Six months after taking over the reins of Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday released a ‘white paper’ here, documenting the functioning of his government so far. However, far from being a dossier of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s achievements, it read like a negative critique of the previous Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) governments, with lists of acts of misgovernance and corruption over the last 14 years, from 2003-2017. Mulayam Singh, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav were Chief Ministers during this period.Mr. Adityanath released the 22-page booklet featuring 25 topics hours after he was sworn in as an MLC, as mandated, along with four other ministers. The document accuses the previous governments of being “insensitive” to the people’s mandate, encouraging corrupt and anti-social elements, and carrying out scams after scams.The BJP government “inherited corruption, crime, goondagardi and lawlessness from the previous governments”, and due to the poor law and order, investors and traders were not able to operate their businesses in Uttar Pradesh, it reads.“On average, there were two riots per week under previous governments,” the document says, mentioning communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, Bareilly and other districts.Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary retaliated by saying that within just six months of the BJP coming to power, the State had slowed down in the development race.
In awarding TSR contract for CWG 2010 to his favoured company, sacked OC chairman and seven-time MP Suresh Kalmadi disregarded the directions of the Centre for transperancy, CBI has said in its chargesheet.In its first chargesheet filed against Kalmadi, 67, and ten others, CBI has said OC former Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, Kalmadi’s confidant and co-accused had in pursuance of the Centre’s direction for transparency directed issuance of a note with an Expression of Interest for TSR suggesting that the eligibility criteria for the TSR bidders was approved by the Ministry of Sports.The Centre had sanctioned a grant of Rs 45 crore for the TSR system and directed for transparency in its contract.”Investigation has revealed that there was no approval of the government in respect of criteria/contents for eligibility criteria,” the chargesheet said.Investigation shows that disregarding the directions of the government for transperancy and in furtherance of the conspiracy to favour Swiss Timing, on the directions of Lalit Bhanot, a note was initiated on March 21, 2009, enclosing an EoI for TSR.”This note stated … the contents to be placed on the website as approved by the Ministry of Sports are enclosed. It is for approval and instruction to the concerned officer to place the matter on the website of OC,” CBI said in its charge sheet.”The government nomineees raised the issue of lack of clarity regarding the criteria adopted by the expert committee in short lising only certain brands. Investigation has revealed that Kalmadi fradulently stated that the recommendations were finalised in consultation with the international federations,” the probe agency said.advertisement
Shimla, Mar 9 (PTI) Congress leader Anand Sharma today filed his nomination for the lone Rajya Sabha seat in his home state Himachal Pradesh.Sharma, the Deputy leader of Congress in the Rajya Sabha had resigned from the upper house on Monday to contest the Rajya Sabha election from the seat, which will fall vacant after BJP member Bimla Kashyaps term expires on April 2.Four sets of nomination papers were filed by 40 MLAs, including chief minister, his cabinet colleagues, Chief Parliamentary secretaries, party MLAs and four independents.Sharmas election to Rajya Sabha for the third time from Himachal is a foregone conclusion as the opposition BJP with 27 members in the 68-member house is unlikely to field its candidate.Earlier Sharma was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2014 from Rajasthan. Now he has been nominated by Congress high command to contest from Himachal Pradesh.The Congress deputy leader was a cabinet minister in Manmohan Singh government and later became the deputy leader of the party in Rajya Sabha after the UPA government was ousted in 2014.The last date for filing nominations is March 11. Scrutiny would take place on March 12 and if required, the voting would be held on March 21 and results would be declared the same day. PTI PCL SUK DV ISH
Pakistan Test great Younis Khan faces a ban of up to five matches for walking out of the Pakistan Cup national One-Day tournament after an altercation with the match officials last week. Younis, who had a run-in with the on-field umpires and the match referee, was fined 100 percent for not appearing in a disciplinary hearing.The incidents involving Younis and the umpires and match referee took place over the space of two matches that involved the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa team which Younis led in the tournament being organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board in Faisalabad.”The PCB chairman, Shaharyar Khan has taken serious notice of the incidents involving Younis and has summoned a report from the match referee,” a source in the PCB told PTI.He said the chairman was also trying to speak to Younis but his phones were switched off since he returned from Faisalabad to Karachi on Saturday night.Younis was named by the PCB to lead the KPK team in the tournament which is being televised live and is seen as a platform for selecting the national squad for the tour to England this summer.”The chairman is unhappy the most at the fact that Younis quit the tournament since he is also an advisor to the chairman on cricket affairs like Misbah-ul-Haq,” the source said.”Shaharyar Khan is unlikely to let the matter go as he feels that no matter who the player or how senior he might be, no one can be allowed to challenge the authority of the umpires, referee or board in such a blatant manner,” he said.advertisementThe source said that if the chairman decides to penalise Younis the senior batsman could face a ban of three to five matches.It is not the first time that Younis has run into problems with the authorities. He even had issues with his department, United Bank, in the last domestic season when he left them in a lurch in the final stages of the premier first-class competition after disagreement with the coach.
Top-seeded Andy Murray advanced to the third round at the Barcelona Open after Bernard Tomic withdrew from the tournament on Wednesday.Tomic, who needed three sets to defeat Dustin Brown in the first round on Tuesday, said he would not be able to face Murray because of a lower back injury.The top-ranked Murray was originally going to skip the Barcelona Open but decided to play after being eliminated in the third round at the Monte Carlo Masters, when he blew a 4-0 lead in the deciding set to Albert Ramos-Vinolas.Murray is trying to regain his form going into the French Open following a right elbow injury that kept him out of the Miami Open and the Davis Cup quarterfinals.Fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria, Yuichi Sugita of Japan and eighth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany have already made it to the third round.R Dutra Silva will be facing third-seed Rafael Nadal in the second round clash later on Wednesday.
Sports Ministry gave an explanation for choosing Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, along with weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award instead of Asian Games gold medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia.Bajrang expressed his displeasure for being overlooked for the highest honour of country for a sportsperson after winning the gold medal at both Commonwealth Games and Asian Games this year.Bajrang met with Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Thursday to question him about being overlooked for the honour but he had said that he did not get a favourable reply.However, Sports Ministry took to social media to clarify the criteria for the selection process of Khel Ratna and said that different sports are judged by different parameters.”Point system is used to differentiate athletes within given sport, not athletes representing different sports. “Virat Kohli leads the ICC rankings in 2 out of 3 formats, while Mirabai Chanu is the only Indian currently a world champion in an Olympic sport,” Sports Ministry said on Twitter.On Friday, it was announced that Kohli and Chanu will receive the Khel Ratna by President Ram Nath Kovind at a specially organised function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Tuesday.Also read – Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu named by Sports Ministry for Khel Ratna AwardBoth Kohli and Chanu will be presented a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh each apart from a medal and a citation.However soon after, Bajrang Punia came to the fore and lashed out at the government for ignoring him for the prestigious award.advertisementBajrang even threatened to move the court if he does not get a satisfactory reply and reason. However, it is unlikely that he would take the matter to the court after his mentor Yogeshwar Dutt advised him against it.Also read – Ignored for Khel Ratna, Bajrang Punia to move court”It was injustice to Bajrang as he deserved the Khel Ratna this year. We met the Sports Minister yesterday and he said he will talk to the selection committee. But I have advised Bajrang against going to the court as it will hamper his World Championship preparations,” Yogeshwar told PTI.However, Bajrang was extremely hurt by the snub and even after meeting the Sports Minister, he was nowhere close to forgetting the matter.”He [Sports Minister] said I didn’t have enough points which is wrong. I have garnered more points than the two (Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu) who were nominated.”I have been wronged. I want justice. The Minister said he will look into the matter but there is hardly any time left for the award function,” Bajrang said.Besides gold medals at Gold Coast and Jakarta, Bajrang had won silver medals in the 2014 editions of the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.(With PTI inputs)
Malaysia ‘I am 34 years young’ – No sign of stopping for former Malaysia international Fadzli Saari Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 06:20 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Felcra FC/Adam Ghazali/Sportflex Malaysia Malaysia Felcra v Sime Darby Sime Darby v Felcra Felcra Liga M3 The former Malaysia international says it is difficult for him to be thinking of retirement, and is focused on helping Felcra win MPL promotion. BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter Having led Felcra FC to a 0-0 first leg FAM Cup semi-final draw against Sime Darby, the Rivals captain Fadzli Saari described this year as their best chance of winning promotion to the Premier League.The first leg match, held at Felcra’s homeground the UM Arena on Monday ended with both sides failing to break the deadlock. The second leg will be held at the Petaling Jaya City Council Stadium on Sunday, at 4.15pm.”First of all, praise Allah that at least we did not concede an away goal. We will do better in the second leg. Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “This is our best chance of winning promotion and also our second, after the disappointment of losing out in the semis last year to PKNP FC.”I hope we will do our best, and not waste this chance,” said the veteran player to the press after the match.When asked about his future, the former Malaysia international responded that he intends to keep playing, joking that he is still young at 34 years of age.In a senior career spanning 16 years, Fadzli has played for SV Wehen in Germany, Pahang, Selangor, T-Team as well as Sime Darby. He has also collected over 30 caps for Malaysia.”I am 34, still young. God willing, as long as my service is still needed (I will continue playing).”It’s difficult for me to be thinking of retiring because football is my life. I will keep on playing,” said the midfielder.
Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that the ability of children to read and develop critical thinking skills from an early age is essential for ensuring positive learning outcomes.“Our students have to be able to read, interpret and apply concepts and explain themselves in a written form. This is a skill set that is at the very core of success in education,” he said.He noted that as students prepare for the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), reading and self-directed learning will enable them to apply knowledge acquired.Senator Reid was speaking at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Reads Capacity Programme Early Reading Conference held on September 27 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The programme seeks to increase the impact, scale and sustainability of early-grade reading interventions in the LAC region through the development and dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge resources and the provision of technical assistance to governments and other key stakeholders.Senator Reid commended the conference organisers, noting that the event provides an opportunity to stimulate public enthusiasm for reading and to improve early-grade reading in early-childhood institutions across the island.“The importance of getting children interested in reading and really enjoying books at an early age cannot be overstated. This is crucial to their developmental ability to understand words, use their imagination and develop their speech,” he added.Held under the theme ‘Get Reading Right from the Start,’ the conference facilitated discussions for the crafting of an early-reading policy, and to launch an ‘Early Reading Community of Practice’ among stakeholders across the LAC region.It also looked at methods to advance effective and inclusive early-grade reading methods and strategies, and examined some of the issues coming out of research findings on early-grade literacy in Jamaica undertaken during the period 2015 to 2016.The conference targeted key personnel from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; pre-school and early-grade teachers; college and university lecturers; researchers; parents; writers; publishers and other stakeholders. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that the ability of children to read and develop critical thinking skills from an early age is essential for ensuring positive learning outcomes. “The importance of getting children interested in reading and really enjoying books at an early age cannot be overstated. This is crucial to their developmental ability to understand words, use their imagination and develop their speech,” he added. Story Highlights The conference targeted key personnel from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; pre-school and early-grade teachers; college and university lecturers; researchers; parents; writers; publishers and other stakeholders.
Focal Technologies, an internationally recognized, Dartmouth-based ocean technology company is expanding its local operation to increase productivity and global competitiveness. Focal Technologies plans to create up to 60 positions over the next five years at its Dartmouth location. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is supporting the company with a five-year payroll rebate to a maximum of $700,000. “Focal Technologies is a home-grown Nova Scotia company that has showed huge success,” said Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Percy Paris. “They will create high-value jobs with competitive salaries; this is in line with the jobsHere plan to grow the economy.” Focal Technologies has been a valued employer in Nova Scotia since 1983, with more than 150 full-time, permanent people jobs in the Burnside facility. During its rapid expansion, the company will look to hire production technologists, product assemblers and engineers. “Having the province’s support will help enable us to increase productivity and remain a strong global competitor,” said Mike Glister, managing director, Focal Technologies. “By hiring additional full-time permanent employees, we will be able to reduce lead times on our major products to our customers.” During the British Petroleum Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, Focal Technologies products were used to transmit images from the ocean floor. The company’s products have also been used in ocean research and were used in the discovery of both the Titanic and the Bismarck. “Ocean-related organizations contribute more than 7 per cent to the provinces annual GDP,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Business Inc. “There is significant opportunity to grow the sector, and supporting Focal Technologies will help showcase Nova Scotia on the international stage.” Focal Technologies has delivered trusted technology products and services to the global offshore petroleum, oceanographic, seismic and maritime industries for close to 30 years. To learn more about Focal Technologies, visit www.moog.com/marine . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. Go to www.novascotiabusiness.com for more details.
Beijing: China’s exports fell by 1.0 per cent on-year in August, official data showed Sunday, amid a bruising trade war with the US that has roiled markets in the world’s top two economies. The drop comes after a surprise 3.3 per cent rebound in July despite the yearlong battle with Washington and weakening global demand. But economists cited by Bloomberg had forecast a 2.2 per cent rise ahead of the release of Sunday’s figures by the customs administration. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalChina’s trade surplus also dropped sharply in August to $34.83 billion, from $44.58 billion the previous month, while imports continued a four-month decline at 5.6 percent on-year, matching the July figure. Washington imposed new tariffs on September 1 as it stepped up its high-pressure campaign to coerce Beijing into a new trade deal. The additional levies come on top of the 25 per cent tariffs on $250 billion in imports already in place. China said Thursday that new talks with the US would be held in Washington in early October. In a sign of continued pressure on the Chinese economy, Beijing’s central bank announced Friday it would cut deposit reserve requirements for banks.
The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project will present its second annual benefit, A Night of A Thousand Genders, on Monday, March 23, 2015, from 6:00-8:30pm at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street).The evening begins with cocktails followed by a very special one-night-only cabaret evening celebrating the beauty and resilience of gender expansive youth and their families.The second annual Night of a Thousand Genders will be hosted by Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and The City”) and will feature performances by Drama Desk nominee Lindsay Mendez (Wicked), American Singer/Songwriter Joe Stevens (“Last Man Standing”), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots), and Youth Pride Chorus, with Music Direction by Emmy Award-winning composer Lance Horne.The first annual Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project Family Award will be given to the Jazz Jennings Family. By opening up to media, Jazz Jennings and her family were among the first families to raise public awareness about the lives and needs of gender expansive youth and their communities. The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project is honoring the amazing and proud mother, father and siblings who have fought to keep Jazz safe, happy and thriving.The first annual Community Award will be given to the Central Park East 2 Middle School. Over the past year, CPE2 has collaborated with The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project, focusing on inclusivity in the classroom. They have developed gender inclusivity curriculum and policies in a continuation of their anti-bullying efforts and dedication to the well being of each child.The event is sponsored by the Ackerman Institute for the Family and by Honorary Chairs, Academy and Grammy Award-winning lyricist and composer, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell and Pippin) and award-winning author Kate Bornstein (“Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and The Rest of Us” ). The event Co-Chairs are Jane Miller Rennert, Jeremy Matz, and Christopher Scott.A Night of a Thousand Genders begins with cocktails at 6:00PM followed by the benefit performance beginning at approximately 7:00PM. Following the event there will be an After Party in the Library at the Public Theatre with music by Casey Spooner (Fischerspooner). All proceeds from this annual event will support The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project’s mission to raise awareness about the critical need for more services supporting families of gender expansive youth, at home and in schools, as well as expanding its staff and scope of services in the greater New York area and beyond.“We are extremely excited and grateful for the support of Cynthia Nixon and the talented performers for this event,” said Jean Malpas, Director, Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project. “Ms. Nixon is a fierce and articulate advocate for a more inclusive world. We are deeply grateful that she has chosen to lend her voice to our crucial message: Acceptance is Protection.“‘Acceptance is Protection’ is The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project’s beacon and we are dedicated to spread acceptance, and therefore protection, and celebrate our transgender and gender expensive youth. We are on the ground working together with families, caregivers, schools, communities and professionals to translate this message of acceptance into an everyday reality. Our program has expanded quickly and dramatically to respond to the significant needs for family services. We welcome our growing community and look forward to creating the safe and gender inclusive environments all children and adolescents need.”Find out more here.
The National Energy Board has recommended that the federal government approve the contentious $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with 157 conditions.The federal regulator has issued its long-awaited report on the project after a two-year debate that cost millions, galvanized aboriginal and environmental protests and prompted mass arrests.A three-member review panel recommended Ottawa approve Kinder Morgan Canada’s proposal to triple the capacity of the pipeline, which carries crude from oilsands near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.But Kinder Morgan will first have to address 157 engineering, safety, environmental and emergency preparedness conditions.The positive recommendation has cleared a major hurdle for the project, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet set to make a final decision by the end of the year.There was fierce opposition to the project and the process throughout the energy board’s hearing, with the British Columbia government and cities of Vancouver and Burnaby opposing the expansion. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Courtesy: transmountain.com) by Posted May 19, 2016 2:17 pm MDT National Energy Board gives Trans Mountain pipeline conditional OK
by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 27, 2017 2:46 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,506.47, down 143.07 points):Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Down $1.81, or 1.90 per cent, to $93.66 on 12.2 million shares.Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Up $2.03, or 33.89 per cent, to $8.02 on 11.4 million shares. Shares regained some ground on Thursday after losing $11.10 on Wednesday. The Toronto-based mortgage lender secured a $2-billion credit line and said it’s exploring its strategic options, suggesting it could be up for sale. Home Capital said it hired RBC Capital Markets and BMO Capital Markets “to advise on further financing and strategic options.”Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down $1.60, or 2.43 per cent, to $64.17 on 8.9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 25 cents, or 1.04 per cent, to $23.83 on 8.8 million shares.Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Bank. Down $2.10, or 2.71 per cent, to $75.31 on 7.8 million shares.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Bank. Down $3.11, or 3.12 per cent, to $96.59 on 6.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Up 17 cents, or 1.36 per cent, to $12.67 on 1.3 million shares. Canadians will be able to buy a new BlackBerry-branded smartphone with a physical keyboard starting next month. The KEYone, a phone made in partnership between TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd. and BlackBerry will be available for pre-order at some partners as of May 18.Canam Group Inc. (TSX:CAM). Steel. Up $5.99, or 96.61 per cent, to $12.19 on 3.04 million shares. The company is preparing to end its 33-year run as a public company after partnering with a U.S. company and Quebec investors to take the structural steel specialist private. After a few years of reflection, the leadership of the company founded in 1960 concluded that the constraints of being public no longer fit with its vision.Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT). Fertilizer. Up 51 cents, or 2.25 per cent, to $23.17 on 2.5 million shares. The Saskatoon-based company reported $149 million of net income in the first quarter, equal to 18 cents per share, that’s double the $75 million or nine cents per share in the first quarter of 2016. Potash says demand for its main product is expected to be strong for the remainder of the year and its 2017 earnings outlook has improved since January. PotashCorp now expects to earn between 45 and 65 cents per share this year, about 25 per cent better than its previous estimate.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 12 cents, or 0.29 per cent, to $41.75 on 3.9 million shares. The Calgary-based company reported earnings of $1.35 billion or 81 cents per share in the first quarter of 2017, compared with $257 million or 17 cents a year earlier. Suncor has a potential opportunity to make further purchases in Alberta’s oilsands if foreign multinationals continue to exit the sector, the oil and gas company’s chief executive said Thursday. Suncor feels no pressure to buy but is watching closely for opportunities and has the financial strength to act, Suncor CEO Steve Williams said Thursday on a quarterly conference call with analysts.
The company said that trouble with “illegal drugs”, “threatening behaviour” and unlicensed distribution of alcohol had led them to adopt a “cautious” policy towards future bookings.In documents put before Judge Ian Avent, Mr Reid said: “They are discriminating against us as a group because of our race.”The incident which caused them to change their policy involved promoters who were Afro-Caribbean breaking the terms of their contract by re-selling alcohol on the boat.”The only connection or similarity between the promotion that occurred and the subsequent events that were cancelled was the ethnicity shared between the promoters.”All were black, of Caribbean or African descent.”He added that some large parties had been allowed to go ahead, saying: “Only events planned by promoters of Afro-Caribbean or African descent were cancelled.” Terry Reid, who is spearheading the action, told Central London County Court that he had booked TLC’s largest boat, The Dixie Queen, a replica 19th Century paddle steamer, for a soul and reggae event on July 8 2017.But the company subsequently told him his party on the river would not be going ahead, due to incidents on the Dixie Queen during an event some weeks previously. She also denied that bosses at TLC were aware of the race of the people who organised the cancelled parties.And she said the events flagged up by Mr Reid as having been allowed to go ahead were not waved through because the promoters were not black.They were green-lighted because they involved organisers who had “regularly” hired boats from TLC before without any trouble being caused, she added.Ms Fear Davies said the earlier event was “disorderly” and claimed that “on-board staff had concerns that illegal drugs were being consumed”.”There was threatening and abusive behaviour towards the defendant’s crew and employees, alcohol was brought on board in a large box, which was placed in the area where the DJs were based, and distributed, possibly sold,” she said.If repeated, the situation could have resulted in the company losing its licences, which would be “disastrous” to its business, said the barrister.”As a consequence of the event and the risks that event had exposed its business to, the directors of the company reviewed its policy in relation to hiring out its vessels,” she said.The case reached court for a brief pre-trial hearing and will now return at a later date yet to be set. A Thames riverboat charter firm has been accused of racism after refusing to rent out their flagship paddle steamer to a group of men organising soul and reggae parties, citing “drug and violence” fears.In a landmark legal action, four events promoters have taken Thames Luxury Charters Ltd (TLC) to court bringing claims under the Equality Act, insisting they were denied access to services simply because they are black.Terry Reid, Orlando Gittens, Patrick Joseph and Henry Agwuegbo are suing the company which claims to have “the most elegant fleet” on the river.The four men each made bookings which were cancelled after TLC claimed to have experienced trouble during a soul music event on one of their boats, involving Afro-Caribbean promoters.But the company denies discrimination, insisting that the parties were cancelled solely due to a change of policy and a decision to take a “more cautious approach” to bookings. A previous party on board the Dixie Queen attracted troubleCredit:Champion News But barrister Harriet Fear Davies, representing TLC, denied the claims in the company’s defence to the action.”It is denied that Thames Luxury Charters Ltd withheld services from Mr Reid based on his race as alleged or at all, or that it acted in breach of the Equality Act,” she said.She said the decision to cancel the events was a pragmatic move by bosses, which was made for the good of the business and did not target Afro-Caribbean individuals. River Boat parties have become increasingly popular in LondonCredit:REUTERS/Simon Dawson Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
“The wider Esports community has grown massively, with professional teams paid big salaries and flown around the world to be in tournaments . “What we see is a lot of university students with technical skills getting involved, we have students who have developed their own custom software.”Some universities, which have a particular enthusiasm for gaming, have different societies for particular types of games, for example, Warwick University has a Nintendo Society as well as an Esports Society. The average university Esports team consists of 6.5 players, according to data from NSE. Around 90 per cent of players are male, 70 per cent of them are studying courses in STEM subjects.Mr Tilbury explained that inter-university games can be played by students from the comfort of their own bedrooms, but players would meet up in person for the final of a tournament.The NSE co-ordinates with BUCS, the umbrella organisation that organises sports matches, to ensure that gaming matches to do deter students from playing other sports, he added. The most popular reason students cited for competing in gaming championships was “making and maintaining friendships”, and “improving and becoming a better player”, according to a survey by the NSE. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. For the first time there are more students taking part in “Esports” than football Mr Tilbury said that the surge in interest from university students echoes the growth in the gaming industry more generally. “Interest in Esports has been there for a long time,” Mr Tilbury said. Getting a place on a university sports team used to be a ticket to social prestige. But it appears that geeks have become the new jocks, as British universities now have more competitive gaming teams than any other sport.For the first time there are more students taking part in “Esports” than football, according to figures compiled and British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) and National Student E-sports (NSE).Esports have now overtaken football as the sport with the highest number of teams at British universities. There are 685 Esports teams spread across 73 universities in the UK, compared to 662 football teams.The next most popular sport is hockey with 546 teams, followed by netball with 432 teams and then Rugby Union with 425 teams.Jon Tilbury, director at NSE which organises inter-university gaming tournaments, said that while university gaming societies have been around for 15 to 20 years, it is only in the past five years or so that they rapidly increased in popularity.Some societies now have hundreds of members, he said, and certain universities have separate societies for particular games.
When the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex went head-to-head on the polo field, it was the latest in a lifetime of friendly rivalry on the sports field.On Wednesday, for the first time, the brothers had very special cheerleaders on their sides, as their four children enjoyed a full family outing to support them. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor made their first public appearance together at the polo, in a rare day out that saw the Queen’s great-grandchildren at play. The Duchess of Sussex cradled two-month-old Archie, kissing him on the head and carefully holding his wriggling body as she watched the polo. Archie’s older Cambridge cousins, meanwhile, seemed veterans of the polo-watching scene in comparison, with Prince George wielding his own mallet as they entertained themselves. Prince Louis explores his new surroundingsCredit:Tim Rooke The three Cambridge children, meanwhile, enjoyed the day out in their own way, with activities from football to a picnic out of the boot of their car. It also came after persistent rumours of a rift between the in-laws, with their working differences leading to the split of their official households and Royal Foundation earlier this year. The Cambridges and Sussexes had been together at the christening at Windsor Castle on Saturday, but were only seen together in an official photograph issued afterwards. The Cambridge familyCredit:Splash Proceeds from the day will go to benefit African Parks, The English Schools Swimming Association, Fields in Trust, Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, The Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, The Invictus Games Foundation, Irish Guards Appeal, Map Action, Mountain Rescue England and Wales, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Rhino Conservation Botswana, The Royal Marsden, RFU Injured Players Foundation, The Passage and the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust. The brothers played against one another, with the Duke of Cambridge’s team eventually winning 7-6 in a spirited match which saw them captured on camera gritting their teeth as they fought for the ball on horseback. Their tiny cheerleaders waited on the sidelines with the Duchesses, who had their hands full keeping four children entertained. The joyous outing came after a difficult week for the Sussexes, in which they have been criticised for the secrecy around formal elements of Archie’s christening and the Duchess’ “private” appearance at Wimbledon. The match raised more than £1 million for charities close to the Dukes’ hearts, with causes including conservation, mountain rescue, and the Invictus Games. The Cambridges enjoy a picnicCredit:Tim Rooke Princess Charlotte and Prince George play footballCredit:James Whatling The Duchess of Sussex with ArchieCredit:James Whatling Prince Louis reaches for Aunt Meghan and ArchieCredit:Max Mumby Prince Louis, who at one point put the Duchess of Cambridge’s sunglasses on and stuck his tongue out, made his first appearance at a match, toddling confidently around the grass and pointing enthusiastically to the horses. The family gathering, at the Billingbear Polo Club in Berkshire, was officially in aid of the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy, named after the late owner of Leicester City who died in a helicopter crash in October. Prince Louis stole the show, making a break from his mother to take a closer look at some horses and, at one point, donning sunglasses and reaching up to his Aunt Meghan with his tongue sticking out. Princess Charlotte impressed onlookers with her footballing skills, which she appeared to have been practising with her football-mad father. Prince Harry says hello to his son Archie after the matchCredit:James Whatling The appearance of the Duchesses and their children had not been previously announced, but the charity polo match had been publicised by the palace, with invitations issued to host of photographers and journalists to watch on from the sidelines. Today, they appeared at ease in front of the cameras, with new mother the Duchess of Sussex concentrating on keeping a bare-footed Archie in the shade of the trees. Prince Harry and Prince William on the polo fieldCredit:PA After the match, a sweaty Prince Harry came to visit his wife and baby son, who was by then wrapped in a blanket ready to go home. Five-year-old Prince George, who is now on his school summer holidays joined in, and was seen climbing in a car boot as his siblings sat down for snacks. The Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince LouisCredit:Max Mumby
The sound of a footstep reverberating down a hallway. The echoes of a far-off rocket launcher fight, suddenly silenced with a scream. The sound of an opponent’s MP5 suddenly clicking on an empty barrel. Situational awareness is important to pro gamers… and especially so at the competitive level. In fact, most of the upper echelon of deathmatchers don’t even bother with speakers. Instead, they immerse themselves entirely in a game by strapping on a pair of expensive over-the-ear headphones, allowing them to hear all the audio cues that might help them track down a stealthily lurking enemies.For this caliber of hardcore gamer, the biggest problem is finding a gaming headset that totally immerses them without skimping on features. To appeal to this genus of deathmatcher, Cyber Snip has just introduced their newest gaming headset: the Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship Headset.Just take a look at the Snipa. This is a headset that means business. Much of the Snipa’s functionality is eponymously described, though: this is a 5.1 surround sound headset, featuring an adjustable boom mic, and a large design that screams hardcore.Also screaming, though? The sound quality. Each of the Snipa’s ear cups contains four individual speakers as well as a dedicated subwoofer. Those four speakers each align with the polar directions and are responsible for positional sound, while the subwoofers allow you to feel every explosion. A remote control allows you to adjust volume for each channel separately along with overall volume.The price is surprisingly low: just $79.95 for a pair of Cyber Snipa Sonars, and each one comes with a padded carrying case. Unfortunately, this is a USB only headset, so you’ll need to have a port free, but otherwise, this looks like a stellar deal: an affordable pair of pro-caliber headphones married with an excellent mic for shouting out your fatality taunts.Read more at Cybersnipa (via Slashgear)
Like many geeks out there, I look forward to the precious time I get to indulge one of my hobbies. As a father, that has gotten so much harder for some of my hobbies, but way more fun for others.As a Games Workshop junkie, a model train nerd, an occasional R/C vehicle fan, and a fan of games ranging from Engel to FRAG I find myself drawn to one place for my needs for just about all of these things – my local hobby shop. These little cubby holes in strip malls all over the US have been providing a most necessary of services to nerds as collectors of random bits of everything. If I wanted a set of custom color rods for my Necron’s blasters, or some tall grass for my Tau scouts to crouch in, or even just a new set of dice after my son lost YET ANOTHER of my D6, my local hobby shop has got my back. I can have conversations with the people that work there that may not amount to more then “I’m looking for something that would do this…” and the thing I want is either already there of will be there in a day or two.Something happened this week that I could not have imagined would have ever happen, certainly not to my hobby shop. The local hobby shop was closed up, with writing on the windows explaining that they had gone out of business. No big deal, I thought. While it’s a shame that this one is now closed since it’s so close, I can always go to another. Wrong. When I looked, every hobby shop within 50 miles of my house had been closed.It took me a day or two, but I finally tracked down a previous owner of one of these places. I had to know what would have caused this. The same hobby shop that had played host to full houses of all night gaming tournaments, R/C races, and seemed to always have people in it every time I was there couldn’t keep things going? Turns out, all of the real moneymaking purchases were now being made online.I take advantage of my Amazon Prime account every chance I get, and I tell the world how amazing it is all the time, so I’m probably pretty guilty here. Sicty seconds online verses the hour including driving and talking and mulling in store… no brainer, right? Still, there are items I would rather hold in my hand before purchasing to make sure it’s what I want, especially for model kits and trains and the like. Also, there’s a highly social aspect of the hobby shop. Fellow hobbyists who are maybe doing something you hadn’t thought of, or found some cool new thing, for example. When I went to look online after this conversation for a digital replacement to my hobby shop, I was less than impressed. None of the places I found really provided that one-stop experience, and the individual websites often used different payment gateways and shipping or return policies.How far does this go? As a Games Workshop fan, I’ve noticed that their US headquarters has moved, and the locations around here have consolidated and are now closed two days a week. Arcades only seem to exist on the boardwalk of beaches around me. We’ll probably soon be referring to baseball card collecting as a lost art, and I can’t tell you the last time I’ve walked down my street and seen kids huddled around Pogs, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic the Gathering, or really anything like that. The hobby shop seems to be a real victim of the digital marketplace, and nobody even noticed it die.
Intempéries : elles font sept morts en AlgérieAlgérie – De fortes averses se sont abattues mardi et mercredi sur plusieurs régions d’Algérie. Ces intempéries auraient causé la mort de sept personnes. Les pluies qui frappent le nord de l’Algérie depuis mardi ont fait au moins sept morts selon un bilan provisoire de la Protection civile. Quatre victimes ont en effet été découvertes mercredi par les équipes de secours, leurs corps avaient été emportés par les eaux en crue d’un oued de la région de M’sila, à 250 kilomètres environ au sud d’Alger. Mardi soir déjà, ce sont trois personnes qui avaient péri à Djelfa, l’une d’elles s’étant elle-aussi noyée dans les eaux en crue d’un oued. Ces cours d’eau sont généralement à sec en cette période de l’année. Les pluies ont par ailleurs causé d’importants dégâts matériels et de nombreuses routes, dont des nationales, sont aujourd’hui encore interdites à la circulation.D’après les prévisions de l’Office national de la météorologie, les intempéries ne devaient pas se calmer avant ce jeudi après-midi. Le 20 août 2010 à 16:17 • Emmanuel Perrin
Streaming : Samsung rachète le service mSpot 8,8 millions de dollars, c’est la somme que Samsung entend débourser pour s’offrir la start-up mSpot, éditrice d’un service de streaming sur mobile basé sur le cloud. Concurrent de Spotify, Pandora, iCloud ou encore Amazon Cloud Player, ce service réunit aujourd’hui quelques 6 millions d’utilisateurs.Samsung vient d’annoncer son intention de racheter la jeune société californienne mSpot.Spécialiste du streaming, cette start-up édite un service dédié aux terminaux mobiles basé sur le cloud, concurrent de Pandora et Spotify, comme d’iCloud et iTunes Match d’Apple.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Fort des 6 millions d’utilisateurs qu’il comptait lors de son dernier bilan, mSpot permet sans téléchargement de regarder des vidéos sur le web, écouter la radio, de la musique, et visionner divers contenus multimédias. Le service sera ainsi intégré aux futurs terminaux tablettes et smartphones de la firme coréenne, bien que des applications offrant les même fonctionnalités soient déjà disponibles pour les terminaux Android comme pour l’iPhone et l’iPad.La transaction est estimée à 8,8 milliards de dollars par les médias américains. Mais ni Samsung, ni mSpot n’ont confirmé ce montant. Ce rachat entre dans le cadre de la nouvelle stratégie du géant sud-coréen, qui n’entend plus se contenter de la construction de terminaux. Samsung souhaite étendre son champ de développement en se concentrant sur le marché du logiciel et ainsi rivaliser avec son principal rival, Apple. L’acquisition de mSpot n’est donc certainement que la première d’une longue liste.Le 13 mai 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambert