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Situation in West Bengal’s riot-hit Baduria town ‘tense but under control’

first_imgWhile the situation in Baduria in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas remained tense but under control, the political slug-fest over the Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi ‘summoning’ Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee  and her subsequent reaction continued for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.Leader of the Trinamool Congress Legislature Party Partha Chatterjee said that the party has written to President Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressing strong reservations to Governor’s call. “If the Governor does not express regret over the developments, we will be forced to take strong decision,” Mr. Chatterjee said, adding any attack on Ms. Banerjee will not be ignored.  “We did not expect the Governor to act beyond his Constitutional limitations,” he said.Defending the Governor, BJP State president Dilip Ghosh said that the Governor was within its rights to speak to the Chief Minster over the developments. He went on to say that it is Ms. Banerjee who should apologise for making the details of conversation between the two public. He also sought to know why the State delayed in seeking central forces.The Left Front has demanded that all-party meeting be convened on the situation in Baduria and Basirhat. Communist Party of India (Marxist) MP Modh Salim said that it is not a personal issues between the Chief Minister and Government but more important is that peace and amity be restored.With the TMC mounting its attack on the Governor, experts fear that the situation may create legislative bottle neck. “It is totally incumbent on the Centre on who will be the Governor and how long his or her term can be.  While there has been instances of rift between the Constitutional head, the Governor and head of the Government Chief Minister in the past there has been no instance when Chief Minister has held a press conference against Governor,” Biswanath Chakraborty, head of Department of Political Science, Rabindra Bharati University, said.  Meanwhile, with four companies of Border Security Force (BSF) there was a huge deployment of security forces in the strife-torn areas in State’s North 24 Parganas which has been on boil over the past few days over a Facebook post.Though the blockades have been lifted  shops and commercial establishment remained closed in Baduria and adjoining areas.  Prohibitory orders under Section 144  of CrPC have been imposed in the area.  Along with area domination the police and security forces are also making public announcements to maintain peace in the area.last_img read more

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Knicks’ Enes Kanter says anyone against Turkey president is a ‘target’

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. (FILES) In this file photo taken on January 1, 2018, Enes Kanter of the New York Knicks plays the Denver Nuggets in Denver, Colorado. – Kanter, staying home from an NBA game JUanuary 17, 2019, in London over safety fears, ripped Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a Washington Post column on January 15. Kanter, who says he receives death threats for his complaints against Erdogan, said he refused to join the Knicks on the trip to Britain for a game against the Washington Wizards because he worried Erdogan might have him kidnapped or killed. (Photo by MATTHEW STOCKMAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, staying home from an NBA game Thursday in London over safety fears, ripped Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a Washington Post column Tuesday.Kanter, who says he receives death threats for his complaints against Erdogan, said he refused to join the Knicks on the trip to Britain for a game against the Washington Wizards because he worried Erdogan might have him kidnapped or killed.ADVERTISEMENT “Anyone who speaks out against him is a target. I am definitely a target. And Erdogan wants me back in Turkey where he can silence me,” the 26-year-old Turkish standout wrote in an opinion essay on the newspaper’s website.Kanter says he is often told to “keep calm and play ball” rather than speak out against Erdogan, but said he prefers the philosophy of former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the pre-game US anthem to protest racial inequality and social injustice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I can’t risk traveling overseas. Even if I did, I wouldn’t travel this week to Britain, where I easily could be kidnapped or killed by Turkish agents,” he wrote.“Erdogan’s arms are long. He hunts down anyone who opposes him. In 2017, his security team —- or thugs, as The Post’s editorial board described them —- even beat up peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington.“The situation in Turkey has been very bad since a failed coup attempt in 2016. Erdogan unleashed a massive purge, firing more than 100,000 public-sector workers and imprisoning more than 50,000 people. These people are not criminals. They include judges, academics and journalists. Erdogan thinks free speech is dangerous, and he accuses critics of being terrorists.”Kanter, 26, recounted being on the run from police in Indonesia and fearing he might be sent to Turkey when he arrived in Romania. After help from US lawmakers to get back into the United States, Kanter learned a Turkish arrest warranted for him had been issued.“Turkish prosecutors want to put me in jail for four years for insulting Erdogan on Twitter. They claim I am a member of an ‘armed terrorist organization,’” Kanter wrote.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 3 teams pour in 140 points on high-scoring night in NBA PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I was lucky. Turkish business executives, educators and others around the world have been kidnapped or detained, and then deported back to Turkey by governments eager to stay in Erdogan’s good graces.“Erdogan is a strongman and I knew there would be a backlash for the things I’ve said about him and the Turkish government, but I didn’t know it would be like this.”‘Dictator is wrecking Turkey’Kanter said he skipped last year’s Human Rights Foundation Freedom Forum in Oslo for reasons similar to those keeping him off the court this week in England.“I receive many death threats. I used to love walking around New York City alone, but I can’t do that anymore. My friends and family in Turkey could be arrested just for talking to me,” he wrote.“My decision not to travel to London was difficult from a competitive standpoint but much easier from a safety one. It helps puts a spotlight on how a dictator is wrecking Turkey — people have been killed, thousands are unjustly imprisoned and countless lives have been ruined. That is no game.” Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ SPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The advice I prefer comes from Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ad campaign: ‘Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,’” Kanter wrote.Kanter said Erdogan uses global law-enforcement group Interpol “as a tool for having his critics arrested in other countries” and worried because he lacks US citizenship or a US passport. 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Halle Open: Roger Federer cruises past defending champ Florian Mayer into semis

first_imgTop seed Roger Federer reached the Halle Open semi-finals on Friday, beating defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4 and edging closer to a ninth title at the Wimbledon tune-up event.The 18-time grand slam champion, whose last title at Halle was in 2015, skipped the entire claycourt season after winning the Australian Open and claiming titles at Indian Wells and Miami this year, to prepare for grass.He will now face rapidly rising talent Karen Khachanov, who won his all-Russian quarter-final against Andrey Rublev 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-3 to reach his first tour semi-final of the year.Federer, who has yet to drop a set in Halle after crashing out of Stuttgart in his first match back last week, limited his serve-and-volley game against the German who is a fine returner and Mayer was broken quickly as his opponent won the first set.The 33-year-old Mayer squandered two break points at 1-0 in the second set and paid the price as Federer broke again and never relinquished his advantage to win in just over an hour.Frenchman Richard Gasquet also reached the last four, edging past Dutchman Robin Haase, who had eliminated second seed Dominic Thiem in the previous round, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 and looked to be hitting top grasscourt form at just the right time.Gasquet will now play the winner of the last quarter-final between local favourite Alexander Zverev and Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut later on Friday.last_img read more

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New core and API seek to meld multiple AI engines

first_img Continue Reading Previous nVent completes acquisition of Eldon enclosures businessNext Farnell: Avnet SmartEdge Industrial IoT gateway now available Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, Digital Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.center_img BRUSSELS, Belgium — A serious number of AI chip startups, many gunning for the automotive market, have popped up in the last few years, but there has been a counterpoint. OEMs and Tier Ones are reportedly eager to design home-grown AI chips — much like Tesla’s groundbreaking development of its own “full self-driving (FSD) computer” chips.If the latter case is the trend, where does it leave IP core licensors like Ceva, Inc.? And what should they do next?First and foremost, they must increase the performance of their licensable IP cores designed for AI architecture. They need, above all, to make their neural network cores even more irresistible to SoC designers.Perhaps even more important is to ensure that their IP cores do not get designed out. They must avoid the risk of their IP cores getting replaced by nouvelle AI processors developed by startups or car OEMs.In what might be viewed as a preemptive strike, Ceva came here with two announcements demonstrating it’s achieving those objectives.At the AutoSens, opening this week in Brussels, Ceva rolled out its second-generation edge AI processor architecture for deep neural network inferencing. Called “NeuPro-S,” the new AI architecture includes “a number of system-aware enhancements that deliver significant performance improvements,” claimed Ceva.In parallel, Ceva unveiled what it calls its CDNN (Ceva Deep Neural Network) Invite API, a deep neural network compiler technology designed to support not only Ceva’s own NeuPro cores but also third-party neural network engines in a single, unified neural network architecture.As neural networks continue to advance, Yair Siegel , director of segment marketing at Ceva, told EE Times that car OEMs and Tier Ones want to “see a flexible AI architecture” that allows third-party neural network solutions for specific use cases, in addition to NeuPro cores, under one roof.Click here for larger imageConcept for CDNN Invite (Source: Ceva)Concept for CDNN Invite (Source: Ceva) Mike Demler, senior analyst at The Linley Group, described the CDNN-Invite as “an interface that allows mapping the customer’s AI accelerator into the same computational graph alongside NeuPro, so that it can be run by the same host controller.” Demler sees Ceva’s advantage in its ability to build on an established foundation. He called Ceva’s “CDNN-Invite” feature “novel.”Ceva claimed that the CDNN-Invite would create a much needed “open environment” for AI architecture, as opposed to “Nvidia whose architecture is completely closed.”Demler, however, questioned if that is entirely true, if you look at system-level solutions. He pointed out, “Actually, if you’re using Nvidia’s GPU as an accelerator in a heterogeneous system, the software framework is completely open to plug in other engines. Audi’s zFAS system, for example, uses both EyeQ and [Nvidia’s] Tegra processors. It’s not a problem.Jeff VanWashenova, director of the automotive market segment at Ceva, responded, “The difference here with CDNN-Invite API is we are allowing other neural network engines to be on the same silicon” with NeuPro.Demler acknowledged that Ceva is “making it easier for customers that already use their IP to extend it,” by allowing third-party accelerators to be inside a single neural network engine.NeuPro-S Ceva’s NeuPro-S consists of a NeuPro-S engine and Ceva-XM, a fully programmable vector DSP.The strength of NeuPro-S is that “the fully programmable CEVA-XM6 vision DSP incorporated in the NeuPro-S architecture facilitates simultaneous processing of imaging, computer vision and general DSP workloads in addition to AI runtime processing.” This unified imaging, computer vision and AI combo is the key, explained Siegel.As more people dabble with neural networks, they are beginning to realize that not all imaging/visual tasks should be left to AI. Imaging tasks such as wide-angles and SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping), for example, are better handled by traditional computer-vision algorithms, explained Ceva’s Siegel. After images are cleaned up, then, they are handed over to an AI engine. AI is better suited to perform functions like segmentation, detection and object classification.Click here for larger imageNeuPro-S, Single Core System Diagram (Source: Ceva)NeuPro-S, Single Core System Diagram (Source: Ceva) But the biggest improvements in NeuPro-S come from its “memory optimized design,” noted Ceva’s Siegel. By extending support for multi-level memory systems, NeuPro-S “reduces costly transfers with external SDRAM,” while it provides “multiple weight compression options.”More specifically, weight compression is achieved by retraining and compression via CDNN (offline) and decompression via the NeuPro-S engine (real-time). Further, by enabling seamless use of L2 memory types, internal memory improves. It also features robust DMA and the local memory system by optimizing parallel processing and memory fetching to minimize overheads. This means that NeuPro-S does not draw power from a main computer.All these memory optimization design results in “on average 50% higher performance, 40% lower memory bandwidth and 30% lower power consumption, when compared to CEVA’s first-generation AI processor,” Ceva claimed.The NeuPro-S family includes NPS1000, NPS2000 and NPS4000, pre-configured processors with 1000, 2000 and 4000 8-bit MACs respectively per cycle. The NPS4000, for example, featuring up to 4096 8×8 MACs, offers the highest CNN performance per single core with up to 12.5 TOPS at 1.5Ghz. The company said that it is “fully scalable to reach up to 100 TOPS.”last_img read more

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KXIP hat-trick hero Sam Curran: Fans who left early would be very disappointed

first_imgDelhi Capitals were cruising to victory with Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram at the crease during their 62-run fourth-wicket partnership in the 167 run chase against Kings XI Punjab. But the game changed within a couple of deliveries as Pant lost his middle stump to a Mohammed Shami yorker in the 17th over.Delhi Capitals were 144 for 3 before Pant got out. They lost their last 7 wickets for 8 runs to eventually lose the match by 14 runs against Kings XI Punjab at the IS Bindra stadium in Mohali on Monday night.Sam Curran and Mohammed Shami were the wreckers-in-chief for the home side with the England all-rounder finishing with 4 wickets for 11 runs in 2.2 overs while the Indian speedster bagged a couple of wickets in his second spell.Curran ended up taking a hat-trick to become the youngest player in the history of the IPL to achieve the feat. The record was held by Rohit Sharma, who is now captain of Mumbai Indians. In 2009, Rohit had taken a hat-trick at the age of 22 years and 6 days.He had picked up the wicket of Harshal Patel with the final ball of the 18th over and then returned in the final over to remove Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane to complete his hat-trick, something which he didn’t realise himself until a teammate came and informed him.”I had no idea I had taken a hat-trick. My main focus was that last over when Rabada came and I knew his strengths and where I could bowl. I was always aiming for the stumps and toes.advertisement”When we won the game one of the players came up to me and told me about the hat-trick. I had absolutely no idea I had taken one,” Sam Curran said.First HATTRICK of #VIVOIPL 2019 @CurranSMWhat a comeback this from @lionsdenkxipin as they win by 14 runs in Mohali. (@IPL) April 1, 2019Fans had started to leave the IS Bindra stadium in the final stages of the match as Delhi were cruising towards victory. Little did they know that Shami and Curran would change the course of the game within 16 balls and register one of the most memorable wins for Kings XI Punjab.Curran said he felt sorry for the fans who went home early. “The crowd was so loud towards the end. I actually saw some of the fans leaving the stadium when DC needed 30 off 28, I’m sure those fans that went home are going to be very disappointed that they missed a great Punjab win,” Sam Curran said.Some bhangra moves there, courtesy @realpreityzinta & @CurranSM (@IPL) April 1, 2019Curran had also smashed 20 off 10 balls with the bat as he opened the innings for KXIP in the absence of the injured Chris Gayle. He was adjudged man-of-the-match for his all-rounder show.The 20-year-old however, refused to take the full credit for the win and said that it was actually Mohammed Shami who turned the tide in Punjab’s favour..@DelhiCapitals Skipper Shreyas Iyer calls it right at the toss and elects to bowl first against the @lionsdenkxip #KXIPvDC (@IPL) April 1, 2019″We had a few game plans for their batters. We were very lucky that Shami changed the game when he got Pant out. Coming towards the end the game was almost gone but the boys showed a lot of fight.”The way Pant plays, he’s a very aggressive batsman, and we were very lucky to get him out at that stage. Then Ashwin’s run out of Chris Morris first ball was a huge turning point in the game. We know what Morris can do.”Bowling towards the end I just had one plan, the ball was reversing a bit. I didn’t want to give the batsmen any room and fire in as many yorkers as I could and luckily we managed to get a great win,” Sam Curran said.Also Read | KXIP vs DC: Sam Curran hat-trick scripts sensational win for KXIPAlso Read | Really speechless: Iyer fumes after Delhi lose 7 wickets for 8 runs vs Kings XI PunjabAlso Read | IPL 2019: Sam Curran does the Bhangra with Preity Zinta after taking hat-tricklast_img read more

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Strength of Sydney’s Bloods culture set to be tested after latest defeat

first_imgIn the AFL era, Sydney has been one of the league’s most consistent teams, failing to make the finals in only three seasons since 1996. In the 21st Century the Swans have won more games than any team not named Geelong. But after losing at the Gabba for the first time in a decade on Saturday night, they are facing an extended September holiday not experienced since they sold Warwick Capper to the Brisbane Bears for the price of a pink helicopter at the end of 1987.Sydney’s identity then was expressed by Dr Geoffrey Edelsten’s vanity-plated Lamborghinis and mink-covered examination tables, and it soon spiralled to consecutive wooden spoons in 1992 through 1994. With a culture reduced to hideous extravagance, the Swans could barely get 10,000 through the gates. Jack Steven takes another AFL break to manage mental health Share on WhatsApp But in this crucible of floggings, the Giants endured, and developed a culture that is the antithesis of the Edelsten era Swans – gnarled, gritty and through the likes of Toby Greene, ill-tempered. Even with the pure footballing class of Stephen Coniglio, Jeremy Cameron and Josh Kelly, the Giants have become a team that largely only their supporters could love, and you suspect that suits them just fine. As the writer Malcolm Knox has observed, it is a style that should take them a long way in establishing an enduring identity as the team of the west.The Swans have worked hard for many years to build such an identity, and you suspect an adherence to The Bloods culture will expedite the development of emerging footballers such as George Hewett, Oliver Florent and Will Hayward. Identity too is what rusts a supporter base to a club, and it is something largely forged by the adherence to a culture – particularly when times aren’t great.Sydney wasn’t the worst team on the weekend (envelope, please… Carlton!), but we are about to see if The Bloods culture is strong enough to deny their support that most dreaded of sporting insults – fair-weathered. Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Australia sport Topics Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. AFL Share on Messenger Australian rules footballcenter_img Since you’re here… Share via Email features Share on Facebook And then in 1995, Tony Lockett joined the Swans and rugby league tore itself apart. The Swans came good, making the grand final in 1996. But the greatest legacy of the Swans era of success would come seven years later with the introduction of The Bloods culture – a player-driven driven initiative that came of age with the 2005 premiership. The Bloods was a nod to the old South Melbourne, but for anyone of a football following age from the 1980s onward, it became the defining characteristic of the modern Sydney Swans.Sydney premiership player Luke Ablett said that the most important element of a successful football club culture wasn’t statistics, but the character traits you aspire to.“That might be training standards, recovery standards or what you go and do on a Saturday night. You establish those values and desired characteristics and decide how you want see yourself as a group.”But Ablett also knew that these things are ultimately reinforced by the success they bring.“…if the 2005 season had continued the way it was going after a 1-3 start, then The Bloods wouldn’t have lasted very long. It might have lasted three years and people would have said, ‘Well, that wasn’t the right way to do things’.” /info/2015/jun/05/guardian-australia-sport-newsletter-subscribe-by-email Can The Bloods be sustained through an era of moderate success, particularly when the Swans are getting smashed around the ball, something that defined its previous teams? Brisbane recorded 27 more contested possessions than Sydney in the third quarter, the highest differential for a single quarter in any game this season.If the culture of the Swans era which broke a 72-year-old premiership drought is to be sustained, it will be through players such as small forward Tom Papley. Taken in the 2016 rookie draft, Papley is part of Sydney’s eight-man leadership group and on Saturday was one of the few positives in a dirty night for the Swans, kicking four goals, including one after a big hit from Brisbane’s Oscar McInerny, a man a good 27cm taller and 30kg heavier.In a young side (Sydney owns the AFL’s fourth youngest list), there can often appear to be wild fluctuations in effort, but it is not evident in Papley, whose unbridled intensity makes him come across as that annoying kid who treats training like it’s the third world war.“He just keeps having a go, Paps,” said Sydney coach John Longmire. “That effort, going back in front of a big bloke coming out, was huge, absolutely huge, and it saved us a goal. That’s the standard that is required over a consistent four-quarter performance. To do that and still kick a goal afterwards was really gutsy.”Whatever it is, the Swans will need to maintain a strong identity in a market where they now have competition. Supporters south of the Barassi line saw Greater Western Sydney as an artificial team, not “born in blood and boots” but in “AFL focus groups” (poetry has been subjected to various humiliations over the years, but perhaps none as cruel as its abuse on football club banners). Nevertheless, traditional football fans rubbernecked the living hell out of teams lining up to belt those early Giants by 10, 15, 20 goals. Losers. We love them. ‘Jesaulenko, you beauty’: sports commentator Mike Williamson dies at 90 Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Sydney Swans Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Neymar, Mbappe feature heavily in PSG home kit reveal

first_imgStar forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both featured heavily in Paris Saint-Germain’s launch of their new home kit for 2019-20, despite speculation surrounding their futures with the Ligue 1 champions. Neymar has been heavily linked with a return to Barcelona this off season, while Mbappe has emerged as a reported target for Real Madrid.However, it seems PSG expect the stars to be at Parc des Princes next season with the duo front and centre of their home kit reveal on Sunday.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare It’s here! Check out the new @PSG_English jersey for the / season!Welcome @All  #ICICESTPARIS — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) June 30, 2019 Mbappe scored 33 Ligue 1 goals in 2018-19 and Neymar netted 15 as PSG finished 16 points clear at the top of the French first division.Neymar appears the more likely of the two to leave, with Barcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner recently confirming the Brazil forward wanted to return to Camp Nou.La Liga president Javier Tebas has however come out against a possible transfer for the PSG star. “I prefer that Neymar does not return to Barca,” Tebas told Onda Cero.”We always want to bring great players, but in the case of Neymar that behaviour is not good for the competition because in the end the news is if the player has done this or that.”We have worked a lot in La Liga to maintain the values and we don’t want to change the image. He can be a great player, but the behaviour is very important in the values we transmit in the competition.” PSG meanwhile have shown no indication of letting Mbappe leave anytime soon with president Nasser Al-Khelaifi declaring he will remain in France. “Will he still be at PSG next year? I am not 100% sure but 200%! I will not let go of this player,” Al-Khelaifi told France Football. “He wants to be more involved in our project, to grow with the team and the club. “But I explained to him that what he wants, he does not need to ask for. We must go and hit those targets and sometimes even tear them away.” PSG are set to begin their pre-season later this month with new coach Thomas Tuchel taking the squad to Germany before a tour of China where they’ll take on Inter, Sydney FC and Stade Rennais.last_img read more

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Parrot worlds endangered heavyweight faces new threat

first_imgWellington: An unprecedented disease outbreak has pushed the critically endangered kakapo, the world’s fattest parrot, closer to extinction, New Zealand scientists said Thursday. One of the last kakapo populations on remote Codfish Island has been hit with a fungal respiratory disease called aspergillosis, the Department of Conservation (DOC) said. It said 36 of the parrots were receiving treatment and seven had died, including two adults — a huge loss for a species which has less than 150 fully grown birds left. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”Aspergillosis is having a devastating impact on kakapo,” the DOC said in a statement Thursday. The setback comes just weeks after scientists hailed a bumper breeding season for the flightless, nocturnal bird, which was once thought to be extinct. An intense, decades-long conservation effort has seen kakapo numbers slowly rise from a low of about 50 in 1990, and earlier this year there was hope the species was turning the corner. The breeding programme resulted in 249 eggs laid, fuelling expectations at least 75 chicks would survive the year, more than double the previous record. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaBut Auckland Zoo veterinarian James Chatterton said efforts were now focussed on saving the birds infected by aspergillosis, which before this year was known to have killed just one kakapo. “It’s an unprecedented threat and we’re working really hard to understand why it’s happened this year,” he told TVNZ. “Our working theory at the moment is that it’s this year’s climate — it’s been a really warm year down south.” The hypothesis is that the warm weather and crowded breeding nests on Codfish Island have led to an abundance of aspergillosis spores. The plump, green kakapo — the name means “night parrot” in Maori — was once so common an early European explorer said they could be shaken from the trees like apples. Numbers fell as introduced pests such as stoats, cats and dogs hunted the ground-dwelling birds, which can weight up to four kilograms (nine pounds). Their slow breeding further harmed the kakapo’s chances of survival, as they only mate every two to four years when New Zealand’s native rimu trees are full of fruit.last_img read more

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BJP looks to present itself as viable strong force in Southern states

first_imgNew Delhi: Strengthening its presence in southern states is high on the BJP’s agenda which is focusing on wooing leaders from rival parties and infusing its organisation with new leadership to boost its presence there.The appointment of Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan as Telangana governor will pave the way for ushering in a new leadership in the Dravidian state, a party leader noted.The BJP has already undertaken a big expansion drive in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana by bringing influential leaders, especially from the TDP, into its ranks. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Despite the surge the BJP has seen in popular support across the country during the recent Lok Sabha polls, its footprint has not expanded in a similar manner in southern states, barring Karnataka where it has long been a strong presence.The party failed to win a single seat in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, which together have 84 constituencies. Its tally fell to zero from two in Andhra but it improved its show in Telangana by winning four seats against the one it had in 2014. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSince then the BJP has worked to induct a number of rival leaders in Telangana in order to emerge as a strong challenger to the ruling TRS in the state and has embarked on a similar exercise in Andhra Pradesh.A senior BJP leader told PTI that the decline of the Congress and the Left across the country has made circumstances ripe for the saffron party’s rise in a state like Kerala. The BJP believes that there is also a “political vacuum” in Tamil Nadu following the death of two feuding stalwarts, Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi, he said. “There is space. It is now up to us to present ourselves as a viable strong force. Local leadership will have a crucial role to play,” he said.Many in the party believe that the recent appointment of B L Santhosh as the national general secretary (organisation) underscores the leadership’s drive to strengthen its presence in these sates.As joint general secretary (organisation), Santhosh, who hails from Karnataka, was in charge of the party’s affairs in the south before he was elevated.last_img read more

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Shanghai welcomes Toronto ensemble to New Music Week with doors and ears

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Midori Koga, piano, Gregory Oh, keyboards, Dan Morphy, percussion, Ryan Scott, percussion, of Ensemble Soundstreams performing Nicole Lizée’s Promises, Promises in the Music of North America concert at the Shanghai New Music Week (SOUNDSTREAMS) SHANGHAI – The music conservatory stands on a busy side street behind gilded iron gates, not a single building but a campus, with a steady stream of students flowing through.Since the gates seem routinely open and since the security guard seldom looks up, there is nothing penal about the atmosphere at China’s oldest facility for the making of musicians.It is so welcoming, in fact, that Toronto’s Soundstreams Ensemble was invited over the last month to take part in Shanghai New Music Week, an international festival of contemporary music held under its auspices for the past 11 years. The Torontonians kept good company in Shanghai, appearing alongside international-class colleagues from Paris, Amsterdam, and Athens, performing before overwhelmingly young audiences, and to Soundstreams fell the particular responsibility of representing North American music, presenting works by three Canadians, R. Murray Schafer, Nicole Lizée and Juliet Palmer, and two Americans, John Cage and Steve Reich. Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Just as Chinese musicians represent an increasing presence in western concert halls, the Middle Kingdom, as it used to be known, is admitting increasing numbers of their western counterparts to perform and teach.An anniversary volume published a few years ago by Shanghai’s Grand Theatre pictures a large number of top-tier visiting western artists, from pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy to the seemingly inevitable tenor/baritone Placido Domingo, so when Soundstreams turned up on the conservatory’s stages no heads turned. Advertisementlast_img read more

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During suicide debate Justice Minister says its time for First Nations to

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsJustice Minster Jody Wilson-Raybould said Tuesday the Trudeau Liberal government aims to “complete the unfinished business of Confederation” and replace the Indian Act with a “reconciliation framework” that would outlast the life of this administration.Wilson-Raybould didn’t lead the government side in an emergency debate held late into the night which was triggered by a suicide crisis gripping the small fly-in community of Attawapiskat in Ontario’s James Bay region. Yet, her speech was the only one that revealed the extent of the historical vision the Trudeau government has when it comes to reshaping the relationship between the state and the original inhabitants on this land.The Liberals aim to do nothing less than scrap the Indian Act. In its place the government wants to create a new relationship based on section 35 of the Constitution, which guarantees Aboriginal rights, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), according to Wilson-Raybould.“We need to ensure we breathe life into section 35 and that we complete the unfinished business of Confederation,” said Wilson-Raybould. “If we do so we will have a strong and appropriate governance in First Nation communities wherein they have moved beyond the Indian Act.”For about five-and-a-half hours on Tuesday evening, the House of Commons, the centre of political life in Canada, turned its full attention to the dark and painful suicide epidemic that seems to cycle through northern First Nation communities.The latest is Attawapiskat which declared a state of emergency Saturday after recording 11 suicide attempts in a 24-hour period.NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding includes Attawapiskat, called for the debate to not only discuss the Cree community, but also similar tragedies that have hit other First Nation communities: Pimicikamak Cree Nation which declared a state of emergency last month after suffering six suicides and 140 attempts in the span of two months and La Loche, Sask., a Dene community that suffered a school shooting that left four dead in January.Wilson-Rayboud, a former regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, who is now the country’s top lawyer, wove her own life experience and political track record in a speech that traced the roots of the suicide crisis to the 140-year-old Indian Act. Her speech laid out the thinking behind much of the symbolism and language the Trudeau government has employed whenever it communicates about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state.“I am proud to be an Indigenous person and stand up in this honourable house and speak to this important issue,” she said. “Indigenous peoples in this country are at an important junction in our history as they seek to deconstruct their colonial legacy and rebuild their communities….Only the colonized can decolonize themselves and change is not easy.”Wilson-Raybould then attacked the Indian Act.“It is not easy to remove the shackles of 140 years of life under the Indian Act. Our government, and I hope all members of this honourable house, is committed to ensuring, in partnership with Indigenous peoples, to do just that,” she said. “For Attawapiskat and for all First Nations, the Indian Act is not a suitable system of government, it is not consistent with the rights enshrined in our constitution, the principles as set out in (UNDRIP) or calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. In addition to the need for social and economic support, urgently needed in Attawapiskat and all First Nations, all Indigenous peoples need to be empowered to take back control of their own lives.”Then, Wilson-Raybould described the scale of the project as nothing short of historical in a portion of her speech addressed directly to Indigenous peoples.“Indigenous peoples, the challenge is not easy, it is complex, indeed for far too long it has been ignored as a task as too difficult and monumental, but we can and must do better. This work is non-partisan, it is broader than the department of Justice and did not just fall to the department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs,” she said. “The nation-to-nation relationship is one of the most challenging public policy issues of our time and I challenge all members of this House to work with us in building this relationship. There are no quick fixes to these issues, a substantive nation-to-nation discussion with Indigenous peoples is needed. We need to sit down and work jointly to ensure Indigenous communities are strong and healthy and in charge and in control of their own destiny.”There were about 20 NDP MPs, from a caucus of 44, in the chamber during the debate at various points, and about 50 Liberal MPs from a caucus of 184. The Conservatives had the lowest number attend, with about five scattered throughout their party’s 98-seat section in the House of Commons. Their numbers jumped to 11 when their Aboriginal affairs critic Cathy McLeod stood up for her turn in the debate and most sat around her for the benefit of the House of Commons camera.When the debate began, MPs from all sides said they wanted Tuesday night to be a turning point, the debate to finally end the debates about another crisis crippling another First Nation.Angus compared the current suicide crisis as Canada’s “Alan Kurdi” moment, referring to the image of the body of the three-year-old Syrian refugee child who drowned in September after a failed attempt to reach Europe.“It shocked the world,” said Angus, who triggered the emergency debate. “This is our moment….Tonight might be the beginning of a change in our country and that is what I am asking us to come together to do.”Angus’ voice, with emotion seeping in at the edges, read out messages from First Nation youths he recently received, including the words of Abigail Mattinas, from Constance Lake First Nation, who said she wanted to bring “light in a dark time.”NDP MP Georgina Jolibois spoke after Angus and said suicide attempts were starting to rise in La Loche, which sits in her riding, as a result of the January shooting. Jolibois said youth were not getting the help they needed. She said many youth were showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the shooting.“But they have no one to turn to and nowhere to go,” she said. “The families are left alone on their own to mend for themselves and take care of their problems…Young people, children and their families when they are feeling the effects of PTSD they need to go to the health centre or the band office or clinic and say I need to speak to someone because I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed. They walk in and there is no one to talk to them.”Health Minister Jane Philpott said during the debate that she believed those supports should still be there in La Loche, but would discuss the issue with Jolibois. She said the Liberal government would this year be investing $300 million in mental health and wellness in Indigenous communitiesPhilpott began her Commons speech with the data: First Nation male youth suicide rates are 10 times higher than male non-Indigenous youth; First Nation female youth suicide rates are 21 times than their non-Indigenous counterparts; Inuit male youth rates are 35 times higher than their Canadian counterparts.“It is a staggering reality, it is completely unacceptable,” she said. “When I think there are communities in our country where young people as young as my young 15-year-old daughter and even younger than that, when there are young people in groups are decided that there is no hope their future, we must do better…tonight has to be a turning point for us as a country.”Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, who was praised for her passion by MPs during the debate, became emotional as she recounted her last trip to Attawapiskat when she was an in opposition and the community was in the midst of a housing crisis.“I was thinking of my trip to Attawapiskat in one of those terrible homes and seeing this 10-month-old baby on the bed and just thinking that that baby can’t pay for whatever else is going on around, that baby deserves a chance,” said Bennett.Bennett, who at one point referred to herself as the “minister of reconciliation,” said “these communities need hope” and the children need to know “they are valued and have value.” Bennett said she was hoping by the end of the debate that all Canadians would lift these communities up.“Suicide is not a consequence of individual vulnerability,” she said. “It is about the causes of the causes.”She then listed many of the causes of the causes, including racism, Indian residential schools, colonialization, child abuse, over-crowded houses, lack of health services, lack of clean water and healthy food.“There is no single answer to addressing this,” said Bennett.In her speech, Bennett also discussed the child welfare system, “where we have more children in care than at the height of residential schools.” She also raised the issue of child abuse.“We have to talk out loud about that now,” said Bennett, referring to an Anglican priest who abused 500 children in Ontario’s James Bay region.“This is 20 years of abuse in that region,” she said. “This is not difficult to understand, to make the links.”The Conservatives took a different tack. While for a moment it seemed that the party’s Aboriginal affairs critic Cathy McLeod would continue to focus on the suicide crisis facing First Nations by recounting her first week on the job as a nurse in a First Nation community facing three suicides, she eventually shifted gears.“Moving back from the First Nation Transparency Act is a terrible disservice to band members,” said MacLeod.The Transparency Act was passed by the Stephen Harper government which forced band councils to publicly release their financial information. While the Act has not been repealed, the Liberal government has pulled back from court action to force non-complying First Nations to release the information.The issue was raised repeatedly by Conservative MPs during the debate.“To me this is a critical one step,” said McLeod. “We shine the light for communities to actually look at their leadership and what their leadership is doing.”MacLeod also said her party remained unapologetic about refusing, while in government, to move forward with $1.9 billion in education investment after First Nation chiefs refused to support accompanying legislation.“There should be some equal work done, not only is there money, but we are going to create a structure that is going achieve results we want to achieve,” she said, responding to a question from Edmonton NDP MP Linda Duncan.However, long-time Nova Scotia MP Bill Casey, who left the Conservatives and ran under the Liberal banner in the last election, summed up the sentiment of many MPs present in the House of Commons throughout the evening.“I was elected 28 years ago for the first time,” said Nova Scotia Liberal MP Bill Casey. “One of the first debates we had was this debate we are having tonight about the plight of Aboriginals….Are we ready to help? Are we ready to do something? Every single one of us, so we don’t do this in another 28 years, so we don’t do this debate in another eight years. That is the question for all of us.”The debate was expected to wrap up at read more

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Talks alone can solve fishermen issue says Sri Lankan envoy

The Sri Lankan fishermen’s main allegation was that the Indian fishermen crossed the international maritime border and swept away all marine resources. “It is imperative that both sides understand each other as also the ground realities and act accordingly. Only talks can solve the tangle,” Natarajan said. A political solution has to be found for the problems facing the Indian fishermen in the Palk Strait, India’s Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka A Natarajan said in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.Speaking on the sidelines of a workshop at the Tamil University, Natarajan said that internal strife on the Island Nation in the past 30 years kept the Sri Lankan fishermen away from the seas but with peace returning to Sri Lanka, their fishermen too have come out in a significant manner, The Hindu newspaper reported. The Deputy High Commissioner mentioned that the governments of the two nations would facilitate a smooth dialogue between Indian and Lankan fishermen communities so that a lasting solution would be found to the benefit of both sides. Natarajan released the book Tamil Civilisation on the occasion while the Tamil University Vice-Chancellor G. Bhaskaran gifted on behalf of his institution more than 300 books to the Jaffna University. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Crude oil price drops and metals prices slide stocks retreat from 5year

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2013 3:56 pm MDT Crude oil price drops and metals prices slide, stocks retreat from 5-year high NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil fell Wednesday as a drop in metals commodities overflowed to crude markets and U.S. stocks retreated from five-year highs.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery lost $1.88, or two per cent, to finish at US$95.22 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The March contract, which expires Wednesday, fell $2.20 to end at US$94.46 per barrel.Brent crude, used to price many international varieties of oil imported by U.S. refineries, fell $1.92 to finish at US$115.60 a barrel in London.Gold and other precious metals tumbled in Wednesday trading, and oil was dragged down by the commodities sell-off. Gold was down about $26, around two per cent, to $1,578 an ounce. Silver and platinum lost about three per cent.The stock market backed off Wednesday as well, with the major indexes lower after minutes from the last Fed meeting showed some concern about the risk in the central bank’s bond-buying stimulus policy.Also on Wednesday, the U.S. Commerce Department said housing starts slowed in January from December, although applications for building permits continued to rise, pointing to more recovery for the housing market this year.Many analysts expected the decline in January starts after a sharp rise in December, and most of the drop came in apartment construction. Single-family home starts were slightly higher last month.Oil prices were undercut by analysts’ expectations for higher U.S. crude supplies when the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration releases its weekly inventory report on Thursday. Analysts on average forecast a rise of two million barrels, according to Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, heating oil fell two cents to end at US$3.16 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), wholesale gasoline fell six cents to finish at US$3.06 a gallon and natural gas rose one cent to end at US$3.28 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

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Primary school head suspended after forming relationship with sex offender

first_imgA primary school head teacher was suspended after she formed a relationship with a convicted sex offender, a teacher misconduct panel heard.Lisa Johnson failed to inform Holy Family Catholic School in Small Heath, Birmingham, of her partner’s conviction for a child sex offence, it is alleged.The National College of Teaching and Learning also claim she did not put an end to the relationship even after she learnt of her partner’s criminal history. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Miss Johnson was suspended as head teacher last September when it was revealed she was in the relationship. She resigned during the suspension and now faces being barred from the teaching profession altogether.The panel heard that Miss Johnson did not believe the school should dictate “who she fell in love with” and that she spent 15 years working as a teacher “always putting her work first”.Miss Johnson was not present at the hearing and it was said that she has no intention of teaching again. The panel will decide whether Miss Johnson should be banned from working with children.Parents at Holy Family Catholic School received a letter from Mrs Mary Lynch, the school’s chair of governors, last month telling them about the upcoming hearing, the panel was told.The letter explained that the school had become aware that Miss Johnson “had potentially taken some decisions in her personal life that had brought in to question her ability to safeguard our children”.Mrs Lynch stressed that the pupils of Holy Family Catholic School were never in danger.”At no point did this matter impact the safety of our children; the children at Holy Family were completely safe at all times,” she said.The letter caused panic among parents of children at Holy Family School.One woman with three girls at the school said: “I have been debating this letter for two weeks. I have been very unhappy, thinking: were my kids in danger?”I don’t like to think bad of anyone and I want to know the facts of the matter. How are we to know if our kids were at risk?”The teacher misconduct panel hearing continues.center_img At no point did this matter impact the safety of our children; the children at Holy Family were completely safe at all timesLisa Johnsonlast_img read more

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Taoiseach backs Limerick bid for Gay Games

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY is lending his support to efforts to bring the 2018 Gay Games to LimerickThe city is vying with London and Paris for the right to host the games. If successful, some 10,000 participants from over 70 nations will arrive to take part in five years time, along with some 25,000 spectators.In a letter to the bid committee, Enda Kenny says that an Irish welcome can be guaranteed for everyone who attends, adding: “Ireland is waiting, Do come & join us”.The event started in San Francisco in 1982 and is held every four years. The games generally last over a week, and include 32 sporting categories, alongside cultural activities and opening and closing ceremonies.It’s anticipated the event would bring a boost of €50 million euro to the region in terms of tourism spend, according to organisers.The city will find out on 7 October if it’s been successful in it bid.Read: The 9 best Twitter suggestions for an Irish James Bond film >last_img read more

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Des minirequins préhistoriques auraient survécu à la grande extinction

first_imgDes mini-requins préhistoriques auraient survécu à la grande extinctionLes Cladodontomorphes, une lignée de requins qu’on croyait disparue lors du Permien, il y a 250 millions d’années, a en réalité vécu 120 millions d’années supplémentaires. C’est ce qu’ont révélé des dents fossilisées et retrouvées dans le sud de la France.Des paléontologues du Muséum de Genève et de l’Université de Montpellier ont découvert dans le Gard, dans un gisement fossilifère proche de Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort, des dents fossilisées de Cladodontomorphes. Il s’agit d’une lignée de petits requins ne dépassant pas 30 cm qu’on croyait disparue lors du Permien, il y a 250 millions d’années. Les six dents fossiles d’à peine 2 mm appartenaient à trois espèces différentes de Cladodontomorphes. Or, elles ont été découvertes dans des sédiments de roche datant du début du Crétacé (soit il y a environ 130 millions d’années), lorsque l’océan recouvrait l’actuelle région de Montpellier. Cette découverte, loin d’être anodine, montre ainsi que les requins de cette région ont survécu encore environ 120 millions d’années après la grande extinction du Permien. Survenue il y a 252 millions d’années, elle a décimé 95% des espèces marines et 70% des espèces vivants sur les continents.C’est pourquoi la découverte est aussi étonnante. Les fossiles ont été retrouvés dans des “sédiments qui se sont constitués dans une mer assez profonde”, explique Guillaume Guinot, un des paléontologues du Muséum de Genève cité par l’AFP. Ce spécialiste et ses collègues estiment donc que des espèces de Cladodontomorphes ont pu échapper à l’hécatombe en se réfugiant dans des eaux plus profondes. Des mini-requins à la morphologie extravaganteÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cette découverte “change notre vision de ce qu’a été cette extinction”, a indiqué Guinot à NBC News. La trouvaille suggère qu’il pourrait y avoir dans les dépôts de sédiments, bien d’autres poissons vivant dans les profondeurs que nous n’avons pas encore trouvé. Cela suggère aussi que “l’extinction n’a peut-être pas été aussi dramatique pour les poissons cartilagineux”.  Les Cladodontomorphes “n’étaient pas de grands prédateurs”. Ils possédaient des “morphologies extravagantes”, comme “une sorte de peigne dorsal” ou un “crochet au-dessus de la tête”, à la place de la nageoire dorsale. Ainsi, la découverte montre “l’intérêt des milieux marins profonds dans la compréhension de la biodiversité”, conclut M. Guinot.(crédits photo : Alain Beneteau) Le 30 octobre 2013 à 18:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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