The Invincibles

first_imgAmid deafening chants of ‘Modi, Modi’ and ‘Jai Shree Ram’, Narendra Damodardas Modi announced his unprecedented victory for a second-term as “dedicated to the people”. Indeed, denying every critic and naysayer, people across classes, castes, regions and religions were united in their mandate for the Modi magic. They unilaterally rejected an undefined coalition in the favour of a powerful single party. This landslide mandate has cleared all misconception – Hindustan is more than willing to embrace her Ram. Also Read – A race against timeBJP’s success has been borne of a number of factors, primary still being Narendra Modi and his wave that has refused to rescind. But, beyond the ‘Modi factor’, BJP conceals a tediously organised institutional machinery that is relentless in its engagement with people and is currently spearheaded by among the most shrewd, calculative and hard working politicians our country has ever witnessed, Amit Shah. Like them or despise them, Modi and Shah will not let you ignore them. Also Read – A Golden LootSaffron Soaring From 17 crore Indians in 2014, 22 crore pressed in favour of the lotus this time – despite jobless growth being a lingering concern and unemployment hitting its 45-year highest; despite NPAs paralysing the banking structure and ill-thought policy measures like demonetisation crippling the rural economy. The government’s failures may be many, but its astounding success in securing 303 seats alone and 353 seats with its allies drowns every cry of dissent. And, this is not a mere culmination of luck or manipulation. It has been nurtured with concentrated effort to build an ideology, pursue it relentlessly, choose a message of unification, ensure that the message reaches the masses and ultimately, present a potent face of robust leadership that can assure the public that its woes will be wiped clean by this messiah who has risen from the streets to destabilise the rotting system responsible for India’s pathological poverty. Today, the Bharatiya Janata Party is among the richest political parties. Additionally, it garners the required political acumen to translate resources into effective outcome. Whether in investing in a robust communication strategy or in physically approaching masses to deliver the message of Narendra Modi – they have left little scope for regret. Advertisements with the Prime Minister’s optimistic smile will greet you across roads and bus stands, every television interval will provide a sneak glimpse into ‘New India’ and the radio service, still most effective in remote rural areas, will religiously telecast speeches and precious takeaways from Modi’s sarkar. In rural areas, its aggressive beneficiary outreach campaign, exhaustive chain of phone relays announcing successful policies and promising many more in the next five years, and nascent updates inciting the fervour of national security added up to produce a bonanza. Their communication, irrespective of its ideological motivation, has been crisp, meaningful and backed with effective implementation. Moreover, people were not forgotten after a few rallies by glitzy leaders – dedicated booth workers stayed back to ensure that the tide never waned. The public appeal of Narendra Modi coupled with the maverick organisational skills of Amit Shah makes for a killer combination – one that has today decimated the very conceptualisation of an opposition. While that spells many laurels for them as a party, what it means for India’s democratic fabric is to be seen. Opposition Sinking The opposition seems to be dismayed by an engulfing cloud of depression and defeat – but today, it is actually in a most profitable position. Given the unthinkable losses it has endured, now, it can only rise and must rise to the occasion of bringing back an active democracy made of critique, dissent and creative confusion. The opposition has failed 2019 and to ensure there isn’t another such failure, they must deeply introspect on their very many shortcomings. For starters, they miserably failed to build their narrative even till the last day of polling. The slogans of ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ and aggression against Rafale did not resound with the people. The opposition, it seemed, was growing and consolidating on a mere plank of being united in their angst against BJP. An anti-incumbency narrative can only gain momentum when people are presented with a viable alternative. Here, the opposition appeared entirely delusional. Though several regional skirmishes were kept aside in their effort to consolidate, the shared discomfort of quarrelling parties (Congress-AAP or TMC-CPIM) was all too visible to the discerning viewer of today’s time. Further, when traditional enemies become friends to simply gain a declared end, the integrity of their friendship becomes deeply suspect – Akhilesh and Mayawati may have had the numbers but they dented voters’ faith by coalescing simply because there appeared a greater force to overcome. When such a fragmented group is met with the gravitating force of an organisation that is bound both ideologically and in practice, only dedication to the mandate can help it stay afloat. Chandrababu Naidu held passionate meetings with regional leaders and declared his bid to form a federal front – but TDP’s performance in Andhra Pradesh shamed him. It only indicates that Naidu never knew what his people wanted. The same possibly applies to all regional parties and Congress that are meagre dwarfs in comparison to BJP’s gigantic election machinery. A federal front cannot be built by the mere agreement of disagreeing parties – it first has to secure people’s mandate. This thought seems to have evaded the leaders’ minds. Their criticisms of the government, no matter how fair and firm, never reached the people. Ultimately, all the ordinary voter heard was them bickering and complaining – where was the vision to combat Modi’s seemingly promising ‘New India’? You can decide whether you prefer the apple or pear once you’ve tasted both. The ordinary Indian voter tasted BJP’s apple – albeit little sour but still nutritious. On the other hand, it only saw fleeting images of the opposition’s pear dangling from a very distant tree. It seemed to be a trick of the sun’s rays, almost elusive. When the apple falls willingly on the voter’s lap and the pear seems unrelenting, can we blame the voter who chose to settle for the apple? The opposition has spent enough time looking outward and critiquing BJP. Now, it must look inward to realise its aberrations and make desired fixes. Congress worked well in Kerala, a state still unfamiliar with BJP, but it failed miserably elsewhere. Today, the grand old party represents a group of unmotivated workers who are absent from the ground and have no true allegiance to their party’s ideology. The rejection of NYAY should provide some markers. Because NYAY wasn’t really rejected, it never reached people’s plate for them to make a choice of acceptance. The Karnataka debacle should provide more signals. Congress has to let go of its old brass and welcome the new, invigorated spirit that is passionate about making a change and adheres to the ideology of this once magnificent party. The opposition may complain that BJP has better access to resources, that institutional autonomy has been demolished or that EVMs have been manipulated. But, none of this will help win an election. It has to move beyond bickering to take on the challenge, no matter the cost. Remember, that which peaks must also collapse – and today, the opposition which is in embers, can only rise. Mission 2024 For BJP, this pulsating success must be followed by defining a new vision for India in 2024. Failed economic policies need revision while India’s inclusive fabric has to be aggressively preserved. There have to be checks on fringe groups that have spread panic and the mass that has been empowered to take the law into its hands. While jubilations abound, BJP also must remember that its emphatic rise is most ripe for a tragic fall. But knowing Amit Shah’s fierce devotion to work, he is possibly already preparing a roadmap to grab the 150-odd seats that were left out of his kitty this time. This election has provided some important indications about India’s mercurial electoral graph. For one, two plus two will not always equal four. The failed SP-BSP alliance is living proof. Individual vote shares may have indicated success for them, but voters are not robots that will remain firm in their allegiance. When their party swerves, they too could sway another way. Second, there exists a vast difference between Assembly and Lok Sabha polls. Congress seems to have been complacent after its victories in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, believing that the people would opt for it just like it did in the Assembly polls of 2018. But the voter knows well to distinguish between the state and central polls. The most potent example is in Odisha where BJP made successful inroads with 8 of 21 Lok Sabha seats but BJD managed a thumping victory, yet again, in the Assembly. Third, and most significantly, there remains no Left in the country which has now been reduced to five seats. They voted in mass for Congress in Kerala, saving Rahul’s face; and, in Bengal, they voted entirely for BJP to express their angst against Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Karl Marx is trembling. Finally, this election has told us that nationalism, no matter how ill-defined or misused, is the chant of the day. This is not just in India, but globally. Liberalism has failed everywhere and conservatism is on the rise. Liberal politics has failed domestic economies, their outward-looking stance have only birthed unemployment and rising inequality, and their complete lack of ideologically-bound workers has caused an internal degeneration that is difficult to mend. Alleging BJP for practising divisive politics is not yielding benefits – India’s overpopulated streets and congested ghettos have always witnessed deep difference and a consequent fight for the survival of the fittest. All said and done, if the opposition desires a resurrection, Mission 2024 must begin now.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Pride Month collection includes new documentaries Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes, Hannah Gadsby’s Oz, and My Prairie Home, dropping on June 7, and The Gospel According to Andre (June 15) and Butterfly (June 16)Groundbreaking documentary series Red Button (June 7) returns for a second season featuring six remarkable young Canadians living with differences and You Can’t Can’t Ask That (June 14) gives the platform to those living with a disabilityNew CBC Gem original comedy Mind Fudge created by Justine Nelson and Jon Simo debuts June 7; Ming’s Dynasty (June 27) and Ashbridge (June 27) highlight communities in western Canada; and original Canadian anthology comedy Save Me returns for a second season on PTSD Awareness Day (June 27)150 hours of Jamie Oliver content launches on June 3, featuring his most popular cooking series including Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals, Jamie & Jimmy’s Fight Club (Seasons 1-3), Jamie’s Super Food, and Jamie’s Sugar Rush“A claustrophobic, clever and utterly thrilling reboot” (The Guardian) German drama Das Boot starring Vicky Krieps, Lizzy Caplan, and Rick Okon starts streaming June 7NEW CBC GEM ORIGINAL CANADIAN SERIES:Mind Fudge (Comedy, 8×8, Vandal Media Inc.) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 7A comedic ride through Justine’s (Justine Nelson) hyper-real, 20-something imagination as she juggles life, love, and what it all means.Ming’s Dynasty (Comedy, 6×10, Touchpoint Films & 775 Media Corp) – All episodes begin streaming Thursday, June 27Fledgling Toronto-based rappers Whyte Wine and Young Riesling relocate to small-town Alberta to run Riesling’s family business: a Chinese restaurant. The duo must defeat pesky tapeworms, ‘shroom demons, and Drake-inspired super-villains in order to keep their dreams – and the business – alive for one more day.Ashbridge (Drama, 3×7, Raven West Films and YN films) – All episodes begin streaming Thursday, June 27ASHBRIDGE follows the stories stemming from a fictional settlement agency in Vancouver that works with refugees to Canada. Each episode introduces new  characters as they find their way in a new country.Save Me (Comedy, 6×10, iThentic) – All episodes of Season 2 begin streaming Thursday, June 27Launching on PTSD Awareness Day, the anthology series returns with a comedic yet poignant look at lives on the brink of a 911 emergency incident, telling the stories of people in the moment just before their lives change – often drastically – and the people who show up when all hell breaks loose. These stories are punctuated by our regular cast of peculiar paramedics — including series creator Fab Filippo — who are forced to come to terms with their own PTSD. Guest stars this season include Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall), Andrew Phung (Kim’s Convenience), Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) and Peter Mansbridge.NATIONAL INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH COLLECTIONHonouring  the heritage, contributions, and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada, themed programming this month includes:Skindigenous (Documentary, 13×30, Nish Media) – All episodes begin streaming Monday, June 3A documentary series exploring Indigenous tattooing traditions around the world. Each episode dives into a unique Indigenous culture to discover the tools and techniques, the symbols and traditions that shape their tattooing art. In this series, the art of tattoo becomes a lens for exploring some of the planet’s oldest cultures and their unique perspectives on life, identity, and the natural world.Sober House (Documentary, 1×20, Wendell Collier, Director) – Begins streaming Friday, June 3When a small group of outspoken Cree youth in Northern Saskatchewan look to break the cycle of damage caused by alcohol in their communities, they turn to the “Sober House” concept as a way to facilitate change.Rhymes for Young Ghouls (Film, 1×88, Prospector Films) – Begins streaming Monday, June 3Red Crow Mi’g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of “Popper”, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.Biidaaban: The Dawn Comes (Arts, 1×19, Spotted Fawn Productions) – Begins streaming Wednesday, June 5Since time immemorial, Indigenous people have harvested sap from trees to produce syrup, a practice that continues today. Two main characters — Biidaaban, a young Indigenous gender fluid person and Sabe, a Sasquatch shape shifter — set out to harvest sap from sugar maples in their urban environment and private neighbourhoods of the city. Biidaabaan can see traces of time, people, creatures and land. By harvesting syrup in this way, they are continuing the work of their ancestors.Black Rock (Documentary, 1×15, Geordie Trifa, Director) – Begins streaming Friday, June 7BLACK ROCK follows the intertwining stories of a community divided, those who are determined to protect the land and those who are working for a pay cheque at the uranium mines to survive.Bighetty & Bighetty (Documentary, 1×21, Andrew Wiens, Director) – Begins streaming Friday, May 31Four brothers — and their Cree-speaking puppets — show the joyful side of Indigenous life.Future History (Documentary, 13×30, Redcloud Studios Inc.) – Begins streaming Friday, June 21Directed by Jennifer Podemski, hosts Kris Nahrgang and Sarain Fox embark on a personal journey of discovery. By seeking out those who are harnessing Indigenous Knowledge and amplifying Indigenous Perspectives, Kris and Sarain gain a deeper understanding of what it means to have an Indigenous World View. Committed to exploring the diversity of perspectives and knowledge within the Indigenous community in an effort to create a deeper understanding about our shared history while looking forward to a brighter future anchored by Indigenous Knowledge.PRIDE COLLECTIONCelebrating the LGBTQ community, themed programming this month includes:My Prairie Home (1×76, National Film Board of Canada) – Begins streaming Friday, June 7In this feature documentary-musical by Chelsea McMullan, indie singer Rae Spoon takes viewers on a playful, meditative, and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses of the Canadian Prairies, the film features Spoon crooning about their queer and musical coming of age. Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician.Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes (2×30, Barefoot Communications) – All episodes  begin streaming Friday, June 7Hannah Gadsby unravels the apparently simple practice of recreating the nude human form. Hannah wields her wit and insight like a detective in a TV crime drama with a UV torchlight. Doing so, she disturbs unspoken layers of gender power play and unconscious messaging.Hannah Gadsby’s Oz (3×30, Closer Productions) – All episodes  begin streaming Friday, June 7Australian stand up comedian Hannah Gadsby is a closet art scholar. Armed with a rapier witand desire to pick beneath the paint, she travels across the continent on a mission to debunkthe myths of the Australian identity as defined by their art canon.The Gospel According to Andre (1×94, Abstract Productions) – Begins streaming Saturday, June 15André Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult toimagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style. Kate Novack’s intimateportrait, The Gospel According to André, takes viewers on an emotional journey from André’sroots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become one of the most influentialtastemakers and fashion curators of our times.Butterfly (3×60, Red Productions) – Begins streaming Sunday, June 16Butterfly is about the acrimonious relationship between separated parents, Vicky and Stephen, and their division in opinion over how to support their gender variant child, Max. From a young age, their now 11-year-old son has identified as a girl and presented signs of gender dysphoria. What unfolds for all the family members involved is the greatest challenge and test of love and understanding imaginable.DOCUMENTARIESRed Button (Documentary, 6×8, Media Headquarters) – All episodes of Season 2 begin streaming Friday, June 7This series takes an innovative approach to storytelling where young documentary subjects turn the camera on themselves to break down misconceptions, prejudices, or stereotypes they face. The second season invites viewers inside the lives of teens living with differences, who do not normally see themselves represented on screen.You Can’t Ask That (8×30, Pixcom) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 14Based on the hugely successful unscripted format from ABC Australia, the new documentary series offers individuals whose lives are often marginalized or misunderstood the opportunity to speak for themselves and share their experiences, yielding raw, and often surprising, insights. The new series gives the platform to those living with a disability, with eight themed episodes featuring different individuals throughout. This is the first CBC series to use Integrated Described Video (IDV).Tizita (1×18, Gezahegn Mekkonnen Demissie, Director) – Begins streaming Thursday, June 27Ethiopian musicians trying to re-establish themselves in Canada gather to play a “Tizita”: a traditional Ethiopian ballad invoking nostalgic memories.ACCLAIMED FROM AROUND THE WORLDSick of It (Comedy, 6×30, Me & You Productions, Alrite Productions, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Monday, June 3Karl Pilkington (The Ricky Gervais Show) has always seen the world in a different way. Now he stars in a unique comedy that serves up a double helping of Karl Pilkington – with Karl playing himself as well as the grumpy voice inside his head who appears as a doppelgänger only he can see.Das Boot (Drama, 8×60, Bavaria Fiction GbmH, Germany) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 7During the Autumn of 1942, in occupied France, U-612 is now ready for its maiden voyage,preparing to head into the increasingly brutal warfare with its young crewmen, including thenew captain, Klaus Hoffmann (Rick Okon, Tatort). As the 40 young men take on their first mission, they struggle with the cramped and claustrophobic conditions of life underwater. Meanwhile, at the port of La Rochelle, the world of Simone Strasser (Vicky Krieps, The Girl in a Spider’s Web) spirals out of control as she is engulfed in a dangerous liaison and forbidden love, torn between her loyalty for Germany and the Resistance.Portlandia (Comedy, 10×30, Broadway Video, USA) – Season 6 begins streaming Friday, June 7Emmy®-nominated comedy Portlandia returns for a sixth season. Created by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel, the new season welcomes back fan favourites and adds some new characters to the growing list of Portlandia’s misfits.Back In Time For Tea (Lifestyle, 6×60, Wall to Wall, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 7Progressing at one decade per episode, a modern British family lives through six decades of extraordinary evolution in just 60 days As the family makes its way through more than a half century of historical and cultural growth, the series reveals how these transformations have radically changed everyone’s lives. In Back In Time For Tea, the series centres around ‘Tea-time’ in Yorkshire during the second half of the 20th century.Back In Time For The Weekend (Lifestyle, 6×60, Wall to Wall, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Thursday, June 27Based on the real evidence of the Family Expenditure Survey, the episodes take a family on a time-traveling adventure to discover how leisure time has undergone a revolution over the past 65 years, transforming homes, hobbies, and family dynamics along the way. Beginning in 1950, when widespread shortages meant that ordinary families spent much of their leisure time repairing things or making them from scratch.KIDS & TWEEN PROGRAMMINGFind Me in Paris (Tween Drama, 26×26, Cottonwood Media, ZDF Enterprises, BE-FILMS) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 14A young ballet dancer (Jessica Lord, The Next Step) from 1905 is transported into the 21st century with the power of a magical necklace. While her boyfriend looks for a way to bring her back, she must find a way to fit in and dodge the sinister time agents.Thunderbirds Are Go (Animated kids series, 26×30, ITV Studios, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, June 14Thunderbirds Are Go is the reimagining of the classic series, using a groundbreaking unique mix of CGI animation against live-action miniatures. The series follows the heroics of the Tracy family as they try to save the world with their secret organisation International Rescue. Aided by engineer Brains, operative Kayo and London agent Lady Penelope, the five Tracy brothers, operating from their hidden island base in the South Pacific, use their state-of-the-art Thunderbird vehicles to avert disasters across the globe. As they attempt to help those in peril, the team are forced to out an end to the devious schemes of international super-villain The Hood.CBC Kids News segments featuring Canadian contributors aged 9-16, bringing young viewers daily news in pop culture, sports, science, technology and the environment.JAMIE OLIVER COLLECTIONJamie’s 30 Minute Meals (40×30, A Fresh One Production, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Monday, June 3This rockin’ half-hour food series features Jamie Oliver giving solid instruction to the culinary uninspired. In a tough talking, fast paced, as-live style, he creates great home-cooked meals from scratch, adding his own unique twist to each element. The series supports Jamie’s continuing mission to improve people’s lives through food by tackling the issues of kitchen confidence and lack of time, head on.Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club (Seasons 1-3, A Fresh One Production, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Monday, June 3Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty have been best mates since they were in short trousers, getting up to all sorts of scrapes growing up together in Essex in the 80s. One thing that brought them together – their shared passion for good food.Jamie’s Super Food (6×60, A Fresh One Production, UK) – All episodes begin streaming Monday, June 3An exciting series in which viewers learn how to eat their way to a healthier life. Each week Jamie cooks up a day’s worth of delicious, nutritious,and perfectly balanced meals.Jamie’s Sugar Rush (1×60, A Fresh One Production, UK) – Begins streaming Monday, June 3Jamie Oliver is back on the campaign trail investigating the huge contribution sugar is making to rising global health problems and asking what can be done about it.THE BEST OF CBCPast and current seasons of CBC series, including new Canadian drama hit CORONER, family drama NORTHERN RESCUE, original legal drama DIGGSTOWN, limited drama series UNSPEAKABLE;  acclaimed comedies KIM’S CONVENIENCE, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW and SCHITT’S CREEK; crowd-pleasing dramas MURDOCH MYSTERIES, ANNE WITH AN E and HEARTLAND; and classic CBC hits like THE KIDS IN THE HALL and BEING ERICA.COMING IN JULYSpecial collections: CANADA DAYSeason 1 of UK documentary series TRAVEL MAN featuring Richard AyoadeSeason 7 of Emmy-winning sketch comedy series PORTLANDIA created, written by and starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein CBC Gem is Canada’s streaming service, offering more than 4000 hours of acclaimed, authentically Canadian programming and a curated selection of best-in-class content from around the world. CBC Gem provides live and on-demand access to CBC’s full programming slate spanning drama, comedy, factual entertainment, documentaries, arts, kids, sports and local and national news programming, including the ability to live stream CBC TV at any time with access to 14 CBC channels and their local newscasts across the country. CBC Gem is available for free as an App for iOS and Android devices and online at Currently available on TV screens via Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV.NEW TO CBC GEM IN JUNE:National Indigenous History Month collection includes new documentaries Bighetty & Bighetty (May 31), Skindigenous (June 3), Sober House(June 3), Black Rock (June 7), and Future History (June 21), and feature film Rhymes for Young Ghouls (June 3)last_img read more

More Lankans arrested in India

The Coast Guard spotted the three Sri Lankan boats off Isukapalli coast in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh yesterday and took the fishermen into custody, said Pavan Kishore, a Marine Police officer, in a press release today. Following the arrest of 11 Sri Lankan fishermen in India on May 1, the Indian Coast Guard has arrested another 14 fishermen from the island nation for entering illegally into Indian waters, Marine Police said in Rajahmundry today.Three mechanised fibre boats and 1,500 kg of tuna fish catch was seized in the action taken by the Indian Coast Guard, the Press Trust of India reported. They were handed over to Kakinada Marine police. On May 1, Coast Guard had arrested 11 fishermen from Sri Lanka off Andhra Pradesh coast and seized two boats with 350 kg of tuna. read more

UN recommends nationbuilding programme for Côte dIvoire

A United Nations report on deaths in Côte d’Ivoire during a banned demonstration in late March recommends investigating and persecuting those responsible, expanding the UN mission already in place, reforming and strengthening the judiciary and establishing a truth and reconciliation commission.”Côte d’Ivoire is at a crossroads. In order for peace to prevail here, as well as elsewhere in the sub-region, it is absolutely necessary to establish the principle that violence can no longer yield political advantages and must never be rewarded,” it says.The report to the Security Council results from an investigation, requested by President Laurent Gbagbo, into the fatalities of 25 and 26 March by a three-member Commission of Inquiry appointed by Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan.Respect for the rights of others, including political opponents, must be the key test for all those who aspire to lead Côte d’Ivoire towards stability, unity and prosperity, the report says.What took place was “the indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians and the committing of massive human rights violations,” for which security forces had to take more blame than those who planned the demonstrations, the report says.”The march became a pretext for what turned out to be a carefully planned and executed operation by the security forces, i.e., the police, the gendarmerie, the army, as well as the special units and the so-called parallel forces, under the direction and responsibility of the highest authorities of the State,” the report says.The level of violence unleashed was out of proportion to the threat from demonstrators and targeted supporters, or perceived supporters, of parties opposed to President Gbagbo’s government, it says.According to the figures gathered by the Commission so far, at least 120 people were killed, 274 wounded and 20 disappeared. The security forces sometimes went to the dwellings of people who were targeted because of their names, origins or community groups. Some 80 per cent of the victims were men, it says.A “red zone” was demarcated in the periphery of the major economic city, Abidjan, within which unauthorized people could be shot on sight as enemy combatants. Security forces then blocked the entry and exit of residents “and carried out their action there for two days and probably longer.””In one incident, in Yopougon, at 6:15 a.m., as demonstrators were trying to gather in the street, a jeep with English-speaking uniformed men, without insignias, threatened to kill them. A few minutes later, helicopters began to fly so low over the area that demonstrators could see the white pilots being assisted by black men. Tear gas canisters were dropped from the helicopters onto the crowd,” the report says.The problems of Côte d’Ivoire cannot be solved by violence, but through political dialogue, stability and economic and social development, the report says. read more

Williams record 97yard punt return TD leads Stampeders to Grey Cup win

EDMONTON — Terry Williams helped end the Calgary Stampeders end their Grey Cup misery.Williams had a record 97-yard punt-return touchdown on a slippery Commonwealth Stadium turf Sunday night to lead Calgary past the Ottawa Redblacks 27-16 in the Grey Cup.Calgary finally won the CFL title in its third straight appearance. The Stampeders lost 39-33 in overtime to Ottawa in 2016 before dropping a 27-24 decision last year to the Toronto Argonauts.Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell — the CFL’s most outstanding player this season after tossing a league-best 35 TDs — was the game MVP with two touchdown passes but also two interceptions. Stampeders receiver Lemar Durant was named the outstanding Canadian with four catches for 30 yards and a TD and a 22-yard run.Ottawa — in its third Grey Cup in four years — appeared to score on Greg Ellingson’s acrobatic one-handed grab in the fourth quarter but replays showed the ball hit the turf. The Redblacks ended up turning the ball over on downs at the Calgary seven-yard line with just over eight minutes remaining.After Ottawa turned the ball over on downs again, Calgary’s Jamar Wall and Tre Roberson followed up with interceptions on consecutive Redblacks possessions. Roberson’s pick came with 1:22 to play.Calgary players will receive the $16,000 winner’s share while the Redblacks get $8,000 apiece.A Commonwealth Stadium gathering of 55,819 watched the opening kickoff in 1 C conditions with an 11 kilometre-an-hour wind. But the field proved to be the story of the game.On Saturday, several Calgary players said the turf was hard and slippery and footwear would be important. During the pre-game warmups, many Stampeders wore shoes featuring short, traditional turf cleats or those with a flat rubber sole.Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell downplayed the field conditions. “It’s alright, it is what it is,” he said before the game. “It’s the CFL.”But it became apparent early footing would be an issue. That was especially clear with 38 seconds left in the first quarter when Williams had both feet slip from beneath him while returning a missed 47-yard Lewis Ward field goal try.Rene Paredes put Calgary ahead 27-14 with a 29-yard field goal at 2:54 of the fourth. It was set up by Wynton McManis’s recovery of Diontae Spencer’s fumble on a punt return at the Ottawa 25-yard line.Calgary went into the fourth leading 24-14 thanks to Paredes’s 34-yard field goal at 11:24 of the third. It came after Ward’s 41-yard boot at 7:56.Don Jackson had Calgary’s other TD. Paredes booted the converts and two field goals.Julian Feoli-Gudino had Ottawa’s touchdown. Jean-Christophe Beaulieu added a two-point convert while Ward booted two field goals.Williams provided the first half’s biggest play, a Grey Cup-record 97-yard punt return TD at 14:59 of the second. After taking the ball, Williams nearly slipped heading upfield but an Ottawa defender engaged with a blocker slid on by, allowing Williams to hit the open field, then run past punter Richie Leone to put Calgary ahead 21-11.Williams provided the entertainment factor in an otherwise sloppy opening half. The two teams combined for four turnovers (three picks and a fumble), some ugly drops and eight punts. Mitchell was 14-of-21 passing for 182 yards and two TDs with two interceptions. Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris never seemed to be in any rhythm despite having time to look downfield, completing 8-of-17 passes for 132 yards with a touchdown and interception.Ottawa’s most consistent offensive weapon was William Powell, who ran nine times for 58 yards while sporting bring neon orange shoes before changing to white ones at halftime. But the CFL’s second-leading rusher also had a costly fumble at the Calgary 28 in the second to end a Redblacks’ scoring threat with the team trailing 14-3.Ottawa pulled to within five at 14-9 on Harris’s 55-yard TD strike at 12:45 to Feoli-Gudino, who broke two tackles after the catch. Harris then found Beaulieu on the two-point convert.Mitchell put Calgary ahead 14-3 with a 17-yard TD strike to Durant at 6:50. It came two plays after Durant dropped a wide-open screen pass.Ward — the CFL’s top rookie and special teams player this season — connected from 30 yards out at 2:28 after a rare miss from 47 yards out in the first. Ward made 51-of-52 field goals this regular season, including a record 48 straight that will carry over into 2019.Jackson’s 21-yard TD catch opened the scoring at 10:46 of the first. With Ottawa coming on a blitz, Jackson took Mitchell’s screen pass and scored easily.NOTES: Stampeders coach Dave Dickenson said Sunday eight Calgary players were stuck in an elevator Saturday night for an hour and 15 minutes. A coach was involved and Dickenson said he had to buy lunch for that member of his staff … Dickenson said ‘a little bug’ worked its way through his players — including Mitchell — and coaches this week. Dickenson was confident the worst was over and added when he played quarterback he performed better when he wasn’t feeling well. He was hopeful that would be the case Sunday. TSN reported six Ottawa players, including linebacker Chris Ackie and cornerback Sherrod Baltimore, battled sickness this week.Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press read more

Oscars screwup Accountants behind mistake assigned bodyguards

first_img 41 Comments A SPOKESWOMAN FOR the PwC auditing firm says the company has hired protection for the two accountants responsible for the best-picture screw-up at the Oscars.Carey Bodenheimer said the firm was providing security to Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz.They are the accountants who were dismissed by the Academy earlier this week for mishandling the winners’ envelopes at Sunday’s awards.Bodenheimer said PwC hired security for the two partners after their home addresses and photos of their family members were published in the media.PwC has taken responsibility for the unprecedented error that led to La La Land mistakenly announced as the winner of best picture when Moonlight actually won.The company said Cullinan and Ruiz made “a series of mistakes” and failed to follow established backstage protocols.President email Separately, the president of the film academy has sent an email to members telling them they have much to be proud of after this year’s Oscars ceremony, and reassuring them changes will be made to avoid a repeat of such problems.In it, academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs calls Sunday’s show “one of the best — and certainly most dramatic and talked about — Oscar ceremonies of all time” giving a subtle nod to the best picture mix-up.Isaacs goes on to give a set of bullet-pointed items she says the academy — a group of about 6,000 people from the film industry who vote for the Oscars — should be proud of.They include the “impeccable and effortless hosting job by Jimmy Kimmel,” the “electric opening number” from Justin Timberlake, and the tribute to Katherine Johnson, one of the real-life women who inspired “Hidden Figures”.She then addresses the end-of-show blunder and PwC.“By now, thanks to the non-stop coverage the past few days, we all know that the wrong envelope and the problems that ensued were caused by the failure of PwC’s accountants to follow established protocols and their delay in immediately remedying the situation,” Isaacs said. Share23 Tweet Email2 By Associated Press Mar 3rd 2017, 7:57 AM Oscars screw-up: Accountants behind mistake assigned bodyguards PwC has taken responsibility for the unprecedented error. center_img Friday 3 Mar 2017, 7:57 AM Rest assured changes will be implemented to ensure this never happens again.Read: Counting under way in the North – as possible return to direct rule looms >Read: Severe downpours: The weekend weather forecast isn’t particularly good > 26,249 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

NEMA fully activates – Alert 17 – All Bahamas under warning

first_imgSMALL CRAFT OPERATORS THROUGHOUT THE BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY SEEK SAFE HARBOUR FOR THEIR VESSELS. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 50 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 185 MILES FROM THE CENTER. Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #HurricaneWarning, #magneticmedianews THE EYE OF IRMA MOVING WEST-NORTHWEST OFF THE NORTHERN COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category four or five hurricane during the next couple of days.The latest alert on Hurricane Irma was issued by the Met Department on Thursday, September 7 at 6am. See details: RESIDENTS IN NEW PROVIDENCE, ELEUTHERA, ANDROS, BERRY ISLANDS, BIMINI, GRAND BAHAMA AND ABACO SHOULD RUSH TO COMPLETE ALL PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE IRMA. AT 5AM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 20.0 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 68.3 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 210 MILES SOUTHEAST OF THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, 330 MILES SOUTHEAST OF MATTHEW TOWN INAGUA AND 670 MILES SOUTHEAST OF NEW PROVIDENCE. For more information contact: Lindsay Thompson, Public Information Officer, NEMA at (242) 322-6081. 322-6085. 361-5569. Email: Website: Facebook: NEMA-Bahamas#PressRelease THE COMBINATION OF DANGEROUS STORM SURGE AND LARGE DESTRUCTIVE WAVES CAN RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 15 TO 20 FEET ABOVE THE NORMAL TIDE. RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR THE COAST ARE ASKED TO MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND INLAND.   Recommended for you MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 180 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  IRMA IS A CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE.  SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE LIKELY DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO, BUT IRMA IS FORECAST TO REMAIN A POWERFUL CATEGORY FOUR OR FIVE HURRICANE DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. RESIDENTS IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS SHOULD BEGIN TO FEEL THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE IRMA BY 10AM TODAY, THESE CONDITIONS SHOULD SPREAD INTO INAGUA BY 4PM THIS AFTEROON AND INTO MAYAGUANA, CROOKED ISLAND, ACKLINS AND RAGGED ISLAND BY TONIGHT.  THEREFORE, RESIDENTS IN THESE ISLANDS SHOULD HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED ALL PREPARATION FOR HURRICANE IRMA AND ARE STRONGLY URGED TO REMAIN INDOORS DURING THE PASSAGE OF IRMA.  August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT #17 ON HURRICANE IRMA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2017 AT 6AM EDT. A HURRICANE WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. RESIDENTS IN LONG ISLAND, RUM CAY, SAN SALVADOR, THE EXUMAS AND CAT ISLAND, COULD BEGIN TO FEEL THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE IRMA BY NOON ON FRIDAY. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 7th, 2017 – Nassau – Captain Russell, Director of NEMA fully activated the National Emergency Operations Centre at 6pm Wednesday, September 6, for the close monitoring of the powerful Hurricane Irma projected to impact the Islands of The Bahamas.Representatives of the Emergency Support Function groups assembled at the Gladstone Road headquarters, where they will be hunkered down during the storm to receive and relay critical information to the public.The Bahamas Department of Meteorology issued a warning for the entire Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. This means residents should rush to complete all necessary preparations, as they would feel hurricane conditions within 36 hours.Storm surges and extensive to severe flooding can be expected as Irma is forecast to produce rainfall amounts of 8 to 12 inches. Residents are being advised to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and, or seek the nearest hurricane shelter. EXTENSIVE TO SEVERE FLOODING CAN BE EXPECTED AS IRMA IS FORECAST TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 8 TO 12 INCHES. A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS CAN AFFECT THE AFOREMENTIONED ISLANDS WITHIN 36 HOURS. HURRICANE IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT ABOUT 17 MPH AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE WITH SOME DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.  ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTER SHOULD PASS NORTH OF THE COAST OF HISPANIOLA LATER TODAY, BE NEAR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS BY THIS EVENING, AND THEN BE NEAR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS BY FRIDAY.  FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passedlast_img read more

Appointment of Dr Christina Ramirez Smith as Special Advisor

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 20, 2017 – Nassau – University of The Bahamas (UB) announces the appointment of Dr. Christina Ramirez Smith as Special Advisor, reporting to the UB Board of Trustees’ Deputy Chair Mr. Lowell Mortimer, OBE, who also serves as Chair of the Investments and Fundraising Committee of the Board.Dr. Ramirez Smith is providing strategic guidance and support as required to build effective relationships with internal and external constituents.  She is advising on overall campaign management and organization including pipelines, prospect tracking, strategy, task assignment, and research.   She is also responsible for planning and hosting elite development events and special occasions.Having served in academia for almost three decades, Dr. Ramirez Smith has extensive experience as an Educational Administrator and Professor of Educational and Higher Education Administration, Leadership, Policy and Planning.  She studies higher education with an emphasis on the preparation of leaders for the global workforce.   Her other areas of expertise include organisational development and change, the impact of debt on graduate students, higher education finance and policy, as well as the unique mental health issues experienced by graduate students in addition to medical students.Her experience in development has included managing and executing strategies for fundraising, grant writing, developing strategic plans for fundraising and federal and private donor cultivation at Jacksonville University, Florida where she served as Dean of the School of Education and Director of Teacher Education.   She was most recently Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Hampton University.A native of Georgetown, Exuma, Dr. Ramirez Smith began her career at Claridge Primary School as a Special Educator and served as founding Director for Personnel and Training at Adanac Investments Company in Grand Bahama. During that time, Dr. Ramirez Smith taught at the former College of The Bahamas in the Business Division.She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Idaho, ID (Honours), a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Morgan State University, MD, and a doctorate in Administration, Planning and Policy from Boston University, MA.Press Release: UBlast_img read more

Coast Guard repatriates 232 Cuban migrants

first_img(WSVN) – The Coast Guard has repatriated 232 Cuban migrants since last Wednesday.The migrants were intercepted at sea between Cuba and South Florida during 19 separate incidents.Under the “wet-foot, dry-foot policy,” Cuban migrants who make it to U.S. land are allowed to remain, but if they are caught at sea, they are repatriated.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Elderly couple killed in road crash

first_imgRoad Accident LogoAn elderly couple was killed following head-on collision between a goods-laden truck and an engine-run van at Toildhara Bhatabari intersection in Safipur upazila of Tangail on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Motiur Rahman, 85, a retired school teacher and his wife Achia Khatun, 75, residents of Indarjani area.Safipur police station officer-in-charge Amir Hossain said that when Motiur along his wife was going Safipur upazila headquarters to collect his pension, the truck hit the vehicle, leaving five people, including the couple injured.The injured were taken to SafipurUpazila Health Complex where physicians declared the duo dead.Police seized the truck.last_img read more

Fire destroys 2 Jashore jute mill godowns

first_imgA fire broke out at two godowns of a jute mill in Chengunia area of Abhaynagar upazila on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB.The fire began from an electric short circuit around 2:30pm at a warehouse of Roman Jute Mill in the area, said Wadud Hossain, assistant director of Jashore fire services and civil defence.The fire soon spread to a nearby yarn godown, he said.Around 3-4 maunds of raw jute and 40 tonnes of yarn were gutted in the fire, claimed Mohammad Ali Kasari, the owner of the mill.On information, two firefighting units from Abhaynagar and Jashore rushed to the spot and brought the flame under control after 45 minutes’ effort, said Wadud.The loss incurred due to the fire could not be known immediately.last_img read more

Worlds Oldest Intact Shipwreck Found – 2400yrold Ship of Odysseus

first_imgOff the coast of Bulgaria, more than a mile beneath the surface of the Black Sea, a team of maritime archaeologists, scientists and surveyors has discovered what could be the world’s oldest intact shipwreck – a 75-foot-long Greek trading vessel carbon-dated to more than 2,400 years ago. The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology project says it found the wreck in oxygen-free conditions that preserved its components. Its design has previously been seen only on the side of ancient Greek pottery.The ship was found lying whole with its mast, rudders, and rowing in a “shipwreck graveyard’ that has already revealed over 60 other vessels.Ottoman period wreck discovered by expedition team. Photo Courtesy: Rodrigo Pacheco Ruiz EEF / Black Sea MAPA remote-controlled submarine spotted the ship lying on its side about 50 miles off the coast of Bulgaria. If water is anoxic (oxygen-free), it can preserve organic material for thousands of years.A small piece of the vessel has been tested and confirmed as originating in 400 BC, which makes it the oldest intact shipwreck known to mankind.“A ship surviving intact from the classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible,” said Professor Jon Adams, the principal investigator with the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (MAP) told The Guardian. “This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”The ship has only previously been seen “on the side of ancient Greek pottery such as the ‘Siren Vase’ in the British Museum.”Odysseus SirensIts similarity to that vase is prompting speculation about Odysseus’s ship, and how close to reality it could have been. The vase’s design shows a ship with a mast identical to the one now found on the seabed.The Siren Painter, as he is known, has his most famous work exhibited in the British Museum, said the Daily Mirror. His real name is unknown, as are the date of his birth and death.The vase shows Odysseus tied to the mast of a similar ship as he resisted the Siren’s calls.Odysseus and the Sirens, Roman mosaic, second century AD (Bardo National Museum)In the Odyssey, Odysseus was returning from the Trojan War. It was written some time in the 8th century BC.This shipwreck was found during a three-year survey of the area using technology previously available largely to oil companies. It reportedly discovered 60 shipwrecks, including a 17th century Cossack raiding fleet and Roman trading vessels carrying amphorae.Replica of Trireme Olympias of the Hellenic Navy. Photo by Χρήστης Templar52 –The team reportedly said they intended to leave the vessel where it was found, but added that a small piece had been carbon dated by the University of Southampton and claimed the results “confirmed [it] as the oldest intact shipwreck known to mankind,” reported the Guardian.The team said the data would be published at the Black Sea MAP conference at the Wellcome Collection in London in late October 2018.Reconstruction of ancient Greek galleys.Professor Adams said in an interview that the ship, both sail, and oar-powered, probably sank in a storm, with the crew unable to bail water in time.The archaeologist believes “it probably held 15 to 25 men at the time whose remains may be hidden in the surrounding sediment or eaten by bacteria.”He said he plans to leave the ship on the seabed because raising it would be expensive and necessitate taking the pint joints apart.It was chiefly used for trading but the professor believes it may have been involved in ‘a little bit of raiding’ and probably based at one of the ancient Greek settlements on what is now the Bulgarian coast.Read another story from us: Lucky Man Accidentally Finds Remnants of a 200-Year-old ShipwreckProfessor Adams said, “Ancient seafarers were not hugging the coast timidly going from port to port but going blue-water sailing.”Nancy Bilyeau is a novelist and journalist who has worked on the staffs of “Rolling Stone” and “InStyle.” Her new novel, “The Blue,” is set in 18th century Europe. Publishers’ Weekly said, “Intriguing thriller … Historical fans will be well satisfied.” For more information, go to read more

Instacart changes its tips stealing policy after facing workers backlash

first_imgInstaCart, a popular online grocery delivery service in the US, has been hit with a lawsuit, filed by Los Angeles-based worker Sarah Lozano and other Instacart shoppers (workers who handpick items for customers and deliver them), last week. The lawsuit has been filed over concerns related to Instacart’s mishandling of tips and treatment of its delivery drivers. Instacart also shifted to a new payment model last year in November, publicly announcing that the change is intended to “provide clearer and more consistent earnings, and enhance the shopper experience”. The change was not taken well by the workers’ who complained of pay cuts and “tips stealing” after the company adopted the new pay model. As per the new model, Instacart guarantees its workers a minimum per-job payment of $10, so during cases when the total pay of workers’ hit below $10, Instacart has to pay extra to make the overall pay reach $10 minimum, reports NBC News. However, as per the workers’ complaints, the tip paid by the customers’ is being used by Instacart to supplement the batch payments to reach the total $10 payment value for workers. After the $10 minimum payment is reached, the tip amount helps boost the worker’s take-home pay. The lawsuit filed in California’s Superior Court, states that Instacart “intentionally and maliciously misappropriated gratuities in order to pay plaintiff’s wages even though Instacart maintained that 100 percent of customer tips went directly to shoppers. Based on this representation, Instacart knew customers would believe their tips were being given to shoppers in addition to wages, not to supplement wages entirely”. This is not the first time when Instacart has come under the bus regarding payment related issues. In November 2017, Instacart paid $4.6 million to settle a class action lawsuit with its workers. The lawsuit was filed by independent contractors working for the firm who claimed 18 violations against it, including unfair tip pooling. A workers’ organization, called Washington Workers’, shared screenshots on its blog that it received by Instacart shoppers across the country, stating that the screenshots are proofs of how “messed up” the company’s pay model is.                           Working Washington The first screenshot (left) above shows Instacart paying just $1.23 for a job that took 62 minutes, and using customer’s tip to hit the minimum $10. If the customer had tipped $0, Instacart would have had to pay more. This reduces the company’s cost without adding anything to the worker’s income.  Similarly, the second screenshot (right) shows a job that took 127 minutes to complete, where Instacart paid just $6.72 as customer tipped $25. Many workers also took to Reddit and other online forums to raise their voice against Instacart’s paying practices. Apoorva Mehta, Founder & CEO of Instacart, published a post on Medium, today, where she states that although the changed pay model was designed to improve transparency, the company fell short on delivering its promises to the workers. Instacart is now reversing its pay model and has launched new measures to “more fairly and competitively compensate” their shoppers. As per the new pay model, tips will always be separate from Instacart’s contribution to shopper compensation, and Instacart will “retroactively compensate” shoppers in case there are tips included in minimum, among other new changes.“While our intention was to increase the guaranteed payment for small orders, we understand that the inclusion of tips was misguided”, states Mehta. Other than Instacart, another popular online grocery delivery services in the US, called DoorDash has come under the fire for similar reasons as Instacart. Although, DoorDash FAQ page states, “Dashers always receive 100% of tips…In addition to 100% of the tip, Dashers will always receive at least $1 from DoorDash”, DoorDash hasn’t explicitly reacted yet to the recent uproar. Tech Workers Coalition (TWC), a non-profit coalition of tech-workers, also spoke out in support of the Instacart workers on Twitter, while bashing DoorDash for remaining silent: Public reaction to the news has been largely negative towards Instacart, with people supporting Instacart shoppers for raising their voice against the firm’s unfair pay model: Read Next Tech Workers Coalition volunteers talk unionization and solidarity in Silicon Valley Amazon faces increasing public pressure as HQ2 plans go under the scanner in New Yorklast_img read more

Sesame Streets first autistic muppet is heading to Beaches Resorts

first_imgSesame Street’s first autistic muppet is heading to Beaches Resorts Tags: Beaches Resorts, Family Travel MONTEGO BAY — Following her historic television debut as Sesame Street’s first autistic muppet, Julia is now heading to Beaches Resorts’ properties in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos for a bit of fun and sun.Beginning this fall, the beloved character will be on site to launch a new activity, ‘Amazing Art with Julia’ during which she’ll greet children and highlight how people can express themselves through art. Using a range of materials, children will get the chance to create in this open-ended art activity and talk about how their artwork is a celebration of who they are.“We created Beaches Resorts as a concept for everyone and it’s our privilege, particularly during Autism Awareness Month, to announce the addition of Julia this fall as part of our exclusive relationship with Sesame Workshop,” said Adam Stewart, CEO of Beaches Resorts. “As a resort company that also celebrates that children have a remarkable ability to ‘see amazing’ in all people, we are excited to introduce more inclusive programming for families with children on the spectrum of which Julia will play a part in.”Credit: Beaches ResortsJulia’s debut continues Beaches Resorts’ partnership with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and expands the resort company’s exclusive ‘Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street’ program, now in its 13th year.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backSesame Workshop debuted ‘Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children in 2015’ to help increase awareness and understanding of autism. As part of Beaches Resorts’ commitment to create memorable experiences for all families, staff underwent initial training with ‘Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children’ resources. Continuing these efforts, Beaches Resorts has partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in training and certification programs, created to meet the training needs of professionals who work with individuals with special needs and cognitive disorders.Through this partnership, which is ongoing and provides intensive training for team members, each of the resorts’ Kids Camps and its early childcare staff have earned the distinction of Certified Austim Centers.“We launched our autism initiative, ‘See Amazing in All Children’ to promote awareness and acceptance and to combat the stigma and isolation so often experienced by children with autism and their families,” said Steve Youngwood, COO, Sesame Workshop. “Initially a digital character, Julia has come to life on Sesame Street, and now as a walkaround character who is sure to bring joy to children. We’re thrilled to work with our long-time partner, Beaches Resorts, to extend our work around diversity, acceptance, and kindness.” Posted by Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Wednesday, April 12, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Candidate criticizes Iran deal as being similar to Holocaust

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is likening the agreement on an Iranian nuclear deal to “marching the Israelis to the door of the oven,” a reference to the Holocaust.The former Arkansas governor made the tweet Sunday, a day after first making the comparison when denouncing President Barack Obama for his role in the agreement reached July 14 by the United States and five other world powers with Tehran. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “We forget Iranians have never kept a deal in 36 years under the ayatollah. There’s no reason to think they will suddenly start doing it.”Huckabee said about the deal: “I read the entire thing. We gave away the whole farm. It’s got to be stopped.”Huckabee’s comments come as the Republican presidential candidates struggle to break through with 16 presidential candidates already in the Republican field, and one of those, New York businessman Donald Trump, getting more attention than most.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home FILE – In this Thursday, July 23, 2015, file photo, GOP presidential candidate former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at a campaign event in Las Vegas. Huckabee is sticking with his criticism of the Iran nuclear deal, after first making the comment when denouncing President Barack Obama for his role in the agreement reached by the United States and other world powers. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Top Stories The vital role family plays in society Responding, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Huckabee’s statement was “grossly irresponsible” and called on him to apologize.But a Huckabee spokeswoman said Sunday his comments reflect a longstanding position that “the Iran deal is a bad deal, bad for America and bad for Israel.” Huckabee’s tweet called on Congress to reject the nuclear deal.“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history,” Huckabee said in an interview with Breitbart News broadcast on Sirius/XM radio Saturday. “He’s so naive he would trust the Iranians and he would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven.”Obama, asked about the comments at a news conference in Addis Ababa, where he was meeting with Ethiopian officials, said they were part of a pattern of attacks by 2016 Republican presidential candidates that would be “considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” He said such issues as the Iran nuclear deal deserve serious debate, not outlandish statements.“It doesn’t help inform the American people,” Obama said.Huckabee said that “this Iran deal should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans.” Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Regional NSW eyes domestic market

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H New statistics showing regional travel trends in New South Wales (NSW) should be used by tourism operators in the state’s outback to help develop their businesses.According to ABC News, the statistics revealed in the Federal Government’s Regional Tourism Profiles 2009/2010 show where and why people in Australia are travelling. Outback Regional Tourism Organisation chief executive, Lori Modde, says that whilst most visitors to the region come from within NSW, “there’s definite potential interstate” that can be capitalised on, the ABC reported.“There is that potential from South Australia and Victoria, where we’ve got obviously great access to those states from our southern roads and also our western roads, we’ve also got great inland routes into Queensland from Lightening (sic) Ridge,” Ms Modde said. “Broken Hill is a place where people say we’re going to do that while in Outback NSW.”Additionally, NSW can look forward to more overseas visitors as “the international market is on the increase”, Ms Modde said.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 13 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories With the 49ers, Gabbert completed nearly 57 percent of his passes for 925 yards and five touchdowns against six interceptions.The former 2011 first-round pick of the Jaguars out of Missouri saw his most extensive playing time as a rookie, when he started 14 games and threw for 2,214 yards with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a team that finished 5-11. He started 10 games the next season then just three in 2013 before being traded to the 49ers in March of 2014 for a sixth-round draft pick.The Cardinals signed Gabbert to a one-year contract in May and the 28-year-old performed well in preseason, completing 41-of-67 passes for 547 yards with a touchdown and an interception — a quarterback rating of 85.9.His performance in preseason has teammates such as wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald trusting in his overall ability.“He’s got a gift in terms of being able to throw the ball and arm strength,” he said. “It’s the same routes, same concepts. Blaine has been here now, he had a whole offseason and training camp and he got reps periodically throughout practice throughout the course of the year.”Fitzgerald added that he expects to see many extended plays from Gabbert, noting the quarterbacks ability to get out of the pocket and scramble during broken plays.center_img Arizona Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert (7) throws against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of the Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL preseason game in Canton, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) TEMPE, Ariz. — Head coach Bruce Arians made it official and announced Blaine Gabbert as the starting quarterback for the upcoming game against the Houston Texans.Earlier in the week, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki reported Gabbert would get the nod but the team had not officially done so.The start will be Gabbert’s first time seeing the field as an Arizona Cardinal. His most recent action was in 2016 when he started five games for the San Francisco 49ers. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Drew Stanton, who started the last two games for the Cardinals, suffered a sprained knee in a 22-16 loss to Seattle last week, although he did finish the game.The backup to Gabbert will be decided on Sunday. If Stanton is healthy enough he will be active. If not, recently signed Matt Barkley would be the guy.Gabbert will be the third guy to take snaps under center for the Cardinals this season. Carson Palmer is recovering from a broken arm he suffered during the second quarter of their loss to the Los Angeles Rams.Gabbert’s ability to lead the Cardinals will be seen on Sunday. For now, Fitzgerald and teammates remain confident that Gabbert will perform to expectations.“I think he’s comfortable. I think we are comfortable with him,” Fitzgerald said. “Blaine’s solid. He’ll be ready to roll.”last_img read more

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