A win for Team South Africa in The Hague

first_img29 January 2016Team South Africa has won the 2016 International Schools Moot Court competition, held in The Hague in Holland. The city is home to the United Nation’s International Court of Justice, headquartered in the Peace Palace, and the International Criminal Court.Team South Africa winner of Internaional Moot Court competition in #TheHague #pleaforpeace https://t.co/BMuCaVGHAK pic.twitter.com/rhlcxz8qMy— City of The Hague (@CityOfTheHague) January 22, 2016This year, the competition, held from 18 to 22 January, focused on the issue of crimes against humanity during a time of war.Out of the 11 other countries that participated in the competition – namely, Argentina, Bulgaria, Germany, Mongolia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, St Martens, USA, and Venezuela – South Africa triumphed over Team USA in the final.The South African team comprised pupils from various schools ranging from rural to former model C schools. The successful team members were: Nthabiseng Mbatha, Simon Motsheweni, Paseka Selinyane, Claire Rankin, Clara-Marie Macheke, Katelyn Chettle and Shandre Smith.We are still celebrating the achievement of TeamSA for winning the 2016 International Schools Moot Court competition pic.twitter.com/srlxKijXKV— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) January 27, 2016“Contestants were given an opportunity to argue both as defender and complainant using international criminal law and treaties that are relevant to the International Criminal Court,” said the Department of Basic Education.“We take the opportunity to congratulate Claire Rankin and Clara-Marie Macheke from Springfield Convent in the Western Cape for taking the top spot at the International Schools Moot Court Competition at The Hague, after toppling Team USA.”The competition is usually presided over by the judges from the International Criminal Court. This year Judge Howard Morrison and Judge Raul Pangalangan chaired the debate.We also need to send a shout out to their mentors, law students for the University of Pretoria! pic.twitter.com/qo4QCJTPCs— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) January 27, 2016Source: Department of Basic Educationlast_img read more


Ghostek USB Type-C Cables

first_imgBlueair 680i Air Purifier: Clean Air For Your H… Deanna RitchieManaging Editor at ReadWrite Molekule Air Purifier: Small in Stature, Big on… USB-C cables are now starting to gain momentum with more smartphone manufacturers accommodating them for their devices. These cords are replacing the spot where the headphone jack used to be on your smartphone now that wireless headphones and air buds are more widely used. Also, more people realize that USB Type-C cables are just a better way to charge your smartphone.This review tells you more about these new USB cables as well as includes a review of the Ghostek USB-C cable.More About USB Type-C CablesThe last major update to the USB standard was in 2013. At that time, the USB 3.1 appeared and included the introduction of the USB-C connector.  Apple led the way by adding this connector to its 12-inch MacBook. Smartphone manufacturers have now added USB-C into their design, including the Samsung Galaxy, OnePlus, and the Google Pixel handsets.While it may seem new, the USB-C cable is not a new standard like USB 1.1, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 or USB 3.1. Those upgrades are about defining what the connection can do related to speed and feature improvements. In contrast, USB-C focuses on the physical connection similar to the microUSB and miniUSB. Unlike microUSB and miniUSB, the USB-C plans to serve as a replacement for both ends of the cable.What’s Different About USB-C Cables?There are a few differences with the Type-C compared to the Type-A and Type-B cables. Both Type-A and Type-B USB cables have had to be backward-compatible. As a result, Type-C plans to replace both these USB cable types. Its design makes it small enough not to need any mini or micro variants.Also, it’s reversible, which means you can plug it in from either side versus only having one side that fits into your device. USB-C builds on the USB 3.1 standard for power and speed advantages.Concerns and IssuesDespite the advantages of this new type of USB cable, there have been some safety concerns about it. The concerns relate to the physical design of the USB-C. Plus, it is currently unregulated, allowing anyone to manufacture and sell these cables.Some of these have unsupported voltage levels, which have fried the host device and caused a significant loss for users. Amazon has even banned some USB-C cables from being sold on its site, especially if it does not comply with the standard specifications that have been issued by ‘USB Implementers Forum Inc.”Ghostek’s USB Type-C CablesGhostek offers USB Type-C cables that meet the standard specifications to ensure a high-quality, safe, state-of-the-art nylon-braided, tangle-free USB cable. There are three lengths to choose from — ten feet, six feet, and three feet — and priced from $12.99 for the shortest up to $17.99 for the longest. You can also stand out with a personalized range of colors, including black, gray, gold, and pink.My favorite was the ten-foot charging cable because it’s given me more freedom to charge and continue using my smartphone. The other advantage is the durability, lasting much longer than any other cable that I’ve used. Plus, it comes with an extraordinarily generous warranty, showing that the tech company feels confident about the quality of its products.In using it over a few months, I couldn’t find anything wrong with this cable. Using it on a daily basis as well as traveling around the country with it, the Ghostek USB Type-C cable never tangled or frayed.You can purchase the Ghostek USB Type-C cables from the Ghostek website as well as from Amazon. HyperDrive Power 9-in-1 USB-C Hubcenter_img Deanna is the Managing Editor at ReadWrite. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content development. Related Posts Canvia Digital Art Turns Home and Office Walls …last_img read more


15 days agoEriksen reluctant to leave Tottenham in January

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eriksen reluctant to leave Tottenham in Januaryby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid aim to prise Christian Eriksen away from Tottenham for a bargain £30million in January.But AS says Eriksen would rather wait until his deal runs out in June so he can leave for free and pick up a huge signing bonus.Real can enter talks on January 1 over a summer switch as clubs abroad will not be breaking rules speaking to a player in the final six months of his deal.But they could still try and tempt Spurs into cashing in, which would give Eriksen a choice to make.Zinedine Zidane’s No1 midfield target was Paul Pogba but Manchester United were not open to selling. last_img read more


Provinces feds to square off over tax proceeds of legalized marijuana

first_imgOTTAWA – A cross-country squabble over how best to divvy up the proceeds of Canada’s coming legal-weed windfall is about to intensify as finance ministers gather for high-stakes talks in Ottawa.For the provinces and territories, a key question looms: what entitles Ottawa to claim so much as half of the tax revenues that will start flowing when marijuana is legalized next summer?The provincial and territorial governments insist they should get the lion’s share of the funds because they’ll shoulder most — if not all — of the costs associated with legalization.But federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau will counter with an argument during the meetings that Ottawa has already made big financial commitments towards pot legalization, said a senior government official.Morneau will explain that he’s already earmarked more than $1 billion toward legalization over the next five years, with a focus on areas such as public safety, policing and awareness, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.Nearly $700 million of that commitment was outlined in Morneau’s recent fall economic update.“We’ve identified significant funds that we are going to put forward in that regard,” Morneau said on Sunday as he headed to a working dinner with his provincial and territorial counterparts.“We need to cover our costs — they’re legitimate.”At the same time, Morneau added that it’s important to consider how municipalities and provinces will cover the costs required.Negotiations will be centred on the federal Liberal government’s proposal to impose a cannabis excise tax of $1 per gram or 10 per cent of the final retail price, whichever is higher.It’s expected to bring in as much as $1 billion per year. Ottawa has long insisted its legalization plans were never about the money, but about keeping pot away from kids.An initial federal offer of a 50-50 split with the provinces was met with equal parts disdain and incredulity.The federal government has since said it’s prepared to go further — as long as some of that extra cash goes to cities. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities wants a third of the revenues earmarked to help municipal governments handle administrative and policing costs.Morneau reiterated Sunday that he “can be flexible,” but he refused to say how much he’s willing to accept.For ministers like B.C.’s Carole James, it’s unclear why Ottawa should keep any of it.“Before we even get to talking about sharing, we want to hear about what responsibilities the federal government’s taking on to justify taking any of the percentage,” James said in an interview.“Certainly, from our perspective the formula put out by the federal government is a no-go. That’s very clear.”Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa also wants Morneau to explain how the Trudeau government plans earn its share.“I want to know what the feds are going to put in — what they’re going to pay for,” Sousa said in an interview.“I want us to have unity around Canada on this issue and I definitely want to see more because we’re bearing more of the costs.”The added expenses likely to land with the provinces are expected to include public-awareness campaigns, beefed-up policing, busier court systems and increased road safety efforts.“If the responsibility resides with the provinces, then the resources must flow to the provinces,” Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said in an interview.“Any departure from that theme, then, must come with concessions from the federal government.”There’s no guarantee that revenues will be higher than the associated costs, said Friesen — particularly considering Ottawa’s rushed timeline to legalize cannabis by July.The federal government might face some “very small” fixed costs such as those related to its administrative role for taxation, he added, but that “pales in comparison” to the size of the responsibility and the added risks that will be assumed by the provinces.Ottawa has also committed $274 million to support policing and border efforts related to legalization, and some of the money is to go to the provinces.But it remains to be seen if more federal commitments are on the way.Regardless of how it’s divvied up, the excise tax is expected to generate big bucks — as much as $1 billion per year, by one estimate from Liberal MP Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief and the Trudeau government’s point man on legalizing cannabis.Federal and provincial sales taxes would be applied on top of the excise tax, but governments are aiming to ensure the total cost stays reasonable so as to keep black marketeers at bay.Also on the table Sunday and Monday will be the three-year review of the Canada Pension Plan and the federal government’s proposed tweaks to the formula behind equalization payments.Equalization is designed to help poorer provincial governments provide public services that are reasonably comparable to those in other provinces.On Sunday, Ottawa released the 2018-19 equalization payments for the federation’s so-called “have-not” provinces. The same six will receive cash through the $18.9-billion federal program: Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Ontario.At $11.7 billion, Quebec will once again receive by far the biggest payment from Ottawa. It will be an increase of nearly $700 million compared to this year.Ontario, which has seen its economy improve in recent years, will receive $960 million next year — down nearly $500 million from this year.The “have” provinces, which won’t receive any funds through the program, will once again be B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador.The formula is also based on a three-year moving average of economic growth, so a province’s have- or have-not status can lag economy-altering events.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more


Stocks swoon sending Dow down 600 points

first_imgThe stock market closed sharply lower, extending a weeklong slide, as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 600 points.Stocks ended their worst week in two years Friday, and the Dow’s drop was its biggest in percentage terms since June 2016.Several giant U.S. companies dropped after reporting weak earnings, including Exxon Mobil and Alphabet. Apple and Chevron also fell.Bond yields rose sharply after the government reported the fastest wage growth in eight years, stoking fears of inflation.The S&P/TSX Composite Index was off 255.For the week, the Dow and the TSX are down by about four per cent.last_img read more


TMC list for all 42 LS seats out

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced the list of candidates for all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state and created history by fielding 41 percent women nominees, by far the highest in the country. In the 16th Lok Sabha, the party had 35 percent MPs in Parliament.Veteran politicians including Subrata Mukherjee and Mala Roy along with Tollywood stars Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan will contest in the forthcoming polls. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersMukherjee will contest from Bankura while Roy has been fielded from Kolkata South. Tollywood duo — Mimi and Nusrat — both new faces in the list will contest from Jadavpur and Basirhat respectively. “Trinamool Congress will field 41 percent female candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. This is a proud moment for us,” Mamata said, while fielding veteran actresses Moon Moon Sen from Asansol and Shatabdi Roy from Birbhum. Sen who had won from Bankura in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections will contest from Asansol. On the other hand, Mala Roy will be replacing party state president Subrata Bakshi. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Subrata Bakshi has expressed his unwillingness to contest and wanted to work for the party organisation. Harvard University in which Sugata Bose is a professor has not granted him permission to fight the polls. So we are fielding new candidates in both Kolkata South and Jadavpur,” Banerjee said. Nusrat Jahan will contest from Basirhat instead of Idris Ali. The latter will be contesting in the Assembly by-elections in Uluberia. Sandhya Roy who had won from Medinipur in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, has been replaced by Manas Bhunia with the former wanting to engage herself in other works. Uma Soren who had won from Jhargram in 2014 also wanted to work for the party and hence, Birbaha Soren has been fielded. MLA from the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Amar Singh Rai will contest with a TMC ticket from Darjeeling. Rai replaces Bhaichung Bhutia who had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 polls from Darjeeling and the 2016 Assembly elections in Siliguri as a TMC candidate. Bhutia had resigned from the TMC in February 2018. Among the other significant changes in the list are Mahua Moitra, MLA from Karimpur, who will contest from Krishnanagar replacing Tollywood actor Tapas Paul. Rupali Biswas will contest from Ranaghat in place of Sougata Barman. Biswas is the wife of TMC Krishnagunj MLA Satyajit Biswas who was shot dead on February 10 this year. Mausam Noor, former Congress MP who had joined TMC in January this year, will contest from Malda North in place of Soumitra Roy. Paresh Chandra Adhikary will contest from Cooch Behar instead of Renuka Sinha while Kanaiah Lal Agarwal will contest from Raiganj instead of Satya Ranjan Dasmunshi who had lost to Left Front candidate Mohammad Selim in 2014. Shyamal Santra will contest from Bishnupur instead of Soumitra Khan who had recently joined the BJP while Asit Mal will fight from Bolpur instead of Anupam Hazra who has also joined the BJP. Banerjee fielded Janab Khalilur Rahaman, Apurba Sarkar and Janab Abu Taher from Jangipur, Berhampore and Murshidabad seats respectively. The candidates for the other seats have remained the same with Sudip Bandopadhyay contesting from Kolkata North, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar from Barasat, Abhishek Banerjee from Diamond Harbour, Saugata Roy from Dum Dum, Dinesh Trivedi from Barrackpore, Tollywood star Deb and Shatabdi Roy from Ghatal and Birbhum respectively.last_img read more


Over 6 people hurt as DTC bus rams into transformer

first_imgNew Delhi: Around six persons were injured after a DTC bus collided with the transformer in Kanjhawala area in Rohini district. Police said they are questioning the bus driver in the case. According to police, the incident was reported in the morning around 11 am when a bus reached Ladupur village and hit the transformer. The people who were at the spot inform the police about the incident. “The victims were pulled out from the vehicle and rushed to the hospital,” police said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesA senior police officer said that they were minor injuries. “We are questioning the bus driver who claimed that the brake did not apply at the right time resulting in the incident,” police said. The investigating agency is probing whether the bus was being driven at high speed. A case has been registered in this regard. In February, a truck driver died and 13 passengers were injured after a dumper hit DTC bus in Central Delhi’s ITO area. The bus carrying 15 to 16 passengers was coming from Vikas Marg when it was hit by the truck.last_img read more


College Football Playoff Update Oregon Makes A Case For No 1

College football fans aren’t habituated to the rhythm of a playoff — at least not in the same way college basketball fans are before the NCAA tournament. But the games Saturday and the selection committee’s choices Sunday will determine the four teams that enter the first-ever college football playoff. FiveThirtyEight will be here throughout the weekend to update our forecast on which teams are most likely to make it.The math has become simpler after Oregon’s emphatic 51-13 victory Friday night against Arizona in the Pac-12 championship game. Instead of seven teams competing for four positions, there are now effectively five teams — Alabama, TCU, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor — competing for three slots, with Oregon having secured its position and Arizona out of the running.Nothing’s official yet, but in this case, our statistical model aligns with common sense. Oregon, No. 2 in the selection committee’s rankings entering the weekend, made the playoff in all 20,000 simulations that we ran Saturday morning. Arizona, which now has three losses, never did. Here are the latest numbers:For comparison’s sake, here’s our forecast before the Pac-12 championship:It’s become crowded at the top. No. 1-ranked Alabama is an 82 percent favorite to beat Missouri in the SEC championship, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). And the Crimson Tide are more likely than not to make the playoff even if they lose to Missouri.Third-ranked TCU probably won’t make the playoff if they lose to 2-9 Iowa State. But they’re 97 percent favorites to win the game, per FPI. Crazy things can happen in college football — but if the Cyclones win, it would be perhaps the most memorable college football upset since Appalachian State beat Michigan in 2007.For the time being, Oregon is the favorite to win the national championship, with a 37 percent chance of doing so. (Alabama may overtake the Ducks if they defeat Missouri, but Oregon’s dominance against Arizona is likely to impress FPI, as well as Vegas oddsmakers.)Oregon’s win is also modestly bad news for the teams ranked No. 5 and 6 entering the weekend, Ohio State and Baylor, because they now have one fewer opportunity to leapfrog other teams in the rankings. Ohio State’s probability of making the playoff dropped to about 30 percent from 35 percent after Oregon’s win; Baylor’s declined slightly, to about 16 percent from 18 percent.Still, Oregon’s gain came mostly at the expense of Arizona. The result wasn’t a total disaster for Ohio State and Baylor, in part because an Arizona win would have created a mess of its own. Arizona, No. 7 entering the weekend, would have had an argument for making the playoff if it beat Oregon. Oregon might have had an argument even with a loss.But Oregon won. Could the Ducks wind up with the No. 1 seed? They almost certainly will if Alabama loses to Missouri. Otherwise, they’ll probably stay at No. 2, according to the model. But the FiveThirtyEight model is calibrated based on a historical analysis of voting in the Coaches Poll. The playoff selection committee has been a bit more aggressive so far in promoting teams after dominant victories. Perhaps if Alabama wins clumsily against Missouri, the Ducks could overtake it. Either way, it was a happy Friday night in Eugene. read more


Nick Vannett drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round

Former OSU tight end Nick Vannett (81) celebrates after one of his 2 1st-half touchdowns during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium.  Credit: Lantern File photoOhio State continued its dominance of the 2016 NFL draft, as tight end Nick Vannett became the 10th Buckeye to be selected. Overall, Vannett is the 94th player picked, after his name was called by the Seahawks.This selection sets a new record, as the Buckeyes are the first program to have 10 selections in the opening trio of rounds of the draft.The Westerville, Ohio, native was used sparingly in the OSU offense throughout his tenure, producing 55 receptions for 585 yards and six touchdowns. After redshirting his freshman year, Vannett played throughout his remaining four years, totaling 53 games played.Although the production numbers were low compared to the rest of the offensive starters for OSU, many NFL scouts valued the 6-foot-6, 260-pound tight end for his athleticism.During the 2014 championship run for the Scarlet and Gray, Vannett enjoyed his highest level of production, hauling in five touchdowns, as well as appearing in a career-high 15 games.It is worth noting that the predecessor to Vannett, former OSU tight end Jeff Heuerman, produced similar numbers (52 receptions, 792 yards, seven touchdowns) to those of Vannett and was selected by the Denver Broncos last year in the third round.Although his athleticism gives Vannett immense upside, there has been some concern over how effective he can be as a blocker, a skill tight ends in the spread offense aren’t called upon regularly to employ. With his large frame and proven strength for the position, the Seahawks will focus on developing Vannett as an establish blocker, while also benefiting from his versatility as a pass-catcher.  With Jimmy Graham the primary tight end in Seattle, it seems as though it will take time before Vannett sees consistent playing time. read more