first_imgThe NHRC has sent notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and the Director General of Police over reports that a youth was shot dead in an alleged fake encounter by the State police in Muzaffarnagar and sought a report in four weeks. In a statement issued on Thursday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said that it is a solemn duty of the police force to protect the people and “not to create an atmosphere of fear under the garb of dealing with crime”. “Any death caused in an encounter, if not justified, would amount to an offence of culpable homicide,” it said. “The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report which said that 20-year old youth Irshad Ahmad of Muzaffarnagar district was shot dead in an alleged fake encounter by the Uttar Pradesh Police on November 27. Reportedly, his father has said that his son had no criminal history and was killed in cold blood in a fake encounter,” the rights panel said. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, seeking a detailed report in four weeks. The commission has observed that the content of the news report, if true, raises serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim and his family.last_img read more

first_imgPremier League Who are the tallest and smallest footballers playing right now and of all-time? Goal 23:20 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Lionel Messi, Peter Crouch Getty Premier League Primera División Lionel Messi WTF They say size matters, and height might be the only thing some of these names are remembered for Even in the modern age of progressive football, a great deal of youth academies put size above all else when they’re scouting their ranks for the next ‘big’ player on their books.However, if Lionel Messi’s career is anything to go by – or that of Juan Mata or Santi Cazorla – there’s a lot to be said for being born with a low centre of gravity.But let’s be honest, what matters most for a successful career in football is talent – something few are born with, whether you have designs on a towering centre-back or a diminutive forward. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Still, football trivia is entertaining and it’s fun to look at both ends of the height spectrum. Goal looks at some of the tallest and smallest players in the beautiful game…Who are the tallest footballers?Before we start, let’s get some perspective. When someone says ‘tall footballer’, many minds go straight to Stoke City’s Peter Crouch, known globally as one of the Premier League’s most towering target-men. However, even at 2.01m (6ft 7.1in) Crouch is far from the biggest – in fact, he isn’t even the biggest Premier League-owned player.Starting at the ‘lower’ end of football’s tallest players, some may remember Stefan Maierhofer, now 35, an Austria international who continues to ply his trade at SC Mattersburg, or perhaps Nikola Zigic, who spent five years with Birmingham City between 2010-2015, or even Jan Koller, a retired Czech striker who made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund. All three players stand at 2.02m (6ft 7.5in).Watford-owned goalkeeper Costil Pantilimon is further up the list still at 2.03m (6ft 7.9in), on par with Monaco forward Lacina Traore. Less-renowned of players Mikkel Mena Qvist (AC Horsens), Oyvind Hoas (Kristiansund), Even Iversen (Hasle-Loren IL) and Kjell Petter Opheim (retired) are all around the same height.EA Sports’ popular video game franchise FIFA had our next entrant, Tor Hogne Aaroy, an Aalesund icon, listed as the game’s tallest player back in their 2015 iteration, while Northern Irish goalkeeper Jason Mooney, currently with Cliftonville, can boast a similar height of 2.04m (6ft 8.3in).With Henan Jianye striker Yang Chingpeng up next alongside Croatian goalkeeper Vanja Ivesa at 2.05m (6ft 8.7in), we start to see a pattern forming in terms of positions the game’s largest players have taken up on the pitch.The affectionately nicknamed ‘Gentle Giant’ Tonny Brogaard – and a giant he was at 2.06m (6ft 9.1in) – found playing time hard to come by after his most notable move, to Doncaster Rovers. His position? Goalkeeper.Kristof Van HoutThe penultimate names at the big and tall player store are Paul Millar, a Northern Irish journeyman turned manager, and Kristof van Hout, Westerlo’s 2.08m (6ft 10in) goaltender.The tallest player in football by all accounts is Simon Bloch Jorgensen, a 25-year-old goalkeeper – and Everton trialist in 2013 – who currently appears to be without a club. Jorgensen tops the table at a massive 2.10m (6ft, 10.6in). Wow.Who are the smallest footballers?Lionel Messi is largely regarded as one of the smallest players in world football, but the Barcelona star’s height of 1.7m (5ft 7in) pales in comparison to some other shorties who have graced the green grass.Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser is perhaps the most recognisable name at the larger end of the small spectrum, but the Scottish winger has plenty of company in the 1.63m (5ft 4in) club. Franco Niell (Gimnasia), Joaozinho (Krasnodar) and ex-England U21 defender Alan Wright (retired) all count themselves in Fraser’s company.Ryan Fraser, Antonio Rudiger, Bournemouth, ChelseaA mere centimetre below at 1.62m (5ft 3.7in) sees Elgabry Rangel (retired), Carlinhos Bala (retired) and former Ecuador international Christian Lara added to the list. Fellow Argentines Juan Cuevas and Diego Buonanotte come in just below at 1.61m (5ft 3.3in).Former England U17 winger Levi Porter, currently with Shepshed Dynamo, is up next, but shares his spot on the list with ex-Juventus and Monaco man Rui Barros, both players lining up at 1.60m (5ft 3in).Another Argentine representative now in Maxi Moralez of New York City FC fame, who shares the same short stature as Daniel ‘Keko’ Villalva – would you believe it, another Argentine. Both players are 1.58m (5ft 2.2in) in height.Now we’re getting to the nitty gritty. Brazilian attacking midfielder Madson, currently of Al-Khor in Qatar, stands at 1.57m (5ft 1.81in). The 31-year-old is joined in joint third smallest alongside former South Africa international Benedict Vilakazi.Speaking of Qatar, Al-Sadd legend Jafal Rashed Al-Kuwari takes the second spot at a miniscule 1.55m (5ft 1in). Rashed’s short stature didn’t stop him from having an iconic playing career, however, as he represented his national side 51 times, captaining them in several of those outings. Indeed, David Beckham featured for the AC Milan side who played in the former midfielder’s farewell match.And the out-and-out winner is… shared! Cross-check after cross-check suggests the title of shortest footballer is actually shared between Polish midfielder Marcin Garuch of GKS Belchatow and 31-year-old Brazilian attacker Elton Jose Xavier Gomes, who currently turns out for Saudi outfit Al-Qadsiah. Both players stand at 1.54m (5ft 0.6in).EltonStill think size matters? 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first_img<a href=”https://eventmarketing.wufoo.com/forms/s1cbryzy072cjxp/” title=”html form”>Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> For all the buzz in the media industry about the mounting vitality of maintaining a unified, organized, and practical audience database, most publishers’ systems for managing such data remain rudimentary at best. To gain a better understanding of where most publishers fall on the spectrum of data-literacy — and how they expect their needs to evolve in the coming months and years — Folio: surveyed publishers, marketing directors, and editors from across the media and publishing space. The results highlight what could be a major missed opportunity for publishers and media companies looking to stay ahead in a rapidly changing industry.center_img Also included is our Marketplace Snapshot: a survey of the handful of companies offering data-management solutions to the industry, and a table of the different products and services offered by each.last_img read more

first_imgNasscom has urged policymakers from the European Union (EU) and the UK to adopt measures to alleviate impact of Britain’s exit (Brexit) on the Indian IT services exporting sector, says a PTI report.”NASSCOM urges policy makers in Brussels and London to provide greater clarity and guidance on the next steps as soon as possible, so that our businesses have the certainty they need to continue to invest in UK and Europe,” NASSCOM President R Chandrashekhar was quoted as saying.Indian IT companies expressed concern over short-term risks to businesses as they get ready to pull through the consequences of Brexit from the EU.Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said the company was “watching the situation closely” and that he was expecting a possible short-term impact on currency and business.The company’s chairman R Sheshasayee told the Economic Times that political events like Brexit are beyond the scope of business operations but added that the company is working on “hedging strategies” to temper macro level risks. “There is also an immediate impact due to the currency, the GBP has already fallen by 8-10%,” said Sangeeta Gupta, senior vice president of Nasscom.Wipro was quoted as saying that the immediate risks were labour mobility, currency fluctuation and a different financial system.”Wipro has been present in the UK for over two decades and today employs over 4,000 people there. We remain committed to the UK and are optimistic that the close ties between India and the UK will further strengthen in the long run and open up new opportunities for us,” the company said.There was no comment from TCS and HCL.A 2016 Grant Thornton India Tracker report provided a picture of Indian business scene in Britain. India’s investment in the UK increased 65% in 2015, making it the third largest FDI source for the country, says the report.Two IT companies figured in the report’s list of largest Indian employers. HCL Technologies was named the 7th largest employer with above 3,100 employees, while Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) took a close 8th place with more than 3,000 employees.The report also said the combined tax revenue payed by the Indian firms to the UK went up by £150 million in 2015 compared to the previous year.Echoing Nasscom’s earlier warnings, Ganesha Natarajan, former vice-chairman of Zensar Technologies, said: “Lots of UK companies have trans Europe operations, Britain’s exit will mean reorganization and impact on their business volumes as well, it would shrink their wallets and thereby spending on IT will be hit immediately.”last_img read more

first_imgMajor Rohingya refugee camp populations in Bangladesh. AFPA plan to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar is premature and the refugees are “terrified” about leaving Bangladesh where they sought refuge, dozens of aid agencies working in the region said Friday.More than 720,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state after a heavyhanded army crackdown in August last year that survivors say involved mass rape and extrajudicial killings.UN officials say the country’s military leaders should be investigated for genocide but Myanmar has rebuffed the calls, arguing it was only defending itself against Rohingya militants who attacked police posts.Both Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation agreement in November last year to allow Rohingya to return but many fear going back without guarantees of citizenship, freedom of movement and safety.However the governments confirmed in recent weeks that they were pushing ahead with the first large-scale repatriation set for mid-November, prompting an outcry from activists who say conditions on the ground in Rakhine are not adequate to take the refugees back.Rohingya Camp”They are terrified about what will happen to them if they are returned to Myanmar now, and distressed by the lack of information they have received,” the group of 42 aid agencies and civil society groups said in a statement that referred to the push as “dangerous.””They fled to Bangladesh to seek safety and they are very grateful to the Government of Bangladesh for giving them a safe haven.”Oxfam, World Vision and Save the Children were among the groups working in Myanmar and Bangladesh that signed the statement.They said refugees fear living in enclosed settlements like the one in central Rakhine state, where more than 120,000 Rohingya have been confined to camps for six years since intercommunal violence erupted in the region in 2012.Myint Khaing, the Maungdaw township administrator in northern Rakhine, told AFP that November 15 is the estimated repatriation start date and that the plan is to receive more than 2,200 people in total at a rate of 150 per day.But he seemed unsure if it would go ahead.”We can confirm only on the 15th whether the people from our given list are coming or not,” he said.Northern Rakhine has been largely sealed off since the crackdown except for tightly organised government trips for media and senior visiting diplomats.The UN has been granted access to the area to assess conditions on the ground but the approvals have been slow and the amount of territory accessible has been limited.Authorities in Bangladesh worry that Rohingya may once again risk travelling to other parts of Southeast Asia by boat, a route previously popular with those seeking economic opportunities outside the grim camps.This week Bangladesh’s coast guard rescued 33 Rohingyas and detained six alleged human traffickers from a fishing trawler headed for Malaysia in the Bay of Bengal.last_img read more