first_imgPaul Brandt unveiled his Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame plaque at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. (Warner Music Canada) Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Calgary star Paul Brandt unveiled his Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame plaque at a special ceremony Monday at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, where he also announced the 2019 Canadian Country Music Awards will be held in his home city.Brandt was announced as an inductee in 2017, along with CCMA executive Harvey Gold.Organizers say the nationally broadcast CCMA show will land in Canada’s country music capital on Sept. 8, 2019. It’s the ninth time the city has played CCMA host in the show’s 41-year history.Alberta has a longstanding relationship with the CCMAs. Organizers have chosen the province 15 times as its stomping ground.This year, Hamilton is front and centre for the festivities on Sept. 9, with Shania Twain lined up to host. Country singer Terri Clark will be inducted into the hall of fame during the show.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

An army of stars seen — and Heard — at the Four

first_imgThe room spun with friends-of-friends, and bosom buddies, and “Jon Snow,” and the guy who killed Versace, and even the slightly hazardous paths-cross of Lily-Rose Depp and her ex-stepmother, Amber Heard.The annual InStyle party, during the fest! Saturday night! Held, as per usual, with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and dipping down this year to the Four Seasons. That’s what!Johnny’s model daughter, with Vanessa Paradis, was one of the belles of the party all right, spending time talking to both Robert Pattinson and Timothée Chalamet, during different quarters. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Matthew McConaughey came early, and stayed later.Jude Law was the last celebrity standing. Advertisement Advertisement Are you getting the picture?Melissa McCarthy, getting raves for her TIFF flick, Can You Ever Forgive Me? was — amazingly — the second last celebrity standing. Looking fabulous, she and Jude had been hanging out on a sofa, kibitzing for a long time — and where does the time go? Yes, we forgave her. Login/Register With: Amber Heard attends InStyle’s TIFF celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday. (GEORGE PIMENTEL/GETTY IMAGES) Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Anil firm got €144 mn tax waiver after Rafale deal French media

first_imgNew Delhi: France waived taxes worth 143.7 million euros to a French-registered telecom subsidiary of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications in 2015, months after India’s announcement of buying 36 Rafale jets, leading French newspaper Le Monde reported Saturday. In its reaction, Reliance Communications rejected any wrongdoing and said the tax dispute was settled under legal framework which is available for all companies operating in France.The French newspaper said that the French tax authorities accepted 7.3 million euros from Reliance Flag Atlantic France as a settlement as against original demand of 151 million euros. Reliance Flag owns a terrestrial cable network and other telecom infrastructure in France. Reacting to the report, the defence ministry said any connections drawn between the tax issue and the Rafale matter is totally inaccurate, tendentious and is a mischievous attempt to disinform. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”We have seen reports drawing conjectural connection between tax exemption to a private company and procurement of Rafale fighter jets by government of India. Neither the period of the tax concession nor the subject matter of the concession relate even remotely to the Rafale procurement concluded during the tenure of the present government,” the ministry said in a statement. The French newspaper said that the company was investigated by French tax authorities and found liable to pay 60 million euros in taxes for the period 2007 to 2010. However, Reliance offered to pay 7.6 million euros only as a settlement but the French tax authorities refused to accept the amount. The authorities conducted another probe for the period 2010 to 2012 and asked the company to pay an additional 91 million euros in taxes, the report said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayIt said that by April 2015, the total amount owed by Reliance to the French authorities in taxes was at least 151 million euros. In October, six months after Modi announced in Paris about the Rafale deal, the French authorities accepted 7.3 million euros from Reliance as a settlement as against the original demand of 151 million euros. A spokesperson of Reliance Communications said that the tax demands were “completely unsustainable and illegal” and that the company denied any favouritism or gain from the settlement. “During the period under consideration by the French Tax Authorities — 2008-2012, ie nearly 10 years ago — Flag France had an operating loss of Rs 20 crore (Euro 2.7 million). The French tax authorities had raised a tax demand of over Rs 1,100 crore for the same period,” the official said. Reacting to the Le Monde report, the French embassy said in a statement that a global settlement was reached between the French tax authorities and the Reliance subsidiary and that it was not subject to any political interference.last_img read more

Grassroots UN project aids mothers and hungry children in DR Congo

Supported by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Congregation of the Brothers of Saint Joseph’s Workers trains the women in various trades, in particular the hand manufacture of soap, in a village on the Equator, hundreds of miles up the Congo river from Kinshasa, the DRC capital, and near the spot where 19th century British explorer Henry Morton Stanley placed a large ‘Equator Stone’ near the river bank.Financed by the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC) for little more than $8,000 within the framework of its Quick Impact Projects (QIPs), 5,639 families will benefit from the centre in Iyonda village, 12 kilometres from the Equateur provincial capital Mbandaka, in a region that has suffered heavily from neglect and the now-ended civil war.The centre has fields of soya and other beans, which make it possible for the women to compensate for the lack of protein in their children’s diet. QIPs are widely viewed as being among the most effective tools used by UN missions around the world to help local communities at ground level and at low cost, from repairing leaking roofs in schools in Georgia to opening a vocational centre in Liberia to refurbishing sanitation facilities in Burundi. “The MONUC QIP project is not only fast, but it has a visible impact,” the temporary governor of Equateur province said at the inauguration of the centre earlier this week, noting that it would contribute to reducing poverty and aiding development in the province.The head of MONUC Mbandaka called for the “good use” of this investment because “used better, it will give to the recipients a new chance in life.” He pointed out the very detailed attention that MONUC always gave to maternal and infant health. 21 November 2008A little-known but highly effective low-budget United Nations initiative that brings grass-roots aid to thousands of people in small communities around the world is now providing work and food for mothers with badly nourished children in a remote corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). read more

Murali insists he has no interest in politics rejects traitor tag

Muralitharan also accused the Sri Lanka cricket board of attempting to use him to cover all the wrong they have done. “They once said I was going to enter politics. I never did politics,” he said while speaking to reporters in Kandy today. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Muralitharan said that he has done a lot for the county after he retired from the game yet now several allegations are being raised against him.Deputy Speaker and President of the Sri Lanka cricket board Thilanga Sumathipala had told reporters that he was disappointed at Muralitharan’s decision to join the Australian cricket team as a consultant. Former spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan says he never engaged in politics nor is he interested in politics. Muralitharan responded saying he has been made a traitor for agreeing to be a consultant for Australia for 10 days despite all he did for the country.“What has he done for the country?” Muralitharan asked with regards to the President of the cricket board.Muralitharan said that he spent a lot to promote cricket in the country and what he has done is there to be seen. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Greater transparency fairer prices for medicines a global human rights issue says

The forum on fair pricing and access to medicines provided a discussion platform for governments, civil society organizations and the pharmaceutical industry to identify strategies to reduce prices and expand access for all.It also called for greater transparency around the cost of research, development and production of medicines, to allow buyers to negotiate more affordable prices.According to WHO, the price of out-of-pocket medicines each year has pushed 100 million people into poverty. Moreover, health authorities in high-income countries are increasingly having to ration medicines for cancer, hepatitis C and rare diseases. And the problem extends to older medicines whose patents have expired, such as insulin for diabetes.“Medical innovation has little social value if most people cannot access its benefits,” stressed Ms. Simão.A 2017 WHO report showed that the cost of producing most medicines on its Essential Medicines List was a small fraction of the final price. Some forum delegates noted that a lack of transparency around prices paid by governments actually translates into many low- and middle-income countries paying more for certain medicines than wealthier countries do.Positive steps forwardAmong other successful examples of countries’ collaboration around achieving more affordable medicine prices, information-sharing between the so-called Beneluxa network – Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Austria – was cited has having yielded promising results, as was a bulk-rate discount when several regional countries purchased medicines as a block.The forum highlighted WHO’s database on vaccine markets and shortages, called MI4A, as a useful tool to achieve competitive vaccine prices. It also pointed out that some European countries have been sharing policies to expand access to medicines through the WHO-supported Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies (PPRI).Industry bodies at the forum supported access to medicines for all, and recommited to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which calls for private partnerships to address global challenges, such as access to medicines.WHO announced that over the coming weeks, it will launch a public consultation online to collect views from relevant participants on what actually constitutes a fair price. “This is a global human rights issue”, said WHO Assistant Director-General for Medicines and Health Products Mariângela Simão on Saturday at the WHO Forum on Medicines in Johannesburg. “Everyone has a right to access quality healthcare”.At WHO Forum on Medicines, Countries & Civil Society Push for Greater Transparency & Fairer Prices WHO to continue to facilitate countries’ information-sharing to improve transparency on prices 👉— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) April 13, 2019 read more

Funeral arrangements now set for Marilyn Walker

Brock University is in mourning after the death of longtime friend and supporter Marilyn Walker.Walker died in St. Catharines on Thursday, Oct. 1. She was 80 years of age, and had been in failing health for several months.Her passing came 13 days after she attended the Sept. 18 official opening of the University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, in downtown St. Catharines. On that warm late-summer afternoon, hundreds of people packed a marquee tent in front of the new school as Marilyn Walker and her husband Norris sat in armchairs beside the stage, listening to University, arts community and political figures praise the Walker School’s transformative impact for Brock students and for the community at large.The new Walker School combined new construction with restored heritage architecture to create a state-of-the-art learning complex that has placed 500 students and faculty into the heart of Niagara’s largest urban centre.One of North America’s leading fibre artists and a creator of sophisticated quilts, Walker was a passionate advocate of the arts as well as a generous philanthropist.In 2008 she made history and headlines when she donated $15-million to Brock University’s School of Fine and Performing Arts, which was renamed in her honour. It was the University’s largest-ever gift and ultimately the catalyst to create the new Walker School downtown.Brock University President Jack Lightstone called her death “a loss that will never be replaced.”“Marilyn leaves a huge legacy for the University and for the whole community,” said Lightstone. “She not only altered Brock’s ability to accelerate learning for future generations of students, she changed the course of history for the University and for the Niagara Region.“Brock’s new school would never have been created in the city centre if not for Marilyn’s vision and generosity, and its role in the renaissance of the downtown would never have been realized.”Derek Knight, Director of the Walker School, said Walker’s vision and passion had already made her an inspiration for students and faculty alike.“I can’t imagine a more thoughtful, compassionate person than Marilyn,” said Knight. “She has changed all of our lives for the best. The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is testament to her enduring strength, emphatic belief in the arts and the legacy of creative vision.”Marilyn Walker changed the way people view quilts, working tirelessly to gain their acceptance as a serious art form with cultural, historic and creative significance.Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, she was particularly active in promoting fibre arts, lecturing on their history and artistic significance and teaching new techniques across North America.She was also one of the first to employ new technologies in the design and execution of quilts, and in 1998 she curated the inaugural Canadian Contemporary Quilt competition, which toured Canada for two years.In 1992 her book, Ontario’s Heritage Quilts, was awarded the Canadian Historical Association Award of Merit, an award normally presented to academic historians, for its contribution to regional history. In 2002 The Canadian Quilters Association presented her with the Dorothy McMurdie Award, its most prestigious award, for her significant contributions to Canadian quilting.Walker helped create positive change in Niagara long before the new Walker School was ever imagined for downtown St. Catharines. She was involved for many years with the St. Catharines chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women, and was instrumental in sustaining the St. Catharines Area Arts Council, Bethlehem Place and Women’s Place.In recognition of her many achievements and enduring friendship, Brock University awarded her an honorary doctorate at its 2008 Fall Convocation.In 2007 she was awarded a Mayor’s Patron of the Arts Award by the City of St. Catharines for her significant contributions.Funeral Arrangements: Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, Oct. 7 and Thursday, Oct. 8 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the George Darte Funeral Chapel, 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines. A Celebration of Marilyn’s Life will be held on Friday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. at Ridley Memorial Chapel, 2 Ridley Rd. St. Catharines with a reception to follow at Ridley College. In keeping with Marilyn’s philanthropic philosophy, memorial contributions may be made to Niagara Artists Center and Hospice Niagara would be appreciated by the family.Read the full obituary here. read more

Petar Angelov to miss the Macedonias playoff games against Greece

greeceIHFMacedoniaPetar AngelovQatar 2015world championship In around mid-june the play-off games for the upcoming World Championship 2015 in Qatar are to be played, and one of the encounters is Macedonia against Greece. Macedonia is already without Naumce Mojsovski for the first game in Athens, and additional problem now for Obrvan is that the goalkeeper Petar Angelov has been ruled out for both games, due to pain in his back. In his place, Kimevski has been given a call. ← Previous Story Oliver Roggisch says farewell to RNL and Handball Next Story → Xavi Pascual and Barcelona – two more years of cooperation! read more

Ronan OGara How am I feeling Ah fck it Im after losing

first_img credit: RTÉ SportTHIS IS SHAPING up to be the best rugby-related television of the festive period. The Ronan O’Gara documentary was four years in the making and claims to offer an honest insight into the legendary out-half’s career.The trailer above gives us a glimpse of ROG discussing the emergence of Jonny Sexton as his great rival for the international jersey. It’s going to be a good one.The documentary screens at 9.30pm on the 2nd of January on RTÉ One.As it happened: Munster v Connacht, Pro12Video: Toby Faletau scores for the Dragons after smart line-out movelast_img read more

Worlds fastest electric car is a 1972 Datsun can do 060 in

first_imgDrag racing wasn’t just something done in the ’50s when guys with slicked-back hair and leather jackets were racing for pinks. It’s still a hobby popular among many. Usually, you see cars like Ferraris, Maseratis, and BMWs racing down the road, but John Wayland’s car, named the White Zombie, is a type you wouldn’t really expect to see racing these high-end machines, let alone out racing them.The White Zombie is a 1972 Datsun. The nearly-40-year-old car has been revamped with a dual-armature 9-inch series-wound electric motor that Wayland had custom built for the car. It might sound silly to have something like that built for a car so old, and one that never really had much cred in the racing community, even back in the ‘70s, but this little two-door Datsun 1200 can do zero to 60 in just 1.8 seconds, making it the world’s fastest electric car. Its top speed is recorded at 129 mph.The White Zombie uses a 192-cell lithium-polymer battery which totals 355 Volts and uses 22.7 kWh of energy. At $100,000 or more a piece, the batteries are extremely expensive, but Wayland has garnered major sponsorships throughout the year to fund the materials. The batteries are actually a prototype made for Navy helicopters.The car isn’t necessarily new though. Wayland built it back in 1994, so it has been winning races for 17 years now. Looking even further back, Wayland built the Blue Meanie, another Datsun-turned-electric, in 1980. He said he got the idea as a child “while choking on big city air pollution and playing with battery-powered toy cars.”The White Zombie, which boasts 500-plus horsepower, is even street legal. As you can see in the video below, shot in 2007, an unassuming Maserati owner thinks he’ll easily beat Wayland’s Datsun, but Wayland has beaten countless numbers of racers who take a look at the car and scoff. Most of them never offer up a rematch once they’ve seen the White Zombie in action. The moral of the story? Don’t judge a book by its cover.Watch the video below to see the Datsun totally pwn the Maserati. You might want to just hit mute during this video otherwise you’ll never be able to get AC/DC’s T.N.T. song out of your head.via Discoverylast_img read more

ITV axes The Jeremy Kyle Show following death of participant

first_img Wednesday 15 May 2019, 10:21 AM May 15th 2019, 10:22 AM Image: Twitter/ITV By Rónán Duffy 45,863 Views Everyone at ITV’s thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond The previously announced review of the episode of the show is underway and will continue. ITV will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects. 67 Comments Kyle has hosted the show since 2005. Image: Twitter/ITV Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Kyle has hosted the show since 2005. THE JEREMY KYLE Show has been axed by ITV.The popular daytime show had stopped recording and broadcasting on ITV following the death of 63-year-old Steve Dymond, a week after he appeared on an episode.The circumstances led to increased criticism of the show with Downing Street even expressing concern about how participants are treated.The show, which attracted around one million viewers per episode, has run since 2005.The show also aired weekdays in Ireland on Virgin Media Television.In an announcement today, ITV confirmed that no more future episodes will be made.“Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show. The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end,” ITV’s CEO Carolyn McCall said in a statement.The broadcaster had initiated a review into the episode in question and said in its statement this would go ahead despite the cancellation of the show.ITV also said that Kyle, a former insurance salesman, would continue to work with the broadcaster. ITV axes The Jeremy Kyle Show following death of participant The show has run for 14 years but has been on the receiving end of intense criticism. Share34 Tweet Email Short URLlast_img read more

Caraïbes la tempête tropicale Irène se transforme en ouragan

first_imgCaraïbes : la tempête tropicale Irène se transforme en ouraganLe Centre national américain des ouragans (NHC) a indiqué que la tempête tropicale Irène, qui menace Porto Rico, la République dominicaine et Haïti, venait d’être reclassée en ouragan. Les autorités d’Haïti notamment, ont déjà déclenché l’alerte rouge en prévision de son arrivée.La saison des tempêtes tropicales semble particulièrement active cette année. Ainsi, après Emily, c’est au tour d’Irène de menacer les Caraïbes. Lundi, cette tempête qui s’est formée ce week-end se trouvait à 40 kilomètres à l’ouest de San Juan à Porto Rico, et se déplaçait vers le nord nord-ouest à une vitesse de 19 kilomètres par heure, accompagné de vents de 125 kilomètres par heure, selon le Centre national américain des ouragans (NHC). À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseDésormais, Irène, reclassée en ouragan par le NHC, menace donc de frapper dans les prochains jours la République dominicaine puis Haïti qui s’est déjà placée en alerte maximale en raison des fortes précipitations attendues. Selon les météorologues, l’ouragan pourrait en effet produire jusqu’à 250 millimètres de précipitations en République dominicaine et Haïti, avec des cumuls possibles jusqu’à 500 millimètres, pouvant ainsi causer des inondations et des coulées de boue dangereuses. Les Iles Vierges, Saint-Martin ainsi que Saint-Barthélemy sont également concernés par cette alerte, note l’AFP.Le 22 août 2011 à 18:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Washington considers taxing drivers by the mile

first_imgOLYMPIA — Transportation officials are considering replacing Washington state’s gas tax to a system that would charge drivers by the mile.The News Tribune reported Wednesday that the state Transportation Commission is expected to vote in December on tax recommendations to give the state Legislature.Democratic state Sen. Rebecca Saldana, vice chairwoman of the transportation committee, says the state can’t rely long term on gas tax revenue to fund transportation needs because vehicles have become more fuel-efficient.She says if lawmakers support a pay-per-mile system, the tax would need to be phased in over 10 to 25 years.The state Legislature would set the rate people are taxed for the miles they drive as well as how the mileage is reported to the state.last_img read more

New Family Medicine LIVE WELL Clinic Opens in Sandyport One Doctors Challenging

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLive Well Exam Room#Bahamas, November 29, 2017 – Nassau – When Darius Bain, M.D., D.M., opens the door of his ultra-modern Live Well Family Health Center at Sandyport on December 1, guests at the reception and clients who enter will see a smartly furnished and well-equipped facility.   Youngsters will be seen in a colourful suite of their own, replete with junior-size furniture and an underwater theme.   Patients waiting for their exam will find themselves smiling at the walls, fascinated by artwork that takes functions of the body and organs to a new level.The practice itself is expansive – a physiotherapist and occupational therapist on board, a nutritionist on call for counseling, an in-house lab with analysis capability for blood work, cell counts, cholesterol levels.   EKG equipment.   A resuscitation station. And overall, a focus on wellness.Few, outside his immediate family, will know the challenging path that Dr. Bain travelled to get to the place where he is now, the first to occupy eye-popping new space at the northeastern end of the busy shopping and professional office complex off West Bay Street, Nassau.Live Well Pediatric Exam RoomThe fourth of five children, Darius Bain witnessed too many in his family die too young.   His father and two of his siblings died suddenly from an unusual hereditary heart condition called cardiac hypertrophy, each an instant death without warning.   The discovery of this anomaly fueled his drive to medicine.The day after Bain graduated from college with a BSc. in Medical Technology expecting to take up a job as a lab technician, he returned to Nassau.   The following morning, two planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the world paused.   No one was hiring. Bain, needing a job, helped a friend with an event and spent the next six months as a designer, creating flower arrangements for weddings at Sandals and Marriott.   He then landed a job with Doctors Hospital West on Blake Road, worked for three years to save for one semester’s tuition, and left Doctors Hospital West for medical school in Belize where he earned a full scholarship for academic achievement.He completed his clinical clerkship at Emory University Hospital Midtown, formerly Crawford Long Hospital, in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008.   The day he graduated, he called his father, jubilant, “Hey Daddy, I’m done,” he said.    “I finished.”   They spoke for hours.   “Dad congratulated me and gave me lots of good advice,” said Dr. Bain.   Hours later, his father died from a cardiac hypertrophy related stroke.   He was 60.Bain delayed doing his Board exams so he could come home to help his mother and siblings.Live Well Waiting Area“You might think that it was all the illness and medical strife that led me to practice internal medicine and family medicine,” said Dr. Bain.   “But really, medicine is what I always wanted to do.   If anything, the strife and challenges just made me more resolved.”Now, says the practitioner with the smart new office and with international certification in the U.S. and The Bahamas, he wants to help change the mindset of a nation, creating healthier habits leading to a better quality of life.“This office is a team effort, with the support of my wife and two sons, and aims to make a difference in The Bahamas by working with individuals to take control of their own health,” says Bain who now has nearly seven years of medical practice under his belt.The Live Well Family Health Center opens its doors to the public December 1 with hours Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, with possible weekends and longer hours in the near future.   Opening celebrations will include guest tours and discussions.   For more information call (242) 677-9355 or visit DPA News Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

WISHH Sponsors African Poultry Industry Leaders for Production Training

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Professor Jenna Wilson (center left) leads a practical session on egg residue analysis, a technique used to diagnose the cause of hatch problems.ASA/WISHH is hosting a team of six poultry industry leaders from Africa this week at the University of Georgia’s 2019 International Poultry Short Course.Through funding provided by USDA Foreign Market Development (FMD), ASA/WISHH was able to sponsor three participants from Ghana and three from Nigeria to participate in the four-day training, where they will learn how to use modern technologies to increase poultry meat and egg production.Participants include industry leaders from the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) and the Ghanaian National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF), as well as business representatives interested in increasing their company’s production.Training sessions include nutrition, broiler and layer management techniques, and processing. The course includes classroom lectures and a variety of practical exercises led by some of the poultry industry’s leading influencers at the University of Georgia.Following the training, participants will travel to Atlanta to attend the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) Feb. 11-14.last_img read more

Pregnant woman 6 others rescued in a daring act in floodhit

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Aug 10 (IANS) An 8-month pregnant woman and an 11-month-old baby were among the seven people rescued in a two-hour operation by the Kerala Fire Focre near Attapadi in the Palakkad district on Saturday amid cheers by crowd. They were were holed up on a tiny island in the swollen Bhavani river, near Attapadi. Due to heavy rains in the area for the past three days, the river was in spate. The authorities had tried since Friday to convince them to shift to a safer place, but they refused. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us “We urged them to move to safer place. But Lavanya, the pregnant woman, was not sure about effect of the safety harness belt on the baby,” said the Fire Force official who coordinated the rescue. “Today the river was in spate and the district collector and police authorities gave us the permission to forcefully rescue them. We had to speak to them for two hours before they agreed. One by one, we took them over the swelled river, without any issues,” said the officer. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us They had made elaborate arrangements and had kept an ambulance and a gynaecologist ready. The moment Lavanya reached the other side crossing the 25-metre wide river, she was taken to the nearest hospital. “She is doing fine,” said the officer. On the other side of the river there were a huge crowd, including half a dozen good local swimmers who knew the river well. They were ready for any emergency. But it was a perfect rescue act, to great relief of rescue team, the waiting crowd and those rescued.last_img read more

Parents demand deviation from GO 550 in NEET counseling

first_imgHyderabad: The parents of the medical students express worries over their kids not getting seats, despite cracking NEET exam, even after the completion of the 2nd phase of counseling. Many parents maintain aspirations on the mop-up round, the results of which are to be declared on August 19. The parents have been upset over the way the counseling is being handled. They claim that the reservation has been exceeding 50%, the limit set by the Supreme Court. The GO 550, introduced in 2001, has become a hurdle for the merit students of open category, they lament. Also Read – SSC releases admit cards for SSC CGL Tier 2 exam Advertise With Us Due to GO 550, the seats that belong to merit students are going to reserved students, said Uma Kanth, a worried father whose son has achieved 502 marks in NEET 2019. He said that his son was supposed to get a seat in the first phase of counseling itself, but that he did not get a seat even after the second phase of counseling. The Supreme Court has asked the state government to modify GO 550, but both in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the counseling has been taking place without any deviations. The GO allows Meritorious Reserved Category (MRC) to slide and opt for other colleges using seats in reserved categories, but the vacant seats are filled with the reserved students. The parents lament that the merit students are losing their seats in the process. Also Read – Happiness classes for medical students in Lucknow Advertise With Us Parents demand that the clause of GO 550 that allows sliding of MRC should be modified by the state government as directed by the Supreme Court. There are allegations that Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences (KNRUHS) has compelled MRC students to avail reserved category in the 2nd phase of counseling. However, the officials of the university maintain that the no injustice has been done to the MRC candidates in the second phase of counseling. The Telangana High Court has ordered stayed the 2nd phase of counseling after five students approached the Court with allegations. However, no grievances were expressed over the first phase of counseling.last_img read more

Sensex extends losses ahead of Fed meeting

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex extended losses for the second consecutive session on Tuesday, falling by 108 points, as investors remained cautious ahead of the two-day meeting of the US central bank.The Sensex closed at 27,253 points, down 0.40%, while the 50-share Nifty fell by 27 points, or 0.33%, to end at 8,232.Markets were under pressure, going into the US Federal Reserve meeting on 27 and 28 October, despite less chances of an interest rate hike at the meeting.”We expect the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to hold its monetary policy unchanged as we continue to look for an initial rate hike at the March 2016 meeting,” said Barclays Capital in a note.Among the BSE sectoral indices, Consumer Durables and Capital Goods were the top losers. Auto index was the biggest gainer.Lupin shares plunged by over 5% after the company reported a 35% drop in net profit to Rs 408 crore for the second quarter in the current financial year.”For 2QFY2016, the company posted bad set of numbers, with OPM’s coming in lower than expected, consequently net profit,” said Sarabjit Kour Nangra, VP Research – Pharma, Angel Broking.”We maintain our NEUTRAL stance on the stock,” he said.On the other hand, Maruti Suzuki stock prices closed 2.5% higher after the company’s second quarter earnings came in line with the estimates.”Going ahead, we expect Maruti to see industry beating volume growth driven by the new launches and deeper penetration. Margins have upsides from current levels considering soft commodity prices, favourable currency movement and benefits of operating leverage. For FY15-18E we expect earnings CAGR of 34% and in that light FY18E P/E of 15x appears reasonable,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.Metal and oil & gas stocks came under severe selling pressure following weakness in commodity prices in the overseas markets. Global crude oil prices fell further on the back of renewed concerns on supply glut.While shares of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) ended a little over 3% lower, Gas Authority of India (GAIL) stock prices were down 2.2%.Maruti Suzuki, Reliance Capital (1.3%), Wipro (1.1%), HDFC Bank (0.9%) and Reliance Power (0.8%) were the top gainers among Sensex stocks, while ONGC, HDFC ( 2.9%), DLF (1.6%), Ambuja Cements (1.6%) and Tata Steel (1.5%) were the top losers.On the commodity front, gold prices ended marginally higher compared to the closing prices in the previous session. The yellow metal rose Rs 40 to Rs Rs 27,110 per 10 grams, supported by a pick up in festival demand. Silver prices were also up by Rs 15 to close at Rs 37,125 per kg.last_img read more

Verizon lays off over 1000 employees in India workers seek help from

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … IT majors to lay off at least 56,000 employees this year Verizon Data Services India (VDS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American company Verizon Communications, has reportedly laid off over 1,000 employees as the company started rationalising its staff at its India units in Chennai and Hyderabad. The office bearers of the  Forum of IT Employees, a union of the employees in the IT sector, alleged “forced resignations” and urged labour commissioner to intervene in the matter. “As Verizon consolidates its strategy so we can scale, compete and continue to be successful, Verizon’s IT, including Verizon Data Services India, is transforming into an engineering-centric, technology organisation. The transformation entails rationalisation of roles which has an impact on headcount,” the company said in a statement.VDS India has not shared any details of how many workers were impacted but it said that they were doing role rationalisation not to meet a specific number but to match the talent with the requirements of the business for its future, the Times of India reported.However, according to a Facebook post by Forum of IT Employees (FITE), Verizon Data Services India has laid off more than 1,000 employees across India. The FITE claims that they are receiving many calls from Verizon employees from across India for help.According to the IT Union in India, VDS will be laying off 993 of its employees across India.”We have come to know that VDS India has targeted to retrench 993 of its employees in band 7 to band 3 through forced resignation,” said the union’s convenor, Alagunambi Welkin.Further, the union also issued a statement in which it requested the Labour Commissioner to intervene and stop the company to let go off so many employees and also to restore all the workers with due benefits and service.The union also claimed that the employees who fall under the senior managers’ band at the Olympia Tech par office were escorted out of their cabins by security without any prior notification on Tuesday. Protest against mass IT layoffs in Hyderabad [Representational Image]TwitterReports suggest that industry experts had forecast layoffs at Verizon since  its merger with AOL and Yahoo earlier this year. About 15 percent of the employees of the merged entity were expected to be affected globally.However, it is not clear as to which employee roles have been affected in India. As of November, about 2,600 employees have been affected by Verizon layoffs globally.VDS India has around 7,000 employees in India spread across Chennai and Hyderabad. It focuses on application development and support to enable operating support systems (OSS) and business support system (BSS) and customer operations.center_img Closelast_img read more

Choose right gear to run marathon

first_imgWhen you take part in marathons, it is important to wear the right functional running gear and not just focus on choosing the most fashionable one, says an expert. Rajat Chauhan, adidas running expert and Race Director of La Ultra in India, has shared tips to make running easier:1. Running Shoes: Pronation is a term used very widely in running circles which is very important in picking the correct shoe for yourself. It is a natural movement for human beings to provide locomotion. In layman’s terms, it is the degree to which your foot rolls inwards while running or walking.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLook at the wear out of the sole of the shoes. In neutral runners, there will be equal wear on the inner and outer side of the sole of the shoe. Whereas in over-pronation, outside part of heel part of the shoes will wear out more than the inside, whereas when you look at the front part of the shoe, the inner aspect of the sole will wear out more than the outside aspect.If that is the case, the runner needs stability shoes like the supernova sequence boost, which provide a ‘stableframe’ to provide exactly this support. Squat test: Wear shorts, take your shoes off and face the mirror. Look at the medial arches of the feet. Are they flat or not? Now squat down all the way five to seven times. Now do five to seven single leg squats. Notice whether your feet roll in or not.  If your feet and knees don’t roll in, you are a neutral runner. You will need neutral shoes. If your feet and knees roll in excessively, you are an over-pronator, and you will need stability shoes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive2. Video analysis: Ask a friend to video shoot your feet while you run away from the camera. When played in slow motion, it will show how much your feet roll in. The intent is to get shoes that will stop this movement from happening and get your feet to land and take off straight.* Majority of runners can be catered to by self-tests mentioned above. If you are still confused, it is best to take professional help for proper video gait analysis. There are several models of neutral running shoes out there in the market, including the response boost – beginners should however steer clear of ‘minimalist’ shoes as they provide far lesser cushioning than someone with a typical gait would need. Also, with our sedentary lifestyle, we would need to extensively strength train before slipping into some of these. 3. Running apparel: From minor ailments like chafing, to extreme ones like hyper-thermia can all be attributed to wearing the wrong gear while running.High Temperature or Humidity: It remains important to regulate body temperature, and even more so in sapping conditions like heat or humidity or both. What the body needs to do then, is shed heat rapidly to cool down and stay within the optimum temperature range, while wicking away moisture to ensure comfort and breathability to assist temperature management.Functional apparel containing ClimaChill tech, does the same – being a notch above traditional polyester-based clothing, and several notches above any natural fibre-based T-shirts and shorts.  While cotton might be comfortable to wear for sedentary activities, it rapidly degrades performance in high heat and moisture – which running inevitably would lead to. As more and more sweat is produced, cotton tends to absorb the moisture and become heavier, while inter-fibre channels close down, hence the moisture cannot be transported to the surface to be’‘wicked away’. Low temperatures: In the cold, the requirements are even more demanding. While the body needs to retain the warmth, the need to shed moisture to keep temperature within optimum performance range, remains the same. This is done through cutting edge ClimaHeat tech which mimics the way a polar bear’s fur has naturally evolved – being hollow to insulate the skin, while keeping the wicking property alive to shed moisture. It is wonderful how technology makes everything possible for us.last_img read more