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Holding discussion on PF tax, says Govt

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) Under attack over a proposal to tax PF, government today told Rajya Sabha that it is in discussion with all stakeholders and will consider the issue as the Opposition parties joined hands in the House to corner it. “We are in discussion with stakeholders. There are many stakeholders. Now I cannot reveal many things. Our government is considering all options,” Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said when the issue came up during Question Hour. “We are discussing with all stakeholders. We are in touch with the Ministry of Finance. Government will also consider these issues. Up to now I can say this,” he said without disclosing further details on the issue. The Ministers remarks came amid indications that the government is reconsidering the proposal after facing flak from political parties and trade unions including some RSS affiliates. Tapan Kumar Sen of CPI-M, however, took strong objection to the ministers claim, saying that he being a stakeholder has not been consulted at all. “At no point of time stakeholders agreed to the taxing of the Provident Fund. Please do not put the gun on stakeholders for this offence,” he said. The minister further said that the governments main focus is give social security to the workers in the unorganized sectors by bringing them under the purview of EPF. Dattatreya also chose the occasion to seek the support of various parties in the passage of a bill seeking to amend the EPF Act, which is stuck. He said the amendment seeks to bring down the total number of workers in a unit covered under the EPF Act from the present 20 to 10 so that more people are brought under the ambit of coverage. (MORE) PTI SKC AMR AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

Phone with best camera under Rs 10,000: Redmi 3S Prime first choice, but Moto G Turbo will also do

first_imgOk, I’ll be very honest: this one’s really tricky. It’s hard to tell. Not because there are not any good camera phones under Rs 10,000 but because there is a very marginal difference between these good camera phones under Rs 10,000. It’s really hard to tell the difference, even for an expert.Also Read: Redmi 3S Prime review: Xiaomi’s greatest hitWhile the original, or more specifically, the standard Redmi 3S costs Rs 6,999 the Redmi 3S Prime which is a little heftier in terms of specs and features will be available for Rs 8,999 all in typical Xiaomi fashion. Surprisingly, it’s a pretty good camera phone as well, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime.The Redmi 3S Prime sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase-Detect Autofocus along with an LED flash. On the front you get a 5-megapixel snapper. Honestly, none of the new-age Xiaomi phones — Mi 5, Redmi Note 3 — have really impressed as far as camera performance is concerned. They’ve been just about average.The Redmi 3S is more or less on similar lines, only overall, I feel it does a better job as compared to the Redmi Note 3. The Mi 5 still is the best Xiaomi camera phone right now.The phone captures some good-looking photos in good light with good amount of detail and mostly spot-on (if a little oversaturated) colours. Dynamic range could have been better but then none of the camera phones at under Rs 10,000 have dynamic range to really brag about. They are just about average. The Redmi 3S is a tad better.Xiaomi’s phone is also able to capture well-enough photos in tricky light situations with good detail. Low light photos are prone to noise.The Redmi 3S Prime, in the grand scheme of things, is the best camera phone that you can buy right now in this price bracket without burning a hole in your pocket.But there’s a catch. The Redmi 3S Prime is very difficult to buy. The phone is literally out of stock at all times. If you can get your hands on it, well, don’t even think twice before you hit ‘add to cart’. That is, if you’re looking buy a phone at under Rs 10,000. But, what if you don’t?There are a couple of options that you can also look at. One is the Moto G Turbo. The phone is available for buying at as little as Rs 9,755 from Amazon India.”In good light, especially when the light is even without too many shadows, the Moto G Turbo clicks very good images. These images show rich colours and have lots of details, especially when the subject is isolated well from the surroundings, such as in macro images,” is what we wrote about the Moto G Turbo in our full review of the phone. Moreover, it’s an excellent all-round performer as well, which is a must if you’re looking for a phone on a tight budget. advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League: Arsene Wenger set to break Sir Alex Ferguson’s record

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to break legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s record on 31st December 2017. Wenger will take charge of his 811th game as Arsenal manager which is one more than what Alex Ferguson managed at Manchester United, to become the Premier League’s most experienced coach.Wenger will hope to bag all 3 points and guide his 6th placed Arsenal back to the ‘Top 4’ and the UEFA Champions League qualification positions.Arsene Wenger, at Arsenal has been in charge of 810 matches winning 468 of them, a win percentage of 58 per cent. Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson has won 528 of his 810 matches in his Premier League career.WATCH VIDEO HEREAs the 68-year-old Wenger creates history, we take a look at 11 managerial highlights of his reign at Arsenal.Arsene Wenger will manage his 811th Premier League game on 31st December 2017, which is one more than the current record of 810 games managed by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.Sir Alex Ferguson managed his final Premier League game on 19th May 2013 against West Bromwich Albion which ended in a 5-5 draw. Arsene Wenger will break Ferguson’s record when his Arsenal team also face West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s eve.Arsene Wenger is the only manager in the Premier League who has gone an entire season unbeaten with the Arsenal ‘invincibles’ squad of 2003-04 who stormed to the trophy without losing a single match that season.Wenger was awarded France’s highest honour Legion d’Honneur in 2002 and was appointed honourary Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2003 for his contribution to football.advertisementWenger was appointed Arsenal manager on 1st October 1996 and has managed Arsenal for over 21 years. He is currently the longest serving manager in top 4 tiers of English football.During his reign at Arsenal, Wenger has guided the club to 3 Premier League titles has also been named the Manager of the Year on 3 occasions and voted the manager of the month 15 times.The Frenchman also won seven FA Cups with Arsenal, which is the record for most FA Cup titles by any manager in English football history.In 810 Premier League matches as Arsenal manager, Wenger’s side has won 468 games and lost only 145, the remaining 197 matches ended in a draw.Arsene’s Arsenal teams have also scored 1,524 goals under him while conceding 781 goals in the same period.Under Wenger Arsenal finished in the top 4 and qualified the for UEFA Champions League each year barring one.Wenger’s most expensive signing at Arsenal has been French striker Alezandre Lacazette for 46.5 million Pounds at the start of the 2017 season.last_img read more

Ukraine Beats US Soccer, 2-0

first_imgLARNACA, Cyprus — One banner in the stands read “Ukraine is Undivided!” on the top and “One Country — One Team!” on the bottom. Ukrainian fans sang their nation’s anthem in the final moments, and some broke into a chant of “No war in Ukraine!” after the final whistle.A small contingent of Ukrainian fans had a couple hours to forget about their nation’s troubles, wave their flags and unite amid a political crisis back home. Ukraine eased past the United States 2-0 on March 5 in an exhibition soccer game shifted from Kharkiv to a Mediterranean island nation 600 miles to the south.“Our country is facing difficult times now, we must support our team and our country,” said Oleg Ivanovskyi, a fan from Kiev currently residing in Larnaca. “Ukraine lives and will live. This friendly match is important for us to show the friendship between the U.S. and Ukraine. The friendship between the two countries is more important than the score.”Andriy Yarmolenko scored in the 12th minute and Marko Devic in the 68th as Ukraine exposed the shaky American central defense of Oguchi Onyewu and Anthony Brooks.Ukraine’s players linked arms on shoulders during their national anthem of their nation, which has been disrupted by political protests followed by Russia’s military intervention. Players in both starting lineups bowed their heads as they stood on the field before the game for a moment of silence for the victims of violence in Ukraine.The crowd of 1,573 at Papadopoulos Stadium, which has a capacity of about 10,000, was so small that players could be heard talking with each other during the game.“Of course we do it for our supporters, for our country,” Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko said. “I asked to make our people happy. We had to show that we’re all united.”U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said his team’s thoughts were with the Ukrainian people. “You feel for that country. You feel for that nation, and there’s nothing more than wishing them well and to solve these issues peacefully,” Klinsmann said.At 18th, Ukraine is the highest-ranking nation that failed to qualify for the World Cup. The match marked the last chance for Klinsmann to evaluate his Europe-based players before he chooses his 23-man World Cup roster in mid-May. He will use a squad mostly from Major League Soccer for an April 2 exhibition against Mexico at Glendale, Ariz.“We’re disappointed with the result,” U.S. captain Clint Dempsey said. “We just have to do a better job and learn from our mistakes.”Onyewu’s only prior international appearances since June 2012 were last July 5 in exhibition against Guatemala and in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Cuba eight days later. He was paired in central defense with Brooks, a 21-year-old making just his third international appearance. Geoff Cameron played at right back and Edgar Castillo was on the left.“It’s understandable that collectively, it’s not clicking. It would be half a miracle if we would click,” Klinsmann said. “It was difficult for a lot of players to get into a rhythm.”Ukraine went ahead when the U.S. failed on an attempted offside trap. Yevhen Konoplyanka sent a looping pass from just before the midfield stripe to Denys Harmash, who split Onyewu and Brooks and trapped the ball at the top of the penalty area.Goalkeeper Tim Howard blocked his shot, but Harmash picked up the rebound and squared the ball to Yarmolenko, his Dynamo Kiev teammate. He slotted the ball past Brooks with a left-footed shot from six yards for his 15th international goal.The U.S. showed more spark at the start of the second half, and Jozy Altidore put an open header over the crossbar following a cross from Cameron.But Devic scored two minutes after entering when he outran Fabian Johnson onto Roman Bezus’ headed pass from inside the midfield circle and cut the ball back to his left foot.Playing a day before his 35th birthday, Howard blocked the initial shot with a sprawling save, but Devic latched onto the rebound and slid the ball between Johnson and Brooks with a left-footed shot from 15 yards.“When a guy comes clean through and you make the initial save, you just hope that you get enough of it that it ricochets away,” Howard said. “Unfortunately, both times they got lucky enough to where the ball came back to them. On another night, you keep a clean sheet and the ball goes elsewhere.”Playing 99 days before the World Cup opens in Brazil, the U.S. wore its new Nike jerseys with collars that resemble polo shirts. The Americans changed all 11 starters from the 2-0 win over South Korea on Feb.1 at Carson, Calif. “Tonight wasn’t great,” Howard said, “but it’s not the end of the world, either.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

WITTENSTEIN: SAFERTOS celebrates FreeRTOS 15 Year Anniversary

first_img2018 marks FreeRTOS’s 15th anniversary, and 11 years of continued SAFERTOS support. SAFERTOS is the safety critical upgrade for FreeRTOS, and now has more safety critical features than ever. SAFERTOS continues to support FreeRTOS into the future.FreeRTOS is a Real Time Operating System, or RTOS, created by Richard Barry of Real Time Engineers, and more recently stewarded by Amazon Web Services (AWS). It supports more than 35 architectures and was downloaded once every 3 minutes during 2017. It is professionally developed, strictly quality controlled, robust, supported, and free to embed in commercial products.SAFERTOS is a pre-certified, pre-emptive, safety critical RTOS based on the functional model of the FreeRTOS kernel. SAFERTOS delivers determinism and robustness to embedded systems, whilst using minimum resources. Due to the shared functional model SAFERTOS is simple to use, but it has been completely redesigned by our team of safety experts. WHIS engineers took the FreeRTOS kernel functional model, subjected it to a full HAZOP, identified all areas of weakness with respect to safety within the functional model and API, and generated a set of safety requirements. The resulting functional and safety requirements sets were put through an IEC 61508-3 SIL 3 development life cycle, the highest possible for a software only component, creating the SAFERTOS code base and DAP.To upgrade from FreeRTOS to SAFERTOS is straightforward. Many developers prototype using the FreeRTOS kernel and convert to SAFERTOS at the start of their formal development phase. WHIS engineers have created a manual that contains step by step instructions on how to upgrade, which is freely available as part of the free SAFERTOS download package.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Qorvo certified for Zigbee Green Power v1.1 multi-sensor and generic switch extensionNext Acceed: mobile video controller for 8 PoE cameraslast_img read more

Serena Williams is back to physical and emotional best, says coach Patrick Mouratoglou

first_imgSerena Williams is back to her physical and emotional peak for the first time since returning from childbirth last year, according to the American’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou.The 37-year-old Williams produced a dazzling display to beat world number one Simona Halep in three sets in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Monday and looks in the mood to add to her 23 Grand Slam titles in Melbourne.Williams, who won the 2017 Australian Open when pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, came close last year but lost two finals — at Wimbledon to Angelique Kerber and at the U.S. Open to Naomi Osaka.#AusOpen Williams (@serenawilliams) January 21, 2019But Frenchman Mouratoglou believes she is now ready to match Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Slams.”I think she’s fitter than she was last year, because even though she made a lot of effort to come back in shape last year, I don’t think she had enough time,” he told reporters.”For a top-level athlete to come back and be 100 percent fit after having a baby any time, I think there was not enough time.”I feel now she’s back to being Serena on both the physical and emotional side. I think her level is good. I think she needed a big fight, and it happened today.”It’s all fun and games until you’ve seen Beauty and the Beast 4000 times… and the songs are now stuck in your head now… Ohanian Sr. (@alexisohanian) January 21, 2019Mouratoglou has been coach to Williams for seven years but their partnership came under the spotlight last year in a stormy U.S. Open final during which she was given a warning by umpire Carlos Ramos for off-court coaching from the Frenchman.Despite her insistence that she had done nothing wrong, and subsequent loss of temper, Mouratoglou admitted afterwards that he had been passing on instructions.”I’m such a fighter. I never give up.”You can say that again @serenawilliams #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Mouratoglou said he had not worried that it might end their fruitful relationship.”First of all, I hope that every time a coach gets a code violation for coaching, he doesn’t get fired, otherwise there will be guys fired every two days,” he said.”Second, I hope that our seven years’ relationship is a bit stronger than a chair umpire.”Third, she’s much too smart to do that. It’s not a reason for taking a decision that would have an impact on your future.”Asked if last year’s disappointments had increased her motivation, Mouratoglou said: “I think she was very motivated last year, but it was just too early for her.”I mean, she was ready to reach a final but there is a big difference between reaching a final and winning it.”I didn’t want to say it when she lost, because it sounds like an excuse, but you cannot buy time. Things take time.”Also Read | Serena Williams walks out to world No.1 announcement by mistakelast_img read more

Hummels’ late goal seals Germany win

first_imgCzech Republic 1 Germany 2: Hummels extends world champions’ perfect record with late header Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 04:45 9/2/17 Mats Hummels Bongarts Germany made it seven wins out of seven in Group C with a 2-1 win over Czech Republic in Prague thanks to a late Mats Hummels header. Mats Hummels’ late header snatched a 2-1 win for Germany over Czech Republic as the world champions extended their perfect record in Group C of World Cup qualifying.Vladimir Darida’s wondergoal appeared to have given Czech Republic a boost in their attempt to reach the 2018 World Cup when his brilliant strike picked out the top corner from 25 yards.But the world champions had other ideas and made it seven wins out of seven thanks to Hummels powering in a header from a flighted Toni Kroos free-kick with only three minutes remaining at the Eden Arena on Friday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner earned a starting berth with three goals in four appearances at the Confederations Cup and he justified his selection in attack almost immediately.3 goals in 4 #ConfedCup matches1 goal in 4 #WCQ minutes!Timo Werner — #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) September 1, 2017 After only three minutes, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil sent Werner clear with a precise pass and the forward took his shot early to beat Tomas Vaclik in the bottom-left corner.Darida’s stunning drive swerved viciously into Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s top-right corner to draw the hosts level, but Hummels’ late header ensured Germany stay five points clear at the top of the group, with Karel Jarolim’s side left seven points adrift of second-placed Northern Ireland, who won 3-0 away to San Marino.Germany took the lead in just the fourth minute, scoring their fastest goal since May 2013. Ozil sliced open the Czech defence with a trademark throughball with the outside of his boot that Werner finished off well. The golden boy has done it again… #Werner ‘s goal was the quickest scored by #DieMannschaft since May 2013   #CZEGER 0-1 — Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) September 1, 2017  Borussia Monchengladbach forward Lars Stindl was Werner’s attacking partner and he almost added a second after 19 minutes only to see his low shot blocked by Vaclik’s legs. The home side were struggling to create a chance of note, but Michal Krmencik sent an opportunistic lob over the crossbar when Ter Stegen, deputising for Manuel Neuer, was caught off his line. And on the stroke of half-time, the hosts should have levelled when a fine team move saw Darida tee up Theodor Gebre Selassie only for the right-back to slice his effort horribly.Stindl tested Vaclik again shortly after the restart but the goalkeeper kept Czech Republic in the game with another fine block.Ter Stegen remained mostly untested at the other end, however, the Barcelona goalkeeper easily saving from Jakub Jankto after 55 minutes.Germany had beaten Czech Republic 3-0 in Hamburg earlier in the pool phase, but Joachim Low’s men rarely looked likely to extend their advantage in Prague and their lack of intensity came back to cost them.There appeared to be little on for the midfielder when Jankto laid the ball off to Darida 25 yards out, but the Hertha Berlin man spied an opportunity.Taking a touch to set himself, Darida cut across the ball with a stunning long-range effort that left Ter Stegen grasping at thin air as he helplessly dived high to his left.2014 – @matshummels scored his first goal for @DFB_Team_EN since the World Cup Quarterfinal against France (July 2014). Repeat. #CZEGER— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 1, 2017Germany reacted strongly, but it was a set-piece that provided their winning goal as time was running out.Kroos floated an inviting free-kick into the box and Hummels got up highest to power in a header that ensures Germany move a step closer to World Cup qualification ahead of Monday’s home game against Norway. read morelast_img read more

Spread Pension Funds – Phillips

first_imgMember of Parliament for North West Manchester, Mikael Phillips, is suggesting that the Government utilise more than one pension fund manager to administer public sector pensions when the new pension scheme is implemented. In making his contribution to the debate on the report of the Joint Select Committee on Pension Reform in the House of Representatives on November 20, Mr. Phillips argued that this will lead to increased competition and boost returns on funds. “This will mean that no one pension manager will have all the pension funds under his control and would increase competition for companies to deliver the returns on the fund entrusted to them. It will also help to increase transparency,” Mr. Phillips said. He said the move will also ensure that the future income of public sector bodies will not be put at risk by the concentration of funds in a single fund manager. Mr. Phillips also stated that strong regulations should be implemented to protect public sector pension funds. The Joint Select Committee has recommended that the Government retain the defined benefit model and that a segregated fund be established under trust. It also suggested that new public sector employees should begin paying a contribution of five per cent of their earnings towards their pension as of January 1, 2013, and that existing workers should begin contributing to their pension in the new fiscal year of 2013/14. Under the new pension scheme an actuarial review would be conducted every three years or earlier, if there are any significant changes in the economic environment of the country. The retirement age for all workers will also be raised from 60 to 65 years, except for members of the security forces. The debate was suspended to facilitate contributions from other members of the House of Representatives.last_img read more

Gov’t Looking to Speed up Wage Talks

first_img He said he has held discussions with Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, and his team to see “how we can improve that dialogue, improve the communication and build the trust and credibility on both sides of the conversation”, adding that “that exercise will have to be intensified”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is working to quickly resolve issues relating to the 2017/19 public sector wage negotiations. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is working to quickly resolve issues relating to the 2017/19 public sector wage negotiations.He noted that while it was not expected that unions and other stakeholders would immediately accept the offer put forward by the Government, the negotiations have not been progressing at a reasonable pace.“There will always be a period of negotiation, a period of dialogue and communication and an exploration of what possibilities there might be that could ease the acceptance. That process has not moved apace as I… the International Monetary Fund (IMF)… and other stakeholders looking on would have liked,” he said.Mr. Holness was speaking at a joint Government/IMF media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday (November 17).He said he has held discussions with Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, and his team to see “how we can improve that dialogue, improve the communication and build the trust and credibility on both sides of the conversation”, adding that “that exercise will have to be intensified”.Mr. Holness stressed that it is crucial to conclude the negotiations, noting that “some amount of fiscal uncertainty” is created if the Government does not know what its wage obligations will be going into the new fiscal year.The Prime Minister appealed to the unions to consider the offer, reassuring that the Government “will always maintain a respectful and collaborative stance in the negotiations”.Public sector workers are being offered a six per cent wage increase over two years.The media briefing was held following bilateral talks with the IMF’s Managing Director, Christine Lagarde.Ms. Lagarde participated in a one-day IMF 2017 High Level Caribbean Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on November 16.She also met with women leaders today, and visited the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) where she engaged in an interactive session with students. He noted that while it was not expected that unions and other stakeholders would immediately accept the offer put forward by the Government, the negotiations have not been progressing at a reasonable pace.last_img read more

Canadian accused in Yahoo hack appeals judges decision to deny his bail

first_imgTORONTO – Lawyers for a Canadian accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails say a judge who denied their client bail overstated his alleged role in the scheme.Karim Baratov’s legal team was in court Monday appealing an April ruling by Ontario Superior Court Justice Alan Whitten, who decided the 22-year-old was too much of a flight risk to be released on bail.Baratov was arrested in March under the Extradition Act after U.S. authorities indicted him and three others — two of them allegedly officers of Russia’s Federal Security Service — for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.Baratov’s lawyers argued Monday that Whitten had made several errors, including amplifying the Hamilton man’s alleged connection to the Yahoo hack and the Russian intelligence agent who allegedly hired him.“(Our argument is) painting him as a small fish, and not affiliated to the Yahoo hack,” Baratov’s lawyer Amedeo DiCarlo said outside court.Ravin Pillay, another one of Baratov’s lawyers, said in court that there’s no evidence to suggest his client was involved in the large-scale breach of Yahoo security systems.Emails between Baratov and his alleged contact in the Russian intelligence service show he was only allegedly hired to hack into 80 accounts, and only allegedly succeeded in accessing seven, Pillay said.Hacking into several individual accounts is “fundamentally different” from breaching Yahoo’s security system and gaining access to data from nearly half a billion accounts, Pillay argued.“There’s no evidence that Mr. Baratov knew who (the person who hired him, Dmitry) Dokuchaev was or that he was FSB,” Pillay said.He also noted that Dokuchaev only allegedly transferred $104 into Baratov’s PayPal account.“If the applicant knew he was dealing with a government official from another country, $104 is not a lot of money for his trouble,” Pillay said.But Crown Attorney Heather Graham said that money is only what was allegedly transferred to Baratov’s PayPal accounts, suggesting further funds could have been sent to other accounts American investigators have not been able to access.In denying Baratov bail, Whitten had rejected a defence’s proposal that the man be released into the care of his parents, who offered close to $1 million in cash and assets as collateral.Whitten said he believed Baratov would be motivated to flee, given that he could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted in the U.S.But Pillay said Baratov doesn’t pose a flight risk because there’s nowhere for him to flee to.American authorities have alleged in court documents that Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan, posed an “extremely high flight risk” in part due to his alleged ties to Russian intelligence agents and his financial resources.A decision on Baratov’s bail appeal is expected later this week.last_img read more

UN FIFA join forces to score development goals

The decision was reached at a meeting today at FIFA headquarters in Zurich between the football organization’s President, Joseph S. Blatter, and Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace.“In recent years much has been achieved using football, as the world’s most popular sport, as well as other sports” in areas including health, children’s rights, education and the fight against racism, said Mr. Lemke, who served as the general manager of the first division German football club Werder Bremen for 18 years.“These efforts exemplify the important role sport can play in the achievement of the MDGs,” he added, commending FIFA’s “Football for Hope” initiative seeking to further development targets.The FIFA head stressed that the upcoming World Cup in South Africa “represents a great opportunity and a major responsibility to provide the country as well as the whole African continent with the means to progress and develop.”Next month, Mr. Lemke, appointed to his current position on 18 March, is slated to attend the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) International Youth Crime Prevention and Cities Summit in Durban, and will also meet with the local organizing committee of the World Cup in the South African city.Also today in Zurich, he held talks with Johann Koss, four-time Olympic gold medal winning speed skater, who serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and runs the non-governmental organization Right to Play (RTP). 9 May 2008Ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 deadline for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world body and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association have agreed to further their collaboration to enhance the role of sports in furthering peace. read more

Toronto housing sales fall in December

TORONTO — December home sales in Toronto fell 19.5% compared with a year ago, but prices were still up, according to the city’s real estate association.The Toronto Real Estate Board said there were 3,690 sales in the Greater Toronto Area last month through the Multiple Listing Service, down from 4,585 in December 2011.However, the average price rose to $478,789 from $449,566 — an increase of 6.5% from the year before.Board president Ann Hannah said the number of sales in 2012 was strong from a historic perspective.“We saw strong year-over-year growth in sales in the first half of the year, but this growth was more than offset by sales declines in the second half,” Hannah said in a statement.“Stricter mortgage lending guidelines resulted in some households postponing their purchase of a home. In the City of Toronto, the dip in sales was compounded by the additional land transfer tax.”The results for Toronto followed a report Thursday that sales in Vancouver were down 31.1% compared with a year ago.Home sales in Canada have eased in many markets since changes in the borrowing rules by the federal government, aimed at discouraging homebuyers from borrowing too much, kicked in last summer.The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions also tightened its lending guidelines.Last month, the Canadian Real Estate Association said it expected home sales for 2012 to slip 0.5% compared with 2011 to about 456,300, while sales for 2013 are expected to drop 2% to 447,400.The number of homes sold in the Greater Toronto Area for all of 2012 totalled 85,731, down four% from 89,096 in 2011.The average price for all of 2012 in the GTA was $497,298, up 7% from 2011. read more

IAEA says verification of nuclear activities in Iran making good progress

Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said he would report on the Agency’s findings on Iran to the IAEA’s Board of Governors later in November. That Board had given Iran until today to comply with requests for information on its nuclear programmes. On 23 October Iran sent to Mr. ElBaradei a dossier on its nuclear activities. In a statement released from the IAEA’s Vienna headquarters today, Mr. ElBaradei said that after receiving the packet, “We immediately started an intensive verification process and are making good progress.” Mr. ElBaradei added that the Agency’s inspectors “are currently in Iran visiting sites, interviewing key personnel and taking samples with a view to verifying the accuracy and completeness of this declaration.” He said he also had been informed that by next week Iran would formally comply with an additional protocol on nuclear issues. “When this happens,” he said, “it will be a very positive step forward, particularly in terms of enabling us to effectively regulate all future nuclear activities in Iran.” read more

UN rights experts alarmed at resumption of death penalty by States for

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif cancelled the unofficial ban on executions for non-military personnel ‘in terrorism-related cases’ after an attack last week by the Pakistani Taliban on a school killed 148 people, almost all children. The country is reportedly planning to execute around 500 convicts who have exhausted all their appeals.The UN Special Rapporteurs on summary execution, torture, and human rights and counter terrorism said in a news release that they are alarmed about the lifting of the bans on the death penalty as well as adoption of new laws to impose the punishment for acts of terrorism.They noted a trend where a small number of other countries have decided to resume the death penalty for terrorist acts. This decision contradicts the global trend on the abolition of the death penalty and international human rights law, they said, noting the lack of statistical evidence linking reintroduction of the death penalty with reduction of criminality.“The removal of moratorium on death penalty and the adoption of new anti-terrorist legislation is a step back on the total abolition of the death penalty in the world,” the experts said.The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, drew attention to the possible overuse of anti-terrorist laws by Pakistani authorities, which may apply death sentences for crimes that do not meet the most serious crimes requirement.“The definition of acts of terrorism in the Pakistani legislation remains very vague. Hundreds of people charged with such acts are at risk of being executed,” he warned. “I ask Pakistan to continue the moratorium on actual executions and to put in place a legal moratorium on the death penalty, with a view to its abolition.” Mr. Heyns’s call was echoed by Juan E. Méndez, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, who pointed to the growing international and State-level practice of framing the debate about the legality of the death penalty within the context of human dignity and the prohibition of torture. “I call upon Pakistan and all States to reconsider whether the use of the death penalty per se respects the inherent dignity of the human person, causes severe mental and physical pain or suffering and constitutes a violation of the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” Mr. Méndez stated.Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, underlined the need for States to comply with international law relating to imposition of the death penalty even in the face of terrorist attacks.“Any trial for terrorism offences which could lead to the imposition of the death penalty, including all stages before the trial and the consideration of appeals on matter of fact and law after the trial, must rigorously comply with all aspects of a fair trial,” he said. read more

Amazon to revolutionise shopping with virtual changing room app

The algorithm draws on personal information “sensed or otherwise provided by the access device”, to “determine the temperature or season” in photographs to better predict what they need.“If the access device determined the temperature was hot, it may be more appropriate to display warm weather clothing rather than skiing clothes,” the patent application at the Intellectual Property Office says.“If a [calendar] event was entitled ‘business meeting with James’ the images showing professional wear may be selected. If it was entitled ‘dancing with friends’, leisure or club-wear may be given preference during the selection process.”The app could even scour devices belonging to a “friend or family member” to allow the “user to find an item of clothing to borrow”.Mark Howell, creative director at strategic design agency Play Retail, said an “interactive personal mannequin” could “revolutionise” clothes shopping. Photographs of a customer wearing a variety of styles – such as T-shirt and shorts or long-sleeved shirt and trousers – would be harvested to “provide a realistic view” of them wearing similar clothes for sale. A virtual mannequin, shown in the patent application, would be created using 'nodes' to build the torso and legs of the customer Andrew Busby, founder of Retail Reflections, said many consumers would welcome the move, despite it posing a “real threat” to some stores.He added that Amazon had begun “disrupting” the fashion industry sector, with “more traditional clothes retailers” facing “big repercussions” from advances in technology.“We are seeing Darwin’s survival of the fittest being played on the High Street. The strong will survive, in part because years ago they embraced the internet,” he said.Amazon refused to comment on the patent, which is in its early stages.View latest offers from Amazon 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. A virtual mannequin, shown in the patent application, would be created using ‘nodes’ to build the torso and legs of the customerCredit:Amazon An illustration of how the app could work is shown in files lodged with the Intellectual Property Office “The potential amount of data that this technology will be able to generate for Amazon is staggering,” he said.“By having access to a customer’s photos, the retailer can see what they wear, what they drive and even inside their home to better predict what products an individual is most likely to want to buy. “It would analyse pictures to determine segments of the body to create a composite image.“Crucially, it would enable you to ‘try-on’ new outfits digitally.”The app would also enable people to share recommendations, wish lists and favourite outfits via social media.Neil Wilson, chief market analyst at, said such an app could “radically change the way we shop” potentially “accelerating the shift” away from the High Street.It could reduce the number of so-called “serial returners” who order numerous styles and sizes, before returning all but one outfit. An illustration of how the app could work is shown in files lodged with the Intellectual Property OfficeCredit:Amazon An image from Amazon's patent application shows how any app it develops could look Amazon is developing a fashion app that will “revolutionise” clothes shopping by allowing customers to try on outfits with a ‘virtual mannequin’ created from social media photographs.In a development experts fear will threaten the High Street, the American online giant has lodged a UK patent to scour “selfies” and online calendars to predict clothes a person may like or need.It would “data mine” pictures saved on a phone or computer to produce an Augmented Reality image of the customer actually wearing clothes on sale, potentially eliminating the need to visit a shop’s changing room.The app would also analyse photographs and appointments to establish a person’s job, the climate they live in, how they spend free time and suggest outfits for upcoming events or accessories for other things they own.The patent application, seen by the Sunday Telegraph, says customers could swipe to like or dislike garments their mannequin would be shown wearing.It explains “the number of images digitally captured continues to increase”, in part due to “arms-length … selfies”.They could “search my look”, “randomise” outfits, and “find more like this”.After granting access to personal data, the app acts as a personal shopper, showing them “wearing an outfit for which no image actually exists”. An image from Amazon’s patent application shows how any app it develops could lookCredit:Amazon read more

20102011 budget casts further doubt over Australian resource tax

first_imgBrendan Pearson, Deputy Chief Executive of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) says the country’s 2010-2011 budget directly contradicts the Rudd Government’s claim that the Australian community is not receiving a fair return from its natural resource endowment. It states: “As the increase in commodity prices translates into company profits, this is expected to have a positive impact on company tax collections from 2010-11”. Pearson also argues that “Tax rates at 57% will put a hand brake on industry growth that will slow investment, reduce new job opportunities and weaken export growth. Just as the benefits of the mining boom has built roads, schools and hospitals around Australia, the deadweight impact of the new tax will be felt far beyond the Pilbara, the Bowen Basin and the Illawarra.”Pearson says the budget “relies on strong commodity prices and exports, a mining-led recovery in private investment and higher company tax receipts to accelerate deficit reduction and to fund new spending initiatives. Treasury is relying on a 14.4% boost in the terms of trade in 2010-11, an 8% rise in commodity exports and a 20% lift in engineering investment driven by the mining sector to improve the budget bottom line.“The return to surplus by 2013-14, three years ahead of previously forecast, is built largely on the higher commonwealth revenues from higher commodity prices. The budget shows the mining industry is already delivering a strong dividend for Australia and there is no need for a new tax, especially one set so high that it threatens the competitiveness of Australia’s most important export sector.“Treasury states that the largest contributor to high national investment in the past has been the mining sector. More than any other sector, mining ensured Australia weathered the global economic crisis and is primed for recovery. New business investment is expected to recover strongly over the forecast period ‘led by a surge in mining investment’. Investment is expected to grow 7% in 2010-11 and 12.5% in 2011-12.“It is a mining-led growth story that has benefited all Australians over the last decade. The taxes (both royalties and corporate tax payments) have bolstered commonwealth and state revenues, the profits have been re-invested to underpin new mine and infrastructure expansions, strong jobs growth has strengthened and revitalised regional communities, while suppliers and service providers have seen their businesses in all states and territories expand to cater for a growing industry.“The expansion in the sector has increased the net wealth of hundreds of thousands of average shareholders, including self-funded retirees and underpinned the growth in the superannuation returns of millions more.”“But”, he warns, “the new tax on mining jeopardises that growth story.”Pearson says the federal budget papers confirm the government has locked in the key features of its super tax on mining including the 40% rate, the definition of profit and other critical, but flawed design elements. “This raises the obvious question: what is the purpose of the Government’s consultation process for the super tax? If the key design features of the super tax are locked in, the consultation appears to be little more than window dressing. There can be no consultation or ‘negotiation’ over the design of the tax if the main elements of the super tax are not on the table.”The MCA says it welcomes the greater focus on skills and training in areas of shortage such as resources. The A$661 million training and education package will help underpin business in their effort to create a more skilled workforce. Minerals companies are committed to training, and government co-investment of 50% of the costs of training (up to 90% for small firms) will help deliver on that commitment. The estimated 39,000 training places, as well as the numeracy, literacy and language course for 140,000 Australians will help improve productivity.It also welcomes the government’s commitment for ongoing reform of the vocation and education training sector through the promotion of transparency via the MySkills website – benchmarking the performance of training providers – and the guaranteed funding for a national regulator despite the ongoing opposition of two state governments.Also, the A$1 billion equity injection into the Australian Rail Track Corp will assist in the ongoing expansion of Australia’s productive capacity.last_img read more

Over 200 failed asylum seekers illegal migrants were deported last year

first_imgALMOST 2,250 people were deported or removed from the State in the past 12 months, according to new figures today from the Department of Justice. Of that number, the vast majority — some 1,890 people were refused entry at ports and airports and sent back to their original location.210 failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants were deported from the State. The top five nationalities deported were from Nigeria, China, Mauritius, Albania and Pakistan. 86 were deported on charter flights and 124 on scheduled commercial aircraft.A further 84 asylum seekers were transferred to the EU member state in which they first applied for asylum, while 63 EU nationals were returned to their countries of origin on foot of a Removal Order.The figures show a slight reduction on the previous year, when a total of 2,700 people were removed from the state (again, the vast majority stopped at ports and airports, and a further 298 failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants actually deported home).ImmigrationOverall, around 166,000 new applications for visas, residence, protection or citizenship were received last year by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.At the end of 2013, some 120,000 non-European Economic Area had permission to remain in the State, compared to 121,000 at the end of 2012.The current top six nationalities are as follows:India (11 per cent)Brazil (10 per cent)China (9 per cent)Nigeria (8 per cent)USA (6 per cent)Philippines (6 per cent)CSO stats show that the overall non-Irish national population accounts for 12 per cent of the total population, or some 544,000 people. Most of that number are from EU countries.There were over 30,000 applications for citizenship last year, and 18 citizenship ceremonies were held.Read: Column: Ireland’s treatment of asylum seekers is unfair – and bad value for moneylast_img read more

A statue of the late Terry Wogan was unveiled in Limerick today

first_img Fantastic day honouring the late great #TerryWogan in his home town of #Limerick today #ThisisLimerick— Limerick Council (@LimerickCouncil) June 24, 2017 Jun 24th 2017, 6:11 PM Source: Limerick Council/Twitter 23,668 Views By Sean Murray 67 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Although considered a national treasure in the UK for his popularity across TV and radio, his heart remained in his home county and country with President Michael D Higgins commenting following his death: “Always proud of his origins in Limerick, he made many returns to his native country for television and radio projects.”Last September, it was announced that Wogan would receive a posthumous Irish diaspora award in honour of his contribution abroad.Read: A statue of Terry Wogan is coming to Limerick city centreRead: Graham Norton paid a heartfelt tribute to Terry Wogan during the Eurovision last night Share534 Tweet Email1 A statue of the late Terry Wogan was unveiled in Limerick today The bronze statue is located at Poor Man’s Kilkee by the River Shannon. Source: Alan PlaceSpeaking to when the plans for a statue were announced, Limerick city Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon said: “I was over in Westminster Abbey for Terry’s memorial service when the idea came about. He was a great ambassador for Ireland and I was fascinated by the amount of people who had such high regard for Terry.I felt a fitting tribute would be some kind of statue for him in Limerick.A freeman of the city, Wogan frequently spoke his affection and warmth of Limerick.In attendance at the ceremony in Limerick today were fans and colleagues of Wogan, including Charles Nove, an early morning newcaster on his radio show from the early 1980s. Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 6:11 PM Source: Alan PlaceTODAY, A BRONZE statue of the late broadcaster Terry Wogan was unveiled in his native Limerick.Designed by sculptor Rory Breslin, it depicts the presenter seated on a chair, microphone at the ready and a book in hand.Adjacent to Sarsfield Bridge, the statue is located at Poor Man’s Kilkee on the Shannon quayside. Short URLlast_img read more

Demy to represent Greece at Eurovision 2017 video

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It’s that time of year again, when people around the world will gather in front of their television sets to see countries from around the world battle it out in song for the title of the Eurovision Song Contest.Greece will once again be taking part, and will be represented by popular singer Demy. Nee Dimitra Papadea, the Athenian currently signed with Greek Independent label Panik Records will be singing a song by the name of This Is Love composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos with lyrics from Romy Papadea and John Ballard.While it was initially thought the singer would compete against X Factor contestants Stereo Soul on the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation for the role, organisers instead opted for an internal selection process, announcing their decision earlier this year on January 13.The 25-year-old beauty is both talented – she won the title of best new artist in 2012 and two additional awards at the Greek VMAs – and has a good head on her shoulders. Despite her increasing popularity, Demy has said that she is committed to her law studies with her sights set on finishing her degree.The songstress will be the 37th performer to represent Greece in the Eurovision contest since the country’s debut in 1976. It was in 2005 that Greece took out the title for the first time in 2005 with My Number One performed by Helena Paparizou.This year’s competition will be hosted at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, the home country of the 2016 reigning champion Jamala, with performances commencing on May 9 and semi-finals scheduled to take place on May 11 and 13.Australia will be represented by 17-year-old Isaiah Firebrace.For more information, visit the official music video of This Is Love:last_img read more