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Mayawati rejigs party structure

first_imgCarrying out a major rejig of her party in preparation for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, BSP supremo Mayawati on Saturday relieved her brother Anand Kumar of all party posts in a bid to tackle charges of nepotism levelled against her.In April 2017, Ms. Mayawati appointed Mr. Anand Kumar party vice-president on condition that he would dedicate himself to the organisation and never contest polls or hold office of power.Citing BSP founder Kanshi Ram’s commitment to remaining a bachelor all his life and keeping his family away from political posts in the BSP for the sake of the movement, Ms. Mayawati said her brother had offered to serve the party without any post.According to the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, after she appointed her brother vice-president last year, she had not only faced allegations of nepotism but also had regularly to deal with “opportunistic and selfish” leaders who demanded posts for their relatives.Addressing a national executive meeting of the BSP, Ms. Mayawati said the decision to relieve her brother was taken “so that no Opposition party in the country or media can level allegations of promoting dynasty in the party like the Congress and other parties”.National coordinatorsIn another important decision, Ms. Mayawati appointed two “national coordinators” who would review party organisation work on her directions throughout the country. The two newly appointed national coordinators are Veer Singh, Rajya Sabha member and party general secretary, and Jai Prakash, who is party vice-president.Ms. Mayawati also appointed a new Uttar Pradesh State president, replacing Ram Achal Rajbhar with R.S Kushwaha, a former MLA and MLC. Mr. Rajbhar has been promoted to the post of national general secretary, the BSP said in a statement.Ms. Mayawati also said she had amended the party constitution to prevent nepotism in future.last_img read more

Team India unhappy with West Indies pitches

first_imgA controversy erupted ahead of the first cricket Test between India and the West Indies on Monday with the visitors unhappy over the substandard practice pitches provided to them at the Sabina Park in Kingston.India, already hit hard by injuries, were grumpy over the practice facilities as they found out that two of the three pitches provided to them were dangerous for batsmen as it had variable bounce.Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys could not have a proper work out on Saturday at the nets as two of the three pitches provided were found to be two-paced.The two pitches not used on Saturday had become powdery and the top surface had loosened up considerably after the Indians had an intense work-out on Friday. Consequently, a few deliveries kept low while others reared up disconcertingly.Opener Murali Vijay was hit on his right forefinger by a local fast bowler on the nets on Friday and after viewing the two practice pitches, the Indian team decided not to use local net bowlers at all on Saturday.Only one batting net was used on Saturday and the other two were only availed for throw-downs by members of the Indian squad, notably by bowling coach Eric Simmons and computer analyst Digvijay.Even these throw-downs were not without inherent danger as the other opener designated for the Test, Abhinav Mukund was twice hit on shoulders by deliveries which reared up dangerously.Even the Indian fast bowlers lounged around and did not bowl in order to protect their own men. Only the three spinners, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha bowled on the one strip deemed fit for batting sessions.advertisementIndeed, the spinners bowled long and even alone at the stumps after the rest of the team had retired to the dressing room.Interestingly though, West Indies have had no problems with the same nets and had a full-blown session on Saturday.The first Test begins in Kingston on Monday while the second and third will be played at Barbados (June 28-July 2) and at Dominica (July 6-10).India had clinched the ODI series, which preceded the Tests, 3-2.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Sport healthy and clear skin

first_imgI have dry and sensitive skin with many open pores on my face. Most products I use lead to breakouts. What types of creams and face washes should I try? I have dry and sensitive skin with many open pores on my face. Most products I use lead to breakouts. What types of creams and face washes should I try? -VishakhaOpen pores are mostly caused by blackheads and whiteheads left untreated. Use mild products like Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion and Uriage Crme Lavante to cleanse your face. Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, every day in the mornings and re-apply every three to four hours. Also, make sure you clean your face adequately before going to bed and apply creams containing tretinoin 0.025 % every alternate night. This apart, go for regular facial clean-ups (one every month) to keep your skin clear of blackheads. And if none of these help, consider opting for pixel, a fractional laser treatment that is known to diminish open pores significantly.I developed acne after getting my back waxed recently. The prescribed medication for treatment have left scars. How do I clean upmy back? -VidyaUse creams containing AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid), creams with retinol or creams with Vitamin C, arbutin, kojic acid, all of which are known lightening agents. Leave them overnight. However, since AHA and retinol-based creams are strong and can make your skin excessively dry, it is important to use small amounts and massage well. Since the skin on your back is thick compared to the rest of your body, it is important to use thicker creams as others won’t penetrate deep enough. Going for microdermabrasion and chemical peels helps scars lighten much faster, but it is important that these procedures are done under the supervision of a well-trained dermatologist.advertisementMy top tip: Never leave blackheads untreated. Use a specialised blackhead clearing scrub on your face once every week. Also, make sure you wash your face religiously before going to bed and apply a good night cream.Dr Rekha Sheth is a leading cosmetic dermatologist. She is founder-president, Cosmetology Society (India) and also runs Yuva, a successful chain of skin clinics. Write to her at rekha.s@preventionindia.com.last_img read more

India enters top 100 in FIFA football ranking for the first time in 21 years

first_imgThe Indian national football team has finally managed to secure the 100th spot and entered the top 100 FIFA rankings. As per the updated FIFA world football rankings, India has cracked into the top 100 after 21 years.India has been placed 100th alongside three other nations — Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia. All four have a total of 331 points. After 21 years, India ranked 100 in the FIFA Rankings – onward and upward we go! #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream pic.twitter.com/tKti8nvjtD- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) May 4, 2017In April 2017, India ranked 101st in the FIFA rankings but with recent wins over Cambodia and Myanmar, India climbed up a spot to make it in the top 100.The Indian national football team has come a long way from being 173rd in March 2015. India’s best ever FIFA ranking has been 94, back in the year 1996.Here is the current Coaching Staff:The Head coach is Stephen Constantine from EnglandThe Assistant coach is Shanmugam Venkatesh from IndiaThe Goalkeeping coach is Rogerio Ramos from BrazilThe Sports Scientist is Danny Deigan from AustraliaThe AIFF Technical Director is Savio Medeira from IndiaAchievements of Indian football team in recent times:2016 was a great year for Indian footballThe Indian team won the SAFF championship this yearIndian team beat Puerto Rico (4-1), which was ranked at the 114th positionIt was the first time an Indian club played the AFC cup finalAfter a run of six consecutive victories from June 2016 to April 2017, India moved up to the top 100 in the FIFA rankingsIndia’s journey in the World CupIndia qualified only in the 1950 FIFA World Cup, but did not participate in the event. The team withdrew from the event as it could not affordthe cost of travelling to Brazil and were not allowed to play barefoot like they wished to.advertisementIndia might have a chance to qualify for the 2026 World Cup. More on that here.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

I couldn’t have asked for a better finish to my career, says Misbah-ul-Haq

first_imgPakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who bid adieu to international cricket on Sunday after his side’s thrilling win over West Indies, said he could not have ask for anything better than to end his illustrious career on such a note.Pakistan won a thrilling third and final Test with six balls to spare to clinch a first series victory in the West Indies, thus giving one of the most heart-stopping send-off possible to retiring Misbah and veteran middle-order batsman Younis Khan.For the hosts, Roston Chase’s unbeaten 101, his second hundred of the series, proved in vain as the home side, set a target of 303 at Windsor Park in Dominica, slipped to 93 for six before the lower order almost secured a dramatic draw.The Pakistan skipper described the series win as just incredible after Shannon Gabriel dragged a wide delivery from Yasir Shah onto his stumps with just six balls left in the game to trigger Pakistani celebrations as the hosts were dismissed for 202 to lose the series 1-2.Congratulations Pakistan Team on its first Test series win in West Indies. Thank you Misbah-ul-Haq & Younis Khan #Legends #MisYou pic.twitter.com/a2o8GWfAJB- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) May 15, 2017″I would like to thank Almightly Allah, whatever I had, whatever success I got throughout my career, to end like that, I couldn’t ask for anything better,” ESPNcrincinfo quoted Misbah as saying in his farewell address.The 42-year-old brought curtains down to his illustrious 75-Test career as one of his nations’s finest batsmen, leaders and ambassadors.advertisement”I would like to thank my family: my mother, my sisters, and especially to my wife Uzma who supported me and was always there. This series was only for her because I could have finished in Australia. She just convinced me and the fans that I have to come. And this team, too, most of these players (said), ‘You don’t have to end like that. You have to go winning and performing well.’The right-handed batsman asserted that he was happy with whatever he achieved throughout his career.I’m happy with what I’ve had in this career. What a finish, I couldn’t have asked more than that. Really happy for this team, all the guys here. The way they gave me and Younis send-offs,” he said.He also lavished praise for Younis, saying the latter has been a legend and a top performer for Pakistan.”It was a very fine journey with him in the middle, sharing a lot of partnerships, and I loved every moment of that. In the history books, my name will come with him and he’s a legend,” said Misbah.He’s a top performer for Pakistan: 34 centuries, 10,000 runs, broke a lot of records. I had 15 hundred-partnerships with him and that’s something special to me that my name will come with his and be remembered in history,” he added.last_img read more

Younis Khan to donate cash reward to charity

first_imgAfter a lot of mayhem over Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s cash award declaration to the Pakistani cricket team for being victorious in ICC Champions Trophy 2017, former cricketer Younis Khan has come up with an appreciable decision to donate the award money of Rs 10 million to Edhi Foundation.”I am thankful to the Prime Minister for the cash reward; I will donate it to Edhi Foundation, Indus Hospital and The Citizens Foundation,” the Dawn quoted Younis as saying in a self-recorded video.He though requested tax exemption from the government on the donation to make maximum use of the money for welfare.In a reception held by the Pakistan Prime Minister, after returning of the cricket team with the Champions Trophy, each squad member of the team was awarded Rs 10 million.Apart, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq was also awarded the same cash award while rest of the selectors were given one million each.Bowling coach Azhar Mahmood was given Rs 5 million and team manager Talat Ali was given Rs 2.5 million, while other PCB officials, such as media manager, social media manager, in-charge tour operations and cricket analyst, were given Rs 2.5 million each. Head coach Michael Arthur, fielding coach Grant Trafford Luden and batting coach Grant Flower were also given Rs 5 million each.The ceremony by the Prime Minister however received criticism for misusing the public funds and granting the money already well-off players and staff.last_img read more

FC Pune City hope a bright start with win against Dynamos

first_imgPune, Nov 1 (PTI) FC Pune City would look to improve upon their poor record against Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League when they take on each other in their campaign opener this season here tomorrow.In their six encounters in the ISL history, FC Pune City have managed to defeat Delhi Dynamos only once.So, when the two teams meet tomorrow in their ISL 4 season opener at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, FC Pune Citys new head coach Ranko Popovic will be hoping to do one better.”Im excited about our first match. We have had enough time to prepare. The players are also very excited. I hope well be able to do what we want to,” the Serbian tactician said.Responding to a question on the advantage of playing their first match at home, Popovic said, “I dont think it is an advantage. If you want to win, you have to play well both home and away.”Yes, at home well have more support to win all three points. But that does not change the way well play,” he added.The 50-year-old manager, who is in India for the first time, has plenty of firepower at his disposal. Last seasons top scorer Marcelino, who made the switch from Delhi to Pune along with Kean Lewis, will be the ones to watch out for. The duo netted 14 times last season.For Delhi Dynamos, its all about building on from last season. The Delhi side have made it to the play-offs in two of the three previous editions of the ISL, but they are yet to make it to the finals.advertisementAnd for their new Spanish manager Miguel Angel Portugal, that will be the target.”It is important to start well. This first match is the test for what is my team is capable of. I think the competition is very balanced. The way I see it, anyone can win it,” Portugal said at the match-eve press conference.Even though the team has lost some of their mercurial players from last season, Delhi have brought in suitable replacements in the summer.Nigerian forward Kalu Uche will be the main man for Portugals team as far as attack is concerned. The Dynamos also have brought in Netherland striker Guyon Fernandez to compliment Uche.Commenting on the opposition in tomorrows game, the Spaniard said, “Pune is a good team. They have some very good players in like Marcelinho and Alfaro in their squad. Its a difficult place (Pune) to come and play.”We will try to win for me that is important. But this is the first game so well see how it goes. Well also have to uncover how other teams in the competition play.” PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

No Sweet 16 Underdogs Left

first_imgVCU: Vanquished.Yale: Back to class.Hawaii: Said Aloha.Stephen F. Austin: History.Looking for that only-in-March underdog to cheer for in the Sweet 16? Not gonna find them.Instead, the tally of teams left in the NCAA Tournament reads like a Who’s Who list of college basketball’s best program: All four No. 1 seeds advanced, and even the so-called underdogs — No. 10 Syracuse and No. 11 Gonzaga — aren’t looking or acting like them.Most casual fans (whose brackets are already obliterated) would naturally gravitate toward the underdog. Sans that, here’s a quick look at the 16 teams left, and why you just might want to pull for them anyway. (Seeding in parenthesis)KANSAS (1 SOUTH)Heartstrings: Wayne Selden wears a white-and-pink wristband as a shout-out to 9-year-old Karis Selk, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer.Underdog cred: It’s a reach here, but their two best players, Selden and Perry Ellis, are upperclassmen who will not be NBA lottery picks.___NORTH CAROLINA (1 EAST)Heartstrings: It’s almost a sure deal that the coach, Roy Williams, will cry at some point, publically, in the next two weeks.Underdog cred: Before this year, they had gone a whopping four seasons without getting their hands on the ACC regular-season or tournament titles.___VIRGINIA (1 MIDWEST)Heartstrings: Coach Tony Bennett’s father, Dick, was a coaching lifer who came up with the vaunted “Pack Line Defense” that befuddles opponents to this day. Can Tony win the title that eluded his dad?Underdog cred: There was a lot of headshaking when the Cavaliers got a No. 1 seed. And let’s face it — this team has not lived up to the hype the two seasons before this. Seeded first or second three years straight and still looking for a Final Four.___OREGON (1 WEST)Seed: No. 1 in WestHeartstrings: Phil Richmond is the son of former NBA star Mitch Richmond. Phil was a team manager who asked coach Dana Altman if he could walk on this year. Altman said yes. If Richmond steps foot on the court in the next two weeks, especially if the Ducks are cruising to a victory, it’ll be a nice moment.Underdog cred: Like Virginia, the Ducks were widely disputed as a No. 1 seed. Unlike Virginia, the Ducks actually came out and played down to expectations — falling behind by seven late to St. Joe’s before pulling out the win and trip to the Sweet 16.___OKLAHOMA (2 WEST)Heartstrings: Backup center Akolda Manyang missed the March 20 game, and will miss the March 24 game against Texas A&M, because of the death of his brother, Ater. “We’re playing for AK right now,” Oklahoma’s Khadeem Lattin said.Underdog cred: Two meetings with Kansas, including one when the teams were ranked 1-2 in the AP Poll, have resulted in two close losses for the Sooners. A third meeting would not be the worst thing for the Final Four.___VILLANOVA (2 SOUTH)Heartstrings: Coach Jay Wright and his star guard, Ryan Arcidiacono, are each from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and went to rival high schools. That’s why the coach-player relationship might feel a bit more like father-son.Underdog cred: Playing the try-try-again card. ‘Nova failed to get out of the first weekend as a 1 or 2 seed the last two years.___TEXAS A&M (3 WEST)Heartstrings: Coach Billy Kennedy has Parkinson’s disease. “The biggest challenge I’ve ever had,” he calls it.Underdog cred: They were down 12 to Northern Iowa with 35 seconds left and are still here. Need we say more?___MIAMI (3 SOUTH)Heartstrings: If you see guard Angel Rodriguez blowing a kiss skyward after another big win, know that the kiss is going to his father, who was killed in Puerto Rico when Rodriguez was 2.Underdog cred: Easy. The coach is Jim Larranaga, who brought George Mason to the Final Four in 2006 as an 11 seed, which makes us ask every year: “Who is this year’s George Mason?”___DUKE (4 WEST)Heartstrings: The letter from the 3-year-old Duke fan, tweeted out on the official team website @dukeblueplanet, from a young boy lauding the team for bouncing back nicely from the loss of forward Amile Jefferson.Underdog cred: Jefferson’s loss certainly left the Blue Devils short-handed and put them in the second tier of title contenders.___IOWA STATE (4 MIDWEST)Heartstrings: In addition to having to replace coach Fred Hoiberg and fire his football coach, Athletic Director Jamie Pollard is a little more than a year removed from a heart attack and open-heart surgery.Underdog cred: This team’s only Final Four appearance came in 1944 — before it was known as the Final Four, and when the tournament started with only eight teams.___INDIANA (5 EAST)Heartstrings: Athletic director Fred Glass shaved his head before the tournament to show support for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a leader in pediatric cancer research.Underdog cred: Not that anyone thinks “Underdog” when they think “Indiana Hoosiers,” but they did beat Kentucky to get to this point, and next face North Carolina. Enough said.___MARYLAND (5 SOUTH)Heartstrings: Maryland cheerleader Kathryn Brown is a liver transplant survivor after suffering from a rare form of liver cancer. “She’s like a miracle child. Every time I see her, I get chills,” Brown’s mom, Leslie Savary, told The Baltimore Sun.Underdog cred: First trip to Sweet 16 since 2003 and Terrapins aren’t making it look easy: They struggled in wins over No. 12 South Dakota State and No. 13 Hawaii.___NOTRE DAME (6 EAST)Heartstrings: A couple recently endowed the coaching position at Notre Dame with a $5 million gift. Why? Among the charities that have honored coach Mike Brey are: The March of Dimes, the American Heart Association and the V Foundation.Underdog cred: This team came painfully close to knocking off Kentucky in the Elite Eight last year in what was probably the tournament’s best game.___WISCONSIN (7 EAST)Heartstrings: Assistant coach Lamont Paris had to leave the team earlier this month to be with his mother in the hospital. “A very emotional time, obviously,” Paris told the team website. “This arena, basketball in itself, has always been a place where I’ve been able to kind of lose myself.”Underdog cred: OK, they’re the national runners-up from last year. Still, how many teams faced with rebuilding have their coach retire in midseason and still make it this far?___SYRACUSE (10 MIDWEST)Heartstrings: “It was crushing. My heart was broken for him, and during the games, I couldn’t even look at him,” Juli Boeheim to The New York Post, about the nine-game suspension for NCAA infractions that her husband, Jim, served to start the season.Underdog cred: Only one of the 16 teams left that shouldn’t have been in the tournament at all, according to most Bracketologists.___GONZAGA (11 MIDWEST)Heartstrings: Gonzaga’s effort to keep center Przemek Karnowski, out since December with a back injury, involved with the team has been a tender story line for this team — the trials and travails of which have been documented on HBO’s inside-the-locker-room documentary, The March to Madness.Underdog cred: There’s still something painfully heartwarming about watching coach Mark Few try to do that handstand-whatever-it-is thing in the locker room after wins. #dothefew.(EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

SAIL scouting for location in 3 states to set up Rs 5k cr autograde steel plant

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 27 (PTI) Steel PSU SAIL is considering locations in three states of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra to set up Rs 5,000-crore autograde steel plant in joint venture with ArcelorMittal, Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said today. “SAIL people say that there are three places they can consider for putting up that plant. One is Maharashtra, another one is in Gurajat and third is in Andhra (Pradesh),” the steel minister said. The proposed plant would be set up in one of these three states, he told reporters after the release of the corporate sports policy for central public sector enterprises under the steel ministry. The auto-grade steel plant project with a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) will be scaled to 2.5 MTPA, he added. “A meeting was held about a month back which was attended by (Lakshmi Niwas) Mittal of ArcelorMittal and SAIL people. In that meeting both the parties agreed on one thing that the details will have to be worked out for finalisation of JV (joint venture),” the minister said. According to official sources, negotiations were still underway with regard to detailed technical agreements of the joint venture. Domestic steel giant SAIL in December last year announced that its board had approved a proposal to enter into a joint venture with the world’s largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal for manufacturing high-end automotive steel. The PSU had also said that definitive agreements in that regard would be finalised in the due course subject to financial viability. SAIL and ArcelorMittal had entered into an MoU in May 2015 to explore the possibility of setting up an auto-grade steel manufacturing facility under a joint venture in India. PTI SID MRadvertisementlast_img read more

Amitabh Bachchan denies buying IPL stakes

first_imgBollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has denied that his family was interested in picking equity stake in any of the franchises of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).”This news is incorrect,” Bachchan told IANS when asked about media reports on the issue.Earlier, there were reports that the Bachchans had approached the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals with proposals to buy stakes in the franchises.While the talks with three-time champions CSK were reportedly unsuccessful, discussions with the Rajasthan Royals did not progress beyond the first round.Interestingly, the Bachchan family already has stakes in Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Chennaiyin FC and Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) franchise Jaipur Pink Panthers.ALSO READ | IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 playersALSO READ | IPL 2019 likely to be scheduled early to give India pre-World Cup restlast_img read more

8 days agoCarlos Vela: I’m happy again with LAFC

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Carlos Vela: I’m happy again with LAFCby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarlos Vela has stated that he is happy with his present circumstances at Los Angeles FC.Vela was in a difficult place in his career when he came to Los Angeles, as he struggled for game time in his final season in Spain with Real Sociedad.But the past two MLS campaigns have seen him return to his best form, especially this season.It appears the 30-year-old is pleased with how the team is progressing as they look set to mount their playoff campaign.”I’m really happy, first of all, to be part of this team because it returned to me the happiness I was seeking. I maybe didn’t have as much excitement about playing like I have now, and after that I have to thank my teammates,” Vela told TUDN.”It’s an individual achievement, but it’s a full-team job. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to have all the goals I have or everything I was able to do.”I think it’s a success we’ve created because we started from nothing with this team, so I feel like I really participated in everything we’re getting. I’m thankful for everything that’s happening.” last_img read more

Video: Investing in American Ports Infrastructure

first_imgMay 29, 2014; Video: whitehouse zoom In order to more efficiently accommodate massive post-panamax ships, the United States needed to widen and deepen many of its channels and harbors.TIGER grants have channeled federal transportation funding directly to 38 port projects in 22 states designed to increase efficiency and grow the economy. President Obama has proposed new investments in transportation infrastructure to jump-start job creation & build a 21st century American economy.Learn morelast_img

Service Scheduled for Allan MacEachen

first_imgA celebration of the life of Allan J. MacEachen will be held Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Charles V. Keating Centre, 1100 Convocation Blvd, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish. Mr. MacEachen, 96, a native of Inverness, died Tuesday, Sept. 12. The longtime Nova Scotia MP, cabinet minister and senator was also Canada’s first deputy prime minister. Those attending the service, which is open to the public, are asked to be in their seats by 1:30 p.m. There will be a live webcast of the services at novascotia.ca. -30-last_img

Shah performs aarti at Jagannath temple kickstarts rath yatra

first_imgAhmedabad: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, along with his wife Sonal Shah, performed the ‘Mangala Aarti’ on Thursday morning at the historic Jagannath Temple here, to kick-start the annual Gujarat Jagannath Rath Yatra that coincides with the Puri festival. Shah, who continues as the national Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President, was on his first visit to home state Gujarat after being inducted in the Union Council of Ministers. He inaugurated several projects on Wednesday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Coinciding with the historic rath yatra in Puri, the 142nd Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra began in the wee hours of Thursday. The nine-day annual chariot festival began amid heavy security in various localities of the walled city in old Ahmedabad. Beginning from the historic 450-year-old Lord Jagannath Temple in Jamalpur area, the procession would pass through the city. The Jagannath Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad is among the three largest similar rath yatras which include the ratha yatra in Puri, Odisha.last_img read more

Rob Fords widow gets suspended sentence 3 years probation in impaired driving

first_imgTORONTO – The widow of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford was given a suspended sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty to impaired driving, with a judge finding she had placed herself and others at risk.Renata Ford must serve three years of probation, 100 hours of community service and a two-year driving ban, and must pay a fine of $1,100 for the 2016 incident, the judge ruled.“(Ford) put herself in danger, she put other members of the public in danger,” Judge Ted Kelly said. “The offence is serious.”Ford kept a relatively low profile during her late husband’s tumultuous mayoral term from 2010 to 2014 but entered the spotlight earlier this month when, in the final days of Ontario’s election campaign, she filed a lawsuit against her brother-in-law, Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford.That suit claims Doug Ford, now Ontario’s premier-designate, and his brother Randy Ford mishandled Rob Ford’s estate and destroyed the value of the family business, depriving Renata Ford and her children of income. Doug Ford called the allegations false.The judge presiding over Renata Ford’s impaired driving case noted that her charge in 2016 came at a “very challenging time,” when she was grappling with the deaths of her husband, aunt and father.Ford, 47, apologized in court for her actions and said after the sentencing that she was “happy and appreciative” of the judge’s decision.The Crown had asked for Ford to spend 45 days behind bars and noted she was convicted of failing to provide a breath sample in 1997 and of driving while impaired in 2005. Ford’s lawyer had argued for no jail time and a minimal fine.Ford was turning into an LCBO parking lot on Dec. 28, 2016, when her vehicle “rubbed up against” another car, according to an agreed statement of facts.After being helped from her vehicle by witnesses, and asking them not to call the police, Ford tried to buy a bottle of wine but was denied service, court heard. Police found her in the passenger seat of her vehicle and administered a breathalyzer test, which she failed.She was charged with impaired driving and driving with over 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The latter charge was stayed when she pleaded guilty to impaired driving.Her lawyer said Ford has been in therapy and undergone treatment at an addiction facility, that she no longer consumes alcohol and has an anti-drunk driving lock in her vehicle.last_img read more

LCI Education network agrees to acquire The Art Institute of Vancouver

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Following the acquisition, students and faculty of AIV will be able to leverage LCI’s global community in a number of ways, including:Faculty collaboration to remain current in international trends and develop globalized curricula.Exposure to a diversity of cultures, with students from over 75 countries enrolled in LCI campuses.Connections for students and graduates to Student Career Services, including job and portfolio postings world-wide.In the past seven years, AIV has been consistently named one of the top 10 undergraduate schools for video game design by the Princeton Review, while LCI has received accolades from many sources, including the Hempel Awards, Telio’s Canada’s Breakthrough Designer competition, and Fashionista.com.“Joining the LCI family provides AIV with support from respected private post-secondary institutions and further momentum for its progressive, industry-leading curricula,” said Brian Parker, The Art Institute of Vancouver, President.Students will benefit by having wider access to facilities, faculty, staff and connections to industry. Students enrolled in AIV programs prior to the acquisition will be able to graduate from AIV with AIV credentials.The Art Institute of Vancouver is currently a subsidiary of Education Management Corporation, a provider of private post-secondary education in the U.S.More information about the acquisition can be found at www.lcieducation.com/welcomeaivAbout the LCI Education networkLCI Education traces its origins back to LaSalle College in Montreal, which was founded in 1959. Present today on 5 continents, the LCI Education network consists of 22 select higher education institutions, and some 1,500 employees offering instruction to over 10,000 students throughout the world each year. LCI Education is also known as a leader in online training in Canada. LCI Education encourages program harmonization across the various countries in order to ensure greater flexibility, better control over the quality of its services and respect for cultural diversity.About The Art Institute of VancouverThe Art Institute of Vancouver (AIV) is an award winning higher education provider offering an array of exciting applied arts programs in diverse fields such as VFX for Film and Television, Video Game Programming, Digital Film & Video, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fashion, Culinary Arts and just to name a few. Located in an 80,000 square feet building in beautiful Vancouver, AIV delivers programs with credentials ranging from Bachelor Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates and has been consistently named one of the top 10 undergraduate schools for video game design by the Princeton Review. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement The LCI Education network (LCI), which owns LaSalle College Vancouver (LCV), has reached an agreement to add The Art Institute of Vancouver (AIV) to its growing family of private post-secondary institutions around the world. LCV and AIV employ experienced, industry professionals to teach job-ready skills to a combined 1,500 students in Digital & Media Arts, VFX & Game Design, Fashion, Interior Design and Culinary Arts. The transaction is anticipated to close no later than January 31, 2017.“Acquiring leading private, post-secondary educational institutions is an important part of LCI’s strategy to become the world’s leading network of select private educational institutions, recognized for innovation, efficiency and results,” said Claude Marchand, CEO of LCI Education network. “AIV will be joining a strong and stable Canadian organization that is driven by the needs of students, providing enriched opportunities for learning and skill development, instruction by leaders in the Vancouver creative industries, and access to international career services.”With the acquisition of the AIV campus on Renfrew Street, LCI will have an increased presence on the West Coast, and a network of 22 campuses on five continents including global design centres such as Montreal, Barcelona, Bogota and Melbourne.last_img read more

Bush style Yoga winning over seniors in Behchokǫ̀ NWT

first_imgResidents and visitors of Jimmy Erasmus Senior Home in Behchokǫ̀, Northwest Territories meet for yoga a few times a week.The Tlicho community sits at the northern tip of Great Slave Lake 110 km north of Yellowknife.The class focuses on what’s familiar to the clients by fusing traditional motions like pulling nets, chopping wood and shooting ducks – with modern stretching.Beatrice Naedzo, the activity coordinator for the senior’s home, gives all instructions in her Dogrib language.She says seniors were reluctant to take part in modern, non-traditional exercise.“When the elders would do their exercise they would complain and complain about exercise. I was wondering while sitting in a circle asking ‘what do you guys want to do?,’” she said.Naedzo asked where participants are paddling to, they joyously respond “Whati,” “Marian Lake,” and “Frank Channel.”It is in the detail, connecting instruction with familiarity that brings the clients down memory lane.“Instead of using weights and elastic bands… I always say stretch the hide, that was their daily exercise,” Naedzo said.It didn’t take long for the tables to turn. Naedzo is now instructed by the participants.“I say ‘we should do it this way,’ and they say ‘no we never did it this way we did it this way.’Most of the seniors have to sit down for the exercise, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t working hard.“I like it, you know good exercise, instead of getting up and complaining about the pain,” Douglas said.During the meet ups everyone shares stories of camp life.At one point a nurse recognized a story she overheard. She left the room and returned promptly with an old photo of a participant. She was no doubt, moved by the memory.Soon after Douglas delivers a love song for everyone.She said that she use to sing while paddling to see her husband long ago.“That’s the life we had, we did all of that. We lived in the bush and this time of the year we go in the bush and don’t come back until Christmas with a dog team.,” Douglas said.The program may not be what typically comes to mind for yoga, but for each participant here, it works.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlotte Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsIt starts off in a similar fashion to any other stretching class, a quick roll of the shoulders and stretch of the legs – then it takes a turn, and the class begins the motion of paddling.This isn’t your typical workout routine – this is Tlicho yoga.Caroline Douglas laughed as she paddled. The 81-year-old isn’t slowing down anytime soon.”“I had the surgery replacement of my knee, that’s why I started coming in,” she said.last_img read more

WestJet suspends HalifaxParis other routes to deal with 737 Max grounding

Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)The Canadian Press CALGARY — WestJet Airlines Ltd. has announced cancellations and schedule changes on some of its routes as the airline deals with the continued grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft.Flights between Halifax and Paris have been suspended from June 3 through Aug. 2, and WestJet says guests will be rebooked either through Calgary, non-stop on its Boeing Dreamliner jets to Paris, or with one of its partner airlines through Toronto, Montreal or New York.Flights between Edmonton and Ottawa, and Edmonton and Montreal, have also been suspended for most of June, and WestJet says guests will be rebooked through either Calgary or Toronto on WestJet-operated flights.Service between Toronto and Kelowna, B.C., and Vancouver and Regina will also be suspended for much of June.Transport Canada banned the 737 Max from Canadian airspace as part of an international response to the fatal March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.WestJet says in a news release that it has adjusted flight times on some routes or substituted larger aircraft with fewer flights, but that it needed to suspend a small number of routes where no alternative aircraft were available.“Although the Max comprised over 1,000 monthly departures in our June schedules, by adjusting our aircraft lease returns and the planned installations of our premium seats, we have been able to cover more than 700 of the flight routes where the Max was originally scheduled, with other aircraft,” Chief Operating Officer Jeff Martin said Sunday in a post on the company’s website. “I thank our WestJet teams for their dedication as they continue to work hard to get our guests to their destinations.”Martin said WestJet remains committed to the routes and will resume flights when it can.Transport Minister Marc Garneau closed Canadian skies to the Max 8 on March 13 over safety concerns arising from the flight path of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that bore startling parallels to a fatal Lion Air crash off the coast of Indonesia on Oct. 29, killing a combined 346 people.WestJet had 13 Max 8s in operation when the planes were pulled from service, but has said it has no plans to cancel orders for 37 more Max jetliners.Air Canada — where 24 Max 8s make up about 10 per cent of its main 243-plane fleet — said last week that the company has “protected 96 per cent of planned flying” through measures that include consolidating flights on larger planes and extending leases on aircraft planned to exit the fleet. read more

Pregnancy 300 times deadlier in worlds poorest nations says UNICEF

15 January 2009Having a child remains one of the biggest health risks for women worldwide, and this is especially true for women in least developed countries who are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications than women in developed countries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report released today. Having a child remains one of the biggest health risks for women worldwide, and this is especially true for women in least developed countries who are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications than women in developed countries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report released today. The 2009 edition of UNICEF’s flagship publication – “The State of the World’s Children” – adds that a child born in a developing country is almost 14 times more likely to die during the first month of life than a child born in a developed one. “The divide between the industrialized countries and developing regions, particularly the least developed countries, is perhaps greater on maternal mortality than on almost any other issue,” the report states. For example, a woman in Niger has a one in seven chance of dying during the course of her lifetime from complications during pregnancy or delivery, compared to the risk faced by mothers in the United States, where it’s one in 4,800 or in Ireland, where it’s just one in 48,000. Following close behind Niger in terms of the highest lifetime risk of maternal death are Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Chad, Angola, Liberia, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau and Mali. The agency notes that both mothers and infants are vulnerable in the days and weeks after birth – a critical time for lifesaving interventions, such as post-natal visits, proper hygiene, and counseling about the danger signs of maternal and newborn health. While many developing countries have made excellent progress improving their child survival rate in recent years, there has been less headway in reducing maternal mortality. Niger and Malawi, for example, nearly cut their under-five death rates in half between 1990 and 2007. In Indonesia, under-five death rates fell to nearly a third of what they were in 1990, and in Bangladesh they fell by more than a half. The same progress, however, has not been made in addressing health risks for mothers, who are most vulnerable during delivery and in the first days after birth. And while the rate of survival for children under five years of age is improving globally, the risks faced by infants in the first 28 days remain at “unacceptably high levels” in many countries. Launching the report in Johannesburg, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman noted that more than half a million women die every year as a result of pregnancy or childbirth complications, including about 70,000 girls and young women aged 15 to 19. “Since 1990, complications related to pregnancy and childbirth have killed an estimated 10 million women,” she added. To lower the risks for pregnant women and newborns, the report recommends the provision of essential services that include a continuum of care at critical points – adolescence, pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth, post-natal and neonatal periods, infancy and childhood – as well as at key locations where they can be readily accessed by women and children. It adds that health services are most effective in an environment supportive of women’s empowerment, protection, and education. “Saving the lives of mothers and their newborns requires more than just medical intervention,” noted Ms. Veneman. “Educating girls is pivotal to improving maternal and neonatal health and also benefits families and societies.” Welcoming the new report, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) called for more action to achieve universal access to reproductive health by 2015, which is the target date for achieving the globally agreed anti-poverty objectives known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“We look forward to continued cooperation with UNICEF and other partners to improve maternal and newborn health,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, adding that “no woman should die giving life.” UNFPA noted that most maternal deaths could be prevented through universal access to reproductive health. In this regard, health systems need to be strengthened to provide family planning, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric care. read more

NHS creating drug addicts as figures show surge in prescriptions for powerful

first_imgThe number of prescriptions for powerful painkillers in England has nearly doubled in 10 years, it has been reported.The surge in people taking opioids such as morphine has prompted doctors to warn that people are becoming addicted in greater numbers.The family of drugs also includes codeine, tramadol and fentanyl, which is many times stronger.According to the BBC, some 28.3 million opioids were prescribed by GPs in 2017, the equivalent of 2,700 packs an hour.The figure is around 10 million more than the number of opioid prescriptions in 2007.Opioids are prescribed to treat severe pain only after consultation with a GP or a pain specialist. Professor Jonathan Chick, from Castle Craig Hospital, a rehabilitation clinic in Peeblesshire, said the number of patients being treated at the clinic had doubled in five years.”There is definitely a link between rising numbers of prescriptions and an increase in the number of opioid addicts and related deaths,” he said.An NHS England spokesman told the BBC: “GPs and other health professionals make decisions about what, if any, medication to prescribe based on each individual patient’s specific condition and circumstances. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, said that doctors take prescribing any medication “very seriously” and they will “never prescribe opioids as a ‘quick fix’.”Analysis by the BBC suggested around 2.3 million people aged 16 to 59 in England took a prescription painkiller that had not been prescribed for them in 2016-17.According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, more than 2,000 of the 3,700 drug-related deaths in England and Wales in 2016 involved an opioid.Heroin is an opioid and deaths related to the Class A drug were included in the figures. “GPs and hospitals are working to ensure every prescription is both safe and effective, and the Care Quality Commission can investigate instances where these drugs appear to be given too frequently.”Nicki Hari, a drugs counsellor who works for UK Addiction Treatment, claimed “doctors will give you tablets like Tramadol without asking too many questions”.”GPs are just feeding people with pills, and the result is that the NHS is creating drug addicts,” she told the BBC.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more