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  • Google US budget office seek Huawei ban reprieve

    first_imgBeijing: Google and the White House budget office are among the organisations that are seeking reprieve from ban on doing business with Chinese technology company Huawei, according to media reports. Google has asked to be exempted from any ban on Huawei, warning the Donald Trump administration that it would risk compromising US national security if it went ahead with export restrictions on Huawei, according to a report in Financial Times. Google executives worry that the ban would force Huawei to develop its own version of Android and the “hybrid version” of Android could pose security risks, according to the report. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app In May, the Trump administration announced a fresh set of measures targeting Huawei, including giving the commerce department power to ban the Chinese firm from selling 5G equipment in the US, as well as a ban on American companies selling their products to the Chinese group, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. After the ban was imposed, Google suspended business with Huawei, cutting it off from potential updates to Android. Since then, however, the administration has granted a 90-day reprieve to companies to adjust. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails In a separate case, the White House’s acting budget chief is pushing for a delay in implementation of key provisions of the law that restricts the US government’s business with Huawei, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday. The ban could lead to a “dramatic reduction” in the number of companies that would be able to supply the government, and would disproportionately affect US companies in rural areas where Huawei gears were popular, Russell T. Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in letters to Vice-President Mike Pence and 9 Congressmen. Vought has asked for restrictions on contractors and on federal loan and grant recipients to take effect 4 years from the passage of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA), instead of the present 2 years, to give affected companies time to respond and give feedback. The NDAA, signed by the US President in 2018, includes a ban on US agencies, and on recipients of federal grants and loans, from doing business with Chinese firms or with contractors that make substantial use of the companies’ products.last_img read more

  • Antidote to mobocracy

    first_imgMost people devoid of the unnecessary blinkers of religion and immediate community would agree that mob outrage at the slightest provocation is not just a menace but threatens to fast become a social evil if not checked in time. Acknowledging that there is a need for civil society to come together to counter this notorious phenomenon, the West Bengal government has exemplarily made lynching a punishable offence. There is no doubt that legislation is the very first step to curb this increasing menace; putting a law in place by way of presenting a deterrent sends out a message for accountability for one’s acts, but to establish a strong deterrent like death penalty for aparently randomly provoked acts of mob lynching is a loud and clear announcement for accountability and consequences of one’s doings. The West Bengal Assembly on Friday decided to inflict life imprisonment on those injuring a person and capital punishment for causing death in a lynching incident. The state passed by voice vote for the Bill to punish lynching with death sentence after a series of lynching cases were reported in Kolkata and other districts in the past months and rumours of child-lifters were rife in different areas, particularly in North Bengal. With this, West Bengal is now the second state in the country after Rajasthan to have passed an anti-lynching Bill. Akin to the Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019, the draft The West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019, proposed life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5 lakh as the maximum punishment for someone whose act is found to cause death of a person. However, capital punishment for causing death was inserted in the Bill that was tabled by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Assembly on Friday. The Bill now carries punishment of jail term of three years to life imprisonment in cases of assault leading to injury, besides fines ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh, and in case of death, the convicts can be punished with death sentence or rigorous life imprisonment and fine of up to Rs 5 lakh. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the state government had to introduce the Bill because the Centre had not formulated a law against lynchings. “Lynching is a social evil and all of us have to come together to fight against it,” she said while tabling the draft law in the House. “The Supreme Court has given direction to take action against lynching. We need to raise awareness against the incident of lynchings.” With Friday’s move in the West Bengal Assembly comes an emphatic message with. The Mamata Banerjee government has taken a firm step in the right direction to set an example about the manner of checking such a crime with an iron fist. Rajasthan was the first state on record to come up with such a Bill but it is the Bengal government that has gone a step further and brought in the provision of capital punishment in case of death, considerably altering the character of the Bill and making it ever more stringent. West Bengal’s message of zero-tolerance against lynching is an example for the entire nation to emulate. The Bill garnered support of the Opposition parties Congress and CPM but BJP neither supported nor opposed it in the House, but outside the House, there was some disagreement regarding the bill. Anyhow, it was in the House that the disagreeing party’s opinion counted and the result is for all of India to be thankful for. The Leader of Opposition, Abdul Mannan of the Congress party, who supported the Bill, said, “We hope it will not be misused.” There happen to be two crucial discussion-worthy factors in West Bengal Assembly’s Friday decision: A stringent deterrent law against lynching, and death penalty as a deterrent. There are numerous other crimes that have been on the rise and there has been a widespread demand for capital punishment for those; crimes against women and especially children have outraged public on a much greater and a collective scale. Rape of children and of women have been happening with impunity have been crying out for such a deterrent law. Lynch mobs were emboldened due to lack of any deterring force. Once this law gets acting, we could expect this necessary provision to be a stepping stone for order in other directions.last_img read more

  • American Football Star Saves Puppy On Red Carpet

    first_imgProfessional football player and model Dale Moss was spotted at’s pre-Comic-Con Bash on Thursday, July 17 at Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles in West Hollywood, Calif.Dale Moss Holds Rescued Half Blind Yorkshire Terrier on Pre-Comic-Con Red Carpet in West Hollywood, Calif.Upon stepping onto the red carpet, Moss played superhero when a small, half-blind Yorkshire Terrier somehow wound up in the Comic-Con chaos. Like Superman, Moss swooped in to save the day and picked the puppy up, protecting him from harm and returning him to safety – after taking a few PAWsitively precious photos with the pup, of course!last_img read more

  • Abenaki town crier in Ottawa unveils new talking stick

    first_imgRicher has one message for anyone who knows where his stick might be.“The person who has found it at some point will that it is not his or hers to keep,” he said.“So hopefully they will return it.” Amber BernardAPTN NewsA year after Daniel Richer had his original talking stick stolen, the Abenaki town crier in Ottawa is ready to rock with his new one.“I was filming a TV show at Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa and while we were doing a shoot, somebody stole my talking stick.”The unfortunate loss didn’t stop him and with the help of a friend he designed another one.Richer remembers the day his talking stick disappeared, “well a year ago exactly, actually.”Danou Charette a wood carver heard about Richer’s loss and decided to help.“I know he lost his talking stick. So when I realized that, I called him and said ‘Daniel if you dream of something else, another talking stick just give me a call and we can talk about,’” said Charette.Richer did exactly that and the two designed a new one.Richer believes everything happens for a reason and had been dreaming about a new design a couple years prior.“Well you know when things happen to us we have a choice of stopping and not going forward anymore.”“Or we take it as a learning process and motivation to go forward,” he said. The new talking stick made its first appearance to group of summer students Wednesday.Those who attended the ceremony were able to get a good look at the new talking stick and one student was happy Richer shared the experience with her camp.“I liked the talking stick and I really enjoyed everything,” said Abigail Collins.While the new talking stick is already having a positive impact, Richer still awaits the return of his original one.“I hope one day I’ll find my other talking stick, because it is a part of me. It went all around the world with me,” he said.Richer tells APTN News, the energy of the original talking stick is close to his heart.“There’s an energy that’s been there for years, I’ve been doing this for 38 years. The friend who gave it to me has passed away and so his energy is there,” he said.“My parents were there when I had it, they have now passed on. My wife was with me, she has now passed on.”last_img read more

  • Only I can make India strong superpower Modi

    first_imgSolapur (Maharashtra): Appealing people to vote for a strong government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said only he can provide a strong government at the Centre and make it a superpower. “Last time (2014) you gave me a full majority and I could work with full strength to take firm decisions and work for public welfare. You have witnessed how I ran the country past five years,” Modi said, addressing a rally here in Maharashtra. He said that for making India a superpower, the country needs a sturdy government, not a “majboor” (helpless) one, and that tough one only he (Modi) can provide, not the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party. Modi was addressing a public rally in Akluj for the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Madha Lok Sabha constituency, royal descendent Ranjitsinh Naik-Nimbalkar, who is locking horns with NCP’s Sanjay Shinde.last_img read more

  • Gallery Mens Basketball vs Penn State

    Ohio State junior forward Andre Wesson (24) takes a shot in the first half of the game against Penn State on Feb. 7. Ohio State won 74-70. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Lantern Reporter The Ohio State Men’s Basketball team beat Penn State 74-70 at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 7. Photos by Ethan Clewell

  • China continues to drive strong mediumterm demand for steel

    first_imgRecognising that a modern economy runs on reliable roads, rail, electricity networks and telecommunications, the Chinese government has promoted infrastructure development as a top domestic priority. As a result, China’s demand for steel and copper has risen, apart from a two-year blip in 2008 and 2009, at a high rate since the turn of the century. Over the years, detailed analysis of this continually-evolving scenario has been well-documented in the series of UNCTAD Iron Ore reports prepared by Raw Materials Group. For the first time this year, this unique report has been translated by the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) and launched into the Chinese market itself.As RMG highlights in the report, China recently overtook the US and Europe to become the world’s largest investor in infrastructure. Between 1992 and 2011 the country spent the equivalent of 8.5% of its GDP on infrastructure (split roughly one-third each on roads, on power, and on rail, water etc). This contrasts with just 2.5% of GDP spent on infrastructure by the US and Europe. According to the government’s plans, China’s railways will be 54% more extensive by 2015 (at 120,000 km) than they were in 2007, and the road infrastructure will have grown 157% to some 139,000 km.During his invited key presentation at the China Iron Ore and Steel Association’s 13th China International Steel and Raw Materials Conference in Qingdao, Anton Lӧf; COO of Raw Materials Group; explained; “The demand for metals is not driven just by economic growth; population growth and urbanisation are also important factors in metals consumption. China’s growing population of over one billion is only 55% urbanised (compared with India’s 65% and Brazil’s 70%); indicating that demand for steel (iron ore) and copper is likely to continue growing significantly in the years ahead.”Significantly, China is unable to satisfy these metals requirements from its own resources, so opportunities will remain for exporters to the country. Moreover, iron ore and copper are good bellwethers for the entire mining industry. Demand for these metals will inevitably affect coal and other natural resources.Lӧf concluded; “The steel growth figures, although somewhat lower than previously, will, as overall production remains high, result in more iron ore capacity being needed on-stream in the coming years, than in the early years of the ‘super cycle.’ With such important analysis, we are pleased that CISA has taken it upon itself to translate the UNCTAD iron ore market report produced by RMG since 2002. Collaboration between Raw Materials Group and CISA commenced many years ago, and this is just the latest exciting outcome of our fruitful cooperation.”last_img read more

  • Geek deals 520 Dell Inspiron 14z ultrabook 4TB USB 30 HDD more

    first_imgWhen it comes to ultrabooks, it’s hard to argue with the benefits they bring to the table. You get a PC that is guaranteed to be thin-and-light with respectable battery life and smooth performance. The technology requirements set in place by Intel for a PC to be called an ultrabook help ensure a strong overall experience for the user, something sorely needed in the PC space.Initially this also meant a higher price tag, as ultrabooks were more desirable, more rare, and more costly than a standard PC. The combination of dropping component prices, especially the pricier pieces like low voltage processors and flash storage, and huge competition are offering us all-time low prices on ultrabooks. These days we only qualify an ultrabook deal as smoking hot when it is roughly the same price as a comparably equipped “regular” laptop.And that’s what we’ve got as our top deal today: a Dell Inspiron 14z Core i5 ultrabook marked down to $519.99 with free shipping. This 0.81-inch thin machine packs a larger than average 14-inch screen and even manages to still keep its DVD burner. Today’s deal includes 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and a 32GB mSATA SSD.The strong list of standard features includes two USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI, media card reader, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, and a webcam all in this slim, budget-priced machine. We especially like the standard warranty from Dell that includes on-site service, something we don’t see from competitors.Considering a plain-jane Core i5 laptop runs $500-550 these days, grabbing this well equipped ultrabook for the same price should be a no-brainer for most. You’ll have to hurry though, we don’t expect this deal to last very long.Dell Inspiron 14z 14-inch Core i5 ultrabook for $519.99 + free shipping (reg. $888.99 | use coupon 30FMBN5VQ4S920) Our other top deals:LG 60PN6500 60-inch 1080p Plasma HDTV for $799.99 + free shipping (reg. $1,149.99)Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 (1 PC) download for $110.09 (reg. $149.99)Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 external hard drive for $159.99 + free shipping (reg. $199.99)last_img read more

  • Greek Australian Viet Vets honoured by Greek Community

    first_imgThe Greek Othodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, (GOCMV) honoured the Greek Australian Vietnam War Veterans. Over 120 Greek Australian men served with the Australian Defence Forces between 1962 and 1972 in Vietnam. The author of Australians in the Vietnam War, also a Vietnam veteran, Steve Kyritsis was honoured at the event along with 17 of his comrades-in-arms. The president of the GOCMV Bill Papastergiadis presented plaques to all the veterans and on presenting Mr Kyritsis one he said, “What strikes me is the uniqueness of all these men’s stories and that they are told their stories in their own words providing us with an incredibly important legacy.” Mr Kyritsis also aknowledge Mr Papastergiadis with an apreciation plaque from all the Greek Australian Vietnam Veterans. He also aknowledge Mr George Lekakis, the Chairman of the Victorian Multicultural Commision, for his support in making the book a reality through funding. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Man appears in court in Umpqua Bank robbery

    first_imgA 28-year-old man appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court in connection with a robbery at a Vancouver Umpqua Bank branch in October.Justin D. Taylor of Vancouver — recently arrested on a warrant by the U.S. Marshal’s Service — pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery. His trial will start Feb. 6.Shortly before 11 a.m. Oct. 21, a woman entered the Umpqua Bank at 11515 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., and presented a note to the teller, which read, “Give me the money, don’t try anything, be (quick) and hurry, no sudden (movements),” according to a probable cause affidavit. The bank teller said after she saw the note, she stared at the robber and told her, “I can’t move.” The robber replied, “Yes you can,” the affidavit states. The teller noticed the woman had her hand in her purse, she said, and told her, “Don’t make me do something I don’t want to do.” She then gave the robber $473, court records said.Vancouver police responded to the bank and obtained video surveillance of the woman, as well as the note she left behind, according to court documents.last_img read more