‘Arunachal people against citizenship to refugees’

first_imgThe All-Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union has made it clear to the Centre that people of the State will not accept citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees at any cost, an AAPSU release stated on Friday.The students’ body attended the Joint High Power Committee meeting on the vexed Chakma-Hajong issue in New Delhi on Thursday, which was chaired by Joint Secretary (Northeast) Satyendra Garg, the release said.AAPSU president Hawa Bagang told representatives of the Union Home Ministry that citizenship to the Chakma-Hajong refugees “will never be acceptable to the people of Arunachal Pradesh”.He also highlighted the “atrocities committed by the refugees against the indigenous people” and doubted the Centre’s “sincerity in resolving the issue”, the release said.The student body’s general secretary Tobom Dai told the Chakma-Hajong delegations, that also took part in the meeting, to consider citizenship outside the territory of Arunachal Pradesh without preconditions.“Unrelenting attitude (of the Chakma-Hajongs) asking for citizenship within Arunachal Pradesh will boomerang and the people of the State will never accept it,” Mr. Dai said.Meeting heldThe meeting was convened as a follow-up to AAPSU’s demand in June last year here, seeking an early solution to the contentious refugee issue, the release added. An all-party meeting convened by CM Pema Khandu on June 19, 2017, had decided to move the Union Home Ministry to revive the Joint High Powered Committee on the refugee issue.last_img read more

Santos, Matias rule Senior Masters in Sletba Open

first_imgThe other top finishers were Alfred Kang of SJCBA with 1755, and Daboy Mendoza of Sletba and Jack Interia of ATBA-Gruppo, both with 1730.The top five finishers received cash prizes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe finals for Group 2 will be held Saturday afternoon, while the finals for Group 1, or Masters category, rolls off on Sunday.The Masters division is paced by Kevin Cu, seeded since he is the defending champion, Krizziah Tabora of TBAM-Prima and a member of the national pool, Dennis Gallardo of Sletba-GMTBC, and Jason Ko of Sletba./asu Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Olympics: US interested in Winter Games bid BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices PLAY LIST 01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Ed Santos of Pasig Bowling Association bagged the Senior Masters championship of the 21st Sletba Open during the finals held Friday night at the Sta. Lucia Mall Bowling Center in Cainta, Rizal.Santos scored 1,790 pinfalls in the 8-game series to thwart the valiant bid of Samuel Matias, a member of the Philippine paralympic team, who finished with 1759 to place second.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Talking Horses: Eight tracks sign up to be part of team horse racing

first_imgThursday’s best bets, by Chris CookTeam racing is seemingly on its way to becoming a thing in this country, judging by a press release this morning from Championship Horse Racing which tells me eight racecourses in Britain and Ireland have signed up to be part of “The Series” next summer. This is a proposed run of Thursday night fixtures to take place from late July to early September in which teams of racehorses accumulate points by finishing position. Share on Facebook Hide features Read more Topics Since you’re here… Gordon Elliott talks up Borice as dark horse for Grand National follow-up The idea is by no means past the post yet, because these fixtures have not yet been approved by the British Horseracing Authority. “We are in dialogue with the organisers,” a BHA spokesman tells me. “We will consider any application for extra fixtures on their merits, once received.”However, CHR (that’s Championship Horse Racing to you) must be odds-on to get approval if they can actually deliver on their promises because they are seeking to stage 48 races, all of which will offer more than £100,000 in prize money. No details are offered yet as to which trainers or owners will supply the horses to run in this series, or where the money will come from.You may recall that one of the organisers predicted in February that the scheme could become “a brand playground”, a concept to set your teeth on edge if ever there was one. If a brand has signed up yet, we are not told. For now, we know the proposed venues: Ayr, Epsom, Goodwood, Haydock, Leopardstown, Newbury, Newmarket and Sandown.In common with the City Racing proposal that had a successful trial last week, Championship Horse Racing also has the backing of the Jockey Club and would also like to be known as racing’s answer to cricket’s Twenty20, a means of simplifying and popularising the sport. It’s nice to think that our great game will be so much more popular this time next year …On Thursday at Wincanton, I’m interested in Reikers Island (1.30), a point to point winner who pleased with his attitude on his chasing debut at Exeter last month but rather overdid the early enthusiasm and got tired on his first run since April. With that run behind him and at this sharper track, I think he’ll last home rather more strongly and odds of 13-2 appeal.Seven-year-old maidens are generally to be avoided but Lizzie Langton (2.35) has a chance to get off the mark after a promising third at Lingfield on her reappearance, her first run since wind surgery. If the step up in trip is a help to her, she can get in the argument at 11-2.Over at Market Rasen, punters are going mad for a Dan Skelton recruit, Rocku, who was last seen getting stuffed at Sedgefield 600 days ago. As a result, we’re offered 3-1 about Point N Shoot (3.00), who was in the form of his life when last seen in the spring. If Rocku has not, in fact, been utterly transformed by Skelton, there’s hardly any depth to this race. Share on Pinterest Horse racing tips Horse racing Share on LinkedIn Quick guide Thursday tips center_img Market Rasen 12.15 Adjali 12.50 General Custard 1.20 Royal Act 1.55 Pookie Pekan 2.25 Jam Session 3.00 Point N Shoot (nb) 3.30 Love LaneWincanton 12.25 Rhythm Is A Dancer 1.00 Printing Dollars 1.30 Reikers Island 2.05 Darling Maltaix 2.35 Lizzie Langton 3.10 Alf ‘N’ Dor 3.40 DimmesdaleLeicester 12.35 Early Learner 1.10 Regulation 1.40 Loveherandleaveher 2.15 St John’s 2.45 Miro 3.20 Chilli RomanceChelmsford 6.00 Top Breeze 6.30 Glory Of Paris 7.00 Greatest Journey (nap) 7.30 Crossing The Line 8.00 Given Choice 8.30 Saaheq 9.00 Slipalongtrevaskis Talking Horses Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Show Thank you for your feedback. Support The Guardian Was this helpful? Share via Email Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Re-Examine Resource Allocation in Court System – Justice Sykes

first_imgStory Highlights Justice Sykes was addressing a workshop on case-flow management for parish court staff at the Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa on Saturday (February 24). Acting Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, says the time has come for a re-examination of how resources are requested and allocated within the court system.He noted that, often, concerns are raised about case backlogs, which evoke calls for increased manpower, but argued that in many instances the solution is to “utilise the existing resources that we have in a more efficient manner”.“Oftentimes, the cry coming from the courts is that we need more resources, but what kind of resources do we need? Is it human resources, is it material? Is it computers? Is it utilising what we have more efficiently? We have to begin to think now in terms of sometimes moving the cases around in the parishes or within the same parish,” he noted.“It may be that you have to use the outstations a bit more efficiently. Can we have a physical plant really that is being used once per month or once per week? Is that an efficient use of resources, particularly in the context of a developing country?” he questioned.Justice Sykes was addressing a workshop on case-flow management for parish court staff at the Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa on Saturday (February 24).He underscored the need for greater efficiency in the Jamaican court system in order to drive economic growth and development.“If you look at countries that have developed economically at different points in our history, one of the critical components has always been an efficient legal system,” Citing the example of the United Kingdom (UK) he said the legal system was the vital component that “drove the industrial revolution and made England the financial centre of Europe”.“It established a reputation for fairness and relative efficiency compared to what was happening in the rest of Europe, and that attracted businessmen and investors from other parts of Europe to have their cases litigated in the courts of England,” he pointed out.The case-flow management workshop was staged by the Supreme Court. It was facilitated by the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section of the United States Embassy, the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) Project, and the Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Judicial Education Institute of Jamaica.Case-flow management is a set of principles and techniques that improve processing efficiency in the court system, resulting in less delays and case backlogs. It promotes early court control, and active court management of the progression of cases from initial filing to disposition as well as appeals and enforcement. “Oftentimes, the cry coming from the courts is that we need more resources, but what kind of resources do we need? Is it human resources, is it material? Is it computers? Is it utilising what we have more efficiently? We have to begin to think now in terms of sometimes moving the cases around in the parishes or within the same parish,” he noted. Acting Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, says the time has come for a re-examination of how resources are requested and allocated within the court system. last_img read more

Enterprise to Export 1st US Crude Oil after Ban Lifted

first_imgzoom North American provider of midstream energy services Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has agreed to provide pipeline and marine terminal services to load its first export of crude oil produced in the United States following the lifting of the 40-year-old crude oil export ban earlier this month.Namely, on December 18, 2015 the US President Barack Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 that included Section 101 of Division O which officially ended the 40-year ban.Enterprise Products Partners said that the 600,000 barrel cargo of domestic light crude oil is scheduled to load at the Enterprise Hydrocarbon Terminal (EHT) on the Houston Ship Channel during the first week of January 2016.“We are excited to announce our first contract to export U.S. crude oil, which to our knowledge may be the first export cargo of U.S. crude oil from the Gulf Coast in almost 40 years,” said A.J. “Jim” Teague, chief operating officer of Enterprise’s general partner.“Enterprise’s integrated system enabled us to quickly respond to customer demand for U.S. crude oil by international markets.”Speaking on the lifting of the ban, Teague said that the new law “ facilitates economic growth and job creation for the United States as well as enhances our national and energy security. This action provides new markets to domestic producers, especially producers of light crude oil, and will provide global markets with supply diversification.”Enterprise Products Partners L.P. is engaged in natural gas and crude oil gathering, treating, processing, transportation and storage, along with petrochemical and refined products transportation, storage and terminals; and a marine transportation business that operates primarily on the United States inland and Intracoastal Waterway systems.last_img read more

Agefriendly Grants Available to Help Seniors

first_img more money for in-home nursing care and home improvements more than 500 nursing-home beds giving seniors a friendly, caring place to live lowering the cost of generic drugs, and investing more than $3 million so more than 100,000 seniors do not have to pay more for their Pharmacare premiums and co-payments returning the provincial income tax to 17,000 low-income seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement an increase in the land tax rebate the provincial portion of the HST off of home heating poverty reduction credit the affordable living tax credit seniors housing repair grants seniors’ affordable housing throughout the province Strategic Planning and Development: to help municipalities identify age friendly priorities and plans based on a community’s unique needs and to help develop age friendly resources. Projects: to help municipalities and community partners create or adapt structures or services to be more accessible and inclusive of seniors. A provincial grant program is helping make communities more accessible and inclusive to seniors with varying needs and abilities. The program has two components, strategic planning and development, and projects. “The government continues to help communities plan for the future and make changes that will help seniors and all the residents,” said Minister of Seniors Denise Peterson-Rafuse today, April 20 The age-friendly grants provide funding for: When the program was introduced in 2008, it funded projects that created or adapted infrastructure, programs and services to be more accessible to seniors. In 2010, the department expanded the program to support municipalities with strategic planning. In 2012-13 the program is focusing on supporting municipalities with strategic planning and developing age-friendly resources. Through the grants, the province provides municipalities with cost-shared funding up to $5,000. The grants help municipalities with two phases of strategic planning, with each phase spanning a calendar year. The first phase is community assessments to help identify community-specific priorities. The second phase is developing municipal plans. For projects, the program helps municipalities adapt structures and services. Former projects include installing benches along a trail, green gym equipment in parks and hosting age-friendly events. “In addition to the grants, the provincial budget continues to make life better and more affordable for many seniors by helping them stay in their homes and in their communities longer,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. Some provincial budget initiatives include: Application forms for the Age-friendly Grant Program and information about other programs are available at www.gov.ns.ca/seniors or by calling toll-free 1-800-670-0065. The deadline for project applications is June 29. Strategic Planning and Development applications will be accepted until Dec. 31.last_img read more

Would want to play LADY SINGHAM

first_imgGiving a neck-to-neck competition to their male counterparts in the industry, female actors around the world are trying their hands in different (male-dominated) genres – sci-fi, action, etc. And, to further establish some sort of parity in the entertainment industry and prove that females are no less capable, Sonam Bajwa is willing to do some action sequences on-screen.Speaking about upcoming project – Punjabi remake of Singham, which also features Parmish Verma as the male lead, Sonam says, “For the first time, I got to work in an action film, and it was altogether a different experience for me to watch people put up so much effort to make everything look realistic.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Having said that, I did not perform any action scenes, but I am more than willing to do it someday,” shares the actor, who would want to play the role of ‘lady Singham’ in future. Sharing her experience of working in a remake, Bajwa says that despite being a remake of the Bollywood film, this film has its own charm. “As it is a remake, some kind of modifications are done according to the Punjabi audience. Also, I feel that the director, cameraman, and everyone attached to this project knew what they wanted from the actors, how they wanted the scenes to be.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”It felt like everyone already knew what they want Punjabi Singham to look like,” mentions the actor, who looks forward to a positive response from the audience. Sonam says that as a team, there was no nervousness or pressure, but there was a sense of ‘responsibility’ to deliver justice to the Singham franchise. The actor also reveals that the essence of the film has been kept intact, which is action. “Just like the original Singham, it is a hardcore action film, which has small bits of romance, comedy, and drama in it too,” she adds. The 26-year-old actor, who has proved her calibre in Tamil, Hindi and Punjabi cinema over the years, feels that making a place in Punjabi industry is difficult than all. “I think being in Punjabi industry, one requires to know the language (unlike others). As in Punjab, if you do not know the language, the audience does not accept you. People here need to feel that you are their own, you belong here,” she says. The actor also expresses her openness for the opportunities in Bollywood.last_img read more

The precipice of pollution

first_imgPeople, in general, have become impatient. Oblivious of consequences, they crave for instant gains – whether it is the election-time doles from governments or gifts and money from Parties; whether it is the profits from industries and businesses; or whether it is happiness from religious ceremonies or celebrations; or it could be any other. Doles and bribes to voters pollute our democratic environment. Pollutants from wastes of cities, industries and religious activities damage our water bodies and the environment itself. But, notwithstanding the much-publicised TV show of the PM, in Jim Corbett, and his claim of love for the environment, and his call to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort to preserve water and other natural resources, the reality is that except activists, others have no concern for the consequences. Also Read – A special kind of bondAlthough Vedic culture envisages living in harmony with nature, under a Hindutva-government, India stands at a shameful 177 out of 180 countries in the Global Environment Performance Index of 2018. Our priorities are different. When there was distress because of demonetisation, country’s focus was on Pulwama and surgical strikes. When there is widespread poverty, distress in economy, industry and agriculture, and an all-time high of unemployment of 7.9 per cent, the country’s attention is on Kashmir. Degradation of environment is no issue for us. Also Read – Insider threat managementMost of us are not even conscious that the combustion of fossil fuels is incessantly pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, increasingly warming the globe – dangerously close to the rise-limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius, and abetting the addition of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen monoxide, which cause acid rain. This acidity is further aggravated by oceans since they absorb about one-third of all carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to become warm and more acidic. The acid rain changes the pH value of water in rivers and lakes, creating conditions conducive for the growth of algae that not only deprive the aquatic organisms of oxygen but also cause many diseases like gastroenteritis to humans. Moreover, global warming contributes to the melting of ice and a rise in sea level; a rise of two to three feet would displace about 4 million people. Further, we are in for more natural disasters – storm surges, wildfires, heat waves, severe droughts, which heighten the risk of pests and vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, etc. Furthermore, the toxins of industrial waste contaminate water for drinking and agricultural purposes, while artificial fertilisers spoil the soil itself. While forests are health-keepers of our environment, water bodies are no less important, since polluting them and illegally extracting sand affect agriculture, fish and drinking water. Since we limit ourselves only to praying to river goddesses, ‘Namami Ganga’ has remained mere rhetoric; and Yamuna, Godavari, and other rivers are also crying for help. But, elsewhere in the world, people and governments alike treat them as precious natural resources and keep them clean. Industrialists are only concerned with their profits. Environmentalists found that most of the chemical industries in and around Vizag directly pump pollutants into the ground using a reverse boring method, causing permanent damage to the groundwater resources and thereby posing threat to the lives of people in the radius of several kms. An international expert, KH Choi, from Hitech Energy, wonders how the local authorities allow industries to release untreated chemicals into water bodies. “In Korea, we cannot see smoke coming from the chimney of any factory. Industries use the heat to reduce fuel consumption as well as pollution in the air,” he said. In this context, sea pollution is a matter of serious concern. 60,000 sq km dead zone, discovered a couple of years ago near Andhra coast in the Bay of Bengal, is one of over 450 such zones in the world, which are low-oxygen water bodies within marine ecosystems formed in a process called eutrophication, where life cannot exist. Experts maintain that the fertiliser runoff from the Godavari and Krishna river-basins have led to this dead zone formation. It is likely to expand further due to the continued release of chemicals, fertilisers and pollutants. Coastal cities also let the drainage and sewerage waste into the sea. Industrial effluents and oil spill contaminate it further. Nitrogen fertilisers cause the growth of harmful species of algae nearshore water. The ballast water discharges from ships also contribute to the dead zone. As a result, there is a mass mortality of fish and marine animals, or they migrate to other areas in search of food. Yet, people do not care to take even the small steps of stopping the dumping of plastics, garbage, and debris in the sea; the micron-thick plastics, and even straws, stifle marine lives; with plastics in its stomach, a rescued dugong dies in Thailand despite all the attention given. Then, we have the saga of festive seasons. After Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja, people immerse thousands of idols in the sea and other water bodies, and these devotees unmindfully defile them even by standing on them to ensure their sinking. In spite of the guidelines of the Pollution Boards, these attractive idols, made of Plaster of Paris and chemical colours, are in vogue on a mass scale, causing pollution of water bodies. As a result, thousands of dead turtles and fishes get washed ashore. Further, these practices turn the beaches and water bodies into pathetic sights strewn with disfigured idols, remains of coconuts and other puja material. Environmentalists decry that sea is not a dustbin to throw off all unwanted stuff into it. They demand that strict rules must be framed by governments for releasing waste into the sea; instead of discharging the industrial effluents into the sea, the waste should be converted into energy; the discharge of ballast water by the ships also needs global regulations. Worried about the dead zone expansion, Sri Lanka’s Marine Environment Protection Authority has urged neighbouring countries to frame stringent laws against marine pollution. Yet, no action has been taken by India so far, nor has any serious research been done on the existing dead zone. Apparently, we are not serious about environmental health, ecosystem vitality, etc., that determine sustainable development. Indeed, we are far behind in achieving any of the Sustainable Development Goals. India scored a pathetic 5.75 per cent in air quality as against over 90 by Switzerland and Japan; cities are facing a multi-pollutant crisis. In spite of the Har Ghar Jal Yojana, over 82 per cent rural households have no tap-water connection; and 47 million live on contaminated groundwater. According to CSE’s water and sanitation experts, although 72 million individual household toilets have been built under the Swachh Bharat scheme, funds meant to popularise them have not been spent, rendering the scheme ineffective; and in urban areas, about a million families are still waiting for their construction. Further, as against the 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022, only 9 per cent of the roof-top solar target has been met so far. Even the Centre’s Ujjwala Yojana for LPG distribution has not done any meritorious work. Forestland diversion for non-forest purposes has only increased; the central government cleared an average of six projects a day in 2017. Even the money allocated for containing forest-fires is lying unused. With the closure of regional branches of NGT in 2018 due to staff crunch, handling of environment-related crimes – over 20,000 pending in courts and quite many under investigation – has only become casual. Instead of paying more attention to research on the grave matter of the dead zone, the central government only revels in the creation of Panchagavya for validating research on cow-derivatives – dung, urine, milk, curd and ghee, and their benefits, by allotting Rs 100 crores. Interestingly, apart from officials from concerned ministries, the 19-member committee that works on this project includes those from Vigyan Bharti and Go-Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra, outfits affiliated to RSS and VHP. In Andhra Pradesh, it was the apathy of Chandrababu Naidu that made the suffering tribal people of Araku valley collaborate with the Naxals that led to the killing of two politicians who were indulging in illegal mining. Again, it was his collusion with sand mafias who were illegally extracting sand from river-beds that made the National Green Tribunal slap an interim fine of Rs 100 on the state government, although it has to be paid by the already suffering tax-payers. These are only striking examples of land, sand, mining, and logging mafias operating across the country hobnobbing with those in governance. We have thus hit the rock bottom in performance to save our environment. We are also among the unhappiest countries in the world as per the World Happiness Report. Chandrayaan and Kashmir are only temporary doses of excitement. Unfortunately, it is only the activists who cry and decry about the dangers and are fighting lone battles. The successes of Chipko movement, Narmada Bachao Andolan, etc., were all because of selfless activists. Now, upset about the industrial effluents, they have called for a mass movement to protect and restore water bodies in Vizag. But how much can they do? They can only bring the urgency of the matter to the notice of governments, and make people aware of dangers. It is for the common man to join them to raise the decibel levels so that governments come forward to organise a robust collaboration with people to save our environment and ecosystems. Everyone should realise that we are standing on a precipice. PM on his part is expected to walk his talk. (Dr. N Dilip Kumar, IPS (retd) is a former Member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

5 lazy girl exercises to help you get in shape

first_imgWhen it comes to living a healthy life, it is important to maintain discipline. From your eating habits to your daily workout regime, every attribute requires discipline. But amidst all this, the biggest spoiler is laziness. If you are someone who often falls prey to laziness, here are a few exercises that can revamp your lifestyle and help you live a healthy life.Lunges Keep your feet hip-width apart and take a large step forward with your left foot. Now, slowly bend the left knee to a 90-degree angle and keep your back knee touching the ground. Then push up with your front leg and return to the starting position, then repeat. It is recommended to do 10-20 reps daily. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainCow and Cat This one is a yoga move that helps ease lower back pain. All you need to do is get down on your hands and knees, and then arch your back into a U shape; then do the reverse, round it to form a hump like a cat. Practice one or two sets of 10 daily. The Plank Often called as an alternative to sit-ups, this fitness exercise is good for the spine and helps in shaping abs. Lie on your stomach with your elbows on the floor in front of you, slowly rise up onto your toes and straighten your body like a plank. Try to hold for 5 to 10 counts initially, and later raise it to 20 counts, then slowly lower yourself back down. Try to practice these one or two sets of 10 daily. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardCrosses Stand up and place your arms straight out to the side. Then, bend your hands back at the wrists while moving your arms behind you (don’t stretch). Hold your position for five counts, then bring your arms back to rest with your torso. The tension felt near shoulders, forearms, and wrists helps relax the stress caused during driving and typing. It is recommended to do one or two sets of 10 daily. Bent-over Rows You need to hold a five-pound weight in one hand, let it rest near your thigh, then place the other hand on the seat of a chair in front of you and lean forward. Next, you have to bend your elbow and lift the weight up toward your armpit, then bring it down. It is suggested to do one or two sets of 10 on each side. (Inputs by Head Coach and co-founder of Urban Akhara Vikas Dabas and Pulkit Nehra)last_img read more

Lonnie Ali To Be Honored At Celebrity Fight Night In Italy

first_imgCelebrity Fight Night has announced that Lonnie Ali, wife of the late Muhammad Ali, will be honored at the third annual “Celebrity Fight Night in Italy” with Andrea Bocelli, which will take place September 7-13.The 7-day excursion will take philanthropic donors and special guests through Florence, Lajatico and Venice where they will be treated to the very best arts, entertainment and culture in the region. Funds raised benefit both the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. Celebrity Fight Night, a star-studded annual charity event, has raised $123 million for many charities throughout its 22-year history, most significantly for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ.More than 100 philanthropists will travel to Italy to participate in the “benefit trip” where Italian designer Stefano Ricci will help kick off the festivities in Florence on September 8. Stefano Ricci will guide guests through the Basilica di Santa Croce, also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories, where Italian greats such as Michelangelo and Galileo were laid to rest. After exploring the Cappella dei Pazzi, the evening will conclude in the Cloister of the Basilica with dinner and music, led by Andrea Bocelli.The following afternoon, guests will depart Florence on a scenic drive through Tuscany to Lajatico, the birthplace of Andrea Bocelli, where Andrea and Veronica Bocelli will welcome everyone for an unforgettable night. The evening will include aperitifs at the magnificent Teatro del Silenzio, a gourmet dinner, and memorable entertainment by Grammy Award-winning artists, David Foster, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Peter Cetera, Colbie Caillatand Bocelli himself. Additional guests expected to attend include Larry King, Evander Holyfield, Freida Pinto, Melissa Peterman, and more. The next day, everyone will board a privately chartered train to Venice for an exciting day of exploration in one of the world’s most romantic cities. Lunch will be served at the stunning Palazzo Pisani Moretta, situated on the Grand Canal. After lunch, guests will enjoy a gondola ride to St. Mark’s Square for an aperitif on the Grand Canal, before returning to Florence.The pinnacle of this seven day experience is the featured gala on September 11, where guests will walk the red carpet in the historical Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio. This massive Romanesque fortress-palace is one of the most impressive town halls in all of Tuscany; and it will again open exceptionally to host the gala. Andrea Bocelli, along with the extraordinary Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of the great Maestro Zubin Mehta, will headline the evening. Lonnie Ali will be honored onstage for her incredible philanthropic achievements, having been a part of Celebrity Fight Night along with her late husband, Muhammad Ali, for nearly two decades.The event concludes with a special evening in the heart of Florence, starting at the Palazzo Spini Feroni, home to the Global Flagship Headquarters of Salvatore Ferragamo and the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. The Ferragamo family themselves will welcome guests with a cocktail and a visit to the museum and the shop. From there, guests will be led to the nearby Palazzo Corsini for a night of dining and dancing.The seven day experience is sponsored by Stefano Ricci, GVM La Civiltà del Marmo, Peak6 Best Marble, Ermanno Scervino, Falconeri, Fratelli Piccini Firenze, Mikimoto, Jeep, Fregoli Luxury Bags, Salotti del Gusto, Excellence Magazine, and Euro-Toques.For more information, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.last_img read more

US approves 13 billion sale of artillery to Saudi Arabia

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration signed off Thursday on selling more than $1.3 billion in artillery to Saudi Arabia, giving a vote of confidence to the Saudi military as young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman concludes a marathon tour of the United States.Since Prince Mohammed arrived in the U.S. two weeks ago, the administration has green-lighted more than $2.3 billion in arms sales to the kingdom, including more than $1 billion in missiles while the crown prince was in Washington. The latest deal includes about 180 Paladin howitzer systems, artillery-firing vehicles on tracks. The vehicles look like a combination of a tank and a cannon, and launch 155mm shells.The Trump administration told Congress on Thursday that it plans to approve the sale, the State Department said, triggering a 30-day window in which lawmakers could act to try to stop it. Typically, the administration obtains informal approval for such deals from key lawmakers before making them public, indicating that Congress is unlikely to act to block the sale.The Defence Security Cooperation Agency, part of the U.S. military, said the sale would “contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States” by boosting the capabilities of a key U.S. partner that contributes to “political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.” The agency said the artillery would help the Saudis modernize their military and improve their ability to co-operate with the U.S. military.Yet the sale comes amid continuing concerns in Congress and by humanitarian groups about alarming rates of civilian casualties inflicted by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. Even President Donald Trump has raised his concerns about that in the past, and for a while, the U.S. stopped selling certain munitions to the Saudis while demanding that they improve their targeting. The U.S. is not engaged in the Saudis’ bombing campaign in Yemen, but has supported the coalition with refuelling , targeting information and other logistics.The Trump administration and the United States more broadly have laid out the red carpet for Prince Mohammed, the 32-year-old heir to the throne, who is on an ambitious mission to modernize Saudi Arabia and improve its image in the West. After stops in Washington, New York and Boston, the crown prince has spent this week on the West Coast meeting with prominent business and entertainment leaders. He plans a final stop in the energy hub of Houston on Saturday before returning to Saudi Arabia.During Trump’s visit to Riyadh last year — the first stop on his inaugural foreign trip — the two nations announced that the U.S. would sell $110 billion in military equipment to Saudi Arabia. They said the deal could grow to $350 billion over a decade and include tanks, combat ships, missile defence systems, radar and communications, and cybersecurity technology. Tens of thousands of U.S. jobs could be created, the State Department said at the time.But no details were announced then, owing in part to the fact that the individual sales require approval from Congress that Trump by himself could not guarantee. Officials said the $1.3 billion in artillery and $1 billion in missiles announced during Prince Mohammed’s visit are both part of that broader package.___AP National Security Writer Robert Burns contributed to this report.___Reach Josh Lederman on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joshledermanAPlast_img read more

Mining industry and vehicle manufacturers join forces to develop cleaner and safer

first_imgThe International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and leading suppliers have announced an ambitious plan to make mining vehicles cleaner and safer at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne, Australia.The Innovation for Cleaner Safer Vehicles (ICSV) programme brings together 27 of the world’s leading mining companies and some of the best-known truck and mining equipment suppliers to accelerate innovation to develop a new generation of mine vehicles.The ICSV programme aims to:• Introduce greenhouse gas emission-free surface mining vehicles by 2040• Minimise the operational impact of diesel exhaust by 2025• Make collision avoidance technology available to mining companies by 2025.The initiative has CEO-level support within all participating mining companies and equipment manufacturers. The programme will benefit the entire mining sector, not just ICMM members and is open to other equipment manufacturers who would like to join.Tom Butler, ICMM Chief Executive said: “This new collaboration between ICMM and the world’s leading mining equipment manufacturers will drive innovation to help us tackle global warming and improve mine safety. We hope that this ambitious programme will lead to the development of a new generation of cleaner safer vehicles, and we look forward to working with our new partners.“ICMM is focused on improving the safety, social and environmental performance of the mining and metals industry. The launch of the ICSV programme is a practical example of how our members are mining with principles to tackle the major social and environmental issues that affect us all. This collaboration will deliver more together than any individual company could achieve on its own and shows how the metals and mining industry can act as a catalyst for change.”Denise Johnson, Caterpillar Group President, Resource Industries, said: “From the outset we could see the ambition of the programme and are excited to be involved. The collaboration between such a range of mining companies and suppliers can further the safety and environmental performance of mobile mining equipment.”This programme will be guided by a CEO advisory group comprising six representatives, three from ICMM member companies: Andrew Mackenzie (CEO, BHP), David Garofalo (CEO, Goldcorp) and Nick Holland (CEO, Gold Fields), and three from participating suppliers: Denise Johnson (Group President, Resource Industries, Caterpillar), Max Moriyama (President, Mining Business Division, Komatsu Ltd), and Lars Engström (President, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology).last_img read more

Sandy Thomas war hero and friend to the Greeks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Sunday 22 October, retired Major General Walter Babington ‘Sandy’ Thomas died at the age of 98. He was born in the South Island of New Zealand, but his last home was in the Australian country town of Beaudesert, 70 kilometres south of Brisbane.Sandy was a lifetime soldier. As a young officer in 1941, he fought in the Greek mainland campaign and in the Battle of Crete. In the latter he was severely wounded in the leg at the village of Galatas. It was a fateful day. He nearly had to have the limb amputated. The last time I spoke with him he related how he felt ashamed to show his scarred leg to senior officers at the end of the war. He wanted to stay in the army. They did not think he could. But with the support of a sympathetic Lieutenant General Bernard Freyberg, commander of the New Zealand Army in the Mediterranean, he did so. At Galatas, Sandy Thomas also experienced an act of kindness that he never forgot. As he lay wounded, young Cretan girls came out of their homes and covered him, and other wounded Allied soldiers, with blankets and provided ‘hot sweet milk’. Later, on the mainland, he escaped enemy captivity and was aided by Greeks in an arduous journey to allied controlled territory in the Middle East. Sandy wrote of these exploits in his autobiographical Dare to be Free published in 1951. Photo: SuppliedIn 2011, the debt he felt he, and his fellow soldiers, owed to the Cretans and Greeks who hid them from the Germans was still evident. In a very public protest, he complained about the lack of New Zealand government financial support for him and other veterans to attend the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Crete. Besides paying respects to his fallen comrades, Sandy had been invited by the Cretan community to deliver an address. Bending to public pressure, the New Zealand government reversed its policy, provided funding and the responsible government minister apologised in parliament. Sandy travelled to Crete and made his speech at Galatas. He spoke of the ‘sacrifice’ made by the ‘wonderful people’. And that ‘You knew at that time that to take in a Kiwi or an Aussie or one of the British you risked everything’. Families were executed by the Germans for assisting the soldiers. But that ‘You still opened your doors and your hearts to our chaps’. He also related the ‘extraordinary thing’ that occurred with the caring young Cretan women at Galatas. One of them was at that 2011 speech and was brought up to the podium.I found Sandy Thomas a mixture of a shy and self-effacing gentleman, but one who had seen the horrors of war. He thought highly of the Greeks and Cretans who endured invasion and occupation. * Dr Martyn Brown is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland’s School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.last_img read more

River Song Returns in Big Finish Audio Adventures

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster You can’t keep a good woman down: River Song returns next year in four hour-long audio adventures from Big Finish.The incomparable Alex Kingston reprises her role as a time-traveling archeologist (who also happens to be the Doctor’s wife) for the ongoing tale of “The Diary of River Song.”Set for release in January, the Dickensian third season forces River to “face the demons of her past, present, and future,” including evil midwife Madame Kovarian (Frances Barber).Best remembered as the Eye-Patch Lady from season six of the BBC show, Kovarian is a close associate of the Silence, and the one responsible for transforming Melody Pond (a.k.a. River Song) into the perfect assassin to kill the Doctor.But this time, our heroine isn’t working alone. She teams up with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison (and his companion Brooke) for an action-packed series:3.1: “The Lady in the Lake” by Nev FountainRiver uncovers a cult with worrying abilities: Its members can apparently cheat death, and that’s not all they have in common with her.3.2: “A Requiem for the Doctor” by Jac RaynerTeam TARDIS visit 18th century Vienna, where River has more than one mystery to solve before a killer is let loose on the local people—and on the Doctor.3.3: “My Dinner with Andrew” by John DorneyAt the most exclusive, most discreet dining experience outside the universe, the usual rules of causality do not apply. It is here that the Doctor has a date. With River Song. And with death.3.4: “The Furies” by Matt FittonStories of the Furies abound across the cosmos: vengeful spirits hounding guilty souls to death. Madame Kovarian taught them to a child raised in fear, trained to kill, and placed inside a spacesuit to eliminate the Doctor. But if Melody Pond has failed, Kovarian will simply have to try again.The adventure continues in series four, when River encounters the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker).Pre-order seasons three, four (out in August), and five (out in January 2019) individually for £23 ($30) on CD and £20 ($26.50) as a digital download. Or snag the upcoming releases in bundles, available for £45 ($60) on CD or a £40 ($53) download.center_img Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Camas ushers in work on 30M Fisher Investments complex

first_imgCalifornia businessman Ken Fisher and a few of his Clark County friends ushered in a new era of corporate growth Tuesday in Camas with a ceremony to mark the start of construction on a $30 million office complex.Work on the project formed both background and contrast for the event, a showcase of elected officials and business folks who praised the development while gritty steelworkers shouted and welded together the frame of the first of two five-story buildings.Fisher’s company, Fisher Investments, already operates from a Vancouver satellite office with 325 workers who will fill up the first four floors of the Camas building, a fact applauded again and again by the approximately 30 people at Tuesday’s gathering.“Often, we hear about a company or large business that might move somewhere … and it never happens. That’s not the case here,” said Randy Printz, a Vancouver land-use attorney who represented Fisher Investments in its development proposal. But it remains to be seen whether the 1,155-employee company will pull up its San Francisco Bay-area stakes and transfer lock, stock and barrel to the Camas location near the city’s western-most border.last_img read more

Taco Bells Salsa Con Queso cheese dip recalled over botulism risk

first_img(WSVN) – About 7,000 cases of Taco Bell’s Salsa Con Queso cheese dip have been recalled due to a rare but potentially deadly form of food poisoningKraft-Heinz says the 15-ounce jars showed signs of product separation, which may lead to health hazards, like botulism.“This could create conditions that could allow for the growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death,” the company wrote.Botulism can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Other common symptoms include difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.Consumers are warned to not use the product, even if it does not look or smell spoiled.The company says there have been no consumer complaints or illnesses reported.The following products are being recalled: Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Prosenjit to produce web films

first_imgActor Prosenjit Chatterjee is set to produce food-themed films for the digital media, which will be released during Durga Puja. The films, having different story lines, have been titled Filter Coffee Liquor Cha, Daab Chingri and Dawat E Lucknow, Chatterjee said. On the reason behind choosing food-themed films, Chatterjee said, “We Bengalis are stereotyped as gastronomes. But somehow we didnt have enough of food films in Bengali.” All the three films will be uploaded on a premier digital entertainment platform during Durga Puja to enable people to “get a virtual taste of different varieties of food during the festivities.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe films will also be a visual delight for the audience, he said. Chatterjee turned to full scale film production in recent times after about four decades of acting. Filter Coffee Liquor Cha is a romcom with a story line about how a Tamil boy and Bengali girl come together, a spokesperson of Chatterjee’s production house said. The cast of filmmaker Debarati Gupta’s film, includes popular actress Priyanka Sarkar and pop icon Usha Uthup among others. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe second cuisine-themed film Daab Chingri (a delicious prawn preparation with green coconut) is a family drama about an old age home where the inmates crave for home cooked food, which they feel, will bring back the lost charm of Bengali cuisine of yesteryears. Veteran actress Sandhya Roy is staging a comeback in the film as the pivotal character, along with senior actor Paran Bandhopadhyay. The film is directed by Sudeep Das. The third in the series is Dawat E Lucknow, a film on Bengalis love for Lucknow cuisine. The story revolves round the food and reuniting with family after 50 years. The film, directed by Aditi Roy, has Soumitra Chatterjee and Suhasini Mulay among the cast. Mentioning that Dawat E Lucknow shoot is taking place in different corners of Lucknow, he said, “After watching the film, you will feel like visiting the heritage city.”last_img read more

Suspended Transat pilots released on bail

first_img LONDON — Two airline pilots charged with being drunk as they prepared to fly a passenger jet on a trans-Atlantic route to Toronto have been granted bail on condition they surrender their passports.Jean-Francois Perreault, who is 39, and 37-year-old Imran Zafar Syed were arrested at Glasgow Airport on July 18, shortly before they were due to fly an Air Transat jet to Toronto.They have been charged with being impaired through alcohol and with threatening and abusive behaviour.The two men had been held in custody since their arrested but were granted bail after a hearing Tuesday at Paisley Sheriff Court in western Scotland. The allegations against them have not been proven in court.The airline says the pilots have been suspended.Canadian aviation regulations prohibit aircraft crew members from working while intoxicated or within eight hours after having an alcoholic drink. Posted by The Canadian Press Tags: Transat Sharecenter_img Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Suspended Transat pilots released on bail << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Innovation is the new black 3 pitfalls for businesses to avoid

first_imgRead other “Doing Business” columns here.Randall Trejos works as a business developer, helping startups and medium-sized companies grow. He’s the co-director of the Founder Institute in Costa Rica and a strategy consultant at Grupo Impulso. You can follow his blog La Catapulta or contact him through LinkedIn. Stay tuned for the next edition of “Doing Business,” published twice-monthly. Nowadays, innovation seems to be the word on everyone’s lips. A quick Internet search shows thatgovernment institutions, universities, banks and everything in between are betting on innovation as the launch pad for success. Let’s be honest: Who wouldn’t be excited about innovation? Google is innovative, Silicon Valley is innovative… all companies with rapid growth seem to be! What are we waiting for?This rationale has led us to jump on the innovation wagon, with hype fueled by managers, writers and government officials alike. Innovation has become an industry with consultants, books and gurus, and the term has become one of the most abused words in the business language (after “strategy,” of course).There are three problems with this excessive enthusiasm.1. “Innovation” has lost its meaning.When everybody starts to use a term in many different contexts with very little boundaries, it starts to become meaningless. What is innovation, anyway? I bet you can get as many answers as people you ask. Everybody knows is a good thing, and that it’s important that they get into it right away, but they might get a little lost into the specifics. When the Internet first began, everyone wanted to have a website. Why? We don’t know, but everybody else is getting one!2. We’re putting the cart before the horse.Many of us associate innovation with having good ideas. Make that brilliant ideas. Out-of-the-box ideas. Game-changing ideas (notice the jargon?). There’s nothing wrong with ideas, but without execution, ideas are not much more than a good story to tell at a dinner party. The cult of innovation has somehow become the cult of having ideas, without much regard to how or even if those ideas could be implemented, how much it would cost and what would it mean for other decisions in the organization. This is the second problem with the innovation hype: We have focused too much on ideas, without paying attention to the roadmap that could turn them into something tangible. We somehow became so excited about being innovative that we forgot there might be a process to be so.See also: Negotiating in the world’s happiest countryIt is easy to recognize a finished product like an iPhone or an electric car as innovative, but it’s not that simple to reverse-engineer the process that lead to it. We tend to look at the result instead of the process. In very unromantic terms, innovation is about solving problems, plain and simple: coming up with solutions that work better than the status quo. How an organization develops that capability has little to do with the posters on the wall or the “innovation competition” held annually. It has to do with how teams are built, what skills the members have, how the leadership empowers people to voice their opinions, and how the incentives are aligned to encourage experimentation.All of those are organizational competencies that need to be built over time and that require having a long-term approach. Take Google as an example again: All the innovation is a result of their systematic efforts to invest not only resources but also time in building the necessary organizational competencies. When we try to skip this step, that’s problem number three.3. We’re not willing to put in the time and money.For economic or cultural reasons, many companies seem to have the sight set on the next quarter, some of them in the next month. As cools as it sounds, innovation can’t be implanted overnight like hair plugs. It needs to be grown. That takes time and patience.This might sound obvious, but many companies want to get the goodies without paying their dues. That is, they want to come up with the disruptive products and services without truly investing in innovation or transforming their cultures to foster it. Taking the short-term approach, many of them are willing to hire a consultant for a two-day workshop, but are reluctant to embark on longer culture-improving processes. In the words of a director at a local media company: “I’m only interested in investing in initiatives that produce an increase in the income statement.”Unfortunately, innovation, the process behind the shiny outcome, doesn’t produce results right away. Research and development departments in truly innovative companies spend lots of money and time in coming up with something truly disruptive. Take the folks at Apple, for example, who spends 3 percent of their sales on research and development. Most of what comes from that investment will not be monetized until years after. Companies must have the stomach and the patience to let that process take place.Let’s all agree that innovation IS important. Let’s just not get too carried away and harness all the hype and enthusiasm so we can turn it into something meaningful. Let’s go beyond competitions and awards and headlines in our communication and let’s go back to basics: We need to get really good at solving problems and help our people do the same, even if it costs us a pretty penny. 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SilverNeedle hits the hospitality market

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J SilverNeedle hits the online market A new hospitality group has hit the Asian market after acquiring Constellation Hotels and its 60 Australian and New Zealand hotels. Launching earlier this week, the management, development and investment hospitality company is aiming to strategically create mid-upscale properties in key destinations across Asia.With plans to expand by 10,000 rooms in five years, the Singapore-based company announced its flagship brand will be called NEXT Hotels and Resorts.”With our vision to be a leader in Asian Hospitality and to be a company with substantial scale, we have kick started our business with the acquisition of Constellation Hotels,” SilverNeedle Hospitality president Bill Black said.  “This acquisition gives us a great platform to launch our own new brand, Next Hotels and Resorts. “Constellation with its operating expertise, know-how and insights, gained in the mature tourism market of Australia will be of great benefit to our new company.” A statement from the company explained that NEXT Hotels would be designed to accommodate the modern “Road Warrior” while NEXT Resort would target families and travellers looking for relaxation.Currently the company has offices in Singapore, Sydney, Mumbai and Bangkok and plans a new office in China by 2012.last_img read more