Priscilla WolfAPTN NewsSome in Saskatchewan are merging elements of culture with yoga philosophy in pursuit of physical and spiritual wellness.The Saskatchewan Indigenous Yoga Association incorporates yoga philosophy and Indigenous culture into its instructor training as part of a unique program that helps participants learn, feel connected to their spirituality and culture through mediation, teaching and ceremony.Jenny Gardipy, who is working toward her yoga instructor’s certification, says yoga and her Cree culture blend well together.“When you’re in a ceremony, you’re in a meditative stage — in a sweat lodge, or Sundance, or even at a powwow. You do it for other people. It’s your connection with the Creator and you’re helping that person,” says Gardipy. “When you’re in a sweat you’re sacrificing your body as a way of praying for other people. And it’s the same with yoga.”email@example.com
What makes a private sexual encounter newsworthy? A little-known website raised that very question after publishing an unidentified woman’s vivid account of comedian Aziz Ansari’s sexual advances while the two were on a date.The story on Babe.net threw a wrench into the #MeToo movement, with some feminist writers dismissing the incident as a bad date that should have remained private. Others welcomed the piece for spurring a debate over deeper cultural attitudes that normalize aggressive behaviour toward women.Media ethics experts say it’s not easy to determine what constitutes a legitimate story of sexual misconduct in the midst of a social movement that has emboldened people to speak out on subjects once considered taboo.“What takes this out of the realm of a really bad date and into the realm of something that is publicly significant?” asked Ed Wasserman, dean of the journalism school at the University of California, Berkeley. “It’s a little borderline.”The story, which appeared Saturday, offers a detailed 3,000-word account of a night out between Ansari and a 23-year-old Brooklyn photographer that ended at the comedian’s home. The woman told the site that the actor repeatedly initiated sexual activity despite what she later called “clear non-verbal cues” indicating her discomfort and lack of interest. She also reportedly told Ansari that she didn’t want to “feel forced” in the encounter.The woman told Babe.net that she eventually decided the incident was a sexual assault and said she was angered when she saw Ansari wearing a “Time’s Up” pin at the Golden Globe Awards. The pin referred to a movement against sexual misconduct in Hollywood.The website published screenshots of what it said were text messages between the two the next day. The woman told Ansari the encounter had made her uncomfortable; he texted back with an apology. The story was initially published with no comment from Ansari because, the website said, his representatives did not get back to them by its deadline.Many major news organizations reacted cautiously. The Associated Press and other media outlets did not report on the story until Ansari issued a public statement addressing the claim the next day. The actor, who stars on the Netflix hit “Master of None,” acknowledged that he apologized to a woman last year when she told him about her discomfort during a sexual encounter in his apartment that he believed to be consensual.Feminist writers, other actors and media commentators were left to debate the public value of an anonymous tale about a confusing encounter at a time when more women are speaking publicly about sexual assault.Some prominent women, including Whoopi Goldberg and Ashleigh Banfield, a host on the CNN spinoff HLN, concluded that the story didn’t describe sexual misconduct of any kind and lacked newsworthiness. The feminist writer Jill Filipovic, in a column for The Guardian , said the piece touched on the need for more stories about “how pervasive power imbalances benefit men and make sex worse for women.” But she said Babe.net squandered that opportunity by failing to “tell this particular story with the care it called for” and muddying the line between sexual assault and misogynistic behaviour.The story’s reporter and editors at Babe.net, which is less than two years old and says it has 3 million readers, have publicly defended their news judgment. “We stand by our story,” said site editor Amanda Ross. Babe.net is published by Tab Media, a company that has received funding from Rupert Murdoch.Helen Benedict, a Columbia journalism professor, said the story’s one-sided, anonymous account was difficult to judge. But that, she said, encapsulates the tension between the public’s need to know and the obligation of the media to protect sources, particularly people who say they are victims of sexual assault and request anonymity.Benedict said the story didn’t sufficiently press the woman on her motivations and took a flippant approach as to whether the incident constituted sexual assault. “I don’t feel that the reporters asked enough about what the goal was,” she said. “What does she want?”Ryan Thomas, an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, said the piece lacked the rigour of other stories that used multiple sources to establish a clear pattern of abuse by prominent men like Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K.“Most of the journalism has been very methodical in identifying a catalogue of incidents to build a picture of a pattern of behaviour,” Thomas said. By contrast, he said, the Babe.net story “focuses on a single case against a named individual by an anonymous individual,” thus raising questions about its newsworthiness and the care with which it was reported.Few have called into question the veracity of the report, particularly because Ansari himself did not dispute it.Wasserman, the Berkeley professor, said he finds it difficult to criticize the piece for crossing any lines of journalistic integrity. After wrestling with the question of whether the article addressed an issue of legitimate public concern, he said, he “reluctantly” sided with Babe.net.“Is this news? It really does come out of an area of activity that is normally considered to be pretty private,” he said. “But on balance, the entire question of sexual misconduct arises from interactions that we should consider private.”
Paris: Neymar joined the Paris Saint-Germain title party on Sunday when he made his first appearance since January as Kylian Mbappe swept aside Monaco with a hat-trick in a 3-1 win for the newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions. Mbappe took his league tally for the season to 30 following his treble, which came just hours after PSG were crowned champions for the sixth time in seven years when closest challengers Lille dropped points. Neymar’s return at the start of the second half replacing Layvin Kurzawa is the cherry on the cake for Thomas Tuchel’s side, who had been without the Brazilian superstar since January 23 with a right foot injury. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhEdinson Cavani also returned to action as a second half substitute, having a late strike correctly ruled out for offside, meaning that PSG’s famed front three are back together following months apart. Mbappe has thrived in the absence of his strike partners, and gave his side a 2-0 first-half lead with two neat finishes, the first coming in the 15th minute and the second seven minutes before the break after a beautiful pass from Dani Alves. The World Cup winner then put the three points beyond doubt when he tapped in Alves’ low cross nine minutes after the break. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAleksandr Golovin rolled home a consolation for the away side, who remain in trouble in 16th place and are only four points away from the relegation play-off spot. On Sunday afternoon Lille ended their challenge with a goalless draw at Toulouse that left them 16 points behind PSG with only five games to play and allowed capital club to celebrate the title after missing chances to seal it in their previous matches. The Parisians have struggled with key injuries in recent weeks and they lost Italian international midfielder Marco Verratti with what looks like a knock to his left ankle. PSG took the field wearing a shirt with a large image of Notre Dame replacing the usual sponsor’s logo.”Notre-Dame” replaced the player names on the back of the shirts. The iconic Paris cathedral was damaged in a spectacular blaze last Monday. The club said that they would put a limited edition of the shirts on sale on line during the match for 100 euros each. The club said the money “will be donated to associations related to firefighters”. The club also posted a “Hommage to Notre Dame” video on their web site in which players praised the team-work of the Paris fire brigade and made a gesture that imitates the two famous towers that form part of the cathedral’s facade. The club said it was also using Sunday’s game to thank the firefighters.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) unveiled the $10 million Financing Facility for Remittances in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Sunday, with the first round of grant recipients expected to be selected and announced later this year.More than $250 billion is sent in remittances every year, according to some estimates, easily outstripping the total amount of overseas development assistance to poor countries.Pedro de Vasconcelos, the coordinator of IFAD’s new funding scheme, said “remittances are a vital lifeline for rural families around the world. These transfers go directly to improve the living standards of millions and millions of poor households.”But while competition has driven down the cost of remittances services between major cities, it remains more expensive to send money to rural areas, which often lack formal financial services.The new financing facility will give funding priority to those projects or proposals which link remittances with the provision of other financial services, such as savings, insurance and loans. It will assist financial institutions which either want to provide remittances services directly or as agents of banks or money transfer companies.Donald F. Terry, manager of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund, said the positive impact of remittances rises dramatically when tied to other financial services.“The challenge is to find mechanisms that will turn remittances from a poverty reduction plan to a development tool, benefiting millions of poor families and their communities,” he said.The new scheme has been set up with the financial support of the European Commission, Luxembourg, the UN Capital Development Fund, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor and the Inter-American Development Bank. 20 March 2007The United Nations agency dedicated to eliminating rural poverty has launched a global initiative to try to reduce the cost of remittances services, where workers living in foreign countries send money back to their families, to rural households.
Three judges of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), sitting in Arusha, Tanzania, announced the convictions and sentences for Ferdinand Nahimana, Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza and Hassan Ngeze in what has been dubbed “the media case.”The three men were convicted of genocide, incitement to genocide, conspiracy, crimes against humanity, extermination and persecution. According to media reports, about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered in Rwanda between April and the middle of 1994.The ICTR said the convictions were the first of their kind since the Allied Tribunal at Nuremberg at 1946 sentenced Nazi publisher Julius Streicher to death for his anti-semitic publication Der Stürmer.Mr. Nahimana, founder and ideologist of the Radio Télévision does Mille Coulines (RTLM), and Mr. Ngeze, chief editor of Kangura newspaper, were sentenced to life in prison. Mr. Barayagwiza, a high-ranking board member at RTLM and the founder of the Coalition for the Defence of Republic (CDR), a political party, received a 35-year jail term. He boycotted his trial.In a broadcast on RTLM – which became known to some Rwandans as “Radio Machete” – in April 1994, Mr. Nahimana described a “war of media, words, newspapers and radio stations” to complement a war with bullets, according to the ICTR.The presiding judge in the media case, Judge Navanethem Pillay, told Mr. Nahimana that he was fully aware of the power of radio to “disseminate hatred and violence…Without a firearm, machete or any physical weapon, you caused the death of thousands of innocent civilians.”The judges also said Kangura targeted Tutsis for persecution by regularly stereotyping them as liars, thieves or killers, and depicting Tutsi women as femme fatales who could not be trusted. One Kangura publication labelled any Hutu man who married a Tutsi woman as a traitor.In a statement released by the ICTR, the judges said they found that the three men “used the institutions they controlled and coordinated their efforts towards the common goal: the destruction of the Tutsi population.” They said their broadcasts and publications did not fall under the protection of the right to freedom of expression.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions from the media as head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day listens during the press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorWhen he took the podium as the incoming head coach at Ohio State on Dec. 4 after head coach Urban Meyer had announced his retirement, Ryan Day’s focus was already on Dec. 19. Meyer ceremoniously passed the baton to Day, who will not officially be the head coach at Ohio State until Jan. 2. But from the moment he left the Fawcett Center on that Tuesday, the recruiting process was his, the team building process was his. Meyer still had the current Ohio State team, preparing for his final game as a head coach against Washington in the Rose Bowl. Day held the future. And on Dec. 19, the future began at Ohio State as the Buckeyes added 15 signees from the 2019 recruiting class on the first day of the early signing period. Ohio State retained the two five-star recruits from the 2019 class that Meyer helped secure.Garrett Wilson, the No. 2 wide receiver in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings, signed his letter of intent. The 6-foot, 181-pound receiver comes from Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, the same high school 2018 four-star recruit and Ohio State freshman quarterback Matthew Baldwin went to, and signed with the Buckeyes after verbally committing on April 29. Five-star center Harry Miller, the No. 2 center in the 2019 class, also made his commitment from June 10 official, signing with Ohio State out of Buford, Georgia. But even as the first two five-star recruits in the 2019 class, neither Miller nor Wilson would be the defining player in Ohio State’s recruiting class. That was five-star defensive end Zach Harrison, who, as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Ohio out of Olentangy Orange High School and the No. 4 recruit in the country, committed to the Buckeyes on Wednesday, choosing between what many believed to be Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. Even with the change in leadership, Meyer said, in the press conference announcing his retirement, Day is a perfect fit to continue the trend he created during his tenure at Ohio State. “Once those players know that you have that genuine love and care for them they’ll move mountains for you,” Meyer said. “And I saw that with Ryan Day.”Day did see some unforeseen change in Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class. Four-star 2019 quarterback Dwan Mathis, who committed to Ohio State in June as a previous commitment at Michigan State, signed his letter of intent with Georgia, leaving the Buckeyes with no quarterback in the 2019 class. However, Ohio State could be in the running to fill the spot Mathis left with the former No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class. 2018 five-star quarterback Justin Fields informed Georgia, where he spent his freshman season, that he intended to transfer, entering the NCAA transfer portal Tuesday, allowing other schools to contact him. Ohio State also lost a commitment from four-star safety Jordan Battle, who announced signed his letter of intent with Alabama on Wednesday. With the loss of both Mathis and Battle and with the gain of Harrison, Ohio State, according to 247Sports, has the No. 3 2019 recruiting class in the Big Ten, the first time since 2010 the Buckeyes have not had the No. 1 recruiting class in the conference. Nationally, Ohio State has the No. 14 recruiting class in the country, its highest since 2010.Updated at 3:26 p.m. after three-star defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie committed to Ohio State
It’s a deep-rooted obsession that the Duke blames on his grandfather, Frederick Gordon-Lennox,… As the Goodwood Revival revs up, the Duke of Richmond opens up about being an aristocrat in 2019, and the modern challenge of turning motor events green On the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex the hedges are clipped, the lawns mowed into perfect stripes while sheep graze in Arcadian meadows beyond. Inside the 17th century house, however, the 11th Duke of Richmond’s office resembles a teenage boy’s bedroom – cluttered, with framed pictures of Grand Prix cars covering the walls, photographs of sports cars and historic saloons on the shelves and a table groaning with shiny model vehicles of every description.
8 things we learned from Theresa May’s Brexit speech And what it means for Ireland. Source: Kirsty WigglesworthTHERESA MAY HAS spoken.During the British Prime Minister’s much anticipated speech at lunchtime today, she acknowledged that the United Kingdom cannot remain in the single market (but wants access to it); does not want a deal already offered to other countries (but wants the best deal possible); and wants the EU and its members to prosper.In her plan for negotiating deals once the UK leaves the EU, she laid out her 12-point plan about what she hoped to achieve during negotiations – some of which posed more questions than it answered.So here’s a list of the most important things we learned from her speech this afternoon, and what it means for Ireland.1. Common Travel Area Source: Steve ParsonsOne of the strongest statements May made today – and not just from an Irish point of view – was when she outlined the importance of maintaining the Common Travel Area between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.It was fourth on her 12-point to do list – right after British law and maintaining relations with Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales – and it made the cut as she closed her speech too: … Our intelligence capabilities – unique in Europe – have already saved countless lives in very many terrorist plots that have been thwarted in countries across our continent.“After Brexit, Britain wants to be a good friend and neighbour in every way, and that includes defending the safety and security of all of our citizens.”7. Timeline?May’s speech was more aspirational than concrete – setting the tone for negotiations rather than illuminating how they will go about it.She did say, however, that there was to be no ‘transitional status’ while negotiations are underway which would lead the UK to be “stuck forever in some kind of permanent political purgatory”.She also added that ”it is not my job to fill column inches with daily updates”, suggesting that even if she did have a plan on this, she won’t be sharing it with the public or media.“This is a fair and comprehensive plan. https://jrnl.ie/3191213 35,104 Views Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 5:53 PM Jan 17th 2017, 5:53 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article [The Common Travel Area] was formed before either of our two countries were members of the European Union. And the family ties and bonds of affection that unite our two countries mean that there will always be a special relationship between us.Maintaining a ‘soft’ border should not be too difficult to negotiate for, as both Switzerland and Norway enjoy a ‘soft’ border with its EU neighbours.However, what is more problematic is that May only pledged to find a solution that “protected the integrity of the United Kingdom’s immigration system”. So there may not be a lot of room for manoeuvre there.2. Trade agreement Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesOf all the issues surrounding a Brexit, trade tariffs is the one that could hurt the British government the most. It would mean that goods, services and capital will be taxed at a higher rate than when they were within the EU (presumably).The PM wants a TTIP-type trade agreement to allow for the “maximum freedom to trade with European markets and let European markets do the same here”.Although her entire speech was reasonable and conciliatory, May gently warned the EU that if it didn’t cut them a good deal on trade, it would affect businesses, economies and jobs in the remaining 27 countries, and that they’d get aggressive in competing for trade.3. Limiting and protecting EuropeansSince David Cameron’s resignation, there has been much speculation about May’s personal stance on Brexit. Although she officially stood behind her boss in the referendum campaign, it’s thought that she agrees that there should be more limitations on immigration.In the speech today, May gave a bit more insight into how she feels about the issue, saying, “While controlled immigration can bring great benefits – filling skills shortages, delivering public services, making British businesses the world-beaters they often are – when the numbers get too high, public support for the system falters.”May also pledged to guarantee the rights of British citizens already in EU countries and EU citizens already in Britain as a kind of halfway meeting ahead of negotiations with the EU.4. The other Union Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Source: Jamie Simpson/Herald & TimesIn the wake of Brexit, people found it difficult to justify the reasons for a United Kingdom (remember that mantra, ‘Let’s take back control’).Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon promised that there would be a second Scottish independence referendum – based on their vote to remain in the EU.With recent elections called in Northern Ireland, May presented a united front today when she said that the UK’s devolved administrations can submit their requests for the Brexit negotiations.“We have already received a paper from the Scottish government, and look forward to receiving a paper from the Welsh government shortly. Both papers will be considered as part of this important process.“We won’t agree on everything, but I look forward to working with the administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole of the United Kingdom.”5. Legal Another great pillar of the Brexit vote was the people’s wish for sovereignty over their own laws. May has assuaged concerns that there would be a repeal of certain EU laws by clarifying that the same laws would be passed over into British law.“And it is why, as we repeal the European Communities Act, we will convert the acquis – the body of existing EU law – into British law. Those who urge us to reveal more, such as the blow by blow of our negotiation strategy, will not be acting in the national interest.8. So should Ireland be worried? Are they?In the Dáil earlier today, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin made his concerns over the lack of detail and the lack of provisions for the Irish people known.Enda Kenny tried to assure Martin, telling him that this was only the start of the process, and that “we now have further clarification” of what kind of deal Britain wants from the EU.Independent Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice said that the onus was now Europe to ensure that Ireland is protected from a ‘hard’ Brexit.Fianna Fáil TD Dara O’Brien was a bit more dismissive of the speech, saying that although the tone was soft, the message was tough. He told Drivetime this evening that “it’s effectively a total divorce, asking for a border of sorts to come into play in the north”.He called once more for a Brexit minister here and asked the government to “start being selfish about Ireland”.As it happened: Theresa May has outlined her plans for Brexit Share37 Tweet Email4 103 Comments Short URL As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: This will give the country maximum certainty as we leave the EU. The same rules and laws will apply on the day after Brexit as they did before.“And it will be for the British Parliament to decide on any changes to that law after full scrutiny and proper Parliamentary debate.”6. Britain offer security as a pay off Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIn an effort to show the reward for keeping Britain onside, May cited British secret service MI6, Britain’s nuclear powers, and anti-terrorism efforts.Her offer of cross-border crime protection was particularly significant, as this is an issue that Britain has historically held back on.
Stay on target The Best Original Shows On Netflix Streaming What do you do when you walk into the bathroom of your local bar and find a line of cocaine on top of the urinal? Depending on what kind of scene you’re into, the answer is likely “find a different bar.” Netflix is hoping to inspire a different reaction, reports Creativity. Now, they’re hoping the illicit powder on the hand dryer will make you run home and binge-watch season three of Narcos.The first two seasons of Netflix’s hit show focused on Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. At the end of the second season, Escobar died (sorry, history spoilers), but the show will go on. Season three will focus on the Cali Cartel, a drug cartel founded by former associates of Escobar who broke away and went into business for themselves. Though they weren’t nearly as famous as Escobar, the Cali Cartel made more money than him or any Fortune 500 company in 1985. As successful as they were, most cocaine users of the ’90s, when Narcos’ third season takes place, had no idea they existed.Via AdweekNetflix is dropping these realistic-looking stickers in places you’d expect to find people partaking in a quick rail: In bar and club bathrooms around Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Miami. The stickers feature a line of white powder and a rolled up one dollar bill, photographed to look three-dimensional from the right angle. It certainly gets your attention. Although, really Netflix? Not a $20? What kind of peasant coke heads do you think we are?Like previous seasons’ marketing campaigns, each sticker contains a fact about the Cali Cartel. One mentions that there was an 80 percent chance any cocaine that went up your nose in the ’90s came from them. Another says they made $917,000 every three hours. Historical accuracy is one of Narcos’ greatest strengths, and it’s cool to see them lean on it even more for season three.This isn’t the first time Netflix has used controlled substances to advertise a show. They recently started selling their own strains of marijuana in California (where it’s legal) to promote their new comedy, Disjointed. Hey, Netflix… you OK? You need us to call someone?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Hyderabad: Private hospitals across the state have stopped accepting Aarogyasri patients from Thursday midnight. Around 240 hospitals are participating in this stir. Hospitals association president Dr V Rakesh urged the government to resolve the issue amicably and on priority basis. The association also appealed to general public and Aarogyasri beneficiaries to understand their plight and extend cooperation. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us Hospital managements claimed that they are facing financial problems to run hospitals due to non payment of dues amounting to Rs 1500 crore pending for almost a year. Meanwhile, Health minister Eatala Rajender took stock of the situation and sent a missive to the hospital association to come for talks on Friday 3 pm at Secretariat.
Indian stock markets opened on a bullish note on Monday, tracking positive comments by the BJP-led NDA government and the main opposition party Congress on the Goods and Services (GST) Tax Bill, which is stuck in the Rajya Sabha where the ruling coalition does not have a majority.The S&P BSE Sensex was trading 131 points higher at 27,967 at around 10.20 a.m. while the NSE Nifty was up 28 points at 8,570. Top Sensex gainers were Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki and Reliance Industries.On the eve of the monsoon session of Parliament that begins on Monday, both the government and the Opposition made statements that raised hopes of the landmark indirect legislation becoming a reality.”…the Prime Minister noted that the issue was not about which government would get the credit for introduction of GST but what was important is the passage of the Bill,” said an official statement issued on Sunday after an all-party meeting.However, a consensus may still elude the crucial legislation after Congress spokesperson Jyotiraditya Scindia told reporters on Sunday that the party is waiting for a proper response to its three objections raised on the Bill.”Discussions have happened with the Congress leaders but we are still awaiting a concrete response from the government; only then can we express our opinion,” the Business Standard quoted him as saying.”There have been intermittent discussions…a draft (proposal should) be presented on each of three issues…the one per cent cap which is an additional levy that can be levied by states, the issue of an 18 per cent cap on GST and the issue of a dispute resolution mechanism. On all these, the ball is fairly and squarely, as we have always mentioned, in the government’s court,” he added.The government may also have to take into confidence other Opposition parties other than the Congress, with Sitaram Yechury of the CPI(M) demanding a broader consensus on the Bill.The GST cannot just be a matter between BJP & Congress. We have been asking for an all-party meeting for 2 years pic.twitter.com/QyvsNiqWszâ€” Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) July 17, 2016Besides the GST BIll, the continuing violence in Kashmir since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8 and the government’s handling of the situation are also likely to dominate proceedings in the Parliament during the monsoon session that ends on August 12.
A man walks out of the office of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Mumbai, IndiaReutersTata Consultancy Services (TCS) made quite some news last month after it was said that the firm was shutting down its Lucknow office. While about 2,000 employees wondered if they would be rendered jobless, the IT giant has now said that it doesn’t plan to lay off employees and is just merging operations, which will be moved to its Noida centre.The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier urged the IT giant to put its shutdown plans on hold until Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath meets the firm’s chief operating officer to discuss the matter. Rajesh Gopinathan, managing director, and his team met the CM on Friday, August 11.The TCS team gave a presentation to Yogi Adityanath regarding their plans and said that the firm was discontinuing its smaller operations and moving to a larger unit. However, it does not plan to let its employees go, reported Business Standard.Gopinathan also explained to the CM that TCS was expanding its Noida business, which currently houses about 15,000 people and will soon have about 40,000 employees. Until the Noida facility is ready, TCS will continue to work out of its Lucknow office.”The TCS officials said until the Noida capacity was enhanced, the Lucknow centre would continue to operate. Once the Noida integrated facility gets ready in another one to two years, the staff would be given the option to relocate,” the website quoted additional chief secretary for planning and information technology and electronics Sanjiv Saran as saying.The employees in Lucknow were reportedly told about TCS’ decision to close the office in the city by their team leaders on July 12. It was said that the processes functioning out of the Lucknow office were likely to be shifted to other cities such as Noida and Indore. The employees had written to Adityanath requesting an intervention in the matter.Some employees had reportedly also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma seeking help.The employees also organised a candle light protest on July 18 against the firm’s plans.”Lucknow is on way to becoming the next information technology (IT) hub in Uttar Pradesh after Noida but if TCS shifts base to Noida, no company will opt to come to Lucknow as they will be sceptical of investing in the state capital. The exit of TCS will send a wrong signal to other software giants who were planning to set up base in Lucknow,” an employee told Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity. A private security guard stands at the exit gate of the headquarters of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Mumbai, India October 13, 2016.Reuters fileWhile there was much confusion on why TCS had decided to take this step, the IT giant, which has been operating in the city for about 33 years said in a statement: “The Lucknow centre had less than 1000 employees. It was not a convenient place for client related work. TCS is looking to consolidate its operations in Uttar Pradesh and the current Lucknow workforce will shift its operations to Noida and Varanasi. All employees will be relocated, no one will be fired.”Additionally, sources also told News18 that the company wasn’t making profits in the city and it did not make sense in terms of business to carry on with operations at the facility. The rent for the campus at Awadh Park in the Vibhuti Khand area of Gomti Nagar also seems to be an issue as the lease for it expired in May. The company and the builder reportedly couldn’t agree on the new lease terms and the contract has now been extended for just another 11 months.
CLMVT can be packaged as a single destinationCLMVT can be packaged as a single destinationSenior tourism officials from the five nations in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region said there was a possibility for Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand – or CLMVT – to be packaged and promoted as a single destination given that the five countries share similarities as well as have their own distinctions on cultural and natural heritages.Addressing the firstly-held joint press conference “CLMVT Link: Prosper Together”, which took place during the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Sub-Region 2016 (TTM+ 2016), senior tourism officials from the CLMVT said that the Sub-Region ‘can’ prosper together by collaborating on tourism activities.Mr. Try Chhiv, Deputy Director General of Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism called for a sub-regional effort to enhance the branding of CLMVT not just for the similarities that the five countries share, but also the uniqueness of each country.Ms. Manisakhone Thammavongxay, Director of the Public Relations Division, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR. suggested for all five countries to have a mutual understanding of the benefit of the CLMVT packages under a ‘five-country-one-destination’ ideal. In reaching that, she noted there was a need to increase transport connectivity among the five countries.Ms. Daw Khin Than Win, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar agreed, saying that there is a need to encourage more low-cost carrier connections between countries as well as to open more checkpoints with enhanced flexibility. “A joint road show is also ideal,” she said.Mr. Vu Nam, Deputy Director General, Tourism Marketing Department, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said apart from increasing transportation connection between all countries, the region should look at encouraging more cooperation between tour agencies among the five countries to promote joint tourism products. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of ThailandMr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand made three recommendations. He said, “Firstly, we must set a common goal to promote the CLMVT as a single destination. Secondly, we should look at improving connectivity and linkages, and thirdly, we should look at turning our common goal into actions.”Tourism is among the top revenue generators for Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. Over the years, the five countries have recorded continuous growth in tourist arrivals, tourism receipts as well as tourism investments. Tourism Authority of Thailanddiscover Amazing Thailand here THAI – smooth as silkbook your flights to Thailand here Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand
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