The National Institute of Technology in Kurukshetra has warned its students against gate crashing weddings near its premises. “It has been reported that some of the students have been going to attend weddings in the city without having invitation. This is not only unethical and immoral but also uncalled for,” a letter sent to hostel inmates by the Chief Warden said. ComplaintsSources in the institute said that off late there have been complaints that students have been gate crashing weddings to skip meals in the mess which is why this directive was issued. The letter directed students to desist from indulging in such type of “uncivilised activities” which also brings a bad name to the institution.Disciplinary action The letter warned students of disciplinary action if they are found doing so. “Disciplinary action as per institute rules will be taken against the students if they are found indulging in such an activity, the letter said.
At least five policemen sustained injuries on Tuesday when protesters demanding justice for the Alwar gang-rape victim threw stones in Rajasthan’s Dausa district, the police said.A large number of people gathered at Dausa railway station in support of the victim following BJP MP Kirodi Lal Meena’s call for a march from Dausa to Jaipur. “The police had to resort to mild cane charge to disperse the mob. Nearly five to six policemen sustained injuries when the mob started throwing stones. Mr. Meena was sent to a different location. The situation is under control now,” Dausa SP Prahlad Singh said.Anti-govt. slogans Rashtriya Loktantrik Party legislator Hanuman Beniwal reached Dausa to support the rally and addressed the meeting. Agitators raised anti-government slogans, alleged negligence on part of the State government and demanded to know why swift action was not taken in the matter.
(REOPENS FGN 23) (REOPENS FGN 23) A winner of eight gold medals, the Indian mens hockey team qualified for the quarterfinals for the first time in 36 years but could not progress further as it once again squandered a lead to go down 1-3 to Belgium. Tennis continued to have its share of controversies when Leander Paes, an 18-time Grand Slam doubles winner making a record seventh appearance, turned up late for the mens doubles campaign with Rohan Bopanna. The duos lack of practice was evident when they made a first-round exit, and the womens doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare also followed suit. Later, it was the mixed doubles pair of Sania and Bopanna who lifted Indias medal hopes before losing to the Czech duo of Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradecka in the bronze play-off. It was a flop show in archery as Deepika Kumari once again failed to live up to the hype and made some costly blunders as the much-fancied womens team made a quarterfinal exit losing to Russia in a shoot-off. The biggest disappointment was in shooting which had earned India two medals in London 2012, a historic individual gold by Abhinav Bindra in Beijing 2008, in their total count of four medals from the last three editions but they drew a blank in Rio. World No.3 Jitu Rai provided the biggest hope to open Indias medal tally in the 10m air pistol on the second day. He started off under pressure in the 10m air pistol event and qualified for the final at sixth only to be the first to be eliminated, with an eighth position. Next came his pet event of 50m pistol, an event in which he had won the World Cup gold in Bangkok this year, but Jitus hopes were blown away by the wind. Amid the gloom, Bindra, in his fifth and final Olympics, came closest to a medal but finished fourth after being edged out by 0.5 points in the shoot-off against eventual silver-medallist Serhiy Kulish of Ukraine. There was disappointment from another senior pro Gagan Narang, who competed in three events of 50m rifle 3P, 50m rifle prone and 10m air rifle,. But the London Olympics bronze medallist failed to make an impression in any of them. The likes of Heena Sidhu, Ayonika Paul, and Apurvi Chandela also failed to live up to the hype losing in the elimination stage. National Rifle Association of India president Raninder Singh admitted in making a tactical blunder by allowing personal coaches for the athletes. Just when the wait for a medal was becoming an intense pain and shame with four days left for the Olympics, a 23-year-old little-known wrestler from Rohtak fought like a tigress, even as others, including Yogeshwar Dutt, disappointed. MORE PTI TAP SSR PMadvertisement
zoom Singapore-based Swire Shipping will be expanding its multipurpose liner service coverage in Tasmania with an additional port call to Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart, starting from November 2015. With a nine-day service frequency, this enhanced network will connect Melbourne to Hobart with a transit time of one day, and link Hobart to Sydney and Brisbane with transit times of two and five days, respectively.In addition to improving Tasmania’s connection to mainland Australia, Swire Shipping’s network will connect Hobart to global destinations such as Asia, Europe, the Pacific Islands and the United States through transshipment services.Brodie Stevens, Country Manager for Swire Shipping in Australia, said: ”Swire Shipping is committed to providing direct international shipping services to Tasmania. We have been working closely with our partners to develop this service and are confident that the Tasmanian industry will benefit from the shipping options for international and domestic cargo.”Swire Shipping has a long term commitment to providing shipping services to Tasmania and for the last three years, has served Bell Bay through its Australia Pacific Asia service.
Berlin: A sleek workstation that sits comfortably on a table or your lap when you are on the move, keeps pace with every finger tap and when you relax, streams movies and videos to give you a theatre-like experience and what’s more, it also comes with an enviable battery life.That’s what Lenovo is promising in its premium range of Yoga series and Thinkbooks that it unveiled at the annual tech industry event “IFA 2019″ here.The Chinese technology major showcased a new range of slim and stylish ThinkBook 14 and ThinkBook 15 aimed at small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), while its Yoga series flexible laptops included the Yoga C940 (14/15 inch), S740 (14/15-inch), C740 (14/15-inch) and C640 (13-inch). Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year”Lenovo is targeting the new Generation Z, the millennial workforce. The new tech-savvy generation born in the internet era, who require instant information, are always on the move,” said Sanjeev Menon, Vice President, Small and Medium Business, Product Marketing, Accessories, at Lenovo.Besides an efficient laptop, this new workforce also requires a device that looks stylish and showcases their personality.”It should provide a mobile-like experience, a connected and instant information requirement. The Thinkbook is a perfect device for small and medium businesses; it is a notebook of choice with its durable design and security. It has a sleek metal exterior and comes with a fingerprint reader. Lenovo is among the firsts to come with a fingerprint reader,” Menon said here while unveiling the products. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in IndiaWith its Thinkbooks and Yoga series, Lenovo is targeting the section of customers who want to make a statement with their choice but, at the same time, scout for better pricing, reliability and security, he added.These laptops are equipped with the latest Intel 10th-generation processors and Windows 10, as well as powered by “Project Athena” that has helped Lenovo engineers develop sleek machines that offer optimised performance and good battery life. “Lenovo’s Yoga range of laptops is built on the theme of ‘smarter tech for all’. It focuses on a person trying to do computational analysis, or a student trying to get his or her homework done,” said Matt Bereda, Vice President, Global Consumer Marketing, at Lenovo.The Yoga laptops come with high-resolution screen quality and Dolby sound to give users a theatre-like experience.”We have worked really hard to get high-quality resolution and display, and have got 90.5 per cent screen and have still managed to keep the camera at the top,” Bereda added.With high-screen quality and Dolby sound, the Yoga laptops, besides being a productive workstation, can also become an entertainment centre for the users.With a battery life of a gadget being a subject of concern to all, the Lenovo laptops come with 20-hour battery life, so “you can make it through the day without worries,” he added.The Yoga series also comes with the ‘Modern Standby’ mode, which while the laptop is in sleep mode, will still get all the mail notifications, and Alexa can be used to play music or get directions.”We are leveraging AI to make the users’ experience better. Though the device will be asleep, you can use Alexa above the locked screen. We are the first to deliver the experience,” said Bereda.The laptops also come equipped with a blur filter that will ensure that the background is blurred during a video chat and the focus is entirely on the person talking.He said the laptops are 4G-connected over LTE (Long-Term Evolution) and 5G is “definitely on the road-map for Lenovo”.Lenovo is also using Q control for intelligent cooling of the system, which works to keep pace with the user.It works in three different modes — stealth mode when it is being used at a low level, and at a fast pace when the user is into gaming and needs maximum power. The third is using the artificial intelligence (AI) mode to sense how the device is being used.”If the processor is not being used at its maximum, then the battery and fan will be lower for optimal battery usage. With this technology, the user gets another 15-20 per cent battery life,” Bereda explained.”It depends on the user. We get 20 hours, and now an additional 20 per cent out of that. You won’t need to run around charging all the time,” he added.Lenovo also launched it’s two new tabs — Yoga Smart Tab and Lenovo Smart Tab M8 — that are hands-free, smart home hubs.The tablets are designed to sit anywhere comfortably, from the living room to the kitchen, and has a detachable stand that acts as a charging station.The tab has a cylindrical device that gives it more battery life, has a more robust speaker and a much better audio-video quality, said Bereda.It also has Google Assistant capability that can be used to play videos and get information on weather, etc.
TORONTO – Longtime Canadian women’s team star Hayley Wickenheiser is one of six new members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.Congratulations on your induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame! #HHOF2019 pic.twitter.com/YEGMP9C3QC— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) June 25, 2019Wickenheiser joins fellow Canadian Guy Carbonneau in the player category, along with Russians Vaclav Nedomansky and Sergei Zubov.Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, a native of Beeton, Ont., and Boston College head coach Jerry York were selected in the builder category.Wickenheiser retired as the country’s all-time leading scorer after 23 years on the national team. She now works as the assistant director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.Hayley Wickenheiser elected to @HockeyHallFame Class of 2019.She won 4 Olympic Gold Medals and 7 World Championship Gold Medals. pic.twitter.com/c8RU665wj2— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) June 25, 2019The 40-year-old native of Shaunavon, Sask., was one of the top players on four Olympic champion Canadian women’s teams.Carbonneau, a native of Sept-Iles, Que., was the last captain of a Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup, doing so with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.
Fez – Whenever I think of writing about the situation of teachers, students, and schools in Morocco, my heart skips a beat. The amount of violence in schools has surged recently, and videos go viral on social media depicting students verbally abusing teachers, and vice versa.The truth is that conflict has always existed between the two parties as a result of the deplorable school conditions. However, those who begrudge teachers incriminate them as if they are the only defendants. They apply double standards and turn a blind eye to pivotal issues that represent the real violence against all stakeholders in Morocco’s education system.Genuine violence is when a student wakes up at 5 o’clock in the morning and walks one hour to attend classes, enduring the cold, the heat, and a weak infrastructure, and complaining about the lack of transportation and the fear of being mugged or sexually assaulted on the way. Real violence is when students of the elite and the privileged have visas and access to excellent schools outside the country, while impoverished people in rural areas waste their time in split-grade classrooms, isolated from civilization and deprived of the technology that would link them to the world.Real violence is when students spend the whole day in a school, rambling aimlessly during breaks because their houses are far away, and the school lacks basic facilities such as libraries, multimedia rooms, and playgrounds where students can unwind.Blatant violence is when students use chalkboards and have to pay for resources like photocopies of extra exercises or flashcards.Real violence is when students attend crowded classes where conditions do not match methods of teaching, causing frustration for both teachers and students.Conspicuous violence is when the Ministry of Education prioritizes statistics, while is oblivious to the quality of education that has contributed to the surge in cheating.Real violence is when private schools exist only for students from rich families and public ones are designed for those who cannot afford to pay the fees, creating a gap in social classes and making education a privilege of the wealthy.Real violence is when families are often unable to fully provide for their children because they are preoccupied with earning money to survive, and yet they expect the teachers to turn their children into doctors and engineers, assuming that they have magic recipes.Real violence is when drug addiction is inexorable among students who are in need of social assistance, medical care, and more attention.Real violence is when students enter the classroom with no willingness to study, because their brothers and sisters who have already graduated and have been unable to find work here, are forced to resort to emigration.Real violence is when teachers are shocked at the gap between the theories they learn at the training centers and the reality of infrastructure at schools.Real violence is when all these issues and others contribute to the failure of our education system, while those who are behind desks adopt outlandish measures to contribute to this vicious circle.Real violence is when we know the source of problems but are unwilling to bring about change for fear of wasting energy, time, and money.Real violence is when students and teachers want to bring about positive change, and stakeholders provide little or no support.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
“This historic decision constitutes a milestone toward the establishment of good neighbourly relations and the development of bilateral cooperation between both countries,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.He also expressed hope that both protocols will be ratified quickly by the parliaments of Armenia and Turkey to “ensure full normalization of their bilateral relations. 10 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today’s signing of two protocols paving the way towards normalizing ties between Armenia and Turkey, voicing hope that the move will contribute to peace, security and stability in the South Caucasus region.
Earlier Rajapaksa had filed a petition in court seeking an order against his arrest.Rajapaksa was facing arrest over the alleged misappropriation of over Rs. 90 million of Government funds for the construction of a memorial for his parents when he was the Defence Secretary. (Colombo Gazette) The Court of Appeal today extended a stay order against arresting former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa till December 15.The stay order was initially issued till today.
EDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it expects to report second-quarter revenue of between $50 million and $55 million.Analysts had expected revenue at the marijuana producer to total about $67 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Aurora says the result for the quarter is up from $11.7 million in the same quarter a year ago and better than the $29.7 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30.The increase was driven by the start of the adult consumer use market in Canada in October and shipments of medical cannabis to Aurora’s base of roughly 71,000 patients in Canada.The company says its production capacity is now about 100,000 kilograms per year, up from 70,000 kg in November.Annual production capacity is expected to grow to 150,000 kg by the end of the current quarter, with Aurora scheduled to release is full quarterly results on Feb. 11.Companies in this story (TSX:ACB)
A previous six-day phase, training Palestinian trainers, ended today in Ismailia, Egypt, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) said.That phase gave the 13 participants the chance to develop capacity-building programmes and new methods, based on UN-HABITAT training manuals, to teach leadership and management skills to mayors, local authority councillors and other local leaders in interactive, participatory, client-centred sessions, it said. After a formal opening ceremony on Friday, the graduates of the first phase will train 21 mayors from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in a pilot workshop from 21 to 26 May.Meanwhile, the main UN agency helping Palestine refugees is holding a meeting in Amman, Jordan, where it briefed its major donors on contingency plans relating to the Israeli pullout from Gaza.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said that even large amounts of international aid would not help the two-thirds of Gaza that lives in abject poverty unless Palestinians were given much-improved access to the outside world.During the meeting the United States announced a $20 million donation to UNRWA’s Emergency Appeal for the West Bank and Gaza to support food aid programmes.
Macedonia is defeated against Denmark 21:29 in Herning in front of 14.000 fans, but the title of the most beautiful goal on the match goes to their team and talented left wing Dejan Manaskov (21). Youngstar from RK Metalurg scored fantastic goal after goalkeepers Borko Ristovski assist him…You should look this… dejan manaskov handballEHF EURO 2014 ← Previous Story Convincing Denmark outscore Macedonia Next Story → Derby of Day 2 in Aarhus: Serbia VS Poland
Image: DPA/PA Images Share38 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3869798 THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE of the Red Cross has said more than 20 staffers have left the organisation since 2015 after “paying for sexual services,” as it called for change in a humanitarian sector facing “a watershed moment”.Following reports of sexual misconduct involving aid workers across multiple agencies, the secretary general of the ICRC, Yves Daccord, said the Geneva-based organisation had conducted a thorough internal review.“I have instructed my teams to scour the data we do have on sexual misconduct, and I can tell you that since 2015 we’ve identified 21 staff members who were either dismissed for paying for sexual services or resigned during an internal enquiry,” Daccord said in a statement sent to AFP.Two others did not have their contracts renewed over similar circumstances, he added, explaining that the decentralised nature of the organisation with 17,000 staff worldwide made it difficult to compile figures.‘Cultural shift’Unlike crisis-hit British charity Oxfam, which did not explicitly bar its employees from hiring prostitutes, the ICRC has forbidden “the purchase of sexual services” since 2006, even in places where prostitution is legal, Daccord explained.He voiced concern that a number of incidents have not been reported, or reported cases were mishandled, and vowed the ICRC was working to address the problem.Broadly, the ICRC needed to “acknowledge the cultural shift required for the organisation,” Daccord said.“This is a watershed moment for the humanitarian sector as a whole. We owe it to the people we serve to behave with absolute integrity.”The ICRC disclosures follow revelations that Oxfam was investigating 26 cases of sexual misconduct since a crisis erupted over its handling of a scandal involving prostitution in Haiti.Three of Oxfam’s senior leaders have apologised for the charity’s handling of an internal investigation into the hiring of prostitutes by staff in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake.UNICEF’s deputy director Justin Forsyth resigned following complaints of inappropriate behavior towards female staff in his previous post as head of British charity Save The Children.It has also emerged that there were six confirmed cases of child sexual abuse and child exploitation by staff or associates of the Plan International charity.The charity said five of the cases, which took place between July 2016 and June 2017, were reported to the authorities in the countries involved.“Five out of the total six cases were of a criminal nature in the local contexts and were reported to the local authorities,” it said in a statement.Plan International said that in the same period, there were nine confirmed incidents of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct by staff, resulting in seven dismissals. The other two staff whose misconduct amounted to use of inappropriate language, were given a warning.- © AFP 2018 with reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: Oxfam investigating 26 new cases of sexual misconduct>Read: Oxfam internal probe ‘cannot rule out’ possibility Haiti officials hired underage sex workers> By AFP Image: DPA/PA Images Red Cross says more than 20 staff have left after ‘paying for sexual services’ There is concern that a number of incidents have not been reported, or that reported cases may have been mishandled. Feb 24th 2018, 12:24 PM 11,315 Views Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 12:24 PM 14 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Aged pension changes are underway for Australians, with certain regulations potentially hitting those travelling abroad hard. ThWhile retirees will still receive their pension when travelling abroad, the rate will switch to an “outside Australia rate” after six weeks overseas which will see for those who receive the maximum aged pension rate, a $58 decrease to a single person’s fortnightly payment and approximately $60 per fortnight. This reduction comes as a result of the Energy Supplement being completely withheld while the beneficiary will receive a basic rate of the Pension Supplement.After 1 October 2018 or the next possible start date after royal accent of the relevant legislation that had already passed the Parliament, the Pension Supplement will be withheld completely seeing single retirees lose approximately $81 and couples some $122 per fortnight from the age pension amount they got paid, if they received the maximum aged pension rate while in Australia.With more pensioners spending more time overseas than ever before, often looking for a cheaper life in retirement or to enjoy the fruits of their labour especially if they come from CALD backgrounds, it is worth clarifying the entitlements that are still applicable in such circumstances.Pensioners are asked to notify the Australian Department of Human Services disclosing both their departure and return date on the occasion of being out of the country for more than six weeks as more deductions apply when they leave Australia for more than 26 weeks.From withholding Pension and Energy Supplements the government will be saving $150 million per annum.Meanwhile the Turnbull government has already announced in this year’s budget the introduction of stricter residency requirements for pensioners, a measure that would affect predominantly elderly from CALD communities, who return to Australia after living overseas for a prolonged period of time. Currently to be eligible to get Age Pension one needs to have been an Australian resident for at least 10 years in total with at least five of these years, of continuous residency.Under the new regime, which will come into effect when legislation is passed, if an Australian citizen has lived in the country for five years relocated overseas and then returned to the country will not be entitled to receive the aged pension before he has 10 years continuous Australia residency.For example if someone who already lived in Australia for five continuous years in the past and returns to Australia at the age of 63, he has to wait until the age of 73, to be eligible for an Australian aged pension as the new legislation on the Enhanced Residency Requirements dictates. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at email@example.com. Humans are herd animals. We’re not smart enough, strong enough or wily enough to make it on our own. Unless you’re The Donald, of course. But I digress.I make note of this because today I step down (retire) from my role as editor. There is no way I would have made it here for 20 years without help.Lots of it.I’ll still write a column the first Saturday of every month, so you haven’t completely gotten rid of me yet.By the way, we’re having a get-together today here at The Columbian so I can have an opportunity to personally thank the community. It will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at 701 W. Eighth St.We’ll give away Don’t Do Stupid Stuff mugs to the first 100 people who show up. It also should be noted we won’t be selling them anymore. When we run out of mugs, they’re gone.But back to my needing help. I needed lots of it. So if you’ll allow me to say a few thanks, I’d appreciate it.
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks took their biggest loss in five months Tuesday as a health care bill backed by President Donald Trump ran into trouble in Congress, which raised some questions about his agenda of faster economic growth spurred on by lower taxes and cuts in regulations.Banks plunged as bond yields continued to fall, which will mean lower interest rates on loans. Transportation companies including airlines, railroads and rental car companies dropped, and so did materials companies like steel and chemicals makers. The dollar weakened. Small-company stocks, which stand to benefit the most from Trump’s policy proposals of lower taxes and looser regulations, fell more than the rest of the market.“President Trump promised that this health care bill would be signed, sealed, delivered within the first couple of weeks of him taking office,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer for BMO Capital Markets. “All this is doing is pushing the rest of the agenda out.”The Standard & Poor’s 500 index tumbled 29.45 points, or 1.1 percent, to 2,344.02. That was its biggest drop since Oct. 11. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 237.85 points, or 1.1 percent, to 20,668.01.The Nasdaq composite surrendered 107.70 points, or 1.8 percent, to 5,793.83. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks plunged 37.55 points, or 2.7 percent, to 1,346.55. Four-fifths of the stocks on the New York Stock Exchange fell.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJanuary 3, 2018 – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos – Rumors about Josephine Connolly joining the Opposition Progressive National Party are unfounded and considered malicious mischief by the second All Island member, Hon Josephine Connolly.Mrs. Connolly, who is a People’s Democratic Movement parliamentarian today responded to Magnetic Media queries on the validity of the rumor which emerged mere hours before a Progressive National Party press conference at 3pm on Tuesday, set at Prestigious Properties and led by the Leader of the Opposition, (PNP) Hon. Washington Misick.The PNP Press Conference came in response to Magnetic Media questions on the beach access issue which took center stage at the start of the New Year in the Turks and Caicos.Hon Misick early this morning informed that the PNP would hold a press conference to address the controversy, saying, “I believe this issue is potentially explosive and requires leadership… Royal and I would like to call a meeting of the press this evening to speak to the Taylor Bay issue..” he said to our news organisation.Two hours before, the social media rumor mill churned out an item which said Josephine Connolly was to join that media meeting of the Progressive National Party to announce her allegiance to the PNP; the rumor added that Connolly would be the Opposition Party’s leader in one year.Connolly denied the rumor and told us that she would not be at the PNP Press Conference, that she was at her office working and surmised that the rumor likely emerged to take the spotlight from other national political failures.“…this is crazy and wicked,” Connolly said in characterisation of the information.A reported fall-out and subsequent Cabinet shake-up, where Hon Josephine Connolly was fired as the Education, Youth and Sports Minister in the PDM Administration continues to be unsettled.In 2017, it led to several vehement, vicious and shameful social media rows between supporters of the country’s two leading ladies: Sharlene Robinson, who is the most popular 2016 General Election candidate, and Josephine Connolly who came a close second in the 2016 polls.The PNP press conference is over. Josephine Connolly was not there. However, LOO, Washington Misick did say if Connolly wanted to join the PNP, she would be “welcomed with open arms.”
LONGVIEW — The Rev. Larry Pedigo of Highlands Baptist Church delivered the invocation at Thursday’s City Council meeting and ended the prayer, “In Jesus’ name, Amen.”“Amen,” came the hearty response in the council chambers, The Daily News reported Friday.Longview Mayor Don Jensen told the audience that until the council takes formal action to remove the invocation from the meeting agendas, the prayer stays.During the public comment period, some people said they felt they have a legal right to a Christian invocation.Jensen said the council will discuss its invocation policy next week at a workshop.“We want to do it right now, and we want to have a policy so we try not to get afoul of the law,” he said.A citizen’s complaint about the Christian prayer prompted Jensen to tell the Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association last month it was not acceptable to invoke Christ’s name at the council invocation because it could expose the city to a lawsuit. The ministerial association told the council its members would no longer provide invocations. Councilman Mike Wallin invited Pastor Pedigo.Invocations have been a regular part of Longview’s council agenda since the late 1950s. Longview resident Dan Smith has repeatedly written to council members to argue that non-Christians shouldn’t have to endure a prayer at a government meeting, and that he would certainly win if he took the city to court.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. surprised the markets on Tuesday by estimating its profit above the analysts’ forecast for the first quarter of this year, showing signs that recovery of the tech giant is on track.The South Korean company said the operating profit is likely to reach 5.9 trillion won ($5.4 billion) for the January-March period, on the back of improved sales of memory chips despite the slump in smartphone sales.Although the Q1 profit estimate is down 30.5% compared to same quarter last year, it topped analysts’ estimate of around 5.5 trillion won. However, the company’s sales were down 12.4% to 47 trillion won in the first quarter.Having dominated the smartphone market for years, Samsung saw its profits decline since late 2013 due to increased competition from Apple Inc in the high-end segment and in the mid-range from Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Corp.The Korean company is now betting big on the new smartphone releases Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge which are expected to hit the stores in April initially in 20 countries.The firm’s new flagship smartphone, Galaxy S6, will help boost profits in the second quarter after sales begin this month, Song Myung-Sup, analyst at HI Investment & Securities told The Economic Times.The company hopes to regain lost ground in smartphone segment with the new devices as they have received good feedback from reviewers.”Samsung’s clear departure from previous generation’s design will certainly help Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge to stand out,” said Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.According to a technology market research firm, Counterpoint, Samsung is estimated to sell more than 50 million units of the new devices, which could be a new record for the company.The new handset would help turn things around for Samsung after the much-criticised Galaxy S5 flopped last year, said Nam Dae-Jong, analyst for Seoul-based Hana Daetoo Securities.”I estimated the second-quarter operating profit at 6.4 trillion won but plan to raise it,” Nam said.Samsung is expected to post an increase in profit by 6% to 26.5 trillion won in 2015, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters. Improving sales, particularly in system chips and favourable pre-sale reviews for the S6, have helped reverse the estimate from a profit decline forecast earlier this year, Reuters said.