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The Death Penalty Ordinance Only Serves to Worsen India’s Extradition Problem

first_imgIn 1991, a Goan orphanage was discovered to be the site of horrific and systemic sexual abuse of young children. Freddy Peats was running an orphanage called Gurukul in Margao in South Goa, from where innumerable pictures were discovered of over two thousand children being abused.Further investigation led the police to discover a gang of six foreign nationals who would routinely visit Peats’ orphanage and sexually abuse children. They were Zell Jurgen Andreas from Germany, Werner Wulf Ingo, an Australian citizen, Eoghan McBride from New Zealand, Nils Oscar Johnson, a Swedish national, Raymond Varley from Britain and Dominique Sebire from France.Read it at The Wire Related Itemslast_img read more

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Five reasons why India lost England series, No. 1 spot

first_imgM.S. Dhoni had to bear the insult of his first series loss and that too a 4-nil whitewash.The warriors are vanquished. The Test tour of England has spelt nothing but disaster for Indian cricket. From the word go, India floundered, then fell before being flattened. But to many, a few key mistakes forced the writing on the wall.  Mistake No 1 An undercooked Team India : Deprived of any quality rest, Team India has been on the road virtually every day in the recent past.  From a nerve-sapping World Cup to a draining IPL followed by the tour of Caribbean, a tired India were thrown into the deep end of the extreme English conditions with just a single warm-up game, truly under prepared before being out-rightly exposed.  Mistake No 2 Uninspired captaincy: He has been rightly hailed as captain courageous, guiding India from one triumph to another during his three seasons at the helm. But in England this summer, the Midas touch was missing. The leader was lying low, struggling to lift his side. No wonder, M.S. Dhoni had to bear the insult of his first series loss and that too a 4-nil whitewash. Mistake No 3 Injury mismanagement: It started with Zaheer Khan’s hamstring and ankle and ended with Virender Sehwag’s dodgy shoulder: Two of India’s prime match-winners, but two men who didn’t seem fit to be in the Indian eleven. While Zaheer paid the price for rushing back early, a reluctant Sehwag was forced to take field despite being only 80 per cent fit. Mistake No 4 Selection gaffes: While injuries can never be predicted, the best of sides are always ready with cover. But that’s an area India were seriously lacking in.  With Sehwag lying cold in India and Gambhir injured, the team was stranded at Trent Bridge without a second regular opener.  And then again, the BCCI delayed naming a replacement for the injured Zaheer despite the bowler limping out on Day 1 of the 1st Test. And what’s worse was: the selectors picked an unfit and off-colour R.P. Singh to add to India’s woes. Mistake No 5 Finally, the half-cooked technology on offer in the series hurt the Indians a lot more than the hosts.  After insisting on keeping LBWs out of the mix, the rub of the green went against India as they lost out on key decisions.advertisementlast_img read more

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Bataan survives Manila; Cardona powers San Juan

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants 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 Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Petron eyes 13th straight win Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I’ll take any win even if it’s ugly,” said Bataan coach Jojo Lastimosa, whose team can close out the series in Game 2 on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Later, Mac Cardona summoned his old, fiery form to carry San Juan to a resounding 94-86 win over Quezon City in Game 1 of their semifinal series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOn attack mode right from the start, Cardona fired a game-high 25 points on top of nine assists as the third-seeded Knights completed a wire-to-wire victory.Mike Ayonayon also delivered with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Knights, who can wrap up the series with a win at home on Thursday. Top seed Bataan survived a late onslaught from Manila and escaped with a thrilling 73-72 victory on Tuesday night to close in on a North division finals berth in the MPBL Datu Cup at Bataan People’s Center in Balanga, Bataan.The top seeded Risers nearly squandered a 21-point fourth quarter lead against the Stars, before getting a cushion basket from Gab Dagangon down the stretch to take the series opener.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ The Capitals drew a combined 59 points from guards Joco Tayongtong, Hesed Gabo and Andoy Estrella.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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India seeks SAARC bench for for 26/11 type terror cases

first_imgTo bring to justice perpetrators of trans-border terror attacks and crimes, a sitting judge of the Supreme Court has proposed the setting up of a common court for South Asia.Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde has suggested setting up of a common court for SAARC member countries to deal with cross-border terror attacks like 26/11 and crimes like smuggling of fake currency notes, drugs and weapons.”Could we consider having a common court for these countries that comprises of judges from all these countries that share the matter,” Bobde said addressing the United Nations Counter Terrorism Committee in New York.In his emphatic address on need for common courts for cross-border terror cases, Bobde referred to the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attack case. 166 people lost their lives when 10 Pakistani terrorists attacked Mumbai. He spoke of how terrorists, trained, armed and launched from Pakistan, had attacked Mumbai and were guided by their handlers in Pakistan throughout the three-daylong terror strike. “This was their advantage (plot hatched in Pakistan and handlers across the border) and the disadvantage India had was that they did not know what the plan was and where the attackers would go next,” Bobde added.”A court consisting of judges of all SAARC countries in the region will perhaps ensure swifter justice as it will ensure collaboration on trans-border cases,” sources said.”Justice Bobde also suggested a secure website that can provide judges of the member countries access to information available to other judges (in the SAARC region) on modus operandi of terror group, arms and equipment used by terrorists and their handlers,” sources added. Justice Bobde also suggested Apex Court judges visiting each other’s law academies to understand law and its application in member countries. Bobde’s idea was welcomed and supported by Nepal.advertisementThe discussion in New York had very interesting and unique aspects raised by judges from Afghanistan and Pakistan. “For example given the security situation in Afghanistan the Chief Justice there said he had even been unable to take a walk in the open in the past decade. Pakistan posed another peculiar point – the judge raised the issue of security of law officers and judicial system. He said when there is no security for prosecutors how there be witness protection,” sources privy to the discussion told Mail Today.”If we could have judges from these counties on a common court it would help a great deal. The modalities could be worked out,” Bobde said addressing the gathering of judges. Bobde was speaking on the aspect of regional effort to support the judiciaries of South Asia in the effective adjudication of terrorism cases.”The aim is to understand the issues that arise in speedy dispensation of justice in cases related to terror and trans-border crimes,” sources added. The counter-terrorism committee of the UN was established by the UN Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001) post the 9/11 terror attacks in US.”This idea will be difficult to implement,” feels Ujjwal Nikam, senior public prosecutor who handled the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks trial. “We do not have an extradition treaty with Pakistan and even if for example the SAARC court passes an order against Pakistan-based terrorists how will the court ensure that order is executed and action taken against the convicts remains the issue,” he said.”It is a very good suggestion. There is merit in it and needs to be worked out. Speedy resolution of terror cases is necessary and I am sure judges in SAARC countries will cooperate for its implementation,” said former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee.ALSO READ:26/11 attack trial: Pakistan asks India to send witnesses to record statementDelhi Police’s prized catch Abdul Karim Tunda let off in all 4 court caseslast_img read more

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Seven design tweaks to give women a great drive

first_imgVasanthi Bhupati, Director, KUN Exclusive, BMW dealership, ChennaiDesigning a car is one of the most intensive and passionate processes. Each element of the vehicle design adds up to offer a complete unique and new experience to the woman driver. Introducing elements that enhance sheer driving pleasure is what luxury auto,Vasanthi Bhupati, Director, KUN Exclusive, BMW dealership, ChennaiDesigning a car is one of the most intensive and passionate processes. Each element of the vehicle design adds up to offer a complete unique and new experience to the woman driver. Introducing elements that enhance sheer driving pleasure is what luxury auto makers need to keep in view. There are a number of such features being formulated.1) Driver-oriented cockpitThe cockpit is angled towards the driver to put all controls within reach and facilitate intuitive driving. Perfect ergonomics has always been one of the outstanding features of our cars. Every switch, every button is arranged precisely where the driver intuitively expects to find them.2) Hill Descent Control (HDC) Hill descent control holds the vehicle steadily at a pre-determined speed, helping with the job of brake control. This makes the potentially difficult task of driving down a steep hill or over rough ground easy. HDC is particularly helpful when driving on changeable, loose or slippery downhill surfaces, such as gravel, snow or grass.3) Run-flat tyresThese keep you mobile even if all tyre pressure is lost. Instead of an unpleasant and unsafe roadside tyre change, you can reach home safely or drive to the next workshop for assistance. Thanks to specially reinforced side walls and additional lateral strengthening, you can continue driving for up to 80 km at a speed of up to 80 km/h without any significant loss in vehicle stability.4) Automatic transmissionThe electronically controlled automatic transmission system enables a sporting, dynamic driving style, without a clutch pedal. It makes driving less demanding and adapts to suit your individual driving style. Depending on the model, the driver can change gears manually using the gear lever or the shift paddles on steering wheel.advertisement5) Park distance controlWith this feature, entering or leaving the tightest parking space becomes much easier. An acoustic warning signal lets you know how close you are to the car or object behind you. Ultrasound sensors integrated into the bumper at the rear measure the distance to the nearest large object behind the vehicle.6) Electronic seat adjustmentA perfect seating position is essential for comfortable driving. Electronic seat adjustment enables effortless adjustment of the seat height, angle and length, and the angle of the backrest. Further, the memory function saves your settings for the headrest, steering column, exterior mirrors. This is most useful when you share your car with your husband or family member. The memory function eliminates time-wasting readjustment of your preferred settings.7) ISOFIX pointsThe integrated ISOFIX connection points makes installations of an ISOFIX child seat simple. In just a few simple steps, you can install your child seat on the integrated attachment points. This eliminates complicated procedures involving seatbelts. When not in use, the ISOFIX connectors disappear between the seat base and back, so that adult passengers are comfortable.last_img read more

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Arrow: 96Boards platforms harness i.MX 8 family for machine learning and HMI

first_img Continue Reading Previous Green Hills: INTEGRITY RTOS deployed in safety remote field controller from PhoenixNext Kontron: KBox A-230-LS with up to five TSN-enabled 1GB Ethernet ports Arrow Electronics has introduced two out-of-the-box 96Boards platforms for developers to leverage the multi-application-core performance of NXP’s i.MX 8 processors with convenient mezzanine expansion opportunities.For a fast start to machine-learning projects such as industrial image recognition and autonomous driving, the AI_ML Board is built on the i.MX 8QuadXPlus application processor, which combines four Arm Cortex-A35 cores and one Cortex-M4F embedded core with floating-point and DSP extensions. A dedicated GPU featuring four Vec4 shaders with 16 execution units and OpenGL/OpenGL ES support augments the highly efficient application cores. In addition, there is a Video Processing Unit (VPU) capable of handling popular compression standards including H.264, H.265, AVS, and more. A Tensilica HiFi 4 DSP is also integrated on-chip for audio processing and voice recognition.The i.MX 8M Quad processor is at the heart of Arrow’s Thor96 board teams four Arm Cortex-A53 cores with the Cortex-M4F. Richly featured for audio and video streaming, imaging, and scanning in consumer and industrial contexts, it contains a dedicated GPU with OpenGL/ES support and 3D graphics, and a VPU with H.265 and VP9 decode at up to 4K resolution and 60 fps. The i.MX 8M Quad also features a failover-ready display controller with hardware acceleration for up to 4Kp60 video playback.Arrow has designed both boards leveraging the 96Boards specification. High-speed and low-speed interfaces allow users to choose from the wide variety of 96Boards mezzanines, such as cellular and audio modules, for hardware expansion. With both boards offering strong performance for video and imaging applications, Arrow has identified the D3 Engineering and Basler camera mezzanine as a natural choice ready for direct connection. Both boards feature a MIPI-DSI high-speed display interface and one four-lane MIPI-CSI camera interface. Thor96 provides one extra MIPI-CSI interface, and both boards benefit from extensive hardware security features.The boards support Yocto-based Linux 4.14 GA kernel with advanced processing power, WLAN, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB3.0 and Ethernet. The consumer and building-automation-oriented Thor96 also supports ZigBee, Thread, DSI to HDMI, and two MIPI-CSI camera interfaces.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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AI accelerator architecture boosts performance, slashes power consumption

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology Compute Architecture The major difference in Hailo’s architecture versus CPUs and GPUs is the lack of external memory. Instead, computing resources — memory, control and compute blocks — are distributed throughout the chip. A great deal of power is saved simply by not needing to send data on and off the chip.Neural networks are made up of layers, each comprising a number of nodes. At the nodes, data values are multiplied by various weight values, added together, and the result is passed to the next layer. One layer may require slightly different computing resources from the next.Hailo’s software analyses the requirements of each layer in the network and allocates relevant resources. Memory, control and compute blocks allocated to each layer are mapped onto the chip as close to each other as possible, and subsequent layers are fitted in close by. The idea is to minimise the distance the data has to travel.“The innovation comes from the architecture itself,” Bar said. “We are not doing any tiling, we are not doing any compression, we are not doing any sparsity, none of the techniques that traditional computation architectures need to do to overcome the bandwidth issue.”“There is no hardware-defined pipeline, so we are very flexible and can adopt other neural networks, the hardware supports them all, but we need to bridge the gap with complementary software,” he added.Software and hardware have been closely co-developed over the last two years. A software stack, including proprietary quantisation schemes, supports TensorFlow, with ONNX support coming in Q4. Hailo's novel compute architecture uses software to allocate on-chip memory, control and compute blocks to neural networks as required (Image: Hailo) Hailo’s novel compute architecture uses software to allocate on-chip memory, control and compute blocks to neural networks as required (Image: Hailo) Driver Assistance The Hailo-8 is designed for neural network acceleration in edge devices, with a particular focus on the automotive sector, targeting advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving applications. It is in the process of being certified for ASIL-B at the chip level (and ASIL-D at the system level) and is AEC-Q100 qualified.The Hailo-8 also suits applications that require the latency and data privacy provided by performing AI inference locally on the edge device, rather than in the cloud.“Automotive is our strategic market and most of our investors came from the automotive market,” said Bar. “We already have engagement with automotive Tier-1s and OEMs, but this will take a while to generate revenue.”Hailo’s view of the market so far is that automotive customers today are looking beyond raw compute in their AI accelerator choices, with optimisation gaining importance.Acting as a co-processor means the Hailo-8 can be designed in alongside SoCs already in development by automotive Tier-1s before the requirement for deep learning came along.“For time to market, [customers] can connect the Hailo-8 as a co-processor, keeping all the development they did on the SoC, but offload the neural network tasks. This is a big advantage from their perspective,” Bar said.How does Hailo fancy its chances against the dozens of other AI edge accelerator startups out there?“There are many innovative technologies out there that still need to be proven,” Bar said. “There are ideas about FPGAs, analogue devices, memory-based architectures, but eventually, the challenge is to make it as a product and to put the real chip on the table. When we look around and see the available [competitor] chips, there are not actually many out there that can be integrated today.”Mass production of the Hailo-8 will begin in the first half of 2020.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “Details of Hailo AI Edge Accelerator Emerge.” The Hailo-8 achieves 26 TOPS (Image: Hailo)Secretive Israeli AI accelerator startup Hailo has revealed some key details of its novel compute architecture, following the launch of its first chip, the Hailo-8, in May.The company was founded in February 2017 by members of the Israel Defense Forces’ elite intelligence unit. Today, Hailo has around 60 employees at its HQ in Tel-Aviv.Hailo has managed to get from concept to product in less than two years, having raised $21 million to date in Series A funding. They have “at least ten” patents pending. Performance and Power Hailo-8, launched at the Embedded Vision Summit, boasts performance of 26 TOPS with notable power efficiency of 2.8 TOPS/W. The power consumption was measured running ResNet-50 on low resolution video (224 x 224 at 672 fps) at 8-bit precision with a batch size of 1. This is an order of magnitude better than the current market-leading solution for automotive vision inference at the edge.In an interview with EETimes, Liran Bar, Hailo’s Director of Product Marketing, stressed that the 2.8 TOPS/W figure was a realistic figure based on a real application.“Companies are claiming all kinds of power efficiency, but they actually take the theoretical number for how many TOPS they have, and then divide it,” (by the power consumption) he said. “The [Hailo-8’s] 26 TOPS is the maximum theoretical number, but this is assuming you have 100% utilisation, which is not the case [in real applications].”Results for image detection on 720p video using Mobile-Net-SSD, and semantic segmentation using FCN-16 on 1080p video, were just as impressive.“Running the [semantic segmentation] network on HD resolution footage, unlike other solutions that require downscaling of the input sensor resolution in order to meet real-time requirements, means we can identify objects from further away, and means OEMs can leverage the expensive input sensors they are using,” Bar said. 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Video: Oklahoma’s Hatari Byrd Flipped Off Tennessee Fans While Leaving The Field After Win

first_imgAn Oklahoma cheerleader running with an OU flag in his hand.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)No. 19 Oklahoma finished off an incredible 31-24 comeback victory at No. 23 Tennessee earlier tonight. The Sooners rallied from a 17-point deficit to win in double overtime.Things got a bit ugly after the game though, when OU safety Hatari Byrd gave some Tennessee fans the middle finger while exiting the field.You can see it at the end of this video posted by SBNation’s Steven Godfrey, who was on the field at the time. It’s ugly pic.twitter.com/yxVK5SoQmK— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) September 13, 2015 Sooners linebacker Eric Striker also was seen taunting some UT fans.Eric Striker to Tennessee fans: “Tell your recruits to come to OU”— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) September 13, 2015Wonder if Byrd, at least, will face some disciplinary action.last_img read more

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‘Bernardo will win Ballon d’Or when Ronaldo & Messi retire’

first_imgManchester City and Portugal star Bernardo Silva will win the Ballon d’Or when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo begin to show signs of decline or retire, according to former Selecao star Paulo Futre.Silva featured in 51 matches for City in their treble-winning campaign of 2018-19 as the club won the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup while also reaching the Champions League quarter-finalsThe Portuguese star was vital in a number of City performances, including a key Premier League victory over Liverpool that turned the title race, and Silva was voted City’s Player of the Season by supporters as a result of his performances. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? Silva also helped Portugal to Nations League glory earlier this month, having assisted Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal in a 3-1 win over Switzerland in the semi-final round.He then assisted Goncalo Guedes’ winner in the finale as Portugal took down the Netherlands to win the inaugural Nations League crown.5 WHAT A SEASON!!Thank you @ManCity  and @selecaoportugal See you all next season— Bernardo Silva (@BernardoCSilva) June 10, 2019 And now, the 24-year-old has been tipped by Futre to become the next leading star in world football after Messi and Ronaldo – aged 32 and 34, respectively – fall out of the spotlight.Futre, who earned 41 caps for Portugal and represented the likes of Porto, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan at club level, told Omnisport: “I think Bernardo will be the next star, or he will be when Ronaldo and Messi start to decline.`”I think Bernardo will be one of those who will be ready to win the Ballon d’Or, because he is a player with a lot of responsibility in a great team like Manchester City.”He will continue to grow and in two or three years, when Messi and Cristiano retire, I think he can be one of the big favourites to win the Ballon d’Or.”Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric ended the decade-long reign of Messi and Ronaldo by winning the Ballon d’Or for the first time last December, earning the award after winning the Champions League while guiding Croatia to the World Cup final against France.This season, Virgil van Dijk has been earmarked as a player that could win, as the Liverpool star is seen as a contender to become the first defender to win the award since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.last_img
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Super Cup: East Bengal fined Rs 5 lakh, Rs 10 lakh fine for 5 other clubs

first_imgSuper Cup: East Bengal fined Rs 5 lakh, Rs 10 lakh fine for 5 other clubsEast Bengal have been asked to pay Rs 5 lakh for pulling out of Super Cup in March-April, while Churchill Brothers, Gokulam Kerala FC, Neroca FC, Aizawl FC and Minerva Punjab FC have been asked to pay Rs 10 lakhadvertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 22:26 IST AIFF have asked East Bengal to pay Rs 5 lakh for pulling out of Super Cup (@eastbengalfc Photo)The All India Football Federation’s Disciplinary Committee Thursday imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh each to five I-League clubs, including former champions Aizawl FC and Minerva Punjab FC, while East Bengal were told to pay Rs 5 lakh for pulling out of Super Cup in March-April.Churchill Brothers, Gokulam Kerala FC and Neroca FC were the other three clubs fined Rs 10 lakh each.The Committee did not give any decision against Mohun Bagan and referred the case for arbitration since the Kolkata side did not sign for participation.The premier knockout club tournament among I-League and ISL teams was severely depleted this season following the boycott by seven clubs — Minerva Punjab FC, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers, NEROCA FC, Gokulam Kerala FC and Aizawl FC.”The Committee thus imposed penalty of Rs 10 lakh upon Aizawl FC, Churchill Brothers, Gokulam Kerala FC, Minerva Punjab FC, and NEROCA, each, to be utilised exclusively for benefit and further development of football at grassroot level and towards promotion of youth football in the country through proper transparent modalities with appropriate checks and balances and audit,” the six-page judgment, accessed by PTI here, read.”In default of payment by any club, the AIFF would be at liberty to consider disqualification of the clubs from participation in its next edition competitions,” it added.On East Bengal, the Committee observed that the club intended to participate but the sponsors revolted to the decision.”The club cannot be held guilty of indiscipline or misconduct. It is the sponsors of the club (Quess) who committed so and intended to jeopardise the integrity of the competition.advertisement”Balancing upon the degree of culpability the Committee felt that in order to reduce the humiliation upon East Bengal, quantum of fine should be less than the other clubs and imposed penalty of Rs 5 lakh.”The clubs revolted against the AIFF and sent a letter on February 18 requesting the president of AIFF to address the various issues, including lack of clarity regarding the future of I-League and lack of an agenda for the game at the grassroots level.Terming this subversive, the order said: “Sports bodies cannot be hijacked or held under any threat by a group of vested interested persons or the clubs. Neither the president nor any office bearer has any individual power or authority to do so.”Hence, demanding that unless the ‘President’ of the AIFF meets a particular Group of Clubs, they would not participate in the National Competition that too after entering the Competition and undertaking to ensure faithful compliances of the Regulations of the Competition, is nothing but intending to hold the National Federation under ransom and such subversive conduct cannot be claimed to be ‘bonafide’ and should be dealt with appropriately.Also Read | Kean Lewis signs contract extension with Bengaluru FCFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 Tags :Follow Super CupFollow AIFFFollow East BengalFollow Churchill BrothersFollow Gokulam Kerala FCFollow Neroca FCFollow Aizawl FCFollow Minerva Punjab FClast_img read more

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The 9 Best-Looking Field Watches for Men this Season

first_imgThe field watch signifies a return to the outdoors. Field watches are designed to be ready for, well, the field. Even if you’re not wearing yours for military or exploration purposes, the style still holds. The lightweight NATO, leather, or canvas strap is perfect to wear as temps climb steadily out of winter, while field-inspired watch case and dial designs are more interesting and visually masculine than their dress watch counterparts. Here are our picks for the best field watches for men this season.Timex Expedition Field Chronograph – $90Leave it to Timex to design a watch with field-ready style and a stellar price tag — it doesn’t get better than this Field Chronograph.Shop NowHamilton Khaki Field Watch – $850Featuring a distinctive khaki green finish, this watch from Hamilton is a sleek option for the fella who wants a field watch without the bulk. Bright Arabic numerals and a cozy canvas strap make for a user-friendly timepiece that also happens to be incredibly tough.Shop NowJack Mason Field Camp Watch – $195Field watches can boast a design that’s a bit more classically refined in nature, yet no less rugged, as is the case with this handsome Jack Mason number. The deep navy of the face is nicely offset by the rich brown of the strap and both colors reference throwback military colors. Shop NowMWC Watches GG-W-113 – $155With a no-frills dial design and a nylon military strap, this MWC timepiece is perfect for pairing with a light shirt, spring-ready shorts, and sneakers aplenty.Shop NowSeiko 5 Automatic Watch – $132With looks that signify standout casual style and a price tag that won’t break the bank, this Seiko timepiece is certainly in the running for the best men’s field watches to buy now.Shop NowLuminox Atacama Field Day Watch – $535With its large face and rugged buckled band, the Atacama field watch from Luminox is as bold an accessory as the man wearing it. Water resistant up to 660 feet, it’s suitable for professional marine activity as well as all serious surface water sports.Shop NowBertucci Original Field Watch – $170The original field watch from Bertucci is a fantastic option for guys in need of a timepiece that can handle the grind of a demanding workplace. With scratch-resistant glass, comfortable knit band, and an ultra-durable case back, this bad boy is sure to become your new favorite go-to.Shop NowOrvis Field Watch – $98 For a more affordable option, consider this field watch from Orvis. A no-fuss design allows for optimized usability while a stainless steel case ensures that it won’t crack under pressure. Plus, it’s water resistant up to 328 ft. and has a non-reflective face that helps combat sun glare.Shop NowMarathon Milspec Navigator – $270Said to be built to government specifications for use by military personnel, the Milspec Navigator from Marathon is chock-full of exciting tech including self-illuminating tritium gas tubes and high torque movement. It also features a pilot’s watch, designed especially for pilots and paratroopers.Shop NowNot feeling the field watch? Our round-up of the best watches under $500 offers plenty of other options to make sure your wrist doesn’t go naked this spring. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

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Stay Safe as We Enter the New Year

first_imgEmergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson is encouraging Nova Scotians to prepare themselves and their families for winter conditions as a New Year’s Eve blizzard approaches the province. “We all want to enter 2009 safely, so people should take that into consideration when they make their plans for celebrating the new year,” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said today, Dec. 31. “You don’t want to be stuck in a blizzard unprepared.” Environment Canada has issued a blizzard warning for all of Nova Scotia. Heavy snowfall and high winds overnight could make driving treacherous. “All Nova Scotians should take the time to prepare emergency kits for their homes and vehicles,” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said. “A few minutes of preparation can go a long way toward keeping yourself and your loved ones safe and comfortable when winter storms strike.” The Emergency Management Office website, www.gov.ns.ca/emo, has a thorough checklist for emergency kit supplies. Residents should have emergency items on hand in their homes, such as a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, medications, non-perishable food and water, a manual can opener and extra clothing and blankets. They should also have an adequate supply of prescription medications. Motorists should avoid unnecessary travel during winter storms and listen for weather and travel updates on local radio stations. If it is safe to drive, they should be sure to carry a shovel, sand or salt, extra clothing, food and water, blankets, booster cables and a first-aid kit. And always leave with a full tank of gas. A set of four winter tires is highly recommended. “I wish all Nova Scotians a safe, happy and prosperous new year,” Ms. Bolivar-Getson said. The Emergency Management Office works closely with municipalities throughout Nova Scotia to ensure preparation for emergency events.last_img read more

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TIFF 2018 At Share Her Journey rally women point to an inequality

first_imgActress Geena Davis, who runs an institute dedicated to getting more female characters on screen in children’s entertainment, was the first in a lineup of nine speakers. She recommended that writers and producers do a “gender pass” on every script: “Ask who here could become female … Change a bunch of first names. Where it says ‘a crowd gathers’ write in the script: ‘Which is half female.’” Facebook As hundreds gathered on Saturday at a rally for gender equality in the movie business, an event organized by the Toronto International Film Festival, there were surprisingly cool fall breezes and predictably rousing calls for change – but most of all there were many practical ideas about to reshape the entertainment industries.“What a difference a year makes,” said TIFF executive director Michele Maheux, referring not only to the fall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and the rise of #MeToo, but also to the festival’s launch of Share Her Journey, a campaign to boost female careers in film that predated the dramatic events of last fall. “Women have been a central part of the conversation, in the news, and we have made much-needed noise. Collectively we have managed to shake the unshakeable.”Organized by TIFF vice-president of advancement Maxine Bailey, Share Her Journey set out to help address the gross gender imbalance that exists on film sets where the large majority of directors, writers and cinematographers are men. But the TIFF program really caught fire alongside #MeToo and Saturday’s rally brought together a wide range of speakers associated with such groups as #AfterMeToo, a Canadian campaign to help the victims of sexual harassment, and ReFrame, a Hollywood initiative that includes certification for movies and TV shows that are gender inclusive. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Actress Amanda Brugel speaks during the “Share Her Journey,” a rally for women in film, at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on September 8, 2018. (Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP)GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Imagescenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Colombia to Mexico via human smugglers Brazeaus alleged victim reveals journey to

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsShe said the beginning of the journey began in a courtroom “like this one” in Colombia when police escorted her toddler son’s father from prison to sign the release so she could take the boy to Panama for “vacation.”On the afternoon of day two in the Gatineau, Que., trial of suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and sexual assault, defence lawyer Gerard Larocque attacked the credibility of the alleged victim during cross-examination. First he pressed her on details of her tale of escape to Canada and then suggested the RCMP helped her get permanent status in exchange for dirt on the fallen Algonquin politician.When he hit a dead-end, Larocque abruptly switched to the subject of a necklace Brazeau gave the woman. The slight necklace belonged to Brazeau’s mother and the alleged victim said she ripped it off during the incident on that Thursday morning of Feb. 7, 2013.By focusing on the woman’s mostly underground journey to Canada, Larocque unearthed a Hollywood-worthy tale of a mother fleeing Colombia to protect her two children by embarking on the oft-trod clandestine path taken by Latin Americans heading to El Norte.The woman told a story of mini-bus rides through Central America and forged passports in Mexico before landing at the airport in Montreal with her son and a daughter sometime in March of 2008 where she faced interrogation into the early morning hours.The alleged victim, who can’t be identified by name because of a publication ban, said she had to flee Colombia to protect her children because there were threats against them.“I left Colombia for that reason,” said the woman, who was an accountant and director of the library in the university from where she graduated.Canada was her intended final destination, but her visa application to enter the country had previously been rejected.So, she decided to go underground.After arranging through local lawyers to have her son’s father escorted to a courtroom to sign a release so she could take the boy out of the country, she flew to Panama. She said the father believed she was only going for vacation, but she had previously arranged to meet a man who would arrange the passage to Canada.It cost her about 25 million Colombian pesos to make the journey, which was about $13,000 US dollars based on the exchange rate in the first part of 2008. In 2009, the average monthly Colombian salary was about 570,000 pesos.The alleged victim wouldn’t reveal who the man was, the fixer, in Panama. She said he used fake names and didn’t remember the one he went by at the time. She said one of the contacts along the way was named “Maria.”From Panama she drove through Costa Rica to Guatemala in a “small car” with the fixer, a driver and her two children. In Guatemala she said she changed vehicles and traveled in a small bus, with five other people picked up along the way, to Mexico. She said she wasn’t asked to show any documentation at any of the customs check points. She would have passed through Nicaragua and either Honduras or El Salvador, depending on the route her fixer took to Guatemala.In Mexico, she and her two children had photos taken for the fake passports that had been pre-arranged. She said she needed the Mexican passports to get into Canada because she had been previously denied a visa under her real name.She stayed a month in Mexico before flying into Montreal, with at least $3,000US hidden in her coat, sometime in March of 2008. When she reached the Canadian customs officer she presented six passports, three Colombian and three Mexican, and said the Mexican documents were fake. She said the customs officer seized all the passports. She denied she also brought money hidden in her socks.“They made me go into a room and made me wait until 1, 2 a.m.,” she testified. “They were looking for an interpreter and looking for information. I went to another office and they started interrogating me.”She said it was difficult for her to recall all the details of that day.“It’s difficult for me to remember everything in 2008,” she said, after Larocque pressed her on the money hidden in socks. “At that moment I had a lot of emotion, fear, stress, I didn’t know what would happen when I arrived here with my two children.”She applied for refugee status and, sometime in 2013, received her permanent residency status and got all six passports back.It was at this point that Larocque began pressing her on the date she received the status. She couldn’t remember and Larocque tried to have Judge Valmont Beaulieu order her to bring the document to court Wednesday. Beaulieu rejected the request. But he did order her to bring her six passports to court.Larocque suggested that the victim received her residency because she helped the RCMP with their separate investigation into Brazeau and his Senate housing allowance. Brazeau is facing one charge of breach of trust in Ontario as a result of that investigation. The charge stems from his claiming of the $22,000 per year in housing allowance by listing his father’s home in Maniwaki, Que., as his permanent residence.“I want to suggest that your situation in Canada improved after being in contact with the RCMP,” said Larocque.Crown prosecutor Sylvain Petitclerc said Larocque achieved little with that line of questioning.“It was very, very long, for nothing,” said Petitclerc to reporters after the day’s hearing.Larocque abruptly switched his line of questioning after the victim recounted the part about the police officers escorting her son’s father to a courtroom to sign the release.He asked for a replay of the 911 audio and then went after the necklace.“You had a chain around your neck that my client gave you?” said Larocque.The woman said, yes, she had the necklace, which was Brazeau’s mother’s, around her neck when the alleged attack began in full.Larocque said the alleged victim never mentioned the thin necklace, which snapped when she yanked it off her neck, in the various statements she gave to the police or the Crown prosecutor. He said she never mentioned the necklace when she was asked earlier Tuesday to circle the bruises and scratches on her body in photos taken shortly after the alleged attack.She said she didn’t remember it, that there were a lot of details she didn’t remember from that day. She said she didn’t remember the bruises Brazeau left on her buttocks until she saw the photos Tuesday morning.She said she yanked the necklace while she was on the ground, at the top of the stairs as Brazeau, also on the ground, pushed her from behind with his feet. She said he was demanding the necklace back.“I grabbed it and said ‘take your mother’s chain,’” she said.She said she pulled the necklace off with her left hand.“It’s a formal choice you made not to speak about the necklace,” said Larocque. “Because those injuries (to the neck) would have been from your actions.”She denied it.“Not from my actions,” she said. “He grabbed me by the neck.”Larocque leaned into her, pressing on.“Never before had you mentioned that you ripped off the necklace,” he said.“Yes because here is my opportunity to speak about everything and respond to all the questions in detail that you want to know about what happened,” she said.Larocque then said she yanked off the necklace in the bedroom, not at the top of the stairs.She denied it.“That is what enraged you, that he wanted the necklace back,” he said.“False,” she said.Court then broke for the day.The trial resumes Wednesday morning. The trial is expected to last beyond this week.Read Tuesday morning’s court testimony here.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Lanka to raise up to 2 bn in foreign borrowings

“Tomorrow we will advertise and call for bids. We hope to collect $1.0 billion in a couple of days. It would even go up to $2.0 billion,” Karunanayake said. Sri Lanka’s new government plans to borrow up to $2 billion from overseas, the finance minister said Thursday, just two weeks after raising a billion through its first international bond issue, the AFP news agency reported.Minister Ravi Karunanayake said the government was seeking at least $1.0 billion with a five-year tenure, but may increase the loan amount to $2.0 billion depending on the market response. “We want to borrow at low interest rates to pay off the high interest loans taken by the previous government,” the minister told the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri Lanka.The Central Bank of Sri Lanka last month raised $988 million through the combination of a 10-year bond and shorter term bonds at a weighted average cost of 5.261 percent a year. The move to raise foreign cash comes amid rising domestic spending and shortfalls in revenue collection, the minister said, while accusing the previous administration of overstating revenues and under estimating expenditure. The government has increased welfare spending and reduced the price of fuel and utilities in line with election promises ahead of the January 8 presidential vote won by Maithripala Sirisena.Despite a marginal improvement in tax collection, President Sirisena’s government is hard pressed for cash to meet new spending commitments. read more

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