People’s march to seek Goa CM’s resignation

first_imgFew Goa-based NGOs, political parties, including Congress, civil society groups and individuals will join a ‘people’s march’ led by social activist Rajan Ghate to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s private residence on Tuesday, to demand his resignation. “The march will be held on Tuesday, November 20,” activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues told the press at Azad Maidan, venue of the on-going hunger strike by Mr. Ghate. Mr. Ghate’s indefinite hunger strike to demand the resignation of of ailing Chief Minister to “improve collapsed governance in the State” entered fourth day on Monday.“Mr. Ghate will lead the march to the Dona Paula residence of CM Manohar Parrikar. The march will be attended by Goa’s NGOs, leading individuals and some political parties, including the Congress,” Mr. Rodridgues said. Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar confirmed his party’s participation in the march.Mr. Ghate has been on fast-unto-death for the last four days at the city square demanding that Mr. Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been unable to attend office for several months now, either resign or handover the charge of the government in public interest.Apart from the Opposition, which has been demanding his resignation for several months now, on Saturday some Cabinet Ministers from the ruling alliance also conceded while interacting with media that Mr. Parrikar’s prolonged absence from office had brought administration to a standstill.last_img read more

Roger Federer beats Tomas Berdych, sets up Wimbledon 2017 final vs Marin Cilic

first_imgRoger Federer’s relentless pursuit of an eighth Wimbledon title continued as he beat stubborn Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6(4) 7-6(4) 6-4 to reach the final for the 11th time on Friday.The 35-year-old Swiss was given a tough test by the 11th seed, who beat him at the same stage in 2010, but raised his game at the crucial moments to become the oldest men’s singles finalist here since Ken Rosewall in 1974.Rosewall, 39, went on to lose to Jimmy Connors but Federer will be a huge favourite to reclaim the title against big-serving Croatian Marin Cilic on Sunday.Federer has now reached 29 grand slam finals, winning 18, and he has carved his way through the draw without dropping a set.This was his toughest test so far, though, as Berdych put in a solid shift at the coalface to keep Federer on his toes.Cricketing royalty spotted at #Wimbledon! ICC (@ICC) July 14, 2017″I’ve been watching Roger for the last 10 years. Here I am to support Roger.”@sachin_rt is back at #Wimbledon. Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2017Twice he dragged Federer into tiebreaks but on both occasions he was helpless as Federer simply flicked the switch, conjuring winners at will to move two sets ahead.Berdych refused to throw in the towel and even had breaks points at 3-3 in the third set, only for Federer to smash down three aces and an unreturnable serve.Federer, who took six months off after losing in the semis last year, broke in the next game and the end came quickly as he held serve at 5-4 to seal his 90th win at the All England Club.advertisement”This triumphant year for @rogerfederer continues”He moves into his 11th #Wimbledon singles final without dropping a set… Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2017last_img read more

New IoT standards, products and small form factors at embedded world

first_imgKontron presents a multitude of new products at embedded world, including a Fog Computing starter kit with TSN networking card for entry into Time Sensitive Networking, scalable IOT-/Edge gateways, Fog computers and HMIs, the Embedded Server ZINC Cube with latest Intel processors, Computer-on-Modules, motherboards, and single board computers with Intel, AMD, and NXP processors, and Computer-On-Modules in Q7 form factor plus the COM Express and SMARC 2.0 form factors already available. By Norbert Hauser, Kontron S&T AG                                Download PDF version of this articleVisitors will learn how Kontron together with S&T supports enterprises with the latest technologies, products, and services in their digitalization and IoT strategies from the Cloud to the field level. A highlight is the availability of the new Time Sensitive Networking starter kit. The starter kit consists of a KBox C-102 as an industrial computer/Fog computer for central control through the integrated networking card for TSN, as well as the corresponding software. This allows for enterprises to create seamless connections between the field level, Operational Technology (OT), and Information Technology (IT), making possible real IIoT or Industry 4.0 based on the Ethernet Protocol standard. For the configuration and the monitoring of their TSN networks, users require the suitable tools. Existing prototypical implementations facilitate the configuration of the appropriate TSN streams and offer graphical user interfaces. For monitoring and debugging purposes, the common tools can be employed, as long as they cover the features specific to TSN, such as synchronization status.Figure 1. The new Kontron TSN standard networking card. As a stand-alone networking card, it renders every compatible device Time Sensitive Networking (TSN)-ready. The TSN specifications guarantee timely, high availability The Kontron solution offers accuracies of under 100ns for clock synchronization among its networking elements. Packet jitter typically doesn’t rise above 1µsec. Packet-length-dependent latencies are around 2.5µs (64 Byte) for the TSN switches. These characteristics already cover a lot of applications at the field level well. In parallel, new solutions expanding the new OPC UA standard by adding real time capabilities over TSN are being developed. They are based on running TSN switches in what is called cut through mode for minimal latency. This procedure potentially satisfies the highest demands for control technology.The global OPC UA interoperability standard enables the seamless, secure, and reliable flow of information among the devices of various manufacturers and thus significantly drives convergence of industrial infrastructures. OPC UA is an ideal choice for meeting the new demands in security, data modeling, scalability, and expandability. With the standard PCI Express network card and the associated network and switch drivers for Linux, industrial computers can be connected through redundant ring-, line-, daisy-chain-, or star-shaped TSN networks. The Kontron TSN network card includes an integrated switch for redundant networks with two (PCIE-0200-TSN) or four (PCIE-0400-TSN) gigabit ethernet ports. It meets all specifications of IEEE 802.1, such as timing and time synchronization, traffic scheduling, frame preemption, stream reservation protocol, and others (via update where applicable). Future extensions of the TSN specifications can be integrated through software updates in the FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array). For OEM customers, Kontron offers a private labelling version of the networking card with software services included. This enables OEM customers to expand their portfolio with TSN-connected products. Like all Kontron products, the TSN network card is especially suited for rough industrial environments and can be run in industrial temperature ranges from -40 to +85 ° C. Kontron will present an Embedded Cloud live demo based on the TSN system and OPC UA in combination with various IoT- and TSN devices such as an Embedded Server. In this scenario, it implements the use of Embedded hardware and cloud elements in a Time Sensitive Network.Tailored for its vision of the Embedded Cloud, Edge, and Fog Computing, Kontron introduces its first Embedded Server available as a product. The successor to the Cube evaluation platform offers a Single Intel Xeon processor with a compact, cost-optimized design type with expanded storage functionality.Figure 2. The modular FusionClient HMI combines an edgeless, easy-clean, IP65 protected and anti-glare pure glass interface with the industry proven performance and flexibility of the Kontron COM Express Computer-on-Module. In assembly lines and production facilities, the trend is towards machine and plant control through touch-controlled visual user interfaces. To suit the harsh conditions of industrial settings, Kontron offers two product families of industry-grade HMI (Human Machine Interface): FusionClient and FlatClient. Both families are equipped with the latest generation of Intel Core i7 processors. All HMIs of the FusionClient family are IP65 protected at the front and designed specially for use in industrial environments. They have an extremely high shock and vibration resistance and can be run in temperature ranges from 0 to +50 °C. All FusionClient models feature an easy-to-clean, scratch-resistant, anti-glare front glass, and are available with our without a PCAP Multi-Touch screen. The screens are available in display sizes from 12.1 inches (30,7 cm) to 21.5 inches (55 cm). Individual options can be integrated to expand the range of functions. For instance, an RFID reader mounted invisibly behind the front glass can be used for implement authorization and security levels for comprehensive access control. An LED alarm rail, optionally available as well, offers high user friendliness and optimized visualization of processes and machine state. For an even easier integration into existing nework structures, Wi-Fi can be integrated as well. On demand, Kontron FusionClient series supports Kontron WideLink, a technology that implements video and telemetry data communication through a standard CAT6a Ethernet cable at up to 100 meters distance, remotely connecting control computers free of interference.Figure 3. COM Express Type 7 with latest Intel Xeon processor: Typ 7 Module with carrier board Kontron FlatClient PCs are designed for industrial applications. They offer maximum flexibility at attractive pricing. Through the update to the latest Intel processor technology, users benefit from marked graphics- and computing performance increases. The FlatClient family panel PCs have proven themselves successful in high-volume implementations in industrial applications. They are available in numerous versions covering four display sizes from 10.1 inches (25,7 cm) to 23.8 inches (60,5 cm) screen diagonal. They are available in both 16:9 and 16:10 widescreen format, as well as 4:3 and 5:4 standard format. Kontron is one of a select few manufactures in the marketplace offering up-to-date processor and display technology in 4:3 and 5:4 regular format devices. FlatClients feature a full-metal casing and are available in versions for independent operation with VESA mount or as built-in devices. They are optionally available with PCAP, resistive touch screen or safety glass and can be equipped with RFID readers.Figure 4. Tailored for its Embedded Cloud vision and Edge- and Fog computing, the first available embedded server from the Cube evaluation platform already unveiled with a Single Intel Xeon processor in a compact, cost-optimized design with extended storage functionality will be presented The FlatClient panel PC family is structured in two distinct lines: the ECO Line features Intel Atom processors, while the PRO Line is based on Intel Core CPUs. The ECO Line devices are equipped with two Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)-, one HDMI, one VGA, two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port. The PRO Line offers three Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), two DisplayPort and four USB 3.0 interfaces. Optionally, both lines can be equipped with serial interfaces (RS232, RS422, RS485), an audio output, and an RFID module with a CF/SD card reader. Depending on the processor used, FlatClient PCs support the Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems including Embedded versions, Windows 10 IoT, and Linux. The design of the FlatClient models can be customized to meet customer requirements, for example by freely choosing the color of the front and back of the devices and adorning them with individual logos. All devices are characterized by their fanless design, are highly shock- and vibration resistant, and feature an easy-to-clean, anti-glare and scratch-resitant front glass with IP65 protection. All FlatClient panel PCs are CE and cULus certified.The latest Kontron KBox A-250 is based on a PicoITX-2.5”-SBC and comes equipped with the latest Intel Atom processors. Their favorable price makes them especially suited to use as an entry IoT gateway and when requirements for additional interfaces are low. The new KBox A-150 is based on 3.5“-SBCs with scalable performance from Intel Atom, Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium up to Intel Core i processors.At embedded world, Kontron will present, for the first time ever, Computer-on-Modules with a Q7 form factor, which will be offered alongside the COM Express and SMARC 2.0 form factors going forward. These modules are already available with NXP i.MX low-performance processors optimized for networking tasks, and Intel Atom processors for SMARC. With its new Q7 form factor products, Kontron addresses customers using products of this format already, opening a migration path to the SMARC 2.0 standard. All new SMARC 2.0 modules can be equipped with the original security solution APPROTECT which protects data and application integrity end to end. With APPROTECT LICENSING, new business models such as licensing or pay-per-use can easily be implemented.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Liquid cooling expands applications for CompactPCI computersNext Express Logic to obtain Common Criteria EAL4+ Security Certification for X-Ware IoT Platform SClast_img read more

TI: high-voltage amplifiers enable accuracy in error-sensitive industrial applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous Cypress and Semtech collaborate on LoRaWAN solution for smart city applicationsNext Rohde & Schwarz: new signal generators set standards in the class up to 6 GHz Texas Instruments introduced three new amplifiers with a unique combination of high speed and high precision, allowing designers to create more accurate circuits for error-sensitive applications. The new devices support more precise measurement and faster processing of a wide variety of input signals in test and measurement, medical, and data-acquisition systems. To learn more about TI’s new amplifiers, with maximum supply voltages ranging from 27 to 36 V.Designers can select the amplifier architecture that meets their system requirements, with input voltages, bandwidths and key features as follows:OPA2810: 27-V junction gate field-effect transistor (JFET)-input dual operational amplifier (op amp), 120-MHz bandwidth, 500-µV max offset voltage.OPA189: 36-V zero-drift op amp, 14-MHz bandwidth, multiplexer (MUX) friendly.THS3491: 32-V current-feedback amplifier, 900-MHz small-signal bandwidth, ±420-mA output current.The high bandwidths of the OPA2810 and OPA189 enable high-gain configurations and faster response times for more accurate measurements. Designers can use the THS3491 current-feedback amplifier’s wide small-signal bandwidth, high slew rate and output current of ±420 mA to achieve low distortion and high output power levels. The THS3491 is capable of 10-Vpeak-to-peak output levels at 200 MHz into 100-Ω loads for test and measurement systems, such as arbitrary waveform generators, laser diode drivers and high capacitive load drive applications.The exceptional precision of these high-voltage amplifiers maximizes system accuracy, while reducing the need for external calibration and minimizing bill-of-materials cost. With an industry-leading maximum offset and lowest voltage noise of 5.7 nV/√Hz for 27-V amplifiers in the 100- to 200-MHz bandwidth range, the OPA2810 op amp allows engineers to achieve more precise measurements in data-acquisition and signal-processing applications.The OPA189 is the widest bandwidth zero-drift op amp with the lowest noise of 5.2 nV/√Hz. With a low maximum drift of 0.02 μV/°C, the OPA189 also minimizes temperature error without calibration, increasing system accuracy over an extended temperature range.Consuming up to 80 percent less power than competitive devices, TI’s new amplifiers enable low-power operation in high-speed designs. Engineers can jump-start the design of their high-voltage systems with the Reference Design Maximizing Signal Dynamic Range for True 10 Vpp Differential Input to 20-Bit ADC.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Zindagi ban jayegi: Ambani wedding photographer was told before he was hired

first_imgIsha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s wedding was probably the wedding of the century and everything about it was grand.The wedding saw all the big names from sports, entertainment, business and politics attend the celebrations and even dance on the sangeet ceremony. In fact, Hillary Clinton got on the stage and did bhangra.Even the coverage of the wedding was beyond this world and apparently the photographers clicked over 1.2 lakh photos of the entire festivities. And it was done by a Mangalurean photographer and his team.Starting from December 1, in the span of 15 days, Vivek Sequeira, a 47-year-old photographer and his team clicked these unbelievable amount of photos.In an interview to The News Minute, Vivek said, “This by far is the biggest wedding I have covered in my life and it was no less than a dream.” He also revealed that when he was first offered the event he didn’t even know that it was the Ambani wedding. He was just told that ‘Zindagi ban jayegi’ (You’ll be set for life).”Initially I was not even told whose wedding it was. It was in June 2018 that this person asked me to block my dates between December 1-15, and send samples of my work. Soon after, I was confirmed for the event but the client’s name was kept confidential,” he said.The deal was kept strictly confidential between the parties. Vivek revealed that he had to sign various confidentiality agreements on photos and remuneration awarded before taking up the job.advertisementThe whole celebration was captured by Vivek and his team of 17 members. Also, in a span of a fortnight, about 30 TB of hard disks were filled with photos.ALSO SEE | This unseen pic of Isha Ambani with her bridesmaids will remind you of your BFFsALSO SEE | All of Isha Ambani’s wedding looks: Mehendi to Mumbai reception. 15 picsALSO WATCH | The special moment when Isha and Anand exchanged varmalaslast_img read more

9 days ago​Gilmour reveals Lampard advice before Chelsea debut

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Gilmour reveals Lampard advice before Chelsea debutby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBilly Gilmour has spoken about the advice that he received from Frank Lampard before making his Chelsea debut.The 18-year-old got his chance to shine with the senior side against Sheffield United in August. He came off the bench in the 2-2 draw.Gilmour has now revealed the words he exchanged with boss Lampard before the match.”The night before, the gaffer kept asking if my family were coming down and saying make sure they come,” the Scotland U21 international told reporters.”We were 2-0 up and I’m thinking ‘this could be good’, but it was 2-1 when I came on. “That shows you how much trust he has in the younger players to put you on in such a tight game.”It finished 2-2, which wasn’t the result I hoped for, but it made my dream come true of playing in the Premier League.” last_img read more

International Human Rights Day

first_imgOn Dec. 10, 1948, United Nations members signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and pledged human rights and dignity for all people. Partners for Human Rights is marking this historic event by hosting its annual International Human Rights Day event on Monday, Dec. 10. This year’s event, Human Rights in Nova Scotia: Past, Present and Future – Sixty Years and Counting, will launch 2008 as the 60th anniversary year for the declaration. “With the 60th year since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights approaching, we felt this was an opportunity to focus on how far we have come, but also acknowledge that we still have more work to do,” said Sandra Smith Muir, co-chair of Partners for Human Rights. “The focus of the event is really positive change.” The International Human Rights Day event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Common Room at the Dartmouth Sportsplex, 110 Wyse Rd., Dartmouth, and feature speakers from the aboriginal, youth and African Nova Scotian communities and musical entertainment. Bev Bonvie from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will also reflect on how human rights has evolved from a personal prospective of 30 years of working with the commission. The event will begin with the signature Harmony Breakfast, which gives people an opportunity to meet with other community members over a continental buffet. This year, two Human Rights Award winners have been selected. Janice Smith, co-chair of the Uniacke Square Tenants’ Association, was chosen for reflecting her community’s work to improve the opportunities for all members against discrimination and exclusion. The Cole Harbour Boys and Girls Club was chosen because of its commitment to include people with disabilities and its dedication to all types of families, including low-income and single-parent families. “Both Human Rights Award winners are incredibly deserving,” said Michael Noonan, director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “We have an individual who works tirelessly to improve opportunities for members of her community, and an organization that provides child-care options for groups that are often faced with many challenges. “Both are positive role-models for human rights and in their communities.” In addition to the Dartmouth event, celebrations will be held around the province. In Sydney, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Affirmative Action Committee and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will host the 12th annual Tom Miller Human Rights Award ceremony on Monday, Dec. 10. This year’s award recipient will be Edgar MacLeod, chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police Force, who is being honoured for recognizing that human rights must be protected by the law and promoting education initiatives in the community. The Sydney event will also feature the winners of the International Human Rights Day School Contest and feature Dan Christmas as keynote speaker. The event will take place at the Ukrainian Hall, Sydney. The Tri-County Regional School Board, the office of the Immigration Information Navigator for the Tri-County Region, and the western office of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission are working together to bring a series of presentations to high schools in the region. Reem Majdalawieh, a Yarmouth woman of Islamic faith, will talk about Islam and the rights of Muslim women at Digby Regional High School on Monday, Dec. 10, and Shelburne Regional High School on Monday, Dec. 17. Partners for Human Rights had operated as Partners Against Racism for more than 15 years. The committee will continue to work toward a respectful and inclusive community.last_img read more

Commemorating the Statesman

first_imgThe commemorative event happened in the first week of February 2019. But on return, since we were all sucked into the vortex of the battle for India 2019, I had thought of keeping the narration and reflection pending until the dust had settled. Prime Minister Modi’s victory, as I have often argued, confirms that India’s civilisational march on the world stage shall continue unabated. In the rise of India as a civilisational state, a state conscious of her civilisational dimension and responsibilities as envisaged by Modi, the soft power aspect, therefore, plays a crucial role. Also Read – A special kind of bondSince 2014, with PM Modi himself imparting it a new and reassessed role, India’s soft outreach, the retracing of her civilisational footprints, her articulation of civilisational and cultural cooperation has gained new momentum and credence. The articulation and delineation of the term “Indo-Pacific” by Modi at the Shangri-La Dialogue, for example, does not merely contain a strategic and economic layer but its civilisational layer emerges as equally crucial and relevant. The commemorative event that took place in the first week of February 2019 in Yangon was in line with that vision. It symbolised, besides commemorating Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s civilisational vision for India, the present urge to create a new narrative based on the cultural and civilisational foundations of the past. India’s outreach has always had a distinct flavour–it was non-intrusive, non-violent, unimposing, assimilative and therefore accepted by those who were contacted. Dr Mookerjee’s own words come to mind. While speaking at the Asiatic Society he had eloquently observed about this phenomenon: “when Indian nationals visited foreign lands, they carried with them not arms, not ammunitions, but messages of peace and goodwill. Cultural intercourse between India, on the one hand, and China, Indo-China, Malaysia, and the South Sea Islands on the other is now a matter of history. People of India were equally catholic in their assimilation of other cultures.” Also Read – Insider threat management The 118th birth anniversary of Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee on July 6, gives me an occasion to narrate the event as it happened. A historic event that quietly took place on one balmy February morning this year in the hallowed precincts of the sacred and symbolic Kaba Aye Pagoda in Yangon. In Myanmar, the event was widely reported and closely followed and touched depths of people whose lives revolve around the sacred aura of Buddha, and whose worship and faith in Sakyamuni is unfailing, unconditional and all-pervading. In India, the event largely went unnoticed. The correspondent of one national daily which had shown some interest backed out arguing that the event did not elicit wide interest. Affiliated to a certain political party, it was understandable that the daily would be reluctant to give space to Dr. Mookerjee and Narendra Modi. I write the account in the first person eschewing for once the habit of keeping myself in the background. I have been visiting Myanmar regularly since 2014. Each visit was aimed at trying to further our civilisational objective of greater partnership through fresh strategies. To say that India and Myanmar share a deep bond–religious and cultural–will be to understate the relationship. Myanmar continues to be the active link and bridge between India and the wider ASEAN world, the golden gateway, as it were, for India’s outreach into the most dynamic region of the world. My studies on Dr Mookerjee’s contribution as president of the Mahabodhi Society of India towards relaying India’s cultural and civilisational relationship with the Buddhist world post-independence led me to discover the crucial role he had played in cementing bonds between a newly independent India and a newly independent Myanmar. I had read and learnt that besides touring Southeast Asia–mainly Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam where he addressed large gatherings–with the sacred Relics of Buddha’s two chief disciples Mahamogallana and Sariputta, Dr Mookerjee had intervened at the request of Myanmar’s first Prime Minister, the legendary leader and thinker U Nu, and had ensured that a portion of the sacred Relics were given out as “permanent loan” to the people of Myanmar on behalf of the government of India. In Cambodia, it is said that over half a million people had gathered to listen to Dr. Mookerjee speak on Buddha, India and the future of the world. U Nu was deeply moved, and he took the initiative of enshrining the Relics in the newly constructed Kaba Aye Pagoda. He saw it as a symbol of peace, unity, and reconciliation for his newly freed country. In recognition of his stellar role in facilitating this epochal occasion, Dr. Mookerjee was specially invited to attend the enshrinement ceremony in March 1952. In a sense, it was his last visit abroad. Each time I visited Myanmar, I made it a point to pay homage to the Kaba Aye Pagoda. Every time I went, I was led with great warmth into the sacred Relics chamber. Circumambulating the precincts, I almost always thought of Dr. Mookerjee and hoped that one day we could perhaps commemorate, through a permanent commemorative insignia or plaque, this crucial civilisational contribution that he had made. In terms of symbolism, Dr Mookerjee’s act was profound. Therefore, it had to be commemorated for posterity so that future generations in both countries come to know about how an Indian leader–one who combined in himself the role of a leading politician and founder of a new political party while being the most active presidents of the Mahabodhi Society–had facilitated one of the most civilisational and strategically crucial act; an act which had also left a deep and lasting imprint on the psyche of both countries and the Buddhist world at large. I began writing and speaking about it at various fora in India and Myanmar. It elicited great interest and appreciation among people, strategic thinkers and scholars in general. We often discussed this among ourselves. The selfless volunteers and workers of the Sanatan Dharma Swayamsevak Sangh (SDSS), led by a self-effacing pracharak, Dr. Ram Niwas–an accomplished academic and worker who dedicated himself to spreading India’s civilisational message across Southeast Asia–and our other friends who continuously put in their best efforts to keep the well of India’s goodwill and goodwill for India in the region replenished, came forward with a plan. We decided to write to the Ministry for Religious and Cultural Affairs of the government of Myanmar, proposing the grant of permission for installing a marble plaque somewhere within the precincts of the Kaba Aye Pagoda, commemorating Dr. Mookerjee and his contribution. The SDSS took it upon itself to facilitate and mediate. It has a huge reservoir of goodwill in Myanmar and amongst all sections of society there. I wrote to the Minister making a detailed case, appending photographs, copies of letters and chapters from my book which describe the episode in some detail. A long period of silence followed my letter. We assumed that perhaps this was too minor a detail for Naypyitaw, perhaps it was not relevant at the moment, or perhaps that the emotional connect had become diluted. Yet, all through this period of what seemed to be a vacuous wait, Dr Ram Niwas kept at it, advising me to have patience and to keep willing. I received his call one morning towards the end of November when winter was gradually setting in Delhi. “Naypyitaw”, he told me “had agreed to the proposal and they had also agreed to the draft of the text that we had proposed to engrave on the plaque, with minor alterations and were happy to facilitate the event. The minister himself spoke and expressed his happiness and wished to be present on the occasion”. Events followed in quick succession. The venerable Trustees of the Kaba Aye Pagoda passed a resolution and designated a prominent spot where the plaque could be installed. The Indian community, inspired by the SDSS, took it upon themselves to get the plaque prepared. “It will be our honour to get it ready”, Dr. Venkatesh AR–one of the leading lights of the community–insisted. The plaque was finally ready by the end of December and transported from Mandalay–another sacred city for us because of its association with Lokmanya Tilak and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose–and February 9 was designated as the day of the unveiling. Invitations were sent out on behalf of the SDSS for the “unveiling of a special commemorative plaque in memory of Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee–Indian Patriot, Statesman, former Union Minister and President of Mahabodhi Society of India”. The Government of Myanmar was represented by the Deputy Minister of Religious and Cultural Affairs who was specially deputed for the event. The members of the Indian community were present in full strength, and other community leaders were also present. Imposing gateways were erected at the venue and the national media was present in a big way too. The proceedings began with speeches. Two large drums which were part of the Relics enshrinement procession in 1952, were prominently displayed and each speaker, the Deputy Minister, the Indian Ambassador, the senior Trustee of the Pagoda and Dr. Ram Niwas as convener of the SDSS, spoke of the occasion’s symbolism. I referred to Dr. Mookerjee’s contribution in cementing bonds between the two countries and also spoke of PM Modi’s vision of a civilisational partnership between our countries and region. The audience repeatedly chanted “Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu” expressing their appreciation. In a procession, we then headed towards the plaque and together unveiled it to the sound of cymbals, incantations and the chants of ‘Sadhu, Sadhu.’ Sacred water was sprinkled and the flower-bedecked marble plaque was finally consecrated with the following inscription in Myanmarese and English engraved on it: “Gautama Buddha gave to the world his message of love, peace, and understanding 2,500 years ago in a simple manner which carried faith and conviction not only to the learned but, what is more, which carried hope and inspiration to the masses. They gave solace and strength to millions throughout the world. It needed no sword; no arms helped the spread of the doctrine to countries far and near.” – Syama Prasad Mookerjee This plaque stands in the memory of Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee (1901-1953)–Indian Statesman, Educationist, visionary Patriot, one of the founding fathers of the Indian Republic, federal Minister of industry and supplies in independent India’s first ministry (1947-1950), President of the Maha Bodhi Society of India (1947-1953), Member of India’s first Parliament (1951-1953), and founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) (1951). Dr Mookerjee played a historic role in forging and reinforcing a deeper civilisational friendship between India and Myanmar in present times. As president of the Maha Bodhi Society of India, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee was instrumental in ensuring that India gifted a portion of the sacred Relics of Buddha’s chief disciples–Arahants Mahamogallana and Sariputta–to the people of Myanmar for permanent enshrinement. He deftly negotiated and led the entire effort and saw to it that the government of India offered a portion of the sacred relics to the people of Myanmar in a fraternal act, which, in the words of then Prime Minister U Nu, “further cement the already very close and unique relationship between our two sister countries.” On March 5, 1952, when the sacred Relics were finally enshrined at the iconic Kaba Aye Pagoda, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee was specially invited. He had flown down from Kolkata to attend the enshrinement ceremony in this very precinct. We were then led to the Relics chamber and granted a special darshan of the sacred Relics. The crystal caskets were brought out and the silver tray bearing the sacred Relics of Buddha and his two chief disciples–as these must have been brought and seen by Dr. Mookerjee–was placed on our heads as a special gesture and blessing. It was a divine moment, which saw the fulfilment of a fervent wish and resolve that I had repeatedly made in these very precincts. In a sense, a portion of Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee was finally and permanently installed in the Kaba Aye Pagoda, an institution that he had frequented nearly seven decades ago. The installation also symbolised the permanency, the rootedness and the indissolubility of relations of our two countries and also of India’s benign presence and contribution to this region and beyond in a spirit of true partnership and mutuality. The Deputy Minister dedicated the entire day and evening for the event. “When I was participating in this event”, he told us candidly, “I was transported to Bodhgaya, I could almost feel the breeze under the Bodhi Tree, it was an occasion that radiated Buddha’s blessings.” The Myanmar media and papers were full of the news of the event, it was celebrated, lauded and appreciated as a landmark gesture that reinforced our shared past and destiny. The peoples’ support, the proactive interventions by the SDSS, the facilitation and willing support by the Myanmar government and Trustees of the Kaba Aye Pagoda demonstrated that conviction. As our flight took off from Yangon, I looked out at the Pagoda studded greenery below, pondering on how we had taken one small step towards realising what Prime Minister Modi often says of making the 21st century the “Asian Century.” In the early years after Independence, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, too, in his own way had perhaps been impelled by such a vision; it was that which must have driven him to undertake this sacred peregrination across Southeast Asia with the message of Buddha upheld by India’s civilisational wisdom. In a sense, he had scattered seeds and it was now time to water these with new thought and energy for realising the hope of the Asian Century. (Dr. Anirban Ganguly is Director, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Widow warned best hope for change to CPP survivor benefits rules is

first_imgOTTAWA – Samantha MacDougall is staring down a tough road.Late next month, she’s scheduled to appear before the social security tribunal, the final appeals body on benefits decisions, to argue the government was wrong to deny her Canada Pension Plan survivor benefits.Anyone under age 35 who loses a spouse only receives CPP survivor benefits if they have children or a disability. Otherwise, they must wait until they reach age of 65 to collect benefits.MacDougall was 30 when her partner Greg Weeks died in 2013. Her two stepsons were too old to be considered dependents, nor did she have a disability.She believes the age requirement is deeply flawed and unconstitutional.“It makes me mad — the policy and the way it’s formed,” MacDougall said. “It’s discriminatory, based on the fact the formula is based on age. I don’t know how they can argue it’s not.”She has been warned the tribunal is unlikely to side with her and that her best hope rests with the country’s top court — and even that may be a long shot.The age rule is in place because a survivor with no children or disability ought to be able to adapt financially to the loss of a partner by going back to work, the government argues. The survivors benefit, by design, provides increased benefits to those deemed least able to recover financially.The age limit was set at 35. MacDougall will have to wait until she is 65 to receive roughly three-fifths of what Weeks would have been eligible for in retirement, adjusted for inflation from the date of death.Weeks, a former army corporal, was 50 when he died of cancer four years ago.MacDougall filled out all the forms the funeral home suggested, including one for CPP survivor benefits. The government rejected her claim.When she received the rejection letter, MacDougall said she was angry and confused. As she went prepared her appeal and researched the issue deeper, MacDougall said she grew more frustrated: “It made less sense, the more reading I did.”For two decades, the federal government has relied on a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that found the age restriction was not discriminatory, even though the delay in receiving the payments and the reduced value of the benefit denied widows and widowers like MacDougall equal treatment under the law.The ruling seeps into documents that make up MacDougall’s file before the tribunal. She allowed The Canadian Press to review the documents filed as part of her appeal.In submissions to the tribunal, the government argues the payments were not designed to “remedy the immediate financial need experienced by widows and widowers.”Instead, they were targeted to older widows and widowers to help them meet their basic needs, because they were less likely to be in the workforce and able to pay the bills on their own.Younger widows had fewer impediments to finding work and were generally in a better position to independently replace a deceased spouse’s income over the long run, the government says.The legal advice MacDougall received from law students working at Dalhousie University’s legal aid clinic is that she would have to convince the Supreme Court to reverse its decision in order to have the rule changed. The tribunal only ensures the current law is being properly enforced and doesn’t have the power to rewrite regulations.“But demonstrating a distinction that amounted to discrimination has been difficult,” the law students wrote in an April 26, 2016 letter to MacDougall.Instead of arguing age discrimination, the students came up with a different idea: MacDougall could argue sex discrimination because the top court has noted that women are more likely to find themselves living in poverty after marital separation.“Although the (CPP) legislation does not target women directly, it might be worth exploring whether it disproportionately negatively impacts on women,” the letter reads.But a constitutional challenge is no easy, or cheap task. MacDougall has had to do all the legwork so far on her own. She said she doesn’t know how much further she will take her appeal if she loses before the tribunal.She might not go any further if she can get satisfactory explanations for all her questions.But for now, she’s taking it one step at a time.“This is a constitutional appeal that it affects all Canadians. I shouldn’t even be the one having to fight this. Everybody should have an input.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The hearing, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been rescheduled for late July.last_img read more

Aquarium nursing tropical turtle found coldstunned off Vancouver Island

first_imgVANCOUVER — A turtle that is much more comfortable in tropical waters washed up in Port Alberni on central Vancouver Island with what experts say was a dangerously low body temperature.Vancouver Aquarium veterinarian Martin Haulena says the adult male olive ridley sea turtle appeared “cold-stunned” when it was found Monday with a temperature of 11 degrees Celsius, a drop from the normal 20 degrees.Sea turtles are cold-blooded and depend on their environment to control body temperatures so when the water gets too cold, the turtles become hypothermic, also know as cold-stunning.Haulena says the turtle may have come north with what’s known as “the blob,” a warm area of water in the Pacific Ocean, or it may have hitchhiked on a warm current into the B.C. waters.The turtle, named Berni after the location it was found, will be recuperating at the Vancouver Aquarium where staff will gradually raise his body temperature and treat him for dehydration and possible pneumonia.Lindsaye Akhurst, manager of the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre at the aquarium, says Berni has a long road to recovery and once he’s stable they’ll work with Canadian and U.S. authorities for permits to get him back to his home waters.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New Flyer awarded contract for 40 electric buses from Montreal and Laval

first_imgWINNIPEG – North America’s largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer says the transit commissions of Montreal and Laval, Que., have placed Canada’s largest order for battery-electric buses.New Flyer Canada, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., says it beat two competitors to win a contract for 40 zero-emission Xcelsior Charge transit buses from the transit agencies in Quebec’s two largest cities.A notice to build the buses is expected after a nine-month review of a pilot bus slated to be given the green light Oct. 31.The order for 30 buses from Montreal’s transit authority (STM) and 10 from Laval’s transit agency is supported by funding from the provincial and federal governments.Both transit authorities operate battery-electric bus pilot programs as they aim to become fully electric in the future.The Winnipeg-based company says these buses are already operating in Toronto, Vancouver and several large American cities.Companies in this story: (TSX:NFI)last_img read more

MP Bob Zimmer to hold second Caribou Closures Town Hall

first_imgThe purpose of the meeting was for residents to hear details regarding the potential Caribou Closures and for residents to have their say during a Question and Answer session.This upcoming meeting will look at the same issues and concerns residents have with the Caribou Recovery Process.The next Northern B.C. Caribou Closures Town Hall is taking place Saturday, February 23, in Prince George at the Marriott Hotel.The meeting will be in the Spruce Room and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.For more information, you can call Anita Bergstrom at 250-561-7982. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. Bob Zimmer will be hosting a second Public Northern B.C. Caribou Closures Town Hall.The Town Halls are being hosted by Zimmer in response to the lack of public consultation from the Provincial Government on the Caribou Recovery Process.The first meeting was held in Fort St. John on February 2, 2019.last_img read more

WatchTrudeaus pushback at G7 will cost Canadians a lot of money Trump

SINGAPORE — U.S. President Donald Trump says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s assertion that Canada “will not be pushed around” will end up costing Canadians “a lot of money.”Trump gave a wide-ranging news conference in Singapore on Tuesday following his landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in which the two leaders spoke for several hours.Among the many topics the president addressed with reporters afterward was his recent Twitter campaign against Trudeau, whom he has called “dishonest” and “weak.”Those comments came after Trudeau’s closing news conference at the G7 summit in Quebec on Saturday, when the prime minister said he had pushed back against the Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum.Trudeau ‘probably didn’t know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions’Donald Trump Cole Burston/Bloomberg Trump says Trudeau “probably didn’t know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions.“I see the television and he’s giving a news conference about how he ‘will not be pushed around’ by the United States. And I say, ‘Push him around? We just shook hands!”‘ Trump said Tuesday.“We finished the (G7) meeting and really everybody was happy.”Trump has consistently railed against what he claims are unfair trade practices by some of America’s biggest trade partners, including Canada.One particular source of his ire recently has been Canada’s supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products.“It’s very unfair to our farmers, and it’s very unfair to the people of our country,” Trump said Tuesday in Singapore.“It’s very unfair, and it’s very unfair to our workers, and I’m gonna straighten it out. And it won’t even be tough.” Trump says he watched that news conference on his way to Singapore, and was upset because he thought he and Trudeau had had a positive meeting in Charlevoix.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the closing G7 speech. read more

Judge approves 15 billion Volkswagen emissions settlement

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 25, 2016 9:20 am MDT Last Updated Oct 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge in San Francisco has approved a nearly $15 billion court settlement of most claims against Volkswagen for its emissions-cheating scandal.U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer signed the order Tuesday approving the largest auto-scandal settlement in the nation’s history.Volkswagen admitted last year that about 475,000 VWs and Audis with 2-litre four-cylinder diesel engines were programmed to cheat on emissions tests. Under the settlement, owners of the affected cars have until Sept. 1, 2018, to decide whether to have the car fixed or repurchased. Volkswagen could start buying back the cars as early as next month if the owner submits a claim.Most of the owners are expected to sell their cars back to VW after discovering they exceed U.S. emissions standards in real-world driving conditions. In addition to having their cars bought back, owners can each get cash payments of $5,100 to $10,000.“The settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate,” Breyer wrote in his order, posted Tuesday morning by the court.VW will pay attorney fees and costs, including up to $324 million in fees and $8.5 million in out-of-pocket costs.A separate Canadian class-action lawsuit is before the Ontario Superior Court. The next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19 and 20.The U.S. settlement releases legal claims from most of the 2-litre VW owners, but it doesn’t affect larger 3-litre six-cylinder diesels, which also cheated on tests. The settlement also doesn’t end any claims against parts supplier Robert Bosch, which drew up the cheating software.Judge Breyer gave preliminary approval to the settlement in July. The order says that 336,612 owners of 2-litre diesels have registered for the settlement and 3,298 have opted out.VW must make payments available within 10 business days from Tuesday, according to the order.Breyer wrote that the priority was to get the cars off the road as soon as possible, and the settlement accomplishes that. The polluting cars emitted as much as 40 times the allowable limit for nitrogen oxide, a gas that can cause human respiratory problems.The settlement calls for the German automaker to spend up to $10 billion to buy back or repair the affected cars. The company will buy back the cars at the National Automobile Dealers Association clean trade-in price before the cheating was made public on Sept. 18, 2015.Some owners have objected, saying they should receive the full purchase price of their vehicles. Mark Dietrich, an Audi owner from San Francisco, told the judge last week that Volkswagen played owners for fools and the settlement didn’t go far enough to compensate them for the company’s fraud.But Volkswagen attorney Robert Giuffra encouraged Breyer to approve the deal, saying it was good for buyers and would help the company regain people’s trust.The settlement also includes $2.7 billion for unspecified environmental mitigation and an additional $2 billion to promote zero-emissions vehicles.The scandal has damaged Volkswagen’s reputation and hurt its sales. The company is still facing potentially billions more in fines and penalties and possible criminal charges.The company said in April that it has set aside $18.2 billion to cover the cost of the global scandal, which erupted in September 2015 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Volkswagen had fitted many of its cars with software to fool emissions tests. Car owners and the U.S. Department of Justice sued.The software recognized when the cars were being tested on a treadmill and turned on pollution controls. The controls were turned off when the cars returned to the road. The EPA alleged the scheme let the cars spew more than 40 times the allowable limit of nitrogen oxide, which can cause respiratory problems in humans.Through September of this year, VW Group’s sales in the U.S. are down nearly 7 per cent from 2015 figures to just under 386,000. The Volkswagen brand fared worse, with sales down 12.5 per cent to just over 231,000, according to Autodata Corp. The VW group includes the Audi, VW, Bentley and Lamborghini brands.– With files from The Canadian Press FILE – In this Thursday, April 21, 2016, file photo, Joyce Ertel Hulbert, owner of a 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI, holds a sign while interviewed outside of the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco. A federal judge in San Francisco is facing a deadline on whether to approve a nearly $15 billion deal over Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal that gives most affected car owners the option of having the company buy back their vehicles. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said at a hearing last week that he was strongly inclined to give the deal final approval and would issue a ruling by Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) Judge approves $15 billion Volkswagen emissions settlement read more

Samaras They lied there were other ways

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s main opposition leader Antonis Samaras said last weekend that the Papandreou government has mishandled the economy and had implemented the wrong mix of policies, whilst addressing the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair. The socialist government has told several lies, the International Monetary Fund and European Union memorandum was not the only solution for Greece, but they were forced into it because they turned a debt crisis into a borrowing crisis.Speaking at his first major annual policy speech, the leader of New Democracy said “tough austerity policies could have been avoided had the government acted in time”. However, he qualified that his policies wouldn’t breach promises made by the Greek state to overseas lenders. “The socialist government has told several lies, the International Monetary Fund and European Union memorandum was not the only solution for Greece, but they were forced into it because they turned a debt crisis into a borrowing crisis,” he said. Samaras said the government should have borrowed on the bond markets in January to secure enough cash for the year at a fair rate. Samaras referred to PASOK’s “seven lies”. One of these, he said, is that the agreement with Greece’s creditors – offering austerity measures in exchange for 110 billion euros – was “supposedly inevitable”. Samaras proposed seven reforms, including the reduction of taxation once Greece emerges from the stewardship of its creditors and a gradual reduction of social security contributions. Source: Kathimerini, Wall Street Journal, Associated Presslast_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic discusses MourinhoPogba relationship

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic shared his theory on why Jose Mourinho failed to bring out the best out of Paul Pogba at United.Ibrahimovic believes Mourinho’s failure to give Pogba confidence was the reason for the breakdown in their relationship during their time together at United.The former Chelsea manager was sacked last month and Pogba has since produced some of his best football in a United shirt since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker manager, scoring five goals and assisting four more in the six matches he has played under the Norwegian.When asked about what changed, Ibrahimovic claimed Pogba is the type of footballer who goes beyond tactical organization and balance and needs to be “free.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“There are these players that need to be free, they need to feel free to do what they are able to do under the disciple of the coach,” Ibrahimovic told ESPN FC.“Obviously, he has his tactics, he has that, but some players they go above these limits, and you need to let them be free, and I think Paul is one of them.”“Paul didn’t feel confidence from the coach [Mourinho], and the coach didn’t feel confident for Paul.”“It’s difficult to perform as a player if you don’t have confidence from the coach and you don’t have that energy, that motivation, and Jose felt the same thing about Paul.”last_img read more

Typhoon Mangkhut limits Macaus September arrivals to slight 3 growth

first_img Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner As previously reported by Inside Asian Gaming, Union Gaming’s Grant Govertsen said after the storm that “damage to Macau was very slight and that GGR could be impacted by upwards of 700 bps relative to our initial +14% forecast for the month.”September GGR ultimately saw year-on-year growth of just 2.8% to MOP$21.9 billion, a major contraction from 17.1% growth in August.DSEC data indicated that the number of mainland Chinese visitors increased 5.7% year-on-year to 1.8 million during the month, with those arriving under the Individual Visit Scheme soared 10.3% to 788,426.On the other hand, visitors from the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan decreased by 4.4%, 1.6% and 3.7% respectively in September.By mode of transport, airport and land arrivals increased by 18.9% and 9.6% year-on-year respectively while ferry arrivals decreased 11.8%.Aggregate arrivals from January to September were up 8.3% year-on-year, totaling 25.8 million. Chinese Mainlanders led the figures with an increase of 13.3% in the period. Load More Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch More than 2.5 million visitors arrived in Macau in September, up 3% year-on-year but down 24.7% sequentially, according to figures released by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) on Tuesday.The numbers were negatively impacted by the effects of Typhoon Mangkhut which battered Macau during the weekend of 15 and 16 September.last_img read more

India to Cut Stake in Staterun Banks Raise 26 bn

first_imgThe Indian government has approved plans to sell part of its stake in state-run banks and raise about $25.76 billion, according to a statement issued on Wednesday.  State Bank Of India, largest public-sector bank in IndiaReutersThe decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet. The sale is expected to happen in a phased manner, till 2019.  The 27 state-run banks of Asia’s third-largest economy currently have state ownership ranging from 56 percent to 84 percent. These banks account account for 70 percent of the total outstanding loans of about $1 trillion. The government would continue to hold 52 percent stake in the banks after the stake sale.The banks also need an estimated $60 billion to build a buffer against bad loans in line with new global regulations.Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha had told the parliament in November that a reduction in government stake in the banks would reduce capital injections substantially, as mandated by the new norms.Over the last decade, the government funded these banks by about $13 billion. However the need to lower the budget deficit could limit the options available to the government on continued funding for the banks.Over the next four years, the government would have to pump in ₹788.95 billion ($12.70 billion,) to maintain its 52 percent stake. Dividend outflow for the same period would mop up almost ₹345 billion ($5.56 billion.)While the bigger state-run banks could see positive reaction to its share sales, smaller ones could languish. Most state-run banks are burdened by high levels of bad debt and corporate governance issues.A panel appointed by the RBI had recommended the government to reduce its stake in state lenders to less than 50 percent.last_img read more

Trump Pelosi clash over Mexico border wall

first_imgThis combination of file pictures created on 20 January, 2019 shows US president Donald Trump as he arrives at the White House in Washington, DC, on 19 January, 2019,and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) outside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on 3 January 2019US president Donald Trump bitterly attacked top Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Sunday and she again insisted that he end the government shutdown before border security talks can begin, but there were hints of possible movement.Trump lashed out on Twitter a day after Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, dismissed as a “non-starter” his offer to extend temporary protection to about a million immigrants in return for $5.7 billion for the wall he wants on the Mexican border to fulfil a signature campaign promise.Government shutdowns are a disruptive political ritual that have occurred in various administrations and are almost unique to the American system. But this one is the longest on record. It has left about 800,000 federal workers unpaid — among them airport security officers, FBI agents, museum workers, and Coast Guard members.”Nancy Pelosi has behaved so irrationally & has gone so far to the left that she has now officially become a Radical Democrat,” the president tweeted. “She is so petrified of the ‘lefties’ in her party that she has lost control.”It was Trump’s most direct attack on Pelosi since the partial government shutdown began, and appeared to reflect a mounting sense of frustration.Pointedly ignoring his personal comments, Pelosi on Twitter emphasized the need to end the impasse, which has inflicted increasing pain after one month, with some government employees having to turn to food banks or local charities to get by.”Reopen the government, let workers get their paychecks and then we can discuss how we can come together to protect the border. #EndTheShutdown,” she tweeted.Good-faith compromiseWhile Pelosi and other Democrats dismissed Trump’s offer, Republicans insisted that it represented actual movement by the president.Vice president Mike Pence, who has been leading the administration’s contacts with Congress, said the Senate would put the proposal to a vote as early as Tuesday. He called it “a good-faith compromise.”The planned vote also reflects a shift by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. He insisted previously that he would not take up any shutdown bill unless both Trump and Democratic leaders backed it.”In a very real sense, what President Trump did here was he set the table for a deal,” Pence said on “Fox News Sunday.”The bill’s fate was far from clear. Republicans hope to lure the votes of a few Democrats from Trump-friendly states to reach the 60 votes needed, but they may lose some hard-line conservatives in the process.Most blame RepublicansThe Trump administration — increasingly blamed by Americans for the shutdown — is trying to balance demands of those hard-liners and Democrats who adamantly oppose spending the $5.7 billion Trump wants for a wall.Trump has regularly warned of what he says is a serious criminal threat from undocumented migrants entering the country, which is grappling with a surge in arrivals by families and children who say they are fleeing poverty and violence in Central America.Democrats have offered more than $2 billion for a range of other border-security measures.They assailed Trump’s new offer as cynical, noting that it was the president who — by moving earlier to end the DACA program protecting 700,000 young immigrants and to expel about 300,000 others in a separate program — had placed in jeopardy many of those for whom he now offers temporary protection.But anti-immigrant voices also attacked Trump’s offer as tantamount to amnesty for the undocumented — a toxic concept for many conservatives.”No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer. It is a 3 year extension of DACA,” Trump said in another tweet. DACA was former president Barack Obama’s program to shield undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children.Trump said that there would be “no big push” to remove the 11 million people in the country illegally, before warning: ‘but be careful, Nancy!”His immigration crackdown has not stanched the influx of migrants, and a new group of about 400 Hondurans — the fourth since October 13 — headed north on Saturday, officials there said.Still, as the costs of the US shutdown mounted, both sides in the standoff appeared to be casting about cautiously for a road ahead.”The vote this week (in the Senate) is not to pass the bill,” said Senator James Lankford, a Republican, “It’s to open up and say, can we debate this? Can we amend it? Can we make changes? Let’s find a way to get the government open.”Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, said that “I would not rule out a wall in certain circumstances.”He suggested that Democrats were amenable to negotiating if Trump would stop demonizing the party and its leaders and provide assurances that he would not suddenly shift positions.”The notion that we have come from a (focus on a) wall to some other thing is moving it along,” he told ABC’s “This Week,” “but we have to sit down and talk.”Representative Tulsi Gabbard, who plans to seek the presidency in 2020, told CNN it was urgent that both sides “come together and have a real conversation and hash out the differences.”But representative James Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, insisted that the government must first be reopened.last_img read more