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North Governor concerned over suffering of Northern people

Cooray said that water in Jaffna is not safe for drinking and could cause kidney disease.He says he himself takes water from Colombo when he visits Colombo and goes back to Jaffna. (Colombo Gazette) Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray today raised concerns over the suffering of the people in the North.The Governor said that among the concerns was the lack of drinking water and adequate housing.

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Toddler in critical condition following crash on Hwy 401

Ontario Provincial Police say a toddler is in critical condition following a crash on Highway 401 Monday.The three-vehicle collision happened on the eastbound collector lanes of the highway near Leslie St. around 4 a.m.OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says among the vehicles in the crash was a car with five occupants inside – including three children.A 17-month-old child was taken to trauma centre and is currently in critical condition.Schmidt says no other injuries seems to be life-threatening at this time.The eastbound lanes of the highway were closed for the investigation but re-opened around 6 a.m.Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.No charges have been laid. read more

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Shaw customers likely to see price hikes on internet television service by

CALGARY — Residential customers of Shaw Communications Inc. will likely see a price increase for their internet and television services, chief executive Brad Shaw said Thursday after the company’s annual meeting in Calgary.Shaw’s chief competitor in Western Canada, Telus Corp., has already announced price increases that will take effect Feb. 25.Shaw told reporters that the details of the cable, internet and wireless company’s price increases haven’t been decided but they will most likely take effect in April. Shaw beats expectations as Freedom Mobile revenue soars 60% Canadians paid more than $1.2 billion in wireless data overage fees last year Customer complaints against Canadian telecom, TV providers soar 57% in 2017-18: report He said the cost of getting rights to sports programing is getting higher for Shaw and other Canadian television service providers, even though audiences are falling.“It’s a real concern,” Shaw said. “How are Canadian companies even going to be able to compete?”He said that Shaw doesn’t get special treatment from Toronto-based Corus Entertainment — a publicly traded company that’s partly owned by the Shaw family and Shaw Communications.Corus owns more than 40 specialty television channels, some acquired along with the Global television network that it acquired from Shaw in April 2016.“Even though they’re both family controlled, the family really says (they’ve) got to stand on (their) own,” Shaw said.He said Corus has had a “fight on its hands” because of competition with other forms of entertainment, such as Netflix, but added that its most recent quarter was promising.Corus reported last week that its overall revenue for the quarter ended Nov. 30 totalled $467.5 million, up from $457.4 million and above the estimate of $451.2 million. Its television division had the biggest revenue increase, rising to $426.2 million from $415.5 million a year earlier.Despite the higher first-quarter revenue, Corus profit attributable to shareholders fell to $60.4 million, from $77.7 million a year earlier, partly because of its accounting for a revaluing of a TV brand that will be retired and replaced this year.Shaw Communications, on the other hand, beat analyst estimates for both profit and revenue over the same period — mainly because of its Freedom Mobile wireless division. Its main cable and internet business, however, saw virtually no revenue growth as it lost video subscribers and home phone customers.However, the profit margin at Shaw’s wireline residential services was up significantly from last year’s first quarter as management focused on optimizing its consumer business’ by removing costs where possible.A year ago, Shaw Communications announced a major employee buyout program aimed primarily at its residential consumer business, as part of adopting to a new generation of network technology using the Comcast X1 platform.Brad Shaw told reporters Thursday that it was “absolutely the right move” given the company’s need to be agile and more automated but added that the loss of 3,000 people “it’s a little bit emotional.” read more

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UN envoy discusses way forward on Lebanon with European foreign ministers

Terje Roed-Larsen, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the implementation of Council resolution 1559, which calls for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias and extending Government control over the whole country, met with the ministers in Brussels at the invitation of the EU Presidency, at present held by Britain.The discussions focussed on implementing the terms of the resolution, and included the results of the recent parliamentary elections and the ongoing conflict-ridden efforts to form a new government, spokesperson Marie Okabe told the daily UN briefing in New York.In spite of significant progress on some of the provisions of the resolution, Mr. Roed-Larsen underlined the necessity for the full implementation of all the requirements of resolution 1559, she said. He expressed his concern over the rising tensions in Syrian-Lebanese relations on economic and security related issues.The meeting was chaired by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. After the discussions, Mr. Roed-Larsen called on all parties to continue to use dialogue and he made an appeal to wisdom and sensibility, based on the Lebanese people’s right to political independence and economic well-being.Ms. Okabe quoted him as saying: “The meeting was constructive and forward looking. It displayed a remarkable international similarity and consensus in policy related to 1559. This is reflected in the conclusions of the meeting released by the British presidency of the EU.”Mr. Roed-Larsen, who earlier this year shuttled between Syria and Lebanon to broker an agreement on this spring’s Syrian military withdrawal from its smaller neighbour, stays in close contact with the key players and has over the last few days spoken extensively with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Prime Minister-designate Fuad Siniora and others. read more

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Burundian refugees return home from Rwanda UN agency reports

The last Burundians left the Gikonko transit site in Mamba district of Butare province on Wednesday. More than 1,200 repatriated to Burundi with assistance from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) while 740 were transferred to Nyamure camp just to the north.Only four refugees remain at the Gikonko site, where they are receiving medical treatment. They will be relocated to Nyamure camp upon their discharge from hospital. All food, firewood and plastic sheeting at the transit site will be moved to the camp, and the site will be dismantled shortly. The site’s facilities were run by the Rwandan Ministry for Local Administration with UNHCR support. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) provided food while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ran a health and nutrition centre and supported operations in the areas of water and sanitation. Since the start of voluntary repatriation on June 30 this year, more than 3,100 Burundians overall have returned home from Rwanda. They travelled from Gikongoro, Kigeme and Nyamure camps to Songore transit centre in northern Burundi, where they received three months of WFP rations, and basic supplies like plastic sheeting, buckets, pots, hoes and soap.UNHCR runs a monitoring programme in Burundi to ensure the well-being and integration of the returnees. It works with the Burundian Government and other partners to support reintegration programmes that focus on rehabilitating schools and health centres, as well as income-generating activities.An estimated 4,000 Burundian refugees remain in Rwanda. read more

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Indigenous population disadvantaged economicallyUNICEF

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHunger, obesity and inequality on the rise in the C’bean- UN reportNovember 8, 2018In “Regional”Indigenous peoples land rights under threat – APADecember 17, 2016In “latest news”12-18 age group, females the most vulnerable for TIP in GuyanaJanuary 11, 2018In “Crime” …most children depend on warm meals served at schoolBy Lakhram BhagiratThe recent study on Indigenous Women and Children in 12 communities in Guyana, found that the Indigenous population is seriously disadvantaged economically, hence accounting for their high poverty rate when compared to the rest of Guyana. Additionally, it found that most primary aged students, in the 12 communities, depend on the school feeding programme for one proper meal per day.Guyana has the largest number of Indigenous peoples in a single country in the entire Caribbean and according to the last census, they account for 10.3 per cent of the population.The Indigenous population is settled mainly in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), which serves as the home to approximately 80 per cent of the population.[File Photo]The study was conducted by UNICEF in Region One, Region Seven, Region Eight, Region Nine and Indigenous communities in coastal communities in Region Two – Akawini (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Region Three – Santa Mission (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Region Four – St Cuthbert Mission/Pakuri (Demerara-Mahaica), Region Five – Moraikobai (Mahaica-Berbice), Region Six – Orealla and Siparuta (East Berbice-Corentyne) and Region 10 – River View (Upper Demerara-Berbice).It also found that although the Indigenous population is culturally rich, they are among the most materially poor and socially excluded people. They experience poverty at twice and sometimes even five times more than non-Indigenous populations, the study found.The report stated that Guyana does not have a recent measure of monetary poverty, identifying that the most recent was from 2015 with data from 2006 but it identified that the Indigenous population continued to exhibit the highest level of poverty in Guyana.The qualitative assessment showed that lack of money is not the only contributing factor to the level of poverty experienced by Indigenous communities; rather it is coupled with access to land, culture, medicine, food, education and safety. It was also discovered that most of the villagers depend on the help of their neighbours and religious organisations for assistance to deal with their situation.“It was reported that some would use traditional medicines not because it was part of their culture, but because the drug was not available in the health facility, and they did not have money to buy in the local shops. Many adolescents would say that they knew other people their age that would come to school without having eaten, and/or without money to buy something at the canteen. For some teachers, and a considerable group of students, the warm meal served in some of the primary schools would constitute the main meal for the day,” part of the report read.In the 12 communities assessed, it was found that Indigenous women and children are seriously disadvantaged with it comes to accessing good quality education, health and social services due to the lack of access to infrastructural and modern life facilities. That was coupled with the lack of employment opportunities resulting in male migration, which quite often ends up with the male counterpart leaving their families to fend for themselves.The Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry in collaboration with UNICEF conducted the study. The aim of the study was to contribute to a greater understanding of Indigenous women and children regarding cultural/traditional practices as it relates to medicines; sexual and reproductive health issues; build or strengthen the resilience of children, families, communities and systems to natural disasters, conflicts chronic systemic crises and social conflicts.Additionally, it sought to examine decision-making processes on health and protection issues; strengthen the provision of equitable prevention and response to different forms of child violence, including gender-based violence; inform the development of a robust, sustained, early childhood development and equitable and inclusive education programmes for Amerindian children.It also sought to explore women’s leadership skills and their capacity building needs at the community level; explore livelihood and, empowerment opportunities; provide evidence for national and sub-national planning and developmental processes to contribute to an enabling environment, for Indigenous women and children, and determine the knowledge, perceptions and roles that were played by Indigenous peoples in the preservation of the environment and climate change and what are their current roles. read more

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EHF CUP TOP 16 draw

Three qualification rounds of the Men’s EHF Cup are over and remaining 16 teams will learn their next opponents on Thursday, 5 December at 12:00 hrs, when the draw of the group phase in Vienna will define all four groups.Based on the competition’s ranking four pots have been determined with four teams in each. There will be a country protection applied during the draw as two teams from the same country cannot meet in the same group. France has three sides, while Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Sweden have a double representation in the top 16.Live coverage of the draw eventAll handball fans can follow the whole draw event on Thursday, 5 December live on various channels. There will be a live streaming from the draw venue – Gartenhotel Altmannsdorf 2 in Vienna on www.ehfTV.com, which will also cover the draw of the Men’s Challenge Cup Last 16 at 11:00 hrs local time.The up-to-the-second coverage of both draws will be also available via liveticker on www.eurohandball.com and on @ehfmedia Twitter channel.Seedings for the EHF Cup Group Phase Draw (Thursday, 5 December, 12:00 hrs local time):Pot 1: Pick Szeged (HUN), Montpellier Agglomeration HB (FRA), Füchse Berlin (GER), TSV Hannover-Burgdorf (GER)Pot 2: Tatran Presov (SVK), Skjern Haandbold (DEN), HCM Constanta (ROU), Reale Ademar Leon (ESP)Pot 3: Lugi HF (SWE), Chambery Savoie Handball (FRA), HBC Nantes (FRA), HC Zomimak-M (MKD)Pot 4: IFK Kristianstad (SWE), Csurgoi KK (HUN), Sporta Hlohovec (SVK), Sporting CP (POR)Further information ← Previous Story HANDBALL WORLD UNITED: 144.851 votes for the World’s Best Player 2013! Next Story → BEST IN 2013 – DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK: You make me so proud! read more

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Top 7 towns in Ireland plagued by stag and hen parties

first_imgSET DOWN THOSE paint ball guns, put away the L plates, and think about what you’ve done.Every weekend towns the length and breadth of the country are besieged with an influx of likely lads and girlo gals, determined to show their brides and grooms to be a good time.Now, we know they bring in much-needed business and craic, but spare a thought for the locals left behind after the last Jägerbomb has been imbibed.Here, in descending order, are the top six towns suffering from the zombie plague.7. GalwayWith the Go Bus and the train making a beeline for Galway, it’s a natural destination. Although some of them don’t wait until they alight to get the party started. Source: Burren Escape-Martin/Twitter Uh oh: Source: Rachel Cochrane/Twitter 2. Carrick-On-ShannonBooze cruises are the order of the day in Carrick, as is the ever-present bubble football. Source: YouTube And what the blazes is ‘hen party dancing’? 3. CarlingfordThere’s just the one (carpeted, national anthem-playing) nightclub in Carlingford, or so the legend goes.But that one nightclub (as well as the beautiful scenery, nice restaurants and ‘handiness’) is enough to draw scores of hen and stag parties to the Louth town. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 4. Dublin (Well, Temple Bar)Not only do they come from around Ireland to slip and slide around the cobbled streets, they come from across the Irish sea and beyond.The Temple Bar, The Quays, Oliver St John Gogarty’s and Fitzsimons with its ‘five floors of fun’ are all regularly subjected to gangs of men and women fresh off a Ryanair flight with baby Guinnesses on their minds.Matching t-shirts/headwear essential. Preferably with mention of each member of the party’s sexual prowess. Up For It Ursula, Dogging Dan etc. #selfie with Dutch tourists in a minivan. #carlingford #epic #henparty pic.twitter.com/pldjwaMEv7— Rachel Cochrane (@RadioRachelC) June 30, 2014 Source: Damien Tiernan/Twitter Be strong, people of Kilkenny.Read: 11 defining characteristics of an Irish hen party>Bill Murray crashed a stag party and gave an amazing speech> And then of course, there’s this: Source: Will Leahy/Twitter Source: gaulstownfarms/Twitter Manic day for hen party requests – over 30 in already @JJ2FM @Henparty Kilkenny & Carrick on Shannon beware— Will Leahy (@willleahy) October 25, 2013 Hen Party Dancing in Carrick-on-shannon: About Leitrim Henpartydance There is no better way to get the party… http://t.co/NtWcWQxZ0e— About Leitrim (@aboutleitrim) July 3, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet In langtons Kilkenny on stag, serious, glad all hay is baled and lambs weighed pic.twitter.com/4oVDC49N— gaulstown (@gaulstownfarms) July 28, 2012 RT @lahinchpackages: Check this Football Zorbing Package #Lahinch Beach. http://t.co/MikfL0imDr … #Stag #Hen #Clare pic.twitter.com/Dh8SRFz10I— Burren Escape-Martin (@burrenescape) January 9, 2014 Source: About Leitrim/Twitter Which brings us on to number one…1. Kilkenny“2 Stag parties and 1 Hen party” that’s what the receptionist told use were staying along with us, after we got our room keys.Thus begins a Tripadvisor review of just one of the many hotels, hostels and B&Bs that grace Kilkenny’s streets.It’s the unofficial hen and stag capital of Ireland.Langtons, the main nightclub in the town, has been known to play Black Eyed Peas’ I’ve Gotta Feelin’ (the unofficial hen party anthem) twice in the one night and there are restaurants in Kilkenny that refuse to take stag and hen parties, such is the reputation for carry-on. Hen party 21 women arrived into Springhill Hotel in Kilkenny; some with blow up doll wandered into count centre not knowing what happening— Damien Tiernan (@damienwlr) May 24, 2014 And again on the way home:6. AthloneThe Piano Bar in Athlone town is a regular haunt of hens and stags, and they play the national anthem at the end of the night, and Maniac 2000 at least once.What more reason is needed for the willy straw-waving brigade to descend on the midlands, keeping the residents of the Radisson, Sheraton and other hostelries up all night. Source: StagIt.ie 5. LahinchWherever you see zorbing, then you can be sure hens and stags will swiftly follow.last_img read more

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Create an eerie symphony of sound with jelly

first_imgAnd here you were under the impression that jelly was just for eating. Well, in most cases it is, unless you hook it up to a fancy capacitive sensor and some other bits of hardware and software to make this wiggly snack sing.A group of students at their last year at Les Ateliers French national institute for design have created what they call a “game” called ‘Noisy Jelly’, but it really isn’t a game per se–more of a fun reason to play with your food and make theremin-like noises.The artist Marianne Cauvard is a food designer with a deep fascination for jellies, a material she describes as both “attractive and repelling.” Combining her food fascination with engineer Raphaël Pluvinage’s mind for virtual and physical systems, you can begin to piece together how this project came about.The jelly is made up of water, agar agar powder (a semi-translucent gelatin), and food coloring. The “game board” is a capacitive sensor made up of a piece of wood laid over metal foil, which is hooked up to an Arduino board that is running #capcence lib, Max/Msp software, and Arduino2Max.The sensors react to your electric touch based on the salt concentration where you touch the jelly, and how much pressure you use. The shape of the jelly also factors into the equation. The result (as seen in the video above) is a musical, almost eerie noise that emanates from nearby speakers at the mere touch of your finger. Touch more than one at a time and you have a bizarre symphony of sounds.via PopScilast_img read more

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EU referendum leave vote expected to impact workplace benefits

first_imgThe UK has voted to leave the European Union (EU), with potentially far reaching consequences for employers and employees.With a reported 71.8% turn out, 52% of voters elected to leave the EU in the referendum on 23 June 2016.To begin the withdrawal process, the government will have to trigger Article 50. Once triggered, the UK will have a period of two years to negotiate its exit.Following the outcome of the vote, David Cameron has announced that he will step down as prime minister by October 2016.The referendum result is expected to affect workplace benefits such as pensions and share schemes, and raises questions around certain areas of employment law.Peter Cheese, chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “The impact of a ‘leave’ vote is much bigger than simply changing the political landscape of the UK. It stands to have a significant impact on the world of work and future planning within organisations.“We need a broad and thorough consultation between government, organisations and employees across all sectors and representative bodies. The CIPD will play its part in these necessary consultations drawing on our strong base of evidence and experience of the world of work. It’s important that the government takes the time to really understand the impact of any proposed changes and works with businesses to minimise risk to individuals, organisations and the economy.”Ruth Christy, an employment specialist at Blake Morgan, said: “In reality, employment law was unlikely to see too many dramatic changes from a Brexit. Despite the claims that businesses are stifled by EU labour laws, the fact is that many employment law rights either originated in the UK or have become deeply embedded in UK law as the UK’s attitudes to social issues have evolved. A move to scale back all but the most minor employment law rights would, in all likelihood, be politically unpopular.”Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon UK, said: “Our key message to pension savers is don’t panic. If you have a defined contribution or personal pension, it’s value will be affected by stock market movements and if you are thinking of taking money out in the immediate future, we recommend you first seek advice.”Gareth Tancred, chief executive officer at the Pensions Management Institute, said: “Pension schemes are long-term arrangements and should therefore maintain that long-term focus, resisting any pressure to react to short-term events where the implications are unclear.”last_img read more

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Singer Ed Sheeran pays surprise visit to young hospital patients during tour

first_imgBOSTON (WSVN) – Singer Ed Sheeran stopped by Boston Children’s Hospital over the weekend, putting big smiles on many of the patients’ faces.The pop singer took time out of his busy tour schedule to answer the patients’ questions, pose for pictures and sing his hit song “Perfect” to them.“My Lillian loved being able to hear Ed sing her favorite song and I am so happy she was able to share how much she loves Ed by giving him a hug,” Daisy Leung Mirzaei wrote on Facebook. “Thank you, Ed Sheeran and BCH for such a special time. Lillian loved it!!!”“Thank you Ed for helping to bring smiles to faces of our patients, families and staff!” the hospital wrote in its post.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Quader calls dengue outbreak a humanitarian crisis

first_imgBangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoTerming the dengue situation a humanitarian crisis, ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said everyone should work together to tackle the crisis, reports UNB.“Cleanliness drives will continue in every moholla (small residential area) and para (neighbourhood) of the country. The government will be successful in combating the dengue like other challenges,” he said while inaugurating a three-day cleanliness drive of AL at Jigatala in the city.The drive was conducted for creating awareness among people.Health and family welfare minister Zahid Maleque. File PhotoAsked about the health minister’s Malaysia trip, Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said, “The main point is whether necessary steps have been taken for combating the dengue, no matter who’s there at home and who’s abroad.”He also said the Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad will conduct free blood tests for diagnosing dengue, if needed.last_img read more

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Sony takes down PSN briefly for security fixes

first_imgSony isn’t quite finished with its work on PSN. Last night, in an unannounced change, they abruptly brought PSN down for a security update. After the network came back online, users were prompted to download a new security update and change their password, which for some users will be the third or fourth time they’ve done so in the past several weeks.The only users who will be prompted to change their passwords are those who attempted to log in or were logged in during the outage. All users will have to download the firmware update, however.The outage took place yesterday around 8pm ET, and after the work was complete, Sony posted an update to its support page that explained that the network was back online and instructed users to download the latest firmware update. They also noted that some users who were logged out and will be forced to change their password may have to wait up to 24 hours before they get the password reset email.The whole affair is a reminder of Sony’s April PSN worries. The unannounced downtime can be approached in two ways: either Sony is being proactive about maintenance and management in the wake of the PSN hack, or Sony is still cleaning up or finding security issues today.It’s important to note also that Sony gave us no indication that last night’s sudden PSN outage was due to any kind of security breach or issue – there’s nothing to lead us to believe that Sony’s actions last night were reactionary due to some kind of hack. In any event, Sony appears to be addressing any issues they encounter and doing it quickly – at least as long as the security spotlight is still fixed on them.Read more at Sony PlayStation Supportlast_img read more

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Safety security of pilgrims top priority South 24Parganas DM

first_imgKolkata: The South 24-Parganas district administration is laying special emphasis on the safety and security of the pilgrims of Gangasagar Mela, which will be held from January 9 to 17. Apart from CCTVs and drones, the district administration for the first time will use helium-based balloons fitted with high quality cameras for surveillance.”The safety and security of the pilgrims have always been our top priority. There will be around 700 CCTVs, 20 drones and most importantly, 10 helium-based balloons for round-the-clock surveillance of the entire mela ground, as well as its vicinity,” said Y Ratnakara Rao, District Magistrate, South 24-Parganas. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe district administration has come up with an integrated mega control room that will encompass the entire stretch right from Babughat to the Gangasagar Mela ground. The control room infrastructure will effectively ensure data flow through all the surveillance equipment and 50 LED screens. Officials at Lot 8, Kachuberia, Chemaguri and Namkhana will be able to view real time crowd flow and activities of their cross-channel counterparts. He added that the district administration will also be putting up an automatic weather station that will be providing details about weather conditions on a real time basis. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere will be a 20 km metal barricade for safe and disciplined passage of pilgrims, which will minimise the chances of any mishap like stampede amidst the huge crowd. “A super clean Gangasagar Mela is our motto this year, for which we have also strengthened our infrastructure of solid waste management system. This is for the first time that we will be using pollution free e-carts in cleaning operation. There will be 1,500 drums placed at strategic locations and as soon as they get filled up with garbage, our volunteers will pass on the message and the e-carts will collect the garbage and dump them at an earmarked area for disposal,” Rao said. 60 hand-pulled tricycles will also be used for the purpose of cleanliness and there will be 250 concrete vats in the area with modern toilet facilities from the state Public Health & Engineering department. The state government, in consultation with Eastern Railways, will have two circular train services from Majerhat to Namkhana during the Gangasagar Mela. The District Magistrate also informed that apart from the usual facilities of healthcare on the mela ground, a critical care unit will also be functional at Rudranagar.last_img read more

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Gandhian inspiration in the world of literature

first_imgCreativity and inspiration are the two defining factors for most writers and their craft. But while creativity is largely the process of generating original ideas, inspiration is random. Sometimes it comes from the simplest of things. Like the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Poetry, prose or drama; fiction or nonfiction – Gandhi is everywhere. There are indeed only a handful of iconic personalities who have caught the imaginations of as many writers as Gandhi has. And one is wonderstruck at the diverse set of books that have been written on him or are inspired by him. Even 70 years after his death, the process has not stopped, but only gained momentum. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFrom Mulk Raj Anand to Sarojini Naidu, Dominique Lapierre to George Orwell and Khuswant Singh to V.S. Naipaul, almost all “during-Gandhi”, “post-Gandhi” and contemporary writers have somewhere referred to the life of “Bapu” in their works. Thus, they have brought different interpretations to his sayings, sketched fictional characters on his principles and composed verses on his thoughts.Sarojini Naidu, in her sonnet on Gandhi, describes him as an eternal lotus who is a source of guidance and strength for billions: “O mystic Lotus, sacred and sublime/ In myriad-petalled grace inviolate/ Supreme o’er transient storms of tragic Fate/ Deep-rooted in the waters of all Time…” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBut Indian writing on Gandhi and Gandhism has also undergone tremendous change during this process. From the almost mystical being of the during-Gandhi era to a historical being with human vulnerabilities.Gandhian scholar Vashist Bhardwaj finds the works of R.K. Narayan critical for his exploration of Gandhi as subject. “Known for his direct approach in handling his subjects, in Gandhi’s case too, Narayan has used his wit at its best to ‘demahatmise’ Gandhism. For instance, Gandhi is seen as an oblivious yet dominating character in ‘Waiting for Mahatma’ with eyes closed to what is around and busy playing the dynamics of ‘self’. In Narayan’s ‘The Vendor of Sweets’ too, Jagan, the protagonist, comes across a hypocrite Gandhian, symbolising Gandhi’s failure to reach the masses,” Bhardwaj noted. The post-1990s’ writings have seen greater concentration on Gandhian politics in writings on him. If B.R. Nanda is all praise for Gandhi’s politics, Sunil Khilnani is just the opposite.Early foreign writings on Gandhi include the works of French writer Rolland Romain, Danish writer Ellen Horrup, American and English writers like George Orwell and Edmud Jones, among others. Romain, in “The Man who Became One with the Universal Being”, saw Gandhi as an ideal nationalist and called upon him to enlighten the youth of Europe. Similarly, Pearl S. Buck warned: “Oh, India, dare to be worthy of your Gandhi.”On the other hand, George Orwell puts Gandhi to trial, describing him as a “humble, naked old saint sitting on a prayer mat, attempting to shake the British Empire by utter spiritual power”. Orwell recognises the praiseworthy elements in Gandhi and writes: “Even Gandhi’s worst enemies would admit that he was an interesting and unusual man who enriched the world simply by being alive.”To note the rising presence of Mahatma Gandhi in the world of words, an extensive literary survey titled “Gandhi in Creative and Critical Imagination” was conducted in 2012 and published in the International Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities by Sandhya Saxena, vice-principal of Bikaner’s Jain Girls College.”India in contemporary times is a stage set for Gandhi and Gandhigiri. Mahatma Gandhi permeates fiction as well as non-fiction in Indian writings, both in English and other languages. Gandhi is redefined in ways that are quite contemporary. Whereas in some cases there is an attempt to grapple with Gandhi and ultimately accommodate him, in other instances nothing of Gandhism remains unchallenged. Whatever be the case, in creative writings there is a sense of strong involvement as the writers pen Gandhi and Gandhism,” Saxena maintained.At a time when a considerable part of Bapu’s presence is contrary to what he stood for – roads named after him serve as begging tracks for starving men, women and children while his fabric and quotes are mere means to woo votes – it is perhaps in these pages of Gandhian literature that Bapu and his ideals are still alive.last_img read more

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Acer Swift 1 2018 Review

first_img USB 3.0 382 Size Video Memory USB 3.0 Always On 565 0 170 340 510 680 850 1020 HDMI CPU Ports (excluding USB) Mobile Broadband Specifications Ports (excluding USB) Intel Pentium Silver N5000 Operating System Not Tested Ports (excluding USB) Warranty/Support 2.9 pounds Ports (excluding USB) eMMC USB 2.0 Kensington Lock 64GB 875 SD memory reader 14 Hard Drive Size Card Slots Highest Available Resolution Native Resolution USB Ports Review 3DMark Fire Strike3DMark Ice Storm UnlimitedBattery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Color AccuracyColor GamutDirt 3: Complete EditionDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 4Geekbench 4.1Hard Drive SpeedJetstream 4GB Bluetooth 5.0 Headphone/Mic Weightcenter_img RAM Upgradable to Graphics Card Bluetooth Intel UHD Graphics 605 3DMark Fire Strike1 of 11Tests notebook graphics performance.Acer Swift 1 (2018)Acer Aspire E 15 (Core i3 – 2018)Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (2018)Lenovo IdeaPad 120SCategory Average (as of 11/30/18) 1920×1080 RAM Secondary Hard Drive Size Hard Drive Speed 1-year warranty 4.1 x 3.0 inches Ports (excluding USB) 608 Ports (excluding USB) Company Website Ports (excluding USB) Wi-Fi Model Optical Drive Speed Secondary Hard Drive Speed Secondary Hard Drive Type USB 3.1 with Type-C 4 Wi-Fi Ports (excluding USB) 802.11ac Touchpad Size SD card slot 12.7 x 9.0 x 0.6 inches With a lightweight aluminum chassis and solid overall performance, the sub-$400 Acer Swift 1 is an excellent laptop value. While the latest model doesn’t have the same vivid display as last year’s edition, the new Swift 1 makes up for its disappointing panel with long battery life, a snappy keyboard and a surprisingly good webcam. There are plenty of competent laptops at this low price, and the Swift 1 is one of the best.article continued below Acer Swift 1 Price and Configuration Options The Swift 1 starts at $329 for a configuration with an Intel Celeron N4000 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of eMMC flash storage, and a UHD Graphics 600 GPU. The $369 review unit Acer sent us came equipped with a Celeron N5000 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of flash storage and a more powerful UHD Graphics 605 GPU. Both models sport a 14-inch, 1080p display and run Windows 10 S out of the box. You can upgrade to Windows 10 Home for free by following these instructions. Design The Swift 1 doesn’t look like a budget laptop. This sleek notebook sports a smooth gray lid that’s interrupted only by a centered reflective-silver Acer logo. Upon opening the lid, you’ll find a large touchpad and a fingerprint sensor underneath a black keyboard that contrasts well with the laptop’s gray deck. The overall design is undoubtedly conservative, even plain, but there is a certain classiness about its simplicity. The Swift not only looks great, but it also feels more expensive than it really is. The notebook’s solid aluminum chassis is made of a higher quality material than what we’ve come to expect in this price range. However, build quality is a mixed bag. The Swift 1 not only looks great, but it also feels more expensive than it really is.  The display hinge is tight and rotates smoothly when you fold the screen back flat, and the keyboard didn’t flex when I applied heavy pressure to its center. On the flip side, the lid bounced like a trampoline when I applied even the lightest of touches to it. More concerning is that the edges of the laptop extend beyond the bottom panel, forming a lip around the chassis. The rough edges dug into my hands every time I carried the device. I also wish the Swift 1’s plastic bezels were thinner and made of glass. At 2.9 pounds and 12.7 x 9.0 x 0.6 inches, the Swift 1 is slim and lightweight for a 14-inch laptop. Other 14-inch competitors, like the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (12.9 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches, 3.2 pounds) and Lenovo IdeaPad 120S (12.1 9.3 x 0.7 inches, 3.2 pounds), have a larger footprint than the Swift 1 and weigh more than 3 pounds. The 15.6-inch Acer Aspire E 15 (15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches, 5 pounds) is, unsurprisingly, heavier and larger than the Swift. Ports You shouldn’t have any problems connecting your peripherals to the Acer Swift 1. Positioned on the left edge of the laptop are two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C input, an HDMI and a DC-in connector for power. Photographers can upload photos via the SD card slot, which is positioned on the right side of the laptop, next to a headphone/mic jack and a USB 2.0 port. There is also a Kensington lock for protecting your laptop when you’re out in public or in the office. Display Movies and websites appear sharp on the Swift 1’s 14-inch, 1080p display, but the panel is dull and dim, which compromises the viewing experience. The Swift 1’s display pales in comparison to last year’s model.. I was impressed with the sharpness of the Swift 1’s display when I watched a trailer for the upcoming movie Godzilla: King of Monsters. I could make out individual raindrops in the scene where we get our first glimpse of the gigantic monster, and glowing blue cracks were visible in the beast’s neck when it spewed blue flame into the heavens. Unfortunately, the image was too dark to get the full impact of that epic moment, and the glowing electric-blue flame didn’t burst with color as it should have. The Swift 1’s display pales in comparison to last year’s model. Covering just 66 percent of the sRGB color gamut, the Swift 1’s display is disappointingly dull. Having said that, the Swift 1 actually fares well against its sibling rival, the Aspire E 15 (62 percent). And it doesn’t fall too far behind the VivoBook Flip 14 (69 percent) and the IdeaPad 120S (69 percent). However, the Acer laptop falls well short of the budget laptop category average (82 percent), and we’re left scratching our head when we compare it with the vivid screen on the 2017 model (125 percent). MORE: Laptops with the Best Display Brightness With a maximum brightness of 218 nits, the Swift 1’s display doesn’t get as bright as competing laptops, like the Aspire E 15 (227 nits), the VivoBook Flip 14 (221 nits) and the IdeaPad 120S (219 nits). The budget laptop average (204 nits) is slightly dimmer than the Swift 1. Keyboard and Touchpad With travel of 1.1 millimeters (1.5 to 2 mm is preferred), the keyboard on the Swift 1 isn’t the most comfortable. But the snappy keys, which require 65 grams of actuation force, responded swiftly to my typing. The Swift 1’s keyboard also didn’t flex when I banged on its center, which is a problem we frequently encounter on budget laptops. The appropriately spaced keys were snappy, with a hint of resistance providing nice feedback without feeling stiff. The top row keys are very small, so I had to be extra careful not to press the power key, which is next to the delete key. I typed at a blistering 123 words per minute with an accuracy of 94 percent on the 10fastfingers.com typing test. That is faster than my 119 wpm minute average, although that achievement is offset by a slightly higher error rate than my typical 5 percent. Reminiscent of the trackpad on a MacBook, the Swift 1 flaunts an abnormally large 4.1 x 3.0-inch touchpad. The smooth surface executed a series of Windows 10 gestures, including pinch-to-zoom and a three-finger swipe to switch windows, without any issues. Audio The bottom-firing speakers on the Swift 1 were loud enough to fill our medium-size conference room, but audio quality was a mixed bag. City and Colour’s acoustic cover of Alicia Keys’ hit “Unthinkable” sounded hollow, as if Canadian singer Dallas Green were singing into a tin can. Kanye West’s heavily synthesized vocals on his 808s & Heartbreak song “See You in My Nightmares” were much clearer, but the electric instruments became jumbled when the song reached its aggressive chorus. Performance The Swift 1 packs an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 CPU and 4GB of RAM — entry-level components that struggled to keep up in my real-world test. Websites stuttered when I tried loading 11 Google Chrome tabs simultaneously, and it took certain ads and graphics several seconds to render completely. This isn’t atypical of a sub-$400 laptop, and my browsing session was relatively pain-free once everything finished loading. The Swift 1 isn’t going to break any speed records, but it did a good job on our benchmark tests when compared with the competition. The budget machine scored 5,213 on the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, a massive improvement over the IdeaPad 120S (Celeron N3350, 2,626), but short of the VivoBook Flip (Core m3-7Y30, 5,507) and the Aspire E 15 (Core i3-8130U, 7,458). Flash drives are a lot slower than SSDs, but they are one of the tradeoffs you find on budget laptops. The good news is that the Swift 1’s 64GB eMMC storage is the fastest among its peers. The Swift 1 duplicated 4.97GB of mixed-media files in 1 minute and 18 seconds for a rate of 65 megabytes per second. That is significantly faster than the VivoBook Flip 14 (29.4 MBps) and around twice as speedy as the Aspire E 15 (33.5 MBps). The IdeaPad 120S (57.8 MBps) and the budget laptop average (44.7 MBps) put up a fight, but couldn’t match the Swift. The Swift 1 needed 3 minutes and 34 seconds to pair 65,000 names with their corresponding addresses on our Excel Macro Test. The VivoBook Flip 14 (3:35) nearly matched that time, while the Aspire E 15 (2:12) crushed the competition and the budget laptop average (4:59). MORE: Laptops with the Best Productivity Performance Converting a 4K video into 1080p using the Handbrake app proved tricky for the Swift 1, which needed 46 minutes and 13 seconds to finish transcoding. The Aspire E 15 (31:40) beat that time by nearly 15 minutes, and the budget laptop average (42:37) is also a bit faster. The VivoBook Flip 14 (52:34) took more time to convert the video resolution. Graphics Spare yourself the frustration and don’t try using the Swift 1’s Intel UHD Graphics 605 GPU to play modern games. The integrated graphics just aren’t powerful enough. The Swift 1 scored a 32,238 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited test, falling well short of the Aspire E 15 (UHD Graphics 620, 63,817) and the VivoBook Flip 14 (HD Graphics 615, 51,586). Although the Swift didn’t quite reach the budget laptop average (34,663), it did outperform the IdeaPad 120S (HD Graphics 500, 19,827). The Swift 1 fared even worse in our real-world gaming test. Dirt 3 ran at a laggy 20 frames per second, lower than our 30-fps playability threshold and the budget laptop average (28 fps). I’m not surprised by the strong performance of the Aspire E 15 (56 fps) and the VivoBook Flip 14 (31 fps), but I didn’t expect the IdeaPad 120S (24 fps) to do better than the Swift. Battery Life You can leave the charger at home if you plan on using the Swift at work. Acer’s sleek notebook lasted 10 hours and 14 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of display brightness. You can leave the charger at home if you plan on using the Swift at work. That’s almost 3 hours longer than the VivoBook Flip 14 (7:23) and the budget laptop average (7:29). The Swift also outlasted the Aspire E 15 (8:48) and the IdeaPad 120S (7:43). Webcam A good webcam was the last thing I was expecting from a budget laptop, and yet, the 720p lens on the Swift 1 is surprisingly capable. The selfie cam produced a sharp, color-accurate image when I snapped a photo of myself. I could make out individual strands of hair in my beard and the tone of my dark-red shirt was spot-on. As expected, there was a bit of visual noise in the image, but I’ve seen much worse from webcams on premium laptops. Heat Low power means low heat. The Swift 1 remained at a comfortable temperature throughout our testing, even after we played a 15-minute HD video. Under that workload, the touchpad stayed at 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the center of the keyboard raised to only 84.5 degrees. We often see the underside of laptops become worryingly hot, but the Swift’s bottom panel topped out at just 89.5 degrees, below our 95-degree comfort threshold. Software and Warranty There’s a lot of bloatware loaded onto the Swift 1, and not a lot of storage capacity to house it. You’ll find three Acer-branded apps on the Swift 1: Acer Documents, Acer Collection S and Acer Product Registration. Documents simply redirects you to warranty and safety files within your File Explorer, while Product Registration does exactly as the name suggests, along with giving you Acer promos and news. The Collection app puts together a list of “recommended” apps from the Microsoft app store. The remaining programs you’ll find on the Swift 1, most of which come courtesy of Microsoft, include several kids games, like Candy Crush Saga, Bubble Witch 3 Saga, Hidden City and Disney Magic Kingdoms. Other preinstalled apps include Amazon, Evernote, Netflix and a music-making software called Stagelight. The Swift 1 ships with a one-year warranty. See how Acer fared on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands ranking. Bottom Line The Swift 1’s display is a step backward from last year’s model, but there is still a lot to like about the newest edition. The Swift 1 retains its sleek design and lightweight, metal chassis, which is a big improvement over other laptops in this price range. Although the aluminum design is the standout feature, Swift 1’s snappy keyboard and long battery life (more than 10 hours) further distances it from the competition. If you want better performance in the same price range, we recommend the Acer Aspire E 15. Priced around the same as the Swift 1, the Aspire E 15 trades portability and premium materials for a larger, 15-inch display and faster speeds. If $360 is too much for your budget, the $240 Lenovo IdeaPad 120S has a stylish design and a USB-C port. Overall, the Swift 1 offers some serious bang-for-your-buck, and we strongly recommend it to anyone who wants an inexpensive Windows laptop for everyday tasks. 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