Denied ambulance, family carries body on rickshaw

first_imgIn yet another incident of apathy, a family in Banda district was forced to carry the body of a relative on a rickshaw for post-mortem after the health officials allegedly refused to provide an ambulance. The video of the body being carried on the rickshaw went viral on social media and local news channels.Found on railway track The body of Ram Asrey (44) was recovered from a railway track on Saturday near Atra railway station but as no ambulance was available, the relatives had to carry the body on a rickshaw for the post-mortem. When asked, Chief Medical Officer Santosh Kumar said Asrey’s family had not asked for an ambulance. “After the post-mortem, an ambulance was provided for taking the body for cremation,” he added.More instances Last month in Kaushambi, an uncle of a seven-year-old girl had to carry her body on a bicycle as his plea for an ambulance fell on deaf ears. Seven-year-old Poonam, the daughter of Anant Kumar, a daily wage labourer of Malak Saddi village in Majhanpur tehsil of Kaushambi, died during treatment at a hospital. “Despite repeated pleas, no vehicle was made available to carry the body. I had to borrow a bicycle and carry it for almost 10 km to reach the village,” the girl’s uncle Brijmohan said. In May, a labourer had to carry the body of his 15-year-old son on his shoulders after allegedly being turned away by the doctors at a government-run hospital in Etawah.last_img read more

Couple thrashed, forced to marry in Assam

first_imgA kangaroo court in western Assam’s Goalpara district thrashed a couple and forced them to marry in a case of moral policing, the second in two months in the area.The police in the district’s Rangjuli, about 95 km west of Guwahati, arrested one Kurban Ali on Thursday for organising a “trial court” that prescribed a thrashing for the “immoral” couple with sticks. Ali, police said, was the “judge” of the court.“The Rangjuli police registered a case after the video of the trial went viral yesterday [Wednesday]. We have also cautioned the people against taking law into their own hands,” Varnali Deka, Goalpara’s Deputy Commissioner, said.The local police said the incident happened in Kheropara village on June 17. The trial, videotaped, was uploaded on social media on Wednesday after the couple left for Hyderabad for work.“We acted soon after the video went viral and picked up the main accused. Almost everyone in the village, including the family members of the couple, attended the trial, but we have identified three more persons for assault,” Bhabesh Biswas, officer in-charge of Rangjuli Police Station, told The Hindu.The man seen in the video beating the couple with a stick was the woman’s brother, he said.Villagers told the police that they were suspicious of the relationship between the man, who was married, and the woman, a divorcee. The man, from another village, was in the habit of frequenting the woman’s house.“The villager caught the two after he stayed at her house on the night of June 16. The trial was held the next morning and the village court topped the caning with a diktat for the couple to get married,” a police officer handling the case said.A cleric solemnised their marriage on June 19, a day before the two left for Hyderabad.A similar incident took place on April 8 at Paikan, about 30 km from Rongjuli. In that case, a Garo tribal woman was kicked and punched for riding pillion on the motorcycle of her Muslim friend. The district police later arrested 12 men on the basis of a video of the assault uploaded on social media.last_img read more

Delhiites turn out in large numbers for yoga day

first_imgNew Delhi, 21 Jun (PTI) The national capital celebrated the second International Yoga Day today with Delhiites turning out in large numbers at several venues earmarked for yoga demonstrations. Connaught Place was packed with an estimated 10,000 volunteers, who had started assembling before dawn for the event that started at 5:30 AM. Participants lined the three radial roads – inner, middle and outer circle- for the mega event.Apart from Connaught Place, the AYUSH Ministry organised the event at six other locations- Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Talkatora Garden, Swarn Jayanti Park in Rohini, Yamuna Sports Complex in Patparganj and District Park in Dwarka. At least 100 Resident Welfare Associations identified by the ministry also hosted Yoga Day events.Minister for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs, Venkaiah Naidu, was present on the dais as the chief guest along with LG Najeeb Jung and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. The dignitaries later joined the crowd for the 45-minute yoga protocol.The event in Delhis Connaught Place saw talks on yoga and musical performances. There were also special yoga performances by two differently-abled groups, including yoga on wheelchair.A team of 250 CISF personnel, including a CISF women commando team also conducted a demonstration on Pekiti Tirsia Kali, a Filipino martial art.Connaught Place was closed for traffic from 3 AM to 9 AM. There was heavy security at every radial, including bomb detection squad. Several ambulances could also be seen at the site. NDMC and police personnel could be seen helping the crowd and manage the event.Celebrities like international wrestler Sangram Singh and Miss India 2014 Koyal Rana were also present at Connaught Place.advertisementSeveral central government ministries also hosted events in their office premises for their employees including Civil Aviation Ministry.Around 200 officials and employees of the Civil Aviation Ministry and Airports Authority of India , including Secretary R N Choubey, performed various Yoga asanans at the lawns of the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan. PTI JC DVlast_img read more

Freemans Sporting Club X Viberg Pop-Up Stocks Your New Favorite Boots

first_img Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Excellent tailoring meets elusive boots in the new Freemans Sporting Club x Viberg pop-up shop in New York City — but the bad news for menswear fans is, the offering won’t be around long. The recently launched shop-in-shop on at the Freemans location on Rivington Street is now home to world-class boots and world-class menswear, but only through the end of June.It’s fitting that the boots look right at home in Freemans Sporting Club, as the brand and the shop itself blend both modern and more classic, heritage-inspired pieces in a way that’s accessible and still forward-thinking.The brand frequently styles its wares with Viberg boots, too — that’s why NYC-based fans of both brands should be more than pleased with the pop-up shop, including new styles introduced just in time for spring (like the Snuff Calf Suede Slip-On).  For those who covet a beautiful pair of Viberg boots in NYC, chances to try them on can be few and far between — often bringing crowds to Viberg sample sales in the city. That scarcity, combined with a growing fan base in New York, made the partnership so appealing, said representatives at both companies.“Being able to try it on is huge,” said Viberg Brand Director Guy Ferguson as he helped put the finishing touches on the pop-up in April. “You need to be able to understand the story.”Given that Viberg is in its third generation of family ownership, that story carries some weight. With it comes a history of making boots that fill a nice niche between rugged workwear and modern menswear. Taken together, it’s an ideal fit for a brand like Freemans, which stocks everything from unstructured jackets to breezy chinos, tailoring and smart-looking branded ballcaps.Given the product diversity at Freemans, footwear options like the Brown Chromexcel Chelsea Boot or the slightly more rugged Brown Reindeer Service Boot work nicely in equal measure. In all, the company’s product offering made it a natural fit for Freemans — so natural that the partnership came together in a little under a month.Kent Kilroe, the managing director and co-owner of Freemans Sporting Club, first discovered the brand in Japan and had been a fan for years, calling it “the best footwear on the market.”And the way in which Viberg is evolving — selling a snuff suede slipper and offering Chelsea boots at the pop-up shop — evokes what Freemans is trying to do as a brand.“One of the challenges we’re embracing … (is) we’re trying to evolve into a more contemporary space,” Kilroe said.One thing is clear for the time being — handsome, durable and beautifully made boots from Viberg are just the ticket if you want to up your own contemporary menswear game. And if you find yourself in New York City before the end of June, you’d do well to make the trip to the Freemans Sporting Club x Viberg pop-up. Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Otherlast_img read more

La Province appuie lachat déquipement pour des services dincendie et des intervenants

first_imgSERVICES NOUVELLE-ÉCOSSE/RELATIONS AVEC LES MUNICIPALITÉS—La Province appuie l’achat d’équipement pour des services d’incendie et des intervenants d’urgence du Cap-Breton REMARQUE: une liste des projets est présentée à la fin du communiqué de presse. Des services d’incendie et des intervenants d’urgence du Cap-Breton pourront acheter de l’équipement qui les aidera à mieux protéger leurs localités grâce à du soutien financier annoncé aujourd’hui, jeudi 15 août. Par le truchement du Fonds pour les fournisseurs de services d’urgence, la Province investit plus de 124 000 $ dans 17 organismes de la Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton et des comtés d’Inverness, de Victoria et de Richmond. « Les fonds aident les services d’incendie et les intervenants d’urgence à acheter de l’équipement dont ils ont besoin pour faire leur travail qui consiste à protéger des localités partout dans la province, indique John MacDonell, ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités. Nous voulons être certains qu’ils pourront s’acquitter de leurs tâches de façon sûre et efficace et améliorer la vie des Néo-Écossais. » Les fonds serviront à acheter de l’équipement essentiel utilisé pour intervenir en cas d’incendie ou d’urgence. Il peut s’agir d’équipement de protection individuelle, d’appareils respiratoires autorégulés, d’équipement de protection contre les matières dangereuses, de crics de stabilisation de véhicule, d’équipement de communication et de bornes fontaines sèches. « Grâce au Fonds pour les fournisseurs de services d’urgence, nous pourrons acheter un dispositif portatif de lutte contre les incendies pour améliorer nos efforts durant la période souvent mouvementée et occupée des feux d’herbe au printemps », indique Everett Digou, chef des pompiers, service des incendies de South Bar. Le programme finance jusqu’à 50 p. 100 des coûts admissibles des projets approuvés, jusqu’à concurrence de 20 000 $ par contribution. Le programme fournit environ 500 000 $ à 55 organismes.last_img read more

Experts warn against baiting harassing wildlife for Instagramworthy photos

first_imgMONTREAL – While some wildlife photographers dream of that perfect shot of a majestic moose or a swooping snowy owl, some observers say more and more people are stooping to unethical practices to get a great photo.Parks Ontario ecologist David Legros says there has been a spike in the number of people trampling through sensitive habitat, blocking roads, laying down food or chasing wild animals in the quest for a photo — and he believes social media platforms such as Instagram are partly to blame.“I think a lot of it is driven by increases in the accessibility of digital photography, and social media, because everyone is showing their pictures and everyone else wants to get great pictures too,” Legros said in a phone interview.In a blog post published in April, Parks Ontario highlighted some instances of recent bad behaviour, including chasing moose, cutting down tree branches for a better view or smearing peanut butter on trees to attract pine martens.The most common problem, Legros said, is “baiting” animals with food, which makes it easier to get a photo but can cause them to become aggressive toward humans or spend more time around roads where they’re more likely to be struck and killed.He added that bad guests are in the minority and most people behave with respect.The issue also crops up among professional wildlife photographers, where the pressure to get great images can be intense.In April, London’s Natural History Museum disqualified one of the winning entries in its Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest after concluding it was “highly likely” the anteater in the shot was a taxidermy specimen.The museum said in a press release that five independent scientists all reached the same conclusion, which photographer Marcio Cabral strongly denied.Canadian Geographic says it is “very much aware” of the problem, and tries to filter out photographers who bait their subjects, or try to pass off captive animals from zoos or game farms as wild.“We do not publish images where it is obvious that such methods were used, and in instances where we have any suspicion this may be the case, we check with the photographer,” editor-in-chief Aaron Kylie said in an email.In Canada, intense debate has erupted over the practice of owl baiting, which usually entails using live mice to lure birds of prey.Laura Kaye, an amateur photographer and bird watcher, remembers driving to a spot near Montreal about two years ago in the hopes of spotting a rare great grey owl.But when she arrived, she was puzzled to see the wild animal swooping down and landing right in front of a large pack of photographers.“Then I realized they had a cooler that was full of mice, and they threw a mouse onto the snow, and I realized they were feeding the owl with mice,” she said.Kaye said she was troubled by the idea that the owl’s natural behaviour was being altered.“Rather than going out hunting, it’s staying in one spot, getting used to humans, and later down the road that could get the owl in danger,” said Kaye, who has since started the Instagram account and hashtag #ethicalowlphotos to highlight the work of photographers who don’t use such practices.But even Kaye admits the subject is a controversial one and that photographers and scientists are divided over whether baiting actually does any harm.Calgary-based nature photographer Robert Berdan says he doesn’t bait, simply to avoid the criticism, but doesn’t judge those who do so.“I have found no scientific evidence that feeding the animals harms them, and I have consulted owl and wildlife experts,” he said in an email.Kerri Martin, a Calgary-based photographer who is doing a master’s in ethical wildlife photography, says the issue of ethics in photography goes far beyond baiting or snapping shots at zoos or game farms.Many behaviours can cause stress, including getting too close or causing a bird to fly away and drop a meal, she said in a phone interview.And while she doesn’t personally like baiting or game farm photography, she says she doesn’t necessary judge those who use them, as long as the photographers disclose how the photo was obtained and the animal’s welfare is considered above all.“No picture is worth harming or causing stress to an animal, but that balance is hard to achieve,” she said.last_img read more

Kingston youth charged with allegedly trying to get someone to plant a

first_imgThe Alzahabi family came to Canada about two years ago after fleeing war-torn Damascus for Kuwait. Their home in Syria has been destroyed. The father was once imprisoned for not joining the ruling political party in Syria and would be vulnerable to arrest and severe retaliation should he and the family return home, according to one of the churches that sponsored them as refugees.Bronek Korczynski, who co-chaired the sponsorship committee, said he and other members of the four churches that brought the family to Canada were shocked by news of the younger Alzahabi’s arrest.“Even though our sponsorship ended last July, many of us in the group have maintained relationships with the family – meaningful relationships – and this is just a real body blow,” he said. “We’re just gobsmacked by this. It’s so out of whack with the family we’ve come to know and care for.”Korczynski said he’d been at a meeting with Kingston Police and RCMP on Friday morning, alongside other community leaders. Officers wanted to ensure the leaders had the answers they needed, and were able to continue providing services to the family and the broader community.“It was very much an opportunity to say, ‘What can the community do to make sure that this doesn’t become an incident that unjustifiably targets any ethnic group, national group, religious group?’” he said.He added that Alzahabi has both a younger and an older sibling, both of whom are dedicated to their education.The investigation included a small RCMP surveillance plane, whose circling over Kingston has puzzled, and sometimes annoyed, residents for weeks.“The aerial support of the plane allows us surveillance capabilities from the air to ensure that we are able to maintain public safety and mitigate risk surrounding certain addresses, certain areas of concern,” Lambertucci said.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in a statement that the government constantly monitors all potential threats and has robust measures in place to address them.“Canadians can be confident that whenever credible information is obtained about a potential threat, the RCMP, CSIS and other police and security agencies take the appropriate steps to ensure the security of this country and the safety of its citizens.”Goodale said the country’s official threat level remains at “medium,” where it has stood since the autumn of 2014.In a joint statement, the Anglican and Roman Catholic dioceses for the Kingston area said they support the police in their investigation and pointed out that hundreds of people have been successfully settled in Canada as church-sponsored refugees after passing government screenings. Investigators confirmed that during a search of the youth’s home a potentially explosive substance was removed and blown up to neutralize it.“There were elements and trace elements but I’m not prepared to speak on that with regard to the ongoing investigation,” he said.Police say an adult male was also arrested but he was released late Friday without being charged.The man, identified as Hussam Eddin Alzahabi, told CityNews this was all “just a misunderstanding.” A Kingston youth has been charged with terrorism-related offences as part of a national security investigation.The RCMP, with the assistance of Kingston Police and the FBI, say a young person is facing a charge of knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity and counselling a person to deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive with intent to cause death or serious bodily injury.The youth cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.The RCMP say the investigation began in late December 2018 after they received credible FBI information regarding an attack plot.“There was no specific target identified,” said Supt. Peter Lambertucci, who is in charge of the RCMP’s national-security enforcement team, at a news conference in Kingston Friday.“There was an attack plan, which is what led to our disruption (Thursday).”“The individual was reported to be involved in the manufacturing of homemade improvised explosive devices,” Lambertucci said.last_img read more

DutchMoroccan Rapper Dies After Shooting

Rabat – Moroccan-Dutch rapper Faisal Lensih, known as Feis, was killed at 5:15 AM in Nieuwe Binnenweg neighborhood, in Rotterdam.The 34-year-old rapper was shot by a group of people who fled the scene. The victim died at the hospital shortly after the incident.Dutch media reported that a 31-year-old man was also hit in the shooting, and he is currently hospitalized. Dutch police arrested seven suspects, including four men between the ages of 36 and 45, two women aged 32 and 59, and a 15-year-old girl.Read also: A Moroccan-Dutch Dies in Score-settling Incident in SpainPolice fired off warning shots before arresting seven individuals on Heemraadsplein, about half a kilometer from the scene.Feis released his first solo album in 2014, followed by a second album at the end of 2015.Dutch radio presenter Giel Beelen called the killing “a loss for Dutch hip-hop.”Zo dat is gelijk ff schrikken met Feis https://t.co/eHku0nliHa #rip sterkte voor de naaste vrienden en familie Een gemis voor de Nederlandse Hiphop Hele vette 101 sessies. Die superman dus. https://t.co/6AawyGeOlE pic.twitter.com/cdW5smLyKh— Giel Beelen (@Giels) January 1, 2019Like Beelen, many members of the Dutch music community tweeted about the killing, expressing sadness, shock, and anger. read more

Car production in April rises 106 per cent

‘April was a very positive month for UK commercial vehicle assembly. Strong and stable European demand was balanced by a welcome revival in the domestic market,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘The new LDV Maxus and growth in activity from the IBC, Ford and Leyland plants are leading to healthy total volumes. With the positive demand throughout the EU and in our home market, 2005 production levels should remain level with last year.’ More details on car production is on the table below. Full figures can be downloaded belowDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics shows: CV production in April rose 20.5 per cent on April 2004 Year-to-date totals up 0.7 per cent on same period last year Sustained export demand complemented by boost in home market – first time in 15 months ‘Despite problems at Longbridge, today’s figures show that the UK still has a strong vehicle manufacturing base’, said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘What we need to ensure is that government delivers on its promise to regulate with a lighter touch, to minimise the cost burden and maintain the competitiveness of UK manufacturing. The Better Regulation Action Plan, outlined this week by the Chancellor, is a positive step to help us achieve that.’ April commercial vehicle production up 20.5 per cent Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics shows: Car production rose 10.6 per cent in April Year-to-date total above 2004 level for first time this year Output for both home and export volumes rose by over 10 per cent in April read more

Eve Online source code posted online DMCA takedown quickly follows

first_imgGitHub, for those that don’t know, is an online repository for source code and software projects. It supports both open and closed source projects, and gives developers a central location to both share and store their projects.For the most part the projects listed on GitHub are legitimate, and in the case of the open source repositories, viewing and downloading is encouraged. But sometimes code that shouldn’t be available is posted there, and the owner wants it taken down quickly.GitHub handles such requests by accepting Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown requests. But any it receives are posted publicly for all to see. The one that turned up on our radar this morning was quite eye-opening. It looks as though someone has posted the source code for the space MMO Eve Online there.As you’d imagine, developer CCP isn’t too happy about this and was quick to issue the takedown request. They describe it as the “decompiled source code” of the game and that it represents “infringing material”.While the claim may be legitimate, GitHub has yet to respond. The code has been available to view and download for 4 days, and the DMCA takedown has been listed for almost a day. We suspect it won’t be there much longer, but who knows how many times it has been downloaded already.The issue for CCP is they need to keep the game fair, and the systems running as designed. Availability of the source code for the online game potentially makes it easier for an incentivized programmer to modify the code and modifying the in-game systems to work in their favor when running a modified client.More at GitHublast_img read more

Supercolony of Penguins Spotted in NASA Satellite Imagery

first_img These Photos of Penguins Wearing Backpacks Will Brighten Your DaySame-Sex Penguin Couple Fosters Egg in Australia Aquarium Stay on target Scientists recently stumbled upon a “supercolony” of Adélie penguins living on the Danger Islands, near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.The discovery—made from guano stains spotted in NASA satellite imagery—provides new insight into a species believed to be on the decline.For 40 years, more than 1.5 million penguins (751,527 pairs) have apparently been waddling around near the South Pole—completely unnoticed.“Until recently, the Danger Islands weren’t known to be an important penguin habitat,” Heather Lynch, associate professor of Ecology & Evolution at Stony Brook University, said in a statement.The so-called supercolony has been overlooked for so long, she continued, in part because of the remoteness of the islands, but also due to the treacherous waters surrounding them. Even in the summer, the ocean is filled with thick sea ice, restricting access to the area.The Danger Islands have 751,527 pairs of Adélie penguins—more than the rest of the entire Antarctic Peninsula region combined. (via Michael Polito/Louisiana State University)Thank God for NASA satellites.In 2014, Lynch and Mathew Schwaller of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration identified droppings in NASA imagery, hinting at a “mysteriously large” number of penguins, according to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), which led the study.The following year, Lynch and a team of experts arrived at the islands to find hundreds of thousands of birds nesting in rocky soil (including the third and fourth largest Adélie penguin colonies in the world). Using drone photography, neural network software, and their hands, the group counted each and every penguin.Accuracy is key, Louisiana State University professor Michael Polito, said. The total number of Danger Islands penguins provides insight into population dynamics, as well as effects of changing temperatures on the region’s ecology.Researchers believe the penguins deserve special consideration in the negotiation and design of Marine Protected Areas in the region (via Michael Polito/Louisiana State University)“Not only do the Danger Islands hold the largest population of Adélie penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula, they also appear to have not suffered the population declines found along the western side of Antarctic Peninsula that are associated with recent climate change,” Polito said.The volume of Adélies on the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula, for instance, differs from the west side, Stephanie Jenouvrier, a seabird ecologist a WHOI, explained.“We want to understand why. Is it linked to the extended sea ice condition over there? Food availability? That’s something we don’t know.”Read more about the research in a paper published this week by the journal Scientific Reports.The Danger Islands are likely to remain an important breeding location for penguins under projected climate change; researchers are fighting for special consideration of the Adélies in the negotiation and design of marine protected areas in the region.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Indias ecommerce rules regressive Walmart to US government

first_imgWalmart said it regularly offers input to the US and Indian governments on policy issues.ReutersWalmart told the US government privately in January that India’s new investment rules for e-commerce were regressive and had the potential to hurt trade ties, a company document seen by Reuters showed.The lobbying effort yielded no result at the time – India implemented the new rules from Feb. 1 – but the document underlines the level of concern at Walmart about the rules. Differences over e-commerce regulations have become one of the biggest issues in frayed trade ties between New Delhi and Washington.”It came as a total surprise … this is a major change and a regressive policy shift,” Walmart’s Senior Director for Global Government Affairs Sarah Thorn told the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in an e-mail on January 7.Just months earlier, Walmart had invested $16 billion in Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart, its biggest ever acquisition globally.In a statement to Reuters on Thursday, Walmart said it regularly offers input to the US and Indian governments on policy issues and this was a “past issue and Walmart and Flipkart are looking ahead”.The USTR did not respond to a request for comment.In the January letter to the USTR, Walmart said it wanted a six-month delay in the implementation of the rules, but that did not happen. Washington did raise concerns about the policy with New Delhi, but India gave a non-committal response, an Indian trade ministry official told Reuters at the time.Walmart’s problems in India highlight the regulatory complications it faces as it restructures its international business to boost growth and online sales. Mexico’s competition regulator recently blocked its acquisition of delivery app Cornershop, while in Britain it was stopped from merging its British arm Asda with rival Sainsbury’s.These issues, however, have failed to unnerve Walmart investors. Walmart shares have risen 21 percent, compared with a 19 percent increase for the S&P 500 since the start of the year.NEW INDIA RULESE-commerce is likely to again be on the agenda on Friday when a USTR delegation meets Indian trade officials in New Delhi.In its January representation, Walmart told the USTR that India’s new policy wasn’t good for global businesses, highlighting that its foreign direct investment would help Flipkart grow and result in “significant” tax revenues for New Delhi.”Changing rules to hinder international business following major investments … will have important implications for India FDI goals and add unnecessary pressure to trade discussions,” Walmart said in its note.The new rules barred companies from selling products via firms in which they have an equity interest and also from making deals with sellers to sell exclusively on their platforms.Amazon.com Inc removed thousands of products from its India website briefly in February as it initially struggled to comply with the new policy. Flipkart was forced to rework some of its vendor relationships, sources told Reuters at the time.The policy, implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi months before his re-election in May, was seen aimed at winning the support of small Indian traders, who had long complained they were losing business due to the steep discounts offered by foreign e-commerce giants.”The action appears in every respect … intended to placate Indian companies and local traders,” Walmart told the USTR.SMALL TRADERS VS BIG RETAILERSReuters obtained the two-page representation Walmart sent to the USTR through a Freedom of Information Act request first filed in January. The USTR in February provided a heavily-redacted version of the document, citing confidentiality reasons. In consultation with Walmart, it withdrew most of those redactions this week following an appeal from Reuters.Although Reuters asked for both Amazon and Walmart’s communications, the USTR responded saying it found only one e-mail with Walmart’s representation between December 22 and January 28, the period for which the records were searched.Since the policy has been announced, Indian oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries has repeatedly talked about its plans to diversify into e-commerce.Walmart’s document released to Reuters did not name Reliance, but the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company argued the policy discriminated against foreign firms, and not just in favor of small domestic players.”The purported rationale of such regulations is to protect small retail players who are seen to be threatened,” Walmart said, but added: “This argument does not account for why there should be differentiated treatment between large foreign eCommerce companies, and large domestic companies.”In the past six months, several Walmart executives have also weighed in publicly on India’s new e-commerce policy, including Chief Executive Doug McMillon, who said in February the company was disappointed by the Indian government’s decision.”We hope for a collaborative regulatory process going forward, which results in a level playing field,” he said.DEFENDING E-COMMERCEIndia’s Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has said the government was committed to protecting small traders, but open to ironing out policy-related issues. Goyal said on Twitter on Wednesday he had met Walmart International’s CEO, Judith McKenna, and discussed ways of boosting sales of Indian-made products.In a closed-door meeting last month, however, Goyal warned both Flipkart and Amazon to comply with the new rules in letter and spirit, and questioned them on their discounting policies, Reuters has reported.The Walmart spokeswoman on Thursday said that, in line with the company’s commitment to India, it looked forward to contributing to the country’s retail ecosystem. “Walmart has had good consultations with the Government of India,” she said.Amazon was not aware of Walmart’s January representation to the USTR, according to a person with direct knowledge. The company in a statement said it continued to engage with New Delhi to enhance infrastructure and create jobs.Walmart told the USTR in January that its unit Flipkart, as well as Amazon, had opened many new distribution centers over the past three years in India, creating thousands of jobs and greatly benefiting to consumers.It warned of “serious consequences” if the new policy was implemented hastily. “The lack of policy stability makes it very difficult for companies to continue planned investments, both in the eCommerce sector and beyond,” Walmart wrote.last_img read more

How to create your very own portals

first_imgEver since Valve released the first Portal game there have been a number of really well done replica Portal guns and turrets made, Ben Heck created a Portal shirt, and there’s even a live show that uses portals. No one has managed to actually make a working portal yet, though, and it will remain impossible until someone figures out teleportation. However, you can create portals that look like the real thing using a few off-the-shelf components.That’s exactly what two offices have done in the US. We don’t know which company it is, but we do know that the portals give the office in New England a view of another office on the West Coast and vice versa. You can see the “working” portal in the photo above.The kit required to create it includes a couple of high resolution webcams, PCs, widescreen displays, some boarding to create the portal shape around each display, and of course a reliable web connection. Put it altogether, mount both units on a wall where the webcams have decent views of the office, and you have a working portal system, albeit one you can’t actually physically use.If nothing else it’s a talking point and will act as a reminder that the company is bigger than just your office.The idea works even if you only want the portal to work one way. Just create one portal and place a webcam at the location you want to see, or even better, link it to a public camera viewing something of interest. That cuts down on cost while still creating the same effect for your viewing pleasure.Now all we have to do is wait for someone to realize this would sell and attempt to get the idea off the ground using Kickstarter.via Redditlast_img read more

Male attractiveness not linked to womens hormone levels

first_imgDo you think women tend to prefer a particular type of man when they are fertile? If you think so, nothing could be further from the truth as a new study says that women’s perceptions of male attractiveness do not vary according to their hormone levels.These findings, published in the journal Psychological Science, run counter to the common assumption that sexual selection pressures lead women to prefer more masculine mates, who supposedly have greater genetic “fitness,” when they are most fertile and most likely to conceive. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We found no evidence that changes in hormone levels influence the type of men women find attractive,” said lead researcher Benedict Jones of the University of Glasgow in Britain.”This study is noteworthy for its scale and scope – previous studies typically examined small samples of women using limited measures,” Jones explained. “With much larger sample sizes and direct measures of hormonal status, we were not able to replicate effects of hormones on women’s preferences for masculine faces,” Jones said. To address the limitations of previous studies, the researchers recruited nearly 600 heterosexual women to participate in a series of weekly test sessions. In each session, the participants reported whether they were currently in a romantic relationship and whether they were currently using hormonal contraceptives. In each face-preference task, the participants saw 10 pairs of male faces and selected the face in each pair that they found more attractive, rating how strong their preference was. The two faces in each pair were digitally altered versions of the same photo – one face was altered to have somewhat feminised features and the other was altered to have somewhat masculinised features. As expected, women generally rated the masculinised faces as more attractive than the feminised faces. Preference for the more masculinised faces was also slightly stronger when women judged attractiveness in the context of a short-term relationship as opposed to a long-term relationship.However, there was no evidence that women’s preferences varied according to levels of fertility-related hormones.last_img read more

Throwback Allen Iverson goes off in 1998 Rucker Park debut Video

first_imgAllen Iverson became an NBA Hall of Famer with the ultimate playground game, and in 1998 he took his devastating crossover to Rucker Park in NYC for his debut at the street ball mecca. It was predictably awesome.Iverson is on another level athletically than everyone else, but with more lax rules he was able to break out some of the hot sauce he couldn’t use in the league. His game was made for Rucker. Announcers. Trash talking. This has it all.Watch Iverson go And1 before a packed house at the height of his powers.last_img

Revamp Your Online Business Presence with This UserFriendly Website Builder

first_imgJanuary 1, 2019 Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read Cyberspace, an information superhighway, the iNtErWeBz—whatever you want to call it, the internet is an increasingly vital tool for modern companies, with 97 percent of consumers using it to find a local business. Still, barriers such as cost and lack of technical knowledge are preventing almost a third of small businesses from creating a website.Perhaps even more concerning is the fact that only 25 percent and 17 percent of web-enabled small businesses invest in online marketing and search engine optimization (SEO), respectively, making their sites virtually useless in terms of making sales and growing an audience.Thankfully, Page Builder Pro is here to fix that. Page Builder is a drag-and-drop website-assembling platform that features tons of customizable themes, all of which are SEO and mobile-friendly. It’s packed with thousands of pre-designed elements you can add to your site—funnels and sales pages among them—but also lets you make your own features from scratch whenever you feel like it. (Because sometimes you just do). Included with every subscription is unlimited bandwidth, custom popups, online chat capabilities, and more—all without obnoxious monthly hosting fees. What sets Page Builder apart from other website builders is that it doesn’t require an ounce of programming knowledge to utilize for creating sites that are altogether gorgeous, functional, and profitable. Take a peek at its reviews: According to one marketer, it’s “one of those apps that is going to completely revolutionize the way we’re doing online marketing.” In the words of another, it’s “deadly effective at giving you a full business with just a few clicks.” Revolutionize the way your business runs its digital presence by visiting the Entrepreneur Store today, where you’ll find a lifetime subscription to Page Builder Pro on sale for just $39. That’s a 94 percent savings off its original price of $745. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Contiki has launched its new agent website and it

first_imgContiki has launched its new agent website and it’s about to make your life a whole lot easier. With a totally new and streamlined design you’ll find accessing trips, content and tools a total breeze. The search function has been improved making it easier to find trips with searchability of region, dates and price. Agents can even add more filters on the results page to include deals and travel styles to make it easier to find the perfect fit for your client.New and improved PDF layouts make it easy to view and manage bookings, plus there are deals, incentives and marketing tips and tools. agentsContikiresourceswebsitelast_img