Hindu community lobbies Indian High Commissioner to resolve issue

first_imgIndian High Commissioner to Guyana Venkatachalam MahalingamGPC Leader, Pandit Rudra SharmaGHDC Vice President Pandit Jagmohan PersaudIndian High Commissioner to Guyana Venkatachalam Mahalingam is being lobbied to provide assistance in resolving the holiday timing controversy, which has caused a division in the local Hindu community, most notably during the celebrations of hallmark events like Diwali and Phagwah.Massive confusion erupted last year after two Hindu organisations in the country failed to find middle ground on the date for the Festival of Lights – Diwali. This disagreement rolled over into the new year for the Festival of Colours – Phagwah, with the celebration being observed on two days. This again will be the case for Diwali celebrations 2016.The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha (GHDS) has declared that October 30 is the true date for the celebration of the holiday, while the Guyana Pandits Council (GPC) is holding out that it is October 29.Restore harmonyIn an effort to settle the controversy in order to restore harmony among Guyanese Hindus, the organisations have taken a decision to seek the intervention of an expert from India.The yet-to-be selected expert, who must be a member of the board responsible for setting national holidays in India and an astrologer, will be responsible for conducting his own study and making his own assessment of when the holidays ought to be held, and both organisations are hopeful that his pronouncement will be timely so as to avoid controversy next year.GHDS Vice President, Pandit Jagmohan Persaud, during an interview with  Guyana Times on Tuesday, explained that the Indian High Commissioner responded via telephone after several requests were made.The organisations were still awaiting an official written response from the High Commission, pledging its assistance in this regard.Pandit Persaud expressed high hopes that by next year, the issue would be resolved.GPC Leader, Pandit Rudra Sharma, during a telephone interview with this newspaper also shared similar views.“It is extremely important to us to have this issue resolved, because it is dividing the Hindu community. It is not looking good and we would like to have this resolved as early as possible,” he stated.last_img read more

Lawyers argue dismissal of misconduct charges

first_imgSOCU chargesLawyers representing former Finance Minister Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington, on Friday presented arguments on why the misconduct in public office charges against their clients should be thrown out.Former NICIL Head Winston Brassington and former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni SinghSingh, 45, of Lot 129 Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara, and Brassington, 50, of Florida, USA, are accused of selling various properties at prices the State contends were grossly undervalued. These charges have to do with the sale of several plots of land on the East Coast of Demerara to the following: National Hardware Guyana Ltd for over $598 million; the sale of land to Scady Business Corporation at a cost of $150 million; and to Multi-Cinemas Guyana Inc. at a cost of $185 million.The two were granted bail in the sum of $6 million each when they denied the charges filed by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) at the Magistrates’ Courts following advice obtained from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP).However, lawyers for Singh and Brassington subsequently secured stays of execution, to halt the lower court proceedings while they challenge the misconduct charges in the High Court.But then another set of charges were filed against Singh and Brassington, this time over the sale of the former Sanata Textiles Complex to Queens Atlantic Investment Inc (QAII).This, like other charges, was also challenged in the High Court; and back in July, acting Chief Justice Roxane George consolidated the four ‘misconduct in public office’ charges into one substantive challenge.When the case was called up for hearing on Friday, Attorneys-at-Law Anil Nandlall and Ronald Burch-Smith expounded on their written submissions which were already filed.Nandlall, in his oral submissions to get the Court to review and quash the charges, said that the DPP, Shalimar Ali-Hack, acted capriciously when she advised that the charges be laid against the former Finance Minister and NICIL.He contended that the question of whether the Court has the jurisdiction to review the DDP’s decisions ought not to arise, adding that he is of the “impression” that there is an attempt to put the DPP’s execution of her duties in a different category from any other public servant, where her decisions cannot be challenged.To this end, Nandlall, also a former Attorney General, noting that DPP acted “capriciously” and “arbitrarily”, submitted that there is no jurisprudence to put the DPP in such a “special category”.Nandlall also focused his line of questioning on the most recent charge against the two former Government officials. That line alleged that between October 26 and December 20, 2010, the duo acted recklessly when they agreed to the sale of the Sanata Textiles Complex to QAII. According to the charge, the 18.976-acre property was sold for $697.8 million, but it was valued at $1.04 billion.However, according to privatisation documents published by NICIL, the property was valued at $245 million by the Government’s Chief Valuation Officer, but QAII paid $809.5 million for the property – more than three times the Government valuation.According to documents seen by this newspaper, upon Cabinet’s approval, QAII embarked on its promised programme of reclamation, clean-up and investment. On May 30, 2007, QAII had requested and received a valuation of the property from the Government Assistant Valuation Officer, which proposed $330.375 million (land $269.200 million; improvements $119.175 million).On June 7, 2018, NICIL had commissioned a valuation from the private firm of Rodrigues Architects Ltd, which posited that the property be valued at $1,042,403,500 (land $209.650 million; improvements $832.753 million). NICIL also obtained, on June 27, 2007, a valuation of the land and its improvements from the Government’s Chief Valuation Officer, which came in at $245.175 million (land, $130 million; improvements $115.175 million). QAII was responsible, at its expense, for the asbestos clean-up and removal of scrap, which alone incurred a cost of above $400 million.As such, in court on Friday, Nandlall warned of the opening of floodgates if the court were to accept the valuation done by Rodrigues Architects Ltd, insisting that valuation certificate by that firm is merely the valuator’s opinion.“[Is it that] not Parliament anymore but the opinion of an architect/valuator becomes engrafted into our Criminal Justice System as part of our Criminal Law, and persons can be charged who act offensive to that opinion, and lose their liberty?” he questioned.Moreover, Nandlall challenged the validity of the ‘misconduct’ charges. He pointed out that the Government of the day had a policy of selling properties below market value, and Singh and Brassington were merely executing their duties when they carried out the transactions.“What is this misconduct? There is no allegation that Ashni Singh or Winston Brassington profited personally from these charges… There is no allegation that the proceeds from the sale did not reach the state’s coffers… So there is no wrongdoing, no misconduct to attach sanctions,” he argued, while further questioning which law was offended when the lands were sold below market value.This point was also raised by his colleague, Attorney Burch-Smith, who pointed out to the court that both Singh and Brassington were agents of the State, carrying out policies, and that these charges are setting aside the corporate veil and entrusting the act of the company onto the agents.After nearly an hour of oral submissions, the Chief Justice adjourned the matter to October 1 for continuation of arguments.last_img read more

BJP leader shot dead by three unidentified assailants in Hapur

first_imgA local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was shot dead in Dhaulana area of Hapur district in Uttar Pradesh by three unidentified assailants on Monday morning. Rakesh Sharma was a mandal general secretary in the Hapur BJP unit and was the in charge of 100 booths in his area.A peon in the government school in Chajjupur village, Mr. Sharma was going to his workplace on his motorcycle from his house in Karanpur Jatt village. According to police, he was stopped one km before Sapnavat police station along a deserted stretch and was shot from close range. He was taken to the government hospital in Hapur where he died during treatment.Local BJP workers blamed the poor law and order situation for the murder.“Preliminary investigation has revealed that Mr. Sharma was socially very active. He was fighting a couple of cases on behalf of the locals. It could have led to some acrimony. However, the family hasn’t named anybody in the FIR,” said Yesh Vir Singh, Superintendent of Police, Hapur. “We have received some leads and five teams are after the culprits. The role of local police is also being looked into,” he added.last_img read more

Every new title coming to Netflix Canada in October 2018

first_imgAdvertisement BodyguardEarlier this year, Netflix announced that it picked up streaming rights for BBC’s Bodyguard—a six-part thriller that shattered viewing records in the U.K., with 10.4 million people tuning in for the first episode. The show follows Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden, who stars as an Afghanistan war veteran assigned to protect a major political player responsible for the conflict in the Middle East. Praised for its suspense and mind-bending plot twists, the drama is billed to be one of the most addictive Netflix releases to date. October 24. The Kindergarten Teacher Facebook Twitter After its award-winning debut at Sundance, director Sara Colangelo’s English-language remake of this 2014 Israeli drama screened at this year’s TIFF as part of a special bill of Netflix films. In it, Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as a long-time teacher who takes an interest in one of her five-year-old students after she overhears him reciting precocious poetry. What starts as a desire to help cultivate his talent turns into an unhealthy obsession and soon, her actions escalate into complete recklessness. October 12.Operation FinaleBased on a true story, Twilight director Chris Weitz revisits one of the most important chapters in history for Operation Finale. The spy thriller retells the complicated mission to track down Adolf Eichmann, one of the main organizers of the Holocaust. It was reported that he died soon after the collapse of Nazi Germany, but the Israeli intelligence agency quickly discovered that he was living a secret life in a suburb of Buenos Aires and set off to capture him so he could stand trial in Israel. Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List, Shutter Island) stars as Eichmann, while Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac takes on a role as intelligence team member Peter Malkin. October 3.Also coming to Netflix this monthThe Purge: Election YearAvailable October 1Anger ManagementSee No Evil, Hear No EvilThe Purge: Election YearWarcraftAvailable October 2Joe Rogan: Strange TimesMeatEater: Season 7Available October 3Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet FrankensteinAngela’s ChristmasCasperDawn of the DeadDuneMr. Bean’s HolidaySpy GameAvailable October 4Star: Season 3 Violet Evergarden: Special: Extra EpisodeEliteAvailable October 5Big Mouth: Season 2Dancing QueenÉliteEmpire GamesLittle Things: Season 2MalevolentPrivate LifeSuper Monsters Save HalloweenSuper Monsters: Season 2The Rise of PhoenixesYG Future Strategy OfficeAvailable October 6Little Things: Season 1Available October 8Mo Amer: The VagabondSupergirlSeason 3Available October 9InfernoSupergirl: Season 3Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 4Available October 1022 JulyAvailable October 11Salt Fat Acid HeatApostleAvailable October 12ApostleErrementari: The Blacksmith and the DevilFeminists: What Were They Thinking?FightWorldReMastered: Who Shot the SheriffTarzan and Jane: Season 2The Boss Baby: Back in Business: Season 2The Curious Creations of Christine McConnellThe Haunting of Hill HouseAvailable October 13Dynasty: Season 2A Taiwanese Tale of Two CitiesAvailable October 14A Taiwanese Tale of Two CitiesAvailable October 15Octonauts: Seasons 2-4The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The CommandmentsAvailable October 16Black Lightning: Season 2Ron White: If You Quit Listening, I’ll Shut UpTravelers: Season 2WanderlustAvailable October 19Accidentally in LoveAsk the DoctorBest.Worst.Weekend.Ever.: Limited SeriesDerren Brown: SacrificeDistrito SalvajeGnome AloneHauntedHip-Hop Evolution: Season 2Illang: The Wolf BrigadeLarva IslandMaking a Murderer: Part 2Marvel’s Daredevil: Season 3The Night Comes For UsWanderlustHalloweenAvailable October 20HalloweenScary MovieScary Movie 2Scary Movie 3Scary Movie 4Scary Movie 5ScreamScream 2Scream 3SinisterThe Cabin in the WoodsAvailable October 21RobozunaThe CuredThe Secret Life of PetsAvailable October 22The Secret Life of PetsAvailable October 23Adam Sandler 100% FreshAvailable October 24Batman NinjaAvailable October 25Great News: Season 2Hell or High WaterBeen So LongAvailable October 26Been So LongCastlevania: Season 2DovlatovJefeShirkersTerrorism Close CallsAvailable October 27Girl from NowherePatriot Act with Hasan MinhajAvailable October 28Bridget Jones’s BabyCertain WomenCollateral BeautyPatriot Act with Hasan MinhajAvailable October 30Fate/Extra Last Encore: Illustrias Geocentric TheoryThe DegeneratesAvailable October 31Gun City LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Chilling Adventures of SabrinaSabrina the Teenage Witch is straying away from its ’90s sitcom roots for this horror revamp, loosely based on the 2014 comic book series. Cast as a “dark coming-of-age story,” the plot centres around the beloved Sabrina Spellman’s 16th birthday—a rite of passage that closely resembles a demonic tea party, where participants must sign Satan’s autograph book with blood before venturing off to the spirit realm. Faced with a choice between magic-filled witch world and human life, Sabrina (played by Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka) tries to sift through her identity as a half-mortal, all while wrestling occult forces that threaten her and her family. This Vancouver-shot series is the latest from the creators of Riverdale. October 26.Riverdale: Season 3Speaking of Riverdale, after a dramatic season two finale, where red-headed hero Archie Andrews was arrested for murder and taken away in handcuffs, the binge-worthy drama returns to Netflix for a new season. While the plot up to this point has been centred around murder, the show’s director said the upcoming episodes are heavily focused on friendships and romances (a mix of True Detective season one and Dungeons & Dragons, apparently). But what would Riverdale be without at least one rogue killer on the loose? Betty and Jughead fans will be happy to hear that a new mysterious murder spree reunites the couple for another season of teen crime fighting. October 11.  Advertisement Spooky season is here, y’all! Now that we’re too old to go trick-or-treating (*sobs*), the way that we like to celebrate Halloween is spending all month long watching October flicks. And guess what? Netflix has answered our prayers..last_img read more

Like AirPods but with noise canceling The surprising Ausounds headphones

first_img Mobile Accessories Headphones 11 Photos See It Share your voice 2 Sony $159 $144 See It Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements Tags Best Buy Amazon See It Apple $144 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) Enlarge ImageThe Ausounds AU-Stream ANC. Sarah Tew/CNET Remember all those rumors last year about next-generation AirPods that might feature active noise canceling? Well, those AirPods haven’t materialized yet but now Ausounds, a startup, has launched a new set of true wireless earbuds — the AU-Stream ANC — that have the same “stick” design as the AirPods and feature active noise-canceling. They’re on sale now for $150 (£123, $AU 222) and they’re surprisingly good if you get the right fit.I’ve been using an early review sample for a few days and they’re similar in style to a lot of the so-called AirPods knock-offs, but have a little more of a premium look and feel. They feature 13mm drivers, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, 5 hours of battery life with an additional 15 hours from the case and water-resistance (IPX5 certified). They also offer USB-C charging — that’s somewhat rare to find at this price point.Read: Best true wireless earbuds of 201911-ausounds-au-stream-anc-earbudsEnlarge ImageSimilar look to the AirPods but they come in black. Sarah Tew/CNET Until now, the only true wireless earphones to offer active noise cancellation have come from Sony — the latest and greatest being the recently released WF-1000XM3, which cost $230. The AU-Stream ANC — no, that isn’t the greatest name for a product — is slightly bigger than such models as the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air. They won’t fit everybody’s ears equally well (and they might not fit some ears at all). None of the company’s ear tips allowed me to get a super-tight seal, but a set of XL tips I had from another pair of headphones worked and the earphones stayed in my ears comfortably and securely (I could run with them).That tight seal is crucial not only for sound quality but the active noise-canceling doesn’t work effectively without it. Sound-wise the AU-Stream ANC is on par with the Sony WF-1000XM3. It doesn’t sound quite as detailed or as open — and the bass isn’t quite as well-defined. But it’s a very decent-sounding true wireless headphone with some good kick in the low end. And it does sound better than the AirPods. Comments Ausounds AU-Stream ANC Earbuds See it The noise-canceling is pretty decent, too. Unlike the AirPods, which have an open design that lets a lot ambient sound in, these have a noise-isolating design that passively seals out a decent amount of sound. However, the noise canceling definitely helped when I was in the New York City subway to tamp down the noise levels. It doesn’t completely eliminate sounds and voices around you, but it does muffle them to a significant degree. There’s is no app for customizing the noise canceling or sound settings, but you can turn noise canceling on and off with a long press on either earbud (yes, they have touch controls).Read: Best cheap true wireless earphones of 2019 These aren’t as good as the AirPods for making calls. People said they could hear me OK — and I could hear them — but they do pick up a fair amount of ambient noise. In other words, they’re decent for making calls in quieter environments but not great outdoors in noisier spots. It’s also worth noting that when it’s windy, you can hear the wind hitting them (they’re not aerodynamic) and the noise canceling can’t do anything about reducing that sound.The case looks a little like the AirPods’ case but is probably about 30% bigger. Still, it’ll fit in most pockets without showing too much of a bulge. I also liked how the earphones automatically turned on and resumed playing my music when I pulled them out of their case. I only encountered the occasional Bluetooth hiccup — generally, the connection was solid.I’m going to play around with them for a couple of more weeks to make sure they keep working reliably before posting my final review, but my initial impressions are good. The AU-Stream ANC seems like an auspicious start for Ausounds, which has other headphones in the pipeline. Apple AirPods 2019 $144last_img read more

Budget 2019 2 TDS on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs 1 crore yearly

first_imgNirmala Sitharaman delivering her budget speech.TwitterUnion Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed on Friday, July 5, tax deduction at source (TDS) of two per cent on cash withdrawals exceeding Rs 1 crore in a year from a bank account. “Our Government has taken a number of initiatives in the recent past for the promotion of digital payments and less cash economy,” said Sitharaman, while presenting her first Union Budget. The decision was made to promote digital payments and curb black money.The Finance Minister also proposed that business establishments with an annual turnover of more than Rs 50 crore shall offer low-cost digital modes of payment to their customers and no charges or Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) shall be imposed on customers as well as merchants.”RBI and banks will absorb these costs from the savings that will accrue to them on account of handling less cash as people move to these digital modes of payment,” Sitharaman said.”Necessary amendments are being made in the Income Tax Act and the Payments and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 to give effect to these provisions,” she added.last_img read more

Two killed in lightning

first_imgA schoolboy and a woman were killed in a lightning strike at Bothor village in Chatmohar upazila of Pabna on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased were Shanto, 12, son of Zakir Hossain of the village and Rina Khatun, 28, daughter of Yakub Ali of Dodaria village in the upazila.The thunderbolt hit them around 3:30pm while they were working at a beel (water body) in the village, leaving them severely injured, locals said.The injured were rushed to Chatmohar Upazila Health Complex where the physicians declared them dead.last_img read more

Scientists Develop First ChipScale Thermoelectric Cooler

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — As computer chips become more powerful, they also become hotter. Nearly all the power that flows into a chip comes out of it as waste heat, and that heat hurts the performance of the chip. Methods for cooling transistors have always been an important part of the semiconductor industry, but recently researchers have been coming up with more clever strategies for keeping computer chips cool. One such strategy is the use of a chip-scale thermoelectric cooler, which has been demonstrated for the first time by a collaboration of researchers from Intel, Arizona State University in Tempe, RTI International, and Nextreme Thermal Solutions.In a recent study published in Nature Nanotechnology, the researchers presented the thermoelectric “chiller” embedded in a chip package that pumps heat out of the chip when current flows through it. The chiller could lower the temperature of a small hot spot on a large chip by nearly 15°C – exceeding the significant 10°C goal that was described in an analysis by researchers at the University of Maryland five years ago.One key to the device’s performance was that the researchers focused on cooling only the hottest spots on a chip, which has previously been shown to be a more energy-efficient strategy than trying to cool the entire chip. Another key is that the researchers fabricated the device out of nanoscale layers of material, which has previously been shown to increase efficiency.The thermoelectric cooler consists of a superlattice structure made of bismuth, tellurium, antimony, and selenium. The structure pumps heat from the back side of the chip to a conventional heat spreader on the front side, which uses convection to transfer the heat and cool the chip.In experiments, the researchers created a hot spot on the chip (with a heat flux of about 1300 W/cm2, which is much higher than usually found on a microprocessor). Even before powering the thermoelectric superlattice structure, the chiller could decrease the temperature of the hot spot by about 6°C. After powering the thermoelectric cooler, the temperature of the hot spot cooled by nearly 15°C.The researchers explained that the thermoelectric technique could provide cooling solutions for computers in future data centers, in which cooling hot spots on processors will be critical for good performance. Transistors run faster when they’re cooler, and also last longer because extreme temperature changes cause mechanical stress on computer chips that can destroy them. Thermoelectric strategies might also help cool the chips in portable devices, such as multitasking smart phones, which run data-intensive processing.As co-author Ravi Prasher of Intel explained, packaging a nanoscale device within a macroscale system is a significant achievement. However, the team still needs to do more work before commercializing the device.More information: Chowdhury, Ihtesham, et al. “On-chip cooling by superlattice-based thin-film thermoelectrics.” Nature Nanotechnology. Published online: 25 January 2009 | doi:10.1038/nnano.2008.417.via: IEEE Spectrum© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further On-Chip Silicon ‘Microcoolers’ for Microprocessor Hot Spotscenter_img Citation: Scientists Develop First Chip-Scale Thermoelectric Cooler (2009, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-scientists-chip-scale-thermoelectric-cooler.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more