Social Ministries

first_imgRs 1,00,000 crore a year on poverty alleviation alone. There is intent but rarely delivery.Kapil SibalMinister of Human Resource DevelopmentMan in a hurry: Act now, implement later. That’s been Sibal’s mantra in a whirlwind of a year where he’s tried to be all things to all constituents. So if the,Rs 1,00,000 crore a year on poverty alleviation alone. There is intent but rarely delivery.Kapil SibalMinister of Human Resource DevelopmentMan in a hurry: Act now, implement later. That’s been Sibal’s mantra in a whirlwind of a year where he’s tried to be all things to all constituents. So if the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE) satisfies the proponents of social justice, the Foreign Education Institution (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill sets the stage for foreign universities to get a level playing field, and the proposed PPP model for 2,500 model schools encourages corporate involvement. But his biggest of Big Ideas may well remain on statute books, if he is unable to enthuse states and insist that they part with the funds needed to match his grand vision for the future.Achievements: 1. Freeing the portfolio from ideological oscillation and placing education slam bang in the centre of the nation’s mindspace.2. Heralding a consultative style of working through roundtables.Failures: 1. Not thinking every reform through, whether it is the rte Act or the draft National Commission for Higher Education Bill.2. Inability to convince the seven laggard states to step up for RTE.What is to be done?  About his runaway tongue? Whether it is IIT eligibility or a uniform school-leaving examination for Class XII, Sibal says and retracts almost in the same breath. Kumari SeljaMinister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Minister of TourismRight up front: Both the urban and urbane face of the Government, she is equally at ease talking up the big-ticket Rajiv Awas Yojana for a slum-free India as she is inaugurating hotels for the Commonwealth Games. But she has no time to think big about the $100-billion tourism industry.Next big thing:  A model real estate Act to be used by states to draft their legislation in a hotly contested domain.advertisementMallikarjun KhargeMinister of Labour and EmploymentRoot cause: The veteran trade unionist from Gulbarga has given a new lease of life to a two-decade-old legislation bringing workers closer to boardrooms, starting with public sector units.Big miss: Even after the Left lost its clout, he was unable to push crucial reforms. C.P. JoshiMinister of Rural Development and of Panchayati RajA trapeze artiste: A sharp administrator, Joshi was brought to the Centre to monitor the UPA’s trophy scheme, NREGA. He has chosen his own constituency Bhilwara in Rajasthan, as a laboratory model for converging all the development schemes in his two ministries. Another smart move was to rename NREGA after Mahatma Gandhi. A professor of psychology, Joshi balances his time between his ministry and state politics as Rajasthan Congress chief.Achievements: 1. NREGA is the only scheme to place all its data, including payments made to each worker, on its website. He plans to converge both his ministries and ensure that rural development schemes reach the grassroots.2. Piloted the amendment to raise reservation for women to 50 per cent in panchayats.Failures: 1. Sonia’s favourite amendment Bills, to the Land Acquisition and Relief and Rehabilitation Acts, in limbo.2. NREGA still has too many loopholes to be plugged despite being Rahul Gandhi’s pet legislation. Joshi wants district-level ombudsmen to monitor it but nothing has been done about it.The oops moment:  Was publicly snubbed by Pranab Mukherjee on parliamentary etiquette for being brusque with a BJP MP, while Sonia watched.M.S. GillMinister of Youth Affairs and SportsThe game changer: The former chief election commissioner has turned the ministry, once considered a punishment posting, into the place where there is perpetual action. Not just because India is hosting the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but despite it, Gill has taken the question of India’s sport into the public eye. What his predecessor Mani Shankar Aiyar tried to do, Gill has turned into his crusade-make Indian sports administration answerable to the taxpayer and the sports fan.Achievements: 1. Taking on political heavyweights and exposing the underbelly of India’s sports administration.2. Setting up a pension scheme for former athletes in hard times. Leaving his ministry open to athletes, former and current, famous and unknown.3.  Aiming for clarity on ministry’s rules; ensuring new design on sports awards.Failures: 1. Leaving a flank open against seasoned politicos with all-out attack. It could take him the Mani Shankar Aiyar way.2. Sometimes Gill loves the spotlight, cameras and mikes too much. Can turn into a rent-a-quote on all sport.Helping hand: The Delhi High Court which asked about the ministry’s delay in implementing a sports regulation on the tenure of federation bosses.advertisement Ghulam Nabi AzadMinister of Health and Family WelfareDr DoLittle: Stayed clear of the AIIMS mess, which was his predecessor’s nemesis. Is seen to have not acted swiftly enough on the scandalous conduct of the MCI chief, Dr Ketan Desai. He, however, acted speedily after the H1N1 outbreak and gave states a fairly free hand.Biggest blooper: Advising late marriage and late night TV viewing as birth control measures.Vayalar RaviMinister of Overseas Indian AffairsDiaspora at heart: He initiated Labour Mobility Partnership Agreements with select countries in the EU to facilitate better social security conditions for Indians there. Set up the Indian Community Welfare Fund for workers in distress.Big move: Directed foreign employers hiring Indian women workers to deposit $2,500 security. Mukul WasnikMinister of Social Justice and EmpowermentFor a cause: The debonair Wasnik knows how to work the system. He had been pitching for a budgetary increase and overnight, allocations for his ministry jumped from Rs 2,500 crore in 2009-10 to Rs 4,500 crore in the current budget. Another astute move is that he actively encourages NGO involvement in his ministry, something that will go down well with the Congress chief. Also wants to speed up cases filed under atrocities against SCs and STs.Achievements: 1. Launched the pilot project for the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana for the integrated development of 44,000 villages having 50 per cent SC/ST population.2. Readied the draft bill of the amended Persons with Disabilities Act (1995).Failures: 1. Has not been able to persuade the private sector with sops to employ people with disabilities.2. Still to review the National Policy on Older Persons, 1999, and improve rehabilitation schemes for drug addicts.The sensitive touch: First among the Central ministries to re-design its website, making it accessible to persons with disabilities. Kantilal BhuriaMinister of Tribal AffairsMissed opportunity: Belonging to a tribal community, Bhuria was minister of state for agriculture in the previous regime. He was supposed to implement the UPA’s vision for tribals. But is yet to constitute a committee to monitor implementation of projects and schemes for tribal and forest areas.Big failure: Should have been at the forefront of the development approach, considering that Naxalism afflicts tribal areas the most. Krishna TirathMoS for Women and Child DevelopmentMissing in action: With the Rs 2,300-crore Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and the controversial Conditional Maternity Benefits, under which Rs 4,500 crore worth of cash benefits are to be given to mothers, she hopes a certain DAVP ad will be a bad memory.Pet project: The National Mission for Empowerment of Women, her bit for the women’s Bill.last_img read more

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Fowler has share of lead at OHL Classic

first_imgPLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO – NOVEMBER 11: Rickie Fowler the United States waves to Zach Johnson of the United States, Jonathan Byrd of the United States and Cameron Tringale of the United States as they look on from a balcony during the continuation of the second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on November 11, 2017 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPRickie Fowler, who is playing for the first time since helping the Americans retain the Presidents Cup trophy, has a share of the lead at PGA Tour’s rain-hit OHL Classic at 10-under 132. World number 10 Fowler is tied with Patrick Rodgers and Patton Kizzire, who hasn’t hit a ball since Friday because of thunderstorms which have caused delays over the past two days.ADVERTISEMENT Beterbiev knocks out Koelling in 12th for IBF title After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Fowler finished three holes early Saturday morning and was then forced to wait out a five-hour rain delay, only to see play at the Playa del Carmen course halted by darkness.After waiting out the weather, Fowler said all he could do was hope for the best on Sunday — which will be a 36-hole finish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We deal with weather every once in a while on the PGA Tour, around the world, really,” Fowler said. “You kind of just learn to play when you get to play, relax when you get to relax. Rest when you can, tee it up when you can.”Fowler saved par on the 18th hole to record a four-under 67, while Rodgers settled for a 65 after firing his first bogey of the tournament on No. 17. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kizzire finished the second round with a 70.The third round will resume early Sunday morning. It is also contingent on the weather, as forecasters are predicting thunderstorms and heavy downpours for the next two days.A total of 79 players made the cut at one-under 141 — but it is not a 54-hole cut, since groups will remain the same over the next two rounds.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Malditas save PH from shutout View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Dennis Rodman arrested on suspicion of DUI in California

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES Dennis Rodman speaks with fellow US basketball players during a team meeting at a Pyongyang, North Korea, hotel Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.  APNEWPORT BEACH, California, United States — Police say former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been arrested on suspicion of DUI in Southern California.Lt. Rachel Johnson of the Newport Beach Police Department says Rodman was pulled over late Saturday for a traffic violation.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Johnson says officers administered a field sobriety test, which Rodman failed. She says he submitted to a Breathalyzer test and blew over the .08 legal limit.Rodman was released from custody Sunday morning. Johnson didn’t immediately know if he had an attorney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAn email seeking comment from Rodman’s representatives was not immediately returned Sunday. /cbb MOST READ Hotshots stalk leader View commentslast_img read more

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Panelists discuss whether corruption is embedded in our DNA

first_imgKolkata, Sep 16 (PTI) Eminent journalists, industrialists, parliamentarians, political commentators deliberated whether It isnt in our DNA to be honest or clean organised by The Statesman this evening.Commenting on the topic, Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta said, “Yes there is a context – corruption, misuse of money. But did it happen overnight? What struck me most, yes if there is a major problem, then do something.””If we have the appetite to consult problems after recognising it,” he said.”Does not it mean we need the danda all the time?” Dasgupta asked.”None says we overcome challenges in a day, none acknowledges unless you take the plunge, take the process,” he said.”Regardless of how Modi is remembered in posterity he will be remembered he rolled back wheels of corruption. He started the process of rolling back,” Dasgupta said.In his speech, RS MP and Trinamool Congress leader Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said, “In the DNA of 55.3 per cent Indians, living in multidimensional poverty, there is not an iota of dishonesty. There is no dishonesty in the DNA of middle or lower middle class people.””But think about the richest Indians, who comprise the microscopic minority of 1 per cent population, and who own 58 per cent assets of India. It cant be through normal route, he said.”But none talks about them – either they are corporate honchos or key political figures and their DNAs,” he said scathingly.Roy also said, “It is not clear how much black money has been unearthed 10 years after the move even as RBI itself says 99 per cent of demonetised currency has been deposited.”advertisementDiscussion coordinator and veteran sports journalist Kishore Bhimani said, despite touching on certain areas there was no jingoistic fervour in the discussions and that was most important.”Irrespective of the government in power we must say cities like Kolkata look cleaner and that is the positive side in present age. We must conclude on that note,” he said.Industrialist Harshavardhan Neotia was among other speakers.The dailys Editor Ravindra Kumar said, “The Statesman Awards for Rural Reporting and the Cushrow Irani Prize for Environmental Reporting are being given away this year against the backdrop of mounting intolerance for honest journalism.”V P Nisar of Mangalam daily in Malayalam got the first prize, Richard Joseph of Rashtra Deepika publication in Malayalam got the second prize and Biswajit Das, journalist of Bartaman, a Bengali daily bagged the third prize in rural reporting. PTI SUS SBNlast_img read more

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IPL 2018: MS Dhoni gets a special gift from Pune ground staff

first_imgMS Dhoni’s daughter Ziva has become the flavour of Indian Premier League (IPL) this season.Young Ziva has accompanied her father to almost all of the games this season. She has been spotted cheering for Dhoni regularly at the stadiums as the former cricketer continue to fight hard on the pitch to help Chennai Super Kings qualify for the play-offs.Thanks to her appearances during CSK matches and the videos that keep surfacing on internet, Dhoni’s daughter has won a million hearts.And on Sunday, after CSK defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad to move a step closer to play-offs qualification, Dhoni was gifted a portrait of the former India captain with Ziva by the Pune stadium ground staff.This #yellove is unparalleled. #PuneGroundStaff #whistlepodu #CSKvSRH pic.twitter.com/grfinBY9SjChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 13, 2018Against SRH, Ambati Raydu smashed his maiden IPL century as CSK coasted to an easy eight-wicket to virtually seal a play-offs berth.CSK chased down the target with six balls remaining after Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan struck fifties to help SRH post 179/4 in 20 overs.Rayudu, who has been in great touch this season, remained not out on exactly 100 which he made from 62 balls with the help of seven fours and seven sixes.The 32-year-old Rayudu stitched a 134-run stand with senior partner Shane Watson (57) for the opening wicket to lay the foundation of the comprehensive win. Watson, also one of the centurions of this IPL, hit five fours and three sixes during his 35-ball knock.Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained not out on 20 from 14 balls as CSK reached 180 for 2 from 19 overs.advertisementRayudu carried his bat through the innings as he crossed 500 runs this season. He is on third spot among top run-getters with 535, behind Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson (544) and Kings XI Punjab’s Lokesh Rahul (537).The win by former champions CSK also snapped Sunrisers six-match winning streak this season.The Sunrisers, who have already qualified for the play-offs, remained on top of the table with 18 points from 12 matches while CSK are at second spot with 16 points from the same number of matches.last_img read more

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‘A beautiful moment’: Blind college football player makes winning debut

first_imgnews Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger US sports Topics Reuse this content Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network)This is anything but a regular PAT.Jake Olson, blind since age 12, just snapped for the first time in a live game. https://t.co/amyHcFoVueSeptember 3, 2017 Share on LinkedIn College football Since you’re here… Share via Email College sports Share on Twitter Jake Olson first imagined this moment long before he lost his vision to cancer eight years ago. The blind long snapper’s team-mates guided him onto the field. They lined him up over the ball. The referee blew the whistle. And Olson’s snap – a pass between his legs to help set up a kick – was straight and true.“It turned out to be a beautiful moment,” Olson said.Olson’s flawless extra-point snap was the final point in the University of Southern California’s 49-31 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday.Although a rare form of retinal cancer took his sight as a child, Olson refused to give up on his dream of playing for his beloved Trojans. On Saturday, his snap set off a wild celebration for team-mates and fans – USC average around 70,000 fans per game. Olson is also a surfer and golfer and has played California’s famous Pebble Beach. Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest “I just loved being out there,” Olson said. “It was an awesome feeling, something that I’ll remember forever. Getting to snap at USC as a football player … I’m trying to say as much as I can, because I can’t quite believe it yet.”The 20-year-old junior has been around the USC football program since 2009 thanks to former coach Pete Carroll – now head coach of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks – who first heard about Olson’s cancer and his love for the Trojans.Olson lost his left eye when he was 10 months old. The cancer forced doctors to remove his right eye when he was 12 — and he asked to watch the Trojans’ practice on the night before his surgery.“To take a situation that ugly, and then to fast-forward eight years and to have that same kid be able to snap on the football field with the team that really got him through that time, is just beautiful,” Olson said. “It’s emotional. Incredible.”Although he is completely blind, Olson managed to play two years of high school football in his native Orange County. He has worked out with the Trojans since 2015, enrolling at the school with a scholarship for physically challenged athletes and gradually persuading his USC coaches and team-mates that his dream was far more than just a stunt.USC’s coach, Clay Helton, vowed to get Olson into a blowout game against an opponent that would agree not to do anything that might injure the long-snapper. Western Michigan had no problem after the Trojans’ final touchdown essentially put the game out of reach.The score was close for most of a scorching afternoon at the Coliseum, so Olson’s parents, Brian and Cindy, didn’t think today would be the day — until suddenly, it was.“I was just screaming,” Cindy Olson said. “I was jumping up and down. We had everybody around us, even people we didn’t know, just screaming. I was saying, ‘That’s my son!’ Are you kidding? This was history. This was amazing. This was Jake’s dream.”Olson has gained 40lbs of muscle in two years since joining the team, and he is noticeably brawnier this year. The team’s kicker, Wyatt Schmidt, is his constant companion, guiding him to the proper spots on the field during practice.“Jake has worked his butt off ever since he got here,” quarterback Sam Darnold said. “It’s awesome to see him finally get a chance.”Helton also said this moment wasn’t a one-time event: Olson will snap again for the Trojans whenever the proper situation arises in a game.Carroll allowed Olson to lead the USC band after a game when he first became a part of the program eight years ago. Olson did it again Saturday, climbing the ladder and holding aloft the sword traditionally used to lead the band — but he did it in his game uniform.“This has all come full circle,” Cindy Olson said. “Isn’t that cool? I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep tonight.” Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. 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Firmino unfazed by lack of superstar status

first_imgWorld Cup Firmino unfazed by lack of superstar status in Brazil Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 05:16 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Roberto Firmino Brazil Getty World Cup Brazil Liverpool Premier League The Liverpool forward has become a star in Europe, but he is not afforded the same kind of respect in his homeland as some international team-mates Roberto Firmino remains unfazed by his lack of superstar status in Brazil, with the Liverpool forward having shown at club level what he is capable of.Heading into the 2018 World Cup, it remains to be seen what kind of role the 26-year-old will be given by national team coach Tite.Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus has been favoured in a central striking role in recent times, with the likes of Neymar and Willian providing attacking support. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Firmino did, however, net 27 times for Liverpool in 2017-18, while providing 14 assists across Premier League and Champions League competition to put himself in contention for a starting berth.Calls for him to play a prominent role in Russia have started to build, but he is still not held in the same regard as a number of Selecao colleagues.Pressed as to why that might be, the man who left Figueirense for German side Hoffenheim in 2011 told FourFourTwo: “I can’t really explain it. It could be because I didn’t play for very long in Brazil before I chose to move to Europe.”I left my home when I was young so I think that’s probably the main reason – they haven’t seen as much of me compared to other players.”I may have a better status outside Brazil, but I don’t worry about it too much. What matters to me is that I’m doing my job at my club where I’m very happy at the moment. Everything else will follow.”Firmino has just enjoyed the best season of his career to date, with his efforts helping Liverpool to a top four finish and the Champions League final.He has also impressed for Brazil of late, stepping off the bench in a 3-0 friendly victory over Austria to set up a goal for former Reds team-mate and close friend Philippe Coutinho.Firmino added on the man who left Anfield for Barcelona during the January transfer window: “Everybody knows that Coutinho is a great footballer – here in England they call him ‘The Magician’.”He made his decision to join Barcelona but every time we meet and play for the Selecao we have a good chat and maintain that friendship. He is an exceptional guy and one of the best friends football has given me.”Firmino and Coutinho will be hoping to savour World Cup glory this summer, with the side fancied by many to go all the way set to open their Group E campaign against Switzerland on Sunday.last_img read more

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Only 2 Of ESPN’s Analysts Are Picking Ohio State To Beat Michigan

first_imgOhio State's Tyvis Powell tackling Michigan WR Jeremy GallonANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 30: Wide receiver Jeremy Gallon #21 of the Michigan Wolverines is tackled by defensive back Tyvis Powell #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first quarter during a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State has won its last six meetings against Michigan, but the Wolverines seem to be the favorite heading into this year’s matchup. In fact, only two ESPN analysts are picking the Buckeyes to take down their arch rival.Earlier this week, ESPN revealed what its reporters are picking when it comes to the four biggest rivalry games this weekend. The games picked? Oklahoma vs. West Virginia, Washington vs. Washington State, Alabama vs. Auburn and Michigan vs. Ohio State.Only Chris Low and Mark Schlabach are picking the Buckeyes to defeat the Wolverines.Who is picking Michigan? Andrea Adelson, Joel Anderson, Edward Aschoff, Kyle Bonagura, Heather Dinich, David M. Hale, Sam Khan Jr., Ivan Maisel, Ryan McGee, Dan Murphy, Adam Rittenberg, Alex Scarborough, Mitch Sherman, Jake Trotter and Tom VanHaaren.Of the 17, only Chris Low and Mark Schlabach picked #OhioState to beat ❌ichigan. Those two believe in the #Buckeyes. ?? #GoBucks #BeatTTUNhttps://t.co/22AntI5yOT— Buckeye Fans Only (@buckeyefansonly) November 21, 2018That’s a lot of support for the Wolverines.This year’s contest has a ton on the line. Michigan, currently No. 4, needs to win out to reach the College Football Playoff.Ohio State, currently No. 10, needs to take down Michigan and then Northwestern to even be part of the conversation. They’d need to jump a few teams in the process, like LSU, Washington State and Oklahoma.This year’s game kicks off at Noon ET on FOX.last_img read more

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Work Under Way to Establish National Trade Portal

first_imgThe Government has commenced work to establish Jamaica’s National Trade Portal, which was approved by Cabinet in 2017/18.This was disclosed by Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, while opening the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 1).Mr. Shaw, who indicated that the portal is being established under the Government’s Trade Facilitation Initiative, said the project is being funded through a grant from the World Bank.He advised that the portal will serve as a precursor to the Electronic Single Window, another component of the Initiative.“We have already signed the contract, and procurement of the specialists is now under way,” the Minister told the House.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw announced that Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is “well under way” in establishing a National Business Portal, which will serve as the central point through which all investments are routed.It will give access to stakeholders and provide greater levels of transparency and information sharing.last_img read more

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Day of Mourning Ceremonies Remember 32 Workers

first_imgThirty-two Nova Scotians who died, and over 28,000 who were injured at the workplace last year were remembered today, April 28, during a ceremony at Province House to mark the National Day of Mourning. Premier Darrell Dexter and Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More joined the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour as well as other individuals and organizations to mark the event. Similar ceremonies were held across the province. “I extend my sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to those who have lost a loved one at the workplace,” said Premier Dexter. “The National Day of Mourning is a time to pay tribute to those workers and those that have been injured. It is also a time for reflection, and to remind ourselves that every workplace fatality and injury is preventable. We must remember that all of us, each and every Nova Scotian, have the power to prevent workplace deaths.” “While nothing can fill the void that is left for friends and family, our thoughts go out to those that have been affected by these tragedies,” said Ms. More. “We will continue to work with our partners to help improve workplace safety, as well as educate employers and employees, to prevent incidents before they happen.” The total number of claims for on-the-job injuries was 28,089, a decrease of 11.5 per cent from 2008, according to the Workers’ Compensation Board. “Our thoughts, condolences and commitment go out to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives, or were injured, due to work,” said Federation of Labour president Rick Clarke. “A decrease in the number of injuries is always a positive sign, however this number does not include the many others that died away from work due to unrecognized or undiagnosed occupational related diseases. More education and enforcement is a must.” The Day of Mourning was established in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress. The ceremony is recognized across Canada and in over 80 countries around the world. For more information on occupational health and safety in Nova Scotia, see the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/healthandsafety For more information on Day of Mourning, visit www.dayofmourning.ns.ca.last_img read more

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ATF price cut by 58 subsidised LPG by 3

first_imgNew Delhi: Jet fuel price was on Monday cut by a steep 5.8 per cent to a four-month low on softening international oil prices, according to state-owned fuel retailers. Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) price in Delhi was cut by Rs 3,806.44 per kilolitre to Rs 61,200.36 per kl. This is the second straight monthly price reduction. In Mumbai, home to country’s busiest airport, ATF price was cut to Rs 61,199.79 per kl from Rs 64,946.04 per kl, according to a price notification issued by oil companies. Rates were last cut by a marginal Rs 61.05 per kl on June 1. Reduction in ATF rates will bring relief to cash strapped airlines. Simultaneously, oil firms also cut the price of cooking gas LPG. Subsidised LPG rate was reduced by Rs 3.02 per 14.2-kg cylinder to Rs 494.35 in Delhi. In Mumbai, the subsidised 14.2-kg bottle will cost Rs 492.04 as compared to Rs 495.09 till Sunday.last_img read more

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Naidu demands CBI probe into former AP Speakers death

first_imgHyderabad: Terming the death of former Speaker of Andhra Pradesh, Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, who allegedly committed suicide, as “murder,” TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday demanded a CBI investigation into the circumstances leading to the incident. Blaming the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government for the death of Rao, Naidu said, “I have seen 11 chief ministers in my career and I my self have held the post for so manyyears. I have never seen such a chief minister ( Jaganmohan Reddy). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ This (suicide) is nothing but murder by the government.” “The entire case has to be investigated by the CBI. Intellectuals in this country should debate on the government’s attitude,” he told reporters here. Based on eye-witness accounts, Rao was suspected to have committed suicide. The 72-year old leader was last month slapped with a criminal case by the Andhra Pradesh police for alleged illegal possession of furniture of the assembly. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The ruling YSR Congress in AP had dubbed Kodela a ‘thief’ who stole the Legislature property, a charge denied by him. Hitting out at the AP government, Naidu said19″baseless and unfounded”cases including some related to extortion and breach of trust were foisted against the family members of the departed leader, violating Supreme Court guidelines, which mandates an inquiry before filing such cases. According to Naidu, the furniture missing case filed against the former speaker was “petty” in nature and the Guntur police booked a case under Section 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant ). The former AP Chief Minister said Rao wrote two letters to the Assembly Secretary to take back the furniture he kept in his camp office in June and also in August. However, the state government chose to file a case against him, he alleged. Calling Jaganmohan Reddy’s dispensation as “worse than a terrorist government” Naidu said, Rao whowas regarded as “Palnadu Tiger” was mentally, physically and financially harassed and intimidated. “Right from constable to the DGP and everybody in the government whoever filed and is dealing with these ( cases against Rao) became spineless,” he said. The government abetted the suicide and it is a clear case study on “vindictive politics,” which people of the State should be made aware of, he said. Meanwhile, Naidu paid homage to the departed leader at TDP headquarters before it was taken to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh to be kept at the party’s office for people to pay tribute. A six-time MLA from Guntur district, Rao was the Andhra assembly Speaker from 2014 to 2019.last_img read more

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Photo project focuses on Indigenous youth and reconciliation

first_imgTORONTO – Colourful graffiti covers a massive wall next to a rumbling subway station. But it’s something far more mundane that’s caught the eye of budding photographer Jeremiah McLaughlin-Assinewai.The 16-year-old sits on the ground to get the right angle with his smartphone, training his lens on a tangle of green weeds bursting through the pavement.The affable teen considers himself a city boy, but says his newfound interest in photography is opening him up to seeing the world — and himself — in a new light.“My whole life I never really wanted to pursue anything, it was always about my sports, hockey and everything, but this really changed (things) and now I have a fun hobby that I enjoy,” says McLaughlin-Assinewai, who lives in Sudbury, Ont.“It expresses the way I feel and it’s just making memories. Every photo is a memory to me.”Later, he darts into the brush at a nearby park to capture more images with eight other young photographers, all Indigenous youth taking part in a photography project centred around truth and reconciliation.The outing has been organized by the charitable organization Jayu in partnership with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. Over the course of two weeks in August, seasoned photographers led classes in storytelling and photography, with Graeme Roy, director of news photography for The Canadian Press, among those involved.It all leads up to a two-month photo exhibit in Toronto beginning Friday, with all proceeds going to the youth.Stephanie Fox-Assinewai, a youth co-ordinator at the Native Canadian Centre, says it’s about more than just encouraging a new skill, but building self-esteem and pride in Indigenous culture.Fox-Assinewai brought three of her sons to the project, including McLaughlin-Assinewai, and is happy to see interest in their heritage grow. The family is from the Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island.“They take the culture more seriously as they’re getting older. They used to dance when they were small but they kind of grew out of that,” she notes.“This program is giving them encouragement, empowerment, to let them know that it’s OK to identify as First Nations and that we are working on breaking those barriers to have reconciliation.”Those are lessons that Cedar Landon says she’s seized on, noting that although she’s spent most of her life in Toronto and Vancouver she calls the Georgian Bay community of Neyaashiinigmiing home.The 22-year-old says photography has helped her connect with her heritage, and focus on taking the first steps towards a career as a chef.“I’ve always been living in the city and moving place-to-place and photography has really helped me just be in the moment, capturing what’s around me right then-and-there and the people who I’m with right then-and-there,” says Landon, who enrolled in a culinary program in Toronto that started in September.“Drinking and drugs is a lot of my peers’ outlet in trying to fill a void, but photography’s helped me stay on my right path and use my outlet in a positive way.”Previous incarnations of Jayu’s iAm program focused on homeless youth and young newcomers from the Middle East, including refugees from Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.Jayu founder Gilad Cohen says he’s been impressed by how quickly this group of youth — aged 13 to 25 — responded to the program.McLaughlin-Assinewai says it won’t be hard to apply the lessons he’s learned elsewhere in his life, especially a newfound drive to embrace his family’s culture, language and history.“Being in the city, you kind of lose that, you lose that way of how you were raised. But this program’s really connected me back to that.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version mispelled Stephanie Fox-Assinewai’s surname.last_img read more

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Canada wins lottery as prolonged search for coach ends with Nurse

first_imgTORONTO – Sometimes you need a little luck to go along with best practices and good intentions.And for once, it’s the often snake-bitten Canadian men’s senior national team that ended up finding a winning lottery ticket in an old coat, just when the house needed a new roof and kids were about to start school.Men’s national team general manager Rowan Barrett and Basketball Canada chief executive officer Glen Grunwald were well into a search for a new head coach that was aiming high, but had yet to hit the mark in the early weeks of April.Top Canadian candidates had been interviewed and found wanting. They had been close with some impressive international candidates, but had not been able to get over the finish line.Time seemed to be pressing. The World Cup of Basketball draw was already out and Canada’s first game was scheduled for September 1st against powerhouse Australia. After Barrett was announced as the successor to Steve Nash as GM on March 6th, he said he wanted to have a coach in place by March 31st.That internal deadline came and went, and a sense of mystery began to surround the process, but they were guided by the recognition that with the team on the cusp of contending for medals internationally, they needed to make the right choice. So they decided to wait it out a little longer.It turns out the best conceivable choice – their lottery ticket – was sitting under their noses. The future of the men’s national team – marked by more disappointments than triumphs on the international stage over the past 20 years – began to brighten considerably when Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse reached out to Barrett – after checking in with executives Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster – and let him know he was available and interested in becoming the next head coach of the men’s senior national team.“It was great. We felt good,” recalled Barrett of when he learned of Nurse’s interest. “Once we knew, philosophically, our thoughts lined up, we felt really good.”On Nurse’s end it was a matter of matching his inherent interest in coaching at the World Cup and potentially the Olympics in 2020 – “two great competitions, covering this summer and next. It’s just an opportunity that doesn’t come around in anybody’s life, a coach’s life, whatever, very often” – with the reality of there being only so many weeks in a year.“Would it fit in time-wise without having any serious ramifications to the Raptors? Did I want to give up my summer vacation to do it? Obviously, my wife and family had to support the thing, that was big as well,” said Nurse on his thought process in taking the job. “I was probably at about 65 per cent and my wife said ‘100 per cent you take that job,’ so here I am.”An understanding was reached in mid-April, just before the Raptors and Nurse embarked on what ended up being a two-month playoff run culminating in the Raptors earning their first NBA Championship after eliminating the Golden State Warriors in six games on June 13th. The contract was only finalized this past weekend.Nurse became the first coach in NBA history to win an NBA championship and a G-League championship. He also was an assistant with the national team representing Great Britain, helping the then-fledgeling basketball nation to two European Championship appearances and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.But amidst the glow of his latest triumph Nurse has another challenge staring right at him. On his whiteboard across from his office at OVO Centre, Nurse has a list of Canada’s potential players sorted in rows divided by position, with notes about their availability. It’s an impressive group, with a lot of solid NBA talent and some accomplished European pros as well.“I think it’s a tremendous opportunity,” said Nurse at his introductory press conference Monday morning at the Raptors practice facility. “Again, I see a tremendous opportunity for growth for myself. That’s always really, really important to me … I’m honoured to be able to do it and excited to do it.”Once an understanding was reached with Nurse, the challenge was two-fold for Canada Basketball: make sure that word didn’t get out as Nurse was guiding the Raptors through the playoffs – something they managed to do for about six weeks until it leaked out after the Raptors eliminated the Milwaukee Bucks and earned a spot in the NBA Finals.The other was to continue planning for contingencies, recognizing that a lot could happen over the ensuing two months to affect Nurse’s availability or interest in taking on the role that will be a six-week, full-time commitment in early August. The commitment will take a bite out of what would ordinarily be vacation time for him, no small consideration given Nurse has two kids under three, including a son famously born during the Eastern Conference Finals.Barrett says Canada Basketball continued to field inquiries from a range of high-profile international coaches before Nurse was finally confirmed for the job, and now as potential members of his staff.“I won’t get into names but there are a number of coaches that want to coach for our country. We’re excited,” said Barrett. “I think it speaks to what we’ve built here in this country. When you look at the fans, you can see the viewership up year after year, loving this game … but it’s definitely exciting that the rest of the world now believes in what we’re doing and what we’re building.”There is hope too that given the TV ratings the Raptors drew, the passion shown at the team’s championship parade and the star power of Nurse and NBA pros such as Jamal Murray among others, corporate Canada may finally step in and provide the kind of sponsorship revenue desperately needed for a program that has typically been run on a shoestring. An airline sponsor would be a start.“Corporate support is always important. I think you guys know the history there,” said Barrett. “And we want to see it grow. Look, taking the team to China, those flights, with NBA guys? I think we all know that’s not going to be cheap. We are going to make sure our players are flying in first class, they are flying in style. They can rest and all those things. They shouldn’t have to have their knees beside their ears to get to China because we can’t afford to foot the bill. We need support from the corporations.”As for Nurse’s staff, Gord Herbert – one of Canada’s coaches during the World Cup qualifying process – is expected to be named as one of the assistants and it would not be surprising if he brings along at least one member from his Raptors staff and one or more of the club’s video coordinators in order to make the transition as seamless as possible with training camp scheduled to start on August 4th at the OVO Centre.Given how much emphasis Nurse puts on his own professional growth and development it wouldn’t be a surprise if he left one of the three assistant spots open for a high-profile veteran coach that he could do some learning on. Another name that will likely surface is Scott Morrison, the former G-League coach of the year from Prince Edward Island, who is currently an assistant with the Boston Celtics.“I’m looking to put together a world-class staff,” said Nurse. “This competition requires it and these players deserve one. It’s a scheduling thing, guys have jobs, but we want the best staff we can get.”And the players?After years when securing commitments from Canada’s top professional players was at times uncertain, Nurse is confident he’ll be able to draw on a strong cross-section of Canada’s best.“I know there’s a strong buy-in already, that guys wanna play,” said Nurse. “But it’s just kind of like when I got the job [with the Raptors]. I’ve gotta look these guys in the eye a little bit, and get on the phone with ’em and get to know ’em and go from there.“[But] I’ll have a pretty big role, I think.”And as a result, Canada Basketball – and basketball in Canada – may have finally cashed a winning ticket.last_img read more

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Viola Davis Creativity Is The Only Way To Survive

first_imgMcCann Worldgroup & The Paley Center for Media are very proud to announce that the critically revered film, theater and TV actress Viola Davis will be joining the “Creativity is the Only Way to Survive” seminar they are hosting at the 2015 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 1pm.A two-time Tony winner who has also been twice nominated for Academy Awards, Ms. Davis’s current role in the new ABC Studios hit show How to Get Away with Murder has already earned her the current top Screen Actors Guild, People’s Choice, and NAACP Image Awards.Ms. Davis will be joining the TV program’s Executive Producer Betsy Beers and its Executive Producer and Creator Pete Nowalk for an intimate and candid conversation exploring lessons learned from failure, creativity prevailing against all odds, and the strength of character required to trust one’s own creative process in order to succeed artistically in a rapidly evolving — and often judgmental industry. By including three of the TV shows’ principals reflecting different perspectives, the panel will be able to cover multiple aspects of the creative process.Ms. Davis is currently starring as Annalise Keating on the drama How to Get Away with Murder, from ABC Studios and Shondaland, one of the highest-profile new series of the fall 2014 season in the U.S. In 2015, Davis received the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.” The series, which drew 14.24 million viewers during its premiere, is a sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller that centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor (Davis) who becomes entangled in a murder plot. Season 2 will premiere later this fall. Ms. Davis’s next film, “Lila & Eve,” will be released in July. She is also an Executive Producer.Rob Reilly, Global Creative Chairman, McCann Worldgroup, who will be introducing the seminar commented, “Creativity isn’t just an award show word, it’s how we solve really hard problems. For a brand, an institution or a TV show.” He added, “Thanks to our great friends at The Paley Center for Media, we are fortunate to bring three extraordinarily talented artists to the stage in a powerful demonstration of why creativity is the only way to survive. Their personal stories will not only inspire us individually but show us that there is no limit to what we can do for our clients’ brands when our only option is courageous creativity.”“The Paley Center for Media leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of media, and we are thrilled to partner with McCann Worldgroup to present a Cannes Lions seminar with three of the leading champions of creative expression on television,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media.Betsy Beers is also the Executive Producer of the hit ABC Studios shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Ms. Beers partnered with Shonda Rhimes and her company Shondaland to develop and produce additional feature film and television projects. In 2014, Beers and Rhimes were honored by the Directors Guild of America with the rarely awarded Diversity Award, for their long record of providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities.Previously, Pete Nowalk was a Writer on Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice. In addition to writing for ABC, Nowalk sold a pilot to NBC in 2012. Nowalk also co-wrote The Hollywood Assistants Handbook, published by Workman Books in 2008, based on his own experiences working at various entertainment companies which included Columbia Pictures, Red Wagon Entertainment and the Endeavor Agency.As her credits attest, Davis is in constant demand for a wide variety of roles. In January 2015, she appeared in Legendary Pictures and director Michael Mann’s Blackhat, a contemporary thriller set in the world of computer hacking which also stars Chris Hemsworth and Holt McCallany. She is currently in production on the highly anticipated Suicide Squad which also stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto.last_img read more

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HBO Canada Presents the Canadian Television Premiere of DAVID BOWIE THE LAST

first_imgDAVID BOWIE: THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a BBC Studios production. Executive producer is Phil Dolling. Director and producer is Francis Whately. Distributor is BBC Worldwide North America. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment @HBOCanada Facebook.com/HBOCanada @HBOCanada TORONTO – HBO Canada presents a powerful and poignant portrait of one of the most defining artists in music history, the inimitable David Bowie. Directed and produced by Francis Whately, director of the 2013 documentary David Bowie: Five Years, DAVID BOWIE: THE LAST FIVE YEARS is an in-depth exploration of the pivotal moments and works of his final years, including albums The Next Day and Blackstar and his play Lazarus. The 90-min documentary premieres for the first time in North America, Sunday, July 2 at 9:15 p.m. ET on HBO Canada.Featuring a wealth of unseen and rare archival footage, the film demonstrates how in his final five years, Bowie not only began producing music again but returned to the fundamental and defining themes of his career: spirituality, alienation, and fame. The documentary includes interviews with every key member of the Next Day band, members of the Blackstar band, those who worked with him on Lazarus, and old friends and colleagues, who all explore how the work of the last five years relates to Bowie’s back catalogue including how Major Tom reflected in Blackstar, “Diamond Dogs” in the play Lazarus, and “Fame” in the song “The Stars (Are out Tonight)”.Following its premiere, the documentary is available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. Following its broadcast run, DAVID BOWIE: THE LAST FIVE YEARS will stream on CraveTV, joining a robust lineup of music documentaries that includes THE ROLLING STONES OLE, OLE, OLÉ: A TRIP ACROSS LATIN AMERICA, Spike Lee’s MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL, and KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK. Advertisement About HBO CanadaHBO Canada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is included with a subscription to The Movie Network, which is available across Canada through television service providers. HBO Canada is available in high definition on HBO Canada HD, and on HBO Canada OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service. Throughout Canada HBO Canada programming is accessible on TMN GO, as well as on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of The Movie Network. The Movie Network is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Social Media links Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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New Brock research explores recognition of otherrace faces

Two pictures of the same face can look very different, which is why many of us don’t like our passport photo. Trying to recognize faces when appearance varies is especially challenging when viewing faces of a different race, new Brock University research has shown.In what is a twist to the common expression, “they all look the same to me,” a research team led by psychologist Catherine Mondloch found that people were twice as likely to believe that two pictures of the same person belonged to different people when sorting other-race photos compared to own-race faces.“We’ve known for a long time that it is reasonably easy to recognize faces from our own age and ethnic group,” says Mondloch. “Yet, when we encounter people from a category with which we are less familiar – infant faces, other-races faces, older faces – we are less accurate.“The research field has focused on the fact that we have a hard time telling some faces apart,” says Mondloch. “Now we know that telling faces apart is only part of the story. Our finding turns the field upside down a little bit; this is the flip side of the problem.”Mondloch and her team, Xiaomei Zhou and Sarah Laurence, presented East Asian and Caucasian research participants with a pile of 40 photographs of either own or other-race faces.The researchers asked participants to select photographs of the same person and put them into separate piles, so that each pile would contain all of the images of one person.“What we didn’t tell them is the pile included 20 pictures of two people, so the correct solution was two piles each containing 20 pictures.” explains Mondloch.“They didn’t know that. The number of piles each person made told us how many different identities they perceived.”If the common perception that other-race faces look “the same” to someone of a different race, then, “people should make fewer piles when sorting other-race faces,” says Mondloch.In previous research, when a British research team administered a similar test to participants to distinguish same-race images, participants made an average of six piles.But in this latest research on other-race faces, “people made twice as many piles for other-race faces; they were making 11 or 13 piles. Rather than thinking there were six different people, participants perceived 13 different people when there were only two,” says Mondloch.The results were the same with the East Asian and Caucasian participants.All photographs were of the same two people, but with differences in lighting, facial expression, hairstyles, makeup and other small changes in appearance.Mondloch says the research has important implications for passport officers and other professionals tasked with identifying individuals.“It’s hard enough to match a person to their photo or to see that this driver’s license and this passport really belong to the same person because appearance varies from day to day,” she says.“If these are pictures of somebody from categories that are not very familiar, like other-race faces, that’s going to be even harder, because that small change in appearance is going to lead you to think it’s a different person.”The research findings also apply to everyday social situations, says Mondloch.“There’s the awkwardness of failing to say hello to somebody you should recognize. This study suggests that’s going to be much more likely when it’s somebody from a different ethnic background,” says Mondloch.“So now the question is, can we change that?”Mondloch’s research – “The flip side of the other-race coin: They all look different to me” – was published September 14 in the British Journal of Psychology, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjop.12147/abstract read more

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US consumer borrowing jumps 10 per cent in March

US consumer borrowing jumps 10 per cent in March WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers sharply increased use of their credit cards in March, pushing up total borrowing at the fastest pace in more than a decade.The Federal Reserve says total consumer borrowing rose $29.7 billion in March, a 10 per cent increase. It was the largest percentage gain since a surge of 18.4 per cent in November 2001, a month when consumer borrowing surged in response to government officials urging Americans to boost spending to support the economy following the September terrorist attacks.Total borrowing rose to a fresh record of $3.59 trillion. Borrowing in the category that includes credit cards jumped $11.1 billion, or 14.2 per cent, the biggest one-month gain in this category since July 2000. Borrowing for auto and student loans rose $18.6 billion, an increase of 8.5 per cent. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2016 1:08 pm MDT Last Updated May 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Business secretary visits West Midlands to review low carbon progress

Business secretary, Vince Cable, is today conducting a tour of automotive sites in the West Midlands to observe the progress being made by the UK to enhance its low carbon vehicle capabilities.Visiting the test track facilities at Gaydon near Warwick to meet apprentices and engineers from Aston Martin and Jaguar, Dr Cable will meet business groups, test products on the track and will tour the site’s multi-disciplinary research centre where he said he will witnessthe “high level of skills and engineering that go into making premium and niche cars in the UK”.While at Gaydon, Dr Cable will test Jaguar’s hybrid car called the Limo Green which he says “shows Britain’s premium car sector is more than capable of rising to the environmental challenges facing the car industry.”The Limo Green prototype project is a collaboration between Lotus, Caparo and research organisation MIRA and has received funding from the Technology Strategy Board.Dr Cable’s next stop will be the International Digital Laboratories at Warwick University in Coventry where Jaguar Land Rover recently opened an advanced technology and research facility on the campus.While at the university the business secretary will get behind the wheel of a racing car designed and made from sustainable and renewable materials that include chocolate, carrots and potatoes.As the final part of his visit Dr Cable will take part in a roundtable at the International Digital Laboratories hosted by Business Voice West Midlands where he will hear their views on growth in the region and proposed plans for local enterprise partnerships.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State to give out free tickets to students

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann applauds his team during the second half with Texas Southern at the Schottenstein Center on Nov. 16. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann continues his campaign to generate interest in the men’s basketball program this fall. On Friday, Holtmann announced students will be able to attend the Buckeyes’ game Nov. 29 against Clemson for free. “Ever since my arrival to campus, I’ve been energized by our passionate students,” Holtmann said in a video on The NutHouse Twitter account. “Whether it’s seeing you on campus or at football games on Saturdays, your presence has been felt. We need that presence at our men’s basketball games this season. I want to give everyone an opportunity to see our team in action.”The free ticket giveaway is the latest in Holtmann’s efforts to get students excited about Ohio State men’s basketball. He paid for students’ lunches at Raising Cane’s on Wednesday, and had spoken earlier in the year about how he hopes to get the Schottenstein Center “rocking again.”Students can claim their free tickets by clicking here. Ohio State will next take to the Schottenstein Center court at 2 p.m. Sunday when it hosts Northeastern.? SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM @ChrisHoltmann AND @OhioStateHoops ? FOLLOW THE LINK TO SECURE YOUR FREE TICKET https://t.co/UX7UibgjPK pic.twitter.com/wsNMdwnZFK— The NutHouse (@BuckeyeNutHouse) November 17, 2017 read more

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