What we pay for

first_imgRe: “In contempt” (Our Opinions, July 27):Your editorial about the City Council limiting time for public comment is infuriating, though not surprising, coming from a council that repeatedly railroads measures through and then claims they didn’t get enough public comment against the measures. Well, how can they when they move too quickly for the public to mobilize and then won’t let them speak when they do?The increased trash tax for more police is a prime example. The public refused to vote for more taxes, believing, rightly, that the taxes would be used for pet projects instead of only the police we desperately need. This new tax is no different, with no oversight and guarantee that the money will be only for police. And what about the years of unexpected windfalls received from all the property tax increases? Why isn’t that revenue earmarked for better roads and police – as it should be. We already pay our taxes for everything – give us what we pay for.– Hallie Kemper AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesValley GlenUp for bidRe: “Council wants four more years” (July 18):I don’t know about other districts, but in mine our council person received over $1 million in donations for the last two elections. The Ethics Commission’s Web site shows numerous public accusations and contributions from notable scoundrels such as Casden Properties and 14 subcontractors, Cody Cluff, Able Sheet Metal, Woods & Assoc., etc. Her war chest is so large that for her second term she ran unopposed.They become so entrenched and powerful that no one can defeat them. Isn’t this what term limits was supposed to combat? With a salary of $163,000, three offices, staff and numerous perks, maybe we could put this job out for bid and attract someone who cares for all the citizens. I’ll start the bidding at $150,000. Maybe public election financing isn’t such a bad idea. – Jim BrittenNorth HollywoodJust the publicRe: “Council snubs public views” (July 26):On May 19 the City Council in regular session allowed comment on an agenda item: the most important that a city must consider, the budget – a budget which has grown to $6.7 billion determines where your money is spent and where the money comes from (you). How much time did Council President Eric Garcetti allow for comment by a stakeholder in the city? One minute.The following Tuesday when the budget came up for a vote, how much time did the council president then allow for stakeholder comment? None. That sort of treatment of voters would probably make world headlines if it were to happen in a foreign country where the USA held sway.– Michael N. CohenResedaLemon of a pictureRe: “DWP admits its system is a lemon” (July 26):What is wrong with your front-page pictures in Wednesday’s edition of the Daily News? You show a family selling lemonade to raise money for a new power transformer. At the very least the pictures are disturbing and the reason given for collecting money is silly at best. No matter how noble the cause: To expose these young kids to this incredible inferno without any means of shade is downright irresponsible by the parents. What were they thinking?A dog wouldn’t go outside during this heat wave. How much money could they have gotten during this ordeal? And for what? Parents “grandstanding” just to get their picture in the paper? It is disturbing to see anyone put kids at risk for such an inane and silly idea.– Joe LoefflerSaugusMisledRe: “Worth dying for” (Your Opinions, July 25):Sharon Howard seems smug in her willingness to lay down the life of someone’s 18-year-old son or daughter she corresponds with to preserve her freedom “at all costs.”Maybe she should also correspond with the soldiers who feel that a slowly tightening noose has been placed around their neck, for vague reasons that they’ve been misled to believe are true and noble.– Jennifer RabuchinBurbankSelective enforcementOur local police can enforce federal drug laws but not federal immigration laws? Why? Any politician who claims that it is not their responsibility to enforce all of our nation’s laws is just passing the buck.Maybe it’s because so many are making bucks off all the cost they save from cheap/illegal labor. After all, it’s the people with bucks that pay for these clowns to get re-elected. As a citizen, I don’t have the right to pick and choose which laws I want to follow nor should our local or state government.– James StreeterNorth HollywoodLa Brea Tar PitsLACMA is currently digging up a big section of Hancock Park in an effort to erect a parking structure, and they are uncovering many new prehistoric Ice Age animal fossils in the process, including those from a Columbian mammoth. As construction proceeds, however, there is little caution being paid to the care and recovery of the Ice Age bones, and true scientific excavation is being disregarded. Many fossils are being damaged, discarded and lost for all time.Concurrently, the La Brea Tar Pits’ Pit 91 was recently reopened for the summer excavation season. So here you have painstaking care being placed on the recovery of fossils at one small site (Pit 91) and horrific ruination occurring at LACMA’s neighboring construction site. fossils are still being found, and there are many more that could be saved.– Adam PlattsNorthridgeWorld War III? Right!I’ve heard a lot of neoconservatives and other literal-minded car huggers (“O’Goebbels” on Fox News) compare this Iraq conflict to World War II, using outrageous analogies or even outright labeling it “World War III.” What a terrible misnomer. Our incursion into Iraq has deep roots in imperialism, black propaganda (forged Niger documents) and war-corporatism (permanent war economy or military-industrial complex). The stuff of “the greatest generation,” right?How come I don’t see urban or rural underage white kids lying about their age to enlist? Why don’t I see sacrifices? I don’t see soccer moms turning in their pots and pans to make tanks or giving up panty hose or flashing any ration cards. And I certainly don’t see our Cold War-hardened intelligence-gathering agencies turning the tide of this police action. Then again, I’ve been too busy buying war bonds.– Ethan OrloffBurbankForeign thoughtsThe American Civil Liberties Union wants to give protesters the right to hold up signs denouncing our war dead as they are being buried. These are the same miscreants who can’t clog up our courts fast enough to make sure our enemies at Gitmo have a Quran, an appropriate meal or access to our courts.The ACLU should have to register with the U.S. government as a foreign agent since they represent something that is foreign to most patriotic and freedom-loving Americans.– Rick OwenCalabasasRolling, rolling, rollingAlong the 1.9 miles of Valley Circle Boulevard, between signals at Vanowen and Roscoe, are four stop signs – at Highlander, Bell Canyon, Dorie and Ingomar. Often, parked on Dorie is a patrol car with two LAPD officers. I can think of only one reason they are stationed at the least-trafficked cross street: More cars roll through this stop. Therefore, 1) more fine money or 2) it puts a fear of getting a ticket into you if you don’t stop completely every time, every place no matter how insignificant the intersection.OK, so both are legitimate reasons, but two cops and a patrol car? How about one cop and a motorcycle? (Yes, I did get a ticket.)– Richard B. SchutzWest Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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St Mirren 1-0 Queen of South: Mallan goal lifts Buddies to vital win

first_imgThe win, St Mirren’s second in a row, moved them up a place to seventh and left them just four points behind their opponents.Feedback: We want your feedback on our site. If you’ve got questions, spotted an inaccuracy or just want to share some ideas about our news service, please email us on web@stv.tv. Download: The STV News app is Scotland’s favourite and is available for iPhone from the Apple store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.Join in: For debate, chat, comment and more, join our communities on the STV News Facebook page or follow @STVNews on Twitter. St Mirren moved away from relegation danger in the Ladbrokes Championship with a 1-0 win at home to Queen of the South.Stephen Mallan scored the only goal of the game in the 25th minute, finishing with his right foot into the bottom right corner from a central position.In a match of few chances the hosts had goalkeeper Jamie Langfield to thank for keeping them in front, pulling off two fine saves in quick succession early in the second half.He first parried a Jake Pickard header and then tipped a header from the same player over the bar.last_img read more

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Batt Shares Election Information For Upcoming Season

first_imgPOLLING LOCATIONS Online voter registration can be found at this website: www.indianavoters.com you mayalso find a registration form on the Secretary of State’s website:http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/ ABSENTEE APPLICATIONSWashington County Elections Shirley Batt March 2016Clerk, Circuit Court In-Person Absentee Application will be issued and completed at the time thevoter casts their ballot at the Clerk’s Office, Courthouse. Days and Hours: April 5, 2016 – April 29, 2016 daily 8:30am-4:00pmApril 23, 2016 (Saturday) 8:00am-3:00pmApril 30, 2016 (Saturday) 8:00am-3:00pmMay 2, 2016 (Monday) 8:30am – 12:00pm NOON Mail-In Absentee Applications: Now through April 25, 2016 applications will be accepted for those voters wanting tocast a ballot by mail. If you are voting by mail, please complete your ballot andreturn in the postage paid envelope as soon as possible (ASAP). We are finding thattimes are a little longer, with delivery taking up to 5 days. Traveling Board Applications: Now through NOON, May 2, 2016 applications will be accepted for those voterswanting to cast a ballot by the Travel Board. CANDIDATES Democratic and Republican candidates for the Primary Election filed their declarationsof candidacy between January 6, 2016 and February 5, 2016 at Noon. Independent candidates, Libertarian candidates, and Write-In candidates have filingdeadlines later in June 2016. These candidates will be on the General Election ballot. Also, on the General Election ballot are candidates for Town Offices (Campbellsburg andNew Pekin) and candidates for local School Boards. The filing period for School Boardsis July 27, 2016 – August 26, 2016 at Noon. MILITARY/OVERSEAS VOTERS: Contact the Clerk’s Office for information. Dates, deadlines, forms andqualifications vary for these eligible voters. Washington County Clerk Shirley Batt recently appeared on WSLM’s Coffee Club and shared information for both the upcoming May Primary and also details for voter’s to use for the upcoming General Election in November.VOTER REGISTRATION REGISTERING A POLITICAL PARTY?In the state of Indiana when registering to vote, you are not required to designate or“register” your political party affiliation. When voting in a Primary Election, the votermust declare which political party ballot at that time. By doing this, this will establish avoting history for the voter. This is usually the way your political party is determined.And also the method used, if you become a candidate for office, or an appointed boardmember to a bi-partisan board or committee.  PIERCE PRECINCT: This is now the only precinct in Pierce Township. The precincts ofCorner of North State Rd 135 and N. Lick Skillet Rd(Combined East & West Pierce into PIERCE 2015,)1100 N. Eastern School Rd., Pekin In 47165 POLK PRECINCT: This precinct will still vote at the East Washington Middle School. VERNON PRECINCT: The voting location for Vernon Precinct had been the WestEast Pierce and West Pierce were combined in 2015. Both precincts were voting at theShelter House at the Pekin Park in Pekin. The new precinct “PIERCE” will remain at the samelocation.During 2014 there was a scheduling conflict with the facility and voting took place in theauxiliary gym by the bus barn. Beginning again in 2016 voting will take place in the MiddleSchool Gym with the entrance off of Greenbriar Road.Washington School Supt. Office on Mt. Tabor Rd. Since the Supt. Office has moved out ofthis building, the Township sold the building. The voters of Vernon Precinct will now vote atthe Campbellsburg Community Bldg. in Campbellsburg. This is the same location that BrownPrecinct votes.center_img NEED TO UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS?You may also update your address using the same form. If you use thewww.indianavoters.com website, you must have a current driver’s license or photo IDcard. DEADLINESSaturday, April 23, 2016 – Office of the circuit court clerk open for in-person absentee voting 8:00am-3:00pm at the courthouse.Washington County Elections Shirley Batt March 2016Clerk, Circuit CourtMonday, April 25, 2016 – DEADLINE, by 11:59 pm, for the circuit court clerk to receive an absenteeballot application from an applicant requesting delivery of an absentee ballot by mail. Applications may besubmitted to the circuit court clerk in person or by mail, fax or email.Saturday, April 30, 2016 – Office of the circuit court clerk open for in-person absentee voting. 8:00am-3:00pmMonday, May 2, 2016 – DEADLINE, by noon, for circuit court clerks to receive absentee ballotapplications from confined voters or voters caring for a confined person requesting delivery of a ballot byan absentee voter board.DEADLINE, by noon, for a circuit court clerk to receive absentee ballot applications frommilitary/overseas voters requesting to vote by email or fax.DEADLINE, by noon, for a voter to vote an absentee ballot in person at the office of the circuit court clerkor satellite office.DEADLINE for a confined voter, a voter caring for a confined person, or a voter with disabilities to vote anabsentee ballot before an absentee voter board at the voter’s place of confinement.Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – PRIMARY ELECTION DAY – Polls are open 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,prevailing local time.Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – VOTER REGISTRATION OPENS – First day the circuit court clerk mayreceive absentee ballot applications from most voters for the general election.Thursday, June 30, 2016 – DEADLINE, by noon, for the Democratic or Republican Party to select acandidate to fill a vacancy on the general election ballot due to a vacancy resulting from no candidatebeing nominated at a primary.DEADLINE, by noon, for an independent or minor party candidate to file a petition of nomination with acounty voter registration office for verification of petition signatures.Deadline, by noon, for the Libertarian Party to conduct a convention to nominate candidates or to takeaction to fill a ballot vacancy following a convention.Tuesday, July 5, 2016 – DEADLINE, by noon, for the Democratic or Republican Party to file acertificate of selection stating that a vacancy on the general election ballot resulting from a vacancy onthe primary election ballot has been filled.DEADLINE, by noon, to file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate at the general election.Deadline, by noon, for the Libertarian Party to certify candidates nominated at convention or to certify acandidate selected to fill a vacancy following convention.Friday, July 15, 2016 – DEADLINE, by noon, for any candidate to voluntarily withdraw from thegeneral election ballot.DEADLINE, by noon, for the Democratic, Libertarian and Republican Parties to file a certificate ofnomination of candidates nominated at the state party conventionsDEADLINE, by noon, for independent or minor party candidate to file consent of candidate and petition ofnomination after verification of petition signatures (See related entry for June 30, 2016).Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – First day to file a petition and consent for a school board member electedat the general election.Friday, August 26, 2016 – DEADLINE, by noon, to file a petition and consent for a school board officeelected at the general election.Saturday, September 24, 2016 – DEADLINE for county election board to mail absentee ballots tovoters who have already filed an application with circuit court clerk.Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – VOTER REGISTRATION ENDSDEADLINE at voter registration office’s close of business for a voter to register or transfer registrationor at midnight for a voter to complete and submit a voter registration application online.Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – First day that a voter may vote an absentee ballot in the office of thecircuit court clerk office.Friday, October 14, 2016 – End of pre-election campaign finance reporting period.Friday, October 21, 2016 – DEADLINE, by noon, to file pre-election campaign finance reports.Thursday, October 20, 2016 – First day a confined voter, a voter caring for a confined person at aprivate residence, or a voter with disabilities may vote an absentee ballot before an absentee voter boardat the voter’s residence or place of confinement.Washington County Elections Shirley Batt March 2016Clerk, Circuit CourtSaturday, October 29, 2016 – Office of circuit court clerk open to permit in-person absentee voting.8:00am-4:00pm.Monday, October 31, 2016 – DEADLINE, by 11:59 pm, for the circuit court clerk to receive anabsentee ballot application from an applicant requesting delivery of a ballot by mail. Applications may besubmitted to the circuit court clerk in person or by mail, fax or email.Saturday, November 5, 2016 – Office of the circuit court clerk open for to permit in-person absenteevoting. 8:00am-4:00pm.Monday, November 7, 2016 – DEADLINE, by noon, for circuit court clerk to receive absentee ballotapplications from confined voters or voters caring for a confined person requesting delivery of a ballot byabsentee voter board.DEADLINE, by noon, for a circuit court clerk to receive absentee ballot applications frommilitary/overseas voters requesting to vote by email or fax.DEADLINE, by noon, for a voter to vote an absentee ballot in the office of the circuit court clerk orsatellite office.DEADLINE for a confined voter, a voter caring for a confined person, or a voter with disabilities to vote anabsentee ballot before an absentee voter board at the voter’s place of confinement.Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – GENERAL ELECTION DAYPolls are open 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., prevailing local timePHOTO ID REQUIREMENTS Voters who will be voting on Election Day or In-Person at the Clerk’s Office MUST showphoto ID. US issue photo ID or state of Indiana state issued driver’s license or ID card isREQUIRED for casting a ballot. Acceptable expired photo ID must not have expiredbefore November 4, 2014 PRECINCT VOTING LOCATIONSalem 1 Salem Armory – 1100 N Shelby St, Salem In 47167Salem 2 Salem Armory – 1100 N Shelby St, Salem In 47167Salem 3 Salem Armory – 1100 N Shelby St, Salem In 47167Salem 4 Salem Armory – 1100 N Shelby St, Salem In 47167Washington 1 4-H Bldg.-Fairgrounds-118 East Market St. Salem In 47167Washington 2 4-H Bldg.-Fairgrounds-118 East Market St. Salem In 47167Washington 3 4-H Bldg.-Fairgrounds-118 East Market St. Salem In 47167Washington County Elections Shirley Batt March 2016Clerk, Circuit CourtWashington 4 4-H Bldg., Fairgrounds-118 East Market St. Salem In 47167Brown Campbellsburg Community Bldg. – 125 S. Sycamore St, Campbellsburg IN 47108Franklin Fire House South Boston – 7047East State Rd 160, Salem In 47167Gibson Fire House Little York – 571 North State Rd 39, Scottsburg In 47170Howard Fire Station Howard Township -5279 S. Becks Mill Rd. Salem In 47167Jackson Fire House Martinsburg–4330 East Martinsburg Fire Road, Pekin In 47165Jefferson Fire House Jefferson Township–5110 West Walnut Ridge Road, Salem In 47167Madison Fire House Livonia – 130 Church St, Campbellsburg (located in town of Livonia)Monroe Fire House Monroe Township – 8496 N. State Rd. 135, Vallonia In 47281Pierce Shelter House Park in Pekin – 340 S. Park St., Pekin In 47165Polk East Washington Middle School Gym–Greenbriar Rd. entrancePosey Bearcat Civic Center/Hardinsburg Lions Club-9271 W.US HWY 150 Hardinsburg 47125Vernon Campbellsburg Community Bldg. – 125 S. Sycamore St, Campbellsburg IN 47108[Old bldg. sold. Moved precinct to same location with Brown-January 2016.] [Old location: West Wash Supt Bldg-9699 West MtTabor Rd, Campbellsburg IN 47108] EARLY VOTING Will you be out of the county on Election Day? Are you confined at home due tomedical reasons? Do your work hours not permit you enough time to vote at yourpolling location? Are you over the age of 65? These reasons are just a few optionsoffered to voters who need to cast an absentee ballot. A voter may vote at the Clerk’s Office beginning April 5, 2016, and until May 2, 2016 atNOON. A voter may also vote a ballot by mail, by completing an absentee application.A confined voter may cast a ballot by the Traveling Absentee Voter Board. The TravelingAbsentee Voter Board are two (2) persons, one from each political party, who willdeliver your un-voted blank ballot to you, and wait for the voter to cast their ballotchoices, then return the sealed ballot to the Clerk’s Office – County Election Board. Paper registration forms may be obtained at the Clerk’s Office, at the Courthouse, orthrough the Library, License Branch, Township Trustees, or a candidate. Register to vote by April 4, 2016 for the Primary Election on May 3, 2016. Any residentof Washington County who will be 18 years of age by the General Election date ofNovember 8, 2016 is eligible to register.last_img read more

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Jackson County Crash Claims Life of Ohio Man

first_imgWednesday at approximately 4:15 pm, the Indiana State Police and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two vehicle personal injury crash on US 50 at County Road 1050 West that ultimately claimed the life of a 50 year old Ohio man.The initial investigation by Troopers Jacob Tolle and Matt Holley, Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team, indicated that a white 2013 Freightliner semi pulling a flatbed trailer, being driven by Christopher M. McClain, age 24, Merrillville, Indiana was traveling westbound on US 50.  A red 2013 Volvo semi pulling a box trailer, being driven by Jerome M. Sharkey, age 50, West Chester, Ohio was traveling eastbound on US 50. As both vehicles passed through a construction zone where bridge replacement was taking place, the vehicles struck each other in the roadway.  McClain’s flatbed trailer struck the cab of Sharkey’s vehicle entrapping Sharkey in his vehicle.  He was extricated from his vehicle and transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana.  Sharkey was later transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana where he later passed away as a result of his injuries.  McClain was not injured in the crash.At this time, the investigation is ongoing to determine which vehicle crossed the centerline and why the crash occurred.  Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors but toxicology tests are pending at this time.The Starkey family has been notified.Troopers Tolle and Holley were assisted by Trooper Michael Thiron, Indiana State Police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Seymour Police Department, Jackson County EMS, Brownstown Fire Department, Carr Township Fire Department, Driftwood Township Fire Department, and Owen Township Fire Department.last_img read more

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Nelson Mandela as life-long archivist

first_imgNelson Mandela was known for being meticulous in his notetaking and record-keeping, and while in prison would always write a draft copy of every letter that he sent in a series of exercise books. In late March 1971, two of these hardcover notebooks were taken from his cell on Robben Island by a warder. Mandela immediately took it up with the authorities in an effort to have the books returned. He wrote two letters requesting that the matter be looked into, a correspondence which lends insight into the approach of the prison authorities at the time. In his first letter to Colonel Badenhorst, Mandela wrote, “I have to advise that two long hardcover notebooks in which I have kept copies of my correspondence since February 1969 have been removed from my cell.” He went on to explain that he had permission from the commanding officer to keep copies of his correspondence and that General Steyn, Brigadier Aucamp, Chief Warder Fourie and the Commissioner of Prisons were all aware that he kept copies of his letters. In response, a senior prison service official wrote to the colonel saying that he was aware of the missing articles and wasn’t particularly concerned about their disappearance.‘The disappearance of my pen …’ Mandela then followed up with a second letter in which he reiterated that his notebooks had gone missing and that, since his first letter, he had discovered that one of his pens was also missing. He said: “I strongly suspect that the person who removed the books from the cell also took the pen and I ask you to investigate the matter and have this article replaced. The disappearance of my pen has greatly disturbed me. Mine is the fifth one to disappear within the first three months of this year. I have lived in the single cell section for seven years and this is the first time for us to suffer such losses.” His letters of complaint were ignored. Unbeknownst to him, the notebooks had been passed on by the prison authorities to the Security Police for “decoding”.Every small struggle Verne Harris, head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, explains what this incident reveals about Mr Mandela: “He believed that in prison, every small struggle contributes to the bigger struggle, and he was a masterful practitioner of the art.” The two notebooks were finally returned to Mr Mandela in 2004 by a former security policeman, and both were used in the writing of his latest book Conversations with Myself. The Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Memory Programme is dedicated to documenting resources from the life and times of Mr Mandela and giving members of the public access to this history. Harris emphasises the importance of documenting and archiving these stories from Mr Mandela’s life, saying: “These small incidents cast light on the larger processes of struggle.” SAinfo reporter and Nelson Mandela Foundationlast_img read more

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Intel® vPro™ Technology: Shopping for a More Manageable PC Fleet

first_imgFor the whole story, read our new Shop Direct business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many others, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center. To maximize efficiency, Shop Direct’s tech team rolled out new desktop and laptop PCs from Dell powered by Intel® vPro™ technology. The remote manageability features of Intel vPro technology made the migration to Microsoft Windows 7 much easier and also made it simple to manage the company’s PC fleet and handle tasks remotely. The result? The company was able to upgrade its new Dell Optiplex* 960 and 980 desktop PCs and Dell Latitude* E64 series and E43 series notebooks from Windows Vista to Windows 7 literally overnight with minimum impact on employee productivity. And the secure remote wake-up features of Intel vPro technology help save power because the IT team can turn on devices only when needed. UK online retailer Shop Direct Group must respond quickly to customer requests and keep deliveries timely. But it’s not always easy. Resolving even minor PC issues often meant sending out IT technicians for a lengthy and expensive desk-side visit. Plus, the company wanted to minimize costs and disruption for end users during its planned migration from Microsoft Windows Vista* to Windows* 7. “At the end of the day, having a slicker PC management solution means employees can work smarter and faster, delivering a more compelling service to our retail customers,” said a Shop Direct Group spokesperson.last_img read more

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India Seeks to Improve Higher Education Through Tie-ups with U.S., UK, Other Nations

first_imgIndia has set up joint research programs with the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Norway and New Zealand to give an impetus to the quality of higher education in the country.This has been done under the Special Scheme for Faculty Development to provide an opportunity to teachers to pursue academic and research activities. It also aims to help in establishment of Inter University Centers (IUCs) that provide state-of-the art equipment and facilities, the Times of India reported.The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is setting up seven new research parks modelled on the setup at IIT Madras, the Lok Sabha was informed. “IIT Kharagpur at a cost of Rs 100 crore is under construction and Rs 74.83 crore released to IIT Kharagpur, IIT Mumbai at a cost of Rs 100 crore is under construction and Rs 34 crore released to IIT Bombay,” CR Chaudhary, the Minister of State for Commerce and industry, said.The Research Park at IIT Gandhinagar has been sanctioned by the Department of Science and Technology at a total cost of Rs 90 crore, and an installment of Rs 40 crore has already been disbursed. “Also, five more research parks at IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad and IISc will be set up at a budget of Rs 375 crore. It is to be approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development,” Chaudhary said.Approval has also been given by HRD ministry to continue two already approved research parks at IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur at a cost of Rs 100 crore each.In July 2017, the HRD ministry launched other initiatives like National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Impacting Research Innovation & Technology (IMPRINT), Uchchatar Avishkar Yojna (UAY), Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) & Global Research Interactive Network (GRIN) in the field of education to encourage innovation and research in the country.Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Satyapal Singh, said in a statement that the objectives of the UAY scheme are to promote innovation in IITs, address issues of manufacturing industries, to spur an innovative mindset, to coordinate action between academia and industry, and to strengthen labs and research facilities. Related ItemsIITlast_img read more

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India Urges UK to Take Action Against Miscreants Involved in Indian Flag Desecration

first_imgIndia has asked authorities in the United Kingdom to take measures against the miscreants who were associated with the desecration of the country’s flag when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited London during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April this year, the Hindu reported.The issue was raised during the meeting of a five-member delegation from the United Kingdom, led by Baroness Susan Williams, the Minister of State for Countering Extremism and Minister for Equalities, with Kiren Rijiju, India’s Minister of State for Home, in New Delhi on June 11.Rijiju told Williams that he was completely “aghast and shocked” at the incident in which the tricolor was desecrated at Parliament Square by “miscreants in the presence of Metropolitan Police” during Modi’s UK visit, the daily reported.India has said that it was surprised that the UK police did not take any action against the culprits. No arrests have been made so far in the case despite the presence of photographic evidence, India pointed out, the report added.“I would like to insist that action is taken urgently against the culprits who have been caught on video. It has been almost two months since the incident and in spite of photographic proof and witness statements, there have been no arrests or progress in the investigations. This is quite disappointing, to say the least,” Rijiju is learnt to have told the UK delegation, the publication reported.He added that India was dissatisfied with the anti-India activities being carried out by some fringe Kashmiri and Sikh groups in the United Kingdom relentlessly.The issue was taken up strongly by the Indian High Commission with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a senior government official said, according to the report. “The Mission has also submitted video and photographic evidences of the culprits to the Metropolitan Police and is following up with them,” the official was quoted as saying by the publication.According to Indian agencies, pro-Khalistani activists and Kashmiri separatists together carried out the act of desecrating the Indian tricolor during Modi’s visit in April. Minorities Against Modi, a group led by a Pakistani-origin man, was caught on camera vandalizing the Indian flag, the report said.Modi was greeted with protests when he arrived for talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on April 18 in London. Vans bearing digital posters that said “#ModiNotWelcome” were seen on the way, criticizing his lack of explicit censure over recent incidents of rape in India. Members of the Sikh and Kashmiri diaspora were also part of the protests and called for an end to “religious persecution” in India.“Increasing instances of better coordination between the Kashmiri and Sikh separatists have come to our notice. We hope that the UK government will take cognizance of such anti-India activities being planned on British soil and take steps to curb them,” Rijiju reportedly told the UK delegation.The UK government had apologized to India on April 19 over the incident, in which the Indian flag was pulled down from an official flag post, torn, stomped upon and burnt on April 18. A replacement flag was put up after a complaint was made by the Indian authorities to the Foreign Office and Scotland Yard regarding the incident. Related ItemsLondonUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

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An Art of Faith, Facts and Miracles

first_imgWalk into the big art-packed churches of Rome and Mexico City and you can spot the most valuable image instantly. It’s not the great painting or sculpture described in the Blue Guide. As often as not, it’s the smallish Madonna over there in the corner with a bank of candles burning in front of her and the handwritten notes, photographs and silver medals attached to her cloak. While tourists moon over masterpieces, local churchgoers and visiting pilgrims worship her.They’re the people who have attached the notes to the Virgin’s cloak, describing their troubles and asking for aid, and the ones who have given her medals thanking her for help received. These add-on items are by no means peripheral to her image. They’re part of it, essential to it, evidence of her charisma. They constitute an art genre of their own — an art of please-and-thank-you — and one that is the subject of a marvelous show called “Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place” at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in Manhattan.Votive objects — also called ex-votos, from the Latin word for vow — are common to every culture and have a long history. The oldest example in the exhibition, a Minoan bronze ax-head, may date back to 1700 B.C. It’s thought to have come from the cave on the island of Crete where Zeus was born, and where countless such objects would have been left as gifts to the most powerful fate-controlling gods.Later, in the third century B.C., small clay female figures were buried in northern India, probably to thank the Great Goddess for the earth’s fertility. In 14th-century Italy, the Virgin and Child were, discretely, given gifts too. An X-ray of a magnetic church sculpture of the pair, molded from paint-stiffened canvas, reveals a string of pearls, a rosary and a length of lace concealed inside. And, by contrast, a late 19th- or early 20th-century Nkisi Nkondi, or power figure, from Africa wears evidence of the demand for its spiritual services in full view. Iron nails protruding from its carved wood body represent requests by paying clients to right wrongs and ward off danger.What, precisely, that danger consisted of, we don’t know, though some votive objects are forthright in telling us. During centuries when physical health was chancy and medical remedies few, ritual efforts to manage injury and disease were almost universal. Among votive objects, sculptural images of body parts abound: mangled hands, wounded legs, failing eyes, aching teeth, lungs, breasts, a uterus, a scrotum.And certain images are widely dispersed over time and geography. From Italy in the third century B.C. comes a realistically painted terra-cotta sculpture of a detached foot, probably a gratitude gift, left at a shrine for a healing. Very similar foot votives were molded from wax in 19th-century Europe, carved from wood in mid-20th-century Brazil, and — in the form of charmlike metal objects called Milagros (miracles) — are still being made in Mexico and Peru.Less common, but also spanning cultures, are full-body anatomical votives. On loan to the show from the Louvre is an ancient Etruscan sculpture of a youth who, with an impassive stare, lifts his robe to reveal his exposed innards. Almost as startling is a hyper-realistic 19th- century German figure of an infant molded from wax and fitted with glass eyes and real hair. Such doll-like figures — this one was deposited at the church in Upper Franconia — were often made to the precise size and weight of a real baby for whom divine protection was sought.Protection through the use of votives was a kind of umbrella policy; it covered a lot of ground. It extended to real estate, sources of livelihood and valued possessions, such as farm animals and cars. It included coverage for long-distance travel. Buddhist pilgrims traversing India in the first millennium A.D. carried small clay plaques stamped with religious symbols. Left at holy sites along the way, the plaques served both as proof that the devotees had made the meritorious journey and as tokens of thanks for having made it safely.Some of the most interesting and moving ex-votos in the show are the least exotic. They respond to the real and potential trauma of everyday life. Among these objects are paintings from Mexico that take the form of detailed narratives annotated with written first-person commentary.The origins of such work lay in European art traditions introduced by a colonializing Spanish elite to the New World. The earliest example in the show is an 18th-century Mexican picture in which a noblewoman named Josefa Peres Maldonado sits propped up in bed in her elegant home, undergoing surgery for breast tumors as clergy, family and the Virgin Mary look on. Do​ña Peres Maldonado survived her medical crisis and commissioned the picture both as record of her ordeal and a testament to her faith.But what began as an elite art genre soon drew a popular following and in the process changed format, shrinking in size and exchanging conventional stretched canvas support for cheap sheets of recycled tin. Production of these picture, called retablos, exploded. The show has dozens, from an 1879 image of the Virgin of Guadalupe rescuing shipwrecked sailors to late 20th-century paintings documenting the peril and promise of immigration from Mexico to the United States.“I give thanks to Holiest Mary of San Juan de los Lagos because I prayed that I might go and come across the border and that I might be hired,” reads the inscription on a retablo dated 1961. Another, from 1990, carries the words: “With the present retablo, I ask Our Lord of the Conquest to permit that they give me my freedom in the United States.”Paintings like these bring us right up to the American present. Here in el Norte we seem to be increasingly a nation of shrine-builders and votaries, whether we find our pilgrimage goal in Graceland, or in the National Memorial for Peace and Justice (also known as the Lynching Memorial) or in the many street altars that sprang up in the immediate wake of 9/11, dense with photographs of the dead and pleas to locate the missing.And one major American shrine, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, with its healing wall of names, has been a magnet for votive objects since it was built in 1982. The Bard show — organized by Ittai Weinryb, an associate professor at the center, with Marianne Lamonaca and Caroline Hannah, curators at the center’s gallery — begins and ends with material harvested from the memorial. Installed on the first floor, it’s the first thing you see when you enter and the last thing when you leave. And its message is complicated in ways that much of the rest of the show is not.The installation is a jumble of things, commonplace and arcane: basketballs, whiskey bottles, cigarette packs, Snoopy dolls, military dog tags, C-ration cans, clothing, personal letters, handwritten poems, prosthetic limbs — things that have intimate personal associations with some of the 58,000 soldiers listed on the memorial, and meaning for their surviving families and friends. But where the classic votive shrine is about intervention from a higher power and closure — “Please.” “Thank you.” — this one is not.The fate of some of the soldiers listed on the memorial is still unknown. The war itself, nearly half a century after its formal end, remains an open psychic wound. The higher powers that this nation respects — money, hierarchy, force — don’t heal that wound, only aggravate it, spread infection. Still, when you walk into that gallery and see the offerings made in a spirit of love and grief and thanks, you know you’re in a place of faith, if not a church.Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and PlaceThrough Jan. 6. Bard Graduate Center, 18 W. 86th St., Manhattan; 212-501-3023, bgc.bard.edu.c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

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