The Delhi High Court has sought replies from the Central Government after an NGO filed a petition urging it to remove obscene content from online streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, and others.A two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court consisting of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V Kameswar Rao asked the Central Government about the guidelines to regulate content on online video streaming portals, law news portal Bar and Bench reported.Justice for Rights Foundation, which filed the petition said that content on online streaming portals are completely uncensored and do not come under the government’s censorship regulations which are mandatory for all television broadcasting and cinematic presentation.Satyam Singh Rajput, National President of Justice For Rights Foundation told Little India, “Our problem is with the government who does not have any control over the online video contents, streamed by various portals. It is completely ‘uncensored.’ When a kid logs in Netflix, all the adult contents are also accessible to them. “Under parental guidelines” does not make sense as parents should not have to watch over the kids the whole time when they are watching TV.”“The government counsel does not have any response regarding this matter. Neither RTI contains any knowledge regarding the rules of these online video streaming portals,” Rajput told Little India. “Half of the Indian youth is against us, but our plea is to regulate the online content which should not be completely uncensored.”Advocate Harpreet Singh Hora, Counsel of the petitioner stated in the court that streaming services also violate the Article 19(1) of the Constitution of India which should “go hand in hand” with Article 19(2). Thus, the online content should not go unregulated.Referring to shows like Sacred Games, Vikings, Game of Thrones, and Spartacus, Hora said these were “pornographic, profane, virulent, religiously forbidden and morally unethical content,” that is easily accessible to minors, Bar and Bench noted.Asking for removal of such “objectionable content,” the petition noted that the contents violate the Information Technology Act, 2000 and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, the publication quoted the petition as saying.The case is up for hearing again on Feb. 8, 2019. Related Items
Whitehouse gatecrasher Michaele Salahi has dumped her husband Tareq Salahi and run off with Journey guitarist Neal Schon.Tareq Salahi says he was crushed and blindsided by his wife’s affair, which has been ongoing for years.After Michaele disappeared, Tareq reported her kidnapped to police, only to discover she had escaped him for the arms of another man. Related Items
AA leading Information Technology (IT) services company is using a program developed in India to create jobs worldwide and train and place minority women in high-quality IT jobs in 10 cities across America.After its “impressive work” in India, Mexico and the US, Aliso Viejo, California-based UST Global, is planning to launch additional programs in Africa in 2015, according to its India-born Chief Executive Officer Sajan Pillai.“UST Global has successfully trained over 20,000 college graduates throughout the world, including approximately 15,000 in India alone,” and is currently deploying in Spain, Malaysia and the Philippines, among others, Pillai said.For over 14 years, UST Global has refined its training program to equip associates with the necessary skills required to be successful in providing technology services, he said.“We aim for this to be a global occurrence where we continue to create jobs for people and countries in need,” said Pillai, a computer science and engineering graduate from the College of Engineering at Thiruvananthapuram in India.“In large part due to our reputation and success in India, the government of Mexico invited UST Global to establish a Centre of Excellence, in partnership with former president Vicente Fox, to train 30,000 students,” he said.Ten thousand of these will be employed by UST Global, Pillai said. As of October this year over 900 Mexican university graduates have completed the training programme and about 600 are now working for UST Global.In the US, UST Global’s Step IT Up America (SIUA) programme has already graduated over 200 women in six different cities and all are currently employed by UST Global, said Pillai, co-founder of Softek Systems in India.New York was the latest city to join the programme recently. The grand vision of the programme is to create 5,000 new jobs for minority women to enter tech careers by 2020, Pillai said.Asked how the model has been adapted for the US, he said: “After seeing the success and how societies transformed in Mexico, India, and other parts of the world, there was no doubt we would be able to do the same thing in the US.”To refine the material for the Step IT Up America students, UST Global is working in conjunction with Mentor Global, an international technology training company. “These formulas are different, but the end goal is always the same. We aim to transform lives through technology,” Pillai said.Information technology and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) occupations are the largest and fastest-growing career sectors worldwide, especially in the US, he said.Yet the number of trained people required to fill technology jobs always falls short.Along with this talent gap, the technology industry’s biggest challenge is severe under-representation of women and minorities in the fields of STEM.Some 27 percent of the US workforce is made up of minorities and women; yet only three percent of STEM jobs are held by minorities, Pillai noted.“We aim to move the needle of this issue through our nationwide initiative, Step IT Up America,” he said, “as we continue our launches in other cities in the US”.So far, the majority of SIUA’s students have been of African American and Latina ethnicities, said Pillai who was recently chosen as one of the elite 100 CEO Leaders in STEM by STEMConnector. But the program remains open to all minority women residing in 10 cities across the US, he said. Related Items
The Non-Resident Indian community in the United States has hailed the Union Cabinet’s decision to amend the Representation of People’s Act to extend proxy voting rights to Indians abroad.The decision of the Indian government is a dream come true for people like me and many others, Thomas Abraham, the chairman of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), told news agencies. Abraham is an Indian citizen despite having a Green Card.Positive FeedbackSenior officials of the Election Commission of India, in a meeting with eminent Indian American community leaders in New York and Washington, received positive feedback from the community members, who also raised some questions on the process. Participants in these meetings welcomed the effort from EC and agreed to publicise it, and reach out to the Indian citizens to register for voting, according to statement released by GOPIO.EM Stephen, the founder president of Kerala Center in New York, expressed some misgivings. He preferred to vote in person at Indian diplomatic missions abroad to prevent any misuse of proxy voting.According to the Election Commission of India, there are about 16 million Indians living outside the country. Of them, around 70 per cent are eligible to vote. In the US, the number of NRIs is about 800,000 to 1.5 million.Used SelectivelyBack home, the reaction to this move is cautious. Speaking to The Wire, former Chief Election Commissioner TS Krishnamurthy said: “It is very difficult to say that these should be given to whole communities, they should be used very selectively, for example to persons with disabilities or those who are ailing. It cannot be given as a matter of right to everybody. Only in certain cases where the NRIs are unable to travel to their country then it can be considered. But for that too first you have to see that the safeguards are in place.”He was especially wary of proxy voting because of its possible misuse. He added: “There can be a criticism that proxy voting has been influenced. So if we can ensure that it can be done well in a limited scale, then only should we look to expanding its scope.”On Twitter, the Matter Sparked Varied CommentsWhy shd NRIs even have right to vote, leave alone voting by proxy? Democracy is having to live with the consequences of your voting choice— K (@monteskw) August 2, 2017Bad move. Why proxy voting?? If you wish to give voting rights to NRI, open up polling booths in your consulates. Then let them vote. https://t.co/Srps0fykTT— Yashwant Deshmukh (@YRDeshmukh) August 2, 2017Extending voting rights to NRIs was part of BJP’s electoral promise in 2014 general elections. Related ItemsElection CommissionGOPIOLittle IndiaNRIs in USNRIs proxy votingproxy voting
Nov. 7 was a significant day for Indian Americans who contested elections nationwide. While two leaders belonging to the community won senate seats, one emerged victorious in mayoral election, and several others were elected to local councils and school boards.Many of the candidates had faced racist slurs against them during the campaign process, including an incident in which fliers claiming that Sikh mayoral candidate Ravinder Bhalla was a terrorist. In another episode, another flier wanted Indian American Falguni Patel to be deported, even though she was born in the United States.Here is a list of the Indian Americans who won various local elections on Nov. 7:Manka Dhingra: The 43-year-old Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County won 55 per cent of the votes in the race for 45th District in Washington. With Dhingra’s win, Democrats came into control of the house with a slim majority. She is also a mental health and domestic violence prevention leader. Dhingra is the Chair of the King County’s Therapeutic Alternative Unit, serves the Veterans Court and the Community Assessment and Referral for Diversion program.Vin Gopal: The 31-year-old businessman stepped down as chairman of Monmouth County Democratic to run for New Jersey’s 11th legislative district. The owner of a small business defeated career politician Jennifer Beck. He is the owner of Community Magazine NJ, founded in 2008, and the nonprofit Direct Development LLC, founded in 2010, that aim to help local charities and individuals in need. He received endorsement of Garden State Equality, an LGBTQ organization, as well as the New Jersey Firefighters Association. He was also endorsed by Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey.Ravinder Bhalla: The first Sikh man to be elected as the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, Bhalla was elected to the City Council in 2009. He was born and raised in the state. He worked towards lowering taxes in Hoboken, where he settled at the age of 26.Maya Vengadeasalam: She ran unopposed for the District No. 5 position in the school board at Kent, Washington.Falguni Patel: Born and raised in New Jersey, Patel won the school board seat despite racist fliers seeking her deportation. She is a democrat and an immigration lawyer.Vijay Kapoor: He is the first Asian American City Council member in Asheville, North Carolina. Kapoor, 41, holds a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned 23 per cent of the votes, higher than the remaining six candidates.Seema Singh Perez: She became the first Indian American to win a seat in the Knoxville City Council.Dimple Tansen Ajmera: She is the first Asian American and the youngest woman to serve on the Charlotte City Council.Satwinder Kaur: The Sikh American is a former City of Kent employee. She received 56.8 per cent votes in the Kent City Council election in Washington.Tanike Padhye: The civil rights attorney retained her seat at the Redmond City Council in Washington, to which she was appointed in March 2017, with 61 per cent votes.Samip ‘Sam’ Joshi: A 28-year-old financial executive in Edison, Joshi is a democrat who was elected to the Edison City Council with 11,827 votes. He is an executive vice president at SD Capital Funding, a mortgage financing firm, and a co-founder of Loanscribe, a student loan refinancing firm. He is also the elected vice president of the Middlesex County Young Democrats.Virbhadra ‘Viru’ Patel: He won a Woodbridge City Council seat in the town’s 4th Ward of New Jersey. He previously worked as a senior transportation specialist at NYC DOT and as a civil engineer at Frederic R Harris Inc.Sangeeta Doshi: She won a three-year-termed seat in the Cherry Hill Township in New Jersey. A resident of the area for 21 years, she has served as a volunteer on the Township Planning and Zoning Boards, and has served on the Domestic Violence Response Team.Shanti Narra: The Democrat won the single one-year unexpired term freeholder seat in Middlesex County in New Jersey. She serves as the chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee.Deven Patel and Joyce Mehta: Both won seats on the South Brunswick School Board. Related Itemsindian american politiciansIndian US school boardIndian US senateIndians US city councilmanka dhingraMaya Vengadeasalamnew jersey state senatenov 7 elections usRavinder Bhallavin gopalwashington state senate
Skipper Irfan Pathan continued with his exemplary showing with an unbeaten 27-run blitz and a four-wicket haul to help Baroda thrash a hapless Madhya Pradesh by 53 runs in the Group C Twenty20 match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Thursday.Put into bat at the Reliance Stadium, Baroda rode on Hardik Pandya’s 48 and Irfan’s 12-ball stormy stay at the wicket to post a challenging 181 for 5 in 20 overs. Irfan then turned up with the ball to help pack MP for 128 in 16.4 overs.On the batting front, it was Irfan’s late strike that provided the perfect finish to an innings, which was built on a solid top-order effort. Opener Kedar (31) and Mrunal Devdhar (33) gave the team a good 65-run start with one-down Pandya, hitting four fours and two sixes in his 31-ball knock, adding to the MP misery. Left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma bagged two wickets.Pace spearhead Irfan then rattled the MP top-order to never allow their chase to take shape as Harpreet Singh Bhatia (52) stood amidst ruins as the rest of the batting just fell apart.Offspinner Soaeb Tai picked three wickets, while Rishi Arothe bagged two scalps.Umang leads UP to win against MumbaiMiddle-order batsman Umang Sharma struck an unbeaten 47 to help Uttar Pradesh steal a tense four-wicket win against big guns Mumbai in the Group D Twenty20 match in Cuttack.Chasing 165 for a win at the Barabati Stadium, UP top-order batsmen squandered away good starts only to see Umang stay on with his 32-ball blitz and help the side achieve the target with two balls to spare.advertisementHimachal beat Haryana by two wicketsHimachal Pradesh defeated Haryana by two wickets in a low-scoring game in Nagpur. Himachal limited Haryana to 122 for nine before reaching the target with four balls to spare.
As a way of marking the end of the 2010, I thought I’d share my most-read blog post of the year. It’s certainly a commentary on our desire for self-improvement in nonprofit marketing!It was… Extreme Website Makeover: From Ick to Slick!I’m reprinting it here. Enjoy!I’ll confess it right here: I love a good makeover show. My daughters and I are avid fans of What Not to Wear. I also adore a good nonprofit website makeover, though they are harder to find than reruns of Stacy and Clinton steering women away from shapeless clothes. Most nonprofit websites are still at the “before” stage.It is therefore with great excitement that I get to unveil a highly successful makeover from Project Hope. They took their website from dull to dynamic, meeting all the important requirements of a great site.To be clear how I judge a site, I think a good home page should have the following:1. Something that tugs the heartstrings – an arresting image, a bold statement, the start of an incredible story2. A 2-second statement that sums up who you are and what you do so that anyone glancing at the page gets it right away3. Clear, intuitive navigation that is organized according to the brain of the people who come to your website and NOT your org chart4. A quick case or link to a case for why you’re THE organization to support5. A way to capture people whose interest has been captured (a great email signup that entices people to provide their email address)6. A big donate button for people ready to give7. A third-party endorsement (ratings from Charity Navigator or a testimonial from someone)8. Something that shows where the money goes or links to information on where donations go (this can be part of #4)9. Engagement opportunities – lots of them!10. Social media links – so people can take your message around the InternetLet’s check out Project Hope BEFORE:And after:Here’s what Marisol from Project Hope told me:We revamped our website in an effort to make it easier for our friends, donors and anyone seeking information on our international health education and humanitarian programs to navigate our website. The homepage also now allows easier access to our Facebook Fan and Cause page, and our Twitter and YouTube accounts. Also included in the new and improved website is an innovative tool to help us fundraise. Although Project HOPE is an older organization, founded in 1958, it continues to explore new ways to fundraise while raising awareness of our programs and mission. Now, from our website, fans and friends of Project HOPE have the ability to become an amateur fundraiser, by creating their own fundraising webpage, all underneath our brand. These fundraising pages are similar to the ones used by ActBlue during the 2008 elections. They allow the user to use the page to describe what Project HOPE means to them, highlight the causes that interest them the most and provide a quick and easy way for their friends and family to donate to HOPE. I asked her what the results were and this is what she had to say: Website traffic is up (though some advertising on social media has increased the bounce rate). In addition, “Our new fundraising tool on the site that allows donors to create their own fundraising pages has raised nearly $16,000 in just a couple of weeks. The pages allow friends of HOPE to pick what focus or geographical region their donation should support.”She wrote this before the Haiti disaster, so I’m sure the results have grown since then. [UPDATE: Marisol says: Project Hope is now over $53,000 raised through our personalized fundraising pages.]I’m a fan of the big image, the instant understanding of what they do, the clear calls to action, the multiple ways to engage, the big donate link, and the clarity on what impact they have.Great job, Project Hope! And thanks for your hard work for Haiti.
Nigeria 0 Czech Republic 1: Super Eagles suffer another World Cup warm-up defeat Ryan Benson 22:59 6/6/18 Getty Images Tomas Kalas scored the only goal of the game, as Nigeria lost their final World Cup warm-up match 1-0 to Czech Republic on Wednesday. Nigeria’s World Cup preparations took another hit on Wednesday, as they lost 1-0 to a Czech Republic side which failed to qualify for the finals in Russia.Gernot Rohr’s men could take some positives away from their 2-1 defeat to England on Saturday, but there were few four days later, as Tomas Kalas’ first-half opener secured a slender victory for the Czechs, who were thrashed 4-0 by Australia on Friday.At no point in the first half did Nigeria appear to be in the ascendancy and, shortly after surviving a scare, they deservedly found themselves trailing in the 25th minute – Kalas scuffing in from close range after Francis Uzoho parried Tomas Soucek’s header right to him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The closest Nigeria came to levelling before the break was Wilfred Ndidi’s 30-yard drive, which was brilliantly tipped around the post by Tomas Vaclik in the Czech goal.Although a downpour briefly interrupted play in the early stages of the second half, Nigeria played with more intent after half-time and went close in the 63rd minute, as John Obi Mikel saw a header saved by Vaclik.Despite Nigeria’s efforts and attack-minded approach, a late equaliser never arrived, consigning them to a second successive defeat in their World Cup preparation games. read more
Arsenal midfielder Iwobi: We can’t dwell on Southampton defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi says they cannot dwell on defeat to Southampton.Iwobi admits they let themselves down for the 3-2 loss.He said, “I guess we weren’t concentrating throughout the 90 minutes. We had spells where we weren’t defending well as a group. It’s something we have to dust ourselves down from and keep on going. We can’t let our heads drop from this defeat, we just have to push on to the next match.”Of course, they deserve some credit. They had a gameplan and they stuck to it and did well against us. But it’s disappointing from us and we have to keep going again.”We had a lot of chances to win this game, I believe. But we have to give ourselves a bit of credit that we were able to go on this unbeaten run and now we have to start over again.”We have to react well, we have to keep on going. It’s a bit unfortunate that there were a couple of injuries but we have to keep on going and keep on fighting throughout the season.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
An amendment to the Children and Family Services Act will ensure that peace officers have the authority to transport young people under secure treatment certificates or orders to and from court appearances. It will also allow peace officers to escort youth from the Wood Street Centre in Truro on leaves of absence and to other appointments. Currently, the Children and Family Services Act does not clearly authorize peace officers to perform this duty. “This amendment is meant to respond to transportation options for young people in secure treatment,” said Justice Minister Cecil Clarke. “Staff need a range of options to meet the needs of young people in secure care.” The Wood Street Centre in Truro, operated by the Department of Community Services, is Nova Scotia’s only secure treatment facility. The centre provides short-term residential services to young people in the care of the Minister of Community Services who are suffering from an emotional or behavioural disorder, where it is necessary to confine the child to remedy or alleviate the disorder and where they refuse or are unable to consent to treatment.