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Towards an inclusive India

first_imgAmbedkar’s vision has revolutionised the socio-political atmosphere of modern India bringing a sea of change in the perception of democracy. Unlike the traditional thinkers, Ambedkar redefined ‘democracy not merely as a form of government but as a mode of associated living, and an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellowmen. To him, fraternity is the foundation and social endosmosis is the character of democracy. He was first to discover that social inequalities disallow economic freedom and mobility to a majority of Indian people and they are eternal; not just because they are endemic to caste system but because caste is the base of India’s economy sanctified by religion, unlike other societies in the world. Contrary to communists, Ambedkar viewed class as only the next door neighbour of caste. Also Read – A special kind of bondWith the Constitution, the beginning of a new India was heralded which was radically opposed to caste-ridden traditional society. Though discrimination on the grounds of caste was prohibited, soon it was realised that it alone was not good enough to uplift the excluded people of India. Affirmative action was approved as policy under Article 16 (4). The provision ‘for the reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any backward class of citizens which, in the opinion of the State, is not adequately represented in the services under the State’ has a scope wide enough to accommodate all the socially deprived classes apart from Dalits and Tribes. And ‘Backward class’ as Ambedkar stated in the House, ‘is what the State says it is’. The job of identifying a backward class is entrusted to the Backward Class Commission constituted under Art. 340. It’s remarkable that the Constitution does not mention any caste in particular, barring the general reference to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes under Articles 341 and 342 to be notified by the President. However, the entitlement is only under the sole criteria of ‘Backward Class Citizen’ whether one is from SC, ST or OBC. Ironically and naturally, ‘caste’ became the only practical criteria for identification of backwardness. Also Read – Insider threat managementAmbedkar, a statesman, dreamt of India as a nation with liberty, equality, and fraternity, but found the caste system as a strong impediment on the path. He prophetically cautioned that ‘political power in India had long been the monopoly of a few, while the many are not only beasts of burden but also beasts of prey. But these downtrodden had now become impatient to govern themselves’. Urge for self-realisation in the downtrodden classes must not be allowed to devolve into a class struggle or class war. To avoid this, the establishment of equality and fraternity was necessary.” Such an appeal from an iconic leader of struggle for equality could never end up as a voice in the wilderness. Excluded classes, overlapping castes, soon realised that they did not receive their due share in the new democratic power structure, be it in the sphere of politics, professions or services; and what followed was a massive social awakening which has impacted the nature of politics in the country. ‘Social engineering’ has become a common phrase in Indian politics. India’s caste society couldn’t prove a fertile ground for ‘Class Struggle’ of Marxism while Gandhism, proved no more than a romanticised justification of caste society of India. Nehru’s socialism was a mixture of Gandhian ethics and Marxian economics. All the three shied away from questioning the basic roots of injustice – the caste system. Ambedkar fearlessly condemned not only the institution of caste but also the religion that sanctified such irrational undemocratic institutions. He believed in democratic socialism aimed at nation building by empowering and mainstreaming the millions of victims of caste society – an ideology unheard before in the traditional India of inequalities. He profoundly observed that ‘while reason may mitigate the conflict it can never obviate the necessity of such a conflict of interest’ between few dominant classes and the vast majority of dominated. He expounded that ‘what makes one interest dominant over another is power. That being so, power is needed to destroy power.’ Hence his emphasis on political empowerment of the weaker sections. Surprisingly and contrary to a fallacious conclusion of many, Ambedkar’s call was not restricted to or monopolised by Dalits, it crossed the divides and appealed to the majority of other ‘lower castes’ of Hindu social hierarchy – the backward classes in Mandal’s language, or for a sociologist, the occupational castes of Indian economy; shepherds, blacksmiths, washermen, barbers, weavers, potters, fishermen, and agricultural communities. History was made when Mandal Commission recommendations were translated into action by central legislation. Ambedkarism was seen paving way for an inclusive and enlightened India. Ambedkar, however, never could have possibly visualised that the logical culmination of the struggle for equality one day would be a constitutional arrangement of reservations up to fifty per cent in jobs and educational institutions. But far from sounding sinister, it is only a natural course of state action in order to compensate the historical injustice perpetrated against not only the Dalits, but also the majority of Shudras’s – the fourth ‘Varna’ of Manu’s Social hierarchy, and mainstream them. The political economy of India, which is still predominantly controlled by the institution of caste, long shut the doors on these excluded masses. Only the state sector could come to their rescue. Some states have provided reservations for minorities too. New demands for reservation are arising from various castes/classes across the country. The prospects are unknown though, the message is loud and clear; a challenge to the traditional power structure and a struggle for empowerment. Now Parliament has passed a bill on reservations in favour of the economically backward too, of course, the Savarns – the upper castes. Though eyebrows were raised, this should not, however, be viewed as anti-thesis of Ambedkar’s ideology, for his philosophy is secular in spirit and his vision inclusive in content. It is aimed at nation building wherein fraternity is the foundation. Leaving political and legal ramifications aside, wider affirmative action towards more inclusion is not unjustified. Or else one day in future, today’s ‘Sawarns’ may end up as depressed classes and agitate for reverse discrimination. Social inequalities are a threat to nationhood. Ambedkar emphatically said that ‘to leave inequality between class and class, between sex and sex, untouched and to go on passing legislation relating to economic problems is to make a farce of our Constitution and to build a palace on a dung heap’. Ambedkar’s vision has acquired greater relevance today since more than economic development, social equilibrium with inclusive progress is seen as essential for the survival of India as a nation. It is remarkable that all political parties, including the Rightists, now openly claim to adhere to Ambedkar’s ideology. This is Ambedkarism in its full bloom. The journey from Homo Hierarchicus to Homo Equalis has begun! (The author is a senior Bureaucrat of Chhattisgarh. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Trustee OKd for Atlantic City casino during ownership change

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A veteran casino executive will oversee Atlantic City’s cash-strapped Ocean Resort Casino as its new owners seek a gambling license.The New Jersey Casino Control Commission appointed Eric Matejevich (MATT’-eh-vitch) on Wednesday as a trustee for the casino while New York hedge fund Luxor Capital seeks a casino license.Luxor is assuming ownership of the casino from Colorado developer Bruce Deifik and his family.Deifik bought the casino just over a year ago for $200 million.Luxor, which lent him money for the purchase, plans to inject an additional $70 million into the casino.The state requires the casino to maintain at least $36 million on hand at all times, but it has recently fallen below $20 million.Wayne Parry, The Associated Press read more

CMHC says the countrys housing market remains highly vulnerable

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the country’s housing markets remain “highly vulnerable” with evidence of moderate overvaluation and price acceleration.Markets in Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver, Victoria and Saskatoon are highly vulnerable, the national housing agency said in its quarterly housing market assessment on Thursday.CMHC’s housing market assessment gauges the overall level of risk by evaluating four problematic conditions: overheating, price acceleration, overvaluation and overbuilding.“For Canada, the housing market remains at a high degree of vulnerability,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC’s chief economist on a call with reporters.This comes after the Canadian Real Estate Association’s latest figures showed that the number of homes sold in September climbed for the second month in a row.Earlier this year, home sales across the country saw a slowdown, led by Toronto, after the Ontario government introduced measures aimed at cooling the market. Sales in September were down almost 12 per cent from the record set in March before Ontario announced its housing plan.CMHC noted Thursday that despite the recent easing in Toronto’s resale market, it detected moderate evidence of price acceleration with strong growth in home prices among all housing types.Vancouver’s housing market remained highly vulnerable, CMHC added, with evidence of moderate overheating and price acceleration, and strong overvaluation.Calgary and Edmonton also saw stronger overvaluation, due to rising inventory of complete and unsold homes, Dugan added, noting that vacancy rates in both cities have signalled overbuilding for several quarters.In its housing market outlook, which was also released Thursday, CMHC says that after a boost this year, housing starts are expected to decline by 2019, but remain close to the average level from the last five years.Sales in the existing-homes market are also expected to decline relative to the record level set in 2016, while price growth is expected to slow, CMHC says.“High house prices particularly for single-family homes and rising mortgage rates will bring about some cooling in the pace of housing market activity,” said Dugan. read more

Number of postelection Togolese refugees in neighbouring countries passes 26000 – UN

The flow of Togolese fleeing feared disputes after last month’s presidential election has dropped drastically, but a mobile team, including staff members of the United Nations refugee agency, have found more than 1,000 refugees hidden in remote pockets near the Ghanaian border and in poor condition.These people could boost the number of people registered by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ghana to 12,800 from 10,866, the agency said today.In the south-eastern Ghanaian area of Hevi, near the border point of Aflao, Chief Togbe Tu Agbalekpor III welcomed refugees into his palace and appealed to his people to do the same. They offered rooms and farmland to the refugees, UNHCR said.Some of the refugees needed urgent food and non-food aid, as did the families hosting friends and relatives, it said. An inter-agency UN team was travelling along a 200-mile stretch of the Ghana-Togo border from Jasikan and Kadjebi to Aflao to assess food needs.Refugee returns from Ghana to Togo fell to 15 yesterday from 850 on Sunday and Monday, UNHCR said. New entrants at Aflao numbered just three yesterday.In Benin, meanwhile, UNHCR found 1,000 Togolese refugees living with families and friends, or sleeping in public buildings in the Tchetti area. They declined to move into camps and the local authorities had given them anti-malarial bed nets.More than 5,000 refugees had already moved to Come and Lokossa camps, where the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had put in more sanitation facilities. More land was being cleared at Lokossa camp for housing for refugees sleeping on church grounds at Hilakondji, UNHCR said.Meanwhile, the UN system will be launching a $5 million emergency appeal for the Togolese refugees in Benin for six months. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the appeal was being made on the basis of an assessment carried out by the United Nations and would cover protection, shelter, food, water, education, health and community services. Some 70 per cent of the refugees had been taken in by local families and the appeal included direct assistance to the refugees in the camps and also to those local families. read more

UN agency leads project to control trafficking of small arms in West

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will lead a $30 million, five-year programme aimed at controlling the sales and trafficking of small arms in West Africa, where more than 8 million illicit weapons are in private hands, representing about half of all the small arms held illegally in the continent, the agency said.The Small Arms Control Project will focus on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and will also help build the capacity of the region’s national Small Arms Commissions, while providing technical support to the ECOWAS secretariat’s Small Arms Unit.“I want to particularly mention our fruitful collaboration with UNDP and pay tribute to our partners for their financial and technical support,” said ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohammed Ibn Chambas at Tuesday’s launch of the project, which is known by the acronym ECOSAP.“With their assistance, ECOSAP will be a five-year programme through which ECOWAS will support the National Commissions and small arms control initiatives by civil society and other national and international partners,” he said. The project has been strongly supported by the Government of the Netherlands and other partners include the European Union (EU), Finland, France, Japan and Sweden.Joseph Byll-Cataria, the UNDP Resident Representative in Mali, stressed that the agency and its partners are working to try to reduce armed violence in the region and combat its impact on stability, security, and human development.Easy access to illicit weapons for organized crime, terrorism and civil conflict creates a cycle of violence disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable members of society – the children, women and elderly who account for more than 80 per cent of the victims of killings by firearms in West Africa, UNDP said.ECOSAP will succeed the Programme for Coordination and Assistance for Security and Development (PCASED), which pioneered efforts to control the proliferation of small arms in West Africa and led to the creation of National Small Arms Commissions in 12 of the 15 ECOWAS countries. read more

Highlevel UN forum seeks answers to questions on how to make sustainable

Melinda Crane, Chief Political Correspondent, Deutsche Welle, introduces the discussion at the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC’s Development Cooperation Forum. Photo: Government of Republic of Korea As the Economic and Social Council began today its Development Cooperation Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea, senior United Nations officials emphasized the need to build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals and to deliver sustainable development for all by finding strategies to mobilize significant financial resources. Such means of implementation for the development agenda, which can come from many private, public, national and international sources, will be vital once the world adopts its new saustainable development plan for the next 15 years. “A unique, unparalleled in history, path forward is taking shape, with the crafting of a transformative, unified and universal post-2015 development agenda, focused on poverty eradication and sustainable development,” said ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik (Austria). “There is broad consensus that the agenda’s successful implementation will depend on a comprehensive financing framework for sustainable development.” The Forum, held under the slogan, ‘Development cooperation for people and planet: What will it take?’ brought together leaders from Government, the private sector, academia and civil society for a three-day high-level symposium to grapple with the topic. The event aims to generate concrete ideas and policy recommendations to explore how to deliver ‘the future we want’ – an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for present and future generations. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Secretary-General for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development at the High-Level Segment of the Development Cooperation Forum. Photo: Government of Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se of Republic of Korea speaks the High-Level Segment of the Development Cooperation Forum. Photo: Government of Republic of Korea George Talbot, Co-Chair, Third International Conference on Financing for Development Participants addresses the High-Level Segment of the Development Cooperation Forum. Photo: Government of Republic of Korea ‹ › As well as ensuring availability of means of implementation, Mr. Sajdik said that success of the new agenda would also hinge upon the effective review of progress on substantive goals and follow-up to commitments made, especially on the full spectrum of means of implementation – financial and other, from capacity building to technology transfer. “This requires a flexible, multi-layered global framework,” he said. “It must build on existing mechanisms at all levels, following a bottom-up approach.” The symposium comes as countries are gearing up for the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa this July, the Sustainable Development Summit in New York, and climate negotiations in Paris. The DCF high-level symposium is geared to produce new ideas and policy recommendations into the preparations of the summits. While underlining the importance of preparations for the Addis Ababa Conference to ensure its outcomes were fully integrated into the negotiations on the post-2015 agenda, Mr. Sajdik added that development cooperation embraces practices that involve both financial and non-financial means of implementation. “It has to be more at the centre of a coherent narrative, vision and concerted action for the realization of the new agenda,” he said. “Development cooperation is a vital part of the broader global partnership for sustainable development needed to bring about the systemic policy changes for all partners to come closer together and make progress, to leave no one behind, to tackle common global problems and take up opportunities to put the world on a firm path toward sustainable development for all.” Participants in the High-Level Segment of the Development Cooperation Forum listen to George Talbot, Co-Chair, Third International Conference on Financing for Development. Photo: Government of Republic of Korea read more

Bus and coach sector achieves 10th consecutive monthly rise

The overall bus and coach market rose 90.2% to 622 registrations in July, and 65% over the first seven months.The purpose-built bus and coach sector rose 47.1% in the month and 45.8% for the year-to-date.Converted bus registrations were up 185.3% in June and 88.2% for the January to July period.“The UK bus and coach market continues to rebound strongly from the extremely difficult market we saw a year ago. In July, registrations were up 90%, the 10th consecutive month of growth and a steady trend that has seen registrations in the sector grow more than 40% over the period,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Operators and manufacturers will be keeping a close eye on the economic stability of the Eurozone, but right now the sector is robust and confident.”Click through to download the full July 2012 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables, which include a more detailed analysis of the figures. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Chase Elliott wins NASCARs most popular driver award

LAS VEGAS — Chase Elliott has been voted NASCAR’s most popular driver, ending a 15-year run for superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr.Earnhardt presented Elliott the award during NASCAR’s annual season-ending awards ceremony Thursday at the Wynn Las Vegas.Earnhardt won the award for 15 consecutive years until his retirement last season. His streak fell one short of the record of 16 set by Chase Elliott’s father, Bill Elliott.“Definitely a big passing,” Elliott said told Earnhardt on stage. “So cool, though, that it stayed between Elliott and Earnhardt for so long. I am glad, though, that you quit a year before you broke Dad’s record, so that’s pretty cool. I’m pretty happy about that. We got it back in the right name. I’m a little biased. Sorry.”The award is based on a fan vote and sponsored by the National Motorsports Press Association. Bill Elliott won the award every year between 1984 and 2002, until he removed his name from consideration.Now, the award has returned to the Elliott family.Chase Elliott won three times in the Cup Series in 2018, including twice in the playoffs.“I was in some good situations with some fast cars and I was able to get a few wins. It was a good year,” Elliott said. “We couldn’t finish it off as strong as those couple months there in the summer, late summer, but looking forward to ’19 and excited to get back going.”His first trip to victory lane was years in the making.Elliott won the Xfinity Series championship in 2014, when he was 18 and finally eligible to run a full NASCAR season. Plans were formed in 2015 for his move to the big leagues with Hendrick Motorsports as he replaced retiring four-time champion Jeff Gordon. Elliott was in the seat not long after his 20th birthday.Chase entered the series with a built-in fan base that desperately wanted him to match his father’s success. Because he drove for powerhouse Hendrick, in Gordon’s old ride, many figured wins would come immediately.Elliott did claim the pole for his Daytona 500 debut, but he finished 37th. His rookie season netted five finishes of second or third, a 10th-place finish in the standings and no wins.Year 2 was similar. The pole again at Daytona and nothing to show for that effort. Even worse? Five runner-up finishes and almost certain victory snatched away at Martinsville Speedway. Elliott was leading late in the race at the Virginia track with only a few laps remaining before what would have been both his first victory and an automatic spot in the championship finale.Elliott was instead wrecked by Denny Hamlin. He didn’t win, didn’t advance to the final four and two weeks later at Phoenix retaliated to ensure Hamlin wouldn’t race for the title, either.He finally broke through on the road course at Watkins Glen to notch his first win. That August victory locked him into the playoffs, and he bookended the second round of the championship chase with victories at Dover and Kansas.___More AP Auto Racing: and Associated Press read more

VIDEO The secrets behind the scenes at the ballet

first_img FIRST THING you notice about the dancers from Ballet Ireland is their physiques: incredibly toned, muscular and powerful.The next is that with their machine-like bodies they’re carrying out complicated dance moves – and making it look so easy.You’re likely to immediately check your own posture, and, watching them stretch and do the splits between dances, vow to take up Pilates classes the next day.During rehearsals at Dublin’s Dancehouse for Ballet Ireland‘s production of The Nutcracker on Monday, the dancers were two days away from bringing their big show to the Gaiety stage, but there wasn’t a hint of stress.Just as ballet is about making the complicated look simple, they made the task of putting on such a famous production look like peaceful meditation – with a tiny bit of sweat.The impeccable Dancehouse is worlds away from Ballet Ireland’s early rehearsal venues. (At one, they had to step over discarded needles to get to class.)While things have changed in the world of Ballet Ireland, they have changed in the world of ballet, too.The company director, Anne Maher – a former professional ballet dancer who trained in Monte Carlo – told The dedication, the work ethic, none of that has changed. The competition is possibly as tough as ever if not tougher. Jobs are fewer and the range of work the dancers are now expected to be able to do is huge. There wouldn’t have been like the same crossover in terms of contemporary movement and straight classical form.As Maher watched her limber dancers do Pilates exercises, she recalled a time as a student when she and her peers “used to sit and smoke in the studio. Can you just imagine…” Even their instructor would teach with a cigarette in hand.Maher set up Ballet Ireland in 1998 along with Gunther Falusy, at a time when she was contemplating retiring, aged 35 and 10 years into her professional career. With room for both classical and contemporary ballet in its repertoire, the company attracts a high calibre of dancer from around the world.Maher was coached in Nutcracker’s pas de deux by Marion Sinclair, who herself was coached by the legendary Margot Fonteyn.This direct link to one of ballet’s most famous dancers means a huge amount to her: “I love that history that we have in the ballet world, where actually things are passed down physically from one generation to the next, through dancers being in studio coaching one another.”Day in the life of a dancerZoe Ashe Brown dances lead in the Ballet Ireland production of Carmen. She decided as a child that she wanted to be a dancer, and the music from ballets often soundtracked impromptu dances in her family’s kitchen.After school, she trained at the English National Ballet School for three years. Her colleague Emma Lister, a Canadian, was also entranced by the music at a young age, and began her training aged eight by attending a vocational school.A typical day in the run-up to a Ballet Ireland show begins with warm up at about 9am before their first 10am class, followed by rehearsal, with breaks, until 6pm. “It’s a pretty heavy day,” said Ashe Brown, who added that it is “really important to stay in really good shape, so we all have to eat properly and sleep properly”.She wryly described how, thanks to a recurring foot injury, she tends to wear “very sensible boring looking shoes” to keep her feet aligned in the run-up to a show.Wondering how dancers make sure their pointe shoes fit? As Ashe Brown explained, one important element is boiling a kettle:(Video is no professional training available in Ireland, so all aspiring dancers need to go abroad – usually the UK – where they train for six days a week. There’s little time for rest for professional dancers.“We have a saying in the ballet world: If you miss one day of class, you notice; if you miss two days of class, your teacher notices; if you miss three days of class, the audience notices,” said Maher.Ballet can have a reputation as being intimidatingly high-brow, but for Ballet Ireland’s director, productions like the Nutcracker help to demonstrate its accessibility.People will go to Nutcracker not because it’s a ballet, but because it’s Nutcracker.When Ashe Brown tells people about her profession, they’re impressed. “But I think they think of it as something they can’t access, or something they can’t understand – it’s so strange but it’s thought of as maybe elitist,” she said.“It is definitely something that anyone can enjoy, and I think a lot of people are really surprised, and they surprise themselves when they come to see a show.”Watch as Emma Lister (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Dominic Harrison; and James Loffler (The Nutcracker Prince) and Ryoko Yaguya (Clara), give us a glimpse of the level of performance we can expect at the Gaiety:(Video Nutcracker is at the Gaiety, Dublin, from today (20) to Saturday (23) November, in association with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.Photos: Dublin ballet dancers attempt a new world record>last_img read more

The best Google Glass apps

first_img 1 2 Google released Glass with the expectation that developers would fill in the blanks. Google would handle the hardware and the API, and then developers would handle the rest. That means, as with almost all modern platforms, the apps will be key to Glass’ future.The official list of apps for Glass is slim right now — it’s comprised mostly of apps that either push or pull content from social networks. There’s some great functionality when it comes to things like turn-by-turn navigation, but the limitations of Google’s Mirror API is such that scraping content from the web and displaying it in a Glass friendly format is the one trick developers have access too without rooting the hardware. Fortunately, there are developers who have figured out how to turn those limitations into a few useful tools that really enhance Glass as a hands free computing tool.These Glass apps are unofficial, and as such are either unfinished or unable to be widely used by the public due to limitations put in place by the Mirror API.NavCookUnless you have a kitchen specific computer of some description your recipes either come from a book, a printer, or setting your phone or computer somewhere near your cooking area. This works for most people, but to have the recipe for what you are working on hover just outside of your vision would be an advantage for anyone that loves to cool. NavCook lets you pick a recipe from your browser, and the step-by-step instructions are then pushed to Glass. You can follow along at your own pace, and in many cases look at photos that go along with the instructions to make sure you’re doing everything right. This recipe is pushed to your timeline as a single card that expands into one card for each instruction, so when the meal prep is finished the instructions just disappear into your other notifications.NavCook is a great approach, but currently limited by the number of available recipes and the method of delivery. Right now you need your computer or your phone to push the recipe to Glass, and while that works it would be incredible to be able to search for recipes using your voice and pick the best one right from Glass. NavCook is a great idea, and a must have app for anyone planning on using Glass in the kitchen.Glass To DoFor the most part, you either rely on To Do lists to get through your day or you don’t for those of us that do rely on them, having them shining right in our eyeballs is a great idea, and that’s what Glass To Do does. You can pin the ability to add things to your list to the left hand side of the Glass navigation system, so it is always there for you. Tapping this allows you to speak out something to add to your list, and when you are finished it saves the item. You can view your list and delete items right from Glass using the same navigation system as the rest of Glass.As with any To Do list, the best thing that could happen with this app right now would be to integrate your lists with other services, but otherwise this app does exactly what it should and keeps the experience nice and simple for Glass.WinkFeedThere’s no shortage of developers trying to incorporate RSS feeds into Glass right now, and while the Mirror API makes this kind of thing easy you have to deliver the information in the right way in order for it to be useful. No one is going to read a whole article or blog entry on Glass, but it would be useful to give the user tools that would allow them the ability to choose what they might want to read later.WinkFeed allows you to log in to their service and set up your RSS feed the way your want. You can pick from a number of sites or just link an RSS feed of your choosing, and as new content comes in the titles are pushed to Glass. When the title arrives, it can be read out loud to the user if they choose, or they can just read the title right off the display. If the user decides they want to read this post later, the article can be saved right to Pocket from the app. This allows users access to the news they want in a timely fashion, and allows them to prioritize the information they see. Given the limitations of the Glass display and the desire to get the information you want quickly, this method seems like the best way to make RSS on Glass manageable.Next page: The Best Glass apps for shopping, blogging, and working out…last_img read more

Les busards des roseaux des rapaces qui imitent les femelles pour mieux

first_imgLes busards des roseaux, des rapaces qui imitent les femelles pour mieux les séduireCertains busards des roseaux, une espèce de rapace vivant principalement en Europe, se travestissent pour séduire. Certains mâles se font en effet passer pour des femelles afin de trouver une partenaire sans avoir à affronter leur compères.Une équipe de biologistes s’est intéressée à la façon dont certains busards des roseaux mâles se travestissent pour augmenter leurs chances de trouver une femelle. La plupart de ces rapaces sont gris. Toutefois, 40% d’entre eux environ ont un plumage brun semblable à celui des femelles, avec la tête et les épaules blanches. Ils ne se différencient alors que par leurs pattes et leurs yeux plus clairs.À lire aussiDeux Canadiens sauvent un pygargue pris dans un piège en pleine forêtComme ils l’expliquent dans les Biology Letters de la Royal Society britannique, des chercheurs ont étudié 36 couples de busards dans le marais de Brouage, en Charente-Maritime. Ils ont mené une expérience afin de comprendre ce phénomène. Après avoir placé des appeaux près des nids, un premier ressemblant à un mâle, un second à un mâle travesti, et un troisième à une femelle, ils ont constaté que les busards mâles se comportaient avec leurs compères efféminés comme avec de vraies femelles. Les mâles ressemblant à des femelles évitent ainsi les assauts de leurs rivaux plus virils. Toutefois, “les mâles efféminés ne se contentent pas d’imiter les femelles, ils ont aussi tendance à se comporter comme elles lorsqu’il s’agit de défendre leurs ressources reproductives”, ont observé les chercheurs. Cette ruse finit en réalité par profiter aux deux types de mâles, qui se montrent peu agressifs les uns envers les autres. Les chercheurs entendent désormais mener de nouvelles études pour mieux comprendre ce phénomène observé chez une seule autre espèce d’oiseau, le combattant varié. Les biologistes cherchent notamment à déterminer quels rôles jouent la génétique et l’environnement dans cet étonnant travestissement.Le 13 novembre 2011 à 17:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geneviève Fioraso nouvelle ministre de lEnseignement supérieur et de la Recherche

first_imgGeneviève Fioraso, nouvelle ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la RechercheChoisie aux cotés de Nicole Brick au ministère de l’écologie, du développement durable et de l’énergie, Stéphane Lefoll à l’Agriculture, Marisol Touraine à la Santé et Aurélie Filipetti à la Culture et à la Communication, Geneviève Fioraso est la nouvelle ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche. Retour sur son parcours.Participante à la direction de Corys, une start-up, à la fin des années 80, Geneviève Fioraso devient collaboratrice du maire de Grenoble en 1995, avec des dossiers portant sur l’économie et l’innovation.À lire aussiOiseaux, chauves-souris et saumons : une espèce sur trois est désormais menacée de disparition en FranceEntre 1999 à 2001 elle fonde et dirige l’Agence régionale du Numérique, mise en place par le réseau des villes de la région Rhône-Alpes. Puis, de 2001 à 2004, passe cadre marketing à France Télécom, chargée des marchés émergents dans le secteur social-santé.En 2003, geneviève Fioraso devient PDG de la SEM Minatec Entreprises, firme chargée de la commercialisation de haute technologie Minatec.Quatre ans plus tard, elle entre au Parti socialiste et devient députée de la première circonscription de l’Isère. En 2008, adjointe à l’économie, à l’université et à la recherche de la ville de Grenoble, elle devient 1ère vice-présidente de la Metro, chargée du développement économique dans la communauté d’agglomération de Grenoble. Enfin, en 2009 et 2010, elle est rapporteure et donne des avis sur des domaines comme les budgets de l’industrie, de la recherche et sur le développement durable.Le 16 mai 2012, elle entre dans le gouvernement de Jean-Marc Ayrault et devient ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche.Le 16 mai 2012 à 20:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Twitter is Shutting Down Vine

first_imgStay on target Twitter announced Thursday that it’ll be discontinuing the Vine mobile app in a move that limited all productivity on the internet as people went looking for their favorite vines.In a blog post on Medium, Twitter, which acquired Vine before it even launched in 2012, said that the website will remain up so people can still view and share Vines, but the mobile app, which is how Vines were made, will be discontinued.“We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way,” the company wrote. “You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made.”Twitter also announced that it will be cutting 9% of its staff–or around 350 jobs–after plans of a sale to companies such as Disney fell through. The company said it plans to restructure its remaining staff, hoping to recover after growth has come to a standstill.“The restructuring allows us to continue to fully fund our highest priorities, while eliminating investment in non-core areas and driving greater efficiency,” Twitter said in a letter to shareholders.There’s no word on what Twitter plans to do in terms of video, whether it’s going to incorporate the six-second format into its current platform or do away with it entirely.As previously stated, Vine, which was a small three-person team, was acquired by Twitter before the app even launched publicly. By the time it was available for download in 2013, it was one of Apple’s most popular apps. However, it was apparently dropping off in popularity and was falling behind other competitors, such as YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat in terms of monetization and other commercial usesVine co-founder Rus Yusupov, who was laid off from Twitter in 2015, weighed in on the decision to end the app. Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature Don’t sell your company!— Rus (@rus) October 27, 2016Even if Vine’s viability as a profitable platform for Twitter was dropping off, there’s no denying that it’s a strange move to discontinue the only means of creating the loops, which people loved.Vine became a separate entity away from Twitter. It has produced its own stars, and has given people a new medium for experimentation. I contend that a truly good Vine is one that feels longer than six seconds, that can tell a full story in that short amount of time. Videos that have a beginning, middle, and end and are only six seconds long have to be well-crafted with precise editing and that’s something other video apps haven’t been able to replicate.It’s also another move that shows that the people behind Twitter lack a perspective on priorities when it comes to improving their platform. It’s still a place with widespread harassment and abuse. Despite announcements that said it was going to incorporate new tools for verified users (and maybe eventually everybody else), there has been little effect.I was verified a couple months ago, but all I’ve seen is the addition of a new tab that separates my verified and non-verified mentions. The fact awful people have been verified doesn’t solve anything. Other measures users can take, such as reporting abusive tweets, do little to curb any inappropriate behavior as Twitter is stingy about which accounts it bans.In a conference call on Thursday, Twitter did address these complaints, saying it would be rolling out new features next month to combat harassment. Considering there are still countless ways to get around existing safety tools, users will have to wait and see if these things have any effect.In the meantime, we can remember all of our favorite vines and the mastery that was involved in creating these true works of art. And my personal favorite:last_img read more

Ronaldo is Madrids greatest Morientes

first_imgFernando Morientes believes Cristiano Ronaldo is a bigger Madrid legend than Alfredo.Ronaldo who left Madrid this summer after winning every trophy that he could possibly win the club has embarked on a new challenge with Juventus.The FIFA Best Player of the Year completed a £100million move to Turin on Monday after completing a medical at Juventus medical centre.Alfredo Di Stefano is regarded as the club’s biggest icon after scoring 216 goals in 282 appearances during an eleven-year with the Los Merengues.But Morientes believes Ronaldo leaves Madrid with a bigger profile than Buenos Aires-born striker.“I think for the time he spent in Madrid, Ronaldo achieved everything he possibly could with the club.” Morientes told Goal.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“There might be things that happened and we can only speculate but I think he left the club because he wanted a new challenge.”“I did not meet Di Stefano who’s regarded as the greatest Madridsta but I believe Ronaldo surpassed his greatness at the club.”“What he has done in modern Football is very difficult and I’m disappointed a player like him has to leave the club, even if it’s for a lot of money.”“He has gone to a very big club. The Serie A was the benchmark 20 years ago and they’re trying to get back to that level but La Liga remains the point of reference,” the La Liga ambassador said.“I’m sure he wants to do well in Turin and go on to win titles including the UEFA Champions League.”last_img read more

Fight against NonCommunicable Disease will continue says Jamaican Health Minister

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 25, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Government will continue to pursue stringent regulations and policies aimed at reducing lifestyle illnesses associated with non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Speaking at the opening session for the Subregional Legal Training on NCDs at the Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies, Mona, on October 24, he said policies and regulatory initiatives, coupled with lifestyle changes, are crucial components in tackling NCDs in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region.The Caribbean has the worst epidemic of NCDs in the Americas, and which cause more than 60 per cent of deaths in the region. In Jamaica, the diseases are responsible for most premature deaths, with high blood pressure affecting 25 per cent of the population.   Some of the regulations, Dr. Tufton cited, include the establishment of a National Food Industry Taskforce; the Tobacco Control Regulations; the Jamaica Moves initiative; the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2018; and the National Alcohol Policy, 2015.He informed that stakeholder consultations have begun following recommendations from the National Food Industry Task Force that was established last year.   “Hopefully (that) will lead to some sort of regulatory framework,” he said.Dr. Tufton further said the Ministry is moving towards a “comprehensive overhaul” of the Tobacco Control Regulations.   The review is expected to address critical matters that have not been addressed under the existing Tobacco Control Regulations.   These include regulating the interactions of Government officials with the tobacco industry, and regulating price and tax measures in a manner that will effectively contribute to the reduction of tobacco consumption, among others.Dr. Tufton said the Jamaica Moves National Campaign aims to get Jamaicans to become more active.   The campaign encourages Jamaicans of all ages to engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise for a minimum of five days per week for good health.   Dr. Tufton said the Jamaica Moves National Campaign aims to get Jamaicans to become more active.   The campaign encourages Jamaicans of all ages to engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise for a minimum of five days per week for good health.“One of the challenges that we face with the NCD fight is really about changing culture and changing behaviour, starting with changing beliefs,” the Minister said.   He added that the proliferation of mass media content, particularly from North America, has influenced lifestyle behaviour changes in the country and the wider Caribbean.Meanwhile, he said a coordinated approach is critical in tackling NCDs across the region. “Hopefully, we will come out with a menu of policies that are similar in terms of learning from each other, and that can drive and change behaviour over time,” he said.For her part, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Country Representative, Jamaica, Dr. Noreen Jack, said although the individual responsibility and initiative to make wise choices to benefit one’s health is important, an enabling environment is equally critical to facilitate making wise choices.“This includes the existence of supportive policies to facilitate more positive choices that will promote good health,” she said.The training seeks to build capacity with the relevant government entities within the Caribbean, in order to develop and strengthen the region’s capacity to address NCDs through policy formulation and the development and enforcement of effective legislative framework.Most non-communicable diseases are the result of four particular behaviours, namely, tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and the harmful use of alcohol, that lead to four key metabolic/physiological changes – raised blood pressure, overweight/obesity, raised blood glucose and raised cholesterol.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Henry Rollins To Honor Seymour Stein On GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends

first_img Facebook Henry Rollins To Honor Seymour Stein henry-rollins-honor-seymour-stein-grammy-salute-music-legends On the upcoming third annual “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends,” winner for Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Album at the 37th GRAMMY Awards for his narration of Get In The Van — On The Road With Black Flag, Henry Rollins is excited to present Stein his 2018 Recording Academy Trustees Award.”It took me awhile to fully understand how much Sire Records — that’s his label — played a part in my life,” said Rollins, “until I went through the list of all the records and bands that he had made and signed and realized I have at least two-thirds of the records that he put out.”Watch the special tribute concert that will air on PBS at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 (check your local listings) and will be available to stream the following day via”GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” To Air On PBS Oct. 5 News Twitter Henry Rollins To Honor Seymour Stein On “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 2, 2018 – 1:10 pm Henry Rollins Honors Seymour Stein The multi-talent rocker pays tribute to Sire Records’ co-founder during a concert celebrating the Recording Academy’s 2018 Special Merit Awards recipients that will air on PBS on Oct. 5Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 2, 2018 – 1:11 pm As co-founder of Sire Records and vice president at Warner Music Group, Seymour Stein demonstrated his uncanny gift for knowing what’s next by signing Barenaked Ladies, the Cult, the Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen, k.d. lang, Madonna, the Pretenders, Radio Birdman, the Ramones, the Saints, Talking Heads, and many more. Stein has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame but his impact on American musical culture outshines the much-deserved honors he has received.last_img read more

How Have Major Paradigm Shifts Changed Houston And Whats Next

first_imgRecently, Mayor Sylvester Turner said he wants a “paradigm shift” in future transportation planning. Setting aside the fact that it’s a corporate-speak cliché, what other examples can you come up with of “paradigm shifts” that would make Greater Houston a better place to live – big, sweeping changes that Houston ought to undertake that would require dramatically rethinking long-held beliefs and expectations? And is it even useful to dream so big, if, when reality sets in, you can’t afford to do any of the things that vision calls for? We talk with Dr. Gene Preuss, a history professor the University of Houston-Downtown, about major paradigm shifts in Houston and Texas history. And Rice University management professor Scott Sonenshein joins him to discuss the value of such big-picture thinking. Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday November 12

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: Baltimore City Council candidates round table with candidates from the First, Third, Eleventh and Thirteenth Districts. We’ll also discuss the controversial aspects of the Baltimore police body camera pilot program with David Rocah of the ACLU.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Zombie Makeup Tutorial How to Look Undead This Halloween

first_imgStay on target Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Becomes Universal Halloween Horror MazeLife-Sized Jabba the Hutt For Sale on Craigslist for $100 Halloween is around the corner, which means it’s crunch time for finding a costume. While everyone else dresses up as a bumble bee, superhero, or Snapchat filter, why not join the walking dead and transform yourself into a zombie? But, you can’t just have the typical “flesh-eater” complexion. There needs to be dripping blood, oozing skin, and hollowed eyes in the mix. Even though you’re not a horror movie extra, you can still look sick AF for Halloween and easily zombify yourself at home. To help you nail the ultimate zombie look, we tapped Morgan Wells, a Brooklyn-based professional makeup artist who is passionate about special effects (FX) makeup. As the founder of Jane Doe Makeup, a company based in the New York City area, she’s transformed people into fantasy characters, gory clowns, and creepy zombies for contests, conventions, and special occasions. AdChoices广告“I’ve always been artistic in pretty much everything. FX is cool because you can make characters and bring them to life,” says Wells. “It’s the closest you are going to get to some sort of fantasy universe like a zombie apocalypse or another world with creatures.”Before we dive into the zombie makeup process, it’s important to note key products and basic skincare protocol.  There’s so much room for creativity depending on what type of zombie you want to be. Wells says you’ll need to have these products on hand to get the look: concealer (a light type or a dark type depending on the kind of zombie you want to be), powdered eyeshadow in black or purple shades, white and green face paint, a bruise makeup wheel, Mehron stage blood, Ben Nye liquid latex (optional), oatmeal (optional), small makeup sponges, and inexpensive makeup brushes. You can buy most of these items at Amazon, Ricky’s, or local costume shops, such as Halloween Adventure. Genevieve Scarano/Geek.comSkincare is also important if you’re applying makeup, because you don’t want to irritate your face. Wells advises to use an alcohol-based cleanser beforehand to remove excess oil. This helps prevent oil from breaking down liquid latex, spirit gum, wax, and other products. Once you’re ready to take off your makeup, Wells says you can use alcohol-based makeup remover, baby wipes, and water. Safety tip: If you’re allergic to latex or any other makeup ingredients, skip them and use another hypoallergenic product. You don’t want to end up in the ER on Halloween. Ready to become one of the undead? Here’s how to transform yourself into the creepiest and most disgusting zombie yet.View as: One Page Slides1. Clean your face with alcohol-based makeup remover or padsPhoto Credit: Morgan WellsGently dab your face with alcohol-based makeup remover or pads to remove excess oil. 2. Outline your face with eyeshadowPhoto Credit: Morgan WellsAfter cleansing your face, create a basic outline for your zombie complexion. Use a powdered black eye shadow around eyelids and the bridge of the nose. Then, make small ovals around the eyes. 3. Emphasize facial lines for the dead effectPhoto Credit: Morgan WellsZombies aren’t supposed to have a healthy glow, so you’ll want to make yourself look as dead as possible. Wells says the secret sauce is emphasizing facial lines. Use the black powdered eyeliner to make lines around your cheeks, laugh lines, and forehead lines. This gives your face a sunken-in and corpse-like appearance. 4. Add “burns” and “bruises” with the bruise makeup wheelPhoto Credit: Morgan WellsFake burns and bruises elevate the zombie effect, and you’ll need a bruise makeup wheel to make the magic happen. Dab a small makeup sponge to apply green, yellow, and purple shades on your face to heighten the gross factor. Plus, you can throw in some green or white face paint to complete the look. 5. Keep the flesh *alive* with some concealerPhoto Credit: Morgan WellsAdd concealer to facial areas that aren’t covered with black eyeliner. This will give you more of a flesh-tone complexion, which plays an important part in the overall zombie look. 6. Blend it all together with a small makeup spongePhoto Credit: Morgan WellsOnce your canvas is complete, blend it all together with a small makeup sponge. You’ll get a gray-ish hue on your face, which means you’re one step closer to being zombified. Then, apply some additional “bruises” around your eyebrows and upper lids for a hollowed eye effect. 7. Optional liquid latex and oatmeal mix for “oozing” skinPhoto Credit: Morgan WellsIf you want to take your zombie look to the next level, you can make “oozing” skin with some liquid latex and oatmeal. Of course, this is completely optional if you’re allergic to liquid latex. In a small bowl, mix three spoonfuls of liquid latex with one spoonful of oatmeal. Apply the mixture to various areas of your face (preferably cheeks, chin, and forehead) and let it dry for five minutes. 8. Apply stage blood to your facePhoto Credit: Morgan WellsThe last stretch of your zombie makeover is fake blood. (Woo!) Use a small sponge and dab stage blood around your eyes and mouth. Wells says to not be afraid to get crazy with the blood, because it will highlight your gray complexion, “oozing” skin, and dark eyes. 9. Own the zombie personaPhoto Credit: Morgan WellsNow that you’ve completed this creepy makeup routine, it’s time to take on the undead persona: wear ripped clothes, walk slowly, and roll your eyes up. Congrats, you’re now officially a zombie. More on Halloween:20 Creepy Vintage Halloween PhotosThe Terror Lurking Around Halloween Horror Nights 28Snapchat Hot Dog and Other Great, Dumb, Tech-Themed Halloween Costumeslast_img read more

A Memory filled Monsoon

first_imgWith his unique concept and power to toy with human psyche he attempts to unveil buried feelings of a person’s mind. Amit said, “Memories are transcendental by nature. They act as time machine that cradles a human mind between now and then, hither and thither with memories flashing in pieces”. He explains, these memories could be both sweet and sour but it is something that connects to ones individuality and something one has absorbed from their surrounding. The exhibition will portray the state of calmness and peace through mix medium of art and will be showcased at DSIIDC, Narela, Industrial Area from June 18 and will conclude on June 30. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Through this show the artist has tried to arrange the scattered puzzle pieces of memories to understand the subconscious state of mind which results in understanding one’s own self. Every touch of the brush hovers between reality and fantasy world, balancing every virtual image that restrains the power to grasp an impression and make it everlasting on canvas.  Serenity is a series conceived, nurtured and delivered from the womb of memory, inspired by anything and everything against any limits. Artist Amit Dutt believes in immeasurable flow of thought process and hence his paintings offer a panoramic view to the observer. The figurative paintings in this solo show will showcase the impetuous state of human mind and will portray the different shades of human consciousness. Each of his painting consists of vibrant and sober colors blend fairly in a unique way which builds a serene characteristic in the art. They are loud enough to pour the heart and soul of a spectator with thoughts but are peaceful to look at due to its subtle nature. The contrasting shades of color every painting has, narrates a different story. But the message perceived by each the viewer vary in many ways.last_img read more