Another Ambedkar statue disfigured in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgIn a fresh incident, a statue of B.R Ambedkar was found damaged in Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. The incident was reported from Nagla Nande village in Sirsaganj. The upper right portion of the standing statue was found disfigured. Police forces led by senior officers are on the spot and according to Firozabad police, a FIR has already been lodged. More details awaited.This the third such incident in Uttar Pradesh in a week and fifth since the Tripura Assembly election results.Statues of Dr. Ambedkar were found vandalised in Allahabad and Siddharthnagar last Friday. In March, Ambedkar statues were found vandalised in Meerut, Aligarh and Azamgarh districts.The incidents are being reported despite strict instructions by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to district magistrates and district police chiefs to step up vigilance regarding the security of statues of popular icons and to ensure communal harmony.last_img read more

Swapna Barman sweeps aside poverty to clinch Gold at the Asian Games

first_imgAdvertisementHailing from a poor background, Swapna Barman had strong ethics to make her dreams come true. She was born in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. At a young age of 21, Swapna as an athlete has already achieved miles. In 2016, she got a scholarship of Rs 1,50,000 for her brilliant performance in athletics which she used to support her family as her father has been an inactive member since he suffered a stroke back in 2013 and her mother works in a tea estate. She currently trains at Sports Authority of India (SAI) Kolkata Campus.Despite many difficulties she has faced in her life, she has been proving herself regularly as she recently did again at the Asian Games. She defeated a tough Chinese opponent Wang Qingling to claim gold in Heptathlon event with an aggregate of 6026 points, which is also a landmark as she crossed the 6000 mark in the event. She was at 5128 points after six events while her opponent was at 5155, the minor 65 points decided the winner as both athletes performed phenomenally.Swapna Barman completed the hat-trick of golds as the latest two events were also very successful for her. She won the Asian Championships Gold in Bhuwaneshwar 2017, Federation Cup Gold at New Delhi in 2017. Advertisement Also Read :Asian Games: Arpinder Singh wins first GOLD in men’s triple jump in 48 Yearslast_img read more

Starry night: Amitabh, Anushka, Alia, Sidharth party all night with Karan Johar

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Sporting KC holds on for fourth U.S. Open Cup

first_imgSporting Kansas City hangs on to win fourth U.S. Open Cup over New York Red Bulls Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 11:46 21/9/2017 Sporting Kansas City US Open Cup Jay Biggerstaff Latif Blessing and Daniel Salloi gave the side the advantage and survived a late surge from the Red Bulls to win the trophy Sporting Kansas City kept its U.S. Open Cup tradition alive Wednesday night, but it required holding off a stoppage-time surge from the New York Red Bulls in the final to do it.With the side up 2-0 heading into the 90th minute thanks to goals from Latif Blessing and Daniel Salloi, it appeared Sporting KC’s fourth U.S. Open Cup triumph was done and dusted.However, Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a minute into stoppage time to cut the deficit in half. From there Sporting KC would have to survive a corner kick and, at the death, a free kick from just outside the area from Felipe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Felipe’s effort curled just over the bar, and the whistle was blown soon afterward to the delight of Sporting KC and the fans at Children’s Mercy Park, who have seen triumphs in this tournament by the team in 2004, 2012 and 2015.Blessing got Sporting KC on the board in the 25th minute, heading home a Graham Zusi cross after the 5-foot-5 attacker got in between Red Bull defenders Aaron Long and Michael Murillo.The moment @SportingKC clinched its fourth @opencup 🏆! #USOC2017— U.S. Open Cup (@opencup) September 21, 2017Unfortunately for Blessing, his night would come to an end not long after due to a thigh injury.The game remained 1-0 into the second half when a ball over the top allowed Salloi to split the Red Bulls defense and beat onrushing goalkeeper Ryan Meara to double the lead.The Red Bulls found themselves unable to mount many clear threats on Tim Melia’s goal until stoppage time. There Wright-Philipps pounced on a rebound to bring New York within striking distance.Wright-Phillips earned another chance for his side to score late as he was brought down just outside the area attempting to get to a ball delivered over the top, earning defender Ike Opara a yellow card in the process.But that opportunity went begging as Felipe struck his free kick over the wall, but also over the goal, to leave the Red Bulls just short and give Sporting KC its fourth-ever triumph in the tournament. read morelast_img read more

Opposition raised to Jesuit school in poor Winnipeg neighbourhood

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG – A private Jesuit school that is set to open next fall in one of Winnipeg’s poorest inner-city neighbourhoods is already sparking debate. Gonzaga Middle School will follow a Jesuit model used in other cities that incorporates greater support, longer school hours and summer programs. The school also plans to remove barriers for low-income and academically gifted students between Grades 6 and 8 by offering free education. But Larry Morrissette, executive director of Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin, an organization that works with youth in gangs, says the Indigenous community was not properly consulted. He says the school goes against the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. And he worries the mistakes of the past could be repeated. “Again they’re coming in with the idea that they know better than us,” says Morrissette. “There’s no call in that report that asks for, you know, the Jesuits or any other religious group to come into the city, north end, central, to build schools.” Mark Wasyliw, chairman of the Winnipeg School Division, is also concerned, saying the school will pick and choose certain students, leaving others behind. “We’re interested in building up communities and that means building up all students in a community,” says Wasyliw. Grade eight students who graduate from Gonzaga Middle School will be offered tuition-free education at St. Mary’s Academy or St. Paul’s High School. Wasyliw says that would move youngsters who could develop into community leaders out of the city’s North End. He says the school means well, but funding could be better used to support programs that already exist within the community and school division. “They’re planning to help 60 students within that neighbourhood and what we’re saying is that if you work with us, we could do a lot more with that money and we certainly could help a lot more than 60 students,” says Wasyliw. Gonzaga Middle School principal Tom Lussier has issued a statement promising it will be an inclusive organization. He says the school will be “open to a variety of cultural traditions and expressions of spirituality, including Christian and Indigenous traditions. We want our students to learn and respect their own faith and spiritual traditions, to understand where they come from and who they hope to become.” Lussier says the school supports recommendations from the TRC report, and plans to include Indigenous studies in the curriculum. Manitoba Treaty Commissioner Jamie Wilson is speaking out in support of the school, saying parents should have a choice in how their children are educated. He credits the Jesuits for being the first religious organization to make amends during the Truth and Reconciliation hearings. “What matters most to me is Aboriginal students being given opportunities to graduate and succeed and Gonzaga certainly has earned that reputation today.” Gonzaga has several prominent financial backers, including Mark Chipman of True North Sports and Entertainment.last_img read more

Moroccans Devote 3h20 min to Their Professional Activities More Than French

Rabat – The professional time for goods and market services production accounts for 3 hours and 20 minutes of the day of a Moroccan aged 15 and up, that is 26 minutes more than a French of the same age, according to a national survey on time use conducted by the High Planning Commission (HCP).The time of professional activities for Moroccans aged 25-29 is 4 hours, for those aged 15-24 is 2 hours 22 minutes and for people aged 60 and up is 2 hours, said the HCP head Ahmed Lahlimi Alami who presented, on Tuesday in Rabat, the 2011-2012 nationwide survey’s results in a press conference.Lahlimi said that this survey, based on a sample of 9200 families, enabled to determine daily jobs of all segments of Moroccan households (women, men, children), as well as their nature and volume in 24 hours. In addition to professional activities, this survey is divided into four categories: “physiological time, domestic time, time for educational and training activities and free time,” he added.Concerning the physiological time, which stands for 10 hours and 36 minutes and 44% of Moroccans’ day, the survey noted that Moroccans sleep 52 minutes less than the French and 20 minutes more than Tunisians.Regarding educational and training activities mainly for pupils and students, it account for 3 hours and 45 minutes for kids aged 7-14, 1 hour and 41 minutes for youngsters aged 15-24 and 3 minutes for people aged 25 and up, a national average of 61 minutes, the survey showed.As for free time, it amounts to an average of 6 hours and 40 minutes, which represents 28% of a Moroccan’s regular day.MWN with MAP read more

Security Council decides to hold further talks on Iraqi arms dossier in

In a brief statement to the press following the closed-door meeting, Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia said the Council would hold another meeting in early January after all members “finish their own analytical work of the Iraqi declaration.” He also voiced the intention of Council members to hear “more regular briefings” from UN experts.During the consultations, the Council heard from Hans Blix, the head of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), and Mohamad ElBaradei, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who indicated that Iraq’s declaration has failed to provide an adequate account of Baghdad’s nuclear, chemical and biological arms programmes.Also speaking to reporters after the meeting, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom said there was “no doubt” that the text contained omissions, and emphasized that Iraq must offer 100 per cent cooperation in order to satisfy the Security Council. Pledging that London would offer the inspectors information and support, he said, “we want them now to get down to hard questioning and robust inspections with 100 per cent Iraqi cooperation.”Syrian Ambassador Mikhail Wehbe said he had attended the closed-door meeting without participating because the 10 non-permanent members of the Security Council had not received the full text of the declaration and so could not evaluate it. He stressed that Baghdad had fully cooperated with the UN weapons inspectors and had submitted its declaration on time, although Syria could not evaluate the substance of that text or be party to conclusions about it.The Ambassador of the United States, John D. Negroponte, said Washington was “deeply disappointed that Iraq has again defied the Council’s demand and chosen deception and concealment over full disclosure.” The declaration “clearly shows that Iraq has spurned its last opportunity to comply with its disarmament obligations,” he said, citing “material omissions that in our view constitute another material breach.” The onus, he said, is on Iraq “to prove that there is some other explanation besides the obvious one: that this declaration is just one more act of deception in a history of lies from a defiant dictator.” The US, he added, would continue to analyze the text while supporting the UN weapons inspection process.Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France said the text “provides only few new elements” and voiced doubts about consistency. “The declaration has not clearly answered and resolved outstanding questions,” he said. “It doesn’t lift the doubts about the possible continuation by Iraq of prohibited activities since December 1998 when inspectors left the country.” The remaining “question marks” confirmed the need to go forward with the inspections process, he added. “It is precisely with a view to address and lift these uncertainties that the inspection mechanism has been established.” Only through UNMOVIC and the IAEA would the international community be able to verify Iraq’s activities.Russian Ambassador Sergey Lavrov said it was not for individual Council members to judge the text; it was up to the Council as a whole, based on reports from UNMOVIC and the IAEA. The briefing today by those agencies was “a very preliminary assessment,” he said. “We agreed to listen to them again sometime in the first 10 days of January and we will be waiting for their report.” While there were many allegations that Iraq was continuing its efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction, no evidence had been provided. “We want this to be verified by professionals – by UNMOVIC and IAEA,” he said.Video – press encounter of Council President Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso read more

Alerte Météo France orange quatre départements en vigilance pluie et inondation

first_imgAlerte Météo France orange : quatre départements en vigilance pluie et inondationMardi matin, Météo France a placé en vigilance orange quatre départements du sud-ouest de la France. D’importantes pluies sont attendues dans la région, pouvant causer des inondations.Le mauvais temps est de retour sur l’Hexagone. Après un week-end chargé en pluie et en vents, la vigilance orange est une nouvelle fois de mise, selon Météo France. L’organisme a déclenché ce matin une nouvelle alerte orange sur quatre départements du sud-ouest de l’Hexagone. Il s’agit des Hautes-Pyrénées, des Pyrénées-Atlantiques, de la Haute-Garonne et de l’Ariège.À lire aussi(VIDÉO) Un radar détecte un nuage de coccinelles de 80 kilomètres de largeAlors que des pluies sont attendues sur une grande partie de la France au cours de la journée de mardi, ces quatre départements pourraient connaitre des précipitations plus intenses avec un risque d’inondation. “Au cours de cet épisode pluvieux, il est attendu des quantités de pluies de l’ordre de 50 à 70 mm sur les régions pyrénéennes, pouvant atteindre localement 80 mm sur le bassin de la Garonne-amont et 100 mm sur le bassin des Pyrénées occidentales. Ces valeurs pourront parfois être atteintes en moins de 24 heures”, précise Météo France dans son bulletin.L’alerte orange est valable jusqu’à mardi soir 20H, alors que les pluies vont progressivement se déplacer sur le territoire. Sur les côtes atlantiques, le temps se calme peu à peu mais des pluies traverseront encore plusieurs départements, poussées par des vents de 70 à 90 km/h. “Du côté de la Méditerranée quelques pluies éparses sont possibles mais c’est le vent qui se maintient fort avec des rafales de 100 km/h vers le Golfe du Lion, 70 à 90 km/h des côtes varoises aux caps corse”, ajoute Météo France.Des températures inférieures à 20°C L’organisme conseille de limiter les déplacements et activités extérieurs ainsi que d’éviter les abords des cours d’eau dans les départements placés en vigilance orange. Une trentaine d’autres départements sont en vigilance jaune. Coté température, les maximales ne dépasseront pas les 20°C : elles seront de 11 à 19 degrés de Lille à Biarritz, 12 en Ile de France, 17 à 19 le long de la Garonne, 13 à 16 de Lyon à Marseille, 19 à 21 en Corse.Le 5 novembre 2013 à 10:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Smalling sees a lot of positives in Uniteds second half display

first_imgChris Smalling has seen a lot of positives in the attacking intensity of his Manchester United team-mates and believes they can build on that going forward.The defender, speaking to MUTV straight after the tie, praised the team’s second-half performance and wants his teammates to continue in that manner as they hope to end their poor against Newcastle United.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I think the second half was better,” Smalling said. “I feel there was more intensity and I felt that we deserved a goal, especially with the second-half performance. But, I think you could tell as we walked off the pitch that we were disappointed because we knew how much three points would have set us up in the group.”I think we grew stronger and stronger as the game went on,“ he added. ”I think we need to make sure that we follow that up on Saturday because we will come up against a team who are going to be equally as hard to break down and we need that intensity and tempo to do that.“last_img read more

Silva is not concerned about Citys recent form

first_imgAccording to the footballer, what is important is the match against Liverpool in the English Premier LeagueManchester City and Liverpool will play on Thursday, as part of the English Premier League 2018-2019 season.And the Citizens had a small low-form run recently, which according to footballer Bernardo Silva is not to worry about.“It’s a very good team,” Silva told ESPN.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Last season we beat them at home, we lost there in the Premier League and Champions League.”“The first game they were better than us, the second game I thought we were better than them. But because of a lot of things we don’t control we lost that game,” he added.“This season we could have beaten them, we could have won there, we missed a penalty at the end of the game.”“Here at home, we will try to beat them again. It’s a very difficult team, a tough team, they work hard, they’re first, leading the league, so we’ll try to do it as we usually do,” he commented.last_img read more

61 million employees have been autoenrolled into a pension scheme

first_img“We needed to target these employers in new and innovative ways. The hard work and commitment of the many organisations which support employers, from trade bodies to employer representative bodies, has made a huge difference.“The compliance rates achieved have been consistently at the top of our expectations and the savings landscape has been transformed. But we know the job is not yet done and there are still significant challenges ahead.”Nathan Long, senior pension analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, added: “Defined benefit pensions are largely consigned to history, with defined contribution plans the new home for millions of new pension savers. Master trusts are attracting the lion’s share of monies especially from smaller employers. This highlights the need for the new pension minister to implement tougher regulation for this type of plan as tabled in the Pensions Bill.“Employers which use pensions to reward staff rather than simply comply with auto-enrolment seem to favour contract-based pensions like group personal pensions and group Sipps. Employer pension contributions are higher to these plans that offer greater choice, flexibility and control for savers.” More than 6.1 million UK employees have been automatically enrolled into a pension scheme since 2012, according to research by The Pensions Regulator (TPR).Its Automatic-enrolment: commentary and analysis report, which covers the period from April 2015 to March 2016, also found that two-thirds (66%) of employees are active members of a pension scheme. This compares to 59% at the end of March 2015, and 47% in 2012.The research also found:TPR used its formal powers 8,812 times between April 2015 and March 2016. This is 6,643 times more than in April 2014-March 2015.93% of employers use a defined contribution (DC) scheme for auto-enrolment, compared to 86% in April 2014-March 2015.6% of employers chose a defined benefit (DB) scheme for auto-enrolment, and 2% have opted for a hybrid.More than half (59%) of employers have opted for a DC trust-based scheme, and 34% chose a DC contract-based scheme.Among employers who opt for a DC trust scheme, 98% use a master trust. This compares to 94% last year.97% of employees enrolled into a master trust are in one with master trust assurance status.57% of employers yet to stage are micro employers, of which 34% have just one employee.The average employer contribution for staged employers is 3%.The average employer contribution for stakeholder pension schemes is 4%, and 5% for group personal pensions (GPP) and group self-invested personal pension schemes. This compares to an average employer contribution of 2% for both Nest and other master trusts. Charles Counsell, executive director for automatic-enrolment at The Pensions Regulator,  said: “Our key challenge in the past year has been to engage hundreds of thousands of small and micro employers and to help them prepare for automatic-enrolment.last_img read more

Ask a Climatologist Why do some lakes freeze faster than others

first_imgBrian Brettschneider examines ice on Waldron Lake in Anchorage on October 23, 2017 (Photo by Brian Brettschneider)This time of year, ice skating enthusiasts start dreaming about getting out for a spin on Alaska lakes.Listen nowBut even in the same area, lakes can freeze at different times. That prompted nine-year-old Liam Cleary from Anchorage to ask: Why do some lakes freeze faster than others?Brian Brettschneider, with our Ask a Climatologist segment, is an avid skater and has thought a lot about this question. He says several factors determine when lakes freeze.Interview Transcript:Brian: The big thing is the amount of water in the lake. How deep is the lake, because the lake is accumulating warmth the entire summer long. So by the time we hit the first of September, the lake temperature is around 52 degrees and as the air cools down, all that warmth that’s accumulated has to be released. And if you’ve got a lake that’s 20 feet deep versus a lake that’s 10 feet deep, it’s got twice as much water in it. So it’s just going to take a lot longer for that heat to be released.Annie: Are there other factors?Brian: There are. For example, the exposure. If the lake is completely encircled by trees, our low sun angle will mean the sun isn’t going to hit it at all, so if a little bit of ice forms at night, that ice is going to survive during the daytime, versus one that has full sun exposure, it’s going to melt a little bit during the day. The other key thing is whether or not there’s any new water coming into the lake. So some lakes are kind of a bowl depression, other lakes have a stream coming in on one side and a stream going out on the other. Streams are carrying cooler water. They’re not accumulating heat, they’re always moving. So if you’re bringing in water from a stream, that’s actually keeping that lake water a little cooler, so it’s going to freeze a little faster in the fall.Annie: How do lakes freeze, do they freeze from the top down, or from the bottom up?Brian: Most of us can visualize a cup of ice water, and the ice is at the top, so ice is less dense. During the summer, as you go down the lake, it gets cooler. But in the fall, once you hit about 38 degrees, the density flips in a lake and it actually gets warmer as you go down. Once it does, you can get a rapid freeze-over, even with not as cold temperatures.Annie: You’ve done measurements on your neighborhood lake over the last how many years?Brian: Over the last four years, about every five to seven days, I’ll go out there with a little drill and I’ll drill a hole and stick a tape measure in it. You can see the progression of how the temperatures and the amount of snow cover influence the amount of cold that goes into the lakes.Annie: Have you learned anything?Brian: Yes. I originally expected that the deeper parts of the lake would freeze earlier and the shallower parts would freeze sooner, but there is this circulation even in an enclosed bowl due to the density, where the water kind of mixes together. So actually when it does freeze up, it kind of all flash freezes over at once.last_img read more

IT layoffs Are techies really depressed over fear of losing jobs

first_imgAmid reports of mass IT layoffs, often refuted by industry giants such as Infosys, Cognizant and Capgemini, it has also been said that techies have been struggling with anxiety and depression. Just a few days ago, a techie in Pune even committed suicide and said in the suicide note that he had no job security and was worried about work and his family.However, an industry veteran believes that these reports of depression among IT professionals are “exaggerated.” Speaking about the reports of how techies have been turning to online counselling and calling help lines, former chief financial officer of Infosys TV Mohandas Pai said that some people are anxious about it, but it was all “based on media hype.””Just like earlier reports of layoffs, it’s (reports of anxiety and depression) totally exaggerated, fear mongering etc,” Pai told PTI. “But there is no substance to the (reports of) anxiety as there are no large-scale layoffs. The number speaks for itself.”Not just that Pai also spoke about the reports that have said that about six lakh IT jobs are likely to be cut in the next three years and labelled the “total rubbish and total lie.””One quarter is over and we are in the midst of the second quarter. The two big companies (TCS and Infosys) have given their results. There are no layoffs in these companies,” he added.”I think this (large-scale layoffs and anxiety and depression among IT employees) is all a lie spread by somebody to get publicity and create anxiety and drum up business for them.”Pai also said that many people have left good companies because they have landed a better offer from some other company, which proves that there is no dearth of jobs in the market. “If somebody has not worked, if somebody is surplus (for a company), and asked to go, they can always go to the next shop and get a job. Eighty five per cent of the people who are asked to go get jobs within 90 days,” Pai added. Mohandas PaiReutersMeanwhile, this is not the first time that someone has said that the layoffs are overstated. Krishnamurthy Shankar, group head of human resource development at Infosys explained that the IT jobs cuts are being exaggerated. He also said that as the industry grows at a rapid pace each year, employees will definitely need to keep up with the changing standards.Infosys COO Pravin Rao in early June had also said that reports of job losses are “overstated.””I think all the news about job losses are overstated. Infosys itself last year recruited over 20,000 people and this year again, we are likely to repeat similar numbers,” Rao had explained. Close IT majors to lay off at least 56,000 employees this yearcenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.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. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Legal action awaits Khaleda Home minister

first_imgKhaleda ZiaHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Tuesday said lawful action will be taken against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia after her return home from London, reports UNB. “Legal action will be taken against her (Khaleda) as there are warrants for her arrest. We’ll take action as per law when the documents of the warrants reach us,” he said.The minister came up with remarks while replying to a question from newsmen after attending a conference on women rights at Bangla Academy.Khaleda Zia is scheduled to return home on Wednesday afternoon completing over a three-month visit to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.Meanwhile, a court in Comilla and two others here issued warrants for Khaleda Zia’s arrest last week in three separate cases.About his upcoming Myanmar tour, Kamal said the schedule for the visit is not yet finalised. “The Myanmar government has invited us to visit and we’re preparing to go there. We’ll go when they’ll fix the date.”During the visit, the ministers said they will talk on fixed agenda and border problems.The minister said though four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on border management and border problems were to sign during the visit, now the Rohingya issue will get the main focus.last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Greninja

first_imgWho Are They?Greninja is yet another late-period Pokemon, the final evolution of sixth generation water-type Froakie. It’s a suave amphibian ninja who wraps its tongue around its neck like a scarf. It’s so cool you forget how gross that is. I guess it only makes that the best starter Pokemon in a game set in a fake version of France is a wet dark frog man who can absolutely get it.Smash HistoryOnce again, there was such a long gap between Smash Bros. games that an entire generation of Pokemon had to be skipped. It’s a shame, too, because Pokemon Black and White are better than Pokemon X and Y. With only Charizard returning from Pokemon Trainer in Smash Wii U/3DS there was an opening for a new water-type. And Greninja managed to sneak in.What Looks New in Ultimate?Greninja is a frog ninja who controls water. So of course its playstyle revolves around being slippery. Its water shuriken keep you at a distance. It can counter and travel through the shadows. Even just its general movement and traction have an appropriate looseness. Not much has changed in Ultimate aside from mild general buffs. It uses water knives now instead of water swords?Our Hopes?With Charizard and Greninja, all we’re missing is a final evolution of a grass-type Pokemon, my preferred starter. We already missed one opportunity by picking Incineroar over Decidueye. Maybe the next generation of Pokemon on Nintendo Switch next holiday will have a cool grass Pokemon finally worthy of joining the battle.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Stay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero center_img Greninja Makes A Splash!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Greninja.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Microsoft Security Updates June 2017 release

first_imgMicrosoft Security Updates June 2017 release by Martin Brinkmann on June 13, 2017 in Companies, Microsoft – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 19 commentsMicrosoft released updates, security and non-security, on June 13, 2017 for all supported versions of Microsoft Windows, and other products.The number of supported operating system versions shrank by one as Vista support ended back in April 2017. The same is true for the Windows 10 RTM version which is also no longer supported.The following guide provides you with extensive information on the June 2017 Patch Day. It features information about how operating systems and other Microsoft products are affected by vulnerabilities, and lists all updates that Microsoft released since the May 2017 Patch Day.It furthermore offers information on security advisories, provides download instructions and direct downloads for cumulative updates, and links to useful resources.Microsoft Security Updates June 2017The following Excel spreadsheet lists all security updates that Microsoft released on the June 2017 Patch Day. You can download it from our server with a click on the following link: Security Update List June 2017Executive SummaryMicrosoft released security updates for all client and server versions of Windows.All Windows products are affected by critical vulnerabilities.Other Microsoft products that have received updates are Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Office.Microsoft released security updates for non-supported Windows editions like XP or Vista.Operating System DistributionWindows 7:  48 vulnerabilities of which 6 are rated critical, and 42 importantWindows 8.1: 52 vulnerabilities of which 8 are rated critical, and the remaining 44 importantWindows RT 8.1: 48 vulnerabilities of which 8 are rated critical, and 40 importantWindows 10 version 1703: 45 vulnerabilities of which 7 are rated critical, and 38 important.Windows Server products:Windows Server 2008:  45 vulnerabilities, of which 6 are rated critical, and 39 importantWindows Server 2008 R2: 49 vulnerabilities, of which 6 are rated critical, and 43 importantWindows Server 2012 and 2012 R2: 52 vulnerabilities, of which 8 are rated critical and 44 importantWindows Server 2016: 57 vulnerabilities of which 7 are rated critical, and 50 importantOther Microsoft ProductsInternet Explorer 11: 6 vulnerabilities, 3 critical, 3 importantMicrosoft Edge: 17 vulnerabilities, 11 critical,  5 important, 1 moderate, 1 lowMicrosoft Office 2010 Service Pack 2: 18 vulnerabilities, 3 critical, 15 importantMicrosoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1: 5 vulnerabilities, 5 importantMicrosoft Office 2016: 4 vulnerabilities, 4 importantSecurity Updates KB4022725 — June 13, 2017 Windows 10 version 1703 cumulative update (OS Build 15063.413 and 15063.414)Security updates to Windows kernel, Microsoft Windows PDF, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Uniscribe, Device Guard, Internet Explorer, Windows Shell, and Microsoft Edge.Issues described in KB4020102 (below)KB4022726 — June 13, 2017 Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Monthly RollupAddressed issue where, after installing KB3170455 (MS16-087), users have difficulty importing printer drivers and get errors with error code 0x80070bcb.Addressed a rare issue where mouse input can cease to function. The mouse pointer may continue to move, but movements and clicks produce no response other than a beeping noise. Addressed issue where printing a document using a 32-bit application can crash a Print Server in a call to nt!MiGetVadWakeList.Addressed issue where an unsupported hardware notification is shown and Windows Updates not scanning, for systems using the AMD Carrizo DDR4 processor or Windows Server 2012 R2 systems using Xeon E3V6 processor. For the affected system, follow the steps in the Additional Information section below to install this update.Security updates to Microsoft Windows PDF, Windows shell, Windows Kernel, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Uniscribe, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Internet Explorer, Windows COM, and Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers.KB4022717 — June 13, 2017 Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Security-only updateSecurity updates to Microsoft Windows PDF, Windows shell, Windows Kernel, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Uniscribe, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows COM, and Windows Kernel-Mode Driverlists same non-security fixes as KB4022726. (What is up with that?)KB4022719 — June 13, 2017 Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Monthly RollupAddressed issue where, after installing KB3164035, users cannot print enhanced metafiles (EMF) or documents containing bitmaps rendered out of bounds using the BitMapSection(DIBSection) function.Addressed issue where updates were not correctly installing all components and would prevent them from booting.Addressed issue where an unsupported hardware notification is shown and Windows Updates not scanning, for systems using the AMD Carrizo DDR4 processor. For the affected systems, follow the steps in the Additional Information section to install this update.Security updates to Windows kernel, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Uniscribe, Windows kernel-mode drivers, the Windows OS, Windows COM, Internet Explorer and Windows Shell.KB4022722 — June 13, 2017 Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Security-only updateSecurity updates to Windows kernel, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Uniscribe, Windows kernel-mode drivers, the Windows OS, Windows COM and Windows shelllists same non-security fixes as KB4022719.Known IssuesIf an iSCSI target becomes unavailable, attempts to reconnect will cause a leak. Initiating a new connection to an available target will work as expected.Security advisories and updatesMicrosoft Security Advisory 4025685 — Guidance related to June 2017 security update releaseGuidance for supported platformsGuidance for older platforms (XP, Vista..)Non-security related updatesKB4020102 — Windows 10 Version 1703 Cumulative UpdateAddressed issue where NTLM fails to generate a challenge response when CredGuard is enabled, NTLMv2 is used, and no target information is provided by the server. Addressed issue where Internet Explorer does not respect the “Send all sites not included in the Enterprise Mode Site List to Microsoft Edge” policy when opening favorites.Addressed issue in Internet Explorer 11 where a non-administrator user is not able to install an ActiveX control.Addressed issue where, after starting Split View, some apps (Microsoft Edge, Hub, Cortana, etc.) no longer receive input when multiple displays are in use.Addressed issue with an unnecessary scrollbar in the logon credential provider dialog, which may block use of other fields when the dialog has multiple fields.Addressed issue where, during a VM reset, the VM goes into Second Level Paging (SLP) even if there is enough balancer available memory on the host.Addressed issue where some non-Unicode fonts (Courier, MS Sans Serif, etc.) do not render characters correctly on non-Latin, single-byte system locales (Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.). Black bars or other artifacts appear instead.Addressed issue with an SMS/messaging app that stops working when attempting to delete messages.Addressed issue where, after installing the Creators Update, audio output through external decoders no longer works.Addressed issue where the IoT shell fails to keep monitored background applications running.Addressed issue with high latency when using the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) MIDI API.Addressed issue where PrintBRM fails to restore the Print Queue Configurations when printer names are identical and a port is set to FILE:.Addressed issue with per user proxy settings not migrating to machine proxy settings.Addressed issue where non-English characters showed incorrectly in apps that attempt to wrap/replace the in-box console.Addressed issue when trying to set a default lockscreen using the following Group Policy, you do not see the defined image on the lockscreen but you do see the defined image in Settings under lockscreen settings.Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization\”Force a specific default lock screen image”KB4022868 — Update for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Version 1511 — Update to Windows 10 Version 1507 and Version 1511 for update reliability: May 30, 2017KB4023136 — 2017 – Morocco Ramadan DST changesKB890830 — Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool – May 2017KB4023136 — Update for Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows XP Embedded — 2017 – Morocco Ramadan DST changesKB4021701 — Update for Windows 10 — Updates to Windows 10, Version 1507 update components: May 16, 2017KB4021702 — Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 — Updates to Windows 10, Version 1511 update components: May 16, 2017KB4019217 — 2017-05 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2KB4019218 — 2017-05 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012KB4019265 — 2017-05 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2KB4019288 — May, 2017 Preview of Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2 on Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2KB4019289 — May, 2017 Preview of Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1 on Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012KB4019290 — May, 2017 Preview of Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2 on Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2KB4019291 — May, 2017 Preview of Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 2.0 on Windows Server 2008KB4019990 —  Update for Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Windows Server 2012, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2How to download and install the June 2017 security updatesMost home users run systems with automatic updates enabled. This means that updates are downloaded and installed automatically some time after they are made available through Windows Update.Users can run a manual check for updates to speed up that process. To do so, tap on the Windows-key, type Windows Update, and hit the Enter-key.The interface that loads runs the update check automatically, or you have to click on the check for updates button to start it. Depending on your configuration, updates that are found are either downloaded and installed directly, or on user request.Direct update downloadsWindows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SPKB4022719: June 13, 2017 Monthly RollupKB4022722: June 13, 2017 Security-only updateWindows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2KB4022726: June 13, 2017 Monthly RollupKB4022717: June 13, 2017 Security-only updateWindows 10 and Windows Server 2016 (version 1703)KB4022725 —  Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703Additional resourcesJune 2017 Security Updates release notesList of software updates for Microsoft productsList of security advisoriesSecurity Updates GuideMicrosoft Update Catalog siteOur in-depth Windows update guideWindows 10 Update HistoryWindows 8.1 Update HistoryWindows 7 Update HistorySummaryArticle NameMicrosoft Security Updates May 2017 releaseDescriptionAn overview of security and non-security updates that Microsoft released in June 2017 for Microsoft Windows and other company products.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

TransformerXL A Google architecture with 80 longer dependency than RNNs

first_imgA group of researchers from Google AI and Carnegie Mellon University announced the details regarding their newly proposed architecture, called, Transformer-XL (extra long), yesterday. It’s aimed at improving natural language understanding beyond a fixed-length context with higher self-attention. Fixed-length context is a long text sequence truncated into fixed-length segments of a few hundred characters. Researchers have used two methods to quantitatively study the effective lengths of Transformer-XL and the baselines, namely, segment-level recurrence mechanism and a relative positional encoding scheme. Let’s have a look at these key techniques in detail. Segment-level recurrence Recurrence mechanism helps address the limitations of using a fixed-length context. During the training process, the hidden state sequences computed in the previous segment are fixed and cached. These are then reused as an extended context once the model starts processing the next new segment. Segment level recurrence This connection then further increases the largest possible dependency length by N times (N  being the depth of the network) as contextual information can flow across segment boundaries. The recurrence mechanism also resolves the context fragmentation issue. Moreover, with the help of recurrence mechanism applied to every two consecutive segments of a corpus, a segment-level recurrence is created in the hidden states. This, in turn, helps with effective context being utilized beyond the two segments. Apart from being able to achieve extra long context and resolving the fragmentation issue, recurrence mechanism also helps with significantly faster evaluation. Relative Positional Encodings Although the segment-level recurrence technique is effective, there is a technical challenge that involves reusing the hidden states. The challenge is to keep the positional information coherent while reusing the states. Applying segment-level recurrence does not work in this case does not work as the positional encodings are not coherent when reusing the previous segments. This is where the relative positional encoding scheme comes into the picture to make the recurrence mechanism possible. The relative positional encodings make use of fixed embeddings with learnable transformations instead of learnable embeddings. This makes it more generalizable to longer sequences at test time. The core idea behind the technique is to only encode the relative positional information in the hidden states. “Our formulation uses fixed embeddings with learnable transformations instead of learnable embeddings and thus is more generalizable to longer sequences at test time”, state the researchers. With both the approaches combined, Transformer-XL has a much longer effective context and is able to process the elements in a new segment without any recomputation. Results Transformer-XL obtains new results on a variety of major language modeling (LM) benchmarks. It is the first self-attention model that is able to achieve better results than RNNs on both character-level and word-level language modeling. It is able to model longer-term dependency than RNNs and Transformer. Transformer-XL has the following three benefits: Transformer-XL dependency is about 80% longer than RNNs and 450% longer than vanilla Transformers. Transformer-XL is up to 1,800+ times faster than a vanilla Transformer during evaluation of language modeling tasks as no re-computation is needed. Transformer-XL has better performance in perplexity on long sequences due to long-term dependency modeling, and on short sequences by resolving the context fragmentation problem. For more information, check out the official Transformer XL research paper. Read Next Researchers build a deep neural network that can detect and classify arrhythmias with cardiologist-level accuracy Researchers introduce a machine learning model where the learning cannot be proved Researchers design ‘AnonPrint’ for safer QR-code mobile payment: ACSC 2018 Conferencelast_img read more

Emirates profits plunge 83 terror fears US travel restrictions blamed

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tweet Tags: Emirates Posted by DUBAI — Emirates’ profits fell by more than 80% to US$340 million last year as it faced a slump in demand linked to everything from political upheaval and terrorism in Europe to travel restrictions to the U.S.Emirates Group, which operates the carrier – the largest airline in the Middle East – said overall profits for the company were down 70% to $670 million.In its earnings report, the company said profits were affected by heightened immigration concerns, terror attacks in several European cities, such as London and Paris, an attempted military coup in Turkey and uncertainty caused by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. It also cited a strong U.S. dollar against currencies in major markets.The airline’s profits dipped to 1.25 billion dirhams ($340 million) compared to 7.13 billion dirhams ($1.9 billion) the year before. Its earnings report covers the period of April 2016 through the end of March 2017.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongIn April the Dubai-based carrier began slashing 20% of its 126 weekly flights to the U.S. because of a drop in demand caused by tougher U.S. security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travellers from some Muslim-majority nations.The company said one of its biggest challenges came as a result of actions taken by the U.S. government to heighten security vetting of travellers and restrict certain electronic devices, including laptops, in aircraft cabins. Dubai was one of 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries affected by a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage aboard U.S.-bound flights.The airline said this had a direct impact on consumer demand for air travel into the U.S., one of the airline’s biggest growth potential markets. To respond to the ban on electronic devices in the cabin the airline introduced consumer-friendly services such as complimentary laptop loans on flights to the U.S.The company’s 30+ year history proves it can withstand numerous shocks, although airline analyst John Strickland of JLS Consulting adds he expects the airline will keep a tighter rein on its capacity growth in the short to medium term.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month“It has demonstrated recently its willingness to act commercially and take tough decisions with regards to its recent announcement of U.S. flight capacity cuts,” he said.Revenue increased slightly to around $26 billion from $25.3 billion. The company’s profits had climbed to $2.2 billion the previous fiscal year.Emirates carried 56 million passengers in 2016-2017 compared to 52 million passengers the previous year.The airline’s aggressive expansion and growth has helped transform its hub at Dubai International Airport into the world’s busiest for international passengers.With files from Associated Presscenter_img The Canadian Press Thursday, May 11, 2017 Emirates’ profits plunge 83%; terror fears, U.S. travel restrictions blamedlast_img read more

Decisions expected soon on gay marriage domestic partnerships in Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. Two different paths to expanding rights for gay and lesbian couples in Costa Rica are coming to a head in coming weeks.Decisions are expected in late August and early September regarding same-sex domestic partnerships and an appeal to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on gay marriage in Costa Rica, according to several sources.The government of Costa Rica has until Sept. 8 to respond to a petition filed with the IACHR by lawyer Yashín Castrillo requesting the right to marry his gay partner.The letter, dated July 8, was in response to Castrillo’s November 2012 petition to the Washington, D.C.-based human rights commission in which he argued for the right to marry his partner after exhausting his legal options in Costa Rica.Castrillo believes his case will have a strong foundation since Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo signed the Inter-American Convention against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance in June. Castrillo said that the convention’s language was “extremely clear” when it came to discrimination based on sexual orientation.The Organization of American States website described the convention as the “first legally binding instrument” that condemns discrimination based on “nationality, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,” among many other characteristics.“It would be totally contradictory to have one position in Washington [where the convention was signed] in favor of the right to same-sex marriage and then deny this right” in Costa Rica, he told The Tico Times. “It would be a double standard.”Costa Rican law requires the Legislative Assembly to approve all international agreements. At press time, the legislature had yet to approve the convention.Costa Rica, despite hosting the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, has a mixed record when it comes to complying with decisions from the IACHR and the court.The country has been delaying the implementation of the court’s binding ruling on legalization of in vitro fertilization. The IACHR told Costa Rica in 2010 that the ban on the fertility treatment violated the plaintiffs’ human rights. Costa Rica routinely requested extensions for the Legislative Assembly to pass legislation legalizing IVF, which was banned in the country by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court a decade ago.In 2012, the IACHR took Costa Rica to the Inter-American Court for noncompliance in the matter. The country’s legislature has still not passed legislation legalizing and regulating the procedure here. Meanwhile, a family court in Desamaparados, southeast of the capital, could issue a ruling sometime this month on same-sex domestic partnerships in Costa Rica.According to Marco Castillo, president of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization Diversity Movement, the court has already interviewed the witnesses, two for each partner, to verify that the couple co-habitates, reported yesterday. The LGBT leader said the decision would be published in the judicial bulletin.The court’s decision would be the first legal interpretation of Article 4, a controversial provision of the Young Persons Law that some LBGT advocates argue opens a door to same-sex domestic partnerships.Domestic partnerships are not equivalent to marriage, legally, but share many of the same benefits, including inheritance and hospital visitation rights, among others.In Costa Rica, there are two avenues to moving LGBT rights forward: one is by pursuing incremental change, while another promotes abrupt change.In a previous interview, Yashín Castrillo told The Tico Times that he believed the only avenue to gay marriage in Costa Rica was via the international court, citing that Article 14 of the country’s Family Code states that marriage is between one man and one woman.Castrillo said he’s not interested in half measures when it comes to gay marriage.“My position is simple: I’m not going to enter into any negotiation, I’m not going to step down, I’m not going to open a space where there are promises made that go unfulfilled, delays that just waste time, no way,” he said.“They can give me what I’m asking for or the Inter-American Court can settle it,” Castrillo said.Either way, the two pending decisions will have a great impact on the future of LGBT rights in Costa Rica.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tammy Webber And Don Babwin, The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2019 9:52 pm PDT CHICAGO — R. Kelly remains in a Chicago jail as more of his nationally televised interview is set to air.The R&B singer was taken into custody Wednesday after telling a judge he could not pay $161,000 in back child support. Earlier in the day, “CBS This Morning” aired an interview in which Kelly pleaded with viewers to believe that he’d never had sex with anyone under 17 and never held anyone against her will.More of the interview is expected to air Thursday.The interview was his first public defence since being charged with sexually abusing three girls and a woman.Experts say the TV appearance was risky and could backfire if it gives prosecutors more information to use against him at trial.Tammy Webber And Don Babwin, The Associated Presscenter_img R. Kelly in jail over child support; TV interview to resumelast_img read more