Letters to Editor – July 2006

first_imgI look forward to each issue of Little India given the wide array of issues this fine publication delves into each month.I read with interest the article “The Moral Quandary” in the May 2006 issue that many Indians and Indian Americans face in the United States. The article states that Western vegetarian culture is primarily based on health benefits of the diet, as opposed to moral and spiritual basis of Hindu vegetarian culture.While this is partly true, the rising vegetarian movement in this country is also rooted in a firm belief in the evils of American slaughterhouses with their overcrowded conditions, inhumane breeding practices and use of antibiotics and hormones to more “efficiently” slaughter innocent animals. Furthermore, American vegetarians also protest against the environmental impact of the meat industry, with its water pollution, deforestation for grazing land, and using large volumes of grains, which could feed many more humans than the meat it generates. The moral and health issues go hand in hand with the vegetarian movements here in the United States and worldwide.My other “beef” with this article is the implication that to be a successful Hindu in America we must compromise our beliefs. I myself am a physician and soldier in the U.S. Army and have maintained my Hindu beliefs even in austere conditions. Contrary to some in the Indian American community who feel embarrassed by some aspects of their culture, I have found that my colleagues on the whole respect my beliefs and even take interest in them. The greatest aspect of this country is the ability to be your own person and practice your own beliefs.Although Hindus, and all of humanity, have the right to adhere to any moral standard to which they subscribe, a Hindu should not assume that there is any difference between eating meat, cooking meat, or selling meat. According to Hindu shastras, such as the Srimad-Bhagavatam, cooking and selling meat incur equivalent or even greater negative karma as eating meat (Canto 5, Ch. 26, Text 13). The Indian community in America has been blessed with many talents and good fortune. There is no reason for us to adulterate our beliefs. Here in Washington D.C., and many other cities in the United States, there are many successful vegan restaurants, including a few that are Indian owned, that are blossoming both from a moral and financial standpoint. We should not look for the easy road as it is littered with many dangerous pitfalls.Pramvir Singh Verma, M.D., Washington, D.C.The articles “Dreaming of Gucci” and “The Moral Quandary” (May 2006) are two sides of a coin. We hear about Indians moving back home, the blooming job market, the foreign boutiques, middle class growth and improvement of the quality of life in India. On the other hand we read about corruption, poverty, population explosion, etc. Every Indian struggles with this debate. We’re hard working and believe that success comes to those who work hard and aspire for a better life. Now the definition of success is changing, because living aboard in itself is not success.Vivek Dixit, Houston, TX The article “The Moral Quandary” (May 2006) made me heartsick. Your article made it sound like once an Indian national sets foot on American soil, he’s lost. I came away with the impression that purity of mind and actions is utterly impossible.Sure, sin is big business in the land of the free and home of the brave. Eating and selling meat, distributing liquor, cigarettes, lottery tickets, dirty magazines and sex aids – these are not requirements for citizenship. It seemed as if the people interviewed were full of excuses for having strayed from their upbringing. If people want to make their fortunes taking part in these dirty activities, they are free to do so, but do not blame the West for abandoning your moral principles in pursuit the almighty dollar. They should admit that they brought this love for money and moral turpitude with them.I have always envied Asians for having grown up in very ancient and rich cultures. Jains, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhist, Hindus and Muslims all have moral principles I look up to. The moral ideals expounded in of each of these faiths makes the planet a much better place. How can anyone just give up their belief system and surrender to the sinful ways of the West?How does compromising one’s core values help change things? The freedom found in the United States of America and Canada is a wonderful thing. Anyone who comes here can partake of that freedom, but why misuse it? Even if your family back home cannot see the evil you commit here, there are still sinful reactions tied to this evil. This great experiment in liberty needs people of high moral fiber; we already have enough of the other kind. If an individual wants to change and improve things, the best thing they can do is to live up to the ideals found in their own faith. If everyone did that, our problems would diminish.I am disappointed that those I have looked up to have surrendered their moral values, eating a sacred cow, or pork and other unclean animals. I have been a vegetarian since 1975 and have taken a lot of teasing from my workmates for it and experienced a lot of  ridicule from my family and friends for this “weird” flesh free lifestyle, but I will not compromise my moral values “thou shall not kill.” Even if everyone in the world around me eats meat, I will not. I say, make the world a better place by living up to your moral standards.William Mills, Athens, GAI just read the “No Roof, No Roots, No Rights” article (April 2006) in your magazine. I think you can easily help resolve this problem.These men are willing to work. Train them for two weeks to be long distance truck drivers. Make them owner operators. The trucks are equipped with cabins superior to their existing living conditions and they can net over $50,000 per year if they are willing to work reasonably hard. Investors (minimal is required) can net over 20 percent annually without unreasonable risk. This opportunity exists because Americans are unwilling to do the job and the demand is huge. It may sound complex, but it in fact it is very easy and be put together in less than 30 days. It’s that simpleJustus Eapen, Via eMailTell these guys (“No Roof, No Roots, No Rights”) to go to a hardware store and buy a rat trap and get rid of the vermin. Stop complaining. You are in the best country of the world and lucky to be here. Make the most of it. The government is not going to rescue you. Get a life.G.K. Pandey, Via eMailI like your Star Gazing and Chandni Chowk sections. The magazine is well edited, printed and presented with good articles that I am interested in reading. I suggest you add a horoscope column in the magazine.Abraham, New York, NY“The Colors of Desi” by Lavina Melwani was great. It eased my heart to read the stories of those who shared thoughts on the issue. It’s not about marrying someone for their complexion, race, ethnicity, or their status. It is about marrying someone that from inside you know is right. This is all it comes down to – if it feels right.Some of us in North America grew up amongst ordinary folks, and have become accustomed to the “North American” lifestyle. Why after so much time experiencing their culture and accepting it resoundingly should someone go back to their former culture? Adopting new lifestyles and morphing into the new cultures is the way things will go for the future.There have been many changes in the last several decades and surely there will be many more ahead. Can we in the South Asian diaspora accept these changes? These will remain the questions and will always haunt those who haven’t confronted them head on!Anonymous, Via eMailThe article “The Microsoft Millionaires” (April 2006) is definitely inspirational. Thanks for enlightening us.J Mahadevan, Via eMailI am a regular reader of your magazine. You are doing a wonderful job reaching Indians and making them feel at home.Vimala Varanasa, Via eMailI love reading your magazine. It is very informational and entertaining. It is so well written and interesting that I look forward to each issue.Divya Narvekar, Via eMailOur school family loves your magazine every month in our library, where the children are 7th and 8th graders.B.N. Williams, Franklin Middle School Somerset, NJ I commend you on the recent upgrades to your magazine. For the most part these have been improvements. I am writing to express my disappointment, however, with an article in the May 2006 issue on the dominatrix. More than anything it devalued the entire issue. If your point was to further humiliate these individuals, surely it could have been done in another way and taken up less room. Certainly there were more newsworthy events in the world that were more deserving of the space.Amy Yeasayer, Via eMailI want to thank you for your article, “The Problem of Legal Immigration” (June 2006). You should also stress the difficulties of obtaining tourist visas to this country.  As it stands, fewer than 29% of Indian applicants receive tourist visas to America and many are denied without proper reason or investigation.The visa law states: “All non-immigrant visa applicants are viewed as seeking to immigrate and need to prove to the consular officer otherwise.” So, one is guilty until proven innocent. To counter such an assumption, I believe you should allow ample time during the interview process to review documents and base a decision on individual merit. How can a proper decision be made after a 30 second interview at the embassy? As an American engaged to an Indian living in Delhi, I personally understand these visa challenges. My fiancé  has still not been able to visit me in America for reasons known only to the consular officer.Fortunately, as I am a US citizen, his permanent visa should be approved quickly and without penalty. However, I feel for people like Kshitij and Shweta Bedi who are not as lucky. Four years! For a country that promises the dream of family, freedom and opportunity, perhaps we should walk the walk and not just talk the talk.Allison Hanken, Via eMailWhile I agree that India has made rapid progress in the fields of information technology and science (“Dreaming of Gucci,” May 2006), but what about the welfare of the poor and the less fortunate, specially in villages, where they don’t even have water, electricity, healthcare or educational facilities. Nearly half the people living in villages are deprived of the basic necessities of life. Most survive on under Rs 60 a day. It should shame us that 59 years after Independence we cannot even provide for the basic needs of the poor. The gap between the rich and poor is widening and there is a culture of corruption and fraud in governmental agencies and the judicial system. We need earnest reforms for real progress.Ramesh Chellani, Fremont, Calif.The article “What is Indian Supposed to Mean Anyway (April 2006), is well written, but the next phase is to understand how we stop attaching labels to ourselves or to others.  This can only be done by inquiring about our true and real identity/nature and understanding that the physical body is not who we are.  Our existence is not limited to just one body and its relations.Dipal Patel, Via emailThe article “What is Indian Supposed to Mean Anyway” (April 2006), is great. I am Indian, but was raised by Americans. My kids are Jamaican and Indian. It is so true that human beings are one, whatever their race. I really enjoy your articles and the magazine is great.Bindu Derksen, Via emailToday I celebrate my 64th birthday, grateful for my lengthening age after 20 years of diabetes. I thank you for continuing to feed my reading passion.Yaqoob Bawla, Long Island, NY Related Itemslast_img read more

Shaken by Chiefs, Pirates take shot at Final 4 vs Altas

first_imgMOST READ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans San Sebastian hopes to stay in the thick of the fight for the last Final Four berth as it collides with St. Benilde at 4 p.m.Coming off a 76-65 loss to San Beda, the Stags face the dangerous Blazers, who turned in their best performance of the season last Thursday when they beat the Altas, 83-55.But while San Sebastian is hoping to stay in step with Letran and Emilio Aguinaldo College, which won their games last Tuesday, St. Benilde, with a 3-9 record, is looking to avoid early elimination.The Altas, who have a 4-7 record, have shown flashes of competitive fire against the top teams in the league.Perpetual Help coach Jimwell Gican hopes MVP leader Prince Eze and veterans GJ Ylagan, AJ Coronel, Keith Pido and Gab Dagangon can rise to the challenge and pin a first loss on the Pirates.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups But while the Pirates have been untouchable this season, they nearly fell on the wrong end of an upset last Friday before surviving the Arellano Chiefs, 94-92.Lyceum coach Topex Robinson hopes the narrow win will serve as a wake-up call for the Pirates to not take other teams for granted.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“I was actually ready for my speech, telling the team that we’re not invincible,” said Robinson. “But the lesson there is that if we’re not gonna play our basketball, any team could beat us.”The Pirates have a wide array of weapons though as the likes of Reymar Caduyac, MJ Ayaay and JV and JC Marcelino stepped up down the stretch when CJ Perez fouled out. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn the midst of a historic run, Lyceum shoots for a first Final Four appearance when it clashes with Perpetual Help on Thursday in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Pirates, who have won their first 12 games of the season, can clinch the first postseason berth since joining the league in 2009 if they beat the Altas in the 2 p.m. duel.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. So, Aronian held to semis drawslast_img read more

Asian Games: 20-year old Divya Kakran wins India another medal in wrestling

first_imgAdvertisementIndian teen wrestling sensation Divya Kakran won a Bronze medal in 68 kg freestyle category by beating Chen Wenling of Taipei in Jakarta, Indonesia on Day 3 of Asian Games.Divya Kakran took just 90 seconds to score 10 points and clinched the medal through technical superiority against Chen Wenling. This is India’s 10th medal at the Asian Games.20-year-old Divya Kakran had also won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games, Gold coast earlier this year and had won a silver medal in Asian championships and had also won a gold in Commonwealth championship last year.She became the third Indian wrestler to win a medal at ongoing Asian Games. Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia had won gold medal yesterday.Vinesh’s gold medal was also a historic event as she became the first female wrestler to have won a gold medal at the Asian Games.For 20-year-old Divya Kakran, her bronze medal at the Asian Games might just kickstart something special which could eventually lead her towards chasing greatness.Also Read-Asian Games: Bajrang Punia wins India’s first Gold medal (VIDEO) Advertisementlast_img read more

Spain coach Denia wants in-stadia replays to be scrapped

first_imgBy S S RamaswamyNavi Mumbai, Oct 26 (PTI) Spains head coach Santiago Denia has advocated that the practice of showing in-stadia replays on giant screens be scrapped by the organisers of the FIFA U-17 World Cup after his team triumphed 3-1 over Mali in an action-packed semi-final encounter, here.Denia made the comments while stating his thoughts about the “ghost goal” of Mali, which was not signalled in by the match officials when Spain were leading 2-0.Spain scored another goal soon after the debatable incident, that happened in the 62nd minute, through Ferran Torres to take a commanding 3-0 lead before Mali at the D Y Patil Stadium.”I expected this question. I understand Mali coach (Jonas Komla) is upset and if that (awarding that goal to Mali) would have changed the game or not is not easy to say. We were playing a good match (in dominant position) at that point of time,” said Denia during the post-game press conference last night.”From the Spanish teams point of view, we need to respect the referee. Its not an easy job. One thing which should be considered (by the organisers) is not to repeat replays of matches on the big scoreboard (inside the stadium). I suggest replays should not be shown as it can influence the referees or people in the stadium towards the referee,” Denia remarked on the issue.A 40-yard pile-driver by Cheick Omar Doucoure flew past Spanish goalie Alvaro Fernandez to hit the underside of the cross bar, bounce on the ground before coming back into play which was headed out. But the ball seemed to have bounced inside the goal before rebounding into play, with the assistant referee not signalling it in as a legitimate goal.advertisementEven as play continued the Mali bench rose as a whole to protest, after seeing the in-stadia replay, and after continuous shouting caught the attention of referee Ryuji Sato of Japan who, after remonstrating with the Mali bench, showed the yellow card to one of the support staff members for repeated back-chatting.Although disappointed, Mali coach Komla did not want to openly criticise the match officials for disallowing what they felt was a legitimate goal at a time when they were battling hard to bounce back.”I cant say anything about referee what he did, but thats what football is. May be that (goal signalled in) would have given us a little bit of luck as after that there was enough time to score more goals. But Spain did play well and were on the merit list to win the game,” said Komla on the controversy.Spanish coach Denia said the pace of the game influenced his teams style of play.”We scored the first goal and had to step forward. There were lots of space behind Mali defenders and we had to take advantage of that. If I have to choose I will want to play the ball (keep it in possession), but sometimes situations dictates what to do.”The idea was to avoid transitions (change of playing style) as they take away your energy, but sometimes the pace of the game dictates how you play. The (original) idea was to keep the ball (in possession), but if you could not do that then you have to play the transition, with caution,” he said.”Spain likes to play the passing game but if situation demands we would play the transition, but carefully.”He also conceded that the teams defense has to perform better in the final against their Euro rivals England in Kolkata on October 28.”Today Mali was very strong and was playing well. We need to improve our defense collectively, not individually, and thats my job ahead of the final. We do have to prepare. We know we have beaten them in the final of the Euro in Croatia. England has improved and we need to improve on things we did today,” he said about what lay ahead of the Spanish armada.He also praised his captain captain Abel Ruiz, who scored the sides first two goals, but said the star striker could have scored more had he not spurned chances.”It (Ruizs display) was not a surprise to me. Hes very demanding of himself. And hes first one to know he could have scored more goals. In order to win the final he needs to score those goals. When your captain performs like that the rest of the team is behind you and look up to you. Its what the captain is for,” Denia said.advertisementMali coach Komla said his team had fought hard right through the game but it was not their day.”We lost the match, that was destiny. We played the tie with speed and technique, but it did not work out for us. We tried to play a fast game in the second half and also scored a goal. Yesterday we won, today we lost; this is how football is,” he said.”It has been a nice experience to be in last four. In the last World (U-17) Cup, (fellow-Africans) Nigeria won, but this time they are not even here; this is sports,” he added when asked whether he was disappointed that no African team was in the final. PTI SSR SSC SSClast_img read more

Julia Georges stuns Caroline Wozniacki to clinch Auckland Classic title

first_imgJulia Goerges carried her strong end-of-year form into the New Year when she beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Sunday in the final of the WTA Tour’s ASB Classic, a day after Wozniacki rose to the No. 2 world ranking.Georges won her last two tournaments of 2017 and extended her winning streak to 14 matches when she claimed the Auckland singles title for the first time at her ninth attempt, and after two previous finals appearances.”It feels amazing, but it’s not just about winning here but about my consistency over the last few months,” Goerges said after she became the first woman to be presented with a korowai, or Maori feather cloak, that will be awarded to every subsequent winner.”I have become much more mature, that’s thanks to my team who have really changed my brain.”It’s not about only winning here but it’s about my consistency in the last weeks and months. That’s just making me proud and I’m just enjoying every moment of it.”Goerges was rarely troubled by the Wozniacki as she used a powerful service and blistering forehands that kept the Dane pinned deep and unable to extend rallies beyond a few shots.Bad weather throughout the week wreaked havoc with the schedule in New Zealand’s largest city and both had been required to play their quarter-finals and semi-finals on Saturday.Both players had made the final at the Auckland Tennis Centre before, with the German losing to Sloane Stephens in 2016, while Wozniacki lost to Venus Williams in 2015.advertisementGoerges however stamped her intentions on the opening point when she smashed a forehand service return back at Wozniacki’s feet and broke to take a 1-0 lead that she never relinquished.She sealed the first set after 35 minutes with her seventh ace and then broke Wozniacki again in the first game of the second set and continued to just overpower the Dane.Wozniacki had an opportunity to get back on serve in the fourth game when she had a break point but Goerges simply pulled out another ace and consolidated her lead.The Dane, however, was finally getting into the match and while she blew her second break point two games later she finally broke in the eighth to get back on serve and then took a 5-4 lead.That was the only chance she had, however, as Goerges forced a tiebreak and then raced through it to seal the title after 91 minutes with another forehand winner.”I have got a lot of matches under my belt and it was the type of preparation I hoped for. “Hopefully it will be a great couple of weeks,” Wozniacki said as she looked ahead to the Australian Open from Jan. 15-28.last_img read more

ICC likely to incorporate pollution in its playing conditions

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) might incorporate air pollution in its ‘Playing Conditions’ clause, having taken a serious note of the plight of Sri Lankan cricketers during the recently-concluded Test match against India in the national capital.The Sri Lankan players were seen fielding while wearing anti-pollution masks during India’s batting with most of their players complaining of breathlessness. Their pace bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage also threw up due to uneasiness.The ICC has now decided to refer the matter to its medical committee, which has been provided the relevant reports as well as data of the prevailing air quality in Delhi.”The ICC has noted the conditions in which Delhi Test was played and has already requested that the issue is considered by the medical committee for guidance should the situation arise in future. The matter is likely to be discussed in February’s ICC Meetings,” an ICC spokesperson told PTI today.WATCH VIDEOAs a result, there could be a slight alteration in the clauses of the Playing Conditions, where the health hazard of players related to severe air pollution can be incorporated.”In ICC’s ‘Playing Conditions’, there is a separate sub-clause for weather. Since this is a first instance in the game’s 140-year history that a Test match has been halted for 26 minutes due to air-pollution. The situation as we all know is very unique in nature,” a BCCI official said on conditions of anonymity.Since the Playing Conditions never had any specific mention of air-pollution, it is expected that permissible AQI (Air Quality Index) limit to play competitive cricket will be inserted.advertisementThe Indian Medical Association (IMA)’s president Dr KK Aggarwal in a letter to BCCI has also urged the cricket’s governing body to include a clause on atmospheric pollution.Dr Aggarwal on his part also provided data as to how it was a serious health issue for players that the match was not stopped.”The safe levels of atmospheric particulate matter, according to World Health Organisation air-quality guidelines, are 20g/cu mm (annual mean) for PM10 and 10g/cu mm (annual mean) for PM2.5,” he said.last_img read more

Mourinho not optimistic about deadline day business from Manchester United

first_imgJose Mourinho has taken a sly dig at Manchester United’s doubters ahead of their Premier League season opener against Leicester City and also ruled out any transfer activity on deadline day in the UK.Mourinho, who is set to begin his third season at Old Trafford, was an unhappy figute throughout United’s pre-season tour of America because of the lack of players available and transfer activity.And, he didn’t sound optimistic either when asked about any deadline day moves on Thursday.”I’m not confident, I’m not confident and the market closes today, so is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed,” Mourinho said.Also read – Manchester United and Arsenal to fight for Boateng, PSG also interested”I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to this first couple of matches.”However, he was quick to point out that United were the closest to runaway league leaders last season and the media is too harsh in their criticism of his side.”My view is that, first of all, is difficult for me to believe we finished second,” he said.Also read – Jose Mourinho confident of one more signing before transfer window shuts”When I listen, when I read, not much but sometimes I do, is difficult to believe that we finished second, because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners.advertisement”Is difficult for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second. I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling the second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game.”Mourinho, who will be without the likes of Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo on Friday, once again bemoaned the lack of preparation time for the start of the season, with many of his players having just returned to training after taking time off following the World Cup.Also read – Alexis Sanchez urges Manchester United to sign players on deadline day”The target is Leicester match and the tactics to be changed in Championship Manager you can just press a button,” he said.”In football you need time to work and players on the pitch to work and we didn’t have until now.”I told that during pre-season it looked like I was saying something absolutely out of order, something crazy, I repeat and maybe tomorrow the reaction is the same: Pre-season difficult when you don’t have your players to work, as simple as that.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone Xr names seemingly confirmed through Apple’s website

first_imgApple will announce its newest iPhones in just a few hours, but there is still quite a bit of confusion as to what they’ll be called. While it’s widely expected that the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones will be called iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, multiple reports have provided various names for the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, right from iPhone 9 to iPhone XC to Xr. However, just hours ahead of the launch, ATH managed to spot the names iPhone XS, XS Max and Xr via a product sitemap XML file. This pretty much confirms the final names of the iPhone and we only await Apple to announce the same at its event later today.India Today Tech is at the Apple iPhone 2018 launch event and will bring you all the announcements as they happen. Stay tuned. Earlier this month, 9to5Mac revealed some key details about the new iPhones based on marketing images as well as the names iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The latest discovery by ATH once again confirms these names as well as the name for the cheapest iPhone of the lot. iPhone Xr is what Apple could be calling it, but we’re not quite sure what the ‘r’ here stands for. Apple has used the ‘S’ naming for a few years now to denote an incremental update to the previous iPhone, but this would be the first time the company would attach an ‘r’ to the name.To give a quick recap, all the three new iPhones that Apple plans to announce later today will be designed based on the iPhone X. So expect the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone Xr to bring edge-to-edge notched displays of varying sizes. The first two will sport OLED displays while the Xr will get an LCD display, allowing Apple to price it comparatively cheap. All three iPhones are expected sport glass on the front and back and support wireless charging.advertisementWe also expect a new A12 chipset powering the new iPhones. We may also see some upgraded cameras and more RAM option, at least for the Max model. Apart from this, it doesn’t look like Apple is planning on revealing a brand new technology. You can also expect Face ID for all the models and iOS 12 out-of-the-box. Based on the reports so far, the iPhone XS Max will be the most expensive with a $1200 price tag, while the iPhone XS is expected to cost around $900. The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone Xr is rumoured to carry a price tag somewhere in between $600 to $700.Apple’s ‘Gather Round’ event will kick off at 10am PDT (10:30pm IST). The company will livestream the event on its website as well as Twitter for the very first time. Apple TV owners can also stream the event via the dedicated app. India Today Tech will be at the event covering all the announcements so do follow this space for more.last_img read more

Conte: Chelsea can bounce back

first_imgChelsea Conte backing Chelsea to bounce back despite title concession Christopher Devine Last updated 1 year ago 22:58 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Huddersfield Town v Chelsea Huddersfield Town Antonio Conte The Blues under-performed in a defeat to West Ham, but their manager expects his players to respond strongly in a midweek meeting with Huddersfield Antonio Conte is confident his Chelsea players have the character to bounce back from their miserable defeat to West Ham when they face Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.The reigning Premier League champions were beaten by Marko Arnautovic’s early goal at London Stadium last weekend and sit 14 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.After the loss to West Ham, Conte conceded Chelsea’s hopes of retaining their title were now over, yet he is nevertheless backing his players to respond positively at Huddersfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Against Newcastle we went 1-0 down and then we won 3-1. Against Atletico Madrid we were 1-0 down and then we drew and created chances to score. I think this team has character to find the right strength and then to come back if the result is not positive,” the Italian told a news conference.”The first thing for us is to change the final result. We lost the game against West Ham despite dominating the game, controlling the game. We shot 19 times. We created many chances to score. At the end we lost the game.”pic.twitter.com/y91RUWfu8P — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 10, 2017 Chelsea were handed a tough tie with La Liga leaders Barcelona in Monday’s Champions League last-16 draw and Conte is focused on ensuring his team plays in Europe’s premier club competition next term.”My experience tells me it’s impossible to win the title,” Conte added after his comments following the West Ham game were brought up.”Now we must be focused in the league to go game by game, to do our best. This league is not simple.”We have to fight to find a place in the Champions League. There are a lot of targets this season.”Chelsea’s starting line-up at Huddersfield will predictably feature changes given the quick turnaround following Saturday’s match.”In this case it’s right to make rotations. I can do this,” Conte confirmed. “My task is to find the best solution, [but] at the same time not lose our balance.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

19 days agoChelsea boss Lampard tells Pulisic to fight for place

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard tells Pulisic to fight for placeby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has told Christian Pulisic to fight for his place.Some in the USA have accused the Chelsea boss of favouritism because he is picking young English players ahead of the big-money signing from Pennsylvania.But Lampard said: “This is one of my difficult problems in this job, that I have good players and everyone has a story.“Christian Pulisic has a price-tag, Ross Barkley is an international player, Mason Mount is an international player.“Callum Hudson-Odoi has just signed a new contract, Bayern Munich wanted to buy him last summer, he is an international player.“Ruben Loftus-Cheek will come back and be an international player — and I can’t pick them all in the game, unfortunately.“All I have to demand of them is that they show me in training or show me in the game when they get the chances to play that they are worthy of their place.“That’s not to make me sound like a hard taskmaster, that’s just a brutal reality of my job. Next week I might be asked about two other names.”Lampard gave the USA international a chance against Grimsby in the Carabao Cup — and the implication is that he did not take it.Boss Lamps said: “I spoke to him two days before the Grimsby game and was very clear about the standards.“And we have to give him the fact he has moved country, moved leagues and is as young as all the young players we keep talking about. He has just turned 21.“What he needs to do is work daily and work to show within the group that he deserves to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New PSA With UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson To ENDviolence

first_imgYesterday at the United Nations children joined world leaders to launch a new partnership and fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility.Video: End Violence Against Children Launch FilmEnd Violence Against Children – The Global Partnership brings together governments, foundations, the UN, civil society, academia, the private sector and young people in driving action toward achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.“The Global Partnership to End Violence against Children is mobilizing the world,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “There could be no more meaningful way to help realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”The world’s governments set ambitious targets to end violence by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Working through the Global Partnership, governments and organizations can pool their resources and expertise to make accelerated progress toward this critical goal.“Every day, in every country and every community, children are victimized by violence – and far too often, this violence is accepted as normal, permissible, or a private matter,” said Susan Bissell, Director of the Global Partnership. “Violence against children is not inevitable – if we challenge the status quo that harms the lives and futures of so many children. Every child has the right to grow up free from violence – and we all need to work together to realize that vision.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that in the past year as many as 1 billion children around the world have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence. Globally, one in four children suffer physical abuse. Nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in her life. Every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence.“Violence against children is a problem shared by every society – so the solution must also be shared,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, who serves as founding co-Chair of the Global Partnership Board. “When we protect children from violence we not only prevent individual tragedies and support children’s development and growth. In doing so, we also support the strength and stability of their societies.”In coordination with the United Kingdom, the multi-donor trust fund has been established to support the Global Partnership. The UK Government is making a £40m contribution to catalyze the Fund in collaboration with the WePROTECT Global Alliance. The UK funding will be dispersed over the next four years and will focus on ending online child sexual exploitation.“Online child sexual exploitation is a global crime that transcends borders, and demands a global response,” said Baroness Joanna Shields, UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security. “This important new Fund will help tackle this abhorrent crime and protect children no matter where they live in the world. I encourage countries and organizations to seek this funding, and to support the Fund’s work to tackle the violence our children face online, in their everyday lives, and in places affected by conflict and crisis.”At the launch event, government ministers from Sweden, Mexico, Indonesia and Tanzania committed to developing specific plans that will combat violence against children, including tackling behaviours and traditions that further violence, making schools and institutions safe for all children, and strengthening data collection about violence and children, among other efforts.The Global Partnership today also launched the new INSPIRE package of seven proven strategies to prevent violence against children, created with the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, End Violence Against Children, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Together for Girls, UNICEF, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Bank. Drawing from decades of research and building on the progress made so far, the new INSPIRE strategies include parent and caregiver support programs, life skills training, the implementation and enforcement of laws, and services for victims.The launch of the Global Partnership includes the premier of a new PSA featuring Liam Neeson, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and international children’s peace prize winners from Liberia and the Philippines. The PSA tells the story of the impact of violence from the perspective of children, and includes powerful appeals from Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Elisabeth Dahlin, Secretary General of Save the Children Sweden, Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for the Ericsson Group worldwide, and others – all calling on governments, societies, communities, and families to #ENDViolence against children.last_img read more

Zade Dirani Named UNICEF Regional Ambassador For The Middle East And North

first_imgUNICEF has appointed world famous Jordanian pianist and composer, Zade Dirani, as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on advocating for the most marginalised children especially those caught in conflict, violence and poverty.“We are deeply honoured that Zade Dirani has accepted this role. His appointment will be a strong contribution to furthering the rights of children. His amazing talent is critical at a time when the region is in dire need for peace, tolerance, and cultural understanding” said Saad Houry, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.The founder of the Zade Foundation for International Peace and Understanding, Dirani is known for his work to help young musicians promote peace and cultural understanding. Over the past years, he has worked with aspiring and world renowned musicians to spread the message of peace and co-existence, including a much acclaimed concert for peace “One Night in Jordan,” where he was accompanied by musicians from some 40 countries.“I am delighted to be a Regional Ambassador for UNICEF,” said Dirani. “I firmly believe that music transcends borders and is a powerful tool for peace and mutual respect. As we look around our region, we are reminded how critical it is to continue to raise our voices for the protection of children, especially the most vulnerable. History will judge us harshly if we fail them.”Referred to by some as a ‘piano prodigy,’ Dirani has released several billboard charting albums, and performed around the world, including by invitation of the Jordanian Royal Family. He has also performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Dalai Lama and the late Nelson Mandela.Dirani joins a prestigious group of UNICEF Regional Ambassadors for the Middle East and North Africa, including the Iraqi composer and singer Kadim Al-Sahir; Lebanese entertainer Nancy Ajram; and Egyptian actor, Mahmoud Kabil.last_img read more

Annan proposes extending UN office in Central African Republic to help solidify

In an exchange of letters with the President of the Security Council, the Secretary-General says he is making the proposal after consulting with authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR), who requested the renewal of BONUCA’s mandate.Mr. Annan says the move to keep BONUCA in the country until 31 December 2003 would also enable the Office to continue to support the CAR in its ongoing efforts to “strengthen democratic institutions and the rule of law, and lay solid foundations for sustainable peace and socio-economic progress in the face of daunting domestic challenges and a volatile subregional environment.”

UN agencies provide shelter clean water to families displaced amid Iraqs Mosul

UNICEF and partner WEO unload water and hygiene kits in Al Houd, Ninewa Governorate, located south of Mosul, which was retaken by Iraqi security forces on 17 October 2016. Photo: UNICEF/UN036544/Aree Dilshad/WEO “Our focus remains on the intensive and continuing push for more protection and shelter support,” Adrian Edwards, a UNHCR spokesperson, told today’s press briefing in Geneva. The agency UNHCR reports modest levels of displacement, with 3,900 people displaced and transported to a nearby reception centre in the village of Al-Hood to receive assistance. Additional 240 people were transferred from Makhmur district to a reception centre (Debaga) yesterday. According to UNHCR, additional five camps were established to shelter 45,000 people, with 11 camps planned. The agency will be able to provide shelter support for 600,000 people. In Mosul, UNHCR will soon be ready to send support and emergency assistance to 15,000 individuals, with hopes to eventually accommodate 50,000. In addition, UNHCR has partnered with other UN agencies as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ensure that proper sanitation, sufficient water supply, health and protections services are available to the people at Al Hol.The agency was able to reach 48 per cent of its budget goal, stressing that there is still a huge need for further funding, especially when the winter is around the corner, said Mr. Edwards. Meanwhile, UNICEF is delivering clean water to thousands of families caught up in the conflict in Al Houd, a town south of Mosul that was earlier retaken by Iraqi security forces. The UNICEF Country Representative in Iraq stated that the agency has helped 3,000 children and their families who suffered the consequences of Iraqi conflict. “It may seem a small achievement, but it is one that will bring a week of respite for the children and families who have already suffered so much,” he said. “A lot of children are in a state of shock, all they need now is a safe space to play, learn and aspire,” said UNICEF’s Peter Hawkins. UNICEF stresses that the displaced and needed families require clean water and sanitation services; they deserve to feel safe and receive basic humanitarian assistance. Many children and families have already gotten sick from drinking unclean water. Therefore, UNICEF has been providing water and sanitation services, while also having emergency vaccination and psycho-social teams on standby to assist children and families in need. Despite delivering enough bottled water for 1,500 families for a week, including hygiene kits with buckets, soap and detergent, the organizations has also committed to bringing fresh water every week to people in need. read more

Raptors acquire Gasol from Grizzlies for package including Valanciunas

The Toronto Raptors have pulled off one of the league’s biggest deals at the NBA trade deadline, acquiring Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for Jonas Valanciunas, C.J. Miles and Delon Wright.The blockbuster deal, which was completed late Thursday evening, brings a player long coveted by Raptors president Masai Ujiri to Toronto. It’s also a power move for a Toronto team looking to at least keep pace with Milwaukee and Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference.Raptors guard Fred VanVleet spoke highly of Gasol shortly before Toronto tipped off against the Hawks in Atlanta.“(Gasol) is one of the best fives in the league for a long time now, perennial all-star, defensive player of the year,” VanVleet said. “Just really excited to see how we can acclimate him to what we do and see how much he can give us a boost. Obviously we’re very excited about that.”In a separate deal, the Raptors also sent veteran forward Greg Monroe and a 2021 second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for cash considerations.The 76ers and Bucks had made major moves ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline, the Sixers landing Tobias Harris and Milwaukee acquiring Nikola Mirotic.As Thursday wore on, Raptors fans took to social media to implore Ujiri to make a major move.And he did. It’s Ujiri’s biggest trade-deadline deal since returning to the team in 2013.Gasol is a three-time all-star and the 2013 defensive player of the year. He’s averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals a game, and his 4.7 assists a night is second best in the league behind Jokic. The seven-foot-one Spaniard is a two-time Olympian, and will be reunited with Spanish coach and Raptors assistant Sergio Scariolo in Toronto.Gasol, who played 11 seasons in Memphis, is slated to make US$24.1 million this season and has a player option for $25.6 million next season.Last summer, Gasol volunteered as part of a Spanish rescue effort in the Mediterranean Sea, plucking people from the water who were fleeing Africa. A photo showed Gasol helping lift a woman onto a stretcher. He voiced his “Frustration, anger and helplessness” on Twitter, writing “It’s unbelievable how so many vulnerable people are abandoned to their deaths at sea. Deep admiration for these I call my teammates at this time. ?openarms_fund”In Valanciunas, the Raptors’ lose of their most popular players. The 26-year, who was drafted by Toronto fifth overall in 2011, was finally cleared to play Thursday after missing 25 games with a dislocated left thumb. The team posted a photo of the big Lithuanian on social media with two words: “I’m back.”Valanciunas told reporters in Atlanta on Thursday morning: “I am really excited. I was really looking forward to this day and there you go. If nothing crazy happens, I will be playing.”Toronto guard Norman Powell said he will miss his departing teammates.“We were in the foxhole when we weren’t getting minutes, talking about the process, and working to make an impact when we did get the time and growing together in the league, so it was definitely tough seeing guys like that go, but you just wish them the best,” said Powell. “I’m sure they’ll make the most of a new opportunity and chance to go out there and prove themselves with another team.”The moves leave the Raptors with just 10 players under NBA contracts, and they must be at 14 within the next two weeks. They could convert one or both of their two-way contracts with Chris Boucher and Jordan Loyd to NBA contracts.Ujiri, meanwhile, made two moves just prior to the 2017 deadline, acquiring Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic and P.J. Tucker from the Phoenix Suns. That Raptors team was swept by Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs. read more

Mens basketball Buckeyes need a win at Iowa to stay even with

Ohio State sophomore guard C.J. Jackson (3) and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate walk down the floor in the second half against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorWhen Ohio State (13-8, 3-5 Big Ten) began conference play 0-4, it appeared the Buckeyes would be left in the dust as the rest of the conference would separate themselves from the pack. However, for some, it’s more difficult to leave the nest than it is for others.The current state of the Big Ten has nine teams separated by just one game from fifth place to 13th. OSU is one of six teams at 3-5 and a game behind three teams at 4-4. Coach Thad Matta said he hasn’t been paying close attention.“I’m more just like, ‘let’s just keep winning basketball games,’” he said. “In the end, I am aware of this, that (Saturday’s) game turns the halfway point. I think that there’s still so much that has to be done, but I guess that there is a log jam or whatever. But we’ll see how it plays out.”Whether he realizes the traffic in the heart of the Big Ten standings or not, Matta is well aware the Buckeyes can’t afford a stumble on the road against the Iowa Hawkeyes (11-10, 3-5 Big Ten) who are also fighting for relevance in the arduous Big Ten. The Buckeyes have done themselves a favor by beating Michigan State and, most recently, Minnesota at home — two teams currently projected in the NCAA tournament according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. Three weeks ago, OSU looked totally overmatched against conference competition, giving reason to believe that the season could be the worst finish in the Big Ten in Matta’s tenure. Since then, OSU has gone 3-1 against three teams who are in strong consideration for at-large bids come March.But what was absent in all of that talk was the fact that two of OSU’s five conference losses have come by a combined total of three points and the team has played through the third-toughest Big Ten schedule to date. That’s just a couple reasons why Matta has been telling the players that the season isn’t over and there’s still plenty to play for after what was a bleak beginning.“You know, we’re not out of this yet,” junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “It’s a tight race. Anything can happen. We just got to go out there every game we play and try to win and the rest will take care of itself.”Iowa is eerily similar to OSU thus far. The Hawkeyes have the second toughest conference strength of schedule, behind Illinois, and have performed well at home, but poorly on the road. All three conference wins for coach Fran McCaffery have come at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including a victory over then-No. 17 Purdue. Like Iowa, the Buckeyes haven’t performed well away from home. OSU is shooting roughly 44 percent from the field on the road compared to better than 47 percent on its home floor. Likewise, Iowa is six percent worse shooting away from home. The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes also have both been blown out on the road to two teams at the top of the conference — Wisconsin and Northwestern, respectively.The Buckeyes have struggled with performing well from the tip on the road. Against Minnesota, OSU led by as much as 17 in the first half, which is the opposite of what usually happens away from Columbus. OSU has seen first-half deficits of 18 at Minnesota, 18 at Wisconsin and 12 at Nebraska.“I don’t know why that is,” freshman forward Andre Wesson said. “We definitely got to fix that because that definitely can’t happen again. We got to continue to do what we did, just build on what we did against Minnesota.”Regardless of the trend so far this season, OSU has to break its spell and find a way to capture a win at Iowa to avoid falling behind the ball in the Big Ten.“Where we’re at right now, our room for error is very tight,” Tate said. “Going in there and we’re going to give it the best we got and build on this last game.” read more

Power station demolition leads to power cut to 49000 homes

They had been there to witness engineers blow up the three remaining ‘death towers’ where four workers were killed at Didcot in 2016.Ken Cresswell, 57, John Shaw, 61, Michael Collings, 53, and Christopher Huxtable, 34, died in the major incident in February 2016.The coal-fired station, commissioned in 1968, was turned off in 2013 after 43 years in service and owners RWE Npower had planned to clear the site by the end of 2017, but its plans were delayed when the site’s boiler house collapsed, killing the four workers.RWE said it had planned today’s demolition over several months with its contractor Brown and Mason, liaising with the relevant local authorities. A plea went out to sightseers not to take selfies when the towers were blown up.Owners RWE said they would “actively discourage all forms of public participation” amid fears that spectators would scramble for vantage points to take morbid selfies. They begged people to show some respect for the dead and not to gather and gawp.In the February 2016 tragedy, four men died when a large section of the boiler house collapsed while the building was being prepared for demolition. Mick Collings, one of four workers who died after the partial collapse of the boiler house at the Didcot A plant in February 2016 One was quickly found but the other three were listed as missing because it wsas too unsafe to search for them in the disaster area. “We are in contact with the station owner, RWE, to support them in their incident investigation alongside our own internal review into the network fault.“SSEN takes its responsibility to public safety seriously. We are aware of reports of minor injuries and damage caused by the incident at Sutton Courtenay and are working with the police and other agencies to identify those impacted. We would ask anyone affected to contact us through the power cut helpline 105 so we can investigate further.” What remained of the boiler house was demolished in a controlled explosion in July 2016.  The bodies of the three missing men were still in the remains at that time but were later found.In 2003, Country Life readers voted the landmark Britain’s third worst eyesore, but others have found the structures to be a source of inspiration for poetry.The 2,000 megawatt (MW) station operated until 2013, when RWE Power moved to decommission it when new EU reduced emissions rules were brought in.SSEN said in a statement: “Shortly after 7am this morning, SSEN received reports of damage to its network at Sutton Courtenay, following the demolition of the nearby Didcot Power Station.  SSEN engineers attended site to make the situation safe and power was fully restored to the 40,000 customers affected by 8.20am.“Initial investigations have confirmed that this morning’s power cut was caused by material related to the demolition of Didcot Power Station striking our overhead electricity network.  During the demolition, a large section of debris protection material became detached from one of the cooling towers and made contact with our 33kV overhead line, which was outside of the advised perimeter.  This resulted in significant damage to the overhead line and subsequent network faults. The power was restored by 8.20am.  SSEN initially insisted that the power-cut was unrelated to the demolition.SSEN added that an investigation is now underway into the cause of the incident.Video circulating on social media showed an electricity pylon going up in flames and people who were gathered to watch the explosion running away. People look on demolition of Didcot power station structure in DidcotCredit:Mark Hodson/Reuters Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. People look on demolition of Didcot power station structure in Didcot Tens of thousands of homes were left without power on Sunday just moments after the demolition of the Didcot power station. Up to 49,000 homes in towns and villages across a wide area were blacked out when explosives were detonated to send shock waves through the 375ft tall towers, which crumbled and collapsed in huge clouds of rubble and dust at 7am.An electricity pylon near the site, where crowds of spectators had gathered to film the blast, was seen on fire after the blast.  The power cut was likely caused by “material related to the demolition” striking the overhead electricity network at Sutton Courtenay, according to Scottish and Southern Electricity.A sub-station which serves Didcot and Abingdon, as well as Wantage, Wallingford and  parts of the Chilterns blew.  In the chaos, traffic lights went out and cafes were having to turn away hungry spectators. Mick Collings, one of four workers who died after the partial collapse of the boiler house at the Didcot A plant in February 2016Credit:Tees Riders M.C.C/PA read more

Parliament to address Antiracism bill

first_imgNew legislation that provides stiffer penalties for individuals and political parties who engage in racism or incite racist violence is to be discussed in Parliament on August 26, following months of delays.The anti-racism bill was first submitted to Parliament in November but objections from the then cabinet secretary Panayiotis Baltakos forced the government to withdraw the would-be legislation. It was resubmitted to the House but has not moved beyond the committee stages for several months. Now a new version of the bill is to be tabled in a bid to bring Greece’s anti-racism legislation, which has stood since 1979, up to date.The draft law includes provisions that mean parties or associations which promote racism will be cut off from state funding of any kind for between one and six months. The justice minister will also have the right to fine the people involved in such acts between 10,000 and 100,000 euros.Individuals engaging in racist acts can be jailed for between three months and three years. They will also face fines of 5,000 to 20,000 euros. If their actions lead to another crime being committed, this will carry a minimum six-month prison sentence.Jail terms of three months to three years will also be handed down to anyone who praises or denies “the significance of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, the Holocaust and Nazism” in a manner that could incite racial hate or violence. If the perpetrator is an MP or public official then the jail sentence will be stiffened, rising to between three and five years.Government sources told Kathimerini that the Justice Ministry would be taking on board the concerns voiced by 38 New Democracy MPs who asked in a letter that there be a specific reference to the genocide of Black Sea and Asia Minor Greeks, as well as Armenians and Assyrians. The Greek Parliament has recognized these slaughters as genocide since 1994.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Jenny Mikakos speaks at the Greek Parliament

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victorian Minister for Families, Children and Youth, Jenny Mikakos, gave a speech in Greek parliament during her recent visit to her country of heritage. The minister spoke about the needs of the Greek diaspora, mainly when it comes to the promotion and retention of the Greek language as part of a broader effort to promote Hellenism, and the interests of Greeks wherever they may live. In Victoria, 134,779 people have listed their ancestry as Greek, and 110,707 Victorians speak Greek at home, which is the third most common language spoken. Despite these numbers, students learning Greek in Victorian schools almost halved between 2010 and 2017. Of these students only a very small number study Greek to the end of their secondary schooling: 252 students in 2016.In 2017, only 35 accredited Greek community language schools are providing after school hours Greek programmes to almost 6,000 students, funded by the Victorian government. At the same time, the Greek community in Victoria is undertaking other efforts to promote the Greek language with projects the likes of the Speak Greek in March campaign.“Understandably our shared interests are in looking at how we can support Greece in its economic recovery and in its foreign policy objectives,” Mikakos said.“We need to ensure that our young people born in the diaspora retain a connection to Greece and to foster a new wave of Philhellenes in our broader societies. So I want to focus my remarks now on what we can do collectively to promote the learning of the Greek language,” she said thanking the Greek Ministry of Education for funding Greek teachers across the diaspora even despite the budgetary constraints.Focusing her comments on the Australian context, and the state of Victoria, Mikakos noted that according to the most recent Australian census, 421,000 Australians have Greek ancestry – 34,000 more than the previous census, which is a result of the recent wave of recent arrivals from Greece. She urged her Greek counterparts to consider not only the continuation of the longstanding Greek Seconded Teacher Program but a possible increase in the number of teachers to support the teaching of Greek. “This needs to respond to the needs of an increasing number of students who arrive from Greece with advanced levels of Greek language,” Mikakos stated.“I would urge you to support Victorian teachers of Greek to enhance their linguistic and cultural knowledge and pedagogical skills by facilitating local and/or in-country professional learning opportunities.”Mikakos asked the Greek Ministry of Education to make available contemporary Greek language curriculum resources, including online resources to Victorian schools that teach Greek and community language schools. Many Greek teachers report a need for new and engaging resources to meet the needs of the increasing number of newly arrived students from Greece with high levels of Greek language proficiency. These resources are not available locally. “We need resources that cater for the diverse needs of students across the spectrum ranging from those with no Greek ancestry to those students with proficient Greek language skills.“The Greek Consulate in Melbourne used to have a dedicated person managing the seconded teachers and Greek language programs. This position ended in 2014. When we have to work harder to convince parents that their children should learn Greek it would be helpful to have a dedicated person coordinating these efforts.”last_img read more

Norman lintelligence artificielle psychopathe créée par le MIT

first_imgNorman : l’intelligence artificielle psychopathe créée par le MITAfin d’informer et d’alerter le grand public sur les dévoiements et les risques de l’IA, des chercheurs ont volontairement mal-élevé un algorithme dont la fonction est de légender automatiquement des images. Le résultat est tellement terrifiant qu’ils lui ont donné le nom d’un célèbre serial killer de fiction. Norman est psychopathe et même les scientifiques le disent ! Que les 10 millions d’abonnés du célèbre blogueur français se rassurent, il ne s’agit pas de leur idole mais du nom de la première intelligence artificielle perverse. Explications.L’algorithme n’est pas coupable !Une équipe du prestigieux MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), aux Etats-Unis, a eu l’idée à la fois amusante et inquiétante de mal-éduquer volontairement un algorithme classique de légendage d’images. Cette initiative a démontré que, contrairement à ce que grand nombre de personnes peuvent penser, un algorithme à la base n’est ni incorrect ni injuste mais que ce sont les données qu’on lui fournit qui peuvent le biaiser.« Les données importent plus que l’algorithme, explique le Professeur Iyad Rahwan qui fait partie du trio de chercheurs à avoir développé Norman. L’expérience prouve que la data qu’on utilise pour entraîner une Intelligence Artificielle se reflète dans la façon dont elle perçoit le monde et se comporte ».Et il faut bien admettre que Norman n’a pas qu’été nourri aux petits oiseaux qui chantent et aux bisous entre abeilles. Les chercheurs l’ont abreuvé de données venues des recoins les plus sombres du Net. Notamment de légendes brèves décrivant des scènes très violentes et des images de morts atroces trouvées sur Reddit, un site internet communautaire où (souvent) le pire côtoie (parfois) le meilleur. Un test de Rorschach morbidePas étonnant que le pauvre Norman en ait été tout retourné ! Après l’avoir gavé d’images ignobles et brutales, les scientifiques lui ont fait passer le fameux test de Rorschach. Cet outil clinique permet via l’interprétation de taches d’encres d’évaluer psychologiquement un patient. Et les résultats de Norman font peur… Là où une Intelligence Artificielle non biaisée voit un vase en gros plan, Norman perçoit un homme qui vient d’être abattu !À lire aussiDes sculptures en carton réalisées à l’aide d’un algorithmeUn petit oiseau en noir et blanc se transforme en une scène digne d’un film d’horreur que Norman légende « Homme enfoncé de force dans une machine à pétrir ». On comprend mieux pourquoi les chercheurs n’ont pas eu à se creuser la tête trop longtemps pour trouver un nom à leur nouveau robot. Un clin d’œil à Norman Bates, le psychopathe tueur du film Psychose d’Alfred Hitchcock paraissait alors évident. Mais que l’on se rassure, Norman n’est pas perdu pour la cause. Le site qui lui est dédié propose aux internautes de passer à leur tour le test de Rorschach afin de tenter de le « réparer » et de le rééduquer… A condition que leurs réponses ne soient pas aussi morbides. Par M.M À lire aussiPervers narcissique : le trouble de la personnalité narcissique, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Trouble bipolaire : symptôme , test, traitement, tout savoir sur cette maladieDépression : définition, symptômes, traitements, comment soigner la dépression ?Le 13 juin 2018 à 15:11 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more