Gandhi’s Last English Speech

first_imgWhat is believed to be only one of two recordings of English speeches delivered by Mahatma Gandhi has surfaced in Washington, D.C.The recording of Gandhi’s speech to a group of Asian leaders in New Delhi by journalist Alfred Wagg had been preserved by John Cosgrove, a former president of the National Press Club.Gandhi is reported to have been recorded just twice speaking in English, once in 1930 and the second time in April 1947, nine months before his death on Jan 30, 1948. In the speech, Gandhi says:“If you really want to see India at its best, you have to find it in the Bhangi cottage, in a humble Bhangi home…. “What I want you to understand – if you can – that the message of the East, the message of Asia, is not to be learned through European spectacles, through Western spectacles, not by imitating the tension of the West, the gunpowder of the West, the atom bomb of the West. If you want to give a message again to the West, it must be a message of love; it must be a message of truth…”Gandhi rebukes his audience as they cheer him: “Please, please, please. That will interfere with my speech and that will interfere with your understanding also. I want to capture your hearts, and don’t want to receive your claps. Let your hearts clap in unison with what I am saying, and I think I shall have finished my work.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Letter from the Editor

first_imgAs a phenomenon, business journalism is new to India. The country’ s leading business dailies are relatively young, having first appeared less than two decades ago, compared with the national dailies, some of which are more than a century old. Business magazines are even newer, the older of the two having started in 1978.All of which is amply reflected in the generally uncertain relationship that exists between media and business. Most businessmen and industrialists are unwilling to loosen up before journalists, and talk business details, facts, strategies and intentions in the manner of their counterparts in the Western economies.Larger business houses in particular prefer to maintain a low profile. Acutely aware that their vastness and growth has over the years been held against them – numerous restrictions curtail their freedom of action – they can hardly be blamed for being cautious. But it does retard the growth of popular understanding of business news and developments.Thus when India Today decided to do a cover story on the phenomenon of corporate growth, it ran into a gamut of such problems. For one, businessmen have simply not been willing to part with enough information to determine exactly who the high fliers have been. For another, some obvious growth kings were unwilling to cooperate at all.People react to publicity often in unpredictable ways. Most would be happy to be seen on the cover of a major publication. Not so Vittal Mallya, who is one of the country’s most remarkable top performers. Company policy stood in the way of his responding positively to requests spread over several months for an interview.Yet, the story compelled attention in spite of these odds because it shows how much of the griping that mars the relationship between the Government and the private sector is so much posturing. Undeniably, hamstrung as it is by cumbersome and restrictive conditions, the Indian private sector operates in less than ideal conditions. Even so, as the phenomenon of the growth kings demonstrates, it is possible to grow, and grow impressively.There are companies who have successfully navigated the obstacles, gauged the Government’s mood and perceptively grasped the opportunities of a changing economic landscape to achieve outstanding growth in the last decade or so. The four men picked for the cover to illustrate this are far from being the only industrialists who have grown rapidly.They may not even be the most impressive. But they are symbolic of a new breed of entrepreneur and manager in all parts of the industrial spectrum, from the largest to the smallest, who have struck out, endured the difficulties and proved to be an exception to the rule.The story was put together by Business Editor T.N. Ninan, who coordinated the efforts of several correspondents who filed information for the story from all four corners of the country. Apart from Ninan, the main effort for the story came from Correspondents Chander Uday Singh in Bombay and Raj Chengappa in Bangalore. The cover story is Ninan’s first for the magazine in the 14 weeks he has been with India Today.Printing schedules and its fortnightly periodicity make it difficult for India Today to keep a close watch on major sporting events such as the cricket Test series in England which came to an end last fortnight. In order to give readers an overview of the series, the magazine commissioned former India captain and ace bowler Bishen Singh Bedi to write his personal assessment of the series.last_img read more

ICC World T20: West Indies still a strong threat despite troubles

first_imgDespite off-field rows and a steep decline at test level, West Indies have remained competitive in the shortest format of the game and will enter the World Twenty20 with genuine hopes of going all the way.Led by captain Darren Sammy, master blaster batsman Chris Gayle and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, the Caribbean team have been drawn in Group One for the Super 10 stage, along with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and a qualifier. (World T20: Sammy compares his West Indies to dream team of 1970s)  The 2012 World Twenty20 champions are currently ranked second in the world behind hosts India, far above their lowly test ranking of eighth.The players made unwanted headlines recently when they threatened to boycott this year’s event over a financial dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board.The board called their bluff, though, and in the end nearly all the selected players signed up to go, the exception being batsman Darren Bravo, who, he said, preferred to focus on the longer forms.Powerful batsman Kieron Pollard (knee injury) and spinner Sunil Narine, whose bowling action has been deemed illegal, were also lost from the originally-selected 15-man squad. Lendl Simmons later pulled out with a back injury.The issues that caused the boycott threat have not gone away, but for a few weeks at least West Indies are set to make headlines on the field.West Indies have clearly benefited from talented players such as Gayle and Sammy having eschewed the longer formats to almost exclusively play the 20-over format.advertisementGayle plies his Twenty20 trade in domestic leagues around the world, to great success and considerable financial reward, along with a sprinkling of controversy.He has an international Twenty20 strike-rate of more than 142, captain Sammy betters that with 152 while Bravo, who has not played a test since 2010, scores at 119 runs per 100 balls faced.All-rounder Andre Russell recently enhanced his reputation during Australia’s Big Bash League and took 3-36 for Islamabad United as they won the Pakistan Super League final.Others to watch include Marlon Samuels, the highest-scoring batsman in the 2012 final, whose 78 off 56 balls proved decisive.He has been out of form recently, and has been banned from bowling for 12 months due to a suspect action, but could be a dangerous foe if he finds his game.Throw in wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin and, on paper at least, West Indies have a line-up to challenge to become the first country to win two World Twenty20 titles.last_img read more

US Open: Rafael Nadal takes first step towards Roger Federer showdown

first_imgWorld number one Rafa Nadal dismissed Dusan Lajovic 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-2 to ease into the US Open second round on Tuesday, setting the Spaniard on a collision course for a long overdue Flushing Meadows showdown with Roger Federer.While the year’s final grand slam is only just underway tennis fans have circled September 8 when, if all goes to form, Nadal and Federer would meet in the last four to decide a place in the final.One of the great rivalries in sport, Federer, a five-times U.S. Open winner and Nadal, twice champion, have clashed 37 times over the years but never have they stood across the net on Flushing Meadows’ hardcourts.On French Open clay, Wimbledon’s manicured lawns and in Australian heat, the elegant Swiss maestro and muscular Spaniard have played for titles and while no trophy would be on the line a New York meeting would still have the Big Apple buzzing.”Today I won. That’s the most important thing for me,” Nadal told reporters. “I believe that I am ready.”After a sluggish run-up to the U.S. Open that included a shock round of 16 loss to Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in Montreal and another to Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Cincinnati quarter-finals, Nadal needed a few games to find his range against the 85th-ranked Serb.The 21-year-old, chasing a first U.S. Open win, showed no sign of nerves, using his stylish groundstrokes to grab the early break on the way to 4-2 lead, the four games as many as he won in his only other meeting with Nadal, a round of 16 loss at the 2014 French Open.advertisementAP PhotoBut a steely Nadal found his comfort zone, breaking back at 5-5 to force the opener to a tiebreak that he took 8-6.A ruthless Nadal delivered the young Serb another tennis lesson, breaking his opponent at the first opportunity in the second and third sets to improve his record in first round U.S. Open matches to 13-0.”Tough beginning of the match,” said Nadal, who will next meet American Tommy Paul or Japan’s Taro Daniel.”The important thing is to win because is normal that you have some nerves at the beginning and you get a little bit tight at the beginning of the tournament.”So important thing is be through and that’s what I did today.”last_img read more

Racist attack, claims Italian athlete after being hit with eggs

first_imgDaisy Osakue, a 22-year-old Italian athlete of Nigerian origin, has sustained an injury to her left after she was attacked unknown assailants, who threw eggs at her from a car. The police have started investigations and are suspecting the the inicident to be a possible racially-motivated attack.Daisy Osakue is an under 23 discus thrower, needed surgery to treat a corneal abrasion and remove a fragment of eggshell that lodged in her eye during the attack, which happened Sunday evening as she was walking to her house in Turin.”They did it on purpose. They didn’t want to hit me because I’m Daisy, they wanted to hit me because I am a black girl,” Osakue said.She added that the zone she had been walking through was a popular red light district and that she could have been mistaken for a sex worker. “I cannot rule out a racial motivation,” she continued. “I do not want to be criticized for this but I think they threw that egg in my face from a car traveling at speed because I am a person of color.”Italian media said police were also treating the assault as a suspected act of racial violence.Osakue is billed to join the Italian team at the upcoming European Athletics Championships in Germany and she was adamant she would compete in Berlin on Thursday.News of the attack prompted an outpouring of anger on social media.The rising sports star was born in Turin to Nigerian parents who moved to Italy 24 years ago.advertisementHuman rights groups have warned about the risk of an upsurge in racial violence in Italy since the rise of the far-right in the most recent elections.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Kohli sets Asian record, Pant equals world record as India win in Adelaide

first_imgVirat Kohli had to wait for seven long years to be part of a winning Test team in Australia. However, when he did so on Monday, he became the first-ever Indian captain to help the visitors take a 1-0 lead on an Australian tour.Kohli’s India had shown a lot of promise on their overseas tours to South Africa and England earlier this year but the Asian giants were not able to convert it into results as they returned home empty-handed.However, smelling blood in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, India made a solid start to the much-anticipated four-Test series in Australia, going 1-0 up at the Adelaide Oval.Kohli’s men clinched a 31-run win after Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin and the pacers stood up even as their skipper had a rare failure with the bat.The historic win – India’s first Down Under since Anil Kumble-led team’s victory at Perth in 2007-08 – also meant Kohli became the first Asian captain to win Tests in South Africa, England and Australia.The top-ranked Test side have also become the first team from Asia to win Tests in South Africa, England, and Australia in the same calendar year.Pant joins an elite list of wicketkeepersNot just captain Kohli, Rishabh Pant also had a record-setting day as he equalled the world record of Jack Russell and AB de Villiers for the most number of catches in Test by a wicketkeeper.With 11 catches in the ongoing Adelaide Test, Pant, who was very chirpy behind the wickets, went past Wriddhiman Saha’s Indian record of 10 catches in a match. The 21-year-old had an opportunity to break the world record during the second session of the final day’s play but he dropped a catch that gave tail-ender Nathan Lyon a reprieve.advertisementThe historic victory was set up by Pujara, whose first innings 123 provided India with a score strong enough to fight after a poor batting performance by the top order. The bowlers then struck at regular intervals to hand India a slender 15-run lead.R Ashwin spun a web around Australia’s batsmen while Jasprit Bumrah rattled the hosts with his pace. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami chipped in with key wickets to ensure India stayed in the game.India batted much better in the second innings. Pujara had conceded his top order should have done better on the first day and they listened to his call – KL Rahul scored a fluent 44, Kohli was patient for his 34 while Ajinkya Rahane scored 70 and shared a key 87-run stand with Pujara, who made 71 to go with his 123.Though the lower order imploded, India still managed to set Australia a 323-run target. On the fourth day, Mohammed Shami and Ashwin picked two wickets apiece to leave Australia in a tough spot.Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, and Peter Handscomb were dismissed before stumps on the penultimate day.Australia would have hoped for a bit of fight from their overnight batsmen Shaun Marsh and Travis Head but that was not to be. Captain Tim Paine looked resolute but once he was dismissed for 41, the writing was on the wall – it was now only a matter of time before India wrapped up a famous victory.Also Read | Ponting slams umpires for not calling no-balls: Don’t think they are looking anymoreAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara the difference between India and Australia in Adelaide: Allan BorderAlso Read | Anil Kumble was the best leader that I played under: Gautam Gambhir to India TodayAlso See:last_img read more

Oklahoma State to face Washington in the Cactus Bowl

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Washington will face OSU in the Cactus Bowl. (USATSI)Washington will face OSU in the Cactus Bowl. (USATSI)The Cactus Bowl is January 2 in Tempe, Arizona at 9:15 p.m. (!) Should be noted that this bowl was formerly known as the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl as well as the Insight Bowl (which OSU won in 2007).Also, Chris Peterson in a bowl game in Arizona against a Big 12 team from Oklahoma. What could go wrong?Here’s a look at how Washington’s season went:Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 1.26.05 PMAnd here’s a look at the tweet confirming that it’s UDub.Pac-12 BowlsOregon – RoseArizona – FiestaASU – SunUCLA – AlamoUSC – HolidayWash – CactusStan – Foster FarmsUtah – Vegas— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) December 7, 2014last_img read more

13 iPhone 7 Cases You Need to See

first_img Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts Apple released the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus this month and even though the phone doesn’t come with a headphone jack (why, Apple? Did we do something to anger you?), it’s packed with new features and is as irresistible as ever. But, unless you like a broken screen and a taco-ed frame for your new $650 phone, you’ll definitely be needing a case. Here are 13 sleek and functional iPhone 7 cases to keep yours looking and working like new.1. Mujjo Leather Wallet Case, $46The Mujjo Leather Wallet case is highly molded and sleek in design, coming in three different shades. You can fit up to three different cards in the angled sleeve–like an ID and two credit cards–making it easier to go out without the extra bulk of a wallet. 2. ZVE Ultra Protective Hybrid Case, $15If you like the look of leather but want a little more protection against falls and scrapes, the Ultra Protective Hybrid Case has a shock resistant casing with a faux leather inlay. Raised edges around the screen help protect it from scratches and bumps. 3. Otter Defender, $60In the “form or function” debate, Otter cases put most of their eggs in the “function” basket, which is to say that they’re dang-near bomb-proof, and there’s not many ways to get their without sacrificing some of Apple’s original sleek design. Luckily, you can at least customize the color scheme if you order from their website. 4. Moonmini Shockproof, $11Considering how reasonably-sized the Moonmini Shockproof case is, it packs a lot of features into a minimalist design. This thing has a kickstand for watching videos hands-free, a slot for credit cards and ID, and it comes with lifetime warranty.5. Carved Walnut Burl Case, $32Normal wood grain is great and all, but burl is the coolest. No two burls are the same and the little dots and waves of the grain catch light in fascinating ways. The Walnut Burl Case from Carved comes with a real walnut inlay surrounded by a band of flexible rubber to protect against falls. It’s made to order at the Carved factory in Elkhart, Indiana.6. i-Blason Waterproof Full-Body Rugged Case, $22Let’s face it: some of us find danger like a bear finds a half-eaten can of Pringles at a campsite in Alaska. If you’re especially accident prone, the i-Blason Waterproof Full-Body Rugged Case will protect your phone under from even the most demanding of situations. 7. VRS Design Genuine Leather, $70A sleek, diary-style case and wallet hybrid, the VRS Design Genuine Leather case is made for blazer and suit pockets rather than hoodies and jeans. It’s discreet profile won’t draw attention, but it will keep your phone looking good and functioning correctly. 8. Proporta Carbon Fibre Lined Real Leather Case, $40With a trim leather on the outside and carbon fiber and a red silicone racing stripe on the inside, the Proporta Carbon Fibre-Lined Real Leather Case looks like it should come with the purchase of a Ferrari. Just like a convertible hard top, the case also folds up to add an extra feature: a kickstand for watching videos.9. Goospery Canvas Diary, $26For a more natural feel, the Goospery Canvas Diary uses a canvas cover with leather accents to hold your phone and bank cards. You can choose from eight different color combos to make sure you get the perfect match to your other accessories.10. Calypsocase Cabrio, $200By far the most pricey phone case on the list, the Calypsocase Cabrio is so luxurious they called the leather it’s wrapped in Black Caviar. This case is handcrafted in Europe and only 500 are made, so each is marked with a serial number. This is the perfect case for the type of people who “pop over” to Zurich for a long weekend. 11. X-Doria Defense, $40You can find better looking phone cases, and more durable phone cases, but you probably won’t find one that’s better at both than the X-Doria Defense. This case has a machined-aluminum exterior frame to give it the highest possible degree of drop protection. You can choose your own shell material from leather, carbon fiber, or polycarbonate.12. Brussardo Natural Leather, $65Wider flared corners and visible stitching give the Brussardo Natural Leather case a handcrafted look, and handcrafted is exactly what it is. The high-quality leather protects, but careful craftsmanship makes it so the buttons are easily accessible and the camera unobstructed.13. Silk Vault Slim Wallet, $15It’s probably due to the matte gray finish and the unusual angles of its design, but the Silk Vault Slim Wallet looks like a part on a stealth bomber. You can fit up to three cards in its wallet slot, and its one-piece construction makes makes it durable through drops and falls. last_img read more

Stiff Penalties for Non-Compliance with Sugar Labelling, Packaging Standards

first_img Persons could face stiff penalties for non-compliance with the labelling and packaging standards for sugar sold in the retail market. Story Highlights Effective July 1, all sugar being sold to the public should be packaged, sealed, and labelled. Director at the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), Orine Henry, said the Standards Act provides for a fine of $3 million and 12 months in prison.center_img Persons could face stiff penalties for non-compliance with the labelling and packaging standards for sugar sold in the retail market.Director at the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), Orine Henry, said the Standards Act provides for a fine of $3 million and 12 months in prison.She was speaking at a Think Tank held on June 29 at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) offices in Kingston.Effective July 1, all sugar being sold to the public should be packaged, sealed, and labelled.In addition, all pre-packers must be registered with the NCRA.The move is in keeping with the revised mandatory standards for brown cane sugar, gazetted on December 30, 2016, which outlined the requirements for labelling, packaging and safety of sugar.Chief Executive Officer, NCRA, Lorice Edwards Brown, is appealing for all stakeholders to ensure that they are in compliance by the deadline.She called on retail outlets to remove all products from their shelves that are not labelled. Establishments that are not registered with the entity are also required to remove items.Mrs. Edwards Brown is urging consumers to be vigilant and desist from buying products “where the scooping of the sugar is done from a bag and you cannot attest for yourself that the product was handled in a hygienic manner.”Establishments interested in re-packaging and registering their product should contact the NCRA or the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).Mrs. Edwards Brown said that by June 30 a list of registered facilities will be completed and made available to the public. Manager for Standards Development and Certification, BSJ, Karen Watson- Brown, informed that the revised standards for pre-packaged sugar were prompted by changes in the international market.“There is an increased demand for food safety systems and so Jamaica must position itself to compete globally,” she pointed out.As such, she said, it is necessary for the local industry to improve its systems and processes to produce better quality sugar in order to ensure a safe, high quality product for local and international consumption.The revised mandatory standards requires the removal of some grain sizes; inclusion of more detailed labelling requirements; and that facilities preparing the sugar for sale must implement a food safety system.It also states that sugar must not be packaged at the point of sale but must be sold in sealed, labelled packages; and that there should be no foreign matter in the sugar that may compromise food safety or may be hazardous to health.last_img read more

Sport Ministry Intensifies Preparation for National Sport Museum

first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is continuing its preparation for the National Sport Museum by acquiring 3D scanners for digitising artefacts that will be on display in the National Sport Museum, when established.The Minister, the Honourable Olivia Grange, made the disclosure at a Digital Asset Workshop organised by the Ministry at the Creative Production and Training Centre today.“I should inform you that the two 3D Scanners that you see being used here in the training were just acquired by the Ministry. For the time being, the scanners will be used by the Institute of Jamaica and the National Library of Jamaica which will hold them in safe keeping for the Museum,” Minister Grange said.Minister Grange said that the Workshop will provide “a pool of trained digitisers” who the Ministry can call on to do work for the National Sport Museum even as they put their training to use in their own organisations.The National Sport Museum will serve as a knowledge bank, collecting and documenting material pertinent to Jamaicans who have dedicated their lives as athletes and support personnel.Minister Grange said also that not only will there be a Virtual Museum that will precede the physical museum, but her Ministry “plans to stage periodic exhibitions of the artefacts now in the National Sport Museum collection.”Meanwhile, former Hockey Player and Administrator, Kay Wilson donated a number of her trophies and personal items to the National Sport Museum. The items will be digitised tomorrow during the third day of the Workshop.Other items being digitised are: a replica of the London 2012 Olympic Torch, a pair of Veronica Campbell Brown’s running shoes, two ice hockey pucks, a baseball cap and the competition suit of Namibian 200-metre star, Frankie Fredericks. The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is continuing its preparation for the National Sport Museum by acquiring 3D scanners for digitising artefacts that will be on display in the National Sport Museum, when established. “I should inform you that the two 3D Scanners that you see being used here in the training were just acquired by the Ministry. For the time being, the scanners will be used by the Institute of Jamaica and the National Library of Jamaica which will hold them in safe keeping for the Museum,” Minister Grange said. The Minister, the Honourable Olivia Grange, made the disclosure at a Digital Asset Workshop organised by the Ministry at the Creative Production and Training Centre today.last_img read more

Toronto university alleged to be in violation of human rights settlement

first_imgTORONTO – A student who reached a human rights settlement with a Toronto university after an alleged sexual assault by a fellow student says the school breached the terms of their deal.Mandi Gray says the settlement saw York University agree to engage the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic to provide sexual assault counselling services for four years.But Gray contends the school terminated the partnership after less than a year, calling the move a violation of the previously undisclosed settlement.York University says it is not at liberty to discuss the terms of the settlement, but concedes a one-year partnership contract with the clinic expired earlier this year.The school says it still lists the clinic among its external resources for sexual assault survivors and says it’s confident it is still in compliance with the 2016 settlement.Gray, who took York to Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal alleging that it did not have adequate protocols in place to address sexual assaults, says she feels the school took advantage of her complaints in an effort to refurbish its image as a supportive institution for survivors.“They used my idea (to engage the clinic) to publicly demonstrate their own benevolence and commitment to sexual violence response on campus then quietly cancelled the contract,” Gray said in a statement. “This is an absolute reflection of what reporting sexual assault at York continues to be like. Blatant lies and false promises.”Gray emerged as a vocal advocate after she accused a fellow student with whom she had a casual relationship of sexual assault.Mustafa Ururyar was convicted on the charge in 2016, but appealed by arguing the judge who oversaw his trial was biased against him.The conviction was quashed last July, with appeal judge Michael Dambrot saying the convicting judge relied too heavily on “rape literature.” Ururyar was not given a retrial, but instead asked to sign a peace bond barring him from contact with Gray for a year.The human rights tribunal complaint against York, which stemmed from the same alleged incident, was settled in 2016 with both parties agreeing not to discuss its terms.In documents filed with the tribunal outlining the alleged settlement breach, however, Gray cites what she said was one of the terms of the original deal.She said York agreed to “create a partnership with one or more sexual assault centres, one of which will be the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic … to provide counselling services from a registered practitioner with expertise in gender-based violence.”The settlement stipulated the partnership would go into effect within six months of the date it was signed and would not be subject to change for four years, Gray alleged.Gray’s application states that York quietly launched the partnership with the Schlifer Clinic eight months after the settlement was reached, two months later than the deadline laid out in the deal.She said the school’s partnership with the clinic was set out in two short-term contracts lasting six months and five months respectively, further alleging that York did little to publicize the clinic’s services.Clinic executive director Amanda Dale confirmed that the school signed two short-term contracts, adding there was a gap in counselling service delivery between the two contract terms due to “uncertainty” as to whether the arrangement would continue.Dale said she was informed that York would not be proceeding with the partnership and would be hiring sexual assault counsellors of its own, but was not explicitly given a reason for the end of the partnership.“York did not enter into the Minutes of Settlement in good faith and did not intend to, nor did it, fulfil the terms of the Minutes of Settlement by meaningfully committing to a partnership with the clinic,” Gray alleged in the tribunal application.York spokeswoman Barbara Joy said the university would respond to Gray’s allegations through the tribunal process rather than in public.“We are very confident the university is in full compliance with the terms of settlement reached in 2016,” Joy said in a statement.York said it’s arrangement with the Schlifer Clinic lasted one year, adding it continues to list the facility among its external partners.Joy said the school currently has a counsellor on staff with a background in supporting survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, adding there are plans to hire a second.last_img read more

50 Animal Shelters To Compete In ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge

first_imgThe ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has released the names of the 50 animal shelters that will compete in the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, with a total of $600,000 in prize grants up for grabs to help shelters save more homeless cats and dogs.The contestants will gear up for the competition to save more animals – during the months of June, July and August 2013 – than they did over the same three-month period in 2012. Last year’s competing shelters saved more than 56,000 cats and dogs during the contest, an increase of 14,376 over the same period in 2011.“In a matter of days we filled up all 50 spots, and we have a great mix of shelters of all shapes and sizes representing 31 states and territories,” says Bert Troughton , vice president of Community Outreach at the ASPCA. “The contest isn’t even underway yet, and already we’re seeing incredible energy and passion from the field. If that’s any indication of how the competition will go, we’re in for another record-breaking year of saving lives.”The 50 contestants in the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge are: • Greater Birmingham Humane Society in Birmingham, Ala. • Mobile County Animal Control in Mobile, Ala. • Western Arizona Humane Society in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. • HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix, Ariz. • Butte Humane Society in Chico, Calif. • Hesperia Animal Control and Services in Hesperia, Calif. • Moreno Valley Animal Shelter in Moreno Valley, Calif. • San Bernadino County Animal Care and Control in San Bernadino, Calif. • Yolo County Sheriff’s Office – Animal Services in Woodland, Calif. • Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C. • Humane Society of Pinellas in Clearwater, Fla. • Suncoast Humane Society in Englewood, Fla. • Jacksonville Humane Society in Jacksonville, Fla. • Pasco County Animal Services – FOAS, Inc. in Land O’ Lakes, Fla. • Osceola County Animal Services in St. Cloud, Fla. • Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Canton, Ga. • Humane Society for Greater Savannah in Savannah, Ga. • Canyon County Animal Shelter in Caldwell, Idaho • South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights, Ill. • Macon County Animal Control and Care Center in Decatur, Ill. • Almost Home Humane Society in Lafayette, Ind. • Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa • Lawrence Humane Society in Lawrence, Kan. • Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) in Baltimore, Md. • Animal Rescue League of Boston in Boston, Mass. • Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter in Dearborn, Mich. • Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing, Mich. • Humane Society of Midland County in Midland, Mich. • Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport, Miss. • Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, Mo. • The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, Nev. • Eleventh Hour Rescue in Randolph, N.J. • Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley in Las Cruces, N.M. • Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville, N.C. • Toledo Area Humane Society in Maumee, Ohio • Western Pennsylvania Humane Society in Pittsburgh, Pa. • Providence Animal Rescue League in Providence, R.I. • Anderson County P.A.W.S. in Anderson, S.C. • Riverside County Department of Animal Services in Jurupa, S.C. • Unicoi County Animal Shelter in Erwin, Tenn. • Beaumont Animal Services in Beaumont, Texas • City of Corpus Christi Animal Care Services in Corpus Christi, Texas • Citizens for Animal Protection in Houston, Texas • Houston Humane Society in Houston, Texas • Texas Humane Heroes in Leander, Texas • Salt Lake County Animal Services in Salt Lake City, Utah • Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in Sumerduck, Va. • Virginia Beach SPCA in Virginia Beach, Va. • Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee, Wis. • Cheyenne Animal Shelter in Cheyenne. Wyo.The ASPCA and Rachael Ray will award a $100,000 grand prize to the shelter contestant that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during this three-month period. The contestant that does the best job of engaging its community members in helping to save more animals will win $25,000. Those organizations that do the best in their divisions will be eligible for between $10,000 and $25,000 in additional grants. In total, $600,000 in grant funding will be awarded for increases in animal lives saved and general participation.All her life, Rachael Ray has been an advocate for animals and a supporter of animal welfare groups. Her love for animals and for her pit bull, Isaboo, inspired her to create a pet food called Nutrish to raise money for animals in need. Ray donates 100 percent of her proceeds from the sale of Nutrish to organizations like the ASPCA so they can implement programs like the $100K Challenge and support shelters and animal organizations around the country.The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a groundbreaking contest that challenges animal shelters across the country to come up with innovative ways to engage their communities and get more homeless cats and dogs into loving homes. For more information about the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, please click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

More Artists Added To Concert Across America To End Gun Violence

first_imgFrom Jimmy Dale Gilmore at Threadgills’ in Austin, TX to Kate Pierson of The B-52s at the BSP in Kingston, NY, more than 1,000 artists will participate in the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sunday, Sept. 25.Artists and activists are banding together to call attention to gun violence on the Congressionally-designated day to remember victims of murder.“There are more than 30,000 gun deaths every year including, 12,000 murders with firearms,” said John Rosenthal, founder of Stop Handgun Violence in Boston. “It’s time to take a stand and make gun violence a voting issue in the November elections.”Participating artists directly impacted by gun violence include: The Alternate Route’s Eric Donnelly, the Bush Pilot’s Mathew Gross, blues singer Courtney Weaver, fiddle player Sydney Montstream-Quas, rapper Big Rich from the Bay Area, and Grammy-winners Rosanne Cash and Marc Cohn – both of whom will be performing at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan with Jackson Browne and Vy Higgensen’s Gospel Choir of Harlem. For more information, click here.Ryan Cabrera, Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles), Sam Harris of X Ambassadors, Sebastian Kole, and Carnie Wilson will join the Gay Men’s Chorus and others to be announced at The Standard Hotel rooftop in Los Angeles. (www.Sept25LA.org)Christopher Cross, Zach Gill (of ALO), Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Ozomatli, and Venice will perform at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA. (www.sbcoalition.org)Big Rich, Lady Ray, Rick Stevens, and Motown Moves Soulful Grooves are among the San Francisco Bay area artists performing. (More here)Nationwide, the diversity of artists involved range from Hope Thru Harmony Women’s Choir at the Dayton Correctional Institution and the Cleveland Orchestra in Ohio, to the Gay Men’s Choir of South Carolina performing at a coffee shop concert organized by music students from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and the “Mother Pluckers,” a self-described group of “not-so-spring chickens dedicated to ukulele music” at a Seattle Unitarian church.Many concerts are free to the public, such as events at four Falls Church, VA venues that include Clare & Don’s Beach Shack featuring Hawaiian music, and Argia’s Italian Restaurant featuring the George Mason High School jazz band.All socially conscious artists can participate with a social media shout-out using the hashtags #ConcertAcrossAmerica to #EndGunViolence.Spearheaded by the Boston-based Stop Handgun Violence, the Concert is partnered with more than 100 organizations including Faiths United to End Gun Violence, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Rabbis Against Gun Violence, the American Conference of Cantors and Texas Musicians Against Gun Violence.last_img read more

World leaders address UN special session on AIDS

In the course of three plenary meetings running from morning through late evening, the Assembly was scheduled to hear over 70 speakers, including heads of State and government, health ministers and other high-level officials. Omar Bongo, the President of Gabon, said drugs to treat AIDS must be made available to all, and the proposed Global AIDS and Health Fund must be made operational as soon as possible. “Small pox has disappeared, polio is vanishing; AIDS must also go,” he said. If all acted in unity to combat the scourge, he said, “for once in history the word solidarity will have taken on its full meaning.” Offering the perspective of one of the countries most devastated by the disease, the President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, stressed that funds were needed for voluntary counselling and testing, assistance to AIDS support groups, scientific research for AIDS drugs and vaccines, improved access to drugs, and ensuring “that the fight against HIV/AIDS does not come at the cost of sustainable development and improved living standards for developing nations.” Welcoming the proposed Fund, the President emphasized that its resources should be disbursed to countries worst-hit by the pandemic. Denzil L. Douglas, the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, said it was regrettable that “institutions and private foundations that pledged to assist the countries in Africa did not appear to have recognized the seriousness of the situation in the Caribbean.” He pointed out that there were 360,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the region. “In the face of this phenomenon, Caribbean countries have been both steadfast and proactive,” he said. However, like the countries in Africa, Caribbean States had little access to antiretroviral medicines to fight AIDS. The disease, he said, “should force us to accept that in the struggle to preserve the fabric of our humanity, we must work together to solve this problem.” Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said that since the first appearance of AIDS in Senegal in 1986, the Government had been making serious efforts to fight the disease. As a result, the AIDS prevalence rate was only 2 per cent. At the same time, he pointed out that the exhorbitant cost of medicines to treat AIDS was “simply immoral and unacceptable.” Calling on the special session to take decisive action, he said, “The time to act is now. Tomorrow it will be too late.”Ghana’s President, John Agyekum Kufour, recalled that earlier this year at a summit meeting in Abuja, African governments had pledged to allocate at least 15 per cent of their annual budgets to improvements in the health sector to combat the pandemic. “Significant as this initiative is, it must be admitted that it will be inadequate without sustained and concerted international assistance directed at both prevention of the disease and mitigation of its impact,” he said. Ghana supported the proposed Global AIDS and Health Fund, which he said should be administered by the UN “with all the urgency and dispatch the crisis commands.” Pascoal Manuel Mocumbi, the Prime Minister of Mozambique, underscored the gender dimensions of the pandemic. “HIV is transmitted through the most intimate and private human relationships, through sexual violence and commercial sex; it proliferates mostly because of women’s poverty and inequality,” he said, calling for special efforts to help those most vulnerable to the disease. On the proposed Global Fund, he emphasized that “no commitment we declare today will achieve the desired results if adequate resources are not provided consistently and sustained over time.” Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo called attention to the devastating impact of AIDS in Africa. “The future of our continent is bleak, to say the least, and the prospect of extinction of the entire population of a continent looms larger and larger,” he said. Africans were looking to the special session with hope, he added, urging participants to help people living with AIDS “to overcome the stigma of society, [so] they can join the crusade against further spread of the killer disease.” The President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, pointed out that although HIV strikes every region, culture and social group “it cannot be denied that it is most prevalent among those populations socially and economically less favoured.” He said his Government was working to raise awareness among the Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa about the need to increase their efforts to combat AIDS. Portugal itself, “in the European context, has a relevant AIDS problem,” he added. Noting that the contribution of religious leaders should be strengthened, he called for “a commitment that does not have to call into question the beliefs and moral values of each.” Daniel T. arap Moi, President of Kenya, underscored the devastation wrought by AIDS on Africa. “This is a time when the production of coffins is a growing industry because of this dreadful pestilence,” he said. On the issue of patent protection for new anti-AIDS medicines, he said it would pose a choice between the human lives and the right of commercial interest. “Human life must surely come before anything else,” he said.” There will be no question of corporations or individuals making handsome profits at the expense of my people, the people of Africa or at the expense of the sick.” Rwandan President Paul Kagame, said his country was among the worst-hit by HIV/AIDS, with some 400,000 people – out of a total population of 8 million – estimated to be infected. The 1994 genocide, in which untold numbers of women and young girls were systematically raped, was partly to blame for the high prevalence rate. Despite its problems, Rwanda was working to respond to the epidemic, including by purchasing anti-retroviral drugs, and providing them to the public at subsidized rates. He said international efforts should focus on adopting a global strategy that is realistic, practical and effective, particularly in regard to resource mobilization. The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Hubert A. Ingraham, expressed strong support for the establishment of the Global Fund, while voicing concern that small developing countries which did not have UN agencies located in their territories might have trouble accessing the resources. “I wish also to sound a cautionary note that we not place all our eggs in one basket,” he added. “While we recognize that the Fund must assist in drug acquisition, it is critically important that the urgency of the need for affordable anti-retroviral drugs required for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, and effective drugs for TB and malaria, not result in a disproportionate skew of the assets of the Fund to the supply of drugs.” Lesotho’s Prime Minister, Pakalitha B. Mosisili, said HIV/AIDS had been declared a national disaster in his country. He described the Government’s efforts to fight back, which included providing drugs for the treatment of opportunistic infections, adding that Lesotho would “soon reach a decision on the availability and accessibility of anti-retroviral therapy.” At the same time, he stressed the country’s need for support to strengthen its infrastructure and increase access to drugs. Alpha Oumar Konare, the President of Mali, said together, AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis were having a devastating impact on Africa. The continent’s leaders had confirmed their commitment to combat the scourge. For its part, Mali had launched a broad campaign to fight the disease. Both the Government and civil society were working together to address the problem at the local level. Stressing that no State must be left alone to confront the disease, he called for an international coalition against it.Also today, the Assembly took a series of procedural votes before adopting, by 62 in favour to none against with 30 abstentions, an amendment adding the name of Karyn Kaplan of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission to the list of civil society actors who will participate in tomorrow’s roundtable on “HIV/AIDS and human rights.”The other three roundtables scheduled for the current session will focus on “HIV/AIDS prevention and care,” “Socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS” and “International funding and cooperation.” read more

Seagate streamlines Barracuda range to single line of performance hard drives

first_imgDeciding to purchase a new hard drive comes with a range of choices based around performance and power. Do you want a 5400 or 7200rpm drive, 16, 32, or 64MB cache, 3Gb/s or 6Gb/s interface, and what amount of storage is available with your chosen configuration? In the past Seagate has catered for every scenario through its Barracuda, Barracuda Green, and Barracuda XT product lines, but that all changes today.Seagate has decided to streamline the Barracuda product range into a single line of drives carrying the name. Barracuda Green is being discontinued, and the Barracuda XT will become a hybrid drive offering. Therefore, if you want a typical desktop PC hard drive from Seagate it will only carry the name Barracuda.The reason for deciding to do this is a simple one: hard drive manufacturing has got to the point now where all hard drives Seagate offers are as efficient as its Green range was. The company also moved to a 1TB per platter design, which along with other improvement means all its drives can now offer good performance. By streamlining the range it also simplifies production for Seagate, and makes things clearer for both OEMs and consumers alike. Basically, if you decide to buy a Barracuda, the only decision you have to make is how much storage you want.Now, when you go shopping for a Seagate hard drive you will be offered the Barracuda in storage capacities of 250GB right up to 3TB. All the drives will spin at 7,200rpm, they will all use a 6Gb/s interface, and any drive over 500GB in size will have a 64MB cache (the smaller drives will use 16MB). All the drives will include OptiCache for performance, AcuTrac for reliability, and SmartAlign for moving to 4ksectors. If you want to use a 3TB drive with an older machine, there’s also DiscWizard software included to make it work.The Barracuda Green drives will continue to be available until February next year, where as the XT is currently being re-branded as a hybrid SSD with no confirmed re-release date. As for the all new Barracuda drives, they should start appearing on Amazon, CDW, Newegg, and TigerDirect first.Read more at Seagatelast_img read more

Disneys face cloning creates more realistic less creepy animatronic robots

first_imgCreating realistic, humanoid robots seems to be one thing the technology world hasn’t conquered successfully yet. Humanoid robots always seem to look frightening — right in the deepest depths of the uncanny vally — but at Disney animatronics are key for many of their attractions and rides. Disney Research has come up with a system that accurately recreates the face of any human and their facial expressions and put them onto an animatronic bot.Disney calls the process “face cloning” and they accomplish just it by first making a 3D scan of the face. During the scan the subject performs a variety of facial expressions while the computer uses motion capture technology to capture every detail of the expressions made, right down to where the wrinkles appear and how the skin moves. The result is a digital mesh of the face that Disney can use to create a design of a realistic robot head that will replicate each of the expressions the subject made during motion capture.Next is the skin. Disney prefer to use silicone because it’s what looks best on the robots, even if it isn’t the most realistic material available. The silicone skin differs in thickness in certain places to help make it move more like the real thing, and the digital model gives a guide on where the silicone should be adjusted as well as how it should be placed on the robot’s head.Liquid silicone is then injected into a 3D mold, the skin is attached to the head, and the process is complete. The only difference between this new clone of the original human being is that the head is slightly larger in order to compensate for the model’s more limited range of movements, but the difference is minor.This technology won’t only lead to better looking animatronics for Disney’s theme parks, it could also change the way we create humanoid robots. Disney is still looking to improve this tech though — the next step is increasingly flexible, multi-layered skin. This will make the skin and facial movements even more lifelike.More at Disney Research, via Gizmaglast_img read more

Wii U GamePads wont be sold separatly anytime soon

first_imgAs we all know, Nintendo’s new console the Wii U is launching on November 18th with a host of games available and the pre-orders for it are already selling out everywhere.It’s not all good news for Nintendo fans, though. Nintendo has announced they won’t be selling the console’s unique GamePad separately until next year at the earliest. The main reason being that there are currently no games that use two GamePads scheduled for launch.That’s fair enough, but what if you break one? It’s not as accident prone as the Wii Remote as no one will be thrusting their gamepad towards their TV at speed, we hope. But since the Wii U is a family console a child could accidentally sit on it and crack the screen, spill liquid over it, or generally get too rough with the tablet controller.Nintendo has said they will replace any broken GamePad, but it comes at a cost. They will charge an undisclosed fee for replacing one, which we can guess will be around about $172 as that’s how much Japanese gamers have been told they’ll cost. Other than a lack of game support Nintendo may not want shelves filled with $170 controllers, and possibly couldn’t supply them even if it wanted to. The GamePad has been rumored to be quite difficult to manufacture.It probably wont be long after launch that someone does break their GamePad, and hopefully at that point they’ll share the process (and cost) of having Nintendo ship them out a new one.via TechRadarlast_img read more

2MM lends a helping hand

first_img2MM raised $87,000 which will be donated to children’s charities in Greece who are housing children affected by the economic crisis. The money will be used to buy beds, foods, medications and nappies. Yiannis Meravoglou and Fr Antoniou flew to Greece last week to deliver the necessary items to the charities: Kivitos tis Agapis Patra; Kivotos tou Kosmou; and PIKPA Voulas. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img