Alleging caste discrimination, TN medico attempts suicide

first_imgA third year resident doctor of Ahmedabad civil hospital attempted suicide, alleging caste discrimination. M.. Mariraj, a native of Tamil Nadu, and currently a resident doctor studying general surgery in Civil Hospital and Medical College, attempted suicide by consuming sleeping tablets following a spat with some staff members in Operation Theatre (OT).The civil hospital authorities have dismissed his allegations and said he had threatened the administration of extreme step in the past also.“His all allegations are baseless. In fact, his Head of Department himself is from the SC community so there is no question of any caste discrimination,” Civil Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr M.M. Prabhakar said.The hospital’s post graduate course director Dr Hansa Goswami also dismissed the allegations and held that “there has been some issue with this particular student.” In the past also, he made allegations and a committee was also formed to look into his issues, she said.According to sources, the student sometimes got stressed because of language issues as he does not understand both Gujarati and Hindi while majority of people in the hospital use these two languages.“We have taken his compliant seeking to file atrocity case against two persons Dr Neel Patel and Dr Utkarsh Shah,” a police official from Zone 4 said, adding the victim has stated in his complaint that he was not allowed to perform individual surgery and faced caste-based discrimination from people belonging to the upper castes.last_img read more

For the Love of Urdu poetry

first_imgMushairas have been an identifying characteristic of the culture of South Asia for generations. Call it self-expression or freedom to invoke multi-hued themes, mushairas allow poets to dive into the depths of their thought and emerge with Urdu couplets that strike a chord with listeners worldwide. Originating from the shores of India and Pakistan, mushairas are establishing a firm identity in the land of Stars and Stripes too.  Hanif Akhgar of DallasThe seed of the mushaira tradition in the United States was planted by the Aligarh Alumni Association, which today in collaboration with Urdu Markaz International of Los Angeles, has made mushairas an integral part of the cultural life of the Urdu/Hindi speaking communities in North America.Dr A Abdullah, chairman, of board of trustees of the alumni’s Washington, D.C. chapter, recalls that the U.S. tradition started with Urdu poets getting together in homes to recite verses to each other as a form of entertainment after an evening meal and dessert. In 1975, the alumni association, organized the first mushaira in Washington, D.C. Today mushairas are held in virtually every metropolitan city in the United States, including Atlanta, Boston, San Antonio, Chicago, Washington, New York, Birmingham (Alabama), Houston, Cleveland, Detroit, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Little Rock and New Jersey. Often poets from Canada, Europe, England, Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia join the events.  Dr Sabiha Saba of New YorkMushairas have managed to evoke the poet in immigrants. With the expansion of the population and Urdu media, Abdullah says, “A whole Urdu environment was created by mushairas.”Compared to almost 6-7 hours of non-stop ticketless mushairas in India, the U.S. events, which are priced and held in auditoriums, last 4-5 hours with a break after two hours.Abdullah says the early mushaira audience was sophisticated and enjoyed serious themes, but now it wants entertainment and humor too. Typically 12-15 poets are invited for a mushaira with 4-5 poets representing India and Pakistan. The audience, typically middle aged or elderly, listens with rapt attention, clapping whenever their emotion is stirred by some Urdu sher (couplet). Azra Sadiq  of PakistanPoetess Naiyar Jahan, founder of Urdu Markaz International, who resides in Los Angeles, has been organizing mushairas since 1987. “For each mushaira in Los Angeles,” she says, “we have to book a large auditorium as almost 800-1,200 people attend it,” both from India and Pakistan.The mushairas start around 8-9 pm and continue till 1 am. There is no sloganeering or hooting and the listeners clap to express their appreciation for a poet, instead of verbal praise, which is the norm in mushairas in India and Pakistan, she says.“Think of any big shayar (poet) in India or Pakistan and he would have taken part in our mushairas. Though well known poets have graced our mushairas, we have also introduced new poets and there are many who have been invited by us a number of times.” Rohail Khan of New York A major change since mushairas first started in U.S. cities is that poets are using simpler Urdu to broaden their appeal. Her experience with Los Angeles mushaira audience, Naiyar says, is that if they don’t like a poet, they are silent. She is often pained that some well known poets almost beg the audience to appreciate their poetry. Her own poetry revolves around life in America and divorces.The eminent Indian poet Waseem Barelvi began attending U.S. mushairas in 1988. He has made nine visits to North American cities, including New York, Washington and Chicago. The Urdu community in North America, he says, comprises of intellectuals like doctors and engineers who came to America for a better lifestyle. Once that need was met, they wanted to satiate their thirst for their own culture, which they had left behind. Arif Imam of Los Angeles “When people from India and Pakistan came to an alien environment they wanted to remain connected to their roots and religion. Here mushairas have helped people remain in touch with their mother tongue and even propagate Urdu education.”He praised Hindustani shayari for its ability to convey deep thoughts in simple words. “In America, the mushaira audience wants to identify with the issues that they left behind in their countries and use of simpler Urdu by poets, instead of the difficult Arabic-and-Persian-mixed Urdu has gone a long way in establishing this connection.”Another well known poet from India, Manzar Bhopali, who is a regular on the US mushaira circuit, says that he came to America in 1991 for the first time. With almost 60-70 Urdu newspapers and 100-200 Urdu books published in the United States, he , there is continuing love for the language and the younger generation of immigrants is getting attracted to Urdu. Zakia Ghazal of Pakistan Bhopali says almost 150-200 mushairas are organized annually in different U.S. cities now. Even in smaller cities, the audience can be almost 150-200 strong, with some people driving from surrounding cities. Bhopali adds that a U.S. mushaira audience wants good shayari and the topic is irrelevant, although political issues tend to be less popular/Another poet, New York-based Khalid Irfan has been participating in mushairas since 1996. He says that though most people in the audience are knowledgeable of mushairas, many listeners are there just because it is an Urdu event. “Such people might not know much about mushairas, but they love being there.”He believes that Urdu lovers in America have created a distinct identity in an English millieu. Many first generation Indians and Pakistanis had been attending mushairas in their home country. Says Irfan, “After coming to US, they wanted mushairas here too and became delighted when they came to know about their healthy existence here.”Barpa kiya wakeel ney jaisa mushaira,Dekha nahi hai sheher mey aisa mushaira.Wo kampeyar, wo sadar, wo shayar, wo samayeen,Baitthe hue the aek ki masnad par teen teen.– Khalid Irfan The advocate organised such a mushaira,Never saw in the city such a mushaira.That compere, that president, that poet, that audience,Three were sitting on each carpet meant for one. Related Itemslast_img read more

All you need to know about Delhi University admissions 2016-2017

first_imgEvery year Delhi University, one of the elite universities in the country, witnesses tremendous competition and what one may call a rat-race. With cut-offs soaring high each year, DU has never failed to astonish applicants nation-wide.(Read: The rush to Delhi University: Is it really worth it?) Here is a new set of changes adapted by DU this year. This is your one-stop destination for all you need to know about the Delhi University admissions of 2016:1. Courses that will hold entrance exams this year are:1500 DU seats call for entrance tests this year. Following are certain subjects that will take admissions on the basis of entrance examinations this year: Bachelors of Management StudiesBA Honours Bachelors of Business AdministrationBTech (IT and Mathematics)Bachelors of Elementary EducationBA Multimedia and Mass Communication(Read: Punjab Board Class 10 Result 2016 declared: Check your scores at pseb.ac.in)2. Application form and examination dates:The date of starting to apply for admissions is May 13, 2016. Students can apply for admission till May 31, 2016Application for all courses will be online this year. Apart from regular candidates, applicants from sports and extra-curricular activities also have to apply onlineThe written examination for these courses will be held from June 19, 2016 to June 23, 2016. The results can be expected by July 4, 2016 Online registration for 54,000 candidates on cut-off basis will begin from May 28, 2016 and end on June 16, 2016(Read: Meghalaya MBOSE SSLC (class 10) results declared at www.mbose.in: Check your scores now!)3. Addition of 500 seats in Delhi University: At present there are 54,000 seats in 63 DU colleges. There could be an addition of nearly 500 seats. Following are the colleges that are either introducing new courses or adding seats to the previous ones: advertisementBhim Rao Ambedkar College will add 40 seats to History (hons) that has 872 seatsDaulat Ram College will start BSc (hons) adding 46 more seats to the existing numberIndraprastha College for Women will start BA (hons) in Sociology and GeographyKalindi College is likely to introduce honours courses in Botany, Zoology, Chemistry and GeographyAryabhatta College will introduce BSc (hons) Computer Science and BA (hons) PsychologyGargi College and DCAC are initiating honours courses in Mathematics this year(Read: Delhi University Admissions: 17 transgender students register for post-graduate courses)4. No separate registration for admission in St. Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary college:The 24-member admission committee on Monday, May 23, took a decision for all minority colleges under DU to be a part of centralised admission procedure.The minority colleges include:St. Stephen’s CollegeJesus and Mary CollegeThe two colleges will however have their independent procedures for admission after the centralised application procedure under DU.(Read: Delhi University: So slowly moves the administration )5. Three colleges run by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) demand separate entrances as well: Sri Guru Nanak Dev (SGND) Khalsa College Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce Mata Sundari College for WomenThese colleges had asked for a minority status by the Delhi governmentand were granted so by the Delhi High Court last year. They have nowapproached the university for separate admission procedures.6. Transgender admissions encouraged at Delhi University  In the first two weeks of May, students from Delhi University visited areas like Nand Nagri, Jehangirpuri, Shahadra and Tughlaqabad where most transgender communities reside togetherTransgender students in DU will be enrolled under the OBC categoryIn 2014, inclusion of the ‘other’ category (gender specification) in DU application forms brought 9 applicants, while this number increased to 66 in the year 2015  All queries of aspirants were resolved in the sessions held with students from Delhi University in their visit to transgender residing areas earlier this month.(Read: Delhi University preparing to make admissions for transgenders easy)Here’s an ‘interesting’ insight on the cut offs so far! Click here for more updates on India Today Education.last_img read more

Mi Turns 5 sale on Amazon India: Xiaomi phones, Mi TVs and other Mi accessories sell with big discount

first_imgMi Turns 5 sale on Amazon India: Xiaomi phones, Mi TVs and other Mi accessories sell with big discountTo celebrate Xiaomi’s fifth anniversary in India several Xiaomi products across segments are selling with massive discount. Amazon says it is offering up to Rs 7,500 off with up to Rs 3,000 off on exchange to the consumers during the same. advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiJuly 24, 2019UPDATED: July 25, 2019 10:15 IST HIGHLIGHTSAmazon India is also hosting Mi fifth anniversary sale on its platform.The Mi Turns 5 sale on Amazon began on July 23 and will continue until July 25.For the Xiaomi sale Amazon has partnered with State Bank of India to offer more discounts to the consumers.The Mi Turns 5 sale is ongoing on Mi.com. In addition, Amazon India is also hosting Mi fifth anniversary sale on its platform. The sale on Amazon began on July 23 and will continue until July 25. To celebrate Xiaomi’s fifth anniversary in India several Xiaomi products across segments are selling with massive discount. Discount offers are on Redmi and Mi smartphones, Mi TVs, Mi accessories and many more. Amazon says it is offering up to Rs 7,500 off with up to Rs 3,000 off on exchange to the consumers during the same.For the Xiaomi sale Amazon has partnered with State Bank of India to offer more discounts to the consumers. Customers shopping with SBI Credits cards can get a 5 per cent discount. The 5 per cent discount is applicable on EMI transactions as well. In addition to the discounts and SBI offer Amazon is also hosting five quizzes across 5 days and the winners of the quiz will be able to win prizes of over Rs 5 lakh.Let’s take a quick look at the offers Amazon is providing: –Redmi 7: Launched very recently the Redmi 7 is available with discount for the first time in India. The Redmi 7 was launched for Rs 7,999 but during the Amazon sale the smartphone is selling for a lower price of Rs 7,499. This price is for the base 2GB + 32GB RAM model of the Redmi 7. The 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model of the Redmi 7 sells for lower price Rs 8,499.–Redmi Y3: The selfie-focused Redmi Y3 is selling with Rs 1,000 discount. That brings down the price of the smartphone to Rs 8,999. This price is for the base 3GB RAM model of the phone. The 4GB RAM model of the phone comes for Rs 10,999 during the sale that comes for retail proce of Rs 11,999. –Mi A2: The Xiaomi Mi A2 is selling for lower price of Rs 9,999. This price is for the base 4GB RAM model of the phone. Amazon is also offering Rs 1,000 exchange on Mi A2 4GB RAM model while the 6GB RAM model of the phone comes with Rs 3,000 off on exchange. –Redmi 6A: Launched last year the Redmi 6A 2GB+ 32GB variant comes for Rs 6199. This is the lowest ever price of the Redmi 6A in India.advertisement–Redmi 6 Pro: Amazon is providing off on Redmi 6 Pro as well. The Redmi 6 Pro 4GB+ 64GB model comes for Rs 9,999 during the Amazon sale.–Redmi Note 5 Pro: This Redmi phone is also selling with discount. During the Amazon sale the Redmi Note 5 Pro 6GB+ 64GB storage model comes for lower price of Rs 11,199.–Redmi 6: Amazon also is selling the Redmi 6 for lower price. During the sale the Redmi 6 sells for lower price of Rs 6,999.–Redmi Y2: The predecessor of the Redm Y3 is also selling for lower price on Amazon. The Redmi Y2 4GB RAM model comes for 8,999.–Mi TV 4C Pro 32 is available for a Rs 12,499 on Amazon today.–Mi TV 4A Pro 43-inch is available for Rs 21,99 as part of the Mi 5th Anniversary celebration.–The Mi TV 4A Pro 49-inch is also available for lower price of Rs 29,999.–Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch is available for Rs 44,999 during the Amazon sale.–Mi accessories such as Mi Power Banks, Mi Sports BT Earphones, Original Mi Accessories, Mi Speakers and Mi Security Cameras are also selling with discount on Xiaomi’s 5th Anniversary celebration on Amazon.in.ALSO READ | Google to pay $11 million to settle 227 age discrimination lawsuitsALSO READ | Redmi 64MP camera smartphone will launch soon with four rear cameras, company confirmsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow Amazon Nextlast_img read more

Navig8 Product Tankers Secures Loan for 4 Newbuilds

first_imgShipping company Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. has entered into a USD 130.3 million senior secured credit facility agreement for post-delivery financing for four 74,000 DWT LR1 product tankers.The loan, entered into with Citibank N.A., London Branch and Caixabank, S.A., is for vessels which were either constructed or are currently under construction at South Korea’s STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.The loan, which would also cover the 87,500 cbm Navig8 Experience delivered in March 2016, provides financing of approximately 65 percent of the contract price of the four ships.Navig8 said that the financing has two separate tranches, a USD 26.1 million commercial tranche and a USD 104.2 tranche insured by Korean Trade Insurance Corporation (K-Sure tranche).Each drawdown from the loan will be comprised of 20 percent from the commercial tranche and 80 percent from the K-Sure tranche, Navig8 said.“Thus far, we have raised over USD 1.3 billion through a combination of equity, senior debt and sale and leaseback financings. We will continue to seek diverse and inexpensive sources of capital as we continue to accept deliveries from our newbuilding program,” said Nicolas Busch, Chief Executive Officer of Navig8 Product Tankers.In a separate announcement, Gener8 Maritime said that it took delivery of the ECO very large crude carrier (VLCC) the Gener8 Nautilus on April 20, 2016 from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.The 337,936 cbm Gener8 Nautilus represents the ninth out of a batch of 21 ECO VLCCs expected to join the company’s fleet.Upon delivery, the Gener8 Nautilus entered Navig8’s VL8 Pool.last_img read more

Who is Antonio Guterres Future UN Secretary General

Rabat – Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin described Antonio Guterres as “a clear favorite” for the U.N.’s top diplomatic position, winning 13 “encourage” votes from the 15-member Security Council.The elite group of countries recommends candidates for the U.N. Secretary-General position to the 193-member General Assembly, who will vote on the nomination in the coming weeks.But who is Guterres – the man slated to fill highly-coveted spot for the next seven years? The Former Portuguese Prime Minister has held many senior-level national and international positions through his nearly four decade-long political career.Guterres started working with Portugal’s Socialist Party in 1974, when he quit his career in academia to pursue politics full-time.At the time, the Estada Novo or “The Second Republic”– a corporatist authoritarian regime installed in 1933 – reigned over the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Marcelo Caetano.Guterres spent less than two years as a politician in Caetano’s Portugal as 1975’s Carnation Revolution wiped away the leftist regime.In the nation’s new parliament, he served on several commissions before he took the top spot in the Socialist Party in 1992 – becoming the de-facto leader of the opposition coalition to the government.In 1995, Guterres and his party won the national legislative elections, making him Prime Minister. His popularity in the position – buttressed by strong economic growth – led him to be re-elected in 1999.During his second term, he occupied the Presidency of the European Council, but toxic party politics, a global recession and a bridge disaster damaged his popularity, causing him to resign.“I am resigning to prevent the country from falling into a political swamp,” he told citizens.The Socialist Party lost the next elections, leading Guterres to tretire from politics. In 2005, the UN General Assembly elected him to be High Commissioner for Refugees.He managed major refugee crisis in the Middle East – including Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq – during his tenure at the massive humanitarian agency that is the UNHCR.Guterres has praised the initiative of His Majesty King Mohammed VI on migration and asylum, stating that the Moroccan approach is “in line with the challenges of refugee protection.”“I want to express our gratitude to the Kingdom of Morocco, which has done a remarkable job within the executive committee,” Guterres said in 2013, speaking in Geneva at the adoption of the 2014-2015 budget for the UNHCR – his second-last before leaving the agency’s highest office at the end of 2015.Guterres is also the UN official who established the official number of Saharwis in the Tindouf camps. While the Algerian government and the Polisario Front have been claiming for years that the number of Saharwis in the camps exceeds 150,000 people, Guterres established the number of people living in the territory at 90,000.During his tenure as head of the UN refugee agency, Gueterres was vocal in calling on Algeria to allow the UN to conduct a census of people living in the Tindouf camps.Earlier this year, AFP quoted Former Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva, who said Guterres “left a legacy” at the refugee agency “that means today he is a respected voice and all the world listens to him.” read more

Ongoing entry restrictions negatively affecting living conditions for Gazans – UN

1 April 2009Restrictions on imports and exports, in addition to limitations on humanitarian deliveries, continue to seriously affect the living conditions of the population of Gaza, the United Nations has reported. The latest field update from the office of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory states that, in the week ending 28 March, 721 truckloads of goods were allowed into Gaza, slightly down from 728 during the previous week.Food supplies accounted for nearly 80 per cent of imported commodities, and this week items such as tea, yeast and salt that were barred since late October 2008 were allowed entry. Meanwhile, no construction materials, industrial or electrical appliances, livestock, petrol or diesel fuel was allowed entry into Gaza during the week. In addition, some 35,000 people are without any access to water, down from 40,000 last week.The update notes that the vast majority of Palestinians in Gaza rely on local farming to produce affordable fresh foods, including fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. Movement restrictions continue to prevent herders and farmers from accessing areas near the borders. Furthermore, fishermen stand to lose substantial income as a result of new restrictions that limit fishing to three miles from Gaza’s shores.On the health front, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and the World Health Organization (WHO) have voiced serious concern over the halting of patients leaving Gaza for specialised hospital treatment after Hamas took control of the health department tasked with making referrals abroad.The office also reports that only 35 per cent of the $615 million Flash Appeal for Gaza launched on 2 February has been received. For example, the 27 agricultural recovery projects aimed at protecting the livelihoods of the most vulnerable farming families received only $2.3 million of the $30 million requested.The Appeal includes nearly 200 projects by UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in response to the emergency humanitarian and early recovery needs of 1.4 million people in Gaza, following the end of the three-week Israeli military offensive launched in late December 2008 with the stated aim of ending rocket attacks by Hamas and other groups. read more

Burundi pledges at UN to step up support to ensure elections are

Gabriel Ntisezerana, addressing the annual high-level segment of the Assembly, said his Government was resolved “that an environment of calm should prevail” and therefore was strengthening key election structures, such as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), which is tasked with organizing the ballots. Mr. Ntisezerana said the Government would grant $7 million to the IEC but called on the international community to also provide financial support. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced this week that it will manage a $44 million fund to promote the peaceful staging of the polls. If the polls are successfully staged, it will mark the first time that an electoral cycle has run its full course in Burundi, where a UN Integrated Office known as BINUB operates to try to promote peace and stability after years of ethnically-based conflict. In 2005 more than 90 per cent of Burundians approved a new constitution and separate ballots were held for parliamentary seats and for the presidency. Next year voters will choose a president, parliamentary lawmakers and local representatives. Mr. Ntisezerana added that his Government also hoped that electoral success would boost the impoverished Central African nation’s prospects for economic development, as well as allow the country to further redefine the mandate of BINUB. 26 September 2009Burundi’s Government is committed to ensuring that highly awaited presidential, parliamentary and local polls scheduled for next year take place peacefully and successfully, and will step up support to election authorities so it can achieve that goal, the country’s Second Vice-President told the General Assembly today. read more

TSX posts another solid gain and loonie advances as metal prices climb

TSX posts another solid gain and loonie advances as metal prices climb by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2016 8:01 am MDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market and the loonie both rose for a second consecutive session Thursday as metal prices continued to trend higher in the face of a weakening U.S. dollar.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 181.48 points to 12,774.50, its second triple-digit increase in as many days.The Canadian dollar was also higher for a second day, up 0.14 of a U.S. cent at 72.75 cents US after having soared 1.32 cents Wednesday in its biggest one-day gain in almost four years.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 79.92 points to 16,416.58, while the broader S&P 500 gained 2.92 points to 1,915.45 and the Nasdaq closed 5.32 points higher at 4,509.56.In commodities, the April gold bullion contract rose $16.20 to US$1,157.50 a troy ounce, while the March copper contract added four cents to US$2.13 a pound.Meanwhile the March oil contract, which enjoyed a big run-up of $2.40 a barrel Wednesday, gave back 56 cents to US$31.72, while March natural gas fell seven cents to US$1.97 per mmBtu.Andrew Pyle, senior adviser and portfolio manager at Scotia Wealth Management, said the markets are beginning to stabilize following a tumultuous start to the year.“Investors are looking at some of the more recent declines as perhaps being overdone in the context of what the fundamentals are, so we’re seeing a little bit more positive sentiment,” said Pyle.Some of the strength in commodity prices in recent days can be attributed to declines in the greenback, said Pyle.Commodities are priced in U.S. dollars, so any weakness in the value of the greenback makes commodities such as metals and oil more affordable to holders of other currencies.“During the last few years, when the U.S. dollar has been very strong, it’s been extremely difficult for commodity prices to do better, even if their fundamentals were OK,” said Pyle.The U.S. dollar has weakened recently against many other major currencies amid indications of a slowdown in the American economy and growing expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will decide against further interest rate increases later this year.There was some more bad news on the U.S. economic front Thursday as the U.S. Commerce Department reported factory orders fell 2.9 per cent in December. It was the fourth such contraction in the last five months and closed out a year in which demand for American manufactured goods retreated for the first time in six years.Meanwhile, the Labor Department reported that U.S. productivity fell three per cent in the fourth quarter, the biggest such quarterly decline in nearly two years.—With files from Brian McKennaFollow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

FROM OUR ARCHIVES Sámi rapper SlinCraze encourages indigenous youth to celebrate culture

Understood by only about 20,000 people in the world, the Sámi language is spoken by indigenous people of that name living in northern Scandinavia, an area more often associated with reindeer than hip hop. That represents a significant challenge for an artist wanting to appeal to a larger audience. But more importantly than fame, SlinCraze, who started rapping when he was 14 years old, wants other young people in his community to not feel ashamed of their culture.“That’s my main goal. This is to make people proud to be native,” he said ahead of a performance at the UN Headquarters in New York, where the 2016 session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is under way through 20 May. read more

Telson Resources production imminent from two gold mines in Mexico

first_imgTelson Resources is a Canadian based junior resource company advancing two gold, silver and base metal projects towards production over the coming months of 2017 and early 2018. Telson’s Tahuehueto project, located in northwest Durango State, Mexico has been its main focus over the past years. Now with Telson recently announcing that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Campo Morado mine in Guerrero, Mexico from Nyrstar Mining, the company plans to recommence mining operations at Campo Morado within four to six months while at the same time developing Tahuehueto through the mine construction phase with a timeline to be producing at this Durango project by the first quarter of 2018 or earlier.Telson has commenced underground mining operations at the newly acquired Campo Morado. Mining has commenced within areas of the El Largo Zone containing higher precious metal values along with significant base metals. It plans to create a stockpile of mill feed of up to 80,000 t to support the initial start-up of the sulphide floatation mill, planned to commence immediately after securing operating capital. The initial processing is planned to commence at some 1,000 t/d and will slowly be ramped up to the mill’s ultimate capacity of 2,500 t/d.During the past six weeks Campo Morado mine site personnel have fully serviced all mobile underground and surface mining equipment. Crews have been servicing, cleaning, repairing/rehabilitating electrical motors and moving parts and equipment where necessary to ready the mine site and mineral processing plant for commencement of commercial production planned immediately after securing operating capital.“Telson’s management team is very happy with the rapid progress we have made at Campo Morado since acquiring the project just over two months ago which has allowed us to work continually towards last week’s restart of underground mining operations,” said Antonio Berlanga, Telson’s CEO, at the end of August.“With the full support of local communities, municipal and state authorities, newly formed mining union, and our mine site personnel, we are well ahead of our originally planned schedule and hope to have a large stockpile of mill throughput available to start continuous milling and the mining operations in the near future.”On January 23, 2017, the company released its most recent NI-43-101 compliant report, a PFS on Tahuehueto completed by the fully independent mining engineering firm of Metal Mining Consultants. The study evaluated an owner-operated 790 t/d underground mine with mill feed being processed in a 550 t/d comminution circuit consisting of primary and secondary crushing, grinding in a single ball mill followed by three flotation circuits producing lead, copper and zinc concentrates which will be trucked from site for smelting and refining. The report provided robust economics on the project including a post-tax IRR of 36% and an NPV using an 8% discount of $77 million with a 21 year mine life.last_img read more

Rutenka Sorhaindo and Sarmiento staying in FC Barcelona

← Previous Story Alexander Toncourt passes away Next Story → 24 hours till Women’s EHF CL MVP decision: “Dead heat” between Bojana and Anita Cedric SorhaindoDani SarmientoSerhei Rutenka Barca lost Laszlo Nagy, but still many of the “key players” will be force of Spanish team in next few seasons. After Danijel Saric and Albert Rocas, Serhei Rutenka, Cedric Sorhaindo and Daniel Sarmiento sign new contracts with Spanish champion. One of the best World’s player on back position, Rutenka will stay in Barcelona until 2016, while playmaker Sarmiento and French NT line player, Sorhaindo willbe part of the biggest sport society a year less.photo: fcbarcelona.cat read more

Pension cuts unconstitutional

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The government will have to find 1 to 1.5 billion euros to cover the cost of a Council of State decision, which calls for pensioners in the private sector and at state-owned corporations (DEKOs) to have their retirement pay restored to 2012 levels.In a majority decision (14 vs 11), Greece’s highest administrative court judged the reduction to main and supplementary pensions legislated in late 2012 as being unconstitutional. The ruling affects some 800,000 pensioners who earned more than 1,000 euros a month.It is estimated the decision will lead to pensions between 1,000 and 1,500 euros rising by 5 percent, those between 1,500 and 2,000 increasing by 10 percent and those over 2,000 seeing a rise of 15 percent. The court said the government should have carried out a study on the impact these cuts would have had on the pensioners affected.The Council of State, however, decided that pensions should not be restored retroactively apart from some 2,000 individual cases where pensioners appealed the reductions on their own. This means that, apart from the latter cases, the government will have to find a way to increase the pensions in question from this point on rather than find the funds to cover the income the pensioners lost as a results of the cuts over the last 2.5 years.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Microsoft lance une application SkyDrive pour iPhone et WP7

first_imgMicrosoft lance une application SkyDrive pour iPhone et WP7SkyDrive de Microsoft est désormais disponible en tant qu’application pour iOS et Windows Phone 7.Microsoft vient de mettre à la disposition des utilisateurs de smartphones une application Skydrive, sur Windows Phone 7. Mais pour la première fois, cette application sera également disponible sur les terminaux iOS. Elle permet d’effectuer une recherche parmi toutes les données stockées dans les dossiers du smartphone (de la même manière que l’on peut le faire sur ordinateur) et de supprimer des fichiers et dossiers. Pratique. Selon PC Inpact, l’application permet d’afficher les dossiers (sous forme de liste) et son contenu. Les photos sont même affichées comme des albums (en miniature). L’application est en version 1.0 gratuite (et perfectible), disponible dans l’App Store d’Apple pour iOS et depuis le Marketplace pour Windows Phone 7.  Cette application évoluera probablement à l’avenir, car il n’est pas possible pour l’instant de renommer les dossiers et fichiers mais l’arrivée de celle-ci confirme la volonté de la firme de Redmond d’être présent sur la plateforme iOS d’Apple. Le 18 décembre 2011 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Samsungs Touchable Ink prints braille using any laser printer

first_imgBraille printers can cost thousands of dollars, where as laser printers can be picked up for under $100. So wouldn’t it be great is laser printers could somehow print out braille and completely remove the cost of purchasing a special printer for the visually impaired? That’s exactly what Samsung have managed to do thanks to a new ink.Your typical laser printer produces a completely smooth printed page. That doesn’t work for braille as visually impaired people rely on the raised dots that form the braille patterns in order to read using their fingers. So Samsung collaborated with the Thailand Association of the Blind and a chemistry professor at Thammasat University to solve the problem in ink rather than hardware.The end result is called Touchable Ink. It’s a laser printer ink that has had embossing powder added to it. Using it is simple: just switch out a standard laser ink cartridge for a Touchable Ink version. Then change the font of the document you want to print into braille and print the page. The final step involves heat. Using a hair dryer or a microwave heat the printed page, which makes the ink dilate and form the raised dots.Touchable Ink is still a work in progress, but has proved good enough even at this early stage of development to be awarded the Grand Prix award for Design, Healthcare and Innovation at Spikes Asia 2016. Tests carried out with visually impaired individuals saw a 90% success rate in being able to read Touchable Ink printed pages.As the braille printing only relies on using Touchable Ink, it should work with any and all laser printers. And even if Touchable Ink cartridges are a little more expensive than the standard ones, it’s still going to be a lot cheaper than buying a special braille printer.last_img read more

Titmouse Incs Chris Prynoski Talks Venture Bros

first_imgStay on target You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ Set‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 Returns This November If you’re a fan of Adult Swim, or of Fox’s new partially animated sitcom Son of Zorn, you’ve probably seen the name Titmouse on your TV screen. They’re the animation studio behind some of your favorite late night cartoons, including The Venture Bros. and Metalocalypse. The studio was started in 2000 as a T-shirt company by Chris and Shannon Prynoski, but when they kept getting requests for cartoons, it morphed into the animation studio we know it as today.Now is a busy, very exciting time for Titmouse. They’re gearing up for the release of their first full-length movie, a new season of Venture Bros. is underway, and their New York animators just finished moving into a brand new studio. I got to sit down with Chris Prynoski and ask him some questions about Venture Bros., Son of Zorn, and how these cartoons come together.Right off the bat, I had to ask about the upcoming seventh season of Venture Bros.. As someone who spent almost all of his 20s obsessed with that show, I was ecstatic to learn that it was coming back. All he could tell me was that they are currently in the writing stages of the next season.“It takes a long time to make that show, so I’m not sure what they’ve announced, but you know, the most general thing is we are making it… I’m sure there’s no information on when this thing will be coming out, but expect to wait a little bit of time.”Dr. Venture in The Venture Bros. season six. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Adult Swim)To give us an idea of how much time we could expect to wait, he took me through the process of how a show like Venture Bros. gets made.“The process of making Venture Bros., or really any other cartoon is the writing, and then we record the voices, and you do storyboards, and you cut an animatic. Simultaneously while you do the storyboards you’re doing designs, location designs off the script, you’re doing character designs, all that stuff, cutting animatics,” Prynoski said. All that goes into a pre-production package that lays out the timing of the animation.“You’ll do these things called exposure sheets where you plan out all the action,” Prynoski continued. “Then ship it over to the Korean studio who will do all the animation drawings and send it back, and we work on editing it further, maybe doing animation changes until it’s a cartoon and then you do the sound mix, and there you go.”That whole process typically takes nine months to a year to produce a half hour of animated television. That may sound like a long time, but as you can imagine, they work on a lot simultaneously. A year from now, they’ll probably have more than a single episode of the new season completed. That said, it’ll probably still be a pretty long time before we hear any more concrete Venture Bros. news.For their new show Son of Zorn, the animation process is even more complicated. Being a hybrid live-action/animated show (I called it “Roger Rabbit” style), they can’t start storyboarding as soon as the episode is written. Employing techniques they learned by working on Disney’s Kirby Buckets, they send Titmouse director Barry Kelly to the set so they can coordinate how each shot will look once the animation is added in.Animator Allison Mehner works on a scene from FOX’s Son of Zorn“There’s a lot of back and forth, it’s not like you do a storyboard for an animated show and that’s how it is,” Prynoski said. “You figure out shots that can work, and then they do a rough cut and we do drawings on top of the rough cut to get an animatic, so it’s a really different process.” Prynoski also said that one of the show’s executive producers, Eric Appel, really likes animation and is very involved in determining the look of each scene. “I love working with him.”I had to bring up my other great Adult Swim obsession: Metalocalypse. Despite a successful crowdfunding campaign, the network decided not to bring the show back for another season. Brendon Small isn’t letting his work go to waste. Some of the music he would have used in Metalocalypse will appear in his upcoming solo concept album, Galaktikon II. Prynoski also said that Titmouse’s creative director is drawing the album covers so, in a way they’re still involved. He also revealed that they’re working with Small on a pilot for a new show.One thing that’s always struck me about much of Titmouse’s animation, particularly Adult Swim, is how improvised the dialog can feel. Since everything has to be drawn by hand, I wondered how that happens in animation. Prynoski told me that Metalocalypse the show with the most improvisation involved. Sometimes the voice actors would find the story of a particular episode while they were recording it.“Sometimes we’d go in the booth and the entire story would get thrown out… It really helps to have funny people as your voice actors who are also good at improv, and if they happen to be the creators of the show, it makes it easier because you do not have to bring actors back every time you have a new idea.” Sometimes the show’s editor would be given 45 minutes of improvisation and have to cut it down into an 11-minute show.Metalocalypse. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Adult Swim)Prynoski is especially excited about Nerdland, an R-rated animated comedy that’ll see a theatrical release in December. Written by Andrew Kevin Walker (Seven), Prynoski describes the movie as a dark comedy with a nihilistic point of view on fame and Hollywood. The movie has been getting encouraging responses on the festival circuit, and the cast is really exciting. The big stars are Patton Oswalt, Paul Rudd, and Hannibal Burress, but Adult Swim fans might recognize the voices of Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha from Metalocalypse, as well as Chris McCulloch from Venture Bros., and Dana Snyder and Dave Willis from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.Nerdland is the first feature that is fully theirs. Titmouse has done work for hire on a number of animated features in the past, but this is the first time they’ve made a full movie all the way through.“We learned a lot,” Prynoski said. “I directed this one, and I think I’ll do a much better job on my next one because you learn… Also, because it’s low budget, we had to do it in between other jobs, so it’s not like I was full time only directing that movie and nothing else. It was kind of like having a part-time job, but it’s a really important part-time job.”What did help, Prynoski said, was treating the movie like a TV show. “It’s 85 minutes, and it ends up being kind of like making a four-hour episode. We broke it up into four ‘reels.’” Breaking the movie up into chunks and working on each as if it were an episode of a show made the whole process more manageable.Titmouse deals almost entirely in traditional 2D animation that probably isn’t going to stop anytime soon. Prynoski says working in 2D allows him to keep budgets small and projects profitable. The low budgets also allow the studio more creative freedom. “The more money you take from people, the more they want to chime in and say what the movie should be, or the more successful it needs to be for them to feel like it was worth it. If you make a movie for $100 million, it’s got to make multiple hundreds of millions. If you make a movie for $5 million and it makes $10 million, you’re in great shape.”Fans of hand-drawn 2D animation, and comedy in general should look out for Nerdland when it hits theaters in December.last_img read more

Nielsens New Corporate Values Integrated Open Simple

first_imgNOTE: FOLIO: editors are in California this week, filing reports from American Business Media’s annual Spring Meeting.LA QUINTA, California—Incoming ABM chairman and Meister Media CEO Gary Fitzgerald opened the ABM general session by saying, “It’s time for leaders to lead.”For Nielsen Co. chairman and CEO David Calhoun, that means establishing a new series of corporate values to direct the company in “The Google World.” “We chose a set of leadership values that’s what changes the nature of a company. Sounds soft but it’s measurable. Didn’t pick value changes we thought we were good at.”Those values include:1. Integrated: “Advertisers want to put things together,” says Calhoun. “There’s a notion that integrated data will save the day. We gave our people a blank check and have them working on how to integrate processes. This isn’t about saving a buck but how to begin to put data together. This is measurable and our leaders know they are accountable.”2. Open: “If your values preclude you from looking at the models of others, you will lose,” said Calhoun. “Proprietary systems were the world we used to aspire to but that’s the world we need to crush.”3. Be Simple: “It’s getting harder every day in the Google World but if you can provide clarity in an open environment, you will win,” Calhoun added. “We aren’t going to budget our way to change. We all have to get a clear view and a lot of emotion behind it before it’s real.”FOLIO:’s Spring Meeting Coverage:The New Must-Have Skills for B-to-B Media: Project ManagementPublishers on Redefining the Role of Printlast_img read more

Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman Arnold Skeek

first_imgThe Coast Guard stopped looking for Arnold Skeek, the missing 27-year-old fisherman from Kake, early Monday afternoon. Authorities believe he fell from the Beaufort Sea, 60-foot fishing tender, into Auke Bay on Sunday.Listen nowArnold Skeek, far right, is a fisherman who authorities believe fell overboard into Auke Bay on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Amy Meats)Skeek’s family presumes he is dead. His sister, Amy Meats described how the news of her brother’s disappearance reached the family.“His captain had called my dad, who I was visiting, and he was crying, very distraught, saying ‘I can’t find Arnold anywhere,’” said Meats. “He said, ‘at 6 o’clock he saw Arnold sleeping in the galley and at 10 o’clock in the morning, when everyone woke up he was gone.’”On Sunday, the Coast Guard reported that Skeek was sleeping on deck. Monday, a spokesperson could not be reached to address the discrepancy.The Coast Guard said they started searching around 11 a.m. Authorities believe Skeek most likely fell overboard. They said the ship was likely anchored too far from shore for him to get back on his own. Meats agreed, all the signs suggest he’d gone over.The Beaufort Sea is the fishing tender Arnold Skeek worked aboard. (Photo courtesy of Amy Meats)“I know for a fact that if he was anywhere, he would’ve taken his phone if nothing else, but absolutely everything was left onboard and right then and there, I knew he was gone,” Meats said.She said her brother loved being a fisherman, and he was happy he was following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. She said he was a generous person, never unwilling to help his family, and his disappearance is one more tragedy to add to the list.“No, our mother passed away last year, and my grandmother passed away this year,” she said. “It’s been a rough year for us. We lost our mom, grandma, my brother was put in jail and now Arnold’s gone.”Arnold Skeek is the fishermen who authorities believe fell overboard into Auke Bay on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Amy Meats)Meats said her brother was also her father’s caretaker. Her father is disabled and has very fragile health. Meats said he is taking the news especially hard.“He was hyperventilating. He went into my brother’s room and after that he fell to his knees. He couldn’t stop crying and it was hard for him to breathe,” Meats said.The Coast Guard searched for Skeek for more than 26 hours. Meats said her family is grateful for everyone who helped look for her brother, including a number of local good Samaritans. Skeek is leaving behind five siblings, his father and an 8-year-old son who Meats said is waiting for closure.last_img read more