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TCS, Wipro Spend $510,000 on US Lobbying in 2013

first_imgInterestingly, Infosys which has faced many visa-related issues in the US, did not feature in the list of the top spenders on lobbying. Related Itemslast_img

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India Has to be America’s First Geopolitical Priority in the World, Says Former U.S. Envoy

first_imgAs India is on its way to becoming a major global power, New Delhi and Washington must concentrate on ways to enhance mutual ties, former U.S. ambassador to India David Mulford said. Mulford, who was speaking at the 2nd Houston India Conference on March 8 at Houston, Texas, said India and the United States should boost trade and investment by negotiating agreements that will create employment opportunities in both nations.Mulford added that India should be the United States’ first geopolitical priority in the world and that Washington DC should concentrate on nurturing relations with New Delhi independently. Mulford also welcomed the steps against Pakistan, reported PTI.Stressing on the fact that India and the United States are natural allies, Mulford described his experience of how the difficult civil nuclear deal was negotiated. He added that the two nations started sharing intelligence only after the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.Consul General of India in Houston Anupam Ray said in his opening remarks that the conference served as a platform for people who are involved with writing the India story to help the next generation write new chapters. The theme of the 2nd Houston India Conference 2018 is Make in India-The Inside Story.“The conference fit very well in the 18 plus year agenda of the chamber in helping facilitate bilateral trade with India,” said Jagdip Ahluwalia, the founding secretary of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH), the report added. Ahluwalia added that the U.S.-India trade equation has advanced through the years and it has helped in creating employment opportunities in Texas and India.“Texas has a large interest in India. India is one of the major business partners for companies in this area. There is a large Indian presence in the educational, medical and research institutes that Houston is renowned for,” a statement from the conference said.The conference featured a series of panel discussions on the state of the Indian economy and politics, doing business in India, and exploring India’s growing soft power on the global stage. Besides Mulford, the panelists also included Vikram Singh Mehta, chairman of Brookings India; Nisha Biswal, president, US-India Business Council (USIBC); Aparna Subramani, executive director, World Bank; and Sandeep Sen, CEO, Aegis Ltd.The Houston India Conference, which took place for the first time in March 2017, is organized by the Consulate General of India in Houston, US India Business Council, University of Houston, US India Skills and Education Council, Asia Society Texas Center, Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, Greater Houston Partnership, US India Chamber of Commerce of Dallas – Fort Worth, and India House. Related ItemshoustonTexasUnited Stateslast_img read more

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Indians Take Less Holidays Due to Work Pressure: Survey

first_imgAs many as 65 per cent adults employed in India had holiday days left at the end of last year, since 55 per cent of them were extremely occupied with work, according to a survey conducted by the British Airways.The global online survey was conducted in 12 markets, including the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. It was carried out in the period between Dec. 20, 2017 and Jan. 4, 2018, with 2,006 respondents in India, the Economic Times reported. Over 2,000 adults in each market were a part of this survey.The survey found that 65 per cent employed adults in India are allowed a two-week vacation. However, as many as 42 per cent did not take a break as they were worried about their work load piling up, while 26 per cent could not take time off work.As many 29 per cent of the Indian surveyed felt guilty about completely exhausting their holiday allowance, and nearly 97 per cent of them had rolled-over holiday days. A huge number of people, 92 per cent, ended up losing their leave days completely, as they did not avail them on time. The loss of days was recorded to be as many as five days or more for 34 per cent, and three to four days for 32 per cent.According to the survey, 38 per cent of the respondents are of the opinion that two-week holidays are discouraged by their workplace, while 22 per cent feel that they will be judged by their colleagues if they take those many days off. Also, 29 per cent of employees are scared to ask for such a long break.“Taking a break from the drudgery of the daily life is but essential. At British Airways, we truly understand the value and importance of a proper holiday, and that is why we are offering a variety of great value deals for travelers from India to go abroad to the UK, Europe and US to enjoy and unwind,” said Rob Williams, British Airways’ head of sales, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, reported ET.The survey added that unavailed leave is a global phenomenon as majority of the workforce in places like Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore felt that holidays are not encouraged at workplaces, reported Travel and Tour World. As many as 72 per cent of the people in Singapore grumbled that they couldn’t fully switch off even when they were on a holiday and 59 per cent in Hong Kong desired to spend more time on a holiday.Indians do not holiday abroad as much as people from some other parts of the world, according to another recent study. There is a huge potential in India in the leisure outbound category, it added. India currently contributes only 4.8 million leisure outbound trips, that make only 30 per cent of the total departures from India. The global average outbound leisure share is 53 per cent. Related ItemsEmploymentHolidaysIndialast_img read more

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Everything NRIs Need to Know About Proxy Voting

first_imgThe Union government earlier this week approved changes to electoral laws to allow Non- Resident Indians to vote in Assembly and Lok Sabha election from overseas.  This would be a historic move considering that the Representation of People Act of 1950 did not originally have provision for NRIs to vote. The Act disqualified NRIs from getting registered on the electoral rolls. In 2010, the Act was amended to include NRIs who were physically present in the country.With the latest change, NRIs will be able to exercise their rights through a “proxy”.The proposal to let NRIs overseas vote was taken up seriously by the Election Commission in 2014 when it received several requests — most prominently from  Rajya Sabha MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal and the Ministry of Overseas Affairs. What is proxy voting?  Proxy voting allows a Non-Resident Indian to appoint a nominee to exercise their franchise in place of him/her. The person declared as the proxy will be required to have all the documentation of the NRI in question to cast the vote.This system is already in place for defence personnel. However, here is the caveat when this would apply to NRIs — they cannot have a permanent proxy. They will have to appoint a new nominee for each election. And again, unlike the Armed Forces, one person can act as a proxy for only one overseas voter. In case of the Armed Forces, one proxy can exercise franchise of two defence personnel. Suitable rules and guidelines will be framed for NRIs to define who can be a proxy, and what authorisation they would need from the original voter.According to the numbers cited by New Indian Express, there are about 1 crore Indians settled abroad, of which 60 lakh could be of eligible voting age.Before the clearance was given to proxy voting, the idea of granting NRIs postal voting rights was considered. With postal voting, NRIs would have received ballot papers electronically, and were required to send them to station officers after marking their preferences on ballot print-outs. But the government believed the process would get too cumbersome. Related ItemsIndia voting abroadIndian elections NRIsLittle IndiaNRI nominee electionsNRIs votingproxy votingProxy voting for NRIsvoting rights NRIslast_img read more

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Premier League: Liverpool stumble, Chelsea slip to 5th after 4-0 thrashing at Bournemouth

first_imgIf more proof were needed of how unpredictable the Premier League can be it was provided on Wednesday as Liverpool blew a chance take a vice-like grip on the title race and Chelsea suffered their worst league defeat in 23 years.After champions Manchester City’s shock loss at Newcastle United on Tuesday and Manchester United’s home draw with Burnley, Liverpool caught the bug at home to Leicester City.A victory would have sent Juergen Klopp’s side seven points clear of City with 14 games remaining but they could only draw 1-1 despite Sadio Mane giving them a third-minute lead.Chelsea collapsed to a 4-0 thrashing at Bournemouth as the Premier League’s supposed lesser lights continued to cause mischief at the top end of the table.Liverpool, seeking a first title since 1990, have still increased the gap over City from four points to five but it was night of jitters at a freezing Anfield.To make matters worse Leicester’s scorer Harry Maguire had been fortunate to still be on the pitch after a professional foul on Mane with the score 1-0 to the home side.Liverpool also had a strong penalty claim waved away in the second half when Naby Keita was fouled by Ricardo Pereira.”If that is not a real chance and goalscoring situation, I do not know what is,” Klopp said of Maguire’s escape.Of the penalty claim he said: “It was probably the clearest penalty situation we have had. The ref was in the best position on the pitch. You will have to ask him why he didn’t give it.”advertisementMane’s opener came after a superb passing move but thereafter Liverpool’s inspiration ran dry and Maguire scored from close range shortly before halftime after the hosts failed to deal properly with a free kick.”We have a point more, not exactly what we wanted, but it is fine,” Klopp said of the draw.CHELSEA DRUBBINGTottenham Hotspur looked as though they were also about to stumble but came from behind to beat Watford with late goals for Son Heung-min — in his first game since returning from the Asia Cup — and Fernando Llorente at Wembley.It left Mauricio Pochettino’s side just two points behind Manchester City and seven off Liverpool, opening up the possibility of a three-horse title race.Perhaps of more importance for third-placed Tottenham, however, is the seven-point lead they have over Arsenal and Chelsea in the battle for fourth spot.Chelsea’s 4-0 drubbing at Bournemouth — a second consecutive league defeat — left the spotlight focussed on manager Maurizio Sarri who locked himself in the changing room with his players for 45 minutes after the game.It was only the second time since the Premier League began in 1992 that Chelsea have suffered a four-goal defeat and the first since a 5-1 loss to Liverpool in 1996.They had dominated the first half with Mateo Kovacic’s header being touched onto the bar by Bournemouth keeper Artur Boruc. But even with Gonzalo Higuain making his first Premier league start, they lacked penetration.The second half was a horror show as Joshua King scored twice either side of one for David Brooks with substitute Charlie Daniels completing the rout in stoppage time.Bournemouth’s win came a year after they beat Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.It was Daniels’ goal that meant Chelsea slipped below Arsenal on fewer goals scored and with Manchester United only a further two points in arrears, Chelsea’s top-four hopes are wavering.Southampton and Crystal Palace remain too close to the relegation zone for comfort after a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s in which Palace had goalscorer Wilfried Zaha sent off.Also Read | SL: Bengaluru FC beat NorthEast United FC to return to winning waysAlso Read | Plane cushions found in search for missing football player Emiliano Salalast_img read more

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India vs Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar slams ‘brainless captain’ Sarfaraz Ahmed

first_imgPakistan failed to dilute their dismal World Cup record versus India in Manchester on Sunday when they fell to an 89-run defeat – their 7th successive loss to the arch-rivals in the tournament’s history. India were ahead in all departments of the game as they posted a mammoth 336/5 after being invited to bat. In reply, Pakistan could only muster 212/6 in 40 overs as rain stopped play.Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar expressed his frustration after the defeat via a video on his Youtube channel, launching a scathing attack on captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and bowler Hasan Ali. Akhtar pointed out that Sarfaraz appeared a ‘brainless’ skipper when he opted to field first after winning the toss.”The mistakes committed by the Indian team during the Champions Trophy 2017 final were repeated by Pakistan yesterday. I can’t understand how Sarfaraz can be so brainless. How could he forget that we don’t chase very well. Knowing our strength, which is bowling, is important. The game was half-won by Pakistan when Sarfaraz won the toss, but he tried hard to lose the match. Toss was very crucial and even if Pakistan had made 260, with their bowling, they could have defended it. So I think it was just brainless captaincy. It’s a very saddening and disheartening performance from the Pakistan team captain. I wanted to see shades of Imran Khan in him but it’s too late for him now,” lamented Akhtar.Akhtar also singled out pacer Hasan Ali – who went for 84 off his 9 overs – as one of the culprits of Sunday’s tie saying that he felt Hasan was only interested in playing T20s and the Pakistan Super League (PSL) while not putting enough effort when it matters.advertisement”Hasan Ali, who never shies away from jumping around at the Wagah border, couldn’t apply himself when it mattered the most. Many of his deliveries were short-pitched. His mindset seems to be: I want to keep playing T20s and the PSL. But in the World Cup 2019, we can see that he has not shown any pace or swing that could trouble batsmen,” said Akhtar.For Pakistan Mohammed Amir was the standout performer on the day picking up 3 wickets while leaking just 47 runs off his 10 overs but they couldn’t find someone to play a similar role while chasing.Also Read | Watch: Ziva Dhoni and Rishabh Pant have a blast at India vs Pakistan matchAlso Read | Kuch fitness nai, kuch nai: Pakistan fans blame burger for defeat to Indialast_img read more

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10 months agoMan City eyeing Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City eyeing Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Parteyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are eyeing Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey for this month’s market.City boss Pep Guardiola has been open about signing cover for Fernandinho and the Manchester Evening News says Partey fits the bill.The midfielder has complained about a lack of regular action under coach Diego Simeone, though has insisted he is committed to Atleti.Partey, 25, is contracted to Atletico Madrid through to 2023.Along with City, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are also keen. last_img read more

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Infrastructure Funding Highlights Atlantic Premiers Meeting

first_imgAtlantic Premiers met today, Dec. 8, in Summerside, P.E.I., to discuss the need for increased and accelerated infrastructure funding from all levels of government in light of the global economic slowdown. “I am confident the Atlantic region will be able to get through these challenging times,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Investing in infrastructure will provide employment and will give a significant boost to our economy.” Premier MacDonald was joined at the meeting by New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, P.E.I Premier Robert Ghiz and Shawn Skinner, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development. The Atlantic Gateway represents a significant opportunity for the four provinces to enhance their transportation infrastructure while stimulating the economy. The premiers are pleased with the federal government’s commitment to the Atlantic Gateway and the recent appointment of Peter MacKay as Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. The premiers also discussed the significant impact the economic climate is having on resource industries in the region. They committed to work collaboratively to support research and development, remove trade barriers and expand trade into new and emerging markets. The Atlantic premiers also encourage the federal government to make a major investment in electricity transmission infrastructure in the Atlantic region. Creating a green energy transmission corridor through each of the Atlantic provinces would provide a critical eastern anchor to Canada’s energy superpower profile. The substantial federal infrastructure investment would also stimulate the economy. The premiers remain committed to mitigating and adapting to climate change. They continue to work within their provinces and regionally on energy efficiency and renewable energy. The federal Eco-Action Trust, together with provincial commitments, is an important tool to support the efforts which have provided significant environmental and economic benefits to the Atlantic provinces. Based on the success of the Eco-Trust, Atlantic premiers called on the federal government to continue the program beyond the existing timeline and add funding. The next meeting of the Council of Atlantic Premiers will be held in early summer in Newfoundland and Labrador.last_img read more

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Pot linked to mammary growth in men officers reportedly tell teens

first_imgAURORA, Ont. – Police north of Toronto are trying to clear the air after officers reportedly told a group of teens that marijuana use can lead to “enhanced mammary growth in men.”York Regional Police Service spokeswoman Const. Laura Nicolle says the erroneous information was included in a presentation by officers for high school students last week.Nicolle says the police force was contacted on social media by several people who were at the session, questioning the link between cannabis and growth in that area in men.In a tweet Friday afternoon, police say marijuana does not cause “enhanced mammary growth in men,” adding that the force is “working to address” the misinformation by the officers.Nicolle says police are looking into exactly what the officers told the students and where they got that information.last_img read more

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Paul McCartney Experience Package Benefits MusiCares

first_imgThe latest GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions is offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience with multi-GRAMMY-winning artist Paul McCartney.Presented in partnership with Kompolt, the package is available for bid now through June 23 at ebay.com/grammy.This spectacular package includes: • Two (2) passes to attend a soundcheck • Two (2) passes to meet Sir Paul • Two (2) tickets to a concert (select dates in July & August) • One (1) official photo (sent to winner after the show) • Two (2) roundtrip Delta One Business/First-Class Air tickets within the Continental U.S.The auction benefits MusiCares.last_img read more

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Anishinaabe hip hop artist Mic Jordan trying to inspire Aboriginal youth

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Austin Street Festival in Winnipeg was a large part of Aboriginal Music Week last week.APTN National News host Michael Hutchinson was there and caught up with an Anishinaabe hip hop artist who is trying to reach out and inspire Aboriginal youth.last_img

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US stocks follow global markets lower on worries over possible US interest

US stocks follow global markets lower on worries over possible US interest rate hikes FILE – This Oct. 8, 2014 file photo shows a Wall Street address in the side of a building in New York. U.S. stocks are opening lower Tuesday, March 10, 2015, reversing a gain from the day before, following declines in European markets. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2015 10:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stock indexes fell sharply as fears of over possible interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve roiled financial markets around the globe.In Europe, renewed concerns Greece may run out of money also spooked investors Tuesday. The euro sank to a 12-year low against the dollar.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 241 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 17,755 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time.The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 25 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,054. The Nasdaq composite lost 67 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 4,875.Barnes & Noble dropped 8 per cent after reporting earnings that fell short of analysts’ forecasts.The price of oil fell 85 cents to $49.16 a barrel.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.14 per cent. read more

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Questions asked about Apples relationship with Department of Finance

first_imgQUESTIONS HAVE BEEN asked about Apple’s relationship with the Department of Finance after a TD produced a series of emails from the tech company at an Oireachtas committee meeting.In the emails, the top civil servant in the Department of Finance suggests the tech company should approach the Irish government about using Apple products.The information came from Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty who received the emails under a Freedom of Information request, and who raised the issue at an Oireachtas committee meeting on Ireland’s corporate tax regime this afternoon.One of the emails, sent from the head of Apple’s European operation based in Cork to John Moran, the Secretary General of the Department of Finance says:One of the items that we discussed during your visit that I wanted to follow up on, was your suggestion that someone from Apple should approach the Government with a view to improved adoption of Apple’s products within your environment.The mail does not give further details as to exactly what the phrase “improved adoption of Apple’s products within your environment” means.Doherty questioned whether it was usual practice for the Secretary General of the Department to suggest that a company goes to the Government to discuss selling a product.He noted that John Moran had met representatives from the company on other occasions in relation to issues such as ICT and e-government, which he described as “perfectly normal and innocent,” but separate to the issue he was raising.The  representatives from the Department of Finance and the Revenue Commissioners responded to Doherty’s questions about the emails but there was no more information about what the outcome of the emails was.Sub-committeeThe Oireachtas sub-committee on global taxation met today to discuss the issue of corporation tax, and specifically the recently-announced European Commission preliminary questioning about whether Ireland had a preferential tax rate for certain companies.Both the Department of Finance and the Revenue Commissioners representatives repeatedly stressed that Ireland didn’t strike deals with multinational companies offering a lower rate of corporation tax in return for their locating to Ireland.“Ireland does not do special tax deals,” Gary Tobin of the Department of Finance told the Committee.He stressed that the European Commission request for information was not an investigation and does not automatically mean that an inquiry of any kind is going to be carried out.Gary Tobin of the Department of Finance speaking at the committee today.Here’s why TDs and SEnators can’t update their iPhones and iPads to iOS 7 > US committee wants to impose US tax on Google and Apple’s Irish income >last_img read more

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Its better than your child coming home in a hearse Family campaign

first_img Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 5:21 PM ‘It’s better than your child coming home in a hearse’: Family campaign after daughter killed in car crash “I honestly expected that we’d go out to Tramore and she’d be sat on the kerb, maybe with a broken arm or a couple of bruises.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Conor McCrave 30 Comments 53,573 Views Share603 Tweet Email1 Image: RIP.ie Image: RIP.ie https://jrnl.ie/4563756 THE FATHER OF a 16-year-old girl killed in a road collision involving an unaccompanied learner driver has told of the devastating effect it has had on his family. Katie Murphy (16) died after the car being driven by Edward O’Shea, who was 17 at the time, crashed in Tramore, Co Waterford, two years ago. Yesterday, O’Shea, who is now 19, was handed a six-year driving ban and sentenced to 14 months in prison by Judge Eugene O’Kelly after pleading guilty to careless driving at Waterford Circuit Court. Speaking on Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio One, Katie’s father Hilary Murphy described the moment he received the call to say his daughter was in a car accident. He recalled his heartbreak at arriving at the scene to find paramedics unsuccessfully trying to resuscitate her. “We didn’t even realise she had left the house,” he explained. “I got a phone call from a lady who lives maybe 20 to 50 yards away from where the crash happened and she just said you better get out here quick, Katie has been involved in an accident and hung up.“I honestly expected that we’d go out to Tramore and she’d be sat on the kerb, maybe with a broken arm or a couple of bruises.The Fire Brigade guys had taken the roof off the car and they were taking her out on a board so we went over and had a look at Kate and pretty much realised that she was gone.“They took her into the ambulance and for some reason the back door of the ambulance flew open and I could see that she was being resuscitated inside the ambulance so at that stage I pretty much knew that she was gone.”Two other passengers in the car survived the collision but were left with permanent injuries, with one suffering several broken bones and another being placed into a medically induced coma. In the minutes leading up to the crash, Katie reportedly uploaded videos onto social media site Snapchat where the passengers were heard saying “that the car was being driven over the speed limit”.One passenger of the modified Japanese import said, “Basically we’re going to be killed in this car and somebody in the front said ‘yeah we probably are’”, according to Murphy.In his sentencing, as reported by the Irish Times, Judge O’Kelly said “some young men, particularly young men treat the public roads like some form of private racetrack”.AftermathSince the collision occurred a number of measures have been taken to improve visibility and prevent further collisions along the same road. “It’s along the cliff outside Tramore. Some people might know the Gillameens, it’s a swimming area and it’s a very twisty road,” Murphy told O’Rourke today. “Since the accident they’ve put in lighting along the whole stretch, they’ve put in speed bumps the whole way out – but unfortunately that’s no good to us.“There was a number of witnesses living along the road who spoke of the terror when they heard the car coming at such speed. At least two of them jumped up and said ‘Oh my God, there’s going to be an accident’… And went outside straight away and as soon as they got out, the car was against the wall.”Katie’s family has started a campaign to deter young drivers from speeding and to warn passengers to get out of a car if the driver breaks the speed limit. The campaign is called Odd Socks for Katie because one of her friends started wearing odd socks in her honour since Katie died.“The message behind it is if you are in a car that is being driven dangerously just tell the driver to stop, get out of the car, phone your parents and get them to take you home,” Murphy said. “Any parent will come out and collect the child, they might be upset about being disturbed or whatever but it’s much better than your child coming home in a hearse.“We basically try to empower children to have the courage to say stop let me out,” he said. Murphy said he and his wife were both burdened by the huge loss in their lives since Katie’s death and added that her siblings, especially her younger brother Scott, were heartbroken. “They were very, very close and Scott would be a quieter guy, and Katie was such a fun-loving person. If she saw him lying on his bed playing video games or whatever she would literally come in and dive on top of him to make him laugh and get him out.“It’s a big loss to Scott because she was a lifeline, I suppose,” he said.  Mar 27th 2019, 5:21 PM last_img read more

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Linventeur du web sinquiète de la situation actuelle

first_imgL’inventeur du web s’inquiète de la situation actuelleTim Berners-Lee, l’homme qui a inventé le World Wide Web il y a 20 ans, a publié une liste des menaces qui mettent en danger le futur d’Internet.Le 22 novembre dernier, un des hommes les plus important du XXe siècle, Tim Berners-Lee, a publié un avertissement sur les dérives qu’est en train de connaître le Web. Méconnu, ce Britannique a pourtant activement participé à la révolution numérique puisqu’il a tout simplement inventé le World Wide Web il y a 20 ans en mettant au point un système hypertexte utilisable sur le réseau Internet. Dans la revue Scientific American, il a donc mis en garde le public sur les dangers qui pèsent sur le web. Selon lui, des mesures sont à prendre afin de garantir l’ouverture et la neutralité du réseau. À lire aussiL’effet terrible et inattendu de la 5G sur les insectesLe président du World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) pointe cinq grands axes dans son plaidoyer. Il s’inquiète d’abord du système de référencement propre de certains réseaux sociaux tels que Facebook, qui n’utilisent pas d’URL et empêchent la libre circulation des informations qu’ils contiennent. A terme, c’est la monopolisation des informations qui guette. Ensuite, c’est l’abandon du langage HTML qui soulève sa méfiance. On peut voir sur iTunes, la plateforme d’achat d’Apple, que le protocole “http” disparait au profit du protocole “itunes”. “Lorsque l’on est sur le site d’iTunes, nous ne sommes plus sur le web”, explique-t-il, mettant en garde contre les espaces clos. Le troisième axe concerne les fournisseurs d’accès qui limitent la bande passante de certains sites tels que les plateformes de téléchargement ou de partage de vidéos afin d’inciter les internautes à utiliser leur propres outils. Pour lui, ces fournisseurs doivent proposer “un accès complet aux fonctionnalités de l’Internet, sans opérer de restrictions volontaires” et il encourage les gouvernements à prendre des mesures pour préserver la “neutralité du web”. Les gouvernements sont la cible de sa quatrième mise en garde. Il s’insurge contre la censure gouvernementale et les lois comme Hadopi en France, qui prévoient des sanctions pouvant aller jusqu’à la coupure de la connexion Internet. Il s’est enfin montré optimiste sur l’avenir, si ses avertissments sont pris en compte, avec des possibilités nouvelles telles que l’HTML 5 ou l’accès au réseau sans fil pour nombre de pays ou régions jusqu’ici non connectés. Le 18 janvier 2011 à 15:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Riverdale Buries Jason Blossom but the Mystery Remains

first_imgStay on target ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 This week, Riverdale finally got around to burying Jason Blossom. It seems like it’s been a little long since his body washed up in the river, but I guess a murder mystery will delay a memorial a bit. As the episode began, we learned that it would take place at the Blossom mansion, which Jughead describes as the creepy old house the kids stay away from.Though it appears that the scariest thing about it might be how the Blossom family treats each other. Cheryl is in Jason’s old room, having fallen asleep writing his eulogy. After a particularly terrifying dream where Jason comes back from the dead to haunt her, Cheryl awakens to an even scarier sight. Her mother. After telling Cheryl not to sleep in her brother’s old room, Penelope Blossom then refuses to let Cheryl speak at Jason’s funeral. She might say something to embarrass the family. So maybe there’s a reason she treats other people the way she does.Things aren’t going well for anyone in Riverdale, despite the town ridding itself of a child molester last week. Archie still blames himself for Grundy’s departure and is burying all his feelings in football. In his mind, football will lead to scholarships, which will allow him to study music. That’s what he’s telling himself anyway. As it has been with most weeks, Archie’s storyline was the weakest subplot this week. There are so many interesting things going on in Riverdale; it’s hard to care about the guitar-playing football star’s problems.KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)Alright, let’s get through this. Val sets Archie up with a very strict music teacher who isn’t all that impressed with Archie’s music. That makes Archie doubt himself until Val reminds him he doesn’t need any permission to play. The coach sets up a competition between Archie and Reggie to see who gets to be captain. They both play hard, but ultimately, Archie’s decision to retire Jason Blossom’s number and give his Jersey to the family seals it. Archie is made captain but turns it down because he needs to focus on his music. The end. Can we give this kid something interesting to do now? The only decent part of this arc was the budding relationship between Archie and Val. They actually have decent chemistry together, and after the Grundy business, it’s nice to see him with someone his own age.Over at the more interesting part of the show, Veronica is still one of the few decent people in town. Realizing that Cheryl may be acting especially mean because she’s burying her brother at the end of the week, Veronica makes a peace offering. In return, Cheryl invites her for a sleepover the night before the memorial. Cheryl says she doesn’t want to be alone that night. Given what we learn about her parents this episode, I wouldn’t blame her for not wanting to be alone with them ever. One of the many creepy things about them: Everyone they’ve invited to the memorial is someone they see as a murder suspect.Speaking of murder suspects, remember how someone trashed the sheriff’s investigation board last week? Kevin has done his best to recreate it in the school newspaper office. He, Betty and Jughead decide they’re going to use their journalistic powers to figure out what exactly happened to Jason. On a date with one of his old friends, Betty asks some probing questions about what Jason was like in the weeks leading up to his death. She learns Jason started blowing off plans and started selling drugs, trying to get as much money together as possible. All this started just a few weeks after Jason and Polly began dating. To answer the question of why a rich kid would need so much money, Jughead suggests they sneak into Jason’s room during the memorial.Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge (Photo: Diyah Pera /The CW)The night before the memorial arrives, and Cheryl’s sleepover is just about as awkward as you could imagine. Veronica, it turns out, is the only one Cheryl invited. She tries to focus on her dinner while Cheryl’s parents make passive aggressive comments towards their daughter. It’s probably the most uncomfortable the show has made me so far, so congrats on that, I guess. After dinner, though, Veronica and Cheryl begin to form something like a real friendship. After hearing that Cheryl is forbidden from giving a Eulogy, Veronica vows to help Cheryl no matter what consequences it brings.The next day, we get to see the strangest, most tense funeral in history. When Archie gives Jason’s old jersey to Penelope, she talks about how much Archie looks like Jason. Then, she caresses his face, which might be the creepiest moment in this episode. Penelope is taken aback when Cheryl gives her eulogy, but Veronica reminds her that stopping Cheryl will only make things worse. The eulogy isn’t accusatory or embarrassing. It’s pretty much what you’d expect someone who lost a teenage brother to say. Still, Penelope drags Cheryl off and slaps her, threatening to send her to a boarding school somewhere.Betty and Jughead break off from the funeral to explore Jason’s room. They don’t get too far before Jason’s grandmother appears behind them. She was just sitting alone in the shadows, apparently. Can anyone in this family not be creepy? Thinking Betty is her sister, Polly, Grandma Blossom asks Betty about the engagement ring Jason gave her. That news is enough to make Betty drag her father home from the memorial and ask a few questions. It turns out her dad knew about Polly and Jason’s engagement but wasn’t happy about his daughter becoming a Blossom.Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)He reveals, in the most serious of monologues, that Betty’s great grandfather used to be in business with Jason and Cheryl’s great-grandfather. What business is that? Maple syrup. Apparently, the maple syrup business was so good the Blossoms’ great grandfather was willing to kill the Coopers’ great grandfather for the profits. That’s why the Blossoms live in a mansion, and the Coopers live in a… still very nice house. Ever since then, the Coopers have hated the Blossoms, and Betty’s dad wasn’t about to let the Blossom’s take one of his daughters too. All that over maple syrup. It’s this kind of pure, distilled, unadulterated melodrama that makes Riverdale so special. As Betty brings everything she’s learned back to Jughead and Kevin, she figures out who must have destroyed Sheriff Keller’s investigation board. It was her dad.After last week’s episode ended with a dud, this week felt like the show was getting back to the weirdness that made us love it in the first place. There is something seriously wrong with the Blossom family, and I don’t think we’ll find out what that is for a while. Maybe it’s a constant sugar crash from all that maple syrup? This is the kind of thing I’d like to see more of from Riverdale. This melodramatic, unabashed strangeness that separates it the teen soap operas of the past. We also have a new murder suspect in Betty’s father, but I’d be surprised if it actually turned out to be him. It’s a little early in the show’s run to reveal the real culprit. Something is definitely going on, though. Sooner or later, we’ll have to see what really happened to Polly, and I don’t think it’s going to match up with the story the Coopers are telling.last_img read more

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Glam Gets 10M in Private Financing

first_imgGlam Media has secured $10 million in financing from Mizuho Venture Capital, a subsidiary of Japan’s Mizuho Bank, the online content network announced today. It’s the company’s fifth round of financing in as many years.The financing will be used to fund Glam’s expansion in the U.S. as well as in Japan and Germany, the company said. As part of the announcement, Glam said it also received an additional second round investment from Munich-based Hubert Burda Media for its Glam Germany venture.”Glam Media has proven its new media model can fuel one of the fastest-growing online companies in these difficult economic times,” Glam CEO and chairman Samir Arora [pictured] said in a statement. Last month, Glam launched Tinker.com, a micro-blogging platform for users to find, follow, filter, create and share real-time conversations on events and news from online platforms like Twitter. In February, Glam acquired AdaptiveAds, a display ad targeting and optimization company.Rated recently by comScore as one of the fastest-growing Web sites, Glam is said to have more than $100 million in private financing, including $85.6 million it secured last year. The principal backer in that financing round was Hubert Burda Media.last_img read more

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Indian govt to issue sovereign gold bonds on 26 November

first_imgThe central government on Friday announced that it will issue sovereign gold bonds on November 26 while applications for the bonds will be accepted between November 5-20.In a statement issued here, the finance ministry said the bonds would be sold through banks and notified post offices and would be issued by Reserve Bank of India on behalf of the central government.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced, in the 2015-16 budget, the development of a financial asset – sovereign gold bond – as an alternative to the precious metal, and the borrowing through issuance of the bond will form part of market borrowing programme of the government.The gold bonds will be denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of one gram while the minimum investment limit is two grams.The maximum subscription is 500 grams per person per fiscal (April-March) and for joint holders, the limit will be applied on the first holder.As per the scheme, the gold bonds will be sold only to resident Indian entities including individuals, Hindu undivided families, trusts, universities, and charitable institutions.The issue and redemption price will be in Indian rupees fixed on the basis of the previous week’s (Monday-Friday) simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd.As per the scheme, the bond tenure will be eight years with exit option beginning the fifth year onwards. The bonds will also be tradable in the bourses.The rate of interest will be 2.75 percent per annum payable semi-annually on the initial value of investment.Bonds can be used as collateral for loans. The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is to be set equal to ordinary gold loan mandated by the Reserve Bank from time to time.As to the tax treatment, interest on gold bonds will be taxable as per the provision of Income Tax Act, 1961 and the capital gains tax shall also remain same as in the case of physical gold.Commission for distribution shall be paid at the rate of one percent of the subscription amount.last_img read more

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The inevitable happened iPhone 7 gets a headphone jack case

first_imgApple likes to talk about how magical, amazing, and “the best ever” its latest gadgets are, but with the iPhone 7 it’s turning out to be one of the most frustrating, infuriating, control-grabbing version of the smartphone the company has created. And that’s down to one simple reason. No, not courage. The removal of the headphone jack.You can continue to use your existing headphones if you don’t mind an adapter hanging out of your phone. Or you could upgrade to some Lightning headphones if you have the cash and can find some you like. Or you could embrace Apple’s Earpods if they were actually available and didn’t cost a small fortune.But fear not iPhone 7 and 7 Plus owners! The inevitable has happened. A case has been created that adds a headphone jack back into the equation. Not only that, but it also extends battery life while offering scratch and shock protection.It’s called the Fuze Case and it has appeared on Indiegogo attempting to generate $60,000 of funding. Super early birds can grab a Fuze Case for $49, with the price increasing to $59 and then $69 once those early slots have all been filled.Here’s the less than great Indiegogo video:The Fuze Case works by simply integrating the 3.5mm audio jack to Lightning adapter into the bottom on the casing. It makes the iPhone 7 longer and fatter, but removes the need for a separate adapter completely. As for the extended battery, the iPhone 7 version of the case includes a 2,400mAh battery, where as the 7 Plus squeezes in a 3,600mAh battery.If you’re tempted, the cases are expected to ship in December by which point you may have already lost your headphone adapter or given in and purchased some Lightning headphones or EarPods.last_img read more

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