first_imgNew Delhi: Suave, articulate and a super strategist, Arun Jaitley was the BJP’s and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chief trouble-shooter whose superb four-decade-long political career was cut short by poor health.As the world mourned Jaitley’s death, leaders across party lines remembered how he was a mentor and guide to many. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his condolence message, described Jaitley as a “valued friend” whose insights and nuanced understanding of matters had “very few parallels.” Official sources said the Prime Minister spoke to his wife and son who insisted that he does not cancel his foreign tour. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn his tweets, Modi said: “With the demise of Arun Jaitley Ji, I have lost a valued friend, whom I have had the honour of knowing for decades. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories. We will miss him!” In a statement, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi said: “Jaitley had a long innings as a public figure, Parliamentarian and Minister and his contributions to public life will forever be remembered.” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “Untimely demise of former FM and senior leader Sh Arun Jaitley ji is a huge loss to the nation…” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed sadness over Jaitley’s demise and said he was a politician who was “appreciated across parties”.last_img read more

first_imgFor a democracy, if it has to be vibrant and relevant to contemporary times, introspection is a must. In the ever-changing scenario of needs, desires, values, demands of society, the Constitution of any democratic country cannot be static. It should be alive, dynamic and continually changing itself to suit present-day conditions. Perhaps this is the reason why more than 100 amendments were brought to the Constitution of India since it was first enacted in 1950. This principle holds good even for the Institution of Governor in Indian polity, especially in the context of the appointment of governors to five states recently. Some constitutional experts are of the opinion that the spirit of cooperative federalism is missing in these appointments and there is a need to appoint apolitical governors. Also Read – A special kind of bondSince its inception as the pivot of Indian federal system, the office of the governor has remained a controversy. Governors today are being disparagingly termed as the agents of the Centre. The issue becomes more relevant with the appointment of nine new governors since July. When the controversy over the institution of governor became a nation-wide debate in the early ’80s, the Union Government of the day appointed Justice Sarkaria Commission to prepare a report. Also Read – Insider threat managementSarkaria Commission, in its report in October 1987, suggested that the governor should be a person of some eminence in some field and should be a detached figure with little record of participation in the local politics of the state. He or she should be a person who has not taken a keen part in politics generally and particularly in the recent past of his or her appointment. It is desirable that a politician from the ruling party at the Centre should not be made the governor of a state headed by another party. It should be ensured that there is effective consultation with the chief minister of a state while appointing a governor in that state. None of these are apparently followed. Against this backdrop, it may be appropriate to compare the institutions of CM and Governor. The chief minister in our country is a democratically elected head of state government and is vested with all executive powers. He or she is elected by legislators of the party or coalition commanding majority in the state Assembly. According to the Constitution, the governor is only a namesake head of the state and his or her role is just ceremonial, whereas the real power lies with the chief minister. Governors of the states have more or less similar powers and functions at the state level similar to the President at the Union level. The sole exception is that there cannot be a President’s Rule at the Centre whereas President’s Rule or Governor’s Rule may be imposed in a state when it is felt that the state cannot be run in accordance with provisions of the Constitution! This provision was frequently abused. Though the Constitution says that the Governor, who is appointed by the President for a term of 5 years, enjoys many different types of powers – the Executive, Legislative and Discretionary – the spirit of the Constitution envisages that these are titular in nature. Governor appoints the chief minister, but only a person who enjoys the support of the majority in the Assembly. Like the British Monarch, the governor can do no wrong in this. The governor also appoints the other members of the Council of Ministers and distributes portfolios to them only on the advice of the chief minister. The Council of Ministers remain in power during the pleasure of the governor but in the real sense, it means the pleasure of the Assembly. He makes many more constitutional appointments but these powers are formal and the governor, while using these powers, must act according to the advice of the Council of Ministers headed by the chief minister. When the state legislature is not in session, the governor can promulgate ordinances but only on the advice of CM. As long as these systems continue without hindrance, the spirit of the Constitution is upheld but if it is otherwise, it becomes a mockery as happened in a number of instances in several states by political governors. From time to time, the role of the governor has made people feel that they are living in a very fragile democratic realm, which can be shaken effortlessly by the governor. It is a well-known fact that the governors played a dictatorial role many a time and transcended all the democratic limits. Different political parties have misused the role of the governor at different times for their partisan interests, thus proving that Indian society has yet to achieve the state of political modernisation and political culture. The institution of the governor was misused to a great extent several times in the past and there is no guarantee that the same is not repeated in future. Many political debates took place to restructure the constitutional framework concerning the office and role of the governor in a federal structure. When chief ministers belonged to the opposition, the governor was considered as the Centre’s agent. As a result, the governor started playing a stubborn role, which gave birth to debatable issues concerning the constitutional powers of the governor. There were many constitutional debates about the institution of the governor. Some people wanted popularly-elected governors. The drafting committee of the Constitution, however, decided that the governor would be appointed by the President. As a result, different parties manipulated the appointment of the governor on one hand, and on the other, governors started following the command from the central government in order to make the Centre happy in anticipation of gaining higher political positions. Since independence, no party in power at the Center was an exception to this. Thus, we see that the framers of the Constitution endowed Governor with certain powers with the hope that the governor would use these powers to keep India united with the spirit of cooperative federalism but the governors and central government misused the institution to fulfil their political interests. While the President of India is elected by the representatives of the people, namely the MPs, MLAs, the governor is merely appointed by President on the advice of Prime Minister. Like that of President, the governor should also be elected by members of both Houses. If it has to be an appointment, then, on the lines of appointment of a Judge to the supreme court by the President on the recommendation of the collegium, apolitical governors should also be appointed with a similar process. The collegium may include the Prime Minister, chief minister of the concerned state, Chief Justice of India and at least two constitutional experts of impeccable character – all with veto power. The key issue concerning the office of the governor today is one of rehabilitation. The problem of role-differentiation is taking place largely on account of one-party dominance which assumed such serious dimensions today as to become a case of a crisis of confidence in the political system itself. Though the Supreme Court has expressly laid down that the governorship is an independent constitutional office which is not subject to the control of the Government of India, it is seldom observed in practice. Let the appointment of governors not be a process of political rehabilitation for the party in power at the Centre, as reflected in the recent appointments under the present dispensation. It is high time we make necessary changes in the Constitution and do away with the old practices? The sooner, the better! (The author is Chief PRO to Telangana CM. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img A record 14 scientific or technologically themed feature-length films will play at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). From a deep-sea researcher, to a lie-detector inventor, to Jane Goodall, to Thomas Edison, the films portray a range of characters. TIFF will run from September 7th to 17th in Toronto. The science lineup is as follows. Some descriptions are quoted from TIFF programmers.THE CURRENT WAR. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, and Nicholas Hoult. The story of a ten-year face-off–between Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla–about the implementation of electricity via direct or alternating current. Science & Film interviewed writer Michael Mitnick.KODACHROME. Directed by Mark Raso. Starring Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ed Harris. Inspired by the true story of a road trip to the last film processor to develop Kodachrome film, invented by George Eastman’s company in 1935. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Rabat – Kaymu.ma published its first report based on Moroccans’ e-commerce tendencies.The online store analyzed the shopping behavior of 500,000 visitors to their website within the last two years.The study revealed the age group that buys the most online is that of people 25-34 years old, followed by those 18-24, and in third place, people aged 55-64, accounting to 3 percent of the users studied. Kaymu.ma revealed that 58 percent of transactions made online were done by men and not women.Casablanca came first in online shopping, followed by Rabat with 39 percent and Marrakech with 10 percent.E-commerce in smaller cities is less common but still accounted to 13 percent of the total, according to the same study.As far as how these purchases are made, 55 percent of Moroccans use their personal computers, followed by the use of smartphones, mostly iPhones and Samsung mobiles, via 4G signal.The most commonly bought category of items, among the 500,000 shoppers studied, were those classified as high-tech articles, Kaymu.ma said.Clothing items and shoes ranked second favorite, and in last place were kitchen items. read more

As soon as the Indian patrol saw the army troops under attack in North Kivu, scene of years of fighting between the Government and an array of rebel groups, it went to their aid, according to a press release issued by the peacekeeping force, known as MONUC.The soldier was wounded in the exchange of fire and taken to hospital in Goma, the provincial capital, where he later died, the 31st blue helmet in the 11-year history of MONUC to die under enemy fire.A Congolese soldier and a civilian were also killed and three soldiers and one civilian wounded.MONUC has helped restore a measure of stability and democratic process to a country torn apart by years of civil war and revolts that led to the greatest death toll since World War II – 4 million people killed by fighting and the attendant starvation and disease. But fighting has continued in the east. 24 May 2010An Indian soldier from the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was killed today when his patrol went to the aid of national army forces caught in an ambush by unidentified gunmen in the east of the country. read more

Earlier, Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M Hizbullah and Western Province Governor Azath Salley had also resigned from their posts. He said that the decision was taken after discussions held between the Muslim Parliamentarians in the Government. Hakeem said that the Muslim Ministers will however continue to support the Government in Parliament and ensure it has the majority. Deputy Minister for Ports and Shipping Abdullah Mahroof had also tendered his resignation.Hashim said the Muslim Ministers who resigned will give the Government one month to ensure the authorities investigate the allegations made against some Muslims Ministers over the Easter Sunday attacks.He said that while the former Ministers will continue to support the Government they would expect the Government to protect the Muslim community. The Muslim Ministers who resigned are Rauf Hakeem, Kabir Hashim, MHA Haleem and Rishad Bathiudeen.State Ministers Ali Zahir Maulana, Faizal Cassim, H.M.M. Haris and Ameer Ali also resigned. The President’s office said that they handed over their resignation letters to President Maithripala Sirisena.President Sirisena, who had appointed the two Governors, accepted the resignation letters.  (Colombo Gazette) All Muslim Ministers, including Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, resigned from their portfolios in the Government today.Addressing the media today, Minister Rauf Hakeem said that all Muslim State and Deputy Ministers had also tendered their resignations. read more

“I will discuss developments in the region and particularly Afghanistan and the work the UN is doing there,” Mr. Annan told reporters upon his arrival. “Over and above that, the UN has had a broad agenda with Iran,” he added. The Secretary-General lauded Tehran for its pledge – made at a donors meeting in Tokyo earlier this week – of $560 million for Afghanistan’s reconstruction. “The Iranian government has been very generous to Afghan refugees over the years,” he added. “We have had great cooperation on the fight against drugs, and so we have a lot to talk about, and I’m here also to exchange ideas with the Iranian leadership on developments in the region.” Asked about Tehran’s role in the future of Afghanistan, the Secretary-General emphasized that all of the country’s neighbours as well as the international community must support the interim Afghan authorities, and the Afghan government once it is fully established. “We share a common objective and that objective is to see a stable, peaceful Afghanistan – [an] Afghanistan that has normal and good relations with its neighbours, [an] Afghanistan that is determined to protect its people and ensure that they can live their lives in peace.” Pointing out that this goal was in everyone’s interest, he said “in that spirit, Iran has a role to play.” Mr. Annan is scheduled to meet on Saturday with Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, President Seyed Mohammad Khatami, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khameini and other senior officials. read more

United States President Barack Obama, speaks at the UN Climate Summit 2014. UN Photo/Cia Pak The Head of State of Turkey during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard “Today was a great day – a historic day. Never before have so many leaders gathered to commit to action on climate change,” Mr. Ban said, summing up the day-long event,which drew a unique mix of international players who announced their vision and commitment for reaching a universal and meaningful climate agreement in 2015, as well made announcements on actions that will reduce emissions, enhance resistance to climate change and mobilize financing for climate action.“The Summit delivered,” declared the UN chief, noting that leaders had reaffirmed determination to limit global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius by cutting emissions. And many, from all regions and all levels of economic development, advocated for a peak in greenhouse gas emissions before 2020, decisively reduced emissions thereafter, and climate neutrality in the second half of this century.On finance, the Secretary-General said public and private sources showed the way forward for mobilizing the needed resources. Leaders expressed strong support for the Green Climate Fund. And a total of $2.3 billion was pledged towards the Fund’s initial capitalization today, and others committed contributions by November 2014.“A new coalition of Governments, business, finance, multilateral development banks and civil society leaders announced their commitment to mobilize upwards of $200 billion for financing low-carbon and climate-resilient development,” he said, adding that private banks announced they would issue $20 billion in “Green Bonds” and that they would double the market to $50 billion by 2015, next year.As for carbon pricing, “one of the most powerful tools available for reducing emissions and generating sustainable development and growth”, Mr. Ban said that many Government and business leaders supported putting a price on carbon through various instruments and called for intensified efforts to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies. Some 30 companies had announced their alignment with the Caring for Climate Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing.Among the day’s other highlights, he said the Summit had heard how strengthening resilience – both climate and financial – is a smart and essential investment. Adaptation needs are growing, particularly for the least developed countries and small island developing States, which are most at risk and need most international support.Finally, he spotlighted that “new coalitions are forming to meet the full scope of the climate challenge,” and citied the first Global Agricultural Alliance which was launched today to enable 500 million farmers worldwide to practice climate-smart agriculture by 2030. Leaders of the oil and gas industry, along with national Governments and civil society organisations, made an historic commitment to identify and reduce methane emissions by 2020.“A new Compact of Mayors, representing 200 cities with a combined population of 400 million people, pledged new commitments to reduce annual emissions by between 12.4 and 16.4 per cent,” added the Secretary-General, telling delegations that those highlights would serve as his Chairman’s Summary, which would be distributed soon to Member States.Looking ahead, Mr. Ban urged the participants to maintain the spirit of compromise and commitment that characterized the discourse at the Summit. “We must fulfil and expand on all the pledges and initiatives brought forward today.”As the international community walked together on the road to Lima and Paris (milestone meetings of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) in December 2014 and 2015, he said “let us look back on today as the day we decided – as a human family – to put our house in order to make it liveable for future generations. Today’s Summit has shown that we can rise to the climate challenge.”Earlier in the day, Mr. Ban already welcomed specific commitments made by specific countries, including “generous pledges’ of $1 billion each by President François Hollande of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.He noted that The European Union pledged to adopt the 40 per cent emissions reductions target this October, Grenada called for all island states to go 100 per cent renewable, and China announced that it will peak its emissions as soon as possible and double its support for the South-South Cooperation.“We have heard significant pledges of finance and resources,” he said. “Finance is the enabler of what we want to achieve. This morning, you have acknowledged its crucial importance. Private finance is out there, and public finance can be the lever to access it.” Addressing the special mid-day wrap up session, United States President Barrack Obama said that of all the immediate challenges world leaders were set to address this week during the General Assembly’s high-level segment – terrorism, inequality disease – there is one issue that would define the contours of the current century more than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate. The Head of State of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard The Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Head of Iraq during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon adressing the Climate Change Summit 2014, 23 September 2014. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas The Head of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard François Hollande, President of France, speaks at the UN Climate Summit 2014. UN Photo/Cia Pak The Head of Government of the United Kingdom during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard The Head of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard The Head of State of Croatia during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard The Head of State of Uganda during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard The Head of State of Chile during the National Action and Ambition Sessions of the Climate Change Summit. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard ‹ › “Indeed … deepening scientific evidence says this once distant threat has moved firmly into the present; no nation is immune,” he said, underscoring that “the climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. The alarm bells keep ringing. Our citizens keep marching. We cannot keep pretending we do not hear them. We have to answer the call.”The mid-day segment was also addressed by Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania and Coordinator of the Committee of the African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change; Baron Waqa, President of Nauru and Chair of Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS); and Zhang Gaoli, Vice-Premier of China. read more

Brock will be hosting a stop on the upcoming Pan Am /Parapan Am Games Community Tour this Tuesday, Jan. 27. The purpose of the event is to share information about the games.While this event is open to the public, it’s essentially for the “Brock Community” (students, staff, faculty who are volunteering/interested in volunteering) to get the information needed to get invovled with this event. Also, important information will be discussed about venues, events and tickets for attending the games as spectators.Event details:Location: Pond InletDate:  Tuesday Jan. 27                                                                                                                                                                                                           Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pmCurrently the team from the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games have three departments that will attend and speak about their specialized volunteer opportunities and chat with people one-on-one. These departments are: Press Operation, Transportation and Catering, Cleaning and Waste.More information about the Community Tour can be found online, and additional details will be forthcoming. read more

first_imgThe team are now planning to look at whether a female’s hormonal status affects how she dances. Previous studies have found that women’s faces become more symmetrical around the time of ovulation, and therefore more attractive.A study in 2007 even found that female lap dancers earn more tips around ovulation.The team also wants to see if sexuality makes a difference to dance moves, for example whether moves alter if a dancer is trying to attract a partner of the same sex or opposite sex.The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports. Dr Nick Neave, associate professor at the Department of Psychology said dancing offered important hints about reproductive potential.“When you are dancing you are painting a complex biological picture which shows your age, health, motor skills, hormonal status, personality and intelligence to others,” said Dr Neave.“Dance is not just a bit of fun, it is a serious way of expressing yourself to other people. The authors found that in women the degree of hip swing and uneven movements of the thighs and arms contribute independently to a perceived higher quality of dance.The researchers suggest that a strong hip swing might be an emphatically linked to femininity and child-bearing abilities while the ability to move limbs independently of each other, may attest to well-developed motor control.“Males focussed more on the asymmetric movements of the arms, while females focussed more on the movements of the legs,” added Dr Neave.“We suspect that when females dance they are showing off not only to males as potential partners but also to females as potential rivals – it looks as if the sexes are then using slightly different cues to judge a female when she is dancing“We think that these movements form honest signals as to the reproductive qualities of the dancer in question.” Examples of good dancing  Good dancing: wave your hands in the air like you just don’t careCredit:Northumbria University  An example of bad dancing center_img Bad dancing: feet ain’t got no rhythm Credit:Northumbria University  “Both men and women were in strong agreement that the movements of the hips signalled a more attractive dancer.”Using 3D motion-caption, Dr Neave and his team recorded 39 women whilst they danced to a basic rhythm provided by a drum beat.The authors then rendered their movement patterns onto computer avatars, thereby retaining their distinguishing movements, but removing all information about their individual appearance.200 people were then asked to rate the dancing ability of each of the 39 avatars based on a 15 second section of video footage. Awkward shuffling on the dance floor – often known as ‘dad dancing’ – really does make people less attractive to the opposite sex, a new study suggests. While some might think a restrained two-step is the safest option to avoid the embarrassment of over-exuberance, in fact letting yourself go is the best way to catch the attention of a potential suitor. Northumbria University invited dozens of women to dance then asked 200 people to judge who they deemed the most attractive.They found that vigorous hip swinging, and hands flung left and right with abandon were the signs of a good dancer, and the best way to entice a prospective partner. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgTWO MEN IN their 20s have been arrested after an armed robbery at a convenience store in Co Offaly – and members of the public helped gardaí capture one of them.The arrests occurred overnight following the armed robbery in Geashill, Co Offaly, at approximately 7.45 pm last night. Gardaí said that one of the men involved had been apprehended by members of the public after the incident.During the robbery, two males wearing balaclavas and armed with a knife entered a convenience store in Geashill. They threatened and held up staff before leaving the store with an amount of money.One of the men was apprehended by two members of the public as he left the store and was arrested by gardaí minutes later. The second male fled the scene in a car and during a follow-up operation a car was intercepted by gardaí near Portarlington and the man was arrested.Both males are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Tullamore garda station.A knife and all of the money taken has been recovered and the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

first_imgiAd : la publicité, nouveau terrain de jeu de Steve JobsWashington, États-Unis – Apple est bel et bien décidé à concurrencer Google sur tous les terrains. La publicité ne fait pas exception, aussi la pomme vient-elle d’acquérir iAd, une nouvelle plate-forme publicitaire mobile.La firme Google a réussi à rentabiliser son moteur de recherche et à se développer grâce à la publicité. Via AdMob, sa plate-forme publicitaire, Google met ainsi en relation des annonces publicitaires avec ses résultats de recherche.Le marché de la publicité mobile est en pleine expansion. Et la firme à la pomme, ne pouvant en avoir le monopole, compte bien en détenir au moins la plupart des parts de marché. Steve Jobs a ainsi fait l’acquisition du concurrent direct d’AdMob : Quattro Wireless. Il estime que l’avenir de la publicité mobile réside plus dans les applications et logiciels que dans la recherche d’informations.  iAd devrait être intégré dans les nouvelles versions des systèmes d’exploitation de l’iPhone, de l’iPad et de l’iPod. Il permettra par exemple d’intégrer directement des publicités dans les applications téléchargées sur l’iPhone.Le 12 avril 2010 à 10:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img ADC AUTHOR ADC is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Defense Community Awards.Categories include Community or State Leadership, Congressional Leadership, John Lynch Base Redevelopment Leadership, and Military Leadership.Nominations can be completed online and are due March 1.Awardees will be recognized in America’s Defense Communities magazine, in a special video and at the Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, D.C., in June.last_img

first_imgInternational Organization for Migration (IOM) director general William Lacy Swing has called upon all for redoubling efforts to ensure that support for victims of trafficking becomes a key pillar in their work, reports UNB.”We must redouble our efforts to ensure that support for victims of trafficking becomes a key pillar in our work,” he said in an op-ed marking the World Day against Trafficking in Persons that falls on today, Monday.Swing said businesses should also ensure they have established feedback loops so that they can continually improve reporting mechanisms, protection for whistle-blowers, and prevention of further harm.”More and more companies are coming together to address the risks they face in supply chains, but remediation for victims of trafficking remains a new area of work for the private sector,” he wrote in the article titled “With Public and Private Sectors at Odds, Traffickers Win. Let’s work together to protect its victims.”Terming positive trends encouraging, he said much more needs to be done. “Today, I will focus on a key challenge, which I see as the next frontier in supply chain engagement: mobilizing the private sector to ensure that migrants who have been wronged receive the remedy and justice they deserve.”Beyond strengthening their due diligence, he said, companies can and must take responsibility for harm perpetrated against their workers and ensure that all possible steps are taken to assist victims of trafficking in their recovery – which they can do by working closely with governments, civil society organizations, international organizations, and the victims themselves.Swing said states bear the primary responsibility to address human trafficking and protect trafficked victims. “By establishing stronger connections between private sector and public efforts to help victims of trafficking, together we can do the work of rebuilding broken lives.”Earlier this year IOM, the UN Migration Agency, launched a set of practical guidelines for companies to address this challenge. In line with the United Nations’ “Protect, Respect, and Remedy” Framework, IOM’s Remediation Guidelines describe the many avenues that businesses can take to offer remediation to victims of exploitation, in partnership with local state and non-State actors.These routes include facilitating access to victim services and support systems such as medical or psychosocial care; relocating victims to new job environments; offering voluntary return to countries of origin; support for recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration where possible, said the IOM chief.”But as we mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, we are also reminded, sadly, that migrants are too often exposed to disproportionate risks of exploitation and abuse when looking for better employment opportunities away from home,” Swing said.Every year, millions of migrants are trafficked within and across borders and find themselves trapped in forced labour.In some cases, men and women are coerced by force into work, enduring violence, threats or psychological manipulation.Often they find themselves indebted via unfair recruitment processes or employment conditions, all the while facing enormous pressures from their families and communities who may have gone into debt themselves, just to start their job search.Other forms of exploitation only slightly more benign;-having to toil under dangerous conditions, settling for menial wages, facing hidden deductions and unreasonable restrictions during both work and non-work hours.”These abuses, too, harm migrants and violate their rights,” Swing said adding that these types of abuse can occur all along an industry’s supply chain and can be easily concealed among layers of sub-contractors.He said trafficking in persons exists today in every country and every economic sector. “Whether the business is coffee, clothing or construction, this much is clear: no workplace or community is immune to human trafficking.””We must all insist that supply chains are free from human trafficking and other forms of exploitation,” Swing said.He said they are already seeing signs of change and a growing number of companies are taking action in their supply chains; more governments are developing new policies and regulatory mechanisms for greater business accountability.”Civil society also plays a critical role in advocating for migrants’ rights and ensuring they have access to the protection and assistance services they need,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgGet ready for a theatrical treat. Sri Ram Centre will be hosting the play Koi Baat Chale with Yashpal Sharma, famous film and TV actor today. The 1 hour 30 min play is written and directed by Ram Ji Bali (NSD).The story revolves around the protagonist, Kanhiya Lal Bansi Prasad played by Yashpal Sharma. He is a 35-years-old school drama teacher and unmarried. A romantic comedy, the play shows Bansi seeking help of a marriage bureau to help him find a suitable life partner. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Yashpal Sharma is an eminent theatre and film personality. He is best known for his role as Randhir Singh in Sudhir Mishra’s 2003 Hindi movie Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, apart from Lagaan (2001), Gangaajal (2003), Ab Tak Chhappan (2004), Apaharan (2005), Singh is Kinng (2008) and Rowdy Rathore (2012).  Bali started his theatre life from 1993 in his very own city Faridabad (Haryana). He has directed many plays like Bichchu, Proposal, Ek ladki Paanch Diwaane, Dulari Bai, Ghade ki Baaraat, Inspector Matdin Chand Par, Chatur Rohan, Muaavze etc. He has been working as a freelance actor/director in the field of arts and performance and also had movies Paan Singh Tomar, Commando and more recently The Shaukeens to his credit.last_img read more

first_imgPeople who are happy and confident about their appearance are more satisfied with their sex lives, have better self-esteem and enjoy healthy relationships with their spouses, a study reveals. According to the researchers, body image is strongly linked to overall life satisfaction and feelings about romantic relationships.“The study shows that men’s and women’s feelings about their weight and appearance play a major role in how satisfied they are with their lives overall,” said lead study author David Frederick from Chapman University in the US. The findings are consistent with the emphasis placed on the importance of being slender for women and for appearing athletic and lean for men.  “It would seem, therefore, that we still have a long way to go before we achieve the goal of being truly happy with their bodies,” Frederick added in the paper published in the journal Body Image. The team analysed more than 12,000 participants between ages 18 and 65 years and asked questions focused on personality, beliefs about romantic relationships, self-esteem, television viewing and personal characteristics. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The results showed that about 24 percent men and 20 percent women felt very or extremely satisfied with their weight and only half felt somewhat to extremely satisfied. People who were dissatisfied with their weight reported substantially less satisfaction with their sex lives and lower overall self-esteem. People’s orientations towards their relationships – known as “attachment styles”–were linked to how people felt about their bodies.  Women with anxious and fearful attachment styles were dissatisfied with their appearance. Dissatisfied people had higher neuroticism, had more preoccupied and fearful attachment styles and spent more hours watching TV. “Satisfied people had higher openness, conscientious, extraversion, are more secure in attachment style and had higher self-esteem and life satisfaction,” the study noted. “People who are less confident in their appearance become more fearful that their partner will leave, which further fuels their worries about their appearance,” Frederick stated.last_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 1 min read January 31, 2014 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Box, the online storage startup that counts Dropbox among its rivals, has secretly filed for its initial public offering, according to reports.Box, which is run by 29-year-old Aaron Levie and valued at more than $1 billion, raised more than $100 million in 2012. It’s since taken cash from several major banks to underwrite its IPO. The company could be looking to raise about $500 million in going public, Quartz reported.Related: Why Box’s Co-founder Turned Down a $550 Million Offer That Would Have Made Him ‘Phenomenally Wealthy’ At 26Under a new law, companies that earn less than $1 billion in revenue a year are allowed to file their IPO drafts with the Securities and Exchange Commission in secret. Box told Quartz it has nothing new to share at this time.Earlier this month, competitor Dropbox closed a $250 million funding round at a $10 billion valuation, fueling ongoing rumors that the company is positioning itself to go public.Related: Head in the Clouds: Dropbox Reportedly Valued at $10 Billionlast_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. All entrepreneurs want their company to be an overnight success. But if you are lucky enough to experience rapid growth, as Gautum Gupta, founder and CEO of NatureBox discovered, you’ll face a new set of challenges. His subscription-based healthy snack company sold a respectable 50,000 boxes in 2012, but thanks to aggressive social media marketing, sales skyrocketed to over a million boxes sold in 2013. Gupta has found one of his biggest challenges staying in touch with everyone involved in NatureBox from partners, employees and even professional contacts.“There so many apps available, and I used to spend a lot of time trying different ones,” says Gupta. “Then I realized that I didn’t need to reinvent the wheel and started asking other entrepreneurs for their recommendations. Several of my favorite apps have been suggested to me by colleagues and friends.”Here are three apps that Gupta uses throughout his day: Image credit: Contractually Image credit: Yammer Register Now » 4 min read 2. Yammer. As NatureBox rocketed from three people at the beginning of 2012 to 55 this year, Gupta wanted to create a sense of community. He set up Yammer as a company-wide online bulletin board that can both be used on the desktop and mobile, using it as a sort of Facebook for the workplace. When employees log onto the site, they will find anything from an update on a companywide project to funny photos of the employee parking lot with the caption “Guess Who Can’t Park.” “It can be very challenging to make sure that everyone knows what is going on and this is a great way to keep in touch,” says Gupta.He also uses the forum to update staffers with articles on the snack industry and recently polled employees on business card designs and where they should go for the next company’s monthly happy hour. “We often have healthy debates about articles and how it relates to what we are building at NatureBox,” Gupta says. “Yammer has really helped us our employees to be on the same page as well as bond with each other.” 1. 15five. In the early days, status reporting at NatureBox was catch-as-catch-can, with Gupta getting updates from email or quick hallway meetings. But as the staff grew, it was easy for Gupta to forget a conversation or not remember where he had written his notes. Gupta needed a way to keep track of the employees reporting to him without micromanaging and wound up downloading 15five, a web-based team communication application, on the recommendation of a fellow entrepreneur. Each week his teams take 10-15 minutes answering questions on an online form that Gupta takes around five minutes to read.“My day can often get away from me and this really reduces the need for many one-on-one meetings,” Gupta says. “Using 15five gives our status reporting much more structure and allows us to keep all of the communication in one place.” “I’ve found that it works best with smaller teams of three to five people. Each week I try to make my questions short and simple to reduce the time it takes my employees to fill it out.”  Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals February 20, 2014 3. Contactually. To keep connected, Gupta uses this app that integrates into his email and LinkedIn accounts and alerts him on whatever device he selects when he hasn’t communicated with someone in set period of time, such as 90 days. “Last year I got an alert reminding me that I hadn’t been in touch with a friend in 3 months so I wrote up a quick email telling him about what was going on at NatureBox and that we were looking to expand our social media team,” says Gupta. “He emailed me back to tell me that one of his former collegues was an excellent social media manager and we ended up hiring her.” About two three times a month he also sends a handwritten note and a Nature Box when he gets a Contactually reminder or when someone helps out NatureBox such as with reference for a new hire. Image credit: Yammer Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

first_img Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Share Travelweek Group Posted by MONACO – Silversea Cruises has placed an order with Fincantieri for another ultra-luxe cruise ship, scheduled for delivery in Q4 2021.Valued at over €320 million, the contract for the new Silver Dawn comes just months after the cruise line signed another contract with the shipbuilding company for the construction of Silver Moon, to be delivered in 2020.Both Silver Moon and the new Silver Dawn will be sister ships of Silversea’s flagship, Silver Muse, which was launched in April 2017.Silver Dawn will benefit from the same sense of intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodation options that characterize all Silversea vessels.“Following the extraordinary success of Silver Muse, we are delighted to announce Silver Dawn as the eleventh ship to join the Silversea fleet,” said Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s Chairman. “Silver Dawn will bear the same hallmarks of quality that guests currently enjoy on our 6-starships. We look forward to welcoming guests aboard in November 2021. It was my father’s dream to grow Silversea to at least a 12-ship fleet. Today, we are one step closer to fulfilling his vision.”More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, added: “It is a great satisfaction for our Group to see an ambitious project likeSilver Muse establish itself on the market and get the highest appreciation from an exclusive and demanding customer like Silversea, that today confirms his trust in us. Thanks to this partnership, based on the quality of the product, our leadership position in the cruise sector is further strengthened, not only from a technological point of view but also for the commercial ability to find the best agreement with the shipowner”.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Silversea orders 11th luxury ship, coming in late 2021 Tags: Silversea Cruiseslast_img read more