Martina McBride Bands Against Cancer

first_imgAward-winning country superstar Martina McBride has released her 13th studio album, RECKLESS, and also teamed up with Band Against Cancer, the Sarah Cannon Tour.The organization aims to bring awareness to ways that communities can get involved in cancer research from supporting local non-profits to educating people about new research and treatments. Band Against Cancer will be doing 5 special concerts this year (3 in Texas, 1 in Denver, 1 in Nashville) all to raise awareness and funds to support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Be The Match. Click here for more info.“Helping families who are facing cancer has always been a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” said Martina McBride. “I’m honored to be the voice that connects these individuals and their families with a fully committed team of cancer experts. Together with Sarah Cannon, this means each person can fight cancer where they get their greatest strength, in their own communities, with their own band of support.”As the flagship artist for Band Against Cancer, Martina McBride has used her voice to engage with her fans to help make the world a better place – out on tour and in their own hometowns. Team Martina, a collective of fans who stand with the iconic singer, give back to communities nationwide and will join the 2016 initiatives to Band Against Cancer. One of the most celebrated voices across genres, Martina is a four-time CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year whose hits chronicle more than two decades. Most recently, Martina’s Grammy nominated hit “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” inspired many young fans to cover her song through social media to support loved ones battling cancer, and was featured on several national broadcasts including The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The View. That anthem also was highlighted through the Eleven Across American Amtrak train tour, which ran coast to coast in 2011 to breast cancer awareness, and propelled Pandora to spotlight the superstar in an October concert event benefiting breast cancer causes.“We have learned that when we bring cause and music together we are able to cut through the media noise and bring very important messages to a greater number of people,” said Scott Borchetta, President/CEO of Big Machine Label Group. “The sum is so much greater than the parts and it is defined in our new relationship with Sarah Cannon. The initial focus of our relationship is attacking blood cancer and we are honored to join them in spreading the message and reaching the greatest number of people possible with Martina McBride and other great BMLG artists and their music.”Recorded at Nashville’s iconic Blackbird Studios, RECKLESS, showcases McBride’s unparalleled vocals and emotional depth as she gets back to her country roots. The songs have an outstanding mix of classic country and a contemporary edge with producers Nathan Chapman and Dann Huff at the helm.
”This album feels so good! That’s the best way I can describe it. I spent a lot of time finding songs that felt personal to me. I figure if I can relate to them someone else will too. There are songs about love, life, hope, loss, leaving, and coming home,” states Martina. “And that’s what making this album felt like to me….coming home. We took our time and just let the songs and production develop and even though working with Dann and Nathan together was a new experience, somehow we captured a sound that feels like the music I’ve done my whole career and yet fresh at the same time,” elaborates Martina.last_img read more

Frontier Oil Sands Mine project headed for public hearing this fall

first_imgCALGARY – A joint federal-provincial review panel says the Frontier Oil Sands Mine project application is now complete enough to advance to a public hearing set to take place as early as September.It says it is now accepting submissions about preferred locations and dates for the hearing, adding that requests to submit evidence or participate must be made in writing by June 22.The open pit project proposed by Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. is estimated to cost $20 billion and designed to produce 260,000 barrels per day of bitumen from a site about 110 kilometres north of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta.That’s more than the recently completed 194,000-bpd Fort Hills mining project in which Teck is a minority partner holding 21 per cent and Suncor Energy Inc. is the operator holding 54 per cent of the project.The joint review panel was appointed in May 2016 and given 13 months to assess the project and its environmental impacts. It won approval last November for an eight-month delay to complete its review.Two years ago, Teck said the earliest date for first oil from Frontier would be 2026.Companies in this article: (TSX:TECK.B, TSX:SU)last_img read more

A bleak future

first_imgAfter four rounds of polling, there is not a single credible voice that confidently argues that Modi wave still prevails. Waves come and go but they go away for definite reasons. Anti-incumbency is no fickle-minded mood change. Once the elections are over, political analysts would split their hair over what made the Modi magic vanish. But the poll observers on the ground are already left with no doubt that the jobs crisis has caused maximum damage to Modi’s prospects in 70 per cent of the seats where polling is over. Also Read – A special kind of bondSome basic problems like poverty and agrarian crises are chronic ones and not all of them turn into poll issues all the time in all elections. While addressing one of her election rallies in UP, when Congress’s charismatic star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi declared that in the five years of Modi’s rule 5 million jobs were lost, tens of thousands who had gathered stood up spontaneously and roared in one voice ‘Modi Hatao!’ The message has obviously sunk well into the popular mind that demonetisation and a ham-handed GST had precipitated a very acute crisis of job losses. Also Read – Insider threat managementIt is not an urban jobs crisis alone, as data reveal the rural jobs crisis is no less severe. The job-crisis for women is acute but it is not a one-sided affair across the gender divide, and men, mostly the main bread-winners in the families, suffer an equally crippling employment crisis as well. The statistics put out even by the official agencies show that the jobs crisis among the youth is mind-boggling. The jobs crisis among the educated might be grave but what is shocking is that the low-skilled millions in informal India are also coming under a creeping employment problem. In short, it is a generalised jobs crisis. When the foremost voice of opposition in a democracy like Priyanka Gandhi comes out with a startling revelation that Modi massacred 5 million jobs in five years, not a single leader of stature in the ruling establishment dares to step out to challenge it. The same finding by the meticulously researched State of the Working India Report 2019 of the eminent Azim Premji University had barely been out a couple of days earlier. Based on CMIE’s large-sample surveys, the report showed that five million people lost their jobs between 2016 and 2018, coinciding with the demonetisation of November 2016 and the introduction of GST in July 2017. Naturally, no one could dare to counter Priyanka. Silence and subterfuges cannot check the shifting preferences of the voters over the burning employment question. The writing on the wall on the employment issue was clear to Modi himself. That was why he stooped down too low to the cheap level of withholding NSSO’s Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017–18 in January 2019, which led to the resignation of two eminent academics from the National Statistical Commission. The PLFS report said that under Modi unemployment had hit a 45-year high of 6.1 per cent. It might look a small number. But going by the 2018 figure of 466 million persons in the Indian labour force, this small figure of 6.1 per cent translates into a big unemployed army of 28.43 million people. Unfortunately, it is a weakness of the otherwise rich English vocabulary that the term unemployment lacks precision and means different categories — those who are part of the labour force and ready for a job but who have never got one as well as those who were already having jobs but have lost them. Or, in other words, it stands for both, a lack of employment and job-losses. To compound the confusion, those who are never part of the labour force are also treated as unemployed in certain contexts. So figures, sometimes, tend to obfuscate the gravity of the problem. Why did Modi lose his popularity among young voters? 30 per cent of young India is neither in jobs nor in education nor training. If 23 million Indian youngsters apply for 89,400 jobs advertised by the Indian Railways, that gives the enormity of the problem of educated youth unemployment. If labour force participation of women in India under Modi had fallen from 16.81 per cent in 2016 to a miserable 10.97 per cent by February 2019, the agony years of demonetisation and GST, the thinking sections of the middle classes disgusted by Modi’s jumlas would naturally start wondering what sort of Shreshth Bharat he and his RSS are trying to build. Even among the 10 per cent women who are coming into the workforce, one in every three women (as against one in every five men) in urban India in the 15–29 age-group were unemployed in 2017–18 as per the NSSO data, and these are mind-boggling figures indeed. Modi flaunts his Mudra, where 40 per cent beneficiaries are supposed to be women and 33 per cent SCs-STs-OBCs. At the end of his term, RBI raises an alarm that 53 per cent of Mudra advances have become NPAs and 75 per cent of the Mudra self-employment ventures have folded up. The figure is 80 per cent for start-ups under Modi’s Start-Up India! Modi’s loyal court statisticians and economists might claim that the overall labour force participation rate in India came down only marginally from 52.9 per cent in 2011–12 to 50.4 per cent in 2015–16. But the starker meaning of these figures is that around half of India still remains out of the workforce. Actually, Priyanka’s and Azim Premji University’s figures do not fully capture the full impact of job losses – manufacturing jobs actually fell in absolute terms from 58.9 million in 2011–12 to 48.3 million in 2015–16, a whopping 10.6 million over a mere four-year period. Statistical jugglery is no answer to a profound livelihood crisis when the future of millions is bleak. A desperate Modi Government could only come up with yet another subterfuge of citing inflated EPFO enrolment, to claim 7–10 million jobs were created in 2017–18. Only later it dawned upon many that these were not new jobs but new enrolment of those already in jobs for the previous 5 years. CMIE’s current survey in 2018, on the other hand, showed that 11 million people with jobs lost them in that very year. BJP’s election manifesto waxes eloquent on 12 major themes and it is no surprise that employment creation is not one of them. It is really astonishing that a party running an incumbent government facing a burning employment question comes out with a poll manifesto that doesn’t offer a single specific promise on job creation. In any case, Modi promised to create 2 crore jobs every year in 2014 and this unmet promise itself has robbed the BJP manifesto of 2019 of any credibility. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

UN refugee agency extremely concerned over fate of Uzbeks deported from Ukraine

“Since last Friday, UNHCR has appealed to the Uzbek authorities to be given access to the returned Uzbeks, but this has so far not been given,” Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told a press conference in Geneva. Mr. Redmond said the 11 had registered their asylum claims or were in the process of doing so when they were arrested in Ukraine following requests for their extradition from the Prosecutor’s Office of Uzbekistan, alleging involvement in the civilian protests in Andijan of May 2005, which ended in violence. “Being the subject of an extradition request does not remove an asylum seeker or refugee from international refugee protection,” Mr. Redmond said. “It is also a breach of the UN Convention against Torture to send persons back to countries where they may face torture.” He explained that UNHCR promotes the voluntary return of refugees to the country of origin if the circumstances permit repatriation in safety and dignity. Its role in this regard also includes monitoring the situation of returnees in the country of origin. UNHCR also remains concerned about the fate of four detained Uzbek refugees in Kyrgyzstan, but it said it has received assurances from Kyrgyz authorities that no deportations will occur for the time being. The agency said that two of the four were denied asylum following a Supreme Court decision last week and the other two will appear in court on 3 March to appeal against a first rejection decision. Like the 11 deported from Ukraine, the four were arrested following an extradition request from the Uzbek government, Mr. Redmond said. UNHCR has called on the Kyrgyz government to refrain from any action aimed at forcibly returning these four refugees to Uzbekistan. read more

Jeremy Vine denies racially stereotyping female driver during court case over threat

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. I saw very clearly what she meant with the gun gestureJeremy Vine Jeremy Vine has been forced to deny an allegation he racially stereotyped a driver who threatened him while he was cycling after he claimed she made a gun sign with her hand. Shanique Syrena Pearson, 22, is said to have formed a weapon with her fingers and cocked it at Mr Vine’s head as he pulled alongside her at a set of traffic lights, which he interpreted as a “serious threat”, Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court was told.Pearson denies making the threat, claiming instead to have put her middle finger up at the BBC presenter, who she thought was “a bit crazy” for following her after their initial row.The alleged action followed a charged altercation between the pair, which was captured by keen cyclist Mr Vine on a helmet camera.  The clip of the row in Kensington, west London, on August 26 was posted online by Mr Vine and has since been viewed millions of times. The presenter was cycling in the middle of the narrow road which had parked cars on either side, but stopped after being hooted at by the driver of a black Vauxhall Corsa behind.In the clip played to the court, a high-pitched voice belonging to the female driver screams “Why would you do that?” while she gesticulates out of the car window.A male voice can then be heard explaining that he needs a car’s width between him and the parked cars to cycle safely on the narrow street.Continuing, she says: “What the f—, why the f— did you stop in front of my f—— car. “Do you not respect your f—— life? Move your bike, move your bike,” before allegedly kicking and pushing Mr Vine and the cycle between them.When she overtakes Mr Vine he is heard to say “oh my god, so scary”, as she appears to pass close to a parked car.A little while later, Pearson gets out of the Corsa a second time after noticing Mr Vine attempting to take a photo, and tells the presenter: “Take a picture of me again and I will knock you out.” As she advances towards Mr Vine he says: “Don’t assault me, you’ve already assaulted me.” Shanique Syrena Pearson arrives at Hammersmith Magistrates Court in LondonCredit:PA Shanique Syrena Pearson arrives at Hammersmith Magistrates Court in London Mr Vine told the court of the next few moments: “She’s gone back in the car, she’s sitting at this junction. I am behind her with my cycle, the lights are red. I draw parallel to the car because I want to see inside. As I draw level and I look in she produces her fingers like this, and aims them at me, and cocks her thumb and goes like that, in a firing sign.”James O’Keeffe, defending, suggested Mr Vine had not abided by the Highway Code, by “stopping abruptly in front of a moving car”.He also claimed Mr Vine was racially stereotyping the defendant by claiming she had formed a gun with her hand. Mr O’Keeffe said: “I suggest to you that you have racially stereotyped her as a black person, and that gesture is associated with black people.”But Mr Vine insisted he had just “told the truth”. “I saw very clearly what she meant with the gun gesture,” he added.Dressed in a dark blue suit, the presenter, who came straight from his Radio 2 show to the court to give evidence, said his sole aim had been to calm the defendant down and he believed he was “dealing with a violent person”.He said: “I was actually quite scared about what was going to happen. I had to hold on to it (the bike) so my hands were down, so I had no real way of defending myself or even move away.” I suggest to you that you have racially stereotyped her as a black person, and that gesture is associated with black peopleJames O’Keeffe, defending But Mr O’Keeffe said there was a credibility issue with Mr Vine’s evidence because he claimed to have been afraid but had acted in a way that was “utterly inconsistent” with fear.Wearing a black top under a pale pink coat, Pearson, a former assistant manager at a bookies, sat in the dock as the footage was repeatedly played.Giving evidence, she said she initially hooted to show Mr Vine she expected him to move over when the road widened, and performed an emergency stop when he then halted, adding: “It was too quick, it kind of shocked me.”She then tried to push his bike out of the way, but Mr Vine held his ground, she said.She told the court: “I know what I said was wrong and I am open to apology, but I think we both did wrong.” Continuing, she said: “I could have hit him (with the car) and I don’t think he understood the danger of that, hence why I was so angry.”Pearson of Vauxhall, south-west London, is charged with driving without reasonable consideration for other road users, and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour. She has admitted to driving an unlicensed vehicle on the day in question.The hearing was adjourned to January 26 when District Judge Timothy King will deliver a verdict at City of London Magistrates.last_img read more

Universities are holding evening lectures to cater for rising student numbers

am Gyimah has criticised universities for  running “threadbare” courses in a rush to put “bums on seats” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Durham University, part of the prestigious Russell Group, has embarked on a massive expansion programme, which includes relocating students from campuses on Teesside and plans to increase student numbers by 4,000 over the next 10 years to 21,500.Lancaster University also has bold expansion plans, hoping to reach a student population from just under 12,000 to 17,000 at its Bailrigg campus by 2025.A spokesperson for the University and College Union (UCU) which represents lectures, said: “Universities cannot simply stick extra lectures on at the start or end of the day and think they are dealing with the problems of increased student numbers or staff workloads.  “Plans for lectures outside of normal hours have been met with protests from staff and students, which is perfectly understandable”A spokesman for Lancaster University said: “Student numbers at Lancaster are increasing year on year and we are making significant investment in our campus to provide additional lecture theatres and other teaching-related spaces.“However, a combination of key factors such as differences in student expansion across subjects, increased demand for larger lecture theatres and larger cohorts on key modules means there is pressure on our current teaching timetable – which is likely to remain until new facilities are built.” The universities minister Sam Gyimah has criticised universities for  running “threadbare” courses in a rush to put “bums on seats”.Earlier this year Durham students expressed their anger at plans to start lecture earlier in the day, due to the huge numbers of students.  The university said the move would be a temporary measure while additional lecture space was being built. The spokesman said that extending lectures to 7pm is a pilot scheme, and will only affect some departments. am Gyimah has criticised universities for  running “threadbare” courses in a rush to put “bums on seats” Universities are holding night time lectures as late as 8pm to cater for rising student numbers, it has emerged.From September, Lancaster University will hold classes running into the evening in order to accommodate its student population.It is one of many institutions whose teaching hours run into the evening, according to a survey carried out by the Times Higher Education magazine.The “core” teaching hours at the University of East Anglia and Brunel Univerity run until 8pm, although both say that an 8pm finish is the rarity rather than the norm.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The lifting of student number controls in England in 2015 gave universities free rein to recruit as many undergraduates as they see fit. However the move has led to accusations that they now act like businesses, seeking to maximise their revenue by recruiting as many students as possible. read more

Actor Kal Penn attends SD Live Heath Slater opens wrestling school

first_img Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams Videos Articles Actor Kal Penn attends SD LiveActor Kal Penn of Harold and Kumar and House fame attended this week’s Smackdown Live in Toronto. WWE tweeted a photo of Penn with WWE Champion Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers as part of his visit. .@kalpenn was a personal guest of @JinderMahal at #SDLive! @singhbrosWWE #WWE— WWE (@WWE) August 9, 2017Heath Slater opens wrestling schoolWWE star Heath Slater recently opened up his wrestling school, The Face 2 Face Pro Wrestling Academy, in Atlanta, Georgia. WWE Legends Ron Simmons, Teddy Long, Jazz and Mr. Hughes will be helping train at the school. Fox 5 out of Atlanta recently covered the grand opening of the school with the following video: Elias, Chad Gable advance to the Semifinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Cesaro Kurt Angle Videos Articles Google+ Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WhatsApp Seth Rollins Facebook WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Roman Reigns is in Remission Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Klopp No chance Liverpool will pay Neymarsize transfer fee

first_imgLiverpool have spent a massive amount this year but they have no plans to match Neymar’s €222m price tag, says Jurgen KloppThe Brazilian superstar completed a shock world-record €222m transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last summer in order to aid the French side’s hopes of landing a first Champions League crown.Meanwhile, Liverpool have spent a combined total of £163.98m on the likes of Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson this summer.The Reds were determined to bolster their squad in order to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.But, unlike PSG, Klopp insists that Liverpool still have some control over their finances and won’t recklessly lavish out on any potential star recruits.“No chance, no chance, no chance,” replied the Liverpool boss, when asked of the club owners sanctioning a Neymar-like fee (via ESPN).“We are not owned by a state like it’s the case at two big clubs. We have our limits.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.On whether owners Fenway Sports Group would fulfil his every transfer wish, Klopp said: “No. We have a conservative leadership.”He added: “It feels like €100m back then is €500m today. When Neymar joined PSG for €222m, I shook myself.“Back then I had an opinion, but an incredible lot has happened since. In 2017, Neymar joined Paris, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona for a lot of money, and Kylian Mbappe [joined] Paris.“This opened the whole thing, the money’s on the market. Now, if Liverpool wants a player, the other clubs want a bit of the cake too. That’s the story.“And you must also keep in mind that players like Mo Salah, Sadio Mane or Robert Firmino, players we bought for €30m to €40m, have a different value on the transfer market these days. That’s part of the business.”Liverpool signed  Virgil van Dijk for over £70m in January to make him the world’s most expensive defender, while Alisson briefly held the mantle of the most expensive goalkeeper before Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71m.last_img read more

Mertesacker talks about final year as an Arsenal player

first_imgFormer Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has revealed his delight at his lack of game time in his final season as a player for the club.The ex-gunners captain retired from professional football at the end of the 2017-18 season and was glad to have only featured in a handful of games after revealing he struggled mentally.Mertesacker, part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad, retired at the end of the 2017-18 season.The 33-year-old told the Victoria Derbyshire show he felt “great” ending his 15-year professional career.“Especially in my last year, I felt something and felt the pressure and it was very awkward sometimes,” he said, according to BBC.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I was happy about not necessarily playing, just training was enough for me.”The former centre-half was speaking about his mental health at the launch of a project to help traumatised child refugees at a camp in Jordan through football.Mertesacker won 104 caps for his country made 221 appearances for Arsenal in seven seasons at the club.Mertesacker made his international debut for Germany in October 2004, aged 20, and featured at three World Cup finals between 2006 and 2014.However, he featured just 12 times last term and had since become the club’s new academy manager after calling time on his football career.last_img read more

Abducted Philadelphia woman rescued

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — A woman seen on surveillance video putting up a fight while being abducted off a Philadelphia street was found safe outside Baltimore on Wednesday, and the man who police say snatched her was arrested, police said. Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was spotted in Jessup, Md., with the man in a car with a broken-out back window and was rescued soon after, police said. The man was nabbed after he stepped out of the car, police said.“We got a very dangerous predator off the street,” Commissioner Charles Ramsey said.Freeland-Gaither, 22, had some injuries but was generally doing OK, police said. There was no indication she and the man, who used to live in Philadelphia, knew each other, authorities said. The man, Delvin Barnes, 37, was being held Wednesday night on an unrelated Virginia warrant alleging attempted capital murder, assault and malicious injury with acid, explosives or fire, and he would face federal charges in the Philadelphia abduction, authorities said. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents found the vehicle late Wednesday afternoon on a road in Jessup, said Tim Jones, resident agent in charge with the ATF in Lanham, Md.Law enforcers saw Barnes and Freeland-Gaither in the car and surrounded it, Jones said.last_img read more

Budget 2017 Telecom firms to seek relaxation in special audits

first_imgAs part of the budget wish list, telecom firms are planning to seek relaxation in special audits of their accounts ordered by the government in March this year to find out instances of underreporting of revenues.The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), which represents companies like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio Infocomm, will raise this issue with the finance minister in the upcoming pre-budget consultative meeting, according to a report in the Economic Times.”Provisions related to special audit should be relaxed and triggered only in exceptional circumstances, with an ‘ease of doing business’ perspective,” the report quoted COAI as saying.A Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report in March this year found out underreporting of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) to the tune of Rs 46,045.70 crore from 2006-07 to 2009-2010 by telecom firms. This had led to a loss of Rs 12,488 crore to the national exchequer. Subsequently, the government had ordered special audits of the accounts of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Aircel, Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications to examine the issue.According to the report, telcos will also seek clarity on service tax on the spectrum, which has been imposed effective from 2016-17. “Operators feel that to ensure a uniform tax practice, the government should not impose service tax on the spectrum that was allocated in 2015 or before but assigned on or after April 1, 2016,” the report said.In the consultative meeting, telcos are also planning to raise the issue of imposing withholding tax on discounts extended to pre-paid distributors and retailers. “Distributors and retailers are not the agents of telecom firms and the discount offered to them cannot be taken as a commission for services on which tax is then levied,” the report quoted Rajan S Mathews, director-general of the COAI, as saying.last_img read more

Study suggests use of genderneutral terms to describe people leads to gender

first_img Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Study suggests use of gender-neutral terms to describe people leads to gender equality (2019, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Margit Tavits et al. Language influences mass opinion toward gender and LGBT equality, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1908156116 Back in 2012, people in Sweden began debating adding a new word to their language to describe people in a gender-neutral fashion. The language already had the words hon and han, for he and she respectively—the word hen was proposed to describe people without referring to their gender. By 2015, use of the new word had become commonplace, and was added to the Swedish Academy Glossary. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if widespread use of the word in Sweden had reduced male bias in general references, thereby leading to greater gender equality. To find out, they carried out three experiments that involved writing assignments by over 3000 volunteers.In the first experiment, volunteers looked at a picture showing an androgynous character walking a dog. Each was then asked to use the familiar hon or han or the new word, hen, to describe the action in the picture. In the second experiment, volunteers completed a short story about a person of unknown gender running for office. The final experiment involved soliciting volunteers’ views on women and non-males in general (LGBT and non-binary people).The researchers report that those people who used the new word, hen, to describe the dog-walking picture were less likely to use a male name for their character. They also found that people took the same amount of time to write the story about the person running for office regardless of the term they used to describe them. And they found that people who used the new word showed more positivity towards LGBT people. They conclude by suggesting that the introduction of the new word into the Swedish lexicon has led to more gender-inclusive language. They further suggest that such inclusiveness could be leading to less gender bias and the promotion of gender equality. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img A pair of researchers, one with Washington University in St. Louis, the other with the University of California, has found evidence that suggests the use of gender-neutral terms to describe people promotes gender equality. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Margit Tavits and Efrén Pérez describe experiments they conducted with Swedish volunteers and what they found. Google moves to curb gender bias in translation © 2019 Science X Network CC0 public domainlast_img read more

Emirates Wolgan Valley Acclaimed Best Australian HotelResort at AFTA

first_imgEmirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa has been honoured with one of the most prestigious awards in the country, receiving the 2012 Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) National Travel Industry Award (NTIA) for Best Australian Hotel/Resort. Emirates Wolgan Valley was presented the Award at a gala presentation dinner in Sydney, attended by dignitaries and more than 900 of the industry’s business leaders and members. The premier awards recognise the leaders in the Australian travel industry and acknowledge superior customer service, marketing excellence, business acumen and outstanding personnel.“The AFTA NTIA is one of the most significant awards we could be honoured with. Recognition from our industry peers is the highest acclaim and it is gratifying that our commitment and efforts to be a truly world-class Australian hotel have not gone unnoticed,” said Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. “The resort is over 10 years in the making and from the outset, Emirates made deliberate efforts to ensure it showcases the very best of Australia with an ethos for quintessential experiences, understated luxury, and a profound sense of place. “This is an extraordinary achievement and one that Emirates is extremely proud and humbled to receive,” added Mr Heymeijer.A scenic three-hour drive from Sydney, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is nestled between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks and borders the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The resort itself occupies just two per cent of the 4,000-acre property, and combines the expectations of the high-end traveller with a commitment to broader social, ecological and environmental sustainability.For a complete list of accolades and awards Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa has received since opening in October 2009, including acclaim from Condé Nast Traveller, Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, and The Leading Hotels of the World, visit is the peak body for Australia’s travel agents, and represents the majority of travel agents in Australia. Founded in 1957, AFTA’s aim has been to stimulate, encourage and promote travel; and to uphold the interests of travel agents who form a vital part of Australia’s highly specialised travel and tourism industry. Source = Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spalast_img read more

Writers and artists to drop Turkish from union name

first_imgTHE Turkish Cypriot union of writers and artists has decided to drop the word ‘Turkish’ from its title and limit the term TRNC in a bid to draw people from all backgrounds and fight racism.According to Yeni Duzen newspaper, the union’s 14th general meeting unanimously voted to make the changes to allow it to “draw artists and writers of different ethnicity, religion, and language, and at the same time to express strong condemnation to the rising racism in Cyprus and across the globe.”The union has been active for the past 28 years.It will continue its activities in Cyprus and abroad and will work for peace, social justice and equal rights.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

In the Internet Era Anyone Can Be behind the Code

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 22, 2015; U.S. News & World ReportNear the dawn of the modern Internet era, around 1993, the New Yorker magazine ran a popular cartoon of a dog sitting at a desk using a computer. Its caption was, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” While the days of full, unfettered Internet anonymity are gone, this concept can still serve to liberate and empower.The Internet does not discriminate on age, ethnicity, or gender. This is why technology career opportunities, and specifically those in coding, are suitable for women, where talent is the sole differentiator.A distinctive nonprofit organization serves as an incubator for the next generation of female technology and engineering experts. In 2012, Reshma Saujani established Girls Who Code with the goal of closing the gender gap in the fields of technology and engineering by teaching girls computing skills and encouraging them to pursue technology careers. Supported by public and private partners, Girls Who Code conducts seven-week summer immersion programs for girls at companies and universities across the United States. Each program is designed for 20 juniors and seniors selected through an application process.According to the most recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2013 American Community Survey found that of all full-time, year-round employed civilians age 16 and older, women comprise 27.5 percent of computer and information systems managers. The same report found that 25.1 percent of all computer and mathematical occupations are filled by women, and within that category, only 20.3 percent of computer programmers are female.For the U.S. to be competitive in technology, women must be part of the technology sector. Girls Who Code is one way to accomplish this goal.Laura Willson, age 17, co-founded a Girls Who Code club at her high school in Manhattan:“Many women do not pursue computer science because they are intimidated, assuming it is a field that men or geeks prefer. The media also perpetuates a certain viewpoint. In media, they only show that you either have to be pretty or smart. You can’t be both. So I feel like when they have shows of a pretty woman who is smart, they’re actually showing that you can be pretty and smart in coding.”According to Mary Karroqe, a 16-year-old junior in Brooklyn and alum of a Girls Who Code summer program, “Now that I know how to code, I know how to make something from nothing. I would like to take advantage of that and use the Internet to create something that can just make education and information more accessible…I can take nothing, like a blank web page, for example, and I can turn it into whatever I want just by typing a few things on my keyboard. I really love that; it’s really empowering for me.”So, ask your technology department or vendors: Who’s coding your website or business app?—Debbie LaskeyShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Nonprofit Reactions to New Overtime Rules Run the Gamut

first_imgShare471Tweet6Share283Email760 Sharesovertime / Sam GreenhalghMay 20, 2016; Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA)Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor released new rules that increased the white-collar overtime threshold from $455 to $913 per week (or from $23,660 to $47,476 on an annual basis). The announcement of the updated rules implementing the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ended a lengthy process that began in 2014 when President Obama requested the regulations be reviewed to ensure they were consistent with his goal of ensuring workers were paid a fair wage for a hard day’s work.For the millions of employees who may now see larger paychecks, the new rule is welcome news. But for their employers, these new rules will require some difficult decisions. While setting a new standard that will affect an estimated 4.2 million current employees, the rules provide several ways organizations can respond, not all of which result in increased pay for their employees.Organizations can comply with the new rules, implement the administrative systems necessary to track hours for currently salaried employees, and pay the additional cost of overtime for those who earn it. Happier and better-paid employees, perhaps, but an added cost to be funded. Or they can reduce the employee’s salary so that any overtime earned will not result in an increase in the employee’s total earnings. Or they can forbid overtime for these employees and hire additional part-time workers to pick up the slack. The last two options do keep costs contained, but their workforce may be unhappy and less productive.From the moment the new rule was put forward for public comment in 2015, the nonprofit community has seen them as asking them to make a difficult choice, balancing their mission of helping those in need with the realities of operating. The National Council of Nonprofits encouraged “all nonprofits to conduct a mission-based analysis of the proposed regulations. That means answering questions about how the proposed increase in the minimum salary levels would affect operations, resources, and staffing, as well as what impact the draft regulations would have on persons relying on the services and the mission of the nonprofit” to evaluate the benefits of the changes being proposed.Among the more than 270,000 comments the DOL received to the proposed rule were many voices speaking for the nonprofit community, and they seemed to see only the negative impact on their operations; mission seemed to take a backseat to the difficulty of meeting a higher standard. Rick Cohen’s “brief review of one third of the posted comments found there was not one positive comment from a nonprofit.” The comments he saw predicted dire outcomes, staff reductions, service cuts, and even agency closings. No one seemed to see the increased pay for those earning low salaries as an important benefit to be supported.Now that the changes are going to take effect, segments of the nonprofit community continues to protest loudly. Jesse Ergott, president of NeighborWorks in Northeastern Pennsylvania, described the problem to the Times-Tribune: read more

Opioid Treatment Bill Remains Underfunded as Need Outpaces Capacity

first_imgShare27TweetShare16Email43 SharesOctober 20, 2016; Bend BulletinTreatment available to those suffering from opioid addiction has not kept pace with the rise of addiction itself, says a report released last week by the Democratic Staff of the Senate Committee on Finance. The minority report, released by senator Ron Wyden, highlights the “enormous” treatment gaps in states hit hard by the opioid crisis, and criticizes the lack of congressional funding for provisions authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.The CDC has reported that “more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record,” and that nearly half a million people died of opioid overdoses from 2000–2014. It is estimated that 78 people die per day in America from opioid overdoses. Wyden’s report cites a 2015 study from the American Journal of Public Health, which reported widespread under-availability of opioid treatment in nearly every state. There are more addicted people than state and local programs can accommodate, and the capacity gap for medication-assisted treatment is especially high. While medications such as methadone and buprenorphine have been FDA-approved to treat opiate addiction, these medications are prohibitively expensive for most addicted people, and few health plans cover the treatment.“In every state, across the country, treatment capacity simply does not match the need,” Wyden’s report reads. The Bulletin, a daily newspaper out of Bend, Oregon, recently reported on the finance committee report, adding that using current addiction and treatment surveys, nearly one million opiate-addicted people do not have access to treatment programs.The Comprehensive Addition and Recovery Act (CARA), passed in July, was intended to allocate funding for state and local programs fighting the rising opioid epidemic. The language in the bill describes a massive, evidence-based grant program funding first responder training, increased availability of naloxone (Narcan) for law enforcement agencies, local treatment programs, pain management research, drug diversion programs, treatment for incarcerated people, and a host of additional programs. Nearly all of the funding is intended for nonprofit, state, and local agencies to address addiction at the community level.While CARA, the most expansive legislation to ever address addiction support services, was passed nearly unanimously by both the House and Senate, the White House criticized congressional Republicans for blocking built-in funding that Democratic senators had attempted to include in the bill.Although CARA authorizes $181 million each year in funding for a host of law enforcement and treatment programs, those funds must be appropriated by Congress each year. Even if these funds are appropriated, they fall far short of the $920 million House Democrats hoped to add to CARA before its passage.Last month, a coalition of 100 nonprofit groups petitioned the Senate for additional addiction services funding. Another letter, signed by several of the same nonprofits, went to the White House, encouraging the president to request the full funding of CARA programs in the next budget or continuing resolution. Republican senators Rob Portman of Ohio, one of CARA’s coauthors, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire also pushed their own party to support CARA funding in advance of Congress’ passage of a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 9th.The continuing resolution, passed at the end of September, did set aside another $37 million in new funding for CARA programs through the next year. But because that $37 million is to be prorated over one year, only about $7 million has been made available for the duration of the 10-week continuing resolution.Earlier this week, the New York Times’ editorial board wrote that full funding for CARA could help recover some of the millions of workers missing from the American labor force. But the most impassioned coverage of the bill seems to be showing up in local newspapers like the Toledo Blade or the sites of addiction recovery nonprofits like the Drug Policy Alliance—the places and organizations most likely to be positively impacted by new treatment funding.—Lauren KarchShare27TweetShare16Email43 Shareslast_img read more

Housing Discrimination and a Just Society

first_imgShare9TweetShare3Email12 Shares“Access.” Sarah Stewart.April 20, 2017; NextCityIn spite of the federal government’s attack on equal rights issues across the spectrum, a recent National Fair Housing Alliance report titled “The Case for Fair Housing” boldly claims, “Instead of seeing the problem of segregation as intractable, it should be seen as foundational. You can pour all the money in the world into inequities in all these other areas, but if you do not address the segregation and discrimination that are the foundation of these inequities, it will be difficult to make any meaningful progress.”Using fair housing tools to dismantle systemic segregation has seemed a lofty dream for too many years. That changed in 2015–2016. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs et al. v. Inclusive Communities Project, et al.; the Obama administration regulations on affirmatively furthering fair housing and on disparate impact; and the confluence of myriad studies of the social, economic, educational, and health impacts of segregation made 2016 a moment in history when it seemed possible that promoting desegregation could undermine social and economic inequality in the span of a lifetime.Then came the election of 2016, and hopes for rapid change were dashed. A recent article in Slate depicts the Nixon administration’s efforts to gut civil rights enforcement and suggests this is a template for the Trump-Sessions administration’s roll back of efforts to achieve racial justice. Policy attacks are bound to proliferate as Republican-dominated state legislatures look for ways to kneecap the advocacy networks of the past eight .In NextCity’s “This Is What Housing Discrimination in the U.S. Looks Like,” author Kelsey E. Thomas focuses on the report’s bullet points while hinting at the blockbuster recommendations within. NFHA’s report is a refusal to give up on the opportunity created over the past decade. In fact, in the face of implacable opposition in the halls of power, NFHA redoubles its efforts. To make this vision real, NFHA calls on a wholesale reconstruction of the Federal commitment to fair housing enforcement.“Create an Independent Fair Housing Agency or Reform HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. A strong, independent fair housing agency could more effectively address discrimination and segregation throughout the United States. In the absence of such an organization, HUD should be restructured so that the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity plays a more meaningful role and functions effectively in its many important responsibilities.”“Reestablish the President’s Fair Housing Council to establish a multidisciplinary approach well suited to addressing the policies and systems that have a discriminatory impact, perpetuating entrenched patterns of metropolitan segregation.” On its face, this proposal seems like a rehash of efforts to break down silos, but imagine if this multi-issue, multi-sectoral Fair Housing Council could have the impact of a Kerner Commission by focusing the national discussion around fundamental realities of race and culture.There are many more predictable goals cited in the NFHA report that go to the nuts and bolts of fair housing work. These include expanding funding for state and local private fair housing agencies, expanding equal access to credit, and increasing corporate and philanthropic support for fair housing. Still, the core message is defiant support for the progress made over the past eight years. Maybe that vision won’t happen under the current administration, but keep in mind that the entire NFHA report is focused on a vision of generational change.While NFHA’s recommendations focus on the federal government, it seems to understand that they will not likely happen under the current administration, so NFHA also relies on changing the facts on the ground where people live, instead of relying on the caprice of policymakers. It highlights key factors where the nonprofit sector and individuals do have choice, including, as Thomas observes, “a need for more advocacy…that many prospective funders feel that [is] in conflict with their mission or corporate agenda to focus on fair housing…and that many of those who regard themselves as unaffected by inequities do not care that there are inequities.”If there is an opportunity for us in these times, it is to act more boldly where we can, personally and locally.—Spencer WellsShare9TweetShare3Email12 Shareslast_img read more

Analogue TV will be completely switched off in the

first_imgAnalogue TV will be completely switched off in the UK on October 24, 2012.Digital UK, the body tasked with managing switchover, said that the five-year switchover period will be brought to a close next year when the last analogue signals are switched off in Northern Ireland. Digital UK said that the process will come in at £53 million (€60 million) under budget.last_img

Chinese satellite and terrestrial reception equipm

first_imgChinese satellite and terrestrial reception equipment producer GlobalSat has licensed TV software specialist ANT’s Galio HbbTV platform to develop a range of HbbTV-compliant set-top boxes.GlobalSat’s boxes are currently deployed across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, North Africa and Australia.Sean Kim, vice-president and general manager for Asia and Russian Markets at ANT said: “The ANT Galio HbbTV Platform continues to be selected based on its assured compliance with the HbbTV standard. We’re pleased to be working with GlobalSat which has a proven deployment track record across many regions and is well placed to move into the HbbTV market.”last_img