Royalty Free Music Playlist: Spring Awakening

first_imgSpring is finally here! Bring your project to life with this curated playlist of uplifting royalty free music!The birds are chirping. The bees are buzzing. The flowers are blooming… The season of renewal is upon us! Whether you’re trying to capture the warmth of the new Spring sun or suggest the crisp refreshment of an April shower, adding these royalty free music tracks to your video and film projects will surely put your audience in a breezy mood!I’ve curated this collection of my favorite Spring-inspired royalty free music tracks from the PremiumBeat music library. We work with professional composers from around the world to ensure our extensive library of exclusive royalty free music remains high quality and constantly expanding. With thousands of tracks, PremiumBeat’s royalty free music music is ideal for your needs, whatever they may be. Music is our passion, and it’s our mission to share this passion with you.Remember: The PremiumBeat Standard License covers most usage, including ALL web video (Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, etc). Find the perfect track below and help your film or video project blossom!last_img read more

After U.P., Bihar BJP demands anti-Romeo squads

first_imgTaking a cue from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, Bhartiya Janata Party in Bihar on Friday demanded formation of anti-Romeo squads for the safety of girls and women in the State. “Bihar government should also constitute anti-Romeo squads to deal with anti-social elements… the squads should be deployed at schools, colleges, universities and busy markets,” demanded senior state BJP leader and former deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. “ Anti-Romeo squads are must in the state in view of the growing number of cases of crime against women and girls on the streets,” Mr. Modi told journalists in Patna. ‘Ban illegal abattoirs’ On Thursday, Leader of Opposition and State BJP leader Prem Kumar had demanded a ban on illegal cattle slaughter houses. “Like Uttar Pradesh, the government here in Bihar too should ban illegal cattle slaughterhouses ,” demanded Prem Kumar. Responding his demand, Animal Husbandry Minister Awadhesh Kumar Singh said a report had already been sought from the district magistrates on the illegal slaughter houses in their respective districts “despite a ban on cattle slaughter in the state”. “There is a committee in every district headed by District Magistrates to monitor cattle slaughter…we’ve asked the DMs to submit a report on illegal slaughterhouses so that steps can be taken to stop such illegal activities”, said the minister.The Bihar Prevention and Improvement of Animal Act’ 1955 only allows slaughter of bovines either more than 15-years old or disabled. Such animals can be slaughtered only after ante-mortem to prevent spread of diseases. However, sources told The Hindu that many illegal cattle slaughter houses were operating in Seemanchal districts of Katihar, Kishanganj, Purnia and Araria. Very few of them were registered with the concerned local urban body.Meanwhile, some Bihar BJP leaders said that branches of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, an organization of Hindu youths founded by U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, would be opened soon in the border districts of Bihar. “By June-July this year, I expect branches of Hindu Yuva Vahini to be opened in districts like Kishanganj, Purnia and Katihar…it is must,” said a State BJP leader working for the party in the Seemanchal areas.last_img read more

Curfew relaxed in Sirsa for 12 hours

first_imgAuthorities on Tuesday relaxed the curfew from 7 am to 7 pm in Sirsa after the sentencing of Dera Sach Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in two rape cases.The decision was taken after no violent incident was reported in the area. This is the second time since Sunday the curfew has been relaxed, officials said.Sirsa town is home to the sprawling Dera headquarters where the sect’s followers had gathered in large numbers ahead of Ram Rahim’s conviction.“Authorities should lift the curfew permanently in the area as the law and order situation is under control,” Bobby Soni, a localite, said.“During the relaxation of curfew people can buy their household items. Also, schools colleges and other educations institutions will also remain open during the period,” Special Commissioner (Civil), V Umashankar said.Inspector General (Hisar range) A S Dhillon on Monday said there has been no report of violence by Dera followers in the district.A special CBI court on Monday sentenced Ram Rahim to 20 years in prison after his conviction in two rape cases.last_img read more

BJP is now a two-men show: Shatrughan Sinha

first_imgThe BJP MP from Bihar, Shatrughan Sinha, on Sunday said if speaking the truth amounts to rebellion then he was a rebel. However, he ruled out leaving the party, saying he did not join the BJP to quit.“If to call a spade a spade is rebellion then, yes, I am a rebel,” said Mr. Shatrughan here, while interacting with journalists. Former BJP leader and Union Minister Yashwant Sinha, who had recently launched Rashtra Manch (National Forum), was also present at the interaction.Mr. Shatrughan said the BJP was not the same party he had joined years ago. “The BJP today has become a ‘two-men show’… today’s BJP is of “Modi”, internal democracy in the party has finished,” he said, adding that his decision to back the Rashtra Manch should not be seen as anti-party activity as through this he was working in the national interest and not against the party.“While I’ll not leave the party, yet I’ll not challenge the wisdom of my party (BJP) if they oust me,” he added.Mr. Yashwant Sinha said members of the Rashtra Manch have been travelling across the country to meet people and the feedback reveals that it would be an uphill task for the BJP to win the general elections due in 2019.“During the past four years, the government at the Centre has worked towards undermining democratic institutions instead of fulfilling its promises. Democracy is in danger and like-minded people need to join hands to save it,” he said, cautioning that once the democratic institutions are trampled upon, it takes a long time to restore them.Mr. Sinha said issues surrounding youth, farmers, economy, foreign policy etc. are witnessing certain kind of trends, which are not healthy for the nation in the long run.“With the Opposition parties coming together and unitedly fighting against the BJP, I am sure winning general elections due in 2019 for the BJP would be an uphill task,” he said.last_img read more

Indian IT Industry Hits The Reset Button

first_imgMany executives in the Indian information technology (IT) industry are accustomed to living out of a suitcase, but suitcases were particularly in evidence at this year’s National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) India Leadership Forum held in Mumbai in mid-February. On the third and final day, participants arrived packed and ready to leave for the airport once the formal program was over, forgoing the usually well-attended evening parties in order to save on one night’s hotel stay. Delegates at the forum numbered close to 1,000 this year versus 1,500 last year, and top-level sponsors dropped from seven to four. There are reasons for the lack of festivity and the falling numbers. In early February, NASSCOM lowered its projections for export revenues in India’s IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) sector for the fiscal year ending March 2009. The target originally had been set at US$50 billion with a growth rate of 21% to 24%. Now, NASSCOM is projecting US$47 billion at a growth rate of 16% to 17%.“We entered 2008 with uncertain headwinds and high volatility,” says the recent NASSCOM report. “The first half of 2008-09 had 24% growth, on track with the industry forecast. (But) the second half was impacted by the worldwide economic downturn. The additional challenges were cross-currency fluctuation, terror attacks, corporate governance, the U.S. elections and protectionist sentiments.”A closer look at the customer profile of the Indian IT sector shows why the industry is hurting. The U.S. accounts for 60% of the market and the UK another 18.5%. The current global financial problems began in the U.S., and it has been among the hardest hit countries so far. Analyzing the numbers along another parameter — the verticals — shows that the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) industry accounts for 41% of the business. The percentage has actually gone up marginally since 2003-04. And this sector is at the epicenter of the crisis.During the NASSCOM forum, participants agreed that it was time for some belt-tightening and soul-searching. According to many, the long-term future still seems bright. But opinion was divided on the prognosis for the next few years. The “glass-is-half-empty” school of thought felt that business would dry up as IT budgets in the West were cut. Add to this the protectionist undercurrent of the new rules concerning H-1B visas that are part of the recently passed U.S. stimulus package, and the future looks distinctly gloomy, they said.The new regulations on H-1B visas are still shrouded in a certain amount of confusion. The stimulus package that U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law on Feb. 17 says that all companies and banks that receive federal funding under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) will be considered “H-1B dependent” — a category that so far included only businesses where more than 15% of the workforce were such visa holders. (H-1B visas apply to non-immigrant workers with specialized skills.) Companies within this category have to attest that they have made “good faith” attempts to recruit equivalent U.S. workers before hiring H-1B visa holders, that they haven’t displaced any U.S. workers, and that they are paying the prevailing U.S. wages to any H-1B hires. While this has led some right-wing activists in India to threaten boycotting a range of American products, the “glass-is-half-full” proponents at the forum suggested that one should not make too much of U.S. politicians playing to a domestic gallery on H-1B visas. “There won’t be any immediate impact,” said NASSCOM chairman Ganesh Natarajan. First, existing H-1B visa holders in the U.S. who want to renew their visas don’t seem to come under the purview of the new rules. Second, it is unclear if the law affects Indian IT companies working on projects for federally bailed-out U.S. companies. NASSCOM believes the rules apply only to direct employment by U.S. companies. According to BusinessWeek, quoting data released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), for fiscal year 2008 (ended September 20), the top four firms on the H-1B employment list were Infosys (4,559 visas), Wipro (2,678), Satyam (1,917) and Tata Consultancy Services (1,539). The top U.S. company on the list — which is not in line for government assistance — was Microsoft (1,018).False Analogies?“Perhaps now is the mother of all recessions,” Infosys chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy said at the forum. On a more positive note, he added: “But we have seen such times earlier, like the recession in 1989-1993, or the tech bubble bursting in 1999-2002. This is also a time when best-quality leadership is called for. We also have to tell our youngsters not to lose heart.”John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco, was singularly upbeat. He predicted a timeframe for the global crisis to start easing — the end of 2009. He also identified the countries where the recovery would start — India and Germany. “One economy that I’d bet on right now is India,” he said.“Indian companies are making a false analogy to the 2001 crisis and the tech bubble (bursting) and have assumed a ‘we have seen it before’ attitude,” noted Harvard Business School professor Pankaj Ghemawat told the business daily Mint. “I think this crisis is different, and ‘mother of all crises’ is not even beginning to describe it. I’ve seen nothing like this before, and there is still a lot of uncertainty about when things will begin to get better.”Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) CEO S. Ramadorai agreed that “it’s a challenging environment” and companies must speed up their learning process and become more nimble. Nandan Nilekani, co-chairman of Infosys, added that the crisis would likely weed out weaker firms. The industry had been used to 30% growth and allowed inefficiencies to creep into the system, he said. Jim Champy, chairman of U.S.-based IT solutions firm Perot Systems, said that the crisis should be viewed as a learning process. “It’s a period of long-term restructuring, and for the IT industry it is a big opportunity to use technology and innovations. During the slowdown, the changes in business models will help to restructure and consolidate the business for the next three to four years. Those companies that are able to change their business models will survive the tough times and have a bright future.”“We feel that this is a time of learning and optimization for the industry. We would urge our member companies to see this as a silver lining,” said Som Mittal, president of NASSCOM. “India offers the best solution to manage resources and IT budgets and improve competitiveness, even in today’s difficult environment.”Considering ConsolidationAnother undercurrent is the scope for industry consolidation. There is near unanimity that the big players will thrive. The boutique firms (specializing in niche technology areas) would also cope with the downturn. But the mid-tier companies would have to redefine themselves. In any mature industry, a spate of mergers & acquisitions (M&A) would have happened by now. But IT is a first-generation sector; most of the original company founders are still at the helm, and they are not about to let go easily.“This is a good time to go in for M&A,” Vineet Nayar, CEO of HCL Technologies, said. “Values are very low.” Ramadorai of TCS offered a different opinion: From his perspective, organic growth was best. But Chambers of Cisco countered that in challenging times, collaboration and partnerships become more important. Incidentally, apart from the NASSCOM forum, Chambers was in India to announce a strategic alliance with TCS to build next-generation data centers.Entrepreneurs may be wary of collaborations and M&A. But business groups that have IT companies in their fold recognize the need for scaling up. This explains why the beleaguered Satyam — whose financial position and liabilities are still unknown — is a hot property. Engineering giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has picked up a 12% stake in the company through market purchases. The idea is to merge it with L&T Infotech. At one point, the Mahindras were also looking at Satyam for a possible merger with group company Tech Mahindra. In fact, there are seven suitors for Satyam currently, according to the company’s new government-appointed board.Other companies hit by the downturn are also rumored to be up for grabs. Even as the NASSCOM forum was taking place, the shares of mid-tier company Hexaware rose 73% in one day. Founder and executive chairman Atul Nishar dismissed rumors that the company is looking to be sold. “We are committed to Hexaware,” he said. As with Hexaware, shares of many IT companies have turned volatile. The consensus at NASSCOM 2009 was that some degree of consolidation is inevitable.Harvard professor Ghemawat brought Satyam to center stage. “For many U.S. companies, the Satyam episode is not a one-off,” he said. The scandal affects the entire sector. In this context, he praised NASSCOM’s setting up of a corporate governance and ethics committee under Narayana Murthy of Infosys. But he warned against overdoing it: If you are too open, you hand a competitive advantage to rivals, he said. Indian IT companies must avoid what he called a “collective striptease.”NASSCOM, meanwhile, is not participating in any such over-exposure; it plans to be more conservative about revealing its projections and data. “The uncertain economic environment will prevail in 2009,” the February NASSCOM report says. “World growth is projected to fall 0.5%, the lowest for 60 years, and recover to 3% in 2010. In that context, NASSCOM has taken a two-year view (instead of yearly targets) to factor in the volatile environment, and estimates the Indian IT industry to grow at 15% (compounded annual growth rate) to achieve exports revenues of US$60 billion to US$62 billion by financial year 2010-11.”Said NASSCOM’s Mittal: “Recession is a time when expectations are reset.” Related Itemslast_img read more

India MPs protest against Team India’s poor performance; other sports demand attention

first_imgPASSIONS INFLAMED: The cricket protestHonourable Members of Parliament, if we may be so intemperate as to interrupt your nation building and proffer an observation. Your spirited protest after the cricket team’s miseries in South Africa has proved that India’s sporting future is secure and in caring hands.The impact of such,PASSIONS INFLAMED: The cricket protestHonourable Members of Parliament, if we may be so intemperate as to interrupt your nation building and proffer an observation. Your spirited protest after the cricket team’s miseries in South Africa has proved that India’s sporting future is secure and in caring hands.The impact of such passionate involvement was immediately felt: the nexus of the businessmen and er… politicians that runs the BCCI was humbled. The team was forced to buttress its defences (particularly around the gates of players’ homes). The fact that the coach masterminded an adjournment of Parliament means that formulating a World Cup master plan will be chicken feed. All introspection is healthy.Naturally, athletes from other disciplines now expect the MPs to be as vociferous and strident on other sporting issues where India’s pride is being muddied:Like how our men’s hockey team can have the 17 changes of coach in 12 years, and only one Asian Games gold and one Junior World Cup to show for it? Or how world-class centre half Viren Rasquinha was axed from the Asiad squad on grounds of fitness? In five fitness tests, he finished under the stipulated nine minutes in four out of five 2.4 km runs and was in the top three in the 40 m speed tests.Like how it is that after being a force in the women’s game, India is now a doping pariah in weightlifting? Banned for a year and forced to stay out of the Doha Asian Games, with the 2008 Olympics in doubt, because a $50,000 (Rs 22 lakh) fine must be paid before the team can compete again.advertisementAlso, how is it that coaches sacked after dope scandals were welcomed back, including the notorious Pal Singh Sandhu as “advisor”-this after he was “banned for life” after our first positive dope tests at an Olympics (Athens 2004). And those who have presided over escalating positive dope tests, remain in office expressing regret.Like why is it, by coach Laszlo Scuzak’s reckoning, that our shooters can only get in 70 days of training a year as opposed to their rivals’ 270 training days for want of ammunition? It is, they say, like asking a diver to pull out his best dive-into 10 cm of water.Like, why is it that 12 months after signing a Rs 270-crore-plus 10-year deal with Zee Sports, the All India Football Federation has no formal youth development programme up and running? And India’s ranking, 148 this month, is behind Grenada, Maldives and Swaziland, its under-20s unable to win a SAF Games title.MPs don’t have to go far to demand answers for our sport, just look across Parliament benchesLike how, after a six-month search, the country’s best woman pole vaulter V.S. Surekha couldn’t get the best fibre glass pole a week before the Asian Games. The import through the Government was taking too long so she paid for the Rs 30,000 pole herself. Indian vaulters use the same pole in training and in competition whereas their competitors use several.Like whether it is reasonable to spend around Rs 28 crore on an 11-minute function at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in Melbourne? Rs 28 crore could fund 10 hockey astro-turfs in India with enough left over to fund training sessions in the world’s best athletics facilities for four years. The loose change would buy a couple of pole vaults each for Surekha and friends.There’s enough here for Parliament to get shirty about, heads that can be demanded, prime candidates being K.P.S. Gill in hockey, Balbir Singh Bhatia in weightlifting. What’s even better the MPs don’t have to go as far as South Africa.All they have to do is look across the benches and demand answers: from Suresh Kalmadi of the Indian Olympic Association, also athletics boss, Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi and/or Praful Patel of the All India Football Federation, Vijay Kumar Malhotra in archery, the Chautala brothers, Ajay and Abhay in boxing and table tennis.Now they may not be as easy targets as the Indian cricketers, but they all deserve a cheap shot or two.last_img read more

70 years of Independence: 7 decades of sporting glory

first_imgAs India completes 70 years of Independence, India Today celebrates the laurels won by the country at  global events in the world of sports. India remains the only team to have won eight gold medals in men’s hockey at the Olympics. The country has won the Cricket World Cup twice while Abhinav Bindra remains India’s only individual gold medallist in Olympics.Here’s a look at what India achieved after Independence in sports from athletics to cricket.1940s – POST INDEPENDENCEIndia won their first Olympic gold post Independence in 1948 at the London Olympics in field Hockey. India continued with their stranglehold in the sport even after Independence adding to the three gold medals they had earlier won in 1928, 1932 and 1936. (70 years of Independence: India’s most decorated sporting heroes in the modern era)1950sThe Indian national football team created history by winning gold at the Asian Games at New Delhi in 1951.India remained a powerhouse in men’s field hockey in 1952 Olympics at Helsinki as well with yet another solid performance to finish on top of the podium.Khashaba Jadhav became India’s first individual Olympic medallist after Independence when he finished with bronze in wrestling (bantamweight) at the 1952 Helsinki Games. (What India was crazy about: Hockey first, Cricket later, Football, Kabaddi now?)The Indian cricket team’s first ever Test series victory came in 1952-53 when Pakistan toured India for the first time for a five-match series. India emerged victorious 2-1.Four years later in 1956, at the Melbourne Games too, India continued to dominate the world. Again, finding no challenger for the top prize, they bagged their sixth gold in men’s hockey.advertisementIn 1958, Milkha Singh became the first Indian athlete to win an individual gold at the Commonwealth Games at Cardiff. Mikha, also known as The Flying Sikh, is best remembered for his fourth-place finish in the 400 metres final at the 1960 Olympic Games.1960sIn the 1960 Rome Games, India finished runners-up in field hockey but four years later at Tokyo, they bounced back in style to clinch their seventh gold medal.In 1962, the Indian football team again finished as the best side to clinch the gold medal in the Asian Games at Jakarta.There was much joy in cricket as well. India’s first away Test series victory came in 1967-68 in New Zealand where all four matches produced results. India won the series 3-1.1970sIndia had never won a Test series against the West Indies home or away but in the 1971 series in the Caribbean, India made history by beating the cricket powerhouse 1-0 in three-Test series. The great Sunil Gavaskar also made his debut in the same series. He started his career with 65 and 67 not out in his first Test which was instrumental in India’s victory.Later in 1971, India toured England, who were high in confidence after winning the Ashes series in Australia. India too were confident of creating an upset after their victory over highly-fancies West Indies. India drew the first two Tests before beating England in the third and final Test to win their first ever series in England 1-0.In 1979, India recorded their first Test series victory over Australia, winning the six-match series 2-0.1980sAfter a gap of three Olympics where India failed to win the top prize, the 1980 Olympics in Moscow was a memorable one for Indian men’s hockey. They were back to their best proved the world why they have won the most number of gold medals in the sport. However, unfortunate as it may sound the 1980 gold medal was India’s eighth and the last gold medal in hockey. Since then India have struggled to maintain that spark and have even failed to finish in top three.In 1983, Kapil Dev-led Team India stunned the world by winning the World Cup at Lord’s. India defeated the favourites and the two-time defending champions West Indies by 43 runs in the final to win the mega prize.In 1987, Sunil Gavaskar became the first batsman ever to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Gavaskar scored 63 against Pakistan at Ahmedabad to breach the 10000-run barrier.Viswanathan Anand became India’s first chess grandmaster in 1988. Anand was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991-92, India’s highest sporting honour.1990sAfter 16 years, Leander Paes broke India’s jinx at the Olympics, when he settled for bronze medal in men’s singles tennis.In 1999, Anil Kumble became only the second bowler after Englishman Jim Laker to pick all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test match. Kumble achieved the feat against Pakistan at New Delhi.advertisement2000sKarnam Malleswari became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal when she finished third to get a bronze in weightlifting in women’s 69kg category at the Sydney Games.In 2001, Harbhajan Singh became the first Indian to bag a hat-trick in Test cricket. Playing at Eden Gardens, Harbhajan removed Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne to help India beat Australia for one of the best comeback victories recorded in Test cricket.In 2004, Virender Sehwag became the first Indian Indian batsman to slam a triple century in Test cricket. The triple ton was special as it came in Pakistan’s Multan. India won the first and the third Test to record their first ever series win in Pakistan.Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore became India’s first shooter to win laurels for the country in the sport. In 2004, at the Athens Olympics Rathore finished second to get a silver medal in men’s double trap shooting event.In 2007, a young cricket team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the inaugural World Twenty20 title in South Africa.In 2008, Abhinav Bindra created history by bagging gold in men’s 10m air rifle event at the Beijing Games. His gold remains the country’s first and only individual gold medal till date. India’s two other rising stars boxer Vijender Singh and wrestler Sushil Kumar also finished with bronze medals.Sachin Tendulkar etched his name in the history of world cricket by slamming 200 not out agaisnt South Africa at Gwalior in an ODI match. He became the first batsman ever to achieve the feat.Suresh Raina became the first Indian to score a hundred in T20 Internationals. He achieved the landmark against South Africa at Gros Islet in World T20 in 2010.In 2011, India became the first team to win the Cricket World Cup at home. An out-of-form MS Dhoni promoted himself up the batting order and played the captain’s knock as India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.Sachin Tendulkar became the first man on the planet to hit 100 international centuries. He achieved the feat when he hit 114 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.In the 2012 London Games, India produced their best ever medal hauls to bring home six medals – two silvers and four bronze. Shooter Vijay Kumar and wrestler Sushil bagged silver medals while shooter Gagan Narang, boxer Mary Kom, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and shuttler Saina Nehwal settled for bronze medals.In 2013, MS Dhoni became the first and the only captain to win all ICC trophies when India defeated hosts England in the final to lift ICC Champions Trophy.In 2013, Sachin Tendulkar played his 200th Test thus becoming the first player ever to play as many matches in the longest format. Tendulkar also retired from international cricket after his 200th Test.In 2014, Rohit Sharma became the first batsman ever to score his second double century in ODIs. Rohit also rewrote history books by smashing the highest individual score of 264 vs Sri Lanka at Kolkata.In 2016, India’s top stars and medal hopes faltered at the big stage. Saina Nehwal, Yogeshwar Dutt and shooting stars all failed to repeat their 2012 feats. However, shuttler PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik ensured India return home with couple of medals. While Sindhu ended runner-up in women’s badminton single final, Sakshi bagged bronze and became first woman wrestler from India to win an Olympic medal.advertisementVirat Kohli became the first-ever batsman to score double hundreds in four consecutive Test series. He scored double hundreds against the West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh in the 2016-17 cricket season.Pankaj Advani has dominated the world billiards for several years now. He has won 16 world titles (12 billiards and 4 snooker). Advani made his international competitive debut at the Asian Billiards Championship 2002. He has also won gold medals at the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games.last_img read more


first_imgA plea hearing is set for 1pm Monday for a Sioux City man charged in a 2018 fatal assault on 4th Street.24-year-old Ray Avila is charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault causing serious injury and flight to avoid prosecution.Avila is charged in the death of 31-year-old Peter Johnson of Sioux City, who died days after Avila allegedly punched him in the head.Johnson fell and struck his head on concrete.U.S. Marshalls determined that Avila had fled to Mexico following the assault.The search ended in Jalisco, Mexico, where Avila had family connections and was arrested there by Mexican authorities in May.Avila was returned to Iowa and had been scheduled to go to trial on August 20th in Woodbury County District Court.The details of the plea agreement have not been filed.Avila is being held in the Woodbury County Jail on $50,000 bond.last_img read more

India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant arrives in Manchester, shares a smile with Chacha Chicago

first_imgIndia vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant arrives in Manchester, shares a smile with Chacha ChicagoWorld Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant arrived in England as cover for injured Shikhar Dhawan and the wicket-keeper batsman enjoyed his time in the city with the Karachi-born cricket fanatic, Chacha Chicago.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 15, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 15:04 IST Rishabh Pant arrives at Manchester, England (Photo: India Today)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was named as cover for Shikhar Dhawan who sustained an injury during the Australia matchRishabh Pant arrived in Manchester on June 14 ahead of India vs Pakistan clashIndia will face Pakistan at Old Trafford on June 16 (Sunday)Wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who was named as the cover for injured opener Shikhar Dhawan, has arrived in Manchester, England ahead of the marquee clash between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford, on June 16.Rishabh Pant posted a story on his Instagram account on Friday and captioned it as “Afternoon tea” and marked the location as Manchester, UK.Rishabh Pant was not named in India’s 15-man squad for the World Cup 2019 but the young batsman was called up to England in the middle of tournament after regular India opener Shikhar Dhawan suffered an injury. Credit: Rishabh Pant InstagramDhawan fractured his thumb after being hit by a Pat Cummins’ bouncer during his match-winning 117 in India’s 2nd match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup against Australia at The Oval on Sunday.Following which, he had been ruled out of the India’s matches against New Zealand (June 13), Pakistan (June 16) and Afghanistan (June 22).After arriving in Manchester, Rishabh Pant also met the famous Karachi-born cricket fanatic Mohammad Bashir aka ‘Chacha Chicago’.Look who’s here #TeamIndia #CWC19 BCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 2019Mohammad Bashir shares a unique bond with MS Dhoni as the former India captain has been arranging a match ticket for the cricket fan for every India-Pakistan clash since last 8 years.Bashir’s love for his homeland is understandable but the reason for his affinity towards India is his Hyderbadi wife.Not only has Bashir flown into Manchester from Chicago (a distance of approximately 6000 km) for Sunday’s high-octane Indo-Pak contest but the cricket fan is also carrying a bag full of rose petals to shower on the Indian cricketers when they arrive in Manchester.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka vs Australia (SL vs AUS) Kennington Oval Weather ForecastAlso Read | India vs Pakistan in World Cup: Recapping 6 Indian victories from 1992-2015Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India vs PakistanFollow Shikhar Dhawan injuryFollow Rishabh Pant Nextlast_img read more

Students Celebrate Stand Up Against Bullying Day

first_imgSchools across the province are celebrating Stand Up Against Bullying Day today, Sept. 10. Since 2007, government and education partners recognize the second Thursday in September as Stand Up Against Bullying Day. Students, teachers and administrators wear pink to support putting a stop to bullying and cyberbullying. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey joined students and staff at John MacNeil Elementary in Dartmouth to participate in anti-bullying celebrations. “Schools have really embraced anti-bullying and have worked hard to make progress on this very important issue,” said Ms. Casey. “While it is important that we reaffirm our commitment to stop bullying, I commend the students, teachers and staff that work to end bullying all year round.” To help combat bullying and other unacceptable behaviours, government introduced a provincewide Code of Conduct Policy which came into effect on Sept. 1. The code strengthens a school’s ability to respond effectively to unacceptable behaviours, including bullying and cyberbullying, violence, and all forms of harassment. Parents and students can watch a short video about it at and can read the full policy at . Teachers, parents, students and community members can report incidents of cyberbullying to CyberSCAN by calling 1-855-702-8324 (toll-free) or 902-424-6990. More information can be found at For more information on bullying and cyberbullying, where to go for help, and ways to report visit .last_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala Raises Over 25 Million

first_imgLeonardo DiCaprio hosted his first gala for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation last month.Bono and Leonardo DiCaprioThe Gala – co-chaired by Philippe Cousteau and Jared Leto along with the presenting sponsor Julius Baer and co-sponsor Chopard – raised over $25 million for The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, dedicated to protecting Earth’s last wild places and implementing solutions to build a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world.Leonardo DiCaprio opened the evening with an impassioned speech about the Foundation’s work and stated, “Today we stand at the 11th Hour – facing a tipping point of environmental crises unprecedented in human history. Not since the age of the dinosaurs have so many species of plants and animals become extinct in such a short period of time. We must now make an effort to protect the rich biodiversity that could allow nature to eventually recover. The good news is there are solutions to these massive problems. Efforts like tonight will start addressing them.”DiCaprio proceeded to open the live auction with his own Harley-Davidson Motorcycle signed by Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and himself.Bono took the stage with Julian Lennon, and took down the house with their own rendition of “Stand By Me.” Bono stayed on stage to auction off his personal guitar for $1 million.The highest bid of the night was for a Damien Hirst sculpture, “Golden Myth” which was sold to Len Blavatnik for over $6 million.Source:LeonardoDiCaprio.comlast_img read more


first_imgCarly Rae Jepsen’s fourth studio album, Dedicated, will be out on May 17, 2019. (Getty Images) After four long years, Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen is set to return this Friday, May 17 with her brand new album, Dedicated.The highly anticipated followup to 2015’s critical hit — and Polaris Music Prize shortlisted contender — Emotion, Dedicated promises to be another collection of love songs that will make listeners swoon, cry and definitely dance. (She recently told Rolling Stone that the original concept for Dedicated was “chill disco” songs, a theme that a single like “Julien” still adheres to.)Four years is a relatively long time between albums, but Jepsen has spent much of that interim keeping busy with various projects. Fear not, though, if you haven’t been paying close attention: below, we’ve detailed every important thing Jepsen has done since releasing Emotion and leading up to Dedicated. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Executive directors from the region travel to Victoria for meeting with Minister

first_imgIn an update to their FB page, the CCCR share, Minister Donaldson confirms section 11 will not be signed until the partnership agreement is signed.The CCCR follows with, ‘we must participate when consultations begin.’To view CCCR’s FB Page; CLICK HERE VICTORIA, B.C. – Executive directors from the region have travelled to Victoria today in regards to an update on the caribou recovery plans.The group, Concerned Citizens for Caribou Recovery (CCCR), posted to their FB Page, Executive Directors from Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd are in Victoria today for a meeting with Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development.The FB post goes on to share the meeting is in regards to update on the Caribou recovery plans and the potential impacts to not only our region but the entire province.last_img read more

Moroccan Law Enforcement Extradites ISIS Suspect to Russia

Rabat – Morocco has extradited a Russian ISIS suspect arrested in 2018 to Russia, said the Center for Public Relations of the Russian Federal Service Security (FSB).Russian media reported that the Office of the Prosecutor General in Russia announced the extradition of a member of an armed group from Morocco.Moroccan and Russian news outlets quoted FSB saying, “The law enforcement agencies of the kingdom of Morocco arrested a Russian citizen, Salamov Ramazan Magomednuriyevich, born in 1970, who was wanted for his involvement in the activities of international terrorist organizations.” FSB said that Salamov tried to settle in Casablanca in 2018 after ISIS lost significant portions of territory in Syria in 2016.The suspect also promoted religious extremist ideology among residents of Dagestan, a Russian province on the Caspian Sea.Moroccan police arrested the suspect in July 2018 at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca.The suspect has been the subject of an international warrant for alleged terrorism and extremism issued by Interpol at the request of the Russian authorities read more

Representing UN agency Princess Haya heads to Malawi to spotlight hunger

Acting as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan is headed to Malawi today to spotlight the food crisis in the country.“Much of the world’s attention is focused on major crisis areas, but Malawi experiences food shortages every year and the cameras are not always there to tell the world,” said Princess Haya, the agency’s second Goodwill Ambassador and the first Arab and first woman to assume the position.She observed that causes of Malawi’s food crisis are complex, with the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS exacerbating the suffering of its people.“I want to talk to people and understand what they are going through so I can speak to the world on their behalf,” she said. Months before the lean season began this year, spiraling maize prices, the worst dry spell since 1994, chronic poverty and a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS had combined to send the country’s malnutrition rates soaring, according to WFP, which anticipates that nearly 5 million people in Malawi will need food assistance through April. WFP expects to distribute food to more than 1.3 million people in Malawi this month and 2.4 million people in January. The daughter of the late King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan and the wife of General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Defence Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Princess Haya was appointed WFP’s Goodwill Ambassador by the agency’s executive director, James Morris, two months ago.Mr. Morris said it was a great honour for WFP to have such a prominent advocate on behalf of hungry and poor people.“Her Royal Highness’s philanthropy, dedication and distinguished record of public service, and her outstanding commitment to humanitarian causes will undoubtedly help us reach out to more people, not only in the Arab and Muslim world, but across the globe,” he said. Princess Haya created the first food aid non-governmental organization (NGO) in the Arab world, “Tkiyet Um Ali,” an initiative that she founded in Jordan to provide food aid and social services to the poor. read more

TMX Group sees sharp drop in listings trade volumes due to market

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted May 10, 2013 7:28 am MDT TMX Group sees sharp drop in listings, trade volumes due to market uncertainty AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A drop in new listings, financings and trade volumes hurt the operator of Canada’s largest stock exchange in the first quarter.And Thomas Kloet, chief executive officer of TMX Group Limited (TSX:X), says market uncertainty is expected to continue in the near term.“We are continuing to carefully manage our costs,” Kloet said Friday during a conference call to discuss the company’s earnings.“Our company has deep experience in managing effectively through economic ups and downs. So I am confident that we will successfully move through the external challenges we face today.”There were only 40 new listings on the TSX and TSX Venture Exchange in the quarter, compared with 86 in the same period last year. Total equity capital raised was down 42 per cent from a year ago.The resources sector saw the largest drop in new listings and financings. The number of new listings in the mining sector went down 59 per cent from a year ago, while the number of new oil and gas listings dropped 50 per cent.Equity capital raised in the mining sector fell 63 per cent from the same 2012 period, while oil and gas financings dropped 76 per cent.Kloet said the real estate and technology sectors showed some strength.Total volumes on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange, Alpha and TMX Select were down 22 per cent from the same year-earlier period. Those declines were slightly offset by the Montreal Exchange, which saw its volume increase by one per cent.TMXGroup said reported first-quarter net profit of $37.8 million, or 70 cents per share. Revenues were $172.2 million for the three months ended March 31.In the same 2012 period, the TMX reported a net loss of $4.4 million, but the results were not comparable because of a change in ownership late last year and the consolidation of various platforms.The TMX Group was acquired by some of Canada’s largest banks, pension funds and other financial services as members of what was known as the Maple Group.Adjusted diluted earnings per share were 78 cents in the latest period, excluding three cents per share of Maple transaction and integration costs, 16 cents per share of amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions and 11 cents per share related to reduction in income tax expense due to recognition of deferred income tax asset, the company said.Kloet said significant progress had been made in the quarter to expand the group’s product portfolio and broaden its customer base.He said the integration of the Canadian Depository for Securities and Alpha Trading Systems continued to be an important focus. The company also recently concluded its acquisition of Equity Financial’s transfer agency and corporate trust services business. read more

100 years on UN labour agency mission focussed on growing inequality says

The ILO chief’s message coincides with the launch of an interactive campaign promoting the work of the organization.Founded by 44 countries in the aftermath of the First World War, the organization’s mission was to address growing and potentially explosive discontent with poor working conditions in Europe.Today, that objective is shared by ILO’s 187 Member States, Mr Ryder maintained, in a statement to mark 100 years since the body was founded on 6 June, 1919.Noting that the nature of work “has changed out of all recognition” in many parts of the world since 1919, thanks in large part to technological advances, Mr Ryder warned that many people have not seen the benefits.“Hopes and fears are unevenly distributed,” he said. “Uncertainty is high and the levels of trust are all too low. And this tells us that the ILO centenary matters. It matters to us all, whatever the country you live in.”From the number of hours we work to the principle of a fair wage and protection for injured or sick workers, these and many other social benefits and workplace rights that people from many nations take for granted, are the fruit of ILO’s intervention on the global stage.Its work to improve labour laws and standards worldwide is symbolized by a triple-locking gate at its former headquarters in Geneva – now the home of the World Trade Organization (WTO) – whose keys are marked separately with each partner: governments, workers and employers.Mr Ryder recalled that ILO’s role in promoting international peace through social justice was seen by some as a “wild dream” – a phrase first used by US President Franklin Roosevelt, ahead of the US decision to join the body in 1934.Here’s what President Roosevelt said at the time: “I well remember that in those days the ILO was still a dream. To many it was a wild dream. Who had ever heard of governments getting together to raise the standards of labour on an international plane? Wilder still was the idea that the people themselves who were directly affected – the workers and the employers of the various countries – should have a hand with government in determining these labour standards.” Born out of war and unrestIn 1919, the task of drafting the ILO Constitution was entrusted to a Labour Commission that was set up by Member States who took part in the Treaty of Versailles, which demanded reparations from a defeated Germany after the First World War.The Commission met between January and April to write the Constitution, whose preamble highlights “unrest so great that the peace and harmony of the world are imperilled” – a reference to workers’ demands that the peace settlement should include measures for fairer working conditions, promoted through labour legislation and trade union rights. Amid such fears of potentially explosive social unrest – and with ILO’s place in the maintenance of peace clearly defined – the first International Labour Conference attended by 40 countries – was held in the U.S. capital, Washington DC, from October to November 1919.Then, as now, international labour standards were adopted and crafted into international treaties, spelling out the actions to be taken and the principles to be respected by the countries that ratify them.These standards are one of ILO’s principal means of action and influence in the world of work, helping to create a level playing field in which governments, employers and workers compete fairly, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder believes.“It is surely not beyond our capacities to build the future of work that we want, a future with decent jobs for all,” he said.This vision “and the political will that goes with it” are needed as never before, Mr Ryder insisted, “because for too many people, the world of work falls far short of their reasonable expectations”.  Noting that the ILO has “100 years of accumulated experience and expertise” and “decades of experience” in bringing about improvements in the world of work for many decades, Mr Ryder added that he believed “that (political) determination is very much present in the ILO’s constituents”. read more

Why do Catholic cardinals wear scarlet for the conclave

first_imgTHE SCARLET VESTMENTS of the 115 cardinals sitting in the Sistine Chapel today are an outward symbol of their rank in the Roman Catholic Church as electors of the pope.The “Princes of the Church” normally wear a black cassock with red buttons, but don the scarlet cassocks, birretas (skullcaps) and mozzettas (short capes) for the duration of the conclave.The colour symbolises blood and the churchmen’s willingness to die for their faith, metaphorically as the “body” of the Church until the new pope is elected.The cardinals also wear a large ring, usually of sapphire.Like the senators of the Roman Empire, who were considered “part of the emperor’s body”, cardinals are the “senate” of the Church and since the 12th century have been considered “part of the pope’s body”.In Roman times, the title “cardinalis” was given to officers of the crown, army generals and prefects in Asia and Africa.Within the Church, cardinals were originally members of the Rome clergy, below the bishop of Rome whom they elected.Under Gregorian reforms in the 11th century, Pope Nicolas II clarified their status and gave them a ranking above other bishops of the Church.In 1181, Rome’s cardinals became the sole electors of the pope.The Vatican newspaper on Sunday published a dress code for the cardinals covering the pre-conclave mass and the conclave itself.The “note” in Sunday’s Osservatore Romano stresses that vestments are outward signs of the Church’s power denoting each clergyman’s rank in the hierarchy from pope down to simple parish priest.Until a new “instruction” in 1969, cardinals wore the galero, a big flat hat with 10 tassels on each side, to the ceremony that creates cardinals, known as a consistory.- © AFP, 2013Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?>Here’s a secret only the new pope will see…>last_img read more

Be wise with Lease Police

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram From inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business?The Lease Police was founded by Peter Macaulay and I in 2000. It was a direct result of my retail experience, having owned and operated stores for 10 years and Peter’s experience as a centre manager for the big shopping centres. The advocacy fills a dire need for small business operators to have specialist advice specific to retail leasing prior to and during a business’s lease term. We initially operated from home offices for two years and specialised in representing small operators that needed advice and representation against landlords in a cost effective manner which most solicitors can’t provide. The business eventually moved to a full office with a support staff and represents retailers in all major cities around Australia.We have excellent and current information on the Web Site and our enquiry rate continues to grow exponentially solely based on business referrals, as we have never advertised. The Leasewise Group was started four years ago to handle the further work of major companies such as Tattersalls, Fernwood, VANA (All Victorian Authorised Newsagents) with their growth and maintenance of Retail Leases whilst the Lease Police specialises in alternate dispute resolution.What is your vision for the future of your business?My vision is to have more interaction for basic enquiries and advice through IT and for our service to be available to every retail business in Australia like an RACV Membership. Each retail site can then call on the ‘break down’ hot line when there is a problem or have an assessment provided prior to entering a lease or buying a business.Has your Greek Australian background played any role in your business?My Greek background is pivotal to my drive and success. Having grown up in the back of shops my parents ran the entrepreneurial drive and work ethic started there. The fact that my parents (like most Greeks) took risks to get ahead is vital to how I approach business.What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?Our business is unique in that it does not have any real competition. Some consultant companies have attempted to do what we do but nobody has come close to the spirit and drive and ultimately the results we provide for our clients.How has the Global Financial Crisis impacted on your business?The GFC has probably seen our business grow even further as Australia already has too much retail and rents are already too high therefore the slow down means more people are getting into serious trouble and more people are requiring to use our services.Do you have any advice for businesses facing issues with their leases?Get good advice. Most issues can be addressed. Our business was born as a direct result of “professionals” telling me “you can’t do anything about it”. The worst thing in business in passivity, there is always something you can do. You need to empower yourself and go on the front foot.There are some good lawyers who are well versed in retail leasing legislation, however, their costs may be prohibitive. It costs nothing to send an enquiry through our website and we provide answers and strategies pretty quickly.last_img read more

Scott Hall works with talent at Performance Center Early look at The

first_img NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action WhatsApp WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Google+ WWE has uploaded a clip of Scott Hall recently visiting the Performance Center in Orlando and working with NXT talent. Hall noted it was his third time visiting and helping.You can check out the clip above courtesy of WWE.Early look at The Rock’s new Disney filmDwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted out a video on set, along with actress Emily Blunt, for the new Disney “Jungle Cruise” movie. Facebookcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Twitterlast_img read more