Amid threat perception, Maharashtra Budget session may be curtailed

first_imgThe ongoing Budget session of the Maharahstra legislature may be cut short after Mumbai was put on high alert following air strikes across the border in Jammu & Kashmir.Following a police briefing, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis convened a meeting on Wednesday of leaders from across the parties where the issue was discussed. The week-long session is scheduled to end on March 2, with a debate on the drought situation slated for March 1.According to police intelligence sources, “Mumbai is on high alert since morning following the air strikes. Instructions have been passed on to unit commanders to increase checking across State borders and be observant to signs of tension.” When legislature is in session, some 5,000 policemen are deployed on bandobast duty. Another 1,500 personnel are on field to handle various protest marches during the session. In case of any tense situations, the force can be deployed to other parts of the city.An opposition leader who attended the meeting said, “It was felt that the Vidhan Bhavan premises, where key state political figures are gathered for the session, could be an easy target.” Those who attended the meeting included Maharashtra DGP Datta Padsalgikar and Mumbai police commissioner Subodh Jaiswal.A formal decision on whether or not to curtail the session may be taken on Thursday morning at an all-party meeting, the leader said. The interim Budget will be passed on Thursday if the session is curtailed.last_img read more

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Day after Diwali, Muzaffarnagar among the most polluted cities

first_imgWith an average Air Quality Index of 424, Muzaffarnagar remained among the most polluted cities in the country on Monday. Marked in the ‘severe’ category by the Central Pollution Control Board, the prominent pollutant here was PM2.5. With Moradabad, Meerut and Hapur not far behind on the pollution index, it seemed as if the stocks of crackers that were shunned in Delhi-NCR found their way into the region.District officials said they tried to enforce the Supreme Court directions on using green crackers but its result could not be felt in the green belt. Additional District Magistrate (City) Atul Kumar held the meteorological conditions responsible for the sudden spike in the AQI. “We enforced the ban on crackers by putting up hoardings, promoting green crackers and organising local melas. The practice of gifting crackers on Diwali has come down considerably in the region. Sunday was the first day when we felt a nip in the air. It seems the smog has settled down.” He said there was no stubble burning as it was the sugarcane hub. “Winds from Punjab and Haryana could have a played role,” he mused.‘Cracker busting still on’However, Rakesh Singh, a farmer from Beda Sadat village, who is known for practising organic farming, said ban on crackers proved ineffective in the region. “It was rampant both in the urban and rural areas. The bursting of crackers started two days before the festival and is expected to continue for two more days,” said Mr. Singh, adding the ‘kolhus’ that crystallise jaggery also adds to the pollution as they run on diesel. More than the administration, Mr. Singh held the people responsible for the problem. “Even the educated indulge in the practice which affects not only humans but also animals and microorganisms which are useful for farming,” he added.last_img read more

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ISL 2019-20: FC Goa Score Four Past Mumbai City FC to Go Atop Points Table

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Mumbai: FC Goa returned to winning ways and climbed to the top of the Indian Super League 2019-20 points table with a 4-2 win against Mumbai City FC at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday.The goal-fest began with Lenny Rodrigues giving Goa the lead in the 27th minute. The visitors doubled their lead with a Ferran Corominas (45′) strike just before half-time. The second half saw two goals in the space of ten minutes, with Mumbai City equalising in quick session through Sarthak Golui (49′), Souvik Chakrabarti (55′). However, Hugo Boumous (59′) put the visitors back in lead and Carlos Pena (89′) scored another late goal to rub further salt into Mumbai’s wounds. Sergio Lobera’s team picked up their second win of the season and are atop with eight points after four rounds. Mumbai are fifth with four points in their kitty. Goa have the same points as NorthEast United FC but a better goal difference of 5 compared to NorthEast’s 2.Mumbai refused to sit back and let Goa pass the ball around in the opening minutes but the hosts failed to test Mohammed Nawaz’s goal during that period. This allowed the visitors to get back into the game and draw first blood.In the 27th minute, a Brandon Fernandes corner-kick found Lenny with just enough space inside the box to take a touch, turn and place his shot into the bottom left corner of the net to score his first goal for the club.Mumbai responded well and pressed high up the field. Bipin Singh’s cross from the flank was met by Subhasish Bose who headed it into the path of Diego Carlos. The Brazilian striker hit the side-netting from a dangerous position, leaving the Goan defence relieved.Just before half-time, Goa carved the Mumbai defence open with a simple yet effective passing move. Boumous fed Seriton Fernandes in behind Bose and the full-back’s cross into the centre was well received by Ferran Corominas who took a touch and found the net to score the Gaurs’ second.A familiar sight. Coro puts the visitors up by 2!Watch #MUMGOA LIVE on @hotstartweets – https://t.co/fdPGVFmxFlJioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app.#ISLMoments #HeroISL #LetsFootball #TrueLove pic.twitter.com/vO7qy5N6Oe— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 7, 2019 The hosts came out for the restart with renewed vigour and hit back immediately. Mohammed Larbi’s corner-kick from the left found Golui at the far post and the defender, left completely unmarked, nodded a looping header into the net.Mumbai soon pulled level courtesy a neat finish by Chakrabarti. Bipin’s cross into the box was initially cleared but the ball fell to Raynier who laid it off for Chakrabarti to execute an excellent strike into the bottom corner.Mumbai Football Arena: Volume Max 📣What a way to score your first #HeroISL goal, Sauvik Chakrabarti! 👏Watch #MUMGOA LIVE on @hotstartweets – https://t.co/fdPGVFmxFlJioTV users can watch it LIVE on the app.#ISLMoments #HeroISL #LetsFootball #TrueLove pic.twitter.com/cDLOyYUkJ7— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 7, 2019 With the sides level and nothing to separate them, the match opened up. Goa regained the lead when Mourtada Fall rose highest inside the box to a flick a Jahouh free-kick across goal towards Boumous. The 24-year-old midfielder’s header bulged the net, leaving Amrinder with no chance.Goa added a fourth to seal the win in the 89th minute. Edu Bedia’s free-kick from the right flank was met by Pena with a smart flick to guide it past the goalkeeper. Carlos Penafc goaFerran Corominasfootball First Published: November 7, 2019, 10:07 PM ISTlast_img read more

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NCAA: San Beda powers past JRU to hike streak to 12

first_imgLATEST STORIES With four of their starters in contention for the Most Valuable Player plum, the defending champion Red Lions simply relied on Calvin Oftana and Donald Tankoua down low and the efficient backcourt duo of James Canlas and Evan Nelle to stay unbeaten for 12 games.Athletic forward Agem Miranda created headaches for the Lions early on as the Heavy Bombers seized control in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40But when Oftana and Tankoua muscled their way inside on both ends, it practically exploited the youth and inexperience of the Heavy Bombers that led to JRU’s eighth defeat in 12 games.Canlas extinguished the Heavy Bombers’ hope for an upset with numerous fast-break plays while Evan Nelle swished the net on several occasions, including a long three that had them smelling victory for good. Alibaba co-founder unanimously approved as new owner of Brooklyn Nets Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Becoming his own man SAN BEDA 65—Canlas 18, Oftana 12, Nelle 11, Tankoua 10, Doliguez 8, Abuda 2, Bahio 2, Alfaro 2, Carino 0, Cuntapay 0, Etrata 0, Soberano 0.JRU 47—Miranda 14, Amores 11, Delos Santos 5, Vasquez 5, Aguilar 4, Dionisio 4, Dela Rosa 3, Jungco 1, Arenal 0, Macatangay 0.Quarters: 21-15, 27-31, 47-43, 65-47.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MANILA, Philippines–San Beda utilized its manpower advantage to the hilt to turn back an adamant yet budding Jose Rizal side, 65-47, in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament on a rainy Thursday afternoon at the Filoil Arena in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Sunil Gavaskar picks transformed England as favourites to win World Cup

first_imgIndia batting great Sunil Gavaskar believes England are a transformed one-day international side since their shock exit from the 2015 World Cup and rates them as favourites to win their maiden crown on home soil in July.Eoin Morgan’s side, whose quest for a first 50-overs title begins against South Africa at The Oval on May 30, top the world rankings enter the tournament as the one of the most consistent teams in the format.”England are the favourites. Simply because of the way they are playing cricket, the complete turnaround in their cricketing attitude and approach after their disastrous 2015 World Cup,” Gavaskar told Reuters in an interview.”England have got a very good team, they have got lots of confidence. You have seen them in all the recent matches and they have been playing outstanding cricket.”Morgan’s men have played a fearless brand of cricket in the recent years and since the start of 2018 have come out on top in bilateral ODI series against World Cup holders Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and India.Gavaskar believes having home advantage could also be telling after Australia won as hosts in 2015 and India did the same four years earlier.”If you go by what has happened in the last couple of World Cups, the host team has won,” he added.”But, of course, in cricket anything can happen. While England start the favourites, there are other teams which are also playing some good cricket.”Gavaskar was speaking after pledging to sponsor 34 paediatric heart surgeries for economically deprived children at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani International Centre for Child Heart Care at the satellite city of Navi Mumbai.advertisementThe semi-rural setting was a far cry from the glamorous environs of Gavaskar’s normal workplace as a TV media pundit and rather than former cricketers, he was surrounded by medical professionals who treat children for free.His study of the game from the commentary box has convinced him that holders Australia, with Steve Smith and David Warner back in the fold after their ball-tampering bans, and a resurgent West Indies are other title contenders.Virat Kohli’s India side will also post a big challenge, the 69-year-old felt.”I think these are the four teams that can really stand out,” added former India captain and opening batsman Gavaskar, who once held the record for most test runs and centuries in the longest format.Gavaskar said a hot English summer could add to the excitement of the World Cup as the pitches would be drier and make shot-making easier for the batsmen.The format for the May 30-July 14 tournament has also seen a change from the previous years with all 10 teams playing each other before the top four advance to the semi-finals.”This should be a very, very interesting tournament and I think the format is the best you can have because you are playing every team unlike in two groups,” said Gavaskar, who was part of the Indian team that beat the mighty West Indies to win the 1983 World Cup.”You can have a bogey team with whom you lose in bilateral matches but they could be in another group and you might never play them.”So you can win without having played your bogey team (in the past) while this format, where each team plays each other, I think is the best.”Also Read | David Warner bats at No. 3, hits 39 for Australia in warm-up matchAlso Read | IPL 2019 Playoffs Line-up: MI vs CSK in Qualifier 1, DC vs SRH in EliminatorAlso Seelast_img read more

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Entries Invited for JCDC Competitions

first_imgJamaicans are being encouraged to submit entries for the Jamaica Gospel Song, the Children’s Gospel Song, and the National Festival of the Performing Arts Competitions. Deadline for the 2013 Jamaica Gospel and Children’s Gospel Song Competitions staged by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), will close on Friday, November 30, 2012, while entries for the National Festival of the Performing Arts, which include dance, drama, music, speech and traditional folk forms, will close on January 25, 2013.  Entries will be accepted from Jamaican citizens and persons who reside in Jamaica for a period of not less than two years at the closing date for entries. Entry forms for these competitions are available online at: www.jcdc.gov.jm and at the JCDC’s head office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10 and parish offices islandwide. Subject Specialist for Music at the JCDC, Gregory Simms, told JIS News that the competitions seek to expose young Jamaicans to the traditional folk forms, folk music and to give them the opportunity to showcase their creative talent and expressions. He said that schools, community groups, churches, youth clubs and social clubs can enter. “We are encouraging all our teachers and community leaders to start preparing for the competition. Get your items ready,” he said, adding that the competitions are the springboard to the annual Independence celebrations in August 2013. Mr. Simms said that participants each year are exposed to a series of workshops addressed by professionals who provide them with the necessary grooming and training. “We target schools, we target community groups, and anybody may come, because it is really open to the public. There is music, dance and traditional folk forms. If you want to learn maypole or to dance gereh and kumina, you can come to these workshops and have fun while learning about your culture,” he added. Mr. Simms emphasised that persons must be prepared to work, once they have signed up to attend the workshops. “We try to make our sessions very interactive, so that they get a hands-on approach in training,” he said.last_img read more

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Mayor tribal council call for calm as jury deliberates

first_imgThe Canadian PressBATTLEFORD, Sask. – There are calls for calm as a Saskatchewan jury continues deliberating the fate of a farmer charged in the fatal shooting of a young Indigenous man.Gerald Stanley, 56, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie from the Red Pheasant First Nation in August 2016.Court has heard that Boushie was shot in the head with a handgun while he was sitting in the driver’s seat of an SUV that had been driven onto Stanley’s farm near Biggar, Sask.“This case has cracked open the racial undercurrent in Saskatchewan with the potential to further drive a wedge of mistrust between communities,” Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Mark Arcand and Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark said in a joint statement.“We cannot build our future with hateful dialogue and divisiveness. As we await the verdict and wonder what impact this could have on our province, and more importantly, our relations with each other, we must continue to work with each other in a good way, in a respectful way.”The jury spent Friday morning listening to testimony from Stanley and his son.Boushie’s uncle, Alvin Baptiste, said now it’s just a waiting game.“I’m hoping the jury will do the right thing,” he said. “Right now, it’s pretty hard to predict where it’s going to go. They might decide second (degree murder), manslaughter, acquittal, a hung jury – so that’s where I’m at.”The family is anxious for the case to wrap up, he added.“It’s been hanging over my family’s head for quite a while. You know it’s time that my family starts to heal and move on.”The trial has heard that the SUV that Boushie and four others were in that day had a flat tire. The driver testified the group had been drinking and tried to break into a truck on a neighbouring farm, but went to the Stanley property in search of help with the tire.Defence lawyer Scott Spencer has argued Boushie died as a result of a freak accident when the gun misfired and Stanley never intended to hurt anyone. Crown prosecutor Bill Burge disputed that Stanley believed the firearm was empty and that the gun could have had a misfire, or hang fire.The case has exposed an ugly side in rural Saskatchewan – landowners who blame Indigenous people for high rates of property crime and First Nations who bear the brunt of that racism and hate.With the trial coming to an end the RCMP issued a statement reminding all people and parties to “conduct themselves in a peaceful and civil manner regardless of the outcome.”RCMP also warned people will be held responsible for what they say or post online and police will investigate any complaints of suspected criminal behaviour.last_img read more

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Toronto stocks fall US markets mixed Loonie up against US dollar

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was lower in late-morning trading amid losses in the energy, financial and industrial sectors, while the loonie edged up compared with the U.S. dollar.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 28.54 points at 15,104.58.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 147.48 points at 24,933.02. The S&P 500 index was down 9.62 points at 2,691.96, while the Nasdaq composite was up 0.83 of a point at 7,137.22.The Canadian dollar traded higher at 75.62 cents US compared with an average of 75.56 cents US on Wednesday.The January crude oil contract was up 71 cents at US$57.15 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down 66.0 cents at US$4.18 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$3.60 at US$1,213.70 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 4.35 cents at US$2.75 a pound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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ExJC Penney executive tapped for CFO gig at Hudsons Bay Company

TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Company has tapped the former chief financial officer of another struggling retailer, J.C. Penney, to fill its vacancy.Edward Record will step into the executive role on Aug. 28, taking over the job from Paul Beesley, whose upcoming departure was announced in early July.HBC (TSX:HBC) CEO Jerry Storch said in a statement that Record’s “deep retail experience” will help the department store chain stay ahead of a rapidly changing retail environment.Record spent more than three years at J.C. Penney and the American retailer announced his departure in July, saying he wished to pursue other interests.HBC is among a number of department store chains struggling recently as mid-line retailers lose out to luxury stores and discount shops.The chain is also facing heightened calls from a U.S. investor to sell off or otherwise unlock value from its real estate holdings. HBC has said it’s committed to improving its retail operations and “creatively” unlocking the value of its real estate holdings. read more

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New UN refugee chief takes over at time of record numbers and

“UNHCR is navigating extraordinarily difficult waters,” said Mr. Grandi, a 27-year UN veteran who succeeds Antonio Guterres of Portugal as UN High Commissioner for Refugees for a five-year term. “The combination of multiple conflicts and resulting mass displacement, fresh challenges to asylum, the funding gap between humanitarian needs and resources, and growing xenophobia is very dangerous,” added the former head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).More than one million refugees and migrants, mostly from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe during the past year, the highest number of people displaced by war and conflict seen in Western and Central Europe since the 1990s, when several conflicts broke out in the former Yugoslavia.Other challenges facing the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which has twice been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – in 1954 and 1981 – include critical shortfalls in humanitarian funding, fewer voluntary returns than at any time in over three decades, people staying in exile for longer periods and increased politicization of refugee issues in many countries.“The road ahead is a challenging one, but I hope that – working with governments, civil society, and other partners – we will make progress in ensuring international protection and improved living conditions for millions of refugees, internally displaced and stateless people,” Mr. Grandi stressed.“I also hope that solutions to crises of displacement will be pursued with renewed determination by addressing their root causes and investing adequate political and material resources. UNHCR, whose mandate includes the search for solutions, stands ready to work with all those pursuing this goal.”Mr. Grandi, 58, has worked in international affairs for over 30 years, 27 of them with the UN. Prior to heading UNRWA, he worked for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) as Deputy Special Representative, following a long career with UNHCR in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and at the agency’s Geneva headquarters.Established by the UN General Assembly in 1950, UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of over 9,700 people in 126 countries, many working in humanitarian emergencies and in close proximity to regions of conflict, continues to help and protect millions of refugees, returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and stateless people.In June 2015, it reported that worldwide forced displacement had reached a new post-Second World War high of 59.5 million people. Displacement levels have continued to rise since, most visibly with the more than one million refugees and migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe over the past year. read more

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UK weather Heatwave temperatures to soar above 30 degrees as Britain heads

Tuesday night set to be Britain’s hottest on recordRecord of UK’s hottest day – 38.5C – under threatWhy are all weather apps different and which one should you trust? ​The best beer gardens in London for the heatwave ​How men should tackle heatwave dressing at the office – a four-step guide53 summer workwear updates to nail dressing for this week’s heatwave Temperatures rose to 31C(87.8F) at Heathrow today as forecasters predict tonight could be the hottest night on record in Britain. The hottest ever UK night time temperature was 23.9C (75F), which was recorded in Brighton on August 3 1990. But the Met Office say it could remain as high as 24C (75.2F) on Tuesday night for parts of South East England.Night-time temperatures are measured by taking the minimum temperature across a 24-hour period, as the lowest point tends to fall during the early hours of the morning. During the day, parts of south-east England could reach as high as 34C on Tuesday, and the mercury will continue to rise as the week rolls on. By Thursday, the all-time UK temperature record of 38.5C recorded in Faversham in August 2003 could be under threat. It is expected to reach at least 37C in the south east of England, which would beat the current July record of 36.7C set at Heathrow in 2015. Across the UK people will likely find themselves feeling a little uncomfortable as they head to bed tonight. Leading sleep expert, James Wilson, aka The Sleep Geek offers solutions for those unbearable nights.  Ensure there is a good airflow through the house. Open windows on both sides to allow the air to pass through.Close blinds and curtains in rooms that are exposed to direct sunlight. The shade will help the room stay cooler.Have a lukewarm bath or shower before bed to encourage your core temperature to drop, or alternatively put lukewarm water in a hot water bottle and place the soles of your feet on it.If using a fan, place a bowl of chilled water in front of it to cool the stream of air it’s pushing around the room.Don’t put bedding or pyjamas in the fridge-freezer, funnily enough, some people do this (although who has a freezer big enough to put a duvet in?). It will add more moisture to your sleep environment and that moisture will heat up and make you even warmer.If you are using  a cotton sheet ensure it is as low a thread count as possible as the higher the thread count, the less breathable it is. Cotton is ok in hot weather, although it isn’t that great at wicking the moisture away; I would suggest using bamboo. It has longer fibres so breathes better and doesn’t lint so people with skin conditions are not as aggravated – it is also lighter on the body.Finally don’t worry too much about it. The biggest thing that prevents us from sleeping in hot weather is the thought “I am too hot to sleep”. My advice would be to accept that you might not sleep quite as well, but that it will probably be over in a couple of days and your body will more than likely make up for it by giving you better quality sleep once the temperature drops. 1:32PMThe Environment Agency deploys drones to catch people stealing water  The Environment Agency is deploying drones to catch anyone thinking about stealing water from rivers and lakes. The decision comes after last years hot and dry summer prompted some farmers in rural areas to abstract water illegally for their crops, the Government department has said. The 2019  rising temperatures had seen a corresponding rise in the pilfering of water. Year-on-year The Telegraph’s men’s style editor receives two questions; what to wear to weddings, and what on earth to wear to the office when the mercury rises.Because while women can wear breezy but corporate-appropriate dresses and open-toed shoes, men struggle when heatwaves hit. A dog welfare charity has advised owners to not leave pets alone in a hot car seat even for a few minuets as it can prove fatal.Dogs Trust says on a 22C (71.6F) day, the temperature inside a car could rise by 11C in just 10 minutes and because dogs cannot cool down the same way as humans, the heat can quickly become dangerous for them.Earlier this week an American Bulldog Finlay was left fighting for his life after his body temperature soared to a life-threatening 42.2C (108F) during recent hot weather. Heatwave tomorrow. Put your watermelons in the fridge so your cats will be able to use them to cool down. pic.twitter.com/VmTQdVVUHa— Philippa_Perry (@Philippa_Perry) July 22, 2019 12:15PMHow to keep a person with dementia safe during hot weather With potential #heatwaveuk please ensure there is plenty of water available for thirsty hedgehogs (video credit Paul Bunyard). Please share. pic.twitter.com/BkmN3A3gEA— Hedgehog Society (@hedgehogsociety) July 22, 2019 5:37PMM.C.C relax their dress code ahead of England v. Ireland Test Match due to hot weather  Sunbathers apply sunscreen during the hot sunshine on Towan beach in Newquay, Cornwall 4:14PMPeople take to social media to get them through the heat  Take a quick glance around your office this week and you may spot a few telltale signs of the heatwave Britain is currently basking in; extra freckles, t-shirt tans and reddy brown shoulders. All from a few harmless days spent out in the sunshine, right?Wrong. “While a small percentage of the population are dutifully applying sun cream every time they head out in the sun, the vast majority of the UK are taking every opportunity to bake themselves, entirely oblivious to the damage they’re inflicting upon their skin,” says consultant dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe, a professor of dermatology at UCLA in California. “Mostly because they believe it won’t really do them any harm.”Maria Lally takes a look at how you can protect your skin during this week’s rays.   10:08AMDriving today? Here’s what to do to avoid a sun-related accident The RNLI sent out a Tweet warning people in the UK and Ireland about jumping into cold water to cool off during the heatwave.They said: “Water temperatures are still low enough to cause cold water shock, which can leave you panicking and gasping for air. If you do get into trouble, you need to #FloatToLive.”  In Oxford, the city’s binmen will start their day earlier tomorrow to beat the heatwave.The city council said tonight: “As the mercury soars, Oxford’s bin collections are starting early for the rest of this week, starting at 6am.”The decision by Oxford Direct Services to bring collections forward has been made to protect the collection teams from heavy work in the extreme heat that is predicted for the next few days. Collections will begin at 6am immediately and the early starts will continue for the rest of the week.Nigel Chapman, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities and Customer Focused Services, said “We’ve made the decision to start earlier for the welfare of our collection teams. There’s a lot of heavy lifting and miles of walking in a collection shift, so we want to avoid the hottest part of the day to stop them overheating, which is a real health risk.” ☀️🛤 Temperatures this week are predicted to hit 32C in some areas.Intense heat can cause rails to buckle – find out more about what we do to prepare and prevent this from happening. 👇➡️ https://t.co/Ns9sI9whLN #Weather #UKWeather pic.twitter.com/xVxvNxZOXc— Network Rail (@networkrail) July 22, 2019 St John Ambulance are sharing simple, but life saving first aid tips to help keep communities safe in the sun.Dr Lynn Thomas, Medical Director at St John Ambulance said: “Extreme heat can be very dangerous, particularly for the very young and old.“Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are two of the most serious problems that can develop when the mercury soars but by being prepared you can spot the early warning signs, such as headache and dizziness. Knowing what action to take, could mean you might be the difference between life and death in an emergency in your community.” There really isn’t much better than a trip to the beer garden on a hot day (or, in London-dwelling actuality, any day it isn’t raining). In fact, some might call it a necessity. Unfortunately, there never seems to be one nearby when the sun comes out. We’ve all been there; hops on the mind, sunglasses on the nose, and nothing but a crowded pavement full of after-work pint-swiggers in sight.You deserve better, so we’ve made it our duty to find better. Here is our definitive list of London’s best beer gardens – North, South, West and East.  12:49PMHow to help someone sleeping rough during the heatwave  Heatwaves should be named in the same way as winter storms to better warn people of the dangers of sweltering heat, it has been urged.The Government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change recently warned that the UK was not prepared for a future of more heatwaves, with more action needed to prevent overheating in homes, hospitals and schools, and that even vulnerable people did not consider themselves at risk.Last summer’s heatwaves led to 863 excess deaths, Public Health England has estimated.Bob Ward, director of policy at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, said the Met Office should start naming heatwaves, like it has for winter storms since 2015, to help warn people about severe weather. 2:03PMWhat to wear to work during the heatwave  Network Rail have launched specialist teams to asses their railways and ensure passenger safety as temperatures are expected to soar.Their ‘extreme weather action teams’ (EWATs) will visit locations across the country to asses the impact of the rising temperatures on the UK’s rail network. Network Rail tracks have a “stress-free” temperature of 27C, but the mercury set to rise to 38C in parts of south east England on Thursday.  4:33PMSoaring temperatures brings jury deliberations to a halt With the UK and Ireland in the midst of a #heatwave, it’s tempting to jump into cold water to cool off. But water temperatures are still low enough to cause cold water shock, which can leave you panicking and gasping for air. If you do get into trouble, you need to #FloatToLive. pic.twitter.com/mjCXh5Nmf4— RNLI (@RNLI) July 23, 2019 11:12AMHow to protect your skin as temperatures soar  2:37PMDon’t jump into cold water warn RNLI  As England and Ireland get ready to play their first Test Match at Lord’s tomorrow, the M.C.C have relaxed their dress code due to the warm weather. Jackets, which are usually a requirement, do not need to be worn for the first two days of the test. They said: “In light of the abnormally warm temperatures forecast for the first two days of the Ireland Test Match, the Chief Executive & Secretary has decided to dispense with the requirement of the Dress Regulations to wear jackets to the Ground and in the Pavilion on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July.”  Commuters cross London Bridge as temperatures soarCredit:SWNS The Met Office confirms a recorded temperature of 31C(87.8F) at Heathrow today 11:33AMHow to sleep when it’s ‘too hot’  Temperatures have already reached 31 °C at Heathrow #heatwave #HeatwaveUK pic.twitter.com/fgdNPREcen— Met Office (@metoffice) July 23, 2019 A drone in the sky Credit: John Robertson  2:17PMWhy are all weather apps different and which one should you trust?  2:28PMLeave water out for ‘thirsty wildlife visitors’ say Badger Trust  The heatwave has got us reminiscing about the weather of 1976. The year of Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan’s governments, of Concorde and the Cod War, was also the hottest in the UK since records began. Rainless days multiplied and temperatures climbed, finally reached a pitiless 35.9 degrees in Cheltenham. You can share your memories of summers past in the comments below.   1:41PMMemories from the 1976 heatwave Commuters cross London Bridge as temperatures soar 9:21AMHow to cope in hot weather – top tips Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity has issued five tips for helping someone you see sleeping rough during the hot weather. From offering food, water, hats, sunglasses and sun cream to speaking to your local council, you can check out their advice below.  The latest Department for Transport statistics show 2,324 vehicle collisions a year are caused by dazzling sun, of which 449 are serious and 25 fatal.So if your great summer getaway starts today – here’s what to do to avoid becoming a statistic, according to LeaseCar.UK.  Use the visors: Sun visors are there to block dazzling sunlight and provide safer driving conditions, so remember to make full use of yours when necessary – including on the passenger side of your car. On most vehicles they can also unclip and spin 90 degrees to shield side windows, in case the sunlight is coming from a different direction.Slow down: If the sun, or any other weather conditions, are affecting your vision behind the wheel and ability to travel safely, it’s vital to drive slower. This allows you a greater reaction time should a problem arise and offers an opportunity to consider if, when and where it’s worth pulling over, to wait for conditions to improve.Back off: If glare from sunshine is reducing visibility on the road, it’s wise to leave an increased following distance to the vehicle in front of you. Struggling to see other cars’ actions could be extremely hazardous, but allowing additional time and space to interpret the road ahead should reduce the risk of danger.Clean inside and out: Before setting off on a journey on a bright summer’s day, make sure your windscreen and mirrors are completely clean and free from smears or dirt that could be made highly visible and obstructive with direct sunlight shining on them. Keep screen wash topped up too. Removing clutter from the dashboard could also aid drivers vision and safety when travelling in potentially dazzling sun, as materials such as paper, glass and food packaging can reflect sunlight and cause problems. Give surfaces a wipe as well.Fix cracks: Any cracks, scratches or pits on your windscreen or even your bonnet could cause sunlight to scatter and distort your view of the road. Before driving in summery conditions, ensure your vehicle is in top shape and invest in a professional once over if you have any doubts.Get glasses: A pair of polarised glasses could help reduce the sun’s glare and improve your safety on the roads this summer without the darkening effect of traditional sun glasses. Polarised lenses contain a filter that blocks out intense reflected light, making them an ideal aid to driving in potentially dazzling weather conditions and worth keeping in your vehicle at all times. 1:19PMNetwork Rail launch specialist teams to deal with tracks buckling 6:28PMBinmen to start their day early tomorrow to beat the ongoing heat  Hedgehogs may also come looking for water, leave a bowl out for them to ensure they stay hydrated.  3:27PMShould heatwaves be named like storms?  Sunbathers apply sunscreen on Towan beach in Newquay, Cornwall last week Credit:PA Summer is a time to feel good. Martin Chilton picks the best 20 songs about summer that will bring you musical sunshine.  9:41AMWhat exactly is a heatwave? Jamie Johnson reports  In Oxford, the soaring temperature has brought jury deliberations to a halt in the trial of Ben Field, accused of murdering an elderly lecturer in an elaborate plot to inherit his wealth.At around 3pm, the jury at the city’s crown court complained that they could not concentrate on their task, despite having all the windows open and a fan blowing in their room.To make matters worse, the air conditioning in the court building is also not working, and may not be fixed for a number of days.As temperatures reached 33 degrees celsius outside, the judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, allowed them to take the rest of the day off, mindful of the older members of the jury who were “particularly vulnerable” to the heat.The jury has been out since last Monday and has not yet reached its verdict on ten separate charges for three defendants.Tomorrow, the court is trying to arrange a different conference room for the jurors, in the hope that the hot weather does not hinder their deliberations any more.In the case, Mr Field, of Wellingborough Road, Olney, Buckinghamshire, denies murder, conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, and possessing an article for use in fraud. He has admitted four charges of fraud and two of burglary.His brother Tom Field, 24, of the same address, denies a single charge of fraud.Martyn Smith, 32, of Penhalvean, Redruth, Cornwall, denies murder, conspiracy to murder, two charges of fraud and one of burglary. People are using humour to get them through the sweltering weather. British psychotherapist and author, Philippa Perry took to Twitter with some tongue-in-cheek advise for cat owners.  When the steel tracks heat up they can expand and buckle, so speed restrictions must be put in place to ease the pressure.Network Rail have said they will advise if any restrictions will be enforced.James Nattrass, director of incident management, at Network Rail said: “Keeping passengers safe and moving are our top priorities during this heatwave. That’s why we sometimes have to put speed restriction on to prevent our rails, that can be over 20oC higher than air temperatures, from buckling which can derail a train and cause huge delays.” While wet t-shirt competitions may not be your style there are more subtle ways to keep cool this week. Try soaking a pair of socks in cold water or eating a spicy curry. We’ve rounded up our favourite tricks that will keep you from breaking a sweat during the heatwave.  Just whatever you do, don’t try to fan yourself.  If, like me, you struggled to sleep last night, here are a few tips that might help you beat the burn tonight. Have any nuggets of advice? Leave your tips in the comments section below this article.  Some weather forecasts are universal, to a degree, but even in this most extraordinary of weeks there are points of contention between different institutions. The Met Office and the BBC seem to believe that the skies will be clear until showers on Friday. Norwegian app Yr is predicting light showers amid searing heat on Thursday afternoon. But AccuWeather is forecasting a thunderstorm as early as Wednesday morning, followed by a clear Thursday and more thunder on Friday.So who to trust? And why are they so different anyway? You can read Tom Hoggins’ investigation here. Sweaty tube journeys and offices lacking sufficient air conditioning might leave you feeling deflated when opening your wardrobe during the heatwave but our team of fashion experts have you covered. From pretty printed midi skirts to mood-lifting coloured accessories, here are the new season buys that will have you looking forward to getting dressed for work. 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. While you’re feeling the #heat this week, remember #hotweather can be extremely dangerous for people who are #homeless on the streets. Here are some ways you can help. 👇 #heatwave pic.twitter.com/bLe6SQ0lEL— Shelter (@Shelter) July 23, 2019 “Please take care in the sun, especially during the middle of the day. Water bottles may be filled from the many water fountains located around the Ground. If you or your guests feel unwell, please speak to the nearest steward, who will arrange for medical assistance if necessary.” They added that should the hot weather continue, this dispensation may be extended.  A dog in a convertibleCredit:Martin Meissner/AP 11:00AMThe dos and don’ts of the UK heatwave  3:11PMPolice called out to dogs left in cars despite warnings  With record temperatures set to be reached this week, Dementia UK, the provider of specialist dementia support, has updated its guidance on how to keep a person with dementia safe during hot weather. Due to communication difficulties a person with dementia may not be able to explain that they’re dehydrated or feeling unwell because of the heat.They could also forget to wear loose, cool clothing as well as hats and sunglasses. Dr. Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO at Dementia UK offers updated guidance on looking after your loved ones this week: Arrange for friends, neighbours or relatives to provide extra checks on a person with dementia. They should be aware of the possible signs to look out for including: headaches, dizziness, increased confusion, pale and sweaty skin as well as excessive thirst. Always seek medical advice if you have concerns.Dehydration can be a big issue for a person with dementia as they may not remember to drink fluids throughout the day. Ensure that any cups or glasses are nearest to the hand they write with and they can easily see them. Try not to include pieces of fruit within the water as this can sometimes be confusing and off-putting for a person with dementia. If the person prefers to drink fruit squashes add this to the water as this can make it more appealing for the person and easier for them to see. Regularly prompting the person to drink can also prevent dehydration.Some medication can be affected by a person’s dehydration and this may lead to a drop in blood pressure. This can lead to falls or fainting. You can avoid this by keeping track of when the person with dementia takes their medication. Sticking to the same schedule every day and ensuring the medication is taken with water is advisable.Sometimes a person with dementia may get confused with what clothing to wear during the heat. They may wear fleeces, thick coats or jackets instead of cool and loose fitting clothing. In situations like this, you can look at buying a similar style of clothing made out of a much thinner natural fabric.There can also be cases where someone with dementia refuses to change their clothes during long periods of heat. This can result in personal hygiene issues and even infections. Sometimes people with dementia like to have a routine such as wanting to wear the same clothes all the time. To maintain good standards of hygiene, you can buy multiple sets of the same clothing and the dirty clothing can then be removed when the person goes to bed at night. The next morning, you can lay out a clean set of clothing ready for them to wear.Dr Hayo added: “Our Admiral Nurses specialise in practical advice to help people with dementia and their families get the best quality of life. For more information, call our Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline on 0800 888 6678.” The one-year-old – who was born with three legs – became overheated when his owner took him to a park in Glasgow.The charity has advised not walking dogs at the hottest times of the day. But it said early morning or later in the evening walks are best accompanied with water.It has also said tarmac can get “very hot in the sun” and advises owners “to check it with their hand before letting dogs walk on it so they don’t burn their paws”.Other tips that have been given are avoiding long car journeys, using a sun blind for shade, avoiding congested roads as much as possible and taking regular breaks and having plenty of water on board. Long periods in the sun can take its toll after a while and can lead to heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion is caused by a loss of salt and water from the body, usually through excessive sweating. It develops slowly and usually happens to people who aren’t used hot, humid weather.Heatstroke is even more serious than heat exhaustion and can be life-threatening. Use this interactive weather map to zoom in to where you are today and see how hot it is likely to get. Cambridgeshire Constabulary have been called out to two incidents today of dogs left in cars by their owners. On both occasions the dogs’ owners returned and were given stern words of advice by an officer. A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Constabulary said: “So far this month we have had 14 calls relating to dogs being left in hot cars, including the above three yesterday and today – thought to be two of the hottest days of the year so far.“If it’s 22 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 47 degrees within the hour.“Our message can’t be much clearer – dogs die in hot cars. Please never leave your dog in the car on a hot day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call 999.” The Badger Trust have said you should leave out bowls of water for thirsty visitors, including this badger who took a dip in an attempt to cool down. 9:14AMHow hot will it be on your street today? A drone in the sky  3:40PMHow to treat heatstroke A heatwave is a prolonged period of abnormally hot weather, but the thresholds vary from place to place. In the majority of Wales, the south-west and north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this threshold is 25C, for the Midlands, south-east Wales, and parts of the south-west, it is 26C, the home counties and the south-east of England’s threshold is 27C and for London it is 28C. When the temperature reaches these thresholds and stay there for three days – it is considered a heatwave. The Met Office explains in further detail in this video: 2:12PMThe best beer gardens in London  1:51PMTemperatures hit 31C at Heathrow  England’s Jason Roy is set to make his England Test debutCredit:PA England's Jason Roy is set to make his England Test debut 8:57AMLeaving dog in car for ‘just minutes’ could kill them Meanwhile, a spoof Twitter account HeatwaveUk offers advice to Britons struggling with the surge in temperatures. In a series of funny tweets it addressed the weather head on.One read: “If you’re in a meeting at work today, that room is going to be mega stuffy and you’re in danger of falling asleep.”So take a fresh salmon with you and give it to your best workmate. When they see you drifting off, they can slap you across the face with it”.Another account Official Weather UK run by an amateur forecaster suggested filling up a wheelie bin with water if a pool is not at your disposal.  A dog in a convertible 4:54PMThe 21 best songs for a heatwave Mr Ward said: “Far more people have died from recent heatwaves than from storms, so it should be uncontroversial to start applying names to both.”The Government and its agencies, including the Met Office, must lead the way in communicating the growing dangers of heatwaves and other impacts of climate change, so that the British public are better informed and can protect themselves.”In 2015, the Met Office started to name storms that were likely to have a significant impact in order to “aid the communication of approaching severe weather”.Heatwaves do not currently receive official names, though a heatwave across parts of Europe during summer 2017 was nicknamed ‘Lucifer’.Should heatwaves be named like storms? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.  Andrew Chapman, Environment Planning Specialist for the Environment Agency in East Anglia, said: “This will be the first time we have ever used drones for this purpose. The majority of irrigators do operate within their licence conditions. However, last year a minority of farmers did not play by the rules and severely restricted other people’s ability to irrigate their crops.”A third party would be employed to operate the drone, a spokesman for the Environment Agency said, which connected to a web portal, so that an Environment Agency staff member can view the images from a computer and direct the device to fly over certain locations.The spokesman added: “If irrigators are found to be abstracting illegally, enforcement action will be taken. This can include written warnings, civil sanctions, referral to the Rural Payments Agency or prosecution.” read more

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Defending the indefensible

first_imgSerial killer Peter Dupas has been granted a further extension of time from the Victorian Court of Appeal to file documents relating to his conviction appeal for the brutal murder of Mersina Halvagis. Dupas is trying to appeal for the second time, his conviction for the stabbing murder of Ms Halvagis, 25, at the Fawkner Cemetery in 1997. His first conviction for the crime was in 2007.He was found guilty again after a retrial last year. Though 24 jurors have found Dupas guilty, the Victorian justice system continues to be used by Dupas to prolong the Halvagis family’s torture over the conviction and find some sort of closure. Melbourne defence lawyer John Desmond has taken on Dupas’ case two weeks after the Court of Appeal gave the convicted killer a deadline to find a new lawyer. Had Dupas failed to find representation, the Appeal Court could have struck out his latest attempt to appeal, severely limiting his chances of a third trial. With Victorian Legal Aid refusing Dupas funds for a further appeal, the application is only possible because Mr Desmond has agreed to represent Dupas ‘pro bono’. At a brief hearing last week Chief Justice Marilyn Warren gave Dupas’s new lawyer until January 30 to seek leave to appeal and submit grounds of appeal. Dupas, 58, is serving three life sentences without parole for the murders or Ms Halvagis, Nicole Patterson and Margaret Maher. Justice Warren told the court that three judges would decide on Dupas’ appeal application early next year. Following last week’s hearing, Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu and Attorney-General Robert Clark have said they do not rule out making changes to the legal system in light of the extended appeal procedures that Dupas has been able to pursue. In a statement to Neos Kosmos, Mr Baillieu and Mr Clark said: “The Government is limited in what it can say because this matter is still before the courts. However we intend to closely study [the] decision and the surrounding circumstances to see whether changes need to be made to the law or the legal processes involved. “We fully understand the frustration of the Halvagis family and their desire to see an outcome in this case as soon as possible. We welcome the statement by the Court that every effort will be made to bring the case on for hearing as soon as practicable.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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New York Media Loses Its Publisher People on the Move — 11916

first_img While Burstein’s replacement is yet undecided, the publishing position will be replaced by the role of chief revenue officer. TEN: The Enthusiast Network has promoted Steve Freeman to VP of Automotive Events. Michael Deer and John Rozeira were hired under Freeman as event directors of the automotive aftermarket. “[Burstein] fearlessly led the charge to grow our digital business into the multi-brand juggernaut it is today, admired across the industry,” New York Media CEO Pam Wasserstein said in a statement. Jason Wagenheim, a former publisher at Condé Nast, has joined Bustle as chief revenue officer, starting this week. He joins from his role as senior vice president of brand partnerships at Fusion. Larry Burstein is stepping down from his role as publisher at New York Media after thirteen years at the company. Cameron Ireland was named chief technology officer of TheStreet. He joins from his role as CTO at The Deal — TheStreet’s subscription data service — which he’s held since 2014 when TheStreet acquired his company, BoardEx. Paul Volpe was named executive editor of Politico, in succession of Peter Canellos, who is now editor at large. Volpe joins Politico from his role as deputy politics editor and Washington bureau chief for digital at The New York Times. “I’ve found myself thinking about reinvention a lot lately, and with the company in a strong position have decided the time is right to do it once more myself,” Burstein wrote in the statement. “At the same time, he saw a way forward for the print magazine through monumental shifts in media consumption and ad buying. He cultivated an integrated sales team working across media years before other magazine companies were taking the web seriously.” In a memo sent out on November 4, Burstein told staff that he will take some time off before giving attention to his board positions, including his role on the board of the storytelling event and podcast, “The Moth.” Nylon has promoted Kristin Welton, formerly director of events and partnerships, to VP of the magazine’s new branded content division, Nylon Studios. Nylon has also promoted Lauren Cohen to VP of marketing and entertainment from her role as head of marketing and entertainment. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Despite a summer of restructuring and layoffs throughout its parent company, TIME has hired five and promoted one. Julia Ryan was promoted to senior audience strategy editor for the news group. Ashley Knierim was named digital operations editor from a position at About.com. Sade Strehlke was named motto deputy editor from her roles as features editor at Teen Vogue. Kyli Singh was named audience strategy operations manager for Time Inc., working across the portfolio on audience strategy operations, analytics and growth. Most recently, Singh was an editor at HuffPost Labs. Elizabeth Murray was named TIME news editor from her role as weekend editor of Today.com. Finally, Mahita Gajana was hired as breaking news report from the weekend news beat at Vanity Fair.last_img read more

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Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat announces Sita Mata tourist

Dehradun: Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Sunday declared setting up of a Sita Mata tourist circuit, Rs 200-crore infrastructure facilities and a separate adventure sports directorate in Pauri, a day after the Uttarakhand Cabinet announced a number of decisions to stop migration from the district. The Chief Minister said the famous Raghunath temple at Devprayag, Laxman temple at Deval and Sita Mata temple at Falsawari will be developed into a tourist circuit, which will promoted in India and abroad through a campaign. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us He said infrastructure facilities worth Rs 200 crore would be provided in towns such as Khirsu, Pauri, Satpuli and Jaiharikhal. To boost adventure sports in the area, the government would set up a separate directorate, which would train local youth in activities such as rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking and bungy jumping. The state Cabinet met for the first time in Pauri on Saturday, amid deep concerns over the widespread migration of people from the district in the past few decades. Since the formation of the state of Uttarakhand in 2000, dozens of government offices in Pauri had been shifted to Dehradun and elsewhere or closed. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The main agenda of the meeting was to create new employment opportunities, mainly through skill development in the hills, and develop new irrigation and drinking water resources. The meeting discussed the draft of the new youth professional employment policy. New growth centres for various products as well as a revolving fund of Rs 10 crore will be set up for farmers from the hills to buy agriculture products. For women, the Cabinet has decided to bring new stand-up schemes and set up help-desks. Advertise With Us A new water policy will also be formulated with a focus on increasing resources, especially in the hilly region. The Cabinet resolved to develop a Rs 6.92-crore lake at Lwali area to solve the acute drinking water problem in the district and also to develop it as a tourist place. It also decide to develop the Purkul-Mussoorie ropeway project as a public-private partnership (PPP) with FIL Industries. An NCC Academy will be set up on 3.67 hectares of land at Sitonsyu. The Cabinet also resolved to cancel the decision to develop a new secretariat close to the old secretariat by buying a piece of land for Rs 26.54 crore. This was done because of the on-going dispute in the Supreme Court, State Urban Development Minister Madan Kaushik said. The meeting commemorated the golden jubilee of the office of the Garhwal Division at Pauri and also mourned the read more

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MLC polls Private teachers demand voting rights

first_imgMusheerabad: The Private Teachers’ Association (PTA) on Friday demanded voting rights for its members in the Teacher’s MLC elections.Addressing a round-table at Sundarayya Vignana Kendram, association president Badesaab and secretary Pothugunti Ramesh demanded the State government to resolve the problems of private teachers, like insufficient salaries and lack of health cards. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us The speakers demanded 10 lakh insurance facility, job security, running of government schools in part with corporate institutions, allocation of 2-BHK houses, reduction of property tax on private school buildings, ESI/PF coverage, six-month maternity leave with salary for women, free education to children and sanction of increments in tune with rising prices. They wanted a special corporation for private teachers to sanction subsidised loans.last_img read more

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Chidambaram to be produced before Delhi court shortly

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will shortly be produced before Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court after he was arrested by the CBI on Wednesday in INX media case. He is likely to be produced before Special MP MLA Judge Anil Kumar Kuhad later in the day. After the dramatic sequence of events on Wednesday evening that saw the arrest of the senior Congress leader, Chidambaram is said to have spent an almost sleepless night at the agency headquarter. He was quizzed on Thursday about his involvement in the money laundering and corruption related to the INX Media case. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us Officials close to the investigation, requesting anonymity, said that Chidambaram’s formal questioning started after 12 a.m. with CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla himself present in the headquarter along with all the top agency officials. Most of Chidambaram’s answers have been “ambiguous”, many not “clear” and some “unanswerable”. The Delhi High Court had on Tuesday dismissed his anticipatory bail plea in both CBI and ED case pertaining to the INX Media case. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us Justice Sunil Gaur while dismissing the bail, said, “Applying the afore-noted dictum to the instant case, this Court finds that not naming of Chidambaram in FIR, is inconsequential, as petitioner has been projected to be the main accused on whose dictates the offence of this magnitude could be committed.” Justice Gaur further observed, “The gravity of the offence committed in the instant case amply justifies denial of pre-arrest bail to the petitioner. Grant of pre-arrest bail in a serious matter like instant one to an accused simply on the ground that investigation is complete and charge-sheet has been filed, would defeat the ends of justice.” Advertise With Us “Chidambaram is a sitting member of Parliament, would not justify granting of pre-arrest bail to petitioner in this sensitive case…Petitioner is a member of legal fraternity too. But this by itself does not and cannot justify concession of pre-arrest bail to him,” the order said The case relates to an FIR registered by the CBI on May 15, 2017, over alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance provided to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007, when Chidambaram was the Union Finance Minister. The ED had lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2018. The Enforcement Directorate and the CBI are probing how Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram managed to get FIPB clearance in 2007 when his father was the Finance Minister. Karti was arrested on February 28, 2018, by the CBI for allegedly accepting money to facilitate the FIPB clearance to INX Media. He was later granted bail. His chartered accountant, S.Bhaskararaman, was also arrested and released on bail later.last_img read more

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Honda Amaze Success Dents Maruti Suzuki Sales Swift Loses Hot Seller Tag

first_imgJapanese automaker Honda is riding high on success following the launch of its diesel sedan Amaze, which registered an amazing sales figure in India.The overhwhelming response in Amaze bookings in sales has made Honda the country’s fourth largest car maker in May. Surprisingly, Amaze sales surpassed that of Maruti Suzuki. According to the latest figures, Honda sold 6,036 of Amaze units in May, the highest monthly sales ever, and 11,342 cars total in total. In comparison, Maruti recorded a 2.5 percent drop in its DZire sales in the month, clocking 17265 of units of Swift Dzire against 17707 in the corresponding period last year.Maruti also saw a 29 percent drop in its compact segment (Swift, Estilo, Ritz) in May against 24,290 units in the same period last year. The increasing sales of Honda Amaze and the success of other auto majors is now surely a cause for worry for India’s largest automaker.”We have started the financial year on a good note and would look to build on this positive trend in our new phase of growth in the country. Our success can be attributed to our attractive product portfolio and Honda brand promise of technology, performance and efficiency. We expanded our operating universe with the new Honda Amaze which continues to receive great response from the first time buyers and consumers looking for a family car,” said Jnaneswar Sen, Sr. Vice President – Marketing &Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd.Honda Amaze which launched as an opponent to Sift Dzire has surpassed the booking figures of Dzire within the first few weeks of its launch. The car is also viewed as a family vehicle and is priced aggressively in the market. The base petrol variant is priced ₹4.99 lakh and the top two variants go for ₹6.62 lakh and ₹7.5 lakh. The middle variants of the petrol model are priced between ₹5.62 lakh and ₹6.60 lakh. The diesel variants cost as high as ₹7.60 lakh.The recent reports of Amaze eating into the sales of Maruti Swift Dzire point to the earlier predictions that that Maruti may lose its home ground to Honda, as Swift is one of Maruti’s best selling models. The Swift and Dzire models contribute to over 40-50 percent to the company’s total sales.last_img read more

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Khaleda trapped between life and death Jamiruddin Sircar

first_imgBNP standing committee member Jamiruddin SircarBNP standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar on Saturday said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s life is at risk in the unhealthy environment of jail.”Khaleda Zia is now trapped between life and death. Her conviction in any case has not been disposed. Under such circumstances, confining her in jail is tantamount to violating the constitution and human rights,” he told a press conference.BNP organised the press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.Jamiruddin Sircar alleged that Khaleda is being pushed towards deadly consequences through torture, both physical and mental. She is at high risk of suffering from pneumonia, he added.The former speaker said Khaleda Zia is suffering from Vitamin D and calcium deficiency due to the unhealthy environment in the jail.He said she is suffering from pain in her right shoulder and hand.Jamiruddin Sircar said it is urgent to provide her with better treatment at a specialised hospital. She is presently under treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).He also demanded immediate and unconditional release of Khaleda Zia.The justice system has been diminished as the country is in the clutches of authoritarian rule, he said, adding the makeshift court has been set up in the jail with dubious motives.The BNP leader alleged, “The prime minister said in London that Khaleda Zia would not be freed ever. She has implemented her words after returning to the country. Meanwhile, an order has been issued to set up court in Keraniganj jail.”Jamiruddin Sircar said a politically motivated case has been filed against Khaleda Zia. Proper procedures have not been followed in filing the case and convicting Khaleda Zia, he said.When asked about Khaleda Zia’s release on parole, BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas said they will not seek Khaleda’s release on parole.Answering another question, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said a portion of the government is conspiring against Khaleda Zia and she is being shifted to Keraniganj jail.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted former prime minister Khaleda Zia and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. It was filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in 2008.last_img read more

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Pediatricians Call For Universal Depression Screening For Teens

first_img Share Johner Bildbyra/Getty ImagesIt’s easy to mistake adolescent depression for something else, child psychiatrists say; the signs can include misbehavior, eating problems or sleep trouble.Only about 50 percent of adolescents with depression get diagnosed before reaching adulthood. And as many as 2 in 3 depressed teens don’t get the care that could help them.“It’s a huge problem,” says Dr. Rachel Zuckerbrot, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and associate professor at Columbia University.To address this divide, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued updated guidelines this week that call for universal screening for depression.“What we’re endorsing is that everyone, 12 and up, be screened … at least once a year,” Zuckerbrot says. The screening, she says, could be done during a well-visit, a sports’ physical or during another office visit.Zuckerbrot helped write the guidelines, which have been in development for a while. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force also recommends depression screening, and many pediatricians have already woven the screenings into their practices.“Teenagers are often more honest when they’re not looking somebody in the face who’s asking questions,” about their emotional health Zuckerbrot says. So, most pediatricians use a self-reported questionnaire that teens fill out themselves, either on an electronic device or on paper.“It’s an opportunity for the adolescent to answer questions about themselves privately,” she says.The questionnaires contain a range of questions. For instance, one version, asks: ‘Over the past two weeks, how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems: feeling down, depressed or hopeless? Or, little interest or pleasure in doing things?’ Teens are also asked questions such as, ‘Are you having difficulty with sleep, either too much or too little?’ ‘Any problems with eating?’The new recommendations also call for families with a depressed teen to develop a safety plan to restrict the young person’s access to lethal means of harm. Suicide is a leading cause of death for children aged 10 to 17, and “adolescent suicide risk is strongly associated with firearm availability,” according to an AAP report.There’s growing awareness in the U.S. of the need for young people to have good access to mental health care, says Dr. Doug Newton, a child psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente in Colorado. “As a nation this has become part of the dialogue; it increasing”“People are aware of what’s happening in our schools and the importance of mental health,” Newton says. Kaiser Permanente has a stigma-reduction campaign called Find Your Words.“Stigma is a huge challenge,” he says, “specifically for adolescents. Often times they’re not coming in to get help because of the stigma attached.”It’s not easy to talk about depression, yet the problem is fairly common. During the teenage years, there’s about a 20 percent [chance] of having depression or anxiety, research suggests.“It’s highly prevalent,” Newton says. The goal of the “Find Your Words” campaign is to help make depression easier for everyone to talk about.Another challenge to diagnosis is that families often don’t detect depression, or they confuse it for something else.“Sometimes teens are acting out or misbehaving,” Zuckerbrot says. They’re seen as being hostile or bad. “When, instead, they’re really suffering from depression.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Johnny Depp Partners With Andrea Iervolino on Drama Waiting for the Barbarians

first_imgDepp will next be seen as Gellert Grindelwald in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” the second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. The Warner Bros. film opens worldwide in mid-November.“In this era of democratized entertainment, I admire the imaginative ethos of Andrea and look forward to collaborating together in a liberating, progressive manner that will befit the principals of our respective entities,” Depp said.Iervolino said, “Johnny has the ability to conceptualize material in a way that few can, and is unburdened of conventional industry formulas that dictate the projects that get made, traditionally. As we make strides to embrace disruptiveness, Johnny will be a key collaborator with us and we are tremendously excited to back his visions and instincts on stories to bring to life.”TaTaTu has also announced that it’s backing a Lamborghini biopic starring Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin; an original documentary on Jeremy Renner; and the drama “The Sound of Freedom,” starring Jim Caviezel and Mira Sorvino. TaTaTu recently acquired the William Friedkin documentary “Freidkin Uncut,” featuring Matthew McConaughey, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Shannon and Friedkin.Depp is represented by CAA. TaTaTu is a blockchain based social entertainment platform that rewards users for watching and sharing content. Its central currency is the TTU Token, which trade on cryptocurrency exchange Liquid. Popular on Variety Johnny Depp and producer Andrea Iervolino have formed a partnership to develop and produce film and digital content, starting with the movie “Waiting for the Barbarians.”Depp will develop and produce through his Infinitum Nihil production banner and Iervolino will produce through his recently launched social entertainment platform TaTaTu.“Waiting for the Barbarians,” an adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s novel of the same name, will star Depp, Mark Rylance and Robert Pattinson. Production begins later this month in Morocco and the film will be directed by Ciro Guerra. Alongside TaTaTu, the movie is being produced by Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group, as well as Michael Fitzgerald and Olga Segura.Variety first reported in May at the Cannes Film Festival that Ambi would fully finance the project. “Waiting for the Barbarians” centers on the crisis of conscience of a magistrate from a small colonial town after he witnesses the cruel treatment of prisoners of war.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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