4 lakh youths to get employment opportunities in Har: Khattar

first_imgAmbala, Oct 7 (PTI) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said that “four lakh youths would be given employment opportunities” under the states Enterprises Promotion Policy-2015. On the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modis Skill India drive, Haryana Government has started similar programmes for skill development of the youths, he said. Stating that commercialisation of education would not be tolerated, the Chief Minister said, emphasis would be laid on opening Sanskar Kendras for education in the state. “Even after 68 years of Independence, we are still unable to provide right direction to the youth, whose only goal is to obtain certificates as per the education system introduced by Lord Macaulay,” Khattar was quoted as saying by a Haryana government release. The Chief Minister said this at the inaugural function of the three-day Zonal Youth Festival organised by Kurukshetra University at Gandhi Memorial National (GMN) College, Ambala Cantonment. Every youth has hidden talent and platforms like youth festivals enable them to showcase it, Khattar said. Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Anil Vij who presided over the function said, the Youth Policy would be framed within next two months. Meanwhile, presiding over a meeting of District Public Relations and Grievances Redressal Committee here today, the Chief Minister said a police would soon be framed for public grievances that come up before the District Public Relations and Grievances Redressal Committee. The kind of grievances that can be raised in the meeting should be specified in the policy. It should also be specified that those grievances on which both parties have already reached an agreement may not be raised, he said. In view of grievances regarding non-distribution of ration, a biometric system would soon be started to prevent bungling in public distribution system, Khattar said. Thirteen grievances were raised in today?s meeting, of which most were disposed of by the Chief Minister on the spot, the government release said. PTI SUN NSD ANPadvertisementlast_img read more

GM appoints CEO Mary Barra chairman

first_imgGeneral Motors Co on Monday named Chief Executive Mary Barra as the chairman of its board, effective immediately, following a year in which Barra delivered strong financial results, quelled a shareholder uprising and put the worst of a recall scandal behind the automaker.Barra takes over as chairman from former Cummins Inc Chief Executive Theodore Solso, who will continue serving as the board’s lead independent director, the company said.GM has over the years swung back and forth on the issue of whether the CEO and chairman’s jobs should be held by different people. In the early 1990s, after a close brush with financial collapse, GM’s board separated the two jobs in a move hailed by corporate governance experts.ALSO READ:Volkswagen, General Motors to revive electric car sales at CESBarra’s predecessor, Dan Akerson, held both titles.Barra’s appointment as GM’s chief executive in 2014 made her the first woman to lead a major automaker. But almost immediately upon taking over, Barra was hit with the fallout from a scandal over long-delayed recalls of GM cars with a potentially deadly ignition switch defect.Much of her first year as CEO was spent dealing with that crisis. Among other moves, Barra agreed to set up an independent fund to compensate victims of accidents involving cars with defective switches.GM in September paid $900 million to settle a Justice Department criminal investigation. Experts said Barra’s decision to bring in an independent investigator and take a number of steps to overhaul GM’s handling of safety problems and provide more information to regulators helped limit the size of the penalty.advertisementIn early 2015, a shareholder group challenged Barra over GM’s management of its growing cash hoard. Barra reached a deal in March under which GM agreed to return $10 billion to shareholders in stock buybacks and increased dividends by the end of this year and commit to hitting certain financial targets, including generating a 20 per cent return on invested capital.ALSO READ: General Motors India to recall 1,01,597 units of Beat dieselIn October, GM reported record third-quarter profits and projected it will hit its major financial targets for the year, including a 10 per cent profit margin in North America. Booming U.S. sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles have helped GM weather weak results in Latin America and Europe and a slowdown in China.last_img read more

Prithvi Shaw attended at least 3 anti-doping education programmes with us: BCCI anti-doping manager

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) anti-doping manager Dr Abhijit Salvi has said he tries his best to make Indian cricketers understand the importance of anti-doping programmes but conceded players sometimes tend to overlook it.The BCCI anti-doping manager’s comments come after India opener Prithvi Shaw was handed a back-dated suspension of 8 months for doping violation. Shaw had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on February 2019 in Indore. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline, a banned substance.Prithvi Shaw said he had inadvertently taken the drug when he had a over-the-counter cough syrup. Abhijit Salvi said that teenage India opener would have ignored the threat of an over-the-counter cough syrup and consumed it.While stressing that there are many cricketers, including U-16 and U-14 players, who are particular about anti-doping regulations, Dr Abhijit Salvi said players tend to commit mistakes by overlooking basic issues.”I keep telling the players even if it is paracetamol, which is not banned, even if it is a tablet for fever, call me. I won’t be irritated. I am there to help you. But somewhere people tend to think it is okay, it is just a cough syrup. How can it contain a banned substance? And then make the mistake,” Salvi told ESPNCricinfo.”I am sure Prithvi knew about BCCI having an anti-doping programme and the helpline. He attended at least three anti-doping education programmes with us. He might have even attended the ICC’s programme conducted at the Under-19 World Cup in 2018. So he was well aware, but probably he just overlooked it and thought to himself ‘okay, the cough syrup shouldn’t be that dangerous’.advertisement”As I said, I try and explain to the players in each and every possible language, to the best way they can understand the importance of anti-doping programme. But at times you know some cricketers tend to overlook.”Having said that, there are many junior and young players, who call me regularly from different parts of the country, even Under-16 and Under-14 at times. On a daily basis, I get 20-25 queries on the helpline,” Salvi added.These were inadvertent mistakes: SalviNotably, India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan was handed a 5-month ban in 2018 for a similar doping violation. Terbutaline was found in his urine sample and Yusuf also was found to have inadvertently taken an over-the-counter cough syrup.While maintaining that these violations were inadvertent mistakes, Abhijit Salvi also said India cricketers should call BCCI’s anti-doping helpline even before taking “the simplest of medicines”.”Absolutely. These were inadvertent mistakes. And I don’t see how they were used for enhancing performance,” Salvi added.”The message has always been clear and the same: they have to contact us before taking any medicine. It could be the simplest of medicines, but you should still check with the BCCI anti-doping helpline. The player can check even with the team’s medical staff, but the BCCI’s anti-doping cell is the best place to check at all times.”Also Read | Unlucky Shaw: Jofra Archer’s freakish tweet surfaces after India cricketer’s doping banAlso Read | Calculating Prithvi Shaw’s ban period from when he was playing IPL wrong: BCCI officialAlso See:last_img read more

The Greatest False Start in Oklahoma State History

first_imgWith 3rd and 10 and what was seemingly a must score scenario, left tackle Victor Salako was called for a false start just before the snap that ultimately whistled the play dead and allowed the Cowboys another chance at 3rd and 15.With third and fifteen, Mason Rudolph delivered a DART across the middle to senior wideout David Glidden. Several plays later, J.W. Walsh delivered a swing pass to true freshman Jeff Carr who gave the Cowboys the lead with 3:06 remaining in the game, and the Cowboys never looked back.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Newcastle United fightback denies West Brom win as Alan Pardew waits in wings

first_img Read more Read more Brighton accuse Crystal Palace fans of ‘disorder’ as derby ends in stalemate Share via Email Facebook Premier League Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Coming just before the break the goal was well-timed and, what is more, it was deserved, as Albion were the brighter side after a drab start. Rafael Benítez, eager to stimulate an upturn from his side, had made five changes to the lineup that lost 3-0 at home to Watford on Saturday, including in goal, where Karl Darlow was drafted in for his first league appearance of the campaign.Darlow was motionless in the 19th minute when a curling shot from 25 yards by Salomón Rondón left him helpless. The goalkeeper was grateful to see it skim the top of the bar.Other than that, the main moments of quality in the first half came from Field, the elegant 19-year-old midfielder whom Megson again included instead of Grzegorz Krychowiak, the expensive loanee from Paris Saint-Germain. Ashley Young’s double has Manchester United buzzing and Watford befuddled Twitter “With this bad run, to react the way we did at 2-0 down is very positive for the future,” said Benítez. “We can improve and we have to improve but you could see character, commitment and some good play.”Megson will meet Albion’s chairman, John Williams, at 10am on Wednesday to find out about his future at the club. He made it clear he would be interested to hear from other clubs, too. “I’ve had two promotions to the Premier League,” said the 58-year-old. “I kept Bolton up after they had only four points from 10 games. I took them further than they had ever gone in Europe. I’ve never been one to blow my own trumpet but maybe I should start. I can sort football clubs out.” Fleetingly it looked as if joy would return to the Hawthorns and Gary Megson would depart on a high. With Alan Pardew poised to become the club’s new manager, goals by Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field put West Bromwich Albion on course for their first win since August. But instead Megson’s caretaker stint closed with a draw, as a two-goal lead was whittled away by a Newcastle United side also craving a change of form.Ciaran Clark cut the deficit by heading into the net in the 59th minute and then, seven minutes from time, Jonny Evans deflected a free-kick by Matt Ritchie into his own goal. Newcastle avoided a fifth straight defeat and Albion’s quest for a victory goes on even if their search for a manager has ended. “It’s a right kick in the whatsits,” said Megson of the lost lead.In the first match here since Tony Pulis was put out of Albion’s misery, Megson initially presented a good case for being kept on. He had said that Saturday’s encouraging 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur reawakened his passion for management eight years after he last performed a No1 role and in the first half here he endeared himself to the home crowd, who sang his praises as the players trooped off at the interval.Albion, more enterprising than under Pulis, took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Robson-Kanu, the only alteration that Megson had made to the lineup that started at Wembley. The Welshman headed powerfully into the net from close range after a dainty cross from the left by Kieran Gibbs, who, in turn, had run on to a raking crossfield ball by Evans. Share on LinkedIn West Bromwich Albion Share on Twitter Sam Field celebrates after putting West Brom 2-0 up early in the second half. Photograph: Sam Bagnall – AMA/WBA FC via Getty Images Topics Newcastle United Share on WhatsApp With Albion looking liberated, there was no sign of menace from the visitors until the 51st minute, when Ayoze Pérez caught a dropping ball with a sumptuous volley from 20 yards. Foster did not waste time getting down to save it. Five minutes later the home crowd jumped to their feet to cheer a volley that did find the net. The scorer could not have been more popular, Field finding acres of space beyond the back post to guide the ball calmly into the net after a cross by Phillips.“He’s one of our own,” crowed the home fans but they were struck dumb three minutes later when Newcastle halved their lead. Clark gave the visitors new hope by heading a cross by Ritchie into the net from close range. Newcastle then pushed Albion back and eventually gained their reward when Ritchie’s wicked delivery from the right was diverted into the net. Share on Pinterest Pinterest Reuse this content match reportslast_img read more

Vinícius Júnior: ‘If God wants, Neymar and I will play together at Real Madrid’

first_imgI lived for 13 years in São Gonçalo. I know how hard is to live there. I saw a lot of shootings Play Video Share on WhatsApp Was this helpful? Photograph: Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent Editorial Flamengo Read more Share on Facebook Next Generation 2017: 60 of the best young talents in world football Brazil Twitter Hide Share on Pinterest According to Fifa rules he is allowed to join Real when he turns 18 on 12 July and, although he could be loaned back to Flamengo for the 2018-19 season, he is already looking forward to joining up with Ronaldo, Casemiro and Marcelo for pre-season training. But his desire is to work with another Brazilian too.“If God wants, Neymar and I will play together at Real Madrid. I would definitely be in favour of him moving to Madrid because it would be my big dream to play in the same side as Neymar. He is my idol in football. If had a chance to play with him, I would feel very happy.” Sign up for the Fiver, our weekday football email. “I know I am still no one and I have done nothing so far,” he says. And to a certain extent he is right. Compared with the players he wants to emulate – Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo in particular – he has achieved nothing. But compared with other teenagers he has not done too badly, making his debut for Flamengo at 16 and being voted the player of the tournament at the Under-17 South American Championship, during which he scored seven goals to lead Brazil to the title.Vinícius Júnior is modest but that does not stop him from aiming high. “I want to become one of the best players in football and win a World Cup. I want to reach my goals and make my family proud,” he says. Thank you for your feedback. The expectation and the criticism is already a reality and so, sadly, is another problem: racism. Since his debut for Flamengo, he has been the target of racist abuse twice, both times when he was playing against Botafogo. “We are a country who has all colours, all kinds of people. It’s so sad. The main problem isn’t me but I feel more worried about my family. Football arguably has a bigger problem with racism than society as a whole because there is so much envy in football and my family suffers a lot. I don’t suffer racist abuse on a daily basis because people know me, they know I am a footballer but my family suffers a lot. I think Fifa could react stronger when there is a problem. There are a lot of children watching football and they just want to see a good game, not racism in any form. It is a bad thing which affects the game as well as our society.”Away from the problems, there is an unbelievable excitement at what lies ahead. There is not only Real on the horizon but also, potentially, a World Cup. On 14 May, Tite will announce the 23 players who will represent Brazil in Russia. Start of a sensationBorn in São Gonçalo, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, in July 2000 and joins Flamengo’s youth setup at the age of fiveGoals and gloryFinishes as top-scorer with seven goals and is named best player as Brazil win the Under-17 South American Championship in Chile in early 2017The Real dealA few months later, Real Madrid announce they have signed the 16-year-old for £39m and that he will join the club when he turns 18 Big stage performerMakes his first-team debut for Flamengo soon after agreeing Real move and goes on to shine in the Rio derby against Fluminense. Has continued to impress Share on LinkedIn Brazil have a history of selecting young players for the biggest tournament of them all. In 1958, Pelé starred as a 17-year-old and in 1994 a young kid named Ronaldo was included in the squad. Eight years later Kaká was called up after only two seasons as a professional.Vinícius Júnior is hoping to be the next youngster to be included. “It is a big dream but hope is the last thing that dies. I am still dreaming about going to the World Cup. On the 14th I will be home watching TV and waiting for my name to appear. I met Ronaldinho and he told me a young player always go with the Seleção [to a big tournament]. I am here playing at Flamengo. If Tite needs someone, I am here.” Vinícius Júnior has scored three goals in 27 league appearances for Flamengo. Photograph: Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters Vinícius Júnior is hoping to be in the Brazil World Cup squad announced on 14 May. Photograph: Fernando Martinho/Guardiancenter_img Facebook Ronaldo is another inspiration. “Every day, I say thank you for being blessed with the gift of playing football. The dream of any player is to have the gift but very few have. I have been given this gift and my desire to improve is even stronger. In this respect, Cristiano Ronaldo is my inspiration. I admire what he has been doing for the last 10 years, playing at such a high level. It is not just talent and quality but hard work too. I hope to be able to tell him that one day.”There is excitement at the thought of moving to Europe but there is a little apprehension, too. The terror attacks are well covered in Brazil and Vinícius Júnior is worried. “I am concerned about terrorism because I don’t know what to do, where to run. This isn’t a problem where I can predict. It’s very hard.”But it is not as if Brazil is without problems. Vinícius Júnior was born in São Gonçalo, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Violence and crime are something people have to face every day. For many, it is a scary situation and there is even an app called OTT (Onde Tem Tiroteio or Where There Are Shootouts) where you track in real time if have there are any shootings in the city. Pinterest Pinterest Share on Twitter Neymar Vinícius Júnior is a teenager – and he acts like one. All the time he uses social media and interacts with friends. He is not the first youngster who has made a big move to Real and will not be the last.Kyllian Mbappé and Martin Odegaard are two other teenagers but whereas the Frenchman has done well at Paris Saint-Germain, the Norwegian has struggled to cope with the pressure and is on loan at Heerenveen where he is not even a regular starter.Vinícius Júnior admits the pressure has increased since the move to Real was announced. “A big change in my life is that supporters expect a lot from me, even more now they know for how much I was sold. Every day there is the same talk and at times you are criticised but you have to understand all the situations [and not get dragged into it]. I talk a lot to my father about the fact even Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar can have a bad game every now and then. So, why can’t I have a bad game once?” 0:47 Real Madrid interviews Twitter Topics Facebook Quick guide Teenage kicks – the story so far Show Vinícius Júnior is no different to other people from Rio. He fears the violence too and after signing for Real his first decision was to move all his relatives out of São Gonçalo to the western side of Rio, where he has lived since 2013.“This is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. I lived for 13 years in São Gonçalo. I know how hard it is to live there. I saw a lot of shootings because I lived close to a favela. I feared for my brother and what could happen to him. The dream of many people like me, who live in a poor city, is moving to a better place with better conditions.” Who is Vinícius Júnior, Real Madrid’s new £40m signing? – video Share via Email All over the world teenagers dream about playing for Real Madrid and the Flamengo striker Vinícius Júnior is no different. What sets him apart from pretty much every other teenager, however, is that he has already signed a pre-contract with Real, who in July last year agreed to pay a staggering €45m (£39m) for the 17-year-old.The world was stunned but having missed out on Neymar, who joined Barcelona in 2013, Real were taking no chances with Vinícius Júnior. In many ways he is – or is expected to become – the next Neymar. It is an extraordinary pressure to live with but Vinícius Júnior seems to be coping well. For someone who has had agents circling since he was 10, and long been hailed as the next superstar to come out of Brazil, he seems remarkably grounded. There is no arrogance, no sense of entitlement and no hint he has let attention and fame go to his head.Rather the contrary. He is polite, mature and engaging company in his first international interview since agreeing that remarkable transfer at a time when he had not yet made his first appearance for Flamengo. 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Drewry: Slow Steaming Keeps Overcapacity at Bay

first_imgzoom Drewry Shipping Consultants says no matter how low the oil and bunker prices go, it is confident that ocean carriers will not return to sailing container ships at their design speeds for fear of flooding the market with the latent capacity that has been held in check by slow steaming.Despite bunker being the largest single cost for carriers, theoretically IFO price fluctuations should be profit neutral as the additional cost or saving from higher or lower bunker prices is meant to be passed on to customers through an adjustment to the BAF “Bunker Adjustment Factor” surcharge, Drewry explains in their latest article.Drewry considers that carriers generally only recover about half of their fuel costs via BAFs because sought after high-volume customers are often won over with BAF-free “all-in” contracts. This scenario means that carriers are much more exposed when bunkers are riding high, but it conversely means that there are fewer savings to give back to shippers as many customers were not paying a separate, variable fuel cost element in the first place.Therefore, lower bunkers are very definitely a profit tailwind for carriers, at least in the short term. Given the intense competition, Drewry expects that any sustained reduction in fuel prices will result in lower annual contract freight rates.In a previous Container Insight Weekly analysis, Drewry discussed how slow steaming has not only helped reduce carriers’ fuel bills, but how it has also been used as an effective absorber of excess capacity.Turning on that tap of latent capacity would flood the main trades and send freight rates to the floor. In Drewry’s opinion, there is no chance that containerships will get anywhere near their designed speeds of 24-25 knots in the next few years.Drewry sees one practical side-effect of reduced bunker prices might see some carriers decide they no longer need to divert their services to cheaper bunkering ports like Vostochny in Russia, where fuel was reportedly USD 100-150 per tonne cheaper than in the main bunkering ports such as Singapore and Rotterdam before the recent decreases. If so, backhaul shippers could expect transit times to improve slightly for ships not having to make those deviations to Russian fuel stops.Drewry believes that carriers will benefit from a prolonged drop in oil and bunker prices, as will shippers that currently pay variable BAF surcharges. However, slow steaming is not going away due to overcapacity fears.Source: Drewry Shipping Consultants; Image: MAN Diesel & Turbolast_img read more

Reception Celebrates Opening of Centre for Craft and Design

first_imgCape Breton artists and craftspeople will have much to celebrate on Thursday, Oct. 18, as the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design marks the official opening of its new facility in conjunction with the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala and Conference. The centre will host a reception before the awards gala and has invited conference participants to attend and experience the new facility first-hand. “This incredible new facility is a reflection of the thriving arts and culture sector in Cape Breton,” said Paul Gallant, chair of the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, which is hosting the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala and Conference. “It’s a prime example of why we chose to host this year’s awards gala and conference on the island.” Located at 322 Charlotte St., Sydney, the Centre for Craft and Design’s vibrant facility provides a fitting showcase for some of Cape Breton’s most exceptional arts and crafts. The centre also houses several state-of-the-art workshops and studios for both professional and recreational craftspeople. “The centre’s new facility will help establish the island as a region rich in history, culture and artistic talent,” said Eric Favaro, chair of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design’s board of directors. “It reaffirms the importance of the craft sector to the Island’s culture and economy.” Cape Breton is home to some of the most accomplished – as well as most promising – artists and craftspeople on the East Coast. Through education and training programs, the centre is committed to supporting the development of both recreational craftspeople and accomplished professionals by preserving, elevating, expanding and enhancing the creation of craft in Cape Breton. The second annual Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala and Conference will be held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre in Membertou. The event will include workshops, a keynote speaker address, a plenary session and an opportunity to network with members of the arts and culture community. For more information on the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design and the services it provides, see the website at www.capebretoncraft.com . The Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council was established in 2003. In consultation with the arts and culture sector, it provides advice and recommendations to guide the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage regarding ongoing investment in Nova Scotia’s artists, cultural industries and cultural activities .last_img read more

The love lust confusion

first_imgIs this show inspired from any real incident/person? How did you guys balance fiction, while keeping in mind the real issues addressed in the show?Victor: What inspired me to go ahead with this show was the intriguing journey of a woman who I’d met a few years ago. She had a similar list of desires like the protagonist of the show (Poroma) currently has. This lady was in many ways the muse behind the plot line for this show. Once that was in place, the concept was built and created with the characters who were part of my surrounding environment to give it a realistic feel/vibe. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveTara: The show has been written so well that the story is inherently real. Majority of us in the cast, while acting, would witness certain moments on the set where we felt ‘OMG!!! I’ve been through this before’ or ‘I’ve said this exact sentence before.’ It is rare to get to be part of such well-written content and I feel really blessed that Victor and Neha believed in me. As the protagonist of the story is inspired by a real person, what all did you keep in mind while choosing the actor? Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painVictor: For me, it was important that the lead character, Poroma looked Bengali, spoke the language and above all had to be extremely subtle in her acting. Poroma is one who roams with the look of uncertainty and confusion on her face wherever she goes. For this, I needed a girl who is a calm head. The moment I saw Tara, I knew that she is my Poroma. She fits the role like a glove. Tara, how did you land up in this show? Tara: It is quite a long story, but to cut it short, I met Victor, the director, and writer of the story, and knew that I had to work with him as I absolutely loved his vision for the show. Luckily he felt I was perfect for Poroma’s part. As an actor which season was more fun to shoot? Tara: Without a doubt, Kolkata schedule of season 2 was the best. We had a blast shooting there and also eating the yummy food in the ‘City of Joy’. As this is a new concept, what were the initial expectations from the show? Victor: As this show is more about the story of millennials, while making the show we thought that it would attract youngsters more. There are people like Poroma in every corner of India. And to be honest, even now, we get several messages from fans who thank us for creating a story like this, one that they can highly relate to. The biggest confusion that the youth today faces is between love and lust. By giving them a show that speaks about this dilemma in their life, we were very optimistic and confident that the show would do wonders and strike the right chord with them. But what surprised us the most is the response that we received from the older adults too – who have lived this life and now reminisce about it. For them, this show spoke about their secret lives and we were just happy to connect to them as well. Which is your favourite part/scene of the show? Victor: As a creator, I can’t choose any particular scene. Tara: I think a scene that I’ll absolutely cherish till the very end was where I’m painting a wall with Momo (Mohini Shimpi) and also Jet Skiing with Abir (Shiv Pandit). I know this is not the conventional answer, but both scenes were very special for different reasons for me. I think I really loved the scenes with Abir and Poro when she goes over to his place and then they spend the night and morning after together. What is one piece of advice Paromo Sarkar wants to share with other confused ‘Poromas’ out there? Tara: Don’t judge yourself. It’s okay to be confused and make mistakes as long as you self-reflect, accept them and try and grow from them. What do you think is one similarity and one difference between Poroma and Tara? Tara: I think the similarity is Poro and I have few friends, but the ones that we do, are close to us like family. And the difference is that sometimes Poro acts without thinking things through. I have always been the opposite and can really over-think things sometimes. Is there a third season. When is it scheduled to release? Will there be new characters? Victor: Viu is in a much better position to come out and let fans of the show know if there will be a third season. But if we plan on the third season anytime in future, you can be absolutely sure that there will be new additions to this highly-appreciated show.last_img read more

Liberals granting more leeway to wouldbe Venezuelan immigrants refugees

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are easing immigration and refugee rules for Venezuelans amid the deepening political and economic crisis in that country.Failed asylum claimants from Venezuela will now have the ability to challenge deportation orders by arguing that they will face risk if they are sent home.The move applies only to Venezuelans whose claims were rejected prior to Aug. 19, as the government says changes to conditions in that country will be taken into account on all future refugee claims.At the same time, Venezuelans seeking to visit, study or work in Canada will be able to use expired passports to enter the country or extend existing permits.The government says both moves acknowledge the country’s worsening situation, and calls for assistance from Venezuelan citizens and the ex-pat community in Canada.The announcements come ahead of a meeting in Ottawa this week between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, where the subject of democracy in the South American country is on the agenda.last_img read more

Warriors and Indigenous resistance InFocus part 1

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis week we put Indigenous resistance InFocus.Sakej Ward, who is a member of the Warrior Alliance, Ellen Gabriel, from Kanesatake, Jo Redsky from the Warrior-Ogitchida Society, and Michael Champagne from Shamattawa Cree Nation, join this week’s APTN’s InFocus panel.For part 2 click here.last_img

Over 80 per cent of schools in anglophone Cameroon shut down as

Speaking to journalists at the UN offices in Geneva, UNICEF Spokesperson Toby Fricker said that some 1.3 million people, including around 650,000 children, are now in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Around 450,000 of these people, half of whom are children, are internally displaced.  Thousands of people do not have access to essential basic services, such as healthcare and safe drinking water, and livelihoods have been destroyed, the spokesperson told reporters. The ability of humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF to deliver aid, is being hamstrung by the conflict, he added.Children and their families are suffering from the effects of armed violence; attacks on their homes and schools; abduction, sexual violence and recruitment into armed groups; and imposed lockdowns, or “ghost-town” days, set in place by non-State armed groups.  Future of an ‘entire generation’ at risk The school closures are the result of a ban on education imposed by militia groups, which has affected more than 600,000 children, seen at least 74 schools destroyed, and exposed students, teachers and school personnel to violence, abduction and intimidation.Mr. Fricker said that targeting education is “putting the future of an entire generation of children at risk, children who with the right support and opportunities can build a more stable and prosperous future.” He pointed out that, when children are out of school, they face a higher risk of recruitment by armed groups and are more likely to be exposed to child marriage, early pregnancy, and the accompanying trauma and long-lasting emotional distress that these experiences bring. UNICEF has helped some 15,000 displaced children attend formal schools in host communities outside the affected region, and trained teachers to provide psychosocial support for children dealing with the effects of conflict and displacement, said Mr. Fricker, adding that UNICEF is working with religious and community leaders to attempt to re-open schools The three-year crisis in Cameroon escalated out of protests in the Anglophone region, calling for greater autonomy. Following a visit to the country in May, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet warned that the situation risks spiralling “completely out of control, if measures are not taken to reduce tension and restore trust”.UNICEF has called on the parties to the conflict to protect all children and their families; allow humanitarian access to all people in need, according to international humanitarian law; and to protect and re-open schools, and ensure safe learning spaces for children, without conditions. read more

Fly Jamaica battles massive backlog

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFly Jamaica begins process to compensate passengers in crash landingDecember 22, 2018In “Business”Second lawsuit filed against Fly Jamaica over crash landingDecember 3, 2018In “latest news”Recovery plan for stranded passengers of Fly Jamaica Airways starts todayJanuary 9, 2018In “Business” … Passengers threaten legal action as chartered flight allegedly turned back on runway Ever since the grounding of an aircraft attached to Fly Jamaica’s fleet over two weeks ago, the airline has been battling with a massive backlog, as the swarms of irate passengers continue to multiply at three of the airports from which the carrier operates.Hundreds of travellers booked with Fly Jamaica Airways over the past week have been left stranded at the John F Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York and Pearson International in Toronto, Canada, ultimately resulting in a buildup of passengers at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport; given that there has been an interruption to both in-bound and out-bound services here in Guyana.Even with the airline’s administration being forced to seek refuge by chartering an aircraft operating through another international fleet, passengers are still awaiting their flights out of the CJIA, while those returning home were faced with an endless list of inconveniences.On Thursday last, the world’s largest twinjet, a Boeing 777 attached to Omni Airways in the United States, made a historical touchdown at the CJIA, carrying 377 of Fly Jamaica’s customers, who were delayed in their return from New York for a number of days.However, a simultaneous flight was set to relieve passengers stranded in Canada on Friday but the Omni Airways 767 domestic jet had allegedly missed its allotted take off time while taxiing to the runway, and as such, was grounded for an entire day.An excess of 260 passengers finally landed in Guyana on Sunday, only to discover that some of their luggage did not make the flight out of Canada. This was after scores of furious customers had already abandoned the wait and booked their trip back home with other airlines.Speaking with this publication on Sunday was one of the just landed passengers who expressed several grievances in the airline’s response to the technical difficulty and thereby outlined her family’s losses as a result of their days-long delay.Hundreds of Fly Jamaica passengers making their way through Pearson International in Toronto on Saturday, after being stranded for a number of daysThe young woman who was set to commence her studies at the University of Guyana is now uncertain of her academic future, given that she missed the registration deadline after being stranded in Canada since Monday of last week.She explained that the confusion of being delayed for five days and subsequently turned away after finally boarding a plane, her family was left in the dark by the staff of Fly Jamaica, who were unforthcoming with information relating to their return to Guyana.However, after finally arriving at home, they were greeted with yet another pile of disappointing news, following the announcement that their luggage was not on the plane.As such, the young woman is calling on Fly Jamaica Airways to embark on efforts to compensate the passengers for their losses, especially in light of the immeasurable inconveniences.In addition, other enraged passengers have taken to social media and other forums in widespread outbursts of condemnation over the airline’s failure to cater for their customers in the time of interruptions to their regular operations.Nevertheless, Fly Jamaica Airways has, over the past few days, announced that they are working feverishly to put an end to the delays and return their service to normalcy. In fact, the carrier has announced that the grounded aircraft is currently undergoing repairs to its engine but is expected to be back on the runway within the coming week. (Ashraf Dabie) read more

Batten down the hatches theres a storm a comin

first_imgMET EIREANN HAS issued a weather warning status yellow, indicating there will be strong to gale force winds with gusts up to 100km/hour.The southwest to westerly winds could have gusts of up to 80 to 90 km/hour at times during Sunday, really not conducive weather for an umbrella.Heavy showers are also expected today and there is a risk of thunder. There will be some bright spells also, but mostly in the east of the country. The wind direction will be southwesterly with highest temperatures of 11 or 12 degrees.StormMeanwhile, a storm named St Jude is set to hit Britain with the Met Office issuing an amber warning, stating it could be the worst storm to sweep across England and Wales in years.Met Eireann have stated that the storm, named after St Jude, ironically the patron saint for desperate and lost causes – because his feast day is October 28, is a “little too close for comfort” to Ireland, and that we could also feel the effects of it, especially in the southern half of the country.The very windy and showery weather, has resulted in ferry cancellations with the Jonathan Swift fast crafts due to travel today, being cancelled.The 9am ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard was also cancelled today. However, customers can avail of travelling with cruise sailing vessels that are still sailing today. Watch out: Met Eireann issues yellow alert over heavy rain>Even the weather has the post-Budget blues>last_img read more

Online customers for Paddy Power double as profits grow

first_imgBOOKMAKER PADDY POWER said it has seen its online customers almost double in two years as it announced record profits today.The company’s profit before tax grew by 15 per cent to just over €139 million for 2012.The operating profit was up by 8 per cent to €102 million, which the company said was up 27 per cent before investment in new ventures was taken into account.Active customers grew to 1.6 million during the year.Paddy Power said it had invested in its social media strategy over the year which had seen a twelve-fold increase in its number of Facebook fans and more than one million Twitter followers.Chief executive Patrick Kennedy said it had been a strong year for the company.“Our turnover grew by 25 per cent fo €5.7 billion as payback from ongoing investment continued to deliver growth across the Group,” he said. “Online goes from strength to strength”.However he warned that current exchange rates could lead to a drop in operating profits of around €10 million this year.Paddy Power plc had net cash on hand of €209 million – €153 million excluding customer balances – as of 31 December 2012.Read: The next episode: Paddy Power open market on Team Off the Ball’s next move > Read: Barcelona-Milan result costs punter potential £1m windfall >last_img read more

US House panel demands Kushner clearance details

first_imgWhite House adviser Jared Kushner looks on during the Middle East summit in Warsaw, Poland on 14 February. Photo: ReutersA Democratic-led congressional panel on Friday demanded that the White House comply with requests for documents and witnesses for a probe into alleged security clearance abuses involving president Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and others.After weeks of White House stonewalling, House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, in a letter to the White House, said “I am now writing a final time to request your voluntary cooperation.” Cummings panel has subpoena power.Cummings highlighted in his letter a New York Times story that said Trump ordered his former chief of staff John Kelly to provide Kushner with clearance over objections from Kelly and Donald McGahn, then White House counsel.The Times said Kelly and McGahn both wrote memos about the incident and that McGahn outlined concerns raised about Kushner by career security officials, including CIA officers.”If true, these new reports raise grave questions about what derogatory information career officials obtained about Mr. Kushner to recommend denying him access to our nation’s most sensitive secrets,” Cummings wrote to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone in the March 1 letter, which appeared to set the stage for his committee to subpoena the material.The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Oversight Committee launched its investigation on 23 January. Cummings said he and his staff have since written and spoken to White House officials multiple times about obtaining documents and witnesses, but to no avail.Kushner’s temporary clearance was suspended by Kelly in February 2018, along with other officials operating under temporary clearances, as part of measures to tighten procedures after White House staff secretary Rob Porter was fired when his two ex-wives raised charges of domestic abuse.Cummings said he has provided the White House with detailed descriptions of security clearance abuses by at least nine high-level White House officials including Kushner and current and former national security advisers.The House Democrat’s letter included a transcript from a Jan. 31 Times interview with Trump, in which the president denied ordering Kelly to overrule security officials and provide clearances for Kushner. Trump said he did not think he had the authority to overrule security officials on clearance matters, according to the letter.But White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told an NBC interviewer on Friday that Trump has said he has “absolute authority” to order security clearances.Cummings gave the White House until Monday to respond to his latest demands. His panel’s probe is part of a wide-ranging effort by House of Representatives Democrats, launched since they took majority control of the chamber in January, to investigate Trump, his presidency and his business interests.last_img read more

Full Show Rep Dan Crenshaw And The Alley Theatres New Artistic Director

first_img 00:00 /00:00 On Monday’s Houston Matters: New findings from the United Way of Greater Houston say nearly 30 percent of households in Harris County cannot afford basic needs. The organization says these working families’ earnings are above the poverty level, but they still struggle to pay for housing, food, and more. We consider the particular challenges for these Houstonians.Also this hour: Rep. Dan Crenshaw joins us to discuss his first few weeks in office, the temporary end to the government shutdown, and to answer listener questions.We meet the Alley Theatre’s new artistic director, Rob Melrose. And Jeff Balke updates on Houston sports.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img Listenlast_img read more

Why Are Some Top Democrats Supporting Hogan Over Jealous

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFRODespite an unpopular President and being in a state with a majority of Democratic voters, political veterans say Ben Jealous is facing an uphill battle in his bid to defeat Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan.While the Democratic nominee is mounting an enthusiastic campaign fueled by millennials and national icons, Maryland has never elected an African American to a statewide office, excluding Lieutenant Governors Michael Steel, Boyd Rutherford and Anthony Brown. A number of veteran Democrats are supporting him or are remaining neutral in a state where Hogan has been able to define himself in terms of accomplishments and distancing himself from Donald Trump, as opposed to political labels.Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, alongside his running mate Susie Turnbull, right, is attempting to unite the party to oppose Gov. Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)“The reality is that the current Governor is approachable from both sides of the aisle and people want someone who can reach across the lines in this Democratic state,” said Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Grant, who wouldn’t say who he planned to support in the race. “I will announce my endorsement in the future.”But one person who has made his intentions known is former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney and retired federal Judge Alexander Williams. Williams endorsement is significant because he was the county’s first African American elected to his post and is highly respected.“We need more bipartisanship, cooperation and compromise and not less,” said Williams in a campaign ad sponsored by group called Democrats for Hogan in which Hogan said,  “I am honored to have the endorsement of retired federal Judge Alex Williams.”In an interview with the AFRO, Williams said “I am not bashing Ben Jealous, I am just supporting Hogan because of what Hogan has done as Governor. “He is middle of the road, bipartisan and I have known him from a long time.”Veteran political analyst Alvin Thornton said that a number of dynamics are working against Jealous in a general election but there is still time.“Maryland is more conservative than many people realize and because of low voter turnout this has aided conservatives like Hogan or former Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich,” said Thornton adding that progressives have not done well in recent years in elections. “Look at what is happening in Montgomery County where a progressive won the Democratic primary and is now being challenged by an independent.”Thornton points out that the only three African Americans elected statewide have been as Lt. Governors: Michael Steele, Boyd Rutherford and Anthony Brown, who now is a member of Congress.“Anthony Brown didn’t win and he was a strong Democrat,” Grant said.While Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker campaigned with numbers of Democratic veterans and Jealous had high profile surrogates that included Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA.) But to expand an electoral base in Maryland Thornton says he will need community leaders.On July 18 Jealous held a unity rally with prominent Democrats Rushern Baker, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. Anthony Brown, State Senate President Mike Miller and Maryland Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Matthews at the Prince George’s County Educators Association in Forrestville, Maryland.James Dula, President of the South County Democratic Club, said “I am very concerned with the upcoming election when it comes to the opportunity to go head to head with Hogan but we as Democrats will not have a possibility of a chance unless we come together across the state. We have been fragmented, we are not meeting together and we are not working together.”Dula, who retired as an Air Force Major, said “As a former commander, we have to have a flag to rally around and we don’t have a flag. We voted for the nominee but that vote is a hope and a prayer. We need a message.”In terms of strategy, Jealous is trying to connect Hogan to President Donald Trump. Last Sunday he released a statement in response to the recent decision by the Supreme Court upholding the Trump Administration’s “Muslim Ban.”“As our Muslim friends and neighbors continue to be vilified by the Trump administration, we need a governor with the courage to stand up for all of us,” Jealous said in a statement. “Larry Hogan has continuously failed to give the Attorney General’s office the needed resources to uphold Maryland’s values and has continuously failed to stand up to the leader of his own party. As governor, I’ll ensure that office has the resources to hold the Trump administration accountable and I’ll stand up for Marylanders regardless of religious identity.”Despite strong endorsements for Hogan even from Democrats, Jealous has had backing from powerful Democratic leaders. Former Vice President Joe Biden recently endorsed Jealous and in a statement Biden said,  “As a civil rights leader, community organizer, and businessman, Ben knows how to build an inclusive economy that works for everyone. Ben has the courage and heart to move Maryland forward.”In addition to Biden, Jealous has been endorsed by a number of groups: The Maryland State Education Association, Baltimore Teacher’s Union, Maryland Working Families, Maryland Postal Workers Union, CWA, CASA in Action, SEIU, Progressive Maryland, UNITE HERE! Local 7, Our Revolution – Maryland, UFCW 27, UFCW 400, UFCW 1994, ATU 1300 and African American Coalition of Howard County.Following Biden’s announcement, Jealous said in a statement, “This campaign is about offering people real solutions to real problems in real time on education, healthcare, and the economy. Together we are building a movement across Maryland to ensure Democrats win up and down the ballot in November, ensuring that Maryland gets back to doing big things again.”last_img read more

Iradimed Corp Announces FDA 510k Clearance of MRICompatible Patient Vital Signs Monitor

first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more October 26, 2017 — Iradimed Corp. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its 3880 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)-compatible patient vital signs monitoring system.The Iradimed 3880 introduces a compact and lightweight design to the MRI-compatible patient vital signs monitoring market, facilitating the transportation of patients from their critical care unit, to the MRI and back, resulting in increased patient safety through uninterrupted vital signs monitoring and decreasing the amount of time critically-ill patients are away from critical care units. It is the smallest, most portable MRI monitor on the market, according to the company.The monitoring system has been designed with non-magnetic components and other special features in order to safely and accurately monitor a patient’s vital signs during various MRI procedures. The Iradimed 3880 monitor is rated for operations in magnetic fields up to 30,000 gauss, which means it can operate virtually anywhere in the MRI scanner room.The features of the device include: wireless ECG with dynamic gradient filtering; wireless SpO2 using Masimo algorithms; respiratory CO2; non-invasive blood pressure; patient temperature, and; optional advanced multi-gas anesthetic agent unit featuring continuous Minimum Alveolar Concentration measurements.For more information: www.iradimed.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Related Content Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | October 26, 2017 Iradimed Corp. Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance of MRI-Compatible Patient Vital Signs Monitor Device allows patients to be monitored continuously while being transported to the MRI room and back News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more last_img read more