U.S. Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Stop Bangladeshi Professor’s Deportation

first_imgA Bangladeshi-origin chemistry teacher, Syed Ahmed Jamal, who was almost deported from the United States, has received major support from lawmakers and the community amid a tense climate around the issue of immigration in the country. Jamal was detained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Jan. 24 from his home in Kansas.Republican lawmaker Lynn Jenkins of Kansas introduced on Feb. 14 H.R. 5010, titled “For the relief of Syed Ahmed Jamal and Zaynaub Jahan Chowdhury,” a private member bill in Congress that has the potential to provide the couple with permanent residentship in the country. Their children are already U.S. citizens.Jamal was deboarded from a plane that was taking him to Bangladesh and has been kept in a detention center in Missouri. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, met Jamal when he was detained in El Paso, Texas, after being flooded with calls expressing concern over the fate of the Bangladeshi immigrant, a statement by the lawmaker said. The Facebook page of law firm Sharma-Crawford’s shows a photo of Jamal speaking to Cleaver while he was incarcerated.“He has a valid work authorization till October 2018, has been here with no criminal history whatsoever, and there’s no reason to hold him,” the law firm said. “We have confirmed that Syed Jamal is back in KC (Kansas City, Missouri), and being detained at the Platte County Jail.”On Feb. 12, a stay was ordered for his deportation. Meanwhile, there are campaigns on Change.org and GoFundMe to help Jamal from being deported.Jamal came to the United States around 30 years ago on a student visa. Later, he switched to an H-1B visa and when he enrolled for a Ph.D. he switched back to a student visa. When he was arrested in January 2018, he had work authorization and was teaching chemistry as an adjunct professor at Park University in Kansas City, the Washington Post reported.Immigration in the United States has become a major point of contention, with the administration looking to rid the country of immigrants through their proposed plan against family immigration and end of the diversity visa. The U.S. Senate rejected all four immigration bill proposals this week, leaving the “Dreamers” or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries in a limbo.The DACA beneficiaries are people who came to the United States illegally as children below the age of 16. With the deferment in their deportation, they can study or get a job permit. The U.S. government is unwilling to continue the extension of the program beyond March even if the Congress doesn’t make a decision on it. Around 3,000-5,500 Indians are estimated to get affected by this. The administration is also trying to end the H4 work authorization for spouses of those on H-1B visa in the United States, which will affect many Indian families. Related ItemsBangladeshDACAUnited Stateslast_img read more

Emerging Shades of Indian Erotica

first_imgErotica as a genre of literature is still the flavor after the success of 50 Shades of Gray, an erotic novel by British author E.L. James published in 2011.The book, which has become a manual of erotic love, is the story of a steamy relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and young business magnate Christian Grey, that explores sexual practices involving bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism and masochism.In the last two years, the book, which captured the imagination of millions of Indian readers, is compelling indigenous publishers to explore the feasibility of homegrown erotica.“Last year, Indian publishers were looking at the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon and how it would work on the sales. There was a general feeling that locally written erotic books would create a new oeuvre of marktable literature. But I am not sure if it has translated into action,” Arcopol Chaudhuri, commissioning editor of Fingerpint Publishing, said.Chaudhuri said in India, the genre of erotic literature was primarily made of collections of explicit short stories. “But they did not have the effect that the 50 Shades of Grey had. I think 50 Shades… went viral because of word of mouth. I think in India, erotica has to resonate with Indian sensibilities,” Chaudhuri said.A flood of new boy-meets-girl novels by young authors come closest to erotica in India, Chaudhuri said. These books explore intimate relationships in the milieu of contemporary environs. Publishers and distributors like Yodakin and Queer Ink — radical in stand — have been printing books exploring sexuality, gender and queer love away from the din of mainstream literature. Queer Ink offers more than 100 Indian alternative love story titles on its e-counter.Random House India reaches out to readers of explicit love with its Kama Kahani series featuring historical fictional titles like The Thief of Poompuhar — a love story between a woman and a thief — Passions of Punjab, Mistress to the Yuvaraj, The Zamindar’s Forbidden Love and Ghazal in Moonlight — steamy sagas using history as a backdrop for sensuality.Penguin India gets intimate with titles such as Mistakes like Love & Sex, Someone Like You and There’s No Love on Wall Street in its Metro Read imprint. Harper Collins keeps its erotica readers on the hook with its Forbidden series. Hachette has a separate section dedicated to sex and erotica and the Internet on its part resembles a carnival with hundreds of pay and read erotic book portals.Two modern erotic anthologies that have found slots in the mainstream because of their literary substance were the Electric Feathers: The Tranquebar Collection of Erotic Love Stories and the The Zubaan Anthology of Women’s Erotica.The oeuvre of erotic literature in India for centuries has flourished within the fold of religion with heorines like Radhika and Mirabai expressing awareness of their sexuality with odes to the “Krishna man”. They are more of spiritual appeasement, says Rosalyn D’mello, who has compiled and edited the The Zubaan Anthology of Women’s Erotica.“On one hand it is religion and on the other sexual appetite. I have tried to trace the lineage of women’s erotica down the ages in the Zubaan anthology — from translations of Tamil poet Andal, 6th century writings, excerpts from modern erotic novels, graphic books music, essays and poetry,” D’Mello said.Erotica does not require the greatest of literary talent, says V. Karthika, publisher and chief editor of Harper Collins India. “You need good understanding of the entire erotic vocabulary to pull off a book. A lot depends on how we progress with the language,” Karthika said.The ancient literary and cultural history of India is twined with erotic arts. Kama Sutra, the earliest of descriptive sexual litearature, was authored at a time when sexual awareness was still primitive worldwide. The erotic temple arts contributed to the refinement of sensuous ethos.In the 18th and 19th centuries, Bengal became a thriving cauldron of illustrated erotic literature printed in the early block and letter press units at Bath Tala in what is now Kolkata.The 20th century witnessed the influx of Western and Oriental erotica in translations, spawning vernacular editions of erotic mass market books. In the niche segment, titles like The Confessions of an Indian Woman Eater (1971), Confessions of an Indian Lover (1973) by Shasti Brata, Summer in Calcutta (Poetry), Padmavati, the Harlot and Other Stories by Kamala Das and Show Business by Shashi Tharoor took the veil off conventional morality post 1970.“Certain things are not easy to tackle. In India, erotica is a very difficult genre to tackle because of who we are and where we are coming from. But several publishers are trying to do something similar to the 50 Shades…,” Shobhit Arya, publisher and founder of Wisdom Tree, said.Publishers feel that it won’t be long before India unveils its own 50 Shades… series. Related Itemslast_img read more

Australia Resumes Child Adoption Program With India After Eight Years

first_imgThe Australian government has recommenced adoption of children from India, citing an overall improvement in procedures, eight years after it banned the program.Adoption procedures in India have “improved” in compliance with the Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption, Australia’s Assistant Minister for Children and Families David Gillespie said, SBS reported. India will join the 13 other countries, such as Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines and China, on the country’s approved adoption list, the report said.The recommencement of the adoption programs will enable a large number of prospective adoptive parents, including those of Indian origin settled in Australia, in fulfilling their desire of adopting a child from the country, the Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) said in a statement on Aug. 14.The adoption program from India was put on hold by the Australian government following reports of trafficking of children by some recognized adoption agencies. The regulation of inter-country adoptions has been made strict by the Indian government with the enactment of Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and notification of Adoption Regulations, 2017, the WCD Ministry said. The ministry, along with Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), were constantly engaging with the Australian government for recommencement of the program, it added.“Officers from the department have been there and checked what they’ve got in place,” Gillespie told SBS News, saying that orphanages were earlier acting as “marketer of the children” and “playing the leading role in putting them up for adoption.”With the resumption of the program, the process will be started with small numbers to make sure that “what is in place on paper is what happens in reality,” he added. “We don’t want to see child trafficking, we don’t want to see children that aren’t getting what they deserve. That is a permanent, safe, caring home.”Cases of adoption of Indian children by foreign nationals and Non-Resident Indians increased by 10 percent in 2017-18, according to data from CARA. A total of 552 children were adopted in 2017-18 by foreign nationals or NRIs, as compared to 500 in 2016-17. Most adoptions came from couples from the United States, followed by Italy, Sweden, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates.However, some child rights groups continue to express concern over the adoption system in India.“I’m pretty sure that trafficked children, children who have not been properly [cleared] for adoption will end up with Australian parents,” Pune-based Arun Dohle from Against Child Trafficking told SBS News, adding that the adoption system in India is deeply rooted in corruption and scandals. Related ItemsAdoptionAustraliaChild rightslast_img read more

India’s Angry Young Men And Its Lynch Mob Crisis

first_imgThe two young men at the leadership camp were soft-spoken yet assured, from well-off families, wearing aviator sunglasses and flip-flops.The right-wing activists say they have beaten men they suspected of violating core Hindu beliefs and threatened interfaith couples because they fear Muslims are stealing their women. They say they’re ready to kill for their faith if necessary.“Even if a life is lost, we don’t care,” said Ram Kumar, 23.It’s been a summer of rage in India. Dozens have been killed by lynch mobs, and extremist Hindus continue to assault and kill others, many of them Muslims. In the latest viral video, religious pilgrims angered over a minor traffic incident used sticks to demolish a car as police looked on.Much blame has been cast on India’s governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with critics charging that they have encouraged violence by Hindu extremists. But India’s problem of male rage has roots beyond the strident Hindu nationalism embraced by the current government.India has more than 600 million people under age 25, and they have greater access to technology and education than ever before. Yet millions have little hope of finding decent jobs, and a “bachelor bomb” of more than 37 million surplus men – a legacy of generations of a preference for sons and aborting female fetuses – threatens social stability for decades.“People are frustrated that they are not being able to get jobs,” a leader from Modi’s party, Vasundhara Raje, told the channel CNN-News18. “There is angst which is spreading across communities and people. . . . It’s a reaction to their circumstances.”More than 1 million job seekers enter the labor market each month, many with poor English and inadequate job skills, but the country generated only 1.8 million additional jobs last year, according to the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy, a research firm. Modi says the number of new jobs last year was closer to 7 million.Without solid prospects, many young men are gravitating to India’s growing right-wing nationalist organizations, where they find a sense of purpose.Over time, a stereotype of a right-wing troll has emerged: keyboard jockeys with too much time on their hands, sitting in their childhood bedrooms furiously tweeting about every perceived slight to Hinduism and Modi.This summer, Kumar attended a leadership camp sponsored by the Hindu nationalist World Hindu Council, where he learned to protect cows, which Hindus regard as sacred, protect women’s modesty and prevent outsiders from converting Hindus to other faiths. The youths did military drills in the baking heat, slept in the spartan concrete dorm rooms, and ate lentils and rice.Kumar, a college graduate who runs a tent rental company, and Gaurav Sharma, 22, a law student, grew up in Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal, which they see not as an ethereal white monument but as a reminder of the Mughal invaders who subjugated India’s Hindus.Kumar said that as a boy he was shy, but after joining the Hindu nationalist movement, “I have a strange sense of confidence now. The group has taught us what is right, what we need to do for society.”Before long, he said, he was out on the streets chasing down and threatening interfaith couples, conducting the moral policing he feels is necessary because Muslim men allegedly seduce girls “as young as 14.” The Hindu activists call it “love jihad.”Kumar said he also prowls the streets at night, searching for cattle traders who might be illegally smuggling cows for slaughter. Recently, he said, he and five others stopped a truck transporting cows and beat the Muslim driver, who pleaded for his life. The man was saved only by the arrival of the police, Kumar said.“I was raging,” Kumar said. “If I had a pistol, I would have killed him.”Sharma said he, too, has participated in assaults, punching one suspected cattle smuggler in the face. Elders have since shown him how to administer a beating without leaving marks on his victim.“We have been taught to not hit the head and chest; that can be fatal,” he said. “We beat them in such a way so they get these serious, silent injuries – on the backs, on the legs – so they do not die. Otherwise, there will be a case against us.”But since the BJP came to power in their state, Uttar Pradesh, led by the Hindu monk Yogi Adityanath, they do not fear being held accountable by the authorities.“Earlier there was a fear that the government would arrest us, but now with the Yogi government, we don’t have any fear,” Sharma said. “Even if a smuggler is killed during a fight, we don’t have to worry about it.”He continued, “All these BJP leaders, they’ve said, ‘Do what you want to do about cow protection. Don’t worry, if there is any problem we are there for you.’ ”Ram Kumar, left, and Gaurav Sharma, right, at a leadership camp for Hindu activists in Govardhan, India, in June. Photo Credit: Washington Post photo by Annie GowenModi has said that state governments should deal sternly with these “cow vigilantes” and that the government is committed to upholding the law, but other BJP politicians have sent a different message, meeting with or congratulating the alleged killers themselves.The young men harbor a deep sense of victimization and spend a lot of time on Hindu pride-focused WhatsApp groups and alt-history websites that recount the glories of India’s ancient civilization before the Mughal and British invaders imposed, as Modi puts it, 1,200 years of servitude. Critics say social media is deepening the division between Hindus and Muslims in India that existed even before the bloody partition of India in 1947 that created a separate country for Muslims and ultimately an Islamic republic in Pakistan.“Our parents never told us anything bad about Muslims. But in madrassas, they learn that Hindus are bad,” Sharma said. “We will tell the next generations how bad these people are.”Sharma and his peers face stiff competition for careers because they attended schools where classes are taught in Hindi and because they know only a few phrases of English, the lingua franca of aspirational India. Many of their classmates are struggling, selling vegetables or doing menial labor. Thirty classmates joined the military.Kumar plans on having a traditional family, if only to have babies and “contribute to the population.”“The Hindu population,” Sharma clarified.Others in their generation may not get the chance. Demographer Christophe Guilmoto estimates, because of the gender imbalance, that 40 million surplus men in India will remain single between 2020 and 2080.“There is a saying, ‘Behind every successful man is a woman’? But you don’t need women. You can leave them behind and achieve success in life,” Sharma said.For Sharma, the love of his life married someone else. He said he still regrets that he did not ask his parents for permission to marry her. But nobody in his family had ever had a “love marriage” – always arranged unions.Now he’s made a “final decision” to remain single and devote himself to the Hindu nationalist cause, to the dismay of his parents. Just like his idol, Modi, who, after an early marriage, has long embraced the bachelor lifestyle as a campaigner for Mother India.(c) 2018, The Washington Post Related Itemslast_img read more

Royals’ Yost: ‘Glad to be alive’ after injury on farm

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Just over a week ago, Yost was working in a hunting stand on his property when he reached to attach a safety line. The stand somehow collapsed and Yost fell about 20 feet to the ground, and the landing was so hard that he sustained a “massive fracture” to his pelvis and four broken ribs.He also lost so much blood that surgeons later told him he nearly died.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I didn’t understand the gravity of the situation until I was through it,” said the 62-year-old Yost, an avid outdoorsman. “I’m just glad I had my phone, I’ll tell you that.”Yost said he can’t put weight on either leg for at least two months, which means he’s confined to his lounge chair or a wheelchair. There are two rods, some plates and screws holding his pelvis together, and a good number of staples that are helping to keep the incision closed. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He drove to a second tree stand and climbed up wearing his safety belt. The stand felt solid at first, but as he reached around the tree to clip in, “it was like a hang-man’s gallows.”“Down I went,” Yost said. “I hit on my right side.”Yost was fortunate that he had his cellphone nearby, and was able to call Deb for help. He’s been in the tree stands before and reached for his phone to find he’d forgotten it, and admits thinking to himself those times, “That is so stupid! What if something happened?”Yost’s wife was able to contact 911, then guide responders to where her husband had fallen. Its remote nature and the severity of Yost’s injury meant a helicopter was needed to get him to the hospital.Once there, doctors resorted to emergency surgery to stop the bleeding, and required eight units of blood to replace what Yost had lost. They also put him in what he described as “really tight compression pants,” and at one point he told the emergency room doctor that “you guys are killing me.”“The guy said, ‘Look, Ned, this is going to save your life,’” Yost said.Yost underwent another surgery the next day to repair the pelvis, and doctors then told him that the fracture was so severe and blood loss so great that 25 percent to 30 percent of similar cases result in death.“I thought I was going to be fine. Ok, my pelvis is broken. I’m a pretty tough guy. I can handle the pain,” Yost said. “I mean, it was a little scary getting on that helicopter because I was in so much pain, getting really, really woozy. But I still felt like I was in great hands.“I’m glad to be alive and I’m glad to be hurting for a little bit.”Yost, the winningest manager in Royals history, is scheduled to have the staples removed next week and follow-up X-rays on his pelvis. The doctors said he’ll be off his feet for two or three months — “For me, it’s probably going to be two,” he said — and then have to undergo physical therapy. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Still, he counts himself lucky. The fall could have been fatal, especially if he didn’t have a phone.“It’s pretty rough, you know? I’m in quite a bit of pain,” he said. “You can imagine, there’s no position that’s comfortable to be in right now. I don’t think I’ve left this lounge chair since I’ve been home for more than 5 minutes in two days. Just find a way I can be comfortable and relax, and then try not to move for 10 hours. But by spring training, I should be pretty much full-go.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments Read Next FILE – In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost listens to a reporter’s question before a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Yost broke a pelvis and several ribs during a fall on his property in Georgia, Saturday, Nov. 4, when a deer stand he was working on gave way and fell to the ground, Kansas City spokesman Mike Swanson said. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ned Yost spent Monday afternoon in a lounge chair at his farm just outside Atlanta, the pain from a shattered pelvis so unbearable that the only movement the Royals manager could make was to reposition.He was happy for the pain, though. It reminded him he was alive.ADVERTISEMENT But he vowed that by spring training, “I should be pretty much full-go.”Anybody who knows Yost wouldn’t think otherwise.The curmudgeonly manager prides himself on his toughness, a trait he’s instilled in the Royals over the years. It served them well in turning around their fortunes, too, from a sad-sack squad that regularly lost 100 games to a team that went to back-to-back World Series and won the championship in 2015.Still, the injury that Yost sustained tested even his toughness.Yost said his wife, Deb, had left just after noon on Nov. 4 to attend a nephew’s wedding in Alabama, so he hopped in a four-wheeler and headed out on his property. His intention was to check his tree stands and prepare them for winter, and he took care of the first stand without any problems.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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David Beckham backs Tottenham duo to inspire England at Euro 2016

first_imgThe burgeoning Tottenham Hotspur partnership between Harry Kane and Dele Alli could lead England to the later stages of the European Championship next month, according to former national team captain David Beckham.Striker Kane leads the race for Premier League’s golden boot with 25 goals while midfielder Alli, 20, has scored 10 times and claimed 12 assists in his debut season for Spurs.’Kane, Alli can be the difference'”England have a good chance of doing very well in the competition. For me, Dele Alli and Harry Kane can be the difference,” Beckham told British media at the London launch of his old club Manchester United’s new away kit.”Dele plays week in week out for Tottenham, he’s not scared to play, not scared to do things, he’s a joy to watch.”Beckham, England’s most capped outfield player, said partnering Wayne Rooney up front would help the 22-year-old Kane develop his game.Rooney’s experience will help Kane”Harry is a very talented player and he can learn from the likes of Rooney,” Beckham explained.England are looking for their first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup and face Russia, Slovakia and Wales in Euro 2016 Group B in France.Manager Roy Hodgson will name his squad for the tournament on Monday.last_img read more

LG G6 pre-registrations go live in India, launch expected soon

first_imgPre-registrations for the LG G6, which has been hailed for its gorgeous bezel-less design, have gone live in India. Users can sign up on LG India’s official website in order to receive the latest updates regarding the smartphone’s India launch.It must be noted that only pre-registrations have opened. The device has not yet gone up for pre-order in India. The pre registration page does signify however that the Indian launch is just around the corner with various reports pointing towards an April end release.The LG G6 is a very important smartphone for LG after the critical and commercial drubbing received by the the LG G5. The LG G6 will face tough competition from the Samsung Galaxy S8 which also comes with a similar near bezel-less design and an ultra wide screen ratio.Also Read: LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: A new era in smartphone designLG has completely re-imagined the G6 from the ground up. The removable battery, modular design and the tacky plastic finish on the back panel have all given way to a gorgeous glass and metal spectacle with a near bezel-less design.The LG G6 comes with a 5.7′ Quad HD display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, a 3,300mAh battery, Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and IP68 water/dust resistance.The LG G6 comes with a few standout features. The smartphone comes with a striking 18:9 Full Vision display (instead of the regular 16:9), Google Assistant on board, Dolby Vision and HDR 10 support for enhanced video and a striking near bezel-less design with a 90% screen to body ratio.advertisementAdditionally, the LG G6 sports a dual camera array on the back with two 13MP sensors with one of them having a wide-angle lens with a 125-degree field of view. On the front there is a 5MP camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 100 degree field of view.In South Korea, where the LG G6 has already launched, it’s price starts from KRW 899,800 (approximately Rs 51,200). The LG G6 comes in three color variants, namely Ice Platinum, Mystic White and Astro Black. It will be interesting to see which of these the company gets to India.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 6 to launch tomorrow: Snapdragon 835, dual cameras and morelast_img read more

SECO signs agreement with French ChipSelect

first_img Continue Reading Previous Nordic: low power cellular IoT solution makes cellular easyNext X SPEX: video recorder board replaces frame grabber, display controller and text generator To further develop its potential in this area, and in line with its strategy of establishing collaborations with experienced partners with a strong knowledge of the local market, SECO signed an agreement with ChipSelect to expand its sales force in France.Recognised as a trusted advisor by the market, ChipSelect is a French organisation for embedded electronic solutions with dedicated technical expertise in supporting the architecture definition and design phase for the distribution channel and customers, and with competitive market understanding for architecture conversion.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

ICC rejected Chris Gayle’s request to use ‘Universe Boss’ logo before censoring MS Dhoni

first_imgThe International Cricket Council has not only rejected Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s request for wearing keeping gloves which had a dagger insignia but also refused West Indies opener Chris Gayle permission to use ‘Universe Boss’ logo on his bat.In both cases, the ICC cited equipment regulation violation.Gayle, a self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’, had requested the ICC to allow him to use it for his bat branding but he was informed that he can’t use any clothing or sporting equipment for personal messages.”ICC couldn’t have made an exception for Dhoni as no personal messages are allowed on equipment. Gayle wanted it but when he was refused permission, he accepted it and moved on,” a source privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.Talking about Dhoni, the official said, “It is not about military symbolism. It is about a simple rule that no personal messages are allowed. If ICC did not make an exception for Gayle, then how come they would make it for Dhoni.”It has also been learnt that even innocuous messages or emojis are not allowed on equipment.”Tomorrow, Moeen Ali will again request for wearing a ‘Free Palestine’ wristband which is a direct political message. We did not allow it then and we won’t allow it now. You won’t be even allowed to have a word like love’ embossed on the equipment,” the source added.The ICC allowed the Indian team to wear camouflage caps recently during an international match against Australia because it was a bilateral series.advertisement”A formal request was made by the BCCI as they wanted to use the match as a fund-raiser for the victims of the Pulwama terror attack. In bilateral series, ICC allows teams to do charity. Just like the Pink Test’ in Australia for the Jane McGrath foundation that works on breast cancer awareness, the source further added.It has been learnt that Dhoni is yet to get any official reprimand from the ICC for the South Africa game, during which his green gloves had dagger insignia.As per rules, if he sports the insignia again in any of the matches, he would first be warned and then face financial penalties of 25, 50 and 75 percent of match fees for every transgression.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Michael Clarke backs MS Dhoni to stay focussed despite gloves rowAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni changes wicketkeeping gloves, no army crest this timelast_img read more

Ball and Buck’s New Travel Bag is Built for Adventure

first_img Editors’ Recommendations A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know On a mission to provide its customers with durable, no-frills outdoor gear and wear, American-made lifestyle brand Ball and Buck has unveiled a brand new travel bag—The Expedition Duffel.“It’s a beast,” Ball and Buck founder Mark Bollman said of the rugged travel bag. “It’s been in development for three years and has gone through several field tests where we’ve had guys take it out on intense trips.”“These guys beat the hell out of it and offered their feedback, which helped us to evolve it into the great bag that it is today.”Unlike other bags of its ilk, however, the Expedition Duffel isn’t just a highly durable travel bag built to withstand the elements—it’s also incredibly light.“The core of the product is that it’s extremely tough, but also lightweight,” Bollman explained. “With ever stricter airline restrictions, we wanted to make sure that the weight of our bag would never impede someone from travelling.”The challenge was in finding a fabric that was water and abrasion resistant, but wasn’t as heavy as materials with those qualities tend to be. The solution came in scouring U.S. military archives, where the brand learned about the design process behind the rucksacks and tents used in WWII.Based on these blue prints, designers developed a special duck cotton canvas for the bag that was resistant to the elements and didn’t add any unnecessary weight. This, along with the duffel’s hard bottom, removable shoulder strap, interior and exterior side pockets, side webbing handles, and fully-accessible top make it a highly functional and practical adventure bag.“There aren’t many bags on the market that performs like this one does,” said Bollman. “With the brass feet to keep it elevated off the wet ground, the versatile material and all the extra features like the side pockets, it really is built for anything.”The Expedition Duffel retails for $798. Check out the full Ball and Buck collection, here. Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Save the Environment in Style: Taylor Stitch Makes New Apparel from Old Garments last_img read more

Quebec boards say they have more classes than teachers as kids return

first_imgMONTREAL — As thousands of Quebec students return to class this week, school boards say they’re short of teachers to educate them.Gina Guillemette, a spokeswoman for the Montreal-area Marguerite-Bourgeoys school board, says the board was still missing about 40 full-time teachers on the first day of school.She says substitutes are being enlisted in the meantime, but the shortage means some classrooms won’t have the same teacher all year long.Guillemette said her board is working hard to hire new teachers and is urging the provincial government to take strong action to help with recruitment and retraining of those who wish to enter the field.Sonia Ethier, the president of one of the province’s largest teachers’ unions, says the number of students is expected to rise by 65,000 in the next five years while the number of teaching school graduates is declining.She told reporters today that poor salaries and working conditions, a higher number of special needs students, retirements and burnout have combined to create what she describes as a looming crisis.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Olympian Brigette Lacquette aims to inspire young Indigenous hockey players

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN NewsAspiring hockey players on Piikani Nation in southern Alberta scored a chance to pass the puck to a historic Olympian this week.Brigette Lacquette, the first Indigenous woman to play hockey for Team Canada, is touring the country inspiring Indigenous youth to do the same.Fresh from the PyeonChang Winter Olympics, Lacquette ran drills and played on-ice games with youth and was later honoured with the Blackfoot name meaning “beautiful eagle woman” at Piikani Nation Secondary School.“I always admired the ladies on the national team but there was no one really no one that had the same kind of path, come from a small community and is First Nations,” she says.It’s a path that came with obstacles. Growing up, Lacquette says she faced bullying and racism.Now she’s an inspiration.“To play and put that jersey on and represent Canada – not only Canada but my First Nations people – it was amazing,” she said. “Obviously we had the expectation of winning. But in the bigger picture making a positive impact for these kids and having all the support back home that really comforted me in the loss. And then realizing that I’ve made such an impact on these kids – I really am winning.”Lacquette will continue to tour Blackfoot communities in southern Alberta, proudly wearing her silver medal and sharing her stories.last_img read more

UN disaster assessment team arrives in floodhit Colombia

29 December 2010A three-member United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team (UNDAC) has arrived in Colombia to support the ongoing response to the floods, which are affecting over 2 million people. Heavy rainfall associated with the La Niña weather phenomenon has affected Colombia since the middle of this year, causing floods in the Andes region and the Caribbean coastal area, according to the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). UN agencies and partner non-governmental organisations have already been assisting those affected in some of the worst-hit areas. Among the most immediate needs are food assistance, water and sanitation, shelters, emergency education and health services. Earlier this month $6 million was allocated for the post-flood effort from the local UN emergency response fund. The UNDAC team that arrived in the country yesterday will assist in information management tasks and strengthening of humanitarian partners, both national and international, OCHA stated.It is initially expected to stay in the country for three weeks but this period could be extended. read more

Police Officers to be trained in foreign language

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAbused Venezuelan migrants to get Govt supportJune 14, 2019In “Health”Police Force adds 143 new recruits to bolster crime fighting capacityJune 14, 2017In “Crime”Public officers undergo training in best practice to deal with Venezuelan migrantsSeptember 6, 2018In “latest news” A Spanish class in sessionThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) in its mandate to improve the quality of services being provided to the public especially migrants from Venezuela will now be offering Spanish courses for its officers.The language will now be implemented into the curriculum of the Officers training.The initiative which commenced in July of this year is being thought by local and foreign lecturers.The syllabus will focus on the fundamentals of Spanish and will be taught throughout the duration of the recruit training.According to GPF, this will now enable the Officers to better communicate with migrants which currently is proving to be difficult.The force noted its responsibilities to the migrants who are more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.GPF’s Training Officer, Fizal Karimbaksh as well as Felix Austin Police College Commandant, Shivpersaud Bacchus in their brief deliveries reiterated the importance of the addition to the curriculum.It was revealed that since the Officers were placed at a disadvantage at various borders when dealing with the foreign nationals, something needed to be done. read more

All BASF underground solutions to be marketed under MEYCO brand

first_imgBASF Construction Chemicals, a leading supplier of technical solutions for underground mine development, has introduced its new identity for global Underground Construction activities. This change stems from a new common philosophy and approach to jointly market the MEYCO brand of products and equipment. The underground construction team (formally known as UGC International based in Zurich, Switzerland), is now the MEYCO Global Underground Construction team and will combine efforts with MEYCO Equipment to offer service, solutions and support to customers around the globe. “By emphasizing the MEYCO name in our organisation, we are building on an already respected and trusted brand in the industry,” stated Daniel Ruckstuhl, Director of MEYCO Global Underground Construction. We are very enthusiastic about the clarity and claim of the message ‘Expanding Horizons Underground’. Through our continued innovation and commitment MEYCO’s customers become more successful and quite literally broaden horizons. MEYCO’s solutions achieve durable new space underground more efficiently,” stated Ruckstuhl.From now on the core technological solutions for sprayed concrete, mechanical excavation (TBM), injection, waterproofing, fire protection, thin spray-on liners (TSL), spraying equipment and backfill will all be available under the one brand name, MEYCO.last_img read more

Michelin further expands mining tyre capacity in US

first_imgMichelin North America is to again expand its operations in South Carolina. Michelin, the largest manufacturing employer in the state, is breaking ground next week on a new earthmover tyre manufacturing plant in Anderson County, while also expanding its existing earthmover tyre facility in Lexington, South Carolina. The two projects represent a $750 million investment and will create up to 500 new jobs. This announcement is in addition to Michelin’s 2011 commitment to add an estimated 270 jobs and invest $200 million in its existing Lexington passenger and light truck tyre manufacturing facility. This expanded operation at Lexington will begin production in October.“Michelin intends to maintain and strengthen its leadership in all its specialty businesses, especially Earthmover radial tyres,” said Jean-Dominique Senard, managing general partner of Michelin. “The market for earthmover tyres grew by more than 20% between 2009 and 2011. This new facility will help us meet sustained demand while also attaining our growth objectives for 2015.” Michelin North America’s Chairman and President Pete Selleck said: “There is unprecedented demand for Michelin earthmover tyres throughout the world. It’s a tribute to the productivity of our employees and the pro-business environment in South Carolina that the company is expanding its earthmover capacity in the state where we first began manufacturing in the United States.” The new plant will be Michelin’s 19th manufacturing facility in North America and its ninth in South Carolina. More than 8,000 of Michelin North America’s 22,300 employees are based in South Carolina “Nearly every earthmover tyre is sold before it is produced,” said Selleck. “Michelin is one of very few companies in the world that is able to produce these high technology tyres.”The new earthmover tyre plant will be adjacent to Michelin’s existing rubber processing plant in Starr, and will be the third Michelin plant in Anderson County. The company also operates a 2.5 million sqaure foot rubber processing plant, the largest in the world, in Sandy Springs. In addition to the Lexington plant, Michelin currently produces earthmover tyres around the world in Waterville, Canada; Campo Grande, Brazil; Le Puy and Montceau les-Mines, France; Vitoria, Spain and Zalau, Romania.last_img read more

SleepOvations 700 Mini Mattresses are What Dreams are Made of

Why sleep on just one foam mattress when you can sleep on 700 individual ones?SleepOvation recently earned a patent for its high-tech bed, featuring hundreds of independently sealed cushions, each attached to its own pocket spring.The result: “700 tiny mattresses that cradle every inch of your body, distribute airflow, and offer an unmatched degree of cleanliness,” the New Jersey-based startup boasted.By replacing the traditional layer of foam with separate memory-foam pads, SleepOvation is able to better distribute body weight, helping to relieve back pain, discomfort, and restlessness.Invented by Richard Codos, the “cushion pocket spring” technology consists of a single pillow cushion pocket bonded to a single pocket coil spring. Stick enough of those together, and you get an innovative bed.Most folks will remember Tempur-Pedic’s infamous wine-glass test: Place a goblet with red wine at one end of the mattress and jump around like an excited four-year-old on the other. Then, be amazed by the lack of spillage, indicating reduced motion transfer across the bed.SleepOvation, however, takes the experiment a step further: Each individual coil isolates movement on the mattress, allowing the goblet to remain undisturbed even by adjacent shifts.No spillage (via SleepOvation)“Current mattresses use layers of foam with multiple sub-layers of low-quality filler foams and springs, marketed as ‘support layers’ that simply add height at the cost of comfort,” Codos said in a statement. “Our sleep technology gives the sleeper the ultimate luxury and comfort of sleeping on 700 individual and responsive mattresses.”Unlike other box springs that tend to impede air movement and generate heat, SleepOvation makes way for a breezy slumber. And even if you do wake up in a sweat, simply throw the removable mattress cover into the wash; while you’re at it, vacuum between the cushion pockets to eliminate dust mites, germs, and dead skin cells you didn’t even know were taking up residence in your bed.Expected for launch in September, the SleepOvation mattress will be available to pre-order starting Aug. 1 via Kickstarter. Sign up online now for a 20 percent pre-launch discount.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. read more

16 phones already have iPhone 11s rumored indisplay fingerprint scanner

first_img Motorola Moto Z4 Available in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia, the Vivo V11 is another inexpensive phone on the list. It features a 6.41-inch screen, a 3,400mAh battery and a Snapdragon 660 chipset. On the front is an impressive 25-megapixel camera, so you can take super sharp selfies and videos. OnePlus 6T See at Amazon True, the feature isn’t as widespread as other special features like, say, water resistance or a multi-camera setup. But it does pop up enough times that if the iPhone 11 were to have it, it would be playing catch up at this point instead of leading the pack. Read on to see what Android phones already have in-screen fingerprint scanners. And if you have one of these phones, let us know how you like the feature — is it fast? Does it work smoothly? Do you prefer a dedicated sensor instead? Note that these products are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products from the links.   Launched in 2018, the OnePlus 6T was the first OnePlus phone to have an embedded fingerprint scanner. Still available today, it offers top-notch hardware including a lightning-speed processor and an excellent camera for hundreds of dollars less than its competitors. Not only does the Moto Z4 have an in-screen fingerprint sensor, it also has a 48-megapixel rear camera and connects to the next-gen cellular network known as 5G (as long as you have the Moto Mod accessory). And it only costs $499 (about £392 and AU$714). Juan Garzon CNET The Oppo R17 has an underscreen fingerprint sensor, a 6.4-inch display and a Snapdragon 670 processor. As a more budget-friendly phone, the R17  costs 3,499 yuan, or about $510, £395 or AU$700. Though it doesn’t have a headphone jack and wireless charging, the OnePlus 7 Pro is fast, has a neat pop-up camera, is somewhat water resistant and its triple rear cameras take fantastic pictures — all at $80, £66 and AU$120 less than its closest Samsung and iPhone rivals. Though it doesn’t have expandable storage and its audio speaker sounds muffled when you charge the phone, 2018’s Mate 20 Pro has a generously sized display, an eye-catching design and an impressive list of hardware specs. Oppo R17 See at Amazon Read the Vivo Nex review Angela Lang/CNET Read more about the Moto Z4 Angela Lang/CNET Read the OnePlus 7 Pro review Read more about the Vivo V11 See at Amazon Read the Vivo X21 review Read the OnePlus 6T review Read more about the Oppo R17 A number of phones in Samsung’s latest lineup of flagship phones have in-screen fingerprint sensors. That includes the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10 5G. In addition, all of these phones have sharp screens, a long battery life, a water resistant design and the ability to charge other devices wirelessly. Angela Lang/CNET Vivo Nex James Martin/CNET Apple is anticipated to unveil its upcoming iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 (though nothing has been confirmed), but already there are tons of rumors surrounding the device. In addition to having a square camera bump that’s similar to the Pixel 4, a USB-C charging port and a price increase, the phone is speculated to have an in-screen fingerprint scanner. This means that instead of using facial recognition and Face ID, you can scan your fingerprint directly on the screen to unlock your phone and, in some cases, authorize payments. But like with many “new” iPhone features, like multitasking and swipe typing, several Android phones already have this technology. Back at CES 2018, we tried out the first phone with an embedded fingerprint sensor on an unnamed Vivo phone. But it’s not just obscure phones from China that have the technology — big-name phones like the recently announced Note 10 flaunt the feature. One report estimates that by the end of 2019, 100 million phones will ship with fingerprint scanners built into the screen. Huawei Mate 20 Pro See at Amazon Read the Galaxy A50 review Share your voice Vivo V11 Read the Mate 20 Pro review See at Amazon Read the Huawei P30 review As one of the first phones to have a in-screen scanner, the Vivo X21 stood out last year as a slim, sleek phone with a long battery life and forward-looking features. Unfortunately, when we reviewed it at the time we observed that its sensor didn’t work as fast as a physical scanner. The tech has improved since then, thankfully. Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10 5G Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus Read more about the Note 10 9 See at Amazon OnePlus 7 Pro Read the Galaxy S10 review Tags Vivo X21 Oppo Huawei Lenovo Motorola Samsung OnePlus James Martin/CNET Despite copying the iPhone X’s navigational gesture, using the Vivo Nex and its immersive, no-notch, bezeless screen is still a treat. Its pop-up camera works well and its performance is as smooth as butter. Aloysius Low/CNET CNET The Note 10 features a 6.3-inch display, three rear cameras, an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a signature S Pen stylus that can remotely control the phone’s camera via Bluetooth. Meanwhile, the larger 6.8-inch Note 10 Plus has an additional fourth depth-sensing camera on the back. And while neither will have a headphone jack, the Note 10 Plus will at least retain its expandable storage. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Angela Lang/CNET Samsung Galaxy A50 1:08 See at Amazon Aloysius Low/CNET See at Amazon See at Amazon Angela Lang/CNET Mobile Phones Now playing: Watch this: The Galaxy A50 proves you don’t need to pay a fortune to have the latest features. At $350, £309 or AU$500, the A50 is one of the cheapest phones in this roundup and features a 6.4-inch display and a headphone jack. On the back are three cameras that include a wide-angle lens as well as a “depth lens,” which is used to take portrait shots with blurry, dramatic backgrounds. See at Amazon The story originally published on July 19, 2019.Update, Aug. 14: Adds Note 10, Note 10 Plus and Galaxy A50. Apple waiting on a 5G phone, Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint… See at Amazon Comments Huawei P30 and P30 Pro The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are two gorgeous phones with fantastic cameras. Their batteries also last an exceptionally long time. However, due to political entanglements, you won’t be able to easily get Huawei phones in the US anytime soon. Josh Miller/CNETlast_img read more