New Delhi, Apr 22 (PTI) A day after she was expelled from the Congress, Barkha Shukla Singh today joined the BJP and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modis policies.She said her decision was not aimed at gaining any position in the party.”I have joined the BJP neither to fight elections nor am I aiming for any position, but to work hard for assignments I will be given,” Singh told reporters.She praised Modis policies and the changes he has made over the past three years.”I wrote to Modi three years ago urging him to take up the triple talaq issue for protection of women. The way he has responded to it has satisfied me,” she said.Singh, who was Congress Delhi women wing chief, was expelled by the party for six years after she attacked its vice president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken.The disciplinary committee of Congress Delhi unit removed Singh for indulging in “anti-party activities”.The development came on the eve of civic polls in the national capital.Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Vijay Goel who was also present on the occasion said Singhs entry has strengthened the BJP.”Congress leadership at both the national level and in Delhi is neither listening to its party members nor is is being able to satisfy its leaders,” Goel said. PTI CPB RT
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook And, she gets to “pretty much” play herself on TV, a Korean immigrant’s daughter — a cherished role Bang says she never saw on mainstream television growing up.“The excitement is too overwhelming,” she said with a laugh. “If I actually let it affect me, I would just be like, oh my goodness, I’m just going to stay in my room forever.”The show follows a Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store in Toronto. Bang plays Janet, the defiant, Canadian-born daughter in a largely traditional family.When she first read the part, she says she couldn’t believe how much art imitated life.“I was like … this is me. It’s perfect.”The sitcom Kim’s Convenience stars (L-R) Simu Liu as Jung, Jean Yoon as Umma, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa and Andrea Bang as Janet. (CBC)Like her on-screen appa and umma, Bang’s parents were also small business owners. They ran a laundromat in Burnaby after immigrating from Seoul. Burnaby’s Andrea Bang has been feeling so lucky lately, she says she can’t even bring herself to think about it.She’s one of the lead characters in the new sitcom Kim’s Convenience, premiering tonight on CBC Television.She was an actor only for a couple of years before landing the plum gig. Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
APTN National NewsThe troubled Canadian museum for human rights got another blow this weekend as news emerged that the chairman of the board has quit.Meanwhile, funding has dried up and the facility is years behind schedule.But for Aboriginal people, it’s not just what’s above the ground that’s raising concern.It’s what’s below the ground and what’s being buried by museum officials in an 800 page report that few have seen.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson explains.
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Gas prices rise in San Diego County to highest amount since July 2015 KUSI Newsroom May 2, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose three-tenths of a cent today to $4.092, its highest amount since July 28, 2015, one day after increasing four-tenths of a cent.The average price is 2.9 cents more than one week ago, 45.8 cents higher than one month ago and 43 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.“Price averages in the region have not moved up too much in the last several days but they are not coming down either due to continued refinery production problems,” Marie Montgomery of the Automobile Club of Southern California said. “Once refineries start coming back online, the prices should start to come down. The expectation would be that refineries would be up and running at full capacity sometime in May, but that all depends on the extent of needed repairs.” Posted: May 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Caperton’s promotion “makes a lot of sense because she was handling a lot of the editor-in-chief responsibilities” since Toepfer’s departure, said the source.OK!’s ad pages increased 23 percent in 2008, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. Ad sales in January were up 30 percent over the same month last year, the publisher said last month. Following the high profile departure of former Alpha Media executive Kent Brownridge as general manager, and the subsequent ouster of Susan Toepfer as its editor-in-chief, OK! magazine has promoted executive editor Katie Caperton to the top editor post, a knowledgeable source told FOLIO:.An OK! spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.Caperton, who joined the celebrity title in 2005 as editorial manager, will report to Sarah Ivens, who stepped down as editor-in-chief in October. Ivens, who moved to Kentucky but had been serving as interim editor-in-chief since Toepfer left last month, will remain with the magazine as editorial director, according to the source.
The Sports Illustrated Golf Plus US Open Preview, a standalone issue of SI Golf Plus, generated 43 ad-pages, a record high for the issue and a 33 percent increase from the same issue last year. Available to SI subscribers, the issue will be out this Wednesday, June 8.The issue includes three multi-page gatefolds from Titleist, Callaway and Northwest Mutual.In addition to record numbers for the Golf Plus US Open Preview, SI’s Golf Magazine and SI Golf Plus are also seeing growth, with ad pages up 10 percent in year-over-year comparison for the first half of 2011.SI’s See-Try-Buy program continues to grow as well, with golf and equipment apparel ad pages up 10 percent in year-over-year comparison for Golf Plus. Launched in 2009, The See-Try-Buy program is an editorially focused initiative, in which Sports Illustrated staffers test various golf equipment and share reviews with readers. After reading reviews, consumers can then customize and purchase equipment through See-Try-Buy retail partners Golf TEC and Golfsmith.
0 Post a comment “Robots can pick almost anything up, but if it’s an object they haven’t seen before, they can’t actually put it down in any meaningful way,” said Russ Tedrake, a senior author of the project and MIT professor, in a blog post. “Understanding just a little bit more about the object — the location of a few key points — is enough to enable a wide range of useful manipulation tasks.”CSAIL’s robots can estimate an object’s position and orientation by detecting a collection of “key points” or coordinates of an object. The key points can resonate with the system’s database and will tell the robots what to do with the object, whether it’s a mug or a shoe. Sci-Tech Tech Industry 4:18 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice This robot can pick up and place down an object without having seen it before. MIT Robots may one day help you with chores like unloading the dishwasher or cleaning the kitchen. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) earlier this week said they’ve developed robots that can do many different pick-and-place tasks without having seen the objects they’re dealing with. This ‘Speeder’ flying motorcycle is ready for preorders Earlier this month, MIT made a little Mini Cheetah robot that can run, scoot sideways, hop and do backflips. MIT in January created a robot that uses vision and touch to remove Jenga blocks without toppling the tower. The team hopes its robots will be able to accomplish more complex tasks in the next step, such as unloading the dishwasher or cleaning the kitchen counter, according to the blog post. Tags
After doubling ticket cancellation charges recently, Indian Railways has increased the minimum passenger fare from Rs 5 to Rs 10 in non-suburban trains to end the problem of people buying such tickets in place of platform tickets.The new fare will be effective from 20 November.In April, the cost of the platform ticket was hiked from Rs 5 to Rs 10, to reduce overcrowding at platforms.But some oversmart people started buying the minimum single journey second class tickets priced at Rs 5 instead of platform tickets, said a senior railway ministry official. As a result, the railways failed to “realise” the objective behind hiking the cost of the platform ticket. “It will be effective from 20 November to make it at par with the platform ticket charges. It aims at meeting the objective of controlling the rush at platform for the convenience of passengers,” PTI quoted the official as saying.The new fare will be applicable only for travel in second class coaches in non-suburban services.Last week, the Railways had decided to double the charges levied on cancellation of tickets and made the refund valid only till four hours before the scheduled departure of trains.The new rules from the public transporter, which became effective from 12 November, are targeted at preventing black marketing of tickets, thereby assisting “genuine passengers” to obtain confirmed tickets.
Non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) – which are often considered as the shadow banking sector – are on their way to setting a record of a robust growth of 19–22 percent CAGR in retail credit to reach an AUM (assets under management) of approximately Rs 6.04 lakh crore by March 2017, up from Rs 5.01 lakh crore by March 2016. RBI forced banks to grant loan to Kingfisher Airlines violating its own rulesApart from better knowledge of the market they are operating in, the success of NBFCs in India can be attributed to their product lines, lower costs and strong risk management capabilities to check and control bad debts. Not only in traditional passenger and commercial vehicle finance, NBFCs have also successfully managed to build substantial AUM in the personal loan and housing finance segments, which so far have been the bread and butter for retail banks. PwC-AssochamIn a few states where traditional banking has very less penetration in rural areas, NBFCs have been playing a very important role from the macroeconomic perspective and are emerging as better alternatives to the conventional banks for meeting the financial needs of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Moreover, with the ongoing stress in the public sector banks due to mounting bad debt, it is expected that their appetite to lend (especially in rural areas) is only going to deteriorate. And it remains to be seen if NBFCs can tap that opportunity to increase their presence.Additionally, the latent credit demand of an emerging India will allow NBFCs to fill the gap. Improving macroeconomic conditions, higher credit penetration, increased consumption and disruptive digital trends will allow NBFCs’ credit to grow at a healthy rate of 7–10 percent (real growth rate) over the next five years, according to a study by PwC and Assocham. PwC-Assocham However, to survive and grow constantly, NBFCs need to be very dynamic and constantly endeavour to search for new products and services in order to operate in this ever-competitive financial market. At the same time, NBFCs seem to be working under certain regulatory constraints that put them at a disadvantage vis-à-vis banks. The Reserve Bank of India, despite its spate of reforms in the NBFC regulations, must ensure that NBFCs have a level-playing field against banks to fully realise their potential. PwC-AssochamTypes of NBFCs in India: Asset Finance Company (AFC), Investment Company (IC), Loan Company (LC), Infrastructure Finance Company (IFC), Infrastructure Debt Fund: Non-Banking Financial Company (IDF-NBFC), Gold Loan NBFCs and Residuary Non-Banking Companies (RNBCs).Meanwhile, the RBI said on Monday that 10 NBFCs, including Supreme Securities and Island Leasing, have surrendered their registration certificate. The central bank also said it cancelled the certificate of registration of nine other NBFCs.
A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake which hit North Korea near the country’s nuclear test site on Saturday was not the result of a fresh nuclear test, China’s seismic service said, after initially reporting a “suspected explosion”.The China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) said in a statement late Saturday that study of infrasonic data determined “the incident is not a nuclear explosion, but had the nature of a natural earthquake”.The Chinese Academy of Sciences also released a report saying the earthquake was likely a “lagged collapse earthquake”, echoing international experts’ hypotheses that the earthquake was a delayed repercussion of a previous detonation.The North’s last nuclear test, on September 3, was the country’s most powerful, triggering a much stronger 6.3-magnitude quake that was felt across the border in China.Monitoring groups estimate the nuclear test had a yield of 250 kilotons, which is 16 times the size of the US bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.The test prompted global condemnation, leading the United Nations Security Council to unanimously adopt new sanctions that include restrictions on oil shipments.The strength of the quake on Saturday was much lower than the tremors registered during any of North Korea’s previous nuclear tests, including its first detonation in 2006, which triggered a 4.1-magnitude quake.It came at the end of a week that saw a blistering war of words between between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, with Trump using his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly to warn that Washington would “totally destroy” the North if America or its allies were threatened.North Korea, which says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against the threat of a US invasion, responded on Friday with a rare personal rebuke from Kim, who called Trump “mentally deranged” and threatened the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history”.Washington announced tougher restrictions Friday aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programme, building on tough new UN sanctions aimed at choking Pyongyang of cash.Russia and China have both appealed for an end to the escalating rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.
A man was killed while 25 others injured in a clash between two groups of ruling Awami League over establishing supremacy in Sajan village of Lakhai upazila on Tuesday.The victim was identified as Iqbal Hossain, 40, of Sharifpur village in Kishoreganj district.Local people said a dispute took place between two groups of supporters of AL general secretary of Lakhai unit Anayet Ullah and another local AL leader Maharaj Mia over establishing supremacy in the area.At one stage, the two groups swooped on each other with local arms that continued for around one and half an hours injuring dozens.Later, the police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control, said officer-in-charge of Lakhai police station Md Emran Hossain.Among the injured, Iqbal succumbed to his injuring after being taken to the Sadar Hospital, he said.The police detained 15 people from the spot and additional police forces have been deployed in the village to fend off any unwanted situation, the OC added.
China_PoliticsThousands of Chinese legislators erupted into enthusiastic applause on Monday over plans to give President Xi Jinping a lifetime mandate to mould the Asian giant into a global superpower.China’s rubber-stamp parliament met in the imposing Great Hall of the People for an annual session that will make Xi the most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, concentrating the growing might of the military, economy and state in the hands of one man.As Xi looked on from a stage dominated by mostly male party leaders in dark suits, a constitutional amendment to scrap the two-term limit for the presidency was read out to the chamber, prompting fervent applause.The legislators are all but certain to approve the amendment this Sunday, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership sets the agenda for the National People’s Congress (NPC).The text says the change “will be conducive to safeguarding the authority and the unified leadership of the CCP Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core and to strengthening and perfecting the national leadership system”.The amendment was presented after Premier Li Keqiang delivered a report warning that the country is fighting “three critical battles” against financial risk, poverty and pollution.The government set an economic growth target of around 6.5 percent for 2018, in line with expectations but lower than the 6.9 percent GDP increase in 2017.It announced an 8.1 percent increase for the defence budget to 1.11 trillion yuan ($175 billion) this year, giving the world’s largest armed forces a boost after spending growth slowed in the previous two years.The report also warned Taiwan that China “will never tolerate any separatist schemes” amid tensions between the mainland and the self-ruled island.But the spotlight was squarely on the party’s most powerful leader in more than four decades.‘Unify leadership’ -Lifting term limits would allow the 64-year-old leader to stay on as party chief, head of the military and president beyond 2023, when his second term is due to end.“I support Xi Jinping. I support the constitution change,” Zhou Feng, a delegate from Shanghai, told AFP.Another delegate from central Henan province said “Xi Jinping is great”, but several other legislators refused to answer questions about the amendment.Censors have worked furiously to stamp out dissenting voices on social media, blocking dozens of words from “disagree” to “emperor” on the Twitter-like Weibo website in recent days.On Monday, some Weibo users defied censors to post comments such as “shall we say, long live the king?” or “history will judge him harshly”.State media outlets masked the comments sections on the stories they posted about the amendment on Weibo on Monday.Analysts have warned that the move carries risks as it ends a “collective” model of leadership that maintained stability after Mao’s chaotic reign from 1949 to his death in 1976.NPC spokesman Zhang Yesui has downplayed its significance, saying on Sunday it would merely align the presidency with the titles of Communist Party general secretary and Military Commission chairman, which do not have term limits.The amendment says that opinions had been sought at the “grassroots level” and that “the masses, party members and cadres in many regions” had “unanimously called” for the revision of term limits.The parliament will also vote on constitutional amendments that will inscribe Xi’s name in the state constitution and create a new national anti-corruption agency.‘Right successor’ -Xi will get a second five-year term during the session. Remaining in power beyond 2023 gives him a chance to push through his vision of a rejuvenated China with global clout, a prosperous society and a powerful military.He has also pursued a relentless but popular campaign against corruption that has punished more than a million party officials.Hua Po, a Beijing-based political commentator, said Xi was handed “a mess” when he took office five years ago and needs more time to finish the job.“One of the greatest tasks after he took office was to remove all threats to the party and state. To do this, it is not enough for him to serve only two terms,” Hua told AFP.“The Chinese system is a system that requires strong leaders, but it’s not easy to train a strongman. Xi needs more time to find and train the right successors,” he said.“If Xi transfers power on time, it is likely that the power will be returned to the hands of the corrupt groups and the elite class and all his efforts in the recent years will be wasted.”While the NPC is expected to approve the amendment, analysts say legislators could voice their displeasure by abstaining or voting against the appointments of certain Xi allies to top posts.“We don’t hear about opposition to his life tenure because of censorship,” said Willy Lam, politics professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.“But there is opposition within the regime from people who think that this is outrageous, that he is going too far, that he has launched a coup against the party.”
32-year-old doctor Hatem treats a child at Hope hospital in the rebel held village of Al-Ghandura, northeast of Aleppo, on 1 August. Photo: AFPAn explosion at a weapons depot that toppled buildings in a rebel-held town of northwest Syria killed at least 39 civilians including a dozen children Sunday, a monitor said.An AFP correspondent at the site in Sarmada in Idlib province near the Turkish border said the explosion of unknown origin caused the collapse of two buildings.Rescue workers used bulldozers to remove rubble and extract trapped people from the flattened buildings, the correspondent said.A civil defence source told AFP that rescue workers had pulled out “five people who were still alive”.But the death toll rose as more bodies were retrieved from the rubble, according to Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.Three Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) members were also killed, apart from the 39 civilians, he said.“The explosion occurred in a weapons depot in a residential building in Sarmada,” said the head of the Britain-based monitor, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria.But the cause of the blast was “not yet clear”, Abdel Rahman added.He said most of those killed were family members of fighters from HTS, an alliance led by jihadists from Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, who had been displaced to the area from the central province of Homs.A rescue worker carried the motionless body of a small child from the wreckage to an ambulance, the AFP correspondent said.White Helmet rescue workers attempted to lift part of a floor of one of the buildings with a tall crane, as three young boys watched on in silence, perched on a rock.Behind mounds of rubble, the facade of a building was scorched black, due to a fire after the blast.Bombing ramped upMost of Idlib is controlled by rebels and HTS, but the Islamic State jihadist group also has sleeper cells in the area.The regime holds a small slither of southeastern Idlib.In recent months, a series of explosions and assassinations-mainly targeting rebel officials and fighters-have rocked the province.While some attacks have been claimed by IS, most are the result of infighting since last year between other groups.Regime forces have since last week ramped up their deadly bombardment of southern Idlib and sent reinforcements to nearby areas they control.On Friday, 12 civilians, three of them children, were killed in regime bombardment of the towns of Khan Sheikhun and Al-Tah.President Bashar al-Assad has warned that government forces intend to retake Idlib, after his Russia-backed regime regained control of swathes of rebel-held territory in other parts of Syria.On Thursday, government helicopters dropped leaflets over towns in Idlib’s eastern countryside urging people to surrender.The United Nations appealed the same day for talks to avert “a civilian bloodbath” in the province.Jan Egeland, head of the UN’s humanitarian taskforce for Syria, said: “The war cannot be allowed to go to Idlib.”Around 2.5 million people live in the province, half of them displaced by fighting in other regions of the country.More than 350,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since Syria’s civil war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.
00:00 /01:15 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizDistrict Attorney Kim Ogg (center) announced the diversion program during a press conference held at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, where she was accompanied by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, among others.Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Thursday a new program to deal with cases of low amounts of marijuana that she described as part of a new era in the county’s criminal justice system.Under Texas law, having four ounces or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor.Starting March 1st, people caught with that amount, or lower, will get a second chance before going to jail.“You will be offered a chance to sign an acknowledgement form promising to take a decision making class, a cognitive decision making class. Takes four hours and costs $150. You’ll be required to do that within 90 days,” Ogg explained during a press conference held at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, located in downtown Houston.One of the arguments Ogg made was the high cost of arrests and prosecutions for these types of cases.The District Attorney estimated the county spends about $26 million per year on misdemeanor marijuana cases.She also said the program is in accordance with Texas law because of the discretion prosecutors have.Kevin Buckler, an associate professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Houston-Downtown, agrees with the District Attorney’s reasoning.“Prosecutors have tremendous discretion in terms of filing charges, police have tremendous street-level discretion in terms of how they handle cases,” Buckler said.Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez praised the initiative and, on behalf of the City of Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo did the same.Acevedo thinks it can help his department improve public safety.“What matters most to the people of Houston isn’t somebody with a baggy of marijuana, what matters most to them is what’s going on with burglaries of our residences, burglaries of our vehicles, armed robbery, sexual assaults. We are going to focus on being smart on crime, focused on crime,” Acevedo commented at the end of the press conference referring to the possibility the program will help HPD use its resources more effectively.However, some members of the regional law enforcement community have expressed their opposition to the initiative.Brett Ligon, District Attorney for Montgomery County, criticized Ogg’s program and said in a news release that his county wouldn’t implement a similar program to avoid becoming “a sanctuary for dope smokers.” Share Listen