Indian Language Programs At US Universities

first_imgFewer than 3000 students are enrolled in Indian language course offerings at U.S. colleges and universities.A survey on foreign language enrollments at U.S. colleges in 2002 by the Modern Language Association found that Hindi was the most popular Indian language at U.S. colleges, accounting for roughly half of total enrollment in Indian languages.Spanish is by far the most popular foreign language among U.S. college students, accounting for well over half of the total enrollment of 1.4 million in language courses throughout the country. It was followed distantly by French, German and Italian. Among Asian languages, Japanese attracted 52,000 students; Chinese 34,000; Korean 5,211 and Vietnamese 2,236. Hindi ranked 22nd in popularity with 1,400 students.Among Indian languages, Hindi was followed by Sanskrit, Urdu, Bengali and Tamil.After 9/11, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Education have launched initiatives to encourage foreign language instruction  of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) in the United States. A report by researchers at North Carolina State University on South Asian language instruction identified 84 Indian languages for the initiative, including 25 it rated at the highest priority “Category One” level. Of these only 17 were taught at U.S. universities. It is estimated that 75 U.S. colleges and universities offer Indian languages.U.S. Colleges Teaching Indian LanguagesUniversity of AlabamaUniversity of Arizona Brown UniversityCal State, SacramentoUniversity of ChicagoColumbia UniversityCornell UniversityDuke UniversityEmory UniversityFlorida State UniversityUniversity of GeorgiaHarvard UniversityUniversity of HawaiiUniversity of IllinoisIndiana UniversityUniversity of IowaJohns Hopkins UniversityLoyola University, ChicagoUniversity of MichiganUniversity of MinnesotaMonterey InstituteNorth Carolina CentralNorth Carolina StateNorthern Illinois UniversityNew York UniversityOhio State UniversityUniversity of PennsylvaniaPrinceton University Rice UniversityRutgers UniversitySan Jose State UniversitySouthern Methodist UniversitySUNY, StonybrookSyracuse UniversityUniversity of TexasUMASS – AmherstU. of California – BerkeleyU. of California – Los AngelesU. of California – Santa BarbaraU. of California – Santa ClaraU. of North Corlina – Chapel HillUniversity of VirginiaU. of Washington – SeattleWashington U. – St. LouisWilliam Paterson UniversityUniversity of WisconsinYale UniversitySource: David Gilmartin, Dwight Stephens and John Caldwell, “Setting Priorities for South Asian Languages,” National Planning for the Teaching of the Less Commonly Taught Languages, North Carolina State University, June 2005.Foreign language enrollment at us collegesSpanish 746,267 French 201,979 German91,100 Italian 63,899 American Sign 60,781 Japanese 52,238 Chinese 34,153 Latin 29,841 Russian  23,921 Ancient Greek 20,376 Biblical Hebrew 14,183 Arabic 10,584 Modern Hebrew 8,619 Portuguese 8,385 Korean 5,211 Vietnamese 2,236Hawaiian 1,687Aramaic 1,686Swahili 1,593Hindi 1,430Persian 1,117Polish 1,053Other languages 14,914 Total 1,397,253 Indian language enrollment at US collegesHindi 1,430Sanskrit 487Hindi-Urdu* 427Bengali154Urdu 152Tamil 114Punjabi 99Tibetan 78Malayalam 20Gujarati 20Nepali 11Telugu 3Marathi 2Kannada 2Total 2,999*Hindi-Urdu are offered in combination at several institutionsSource: Elizabeth B. Welles, “Foreign Language Enrollments in the United States Institutions of Higher Education, Fall 2002,” ADFL Bulletin, Winter-Spring 2004. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Stripped of her medal, Asian Games medallist Santhi Soundarajan turns brick kiln labourer

first_imgFrom a medal winning athlete to a brick kiln worker, that has been the fate of a 2006 Doha Asian Games silver medallist, Santhi Soundarajan. The 800 metre female runner had failed a gender test after winning the medal in Doha and life has been on a downward spiral ever since. Banned by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) from competing at any level, Santhi’s feats were struck off the records. Santhi now survives by working as a daily wager in a brick kiln, slogging it out for eight hours a day to earn Rs 200, a wage paid to a woman labourer. It clearly highlights the failure of the AFI which simply abandoned Santhi. In fact, a similar situation was faced by South African athlete Caster Semenya, who too had failed a similar gender test and had to concede the gold medal she won in Berlin World Championship 2009. However, the South African authorities stood firmly behind the 800 metre runner and finally the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) revoked the ban on her. In fact, Semenya would be her country’s flag-bearer at the London Olympics. IOA chief promises helpAfter media highlighted Santhi’s plight, acting president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) V.K. Malhotra promised to look into the matter. He, however, remained mum on why nothing was done so far for Santhi. “This is a very shocking news. It did not come to our notice. Had it come to our notice, the government and the IOA would have definitely helped her. We would surely help her,” Malhotra said. “The government has a lot of money for its sportsperson, especially the ones who bring laurels to the country,” he added. Former athletes seek justice for SanthiSanthi’s plight has outraged some Indian sports icons. Former hockey player V. Bhaskaran said, “We had appreciated her when she had won the silver medal in Doha Asiad Games. The federation also gave her a job as a coach. But I guess she started developing a complex and even contemplated suicide.” “She can definitely get a job, because winning in the Doha Games is not a small thing. I am sure the government can help her,” Bhaskaran added. Former athlete Shiny Wilson said, “The present government of Tamil Nadu is providing all help to sportsperson… also paying them good money. She (Santhi) should seek help from them.” Former hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi said, “We are very disturbed to hear about this news. It portrays what is happening in sports arena even today. It is very depressing for the present generation.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Ford Figo to be unveiled at Geneva Auto Show; Europe debut soon

first_imgAccording to German magazine, AutoBild, the India-made Ford Figo will be making its European debut at the next years Geneva Motor Show.According to the magazine, Ford India will be exporting around 240,000 cars per annum and 270,000 engines per annum of Ford Figo to the European countries after it makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.Features:Few of the headline features include SYNC infotainment system with Bluetooth telephony, Ford MyKey, new interior design, and improved interior space.Engine:Moreover, Ford could be providing the European Ford Figo with a 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol or a 1.2-litre Ti-VCT, with a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed PowerShift DCT automatic transmission. The diesel variant could come with a 1.5-litre TDCi engine producing 99bhp of peak power, mated to a five-speed manual transmission, reports say.ALSO READ:Who’s the best: New Ford Figo versus the competitiorsDimension:The Ford Figo measures 3,886mm in length, 1,695mm in width and 1,525mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,491mm and ground clearance of 174mm. The Europe-bound Ford Figo will come with a boot capacity of 257 litres.Competition:Ford Figo will compete against Suzuki Swift, Nissan Micra and Hyundai i10 in the European market.We had earlier reported , that Ford India will soon send Made-In-India cars to the European market. The compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) EcoSport will be shipped and ready for sale from October 2017.ALSO READ:New Ford Figo hatchback launched for Rs 4.3 lakhThe company has apparently began working on developing a face-lifted version of the SUV for the European market and has started an initial tendering procedure to supply components. The initial estimate request is for as many as 90,000 units a year, more than the number of cars it sells in India.advertisementlast_img read more

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Bong Quinto making most of chance as key role player for Meralco

first_imgRice industry paralysis Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Meralco’s Bong Quinto may not be getting the fanfare as compared to other prized rookies, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of creating noise like his blue-chip batchmates.Bolts head coach Norman Black has high praise for Quinto, describing his versatile guard as the team’s glue guy and is someone who’s perfectly happy doing the little things for the group’s success.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Jepkosgei wins NYC in 1st marathon, Kamworor takes men’s Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go PLAY LIST 01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “This is my dream of playing in the PBA and I’m thankful that Meralco gave me a chance,” said the former Letran Knight. “Coach Norman trusted me and I will show everyone my talent and that I belong in the league.”“People will say I’m small because of my height but I’m still here and I’m performing well. I take the negativity as a challenge to show that I belong here and I can help my team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But when needed to, Quinto has the tools to put up the numbers and he did just that on Sunday collecting 13 points on 50 percent shooting and five rebounds in a 101-77 dismantling of Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup.“Every game I always maintain my focus and of course in practice,” said Quinto in Filipino. “I’m focused during practice and I do what the team needs me to do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceMeralco relies largely on import Allen Durham while local stars Raymond Almazan, Baser Amer, and Chris Newsome provide the hulking reinforcement ample support.Quinto, the second pick in the second round of the 2018 draft, is perfectly satisfied with being one of the role players of the team and it’s that kind of attitude that has made him an asset that turned his PBA dreams into a reality.last_img read more

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Did Malaika Arora just steal Shilpa Shetty’s fashion innovation?

first_imgWe’ve all seen how our Bollywood beauties have recently become just so experimental with their sarees that it has reformed the perspective we had of this traditional Indian piece of clothing. From denim sarees to dress-sarees, tinsel-towners have taken draping this nine-yard ensemble so innovatively, that they’ve taken it to a whole new level of awesome.A few months ago, yesteryear actress Twinkle Khanna was seen taking some fashion-inspo from Sonam Kapoor’s drool-worthy, fringe saree by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla.Also Read: Is Twinkle taking fashion inspiration from Sonam Kapoor?And today, another celeb has taken after a fantastic, experimental saree, and aced the look. The celebrity in question is none other than Malaika Arora, who was seen sporting a metallic-blouse saree, while reminding us of Shilpa Shetty’s look for Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards 2017.Malaika looked electrifying in her silver-grey number that was just so well-balanced with its shimmer that it was a treat to the eyes. The diva wore a striped, white-silver blouse that looked like beautiful, metallic straws had been welded together to make the strapless blouse.Photo: Yogen Shah We fell hard for her elegant, self-striped saree in grey, that boasted of a subtle sheen, and looked so well-balanced with the glistening, shield-like blouse. Malaika styled her saree so as to leave a thigh-high slit, which looked utterly sensual, and tucked in the pallu under one of the metallic-looking straws that added a touch of sharpness to it.Photo: Yogen Shah Malaika wore absolutely no accessories with the bling-a-ding, sultry number, and jazzed up the look with a pop of hot-pink on her lips. While Malaika’s metallic-saree look was beyond perfect, we couldn’t help but think of how this experimental outfit had looked over-the-top on its progenitor, Shilpa Shetty.advertisementPhoto: Yogen Shah Shilpa had successfully ruined this phenomenal styling idea by teaming her glimmering blouse with a silver embroidered, heavy, Banarasi saree. Not only was the combination gaudy, Shilpa had clearly gone overboard with the jewellery too.Picture courtesy: Instagram/theshilpashetty Also Read: Is it a saree or a gown? Shilpa Shetty’s OTT appearance is confusingBack then, we had no idea how hot this saree could look, until we saw Malaika draping it like a total boss.last_img read more

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Sultan of Johor Cup 2017: Indian junior team replicate 2-1 win over Malaysia

first_imgThe Indian Junior Men’s Hockey team on Monday registered a win in their second consecutive match of the 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017 with a 2-1 win against hosts Malaysia at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium here.Malaysia scored early in the match through Firdaus Omar (3′), but India’s Dilpreet Singh (20′, 43′) scored twice to win the game for his team.The Malaysian side started the match aggressively as they displayed some attacking play, which led to an early penalty corner in the third minute.FT! Dilpreet Singh’s double gives the Indian Jr. Men’s Team a second win on the bounce at the #SOJC2017 on 23rd Oct. #INDvMAS #IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/nQhfPfLNjE- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 23, 2017Here’s the Standings after the second day’s play at the 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017 (Jr. Men) on 23rd October 2017.#SOJC2017 #IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/k7LgrDq6zz- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 23, 2017However, in the second quarter, India started strongly as they looked to make a comeback into the match. The efforts from the Indian team led to an equaliser in the 20th minute when a long pass to Dilpreet Singh was well controlled by the forward on the right flank, after which he turned inside and hit a fierce shot that was deflected off the Malaysian Goalkeeper Muhamad Mat Deris into the back of the net.India ended the third quarter with a 2-1 lead after Dilpreet Singh scored his fourth goal of the tournament.In the last quarter, Malaysia looked to find the equaliser to avoid defeat at the hands of India in their second match of the tournament. The Malaysians were awarded two penalty corners in the 54th and 55th minute, but the first one was saved well by India’s Goalkeeper Pankaj Rajak and the second one was hit wide by the Malaysian drag-flicker.advertisementIndia will now face U.S.A. in their third match on October 25.last_img read more

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WADA to investigate claims of systematic doping in China

first_imgThe World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will investigate allegations by a retired physician that systematic doping took place in Chinese sport during the 1980s and 1990s, the international anti-doping agency said in a statement.In a programme on German channel ARD at the weekend, Xue Yinxian, who worked with several Chinese national teams, called for all medals awarded to the nation’s athletes during that period to be withdrawn.The 79-year-old, who made similar allegations in 2012, said “medals were showered in doping” and claimed around 10,000 Chinese athletes had used banned substances.Xue, who is claiming asylum in Germany, alleged that she was sacked after refusing to administer banned substances ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics.”The Agency will ensure that, if action is warranted and feasible under the World Anti-Doping Code, the necessary and appropriate steps will be taken,” WADA said.”As a first step, the Agency has asked its independent Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) team to initiate an investigative process in order to collect and analyse available information in coordination with external partners.”Chinese athletes regularly failed dope tests after the country returned to the Olympic fold in the early 1980s but there was concerted effort by the government to crack down on the use of banned substances ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Russia’s athletics federation, Paralympic committee and anti-doping agency (RUSADA) remain suspended after reports commissioned by WADA alleged state-sponsored doping.last_img read more

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High on Hops: Flat12 Bierwerks Rebrands

first_imgEvery beer nerd will agree that it’s the liquid found inside the bottle that matters.The label art, the brand identity of the brewery and even the name of the beer is secondary to the almighty taste.But for drinkers making a split second decision at a bottle shop, faced with beers they’ve never tried before, there’s no doubt that first impressions count.With that knowledge in hand, Indianapolis brewery Flat12  has embarked on an ambitious rebranding campaign to mark its 5-year anniversary and re-introduce its line of beers in the brewery’s distribution areas of Indiana, Louisville, and greater Cincinnati.Related Post: Judging Tröegs Beer by Its LabelConsistency is one of the hallmarks of solid brand identity, and the new Flat12 mark and associated collaterals cohere into a vintage-inspired packaging aesthetic. Reminiscent of hand-lettered signage, the logo has mixed weights and is slightly askew, connecting the name to the hand-crafted nature of the product. Each label has an illustration that is similar in aesthetic but speaks to the individual name and qualities of the respective beer.“Upside Down Blonde,” a Pale Wheat Ale, is adorned with a pair of “Queen of Hops” playing cards, where the golden-haired matriarch clutches a stem of grain. The use of Noble hops underlines the significance of the royal presence.The new “Pogue’s Run Porter,” named for a creek adjacent to the brewery property, is embellished with a drawing of a charming antique covered bridge. This plays into the history of the region as well as a reminder of the all-important water used in every brew.The updated design for the highly regarded “Walkabout Pale Ale” references the use of Australian hops with an Aboriginal art-inspired crocodile whimsically feasting on a snake. Tasting the big burst of bright, fruity Galaxy hops will entertain the palate while the label evokes dreams from the Outback.As new beer brands enter the market, it’s important for existing breweries to stay fresh, relevant and to recapture the eyes and purchasing habits of existing and new customers. The Flat12 rebranding is a great example of how a well-respected regional maker can seem brand new without losing its original appeal. Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail Virgin Voyages Sea-ks Name For New Cruise-Ship-Exclusive Beer Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movielast_img read more

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PO Ports to Operate French Ports Container Terminal

first_imgzoom UAE-based port operator P&O Ports has won a three-year management contract to operate the container terminal in the Port de Sète in the south of France.Under the deal, P&O Ports will operate a container yard with a draft up to 14,5 meters with 457 meters of quay and adjacent 2 hectares land. The container terminal is expected to commence operations in October 2017.The company has the possibility to convert the contract to a long-term concession in the future.Port de Sete is a deep draft port, handling frozen, chilled, general and breakbulk cargo, containers, ro-ro services and livestock alongside cruise and ferry terminals, a marina, cement handling facilities and an agro-industrial complex.“Port De Sète has great potential and is ready to become another gateway port for France. In the early stages it will continue to primarily cater for feeder services in the eastern Mediterranean, the Maghreb region and North Africa,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Ports Customs and Freezones Corporation (PCFC) in Dubai, said.“Once development takes place with the backing of our regional partners we expect to see more multinational shippers use its services with other international destinations added over time,” Bin Sulayem added.last_img read more

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Shreyas Shipping Bolsters Fleet with Vessel Trio

first_imgzoom Last week was very busy for Jebel Ali-based Transworld Group as the shipping and marine logistics conglomerate completed the acquisition of three ships.Namely, the fleet of Shreyas Shipping, Indian-flagged ship owning unit of Transworld Group, was expanded with the Indian-flagged containership MV Hansa Langeland, built in 2003. The 1,581 TEU Handysize containership has since been renamed SSL Ganga.On October 12, the company finalized the purchase of the MV Queens Quay from Germany’s ER Schiffahrt. The Panamax containership, also built in 2003, has since been renamed SSL Brahmaputra.“The SSL Brahmaputra is our largest Indian flag vessel and is a sister vessel of the OEL Jumeirah,” Transworld said.And finally, the latest vessel acquisition is MV Amsterdam, which has since been renamed SSL Balaji. The general cargo ship built in 2007 joins the Shreyas fleet as the second multi-purpose vessel after the SSL Sabarimalai.In addition, Shreyas Shipping has sold a 1989-built Feedermax SSL Sagarmala for scrap to a breaking yard in Bangladesh, according to the data from Vesselsvalue. The ship is valued at USD 1.35 million.The company’s fleet is comprised of 13 vessels, including 12 containerships and one small dry bulker vessel.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Gang posed as BSES officials to extort money busted

first_imgNew Delhi: Police and the BSES have busted a gang whose members allegedly tried to extort money from a consumer in Greater Kailash area here by posing as enforcement officials of the power supply agency, a spokesperson of the discom said Monday. One of the gang members, identified as Ravi Kumar, a resident of Budh Vihar, was arrested last week. Two other gang members are absconding, he said. The gang was trying to extort Rs 30,000 from a resident of affluent Greater Kailash area and almost succeed in doing so by posing as BSES enforcement officials, he added. The gang members had approached a Greater Kailash II resident and owner of an under construction house in the area’s S Block, the spokesperson said. “They almost managed to convince the resident that he was misusing the electricity connection and would have to pay a penalty of Rs 1,25,000. When the consumer was seemingly convinced, the gang offered to settle the matter for an amount for Rs 30,000,” he said.last_img read more

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Prolific Smith says pretty cooked after Ashes effort

first_imgLONDON: Run-machine Steve Smith described himself as being “pretty cooked” after his prolific bat ensured Australia will return home having retained the coveted urn after their 2-2 drawn Ashes series against England. Smith’s tally of 774 runs from seven innings with a Bradmanesque 110-plus average in a bowler-dominated series illustrates how he single-handedly carried Australia’s run-scoring burden. Marnus Labuschagne was the next Australian with 353, while Matthew Wade, with 337, was the only other Australian to have aggregated 200 or more. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I have given it my all while I have been here for the last four-and-a-half months but I didn’t have much more to give today,” Smith told reporters on Sunday after England salvaged a win at The Oval to ensure the first drawn Ashes series since 1972. “I was pretty cooked mentally and physically and I am looking forward to a couple of weeks off and heading back for the Australian summer.” England’s two victories in the series came in a match Smith missed after a blow to his neck and one in which he scored his only sub-50 score of the series. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSmith’s prolific run not only restored him at the top of test batting rankings but also won over the hostile English fans, who booed him throughout the preceding World Cup and much of the Ashes series. “It was a nice reception when I walked off, would have been nice to have a few more runs under my belt,” Smith said after his dismissal for 23 in the second innings at The Oval. Few expected the 30-year-old to rediscover the form he had shown before being banished to the sidelines for 12 months for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year. But he put to rest such fears by smashing a magnificent 144 on day one of the Edgbaston test, scoring more than half of the team total of 284 in the series opener. “First test is always important in an Ashes series and to pull the team out of trouble gave me the confidence to know I could slot straight back in and perform,” Smith said.last_img read more

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Amazon Studios Now Accepting Short Film Submissions For Feature Development

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Short films are the new scripts at Amazon Studios, which is opening its content development factory to shorts and concept videos for optioning into feature films.The new initiative begins today and works like Amazon’s existing script submission process: 2-15 minute videos can be submitted via Amazon Studios’ website either privately or publicly, with a 45-day option and evaluation period and a $10,000 fee awarded if a short is selected to the development slate.Amazon Studios has a first-look deal with WB and promises $200,000 to creators if their projects are produced with a $400,000 bonus if they top $60M at the box office. The upstart Amazon.com spin-off recently picked up five of its original TV pilots to series after launching their submissions program last year.COURTESY OF DEADLINE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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RBC CEO warns that banks may be sidelined in age of social

first_imgTORONTO – Banks are at risk of being pushed to the sidelines in the age of social media and big data, Royal Bank of Canada’s chief executive David McKay said Friday.Customers are increasingly leaving a digital trail of their financial plans on social media or search histories, such as buying a house, allowing technology giants to not only capitalize on that information, but potentially get into banking themselves, McKay said.“As these technology players realize their digital dividend there is a risk that our visibility with clients will diminish in the networked economies — or ecosystems — of the future,” he told shareholders at RBC’s annual meeting on Friday.Technology continues to reshape the financial services landscape as more consumers do their banking online or via smartphone rather than in physical branches. McKay said Friday that mobile is now RBC’s number one digital channel, with 3.4 million active users, up 19 per cent over the last year.In turn, Canada’s biggest banks have been investing heavily in technological innovation to stay ahead of the curve. During the last fiscal year, RBC spent more than $3-billion on technology, including on digital initiatives, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.And while smaller financial technology companies are both partnering with and competing with traditional banks, larger tech companies and their deep pockets present a more formidable threat.Last month, for example, it emerged that Amazon was in talks with two large U.S. banks to start offering a chequing-like product to the e-commerce titan’s customers, according to the Wall Street Journal.McKay said there is a risk that these companies in search, e-commerce or social may be the first to deduce what customers’ needs are and direct them to financial institutions willing to pay for that information, but also get into banking themselves.“We think about somebody getting between you and your customer with that information, and start influencing the customer to choose other providers.”He added that RBC, Canada’s largest bank, has identified a number of digital “ecosystems” where its clients live and work within which the bank believes it can play an “integral role in the future.”McKay pointed to RBC’s recently released Drive app, which allows users to store car-related information, track trips and book service appointments.“We’re preparing ourselves for a world where others can see what you are trying to do before we see it,” he told reporters. “So we have a number of strategies to make sure that we stay connected to our customers. So we understand what’s going on and we can be relevant.”RBC is also investing heavily in artificial intelligence, and now has more than 200 data scientists working across the bank.While data allows RBC and other companies to develop more relevant products and refine its approach to customers, it is important to balance this with transparency, McKay said.The recent revelations that the Facebook data of millions of users was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, among other things, has prompted a “healthy dialogue” about how personal information should be handled.He said regulations may be needed to set the boundaries, but hoped that would not be necessary.“We’re poised for a societal discussion on how we’re going to use personal information… The way I think that we have acted in the past, globally, as government, industries, whatever it happens to be, may not be sufficient to meet societal norms going forward.”last_img read more

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Melilla Border 12 Soldiers Injured Morocco to Deport 141 SubSaharans

Rabat – While 300 Sub-Saharans stormed the Melilla border fence, 12 Moroccan soldiers received injuries. Morocco arrested 141 migrants and will repatriate them.One of the 12 was seriously injured in the exercise. All the wounded were immediately transported to the Nador hospital for treatment, according to a military source who spoke to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).One migrant died after falling from the fence and 22 others were injured by the barbed wire. They were also transferred to Nador’s hospital. The Moroccan Ministry of the Interior said that public forces arrested 141 undocumented immigrants during the operation.Spanish authorities gave quite different figures, saying that only 200 migrants reached Spain, while 100 failed to cross.Morocco has decided to repatriate all 141 sub-Saharan migrants who attempted to cross the borders on Sunday, according to the ministry’s statement.On October 20, Melilla also announced it would repatriate 30 Moroccan migrants.According to El Faro de Melilla, the repatriated migrants had been rescued from the sea by Spanish authorities on October 19 and transported to Melilla.In July, at least 600 migrants crossed the border from Morocco to the Spanish enclave Ceuta.By July 30, more than 24,000 migrants entered Europe through the western Mediterranean route from Morocco in 2018.Spain’s Ministry of Interior said earlier this year 38,000 migrants are believed to have entered Spain in 2018.According to the Moroccan director of immigration and border surveillance, Khalid Zerouali, Morocco has aborted nearly 65,000 migration attempts annually since 2016.Morocco’s Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit met with his Spanish counterpart Fernando Grande-Marlaska on Saturday to discuss migration issues in Madrid. read more

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Kenya top UN official calls for investigation of killing of human rights

Oscar Kamau Kingara, founder of the Oscar Foundation Free Legal Aid Clinic, was killed along with a co-worker yesterday as the two sat in their car in heavy traffic near Nairobi University in Kenya’s capital, Rupert Colville of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told reporters in Geneva. They were on their way to a meeting with staff of the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights, he added.The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston, had met with Mr. Kingara on his visit to Kenya, during which he found what he called “systematic, widespread and carefully planned” police killings in the country.Mr. Colville said that the Oscar Foundation had provided testimonies of family members of people who had been allegedly killed by police to the Special Rapporteur and, in 2007, had published a report entitled “License to Kill – Extrajudicial Executions and Police Brutality in Kenya.”High Commissioner Navi Pillay urged the Government of Kenya to ensure the safety of the witnesses to the shooting, to investigate this killing and bring the perpetrators to justice, Mr. Colville said. “The High Commissioner also urged the Government to take all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of all people with whom the Special Rapporteur had met during his recent visit,” he added.Speaking with UN Radio today, Philip Alston – who like all UN Special Rapporteurs reports to the Human Rights Council in an unpaid, independent capacity – confirmed that he interviewed both of the murder victims during his visit.He said the Government has accused the Oscar Foundation of having close links to a criminal gang, the Mungiki.“The problem of harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders has always been a very major one,” Mr. Alston stressed. “It’s an issue which the UN has adopted a very strong stance towards.” “We try to take every possible precaution to ensure the security of those that we speak with. At the end of the day if you have a very determined and ruthless group that is going to punish and intimidate these people, there isn’t much that can be done,” he said. 6 March 2009The United Nations human rights chief today called for an investigation after the founder of a Kenyan human rights organization was gunned down, one week after meeting with an independent UN expert investigating police killings in the East African country. read more

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Over 70 arrested during demo in India over Lankan refugees

The volunteers demanded grant of general pardon and release of all prisoners who have been imprisoned for more than 23 years, ‘who have been denied justice’, release of all political prisoners who are in jail for more than 10 years, and the closure of all special camps for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees and permission for them to join their families. The police erected a barricade at the junction of Azad Road and Central Jail Road and prevented the volunteers from proceeding towards the jail. (Colombo Gazette) Over 70 protesters were arrested in Vellore, Tamil Nadu yesterday during a demonstration staged over several demands. including the closure of all special camps for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees.The Hindu newspaper reported that seventy-three persons comprising 65 volunteers of the Naam Thamizhar Katchi and eight of the Socialist Democratic Party of India (SDPI) were arrested as they attempted to lay siege to the Central Prison for men as part of a state-wide agitation. read more

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ADB provides USD 50 million for health system enhancement project

Dr. R H S Samarathunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Ms. Sri Widowati, Country Director of ADB Sri Lanka Resident Mission on behalf of the ADB, today signed the Loan Agreement and the Grant Agreement to obtain USD 37.5 million and USD 12.5 million respectively at the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media. (Colombo Gazette) The objective of the proposed project will be achieved through the following key outputs; (i) primary health care enhanced in the fourprovinces through rehabilitation of PHC facilities in district hospitals (DH) and primary medical care units (PMCUs), procurement of vehicles for the medical officers for supervision and outreach services and Increased public awareness and behavior change to use primary health care, (ii) health and disease surveillance strengthened through adopting health information technology for continuity of care and Implementing of IHR recommendation, (iii) policy development, capacity building and project management supported. The Government has mobilized Grant and Concessional Loan assistance amounting to USD 50 million from the ADB to improve the efficiency, equity and responsiveness of the primary healthcare system in Sri Lanka in line with the National Strategic Framework for Development of Health Services (2016 – 2025).The proposed health system enhancement project will be implemented in four provinces namely Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North Central with geographically, socially and economically deprived populations. The proposed ADB financing is comprised of a grant of USD 12.5 million and a concessional loan of USD 37.5 million. The total investment cost of the Project is USD 60 millionand the Government’s contribution to the project is USD 10 million. read more

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PODCAST Talking career consulting on Conversations with Goodman

This week’s Conversations with Goodman podcast features Lauren Shanahan, a career consultant in the Goodman Career Development Office.Originally from Niagara, Shanahan has a background in business consulting services and has recently joined the Goodman School of Business.The Career Development Office is a service for Goodman students to use, offering a range of services from resume and cover letter reviews to job search strategies and career coaching. In the podcast, Shanahan encourages students to reach out to a career consultant to find out how they can help and gives advice to students who need career guidance and perhaps do not know where to start.Students can make appointments with the Goodman Career team through CareerZone and start a conversation through the Goodman Student Portal. This is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community. read more

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Mike Trout Doesnt Need A Full Season To Put Up MVP Numbers

When Angels star Mike Trout went down for six weeks with a thumb injury at the end of May, it suddenly looked like the American League’s most valuable player title was anybody’s to claim. Would it be rookie sensation Aaron Judge? Or perhaps diminutive Astros sparkplug Jose Altuve would claim his first MVP crown. Could Boston’s strikeout machine Chris Sale work his way into the conversation? The race seemed wide open.Four months later, it’s becoming clear that we may have underestimated the best player in baseball.Trout returned from his first career DL stint after the All-Star break and started knocking home runs like he’d never left. In 51 games since his recovery, Trout has slashed .305/.457/.563, accruing a total of about 21 runs above an average player. Trout’s hitting has been so otherworldly that he has almost entirely closed the gap between himself and the best offensive players in baseball. Here’s a chart showing Trout’s Weighted Runs Created, which quantifies a player’s total offensive value, relative to the rest of the league since the start of the 2017 season. Throw in Trout’s decent defense and proficient base-stealing, and you have the league’s fourth-highest WAR total. And he’s gaining fast on current AL leader Altuve, who slowed down his pace of production slightly as the summer wore on, posting his worst on-base plus slugging rate in September. It’s a long shot, but Trout could pass Altuve in the next couple of weeks.Trout has been among the best players in baseball each full season he’s played. But he’s not only the best in his generation, he’s also the best player in history through ages 21-24. He’ll have to make up a little ground on Ty Cobb to extend that streak to age 25, but there’s no doubt that he’s on his way to an inner-circle Hall of Fame career.Even if Trout doesn’t manage to catch Altuve (or Cobb), he still has a legitimate shot at his third AL MVP award. While the WAR leaderboard doesn’t care about how good your team is, the same cannot be said for MVP voters. And that may be the best argument for Trout’s claim: The Angels are unexpectedly in the running for a wild-card spot, and they owe much of their success to Trout’s bat. To the Angels’ credit, they managed to slightly improve their playoff position in Trout’s absence, but their chances didn’t really take off until he came back.In retrospect, perhaps it was inevitable that Trout would make a run at league MVP. He is the king of consistency, after all. We can just add “injury” to the long list of factors, such as aging and opponent adjustments, that could end a mortal man’s career but barely seem to slow Trout. read more

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