Reads of the week

first_imgRead about an Indian lawyer who had the gumption to take on the might of Britain in an English court – at the height of the Raj; a poet and literary writer details the trauma of the migration and violence that followed the partition of the sub-continent in 1947, and the politics that allowed it; and finally, trace the fragile line between familial devotion and deception. let’s see what the bookshelf offers this week: ‘The Case that Shook the Empire – One Man’s Fight for the Truth about the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre’ by Raghu Palat & Pushpa Palat Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAn Indian taking on an Englishman in an English court, presided over by an English judge and before an entirely English jury, seemed destined for failure from the start. Added to this was the fact that most of the defendants’ witnesses were, being Indian, unable in court to testify. But, Sir Chettur Sankaran Nair (1857-1934), the President of the Indian National Congress (1897), Advocate General of the Madras Presidency and a member of the Viceroy’s Executive Council – to mention only a few of his many hats, was made of sterner stuff. He resigned from the Council in protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of April 13, 1919 and published a book detailing the ‘atrocities’ committed by the Raj in the Punjab – and specifically the massacre. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThat led to Michael O’Dwyer, then an Acting Brigadier General and the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, who ordered the firing, to file a defamation suit at London’s Royal Courts of Justice. A lesser man would have balked but not Sir Chettur who decided to take the issue head on. He might have lost but he “achieved his primary goal which was to expose the injustices and cruelties the British had meted out to the people of the Punjab. The Punjab atrocities could no longer be confined to the lanes of Amritsar. The trial had brought them to the notice of the entire world. This was an era when the written word – newspapers – was the main source of global information”, the book says. ‘The Sixth River – A Journal from the Partition of India’ by Fikr Tausnvi Born Ram Lal Bhatia in Taunsa Sharif town of undivided Punjab, Taunsvi left for the region’s cultural capital of Lahore in the 1930s, where he worked for various newspapers, wrote poetry and articles and became part of the intellectual circle. But when partition was announced, he was faced with a new reality – of being a Hindu in his beloved city – that was now in Pakistan. Tausnvi wrote “The Sixth River” (of blood in the Land of the Five Rivers) between August and November 1947 as Lahore disintegrated around him. Sample this penned on October 17: “Lahore’s garden of heaven lies devastated. The leaves are scattered, the flowers have wilted. Thus, the refugees find no shelter. No respite it to be found. The waves of song rise in the heart only to die a quick death. With the ominous emotions of petulance, despair and death, the refugees have started ceaselessly roaming the streets of Lahore. Large, lonely and helpless groups dressed in old rags, sit staring at the skies from under the trees on the footpaths…” Such is the angst partition evoked in Tausnvi, brought alive in English for the first time. It’s a timely reality check. ‘Girl In White Cotton’ by Avni Doshi “I would be lying if I said my mother’s misery has never given me pleasure. “I suffered at her hands as a child, and any pain she subsequently endured appeared to me to be a kind of redemption – a rebalancing of the universe, where the rational order of cause and effect aligned. “But now, I can’t even the tally between us.” Thus begins the tale of Antara, who has never understood her mother Tara’s decision – walking out of her marriage to follow a guru, living on the streets as a beggar, shacking up with an unknown artist, rebelling against society’s expectations. But, when Tara starts losing her memory, Antara searches for a way to make peace with their shared past – a past that haunts them both. Most definitely a book for the thinkers and the sensitive.last_img read more

G20 talks trade finance as Japan readies for Osaka summit

FUKUOKA, Japan — Trade and economy ministers of the Group of 20 major economies met Sunday in Japan to discuss ways to reorder trade rules and finances in an era of technological change and protectionism.The meetings of financial leaders in the southern city of Fukuoka and of economic ministers in Tsukuba, near Tokyo, are aiming to forge a consensus on a range of issues to be endorsed by leaders who will meet in late June in Osaka.The central bank governors and other financial regulators meeting in Fukuoka flagged risks from upsets to the global economy as Beijing and Washington clash over trade and technology.U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a tweet that he had met with his Japanese counterpart, Finance Minister Taro Aso, and discussed “the ongoing close co-operation between the U.S. and Japan across a number of economic and security issues.”Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, is hosting the G-20 for the first time since it was founded in 1999. The venue for the annual financial meeting, Fukuoka, is a thriving regional hub and base for startups.Both Aso and Japan’s central bank governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, kept their comments on concerns over the trade clash between the U.S. and China mild.“With prospects for the resumption of China-U.S. talks unclear, there’s a risk that if this is not resolved trust in world markets will be damaged,” Aso said Saturday.Mnuchin acknowledged concern among fellow leaders over slowing world growth, though he said it was not due to the standoff with Beijing over trade and technology. He and other members of President Donald Trump’s administration contend that the ripple effects of the billions of dollars in tariffs imposed by Washington on Chinese exports over the past year are creating new business opportunities for other businesses in the U.S. and other countries.But Mnuchin, who has co-led Washington’s side in the stalled trade talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, said, “I’m hearing concerns if we continue on this path there could be issues. There will be winners and losers.”As is typical of pre-summit gatherings, the G-20 officials were haggling over the wording of a communique to be issued as meetings wrap up Sunday. The communique will be incorporated into proposals to be endorsed by the top leaders in Osaka.That June 28-29 meeting is likely to overshadowed by a planned meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mnuchin said that while he was discussing trade issues with China’s central bank governor at the talks in Fukuoka, he did not expect talks, stalled now for over a month, to resume before then.Major progress, and a decision on whether Washington will impose 25% tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese exports, will depend on the outcome of that meeting, he said.Much attention at G-20 meetings this year is focusing on how to adapt tax systems and regulation of increasingly digital economies.Ensuring that governments capture a fair share of profits from the massive growth of businesses like Google and Amazon has grown in importance over the many years the G-20 finance chiefs have been debating the reforms aimed at preventing tax evasion and modernizing policies to match a financial landscape transformed by technology.Mobile banking, big data, artificial intelligence and cloud computing are among many technologies that are expanding access to financial services for many people who in the past might not have even used banks.The officials meeting in Tsukuba, a research hub about an hour outside Tokyo, were also focusing their discussions on the digital economy, as well as trade.The G-20 group includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press read more

UNbacked treeplanting drive hits 1 billion goal ahead of climate change talks

One billion trees have been planted under a drive backed by the United Nations and the World Agroforestry Centre, hitting the milestone as planned ahead of next month’s international climate change conference in Bali.Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, said the achievement of the goal “is a further sign of the breathtaking momentum witnessed this year on the challenge for this generation – climate change.”The campaign, he said, proved that “given a focus and the chance to act, millions if not billions of people around this world want an end to pollution and environmental deterioration and have rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty to prove the point.”Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan Green Belt founder and co-patron of the campaign, welcomed the success of the drive and praised those who had participated in it while calling for continued vigilance. “Now we must keep the pressure on and continue the good work for the planet. Plant another tree today in celebration!”Half of all those who participated were often private citizens or households planting one to three trees, according to UNEP, while another 13 per cent were planted by the private sector.The news comes as thousands of delegates across the world prepare to travel to the Indonesian island of Bali for the next and most crucial round of global warming negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), jointly established by UNEP and the World Meteorological Organization, this year concluded that the global impacts of climate change are likely to be in many cases devastating but cost effective solutions are available now to counter the worst.The Billion Tree Campaign was launched at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi last November. The agency said it is expecting Guatemala, China and Spain to announce that several million more trees have been planted, and predicted that Indonesia will plant almost 80 million trees in one day in the run up to the Bali climate convention meeting next month.While not all numbers are in, UNEP said the top-ranking countries appear to be Ethiopia, over 700 million trees planted; Mexico, 217 million trees; Turkey, 150 million; Kenya, 100 million; Cuba, 96.5 million; Rwanda, 50 million; Republic of Korea, 43 million; Tunisia, 21 million; Morocco, 20 million; Myanmar, 20 million and Brazil, 16 million. The Green Belt Movement planted 4.7 million trees, double the number of trees it had initially pledged. 28 November 2007One billion trees have been planted under a drive backed by the United Nations and the World Agroforestry Centre, hitting the milestone as planned ahead of next month’s international climate change conference in Bali. read more

Northern fishermen want long term solution for fishing issue

Although New Delhi and Colombo have expressed satisfaction over recent bilateral talks on the Palk Bay fishing conflict, northern Sri Lankan fishermen say a much-needed long-term solution remains elusive, The Hindu newspaper reported.Following resistance from the fisherfolk and some efforts taken by the two governments, the number of Indian trawlers coming into Sri Lankan waters has reduced, observe fishermen. However, fully resolving the crisis requires greater political will from the two governments and sympathy from fisher leaders in Tamil Nadu, they emphasise. “Our brothers in Tamil Nadu must realise that the sea is our only means to livelihood. Unless they appreciate our plight, nothing will change,” says Mr. Alam, sounding dejected. “No fisherman is our enemy. All we are saying is, let us fish in our waters, let us live,” Mr. Mariyarasa says, at his cooperative’s newly-renovated building in Mullaitivu.While the concern over vanishing livelihoods binds nearly 2 lakh fisherfolk of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority north some, like fisher folk in Delft, face peculiar challenges. Off Jaffna peninsula and connected by a ferry, Delft island or Neduntheevu is possibly the one of the closest inhabited islands to Rameswaram. “Almost all of us went to Tamil Nadu as refugees after supplies to our island were cut in the 1990s during the war,” says V. Anton Thayagaran, who leads a fishermen’s association in Delft.It is around Delft that Indian trawlers would often be found, prompting the Sri Lankan navy to arrest the fishermen and confiscate vessels. The number of such trawlers trespassing has come down, say fishermen. At least they are not as regular as before. But they have bred a new problem locally. Some Jaffna and Mannar fishermen have started operating banned fishing vessels, citing Indian trawlers as reason. His pessimism is not without reason. Having tried to negotiate with his Indian counterparts since 2010, he has only seen discussions proving futile. The Tamil Nadu trawler owners refuse to stop using the destructive fishing practice, pointing to the many thousands that it feeds in their community. Emerging from the ashes of a brutal civil war and trying to rebuild their lives, the Sri Lankan fishermen find their Tamil Nadu counterparts’ economic interests competing fiercely with theirs.In yet another attempt to solve the problem, the two countries set up a Joint Working Group in November 2016, and appear to be taking steps to tackle it. India has assured Sri Lanka of phasing out bottom trawling. The central and state governments have begun investing in fishing harbours in Tamil Nadu to help fishermen switch to alternatives. Following the latest round of talks in Colombo earlier this month, officials from both sides expressed optimism in solving fisheries crisis facing the region. “The positive initiatives are welcome, but they may not be sufficient. We cannot get carried away,” stresses Mr. Alam, speaking to The Hindu at his home in Mannar town.On Tamil Nadu fisher leaders’ demand that their trawlers — detained by the Sri Lankan Navy — be released, fisher leaders here say they have conveyed their views to the Fisheries Minister. While fisher leaders appear agreeable, although with some conditions, sources in Colombo say a final decision is likely to be taken before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Sri Lanka in May. There are currently 151 Indian vessels in Sri Lankan custody, seized since 2014.The Sri Lankan Navy is inconsistent in seizing Indian trawlers found poaching, says Mullaitivu fisher leader Antonypillai Mariyarasa. “Even if we spot Indian trawlers near our coast and report it to the Navy, they don’t take action at times. They say there is no place to park the confiscated boats.” “Small-scale fishermen like us get crushed from all sides,” he says, watching his friends mend fishing nets at a dim-lit shelter by the sea. “The talks are simply dragging without any major decision. This delay is only to the Indian fishermen’s advantage, because they somehow get the extension they wanted,” says Mannar-based fisher leader Mohamed Alam, referring to Tamil Nadu fisher leaders’ earlier demand for three more years to phase out bottom trawling, which Sri Lanka rejected. The fishermen here are under great financial pressure, as trespassing Indian trawlers are not the only troublemakers in this war-battered district. More recently, fishermen here are facing stiff competition from the island’s south and western districts, with some fishers seasonally migrating to their north-eastern coast. read more

Solo business owners struggle for profits report says

NEW YORK — The majority of small business owners who work solo struggle to make their companies profitable.That’s one of the findings of a report released last week by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York that gave a snapshot of non-employer firms, those that have no employees other than the sole proprietor and that comprise 81% of the more than 30 million small businesses in the U.S. The report also found that nearly two-thirds of these owners depend on their businesses as a primary source of their income, but nearly three-quarters have no more than $100,000 in annual revenue.The report was compiled from a survey of more than 5,800 business owners across the country in the second half of 2018; they included people who have companies that produce goods and services as well as those who are freelancers and those who had jobs but ran a business to provide them with supplemental income. One out of five owners surveyed said they started or bought a business because they couldn’t find work elsewhere.The report found that running a business is a struggle for many owners. Sixty-two per cent reported having financial challenges in the preceding 12 months, with early-stage companies, or startups, the group that reported the most challenges. Nearly half said they had outstanding debt.One of the challenges the owners face is rising costs; 53% reported their expenses had increased. But only a third said they were passing their costs along to clients or customers — a sign that small businesses remain under competitive pressures a decade after the end of the Great Recession.And while nearly three-quarters hope to expand their businesses in the next 12 months, nearly 60% expect their revenue to grow. Not surprisingly, nearly all of early-stage companies expect their revenue to increase — new entrepreneurs are often the most optimistic of business owners.Only one in four of the owners said they plan to hire full or part-time employees. However, that low number is to be expected given that many sole proprietors are freelancers or contract with freelancers to help complete their work._____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.comJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press read more

Regulators sign on to new rules regarding women on boards and in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Regulators sign on to new rules regarding women on boards and in senior roles by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 15, 2014 1:42 pm MDT TORONTO – Securities regulators in seven provinces and two territories have signed on to new rules aimed at increasing the number of women on company boards and in senior management.The amendments will require companies to have targets for the number of women on their boards and in executive positions and disclose the actual number of women in those roles.Companies will also need to provide annual disclosure regarding director term limits and other renewal mechanisms and policies regarding the representation of women.The new rules are set to take effect on Dec. 31.The provinces included in the changes are Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.The Northwest Territories and Nunavut have also signed on.The Ontario Securities Commission said the changes are intended to increase transparency for investors regarding the representation of women on boards of directors and in senior management.“We know from stakeholder and investor feedback in the participating jurisdictions that this issue is an important one, and we’ve taken steps in a co-ordinated fashion to broaden disclosure in this area,” OSC chairman and chief executive Howard Wetston said in a statement. read more


Alex Rodriguez Formally Appeals 211Game Suspension

Alex Rodriguez has started the process of fighting his 211-game suspension from baseball.The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed his suspension Wednesday, which will send the case to an independent arbitrator.A spokesman for the MLB union, Greg Bouris, confirmed the appeal and said the players’ association has no further comment.The New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he too doesn’t have much to say about the appeal either.“I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be any different,” Girardi said. “As far as having a reaction, it’s kind of what I expected. It’s part of the process that was negotiated between MLB and the players’ association, and you let it play out. I expect him to play a lot. We need him to help us.”On Monday, Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games, which could see him off the field through the 2014 season.The Yankees’ player was involved in an investigation into Biogenesis of America, a debunked Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs to several MLB players.Since the suspension, Rodriguez has played in two games for the New York Yankees. The appeal process allows him to play until the issue is resolved. read more

Seniors hope to get final kicks with win over Michigan in finale

It was four years ago when Joe Moore, Andrew Magill and Doug Verhoff came to Ohio State to play soccer.Now, the three seniors will be playing their last regular-season home game on Saturday. “The time’s gone really fast. … It’s sad but at the same time it’s exciting,” Moore said. “We got a chance this weekend to do something special, to end our senior year on a special note.”“It seems like yesterday we were coming here for preseason not knowing what to expect,” Magill said.The three seniors have had ups and downs the last four years. They have been to the NCAA tournament the last two seasons, and they’re hoping to get there this season. They were also part of the team that went to the NCAA College Cup in 2007.All three seniors have enjoyed their time at OSU and feel like they’ve achieved many goals, both individually and as a team. They would like nothing more than to go out on senior day and get a win against rival Michigan. “Ohio State fans hate Michigan,” Moore said. “So when you get a chance to not only beat them, but beat them in one of the biggest games of your career, it makes it even more special.” Not only is this a rivalry game, it is also an important game for the Buckeyes attempt to win the Big Ten.If Penn State loses or ties Friday night, a Buckeye win Saturday will put them on top of the Big Ten.If they win the Big Ten they receive an automatic bid. The seniors will take the field for their last regular season game 6 p.m. Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Moore expects the game to be more physical than usual, as both teams will be fired up and ready to go, especially since it is a rivalry game. “You’re going to see a lot of physical play, there going to be some hits and probably a few more yellow cards,” Moore said, “but all in all it will be a good game.For both teams, it’s the last regular season game of the year, and for OSU it’s a chance to send their seniors off with a win. “We’re going to miss all three of them,” coach John Bluem said. “They’ve been great players in our program.” read more

One Shows Alex Jones announces she is expecting baby in New Year

Alex Jones, the BBC One Show host, has announced she is pregnant with her first child.The TV presenter, 39, said she and her husband Charlie Thomson are expecting a baby in the New Year.The couple married in December last year.The news was immediately hailed by fans, who congratulated the happy couple. Jones has previously spoken candidly about fears for her fertility, after learning of a family history of early menopause.Addressing an audience at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, in London earlier this year, the television presenter said: “Safer sex is important but so is learning about fertility otherwise you end up where I am now saying: ‘Oh egg freezing, I don’t know about that’.”As most girls I spent all of my teenage years, twenties, thirties, doing everything I could to avoid getting pregnant and then it’s just like Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart – a day arrives and then you go ‘gosh, maybe we should have a baby’.” The Welsh host revealed that her mother had an early menopause at 43 and added: “I have a five-year window potentially to get this done.”She described last year how she met her husband Charlie Thomson when she was 34 but did not think about children for a long time.She said: “The penny hadn’t dropped for me, I had just met this boy, I had a lovely job although it’s not more important than a family.”Jones, who competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2011, is currently making a documentary called The Truth About Fertility. 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. Charlie & I are very happy to confirm that we’re expecting a baby in the new year. Feel so lucky that we’re about to become parents. Xx— Alex Jones (@MissAlexjones) September 2, 2016 @sallyscampervan none— Alex Jones (@MissAlexjones) September 2, 2016 read more

Former Telegraph and Private Eye journalist Christopher Booker dies aged 81

Of his time on the team, which also featured current editor Ian Hislop, he said: “Over the years … I have enjoyed some of the most hilariously pleasurable times I can remember in my life.”Between us we have laughed our way through tens of thousands of joke items.”Mr Booker attended the independent and boarding Shrewsbury School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he read history.Read Chrisopher Booker’s final piece: Farewell to the Telegraph and its readers after 60 wonderful years. Christopher Booker, the former Telegraph journalist and first editor of Private Eye, has died aged 81.Mr Booker was a columnist for The Sunday Telegraph from its launch in 1961 to March this year when he retired. Allister Heath, Editor of The Sunday Telegraph, said: “Mr Booker was one of the great social critics of his generation, and one of the leading campaigning journalists of the post-war era.”We are honoured to have published him and, on behalf of everyone at The Telegraph, we send our condolences to his family and to all those who knew him.” He penned his final article for this paper on March 31, citing health reasons as his reason for leaving. “One of my guiding principles as a journalist had long been to bring to light what I considered to be some shockingly important story which was not being properly covered elsewhere,” he wrote.  “And one of the reasons I have been very grateful to The Sunday Telegraph is the unusual freedom it gave me to pursue a long succession of such campaigning stories, if necessary for years on end.”Mr Booker has written about literature, butterflies, religion, architecture, climate change and the European Union among other subjects. Signing off his final column, he wrote: “We are told we should try to leave the world in slightly better shape than we found it. But as I prepare to leave it, I have too long felt that I was no longer trying to change it and was only writing its epitaph.”Nevertheless I cannot forget all the thousands of admirable people I have come across through my years writing for The Telegraph. To them and all my loyal readers I am profoundly grateful.”The satirical magazine Private Eye confirmed the news in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon. It read: “We are very sad to announce the death today of Christopher Booker. Author, journalist, satirist and the first editor of Private Eye, after a short illness. He was 81.”A full appreciation of his life and contributions to the magazine will be published in a future edition.”Mr Booker’s books included Castle of Lies and The Great Deception, where he put forward Eurosceptic arguments that would lay the foundation for much of today’s Brexit debate.In 1961, he was one of the founders of the satirical magazine Private Eye alongside Richard Ingrams and Willie Rushton.He was its first editor but was ousted by Ingrams in 1963. He returned two years later and remained part of the team for the rest of his life. 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. read more

Waiting four hours in the rain for a wheelchair taxi inspired me

first_imgRead: Alan Kelly expects to be promoted if he becomes Labour’s deputy leader next week A DUBLIN MAN who advised the Government on a new wheelchair accessible taxi scheme says he felt compelled to do something to tackle the lack of available vehicles after an incident in the city centre four years ago, when he was left stranded for four hours.Stephen Closkey, from Swords, said he was left waiting “freezing” in the rain at the side of the road three years ago after a cab he had booked for 2am failed to show up.He ended up having to call his parents to come pick him up.“It left me in bed for a few days sick,” Closkey told reporters at the launch of the new grant scheme yesterday.Keen to help others inconvenienced by similar experiences, Closkey went on to set up the website wheelchairtaxi.ie, which provides transport listings for the entire country.You can search any area of Ireland, and you’ll find wheelchair-accessible transport in your area. We’ve got taxis, we’ve got mini-bus hire, we’ve car hire, even a few wheelchair accessible fishing boats.He was appointed to the Government’s Taxi Advisory Committee last year, and has since been providing input on a range of issues, including the initiative announced by Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly yesterday.It’s hoped the scheme will boost the number of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles in the country’s taxi fleet by around 200, to 1,060. Opening to applicants from early next month, it will provide €1 million in grant funding for drivers who want to buy a new accessible taxi, or upgrade their current one.Closkey described the scheme as a “good start”.At the moment we’ve two wheelchair accessible taxis in the entire of Tipperary. So when you’re looking at statistics like that, you’ve a long way to go.He said he hoped his contribution to the taxi advisory panel would help “keep the issue at the forefront”.Now 30, Closkey suffered a spinal cord injury 12 years ago that left him paralysed from the neck down, when he fell from a hay bale. He said he also suffered from other “knock on” effects as a result of the injury, including pressure sores, kidney infections, spasms.Read: ‘Hopeless fantasy’: McVerry warns that homelessness will increase by 2016, not be eliminatedlast_img read more

Apple AirPlay private key uncovered could lead to AirPlaycompatible apps

first_imgApple’s AirPlay technology was designed to be a secure, wireless way to transmit audio or video over wireless networks between devices and peripherals: from your Mac to your television, or from your iPad to your stereo system, for example. The technology is proprietary, and you have to work with Apple to get your device on the list of AirPlay-compatible devices. Until now that is. Developer James Laird has managed to reverse engineer the Airport Express private key, which means that with it, any device can pretend to be an AirPlay compatible device.Apple has kept pretty tight control over the technology up until this point, only working with a handful of commercial partners to include AirPlay compatibility in their home audio or video equipment. If you wanted a way to stream audio or video from your iOS device or your Mac to a home theater PC, television, or stereo system, you had to use a different technology altogether like DLNA, or one of the 3rd party solutions that use DLNA or their own client/server applications to send and receive media.AdChoices广告The fact that the Airport Express private key is in the wild means that anyone can build a device or application that iTunes can stream media to directly, without having to work with Apple to develop the technology first. Apple can always change the private key, but the amount of work required to update the firmware and some software components of so many Apple devices makes it unattractive, at least for now.In the interim, the key going public allows third-party developers to build their own applications that work with AirPlay. It’s unlikely that hardware partners like JBL, Denon, and iHome will start building AirPlay compatible devices without working with Apple: they already have arrangements with Apple to license the technology as well as advertising rights to market their devices based on their AirPlay compatibility. Other manufacturers will likely go the official route as well, just to stay on the up-and-up in case Apple makes changes.The people most interested in the key will be application developers who make third-party home theater and media streaming suites as they would love to add AirPlay compatibility to their list of features. Developers behind apps like VLC, XBMC, Plex, and Boxee will all likely love the ability to claim that you can stream media from your iPad or iPhone directly to a set-top box or computer running their home theater suite.How quickly those new applications come to market is anyone’s guess, but Laird has already created an Airport Express emulator, called Shareport, that shows the development community what’s possible with the key. He also posted the key to the VLC developer mailing list, just in case anyone there wanted a headstart.Read more at MacRumorslast_img read more


Klopps claims Liverpool January break is completely helpful

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claims the Reds fixture break that came as a result of a lack of cup games at the end of January will be “100 per cent helpful” to his team.Liverpool entered a period of injury crisis prompting Fabinho to be deployed at centre-back in last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Brighton.While Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez are out of action, Joel Matip was listed for bench against Brighton following his recovery from shoulder injury.Klopp’s side are already out of both the EFL Cup and FA Cup and are forced to be on break this January.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The break that we are getting at the end of January is going to be 100 per cent helpful for the boys with injuries,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo cited by Evening Standard.“I hope that Dejan and Joe make big steps to come forward.“For Adam (Lallana) it might be a bit early but we have a few players out and they need the time.“We have Joel now back as he was on the bench against Brighton but he as well will use the time for bone healing and it all helps so it’s good for us in that way.”last_img read more


Police keep jobs demotions by Bahamas Commissioner

first_img#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 23, 2017 – Nassau – It must be mercy, because the two members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force who caught themselves in a cell phone video cussing and drinking while in a police cruiser and on duty, will get to keep their jobs.    The men were both demoted though, one to constable from corporal and the other to a lower ranking constable.The demotions, handed down by Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade took effect on Tuesday. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more


Washington DC legislates for 15 minimum wage

first_imgThe US District of Columbia (Washington DC) is to raise the minimum wage to $15 (£11.42) an hour by 2020.Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, signed the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act 2016 into law on 27 June after the bill was unanimously passed by the DC Council on 21 June.The minimum wage for employees in the US capital will increase in stages, starting at $11.50 (£8.75) as of 1 July 2016. In 2017, this will increase to $12.50 (£9.48) and in 2018 it will increase again to $13.25 (£10.09). The minimum wage will reach $14 (£10.66) in 2019 and $15 in 2020.The minimum wage for employees who receive gratuities will gradually increase to $5 (£3.81) an hour by 2020.US President Barack Obama said: “I commend the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser, and the Council of the District of Columbia for raising the district’s minimum wage. Since my first call to raise the wage in 2013, 18 states and D.C. have taken action; action that will help over seven million American workers.“In addition, nearly 50 cities and counties, as well as many of our leading businesses, have acted on their own to boost wages for thousands more workers. That’s progress. But we must continue to build on that progress, because no American working full time in this country should struggle to make ends meet.”last_img read more


TITA to organize sixth Bonalu Jathara at IT Corridor

first_imgHyderabad: IT corridor in city has gained a new identity by virtue of Banalu for past few years, thanks to the efforts by the Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) associates. Besides Golconda and Lal Darwaza; IT corridor Bonalu is also becoming popular over the years. Dappu, Kolatam, Oggudolu and other performances create a quite festival ambience across the IT corridor during Bonalu. Also Read – 3-day Snacks Festival begins at Ameerpet Metro station Advertise With Us The Bonalu procession in the IT area has been taken out for past 6 years and TITA is organizing Bonalu Jatara on July 14. Telangana techies are going to offer their special prayers and 21 Bonalu offerings to the diety Chinna Peddamma for fulfilling their prayer of enhancement in IT exports. It is to be noted that poet Mittapalli Surender has written the lyrics of TITA Bonalu 2019 song and the song is ready. The Telangana festivities and programs were never used to be organized in the IT corridor before the formation of separate state, however, now these programs are organized with lot of pomp and reverence. TITA has been organizing such events in IT corridor even before the state formation. Not TITA is organizing the events with the support of Telangana Language and Culture Department.last_img read more


India Pakistan exchange border fire

first_imgBorder Security Force (BSF) soldiers stand guard before the arrival of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan on Wednesday, near Wagah border, on the outskirts of the northern city of Amritsar, India 1 March, 2019. Photo: ReutersTensions between India and Pakistan raged Saturday as heavy firing by their armies killed at least seven people on either side of their fiercely disputed Kashmir border.The nuclear-armed rivals fired mortars and artillery at each other despite the release of an Indian pilot who had been shot down by Pakistan but then sent back as a “goodwill gesture”.In a fearsome 24 hour spell, two soldiers and two civilians died on the Pakistan side, its military said. On the Indian side, a woman and her two children died after their house was pulverised by a mortar shell.Indian army chief Bipin Rawat dashed to Udhampur in his country’s sector of Kashmir on Saturday to review border security.Across the region villagers huddled in makeshift bunkers while police ordered non-essential traffic off roads, an AFP reporter said.At least 12 civilians have been killed on either side of the frontier since the start of the week.The release of wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman to Indian authorities late Friday following 60 hours in Pakistani custody boosted hopes of a de-escalation.But a furious backlash erupted in India over a video in which Abhinandan can be seen praising his captors and criticising Indian media.- Pilot returns -Abhinandan was shot down in his MiG fighter Wednesday as he chased Pakistani jets over disputed Kashmir. His capture had become the centrepiece of hostilities between the arch-rivals after a February 14 suicide bombing in Kashmir killed 40 Indian paramilitaries.Abhinandan, who ejected to safety but was set upon by a crowd on the Pakistani side of the Kashmir ceasefire line, had a noticeable black eye when he returned and was immediately taken for a medical checkup before a debriefing by military and intelligence agencies.Media reports said Abhinandan’s return was held up because he was forced to make the video before being freed.In the heavily edited video distributed by the Pakistani military just before his release, he praised the professionalism of the Pakistani army and criticised Indian media for creating war hysteria.Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir state, said the video tainted Pakistan’s gesture to return the pilot so quickly.”Sadly the image you paint for us is marred terribly by the video he’s forced to record just before you sent him back,” Abdullah said on Twitter.”That high moral ground you had bequeathed to yourselves slipped at the end.”India’s feverish social media also slammed the video, which was tweeted by the Pakistan government but later taken off its official account.- War rhetoric -There was no let-up in war rhetoric with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying no-one could “dare threaten” a “new, fearless and decisive” India.Modi also told an India Today media group conference the country needed the Rafale fighter jets it wants to buy from France. The deal has been embroiled in corruption allegations levelled by the opposition Congress party.”If India had the procured the Rafale on time then the result of the recent skirmish with Pakistan could have been different,” Modi said.In a bid to defuse the tensions, Adel al-Jubeir, minister of state for foreign affairs for Saudi Arabia, a key Pakistan ally, was to arrive in Islamabad Sunday, underlining global concern over the showdown.Saudi Arabia has offered to help to end the new hostilities.”He is visiting us and and will also visit India. He is our friend and we have historical relations with them (Saudi Arabia),” Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters.Pakistan media praised the government for releasing the pilot but some social media users criticised the military video, calling it “cheap” and “unnecessary”.Abhinandan was captured a day after Indian planes bombed what New Delhi said was a militant camp in Pakistan, in retaliation for the Kashmir suicide bombing claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group.Kashmir has been divided between the two countries since their independence and bitter split in 1947. It has been at the centre of two of their three wars since then.last_img read more


Jealous Running Hard in Final Days of the Campaign Even as Polls

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROIt is the bell lap of the Maryland Governor’s race and Democrat Ben Jealous is working hard to mobilize college students and young adult voters in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in hopes of proving the pollsters and pundits wrong next Tuesday and upset incumbent Larry Hogan in the general election.Even though Hogan leads Jealous by 20 points in the latest Goucher poll 54 percent to 30 percent, Jealous recently tweeted. “They were wrong in 2014. They were wrong in 2016 and then there’s the fact that we lost every poll in the primary and then we won by 10 points.”Ben Jealous is running on the Democratic ticket for Maryland Governor. (Courtesy Photo)Jealous is now in a political sprint that has him trolling the state in search of voters and part of his effort was to get people to vote early. Jealous is hoping to surf a blue wave of Democratic contenders in races across the country, seeking to use political discontent against President Donald Trump to win.Walla Blegay, a lawyer and Democratic activist working for Jealous, said that the number of people who voted early encourages her.  “We have seen double digits turn-out with early voting because young people are taking over and want something different. For example on Day 2 of early voting in 2014 38,000 people voted, in 2018 more than 82,000 people voted on day 2.”Baltimore and Prince George’s County are critical for any chance for Jealous to win and this is why Hogan has dispatched his Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford to make the rounds and do interviews on radio outlets like WHUR last week. During the program Rutherford explained his and Hogan’s Republican credentials, while distancing themselves from President Trump.“Folks in Maryland see a difference.  We are not career politicians, we are just regular folks,” Rutherford said during an interview with host Harold Fisher.As opposed to talking about Trump, Rutherford said on air,  “We are much more fiscal conservatives rather than getting caught up with social issues that divide people. I don’t get caught up in the reindeer games.”With a powerful war chest, Hogan and Rutherford have used television advertisement and media interviews to get a lot of their messaging out.  Even though Jealous appears to have limited resources, veteran political reporter Charles Robinson said that Jealous could have done more to get his message out and this could ultimate cost him the election.“People are running the wrong campaign for the wrong era,” Robinson said in an interview. “For example if you don’t have enough money why isn’t your social media presence stronger. Where are the viral videos, where are the young people who could energize your campaign.”“I went to two churches (on a recent Sunday) and one was during a woman’s day program and I saw Delegate Adrienne Jones, Speaker Pro-tem in the Maryland House and I said, ‘Tell me that Ben Jealous is going to churches on Sunday.’ That is the same thing that Anthony Brown did, (who lost to Hogan four years ago).  He didn’t feel like he needed to go to church.”While Hogan is being endorsed by a group of veteran ministers, Jealous recently unveiled his team of ministers. Last week Jealous was endorsed by  the Black Church PAC,  a group of  30 progressive organizations  and individuals “committed to affordable healthcare and fully funding education.”“I’m proud to receive this endorsement from the Black Church PAC,” said Jealous in a statement.  “As President of the NAACP, I worked closely with Black churches and institutions to protect and promote the right to vote… As governor, I look forward to working with them to expand voting rights and end gun violence in our state as well as enacting comprehensive criminal justice reform.”“These candidates we are endorsing best represent our values and aligned with our righteous platform to reduce gun violence, end mass criminalization and protect our right to vote,” Pastor Michael McBride said, speaking for Black Church PAC.On Monday Jealous emphasized at his appearance at Bowie State University and tweeted, that it is important that people know where and how they should vote. “As we head into the final stretch of the campaign, make sure that you are ready to make your voice heard! Find your polling place at “iwillvote.com.”last_img read more


Jack Whitehall Tackles Gareth Bale Jose Mourinho in YouTubes Training Days

first_img“These are guys who, for the most part, are media trained to within an inch of their lives,” Whitehall said. “They also spend their lives answering the same questions over and over again from pundits and sports journos. I think they really relished the chance to talk nonsense, dick around, and show a side to them that you don’t see in post-match interviews.”The show will go out on Whiteahall’s YouTube channel. There will be three weekly shorter videos alongside the main weekly 22-28 minute episode. “There is need for a long form show and some short form content as well because people consume YouTube in different ways at different times of the day,” said Luke Hyams, who joined YouTube from Disney last year as its head of originals for the EMEA region.Whitehall has made shows with the BBC, Sky Netflix, and Amazon and said YouTube “want to make shows with the same scale as TV if not more, attract the top talent, have production values and big locations.” He added that in his series “we travel around the world on this show, from super yachts in Monte Carlo to the NBA at the 02.”Talent is increasingly aware of how YouTube can help them build a following and a brand Hyams said: “Traditional celebrities have set up channels and really embraced it, like Kevin Hart, Will Smith, Jack Whitehall…having a place where they can connect directly with their audience is really valuable and you will see lots more celebrities and public figures following suit.”“You look at Kevin Hart and James Corden – these are huge stars who have chosen to make content for YouTube because they understand that the way people watch stuff is changing,” Whitehall said. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img YouTube’s first European original “Jack Whitehall: Training Days” is from the producers of “Carpool Karaoke,” and will look to take some of the production smarts of that series to the world of soccer, the host told Variety.“The genesis of the idea was trying to make ‘Carpool Karaoke’ but for football,” Whitehall said. “Doing it in a World Cup year meant that we could also try to create the perfect format to get everyone excited for the biggest sporting event on the planet.”Comedian and actor Whitehall meets some of the biggest names from the beautiful game in the ad-supported show, including Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, and Colombian star Radamel Falcao (pictured). James Corden’s Fulwell 73 is on production duty.The host deliberately took the stars out of their comfort zone and the stunts include sneaking England player Kyle Walker onto Simon Cowell’s “Britain’s Got Talent.”last_img read more