Surfacetoair missile Akash successfully test fired

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Monday successfully test fired an Akash-MK-1S missile from the integrated test range at Chandipur in Odisha, the defence ministry said Monday.The surface-to-air anti-aircraft missile with a strike range of 25 km and capability to carry warhead of 60 kg was test fired on May 25 and May 27, they said. “Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired AKASH-MK-1S missile from ITR, Chandipur, Odhisa on May 25 and 27,” the defence ministry said in a statement. It said the Akash weapon system has combination of both command guidance and active terminal seeker guidance. “Seeker and guidance performance have been consistently established in both the missions. All the mission objectives have been met,” the ministry said.last_img read more

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Moroccan FM Denies He Asked French FM to Help His Daughter

Rabat- Moroccan Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, denied on Sunday a rumor that he had allegedly approached his French counterpart, Laurant Fabuis, and asked him to help his daughter to a secure a job in France.A letter that has been circulated to a number of Moroccan news outlets purports that the French Minister intervened to help Sarah Mezouar, daughter of the Moroccan Foreign Minister, obtain a work permit in France in order to join the French branch of American firm McKinsey.According to the same letter, which does not contain the logo of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius allegedly intervened in favor of Sarah Mezouar following a meeting he held with his Moroccan counterpart in Rabat in November 2013. But the Moroccan Minister dismissed the accusation as slander aimed at tarnishing his reputation.“It is a slander, after that of French nationality,” a person close to the Minister was quoted by Le360 as saying.“This slander aimed at tarnishing the image of a minister who is doing a great job at the head of the Moroccan diplomacy,” the same source added.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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Mainstream retailers embrace CBD despite murky status

NEW YORK — Mainstream retailers are leaping into the world of products like skin creams and oils that tout such benefits as reducing anxiety and helping you sleep.The key ingredient? CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn’t cause a high.Retailers are taking advantage of the booming industry even as its legal status and health benefits remain murky. And the flood of products is only testing how federal regulators can police it.Retail sales of CBD consumer products in 2018 were estimated to reach as much as $2 billion, according to Cowen & Co. By 2025, that figure could hit $16 billion in retail sales, the investment firm predicts.CBD has been cropping up in everything from dog treats to bath balms in the past few months. Domestic diva Martha Stewart is working with Canada’s Canopy Growth Corp. to develop new CBD products. And the nation’s largest mall owner Simon Property Group has hooked up with a cannabis goods maker to open roughly 100 kiosks at its U.S. malls by mid-summer.Authentic Fitness is planning to sell CBD foot creams, oils and soaps under the Nine West brand starting this fall. And CVS Health is beginning to sell CBD-infused creams, sprays, lotions and salves at more than 800 stores in seven states; drug store rivals Walgreens and Rite Aid are now following suit.Even high-end retailers are getting in on the action, charging anywhere from $12 to $150 an ounce. Barneys New York has opened a shop in Beverly Hills, California, that sells CBD-infused creams along with hand blown glass bongs and other accessories, while Neiman Marcus is now offering an array of CBD-infused beauty products from balms, lotions soaps and masks in five of its stores.“There’s definitely a huge opportunity for expansion,” said Matthew Mazzucca, creative director at Barneys New York.He acknowledged, however, the legal hurdles are still hard to navigate and companies should take it slow.Indeed, some are doing just that. Walmart says it doesn’t have plans to carry CBD-infused products at this time and Target, which in 2017 sold hemp extract products on its website but then quickly yanked them, said it’s monitoring the situation.Meanwhile, online behemoth Amazon is staying clear of the stuff. Spokeswoman Cecilia Fan says the company prohibits the sale of products that contain CBD and will remove them from its site if it sees them.CBD’s ubiquity persists despite very little evidence for all the health claims the industry touts. If you believe in the hype, CBD treats pain, reduces anxiety and helps you sleep and keeps you focused. But most claims are based on studies in rats, mice or in test tubes. Human research has been done but on small numbers of people.Only drugs that have been reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as safe and effective can make claims that they treat or prevent diseases or medical conditions. Many CBD producers try to get around that by using vague language about general health and well-being.That seems to be good enough for at least some shoppers eager to calm their nerves.“We are a more anxious society and people are looking for cures,” said Kit Yarrow, a consumer psychologist and professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. “There’s a growing distrust in business and pharma and so people are wanting to find cures that seem more real and wholesome.”Amy Nichols, a former food scientist from Indianapolis, reflects that distrust. Nichols, 46, who’s been battling symptoms from autoimmune illness, has been using CBD oils by a brand called Recept that she sticks under her tongue.“For me, this is a more natural solution to treating symptoms that I am having instead of taking pain killers,” said Nichols, who now works as a sales representative for Recept. “I have more energy. I get more done. I am in less pain. I am more active.”CBD is operating within a patchwork of regulations that vary by cities and states. In New York City, regulators are prohibiting outlets to sell CBD-infused food and beverages, threatening them with fines. Other states like Ohio and California are taking similar action. Maine’s governor, on the other hand, signed an emergency bill in late March allowing CBD in food products after state inspectors warned stores to pull them from shelves earlier in the year.The farm bill, passed late last year, gave states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture authority to regulate industrial hemp, a type of cannabis that is high in CBD. That opened the door to hemp-derived CBD products.But the farm bill gave the FDA authority over the food supply and the agency recently warned that it’s illegal to add CBD or THC — the compound that gives marijuana its high — to human or animal food and beverages and transport it over state lines. Dietary supplements using CBD are also illegal.Bigger players like CVS and Walgreens are sticking with skin creams and lotions where the FDA hasn’t specifically expressed concern. Others are “rolling the dice” and selling CBD-infused drinks and supplements anyway in hopes of a profit, said Whitt Steineker, a Birmingham, Alabama, attorney who advises the hemp industry.“They have determined the reward is worth the risk,” Steineker said.With rules and guidance still being written, the landscape is highly uncertain but Steineker expects that to improve.“Now that hemp is legal, I think the USDA and state departments of agriculture are interested in seeing what type of crop it will be and what its applications are,” he said. “They’ll move with the speed governments often move with … (but) by the 2020 growing season, people will have a better understanding how to operate within the law.”—————-AP Medical Writer Carla K. 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Rio Tinto chosen to supply WalMart with responsibly produced jewelry

first_imgRio Tinto has been chosen by Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, to provide gold and silver for fully traceable, responsibly-produced jewellery. The partnership is part of a Wal-Mart initiative to achieve 100% traceability for all of the gold and silver jewellery sold at its stores. Wal-Mart’s Love, Earth® jewelry collection will be produced with 100% traceable gold and silver mined and manufactured based on industry-leading criteria. The project will initially focus on gold and silver jewellery using metal from Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper (KUC) Bingham Canyon mine in Utah. The jewellery will be sold at Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Club locations, and online. This partnership marks a shift in how Wal-Mart jewellery is produced and sold, and it will give customers the ability to trace their Love, Earth jewellery all the way back to the mine it came from by going online.“We are impressed with Wal-Mart’s desire to become more sustainable and their efforts to proactively begin a relationship with us to help achieve their goals,” said Andrew Harding, President, Kennecott Utah Copper. “Companies like Rio Tinto and Wal-Mart have an opportunity to change the way products are manufactured and used to reduce impacts on the environment and local communities.”“As the largest retailer of jewelry in the world, Wal-Mart is in a unique position to influence sustainable practices in the jewelry industry,” said Pam Mortensen, Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager for Wal-Mart. “With Love, Earth jewellery, we collaborated with partners like Rio Tinto who are at the forefront of sustainable business practices in the industry to bring an affordable and beautiful product to our customers.”“Rio Tinto has shown real leadership and foresight in this groundbreaking jewellery initiative,” said Dr. Assheton Stewart Carter, Senior Director of Business Policies and Practices at Conservation International (CI). “We believe that these impressive efforts  – on the part of Rio Tinto, Wal-Mart and its other partners – are a positive first step for creating a new industry standard.”Rio Tinto has also been working with CI on other initiatives. In 2007, the two signed a relationship agreement to cover CI’s global level work on integrating biodiversity considerations into the company’s environmental management systems.Other suppliers in the Wal-Mart responsible jewelry initiative are Newmont Mining and Aurafin, a Florida-based jewellery manufacturer.Rio Tinto says it “is committed to contributing to sustainable development, not just because it is the right, responsible and ethical approach to managing the earth’s natural resources and to safeguarding the health of the planet for future generations, but because it also makes sound business sense. By earning a good reputation for care of the environment and contribution to social improvement and the economic conditions of local communities within a strong governance structure, Rio Tinto can gain improved access to land, people and capital, the three critical resources on which the company’s business success is built.”last_img read more

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Ontario government to commit up to C1 billion to develop Ring of

first_imgThe Ontario government says it is prepared to commit up to C$1 billion to develop strategic all-season industrial and community transportation infrastructure in the Ring of Fire. However, Ontario also points out that it needs a partner and is calling on the Federal Canadian government to equally match this funding to build the infrastructure required for this important project in the north that will create jobs and boost the northern economy. The approach and priorities with respect to this investment will be established in partnership with First Nations, governments and industry partners through the development corporation. The province is currently facilitating the creation of a development corporation to accelerate strategic infrastructure development in the region. The corporation will bring together key mining companies, First Nations, and the provincial and federal governments to develop, construct, finance, operate and maintain infrastructure supporting access to strategic resources in the mineral rich Ring of Fire.The Ring of Fire represents one of the most significant mineral regions in the province, and includes the largest deposit of chromite ever discovered in North America. The province states: “A multi-generational opportunity, the Ring of Fire will create thousands of jobs and enhance the economic prosperity of Ontario and Canada. Investing in the development of the Ring of Fire is part of the government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario’s greatest strengths – its people and strategic partnerships.” The Ring of Fire, located 540 km northeast of Thunder Bay, is one of the most significant mineral regions in the province. Development in the Ring of Fire is subject to all necessary environmental assessment and regulatory processes, and fulfillment of the Crown’s duty to consult.In November 2013, Ontario announced that it would facilitate the creation of a development corporation to lead strategic infrastructure development for the Ring of Fire region. More recently, on March 26, 2014, Ontario and Matawa member First Nations signed a Regional Framework agreement that will ensure First Nation communities benefit from the proposed Ring of Fire development. The Ring of Fire has mineral potential known to be worth $60 billion and includes the largest deposit of chromite ever discovered in North America. Chromite is a key ingredient of stainless steel. The region also holds the potential for significant production of nickel, copper, gold and platinum.Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance states: “We are committed to driving progress and investing in infrastructure development in Northern Ontario’s economy. We are looking to the federal government to match our commitment of C$1 billion to unleash the Ring of Fire so that we can seize this tremendous economic opportunity of national importance.” Michael Gravelle, the Minister of Northern Development and Mines stated: “Our government is committed to making a significant investment to fund transportation infrastructure development in the Ring of Fire. We have made important progress over the past few months to bring partners and divergent interests together. Now we need the federal government to match this commitment so that we can move forward on realizing the Ring of Fire’s potential and making important advancements on regional, environmental, and economic developments.””last_img read more

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RopeCon installation for limestone in Guatemala

first_imgThe successful start-up of a RopeCon® system which will transport limestone from a quarry to the area where it will be processed has recently taken place in Guatemala, approximately 35 km from the capital. The installation, which requires no more than four tower structures to cross a wooded terrain, has a length of about 1.6 km and covers a vertical rise of almost 200 m.Thanks to the long rope spans it has been possible to minimise the amount of space required on the ground. The cement plant of Guatemalan Cementos Progreso, S.A is due start operation in the first half of year 2017. From then on, RopeCon® will transport 2,100 t of material every hour.RopeCon® has been developed and designed by the Austrian ropeway manufacturer Doppelmayr and combines the features of a belt conveyor with those of a ropeway, thereby making use of the advantages of both technologies. It is currently in use for a variety of material transport applications all over the world.last_img read more

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Success for Chinese investment in Iranian gold

first_imgAt the Iran Sharaf Abad gold project, the processing capacity of raw ore recently exceeded design scale and was expected to increase. Xinhai Mining reports that “since its launch in August 2017, this project has received high praise from customers, local government and industry insiders. The brand image of Xinhai Mining was comprehensively promoted in the Middle East mining market.“Iran Sharaf Abad gold ore dressing project of Iran Jinkaiwang Mining Limited, dominated by Jiangxi Geology & Mineral Exploration Bureau, is located in East Azerbaijan, northwest Iran. Since its launch in September 2016 to production in August 2017, this project created “four first” of Iran mining industry, namely the gold project that put into operation within a year; The first mining company that controlled by Chinese in Iran; The only one gold project adopted cyanide-free and environmental separation process in Iran; The complete set of equipment was manufactured by Chinese enterprises and non-tariff barriers.”Shandong Xinhai Mining Technology & Equipment undertook the mineral processing EPC service for the Sharaf Abad gold ore dressing project, including dressing test, mine design, equipment manufacturing, installation & commissioning, standard reached. And Xinhai finally adopted “stage grinding – a stage gravity separation – stage flotation” process for simplifying mineral process, reducing equipment investment and avoiding environmental pollution.Under the precondition of ensuring the optimal technological process and equipment index, Xinhai also considered the influence of water supply and drainage system and dust removal system on the environment. After complete sedimentation and clarification, overflow, filtrate and floor flushing water returns to water recycling tank for cyclic utilization; second, Xinhai used dry cloth bag dust removing technology to reduce the spread of dust. Each workshop and floor of belt corridor was flushed per shift, 6 litres of water for per square. And Xinhai set dust proof airtight cover at each material blanking point. In addition, the dust removal equipment was controlled automatically, and draught fan is chained to mineral processing equipment.This project became the fastest construction of nonferrous metal mines in the history of Iran’s mining industry, which was hailed as the “China speed” of “One Belt And One Road”.On July 27, 2017, Jafari-Salunni, vice-minister of Iran industrial mining and trade ministry, visited the construction site of Sharaf Abad gold project. Jafari-Salunni was very satisfied with the mine construction speed and project quality that dominated by Chinese team. He expressed his expectation that the project can be put into operation as soon as possible, and supported the investment in Iranian mining sector.At present, reports Xinhai, “the processing capacity of raw ore is 350 t/d, 5,000 t of high-grade gold powder can be produced every year.”last_img read more

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There is often a stigma that people in their 50s who are

first_img‘There is often a stigma that people in their 50s, who are out of work, are waiting it out until retirement’ There needs to be a cultural shift when it comes to employing older people, writes Tom Neville TD. Share285 Tweet Email4 I’VE SEEN OLDER people discriminated against in the workplace countless times.During my time as a recruitment professional, I recruited into companies all over the world and it’s the same story everywhere. Discrimination against older people is resulting in experienced people leaving the workforce without passing on vital knowledge and skills to younger generations.From my own experience of working in recruitment, I have seen how frustrating it can be for older people attempting to re-enter the workforce. Barriers often include the perception they were too senior or they wouldn’t fit into the work culture of a younger team.Ireland has one of the youngest populations in the European UnionThere is often a stigma that people in their fifties, who are out of work, are waiting it out until retirement. I think this mindset needs to be changed. We need to promote a positive perception and image of older people in the workforce.I recently told the Dáil that the Government needs to start formulating policies and examining procedures to involve more older people in the workforce. I want to see more experienced workers get the training and support they need to reintegrate into the workforce or to have a career change later in life.People are often forced to leave the workforce, due to downsizing or redundancy, yet they do not want to do so. They leave the workforce with knowledge, skills and life experience that could be passed on to younger generations. There needs to be a formal process to allow this transfer of skills to happen.People in their fifties and sixties have so much to bring to the tableApart from experience, they bring an emotional maturity and expertise of different industries. If properly utilised this untapped resource could bring untold benefits to the Irish economy and society.The Positive Ageing 2016 national report shows that for those in the 50+ age category, the employment rate is 63%. The employment rate is continuing to rise, which is very welcome. We are currently 2% to 3% away from full-employment.The 65+ age group in Ireland is rising faster than anywhere else in the European Union. By 2041, 1.3 to 1.4 million people in this country will be over 65, which will be 20% to 25% of the total population.A cultural shiftIn my opinion, there needs to be a cultural shift in respect of employing older people, including those with experience who have been obliged to leave the workforce. Sometimes contracts are not renewed at the age of 65 and pensions do not start until age 66. Therefore, what can people do for that year?Loneliness can also have a negative impact on mental health for the elderly and increase their risk of depression. I would like to see a formal programme whereby older people get the opportunity to pass on their knowledge and insights to young people who lack experience. I think this would be a win win situation.It sees two demographics of society engaging with each other, and would benefit society as well as the workplace.Valuable life experienceAs highlighted in the National Positive Ageing Strategy, flexible retirement arrangements in the work environment can be adapted to the needs of all generations. Continuous education and training are important, as is the promotion of positive images of older people showing that they can contribute.We can facilitate people of great experience who have left the workforce, and who may not be able to contribute to it directly, but who may be able to contribute through training and passing on vital experience to younger generations.Life experience is a valuable asset that can be utilised and passed to the young, in a managed fashion, with economic and societal benefits. How often have we heard the young stating that they cannot get a job as they don’t have enough experience? Maybe the mentorship of an older person could give them the couple of percentage points in the interview to get that job offer.Tom is Fine Gael TD for Limerick County.A mandatory retirement age is discriminatory. It just doesn’t make sense in a changing Ireland>“I won’t refer to your inexperience…”: Noonan channels Reagan after Doherty raises age in TV debate> Tom Neville TD http://jrnl.ie/3221711 Monday 6 Feb 2017, 6:30 AM Short URLcenter_img Feb 6th 2017, 6:30 AM By Tom Neville TD 27 Comments 1,456 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Settlement: Vancouver dentists to pay $1 million to Medicaid

first_imgState Attorney General Bob Ferguson has reached a $1 million settlement with two Vancouver dentists and their business, CareOne Dental, over allegations that they defrauded Medicaid.It is the second-largest resolution of a Medicaid False Claims Act case in Washington, according to the State Attorney General’s office.The dentists, Dr. Liem Do and his wife, Dr. Phuong-Oanh Tran, will have to repay $1 million to the state’s Medicaid fund. They used to operate four dental offices in Southwest Washington and two in Oregon. They now have a single clinic in Vancouver, All Clear Dental at 5409 N.E. St. Johns Road, according to an AG news release.In addition to paying the settlement, Do has agreed to voluntarily exclude himself from participating in Medicaid and Medicare programs, according to the news release. Do didn’t respond to a request for comment.Do and Tran remain licensed by the Department of Health as dentists. According to the state Department of Health’s provider database, Do is on probation as the result of a 2017 agreed order. The agreement was reached after a 2015 incident in which Do obtained an order to extract 10 teeth from a patient who was under the influence of sedating medication.Matt Kuehn, civil section chief for the Medicaid fraud control division, and Karl Sloan, assistant attorney general for the Medicaid fraud control division, said their office estimated 12.6 percent of CareOne Dental’s Medicaid billings were fraudulent after reviewing a sampling of patient documents.last_img read more

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UPDATE Driver arrested in connection with fatal headon crash

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one driver in a Tuesday evening head-on crash in north Clark County that killed a Vancouver man.Tyler G. Peabody, 20, of Woodland was released Wednesday from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and booked on suspicion of one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault, according to a CCSO bulletin.Wednesday night, Peabody was being held without bail, a jail employee said. Peabody is to make a first appearance in court Thursday morning.Authorities also released what they believe to be contributing factors in the crash: excessive speed, alcohol and drugs, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Wednesday.Roy E. Thorp, 76, of Vancouver died in the collision. His passenger, 72-year-old Constance A. Jones of Vancouver, was flown by Life Flight helicopter to PeaceHealth Southwest with life-threatening injuries.The driver of the other vehicle, Peabody, had been transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with injuries. His passenger, 23-year-old Patrick S. Wisniewski of Woodland, was transported by ambulance with injuries believed life-threatening.last_img read more

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Sculptor brings artwork to Pinecrest Gardens

first_imgSOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A world renowned sculptor is creating a new work of art in South Florida.Artist Patrick Dougherty is known for taking 30,000 pounds of willow tree saplings and transforming them into towering sculptures. In a three-week span, Dougherty along with volunteers will be working on the sculptures in Pinecrest Gardens.“This will be about 12 to 15 feet tall. It’ll have lots of rooms. It’ll be a bit more like a labyrinth or maybe something you can explore or lose your kids in for a minute,” Dougherty said.The sculpture should be finished just before Thanksgiving.You can check it out at this year’s Miami Art Week, where it’s expected to make its debut.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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NASAs next mission will look at fingerprints of the early universe

first_img Tags NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars NASA Caltech NASA has selected the next mission in space agency’s Explorers Program and it’s going to give us a glimpse of the ancient past. The Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission will survey hundreds of millions of galaxies using both optical and near-infrared light. Its “eyes” will peer as far back as 10 billion years but also allow researchers to answer questions about the stars closer to home, across the Milky Way.There, it will place a cosmic magnifying glass over our infant stars in our home galaxy, searching for the ingredients essential for life: water and organic molecules.”This amazing mission will be a treasure trove of unique data for astronomers,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s science mission directorate.And SPHEREx will be able to create a stellar map of the sky in 96 different colour bands — an unprecedented resolution — providing future NASA missions, such as the James Webb Telescope, with new targets for further study. Every six months, it will survey the entire sky “using technologies adapted from Earth satellites and Mars spacecraft.”It is expected to launch in 2023 and will be helmed by James Bock of Caltech, collaborating with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ball Aerospace and the Korea Astronomy & Space Science Institute.The mission was vying for Explorers Program funding against the Arcus satellite, a high-resolution X-ray observatory that would have studied galaxies and galaxy clusters, proposed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Over its 60-year history, the program has launched more than 90 missions.The new mission announcement comes on the same day that NASA bid farewell to its Mars rover Opportunity, which was felled by a giant dust storm in June 2018. Hearts were heavy and eulogies were written, but SPHEREx’s selection — and potential for discovery — will hopefully lift the spirits of stargazers across the world. Share your voice Post a commentcenter_img 0 NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Sci-Tech 17 Photoslast_img read more

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Karat slams YSRCP for unholy tieup with BJP

first_imgVisakhapatnam: The CPM suspects an ‘unholy’ alliance between the BJP, the ruling party at the Centre and the YSRCP, which is holding the power in the State, said the party’s Politburo member Brinda Karat at a media conference held here on Friday while expressing dismay at the manner in which the YSRC members were extending support to the Modi government at the Centre. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us She said the self-respect of Andhra people had suffered a serious setback with the blatant way the MPs from YSRCP were supporting the Modi government. Even as the Centre had made it clear that the Special Category Status would not be accorded to the State, the YSRCP, which had fought for the same, failed to utter a word in the Parliament against it. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us This gives scope for suspicion that the YSRCP has an ‘unholy alliance’ with the BJP government at the Centre and demanded an explanation from it. On the alleged injustice done to the tribal community at the Centre, Karat expressed displeasure over the in delay in implementing the Forest Rights Act in the country as the government was keen on clandestinely handing over the forest lands to the corporate sector. The party would expose the treacherous act of the Centre and justice would be done to the tribal community in all Girijan areas, Karat said. She noted that percentage of unemployment has gone up in the recent years.last_img read more

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Minor boy committed suicide in Aswaraopet

first_imgAswaraopet (Kothagudem): A minor boy committed suicide as he was booked in the case of damaging ATM here on Wednesday. The deceased boy aged 17 years hanged himself at his residence at Aswaraopet town. The boy was called to the police station a few times for questioning him along with others in connection with the incident of damaging an ATM at the town ten days back. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us As he feared that he would be punished, he ended his life. The family members of the deceased have taken the dead body to the local police station not allowing post-mortem. They staged a protest at the police station accusing the police of harassing the boy Demanding serious action against police constables who harassed the boy they entered into arguments with CI Abbaiah and staff.last_img read more

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SpiceJet Misses December 2014 Salary Payment Deadline

first_imgTroubled airline SpiceJet once again missed paying salaries to its staff – pilots, cabin crew and ground staff — against the seventh of every month deadline set by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).  The cash starved airline informed senior employees that it will pay December salaries by 10 January for cabin crew and ground staff, and by 20 January to its pilots. SpiceJetReutersHowever, sources from within the airline reaffirmed that no disruptions are expected for the month. On 16 and 17 December 2014, the airline had to cancel a bulk of its flights after the oil companies declined to supply fuel, citing unpaid bills.The government, worried about the loss-making industry, had to step in to ask the airport operators and fuel suppliers to extend repayment duration.The DGCA had earlier limited the airline to source business for a period of only 30 days in advance. Later, it has allowed the airline to take bookings up to 31 March.As working capital dried up, the Sun Group-owned airline has been unable to pay salaries on time, which prompted the DGCA to ask the airline to clear salaries for all staff members by the seventh of every month, reported Financial Express.A spokesperson for the airline declined to comment.Cash CrunchSince October, the airline has been facing a serious cash crunch, managing to continue operations by means of cash flow generated on future operations. With the Marans unwilling to fund the airline anymore, its former founder Ajay Singh came forward, backed by a consortium of PE funds, to take over the airline.Details about a possible buy back is sketchy, with the airline hoping that the government will not allow it to flounder.The airline scrip was trading at ╣16.50, up by ╣0.30 or 1.85% at 10.35 am.last_img read more

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Nirav Modi to be extradited to India UK court issues arrest warrant

first_img Who is Nirav Modi, and how did he commit the Rs 11,000 crore fraud? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:10Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:09?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.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 … Close Nirav Modi is wanted by Indian authorities in the Rs 13,500-crore PNB fraud case. In February 2018, PNB had admitted to a massive fraud, which later climbed up to around massive Rs 13,600 crore, shaking the foundations of the Indian banking sector. It revealed shocking details of how Nirav Modi and his uncle, Mehul Choksi, in connivance with some bank officials had duped the bank by issuing fraudulent Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) for the huge amount at PNB’s flagship Brady House Branch in south Mumbai since 2011. (L-R) Naomi Watts, Nirav Modi and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the Nirav Modi U.S. Boutique grand opening at Nirav Modi Boutique on September 8, 2015 in New York City.Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesA UK court has issued an arrest warrant against diamantaire Nirav Modi, who is declared absconding by the Indian investigative agencies in the $2 billion PNB fraud case. The court in London was responding to a request raised by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for his extradition from the UK in a money laundering case.The development comes days after Telegraph UK released a video revealing Nirav Modi’s whereabouts. In the video, the fugitive businessman was seen roaming on the streets of London sporting a handle-bar moustache and a jacket by Ostrich Hide, which costs around £10,000. As per the media reports, Nirav Modi arrived in London in 2018 and even managed to travel in and out of Britain at least four times despite his passport being cancelled by India. Lisa Haydon, Nirav Modi and Nimrat Kaur attend the Nirav Modi U.S. Boutique grand opening at Nirav Modi Boutique on September 8, 2015 in New York City.(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)According to Mint, the ED has been informed regarding the issuance of the warrant by the Westminster Magistrate Court against Nirav Modi. The London Metropolitan police are likely to put Nirav Modi under formal arrest soon and he will be brought before the court to secure bail and legal proceedings for his extradition.A UK Metropolitan Police spokesperson said, “The reason we do not comment on an arrest until it takes place is that the individual must be charged before anything can be established.” Earlier this month, the ED had informed that Sajid Javid, United Kingdom’s Home Secretary, has referred India’s extraditing request against Modi to court for starting legal proceedings.last_img read more

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US provides additional 32 million aid for Rohingyas

first_imgThe US to provide another $32m aid to the Rohingya people fleeing violence in Myanmar, as well as internally displaced persons in Rakhine State. Photo: UNBThe United States is providing an additional nearly $32 million in humanitarian assistance to address the urgent needs of the Rohingya people fleeing violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar to Bangladesh, as well as internally displaced persons in Rakhine State, and host communities in Bangladesh.The United States announced this support during the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.Among other priorities, one of the primary themes of this year’s General Assembly is bolstering support for humanitarian assistance to ongoing emergencies, in particular for refugees and the communities that host them.The new funding brings US humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons in Myanmar and refugees from the country in the region to nearly $95 million in FY 2017.This reflects the US commitment to help address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya people.“We applaud the government of Bangladesh’s generosity in responding to this severe humanitarian crisis and appreciate their continued efforts to ensure assistance reaches people in need,” said the US Embassy in Dhaka on Wednesday.The rapid influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees has strained resources and overwhelmed humanitarian agencies and local authorities.Through this support, the United States will help provide emergency shelter, food security, nutritional assistance, health assistance, psychosocial support, water, sanitation, and hygiene, livelihoods, social inclusion, non-food items, disaster and crisis risk reduction, restoring family links, and protection to over 400,000 displaced persons in Myanmar and in Bangladesh.The US humanitarian assistance supports the operations of the United Nations, other international organisations, and non-governmental organisations operating across the region.The United States called upon all parties to allow for unfettered humanitarian access to people in Rakhine State and encouraged other donors to join it in providing additional humanitarian assistance for those affected by the crisis.last_img read more

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2 killed in gunfights with police

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwo persons were killed in separate incidents of alleged gunfights with members of law enforcement agencies early Monday.Of them, one was killed in Savar upazila and the other in Rangpur district.News agency UNB quoted police as saying that a man was in a gunfight in Tongabari of Ashulia, Savar.The deceased was Shamim Hossain, 55, son of late Abul Khayer, from Jashore.News agency UNB quoted police as saying that Shamim used to commit robbery on Dhaka-Aricha highway and was accused in several robbery cases filed with Dhamari police station.A team of police arrested Shamim from highway on Sunday. Later, they conducted a drive to arrest members of his gang early in the morning, said Dipak Chandra Saha, officer-in-charge of Dhamrai police station.When the team reached the area, Shamim’s cohorts opened fire on police, forcing them to fire back that triggered the gunfight, leaving him bullet injured.The injured was taken to Savar upazila health complex where the physicians declared him dead, said the OC.In Rangpur, an unidentified man was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Satani Charani area in Gangachhara Upazila around 2:00am.On information that a gang of robbers was taking preparation for committing robbery in the area, a team of police conducted a drive, said additional superintendent of police Saiful.Sensing the presence of police, the gang members opened fire, prompting them to fire back, triggering the gunfight which left the robber bullet injured.Later, the injured was taken to Rangpur Medical College and Hospital where physicians declared him dead around 4:00am.Five policemen were also injured.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

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Finland team has bed sensor to measure sleep

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —A $149 consumer version of a sleep-tracking system, consisting of both sensor and smartphone app, is aiming for funding via a campaign on the crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. Finland-based Beddit on Wednesday announced its Indiegogo launch of a consumer priced sleep sensor and companion smartphone application. The creators hope to bring their tracking system to market by November. The Beddit team will be working on the first production batch, and further testing of the app for both iOS and Android platforms. Their goal is to raise $80,000. Citation: Finland team has bed sensor to measure sleep (2013, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-finland-team-bed-sensor.html Turn your dreams into music Explore furthercenter_img © 2013 Phys.org More information: www.indiegogo.com/projects/bed … bed-into-a-smart-bedwww.beddit.com/ The two most noteworthy features of their system are convenience and technology. At the heart of the Beddit system is an “ultra-thin” film sensor that the user places under the bed sheet. No wearables are involved—no headband, no wristband no wires. No batteries are required. The sensor is plugged into a regular low voltage USB power supply that is provided with the sensor.Data about how the user sleeps is collected and transmitted to the smartphone for analysis and for reporting back to the user. The smartphone feedback to the user includes such information as total hours slept, and what percent that number is of the goal. Beddit, with offices in Finland and Silicon Valley, is taking its first step into tracking sleep for the consumer market. Since its founding in 2006 the company has made a name for itself in sleep-tracking technology for medical professionals. Beddit’s focus has been on basic monitoring in hospitals, tracking patients’ heart rates and breathing without having to touch the patients. The Beddit sensor is a thin strip of film with adhesive on one side that acts like a sticker on a mattress. Beddit’s app uses proven algorithms to crunch sleep data and offer personalized programs to achieve better sleep, according to the team. Beddit makes use of actigraphy (recording body movement) and ballistocardiography (defined by the team as a scientific method for measuring cardiorespiratory functions). While the person sleeps, Beddit automatically tracks such elements as sleep quality, heart rate, breathing rhythm, movements, snoring, and bedroom noise. The sensor forwards the information automatically to the smartphone (iOS or Android) over Bluetooth and the information is analyzed. The app offers a timeline, with a summary and a sleep score based on sleep quality. The app is designed as a personal sleep coach, too, offering tips on how the user’s sleep can be improved. Backers are offered the $149 tracker at a special pre-order price of $99.last_img read more

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Gay couples inspired by royal wedding will protest for marriage equality

first_imgStephen DonnanThousands marched for same-sex marriage in Belfast eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay couples in Northern Ireland have been inspired by the royal wedding to protest for marriage equality.With the entire country (and the rest of the world) celebrating the marriage Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it has left some couples wondering when it will be their turn.Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK or Ireland that still does not allow same-sex couples to marry.The UK government, and Prime Minister Theresa May, has refused to pass a law allowing marriage equality.Couple, inspired by royal wedding , want to get marriedWilliam Dalzell and Stephen Donnan, a couple, will participate in a march and rally for equal marriage on 2 June.‘It’s hard not to feel like second class citizens,’ said Donnan to BelfastLive.‘We hope Harry and Meghan have a really great day. But we just wish that we had the same right to get married as they enjoy.‘We’ve actually been a couple slightly longer than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and, as it happens, we even got engaged around the same time.‘The difference is that our Government won’t allow us to get married because we are gay.’Northern Ireland marriage equality bill stalledTheresa May has opposed making ‘gay cure’ therapy illegalOn 11 May, a private member’s bill was blocked and the hopes for marriage equality in Northern Ireland stalled.The bill was rescheduled to appear for its second reading on 26 October. GAYSTARNEWS- Gavin Boyd, the policy director for The Rainbow Project, has said he was ‘disappointed’.‘This will be the tactic going forward. We imagine the exact same strategy will be used again,’ he told Gay Star News, saying it is likely the bill will just keep being delayed.‘It’s very disappointing position for us to be in. This is going to be frustrating for LGBT people across Northern Ireland. I imagine they will express their frustration in different ways.’76% of people in Northern Ireland support same-sex marriage.Is Theresa May ‘hiding behind the DUP’?The DUP has a deal with the Conservatives. Following losing a Tory majority, the DUP agreed to support Tory bills in exchange for £1.2 billion for Northern Ireland.Northern Ireland’s office said the Government’s policy is to allow a free vote on matters of conscience such as equal marriage.Belfast couple Cara McCann and Amanda McGurk are speaking to politicians about the bill.‘We don’t have the same rights as the people who live in the same country as us,’ McCann told Gay Star News.The DUP has repeatedly blocked marriage equality in Northern Ireland. They have used a Petition of Concern, a voting mechanism designed to protest the rights of minorities in Northern Ireland.‘As a kid, you don’t dream of getting a civil partnership. You dream of getting married.‘I want to call Amanda my wife.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . UK parliament shuts down bid for marriage equality in Northern IrelandUK PM Theresa May refuses to pass same-sex marriage in Northern IrelandThis gay couple are fighting for Northern Ireland to finally pass marriage equalityRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-couples-inspired-by-royal-wedding-will-protest-for-marriage-equality/last_img read more

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