Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar did not participate in the event to mark the International Yoga Day, which was attended by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.Both the Janata Dal (United) and the BJP tried to play down the issue. The JD(U) said Mr. Kumar practises yoga daily. Mr. Prasad and Mr. Sushil Kumar Modi insisted that Mr. Kumar’s absence should not be politicised.
The thought has probably run through your head on some fruitless afternoon when you find yourself clicking on Facebook for the ninth time in 15 minutes: Facebook is a disease. That characterization might be particularly apt, according to two graduate students at Princeton University. Using a simple epidemiological model, they argue that use of the hegemonic social networking site has spread like a contagion. Moreover, their model suggests that, just like the Myspace site before it, Facebook will suffer a colossal fall within the next few years. Other researchers caution that’s not a sure bet.It’s no surprise that an epidemiological model can be applied to a social phenomenon like use of a website. After all, infectious diseases often spread through person-to-person contact, making them social phenomena. At the same time, for an individual, interest in an idea or service can come and go like a disease, dissipating after he or she grows bored.A very simple mathematical model of epidemics appears to account for the evolution of Myspace and Facebook, argue John Cannarella and Joshua Spechler, graduate students in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University in a paper posted to the arXiv preprint server. In the model, they assume that there are three types of people: “susceptible” people, S, who have not yet started using a social networking site; “infected” people, I, who are using it; and “recovered” people, R, who have either stopped using the site or refused to do so in the first place. The sizes of the groups change as the “disease” spreads. For example, because each new infection depends on a susceptible person encountering an infected person, at any moment the number of susceptible people decreases at a rate proportional to the number of infected people times the number of susceptible people. 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In the SIR model, people recover on their own, as if recovering from a cold, so that at any moment the number of recovered people increases at a rate proportional to the number of infected people alone. In their model, Cannarella and Spechler assume that to recover, an infected person has to encounter a recovered person—in terms of a social networking site, you won’t stop using it until one of your friends does, an assumption that emphasizes the social nature of the network. In that case, the number of recovered increases at a rate proportional to the number of infected people times the number of recovered people.The researchers then applied their model to real data. To estimate Myspace and Facebook participation, Cannarella and Spechler relied on the frequency of searches for either name with the Google search engine. Those data were much easier to obtain than actual user numbers, which are proprietary information. They also should more accurately track actual usage of each site and not just the number of members, which could remain high even after people have lost interest. The model neatly fits the rise and fall in usage of Myspace, which peaked in 2008 with 75.9 million unique monthly visits in the United States and decayed to next to nothing by 2011. Similarly, the duo found their model could replicate Facebook’s trajectory, which according to the Google search data appears to have plateaued in recent years and has fallen slightly since 2012.Most striking, the researchers’ model predicts that Facebook’s use will soon fall much farther and much faster as “recovered” users induce others to give up their Facebook habit. According to the model, Facebook will have lost 80% of its users by sometime between 2015 and 2017.Time to sell your Facebook stock? Not necessarily, says Marisa Eisenberg, a mathematical epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The researchers’ particular take on the SIR model is so simple that it has only one potential outcome: Fast or slow, the epidemic (or social networking site) eventually dies out. It might be more revealing, Eisenberg says, to compare this model to a version in which it is possible for the epidemic or site to persist or grow indefinitely, for example because recovered people can become susceptible again. Still, Eisenberg applauds the effort. “I wouldn’t put a lot of stock in saying what’s going to happen with Facebook one way or the other,” she says, “but the idea of using a SIR framework to study social network usage is cool.”
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The number of registered women voters in Maharashtra has grown by over 8% since 2014, the State Election Commission (SEC) revealed on Saturday. More than 8.94 crore voters will elect 288 members to the Legislative Assembly on October 21. Of these, 4.27 crore are women. The rise in the number of women voters — from 3.94 crore in 2014 — has improved the gender ratio of voters to 914 in 2019 from 889 in 2014. The number of registered voters has increased by 59.17 lakh — around 7% — from 8.35 crore in 2014 to 8.94 crore. State Chief Electoral Officer Baldev Singh said the SEC had deleted 2.16 lakh names that had been repeated on the rolls. “It is a lengthy process and all protocols have been followed. We do not want to deprive eligible voters of their voting rights.” He also said that 96.81% registered voters had been issued photo identity cards. The State has 1.17 lakh service voters (members of the armed forces or armed police forces, Government of India employees posted elsewhere). As many as 3.6 lakh persons with disabilities registered on the rolls will be able to find their polling stations and arrange for wheelchairs on the SEC’s PwD app. Nearly 6.5 lakh people will be engaged by the State machinery in the run-up to the polls.
Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PH jiu-jitsu team. Apryl Jessica Eppinger (extreme left), Margarita Ochoa (third from left) and Annie Ramirez (fourth from left).ASHGABAT—Annie Ramirez pocketed a second gold medal for the Philippines in an-all Filipino final in the jiu-jitsu competitions of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at the Martial Arts Arena here.Ramirez ruled the women’s Ne-waza -55kg category at the expense of Jenna Kaila Napolis, 5-0, that pushed the country’s medal production to two gold, three silver and one bronze medals.ADVERTISEMENT Jiu-jitsu expert Ochoa delivers PH’s 1st gold in Aimag Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gian Taylor Dee aimed to make it three in a row but Omar Alfadhli of UAE derailed him in the finals of the men’s -56kg and settled for a silver medal following a similar performance of Marc Alexandar Lim (-69kg) earlier.Overall, Filipino jiu-jitsu fighters ended their campaign with two gold and two silver medals, surpassing the Philippine medal tally of one gold and two bronzes in the 2013 Incheon edition of the AIMAG.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
Brazil midfielder Paulinho and Denis Suarez also scored for the Catalan club, while Sergi Enrich netted Eibar’s goal.Barcelona was without Ousmane Dembele, who injured his left thigh at the weekend and is expected to be sidelined for up to four months. The young France forward, Barcelona’s top signing during the transfer window, traveled to Finland to undergo surgery on a ruptured tendon. He made only three appearances after arriving to replace Neymar.Valverde left Luis Suarez on the bench and started with Gerard Deulofeu, Denis Suarez and Messi as a false “9″ in the attack. Paulinho, the Brazil midfielder who came off the bench to score the winner against Getafe on Saturday, also made it to the starting lineup.“Today we have been able to rest certain players and give playing time to others who needed to play and it turned out well,” Valverde said.___LOSING AGAINValencia won 5-0 with a hat trick by Simone Zaza to hand Malaga its fifth straight loss to start the season.Zaza scored his three goals eight minutes apart early in the second half to give Valencia its first victory after three straight draws and move the club into third place.Forward Santi Mina and Rodrigo also scored for the hosts at Mestalla Stadium. View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores a penalty during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Lionel Messi added to his impressive start to the season by scoring four goals and helping Barcelona rout Eibar 6-1 to extend its perfect record in the Spanish league on Tuesday.Messi converted a penalty in the first half and scored three more goals in the second to give Barcelona its fifth straight victory in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges The Argentina playmaker took his tally to 12 goals in eight matches this season, including nine in the five league games.Messi had already scored a hat trick in Barcelona’s 5-0 rout of Espanyol in the Catalan derby two rounds ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe result gave Barcelona a five-point lead over Sevilla, which hosts Las Palmas on Wednesday. Real Sociedad, six points back, is at Levante on Thursday.Defending champion Real Madrid, seven points behind Barcelona, hosts Real Betis on Wednesday. Alex Gordon hits MLB’s record-setting 5,694th HR of season It has been a rather unexpectedly good start to the season for Barcelona, which began the league amid turmoil after seeing Neymar leave for Paris Saint-Germain and losing the Spanish Super Cup match to Real Madrid.It is the best start to the league for Messi, who in 2011-12 had scored eight goals after five matches.He is the league’s leading scorer, with four goals more than Simone Zaza of Valencia, who had a hat trick in a 5-0 rout of Malaga earlier Tuesday.“He is one of the smartest players I’ve ever seen on a field,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said of Messi. “You don’t really know how, but he is always in good position. He is extraordinary.”It was the fourth time Messi has scored four goals or more with Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games
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MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press TweetPinShare0 Shares TAMPA — Stripped of his job at third base, Alex Rodriguez moved across the diamond and worked out at first base for the initial time with the New York Yankees.Rodriguez fielded grounders and took part in various drills including bunt defense Friday during New York’s second full-squad workout.Asked whether he felt comfortable at first, Rodriguez said: “Too quick to tell.”“I’m anxious to learn, though,” he added.Suspended for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez missed all of last season and is trying to return as his 40th birthday approaches in July. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman say Chase Headley will be their starting third baseman and Rodriguez will compete for at-bats at designated hitter.Having Rodriguez get occasional playing time as Mark Teixeira’s backup at first would give Girardi flexibility. A-Rod will begin early workouts Saturday.“As we go through these drills, it’s important that he’s gets over there and tries to get a better understanding of what the position is,” Girardi said. “It’s going to take some time. He’ll study it, he’ll watch it. It’s just his nature. Hopefully it comes fairly easy for him.”Rodriguez pointed out that he grew up watching Keith Hernandez, who won 11 Gold Gloves at first, and had been teammates Teixeira and John Olerud.“I really understand the value of a great first baseman,” Rodriguez said. “And I’ve been fortunate to play with some of the all-time best.”Rodriguez made the transition from shortstop to third when he joined the Yankees for the 2004 season, a move he called hard. A-Rod made the switch because the Yankees had no intention of moving Derek Jeter.“It’s a completely different game from short,” Rodriguez said. “I wasn’t very good at the beginning.”Rodriguez used his regular infield glove Friday. While talking with reporters later, Rodriguez couldn’t find his new first baseman’s glove in his locker. He later found it on top of a nearby locker and gave it to a clubhouse attendant to break it in.NOTES: INF Brendan Ryan saw Dr. Daniel Murphy on Thursday and had an MRI that revealed a mid-back strain. Ryan, expected to miss five days of on-field work, said the injury occurred during biceps curls before reporting to camp. “A little strain,” Ryan said. “No big deal.”
NEW YORK — Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud will be out more than three weeks and left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins will miss more than six weeks after both were injured in the seventh inning of a 7-6 win over Miami.The team said that d’Arnaud will be in a splint for three weeks after his right hand was broken when he was hit by a pitch a day earlier. Blevins will be in a splint for six weeks after a line drive fractured his throwing arm.Both were placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Mets said they will select the contract of prized catching prospect Kevin Plawecki from Triple-A Las Vegas on April 21 and will recall right-hander pitcher Hansel Robles.TweetPinShare0 Shares
VVS Laxman’s 281 led India to its greatest Test victory 17 years ago but it also saved the captaincy career of Sourav Ganguly, as admitted by the legendary cricketer himself.Shaken by the match-fixing scandal, Indian cricket was going through a turbulent time at the start of the 21st century when Ganguly took charge of the team.Trailing 0-1 after their loss in Mumbai, India were looking down the barrel and were asked to follow-on in the Kolkata Test but Laxman’s 281 and Rahul Dravid’s 180 in a 376-run fifth wicket partnership set the tone for an epic 171-run win.The win also halted the Steve Waugh-led side’s record 16 consecutive victories, giving a new direction to the Ganguly-led Team India.So when the Hyderabadi batsman chose to write his autobiography, ‘281 and Beyond’, the title of the book was a no-brainer.But Ganguly was a tad disappointed with the title, he said in a lighter vein.”I also texted him a month back but he didn’t reply,” Ganguly said at the Kolkata leg of the book launch.”I told him it was not the apt title… It should have been ‘281 and beyond and that saved Sourav Ganguly’s career’,” the former India captain said.”I strongly opposed the title because if he had not scored 281, we would have lost the Test and I would not have been captain again,” a modest Ganguly said.Despite having a successful career in Tests, Laxman’s limited overs career failed to take off as he played only 86 ODIs, and was dropped from the squad ahead of the 2003 ICC World Cup in South Africa.advertisementReflecting on the omission, Ganguly said “maybe it was a mistake”.”Laxman was a player who could have done well in all formats. In hindsight, maybe it was a mistake. As a captain, you take decisions and things happen which may not be right or wrong,” Ganguly said.Describing this as the darkest phase of his career, Laxman said he had actually contemplated quitting when he went for a vacation with his friends in the USA.”But then I realised, that I did not become a cricketer to play the World Cup but it was for the sport. I was being childish.”I told myself ‘I was among the lucky few who got this opportunity and I should not let it go’,” Laxman recalled.(With PTI inputs)
The three-year, $15-million project to repair the Seal IslandBridge — a vital link for Cape Breton motorists and industry –received honours from Lt.-Gov. Myra Freeman today, April 20. The Department of Transportation and Public Works shared theLieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence withconsultants CBCL Limited of Halifax for the major overhaul of theprovince’s third largest bridge. “This was a complex and challenging construction project that hasadded several decades to the useful life of this magnificentbridge,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister RonRussell. “Everyone involved in the planning and construction ofthis important project should be very proud of this award.” Forty years of wear and tear from traffic, and exposure to windand salt spray, necessitated a major overhaul of the Seal IslandBridge. The road deck needed complete replacement, and the steeltruss work needed reinforcement. “This project exemplified co-operation, with a high-tech designthat more than met expectations in terms of minimizing trafficdisruption,” said Alan Perry, president of CBCL Limited. “With aresourceful contractor, All Steel Coatings, and subcontractors,Strescon Limited and Marid Industries Limited, we were able tomeet stringent tolerance and quality requirements, and satisfy adepartment of transportation interested in applying newtechniques to affect improvements in the durability of NovaScotia’s highway infrastructure.” The bridge is a critical link in the province’s highway system,carrying more than 7,500 cars a day in peak periods. Closing itwould have created detours up to three hours long. Engineerssolved the problem by using precast concrete panels that could beplaced onto the bridge one at a time. The panels were cast at anoffsite plant under ideal conditions for quality control, thentrucked to the bridge and set in place with boom trucks. This technique allowed the bridge team to keep one lane open totraffic except for occasional, brief closures. A communicationsprogram kept motorists informed of expected bridge delays, andthe bridge team worked closely with fire, police, and ambulanceservices to ensure speedy crossings in emergencies. “That the majority of the work on this most complex and difficultbridge reconstruction project was carried out by Nova Scotiacompanies is a reflection of the engineering and constructionexcellence in our province,” said Mr. Russell. The bridge, which spans the Great Bras d’Or Channel between NewHarris and Boularderie Centre, was originally opened in 1961 aspart of the Trans-Canada Highway system.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and be patient as crews begin painting lines on Nova Scotia highways. Warm, sunny weather means crews are able to repaint the yellow and white lines on roads. It’s important that drivers coming across a line-painting crew slow down and follow traffic control signing. This will help ensure the safety of the public and crew as they complete this important work. The province uses a string of vehicles, called a train, of a paint truck, trail vehicle, with a crash-absorbing trailer and electronic arrow board, and a second trail vehicle with an electronic message board. Approaching traffic must follow the instructions on the message and arrow boards until they pass the entire group. The province has four paint crews on the roads in dry weather. Their goal is to paint all road lines in the province by mid-October.
New Delhi: Six-time world champion Mary Kom (51kg) and 2018 World Championships bronze winner Simranjit Kaur (60kg) grabbed a gold each as Indian boxers finished their campaign at the 23rd President’s Cup in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia with nine medals on Sunday. The rich haul comprised seven gold and two silver. While the women had a flawless record in the finals, winning all the four gold medals on offer, the men had mixed fortunes and had to settle for two silver along with three gold. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe superb all-round performance helped the contingent win the ‘Best Team’ award. Two months after winning the gold at the India Open, Mary Kom arrived at this prestigious tournament with the aim of testing herself against the world’s best ahead of the World Championships in October. In her first bout on Saturday Mary Kom had to dig deep to stave off the resistance of Vietnam’s Anh vo Thi Kim 3-2, but she was simply magnificent in the final as she powered to a 5-0 win over Australia’s April Franks. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Gold medal for me and for my country at #PresidentCup Indonesia. Winning means you’re willing to go longer,work harder & give more effort than anyone else. I sincerely thanks to all my Coaches and support staffs of @BFI_official @KirenRijiju @Media_SAI,” Mary Kom tweeted. Mary Kom, who claimed her sixth world title last year in Delhi, will be looking to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the World Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia. India’s gold rush continued with Simranjit Kaur being equally impressive in her final against Indonesia’s Asian Games bronze medallist Hasanah Huswatun. The Asian Boxing Championships silver medallist dominated her opponent 5-0. In 54kg, Assam’s young and bright talent Jamuna Boro did not put a foot wrong in a 5-0 demolition of Italy’s veteran boxer Giulia Lamagna to add to the gold she won at the India Open in May. In 48kg, youngster Monika ended the challenge of Endang of Indonesia by a similar scoreline to round off what was a memorable campaign for Indian women pugilists. Among the men, 2017 Ulaanbaatar Cup gold medallist Ankush Dahiya (64kg), 2017 Simon Prestige Memorial tournament bronze medallist Neeraj Swami (49kg) and Ananta Pralhad Chopade (52kg) were crowned the champions in their respective weight categories. Chopade did not show any nerves in a strong 5-0 win over Afghanistan’s Rahmani Ramish for his first significant international medal. Dahiya too absolutely outpunched his opponent, Macau’s Leung Kin Fong 5-0 to lay his hands on the glittering gold. Neeraj had it tougher and dropped a point for a 4-1 gritty win over Filipino pugilist Macado Jr. Ramel. However, it was a heartbreak for former World Championships bronze medallist Gaurav Bidhuri who gave his all but was edged 2-3 by Indonesian Mandagie Jill in the 56kg bantamweight bout. 2018 India Open silver medallist Dinesh Dagar found Indonesia’s Samada Saputra too strong and was dealt a 0-5 blow on his way to the silver medal.
New Delhi: The South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Wednesday announced that it will present the Nigam Teachers Award to six school principals, 26 primary school teachers, two nursery teachers and one special physical teacher during the upcoming Teacher’s Day celebrations.The SDMC, in a statement, said that the Education Department recognises the contribution of teachers towards the education of children and that these awards are being presented for their outstanding work in the field of education. The municipality also said that teachers need as much encouragement and support from the community as possible to feel that their hard work is appreciated. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe SDMC will celebrate Teacher’s Day at the Satya Sai International Centre in Lodhi Road, where the Nigam Teachers Award will be presented. The awardees will be given Rs 10,000 and a memento and certificate in recognition of their valuable contribution in teaching and their dedicated contribution to the overall development of the students. The awardees have been selected in a procedure where Zonal Heads evaluate teachers, SDMC officials inspect the teachers’ work and a committee finally recommends names for the awards. The awardees are selected through a selection procedure which comprises evaluation by Zonal Heads, inspection by Officers and evolution of files of nominees by duly constituted Committee.
A 27-year-old Ontario man has become the province’s top birder after travelling more than 90,000 kilometres since Jan. 1.Jeremy Bensette of Leamington has spotted 344 species of birds in his travels across Ontario and said he was hoping to make it 345 Monday afternoon chasing a sighting of a yellow-throated warbler in Waterloo, Ont.It was first seen in the area about two weeks ago, Bensette said.“I went and bought a bunch of bird feeders and bird seed and hung it on the trails there in hope that the birds would be attracted to it and it would come back and two weeks later, after not hearing a word about it, it’s back,” he said.Bensette said he has been seriously bird watching for about six years and earlier this month broke the record of 343 species set by his friend Josh Vandermeulen in 2012.Bensette said he has driven so far this year he had to borrow a family member’s car Monday to meet up with fellow birdwatcher Tim Arthur of London, Ont., because his was in the shop.The rarest bird he logged so far this year was a Violet-green swallow, Bensette said.“The Violet-green swallow was the third ever recorded in Ontario,” he said.Bensette said he doesn’t know the cost of his quest for what the competitive birding community calls a “Big Year.”“Monetary costs — I’ve actually specifically not been looking,” he said, adding that he guesses he has spent more than $7,000 on gas alone chasing bird sightings that have taken his to all but one county in the province.“There’s a bit of a psychological and physical health costs for all the times that I’ve skipped nights because I was driving through the night” to get to sightings, he said.Living in Leamington, Bensette was near Point Pelee National Park, which boasts numerous bird species and draws birdwatchers from all over the world, particularly during the spring migration.Bensette credits Bruce Di Labio of Ottawa, “one of my main mentors,” with helping him with his record year.“He was one of my main supporters through this whole year,” he said. “He found some very key rarities … that I have been able to catch up with, kind of the only chance to see a few of them.”Bensette said he has photographs of all but about 10 species he has seen this year, but “some of them are not photos to write home about.”
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is nominating a veteran government lawyer to be the new Senate ethics officer.Pierre Legault is a former associate deputy justice minister, the highest-ranked civil lawyer position in the government, and has been interim ethics officer since last June.His job is to administer, interpret and apply the ethics and conflict of interest code for senators.The ethics officer is an independent officer of the Senate appointed for a seven-year term.The prime minister nominates a candidate after consultation with the leader of every recognized party and group in the Senate and the choice must be approved by a resolution of the upper chamber.Trudeau said Legault’s background positions him well for the job.“I trust that Mr. Legault will help maintain and increase the public trust and confidence in the Senate of Canada,” he said in a statement.Legault is a graduate of the University of Ottawa law school and a member of the Quebec bar.His legal career with the government spanned more than 34 years with the Justice Department during which he served in a series of progressively senior positions.Legault replaces Lyse Ricard, who resigned in June because of a family illness. She was appointed in 2012.
TORONTO — Cineplex has scored a deal to bring “Sunday Night Football” and the Super Bowl to its movie theatres.The company said Friday that a three-year sponsorship agreement with the National Football League will begin Nov. 12 and be known as “NFL Sundays at Cineplex.”Games will be broadcast live to 15 VIP theatres and then expand to 50 locations for the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2018.“It’s no different than when we started opera and some of the other things that we’ve done to create and bring a different demographic, a different group of people, into our theatres,” said Cineplex president Ellis Jacob, pointing to other sporting events the chain has featured, including NHL and NBA games, the Olympics, and UFC and WWE events.Seven games leading up to the Super Bowl will be hosted in the adults-only VIP cinemas, which feature wider recliners and in-seat food and beverage service that includes beer, wine and spirits.Jacob said it’s all part of Cineplex’s (TSX:CGX) efforts to reinvent itself as “an entertainment destination” that is far more than just popcorn and Hollywood films.Hence, a growing roster of “event-cinema” offerings such as live opera and theatre broadcasts, as well as investments in the esports platform WorldGaming and various entertainment centres including the upcoming Topgolf venues, the eats-and-entertainment spot The Rec Room, and a relaunch of the Playdium arcades.An especially weak summer in movie profits didn’t help the bottom line, Jacob acknowledged, calling it “a hard year at the box office.”“I wouldn’t panic because we’ve always had these cyclical events,” said Jacob, predicting a bounce-back in the fourth quarter.“This is part of our focus to try and balance that out over a period of time. Because as we’ve seen with the Hollywood product, you’ve got good periods and then you can basically run into some slow growth periods. (But) with the NFL, we are committing and getting three years worth of content so it’s not like I’m waiting for the next movie to come out.”NFL Canada’s managing director David Thomson also saw an opportunity to broaden the league’s audience, stating in a release that the partnership targets the next generation of fans, in part through online tournaments on Cineplex’s WorldGaming platform.Tickets will be $5 and are available at participating VIP theatres in Abbotsford, B.C.; Coquitlam, B.C.; Vancouver; Edmonton; Saskatoon; Winnipeg; Kitchener, Ont.; London, Ont.; Markham, Ont.; Oakville, Ont.; Ottawa; Toronto; and Brossard, Que.The Canadian Press
“The lack of funds is making it impossible for WFP and its partners to adequately meet the needs of hungry Ethiopians,” agency country director Georgia Shaver said. With food commodities, particularly cereals and beans, available on the local market if only donors provided cash, WFP urgently needs $33 million to continue feeding 1.5 million people for two and half months as part of the 2005 UN Humanitarian Appeal. The appeal, launched in December 2004 for $271 million, remains seriously short of food and non-food items. Just 58 per cent of the total $212 million worth of food has been secured, while less than 20 per cent for non-food items such as health, nutrition, water, sanitation and agriculture items, has been received. “We are beginning to see families resorting to survival mechanisms in the worst-off areas of the country,” Ms. Shaver said. “In the south, which experienced drought and a failed harvest, up to 6,000 children have already dropped out of school, as their families send them in search of food or work. “In addition, in one part of the Somali region, in the east of the country, severe malnutrition rates were already reported at 4.8 per cent in January, with five out of 10,000 affected children dying on a daily basis,” she added. WFP stressed the urgency of securing contributions quickly in order to pre-position food before the rainy season from July to September renders many areas inaccessible.
The Security Council met in open session today to discuss the latest deadly violence in the Gaza Strip, with a senior United Nations official calling on Israel to review the implications of its military actions, on the Palestinians to take the critically important step of stopping rocket attacks by militants, and on both sides to return to talks. “The incident that occurred in Beit Hanoun on Wednesday is shocking,” Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Angela Kane said of yesterday’s Israeli shelling of residential area in which 18 Palestinian civilians were killed, including eight children and seven women.“Men, women and children, who posed no threat were killed as they slept in their home. While this incident is unusual in scale, however, it is not the first time an Israeli military operation in the occupied Palestinian territory has resulted in a high number of civilian casualties,” she told the 15-member body, which was called into session at the request of the Arab League. Ms. Kane cited Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s statement of shock yesterday, in which he noted Israel’s announcement of an investigation into the shelling and said he looked forward to its early results.“We see the investigation as an opportunity for Israel to reflect not only on the obvious military and operational implications, but also on the policy of military pressure as a whole which is quite clearly not producing the desired goal of stopping rocket attacks,” she said. “The Palestinians need, more than ever, a respite from the siege to which they are subjected so that they can see on the horizon a credible negotiated way out.”At the same time Ms. Kane noted that the UN had repeatedly condemned Palestinian rocket fire. “We do so again today, as we note that a large number of rockets have been fired by Palestinian militants into Israel during the past week,” she stated. “It is of critical importance that responsible Palestinian forces should join in action to make sure that militant attacks are stopped.” She reiterated the repeated UN calls for both sides to return to dialogue as “the only way out of this spiral of violence.” Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer for Palestine, said Israel has continued to engage in war crimes against the Palestinian population “every single day, including at this very moment.” In grave breach of the Geneva Conventions, Israel continued to use excessive and indiscriminate force against Palestinian civilians. The massacre in Beit Hanoun was the most recent of these violations. As the unprotected victims slept in their beds, the Israelis unleashed their fire, killing 19 Palestinians, including a one-month old baby, a one-year old baby, seven children and six women. “This is State terrorism. These are war crimes for which the perpetrators must be held accountable under international law.”The international community must hold the occupying power responsible, and the lawlessness of the Israeli Government must be brought to an end. Since the end of June, more than 450 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip. “One of the most regrettable aspects… is the fact that Palestine has sent countless letters to members of the Security Council and the Council has done nothing,” he said. President Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly called on the Council to shoulder its responsibility and “stop Israel’s brutal crimes.” The Council had failed to respond. “This sanctioning of savage acts by the occupying power creates a culture of impunity among the Israelis.” President Mahmoud Abbas had been working to secure national unity and calm while calling for diplomacy to save many lives. The Council must act, lest its own credibility be damaged.Israel’s representative, Daniel Carmon, said his country had responded in self-defence to terrorism. In the course of the response, a tragic event occurred: the accidental killing of civilians. “I would like to assure the Council of the Israeli Government and people’s deep sorrow and regret on the deaths of innocent civilians.” An investigation had been ordered, and Israel was doing its utmost to ensure that such incidents did not recur. But although the innocents had been killed by Israeli fire, they were the victims of Hamas. For if the Palestinians halted their terrorist attacks, the incident in Beit Hanoun never would have occurred. The Palestinians must stop using terrorism as a means to achieve their goals.When Israel left Gaza, he continued, it waited to see whether the Palestinians would respond positively. Unfortunately, Gaza had become a launching pad for terrorist attacks. Since Israel left, more than 1,000 rockets had been fired at Israelis. The smuggling of weapons through tunnels continued, while Cpl. Gilad Shalit remained in the hands of the terrorists. Hamas still did not recognize Israel, renounce terrorism, or agree to abide by past commitments. Israel had been warning the Security Council about the rising violence and escalation of terrorist activities “all in vain.” Resolutions and statements would not change the situation – only action would, starting with a renunciation of terrorism. The international community must reject the terrorist elements in the Palestinian leadership. Permitting terrorism to continue would endanger the prospects for peace.Over 30 countries were scheduled to speak during the session.