelona are the best in La Liga right now Ben Hayward Spanish Football Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:20 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(80) Lionel Messi Barcelona Jose Jordan Barcelona Primera División Villarreal v Barcelona Villarreal Lionel Messi Opinion The Argentine helped the Blaugrana to another vital victory, this time at Villarreal, as the Catalans continue to dominate in the Primera Division The Ballon d’Or has hogged the sports headlines over the past few days. Cristiano Ronaldo won the prestigious prize on Thursday and presented his five golden balls to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday ahead of Real Madrid’s 5-0 win over Sevilla.Los Blancos were the best team in Spain and also in Europe last season, led by their prolific Portuguese, who netted 10 goals from the quarter-finals onwards to help Zinedine Zidane’s retain the Champions League.Real flew out to Abu Dhabi on Sunday for the Club World Cup and are big favourites to claim a trophy that will crown them officially as world champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Right now, however, they are not the best team in Spain. In fact, if La Liga is anything to go by, they are only the fourth best, although that is likely to change. What looks unlikely to change, though, is Barca’s status at the top of the table.  Villarreal Barca scoreAfter back-to-back draws against Valencia and Celta Vigo, Ernesto Valverde’s side faced another tough test on Sunday with the trip to Villarreal and the Catalans could not afford to drop more points as Valencia, Atletico and Madrid had all previously won this weekend.In the pre-match press conference, Valverde was asked about the Ballon d’Or and said: “They can state it publicly or not if they don’t like to, but for me the best players are here at Barcelona, starting with Lionel Messi and followed by everyone else.”Always diplomatic and respectful, Valverde gave his honest opinion and it is difficult to argue with his assessment. In La Liga, Barca are out on their own (five points clear of Valencia), led from the front by Messi, and with Madrid away at the Club World Cup, the Catalans could open up an 11-point gap on their rivals (albeit having played one more game) by the time the Clasico comes around on December 23.After an indifferent first 45 minutes against Villarreal in which Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two fine saves, Barca took control of this game in the second half – although Raba’s red card for a violent tackle on Sergio Busquets gave the visitors more space to cause damage.Roberto Soriano Gerard Pique Villarreal BarcelonaLuis Suarez BarcelonaMessi started a marvellous move for the first goal, which was culminated as Luis Suarez rounded returning goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo (back in the Villarreal goal after recovering from his fourth cruciate ligament injury).And the Argentine made sure of all three points by beating Asenjo in the closing stages, leaving two defenders on the turf in the process after a fine ball by Busquets. That strike also saw the 30-year-old draw level with Gerd Muller on 525 goals for a single club in the top European leagues.There will be many more to come and with another clean sheet kept, Thomas Vermaelen impressive again, Paco Alcacer producing another great cameo and Suarez scoring, there was plenty to celebrate for the league leaders here.So, while there were may have been no Ballons d’Or this week for the Catalan club, Messi and Barca are the best in La Liga right now. The rest are playing catch-up.last_img read more

Pumas sign Cubo from Dynamo

first_imgTransfers Pumas sign Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres from Houston Dynamo Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 01:50 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Erick Cubo Torres Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina Transfers Pumas Pumas v Juárez Juárez Copa MX Liga MX MLS After leading the Dynamo in goals but falling off in the second half of the season, Torres is headed back to Liga MX “El Cubo” is returning to Mexico.Guadalajara native Erick Torres has signed with Pumas, the Mexico City club announced Wednesday, moving from the Houston Dynamo for an undisclosed fee. Houston confirmed the deal on Thursday.“We thank Erick for his contributions to the Houston Dynamo over the last three years,” Dynamo general manager Matt Jordan said in a club release. “We wish him all the best at Pumas.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I’m happy to return to Mexican soccer, to return with an important team like Pumas,” Torres told Televisa. “I’m coming here to work, to train very hard, that’s something that I’m known for, the desire I have and I think Pumas also is known for that, for having players who have desire.”There’s a fan base that supports the team well, it’s always there for the players, supporting them 100 percent. I’m here for that, to give everything, to enjoy this experience at this club that’s one of the grandes. I’m very happy to be here.”Torres was the Dynamo’s top scorer last season with 14 goals but scored just three times after July 1 and lost his grip on a starting spot. Colombian forward Mauro Manotas and Honduras international Alberth Elis both added 10 goals for the Dynamo last season, and the club felt comfortable shopping the designated player. A deal with Veracruz fell through earlier in January with Torres telling reporters this week that he was ready to dedicate himself to Houston.Instead, Pumas came through with a late bid to add depth to its squad. Los Auriazules sit atop the Liga MX table after three weeks but don’t have to think back far to remember needing a forward. Chilean star Nicolas Castillo was injured in the previous campaign and found the back of the net just 14 times. They now have added depth, though the 25-year-old is yet to prove himself in Liga MX. After a standout campaign with Chivas USA in 2014 during which he scored 15 goals, Torres returned to Guadalajara to play for Chivas. He made five appearances in the 2015 Clausura and scored twice but moved on to Houston as a designated player in the summer of 2015. Torres briefly headed back to Mexico, making three appearances on loan with Cruz Azul. La Maquina declined the option to buy him at the end of the loan and he returned to Texas. He feels that this time he will be able to make a mark in the league.¡Bienvenido a tu nueva casa, @erickestefano15! ¡Bienvenido a Pumas!#PorNuestraHistoria #SoyDePumas pic.twitter.com/cX5eEvYyhK— PUMAS (@PumasMX) January 25, 2018″It’s the best moment of my career, the best time of my personal life as well,” he said. “I just turned 25, I have experience, experience with the national team, with the youth national teams, with experience at important clubs and I think I come at a good age to do big things. I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity and do things well with hard work.”The move was announced Wednesday night after Torres spoke with Televisa already wearing Pumas colors during the club’s cup match against Juarez.last_img read more

Business and Property Value Boom Anticipated from Barbican Road Project

first_img Minister Chuck told residents at a community meeting on Thursday, September 21, that the road improvements are expected to significantly reduce travel time in the area, which has long been plagued by traffic congestion, and generate job opportunities from the anticipated expansion of businesses. This, according to Justice Minister and Member of Parliament, Hon. Delroy Chuck, who says he has seen a private sector development plan for Barbican which includes a major shopping complex. Story Highlights A business and property value boom in and around Barbican in north east St. Andrew is anticipated from the US$4.4 million road improvement project now underway in the community. A business and property value boom in and around Barbican in north east St. Andrew is anticipated from the US$4.4 million road improvement project now underway in the community.This, according to Justice Minister and Member of Parliament, Hon. Delroy Chuck, who says he has seen a private sector development plan for Barbican which includes a major shopping complex.He told residents at a community meeting on Thursday, September 21, that the road improvements are expected to significantly reduce travel time in the area, which has long been plagued by traffic congestion, and generate job opportunities from the anticipated expansion of businesses.Additionally, Mr. Chuck said the value of properties in Cherry Gardens, Norbrook and other surrounding areas “will start to go up.”Meanwhile, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr. Hon. Horace Chang, who spoke at the meeting, said preparatory work, including land acquisition, is taking place for other road improvement projects programmed for Kingston and St. Andrew.He emphasized the importance of undertaking sustainable road development that enables seamless traffic flow and overall commuting, and facilitates heightened private sector activities through increased investments and productive capacity in the communities where they operate.The four-month Barbican Road improvement project, which got underway in August, is being implemented under the Administration’s Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIPD) with funding support from the Government of the People’s Republic of China. It entails significant upgrading of 1.1 kilometres of the 3.75-kilometre roadway.This will involve major improvements along the stretch between the intersections at Jacks Hill Road and the roadway leading to Russell Heights as well as East Kings Road to the Barbican Centre, which will be widened to a four-lane carriageway.Other features will include: conversion of the one-way sections of Barbican Road and the south-bound part of East Kings Road, by the Barbican Centre, to two-way traffic; the installation of traffic signals at the Birdsucker Lane, East Kings Road and Jacks Hill Road intersections; widening of the Bustamante Bridge (box culvert) at the intersection with Jacks Hill Road to accommodate four-lane traffic; construction of 1.5-metre wide sidewalks and medians; the installation of drainage pipe/culverts and LED lights; and new signs, road markings and pavement markers.These engagements comprise the project’s second phase, following the completion of land acquisition and boundary wall construction activities.The project is being spearheaded by Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation through the National Works Agency, and will be executed by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited.Complementing this will be a $131 million water and sewage infrastructure installation project which will be implemented simultaneously by the National Water Commission, and executed by Surrey Paving and Aggregates Limited.last_img read more

Bulk Carrier Collides with Fishing Boat off Fujian

first_imgFour people are missing and one has died after a Panamanian-registered bulk carrier Ultra Vanscoy, operated by Pacific Basin, collided with a fishing boat off Gulei in Fujian yesterday morning.The fishing boat, carrying eight crew members, sank killing one of the crew.Three people have been rescued while the remaining four are still being searched for by the local rescue agencies.The 2013-built bulker’s last known port was Cai Mep its destination being Xiamen, on the southeast coast of the People’s Republic of China.According to the latest marine traffic data, the vessel is currently anchored around 5 nautical miles from Siming District.The cause of the accident is under investigation.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Deboshmitas first album Pranami to release today

first_imgNapoleon Bonaparte used to say ‘Impossible is a word to be found in the dictionary of fools.’ The English proverb says, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”There are people who have worked hard to prove that these sentences are true, and can be achieved. One such person is Deboshmita Nath, who despite being a patient of Cerebral Pulsy is carrying on with her passion for recitation. Her first audio album ‘Pranami’ will be released by Bhabna cassettes today at Kolkata Press Club in presence of eminent personalities like Pradip Ghosh, Sujit Basu, Jagannath Basu, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Bijoylakshmi Barman, among others. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain The CD contains 14 poems written by Rabindranath. Bhabna cassette will release the CD by Deboshmita, who faced several ailments which was later detected as Cerebral Palsy. It is often found that those who suffer from this disease have poor coordination, stiff muscles or weak muscles and tremors. There may be problem with sensation, vision, hearing, swallowing and often speaking. But fighting all odds, her parents stood by her and gave her the constant encouragement to overcome the hindrances. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhile she was fighting from the disease, she received training in drawing and swimming. Though, attending school had become a major problem for her, she passed ICSE examination in 2017, and thereafter completed her higher secondary in 2019. At her home, her parents used to play songs for her all the time., which further resulted in her interest for recitation. Her first step was ‘LeechuChor’ by KaziNazrul Islam. Then, she got her initial training in recitation from Shampa Roy Chowdhuree.Followed by the workshop of BratatiBondopadhya and JaganathBasu. By releasing this album, Bhabna Cassettes attempts to encourage those children who are suffering from such diseases to not give up, and cross the hurdles of life with success and honour. Deboshmita stands out to be source of inspiration to all of them.last_img read more

Bell Canada statement about illegal access of customer information

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook We apologize to Bell customers for this situation and are contacting those affected directly.Bell took immediate steps to secure affected systems. The company has been working closely with the RCMP cyber crime unit in its investigation and has informed the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.To learn more about how to protect your personal information, please visit Bell’s security and fraud prevention resources on Bell.ca. Please note that Bell will never ask customers for credit card or other personal information by e-mail.Bell continues to work together with government, law enforcement agencies and the technology industry to combat the growth of hacking and other cyber crimes. For more information about cyber crime prevention and how to protect your data, please visit the RCMP web site at www.Rcmp-grc.gc.ca and the federal government’s cyber safety web site at http://www.Getcybersafe.gc.ca.About BellBell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing consumers and business customers with wireless, TV, Internet, home phone and business communications services. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home, and digital media. For more information, please visit Bell.ca. MONTRÉAL, May 15, 2017 – Bell Canada today announced the illegal access of Bell customer information by an anonymous hacker. Bell has determined that the information obtained contains email addresses, customer names and/or telephone numbers.There is no indication that any financial, password or other sensitive personal information was accessed. This incident is not connected to the recent global WannaCry malware attacks.The illegally accessed information contains approximately 1.9 million active email addresses and approximately 1,700 names and active phone numbers. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Donald Trump Sparks Debate With Series of Racist Tweets

Rabat – On Sunday, July 14, US President Donald Trump made headlines with a barrage of tweets which targeted at four democratic congresswomen, who are all ethnic minorities. The tweets caused a public outcry, with many dubbing the tweets racist and xenophobic.“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” the US president tweeted.Read also: Moroccans Protest Donald Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ in Rabat“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how ..it is done,” he added. “These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!” The congresswomen clapback: “THIS is what racism looks like”While he did not explicitly name the women, the context makes it clear who he meant.The four women he was targeting, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who were all born in the US with the exception of Omar who came to the US as a refugee from Somali aged 12, have hit back at Trump.Ocasio-Cortez, who is of Puerto Rican descent but was born in the Bronx just 12 miles from the hospital Trump was born, replied saying: “You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us.”You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.You won’t accept a nation that sees healthcare as a right or education as a #1 priority, especially where we’re the ones fighting for it.Yet here we are.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 14, 2019Pressley, who is an African American born in Ohio, also hit back on twitter, saying: “THIS is what racism looks like.”THIS is what racism looks like. WE are what democracy looks like. And we’re not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday. pic.twitter.com/vYzoxCgN0X— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) July 14, 2019Omar also replied, calling Trump the “most corrupt and inept president” president the US has ever seen, and accused him of stoking white nationalism.Mr. President,As Members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States.Which is why we are fighting to protect it from the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen. https://t.co/FBygHa2QTt— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 14, 2019You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.“America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.” -RFK— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 14, 2019Lastly, Taib, who was born in was born in Detroit to Palestinian parents and was the second ever Muslim woman to be elected in to congress after Omar, tweeted: “I am fighting against corruption in OUR country.” Yo @realDonaldTrump, I am fighting corruption in OUR country. I do it every day when I hold your admin accountable as a U.S. Congresswoman. Detroit taught me how to fight for the communities you continue to degrade & attack. Keep talking, you’ll be out of the WH soon. #TickTock— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 14, 2019Trump doubles down on comments amid Replubican party silenceDespite the backlash, on Monday, July 15, Trump stood by his statements during a press conference in front of the White House.“These are people that in my opinion hate our country,” President Trump told reporters. “As far as I’m concerned if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave. You can leave right now. I don’t know who’s going to miss ’em,” he said.When asked by one reporter whether he was concerned about people dubbing his tweets racist, he responded: “It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me.”In response, the four democrats also called a press conference on Capitol Hill that afternoon. “We don’t leave the things that we love,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “We are focused on making it better.” Pressley shared a similar sentiment, and encouraged “the American people and all of us in this room and beyond to not take the bait.“This is a disruptive distraction from the issues of concern and consequences to the American people,” said Pressley.Omar simply described his comments as “ridiculous.” This is his plan to pit us against each other.” she added.The press conference seemed to only further anger Trump, who went on another Twitter tirade, today, July 16. “Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” Trump insisted.Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019…..Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country. Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019While the Democratic party was vocal and quick to denounce Trump’s statements, his own party remained mostly silent, except for two who condemned the tweets.Republican Senator Susan Collins said in a statement the tweets were “way over the line” and should be removed. Republican Congressman Will Hurd, who is African American, described the comments as “racist and xenophobic.”But one Republican, Congressman Andy Harris, defended Trump. Speaking to a radio station, said: “Clearly it’s not a racist comment. He could have meant go back to the district they came from, the neighbourhood they came from.” read more

Navy arrests 16 Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters

The fishermen and boats were to be handed over to the Jaffna Fisheries Inspectorate and the Mannar Assistant Directorate of Fisheries once being brought ashore.Akram Alavi said the latest arrest follows the arrest of 17 Indian fishermen two days earlier. (Colombo Gazette) The Navy assisted the Coast Guard to arrest sixteen (16) Indian fishermen who were poaching in Sri Lankan waters at two separate locations late last night, Navy spokesman Akram Alavi told the Colombo Gazette.He said that the fishermen were arrested south of Delft Islands and off Mannar and three of their boats were also seized. read more

Time Warner Cable CEO offers to end blackout proposes that CBS signal

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2013 6:01 pm MDT Time Warner Cable CEO offers to end blackout, proposes that CBS signal be sold ‘a la carte’ LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Time Warner Cable Inc. CEO Glenn Britt has offered to end a four-day blackout of CBS stations in three major cities, saying the cable operator would allow CBS to sell its stations’ signal “a la carte” to consumers instead of bundling it with other channels.That would “allow customers to decide for themselves how much value they ascribe to CBS programming,” Britt said in a letter to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves that was released to the media.CBS Corp. called the proposal a “sham.”“Anyone familiar with the entertainment business knows that the economics and structure of the cable industry doesn’t work that way and isn’t likely to for quite some time,” it said.CBS signals have been blacked out to some 3 million Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas since Friday in a dispute over how much the cable operator has to pay for CBS programming. Britt’s proposal is a radical departure from how TV is sold today — in packages that can contain a hundred or more channels, many of which consumers don’t watch.Craig Moffett, an industry analyst with Moffett Research LLC, called the proposal “mostly a bit of theatre” that CBS would never accept.“CBS would never agree to a model where customers could opt to take it or leave it,” he said. “The economics of that would never be as attractive as the current model, where everyone has to pay whether they want the service or not.”Investors seemed to shrug at the proposal. Time Warner Cable shares slipped 68 cents or half a per cent to finish at $116.42. CBS shares dipped 67 cents, a little more than 1 per cent, to close at $53.86 Monday.TV station owners like CBS want to boost revenue and profit from the fees they charge to distributors — and many industry observers see this as their prime engine of growth in the coming years. But pay TV distributors say they’re trying to keep costs low to hang onto subscribers sick of paying higher monthly bills. Retransmission fees paid by cable, satellite and telecommunications providers are set to double by 2018 to $6 billion, according to research firm SNL Kagan.The fee fights have become common in recent years. Most have been resolved within a few weeks. However, the American Television Alliance (ATVA), a grouping of pay TV distributors, says there are now a record 79 U.S. markets being affected by blackouts. Besides the Time Warner Cable dispute with CBS, starting on Thursday some Dish Network Corp. subscribers lost access to some ABC, NBC and Fox affiliate stations owned by Raycom Media Inc. in 36 markets in 15 states from Florida to Hawaii.Tens of thousands of DirecTV subscribers lost access to a local CBS station in Odesa, Texas, on Thursday. Five other blackouts are ongoing, including one between Cox Communications and Mt. Baker Cable in Seattle that has lingered since Jan. 1, 2012, according to the ATVA.The basis for all of the disputes is the 1992 Cable Act, which allows TV station owners to either force pay TV operators to carry their signals for free, or bargain for carriage at whatever rates they can extract in negotiations. Since then, leverage in such negotiations has shifted dramatically in favour of the content owners, who can demand higher fees or pull their signal. Cable TV operators have usually been forced to pay higher rates or risk losing subscribers to satellite TV companies, a shift that has been happening for years.But the situation has gotten so dire that DirecTV, which in the past has seen competitor blackouts as a way to steal subscribers, rallied to Time Warner Cable’s defence in a statement on Saturday, saying “all pay TV customers are feeling trapped and helpless” by “ridiculous” rate increase demands.The longer the fight goes on, the greater the chance that Congress gets involved to balance the playing field, said Rich Greenfield, a media and technology analyst with BTIG Research. “Having the government poking their nose into the situation could be decidedly bad for CBS,” he said.Legislation isn’t pending, but lawmakers and lobbyists are considering folding new retransmission rules into a bill required to renew the license of satellite TV operators DirecTV and Dish by the end of 2014. Hearings on the matter are likely to start up around late September, according to ATVA spokesman Brian Frederick. “Our video laws need updating now more than ever,” he said.Consumer outrage over the blackout has been similar to past disputes, according to Time Warner Cable spokeswoman Maureen Huff.The company has been offering pro-rated rebates to the some 2.5 million Time Warner Cable subscribers who pay extra for CBS-owned Showtime, which has also been blacked out during the fight. For the time being, the cable operator has replaced CBS with programming from Starz Kids and Family.With so many blackouts at so many different TV operators, including the satellite players, switching providers might not help.“People understand increasingly that switching is not the answer,” said Time Warner Cable’s Huff. “If you switch to another provider, they’re going to face the same situation the next time they’re up with CBS.”Customers could be getting desensitized to blackouts because they occur so frequently.And the level of outrage might be muted because the fight is occurring during the summer, when networks don’t debut many new shows.Besides CBS’s new hit, “Under the Dome,” which it premiered in June thanks to a special arrangement for exclusive online access on Amazon.com, subscribers only missed new episodes Sunday night of Showtime’s “Dexter,” in its eighth and final season, as well as “Ray Donovan,” a Showtime series that began in June.That’s not the same as missing an NFL regular season football game, or even a preseason game, which won’t air on CBS until Aug. 23.“Viewers are outside in the sun,” said Laura Martin, a media industry analyst with investment bank Needham & Co. “If CBS was in the middle of its prime-time schedule, they would be much more annoyed.”But the wide array of online viewing options is not an effective substitute for the programs that CBS offers, especially its live sports offerings, including golf, Martin and other industry observers said.Acknowledging the greater number of viewers who watch TV shows online, CBS took the unusual move of blocking video access on its apps and website to people who get their Internet service from Time Warner Cable, including those who get TV packages from other providers. Even though millions of Time Warner Cable subscribers couldn’t see Tiger Woods claim his eighth victory at the Firestone Country Club on Sunday, industry watchers said that wasn’t as important as NFL football, which has its first regular season games on CBS on Sept. 8.It’s unlikely that Time Warner Cable will drag out the dispute that long, said analyst Moffett.“The closer we get to football season, the more the leverage shifts to CBS,” Moffett said. “Once the football season begins, it’s game set and match in CBS’s favour.” read more

UN rights experts urge Iran to halt execution of two Ahwazi Arabs

Ali Chebeishat and Sayed Khaled Mousavi, who were arrested in November 2012 and sentenced to death on charges of Moharebeh (enmity against God) by a Revolutionary Court in September 2013, according to the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“The accused were convicted either primarily or solely on the basis of a televised ‘confession’ which appeared on Iranian State TV in June 2013,” OHCHR quoted the human rights experts as saying, and were apparently not allowed legal representation of their own choosing and were later denied regular access to their court-appointed lawyer. Reported footage showing Ali Chebeishat and Sayed Khaled Mousavi “confessing” to their role in an explosion of a natural gas pipeline was aired on Iran’s State-controlled television.“The timing of the video release, as well as its content, beg serious questions about its legitimacy as evidence in the conviction and sentencing of these men to the most serious and irreversible fate possible,” the OHCHR press release said.Just last month, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, said he regretted the spike in executions this year in Iran and renewed his call to the Government to immediately halt them. Over 170 persons including at least two women have been executed since the beginning of 2014 and a large number of prisoners on death row risk imminent execution.In addition to Shaheed, the experts involved in today’s appeal are: the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns; Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák; and the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul; and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise on human rights issues. The experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any Government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.In issuing the appeal on the eve of the reported executions of the two men, OHCHR says both Ali Chebeishat and Sayed Khaled Mousavi have reportedly been subjected to severe mistreatment and beatings, possibly amounting to torture. The two men have now been held incommunicado for over two months, and neither their lawyer nor family members have been able to obtain official information regarding their current whereabouts or the status of their cases, says OHCHR. “First and foremost, the Iranian authorities must stop the executions and the accused should be permitted a new, fair trial,” the press release says. “The authorities must also cease any and all retribution against family members for allegedly speaking with international organizations, including the United Nations.”“The Iranian authorities must promptly inform Messrs. Chebeishat and Mousavi’s families of their whereabouts, and allow their families and their lawyers’ access to details regarding the status of their cases, in accordance with both international and Iranian law,” it said. read more