Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad was rushed to a hospital here on Friday after he complained of vertigo, breathing problems and uneasiness.He was discharged after a couple of hours. The former Bihar Chief Minister would visit Mumbai next week and then Bengaluru for further treatment, his family physician said.“The former Bihar Chief Minister was admitted here following complaints of vertigo, because of which he had fallen at home. He also complained of breathing problems and uneasiness. He has thoroughly been examined by our specialists,” a hospital official said. Manish Mandal, medical superintendent at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), told reporters.
Cutting across party lines senior political leaders from Maharashtra paid tributes to veteran Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who passed away in New Delhi on Saturday.Among those to offer condolences were Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Union Railway and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, who was in Mumbai on Saturday, former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, and Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat.“There is some tragic news coming in. Our beloved social worker and politician who had dedicated life to the nation, Sheila Dikshit has passed away. I offer my condolences to her family,” said Mr. Goyal in Mumbai. Mr. Fadnavis also tweeted his condolence message to the 81-year-old leader: “Extremely sad to learn about sudden demise of Smt Sheila Dikshit. My deepest condolences to her family & followers.” Mr. Pawar, who has known Ms. Dikshit from his time in the Congress said the party and country has lost an able administrator. “Her tenure as CM of our capital city will always be remembered. We have lost a senior Congress leader and an able administrator. My sincere condolences to her family members,” Mr. Pawar said. Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat termed Ms. Dikshit’s demise as “very painful”, and said she was a very loyal follower of the well-cultured tradition of the Congress.The Twitter handle of Maharashtra Congress also said, “Extremely sad to learn about sudden demise of Smt #SheilaDixit. An affectionate & accessible leader, she leaves behind a rich legacy. India can never forget her contribution for the transformation National capital. Our deepest condolences to her family & followers.” “Deeply anguished on learning about the death of veteran leader Sheila Dikshit ji. It is an immeasurable loss to the country. May her soul Rest In Peace,” Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil said on Twitter.
A Delhi court on Monday reserved judgment in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case in Bihar.Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshrestha reserved the judgement on conclusion of final arguments. Main accused Brajesh Thakur and 20 others are facing trial. Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at the shelter home.The court had on March 30 framed charges of rape, criminal conspiracy, sexual assault, drugging of minors and criminal intimidation against the accused, and the trial began on April 3.Thakur, whose NGO, Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, managed the shelter home, was charged under the POCSO Act, including Section 6 (aggravated sexual assault). The offence attracts punishment from 10 years to life imprisonment.On February 7, the Supreme Court transferred the case from Bihar to the POCSO court in Saket District Courts complex with a direction to conclude the trial within six months.The Tata Institute of Social Sciences had blown the lid off on the assault on the minor girls at the home while conducting social audit of such homes in the State.
Also Read :Cricket: Zaheer Khan suggests to raise the standards of the Yo-Yo testCricket : The Indian Pace attack has enough firepower to cover up Bhuwaneshwar and Bumrah’s absence:Darren Gough AdvertisementOn Wednesday (1st August), Nepal are set to play their very first One-Day international game against the Netherlands. Nepal had secured the ODI status by beating Papua New Guinea in the ICC World Cup Qualifier in Harare in March this year.Nepal’s batch of 2018 will see Shakti Gauchan, the seasoned campaigner, retired after the tour. “This has been such a long, amazing journey for Nepal cricket but playing our first ever One-Day Internationals against the Netherlands is only the beginning, we have always wanted to get to this point but the challenge is to keep on growing. Eight years ago we were playing in ICC World Cricket League Division Five and now we are among the top 16 nations in the world, with ODI status guaranteed for the next four years” Khadka wrote in his column in icc-cricket.comHe further added, “I hope we can keep this going and continue to grow because our next goal is to become a Test-playing country. We have worked hard for ODI status and the games against the Netherlands are opportunities for us to explore ourselves, enjoy the experience and hopefully put up good performances.”“One of the happiest days since then was the day – 27 November 2013 – when we beat Hong Kong off the last ball to qualify for the 2014 ICC World T20 in Bangladesh,” Khadka revealed, as Nepal managed just two wins in the World Cup Qualifier – against Hong Kong and PNG – but Khadka stressed the tournament was special for him and his boys and they have miles to achieve in the upcoming years as they have a strong vision. Advertisement
PARIS — Striking a defiant tone, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says it is “vital” the European Championship in France goes ahead to show the country will not cower in the wake of the deadly attacks in Brussels and Paris.More than 30 people were killed and 200 injured after explosions at Brussels airport and subway on March 22, and France remains in a state of emergency since 130 were killed on a night of attacks in Paris in November.The attacks have raised doubts as to whether Euro 2016 should go ahead in June.“Big sporting events, big cultural events, are vital to show that we are a free people standing on our feet, that we’re not scared, that we know we’re facing up to a terrorist threat,” Valls said on March 23 on Europe 1 radio. “So, yes, Euro 2016 and the Tour de France will take place.”Other big events coming up include the Paris Marathon next week, and the French Open tennis in May.These events, Valls said, were “a strength for our democracy,” and show that “life is the best answer to this ideology of death.”With Europe on high alert, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said everything will be put in place to guarantee the tightest security at Euro 2016, with the mobilization of specially trained emergency staff, police, and firefighters.Tournament organizers strengthened security measures and made changes to the particularly vulnerable fan zones well before the events in Brussels.French Secretary of State for Sport Thierry Braillard told sports daily L’Equipe on March 23 that “we can’t do better in terms of security for the Euro,” and reiterated that “to cancel or to postpone the European Championships would be giving in.”France plays Netherlands in a friendly in Amsterdam on Friday, and hosts Russia at Stade de France next Tuesday.Both matches are set to go ahead, and it will be the first time France plays a soccer match at the national stadium since suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the stadium on Nov. 13 during France’s friendly against Germany. France played three Six Nations rugby matches there recently without incidents.Stade de France hosts the opening game of Euro 2016 when France faces Romania.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Microchip: SAM R30 module provides multiple years of battery life for proprietary networksNext Cypress: ModusToolbox Suite eases IoT design complexity GIGAIPC exhibited IoT solutions for Smart Retail, Digital Signage, Smart Factory, and Facial Recognition Systems during Embedded World 2019.GIGAIPC’s SDM-7100L equipped with a facial recognition system which is able to analyze the user and determine their gender and age, then according to this information instantly trigger a targeted advertisement or specific media content. The digital signage enhancement is more effective in delivering the right advertising content to the right customer. The SDM-7100L is integrated with a 3D camera (T01-3DX 3D Camera) with 48” High Brightness monitor provide a total solution of smart retail. The SDM-7100L is equipped with an Intel Core i3-7100 processor, and has already been deployed in several smart retail applications.GIGAIPC showcased a Facial Recognition System (Face ID Security Access Control Panel PC): QBiP-7200A + T01-3DX 3D Camera, which has been developed together with software from Alpha-info. The Facial Recognition System can be used for door access control, to implement employee attendance records, factory access security, and for use in unmanned stores.Alpha-info’s software platform uses Intel’s OpenVINO ToolKit development technology to implement an AI (artificial intelligence) enabled facial recognition system, and GIGAIPC’s hardware provides a stable host computer, allowing the system to recognize faces faster and more accurately.GIGAIPC’s AOI solution evaluates the correctness of products being assembled on an industrial production line, and judges whether the products have missing parts or defects. The system can implement size classification, measurement, position judgment, text recognition, etc., providing stable, safe and reliable inspection and system. It can improve production efficiency, shorten inspection time and reduce product defect rate.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Pep Guardiola delivered on his promise of winning the Premier League with Manchester City and that too in record-breaking fashion.A year on, Guardiola has said that Manchester City will aim to improve their performance rather than beat last season’s record-breaking Premier League tally of 100 points.Defending champions Manchester City became the first side to reach 100 points in a Premier League campaign and finished last season 19 points above their closest rivals Manchester United.”People ask ‘can you improve on 100 points’ and I say no because we are not here to do that. However, individually the players can improve,” Guardiola said during the Sky Sports Premier League launch.READ – England goalkeeper Joe Hart moves to Burnley on a two-year deal”Of course we can improve. If I felt we could not improve the team I would call my chairman and say: ‘I leave’. But still, we believe we can do better and dominate more. Will it happen? I don’t know but we believe we can do it.”City begin the new season with a trip to Arsenal on Sunday and Spaniard Guardiola suggested the London side could pose a serious challenge this season under new manager Unai Emery.”Arsenal I think are going to be more consistent as a team,” Guardiola added. “It will be tough like it has to be. It’s nice because every season the Premier League is tougher and tougher.READ – Aguero bags brace as Manchester City beat Chelsea to lift Community Shield”Unai is a work ethic guy. He knows everything about the opponents. He achieved something unique in European football in three Europa Leagues in a row and he handled himself well at PSG. He’s a top, top manager and it will be tough.”advertisementGuardiola also shed some light on the Manchester City’s transfer plans, saying, “I think we are not going to make any more signings.”Watch: Brazil star Jesus calls his mum after contract extension with Man CityGuardiola suggested that in the new season he may deploy use John Stones in the midfield if needed.”John for the qualities he has, the personality he has, hes a tall guy, I think he can play there,” he said.(With inputs from Reuters)
Vegas is missing a golden opportunity here with Wes Lunt’s future up in the air so I’ll go ahead and capitalize on it and give you the odds on where Lunt ends up. Do with your money amongst yourselves as you wish…Yesterday Joe Schad informed us it’s down to Tennessee, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Southern Miss, and Illinois. I’m not sure where he’s getting this info — what if @WesLunt is just DMing every reporter in the country (how funny would that be?) — but I believe him.So let’s get to the schools:Southern Miss (2-1)It was always going to be Hattiesburg, wasn’t it? Monken tweeted — potentially after a couple of late-afternoon Bud heavies — last Friday and it was just over from there:Oh boy….. RT @CoachToddMonken: Really, REALLY EXCITED right now!!!— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 10, 2013I’m not sure what the Monken-Lunt love is all about (maybe Lunt has an uncle who’s a beer or cigarette distributor?) but it’s definitely strong. Lunt is probably throwing darts at a Brett Favre throwback poster as we speak.Illinois (5-1)It’s home. Their offense sucks so he’ll play right away — I didn’t actually look up their offense but I’m assuming that since they’re in the Big 10 and didn’t play in the Rose Bowl last year that their offense sucks. Plus he’s a a borderline cult hero up there — my Google Analytics page for last football season looked like this:Top cities visiting PFB1. Stillwater2. OKC3. Rochester, Ill4. TulsaLouisville (10-1)My gosh he would throw 45 TDs a year in this offense. I honestly think this would be the best fit for him. You’re going to have one more year of Teddy Bridgewater Teddy Bridgewatering while Lunt redshirts, and then three years of Lunt slinging it around against God-knows-which teams for the three years after that.Be afraid, Tulsa[1. If you are in fact in a conference with Louisville still.]Tennessee (20-1)No, what? I don’t see this at all. Although somebody on Twitter tried to tell me that Tennessee is a step down from OSU as a football program. Come on, guys — let’s be realistic. Tennessee wins since 2000 = 99, OSU wins since 2000 = 98. It’s not a monster step up like it used to be, but it’s not by any stretch of the imagination a step down.Vanderbilt (25-1)For all we know Lunt is a Mensa member and majoring in biomechanical engineering with a minor in advanced statistics. I say “for all we know” because he talked to the media like twice in his 15 months at OSU. This would be a strange move (I know OSU is the Princeton of the Midwest but…well…yeah) for him both academically and athletically. I don’t see it happening so 25-1 feels right.Happy *not gambling.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
COLUMBIA, MO – SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback Drew Lock #3 of the Missouri Tigers passes during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)The Senior Bowl is underway in Mobile, Alabama as college football’s best seniors gear up for the NFL draft. During the process, coaches put players through drills and ask a series of questions, much like the NFL combine that’s to come in February.During the week of practice, one of the top quarterback prospects in the country was asked an interesting question. Former Missouri quarterback Drew Lock was asked about the time he cheated on a match test – in high school.NFL teams are thorough, when they want to be.How thorough is the background dive NFL clubs do on prospects? Missouri QB Drew Lock was asked in an interview about a math test he cheated on in the 9th grade.#SeniorBowl— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) January 22, 2019Lock projects as one of the first quarterbacks off the board – even if he did cheat on a math test in high school. The former Missouri quarterback has been mocked to the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins a times this offseason, though the Washington Redskins are also a viable option.Regardless, it looks like Lock will be one of the first quarterbacks selected in the draft – likely behind Dwayne Haskins and possibly Kyler Murray if a team takes a shot on the former Oklahoma star.The draft process will continue through late April when the 2019 NFL draft kicks off. We’re likely to see several other weird questions heading through the process. UPDATE: The NFL clubs only knew of a “disciplinary snag” Lock suffered in 9th grade.Bit of clarification here…Club only knew of a disciplinary snag of some kind from 9th grade and asked Lock what it was. Lock disclosed the details. https://t.co/hnqrEhKAVQ— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) January 22, 2019Luck was honest with the details.
Personally, I truly felt like it was a “bang bang” play. But it’s easy to build your own perception with a remote in your hand. The block was illegal & could easily be viewed as “dirty” without a doubt. But I can assure you it wasn’t intentional.There is a fine line between playing hard & playing safe. Sadly, I put another player in harms way & I accept full responsibility, this game is violent enough, let alone with an illegal hit. Players need to take care of each other. I was told he was able to walk of the field & I pray there isn’t a significant injury. With this being said, I would like to apologize to Coach Wells & the rest of the Texas Tech program. This is not the playing style he coaches or accepts.I did not represent my university well. Also, I would like to apologize to the player I hit illegally & again, I truly hope he is okay. Hope y’all can forgive me! Wreck Em.”My deepest apologizes to @TTUCoachWells @kirbyhocutt for my illegal hit. It is a terrible look for TTU. Also, sorry to @kennedyBrooks26 I hope there is no serious harm done. pic.twitter.com/oL8pftsldh— Eli Howard V (@EliHoward5) September 28, 2019If you haven’t seen the play, you can watch it below:Here’s the low block on Brooks. If it looks dirty, that’s because it is. pic.twitter.com/tNoOhFOR02— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) September 28, 2019It’s unclear if Howard will face further punishment from either the Big 12 or his own program. But it’s nice to see that he’s owning up to his mistake either way.Hopefully, Brooks is okay as well. We’ll keep you updated on his injury status. During Saturday afternoon’s contest between Oklahoma and Texas Tech, a Red Raiders defender took what appeared to be a cheap shot on Sooners running back Kennedy Brooks following an interception. After the game, he took to Twitter to explain what happened.Eli Howard, the player who delivered the hit, says that he thought it was a “bang-bang” play in his head. Now that he’s seen video, he understands how it might have come across as a dirty play.Howard assured fans it wasn’t intentional and apologized to Brooks. He also apologized to his head coach and his athletic director.“Obviously, my personal foul play has been receiving a lot of attention through social media. During the play, I thought my player (ball carrier) had the corner & I tried to help by laying down a block. However, I had already launched when the ball carrier had stepped out of bounds.
Asian News International New DelhiMay 14, 2019UPDATED: May 14, 2019 11:01 IST 2019 ICC World Cup: Virat Kohli will lead India against Pakistan on June 18 in Manchester (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia and Pakistan face-off in the 2019 ICC World Cup on June 18 in ManchesterPakistan have never beaten India in any of the meetings in the World CupVirat Kohli’s childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma, feels that record will not changeRajkumar Sharma, the childhood coach of India captain Virat Kohli, on Monday said that Pakistan has no chance of winning against India in the forthcoming 2019 ICC World Cup.When asked about whether India will be able to continue their winning streak against Pakistan in the World Cup, Sharma told ANI: “There is no doubt about that. There is no competition as India is a far superior team as compared to Pakistan. Although cricket is a game of uncertainty, on paper India is a far superior team.”Sharma also eulogised Kohli for his dedication to making India lift the World Cup. However, Sharma feels that it will be a big challenge for the skipper as he will be leading the team for the first time in the quadrennial tournament.”Virat is very focused regarding World Cup. If you listen to his interviews from the past two years, since then he has been dreaming about the World Cup like how he is going to play in the World Cup and what should be the strategy. So, he is very devoted and dedicated to making India win the World Cup,” Sharma said.”It is a big challenge for Virat Kohli as he will be leading India for the first time in World Cup,’ he added.Sharma also opined over the much-debated topic, that is, who should play at number four for India and said Vijay Shankar is ‘ideal’ for number four.”Vijay Shankar is an amazing player and he is ideal to play at number four. Fortunately, India has many other options as well like KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik. However, my first choice will be Vijay Shankar because along with batting he is also a good bowler in those conditions where you can except 5-6 overs from him,” he said.advertisementIndia will face South Africa in their first 2019 World Cup clash on June 5.Also Read | Manchester decks up for India-Pakistan World Cup clashAlso Read | India vs Pakistan at 2019 World Cup is not ‘war’ but just another game: Shoaib MalikFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Rajkumar SharmaFollow India vs PakistanFollow Ind vs PakFollow 2019 ICC World Cup Virat Kohli’s childhood coach says Pakistan stand no chance against India in World CupRajkumar Sharma, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, feels that Pakistan have no chance of beating India when the two teams meet at the 2019 ICC World Cup.advertisement
This Memorial Day weekend, PBS brings viewers an inspiring night of remembrance dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.Gloria Estefanwill perform on PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERTThe multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT returns live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol co-hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise. The broadcast marks the tenth anniversary that the acclaimed actors, who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops in active service, co-host the event.The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will showcase our courageous American heroes who have been disabled for life; shine a spotlight on Gold Star Children who have lost a parent to war; and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.The all-star line-up includes: distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); seven-time Grammy Award-winner, and international superstar Gloria Estefan; acclaimed film and television actress Stefanie Scott (INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3; JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS); THE VOICE season five winner Tessanne Chin; the world’s most prolific classical cross-over artist Katherine Jenkins; and world renowned tenor Russell Watson in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly (additional performers to be announced). The 26th annual broadcast airs live on PBS Sunday, May 24, 2015, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.The 2015 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will feature the following segments: • There are over 4 million living disabled American veterans, a visible reminder of the toll of America’s wars through the decades. A new national memorial in Washington, DC to pay tribute to these courageous American heroes disabled for life was dedicated in October 2014. The concert will feature the poignant stories of two veterans from different eras severely injured in war and living with life-altering disabilities. • Through the eyes of Gold Star Children, those who have lost a parent to war, we learn how their lives are changed forever. • As the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the deadliest war in human history, we honor the sacrifices of America’s Greatest Generation, and remember the estimated 60 million men, women and children worldwide whose lives were brutally ended in the war.Also participating in the event are the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.The program is a co-production of Jerry Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C. Executive producer Jerry Colbert and producer Michael Colbert have assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television’s most prestigious entertainment awards shows. The team includes: Emmy award-winning producer Walter C. Miller, whose credits include the GRAMMY AWARDS and COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS; and award-winning director Paul Miller whose credits include THE COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.
Got Your 6 announced this week 13 new “6 Certified” projects in celebration of film, television, and theatrical content that normalizes depictions of veterans as leaders and community assets.Projects to receive “6 Certified” status include feature films Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Sully” and Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” independent films “Roadtrip Nation: The Next Mission” and “Citizen Soldier,” and episodes and seasons of the Netflix original series “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” “Justified,” “Hap and Leonard,” and “Power Triumph Games,” among others. For the first time, Got Your 6 honored a theatrical production by granting Broadway musical “Bandstand” “6 Certified” status.The fourth slate of “6 Certified” projects since the program’s inception was announced at the organization’s 2016 Storytellers event hosted at The Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in Los Angeles. The annual event showcases veterans who are utilizing their unique skillset and military experience to strengthen communities across America, while also celebrating the content creators working to tell those stories.“If a picture is worth a thousand words, a film or television project should be worth a million,” said Bill Rausch, Iraq War veteran and executive director of Got Your 6. “That’s why leading into Veterans Day we are celebrating the content creators who are accurately portraying our amazing men and women who have transitioned out of the military and are leading in their communities. Every veteran is a civic asset, and these latest projects to be ‘6 Certified’ truly embody this narrative.”Got Your 6 announced the following projects to be awarded with “6 Certified” status:“Bandstand” – Set in 1945, Bandstand tells the story of musician Donny Novitski who is about to lead his band of fellow veterans into competition for America’s next swing band sensation. Opening on Broadway April 26, 2107, the writers and producers of “Bandstand” reached out to the Got Your 6 campaign for scripting feedback in order to portray veterans accurately and responsibly.“Cast Me!” – “Cast Me!” reveals the day-to-day work at LA-based agency DK Casting, owned by U.S. Marine Corps veteran David Kang. As an official partner of the Got Your 6 campaign, Myx TV ensured “Cast Me!” was crafted at every stage of production with positive veteran messaging. In addition to one of the four casting directors on the show being a veteran, this reality series also makes it a point to look to the veteran population for their casting needs. Myx TV“Citizen Soldier” – “Citizen Soldier” is a film told from the point of view of a group of soldiers from the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Thunderbirds Brigade. The project tells the true story about their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan, offering a personal look into modern warfare, brotherhood, and patriotism. Using real footage from multiple cameras, including helmet cams, these citizen soldiers endeavor to extend their ideals of service into their reintegration at home. Strong Eagle Media“Hacksaw Ridge” – In theaters on November 4 and directed by Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge” is the true story of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during WWII despite refusing to bear arms on religious grounds. Doss was ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance, but went on to earn respect and accolades for his bravery, selflessness, and compassion after he risked his life to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa. Doss’ father, played by Hugo Weaving, is a WWI veteran who provides a sobering speech on his personal motivation to serve. Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label“Hap and Leonard” – Set in the late 1980s, “Hap and Leonard” is a darkly comic swamp noir story of two best friends, one femme fatale, a crew of washed-up revolutionaries, a pair of murderous psycho-killers, some lost loot, and the fuzz. The series follows Hap Collins (James Purefoy), an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and his best friend Leonard Pine (Michael K. Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet. When Hap’s seductive ex-wife Trudy (Christina Hendricks) resurfaces with a deal they can’t refuse, a simple get-rich-quick scheme snowballs into bloody mayhem. Leonard is portrayed as a skilled and resourceful problem solver in this dark comedy. SundanceTV“Invictus Games Orlando 2016” – The Invictus Games is an international sporting event, created by Britain’s Prince Harry, for wounded, injured, or sick armed services personnel and veterans. The Invictus Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. Following the inaugural event in London in 2014, the Invictus Games came to Orlando, Florida where 500 competitors from 14 nations inspired the world with their Invictus spirit. The First Lady Michelle Obama attended the Opening Ceremony. ESPN“Justified” (series) – “Justified” is an American crime drama based on Elmore Leonard’s novella “Fire in the Hole.” For all six seasons, series regular Deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Gutterson (Jacob Pitts), a former U.S. Army Ranger Sniper, displayed his wry understanding of Deputy U. S Marshal Raylan Givens’ (Timothy Olyphant) unconventional law enforcement methods. FX“Marvel’s Luke Cage” – Mike Colter stars as former U.S. Marine Carl Lucas/Luke Cage. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city. Luke is portrayed as a tough, resourceful character whose heart is in the right place despite his flaws. Netflix“No Greater Love” – This documentary explores a combat deployment through the eyes of a U.S. Army chaplain who carried a camera in Afghanistan, capturing the gritty reality of war as well as the bond that is made among troops. The film depicts the experience of war and, more importantly, helps viewers understand the personal struggles of reintegrating soldiers. The chaplain discusses his own depression after his service and reunites his battalion to examine the reintegration process with the men he served alongside. Atlas House Productions“Power Triumph Games” – The “Power Triumph Games” is a multi-round sports competition that challenges world-class military veteran athletes who have overcome catastrophic injury to step outside their comfort zones. Their goal is to showcase veteran’s unique ability to adapt, overcome and thrive. With the United States Military Academy as a backdrop, athletes face eight challenges that are required of cadets to graduate. The games challenge all who see it to raise their own bar of gratitude and achievement. The 2016 games are a three-hour miniseries on CBS Sports Network and a one-hour sports special broadcast on CBS Sports, featuring personal stories of service, character, and triumph. OurVetSuccess and ITN Productions“Reparation” – Winner of 11 film festival awards, “Reparation” is a psychological thriller that centers around Bob Stevens (Marc Menchaca), a small-town farmer with a three year hole in his memory. When Jerome (played by real life veteran Jon Huertas), his best friend from the U.S. Air Force shows up, Bob’s peaceful existence begins to unravel from the outside in. Co-written by an Air Force veteran, the film takes the audience on a thrilling ride through the mind of a veteran confronting psychological issues, while avoiding the stereotype of the combat-damaged veteran, and echoing the call of duty to watch your buddy’s back. Red Dirt Pictures“Roadtrip Nation: The Next Mission” – “The Next Mission” showcases the trials and triumphs of post-military transition through the stories of Helen, Sam, and Bernard – three transitioning service members who set off on a road trip across the country to discover their purpose in the civilian world. As they interview fellow veterans who have found fulfilling work beyond service, the team learns that the skills cultivated in the military aren’t limited to the battlefield; they can be applied to any number of exciting careers. Roadtrip Nation, American Public Television“Sully” – Directed by Clint Eastwood, “Sully” tells the real story of the “Miracle on the Hudson,” when commercial pilot and U.S. armed forces veteran Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became a hero after performing an unprecedented forced water landing on New York’s Hudson River. Played in the film by Tom Hanks, Sully puts his military training and experience to good use, saving 155 lives by gliding the commercial plane to safety, but even as he was being praised by the public and the media, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy both his reputation and career. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures“The ‘6 Certified’ program has created an unprecedented opportunity for leading voices in the military and veterans community to recognize those in film and television who accurately portray our men and women in uniform,” said Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). “It’s an honor to be part of the process, and my hope is that this certification, and the knowledge there is oversight and accreditation by those who have served and sacrificed, will encourage the industry to stay true military portrayals.”“Some veterans are true heroes, and some are truly continuing to suffer the consequences of war long after they return home,” said Seth Smith, director of campaigns and programming for Participant Media. “But between those two extremes are a wide variety of experiences and emotions – stories that need to be told in order for the full range of the military/veteran experience to be realized in media. That is the purpose of Got Your 6 and the ‘6 Certified’ committee. I commend the 2016 honorees for their honest, accurate, and full portrayals of veterans and members of the military.”“The ‘6 Certified’ campaign is such an important program because the powerful stories of our veterans should not be limited to narratives of broken heroes,” said Miguel Santos, general manager of Myx TV. “With ‘Cast Me!’ we aimed to show a more authentic veteran experience with a first-hand look at how Marine veteran David Kang’s military training set him up for success in the entertainment industry after his reintegration into civilian life.”“Strong Eagle Media (SEM) is deeply honored that Citizen Soldier has been recognized and certified by Got Your 6, one of the most reputable military and veterans organizations in our country. As is Got Your 6, SEM is committed to telling some of the extraordinary stories of the 2.8 million Americans who have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. As storytellers, we are acutely aware that how we tell these stories is critically important. As a result, and as we did with ‘Citizen Soldier,’ we asked our troops to be co-storytellers, intimately involved Gold Star families in the making of the film, and intentionally avoided the politics surrounding the wars. We have learned over time that Americans are tired of that politics, not of hearing the compelling stories of service members and their families,” said Christian Tureaud, David Salzberg, Bert Bedrosian, Wendy R. Anderson, and Bill Marshall of Strong Eagle Media.“On behalf of the ‘Invictus Games Orlando 2016,’ the organizing committee, and all who played a role, we are proud to be recognized by Got Your 6,” said Ken Fisher, chairman of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016. “The Games were an amazing success, and it showed how the power of sports can make such a positive impact on the lives of those who serve or have served, and their families.”“Jacob and I feel incredibly honored to be recognized by such a worthy organization. We met when he played a WWII Marine in HBO’s ‘The Pacific.’ I was so impressed by his humor and his depth that I created a character for him in ‘Justified’ – Deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Gutterson. We decided together that Gutterson should be a veteran. We wanted Gutterson to be a man who, not without his troubles and his torments, is able to continue to live a life of service and find some peace – all the while giving Raylan Givens a much-needed ration of you-know-what,” said Graham Yost, executive producer of “Justified.”“Got Your 6 defends an honest depiction of veterans and military in the media, so it is a high honor to receive their certification for ‘No Greater Love.’ We need Hollywood to continue this dialogue about war and coming home so that our country can process this historic time in our nation’s history. Got Your 6 is an integral ambassador on behalf of those who have sacrificed the most, but are often the least heard, and defends their voices to the world,” said Justin Roberts, former U.S. Army chaplain and director of “No Greater Love.”“We are honored to be the only program that has twice been ‘6 Certified,’” said Mary L. Hagy, U.S. Army veteran and CEO of OurVetSuccess, producers of the “Power Triumph Games.” “With our dedication to increasing positive public awareness of successful veterans through creating the highest quality television and digital content, we are perfectly aligned with the critical mission of Got Your 6. This prestigious recognition is both humbling and welcome.”“Got Your 6’s certification is a tremendous honor for the writers and the cast of ‘Reparation,’” said Kyle Ham and Steve Timm, co-writers of “Reparation.” “Unlike traditional portrayals of military veterans, ‘Reparation’ examines the residual complexities of military service — both honorable and dishonorable —within the USAF Security Forces. Grappling with tremendous trauma and stress, these characters, like their real life counterparts, have little or no time to decompress or compartmentalize their encounters. The threat they confront not only comes from outside the wire, but from inside as well – sometimes from their fellow service members whom they are sworn to protect, or from the induced psychological effects of stress. In ‘Reparation’ we confront head-on that collision between duty and friendship, probing the limits of veterans’ call to watch each others’ backs.”“We believe that all individuals deserve the right to explore the vast career opportunities available to them. We are honored to work with the USO to support our returning service members with the inspiration to not only transition into civilian life, but thrive in a fulfilling career reflective of their unique interests. It is our privilege to have these stories heard and the documentary to be recognized as ‘6 Certified,’” said Mike Marriner, cofounder of Roadtrip Nation.In early 2015, at an event featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, Got Your 6 launched the “6 Certified” initiative as a way to challenge industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families. Since the initial launch, projects such as Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon,” Fox’s “Gotham,” FX’s “Fargo,” Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” NBC’s “The Night Shift,” and ABC’s “Modern Family” have all received “6 Certified” designations.To become “6 Certified,” a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:DO YOUR HOMEWORKResearch or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representationsCAST A VETERANHire a veteran actor to play a substantial roleHIRE A VETERAN WRITEREmploy a veteran writer to contribute to the narrativePORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTERDevelop a multi-dimensional veteran characterTELL A VETERAN STORYDevelop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themesUSE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMSHave veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking processAfter the project has met the requirements for certification, it may be submitted by a studio or production company once the project enters post-production. After the submission is complete, the project is evaluated by the “6 Certified” Review Committee, a group of subject matter experts who review all submissions and grant “6 Certified” status.The current members of the “6 Certified” Review Committee include: Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, Warner Bros. Pictures; Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company; Amy Gravitt, executive vice president, HBO Programming, for Home Box Office; Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Tim Norman, director of human resources, DreamWorks Animation; Seth Smith, director of campaigns and programming for Participant Media; and Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6Additional information on certification is available at gotyour6.org/6-certified.The “6 Certified” program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veteran campaign that empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. The campaign believes veterans return home as leaders and team builders and is named after the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”
LOS ANGELES — While the polar vortex is driving up demand for natural gas, it isn’t doing the same for the price.The massive weather system is blanketing much of the Midwest and Northeast in a deep freeze, and demand for natural gas is spiking as homeowners crank up the heat to stay warm.Yet natural gas prices have fallen this week and are in the throes of a two-month skid. The price closed at $2.81 per 1,000 cubic feet Thursday, down 42 per cent from a recent high in November.Among the reasons for the price drop: The bone-chilling cold will be relatively short-lived. Supplies of natural gas are sufficient. And forecasters say warmer than normal weather is coming to replace the big chill.Alex Veiga, The Associated Press
Former General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) Senarath Kapukotuwa has passed away.Kapukotuwa was a Director at the Capital Maharaja Organisation at the time of his death.
No impact on overall beef exports from XL Foods scare, says agriculture minister OTTAWA – The fallout from a massive tainted-beef recall was still being felt Tuesday as the Harper government passed legislation aimed at making the food system safer.Canadian beef sales, both domestic and international, have not declined in the wake of the XL Foods scare, said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.“Not at all,” Ritz said when asked whether sales had dropped off.The minister pointed out, however, that another case of illness tied to meat from a troubled XL plant in Brooks, Alta., was uncovered only days ago.“There was another case linked back … some days ago as public health does their due diligence,” said Ritz.“That’s the total that we’ve seen to this point is 18.”The Public Health Agency of Canada said Nov. 14 that a new case of E. coli linked to the XL plant was confirmed in Alberta.The agency said the person became ill in October and is still recovering.The United States and Taiwan imposed restrictions on beef imports from the XL Foods plant immediately following the E. coli scare.American inspectors have conducted an assessment of the plant since, and Ritz said he was hoping to hear soon whether the U.S. would begin accepting exports again.Last month, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency gave the plant permission to resume slaughtering cattle after being shut down for more than a month.Ritz made his comments on Tuesday afternoon after trumpeting the expected passage of Bill S-11, the Safe Food for Canadians Act, in the House of Commons. The Bill passed a third reading in the Senate on Tuesday evening and only requires royal assent to become law.While it’s not a direct response to September’s XL Foods shutdown, the bill will, among other things, make it easier to track food shipped from processing plants so inspectors can more quickly deal with any problems, the minister said.The inspection agency was criticized last month for the time it took to announce a recall so potentially tainted beef could be taken off store shelves.Once it becomes law, S-11 would “help find products faster in recall situations so they can be removed from the shelves quicker,” Ritz said in a statement.Introduced in the Senate last June, the bill is intended to provide better oversight of food by making inspections more consistent, giving food inspectors more power to demand information from producers and increasing penalties for companies that put consumer health and safety at risk.Maximum fines for health and safety-related offences would increase to $5 million — or higher at a court’s discretion in the case of more serious offences — up from the current maximum of $250,000.It would also give the inspection agency the authority to require food producers and processors to set up systems to better track their products.It’s not clear when regulations that accompany the legislation are to be completed. by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2012 11:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 24, 2013 2:24 pm MDT LCBO, workers can work out labour dispute, despite May 17 strike deadline: Wynne AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government is not going to wade into the labour dispute between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and its unionized employees, despite a looming strike deadline.More than 7,000 LCBO workers represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union are threatening to walk off the job on May 17 if they can’t reach a fair contract with the retail giant.The union says it has filed an application with the Ministry of Labour for the strike deadline, which would fall on the Friday before the long weekend next month.The employees’ four-year contract with the LCBO ended March 31 and the union says “very little progress” has been made at the bargaining table.Earlier this month, the employees voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike mandate.Wynne says negotiations are ongoing and both sides should be left to work things out between them, adding May 17 is still a ways off.“I’m sure that both sides will be able to come together and work this out,” she said Wednesday.“They are in discussion and it’s more helpful for us to let that be a confidential conversation.”The union says key issues include boosting part-time wages and upgrades to health and safety standards but the province has said it has no money to spend on wage increases.Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said Wednesday that the Liberals will likely just give in to union leaders, just like they did during disputes with the province’s teachers’ unions at the beginning of the year.“We’re going to see a lot more of these workplace actions from the government unions because it seems with the Liberals, they always get their way,” he said.Hudak has said the province should allow beer, wine and spirits to be sold in corner stores and has also floated the idea of selling part or all of the LCBO.Wynne said Wednesday she thinks the LCBO works just fine the way it is.
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2014 7:09 am MDT The Exterior view of VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Oct. 24, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Paul Sakuma AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VMware buy mobile computing co. AirWatch for about $1.18B in cash plus instalments and equity PALO ALTO, Calif. – Cloud computing company VMware says it will pay US$1.18 billion in cash to acquire AirWatch, a mobile technology provider that competes with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) in the corporate sector.AirWatch has more than 10,000 customers and 1,600 employees around the world and provides a device management service that’s promoted as an alternative to BlackBerry products for businesses.VMware (NYSE:VMW) says the acquisition of Atlanta-based AirWatch will boost its mobile computing offerings for businesses without compromising security.AirWatch, a privately held company, will continue to be led by its founder and CEO John Marshall and will become part of VMware’s end-user computing group.VMware works with companies to evolve their information technology resources to so-called cloud computing, which generally refers to having IT systems hosted by outside providers.The deal has been approved by the boards of both companies and the acquisition is expected to close late in the first quarter.
“It gives me particular pleasure to share some breaking news with you,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Somalia, Michael Keating, told the 15-member Council during an update on the situation in the country.“This morning, a decision was taken by the Somali Cabinet on the electoral model to be used later this year. This is the culmination of almost six months of intense consultations. It may be a watershed moment, marking the growing political maturity of a federal Somalia,” he said.Separately, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the Somali leadership on this decision, noting that it paves the way to a timely transition at the expiry of the current institutions’ term. “He particularly applauds the commitment to representation of women and minority groups, including that women will comprise 30 per cent of the next Parliament, in line with the Mogadishu Declaration of December 2015,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. The UN chief also reiterated the urgency of establishing a political roadmap towards universal suffrage in Somalia by 2020, to ensure continued momentum in the country’s transition to democracy.In the Security Council, Mr. Keating, who is also the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), said the electoral model is Somali-devised, Somali-led and Somali-owned, adding that real momentum could and should result from the “breakthrough” achieved today.Meanwhile, he said his two weeks as Special Representative in the horn of Africa nation “have not been Somalia’s easiest” – marked by tough political negotiations and marred by two terrorist attacks. “Somalia’s security requires a comprehensive approach,” he continued, highlighting the UN Secretary-General recently announced Plan of Action for Preventing Violent Extremism. “Our political, security, development and human rights efforts must proceed together.”Noting that military and counterterrorism efforts need to be accompanied by stronger policing and rule of law, Mr. Keating added that a priority must be to strengthen federal and regional capabilities within Somalia as a basis for a longer term transition plan for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which has been in the country since 2007.“Too many civilians and too many soldiers are dying. Al-Shabab remains a potent threat,” the UN official warned, while nonetheless stating he is encouraged by the commitments made by the President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, to security sector reform.Turning to the humanitarian situation, Mr. Keating said the situation is very concerning. “Millions of children, women and elderly people are acutely vulnerable and in total some 4.9 million people, representing 40 per cent of the total population, are in need of humanitarian assistance.”According to UN estimates, over 1.1 million civilians remain internally displaced and some 300,000 children under age five are acutely malnourished. Millions also lack access to basic healthcare, water and sanitation. The head of UNSOM called for the UN’s recently launched humanitarian response plan to be “generously” supported.